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The Best of Mose Allison

  • 1. I Don't Worry About a Thing
    2. Your Mind Is on Vacation
    3. It Didn't Turn Our That Way - (bonus track)
    4. If You're Goin' to the City
    5. Swingin' Machine
    6. I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues
    7. Stop This World
    8. I'm the Wild Man
    9. New Parchman
    10. Rollin' Stone
    11. Don't Forget to Smile - (bonus track)
    12. Seventh Son
    13. I Love the Life I Live
    14. What's With You - (bonus track)
    15. That's the Stuff You Gotta Watch
    16. Your Molecular Structure
    17. Just Like Livin'
    18. Everybody Cryin' Mercy
    19. Night Club - (bonus track)
    20. One of These Days - (bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1542

  • Credits
    ProducerBob Porter (Compilation)

    Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
    Mose Allison has built a career on being a white singer sounding like a black man trying to sound like a white singer; his forte is intelligent, witty lyrics sung to a small group accompaniment and cool school arrangements. Interestingly, the British '60s R&B singer Georgie Fame adopted Allison as a major influence, thus confusing the cross-pollination chain even further.
    From the fatalistic-yet-playful "I Don't Worry About a Thing," through the acerbic "Your Mind is on Vacation" ("and your mouth is working overtime"), written as a witty put-down to yakking club patrons the world over, to "Your Molecular Structure," (to which accompaniment many a Martini has presumably been sipped), these songs reflect the unique, laid-back yet whip-smart sensibility of his Tippo, Mississippi home town. The musicians, later including the likes of Billy Cobham, David Sanborn, and Chuck Rainey, swing, but never overbearingly; the songs, and the voice, are pure gold.

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