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Shout, Rattle and Roll

Shout, Rattle and Roll

by Big Joe Turner
In his informative and wildly irreverent book Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll, Nick Tosches devotes a chapter to the life and career of blues shouter Big Joe Turner, whom he repeatedly refers to as "a big fat f ** k." Part of the charm of Tosches' book is he manages to make this sound like a compliment, and after listening to the exhaustive box set Shout,


In his informative and wildly irreverent book Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll, Nick Tosches devotes a chapter to the life and career of blues shouter Big Joe Turner, whom he repeatedly refers to as "a big fat f ** k." Part of the charm of Tosches' book is he manages to make this sound like a compliment, and after listening to the exhaustive box set Shout, Rattle and Roll -- which collects a hundred Big Joe Turner sides recorded between 1938 and 1954 -- the appellation seems all the more appropriate. Big Joe was a man of profound appetites, and while his fabled girth testified to his love of a good meal, listening to his music offers ample evidence of his passion for women, whiskey, and wild living, which were the constant obsessions documented in his songs. Turner's style hardly changes a bit throughout these one hundred tunes and the sixteen years that separate the first from the last, and that's no insult -- Turner was less a mere blues singer than an honest-to-God force of nature, and no matter if he was being backed by a single pianist or a big jazz ensemble, Turner wailed like there was no tomorrow, ready to knock back some liquor and tell you all about the latest lady to turn his head (and it seems there were a bunch of them). Shout, Rattle and Roll collects a sizable majority of the material Turner waxed during the first 15 years of his recording career, and while the quality of the audio is expectedly uneven, the performances are not -- with Turner raising the rafters with some of the great men of blues and jazz (including Dave Bartholomew, Meade "Lux" Lewis, Elmore James, Albert Ammons, Art Tatum, Benny Carter, and many more), every track is a grand, howling paean to the pleasures of the flesh, and taken together it's a table-busting banquet of blues in true Big Joe proportions. (The set also includes an illustrated 48-page booklet with a fine biographical essay.) If this isn't the definitive Big Joe Turner set, that's only because Turner kept on singing and recording up until he dropped dead in 1987, leaving a lot more ground to cover, but this does offer a superb overview of the man's best and most influential stuff, and this box represents the true and glorious legacy of the "biggest, fattest f ** k" in the blues, who is doubtless still shouting in some honky tonk in the great beyond.

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Release Date:
Proper Box Uk


Disc 1

  1. It's All Right Baby
  2. Goin' Away Blues
  3. Roll 'Em Pete
  4. Cherry Red
  5. Lovin' Mama Blues
  6. Café Society Rag
  7. How Long How Long Blues
  8. Shake It and Break It
  9. Low Down Dirty Shame
  10. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  11. Joe Turner Blues
  12. Piney Brown Blues
  13. Lucille
  14. Rock Me Mama
  15. Rocks in My Bed
  16. Goin' to Chicago (Blues)
  17. Sun Risin' Blues
  18. Blues in the Night
  19. Cry Baby Blues
  20. I Got a Gal (For Every Day of the Week)
  21. Little Bittie Gal's Blues
  22. Rebecca
  23. It's the Same Old Story
  24. S.K. Blues, Pt. 1
  25. S. K. Blues, Pt. 2

Disc 2

  1. Johnson & Turner Blues
  2. Watch That Jive
  3. S.K. Blues
  4. My Gal's a Jockey
  5. I Got Love for Sale
  6. Sunday Morning Blues
  7. Mad Blues
  8. It's a Low Down Dirty Shame (Playboy Blues)
  9. I'm Still in the Dark
  10. Sally Zu-Zazz
  11. Rock of Gibraltar Blues
  12. That's When It Really Hurts
  13. I'm in Sharp When I Hit the Coast
  14. New Wee Baby Blues
  15. Around the Clock, Pt. 1
  16. Around the Clock, Pt. 2
  17. Battle of the Blues, Pt. 1
  18. Battle of the Blues, Pt. 2
  19. Morning Glory
  20. Low Down Dog
  21. Empty Pocket Blues
  22. Back Breaking Blues
  23. Nobody in Mind
  24. Rocks in My Bed
  25. Whistle Stop Blues

Disc 3

  1. Hollywood Bed
  2. Howlin' Winds
  3. Radar Blues
  4. Wine-O-Baby Blues
  5. Christmas Date Boogie
  6. Tell Me Pretty Baby (How d'Ya Want Your Rollin' Done)
  7. Old Piney Brown's Gone
  8. My Heart Belongs to You
  9. I Don't Dig It (1)
  10. Rainy Weather Blues
  11. Boogie Woogie Baby
  12. I Love Ya I Love Ya I Love Ya
  13. Born to Gamble
  14. I Don't Dig It (2)
  15. Ooo-Ouch Stop
  16. Wish I Had a Dollar
  17. Fuzzy Wuzzy Honey
  18. Adam Bit the Apple
  19. Still in the Dark
  20. Just a Travelin' Man
  21. Life Is Just a Card Game
  22. Feeling Happy
  23. After a While
  24. When the Rooster Crows
  25. Dawn Is Breaking Through

Disc 4

  1. Jumpin' at the Jubilee
  2. Story to Tell
  3. Jumpin' Tonight (Midnight Rockin')
  4. Lucille
  5. Love My Baby (Little Bitty Baby)
  6. After My Laughter Came Tears
  7. Chains of Love
  8. The Chill Is On
  9. Bump Miss Suzie
  10. I'll Never Stop Loving You
  11. Sweet Sixteen
  12. Don't You Cry
  13. Poor Lover's Blues
  14. Baby I Still Want You
  15. Still in Love (With You)
  16. Honey Hush
  17. Crawdad Hole
  18. Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop
  19. TV Mama
  20. You Know I Love You
  21. Married Woman
  22. Midnight Cannonball
  23. Shake Rattle and Roll
  24. Well All Right
  25. In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Joe Turner   Primary Artist
Pee Wee Crayton   Guitar
Wynonie Harris   Vocals
Johnny Otis   Drums
Bill Doggett   Piano
Walter Jackson   Drums
Albert Ammons   Piano
Curtis Counce   Baritone Saxophone
Allen Eager   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Mary Osborne   Guitar
Art Tatum   Piano
Eddie Barefield   Alto Saxophone,Clarinet (Tenor)
Leonard Gaskin   Baritone Saxophone
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Russell Jacquet   Trumpet
Oscar Moore   Guitar,Drums
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Freddie Slack   Piano
Joe Sullivan   Piano
George Wettling   Drums
James Byrd   Drums
Mickey Baker   Guitar
Dave Bartholomew   Trumpet
Joe Houston   Tenor Saxophone
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Goree Carter   Guitar
Teddy Bunn   Guitar
McKibbon   Baritone Saxophone
Connie Kay   Drums
Jack McVea   Alto Saxophone
James Adams   Drums
Ernest Ashley   Guitar
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Peter Badie   Baritone Saxophone
Rector Bailey   Guitar
Dallas Bartley   Baritone Saxophone
Vernon Bates   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Abe Bolar   Baritone Saxophone
Kirkland Bradford   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Bridgewater   Trumpet
Warren Brocken   Trumpet
William Burchett   Alto Saxophone
Frank Clarke   Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
John Collins   Guitar
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Fats Domino   Piano
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Mark Easton   Baritone Saxophone
Ahmet Ertegun   Choir, Chorus
Otis Finch   Tenor Saxophone
Gus Fontenette   Alto Saxophone
Edward Frank   Piano
A.G. Godley   Drums
Jewell L. Grant   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Charles Grey   Trumpet
Charles Hamilton   Baritone Saxophone
Ralph Hamilton   Baritone Saxophone
Riley Hampton   Alto Saxophone
Herb Hardesty   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Harris   Alto Saxophone
Lloyd Harrison   Tenor Saxophone
Hendrickson   Guitar
Frank Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Sheb Hobbs   Guitar
Grady "Fats" Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Elmore James   Guitar
Pat Jenkins   Trumpet
Albert Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Jab Jones   Tenor Horn
Waldron "Frog" Joseph   Trombone
Arlem Kareem   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Alray Kidd   Drums
Lloyd Lambert   Baritone Saxophone
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Piano
Ulysses Livingston   Guitar
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Ernest McLean   Guitar
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Wilson Myers   Baritone Saxophone
Freddie Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Morris   Trumpet
Ike Perkins   Guitar
Danny Polo   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Vernon Porter   Trumpet
Eddie Preston   Trumpet
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Red Saunders   Drums
Theodore "Red" Saunders   Drums
Artie Shapiro   Baritone Saxophone
Henry "Buster" Smith   Alto Saxophone
Jesse Stone   Piano,Choir, Chorus
Rabon Tarrant   Drums
Worthia Thomas   Trombone
Joe Tillman   Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Trotman   Baritone Saxophone
Henry Turner   Baritone Saxophone
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Tenor Saxophone
James Von Streeter   Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Ware   Guitar
Harold "Doc" West   Drums
Jerry Wexler   Choir, Chorus
Williams   Piano
Sam Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Winston Williams   Baritone Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris   Trombone
Clarence Hall   Tenor Saxophone
Lonnie Lyons   Piano
Wild Bill Moore   Tenor Saxophone
Louis Pitts   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Richardson   Baritone Saxophone
Allison Tucker   Drums
Henry Owens   Piano
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Bolton   Baritone Saxophone
John Girard   Trumpet
Oran Thaddeus Page   Trumpet
Joe Newman Quartet   Trumpet
Lee Allen & His Band   Alto Saxophone
Joe Thomas   Trumpet
Carlos "Don" Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Louie Simon   Tenor Saxophone
Dootsie Williams   Trumpet
Ernest Williams   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Don Stovall   Alto Saxophone
Calvin Boze   Trumpet
Sammy Yates   Trumpet
Herman Mitchell   Guitar
Ellsworth Liggett   Piano
Benny Morton's All Stars   Trombone
Hall   Baritone Saxophone
Billy Taylor   Baritone Saxophone
Talmadge Smith   Alto Saxophone
Pete Johnson & His Boogie Woogie Boys   Piano
Léon Beck   Baritone Saxophone
Lester Current   Trumpet
John Pettigrew   Tenor Horn
Loyal Walker   Trumpet
Andy Anderson   Trumpet
Johnny Jones & the King Casuals   Piano
Joe Turner   Vocals
Kenneth Pope   Alto Saxophone
Thomas Moore   Drums
Billy Jones   Trumpet
Allen "Yank" Porter   Drums
Robert Moore   Baritone Saxophone
Burnie Cobb   Guitar
Russell Emory   Trumpet
Lorenzo Flennoy   Piano
John Henry   Baritone Saxophone
James Hurdle   Piano
Jud McNaud   Baritone Saxophone
J.P. Mosely   Baritone Saxophone
Nelson Pitts   Trumpet
Ellerton White   Piano
Meade, Pete & Their Three Pianos Albert   Track Performer
Big Vernon   Track Performer
Pluma Davis Orchestra   Track Performer
Flennoy Trio   Track Performer
Dootsie Williams & His Orchestra   Track Performer
George Washington   Tenor Horn
James Toliver   Piano
Leonard "Lucky" Enois   Guitar
James Jordan   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Big Joe Turner   Composer
Albert Ammons   Composer
Peter Johnson   Composer
Joe Sullivan   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Lincoln Chase   Composer
Joe Houston   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ike Turner   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Saunders King   Composer
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Adam Komorowski   Liner Notes,Annotation
Charles Tobias   Composer
Dootsie Williams   Composer
Sam Sweet   Composer
Lou Willie Turner   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer
Ahmet Nugetre   Composer

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