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JAZZ GILLUM
THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET
JIMMIE GORDON
ROSCO GORDON
THE GOSPEL HUMMINGBIRDS
COOT GRANT & KID WILSON
LEOTHUS "LEE" GREEN
LIL GREENWOOD
 

JAZZ GILLUM Document DOCD 5198 Complete Recorded Works, 1936-49; Vol 2 ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 72 min., very good
In this, the 2nd of four volumes, singer/harmonica player William McKinley Gillum (1904-1966) is accompanied on all tracks by Big Bill Broonzy (gtr) and a bassist, with an occasional pianist (Joshua Altheimer) and washboard player (Washboard Sam, Amanda Sorter). All produced by the legendary Lester Melrose (1891-1968), it contains one of the earliest blues standards, Key To The Highway, recorded on May 9/1940, and it's answer record, I'm Still Walking The Hi-Way, which surely must have prompted Big Bill to 'shadow' this important song (available on Document 5133 - $16.98) - a song recently covered by Eric Clapton. Also included along with all the Bluebird recordings are 2 unissued Vocalion recordings, with Poor Boy Blues making it's first appearance on CD. (EL)
JAZZ GILLUM: Against My Will/ Big Katy Adams/ Get Away Old Woman/ Get Your Busines/ Got To Reap What You Sow/ Hard Drivin' Woman/ I'll Get Along Somehow/ I'm Still Walking The Hi-way/ Is That A Monkey You Got?/ It Sure Had A Kick/ Key To The Highway/ Keyhole Blues/ Let Her Go/ Little Woman/ Longest Train Blues/ Muddy Pond Blues/ One Time Blues/ Poor Boy Blues/ Riley Springs Blues/ She Belongs To Me/ She Won't Treat Me Kind/ Somebody Been Talking To You/ Stavin' Chain/ Straight/ Talking To Myself

 
JAZZ GILLUM Document DOCD 5200 Complete Recorded Works, 1936-49; Vol 4 ● CD $15.98
JAZZ GILLUM: A Lie Is Dangerous/ All In All Blues/ Can't Trust Myself/ Chauffer Blues/ Country Woman Blues/ Fast Woman/ Gonna Be Some Shooting/ Gonna Take My Rap/ Hand Reader Blues/ I'm Gonna Train My Baby/ I'm Not The Lad/ Jazz Gillum's Blues/ Keep On Sailing/ Long Razor Blues/ Look On Yonder Wall/ Look What You Are Today/ Roll Dem Bones/ Signifying Woman/ Take A Little Walk With Me/ Take One More Chance With M/ The Blues What Am/ The Devil Blues/ What A Gal/ You Got To Run Me Down/ You Should Give Some Away

 
THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET Acrobat 173 Rock My Soul ● CD $10.98
20 tracks, 53 mins, recommended .Excellent inexpensive introduction to the music of this brilliant and influential group from Alabama. Includes many of their most popular sides recorded between 1937 and 1943 including Golden gate Gospel Train/ Go Where I Send Thee/ Massas In The Cold Cold Ground/ Noah/ Job/ Stlin Wasn't Stallin'/ Dip Your Fingers In the waters/ Didn't It Rain/ Blind Barnabas/ Comin' In On A Wing And A Paryer, etc. (FS)

 
JIMMIE GORDON Document DOCD 5649 Complete Recordings, Vol. 2, 1936-1938 ● CD $15.98
JIMMIE GORDON: Alberta Alberta/ Bleeding Heart Blues/ C. C. & St. Louis Blues/ Crying My Blues Away/ Fast Life/ Good As I Been To You/ I Believe I Been Hoodooed/ Jacksonville - Part 1/ Jacksonville - Part 2/ Keep Your Nose Out Of Other People's Business/ Lonesome Bedroom Blues/ Me And My Gin/ Number Runner's Blues/ Playing In The Grass/ Plenty Trouble On Your Hand/ Rattlesnake Bite/ Sail With Me/ She Wants To Rattle Me All The Time/ She's Doin' It Now/ Think You Need A Shot/ Whip It To A Jelly/ You're Bound To Look Like A Monkey (when You Get Old)

 
JIMMIE GORDON Document DOCD 5650 Complete Recordings, Vol. 3, 1939-1946 ● CD $15.98
JIMMIE GORDON: (roll 'em Dorothy)/ Actions Speak Louder Than Words/ Beer Drinking Woman/ Boogie Woogie Blues/ Daddy Bear Blues/ Delhia/ Do That Thing/ Ease It To Me/ Fast Life/ Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter/ Henpecked Man/ I'm Gonna Cut Out/ If The Walls Could Talk/ It Ain't Like That No More/ Jumpin' At The Club Blue Flame/ L & N Blues/ Let 'em Jump For Joy/ Lookin' For The Blues/ Nobody Knows The Trouble I See/ Rock That Boogie/ St. Peter Blues/ The Boogie Man/ The Mojo Blues/ Trigger Slim Blues

 
ROSCO GORDON Ace CDCHD 694 Bootin' - The Best Of The RPM Years ● CD $18.98
24 RPM sides from the early 50s by this distinctive Memphis vocalist.
ROSCOE GORDON: A New Remedy For Love/ Blues For My Baby/ Booted/ City Woman/ Cold Cold Winter/ Dime A Dozen/ Dream Baby aka Dream On Baby/ I Remember Your Kisses/ I'm In Love/ Just In From Texas/ Lucille (Looking For My Baby)/ Maria/ New Orleans Wimmen/ No More Doggin'/ Ouch! Pretty Baby/ Roscoe's Boogie/ Saddled The Cow (And Milked The Horse)/ Throwin' My Money Away/ Tomorrow May Be Too Late/ Trying/ Two Kinds Of Women/ We're All Loaded (Whiskey Made Me Drunk)/ What You Got On Your Mind/ Why Do I Love You Baby?

 
ROSCO GORDON JSP JSPCD 4210 Let's Get High - The Man-About-Music From Memphis ● CD $23.98
Great two CD retrospective with 54 tracks of the early recordings (1951-1956) of this fine and idiosyncratic Memphis bluesman. It includes his hits Saddle The Cow/ Booted and No More Doggin' - the latter a frequently covered songs along with lots of other fine sides - quite a few not originally issued but all of high quality. Also includes She Rocks Me/ That Gal Of Mine/ Dime A Dozen/ Cold, Cold Winter/ I Remember Your Kisses/ T-Model Boogie (two different versions from different sessions)/ Dream Baby/ I'm In LOve/ Throwing My Money Away/ I Wade Through Muddy Water/ That's What You Do To Me/ Just My Memories Of YouHey Hey Girl, etc.
ROSCO GORDON: Blues for My Baby/ Booted/ Bop with Me Baby/ Chicken (Dance with You)/ City Woman/ Cold, Cold Winter/ Decorate the Counter/ Dime a Dozen/ Don't Have to Worry 'Bout You No More/ Don't Take It out on Me/ Dream Baby/ Hey Fat Girl/ Hey Hey Girl/ I Don't Like It/ I Remember Your Kisses/ I Wade Through Muddy Water/ I'm Gonna Shake It/ I'm in Love/ If You Want Your Woman/ Just Love Me Baby/ Just My Memories of You/ Just in from Texas/ Let's Get High/ Love for You Baby/ Lucille (Looking for My Baby)/ Maria/ Mean Woman/ Miserable Old Feeling/ New Orleans Wimmen/ New Remedy for Love/ No More Doggin'/ Ouch! Pretty Baby/ Real Pretty Mama/ Roscoe's Boogie/ Run to Me Baby/ Saddled the Cow (And Milked the Horse)/ She Rocks Me/ She's My Baby/ So Tired/ T Model Boogie (Version 1)/ T Model Boogie (Version 2)/ That Gal of Mine/ That's What You Do to Me/ Three Cent Love/ Throwing My Money Away/ Tired of Living/ Tomorrow May Be Too Late/ Too Many Women/ Two Kinds of Women/ We're All Loaded (Whiskey Made Me Drunk)/ Weeping Blues/ What You Got on Your Mind/ Why Do I Love You Baby/ You Figure It Out

 
THE GOSPEL HUMMINGBIRDS Blind Pig 74691 Steppin' Out ● CD $16.98
Writer, lead singer, producer, promoter Roy Tyler and Oakland's own Gospel Hummingbirds Quintet have come a long way these past 22 years. The original Gospel Hummingbirds dispersed in 1970, then shortly after Joe Thomas Sr. and his son formed a new group. The guys' first wax outing came in 1975 on Randy Strickland's Strickland-and-son label. One of the songs recorded at that time, Swing Low, is done on this 12-song set with fully original arrangements. The outfit's sound borrows harmonically from The Violinaires, but is best likened overall to Willie Banks & The Gospel Messengers (which is compliment indeed). My favorite workout, Change, could well have been cut by Willie. The music, which leans heavy on rhythm, borrows from soul, disco and jazz and can jam up a storm. Members include Roy, Clarence Nichols, Joe Thomas, James Gibson Jr., and Josh Lowery. Solid stuff from our very own award-winning quintet. (OLN)

 
COOT GRANT & KID WILSON Document DOCD 5564 Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 - November 1928 to Aug 1931 ● CD $15.98
GRANT & WILSON: Ain't Going To Give You None/ Big Trunk Blues/ Boop-poop-a-doop/ Can I Get Some Of That?/ Can You Do That To Me/ Deceiving Man Blues/ Dem Socks Dat My Pappy Wore/ Do It Right/ Get Off With Me/ Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter/ Hard Times/ Honey You Done Gone Too Far/ My Friend John/ Old Age Is Creeping Upon You/ On Our Turpentine Farm/ Our Family Doctor/ Rockin' Chair Mary/ She Shake's A Mean Ash Can/ Stevedore Blues/ The Gin Done Done It/ Uncle Joe (349)/ You Need A Woman Like Me/ You Rascal You/ You'se My Friend

 
COOT GRANT & KID WILSON Document DOCD 5565 Complete Recordings, Vol. 3 - September 1931 to May '38 ● CD $15.98
GRANT & WILSON: Blue Monday On Sugar Hill/ Daddy What You Done To Me/ Dirty Spoon Blues/ Do It Again/ Do Your Duty/ Hot Papa, That Out/ I Am A Woman/ I Can't Get Enough/ I Don't Want That Stale Stuff/ Jive Lover/ Keep Your Hands Off My Mojo/ Lay Your Racket Down/ Lollypop/ Meat Cuttin' Blues/ Save A Little Bit For Me/ Take It Outa Here/ Take Me For A Buggy Ride/ Toot It, Brother Armstrong (12824)/ Toot It, Brother Armstrong (63875)/ Uncle Joe (63873)/ Water Trough Blues/ Whippin' The Wolf/ You Can't Do That To Me

 
LEOTHUS "LEE" GREEN Document DOCD 5188 Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, Vol 2 ● CD $15.98
22 tracks, 66 mins, good
Another collection from singer & piano player Green featuring 6 songs from 1930, 6 from 1934 and 10 from 1937. It includes a couple of remakes of his most popular songs 44 Blues and Memphis Blues along with a varied collection of other material. Some of the later tracks feature him accompanied by a guitar and on two he is joined by Hammie Nixon on jug. Although there is a lot of good material here, much of it is rather plodding and his distinctive vocal vibrato seems to have become something of a affectation. Decent sound and the same notes as on volume 1. (FS)
LEE GREEN: 'round The World Blues/ (good Morning Susie)/ 44 Blues/ Better Bring It Right Away/ Blues About My Black Gal/ Country Gal Blues/ Death Alley Blues/ Doctorin' Fool Blues/ Five Minute Blues/ I'm Gonna Beat Your Bread/ Lookin' Up To Down/ Maltese Cat Blues/ Memphis Fives/ My Best Friend/ Pork Chop Blues/ Sealskin Black Woman/ Southern Blues/ The Way I Feel/ Train Number 44/ Whip It Up And Down/ You May Be Beautiful But You Got To Die/ PERRY WESTON: Border Blues/ Nightime Is The Right Time

 
LIL GREENWOOD Ace CDCHD 874 Walking and Singing the Blues ● CD $18.98
22 tracks recorded for Modern and Federal by this fine vocalist based on the West Coast. A mix of blues, R&B and the occasional ballad (the latter not her strongest suit). She is accompanied by some fine musicians and on the soulful blues Monday Morning Blues she duets with Little Willie Littlefield. Greenwood later went on to become a vocalist with Duke Ellington's Orchestra.

 

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