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Mighty Joe Young (Compilation) by Mighty Joe Young

Label: Ovation Records / Blind Pig Records.
Release Date: 1976.
Releases: April 16, 2002.
Recording Time: 47 minutes.
Compilation Studio Recording.

Styles: Modern Electric Chicago Blues, Regional Blues, Soul-Blues.

Recorded between 1974 and 1976. Originally released on Ovation Records. Includes liner notes by Ken Saydak.

This is a compilation featuring tracks from two out-of-print Ovation Records.

Blind Pig's 2002 release Mighty Joe Young is a compilation that picks from Mighty Joe Young's Ovation releases Chicken Heads (1974) and Mighty Joe Young (1976). These are generally considered to be among Young's best work, yet they have been out of print for years and never have appeared on CD. Thankfully, this collection picks the 12 best tracks from these records, bringing back into circulation the work that showcases Young at his best. While it would have been nice to have these two albums in their entirety in their original running order, the music is so good and so rare, it's nice just to have it out officially, since this is the place to go to hear him at his best.
by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Living Blues - 7-8/02, p.66
"...These well-produced tracks reveal Young's taste for funk and bit of rock'n'roll as well..."

Blind Pig Records: "Blues with a touch of soul," is how the late Joe Young characterized his uniquely funky and powerful sound. This release, a compilation of classic tracks from two long out of print Ovation Records LP's, is issued here for the first time on CD and captures Joe's guitar artistry and vocal passion at the peak of his career. Features the song As The Years Go Passing By from the hit film, Ali.

Personnel includes: Mighty Joe Young (vocals, guitar); Ron Steele, William Chinnock (guitar); Floyd Morris (piano, Clavinet, organ); Kenneth Saydak (keyboards); Ed Tossing (synthesizer); Cornelius Boyshaw, Louis Satterfield (bass); Ira Gates, Alvino Bennett (drums).

Producers: Scott Cameron, Dick Schory.
Compilation producer: Joe Young, Jr.
Audio Mixers: Gary Hedden; Jim Dolan, Jr.

Credits: Alvino Bennett - drums; Cornelius Boyson - bass; Al Brandtner - design; Scott Cameron - producer; Calvin Carter - composer; Bill Chinnock - guitar (rhythm); Jim Dolan - engineer; Jim Dolan Jr. - engineer; Jim Dolan, Jr. - engineer, mixing; Ira Gates - drums; Gary Hedden - mixing; Deadric Malone - composer; Floyd Morris - clavinet, organ, piano; Louis Satterfield - bass; Ken Saydak - keyboards; Dick Schory - producer; Ron Steele - guitar (rhythm); Ed Tossing - synthesizer; Joe Young - compilation producer, composer; Mighty Joe Young - guitar, primary artist, vocals.

Tracks: 1) Green Light; 2) As The Years Go Passing By; 3) Need A Friend; 4) Big Talk; 5) I Give; 5) Chicken Heads; 7) Takes Money; 8) Something On Your Mind; 9) Take My Advice; 10) New Orleans Women; 11) Serve My Time; 12) Take Over Chicago.