( Advanced Search )  

 

BLUES & GOSPEL

Marion Abernathy -> Albert Ammons

 
JOHNNY ACE
ARTHUR ADAMS

JO-JO ADAMS
LUTHER ALLISON
THE ALPHABETICAL FOUR
ALBERT AMMONS

  
JOHNNY ACE MCA MCAD 31183 Memorial Album ● CD $8.98
CD issue of MCA 27014 (previously Duke 40). 12 songs including his biggest hit Pledging My Love plus Never Let Me Go/ I'm Crazy Baby/ Saving My Love For You/ How Can You Be So Mean/ Cross My Heart, etc.

 
ARTHUR ADAMS Blind Pig 5055 Back On Track ● CD $16.98
11 tracks, 45 mins, recommended
Best known as an L.A. session player this is Arthur Adams' first full length solo album and it's a good 'un. Adams is an excellent singer with a soulful gospelly style and plays some truly fine guitar. The album covers says Arthur plays like a man possessed which led me to think we were in for over the top blues rock guitar - his playing is the very antithesis featuring beautifully crated solo where ever note counts. The songs are mostly originals in the currently popular middle class urban angst style. Arthur is given solid backing and as a testament to his stature his guest artist is none other than B.B. King and the duo work wonderfully well together. (FS)

 
LUTHER ALLISON Alligator 4820 Soul Fixin' Man ● CD $15.98
This 1994 release was Luther's first U.S. studio release in 18 years. A blues-rock outing with a hot band including guest appearances by The Memphis Horns.
LUTHER ALLISON: Bad Love/ Freedom/ Gave It All/ I Want To Know/ Love String/ Middle of the Road/ Nobody But You/ Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is/ She Was Born That Way/ Soul Fixin' Man/ The Things I Used To Do/ You Been Teasin' Me

 
LUTHER ALLISON Alligator 4834 Blue Streak ● CD $15.98
1995 album. 
LUTHER ALLISON: All The King's Horses/ Big City/ Cherry Red Wine/ I Believe In You/ Midnight Creeper/ Move From The 'Hood/ Should I Wait/ Think With Your Heart/ Walking Papers/ What Have I Done Wrong?/ What's Going On In My Home/ You Don't Know

 
LUTHER ALLISON Alligator 4849 Reckless ● CD $15.98
Luther's last studio album from 1997 recorded in Memphis. 
LUTHER ALLISON: Cancel My Check/ Drowning at the Bottom/ I'm Back/ It's a Blues Thing/ Just As I Am/ Living in the House of the Blues/ Low Down and Dirty/ Pain in the Streets/ Playin' a Losing Game (duet with Bernard Allison)/ There Comes a Time/ Will It Ever Change?/ You Can Run But You Can't Hide/ You Can, You CAn/ You're Gonna Make Me Cry

 
LUTHER ALLISON Alligator 4869 Live In Chicago ● CD $22.98
Two CD set featuring live sides, mostly recorded at the 1995 Chicago Blues Festival. Includes guest appearances by Otis Rush and Eddie C. Campbell.

 
LUTHER ALLISON Blind Pig 72287 Serious ● CD $15.98
U.S. issue of album originally on French Encore label as "Life Is A Bitch." Although there is a strong white rock element on this album, Luther's singing and playing are more restrained than usual, the songs, mostly originals, are good and varied and the band of French musicians provide a solid and hard driving accompaniment. Michael Carras's keyboard work is particularly good. An excellent good time record.

 
LUTHER ALLISON Buda 82469-2 Live In Paris ● CD $15.98

 
LUTHER ALLISON Buda 82470-2 Time ● CD $15.98
8 cuts from 1980 by this high-voltage bluesman, recorded in France.

 
LUTHER ALLISON Delmark 625 Love Me Mama ● CD $14.98
14 tracks, 61 min., recommended Prior to this 1969 album (his first), Luther S. Allison had only recorded 2 vocals in 1967 for Shakey Jake Harris (available on Delmark 618). He also had accompanied Robert Big Mojo Elem (Delmark,'67), Shakey Jake (Liberty, '68), Sunnyland Slim (Liberty,'68 with George "Harmonica" Smith) and Johnny Shines (Testament',69 with Walter Horton). For the next 2-3 years he promoted this album until he got signed up by Motown Records. The 10 album titles are supplemented by 2 alternate takes (You Done Lost Your Good Thing, Little Red Rooster) plus 2 unissued tracks (Every Night About This Time, Walking From Door To Door). (EL)

 
LUTHER ALLISON Evidence 26015 Love Me Papa ● CD $12.98
9 tracks, 59 min., good. Black & Blue reissue. The question is not whether Luther is talented, but whether he'll ever make an album equal to his talent. Most of the songs are too long (two are over 11 minutes) and overplayed, leaning toward rock excess. While his "West Side" guitar playing is impressive, Luther's attempts at Little Walter-style harp on Walters' own tunes are hard to swallow. More often than not it's his expressive and soulful vocals that are most impressive. While it's nothing you haven't heard better elsewhere, it is a straightforward blues album from somebody I always want a lot more from. Maybe a sympathetic producer, and a hot band and. (RJ)
LUTHER ALLISON: Blues With A Feeling/ Feelin' So Good/ Going Down/ It's Too Late/ Key To The Highway/ Last Night/ Love Me Papa/ Luther's Boogie/ Standing At The Crossroads

 
LUTHER ALLISON RUF 161342 Where Have You Been? ● CD $15.98
Live in Montreux, 1976-1994

 
LUTHER ALLISON RUF 161354 Live In Paris ● CD $15.98
Hot hour-plus live set from 1979. Allison, like Buddy Guy, is a high-voltage guitarist who owes a heavy debt to B.B. King for his vocal style and repertoire. Some find his approach to be a little on the hysterical side, but fans of hard rocking contemporary blues will dig this energetic set. 10 songs, including Sweet Little Angel/My Babe/The Thril Is Gone/Rock Me Baby. (MB)

 
LUTHER ALLISON RUF 161413 Hand Me Down My Moonshine ● CD $15.98
All acoustic album recorded in Paris with Luther's son Bernard - Good Morning Love/ Lightnin' Bolt/ Castle/ Stay With Me, etc.

 
LUTHER ALLISON & FRIENDS Ruf Records 1060 Pay It Forward ● CD $15.98
11 tracks, 69 minutes, recommended
A mix of crunching blues and soul with seven previously unreleased tracks, this should please fans of Luther's hard-hitting and always determined approach. From the intense, slow West Side Chicago workout between Allison and Otis Grand on Perfume And Grime to playing with his son, Bernard, on Idols In Mind, this is a fine offering. The recordings stem from Europe and the US and the outtakes are incredibly strong showing Luther as an artist of remarkable breadth and passion. The cast includes James Solberg, Joanna Connor, Kenn Lending, and others. Blues is a little less full since Luther's passing but having unissued gems brings him a little closer. (CR)

 
THE ALPHABETICAL FOUR Document DOCD 5374 Complete Recorded Works, 1938-1943 ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, 76 min., highly recommended
The thoroughly welcome reissue of this important jubilee gospel quartet's entire output. Favoring instrumental imitation in the manner of the early Mills Brothers, the New York based Alphabeticals rivaled the better known Golden Gate Quartet in the late 30's. Emory Johnson normally handled lead singing chores for the group, but the six sides recorded in 1941 with an unknown female lead are also particular nice. Among the many gems are Precious Lord Hold My Hand, Get on Board Little Children, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Live Humble, Rock My Soul, Shake My Mother's Hand, I Can't Feel at Home in this World Anymore, and The Valley of Time. Wonderful music, solid sound quality for the era, and worthwhile notes by gospel expert Ray Funk. (DH)
THE ALPHABETICAL FOUR: Do Not Pass Me By/ Get On Board, Little Children/ Go Down Jonah And Serve The Lord/ Go Where I Send Thee/ Have You Heard About The World Coming To An End/ He Sees All We Do And Hears All We Say/ He Was Nailed To The Cross/ I Can't Feel At Home In This World Anymore/ I Don't Care Where They Bury My Body/ I Just Can't Help From Crying Sometimes/ I Want Two Wings To Veil My Face/ I'm Gonna Walk Right In And Make Myself At Home/ Live Humble/ My Mother's Prayers Have Followed Me/ Noah, God's Gonna Ride On The Rainy Tide/ Precious Lord, Hold My Hand/ Rock My Soul/ Shake My Mother's Hand/ Shepherd Go Feed My Sheep/ Sleep On, Darling Mother/ The Book Of The Seven Seals/ The Old Ark's A-moverin'/ The Sun Didn't Shine/ The Valley Of Time/ We Will Understand It Better Bye And Bye/ What A Friend We Have In Jesus/ When The Moon Goes Down In The Valley Of Time/ Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

 
ALBERT AMMONS Delmark 705 Boogie Woogie Stomp ● CD $11.98
14 cuts recorded in 1939 for a radio broadcast plus 4 from 1938 recorded at Frank Lyons home studio. Also features Meade Lux Lewis & Pete Johnson.

 
ALBERT AMMONS Acrobat ADDCD 3010 King Of Boogie Woogie ● CD $18.98 $13.98
Two CDs, 36 tracks, highly recommended
A splendid collection of sides by one of the greatest of all boogie pianists. Ammons had the solidest left hand in the business and was endlessly inventive with his right hand - rarely clichd. The set opens with five gorgeous solo cuts from 1939 and the remainder is devoted to recordings made between 1945 and 1949 (the year he died) with his group The Rhythm Kings usually with guitarist Ike Perkins, bassist Israel Crosby and a number of different drummers. There are several fine vocals from Sippie Wallace, Mildred Anderson and drummer Jack Cooley. Two cuts feature his son Gene on tenor sax. The music is consistently superb but it's a shame they couldn't have added another dozen sides which would enable them to have presented a much broader picture of Albert's career. Still for the price there is enough great music here to please just about any fan of blues and boogie piano playing. (FS)

 

Back To Blues Index





Roots & Rhythm
P.O. Box 837
El Cerrito, CA 94530 USA
Toll Free Order Line : 888-ROOTS-66

© 2017 Roots & Rhythm. No part of this site may be reproduced without written permission