You’re My Best Poker Hand: The Definitive Collection

T-Bone Walker
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
£9.99
Release date: 21 Mar 2011

 

"Nicely presented compilation of prime recordings in a 3CD set...remain potent and hypnotic."   MUSIC WEEK

"If Blues guitar is your bag, it all started here...a must for all Blues guitar fans."  4/5 RECORD COLLECTOR

"this set is simply the best T-Bone anthology since the old Mosaic box-set and, naturally, comes highly recommended."  REAL BLUES MAGAZINE

CAT No: FVTD099UPC TEXT: 5055311000992

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T-Bone Walker was crucial to the formulation of modern blues. Lovers of blues piano might not like that fact, but without T-Bone’s innovatory approach to playing the guitar there would have been no B.B. King, no Buddy Guy, no Freddie King, no Eric Clapton, nor any of the plank-spankers who strut the stage at blues festivals and club gigs. The line began with T-Bone, who along with his friend Charlie Christian invented the vocabulary for the amplified guitar.

Christian died early but T-Bone adapted the improvisatory techniques of the jazzmen he encountered, creating free-flowing phrases whose originality became the inescapable language that blues guitarists had to learn. Throughout the late 1940s, T-Bone cut a sequence of singles for labels like Black & White and Capitol that laid the groundwork for what became the prevailing style of blues recording. With musicians of the calibre of Jack McVea, Teddy Buckner, Bumps Meyers, Lloyd Glenn and Willard McDaniel, he created a supple and subtle repertoire of vocal and instrumental artistry that today’s taste for hyperbole would describe as genius. Heard sixty years after their creation, these records, including ‘Mean Old World’, ‘Call It Stormy Monday’ and ‘T-Bone Shuffle’, still impress for the conviction with which they were played. T-Bone transferred to the Imperial label in 1950 but the music continued in an unbroken line of creative superiority, heard in ‘The Hustle Is On’, ‘Strollin’ With Bone’, ‘I Get So Weary’ and ‘Here In The Dark’.

In 1955 he began recording for Atlantic, who issued two singles, ‘Papa Ain’t Salty’ and ‘Play On Little Girl’, part of a sequence of sessions that included one cut in Chicago with Junior Wells on harmonica. These tracks, including remakes of ‘Mean Old World’ and ‘Stormy Monday’, form a fitting climax to a set that encapsulates the sound and expertise of T-Bone Walker, a master of the blues.

Tracklist

CD1

  1. T-Bone Blues (Les Hite & His Orchestra (with T-Bone Walker))
  2. I Got A Break Baby (T-Bone Walker)
  3. Mean Old World (T-Bone Walker)
  4. My Baby Left Me (Blues) (T-Bone Walker with Marl Young's Orchestra)
  5. Come Back To Me Baby (Blues) (T-Bone Walker with Marl Young's Orchestra)
  6. She Is Going To Ruin Me (T-Bone Walker with Marl Young's Orchestra)
  7. I Can't Stand Being Away From You (T-Bone Walker with Marl Young's Orchestra)
  8. No Worry Blues (T-Bone Walker with Jack McVea All Stars)
  9. Don't Leave Me Baby (T-Bone Walker with Jack McVea All Stars)
  10. Bobby Sox Blues (T-Bone Walker with Jack McVea All Stars)
  11. I'm Gonna Find My Baby (T-Bone Walker with Jack McVea All Stars)
  12. I'm In An Awful Mood (T-Bone Walker with Al Killian Quintet)
  13. It's A Low Down Dirty Deal (T-Bone Walker with Al Killian Quintet)
  14. Don't Give Me The Runaround (T-Bone Walker with Al Killian Quintet)
  15. Hard Pain Blues (T-Bone Walker with Al Killian Quintet)
  16. I Know Your Wig Is Gone (T-Bone Walker & His Guitar)
  17. T-Bone Jumps Again (T-Bone Walker & His Guitar)
  18. Call It Stormy Monday (T-Bone Walker & His Guitar)
  19. She's My Old Time Used To Be (T-Bone Walker)
  20. Midnight Blues (T-Bone Walker)
  21. Triflin' Woman Blues (T-Bone Walker)
  22. Long Skirt Baby Blues (T-Bone Walker)
  23. Goodbye Blues (T-Bone Walker)
  24. On Your Way Blues (T-Bone Walker)
  25. The Natural Blues (T-Bone Walker)

CD2

  1. T-Bone Shuffle (T-Bone Walker)
  2. That's Better For Me (T-Bone Walker)
  3. Vacation Blues (T-Bone Walker & His Guitar)
  4. Prison Blues (T-Bone Walker & His Guitar)
  5. Home Town Blues (T-Bone Walker)
  6. I'm Gonna Move You Out And Get Somebody Else (T-Bone Walker)
  7. She's The No-Sleepin'est Woman (T-Bone Walker)
  8. Plain Old Downhome Blues (T-Bone Walker)
  9. Born To Be No Good (T-Bone Walker & His Guitar)
  10. I Want A Little Girl (T-Bone Walker)
  11. I'm Still In Love With You (T-Bone Walker)
  12. You're My Best Poker Hand (T-Bone Walker & His Guitar)
  13. West Side Baby (T-Bone Walker)
  14. Glamor Girl (T-Bone Walker & His Band)
  15. Strollin' With Bone (T-Bone Walker & His Band)
  16. You Don't Love Me (T-Bone Walker & His Band)
  17. The Hustle Is On (T-Bone Walker)
  18. Baby Broke My Heart (T-Bone Walker & His Band)
  19. Evil Hearted Woman (T-Bone Walker & His Band)
  20. No Reason (T-Bone Walker with Marl Young's Band)
  21. Look Me In The Eye (T-Bone Walker with Marl Young's Band)
  22. Alimony Blues (T-Bone Walker)
  23. Life Is Too Short (T-Bone Walker)
  24. You Don't Understand (T-Bone Walker)
  25. I Get So Weary (T-Bone Walker)

CD3

  1. Tell Me What's The Reason (T-Bone Walker)
  2. Cold, Cold Feeling (T-Bone Walker)
  3. Get These Blues Off Me (T-Bone Walker)
  4. Street Walkin' Woman (T-Bone Walker)
  5. Here In The Dark (T-Bone Walker with Jim Wynn & His Orchestra)
  6. Party Girl (T-Bone Walker with Jim Wynn & His Orchestra)
  7. Love Is Just A Gamble (T-Bone Walker with Jim Wynn & His Orchestra)
  8. I'm Still In Love With You (T-Bone Walker with Dave Bartholomew's Band)
  9. Vida Lee (T-Bone Walker with TJ Fowler's Band)
  10. When The Sun Goes Down (T-Bone Walker with Dave Bartholomew's Band)
  11. I'll Always Be In Love With You (T-Bone Walker with Dave Bartholomew's Band)
  12. Teen Age Baby (T-Bone Walker with Dave Bartholomew's Band)
  13. Papa Ain't Salty (T-Bone Walker)
  14. Why Not? (T-Bone Walker)
  15. T-Bone Shuffle (T-Bone Walker)
  16. Play On Little Girl (T-Bone Walker)
  17. T-Bone Blues Special (T-Bone Walker)
  18. Mean Old World (T-Bone Walker)
  19. T-Bone Blues (T-Bone Walker)
  20. Stormy Monday Blues [aka Call It Stormy Monday] (T-Bone Walker)
  21. Blues For Marili (T-Bone Walker)
  22. Evenin' (T-Bone Walker)
  23. Blues Rock (T-Bone Walker)
  24. Two Bones And A Pick (T-Bone Walker)
  25. Shufflin' The Blues (T-Bone Walker)