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Various Artists Collections - Post War Urban Blues, Miscellaneous - 2

VARIOUS ARTISTS El Toro 101 Come On Daddy ● CD $17.98
Another excellent release from this Spanish label. This is a collection of jump blues and R&B recorded between 1949 and 1951 featuring female vocalists. Compiled by British R&B expert Dave Penny it features many tracks making their first appearance on CD and includes sides by Claudine Clark, Beverly Wright, Big Mama Thornton (from her first session for the small E&W label out of Houston in 1950), Connie Allen, Bettye Jean Washington, Little Esther, Tiny Davis, Toni Harper, Jewel KIng, Kitty Stevenson, Chubby Kemp, Pearl Traylor, Little Miss Sharecropper and others. Excellent sound and 8 page illustrated booklet has informative notes by Penny.

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 equalled 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 Patoto 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 & HIS ACE00684: 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 Official 506 Gonna Rock The Blues .. Again ● CD $17.98
30 tracks, 78 mins, recommended
Like the first volume (Official 503) this is another energetic collection of blues - both down home and urban. Much of it is fairly familiar (Tell Me Mama by Little Walter, Look On Yonder Wall by Elmore James, etc.) but there are some fine lesser known titles like Bill Simpson's excellent Jelly Roll Man or Danny Boy's Wild Women. It's all good and among the other artists are Bull Moose Jackson, Cousin leroy, Roosevelt Sykes, Arbee Stidham (a better than average performance from him on the upbeat Sixty Minutes To Wait), Little Willie Foster, Willie Nix (a fabulous reworking of "Catfish" as Just Can't Stay), Chuck Higgins, Amos Milburn, Memphis Slim, John Lee Hooker, Homesick james, Long John Hunter, Hound Dog Taylor, J.B. Lenoir, Louisiana Red (his classic Too Poor To Die) and others. Good sound and booklet with artist photos and label shots. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Vanguard VCD 25/26 Great Blues Men ● CD $15.98
CD issue of VSD 25/26 - Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Big Bill Broonzy, etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 610 House Rockin' Blues ● CD $18.98
27 tracks from the vaults of Chess, Checker & Parrot compiled by John Broven featuring uptempo rockin' blues from John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, J.B. Lenore, Otis Rush and others.
BILLY BOY ARNOLD: Sweet On You Baby/ You Got To Love Me/ BLUE SMITTY: Date Bait/ JOHN BRIM: Be Careful/ Rattlesnake/ G.L. CROCKETT: Look Out Mabel/ BO DIDDLEY: Little Girl/ She's Fine, She's Mine/ BUDDY GUY: Let Me Love You Baby/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Let's Go Out Tonight/ HOWLING WOLF: I Have A Little Girl/ Who Will Be Next/ ELMORE JAMES: Madison Blues/ J.B. LENOIR: Mama Talk To Your Daughter/ LITTLE LUTHER: Twirl/ LITTLE WALTER: I Got To Go/ Mellow Down Easy/ WILLIE MABON: Poison Ivy/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: He Knows The Rules/ ROBERT NIGHTHAWK: Someday/ MORRIS PEJOE: Tired Of Crying Over You/ JIMMY ROGERS: If It Ain't Me/ OTIS RUSH: I'm Satisfied/ OTIS SPANN: I'm Leaving You/ MUDDY WATERS: Close To You/ Young Fashioned Ways/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: The Goat

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ecko 1017 Juke Joint Saturday Night, Vol. 1 ● CD $15.98
12 tracks of contemporary blues by stars recording for Ecko with the main topics sung about being sex, sex, partying and sex. Includes I'm Ready To Party by Ollie Nightingale, Doctor Thrill Good by Bill Coday, The Fireman by Chuck Roberson (he takes his hose everywhere), Footprints On The Ceiling by Barbara Carr and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Moon 4002 Let's Have A Party ● CD $18.98
20 tracks from late 40s and early 50s - Percy Mayfield, Ruth Brown, Joe liggins, Roy Brown, Big Joe Turner, Bobby Bland, Larry Darnell, Floyd Dixon, Jesse Belvin, Pee Wee Crayton and others.
LAVERNE BAKER: Tweedle Dee/ JESSE BELVIN: Baby Don T Go/ Dry Your Tears/ BOBBY BLAND: No Blow No Show/ ROY BROWN: 600 Man Blues/ I've Got The Last Laugh Now/ RUTH BROWN: Love Contest/ Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean/ RAY CHARLES: Don T You Know/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Runnin' Wild/ LARRY DARNELL: I'll Be Sittin', I'll Be Rockin'/ FLOYD DIXON: Hey Bartender/ Hole In The Wall/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Down Boy Down/ CHUCK HIGGINS: Broke/ JOE LIGGINS: Do You Love Me Pretty Baby?/ Daddy On My Mind/ PERCY MAYFIELD: Baby You're Rich/ AMOS MILBURN: Let's Have A Party/ BIG JOE TURNER: Shake, Rattle And Roll

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 773 Messing With The Blues ● CD $18.98
Great collection of 25 blues sides from Atlantic including all four sides recorded by the great Johnny Jones plus an alternate take of Hoy Hoy. It also features Big Joe Turner (the classic TV Mama with Elmore James), T-Bone Walker, Jack Dupree, Ray Charles, Frank "Floorshow" Culley & His Band, Lucky davis & His Blues KIngs, Chuck Norris, John Lee Hooker, Hal Paige & His Band and more.
RAY CHARLES: A Bit Of Soul/ Losing Hand/ Sinner's Prayer/ FRANK 'FLOORSHOW' CULLEY & HIS BAND: After Hour Session/ LARRY DALE: Drinkin' Wine Spoo-dee-o-dee/ LUCKY DAVIS & HIS BLUES KINGS: Cold Love/ JACK DUPREE: Bad Blood/ Junker's Blues/ JIMMY EARLE & THE JAZZ KINGS: Climbin' Up To Heaven Blues Part 1/ JIMMY GRIFFIN & HIS BAND WITH BEAU FAIRLEY (VO: She's A W-o-m-a-n/ TINY GRIMES & HIS SEXTET: Blue Harlem/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Guitar Lovin' Man (lovin' Guitar Man)/ Real Real Gone/ LITTLE JOHNNY JONES: Chicago Blues/ Hoy Hoy/ Hoy Hoy (alternate Take)/ Up The Line (doin' The Best I Can)/ Wait Baby/ CHUCK NORRIS: Let Me Know/ Messin' Up/ HAL PAIGE & HIS BAND: Break Of Day Blues/ JOE TURNER: Tv Mama/ ODELLE TURNER WITH THE JESSE STONE ORCH: Draggin' Hours/ T-BONE WALKER: Play On Little Girl/ T-bone Shuffle

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian Folkways 40086 Mississippi - River Of Song ● CD $29.98
This two CD set is part of a massive project exploring American music at the close of the 20th century. In addition to this two CD set of 36 performances there is a television series of 4 one hour programs on PBS, a radio series of seven one hour programs, a book by Boston music journalist Elijah Wald and a web site at www.pbs.org/riverofsong ! The music and series comes from performers recorded along the course of the Mississippi River from an Ojibwe powwow in northern Minnesota to an unaccompanied crab fisherman's song recorded on a boat near Delecroix Island where the Mississippi flows out into the Gulf Of Mexico. Along the way we hear Minnesota folk blues performer John Koerner, Wisconsin concertin player Karl Hartwich, Iowa City folk singer Greg Brown, Illinois bluegrass group The Bob Lewis Family, gospel in St. Louis by Fontella Bass and her mother Martha, alternative country from Festus Missouri from The Bottle Rockets, rockabilly from Swifton Arkansas by Sonny Burgess, country blues from Clarksdale Mississippi by Big Jack Johnson, soul blues from Greenville Mississippi by Little Milton, zydeco from Opelousas Louisiana by Geno Delafose, New Orleans R&B from Irma Thomas and a lot more. Comes with detailed 44 page booklet.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHK 964 Mojo Working - The Best Of Ace Blues ● CD $14.98
20 tracks, 59 min., recommended A tasty budget priced sampler of mostly 50's blues cuts which are otherwise available on single artist collections put out by this stellar English reissue label. Individual tracks were chosen by British music expert John Broven, and they include Dust My Blues by Elmore James, Boogie Chillen by John Lee Hooker, Happy Pay Day by Little Willie Littlefield, Blues After Hours by Pee Wee Crayton, Please Love Me by B. B. King, Lonesome Dog Blues by Lightnin' Hopkins, The Things That I Used to Do by Guitar Slim, I'm a King Bee by Slim Harpo, I'm a Lover Not a Fighter by Lazy Lester, Part Time Lover by Little Johnny Taylor, and Black Nights by Lowell Fulson. Powerful music, excellent sound quality, and minimal notes. (DH)
DENNIS BINDER: I Miss You So/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Blues After Hours/ LOWELL FULSOM: Black Nights/ GUITAR SLIM: The Things That I Used To Do/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Baby Let's Play House/ SLIM HARPO: I'm A King Bee/ SMOKEY HOGG: Little School Girl/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Boogie Chillen/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Lonesome Dog Blues/ HOWLING WOLF: Ridin' In The Moonlight/ ELMORE JAMES: Dust My Blues/ ALBERT KING: Born Under A Bad Sign/ B.B. KING: Please Love Me/ Rock Me Baby/ LAZY LESTER: I'm A Lover Not A Fighter/ LIGHTNIN' SLIM: Hoo Doo Blues/ LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: Happy Pay Day/ LONESOME SUNDOWN: I'm A Mojo Man/ LITTLE JOHNNY TAYLOR: Part Time Love/ JOHNNY "GUITAR" WATSON: Three Hours Past Midnight

VARIOUS ARTISTS Stax 4132 Montreaux Festival: A. King/ C. Hamilton/ Little Milton ● CD $11.98
Reissue of 1973 festival recording - Chico Hamilton does In View, Little Milton delivers Let Me Down Easy/ We're Gonna Make It, and Albert King plays Don't Make No Sense/ Stormy Monday/ For The Love Of A Woman.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Night Train 7027 Music From And Inspired By "Devil In A Blue Dress" ● CD $14.98
20 tracks, 57 min., recommended Don't be misled by the title here. This is not the authorized soundtrack for the currently popular attempt to revisit film noire. It is instead several numbers used in the film, plus lots of other similar music, offered by the company that now owns the rights to that music. So we get Ain't Nobody's Business by Jimmy Witherspoon, Rain in My Eyes by Joanne Shaw, and Chic Boo by Lloyd Glen, all of which are featured in Devil in a Blue Dress. Additional numbers, the majority of the program, include Poor Man Blues by the Johnny Otis Band, Back Home Blues by Lowell Fulson, Worried Blues by Floyd Dixon, How Wrong Can a Good Man Be by Percy Mayfield, I'll Do Anything But Work by Ray Charles, and Changeable Woman Blues by Charles Brown. A particularly fine program all in all, with a rather gaudy cover painting which includes a generously endowed blond in, of all things, a blue dress. (DH)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blind Pig 78001 Prime Chops - A Blind Pig Sampler ● CD $11.98

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blind Pig 8002 Prime Chops Vol. 2 - A Blind Pig Sampler ● CD $11.98
70 min. of blues, roots rock, gospel and zydeco from Roy Rogers, Carey Bell, Otis Clay and others. 19 tracks


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