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Wilbert Harrison: The Very Best Of Wilbert Harrison (2-CD)

(2016/One Day) 40 Tracks - Deluxe Digipack - With liner notes, rare photos and recording data! Original recordings 1953-1962!

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  • Interpret: Wilbert Harrison

  • Album titlle: The Very Best Of Wilbert Harrison (2-CD)

  • Year of publication 2016
  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label ONE DAY MUSIC

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5060255182987

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Harrison, Wilbert - The Very Best Of Wilbert Harrison (2-CD) CD 1
01 Kansas City
02 Off To Work Again
03 C.C. Rider
04 1960
05 The Ways Of A Woman
06 Happy In Love
07 Confessin' My Dream
08 I Know My Baby Loves Me
09 Letter Edged In Black
10 Da-De-Ya-Da (Anything For You)
11 Confused
12 Little School Girl
13 Jeanie
14 Baby Don't You Know
15 Drafted
16 Calypso Man
17 Kansas City Twist
18 Why Did You Leave
19 Pledging
20 Don't Drop It
Harrison, Wilbert - The Very Best Of Wilbert Harrison (2-CD) CD 2
01 Let's Stick Together
02 Off To School Again
03 The Horse
04 Broke
05 Since I Fell For You
06 Gonna Tell You A Story
07 After Graduation
08 Calypso Dance
09 Baby Don't You Know (Alternate Take)
10 Cool Water
11 The Way I Feel
12 Darling, Listen To This Song
13 Don't Wreck My Life
14 Florida Special
15 This Woman Of Mine
16 My Heart Is Yours
17 Cheating Baby
18 My Love Is True
19 Listen, My Darling
20 Goodbye Kansas City
Wilbert Harrison Kansas City has been a hallowed standard for so long that it’s easy... more
"Wilbert Harrison"

Wilbert Harrison

Kansas City has been a hallowed standard for so long that it’s easy to forget that prior to Wilbert Harrison’s across-the-board chart-topping rendition for Bobby Robinson’s Fury label, cut in February of 1959, the song had been a dud. Texas pianist Little Willie Littlefield cut the original of the Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller composition in ’52 for Federal to no avail, and Little Richard’s torrid mid-‘50s versions for Specialty didn’t see light of day at the time.

Harrison persuaded Robinson to cut the number, the Harlem record entrepreneur obliging with a session that Wilbert didn’t arrive at until the band was packing up its gear. Bobby coughed up an extra few bucks to rent the joint for another 15 minutes, Harrison sat down at the 88s, and promptly cut a classic. Its off-kilter rhythm was complemented by the barbed-wire lead guitar and chomping chording of New York session ace Wild Jimmy Spruill. Unfortunately, Wilbert didn’t inform Bobby that he wasn’t its author, and he was greeted by an avalanche of covers. Still, Wilbert ended up sitting atop the pop and R&B charts that spring.  They were listening down in Jamaica as well; the song’s offbeat rhythm probably helped launch the ska movement.

Born January 5, 1929 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Harrison’s approach was a weird mixture of country, R&B, gospel, even calypso. After exiting the Navy in 1950, Wilbert landed in Miami, a city whose R&B recording scene was presided over by Henry Stone. Harrison made his debut sides for Stone’s Glades logo in ’53 and cut more for Chart and DeLuxe before heading off to Newark, New Jersey and signing with the Savoy label. Wilbert’s eclectic Savoy output commenced in mid-’54 and took him into 1957, when he was shown the door by Savoy boss Herman Lubinsky.

Harrison thought he was free of contractual obligations when Kansas City tore up the charts, but Lubinsky thought otherwise, leading to more litigation. But Wilbert stayed on Fury, making more 45s (Cheating Baby, the sequel Goodbye Kansas City, The Horse, and his memorable Fury farewell Let’s Stick Together) without equaling his shining moment. But he did emerge triumphant a decade later, reworking the last title into the brotherhood ode Let’s Work Together for Juggy Murray’s Sue imprint. It proved a sizable pop hit that also attracted its share of covers.

Sometimes working as a one-man band, Harrison kept on performing even after the recording opportunities dried up. He died October 26, 1994 in Spencer, North Carolina. The metropolis of Kansas City was far better for his efforts.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Harrison, Wilbert - The Very Best Of Wilbert Harrison (2-CD) CD 1
01 Kansas City
02 Off To Work Again
03 C.C. Rider
04 1960
05 The Ways Of A Woman
06 Happy In Love
07 Confessin' My Dream
08 I Know My Baby Loves Me
09 Letter Edged In Black
10 Da-De-Ya-Da (Anything For You)
11 Confused
12 Little School Girl
13 Jeanie
14 Baby Don't You Know
15 Drafted
16 Calypso Man
17 Kansas City Twist
18 Why Did You Leave
19 Pledging
20 Don't Drop It
Harrison, Wilbert - The Very Best Of Wilbert Harrison (2-CD) CD 2
01 Let's Stick Together
02 Off To School Again
03 The Horse
04 Broke
05 Since I Fell For You
06 Gonna Tell You A Story
07 After Graduation
08 Calypso Dance
09 Baby Don't You Know (Alternate Take)
10 Cool Water
11 The Way I Feel
12 Darling, Listen To This Song
13 Don't Wreck My Life
14 Florida Special
15 This Woman Of Mine
16 My Heart Is Yours
17 Cheating Baby
18 My Love Is True
19 Listen, My Darling
20 Goodbye Kansas City