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Junior's Blues: The Duke Recordings, Vol. 1
     

Junior's Blues: The Duke Recordings, Vol. 1

by Junior Parker
 
After the non-success of "Mystery Train" on the R&B charts, Parker jumped contract and signed with Don Robey's Houston-based Duke Records. With his smooth vocal approach, Parker clearly envisioned himself as the next Roy or Charles Brown. But from the evidence of these early sides, it's clear that Robey wanted to

Overview

After the non-success of "Mystery Train" on the R&B charts, Parker jumped contract and signed with Don Robey's Houston-based Duke Records. With his smooth vocal approach, Parker clearly envisioned himself as the next Roy or Charles Brown. But from the evidence of these early sides, it's clear that Robey wanted to piggyback off the success of the Sun sound. Tracks like "I Wanna Ramble" were virtual carbon copies of the "Feelin' Good" riff and Parker's recasting of old favorites like Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago," Roosevelt Sykes's "Driving Wheel," "Yonder's Wall" and "Mother-In-Law Blues," were all clearly in the down-home vein that Parker felt was too "old timey" for an up-to-date musician/vocalist of his caliber. His first big hit for the label, the horn-driven "Next Time You See Me" is here with others in the same vein, but this otherwise excellent collection is curiously missing "Pretty Baby," Parker's version of Howlin' Wolf's "Riding in the Moonlight," certainly one of his best.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/22/1992
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811066925
catalogNumber:
10669

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Junior Parker   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Ray Fields   Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Freeman   Drums
Joe Fritz   Alto Saxophone
Pat Hare   Guitar
Bill Harvey   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Otis Jackson   Bass
Jimmy Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Connie McBooker   Piano
Dale McJown   Piano
Hamp Simmons   Bass
Jimmy Stewart   Trumpet
Herman "Little Junior" Parker   Harmonica,Vocals
Joe Scott   Trumpet
Jim Johnson   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Billy Swan   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Composer
Bill Harvey   Contributor
Andy McKaie   Producer,Reissue Producer
Junior Parker   Composer
Billy Vera   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction

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