Sexcapades: Songs of Lust and Depravity

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
With a slogan like "Songs of Lust and Depravity" in the title, this aggressively illustrated compilation might be expected to contain verifiable instances of unmitigated smuttiness, like Lucille Bogan's outrageously explicit "Shave 'Em Dry" or Tampa Red and Half-Pint Jaxon's gloriously lewd version of the "How Long, How Long Blues," but it doesn't. While plenty of vintage music collections have been assembled using the no-holds-barred "Copulatin' Blues" formula, Sexcapades falls more within the category of naughtiness, burlesque, and the suggestive double entendre. Like their predecessors at Stash records and similarly adventurous labels, the producers of this randy ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
With a slogan like "Songs of Lust and Depravity" in the title, this aggressively illustrated compilation might be expected to contain verifiable instances of unmitigated smuttiness, like Lucille Bogan's outrageously explicit "Shave 'Em Dry" or Tampa Red and Half-Pint Jaxon's gloriously lewd version of the "How Long, How Long Blues," but it doesn't. While plenty of vintage music collections have been assembled using the no-holds-barred "Copulatin' Blues" formula, Sexcapades falls more within the category of naughtiness, burlesque, and the suggestive double entendre. Like their predecessors at Stash records and similarly adventurous labels, the producers of this randy little anthology appear to have been banking on the prurient interest of the public at large. What distinguishes this release is the interwoven presence of classic blues, hokum, and R&B singers with bawdy "red hot mamas" and even glamour girl movie stars like Jayne Mansfield. This means that luscious offerings from Blue Lu Barker, Dinah Washington, and Clara Smith are interspersed with showier displays by old-school bad girls Marlene Dietrich, Sophie Tucker, and Mae West. Maybe the deliberate intention here was to contrast the personalities of Ruth Wallis and Little Esther, or Georgia White and Gypsy Rose Lee. Even with its strongly implied invitation to engage in physical lovemaking, Alberta Hunter's "You Can't Tell the Difference After Dark" is more about skin pigmentation than anything else, although her sultry-tough contralto delivery on this record compares interestingly with that of Mae West. The weirdest incursion is by a fully loaded Marilyn Monroe (accompanied by pianist Hank Jones), singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy, whose voice is also heard on this cheeky compendium of songs about temptation and indulgence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • Label: Fuel 2000
  • UPC: 030206188622
  • Catalog Number: 061886

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Am the Naughty Lola - Kay Martin (2:34)
  2. 2 There's No Business Like That Certain Business - Ruth Wallis (3:39)
  3. 3 Deep Sea Diver - Kansas Katie (2:50)
  4. 4 Mae West Speaks! - Mae West (2:14)
  5. 5 My Daddy Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll) - Mae West (3:21)
  6. 6 It's Tight Like That - Clara Smith (2:42)
  7. 7 Soft As a Kitten - Ruth Wallis (3:09)
  8. 8 My Voot Is Really Vout - Blue Lu Barker (3:12)
  9. 9 I Know What You Want For Christmas (But I Don't Know How To Wrap It) - Sadie Banks (2:16)
  10. 10 I Leaned On a Man - Myrna March (2:55)
  11. 11 If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' On It - Georgia White (2:56)
  12. 12 I Feel Like Laying In Another Woman's Husband's Arms - Blue Lu Barker (2:20)
  13. 13 Give It To Him - Sadie Banks (2:58)
  14. 14 I'm A Bad Bad Girl - Little Esther (3:15)
  15. 15 I Haven't A Thing To Wear - Faye Richmonde (3:02)
  16. 16 Drive Me Daddy - Stella Johnson (2:48)
  17. 17 I Don't Want It Second Hand - Kansas Katie (3:04)
  18. 18 Come Up and See Me Anytime - Faye Richmonde (3:02)
  19. 19 You Can't Tell the Difference In the Dark - Mae West (3:19)
  20. 20 Press My Button, Ring My Bell - Lil Johnson (2:44)
  21. 21 It's Silk - India Adams (2:31)
  22. 22 That's Makes It - India Adams (2:25)
  23. 23 Come By Sunday - Jayne Mansfield (2:04)
  24. 24 Happy Birthday, Mr. President - Gypsy Rose Lee
  25. 25 Come By Sunday - Diana Dors
  26. 26 Let's Do It - Dorothy Collins
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar
Alberta Hunter Vocals
Memphis Slim Piano
Marlene Dietrich Vocals
Clyde McPhatter Vocals
Helen Humes Vocals
Dinah Washington Vocals
Sophie Tucker Vocals
Mae West Vocals
Diana Dors Vocals
Juanita Hall Vocals
Jayne Mansfield Vocals
Lil Johnson Vocals
Black Bob Hudson Piano
Little Esther Vocals
Porter Grainger Piano
John F. Kennedy Announcer
Georgia White Vocals
Myrna March Vocals
Blue Lu Barker Vocals
Charlie Green Trombone
Clara Smith Vocals
Buck Clayton All Stars Accompaniment
Ray Martin & His Orchestra Accompaniment
Brooks Caperton Bass
Ruth Wallis Vocals
Ted Shapiro Piano
India Adams Vocals
Lucky Thompson's All-Stars Accompaniment
Friedrich Hollaender & Seine Jazz Symphoniker Accompaniment
Wally Scott & His Orchestra Accompaniment
Kay Martin Vocals
Tommy Miles Guitar
Kansas Katie Vocals
Gypsy Rose Lee Vocals
The Earle Warren Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Danny Barker's Sextet Soprano
Tony Cabot Leader
Sadie Banks Vocals
Faye Richmonde Vocals
Claude Hopkins All Stars Accompaniment
Sid S. Franklin Leader
Technical Credits
Helen Humes Composer
Sy Oliver Orchestra Director
Richard Hayman Director
Peter Lawford Introduction
Blue Lu Barker Composer
Athan Maroulis Producer, Art Direction, Annotation
Eunah Lee Graphic Design
Friedrich Hollaender Composer
Ruth Wallis Composer
Jesse Fishman Mastering
Traditional Composer
Egnoian Composer
Peggy Logan Copy Editing
Liebmann Composer
De Jesus Composer
Holliday Composer
Whittaker Composer
Barbour Composer
Tony Cabot Arranger
Sid S. Franklin Arranger
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