Floyd Dixon

Complete Aladdin Recordings

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It's a matter of opinion as to whether Dixon's Aladdin output was his peak; many would give his Specialty sides (available on the Marshall Texas Is My Home compilation) the nod. Still, his late-'40s and early-'50s work for the label included some of his most popular and best tracks, such as "Wine, Wine, Wine," "Call Operator 210," "Tired, Broke and Busted," "Let's Dance," "Telephone Blues," and "Too Much Jelly Roll" (the last of which was one of Leiber-Stoller's first recorded compositions). This two-CD, 48-track compilation is geared more toward the completist collector than the average fan, especially with the inclusion of five Sonny Parker sides (which Dixon now says he didn't play on, despite some reports to the contrary) and about ten songs that feature Mari Jones on vocals. The best stuff is jump blues at its best, though, with good guitar work by Johnny and Oscar Moore (the latter of who had played with Nat "King" Cole), Dixon's fine piano playing, and witty, knowing vocals and lyrics.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:48 Amazon
2 2:50 Amazon
3 2:41 Amazon
4 2:44 Amazon
5 2:46 Amazon
6 2:56 Amazon
7 2:52 Amazon
8 2:48 Amazon
9 2:49 Amazon
10 2:39 Amazon
11 2:22 Amazon
12 2:32 Amazon
13 2:38 Amazon
14 3:04 Amazon
15 2:15 Amazon
16 3:01 Amazon
17 3:01 Amazon
18 2:46 Amazon
19 3:12 Amazon
20 2:58 Amazon
21 3:03 Amazon
22 3:06 Amazon
23 3:01 Amazon
24 2:46 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:48 Amazon
2 3:16 Amazon
3 2:50 Amazon
4 2:57 Amazon
5 3:15 Amazon
6 2:42 Amazon
7 3:12 Amazon
8 3:04 Amazon
9 3:09 Amazon
10 3:05 Amazon
11 3:00 Amazon
12 2:32 Amazon
13 2:42 Amazon
14 3:25 Amazon
15 3:09 Amazon
16 2:37 Amazon
17 3:03 Amazon
18 3:17 Amazon
19 2:38 Amazon
20 2:33 Amazon
21 2:58 Amazon
22 2:44
23 3:10 Amazon
24 2:47 Amazon
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