Sings the Backporch Blues [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Otis "Smokey" Smothers's 1962 LP Sings the Backporch Blues is a rare and coveted blues album. This CD puts it into wide circulation and then some, not only presenting all 12 of the songs from the original album as the first dozen tunes on the disc, but adding nine alternate takes and four tracks from 1962-1963 singles. The album is perhaps overestimated due to its rarity, but it's solid Chicago blues, owing much to the sort of mid-tempo shuffle that Jimmy Reed had made so much in vogue by the early '60s. Smothers has a relaxed, almost effortless vocal style, and the LP is a rare chance to hear Freddy King working as a session guitarist. King actually plays in a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Otis "Smokey" Smothers's 1962 LP Sings the Backporch Blues is a rare and coveted blues album. This CD puts it into wide circulation and then some, not only presenting all 12 of the songs from the original album as the first dozen tunes on the disc, but adding nine alternate takes and four tracks from 1962-1963 singles. The album is perhaps overestimated due to its rarity, but it's solid Chicago blues, owing much to the sort of mid-tempo shuffle that Jimmy Reed had made so much in vogue by the early '60s. Smothers has a relaxed, almost effortless vocal style, and the LP is a rare chance to hear Freddy King working as a session guitarist. King actually plays in a slightly more restrained and traditional style here than he did on his solo recordings. King Records wanted Smothers to play in a Jimmy Reed style, and frankly it did on the whole sound too close to Reed, sharing the flaw of songs that were too similar to each other. Occasionally he breaks out of that mold, as in the minor-key "Crying Tears," though that sounds rather close to some of Otis Rush's early sides, or "I Ain't Gonna Be No Monkey Man No More," which has the kind of jerky R&B feel that Reed usually didn't mine. The 1962-1963 singles are somewhat more fully produced and Smothers seems a little more at ease, with the grooves flowing in a nice punchy shuffle, though "Twist With Me Annie" suffers from sounding like the umpteenth attempt to make a takeoff on Hank Ballard's old "Work With Me Annie" series of R&B hits. All nine of the alternate takes are alternates of songs from Sings the Backporch Blues itself, and these are thoughtfully separated from the dozen official takes themselves to enhance listening pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667185820
  • Catalog Number: 858
  • Sales rank: 102,868

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can't Judge Nobody - Smokey Smothers (2:45)
  2. 2 Come on Rock, Little Girl - Smokey Smothers (2:48)
  3. 3 Honey I Ain't Teasin' - Smokey Smothers (3:02)
  4. 4 You're Gonna Be Sorry - Smokey Smothers (3:05)
  5. 5 (What I Done for You) Give It Back - Smokey Smothers (2:51)
  6. 6 Smokey's Love Sick Blues - Smokey Smothers (2:56)
  7. 7 I've Been Drinking Muddy Water - Smokey Smothers (2:29)
  8. 8 Crying Tears - Smokey Smothers (3:24)
  9. 9 Midnight and Day - Freddie King & Smokey Smothers (3:00)
  10. 10 Blind and Dumb Man Blues - Smokey Smothers (3:04)
  11. 11 What Am I Going to Do - Smokey Smothers (2:06)
  12. 12 I Ain't Gonna Be No Monkey Man No More - Smokey Smothers (2:27)
  13. 13 The Case Is Closed - Smokey Smothers (2:48)
  14. 14 Way Up in the Mountains of Kentucky - Smokey Smothers (2:53)
  15. 15 Hello Little School Girl - Smokey Smothers (3:01)
  16. 16 Twist With Me Annie - Smokey Smothers (3:09)
  17. 17 I've Been Drinking Muddy Water - Smokey Smothers (2:29)
  18. 18 Blind and Dumb Man Blues - Smokey Smothers (4:07)
  19. 19 Honey I Ain't Teasin' - Smokey Smothers (2:59)
  20. 20 Smokey's Love Sick Blues - Smokey Smothers (3:01)
  21. 21 Come on Rock, Little Girl - Smokey Smothers (1:40)
  22. 22 Midnight and Day - Freddie King & Smokey Smothers (2:04)
  23. 23 (What I Done for You) Give It Back - Smokey Smothers (2:40)
  24. 24 I Ain't Gonna Be No Monkey Man No More - Smokey Smothers (2:29)
  25. 25 You're Gonna Be Sorry - Smokey Smothers (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Otis Smokey Smothers Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Mike Rowe Cover Photo
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Dave Sax Liner Notes
John Tefteller Liner Notes
Armand Jump Jackson Composer
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