Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wilbert Harrison - The Small Labels

Vinyl survey of Harrison's forays away from the famous indie diskeries, both before and after he hit with "Kansas City." Weirdly, his 1953 effort "This Woman of Mine" uses the same melody as "Kansas City," some six years prior to his hitting big with it. Harrison was liable to try anything to land a hit -- he brands himself a "Calypso Man," tries a hillbilly tack on "Letter Edged in Black," and offers a salute to the 1964 "New York World's Fair" -- all in that distinctive slurred voice of his.
(Bill Dahl - Allmusic)


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