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Blues'll Make You Happy, Too
     

The Blues'll Make You Happy, Too

by Roomful of Blues
 
This is one of the first volumes in Rounder Records' Rounder Heritage series, which will celebrate the company's 30-year history with a line of 30 releases that dip into the label's deep catalog of blues, folk, and bluegrass recordings. The Blues'll Make You Happy, Too! compiles 14 tracks from various Roomful of Blues albums released over the past 20

Overview

This is one of the first volumes in Rounder Records' Rounder Heritage series, which will celebrate the company's 30-year history with a line of 30 releases that dip into the label's deep catalog of blues, folk, and bluegrass recordings. The Blues'll Make You Happy, Too! compiles 14 tracks from various Roomful of Blues albums released over the past 20 years; the collection focuses on the 1990s but includes tracks from as long ago as 1980, just after the departure of guitarist/leader Duke Robillard and his replacement by Ronnie Earl. At this point, the band took on more horns, and its style was subtly redefined. Although production values have changed since that period, the band's overall sound hasn't -- the Roomful's winning combination of blues, soul, R&B and swing remains pretty much the same throughout the program. Singer Sugar Ray Norcia's original jump blues composition from 1996 (the excellent "If You Know It") could have been written 30 years ago, and when the band covers Memphis Slim (with "The Comeback," featuring Mac Odom on vocal) or Duke Ellington (a fine, slinky interpretation of "Jeep's Blues," recorded in 1980), it's with the immediacy and energy of a band delivering its latest composition. This album is an excellent overview of an ensemble that has been making top-notch blues-based music for over 30 years and that shows no signs of slowing down. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661158924
catalogNumber:
611589
Rank:
259900

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roomful of Blues   Primary Artist
Big Joe Turner   Vocals
Copley   Organ,Piano
Marty Ballou   Bass
Porky Cohen   Trombone
Bob Enos   Trumpet
Ken "Doc" Grace   Bass
Ronnie Horvath   Guitar
Preston Hubbard   Bass
Doug James   Baritone Saxophone
Rich Lataille   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ron Levy   Organ,Piano
Rory MacLeod   Bass
Matt McCabe   Piano
Danny Motta   Trumpet
Sugar Ray Norcia   Vocals
Greg Piccolo   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Querfurth   Trombone
John Rossi   Drums
Curtis Salgado   Vocals
Chris Vachon   Guitar
Jimmy Wimpfheimer   Bass
John Wolf   Tenor Trombone
Mac Odom   Vocals
Kevin May   Baritone Saxophone
Albert Weisman   Piano,Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Roomful of Blues   Producer
Pierre Beauregard   Engineer
Scott Billington   Art Direction
Phil Greene   Producer,Engineer
Doug James   Engineer
Greg Piccolo   Producer
Carl Querfurth   Producer
Joe Scott   Composer
Bruce Tergesen   Engineer
Drew Townson   Engineer
Chris Vachon   Producer
Tom Arrison   Engineer
Nancy Given   Art Direction
Bob Bell   Liner Notes
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer
Christian Clayton   Cover Art
Woodrow Johnson   Composer

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