LARRY WISE BAND
WISEMAN SEXTETTE/ QUARTET
WOOD'S JUBILEE SINGERS
|JOHNNY WINTER||Alligator 4735||Guitar Slinger||● CD $15.98|
|1984 album by this popular artist is a straight blues album
on which Johnny brings his histrionic vocal and guitar style to bear on
songs originally recorded by Bobby Bland, Muddy Waters, Sly Williams,
Junior Parker and others - this album recorded in Chicago features well
known Chicago Sidemen Johnny B. Gayden/bass and Casey Jones/drums and
there are guest appearances by Gene Barge/tenor and Billy
|JOHNNY WINTER||Alligator 4742||Serious Business||● CD $12.98|
|The white tornado does Unseen Eye/Master Mechanic and
|JOHNNY WINTER||Alligator 4748||Third Degree||● CD $15.98|
|1986 recordings - some tracks with Dr John on piano.
|JOHNNY WINTER||Columbia 9826||Johnny Winter||● CD $9.98|
|JOHNNY WINTER||Epic 52466||Scorchin' Blues||● CD $11.98|
|This aptly-titled new release in the "Roots N'
Blues" series is
probably the best one-volume collection of Johnny Winter's blues
recordings ever. Its 10 songs were recorded between 1968-79, the earliest
being Mean Mistreater, which features Willie Dixon on bass and
Walter "Shakey" Horton on harp. Compiled with Winters' approval,
the collection stays away from the blues-rock stuff in favor of
full-throttle blues that made his first Columbia albums so enjoyable.
Great cuts include the original 1930's-style Dallas with great
slide work, a cover of Sleepy John Estes' Divin' Duck with brother
Edgar on piano, Bladie Mae with the Muddy Waters' band, Walking
By Myself/ Mad Blues and more. (JC)
|LARRY WISE BAND||Double Trouble DTCD 3028||Will Of The Wisp||● CD $16.98|
|WISEMAN SEXTETTE/ QUARTET||Document DOCD 5520||Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, 1923||● CD $15.98|
|JIMMY WITHERSPOON||Ace CDCHD 896||Sings The Blues Sessions||● CD $18.98|
|Excellent selection recorded for Modern in the early 60s by
this superb blues shouter. The first 13 tracks were probably recorded in
1960 and were issued on Crown LPs, followed by six tracks from the same
sessions that were either unissued or issued on Kent singles. These find
Spoon with a small group including fine guitar (possibly Roy Gaines) and
excellent tenor sax. The remaining seven tracks are from different sessions
and are either unissued or on singles including intriguing covers of Hank
Williams' Your Cheatin' Heart and Jody Reynolds' Endless Sleep
- the latter with blues harp.
|JIMMY WITHERSPOON||Ace CDCHM 1062||Jimmy Witherspoon||● CD $13.98|
|18 tracks, 53 mins, highly recommended
Fine selection of sides recorded by this big voiced blues shouter from Arkansas recorded for Modern between 1947 and 1951 when 'Spoon was in his prime. The first 10 sides comprise his 1958 Crown LP (Crown 5156) and the remaining eight tracks are taken from choice Modern singles of the period. The first five tracks were recorded live at Gene Norman's "Just Jazz" concerts in 1949, '50 and '51 and includes his two most famous songs Ain't Nobody's Business and No Rollin' Blues complete with exhortations from the band members. There are lots of other great songs here with 'Spoons powerful vocals accompanied by the likes of Jay McShann, Maxwell Davis, Chuck Norris, "Tiny" Webb, Jack Kelso, Willard McDaniel and others. Sound is superb and 12 page booklet has informative notes by Tony Rounce plus photos, label shots and full discographical information. (FS)
JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Aint Nobodys Business/ Better Love Next Time (Parts 1 & 2)/ Big Fine Girl/ Dont Ever Move A Woman Into Your House/ Drinkin Beer/ Failing By Degrees/ Fickle Woman/ Hard Workin Blues/ I Done Found Out/ Im Just A Ladies Man/ Jump Children/ New Orleans Woman/ No Rollin Blues/ Once There Lived A Fool/ Same Old Blues/ Sweet Lovin Baby/ Take Me Back Baby/ When I Had My Money
|JIMMY WITHERSPOON||Ace CDCHD 1182||I'll Be Right On Down: The Modern Recordings, 1947-1953||● CD $18.98|
|24 tracks, 67 mins, highly recommended
Complementing Ace CDCHD 279 ($18.98) and CDCHM 1062 ($13.98) this completes Ace's reissue of the great blues shouter's late 40s/ early 50s recordings for Modern featuring all the remaining masters not previously reissued along with a selection of superb previously unissued alternate takes and a newly remastered version of the soulful Slow Your Speed which was previously mastered from a disc and is here featured in superior sound from the original master tape. Jimmy's was one of the truly great voices in urban blues and whether he's singing a tender ballad like Moaning For You, the intense minor key blues I'm Going Round In Circles or the driving rocker Drinkin' Beer 'Spoon performs with total conviction. This conviction extends to his his two rare gospel sides Let Jesus Fix It For You and Each Step Of The Way where he is joined by a full choir from the Trinity Baptist Church. Accompaniments features some of the West Coast's best session musicians. Sound quality is stunning and there are extensive notes by Tony Rounce though the inclusion of discographical information would have made the discussion takes easier to follow. A minor criticism of an otherwise outstanding release. (FS)
|JIMMY WITHERSPOON||Blues Collection 160 092||Spoon Sings The Blues, 1946-1950||● CD
|22 tracks, 69 mins, highly recommended
Deleted. A perfect introduction to the early recordings of this big voiced blues shouter recorded between 1946 and 1950. Accompanied by groups led by his first Jay McShann, Buddy Tate, Buddy Floyd and others he performs some of his biggest R&B hits including the wonderful two-part Ain't Nobody's Business plus In the Evening When The Sun Goes Down/ No Rpllin' Blues/ Big Fine Girl and lots of great non hits like Roll On Katy/ Bar Fly Blues/ Christmas Blues/ Back Water Blues/ Early Morning Blues/ Call My Baby/ Jump Childredn/ I'm Goin' Around In Circles/ There Ain't Nothin' Better (a duet with Mickey Champion) and more. Sidemen on these sessions includes McShann, "Tiny" Webb, Jesse Price, Bill Doggett, Maxwell davis, "Chuck" Norris and more top flight West Coast sidemen. Sound quality is excellent and booklet has notes in French and English and full discographical info. (FS)
JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Ain't Nobody's Business/ Back Water Blues/ Bar Fly Blues/ Big Fine Girl/ Cain River Blues/ Call My Baby/ Christmas Blues/ Doctor Blues/ Early Morning Blues/ Frogimore Blues/ Gone With The Blues/ I'm Goin' Around In Circles/ I'm Just Wondering/ In The Evening/ Jump Children/ Just A Country Boy/ Money Eyes Woman/ No Rollin' Blues/ Please Stop Playing These Blues, Boy/ Roll On Katy/ Sweet Loving Baby/ There Ain't Nothing Better
|JIMMY WITHERSPOON||Collectables 6198||Hey Mrs. Jones!||● CD $11.98|
|Reissue of 1961 Reprise album featuring 'Spoon with a large
group arranged and conducted by H.B. Barnum including strings on some
tracks. 'Spoon is in fine voice on a collection of blues and R&B standards
plus some jazz and pop songs. Songs include Hey, Mrs. Jones/ Tanya/ Have
Faith/ Lovey Dovey/ I Don't Know/ Wee Baby Blues/ Pink Champagne, etc.
Musicians include Gerald Wilson, Frank Rosolino, Ben Webster, Harold Land,
Earl Palmer and others. I'm not crazy about the tracks with strings but the
big band arrangements of Lovey Dovey and Willie Mabon's I Don't
Know are a delight.
|JIMMY WITHERSPOON||Collectables 7722||Spoon||● CD $12.98|
|Something a little different from the great blues
shouter on this 1961 Reprise album. Spoon does straight ahead renditions
of pop and jazz standards like Lover Come Back To Me/ Do Nothin'
'till You Hear From Me/ We'll Be Together Again/ Just Sittin' And A
Rockin/ Music Maestro Please/ Don't Worry 'Bout Me and others
accompanied by a fine band including Gerald Wilson, Si Zentner, Lanny
Morgan, Gerry Wiggins, Al Viola, Earl Palmer and others. Spoon does a
fine job and while this may not appeal to diehard blues fans there's a
lot to like in his expressive vocals and fine arrangements.
|JIMMY WITHERSPOON||Fantasy 24701||The 'Spoon Concerts||● CD $16.98|
|2-LP set on one CD.
|JIMMY WITHERSPOON||JSP JSPCD 7778||Urban Blues Legend||● CD $28.98|
|Four CD box set with 108 tracks recorded between 1945 and
1953 by this great blues shouter featuring almost all his recordings from
this period . A varied collection of storming jump tunes, funky blues and
soulful blues ballads with Jimmy's voice an instrument of sheer joy ranging
from a roar to a seductive but bluesy croon. His voice is beautifully
complemented by some of the finest West Coast musicians in the bizness.
'Spoon is featured in the company of top West Coast musicians like Jay
McShann (who gave him his first job) , Louis Speigner (a brilliant, if
little known, guitarist), Al "Cake" Wichard, Bill Doggett, Buddy Tate, Tiny
Webb, Jack McVea, Jesse Sailes, Roy Milton, Camille Howard, Ben Webster,
Jackie kelso, Maxwell Davis, Chuck Norris and many more.
JIMMY WITHERSPOON: 24 Sad Hours/ Aint Nobodys Buess/ Aint Nobodys Business Pt 1/ Aint Nobodys Business Pt 2/ Baby Baby/ Back Door Blues/ Back Home/ Back Water Blues/ Better Love Next Time Pt 1/ Better Love Next Time Pt 2/ Big Eyes Blues/ Big Fine Girl/ Big Heart/ Blues In Trouble/ Cain River Blues/ Call My Baby/ Cold Blooded Boogie/ Confessing The Blues/ Corn Whiskey/ Destruction Blues/ Doctor Blues/ Dont Ever Move A Man Into Your House/ Dont Tell Me Now/ Drinkin Beer (Hav Ball)/ Drunk Broke And Hungry/ Ernestine/ Failing By degrees/ Fast Woman, Slow/ Feelin So Sad/ Foolish Prayer/ Frogimore Blues/ Frogimore Blues Alt Take/ Funny Style Baby/ Geneva Blues/ Give My Heart Anotherr Break/ Gone With The Blues/ Hard Workin Blues/ Hard-Working Mans Blues/ Have You Ever Loved A Woman/ Hey Mr Landlord/ Hey Mr Landlord Alt Take/ Highway To Happin/ How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around/ How Long/ How You Gonna Act/ I Done Told You/ I Gotta Gal Lives On The Hill/ I Love You Just The Same/ I Want A Little Girl/ In The Evening Alt Take/ In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down/ It/ Im Goin Around Circles/ Im Just A Ladies Man/ Im Just Wonderin, Part 1/ Im Just Wonderin, Part 2/ Im Not Too Young/ Jays Blues Part 1/ Jays Blues Part 2/ Jump Children/ Just A Country Boy/ Just For You/ Long About Dawn/ Love And Friendsh/ Love My Baby/ Lucille/ Lush Head Woman/ Miss Clawdy B/ Miss, Miss Mistrer/ Money Eyes Woman/ Moneys Getting Cheaper/ Move Me Baby/ New Orleans Woman/ No Rollin Blues/ Oh Boy/ Once There Lived A Fool/ One Fine Gal/ Pinocchio Blues/ Practice What You Preach/ Rain, Rain, Rain/ Real Ugly Woman/ Roll On, Katy/ Sad Life/ Same Old Blues/ Shipyard Woman Blues/ Six-Foot-Two Blues/ Skid Row Blues/ Slow Your Speed/ Spoon Calls Hootie/ Sweet Lovin Baby/ The Day Is Dawning/ The Last Mile/ The New Look/ The Wind Is Blowin/ Thelma Lee Blues/ There Aint NothiBetter/ Third Floor Blues/ Times Gettin Tougher Than Tough Alt Take/ Two Little Girls/ Voodoo Woman Blues/ Wandering Gal Blues/ Wee Baby Blues/ When I Had My Money/ Whos Been Jivin/ Would My Baby Make A Change/ You Cant Kiss A Dream Goodnight/ Your Red Wagon/ ke Me Back Baby
|JIMMY WITHERSPOON||Rhino 71707||Spoonful||● CD $10.98|
|JIMMY WITHERSPOON WITH DUKE ROBILLARD||Stony Plain 1211||Spoon's Blues||● CD $15.98|
|JIMMY WITHERSPOON||Stony Plain 1231||With The Junior Mance Trio||● CD $15.98|
|11 tracks, 37 min., recommended Unearthed by Holger Petersen
while he was visiting Jimmy Witherspoon at his home in California, this
previously unissued set (recorded live in France, 1969) features a typical
Witherspoon set, including Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough, Going
Down Slow, and No Rollin' Blues. The recording quality is
excellent but given the repertoire, do we really need more of the same?
Other Stony Plain release
|JIMMY WITHERSPOON WITH GROOVE HOLMES||Tradition TCD 1015||'Spoon & Groove||● CD $9.98|
|Relatively undistinguished set from this dynamic blues
shouter with organist Groove Holmes, tenor saxist Teddy Edwards and
various others originally recorded for Society in 1960 and reissued a
number of times over the years on various labels. Songs include Take
This Hammer/ In Blues/ Loser's Blues/ Key To The Highway, etc.
|COTTON BELT QUARTET/ WOOD'S JUBILEE SINGERS/ QUARTET||Document DOCD 5439||Complete Recorded Works, 1925-1927||● CD $15.98|
|24 tracks, 67 min., good While solid examples of the jubilee
and spiritual quartet tradition, neither is remarkable though both are of
interest to fans of the form. Wood's Singers offer 12 samples of somewhat
unimaginative yet earnestly rendered songs of praise recorded for
Paramount and Silvertone. Unfortunately, sound quality on these cuts is
frequently regrettable. Still, a certain unpracticed charm finds its way
through the surface noise. The Cotton Belt Quartet are smoother and more
polished than Wood's Singers, producing more tightly arranged and complex
harmonies. Yet, while undeniably pleasant, their work fails to distinguish
itself as much more than that. Unusually fine booklet notes from Steve
|JIM WYNN||Classics 5043||The Chronological Jim Wynn, 1945-46||● CD $14.98|
|20 tracks, 60 mins, recommended Fine West Coast jump blues
featuring saxophonist/ bandleader Jim Wynn's band The Bobalibans with vocals
from "Lord" Luther Luper, Pee Wee Wiley, Ted Shirley and Claude Trenier.
Wynn was an important figure on the West Coast blues scene - he was one of
the pioneers of the extrovert on-stage style and was a regular figure on
blues and R&B sessions in the 40s and 50s and worked extensively with T-Bone
Walker and Johnny Otis. Tracks include Buzz Buzz Buzz/ I Don't Want To
Cry Anymore/ Cherry Red/ Deed I Do/ Butter For My Roll, etc. Good stuff.
JIM WYNN: Butter For My Roll/ Buzz Buzz Buzz/ Buzz Me Baby/ Cherry Red/ Deed I Do/ Ee-Bobaliba/ Gal/ Get Yourself In Line/ I Don't Want To Cry Anymore/ I Want A Little Girl/ In A Rhapsody In Minor/ Jelly Kelly Blues/ Juke Box Jump The Blues/ Just In Case You Change Your Mind/ Lost Woman Blues/ Organ Grinder's Swing/ Rock Boogie/ Shipyard Woman/ Winnin' With Wynn/ Wynn's Boogie
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