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My Baby Left Me - The Definitive Collection CD

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  • Audio CD (14 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fantastic Voyage
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Death Valley Blues
  2. If I Get Lucky
  3. Standing At My Window
  4. Give Me A 32 20
  5. Mean Old Frisco Blues
  6. Cool Disposition
  7. Whos Been Foolin You
  8. Rock Me Mama
  9. Keep Your Arms Around Me
  10. Im In The Mood
  11. Shes Gone
  12. Ethel Mae
  13. So Glad Youre Mine
  14. You Got To Reap
  15. Chicago Blues
  16. Crudups After Hours
  17. Thats All Right
  18. Crudups Vicksburg Blues
  19. Gonna Be Some Changes Made
  20. Katie May
  21. Just Like A Spider
  22. Dust My Broom
  23. Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
  24. Shout Sister Shout
  25. Come Back Baby

Disc: 2

  1. Mean Old Santa Fe
  2. Shes Just Like Caldonia
  3. She Aint Nothing But Trouble
  4. Anytime Is The Right Time
  5. My Baby Left Me
  6. Star Bootlegger
  7. Too Much Competition
  8. Love Me Mama
  9. Where Did You Stay Last Night
  10. Im Gonna Dig Myself A Hole
  11. Goin Back To Georgia
  12. Mr So And So
  13. Late In The Evening
  14. Nelvina
  15. My Baby Boogies All The Time
  16. I Wonder
  17. Open Your Book Daddy Wants To Read With You
  18. Tears In My Eyes
  19. Gonna Find My Baby
  20. Make A Little Love With Me
  21. My Wife And Woman
  22. The War Is Over
  23. If You Ever Been To Georgia
  24. Help Me To Bear This Heavy Load
  25. Shes Got No Hair

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You d think the man that contributed two songs to Elvis Presley s early repertoire would become a rich citizen. But it didn t happen to Arthur Big Boy Crudup. Royalties for That s All Right , My Baby Left Me and So Glad You re Mine were never paid during his lifetime. But he d had success during the decade before Presley s arrival, with six top ten hits between 1945 and 1951. Both sides of a single, Rock Me Mama and Who s Been Foolin You , reached #3 and # 5 respectively in May 1945, followed by another #3, Keep Your Arms Around Me , the following December. In October 1946, So Glad You re Mine also reached #3, while its B-side, Ethel Mae got to #4 the following month. His final hit, I m Gonna Dig Myself A Hole , reached #9 in November 1951. Born in 1905 in Forest, Mississippi, Crudup didn t pick up a guitar until he was in his thirties. He moved to Chicago in 1941 and came to the notice of session fixer Lester Melrose. His first session contained two stark masterpieces, Death Valley Blues and If I Get Lucky . A second session in April 1942 included Mean Old Frisco Blues , which joined the ranks of blues classics. He had a high-pitched voice for a large man and his guitar playing was functional rather than accomplished. Nevertheless, his forceful, declamatory vocals grabbed the listener s attention in a way that more sophisticated artists failed to do. He also had excellent musicians backing him, with bassist Ransom Knowling and drummer Judge Lawrence Riley forming a productive partnership. In the early 1950s, Crudup made singles for Champion, Checker and Trumpet before retiring from recording to support a large family. He re-emerged in 1962 to make an album for Bobby Robinson s Fire label. Toward the end of the decade he made two albums for Delmark and set off on tours of Europe and the antipodes. Efforts were made to locate his royalties; he was promised $60,000 but never received it. Crudup died in 1974 but the following years his manager managed to get a $248,000 cheque for his family. Since then, more than three million dollars have been paid. Crudup never got lucky but his family did.

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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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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.
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nice price and quick delivery. what else can a man want?? thanks again theo vanderheyden music shop lommel belgium
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Oo-Wee, Baby ... 5 Jun. 2014
By reading man - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometime around 1960 I found a 45 EP in my local Baltimore record store containing four sides by Big Boy Crudup, who I knew only as a name, the inspiration for Elvis' first SUN record. It contained four tunes:

She's Nothin' In The World But Trouble
Goin' Back To Georgia
Shout, Sister, Shout
Oo-Wee, Baby, Love Me With A Thrill

The first three of these are included on this 2 CD set, but alas the last one is missing. However, the nostalgia and joy hearing the other three stirred in me is staggering.

As is hearing the other selections, most of which I've heard in the years since 1960 on various CD compilations.

Too much Crudup at once might create blues surfeit, because he plays basically two or three tunes, though there are significant variations. He does play almost everything in the same key, the capo on the 4th or 5th fret (though it's on the 3rd fret in the cover photo), key of E chords. His vocals are outstanding: he doesn't sound like any other blues singer I've ever heard and I've heard a lot of them.

I would say he was a good singer for Elvis and other rockabillies to imitate, though he was strictly a bluesman.

His accompanists know how to make him sound good, especially Jump Jackson on SO GLAD YOU'RE MINE and the guys who back him on the session that produced the four songs I heard on that EP long ago.

The sound is excellent and the price is a bargain. Buy this set and listen to it in short stretches to get the full impact.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like blues, what are you waiting for? 3 Jun. 2013
By buddhawannabe - Published on Amazon.com
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You like blues, you get a sizeable collection of Crudup for your library, end of story. The only question you may be asking is "Do I need two whole CDs of Crudup?" Yes, you do. Spend time in that world, get to know it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Boy - is the man! 28 May 2013
By Scottie B - Published on Amazon.com
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Great old blues! - I must have for your collection. Blues played the way we all thought and know they should!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Early Influence On R&R Not Yet Recognized By The R&R hall Of Fame 3 Dec. 2012
By George O'Leary - Published on Amazon.com
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At some point in the mid-1950s, when traditional Country and Blues experienced a fusion of styles that became known as Rockabilly, the likes of Elvis and Carl Perkins could point to Blues singer/songwriter Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, born in Forest, Mississippi on August 24, 1905, as being among their primary influences.

For a man who never even picked up a guitar until sometime in the 1930s, his obviously natural talent nevertheless landed him a contract with the large Bluebird/RCA Victor consortium, and in May 1945 he scored his first charter - actually a two-sided hit as Rock Me Mamma reached # 3 on what then passed as the R&B charts (Most-Played Juke Box Race Records), while the flipside, Who's Been Foolin' You, made it to # 5 on Bluebird 34-0725. And before the year was out he had Keep Your Arms Around Me climbing the charts, eventually getting to # 3 early in 1946 b/w Cool Disposition on Bluebird 34-0738.

In October 1946 he hit again with a two-sided hit when So Glad You're Mine topped out at # 3 with Ethel Mae right behind at # 4 on RCA Victor 20-1949. He wouldn't have another charter until November 1951 when I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole ot o the # 9 slot b/w Too Much Competition on RCA Victor 50-0141. All of these are in this great set compiled by Neil Slaven, with excellent sound reproduction and informative liner notes, along with many more of his Bluebird/RCA Victor sides (the release pattern and numbering was very confusing), and some later cuts with the Champion, Checker, Trumpet and Groove labels. What you can be certain of is that these are the original sides, something not always evident in some Crudup compilations since he did re-record a lot of his material after being "re-discovered" in the 1960s.

His influence on a young Elvis Presley became evident when The King would record That's All Right at Sun and My Baby Left Me and So Glad You're Mine at RCA Victor. Unfortunately for Crudup, with the way the industry functioned back then he would never see a thin dime in royalties, although some time after his death following a stroke on March 28, 1974, his rather large family did receive a $248,000 payment. And with a proper recognition of his composing finally established, since then his heirs have been awarded millions.

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 1994, but if you're wondering why his name has yet to appear in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, not even in the Early Influence category, you'd have to ask the authorities in Cleveland who seem to have their own unique and weird way of honouring the original movers and shakers.
5.0 out of 5 stars The man Who Made Elvis 21 Dec. 2015
By RJM Music Man - Published on Amazon.com
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A major influence on some of the early rock and rollers with his biggest song "That's All Right" which started Elvis on his way to becoming the King Of Rock and Roll. This set of songs is just superb as he just sat back and reeled them off in his own inimitable fashion. He does have a sound of his own. Maybe without him there would not have been an Elvis.
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