Larry Raspberry

Highsteppin' and Fancy Dancin', Jukin' and Jivin'

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One of the great lost albums of the 1970s, this opening salvo by Larry and the Highsteppers would have taken its place as one of the landmark Southern rock & roll albums had it not been released on Stax just as that label was going out of business. This CD reissue combines all the tracks from the band's debut album, Highsteppin' and Fancy Dancin, ' four tracks culled from their second LP, In the Pink, along with "On the Road Again," "Highsteppers Ball," and "Livin' In the U.S.A." from their third and fourth albums Highsteppers Ball and All the Way from Memphis, making this the definitive overview of this legendary Memphis group. The highlights aboard are plentiful, but particularly noteworthy are the anthemic "Rock and Roll Warning," the pointed commentary of "Jive Ass," the sad but true show business tale of "Fool In Cheap Clothing," and the driving instrumental "Dixie Diner," later covered by Jimmy Buffett. As a frontman and bandleader-visionary, Raspberry's energy literally leaps off these recordings.

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