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I'm a King Bee: The Early Swamp Blues Classics
     

I'm a King Bee: The Early Swamp Blues Classics

by Slim Harpo
 
The sensual, sultry vocals, heavy backbeat, and undertow rhythm of Slim Harpo's first hit, "I'm a King Bee," virtually defined the swamp blues and swamp pop that influenced musicians like Clifton Chenier, The Rolling Stones, and The Kinks. This 24-track collection demonstrates the Louisiana rocker's zeal and appeal, from the Top

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The sensual, sultry vocals, heavy backbeat, and undertow rhythm of Slim Harpo's first hit, "I'm a King Bee," virtually defined the swamp blues and swamp pop that influenced musicians like Clifton Chenier, The Rolling Stones, and The Kinks. This 24-track collection demonstrates the Louisiana rocker's zeal and appeal, from the Top 40-friendly C&W stroll "Raining in My Heart" to mid-tempo shuffles like "Buzz Me Babe." Harpo's vocals and music could also get very dark, as on the down-at-the-heels lyrics and slow, loping grooves of "Blues Hangover." The inventive productions feature wood blocks, echo-heavy guitar lines by Guitar Gable, and Harpo's trademark forced, nasal twang on vocals. Yet the stark simplicity of the arrangements on tracks like "My Home Is A Prison" and Harpo's half-spoken lyrics and tooting, sorrowful harp create music that is hesitant, mysterious, and chilling.

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Slim Harpo brought a good bit of the Louisiana swamp vibe with him when he recorded these immortal sides for Jay Miller's Nashville-based Excello Records in the early '60s, and the rustic, laconic way these recordings unfold, aided and abetted by Miller's trademark echo-laden production, makes them singular even inside the Excello stable. This set sticks to Harpo's earliest Excello material, and therefore lacks some of his best-known tracks like "Baby Scratch My Back," the two-part "Tip on In," and "Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu," but it does have his signature tune, "I'm a King Bee" (and its many variations, like "Buzzin'"), as well as the gorgeous "Rainin' in My Heart." Also included are a rare Harpo cover of John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen'" and some wonderfully ragged gems like "Bobby Sox Baby."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2002
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667151023
catalogNumber:
510
Rank:
69295

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