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Big Mama Thornton in Europe

  • 1. Sweet Little Angel
    2. Place, The
    3. Little Red Rooster
    4. Unlucky Girl
    5. Houng Dog - (Take 1, take 1)
    6. Swing It on Home - (Take 1, take 1)
    7. Your Love Is Where It Ought to Be
    8. Session Blues
    9. Down Home Shake Down
    10. My Heavy Load
    11. School Boy
    12. I Need Your Love - (previously unreleased)
    13. Good Time in London - (previously unreleased)
    14. Chauffeur Blues - (previously unreleased)
    15. Swing It on Home - (previously unreleased, Take 2, take 2)
    16. Hound Dog - (previously unreleased, Take 2, take 2)
    17. Big Mama Talks with Chris Strachwitz - (previously unreleased)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9056

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Strachwitz; Chris Strachwitz

    Personnel: Big Mama Thornton (vocals, harmonica, drums); Big Mama Thornton; Buddy Guy (guitar, guitars); Jimmie Lee Robinson (electric bass); Mississippi Fred McDowell (guitar, slide guitar); Big Walter Horton (harmonica); Eddie Boyd (piano, organ, keyboards); Fred Below (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Chris Strachwitz.
    Recording information: Wessex Studio, London, England (10/20/1965).
    Photographer: Chris Strachwitz.
    Arranger: Big Mama Thornton.
    This 2005 release of Big Mama Thornton's 1965 studio session in London is a pristine snapshot of the too-often-overlooked blues singer. After her smash hit "Hound Dog" brought her fame in 1953 (Thornton's version predated Elvis Presley's by three years, and unquestionably packs more of a punch), her commercial star began to sink, yet Thornton's gravelly, gutsy wail never lost its luster.
    IN EUROPE features a top-notch band (including Buddy Guy on lead guitar and Fred McDowell on slide), some of Thornton's best tunes--including "Hound Dog," of course--and six bonus tracks. The disc concludes with a rare interview clip of Thornton in conversation with Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz (Thornton found a comfortable home with Arhoolie in the late '60s). These features make IN EUROPE a must for collectors and a fine starting place for Thornton neophytes.

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