The Best of Guitar Shorty

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Best of Guitar Shorty collects key tracks from the Texas guitarist's JSP album, My Way or the Highway (1991), his three albums for Black Top Records, Topsy Turvy (1993), Get Wise to Yourself (1995), and Roll Over, Baby (1998), and his single album from Evidence Records, I Go Wild!, which came out in 2001. In spite of all these different sources, the sequence here feels cut from the same bolt of cloth, thanks in no small part to Shorty's flashy, angular guitar playing, which is a constant on all of these tracks. Known for his dazzling stage show, which is highlighted by all manner of leaps, somersaults, and other assorted guitar-playing gymnastics, Guitar Shorty on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Best of Guitar Shorty collects key tracks from the Texas guitarist's JSP album, My Way or the Highway (1991), his three albums for Black Top Records, Topsy Turvy (1993), Get Wise to Yourself (1995), and Roll Over, Baby (1998), and his single album from Evidence Records, I Go Wild!, which came out in 2001. In spite of all these different sources, the sequence here feels cut from the same bolt of cloth, thanks in no small part to Shorty's flashy, angular guitar playing, which is a constant on all of these tracks. Known for his dazzling stage show, which is highlighted by all manner of leaps, somersaults, and other assorted guitar-playing gymnastics, Guitar Shorty on disc is a poor substitute, but he still generates tremendous energy on cuts like "Go Wild!," which cycles off from the standard "Gloria" chord pattern; the stomping, buzz-saw pop of "Maybe She'll Miss Me"; and the slow-burning, Jimi Hendrix-like take on "Hey Joe," which ends the set. Rumor has it that Hendrix picked up much of his stage show and perhaps his arrangement of "Hey Joe" in particular from seeing Guitar Shorty playing live -- at least that's how Shorty tells it. He doesn't have the explosive, futuristic vision of Hendrix, but then Hendrix didn't do back flips while playing leads on-stage, either. Or maybe he did. Nobody remembers. Suffice it to say that Guitar Shorty is a guitar player's guitar player, and this collection makes for a nice introduction to his studio style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663100624
  • Catalog Number: 10062
  • Sales rank: 57,835

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Guitar Shorty Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
David Torkanowsky Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer
Dwayne Smith Organ, Piano
Otis Grand Guitar
Tony Ashton Organ
Sammy Berfect Organ
Charles Elam III Background Vocals
Herman V. Ernest III Percussion, Drums
Carol Fran Vocals
Chris Hayes Rhythm Guitar
Clarence Holliman Guitar, Soloist
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Glenn Letsch Bass
Phillip Manuel Background Vocals
Michael Mordecai Trombone
Riley Osborne Organ, Piano
Shannon Powell Drums
Jamil Sharif Trumpet
Ward Smith Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Keith Winking Trumpet
Ernest Youngblood Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Lee Allen Zeno Bass
Mark Mullins Trombone
Rick Trolsen Trombone
Peter Beck Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Dan Quinton Bass
Daniel Strittmatter Drums
Howard Deere Bass
Gary Slechta Trumpet
Danny Pucillo Drums
Mike Hobart Baritone Saxophone
Jim Pugh Hammond Organ
Technical Credits
Otis Grand Horn Arrangements
Carol Fran Composer
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Horn Arrangements
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
James Fraher Cover Photo
Peter Beck Horn Arrangements
David Kearney Composer
Emily Johnson Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
Randy Perry Remastering
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