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Various Artists Collections - Post War Urban Blues, Miscellaneous - 3

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 725 Red River Blues ● CD $18.98
26 tracks recorded for the Rem label out of  Shreveport, Louisiana label in the 50s and early 60s. Includes Sonny Boy Williamson (a third one - not the ones you know!),June Bug Bailey, TV Slim, Jesse Thomas, etc.
JUNE 'BUG' BAILEY: Lee Street Blues/ ELGIE BROWN: Gimmie Gimmie/ Let Me Feel It/ You'll Be Back/ CHICO CHISM & HIS JETANAIRS: Hot Tamales & Bar-B-Que/ CHICO CHISM & JERRY & GARLAND: Romp & Stomp/ SHERMAN (BLUES) JOHNSON: Hey Pretty Baby/ BANNY PRICE: Rushin'/ L C STEEL: Don't Play No Woman For No Fool/ T V SLIM: Darling Remember/ The Fight/ Darling Remember/ Flat Foot Sam/ Goin To Calif/ The Fight/ JESSE THOMAS: Anything You Want/ Everything I Do For You/ Guitar Riff/ My Baby/ Watch Out/ LITTLE MELVIN UNDERWOOD: Little Melvin's Gonna Move/ Something's Wrong Baby/ VINCENT WILLIAMS: Going Back To Chicago/ Tryin' To Make A Fool Of Me/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: I Gotta Cry/ Mailman Mailman/ Pretty Lil Thing/ You Better Sit Down

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Moon 4003 Rhythm & Blues Legends, Vol. 1 ● CD $15.98
20 sides from late 40s/early 50s featuring some of the all time greats of of blues - Jimmy Witherspoon, B.B. King, Willie Mabon, Roy Milton, Pee Wee Crayton, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Lowell Fulson, Charles Brown, Louis Jordan, Percy Mayfield and others.
BOBBY BLAND: Wise Man's Blues/ CHARLES BROWN: Cryin' Mercy/ ROY BROWN: Dreaming Blues/ RAY CHARLES: The Sun's Gonna Shine Again/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Wine-o/ FLOYD DIXON: Hard Living Alon/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Please Tell Me Baby/ LOWELL FULSON: Reconsider Baby/ ELMORE JAMES: Whose Muddy Shoes/ LOUIS JORDAN: Louis' Blues/ B.B. KING: When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer/ JOE LIGGINS: Trying To Lose The Blues/ WILLIE MABON: I'm Mad/ PERCY MAYFIELD: The Big Question/ ROY MILTON: R.m. Blues/ BIG JOE TURNER: Married Woman Blues/ T-BONE WALKER: Cold, Cold Feeling/ MUDDY WATERS: Hoochie Coochie Man/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: City Of New Orleans/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: When The Lights Are Out

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Moon 4004 Rhythm & Blues legends, Vol. 2 ● CD $15.98
20 tracks from late 40s/ early 50s - Percy Mayfield, Big Joe Turner, Dinah Washington, Champion Jack Dupree, Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Joe Liggins, Roy Brown, Pee Wee Crayton, Charles Brown, etc
JESSE BELVIN: Confusin Blues/ CHARLES BROWN: Evening Shadows/ ROY BROWN: Big Town/ RUTH BROWN: 5-10-15 Hours/ RAY CHARLES: Funny But I Still Love You/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Eyes Full Of Tears/ FLOYD DIXON: Old Memories/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Tongue Tied Blues/ LOUIS JORDAN: Heed My Warning/ B.B. KING: You Upset Me Baby/ JOE LIGGINS: Tears On My Pillow/ WILLIE MABON: Got To Have It/ PERCY MAYFIELD: Please Send Me Someone To Love/ AMOS MILBURN: Put Something In My Hand/ ROY MILTON: Night And Day/ CLIFF "KING" SALOMON: But Officer!/ BIG JOE TURNER: Oke-she-moke-she-pop/ T-BONE WALKER: I Got The Blues/ DINAH WASHINGTON: New Blowtop Blues/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Fast Women, Slow Gin

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 662 Southern Rhythms ● CD $22.98
24 tracks collection of small combo instrumentals recorded for Excello between 1953and 1960 featuring Kid King's Combo, Louis Brooks & His Hi-Toppers and Skippy Brooks & His Combo.
LOUIS BROOKS & HIS HI-TOPPERS: Bus Station Blues/ Chicken Shuffle/ Double Shot/ Frisco/ Overton Lea Drive/ Riding Home/ Time Out/ Waddle Trot/ X-cello Rock/ SKIPPY BROOKS & HIS COMBO: Dim Lights/ Doin' The Horse/ Ernie's Tune/ KID KING'S COMBO: Banana Split/ Chocolate Sundae/ Fina/ Gimmick/ Greasy Feat/ Hob Nob/ Mambino/ Shaggy Dog/ Skip's Boogie/ Strollin' Time/ The Brass Rail/ Thing-a-ma-jig

VARIOUS ARTISTS Stax 8559 Superblues - All-Time Classic Blues Hits Vol. 2 ● CD $11.98
A welcome follow-up to the first Superblues compilation (Stax 8551), which I was less than enthusiastic about, due to the glut of over-used blues standards. This one gets higher marks, though it is still heavy on familiar (but timeless) favorites - The Things I Used To Do/ Please Send Me Someone To Love/ Lawdy Miss Clawdy/ Standing At The Crossroads/ Next Time You See Me. Nice surprises include Little Joe Blue's Dirty Work Going On, Sonny Boy #2's Don't Start Me To Talkin', and many soulful pleaders like You Can Make It If You Try/ Will You Ever Be Mine/ You're Gonna Make Me Cry/ You'll Need Another Favor that I'd be happy to listen to for the rest of my days. Compiler Kirk Roberts (Fantasy Records' 4-star general of reissues) makes a nod to collector types by putting Jimmy Hughes' and Johnnie Taylor's versions of Steal Away back to back, and he balances the fare carefully, making sure that there is something for everybody here. (MB)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Stax 8551 Superblues Vol. 1 - All-Time Classic Blues Hits ● CD $11.98
14 cut blues collection from various labels, all selections are pretty well-known hit singles. B.B. King's The Thrill Is Gone, Z.Z. Hill's Down Home Blues, Howlin' Wolf's Killing Floor, Koko Taylor's Wang Dang Doodle, Little Milton's Blue Monday, and versions of Part Time Love by both Little Johnny Taylor and Johnnie Taylor!

VARIOUS ARTISTS HighNote 6004 That Lonely Feeling Called The Blues ● CD $7.98
Unexpecetd release on this mostly jazz label. This is compilation of tracks drawn from recent blues releases - mostly from Chris Millar's Sacramento based Fedroa label along with some others. The material ranges from the very down home sound of former pimp Fillmore Slim to the polished jazzy blues of Etta Jones. Also includes Johnnie Bassett, Irene Reid, J.J. Malone, Willie Willis, Arthur Williams, Robert "Bilbo" Walker, Big Al Dupree, Tommy Bankhead and Charles Earland. A nice, inexpensive way to get a taste of some recent releases.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Relic 7110 Three Shades Of Blues ● CD $14.98
20 tracks, 53 mins, very good Reissue of LP Relic 8003 with 4 additional cuts. Interesting album of mostly previously unissued recordings cut for the Detroit Lupine label between 1959 and 1961. Intense urban blues including there are 8 sides by singer/ guitarist Eddie Kirkland including several with the vocal group The Falcons. These are powerful and intense performances though his over-the-top hoarse vocals and limited emotional range tends to be a bit wearing. There are 4 cuts by Mr. Bo, a fine singer and guitarist who, vocally, is very much influenced by B.B. King - he does a version of Floyd Jones' Hard Times. There are 8 fine sides by The Ohio Untouchables - soul flavored vocals by Benny McCain and nice guitar by Robert Ward. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Westside 570 Tuff Enuff - The Ace Blues Masters, Vol. 3 ● CD $13.98
Another fine collection of blues drawn from the Archives of Ace and its affiliated labels - Champion, Vin and Rex. It includes two double sides down home blues classics - Sammy Myeres Sleeping In The Ground/ My Love Is Here To Stay and Jerry McCain's Steady/ She's Tough. There's more down home blues from Schoolboy Cleve, Lightnin' Slim, Guitar Reed and Frankie Fair and more urban stylings, some New Orleans, from Joe Dyson, Al Collins, Kenzie Moore, Jesse Allen & Little Cameron. It also includes Buddy Guy first recordings that were not issued at the time but have now been reissued many times. Six previously unissued songs and two unissued alternate takes.


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