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The Excello Singles Anthology

Slim Harpo

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Album Review

Slim Harpo brought a good bit of the Louisiana swamp vibe with him when he recorded these immortal singles for Jay Miller's Nashville-based Excello Records in the early '60s, and the rustic, laconic way these recordings unfold, aided and abetted by Miller's trademark echo-laden production, makes them singular even inside the Excello stable. This two-disc set has everything essential that Harpo released, including his biggest songs "I'm a King Bee" (and its many variations like "Buzzin'"), the gorgeous "Rainin' in My Heart," "Baby Scratch My Back," the two-part "Tip on In," and "Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu," as well as various B-sides and other ephemera that all add up to a complete look at this unique musician. By rolling country and swamp blues together up into a completely new place, then sprinkling in just a touch of Jimmy Reed, Harpo created a body of work that has been as impossible to re-create as it has been influential. All the proof is here.

Customer Reviews

SHAKE YOUR HIPS

The Stones not only covered this song for Exile On Main Street, they almost copped Slim's arrangement note for note. Buy this incredible complilation if you're a man of wealth and taste.

Slim Harpo's Best!

Slim Harpo is incredible and this album includes all of his best. Much more comprehensive than the Rhino Anthology (although that is also excellent if you only want one disc of Slim Harpo). One disc? What am I saying? Get this two disc set!

Biography

Born: January 11, 1924 in Lobdell, LA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s

In the large stable of blues talent that Crowley, LA, producer Jay Miller recorded for the Nashville-based Excello label, no one enjoyed more mainstream success than Slim Harpo. Just a shade behind Lightnin' Slim in local popularity, Harpo played both guitar and neck-rack harmonica in a more down-home approximation of Jimmy Reed, with a few discernible, and distinctive, differences. Harpo's music was certainly more laid-back than Reed's, if such a notion was possible. But the rhythm was insistent...
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