Louis Jordan – Fifties Collection 1951-1958 (2CD Set)


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Release Date: 2020

Label: Acrobat


Track List

Disc: 1

  1. You Will Always Have A Friend
  2. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby
  3. If You’re So Smart How Come You Ain’t Rich
  4. How Blue Can You Get?
  5. Three Handed Woman
  6. Trust In Me
  7. Cock-A-Doodle Doo
  8. Bone Dry
  9. No Sale
  10. Louisville Lodge Meeting
  11. Slow Down
  12. Azure-Te (Paris Blues)
  13. Jordan For President
  14. All Of Me
  15. You’re Much Too Fat (And That’s That)
  16. A Man’s Best Friend Is Bed
  17. It’s Better To Wait For Love
  18. Hog Wash
  19. Time Marches On
  20. I Want You To Be My Baby
  21. Fat Sam From Birmingham
  22. Lollypop
  23. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
  24. Only Yesterday
  25. Wake Up Jacob

Disc: 2

  1. Locked Up
  2. Come And Get It
  3. Everything That’s Made Of Wood (Was Once A Tree)
  4. Dad Gum To’ Hide Boy
  5. Whiskey Do Your Stuff
  6. I’ll Day Happy
  7. Oo- Wee!
  8. Hurry Home
  9. A Dollar Down
  10. I Seen What’cha Done
  11. Louie’s Blues
  12. Put Some Money In The Pot Boy (Cause The Juice Is Running Low)
  13. Fat Back And Corn Liquor
  14. Time Is A Passin’
  15. It’s Hard To Be Good Without You
  16. Whatever Lola Wants
  17. Bananas
  18. Chicken Back
  19. Rock ‘N Roll Call
  20. Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens
  21. Choo Choo Ch- Boogie
  22. Morning Light
  23. Rock Doc
  24. Fire
  25. Ella Mae
  26. I Found My Peace Of Mind
  27. Sweet Hunk Of Junk



Louis Jordan was one of the big stars in the R&B charts of the 1940s, racking up over 50 hits with his band The Tympany Five into the early 50s with his distinctive brand of jump blues, a swinging up-tempo hybrid of jazz, blues and boogie-woogie, with his alto sax, vocals and extrovert persona at the core of their appeal. He was dubbed “The King Of The Jukebox” as a result of his popularity (See Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Jukebox Hits Vol. 1 1942-47 and Vol. 2 1947-51 [Acrobat ACMCD4082 & 4083]). Although he did not have hits after 1951 he continued making great R&B records through subsequent years as the pop music landscape increasingly reflected the influence that his earlier hits had on the development of rock ‘n’ roll, although it was newer artists who took that music into the charts. This great-value 52-track 2-CD set comprises selected A & B sides from the 40-odd releases he had during this era, first on his long-standing record label Decca, and after that on the RCA subsidiary labels “X” and Vik and then the Aladdin label – after 1958 his career became much less chart-focused, so the material on this collection very much rounds off his time as an artist with chart ambitions. It captures Louis performing with the same energy, humour and rocking intent as in earlier years, as his finely-honed band swings through some quality material, with the later recordings demonstrating how much he was part of the rock ‘n’ roll explosion.

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