We'll Play the Blues for You

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Stax was almost exclusively devoted to soul; after all, the Memphis-based label was referred to as Soulsville U.S.A. But they did have their share of blues artists on their roster, as this collection highlights. Among the 18 tracks are familiar favorites, including Albert King "Blues Power", John Lee Hooker "Please Don't Go", Little Milton "That's What Love Will Make You Do", and Gus Cannon "Walk Right In", with lesser-known tracks from Steve Cropper "Oh, Pretty Woman", Ruby Johnson "Weak Spot", and Joe Hicks "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out". We'll Play the Blues for You is an excellent sampler made even better by its 2004 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Stax was almost exclusively devoted to soul; after all, the Memphis-based label was referred to as Soulsville U.S.A. But they did have their share of blues artists on their roster, as this collection highlights. Among the 18 tracks are familiar favorites, including Albert King "Blues Power", John Lee Hooker "Please Don't Go", Little Milton "That's What Love Will Make You Do", and Gus Cannon "Walk Right In", with lesser-known tracks from Steve Cropper "Oh, Pretty Woman", Ruby Johnson "Weak Spot", and Joe Hicks "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out". We'll Play the Blues for You is an excellent sampler made even better by its 2004 remastering.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218861328
  • Catalog Number: 8613
  • Sales rank: 352,089

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angel of Mercy - Albert King (4:23)
  2. 2 Baby, What You Want Me to Do - Little Sonny (3:58)
  3. 3 Please Don't Go - John Lee Hooker (2:51)
  4. 4 Just Got to Know - Jimmy McCracklin (3:16)
  5. 5 Bear Cat (AKA Hound Dog) - Rufus Thomas (2:54)
  6. 6 Tin Pan Alley - Little Milton (3:54)
  7. 7 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Joe Hicks (4:19)
  8. 8 Walk Right In - Gus Cannon (2:30)
  9. 9 Hello Sundown - Johnnie Taylor (2:52)
  10. 10 Send Me Some Lovin' - Otis Redding (2:18)
  11. 11 Ain't Giving It Up - Mable John (2:52)
  12. 12 Oh, Pretty Woman - Steve Cropper (3:36)
  13. 13 Weak Spot - Ruby Johnson (2:34)
  14. 14 The Sky Is Crying - Albert King (4:12)
  15. 15 Goin' to Louisiana - John Lee Hooker (4:41)
  16. 16 That's What Love Will Make You Do - Little Milton (4:00)
  17. 17 Don't Ask Me No Questions - Little Sonny (4:03)
  18. 18 Blues Power - Albert King (10:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lee Hooker Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy McCracklin Vocals
Steve Cropper Guitar
Otis Redding Vocals
Rufus Thomas Vocals
The Memphis Horns Horn
Gus Cannon Banjo, Vocals
Mable John Vocals
Ruby Johnson Vocals
Barry Beckett Keyboards
Ed Byers Keyboards
Little Milton Guitar, Vocals
Ben Cauley Trumpet
Charles Chalmers Background Vocals
George Davidson Drums
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Leroy Emanuel Guitar
Chris Ethridge Bass
Fred Ford Saxophone
Howard Grimes Drums
Isaac Hayes Organ, Keyboards
Willie Hall Drums
Willie Hampton Guitar
Joe Hicks Vocals
Leroy Hodges Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Guitar
Ricky Holly Drums
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Booker T. Jones Keyboards
Ken Khristian Guitar
Albert King Guitar, Vocals
Little Sonny Harmonica, Vocals
Ed Logan Saxophone
Andrew Love Saxophone
Bobby Manuel Guitar
The Mar-Keys Horn
Thiotis Morgan Drums
Phil Parker Drums
Donna Rhodes Background Vocals
Sandra Rhodes Background Vocals
Rudy Robinson Keyboards
Harvey Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Michael Toles Guitar
Eddie Willis Guitar
Willie James Exon Guitar
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Roosevelt Pointer Bass
James Alexander Bass
Tommy L. Elrod Track Performer
Mickey Gregory Trumpet
Richard Lovelace Bass
Milton Roby Washboard
Ronnie Gordon Keyboards
Allen Jones Organ, Electric Piano
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Jimmy McCracklin Composer
William Bell Composer
Steve Cropper Arranger, Composer, Producer
Lloyd Price Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Willie Mitchell Arranger, Producer
Gus Cannon Composer
Mable John Composer
Homer Banks Composer
Al Bell Producer
Milton Campbell Composer, Producer
James Cox Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer, Producer
Joe Hicks Arranger, Producer
Lee Hildebrand Liner Notes
Elmore James Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Albert King Composer
Clarence Lewis Composer
David Porter Composer, Producer
Rudy Robinson Arranger
Mike Stoller Composer
Hosea Woods Composer
Tom Nixon Producer
Al Jackson Jr. Arranger, Producer
Henry Stone Producer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Raymond Jackson Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Robert Geddins Composer
Aaron Willis Arranger, Composer
A.C. Williams Composer
Allen Jones Arranger, Producer
Henry Bush Arranger, Producer
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