The Big Beat: The Dave Bartholomew Songbook CD
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Audio CD, CD, 28 Mar 2011
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* 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.
Top customer reviews
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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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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