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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Fantastic Voyage
  • ASIN: B008CE8N6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. No More Crying On My Pillow - King Curtis
2. Tenor In The Sky - King Curtis
3. Movin' On - King Curtis
4. Rockabye Baby - King Curtis
5. Open Up - King Curtis
6. King's Rock - King Curtis
See all 32 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Melvin Daniels: I'll Be There - Melvin Daniels
2. Bob Kent: Korea, Korea - Bob Kent
3. Melvin Daniels: Boogie In The Moonlight - Melvin Daniels
4. Doc Pomus: Work, Little Carrie, Work - Doc Pomus
5. The Sparks Of Rhythm: Woman, Woman, Woman - The Sparks Of Rhythm
6. Solomon Burke: Why Do Me That Way - Solomon Burke
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Joe Turner: (We're Gonna) Jump For Joy - Joe Turner
2. Chuck Willis: Keep A-Driving - Chuck Willis
3. The Strollers: Crowded Classroom - The Strollers
4. The Coasters: The Shadow Knows - The Coasters
5. The Del-Larks: Lady Love - The Del-Larks
6. Bobby Darin: Keep A Walkin' - Bobby Darin
See all 34 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Saxophone titan King Curtis gets the stellar showcase he deserves on Dave Penny s latest career-defining set for Fantastic Voyage, continuing the roll which has seen the label raise the benchmark for knowledgeable, expertly-annotated compilations. Over three discs and nearly 100 tracks, Wail Man Wail! traverses the unmistakable tones of the late Curtis Ousley after he arrived from Texas in New York City in 1952, winning amateur night at Harlem s Apollo before embarking on a recording career which took him to several seminal independent labels and bands with the likes of Lester Young and Lionel Hampton. He settled in New York for 17 years, declaring himself King Curtis and quickly making a name for roaring instrumentals and enhancing countless sessions. With the assistance of K.C. expert Roy Simmonds, Dave Penny has excelled himself in providing both beginner s guide and record collector s magnet, starting with Curtis riproaring role in the earliest days of rock n roll on CD1, collating outings under his own name for labels such as RPM, Gem, Apollo, DeLuxe, Atlantic/Atco, ABC-Paramount, Everest and Sue, also encompassing his time with Alan Freed s rock n roll orchestra. Titles include his debut, Tenor In The Sky , Honeydripper , Dynamite and Wicky Wacky . Discs 2 and 3 chart some of his many memorable recording sessions from between 1952 to 1957, then 1958 to 1961, respectively, names including Solomon Burke, the Willows, Roy Gaines, Neil Sedaka, Wilbert Harrison, Ruth Brown, the Coasters, Waylon Jennings, Lionel Hampton, Bobby Darin, Chuck Willis, the Avons, the Willows, Mickey & Sylvia, the Nitecaps and obscurities such as Washboard Bill. King Curtis was yet another name to fall victim to an early demise, in his case stabbed to death in 1971 after challenging two junkies using drugs outside his Manhattan apartment. Just the groin-rasping solo on Jest Smoochin is enough to convince anyone with a heart and soul that they re in the presence of greatness. There are scores of similar moments on Wail Man Wail!, the latest instalment in Fantastic Voyage s The Architects Of Rock N Roll series, and an exemplary tribute to one of the musical giants of the last century.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Woodhead on 16 Oct. 2012
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King Curtis is someone who everyone has heard and few have heard of. He was a dominant session saxophone player around New York in the 1950s and 1960s until his violent death. This box set is a fine tribute to the musician. It consists largely of solo recordings by him and significant recordings where he provided stunning solos. Some of these are very well known (e.g. recordings with The Coasters) and a lot are much more obscure stuff. He was just about the most fluid and flexible soloist of that period. The package sounds good and is very well presented. Fabulous value for the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ulrik DK on 12 Dec. 2012
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This King Curtis 3CD is a spectacular release because you obtain 96 tunes - almost 4 hours - for very small money AND because it is a clever compilation that focuses on King Curtis early career as well as his sideman career. I have not laid my hands on any album that covers his early career so extensive. Despite having many albums there are very few tunes that I have heard before. I imagine that even very experienced fans of King Curtis will enjoy this release.

The CDs are split between 3 logical themes:
CD 1 KINGS ROCK (1953-1961)
CD 2 WAIL, CURTIS, WAIL (1952-1957)
CD3 TAKIN' CARE OF BUSINESS (1958-1961)

"Kings Rock" is dedicated to various (very often single) releases in his own name on various labels. Sometimes credited as King Curtis & his Orchestra, other times just King Curtis or King Curtis Combo and even King Curtis & His Tenor Sax with Orchestra. The groups consists of various musicians - know and unknown - to the first group belongs Mickey "Guitar" Baker, Kenny Burrell, Al Casey and Herman Foster, but Curtis regulars like Jimmy Lewis, Belton Evans and Ernie Hayes can also be found. However every other musician seem to become anonymous when the King is blowing his tenor. In fact it is striking just how mature and advanced his playing seems to be from the very first moment.

"Wail, Curtis, Wail" and "Takin' Care of Business" are both dedicated to his sideman career and it is a goldmine of obscure releases from the past. You will hear artists that you that knew about and not a single one is irrelevant. If you did not know Melvin Daniels, Big Connie, Mr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Neville on 9 Oct. 2012
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Trying to tie in the missing links between the big band sound, r&b and the onset of rock'n'roll and soul music? Then what better place to start than this excellent package. Great sax playing, superb tunes, great artists. Really enjoying it.
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A varied collection which I find great to dip into.If you like early R & B ,doo-wop,and beginning of black pop then there is plenty to interest in this very well priced three disc set
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Amazon.com: 3 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Awesome collection of Curtis' sideman career! 18 July 2013
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Very rare sides from King Curtis' session work covering the '50s and '60s. From pop, blues and r&b sessions, each cut features a powerful Curtis solo! Essential for Curtis and r&B sax fans!
Great collection, great price! 22 Dec. 2013
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Must have if you're a fan. Basically a collection of all his early side work. With Solomon Burke, Big Joe Turner, the Coasters, Waylon Jennings, et al.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
KCAL hidden treasures. 14 April 2013
By G. Hirai - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the music that I loved hearing before I knew who he was. Hard to find collection of sideman work.
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