Piano Red

Happiness Is Piano Red

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This undated King LP features bluesman Piano Red live at Muhlenbrink's Saloon in Underground Atlanta, but unlike many of the records the pianist made late in his career, this is more of an R&B affair, as an unidentified backup band and backing vocalists also join him. As a result, the music is a bit disappointing, as the superfluous band and singers, along with a raucous crowd, make renditions of favorites like "The Right String Baby But the Wrong Yo-Yo," "Rockin' With Red," and "Red's Boogie" sound rather commercial and workmanlike, which is hardly how most of his fans who ever heard him at Muhlenbrink's would remember his performances. This long unavailable LP will likely be of interest to hardcore collectors trying to track down every one of Piano Red's albums, but any other blues fan can safely bypass this woefully inadequate record.