Classified (Remixed & Expanded Edition)

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1 Classified 4:04 $2.49 Buy
2 If You're Lonely 3:04 $2.49 Buy
3 Warsaw Concerto 2:40 $2.49 Buy
4 Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Solo Piano Alternate Take) 1:53 $2.49 Buy
5 Medley: Tico Tico / Papa Was A Rascal / So Swell When You're Well 5:01 $2.49 Buy
6 All Around The World 3:37 $2.49 Buy
7 Angel Eyes 3:51 $2.49 Buy
8 Lonely Avenue 3:50 $2.49 Buy
9 Professor Longhair Medley: Tipitina / Bald Head 3:34 $2.49 Buy
10 King Of The Road 3:10 $2.49 Buy
11 Theme From The Godfather 1:43 $2.49 Buy
12 Lawdy Miss Clawdy 3:41 $2.49 Buy
13 I'm Not Sayin' 5:22 $2.49 Buy
14 Hound Dog 2:30 $2.49 Buy
15 All These Things 2:43 $2.49 Buy
16 Yes Sir, That's My Baby 3:43 $2.49 Buy
17 Baby Face 3:30 $2.49 Buy
18 If You're Lonely (Solo Piano Alternate Take) 3:03 $2.49 Buy
19 Madame X 2:08 $2.49 Buy
20 One For The Highway 2:43 $2.49 Buy
21 Three Keys 2:56 $2.49 Buy
22 Amen 4:44 $2.49 Buy

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The Bayou Maharajah. The Piano Pope. The Ivory Emperor. The Bronze Liberace. Music Magnifico. Gonzo. The Piano Prince of New Orleans. James Booker coined more than a few extravagant nicknames for himself, and he lived up to every one of them.

James Carroll Booker III was also an unheralded genius of American music, a New Orleans pianist whose dizzying technique and mastery of the keyboard was matched only by his imagination and his soulfulness. His short and often flamboyant life was also marked by struggle and lost opportunity.

Classified, recorded in October, 1982, was one of only two studio albums released during his lifetime, and this remixed and expanded edition offers a poignant and often surprising look at his music, for if James Booker is often cited in the piano lineage that passes from Jelly Roll Morton to Professor Longhair to his own student, Harry Connick Jr., New Orleans tradition was only his jumping-off point.

On October 15, 2013, Rounder Records will release James Booker’s Classified: Remixed and Expanded. The expanded volume’s 22 tracks, which include nine never-before-released performances, range from the pure rhythm and blues of “All Around the World,” to the light classical “Madame X,” to his astonishing version of the jazz standard “Angel Eyes.” Among the unreleased songs is the slow blues instrumental, “I’m Not Sayin’,” and his syncopated reading of Nino Rota’s “Theme From the Godfather.” Whether playing solo or accompanied by saxophonist Alvin “Red” Tyler, bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich, Booker ties together a giddy array of musical influences with virtuosity and an often quirky sense of humor. If New Orleans was the only place that could have produced such a talent and such a character as James Booker, the scope of his musical vision was boundless, and he stands alone in the New Orleans piano pantheon.

According to Grammy Award-winning pianist George Winston, “James Booker and Professor Longhair and Dr. John are the three biggest influences and inspirations for the New Orleans piano renaissance that is happening more and more, and James’s music is even more influential now than when he was alive. He is my biggest overall piano influence and has been since I first heard his recordings in 1982. It’s so great to have everything here from his final studio sessions.”