16 BONUS TRACKS WITH RARE PHOTOS AND VINTAGE MEMORABILIA!
The legendary Little Junior Parker is considered more of an R&B stylist with distinct blues leanings than a true blues artist. He could sing in a harder yet soulful R&B style and then switch to a smoother sound sometimes reminiscent of the great Charles Brown, or Bobby “Blue” Bland. As consistently modern a bluesman as he insisted on being, he’d placed his Sonny Boy Williamson-influenced harmonica interjections on the back burner to emphasize his smoothly burnished vocals on R&B-styled material. Although Junior Parker had been on the scene since the early 1950s (recording numerous singles for different labels), his first long play was not issued until 1962 (by Duke Records). This essential CD edition includes Parker’s debut album, Driving Wheel, in its entirety. Parker’s exceptional touch and versatility can be heard across these tracks, which consist of a magnificent mix of emotional blues, jump tunes, electrifying moments, and soulful slow-tempo numbers. In addition to the original masterpiece, this remastered collector’s release contains 16 bonus tracks, among them the cornerstone “Mystery Train,” recorded at Sun Studio in October 1953 (the song would gain greater fame with Elvis Presley’s later cover).
LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER,vocals and harmonica, plus: CLARENCE HOLLIMON, guitar WAYNE BENNET, guitar JOHNNY BROWN, guitar VERNON HEARD, bass JABO STARKS, drums THEODORE ARTHUR, tenor saxophone CHARLES CRAWFORD, baritone saxophone JOHN BROWNING, trumpet TOMMY NEVUE, trumpet, among others.
Further personnel information is detailed inside. Recorded in Chicago and Nashville, between 1960 and 1962.
01. Driving Wheel 02. I Need Love So Bad 03. Foxy Devil 04. Someone Broke This Heart Of Mine 05. How Long Can This Go On? 06. Yonder’S Wall 07. Annie Get Your Yo-Yo 08. Tin Pan Alley 09. Someone Somewhere 10. Seven Days 11. The Tables Have Turned 12. Sweet Talking Woman 13. Mystery Train 14. Mary Jo 15. That’S Just Alright 16. I’Ll Forget About You 17. Stand By Me 18. Peaches 19. Next Time You See Me 20. Blue Letter 21. Pretty Baby 22. I’M Holding On 23. Sometimes 24. That’S My Baby 25. What Did I Do 26. Wondering 27. Barefoot Rock 28. Sweet Home Chicago