Pee Wee King Blue Suede Shoes: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

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CD Details

  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Label: Bear Family

Entertainment Reviews:

Dirty Linen - p.79
"[I]t's fascinating to hear how effectively he blended the different sounds that people of his time liked hearing."

Tracks:

  • 1.Blue Suede Shoes
  • 2.Dragnet
  • 3.Oh Monah
  • 4.Steel Guitar
  • 5.Rag Mop
  • 6.Forty Nine Women
  • 7.Woodchopper's Ball
  • 8.I Don't Mind
  • 9.Bull Fiddle Boogie
  • 10.Catty Town
  • 11.Chew Tobacco Rag
  • 12.Congratulations Joe
  • 13.Ricochet
  • 14.Blame It All on Nashville
  • 15.Plantation Boogie
  • 16.Rootie Tootie
  • 17.Unbreakable Heart
  • 18.Tweedle Dee
  • 19.Mop Rag Boogie
  • 20.Ballroom Baby
  • 21.Birmingham Bounce
  • 22.Hoot Scoot
  • 23.Oh Mis' Rable Love
  • 24.Railroad Boogie
  • 25.You Can't Hardly Get Them No More
  • 26.The Ghost and Honest Joe
  • 27.Half a Dozen Boogie
  • 28.Why Don't Y'All Go Home?
  • 29.Flying Home

Product Description:

OK, first thing's first -- this 30-song collection, drawn from Pee Wee King's RCA Victor library, doesn't rock as much as its title would lead one to believe or hope. On the other hand, the mere fact that Bear Family Records could assemble 30 reasonably stomping numbers, gathered from 11 years across King's output, from 1947 through 1958, to deliver a set that would promise anything like it speaks volumes about King and his output, and the flexibility of the Golden West Cowboys. And as a peripheral matter, it also says a lot about just how well rock & roll was accepted in a lot of unexpected quarters in the mid-'50s. To country artists like Pee Wee King (and, for that matter, Ernest Tubb, who was covering Chuck Berry tunes in 1956), it was just another kind of dance music, maybe better liked by his younger listeners, but in the main not too far removed from the Western swing that he'd been doing since the 1940s. So the version of "Blue Suede Shoes" that opens this CD and lends its name to the title may be the tamest rendition most of us have ever heard -- but was pretty hot for 1956, and it leads into rocking numbers like "Bull Fiddle Rag," "Steel Guitar Rag," "Forty-Nine Women," etc., none of which would have been wholly out-of-place in a rock & roll concert of the period; and King's rendition of "Tweedle Dee," like "Blue Suede Shoes," is a number with some definite new sound associations. And from 1953 is a Western swing rendition of the "Dragnet" theme by Mikl¢s R¢zsa and Walter Schumann that turns it into a pretty decent showcase for amplified guitar, backed by a beat that just misses anticipating Bo Diddley's sound by a whisker. The fact is that Pee Wee King, born in 1914, cut more than his share of country-boogie numbers, all of which gave him an edge over most of the other country artists of his era in competing for listeners amid the new music environment of the mid-'50s. This CD is a celebration of that side of his output, as well as a thoroughly enjoyable collection, simply on its own terms. What's more, it's all amazingly consistent, given that the material here comes from a dozen years, with bassist Chuck Wiggins being the most common factor (along with King). Oddly enough, the producers of this disc have offered a rare apology for the quality of some of the audio, although it seems unnecessary. The annotation is thorough and almost as much fun as the listening, and that's considerable. ~ Bruce Eder
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  • UPC: 4000127161901
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