Complete Imperial Recordings

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Label Emd/capitol
SKU 60134570
UPC 077779673728
UPC 14 00077779673728
Format CD
Release Date 10/20/1998
Links
Author T-Bone Walker
Compilation Appearance Blues Lackawanna 0205
Compilation Appearance Gold:blues
Compilation Appearance Rough Guide To The Blues
Compilation Appearance Jimi Hendrix Jukebox
Compilation Appearance All Time Greatest Blues Songs
Compilation Appearance Duane Allman's Jukebox
Associated Artist/Work Copeland, Johnny
Associated Artist/Work Fulson, Lowell
Associated Artist/Work Hopkins, Lightnin'
Associated Artist/Work King, B. B.
Associated Artist/Work King, B.B.
Associated Artist/Work Robillard, Duke
Associated Artist/Work Spann, Otis
Technical Info
Producer Pete Welding (Compilation)
CatalogID E2-96738
Lable Name EMI Music Distribution
Released 07/23/1996
Original Release 1991
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 136m : 20s
Mono/Stereo Mono
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00077779673728
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: T-Bone Walker (vocals, guitar); R.S. Rankin, Walter Nelson (guitar); Edward Hale, Wendell Duconge, Lee Gross (alto saxophone); Jim Wynn (tenor & baritone saxophones); Eddie Davis, Maxwell Davis, Lee Allen (tenor saxophone); Herb Hardesty (baritone saxophone); Eddie Hutcherson, Dave Bartholomew, John Lawton (trumpet); Zell Kindred, Marl Young, Willard McDaniel, T.J. Fowler (piano); Buddy Woodson, Billy Hadnott, Frank Fields, Henry Ivory (bass); Robert Sims, Oscar Lee Bradley, Cornelius Coleman, Clarence Stamp (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, California, New Orleans, Louisiana and Detroit, Michican between 1950 and 1954. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: T-Bone Walker (vocals, guitar); Tiny Brown, Baby Davis (vocals); R.S. Rankin, Walter Nelson (guitar); Wendell DuConge, Edward Hale, Lee Gross (alto saxophone); Jim Wynn (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis , Eddie David, Lee Allen, Maxwell Davis (tenor saxophone); Herb Hardesty (baritone saxophone); Dave Bartholomew, Eddie Hutcherson, John Lawton (trumpet); Marl Young, Zell Kindred, T.J. Fowler, Willard McDaniel (piano); Clarence Stamp, Cornelius Coleman, Robert Sims, Oscar Lee Bradley (drums).
Liner Note Author: Pete Welding.
Recording information: Detroit, MI (04/05/1950-06/20/1954); Los Angeles, CA (04/05/1950-06/20/1954); New Orleans, LA (04/05/1950-06/20/1954).
An important (and often underrated) guitarist, T-Bone Walker was a direct influence on B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, and nearly everyone who played the electric guitar in his wake. A pioneer of the fleet, jazzy leads (complete with choppy, syncopated accents, "duck walk" single-note runs, and blazing embellishments) that would come to characterize rock and blues guitar thereafter, Walker's contribution is difficult to overestimate. THE COMPLETE IMPERIAL RECORDINGS is arguably the Walker set to buy since it contains--with the exception of his trailblazing sides for Black and White Records--the bulk of his most important material.
Whether on mid-tempo strollers ("Travelin' Blues"), boogie-woogie numbers ("The Hustle Is On"), smoldering slow blues ("Blues Is a Woman"), or jump blues ("Bye Bye Baby"), Walker and his band infuse traditional 12-bar structures with a keen sense of swing, instrumental interplay, and sophistication. At times, as on the energetic "Strollin' with Bone," the sheer vitality of Walker's performance is palpable, and is very close in feel to the rock & roll (especially where Walker's guitar playing is concerned) that would emerge in subsequent years. This dynamic set of early electric blues captures the music at one of its richest, most definitive turning points.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (11/14/91) - 4.5 Stars - Excellent Plus - "...[For] guitar innovators, Walker wrote the book....catches Walker at his peak...These are timeless performances - there's not a mediocre track in the set..."
Down Beat (2/92, p.48) - 5 Stars - Excellent - "..a sampling of Walker's raw and expressive R&B steeped in traditional blues and flavored by swing..."
Living Blues (1/92-2/92, p.50) - "...eloquently indicates the monumental significance of T-Bone Walker's classic period..."
Disc 1
1 Glamour Girl,Blues Is A Woman
2 Strollin' With Bone,I Got The Blues
3 Sun Went Down, The,Here In The Dark
4 You Don't Love Me,Blue Mood
5 Travelin' Blues,Every Time
6 Hustle Is On, The - (78 RPM version),I Miss You Baby
7 Baby Broke My Heart - (78 RPM version),Lollie Lou
8 Evil Hearted Woman - (alternate take),Party Girl
9 I Walked Away,Love Is Just A Gamble
10 No Reason,High Society
11 Look Me In The Eye - (78 RPM version),Long Distance Blues
12 Too Lazy,Got No Use For You
13 Alimony Blues,I'm Still In Love With You
14 Life Is Too Short,Railroad Station Blues
15 You Don't Understand,Vida Lee
16 Welcome Blues (Say Pretty Baby),My Baby Is Now On My Mind
17 I Get So Weary,Doin' Time
18 You Just Wanted To Use Me,Bye Bye Baby
19 Tell Me What's The Reason,When The Sun Goes Down
20 I'm About To Lose My Mind,Pony Tail
21 Cold, Cold Feeling,Wanderin' Heart
22 News For My Baby,I'll Always Be In Love With You
23 Get These Blues Off Me,I'll Understand
24 I Got The Blues Again,Hard Way
25 Through With Women,Teen Age Baby
26 Street Walking Woman,Strugglin' Blues
Disc 2
1 Glamour Girl,Blues Is A Woman
2 Strollin' With Bone,I Got The Blues
3 Sun Went Down, The,Here In The Dark
4 You Don't Love Me,Blue Mood
5 Travelin' Blues,Every Time
6 Hustle Is On, The - (78 RPM version),I Miss You Baby
7 Baby Broke My Heart - (78 RPM version),Lollie Lou
8 Evil Hearted Woman - (alternate take),Party Girl
9 I Walked Away,Love Is Just A Gamble
10 No Reason,High Society
11 Look Me In The Eye - (78 RPM version),Long Distance Blues
12 Too Lazy,Got No Use For You
13 Alimony Blues,I'm Still In Love With You
14 Life Is Too Short,Railroad Station Blues
15 You Don't Understand,Vida Lee
16 Welcome Blues (Say Pretty Baby),My Baby Is Now On My Mind
17 I Get So Weary,Doin' Time
18 You Just Wanted To Use Me,Bye Bye Baby
19 Tell Me What's The Reason,When The Sun Goes Down
20 I'm About To Lose My Mind,Pony Tail
21 Cold, Cold Feeling,Wanderin' Heart
22 News For My Baby,I'll Always Be In Love With You
23 Get These Blues Off Me,I'll Understand
24 I Got The Blues Again,Hard Way
25 Through With Women,Teen Age Baby
26 Street Walking Woman,Strugglin' Blues

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