The Imperial Sessions

The Imperial Sessions

by The SpidersThe Spiders

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The Spiders' first Imperial session was a split one in which they recorded two gospel songs as the Delta Southernaires and two R&B songs as the Spiders. The latter two, "I Didn't Want to Do It" b/w "You're the One," became a big double-sided hit in 1954, launching the career of one of New Orleans' preeminent vocal groups and permanently sidetracking their gospel music ambitions. (A year later, the El Dorados reworked "I Didn't Want to Do It" into the R&B chart-topper "At My Front Door"). The Spiders scored three more Top Ten hits through 1955 before falling off the charts, then stayed together for another year until lead singer Chuck Carbo went solo. The Imperial Sessions is a two-disc set that compiles the group's complete Imperial recordings from 1953-1960, including the two Delta Southernaires cuts and four of Carbo's solo sides. Dave Bartholomew produced the sessions and wrote many of the group's songs, although a former Delta Southernaires guitarist named Adolph Smith penned the first two hits and most of their early material. Tensions between Carbo and the rest of the group are evident on the Spiders' recordings as early as 1954; Imperial was pressuring him to leave the group, and songs such as "I'll Stop Crying" and "For a Thrill," which feature Carbo's double-tracked vocals, are practically solo records despite appearing under the Spiders' name. The group alternated harmony-laden ballads with sometimes risqué novelties such as "The Real Thing," a double-entendre song about "my ding-a-ling" like the Bees' "Toy Bell" (another one of Bartholomew's productions). Carbo and the group tried out some new sounds on their later recordings, from the countrified "Dear Mary" to a cover of a the Easy Riders' folk song "Times." The Spiders re-formed in 1960 for a final two-song session that produced the Willie Mabon-inspired "Tennessee Slim," after which the members went their various ways. The Imperial Sessions is an encyclopedic and pricey anthology of the Spiders' original recordings that will particularly intrigue listeners with an interest in New Orleans' Cosimo studio and the doings of Dave Bartholomew.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127156730
catalogNumber: 15673
Rank: 92800

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spiders   Primary Artist
Lee Allen   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Bartholomew   Trumpet
Justin Adams   Guitar
Anita Kerr Singers   Vocals
Frank Fields   Bass
Edward Frank   Piano
Joe Gaines   Vocals
Herb Hardesty   Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Lastie   Cornet
Ernest McLean   Bass,Guitar
Earl Palmer   Drums
Alvin "Red" Taylor   Baritone Saxophone
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Baritone Saxophone
Charles "Hungry" Williams   Drums
Melvin Vinlastie   Cornet
Edgar "Big Boy" Myles   Vocals
Leonard Carbo   Vocals
Joe Maxon   Vocals
Oliver Howard   Vocals
Charles Williams   Drums
Matt West   Vocals
Bill Moore   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chuck Carbo   Producer
Walter DeVenne   Disc Dub
Cosimo Matassa   Producer
Rick Coleman   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Interviewer
Hoffmann Nienburg   Artwork
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Llynn Abbott   Illustrations
Matt West   Illustrations

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