Champion Jack Dupree From New Orleans to Chicago / Champion Jack Dupree and His Blues Band (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: January 25, 2005
- Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Third Degree
- 2.T.V. Mama
- 3.He Knows the Rules
- 4.Ain't It a Shame
- 5.Ooh la-La
- 6.(Going Down to) Big Leg Emma's
- 7.Won't Be a Fool No More
- 8.Take It Slow and Easy
- 9.She's All in My Life
- 10.Poor Poor Me
- 11.Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer
- 12.Down the Valley
- 13.Too Early in the Morning
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Barrelhouse Woman
- 3.One Dirty Woman
- 4.When Things Go Wrong
- 5.Cut Down on My Overheads
- 9.Under Your Hood
- 10.Come Back Baby
- 11.Baby Let Me Lay It on You
- 12.Garbage Man
- 13.I Feel Like a Millionaire
- 14.Right Now
- 16.Shake, Baby, Shake
2 LPs on 1 CD: FROM NEW ORLEANS TO CHICAGO (1966)/HIS BLUES BAND (1967).
Personnel: Champion Jack Dupree (vocals, piano); Champion Jack Dupree; Mike Vernon (whistling); Rex Morris, Bob Efford (tenor saxophone); Harry Klein (baritone saxophone); Albert Hall (trumpet); John Baldwin , Malcolm Pool, John Baldwine (bass guitar); Bill Shortt (rub-board); Bill Shortt (washboard); Mickey Baker (vocals, guitar, tambourine); Eric Clapton, Tony McPhee (guitar); John Mayall (harmonica); Keef Hartley, Ronnie Verrell (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Andrew Thompson .
Liner Note Authors: Mike Vernon; Tony Russell.
Directors: Mickey Baker; Mike Vernon.
Arrangers: Mickey Baker; Mike Vernon.
Like many black American blues and R&B artists, New Orleans singer and pianist Champion Jack Dupree found more respect and recognition in Europe than he did in his homeland, and he relocated to Europe in 1959, only rarely returning to the U.S. He cut several albums there, including the two included in this double-disc set from Beat Goes On, From New Orleans to Chicago, recorded in London in 1966, and Champion Jack Dupree and His Blues Band, tracked in the same city a year later (both were originally released on London Decca). Of the two, the latter release is the stronger (thanks in no small part to guitarist Mickey Baker), although From New Orleans is probably better known, mainly for the presence of Eric Clapton and John Mayall at the sessions. Throughout, listeners are treated to Dupree's thundering barrelhouse piano, his Emerald City vocals (always delivered, it seems, with a slight wink), and -- in the case of the 1967 album -- a solid and rocking backing band. Highlights include "Ain't It a Shame" and "Down the Valley" from the first disc and "Louise," "Come Back Baby" (an almost Cajun chunk of near-swamp pop), and "Georgiana," a ballad in the Ray Charles mold, from the second. Seldom have the blues been delivered with more open-ended glee, and fans of this engaging artist will undoubtedly be pleased that these albums are back in print, and packaged together. ~ Steve Leggett
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