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 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 trailblazing sides for Black and White Records--the bulk of his most important material. Whether on mid-tempo strollers ("Travelin' Blues"), boogie-woogie numbers ("The Hustle Is On"), smoldering slow blues ("Blues Is a Woman"), or jump blues ("Bye Bye Baby"), Walker and his band infuse traditional 12-bar structures with a keen sense of swing, instrumental interplay, and sophistication. At times, as on the energetic "Strollin' with Bone," the sheer vitality of Walker's performance is palpable, and is very close in feel to the rock & roll (especially where Walker's guitar playing is concerned) that would emerge in subsequent years. This dynamic set of early electric blues captures the music at one of its richest, most definitive turning points.


    UPC 077779673728
    Runtime 136 min.
    Type Boxed Set
    Genre Blues
    Sub Genre Texas/W. Coast Blues
    Label United Artists / EMI Records
    Producer Pete Welding (Compilation)
    Number of Discs 2
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Glamour Girl
    • 2. Strollin' with Bones
    • 3. Sun Went Down, The
    • 4. You Don't Love Me
    • 5. Travelin' Blues
    • 6. Hustle Is On, The - (78 RPM version)
    • 7. Baby Broke My Heart - (78 RPM version)
    • 8. Evil Hearted Woman - (alternate take)
    • 9. I Walked Away
    • 10. No Reason
    • 11. Look Me in the Eye - (78 RPM version)
    • 12. Too Lazy - (alternate take)
    • 13. Alimony Blues
    • 14. Life Is Too Short
    • 15. You Don't Understand (Alibi)
    • 16. Welcome Blues (Say Pretty Baby)
    • 17. I Get So Weary
    • 18. You Just Wanted to Use Me
    • 19. Tell Me What's the Reason
    • 20. I'm About to Lose My Mind
    • 21. Cold, Cold Feeling
    • 22. News for You Baby
    • 23. Get These Blues Off Me
    • 24. I Got the Blues Again
    • 25. Through with Women
    • 26. Street Walking Woman
    Disc 2
    • 1. Blues Is a Woman
    • 2. I Got the Blues
    • 3. Here in the Dark
    • 4. Blue Mood
    • 5. Every Time
    • 6. I Miss You Baby
    • 7. Lollie Lou
    • 8. Party Girl
    • 9. Love Is Just a Gamble
    • 10. High Society
    • 11. Long Distance Blues
    • 12. Got No Use for You
    • 13. I'm Still in Love with You
    • 14. Railroad Station Blues
    • 15. Vida Lee
    • 16. My Baby Is Now on My Mind
    • 17. Doin' Time
    • 18. Bye Bye Baby
    • 19. When the Sun Goes Down
    • 20. Pony Tail
    • 21. Wanderin' Heart
    • 22. I'll Always Be in Love with You
    • 23. I'll Understand
    • 24. Hard Way
    • 25. Teen Age Baby
    • 26. Struggling Blues
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Walker, T-Bone
    Dimensions 0

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