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Handy Man: The Otis Blackwell Songbook Import

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  • Audio CD (28 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B008L1H0FI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. MAKE ME KNOW IT - Elvis Presley
  2. I TOLD MYSELF A LIE - Clyde McPhatter
  3. DON'T BE CRUEL - Jerry Lee Lewis
  4. MY PIGEON'S GONE - The Five Keys
  5. COOL BABY - Charlie Gracie
  6. FEVER - Little Willie John
  7. SLOW MOTION - Wade Flemons
  8. THE SHAPE I'M IN - Johnny Restivo
  9. PRISCILLA - Eddie Cooley and the Dimples
  10. BRACE YOURSELF - Ben E King
  11. ALL SHOOK UP - David Hill
  12. NINE TIMES OUT OF TEN - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
  13. I'LL FIND YOU - Gene Pitney
  14. FOR MY GOOD FORTUNE - Mahalia Jackson
  15. HEY LITTLE GIRL - Thurston Harris
  16. HONKY TONKY - The Queen (Dinah Washington)
  17. PLEASE, MISTER MAYOR - Roy Clark
  18. JUST KEEP IT UP (AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS) - Dee Clark
  19. TOO LONG WILL BE TOO LATE - Jimmy Jones
  20. ONE BROKEN HEART FOR SALE (DEMO) - Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott
  21. DADDY ROLLIN' STONE - Derek Martin
  22. I FEEL GOOD ALL OVER - Sam Butera and the Witnesses
  23. HOME IN YOUR HEART - Solomon Burke
  24. HANDY MAN - Del Shannon

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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Sept. 2012
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This compilation starts with the excellent 'Make me know it' by Elvis, this track sets the tone for the next 23 tracks. This is a quality release by 'Ace' records, it runs 51.39 mins (a little on the short side - a couple more tracks would have been great). It has great sound quality and comes with an excellent 20 page colour booklet. There are only two tracks that aren't my bag (Mahalia Jackson and Dinah Washington) the rest flow nicely as a compilation. There are too many great tracks on this cd to mention but it's nice to here the rare David Hill version of 'All shook up' which is good but lacks the umph and magic dust of Elvis Presley's no.1 hit. My favourite track is the demo of 'One broken heart for sale' by Otis Blackwell himself - it's interesting, fascinating and fantastic - Elvis clearly adhered closely to this demo and got himself a hit. Overall a very good compilation with quality tracks on it (4.5 stars really).

Please note: Fever by Little Willie John is the strings overdub version (King 5591 (1962).
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Good and bad (mostly good I'm glad to say) - here's another crackling little CD compilation from those knowledgeable and dedicated boffins over at Steele Road in London's NW10 (Ace Records). Girls - here are the Daddy Rolling Stones...

UK released August 2012 - "Handy Man: The Otis Blackwell Songbook" on Ace CDCHD 1346 (Barcode 029667052122) breaks down as follows (51:37 minutes):

1. Make Me Know It - ELVIS PRESLEY (1960, RCA LSP 2231)
2. I Told Myself A Lie - CLYDE McPHATTER (1959, MGM 12780)
3. Don't Be Cruel - JERRY LEE LEWIS (1958, Sun LP 1230)
4. My Pigeon's Gone - THE FIVE KEYS (1956, Capitol 3455)
5. Cool Baby - CHARLIE GRACIE (1957, Cameo 117)
6. Fever (With String Overdubs) - LITTLE WILLIE JOHN (1962, King 5591)
7. Slow Motion - WADE FLEMONS (1959, Vee-Jay 321)
8. The Shape I'm In - JOHNNY RESTIVO (1959, RCA Victor 47-7559)
9. Priscilla - EDDIE COOLEY and THE DIMPLES (1956, Royal Roost 621)
10. Brace Yourself - BEN E. KING (1960, Atco 6166)
11. All Shook Hill - DAVE HILL (1957, Aladdin 3359)
12. Nine Times Out Of Ten - CLIFF RICHARD and THE SHADOWS (1958, Columbia DB 4506)
13. I'll Find You - GENE PITNEY (1961, Festival 25002)
14. For My Good Fortune - MAHALIA JACKSON (1958, Columbia 41258)
15. Hey Little Girl - THURSTON HARRIS (1959, Aladdin 3238)
16. Honky Tonk - THE QUEEN (Dinah Washington) (1958, Mercury 71389)
17. Please, Mister Mayor - ROY CLARK (1958, Debbie 103)
18. Just Keep It Up (And See What Happens) - DEE CLARK (1959, Abner 1026)
19. Too Long Will Be Too Late - JIMMY JONES (1960, MGM LP SE 3847)
20. One Broken Heart For Sale - OTIS BLACKWELL and WINFIELD SCOTT (1995 Bear Family BCD 15630)
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HASH(0x94789ea0) out of 5 stars BLACKWELL GETS SOME LIMELIGHT FOR HIS SONGWRITING 8 Jan. 2013
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
Otis Blackwell's name may not be known to many, but his songs sure are. He wrote "Fever" (Little Willie John), "Don't Be Cruel" (Elvis Presley), "Great Balls of Fire" (Jerry Lee Lewis), and a number of other great tunes. But he also played the piano and was a pretty good singer in his own right.

Not many people can say they influenced r&b, and r'n'r to the extent Blackwell did. But check out the other songs here-the relatively lesser known sides-by (perhaps) some lesser known singers. There's some small gems here worth hearing. Listen to "Brace Yourself" by Ben E. King, "I'll Find You" by Gene Pitney, or "For My Good Fortune" by Mahalia Jackson, and "Just Keep Up And See What Happens" by Dee Clark. This set isn't everything Blackwell wrote-hopefully there will be another issue of his work similar to this one.

It's about time that this genius of r&b/r'n'r song writing had a collection like this. Most everything here is well worth hearing. Check out "Honky Tonky" by Dinah Washington, or "One Broken Heart For Sale" by Cliff Richard & The Shadows. "Hey Little Girl" by Thurston Harris is pretty nice too. Hopefully Ace Records will issue that second volume of Blackwell's gems. But for now, this will do nicely. You might also want to check out a recently released album by Dan Penn-his sides from his Fame Records period-very good indeed.
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HASH(0x94dc0d50) out of 5 stars THE MAN WHO WROTE SOME OF THE BEST TUNES IN THE ROCK&ROLL ERA 26 Feb. 2013
By Ilkka Tarjavaara - Published on Amazon.com
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HEARING OTIS DOING HIS OWN THING ON 'DADDY ROLLIN STONE' A SONG RECORDED BY THE LIKES OF ANDRE WILLIAMS GIVES US AN IDEA OF HIS BROADER TALENT THAN JUST WRITTING THE SONGS THE WHOLE WORLD HEARD AND PURCHASED WHEN ELVIS AND JERRY LEE LEWIS DONE THEM IN THE 50,s
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HASH(0x94dc11a4) out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Feb. 2015
By Theresa I. Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
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