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All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
Long before soul and R&B rolled down different paths, they were comfortable cohabitants. Artists like the self-satisfied and energetic Bee Houston contain such elements. Houston can treat his guitar like a T-Bone Walker as quick as he can be a B.B. King. This exhorting and emphasizing vocalist was found suitable as a backing musician for Little Willie John, Junior Parker, Little Johnny Taylor and Bobby Bland. His guitar work is not about flash, but brash support for soul shouting. Familiar with Big Mama Thornton's "Ball and Chain?" Well, Houston backed Big Mama on her classic 1968 recording of that song and Thornton shows up here singing on "Woke Up This Morning." This ...
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All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
Long before soul and R&B rolled down different paths, they were comfortable cohabitants. Artists like the self-satisfied and energetic Bee Houston contain such elements. Houston can treat his guitar like a T-Bone Walker as quick as he can be a B.B. King. This exhorting and emphasizing vocalist was found suitable as a backing musician for Little Willie John, Junior Parker, Little Johnny Taylor and Bobby Bland. His guitar work is not about flash, but brash support for soul shouting. Familiar with Big Mama Thornton's "Ball and Chain?" Well, Houston backed Big Mama on her classic 1968 recording of that song and Thornton shows up here singing on "Woke Up This Morning." This is a reissue of Bee's only previously issued album also on Arhoolie and another previously unissued album. Bee proves himself to be a consummate showman, stellar guitar stylist and creator of a superb, original songbook of blues-and-soul material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1997
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297900826
  • Catalog Number: 9008
  • Sales rank: 205,732

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bee Houston Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Big Mama Thornton Vocals, Track Performer
Charles Givens Bass
William Anthony Trumpet
Sonny Campbell Tenor Saxophone
Fred Cooper Drums
Chuck Davenport Drums
Terry "Big T" de Rouen Guitar
Nathaniel Dove Piano
Jay Hodge Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Everett Minor Tenor Saxophone
Willie Molette Vocals
Alex Nelson Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Tillman Bass
Gus Wright Drums
Eddie Jones Drums
Richard Brown Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Richard Brown Arranger
Bruce Bromberg Producer
Chris Strachwitz Producer, Executive Producer
Pete Welding Producer
Wayne Pope Cover Design
Barrett Hanse Producer
Willie Molette Composer
Wilbert Hemsley Composer
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