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The Hustler [Bee Houston]

  • 1. You Think I'm Your Good Thing
    2. Busy Bee
    3. Be Proud to Be a Black Man
    4. Hustler, The
    5. Break Away
    6. Things Gonna Get Better
    7. Never
    8. Lovesick Man
    9. Freddy's Bag
    10. Any Time
    11. Woke up This Morning - (featuring Big Mama Thornton)
    12. When I Go Out
    13. Any Time
    14. Lovesick Man
    15. Charlie's Bag
    16. Things Gonna Get Better
    17. Don't Take Your Love from Me
    18. Blues for Rupez (D Flat Blues)
    19. Do It Easy
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9008

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Strachwitz; Barrett Hanse; Pete Welding; Bruce Bromberg

    Personnel: Bee Houston (vocals, guitar); Willie Molette, Big Mama Thornton (vocals); Terry "Big T" de Rouen (guitar); Jay Hodge (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Alex Nelson, Everett Minor, Sonny Campbell (tenor saxophone); Richard Brown (baritone saxophone); William Anthony (trumpet); Nathaniel Dove (piano); Eddie Jones , Gus Wright, Fred Cooper, Chuck Davenport (drums).
    Recording information: Harmony Recorders, Hollywood, CA (01/25/1968-03/05/1970); United (01/25/1968-03/05/1970); Vault Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/25/1968-03/05/1970); Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA (01/25/1968-03/05/1970).
    Photographer: Pete Welding.
    Arranger: Richard Brown.
    Long before soul and R&B rolled down different paths, they were comfortable cohabitants. Artists like the self-satisfied and energetic Bee Houston contain such elements. Houston can treat his guitar like a T-Bone Walker as quick as he can be a B.B. King. This exhorting and emphasizing vocalist was found suitable as a backing musician for Little Willie John, Junior Parker, Little Johnny Taylor and Bobby Bland. His guitar work is not about flash, but brash support for soul shouting. Familiar with Big Mama Thornton's "Ball and Chain?" Well, Houston backed Big Mama on her classic 1968 recording of that song and Thornton shows up here singing on "Woke Up This Morning." This is a reissue of Bee's only previously issued album (also on Arhoolie) and another previously unissued album. Bee proves himself to be a consummate showman, stellar guitar stylist and creator of a superb, original songbook of blues-and-soul material. ~ Tom Schulte

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