Classified [Remixed and Expanded Edition]

Classified [Remixed and Expanded Edition]

by James BookerJames Booker


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While there has suddenly been a flood of CDs featuring masterful New Orleans keyboard wizard and vocalist James Booker, his best release arguably remains Classified. The 12-track set was a landmark album, as Booker displayed every facet of his distinctive style. He did up-tempo blues, quasi-classical, rock and R&B, making them all sound easy while performing frequently awesome keyboard feats. His "Professor Longhair Medley: Bald Head/Tipitina" pays homage to a legend while also demonstrating how much farther Booker's pianistic skills had developed. While his vocals sometimes aren't the equal of his brilliant playing, they're never less than effective and are sometimes almost frightening in their intensity. [The sessions for Classified were held in 1982, and Booker was not in very good physical or mental shape for them, but producer Scott Billington, returning to the original tapes some thirty years later, found more than he remembered there, and Rounder Records issued an expanded edition of Classified in 2013 that added several previously unreleased tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2013
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661917521
catalogNumber: 619175
Rank: 9290

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Booker   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Hammond B3
James Singleton   Bass
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Vidacovich   Drums

Technical Credits

Richard Addinsell   Composer
Nino Rota   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
James Booker   Arranger,Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Scott Billington   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Roy Byrd   Composer
Aloysio de Oliveira   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Jay Gallagher   Engineer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Bunny Matthews   Liner Notes
Jose Gomez de Abreu   Composer
Earl K. Brent   Composer
Antoine Domino   Composer
James C. Skinner   Composer
Edward Buzzell   Composer

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