Houston Might Be Heaven: Rockin' R&B in Texas 1947-1951

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This interesting box set packages 103 sides of vintage Texas blues, jazz, and early R&B recorded in Houston studios immediately after WWII between 1947 and 1951, a boom time when clubs and independent labels were flourishing in the city, and it ends up being both a musical snapshot of a particular place at a particular time and a fun and varied playlist to listen to -- the box set version of a hat trick. Full of rare sides of boogie piano, uptown blues, and swinging little jazz-blues orchestras, Houston Might Be Heaven has some delightful gems, Carl Campbell's swirling, clarinet-led "Goin' Down to Nashville," L.C. Williams' blues piano ballad "Louise," Smokey Hogg's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This interesting box set packages 103 sides of vintage Texas blues, jazz, and early R&B recorded in Houston studios immediately after WWII between 1947 and 1951, a boom time when clubs and independent labels were flourishing in the city, and it ends up being both a musical snapshot of a particular place at a particular time and a fun and varied playlist to listen to -- the box set version of a hat trick. Full of rare sides of boogie piano, uptown blues, and swinging little jazz-blues orchestras, Houston Might Be Heaven has some delightful gems, Carl Campbell's swirling, clarinet-led "Goin' Down to Nashville," L.C. Williams' blues piano ballad "Louise," Smokey Hogg's reckless, loose, and yet somehow endearingly lovely "She's Always on My Mind," and Peppermint Harris' sparse and stately take on "Rainin' in My Heart" among them, all of which show what a fine and bright music scene Houston had going in the postwar period. There's a nice groove to this whole set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065778521
  • Catalog Number: 7785
  • Sales rank: 187,607

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Willie's Boogie - Little Willie Littlefield (2:57)
  2. 2 My Best Wishes - Little Willie Littlefield (3:37)
  3. 3 Got a Feelin' You're Foolin' - Blip Thompkins (2:57)
  4. 4 Everything's Been Done Before - Blip Thompkins (2:20)
  5. 5 Hattie Green - Lavarda Durst (2:40)
  6. 6 I Cried - Lavarda Durst (2:49)
  7. 7 Jelly Roll - L.C. Williams (2:48)
  8. 8 Louisiana Boogie - L.C. Williams (3:01)
  9. 9 Goin' Down to Nashville - Carlo Campbell (2:46)
  10. 10 Oo Wee Baby - Carlo Campbell (2:36)
  11. 11 In a Boogie Moon - Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow (2:55)
  12. 12 She's So Fine - Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow (2:59)
  13. 13 Jumpin' the Blues - Joe Houston (2:49)
  14. 14 Your Little Girl is Gone - Joe Houston (2:47)
  15. 15 Love's a Gamble - Little T-Bone (2:43)
  16. 16 Christmas Blues - Little T-Bone (2:47)
  17. 17 Far Away Blues - Lonnie Lyons (2:59)
  18. 18 Fly Chick Bounce - Lonnie Lyons (2:08)
  19. 19 Fisherman's Blues - Conrad Johnson (2:15)
  20. 20 Howling On Dowling - Conrad Johnson (2:06)
  21. 21 Smalley's Jump - I.H. Smalley And His Rockateers (2:42)
  22. 22 Young Women's Advice - I.H. Smalley And His Rockateers (2:48)
  23. 23 My Woman Put Me Down - Willie Holiday (2:39)
  24. 24 I've Played This Town - Willie Holiday (2:54)
  25. 25 Free Way Blues - Robert Smith III (2:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rainin' in My Heart - Peppermint Harris (2:37)
  2. 2 My Blues Have Rolled Away - Peppermint Harris (2:05)
  3. 3 Texarkana Bound - Peppermint Harris (3:00)
  4. 4 The Blues Pick On Me - Peppermint Harris (2:04)
  5. 5 Reckless Lover - Peppermint Harris (2:57)
  6. 6 Mabel Mabel - Peppermint Harris (2:42)
  7. 7 Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie - Peppermint Harris (2:04)
  8. 8 Come On Let's Ride - Peppermint Harris (2:18)
  9. 9 I Always End Up Blue - Peppermint Harris (2:42)
  10. 10 I Screamed and I Cried (I Have Often Wondered) - Peppermint Harris (3:15)
  11. 11 Blues Don't Make Me cry - Peppermint Harris (3:14)
  12. 12 Sweet Happy Home - Peppermint Harris (3:08)
  13. 13 Oh I Got the Blues - Peppermint Harris (3:00)
  14. 14 Gonna End My Worries - Peppermint Harris (2:59)
  15. 15 I'm Writing You Baby - Peppermint Harris (3:18)
  16. 16 I Want to See You Baby - Peppermint Harris (3:00)
  17. 17 Fat Girl Boogie - Peppermint Harris (2:34)
  18. 18 Oo-Wee Baby - Peppermint Harris (3:17)
  19. 19 She's My Baby - Peppermint Harris (2:13)
  20. 20 I Wake Up Screaming - Peppermint Harris (2:59)
  21. 21 I'm Telling You People - Peppermint Harris (2:36)
  22. 22 How Long Must I Suffer - Peppermint Harris (3:08)
  23. 23 Got a Big Fine Baby - Peppermint Harris (1:58)
  24. 24 Please Tell Me Baby - Peppermint Harris (3:01)
  25. 25 Lord Have Mercy - Peppermint Harris (3:19)
  26. 26 Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie - Peppermint Harris (2:03)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Helpless - Lonnie Lyons (3:05)
  2. 2 Down in the Groovy - Lonnie Lyons (2:55)
  3. 3 Boogie Woogie Playgirl - Little Willie Littlefield (2:48)
  4. 4 Swanee River - Little Willie Littlefield (2:33)
  5. 5 Better Wake Up Baby - Joe Fritz (3:09)
  6. 6 Real Fine Girl - Joe Fritz (2:23)
  7. 7 My Baby Loves Me So - Bill Hayes (2:29)
  8. 8 I'm Just Another Fool - Bill Hayes (2:10)
  9. 9 Bad Luck Got My Man - The Harlem Stars (3:08)
  10. 10 All Right Baby - The Harlem Stars (2:28)
  11. 11 Bad Luck and Trouble - Hubert Robinson (3:00)
  12. 12 Room and Board Boogie - Hubert Robinson (2:34)
  13. 13 Hey Joe - Clarence Samuels (2:46)
  14. 14 Somebody Gotta Go - Clarence Samuels (3:02)
  15. 15 Got a Mean Woman - John Hogg (2:47)
  16. 16 Why Did You Leave Me - John Hogg (2:52)
  17. 17 I Don't Want No Woman - L.C. Williams (3:16)
  18. 18 Louise - L.C. Williams (3:07)
  19. 19 Cloudy Weather Blues - Preacher Lee Graves (3:01)
  20. 20 I'm From Texas - Preacher Lee Graves (2:02)
  21. 21 (All Alone) I Sit and Cry - Violet Hall (2:53)
  22. 22 Six Foot Papa - Violet Hall (2:30)
  23. 23 Married Woman Blues - Elmore Nixon (2:56)
  24. 24 Play Boy Blues - Elmore Nixon (2:50)
  25. 25 Sampson St. Boogie - Willie Johnson (2:39)
  26. 26 Got the Boogie Woogie Blues - Willie Johnson (2:19)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Hard Times - Smokey Hogg (2:38)
  2. 2 Goin' Back Home - Smokey Hogg (2:49)
  3. 3 Change Your Ways - Smokey Hogg (2:47)
  4. 4 Misery Blues - Smokey Hogg (2:41)
  5. 5 Worried Blues - Smokey Hogg (3:12)
  6. 6 You Gotta Go - Smokey Hogg (2:25)
  7. 7 Leaving You Baby - Smokey Hogg (2:58)
  8. 8 I'm In Love With You - Smokey Hogg (3:03)
  9. 9 Saved All My Money - Smokey Hogg (3:00)
  10. 10 I'm Leavin' - Smokey Hogg (2:36)
  11. 11 You Won't Stay Home - Smokey Hogg (2:28)
  12. 12 Why Should I Worry - Smokey Hogg (2:47)
  13. 13 I'm So Lonely - Smokey Hogg (2:48)
  14. 14 Let's Go Back to the Country - Smokey Hogg (2:32)
  15. 15 That's My Baby - Smokey Hogg (2:36)
  16. 16 Hello Baby - Smokey Hogg (2:31)
  17. 17 I Love You Baby, Pt. 1 - Smokey Hogg (2:20)
  18. 18 I Love You Baby, Pt. 2 - Smokey Hogg (2:37)
  19. 19 What you Gonna Do - Smokey Hogg (2:34)
  20. 20 What In the World am I Gonna Do - Smokey Hogg (2:02)
  21. 21 Shake a Leg - Smokey Hogg (3:01)
  22. 22 I Often Wonder - Smokey Hogg (2:35)
  23. 23 Miss Georgia - Smokey Hogg (3:01)
  24. 24 She's Always On My Mind - Smokey Hogg (2:41)
  25. 25 Dirty Mistreater - Smokey Hogg (2:38)
  26. 26 I'm Looking for My Baby - Smokey Hogg (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peppermint Harris Vocals
Little Willie Littlefield Piano, Vocals
Big Mama Thornton Vocals
Joe Houston Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Goree Carter Guitar, Vocals
Perry Cain Vocals
Donald Cooks Bass
Joe Fritz Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow Guitar, Vocals
Henry Hayes Alto Saxophone
Nelson Mills Trumpet
Elmore Nixon Piano, Vocals
Frankie Lee Sims Guitar
L.C. Williams Vocals
Conrad Johnson Alto Saxophone
Willie Johnson Piano, Vocals
Lonnie Lyons Piano, Vocals
Louis Pitts Bass
Clarence Samuels Vocals
Allison Tucker Drums
Preacher Lee Graves Vocals
Nelson Carson Guitar
John Hogg Vocals
Wilmer Shakesnider Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sam Williams Tenor Saxophone
Smokey Hogg Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Jimmy Vincent Trumpet
Ed Harris Baritone Saxophone
Shelby Lackey Alto Saxophone
Carlo Campbell Vocals
Violet Hall Vocals
Robert Smith III Piano, Vocals
Hubert Robinson Vocals
Mildred Smith Piano
Johnny Marshall Drums
Ed Wiley Tenor Saxophone
Little T-Bone Guitar, Vocals
Willie Holiday Vocals
Ben Turner Drums
Buster Pickerns Piano
Blip Thompkins Trombone
Percy Henderson Vocals
Lavarda Durst Piano, Vocals
Frank Minn Trumpet
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