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Slim Harpo

  • The Best of Slim Harpo [Hip-O, 1997]  
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The Best of Slim Harpo [Hip-O, 1997]
See: Recyclables.  

The Best of Slim Harpo [Hip-O, 1997]
I rediscovered this 16-track 1997 collection after revisiting my more qualified 2004 Recyclables take on Excello's now-deleted two-CD Hip Shakin', still on my shelves and for sale on Discogs if you find yourself as beguiled by his groove as we are around here. Sounds good, too, but not as consistently as this more concentrated option. Although the Louisiana stevedore turned one-man trucking company born James Moore was slotted blues, what I called "lowdown novelty with a mudcat beat" summed up the true calling of a harmonica-wielding mushmouth who wrote songs with his wife as well as various producers until a heart attack got him at 46 in 1970. "I'm a King Bee," "Baby, Scratch My Back," and the Exile on Main Street cover "Shake Your Hips" are the stone classics. But be sure not to miss "Tee Ni Nee Ni Nu," "Tip On In," "I've Got Love if You Want It," "Rainin' in My Heart," "Strange Love," or for that matter "Bobby Sox Baby." Which brings us up over half of this album's offerings right there. A

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