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Slim Harpo: Buzz Me Babe - Excello Sides 1957-1961 (LP, 180g, Ltd.)

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A couple of years after The Rolling Stones cut their eponymous first album in 1964, which was chock full of covers of blues and R&B staples by black artists. Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone magazine: "You could say that we did blues to turn people on, but why they would be turned on by us is unbelievably stupid. I mean what's the point in listening to us doing 'I'm a King Bee' when you can hear Slim Harpo do it?" Slim Harpo was an outstanding harmonica player and masterful songwriter (with a highly developed understanding of song structure). as well as a fine guitarist. 

He created a slightly nasal vocal delivery that helped give him a highly personal sound. Born in Louisiana in 1924 as James Moore, he initially worked under the moniker of Harmonica Slim, but changed it again to Slim Harpo after signing to the Nashville-based Excello label in 1957. Steeped in the thick rhythms of the swamp, Harpo was equally comfortable with the rolling ROB of the Big Easy. Just a shade behind Lightnin Slim in local popularity, he played both guitar and neck-rack harmonica in a more down-home approximation of Jimmy Reed. with a few discernible, and distinctive differences. 

Harpo's music was certainly more laid-back than Reed s, and Slim was more versatile than Jimmy Reed or most other bluesmen. His material not only made the national charts, but also proved to be quite adaptable for white artists on both sides of the Atlantic. Among the groups that covered his songs are: The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Kinks, Dave Edmunds with Love Sculpture, Van Morrison with Them. Warren Smith, Hank Williams, Jr. and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. A people pleasing club entertainer, Slim Harpo certainly wasn't above working rock & roll rhythms into his music. along with hard-stressed, country & western vocal inflections. 

Harpo's songs show a fine hand for song construction, appearing to have arrived at the studio nearly fully formed. His harmonica playing was driving and straightforward. full of surprising melodicism, while his vocals were perhaps best described by writer Peter Guralnick as "if a black country & western singer or a white R&B singer were attempting to impersonate a member of the opposite genre." And here perhaps was Harpo , true genius. and what has allowed his music to have a wider currency. By the time his first single ("I'm a King Bee") became a Southern jukebox favorite. his songs were being adapted and played by countless white musicians. 

Here was good-time Saturday night blues that could be sung by elements of the rock persuasion with a straight face. Nothing resembling the emotional investment of a Nowlin' Wolf or a Muddy Waters was required: it all came natural and easy. and its influence has stood the test of time. Numerous sidemen backed Harpo in the studio and on tour during his career, but his favorite lineups featured guitarists Rudy Richard and James Johnson, bassist T.C. Kitchen and drummer Sammy K. Brown. Slim Harpo may not be a household name among rock & roll fans, but he should be. The blues singer. who died in 1970 after having some moderate success during his 15-year recording career, stands as an important precursor to the white blues movement that was a dominant strain of rock & roll in the 1960s.  

This collector's LP vinyl limited edition contains I 19 studio tracks, consisting of a large selection of the sensational recordings Slim Harpo made for the legendary Excello label, produced by Jay Miller between 1957 and late 1960. Featured here are plenty of slow. mid-tempo bluesy sometimes rocking R&B tunes. rounding off with a couple of harp-led instrumentals from Harpo's debut LP Rainin' in My Heart (1961) - "Moody Blues" and "Snoopin' Around." The set covers a bunch of Slim's commercially released Excello 45's until 1961. including Harpo's most celebrated and enduring singles, such as "Raining in My Heart." a crooner tune which became Harpo's biggest smash (it hit number 34 on the pop charts in 1961. and number 17 on the R&B chart), plus original versions of songs that went on to be covered by British bands of the Sixties. The Rolling Stones revisited the down-and-dirty swamp blues "I'm a King Bee" and made it famous, while The Yardbirds and The Kinks did "I Got Love if You Want It," and Van Morrison's Them recorded "Don't Start Cryin. Now.' 

These fabulous songs are laced here with obscure numbers. including some tracks that didn't see the light of day until years later on a couple of Flyright LPs. like "Cigarettes." "One of These Days." "Strange Love" and "That Ain't Your Business." In addition, as bonus track, this collection also contains the catchy song "Something Inside Me," recorded in New Orleans on June 27, 1961 for the Imperial label, and produced by Dave Bartholomew. This set offers listeners the opportunity to enjoy many of the finest tunes by one of the blues genre's most important yet unsung heroes. 

Gary Blailock

Article properties: Slim Harpo: Buzz Me Babe - Excello Sides 1957-1961 (LP, 180g, Ltd.)

  • Interpret: Slim Harpo

  • Album titlle: Buzz Me Babe - Excello Sides 1957-1961 (LP, 180g, Ltd.)

  • Genre Blues

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Year of publication 2018
  • Artikelart LP

  • Label Wax Time Records

  • EAN: 8436559464215

  • weight in Kg 0.275
Harpo, Slim - Buzz Me Babe - Excello Sides 1957-1961 (LP, 180g, Ltd.) LP 1
01 Buzz Me Babe
02 Bobby-Sox Baby
03 Don't Cryin' Now
04 I'm A King Bee
05 Cigarettes
06 I Got Love If You Want It
07 Rainin' In My Heart
08 That Ain't Your Business
09 Wondering And Worryin'
10 You'll Be Sorry One Day
11 Strange Love
12 Snoopin' Around
13 Wild About My Baby
14 One Of These Days
15 Moody Blues
16 Things Gonna Change
17 Dream Girl
18 My Home Is A Prison
19 Something Inside Me (Bonus Track)
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"Slim Harpo"

Slim Harpo

Whether it was another of Crowley, Louisiana swamp blues producer J.D. Miller’s brainstorms or the inspiration of the harpist’s wife (reports vary), James Moore was rechristened Slim Harpo at his first session as a leader in March of ’57 after being informed that his previous stage name, Harmonica Slim, was already spoken for. Miller didn’t have to search very hard to discover Moore, born January 11, 1924 in Lobdell, Louisiana near Baton Rouge. He was a sideman for the producer’s first important blues discovery, guitarist Lightnin’ Slim, and had recorded with him in Crowley as far back as the autumn of 1955.

 "He was Lightnin's harmonica blower," said the late Miller. "I had no idea that he wanted to make records. He had Lightnin' come and ask me if I'd record him. Well, I hadn't heard him sing, so I told Lightnin', ‘I'll listen after we get through the session.’ I did, and it sounded pretty bad. So I told Lightnin', 'I don't believe I can use him. He's not too good a singer.' He said, 'Mr. Miller, I sure wish you would, because he might quit me if you don't.’ So I said, 'Well, we'll give him another try.'"

Miller had a novel idea that would serve the harpist well. "I instructed him to sing nasal," he said. "I'd never thought of that before. I asked him to sing nasal, and he didn't know what that meant. So I got in the studio, 'Sing through your nose, partially.' And that was really unique."

Slim was backed that day by guitarist Guitar Gable, Gabriel ‘Fats’ Perrodin (Gable’s brother) on bass guitar, and drummer Clarence ‘Jockey’ Etienne. He came up with a classic his very first time out: The strutting I’m A King Bee incorporated the nasal gimmick perfectly, while Slim’s amplified harp work stuck close to the distinctive melody and Gable’s stinging guitar answered in all the right places. 

Although it didn’t pierce the R&B charts after Miller shipped it up to Ernie Young’s Nashville-based Excello Records for release, I’m A King Bee found its way over to England in time for the Rolling Stones to include it on their debut album. Slim’s catchy flip side I’ve Got Love If You Want It  attracted immediate cover action when Warren Smith turned in a vicious rockabilly rendition on Sun.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Slim Harpo

Baby Scratch My Back

Slim Harpo

Baby Scratch My Back

 

There was still room at the top of the R&B hit parade for a savory slice of lowdown blues when the groove was as funky as the one powering Baton Rouge harpist Slim Harpo's bayou-bred Baby Scratch My Back.  J.D. Miller, the Crowley, Louisiana producer who did as much as anyone to record the region's swamp bluesmen, had unearthed Slim—born James Moore—through his top act, guitarist Lightnin' Slim.

"He was Lightnin's harmonica blower,” said the late Miller. "I had no idea that he wanted to make records. He had Lightnin' come and ask me if I'd record him. Well, I hadn't heard him sing, so I told Lightnin', 'I'll listen after we get through the session.' I did, and it sounded pretty bad. So I told Lightnin', 'I don't believe I can use him. He's not too good a singer.' He said, 'Mr. Miller, I sure wish you would, because he might quit me if you don't.' So I said, 'Well, we'll give him another try.'” Miller liked Moore (then calling himself Harmonica Slim) better after he dreamed up a vocal gimmick for him. "I instructed him to sing nasal. I'd never thought of that before. I asked him to sing nasal, and he didn't know what that meant,” said Miller. "So I got in the studio: 'Sing through your nose, partially.' And that was really unique.”

The gimmick clicked on the harpist's 1957 debut single I'm A King Bee, which Miller sold to Ernie Young's Nashville-based Excello Records. Both Miller and Moore's wife have been credited with dreaming up his stage name, which appeared on a series of splendidly laconic Excello singles, including the swamp pop charmer Rainin' In My Heart, enough of a 1961 pop crossover item to actually get Harpo a lip-synch shot on 'American Bandstand'!

A disagreement with Miller shelved Slim for awhile, but he triumphantly returned to the hit parade in 1966 with Baby Scratch My Back, Miller behind the glass once more in Crowley. The vibrato-laden chicken pickin' guitar (Rudolph Richard and James Johnson were the King Bees' longtime axemen) and some mean percussion cut through the heavy bayou air behind Slim's laidback drawl and full-bodied harp wails. This is blues to shake your hips by, as the title of Harpo's next Excello single implored. Recognizing a superior groove when he heard one, Otis Redding covered Baby Scratch My Back on his '66 Volt set 'The Soul Album.'

Slim Harpo stayed with Excello until he died on January 31, 1970 at age 46, although he broke with Miller shortly after Scratch My Back vaulted to number one R&B and #16 pop. Along the way, his supremely atmospheric swamp blues caught the ear of everyone from Sun rockabilly Warren Smith, who covered his first B-side, I've Got Love If You Want It, to the Rolling Stones, who revived King Bee on their debut LP.

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Harpo, Slim - Buzz Me Babe - Excello Sides 1957-1961 (LP, 180g, Ltd.) LP 1
01 Buzz Me Babe
02 Bobby-Sox Baby
03 Don't Cryin' Now
04 I'm A King Bee
05 Cigarettes
06 I Got Love If You Want It
07 Rainin' In My Heart
08 That Ain't Your Business
09 Wondering And Worryin'
10 You'll Be Sorry One Day
11 Strange Love
12 Snoopin' Around
13 Wild About My Baby
14 One Of These Days
15 Moody Blues
16 Things Gonna Change
17 Dream Girl
18 My Home Is A Prison
19 Something Inside Me (Bonus Track)