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Wynonie HARRIS – Women, Whiskey, & Fish Tails 1940´s

Posted in BLUES, Wynonie HARRIS on December 11, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Wynonie HARRIS – Women, Whiskey, & Fish Tails  1940´s
1993 Issue.
Recording at; Cincinnati, OH (11/07/1952-07/17/1957);
Fulton Studio, New York, NY (11/07/1952-07/17/1957).


WOMEN, WHISKEY AND FISH TAILS features 21 previously unreleased tracks Harris recorded for the King label in the late 1940’s.

Ace’s Women, Whiskey & Fish Tails spotlights some of the famous blues-shouter’s latter-day work (1952-1957) for independent R&B label King. Now joined by Ace’s ’50s-centric Harris survey, Lovin’ Machine, this 21-track disc takes the somewhat more obscure path through the catalog, substituting the still-electric likes of “Greyhound” and “Drinkin’ Sherry Wine” for chart hit “Bloodshot Eyes” and the classic alcoholism narrative “Drinkin’ Blues.” Far from just an artist in repose, though, Harris is in top form for most of it, especially on the gospel-infused “The Deacon Don’t Like It” and collection standout “Shake That Thing.” The Ace titles are best left to listeners looking for a second roundup, while newcomers probably will want to first check out survey discs on Rhino or the chronologically minded Classics label for more of Harris’ essential early hits and sides (“Good Rockin’ Tonight”).
By Stephen Cook.
Wynonie Harris- (Vocals, Drums);
Bill Johnson, Clarence Kenner, Kenny Burrell, Les Spann, Mickey Baker- (Guitar);
Hilton Jefferson- (Alto Sax);
Maxwell Lucas- (Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax);
David Bubba Brooks, Robert Darby, Fred Clark , Lowell Hastings, Rufus Gore, Hal Singer, Wesley Brooks, David Van Dyke, Red Prysock- (Tenor Sax);
Walter Hiles, Leslie Johnakins- (Baritone Sax);
Frank Humphries, Tommy Purkson- (Trumpet);
Cornelius Tate- (Trombone);
Eddie Smith , Kelly Owens, Sir Charles Thompson, Sonny Thompson- (Piano);
Gordon “Specs” Powell, Rossiere “Shadow” Wilson, Isaac Cole, Steve Boswell, Edison Gore, Calvin Shields, Bill Warren, Philip Paul- (Snare Drum).
01. Greyhound   2:55
02. Deacon Don’t Like It
03. Christina   2:45
04. Shake That Thing   2:18
05. Don’t Take My Whiskey Away   2:18
06. Drinkin’ Sherry Wine   2:33
07. Fish Tail Blues   2:38
08. Big Old Country Fool   2:38
09. Shotgun Wedding   1:59
10. Wine Wine Sweet Wine   2:04
11. Git to Gittin’ Baby   2:23
12. Mr. Dollar
13. Bad News Baby (There’ll Be No Rockin’ Tonight)   3:02
14. Bring It Back   2:17
15. I Don’t Know Where to Go   2:21
16. Man’s Best Friend   2:26
17. Keep-a-Talking   2:55
18. Please Louise   2:34
19. I Get a Thrill   2:34
20. There’s No Substitute for Love   3:05
21. Mama Your Daughter Done Lied on Me   2:17

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Roy BROWN & Wynonie HARRIS – Battle Of The Blues (Vol 1&2) 1959

Posted in BLUES, Roy BROWN, Wynonie HARRIS on December 6, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Roy BROWN & Wynonie HARRIS – Battle Of The Blues (Vol 1&2) 1959
1994 Issue


This first volume of King’s Battle of the Blues series features two of the label’s biggest acts: Roy Brown and Wynonie Harris. Having already made their names in the late ’40s as premier blues shouters on the R&B and jump blues circuit, both singers migrated to the Cincinnati independent and reached even loftier chart heights. Brown takes up the first side with seven sides of his animated and gospel-fired vocals, including the classic “Boogie at Midnight.” For his part, Harris indulges his rougher-hewn vocal cords for an update of his big smash, the Brown-penned “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” and one of his all-time King highlights, “Bloodshot Eyes.” For some whiskey-soaked R&B nostalgia, this fine collection is hard to beat.

The second round of King’s Battle of the Blues series features another healthy dose of tracks by Roy Brown and Wynonie Harris. And while more academically minded fans will want to first check out the wealth of earlier classics these two singers cut in the ’40s, this roundup of ’50s material will still provide a fine introduction to both of these giants. Again, Brown kicks things off with a side of his smooth yet powerful uptown blues; showing a deft pen, he sticks to a set of top-notch originals. Harris might not have written much of his own material, but he does show why his was one of the most incendiary and impassioned voices around, especially on the confessional “Drinking Blues.” A perfect accouterment to your next after-hours shindig.
By Stephen Cook. AMG.
(Vol I)
A1. Boogie At Midnight
A2. Big Town
A3. Bar Room Blues
A4. Love Don’t Love Nobody
A5. Miss Fanny Brown
A6. Lolly Pop Mama
A7. I’ve Got The Last Laugh Now
B1. Bloodshot Eyes
B2. Good Rockin’ Tonight
B3. Loving Machine
B4. Shake That Thing
B5. I Feel That Old Age Coming On
B6. All She Wants To Do Is Rock
B7. Good Morning Judge
(Vol II)
A1.  Hard Luck Blues
A2.  Dreaming Blues
A3.  ‘Long About Sundown
A4.  Double Crossin’ Woman
A5.  Sweet Peach
A6.  Wrong Woman Blues
A7.  Brown Angel
B1.  Man, Have I Got Troubles
B2.  I’ll Never Give Up
B3.  Here Comes The Night
B4.  Luscious Woman
B5.  Drinking Blues
B6.  Nearer My God To Thee
B7.  Tremblin’

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Wynonie HARRIS – Oh Babe! 1982

Posted in BLUES, Wynonie HARRIS on December 5, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Wynonie HARRIS – Oh Babe! 1982
Route 66 KIX-20


Wynonie Harris was born in Omaha in 1920, and very little is known
about his early life. He actually started his musical career as a dancer and
later joined the Lucky Millinder band in the mid forties. His first
release was in 1944, “Who Threw The Whiskey in the Well” on the Decca
Record Label, featuring a young Preston Love on sax. It quickly
climbed to #4 on the national charts. During this time, Harris
performed with such greats as Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Charlie
Barnnet, and Cab Calloway.
In 1947, after years of recording for Decca, Harris switched to Kin
Records and his career took off like a rocket. “Good Rockin’ Tonight” hit
the top of the charts and was later recorded by Elvis Presley, which, by
the way, was Elvis’ calling card to fame. Harris’ recording career holds
64 separate releases and ran from 1944 to 1957. Most of his recordings
were stories of living it up and turned into big hits for him: “Drinkin Wine
Spo-Dee-O-Dee,” (also recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis), “All She Wants To
Do Is Rock”, “Bloodshot Eyes”, and “Good Morning Judge” just to name a few.
Wynonie eventually made his home in Oakland, California where he tended
bar. When he found out he was dying, he called all his friends together
for one last party. He died in the summer of 1969
A1. Around the Clock (Parts I & II)   5:41
A2. Cock-A-Doodle-Doo   2:50
A3. Yonder Goes My Baby   2:48
A4. Time to Change Your Town   2:37
A5. Hard Ridin’ Mama   2:29
A6. You Got to Get Yourself a Job, Girl   2:45
A7. My Baby’s Barrel House   2:46
B1. Oh Babe!   2:53
B2. Luscious Woman   2:49
B3. Bad News Baby (There’ll Be No Rockin’ Tonight)   2:56
B4. Stormy Night Blues   2:40
B5. Down Boy Down   2:28
B6. Git To Gittin’ Baby   2:19
B7. Don’t Take My Whiskey Away From Me   2:11
B8. I Get a Thrill   2:24

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