Last Train to Memphis [Bogalusa]

Last Train to Memphis [Bogalusa]

by Bobby Charles
     
 

Not quite a new album and not quite a compilation, Bobby Charles' 2004 release Last Train to Memphis is closer to a clearing-house for little-heard recordings than a proper album. Billed as a single-disc release paired with a bonus disc, the two-CD set contains a total of 34 songs, and since there is no distinct difference between the two discs, it only seems… See more details below

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Not quite a new album and not quite a compilation, Bobby Charles' 2004 release Last Train to Memphis is closer to a clearing-house for little-heard recordings than a proper album. Billed as a single-disc release paired with a bonus disc, the two-CD set contains a total of 34 songs, and since there is no distinct difference between the two discs, it only seems appropriate to treat it all as a sprawling double album. Jim Bateman says in his perfunctory, largely biographical liner notes that this album "fills in the years between his critically acclaimed 1972 Bearsville release and today," which is certainly true, since all 34 songs on the two discs were recorded sometime between 1971 and 2001. The liners do detail the individual recording dates and lineups for the tracks, but it's hard to tell when and where -- or even if -- these songs came out prior to this release. This is particularly true because not only does the sequencing make no chronological sense -- the first disc hopscotches from 1999 to 1979 back to 1975 then leaps ahead to 1997 before going back to 1984 -- but because Charles' music is so consistent in both tone and quality it's hard to tell when these recordings are from, based on the production or performance. Of course, there's a certain charm to that. Very few artists could have such a patchwork assembled and make it sound cohesive, which this certainly does. This all flows from his brilliant eponymous 1972 album for Bearsville, which blended his signature spin on New Orleans R&B with an Americana bent borrowed from his friends in the Band. Overall, it's a little slicker and smoother than the loose-limbed, rustic Bobby Charles -- plus, its sprawling nature means it's not nearly the compulsive listen as that underappreciated gem -- but it's consistently satisfying, filled with satisfyingly modest new Charles originals and friendly, engaging reworkings of warhorses like "See You Later Alligator." So, even if Last Train to Memphis is frustrating when closely inspected, if it's taken as just a collection of 34 fine Bobby Charles recordings, it's very pleasurable, and not in the least because there are so few Charles recordings that it only seems right to savor every one.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Rice N Gravy
UPC:
0827420035029
catalogNumber:
350

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Last Train to Memphis
  2. The Legend of Jolie Blonde
  3. I Spent All My Money Lovin' You
  4. String of Hearts
  5. I Wonder
  6. Everyday
  7. Don't Make a Fool of Yourself
  8. Homesick Blues
  9. Forever and Always
  10. The Sky Isn't Blue Anymore
  11. Full Moon on the Bayou
  12. What Are We Doing
  13. Sin
  14. Goin' Fishin'
  15. See You Later, Alligator

Disc 2

  1. Not Ready Yet
  2. The Jealous Kind
  3. I Want to Be the One
  4. Walking to New Orleans
  5. I Remember When
  6. Ambushin' Bastard
  7. I Don't See Me
  8. Wish You Were Here Right Now
  9. I Can't Quit You
  10. Secrets
  11. Angel Eyes
  12. But I Do
  13. Party Town
  14. I Don't Want to Know
  15. Love in the Worst Degree
  16. Why Are People Like That
  17. I Believe in Angels
  18. Les Champs Élysée
  19. Clean Water

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Charles   Primary Artist,Vocals
Delbert McClinton   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Rufus Thibodeaux   Fiddle
Willie Nelson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Geoff Muldaur   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Neil Young   Acoustic Guitar
Billy Gene English   Drums
Maria Muldaur   Background Vocals
Martin Simpson   Slide Guitar
Mike Elliot   Guitar
Grady Martin   Electric Guitar
Ben Keith   Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Sonny Landreth   Guitar,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Tommy Smiley   Vocals
Dan Penn   Acoustic Guitar
George Bitzer   Piano,Hammond Organ
Pat Breaux   Accordion
Sam Broussard   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Stephen Bruton   Mandolin
Mike Burch   Drums
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Bobby Campo   Percussion,Trumpet
Charlie Chappelear   Bass
Cranston Clements   Acoustic Guitar
Fats Domino   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Floyd Domino   Piano
Jerry Embree   Baritone Saxophone
Chris Ethridge   Bass
Elaine Foster   Background Vocals
Lisa Foster   Background Vocals
Scott Goudeau   Guitar
Clarence "Frogman" Henry   Piano
Karl Himmel   Percussion,Drums
Eddie Hinton   Electric Guitar
Jim Horn   Horn
Wayne Jackson   Horn,Vocals
Jerry Jumonville   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Krown   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Dickie Landry   Saxophone
Roger Lewis   Baritone Saxophone
Jody Maphis   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry McEwen   Electric Guitar
Terry McMillan   Percussion,Piano,Vocals
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Spooner Oldham   Organ
Jody Payne   Electric Guitar
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Wardell Quezergue   Conductor
David Ranson   Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Baritone Saxophone
Bee Spears   Bass
Jackie Street   Percussion
Eric Traub   Tenor Saxophone
Derek Trucks   Guitar
Leeland Waddell   Drums
Reese Wynans   Piano,Keyboards
Erica Falls   Background Vocals
Brian Brignac   Drums
Phil Chandler   Keyboards
Marshall Cyr   Trumpet
Fred Carter   Electric Guitar
David Hyde   Bass
Daniel Cassin   Cello
Tommy Moran   Electric Guitar
William Rainsford   Piano
Charlene Howard   Background Vocals
Brian Tabor   Vocals
Adrianna Hulscher   Violin
Ann Taylor   Viola
Nick Daniels   Background Vocals
Jo Smith   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Joe "Public" Allen   Bass
David Peters   Drums
Bob & Pauline Wilson   Piano
Jennifer Cassin   Viola
Chamisa Cook   Vocals
Terry Irwin   Electric Guitar
Ronauld "Rome" Langlinais   Spoons
Layton Martens   Cello

Technical Credits

Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Bobby Charles   Composer,Producer
Mike Elliot   Engineer,drum programming
Ben Keith   Producer,drum programming
Jim Bateman   Producer,Liner Notes
Tony Daigle   Engineer
Fats Domino   Composer
David Farrell   Engineer
Larry Greenhill   Engineer
Wardell Quezergue   String Arrangements
Robert Guidry   Composer
Bob McQuire   Engineer

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