T-Bone Walker - Complete Imperial Recordings 1950-54
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T-Bone Walker - Complete Imperial Recordings 1950-54

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    Personnel includes: T-Bone Walker (vocals, guitar); R.S. Rankin, Walter Nelson (guitar); Edward Hale, Wendell Duconge, Lee Gross (alto saxophone); Jim Wynn (tenor & baritone saxophones); Eddie Davis, Maxwell Davis, Lee Allen (tenor saxophone); Herb Har......more

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Artist: Walker, T-Bone
Personnel includes: T-Bone Walker (vocals, guitar); R.S. Rankin, Walter Nelson (guitar); Edward Hale, Wendell Duconge, Lee Gross (alto saxophone); Jim Wynn (tenor & baritone saxophones); Eddie Davis, Maxwell Davis, Lee Allen (tenor saxophone); Herb Hardesty (baritone saxophone); Eddie Hutcherson, Dave Bartholomew, John Lawton (trumpet); Zell Kindred, Marl Young, Willard McDaniel, T.J. Fowler (piano); Buddy Woodson, Billy Hadnott, Frank Fields, Henry Ivory (bass); Robert Sims, Oscar Lee Bradley, Cornelius Coleman, Clarence Stamp (drums). Recorded in Los Angeles, California, New Orleans, Louisiana and Detroit, Michican between 1950 and 1954. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding. All tracks have been digitally remastered. Personnel: T-Bone Walker (vocals, guitar); Tiny Brown, Baby Davis (vocals); R.S. Rankin, Walter Nelson (guitar); Wendell DuConge, Edward Hale, Lee Gross (alto saxophone); Jim Wynn (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis , Eddie David, Lee Allen, Maxwell Davis (tenor saxophone); Herb Hardesty (baritone saxophone); Dave Bartholomew, Eddie Hutcherson, John Lawton (trumpet); Marl Young, Zell Kindred, T.J. Fowler, Willard McDaniel (piano); Clarence Stamp, Cornelius Coleman, Robert Sims, Oscar Lee Bradley (drums). Liner Note Author: Pete Welding. Recording information: Detroit, MI (04/05/1950-06/20/1954); Los Angeles, CA (04/05/1950-06/20/1954); New Orleans, LA (04/05/1950-06/20/1954). An important (and often underrated) guitarist, T-Bone Walker was a direct influence on B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, and nearly everyone who played the electric guitar in his wake. A pioneer of the fleet, jazzy leads (complete with choppy, syncopated accents, "duck walk" single-note runs, and blazing embellishments) that would come to characterize rock and blues guitar thereafter, Walker's contribution is difficult to overestimate. THE COMPLETE IMPERIAL RECORDINGS is arguably the Walker set to buy since it contains--with the exception of his tr...
See Also:
The Original Source, The Very Best of T-Bone Walker [Koch], T-Bone Blues: The Essential Recordings, Blues Masters: The Very Best of T-Bone Walker
See Influences:
Lonnie Johnson, Leroy Carr, Cab Calloway, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charlie Christian
See Contemporaries:
Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim, Jimmy Reed, Pee Wee Crayton, Little Milton, Lonnie Johnson, Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Goree Carter, James Booker, Johnny Copeland, Louis Jordan, Jimmy Rushing, Otis Rush, Charlie Christian, Tiny Grimes, Buddy Guy, Big Joe Williams, B.B. King, Lowell Fulson, Howlin' Wolf, Ernie Andrews, Freddie King, Ray Charles, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Leroy Carr, Little Walter, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Ike Turner, Albert King, Sonny Boy Williams, Lightnin' Hopkins, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Glamour Girl
  2. 2 Strollin' with Bones
  3. 3 Sun Went Down, The
  4. 4 You Don't Love Me
  5. 5 Travelin' Blues
  6. 6 Hustle Is On, The - (78 RPM version)
  7. 7 Baby Broke My Heart - (78 RPM version)
  8. 8 Evil Hearted Woman - (alternate take)
  9. 9 I Walked Away
  10. 10 No Reason
  11. 11 Look Me in the Eye - (78 RPM version)
  12. 12 Too Lazy - (alternate take)
  13. 13 Alimony Blues
  14. 14 Life Is Too Short
  15. 15 You Don't Understand (Alibi)
  16. 16 Welcome Blues (Say Pretty Baby)
  17. 17 I Get So Weary
  18. 18 You Just Wanted to Use Me
  19. 19 Tell Me What's the Reason
  20. 20 I'm About to Lose My Mind
  21. 21 Cold, Cold Feeling
  22. 22 News for You Baby
  23. 23 Get These Blues Off Me
  24. 24 I Got the Blues Again
  25. 25 Through with Women
  26. 26 Street Walking Woman
Disc 2:
  1. 1 Blues Is a Woman
  2. 2 I Got the Blues
  3. 3 Here in the Dark
  4. 4 Blue Mood
  5. 5 Every Time
  6. 6 I Miss You Baby
  7. 7 Lollie Lou
  8. 8 Party Girl
  9. 9 Love Is Just a Gamble
  10. 10 High Society
  11. 11 Long Distance Blues
  12. 12 Got No Use for You
  13. 13 I'm Still in Love with You
  14. 14 Railroad Station Blues
  15. 15 Vida Lee
  16. 16 My Baby Is Now on My Mind
  17. 17 Doin' Time
  18. 18 Bye Bye Baby
  19. 19 When the Sun Goes Down
  20. 20 Pony Tail
  21. 21 Wanderin' Heart
  22. 22 I'll Always Be in Love with You
  23. 23 I'll Understand
  24. 24 Hard Way
  25. 25 Teen Age Baby
  26. 26 Struggling Blues
Boxed Set
Texas/W. Coast Blues
United Artists / EMI Records
Pete Welding (Compilation)
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
136 : 20
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (11/14/91) - 4.5 Stars - Excellent Plus - "...[For] guitar innovators, Walker wrote the book....catches Walker at his peak...These are timeless performances - there's not a mediocre track in the set..." Down Beat (2/92, p.48) - 5 Stars - Excellent - "..a sampling of Walker's raw and expressive R&B steeped in traditional blues and flavored by swing..." Living Blues (1/92-2/92, p.50) - "...eloquently indicates the monumental significance of T-Bone Walker's classic period..."
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