Phillip Walker The Bottom of The Top
Release Date: 1973
Recording Date: Sept 3, 1969 - Aug 10, 1972
There weren't many blues albums issued during the early '70s that hit harder than this one. First out on the short-lived Playboy logo, the set firmly established Walker as a blistering axeman sporting enduring Gulf Coast roots despite his adopted L.A. homebase. Of all the times he's cut the rocking "Hello My Darling," this is indeed the hottest, while his funky, horn-driven revival of Lester Williams's "I Can't Lose (With the Stuff I Lose)" and his own R&B-drenched "It's All in Your Mind" are irresistible. After-hours renditions of Sam Cooke's "Laughing & Clowning" and Long John Hunter's "Crazy Girl" are striking vehicles for Walker's twisting, turning guitar riffs and impassioned vocal delivery.
1. I Can't Lose (With The Stuff I Use) 2:59
2. Tin Pan Alley 5:06
3. Hello Central 3:27
4. Hello My Darling 2:08
5. Laughing And Clowning 3:50
6. Crazy Girl 3:42
7. It's All In Your Mind 3:29
8. The Bottom Of The Top 3:24
9. Hey, Hey, Baby's Gone 3:38
10. Crying Time 3:15
Phillip Walker (guitar,vocals), Dennis Walker, Charles Jones, Curtis Johnson (bass), Johnny Tucker, Glen McTeer (drums), Nat Dove, Teddy Reynolds, Arthur Woods, Teddy Vaughn (keys), Bea Bopp Walker (vocals), Freeman Lacy, Samuel Cross, Ike Williams, David Li, Joel Peskin, Chops Anthony, Sammy Coleman (horns).