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Artist: Gene Phillips
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Swinging The Blues CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 60391548
UPC: 029667174626
UPC 14: 00029667174626
Release Date: 2/15/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Big Legs ~ Gene Phillips
2. It's Raining ~ Gene Phillips
3. Honey Chile ~ Gene Phillips
4. Big Fat Mama ~ Gene Phillips
5. Snuff Dripping Mama ~ Gene Phillips
6. To Each His Own, Brother ~ Gene Phillips
7. Punkin' Head Woman ~ Gene Phillips
8. My Mama Told Me ~ Gene Phillips
9. My Baby's Mistreating Me ~ Gene Phillips
10. Slippin' & Slidin' ~ Gene Phillips
11. See See Rider ~ Gene Phillips
12. I Wonder What The Poor Folks Are Doin' ~ Gene Phillips
13. Honky Tonk Train Blues ~ Gene Phillips
14. How Long, How Long Blues ~ Gene Phillips
15. Happy Birthday (Jules Bihari) ~ Gene Phillips
16. Fatso ~ Gene Phillips
17. Gene's Guitar Blues ~ Gene Phillips
18. Broke and Disgusted (AKA It's a Lonely World) ~ Gene Phillips
19. Jumpin' With Lloyd ~ Gene Phillips
20. Cherry Red ~ Gene Phillips
21. Gene Jumps The Blues ~ Gene Phillips
22. Short Haired Ugly Woman ~ Gene Phillips
23. Rambling Woman ~ Gene Phillips
24. Crying Won't Help You None ~ Gene Phillips
25. Flying Home ~ Gene Phillips

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Gene Phillips, Maxwell Davis, Jake Porter, Jack McVea.
Muze PNote Composer: Ray Topping.
Muze PNote Photographer: Ray Topping.
Muze PNote Arranger: Ma Rainey.
Muze PNote This 25-song compilation doesn't contain exact recording dates, but it can be safely assumed that most or all of this was cut between 1947-1951; about half appeared on singles from that period, while some showed up on a 1963 Crown album (although they were obviously done much earlier), and others weren't released until Ace LP collections in the 1980s. (There's also a previously unissued "Happy Birthday," cut for Modern's Jules Bihari's birthday.) Regardless of the specifics, it's early jump blues from the stage at which it was in transition from jazz to R&B, leaning in some cases closer to jazz than R&B. That may be why Phillips was pretty much a forgotten case by the mid-'50s. In any event, this remains decent, historically important early jump blues by an unheralded early pioneer of the electric guitar, as you can hear when he gets the chance to stretch out on numbers like "Slippin' & Slidin'" and "Gene Jumps the Blues." It's also notable for being some of the first material to bear the stamp of the Modern house sound, although musically it's a little more restrained and less bluesy than some of the Modern acts who would follow. Lyrically, though, Phillips was often quite ribald, as song titles like "Big Fat Mama," "Snuff Dripping Mama," "Fatso," and "Short Haired Ugly Woman" let you know before you even tear off the shrink-wrap. That kind of politically incorrect view of women hasn't aged wonderfully. You do wonder how Phillips and Modern thought they were going to get away with "Punkin' Head Woman," with lines sung to sound very much like "f*ckin' head mama." The collection has surprisingly clear and vibrant sound quality, considering the age of the sources. ~ Richie Unterberger

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/08/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2000
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CDCHD 746
Music Label Name Label : Ace (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00029667174626

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