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Monday, 12 September 2016

Amos Milburn - Let's Have a Party (re-up)

Side A:
01. Chicken Shack Boogie
02. Trouble In Mind
03. I Know You Love Me
04. Good Good Whiskey
05. Rocky Mountain
06. Let's Rock Awhile
07. Down The Road Apiece

Side B:
01. Bewildered
02. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
03. Let's Have A Party
04. I'm Still A Fool For You
05. Bad Bad Whiskey
06. My Happiness Depends On You
07. All Is Well

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Original post (May 19th, 2010) is here:

This is the first of the Pathe Marconi Amos Milburn collections which I bought way back in the 1980s. I think I fell in love with the LP as soon as I spotted it in the record shop. That front cover was originally used on the 1957 LP of the same title on Score, a subsidiary label of Aladdin and is pure 1950s "glam", an approach to sleeve design which probably reached its peak on a series of blues albums on the Crown label.

This is the LP which got me hooked on Amos Milburn. It wasn't the first Amos LP I bought, that was a beat up copy of the UA "Chicken Shack Boogie" compilation from the late 1970s. But "Let's Have A Party" had it all - great artwork and crystal clear sound reproduction. With one strange exception - "Let's Rock A While" is curiously muffled. I have the same track with the same sound problem on the 3CD collection "Blues, Barrelhouse & Boogie Woogie." I wonder if the original record was like that?

The version of "Chicken Shack Boogie" on this LP is not the original 1947 hit recording, despite what the sleeve notes say. It is in fact the 1956 re-recording featuring searing sax work from Lee Allen and Red Tyler. Surely one of the greatest rock'n'roll records ever committed to wax. Naturally it sold zilch.

This has been a much-played LP, so of course there are some clicks, pops and rumbles, but it's still "as fine as wine, and really on the ball!"

1 comment:

teddy cat baz said...

yeah deffo dig it