In the '50s: Hit, Git & Split

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Few rock & roll or R&B guitarists of the '50s and '60s have a more consistently frantic body of work than the great Mickey Baker, though his name isn't nearly as well-known as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, or Ike Turner. Baker did most of his work as a sideman, and his best-known recordings as a headliner found him playing second fiddle to Sylvia Robinson as half of Mickey & Sylvia (whose "Love Is Strange" remains a puzzling delight 50 years after it was recorded), but folks who know and love first-era rock & roll are aware of Baker's greatness, and this collection is a superb overview of his work, both as a bandleader and as a hired gun. Containing a hefty 31 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Few rock & roll or R&B guitarists of the '50s and '60s have a more consistently frantic body of work than the great Mickey Baker, though his name isn't nearly as well-known as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, or Ike Turner. Baker did most of his work as a sideman, and his best-known recordings as a headliner found him playing second fiddle to Sylvia Robinson as half of Mickey & Sylvia (whose "Love Is Strange" remains a puzzling delight 50 years after it was recorded), but folks who know and love first-era rock & roll are aware of Baker's greatness, and this collection is a superb overview of his work, both as a bandleader and as a hired gun. Containing a hefty 31 tracks recorded between 1952 and 1956, In the '50s: Hit, Git & Split runs the gamut from the low-key acoustic blues of Baker's "Love Me Baby" to the wailing electric dread of Larry Dale's "Midnight Hours," the uptempo rockabilly of Joe Clay's "Did You Mean Jelly-Bean," the easy-swinging jump blues of Sam Price's "Rib Joint," a double-time rewrite of Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" on Brownie McGhee's "Anna Mae," and a rockin' re-recording by Louis Jordan of "Caldonia" with Baker's guitar answering the hearty peals of the horn section and Jordan's vocals. The word "Wild" tended to pop up in the titles of Mickey Baker's solo albums, and one spin of this disc will show you why -- the man's rough-and-tumble style screamed and hollered the blues whenever he hit the strings, and Baker's solos are death-defying hoodoo magic no matter what cut you cue up. Hit, Git & Split is a thoroughly enjoyable set of vintage R&B that's good and greasy throughout, and a peerless introduction to one of the great unsung heroes of rock & roll.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Rev-Ola Bandstand
  • EAN: 5013929482920
  • Catalog Number: 29
  • Sales rank: 70,387

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spinnin' Rock Boogie - Bill Hendricks Orchestra (2:15)
  2. 2 Love Me Baby (2:07)
  3. 3 Bandstand Stomp (Ho Ho Ho) - Mickey "Guitar" Baker & His House Rockers (2:45)
  4. 4 Riverboat - Mickey Baker Orchestra (2:32)
  5. 5 I'm Tired - Big Red McHouston Orchestra (2:12)
  6. 6 Stranger Blues - Big Red McHouston Orchestra (2:21)
  7. 7 You Better Heed My Warning - Mickey Baker Orchestra (2:06)
  8. 8 Midnight Hours - Mickey Baker Orchestra (2:56)
  9. 9 Shake Walkin' - Mickey "Guitar" Baker & His House Rockers (2:46)
  10. 10 Down to the Bottom - Mickey Baker Orchestra (2:05)
  11. 11 Greasy Spoon - Mickey "Guitar" Baker & His House Rockers (2:41)
  12. 12 Please Tell Me - Mickey Baker Orchestra (2:31)
  13. 13 Where Is My Honey? (2:12)
  14. 14 No Good Lover (2:53)
  15. 15 Rock with a Sock - Mickey "Guitar" Baker & His House Rockers (2:56)
  16. 16 Love Is Strange (2:52)
  17. 17 Did You Mean Jelly-Bean (What You Said Cabbage-Head)? - Joe Clay (1:57)
  18. 18 Runaway - Charles Calhoun Orchestra (2:05)
  19. 19 I Need Your Love So Bad - Little Willie John (2:14)
  20. 20 All Around the World (2:36)
  21. 21 Rib Joint - Sammy Price & His Texas Bluesicians (2:36)
  22. 22 Anna Mae - Brownie McGhee (2:09)
  23. 23 My Baby's Gone (2:14)
  24. 24 Caldonia '56 - Louis Jordan (2:20)
  25. 25 Country Boy (2:17)
  26. 26 The Bear Hug - Mr. Bear & His Bearcats (2:31)
  27. 27 Worried 'Bout You, Baby - Roy Gaines (2:39)
  28. 28 Pepper-Head Woman (2:25)
  29. 29 Stumbling Block (2:57)
  30. 30 Come Back, Uncle John (2:13)
  31. 31 Hit, Git & Split (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mickey Baker Primary Artist, Vocals
Champion Jack Dupree Piano, Vocals
Norman Blake Synthesizer
Titus Turner Vocals
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
King Curtis Tenor Saxophone
Budd Johnson Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Louis Jordan Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Dave Bailey Drums
Bobby Donaldson Drums
Herman Foster Piano
Leonard Gaskin Bass
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Jimmy Lewis Bass, Bass Guitar
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Hal Singer Tenor Saxophone
George Rhodes Piano
Willie Rodriguez Percussion
Roy Gaines Guitar, Vocals
Little Willie John Vocals
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Price Piano
George Duvivier Bass
Abie Baker Bass
Clifton Best Guitar
Howard Biggs Bandleader
Brownie McGhee Guitar, Vocals
Joe Clay Vocals
Bill Cook Washboard
Ernie Hayes Piano
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Belford Hendricks Piano
Milt Hinton Bass
Willis "Gator" Jackson Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Marshall Bass
Dave McRae Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Charlie Persip Drums
Reuben Phillips Baritone Saxophone
Carl Pruitt Double Bass
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Organ
Calvin Shields Drums
Fletcher Smith Piano
Sonny Terry Harmonica
Jesse Stone Bandleader
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Billy Valentine Piano
Al Williams Piano
Marty Wilson Drums
Big John Greer Vocals
Gene Brooks Drums
Larry Dale Guitar, Vocals
Al Lucas Bass
David Van Dyke Tenor Saxophone
Joe Foster Synthesizer
Leslie Johnakins Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Ivan Rolle Bass
Warren Lucky Tenor Saxophone
Ernest Williams Baritone Saxophone
Sammy "Stick" Evans Drums
McHouston "Mickey" Baker Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Joe Marshall Drums
Square Walton Vocals
Eddie Riff Guitar, Vocals
Little Johnny Williams Bass
Big Tiny Kennedy Vocals
Technical Credits
Champion Jack Dupree Composer
Titus Turner Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Belford Hendricks Composer
Jesse Tiny Kennedy Composer
Leroy Kirkland Composer
Dave Penny Producer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Sylvia Robinson Composer
Nick Smith Composer
Larry Dale Composer
Joe Foster Producer
Sam Price Composer
Ruth McGhee Composer
Lucille Dupree Composer
Lynn Paul Composer
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
Andy Morten Artwork
McHouston "Mickey" Baker Composer
Square Walton Composer
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