Essential Recordings: Down on Bended Knee

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If any label has the means to exploit its catalog, it's Rounder, and in its Perfect Ten series, the label picked ten of its best-known artists and chose representative selections from what they issued. Most of these artists -- Ruth Brown, Ted Hawkins, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Loudon Wainwright III, Solomon Burke, Duke Robillard, Mississippi John Hurt, Tracy Nelson, Johnny Adams, as well as the subject of this collection, the great Texas bluesman Johnny "Clyde" Copeland -- often recorded better material elsewhere, but the sides chosen do capture them at particular and sometimes poignant and important places in their careers. In the particular case of Johnny Copeland, his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If any label has the means to exploit its catalog, it's Rounder, and in its Perfect Ten series, the label picked ten of its best-known artists and chose representative selections from what they issued. Most of these artists -- Ruth Brown, Ted Hawkins, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Loudon Wainwright III, Solomon Burke, Duke Robillard, Mississippi John Hurt, Tracy Nelson, Johnny Adams, as well as the subject of this collection, the great Texas bluesman Johnny "Clyde" Copeland -- often recorded better material elsewhere, but the sides chosen do capture them at particular and sometimes poignant and important places in their careers. In the particular case of Johnny Copeland, his Rounder years paved the way for his well-known excellent late-era recordings for Verve, and it can be convincingly argued that despite the smaller recording budget, his sides for Rounder are even better than those he cut later. Copeland moved to New York City in 1974 from Houston, TX, and began working day gigs and playing clubs in the city, Boston, Philly, and Washington, D.C., at night. He also scored a deal with Rounder, where he recorded eight brilliant records before cutting a set for Alligator with Robert Cray and Albert Collins, and then later signed to Polygram's Verve imprint. The ten tracks compiled here are taken from five of those recordings: Texas Twister, Copeland Special, Make My Home Where I Hang My Hat, Boom Boom, and Bringin' It All Back Home. While it is Copeland's big booming voice that usually gets the attention from critics, his subtle guitar style and his killer songwriting are his real trademarks. Along with these tunes -- all of which are originals -- there is another interesting twist here in that producer Dan Doyle and arranger Ken Vangel utilized some of the best jazz musicians New York had to offer during the '80s, some hailing from the vanguard tradition. They include saxophonists George Adams, Byard Lancaster, and Arthur Blythe, and trombonist George Lewis. A brilliant touch. This set is all killer, no filler from top to bottom and an excellent introduction to a terrific talent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661220720
  • Catalog Number: 612207
  • Sales rank: 17,540

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Copeland Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
George Adams Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Blythe Alto Saxophone
Byard Lancaster Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
George Lewis Trombone
Greg Alper Tenor Saxophone
Garrett List Trombone
Kotti Assale Alto Saxophone
Ben Bierman Trumpet
Sam Furnace Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Hyacinthe Guitar
Emmett King Trombone
John Leibman Guitar
Candy McDonald Drums
Bert McGowan Tenor Saxophone
Michael Merritt Bass
Souliman Moamed Percussion
Bill Ohashi Trombone
Joel Perry Rhythm Guitar
Ken Pino Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
John Pratt Trumpet
Joe Rigby Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Ken Vangel Piano
Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar
Don Whitcomb Bass
Jimmy Wormworth Drums
Yusef Yancey Trumpet
Brian Miller Bass
Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax Drums
Technical Credits
Joe Arlotta Engineer
Bob Blank Engineer
Johnny Copeland Composer
Michael Finlayson Engineer
Paul Mufson Engineer
Ken Vangel Arranger, Producer
Jonathan Wyner Remastering
Pamphile Desouza Engineer
Rick Lovejoy Composer
Emile Valognes Engineer
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