The Excello Story, Vol. 2: 1955-1957

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The end of the period covered on the second installment of this Excello retrospective saw the label start to record the Louisiana swamp blues artists for whom it is most famed: Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, Lightnin' Slim, Lonesome Sundown. While each of those artists is represented here by a cut or two including Harpo's classic "I'm a King Bee", much of it's devoted to more urban, mid-'50s blues/R&B crossover, most of it recorded in Nashville. A couple of these were big hits: the Marigolds' "Rollin' Stone" made the R&B Top Ten in 1955 and was covered for a pop hit by the Fontane Sisters, while Louis Brooks made number two R&B that same year with "It's Love ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The end of the period covered on the second installment of this Excello retrospective saw the label start to record the Louisiana swamp blues artists for whom it is most famed: Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, Lightnin' Slim, Lonesome Sundown. While each of those artists is represented here by a cut or two including Harpo's classic "I'm a King Bee", much of it's devoted to more urban, mid-'50s blues/R&B crossover, most of it recorded in Nashville. A couple of these were big hits: the Marigolds' "Rollin' Stone" made the R&B Top Ten in 1955 and was covered for a pop hit by the Fontane Sisters, while Louis Brooks made number two R&B that same year with "It's Love Baby 24 Hours a Day" covered with success by Ruth Brown. Jerry McCain does raw, early electric blues with "Courtin' in a Cadillac; " Guitar Gable does blues with a Mardi Gras rhythm on "Congo Mambo"; a young Johnny Copeland plays "chicken licking" guitar on Clarence Samuels' "Chicken Hearted Woman," and there are a couple of lowdown blues by Little Al Arthur Gunter's brother. There's also some rockabilly by Johnny Jano, whose "Havin' a Whole Lot of Fun" is attractively over the top, and Al Ferrier, whose "Hey! Baby" is a transparent derivation of "Baby Let's Play House." Like volume one of this fine series, it's a good collection of a variety of sounds on the cusp of becoming rock & roll, though by this point the line was sometimes being crossed into bona fide early rock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/1999
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 076744015020
  • Catalog Number: 40150

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rollin' Stone - The Marigolds (2:54)
  2. 2 It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day) - Louis Brooks & His Hi-Toppers (2:38)
  3. 3 Now Listen Baby - Kid King's Combo (2:36)
  4. 4 Pork and Beans - The Solotones (2:51)
  5. 5 Lightnin's Blues - Lightnin' Slim (2:58)
  6. 6 Courtin' in a Cadillac - Jerry "Boogie" McCain (2:13)
  7. 7 My Mumblin' Baby - Rudy Green (2:20)
  8. 8 Pleadin' for Love - Louis Brooks & His Hi-Toppers (2:33)
  9. 9 Congo Mambo - Guitar Gable & The Musical Kings (2:23)
  10. 10 Irene - King Karl (2:57)
  11. 11 Kiss-A-Me Quick - Jack Toombs (2:20)
  12. 12 Havin' A Whole Lot Of Fun - Johnny Jano (1:58)
  13. 13 Hey! Baby - Al Ferrier (2:26)
  14. 14 No Jive - Little Al (3:13)
  15. 15 Little Lean Woman - Little Al (2:04)
  16. 16 Chicken Hearted Woman - Clarence Samuels (2:40)
  17. 17 My Home Is A Prison - Lonesome Sundown (3:11)
  18. 18 Mean Ol' Lonesome Train - Lightnin' Slim (3:17)
  19. 19 They Call Me Lazy - Lazy Lester (2:57)
  20. 20 I'm A King Bee - Slim Harpo (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Slim Harpo Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Lazy Lester Harmonica, Track Performer
Lightnin' Slim Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Lonesome Sundown Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Jerry "Boogie" McCain Harmonica, Vocals
Rufus Thibodeaux Bass
Johnnie Johnson Piano
Al Ferrier Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Earl Gaines Vocals, Track Performer
Arthur Neal Gunter Guitar
Larry Birdsong Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Bragg Tenor (Vocal)
Louis Brooks Tenor Saxophone
Ollie E. Brown Bass
Johnny Copeland Guitar
Guitar Gable Guitar, Track Performer
Rudy Green Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Jano Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Little Al Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
The Marigolds Track Performer
Clarence Samuels Vocals, Track Performer
Freddy Young Alto Saxophone
Chris Collins Guitar
Jack Toombs Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Billy Wilson Vocals
Tal Miller Piano
Jimmie Sheffield Drums
Clarence "Jockey" Etinne Drums
King Karl Track Performer
Kid King's Combo Track Performer
Hal Hebb Vocals
Andy Davis Drums
Henry Jones Vocals
Technical Credits
Slim Harpo Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Paul Santos Artwork
Jon Broven Liner Notes
Dana Smart Producer
J. Moore Composer
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