Complete Meteor Blues/R&B Gospel Recordings

The Complete Meteor Blues/R&B Gospel Recordings

     
 

Lester Bihari was the Bihari Brother (the brothers owned and operated Modern Records) with the least real business sense, and initially Meteor Records was a Modern spinoff label handed to Lester to keep him from being underfoot in the day-to-day operations of Modern proper. In time, the fledgling imprint with the flashy logo proved itself, though, and See more details below

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Lester Bihari was the Bihari Brother (the brothers owned and operated Modern Records) with the least real business sense, and initially Meteor Records was a Modern spinoff label handed to Lester to keep him from being underfoot in the day-to-day operations of Modern proper. In time, the fledgling imprint with the flashy logo proved itself, though, and Joe Bihari assumed more of the operational controls. Between 1952 and 1957 Meteor released an impressive number of singles in styles ranging from raw blues and R&B to gospel, country (then called hillbilly), and nascent rockabilly, and as this generous double-disc 54-track collection shows, much of it was of high quality, possessing a rough, natural energy that rivaled Sun Records' more famous output. Among the highlights in a set that is full of them are Baby Face Turner's raw blues "Gonna Let You Go," Woodrow Adams' even more primitive-sounding "Baby You Just Don't Know," Smokey Hogg's ramshackle "Dark Clouds" (Hogg's shaky sense of rhythm and timing create a powerful tension throughout this reluctant gem), and the mournful doo wop strains of the Del Rios' "Alone on a Rainy Night." There are several interesting Elmore James cuts here as well, including the flame-throwing "I Believe" that opens things, the leaping and roaring R&B of "Baby, What's Wrong," and the obscure "Hawaiian Boogie," which emerges definitely more Elmore than Hawaiian. There isn't really a whole lot of gospel here, and the rockabilly and country material that Meteor released is covered in other installments of Ace's Meteor reissue series, so this set is by no means the full Meteor picture, but it is sure to please both collectors and casual listeners because, well, it rocks with a ragged power that is rare in any era.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667017824
catalogNumber:
1090
Rank:
87635

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Believe  - Elmore James
  2. I Held My Baby Last Night  - Elmore James
  3. Round House Boogie (Sax Symphonic Boogie)  -  Bep Brown Orchestra
  4. Kickin' the Blues Around (Flaming Blues)  -  Bep Brown Orchestra
  5. My Best Friend
  6. Four Years Seven Days
  7. Baby, What's Wrong  - Elmore James
  8. Sinful Women  - Elmore James
  9. Western Union Man
  10. Jack Pot (At the Woodchopper's Ball)
  11. I Wronged a Woman
  12. I Can't Forgive You
  13. Gonna Let You Go
  14. Please Send My Baby Back (Step Back Baby)
  15. Love You Baby
  16. On the Floor
  17. Porkey Pine  -  Jimmy Wright & Orchestra
  18. Scotch Mist  -  Jimmy Wright & Orchestra
  19. Horizon
  20. Boogie Freight
  21. Crying in the Chapel  -  Buster Smith & Orchestra
  22. Leapin' in Chicago  -  Buster Smith & Orchestra
  23. I'm in the Mood to Be Loved  -  Jimmy Wright & Orchestra
  24. Slow Down Daddy  -  Jimmy Wright & Orchestra
  25. Heartaches
  26. Can I Depend on You?
  27. Beale Street Stomp (Chop Chop Boogie)  -  Smith's Progressive Jazz
  28. Slidin' Home (Hot Rod Special)  -  Smith's Progressive Jazz

Disc 2

  1. Hawaiian Boogie
  2. Lost Woman Blues (Please Find My Baby)
  3. Sax-Ony Boogie
  4. Dumb Woman Blues
  5. Baby You Just Don't Know
  6. Wine Head Woman
  7. Tell the Angels  -  Cliffie Mae Spike
  8. Walkin' and Talkin' with Jesus  -  Cliffie Mae Spike
  9. Let My Last Days Be My Best  -  Anderson Harmoneers
  10. Something Within Me  -  Anderson Harmoneers
  11. I Declare
  12. Dark Clouds
  13. What Can the Matter Be?  -  Slim Lagoons Waters
  14. I Know What You Need  -  Slim Lagoons Waters
  15. My Last Mile  -  Barons
  16. Standing on the Highway  -  Barons
  17. Alone on a Rainy Nite  -  Bearcats
  18. Lizzie  -  Bearcats
  19. The Easy Livin' Plan  -  Bearcats
  20. I'm Steady Holdin' On  -  Bearcats
  21. Love at First Sight  -  Playmates Of Rhythm
  22. Let's Boogie Baby  -  Playmates Of Rhythm
  23. Tennessee Woman  -  Fenton Robinson And The Dukes
  24. Crying out Loud  -  Fenton Robinson And The Dukes
  25. Let My Baby Be  -  Playmates Of Rhythm
  26. Ooh! My Little Baby  -  Playmates Of Rhythm

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boogie Daniels   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Fenton Robinson   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Woody Herman   Composer
Carl Green   Composer
Darrell Glenn   Composer
Milton Campbell   Composer
Colin Escott   Photo Courtesy
Elmore James   Arranger,Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Walter Miller   Composer
Bob Shad   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson   Composer
Jimmy Wright   Photo Courtesy
Jon Broven   Photo Courtesy
David Evans   Photo Courtesy
Woodrow Wilson Adams   Composer
Joseph Vernon Turner   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
Mike Rowe   Photo Courtesy
Dave Sax   Liner Notes
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Robert Ellen   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Joe Bihari   Composer
J.T. Brown   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lucie E. Campbell   Composer
Robert Sacre   Photo Courtesy
Leo Baxter   Composer
Porkey Harris   Composer
Minnie Thomas   Composer

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