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(2004/Collectables) 25 tracks. With Charles Brown's elegant piano style and a smooth voice that... more

Charles Brown: Very Best Of

(2004/Collectables) 25 tracks. With Charles Brown's elegant piano style and a smooth voice that made him sound a little bit like a gruffer Nat King Cole, Brown's jazz-tinged blues (or is it blues-tinged jazz?) is the perfect music for unwinding after a bleary-eyed night on the town. This set, in spite of its claims, isn't really 'the very best' from Brown, since it contains none of his classic Aladdin recordings from the late '40s and early '50s, but is comprised instead of sides he cut for Ohio's King Records in the early '60s, including the 1960 holiday hit 'Please Come Home for Christmas' (the version here of Brown's other holiday hit, 'Merry Christmas Baby,' is not the classic 1947 recording but a stereo remake). Not having the Aladdin material doesn't make this a bad collection (Brown was too professional to ever make a bad recording), but it also doesn't make it particularly essential.

Article properties: Charles Brown: Very Best Of

  • Interpret: Charles Brown

  • Album titlle: Very Best Of

  • Label Collectables

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2004
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0090431289129

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Brown, Charles - Very Best Of CD 1
01 Charles Brown Please Come Home for Christmas
02 Charles Brown Baby Oh Baby
03 Charles Brown Angel Baby
04 Charles Brown I Wanna Go Back Home
05 Charles Brown My Little Baby
06 Charles Brown This Fool Has Learned
07 Charles Brown Butterfly
08 Charles Brown It's Christmas Time
09 Charles Brown Christmas in Heaven
10 Charles Brown Christmas Blues
11 Charles Brown Without a Friend
12 Charles Brown If You Play With Cats
13 Charles Brown I'm Just a Drifter
14 Charles Brown I Don't Want Your Ramblin' Letters
15 Charles Brown If You Don't Think I'm Crying
16 Charles Brown Lucky Dreamer
17 Charles Brown I Wanna Be Close
18 Charles Brown Too Fine for Crying
19 Charles Brown Come Home
20 Charles Brown Blow Out All the Candles
21 Charles Brown Regardless
22 Charles Brown Plan
23 Charles Brown Hang on a Little Longer
24 Charles Brown Black Night
25 Charles Brown Merry Christmas Baby
Charles Brown and His Band After tearing up the postwar R&B charts with their mellow,... more
"Charles Brown"

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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