I've Got a Feelin': OKeh & Savoy Recordings 1952-1956

I've Got a Feelin': OKeh & Savoy Recordings 1952-1956

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This CD is just what its subtitle says it is, gathering 27 tracks Big Maybelle released on the OKeh and Savoy labels between 1952 and 1956, as well as a live version of "Ring Dang Dilly/Candy" (though it's not specified whether that's previously unreleased). Big Maybelle recorded for other companies before and after 1952-1956, but this period was her artistic and commercial prime, and included the R&B hits "Gabbin' Blues," "Way Back Home," "My Country Man," and "Candy." All of those cuts are included on this well-annotated anthology, along with a non-charting 45 that nonetheless remains her most famous recording, the original version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (later covered for a monster smash by Jerry Lee Lewis). Not every song on this disc is as good as the aforementioned titles, but Big Maybelle's raunchy, powerfully throaty vocals are consistently impressive on material that runs from jump blues shouters and earthy ballads to near- rock & roll. While "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" is an inevitable standout considering it's by far the most famous tune, it's quite different from Jerry Lee Lewis' rockabilly treatment; it's a much more measured mid-tempo R&B/blues hybrid in this incarnation, and it really took Lewis to kick it into much higher gear. Far less celebrated, yet far more impressive, is "I've Got a Feelin'," a great, devious minor-key number that's the set's unheralded highlight, though the playful "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" is almost as good. Much like her version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," Big Maybelle's somewhat forgotten today, but on the basis of these sides, she certainly deserves more recognition. For she's as good as quite a few other similar figures from the dawn of rock & roll who have, whether because they had a few more hits or for other reasons, attained higher profiles as innovators among rock and R&B historians. While much of this material also appeared on the 1994 compilation The Complete OKeh Sessions 1952-55, this CD might get the slight nod as the preferable choice, as the seven Savoy tracks include a hit ("Candy") postdating the OKeh era.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2007
Label: Rev-Ola Bandstand
UPC: 5013929482029
catalogNumber: 20
Rank: 110873

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Maybelle   Primary Artist
Alan Freed   Master of Ceremonies
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Quincy Jones   Musical Direction
Jerome Richardson   Alto Saxophone
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Grachan Moncur   Bass
Mickey Baker   Guitar,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Big Al Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Byers   Trombone
Alfred Cobbs   Trombone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Panama Francis   Drums
Hall   Bass
Ernie Hayes   Piano
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Norman Keenan   Bass
Leroy Kirkland   Musical Direction
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Buddy Lucas   Tenor Saxophone
Danny Mendelsohn   Musical Direction
Freddie Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Eli Robinson   Trombone
Maurice Simon   Tenor Saxophone
Fletcher Smith   Piano
Charlie Smith   Drums
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Marty Wilson   Drums
Paul Ricci   Alto Saxophone
Kelly Owens   Piano,Musical Direction
Solomon Hall   Drums
Leslie Johnakins   Baritone Saxophone
Ed Sneed   Bass
Rose Marie McCoy   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jimmy Cannady   Guitar

Technical Credits

Norman Blake   Recreation
Lincoln Chase   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Ozzie Cadena   Composer
Bill Cook   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Buddy Lucas   Composer
Dave Penny   Producer,Annotation
Roy Turk   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Joe Foster   Producer,Recreation
Billy Myles   Composer
Mabel Louise Smith   Composer
Fred Mendelsohn   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Carmen Taylor   Composer
Joyce Ann Bennett   Composer
Willis Carroll   Composer
Alex Kramer   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Andy Morten   Artwork
Bobby Sharp   Composer

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