Johnny Otis Presents the Best of R&B by the Original Artists

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All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
This five-disc set issued by Laserlight isn't quite what it's implied to be, although no one makes any claims on the set that these are the original performances. Instead, they are the original performers doing different versions of their greatest hits. Otis recorded these at various times there are no dates given...Since Joe Turner, Amos Milburn, Louis Jordan and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson are no longer alive, their vocals are not recent, but no one can say when they did them. If this set were being marketed as great artists doing new versions of old hits, it would be perfectly acceptable, because there's nothing wrong with the music; but there is something unsettling about ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
This five-disc set issued by Laserlight isn't quite what it's implied to be, although no one makes any claims on the set that these are the original performances. Instead, they are the original performers doing different versions of their greatest hits. Otis recorded these at various times there are no dates given...Since Joe Turner, Amos Milburn, Louis Jordan and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson are no longer alive, their vocals are not recent, but no one can say when they did them. If this set were being marketed as great artists doing new versions of old hits, it would be perfectly acceptable, because there's nothing wrong with the music; but there is something unsettling about what Laserlight has chosen not to say.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1993
  • Label: Delta
  • UPC: 018111592727
  • Catalog Number: 15927

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shake, Rattle & Roll - Joe Turner (2:58)
  2. 2 Blues After Hours - Pee Wee Crayton (5:24)
  3. 3 Country Girl (2:35)
  4. 4 Louie, Louie - Richard Berry (2:14)
  5. 5 Trouble Blues - Charles Brown (2:40)
  6. 6 I Got the Walkin' Blues - Louis Jordan (3:05)
  7. 7 I've Got a Right to Cry - Joe Liggins (3:05)
  8. 8 One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn (3:02)
  9. 9 Person to Person - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (2:29)
  10. 10 My Mother Thinks I'm Something - Gatemouth Moore (3:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Willie and the Hand Jive (2:43)
  2. 2 Cleanhead Blues - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (3:26)
  3. 3 Corrina, Corrina - Joe Turner (3:02)
  4. 4 Evening Shadows Coming Down - Amos Milburn (3:40)
  5. 5 The Honeydripper, Pt. 1 - Joe Liggins (2:57)
  6. 6 Beans and Corn Bread - Louis Jordan (3:01)
  7. 7 Trackin' Machine - Richard Berry (2:27)
  8. 8 Livin' in Misery - Charles Brown (2:44)
  9. 9 Beale Street Ain't Beale Street No More - Gatemouth Moore (6:00)
  10. 10 Don't Forget to Close the Door - Pee Wee Crayton (3:42)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Texas Hop - Pee Wee Crayton (3:15)
  2. 2 Chains of Love - Joe Turner (3:02)
  3. 3 Choo Choo Ch'boogie - Louis Jordan (2:48)
  4. 4 Black Night - Charles Brown (3:07)
  5. 5 Sugar - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (3:11)
  6. 6 Have Love, Will Travel - Richard Berry (2:52)
  7. 7 Did You Ever Love a Woman - Gatemouth Moore (2:38)
  8. 8 Bad Bad Whiskey - Amos Milburn (2:27)
  9. 9 Bye Bye Baby (2:47)
  10. 10 Tanya - Joe Liggins (3:05)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Saturday Night Fish Fry - Louis Jordan (5:15)
  2. 2 Harlem Nocturne (3:29)
  3. 3 Honey Hush - Joe Turner (3:21)
  4. 4 I Ain't Mad at You, Pretty Baby - Gatemouth Moore (3:13)
  5. 5 The Honeydripper, Pt. 2 - Joe Liggins (3:03)
  6. 6 Merry Christmas, Baby - Charles Brown (3:00)
  7. 7 Kidney Stew Blues - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (3:28)
  8. 8 Blues in the Ghetto - Pee Wee Crayton (3:15)
  9. 9 Doin' It - Richard Berry (3:14)
  10. 10 One Hour Past Midnight - Amos Milburn (3:33)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins (2:43)
  2. 2 Driftin' Blues - Charles Brown (4:03)
  3. 3 Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens - Louis Jordan (3:02)
  4. 4 Barrel House Blues (3:50)
  5. 5 Chicken Shack Boogie - Amos Milburn (2:43)
  6. 6 Somebody's Got to Go - Gatemouth Moore (3:24)
  7. 7 Yama, Yama, Pretty Mama - Richard Berry (2:22)
  8. 8 Cherry Red - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (2:58)
  9. 9 If I Ever Get Lucky - Pee Wee Crayton (3:18)
  10. 10 Nothin' from Nothin' Blues - Joe Turner (4:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Otis Primary Artist, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Vibes, fender rhodes
Charles Brown Organ, Piano, Vocals
Pee Wee Crayton Guitar, Vocals
Amos Milburn Piano, Vocals
Big Joe Turner Vocals
Joe Liggins Piano, Vocals
Louis Jordan Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Shuggie Otis Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Richard Berry Keyboards, Vocals
Fred Clark Saxophone
Irv Cox Tenor Saxophone
Little Willie Jackson Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Zaven Jambazian Harmonica
Jackie Kelso Horn, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Moore Trumpet
Curt Sletten Horn
Clifford Solomon Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Saxophone, Vocals
Willie Webb Guitar
Edgar Willis Bass
Doug Wintz Horn
Big Jim Wynn Baritone Saxophone
Delmar Evans Vocals
Mack Johnson Trumpet
Rene Bloch Alto Saxophone
Gatemouth Moore Piano, Vocals
Bob Mitchell Trumpet
Elvin Wonder Guitar
Alesia Butler Background Vocals
Theresa Butler Background Vocals
John Ewing Trombone
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer, Contributor
Pee Wee Crayton Composer, Contributor
Amos Milburn Composer, Contributor
Johnny Otis Composer, Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Big Joe Turner Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Joe Liggins Contributor
Pete Johnson Composer
Louis Jordan Contributor
Shuggie Otis Composer, Engineer, Contributor
Richard Berry Contributor
Bobby Bloom Engineer
Ralph Bass Composer
John Cevetello Engineer
Chris Jenkins Engineer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Composer, Contributor
Gatemouth Moore Contributor
Jules Taub Composer
Lou Baxter Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Leona Blackman Composer
Lola Anne Cullum Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
D. Harris Composer
Nehemia King Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting Reissue

    Having read the review by AMG -otherwise usually well-informed- I would like to add that the 5-disc compilation is drawn from a series of LPs produced around the mid-seventies by Johnny Otis. The concept of the series was to bring back former stars of Rhythm'n'Blues by using Otis' band as back-up (according to my records, at least 13 LPs were issued, including three by Otis himself; each LP consisted of some 10-12 tracks). The result, even though most of the titles are re-makes of earlier hits, is quite satisfying. For most of the series this is the first time that parts are appearing on CD - personally I would have preferred reissues by artist, but the cross-section offered here gives a good overall picture of the series. I fully agree with Ron Wynn, though, that the label should be providing more info on the music.

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