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2-CD with 20-page booklet, 45 tracks. Playing time approx. 112 mns. In the late '60s, rock 'n'... more

Merrill Moore: Boogie My Blues Away (2-CD)

2-CD with 20-page booklet, 45 tracks. Playing time approx. 112 mns.

In the late '60s, rock 'n' roll fans began discovering the magic of Merrill Moore. A boogie woogie pianist who hung around the hillbilly bars of southern California, he cut music that defied categorisation. Part boogie-woogie, part country, part western swing, part pop. Mostly it was just Merrill Moore music. The whole story of Merrill's Capitol career (1952-1958) is here. 44 tracks, many previously unissued, including
House Of Blue Lights, Big Bug Boogie, Red Light, Flyright Boogie, Rock Rockola, und Barrell House Bessie. The studio bands include the cream of the west coasters, like Jimmy Bryant, Speedy West and Roy Lanham.

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Moore, Merrill - Boogie My Blues Away (2-CD) CD 1
01 Big Bug Boogie
02 Saddle Boogie
03 Corrine, Corrina
04 Red Light
05 Bartender's Blues
06 Hard Top Race
07 Nola Boogie
08 Bell Bottom Boogie
09 Doggie House Boogie
10 Sweet Jenny Lee
11 Fly Right Boogie
12 One Way Door
13 Snatchin' And Grabbin'
14 I Think I Love You Too
15 Ten, Ten A.M.
16 Nola Boogie (EP-version)
17 Yes Indeed
18 Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
19 Cow Cow Boogie
20 Boogie My Blues Away
Moore, Merrill - Boogie My Blues Away (2-CD) CD 2
01 King Porter Stomp
02 Cooing To The Wrong Pigeon
03 She's Gone
04 Down The Road A Piece
05 Gotta Gimme What'Cha Got
06 Nursery Rhyme Blues
07 Buttermilk Baby
08 Barrel House Bessie
09 Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old 'Tucky Home
10 Music, Music, Music
11 Sun Valley Walk
12 Lazy River
13 Back Home Indiana
14 South
15 Shanty In Old Shanty Town
16 Sweet Georgia Brown
17 Nobody's Sweetheart
18 Jumpin' At The Woodside
19 Somebody Stole My Gal
20 Moore Blues
21 Sentimental Journey
Merrill Moore Red Light When hailed as a rock 'n' roll pioneer, Merrill Moore was usually... more
"Merrill Moore"

Merrill Moore

Red Light

When hailed as a rock 'n' roll pioneer, Merrill Moore was usually too polite to say that he really didn't care for rock 'n' roll at all. Born on September 25 (or 26th, per his application for Social Security), 1923, in Algona, Iowa, Moore began playing piano on the family farm. Aged 12, he was the pianist for the Cooper Family Gospel Quartet. In 1941, he became a professional musician, joining the Chuck Hall Band on a tour of Midwestern ballrooms. After service in World War II, Moore and his wife, whom he'd met in the gospel quartet, made their way to California. By 1948, they'd settled in San Diego, and he was playing the oceanfront bars. Following an impromptu performance at a musicians' party, Moore was offered a seven-year contract by a local kingpin, Jimmy Kennedy, who brought him to the attention of Capitol Records' A&R man Ken Nelson. After coming to San Diego to catch the band, Nelson offered a contract. Moore played sophisticated boogie woogie and blues, rooted in the jazz and western swing he loved. His favorite artist was Freddie Slack, and his goal was to re-create the big band sound with a small group. The problem was that Moore couldn't tour to support his records because he was locked into Kennedy's clubs. As a result, the records only sold locally. Nelson remained a fan and used Moore on sessions by Skeets McDonald, Sonny James, Wanda Jackson, Faron Young, Merle Travis, and others.

Red Light was Merrill Moore's second single, and it was a loose aggregation of blues clichés that made up in panache what it lacked in originality. The listed composers on the record were two Tin Pan Alley veterans, Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHugh, but Capitol got it wrong. The song was written and originally recorded in 1946 by jazz bassist Red Callender and his drummer, Lucky Enois. Moore probably didn't hear Callender's record but had most assuredly heard Roy Milton's 1946 recording for Milton's own label. While most white singers churned out excessively mannered and milder versions of R&B songs, Moore's Red Light was more amped up than Callender's original and even gave Milton a run for his money. 'Billboard' liked Moore's record, saying "novelty could pull dee-jay spins." Alas not. Moore recorded for Capitol until 1958, but never left the clubs of San Diego.

And then, some ten years later, he became a legend in a country he'd never thought about. Max Needham, a columnist in Britain's 'Record Mirror,'began a quixotic one-man quest to popularize Merrill Moore. In 1967, he persuaded British Ember Records to license an album of Moore's Capitol recordings, grandiloquently titled 'Belly Full Of Blue-Thunder.' Needham's liner notes made up in hyperbole what they lacked in knowledge. Moore was tracked down and recorded an album for B&C Records (where Needham worked) in 1969. He eventually went to England in 1970. "I was shocked by all the people swarming about me, saying I was some kind of rockabilly pioneer," he said. "First of all, I didn't know what rockabilly was." Still in San Diego, Moore died on June 14, 2000 (or June 15 per his Social Security file). (For all of Merrill Moore's Capitol recordings, see Bear Family's 2-CD set, 'Boogie My Blues Away', BCD 15505).

Merrill Moore Boogie My Blues Away (2-CD)
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18 May 2017

Rockin' the 88s!

I'm really not so familiar with Piano stuff as I normally prefer the guitar players but this fantastic double-CD really has knocked me out! A friend of mine recommended it to me and I've bought it and it hit me like an atomic bomb! What a fantastic singer and piano player this dude was! Backed up by the likes of Jimmy Bryant and Jimmy West - a real winner! Thanks for turning my head on this, Frankie!

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Tracklist
Moore, Merrill - Boogie My Blues Away (2-CD) CD 1
01 Big Bug Boogie
02 Saddle Boogie
03 Corrine, Corrina
04 Red Light
05 Bartender's Blues
06 Hard Top Race
07 Nola Boogie
08 Bell Bottom Boogie
09 Doggie House Boogie
10 Sweet Jenny Lee
11 Fly Right Boogie
12 One Way Door
13 Snatchin' And Grabbin'
14 I Think I Love You Too
15 Ten, Ten A.M.
16 Nola Boogie (EP-version)
17 Yes Indeed
18 Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
19 Cow Cow Boogie
20 Boogie My Blues Away
Moore, Merrill - Boogie My Blues Away (2-CD) CD 2
01 King Porter Stomp
02 Cooing To The Wrong Pigeon
03 She's Gone
04 Down The Road A Piece
05 Gotta Gimme What'Cha Got
06 Nursery Rhyme Blues
07 Buttermilk Baby
08 Barrel House Bessie
09 Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old 'Tucky Home
10 Music, Music, Music
11 Sun Valley Walk
12 Lazy River
13 Back Home Indiana
14 South
15 Shanty In Old Shanty Town
16 Sweet Georgia Brown
17 Nobody's Sweetheart
18 Jumpin' At The Woodside
19 Somebody Stole My Gal
20 Moore Blues
21 Sentimental Journey