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The Best of Mose Allison

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Editors’ Notes

This was the first collection of Mose Allison's '60s and '70s Atlantic recordings ever released, and it remains as comprehensive as any single-disc anthology of this rich period in Mose's career could hope to be. During this time Allison really shifted into singer/songwriter mode, as opposed to being strictly a piano stylist and/or interpretive vocalist. In the process, he created some of his finest work. The laconic, bluesy singing style he'd already established serves him well in delivering his own sharply satirical observations, whether he's looking askance at the state of the world ("Everybody Cryin' Mercy"), wreaking revenge on an obstreperous blowhard ("Your Mind Is on Vacation"), or getting scientific in his appreciation of an objet du désir ("Your Molecular Structure"). But there are some swinging examples of his way with outside material too, including some blues burners from Muddy Waters' repertoire ("Rollin' Stone," "I Love the Life I Live," "Seventh Son").

Customer Reviews

A Jazz and Blues legend

For those unfamiliar, the Mighty Mose Allison is a Jazz and Blues legend. This album should be a must-have for any fan of either genre.

Biography

Born: November 11, 1927 in Tippo, MS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Not unlike his namesake, Luther Allison, pianist Mose Allison has suffered from a "categorization problem," given his equally brilliant career. Although his boogie-woogie and bebop-laden piano style is innovative and fresh sounding when it comes to blues and jazz, it is as a songwriter that Allison really shines. Allison's songs have been recorded by the Who ("Young Man Blues"), Leon Russell ("I'm Smashed"), and Bonnie Raitt ("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"). Other admirers include Tom Waits, John Mayall,...
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