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lundi 9 mai 2016

PERCY MAYFIELD: WEST COAST BLUES MASTER




PERCY MAYFIELD West Coast blues master

           
Percy Mayfield, entre blues californien, Rhythm & Blues et même Variétés est un nom majeur de l'histoire de la musique populaire noire. Son influence sur le blues de la Côte Ouest et au-delà a été considérable, autant par son œuvre enregistrée que par ses compositions dont beaucoup sont devenues des standards repris par des dizaines d'artistes: Please send me someone to love, Strange things happening, I need your love so bad, Memory pain (It serves you right to suffer), My mind is trying to leave me. Mayfield est aussi l'auteur de plusieurs succès de Ray Charles dont il a été le compositeur attitré entre 1962 et 1964: Hit the road, Jack, Danger zone, But on the other hand, Tell me how do you feel. Cette fonction de parolier – arrangeur - compositeur a quelque peu occulté la propre discographie de Mayfield qui est fort impressionnante.
            Venu de Louisiane (il est né à Minden le 12 août 1920) à Los Angeles via Houston en 1942, Percy démontre ses talents de compositeur avant de réussir à devenir un des favoris des jeunes Noirs grâce à son apparence physique et sa voix de velours. Il est un subtil baryton qui abaisse curieusement les notes, répète fréquemment la dernière ligne du couplet, insinue plus qu'il ne clame, crée en quelques secondes un climat de tristesse amère qui enveloppe l'auditeur. Il a été très influencé par les sermons de l'église de son enfance. Ses compositions, prêches laïcs, soulignent de façon moralisatrice les faiblesses humaines, les ravages de l'alcool et de l'adultère. Ses textes sont très élaborés avec un sens aigu de la chute finale et un humour en demi-teintes, parfois ravageur. En 1952, il est victime d'un accident de la route qui le défigure et change aussi substantiellement le timbre de sa voix. Dès lors, Mayfield continue à enregistrer sous son nom mais ne se produit plus en public et se consacre surtout à la composition.

            Peu avant sa mort (le 11 août 1984 à Los Angeles), pressé par des admirateurs du monde entier, notamment européens, Percy Mayfield est revenu sur scène. Et, malgré les ans et son apparence physique, tête cabossée, œil exorbité, sa voix prenante, sa présence scénique, son charisme a impressionné ceux qui ont eu la chance de le voir.
            Nous avons regroupé la quasi-totalité de la forte œuvre qu'il a gravée entre 1946 et 1969. Merci à tous ceux qui ont aidé à rassembler ces titres, dont certains n'ont jamais été réédités: Jeannot L., Steve Wisner, Kempen, Xyros, Gyro...
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT

            Percy Mayfield, between blues, R&B and even doo-wop or pop, is a major name of the post war popular music. His influence on the emerging West Coast blues scene and then beyond has been considerable and several of his songs (his own compositions) have become standards, played by dozens of artists to these days (Please send me someone to love, Strange things happening, I need your love so bad, Memory pain (It serves you right to suffer), My mind is trying to leave me; Highway is like a woman....). Percy has also been hired by Ray Charles to write some of his great hits during the mid-60's: Hit the road, Jack, Danger zone, But on the other hand, Tell me how do you feel.
            Born in Minden (Louisiana) on 12 August 1920, Percy came to Los Angeles in 1942 through a short stay in Houston. He demonstrated quickly his great abilities to write and arrange a moving song in a few hours. In 1946, he started to record under his own name, becoming a major artist with his subtle, insinuating, suave baritone voice who can create in a few words a sad, tragic and deeply moving atmosphere. His better compositions – strongly influenced by the Gospel church of his childhood – are very often some kinds of secular sermons which emphasize the human weaknesses and passions from the ravages of the alcohol or the love cheatings, sometimes with more than a touch of bitterness and a wry humour.
            In 1952, he had a terrible car accident who left him disfigured and changed the timber of his voice. From then, he almost stopped to perform on stage but he still continue to record and write songs for himself as well as many R&B artists. A few years before his death from a stroke (11 August 1984 in Los Angeles), Percy Mayfield, under the pressure of his fans all over the world, agreed to make a come back, performing again on festivals and concerts. His physical appearance with his deformed face then seemed to add even something further to his stage charisma and all those who had the opportunity to watch him then were very strongly impressed.
            We have been able to gather almost everything Percy has recorded under his name between 1946 and 1969 with several tracks having never been reissued. Thanks a lot for their help to Jeannot L., Steve Wisner, Kempen, Xyros, Gyro
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT

Thanks to our friend BDaD,one missing track (Don't start lying to me) on this comp is now available at:
 MAYFIELDP101A Don't start lying to me

And anoher missing track, thanks to KingCake:
MAYFIELDP066A Freeway


Thanks to our friend (and expert) Dr Hepcat, here is a very hard to find and missing track:
MAYFIELDP069A My memories

and the first version of Ha ha in the daytime boo bo at night from 1961 (with the help of Klaus)
MAYFIELDP074A Ha ha in the daytime

39 commentaires:

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  2. CD 1 is the wrong link-thanks for listing!

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  3. Thank you Gerard! However the link for CD1 is for AC Reed !!

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  4. Sorry for the mistake on CD1. Here is the good link (hope)
    http://www90.zippyshare.com/v/MmHWiaf7/file.html

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  5. Percy Mayfield 1946-69 (Sorry for the mistake on CD1)
    CD1: http://www90.zippyshare.com/v/MmHWiaf7/file.html

    CD2: http://www90.zippyshare.com/v/k3yAH8lk/file.html

    CD3: http://www96.zippyshare.com/v/FHBgRNJM/file.html

    CD4: http://www12.zippyshare.com/v/EokSg7zI/file.html

    OK? So, feedback are appreciated

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  6. Gerard:

    This is masterful. I've been a Percy Mayfield fan for many, many years and have tried to get his complete works - and you've done it. Thank you for a truly great collection of a truly great artist. I know you focused on studio work - and I assume that you have the Live album on Winner Records. If not, I can get it to you.

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  7. Many thanks Gerard, I've heard a fair few tracks by Percy Mayfield over the years but he's not an artist I've paid close attention to by any means. So after I work my way through this lot I expect to be far more familiar with the man's legacy.

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  8. Thank you very much! Percy Mayfield is my absolute favourite!

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  9. Amazing find this morning Gerard...Muchisimos Thanks!

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  10. Live album on Winner Records link is welcome.. thanx-in-advance

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  11. "The Highway Is Like A Woman" with the great Eric Gales on guitar....what a fine blues track that one is....soulful lyrics about women and tasty guitar licks. Truly wonderful, never heard that before and I'm sure happy about hearing it now.

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  12. Gracias! Merci Beaucoup! Thank You!

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  13. Thank you very much for a very good and interesting collection.

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  14. I´m getting full my P. Mayfield´s bag. Muchas gracias.

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  15. Wow, thank you so much - one of my all time favourites. Great job!!!

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  16. Thanks for this great collection , great music !

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    1. Thank you too, Marc for your help during my researches on Percy!

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  17. I'll check this against my collection Gerard, but my first reaction is that I am pretty sure that I have more than 4 discs worth of Percy (a personal favorite). I'll compare this with what I have and run it by CSB too - pretty sure we will be sending you a sizeable suppliment

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    1. Did you download the disco? The titles in red are missing. They are:
      You name it
      Freeway
      My memories
      Ha ha in the daytime boo boo at night (1961)
      Don't start lying to me
      That's all to my knowledge (and thanks to Blues Discography).
      I delibaretely didn't include the latest albums by Percy (after 1969) as well as his late live recordings.

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  18. Thank you for this wonderful and comprehensive collection.

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  19. My wife and I saw Percy Mayfield during his last tour at the Marin County Fair in Northern California. He was backed by Johnny Otis and his band, including Shuggie Otis, and they played under a shady tent on a sunny day. We didn't know Percy was going to perform, so it was a great surprise and he and the band put on a very memorable show.

    Keep up the great work!

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  20. Don't start lying to me & Ha ha in the daytime
    http://www82.zippyshare.com/v/jmmrHx07/file.html
    BDaD

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    1. Thanks also BDaD. Much appreciated!

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    2. Lovely job Gerard! You had a dozen tracks that were new to me! They are treasured additions! There are 2 versions of Ha HA - did you get both? The remainder of the RCA stuff and the later albums I had fall outside your range.

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    3. Thanks BDaD for Don't start lying to me but "Ha ha " you sent me was in fact the Tangerine track from 1967 (MAYFIELDP098). The original 1961 version is now with a link at the end of the post, thanks to Dr Hepcat and Klaus who provided it.

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  21. Well Gerard I spent a wonderful time listening to Percy! Again I tip my hat to you Sir. Peace, Love & Blessings to you and your family.
    Dave McMillan

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  22. Thanks Gérard for this lovely stuff !
    "Louisiana" and "Stranger in my own town" being among my favorites.
    "Blue eye" : the best blog for the Blues with an unique logical and rational approach !

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  23. Here is a link for a non-truncated version of Are You Out There. https://www.sendspace.com/file/47br8v

    DrHepcat

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  25. Hi from Australia Gérard. It seems these links have disappeared too. Is there any chance they could be re-linked, perhaps on Mega? Thanks for all your great work.

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  26. Amazing post. Would be very interesting to have a listen to the composer of -Hit The Road Jack- but it seems all given links are dead already. Thanks, Alfred.

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  27. Yes all the links are dead ans were deleted by zippy without explanation. Probably due to some copyright things. So it won't Be reposted

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