Complete Recorded Works CD (2002)

Artist: E/curry Beck

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Product Overview


Label Document
SKU 60039775
UPC 714298603521
UPC 14 00714298603521
Format CD
Release Date 3/27/2002
Author E/curry Beck
Technical Info
CatalogID BDCD 6035
Lable Name Document (USA)
Released 04/01/1993
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Mono
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00714298603521
Album Notes and Credits
Elder Curry and Elder Beck both were singing evangelists, solid instrumentalists (Curry on guitar, Beck on piano and trumpet), and with their fervent, stomping approach to a sort of blues-tinged gospel, they inadvertently prefigured rock & roll. Many have sited Curry's 1930 recording of "Memphis Flu" (which features Elder Beck on piano) as the first glimmer of rock & roll, and with its relentless 4/4 drive and the energy of Curry's clapping and foot-stomping congregation added in, it certainly rocks, although the message is a little sobering, as Curry tells his listeners in a fire-and-brimstone style that influenza is a manifestation of God's wrath at sinners. Given that some 700,000 Americans died during the influenza outbreak of 1918/1919, the tone of "Memphis Flu" seems to lack any degree of compassion, but it is a fascinating song, full of an odd, contrary joy that seems to belie its intent, and it definitely gets your feet moving. This release from Document Records contains "Memphis Flu" as well as the rest of Curry's recorded work, done for Okeh Records in 1930. It also contains the earliest tracks of Beck, recorded for Okeh (1930), Decca (1937), and Bluebird Records (1939). Beck was a constant presence on radio and records well into the 1940s, and although he is essentially a singing preacher, he was also a consummate musician, adept at piano, organ, trumpet, vibes, and drums, with a versatile voice to match, and he kept one foot in Saturday night even as he issued forth on Sunday. ~ Steve Leggett
Disc 1
1 Memphis Flu - (1930, with Elder Curry/Elder Beck)
2 Good Lord Has Set Me Free, The - (1930, with Elder Curry/Elder Beck)
3 Hard Times - (1930, with Elder Curry/Elder Beck)
4 When The World's On Fire - (1930, with Elder Curry/Elder Beck)
5 Pale Horse - (1930, with Elder Curry/Elder Beck)
6 Change Your Thoughts - (1930, with Elder Curry/Elder Beck)
7 Prove All Things - (1930, with Elder Curry/Elder Beck)
8 Drinking Shine - (1930, with Elder Curry/Elder Beck)
9 If I Have To Run - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
10 Precious Lord - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
11 Love, Oh Love Divine - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
12 I'm A Stranger - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
13 Jesus Remembers When Others Forget - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
14 I Never Will Turn Back - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
15 Hide Me In Thy Bosom - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
16 That's The Way I Do - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
17 Gabriel - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
18 I've Got Heaven On My Mind - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
19 Dry Bones - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
20 You Can't Hurry God - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
21 I'm Goin'To Walk Right In And Make Myself At Home - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
22 Changes - (take 1, 1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
23 Changes - (take 2, 1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
24 Talk On Talkers - (1937-1939, with Elder Charles Beck)
25 It Is Thy Servant's Prayers - (1937-1939)
Product Attributes
Artist Beck,E/curry,E
Label Allegro Corporation
Music Format Compact Disc
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