In the Alley

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Dave Bartholomew is best known for producing and arranging classic New Orleans R&B sides from the '50s, especially for Fats Domino. It's curious that success eluded him on sessions released under his own name. Recorded between 1949 and 1952, the jump blues tracks on In the Alley were originally released on Deluxe and King, separate from Bartholomew's work with the Imperial label. King signed Bartholomew as a name artist, and ten of this compilation's 20 tracks find him backed up by the Todd Rhodes Orchestra. The remaining tracks are credited to the Dave Bartholomew Orchestra and feature some of the greatest Crescent City R&B session men from the period, including ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Dave Bartholomew is best known for producing and arranging classic New Orleans R&B sides from the '50s, especially for Fats Domino. It's curious that success eluded him on sessions released under his own name. Recorded between 1949 and 1952, the jump blues tracks on In the Alley were originally released on Deluxe and King, separate from Bartholomew's work with the Imperial label. King signed Bartholomew as a name artist, and ten of this compilation's 20 tracks find him backed up by the Todd Rhodes Orchestra. The remaining tracks are credited to the Dave Bartholomew Orchestra and feature some of the greatest Crescent City R&B session men from the period, including drummer Earl Palmer, bassist Frank Fields, and pianist Salvador Doucette. Six of the titles, including the excellent "Basin Street Breakdown," are previously unissued takes. Also included is the original song for which Bartholomew is most widely known, though again not for his version of it: "My Ding-A-Ling," which became a huge hit for Chuck Berry in 1972. Bartholomew was more of a Louis Jordan-style vocalist than a Joe Turner blues shouter, and that influence is prevalent throughout this disc. While this is a highly recommended set, there are a few clunkers here and there, including a strained and soulless "Stormy Weather" and the lengthy call-and-response vamp "Lawdy Lawdy Lord, Pt. 1 and 2," which would have been sufficient concluding with part one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2001
  • Label: See For Miles Uk
  • UPC: 667677602625
  • Catalog Number: 6026

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Basin Street Breakdown (2:45)
  2. 2 The Golden Rule (2:58)
  3. 3 Bad Habit (2:51)
  4. 4 In the Alley (2:45)
  5. 5 Twins (2:55)
  6. 6 Lawdy Lawdy Lord, Pt. 1 (2:30)
  7. 7 Lawdy Lawdy Lord, Pt. 2 (2:41)
  8. 8 Country Boy (3:05)
  9. 9 Pyramid (2:32)
  10. 10 Messy Bessy (2:59)
  11. 11 I'll Never Be the Same (2:48)
  12. 12 Mr. Fool (2:59)
  13. 13 Stormy Weather (2:54)
  14. 14 Nickel Wine (2:37)
  15. 15 Sweet Home Blues (2:38)
  16. 16 The Golden Rule (3:06)
  17. 17 Twins (2:54)
  18. 18 Mother Knows Best (2:40)
  19. 19 High Flying Woman (2:40)
  20. 20 My Ding-A-Ling (2:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Bartholomew Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Tommy Ridgley Vocals
Todd Rhodes Piano, Trumpet, Vocals
Bill Benjamin Drums
Holley Dismukes Alto Saxophone
Salvadore Doucette Jr. Piano
Charles Edwards Tenor Saxophone
John Faire Guitar
Frank Fields Bass
Herb Hardesty Tenor Saxophone
Joe Harris Alto Saxophone
Ernest McLean Guitar
Earl Palmer Drums
Clarence Hall Tenor Saxophone
Willie Wells Trumpet
Willie Gaddy Guitar
Ted Buckner Baritone Saxophone
Joe Williams Bass
Fred Lands Piano
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
Albert Lee Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Tony Colton Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Dave Penny Liner Notes
Ray Smith Composer
Alvin "Red" Tyler Liner Notes
T. Koeler Composer
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