MICKEY BAKER: Blam! The NYC R&B Sessions (1953-1961) LP


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The contribution of Mickey Baker to 1950s music puts him next to titans like Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. He is undoubtedly the king of ’50s R&B guitar as well as an inventor of the sound called rock and roll. The difference between these two and Baker is that his career has been unfairly undervalued, if not almost unknown. And his recorded output is five times more than Chuck and Bo combined. The most in-demand studio musician/session guitarist par excellence during the golden years of the R&B laid the foundation for rock and roll. This tireless, hard-working musician spent half his life in the studio and the other half on tour and left his mark on hundreds, thousands of recordings, among which are hits from artists like Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, or The Coasters. His incendiary riffs and solos were always aggressive, twisted, but elegant sounding. Baker possessed creativity ahead of his time with excellent taste, and completely transformed the concept and role of the electric guitar into rock and roll forever. But don’t panic. This is far from being an album for guitarists or academics. It is a selection of rare recordings that showcase him backing various singers and a few instrumentals easily moving through styles of R&B, blues, rock, gospel, and folk done for different labels between 1953 and 1961. Jerome Records are happy to present this diverse compilation with stunning sound quality and much of the material never before reissued. Enjoy the experience of discovering or remembering the immeasurable Mickey Baker, the king of and most recorded guitarist in 1950s rhythm and blues. Remastered from original 45s. Features recordings with Big John Greer And His Combo, Big Maybelle, McGhee Sextet, Marie Knight, Doc Bagby, Stick McGhee, Brother John Sellers, The Cyclones featuring Eddie Jones, Mickey And Kitty, Jesse Stone, Nappy Brown, and Mickey And Sylvia.

Blam – Big John Greer And His Combo
Don’t Leave Poor Me – Big Maybelle
Anna MaeBrownie – Mcghee Sextet
The Storm Is Passing Over – Marie Knight
Honky Tonk In Silk -Doc Bagby
I’m Doing All This Time (And You Put Me Down) – Stick Mcghee
Big Boat Up The River – Brother John Sellers
Give Me Love – The Cyclones Featuring Eddie Jones
St. Louis Blues – Mickey And Kitty
Night Life – Jesse Stone
A Long Time – Nappy Brown
Took My Feet Out Of The Miry Clay – Brother John Sellers
That’s A Pretty Good Love – Big Maybelle
Shake It Up – Mickey And Sylvia