- Audio CD (January 16, 1996)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Excello Records
- ASIN: B000005KIH
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,238 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Scratch: Rare & Unissued, Volume 1
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A 25-track single-disc compilation loaded with previously unissued sides and alternate takes (the title track is an interesting variant of his hit, "Baby, Scratch My Back"), making it the perfect companion volume to Hip Shakin'. This also has the added bonus of more (and even wilder) live recordings from the infamous 1961 frat party dance in Alabama
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This collection provides live, raw outtakes centered on a slow, grooving rhythm section. These outtakes leave out a solo or two but pure blues remains simple enough for any summer blues driving excersion.
In some ways preferable to "The Excello Singles Anthology" which sticks to the album cuts.
This CD is not a regular album or a greatest hits package. It contains Harpo's B sides, alternate takes and some live recordings. I'd suggest that you start with a greatest hits if you want a taste of what Slim Harpo was all about, then graduate to this one. It's a fine CD and well worth adding to your collection. The recordings are not as polished as his masters, but still a good listen, none the less.