Red Hot: The Sun Years, Plus

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
While pianist and singer Billy "The Kid" Emerson had a long career issuing classic singles for Sun, Vee-Jay, and Chess, most of which were rocked up R&B and blues sides with decided gospel -- but definitely secular -- overtones, his real forte was as a songwriter, and he penned dozens of songs for artists like Junior Wells, Willie Mabon, Wynonie Harris, and Buddy Guy, and while he cut several great sides for his first label Sun Records in the early to mid-'50s, it was cover versions of those songs by the likes of Elvis Presley who cut Emerson's "When It Rains It Pours," for instance that made Emerson such a valuable commodity at the label. One of his songs, "Red Hot,"...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
While pianist and singer Billy "The Kid" Emerson had a long career issuing classic singles for Sun, Vee-Jay, and Chess, most of which were rocked up R&B and blues sides with decided gospel -- but definitely secular -- overtones, his real forte was as a songwriter, and he penned dozens of songs for artists like Junior Wells, Willie Mabon, Wynonie Harris, and Buddy Guy, and while he cut several great sides for his first label Sun Records in the early to mid-'50s, it was cover versions of those songs by the likes of Elvis Presley who cut Emerson's "When It Rains It Pours," for instance that made Emerson such a valuable commodity at the label. One of his songs, "Red Hot," the title song of this wonderful 33-track survey of Emerson's Sun years which also includes his key Vee Jay and Chess singles as a plus, was an offhand rockabilly masterpiece, and was covered brilliantly by Billy Lee Riley at Sun and later by Bob Luman at Imperial. Emerson really wasn't a rockabilly singer, but through songs like "Red Hot," he certainly left his mark on the genre. Bear Family Records has done their usual exhaustive restoration on this set, and the sound is fresh and bright, and one wonders why Emerson wasn't more of a front page star. A fiery piano player, a joyous singer, and a songwriter with the twin understanding of what made people want to dance and what made them want to cry, he certainly deserves to be better known. This set, which is a darn near perfect introduction to his work, might change that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/2009
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051693725
  • Catalog Number: 16937

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If Lovin' Is Believing (2:15)
  2. 2 No Teasing Around (3:03)
  3. 3 Hey Little Girl (2:24)
  4. 4 When My Baby Quit Me (2:46)
  5. 5 The Woodchuck (3:09)
  6. 6 I'm Not Going Home (3:14)
  7. 7 Move Baby Move (2:49)
  8. 8 When It Rains It Pours (3:12)
  9. 9 Shim Sham Shimmy (2:24)
  10. 10 Red Hot (2:28)
  11. 11 No Greater Love (2:55)
  12. 12 Satisfied (2:20)
  13. 13 Cherry Pie (3:00)
  14. 14 Little Fine Healthy Thing (2:37)
  15. 15 Something for Nothing (2:51)
  16. 16 Don't Start Me to Lyin' (2:45)
  17. 17 If You Won't Stay Home (1:39)
  18. 18 Every Woman I Know (Crazy 'Bout Automobiles) (2:43)
  19. 19 Tomorrow Never Comes (2:46)
  20. 20 Somebody Show Me (2:44)
  21. 21 The Pleasure Is All Mine (2:43)
  22. 22 Do the Chicken (2:46)
  23. 23 Don't Be Careless (2:39)
  24. 24 Do Yourself a Favor (2:33)
  25. 25 You Never Miss Your Water (2:22)
  26. 26 Give Me a Little Love (2:49)
  27. 27 Woodchuck (2:43)
  28. 28 Believe Me (2:20)
  29. 29 Holy Mackerel Baby (2:18)
  30. 30 I'll Get You Too (2:21)
  31. 31 Um Hum My Baby (2:42)
  32. 32 When It Rains It Pours (2:21)
  33. 33 I Never Get Enough (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy "The Kid" Emerson Primary Artist
Willie Dixon Bass
Red Holloway Tenor Saxophone
Earl Washington Piano
Oliver Sain Alto Saxophone
Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson Organ
Kenneth Banks Bass
John Calvin Tenor Saxophone
George Cohn Trumpet
Al Duncan Drums
McKinley Easton Baritone Saxophone
Vernel Fournier Drums
Eugene Fox Tenor Saxophone
Wilburn Green Bass
Riley Hampton Alto Saxophone
Raymond Hill Tenor Saxophone
Ike Turner Guitar
Jesse Knight Bass
Billy "Red" Love Piano
John Neely Tenor Saxophone
Calvin Newborn Guitar
Phineas Newborn Jr. Drums
Elven Parr Guitar
Robert Prindell Drums
Milton Rector Bass Guitar
Moses Reed Tenor Saxophone
Willie Sims Drums
Luther Taylor Trumpet
Phil Thomas Drums
Lucius Washington Tenor Saxophone
Quinn Wilson Bass
Vincent Duling Guitar
William Robert Emerson Piano, Vocals
Willie Dixon Band Track Performer
Bobby Fields Tenor Saxophone
William "Lefty" Bates Guitar
Bobby "Little Bobby" Neely Tenor Saxophone
Joe Craig Jones Tenor Saxophone
Al Smith Orchestra Track Performer
Horace Palm Piano
Charles Allen Smith Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Cottrell Drums
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Producer
Calvin Carter Producer
Riley Hampton Producer
Billy Vera Illustrations
Sam Phillips Producer
Billy "The Kid" Emerson Composer
Martin Hawkins Reissue Producer, Tape Comparison, Tape Research, Biographical Information
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Victor Pearlin Illustrations
Christian Zwarg Mastering
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
James Stewart Tape Research
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