Start Movin' in My Direction

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Edna McGriff had a little success as an R&B singer in the early 1950s; her "Heavenly Father" made the R&B Top Five in 1952. By the time rock & roll had taken over the pop charts in the mid-'50s, however, she was assigned to the odd task of recording budget covers of then-current hits for the Bell label. More than half of the 29 tracks on this collection of 1954-1959 recordings are taken from her Bell releases, which were largely devoted to interpretations of rock and pop hits of the period like "Mr. Lee," "Pledging My Love," "Dance with Me, Henry," "The Fool," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," and "Don't You Just Know It." Even before her stint at ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Edna McGriff had a little success as an R&B singer in the early 1950s; her "Heavenly Father" made the R&B Top Five in 1952. By the time rock & roll had taken over the pop charts in the mid-'50s, however, she was assigned to the odd task of recording budget covers of then-current hits for the Bell label. More than half of the 29 tracks on this collection of 1954-1959 recordings are taken from her Bell releases, which were largely devoted to interpretations of rock and pop hits of the period like "Mr. Lee," "Pledging My Love," "Dance with Me, Henry," "The Fool," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," and "Don't You Just Know It." Even before her stint at Bell, she got in on the covers act with a 1954 version of "Sh-Boom" for the Bell-affiliated Favorite label. Although McGriff was African-American, these are fairly stiff readings whose arrangements uncomfortably recall the numerous bowdlerized interpretations of R&B and early black rock hits by white artists who attempted to recast them for a white audience. She actually sounds a little more comfortable when working outside of rock and R&B, as on her 1957 performances of the folk standard "Freight Train" and Della Reese's pop hit "And That Reminds Me." She did have the opportunity to record pop
ock-R&B blends for other companies in the late '50s that weren't directed toward the budget cover market, but the material wasn't distinguished, and McGriff's rather mannered pop delivery simply didn't sound at ease with the earthier approach such tunes seemed to require. It's telling that she seems better suited to the three Rodgers & Hammerstein compositions she did for a 1959 Bell LP of numbers from the Flower Drum Song musical. Start Movin' in My Direction's packaging boasts fine liner notes, a thorough discography, and abundant photos/clippings
ecord sleeve graphics from the era. But it's nonetheless a peculiar release that will have little appeal to rock or R&B fans considering other versions of many of the songs are so superior, and that it generally reflects how poorly some labels and artists attempted to adapt to the changing times by trying to make rock music over into mainstream pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127172761
  • Catalog Number: 2717276
  • Sales rank: 161,008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Start Movin' (In My Direction) - Jimmy Carroll Orchestra (2:35)
  2. 2 Confidential - Jimmy Carroll Orchestra (2:42)
  3. 3 The Fool - The Studio "B" Seven Orchestra (2:46)
  4. 4 Freight Train - Jimmy Carroll Orchestra (2:24)
  5. 5 Mr. Lee - Jimmy Carroll Orchestra (2:23)
  6. 6 He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - Jimmy Carroll Orchestra (2:18)
  7. 7 Don't You Just Know It - Jimmy Carroll Orchestra (2:43)
  8. 8 Just Walking in the Rain - The Studio "B" Seven Orchestra (2:35)
  9. 9 I Can't Love You Enough - The Studio "B" Seven Orchestra (2:39)
  10. 10 After the Lights Go Down Low - The Studio "B" Seven Orchestra (3:03)
  11. 11 Mambo Baby - The Tomcats (2:36)
  12. 12 Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream) - The Tomcats (2:46)
  13. 13 I Hurt Too Much to Cry (2:24)
  14. 14 I Get the Feeling (2:45)
  15. 15 Oh Joe! (Rock Me Round) (2:31)
  16. 16 How Long Will It Take (1:47)
  17. 17 No Change - Buddy & Edna (1:58)
  18. 18 Ah-Ah-Ah - Buddy & Edna (2:15)
  19. 19 Pledging My Love - Sy Oliver's Orchestra (2:33)
  20. 20 Dance with Me, Henry - Sy Oliver's Orchestra (2:01)
  21. 21 Born to Be with You - The Studio "B" Seven Orchestra (2:39)
  22. 22 And That Reminds Me - Jimmy Carroll Orchestra (2:29)
  23. 23 A Thousand Burning Bridges - Sy Oliver's Orchestra (2:46)
  24. 24 Sad, Sad, Sad - Sy Oliver's Orchestra (2:07)
  25. 25 I Was I Am and Always Will Be - Sy Oliver's Orchestra (2:51)
  26. 26 Come Back My Love - Sy Oliver's Orchestra (2:37)
  27. 27 Grant Avenue - Ira Wright Orchestra (2:23)
  28. 28 Sunday - Ira Wright Orchestra (2:40)
  29. 29 I Enjoy Being a Girl - Ira Wright Orchestra (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Edna McGriff Primary Artist, Vocals
Dick Hyman Piano
The Bells Choir, Chorus
Frank Carroll Bass
Buddy Lucas Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Terry Snyder Drums
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Artie Melvin Vocals
The Four Spooners Choir, Chorus
Alonza "Buddy" Lucas Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Technical Credits
Etta James Composer, Source Material
Johnny Otis Composer
LaVern Baker Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Johnny Bragg Composer
Dorian Burton Composer
Ray Ellis Director
Naomi Ford Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Leroy Lovett Composer
Don Robey Composer
Dick Sherman Composer
Joe Sherman Composer
Al Stillman Composer
Peter Udell Composer
David Ritz Source Material
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Dorinda Morgan Composer
Alan White Composer
Galen Gart Source Material
Geoff Love Arranger
Reather Dixon Composer
Carl Feaster Composer
Claude Feaster Composer
Helen Gathers Composer
David Hill Composer
James Keyes Composer
Floyd McRae Composer
Al Osten Composer
Emma Pought Composer
Jannie Pought Composer
Laura Webb Composer
Joel Whitburn Source Material
John Vincent Composer
Dave Booth Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Buddy Smith Composer
Sol Marcus Composer
Robert Riley Composer
Bobby Stevenson Composer
Camillo Bargoni Composer
Ferdinand Washington Composer
Traditional Composer
Victor Pearlin Illustrations
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Christian Zwarg Mastering
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Dave Coleman Composer
Dave Martin Composer
Joe Martin Liner Notes
Dave McRae Composer
William Edwards Composer
Howard Plummer Jr. Composer
John Broven Source Material
Charles Singleton Composer
Huey Smith Composer
Este Photo Restoration
Bob McGrath Source Material
Bill Baer Composer
Ruth Cage Liner Notes
Freddy Elzinga Illustrations, Photo Scanning
James M. Salem Source Material
Thomas Goodman Composer
Alonza "Buddy" Lucas Composer
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