HOO-124153

Esquerita Esquerita! the Definitive Edition

8,26 €

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4 1/2 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Esquerita's flamboyant stage personality, wild piano style and stratospheric pompadour made a deep impression on Little Richard during his formative years. There's an infectious raw rhythm & blues energy in Esquerita's playing and pleasing vitality in his gruffer, more soulful vocals that sounds much less time-warped than a lot of other early rock & roll. Eskew Reeder Jr. (his real name) went to Nashville in 1958 to record his fabulous debut LP, Esquerita!, and other firecrackers – added here as bonus tracks – that made him a true innovator. Despite a fantastic, iconic cover image of the singer with his wig piled high and a collection of raucous bawlers inside, he came across as one too many Little Richards for the world to handle and this album never got the recognition it truly deserves.

Ironically, it was only when an unproven Richard had stretched out his Esquerita muscle on a previously lackluster session in New Orleans that he found his own voice as early rock & roll's most thrilling loony tune. These terrific recordings have been packaged together in this very special collector's edition and feature a virtual who's who of great sidemen, including Vincent Mosley, Tony White, Marvin Hughes and Elvis Presley's primary male back-up vocal group The Jordanaires, among others.

PERSONNEL:

ESQUERITA, vocals and piano on all tracks, plus:

Vincent Mosley (guitar)
Floyd T. Chance (bass)
Johnny “Ricardo” Young (drums)
Marvin Hughes (piano)
Dutch McMillin (tenor sax)
The Gardenias, The Jordanaires (backing vocals).

Recorded in 1958 at Bradley Film & Recording Studio and
RCA Victor Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.

TRACKS:

01 HEY, MISS LUCY 2:08
02 WHY DID IT TAKE YOU SO LONG 2:53
03 SHE LEFT ME CRYING 2:32
04 CRAZY, CRAZY FEELING 2:23
05 GET BACK BABY 2:12
06 HOLE IN MY HEART 1:54
07 I'M BATTIE OVER HATTIE 2:11
08 BABY, YOU CAN DEPEND ON ME 2:46
09 BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY ROCK & ROLL IS HERE TO STAY 2:19
10 I NEED YOU 2:08
11 MAYBE BABY 2:14
12 GETTIN' PLENTY LOVIN' 2:04

BONUS TRACKS
13 ROCKIN' THE JOINT 2:03
14 OH BABY 2:13
15 LAID OFF 2:24
16 ESQUERITA AND THE VOOLA 2:14
17 THIS THING CALLED LOVE 2:26
18 JUST ANOTHER LIE 2:41
19 PLEASE COME HOME 2:42
20 YOU CAN'T PULL ME DOWN 2:25

TOTAL TIME: 46:48

Reference: HOO-124153
Label: Hoo Doo Records
Label code: 263375
Format: CD
Number of discs: 1
EAN: 8436028695577