The Best of Excello Records

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Although several overviews of the Excello label exist including Rhino's two-volume set, this single-disc thumbnail collection may be the most digestible and therefore the best of the bunch. With a generous 30 tracks on a single disc to recommend it for openers, this collection tries to hit virtually all popular strains that the label dabbled in, from big city blues to doo wop to rockabilly to rhythm & blues to its best-known swamp blues offerings. With hits aboard like Slim Harpo's "Raining in My Heart" and "Baby, Scratch My Back," the Gladiolas' original version of "Little Darlin'," Lillian Offitt's "Miss You So," the Marigolds' "Rollin' Stone," and Guitar Gable's "Congo ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Although several overviews of the Excello label exist including Rhino's two-volume set, this single-disc thumbnail collection may be the most digestible and therefore the best of the bunch. With a generous 30 tracks on a single disc to recommend it for openers, this collection tries to hit virtually all popular strains that the label dabbled in, from big city blues to doo wop to rockabilly to rhythm & blues to its best-known swamp blues offerings. With hits aboard like Slim Harpo's "Raining in My Heart" and "Baby, Scratch My Back," the Gladiolas' original version of "Little Darlin'," Lillian Offitt's "Miss You So," the Marigolds' "Rollin' Stone," and Guitar Gable's "Congo Mombo," this collection delves far further into collectors' favorites, including "Hey! Baby" by rockabilly cat Al Ferrier, "Wild Cherry" by Leroy Washington, "Now That She's Gone" by the King Crooners, and the original version of "This Should Go on Forever" by Guitar Gable. The blues quotient inherent in the label's output is also well represented with the inclusion of "Rooster Blues" by Lightnin' Slim, "Baby Let's Play House" by Arthur Gunter, "My Next Door Neighbor" by Jerry McCain, "My Home Is a Prison" by Lonesome Sundown, and "I Hear You Knockin'" by Lazy Lester. All in all, a collection that's hard to beat, especially if your budget doesn't extend to multi-disc retrospectives.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/1994
  • Label: EXCELLO RECORDS
  • UPC: 768501300127
  • Catalog Number: 3001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baby Let's Play House - Arthur Neal Gunter (2:47)
  2. 2 It's Love Baby (14 Hours a Day) @@Brooks, Louis & Hi Toppers (2:39)
  3. 3 Rolling Stone - The Marigolds (2:55)
  4. 4 Calling All Cows - Blues Rockers (2:37)
  5. 5 My Mumblin' Baby - Rudy Green (2:20)
  6. 6 Congo Mombo - Guitar Gable (2:24)
  7. 7 Chicken Hearted Woman - Clarence Samuels (2:40)
  8. 8 Havin' a Whole Lot of Fun - Johnny Jano (1:59)
  9. 9 Little Darlin' - The Gladiolas (2:22)
  10. 10 My Home Is a Prison - Lonesome Sundown (3:11)
  11. 11 My Next Door Neighbor - Jerry "Boogie" McCain (2:11)
  12. 12 Miss You So - Lillian Offitt (2:10)
  13. 13 Hey! Baby - Al Ferrier (2:26)
  14. 14 Baby Give Me a Chance - Joe Hudson (2:08)
  15. 15 Wild Cherry - Leroy Washington (2:21)
  16. 16 This Should Go on Forever - Guitar Gable (2:49)
  17. 17 I Hear You Knockin' - Lazy Lester (2:13)
  18. 18 Now That She's Gone - King Crooners (2:40)
  19. 19 Rooster Blues - Lightnin' Slim (2:32)
  20. 20 One More Chance - Carol Fran (2:35)
  21. 21 Don't You Want a Man Like Me - Jay Nelson (2:04)
  22. 22 Fine Young Girl - Hooks Coleman (2:27)
  23. 23 Rainin' in My Heart - Slim Harpo (2:35)
  24. 24 I Would Be a Sinner - Charles Sheffield (2:03)
  25. 25 Quit My Drinkin' - Robert Garrett (2:46)
  26. 26 Red Sails in the Sunset - Bobby Jay (2:32)
  27. 27 Everybody Needs Somebody - Silas Hogan (2:34)
  28. 28 Bad Luck Blues - Lightnin' Slim (2:27)
  29. 29 Baby Scratch My Back - Slim Harpo (2:55)
  30. 30 Long Gone - Shy Guy Douglas (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Slim Harpo Track Performer
Lazy Lester Track Performer
Lightnin' Slim Track Performer
Lonesome Sundown Track Performer
Jerry "Boogie" McCain Track Performer
Al Ferrier Track Performer
Arthur Neal Gunter Track Performer
Silas Hogan Track Performer
Blues Rockers Track Performer
Hooks Coleman Track Performer
Shy Guy Douglas Track Performer
Carol Fran Track Performer
Guitar Gable Track Performer
Robert Garrett Track Performer
The Gladiolas Track Performer
Rudy Green Track Performer
Joe Hudson Track Performer
Johnny Jano Track Performer
Bobby Jay Track Performer
King Crooners Track Performer
The Marigolds Track Performer
Jay Nelson Track Performer
Lillian Offitt Track Performer
Charles Sheffield Track Performer
Leroy Washington Track Performer
Clarence Samuels Track Performer
Technical Credits
Slim Harpo Composer
Robert Garrett Composer
James Marshall Liner Notes
J.D. Miller Composer
Tom Moulton Mastering
Leroy Washington Composer
Jerry West Composer
Bob Perry Art Direction
Greg Vaughn Engineer
J. West Composer
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