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Since I Met You Baby: Best of

Ivory Joe HunterAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 19, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B000002Z8K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Almost Lost My Mind
2. S.P. Blues
3. I Need You So
4. Rockin' Chair Boogie
5. I Feel So Good
6. It May Sound Silly
7. It's A Doggone Crying Shame
8. I Got To Learn To Do The Mambo
9. I Need You
10. I'll Never Leave You Baby
11. A Tear Fell
12. Heaven Came Down To Earth
13. I Want Somebody
14. I Need You By My Side
15. You Mean Everything To Me
16. Since I Met You Baby
17. Love Is A Hurting Game
18. Empty Arms
19. Worried Mind
20. All About The Blues
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven Came Down To Earth January 11, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Part of Razor & Tie's line of terrific mid-90's retrospectives of underappriciated 50's stars (Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Willis among them), "Since I Met You Baby" does exactly what those others did - namely, state the case for greater reknown. Hunter is virtually strictly remembered for the song from which this collection takes its name, a massive hit from late '56/early '57 which remains one of early rock 'n' roll's slow dance classics. More astute fans will be able to name his two 1950 R&B chart toppers, "I Almost Lost My Mind" and "I Need You So", both of which were revived mid-decade by white stars (Pat Boone, hitting #1 Pop with a surprisingly admirable version of the former, and Elvis Presley who did the latter expertly in '56 for an album). Other than that, only true historians would be able to delve deeper into Hunter's legacy.
This is the best place to start your education then. Taking 25 songs from two labels, this spans the entire 1950's, his most prolific stretch of recording, gathering up nine R&B and Pop hits, plus some truly fantasic non-charted sides to paint a fuller picture of a veteran musician who was capable of delivering in any style.
Hunter began recording back in 1933 while still a teen and by the 40's owned two record labels making him one of the first black men, and one of the first artists of any race, to run his own company. Both disappeared quickly, but not before giving him his first Number One hit ("Pretty Mama Blues" - available on other collections of his 40's work). A brief stop at King Records gave him a few more hits and by the time he landed at MGM Records in 1950 he was primed for the start of the R&B revolution that would lead to rock 'n' roll.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Puzzling Mix For A "Best Of" Album October 4, 2007
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When putting together this 26-track compilation, ostensibly covering "the best" of this genial giant from Kirbyville, Texas (born October 10, 1914), the producer at Razor & Tie had 22 hit singles with which to fill out the album, including two double-sided hits, which means there was room for four more uncharted B-sides.

Well, although you do get three B-sides, you are also getting 13 cuts that were not among his best - at least from the aspect of their being hits. Nor were tracks 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 19 to 23 even the B-sides of hits. All of which means you get just nine of those 22 hits and three of their flipsides. Hardly what you would call a definitive "best of" collection.

In fact, none among his 10 first charters are here: Blues At Sunrise (# 3 R&B in December 1945 on the Exclusive label and billed to "Ivory" Joe Hunter with Johnny Moore's 3 Blazes; Pretty Mama Blues (# 1 R&B for 3 weeks in early summer 1948 for 4 Star/Pacific; Don't Fall In Love With Me (# 8 R&B in late summer 1948); What Did You Do To Me? (# 9 R&B in October 1948); I Like It (# 14 R&B in December 1948); Waiting In Vain (# 5 R&B in September 1949) - the last four all on King; Blues At Midnight (# 10 R&B in September 1949 - actually recorded in 1947 and released then on Pacific, and this year on 4-Star); Guess Who (# 2 R&B in fall 1949) and its B-side, Landlord Blues (# 6 R&B) and Jealous Heart (# 2 R&B in December 1949) - both on King Records.

His first MGM hit is here, however, as I Almost Lost My Mind became his second # 1 R&B hit, and stayed there for 5 weeks in early 1950 featuring Taft Jordan on trumpet b/w If I Give You My Love (not here). Pat Boone would cover the A-side in 1956 and take it to # 1 Billboard Pop Top 100.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get out of Jail Free July 24, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Y'all ever been in the doghouse with your significant other? Take a tip from a cop who does, chum and learn to sing 'Since I met you Baby' like Ivory Joe Hunter, and you MIGHT survive if you'll pipe up at the right time. Any fool can sing it (trust me) but nobody sings it like Ivory Joe. This is almost as good as wearing a kevlar vest (you just can't trust those gals from Texas). Lots cheaper, too. Seriously, that one cut makes the whole CD, there's other goodies on here, you too can learn to do the mambo. But 'Since I Met You Baby' is the real Get Out Of Jail Free Card.
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