Diggin' the Boogie 1950-1956

Piano Red

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Diggin' the Boogie 1950-1956 Review

by Richie Unterberger

Piano Red had been playing professionally for about a couple of decades before making a proper start to his recording career in 1950, by which time he was almost 40 years old. The six years covered by this 30-track compilation were nevertheless the first six years he was able to make records, landing big R&B hits with "Rockin' with Red," "Red's Boogie," "(Right String Baby But) The Wrong Yo-Yo," "Just Right Bounce," and "Layin' the Boogie." All of them are on this CD, which makes for about as lengthy a survey of his work during this era as is likely to be issued. It's consistently lively, often boogie-based piano jump blues/R&B that occasionally takes steps toward rock & roll, though Piano Red would change his name to Dr. Feelgood by the time he experienced his greatest success with the rock & roll audience. In addition to a couple dozen studio sides, there are also six fine, well-recorded songs from a live 1956 show in Atlanta. This might be too unvarying a dose of piano-based early- to mid-'50s R&B at once for those who don't dig the style intently, but you should certainly check this out if you're a fan of, for instance, Professor Longhair. It's got a similar sense of good-humored bounce, if not as much of an idiosyncratic character.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Piano Red 02:38 Amazon
Piano Red 02:19 Amazon
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4 Piano Red 02:07 Amazon
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Piano Red 02:38 Amazon
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12 Piano Red 02:24 Amazon
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15 Piano Red 02:23 Amazon
16 Piano Red 02:49 Amazon
17 Piano Red 02:09 Amazon
18 Piano Red 01:56 Amazon
19 Piano Red 02:40 Amazon
20 Piano Red 01:57 Amazon
21 Piano Red 02:40 Amazon
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25 Piano Red 02:41 Amazon
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27 Piano Red 04:00 Amazon
28 Piano Red 03:38 Amazon
29 Piano Red 02:06 Amazon
Piano Red 04:19 Amazon
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