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Harry Crafton Gotham Recording Star

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  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Collectables Records

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Harry "Fats" Crafton was one of the better guitarists to come out of the postwar era. His career was varied; he joined Gotham as an artist, became a songwriter, and then led bands of his own - The Jivetones (later known as The Craft Tones) and The Sonotones. This collection features his early '50s jump Blues numbers as well as his later harder rockers such as "Big Fat Hot Dog".

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Get Off, Mama
  • Buy for $0.992.Let Me Tell You Baby
  • Buy for $0.993.Roly-Poly Mama
  • Buy for $0.994.I Don't Want Your Money Honey
  • Buy for $0.995.Guitar Boogie
  • Buy for $0.996.Bring That Cadillac Back
  • Buy for $0.997.It's Been A Long Time Baby
  • Buy for $0.998.It's Been A Long Time Baby
  • Buy for $0.999.Rusty Dusty
  • Buy for $0.9910.In The Middle Of The Night
  • Buy for $0.9911.She Got A Mule Kick
  • Buy for $0.9912.Big Fat Hot Dog
  • Buy for $0.9913.So Long Baby
  • Buy for $0.9914.Saturday Night Boogie

Product Description:

Includes liner notes by Tony Burke.
Liner Note Author: Tony Burke.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Harry "Fats" Crafton; Kerry Crafton.
Ever wonder what Louis Jordan might've sounded like had he been in his prime in the 50's instead of the early '40s? This 14-song CD answers that question. It's as fun and entertaining as anything of Jordan's, and it's a fine showcase for some excellent singing and solid, guitar-based R&B by Harry Crafton. The Jarman sides are left out, but the rest of his solo recording career is represented, including a few cuts credited to Doc Bagby's band but featuring the guitarist so prominently as to be Crafton numbers. The highlights also include three previously unissued cuts, an outtake of "It's Been a Long Time Baby," "Rusty Dusty," which is a Crafton outtake of "Get Off, Mama," itself a reworking of the 1942 Louis Jordan song "Rusty Dusty," and "Guitar Boogie," a hot ax-and-sax instrumental. "Let Me Tell You Baby" is a tribute to the sexual prowess of fat men, covering similar ground to Willie Dixon's "Built for Comfort," reminding its women listeners that "there's more love in every pound": the backing chorus behind Crafton's lines about being "big as a bear" is a subtle but brilliantly effective moment. He shines across several years' worth of hot jump blues, from 1949's "Roly Poly Mama" to 1954's "She Got a Mule Kick"; it falls to Agnes Riley, however, to deliver the raunchiest lyrics on this disc, on "Big Fat Hot Dog," from 1954. The sound is amazingly good throughout, even on the outtakes, with Crafton's guitar clean and out in front everywhere it should be. The only track that disappoints is the 1950 Christmas song "Bring That Cadillac Back," on which the band sounds muted. ~ Bruce Eder

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  • Sales Rank: 8,186
  • UPC: 090431531822
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