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Smiley Lewis Rocks
     

Smiley Lewis Rocks

by Smiley Lewis
 

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There have been a number of Smiley Lewis compilations over the years, including some fine ones: the signature EMI release of The Best of Smiley Lewis, the Proper Introduction to Smiley Lewis, the two-volume Smiley Lewis Story, and Bear Family's definitive four-disc box set Shame, Shame, Shame, that collected every side he ever cut. That

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There have been a number of Smiley Lewis compilations over the years, including some fine ones: the signature EMI release of The Best of Smiley Lewis, the Proper Introduction to Smiley Lewis, the two-volume Smiley Lewis Story, and Bear Family's definitive four-disc box set Shame, Shame, Shame, that collected every side he ever cut. That said, other than their original box set, none of them comes close to Bear Family's single-disc Smiley Lewis Rocks comp. Rather than merely present 36 chronologically recorded sides for Colony and Imperial from 1950-1958, it contextualizes them. Though Lewis began recording in 1947, his biggest years were the '50s, those in which he recorded his regionally popular "I Hear You Knocking" and "One Night" (whose later sanitized and vastly inferior versions were recorded by Gale Storm and Elvis Presley, respectively, with greater success -- yes, you read right, Presley's version of "One Night" utterly pales in comparison with the Lewis' original. Of the rest, "Shame, Shame, Shame" and "Bumpity Bump" are here, as well as versions of "Blue Monday," "Rootin' and Tootin," "Lillie Mae," and many other New Orleans standards. Yet, it's not simply track selection that makes this set so righteous: it's the sound of Cosimo Matassa's New Orleans studio at work with the musicians that played on these sides that made them so unique: drummer Earl Palmer, saxophonists Lee Allen and Herbert Hardesty, and trumpeter and bandleader Dave Bartholomew -- who wrote or co-wrote the majority of these tunes. The players' spontaneity to capture on tape whatever was happening is apparent on this set. At the heart of it there's Lewis' voice, an enormous and expressive instrument capable of transferring so much to the listener: from raucous joy and wildness to tenderness and heartbreak, seemingly without effort. His guitar playing exemplifies the Crescent City sound, full of rhythmic invention and tough, R&B groove. The liner notes by Bill Dahl are peerless for their historical authority. The digitally remastered sound is better than any previous collection on the market; it's full, warm, and immediate. For anyone interested in rock & roll's real roots, New Orleans music, or jump blues and classic R&B, Smiley Lewis Rocks is indispensable.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2010
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
0790051667627
catalogNumber:
16676

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smiley Lewis   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Lee Allen   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Bartholomew   Trumpet,Vocals
Justin Adams   Guitar
Joseph Butler   Choir, Chorus
Fats Domino   Piano
Frank Fields   Bass
Edward Frank   Piano
Herb Hardesty   Tenor Saxophone
Ernest McLean   Guitar
Bobby Mitchell   Choir, Chorus
Earl Palmer   Drums
Joe Robichaux   Piano
Huey "Piano" Smith   Piano
Isidore "Tuts" Washington   Piano
Charles "Hungry" Williams   Percussion,Drums
Clarence Hall   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Bocage   Choir, Chorus
Lloyd Bellaire   Choir, Chorus
Toppers   Choir, Chorus
Gerri Hall   Vocals
Waldren 'Frog' Joseph   Trombone
Meyer Kennedy   Alto Saxophone
Herman "Baby Seals" Seals   Drums
Salvador Doucette   Piano
Joe Harris   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Frankie Brown   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer,Producer
Smiley Lewis   Composer
Kenyon Hopkins   Composer
Link Davis   Composer
Ruby Fisher   Composer
Jeff Hannusch   Illustrations,Source Material
Ken Hopkins   Composer
Joe Robichaux   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Galen Gart   Source Material
Joel Whitburn   Source Material
Rick Coleman   Illustrations,Source Material
Bill Millar   Reissue Producer
Dave Booth   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Pearl King   Composer
Ruth Durand   Composer
Victor Pearlin   Illustrations
Sven T. Uhrmann   Illustrations
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Restoration
Michel Ruppli   Source Material
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Tony Scherman   Source Material
John Broven   Source Material
Dorothy Ester   Composer

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