Back Country Suite

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Back Country Suite
Studio album by Mose Allison
Released 1957
Recorded March 7, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Genre Blues / Jazz
Length 38:32
Label Prestige
PRLP 7091
Producer Bob Weinstock
Mose Allison chronology
Back Country Suite
(1957)
Local Color
(1957)

Back Country Suite is the debut album by blues/jazz pianist and vocalist Mose Allison which was recorded in 1957 and released on the Prestige label.[1] The album features the first recording of Allison's "Young Man Blues" (titled simply "Blues") which was later covered by The Who on their album Live at Leeds.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Scott Yanow, in his review for Allmusic, says "Mose Allison's very first recording finds the 29-year-old pianist taking just two vocals but those are actually the most memorable selections... The centerpiece of this trio outing... is Allison's ten-part "Back Country Suite," a series of short concise folk melodies that puts the focus on his somewhat unique piano style which, although boppish, also looked back at the country blues tradition. Very interesting music".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Mose Allison except as indicated

  1. "Back Country Suite: New Ground" - 2:05
  2. "Back Country Suite: Train" - 1:50
  3. "Back Country Suite: Warm Night" - 1:47
  4. "Back Country Suite: Blues" - 1:28
  5. "Back Country Suite: Saturday" - 1:24
  6. "Back Country Suite: Scamper" - 2:15
  7. "Back Country Suite: January" - 1:38
  8. "Back Country Suite: Promised Land" - 2:03
  9. "Back Country Suite: Spring Song" - 1:23
  10. "Back Country Suite: Highway 49" - 1:39
  11. "Blueberry Hill" (Al Lewis, Vincent Rose, Larry Stock) - 3:00
  12. "You Won't Let Me Go" (Buddy Johnson) - 3:46
  13. "I Thought About You" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Mercer) - 3:53
  14. "One Room Country Shack" (Mercy Dee Walton) - 3:05
  15. "In Salah" - 3:45

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prestige Records discography accessed May 16, 2013
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic listing accessed May 16, 2013