Rockabilly Blues

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Although it's comprised entirely of previously unissued studio material predominantly recorded in 1980 and 1981 that didn't make the first cut on his Rounder albums, there's nothing second-rate about this compilation. The big man with the droopy eyes from Sun records sounds equally inspired on upbeat bluesy rearrangements of tracks rescued from the vault, such as Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights, Big City," the roof-raising Little Richard cover "Long Tall Sally," and the album closing "Rip It Up." Sure, these chestnuts have been recorded thousands of times, but LaBeef tears into them with enthusiasm and passion, adding fresh nuances and a creative approach. Even Hank Williams' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Although it's comprised entirely of previously unissued studio material predominantly recorded in 1980 and 1981 that didn't make the first cut on his Rounder albums, there's nothing second-rate about this compilation. The big man with the droopy eyes from Sun records sounds equally inspired on upbeat bluesy rearrangements of tracks rescued from the vault, such as Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights, Big City," the roof-raising Little Richard cover "Long Tall Sally," and the album closing "Rip It Up." Sure, these chestnuts have been recorded thousands of times, but LaBeef tears into them with enthusiasm and passion, adding fresh nuances and a creative approach. Even Hank Williams' "Fool About You," where Buddy Spicher's fiddle injects a backwoods feel, is augmented by LaBeef's meaty twang guitar and gutsy vocals. His rearranged "Mannish Boy" maintains the classic song's energy but runs it through a swampy rhythm, transforming it into a chugging locomotive. Like Sun's stable of artists, in particular one Elvis Presley, LaBeef sees little difference between rockabilly, country, and blues. It's in the way he incorporates and combines those genres through that deep baritone and skittering guitar that makes him unique. Not just for fans, Rockabilly Blues is as good an introduction to Sleepy LaBeef's charms as any of his other albums. A bit more rockin' and bluesy than most of his stuff, only the album's abbreviated 37-minute length is disappointing about this rollicking, infectious disc. Roots rock & roll at its finest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2001
  • Label: Bullseye Blues
  • UPC: 011661963122
  • Catalog Number: 619631
  • Sales rank: 65,683

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sleepy LaBeef Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Jo-El Sonnier Accordion
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Duke Levine Guitar
Earl Poole Ball Piano
Scott Billington Harmonica
Paul Bryan Bass
D.J. Fontana Drums
Russell Keyes Bass
E.J. Ouellette Guitar
Cliff Parker Guitar
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Lisa Pankratz Bass
Bobby Keyes Guitar
Harry Duncan Piano
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Jimmy Reed Composer
Little Richard Composer
Scott Billington Producer, Liner Notes
Peter Guralnick Producer
Ken Irwin Producer
Bob Kempf Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Paul Mufson Engineer
Jerry Shook Engineer
Jake Guralnick Producer
Laurie Flannery Mastering
Traditional Composer
Bradley Composer
Robert Blackwell Composer
Sam Hutcheson Composer
Robert A. Blackwell Composer
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