Arhoolie Presents American Masters, Vol. 8: 15 Piano Blues & Boogie Classics

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All Music Guide - Ken Chang
For Volume Eight of its American Masters budget series, Arhoolie tackles the "blues piano" theme, with a crushing emphasis on the boogie-woogie styles of various Chicago, Kansas City, Texas, Louisiana, and Delta players. The pacing of this album does get predictable after a while fast boogie, slow blues, fast boogie, slow blues..., but there's so much stylistic diversity here that the formula never gets tiresome. Producer Chris Strachwitz wisely avoids instrumental overkill the trademark of most blues piano anthologies by including several outstanding vocal performances by the likes of Mercy Dee Walton, Omar Sharriff, Johnny Young who duets with Otis Spann, and Clifton ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Chang
For Volume Eight of its American Masters budget series, Arhoolie tackles the "blues piano" theme, with a crushing emphasis on the boogie-woogie styles of various Chicago, Kansas City, Texas, Louisiana, and Delta players. The pacing of this album does get predictable after a while fast boogie, slow blues, fast boogie, slow blues..., but there's so much stylistic diversity here that the formula never gets tiresome. Producer Chris Strachwitz wisely avoids instrumental overkill the trademark of most blues piano anthologies by including several outstanding vocal performances by the likes of Mercy Dee Walton, Omar Sharriff, Johnny Young who duets with Otis Spann, and Clifton Chenier backed by Elmore Nixon. But in the end, the speed demons get to flaunt plenty of their pounding instrumental fare -- the main culprits being Pete Johnson, Big Joe Duskin, Katie Webster, and Lafayette Leake. This is a no-frills package no liner notes whatsoever and minimal track info, but the music is without a doubt spectacular.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/1997
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297010822
  • Catalog Number: 108
  • Sales rank: 204,862

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dollar Bill Boogie - Big Joe Duskin (2:26)
  2. 2 Have You Ever Been out in the Country - Mercy Dee (3:43)
  3. 3 Whistling Alex Moore's Blues - Whistlin' Alex Moore (3:08)
  4. 4 Moaning and Groaning - Otis Spann (3:21)
  5. 5 Katie's Boogie Woogie - Katie Webster (2:16)
  6. 6 Cruel Hearted Woman - Thunder Smith (2:32)
  7. 7 The Ma Grinder - Robert Shaw (4:15)
  8. 8 Why Did You Go Last Night? - Elmore Nixon (3:20)
  9. 9 Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - L.C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson & Pinetop Perkins (3:35)
  10. 10 San Francisco Can Be Such a Lonely Town - Omar Shariff (4:30)
  11. 11 Rocket Boogie "88", Pt. 1 - Pete Johnson (2:52)
  12. 12 Sugar Hill (Pt. 1) - Bukka White (3:35)
  13. 13 You Ain't Got a Chance - Piano Red (2:56)
  14. 14 Cold Chills - Piano Red (3:13)
  15. 15 On the Spot Boogie - Lafayette Leake (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Henry Gray Piano, Vocals
Whistlin' Alex Moore Piano, Vocals
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Piano Red Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Katie Webster Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Bukka White Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Young Track Performer
Clifton Chenier Accordion, Vocals, Track Performer
Pete Johnson Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Big Joe Duskin Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Mercy Dee Walton Piano, Vocals
Robert Shaw Track Performer
Lafayette Leake Piano, Track Performer
Elmore Nixon Piano, Track Performer
Pinetop Perkins Piano, Track Performer
Thunder Smith Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Otis Spann Piano, Track Performer
L.C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson Track Performer
Mercy Dee Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tom Diamant Producer
Chris Strachwitz Producer, Cover Photo
Wayne Pope Cover Design
Dix Bruce Artwork
Chris Stracbwitz Producer
Mercy Dee Cover Photo
Willie Perryman Composer
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