Essential Listening: Mose Allison – The Complete Recordings 1957 – 1962 (5CD Box Set)

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The Complete Recordings 1957 - 1962 (5CD Box Set)

Eleven Complete Mose Allison Albums Over Five Discs

Born just outside Tippo, Mississippi on his grandfather's farm (known as The Island because Tippo Bayou encircles it , Mose Allison was already taking piano lessons by the age of five. He picked cotton at home, played piano in grammar school and trumpet in high school, and wrote his first song at age thirteen.

He went to college at the University of Mississippi for a semester, then enlisted in the U.S. Army for two years. Shortly after mustering out, he enrolled at Louisiana State University, from which he graduated in 1952 with a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy. In 1956 he moved to New York City and launched his jazz career, performing with artists such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and Phil Woods. His debut album, Back Country Suite , was issued on the Prestige label in 1957.

The album featured the song Young Man Blues which later became a staple of The Who s live set. Allison s second record, Local Color also on Prestige, contained his first recording of Parchman Farm , the song for which Mose Allison still remains best known. Although Allison had adapted the song from an original blues by Bukka White in 1938, he largely changed the original arrangement and added new lyrics, it is the Mose Allison version that numerous subsequent artists have covered. Mose formed his own trio in 1958.with Addison Farmer on bass and Nick Stabulas on drums and it was this line up that recorded Young Man Mose , Allison s third album.

For the follow up, Creek Bank Stabulas was replaced by Ronnie Free who would stay for three albums. By 1959 s Autumn Song Allison was becoming better known for his vocal skills than his piano playing, although he also continued to compose enthusiastically and many of his Prestige albums were made up of a mix of self composed cuts and his self arranged versions of pop, blues and jazz standards as well as covers of then contemporary writers like Ray Charles. Allison left Prestige in 1960 and made four more albums with Columbia after which, in 1962 he signed with Atlantic. This 5 CD compilation includes all Mose Allison s albums released between his 1957 debut and his first two Atlantic albums (both 1962). Containing eleven full albums in all, this period is considered that in which Mose Allison made his finest and most exciting music.

Disc: 1
1. New Ground 2:05
2. Train 1:50
3. Warm Night 1:47
4. Blues 1:28
5. Saturday 1:24
6. Scamper 2:15
7. January 1:38
8. Promised Land 2:03
9. Spring Song 1:23
10. Highway 49 1:39
11. Blueberry Hill 3:00
12. You Won t Let Me Go 3:46
13. I Thought About You 3:53
14. One Room Country Shack 3:05
15. In Salah 3:45
16. Carnival 3:03
17. Parchman Farm 3:20
18. Crepuscular Air 3:46
19. Mojo Woman 4:07
20. Town 3:26
21. Trouble In Mind 3:18
22. Lost Mind 3:34
23. Don't Ever Say Goodbye 3:15
24. Ain't You A Mess 2:40
Disc: 2
1. The Seventh Son 2:39
2. If I Didn't Care 4:27
3. Cabin in the Sky 4:07
4. If You Live 2:34
5. Yardbird Suite 3:25
6. Creek Bank 4:37
7. Moon and Cypress 4:02
8. Mule 3:54
9. Dinner on the Ground 3:16
10. Prelude to a Kiss 4:13
11. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place 4:05
12. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 2:48
13. Bye Bye Blues 3:20
14. How Long Has This Been Going On 4:08
15. I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out! 4:43
16. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand 3:15
17. Stroll 3:55
18. I Hadn't Anyone Till You 2:32
19. My Kind of Love 3:51
20. Sleepy Time Gal 5:23
Disc: 3
1. Promenade 4:12
2. Eyesight to the Blind 1:43
3. It's Crazy 3:40
4. That's All Right 2:28
5. Devil in the Cane Field 4:05
6. Strange 3:08
7. Autumn Song 3:43
8. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me 3:13
9. Spires 3:05
10. Groovin' High 5:39
11. I Love the Life I Live 2:26
12. News 3:16
13. Fool's Paradise 3:34
14. You Turned the Tables on Me 3:56
15. Isobel 4:03
16. You're a Sweetheart 2:17
17. Night Ride 3:17
18. Path 3:39
19. Mad With You 2:15
20. Hittin' On One 3:36
21. I Ain't Got Nobody 1:56
22. Can't We Be Friends 4:30
23. The Pretty Girl is Like a Melody 3:23
24. Am I Blue 3:24
Disc: 4
1. Barefoot - Dirt Road 3:17
2. City Home 2:29
3. Cuttin' Out 1:40
4. Gotham Day 3:23
5. Gotham Night 4:27
6. Echo 1:01
7. The River 4:08
8. Finale 0:48
9. How Little We Know 3:50
10. Baby, Please Don't Go 2:33
11. Make Yourself Comfortable 4:13
12. Deed I Do 1:54
13. Love For Sale 5:08
14. I Got a Right To Cry 2:51
15. Old Devil Moon 5:11
16. The Minstrels 3:3
17. You Belong to Me 4:23
18. Stranger in Paradise 5:52
19. The Kissin' Bug 4:33
20. Ramble 3:23
21. Saritha 3:56
22. Old Man John 2:20
23. Ingênue 3:03
Disc: 5
1. V-8 Ford Blues 2:16
2. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone 1:31
3. Hey, Good Lookin' 1:45
4. I Love the Life I Live 2:28
5. Back on the Corner 1:58
6. Life Is Suicide 2:48
7. Ask Me Nice 2:36
8. Swingin' Machine 2:29
9. Do It 4:35
10. Stop This World 3:24
11. Promenade 5:11
12. If You're Goin' to the City 3:49
13. Saritha 4:59
14. I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues 3:56
15. So Rare 5:03
16. I Don't Worry About a Thing 2:19
17. It Didn't Turn Out That Way 2:44
18. Your Mind Is On Vacation 2:37
19. Let Me See 4:12
20. Everything I Have Is Yours 4:08
21. Stand By 4:00
22. Idyll 4:19
23. The Well 3:23
24. Meet Me at No Special Place 2:36
25. The Song Is Ended 2:34
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