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Jimmy McCracklin: Jimmy McCracklin - Rocks (CD)

1-CD (Digipak) with 36-page booklet, 30 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 minutes.

  • Bear Family Records® adds powerhouse pianist and vocalist Jimmy McCracklin to its 'Rocks' series.
  • For more than 50 years, the Bay Area pianist often recorded excellent blues and soul.
  • Bill Dahl focused on McCracklin's most rocking tracks for this jam-packed CD, telling the McCracklin story in the extensive booklet.
  • Carefully remastered from the best possible sources.

During more than half a century as a prolific and uncommonly versatile recording artist, Jimmy McCracklin made a lot of great blues and soul records. He also did more than his share of rocking. That’s the side of the Bay Area piano pounder’s massive discography that this jam-packed compilation concentrates on, McCracklin tears through his 1958 smash The Walk and plenty more, showing himself to be a highly distinctive artist with a penchant for potential dance crazes, driving rhythms, and intriguing lyrics that often told vivid slice-of-life tales of the gin joints he played at. 

Jimmy‘s mighty combo, The Blues Blasters, was anchored first by guitarist Robert Kelton and then blistering fretsman Lafayette Thomas, whose slashing licks perfectly counterpointed tough horn sections and McCracklin’s own boogie-fired 88s. Rockin’ All Day, The Wobble, Let’s Do It (The Chicken Scratch), Georgia Slop—this collection is a non-stop rock and roll party! 

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McCracklin, Jimmy - Jimmy McCracklin - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01Gonna Tell Your MotherJimmy McCracklin
02The WalkJimmy McCracklin
03Take Care Of YourselfJimmy McCracklin
04Rockin' All Day aka Reelin' And Rockin'Jimmy McCracklin
05I KnowJimmy McCracklin
06The WobbleJimmy McCracklin
07He Knows The RuleJimmy McCracklin
08Give My Heart A BreakJimmy McCracklin
09Everybody Rocks (New Orleans Beat)Jimmy McCracklin
10Gotta Cut OutJimmy McCracklin
11Let's Do It (Chicken Scratch)Jimmy McCracklin
12Susie And PatJimmy McCracklin
13That's The Way (ItGoes)Jimmy McCracklin
14Get ToughJimmy McCracklin
15Looking For A WomanJimmy McCracklin
16What's Your Phone NumberJimmy McCracklin
17Come OnJimmy McCracklin
18Georgia SlopJimmy McCracklin
19One Track LoveJimmy McCracklin
20I'm To BlameJimmy McCracklin
21Steppin' Up In ClassJimmy McCracklin
22Country BabyJimmy McCracklin
23Savoy's JumpJimmy McCracklin
24Just Won't Let Her GoJimmy McCracklin
25Trottin'Jimmy McCracklin
26Get BackJimmy McCracklin
27ThinkJimmy McCracklin
28Just Got To KnowJimmy McCracklin
29I Wanna Make Love To YouJimmy McCracklin
30I'm ThroughJimmy McCracklin
Jimmy McCracklin Jimmy McCracklin and His Blues Blasters Unlike a lot of his... more
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Jimmy McCracklin

Jimmy McCracklin and His Blues Blasters

Unlike a lot of his blues-singing contemporaries, piano-pounding Jimmy McCracklin managed to roll with the punches when it came to musical trends and stayed modern when so many others fell by the wayside. He's cited both Helena, Arkansas and St. Louis as a birthplace, and for years swore he was a decade younger than his August 13, 1921 birthdate. There's no doubt about the massiveness of McCracklin's catalog: He's recorded for a daunting array of labels.

Pre-war pianist Walter Davis was one of his heroes growing up. "I was in St. Louis, Missouri, and I used to listen to Walter Davis. He was a good friend of my father's. I loved to see that guy sing," he says."That's where I got started messin' with the blues, listening to him."Boxing was Jimmy's passion prior to an auto wreck. "I hurt my shoulder, got kind of knocked around, got cut around the eyes. So the doctor just advised me to get into something else,"he says. When he got out of the Navy after World War II in California, McCracklin began recording in 1945 for tiny local labels, later barely acknowledging these sides' existence.

"I didn't even know how to regular sing,"McCracklin says."I was just trying to get into the business."

Living in the Bay Area, McCracklin grew sufficiently confident on piano to front his own Blues Blasters with Kansas-born guitarist Robert Kelton and drummer Little Red. He started cutting for Oakland producer Bob Geddins in 1947. "I just had got out of the service, and I was trying to sing. So I happened to meet Bob," said Jimmy. By 1949, McCracklin and his Blues Blasters were on Modern in L.A. The scorching Rockin' All Day was cut October 10 of that year with Kelton and young guitarist Lafayette Thomas dueling it out (saxist Earl Brown and Little Red round out the cast). Over the years, it's become known as Reelin' And Rockin' Twist after being mistitled as such on Crown's 'Twist With Jimmy McCracklin' LP. Jimmy shared writers' credit with Modern boss Jules Bihari (as Jules Taub).

A raft of subsequent sides on Modern, Swing Time, Peacock, and Premium predated McCracklin's breakthrough '58 dance hit The Walk for Checker, which he produced himself. "I walked around Chicago for a couple of weeks with 'The Walk' in my arms, trying to get some of them companies to accept it,"says Jimmy."All them people turned me down. So I went to Chess. He said, 'Well, come back. I'll listen to it tomorrow.' I go back tomorrow, it took about three or four days before he'd even accept listening to it. When I left it, then I had to leave town a day or so after. A couple of days later, I heard it on the radio."  Jimmy's Just Got To Know was a '61 smash on his own Art-Tone logo. He scored big again in '65 with Thinkfor Imperial, remaining musically active right into the new millennium and then some.

"You write a song according to your life. I've lived all these things,"says Jimmy. "If you're born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you'll never know how to write a song, because you've never had no problems. But when you come up and you've had problems and stuff like that, it makes you write good songs."

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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McCracklin, Jimmy - Jimmy McCracklin - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 Gonna Tell Your Mother
02 The Walk
03 Take Care Of Yourself
04 Rockin' All Day aka Reelin' And Rockin'
05 I Know
06 The Wobble
07 He Knows The Rule
08 Give My Heart A Break
09 Everybody Rocks (New Orleans Beat)
10 Gotta Cut Out
11 Let's Do It (Chicken Scratch)
12 Susie And Pat
13 That's The Way (ItGoes)
14 Get Tough
15 Looking For A Woman
16 What's Your Phone Number
17 Come On
18 Georgia Slop
19 One Track Love
20 I'm To Blame
21 Steppin' Up In Class
22 Country Baby
23 Savoy's Jump
24 Just Won't Let Her Go
25 Trottin'
26 Get Back
27 Think
28 Just Got To Know
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30 I'm Through