Dave Bartholomew In the Alley
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- Released: August 14, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: See For Miles Uk
- 1.Basin Street Breakdown
- 2.Golden Rule, The - (alternate take)
- 3.Bad Habit
- 4.In the Alley
- 5.Twins - (alternate take)
- 6.Lawdy Lawdy Lord, Pt. 1
- 7.Lawdy Lawdy Lord, Pt. 2
- 8.Country Boy
- 10.Messy Bessy
- 11.I'll Never Be the Same
- 12.Mr. Fool
- 13.Stormy Weather
- 14.Nickel Wine
- 15.Sweet Home Blues
- 16.The Golden Rule
- 18.Mother Knows Best
- 19.High Flying Woman
- 20.My Ding-A-Ling
Recorded in 1951 & 1952.
Contains 20 tracks.
Personnel: Dave Bartholomew (vocals, trumpet); Todd Rhodes (vocals, trumpet, piano); Tommy Ridgley (vocals); Ernest McLean, Willie Gaddy, John Faire (guitar); Holley Dismukes, Joe Harris (alto saxophone); Charles Edwards, Clarence Hall, Herb Hardesty (tenor saxophone); Ted Buckner (baritone saxophone); Willie Wells (trumpet); Salvadore Doucette, Jr., Fred Lands (piano); Earl Palmer , Bill Benjamin (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Dave Penny; Alvin "Red" Tyler.
Recording information: 1949-1991.
Dave Bartholomew is best known for producing and arranging classic New Orleans R&B sides from the '50s, especially for Fats Domino. It's curious that success eluded him on sessions released under his own name. Recorded between 1949 and 1952, the jump blues tracks on In the Alley were originally released on Deluxe and King, separate from Bartholomew's work with the Imperial label. King signed Bartholomew as a name artist, and ten of this compilation's 20 tracks find him backed up by the Todd Rhodes Orchestra. The remaining tracks are credited to the Dave Bartholomew Orchestra and feature some of the greatest Crescent City R&B session men from the period, including drummer Earl Palmer, bassist Frank Fields, and pianist Salvador Doucette. Six of the titles, including the excellent "Basin Street Breakdown," are previously unissued takes. Also included is the original song for which Bartholomew is most widely known, though again not for his version of it: "My Ding-A-Ling," which became a huge hit for Chuck Berry in 1972. Bartholomew was more of a Louis Jordan-style vocalist than a Joe Turner blues shouter, and that influence is prevalent throughout this disc. While this is a highly recommended set, there are a few clunkers here and there, including a strained and soulless "Stormy Weather" and the lengthy call-and-response vamp "Lawdy Lawdy Lord, Pt. 1 and 2," which would have been sufficient concluding with part one. ~ Al Campbell
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