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Charles Brown The Cool Cool Blues Of...1945-61 (2-CD)

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Charles Brown: The Cool Cool Blues Of...1945-61 (2-CD)

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  • Interpret: Charles Brown

  • Album titlle: The Cool Cool Blues Of...1945-61 (2-CD)

  • Label JASMINE

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  • Genre R&B, Soul

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Brown, Charles - The Cool Cool Blues Of...1945-61 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Johnny's Boogie Charles Brown
02 It Ain't Gonna Be Like That Charles Brown
03 With My Heart In My Hand Charles Brown
04 I Want You I Need You Charles Brown
05 Bobby Sox Baby Charles Brown
06 Pasadena Charles Brown
07 Driftin' Blues Charles Brown
08 Why Is Love Like That Charles Brown
09 Be Fair With Me Charles Brown
10 So Long Charles Brown
11 You Left Me Forsaken Charles Brown
12 Merry Christmas Baby Charles Brown
13 More Than You Know Charles Brown
14 Walkin' In Circles Charles Brown
15 If You Don't Why Don't You Charles Brown
16 I'm Looking For Love Charles Brown
17 Get Yourself Another Fool Charles Brown
18 A Long Time Charles Brown
19 It's Nothing Charles Brown
20 Trouble Blues Charles Brown
21 In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down Charles Brown
22 Homesick Blues Charles Brown
23 My Baby's Gone Charles Brown
24 Again Charles Brown
25 How High The Moon Charles Brown
Brown, Charles - The Cool Cool Blues Of...1945-61 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Black Night Charles Brown
02 I'll Always Be In Love With You (1951 Ve.) Charles Brown
03 Seven Long Days Charles Brown
04 Don't Fool With My Heart Charles Brown
05 Hard Times Charles Brown
06 Still Water Charles Brown
07 Baby Do You Know The Game Charles Brown
08 Evening Shadows Charles Brown
09 I Lost Everthing Charles Brown
10 Lonesome Feeling Charles Brown
11 Cryin' And Driftin' Blues Charles Brown
12 Cryin' Mercy Charles Brown
13 Honey Sipper Charles Brown
14 Fool's Paradise Charles Brown
15 Hot Lips And Seven Kisses Charles Brown
16 Please Don't Drive Me Away Charles Brown
17 I'll Always Be In Love With You (1956 Ve.) Charles Brown
18 Merry Christmas Baby (1956 Version) Charles Brown
19 I Wanna Go Home Charles Brown
20 Educated Fool Charles Brown
21 Love's Like A River Charles Brown
22 Sing My Blues Tonight Charles Brown
23 Please Come Home For Christmas (Christmas...) Charles Brown
24 Merry Christmas Baby (1961 Version) Charles Brown
25 Please Come Home For Christmas (King) Charles Brown
Charles Brown and His Band After tearing up the postwar R&B charts with their mellow,... more
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Charles Brown and His Band

After tearing up the postwar R&B charts with their mellow, cosmopolitan brand of West Coast club blues, pianist and front man Charles Brown came to a parting of the ways with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Moore's brother, the equally dazzling guitarist Oscar Moore, joined the act in 1947). The Blazers' personal hit parade for the Exclusive label included Sunny Road, New Orleans Blues, and the immortal Yuletide perennial Merry Christmas Baby, but they broke up nonetheless.

"Johnny Moore got so greedy. They took a lot of money that was supposed to divide and brought home, but he left us out of the picture, Eddie Williams and I, who was the bass player. So it became a problem, not getting along, and I decided to quit," said Brown. "I left them in '48 and organized my own group, called Charles Brown & The Smarties. I went back to Aladdin Records."

The hits came immediately for Brown at Aladdin: Get Yourself Another Fool and the R&B chart-topping Trouble Blues in 1949 and the mournful Black Night, cut December 21, 1950 at Radio Recorders in L.A. with Jesse Ervin's guitar work solidly in the Moore tradition, were among the biggest. Penned by L.A. female songsmith Jessie Mae Robinson, Black Night paced the R&B hit parade for 14 weeks in 1951. "Everything I was doing was a big hit with them," said Charles of his Aladdin hookup. But the good times didn't last. Brown took his final bow on the R&B charts for almost a decade the next year (a holiday offering, Please Come Home For Christmas, brought him back briefly in 1960), and a 1958 dispute with his booking agency laid him low for years as a live act.

"I became a scab musician," he explained. "I couldn't work in no place unless I paid the union. Well, I couldn't work because I didn't have nobody booking me. So I went into seclusion. That's how I came off the scene." The drought ended during the '80s, when Europe began to beckon. Then in 1990, Bonnie Raitt booked Charles as her opening act. "That really started the ball rolling for me," he said. 

Brown died January 21, 1999 after a full decade back in the spotlight. "I did do something that I thought was part of me, and that the people recognize," Brown said. "I can go to my grave thinking that I did do something that got recognition."

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Brown, Charles - The Cool Cool Blues Of...1945-61 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Johnny's Boogie
02 It Ain't Gonna Be Like That
03 With My Heart In My Hand
04 I Want You I Need You
05 Bobby Sox Baby
06 Pasadena
07 Driftin' Blues
08 Why Is Love Like That
09 Be Fair With Me
10 So Long
11 You Left Me Forsaken
12 Merry Christmas Baby
13 More Than You Know
14 Walkin' In Circles
15 If You Don't Why Don't You
16 I'm Looking For Love
17 Get Yourself Another Fool
18 A Long Time
19 It's Nothing
20 Trouble Blues
21 In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down
22 Homesick Blues
23 My Baby's Gone
24 Again
25 How High The Moon
Brown, Charles - The Cool Cool Blues Of...1945-61 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Black Night
02 I'll Always Be In Love With You (1951 Ve.)
03 Seven Long Days
04 Don't Fool With My Heart
05 Hard Times
06 Still Water
07 Baby Do You Know The Game
08 Evening Shadows
09 I Lost Everthing
10 Lonesome Feeling
11 Cryin' And Driftin' Blues
12 Cryin' Mercy
13 Honey Sipper
14 Fool's Paradise
15 Hot Lips And Seven Kisses
16 Please Don't Drive Me Away
17 I'll Always Be In Love With You (1956 Ve.)
18 Merry Christmas Baby (1956 Version)
19 I Wanna Go Home
20 Educated Fool
21 Love's Like A River
22 Sing My Blues Tonight
23 Please Come Home For Christmas (Christmas...)
24 Merry Christmas Baby (1961 Version)
25 Please Come Home For Christmas (King)