Harold Burrage

Messed Up: Complete Cobra Recordings

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Messed Up only showcases one facet of the late piano-playing singer's multi-faceted discography, but it's one of the most fascinating -- his 1956-1958 stay at Chicago's Cobra Records. Under Willie Dixon's supervision, Burrage recorded in a variety of styles -- rockin' blues ("Satisfied," the amusing "You Eat Too Much"), novelty stuff ("Stop for the Red Light," complete with crashing sound effects reminiscent of Nervous Norvus), and straight-ahead rock & roll ("Betty Jean").

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