Topcat Records 20th Anniversary Extravaganza

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A double-disc set celebrating the two-decade anniversary of Topcat Records, this 40-track compilation shines a spotlight on the various releases the Texas-based blues label have released over the years. This set mixes up old, archival tracks reissued by the label along with newly commissioned recordings, some of the cuts sounding compressed and trashy, others big and bold. This discrepancy in audio quality can create some whiplash, but it does fit the slapdash nature of the whole project; it's hard to tell why each cut was chosen for inclusion as there are no real liner notes to speak of: the booklet does take note of the players on each track, which is nice, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A double-disc set celebrating the two-decade anniversary of Topcat Records, this 40-track compilation shines a spotlight on the various releases the Texas-based blues label have released over the years. This set mixes up old, archival tracks reissued by the label along with newly commissioned recordings, some of the cuts sounding compressed and trashy, others big and bold. This discrepancy in audio quality can create some whiplash, but it does fit the slapdash nature of the whole project; it's hard to tell why each cut was chosen for inclusion as there are no real liner notes to speak of: the booklet does take note of the players on each track, which is nice, but it'd be even nicer to have some sort of context for each of the cuts here. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable enough sampler of modern Texas blues in its many permutations, from simple guitar and voice to full-bodied blues shuffles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2013
  • Label: Topcat Records
  • UPC: 014172031229
  • Catalog Number: 312
  • Sales rank: 202,859

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Goose Blues - Jesse Thomas (2:34)
  2. 2 Kind Hearted Woman - Johnny Nicholas (4:21)
  3. 3 Down To the Bone - Edwin Holt (4:21)
  4. 4 Long Distance Call - Muddy Waters (6:32)
  5. 5 Mississippi River Blues - George "Harmonica" Smith (3:36)
  6. 6 Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (3:06)
  7. 7 My Babe - Johnny Nicholas (3:56)
  8. 8 Texas Flood - Jimmie Vaughan (5:18)
  9. 9 The Curly Stomp - Curly "Barefoot" Miller (4:36)
  10. 10 "C" Jam Blues - Bobby Chitwood (3:57)
  11. 11 Jump My Baby - Texas Topcats (2:30)
  12. 12 Pawnshop Bound - Tu-Tones (3:57)
  13. 13 Rollin' and Tumblin' - Josh Alan Band (2:58)
  14. 14 Tear It Up - Mike "Hollywood Fats" Mann (3:55)
  15. 15 Guitar Man - Cricket Taylor (6:47)
  16. 16 Rock Me - Alex Rossi (4:40)
  17. 17 I'm Coming Home - Robert Ealey (4:17)
  18. 18 Butter Beans - Curly "Barefoot" Miller (3:41)
  19. 19 John the Revelator - Johnny Nicholas (3:40)
  20. 20 Boogie - Hash Brown (0:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 True Blue - Calvin Owens (4:21)
  2. 2 She Feels Good - Bugs Henderson (4:47)
  3. 3 What's On Your Mind - Solon "Fishbone" Coelho (3:57)
  4. 4 Welcome To the Game - Robin "Texas Slim" Sullivan (2:57)
  5. 5 Walkin' Heart Attack - Holland K. Smith (4:06)
  6. 6 Texas Girl - Rocky Athas (3:33)
  7. 7 White Trash - Fernando Noronha (5:32)
  8. 8 Saint Peter Have Mercy - Skip Clay (3:55)
  9. 9 Leopard Skin Mini Skirt - Keller Thomas (3:04)
  10. 10 Remeber - Bob Kirkpatrick (5:29)
  11. 11 The Girl That Radiates - Cold Blue Steel (2:50)
  12. 12 Sneakin' Around - Kenny Traylor (3:56)
  13. 13 Oh My Baby's Gone - Alan Haynes (3:43)
  14. 14 Tribute To Roy Buchanan - Big Gilson (3:29)
  15. 15 Heart of Stone - Robin Sylar (3:38)
  16. 16 Well All Right Then - Mike Morgan (3:36)
  17. 17 Queen of the Boucherie - Pat Mason (4:39)
  18. 18 Sugar Bee - Johnny Mack (3:18)
  19. 19 Cross Road - U.P. Wilson (3:41)
  20. 20 The Thrill is Gone - Tutu Jones (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronnie Earl Guitar
Big Walter Horton Harmonica, Vocals
Mike Morgan Guitar
Big Mama Thornton Vocals
Chris Hunter Drums
Chuck Rainey Bass
Bugs Henderson Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Nicholas Guitar, Vocals
Phil Guy Guitar, Vocals
Bob Kirkpatrick Guitar, Vocals
U.P. Wilson Guitar, Vocals
Jim Suhler Guitar, Vocals
Rüdiger Baldauf Trumpet
Bobby Baranowski Drums
Jack Barber Background Vocals
Bob Berberich Drums
Butch Bonner Bass, Guitar, Electric Piano
Joe "King" Carrasco Guitar
Bobby Chitwood Bass
Dirk Cordes Drums
Floyd Domino Piano
Mike "Hollywood Fats" Mann Guitar
Terry Hale Upright Bass
Ted Harvey Drums
Steven Herrman Trumpet
James Hinkle Guitar
Paul Hollis Drums
Steve Howard Horn
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Saxophone
B.B. King Guitar
Sammy Lawhorn Guitar
Danny Levin Fiddle
Ron Mason Keyboards, Hammond B3
Bob Morris Guitar
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals
Calvin Owens Trumpet, Vocals
Pinetop Perkins Piano
Greg Piccolo Saxophone
Bill Potter Tenor Saxophone
Carlton Powell Bass
Rhandy Simmons Bass
George "Harmonica" Smith Harmonica, Vocals
Jon Smith Horn
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Drums
Jesse Thomas Guitar, Vocals
Jimmie Vaughan Guitar
Robert Ware Bass
Keith Winking Trumpet
Thomas Yearsley Standup Bass
Randy Zimmerman Trombone
Robert Ealey Vocals
Richard Chalk Guitar
Mark Rybiski Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tone Sommer Guitar
Bart Buls Bass
Aaron Comess Bass, Percussion, Drums
Yan de Bruyn Guitar
Tony Dukes Bass
Fred Gleber Drums
Andy Haderer Trumpet
Jackie Howard Baritone Saxophone
Reggie Hudson Piano
Cesar Jansens Drums
Tom Loughborough Guitar, Vocals
James "Pee Wee" Madison Guitar
Curly "Barefoot" Miller Piano, Vocals
Mark Pollock Guitar
Peter Van Bogart Organ
Kurt Van Herck Saxophone
Marc Wilson Drums
Paul "Mighty Paul" Young Guitar
Alan Haynes Guitar
Josh Alan Guitar, Vocals
Tutu Jones Guitar
Mark Wilson Drums
Al Gomez Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mudcat Ward Bass
Dave Gonzalez Guitar
Don Wise Tenor Saxophone
Keller Thomas Guitar, Vocals
C.C. Pinkston Background Vocals
Holland K. Smith Guitar, Vocals
Larry Samford Vocals
Big Gilson Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Schermerhorn Drums
Rochester Sessions Piano
Brian "Hash Brown" Calway Guitar, Harmonica
Terry Groff-Montgomery Bass
Tim Alexander Organ
Matt Williams Drums
Dave Isaacs Drums
Robin Sylar Organ, Guitar, Vocals
T. Sumter Bruton III Background Vocals
Steven Coleridge Bass
Dan Torosian Saxophone
Johnny Mack Vocals, Boards
Stoney Bass Bass
Paul Byrd Guitar
Gunzy Trevino Drums
Martin McCall Drums
Kenny Traylor Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Peter Hague Drums
Mark Austin Background Vocals
Edwin Holt Harmonica, Vocals
Cristiano Bertolucci Drums
Danny Ross Piano, Keyboards
T. Buck Burns Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Michael "Slip" Clay Electric Guitar
Kirby Kelly Lap Steel Guitar
Dennis "Slide" McBride Piano, Slide Guitar
Phil "Chopper" Phistry Saxophone
Herb Schucher Drums
Tyrone Starks Drums
Ken Stock Piano
Cricket Taylor Vocals
Texas Gypsies Background Vocals
Warren White Percussion
Marty Baumann Guitar
Joel Guzman Hammond B3
Alex Rossi Harmonica
Steve Shaw Bass
Paul Harrington Harmonica
Andy Comess Electric Piano
Pat Mason Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Anthony Giarossi Piano
Johnnie Woods Bass
Lee Charles Mitchell Saxophone
Malcolm Robertson Trombone
David Brashier Dobro, Electric Guitar
Jason J.T. Thomas Drums
"Big" Jack Williams Trumpet
James Buck Vocals
Bobby Gilmore Guitar
Steve Wachsman Guitar
Barry "Frosty" Smith Drums
John Mills Saxophone
Craig Marlow Drums
Rocky Athas Guitar
Sonny Collie Bass
Roy Robbins Bass
John Maldonado Keyboards
Johnny Bradley Bass
Bruce Steverson Bass
Aurora Hernandez Percussion
Alexandre Loureiro Drums
Bob "Mr. 18 Karat" Wingate Guitar, Drums
Derek Rougeot Drums
Herb Abs Bass
Floyd Pintado Drums
Fernando Peters Bass
Fernando Noronha Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Eric Mathew Przgocki Bass
Luciano Leães Keyboards
Lin Selman Bass
Jon Dyke Keyboards
Xico Preto Bass
Jose Hernandez Guitar
James Anderson Bass
Greg Wilson Guitar
Stompin' Bill Johnston Harmonica, Vocals
Sonnie Collie Bass
Solon "Fishbone" Coelho Guitar
Scott Campbell Drums
Ronie Martinez Drums
Robin "Texas Slim" Sullivan Guitar, Vocals
Robby Garner Bass
Technical Credits
William Clarke Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Roy Hawkins Composer
Bugs Henderson Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Bob Kirkpatrick Composer
U.P. Wilson Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Son House Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
Michael Mann Composer
George Miller Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Calvin Owens Composer
Eddie Shuler Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Jesse Thomas Composer
Robert Ealey Composer
Richard Chalk Producer
Tone Sommer Composer
Tom Loughborough Composer
Ray Sharpe Composer
Russ Ragsdale Mastering
Holland K. Smith Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Larry Samford Composer
Rick Darnell Composer
Big Gilson Composer
Brian "Hash Brown" Calway Composer
Jagger Composer
Cricket Taylor Composer
Pat Mason Composer
David Brashier Composer
Paul Young Composer
George Smith Composer
Jim Isle Composer
Fernando Noronha Composer
Randle Isle Composer
Solon "Fishbone" Coelho Composer
Robin "Texas Slim" Sullivan Composer
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