This release presents the great Earl Hines complete studio LP 'Earls Pearls', for the first time ever on CD. It includes new versions of some classic Hines hits, along with other tunes he only rarely recorded, like Stealin Apples, The Song Is Ended and Manhattan, as well as his only existing version of Willow Weep for Me. This album marks Hines only recorded collaborations with guitarist Calvin Newborn, who was the brother of pianist Phineas Newborn, Jr.
As a bonus, a 1960 solo piano studio session by Hines, which has also never been previously issued on CD.
01. Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues
02. Tea For Two
03. Stealinn Apples
04. Willow Weep For Me
05. I Cant Believe That Youre In Love With Me
07. Like When The Saints
08. Satin Doll
10. You Can Depend On Me
11. Love Me Or Leave Me
12. The Song Is Ended
13. My Monday Date *
14. Velvet Moon *
15. Perdido *
16. Squeeze Me *
17. Rosetta *
Total time: 63:32 min.
Tracks #1-12, from the album
"Earl's Pearls" (MGM E3832)
(*) Bonus tracks not on the original album
Personnel on #1-12:
Earl Hines (piano & vocals on 5 & 10), Calvin Newborn (guitar), Carl Pruitt (bass), and Bill English (drums).
Recorded in New York, January 12 & 15, 1960
Personnel on bonus tracks #13-17:
Earl Hines (piano solo).
Recorded in New York, Early 1960
"Earl "Fatha" Hines is in typically great form on this 1960 release with guitarist Calvin Newborn (brother of pianist Phineas Newborn, Jr.), bassist Carl Pruitt, and drummer William English. The music is very familiar to most of the pianist's fans, although the inclusion of a guitarist on "Saint Louis Blues Boogie Woogie" (better known under the more familiar title "Boogie Woogie on the St. Louis Blues") and its relative brevity (instead of the typically three-plus minute right-hand tremolo that Hines often favored in later years) make it sound rather fresh compared to the pianist's many other recordings of it. Hines' treatment of "Tea for Two" begins as a lively waltz until it breaks loose into daredevil swing. His friendly vocal is a highlight of "I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me." He also includes a rousing take of one of his best-known compositions, "Rosetta," as well as singing his easygoing "You Can Depend on Me." This long unavailable LP will be fairly difficult to find."
Ken Dryden -All Music Guide