Local Color (album)

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Local Color
Studio album by Mose Allison
Released 1958
Recorded November 8, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Genre Blues / Jazz
Length 35:36
Label Prestige
PRLP 7121
Producer Bob Weinstock
Mose Allison chronology
Back Country Suite
Local Color
Young Man Mose

Local Color is the second 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 "Parchman Farm" which was later covered by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers on their album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Scott Yanow, in his review for Allmusic, says "Allison performs eight instrumentals in a trio... displaying his unusual mixture of country blues and bebop... However it is his vocals on "Lost Mind" and particularly the classic "Parchman Farm" that are most memorable".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Mose Allison except as indicated

  1. "Carnival" - 2:59
  2. "Parchman Farm" - 3:17
  3. "Crepuscular Air" - 3:43
  4. "Mojo Woman" - 4:04
  5. "Town" - 3:21
  6. "Trouble in Mind" (Richard M. Jones) - 3:13
  7. "Lost Mind" (Percy Mayfield) - 3:31
  8. "I'll Never Be Free" (Bennie Benjamin, George David Weiss) - 5:36
  9. "Don't Ever Say Goodbye" (Duke Ellington) - 3:12
  10. "Ain't You a Mess" - 2:40



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