Rock Masters: Huey "Piano" Smith
Huey "Piano" Smith
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||Don't You Just Know It||Huey "Piano" Smith||2:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||'Fore Day In the Morning||Huey "Piano" Smith||4:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Hip Little Monkey||Huey "Piano" Smith||5:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Think You're Jiving Me||Huey "Piano" Smith||3:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I'm So Blue Without You (Paper Heart)||Huey "Piano" Smith||5:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Jambalaya||Huey "Piano" Smith||3:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Little Chickee Wa-Wa||Huey "Piano" Smith||2:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu||Huey "Piano" Smith||3:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu (alternate Version)||Huey "Piano" Smith||2:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Witcha Way to Go||Huey "Piano" Smith||4:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Youngblood||Huey "Piano" Smith||3:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
For years, Huey "Piano" Smith lacked a comprehensive overview of his recording career, and no compilation ever appeared on CD in the United States. The budget-line label Music Club rectified that situation in 1998 with the release of This is Huey Piano Smith, an 18-track collection that features all of his hit singles for Ace plus several failed singles and New Orleans staples. Smith's hits and standards — "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu," "Don't You Just Know It," "High Blood Pressure," "Pop-Eye," the original version of "Sea Cruise," with his vocals instead of Frankie Ford's — are so good that it's an inevitable disappointment to find many of the songs here are blatant attempts to get back on the charts ("Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas and the Sinus Blues," "Would You Believe It (I Have a Cold)"). These fall flat, as do a couple of the other cuts, but unfortunately, that's an accurate portrait of Smith's career — he had a handful of wonderful, essential songs and was a hell of a performer, but he wasn't a consistent hitmaker. Nevertheless, the strong stuff is so good — even essential — that this is still highly recommended for New Orleans R&B fans and R&B fans in general.
I Think They're Jiving Us
Huey Smith is one of the most influential and original performers in early r&b, but this is a real mish mash of a very few of his best combined with b-side stuff from much later in his career. Don't You Just Know It, Little Chickee Wa-Wa, and Rockin' Pneumonia (curiosly the original is the one labeled "alternate version) are three of his best (all with Bobby Marchan on lead vocal). If you like these I encourage you to search out more as there is a catalogue of at least a dozen more outstanding tunes that do not appear here.
Born: January 26, 1934 in New Orleans, LA
Years Active: '50s, '60s