Let's Have a Party (The Aladdin Recordings)

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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
  • EAN: 5013929482722
  • Catalog Number: 27
  • Sales rank: 260,714

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Amos Milburn Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Norman Blake Synthesizer
Harry "Sweets" 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
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
Al 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 Jr. 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
McHouston "Mickey" Baker Guitar
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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