That's All Right Mama [Bluebird]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup had never made another fan in the course of his career than a certain young kid in Memphis, TN, his place in music history would still have been assured -- Elvis Presley often cited Crudup as one of his favorite blues artists, and the future "King of Rock & Roll" recorded three of Crudup's songs "That's All Right, Mama," "My Baby Left Me," and "So Glad You're Mine", bringing them to a far wider audience then their original author would ever enjoy on his own. Anyone expecting to hear Elvis' primal influence on That's All Right, Mama, a compilation of 22 songs Crudup recorded for the RCA-affiliated Bluebird label between 1941 and 1954, might be ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup had never made another fan in the course of his career than a certain young kid in Memphis, TN, his place in music history would still have been assured -- Elvis Presley often cited Crudup as one of his favorite blues artists, and the future "King of Rock & Roll" recorded three of Crudup's songs "That's All Right, Mama," "My Baby Left Me," and "So Glad You're Mine", bringing them to a far wider audience then their original author would ever enjoy on his own. Anyone expecting to hear Elvis' primal influence on That's All Right, Mama, a compilation of 22 songs Crudup recorded for the RCA-affiliated Bluebird label between 1941 and 1954, might be a bit disappointed -- for the most part, this is rough-and-ready rural blues, dominated by Crudup's big, boomy voice and simple but efficient guitar runs, though by the end of the disc, drums, electric guitars, and even saxophone have begun to creep into the mix, suggesting a stripped-down but high-powered Chicago blues combo. In short, this isn't rock & roll, or even rhythm & blues, but pure blues stuff, and it certainly makes clear that Presley's influences were a lot rawer and deeper than most folks would lead you to believe. That's All Right, Mama also reveals that Crudup deserves to be known as more than just the guy who Elvis liked -- this is a tough but good-grooving blues collection that should please those who like their blues straight with no chaser.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/1995
  • Label: BLACK LABEL
  • UPC: 025493200621
  • Catalog Number: 2006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If I Get Lucky - Joe McCoy (3:03)
  2. 2 Gonna Follow My Baby (2:48)
  3. 3 Mean Old Frisco Blues (2:35)
  4. 4 Cool Disposition (3:06)
  5. 5 Rock Me Mama (2:57)
  6. 6 Keep Your Arms Around Me (2:31)
  7. 7 That's Your Red Wagon (3:11)
  8. 8 She's Gone (3:59)
  9. 9 So Glad You're Mine (2:45)
  10. 10 Chicago Blues (3:10)
  11. 11 Crudup's After Hours (2:54)
  12. 12 That's All Right (2:53)
  13. 13 Shout, Sister, Shout (2:40)
  14. 14 She Ain't Nothin' But Trouble (2:41)
  15. 15 My Baby Left Me (2:28)
  16. 16 Too Much Competition (2:52)
  17. 17 Second Man Blues (2:51)
  18. 18 I'm Gonna Dig Myself a Hole (2:57)
  19. 19 Mr. So and So (2:39)
  20. 20 My Wife and Woman - Edward Lumpkin (2:23)
  21. 21 I Love You - Robert Fulton (2:44)
  22. 22 She's Got No Hair - Robert Fulton (2:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Willie Willis & the Wildcatters Drums
Melvin Draper Drums
Ransom Knowling Bass
Joe McCoy Bass
Judge Riley Drums
Joseph Thomas Bass
Thomas Patton Piano
Willie Willis Track Performer
Charles Holloway Bass, Track Performer
Robert Fulton Guitar
J.J. Jones Saxophone
Lafayette Lawson Drums
Technical Credits
Billy Altman Producer, Liner Notes
Steve Backer Producer, Executive Producer
Jacqueline Murphy Artwork, Art Direction
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