The Complete Meteor Blues/R&B Gospel Recordings

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667017824
  • Catalog Number: 1090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Believe - Elmore James (3:15)
  2. 2 I Held My Baby Last Night - Elmore James (3:24)
  3. 3 Round House Boogie (Sax Symphonic Boogie) - Bep Brown Orchestra (2:43)
  4. 4 Kickin' the Blues Around (Flaming Blues) - Bep Brown Orchestra (3:00)
  5. 5 My Best Friend (2:22)
  6. 6 Four Years Seven Days (2:13)
  7. 7 Baby, What's Wrong - Elmore James (2:48)
  8. 8 Sinful Women - Elmore James (2:48)
  9. 9 Western Union Man (3:09)
  10. 10 Jack Pot (At the Woodchopper's Ball) (2:33)
  11. 11 I Wronged a Woman (2:52)
  12. 12 I Can't Forgive You (2:28)
  13. 13 Gonna Let You Go (2:04)
  14. 14 Please Send My Baby Back (Step Back Baby) (2:18)
  15. 15 Love You Baby (2:38)
  16. 16 On the Floor (2:59)
  17. 17 Porkey Pine - Jimmy Wright & Orchestra (2:07)
  18. 18 Scotch Mist - Jimmy Wright & Orchestra (1:59)
  19. 19 Horizon (3:10)
  20. 20 Boogie Freight (2:28)
  21. 21 Crying in the Chapel - Buster Smith & Orchestra (2:50)
  22. 22 Leapin' in Chicago - Buster Smith & Orchestra (3:03)
  23. 23 I'm in the Mood to Be Loved - Jimmy Wright & Orchestra (2:39)
  24. 24 Slow Down Daddy - Jimmy Wright & Orchestra (2:27)
  25. 25 Heartaches (2:20)
  26. 26 Can I Depend on You? (2:18)
  27. 27 Beale Street Stomp (Chop Chop Boogie) - Al Smith's Progressive Jazz (2:30)
  28. 28 Slidin' Home (Hot Rod Special) - Al Smith's Progressive Jazz (2:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hawaiian Boogie (2:41)
  2. 2 Lost Woman Blues (Please Find My Baby) (3:08)
  3. 3 Sax-Ony Boogie (2:34)
  4. 4 Dumb Woman Blues (3:12)
  5. 5 Baby You Just Don't Know (3:00)
  6. 6 Wine Head Woman (2:45)
  7. 7 Tell the Angels - Cliffie Mae Spike (2:59)
  8. 8 Walkin' and Talkin' with Jesus - Cliffie Mae Spike (3:27)
  9. 9 Let My Last Days Be My Best - Anderson Harmoneers (3:24)
  10. 10 Something Within Me - Anderson Harmoneers (3:36)
  11. 11 I Declare (2:29)
  12. 12 Dark Clouds (2:47)
  13. 13 What Can the Matter Be? - Slim Lagoons Waters (2:13)
  14. 14 I Know What You Need - Slim Lagoons Waters (2:18)
  15. 15 My Last Mile - The Barons (3:16)
  16. 16 Standing on the Highway - The Barons (2:47)
  17. 17 Alone on a Rainy Nite - Bearcats (2:45)
  18. 18 Lizzie - Bearcats (2:08)
  19. 19 The Easy Livin' Plan - Bearcats (2:47)
  20. 20 I'm Steady Holdin' On - Bearcats (3:18)
  21. 21 Love at First Sight - Playmates Of Rhythm (2:48)
  22. 22 Let's Boogie Baby - Playmates Of Rhythm (3:15)
  23. 23 Tennessee Woman - Fenton Robinson And The Dukes (2:29)
  24. 24 Crying out Loud - Fenton Robinson And The Dukes (3:48)
  25. 25 Let My Baby Be - Playmates Of Rhythm (2:56)
  26. 26 Ooh! My Little Baby - Playmates Of Rhythm (2:24)
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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 I Composer
Jimmy Wright Photo Courtesy
Jon Broven Photo Courtesy
Dr. David Evans Photo Courtesy
Woodrow Wilson Adams Composer
Joseph Vernon Turner Composer
Joe Bishop Composer
Mike Rowe Photo Courtesy
Duncan Cowell Mastering
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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