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lunes, 14 de agosto de 2017

Mickey Baker • Guitar

Compilado de este extraordinario guitarrista, que se reparte entre interpretaciones propias y como acompañante.


Biography by Richie Unterberger
Of all the guitarists who helped transform rhythm & blues into rock & roll, Mickey Baker was one of the very most important, ranking almost on the level of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. The reason he wasn't nearly as well known as those legends is that a great deal of his work wasn't issued under his own name, but as a backing guitarist for many R&B and rock & roll musicians. Baker originally aspired to be a jazz musician, but turned to calypso, mambo, and then R&B, where the most work could be found.

In the early and mid-'50s, he did countless sessions for Atlantic, King, RCA, Decca, and OKeh, playing on such classics as the Drifters' "Money Honey" and "Such a Night," Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle & Roll," Ruth Brown's "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean," and Big Maybelle's "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On." He also released a few singles under his own name, and made a Latin jazz-tinged solo album, Guitar Mambo.
Baker's best work, though, was recorded as half of the duo Mickey & Sylvia. Their hit "Love Is Strange," as well as several other unknown but nearly equally strong tracks, featured Baker's keening, bluesy guitar riffs, which were gutsier and more piercing than most anything else around in the late '50s. Mickey & Sylvia split in the late '50s (though they recorded off and on until the middle of the next decade), and Baker recorded his best solo album, the all-instrumental The Wildest Guitar. In 1961, he took the male spoken part (usually assumed to be Ike Turner) on Ike & Tina Turner's first hit, "It's Gonna Work Out Fine." Shortly afterwards he moved to France, making a few hard-to-find solo records and working with a lot of French pop and rock performers, including Ronnie Bird, the best '60s French rock singer. He recorded only sporadically after the mid-'60s. Mickey Baker died at his home in Montastruc-la-Conseillère, France on November 27, 2012, at the age of 87.

Track Listings
[06:51] 01. Mickey Baker, George Arvanitas, Coleman Hawkins - Blues After Hours
[02:43] 02. Little Esther Phillips - If It's New For You
[02:35] 03. Five Keys - Lawdy Miss Mary
[02:52] 04. Linda Hopkins - My Lovin' Baby
[02:04] 05. Mickey Baker & The Midnighters - Shaking At Buttercups
[02:30] 06. Champion Jack Dupree - Caldonia
[02:46] 07. Sam Price - Pack Up And Boogie
[02:43] 08. Five Pearls - Real Humdinger
[02:12] 09. Annie Laurie - Rockin' And Rollin' Again
[02:37] 10. Du-Droppers - Speed King
[02:12] 11. Annisteen Allen - My Brand Of Lovin'
[03:09] 12. Doc Bagby - Sylvia's Calling
[03:01] 13. Ruth Brown - Every Since My Baby's Gone
[02:29] 14. Mickey Baker - Night Crawlin'
[02:35] 15. Nappy Brown - Sittin' In The Dark
[02:24] 16. Annisteen Allen - Wanted
[03:10] 17. Champion Jack Dupree - Louise
[02:30] 18. Mickey Baker & The Midnighters - Git Around
[03:07] 19. Dossie Terry - Thunderbird
[03:14] 20. Milt Trenier - Straighten Up Baby
[02:06] 21. Mickey Baker - Soul Taste
[02:26] 22. Annisteen Allen - About Your Business
[02:43] 23. Champion Jack Dupree - When Things Go Wrong
[03:19] 24. Ray Charles - Funny But I Still Love You
[03:09] 25. Mickey Baker - Prelude In C# Minor

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