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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127171498
  • Catalog Number: 2717149
  • Sales rank: 84,758

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 Sr. 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
Christian Zwarg Mastering
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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