on 15 July 2015
I was looking to cherry-pick tracks off various albums so as to compile a good mp3 file of Big Maybelle's recordings. I didn't need to as the best were on this album. The only missing goody that I needed to get was her version of' '96 tears' ( you may remember The Stranglers version ) that I got off another album. My recent searches for the music of good modern electric blues exponents, like Toronzo cannon and Michael Burks, is getting a bit top heavy with male angst, so I am seeking older stuff from the females, like Victoria Spivey, Sippie Wallace, and Big maybelle to balance things out a little. This album is exactly what I am looking for. Real talent hacked out of hard times to produce individual gems of brilliance. If you want to hear a version of 'Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On' before Jerry Lee Lewis got his claws on it, you will hear, on this album, the actual original lyrics expressed in a much more stylish way by Big Maybelle
on 4 November 2007
This compilation of blues singer Big Maybelle is interesting because it assembles both her Savoy and Okeh recordings in the 1950s. That was her heyday, she only had a few hits (Gabbin' blues and Candy) but recorded this great bunch of rhythm & blues with the best musicians in New York.
Big Maybelle pours her heart out in every song with her house-rocking vocals, over a small big band type of rhythm & blues beat. Other highlights are the rocking One monkey don't and Whole lot of shakin' and the bluesy I've got a feeling.