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(2015/Soul Jam) 29 Two albums from 1958 and 1961, on one CD. 24 bit digitally remastered,...more

Snooks Eaglin: New Orleans Street Singer + That's All Right (CD)

(2015/Soul Jam) 29
Two albums from 1958 and 1961, on one CD. 24 bit digitally remastered, detailed 16-page booklet.

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  • Interpret: Snooks Eaglin

  • Album titlle: New Orleans Street Singer + That's All Right (CD)

  • Genre Blues

  • Label SOUL JAM

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 8436542019705

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Eaglin, Snooks - New Orleans Street Singer + That's All Right (CD) CD 1
01Careless LoveSnooks Eaglin
02Come Back, BabySnooks Eaglin
03High SocietySnooks Eaglin
04Let Me Go Home, WhiskeySnooks Eaglin
05Trouble In MindSnooks Eaglin
06Saint James InfirmarySnooks Eaglin
07I Got My QuestionnaireSnooks Eaglin
08The Drifter BluesSnooks Eaglin
09Rock Island LineSnooks Eaglin
10Every Day I Have The BluesSnooks Eaglin
11Sophisticated BluesSnooks Eaglin
12See See RiderSnooks Eaglin
13One Scotch, One Bourbon, One BeerSnooks Eaglin
14A Thousand Miles Away From HomeSnooks Eaglin
15I`m Looking For A WomanSnooks Eaglin
16Look Down That Lonesome RoadSnooks Eaglin
17Mama Don`t You Tear My ClothesSnooks Eaglin
18Mailman PassedSnooks Eaglin
19I`m A Country BoySnooks Eaglin
20I Got A WomanSnooks Eaglin
21AlbertaSnooks Eaglin
22Brown Skinned WomanSnooks Eaglin
23Don`t You Lie To MeSnooks Eaglin
24That`s All RightSnooks Eaglin
25Well I Had My Fu (Goin` Down Slow)Snooks Eaglin
26Bottle Up And GoSnooks Eaglin
27The Walkin` BluesSnooks Eaglin
28One More DrinkSnooks Eaglin
29Fly Right BabySnooks Eaglin
Snooks Eaglin When then-unknown guitar virtuoso Snooks Eaglin was presented on wax in 1959, it... more
"Snooks Eaglin"

Snooks Eaglin

When then-unknown guitar virtuoso Snooks Eaglin was presented on wax in 1959, it was as an acoustic folk-blues troubadour on the Folkways label. Producer Dr. Harry Oster had encountered the blind guitarist playing for some extra coin on the streets of New Orleans, unaware that Snooks was usually fully plugged-in and specialized in rocking Crescent City R&B. That's largely how he was recorded after his debut; Snooks' astonishing versatility and dexterity never ceased to amaze.

Born Fird Eaglin, Jr. in the Big Easy on January 21, 1937, he lost his sight as a toddler from glaucoma and a brain tumor. That didn't stop him from picking up a guitar at age six. Eaglin's mischievous ways earned him his nickname after Fanny Brice's radio character ‘Baby Snooks.' In his early teens, he co-founded a popular young R&B combo, the Flamingos, with pianist Allen Toussaint. Already his chops were mind-boggling.

"He could play like that when he was seven! I heard him on a talent show when he was a little boy,"marvels Toussaint."They called him Baby Snooks at that time. I heard all that guitar, and I thought it must have been a freak show or something, ‘cause children can't play like that!"

Eaglin played behind James ‘Sugar Boy' Crawford on his 1953-54 Checker sides. He developed an emotionally charged vocal delivery enabling him to bill himself around town as ‘L'il Ray Charles.' Such chicanery was no longer necessary after Snooks cut a series of R&B singles for Imperial Records producer Dave Bartholomew in 1960.

There were a lot of lean years preceding Eaglin joining the roster of Hammond Scott's Black Top Records in 1986. His first two albums for the firm, ‘Baby, You Can Get Your Gun!' and ‘Out Of Nowhere,' were spectacular tributes to the classic New Orleans R&B sound, and 'Teasin' You,' cut in October/November 1991 at the same Ultrasonic Studios as Robert Ward's above track with Porter, Berfect, and Kazanoff returning as sidemen alongside drummer Herman V. Ernest, III and veteran Houston tenor saxist Grady Gaines, was if anything even more exciting.

Red Beans capped off ‘Teasin' You' in blistering fashion. Credited to Muddy Waters—hardly a Crescent City denizen—it's associated with Snooks' old cohort, pianist Roy ‘Professor Longhair' Byrd. Eaglin unleashes one storming solo after another, leaving space for Berfect and Gaines to have a say before he sails back in, his picking melding rapid-fire lead and occasional rhythm parts into a seamless whole. Snooks' repertoire of obscure blues and R&B songs was so vast (he was hailed as a "human jukebox") that it sometimes left his sidemen scrambling.

"He pulls songs out on me every time I play,"said Porter prior to Eaglin's passing."At the Jazz Festival, I had a set list for the horn section to follow. Snooks played about three songs that wasn't on the list. I said, 'Snooks, you didn't follow the list!' And he said, 'I couldn't see it!'"

Conversant with funk, calypso, or anything else that struck his fancy, Snooks could do it all until his February 18, 2009 death of a heart attack in New Orleans.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Eaglin, Snooks - New Orleans Street Singer + That's All Right (CD) CD 1
01 Careless Love
02 Come Back, Baby
03 High Society
04 Let Me Go Home, Whiskey
05 Trouble In Mind
06 Saint James Infirmary
07 I Got My Questionnaire
08 The Drifter Blues
09 Rock Island Line
10 Every Day I Have The Blues
11 Sophisticated Blues
12 See See Rider
13 One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
14 A Thousand Miles Away From Home
15 I`m Looking For A Woman
16 Look Down That Lonesome Road
17 Mama Don`t You Tear My Clothes
18 Mailman Passed
19 I`m A Country Boy
20 I Got A Woman
21 Alberta
22 Brown Skinned Woman
23 Don`t You Lie To Me
24 That`s All Right
25 Well I Had My Fu (Goin` Down Slow)
26 Bottle Up And Go
27 The Walkin` Blues
28 One More Drink
29 Fly Right Baby