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King Curtis: Wail Man Wail - The best of King Curtis 1952-1961 Box set

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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Fantastic Voyage
  • ASIN: B008CE8N6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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
  7. Dynamite At Midnight - King Curtis
  8. The Stranger - King Curtis
  9. Steel Guitar Rag - King Curtis
  10. Wicky Wacky, Pt. 1 - King Curtis
  11. Wicky Wacky, Pt. 2 - King Curtis
  12. The Count And The King [with Count Hastings] - King Curtis & Count Hastings
  13. The King - King Curtis
  14. Battle Royal [with Count Hastings] - King Curtis & Count Hastings
  15. Jest Smoochin' - King Curtis
  16. Birth Of The Blues - King Curtis
  17. Ilfic - King Curtis
  18. You Made Me Love You - King Curtis
  19. Castle Rock - King Curtis
  20. Chili - King Curtis
  21. Honeydripper, Pt. 1 - King Curtis
  22. Honeydripper, Pt. 2 - King Curtis
  23. Peter Gunn - King Curtis
  24. Heavenly Blues - King Curtis
  25. Restless Guitar - King Curtis
  26. King Neptune's Guitar - King Curtis
  27. Beatnik Hoedown - King Curtis
  28. The Lone Prairie - King Curtis
  29. Jay Walk - King Curtis
  30. St Louis Blues - King Curtis
  31. My Babe - King Curtis
  32. Hot-Rod - King Curtis

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
  7. Mr Bear & His Bearcats: Mr Bear Comes To Town - Mr Bear & The Bearcats
  8. Varetta Dillard: If (You Want To Be My Baby) - Varetta Dillard
  9. Roy Gaines: Dee Dat Dee Dum Dum - Roy Gaines
  10. Big Connie: Mumbles Blues - Big Connie
  11. The Tibbs Brothers: I'm Going Crazy - The Tibbs Brothers
  12. The Nitecaps: Bamboo Rock 'n' Roll - The Nitecaps
  13. The Cues: Yes Sir! - The Cues
  14. Washboard Bill: In The Morning - Washboard Bill
  15. The Avons: Our Love Will Never End - The Avons
  16. The Willows: Don't Push, Don't Pull, Don't Shove - The Willows
  17. Sonny Thompson: Gum Shoe - Sonny Thompson
  18. Mickey & Sylvia: I'm Going Home - Mickey & Sylvia
  19. The Nitecaps: Oh! You Sweet Girl - The Nitecaps
  20. Sam Price: Rib Joint - Sam Price
  21. Rudy Greene: Juicy Fruit - Rudy Greene
  22. Sammy Lowe: Wail Man Wail - Sammy Lowe
  23. Rudy Greene: You're The One For Me - Rudy Greene
  24. Washboard Bill: Pot Likker - Washboard Bill
  25. The Pearls: Ice Cream Baby - The Pearls
  26. The Five Keys: Handy Andy - The Five Keys
  27. The Twin-Tones: Before You Go - The Twin-Tones
  28. Big Maybelle: Blues, Early Early, Pts. 1 & 2 - Big Maybelle
  29. Walter Spriggs: Rack 'Em Back - Walter Spriggs
  30. The Diamonds: The Stroll - The Diamonds

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
  7. The Bobbettes: Rock And Ree-Ah-Zole - The Bobbettes
  8. The Coasters: Yakety Yak - The Coasters
  9. Pretty Boy: Switchen In The Kitchen - Pretty Boy
  10. Hutch Davie: In The Mood - Hutch Davie
  11. Varetta Dillard: Just Multiply - Varetta Dillard
  12. The Stone Crushers: Crawfish - The Stone Crushers
  13. The Arcades: Fine Little Girl - The Arcades
  14. Ruth Brown: This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' - Ruth Brown
  15. Waylon Jennings: When Sin Stops - Waylon Jennings
  16. The Coasters: That Is Rock & Roll - The Coasters
  17. Bobby Darin: I Ain't Sharin' Sharon - Bobby Darin
  18. Neil Sedaka: You Gotta Learn Your Rhythm And Blues - Neil Sedaka
  19. Bracey Everett: The Lover's Curse - Bracey Everett
  20. The Coasters: Charlie Brown - The Coasters
  21. Waylon Jennings: Jole Blon - Waylon Jennings
  22. Sammy Turner: Always - Sammy Turner
  23. Ruth Brown: Takin' Care Of Business - Ruth Brown
  24. Neil Sedaka: Stupid Cupid - Neil Sedaka
  25. The Coasters: Besame Mucho, Pt. 2 - The Coasters
  26. Lionel Hampton: More Juice - Lionel Hampton
  27. Roy Hamilton: Your Love - Roy Hamilton
  28. The Strolls: Madisonville, Pt. 1 - The Strolls
  29. The Strolls: Madisonville, Pt. 2 - The Strolls
  30. The Coasters: Shoppin' For Clothes - The Coasters
  31. Bobby Lewis: Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  32. The Top Notes: Hearts Of Stone - The Top Notes
  33. The Shells: Better Forget Him - The Shells
  34. Wilbert Harrison: Off To Work Again - Wilbert Harrison

Product Description

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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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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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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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 fantastic 3cd set!! The first is a collection of great rhythm n blues/rock n roll/soul/jazz infused instrumentals from King Curtis! The other 2 CDs focus on his session work for everyone from the Coasters to Big Connie! All tracks are great in sound quality seeming to reflect the production of their day! Fantastic rhythm n blues and rock n roll from one of the best sax players around at the time!! Highly recommended!!
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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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