I've Got a Feelin': OKeh & Savoy Recordings 1952-1956

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This CD is just what its subtitle says it is, gathering 27 tracks Big Maybelle released on the OKeh and Savoy labels between 1952 and 1956, as well as a live version of "Ring Dang Dilly/Candy" though it's not specified whether that's previously unreleased. Big Maybelle recorded for other companies before and after 1952-1956, but this period was her artistic and commercial prime, and included the R&B hits "Gabbin' Blues," "Way Back Home," "My Country Man," and "Candy." All of those cuts are included on this well-annotated anthology, along with a non-charting 45 that nonetheless remains her most famous recording, the original version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This CD is just what its subtitle says it is, gathering 27 tracks Big Maybelle released on the OKeh and Savoy labels between 1952 and 1956, as well as a live version of "Ring Dang Dilly/Candy" though it's not specified whether that's previously unreleased. Big Maybelle recorded for other companies before and after 1952-1956, but this period was her artistic and commercial prime, and included the R&B hits "Gabbin' Blues," "Way Back Home," "My Country Man," and "Candy." All of those cuts are included on this well-annotated anthology, along with a non-charting 45 that nonetheless remains her most famous recording, the original version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" later covered for a monster smash by Jerry Lee Lewis. Not every song on this disc is as good as the aforementioned titles, but Big Maybelle's raunchy, powerfully throaty vocals are consistently impressive on material that runs from jump blues shouters and earthy ballads to near- rock & roll. While "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" is an inevitable standout considering it's by far the most famous tune, it's quite different from Jerry Lee Lewis' rockabilly treatment; it's a much more measured mid-tempo R&B/blues hybrid in this incarnation, and it really took Lewis to kick it into much higher gear. Far less celebrated, yet far more impressive, is "I've Got a Feelin'," a great, devious minor-key number that's the set's unheralded highlight, though the playful "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" is almost as good. Much like her version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," Big Maybelle's somewhat forgotten today, but on the basis of these sides, she certainly deserves more recognition. For she's as good as quite a few other similar figures from the dawn of rock & roll who have, whether because they had a few more hits or for other reasons, attained higher profiles as innovators among rock and R&B historians. While much of this material also appeared on the 1994 compilation The Complete OKeh Sessions 1952-55, this CD might get the slight nod as the preferable choice, as the seven Savoy tracks include a hit "Candy" postdating the OKeh era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2007
  • Label: Rev-Ola Bandstand
  • EAN: 5013929482029
  • Catalog Number: 20
  • Sales rank: 254,993

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gabbin' Blues (Don't Run My Business) (2:38)
  2. 2 Rain Down Rain (3:02)
  3. 3 Way Back Home (2:42)
  4. 4 Just Want Your Love (3:11)
  5. 5 Jinny Mule (2:43)
  6. 6 Send for Me (3:08)
  7. 7 My Country Man (2:33)
  8. 8 Maybelle's Blues (3:09)
  9. 9 I've Got a Feelin' - Danny Mendelsohn Orchestra (2:56)
  10. 10 You'll Never Know - Danny Mendelsohn Orchestra (3:01)
  11. 11 I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright - Danny Mendelsohn Orchestra (3:32)
  12. 12 My Big Mistake - Danny Mendelsohn Orchestra (2:37)
  13. 13 Don't Leave Poor Me (2:35)
  14. 14 Ain't No Use - Danny Mendelsohn Orchestra (2:58)
  15. 15 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra (2:56)
  16. 16 One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (2:50)
  17. 17 The Other Night - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra (2:05)
  18. 18 Such a Cutie - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra (2:06)
  19. 19 New Kind of Mambo (2:32)
  20. 20 So Good to My Baby (2:32)
  21. 21 Candy - Kelly Owens (2:39)
  22. 22 That's a Pretty Good Love - Kelly Owens (2:33)
  23. 23 Mean to Me - Kelly Owens (2:26)
  24. 24 Tell Me Who - Kelly Owens (2:10)
  25. 25 Ring Dang Dilly - Kelly Owens (2:15)
  26. 26 Pitiful - Kelly Owens (2:56)
  27. 27 I Don't Want to Cry - Kelly Owens (2:18)
  28. 28 Ring Dang Dilly/Candy - Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Big Band (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Maybelle Primary Artist
Alan Freed Master of Ceremonies
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Quincy Jones Musical Direction
Jerome Richardson Alto Saxophone
Leonard Gaskin Bass
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Grachan Moncur III Bass
Big Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Billy Byers Trombone
Alfred Cobbs Trombone
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Panama Francis Drums
Al Hall Bass
Ernie Hayes Piano
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Norman Keenan Bass
Leroy Kirkland Musical Direction
Herb Lovelle Drums
Buddy Lucas Tenor Saxophone
Danny Mendelsohn Musical Direction
Freddie Mitchell Tenor Saxophone
Eli Robinson Trombone
Maurice Simon Tenor Saxophone
Fletcher Smith Piano
Charlie Smith Drums
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Marty Wilson Drums
Paul Ricci Alto Saxophone
Kelly Owens Piano, Musical Direction
Solomon Hall Drums
Leslie Johnakins Baritone Saxophone
Ed Sneed Bass
Rose Marie McCoy Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jimmy Cannady Guitar
McHouston "Mickey" Baker Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Technical Credits
Norman Blake Recreation
Lincoln Chase Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Ozzie Cadena Composer
Bill Cook Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Leroy Kirkland Composer
Buddy Lucas Composer
Dave Penny Producer, Annotation
Roy Turk Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Joe Foster Producer, Recreation
Billy Myles Composer
Mabel Louise Smith Composer
Fred Mendelsohn Composer
Joan Whitney Composer
Mack David Composer
Carmen Taylor Composer
Joyce Ann Bennett Composer
Willis Carroll Composer
Alex Kramer Composer
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Andy Morten Artwork
Bobby Sharp Composer
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