Let's Have a Party (The Aladdin Recordings)

Let's Have a Party (The Aladdin Recordings)

by Amos Milburn
     
 

Few artists in the history of recorded music have made alcoholism seem quite as appealing as Amos Milburn did on his run of hits for Aladdin Records in the '40s and '50s. Milburn was one of the biggest rhythm & blues stars of the pre-rock era, and his celebrations of wild, booze-fueled nights -- "Let Me Go Home, Whiskey," "Bad, Bad Whiskey," "Juice, Juice," "Vicious,…  See more details below

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Few artists in the history of recorded music have made alcoholism seem quite as appealing as Amos Milburn did on his run of hits for Aladdin Records in the '40s and '50s. Milburn was one of the biggest rhythm & blues stars of the pre-rock era, and his celebrations of wild, booze-fueled nights -- "Let Me Go Home, Whiskey," "Bad, Bad Whiskey," "Juice, Juice," "Vicious, Vicious Vodka," and "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" among them -- were potent enough to give even the most zealous reader of The Big Blue Book second thoughts about turning down a cocktail. It helped that Milburn was a top-shelf boogie pianist with a sly, witty vocal style, and he was fortunate enough to get just the right help in the recording studio. Let's Have a Party (The Aladdin Recordings) collects 29 numbers Milburn recorded between 1950 and 1957, which means a few of his biggest early hits don't make the cut (the frantic version of "Chicken Shack Boogie" which appears here is a recut recorded in New Orleans in 1956, with Lee Allen and Red Tyler on sax), but what's here is uniformly fine, and even the silly closing number, "We Teenagers Know What We Want" (recorded when Milburn was pushing 30), cooks with gas. While roadhouse jump blues was Milburn's specialty, that's not all this set has to offer; Milburn delivers a great version of Lionel Hampton's "Flying Home," shows his gift for slow blues on "Tears, Tears, Tears," and even leaves the bottle alone for a while on the midtempo groove "Milk and Water." Among single-disc collections of Milburn's work, The Best of Amos Milburn: Down the Road Apiece has the edge since it includes his material from the '40s, and Mosaic's exhaustive The Complete Aladdin Recordings of Amos Milburn is heartily recommended to the wealthy and obsessed, but Let's Have a Party is still an excellent collection of Milburn in his prime, and it'll have you and your friends cracking open your liquor cabinet in no time flat.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2007
Label:
Rev-Ola Bandstand
UPC:
5013929482722
catalogNumber:
27
Rank:
124995

Tracks

  1. I'm Gonna Tell My Mama
  2. Sax Shack Boogie
  3. Bad, Bad Whiskey
  4. Let's Rock a While
  5. Tears, Tears, Tears
  6. I Love You Anyway
  7. Ain't Nothing Shaking
  8. Just One More Drink
  9. Flying Home
  10. Thinking and Drinking
  11. Long, Long Day
  12. Greyhound
  13. I'm Still a Fool for You
  14. Rock, Rock, Rock
  15. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
  16. Good, Good Whiskey
  17. Let Me Go Home Whiskey
  18. Let's Have a Party
  19. Milk and Water
  20. I Done Done It
  21. One, Two, Three Everybody
  22. Vicious, Vicious Vodka
  23. House Party (Tonight)
  24. Juice, Juice, Juice
  25. Chicken Shack Boogie
  26. Every Day of the Week
  27. Shake, Shake
  28. Soft Pillow
  29. We Teenagers Know What We Want

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amos Milburn   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Norman Blake   Synthesizer
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herbie Harper   Trombone
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Eddie Chamblee   Tenor Saxophone
Rufus "Speedy" Jones   Drums
Arnold Ross   Piano
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Don Wilkerson   Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Baker   Guitar
Bob Bain   Guitar
Gene Phillips   Guitar
Oscar Lee Bradley   Drums
Red Callender   Bass
Harper Cosby   Bass
Donald Dean   Drums
Clyde Dunn   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Fields   Bass
Ernie Freeman   Piano
Jewell L. Grant   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Hendrickson   Guitar
Milt Holland   Drums
Harry Klee   Alto Saxophone
Clifford Solomon   Tenor Saxophone
Arnett Sparrow   Trombone
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Baritone Saxophone
Adolphus Alsbrook   Bass
Harry Parr Jones   Trumpet
Eldeen McIntosh   Drums
Claude McLin   Tenor Saxophone
Leroy Robinson   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Isaac Royal   Trumpet
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Foster   Synthesizer
Lawrence Norman   Drums
Bill Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Evans & Arthur McClain   Baritone Saxophone
Johnny Lee Moore   Guitar
John Anderson   Trumpet
David Bryant   Bass
Johnny Brown   Guitar
Lee Allen Orchestra   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Martinez   Drums
Ralph "Chuck" Hamilton   Bass
Hubert "Bumps" Myers   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Peppermint Harris   Composer
Amos Milburn   Composer,Author
Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Ernie Freeman   Composer,Musical Director
Frank Haywood   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Musical Director
Dave Penny   Producer,Liner Notes,Annotation
Jesse Stone   Musical Director
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Musical Director
Joe Foster   Producer
Bob Kornegay   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Adolph Smith   Composer
Lola Anne Cullum   Composer
Adelia Davis   Composer
Monroe Tucker   Composer
Paul Winley   Composer
Johnny Taylor   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer
Shifty Henry's All-Stars   Composer
Andy Morten   Artwork
Monte Easter   Composer

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