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Piano Red Rocks

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
For those who aren't feeling sufficiently limbered up to drop a hundred bucks for Bear Family's 122-track The Doctor Is In!, the best way to get acquainted with and possibly permanently dazzled by Speckled Red's little brother Piano Red is probably Bear Family's 33-track condensed edition, Piano Red Rocks, which appeared in 2009. Like the mothership four-CD set, this potent retrospective covers a timeline from 1950 to 1966, opening with a veritable fusillade of boogie and barrelhouse-based R&B briquettes, and combining his toughest RCA Victor titles with examples of his hell-raising brand of piano-driven rock & roll recorded for Checker, Jax, and Okeh in the late ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
For those who aren't feeling sufficiently limbered up to drop a hundred bucks for Bear Family's 122-track The Doctor Is In!, the best way to get acquainted with and possibly permanently dazzled by Speckled Red's little brother Piano Red is probably Bear Family's 33-track condensed edition, Piano Red Rocks, which appeared in 2009. Like the mothership four-CD set, this potent retrospective covers a timeline from 1950 to 1966, opening with a veritable fusillade of boogie and barrelhouse-based R&B briquettes, and combining his toughest RCA Victor titles with examples of his hell-raising brand of piano-driven rock & roll recorded for Checker, Jax, and Okeh in the late '50s and early '60s with his backing units the Meter-Tones and the Interns. A handful of previously unreleased material from the '60s makes this the ideal mini-history of Willie Perryman, aka Piano Red, aka Doctor Feelgood. Note the obvious parallels with Professor Longhair and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown "Bald Headed Lena," "She Walks Right In"; echoes of Perry Bradford, Clara Smith, and Sonny Boy Williamson "I Ain't Fattenin' Frogs for Snakes", and visitations from Big Joe Turner and Leroy Carr "I Ain't Gonna Be a Lowdown Dog No More", as well as "Right String But the Wrong Yo Yo," a monster hit borrowed from his big brother but composed by cornetist Douglas Finnell and recorded with his Dallas-based Royal Stompers including pianist Sammy Price back in November 1929. Doctor Feelgood didn't write "Yo Yo," but he popularized the hell out of it in 1962, and has since been erroneously credited as the tune's composer on hundreds of websites worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127166395
  • Catalog Number: 1196675
  • Sales rank: 31,503

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Piano Red Primary Artist
Willie Dixon Bass
Elliot Lawrence Piano
Mary Osborne Guitar
Grady Martin Organ, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Big Al Sears Saxophone
Rene Hall Guitar
Gus Johnson Drums
L. Johnson Alto Saxophone
Alonzo Buddy Lucas Saxophone
Charlie O'Kane Saxophone
Russ Saunders Bass
Charlie Smith Drums
Christine Spencer Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Albert White Guitar
Marty Wilson Drums
Bobby Lee Tuggle Drums, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Daniel W. Andrews Jr. Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Doles Dickens Bass
William A. Glover Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Andrew L. Goodrich Saxophone, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Howard "Long John" Hobbs Bass, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Charles Holloway Jr. Bass, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
D. Hudson Jr. Saxophone, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
William J. Jones Bass
L. Lawson Drums, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tommy LeGon Bass
March Maxey Jr. Drums
Edward Small Bass
Beverly "Guitar" Watkins Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Samuel M. Williams Vocals, Choir, Chorus
J. Allen Williams Jr. Drums
W. Patrick Harper Drums
William R. Green Drums
Albert J. "Budd" Sr. Johnson Saxophone
Little Johnny Williams Saxophone
Leroy Tukes Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Howard Biggs Composer
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
Brad McCuen Producer
Bob Rolontz Producer
Danny Kessler Producer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Bill Millar Reissue Producer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Tape Research
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Dora Rutledge Composer
Edgar Snead Composer
Chick Thompson Composer
Joe Cotton Composer
Victor Pearlin Illustrations
J. Thomas Producer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Leroy Tukes Composer
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