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Willie Egan: Come On: Early Recordings 1954-1958

Album Reviews:

Living Blues (9-10/94, p.89) - "...For the most part, this is driving, hard-rocking music that recalls such contemporaries as Fats Domino...and Guitar Slim....[Willie Egan] was a first rate performer who never managed to be in the right place at the right time....Egan's excellence makes this an album worth buying..."

Album Notes

Includes liner notes by Jim Dawson.

COME ON is a retrospective of the Los Angeles-based Mambo and Vita record labels, around 1955-56. Willie Egan appears as the primary performer or a sideman on all these recordings.

The R&B boogie pianist waxed some rip-roaring rockers for the tiny Los Angeles-based Vita and Mambo logos during the mid-'50s. Fourteen of his best are collected here for a long-overdue airing. This guy deserved a lot more respect than he got, judging from the jumping Louisiana-tinged "Wow Wow," "Come On," and "She's Gone Away, But..." Also aboard: 11 more obscure goodies from the same labels' vaults, notably four tracks by Harmonica Slim (including "Drop Anchor") and Big Boy Groves' lament "You Can't Beat the Horses." ~ Bill Dahl


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