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Let the Good Times Roll: Anthology 1938-1953

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Overlooking Bear Family's comprehensive nine-disc box, this double-CD set is the best reissue ever on Louis Jordan, and the first truly comprehensive domestic release on Jordan's work to feature state-of-the-art sound. There are holes -- only a relative handful of the tracks that Jordan & His Tympany Five recorded in 1939 and 1940 are included, although those that are here represent most of the best of them -- but not huge ones, and every major Jordan track from 15 years of work is present. The quality of the digital transfers is as alluring as the selections, the mastering so clean that it sounds 20 years newer than one could ever expect based on the songs' actual ages....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Overlooking Bear Family's comprehensive nine-disc box, this double-CD set is the best reissue ever on Louis Jordan, and the first truly comprehensive domestic release on Jordan's work to feature state-of-the-art sound. There are holes -- only a relative handful of the tracks that Jordan & His Tympany Five recorded in 1939 and 1940 are included, although those that are here represent most of the best of them -- but not huge ones, and every major Jordan track from 15 years of work is present. The quality of the digital transfers is as alluring as the selections, the mastering so clean that it sounds 20 years newer than one could ever expect based on the songs' actual ages. The 1941 vintage "Pan Pan" and "Saxa-Woogie" place the band practically in the listener's lap, with solos on clarinet, tenor sax, etc., that have smooth, rippling textures and barely a trace of the noise one should expect from early-'40s tracks bumped to digital -- and the fidelity of these, and "Boogie Woogie Came to Town," "Rusty Dusty Blues," etc., all run circles around any earlier reissues. Similarly, the drums, hi-hat, trumpet, sax, and ensemble singing on "Five Guys Named Moe" are crisp enough to pass for modern re-recordings, except they're not. Indeed, until you get to "Ration Blues," from 1943, there aren't many overt hints of the compression inherent in masters of this vintage, and that's the exception -- "G.I. Jive" and "Caldonia," cut one and two years later, have the kind of sound textures one more expects out of audiophile releases. Disc two opens with "Ain't That Just Like a Woman," a perfect blueprint in style and execution check out Carl Hogan's guitar intro for the sound that Chuck Berry popularized ten years later. Of the later material, only "Run Joe" sounds a little less distinct than the rest. "Life Is So Peculiar" features Louis Armstrong, as vocalist with Jordan, in a beguilingly funny duet from 1951. By that time, Jordan's formula for success was past its prime, and he and Decca Records were looking for new approaches -- "Teardrops from My Eyes" wasn't it, adding an obtrusive organ played by Wild Bill Davis to the mix. The later incarnation of Jordan's band on these tracks is a more restrained and sophisticated big-band unit, without much of the wild jump blues feel of the '40s Tympany 5 -- a 19-year-old Oliver Nelson can be heard on alto sax, incidentally -- but occasionally they capture the feel of the old band, as on "Fat Sam from Birmingham." This version of Jordan and his band and the way they're recorded are still superior to the incarnations of Jordan's group that turn up on his later recordings for Aladdin and Mercury.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1999
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811190729
  • Catalog Number: 11907

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Barnacle Bill the Sailor - Louis Jordan & His Elks Rendez-Vous Band (2:46)
  2. 2 Doug the Jitterbug - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:32)
  3. 3 At the Swing Cat's Ball - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:29)
  4. 4 Honeysuckle Rose - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (3:07)
  5. 5 The Two Little Squirrels (Nuts to You) - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:26)
  6. 6 Pan-Pan - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:53)
  7. 7 Saxa-Woogie - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:36)
  8. 8 Boogie Woogie Came to Town - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (3:03)
  9. 9 Rusty Dusty Blues (Mama Mama Blues) - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (3:07)
  10. 10 I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:53)
  11. 11 What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again)? - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:49)
  12. 12 I'm Gonna Leave You On The Outskirts Of Town - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:56)
  13. 13 Five Guys Named Moe - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:58)
  14. 14 Ration Blues - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (3:10)
  15. 15 Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:43)
  16. 16 Mop! Mop! - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:57)
  17. 17 G.I. Jive - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (3:00)
  18. 18 Buzz Me Blues - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:51)
  19. 19 Caldonia - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:41)
  20. 20 Salt Pork, West Virginia - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (3:00)
  21. 21 Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:09)
  22. 22 Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming) (2:43)
  23. 23 Beware, Brother, Beware - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:52)
  24. 24 Choo Choo Ch'boogie - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ain't That Just Like a Woman - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:52)
  2. 2 Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (3:07)
  3. 3 Let the Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:51)
  4. 4 Texas and Pacific - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (3:06)
  5. 5 Jack, You're Dead! - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:35)
  6. 6 Open the Door, Richard - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:32)
  7. 7 Boogie Woogie Blue Plate - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:47)
  8. 8 Run Joe - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (3:22)
  9. 9 Beans and Cornbread - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:49)
  10. 10 Saturday Night Fish Fry, Pts. 1- 2 - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (5:34)
  11. 11 Blue Light Boogie, Pts. 1-2 - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (5:33)
  12. 12 (You Dyed Your Hair) Chartreuse - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:36)
  13. 13 Life Is So Peculiar - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (3:21)
  14. 14 Teardrops from My Eyes - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (3:01)
  15. 15 Louisville Lodge Meeting - Louis Jordan & His Orchestra (3:31)
  16. 16 Bone Dry - Louis Jordan & His Orchestra (3:01)
  17. 17 Fat Sam from Birmingham - Louis Jordan & His Orchestra (3:00)
  18. 18 Cock-A-Doodle-Doo - Louis Jordan & His Orchestra (2:12)
  19. 19 Slow Down - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:39)
  20. 20 Never Trust a Woman - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:55)
  21. 21 Junco Partner - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:45)
  22. 22 I Want You to Be My Baby - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Jordan Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Bill Doggett Piano
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals, Track Performer
Bill Jennings Electric Guitar
Oliver Nelson Alto Saxophone
Wild Bill Davis Piano
Freddy Webster Trumpet
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
William Austin Piano
Dallas Bartley Bass
Bob Burgess Bass, Trombone
Bob Bushnell Bass
Eddie Byrd Drums
Calypso Boys Maracas, Claves
Alfred Cobbs Trombone
Leon Comegys Trombone
Maxwell Davis Tenor Saxophone
Marty Flax Baritone Saxophone
Leonard Graham Trumpet
William K. "Billy" Hadnott Bass
Carl Hogan Electric Guitar
Aaron Izenhall Trumpet
James Jackson Electric Guitar
Josh Jackson Tenor Saxophone
Thurber Jay Electric Bass
Eddie Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Money Johnson Trumpet
Wilmore Slick Jones Drums
John Kirkwood Drums
Chester Lane Piano
John Malachi Piano
Walter Martin Drums, Timbales, Timpani
Numa Moore Baritone Saxophone
Al Morgan Bass
Bert Payne Electric Guitar, Claves
Reuben Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Roane Trumpet
Kenneth Roane Trumpet
Stafford Simon Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Jesse "Po" Simpkins Bass
Arnold Thomas Piano
Henry Turner Bass
Shadow Wilson Drums
Charlie Drayton Bass
Lem Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Vic Lourie Claves
Alex "Razz" Mitchell Drums
Jimmy Peterson Piano
Charlie Rice Drums
Courtney Williams Trumpet
Joe Morris Drums
Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 Band
Ermet Perry Trumpet
Bob Mitchell Trumpet
Freddie Simon Tenor Saxophone
Irving "Skinny" Brown Tenor Saxophone
Leonardo Graham Trumpet
Thurber "Sam-Guy" Jay Electric Bass
Clarence Johnson Piano
Harry Dialmaracas Maracas
James Wright Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Bill Doggett Arranger
Walter Bishop Jr. Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Bill Meyers Composer
Wild Bill Davis Arranger
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Fred Hopkins Composer
Wilmoth Houdini Composer
Fred Clark Composer
Milt Gabler Producer
Steve Lasker Producer
Spencer Lee Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Bob Shad Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer, Producer
Spencer Williams Composer
Peter Grendysa Liner Notes
Meire Murakami Artwork
Earl Randle Composer
Robert Ellen Composer
Fleecie Moore Composer
Bill Tennyson Composer
Joe Willoughby Composer
Jerry Bresler Composer
Gary Ashley Artwork, Art Direction
Vartan Murakami Artwork
Jimmy Davis Composer
Richard Miles Composer
Morry Lasco Composer
Dick Adams Composer
Duke Groaner Composer
Charlie Stewart Composer
Antonio Cosey Composer
Walter Merrick Composer
Collenane Clark Composer
Bob Astor Composer
Willis Lawrence Walsh Composer
Bubsy Meyers Composer
Frederick Hendricks Composer
J. W. Fine Composer
J. Mayo Composer
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