Big Maybelle The Okeh Sessions on Limited Edition 180g Import 2LP from Pure Pleasure
Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!
Her mountainous stature matching the sheer soulful power of her massive vocal talent, Big Maybelle
was one of the premier R&B chanteuses of the ‘50s. Her deep, gravelly voice was as singular as her recorded output for Okeh and Savoy, which ranged from down-in-the-alley blues to pop-slanted ballads.
Almost half a century later, the power in these Okeh Sessions
is still palpable. With her bold, gritty sound, she comes off like nothing so much as a female Howlin' Wolf, and one can't imagine her not being an influence on the full-throttle blues of Etta James, Aretha, Janis Joplin and countless others. "So Good to My Baby" features typically microphone-distorting belting from the singer, and an appropriately blazing horn section. "Gabbin' Blues," her 1952 Okeh debut smash, is a humorous dialogue between Maybelle and gossiping rival Rose Marie McCoy, the tune's co-writer.
One of the most stirring cuts here is "Ocean Of Tears," a percolating, minor-key tune in which Maybelle
bemoans her sorrowful state with an unforgettably cathartic angst. Also impressive, though, are ballads such as "You'll Never Know", "Ain't No Use" and "You'll Be Sorry," which show a pleasant, softer side to Maybelle's craft. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," a song that she took to the top of the R&B charts before Jerry Lee Lewis turned it into a rock & roll anthem, her 1955 single "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show," and 1954's "I'm Getting 'Long Alright," are also standouts.
Recorded in New York City at multiple sessions from October of 1952 through March of 1955, Maybelle
is joined here by New York session wizards such as tenor saxophonist Sam 'The Man' Taylor
and guitarist Mickey Baker
who provide great support throughout. The tracks contained on The Okeh Sessions
truly showcase one of the greatest blues singers of all time, in her absolute prime!
Big Maybelle The Okeh Sessions Track Listing:
1. Just Want Your Love
2. So Good To My Baby
3. Gabbin' Blues
4. My Country Man
5. Rain Down Rain
6. Way Back Home
7. Stay Away From My Sam
8. Jinny Mule
9. Maybelle's Blues
10. I've Got A Feeling
11. You'll Never Know
1. No More Trouble Out of Me
2. My Big Mistake
3. Ain't No Use
4. I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright
5. You'll Be Sorry
6. Hair Dressin' Women
7. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
8. Don't Leave Poor Me
9. Ain't To Be Played With
10. New Kind of Mambo
11. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On