Excello Story, Vol. 1: 1952-1955

The Excello Story, Vol. 1: 1952-1955

     
 

Twenty sides from the earliest years of Excello, the Nashville-based label best known for Southern-style blues and R&B, though it also recorded some country and gospel. All of these styles are present on this compilation, which may make it an uneven listen for those whose interests don't encompass each of the genres. The quality, however, is good, including a number…  See more details below

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Twenty sides from the earliest years of Excello, the Nashville-based label best known for Southern-style blues and R&B, though it also recorded some country and gospel. All of these styles are present on this compilation, which may make it an uneven listen for those whose interests don't encompass each of the genres. The quality, however, is good, including a number of rarities that don't make it onto many anthologies. Arthur Gunter's original version of "Baby Let's Play House," an R&B hit before it was covered by Elvis Presley the following year, is the most famous cut by far; the only other one to be a big hit was Kid King's Combo's "Banana Split," a New Orleans-styled instrumental that made the R&B Top Ten in 1953. A number of the other blues/R&B crossovers here are delights, including the Charlie Dowell Orchestra's jump blues "Wail Daddy"; Del Thorne's jiving "Down South in Birmingham," which sounds familiar enough to be a hit, although it wasn't; the Blues Rockers' "Calling All Cows," which sounds like a bluesier variation of the famous New Orleans tune "Iko Iko," and the Leap Frogs' "Dirty Britches," with Arthur Gunter on guitar, and which, like Gunter's "Baby Let's Play House," sounds pretty close to rock & roll. Beyond the blues/R&B realm, there's updated jugband-style blues from the Dixie Doodlers, pretty hot honky tonk by Ray Batts on "Stealin' Sugar," and early uptempo doo wop on the Peacheroos' "Be Bop Baby."

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/16/1999
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0076744014924
catalogNumber:
40149

Tracks

  1. Baby Let's Play House
  2. Step By Step
  3. Banana Split
  4. Wail Daddy  -  Charlie Dowell Orchestra
  5. Dyna-Flow
  6. Down South In Birmingham  -  Del Thorne & Her Trio
  7. I Got A Home In That Rock  -  Silverstone Singers of Cincinnati
  8. Dirty Britches
  9. Drive Soldiers Drive  -  Obscure Blues Shouters
  10. Love Me Baby  - Bernie Hardison
  11. Driving Down The Highway  -  Blue Flames
  12. Best Of Friends  -  Dixie Doodlers
  13. I'm Your Country Man
  14. Gotta Have You Baby  - Louis Campbell
  15. Bus Station Blues
  16. You're the Only Good Thing
  17. Stealin' Sugar
  18. Be-Bop Baby  -  Peacheroos
  19. God Is Alright  -  Sons of the South
  20. Calling All Cows

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arthur Neal Gunter   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lazy Bill Lucas   Piano
Bob Elliott   Vocals
Ray Batts   Vocals,Track Performer
Blues Rockers   Track Performer
Louis Brooks   Tenor Saxophone
Ollie E. Brown   Bass
Shy Guy Douglas   Track Performer
Sammy Downs   Tenor (Vocal)
Jimmy Johnson   Harmonica
Freddy Young   Alto Saxophone
Horace Clarence Boyer   Tenor (Vocal)
Jack Toombs   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Earley Dranne   Guitar,Vocals
Leap Frogs   Track Performer
Kid King's Combo   Track Performer
Boyer Brothers   Track Performer
Willie Lee Patton   Vocals
Jack Cooley   Drums,Vocals
Sons of the South   Track Performer
Charlie Dowell   Drums
Del Thorne   Piano,Vocals
Del Thorne & Her Trio   Track Performer
Silverstone Singers of Cincinnati   Track Performer
Bernie Hardison   Piano,Vocals
Blue Flamers   Track Performer
Dixie Doodlers   Track Performer
Louis Campbell   Vocals
P.T. Hayes   Harmonica
Andy Davis   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Santos   Artwork
Jon Broven   Liner Notes
Dana Smart   Producer
T. House   Arranger

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