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All Shook Up [Otis Blackwell]

  • 1. All Shook Up
    2. Fever
    3. Back Trail
    4. Daddy Rollin' Stone
    5. Great Balls of Fire
    6. Don't Be Cruel
    7. Searchin'
    8. Let's Talk About Us
    9. Hey Little Girl
    10. Breathless
    11. Handy Man
    12. Return to Sender
    13. Hello Bottle
    14. One Broken Heart for Sale
    15. Sleep Is Just Around the Corner
    16. Clinging to a Dream
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9204

  • Credits
    ProducerHerb Abramson; Otis Blackwell
    EngineerHerb Abramson

    Personnel: Otis Blackwell (vocals); Bob Goldring, Gordon Inyard (guitar); Chris Townes (piano); Bob Tinerino (bass); Jeffrey Zollher (drums); Winfield Scott (background vocals).
    Recorded at A-1 Sound Studios, New York, New York from October 14-27, 1976.
    Includes liner notes by Herb Abramson.
    Digitally remastered by Robert Vosgien (CMS Digital).
    Personnel: Otis Blackwell (vocals); Gordon Inyard (guitar); Chris Townes (piano); Jeffrey Zollher (drums); Winfield Scott (background vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Herb Abramson.
    Recording information: A-1 Sound Studios, New York, NY (10/14/1976-10/27/1976).
    Otis Blackwell probably wrote more great early rock songs than anybody this side of Leiber and Stoller, but he began as a performer (he had an R&B hit with "Daddy Rollin' Stone" in the early '50s). Here, from an album recorded in 1977, he not only reclaims his songs, he practically exemplifies them.
    The vaunted vocal similarity to Elvis Presley is intact, but after a listen to, say, his version of "Fever" you begin to understand why Blackwell would never have made it on '50s pop radio; he sounds just too raw and unhinged (Screamin' Jay Hawkins only wished he sounded this weird). Also adding to the fun is a backing group that can't decide whether it's playing '60s garage psychedelia or a wedding in Great Neck. Consumer note: The last three tracks are in mono, and from the style of the arrangements they would seem to be actual demos from the '50s, precisely the sort of stuff Blackwell would have passed along to Elvis.

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