“Kansas City” by Wilbert Harrison - album review

TJR says

A collection of the Fury A and B sides from 1959-1960, with 2 previously unreleased recordings from the period.

Sleeve notes:

Wilbert Harrison is a versatile young man. His voice, in quality, is a smooth one and his style lies in the absence of style. Wilbert Harrison approaches each song as an entity… . . lending to it what the lyrics and melody demand. The record contained in this jacket easily proves the Harrison style. The material ranges from ballads to down and out blues to material with a country and western flavour. With as large a range as this, you will hear smooth and silky renditions of ballads such as "Listen My Darling” and "Don’t Wreck My Life". Then there are the shouting blues, full of love of life, such as "C. C. Rider" and "The Horse". For those who favour the down and out blues; Wilbert becomes plaintive and soulful in his interpretations of "Since I Fell For You" and "Why Did You Leave"? "My Love" is done in a rhythm, country and western fashion. The familiar "Kansas City" and its follow-up, "Goodbye Kansas City" are done in shuffle rhythm, with Harrison displaying his knowledge of what a gutteral, straight blues number should sound like. All in all, the songs named above and the other 5 tracks offered in this album present a multi-faceted picture of Wilbert Harrison. Let your ears hear this truly versatile young man.

The Jukebox Rebel
04-Jan-2012

A1 [02:26] 9.7.png Wilbert Harrison - Kansas City (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [02:38] 6.0.png Wilbert Harrison - Listen My Darling (Wilbert Harrison) Rock n Roll Ballad
A3 [02:05] 5.9.png Wilbert Harrison - Cheatin’ Baby (Wilbert Harrison, Bobby Robinson, Clarence Lewis) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A4 [02:50] 5.5.png Wilbert Harrison - Don’t Wreck My Life (Wilbert Harrison) Rock n Roll Ballad
A5 [02:17] 5.1.png Wilbert Harrison - Messed Around (And Fell In Love) (Naomi Neville) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A6 [02:38] 6.5.png Wilbert Harrison - Why Did You Leave (Robert Guidry) Rock n Roll Ballad
B1 [01:50] 4.0.png Wilbert Harrison - My Love (Wilbert Harrison) Pop
B2 [02:12] 7.0.png Wilbert Harrison - Since I Fell For You (Buddy Johnson) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [02:08] 7.7.png Wilbert Harrison - C.C. Rider [1960 version] (Wilbert Harrison, Lloyd Price) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B4 [02:21] 6.4.png Wilbert Harrison - Da-De-Ya-Da (Charles Singleton, Rose Marie McCoy) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B5 [02:39] 6.8.png Wilbert Harrison - The Horse (Wilbert Harrison, Bobby Robinson, Clarence Lewis) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B6 [02:29] 8.4.png Wilbert Harrison - Good-bye Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison) Blues / Rhythm n Blues




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