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VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 684 Ernie's Record Mart ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 62 minutes, essential
John D. "John R." Richbourg, who opens this CD & is on the cover, is considered one of the pre-eminent Nashville DJs, along with Bill "Hoss" Allen (1922-1997), Herman Grizzard (1900-1971) and Gene Nobles (1913-1989). It wasn't just their voices (and 'hep-cat' talk) that made them famous, it was the music they played on the air. This CD is an example of the music. Daniel Cooper, in his excellent notes, outlines John R.'s involvement with Ernie Young's Excello label and primary outlet, Ernie's Record Mart. Opening with the often-covered but never equaled version of I Miss You So (Lillian Offitt,'57), the program also includes the 1955 #2 R&B hit by Louis Brooks, It's Love Baby (with 19 year-old vocalist Earl Gaines). Smack dab in the middle of the CD is an infectious 1956 instrumental The Hot Potato by Guitar Red (aka Paul Johnson) which I'll guarantee you you'll want to press the repeat button, and not just once. Ace has also included the original version of one the great early black rock 'n roll records - Rudy Green's My Mumblin' Baby (1955) - which some of us have heard by Barrence Whitfield. Other highlights - and their are many - include unissued tracks like the early soul title Have You Ever (by Eddie Williams) and Ralph Harris' Slim Zilard that someone should cover. With 5 unissued tracks & compiled by John Broven & Dave Sax, this is a "Run, Don't Walk - Don't Even Stop For A Red Light!" CD purchase.  (EL)
JIMMIE BIRDSONG: Oh How I Tried/ LARRY BIRDSONG: Pleadin' For Love/ LOUIS BROOKS: It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)/ LATTIMORE BROWN: Got Plenty Troubles/ It Hurts Me So/ Somebody's Gonna Miss Me/ CHUCK BROWN (KING KARL): Out Of Darkness/ AL GARNER: Gonna Stop My Drinkin'/ You Must Be Crazy/ RUDY GREEN: Cool Lovin' Mama/ My Mumblin' Baby/ GUITAR RED: The Hot Potato/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Hear My Plea Baby/ We're Gonna Shake/ RALPH HARRIS WITH SKIPPY BROOKS: Slim Lizard/ TED JARRETT: Love, Love, Love/ JOHN R: John R Theme/ KID KING'S COMBO WITH GOOD ROCKIN' SAM: Now Listen Baby/ JERRY MCCAIN & HIS UPSTARTS: My Next Door Neighbor/ LILLIAN OFFITT: Miss You So/ THE SOLOTONES: Front Page Blues/ Pork And Beans/ SUGAR AND SWEET: I'll Be Good/ EDDIE WILLIAMS: Have You Ever/ It's Love Pretty Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 652 No Jive - Authentic Southern Country ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 66 min., highly recommended
Back in stock at a lower price. It's 25 years since the June 1977 death of Ernest Lafayette Young, owner & founder of Nashville-based Excello Records (established in 1952) and, with Ace Records at the helm, his early country blues productions are finally being reissued, some for the first time. The four 1954 tracks by Thomas Shy Guy Douglas are just one of the highlights of this set, in particular No Place Like Home and I'm Your Country Man. From recent research by Fred James, we now know that he was born in Franklin, TN. (Nov 08/1917) and was 66 when he died in Nashville (Oct 19/1984). Other highlights include one side of Slim Hunt's only known (1955) recording, Welcome Home, Baby which features a very tasty Lloyd Glenn-like pianist, and the one-offs by the delightful Dixie Doodlers (She Was All I Had) and the Leap Frogs (Dirty Dishes). Other artists include Louis Campbell, Robert Garrett, Arthur & Little Al Gunter, and unissued 1963 sides by Charles Dowell & Good Rockin' Bob. (EL)
LOUIS CAMPBELL: Gotta Have You Baby/ The Natural Facts/ THE DIXIE DOODLERS: Best Of Friends/ She Was All I Had/ SHY GUY DOUGLAS: I'm Your Country Man/ No Place Like Home/ She's My Kinda Girl/ Wasted Time/ CHAS DOWELL WITH JAMES STEWART: Everybody Drinkin' Wine/ I've Been Jumpin' And Stompin'/ ROBERT GARRETT: Do Remember/ Quit My Drinking/ GOOD ROCKIN' BOB: Ain't No Need To Cry/ I'm Bad/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Honey Baby/ She's Mine All Mine/ You Are Doing Me Wrong/ SLIM HUNT: Welcome Home Baby/ THE LEAP FROGS: Dirty Britches/ Things Gonna Change/ LITTLE AL: Easy Ridin' Buggy/ Every Day Brings About A Change/ Little Lean Woman/ No Jive

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 813 The Travelling Record Man ● CD $18.98
Fabulous collection of down home and country blues recorded between 1948 and 1953 by and for Modern Records. Quite a few of these tracks were recorded during trips made to the South by Joe Bihari and Ike Turner - hence the album title. Many of these tracks have not been issued before on CD outside of Japan and a number are previously unissued or alternate takes. It includes sides by Baby Face Turner, Charlie Booker, Howling Wolf, Pinetop Slim, Joe Hill Louis, Jesse Thomas, Alexander Moore, Elmore James, Willie Nix, "Arkansas Johnny Todd" and others. According to the notes this is the first in a series of down home blues reissues - one can only hope that the rest of the series will appear sooner than some promised Ace titles!
SUNNY BLAIR: Please Send My Baby Back Home (aka Step Back Baby)/ CHARLIE BOOKER: No Ridin' Blues/ BIG CHARLIE BRADIX: Numbered Days/ DRIFTIN' SLIM: My Little Machine/ My Sweet Woman/ BOYD GILMORE: Ramblin' On My Mind (alt Tk)/ SMOKEY HOGG: I'm Gonna Find Your Trick Alt Tk/ HOWLING WOLF: Riding In The Moonlight/ LIL' SON JACKSON: Cairo Blues/ Talking Boogie/ ELMORE JAMES: Long Tall Woman/ My Baby's Gone/ JOE HILL LOUIS: Good Morning Little Angel/ Keep Away From My Baby/ She Broke Up My Life (she Got Me Walking)/ ALEXANDER MOORE: If I Lose You Woman/ WILLIE NIX: Lonesome Bedroom Blues/ PINETOP SLIM: Baby Please Don't Go/ JESSE THOMAS: Meet Me Tonight (along The Avenue) Alt Tk/ Tomorrow I May Be Gone Alt Tk/ ARKANSAS JOHNNY TODD: I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You/ BABY FACE TURNER: Blue Serenade/ WASHBOARD WILLIE & CALVIN FRAZIER: Rock House/ TINY WEBB: Tiny's Down-home

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 876 The Modern Downhome Blues Sessions, Vol. 1 ● CD $18.98
Long awaited first volume in a series documenting recordings made in the Southern states in the early 50s by the Modern Record Company. This first volume features recordings made by partner Joe Bihari with the assistance of Ike Turner in Arkansas & Mississippi in 1951 and 1952. The most well known artist recorded was the great Elmore James but we also hear from Drifting Slim, Houston Boines, Charlie Booker, Red Boyd & His Orchestra, Ernest lane, Sunny Blair & Junior Brooks. Downhome blues at its finest with extensive notes from Jim O'Neal and three previously unissued tracks.
SUNNY BLAIR: 5 Foot 3 Blues/ Glad To Be Back Home/ HOUSTON BOINES: Going Home/ Relation Blues/ CHARLIE BOOKER: Moonrise Blues/ No Ridin' Blues/ Rabbit Blues/ RED BOYD ORCHESTRA: Red' Ride/ JUNIOR BROOKS: Lone Town Blues/ She's The Little Girl For Me/ DRIFTING SLIM: Down South Blues/ My Little Machine/ BOYD GILMORE: I Believe I'll Settle Down/ I Love My Little Woman/ If That's Your Girl/ If That's Your Girl/ Just An Army Boy/ Ramblin' On My Mind/ Ramblin' On My Mind/ Ramblin' On My Mind/ ELMORE JAMES: Hand In Hand/ Please Find My Baby/ ERNEST LANE: Little Girl Little Girl/ What's Wrong Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Alligator 114 Crucial Guitar Blues ● CD $7.98
12 tracks, good
Alligator delivers up a varied run of budget blues discs aimed more toward the beginner level, and these three compilations should help in pushing their artists to a newer fan base. From Johnny Winter offering a smoldering and over-the-top I Smell Trouble to Roy Buchanan's Country Boogie, or Gatemouth Brown's Pressure Cooker and Lonnie Mack teaming with the late SRV for Double Whammy, the antics are non-stop and at times, non-bluesy. Michael Burks, Albert Collins, Coco Montoya, Luther Allison, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Tinsley Ellis, Son Seals, and Dave Hole make appearances, and while it could have easily been titled "Crucial Blues/Rock Guitar", there's enough straight-ahead string-snapping to satisfy those with more traditional likings. Nothing in the way of previously unissued sides here, the tracks are all culled from the bulging Alligator catalog. (CR)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Alligator 115 Crucial Harmonica Blues ● CD $7.98
12 tracks, very good
A dozen harp handlers step up and offer evidence as to why they've become the more respected names among harmonica fans. Again, nothing earth shattering or unreleased, this disc is simply a nice selection for those just getting interested in the Mississippi saxophone. Have Mercy by Carey Bell and Big Walter Horton stands as the absolute finest track here, making it worth the entrance fee for the balance of the set, one that also features James Cotton, Sonny Terry, Rick Estrin from Little Charlie and the Nightcats, and Sugar Blue. William Clarke is sadly missed and his Blowin' Like Hell is riveting, Billy Boy Arnold's Shake The Boogie shows his continuing debt to John Lee Williamson, and Junior Wells and Billy Branch worked magic on Broke And Hungry. Not enough to satisfy yet? Charlie Musselwhite steps in as do Cephas and Wiggins and Delbert McClinton. (CR)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Alligator 116 Crucial Chicago Blues ● CD $7.98
12 tracks, very good
The final disc in Bruce Iglauer's new product line is a potent ride through the label's 30-plus year history. Hound Dog Taylor, a searing slide guitarist, was the inspiration for Alligator's entry in the record market and his slashing style on Take Five may remain as part of the label's finest hour. Koko Taylor serves up Ernestine with powerful vocals that can still rattle Chicago's clubs, Son Seals offers Cotton Picking Blues, Pinetop Perkins hands in Take It Easy, Baby, and the youngster in the group is Lil' Ed Williams (nephew of the late J.B. Hutto) with My Mind Is Gone. Also aboard are the late Luther Allison and Junior Wells, along with Carey Bell, Magic Slim, Lonnie Brooks, and James Cotton. This gathering and the assembly of harp players on ALCD 115 offer more traditional fare while the guitar CD caters to more of a blues/rock crowd. While these won't be crucial to those with a healthy blues background, they should succeed at heightening the interest level of those just getting into blues. (CR)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Arhoolie 491 40th Anniversary Collection ● CD $49.98
Arhoolie celebrates 40 years of being in the forefront of recording and issuing roots music with 5 CD box set featuring 106 tracks from 96 different artists featuring blues, gospel, Cajun music, Norteno music, jazz, bluegrass, country, old-timey, and more. Includes Clifton Chenier, Jesse Fuller, Beausoleil, Black Ace, Big Mama Thornton, Lydia Mendoza, John Jackson, John Littlejohn, New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Lightnin' Hopkins, Rose Maddox, Austin Pitre, Trio San Antonio, Cheese Read, The Campbell Brothers, Bongo Joe, Flaco Jimenez, Chuck Guillory, Omar Sharriff, Nathan Abshire, Valerio Longoria, The Paramount Gospel Singers, Sonny Treadway, Csokolom, Del McCoury and many, many more. Comes in a 12x12 box with a 68 page color book with a 41,000 word essay on the history of Arhoolie by Elijah Wald and 120 photos.
NATHAN ABSHIRE: Calcasieu Waltz/ ANY OLD TIME STRING BAND: I'll See You In C-U-B-A/ LAWRENCE ARDOIN: I've Been There/ BOISEC ARDOIN & CANRAY FONTENOT: Home Sweet Home/ DEWEY BALFA, MARC SAVOY & D.L. MENARD: En Bas Du Chene Vert/ BEAUSOLEIL: Hot Chili Mama/ BLACK ACE: I Am The Black Ace/ BONGO JOE: I Wish I Could Sing/ JUKE BOY BONNER: Goin' Back To The Country/ J.C. BURRIS: One Of These Mornings (I'm Checkin' Out)/ BUTCH CAGE & WILLIE THOMAS: One Thin Dime/ JAMES CAMPBELL: Baby Please Don't Go/ THE CAMPBELL BROTHERS: What's His Name/ LOS CAMPESINOS DE MICHOACAN: Aguililla/ LOS CAPORALES DE PANUCO: La Gata/ LOS CENZONTLES: La Mal Sentada/ CHATUYE: Gumagarugu/ C.J. CHENIER: Check Out The Zydeco/ CLIFTON CHENIER: Allons A Grand Coteau/ Ay, Ai Ai/ Louisiana Blues/ ALBERT CHEVALIER: Bernadette Chere/ OCTA CLARK & HECTOR DUHON: Bosco Stomp/ CONJUNTO ALMA JAROCHA: El Balaju/ CSOKOLOM: Medved Na Lancu/ IVAN CUESTA: A Ti, Colombia/ MERCY DEE: Lady Luck/ JOHN DELAFOSE: Co-Fe/ MICHAEL DOUCET: Chanson De La Sagesse/ La Chanson De Cinquante Sous (previously unreleased)/ K.C. DOUGLAS: Mercury Blues/ EIBELSBERGER DUO: Almlied/ ODILE FALCON: La Reine De La Salle/ CANRAY FONTENOT: Bec De La Manche/ ISOM FONTENOT: La Betaille/ CHARLES FORD BAND: Gibson Creek Shuffle/ PRESTON FRANK: Shake What You Got/ WADE FRUGE: The Chill Of A Saturday Afternoon/ JESSE FULLER: San Francisco Bay Blues (previously unreleased)/ LOS GAVILANES DE OAKLAND: Corrido Del Mono/ AUBREY GHENT: Just A Closer Walk With Thee/ CHUCK GUILLORY: Jolie Blonde/ THE HACKBERRY RAMBLERS: Crowley Waltz/ JERRY HAHN QUINTET: In The Breeze/ AZIZ HERAWI: Khandan-E Amaturi III/ THE HODGES BROTHERS: Charmin' Betsy/ EARL HOOKER: Two Bugs And A Roach/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Bald Headed Woman/ Please Settle In Vietnam/ BEE HOUSTON: Things Gonna Get Better/ JOHN JACKSON: Cindy/ LIL' SON JACKSON: Cairo Blues/ FLACO JIMENEZ: Gritenme Piedras Del Campo/ Mentiste Cuando Dijiste/ SANTIAGO JIMENEZ JR.: Negra Ausencia/ DON SANTIAGO JIMENEZ SR.: Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio/ SANTIAGO JIMENEZ, JR.: El Corrido De Esequiel Hernandez/ THE KLEZMORIM: Beym Rebas Sude/ GEORGE LEWIS: Low Down Blues/ MANCE LIPSCOMB: Charlie James/ Shake Shake Mama/ JOHN LITTLEJOHN: Dream/ VALERIO LONGORIA: El Canoero/ ROSE MADDOX: Falling For You/ Single Girl/ J.E. MAINER: Country Blues, The/ NARCISO MARTINEZ: Luzita/ DEL MCCOURY: I Wonder Where You Are Tonight/ FRED MCDOWELL: Write Me A Few Lines/ Shake 'Em On Down/ LYDIA MENDOZA: Mi Problema/ ALEX MOORE: Boogieing In Strasbourg/ Whistlin' Alex Moore's Blues/ JOSE MORENO: Jale Griego/ CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE: Finger Lickin' Good/ BILL NEELY: Satan's Burning Hell/ THE NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCHESTRA: Creole Belles/ ORIGINAL HERBERSTEIN TRIO: Gstanzeln Aus Dem Freistriztal/ CHAVELA ORTIZ Y BROWN EXPRESS: Besos Y Copas/ REV. LOUIS OVERSTREET: Believe On Me/ LOS PALOMARES DEL BRAVO: Los Traficantes Del Bravo (previously unreleased)/ PARAMOUNT GOSPEL SINGERS: Mother/ PIANO RED: You Ain't Got A Chance/ LOS PINGUINOS DEL NORTE: El Desesperado/ AUSTIN PITRE: Church Point Breakdown/ CHEESE READ: J'ai Laisse De La Maison/ REBIRTH BRASS BAND: Here To Stay/ L.C. ROBINSON: Ups And Downs/ SAVOY-DOUCET CAJUN BAND: J'ai Ete Au Bal/ Little Black Eyes/ OMAR SHARRIFF: San Francisco Can Be Such A Lonely Town/ ROBERT SHAW: Fast Santa Fe/ SONNY SIMMONS: Visions/ R.C. SMITH: Don't Drive Me Away/ BIG MAMA THORNTON: Little Red Rooster/ SONNY TREADWAY: Jesus Will Fix It For You/ TREME BRASS BAND: Food Stamp Blues/ TRIO SAN ANTONIO: Borracho Perdido/ Yo Me Enamore/ WADE WALTON & ROBERT CURTIS SMITH: Barbershop Rhythm/ KATIE WEBSTER: I Know That's Right/ BOOKER WHITE: She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain (previously unreleased)/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Brother James/ The Death Of Dr. Martin Luther King/ ELDER ROMA WILSON: Ain't It A Shame/ JOHNNY YOUNG: Sometimes I Cry/ ZYDECO ANNOUNCER: Zydeco Introduction

VARIOUS ARTISTS Delmark 903 45 Years Of Jazz & Blues ● CD $11.98
Budget priced two CD retrospective of this great label - disc 1 is all jazz (Sun Ra, Norrie Cox, George Lewis, Arnett Cobb, Barrett Deems, etc), disc 2 is all blues (Magic Sam, Lurrie Bell, Robert Nighthawk, Jimmy Burns, Mighty Joe Young, etc)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Eagle 36292 From Clarksdale To Heaven - Remembering John Lee Hooker ● CD $11.98
14 tracks, very good
An all-star gathering comes together to pay their respects to John Lee Hooker and the results range from fair to stunning. On the downside, Jeff Beck's penchant to play endless fusillades of licks is grating on Will The Circle Be Unbroken and Hobo Blues, but Peter Green's Splinter Group is solid on Crawlin' Kingsnake. John Lee's daughter Zakiya Hooker acquits herself well on I Want To Hug You while Jack Bruce and Gary Moore turn in a brooding I'm In The Mood, and Moore gets the high honors with a deep and burning Serve Me Right To Suffer where he leaves his usual pyrotechnics in favor of reserved and searing soulful guitar work. The bonus is the Boogie Man himself doing Red House. (CR)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Evidence 26100 American Folk Blues Festival, 1962-1965 ● CD $59.98
5 CDs, 76 tracks, 4 hours, 35 min., essential
The Annual American Folk Blues Festival (AFBF) tours (1962-1971) were the first efforts to introduce a cross section of engaging blues performers to European audiences. A balance was kept between singers, guitarists, pianists and country/ Chicago blues. Most of the artists during the 1962-1965 tours were Chicago-based (chiefly because Willie Dixon acted as the main talent scout for the festival organizers) and included John Henry Barbee, Eddie Boyd, Sleepy John Estes & Hammie Nixon, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Walter Horton, Howlin' Wolf, Lonnie Johnson, J. B. Lenoir, Fred McDowell, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Lonesome Jimmy Lee Robinson, Doctor Ross, Shakey Jake, Otis Spann, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Victoria Spivey, Roosevelt Sykes, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Big Mama Thornton, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Williams and last but not least, the amazing Sonny Boy (Rice Miller) Williamson. All performers were in full control of their musical wits. Highlights include a Muddy Waters set where he plays acoustic guitar, including 2 solo country blues tracks, My Captain and Catfish Blues. Sonny Boy Williamson is in top form, joining Otis Spann on Goin' Down Slow, and his original I'm Trying To Make London My Home (with Hubert Sumlin on acoustic guitar) is a must hear. Other highlights include Sleepy John Estes (Your Best Friend's Gone with Hammie Nixon on harmonica), Buddy Guy (First Time I Met The Blues), John Lee Hooker (Night Time Is The Right Time with T-Bone Walker on piano), Lightnin' Hopkins (Ain't It A Pity), J. B. Lenoir (If I Get Lucky), and Big Joe Williams (I Have No Friends). All professionally recorded in Germany (no audience-type recording here), what you have here is a true bonanza : four & one-half hours presented chronologically by 30 first generation blues artists. The enclosed booklet includes an excellent 20 page essay by Bill Dahl. (EL)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Evidence 26087 American Folk Blues, 1962-65 : Highlights ● CD $12.98
17 tracks from 5 CD box set - Fred McDowell, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and many more.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Vanguard VCD 115/16 Blues At Newport Live ● CD $15.98

VARIOUS ARTISTS Evidence 26000 Evidence Blues Sampler ● CD $7.98
15 tracks, 69 mins, recommended An excellent way to get a taste of the blues reissues in the Evidence catalog featuring one track each from the first 15 Evidence blues albums. Most of these recordings were cut in France for the Black & Blue labla nd includes Eddie Clearwater, Magic Slim, Big Joe Turner, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Luther Johnson Jr., Pinetop Perkins and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Evidence 26083 Evidence Blues Sampler - Five ● CD $7.98
Another bargain priced sampler drawn from 15 recent Evidence issues - Big Mama Thornton, Carl Weathersby, Frank Frost, Sunnyland Slim, Robert Covington, Billy Branch & The S.O.B.'s, Sonny Boy Williamson, The Yardbirds and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Evidence 26058 Evidence Blues Sampler - Four ● CD $7.98
16 tracks, 69 mins, recommended Tracks drawn from Evidence 26051 through 26065 - Sonny Rhodes, Willie Mabon, Blues Queen Sylvia, John Cephas & Phil Wiggins, Billy Branch & The S.O.B's, Sunnlyand Slim Blues Band, Jimmy Dawkins/ Chicago Beau, Carey Bell's Blues Harp Band, etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Evidence 26048 Evidence Blues Sampler - The Third ● CD $7.98
14 tracks, 62 mins, recommended Another enjoyable sampler featuring Hip Linkchain, Cousin Joe, Lucy Peterson, Jimmy Rogers, Luther Johnson, Junior Wells with Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Evidence 26040 Evidence Blues Sampler - Too ● CD $7.98
16 tracks, 70 mins, recommended Evidence's second blues sampler features one track each from its second 16 albums - Johnnie Johnson, Lowell Fulson, Larry davis, Carrie Smith, Eddie Burns Blues Band, Melvin Taylor, Fenton Robinson, Buster Benton and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS King 3512 The King Anthology Of Risqué Blues ● CD $19.98
When it came to risqué blues in the 40s and 50s, King really cornered the market, as this two CD set with 34 songs proves. All your faves are here - Sixty Minute Man/ Lolly Pop Mama/ You Can't Keep A Good Man Down/ I Want A Bow-Legged Woman/ Roll, Roll, Pretty Baby/ I Want My Fanny Brown/ Smooth, Slow And Easy/ Big Ten Inch Record/ Rockin' At Midnight/ Rocket 69/ Wasn't That Good/ Mountain Oysters and more stuff likely to get John Ashcroft hot and bothered. And the vocalists, well, they are the crme de la crme of R&B and blues singers - Billy Ward & The Dominoes, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, The Swallows, Wynonie Harris, Bull Moose Jackson, Fluffy Hunter, Little Esther, The Drivers and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Southland 1 Southland Records CD Sampler ● CD $5.98
Budget priced compilation of blues tracks from the Southland label featuring a wide variety of styles - Sunnyland Slim & Little Brother Montgomery, Big Bill Broonzy, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Roosevelt Sykes, Sonny terry & Brownie McGhee, Joe Houston, Jimmy Ballero, Montana taylor and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian Folkways 40084 Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement ● CD $24.98
2 discs, 43 tracks, 136 min., highly recommended
An intense and loving look at some of the non-professional and semi-professional music produced in conjunction with the American civil rights struggles of the first half of the 1960's. Disc one focuses on "Mass Meetings" and the songs that were performed there to galvanize volunteer energy and to solidify a common vision. Selections include This Little Light of Mine, If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus, Get on Board Children, Oh Freedom, We Are Soldiers in the Army, Come Bah Yah, Walk with Me Lord, and We Shall Overcome. The group leaders for only a few performances are listed, and for disc one they include Betty Mae Fikes and Carlton Reese. Disc two is subtitled "Ensembles," and it focuses on the performances of a group with several incarnations, which I had come to know back in the mid-60's, through its two Mercury albums, simply as the Freedom Singers. They are represented here by tracks licensed from those two stellar LP's and by others whose original issue source I do not know. Suffice it to say that the group is fully identified here as the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee Freedom Singers, and that a few numbers on disc two are by other small groups. Truth to tell, there are even a couple of solo numbers. The program there includes We'll Never Turn Back, We Shall Not Be Moved, Woke Up This Morning with My Mind on Freedom, Dog Dog, I'm on My Way, City Called Heaven by Cleo Kennedy, In the Mississippi River, the moving Ballad of Medgar Evers, and the joyful Oginga Odinga. A stirring panorama of topical song, drawn from the richness and the sorrow of the Black American experience, and from that time period in the 60's when there was a remarkable sense of common purpose among young Americans of all colors. (DH)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Topcat 3012 Blues Revue Of The 20th Century, Vol. 1 ● CD $14.98
18 tracks, 67 mins, good
Previously unissued live recordings from 1971 concert tour featuring Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner, George "Harmonica" Smith, J.B. Hutto and Bee Houston. This looks better on paper than it sounds. Most of the performances are pedestrian at best and the band, Big Mama's group The Hound Dogs are pretty uninspired though sax man Bill Potter gets in some nice licks. It was probably one of those events that was great to be at but it doesn't particularly translate well to detached listening. (FS)


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