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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Percy Mayfield was blessed with an emotive Louisiana baritone and a poet's sensibility to sadness and pain, and few songwriters in the history of pop or R&B have written a body of work so drenched in beautiful suffering. This set features Mayfield's major hits for Art Rupe's Specialty Records, a label that Mayfield recorded for from 1950 until 1954 before leaving for Chess Records (the bonus disc included here is simply a sampler for other artists who recorded for Specialty). Given depth and atmosphere by Maxwell Davis' saxophone textures, songs like "Cry Baby" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love" were carefully written R&B symphonies to the harsh realities and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Percy Mayfield was blessed with an emotive Louisiana baritone and a poet's sensibility to sadness and pain, and few songwriters in the history of pop or R&B have written a body of work so drenched in beautiful suffering. This set features Mayfield's major hits for Art Rupe's Specialty Records, a label that Mayfield recorded for from 1950 until 1954 before leaving for Chess Records (the bonus disc included here is simply a sampler for other artists who recorded for Specialty). Given depth and atmosphere by Maxwell Davis' saxophone textures, songs like "Cry Baby" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love" were carefully written R&B symphonies to the harsh realities and downside of romance, and at times that downside morphed into relentless darkness, as is the case with the excessively maudlin "The River's Invitation," which is just this side of a melodic suicide note. Also here is the wonderful (and relatively upbeat) "Louisiana" as well as Mayfield's original version of his signature song, "Hit the Road Jack," which Ray Charles would cover and turn into a huge hit. In all, this makes a nice introduction to Mayfield's early work and spotlights his considerable skill as a songwriter. He fell in love with sadness, Mayfield said, because there was more truth in it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Specialty
  • UPC: 888072300569
  • Catalog Number: 30056
  • Sales rank: 116,303

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Please Send Me Someone to Love (3:11)
  2. 2 Strange Things Happening (3:06)
  3. 3 Lost Love (Baby, Please) (3:13)
  4. 4 What a Fool I Was (3:03)
  5. 5 Cry Baby (3:07)
  6. 6 Prayin' for Your Return (3:14)
  7. 7 Louisiana (2:17)
  8. 8 The Big Question (3:07)
  9. 9 The River's Invitation (3:10)
  10. 10 Loose Lips (2:08)
  11. 11 Sugar Mama-Peachy Papa (2:49)
  12. 12 Memory Pain (Memory of Pain) (2:47)
  13. 13 Nightless Lover (2:42)
  14. 14 Hit the Road, Jack (1:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 R.M. Blues (2:59)
  2. 2 Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins (3:02)
  3. 3 Please Send Me Someone to Love (3:01)
  4. 4 Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price (2:33)
  5. 5 Dream Girl (3:14)
  6. 6 The Things That I Used to Do (3:04)
  7. 7 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard (2:12)
  8. 8 I'll Come Running Back to You - Sam Cooke (2:26)
  9. 9 Leavin' It All Up to You (2:11)
  10. 10 Dizzy, Miss Lizzy - Larry Williams (2:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Percy Mayfield Primary Artist, Vocals
Jack McVea Tenor Saxophone
Edward Truman Beal Piano
Red Callender Bass
John Crawford Saxophone
Thomas Maxwell Davis Leader, Tenor Saxophone
William V. Douglass Drums
Harold Leonard Grant Guitar
Jewell L. Grant Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
William K. "Billy" Hadnott Bass
Joy Hamilton Vocals
Ralph Hamilton Bass
Earl Sumner Jackson Tenor Saxophone
Willard McDaniel Piano
Hubert Myers Tenor Saxophone
Jesse Sailes Drums
Theodore Shirley Bass
Fletcher Smith Piano
Floyd Turnham Baritone Saxophone
Mitchell "Tiny" Webb Guitar
William B. Woodman Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Lee Young Drums
Herman Mitchell Guitar
Jesse & Marvin Track Performer
Gerald F. Wiggins Piano
William B. Woodman Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Harold Leonard Grant Guitar
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Mastering, Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
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