The Word from Mose Allison

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All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
This iconoclastic performer has sometimes been described as a country blues player, perhaps leading to images of a blind man standing on a corner playing a guitar with a bottleneck slide. In reality, Mose Allison is from a much more cosmopolitan tradition, and the country blues adage comes from attempts to describe the sound he gets playing light, swinging jazz with a distinctly rural, Southern influence. This album, from one of many he recorded for Atlantic, actually contains examples of him taking material from the real country blues heritage and reworking it into his own style, to brilliant effect. His "New Parchman Farm" is a fantastic piece, as he changes what ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
This iconoclastic performer has sometimes been described as a country blues player, perhaps leading to images of a blind man standing on a corner playing a guitar with a bottleneck slide. In reality, Mose Allison is from a much more cosmopolitan tradition, and the country blues adage comes from attempts to describe the sound he gets playing light, swinging jazz with a distinctly rural, Southern influence. This album, from one of many he recorded for Atlantic, actually contains examples of him taking material from the real country blues heritage and reworking it into his own style, to brilliant effect. His "New Parchman Farm" is a fantastic piece, as he changes what was once a stark, depressing prison blues into something else again. Perhaps this version would be more suited to white-collar criminals such as the Watergate mob, basking in upper-class prisons complete with tennis courts. At any rate, this is a performance that only the most hardened individual would be able to listen to without a smile cracking their face. Like most of Allison's releases, this one suffers from a handful of tracks that although not quite throwaway, surely lack the substance of the best songs here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431634820
  • Catalog Number: 6348
  • Sales rank: 101,758

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Foolkiller (2:25)
  2. 2 One of These Days (3:02)
  3. 3 Look Here (2:12)
  4. 4 Days Like This (2:51)
  5. 5 Your Red Wagon (2:14)
  6. 6 Wild Man (1:58)
  7. 7 Rolling Stone (2:58)
  8. 8 New Parchman (3:04)
  9. 9 Don't Forget to Smile (2:48)
  10. 10 I'm Not Talking (2:30)
  11. 11 Lost Mind (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mose Allison Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Roy Lundberg Drums
Ben Tucker Bass
Technical Credits
Everett Barksdale Composer
Phil Lehle Engineer
Muddy Waters Composer
Lee Friedlander Cover Photo
Stanley Willis Composer
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