The Best of Louisiana Red

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Assembled from tapes recorded in New York City with producer Herb Abramson between 1965 and 1973, The Best of Louisiana Red is an ideal introduction to one of the blues' most unique and memorable characters. Never a musical innovator, Red's true gift was instead to absorb the lessons of contemporary greats like Muddy Waters and Elmore James, employing their lyrical and instrumental motifs as a means to forge his own evocative style; James' slide guitar, in particular, haunts cuts like "The Story of Louisiana Red," "Where Is My Friend" and "Freight Train to Ride." Red's lyrics, on the other hand, are startlingly original, his surreal narratives unprecedented in the blues ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Assembled from tapes recorded in New York City with producer Herb Abramson between 1965 and 1973, The Best of Louisiana Red is an ideal introduction to one of the blues' most unique and memorable characters. Never a musical innovator, Red's true gift was instead to absorb the lessons of contemporary greats like Muddy Waters and Elmore James, employing their lyrical and instrumental motifs as a means to forge his own evocative style; James' slide guitar, in particular, haunts cuts like "The Story of Louisiana Red," "Where Is My Friend" and "Freight Train to Ride." Red's lyrics, on the other hand, are startlingly original, his surreal narratives unprecedented in the blues canon; the amazing "Red's Dream" details a journey to the U.N. to outline a plan to solve the Cuban missile crisis, while its follow-up, "Red's New Dream," portrays its hero as the first blues singer in outer space.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/1995
  • Label: Evidence
  • UPC: 730182605921
  • Catalog Number: 26059
  • Sales rank: 322,921

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louisiana Red Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Harp, Vocals
Leonard Gaskin Bass
Jimmy Lewis Bass
Doug Cook Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Dave "Baby" Cortez Organ
Bill Dicey Harp
Napoleon "Snags" Allen Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Robert Banks Piano
Don Cook Piano
Jimmy "BeBop" Evans Drums
Ralph Jones Drums
Paul Martinez Bass
Earl Williams Drums
Jim Evans Drums
James Brooks Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Herb Abramson Producer
Jerry Gordon Reissue Producer
Peter Aschoff Liner Notes
Edward VanLandeghem Engineer
Traditional Composer
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