The Complete Hightone Sessions

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Pinetop Perkins' Heritage of the Blues: The Complete Hightone Sessions is a welcome if strange reissue. In a sense, none of the tracks here have been issued before -- at least not in this form. These sessions took place over two years in the Octobers of 1996 and 1997 in Chicago. There are 15 tracks here, including Perkins classic originals such as "Down in Mississippi," "Take It Easy Baby," "Song for Sunnyland," "Big Fat Mama," "Little Girl, Little Girl," and others. Yes, "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" is here, too. Unaccompanied, Perkins runs through these tunes in an intimate and utterly compelling manner, turning the middle eights into wondrously dexterous right-hand workouts,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Pinetop Perkins' Heritage of the Blues: The Complete Hightone Sessions is a welcome if strange reissue. In a sense, none of the tracks here have been issued before -- at least not in this form. These sessions took place over two years in the Octobers of 1996 and 1997 in Chicago. There are 15 tracks here, including Perkins classic originals such as "Down in Mississippi," "Take It Easy Baby," "Song for Sunnyland," "Big Fat Mama," "Little Girl, Little Girl," and others. Yes, "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" is here, too. Unaccompanied, Perkins runs through these tunes in an intimate and utterly compelling manner, turning the middle eights into wondrously dexterous right-hand workouts, and his voice is still in fine shape here. What is so strange is that some of these tunes are recorded on an electric piano, making them sound tinny, reedy, and oddly more home-style than barrelhouse. Even so, Perkins' trademark slippery right hand is in fine supply here, as are his strange, open-ended, and extrapolated chords. It's a gentle workout, one that is as laid-back as it is articulate and soulful, but this is a different side of Perkins, one that balances out the profile of a giant and master. Despite the weird timbres, Heritage of the Blues is a fine and even essential Perkins recording to own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Hightone Records
  • UPC: 012928815925
  • Catalog Number: 8159
  • Sales rank: 189,943

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pinetop Perkins Primary Artist, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Eddie Boyd Composer
Buster Brown Composer
Leroy Carr Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Roosevelt Sykes Composer
Lucky Millinder Composer
Oscar Peterson Composer
Pinetop Smith Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Bob Stone Remastering
Ralph Bass Composer
Peter Chatman Composer
Ike Turner Author
Pinetop Perkins Composer
Stafford Simon Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
William Perkins Composer
Fats Washington Composer
Robert McCullum Composer
John Thornton Composer
Leona Blackman Composer
Matthew Block Producer, Engineer
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