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Mose Allison

Not unlike his namesake, Luther Allison, pianist Mose Allison suffered from a "categorization problem," given his equally brilliant career. Although his boogie-woogie and bebop-laden piano style was innovative and fresh-sounding when it came to blues and jazz, it was as a songwriter that Allison really excelled. Allison's songs have been recorded by the Who ("Young Man Blues"), Leon Russell ("I'm Smashed"), and Bonnie Raitt ("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"). Other admirers have included Tom Waits, John Mayall, Georgie Fame, the Rolling Stones, and Van Morrison. But because he always played both blues and jazz, and not one to the exclusion of the other, his career suffered. As he himself admitted, he had a "category" problem that lingered throughout his career. "There's a lot of places I don't work because they're confused about what I do," he explained in a 1990 interview in Goldmine magazine. Despite the lingering confusion, Allison was one of the finest songwriters in blues of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Born in Tippo, Mississippi, on November 11, 1927, Allison's first exposure to blues on record was through Louis Jordan recordings, including "Outskirts of Town" and "Pinetop Blues." Allison credited Jordan as being a major influence on him, and also credited Nat "King" Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Fats Waller. He started out on trumpet but later switched to piano. In his youth, he had easy access, via the radio, to the music of Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, and Meade "Lux" Lewis. Allison also credited the songwriter Percy Mayfield, "the Poet Laureate of the Blues," as being a major inspiration on his songwriting.

After a stint in college and the Army, Allison's first professional gig was in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1950. He returned to college to finish up at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he studied English and philosophy, a far cry from his initial path as a chemical engineering major.

Allison began his recording career with the Prestige label in 1956, shortly after he moved to New York City. He recorded an album with Al Cohn and Bobby Brookmeyer, and then in 1957 got his own record contract. A big break was the opportunity to play with Cohn and Zoot Sims shortly after his arrival in New York, but he later became more well known after playing with saxophonist Stan Getz. After leaving Prestige Records, where he recorded now classic albums like Back Country Suite (1957), Young Man Mose (1958), and Seventh Son (1958-1959), he moved to Columbia for two years before meeting up with Nesuhi Ertegun of Atlantic Records. He recalled that he signed his contract with Atlantic after about ten minutes in Nesuhi's office. Allison spent a big part of his recording career at Atlantic Records, where he became most friendly with Ertegun. After the company saw substantial growth and Allison was no longer working directly with him, he became discouraged and left. Allison also recorded for Columbia (before he began his long relationship with Atlantic), and the Epic and Prestige labels.

Allison's discography is a lengthy one, and there are gems to be found on all of his albums, many of which can be found in vinyl shops. His output after 1957 averaged at least one album a year until 1976, when he finished up at Atlantic with the classic Your Mind Is on Vacation. There was a gap of six years before he recorded again, this time for Elektra's Musician subsidiary in 1982, when he recorded Middle Class White Boy. After 1987, he recorded with Blue Note/Capitol. His debut for that label was Ever Since the World Ended. Allison recorded some of the most creative material of his career with the Blue Note subsidiary of Capitol Records, including My Backyard (1992) and The Earth Wants You (1994), both produced by Ben Sidran. Also in 1994, Rhino Records released a box set, Allison Wonderland. Allison's first new studio album in some 12 years, the Joe Henry-produced The Way of the World, appeared from Anti early in 2010. It would be Allison's final studio album; he died in November 2016 at the age of 89. ~ Richard Skelly
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: American Legend - Live In California

1. I Don't Want Much (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

2. City Home (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

3. Everybody's Cryin' Mercy (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

4. Certified Senior Citizen (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

5. Your Mind Is On Vacation (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

6. One Of These Days (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

7. You Are My Sunshine (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

8. Ever Since The World Ended (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

9. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

10. Middle Class White Boy (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

11. Lucky So & So (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

12. Stranger In My Hometown (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

13. Numbers On Paper (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

14. You Call It Joggin' (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

15. My Backyard (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

16. You Can Count On Me (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live)

17. Tumblin' Tumbleweed (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live Encore)

18. Baby Please Don't Go (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live Encore)

19. No Name (Feat. Bill Douglass & Pete Magadini) (Live Bonus Track)

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Track List: Young Man Mose + Ramblin' With Mose

1. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place

2. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

3. Bye Bye Blues

4. How Long Has This Been Going On?

5. I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out

6. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand

7. Stroll

8. I Hadn't Anyone Till You

9. My Kinda Love

10. Sleepy Time Gal

11. I Got A Right To Cry

12. Old Devil Moon

13. The Minstrels

14. You Belong To Me

15. Stranger In Paradise

16. Kissin' Bug

17. Ramble

18. Saritha

19. Old Man John

20. Ingenue

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Track List: Blues Pianist Mose Allison

1. Everything I Have Is Yours

2. Let Me See

3. I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues

4. The Song Is Ended

5. I Don't Worry About a Thing

6. It Didn't Turn out That Way

7. Your Mind Is on Vacation

8. If You're Goin' to the City

9. Stand By

10. Idyll

11. Stop This World

12. The Well

13. New Parchman

14. Don't Forget to Smile

15. What's with You?

16. Just Like Livin'

17. Everybody's Cryin' Mercy

19. Meet Me at No Special Place

20. Seventh Son

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Track List: The Mose Allison Collection 1956-62, Vol. 2

Disc 1

1. It's Crazy

2. Autumn Song

3. Devil In The Cane Field

4. That's All Right

5. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

6. Eyesight To The Blind

7. Groovin' High

8. Barefoot - Dirt Road

9. City Home

10. Gotham Day

11. Gotham Night

12. Baby Please Don't Go

13. Deed I Do

14. Love For Sale

15. Halley's Comet

16. Ah Moore

17. Just You Just Me

18. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

19. You 'N' Me

Disc 2

1. On The Alamo

2. The Opener

3. Love For Sale

4. Mad With You

5. Fool's Paradise

6. I Love The Life I Live

7. You're A Sweetheart

8. Night Ride

9. I Ain't Got Nobody

10. Autumn Leaves

11. Morning Fun

12. V-8 Ford Blues

13. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

14. Life Is Suicide

15. Ask Me Nice

16. Hey Good Lookin'

17. Back On The Corner

18. Stand By

19. Your Mind Is On Vacation

20. Meet Me At No Special Place

21. I Don't Worry About A Thing

22. Let Me See

23. It Didn't Turn Out That Way

24. The Song Is Ended

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Track List: Everything

1. I Don't Worry About A Thing

2. It Didn't Turn Out That Way

3. Your Mind Is On Vacation

4. Let Me See

5. Everything I Have Is Yours

6. Stand By

7. Idyll

8. The Well

9. Meet Me At No Special Place

10. The Song Is Ended

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Track List: Young Man Blues (With Exclusive Interview)

1. Parchman Farm

2. One Room Country Shack (A Thousand Miles From Nowhere)

3. A Young Man (Young Man Blues)

4. How Long Has This Been Going On

5. My Kind Of Love

6. Moon And Cypress

7. Creek Bank

8. Yardbird Suite

9. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place

10. Bye Bye Blues

11. I Told Ya I Loved Ya, Now Get Out

12. Stranger In Paradise

13. You Belong To Me

14. I Love The Life I Live

15. Mose Allison Interview

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Track List: Sings And Plays

1. V-8 Ford Blues

2. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

3. Baby, Please Don't Go

4. Hey, Good Lookin'

5. I Love The Life I Live

6. I Ain't Got Nobody

7. Back On The Corner

8. Life Is Suicide

9. 'Deed I Do

10. Ask Me Nice (Mono)

11. You're A Sweetheart

12. Mad With You

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Track List: The Way Of The World

1. My Brain

2. I Know You Didn't Mean It

3. Everybody Thinks You're An Angel

4. Let It Come Down

5. Modest Proposal

6. Crush

7. Some Right, Some Wrong

8. The Way Of The World

9. Ask Me Nice

10. Once In A While

11. I'm Alright

12. This New Situation

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Track List: The Collection

Disc 1

1. The Seventh Son

2. Eyesight To The Blind

3. Do Nothin’ ‘Till You Hear From Me

4. Lost Mind

5. I’ve Got A Right To Cry

6. Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand

7. Parchman Farm

8. If You Live

9. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

10. One Room Country Shack

11. I Hadn’t Anyone ‘Till You

12. Young Man’s Blues

13. That’s Alright

14. Baby Please Don’t Go

15. ‘Deed I Do

16. I Love The Life I Life, I Live The Life I Love

17. Fool’s Paradise

18. You’re A Sweetheart

19. Mad With You

20. I Ain’t Got Nobody

Disc 2

1. New Ground

2. Train

3. Warm Night

4. Blues

5. Saturday

6. Scamper

7. January

8. Promised Land

9. Spring Song

10. Highway 49

11. Blueberry Hill

12. You Won’t Let Me Go

13. I Thought About You

14. In Salah

15. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place

16. Yardbird Suite

17. Creek Bank

18. Barefoot - Dirt Road

19. City Home

20. Cuttin' Out

21. Gotham Day

22. Gotham Night

23. Echo

24. The River

25. Finale

26. Crepuscular Air

27. A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody

28. Am I Blue

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Track List: My Back Yard

1. Ever Since I Stole The Blues

2. You Call It Joggin'

3. Big Brother

4. Sentimental Fool

5. Stranger In My Home Town

6. Was

7. Gettin' Paid Waltz

8. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

9. That's Your Red Wagon

10. Long Song

11. Sleepy Lagoon

12. My Backyard

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Track List: Mose Allison [2-Fer]

1. New Ground

2. Train

3. Warm Night

4. Young Man's Blues

5. Saturday

6. Scamper

7. January

8. Promised Land

9. Spring Song

10. Highway 49

11. Blueberry Hill

12. You Won't Let Me Go

13. I Thought About You

14. One Room Country Shack

15. In Salah

16. Parchman Farm

17. Carnival

18. Crespuscular Air

19. Mojo Woman

20. Town

21. Trouble In Mind

22. Lost Mind

23. I'll Never Be Free

24. Don't Ever Say Goodbye

25. Ain't You A Mess

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: Mose Allison

1. Your Mind Is On Vacation

2. I Don't Worry About A Thing

3. New Parchman

4. Seventh Son

5. Your Molecular Structure

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Track List: Mose In Your Ear [Live]

1. Look What You Made Me Do (Live At "In Your Ear" 1972)

2. Fool's Paradise (Live At "In Your Ear" 1972)

3. I Don't Worry About A Thing (Live At "In Your Ear" 1972)

4. Powerhouse (Live At "In Your Ear" 1972)

5. Hey, Good Lookin' (Live At "In Your Ear" 1972)

6. I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues (Live At "In Your Ear" 1972)

7. You Can Count On Me To Do My Part (Live At "In Your Ear" 1972)

8. You Are My Sunshine (Live At "In Your Ear" 1972)

9. Don't Forget To Smile (Live At "In Your Ear" 1972)

10. The Seventh Son (Live At "In Your Ear" 1972)

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Track List: Mose Alive!

1. Smashed (Live)

2. Seventh Son (Live)

3. Fool's Paradise (Live)

4. I Love The Life I Live (Live)

5. Since I Fell For You (Live)

6. Love For Sale (Live)

7. Baby, Please Don't Go (Live)

8. That's Alright (Live)

9. Parchman Farm (Live)

10. Tell Me Something (Live)

11. The Chaser (Live)

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Track List: The Mose Chronicles Vol. 2: Greatest Hits Live In London

1. Just Like Livin' (Live)

2. Lucky So & So (Live)

3. Swinging Machine (Live)

4. Tell Me Something (Live)

5. Molecular Structure (Live)

6. One Of These Days (Live)

7. Your Mind's On Vacation (Live)

8. Baby Please Don't Go (Live)

9. Fool's Paradise (Live)

10. City Home (Live)

11. Going To The City (Live)

12. Days Like This (Live)

13. Wild Man On The Loose (Live)

14. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (Live)

15. Foolkiller (Live)

16. Don't Forget To Smile (Live)

17. You Can Count On Me (Live)

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Track List: The Mose Chronicles: Live In London, Vol. 1

1. Excursion And Interlude (Live 2000)

2. No Trouble Livin' (Live 2000)

3. I Aint Got Nothing But The Blues (Live 2000)

4. Everybody's Cryin' Mercy (Live 2000)

5. Meet Me At No Special Place (Live 2000)

6. If You Only Knew (Live 2000)

7. Middle Class White Boy (Live 2000)

8. You Are My Sunshine (Live 2000)

9. What's Your Movie (Live 2000)

10. How Much Truth (Live 2000)

11. Ever Since The World Ended (Live 2000)

12. You Call It Jogging (Live 2000)

13. Trouble In Mind (Live 2000)

14. I'm Not Talking (Live 2000)

15. I Feel So Good (Live 2000)

16. Since I Fell For You (Live 2000)

17. Seventh Son (Live 2000)

18. Hello There Universe (Live 2000)

19. What Do You Do After (Live 2000)

20. Gettin' There (Live 2000)

21. I Love The Life I Live (Live 2000)

22. Finale (Live 2000)

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Track List: I Don't Worry About A Thing / Mose Alive

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Track List: Jazz Profile: Mose Allison

1. Ever Since The World Ended

2. Top Forty

3. Putting Up With Me

4. I Looked In The Mirror

5. Getting There

6. What's Your Movie

7. Ever Since I Stole The Blues

8. Was

9. The Getting Paid Waltz

10. My Backyard

11. Certified Senior Citizen

12. This Ain't Me

13. You Can't Push People Around

14. The Earth Wants You

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Track List: Gimcracks And Gewgaws

1. Mja Jr.

2. Gimcracks And Gewgaws

3. Numbers On Paper

4. Cruise Control

5. St. Louis Blues

6. Mockingbird

7. The More You Get

8. Texanna

9. What Will It Be

10. So Tired

11. Somebody Gonna Have To Move

12. Fires Of Spring (1997)

13. What's With You

14. Old Man Blues

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Track List: Down Home Piano

1. Dinner On The Ground

2. Crespuscular Air

3. Mule

4. Creek Bank

5. Town

6. Devil In The Cane Field

7. The Minstrels (Remastered)

8. Moon And Cypress

9. Carnival

10. Mojo Woman

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Track List: Allison Wonderland: The Mose Allison Anthology

Disc 1

2. Lost Mind

3. Parchman Farm

4. If You Live

5. The Seventh Son

6. Eyesight To The Blind

7. Baby, Please Don't Go

8. Fool's Paradise

9. V-8 Ford Blues

10. Ask Me Nice

11. Hey, Good Lookin'

12. Back On The Corner

13. Your Mind Is On Vacation

14. Meet Me At No Special Place

15. I Don't Worry About A Thing

16. I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues

17. Swingin' Machine

18. Stop This World

19. I'm Not Talking

20. I'm The Wild Man

21. Your Red Wagon

22. Foolkiller

23. Wild Man On The Loose

24. You Can Count On Me To Do My Part

Disc 2

2. Everybody Cryin' Mercy

4. Your Molecular Structure

6. Hello There, Universe

7. I Don't Want Much

8. How Much Truth

9. Western Man

10. I'm Just A Lucky So-And-So

12. Ever Since The World Ended

13. Top Forty

14. Josephine

15. Gettin' There

16. Ever Since I Stole The Blues

17. You Call It Joggin'

18. Big Brother

19. The Gettin' Paid Waltz

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Track List: Creek Bank + Autumn Song

1. The Seventh Son

2. If I Didn't Care

3. Cabin In The Sky

4. If You Live

5. Yardbird Suite

6. Creek Bank

8. Mule

9. Dinner On The Ground

10. Prelude To A Kiss

11. Promenade

12. Eyesight To The Blind

13. It's Crazy

14. That's All Right

15. Devil In The Cane Field

16. Strange

17. Autumn Song

18. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me

19. Spires

20. Groovin' High

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Track List: The Earth Wants You

1. Certified Senior Citizen

2. This Ain't Me

3. You Can't Push People Around

4. My Ideal

5. The Earth Wants You

6. Cabaret Card

7. Red Wagon

8. Children Of The Future

9. I Don't Love You

10. Who's In, Who's Out

11. Natural Born Malcontent

12. What A Shame

13. Variation On Dixie

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Track List: I Don't Worry About A Thing

1. I Don't Worry About A Thing

2. It Didn't Turn Out That Way

3. Your Mind Is On Vacation

4. Let Me See

5. Everything I Have Is Yours

6. Stand By

7. Idyll

8. The Well

9. Meet Me At No Special Place

10. The Song Is Ended

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Track List: The Best Of Mose Allison

1. I Don't Worry About A Thing

2. Your Mind Is On Vacation

3. It Didn't Turn Out That Way

4. If You're Goin' To The City

5. Swingin' Machine

6. I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues

7. Stop This World

8. I'm The Wild Man

9. New Parchman

10. Rollin' Stone

11. Don't Forget To Smile

12. Seventh Son

13. I Love The Life I Live

14. What's With You

15. That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch

16. Your Molecular Structure

17. Just Like Livin'

18. Everybody Cryin' Mercy

19. Night Club

20. One Of These Days (1976)

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. The Seventh Son

2. Eyesight To The Blind

3. Do Nothin' 'Till You Hear From Me

4. Lost Mind

5. I've Got A Right To Cry

6. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand

7. Parchman Farm

8. If You Live

9. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

10. One Room Country Shack

11. I Hadn't Anyone Till You

12. Young Man's Blues

13. That's All Right

14. Blueberry Hill

15. Trouble In Mind

16. Creek Bank

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Track List: Ever Since The World Ended

1. Ever Since The World Ended

2. Top Forty

3. Puttin' Up With Me

4. Josephine

5. I Looked In The Mirror

6. Indian Summer

7. Gettin' There

8. Tai Chi Life

9. What's Your Movie

10. Trouble In Mind (2008)

11. I'm Alive

12. Tumblin' Tumbleweeds

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Track List: Lessons In Living (Live At Montreux)

1. Lost Mind (Live At Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1982)

2. Wild Man On The Loose (Live At Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1982)

3. Your Mind Is On Vacation (Live At Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1982)

4. You Are My Sunshine (Live At Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1982)

5. Seventh Son (Live At Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1982)

6. Everybody Cryin' Mercy

7. Middle Class White Boy (Live At Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1982)

8. I Don't Worry About A Thing (Live At Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1982)

9. Night Club (Live At Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1982)

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Track List: Middle Class White Boy

1. How Does It Feel? (To Be Good Looking)

2. Rollin' Stone

3. I Don't Want Much

4. Middle Class White Boy

5. When My Dreamboat Comes Home

6. I'm Nobody Today

7. I'm Just A Lucky So-And-So

8. Back Down South

9. The Tennesee Waltz

10. Hello There, Universe

11. Kiddin' On The Square

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Track List: Your Mind Is On Vacation

1. Your Mind Is On Vacation (1976)

2. Foolin' Myself

3. No Matter

4. One Of These Days (1976)

5. I Feel So Good

6. Fires Of Spring

7. If You Only Knew

8. I Can't See For Lookin'

9. What Do You Do After You Ruin Your Life

10. Swingin' Machine (1976)

11. Perfect Moment

12. Your Molecular Structure (1976)

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Track List: Western Man

1. If You Only Knew

2. How Much Truth

3. Benediction

4. Night Club

5. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (1971)

6. Mountains

7. Western Man

8. Ask Me Nice

9. Tell Me Something

10. If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time)

11. Meadows

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Track List: Hello There, Universe

1. Somebody Gotta Move

2. Monsters Of The ID

3. I Don't Want Much

4. Hello There, Universe

5. No Exit

6. Wild Man On The Loose (1970)

7. Blues In The Night

8. I'm Smashed

9. Hymn To Everything

10. On The Run

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Track List: I've Been Doin' Some Thinkin

1. Just Like Livin'

2. City Home

3. If You're Goin' To The City (1962)

4. Now You See It

5. You Are My Sunshine

6. Your Molecular Structure

7. Look What You Made Me Do

8. If You Really Loved Me

9. Everybody Cryin' Mercy

10. Feel So Good

11. Let It Come Down

12. Back On The Corner

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Track List: Swingin' Machine

1. Swingin' Machine

2. Do It

3. Stop This World

4. Promenade (1962)

5. If You're Goin' To The City (1962)

6. Saritha

7. I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues

8. So Rare

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Track List: The Word From Mose

1. Foolkiller

2. One Of These Days

3. Look Here

4. Days Like This

5. Your Red Wagon

6. I'm The Wild Man

7. Rollin' Stone

8. New Parchman

9. Don't Forget To Smile

10. I'm Not Talking

11. Lost Mind (1964)

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Track List: Mose Allison Sings

1. The Seventh Son

2. Eyesight To The Blind

3. Do Nothin' 'till You Hear From Me

4. Lost Mind

5. I've Got A Right To Cry

6. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand

7. Parchman Farm

8. If You Live

9. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

10. One Room Country Shack

11. I Hadn't Anyone Till You

12. Young Man's Blues

13. That's All Right

14. Blueberry Hill

15. Trouble In Mind

16. Creek Bank

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Track List: V-8 Ford Blues

1. V-8 Ford Blues

2. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

3. Baby, Please Don't Go

4. Hey, Good Lookin'

5. I Love the Life I Live

6. I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares For Me)

7. Back on the Corner

8. Life Is Suicide

9. 'Deed I Do

10. Ask Me Nice

11. You're a Sweatheart

12. Mad with You

13. High Jinks

14. So Rare

15. The Hills

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Track List: Autumn Song

1. Promenade

2. Eyesight To The Blind

3. It's Crazy

4. That's All Right

5. Devil In The Cane Field

6. Strange

7. Autumn Song

8. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me

9. Spires

10. Groovin' High

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Track List: Ramblin' With Mose Allison

1. I Got A Right To Cry

2. Old Devil Moon

3. The Minstrels

4. You Belong To Me

5. Stranger In Paradise

6. The Kissin' Bug

7. Ramble

8. Saritha

9. Old Man John

10. Ingenue

11. Old Devil Moon (Alternate Take)

12. Stranger In Paradise (Alternate Take)

13. Ramble (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Local Color

1. Carnival

2. Parchman Farm

3. Crespuscular Air

4. Mojo Woman

5. Town

6. Trouble In Mind

7. Lost Mind

8. I'll Never Be Free

9. Don't Ever Say Goodbye

10. Ain't You A Mess

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Track List: Back Country Suite

1. New Ground

2. Train

3. Warm Night

4. Young Man's Blues

5. Saturday

6. Scamper

7. January

8. Promised Land

9. Spring Song

10. Highway

11. Blueberry Hill

12. You Won't Let Me Go

13. I Thought About You

14. One Room Country Shack

15. In Salah

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Sad that Mose has passed away. I have been a fan since high school in the late 60's Back then I thought I wanted to be a professional piano player like Mose.
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I too always thought Mose was an American Black musician... always liked his cool,smooth, m e l l o w style......h e was The Smooth of Cool..... RIP.....Mose . . . . f o r e v e r remembered for his unique style....... n o t the color of his skin........
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Tears for young man Mose now that he's gone. I knew him in 1965, introduced by a friend in the music business. He was smart and great to talk to as well as listen to.
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marilynlewis . m l
How do I permanently delete him from my selections. I am so tired of him that I thumbs down him every chance I get and I still here him every 20-30 minutes! Help
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jkrukowski
Agreed!
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rvansickles
Mose will be missed! He was a talented songsmith.
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My brother turned me on to Mose in the sevenths. Me and my best friend saw him at le Jazz hut in fort desoto St Pete fla in 1979 he was incredible his music is classy blues jazz. Tucker
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If I may borrow from the great one, Trump's mind is on vacation, and his mouth is dangerously working overtime...
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I had the pleasure of seeing Allison live in Hartford CT around 1969-70 era - been a fan ever since...
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wilson_south
My father -- who was a DJ and engineer introduced me to Allison -- & I have always loved his music - even in elementary school. This particular song is so modern Jazz/bebop. Love it.
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Mose Allison is by far the smoothest and coolest with ballads
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First heard him listening to Wolfman Jack doing a midnight jazz show out of LA circa 1959. Did not now he wasn't black until about 1965 in a tiny jazz club in Monterey, CA. I went just to see him. Out comes this white guy and then the unmistakable sound. Laugh every time I think of him. Great night!!
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joe.tetro... word!
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When this cat plays all the brothers get colorblind . . Know what I mean. The man is down, rooster blood at the crossroads at midnight, and you look at him he could be cast in a Father Knows Best episode. All those nights and days of swingin' a nine pound hammer from the waist on down, or shootin' up in a NYC subway toilet, flatted notes right off the gold coast. An he is THE ONE





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after my mind's been on vacation, it's always a treat to return to Mose... he never grows old and I never grow weary of listening!
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Why the mention of Luther? Writers' block? Love, a Mose lover.
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Oh yeah...mm-mm m - m m m m !
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smrsurveyor@ l i v e . c o m Saw him at the old Musicians Exchange in Ft.Lauderdal e in the 1980s. Had several recordings of his and have always loved his composition and style. Thanks Mose
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the finest pharising ever recorded
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First saw Mr. Allison, in Los Angeles , Calif. In some of best times in my life. Love his music.
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Listened to Mose at the King and Queens in the sixties in Providence RI, a great groovy experience
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barry.temkin
Mose has an old-timey, jazzy style of blues.
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Indiana LowKey Jazz Nut
Had a beer or two with Mose at the Bluebird Cafe in Bloomington , Indiana in the 70s with Corky R. Was blown away... although, One didn't show it. One was verrrry low key in those days (now, too!).
PSC : A friend of Cork's
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I used to hear Mose perform at Charlie Byrd's club in Georgetown from 1963 to 1966 when I was a student. I have loved him all my life.
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mizshell62
He stopped touring in 2013 and I'm so sad I missed his live performance!
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Mose is king of phrasing !! I never heard anything like it. So many of the popular songs he does come to life when he does them. It's poetry with vocal enhancement.
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There's a separate brain in each of his fingers! Totally cool music and one really nice guy.
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mose play that piano - you outshine so many artists.
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An FYI for Pandora..I beleive his birth place was Tupelo Mississippi not Tippo.
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Love Mose!
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so there I was listening to mose at tht the jazz workshop in boston,,,,,m i s s you and those times....if you need a guitar...let me now
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Just listening to his recordings places me at my favorite table at Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse in Redondo Beach, CA. Nothing like it, PRICELESS!
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My husband & I use to catch him in SF - North Beach back in the 60's - forgot just how he could make the paino scream- And of course you could alway pick out that voice - one of a kind. Good to hear ti again.
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I lived in Manhattan in the late 50's early 60's My watering hole alone w/ Zoot Sims,Muligan , M o s e s , a l l the greats would meet here at CHARLIES BAR ON 52ND STREET,,,,Ji l l y s was acouple doors toward 8th ave with big Mick and always the rate pack ...Roseland, , , B i r d l a n d around the corner....an d the Metrapoll on Broadway musicans would all meet at Charlies on arrival or on their way out ot town.......J u s t the greatest for a young guy like meet to hang drnk and listen to the stories,,,JU S T GREAT TI
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stavisbay
I got aware of Mose from Seattle Station KPLU 88.5FM. WOW! Thanks KPLU! They are online too...
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bisker2
He is now touring and well worth seeing. His vocalization s are as good as always, and his piano playing is masterful. He doesn't waste any time talking about himself or talking much at all. He plays song after song after song.
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you talk about yours i wish you could see mine
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I had forgotten how much I enjoyed listening to Mose.
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music6579
An all time favorite. Humorous poetry accompanies clean jazz and blues. Try "You Don't Know", "Your Mind is on Vacation" or "Parchman Farm". Kicks!

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