The Best of Excello Records

The Best of Excello Records


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The Best of Excello Records

Although several overviews of the Excello label exist (including Rhino's two-volume set), this single-disc thumbnail collection may be the most digestible and therefore the best of the bunch. With a generous 30 tracks on a single disc to recommend it for openers, this collection tries to hit virtually all popular strains that the label dabbled in, from big city blues to doo wop to rockabilly to rhythm & blues to its best-known swamp blues offerings. With hits aboard like Slim Harpo's "Raining in My Heart" and "Baby, Scratch My Back," the Gladiolas' original version of "Little Darlin'," Lillian Offitt's "Miss You So," the Marigolds' "Rollin' Stone," and Guitar Gable's "Congo Mombo," this collection delves far further into collectors' favorites, including "Hey! Baby" by rockabilly cat Al Ferrier, "Wild Cherry" by Leroy Washington, "Now That She's Gone" by the King Crooners, and the original version of "This Should Go on Forever" by Guitar Gable. The blues quotient inherent in the label's output is also well represented with the inclusion of "Rooster Blues" by Lightnin' Slim, "Baby Let's Play House" by Arthur Gunter, "My Next Door Neighbor" by Jerry McCain, "My Home Is a Prison" by Lonesome Sundown, and "I Hear You Knockin'" by Lazy Lester. All in all, a collection that's hard to beat, especially if your budget doesn't extend to multi-disc retrospectives.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/29/1994
UPC: 0768501300127
catalogNumber: 3001

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Slim Harpo   Track Performer
Lazy Lester   Track Performer
Lightnin' Slim   Track Performer
Lonesome Sundown   Track Performer
Jerry "Boogie" McCain   Track Performer
Ferrier   Track Performer
Arthur Neal Gunter   Track Performer
Silas Hogan   Track Performer
Blues Rockers   Track Performer
Hooks Coleman   Track Performer
Shy Guy Douglas   Track Performer
Carol Fran   Track Performer
Guitar Gable   Track Performer
Robert Garrett   Track Performer
Gladiolas   Track Performer
Rudy Green   Track Performer
Joe Hudson   Track Performer
Johnny Jano   Track Performer
Bobby Jay   Track Performer
King Crooners   Track Performer
Marigolds   Track Performer
Jay Nelson   Track Performer
Lillian Offitt   Track Performer
Charles Sheffield   Track Performer
Leroy Washington   Track Performer
Clarence Samuels   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Slim Harpo   Composer
Robert Garrett   Composer
James Marshall   Liner Notes
J.D. Miller   Composer
Leroy Washington   Composer
Jerry West   Composer
Bob Perry   Art Direction
Greg Vaughn   Engineer
J. West   Composer

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