All Day Thumbsucker Revisited: History of Blue Thumb Records

From 1968-1978, Blue Thumb Records was one of music’s most most adventurous and imaginative record labels, with a far-ranging roster of cutting-edge acts and an unconventional visual sensibility. Nurturing an eclectic assortment of artists from a wide variety of genres, Blue Thumb embodied the restless creative spirit of the era in which it was born, reflecting the emerging attitude that albums were worthy of being taken seriously as artistic statements.

Blue Thumb’s expansive musical vision was anthologized on the 1995 label retrospective All Day Thumbsucker Revisited. Today, October 27, Verve Records/UMe is releasing the long-out-of-print collection, originally compiled by Gary Katz, known for his work with Steely Dan, in an updated two-CD edition on the eve of next year’s 50th anniversary of Blue Thumb’s founding. The first in a projected series of releases to celebrate the revered label, the CD set offers 32 vintage tracks spread across two discs, while the digital edition, due November 10, marks the first time this collection will be available as a digital download and for streaming. In showcasing Blue Thumb’s influential artist roster, the album also honors the iconoclastic musical vision of late label founders Bob Krasnow, who died on December 11, 2016, and Tommy LiPuma, who passed away on March 13, 2017. The album is available for purchase here:

Danny Bennett, President & CEO of Verve Label Group comments, “With the release of All Day Thumbsucker Revisited, we are so proud to honor Tommy LiPuma and Bob Krasnow by celebrating their Blue Thumb Records legacy and the incredible music they curated, all of which is well represented on this must-have collection.”


Disc One

1.   Only You Know and I Know – Dave Mason

2.   The City – Mark-Almond

3.   Put It Where You Want It – The Crusaders

4.   A Song For You – Leon Russell

5.   Stimela (Coaltrain) – Hugh Masekela

6.   By The Light Of  Magical Moon – Tyrannosaurus Rex

7.   Yes We Can Can – The Pointer Sisters

8.   Darkness Darkness – Philip Upchurch

9.   Son Of Mirror Man – Mere Man – Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

10. Sugar on the Line – The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation

11. Little Mama – Luis Gasca

12. Canned Music – Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks

13. Riffin’ (A.K.A. A Motif Is Just A Riff) – Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Junior Mance

14. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long – Ike & Tina Turner

15. Fat Jam – Ben Sidran

16. Southern Man – Sylvester and the Hot Band

Disc Two

1.   Delta Lady – Leon Russell

2.   Shiver ‘n Shake – Albert Collins

3.   Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave – Dave Mason

4.   Blackbird – Bossa Rio

5.   Ride A White Swan – Tyrannosaurus Rex

6.   I Scare Myself – Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks

7.   The Everlasting First – Love

8.   The Frog – Joao Donato

9.   Safe As Milk – Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

10. Breezin’ – Gabor Szabo

11. Sitting on the Outside – John Mayall

12. Images – Sun Ra

13. Bird’s Word – The Last Poets

14. Roger – Ken Nordine

15. How Long (Betcha’ Got A Chick On The Side) – The Pointer Sisters

16. So Far Away – The Crusaders

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