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James Booker: Classified [Remixed and Expanded Edition] [Digipak]

Track List

>If You're Lonely
>Warsaw Concerto
>Lawdy Miss Clawdy [Solo Piano Alternate Take] - (alternate take)
>Medley: Tico Tico/Papa Was a Rascal/So Swell When You're Well - (previously unreleased)
>All Around the World
>Angel Eyes
>Lonely Avenue - (previously unreleased)
>Professor Longhair Medley: Tipitina/Bald Head
>King of the Road
>Theme from the Godfather - (previously unreleased)
>Lawdy Miss Clawdy
>I'm Not Sayin' - (previously unreleased)
>Hound Dog
>All These Things - (previously unreleased)
>Yes Sir, That's My Baby - (previously unreleased)
>Baby Face
>If You're Lonely [Solo Piano Alternate Take] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
>Madame X
>One For the Highway
>Three Keys

Album Notes

Personnel: James Booker (vocals, piano); Alvin "Red" Tyler (tenor saxophone); James Singleton (bass); John Vidacovich (drums).

Recorded at Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana between October 18-20, 1982.

Personnel: James Booker (vocals, piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Alvin "Red" Tyler (tenor saxophone); Johnny Vidacovich (drums).

Audio Mixer: David Farrell .

Liner Note Authors: Bunny Matthews; Scott Billington.

Recording information: Ultrasonic Studio, New Orleans (1982).

Editors: David Farrell ; Scott Billington.

Photographer: Henry Horenstein.

While there has suddenly been a flood of CDs featuring masterful New Orleans keyboard wizard and vocalist James Booker, his best release arguably remains Classified. The 12-track set was a landmark album, as Booker displayed every facet of his distinctive style. He did up-tempo blues, quasi-classical, rock and R&B, making them all sound easy while performing frequently awesome keyboard feats. His "Professor Longhair Medley: Bald Head/Tipitina" pays homage to a legend while also demonstrating how much farther Booker's pianistic skills had developed. While his vocals sometimes aren't the equal of his brilliant playing, they're never less than effective and are sometimes almost frightening in their intensity. ~ Ron Wynn


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