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

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

by Elvin Bishop
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2002
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0731458952923
catalogNumber:
589529
Rank:
11621

Tracks

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,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
Gospel Clouds   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Allan Blazek   Producer,Engineer
Johnny Sandlin   Producer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer,Executive Producer
Joseph F. Laredo   Liner Notes
Charlyn Zlotnick   Inlay Photography
Tower Of Power Horns   Contributor

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