On With the Show: The Johnny Otis Story, Vol. 2 1957-1974

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The second and final volume of the Ace label's overview of Johnny Otis recordings is an uneven but worthwhile look at the latter part of his career that, despite the wide time span, can be divided into two distinct phases. The first half of the 24-track compilation draws entirely from the late '50s and early '60s, at which time he'd achieved a degree of success as a rock star with the 1958 hit "Willie and the Hand Jive" though that particular song is on the first volume of this series. Mostly cut for Capitol although there are a few obscure early-'60s efforts for the King and Eldo labels too, this found Otis, to be blunt, often mining the Bo Diddley beat for all it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The second and final volume of the Ace label's overview of Johnny Otis recordings is an uneven but worthwhile look at the latter part of his career that, despite the wide time span, can be divided into two distinct phases. The first half of the 24-track compilation draws entirely from the late '50s and early '60s, at which time he'd achieved a degree of success as a rock star with the 1958 hit "Willie and the Hand Jive" though that particular song is on the first volume of this series. Mostly cut for Capitol although there are a few obscure early-'60s efforts for the King and Eldo labels too, this found Otis, to be blunt, often mining the Bo Diddley beat for all it was worth -- even more than Diddley himself did, perhaps. As imitative as it was in some ways, the results were sometimes great. "Crazy Country Hop," "Castin' My Spell," and the less renowned "Mumblin' Mosie" are witty and infectiously high-spirited. He overdid it, though, especially by the time it came to 1960's "The New Bo Diddley" and 1961's "Hand Jive One More Time"; it's one thing to devise a beat and milk it dry as Diddley did, and it's another to mine someone else's beat and milk it drier. Otis retreated from the music business for about a half dozen years after the early '60s, and with the exception of his odd funky instrumental mid-'70s nod to "Jaws" as in the hit movie, all of the remaining tracks date from 1967-1970. These were usually in a workmanlike but fairly effective updated blues/R&B vein with a touch of jazz, given a little bit of spice by some stinging guitar from his son Shuggie Otis and some violin by Don "Sugarcane" Harris. Occasionally the material from this era gets a little more interesting, like the 1967 instrumental-with-party-vocals "Keep the Faith," which has some really cool wavering organ; the relaxed down-home jive of "Country Girl"; and the instrumental "Cold Shot," with exotic violin by Harris.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667048323
  • Catalog Number: 6704832
  • Sales rank: 140,985

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Johnny Otis Theme - The Johnny Otis Show (0:47)
  2. 2 Good Golly - The Johnny Otis Show (1:50)
  3. 3 Mumblin' Mosie - The Johnny Otis Show (2:17)
  4. 4 Cold Turkey - Jack Kelso (2:09)
  5. 5 Castin' My Spell - The Johnny Otis Show (2:13)
  6. 6 I'm With You - The Johnny Otis Show (2:14)
  7. 7 The New Bo Diddley (2:22)
  8. 8 The Jelly Roll (2:33)
  9. 9 Crazy Country Hop - The Johnny Otis Show (2:42)
  10. 10 Baby, I Got News For You (2:40)
  11. 11 Let's Live It Up (2:23)
  12. 12 Hand Jive One More Time (2:13)
  13. 13 Keep the Faith, Pt. 2 - The Johnny Otis Show (2:24)
  14. 14 Banana Peels - The Johnny Otis Show (2:28)
  15. 15 The Signifyin' Monkey, Pt. 1 - The Johnny Otis Show (3:08)
  16. 16 Country Girl - The Johnny Otis Show (2:37)
  17. 17 Cold Shot - The Johnny Otis Show (2:47)
  18. 18 Goin' Back To L.A. - The Johnny Otis Show (2:53)
  19. 19 The Watts Breakaway - The Johnny Otis Show (2:35)
  20. 20 I Got The Walkin' Blues - The Johnny Otis Show (2:24)
  21. 21 Barrelhouse Blues - The Johnny Otis Show (3:08)
  22. 22 Cuttin' Up - The Johnny Otis Show (4:11)
  23. 23 Jaws (3:15)
  24. 24 Bye Bye Baby (Until We Meet Again) - The Johnny Otis Show (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Otis Primary Artist, Vocals
Shuggie Otis Guitar
Don "Sugarcane" Harris Violin
Delmar Evans Vocals
Betty Brown Vocals
Jimmy Nolen Guitar
Marci Lee Vocals
Jack Kelso Tenor Saxophone
Donald Harris Vocals
Technical Credits
Pee Wee Crayton Composer
Johnny Otis Arranger, Composer
Shuggie Otis Composer
Steve Elson Composer
Melvin Jernigan Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Delmar Evans Arranger, Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Alvin Johnson Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Traditional Composer
Curt Sletton Composer
Doug Winty Composer
Darby Hicks Composer
Edwin Johnson Composer
Donald Harris Composer
Alvin Parham Composer
Ron Saunders Composer
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