Early Cuts from a Singer, Pianist and Songwriter

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Champion Jack Dupree began his musical journey as a barrelhouse New Orleans piano player, and elements of that driving style stayed with him throughout his 50-year recording career (he first cut a record in 1940 and was still active as a performer when he died in 1992), but along the way he also developed into a complete entertainer, exceedingly casual and comfortable around audiences, capable of delivering thundering gutbucket blues pieces, but also able to turn things smooth and elegant, and shades of all of that are already on display in this anthology of his early recordings. Presented in chronological order, these early sides make a fine introduction (both literally ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Champion Jack Dupree began his musical journey as a barrelhouse New Orleans piano player, and elements of that driving style stayed with him throughout his 50-year recording career (he first cut a record in 1940 and was still active as a performer when he died in 1992), but along the way he also developed into a complete entertainer, exceedingly casual and comfortable around audiences, capable of delivering thundering gutbucket blues pieces, but also able to turn things smooth and elegant, and shades of all of that are already on display in this anthology of his early recordings. Presented in chronological order, these early sides make a fine introduction (both literally and historically) to this fun, wry, and engaging musician.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/2009
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065712020
  • Catalog Number: 77120
  • Sales rank: 241,572

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gamblin' Man Blues (2:49)
  2. 2 Warehouse Man Blues (2:49)
  3. 3 Chain Gang Blues (2:32)
  4. 4 New Low Down Dog (3:00)
  5. 5 Black Woman Swing (2:48)
  6. 6 Cabbage Greens No. 1 (2:59)
  7. 7 Cabbage Greens No. 2 (2:37)
  8. 8 Angola Blues (2:54)
  9. 9 My Cabin Inn (3:02)
  10. 10 Bad Health Blues (2:44)
  11. 11 That's All Right (2:34)
  12. 12 Gibing Blues (2:56)
  13. 13 Dupree Shake Dance (2:58)
  14. 14 My Baby's Gone (2:45)
  15. 15 Weed Head Woman (2:55)
  16. 16 Junker Blues (2:43)
  17. 17 Oh, Red (2:54)
  18. 18 All Alone Blues (2:44)
  19. 19 Big Time Mama (2:38)
  20. 20 Shady Lane (2:44)
  21. 21 Hurry Down Sunshine (2:39)
  22. 22 Jackie P. Blues (2:40)
  23. 23 Heavy Heart Blues (2:34)
  24. 24 Morning Tea (2:45)
  25. 25 Black Cow Blues (2:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Cabin Inn (2:42)
  2. 2 Bad Health Blues (2:40)
  3. 3 Gibing Blues (2:48)
  4. 4 Dupree Shake Dance (2:43)
  5. 5 My Baby's Gone (2:27)
  6. 6 Jackie P. Blues (2:44)
  7. 7 Black Cow Blues (2:31)
  8. 8 Jitterbug (2:24)
  9. 9 Slow Boogie (2:29)
  10. 10 Mexico Reminiscences (2:53)
  11. 11 Too Evil to Cry (3:42)
  12. 12 Clog Dance (Stomping Blues) (2:00)
  13. 13 Rum Cola Blues (2:49)
  14. 14 She Makes Good Jelly (2:48)
  15. 15 Johnson Street Boogie Woogie (2:49)
  16. 16 I'm Going Down with You (2:48)
  17. 17 F.D.R. Blues (2:39)
  18. 18 God Bless Our New President (2:44)
  19. 19 County Jail Special (3:17)
  20. 20 Fisherman's Blues (3:11)
  21. 21 Black Wolf (2:42)
  22. 22 Lover's Lane (2:53)
  23. 23 Walkin' by Myself (2:51)
  24. 24 Outside Man (2:46)
  25. 25 Forget It Mama (2:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 You've Been Drunk (2:42)
  2. 2 Santa Claus Blues (2:18)
  3. 3 Gin Mill Sal (2:44)
  4. 4 Let's Have a Ball (2:25)
  5. 5 Going Down Slow (2:45)
  6. 6 Hard Feeling (2:24)
  7. 7 How Long, How Long Blues (2:37)
  8. 8 Mean Old Frisco (2:54)
  9. 9 I Think You Need a Shot (3:22)
  10. 10 Bad Whiskey and Wild Woman (2:32)
  11. 11 Bus Station Blues (2:27)
  12. 12 Love Strike Blues (2:49)
  13. 13 Wet Deck Mama (2:59)
  14. 14 Big Legged Mama (2:42)
  15. 15 I'm a Doctor for Women (2:40)
  16. 16 Cecelia, Ceceila - Willie Jordan & His Swinging Five (2:34)
  17. 17 Going Down to the Bottom - Willie Jordan & His Swinging Five (2:24)
  18. 18 Fifth Avenue Blues - Willie Jordan & His Swinging Five (2:15)
  19. 19 Highway 31 - Willie Jordan & His Swinging Five (3:06)
  20. 20 Come Back Baby - Champion Jack Dupree & His Country Blues Band (2:41)
  21. 21 Chittlins and Rice - Champion Jack Dupree & His Country Blues Band (2:57)
  22. 22 One Sweet Letter (2:17)
  23. 23 Lonesome Bedroom Blues (3:04)
  24. 24 Old Woman Blues (3:00)
  25. 25 Mean Mistreatin' Mama (3:06)
  26. 26 Featherweight Mama - Brother Blues & The Back Room Boys (2:17)
  27. 27 Day Break - Brother Blues & The Back Room Boys (3:00)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Deacon's Party - Big Chief Ellis & His Blues Stars (2:44)
  2. 2 My Baby's Comin' Back Home - Big Chief Ellis & His Blues Stars (3:01)
  3. 3 Just Plain Tired - Big Chief Ellis & His Blues Stars (3:12)
  4. 4 I'm Gonna Find You Someday - Big Chief Ellis & His Blues Stars (3:03)
  5. 5 Goin' Back to Louisiana - Meat Head Johnson & His Blues Hound (2:36)
  6. 6 Barrel House Mama - Meat Head Johnson & His Blues Hound (2:31)
  7. 7 Old, Old Woman - Meat Head Johnson & His Blues Hound (2:41)
  8. 8 Mean Black Snake - Meat Head Johnson & His Blues Hound (2:51)
  9. 9 The Woman I Love - Brownie McGhee & His Guitar & Orchestra (3:04)
  10. 10 All Night Party - Brownie McGhee & His Guitar & Orchestra (2:23)
  11. 11 Heart Breaking Woman - Big Tom Collins (2:45)
  12. 12 Watchin' My Stuff - Big Tom Collins (2:36)
  13. 13 Ragged and Hungry - Lightin' Jr. & The Empires (2:46)
  14. 14 Somebody Changed the Lock - Lightin' Jr. & The Empires (2:53)
  15. 15 Stumbling Block Blues (2:51)
  16. 16 Highway Blues (2:53)
  17. 17 Shake Baby Shake (2:26)
  18. 18 Number Nine Blues (3:13)
  19. 19 Drunk Again (3:07)
  20. 20 Shim Sham Shimmy (2:47)
  21. 21 Ain't No Meat on de Bone (2:49)
  22. 22 The Blues Got Me Rockin' (2:48)
  23. 23 Tongue Tied Blues (2:45)
  24. 24 Please Tell Me Baby (2:43)
  25. 25 Walkin' Upside Your Head (2:44)
  26. 26 Rub a Little Boogie (2:32)
  27. 27 Camille (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Champion Jack Dupree Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Bill Gaither Guitar
Milton Batiste Trumpet
Mickey Baker Guitar
Papa George Lightfoot Harmonica
Tom Barney Bass
Brownie McGhee Guitar
Jesse Ellery Guitar
Wilbert Ellis Piano
Willie Jones Drums
Ransom Knowling Bass
Sticks McGhee Guitar
Gene Moore Drums
Nat Perrilliat Tenor Saxophone
Jesse Powell Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Terry Harmonica
Wilson Swain Bass
Al King Tenor Saxophone
Count Edmundson Bass
Cedric Wallace Bass
Edwin Moire Guitar
Jesse Powell Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Merritt Drums
Bill Gaither Guitar
John Taylor Drums
Charles Connor Drums
Earl Johnson & His Dixie Entertainers Drums
Willie Jones III Drums
The Empires Vocals
Al King Tenor Saxophone
Bob Harris Bass
Ernest Hayward Drums
Mickey Spider Trumpet
Sidney Grant Tenor Saxophone
Milton Baptiste Trumpet
Mickey Spider Trumpet
Lonnie Scott Piano
Ernest Hayward Drums
John Taylor Drums
Papa Lightfoot Harmonica
Earl Johnson Drums
Technical Credits
Neil Slaven Liner Notes, Annotation
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