Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues - The Definitive Collection, Pt. 1: Beginnings 1

Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues - The Definitive Collection, Pt. 1: Beginnings 1


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Bear Family's Electric Blues history Plug It In! Turn It Up! may not seem quite as ambitious as some of their projects, but that's only because it arrives in four volumes of three CDs, not a hulking 12-disc, 12X12 box complete with a hardcover book. Taken on its own terms, it is a pretty impressive chronicle of electrified blues from its infancy to itsSee more details below


Bear Family's Electric Blues history Plug It In! Turn It Up! may not seem quite as ambitious as some of their projects, but that's only because it arrives in four volumes of three CDs, not a hulking 12-disc, 12X12 box complete with a hardcover book. Taken on its own terms, it is a pretty impressive chronicle of electrified blues from its infancy to its prime. Here in the first volume, the spotlight shines on its birth, opening up with a cut from Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy, a 1939 side called "Floyd's Guitar Blues" featuring a solo by Floyd Smith, and running to 1954, when the jumping, hard-charged sound started to break into the big time. Wisely, Bear Family is happy to repeat artists -- there is no way to limit yourself to just one T-Bone Walker or Muddy Waters song, after all -- and they bend the rules ever so slightly, letting in sides by R&B singers like Fats Domino and Ray Charles, artists who aren't always strictly classified as electric blues but certainly fit this wide definition. Roughly speaking, the first disc here is devoted to the swinging, jumping sounds of the '40s and '50s, with the second finding the rawer, nastier sounds starting to sneak in (Jackie Brenston's 'Rocket '88'," Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years," Elmore James' "Dust My Broom," and Little Walter's "Juke" pop up here), and the third concluding with the rise of overdriven Chicago blues and boogie, with Jimmy Reed rubbing shoulders with Wynonie Harris. Perhaps there are some seminal sides from these 15 minutes -- almost certainly there are -- but this first volume of Plug it In! Turn It Up! tells its story expertly and, best of all, it sounds like a party as it does so.

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Disc 1

  1. Floyd's Guitar Blues  -  Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy
  2. Mean Old World  - T-Bone Walker
  3. Strange Things Happening Every Day  - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  4. Drifting Blues  -  Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
  5. Ain't That Just Like a Woman  -  Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5
  6. That's All Right  - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
  7. Let Me Play with Your Poodle  - Lightnin' Hopkins
  8. Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)  - T-Bone Walker
  9. Better Cut That Out  - Sonny Boy Williamson [II]
  10. Ramblin' Bill  -  Big Bill Broonzy & His Rhythm Band
  11. I Can't Be Satisfied  - Muddy Waters
  12. Boogie Chillen  - John Lee Hooker
  13. Blues After Hours  - Pee Wee Crayton
  14. Mary Is Fine  - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  15. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee  -  Sticks McGhee & His Buddies
  16. Hit the Road  - Little Willie Littlefield
  17. Who's Been Jivin' You  - Jimmy Weatherspoon
  18. Black Angel Blues (Sweet Black Angel)  -  Nighthawks
  19. My Special Friend Blues  - Baby Boy Warren
  20. Every Day I Have the Blues (Lonely Heart Blues)  - Lowell Fulson
  21. Rock Awhile  -  Goree Carter & His Hepcats
  22. Bon Ton Roula  - Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow
  23. Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 1  -  Baby Face Leroy Trio
  24. Slippin' and Slidin'  -  Jack McVea Orchestra
  25. Rockin' All Day (Rockin' and Reelin')  - Jimmy McCracklin
  26. Love Don't Love Nobody  -  Roy Brown & His Might-Mighty Men

Disc 2

  1. That's All Right  - Jimmy Rogers
  2. Midnight Boogie  - Tampa Red
  3. Black Night  - Charles Brown
  4. Rock Little Baby  - Cecil Gant
  5. Why Should I Cry?  - Lonnie Johnson
  6. Rocket '88'  - Jackie Brenston
  7. How Many More Years?  - Howlin' Wolf
  8. Boogie Woogie Nighthawk  - James Wide Mouth Brown
  9. Baby Let's Go Down to the Woods  - Floyd Dixon
  10. Kansas City Blues  - Robert Nighthawk
  11. Pontiac Blues  - Sonny Boy Williamson [II]
  12. Dust My Broom  - Elmore James
  13. I'm in the Mood  - John Lee Hooker
  14. Cold Cold Feeling  - T-Bone Walker
  15. Ramblin' on My Mind  - Boyd Gilmore
  16. Please Send My Baby Back  - Sunny Blair
  17. Trust in Me  - Fats Domino
  18. Juke  - Little Walter
  19. Me and My Chauffeur Blues  - Memphis Minnie
  20. Five Long Years  - Eddie Boyd
  21. Lonesome Train  - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
  22. Hound Dog  - Big Mama Thornton
  23. Chocolate Pork Chop Man  - Pete "Guitar" Lewis
  24. Woke Up This Morning  - B.B. King
  25. Evening Sun  - Johnny Shines
  26. Cryin' Shame  - Snooky Pryor

Disc 3

  1. Messin' Up  - Chuck Norris
  2. Please Love Me  - B.B. King
  3. Forty Cups of Coffee  - Danny Overbea
  4. Ice Cream Man  - John Brim
  5. Losing Hand  - Ray Charles
  6. Hydramatic Woman  - Joe Hill Louis
  7. Feelin' Good  -  Little Junior's Blue Flames
  8. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer  - Amos Milburn
  9. Tiger Man  - Rufus Thomas
  10. Blues with a Feeling  - Little Walter
  11. Piggly Wiggly  - Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson
  12. TV Mama  - Big Joe Turner
  13. The Things That I Used to Do  - Guitar Slim
  14. Shim Sham Shimmy  - Champion Jack Dupree
  15. Dirty Work at the Crossroad  - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  16. You Don't Have to Go
  17. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man  - Muddy Waters
  18. Sloppy Drunk  - Jimmy Rogers
  19. Shake That Thing  - Wynonie Harris
  20. Wine, Women, Whiskey  -  Papa Lightfoot
  21. I'm Gonna Murder My Baby  - Pat Hare
  22. Pet Cream Man  - J.B. Hutto
  23. Reconsider Baby  - Lowell Fulson
  24. Don't Have to Worry (Jumpin' in the Heart of Town)  - Lafayette Thomas
  25. The Boogie Disease  - Doctor Ross

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Floyd Smith   Guitar,Soloist

Technical Credits

Eddie Boyd   Composer
Big Bill Broonzy   Composer,Source Material
Charles Brown   Composer
Roy Brown   Composer
Pee Wee Crayton   Composer
Floyd Dixon   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer,Source Material
Lowell Fulson   Composer
Wynonie Harris   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Alberta Hunter   Composer
Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson   Composer
Lonnie Johnson   Composer
Little Willie Littlefield   Composer
Joe Hill Louis   Composer
Jimmy McCracklin   Composer
Memphis Minnie   Composer
Robert Nighthawk   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Jimmy Reed   Composer
Leonard Feather   Source Material
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Gene Phillips   Composer
Tony Glover   Source Material
Goree Carter   Composer
Bernard Besman   Composer
Jackie Brenston   Composer
John Brim   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Peter Clayton   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Sebastian Danchin   Source Material
Scott Dirks   Source Material
Fats Domino   Composer
Colin Escott   Source Material
Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow   Composer
Jeff Hannusch   Source Material
Elmore James   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
B.B. King   Composer,Source Material
Steve LaVere   Source Material
Teddy McRae   Composer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Slim Notini   Source Material
Jim O'Neal   Source Material
Junior Parker   Composer
Don Robey   Composer
Eddie Shuler   Composer,Source Material
Neil Slaven   Source Material
Floyd Smith   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Lafayette Thomas   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Aaron Walker   Composer
Baby Boy Warren   Composer
Pete Welding   Source Material
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Jimmy Witherspoon   Composer
David Ritz   Source Material
Norbert Hess   Source Material
Danny Overbea   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Roy C. Ames   Source Material
Robert Pruter   Source Material
Rob Bowman   Source Material
Chip Deffaa   Source Material
Galen Gart   Source Material
Mike Leadbitter   Source Material
Isaiah Ross   Composer
Don Snowden   Source Material
Ernest Lawlars   Composer
Alexander Lightfoot   Composer
Granville "Sticks" McGhee   Composer
Joel Whitburn   Source Material
Helen Oakley Dance   Source Material
Bobby Robinson   Composer
John Chilton   Source Material
Rick Coleman   Source Material
Martin Hawkins   Source Material
Charles Norris   Composer
Mike Rowe   Source Material
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Steve Franz   Source Material
John Godrich   Source Material
Amy O'Neal   Source Material
Paul Pelletier   Source Material
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Walter Jacobs   Composer
James A. Lane   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Robert McCullom   Composer
Robert Shad   Composer
Lou Willie Turner   Composer
Claude de Metruis   Composer
Robert Gordon   Source Material
Paul Garon   Source Material
Charles Shaar Murray   Source Material
Michael Lydon   Source Material
Ulf Carlsson   Source Material
Ted Jarrett   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Eddie Williams   Composer
Pete Lewis   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Nadine Cohodas   Source Material
Johnny Moore   Composer
Marc Ryan   Source Material
Leslie Fancourt   Source Material
Robert M.W. Dixon   Source Material
Joe Brown   Composer
James Segrest   Source Material
Eunice Davis   Composer
Marcus Heumann   Mastering
John Lee Williamson   Composer
Mark Hoffman   Source Material
John Shines   Composer
S. Burns   Composer
John Broven   Source Material
James Pryor   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer
Charles Calhoun   Composer
Tony Collins   Source Material
Cilla Huggins   Source Material
Joseph Benjamin Hutto   Composer
Eddie Jones   Composer
Este   Illustrations,Photo Restoration
John Weigand   Composer
Ward Gaines   Source Material
Chris Colombo   Composer
Beth Garon   Source Material
Kevin Hahn   Source Material

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