Blues for Dootsie: The Blue and Dootone Sides

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Veteran West Coast horn man Walter "Dootsie" Williams founded Blue Records in 1949, originally to release the raunchy "blue" songs of comedian Billy Mitchell (the first of these, "Song of the Woodpecker," was fairly representative), and over the next two years Williams released some 34 singles on Blue, roughly half of them blues or R&B. Williams folded Blue in 1951, then changed the name of his label to Dootone and began to pursue a more pop direction, although he continued to issue blues and R&B-related material. By 1955, when he changed the name of the label to Dooto for legal reasons, Williams was dealing almost exclusively with doo wop performers. In 1956 he ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Veteran West Coast horn man Walter "Dootsie" Williams founded Blue Records in 1949, originally to release the raunchy "blue" songs of comedian Billy Mitchell (the first of these, "Song of the Woodpecker," was fairly representative), and over the next two years Williams released some 34 singles on Blue, roughly half of them blues or R&B. Williams folded Blue in 1951, then changed the name of his label to Dootone and began to pursue a more pop direction, although he continued to issue blues and R&B-related material. By 1955, when he changed the name of the label to Dooto for legal reasons, Williams was dealing almost exclusively with doo wop performers. In 1956 he set up Authentic Records to handle his blues issues, but by 1958 he was all but done with the music business, settling back into comedy production, releasing albums by comedian Redd Foxx and others. This generous 30-track, 75-minute collection gathers up some of the more notable blues and R&B sides that Williams released on his Blue and Dootone imprints, and while there is some intriguing stuff here like Johnny Taylor's slow and elegant "Back Alley Blues," Fats Gaines' generic but effective "Katy Lee," Bumps Myers' funky "I'm Clappin' and Shoutin'," and a pair of rough-and-ragged Stormy Herman tracks ("The Jitterbug," "Cadillac Fever"), most of it is fairly ordinary stuff, making Blues for Dootsie an archival treasure but not necessarily a musical one. Collectors will love it, but casual listeners may find that it strikes the same note and tone over and over again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667019927
  • Catalog Number: 1115
  • Sales rank: 208,443

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 West Coast Baby - Johnny Taylor & His Mellow 5 (2:54)
  2. 2 I Got a Country Gal - Bobby Nunn & His Hot Five (2:27)
  3. 3 Bring Your Lovin' Back to Me - Bobby Nunn & His Hot Five (2:33)
  4. 4 Rocky Mountain Blues - Johnny Taylor & His Mellow 5 (2:58)
  5. 5 Everybody's Jumpin' Tonight - Dootsie Williams & Rhythm Kings (2:31)
  6. 6 I'm Clappin' and Shoutin' - Bumps Myers & His Frantic Five (2:30)
  7. 7 I'm Tellin' You Baby - Bumps Myers & His Frantic Five (2:23)
  8. 8 Gamblin' Blues - Dootsie Williams & Rhythm Kings (2:55)
  9. 9 Mr. Monkey Man - Johnny Taylor (2:40)
  10. 10 Back Alley Blues - Johnny Taylor (2:14)
  11. 11 You'd Better Come Home Baby (2:13)
  12. 12 He's an Ivory Beating Baby (On the Baby Grand) (2:22)
  13. 13 Roll It Boogie (2:47)
  14. 14 The Hole in the Wall (2:18)
  15. 15 Baby, Let's Make Some Love (2:22)
  16. 16 Blues Boogie (3:07)
  17. 17 Anticipating Blues - Bobby Nunn (2:27)
  18. 18 I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya (Low Down Dog) - Dootsie Williams & His Orchestra (2:38)
  19. 19 Hard Luck, Women and Strife - Pete Johnson All-Stars (2:40)
  20. 20 Richmond Blues - Betty Hall Jones (2:43)
  21. 21 Automatic Daddy - Ressie Mae Jones & Her Combo (2:29)
  22. 22 The Jitterbug - Stormy Herman & His Midnight Ramblers (2:38)
  23. 23 Rent Day (1:45)
  24. 24 Cadillac Fever (2:03)
  25. 25 Bad Luck - Stormy Herman & His Midnight Ramblers (2:30)
  26. 26 Katy Lee (2:09)
  27. 27 You're with Me, Baby (2:53)
  28. 28 My Man Is Gone - Fats Gaines (2:45)
  29. 29 Are You Ready to Go Steady (2:09)
  30. 30 My Mistake (2:34)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Vernon Green Composer
Jim Dawson Liner Notes
Ike Turner Composer
Harold Jones Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Bill Willis Composer
Napoleon Henry Composer
Dootsie Williams Composer, Liner Notes
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Ella Tate Composer
Johnny Taylor Composer
Fats Gaines Composer
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