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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This four-CD set, containing 122 songs 23 of them previously unreleased cut between 1950 and 1966 for RCA, Groove, Okeh, and Columbia is, literally, the best of Piano Red, and may be the best box in the entire Bear Family catalog. This is about as good as piano blues and R&B got, and also some of the best piano-based rock & roll you'll ever hear -- rivaling anything that Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard ever cut -- with barely a second-rate track. Even the multiple versions of his signature tune, "Right String but the Wrong Yo-Yo," are welcomed, from its lean, mean piano-bass-drums original 1950 version, to the live 1955 rendition and the broader 1961 remake at the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This four-CD set, containing 122 songs 23 of them previously unreleased cut between 1950 and 1966 for RCA, Groove, Okeh, and Columbia is, literally, the best of Piano Red, and may be the best box in the entire Bear Family catalog. This is about as good as piano blues and R&B got, and also some of the best piano-based rock & roll you'll ever hear -- rivaling anything that Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard ever cut -- with barely a second-rate track. Even the multiple versions of his signature tune, "Right String but the Wrong Yo-Yo," are welcomed, from its lean, mean piano-bass-drums original 1950 version, to the live 1955 rendition and the broader 1961 remake at the "Mr. Moonlight" session, because they're each different enough to justify their presence. And, yet, the most amazing thing about the 16 years covered on these four discs is the consistency of the music and performances -- Red hardly changed at all until the early '60s, always giving his audience a good show whether he was making records or playing live. The second and third discs are arguably the best parts of the set, with Red at the peak of his prowess as a pianist and singer. He made the jump into rock & roll more easily than most bluesmen of his age, with the result that his music from this period is as solid as anything else he ever did. Still later, on the fourth disc, once he moves into a more produced, pop-oriented R&B sound, he holds up almost as well. The sound is excellent, the notes are thorough, and the $100 list price of this 122-song set makes it proportionately more attractive than any $15/15-song best-of on Red that might ever show up and there isn't one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127156853
  • Catalog Number: 15685
  • Sales rank: 164,362

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jumpin' the Boogie (2:23)
  2. 2 Rockin' With Red (2:30)
  3. 3 Let's Have a Good Time Tonight (2:31)
  4. 4 Red's Boogie (2:23)
  5. 5 Right String But the Wrong Yo Yo (2:42)
  6. 6 My Gal Jo (2:31)
  7. 7 Baby, What's Wrong (2:48)
  8. 8 Well, Well Baby (2:22)
  9. 9 Just Right Bounce (2:22)
  10. 10 Diggin' the Boogie (2:25)
  11. 11 Layin' the Boogie (2:22)
  12. 12 Bouncin' With Red (2:16)
  13. 13 It Makes No Difference Now (2:28)
  14. 14 Hey, Good Lookin' (2:20)
  15. 15 Count the Days I'm Gone (2:28)
  16. 16 My Boogie (1:48)
  17. 17 The Sales Tax Boogie (2:23)
  18. 18 Voo Doopee Doo (2:34)
  19. 19 Daybreak (2:48)
  20. 20 She Walks Right In (2:20)
  21. 21 I'm Gonna Tell Everybody (2:27)
  22. 22 I'm Gonna Rock Some More (2:09)
  23. 23 She's Dynamite (2:36)
  24. 24 Everybody's Boogie (2:57)
  25. 25 Your Mouth's Got a Hole in It (2:43)
  26. 26 Right and Ready (2:28)
  27. 27 Taxi, Taxi (2:53)
  28. 28 Decatur Street Boogie (2:38)
  29. 29 Sober (2:13)
  30. 30 She Knocks Me Out (2:00)
  31. 31 Goin' Away Baby (2:22)
  32. 32 Chitlin' Hop (2:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Decatur Street Blues (2:27)
  2. 2 I Ain't Fattening Frogs for Snakes (2:43)
  3. 3 Big Rock Joe from Kokomo (2:13)
  4. 4 Pay It No Mind (2:41)
  5. 5 Jump Man Jump (2:00)
  6. 6 Do She Love Me (2:04)
  7. 7 She Knocks Me Out (2:21)
  8. 8 Peachtree Parade (2:18)
  9. 9 Red's Blues (2:43)
  10. 10 Six O'Clock Bounce (2:18)
  11. 11 Jumpin' With Daddy (2:28)
  12. 12 Gordy's Rock (2:28)
  13. 13 Real Good Thing (2:49)
  14. 14 Goodbye - The Four Students (2:30)
  15. 15 Please Tell Me Baby (2:38)
  16. 16 You Were Mine for Awhile (2:09)
  17. 17 Sweetest Little Something in the World (Ol' Man River) (2:01)
  18. 18 Since I Fell for You (2:18)
  19. 19 Woo-Ee (2:25)
  20. 20 Rock Baby (2:26)
  21. 21 Teach Me to Forget (2:27)
  22. 22 Wild Fire (2:24)
  23. 23 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (2:34)
  24. 24 South (2:17)
  25. 25 Coo Cha (2:13)
  26. 26 Dixie Roll (2:31)
  27. 27 Boston Scored (2:26)
  28. 28 One Glimpse of Heaven (2:07)
  29. 29 Blues Blues (2:24)
  30. 30 Work With It (2:16)
  31. 31 Eighter from Decatur (2:12)
  32. 32 Please Come Back Home (2:21)
  33. 33 Comin' On (2:12)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ain't Nobody's Fool - Bertha Colbert (2:42)
  2. 2 Right String But the Wrong Yo Yo (3:13)
  3. 3 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (3:21)
  4. 4 Umph-Umph-Umph (4:01)
  5. 5 Got You on My Mind (3:39)
  6. 6 It's Time to Boogie (2:19)
  7. 7 That's My Desire (3:38)
  8. 8 Teen-Age Bounce (2:09)
  9. 9 Pay It No Mind (3:17)
  10. 10 Hey, Good Lookin' (4:12)
  11. 11 I Ain't Fattening Frogs for Snakes (2:07)
  12. 12 Rockin' With Red (4:24)
  13. 13 Get Up Mare (2:53)
  14. 14 1, 2, 3 (2:30)
  15. 15 My Baby (2:40)
  16. 16 Rock and Roll Boogie (2:09)
  17. 17 Nightime (2:14)
  18. 18 So Worried (2:45)
  19. 19 Blues, Blues (2:39)
  20. 20 [Studio Chatter] (0:26)
  21. 21 Boogie Re-Bop (2:06)
  22. 22 This Old World (2:20)
  23. 23 I Feel Good (1:45)
  24. 24 Talk to Me - Curtis Smith (2:14)
  25. 25 Believe in Me - Curtis Smith (2:24)
  26. 26 Guitar Walk (2:39)
  27. 27 I've Been Rockin' (2:33)
  28. 28 Rockin' With Red (2:23)
  29. 29 So Shook Up - Curtis Smith (2:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Doctor Feel-Good (2:17)
  2. 2 Mister Moonlight (2:38)
  3. 3 The Swabble (2:40)
  4. 4 Right String But the Wrong Yo Yo (2:23)
  5. 5 I'll Be Home One Day (2:22)
  6. 6 Sea Breeze (2:51)
  7. 7 I Ain't Gonna Be a Lowdown Dog No More (2:30)
  8. 8 Don't Let Me Catch You Wrong (2:39)
  9. 9 What's Up Doc (2:34)
  10. 10 I'll Give Anything (2:06)
  11. 11 Love Is Amazing (2:35)
  12. 12 Bald-Headed Lena (2:10)
  13. 13 I Feel Good (2:01)
  14. 14 It's a Sin to Tell a Lie (2:06)
  15. 15 The Same Old Things Keep Happening (2:18)
  16. 16 Let's Have a Good Time Tonight (1:46)
  17. 17 My Gal Jo (2:04)
  18. 18 Blang Dong (2:04)
  19. 19 I Don't Mind (2:04)
  20. 20 I'm Gonna Rock Some More (2:08)
  21. 21 The Doctor's Boogie (2:25)
  22. 22 Let the House Rock On (2:17)
  23. 23 Doctor of Love (2:14)
  24. 24 It's a Sin to Tell a Lie (1:58)
  25. 25 Good Guys (2:11)
  26. 26 Goodbye (I Can't Forget) (3:42)
  27. 27 Don't Tell Me No Dirty (2:23)
  28. 28 Where Did You Go (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Piano Red Primary Artist, Piano, Leader, Vocals
Willie Dixon Bass
George Adams Guitar
Elliot Lawrence Piano
Mary Osborne Guitar
Al Sears Saxophone
Grady Martin Organ
Curt Smith Guitar, Vocals
J. Williams Drums
Clifton Best Guitar
Marion Booker Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar
William Green Drums
Rene Hall Guitar
Winard Harper Drums
Milt Hinton Bass
James Jackson Drums
Wesley Jackson Guitar
Albert Johnson Saxophone
Gus Johnson Drums
Osie Johnson Drums
L. Johnson Alto Saxophone
Roy Lee Johnson Guitar
Leroy Kirkland Leader
Alonzo Buddy Lucas Saxophone
Carl Lynch Guitar
Clyde Lynn Tenor Saxophone
William Mays Trumpet
George Miller Bass
Charlie O'Kane Saxophone
John Peek Trumpet
Boots Randolph Saxophone
Russ Saunders Bass
Ben Smith Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Smith Drums
Christine Spencer Vocals
George Tidwell Trumpet
Albert White Saxophone
Marty Wilson Drums
The Four Students Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Bobby Lee Tuggle Drums
Daniel W. Andrews Jr. Vocals
Bertha Colbert Vocals
Doles Dickens Bass
William A. Glover Vocals
Andrew L. Goodrich Saxophone
F.M. Hawkins Drums
Howard "Long John" Hobbs Bass
Charles Holloway Jr. Bass
D. Hudson Jr. Saxophone
William J. Jones Bass
L. Lawson Drums
Tommy LeGon Bass
March Maxey Jr. Drums
Bobby McCrary Bass
Rudolph B. Moore Guitar
Horace Prayor Saxophone
Edward Small Bass
Beverly "Guitar" Watkins Guitar
Samuel M. Williams Vocals
Charles Edward Smith Drums
J. Allen Williams Jr. Drums
Johnny Williams & His Orchestra Saxophone
Eddie Thomas Guitar
Freddy Taylor Saxophone
Leroy Tukes Guitar
Technical Credits
Chet Atkins Producer
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
Brad McCuen Producer
Andy McKaie Tape Research
Bob Rolontz Producer
Steve Sholes Producer
Billy Vera Illustrations
Hank Williams Composer
Danny Kessler Producer
H.R. Clark Producer
Doles Dickens Contributor
Norbert Hess Liner Notes, Illustrations, Biographical Information
Galen Gart Illustrations
Mike Rowe Illustrations
Bruce Hailstalk Tape Research
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Joe Thomas Producer
Gerd Weiler Artwork
Gilles Petard Illustrations
J. Karen Thomas Producer
Victor Pearlin Illustrations
Sylke Lohmeyer Artwork
Leroy Tukes Composer
Willie Perryman Composer
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