Slim Harpo: Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Box) - Blues Music Awards 2016
Bear Family's luxurious CD boxed set, Slim Harpo 'Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo', was honored with the 'Blues Music Award 2016' as 'Best Historical Album of the Year'. The award ceremony was part of the Blues Foundation's gala evening in the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee on the evening of May 5th. The award was presented to Bear Family Record, by Thomas Ruf (Ruf Records, Germany) and Andrew Galloway (Electro-Fi Records, Canada). Bear Family would like to express deepest thanks to Martin Hawkins, William Gambler and Johnny Pallazotto.
• The complete works of one of the masters of Louisiana 'swamp blues' and 'swamp pop.'
• Five CDs containing 142 tracks and a 104 page book with many rare photographs and illustrations.
• CDs 1 and 2 hold all Slim Harpo's Excello label 45s and original album tracks.
• CDs 3 and 4 have all the recordings unissued in Harpo's lifetime and all the alternative takes of issued songs.
• CD 5 features a live recording made in 1961, one of the very earliest to capture an original and important blues artist in their prime.
• There are four previously unissued live songs and one previously unknown song.
Slim Harpo made his impressive entrance into the world of blues recordings in 1957. Here was a man with an unforgettable name, a strong song – I'm A King Bee - and a finely-crafted minimalist style, at once familiar and novel. In 1961 Slim Harpo made a crossover entry into the American Rhythm 'n' Blues and Popular Music charts when Rainin' In My Heart became one of those barely-categorisable hits that just couldn't be ignored. Then came Baby, Scratch My Back, a soulful rhythmic number that led to tours with the rock elite.
The story of Slim Harpo and his music is among the most fascinating in all blues and Rhythm 'n' Blues. Harpo's music had timeless and mellow qualities that made his sound both authentic and accessible. By many benchmarks he was a success, and for periods in his life he was in the spotlight, yet little, really, is known of him beyond his fading circle of musicians, friends, and family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Born in 1924, he was among the last of the original down-home bluesmen, but also one of the first to register hits in the popular music charts.
Harpo lived, worked, and performed most of his life in Louisiana, but he was feted in the rock music circles of New York and Los Angeles when he did appear there in his last few years. Apparently an unassuming and calm man, he nevertheless developed a very polished and slick stage appearance. He died at the age of forty-five, leaving behind one of the most consistently good and coherent bodies of blues recordings.
Harpo made music that was 'pure' blues in a number of forms but also borrowed from and wandered into soul and country styles without losing face. It's easy to listen to, easy to love, but real. It has an underlying intensity that continues to make it appealing to generations of performers who have recorded Harpo's songs down the years.
Slim Harpo's songs were recorded in Crowley, Louisiana by pioneering record man J. D. Miller, among others, and issued on Nashville's Excello label. Down the years his songs have been covered by artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, the Grateful Dead and Hank Williams Jr. His sound and style is at the forefront of the music that became known as 'swamp blues' or 'swamp pop.'
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Album titlle: Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Box) - Blues Music Awards 2016
- Year of publication 2015
Label Bear Family Productions
- Price code EK
- Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
Artikelart Box set
- weight in Kg 2.3
|Harpo, Slim - Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Box) - Blues Music Awards 2016 Box set 1|
|01||I'm A King Bee|
|02||I Got Love If You Want It|
|03||Wondering And Worryin'|
|05||You'll Be Sorry One Day|
|06||One More Day|
|07||Buzz Me Babe|
|08||Late Last Night|
|09||What A Dream|
|11||Don't Cryin' Now|
|12||Rainin' In My Heart|
|13||Snoopin' Around (instrumental)|
|14||Bobby Sox Baby|
|16||My Home Is A Prison|
|17||Moody Blues (instrumental)|
|18||I Love The Life I'm Living|
|20||My Little Queen Bee (Got A Brand New King)|
|21||I Need Money (Keep Your Alibis)|
|22||We're Two Of A Kind|
|23||Still Rainin' In My Heart|
|24||What's Goin 'On Baby|
|25||Sittin' Here Wondering|
|27||Please Don't Turn Me Down|
|28||Baby Scratch My Back|
|29||I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil)|
|30||Shake Your Hips|
|32||I'm Your Breadmaker, Baby|
|33||Loving You (The Way I Do)|
|Harpo, Slim - Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Box) - Blues Music Awards 2016 Box set 2|
|01||Tip On In (Part 1)|
|02||Tip On In (Part 2)|
|03||I'm Gonna Keep What I've Got|
|04||I've Got To Be With You Tonight|
|08||I Just Can't Leave You|
|09||That's Why I Love You|
|10||Just For You|
|11||Folsom Prison Blues|
|13||I've Got My Finger On Your Trigger|
|14||The Price Is Too High|
|15||My Baby She's Got It|
|16||I'm So Sorry|
|17||I've Been A Good Thing For You|
|18||Hey Little Lee|
|20||Rainin' In My Heart (overdubbed)|
|21||Stick Your Chest Out Baby|
|22||The Music's Hot|
|23||You Can't Make It|
|24||The Hippy Song|
|27||Rock Me Baby|
|28||Baby Please Come Home|
|Harpo, Slim - Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Box) - Blues Music Awards 2016 Box set 3|
|01||One Of These Days|
|02||That Ain't Your Business|
|03||I'm A King Bee (alt)|
|04||This Ain't No Place For Me|
|05||I Got Love If You Want It (alt)|
|06||Things Gonna Change|
|07||Wondering And Worryin' (alt -1)|
|08||Strange Love (alt -1)|
|09||Wondering And Worryin' (alt -2)|
|10||One More Day (alt -1)|
|11||Late Last Night (alt -1)|
|13||One More Day (alt -2)|
|14||Bobby Sox Baby (alt)|
|15||Buzz Me Babe (alt)|
|16||Late Last Night (alt -2)|
|17||That Ain't Your Business|
|18||Things Gonna Change|
|19||Talking Blues (aka Blues Hangover)|
|21||You Ain't Never Had to Cry (aka Don't Cryin' Now)|
|22||That's Alright (You'll Be Sorry One Day)|
|23||That's Alright (alt)|
|24||Yeah Yeah Baby|
|25||Dream Girl (alt)|
|26||Don't Cryin' Now (alt)|
|27||Blues Hangover (alt)|
|Harpo, Slim - Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Box) - Blues Music Awards 2016 Box set 4|
|01||Moody Blues (instrumental) (alt)|
|02||Rainin' In My Heart (alt -1)|
|03||Rainin' In My Heart (alt -2)|
|04||Wild About My Baby|
|05||That's Alright Baby (Don't Cryin Now)|
|07||Something Inside Me|
|08||Still Rainin' In My Heart|
|09||A Man Is Crying|
|10||Tonite I'm Lonely|
|11||I Love The Life I'm Living (alt -1)|
|12||Buzzin' (instrumental) (alt)|
|13||I Love The Life I’m Living (alt -2)|
|14||My Little Queen Bee (alt)|
|15||Little Sally Walker|
|18||I'm Waiting On You Baby -1|
|19||We're Two Of A Kind (alt)|
|20||I'm Waiting On You Baby -2|
|21||You'll Never Find A Love (As True As Mine)|
|22||I Don’t Want No One (To Take You Away From Me) -1|
|23||Baby Scratch My Back (The Scratch) (alt)|
|24||I Don't Want No One (To Take You Away From Me) -2|
|25||Baby You Got What I Want|
|26||Your Love For Me Is Gone|
|27||I Gotta Stop Loving You|
|28||Stop Working Blues|
|29||I Just Can't Leave You|
|30||There's Nothing As Sweet As Making Up|
|Harpo, Slim - Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Box) - Blues Music Awards 2016 Box set 5|
|01||Star Time - Theme and Introduction|
|02||Hold Me Tenderly|
|03||Little Liza Jane -1|
|04||I’m A King Bee -1|
|06||I Got Love If You Want It -1|
|07||You Know I Love You|
|09||Everybody Needs Somebody|
|10||Big Boss Man|
|11||I'll Take Care Of You|
|13||Moody Blues (instrumental)|
|14||Sugar Coated Love|
|16||K Vocalist)||Matilda (U|
|17||K Vocalist)||Talk To Me Baby (U|
|18||Theme and Introduction (second set)||Star Time|
|19||I'm A King Bee -2|
|20||I Don't Play|
|21||I Got Love If You Want It -2|
|22||Little Liza Jane -2|
|23||When The Saints Go Marchin' In|
|24||Rainin' In My Heart|
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.
Baby Scratch My Back
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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