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Big Joe Turner: The Complete Boss Of The Blues (2-CD)

2-CD (6-sided Digisleeve) with 24-page booklet, 32 tracks. Total playing time approx. 134 minutes.

  • Seriously, one of the best blues albums of all time.
  • Masterfully, unpretentious and crazily swinging album.
  • One of the first conceptualized blues records ever recorded.
  • Recorded on two consecutive days in March 1956.
  • Original mono album released September 1956.
  • Turner never sounded better.
  • Album re-issue producer and liner notes: Colin Escott.
  • Eco-pack with extensive booklet.

When Big Joe Turner recorded the songs for 'Boss Of The Blues' on two consecutive days in a New York studio in 1956, he could already look back on several stages of an extremely successful career. Around the mid-1930s, Turner began working with one of the stars of boogie woogie, pianist Pete Johnson from Kansas City. Both were involved in the legendary 1938 show produced by John Hammond Sr. at New York's Carnegie Hall, the 'Spirituals to Swing' concert.
In 1951 Ahmet Ertegun signed Turner to his young Atlantic label. Over the next few years, Big Joe Turner recorded his most successful singles and became an Atlantic bestseller with a series of major hits in the R&B charts.

In March 1956, however, history was written. 'Boss Of The Blues' was one of the first blues concept albums (almost all other LPs of that day were compilations of previously released singles). Atlantic engaged musicians from the Count Basie community (plus their arranger). The music is anything but nostalgia. With exquisite musicians he created one of the best blues/jazz albums of all times with Big Joe Turner at the peak of his vocal expressiveness.

In September of that year the LP was released in a mono version; one title remained unreleased. For this special edition we were able to enlist Colin Escott for the compilation and liner notes. For the first time, Bear Family's double CD will feature both mono and stereo recordings and all alternative versions.
"Item is sure-fire for collectors of late ‘30s and early ‘40s K.C. jazz, and can do nicely among Turner’s latter day r&b followers. A most happy, swinging set, and Turner never sounded better". Billboard Magazine (review of the original LP)

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  • Interpret: Big Joe Turner

  • Album titlle: The Complete Boss Of The Blues (2-CD)

  • Genre Blues

  • Label Bear Family Records

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  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5397102175053

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Turner, Big Joe - The Complete Boss Of The Blues (2-CD) CD 1
01 Cherry Red (stereo) Big Joe Turner
02 Roll ‘em Pete (stereo) Big Joe Turner
03 I Want a Little Girl (stereo) Big Joe Turner
04 Low Down Dog (stereo) Big Joe Turner
05 Wee Baby Blues (stereo) Big Joe Turner
06 You’re Driving Me Crazy (stereo) Big Joe Turner
07 How Long Blues (stereo) Big Joe Turner
08 Morning Glories (stereo) Big Joe Turner
09 St Louis Blues (stereo) Big Joe Turner
10 Piney Brown Blues (stereo) Big Joe Turner
11 Pennies from Heaven (stereo) Big Joe Turner
12 Roll ‘em Pete Big Joe Turner
13 Cherry Red Blues Big Joe Turner
14 Morning Glories Big Joe Turner
15 Low Down Dog Big Joe Turner
Turner, Big Joe - The Complete Boss Of The Blues (2-CD) CD 2
01 Cherry Red (mono) Big Joe Turner
02 Roll ‘em Pete (mono) Big Joe Turner
03 I Want a Little Girl (mono) Big Joe Turner
04 Low Down Dog (mono) Big Joe Turner
05 Wee Baby Blues (mono) Big Joe Turner
06 You’re Driving Me Crazy (mono) Big Joe Turner
07 How Long Blues (mono) Big Joe Turner
08 Morning Glories (mono) Big Joe Turner
09 St Louis Blues (mono) Big Joe Turner
10 Piney Brown Blues (mono) Big Joe Turner
11 Pennies from Heaven Big Joe Turner
12 Testing The Blues Big Joe Turner
13 St Louis Blues Big Joe Turner
14 You’re Driving Me Crazy Big Joe Turner
15 I Want a Little Girl Big Joe Turner
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"Big Joe Turner"

Big Joe Turner

Tipping the scales in the vicinity of 300 pounds and well into his 40s when rock 'n' roll blasted into the mainstream consciousness during the mid-1950s, Big Joe Turner was probably the unlikeliest star of the idiom's primordial era. Elvis hadn't even made his debut on the planet yet when Big Joe's booming voice shook the walls of swinging Kansas City gin joints on a nightly basis. Roll 'Em Pete, Turner's 1938 boogie masterpiece with pianist Pete Johnson, anticipated the primal excitement of rock 'n' roll in its relentless rhythmic drive, and his horn-powered postwar jump blues helped lay the foundation for the musical revolution that would soon follow. Unlike many of his peers who sadly fell forgotten by the wayside upon rock 'n' roll's rise, Turner would actually profit from the shift in demographics.

When Big Joe stepped up to sing, trivialities like microphones were an unnecessary luxury. During his formative years in Kansas City, it was said with no small degree of reverence that he could belt the blues from clear across the street while his band kept right on rocking the house where he originally counted the song off without the outsized singer ever missing a beat. It didn't hurt that the functionally illiterate Turner stockpiled a seemingly infinite storehouse of blues lyrics in his head that could be plugged into any song at any tempo. Big Joe was never more devastating than when he stood like an immovable mountain in front of a roaring bank of horns and a storming rhythm section, swinging like crazy on an open-ended up-tempo cooker that drove dancers and listeners alike into a frenzy.

Kansas City's indigenous brand of blues differed considerably from the blues styles developed in other parts of the country in that many of its leading practitioners hailed from a strong jazz background. Another distinguishing factor was K.C.'s reliance on huge horn sections. The city boasted an incredible array of influential big bands led by titans such as Count Basie, Jay McShann, Benny Moten, and Andy Kirk that deftly blended swing and blues into one irresistibly appealing whole. That Big Joe was exposed early and often to such jumping fare no doubt played an incalculable part in his development.

Horns aside, all Turner really required for accompaniment was a masterful pianist. To that end, he partnered with Pete Johnson, one of the very best in town, early in his amazing career. Together they helped fuel a full-scale boogie-woogie craze when they took New York by storm in the late '30s. Johnson was no longer there to accompany Turner when the singer launched his second extended stint in the limelight during the early 1950s, but that unquenchable penchant for stomping boogies that he helped instill in his younger partner stuck with Big Joe like glue to the very end.

Born May 18, 1911 in Kansas City, Big Joe was perfectly situated to follow his life's destiny. Under the corrupt regime of politician 'Boss' Thomas Pendergast, the town's plethora of nightclubs stayed open around the clock, serving up booze and all-night jam sessions where local musicians honed their chops and visiting stars sat in to test themselves against K.C.'s finest. This was a thrilling scene where a young singer like Big Joe owning rafter-rattling pipes could quickly establish himself as a force to be reckoned with...

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24 Feb 2020

the ultimate package for this album

In this set, Bear Family Records has created the ultimate package for this album. The combination of Ernie Wilkins’ arrangements, Jerry Wexler and Nesuhi Ertegun’s production and Turner’s roaring vocals alongside his backing band helped to shape the success of the original album. Colin Escott and the team at Bear Family have continued their legacy. Boasting pristine sound quality, attractive packaging and an abundance of bonus material, this is worth picking up if you’re looking to discover or rediscover a huge contribution to Big Joe Turner’s catalogue.

9 Feb 2020

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Tracklist
Turner, Big Joe - The Complete Boss Of The Blues (2-CD) CD 1
01 Cherry Red (stereo)
02 Roll ‘em Pete (stereo)
03 I Want a Little Girl (stereo)
04 Low Down Dog (stereo)
05 Wee Baby Blues (stereo)
06 You’re Driving Me Crazy (stereo)
07 How Long Blues (stereo)
08 Morning Glories (stereo)
09 St Louis Blues (stereo)
10 Piney Brown Blues (stereo)
11 Pennies from Heaven (stereo)
12 Roll ‘em Pete
13 Cherry Red Blues
14 Morning Glories
15 Low Down Dog
Turner, Big Joe - The Complete Boss Of The Blues (2-CD) CD 2
01 Cherry Red (mono)
02 Roll ‘em Pete (mono)
03 I Want a Little Girl (mono)
04 Low Down Dog (mono)
05 Wee Baby Blues (mono)
06 You’re Driving Me Crazy (mono)
07 How Long Blues (mono)
08 Morning Glories (mono)
09 St Louis Blues (mono)
10 Piney Brown Blues (mono)
11 Pennies from Heaven
12 Testing The Blues
13 St Louis Blues
14 You’re Driving Me Crazy
15 I Want a Little Girl