Mojo Albums Plus

Mojo Albums Plus

by Billy Lee Riley
     
 

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Billy Lee Riley left Sun Records in 1959, opting to take a stab at starting his own label, Rita, with guitarist Roland James instead of signing on for another round of frustration working for the man. Rita folded quickly but, undaunted, Riley launched another label, this time called Mojo. He returned to this imprint sporadically over theSee more details below

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Billy Lee Riley left Sun Records in 1959, opting to take a stab at starting his own label, Rita, with guitarist Roland James instead of signing on for another round of frustration working for the man. Rita folded quickly but, undaunted, Riley launched another label, this time called Mojo. He returned to this imprint sporadically over the years, releasing records on Mojo as late as 1978, and Bear Family's 2010 disc collects all of these recordings: 1966's Southern Soul at the Brave-Falcon and 1978's Vintage, plus the 1960 single he released under the name Skip Wiley. Sequenced in reverse, possibly so the best-sounding material arrives first, The Mojo Albums Plus suggests that Mojo wasn't an ongoing concern as much as it was a way for Riley to muster up a record whenever he had the funds or idea -- and the two LPs here certainly are attached to trends of the time, with Southern Soul following the go-go footsteps of Johnny Rivers and Vintage tied into the rock & roll oldies fad of the late '70s. Riley pulls off both trends admirably -- Southern Soul is hampered a bit by its low fidelity (it also seems that only vinyl survives) but has a charming swing, taking a detour for a credible version of the Beatles' "Nowhere Man" and culminating in a groovy version of "I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water" propelled by a raunchy fuzzy guitar and organ, while Vintage feels lived-in, sometimes rocking with purpose but usually laying back while Billy runs through the rock & roll songbook of the '50s. He may never seem like the backwoods wildman of his Sun sides, not even on the 1960 single, but there is certainly pleasure hearing him as a rock & roll journeyman, scraping together a living doing anything he can.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
0790051652920
catalogNumber:
16529
Rank:
343613

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Tracks

  1. Good Rockin' Tonight  - Billy Lee Riley
  2. Great Balls of Fire  - Billy Lee Riley
  3. Be Bop a Lula  - Billy Lee Riley
  4. Go Go Go  - Billy Lee Riley
  5. Rock and Roll Music  - Billy Lee Riley
  6. Shake, Rattle and Roll  - Billy Lee Riley
  7. Mean Woman Blues  - Billy Lee Riley
  8. I'm in Love Again  - Billy Lee Riley
  9. You're My Baby  - Billy Lee Riley
  10. Sweet Little Sixteen  - Billy Lee Riley
  11. Twist and Shout  - Billy Lee Riley
  12. Poor Side of Town  - Billy Lee Riley
  13. In the Midnight Hour  - Billy Lee Riley
  14. Michael  - Billy Lee Riley
  15. Speed Lovers  - Billy Lee Riley
  16. Chuck Berry Medley: Johnny B. Goode/Thirty Days/Roll Over Beethoven  - Billy Lee Riley
  17. Long Time Man  - Billy Lee Riley
  18. Susie Q  - Billy Lee Riley
  19. Nowhere Man  - Billy Lee Riley
  20. Barefootin'  - Billy Lee Riley
  21. I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water  - Billy Lee Riley
  22. Southern Soul  - Billy Lee Riley
  23. Barefootin'  - Billy Lee Riley
  24. Barefootin'  - Billy Lee Riley
  25. Long Time Man  - Billy Lee Riley
  26. Medley: Twist and Shout/Annie Had a Baby  - Billy Lee Riley
  27. Chuck Berry Medley: Johnny B. Goode/Thirty Days/Roll Over Beethoven [Co  - Billy Lee Riley
  28. Fast Livin'  - Billy Lee Riley
  29. Hill Country Music  - Billy Lee Riley

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Lee Riley   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Roland Janes   Guitar
Dennis St. John   Drums
Jimmy Wilson   Piano
Bill Golden   Organ,Overdubs
Jimmy Van Eaton   Drums
David Virgin   Drums
George Hinds   Bass
Larry Don Gillihan   Piano
Carl Goddard   Bass

Technical Credits

Roy Brown   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Robert Parker   Composer
Wilson Pickett   Composer
Gene Vincent   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Dale Hawkins   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Lou Adler   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Jack Hammer   Composer
Phil Medley   Composer
Billy Lee Riley   Composer,Producer,Guitar Overdubs
Johnny Rivers   Composer
Billy Pat Ellis   Composer
Ian Wallis   Liner Notes
Bert Russell   Composer
Bill Millar   Reissue Producer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Jurgen Crasser   Mastering
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Lois Mann   Composer
John R. Cash   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Joyce Riley   Illustrations
Este   Photo Restoration

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