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Blow Man, Blow!
     

Blow Man, Blow!

by King Curtis
 
71 songs spread among three CDs, covering King Curtis's tenure at Capitol from 1962 until 1965. This wasn't the most productive period in Curtis's career, but it was his first chance to make records on more than a piecemeal basis under his own name; the result is a dazzling array of sounds and songs. Hidden among the country covers and abortive early sides on Disc One

Overview

71 songs spread among three CDs, covering King Curtis's tenure at Capitol from 1962 until 1965. This wasn't the most productive period in Curtis's career, but it was his first chance to make records on more than a piecemeal basis under his own name; the result is a dazzling array of sounds and songs. Hidden among the country covers and abortive early sides on Disc One is a lot of gold, most notably "Slow Drag" and the previously unreleased "New Dance," which features some killer guitar; the early unissued material is superb, including the Curtis original "Frisky," a slow version of "Alexander's Ragtime Band," the beguiling "Sukiyaki," and a gorgeous bossa nova called "Amorosa." (Many of these tracks feature guitarist Cornell Dupree, who was to figure in Curtis's most successful records for Capitol.) Disc Two is where things start to cook: from "More Soul" on through to the previously unreleased "Hung Over," there's not a note of filler on the disc, which encompasses all of the Soul Serenade album as well as a brace of unreleased songs and some very fine singles, including a dazzling cover of the Acker Bilk standard "Stranger on the Shore," and a soulful recomposition of Jackie Gleason's "Melancholy Serenade." Disc Three comprises material ranging from reinterpretations of pop standards like "Moon River" and "The Girl From Ipanema" through a dozen covers of Sam Cooke songs, all worthwhile.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/1994
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127156709
catalogNumber:
15670
Rank:
221742

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Curtis   Primary Artist,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Saxello
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Jimmy Lewis   Bass
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Willie Rodriguez   Bongos
Gary Chester   Percussion,Drums
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Bob Ashton   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
George Barrow   Tenor Saxophone
Raymond Beckenstein   Saxophone
Bob Bushnell   Bass
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
George Dorsey   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Eric Gale   Guitar
Paul Griffin   Organ,Piano
Ernie Hayes   Organ,Piano
Tate Houston   Baritone Saxophone
Money Johnson   Trumpet
Jerry Kail   Trumpet
Ray Lucas   Conga,Drums
Carl Lynch   Guitar
Tom McIntosh   Trombone
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Horace Ott   Piano
Romeo Penque   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Joe Richardson   Guitar
George Stubbs   Piano
Tony Studd   Trombone
James Tyrell   Electric Bass,fender rhodes
Freddie Zito   Trombone
Billy Butler   Guitar

Technical Credits

Floyd Cramer   Composer
King Curtis   Arranger
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Manny Kellem   Producer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Skeeter Davis   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Leroy Glover   Director
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Nick Venet   Producer
Peter Grendysa   Liner Notes,Biographical Editor
Hoffmann Nienburg   Artwork
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Dave Cavanaugh   Producer

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