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(1996/Mercury Chronicles) 25 tracks, original 1952-1954 master reordings. Essential!  -... more

Georgia Gibbs: The Best Of Georgia Gibbs - The Mercury Years (CD)

(1996/Mercury Chronicles) 25 tracks, original 1952-1954 master reordings. Essential!
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Cut-Out CD with small drill-hole in barcode. New original stock copy (Bear Family Records)

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  • Interpret: Georgia Gibbs

  • Album titlle: The Best Of Georgia Gibbs - The Mercury Years (CD)

  • Label POLYGRAM

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 1996
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0731453287228

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Gibbs, Georgia - The Best Of Georgia Gibbs - The Mercury Years (CD) CD 1
01 Kiss Of Fire Georgia Gibbs
02 Tom's Tune Georgia Gibbs
03 While You Danced, Danced, Danced Georgia Gibbs
04 Cry Georgia Gibbs
05 So Madly In Love Georgia Gibbs
06 My Favorite Song Georgia Gibbs
07 Seven Lonely Days Georgia Gibbs
08 For Me, For Me Georgia Gibbs
09 The Bridge Of Signs Georgia Gibbs
10 Home Lovin' Man Georgia Gibbs
11 I Love Paris Georgia Gibbs
12 Autumn Leaves Georgia Gibbs
13 Somebody Bad Stole De Wedding Bell Georgia Gibbs
14 My Sin Georgia Gibbs
15 How Did He Look Georgia Gibbs
16 Wait For Me Darling Georgia Gibbs
17 It's The Talk Of The Town Georgia Gibbs
18 Tweedle Dee Georgia Gibbs
19 Dance With Me Henry Georgia Gibbs
20 Sweet And Gentle Georgia Gibbs
21 I Want You To Be My Baby Georgia Gibbs
22 Goodbye To Rome Georgia Gibbs
23 Kiss Me Another Georgia Gibbs
24 Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe Georgia Gibbs
25 Happiness Street Georgia Gibbs
Georgia Gibbs Great Balls Of Fire If you want to enjoy this record, the trick is not... more
"Georgia Gibbs"

Georgia Gibbs

Great Balls Of Fire

If you want to enjoy this record, the trick is not to think of it as a Jerry Lee Lewis cover record. I mean, who in their right mind would cover Jerry Lee, the ultimate stylist? Just pretend that this Jack Hammer/Otis Blackwell song had found its way to RCA Records in the Fall of 1957 and that whoever was handling A&R for the label said, “Let's give this one to Georgia!”

That changes things. Now suddenly she is creating an original that sounds like this. Some 60 years later might we be praising Georgia Gibbs and how she could rock? There are enough differences between this version and Jerry Lee's original for us to at least consider that thought. The solos here are strictly guitar work (nobody went near Jerry Lee's pounding piano). Billy Mure, a considerable talent, cut loose on the double-length guitar break. And it's worth keeping in mind that the session was produced by rock 'n' roll pioneers Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller.

 

Nevertheless, it's easy to criticize recordings like this. What are you going to say? Georgia's vocal is mannered and squeaky? Sure it is. You think she's on her own? You want mannered and squeaky? Go listen to Ruth Brown. Better yet, go listen to Buddy Holly if you want a few hiccups. This is what early rock 'n' roll sounded like.

So what are we worried about? Did kids whose tastes were emerging really walk into their neighborhood record stores and decide to buy Georgia's cover disc on RCA instead of Jerry Lee Lewis's Sun original, thereby warping their tastes in music forever? We know that didn't happen a lot. Well-worn copies of Georgia's cover version don't turn up at many yard sales these days. She died in 2006 at age 87, so she's not out there on the road or doing HBO specials singing Great Balls Of Fire. As of this writing, Jerry Lee Lewis still is. The choice between original and cover may have been a bit fuzzy back in 1957 but at this point history seems to have spoken. There's not much to worry about.

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Tracklist
Gibbs, Georgia - The Best Of Georgia Gibbs - The Mercury Years (CD) CD 1
01 Kiss Of Fire
02 Tom's Tune
03 While You Danced, Danced, Danced
04 Cry
05 So Madly In Love
06 My Favorite Song
07 Seven Lonely Days
08 For Me, For Me
09 The Bridge Of Signs
10 Home Lovin' Man
11 I Love Paris
12 Autumn Leaves
13 Somebody Bad Stole De Wedding Bell
14 My Sin
15 How Did He Look
16 Wait For Me Darling
17 It's The Talk Of The Town
18 Tweedle Dee
19 Dance With Me Henry
20 Sweet And Gentle
21 I Want You To Be My Baby
22 Goodbye To Rome
23 Kiss Me Another
24 Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
25 Happiness Street