Smiley Lewis

The Best of Smiley Lewis: I Hear You Knocking

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Smiley Lewis made several fabulous singles, had a booming, terrific voice, and received the same great backing and support that defined the city's R&B sound. But Lewis' records seldom made it outside New Orleans, even though they were frequently brilliant. This great 24-track anthology contains the four that did make it to the charts, among them the signature song "I Hear You Knocking." It shows Lewis doing first-rate novelty tracks, ballads, weepers, up-tempo wailers, and blues, and making wonderful recordings. The set also includes a thorough discography and good notes, and is superbly mastered. It's magnificent, exuberant R&B, and deserved a much better national fate than it enjoyed.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:13
2 2:18
3 2:45
4 2:26
5 2:14
6 2:26
7 2:27
8 2:10
9 2:23
10 2:14
11 2:42
12 2:10
13 2:35
14 2:43
15 2:29
16 2:33
17 2:23
18 2:16
19 2:27
20 2:26
21 2:19
22 2:13
23 2:58
24 1:55
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