The Greatest Johnny Otis Show

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/1998
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667167321
  • Catalog Number: 673
  • Sales rank: 72,006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shake It Lucy Baby (5:17)
  2. 2 Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me) - Marie Adams (2:26)
  3. 3 (Romance) In the Dark - Marie Adams (2:09)
  4. 4 Willie and the Hand Jive (2:36)
  5. 5 Bye Bye Baby - Marie Adams (2:17)
  6. 6 Loop de Loop - Marie Adams (2:04)
  7. 7 Can't You Hear Me Calling (2:30)
  8. 8 The Light Still Shines in My Window - Marie Adams (2:18)
  9. 9 Hum DIng a Ling (2:34)
  10. 10 Well, Well, Well - Mel Williams (2:17)
  11. 11 Story Untold (1:58)
  12. 12 All I Want Is Your Love - Marie Adams (2:49)
  13. 13 Good Golly (2:39)
  14. 14 You Just Kissed Me Goodbye - Mel Williams (2:04)
  15. 15 Ring-A-Ling (1:55)
  16. 16 Three Girls Named Molly, Doin' the Hully Gully (2:33)
  17. 17 A Fool in Love - Marie Adams (2:22)
  18. 18 Crazy Country Hop (2:42)
  19. 19 Hey Baby, Don't You Know (2:29)
  20. 20 I'll Do the Same Thing for You - Marci Lee (2:03)
  21. 21 What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For? - Marie Adams (1:46)
  22. 22 Willie Did the Cha Cha (2:38)
  23. 23 Mumblin' Mosie (2:18)
  24. 24 Let the Sunshine in My Life (Once More) (2:24)
  25. 25 Castin' My Spell - Marci Lee (2:11)
  26. 26 Telephone Baby (2:09)
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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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