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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value and not one just for the purists, 7 Feb 2013
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This review is from: My Baby Left Me - The Definitive Collection (Audio CD)
Excellent value for 50 tracks. Ok some of them may sound as though they were working from the same template but that approach is certainly not unique to this artist. And as they say "if it aint broke dont fix it". Some good old fashioned slow country blues mixed in with some real up tempo numbers. I am not an expert on this artists music but as far as I can see this collection is a pretty solid representation of his output from the late forties to the early fifties and contains all his classic recordings particularly those on RCA Victor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Baby Left Me - Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup, 3 Feb 2014
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Mr. M. Sanders "TX41" (Powys, UK) - See all my reviews
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Arthur 'Big Boy ' Crudup was a great influence on the young Elvis Presley.

He had an individual style in the late 1930's and 40's that went into the magical blend of what would become Rock n Roll in mid to late 1950's America, and which then surged worldwide almost at the same time.

With a distinctive playing style, Arthur Crudup took blues and made the rythm faster and more exciting, it is interesting to note that as early as 1942, this adjunct of blues music he was forming and playing was to my mind the embryonic seed of what the end result would come through in the music of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and many others. What we might define now as Rock n Roll.

This double CD really gives you the complete best of Arthur Crudup. For a musician who was not a full time player when the majority of these recordings were made, it is amazing that he recorded so many songs and wrote so prolifically.

To call him the founding father of Rock and Roll is not something that should be said lightly of this man, you can hear him in Elvis, Bill Haley, Buddy and many more. His 'My baby left me' recorded in the late 40's is perhaps ten years early of that day when Elvis went to Sun records in 1954 and recorded 'that's alright mama,' an Arthur Crudup song, for his mother.

That day changed musical history and Arthur Crudup was the catalyst that made that happen.

Sadly, Arthur Crudup never saw the royalties he should have enjoyed, he lived a hard life without a great financial reward, often doing menial jobs to make ends meet. Like Johnny Cash, he served his apprenticeship, got his hands dirty, earned a working man's wage and made music. Johnny Cash later found the famer and fortune, but the road to that point was a hard one.

Unfortunately, Arthur Crudup never enjoyed the adulation from the 60's Blues Revivial that was started by groups such as the early Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and other British Groups. His legacy of music shows how he was striving to take his own unique take on the Blues somewhere further, a long time before anyone else, but in the late 40's others like Ike Turner were starting to use a harder edged blues song format, no doubt they heard him or his recordings.

He was just too far ahead of his time when he made his music, however, a few short years later fromthe late 1940's recording of 'My baby left me' television came to be a device that changed America markedly, had he been promoted through television, who knows how he might have fared?

This collection of music is very historic for many reasons, I would say because it grew the Blues into Rock n Roll and influenced other musicians later on who developed the music further.

Arthur Crudup is an unsung hero of music, and of America. No Arthur Crudup, no Rockabilly, no Elvis. It's about that simple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My baby left me, 16 Oct 2013
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A. Watson "Allen" (Cramlington, England) - See all my reviews
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Very good songs, if you like old blues this is for you, a few songs on this Album Elvis recorded.
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