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vendredi 1 avril 2016

EDDIE LANG/ New Orleans Guitar



EDDIE LANG/ New Orleans Guitar


            Ce guitariste et chanteur de La Nouvelle Orléans, Eddie Lang (Eddie Langlois) n'a évidemment rien à voir avec le guitariste de jazz italo-américain Eddie Lang (Salvatore Massaro) (1902-1933).
            Eddie Langlois est né le 15 janvier 1936 à La Nouvelle Orléans (bien que certaines sources fiables le font naître bien plus tôt) et commence à jouer de la guitare dès le début des années 1950, d'abord au sein des House Rockers de Jessie Hill puis ensuite avec Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones) qui l'influencera beaucoup. C'est d'ailleurs grâce à Slim et en tournée avec lui que Lang enregistre dès 1951 son premier disque pour le label de Nashville Bullett.
            Tandis que Guitar Slim engrange très rapidement de nombreux succès et devient un artiste très populaire et très influent qui tourne avec l'orchestre de Lloyd Lambert, Eddie Lang tente sa chance de son côté, écumant les clubs de Louisiane. Il réussit à enregistrer pour divers labels comme RPM, Ace (de Johnny Vincent), Ron et obtient à son tour quelques modestes hits régionaux avec Easy Rockin' en 1958 (accompagné par Dr John). Malgré la grande qualité artistique de ses disques, Eddie Lang demeure une figure mineure de la scène néo-orléanaise.
            Et il lui faut attendre 1966 pour retrouver vraiment le chemin des studios, cette fois sous la houlette de Eddie Bo qui produit et arrange de belle façon les séances d'enregistrement de nombreux artistes dont lui-même bien sûr et Eddie Lang. Something within me, The fooler sont des succès régionaux qui permettent à Eddie Lang d'enregistrer et de se produire régulièrement dans et autour de La Nouvelle Orléans. Mais c'est avec le roué Food stamp blues, gravé en 1973 pour le petit label Super Dome, que Eddie Lang obtient son plus gros succès.
            En 1977, il fait partie de la tournée européenne curieusement intitulée Mississippi Delta Blues Band qui se produit essentiellement en Scandinavie. Eddie Lang, bien que très mal crédité, est en vedette sur la plupart des titres du disque réalisé à Stockholm pour l'occasion.
            Mais en 1979, un AVC le laisse à demi paralysé, l'empêchant de jouer de la guitare et il décède dans sa résidence de Slidell, Louisiane, le 10 mars 1985.
            Cette compilation regroupe pour la première fois, à l'exception d'un titre, tout ce que cet excellent mais trop méconnu guitariste et bluesman a enregistré. Merci à tous ceux qui ont contribué à ce recueil, en particulier Marie-Antoinette L. et Xyros.
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT

            This Eddie Lang (Eddie Langlois) must not be confused with his namesake and pioneer jazz guitarist Eddie Lang (Salvatore Massaro)(1902-1933).
            Eddie Langlois was born in New Orleans on 15th January 1936 (although some sources state his birth much earlier) and he started to play guitar at an early age, first with the House Rockers, a local band formed by Jessie Hill and then with Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones) who will be a strong and lasting influence. This is while touring with Guitar Slim than Eddie Lang waxed his first record for the Nashville label Bullett as early as 1951.
            But while Guitar Slim quickly enjoyed fame and success with a string of hits and then toured through the Southwestern States with the Lloyd Lambert's band, Eddie Lang was left behind. He then started his own band, playing in clubs and small venues around New Orleans. He nevertheless managed to record some excellent 45s in 1956-59 for several labels (RPM, Johnny Vincent's Ace, Ron) having a modest hit with Easy Rockin' in which Dr John Plays the keys.
            Eddie had to wait until 1966 to find himself again in the studios, this time for Joe Banashak and under the wise production of Eddie Bo. Something within me, The fooler were local hits, establishing Eddie Lang as a minor favourite of the Louisiana-Texas scene. In 1973, the smart two parts blues Food stamp blues recorded for the small SuperDome label, was at last a real hit.
            In 1977, Eddie Lang was part of a Scandinavian tour, oddly titled "Mississippi Delta Blues Band". Although ill credited, Eddie Lang sings lead on most of the tracks on the LP recorded in Stockholm for the occasion.
            Suffering a bad stroke in 1979 which left him diminished, unable to play the guitar, Eddie Lang died in his hometown of Slidell (Louisiana) 10 May 1985.
            We have gathered here all the recordings made by this excellent but underrated bluesman and guitarist (minus one title). Thanks to all who made this possible, particularly Marie-Antoinette L. and Xyros.
                                                                                   Gérard HERZHAFT


EDDIE LANG
Complete Recordings
Eddie Lang, vcl/g; band. Nashville, Tn. 1951
01. Darling you know I love you
02. My baby left me
Eddie Lang, vcl/g; Huey Smith, pno; Lee Allen, pno; band. New Orleans, La. 19 février 1954
03. Hallelujah
Eddie Lang, vcl/g; band. New Orleans, La. septembre 1956
04. Come on home
05. I'm all alone
06. I'm beggin' with tears
07. You got to crawl before you walk!
Eddie Lang, vcl/g; Ronnie Barron, pno; Dr John, g; Earl Stanley, bs; Paul Stahli, dms. New Orleans, La. 25 octobre 1958
08. On my way
09. Easy Rockin'
10. Troubles troubles
11. She's mine all mine
12. You sure is fine
Eddie Lang, vcl/g; band. New Orleans, La. 1959
13. Let me tell you bout it
Burning inside
Eddie Lang, vcl/g; James Black, dms; band. New Orleans, La. 1966
14. The love I have for you
15. Something within me
Eddie Lang, vcl/g; band. New Orleans, La. 1 mars 1967
16. I'm gonna make you eat those words
17. The Fooler I & II
Eddie Lang, vcl/g; band. New Orleans, La. 28 juin 1967
18. The sad one
19. Souling
Eddie Lang, vcl/g; Sonny Randall, pno; band. New Orleans, La. 1973
20. Food Stamp blues I & II
Eddie Lang, vcl/g; band. New Orleans, La. 1974
21. Bringing back those old days
22. Mean sad world
Eddie Lang, vcl/g; Vincent Blakey, g; Lee Crisp, hca; Jesse Alexander, bs; Richard Milton, dms. Stockholm, Suede, 25 avril 1977
23. Mean old world
24. Slippin' and slidin'
25. Woke up this morning
26. Struttin'
27. My own fault

23 commentaires:

  1. Eddie Lang/ Complete Recordings

    http://www56.zippyshare.com/v/6KJsgnng/file.html

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  2. Thank you very much Gerard. This is not an artist that I'm familiar with at all so this is very interesting to listen to.

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  3. Never realized that Eddie Lang played on the 'Live in Europe" lp. Only knew him from the hit " Food Stamp Blues" which gets some airplay on the jukebox.

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    1. Yes, the producer of the record made the best to hide it! Thanks again for having shared the LP!

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  4. As is often the case at this site, you have done a great service not only for us, but for a fine musician who deserves more recognition. Thank you!!!

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    1. Thanks to you Preslives and to all who gives me their opinion. Feedback is necessary

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  5. Fantastic , Thank you so much !

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  6. This looks like some interesting New Orleans blues. Thank you very much. I just wonder, though, I thought that the Dr. John name didn't get started until the late 1960's. Didn't Mac Rebennack just use his real name for his 1950's/early 1960's session work?

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    1. Blue Cat, you are absolutely right. This is Mac Rebennack here and not yet Dr John. Thanks

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  7. Gerard, do you have any information about this record
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    http://collectorsfrenzy.com/details/121474730306/BLACK_ROCKER__SLY_DELL_EDDIE_LANG_LET_ME_TELL_YOU_BOUT_IT_FLAME_10148_MP3

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    1. Yes, it's here under the n°13! Lang recorded this rare 45 under the moniker Sly Dell in reference to his hometown and probably for contractual reasons. The flip is missing in. this comp

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  8. This sure looks interesting Gerard, many thanks for putting this together. I'm not at all familiar with this artist so I'm looking forward to hearing this. I notice track #3 has the great Lee Allen onboard. I was fortunate enough to meet Lee, and hear him live, in the early 1970s when he was with Fats Domino.

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  9. @Gerard: thank you very much...!

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  10. Thanks Gerard for the great music offered here, it's appreciated.

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  11. Salut!

    Thanx again Gerard for this comp. Learning & hearing "new" artists is very enjoyable. Your comps. are essential to spreading the Blues as attempting to collect almost ANY Blues (LP's, CD's) is VERY (TOO) expensive.
    Much appreciated.

    Cheers!

    Ciao! For now.
    rntcj

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    1. Thanks. My goal is to make better known forgotten or ill-known blues names who, nevertheless and in their own way, had their share in building the rich history if the blues.

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    2. I once had a fair knowledge of the history and culture of the blues, and regularly listen to quite a few blue artists. However, you have broadened my knowledgeable considerably about the lesser known artists who have constituted the largest part of the heritage of the blues. More importantly, you have not restricted to your coverage to the blues guitarists who have dominated the public tastes in the blues played in this country for more than fifty years.

      Many, many thanks for making the history, and the musicians and their music come alive. I strongly believe that, in a country where events and people from more than five decades past are regarded as nearly ancient, your blues archeology, and preservation and presentation of the music of artists such as Lang are vital. I have enjoyed greatly downloading or buying and then playing for my children the music of the artist you feature here. I have also told them how ironic it is that the blues has been an ongoing force of creativity and inspiration, and has had such an enormous influence on music in our country with its magnitude of racial problems and long, troubling and often deplorable racial history. I am deeply moved and awestruck by the perseverance and creative genius and maintenance of hope of artists under such oppression.

      Lastly, I am deeply grateful for the introduction to the music and history of Jesse Mae Hemphill, Napoleon Strickland, Eddy Lang, and so many others. Words don’t suffice to say how their music hits me in the gut and fills me with joy. When one visits this blog and discovers a new artist or music that one did not know by a familiar artist, it is always exhilarating. Thanks again.

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    3. Thanks a lot, Feilimid, for your very nice appreciations and constant support! It's a great encouragement for me to pursue this work.

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  12. Thank you very much for this comprehensive view of an interesting artist. I had only heard him on an anthology that evidently didn't include his best efforts. There are some lovely tracks here.

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  13. Merci beaucoup pour cet artiste que je ne connaissais pas.

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  14. Thanks for a really great blog. Apropos the picture in your logo, here was my 1st introduction to Jesse Mae Hemphill performing with Otha Turner on Mr Rogers' Neighborhood

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqXoJGF6tN4

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