Playful Baby

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Playful Baby contains a cross section of Wynonie Harris sides from 1945-1954, covering his early Aladdin and Philo years through the hugely successful run he had at King. Even though his big King hits are not included, there still are plenty of fine, obscure cuts here. Of special interest are the early tracks from 1945; the jump blues numbers "Playful Baby" and "Everybody's Boogie" already show the kind of vocal drive that later would make Harris' version of "Good Rockin' Tonight" a smash, and the slow blues cuts "I Gotta a Lyin' Woman" and "Papa Tree Top" reveal the influence of blues shouter Big Joe Turner. Another highlight from the '40s material is Harris' very ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Playful Baby contains a cross section of Wynonie Harris sides from 1945-1954, covering his early Aladdin and Philo years through the hugely successful run he had at King. Even though his big King hits are not included, there still are plenty of fine, obscure cuts here. Of special interest are the early tracks from 1945; the jump blues numbers "Playful Baby" and "Everybody's Boogie" already show the kind of vocal drive that later would make Harris' version of "Good Rockin' Tonight" a smash, and the slow blues cuts "I Gotta a Lyin' Woman" and "Papa Tree Top" reveal the influence of blues shouter Big Joe Turner. Another highlight from the '40s material is Harris' very convincing rendition of the big-band pop classic "Ghost of Chance." This shift away from more blues-based material would become the norm, as Harris' popularity hit its peak in the early '50s a fact made clear by the many novelty numbers he did, including cuts here like "Do It Again," "Git With the Grits," and "Good Mambo Tonight". This later material is still appealing, though, and the kitsch is kept in check by the fine big- band blues numbers "Triflin' Woman" and "Night Train." For a more thorough record of Harris' early, jump blues cuts, check out his two compilations on the Classics label. For a nice overview of Harris' career, though, get this fine Route 66 album for the "B-sides" and the Rhino/King compilation Blood Shot Eyes: The Best of Wynonie Harris for the hits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/25/1999
  • Label: Route Sixty-Six
  • UPC: 725543163011
  • Catalog Number: 30
  • Sales rank: 129,673

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Playful Baby (2:42)
  2. 2 Take Me Out of the Rain (2:45)
  3. 3 Papa Tree Top (2:55)
  4. 4 Young and Wild (2:53)
  5. 5 Good Morning Corinne (2:59)
  6. 6 Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, Pt. 1 (2:33)
  7. 7 Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, Pt. 2 (2:53)
  8. 8 In the Evenin' Blues (2:49)
  9. 9 Dig This Boogie (2:31)
  10. 10 Lightning Struck the Poor House (2:42)
  11. 11 My Baby's Barrel House (2:50)
  12. 12 Drinkin' by Myself (2:39)
  13. 13 Mr. Blues Jumped the Rabbit (2:51)
  14. 14 Rugged Road (2:55)
  15. 15 Come Back, Baby (2:47)
  16. 16 Whiskey and Jelly-Roll Blues (3:09)
  17. 17 You Got to Get Yourself a Job, Girl (2:48)
  18. 18 Hard Ridin' Mama (2:33)
  19. 19 Big City Blues (2:31)
  20. 20 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wynonie Harris Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals
Bill Doggett Piano
Milt Buckner Piano
Arnett Cobb Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Feather Piano
Joe Newman Trumpet
Mary Osborne Guitar
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone
Herbie Fields Drums, Tenor Saxophone
Al McKibbon Bass
Larry Belton Baritone Saxophone
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
George Jenkins Drums
Pat Jenkins Trumpet
Walter Johnson Drums
Clarence Jones Bass
Al Wichard Drums
Herman Mitchell Guitar
Chester Slater Piano, Vocals
Charlie Harris Bass
Jimmy Jackson Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Wynonie Harris Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Curley Hamner Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Joop Visser Producer, Liner Notes
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