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Gee...I Wish: The Sun Years, Plus
     

Gee...I Wish: The Sun Years, Plus

by Billy "Red" Love
 
The first-ever CD of Billy "Red" Love, a jumping R&B pianist from Memphis, Bear Family's 2011 Gee...I Wish: The Sun Years, Plus collects all the sides he recorded between 1951-1954. These include the four singles licensed to Chess by Sun; "Juiced," which was released under Jackie Brenston's name as the follow-up to "Rocket 88";

Overview

The first-ever CD of Billy "Red" Love, a jumping R&B pianist from Memphis, Bear Family's 2011 Gee...I Wish: The Sun Years, Plus collects all the sides he recorded between 1951-1954. These include the four singles licensed to Chess by Sun; "Juiced," which was released under Jackie Brenston's name as the follow-up to "Rocket 88"; ten unreleased cuts; plenty of alternate takes; and the promotional disc he cut for Hart's Bakery in Memphis. Love didn't record much and he didn't leave much behind: it wasn't until this disc that his story was told by Martin Hawkins, who sheds much-needed light on this obscure pianist. Hawkins still can't fill every gap in the narrative -- there is simply a lot that isn't known -- but the music stands as high-octane Memphis R&B. Love had a nicely coarse sandpaper voice and banged the 88s with enough energy to keep this 26-track disc engaging throughout numerous repetitions of "Gee I Wish" and the cool swinging "Early in the Morning." Although this may fall just short of being a forgotten gem, partially due to all of that repetition, Gee…I Wish is perhaps an ideal item for genre specialists: if you're a sucker for that boogie and blues, there's plenty to enjoy here.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2011
Label:
Bear Family Germany
UPC:
4000127171498
catalogNumber:
2717149
Rank:
322760

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy "Red" Love   Primary Artist
Kenneth Banks   Bass
Jewel Briscoe   Saxophone
Robert Hamp   Saxophone
Pat Hare   Guitar
Calvin Newborn   Guitar
Houston Stokes   Drums
John Murray Daley   Drums
Tuff Green   Bass
Willie Wilkes   Tenor Saxophone
Noel Hall   Drums
Walter "Tang" Smith   Trombone
Milton Love   Piano,Vocals
Arthur Martin   Drums
Phineas Newborn   Drums
Jimmy Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Walker   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Sanders   Baritone Saxophone
Harvey Simmons   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lucian Coleman   Saxophone
Lee Patterson   Trumpet
Floyd Shannon   Trumpet
Charles McKinstry   Trombone
Charles McGowan   Guitar

Technical Credits

Colin Escott   Information
Peter Guralnick   Information
Steve LaVere   Information
Billy "Red" Love   Composer
Jim O'Neal   Information
Sam Phillips   Composer,Producer
Martin Hawkins   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Tape Comparison,Tape Research
Bill Millar   Information
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Dave Sax   Information
Victor Pearlin   Illustrations,Information
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Jim Cole   Illustrations,Information
Hank Davis   Information
John Broven   Information
Dave Clarke   Information
David Evans   Information
D. Wayne Dowdy   Information
Cilla Huggins   Information
Sany Fledderjohann   Information
Lillie Sanders-Jubirt   Information
Bob Eagle   Information
Ann Jubirt   Information
Este   Photo Restoration

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