Mose Allison

The Seventh Son

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Although popularized by Johnny Rivers' Top Ten hit in 1965, the really definitive version of "Seventh Son" was done by Mose Allison. Like a lot of his songs (although this was written by Willie Dixon), it speaks of the young, rural man's blues. Allison take this blues-based composition and twists it with a wonderful boss nova rhythm and feel. Lyrically, there is a strong undercurrent of romantic threat, à la "Hoochie Coochie Man."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Mose Allison Sings 1963 Prestige
No Image 1964
Various Artists
Greatest Hits 1988 OJC 2:40
The Best of Mose Allison 1988 Atlantic 2:30
Allison Wonderland: Anthology 1994 Rhino 2:37
Mod Jazz 1996
Various Artists
Kent 2:40
Western Man/Mose in Your Ear 1999 Collectables 4:21
The Prestige Records Story 1999
Various Artists
Prestige 2:40
Essential Jazz [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:40
Essential Jazz: Smooth & Cool 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:40
Drivin' Blues 2000
Various Artists
32 Jazz 3:06
The Prestige Original Jazz Classics Sampler 2002
Various Artists
Original Jazz Classics 2:40
Cool Jazz: The Essential Album 2003
Various Artists
Manteca 2:40
Got Nothing But Song 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Classic Jazz: Jazz Greats 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:40
Collectables Classics [Box Set] 2006 Collectables 4:21
The Collection 2010 Floating World 2:42
I’m Not Talkin’: The Song Stylings of 1957-1972 2016 BGP (Beat Goes Public) 2:40
100 Greatest Northern Soul [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 2:36
100 Jazz
Various Artists
Universal 2:37
Mod: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
No Image
Prestige Rudy Van Gelder Remasters
Various Artists
Fantasy 2:40
The Collection 1956-1962 Acrobat Music 2:39