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  • Audio CD (23 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: JSP
  • ASIN: B006CLHB1M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The legendary live James Booker set that has been unavailable for some years-a classic album, undoubtably the best made by this iconic New Orleans piano man. With superb sound and an enthusiastic audience this album shows that the New Orleans piano men could turn a piano into an orchestra… blues, rhythm & blues favourites, much Ray Charles influence. Includes 19 tracks in total.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mailian on 13 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a live date (before a small audience) probably recorded in Hamburg, Germany in 1977 (the liner notes remain completely silent on it) with James Booker in excellent form vocally and on piano with a mixture of ballads and rockers. The swinging opening track with Professor Longhair style piano riddles sets the tone. The instrumental Blues rhapsody shows of James Booker skills, real spiders on the keys with a great rhytmic or counterpoint left hand playing. Many New Orleans classics are versioned from Rocking pneumonia (Huey Smith), All by myself (Fats Domino) to Tipitina-Loberta (Professor Longhair) and his own great boogie Junco partner. On the Ray Charles medley of I'll drown in my own tears-I can't stop loving you, James Booker announces to show his influences ranging from Beethoven to Ray Charles. Four ballads close this entertaining set of the King of New Orleans keyboard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JazzFan on 8 Feb. 2014
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I had never heard of this musician until I heard a programme about him on Radio 4 recently. This is an excellent album with 19 very varied tracks, recorded live (good sound quality, no annoying audience noise but lots of atmosphere). Sadly, James was a typical eccentric musical genius who died very young, a great loss but he did leave a reasonable amount of recorded music which deserves to be much better known.
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Heard on radio 4 so followed up by buying the cd. Not disappointed, a great musician and very good cd covering his work. Wonderful.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Germany, 1977 - Not his all-time best, but he's always Five Stars for me 20 April 2006
By PH-50-NC - Published on
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While this disc is still essential listening for a Booker-head like myself, it's probably not THE one to start with. I think his inspiration level was on medium, particularly on the first few selections. That's also where some of the more pedestrian compositions are, which doesn't help with the first-impression making. (I don't know if the disc reproduces a single concert in performance order, but he seems more into his playing and singing it as the disc goes on.)

Here, he seems to put the most feeling into the ballads--perhaps he was getting a little homesick at this point in his German tour. Not to say that his playing is bad on the uptempo stuff. This version of Rockin' Pneumonia is fun. He's not out of control or lethargic by any means (and with later Booker, this was unfortuately a possibility). Also, these tunes are his core repetoire, so he's not fumbling on anything. But he's not on fire as he can be during his very best moments. Here, he turns in a lot of joyous music, and delivers some unique moments that aren't repeated elsewhere.

A digression from this CD...

Personally, my picks for solo Booker albums are "Resurrection of the Bayou Maharajah" and "Junco Partner" -- they feature New Orleans piano and singing at it's very best. On "Resurrection" (and it's all-instrumental companion "Spiders on the Keys") you get the best takes selected from dozens (hundreds?) of hours of his playing taped informally at the Maple Leaf bar in New Orleans. The fidelity isn't the highest, but it's like being a fly on the wall at a private party where Booker was at the top of his game. It's true that some of these Maple Leaf performances were affected what sounds like untreated manic depression (and a helping of substance abuse). But when you hear them, you can't deny that he could make his solo piano groove as hard as a whole New Orleans R&B band, and that his vocal flights of fancy are unique and electrifying. Even when he's yodelling and interjecting comments about the CIA (wait, especially when he's doing that stuff!) he's a genius as a singer. If a completely sane performer sang this way, I'd feel the same.

And "Junco Partner" is just perfect for a Booker studio recording--perfect control, soulful performances, the works. It's probably his masterpiece.

...back to the album at hand:

Get this one soon after you pick up those others, but not before. It definitely has great moments, but you might not see what the fuss is all about based on listening to the opening portion of the disc.

Supposedly this record comes from a club date in Hamburg, Germany, in 1977. JSP gives no info on the where, when, or how these tracks were captured.

It's a cleanly recorded album. There's not as much lower mid-range/bass as you might expect, but some pianos just sound like that when they are recorded with a neutral microphone and little equalization.

This record was out of print for several years, and as of 2006 it's back. Get it while you can. Still out of print are similar recordings such as "The Piano Prince of New Orleans" (Hamburg, Germany October 1976: Aves 69031), "Blues & Ragtime from New Orleans" (Hamburg, Germany, October 1976: Aves 146.530), "Mr. Mystery" (Tracks 1-5: Switzerland, July 9, 1978 Tracks 6-11: Liege, Belgium, Nov. 9, 1976: Sundown 709-09), and "Let's Make a Better World" (Leipzig, Germany, Oct. 29, 1977: Amiga 001-91). There is a lot of overlap in the repetoire on these live European recordings. Of course, they're not making any more Booker records, so I want them all! Enjoy.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
blues pianist from Rome that loves New Orleans blues 15 Feb. 2000
By eric ranzoni - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm probably the only musician in Italy that knows the incredible Music of James Booker! (what a shame! ) This record is maybe my favourite (i've got them all). Ispired, very good sound, so many songs and, most of all, just James's voice and fingers. It's impossible to listen to more art from a single man. Long life to the music of Booker, Longhair and Dr John!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Triumphant New Orleans piano 19 Feb. 2006
By S. Hecht - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm surprised there has been no previous review of this live album. For those interested mainly in Booker's remarkably sophisticated and soulful piano, this is the album to get. Intimate, well-recorded, and raw at the edges, it provides 75 minutes of James partying and singing at the keyboard to the delight of the small club's audience. I recommend this, along with "Junco Partner", as Booker's purest New Orleans solo piano recordings. My only objection is that the liner notes give no indication of where or when this recording was made.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
one helluva nerve.... 5 Mar. 2007
By T. Bekken - Published on
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James Booker was at the very pinnacle of the genre known to some as 'New Orleans Piano'. Classically trained, a road warrior with different artists such as Joe Tex, Lionel Hampton & Ringo Starr, Booker was a man who played any kind of stuff at will. His way of transforming just about any song into his own elaborate creation remains unsurpassed, and his keyboard pyrotechnics continue to baffle and boggle the mind... Booker's recordings are varied, and a lot of people have released obscure tapes of him in various states of mind and degrees of intoxication. Some of this material ought to have remained in the can. This cd, however, seems to catch him in a good laid back mood - in control of the situation, both musically and performance-wise. Booker works his way through his staple repertoir, with a few surprises thrown in here and there. If you can't get your hands on PIANO PRINCE FROM NEW ORLEANS; BLUES AND RAGTIME FROM NEW ORLEANS or JUNCO PARTNER, this one will do nicely, in addition to all the records on Rounder. Enjoy, that's all I can say.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Yet Another Edition of Great Booker music 3 July 2008
By Brendan Mclean - Published on
Format: Audio CD
James Booker is the best New Orleans piano player ever. For some reason it seems to be a little known fact. On top of that, he has a deeply soulful and unique voice. This album is not the best of all Booker albums, but even if I just heard this album I would still defend my opening statement. On this work his virtuosity is evident. Blues Rhapsody is a stark example of how he was able to blend Classical and New Orleans-style piano and create his signature rhythmic and melodic sound, which defined his play. I like this album a lot and classify it as a five star recording. If I were to recommend an alternative, it would be a bootleg I bought in NOLA called Let Them Talk-James Booker Live in Europe, but I've never seen it since. In any case this is just plain good music from a super talented and very much American musician.
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