Shakey Jake - Mouth Harp Blues (2LP, 45RPM) - AudioSoundMusic
Shakey Jake - Mouth Harp Blues (2LP, 45RPM) - AudioSoundMusic
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Shakey Jake - Mouth Harp Blues (2LP, 45RPM) - AudioSoundMusic
Shakey Jake - Mouth Harp Blues (2LP, 45RPM) - AudioSoundMusic

Shakey Jake - Mouth Harp Blues (2LP, 45RPM)

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Vocals, Harmonica – Shakey Jake

Bass – Leonard Gaskin

Drums – Junior Blackmon

Guitar – Jimmie Lee

Piano – Robert Banks


2 LPs, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 45RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press :  Record Technology Incorporated

Label :  Analogue Productions

Original Label :  Prestige Bluesville

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey by Rudy Van Gelder

Remastered by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman at AcousTech 

Originally released in 1961



Tracks :

 Side A:

  1. Mouth Harp Blues
  2. Love My Baby

Side B:

  1. Jake's Cha Cha
  2. Gimme A Smile
  3. My Broken Heart

Side C:

  1. Angry Lover
  2. Things Is Alright

Side D:

  1. Easy Baby
  2. Things Are Different Baby
  3. It Won't Happen Again


Reviews :

"When Harris returned to New Jersey later that same year to wax his Bluesville encore, he brought along fellow Chicagoan Jimmie Lee Robinson as his guitarist. A full rhythm section was used this time (New York cats all), but the overall approach was quite a bit closer to what he was used to hearing on Chicago's West side." AllMusic Review by Bill Dahl

Shakey Jake - Mouth Harp Blues The late James Harris earned the moniker "Shakey Jake" due to his proficiency at dice, but he was equally adept at the blues game. The Arkansas-born, Chicago-based singer and harmonica blower traveled to Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio in November 1960 to record this, his second album for the Bluesville label. Jake brought along Jimmie Lee Robinson, the brilliant, fast-fingered guitarist best known for his work with Little Walter's band. Also making tasty contributions to the session was Robert Banks, the New York R&B and gospel studio organist who, in this case, ably appointed himself as a two-fisted blues piano stylist. Among the 10 selections is the distinctively loping "Easy Baby," a tune also associated with Jake's nephew Magic Sam.

Guitarist Jimmie Lee Robinson, who died in 2002, was the soul of Acoustic Sounds' own APO Records. He was the first to record at Blue Heaven Studios, having made three records (one still unreleased) in the converted church, and he was there several more times to perform. A Chicago native and lifelong resident, Robinson began playing guitar in the open-air market on Maxwell Street in 1942 with the likes of Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Nighthawk. He later teamed with Freddie King for a four-year partnership and went on to play guitar and bass with Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Eddie Taylor, Elmore James, Jimmy Rogers, Jimmy Reed, Magic Sam and of course Shakey Jake.


AllMusic 4/5  ,  Discogs 4.76 / 5

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