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Format: CD
Sku: 60609664
UPC: 602498069080
UPC 14: 00602498069080
Release Date: 8/26/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I'm A King Bee ~ Slim Harpo
2. I Got Love If You Want It ~ Slim Harpo
3. Wondering And Worryin' ~ Slim Harpo
4. Strange Love ~ Slim Harpo
5. You'll Be Sorry One Day ~ Slim Harpo
6. One More Day ~ Slim Harpo
7. Buzz Me Babe ~ Slim Harpo
8. Late Last Night ~ Slim Harpo
9. Blues Hang-Over ~ Slim Harpo
10. What A Dream ~ Slim Harpo
11. Don't Start Cryin' Now ~ Slim Harpo
12. Rainin' In My Heart ~ Slim Harpo
13. I Love The Life I'm Living ~ Slim Harpo
14. Buzzin ~ Slim Harpo
15. I Need Money (Keep Your Alibis) ~ Slim Harpo
16. Little Queen Bee (Got A Brand New King Bee) ~ Slim Harpo
17. Still Rainin' In My Heart ~ Slim Harpo
18. We're Two Of A Kind ~ Slim Harpo
19. Sittin' Here Wondering ~ Slim Harpo
20. What's Goin' On Baby ~ Slim Harpo
21. Harpo's Blues ~ Slim Harpo
22. Please Don't Turn Me Down ~ Slim Harpo
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Baby Scratch My Back ~ Slim Harpo
2. I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil) ~ Slim Harpo
3. Shake Your Hips ~ Slim Harpo
4. Midnight Blues ~ Slim Harpo
5. I'm Your Breadmaker, Baby ~ Slim Harpo
6. Loving You (The Way I Do) ~ Slim Harpo
7. Tip On In - (Part 1) ~ Slim Harpo
8. Tip On In - (Part 2) ~ Slim Harpo
9. I'm Gonna Keep What I've Got ~ Slim Harpo
10. I've Got To Be With You Tonight ~ Slim Harpo
11. Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu ~ Slim Harpo
12. Mailbox Blues ~ Slim Harpo
13. Mohair Sam ~ Slim Harpo
14. I Just Can't Leave You ~ Slim Harpo
15. That's Why I Love You ~ Slim Harpo
16. Just For You ~ Slim Harpo
17. Folsom Prison Blues ~ Slim Harpo
18. Mutual Friend ~ Slim Harpo
19. I've Got My Finger On Your Trigger ~ Slim Harpo
20. Price Is Too High, The ~ Slim Harpo
21. Rainin' In My Heart - (overdubbed version) ~ Slim Harpo
22. Jody Man ~ Slim Harpo
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Producers: J.D. Miller, Bob Holmes, Slim Harpo, Aaron Varnell, Lynn Ourso, Jr.
Muze PNote Compilation producers: Pat Lawrence, Dana G. Smart.
Muze PNote Recorded between 1957 & 1971. Includes liner notes by John Broven.
Muze PNote Personnel: Slim Harpo (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Jimmy Johnson , Rudolph Richard, Gabriel Pandy Perrodin, Jr., Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, James Johnson (guitar); Willie Parler (tenor saxophone); Sonny Martin (piano); Katie Webster, Charles Hodges (organ); Fats Perrodin (bass guitar); Clarence "Jockey" Etinne, Sammy K. Brown, Roger Hawkins, Howard Grimes (drums); Lazy Lester (percussion).
Muze PNote Recording information: Deep South Recording Studio, Baton Rougr, LA; Fame Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL; North Parkerson, Crowley, LA; Rouyal Recording Studio, Memphis, TN; Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville, TN.
Muze PNote Slim Harpo is among the most accessible, beloved, and commercially successful artists in blues history. The elements of Harpo's broad appeal included a genre-spanning musical approach (one hears a blend of country, rock & roll, and raucous electric blues), infectiously hooky melodies, a distinctive singing style marked by a nasal tone and careful annunciation, and Harpo's propulsive harmonica playing. Unlike many blues artists, too, Harpo stuck to one label, the Memphis-based Excello Records, whose muscular, echo-driven production and strong promotion helped push Harpo's recordings up the charts.
Muze PNote A double-disc, 44-song package, THE EXCELLO SINGLES ANTHOLOGY is hard to beat. The lead track, Harpo's theme song, "I'm a King Bee," from 1957, is alone worth the price of admission, and sets the stage for much of the swampy, churning music to follow. But one of the bluesman's best attributes is his range, amply demonstrated here by crooning ballads ("Rainin' in My Heart"), shuffling grooves ("Baby Scratch My Back"), John Lee Hooker-esque boogies ("Shake Your Hips"), radio-friendly pop ("Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu"), and amped-up country (a cover of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues"). THE EXCELLO SINGLES ANTHOLOGY works as a greatest-hits package and a definitive career retrospective, making it the perfect one-stop Slim Harpo purchase.

Engineer: Jimmy Johnson; Ernie Winfrey

Artist Overview

Slim Harpo's laid-back, sensual style of singing and harmonica playing made him a key figure of Louisiana swamp blues in the 1950s and 1960s. His catchy grooves and sly, subtle vocals found him crossing over from the blues market to the greener pastures of pop with a number of hits in the 1960s. He proved enormously influential to the 1960s British blues boom, and his songs were covered by the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, and many others. On the verge of bigger and worldwide success, however, Slim succumbed to a heart attack at age 46 in 1970.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 4-Harmonica Classics
Muze Music Compilations Gold:blues
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Soul
Muze Music Compilations All Time Greatest Blues Songs
Muze Music Compilations Bluesin By The Bay:rough N Tough
Muze Music Compilations True Blood:vol 3 (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Doors Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations True Blood Soundtrack

Associated Artists and Works

Neal, Kenny

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/12/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : AAB000058302
Music Label Name Label : Hip-O
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mixed
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602498069080

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (9/18/03, p.76)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...This double CD, packed with forty-four tracks, will scratch anyone's itch for Slim Harpo's jaunty, grooving R&B....These are incomparably tangy sides from a true original..."

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