Side 11. Keep A Knockin'
2. Sam Jones Done Snagged His Britches
3. You Run Your Mouth And I'll Run My Business
4. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
5. Boogie Woogie Came To Town
7. I Like 'Em Fat Like That
8. They Raided The House
Side 21. Ain't That Just Like A Woman
2. Jack, You're Dead
3. Boogie Woogie Blue Plate
4. Look Out
5. Pettin' And Pokin'
6. Junco Partner
7. House Party
8. I Want You To Be My Baby
Here’s a second helping of Louis and like the first it’s a collection which deliberately avoids the biggest hits and serves up a gumbo of not so well known sides.
If you’re a newbie to this kind of jumpin’ jive then that means that there’s no “Caldonia” or “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” or “Let The Good Times Roll” or “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby” or “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” or “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying” or any of the other dozen or so monster smashes which have been well covered by numerous greatest hits compilations during the thirty five years in which I’ve been listening to this kind of music. You’re gonna have to go out and buy that stuff for yourself, but in the meantime enjoy this compilation of obscurer hepcat musings by the great Louis Jordan.
In contrast to our previous post which looked at Louis’ output from 1940 to 1942, this 1983 Charly LP is a career spanning survey of sides he recorded for Decca, kicking off with the old blues “Keep A Knockin’” which he recorded in 1939, and finishing in 1953 with “I Want You To Be My Baby.” Yes, it’s the same “Keep a Knockin’” which Little Richard revived in a particularly manic recording, and you can also get a whiff of Chuck Berry by listening to guitarist Carl Hogan’s intro to “Ain’t That Just Like A Woman” recorded in 1946.
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This 5 CD set on JSP has all the Louis you’ll ever need!
Absolutely vital reading – “Let The Good Times Roll” by John Chilton:
This post on Big Road Blues has interesting stuff on the origins of “Keep A Knockin’”: