On the Right Track: Beat, Ballad and Blues 1964-1971

On the Right Track: Beat, Ballad and Blues 1964-1971

by Georgie Fame
     
 

There have been several Georgie Fame compilations over the past decade, but it is this one on Raven that boils all of it down to the essence of his contribution to the Brit R&B beat-crazy scene of the 1960s and early '70s. Here are the singles, the hits, the near misses, and the worthy album cuts compiled to show the audacity, imagination, and wild, swinging toughness…  See more details below

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There have been several Georgie Fame compilations over the past decade, but it is this one on Raven that boils all of it down to the essence of his contribution to the Brit R&B beat-crazy scene of the 1960s and early '70s. Here are the singles, the hits, the near misses, and the worthy album cuts compiled to show the audacity, imagination, and wild, swinging toughness of Fame. Fame's earliest influences were Fats Domino and Little Richard, but by the time he cut his first album, Rhythm and Blues at the Flamingo, live at Great Britain's notorious jazz club, he was deeply under the sway of Mose Allison's Back Country Suite. And does that ever come across here. Fame was raw, in the moment, and always presenting his tracks with a slightly out of control feel. The 28 cuts here range from the jumping R&B of "Yeh Yeh" and Allison's classic "Work Song" to his stellar read of Titus Turner's "Get On the Right Track," a smoky version of Milt Jackson's "Bluesology," a deeply soulful take on the John Mayall/Jon Mark groover "Something," and the catchy pop ditty "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde," which reached number seven on the American charts. (It didn't hurt that the tune came out at the same time as the infamous movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.) All of these are in the first half of the set and recorded before 1967! But Fame could croon, too, as evidenced by this beautiful version of Little Willie John's "Need Your Love So Bad," with strings. The camped-up R&B move on Willie Dixon's "Seventh Son" takes Allison's version a step further, his horn-heavy rolling stroll on Bob Dylan's "Down Along the Cove," with a female backing chorus, completely reinvents the tune, and his jazzed-up New Orleans groove consciousness does the same on "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight." In all, this is an indispensable collection for anyone seeking to get acquainted with Fame outside of his work with Van Morrison or interested in the finger-poppin' beat madness of swinging London in the '60s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657017623
catalogNumber:
176
Rank:
56162

Tracks

  1. Work Song  -  Blue Flames
  2. Get on the Right Track, Baby  -  Blue Flames
  3. Yeh Yeh  -  Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames
  4. In the Meantime  -  Blue Flames
  5. Telegram  -  Blue Flames
  6. Like We Used to Be  -  Blue Flames
  7. Something  -  Blue Flames
  8. Get Away  -  Blue Flames
  9. Sunny
  10. Sitting in the Park
  11. Sweet Thing
  12. Bluesology
  13. Because I Love You
  14. Try My World
  15. The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde
  16. Bullets Laverne
  17. Kentucky Child
  18. Need Your Love So Bad
  19. Seventh Son
  20. Somebody Stole My Thunder
  21. Blossom
  22. Peaceful
  23. I'm a Drifter
  24. Down Along the Cove
  25. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  26. Stormy
  27. Happiness
  28. Rosetta  - Alan Price

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Georgie Fame   Primary Artist
Shorty   Indexed Contributor

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Willie Mabon   Composer
Jon Mark   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Mayall   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Mose Allison   Composer
Milt Jackson   Composer
Kenny Rankin   Composer
Norman Greenbaum   Composer
Little Willie John   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Bobby Hebb   Composer
Buddy Buie   Composer
John Burch   Composer
Peter Callander   Composer
Denny Cordell   Producer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Pat Patrick   Composer
Ian Samwell   Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
Billy Stewart   Composer
Glenn A. Baker   Liner Notes,Concept,Annotation
James Cobb   Composer
Keith Mansfield   Producer
Mike Smith   Producer
Tony Palmer   Producer
Fran Landesman   Composer
John Shakespeare   Composer
Clive Powell   Composer
Mike Snow   Composer
Mitch Murray   Composer
Martin "Nobby" Clarke   Producer
Victoria Pike   Composer

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