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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Elvin Bishop

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After starting out with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the mid-'60s, Elvin Bishop recorded solo for the short-lived Fillmore label (later controlled by Sony) in the late '60s and early '70s, and he made several albums for the independent Alligator Records in the '80s and '90s. But he gained his greatest commercial recognition on Capricorn Records (the early catalog of which is now controlled by Universal) in the mid- to late '70s, and it is this portion of his career that is represented on this midline-priced best-of, which has been assigned to Universal's Mercury imprint. Bishop modified his basic blues-rock style for each of his affiliations: With Butterfield he ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After starting out with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the mid-'60s, Elvin Bishop recorded solo for the short-lived Fillmore label (later controlled by Sony) in the late '60s and early '70s, and he made several albums for the independent Alligator Records in the '80s and '90s. But he gained his greatest commercial recognition on Capricorn Records (the early catalog of which is now controlled by Universal) in the mid- to late '70s, and it is this portion of his career that is represented on this midline-priced best-of, which has been assigned to Universal's Mercury imprint. Bishop modified his basic blues-rock style for each of his affiliations: With Butterfield he played Chicago blues, on Fillmore he took on something of the San Francisco acid rock style, and on Capricorn he absorbed some of the Southern rock of labelmates like the Allman Brothers Band. Four of his five Hot 100 chart entries are found here (the missing one is the least successful, "Spend Some Time"), among them "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," the Top Five hit that has always been an anomaly for him, not only because Mickey Thomas is featured on lead vocals, but also because, even though Bishop wrote it, it sounds much more pop-oriented than one expects from him. More consistent with his style is the minor chart entry "Travelin' Shoes," which boasts a lot of Allmans-like slide guitar work, especially in the seven-minute-plus workout heard here (the single was a three-minute edit), and some politically incorrect lyrics about beating a woman with a baseball bat that probably didn't sound as objectionable back in 1974. But then, the country blues never boasted the most enlightened lyrics, and Bishop also cheerfully admits to "Stealin' Watermelons." At a reasonable price, this collection effectively summarizes his six Capricorn albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2002
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731458952923
  • Catalog Number: 589529
  • Sales rank: 12,252

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvin Bishop Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Maria Muldaur Background Vocals
Amos Garrett Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Coral Sitar
Mickey Thomas Background Vocals
Toy Caldwell Steel Guitar
Philip Aaberg Organ, Piano, Celeste, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer Bass
Dan Armstrong Horn
Jo Baker Background Vocals
Don Baldwin Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Chuck Brooks Horn
Debbie Cathey Background Vocals
Charlie Daniels Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, Washboard, Electric Fiddle
Bob Claire Horn
Vassar Clements Strings
Gideon Daniels Background Vocals
Terry Hanck Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Ross Hayashida Background Vocals
Paul Hornsby Organ
Jerome Joseph Conga
Mike Keck Organ, Piano
Rick Kellogg Harmonica
Bill Lamb Horn
Ross Mason Bass
Scott Mathews Percussion, Drums
Jerry McKinney Horn
Bill Meeker Drums
Steve Miller Piano
Annie Sampson Background Vocals
Johnny Sandlin Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Tambourine
Melvin Seals Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Bill Slais Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals, Clavinet
Reni Slais Vocals, Background Vocals
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Organ
David Walshaw Tambourine
Maurice Cridlin Bass
Dave Grover Horn
Richard Betts Electric Guitar
Michael Brooks Bass
Harold Wilson Saxophone
Johnny Vernazza Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
The Gospel Clouds Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Allan Blazek Producer, Engineer
Johnny Sandlin Producer
Bill Szymczyk Producer, Executive Producer
Joseph F. Laredo Liner Notes
Suha Gur Mastering
Tower of Power Horn Section Contributor
Charlyn Zlotnick Inlay Photography
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