...That's Who! The Complete Chrysalis Recordings (1973-1980)

...That's Who! The Complete Chrysalis Recordings (1973-1980)

by Frankie MillerFrankie Miller


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Scottish whiskey-voiced vocalist Frankie Miller never made much of a splash in the States, despite, or perhaps because of, his fixation on American soul and R&B. Yanks have never been terribly appreciative of the music that originated in their homeland, which might have been a contributing factor to Miller's marginal popularity in the U.S. He was a fairly major star in the U.K., though, big enough for EMI to remaster, repackage, and reissue his catalog (at least for the titles on their Chrysalis imprint) into this generous four-disc box. They even include a few rare singles and, more importantly, the original mix of his second effort, High Life, along with the previously released one, expanding this set's total to eight albums from 1973 through 1980. Because he has recorded just a handful of platters since, and only one after his debilitating brain hemorrhage in 1994, this covers the bulk of his output and all of his best-known songs. The playing time of each runs over 75 minutes, yet there are songs missing that were included as extras reissued on the individually expanded editions by Eagle/Repertoire in 1994. Not including those cuts, most of them as good and some even better than the ones on the albums they were appended to, is a major miss for a compilation that implies completeness. Regardless, the spiffed-up audio is crisp and warm, and while some of the material is spotty, Miller's performance is consistently energized and enthusiastic. From the gritty pub rock of his Brinsley Schwarz-backed debut to the raw soul of the Allen Toussaint-assisted High Life to the harder-edged rock of The Rock and the somewhat slick Easy Money, there is a plethora of terrific material here. Miller is as impressive singing ballads as tough, Faces-styled rockers, which makes each release reverberate with an ebb and flow making even some of the filler -- and make no mistake, there is a good-sized helping of that -- worth hearing. Well-arranged horns and occasional strings help, and a wide variety of producers, some of whom aren't mentioned in the skimpy notes, all do well by Miller's substantial talents. The set is reasonably priced, which makes it a logical choice for those who want to explore Miller's talents more exhaustively than Capitol's excellent 1993, 19-cut collection allows. Unfortunately, the slapdash booklet with a few hastily thrown-together pictures and credits that are lodged under the translucent trays that hold the CDs is a huge disappointment. It's difficult to see who plays what and only the most basic information about each album is available. It follows suit with similarly poorly annotated sets in the 2010-2011 Chrysalis remaster series (Robin Trower, Tangerine Dream, Ten Years After), but because Miller is less well-known worldwide, it's more frustrating that EMI wouldn't have taken the same care they did with the remastered audio to provide more information. Still, for those looking to get a sense of what makes Miller such a respected musician by his peers and dedicated U.K. fan base, it's convenient to have the bulk of his finest music in one handy package.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2018
Label: Chrysalis
UPC: 5060516091249
catalogNumber: 609124
Rank: 35487


Disc 1

  1. You Don't Need to Laugh
  2. I Can't Change It
  3. Candlelight Sonata in F Major
  4. Ann Eliza Jane
  5. It's All Over
  6. In No Resistance
  7. After All (I Live My Life)
  8. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  9. Mail Box
  10. I'm Ready

Disc 2

  1. High Life
  2. Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)
  3. Trouble
  4. A Fool
  5. Little Angel
  6. With You in Mind
  7. The Devil Gun
  8. I'll Take a Melody
  9. Just a Song
  10. Shoo Rah
  11. I'm Falling in Love Again
  12. With You in Mind
  13. Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)
  14. Trouble
  15. Little Angel
  16. With You in Mind
  17. I'll Take a Melody
  18. High Life
  19. Shoo Rah
  20. The Devil Gun
  21. A Fool
  22. I'm Falling in Love Again
  23. Just a Song

Disc 3

  1. A Fool in Love
  2. The Heartbreak
  3. The Rock
  4. I Know Why the Sun Don't Shine
  5. Hard on the Levee
  6. Ain't Got No Money
  7. All My Love to You
  8. I'm Old Enough
  9. Bridgeton
  10. Drunken Nights in the City
  11. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
  12. I'm Old Enough

Disc 4

  1. Be Good to Yourself
  2. The Doodle Song
  3. Jealous Guy
  4. Searching
  5. Love Letters
  6. Take Good Care of Yourself
  7. Down the Honkytonk
  8. This Love of Mine
  9. Let the Candle Light Shine
  10. (I'll Never) Live in Vain

Disc 5

  1. Have You Seen Me Lately Joan
  2. Double Heart Trouble
  3. The Train
  4. You'll Be in My Mind
  5. Good Time Love
  6. Love Waves
  7. (I Can't) Breakaway
  8. Stubborn Kind of Fellow
  9. Love Is All Around
  10. Goodnight Sweetheart

Disc 6

  1. When I'm Away From You
  2. Is This Love
  3. If I Can Love Somebody
  4. Darlin'
  5. And It's Your Love
  6. A Woman to Love
  7. Falling in Love With You
  8. Every Time a Teardrop Falls
  9. Papa Don't Know
  10. Good to See You
  11. Something About You

Disc 7

  1. Easy Money
  2. The Woman in You
  3. Why Don't You Spend the Night
  4. So Young So Young
  5. Forget About Me
  6. Heartbreak Radio
  7. Cheap... Thrills
  8. No Chance
  9. Gimme Love
  10. Tears
  11. Sail Away

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frankie Miller   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Carrack   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jim Hall   Organ,Piano
Ray Russell   Electric Guitar
Ian Gomm   Acoustic Guitar
Henry McCullough   Guitar,Background Vocals
Plain Sailing   Background Vocals
Tim Renwick   Guitar
Bob Andrews   Piano,Accordion,Background Vocals
Barry Bailey   Guitar
Terry Britten   Guitar
Auburn Burrell   Guitar
Fran Byrne   Drums
Lester Caliste   Trombone,Horn
Martin Drover   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Barrie Guard   Percussion,Conductor
Michael Huey   Drums
John Lango   Trumpet
Karen Lawrence   Background Vocals
Nick Lowe   Electric Bass,Background Vocals,Double Bass
Chris Mercer   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ray Minhinnett   Guitar
Stu Perry   Percussion,Drums
Tom Robb   Bass,Conga
Steve Simpson   Guitar,Mandolin,Accordion
Chris Slade   Drums
Richard Supa   Background Vocals
Linda Taylor   Background Vocals
Alvin Thomas   Baritone
Bobby Thompson   Acoustic Guitar
Allen Toussaint   Organ,Piano,Conga
Eric Troyer   Background Vocals
Mick Weaver   Keyboards
Dave Wintour   Bass Guitar
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Lonnie Groves   Background Vocals
Barrie Wilson   Percussion,Drums
Ron Asprey   Horn
Ed Deane   Guitar
Chrissy Stewart   Bass,Bass Guitar
Larrie Londin   Percussion,Drums
Graham Deakin   Drums
Christopher Hall   Keyboards
Joe Wilson   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Stephen Tyler   Background Vocals
Joe Osborne   Bass
Gary Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Tex Comer   Bass Guitar
Brinsley Schwarz   Acoustic Guitar
Chrissie Stewart   Bass
Clyde Kerr   Trombone,Trumpet
Bill Rankin   Drums
Gregory C. Coleman   Drums

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Paul Carrack   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Robin Trower   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Ray Russell   Composer
Andy Fraser   Composer
Bob Johnson   Composer
Allan Taylor   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Kerry Chater   Composer
Jeff Burstin   Composer
Joe Camilleri   Composer
Lee DeCarlo   Engineer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Jack Douglas   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ralph Downs   Engineer
Tony Faehse   Composer
George Gordy   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Brent King   Engineer
David MacKay   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Moon Martin   Composer
Elliot Mazer   Producer,Engineer
Bob McDill   Composer
Chris Mercer   Horn Arrangements
Steve Nye   Engineer
Eddie Setser   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kingsley Ward   Engineer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Jeremy Zatkin   Engineer
Dave Robinson   Producer
Chris Thomas   Producer
Frankie Miller   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Graham Hughes   Art Direction
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Oscar Stuart Blandamer   Composer
Jim Doris   Composer
Doug Foxworthy   Composer
Peter Wagg   Art Direction
Don Davis   Remixing
Joe Wilson   Engineer
Lou Costello   Remixing
Peter Knight   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Hitmen   Producer
Ronnie Anderson   Back Cover Photo

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