Amos Milburn

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1948-1949 Review

by Thom Jurek

The third volume in Classics' Amos Milburn series picks up after his biggest hit -- "Chicken Shack Boogie" from 1947 -- and offers fans 22 more tracks taken from his singles of the day on the Aladdin label. He was a huge draw, and these were the top recordings in Aladdin's catalog. Jukeboxes throughout the South, Chicago, New York, and even L.A. were featuring recordings by Milburn. This set include the original recorded versions of classics such as "Jitterbug Fashion Parade" and "In the Middle of the Night," which were among his most successful records from 1948, while 1949 saw "Roomin' House Boogie," "Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby," "Bow-Wow!," "Drifting Blues," and "Real Pretty Mama." As is standard on the Classics label, the sound is exceptional and the presentation and liner notes are comprehensive.

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