The Complete Hightone Sessions

The Complete Hightone Sessions

by Pinetop PerkinsPinetop Perkins


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Pinetop Perkins' Heritage of the Blues: The Complete Hightone Sessions is a welcome if strange reissue. In a sense, none of the tracks here have been issued before -- at least not in this form. These sessions took place over two years in the Octobers of 1996 and 1997 in Chicago. There are 15 tracks here, including Perkins classic originals such as "Down in Mississippi," "Take It Easy Baby," "Song for Sunnyland," "Big Fat Mama," "Little Girl, Little Girl," and others. Yes, "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" is here, too. Unaccompanied, Perkins runs through these tunes in an intimate and utterly compelling manner, turning the middle eights into wondrously dexterous right-hand workouts, and his voice is still in fine shape here. What is so strange is that some of these tunes are recorded on an electric piano, making them sound tinny, reedy, and oddly more home-style than barrelhouse. Even so, Perkins' trademark slippery right hand is in fine supply here, as are his strange, open-ended, and extrapolated chords. It's a gentle workout, one that is as laid-back as it is articulate and soulful, but this is a different side of Perkins, one that balances out the profile of a giant and master. Despite the weird timbres, Heritage of the Blues is a fine and even essential Perkins recording to own.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
Label: Hightone Records
UPC: 0012928815925
catalogNumber: 8159
Rank: 116195

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pinetop Perkins   Primary Artist,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Eddie Boyd   Composer
Buster Brown   Composer
Leroy Carr   Composer
Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Roosevelt Sykes   Composer
Pinetop Smith   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Ralph Bass   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Ike Turner   Author
Pinetop Perkins   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
William Perkins   Composer
Fats Washington   Composer
Robert McCullum   Composer
John Thornton   Composer
Leona Blackman   Composer
Matthew Block   Producer,Engineer

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