Excello Singles Anthology CD - Slim Harpo (2003)

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 60609664
UPC 602498069080
UPC 14 00602498069080
Format CD
Release Date 8/26/2003
Links
Author Slim Harpo
Compilation Appearance Vol. 4-Harmonica Classics
Compilation Appearance Gold:blues
Compilation Appearance True Blood:vol 3 (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Smooth Soul
Compilation Appearance All Time Greatest Blues Songs
Associated Artist/Work Neal, Kenny
Artist Influence Blind Lemon Jefferson
Artist Influence Eddie Taylor
Artist Influence Elmore James
Artist Influence Howlin' Wolf
Artist Influence Jimmy Reed
Artist Influence Jimmy Rogers (Blues)
Artist Influence John Lee Hooker
Artist Influence Lightnin' Hopkins
Artist Influence Lightnin' Slim
Artist Influence Little Walter
Artist Influence Magic Sam
Artist Influence Muddy Waters
Artist Influence Robert Nighthawk
Artist Influence Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
Artist Influence Willie Dixon
Artist Contemporary Al Ferrier
Artist Contemporary Carol Fran
Artist Contemporary Clarence Edwards
Artist Contemporary Cookie & the Cupcakes
Artist Contemporary Cornelius Green
Artist Contemporary Guitar Gable
Artist Contemporary Guitar Junior
Artist Contemporary Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones)
Artist Contemporary Henry Gray
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Reed
Artist Contemporary Joe Hudson
Artist Contemporary Johnny Janot
Artist Contemporary Junior Kimbrough
Artist Contemporary Lazy Lester
Artist Contemporary Leroy Washington
Artist Contemporary Lightnin' Slim
Artist Contemporary Lonesome Sundown
Artist Contemporary Lonnie Brooks
Artist Contemporary Rockin' Tabby Thomas
Artist Contemporary Roscoe Shelton
Artist Contemporary Silas Hogan
Artist Contemporary T-Bone Singleton
Artist Contemporary The Rolling Stones
Artist Contemporary Warren Storm
Artist Follower Al Smith
Artist Follower Alex Chilton
Artist Follower Canned Heat
Artist Follower Grateful Dead
Artist Follower Jimmy Dawkins
Artist Follower John Mayall
Artist Follower Kenny Neal
Artist Follower Larry Garner
Artist Follower The Animals
Artist Follower The Kinks
Artist Follower The Pretty Things
Artist Follower The Rolling Stones
Artist Follower The Who
Artist Follower The Yardbirds
Artist Follower Them
Technical Info
Engineer Jimmy Johnson; Ernie Winfrey
CatalogID AAB000058302
Lable Name Hip-O
Released 08/12/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 118m : 49s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498069080
Album Notes and Credits
Producers: J.D. Miller, Bob Holmes, Slim Harpo, Aaron Varnell, Lynn Ourso, Jr.
Compilation producers: Pat Lawrence, Dana G. Smart.
Recorded between 1957 & 1971. Includes liner notes by John Broven.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
Disc 1
1 I'm A King Bee,Baby Scratch My Back
2 I Got Love If You Want It,I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil)
3 Wondering And Worryin',Shake Your Hips
4 Strange Love,Midnight Blues
5 You'll Be Sorry One Day,I'm Your Breadmaker, Baby
6 One More Day,Loving You (The Way I Do)
7 Buzz Me Babe,Tip On In - (Part 1)
8 Late Last Night,Tip On In - (Part 2)
9 Blues Hang-Over,I'm Gonna Keep What I've Got
10 What A Dream,I've Got To Be With You Tonight
11 Don't Start Cryin' Now,Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu
12 Rainin' In My Heart,Mailbox Blues
13 I Love The Life I'm Living,Mohair Sam
14 Buzzin,I Just Can't Leave You
15 I Need Money (Keep Your Alibis),That's Why I Love You
16 Little Queen Bee (Got A Brand New King Bee),Just For You
17 Still Rainin' In My Heart,Folsom Prison Blues
18 We're Two Of A Kind,Mutual Friend
19 Sittin' Here Wondering,I've Got My Finger On Your Trigger
20 What's Goin' On Baby,Price Is Too High, The
21 Harpo's Blues,Rainin' In My Heart - (overdubbed version)
22 Please Don't Turn Me Down,Jody Man
Disc 2
1 I'm A King Bee,Baby Scratch My Back
2 I Got Love If You Want It,I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil)
3 Wondering And Worryin',Shake Your Hips
4 Strange Love,Midnight Blues
5 You'll Be Sorry One Day,I'm Your Breadmaker, Baby
6 One More Day,Loving You (The Way I Do)
7 Buzz Me Babe,Tip On In - (Part 1)
8 Late Last Night,Tip On In - (Part 2)
9 Blues Hang-Over,I'm Gonna Keep What I've Got
10 What A Dream,I've Got To Be With You Tonight
11 Don't Start Cryin' Now,Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu
12 Rainin' In My Heart,Mailbox Blues
13 I Love The Life I'm Living,Mohair Sam
14 Buzzin,I Just Can't Leave You
15 I Need Money (Keep Your Alibis),That's Why I Love You
16 Little Queen Bee (Got A Brand New King Bee),Just For You
17 Still Rainin' In My Heart,Folsom Prison Blues
18 We're Two Of A Kind,Mutual Friend
19 Sittin' Here Wondering,I've Got My Finger On Your Trigger
20 What's Goin' On Baby,Price Is Too High, The
21 Harpo's Blues,Rainin' In My Heart - (overdubbed version)
22 Please Don't Turn Me Down,Jody Man

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