High Life (Frankie Miller album)

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High Life
Studio album by Frankie Miller
Released January 1974
Recorded 1973
Web IV Recording Studio, Atlanta, Georgia
(Horns: Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana)
Genre Blues Rock
Length 36:13
Label Chrysalis Records
Producer Allen Toussaint
Frankie Miller chronology
Once in a Blue Moon
(1973)Once in a Blue Moon1973
High Life
(1974)
The Rock
(1975)The Rock1975

High Life is the second album by Frankie Miller. It was produced by Allen Toussaint, who also composed seven songs on the album. "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" was almost immediately covered by Three Dog Night and "Shoo Rah" was covered by Betty Wright -- and both tracks become chart hits.

Despite poor sales, the album was critically well received, although Miller was to disown it as Chrysalis Records issued the record in remixed form, without Miller's or Toussaint's knowledge or consent. The remix by Don Davis and Lou Costello remains the most widely available version of High Life; Toussaint and Miller's original mix of the album was made available on the 2011 Frankie Miller box set That's Who.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Frankie Miller; except where indicated

Side One

  1. "High Life" (Allen Toussaint)
  2. "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" (Allen Toussaint)
  3. "Trouble"
  4. "A Fool" (Allen Toussaint)
  5. "Little Angel"
  6. "With You in Mind" (Allen Toussaint)

Side Two

  1. "The Devil Gun"
  2. "I’ll Take a Melody" (Allen Toussaint)
  3. "Just a Song" (Allen Toussaint)
  4. "Shoo Rah" (Allen Toussaint)
  5. "I'm Falling in Love Again"

Personnel[edit]

  • Frankie Miller - vocals, acoustic guitar

RHYTHM

  • Allen Toussaint - piano, organ, conga
  • Joe Wilson - guitar, slide guitar
  • Tom Robb - bass, conga
  • Mike Huey - drums
  • G.C. Coleman - drums
  • Auburn Burrell - dobra guitar
  • Barry Bailey - guitar

HORNS

  • Lester Caliste - trombone
  • Clyde Kerr Jr - trumpet
  • Gary Brown - tenor saxophone
  • John Longo - trumpet
  • Alvin Thomas - baritone saxophone

Production credits[edit]

  • Recorded at Web IV Recording Studio, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Engineered by Joe Wilson
  • Horns recorded at Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana
  • Remix by Don Davis, Lou Costello at United Sound Studios, Detroit
  • Arranged and Produced by Allen Toussaint