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Review Text For years, Huey "Piano" Smith lacked a comprehensive overview of his recording career, and no compilation ever appeared on CD in the United States. The budget-line label Music Club rectified that situation in 1998 with the release of This is Huey Piano Smith, an 18-track collection that features all of his hit singles for Ace plus several failed singles and New Orleans staples. Smith's hits and standards -- "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu," "Don't You Just Know It," "High Blood Pressure," "Pop-Eye," the original version of "Sea Cruise," with his vocals instead of Frankie Ford's -- are so good that it's an inevitable disappointment to find many of the songs here are blatant attempts to get back on the charts ("Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas and the Sinus Blues," "Would You Believe It (I Have a Cold)"). These fall flat, as do a couple of the other cuts, but unfortunately, that's an accurate portrait of Smith's career -- he had a handful of wonderful, essential songs and was a hell of a performer, but he wasn't a consistent hitmaker. Nevertheless, the strong stuff is so good -- even essential -- that this is still highly recommended for New Orleans R&B fans and R&B fans in general.~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu, Pt. 1 - 2:18
  2. 2. Li'l Liza Jane - 2:11
  3. 3. Everybody's Whalin' - 3:42
  4. 4. Just a Lonely Clown - 2:13
  5. 5. Free, Single and Disengaged - 2:11
  6. 6. Don't You Just Know It - 3:34
  7. 7. High Blood Pressure - 3:48
  8. 8. We Like Birdland - 3:32
  9. 9. Havin' a Good Time - 3:35
  10. 10. Don't You Know Yockomo - 2:22
  11. 11. Well I'll Be John Brown - 2:29
  12. 12. Little Chickee Wah Wah - 2:10
  13. 13. Would You Believe It (I Have a Cold) - 2:21
  14. 14. Genevieve - 3:30
  15. 15. Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas and the Sinus Blues - 3:30
  16. 16. Beatnik Blues - 2:21
  17. 17. Pop-Eye - 3:55
  18. 18. Sea Cruise - 3:38

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4/21/98 

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