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Jimmy McCracklin: Blues Blasters Boogie: Selected Classic Sides 1946-1955

Track List

>Miss Mattie Left Me
>Mean Mistreated Lover
>Highway 101
>Baby Don't You Want to Go
>Achin' Heart
>Street Loafin' Woman
>You Deceived Me
>Ola May
>She's a Wino
>Rock and Rye, Pt. 1
>Rock and Rye, Pt. 2
>You Had Your Chance
>Special for You
>Rock and Rye, Pt. 3
>Miss Minnie Lee Blues
>Playin' on Me
>Big Foot Mama
>Bad Luck and Trouble
>Railroad Blues
>Jimmy's Blues
>Bad Condition Blues
>Blues Blasters Shuffle
>Low Down Mood
>She's My Baby
>When I'm Gone
>South Side Mood
>Listen Woman
>I Can't Understand Love
>Josephine (Just Won't Let Her Go)
>I'll Get a Break Someday
>Love When It Rains
>Your Heart Ain't Right
>My Life Depends on You
>Gonna Find Another Woman
>I Think My Time Is Here
>Deceivin' Blues
>Beer Drinkin' Woman
>Up and Down Blues
>Just Won't Let Her Go
>Rockin' All Day
>Gotta Cut Out
>You Deceived Me
>Bad Health Blues
>Ragged as a Mop (Hamburger Joint)
>Deceivin' Blues [Take 1] - (take)
>Beer Drinkin' Woman [Alternate Take] - (alternate take)
>Up and Down Blues [Alternate Take] - (alternate take)
>Just Won't Let Her Go [Alternate Take] - (alternate take)
>Looking for a Woman
>You Don't Love Me
>I'm Gonna Have My Fun
>True Love Blues
>Rockin' Man
>What's Your Phone Number
>That's Life
>Blues for the People
>House Rockin' Blues
>Movin' on Down the Line
>I Am Tired
>My Days are Limited
>She's Gone
>She Felt Too Good
>Share and Share Alike
>Cheater, The
>Pleasin' Papa
>End, The
>Hear My Story
>I Don't Want No Woman
>Blues and Trouble
>Hello Baby
>We Could Make a Go I Know
>Night and Day
>You Look So Fine [Take 1] - (take)
>You Look So Fine [Take 2] - (take)
>Blues Blasters Boogie
>Panic's On, The
>Darlin' Share Your Love
>Give My Heart a Break
>Please Forgive Me Baby
>Couldn't Be a Dream
>Gonna Tell Your Mother
>That Ain't Right
>Jerry Thomas: Don't Have to Worry
>Jerry Thomas: Lost Mind
>Something About You
>When You Was a Little Girl
>Just Couldn't Take My Rest
>I Told Ya Mama
>Where I Got My Start
>Cry On
>Copyright on Your Love
>Make Love to Me
>Sue and Pat
>Reconsider Baby
>I Got to Know
>You're the One

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Neil Slaven.

Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (1945-??-??&1946-??-??&1949-); Oakland, CA (1945-??-??&1946-??-??&1949-); San Francisco, CA (1945-??-??&1946-??-??&1949-); Los Angeles, CA (1947-??-??&1948-??-??&1954-); Oakland, CA (1947-??-??&1948-??-??&1954-); San Francisco, CA (1947-??-??&1948-??-??&1954-); Los Angeles, CA (1948-??-??&1953-06-??&1954-); Oakland, CA (1948-??-??&1953-06-??&1954-); San Francisco, CA (1948-??-??&1953-06-??&1954-).

Blues and R&B pianist, singer, and songwriter Jimmy McCracklin recorded for a dizzying assortment of labels during his career, including sides for the Globe, Modern, Swing Time, Peacock, Irma, Checker, Chess, Mercury, Art-Tone, Imperial, and Bullseye Blues imprints, and undoubtedly many others, but what is remarkable is how consistent his output was, both as a singer and as a songwriter in spite of his nomadic label hopping. This four-disc, 98-track box set from JSP Records collects a healthy sampling of McCracklin's early sides, all recorded between 1945 and 1955. ~ Steve Leggett


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