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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127169211
  • Catalog Number: 2716921
  • Sales rank: 85,519

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Floyd's Guitar Blues - Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy (3:08)
  2. 2 Mean Old World - T-Bone Walker (2:54)
  3. 3 Strange Things Happening Every Day - Sister Rosetta Tharpe (2:47)
  4. 4 Drifting Blues - Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (3:13)
  5. 5 Ain't That Just Like a Woman - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:52)
  6. 6 That's All Right - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (2:54)
  7. 7 Let Me Play with Your Poodle - Lightnin' Hopkins (2:32)
  8. 8 Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad) - T-Bone Walker (3:02)
  9. 9 Better Cut That Out - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:59)
  10. 10 Ramblin' Bill - Big Bill Broonzy & His Rhythm Band (2:54)
  11. 11 I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters (2:42)
  12. 12 Boogie Chillen - John Lee Hooker (3:08)
  13. 13 Blues After Hours - Pee Wee Crayton (3:03)
  14. 14 Mary Is Fine - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (2:42)
  15. 15 Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Sticks McGhee & His Buddies (3:15)
  16. 16 Hit the Road - Little Willie Littlefield (2:52)
  17. 17 Who's Been Jivin' You - Jimmy Weatherspoon (2:38)
  18. 18 Black Angel Blues (Sweet Black Angel) - The Nighthawks (3:03)
  19. 19 My Special Friend Blues - Baby Boy Warren (2:37)
  20. 20 Every Day I Have the Blues (Lonely Heart Blues) - Lowell Fulson (2:32)
  21. 21 Rock Awhile - Goree Carter & His Hepcats (2:42)
  22. 22 Bon Ton Roula - Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow (3:10)
  23. 23 Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 1 - Baby Face Leroy Trio (2:50)
  24. 24 Slippin' and Slidin' - Jack McVea Orchestra (2:27)
  25. 25 Rockin' All Day (Rockin' and Reelin') - Jimmy McCracklin (2:41)
  26. 26 Love Don't Love Nobody - Roy Brown & His Might-Mighty Men (2:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 That's All Right - Jimmy Rogers (2:47)
  2. 2 Midnight Boogie - Tampa Red (2:50)
  3. 3 Black Night - Charles Brown (3:08)
  4. 4 Rock Little Baby - Cecil Gant (3:08)
  5. 5 Why Should I Cry? - Lonnie Johnson (2:47)
  6. 6 Rocket '88' - Jackie Brenston (2:49)
  7. 7 How Many More Years? - Howlin' Wolf (2:43)
  8. 8 Boogie Woogie Nighthawk - James Wide Mouth Brown (2:20)
  9. 9 Baby Let's Go Down to the Woods - Floyd Dixon (3:16)
  10. 10 Kansas City Blues - Robert Nighthawk (2:36)
  11. 11 Pontiac Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:41)
  12. 12 Dust My Broom - Elmore James (2:46)
  13. 13 I'm in the Mood - John Lee Hooker (3:07)
  14. 14 Cold Cold Feeling - T-Bone Walker (3:11)
  15. 15 Ramblin' on My Mind - Boyd Gilmore (2:48)
  16. 16 Please Send My Baby Back - Sunny Blair (2:18)
  17. 17 Trust in Me - Fats Domino (2:50)
  18. 18 Juke - Little Walter (2:44)
  19. 19 Me and My Chauffeur Blues - Memphis Minnie (2:52)
  20. 20 Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd (2:40)
  21. 21 Lonesome Train - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (2:23)
  22. 22 Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (2:50)
  23. 23 Chocolate Pork Chop Man - Pete "Guitar" Lewis (2:52)
  24. 24 Woke Up This Morning - B.B. King (2:57)
  25. 25 Evening Sun - Johnny Shines (2:30)
  26. 26 Cryin' Shame - Snooky Pryor (2:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Messin' Up - Chuck Norris (2:42)
  2. 2 Please Love Me - B.B. King (2:50)
  3. 3 Forty Cups of Coffee - Danny Overbea (3:10)
  4. 4 Ice Cream Man - John Brim (2:47)
  5. 5 Losing Hand - Ray Charles (3:12)
  6. 6 Hydramatic Woman - Joe Hill Louis (2:32)
  7. 7 Feelin' Good - Little Junior's Blue Flames (2:57)
  8. 8 One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn (3:14)
  9. 9 Tiger Man - Rufus Thomas Jr. (2:49)
  10. 10 Blues with a Feeling - Little Walter (3:06)
  11. 11 Piggly Wiggly - Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (2:23)
  12. 12 TV Mama - Big Joe Turner (2:48)
  13. 13 The Things That I Used to Do - Guitar Slim (3:01)
  14. 14 Shim Sham Shimmy - Champion Jack Dupree (2:43)
  15. 15 Dirty Work at the Crossroad - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (2:49)
  16. 16 You Don't Have to Go (3:05)
  17. 17 I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters (2:51)
  18. 18 Sloppy Drunk - Jimmy Rogers (3:02)
  19. 19 Shake That Thing - Wynonie Harris (2:16)
  20. 20 Wine, Women, Whiskey - Papa Lightfoot (2:12)
  21. 21 I'm Gonna Murder My Baby - Pat Hare (2:55)
  22. 22 Pet Cream Man - J.B. Hutto (2:28)
  23. 23 Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson (3:10)
  24. 24 Don't Have to Worry (Jumpin' in the Heart of Town) - Lafayette Thomas (2:41)
  25. 25 The Boogie Disease - Doctor Ross (2:33)
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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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