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Blues Balladeer
     

The Blues Balladeer

by Jesse Belvin
 
The best of Jesse Belvin's early soul sides, dating between 1952 and 1958 (though principally done between 1952 and 1955) and originally released by Art Rupe's Specialty label and related imprints such as Recorded In Hollywood, including the Jesse & Marvin sides ("Dream Girl," and etc.). Even at this early date, Belvin was a master

Overview

The best of Jesse Belvin's early soul sides, dating between 1952 and 1958 (though principally done between 1952 and 1955) and originally released by Art Rupe's Specialty label and related imprints such as Recorded In Hollywood, including the Jesse & Marvin sides ("Dream Girl," and etc.). Even at this early date, Belvin was a master balladeer, able to gently coax the sultriest and most sensual meaning from any song, but he was also a master blues singer, as is evident from the 1952 B-side "My Love Comes Tumbling Down." The 24 tracks on this CD includes ten previously unreleased tracks, among them an outtake of Jesse & Marvin's "Dream Girl," and a group of Belvin demos, among them the beautiful, moody "Jesse's Blues" from early 1952. A large portion of the songs here were written by Belvin, although the latest tracks on the disc, dating from 1956 and 1958, are collaborations (none previously released) between Belvin and his wife Jo Ann, who was also responsible for forcing her husband to take a professional approach to the business side of songwriting. They're all well crafted, very romantic and sensual soul -- "Let's Try Romance" and "Love of My Life" (the latter from late 1958) both bridge the gap to some degree between Belvin's early- and mid-1950s R&B sound and his move into a more romantic pop vein with his signing to RCA in 1958; "Come Back," by contrast, is a solid rock & roll number, complete with a very prominent guitar and drums, and with one more take to tighten up the playing might have become a classic of the genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/1992
Label:
Specialty
UPC:
0022211700326
catalogNumber:
7003

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Performance Credits

Jesse Belvin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ted Brown   Background Vocals,Group
Bumps Blackwell   Leader
Chuck Blackwell   Drums
Ted Brinson   Bass
Ronald Brown   Background Vocals
Red Callender   Bass
Maxwell Davis   Leader,Tenor Saxophone
William V. Douglass   Drums
Clyde Dunn   Saxophone
Ernie Freeman   Piano
Harold Leonard Grant   Guitar
Jewell L. Grant   Baritone Saxophone
Ralph Hamilton   Bass
Willard McDaniel   Piano
Hubert Myers   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Relf   Background Vocals,Group
Clifton White   Guitar
Adolphus Alsbrook   Bass
Laurels   Background Vocals
Donplayelle Duconje   Background Vocals,Group
Ed Solomon   Background Vocals,Group

Technical Credits

Jesse Belvin   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Art Rupe   Producer
Ron Miller   Composer
John Dolphin   Producer
Waren Huff   Contributor
JoAnne Belvin   Composer
Marvin Phillips   Composer
W. E. Buyem   Composer
M. Jackson   Composer
George Motola   Composer
Maybelle Jackson   Composer

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