Original Peacock Recordings

The Original Peacock Recordings

by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
     
 

Nothing against certain upstarts who are all the rage, but for mo' better swing dig what Gatemouth Brown did for the legendary Peacock label of Houston. This package collects vintage work from Mr. Brown and proves he's one of the most eclectic, pop-savvy bluesmen ever. Usually backed by a swanky horn section, Gate knocked out stompers ("Depression Blues"), smokers…  See more details below

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Nothing against certain upstarts who are all the rage, but for mo' better swing dig what Gatemouth Brown did for the legendary Peacock label of Houston. This package collects vintage work from Mr. Brown and proves he's one of the most eclectic, pop-savvy bluesmen ever. Usually backed by a swanky horn section, Gate knocked out stompers ("Depression Blues"), smokers ("Sad Hour"), and irrepressible boogies. Guitarwise, he played a blues-jazz hybrid in the T-Bone Walker school, but his leads were more aggressive and brightly toned than 'Bone's, and his chords hit like karate chops. Gate sang well, with a seasoned, pack-a-day voice, but it was his instrumental "Okie Dokie Stomp," with its runaway pace and dizzying guitar, that became his best-known contribution to the subgenre of Texas blues.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bill Dahl
Only 12 songs long, this collection remains the best place to begin appreciating why so many young Texas blues guitarists fell in love with Gatemouth Brown's style (until MCA decides to compile the ultimate Brown package, anyway). Listen to the way his blazing axe darts and weaves through trombonist Pluma Davis' jazzy horn chart on 1954's "Okie Dokie Stomp," and/or the stratospheric licks drenching "Dirty Work at the Crossroads." Brown proves that a violin can adapt marvelously to the blues (in the right hands, anyway) on "Just Before Dawn," and blows a little atmospheric harp on "Gate's Salty Blues."

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/1992
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661203921
catalogNumber:
612039
Rank:
63554

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Violin,Vocals
Jimmy McCracklin   Piano
Duke Barker   Drums
Henry Boozier   Trumpet
Allen Clark   Baritone Saxophone
Jual Curtis   Drums
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Nathaniel Douglas   Guitar
Fred Ford   Baritone Saxophone
Bill Harvey   Guitar,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
San Frisco Jeff   Drums
Ray Johnson   Bass
Raymond Johnson   Bass
Carl Lott   Bass
Paul Monday   Piano,Violin
Carl Owens   Piano
Emile Russell   Drums
Joe Toussaint   Bass
Johnny Parker   Bass,Guitar,Alto Saxophone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Glenn Berger   Mastering
Scott Billington   Reissue Producer
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Composer,Reissue Producer
Eddie Curtis   Composer

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