Slim Harpo

The Excello Singles Anthology

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Slim Harpo brought a good bit of the Louisiana swamp vibe with him when he recorded these immortal singles for Jay Miller's Nashville-based Excello Records in the early '60s, and the rustic, laconic way these recordings unfold, aided and abetted by Miller's trademark echo-laden production, makes them singular even inside the Excello stable. This two-disc set has everything essential that Harpo released, including his biggest songs "I'm a King Bee" (and its many variations like "Buzzin'"), the gorgeous "Rainin' in My Heart," "Baby Scratch My Back," the two-part "Tip on In," and "Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu," as well as various B-sides and other ephemera that all add up to a complete look at this unique musician. By rolling country and swamp blues together up into a completely new place, then sprinkling in just a touch of Jimmy Reed, Harpo created a body of work that has been as impossible to re-create as it has been influential. All the proof is here.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:03
2 2:48 Amazon
3 2:08
4 2:10
5 2:18
6 2:25
7 2:17 Amazon
8 2:38 Amazon
9 3:06
10 3:02 Amazon
11 2:13
12 2:33
13 2:32 Amazon
14 2:08
15 2:22 Amazon
16 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
17 3:00
18 2:49 Amazon
19 3:21 Amazon
20 2:47 Amazon
21 2:14 Amazon
22 2:56 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:53
2 2:20 Amazon
3 2:29
4 2:08 Amazon
5 2:33 Amazon
6 2:57 Amazon
7 2:52
8 2:38 Amazon
9 2:21 Amazon
10 2:59 Amazon
11 2:05
12 2:44 Amazon
13 2:32 Amazon
14 3:16 Amazon
15 3:04 Amazon
16 3:26 Amazon
17 3:56 Amazon
18 3:50 Amazon
19 1:54 Amazon
20
2:04 Amazon
21 2:34 Amazon
22 3:46 Amazon
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