lunes, 23 de febrero de 2009

Sugar Pie DeSanto: Down in the Basement - The Chess Blues Original Recordings (1989)

This is a sizzling collection of stunning R&B from one of Oakland's finest soul singers, Sugar Pie DeSanto, a pint-sized hellraiser who had a wild, bluesy snarl and a great set of pipes. She didn't have huge success on the charts, but you can tell from the raw energy on these recordings –and the video below!– that she must have blown the roof off any gig she played live. Although typecast as a blues singer, she also takes care of business on the soul end of things and is a convincing jazz vocal stylist as well. That would be enough to gain most singers a reasonable slice of glory, but DeSanto also happens to be a hilarious comedienne, a show-stopping dancer, and a superb and highly original songwriter whose compositions have been cut by Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Little Milton and Minnie Riperton, among others. This 12-song set was originally an LP that came out in 1989 and it is, amazingly, still the only above-board collection of her vintage material for the Chess and Checker labels. There are half-a-dozen songs, including the slinky, joyful ‘Down in the Basement’ and the explosive ‘Do I Make Myself Clear’ (both with cousin Etta James). I added myself 12 bonus tracks (including the sassy funk classics ‘Git Back’ and ‘Do the Whoopie’), which makes a total of 24 songs. If you like raw, pure, rockin' blues, you owe it to yourself to discover what Sugar Pie DeSanto sounded like in her prime .~ http://www.answers.com/
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Sugar Pie DeSanto performing Rock Me Baby. Live in England, 1964.

9 comentarios:

Nosi dijo...

http://rapidshare.com/files/201867370/Sugar_Pie_DeSanto_-_Down_in_the_Basement__The_Chess_Blues_Original_Recordings____bonus.rar

Dreamer456 dijo...
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Steve dijo...

Thanks so much for this excellent blog & for the Sugar Pie post! I have a request, though: could you please make a tracklist for the 12 songs you added to 'Down In The Basement'? Aside from the 2 tracks you mentioned by name ('Git Back'- so great!! and 'Do The Whoopie') the rest are without title. Thanks so much.

Liam dijo...

Thank you & please don't stop. Your wish list tells me how good your taste is and how good your blog will become (it's already fantastic now)

Ray De Andre dijo...
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Liam dijo...

Not being rude but try searching for the album and you'll have it!!

Raoul Ray D'Andre dijo...

The question was in reference to the 12 extra tracks, which I somehow doubt will magically be listed on the CD.

jguar dijo...

Great Post. For those of us less familiar with her works, it would be nice to know the titles of the 12 bonus tracks. Thank you

pedro dijo...

thanks nosi for this great singer very popular around 1966/67