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VARIOUS ARTISTS P-Vine PCD 24089 Chicago Blues Down-Homers - J.O.B. Recordings, 1950s ● CD $22.98
Fabulous collection of down home blues recorded for J.O.B. in the 50s featuring four tracks by Baby Face Leroy, eight by John Brim, two by his wife Grace, three by Moody Jones and six by Floyd Jones.

 
 
VARIOUS ARTISTS P-Vine PCD 24113 Chicago Blues Down-Homers Vol. 2 - J.O.B. Recordings ● CD $22.98
More great down home Chicago blues recorded for J.O.B. in the 50s - nine tracks by J.B. lenoir, four by Memphis Minnie, two by Son Joe, five by Little Hudson and three by J.T. Brown.
J.T. BROWN: My Gal Went Away?/ Short Dresses/ Soup Line/ J.B. LENOIR: How Can I Leave/ How Much More/ I Have Married/ I Want My Baby/ I'll Die Tryin'/ Let's Roll/ Slow Down Woman/ The Mojo/ The Mountain/ LITTLE HUDSON: Don't Hang Around/ I'm Looking For A Woman/ Rough Treatment/ Shake It Baby/ Thing's Going To Tough With Me/ LITTLE SON JOE: Ethel Bea/ I'd Write A Letter (A Little Too Late)/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: In Love Again/ Kissing In The Dark/ What A Night/ World Of Trouble

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.281 Chicago Blues From C.J. Records, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
19 tracks from the vaults of black Chicago record producer Carl Jones recorded in the late 50s and early to mid 60s. Some tracks were originally issued on his C.J., Colt and Firma labels and some are previously unissued - Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, Hound Dog Taylor, Little Mac Simmons (includes a harp duet with James Cotton!), Eddie Shaw, Freddie Hall and others.
FREDDIE HALL & HIS NIGHT ROCKERS: Love And Affection/ She Was My First Love/ LADY JEAN AND HER SWINGING GENTS: Teenie Jeannie/ AL PERKINS: Please Come Back/ You Cost Too Much/ IKE PERKINS BAND: Ike's Boogie Walk/ EDDIE SHAW: Blues For The West Side/ Ridin' High/ LITTLE MAC SIMMONS: Come Back/ I Need You/ Jumping At Cadillac's/ My Walking Blues/ HOUND DOG TAYLOR: Alley Music/ Christine (instrumental)/ Christine (vocal Version)/ You Don't Love Me/ JOHNNY "BIG MOOSE" WALKER WITH LEFTY DIZZ: Tend To Your Business/ The Things I Used To Do

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 717 Chicago Blues From King/Federal ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, 59 min., recommended
Those of us who follow R&B reissues know that the Syd Nathan's King label has one of finest back catalogue. Just in the last one or two years, we've seen reissues of harmony groups, sax blasters, jump bands, and now, with this set, five Chicago-based bluesmen who recorded between 1957 and 1962. Collectors should note that 8 of the tracks are previously unissued legitimately. Produced by Ralph Bass (1911-1997), and his 1959 replacement Sonny Thompson, the artists include : Kid Thomas (8), Bobby King (4), Willie Mabon (4), Smokey Smothers (4), and Eddie Clearwater (2). The 1962 Clearwater track Real Good Time will be familiar to thoss who have the live Red Rooster CD. Willie Mabon, who's original songs I'm Mad and I Don't Know are Chicago blues classics, is represented here by his complete 1957 session which includes 2 unissued sides It's Gonna Hurt You and Got To Find My Baby. The late Kid Thomas (aka Louis Thomas Watts) has rarely been reissued, and with his slightly rock'n'rolly harmonica playing, especially on the unissued Beulah Come Back (a clever nod to Elvis Presley's hit Too Much) and the instrumental Jivin' Mess, what you have here is his complete 1957 session (6 unissued) ; a talented bluesmen who died much too young (in 1970, at age 35). If I have one reservation of this CD, it would have been nice to have a few extra tracks by the late Otis "Smokey" Smothers. My favorite tracks of his include I've Been Drinking Muddy Water ('61) and Come On Rock Little Girl ('61), both featuring Freddie King's lead guitar. Finally, the set contains 4 sides by the Chicago Westside guitarist Bobby King (1941-1983), the highlight being What A Day What A Night ('64), which shows off his excellent Fenton Robinson-style of playing. (EL)
EDDIE CLEARWATER: Hey Bernardine/ Real Good Time/ BOBBY KING: I Want You To Rock Me/ Two Telephones/ W-A-S-T-E-D/ What A Day What A Night/ WILLIE MABON: Got To Find My Baby/ It's Gonna Hurt You/ Light Up Your Lamp/ Rosetta Rosetta/ SMOKEY SMOTHERS: Blind And Dumb Man Blues/ Come On Rock Little Girl/ Hello Little School Girl/ I've Been Drinking Muddy Water/ KID THOMAS: Beulah Come Back/ Come Here Woman/ Here Is My Story/ Jivin' Mess/ Ride On, Ride On/ The Spell/ Wolf Pack/ You're Fine

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.863 Chicago Blues Legends ● CD $16.98

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.855 Chicago Blues Session, Vol 9 - Teardrops Blues Jam ● CD $16.98
More intense blues from the always rewarding Magic Slim and his band The Teardrops. There are 3 fine vocals by Slim himself including a version of Jimi Hendrix's Red House. Bass player Nick Holt is featured on three vocals - Holt is not a particularly outstanding singer but Slim and the band give him a solid backing. John Primer is featured on three cuts including an unexceptional performance of Freddie King's Sittin' On The Boatdock which is incorrectly described as Primer original. Finally there are 2 fine songs from Junior Pettis who worked with Slim in the 70s and early 80s accompanied by Primer, Holt and Timothy Taylor and one by Earl Howell. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.854 Chicago Blues Sessions Vol 8 - From West Helena To Chicago ● CD $16.98

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fremeaux & Associates 150 Chicago Blues, 1940-47 ● CD $31.98
Two CD set - 36 tracks of Chicago blues in transition from the pre-war "Bluebird style" to the begining of the harder edged electric style that was to assume ascendency in the 50s. Includes tracks by Lonnie Johnson (Chicago blues?), Tony Hollins, Curtis Jones, Robert Petway, St. Louis Jimmy, Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, Floyd Jones, Eddie Boyd, Snooky Pryor, Roosevelt Sykes, Sunnyland Slim and others. A lot of this material is available elsewhere though this collection does have a focus (sort of). (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.271 Chicago Blues, Live Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.862 Chicago's Best West & South Side Singers, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
12 tracks featuring Booba Barnes, Barkin' Bill Smith, Little Wolf, Jake dawson & Taildragger.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Vanguard VMD 79216 Chicago/The Blues/Today! Vol. 1 ● CD $13.98

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Vanguard VMD 79217 Chicago/The Blues/Today! Vol. 2 ● CD $13.98

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Vanguard VMD 79218 Chicago/The Blues/Today! Vol. 3 ● CD $13.98

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Chicago 5002 Clark Street Ramblers - Sweet Home Blue Chicago ● CD $16.98
13 tracks, 63 mins, highly recommended. This set features recordings of some of the most popular bluesmen to have played at Chicago's popular Blue Chicago club on North Clark. Although a lot of the usual suspects are featured they turn in some particularly fine performances - Johnny B. Moore does an excellent version of the standard Kokomo Me Baby and contributes some fine slide guitar to Aron Burton's Nothing. Michael Coleman has been around a while but his only other recordings are on Wolf - he is definitely a talent to watch with a soulful voice, a couple of excellent songs and some great fluid guitar. Veteran tenor saxist Eddie Shaw's I'm Tired also features some dynamite guitar from his son Eddie. The set also features Eddy Clearwater, Maurice John Vaughn, Willie Kent and promising newcomer George Baze. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Earwig 4933 Earwig Music Company 16th Anniversary Sampler ● CD $16.98

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Alligator 101 Genuine Houserockin' Music ● CD $8.98
Super low priced sampler of 11 'Gator blues superstars.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Alligator 102 Genuine Houserockin' Music II ● CD $8.98
More living blues legends, plus 80's discoveries Lil' Ed, Kinsey Report, Little Charlie, and more from recent Alligator releases. Budget priced, packed with 16 tunes.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Alligator 103 Genuine Houserockin' Music Vol. 3 ● CD $8.98
Special low-priced sampler, includes songs unissued on LP (although it doesn't indicate which ones!). One cut each by Alligator artistes Elvin Bishop, Katie Webster, The Paladins, Roy Buchanan, Rufus Thomas, Lucky Peterson and more - 15 in all.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Alligator 104 Genuine Houserockin' Music, #4 ● CD $8.98

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Alligator 109 Genuine Houserockin' Music, Vol 5 ● CD $8.98

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Alligator 4855 Hound Dog Taylor - A Tribute ● CD $13.98
A tribute to this exciting performer who was Alligator's first artist - Luther Allison, Elvin Bishop, Dave Hole, Cub Koda & the Houserockers, Son Seals, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, etc.

 

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