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The Big Beat: The Dave Bartholomew Songbook CD


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  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B004MRU9HG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. THE FAT MAN - Fats Domino
2. GOING TO THE River - Chuck Willis
3. 3 X 7 = 21 - Annie Laurie
4. I'm Gone - Shirley & Lee
5. Ain't Gonna Do It - The Pelicans (Aka The Kidds)
6. Down The Road - Smiley Lewis
7. My Ding A Ling - Dave Bartholomew And His Orchestra
8. All By Myself - The Johnny Burnette Trio
9. Let The Four Winds Blow - Roy Brown
10. Please Please Please - Merle Kilgore
11. I'm Walkin' - Larry Storch
12. The Big Beat - The Del Vikings
13. I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday - Bobby Mitchell And The Toppers
14. Valley Of Tears - Buddy Holly
15. Witchcraft - Elvis Presley
16. Every Night About This Time - The World Famous Upsetters Featuring Little Richard
17. My Girl Josephine (Hello Joesphine) - Jerry Lee Lewis
18. Blue Monday - Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames
19. Walking To New Orleans - Brenda Lee
20. The Monkey - Dave Bartholomew
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Product Description

* The latest entry in Ace's ongoing `Songwriter Series' salutes the 75-year-and-counting career of the founding father of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues - the great Dave Bartholomew.

* Between the late 1940s and the mid 1960s, the songs of Bartholomew and, most frequently, his protégé Fats Domino were never off the R&B and Pop charts. Besides Fats, Dave also wrote for or with the majority of the Crescent City's biggest acts of the period, composing many of R&B and rock'n'roll's most durable anthems along the way.

* His works have been recorded by some of the biggest names in the history of popular music, as well as some of the most obscure. The appropriately titled "The Big Beat" assembles two dozen of the man's best known copyrights, many of which have been hits over and over again.

* As with other Songwriter Series' packages, the recordings used have been chosen to reflect the diversity of Dave's catalogue, and to show how well his songs have long since transcended the era in which most of them were written.

* Released with the full approval of Dave Bartholomew - 92 years old and still going strong.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bony Moronie on 8 Dec. 2011
Fabulous album, it repeats most of my collection but worth the money for "The Monkey" by Dave Bartholomew, (which sadly until now I did not have), alone. Again only for those who adore and were brought up on THE ONLY TRUE MUSIC of my, or any other generation. Superb.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 29 July 2011
An excellent album, and a great tribute to the silent partner in the Fats Domino story. There's not a weak track - unless you count the Larry Storch send-up of I'm Walkin', but a foot=tapper throughout.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 23 April 2011
You can assume that the Bartholomew-Domino writing partnership was 50%50-Bartholomew would keep his more risque songs for himself while the Fat Man always kept an image of more wholesomeness.Hank Ballard or Joe Turner he wasn't and no doubt had no intention of following them
Somehow My Ding A Ling just wasn't him for this song which seemed to have had 2 other titles-Toy Bell for the Bees and My Tamboure for Chuck Berry's studio version.
Many of these titles have been well anthologised-I must have The Fat Man a dozen times but the only other version I have is by Pat Boone-surely the most inappropriate song he ever covered!
I'm not sure whether Ace repeated any of these recordings but they include many by other artists like Brenda Lee and Georgie Fame
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fats Domino songs. No so much Fats singing. 24 May 2011
By markmarymnont - Published on Amazon.com
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The latest entry in the Ace series on writers/producers, this one, like the others, doesn't go for the standard hits by the featured "name." There area few songs by Fats but you also get some interesting versions of his biggest hits as interpreted by others, i.e. Brenda Lee is "Walking To New Orleans" and comedian Larry Storch dismantles "I'm Walkin'." As usual, there's a good balance in the material and well-informed liner notes.
This could have been so much better 4 July 2011
By OffBeat Magazine - Published on Amazon.com
Initially, this one blew me away, but this could have been so much better. There's no way to understate Dave Bartholomew's contribution to popular music, so many musicians are included to demonstrate the breadth of his influence. Local favorites are naturally included. Smiley, Fats, Bobby Mitchell, Roy Brown, the Pelicans, as well as Shirley and Lee are in the mix. Dave's original version of "My Ding-A-Ling" and the still mind-boggling "The Monkey," are included. Of the "outsiders," Buddy Holly's version of "Valley of Tears" is actually better than Fats' original, and Johnny Burnette tears up "All By Myself." Elvis' treatment of "Witchcraft" is over-the-top and the Upsetters' (actually Little Richard's) version of "Every Night About This Time" is stunning. Even Brenda Lee doing "Walking to New Orleans" is a head-turner.

Being a UK release, this album's got a British slant to it. Unfortunately, there are some simply dreadful tracks included by Englishmen, the exception being Dave Edmunds' 1970 romp with "I Hear You Knockin'," which still rocks the house. But sub-par tracks at the expense of, say, Billy Tate's "Single Life," "Certain Door" (by Smiley or Snooks) or Al Robinson's "They Said It Couldn't be Done," makes no sense at all.

Oddly, at least four songs here weren't written at all by Bartholomew, further muting the celebration. Still, there's a lot to like here, and this is a fine tribute to the most important New Orleans musician/writer/producer ever.--Jeff Hannusch, OffBeat Magazine, June 2011 issue.
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