Guess Who: The RCA Victor Recordings

Guess Who: The RCA Victor Recordings

by Jesse BelvinJesse Belvin


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This two-CD anthology does Belvin fans and collectors a mighty favor by collecting all of his RCA recordings into one release. It includes everything from both of his albums for the label; almost a dozen songs from non-LP 45s; one track, "My Last Goodbye," that didn't come out until a posthumous 1966 LP; and both sides of a 1958 single by the Chargers on which Belvin sang. However, those who value Belvin primarily as an R&B singer and soul forerunner might be taken aback, and quite possibly disappointed, by the overtly adult pop nature of many of these sides, particularly the ones from the two albums (1959's Just Jesse Belvin and 1960's Mr. Easy). It's been said by many others, but it's true, that Belvin sounds very much like he's trying to edge in on Nat King Cole's territory on these lushly produced numbers, which in reality owe barely anything to rock & roll or R&B. Belvin did that style well, but it's not what he did best, and it's not what he did on his most exciting recordings. You hear more of that soul/R&B -- albeit tempered with a fairly heavy pop influence and production -- on the singles, including "Guess Who" (his only Top 40 pop hit) and his cover of "Pledging My Love." Even on those singles, however, he was venturing into some pretty mainstream sounds, going as far as to tackle "Volare." It's enough to make one wonder whether Belvin would have stuck with rock and soul had he not died young, though the odd song like "It Could Have Been Worse" proved he retained his feel for bluesy material. This compilation might be necessary to gain a fully rounded picture of Belvin's career, but certainly his earlier Modern recordings are both better and more indicative of why he's highly regarded by early rock & roll fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667003421
catalogNumber: 1020
Rank: 88271

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesse Belvin   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Jesse Belvin   Arranger,Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Lincoln Chase   Composer
Domenico Modugno   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Eddy Howard   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Don Robey   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Composer
Paul Webster   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Ian Grant   Composer
Tony Rounce   Annotation,Cover Photo
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Earl Brent   Composer
Marvin Fisher   Composer
Albert Hague   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
JoAnne Belvin   Composer
Ferdinand Washington   Composer
Mayme Watts   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Kurt Feltz   Composer
Lionel Rand   Composer
Werner Scharfenberger   Composer
James Hanley   Composer
Ruth Roberts   Composer

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