Back Country Suite

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Back Country Suite
Back Country Suite.jpg
Studio album by Mose Allison
Released 1957
Recorded March 7, 1957
Studio 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
Local Color
(1957)Local Color1957

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.


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 unusual 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 where noted.

  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



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