Lovie Lee – Good Candy
This CD reissue of several tracks produced by Eddie "Lovie" Lee Watson in 1984 and '89 features 58 minutes of piano-pounding Chicago blues fun... Lovie's songs, expressive vocals, and steady-rollin' piano playing shine... as do the playing of harmonica-ace Carey Bell and his highly underrated, guitar playing son, Lurrie, who amazes throughout. This entertaining set of blues features Lovie's penchant for songs about sex: his saucy Good Candy, bragging Whoopin' Thighs, downright dirty Sticky Candy, and stomping The Mule, all deal with steamy issues. His romping instrumental, Lovie's Boogie, and rousing Chief Police, on the other hand, are just good, old-fashioned, boogie-woogie fun. - The Record Roundup
Lee released two self-produced (and overlapping) albums on his own Blues on Blues label. Material from those LPs is combined here with newer recordings.
Throughout there is a consistently relaxed and informal feel to the music, with Lee proving to be a warm and engaging singer with a penchant for sly lyrics and traditional blues themes. - Living Blues
1. Lovie's Boogie - 3:39 2. In Trouble - 3:08 3. Thinking of You - 4:06 4. Good Candy - 5:11 5. She's Gone - 3:32 6. Tricky Woman - 4:39 7. Whoopin' Thighs - 2:47 8. West Side Woman - 6:30 9. Chief Police - 2:43 10. Tell Me That You Love Me - 5:43 11. Woke Up This Morning - 2:19 12. Stick Candy - 2:29 13. My Baby Left Me - 4:02 14. The Mule - 3:27 15. Little Girl - 3:12
Eddie 'Lovie Lee' Watson (piano, vocals) , Lurrie Bell (lead guitar on 1,2,3,4,5,9, 10,11,12,13,14,15) rhythme guitar on 6) , Eddie Taylor (lead guitar, solo on 6) , Vance Kelly (lead guitar on 7,8) , Douglas Watson (bass on 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) , Lee Johnson (bass on 10,11,12,13,14,15) , Carie Bell (harmonica on 6,10,11,12,14,15) , Steve Bell (harmonica on 13) , Odie Payne (drums on 1,2,3,4,5) , Earl Howell (drums on 6,9) , Jessie Lee Clay (drums on 7,8) , Joe Poston (drums on 10,11,12,13,14,15) , Jimmy Bauma (alto saxophone on 3) , Bonye Fields (trumpet on 7,8) , Garrick Patten (tenor saxophone on 7,8) , Willie Young (tenor saxophone on 15)
1. AllMusic - Yanow
An excellent blues-based pianist and singer who was in Muddy Waters' last band, Lovie Lee deserved to be much better known. He worked in the Chicago blues scene from 1957 on but made few records. Lovie Lee's only dates as a leader are on this single CD, privately recorded sessions from 1984 and 1989 that are augmented by further titles cut directly for Earwig in 1992. Already 75 at the time of the earliest dates, Lee passed away in 1997 when he was 88. He sounds a couple of decades younger and displays plenty of energy on this extensive set of blues and rollicking near-blues. His sidemen are excellent, with plenty of solo space for the guitarists and his adopted son, Carey Bell, on harmonica. Recommended.
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