The Blues'll Make You Happy, Too
CAT # 11661-1589-2
1. Poverty 4:03 2. The Comeback 5:31 3. Just Like Dynamite 4:21 4. I'm Just Your Fool 4:01 5. Standing Here at the Crossroads 4:16 6. If You Know It 3:03 7. Baby, Baby, Baby 5:24 8. She'll Be So Fine 4:00 9. Back on Front Street 3:41 10. He Knows the Rules 4:26 11. Loan a Helping Hand 3:06 12. Jeep's Blues 5:42 13. That's My Life 3:54 14. Shake Rattle and Roll (with Big Joe Turner) 5:29
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Rounder Records proudly celebrates their nearly two-decade long partnership with Roomful of Blues by releasing this rafter-rattlin' retrospective. The Blues'll Make You Happy, Too! draws the best tracks from seven of Roomful's Rounder-era recordings. The title, a quote from blues shouter Big Joe Turner, perfectly conveys Roomful of Blues' magic. Here is a band that secured its long-standing reputation by focusing the jumping, swing and jive-based end of the blues spectrum when no one else did. Long before the current swing revival, Roomful was on the road, packing houses with its tight, driving version of the blues. The Blues'll Make You Happy, Too! takes the listener through many lineups, each unique yet imbued with a consistent urge to groove. The whole swingin' shebang is fittingly capped with a furious, previously unreleased live version of 'Shake, Rattle, and Roll' featuring R&B legend Big Joe Turner himself. In addition, the CD insert includes extensive notes by longtime Roomful manager Bob Bell.
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