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Rockin' the Blues

Rockin' the Blues

by Wynonie Harris
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


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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Proper Box Uk

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Disc 1

  1. Hurry, Hurry
  2. Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well?
  3. Around the Clock, Pt. 1
  4. Around the Clock, Pt. 2
  5. Cock-A-Doodle-Doo
  6. Yonder Goes My Baby
  7. Wynonie's Blues
  8. Here Comes the Blues
  9. Straighten Him Out
  10. Young Man's Blues
  11. Baby, Look at You
  12. She's Gone With the Wind
  13. Somebody Changed the Lock on My Door
  14. That's the Stuff You Gotta Watch
  15. I Gotta Lyin' Woman
  16. Rebecca's Blues
  17. Everybody's Boogie
  18. Time to Change Your Town
  19. I Gotta Lyin' Woman
  20. Everybody's Boogie

Disc 2

  1. Playful Baby
  2. Take Me Out of the Rain
  3. Papa Tree Top
  4. Young and Wild
  5. Good Morning Corinne
  6. Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, Pt. 1
  7. Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, Pt. 2
  8. In the Evenin' Blues
  9. Dig This Boogie
  10. Lightning Struck the Poor House
  11. My Baby's Barrel House
  12. Drinkin' by Myself
  13. Mr. Blues Jumped the Rabbit
  14. Rugged Road
  15. Come Back, Baby
  16. Whiskey and Jelly-Roll Blues
  17. You Got to Get Yourself a Job, Girl
  18. Hard Ridin' Mama
  19. Big City Blues
  20. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You

Disc 3

  1. Battle of the Blues, Pt. 1
  2. Battle of the Blues, Pt. 2
  3. Goin' Home
  4. Blues
  5. Love Is Like Rain
  6. Rose Get Your Clothes
  7. Wynonie's Boogie
  8. Your Money Don't Mean a Thing
  9. Good Morning Mr. Blues
  10. Blow Your Brains Out
  11. Blowin' to California
  12. Crazy Love
  13. From Bad to Good Blues
  14. Bite Again, Bite Again
  15. Good Rockin' Tonight
  16. Lollipop Mama
  17. I Believe I'll Fall in Love
  18. Grandma Plays the Numbers
  19. She Just Won't Sell No More
  20. I Want My Fanny Brown

Disc 4

  1. I Feel That Old Age Coming On
  2. Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee
  3. All She Wants to Do Is Rock
  4. I Can't It Take No More
  5. Sittin' on It All the Time
  6. I Like My Baby's Pudding
  7. Triflin' Woman
  8. Baby, Shame on You
  9. Rock Mr. Blues
  10. Stormy Night Blues
  11. Good Morning Judge
  12. Be Mine My Love
  13. Mr. Blues Is Coming to Town
  14. I Want to Love You Baby
  15. Put It Back
  16. Oh Babe!
  17. Teardrops from My Eyes
  18. A Love Untrue
  19. Triflin' Woman
  20. Man, Have I Got Troubles
  21. Confessin' the Blues

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
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
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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