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Whiskey Is My Habit, Women Is All I Crave: The Best of Leroy Carr

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The 40 tracks compiled on this two-disc set represent the entire span of pianist and singer Leroy Carr's recording career that spanned a brief seven years, from 1928-1935. The material represented here -- all but one of these tracks were recorded for the Vocalion label -- features accompaniment by guitarist Scrapper Blackwell on all but one selection, and Josh White on a handful as well. Carr's material here ranges from the classic piano blues of the era that spawned Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith to vaudeville and hokum tunes made popular by artists like Tampa Red and Georgia Tom. Carr's voice is the haunting thing here; it's higher and very clear, sweet almost, as evidenced by...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The 40 tracks compiled on this two-disc set represent the entire span of pianist and singer Leroy Carr's recording career that spanned a brief seven years, from 1928-1935. The material represented here -- all but one of these tracks were recorded for the Vocalion label -- features accompaniment by guitarist Scrapper Blackwell on all but one selection, and Josh White on a handful as well. Carr's material here ranges from the classic piano blues of the era that spawned Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith to vaudeville and hokum tunes made popular by artists like Tampa Red and Georgia Tom. Carr's voice is the haunting thing here; it's higher and very clear, sweet almost, as evidenced by most of these sides. But there was an edge, too; one that belied a kind of pathos underneath even the most cheery material -- check "Mean Mistreater Blues" or "Bread Baker." But the darker material such as "Suicide Blues" one of six previously unissued performances, "Straight Alky Blues," or "Shinin' Pistol," is strange and eerie given Carr's smooth approach. Carr may not be the most well-known bluesman of the era, but his contribution is profound and lasting. This collection puts to shame almost all others with the exception of the multi-volume complete recordings on Document. But given the fact that these sides are wonderfully remastered, and 40 tracks are enough for virtually anybody but the hardest core blues punter, this is the set to have.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998698925
  • Catalog Number: 86989

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leroy Carr Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Scrapper Blackwell Guitar
Josh White Guitar
Technical Credits
Lucille Bogan Composer
Leroy Carr Composer
R. Brown Composer
David Daoud Coleman Art Direction
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Tom Piazza Liner Notes
Clarence Williams Composer
Michael Simpson Packaging Manager
W.R. Calaway Composer
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