Mama Don't Like It! 1950-1956

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Smiley Lewis recorded for a few labels, but the sides he cut for Imperial in the first half of the 1950s were his most enduring. This fine anthology has 33 of them, including the songs for which he will be most remembered, even if they achieved their greatest success via other versions: "I Hear You Knocking" (covered by Fats Domino and, much later, Dave Edmunds), "One Night" (done with cleaned-up lyrics by Elvis Presley), and "Blue Monday" (also covered by Domino). Championed by critics and collectors but forgotten by most of the general population, Lewis was perhaps the greatest exponent of New Orleans R&B during this period bar Lloyd Price and Domino himself. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Smiley Lewis recorded for a few labels, but the sides he cut for Imperial in the first half of the 1950s were his most enduring. This fine anthology has 33 of them, including the songs for which he will be most remembered, even if they achieved their greatest success via other versions: "I Hear You Knocking" (covered by Fats Domino and, much later, Dave Edmunds), "One Night" (done with cleaned-up lyrics by Elvis Presley), and "Blue Monday" (also covered by Domino). Championed by critics and collectors but forgotten by most of the general population, Lewis was perhaps the greatest exponent of New Orleans R&B during this period bar Lloyd Price and Domino himself. As famed New Orleans musician/arranger Dave Bartholomew was involved in these recordings (as he was with Domino's), it's hard to imagine that fans of Domino and the like won't enjoy this collection. It's true that it isn't as varied as Domino's work, and that the aforementioned songs are the most memorable and strongest of the lot. Less youthful and pop-friendly than Domino and Price, Lewis' foggy vocals and the crack New Orleans R&B backing nonetheless exuded a similar exuberant charm, though he was less adaptable to the oncoming rock & roll explosion than his local peers were. There have been more elaborate Lewis collections, but this is a fine, good-value entry point, with good liner notes and a sessionography of his Imperial recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Rev-Ola Bandstand
  • EAN: 5013929482425
  • Catalog Number: 24
  • Sales rank: 47,494

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shame, Shame, Shame (1:49)
  2. 2 I Hear You Knocking (2:31)
  3. 3 The Bells Are Ringing (2:24)
  4. 4 One Night (2:16)
  5. 5 Please Listen to Me (2:12)
  6. 6 Tee Nah Nah (2:12)
  7. 7 Growind Old (2:22)
  8. 8 Dirty People (2:18)
  9. 9 Bee's Boogie (2:44)
  10. 10 Lillie Mae (2:13)
  11. 11 My Baby Was Right (2:39)
  12. 12 Gumbo Blues (2:25)
  13. 13 I Ain't Gonna Do It (2:15)
  14. 14 Caldonia's Party (2:10)
  15. 15 Big Mamou (2:22)
  16. 16 Playgirl (2:06)
  17. 17 Lying Woman (2:30)
  18. 18 Blue Monday (2:41)
  19. 19 Down the Road (2:13)
  20. 20 Can't Stop Loving You (2:11)
  21. 21 Ooh La La (2:42)
  22. 22 Jailbird (2:08)
  23. 23 Real Gone Lover (2:33)
  24. 24 Bumpity Bump (2:26)
  25. 25 I Can't Believe It (2:11)
  26. 26 Queen of Hearts (2:26)
  27. 27 Nothing But the Blues (2:11)
  28. 28 She's Got Me Hook, Line and Sinker (2:24)
  29. 29 Rootin' and Tootin' (2:12)
  30. 30 Down Yonder We Go Ballin' (2:44)
  31. 31 No Letter Today (1:48)
  32. 32 Mama Don't Like It (2:35)
  33. 33 Shame, Shame, Shame (1:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smiley Lewis Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Tuts Washington Piano
Dave Bartholomew Trumpet
Cornelius Coleman Drums
Fats Domino Piano
Salvadore Doucette Jr. Piano
Frank Fields Bass
Edward Frank Piano
Herb Hardesty Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Harris Alto Saxophone
Waldron "Frog" Joseph Trombone
Ernest McLean Guitar
Walter Nelson Guitar
Earl Palmer Drums
Joe Robichaux Piano
Clarence Hall Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns Piano
Dave Bartholomew & the Maryland Jazz Band Accompaniment
Joseph "Papa John" Bass
Herman Seale Drums
Lee Allen Orchestra Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Earl King Author
Norman Blake Recreation
Joe Liggins Composer
Frankie Brown Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Smiley Lewis Arranger, Composer
Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers Composer
Kenyon Hopkins Composer
Link Davis Composer
Joseph Butler Contributor
Ruby Fisher Composer
Dave Penny Producer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Joe Robichaux Composer
Joe Foster Producer, Recreation
Frank Bocage Contributor
Lloyd Bellaire Contributor
Pearl King Composer
Ruth Durand Composer
The Toppers Vocal Group
Traditional Composer
Andy Morten Artwork
Bobby Mitchell & the Toppers Contributor
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