Big Maybelle: The Okeh Sessions

Artikkelnr.: APPR 38456

Pure Pleasure Records - Audiofil Dobbel (2) 180g LP

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Remastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London



Her mountainous stature matching the sheer soulful power of her massive vocal talent, Big Maybelle was one of the premier R&B chanteuses of the ‘50s. Her deep, gravelly voice was as singular as her recorded output for Okeh and Savoy, which ranged from down-in-the-alley blues to pop-slanted ballads. She appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958, and acquired a large following among lovers of the blues, rhythm and blues, jazz and rock and roll. Near the end of her life she even covered hits by the Beatles, and Donovan.

Big Maybelle´s career was hampered throughout and cut short by a severe drug addiction, but she packed a lot of living into her shortened lifespan. It´s worth mentioning how, almost half a century later, the power in her Okeh sessions is still palpable. With her bold, gritty sound, she comes off like nothing so much as a female Howlin´ Wolf, and one can´t imagine her not being an influence on the full-throttle blues of Etta James, Aretha, Janis Joplin and countless others. "So Good to My Baby" features typically microphone-distorting belting from the singer, and an appropriately blazing horn section. "Gabbin´ Blues," her 1952 Okeh debut smash, is a humorous dialogue between Maybelle and gossiping rival Rose Marie McCoy, the tune´s co-writer.

One of the most stirring cuts here is "Ocean of Tears," a percolating, minor-key tune in which Maybelle bemoans her sorrowful state with an unforgettably cathartic angst. Also impressive, though, are ballads such as "You´ll Never Know," "Ain´t No Use," and "You´ll Be Sorry," which show a pleasant, softer side to Maybelle´s craft. "Whole Lotta Shakin´ Goin´ On," — a song that she took to the top of the R&B charts before Jerry Lee Lewis turned it into a rock ´n´ roll anthem. The tracks contained on this album showcase one of the greatest blues singers of all time, at her prime.

Artist Big Maybelle
Tittel The Okeh Sessions
Sjanger Blues / Rhythm & Blues
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Format Vinyl - 180g
Antall plater 2
Lydkvalitet Audiophile Remastering
Plateselskap Pure Pleasure Records
Utgivelsesdato 1983 
Platenummer APPR 38456
Opplag Analogue Limited Edition 
01       Just Want Your Love
02 So Good To My Baby 
03 Gabbin' Blues
04 My Country Man
05 Rain Down Rain
06 Way Back Home
01 Stay Away From My Sam
02 Jinny Mule
03 Maybelle's Blues
04 Maybelle's Blues
05 I've Got A Feelin'
06 You'll Never Know
01 No More Trouble Out Of me
02 My Big Mistake
03 Ain't No Use
04 I'm Getting 'Long Alright
05 You'll Be Sorry
06 Hair Dressin' Women
01 One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
03 Don't Leave Poor Me
04 Ain't To Be Played With
05 New Kind Of Mambo
06 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On