The Blues Balladeer

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/1992
  • Label: Specialty
  • UPC: 022211700326
  • Catalog Number: 7003

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Daddy Loves Baby (2:53)
  2. 2 My Love Comes Tumbling Down (2:36)
  3. 3 Dream Girl (3:16)
  4. 4 Daddy Loves Baby (2:32)
  5. 5 Dream Girl (3:23)
  6. 6 Confusin' Blues aka Jesse's Blues (3:10)
  7. 7 Baby Don't Go (2:22)
  8. 8 Confusin' Blues (2:36)
  9. 9 Blues Has Got to Me (2:43)
  10. 10 Hang Your Tears out to Dry aka Dry Your Tears (2:30)
  11. 11 Dream Girl (3:01)
  12. 12 Don't Stop (Pretty Baby) (2:31)
  13. 13 Love Me (2:01)
  14. 14 Puddin' 'N' Tane (3:23)
  15. 15 Open Up Your Heart (3:27)
  16. 16 What's the Matter (3:10)
  17. 17 Ding Dong Baby (2:55)
  18. 18 One Little Blessing (2:45)
  19. 19 Gone (2:33)
  20. 20 Love, Love of My Life (2:20)
  21. 21 Where's My Girl? (2:21)
  22. 22 Let's Try Romance (2:14)
  23. 23 Come Back (2:48)
  24. 24 Love of My Life (2:40)
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Album Credits

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 Jr. 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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