Excello Story, Vol. 4: 1961-1975

Excello Story, Vol. 4: 1961-1975

     
 

Just from the large chronological span of the final volume of this series, it's obvious that Excello's momentum started to peter out in its later years. Still, over half of this is fine, rock-solid blues that saw the label keep the flame of raw & funky blues with a soul/R&B influence alive better than almost any other company did in the '60s. There are good cuts by… See more details below

Overview

Just from the large chronological span of the final volume of this series, it's obvious that Excello's momentum started to peter out in its later years. Still, over half of this is fine, rock-solid blues that saw the label keep the flame of raw & funky blues with a soul/R&B influence alive better than almost any other company did in the '60s. There are good cuts by Excello, swamp blues stalwarts Slim Harpo (his hits "Baby, Scratch My Back" and "Tip On In"), Lonesome Sundown, Lightnin' Slim and Silas Hogan, but also some decent tracks by less famed bluesmen like Tabby Thomas, Little Sonny and Charles Sheffield (whose "It's Your Voodoo Working" has a snaky modern New Orleans feel). The last 40 percent of the compilation is given over to more modern sounding soul from the '60s and the first half of the '70s, and this isn't nearly as enjoyable, the last few selections in particularly boasting a generic "sweet soul" feel. It's obvious Tiny Watkins is trying to emulate the feel of Percy Sledge's early material with "Soldier's Sad Story," one of the better soul songs here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/1999
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0076744015723
catalogNumber:
40157

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Slim Harpo   Guitar,Harmonica,Maracas,Vocals,Track Performer
Lazy Lester   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Lightnin' Slim   Vocals,Track Performer
Lonesome Sundown   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Katie Webster   Piano
Roshell Anderson   Bass,Vocals,Track Performer
Travis Wammack   Guitar
Silas Hogan   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Court Pickett   Bass
Whispering Smith   Track Performer
Warren Storm   Drums
Marva Whitney   Vocals,Track Performer
Freddie North   Vocals,Track Performer
Kip Anderson   Vocals,Track Performer
Rockin' Tabby Thomas   Vocals,Track Performer
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Sammy K. Brown   Drums
Sylvester Buckley   Harmonica,Drums
Eddie "Guitar" Burns   Guitar
Harrison Calloway   Trumpet
Jesse Carr   Guitar
Isaiah Chatman   Guitar
Swamp Dogg   Piano
Eugene Dozier   Guitar
Foreman   Guitar
Stacy Goss   Horn
Howard Grimes   Drums
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Burnell Hayney   Drums
Leroy Hodges   Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar
David Hood   Bass
Clayton Ivey   Organ
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Little Sonny   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Bobby McBride   Bass
Lou Mullenix   Drums
Rudolph Richard   Guitar
Charles Rose   Horn
Sonny Royal   Horn
Charles Sheffield   Vocals,Track Performer
George Soulé   Drums
Mike Stough   Horn
Aaron Varnell   Tenor Saxophone
Baby Boy Warren   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Harmonica
Reggie Young   Guitar
Kelly Brothers   Track Performer
Jerry Washington   Vocals,Track Performer
Robert Kelly   Vocals
Tiny Watkins   Track Performer
Ernest Ambrose   Bass
Ulysses Williams   Guitar
Washboard Willie   Washboard
C&Shells   Background Vocals
Guitar Taylor   Bass
Curtis Kelly   Vocals
Jimmy Anderson   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Andrew Kelly   Vocals
Cooperettes   Background Vocals
Eugene Kemp   Vocals
Lionel Prevost   Tenor Saxophone
William Byrd   Drums

Technical Credits

Slim Harpo   Composer
Rockin' Tabby Thomas   Composer
Robert Holmes   Composer
James Moore   Composer
Tom Moulton   Mastering
Paul Santos   Art Direction
Jon Broven   Producer,Liner Notes
Dana Smart   Producer
John Browen   Liner Notes

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