Red Heads 1925-27

Red Heads 1925-27

by The Red Heads


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The Red Heads was a pseudonym for Red Nichols & His Five Pennies whenever their recordings were released on the Melotone, Oriole, or Perfect labels during the years 1925-1927. Following in the wake of EPM Musique's 25-track Complete edition of 1998, Jazz Oracle's 74-track, three-CD set of 2004 augmented the main body of their work with a surprisingly large number of sides by pop vocalists Jay C. Flippen and Cliff Edwards with sweet and jazzy accompaniments by the Red Heads. Edwards, also known as Ukulele Ike, eventually achieved international fame as the voice of Jiminy Cricket. This exhaustively thorough chronological survey also features vocals by Frank Gould and Arthur Fields. Having all of these charming period pop vocals in the package should be regarded as a confectionary bonus rather than a distracting disadvantage. The producers have placed the instrumentals in full context by including harmless pleasantries like "You Should See My Tootsie" and "I'm 'Gonna' Hang Around My Sugar," with the word "gonna" in quotes. Instrumentalists of note in the Red Heads discography are trumpeters Red Nichols and Wingy Manone; cornetist Brad Gowans, trombonist Miff Mole, reed players Jimmy Dorsey and Fud Livingston; pianists Arthur Schutt and Rube Bloom; guitarists Dick McDonough and Eddie Lang, and ace percussionist Vic Berton. This amazing anthology is not exclusively intended or recommended for historians, specialists, or recluses. It is a thrilling magnum dose of great historic jazz, dance, and pop recordings from smack in the middle of the '20s. No one should be put off by the quantity of tracks, the modest helping of alternate takes, or the marvelously old-fashioned nature of the music within. It is perhaps most important that it be heard by people who do not specialize in music and culture from this period. The Red Heads can and will speak to anyone.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2004
Label: Jazz Oracle
UPC: 0620588804328
catalogNumber: 8043
Rank: 131914


Disc 1

  1. Jimtown Blues
  2. King Porter Stomp
  3. I Wouldn't Be Where I Am If You Hadn't Gone Away
  4. Flag That Train (To Alabam')
  5. I'm "Gonna" Hang Around My Sugar
  6. Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
  7. Oh Lovey, Be Mine
  8. Say, Who Is That Baby Doll
  9. How She Loves Me Is Nobody's Business
  10. The Lonesomest Girl in Town
  11. Remember
  12. Someone's Stolen My Sweet, Sweet Baby
  13. Dreaming of a Castle in the Air
  14. How Can You Look So Good?
  15. Fallen Arches
  16. Nervous Charlie Stomp
  17. Headin' for Louisville
  18. Dinah
  19. Keep on Croonin' a Tune
  20. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charley!
  21. Spanish Shawl
  22. No Man's Mama
  23. Oh Lovely, Be Mine
  24. Say, Who Is That Baby Doll

Disc 2

  1. Sweet Child
  2. I Want Somebody to Cheer Me Up
  3. Sometime
  4. Poor Papa
  5. 'Tain't Cold
  6. Hangover
  7. Plenty Off Center
  8. Trumpet Sobs
  9. Wild and Foolish
  10. Hi-Diddle-Diddle
  11. Dynamite
  12. Alabama Stomp
  13. The Hurricane
  14. Brown Sugar
  15. Sunday
  16. I Don't Mind Being All Alone
  17. Meadowlark
  18. I Never Knew What the Moonlight Could Do
  19. Get With
  20. Get a Load of This
  21. I Want Somebody to Cheer Me Up
  22. Hurricane
  23. Sunday
  24. I Don't Mind Being All Alone

Disc 3

  1. I'm Tellin' the Birds-Tellin' the Bees
  2. That's No Bargain
  3. Heebie Jeebies
  4. Black Bottom Stomp
  5. How Could Red Riding Hood?
  6. For My Sweetheart
  7. Short and Sweet
  8. Lonely Eyes
  9. Since I Found You
  10. I Know That You Know
  11. Tell Me To-Night
  12. Here or There
  13. You Should See My Tootsie
  14. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  15. Nothin' Does Does Like It Used to Do Do Do
  16. Baltimore
  17. Black Bottom Stomp
  18. How Could Red Riding Hood?
  19. Tell Me To-Night
  20. Tell Me To-Night
  21. Here or There
  22. You Should See My Tootsie
  23. You Should See My Tootsie
  24. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  25. Nothin' Does Does Like It Used to Do Do Do
  26. Baltimore

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Heads   Primary Artist
Dick Johnson   Clarinet
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Venuti   Piano,Violin
Red Nichols   Trumpet
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Brad Gowans   Trombone,Cornet
Wingy Manone   Cornet
Miff Mole   Trombone
Frankie Trumbauer   Alto Saxophone
Nick Lucas   Banjo
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards   Ukulele,Vocals
Jay C. Flippen   Vocals
Vic Berton   Percussion,Drums,Harpophone
John Cali   Banjo,Guitar
Tony Colucci   Banjo,Guitar
Bobby Davis   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Lucien Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Dick McDonough   Banjo,Guitar
Joe Tarto   Double Bass
Arthur Hall   Vocals
Brown Sugar   Vocals
Art Gillham   Vocals
Alfie Evans   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Irving Brodsky   Piano
Fred Morrow   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Fields   Vocals
Bill Haid   Piano
Frank Gould   Vocals

Technical Credits

James P. Johnson   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Red Nichols   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Miff Mole   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Redman   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Boyd Atkins   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Chester Cohn   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Eddie Green   Composer
H. Harris   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Benny Krueger   Composer
Paul Mertz   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Jack King   Art Direction
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
R. Davies   Producer
Sam Lanin   Director
Ted Fio Rito   Composer
Sam Lanin & His Orchestra   Contributor
Charlie Davis   Composer
Bhinda Keidel   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Red Heads   Contributor
Harry Akst   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Chick Endor   Composer
Colin Bray   Producer
We 3   Contributor
John Wilby   Producer
Jay C. Flippen & His Gang   Contributor
Danni Healy   Composer
Reynaldo Maceo   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Ralph "Shrimp" Jones   Composer
Richard Rudy   Graphic Design
Reide Kaiser   Liner Notes

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