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3-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 24-page book, 77 tracks. Playing time approx. 199 mns. King... more

King Curtis: Capitol Years 1962-1965 (3-CD)

3-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 24-page book, 77 tracks. Playing time approx. 199 mns.

King Curtis was THE R&B sax player in the late '50s and early '60s. They'd cancel sessions if they couldn't get him. He made some highly regarded solo recordings too, and the rarest have always been the Capitol sides from the early '60s. There were some big hits, like Soul Twist and the classic Soul Serenade, and they're here of course, together with all the other singles, the four original LPs, and 16 previously unissued cuts. The roots of his justly acclaimed Atlantic LPs can be heard in songs like Memphis, Watermelon Man, Night Train, Something You Got, and in his Sam Cooke tributes.

Article properties: King Curtis: Capitol Years 1962-1965 (3-CD)

  • Interpret: King Curtis

  • Album titlle: Capitol Years 1962-1965 (3-CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code CI
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127156709

  • weight in Kg 1.2
Curtis, King - Capitol Years 1962-1965 (3-CD) Box set 1
01 Beach Party
02 Beautiful Brown Eyes
03 Your Cheatin' Heart
04 Tennessee Waltz
05 Wagon Wheels
06 High Noon
07 Anytime
08 Home On The Range
09 Night Train To Memphis
10 I'm Movin' On
11 Raunchy
12 Tumbling Tumbleweeds
13 Walking The Floor Over You
14 Slow Drag
15 New Dance
16 Frisky
17 Alexander's Ragtime Band
18 Amorosa (Bossa Nova)
19 Strollin' Home
20 Mess Around
21 Sukiyaki
22 Summer Dream
23 Do The Monkey
24 Feel All Right
25 New Dance
26 Turn 'Em On (mono)
Curtis, King - Capitol Years 1962-1965 (3-CD) Box set 2
01 Theme from 'Lillies Of The Field'(part 2)
02 Theme from 'Lillies Of The Field'(part 1)
03 Soul Serenade
04 Honky Tonk
05 Watermelon Man
06 Memphis
07 Soul Twist
08 Night Train
09 Tequila
10 Wiggle Wobble
11 One Mint Julep
12 Can't Sit Down
13 The Swingin' Shepherd Blues
14 My Last Date
15 Hide Away
16 Harlem Nocturne
17 Java
18 Stranger On The Shore
19 Summer Dream
20 Melancholy Serenade
21 Tanya
22 Hung Over
23 Soul Twine (Chuck) (stereo)
24 Hung Over
25 Soul Twine (Chuck) (mono)
26 More Soul
Curtis, King - Capitol Years 1962-1965 (3-CD) Box set 3
01 Sister Sadie
02 Something You've Got
03 Take These Chains From My Heart
04 Let It Be Me
05 Hung Over (re-make)
06 Misty (re-make)
07 Bill Bailey
08 Peter Gunn
09 Shake
10 Tennessee Waltz
11 Ain't That Good News
12 Twistin' The Night Away
13 Good Times
14 Send Me Some Lovin'
15 Bring It On Home To Me
16 A Change Is Gonna Come
17 You Send Me
18 Cupid
19 Having A Party
20 Chain Gang
21 The Prance
22 Something You've Got (overdub)
23 Moon River
King Curtis & The Noble Knights " Play that one called 'Soul Twist,'” sings... more
"King Curtis"

King Curtis

& The Noble Knights

"Play that one called 'Soul Twist,'” sings Sam Cooke in Having A Party, underscoring the fact that this was a pretty big hit in 1962: #1 R&B and #17 pop. It was also the first record on Bobby Robinson's Enjoy label (the label on which Robinson claims to have released the first rap record by Grandmaster Flash, although this is the subject of dispute). Robinson was an African American entrepreneur who'd signed Gladys Knight, Lee Dorsey, Wilbert Harrison, and many others to his multitude of labels, including Fire and Fury. Enjoy Records was an imprint he started in 1962 with his brother, Danny, who co-produced this record.

King Curtis (Curtis Ousley) was born in Fort Worth on February 7, 1934, and was ten when he heard the sound that would change his life. "It was Louis Jordan," he told Mike Hennessey in 1971.  "I heard him on the radio, and I told my mother that I wanted to play that instrument more than anything." Asked when he took up the sax, Curtis said May 12, 1945. Very soon, he developed his trademark staccato phrasing and was making $240 a week in the clubs—more than the principal at the school he was supposed to be attending. "I liked Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon, Lester Young, and Sonny Stitt," Curtis said. "I also dug Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins for ballads, (Stan) Getz for facility, Charlie Parker for technique.” By the time Curtis went to New York to visit an uncle in 1952, he could play pretty, he could play tough, he could play jazz, and he could play R&B. He hired on with a package show and made his first recordings with Bob Kent in 1952 for a Prestige Records subsidiary. Soon after, he went back to Fort Worth to take up a music scholarship. Then Lionel Hampton came through town looking for a sax player.

Hamp disbanded in New York, and Curtis stayed. It wasn't long before he was called for session work. "I saw that the music was dividing,"  he told Mike Hennessey, "and I had the commercial business sense to realize that way-out jazz wasn't getting to the public."  The first contractor to use Curtis regularly was Jesse Stone, who A&R'd sessions for Groove and Atlantic. "Around 1956, Sam 'The Man' Taylor and myself were doing all the tenor work," said Curtis. "He really initiated the style, and I learned a lot from him when we both played in the Alan Freed band. I was doing around sixteen record dates a week, and getting $41.25 for a three-hour session, but I could see if I kept on that way I'd burn myself out, so I made my minimum session price one hundred dollars, and still the work kept coming in, so I cut down to eight sessions a week." Most nights, Curtis played after hours at Small's Paradise. He made a few recordings under his own name, none of which amounted to anything. Most of his tunes were grooves or shouts, but he wrote (and played on) Buddy Holly's Reminiscing and later co-wrote Soul Serenade, which has an almost Ellingtonian lyricism.

Talking to Art Turco, Bobby Robinson remembered going to see Curtis at Small's Paradise. "I found out why he had never had a hit," he said. "What was wrong was that he was doing too much honking. Every record he would blow from beginning to end. I said, 'Listen, we're going to open this one with the guitar.' He had a fit." And so Soul Twist featured Billy Butler (the guitarist on Honky Tonk) and organist Paul Griffin, and after playing on more hits than he could count, King Curtis finally had a #1 R&B hit with his own name on it.

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Tracklist
Curtis, King - Capitol Years 1962-1965 (3-CD) Box set 1
01 Beach Party
02 Beautiful Brown Eyes
03 Your Cheatin' Heart
04 Tennessee Waltz
05 Wagon Wheels
06 High Noon
07 Anytime
08 Home On The Range
09 Night Train To Memphis
10 I'm Movin' On
11 Raunchy
12 Tumbling Tumbleweeds
13 Walking The Floor Over You
14 Slow Drag
15 New Dance
16 Frisky
17 Alexander's Ragtime Band
18 Amorosa (Bossa Nova)
19 Strollin' Home
20 Mess Around
21 Sukiyaki
22 Summer Dream
23 Do The Monkey
24 Feel All Right
25 New Dance
26 Turn 'Em On (mono)
Curtis, King - Capitol Years 1962-1965 (3-CD) Box set 2
01 Theme from 'Lillies Of The Field'(part 2)
02 Theme from 'Lillies Of The Field'(part 1)
03 Soul Serenade
04 Honky Tonk
05 Watermelon Man
06 Memphis
07 Soul Twist
08 Night Train
09 Tequila
10 Wiggle Wobble
11 One Mint Julep
12 Can't Sit Down
13 The Swingin' Shepherd Blues
14 My Last Date
15 Hide Away
16 Harlem Nocturne
17 Java
18 Stranger On The Shore
19 Summer Dream
20 Melancholy Serenade
21 Tanya
22 Hung Over
23 Soul Twine (Chuck) (stereo)
24 Hung Over
25 Soul Twine (Chuck) (mono)
26 More Soul
Curtis, King - Capitol Years 1962-1965 (3-CD) Box set 3
01 Sister Sadie
02 Something You've Got
03 Take These Chains From My Heart
04 Let It Be Me
05 Hung Over (re-make)
06 Misty (re-make)
07 Bill Bailey
08 Peter Gunn
09 Shake
10 Tennessee Waltz
11 Ain't That Good News
12 Twistin' The Night Away
13 Good Times
14 Send Me Some Lovin'
15 Bring It On Home To Me
16 A Change Is Gonna Come
17 You Send Me
18 Cupid
19 Having A Party
20 Chain Gang
21 The Prance
22 Something You've Got (overdub)
23 Moon River