Rockin' the Blues

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
This four-disc set from Proper could qualify as the best Wynonie Harris collection going. Sporting a 52-page booklet with detailed biographical and discography information -- not to mention the bargain price tag -- Rockin' the Blues contains all of Harris' sides from 1944-1950. Just some of the many highlights include his first recordings with the Lucky Millinder band ("Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well"), picaresque confessionals like "Drinking By Myself," and the unexpected pop side "Ghost of a Chance." Of course, such cornerstone moments as his duet with Big Joe Turner on "Battle of the Blues" and early King hits like "Good Rockin' Tonight" and "All She Wants to Do Is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
This four-disc set from Proper could qualify as the best Wynonie Harris collection going. Sporting a 52-page booklet with detailed biographical and discography information -- not to mention the bargain price tag -- Rockin' the Blues contains all of Harris' sides from 1944-1950. Just some of the many highlights include his first recordings with the Lucky Millinder band ("Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well"), picaresque confessionals like "Drinking By Myself," and the unexpected pop side "Ghost of a Chance." Of course, such cornerstone moments as his duet with Big Joe Turner on "Battle of the Blues" and early King hits like "Good Rockin' Tonight" and "All She Wants to Do Is Rock" are here as well. Sure, it would have been nice if just one more disc was thrown in to cover early-'50s standouts like "Bloodshot Eyes," but with this much bounty already on hand, who's complaining? And adding to the consistently top-notch Harris vocals, there's plenty of fine instrumental highlights from the likes of Howard McGhee, Dexter Gordon, Teddy Edwards, Arnett Cobb, Joe Wilder, Hot Lips Page, Bill Doggett, Elmo Hope, Charles Mingus, and many other jump blues and jazz notables (Sun Ra even shows up for four cuts taped in Nashville). A stellar example of how all retrospectives should be presented.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 604988992021
  • Catalog Number: 20
  • Sales rank: 130,194

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hurry, Hurry (3:02)
  2. 2 Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well? (3:00)
  3. 3 Around the Clock, Pt. 1 (2:54)
  4. 4 Around the Clock, Pt. 2 (3:00)
  5. 5 Cock-A-Doodle-Doo (2:55)
  6. 6 Yonder Goes My Baby (2:51)
  7. 7 Wynonie's Blues (2:49)
  8. 8 Here Comes the Blues (2:56)
  9. 9 Straighten Him Out (2:31)
  10. 10 Young Man's Blues (2:52)
  11. 11 Baby, Look at You (3:06)
  12. 12 She's Gone With the Wind (2:43)
  13. 13 Somebody Changed the Lock on My Door (2:48)
  14. 14 That's the Stuff You Gotta Watch (2:41)
  15. 15 I Gotta Lyin' Woman (2:43)
  16. 16 Rebecca's Blues (2:38)
  17. 17 Everybody's Boogie (2:15)
  18. 18 Time to Change Your Town (2:41)
  19. 19 I Gotta Lyin' Woman (2:50)
  20. 20 Everybody's Boogie (2:21)
Disc 2
  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)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Battle of the Blues, Pt. 1 (2:53)
  2. 2 Battle of the Blues, Pt. 2 (2:50)
  3. 3 Goin' Home (3:04)
  4. 4 Blues (2:44)
  5. 5 Love Is Like Rain (2:47)
  6. 6 Rose Get Your Clothes (2:41)
  7. 7 Wynonie's Boogie (2:34)
  8. 8 Your Money Don't Mean a Thing (2:33)
  9. 9 Good Morning Mr. Blues (2:49)
  10. 10 Blow Your Brains Out (2:42)
  11. 11 Blowin' to California (2:25)
  12. 12 Crazy Love (2:56)
  13. 13 From Bad to Good Blues (2:43)
  14. 14 Bite Again, Bite Again (2:49)
  15. 15 Good Rockin' Tonight (2:45)
  16. 16 Lollipop Mama (2:49)
  17. 17 I Believe I'll Fall in Love (2:37)
  18. 18 Grandma Plays the Numbers (2:40)
  19. 19 She Just Won't Sell No More (2:36)
  20. 20 I Want My Fanny Brown (3:06)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Feel That Old Age Coming On (2:48)
  2. 2 Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee (2:30)
  3. 3 All She Wants to Do Is Rock (2:33)
  4. 4 I Can't It Take No More (3:02)
  5. 5 Sittin' on It All the Time (2:37)
  6. 6 I Like My Baby's Pudding (2:42)
  7. 7 Triflin' Woman (2:45)
  8. 8 Baby, Shame on You (2:49)
  9. 9 Rock Mr. Blues (2:40)
  10. 10 Stormy Night Blues (2:46)
  11. 11 Good Morning Judge (2:41)
  12. 12 Be Mine My Love (2:53)
  13. 13 Mr. Blues Is Coming to Town (3:03)
  14. 14 I Want to Love You Baby (2:33)
  15. 15 Put It Back (2:46)
  16. 16 Oh Babe! (2:58)
  17. 17 Teardrops from My Eyes (2:56)
  18. 18 A Love Untrue (2:55)
  19. 19 Triflin' Woman (2:39)
  20. 20 Man, Have I Got Troubles (3:00)
  21. 21 Confessin' the Blues (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wynonie Harris Primary Artist, Vocals
Johnny Otis Drums
Big Joe Turner Vocals
Bill Martin Guitar, Trumpet
Bill Doggett Piano
Milt Buckner Piano
Arnett Cobb Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Feather Piano
Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Griffin Tenor Saxophone
Elmo Hope Piano
Illinois Jacquet Tenor Saxophone
Charles Mingus Bass
Joe Newman Trumpet
Mary Osborne Guitar
Curtis Peagler Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Fields Drums, Tenor Saxophone
Matthew Gee Trombone
Tyree Glenn Trombone
Hal Singer Tenor Saxophone
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Preston Love Alto Saxophone
Howard McGhee Trumpet
Gene Phillips Guitar
Sonny Thompson Piano
Al McKibbon Bass
Freddy Webster Trumpet
Connie Kay Drums
Gene Ramey Bass
John Hardee Tenor Saxophone
Jack McVea Alto Saxophone
William Cat Anderson Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone
Tom Archia Tenor Saxophone
Larry Belton Baritone Saxophone
Joe Britton Trombone
Jimmy Butts Bass, Vocals
James Cannady Guitar
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Frank Clarke Bass
Alfred Cobbs Trombone
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Arthur Dennis Baritone Saxophone
Clarence Donaldson Drums
Jesse Drakes Trumpet
Teddy Edwards Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Rene Hall Guitar
Simeon Hatch Piano
George Jenkins Drums
Pat Jenkins Trumpet
Walter Johnson Drums
Clarence Jones Bass
Lee Wesley Jones Piano
Joe Jordan Trumpet
Joe Knight Piano
Ellis Larkins Piano
Ulysses Livingston Guitar
Alonzo Buddy Lucas Alto Saxophone
Kelly Martin Drums
Stanley Morgan Guitar
Bob Mosley Piano
Hot Lips Page Trumpet
Weasel Parker Tenor Saxophone
Reuben Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Rudy Powell Alto Saxophone
Carl Pruitt Bass
Calvin Shields Drums
Stafford Simon Tenor Saxophone
Franklin Skeete Bass
Bill Swindell Alto Saxophone
Rabon Tarrant Drums
Gerald Valentine Trombone
Elmer "Skippy" Williams Tenor Saxophone
Elmer Alexander Baritone Saxophone
Bob Merrill Trumpet
Curby Alexander Alto Saxophone
Joe Allston Tenor Saxophone
Orrington Hall Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Lawrence Bass
William McLemore Baritone Saxophone
Gene Simon Trombone
Elton Hill Trumpet
Lamar Wright Trumpet
Frank Galbraith Trumpet
Al Wichard Drums
Alfred Walker Drums
Don Stovall Alto Saxophone
Elwyn Fraser Alto Saxophone
Fats Ford Trumpet
Herman Mitchell Guitar
Chester Slater Piano, Vocals
Bob Kesterton Bass
Leroy Harris Alto Saxophone
Charlie Harris Bass
Jimmy Jackson Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Roy Brown Composer
Wynonie Harris Composer
Moon Mullican Composer
Bing Crosby Composer
Louis Prima Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Illinois Jacquet Composer
Jay McShann Composer
Lucky Millinder Composer
Walter Brown Composer
Mason Composer
Robert Ward Composer
Henry Bernard Composer
Billy C. Farlow Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Curley Hamner Composer
Milt Kabak Composer
Sticks McGhee Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Mark Turner Composer
Ned Washington Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Victor Young Composer
Louis Innis Composer
Lois Mann Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Joop Visser Producer, Liner Notes
Johnny Brooks Composer
McRae Composer
Scherman Composer
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