The original post in which I reminisce about hearing The Big Town Playboys perform "In The Middle Of The Night" in Edinburgh about 25 years ago. Tempus fugit ... and it certainly did for Amos Milburn, a giant of 1940s and early 1950s Rhythm and Blues, whose star faded so rapidly in the wake of the rise of rock and roll.
If you want an insight into the various stages of Amos' career with Aladdin, then "Vicious Vicious Vodka" is the collection for you. There's superb 1940s blues tracks with Amos on piano and husky vocals accompanied by the tasteful sax of Maxwell Davis, there's the early-to-mid 50s booze anthems, and there's a few late 1950s attempts to come to terms with the changing musical tastes of the record buying public. There's even a rare example of a live R&B cut in "Birmingham Bounce."
The back cover has interesting in-depth notes by Hank Davis and Colin Escott. Definitely one for the virtual record shelves of blues 'n' booze hounds the wide world over.
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"The night is the corridor of history, not the history of famous people or great events, but that of the marginal, the ignored, the supressed, the unacknowledged; the history of vice, of error, of confusion, of fear, of want; the history of intoxication, of vainglory, of delusion, of dissipation, of delirium." Luc Sante - Low Life