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The Lost Paramount Tapes

by James Booker

The New Orleans "PIANO PRINCE"
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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1. Goodnight Irene
3:32 $0.99
2. Feel So Bad
3:55 $0.99
3. Junco Partner
5:13 $0.99
4. African Gumbo
2:45 $0.99
5. Lah Tee Tah
5:44 $0.99
6. So Swell When You're Well
6:18 $0.99
7. Stormy Monday (medley)
2:33 $0.99
8. Hound Dog (medley)
3:13 $0.99
9. Hole In The Wall
2:14 $0.99
10. Tico Tico
5:36 $0.99
11. Junco Partner #2
3:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
I was born right around the time Jelly Roll Morton, one of our favorite New Orleans pianists, died. He was taught by my grandfather, James Carroll Booker I. All the men in my family have been piano players. My grandfather was a monster. I'm James Carroll Booker III, and I was the cream of the crop !
Of course, the doctors and patients of Anchora Mental Institution gave their favorite patient a standing ovation for entertaining them. So did the prison officials at Angola State Prison in Louisiana. The Warden of Paris Prison in New Orleans was especially impressed and to prove it granted Convict #70567 - James Carroll Booker III - a telephone-equipped office in the Rehabilitation Department of the jail to preside over the Prison Music Foundation. The patients at the bug-house were starving for entertainment, and so were the inmates in jail. However, the spectators and participants of the recording session were individuals who were accustomed to being involved with musical giants on a round-the-clock basis. Coril Joseph of the States-Item said: "I think we're dreaming. That's what we're doing - dreaming."

At one point Earl King exclaimed, "I'm watchin' this shit man, but I can't believe it. This is too much." The best is still yet to come, buddy. Wait till you pick up on the entire LP by His Highness, namely James Carroll Booker III. Unique distinction has never known nor visited a more worthy servant. New Orleans finally decided to make an enormous gift to the world of site, sound and emotion in the form of that "little old walkin' powerhouse" who happens to be Little Ol' Me.

The Late (Great) James Booker
New Orleans, 1976



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Ralph Metzner

Terrific upbeat jazz piano blues CD -- will leave you happy!
A wonderful find. I love listening to this while driving,and
feel energized by the driving clean rhythms. The music, like classic blues in a way, expresses a positive, affirmative view toward life, with all its hardships.

A.Andre Meyer

Since I'm an audiophile, I found James Booker's Lost Paramount Tapes CD nothing short of delightful. Booker was clearly a piano virtuoso in his distinctive New Orleans style.

I would highly recommend this CD to all who enjoy soulful, rhythms and sounds.

Honey Roy

Fantastic disovery!
I thought that I had the only recording of James Booker in existence: "Live at the Maple Leaf Bar." But some one has discovered a full length studio recording with great sidemen. The Lost Paramount Tapes is an amazing piano CD.