Hard Working Man

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Jimmy Witherspoon straddled blues, R&B, and jazz throughout his five-decade career, and few vocalists have done it so elegantly and so well. This four-disc, 100-track set chronicles his early years from the 1940s through the early '60s, cutting off just as he signed to the jazz label Prestige Records. Included is his signature tune "Ain't Nobody's Business," which he tracked for Shelter Records in 1949, and many more of his early gems.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Jimmy Witherspoon straddled blues, R&B, and jazz throughout his five-decade career, and few vocalists have done it so elegantly and so well. This four-disc, 100-track set chronicles his early years from the 1940s through the early '60s, cutting off just as he signed to the jazz label Prestige Records. Included is his signature tune "Ain't Nobody's Business," which he tracked for Shelter Records in 1949, and many more of his early gems.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2013
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520021791
  • Catalog Number: 2002179
  • Sales rank: 145,411

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hard Working Man Blues (3:22)
  2. 2 Shipyard Woman Blues (3:03)
  3. 3 Ernestine (2:50)
  4. 4 Roll On, Katy (3:06)
  5. 5 Voodoo Woman Blues (2:38)
  6. 6 Have You Ever Loved a Woman? (2:48)
  7. 7 Wandering Gal Blues (2:52)
  8. 8 Hey Mr. Landlord (2:46)
  9. 9 Cain River Blues (2:48)
  10. 10 How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around (Christmas Blues) (3:01)
  11. 11 Third Floor Blues (2:56)
  12. 12 Money's Getting Cheaper (2:58)
  13. 13 Skid Row Blues (2:50)
  14. 14 Ain't Nobody's Business, Pt. 1 (2:57)
  15. 15 Ain't Nobody's Business, Pt. 2 (3:09)
  16. 16 Back Water Blues (3:09)
  17. 17 Six-Foot-Two Blues (2:41)
  18. 18 Money Eyes Woman (2:38)
  19. 19 How You Gonna Act? (2:48)
  20. 20 Spoon Calls Hootie (2:45)
  21. 21 Destruction Blues (2:36)
  22. 22 Call My Baby (2:24)
  23. 23 The New Look (2:28)
  24. 24 Drunk, Broke and Hungry (2:33)
  25. 25 Funny Style Baby (2:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cold Blooded Boogie (2:45)
  2. 2 Lush Head Woman (2:37)
  3. 3 Long About Dawn (2:49)
  4. 4 Thelma Lee Blues (2:42)
  5. 5 Pinocchio Blues (2:42)
  6. 6 Your Red Wagon (2:46)
  7. 7 Feelin' So Bad (2:39)
  8. 8 Same Old Blues (2:41)
  9. 9 I Love You Just the Same (2:49)
  10. 10 Jump Children (2:48)
  11. 11 Take Me Back Baby (2:45)
  12. 12 When I Had My Money (3:05)
  13. 13 Doctor Blues (2:14)
  14. 14 Big Fine Girl (2:31)
  15. 15 Drinkin' Beer (Havin' a Ball) (2:14)
  16. 16 Better Love Next Time, Pt. 1 (2:18)
  17. 17 Better Love Next Time, Pt. 2 (2:29)
  18. 18 Hard Workin' Blues (3:10)
  19. 19 Failing By Degrees (3:12)
  20. 20 New Orleans Woman (2:27)
  21. 21 I'm Goin' Around In Circles (3:09)
  22. 22 Just a Country Boy (3:03)
  23. 23 There Ain't Nothin' Better (2:58)
  24. 24 Once There Lived a Fool (2:41)
  25. 25 I'm Just Wondering, Pt. 1 (2:38)
  26. 26 I'm Just Wondering, Pt. 2 (2:27)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I'm Just a Ladies Man (2:26)
  2. 2 You Can't Kiss a Dream Goodnight (2:24)
  3. 3 I Gotta Gal Lives Up On the Hill (2:17)
  4. 4 Fickle Woman (2:36)
  5. 5 I Done Found Out (3:06)
  6. 6 Real Ugly Woman (2:48)
  7. 7 Give My Heart Another Break (3:02)
  8. 8 Would My Baby Make a Change (2:35)
  9. 9 The Wind is Blowin' (2:51)
  10. 10 Baby Baby (2:18)
  11. 11 Slow Your Speed (3:00)
  12. 12 Foolish Prayer (1:59)
  13. 13 Lucille (2:35)
  14. 14 Two Little Girls (2:34)
  15. 15 One Fine Gal (2:24)
  16. 16 Don't Tell Me Now (3:02)
  17. 17 Corn Whiskey (2:14)
  18. 18 Jay's Blues, Pt. 1 (2:35)
  19. 19 Miss, Miss Mistreater (2:12)
  20. 20 Back Home (2:42)
  21. 21 The Last Mile (2:57)
  22. 22 It (2:26)
  23. 23 Back Door Blues (3:11)
  24. 24 Fast Women, Slow Gin (2:33)
  25. 25 24 Sad Hours (2:40)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Just For You (2:25)
  2. 2 Sad Life (2:52)
  3. 3 Move Me Baby (2:33)
  4. 4 Highway To Happiness (2:37)
  5. 5 I Done Told You (2:38)
  6. 6 Oh Boy (2:22)
  7. 7 When the Lights Go Out (2:59)
  8. 8 How Long Blues (3:01)
  9. 9 When the Sun Goes Down (3:43)
  10. 10 See See Rider (4:03)
  11. 11 When I've Been Drinking (3:37)
  12. 12 All That's Good (3:01)
  13. 13 It Ain't What You're Thinkin' (3:25)
  14. 14 Wee Baby Blues (3:17)
  15. 15 Times Are Changing (2:58)
  16. 16 There's Good Rockin' Tonight (4:13)
  17. 17 Midnight Blues (Red Shirt) (5:18)
  18. 18 Sweet's Blues (5:17)
  19. 19 No Rollin' Blues (5:33)
  20. 20 The Masquerade is Over (2:50)
  21. 21 Have Faith (2:19)
  22. 22 Warm Your Heart (2:24)
  23. 23 Lovey Dovey (2:18)
  24. 24 Confessin' the Blues (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Witherspoon Primary Artist, Vocals
Willie Dixon Bass, Vocals
Roy Milton Drums
Bill Doggett Piano
Sidney DeParis Cornet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Urbie Green Trombone
Chico Hamilton Drums
Woody Herman Clarinet
Earl Hines Piano
Harold Land Saxophone
Mel Lewis Drums
Jay McShann Piano
Ted Nash Saxophone
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Ben Webster Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wilson Trumpet
Eddie Chamblee Tenor Saxophone
Vido Musso Tenor Saxophone
Al Caiola Guitar
Don Hill Alto Saxophone
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Jack McVea Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Vernon Alley Bass
Martin Banks Trumpet
Al Bartee Drums
Fred Below Drums
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Benny Booker Bass
Red Callender Bass
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Lee Cooper Guitar
Maxwell Davis Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Edwards Tenor Saxophone
Jesse Ehrlich Strings
Buddy Floyd Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Freeman Piano
Charles Gillum Trumpet
Harold Grant Guitar
William Green Saxophone
Henry Green Drums
Jimmy Hamilton Bass
Ralph Hamilton Bass
Hampton Hawes Piano
Camille Howard Piano
Harry Hyams Strings
Jackie Kelso Alto Saxophone
Wilbert Kirk Drums
Lafayette Leake Piano
Lew McCreary Trombone
Willard McDaniel Piano
Pete McShann Drums
Jay Migliori Saxophone
Dick Nash Trombone
Milburn Newman Trumpet
Earl Palmer Drums
Forest Powell Trumpet
Jesse Price Drums
Jesse Sailes Drums
Omer Simeon Clarinet
Maurice Simon Saxophone
Robert Sims Drums
Frank Sleet Trumpet, Alto Saxophone
Vernon Smith Trumpet
Louis Speiginer Guitar
Darrel Terwilliger Strings
Floyd Turnham Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Tiny Webb Guitar
Sonny White Piano
Devonia Williams Piano
Jim Wynn Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Bond Bass
Bumps Myers Tenor Saxophone
Walter Rower Strings
Shep Shepherd Banjo
John Anderson Trumpet
Jimmy Allen Tenor Saxophone
Charles Norris Guitar
Buster Harding Piano
Raymond Taylor Bass
Gene Gilbeaux Piano
Theodore Smalls Alto Saxophone
Al Wichard Drums
Bill Davis Bass
Herman Washington Bass
Bill Miller Piano
Benny Moten Bass
Herman Mitchell Guitar
Bill Gaither Tenor Saxophone
Edward Smith Drums
Al Barr Strings
Jesse Jones Tenor Saxophone
John Ewing Trombone
Mickey Champion Vocals
Edmond Gregory Alto Saxophone
Charlie Thomas Tenor Saxophone
Percy Gabriel Bass
Jimmy Miller Drums
John Peter DeVoogt Strings
Major Evans Trumpet
Seeward Evans Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Parker Bass
Jimmy Jackson Tenor Saxophone
Willie Scott Guitar
Cleophus Curtis Tenor Saxophone
Theodore Donnelly Trombone
Eurales Jefferson Bass
Lawrence Kato Bass
Ray Martinez Drums
Henry McDade Piano
Charles Q. Price Alto Saxophone
Albert "Cake" Wichard Drums
Earl Jackson Piano
Mitchell Robinson Drums
Frankie Whyte Piano
Stan Harris Strings
Al "Cake" Wichard Drums
Johnny Vidor Strings
Clarence Thornton Trumpet
Jake Porter Trumpet
Charles Kennedy Saxophone
Jewell Grant Alto Saxophone
Wilbert De Paris Trombone
Bob Bruce Strings
Harry Edison Trumpet
Mario Delagrade Bass
Clive Dunham Baritone Saxophone
Cleveland Williams Tenor Saxophone
Billy Douglas Drums
Al Porano Trumpet
Sid Sharpe Strings
Justin Tullio Strings
Jerry Vince Strings
Harry Parr Trumpet
Frank Rosalina Trombone
Walter Wismeyer Strings
Technical Credits
Russell Beecher Producer
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