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Ike Turner -> Big Joe Turner

IKE TURNER & HIS KINGS OF RHYTHM Ace CDCHD 553 Rhythm Rockin' Blues ● CD $18.98
20 tracks, 60 mins, highly recommended
Just what it says - lotsa rhythm, lotsa rockin' and lots of blues featuring the hot Kings Of Rhythm fronted by singer, guitarist, piano player, arranger and talent scout Izear Luster (aka Ike) Turner. Opening with the millionth reissue of Jackie Brenston's Rocket 88 from 1951 no doubt to lure in the less knowledgeable the rest is devoted to recordings made in 1954 including a number that were not originally issued as singles. The band included Raymond Hill, Eugene Fox and Bobby Fields/ saxes, the first Mrs Turner Bonnie on piano, Jesse Knight Jr. on electric bass and Robert Prindell/ drums. There are three vocals by Ike (under the pseudonym "Lover Boy") and a couple of instrumentals including the fascinating 8 1/2 minute All The Blues, All The Time where Ike plays a medley of blues favorites of the time emulating the styles of Matt Murphy, B.B. King, Elmore James and others. The rest of the album features vocals by Billy Gale (Gayles), J.W. Walker (later known as Big Moose Walker with very hot guitar by Ike), Dennis Binder, Johnny Wright (his intense The World Is Yours is a variation on Guitar Slim's The Things I Used To Do and features more great string bending guitar from Ike), Little Johnny Burton and Lonnie "The Cat". Great sound and excellent notes by Ray Topping. (FS)

BIG JOE TURNER Arhoolie 333 With Pete Johnson's Orch. - Tell Me Pretty Baby ● CD $12.98
This is a much expanded version of Arhoolie 2004. A wonderful collection of 24 sides by one the greatest of all blues shouters recorded in California between 1947 and 1949. Joe is accompanied by some hot bands all featuring the stunning piano of his long time partner Pete Johnson. On the wonderful two part Around The Clock Blues (which sounds like it might be a precursor to Chuck berry's Around And Around) Joe is accompanied by Johnson only. Other songs include Wine-O-Baby/ Rocket Boogie "88"/ Baby, Won't You Marry Me/ Christmas Date Boogie/ Tell Me Pretty Baby/ Trouble Blues/ Mardi Gras Boogie/ So Many Women Blues. Sound is generally excellent. There are a few duplications with Jukebox Lil 618. 63 minutes of urban blues at its finest. (FS)

BIG JOE TURNER Atlantic 8812 The Boss Of The Blues ● CD $12.98
Reissue of excellent 1956 album - 10 blues standards with Joe in top form accompanied by Pete Johnson, Freddie Green, Joe Newman, Pete Brown and others - with original notes by Whitney Balliet.

BIG JOE TURNER Collectables 6327 The Boss of the Blues ● CD $11.98
Reissue of excellent 1956 album - 10 blues standards with Joe in top form accompanied by Pete Johnson, Freddie Green, Joe Newman, Pete Brown and others - with original notes by Whitney Balliet. Cherry Red/ Little Girl/ Wee Baby/ How Long/ St Louis Blues, etc.

BIG JOE TURNER Collectables 6419 Joe Turner/ Rockin' The Blues ● CD $13.98
Two classic Big Joe Atlantic albums from 1957 and 1958 on one CD. 28 tracks including just about all his incredibly influential Atlantic hits from 1951 through 1958 like Chains Of Love/ Sweet Sixteen/ Honey Hush/ TV Mama/ Shake, Rattle & Roll/ Flip, Flop & Fly/ Hide & Seek/ Chicken & The Hawk/ Boogie Woogie Country Girl/ Corrine, Corrina/ Love Roller Coaster and lots more including a whole slew of equally good non-hits like Midnight Special Train/ Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop/ Red Sails In The Sunset/ World Of Trouble/ You Know I Love You and others. This is some of the music that forms the wellspring of mid/late 20th century music and should be part of any collection. If you don't already have this material in some previous incarnation this is a nice inexpensive way to get it. (FS)
JOE TURNER: After A While/ Blues In The Night/ Boogie Woodie Country Girl/ Chains Of Love/ Corrine Corrina/ Crawdad Hole/ Feeling Happy/ Flip, Flop & Fly/ Hide And Seek/ Honey Hush/ I Need A Girl/ Lipstick Powder And Paint/ Love Roller Coaster/ Midnight Special Train/ Morning Noon And Night/ Oke-she-moke-she-pop/ Red Sails In The Sunset/ Shake, Rattle & Roll/ Still In Love/ Sweet Sixteen/ Teen Age Letter/ The Chicken And The Hawk/ Trouble In Mind/ Tv Mama/ We're Gonna Jump For Joy/ Well All Right/ World Of Trouble/ You Know I Love You

BIG JOE TURNER Collectables 6886 Is Here/ Rides Again ● CD $13.98
22 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
Two fine Atlantic albums from 1959 and 1960 on one CD. "Big Joe Is here" is a collection of 12 great blues and R&B sides recorded between 1951 and '57 and previously issued on singles including the hits The Chill Is On/ Don't You Cry and the mellow Rock-A-While as well as other great sides like Wee Baby Blues (with Ray Charles on piano)/ Baby I Still Want You/ Ti-Ri-Lee (with Johnny Jones & Elmore James)/ Bump Miss SusiePennies From Heaven from '56 with a rhythm section including Walter Page, Freddie Green & Pete Johnson along with Lawrence Brown, Pete Brown & Seldon Powell! Booklet includes original artwork and notes. (FS)

BIG JOE TURNER Evidence 26013 Texas Style ● CD $12.98
8 tracks, 41 min., recommended
Still in good voice in 1971 when these tracks were recorded, an exuberant yet poignantly sorrowful Big Joe convincingly performs TV Mama/ Hide and Seek/ I've Got a Pocketful of Pencil/ Rock Me Baby/ Cherry Red/ 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do/ Money First, and the title track - something of a thematic set. Accompaniment includes Milt Buckner on piano, Slam Stewart on bass, and Jo Jones on drums. Nice stereo sound, good cover photo of the then 60 year old artist, and informative notes by David Whiteis. Black & Blue reissue. (DH)

BIG JOE TURNER Pablo 2405 404 The Best Of Joe Turner ● CD $11.98
8 selections by the inimitable Big Joe, including The Things I Used To Do, Corrine Corrina, Everyday I Have The Blues. Backup by the likes of Roy Eldridge, Milt Jackson, Cleanhead Vinson, LLoyd Glenn, Pee Wee Crayton, Sonny Stitt et. al.

BIG JOE TURNER Pablo 2310 943 Stormy Monday ● CD $14.98
6 unreleased mid-70's recordings with all-star pickup bands, including such names as Pee Wee Crayton, Lloyd Glenn, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Wild Bill Moore and others. Long Way From Home/ Somebody Loves Me/ Stormy Monday/ Time After Time/ Love Is Like A Faucet/ Things I Used To Do.

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