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Willie MABON – Shake That Thing 1973

Posted in BLUES, Willie MABON on December 20, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Willie MABON – Shake That Thing 1973
2000 Remastered Issue. BB 435.2


This review is from: Shake That Thing (Audio CD)
Another classic Black & Blue recording seeing the light of day in the States. This album was recorded in Toulouse, France and Amstelveen, Holland in 1973 and shows Willie Mabon in top form on vocals, piano, and harmonica playing all originals. He’s backed by The Aces (Louis Myers, lead guitar; Dave Myers, bass; Fred Below, drums) and Jimmy Rogers (rhythm guitar) and what a great band they make! Solid performances throughout, and the recording quality is superb.
The disc ends with 3 songs lives recorded with Koko Taylor on vocals on another version of the title track. Also presented are alternate takes of “Got to Have Some” and “Shake That Thing” which were previously unavailable.
All said, a must have album.
By C. E. Ivy.
Jimmy Rogers- Rhythm Guitar
Dave Myers- Bass
Fred Below- Drums
Willie Mabon- Piano, Vocals
Louis Myers- Lead Guitar
Tracks 1 to 12: Recorded December 14, 1973 at the Condorcet Studio in Toulouse, France
Tracks 13 to 17: Recorded live December 1, 1973 at the Casimir Hall in Amstelveen, Holland.1974
Except track 1, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 2000
01. Shake That Thing (Alternate Take)  4:38
02. Poison Ivy  2:39
03. Got To Have Some (Take 2)  3:58
04. Riverboat  5:49
05. Worry Blues  3:56
06. Hungry  3:46
07. Hey Girl  4:50
08. I Enjoyed Myself In Pau  3:09
09. I’m Mad  3:15
10. Lover Girl  4:33
11. Got To Have Some (Take 1)  4:04
12. Shake That Thing (Original Take)  4:34
13. Monologue Dave Myers  0:20
14. I Don’t Know  4:18
15. Monologue  0:07
16. Cold Chilly Woman  5:07
17. Shake That Thing  6:57
Vocals – Koko Taylor
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Willie MABON – Chicago Blues Session! 1979

Posted in BLUES, Willie MABON on December 15, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Willie MABON – Chicago Blues Session! 1979
1995 Issue.


Chicago Blues Session! features a session pianist Willie Mabon cut on Independence Day 1979 with guitarist Hubert Sumlin, guitarist Eddie Taylor, bassist Aron Burton and drummer Casey Jones. The album was originally released on the German L&R …    Full Descriptionlabel, mainly because American labels were shunning the blues. That could be the only reason this album wasn’t released at the time, since it’s a nice, straightahead Chicago blues record. There are several Mabon originals, all of them strong and memorable, plus several Willie Dixon tracks and a Howlin’ Wolf cut. That Howlin’ Wolf song is one of a handful of tributes to Chicago blues legends — the others are to Jimmy Reed and Willie Dixon — but the true tribute is the spirit and passion the group puts into their music. That’s what makes the album a worthwhile listen for serious fans of Chicago blues.
By Thom Owens. AMG.
Willie Mabon scored big R&B hits during the 1950’s but by 1979 he was pretty much forgotten in America. He was living in France but decided to venture to Chicago to record this album in 1979. It features the pianist on both harmonica and his regular piano backed by an all-star band, Eddie Taylor and Hubert Sumlin on guitars, Aron Burton on bass and Casey Jones on drums. It is somewhat of a “quickie” session so it is not totally rock solid music, but it is still a fairly well produced album. Everybody gets a lot of space to solo and Mabon’s vocals are terrific throughout. The songs are a mix of new ones, re-cuts of a few of Mabon’s old singles, and a few covers.
Willie Mabon never got much recognition beyond his chess singles, but this album, while not amazing, proves he still could make good music even in the later parts of his life at a time when blues was very under-recognized.
By Sam Mosley.
This is a great CD! Chess Records veteran Willie Mabon plays some stellar blues piano here. The real appeal, however, is the great guitar-work on this disc by both Hubert Sumlin (legendary guitarist for Howlin’ Wolf) and Eddie Taylor (equally important guitarist heard on many Jimmy reed classics). Both guitar aces demonstrate exemplary rhythm and lead work. This recording from 1979 is probably one of the last examples of ‘authentic’ Chicago blues layed down by these blues giants. All the tracks are smoking. Three of the tracks are tributes to the Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, and Jimmy Reed. For fans of the golden age of Chicago blues this CD is a very worthwhile purchase!
By Grerory S. Willis.
Willie Mabon- Vocal,Piano,Blues Harp
Hubert Sumlin- Guitar Left Channel
Eddie Taylor- Guitar Right Chanel
Aron Burton- Bass
Casey Jones- Drums
01. Little Red Rooster
02. Lonely Blues
03. It´s A Shame
04. Moanin´Blues
05. Monday Woman (A Tribute to Jimmy Reed)
06. Louise (A Tribute to Howlin’ Wolf)
07. Seventh Son (Dedicated to Wilie Dixon)
08. I´m Mad
09. A Change Is Gonna Come

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