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The Best of Mose Allison

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The Best of Mose Allison
Compilation album by
Released1970
Recorded1962–1972
GenreJazz, blues
Length53:39
LabelAtlantic
Mose Allison chronology
I've Been Doin' Some Thinkin'
(1968)
The Best of Mose Allison
(1970)
Hello There, Universe
(1970)

The Best of Mose Allison is a compilation album by Mose Allison. It includes some of the jazz pianist and singer's best-known recordings for Atlantic Records. The album was originally released in 1970 as an LP record with 12 songs. The album was re-issued on a CD in 1988 with an additional eight songs and new sequencing.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Retrospective reviews
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

An AllMusic reviewer gave it four and a half out of five stars and called it "a pretty good capsule introduction to one of American music's most idiosyncratic individualists".[1] However, he noted "For a more comprehensive – and well-packaged – overview of most of his career, turn to the double-CD box Allison Wonderland on Rhino/Atlantic."[1]

Track listing

All songs Written by Mose Allison except as noted. Original LP

Side one
  1. "Your Mind Is on Vacation" – 2:35
  2. "Swingin' Machine" – 2:31
  3. "Stop This World" – 3:24
  4. "Seventh Son" (Willie Dixon) – 3:36
  5. "New Parchman" – 3:04
  6. "Rollin' Stone" (McKinley Morganfield) – 2:58
Side two
  1. "I'm the Wild Man" (Stanley Willis, Don Barksdale) – 1:58
  2. "If You're Goin' to the City" – 3:49
  3. "I Don't Worry About a Thing" – 2:17
  4. "Your Molecular Structure" – 2:05
  5. "Everybody Cryin' Mercy" – 2:39
  6. "I Love the Life I Live" (Willie Dixon) – 2:26

1988 CD re-issue

  1. "I Don't Worry About a Thing" – 2:41
  2. "Your Mind Is on Vacation" – 2:35
  3. "It Didn't Turn Out That Way" – 2:41 (bonus track)
  4. "If You're Goin' to the City" – 3:49
  5. "Swingin' Machine" – 2:31
  6. "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues" (Duke Ellington, Don George) – 3:56 (bonus track)
  7. "Stop This World" – 3:24
  8. "I'm the Wild Man" (Stanley Willis, Don Barksdale) – 1:58
  9. "New Parchman" – 3:04
  10. "Rollin' Stone" (McKinley Morganfield) – 2:58
  11. "Don't Forget to Smile" – 2:48 (bonus track)
  12. "Seventh Son" (Willie Dixon) – 2:26
  13. "I Love the Life I Live" (Willie Dixon) – 2:21
  14. "What's With You" – 2:55 (bonus track)
  15. "That's the Stuff You Gotta Watch" (Buddy Johnson) – 2:10 (bonus track)
  16. "Your Molecular Structure" – 2:05
  17. "Just Like Livin'" – 1:44 (bonus track)
  18. "Everybody Cryin' Mercy" – 2:39
  19. "Night Club" – 2:36 (bonus track)
  20. "One of These Days" – 4:29 (bonus track)

Personnel

References

  1. ^ a b c Ginell, Richard S. "The Best of Mose Allison – Album Review". AllMusic. Retrieved May 29, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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