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We'll Play the Blues for You

  • 1. Angel of Mercy - Albert King
    2. Baby, What You Want Me to Do - Little Sonny
    3. Please Don't Go - John Lee Hooker
    4. Just Got to Know - Jimmy McCracklin
    5. Bear Cat (aka Hound Dog) - Rufus Thomas
    6. Tin Pan Alley - Little Milton (Long Version)
    7. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Joe Hicks
    8. Walk Right In - Gus Cannon
    9. Hello Sundown - Johnnie Taylor
    10. Send Me Some Lovin' - Otis Redding
    11. Ain't Giving It Up - Mable John
    12. Oh, Pretty Woman - Steve Cropper
    13. Weak Spot - Ruby Johnson
    14. Sky Is Crying, The - Albert King
    15. Goin' to Louisiana - John Lee Hooker
    16. That's What Love Will Make You Do - Little Milton
    17. Don't Ask Me No Questions - Little Sonny
    18. Blues Power - Albert King (live)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8613

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Porter; Henry Bush; Henry Stone; Isaac Hayes; Joe Hicks; Allen Jones; Al Bell; Al Jackson, Jr.; Milton Campbell; Steve Cropper; Tom Nixon; Willie Mitchell; Kirk Roberts (Compilation)

    Personnel: John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Little Milton (vocals, guitar); Gus Cannon (vocals, banjo); Little Sonny (vocals, harmonica); Jimmy McCracklin, Joe Hicks, Mable John, Otis Redding, Ruby Johnson, Rufus Thomas (vocals); Ken Khristian, Eddie Willis, Willie Hampton, Leroy Emanuel, Willie James Exon, Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, Michael Toles, Steve Cropper, Bobby Manuel (guitar); Fred Ford, Andrew Love, Ed Logan (saxophone); Harvey Thompson (tenor saxophone); Mickey Gregory , Wayne Jackson, Ben Cauley (trumpet); The Mar-Keys, The Memphis Horns (horns); Allen Jones (electric piano, organ); Isaac Hayes (organ, keyboards); Ed Byers, Rudy Robinson, Ronnie Gordon, Barry Beckett, Booker T. Jones (keyboards); Ricky Holly, George Davidson, Thiotis Morgan, Al Jackson, Jr. , Phil Parker, Willie Hall, Howard Grimes (drums); Milton Roby (washboard); Donna Rhodes, Sandra Rhodes, Charles Chalmers (background vocals).
    Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
    Liner Note Author: Lee Hildebrand.
    Recording information: Detroit, MI (06/10/1963-12/??/1973); Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA (06/10/1963-12/??/1973); Memphis (06/10/1963-12/??/1973); Paramount Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (06/10/1963-12/??/1973); Stax Studios, Memphis (06/10/1963-12/??/1973).
    Arrangers: Rudy Robinson; Henry Bush; Aaron Willis; Joe Hicks; Al Jackson, Jr. ; Allen Jones ; Steve Cropper; Willie Mitchell.
    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. ~ Al Campbell

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