The Blues'll Make You Happy, Too

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2000
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661158924
  • Catalog Number: 611589
  • Sales rank: 148,859

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roomful of Blues Primary Artist
Big Joe Turner Vocals
Al 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
Chuck Willis Composer
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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