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The Ellen McIlwaine Discography

"Looking For Trouble"

Countries of original release are as [noted]. The major US labels also issued identical Canadian pressings of the most popular albums. European pressings may also exist.

Where available, album cover art, track listings, and personnel are linked from the (catalog number).


LPs

    Solo Albums

  • 1969 - Fear Itself (Dot DLP 25942) [US]
      2007 (World In Sound) [Germany]
      Reissue of this long out of print LP.
  • 1972 - Honky Tonk Angel (Polydor PD-5021) [US]
  • 1973 - We The People (Polydor PD 5044) [US]
  • 1975 - The Real Ellen McIlwaine (KOT'AI KOT 3306) [Canada]
  • 1978 - Ellen McIlwaine (United Artists UA LA-851H) [US]
  • 1982 - Everybody Needs It (Blind Pig BP 1081) [US]
  • 1987 - Looking For Trouble (Stony Plain SPL 1110) [Canada]

    Compilations (Various Artists) and Guest Appearances

  • 1974 - The Guitar Album (Polydor PD2-3008) [2 LP set] [US]
    Includes the songs "Sliding" and "We The People" from We The People and "Losing You" from Honky Tonk Angel.
  • 197? - Teen Tonic
    Includes "Higher Ground" from The Real Ellen McIlwaine.
  • 1981 - Margret RoadKnight, Out Of Fashion... Not Out Of Style (Festival) [Australia]
    McIlwaine sings and plays slide guitar and organ on "I'll Be Gone."
  • 1984 - Margret RoadKnight, Living In The Land Of Oz (Festival L 38297) [Australia]
    Compilation of Australian singer Margret RoadKnight's songs, including "I'll Be Gone" from Out Of Fashion... Not Out Of Style. Also released on Redwood Records in the US and on cassette in Australia as Festival C 38297.
  • 1994 - Uptight An' Outasight! 4
    DJ compilation of pirated songs includes "Jimmy Jean" from We The People.
  • 1995 - Mojo Club Presents: Dance Floor Jazz - Vol. 4 - Light My Fire (Motor Music) [Germany]
    Compilation LP includes "Jimmy Jean."
  • 1996 - Fatboy Slim, Better Living Through Chemistry (Skint 491490) [UK]
    "Higher Ground" from The Real Ellen McIlwaine is sampled on the cut "Song For Lindy." Also released as:
      1997 - (Astralwerks/Caroline) [US]
  • 2002 - routine | complication (Universal Polydor/Soul Source UPJH 1024/5) [2 x 12" set] [Japan]
    A two disk set of 12 songs (three on each side) which includes "Born Under A Bad Sign" from the routine | complication CD.
  • 2003 - Heavyweight [Vol.] 4 - Breaks, Beats, Grooves (Chill Town) [UK]
    A compilation of '70s jazz and funk including "Wings of a Horse" from Honky Tonk Angel.
  • 2004 - Life:Styles (Harmless HURTCD/LP 054) [UK]
    This compilation LP by DJ Kenny "Dope" [Gonzales] includes the song "Jimmy Jean" from We The People.
  • 2005 - Gilles Peterson Digs America (Brownswood U.S.A.) (Ubiquity LHLP047) [3-LP Set] [US]
    A compilation from the vaults of the British archivist and host of the BBC's Worldwide progamme, which includes "Higher Ground" from The Real Ellen McIlwaine. Available from Ubiquity Records.

12-inch EPs

  • 2001 - Don't Let Go (Associated Records AIJT 5115) [Japan]
    Remixes of "Don't Let Go" (two versions) and "Indian Song" by Shinichi Osawa of Mondo Grosso.
  • 2002 - Born Under A Bad Sign (Routine Jazz RJL-001) [Japan]
    Ellen McIlwaine with Yukihiro Fukutomi. "That Side" features "Ain't No Two Ways To It (It's Love)" from the CD Live At Yellow; "This Side" includes two versions of "Born Under A Bad Sign" from the routine | complication CD. Produced by Kei Kobayashi..

7-inch Singles

  • 1967(?) - Grizzly Bear b/w In My Time Of Dying (Strange Lights 1001) [US]
    A live performance at the Catacombs, Atlanta, GA.
  • 1969 - Fear Itself [DOT 45-17278] [Stereo] [US]
    A promo only 45 of The Letter b/w Born Under A Bad Sign, marked "Audition Copy," from the LP of the same name.
  • 1972 - Can't Find My Way Home (Polydor PD-14131) [US]
    Promotional single from the album Honkey Tonk Angel. Side A is in Mono; Side B is in Stereo. The label reads "For DJ Use Only."
  • 1973 - I Don't Want To Play (Polydor PD-14152) [US]
    Promotional single from the album We The People. Side A is in Mono; Side B is in Stereo. The label reads "For DJ Use Only."
  • 1979 - What's It All About - Program 469 (MA 1629) [Stereo] [US]
    A public service radio spot made for the Presbyterian Church (US), featuring an interview by Bill Huie and excerpts from several songs.
  • 1980 - Australian Tour (Interfusion/Festival K-8129) [Stereo] [Australia]
    A promotional disk featuring the songs "Steal Him Away" b/w "(I Gotta) Ramble Just Like You." The record comes with an insert listing all of her 1980 Australian tour dates.

CDs

    Solo Albums

  • 1993 - Looking For Trouble (Stony Plain SPCD 1110) [Canada]
  • 1995 - The Real/Everybody Needs It (Stony Plain SPCD 1213) [Canada]
    Re-issue of KOT'AI KOT 3306 and Blind Pig BP 1081 on one CD.
  • 1998 - Ellen McIlwaine: "women in (e)motion" Series (Tradition & Moderne Musikproduktion T&M 112) [Germany]
    A live performance of nine songs recorded at Moments in Bremen, Germany, on April 26th, 1997. Originally broadcast on Radio Bremen on July 20th, 1997, as part of a continuing series called "Live In Bremen: Women in (e)motion."
  • 1998 - Up From The Skies: The Polydor Years (PolyGram Chronicles 557576) [US] and (Polydor POCP-7323) [Japan]
    Reissue of Honkey Tonk Angel (Polydor PD-5021) and We The People (PD-5044) on one CD. Also includes the previously unreleased song, "It's Growing."
  • 2001 - Spontaneous Combustion (Tradition & Moderne Musikproduktion T&M 1018) [Germany]
  • 2002 - Live At Yellow (Polydor UPCH-1145) [Japan]
    A live performance recorded at Space Lab Yellow in Tokyo. Available from CDJapan.
  • 2007 - Mystic Bridge (Ellen McIlwaine Music) [Canada]
    A new album, recorded in Calgary, featuring tabla player Cassius Khan.

    Compilations (Various Artists) and Guest Appearances

  • 1989 - WEA Promotional Compact Disc (Volume 9) (WEA PROC 89009) [Canada]
    A compilation which includes a remixed version of "Save The World" from Looking For Trouble (SPL 11110). Marked "Radio Promotion - Not for sale."
  • 1990 - Variety Recordings 4: Ellen McIlwaine / Eugene Smith (CBC VRCD-1004) [Canada]
    Four songs by McIlwaine, plus six by Smith. Recorded in 1989 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • 1991 - Variety Recordings 9 (CBC VRCD-1009) [Canada]
    Various Artists. Includes one song, "My Feet Are Cold," by McIlwaine.
  • 1992 - Monkeywalk, Monkeywalk (Duke Street/MCA DSRD31074) [Canada]
    McIlwaine is a guest artist on this group's self-titled CD. Along with principals Bil Ringgenberg and Andrew Frank, she sings on cuts 2 and 11, "Will It Ever Come To Pass" and "Satisfy," and plays slide guitar on the latter.
  • 1995 - Doug Cox, Bone, Bottle, Brass, Or Steel (Malahat Mountain Music MMM CD 004) [Canada]
    McIlwaine sings and plays slide guitar on cut 13, "I Like To Slide (bone, bottle, brass, or steel)." Available from Malahat Mountain Music.
  • 1995 - Gwen Swick, A Pebble Of Mercy (Gudney Eylin Records) [Canada]
    McIlwaine sings and plays backup guitar on "Vacuum Song."
  • 1995 - Rosanne Raneri, Frantic and Weightless (Memory Red/Big Girl-001) [US]
    McIlwaine plays backup guitar on one song.
  • 1996 - Twenty Years Of Stony Plain (Stony Plain) [Canada]
    Two CD compilation includes the song "I Want Whatcha Got."
  • 1996 - Mojo Club Presents: Dance Floor Jazz - Vol. 4 - Light My Fire (Polydor/Motor Music CD 525-444-2) [Germany]
    Compilation CD includes the song "Jimmie Jean" from We The People.
  • 1996 - Fatboy Slim, Better Living Through Chemistry (Skint 491490-2) [UK]
    "Higher Ground" from The Real Ellen McIlwaine is sampled on the cut "Song For Lindy." Also released as:
      1997 - (Astralwerks/Caroline) [US]
  • 1996 - Live @ The Winnipeg Folk Festival (Volume 1) (Winnipeg Folk Festival) [Canada]
    Includes a live performance of "Born Under A Bad Sign" from 1993.
  • 1996 - Women In Blues (Celebration Of Blues CBL 25122) [Canada/US]
    Includes "Born Under A Bad Sign."
  • 1996 - Great Guitarists/Women In Blue (Celebration Of Blues) [2 CD set] [Canada/US]
    Includes "Born Under A Bad Sign."
  • 1997 - Great Slide Guitar (Stony Plain/Rounder CBL 25212) [Canada/US]
    Includes "I Want Watcha Got" from Everybody Needs It.
  • 1998 - David Holmes, Essential Mix 98/01 (FFRR 0731456509822) [UK]
    A 2-CD compilation of songs collected by DJ/Producer David Holmes, including "Higher Ground" from The Real Ellen McIlwaine.
  • 2000 - Free Soul Moon (EMI) [Japan]
    A compilation which includes "You May Be All I Need" from Ellen McIlwaine (UA LA-851H).
  • 2001 - A Break From The Norm (BMG/Restless) [US/UK]
    A collection of complete songs which were later sampled by Norman "Fatboy Slim" Cook. Includes "Higher Ground" from The Real Ellen McIlwaine which was sampled on Slim's "Song For Lindy."
  • 2001 - Mondo Grosso, Don't Let Go (Sony Music AICT-1312) [Japan]
    A three-track EP recorded with Japanese group Mondo Grosso.
  • 2001 - Mondo Grosso, MG4R (Sony Music AICT-1321) [Japan]
    This album is a re-mix of MG4, by the Japanese group Mondo Grosso. Also included is a new version of Don't Let Go with Ellen Mcilwaine, which was not on the original. Available from CDJapan.
  • 2001 - routine | complication (Polydor UPCH-1131) [Japan]
    A disco compilation which includes a new version of "Born Under a Bad Sign," re-mixed by McIlwaine and Yukihiro Fukutomi. Available from CDJapan.
  • 2002 - Doug Cox, Stay Lazy (Pacific Music CDPM 10362) [Canada]
    McIlwaine sings and plays slide guitar on cut 15, "I Like To Slide." Available from Doug Cox.
  • 2004 - Soul Source Works (Soul Source VICP-62657) [Japan]
    A disco compilation which includes a new version of "Born Under a Bad Sign," re-mixed by McIlwaine and Yukihiro Fukutomi. Available from CDJapan.
  • 2005 - Soul Source Production (Soul Source UPCH-1384) [Japan]
    A disco compilation which includes a re-mixed version of "Toe Hold." Available from Amazon Japan.
  • 2005 - Gilles Peterson Digs America (Brownswood U.S.A.) (Ubiquity LHCD047) [US]
    A compilation from the vaults of the British archivist and host of the BBC's Worldwide progam, which includes "Higher Ground" from The Real Ellen McIlwaine. Available from Ubiquity Records.
  • 2005 - La Guitara: Gender Bending Strings (Vanguard 015707979627) [US]
    An anthology of women guitarists compiled by Patty Larkin, which includes "Sidu (Grandmother)" from Spontaneous Combustion.
  • 2005 - Blues Guitar Women (Ruf Records Ruf-1110) [2-Disc Set] [Germany]
    An anthology of women guitarists compiled by Sue Foley, which includes "Dead End Street" from Spontaneous Combustion.

Cassette Tapes

  • 1987 - Looking For Trouble (Stony Plain SP5 1110) [Canada]
  • 1988 - The Real Ellen McIlwaine (Ellen McIlwaine Music EMM 0003) [Canada]
    Reissue of KOT'AI KOT 3306.
  • 1991 - Everybody Needs It (Ellen McIlwaine Music EMM 004) [Canada]
    Reissue of Blind Pig BP 1081.
  • 1997 - Summertime Blues Festival (Hudson Valley Blues Society) [US]
    A live performance from August 9th, 1997, at Opus 40 in Saugerties, NY. This was given away as a fundraising premium by the Hudson Valley Blues Society of Newburgh, NY, in a compilation which included other artists and was never for sale.

8-Track Tapes

  • 1973 - We The People (Polydor 8F 5044) [US]

Theatre, Film, and Video

  • 1996 - True Mummy
    Incidental music for the play by Tom Cone. "Egyptian Blues" (aka the "True Mummy Theme") is included on the Spontaneous Combustion CD.
  • 1997 - Ellen McIlwaine: A Slide Through Time
    A 48 minute documentary produced for Canadian television. It features extended footage of McIlwaine playing in clubs in the Calgary area, as well as vintage photos, a glimpse of chez Ellen, and personal observations on her family and career. Available from:
    Missing Link Productions
    #400, 119 - 14th Street NW
    Calgary, Alberta
    T2N 1Z6 Canada
    Telephone: (403) 283-6201
    Fax: (403) 283-6214

Ellen McIlwaine Biography
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The Ellen McIlwaine Discography was compiled by Joseph Levy
with assistance from Ellen McIlwaine, Margret RoadKnight and others.

Last Revision: March 2007



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