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(2017/Jasmine) 24 Tracks - 1958-1962 -  For the uninitiated, Esquerita was a very... more

Esquerita: Wildcat Shakeout Revisited - Full Tilt Rock and Roll 1958-1962 (CD)

(2017/Jasmine) 24 Tracks - 1958-1962 - 

For the uninitiated, Esquerita was a very flamboyant, outrageous, gay black man - not a great thing to be in early '50s America. However, the first 20 tracks of this CD are some of the wildest, craziest and out of control rock and roll records ever made and truly must be heard.  

Esquerita is credited to teaching Little Richard to play piano, yet the insane and totally undisciplined sounds that you'll hear from your speakers as he attacks the piano like a man desperate to find the right chords makes Little Richard's recordings sound polite and refined.  

The frantic organ led instrumental of the old pop hit 'Green Door' became something of a jukebox smash across the southern states of America and the rest of the tracks on this set really should have been hits as well! So here then are the wildest rock and roll records ever made presented for your listening pleasure

Article properties: Esquerita: Wildcat Shakeout Revisited - Full Tilt Rock and Roll 1958-1962 (CD)

  • Interpret: Esquerita

  • Album titlle: Wildcat Shakeout Revisited - Full Tilt Rock and Roll 1958-1962 (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2017
  • Label Jasmine Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0604988098228

  • weight in Kg 0.11
Esquerita - Wildcat Shakeout Revisited - Full Tilt Rock and Roll 1958-1962 (CD) CD 1
01 Oh Baby Esquerita
02 Please Come Home Esquerita
03 Rockin' The Joint Esquerita
04 Esquerita & The Voola Esquerita
05 Sweet Skinny Jenny Paul Peek
06 The Rock-A-Round Paul Peek
07 Laid Off Esquerita
08 Just Another Lie Esquerita
09 Hey Miss Lucy Esquerita
10 Why Did It Take You So Long? Esquerita
11 She Left Me Crying Esquerita
12 Crazy Crazy Feeling Esquerita
13 Get Back Baby Esquerita
14 Hole In My Heart Esquerita
15 I'm Battie Over Hattie Esquerita
16 Baby, You Can Depend On Me Esquerita
17 Believe Me When I Say Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay Esquerita
18 I Need You Esquerita
19 Maybe Baby Esquerita
20 Gettin' Plenty Lovin' Esquerita
21 Green Door Eskew Reeder
22 I Waited Too Long Eskew Reeder
23 Never Again Eskew Reeder
24 We Had Love Eskew Reeder
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"Esquerita"

Esquerita

"Though Esquerita may be a footnote in Rock'n'Roll history, it's one written in shocking pink day-glo." (Rick' Coleman, Wavelength Magazine). It's a pretty well accepted rule of thumb in Rock'n’Roll circles that anything Esquerita cut alter his parade of manic Capitol records doesn't amount to a cheap rhinestone on the Voola's patented sunglasses. That's a diggable standard when you consider just what Esquerita did at Capitol, takin’ Little Richard's 'Slippin' And Slidin’' blowout and xing it to the 10th power ‘til the resultant records - 'Rockin' The Joint', 'Hole In My Heart', and especially 'Esquerita And The Voola' - all sounded like they were cut on Mars. In fact, New Orleans disc jockey and longtime Esquerita supporter Billy Delle called the 'Voola' 45 "raw jungle music" and said when you blasted it, "man, you had to look behind you to see if anybody was coming chucking spears at you!" Yes Sir, the rep that hangs on those Capitol platters is a valid one and it's no wonder that fans of flat out abandon accept no substitute. I've gathered up the marbles on the Esq’s life story twice before, in KICKS Magazine and on the VINTAGE VOOLA collection and there's no need to run it down again, but we should get some focus how these toons fall into the whole Esquerita rodeo.

We gotta first focus on Esquerita's departure/dumping from Capitol in ‘59. The keen eyes of Big Joe Turner spotted his atomic stage show and gave the Voola a second shot at blastin' off, this time in New Orleans. For the next couple of years, the lunacy never let up. Billy Delle recalls: "He used to play a place called 'The Baby Grand', but mostly at the 'Safari Room' with Irma (Thomas), (Ernie) K-Doe, (Benny) Spellman - all the Minit artists. Little Richard was more polished, I think, than Esquerita. Esquerita had that raw energy, but he catered more to the crowd, something like Snooks Eaglin. And the more the audience started cheering him on and egging him on, the wilder that son of a gun got. He had the high pomaded hair, almost like straight up with a little wave. He had all kinds of wild sunglasses, wild clothes, baggy pants. He used to like to play that plink-plink type of sound, the real high keys more than anything else. When you'd say you were going to see Esquerita there would be a lot of people who would want to go, because they knew they were in for a show. The parking lot at the old 'Safari Room' used to be packed, boy." It woulda sewed us Rock'n'Roll fans well if that raw energy Delle talked about made itself well on vinyl again, but from Esquerita's first post-Capitol side, 'Green Door' on Minit, the results were alarmingly tame. Despite the \/oola's outwardly wild, almost insane personality, his ‘60s records belie the true Esquerita craziness.

Still, wherever the action was, he seemed to always get a toot in the door. An early Joe Jones sponsored Detroit jam session for Berry Gordy saw the Voola along with the crescent city's finest talent light the torch that’d keep the charts at lame for years with Motown hits. "That's when the Gordy sound changed", claimed Esq. "They were nowhere near our sound, that funky boomin' stuff we brought up from New Orleans. After they heard us...“ Gordy gave the tapes to their writers and said, "THIS is the sound for Motown!" Unrewarded in this, as with most of his ‘60s ventures, Esquerita's premier meal ticket came from patting around with the guy he both greatly inspired and liberally swiped from. Little Richard and the Voola's stamp was pounded onto the Georgia Peach’s Brunswick, Okeh and Reprise sides. Through all of these behind the scenes shenanigans, the Voola label-hopped, tryin’ to get somethin’ goin’ tor himself. Ok, now the selections on this disc come from a totally unissued 1965 session cut under the guiding hand of former Atlantic records bigwig Herb Abramson. Esquerita, as always, traveled first class across the ivories, and Abramson landed a bonus in the fact that the Voola’s ready-to-go- any-sec voice was in full bodied form. The finished complete band tapes would have been hoisted up the flagpole by Triumph Records under the savory banner of Esquerita & The Morticians, but nothing got beyond the stage of Esq. bangin' 'n‘ howlin' with occasional background warbling and some now-and-then percussion.

It's a shame there’s no small combo blastin' behind the Voola, ‘cause pumped up by some of his New Orleans pals, a couple of these sides like 'Sock If To Me, Baby', 'Wig Wearin’Baby', and the toon that'd ultimately see wax, by both Esquerita and Little Richard, 'Dew Drop Inn', would have no doubt been his coolest records of the decade. On some of the sides, Esquerita drifts a tad farther into 'Porgy And Bess' territory than what you and I'd regularly toss on the family hi fi and if the eclectic mish mash of styles seems kinda weird, you gotta realize Esquerita's personal taste ain't too easy to pigeon hole. See, when he first kicked off his career the Voola was singin' high voiced opera", while on the other bejewelled hand, he banged out intense piano with gospel great Joe May“. He professed a deep diggin' for Country & Western music but was equally gassed by corny show toons. Buddy Holly was a left field fave tho warbler Nina Simone wowed the Voola, too. And, bizarre as it may seem, the Esq. once told yours truly he couldn't get enuff of the Beach Boys but wouldn't listen to Frank Sinatra squawk if you paid him! So, you can reckon whatever kinda music this stuff is, it's comin’ from a whole lotta distant directions and no doubt that’s what drew Herb Abramson aboard Esquerita’s rocket. Now me, I would hands down, eight days a week, no questions asked take Esquerila’s interplanetary Capitol "raw jungle music" over anything he's tossed out since, but I figger, hey, if yer an Esquerita fan, you might wanna consider bendin' the great Non-Capitol-1st-decree and give this hooey a rassle. The Voola may not be blastin’ us quite to Mars on this flight, but pop on a sec of 'Sock It To Me, Baby' and dig why Esquerita will forever be outta this world! - Billy Miller, Kicks Magazine, June 1989 - Big thanks to Flick Coleman / Wavelength Magazine

 

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Tracklist
Esquerita - Wildcat Shakeout Revisited - Full Tilt Rock and Roll 1958-1962 (CD) CD 1
01 Oh Baby
02 Please Come Home
03 Rockin' The Joint
04 Esquerita & The Voola
05 Sweet Skinny Jenny
06 The Rock-A-Round
07 Laid Off
08 Just Another Lie
09 Hey Miss Lucy
10 Why Did It Take You So Long?
11 She Left Me Crying
12 Crazy Crazy Feeling
13 Get Back Baby
14 Hole In My Heart
15 I'm Battie Over Hattie
16 Baby, You Can Depend On Me
17 Believe Me When I Say Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay
18 I Need You
19 Maybe Baby
20 Gettin' Plenty Lovin'
21 Green Door
22 I Waited Too Long
23 Never Again
24 We Had Love