Papa Lightfoot – Wine, Women, Whiskey (1954)
Every so often, you stumble upon a song and have a “double-take” as to the year it was recorded.
“Space Guitar” by Johnny Watson, “The Train Kept A Rollin‘” by Johnny Burnette, “Hallogallo” by Neu are just three examples from my experience.
“Wine, Women, Whiskey” by Papa Lightfoot is in the same bracket for me.
Recorded sometime after 1952, and released on the peerless Imperial Records label in 1954, the bass and overdriven guitar seem to invent glam rock even as you listen to it and then the treated vocals and ruthless harmonica create a sound that transcends a period when Elvis was still musing on how he might change the world of popular music and Captain Beefheart was still contemplating his first signs of stubble.
A stunning record: brief, succinct, powerful, impassioned … a fine addition to the bestmusicofalltime!