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Blues After Hours Import

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T-bone Walker Acolyte Pee Wee Crayton's Most Successful Recordings, Cut Between 1947-51. Compiled and Annotated by Blues Specialist Neil Slaven with Full Session Details, Comprehensive Liner Notes and Rare Photos.


1. Texas Hop
2. Dont Ever Fall In Love
3. Pee Wee Special
4. Cetral Avenue Special
5. Im Still In Love With You
6. Bounce Pee Wee
7. Brand New Woman
8. Blues After Hours
9. I Love You So
10. Boogie After Hours
11. When Darkness Falls
12. Rokin The Blues
13. Louella Brown
14. Change Your Way Of Lovin
15. Long After Hours
16. Some Rainy Day
17. Huckle Boogie
18. Tired Of Travelin
19. Answer The Blues After Hours
20. Dedicating The Blues
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Indigo
  • ASIN: B000065BYA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rene Sandoval on August 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is one of best blues albums I've heard in a long time.

It mixes jazz, swing and blues into one and it sounds great. This was recorded in the 40's in Los Angeles and when I listen to some of the tracks I can just picture how cool it must have been to live in LA in the 40's. Some critics say that Pee Wee's

guitar style imitated the great T-Bone Walker. In some ways it did, but i think Pee Wee had his own style, tone and sound that made him stand out. I would recommend this album to anyone that

enjoys hardcore blues, jazz or swing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. B.One on April 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Although Uncle "Pee Wee" was certainly unremitting influenced by his close friend and pioneering mastre conception of the electric blues guitar, "T-Bone" Walker (what axe-handler wasn't during the immediate postwar era?); however, "Pee Wee" brought enough "heat" and daring innovation to his playing to avoid being labeled as a mere "T-Bone" Walker copy "kat."

Crayton recorded over the years for Modern, Vee-Jay, Aladdin & Imperial Recordings and Blind Pig Records of which contains plenty of dazzling, marvelously imaginative guitar work and distinct vocals, especially on stunning instrumentals such as "Texas Hop," "Pee Wee's Boogie," and "Poppa Stoppa," all far more aggressive performances than Walker usually took part in...clearly no mis-understanding here with respect to "Bone," I have nothing but pure admiration for "T-Bone..."

As a young teen in the early 70's, I was extremely fortunate to see both trailblazing "Axe-Men" ("Pee Wee" and "T-Bone" even though they were up in their later years) and experience the greatness of their "vibes" up close and personal... Other times, I would soak-up like a sponge and weld to memory those rare meetings when the "Texas 3" (1) Uncle "Pee Wee" (2) "T-Bone" Walker and (3) "Big Joe" Turner (another pioneering mastre blues singer, even though he was born in Kansas City, MO., he sang like he was from the state of Texas...) would get together at uncle "Pee Wee's" house in West Los Angeles, California and "jamm"/rehearse all day Saturdays or Sunday afternoons up until the late evenings (including some rare appearances from "Pee Wee's" nephew Marshal on Saxophone).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Leave it to a U.K. company to put out the definitive CD on one of America's more accomplished, yet unsung blues singers/electric guitarists. Indigo, like Ace of London, is so far ahead of most U.S. distributors when it comes to such historic music that it has to border on embarrassment.

Connie "Pee Wee" Crayton [the nickname was later applied by blues great Roy Brown] was born in Rockdale, Texas on December 18, 1914, but grew up in Austin where he learned to play the ukulele and trumpet. When he was 21 he moved to the west coast and for the next decade music was not part of his livelihood. But in 1945, with no real future in sight in the shipyards where he toiled, he took up the guitar at age 31 and eventually formed a trio which soon found steady employment in both LA and San Francisco. In 1946 he worked briefly with the great Ivory Joe Hunter in LA, even performing on a Pacific label record [which did not make any charts], and in 1947 cut a single of his own for the 4 Star label, which also failed to chart. But in 1948, with Modern Records, his Blues After Hours soared to # 1 in December on what then passed for the R&B charts, where it remained for three solid weeks. The flipside was I'm Still In Love With You.

The follow-up Texas Hop didn't fare quite as well early in 1949, but it still peaked at a respectable # 5 b/w Central Avenue Blues, and in August that year he had his third (and last) charted hit when I Love You So, on which he also vocalizes, topped out at # 6 b/w When Darkness Falls. All six sides are here, reproduced with amazing clarity.

The band then struck out on a tour across America and it was while they were in Michigan that he performed on a card with Big Joe Turner and Lowell Fulson.
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