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Shout Rattle & Roll [Box set, Import]

Big Joe TurnerAudio CD
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The premier blues shouter of the postwar era, Big Joe Turner's roar could rattle the very foundation of any gin joint he sang within -- and that's without a microphone. Turner was a resilient figure in the history of blues -- he effortlessly spanned boogie-woogie, jump blues, even the first wave of rock & roll, enjoying great success in each genre.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 18, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Proper Box UK
  • ASIN: B0009XPB3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's All Right Baby
2. Goin' Away Blues
3. Roll 'Em Pete
4. Cherry Red
5. Lovin' Mama Blues
6. Cafe Society Rag
7. How Long How Long Blues
8. Shake It And Break It
9. Lown Down Dirty Shame
10. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
11. Joe Turner Blues
12. Lucille
13. Rock Me Mama
14. Rocks In My Bed
15. Goin' To Chicago (Blues)
16. Sun Risin’ Blues
17. Cry Baby Blues
18. I Got A Gal (For Every Day Of The Week)
19. Little Bittie Gal’S Blues
20. Rebecca
See all 98 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

This 4 disc box set covers all parts of Big Joe's varied output, from jump swing and boogie woogie to rock 'n 'roll. This is the comprehensive survey of the career from this definitive blues shouter. Includes a booklet containing rare photographs and full liner notes. Proper. 2005.

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5.0 out of 5 stars BIG JOE TURNER: SHOUT,RATTLE AND ROLL January 1, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Four discs-74,67,67,71 minutes each approximately. Digitally remastered-the sound is good considering the age of the masters. There is a bit of distortion on a few of the earliest tracks,however,it's well in the background,and does not ruin the music. This music can be enjoyed on several levels: as historic music from an age now long passed,as the beginnings of what became rock and roll,and as plain good music that ensures the listener a good time. A number of tracks are in the mid-tempo range to insure the listener will tap his foot.

This is music that must have sounded great blasting out of a jukebox or over a tinny car radio. The time period covered is from 1938 to 1954. Turner's big voice(he wasn't called that simply because of his size) can be heard over pretty much the same backing and arrangements. His band(except in the beginning of this set with the great Pete Johnson,whose solo tracks should be heard elsewhere)usually consisted of the usual bass,drums,piano,guitar backing,with a saxophone or two honking in complimentary fashion. Jazz listeners will note that Art Farmer turns up in Turner's band in 1948,playing trumpet with several other horns. Solos are either horn(s)or piano,and are short in duration. The slower numbers here are in more of a big city blues style,and serve as a good counterpoint to the faster tracks. Turner's style,while never really changing,can be heard from his rougher beginnings to a much smoother,sophisticated style. Quite a few of the tracks were written by Turner,which shows his skill at writing good unpretentious songs with good arrangements.

The booklet is up to the usual Proper Records standards-plenty of photos and information about Turner and his life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated R&B singer ever! April 10, 2010
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Big Joe Turner was one of a kind. Larger-than-life in both size and voice, he commanded an audience throughout his 40-plus year recording career. This Proper box set is as great as it gets. My only complaint is that there's not even more songs! Turner's music combined blues, jump blues, R&B, swing, jazz, and early rock and roll. If only today's singers could sound this great. But unfortunately, as with most great singers and musicians, his work went largely unnoticed, especially to white audiences. Due to the abomination of the then-segregation of radio, very few black performers could not find a white audience. By the time of de-segregation in the early-1960's, he was sadly largely forgotten until his death in November 1985 (not 1987 like the enclosed booklet says). He died poor, even though he never retired from recording or live performing. But people like Miley, Britney, and Madonna are millionaires many times over. The business just isn't fair!

This 4-CD set comprises nearly 100 of his best songs (although in my opinion I can name bad songs of his on one hand and still have fingers left over). The early songs are more jazzy/bluesy, the songs then get progressively more into swing and "jump" blues, and finally into 1950's-style R&B and rock and roll, like his biggest hit "Shake, Rattle and Roll" which was covered by both Bill Haley and Elvis Presley (I find Turner's version superior to the others, of course). Some of the songs DO get a tad bit repetitive, for instance Roll 'Em Pete, It's Allright Baby and Rebecca are pretty much different versions of the same song, with different titles. Same for Born to Gamble and Life Is Like a Card Game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shout Rattle & Roll March 8, 2014
By Spike
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Glad to fill in the blanks on this musical Giants contribution.
I am very happy with the transaction, and the content.
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