CD Walk 'em: Decca Sessions (CD 114987),
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Walk 'em: Decca Sessions

  • 1. Walk 'Em
    2. Since I Fell for You
    3. Baby You're Always on My Mind
    4. Boogie Woogie's Mother-In-Law - (TRUE instrumental)
    5. You Gotta Walk That Chalk Line
    6. I Don't Know What's Troublin' Your Mind
    7. Be Careful (If You Can't Be Good)
    8. Root Man Blues
    9. 'Til My Baby Comes Back
    10. I'm Gonna Jump in the River
    11. Talking About Another Man's Wife
    12. No More Love
    13. Shake 'Em Up - (TRUE instrumental)
    14. Satisfy My Soul
    15. Stormy Weather
    16. Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?
    17. That's the Stuff You Gotta Watch
    18. They All Say I'm the Biggest Fool
    19. Fine Brown Frame
    20. You'll Get Them Blues
    21. Southern Echoes
    22. When My Man Comes Home
    23. Please Mr. Johnson
    24. Shufflin' and Rollin' - (TRUE instrumental)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 623

  • Credits

    Personnel: Buddy Johnson (piano).
    A fine 24-track distillation of Johnson's lengthy career for Decca, during which he and his musicians served as a key link between Harlem big bands, jump blues, and R&B. Spanning 1941 to 1952, the focus is on the bluesier and/or more uptempo sides credited to either Buddy or sister Ella, as well as tracks with Johnson associations cut by Arthur Prysock and Harold "Geezil" Minerve. Several of the Johnson clan's most celebrated performances are here: "Walk 'Em" (a sort of signature tune for Buddy), Ella's original version of "Since I Fell For You," Ella's huge R&B hits "That's the Stuff You Gotta Watch" and "When My Man Comes Home," and Buddy's 1949 Top 20 pop hit, "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?" (surely one of the greatest baseball/pop novelties ever). Some of the raunchy sax breaks are signposts for a style that would become prevalent in R&B and early rock'n'roll; the gritty instrumental "Shake 'Em Up," for instance, anticipates the sound of Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk" by four years. ~ Richie Unterberger

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