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Greatest Johnny Otis Show
     

The Greatest Johnny Otis Show

by Johnny Otis
 
The import anthology The Greatest Johnny Otis Show overlaps considerably with Collectables' domestic disc, The Capitol Years, but is has a little more material, and a slightly different track listing. The Johnny Otis Show was a touring ensemble headed up by Otis

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The import anthology The Greatest Johnny Otis Show overlaps considerably with Collectables' domestic disc, The Capitol Years, but is has a little more material, and a slightly different track listing. The Johnny Otis Show was a touring ensemble headed up by Otis, so many of the cuts feature the artists from his troupe: Marie Adams & the Three Tons of Joy, Mel Williams, Jeannie Sterling, and the lovely Marci Lee. The various incarnations run through big band rock & roll, and a variety of R&B styles on a tall stack of Capitol recordings drawn from various albums, singles, and EPs made between 1957 and 1959. Few of the performances have the extraordinary presence of "Willie and the Hand Jive," "Crazy Country Hop," or "Castin' My Spell" (the three hits in the bunch), but none are less than good. "Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me)" is a fascinating time capsule that was recorded live and crackles with energy, and the MC's introduction to "Shake It Lucy Baby" announces Otis as the king of rock & roll in 1958! The CD bests its Collectables' counterpart with a 16-page booklet filled with notes and photos, and is a thorough and well-done anthology of the late '50s Capitol recordings by Otis and Company.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/1998
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667167321
catalogNumber:
673
Rank:
16420

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Otis   Primary Artist,Drums,Vocals
Curtis Counce   Double Bass
Mel Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
Marie Adams   Track Performer
Leard Bell   Drums
Jackie Kelso   Saxophone
Art Matthews   Trombone
George Washington   Trombone
Jimmy Nolen   Guitar
Marie Adams & The Three Tons of Joy   Vocals
Fred Harmon   Saxophone
Marci Lee   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Johnny Otis   Composer
Chris Hicks   Composer
Stuart Colman   Liner Notes
Nehemia King   Composer
Edwin Johnson   Composer

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