Slim Harpo: Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) - 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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|Harpo, Slim - Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) - Blues Music Awards 2016 Box set 1|
|01||I'm A King Bee||Slim Harpo|| |
|02||I Got Love If You Want It||Slim Harpo|| |
|03||Wondering And Worryin'||Slim Harpo|| |
|04||Strange Love||Slim Harpo|| |
|05||You'll Be Sorry One Day||Slim Harpo|| |
|06||One More Day||Slim Harpo|| |
|07||Buzz Me Babe||Slim Harpo|| |
|08||Late Last Night||Slim Harpo|| |
|09||What A Dream||Slim Harpo|| |
|10||Blues Hangover||Slim Harpo|| |
|11||Don't Cryin' Now||Slim Harpo|| |
|12||Rainin' In My Heart||Slim Harpo|| |
|13||Snoopin' Around (instrumental)||Slim Harpo|| |
|14||Bobby Sox Baby||Slim Harpo|| |
|15||Dream Girl||Slim Harpo|| |
|16||My Home Is A Prison||Slim Harpo|| |
|17||Moody Blues (instrumental)||Slim Harpo|| |
|18||I Love The Life I'm Living||Slim Harpo|| |
|19||Buzzin' (instrumental)||Slim Harpo|| |
|20||My Little Queen Bee (Got A Brand New King)||Slim Harpo|| |
|21||I Need Money (Keep Your Alibis)||Slim Harpo|| |
|22||We're Two Of A Kind||Slim Harpo|| |
|23||Still Rainin' In My Heart||Slim Harpo|| |
|24||What's Goin 'On Baby||Slim Harpo|| |
|25||Sittin' Here Wondering||Slim Harpo|| |
|26||Harpo's Blues||Slim Harpo|| |
|27||Please Don't Turn Me Down||Slim Harpo|| |
|28||Baby Scratch My Back||Slim Harpo|| |
|29||I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil)||Slim Harpo|| |
|30||Shake Your Hips||Slim Harpo|| |
|31||Midnight Blues||Slim Harpo|| |
|32||I'm Your Breadmaker, Baby||Slim Harpo|| |
|33||Loving You (The Way I Do)||Slim Harpo|| |
|Harpo, Slim - Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) - Blues Music Awards 2016 Box set 2|
|01||Tip On In (Part 1)||Slim Harpo|| |
|02||Tip On In (Part 2)||Slim Harpo|| |
|03||I'm Gonna Keep What I've Got||Slim Harpo|| |
|04||I've Got To Be With You Tonight||Slim Harpo|| |
|05||Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu||Slim Harpo|| |
|06||Mailbox Blues||Slim Harpo|| |
|07||Mohair Sam||Slim Harpo|| |
|08||I Just Can't Leave You||Slim Harpo|| |
|09||That's Why I Love You||Slim Harpo|| |
|10||Just For You||Slim Harpo|| |
|11||Folsom Prison Blues||Slim Harpo|| |
|12||Mutual Friend||Slim Harpo|| |
|13||I've Got My Finger On Your Trigger||Slim Harpo|| |
|14||The Price Is Too High||Slim Harpo|| |
|15||My Baby She's Got It||Slim Harpo|| |
|16||I'm So Sorry||Slim Harpo|| |
|17||I've Been A Good Thing For You||Slim Harpo|| |
|18||Hey Little Lee||Slim Harpo|| |
|19||Jody Man||Slim Harpo|| |
|20||Rainin' In My Heart (overdubbed)||Slim Harpo|| |
|21||Stick Your Chest Out Baby||Slim Harpo|| |
|22||The Music's Hot||Slim Harpo|| |
|23||You Can't Make It||Slim Harpo|| |
|24||The Hippy Song||Slim Harpo|| |
|25||Dynamite||Slim Harpo|| |
|26||Boogie Chillun||Slim Harpo|| |
|27||Rock Me Baby||Slim Harpo|| |
|28||Baby Please Come Home||Slim Harpo|| |
|Harpo, Slim - Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) - Blues Music Awards 2016 Box set 3|
|01||One Of These Days||Slim Harpo|| |
|02||That Ain't Your Business||Slim Harpo|| |
|03||I'm A King Bee (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|04||This Ain't No Place For Me||Slim Harpo|| |
|05||I Got Love If You Want It (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|06||Things Gonna Change||Slim Harpo|| |
|07||Wondering And Worryin' (alt -1)||Slim Harpo|| |
|08||Strange Love (alt -1)||Slim Harpo|| |
|09||Wondering And Worryin' (alt -2)||Slim Harpo|| |
|10||One More Day (alt -1)||Slim Harpo|| |
|11||Late Last Night (alt -1)||Slim Harpo|| |
|12||Cigarettes||Slim Harpo|| |
|13||One More Day (alt -2)||Slim Harpo|| |
|14||Bobby Sox Baby (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|15||Buzz Me Babe (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|16||Late Last Night (alt -2)||Slim Harpo|| |
|17||That Ain't Your Business||Slim Harpo|| |
|18||Things Gonna Change||Slim Harpo|| |
|19||Talking Blues (aka Blues Hangover)||Slim Harpo|| |
|20||What's Goin'On||Slim Harpo|| |
|21||You Ain't Never Had to Cry (aka Don't Cryin' Now)||Slim Harpo|| |
|22||That's Alright (You'll Be Sorry One Day)||Slim Harpo|| |
|23||That's Alright (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|24||Yeah Yeah Baby||Slim Harpo|| |
|25||Dream Girl (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|26||Don't Cryin' Now (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|27||Blues Hangover (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|Harpo, Slim - Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) - Blues Music Awards 2016 Box set 4|
|01||Moody Blues (instrumental) (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|02||Rainin' In My Heart (alt -1)||Slim Harpo|| |
|03||Rainin' In My Heart (alt -2)||Slim Harpo|| |
|04||Wild About My Baby||Slim Harpo|| |
|05||That's Alright Baby (Don't Cryin Now)||Slim Harpo|| |
|06||Lover's Confession||Slim Harpo|| |
|07||Something Inside Me||Slim Harpo|| |
|08||Still Rainin' In My Heart||Slim Harpo|| |
|09||A Man Is Crying||Slim Harpo|| |
|10||Tonite I'm Lonely||Slim Harpo|| |
|11||I Love The Life I'm Living (alt -1)||Slim Harpo|| |
|12||Buzzin' (instrumental) (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|13||I Love The Life I’m Living (alt -2)||Slim Harpo|| |
|14||My Little Queen Bee (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|15||Little Sally Walker||Slim Harpo|| |
|16||Boogie Chillun||Slim Harpo|| |
|17||Blueberry Hill||Slim Harpo|| |
|18||I'm Waiting On You Baby -1||Slim Harpo|| |
|19||We're Two Of A Kind (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|20||I'm Waiting On You Baby -2||Slim Harpo|| |
|21||You'll Never Find A Love (As True As Mine)||Slim Harpo|| |
|22||I Don’t Want No One (To Take You Away From Me) -1||Slim Harpo|| |
|23||Baby Scratch My Back (The Scratch) (alt)||Slim Harpo|| |
|24||I Don't Want No One (To Take You Away From Me) -2||Slim Harpo|| |
|25||Baby You Got What I Want||Slim Harpo|| |
|26||Your Love For Me Is Gone||Slim Harpo|| |
|27||I Gotta Stop Loving You||Slim Harpo|| |
|28||Stop Working Blues||Slim Harpo|| |
|29||I Just Can't Leave You||Slim Harpo|| |
|30||There's Nothing As Sweet As Making Up||Slim Harpo|| |
|Harpo, Slim - Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) - Blues Music Awards 2016 Box set 5|
|01||Star Time - Theme and Introduction||Slim Harpo|| |
|02||Hold Me Tenderly||Slim Harpo|| |
|03||Little Liza Jane -1||Slim Harpo|| |
|04||I’m A King Bee -1||Slim Harpo|| |
|05||Buzzin'||Slim Harpo|| |
|06||I Got Love If You Want It -1||Slim Harpo|| |
|07||You Know I Love You||Slim Harpo|| |
|08||Lottie Mo||Slim Harpo|| |
|09||Everybody Needs Somebody||Slim Harpo|| |
|10||Big Boss Man||Slim Harpo|| |
|11||I'll Take Care Of You||Slim Harpo|| |
|12||Boogie Chillun||Slim Harpo|| |
|13||Moody Blues (instrumental)||Slim Harpo|| |
|14||Sugar Coated Love||Slim Harpo|| |
|15||Last Night||Slim Harpo|| |
|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||Slim Harpo|| |
|20||I Don't Play||Slim Harpo|| |
|21||I Got Love If You Want It -2||Slim Harpo|| |
|22||Little Liza Jane -2||Slim Harpo|| |
|23||When The Saints Go Marchin' In||Slim Harpo|| |
|24||Rainin' In My Heart||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.
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.
- Bill Dahl -
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