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Big Joe Turner's Greatest Hits
     

Big Joe Turner's Greatest Hits

by Big Joe Turner
 

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Big Joe Turner's music is the aural equivalent of a rare Porterhouse steak -- oversized, juicy, and a glorious overload for the senses, and if isn't always good for you, that's just part of the fun. Whether what he was singing was billed as jazz, swing, rhythm & blues, or rock & roll, Turner pretty much always did things the same way, rolling with the big beat and

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Big Joe Turner's music is the aural equivalent of a rare Porterhouse steak -- oversized, juicy, and a glorious overload for the senses, and if isn't always good for you, that's just part of the fun. Whether what he was singing was billed as jazz, swing, rhythm & blues, or rock & roll, Turner pretty much always did things the same way, rolling with the big beat and shouting with carnal joy on the subjects of wine, women, and song (even his hurtin' songs were pretty lively), and to this day his rollicking Atlantic sides are an ideal way to get the party started. Big Joe Turner's Greatest Hits pulls together most of Turner's best-known tunes for Atlantic (fleshed out to a full 21 songs on its CD re-release), and while Turner recorded an awful lot of music over the course of a career that spanned five decades, this CD does a surprisingly good job of serving up the best stuff from his most fruitful and satisfying period, and if you can listen to "Shake, Rattle and Roll," "Flip, Flop and Fly," "Honey Hush," "Boogie Woogie Country Girl," or "Well All Right" without getting up to dance (or at least tapping your foot), maybe you shouldn't be bothering with this music stuff in the first place. Historically invaluable, and more importantly a whole lot of fun, Big Joe Turner's Greatest Hits pretty well lives up to its billing and is a superb place to introduce yourself to the music of one of the great wildmen of the blues.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678175220
catalogNumber:
81752
Rank:
52496

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Joe Turner   Primary Artist,Vocals
George Barnes   Guitar
King Curtis   Tenor Saxophone
Budd Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Mickey Baker   Guitar
Johnny Jones   Piano
Billy Mure   Guitar
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Connie Kay   Drums
Cookies   Background Vocals
Rector Bailey   Guitar
Edgar Blanchard   Guitar
William Burchett   Alto Saxophone
Michael Chimes   Harmonica
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Dimes DuPont   Alto Saxophone
Mack Easton   Baritone Saxophone
John Fernandez   Bass
Panama Francis   Drums
Ernie Hayes   Piano
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Warren Hebrew   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Grady "Fats" Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Elmore James   Guitar
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Arlem Kareem   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Frank Mitchell   Trumpet
Freddie Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Morris   Trumpet
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Jim Pogo Richardson   Bass
Red Saunders   Drums
Thomas Sheldon   Trumpet
Alonzo Stewart   Drums
Jesse Stone   Piano
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Van "Piano Man" Walls   Piano
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris   Trombone
Jimmy Richardson   Bass
Kathy Thomas   Piano

Technical Credits

Big Joe Turner   Composer,Producer
Herb Abramson   Producer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Bob Porter   Producer,Reissue Producer
Jesse Stone   Arranger
Jerry Wexler   Composer,Producer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Chuck Calhoun   Composer
Nicholas Brodszky   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer

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