CD Arhoolie Presents American Masters, Vol. 8: 15 Piano Blues & Boogie Classics (CD 687208),
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Arhoolie Presents American Masters, Vol. 8: 15 Piano Blues & Boogie Classics

  • 1. Dollar Bill Boogie - Big Joe Duskin
    2. Have You Ever Been Out in the Country - Mercy Dee
    3. Whistling Alex Moore's Blues - Whistlin' Alex Moore
    4. Moaning and Groaning - Johnny Young/Otis Spann
    5. Katie's Boogie Woogie - Katie Webster
    6. Cruel Hearted Woman - Thunder Smith
    7. Ma Grinder, The - Robert Shaw
    8. Why Did You Go Last Night? - Clifton Chenier/Elmore Nixon
    9. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Pinetop Perkins/L.C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson
    10. San Francisco Can Be Such a Lonely Town - Omar Shariff
    11. Rocket Boogie "88", Pt. 1 - Pete Johnson
    12. Sugar Hill (Pt. 1) - Bukka White
    13. You Ain't Got a Chance - Piano Red
    14. Cold Chills - Henry Gray/Piano Red
    15. On the Spot Boogie - Lafayette Leake/Charlie Musselwhite
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 108

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Strachwitz; Chris Stracbwitz; Tom Diamant

    Personnel: Charlie Musselwhite (vocals, harmonica); Clifton Chenier (vocals, accordion); Henry Gray, Katie Webster, Mercy Dee, Mercy Dee Walton, Pete Johnson , Piano Red, Thunder Smith , Whistlin' Alex Moore, Big Joe Duskin, Bukka White (vocals, piano); Elmore Nixon, Lafayette Leake, Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins (piano).
    Recording information: 1949-1991.
    Editors: Chris Strachwitz; Chris Stracbwitz; Tom Diamant.
    Photographers: Dix Bruce; Mercy Dee.
    For Volume Eight of its American Masters budget series, Arhoolie tackles the "blues piano" theme, with a crushing emphasis on the boogie-woogie styles of various Chicago, Kansas City, Texas, Louisiana, and Delta players. The pacing of this album does get predictable after a while (fast boogie, slow blues, fast boogie, slow blues...), but there's so much stylistic diversity here that the formula never gets tiresome. Producer Chris Strachwitz wisely avoids instrumental overkill (the trademark of most blues piano anthologies) by including several outstanding vocal performances by the likes of Mercy Dee Walton, Omar Sharriff, Johnny Young (who duets with Otis Spann), and Clifton Chenier (backed by Elmore Nixon). But in the end, the speed demons get to flaunt plenty of their pounding instrumental fare -- the main culprits being Pete Johnson, Big Joe Duskin, Katie Webster, and Lafayette Leake. This is a no-frills package (no liner notes whatsoever and minimal track info), but the music is without a doubt spectacular. ~ Ken Chang

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