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One thing I’ve noticed is that bands called the Houserockers or House Rockers seldom disappoint me. This record, by Easy Baby (born Alex Randle, vocals and harmonica), Eddie Taylor (guitar), Mac Thompson (bass) and Kansas City Red (drums), is not an exception to that. This is one of my all-time favorite records (produced by George Paulus), and along with Hound Dog Taylor’s Houserockers and Memphis Slim’s House Rockers, this group is among my favorite houserockers, however it’s spelled.
This album is accompanied by other recordings Easy Baby and Kansas City Red made around that time. Kansas City Red’s Steve Wisner-produced tracks on Original Chicago Blues is another favorite record (Kansas City Red shares that record with Joe Carter [often called Elmore James Jr., although he wasn’t a blood relative]; Joe Carter’s part of the record was also produced by George Paulus).
There’s a lot of info in the description below the titles of the playlists. As YouTube seems to have made that harder to access, I’m going to paste that info as comments below. I hope you enjoy.
Here’s an Eddie Taylor playlist. I don’t know where to begin. He’s just about as good as you can get; he was a sideman to Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker and other great musicians (these are both playlists, click through to YouTube, then click on the playlist title to see them best). Eddie Taylor really innovated on how people played key of A songs. One small thing among many was his use of the “long A” shape (an A chord at the 2nd position with the A doubled on the 5th fret of the first string), you can hear that and other things in “Bad Boy.”
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