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THE CONSOLERS Savoy 14751 Give God Thanks ● CD $15.98
Fine earthy gospel from this husband and wife duo recorded for Savoy in 1984. Mostly original songs by Sullivan Pugh who also plays some bluesy guitar and is accompanied by piano, bass and drums. Includes Give God Thanks/ Waiting For My Child To Come Home/ All The Saints Of God/ The Almighty Power/ So That I Could Be Free and five more.

SAM COOKE RCA 66760-2 The Rhythm And The Blues ● CD $8.98
20 tracks, 59 min., recommended
While at RCA (1960-64), Cooke cut 3 blues-based albums (and others), "My Kind Of Blues", "Mr. Soul", and "Night Beat" -- the latter having been reissued last year in its entirety. This set takes its time from those "mature-sounding" collections. "Blues" and "Soul", produced by Sammy Lowe and Horace Ott respectively, offer lush strings, horns, and champagne glasses full of sophistication compared to "Night Beat", which places Cooke in an intimate setting of just a few musicians. Cuts like Don't Get Around Much Any More/ Get Yourself Another Fool/ But Not For Me/ Fool's Paradise and others create that after hours feel. Wonder what Howlin' Wolf thought of Sam's take on Little Red Rooster? (JC)
SAM COOKE: Baby Won't You Please Come Home/ But Not For Me/ Chains Of Love/ Cry Me A River/ Don't Get Around Much Anymore/ Driftin' Blues/ Fool's Paradise/ Get Yourself Another Fool/ I Lost Everything/ Little Girl Blue/ Little Red Rooster/ Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out/ Nothing Can Change This Love/ One More Time/ Out In The Cold Again/ Please Don't Drive Me Away/ Since I Met You Baby/ Smoke Rings/ Trouble Blues/ Trouble In Mind

THELMA COOPER Collectables 5322 Daisy Mae & Her Hepcats ● CD $11.98
THELMA COOPER: Cute Poppa/ Dasiy Mae: Fanny Duncan (alt. Take)/ Down By The Woodshed/ Fanny Duncan/ Frosty's Groove/ Hop Scotch/ Let's Try Again/ Lonesome Playgirl/ Ooh Daddy/ Stuff You Got To Watch/ Talk To Me Daddy/ Want Me A Man/ Woman Trouble

TRENTON COOPER Wolf 120.919 The Piano Styles Of Trenton Cooper ● CD $15.98
15 tracks recorded informally in 1980 and 1990 featuring Arkansas singer/ piano player Trenton Cooper. Trenton has an interesting and pleasing style which draws on jazz influences as much as blues. His material is a mixture of traditional blues songs (How Long Blues/ Ain't Nobody's Business/ St. Louis Blues, etc) and originals - the latter mostly instrumental improvisations.

JOHNNY COPELAND AIM 1032 Further On Up The Road ● CD $15.98
Australian import. Recorded live in Australia during Johnny's tour there in 1990.

JOHNNY COPELAND Bullseye Blues 9621 Honky Tonkin' ● CD $11.98
Collection drawn from Johnny's six Rounder albums at a mid-price.

JOHNNY COPELAND Edsel 581 The Crazy Cajun Recordings ● CD $17.98
21 tracks, good 21 tracks (including 6 alternate takes) recorded by the great gravel voice bluesman for the legendary (infamous?) Huey P. Meaux in Houston in the mid/late 60s. Most of this material was never originally issued but turned up on various Crazy Cajun LPs in the late 70s after Johnny had started recording his acclaimed albums for Rounder. Most of these sides sound like demos and find Johnny performing in a variety of styles including blues, soul, R&B and pop. Although there are some fine moments, particularly an early version of his great Gonna Make My Home Where I Hang My Hat most of these recordings do not find Johnny at his best and don't do justice to his abilities. (FS)

MARTHA COPELAND Document DOCD 5372 Vol. 1 : 1923-1927 ● CD $15.98

MARTHA COPELAND/ IRENE SCRUGGS Document DOCD 5373 Martha Copeland, Vol. 2/Irene Scruggs, Remaining Titles ● CD $15.98

ELIZABETH COTTEN Arhoolie 477 Live! ● CD $12.98
11 tracks, 50 mins, recommended
CD reissue of Arhoolie 1089. This set of performances was recorded live in the late 70s when this fine and influential blues and folk musician was in her 80s and reveal her as still an astonishingly good musician. Her voice is creaky but her lovely finger picked guitar is a joy to hear and proved an influence on many musicians. Although almost all the songs and tunes here have been previously recorded for Folkways (Freight Train/ Shake Sugaree/ Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie, etc) it's delightful to hear how Libba relates to her audiences with some charming stories and jokes. (FS)
ELIZABETH COTTEN: 'Til We Meet Again/ Babe, It Ain't No Lie/ Elizabeth Story, Et Al./ Freight Train/ Guitar Story/ Honey Babe, Your Papa Cares For You/ Jumpin' Jack/ Spanish Flangdang/ Sugaree/ Sugaree/Banjo Story, Rattler/ Vastopol/ Washington Blues

ELIZABETH COTTEN Smithsonian Folkways 40009 Freight Train And Other N. Carolina Folk Songs ● CD $15.98
14 songs - a reissue of Folkways #3526.
ELIZABETH COTTEN: Ain't Got No Honey Baby Now/ Buck/ Freight Train/ Going Down The Road Feeling Bad/ Graduation March/ Honey Babe Your Papa Cares For YOu/ I Don't Love Nobody/ Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie/ Spanish Flang Dang/ Vastopol/ When I Get Home/ Wilson Rag/ a) Run...Run b) Mama Your Son Done Gone/ a) Sweet Bye and Bye b) What A Friend We Have In Jesus/ a)Here Old Rattler Here b) Sent For My Fiddle Sent For My Bow c) George

JAMES COTTON Alligator 4737 High Compression ● CD $13.98

JAMES COTTON Alligator 4746 Live From Chicago - Mr Superharp Himself ● CD $13.98

JAMES COTTON Blind Pig 72587 Take Me Back ● CD $15.98

JAMES COTTON Just A Memory JAM 9138 Seems Like Yesterday ● CD $12.98
11 tracks, 53 mins, fans only
Mediocre set recorded live in Montreal, Canada in 1967. Cotton and his band (Luther Tucker/gtr, Francis Clay/dms, Albert Gianquinto/pno & Bobby Anderson/ bass) perform a mix of soul, R&B & blues standards (I Got You (I Feel Good)/ Money Honey/ Good Time Charlie/ Stormy Monday/ Knock On Wood, etc) with little spirit. Sound quality is appalling and Cotton only plays harp on three cuts. This really didn't need to be released. (FS)

JAMES COTTON Vanguard VMD 79283 Cut You Loose! ● CD $13.98
JAMES COTTON: Ain't Nobody's Business/ Coast Blues/ Cut You Loose/ Got To Get You Off My Mind/ Honest I Do/ Negative 10-4/ Next Time You See Me/ River's Invitation/ Set A Date/ Slippin' And Slidin'

SYLVESTER COTTON/ ANDREW DUNHAM Ace CDCHD 869 Detroit Downhome Recordings, 1948-1949 ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 75 mins, highly recommended
Terrific collection of down home blues recorded in Detroit in 1948 and 1949 for entrepreneur Bernie Bessman who was responsible for recording John Lee Hooker's first hits. Most of these tracks were not originally issued on 78 rpm - some were subsequently issued on LPs on kent and Krazy Kat and a number are making their first appearance ever. Both artists are biographical mysteries. Cotton was a fine singer, a limited but effective guitarist playing a steel bodied guitar and a truly brilliant lyricist. Cotton's songs were probably improvised on the spot and seem to deal with his own personal experiences culminating in the brilliant I Tried where he talks about his feelings about making a recording. Other remarkable songs include Three Cent Stamp Blues/ Ugly Woman Blues/ Big Chested Mama Blues/ Sak-Relation Blues/ Waitin' Blues and more. The five tracks by Dunham are also pretty remarkable - he was a fine singer and played some very anarchic and almost dissonant sounding guitar - his bizarre one chord reworking of Kansas City Blues called She Don't Walk could almost considered to be "punk blues". More of Dunham's work will be appearing on a future Ace release - something well worth waiting for! Sound quality is excellent and booklet has informative notes by Chris Smith. (FS)

COUSIN JOE Evidence 26046 Bad Luck Blues ● CD $12.98
Reissue of Black & Blue album. An excellent set from 1971 with fine singing & playing by New Orleans singer/ piano player Joe on a selection of mostly original songs. Splendid guitar by Clarence `Gatemouth' Brown and accompaniment by Jimmy Dawkins, Mac Thompson & Ted Harvey

IDA COX Black Swan 7 The Uncrowned Queen Of The Blues ● CD $13.98

IDA COX Document DOCD 5324 Complete Recorded Works, 1923-38 : Vol 3 - 1925-27 ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, 70 min., recommended
Cox is at the height of her popularity here and deservedly so. Most tracks feature accompaniment by Lovie Austin and Serenaders, but 3 cuts find Papa Charlie Jackson playing his banjo behind her, including the remarkable How Long Daddy, How Long of 1925, on which Jackson plays minimalist banjo and Cox defines classic blues singing. Moving from mournful to vengeful, Ida declares I'm getting evil with the world on the curiously titled How Can I Miss You When I've Got Dead Aim (take 2). By '27 Paramount recorded Cox with only piano backing, Jessie Crump being the pianist of choice. Best of the 4 volume set. (JC)

IDA COX Document DOCD 5325 Complete Recorded Works, 1923-38 : Vol 4 - 1927-38 ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, 69 min., recommended
The final volume in the series collects the last of her Paramount sides, beginning with 8 more from 1927 with Jesse Crump's piano as her only accompaniment. By '28 Paramount reverted to recording Cox with small combos, but by '29 a failing economy and waning popularity conspired to end Ida's career, at least temporarily. This collection closes with Four Day Creep/ Low Down Dirty Shame, recorded in '38 at Carnegie Hall as part of the second "Spirituals To Swing" concert. (JC)

IDA COX Document DOCD 5651 Complete Recorded Works, Vol 5 : 1939-40 ● CD $15.98
19 tracks from two sessions in 1939 and 1940 - several songs are featured in two or more takes. The earlier session includes such sidemen as J.C. Higginbotham, Edmond Hall, Charlie Christian, Lionel Hampton and others. The second one also has Higginbotham and Hall as well as Henry "Red" Allen, Cliff Jackson and others.

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