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BLIND BLAKE JSP 7714 All The Published Sides ● CD $28.98
5 CDs, 110 tracks, essential
Since 1991, when Document issued a four volume series of Blind Blake recordings, a further 10 alternate takes have been released on another six Document CDs. This reissue brings all this material together in an attractive box set with notes by Drew Kent under the heading "The Vanished Bluesman". Certainly little is known about Blind Blake other than that he originated from Florida and may have died there shortly after his last recordings. What is beyond doubt is that he was one of the most accomplished of the pre-war guitarists, a talented composer and an amazingly consistent performer during his six years as a Paramount star. Blake did not have the most expressive of singing voices, but somehow his relaxed delivery leaves more room to appreciate his marvelous guitar. Capable of accurate fingerpicking at lightning speed, he had a creative genius to match his technical skills, often executing brilliant arrangements most blues guitarists couldn't even have attempted. The variety of musical settings here include Southern Rag and Police Dog Blues which provide a showcase for his fingerpicking and thumb bass work, a memorable session with clarinetist Johnny Dodds, superb accompaniments to female singers like Leola B. Wilson, minstrel/medicine show songs, piano/guitar duets of the highest quality and sombre, reflective blues. (If this were not enough, anybody who can come up with a song title like Rumblin' and Ramblin' Boa Constrictor Blues just has to be a bit special.) After their Patton and Jefferson sets JSP know all about the challenges posed by the notorious sound quality of Paramount 78s, and they have again worked their magic with this set. Most of the crackles, clicks and pops in the originals have been removed, and while some of the more worn discs are still pretty rough, sound quality generally shows a marked improvement over the Document reissues. This means that great performances which were quite noisy on Document such as Detroit Bound Blues with its lovely double time passages can now be fully enjoyed. The speed of the JSP transfers also appears to be more accurate on tracks like Ice Man Blues. My only quibble concerns Rope Stretchin' Blues a skillfully constructed two part blues about a condemned man contemplating his execution, which is dismissed as "maudlin stuff" in Mr.Kent's otherwise informative booklet notes. Certainly the sequencing of this song doesn't help its appreciation. While presenting tracks in strict chronological order as they are here is usually the best way to enjoy pre-war blues, the recording chronology means that we get Part Two, followed by Part One (alternate take) and finally the issued Part One. I wish JSP had been brave enough to sequence the issued takes in their proper order, but apart from this (and Mr. Kent's lapse of taste) this reissue is an absolute delight. (DPR)

 
BIG BILL BROONZY JSP JSPCD 7718 All the Classic Sides, 1928-1937 ● CD $28.98
5 CDs, 127 tracks, highly recommended
It is not just that he was in the top rank of pre war guitarists, or that he was a fine singer with a considerable facility as a songwriter - part of Big Bill's genius lay in a unique ability to convey in his work the warmth of his personality. Established as a star of the Chicago scene by the mid 1930s, he filled out his many recording sessions by adapting songs from common stock or other people's hits, but when inspired he could produce performances of breathtaking skill, and songs which were truly memorable and enduring. Among many examples of his best work in this excellent box set are driving, complex rags like Saturday Night Rub and Pig Meat Strut, flatpicking masterpieces such as Mistreatin' Mama and How You Want It Done, superb straight blues like Bull Cow Blues and the stunningly effective Southern Flood Blues, and the rollicking Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down. Suffice to say there is plenty here that is hugely enjoyable - we even get a version of C.C.Rider with Big Bill on violin! The present set ends about half way through his pre war output, but JSP are promising two more to complete the series. Aside from the many single disc compilations, all this material has of course been previously reissued on Document, principally on DOCD 5050/51/52, 5126, 5127 and the first four titles of 5128. Compared to the Document series five titles are missing, but as these are an accompaniment to the obscure Steele Smith, two gospel songs attributed to a Broonzy studio group and two by the State Street Boys on which Jazz Gillum takes vocal, the JSP set is stronger without them. In their place JSP have corrected the errors and omissions on the Document CDs (as reflected in Document's "Too Late, Too Late Blues " Volumes 1 and 4, DOCD 5150 and 5321) and added five extra tracks from Bill's work with the Famous Hokum Boys. Again the set benefits as a result, as it does from Neil Slaven's excellent notes. Detailed comparison with the Document reissues shows a significant improvement in sound quality, with noticeably less crackle and hiss. Having said that there is only so much that can be done with badly worn originals without compromising the music, and some titles are still pretty rough. Elsewhere sound is excellent, and when comparing tracks from compilations based on better condition sides, like Columbia's "Good Time Tonight" (Col 467247) the JSP set matches or improves upon the sound quality. In other words, unless a load of mint condition 78s turn up, this reissue is likely to be as good as it gets. With the amount of Big Bill material already issued it is difficult to call this an essential set - so let's just say it's an unmissable bargain. (DPR)
BIG BILL BROONZY: Ash Hauler/ At the Break of Day/ Bad Luck Blues/ Banker's Blues/ Barrelhouse When It Rains/ Beedle Um Bum/ Big Bill Blues/ Big Bill Blues/ Big Bill's Milk Cow, No. 2/ Big Billl Blues (These Blues Are Doggin' Me)/ Black Mare Blues/ Black Widow Spider/ Bow Leg Baby/ Bricks in My Pillow/ Brown Skin Shuffle/ Bull Cow Blues/ Bull Cow Blues, No.3/ Bull Cow Blues, Pt. 2/ C & A Blues/ C.C. Rider (Take A)/ C.C. Rider (Take B)/ Cherry Hill/ Come Up to My House/ Detroit Special/ Dirty No-Gooder/ Down in the Basement Blues/ Down the Line Blues/ Dying Day Blues/ Evil Women Blues/ Falling Rain/ Friendless Blues/ Get Back (Black, Brown and White)/ Good Jelly/ Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down/ Grandma's Farm/ Hard Headed Woman/ Hobo Blues/ Horny Frog [Take 1]/ Horny Frog [Take 2]/ House Rent Stomp/ How You Want It Done/ How You Want It Done/ Hungry Man Blues/ I Can't Be Satisfied/ I Can't Make You Satisfied/ I Got the Blues for My Baby/ I Want to Go Home/ I Want to See My Baby/ I'll Be Back Home Again/ I'm Just a Bum/ I'm a Southern Man/ Keep Your Hands Off Her/ Let Her Go-She Don't Know/ Let's Reel and Rock/ Little Bug/ Long Tall Mama/ Low Down Woman Blues/ Lowland Blues/ M and O Blues/ Married Life's a Pain/ Match Box Blues/ Mean Old World [Take 1]/ Mean Old World [Take 2]/ Meanest Kind of Blues/ Milk Cow Blues/ Mississippi River Blues/ Mistreatin' Mama Blues/ Mistreatin' Mamma/ Mountain Blues/ Mr. Conductor Man/ My Big Money/ My Woman Mistreats Me/ No Good Buddy/ Oh Babe (Don't Do Me That Way)/ Out With the Wrong Woman/ Pneumonia Blues/ Police Station Blues/ Prowlin' Ground Hog/ Rising Sun Shine On/ Rukus Juice Blues/ Selling That Stuff/ Serve It to Me Right/ Serve It to Me Right Disc: 3 Starvation Blues/ Seven-Eleven (Dice Please Don't Fail Me)/ Shelby County Blues/ Skoodle Do Do/ Skoodle Do Do/ Something Good/ Southern Blues/ Southern Flood Blues/ Starvation Blues/ State Street Woman/ Stove Pipe Stomp/ Sun Gonna Shine in My Door Someday/ Tadpole Blues/ Tell Me What You Been Doing/ Terrible Flood Blues/ These Ants Keep Biting Me/ They Can't Do That/ Too Too Train Blues/ Too Too Train Blues/ W.P.A. Blues/ Worried in Mind Blues/ Worrying You Off My Mind, Pt. 1/ Worrying You Off My Mind, Pt. 2/ You Drink Too Much/ You Know I Got a Reason/ You Know I Need Lovin'/ You May Need My Help Someday/ THE CHICAGO BLACK SWANS: Don't Tear My Clothes, No. 2/ THE FAMOUS HOKUM BOYS: Black Cat Rag/ Guitar Rag/ Pig Meat Strut/ Saturday Night Rub/ Somebody's Been Using That Thing/ THE HOKUM BOYS: Keep Your Mind on It/ Nancy Jane/ Papa's Gettin' Hot/ Pig Meat Strut/ Saturday Night Rub/ THE STATE STREET BOYS: Don't Tear My Clothes/ Dozen/ Midnight Special/ Rustlin' Man/ She Caught the Train/ Sweet to Mama

 
BIG BILL BROONZY JSP JSPCD 7750 Volume 2 : 1937-1940 ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 101 tracks, recommended
This slice of mid period Big Bill continues his small group recordings of uncomplicated, good time music, and takes us to within a couple of years - 40 titles - of the end of his pre-war career. These sessions were built around Bill's engaging vocals and accomplished guitar work with key support from a succession of talented pianists - Black Bob, Joshua Altheimer and Blind John Davis. The rest of the musicians and particularly the trumpet and clarinet players who feature on many sessions are something of a mixed ability group, but the overall sound is tight and confident, and was by all accounts very popular in its day. The original purchasers of these records though would have bought only a fraction of them, and consequently would have been less aware of the reworking of material - sometimes many times over - which a chronological reissue like this so cruelly exposes. Of course all blues singers who were extensively recorded did this, but somehow it is made more obvious by the consistently slick treatment it gets here. That said there are many outstanding performances in this set, and some of the reworkings offer more wit and invention than is apparent on first hearing. Highlights include You Do Me Any Old Way/ Trucking Little Woman/ Trouble And Lying Woman/ Baby I Done Got Wise/ Oh Yes and Unemployment Stomp, an upbeat tone being maintained even when dealing with themes of poverty, violence and infidelity. Bill also had a gift for tapping his rural roots and memories of the south, and songs like Plow Hand Blues and Going Back To Arkansas would have resonated with many in his Chicago audience. The weakest disc is disc 3, but even here there are classics like Just A Dream and two strong, ingratiating performances from the 1938 Carnegie Hall "From Spirituals To Swing" concert, where Big Bill was drafted as a replacement for the murdered Robert Johnson. Listening to the laughter at Bill's lyrics in Done Got Wise and the warm applause you wonder whether Mr. Johnson would have come across as well to the white audience - I doubt it. Many of the best tracks here have of course featured in numerous "best of " compilations including Columbia's "Good Time Tonight" (Col 467247), but I wouldn't be without some of the fine, less anthologized tracks like Dreamy Eyed Baby. Sound on this set is generally excellent, and like Volume 1 becomes more impressive when compared to a sample of previous reissues - presentation is typically less noisy, clearer and with a fuller dynamic range. This set is also much easier to listen to than the often noisy complete works on Document. Add decent notes from Neal Slaven, ignore the usual budget packaging and you have another winner from JSP. (DPR)
BIG BILL BROONZY: Baby Don't You Remember/ Baby I Done Got Wise/ Border Blues/ Come Home Early Tk 1/ Come Home Early Tk 2/ Come Home Early Tk 3/ Come Home Early Tk 4/ Cotton Choppin' Blues/ Don't You Be No Fool/ Don't You Lay It On Me/ Don't You Want To Ride/ Done Got Wise/ Down And Lost In Mind/ Down In The Alley Tk 1/ Down In The Alley Tk 2/ Evil Hearted Me/ Fightin' Little Rooster/ Flat-foot Susie With Her Flat Yes Yes/ Going Back To Arkansas/ Good Boy/ Good Time Tonight/ Got To Get Ready Tonight/ Hattie Blues Tk 1/ Hattie Blues Tk 2/ Hattie Blues Tk 3/ Hell Ain't But A Mile And A Quarter/ Hot Dog Mama/ I Believe I'll Go Back Home/ I Want My Hands On It Tk 1/ I Want My Hands On It Tk 2/ I Want You By My Side/ I'll Do Anything For You/ I'll Start Cutting On You/ I'm Still Your Sweetheart, Baby/ I've Got To Dig You/ I.c. Blues/ It's A Low Down Dirty Shame/ It's Too Late Now Tk 1/ It's Too Late Now Tk 2/ It's Your Time Now/ Jivin' Mr Fuller Blues/ Just A Dream (on My Mind)/ Just A Dream No. 2/ Just Got To Hold You Tight Tk 1/ Just Got To Hold You Tight Tk 2/ Just Wondering/ Keep On A-smilin'/ Leap Year Blues/ Let Me Be Your Winder/ Let Me Dig It/ Let's Have A Little Fun/ Living On Easy Street/ Looking For My Baby/ Louise, Louise/ Louise, Louise Blues Tk 1/ Louise, Louise Blues Tk 2/ Make A Date With An Angel (got No Walking Shoes) Tk 1/ Make A Date With An Angel (got No Walking Shoes) Tk 2/ Make My Get Away/ Mary Blues/ Merry Go Round Blues/ Messed Up In Love/ My Gal Is Gone/ My Last Goodbye To You/ My Old Lizzie/ New Shake-em On Down/ Night Time Is The Right Time No. 2/ Oh Yes/ Play Your Hand/ Please Be My So And So/ Plow Hand Blues/ Preachin' The Blues/ Reamy Eyed Baby/ Ride, Alberta, Ride/ Rider Rider Blues/ Sad Letter Blues/ Sad Pencil Blues/ She Never/ Somebody's Got To Go/ Spreadin' Snake Blues/ Stuff They Call Money/ Sweetheart Land/ Tell Me What I Done/ That's All Right, Baby/ The Mill Man Blues/ Too Many Drivers/ Trouble And Lying Woman/ Trucking Little Woman/ Trucking Little Woman No. 2/ Unemployment Stomp/ W.p.a. Rag/ What Is That She Got/ When I Had Money/ Whiskey And Good Time Blues/ Why Do You Do That To Me/ Woodie Woodie/ You Can't Sell 'em In Here/ You Can't Win/ You Do Me Any Old Way Tk 1/ You Do Me Any Old Way Tk 2/ You Got To Hit The Right Lick

 
BIG BILL BROONZY JSP JSPCD 7767 Volume 3: The War And Postwar Years, 1940-1951 ● CD $28.98
The third volume documenting the recordings of this great and prolific bluesman complements JSP 7718 and 7750 ($28.98 each) features four CDs with 99 tracks recorded between June 1940 and December 1951 and contains all his commercial recordings from this period but leaves out the recordings made in France and England in 1951 presumably to concentrate on the recordings made for an African-American audience where he was still a popular performer. Big Bill is featured in the company of musicians like Washboard Sam, Blind John Davis, Ransom Knowling, Memphis Slim, Punch Miller, Don Byas, Big Maceo, "Sax" Mallard, Alfred Wallace, Ernest "Big" Crawford and others.
BIG BILL BROONZY: (I'm A) Wonderin' Man/ All By Myself/ Backwater Blues/ Bad Acting Woman/ Bad Luck Man/ Bed Time Blues/ Big Bill's Boogie/ Bill Bailey/ Blue Tail Fly/ Cell No. 13 Blues/ Conversation With The Blues/ Crawdad/ Doing The Best I Can/ Double Trouble/ Five Feet Seven/ Get Back/ Getting Older Every Day (Take 1)/ Getting Older Every Day (Take 2)/ Going Back To My Plow/ Green Grass Blues/ Hard Hearted Woman/ Hey Hey/ Hit The Right Lick/ Hollerin' The Blues/ Humble Blues/ I Can Fix It/ I Can't Write/ I Feel Like Crying/ I Feel So Good/ I Know She Will/ I Love My Whiskey/ I Stay Blue All The Time/ I Wonder/ I Wonder What's Wrong With Me/ I'll Never Dream Again/ I'm Having So Much Trouble/ I'm Woke Up Now/ In The Army Now/ In The Evenin'/ Iím Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town/ John Henry/ Just A Dream/ Just Rocking/ Keep Your Hand On Your Heart/ Keep Your Hands Off Her/ Keep Your Hands Off Her/ Key To The Highway/ Leavin' Day/ Lonesome Road Blues/ Looking Up At Down/ Make My Get Away/ Martha Blues/ Medicine Man Blues/ Merry Go Round Blues/ Midnight Steppers/ Midnight Steppers/ Mopper's Blues/ My Gal Is Gone/ My Little Flower/ Night Watchman Blues/ Oh Baby/ Old Man Blues/ Partnership Woman/ Please Believe Me/ Rambling Bill/ Rockin' Chair Blues/ Roll Dem Bones/ San Antonio Blues/ Saturday Evening Blues/ Serenade Blues/ She's Gone With The Wind/ Shine On, Shine On/ Shoo Blues/ South Bound Train/ Stop Lying Woman/ Stump Blues/ Summertime Blues/ Sweet Honey Bee/ Tell Me Baby/ Texas Tornado Blues/ That Number Of Mine/ Tomorrow/ Trouble In Mind/ Walkin' The Lonesome Road/ Water Coast Blues/ Wee Wee Hours/ What Can I Do/ What's Wrong With Me/ When I Been Drinking/ When I Get To Thinkin'/ Where The Blues Began/ Why Did You Do That To Me/ Why Should I Spend My Money/ Willie Mae Blues/ You Better Cut That Out/ You Changed/ You Got The Best Go/ You Got To Play Your Hand/ You've Been Mistreating Me

 
ROY BROWN/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR/ DAVE BARTHOLOMEW JSP JSPCD 7756 New Orleans R&B ● CD $28.98
Four CD set of New Orleans blues and R&B featuring two CDs worth of Roy Brown, one CD of Dave Bartholomew and one of Professor Longhair.
DAVE BARTHOLOMEW: Ah Cubanas/ Ain‘t Gonna Do It/ Bad Habit/ Bum Mae/ Carnival Day/ Country Boy/ Country Boy Goes Home/ Dave‘s Boogie Woogie/ Frantic Chick/ Girt Town Blues/ Going To Chow/ Good Jax Boogie/ High Flying Woman/ High Society Blues/ In The Alley/ Messy Bessie/ Mr Fool/ Poppa Stoppa Theme Song/ She‘s Got Great Big Eyes/ Stardust/ Sweet Home Blues/ That‘s How You Got Killed Before/ The Golden Rule/ Tijim/ Twins/ ROY BROWN: Answer To Big Town/ Bar Room Blues/ Beautician Blues/ Big Town/ Boogie At Midnight/ Brown Angel/ Butcher Pete - Pt. 1/ Butcher Pete - Pt. 2/ Bye Baby Bye/ Cadillac Baby/ Deep Sea Diver/ Double Crossin‘ Woman/ Dreaming Blues/ End Of My Journey/ Good Man Blues/ Good Rockin‘ Man/ Good Rockin‘ Tonight/ Hard Luck Blues/ Hurry Hurry Baby/ I Feel That Young Man‘s Rhythm/ I‘ve Got The Last Laugh Now/ Judgement Day Blues/ Lolly Pop Mama/ Lonesome Lover/ Long About Sundown/ Long íbout Midnight/ Love Don‘t Love Nobody/ Midnight Lover Man/ Mighty, Mighty Man/ Miss Fanny Brown/ Miss Fanny Brown Returns/ Money Can‘t Buy Love/ New Rebecca/ Please Don‘t Go/ Rainy Weather Blues/ Riding High/ Rock-a-bye Baby/ Rockin‘ At Midnight/ Roy Brown‘s Boogie/ Special Lesson No. 1/ Sweet Peach/ Teenage Jamboree/ The Blues Got Me Again/ Too Much Loving Ain‘t Good/ Train Time Blues/ Travelin‘ Man/ Whose Hat Is That/ Woman‘s A Wonderful Thing/ Wrong Woman Blues/ ífore Day In The Morning/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: Bald Head/ Ball The Wall/ Been Foolin‘ Around/ Between Midnight And Day/ Boyd‘s Bounce/ Bye Bye Baby/ Byrd‘s Blues/ East St. Louis Baby/ Hadacol Bounce/ Her Mind Is Gone/ Hey Little Girl/ Hey Now Baby/ Hey Now Baby/ In The Night/ Longhair Stomp/ Mardi Gras In New Orleans/ Mardi Gras In New Orleans/ Oh Well/ Professor Longhair Blues/ Professor Longhair‘s Boogie/ She Ain‘t Got No Hair/ She Walks Right In/ Tipitina/ Walk Your Blues Away/ Who‘s Been Fooling You/ Willie Mae

 
LEROY CARR JSP JSPCD 77104 And Scrapper Blackwell - Vol. 1: 1928-1934 ● CD $28.98
Four Cds, 95 tracks, very highly recommended
Between 1928 and his untimely death in 1935 singer/piano player Leroy Carr and his guitar playing partner Scrapper Blackwell produced some of the finest and most influential blues recordings of the era. Carr's beautiful melancholic vocals and low key, but very effective piano work was perfectly complemented by Blackwell's wonderful acerbic guitar style. It includes his original recordings of songs that have become blues standards like How Long, How Long Blues/ Sloppy Drunk Blues/ Midnight Hour Blues/ Mean Mistreater Mama/ Blues Before Sunrise and others. It also includes several alternate takes and tracks not originally issued on 78s. His first session in June 1928 yielded the classic How Long, How Long Blues and it's popularity led to him recording five sequels using the same melody but with (often substantial) lyric variations. Although best known for his mournful blues, Carr also recorded a number of novelty songs and pop ballads - the latter not always showing Carr to his best advantage. Interestingly it seems that as his career progressed his songs seemed to become more intense and introspective - perhaps reflective of his battle with the alcoholism that led to his death. Blackwell's fantastic guitar playing tended to become more prominent as the recordings progressed and it becomes very clear what a big influence his playing was on many later musicians. Because of Carr's immense popularity his records were played continuously and it's hard to find his earlier recordings in good shape and so sound quality on the earlier recordings is often rough though these transfers are an improvement over previous reissues. Hopefully, one day, someone will turn up a mint copy of the first How Long, How Long Blues so we can finally hear it in all its glory. Includes informative notes by Max Haynes. Presumably the second volume will include the rest of Carr's recordings and all of Blackwell's issued under his own name. (FS)
LEROY CARR: Ain't Got No God/ Ain't Got No Money Now/ Alabama Women Blues/ Baby Come Back To Me/ Baby Don't You Leave Me No More/ Baby You Done Put That Thing On Me/ Big House Blues/ Blue Night Blues/ Blue With The Blues/ Blues Before Sunrise/ Blues Before Sunrise (alternate)/ Blues She Gave Me/ Box Car Blues/ Broken Spoke Blues/ Carried Water For The Elephant/ Christmas In Jail/ Corn Licker Blues/ Court Room Blues/ Depression Blues, The/ Dirty Dozen, The/ Don't Say Goodbye/ Don't You Get Tired/ Four Day Rider/ Gambler's Blues/ Gettin' All Wet/ Gone Mother Blues/ Goodbye Blues/ Hard Times Done Drove Me To Drink/ Hold Them Puppies/ How About Me/ How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone/ How Long, How Long Blues/ How Long, How Long Blues No. 2/ How Long, How Long Blues No. 3/ How Long, How Long Blues Part 2/ Hurry Down Blues/ I Keep The Blues/ I Know That I'll Be Blue/ I Won't Miss You When You're Gone/ I'm Going Away And Leave My Baby/ I'm Going Back To Tennessee/ Jail Cell Blues/ Just Worryin' Blues/ Let's Disagree/ Let's Make Up And Be Friends Again/ Lifeboat Blues/ Lonesome Nights/ Long Road Blues/ Love Crying Blues/ Love Rides All/ Low Down Dirty Blues/ Low Down Dog Blues/ Mean Mistreater Mama/ Mean Mistreater Mama (alternate)/ Mean Mistreater Mama No. 2/ Mean Old Train Blues/ Memphis Town/ Midnight Hour Blues/ Moonlight Blues/ My Own Lonesome Blues/ My Woman's Gone Wrong/ Naptown Blues/ New How Long Blues, The/ Nineteen Thirty One Blues/ Papa Wants A Cookie/ Papa Wants To Knock A Jug/ Papa's Got Your Water On/ Papa's On The House Top/ Prison Bound Blues/ Prison Cell Blues/ Quittin' Papa/ Rainy Day Blues/ Shady Lane Blues/ Sloppy Drunk Blues/ Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child/ Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (alternate)/ Stormy Night Blues/ Straight Alky Blues Part 1/ Straight Alky Blues Part 2/ Straight Alky Blues Part 3/ Taht's Tellin 'em/ Take A Walk Around The Corner/ Tennessee Blus/ That's All Right For You/ There Ain't Nobody Got It Like She Got It/ Think Of Me Thinking Of You/ Tired Of Your Low Down Ways/ Truth About The Thing, The/ Truthful Blues/ What More Can I Do/ Workhouse Blues/ Wrong Man Blues/ You Can't Run My Business No More/ You Don't Mean Me No Good/ You Got To Reap What You Sow

 
CHAMPION JACK DUPREE JSP JSPCD 71120 Early Cuts From A Singer, Pianist & Songwriter ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 104 tracks, highly recommended
Wonderful set featuring 104 tracks recorded between 1940 and 1953 by this fine blues singer and piano player who had a lengthy career and was frequently in the studio between 1940 and his death in 1992 and was so popular in Europe that he spent much of the last 20 years of his life living there. The recordings here, the majority of the sides recorded in this period, were recorded for a diverse selection of labels and find him in a variety of setting from solo vocal and piano to accompaniment by a guitarist to small groups including sidemen like Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, tenor saxist Jesse Powell, Stick McGhee, bassisst Cedric Wallace, Mickey Baker, Papa Lightfoot and others. While Jack was not one of the deeper bluesmen he was a very entertaining one and was a fine songwriter with material ranging from the topcal - Warehouse Man Blues & F.D.R. Blues, the personal - Bad Health Blues, the risque Wet Deck Mama, the humous - Drunk Again and the rocking Shake Baby Shake. Jack spent his early life in New Orleans and his early playing show the influence of the New Orleans piano style including his recording of the drug song Junker's Blues which provided the template for a number of New Orleans songs including Fats Domino's The Fat Man. An immensly appealing collection with informative notes by Neil Slaven and fine sound. (FS)
DISC 1:Gamblin' Man Blues/ Warehouse Man Blues/ Chain Gang Blues/ New Low Down Dog/ Black Woman Swing/ Cabbage Greens No. 1/ Cabbage Greens No. 2/ Angola Blues/ My Cabin Inn/ Bad Health Blues/ That's All Right/ Gibing Blues/ Dupree Shake Dance/ My Baby's Gone/ Weed Head Woman/ Junker Blues/ Oh, Red/ All Alone Blues/ Big Time Mama/ Shady Lane/ Hurry Down Sunshine/ Jackie P. Blues/ Heavy Heart Blues/ Morning Tea/ Black Cow Blues Disc 2: My Cabin Inn (alternate)/ Bad Health Blues (alternate)/ Gibing Blues (alternate)/ Dupree Shake Dance (alternate)/ My Baby's Gone (alternate)/ Jackie P. Blues (alternate)/ Black Cow Blues (alternate)/ Jitterbug/ Slow Boogie/ Mexico Reminiscences/ Too Evil To Cry/ Clog Dance (Stomping Blues)/ Rum Cola Blues/ She Makes Good Jelly/ Johnson Street Boogie Woogie/ I'm Going Down With You/ F.D.R. Blues/ God Bless Our New President/ County Jail Special/ Fisherman's Blues/ Black Wolf/ Lover's Lane/ Walkin' By Myself/ Outside Man/ Forget It Mama Disc 3: You've Been Drunk/ Santa Claus Blues/ Gin Mill Sal/ Let's Have a Ball/ Going Down Slow/ Hard Feeling/ How Long, How Long Blues/ Mean Old Frisco/ I Think You Need a Shot/ Bad Whiskey and Wild Woman/ Bus Station Blues/ Love Strike Blues/ Wet Deck Mama/ Big Legged Mama/ I'm a Doctor For Women/ Cecelia, Cecelia/ Going Down To the Bottom/ Fifth Avenue Blues/ Highway 31/ Come Back Baby/ Chittlins and Rice/ One Sweet Letter/ Lonesome Bedroom Blues/ Old Woman Blues/ Mean Mistreatin' Mama/ Featherweight Mama/ Day Break Disc 4: Deacon's Party/ My Baby's Comin' Back Home/ Just Plain Tired/ I'm Gonna Find You Someday/ Goin' Back To Louisiana/ Barrel House Mama/ Old, Old Woman/ Mean Black Snake/ The Woman I Love/ All Night Party/ Heart Breaking Woman/ Watchin' My Stuff/ Ragged and Hungry/ Somebody Changed the Lock/ Stumbling Block Blues/ Highway Blues/ Shake Baby Shake/ Number Nine Blues/ Drunk Again/ Shim Sham Shimmy/ Ain't No Meat On De Bone/ Blues Got Me Rockin', The/ Tongue Tied Blues/ Please Tell Me Baby/ Walkin' Upside Your Head/ Rub a Little Boogie/ Camille

 
SLEEPY JOHN ESTES WITH YANK RACHELL & OTHERS JSP JSPCD 7779 Legendary Country Blues Artists ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 104 tracks, essential
Despite his limitations as a musician, John Estes produced some of the most memorable pre war blues. His high, thin voice with its strained, edge of despair quality, and the rhythms produced as band members like Jab Jones and Yank Rachel tried to accommodate his strummed guitar, turned simple songs like Milk Cow Blues and Whatcha Doin? into classics. Lyrically Estes was adept at making traditional material his own, but most of his songs were centred on his Brownsville world, encompassing social commentary (Down South Blues) and personal experience (as in Floating Bridge). (His fondness for beginning lines with "Now" can though become a little wearing.) After covering Estes' pre war work disc two closes with two bonus tracks from 1947 not issued on Document, including the autobiographical Stone Blind. Estes' early sessions were greatly enhanced by Yank Rachel's mandolin, as in the lovely opening to Expressman Blues, and it is fitting that the third disc features Rachel's solo career. Yank was a less interesting vocalist than Estes but a better musician, at his best on tracks like the beautiful Lake Michigan Blues. (Compared to the earlier reissue of his work on Wolf this disc omits Rachel's accompaniments to "Jackson" Joe Williams and Elijah Jones, but these tracks are being reissued on JSP 7797, Sonny Boy Williamson Volume 1 - due next month). The final disc starts with Rachel's last four titles and is then dedicated to Estes' associates "Brownsville" Son Bonds and Charlie Pickett, replicating the tracks on Wolf WBCD 003. It is a mixed bag, the blues and uptempo party songs separated by a gospel session with some nice jug, but there is plenty to enjoy. Highlights include Weary Worried Blues with its soundbite philosophy "once ain't for ever, and two times ain't but twice" accompanied by Hammie Nixon's honking harmonica, and Charlie Pickett's tremulous Down The Highway, which surely inspired the young Bob Dylan's song of the same title. Sound quality of the first two discs is excellent, with at least some of the transfers sounding like the work of the great John R T Davies. The sound of the third and fourth discs cannot match what has gone before but is generally still good, and a significant advance on previous reissues. All round this set represents a worthwhile upgrade for established collectors and a real treat for those new to the music. Neal Slaven's comprehensive biographical notes complete a reissue which is close to definitive. (DPR)

 
BLIND BOY FULLER JSP JSPCD 7735 1935-1938 Remastered ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 100 tracks, highly recommended
It is amazing how fresh Blind Boy Fuller's work sounds after nearly seventy years. His strong voice and cleanly picked National guitar greet you like a firm handshake, and his combination of blues and faster pieces - rags and hokum like What's That Smells Like Fish (blindness must have sharpened his other senses!) provides plenty of variety. His guitar style was influenced by Gary Davis and Blind Blake, and although more workmanlike was still highly effective. He could also play excellent slide, as he shows on Homesick And Lonesome Blues (inspired by his first recording trip to New York). Fuller gathered much of his material from records, so that each of these discs is also a quiz for blues fans to spot the sources, but really the music is too enjoyable and Fuller's reworkings so complete as to make such considerations irrelevant. Among many highlights are the sessions for Decca that produced the lovely Weeping Willow, and the final session here which ends with Blacksnakin' Jiver, unfortunately damaged but which might almost be a Blind Blake recording. Fuller is supported by some great washboard playing from Bull City Red while the later sessions see the start of Sonny Terry's long recording career (on Fuller's recommendation). The 38 remaining tracks which will complete this chronological reissue are scheduled for release as part of an East Coast box in 2005. JSP have done another very thorough remastering job here, and apart from a handful of noticeably worn or damaged sides sound quality is very good throughout. There is very little to choose between the sound here and corresponding tracks on the best sounding single disc compilation (Columbia CK46777) except there is slightly less background hiss on some of the JSP transfers. Elsewhere sound is generally significantly better than on other reissues including the complete works on Document. It is particularly pleasing to hear previously noisy but important tracks like the autobiographical Big House Bound in reasonable quality. Neal Slaven, as is now customary with this series, provides detailed notes on Fuller's life and career, noting that, although Fuller was the much more popular in the 30s, his reputation "sheds a pale light compared with the mega-wattage [Robert] Johnson has had thrust upon him". No matter, Fulton Allen was an outstanding artist. Keep on truckin'. (DPR)

 
BLIND BOY FULLER JSP JSPCD 7772 Volume 2 + Bull City Red, Cedar Creek Sheik & Others ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 100 tracks, essential
Blind Boy Fuller Volume 1 (JSP 7735) was excellent: this set completes his output and fills out a satisfying box with the work of other east coast artists. On the opening disc it is Fuller's March 1940 sessions which stand out - tracks like Shake It Baby and Somebody's Been Talkin' are among his best uptempo work, while the interesting structure of the eight bar Little Woman You're So Sweet adds further variety. Fuller also now started to record religious material. Whatever the motivation for the gospel sides though, it is difficult to think of him as anything other than a bluesman. Twelve Gates To The City may be brilliantly sung, but it is the embittered, weary opening verse of Crooked Woman Blues which follows that stays longer in the mind. Disc B begins with Fuller's last session and despite many fine performances like Thousand Woman Blues and Lost Lover Blues provides a chance to play the "you can tell he was ill" game. Neal Slaven nibbles at the subject in his very good booklet notes, but the much quoted "my left side jump, baby, and my flesh begin to crawl" line from Night Rambling Woman, his last recording, also appeared on Passenger Train Woman, an earlier version of the song. The rest of Disc B features the solo work of Bull City Red aka George Washington, Fuller's washboard player - fair enough as a guitarist and vocalist in the Fuller style, but whose best work was as a brilliant accompanist to the master. Disc C is a straight reissue of the tracks on Old Tramp OTCD OTCD-03, in the same order. Cedar Creek Sheik (who may have been white) and Roosevelt Antrim are both limited performers: the Sheik concentrates on novelty and hokum songs while Antrim essays three amateurish blues which share verses and are virtually one performance. Virgil Childers is much better, and you can imagine him as a true traveling man with his repertoire of minstrel show songs and blues. Sonny Jones, who closes the disc, was clearly influenced by Fuller and was a decent guitarist but a rather uninteresting singer. The final disc is a harder edged affair. The talented Floyd "Dipper Boy" Council usually only gets recognition nowadays as providing inspiration in the naming of Pink Floyd, but like the Trice brothers who also feature he knew Fuller and played in a similar style. Council was also clearly influenced by Blind Blake, as Lookin' For My Baby demonstrates. Frank Edwards' six titles are different - although an east coast bluesman he had a more Chicago style sound (his two 1949 sides not on Document DOCD 5426 are included). A nice bonus is the final four tracks by Denis McMillon. McMillon was a skilled guitarist and strong singer who could play nice slide as well as the infectious rhythms which propel Paper Wooden Daddy (appearing, to the best of my knowledge, for the first time on CD, and which may have been inspired by Fuller's I'm A Rattlesnakin' Daddy). It is a pity that space limitations prevented the reissue of the three alternate takes of McMillon's work. Sound quality of the Fuller and Washington titles is generally very good, providing worthwhile upgrades over previous reissues. Elsewhere the tracks which appeared on Old Tramp are better presented, with some sounding clearer as well as less noisy. Sound is also better than on the Floyd Council and Trice brothers' tracks which appeared on Document DOCD 5168. Altogether this is a very nice set which brings together some important performances in one neat package. (DPR)
ROOSEVELT ANTRIM: Complaint To Make/ I Guess Youíre Satisfied/ No Use Of Worryiní/ Station Boy Blues/ BULL CITY RED: Black Woman & Poison Blues/ Everybody Wants To Know How I Die/ Have You Decided (Which Way To Go)/ I Feel Like Shoutiní/ I Saw The Light/ I See The Sign Of Judgement/ I Wonít Be Dogged Around/ Jesus Touched Me/ Mississippi River/ Now Iím Talking About You/ Pick And Shovel Blues/ Richmond Blues/ Talkiní With Jesus/ CEDAR CREEK SHEIK: Buy It From A Poultry Man/ Donít Credit My Stuff/ Donít Use That Stuff/ Ford V-8/ I Believe Somebodyís Been Ridiní My Mule/ Jimmy Shut His Store Doors/ Mary Had A Little Lamb/ Sheís Totiní Something Good/ Watch The Fords Go By/ What A Pity/ VIRGIL CHILDERS: Dago Blues/ Preacher And The Bear/ Red River Blues/ Somebody Stole My Jane/ Traveliní Man/ Whoís That Knockiní At My Door/ FLOYD "DIPPER BOY" COUNCIL: Donít Want No Hungry Woman/ Iím Grieviní & Iím Worryiní/ Lookiní For My Baby/ Poor And Ainít Got A Dime/ Runaway Man Blues/ Working Man Blues/ FRANK EDWARDS: Gotta Get Together/ Love My Baby/ Sweet Man Blues/ Terraplane Blues/ Three Women Blues/ We Got To Get Together/ BLIND BOY FULLER: Baby Quit Your Low Down Ways Tk 1/ Baby Quit Your Low Down Ways Tk 2/ Big Leg Woman Gets My Pay/ Black Bottom Blues/ Blue And Worried Man/ Bus Rider Blues/ Bye Bye Baby/ Crooked Woman Blues/ Good Feeling Blues/ I Crave My Pigmeat/ I Donít Care How Long/ I Donít Want No Skinny Woman/ I Want Some Of Your Pie/ It Doesnít Matter Baby/ Iím A Stranger Here/ Jesus Is A Holy Man/ Jiviní Big Bill Blues/ Little Woman Youíre So Sweet/ Lost Lover Blues/ Must Have Been My Jesus/ Night Rambling Woman/ No Stranger Now/ Passenger Train Woman/ Precious Lord/ Redís Got The Piccolo Blues/ Shake It Baby/ Somebodyís Been Talkiní/ Step It Up And Go/ Thousand Woman Blues/ Three Ball Blues/ Twelve Gates To The City/ When You Are Gone/ Woman You Better Wake Up/ Worn Out Engine Blues/ You Canít Hide From The Lord/ You Got To Have Your Dollar/ Youíve Got Something There/ LITTLE BOY FULLER (RICH TRICE): Bed Spring Blues/ Blood Red River Blues/ Come On Baby/ Down-Hearted Man/ Lazy Bug Blues/ Pack It Up And Go/ Shake Your Stuff/ Trembling Bed Springs/ SONNY JONES: Dough Roller/ Iím Pretty Good At It/ Love Me With A Feeling/ Wonít Somebody Pacify My Mind/ DENNIS MCMILLON: Goiní Back Home/ Paper Wooden Daddy/ Poor Little Angel Girl/ Woke Up One Morning/ WELLY TRICE: Come On In Here Mama/ Let Her Go God Bless Her

 
LOWELL FULSON JSP JSPCD 7728 1946-1953: The Early Recordings ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 113, tracks, 313 minutes, essential
It could be time to trade in a lot of the other vintage Lowell Fulson recordings on your shelves to make room for this incredible 4-CD boxed set. Covering the years 1946 to 1953, laced with 113 tracks, and great sound, this is prime Lowell Fulson from the Big Town, Down Beat, Swingtime, and Trilon labels and the set includes eight alternate titles. Lowell's guitar work could often be absolutely devastating, as shown here to great effect on Guitar Shuffle/ Jukebox Shuffle/ Cash Box Boogie/ Market Street Blues, and more. Joining Fulson are some stellar names including Lloyd Glenn and Billy Hadnott (who also aided T-Bone Walker - another West Coast guitar wonder), as well as Eldridge McCarty's piano, Que Martyn's tenor sax, Earl Brown's alto, and Lowell's brother Martin Fulson on second guitar for sixteen tracks. From jumping small-band romps to stripped-down Texas grit with just twin guitars, there's a wealth of great music here. The sonics on this massive set are hands above what many will have of Lowell Fulson on various labels, including Night Train (which sound like they were tweaked by an engineer with severe hearing loss). there's no deficiency at all here; no dropout, no hiss, no pops or clicks, and at almost five hours of listening time, it's simply the finest document of Fulson's earlier years before he went on to Aladdin, Checker, Kent, and further. In a recording career that went on for decades, Lowell Fulson stands as a stellar figure with a pen that managed some definitive classics, and guitar work that can rattle your bones to the core. With complete session information and detailed liner notes by Neil Slaven, this is absolutely stunning material, and well worth the relatively small investment. (CR)
LOWELL FULSON: 9.30 Shuffle/ Ain't Nobody's Business/ Baby Won't You Jump With Me/ Back Home Blues/ Best Wishes/ Between Midnight And Day/ Black Cat Blues/ Black Widow Spider Blues/ Blue Shadows/ Blues And Misery/ Blues With A Feelin'/ Cash Box Boogie (aka Lowell Jumps One)/ Christmas Party Shuffle/ Cold Hearted Mama/ Come Back Baby/ Country Boy/ Crying Blues/ Crying Blues (Crying Won't Make Me Stay)/ Demon Woman (= I Had A Little Woman 7110 also = Hear Me Calling You (Angel/ Did You Ever Feel Lucky/ Don't Be So Evil/ Don't Be So Evil (Alt)/ Don't You Hear Me Calling You/ Double Trouble Blues/ Every Day I Have The Blues/ Fillmore Mess Around (= Fulson's Guitar Boogie)/ Fulson Blues/ Fulson Boogie/ Fulson Boogie/ Fulson's Blues/ Good Woman Blues/ Guitar Shuffle (= The Day Is Passing On)/ Highway '99'/ Highway 99/ I Walked All Night/ I Want To See My Baby/ I Want To See My Baby (Alt)/ I love My Baby/ I'm A Night Owl Part 1/ I'm A Night Owl Part 2/ I've Been Mistreated/ I've Been Mistreated (Diff Song )/ Is Your Friend Really Your Friend/ It's Hard To Believe Alt/ Jam That Boogie/ Jelly, Jelly/ Jimmy's Blues (I've Got A Mind To Ramble)/ Juke Box Shuffle (= 9:30 Shuffle)/ Just A Poor Boy/ Lazy Woman Blues/ Let Me Love You Baby/ Let Me Ride In Your Little Automobile/ Let's Live Right/ Let's Throw A Boogie Woogie/ Lonesome Christmas Part 1/ Lonesome Christmas Part 2/ Low Society Blues/ Mama Bring Your Clothes Back Home/ Market Street Blues/ Mean Old Lonesome Song/ Mean Woman Blues/ Mean Woman Blues/ Midnight Showers Of Rain/ Miss Katie Lee Blues/ Miss Katy Lee Blues/ Miss Lillie Brown/ My Baby/ My Baby Left Me/ My Daily Prayer/ My Gal At Eight/ My Woman Can't Be Found/ Night And Day/ Prison Bound/ Rainy Day Blues/ Rambling Blues/ Rambling Blues/ Ride Until The Sun Goes Down/ River Blues Part 1/ River Blues Part 2/ Rock This House Alt/ Rocking After Midnight/ San Francisco Blues/ San Francisco Blues/ Scotty's Blues/ Sinner's Prayer/ Sinner's Prayer Alt/ So Long, So Long/ Stormin' And Rainin'/ Sweet Jenny Lee/ Tears At Sunrise/ Television Blues/ Tell Me Baby/ The Blues Come Rollin' In/ The Blues Got Me Down/ The Blues Is Killing Me/ The Day Is Slowly Passing Alt/ The Highway Is My Home (= Why Can't You Cry For Me)/ The Train Is Leaving/ Thinkin' Blues/ Thinkin' Blues/ Three O'Clock Blues/ Trouble Blues/ Tryin' To Find My Baby/ Trying To Find My Baby/ Upstairs/ Wee Hours In The Morning/ Western Union Blues/ Whiskey Blues/ Why Can't You Cry For Me/ Wild About You Baby/ You're Going To Miss Me When I'm Gone Alt/ You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Gone)/ You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone

 
JOHN LEE HOOKER JSP JSPCD 7703 Classic Early Years, 1948-1951 ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 100 tracks, highly recommended
A great cross section of the early years of the John Lee's career when he was recording some of the most powerful and raw music ever recordings. With the demise of the great series of double CDs on Body & Soul that were reissuing all of his recordings in chronological order this is the most extensive available collection o those fabulous early sides. Sound quality is excellent and each CD has informative notes by Neil Slaven (who also annotated the Body & Soul sets). (FS)
Disc 1: Boogie Chillen/ Sally Mae/ See See Baby/ She Was In Chicago/ Stomp Boogie/ Who's Been Jiving You/ Black Man Blues/ Poor Joe/ Good Business/ Boogie Woogie/ Helpless Blues/ Goin' Mad Blues/ Low Down Midnite Boogie/ Landing Blues/ Morning Blues/ Drifting From Door To Door/ Hobo Blues/ Howlin' Wolf/ Crawling King Snake/ She Ain't Good For Nothin'/ Cotton Pickin' Blues/ Must I Wait Till Your Man Is Gone/ We Gonna Make Everything Alright/ Miss Rosie Mae/ Highway Blues
Disc 2: Hoogie Boogie/ Graveyard Blues/ Whistlin' And Moaning Blues/ I Love To Boogie/ Miss Eloise/ Burnin' Hell/ I Had A Dream/ Nightmare Blues/ Late Last Night/ Wandering Blues/ Don't Go Baby/ Devil's Jump/ I'm Gonna Kill That Woman/ Moaning Blues/ The Numbers/ Weeping Willow/ Miss Sadie Mae/ Sometime/ Forgive Me/ Heart Trouble Blues/ Slim's Stomp/ Miss Lorraine/ Talkin' Boogie/ Road Trouble/ 609 Boogie
Disc 3: No Friend Around/ Wednesday Evening/ Canal Street Blues/ Playin' The Races/ Huckle Up Baby/ Let Your Daddy Ride/ Goin' On Highway 51/ The Moon Above/ She Left Me By Myself/ No Mortgage On My Soul/ My Baby's Got Somethin'/ Decoration Day Blues/ Boogie Chillen No.2/ Roll 'N' Roll/ Crying All Night/ One More Time/ I Don't Be Welcome Here/ Welfare Blues/ Turnin' Gray Blues/ The Story Of A Married Woman/ Mad Man Blues/ Boogie Now/ Thinking Blues/ Don't You Remember Me/ Give Me Your Phone Number
Disc 4: Notoriety Woman/ Never Satisfied/ Moon Is Rising/ Please Have Mercy/ John L's House Rent Boogie/ Queen Bee/ You've Got Another Man/ If You Need My Lovin' Baby/ Nobody To Talk To Me/ Prison Bound/ Bumble Bee Blues/ Questionnaire Blues/ Real Gone Gal/ Little Boy Blues/ My Daddy Was A Jockey/ Mean Old Train/ Catfish/ Louise/ I'm Going Away/ Tease Me Baby/ Streets Is Filled With Women/ Me And My Woman/ Whistle Done Blown/ How Can You Do It/ I'm In The Mood

 
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS JSP JSPCD 7705 All The Classics, 1946-1951 ● CD $28.98
5 CDs, 126 tracks, essential
This set covers the first five years of Lightnin's recording career, a time when he was at his creative peak. A variety of companies have previously re-issued some of these sides, notably EMI ["The Complete Aladdin Sessions") and Arhoolie ("The Gold Star Sessions Volumes 1 & 2"). All the Aladdin tracks are here apart from four with pianist Thunder Smith where Smith took the vocal, and all the Arhoolie/Gold Star material is included. The remaining titles cover 1950/1 when Hopkins recorded for the Sittin' In With, Jax and Mercury labels. By the time of his recording debut Hopkins had nearly twenty years' experience as a performer and all the elements of his style were firmly established. Transforming traditional blues themes into songs uniquely his own, his world weary vocal style was perfectly balanced by evocative, free flowing guitar phrases. Katy Mae/ Someday Baby/ Short Haired Woman/ Picture On The Wall/ Shotgun/ Fast Mail Rambler, many tracks here really are classics, and although his inspiration may have faltered on some of the early 50s cuts, the overall standard is excellent. Unfortunately these records were made for small town labels and often poorly produced. As a result at times they tend to have a slightly flat sound and occasionally suffer from acoustic problems. JSP have a good reputation for their remastering but on comparing these transfers with the EMI and Arhoolie reissues mentioned above I could detect no appreciable difference in sound quality. The sound improves on the later titles but by this time Lightnin' is saddled with a solitary bass player who plods along behind him and becomes pretty irritating. Still, Hopkins is in fine voice on these later sides, and there is much to enjoy on tracks like Give Me Central 209 or the Hooker-inspired Freight Train Blues. Altogether this is a very worthwhile package and is supported by notes from Neil Slaven which give fascinating insights into Lightnin's life and personality. As is often the case with small post war labels, discographical information is vague and unreliable, and even titles appear uncertain: at any rate there are a number of discrepancies in the titles used here compared with earlier reissues. Having said that it is great to have all this important music in one set at a bargain price. JSP have again delivered the goods. (DPR)
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Abilene/ Ain't It A Shame/ Airplane Blues/ All I Got Is Gone/ Appetite Blues/ Automobile/ Automobile Blues/ Baby Child/ Baby Please Don't Go/ Baby, You're Not Going To Make A Fool Out Of Me/ Bad Luck And Trouble/ Bald Headed Woman/ Beggin' You To Stay/ Big Mama Jump/ Black Cat Bone/ Bluebird Blues/ Broken Hearted Blues/ Can't Get That Woman Off My Mind/ Changing Weather Blues/ Coffee Blues/ Come Back Baby/ Contrary Mary/ Coolin' Board Blues/ Daddy Will Be Home One Day/ Dark And Cloudy/ Death Bells/ Dirty House/ Don't Think I'm Crazy/ Down Baby/ Down To The River/ European Blues/ Everybody's Down On Me/ Everything Happens To Me/ Fast Life/ Fast Mail Rambler/ Feel So Bad/ Freight Train Blues/ Give Me Central 209/ Goin' Back And Talk To Mama/ Gone With The Wind/ Good-bye Blues/ Gotta Move/ Grievance Blues/ Grosebeck Blues/ Have To Let You Go/ Henny Penny Blues/ Honey Honey Blues/ Howling Wolf Blues/ I Just Don't Care/ I Wonder Why/ I'm Begging You/ I've Been A Bad Man/ Ida Mae/ Jackstropper Blues/ Jail House Blues/ Katie Mae Blues/ Let Me Fly Your Kite/ Let Me Play With Your Poodle/ Lighting Blues/ Lightnin's Boogie/ Lightnin's Boogie/ Lightnin's Gone Again/ Lonesome Home/ Long Way From Texas/ Loretta Blues/ Mad With You/ Mercy/ Miss Loretta/ Miss Me Blues/ Mistreater Blues/ Moonrise Blues/ Morning Blues/ My California/ New Short Haired Woman/ New York Boogie/ Nightmare Blues/ No Good Woman/ No Mail Blues/ Old Woman Blues/ One Kind Of Flavor/ Organ Boogie/ Papa Bones Boogie/ Picture On The Wall/ Praying Ground Blues/ Racetrack Blues/ Rocky Mountain Blues/ Rollin' Blues/ Rollin' Woman Blues/ Sad News From Korea/ See See Rider/ Seems Funny Baby/ She's Almost Dead/ Shining Moon/ Short Haired Woman/ Shotgun/ So Long/ Somebody's Got To Go/ Someday Baby/ Sugar Mama/ T-Model Blues/ Tell It Like It Is/ Tell Me Boogie/ That Mean Old Twister/ Thinkin' And Worryin'/ Tim Moore's Farm/ Traveler's Blues/ Treat Me Kind/ Trying To Find A Friend/ Unkind Blues/ Unsuccessful Blues/ Untrue Blues/ Walking Blues/ What Can It Be/ Whiskey Blues/ Whiskey Headed Woman/ Why Did You Get Mad At Me/ Woman Woman/ Worried Life Blues/ You Caused My Heart To Weep/ You Don't Know/ Zologo

 
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS & OTHERS JSP JSPCD 7790 Lightnin' Special ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 106 tracks, highly recommended
After the essential Volume 1 (JSP 7705 - $28.98) the story continues with Lightnin's work for Mercury, Decca, Herald, TNT and Chart between 1951-56. Lightnin' accounts for the first two CDs here, providing a mixture of evocative slow blues - the guitar a second voice, filling out the lyrics - and rocking boogies full of over-amped excitement. Neal Slaven, who provides the excellent booklet notes, highlights Lightnin's sides for TNT on the second disc as among his best work from any period, and listening to tracks like Late In The Evening you know he is right. On the closing tracks of disc two drummer L.C. Williams takes over vocal duties, and sounds like Lightnin' with a heavy cold. Hopkins provides some memorable piano for Williams on Trying, Trying, while elsewhere it is his guitar accompaniments that shine. The third disc opens with the first twelve recordings by Lil' Son Jackson whose slightly soft, confiding voice and strongly rhythmical guitar style was deservedly popular in its day. Jackson subsequently made recordings with backing bands, but here he is alone and the better for it. Manny Smith who follows was a less polished, but still competent performer whose only session has a similar feel to a prison field recording. The disc closes with three of Lightnin's first recordings with Thunder Smith which were missing from Volume 1, and another three where Smith was accompanied by guitarist Luther Stoneham. Smith was a good pianist but despite Lightnin' offering some deft Scrapper Blackwell like touches as on West Coast Blues the performances are rather spoiled by Smith's rough, nasal vocals. I first heard the superb Western Rider Blues by Soldier Boy Houston on an old Melodeon LP. The sleeve notes said "This seems to be the only recording by the Texas singer.... who was killed in the Korean war." The anonymous writer was wrong on both counts. Recent research has filled in some details of Soldier Boy's life, and on the fourth disc we have the whole of his great first session reissued for the first time. Several of these sides have strongly autobiographical lyrics and it is fascinating to have this blues cipher spring to life. In contrast to the bouncy rhythms and light tenor voice of Mr Houston, two of the other singer guitarists on the final disc, J.D. Edwards and Frankie Lee Sims, have a more urban sound, J.D. in particular being a strong and expansive singer. The most interesting though is Ernest Lewis, whose Rosa Lee with its attenuated vocal lines and Shake 'Em On Down are among the highlights of the set. On Little Mae Belle Lewis plays some of the guitar figures of influential Texan Funny Papa Smith, but courts disaster when a harmonica player joins him on No More Lovin'. This unrehearsed /improvised quality is also a feature of a few of the band sides, but the overall standard is very good. Many of these tracks have of course been issued several times before, notably on the excellent box set "Down Home Blues Classics - Texas 1946-1954" (Boulevard Vintage 1012 - $24.98) which duplicates 31 tracks here. (A further seven tracks appear on Boulevard Vintage 4003 - now deleted). Despite such duplications JSP's combination of very good sound, well compiled material and a very satisfying format has much to offer. (DPR)
J.D. EDWARDS: Cold In The Evening/ Cryin'/ Hobo/ Playboy Blues/ West Coast Blues/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Ain't It A Shame/ Bad Things On My Mind/ Blues For My Cookie/ Cemetery Blues/ Crazy ‘Bout My Baby/ Don't Need No Job/ Don't Think ‘Cause You're Pretty/ Early Mornin' Boogie/ Evil Hearted Woman/ Finally Met My Baby/ Grandma's Boogie/ Had A Gal Called Sal/ Happy New Year/ Highway Blues/ Hopkins Sky Hop/ I Love You Baby/ I'm Wild About You Baby/ Late In The Evening/ Leavin' Blues/ Life I Used To Live/ Lightnin' Jump/ Lightnin's Boogie/ Lightnin's Special/ Lonesome In Your Home/ Mad As I Can Be/ Merry Christmas/ Moanin' Blues/ Moving On Out Boogie/ Mussy Haired Woman/ My Baby's Gone/ My Little Kewpie Doll/ My Mama Told Me/ Nothin' But The Blues/ Please Don't Go Baby/ Policy Game/ Remember Me/ Shine On Moon/ Sick Feeling Blues/ Sittin' Down Thinkin'/ That's Alright Baby/ The War Is Over/ They Wonder Who I Am/ Walkin' The Streets/ What Kind Of Heart Have You/ What's The Matter Now/ Wonder What Is Wrong With Me/ SOLDIER BOY HOUSTON: Dallas Bebop Blues/ Going To The West Coast/ Hug Me Baby/ In The Army Since 1941/ Lawton, Oklahoma Blues/ Lawyer Houston Blues/ Out In California Blues/ Western Rider Blues/ LIL' SON JACKSON: Bad Whiskey - Bad Women/ Cairo Blues/ Evil Blues/ Freedom Train Blues/ Gambling Blues/ Gone With The Wind/ Ground Hog Blues/ Homeless Blues/ Milford Blues/ No Money, No Love/ Roberta Blues/ Talkin' Boogie/ ERNEST LEWIS: In My Girlish Days/ Little Mae Belle/ Loudella/ No More Lovin'/ Rosa Lee/ Shake ‘Em On Down/ West Coast Blues/ What Wrong Have I Done/ MANNY NICHOLS: Forgive Me/ Forgive Me Baby/ No One To Love Me/ Tall Skinny Mama Blues/ Throw A Little Boogie/ Walkin' Blues/ Walking Talking Blues/ Worried Life/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Cross Country Blues/ Don't Forget Me Baby/ Home Again Blues/ Single Man Blues/ THUNDER SMITH: Big Stars Are Falling/ Can't Do Like You Used To/ Cruel Hearted Woman/ Little Mama Boogiea/ Santa Fe Blues/ West Coast Blues/ L .C. WILLIAMS: Boogie All The Time/ Fannie Mae/ Hole In The Wall/ So Sorry/ Strike Blues/ The Lazy J/ Trying, Trying/ You Can't Take It With You Baby/ You'll Never Miss The Water

 
BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON JSP 7706 The Classic Sides Remastered ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 94 tracks essential
Brilliant, impossible to copy singer and guitarist, Shakespeare of blues poetry, surrealist, gritty social commentator, chaser of wild women, part time wrestler..... Blind Lemon had quite a CV. He also left a wonderful legacy of recorded work, which has never been better presented than on this new box set from JSP. This is not quite, as billed, the complete works (Document DOCD 5625 has a further three tracks - third versions of Got The Blues and Long Lonesome Blues and an alternate take of Corrina Blues) but is the most comprehensive Jefferson set to date. Unlike the Charley Patton box set, which was cluttered with tracks by other artists some of whom had no real connection with Patton, the 94 performances here are all Blind Lemon and are presented in strict chronological order. There is full discographical information and JSP's packaging is attractive, with notes by Drew Kent sketching Lemon's 4 year recording career and mysterious death in 1929. What really sets this reissue apart however is the outstanding job JSP have done in reducing the usual torrent of clicks, pops and surface noise associated with old Paramount 78s while retaining the balance and dynamics of the original recordings. Comparison with the complete works on Document shows a significant improvement on the vast majority of tracks - surface noise is still apparent, and some sides are very worn, but listening is much more comfortable. There is also occasionally the pleasant surprise of a lyric which has been lost in an aural mush for decades becoming startlingly clear. Better still, listen to the version of Matchbox Blues recorded for Okeh when Lemon broke contract with Paramount (for one record only) and hear one of the greatest of all blues records in superior sound. This is a reissue that does the great man justice and deserves a place in every collection. (DPR)

 
LOUIS JORDAN JSP 905 And His Tympani Five ● CD $28.98
Another of those great budget priced sets from JSP - this time devoted to the father of R&B - the great Louis Jordan and his wonderful group The Tympani Five. This set features virtually everything he recorded between December 1938 and December 1950 - 121 tracks in all - over 6 hours of swinging and witty music including all his genre defining songs like A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But A Bird/ Knock Me A Kiss/ Five Guys Named Moe/ Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby/ Ration Blues/ Salt Pork, West Virginia/ Don't let The Sun Catch You Crying/ Choo Choo Ch' Boogie/ Reet, Petite & Gone/Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens and loads more. Includes duets with Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstronga and others. Each CD in the set comes with an 8 page illustrated booklet with brief notes and discographical info. If the lavish 8 CD box set on Bear Family is too much for your pocket this set gives you much of the same material for a fraction of the price.
LOUIS JORDAN: 'Fore Day Blues/ (You Dyed Your Hair) Chartreuse/ After School Swing Session (Swinging With Symphony, Sid)/ Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens/ Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own/ Ain't That Just Like a Woman/ All for the Love of Lil/ At the Swing Cat's Ball/ Baby's Gonna Go, Bye-Bye/ Baby, It's Cold Outside/ Barnacle Bill the Sailor/ Barnyard Boogie/ Beans and Corn Bread/ Beware, Brother, Beware/ Blue Light Boogie/ Boogie Woogie Blue Plate/ Boogie Woogie Came to Town/ Bounce the Ball (Do da Dittle Um Day)/ Brotherly Love (Wrong Ideas)/ But I'll Be Back/ Buzz Me/ Caldonia Boogie/ Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird/ Chicks I Pick Are Slender, Tender and Tall/ Chicky-Mo, Craney-Crow/ Choo Choo Ch'Boogie/ Cole Slaw/ Daddy-O/ Deacon Jones/ Do You Call That a Buddy? (Dirty Cat)/ Don't Burn the Candle at Both Ends/ Don't Come Cryin' on My Shoulder/ Don't Cry, Cry, Baby/ Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying/ Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule/ Doug the Jitterbug/ Early in the Morning/ Every Man to His Own Profession/ Five Guys Named Moe/ Flat Face/ Friendship/ G.I. Jive/ Green Grass Grows All Around/ Have You Got the Gumption?/ Heed My Warning/ Honey in the Bee Ball/ Honeysuckle Rose/ How 'Bout That?/ How Long Must I Wait for You?/ Hungry Man/ I Know What I've Got, Don't Know What I'm Getting/ I Know What You're Putting Down/ I Know You (I Know What You Wanna Do)/ I Like 'Em Fat Like That/ I Want a Roof Over My Head/ I'll Never Be Free/ I'm Alabama Bound/ I'm Gonna Leave You on the Outskirts of Town/ I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town/ If It's Love You Want Baby, That's Me/ Inflation Blues/ Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?/ It's So Easy/ It's a Great, Great Pleasure/ It's a Low Down Dirty Shame/ Jack, You're Dead!/ Jake, What a Snake/ June Tenth Jamboree/ Keep a Knockin'/ Knock Me a Kiss/ Lemonade/ Let the Good Times Roll/ Life Is So Peculiar/ Look Out/ Mama, Mama Blues (Rusty Dusty Blues)/ Mop! Mop!/ My Baby Said Yes (Yip, Yip de Hootie)/ Never Let Your Left Hand Know What Your Right Hand's Doin'/ No Sale/ Oh Boy, I'm in the Groove/ Onion/ Open the Door, Richard/ Pan-Pan/ Penthouse in the Basement/ Petootie Pie/ Pettin' and Pokin'/ Pinetop's Boogie Woogie/ Pompton Turnpike/ Psycho-Loco/ Push-Ka Pee-Shee Pie (The Saga of Saga Boy)/ Ration Blues/ Recoversion Blues/ Reet Petite and Gone/ Roamin' Blues/ Run Joe/ Safe, Sane and Single/ Saint Vitus Dance/ Salt Pork, West Virginia/ Sam Jones Done Snagged His Britches/ Saturday Night Fish Fry/ Saxa-Woogie/ School Days (When We Were Kids)/ Show Me How (You Milk the Cow)/ Small Town Boy/ Somebody Done Changed the Lock on My Door/ Somebody Done Hoodooed the Hoodoo Man/ Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming) - Louis Jordan/ Sure Had a Wonderful Time/ Swingin' in a Coconut Tree/ T-Bone Blues/ Tamburitza Boogie/ Teardrops from My Eyes/ Texas and Pacific/ That Chick's Too Young to Fry/ That'll Just About Knock Me Out/ That's Like It Ought to Be/ Trouble Then Satisfaction/ Two Little Squirrels (Nuts to You)/ Waiting for the Robert E. Lee/ We Can't Agree/ What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again)?/ Why'd You Do It Baby?/ You Ain't Nowhere/ You Broke Your Promise/ You Can't Get That No More/ You Rascal You/ You Run Your Mouth and I'll Run My Business/ You Will Always Have a Friend/ You're Much Too Fat (And That's That)/ You're My Meat/ You're on the Right Track, Baby/ Your Socks Don't Match

 
LEAD BELLY JSP JSPCD 7764 Important Recordings, 1934-1949 ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 97 tracks, recommended
JSP's box sets have helped enormously in improving the sound quality of our pre war collections, but given the scores of Leadbelly [or Lead Belly] CDs currently available, it is tempting to wonder why they took on this project. Leadbelly's legacy of about seven hundred recordings certainly invites a selective approach, and as he made many versions of his standard songs throughout his career JSP's claim that these are the "important" recordings (whatever that may mean) is intriguing. Disc A, covering the 1934-38 field recordings, is excellent. The magnificent voice, the variety of songs (including topical songs), the robust support of the 12 string sometimes embellished with imitations of little "piano pieces", the fast spoken exposition between verses, the sheer power of performance and personality are all much in evidence. One marathon piece Leaving On The Morning Train Blues is, according to JSP, new to CD, while the version of Bourgeois Blues gives the background of racial discrimination by both blacks and whites which prompted the song. Sound quality is very good considering the source material and often significantly better than corresponding tracks on the Rounder reissues. Disc B covers Leadbelly's first commercial recording session, and opens with the first 15 songs in chronological order. The ARC sessions were undoubtedly some of his very best work: the blues which dominate them are outstanding, and C.C. Rider must be one of the most exciting versions on record. Sound quality is well up to the good standard of the Sony/Columbia releases and all the tracks on "Leadbelly" (Col 30035) and "King Of The 12-String Guitar" (46776) are included. Disc C completes the ARC sessions before the focus changes to folk and work songs, nine in the company of the Golden Gate Quartet. These group performances are surprisingly effective, although they take up quite a bit of space in the context of the compilation. It is a pity room could not have made for the compelling field holler Ain't Going Down To The Well No Mo'/ Go Down Old Hannah, which preceded the first Golden Gate recordings, but after the first session with the quartet Leadbelly remained in the studio to produce some of his finest work. The five tracks featured here, starting with a superb Good Morning Blues, are one of the highlights of the set. The final disc, while again interesting and varied and like Disc C offering good sound quality, is a more subdued affair. Some of the tracks seem lacking the usual energy, and the ten that feature a zither player force a more muted presentation of some songs, although Irene with zither accompaniment works very well. Despite his extensive catalogue what little commercial success Leadbelly had was as a live performer for white audiences, so it is appropriate that the set ends with a concert version of Shine On Me just a few months before his death. While we can argue about individual selections this is another JSP box well worth having, supported by informative notes from Neal Slaven drawn from the Charles Wolfe/Kip Lornell biography. As a supplement, Smithsonian/Folkways "Where Did You Sleep Last Night - Leadbelly Legacy Volume 1" (40044 - $15.98) offers superior versions of Rock Island Line and In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down as well as other interesting later work, with only one duplication. (DPR)

 
STICK MCGHEE JSP JSPCD 7763 With Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry - New York Blues ● CD $28.98
Four CD set with 105 tracks of New York City blues recorded between 1947 and 1955. Although Stick (or Sticks) McGhee's name is featured prominently on the cover there are actually more cuts by his older brother Brownie as well as 15 cuts by Sonny Terry. Brownie is featured on a number of the cuts by Stick and Stick is on a several of the Brownie cuts. If you don't already have this material it's a fine selection of New York blues with lots of other great New York musicians in attendance.
BROWNIE MCGHEE: A Letter To Lightniní Hopkins/ Bad Nerves/ Bottom Blues/ Brownieís New Worried Life Blues/ C.C. Baby/ C.C. Rider, Where Did She Go/ Confused/ Contact Me/ Diamond Ring/ Dissatisfied Blues/ Dissatisfied Woman/ Donít Mistreat Me/ Feed Me Baby/ Forgive Me/ Four OíClock In The Morning/ Gone Baby Gone/ Heart In Sorrow/ Heartache Blues/ I Feel So Good/ I Was Fooled/ It Hurts Me Too/ Itís Over/ Iím Gonna Move Cross The River/ Key To The Highway/ Lover (Ease My Worried Mind)/ Mean Old Frisco Alt. Tk/ Mean Ole Frisco/ Meet You In The Morning/ My Consolation/ My Other Home/ New Bad Blood Blues/ New Sporting Life Blues/ Pawn Shop Blues/ Real Good Feeliní/ Sittiní On Top Of The World/ Sittiní Pretty/ Smiling And Crying/ So Much Trouble/ Strangerís Blues/ Sweet Baby Blues/ Sweet Lover/ Tell Me Baby/ The Way I Feel/ True Blues/ Weeping Willow/ Yellow Moon/ You Got To Love Me Baby Too/ STICK MCGHEE: Baby Baby Blues/ Blue And Brokenhearted/ Blue Barrelhouse/ Blues In My Heart & Tears In My Eyes/ Blues Mixture/ Dealiní From The Bottom/ Double Crossiní Liquor/ Drank Up All The Wine Last Night/ Drinkiní Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (First Version)/ Drinkiní Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Second Version)/ Ease My Worried Mind/ Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter/ Head Happy With Wine/ Help Me Baby/ House Warminí Boogie/ Iíll Always Remember/ Iím Doiní All This Time(And You Put Me Down)/ Jungle Juice/ Letís Do It/ Little Things We Used To Do/ Lonesome Road Blues/ Meet You In The Morning/ My Babyís Cominí Back/ My Little Rose/ New Found Love/ No More Reveille/ Oh What A Face/ One Monkey Donít Stop The Show/ Sad, Bad, Glad/ Sheís Gone Rock Away Blues/ Six To Eight/ Southern Menu/ Tall Pretty Woman/ Tennessee Waltz Blues/ The Wiggle Waggle Woo/ Things Have Changed/ Traveliní On/ Venus Blues/ Wee Wee Hours Pt. 1/ Wee Wee Hours Pt. 2/ Whiskey Women And Loaded Dice/ You Gotta Have Something On The Ball/ SONNY TERRY: 4 OíClock Blues/ Airplane Blues/ Baby, Letís Have Some Fun/ Bad Luck Blues/ Dirty Mistreater, Donít You Know/ Going Down Slow/ Harmonica Train/ I Have Had My Fun/ Keys To The Highway/ Lonesome Room/ Mad Man Blues/ Man Ainít Nothiní But A Fool/ No Love Blues/ Telephone Blues/ Wine Headed Woman/ Women Is Killing Me

 
BLIND WILLIE MCTELL JSP JSPCD 7711 The Classic Years 1927-40 ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 84 tracks, essential
The true king of the 12 string guitar, with one of the most distinctive voices in blues, Blind Willie's pre-war recordings were recently reissued as a 3 CD set from Catfish [The Definitive Blind Willie McTell, KATCD 229]. The Catfish set is attractively packaged and has generally excellent sound quality, but is not without faults. East St. Louis Blues plays five seconds of another track before reverting to the correct song, the introduction to You Was Born To Die is also rather odd, and Come On Around To My House Mama has a marked echo. The Catfish set is hardly definitive therefore, but does provide a reference point in considering this new JSP reissue. Compared to the Catfish box five tracks, Dirty Mistreater and alternate takes of Love-Makin' Mama/ Death Room Blues/ Broke Down Engine No.2 and Lord, Send Me An Angel are missing from this set: the loss of Dirty Mistreater is not significant because it is a Curley Weaver performance on which Willie's contribution is minimal, but the omission of the remaining four tracks is disappointing, especially as alternate takes are included for some other titles. The extra disc here is of Willie's 1940 Library of Congress session (otherwise available on Blues Documents BDCD 6001). The first disc contains some of McTell's best work, including the magnificent blues of the Victor sessions and virtuoso ragtime performances for Columbia. The next two CDs feature superbly executed duets with Ruby Glaze, tasty guitar interplay with Curley Weaver, earnest religious pieces and compelling blues, notably Savannah Mama and the wonderful 1933 version of Broke Down Engine. There are also remakes of earlier songs like Southern Can Mama as Willie switched companies to get recording dates during the Depression. While Drew Kent's booklet notes are a little superficial, the final disc, covering the Library of Congress session, provides a fuller picture of McTell the man. The monologues by Willie on his life and recording career confirm him as an intelligent, sensitive and likeable individual. His songs were not his commercial repertoire, but included folk ballads and gospel performances with powerful slide work which echoed that of his friend Blind Willie Johnson. The highlight though is his final masterpiece, Dying Crapshooter's Blues. Presented in significantly better sound than the Blues Documents CD, this disc will be a major plus point for many collectors. To return to the comparison with the Catfish box, both sets are pretty much crackle and pop free, but on those tracks where differences in sound quality are apparent, particularly the early Victor sides, the Catfish transfers have a cleaner, fuller sound. On the other hand the three tracks with specific faults on the Catfish reissue are properly presented on the JSP set, and consequently sound much more natural. Overall a pretty good effort from JSP, if not quite up to the very high standard they have established with some of their previous releases. (DPR)
BLIND WILLIE MCTELL: Ain't It Grand To Be A Christian/ Amazing Grace/ Atlanta Strut/ B And O Blues, No. 2/ B And O Blues, No. 2 (alternate)/ Bell Street Blues/ Bell Street Lightnin'/ Boll Weevil/ Broke Down Engine/ Broke Down Engine Blues/ Broke Down Engine, No. 2/ Chainey/ Climbing High Mountains, Tryin' To Get Home/ Cold Winter Day/ Come On Around To My House Mama/ Cooling Board Blues/ Dark Night Blues/ Death Cell Blues/ Death Room Blues/ Delia/ Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around/ Don't You See How This World Made A Change/ Drive Away Blues/ Drying Crapshooter's Blues/ Dying Gambler/ East St. Louis Blues (fare You Well)/ Experience Blues/ Georgia Rag/ God Don't Like It/ Hillbilly Willie's Blues/ I Got Religion, I'm So Glad/ I Got To Cross The River Jordan/ I Got To Cross The River Of Jordan/ It's A Good Little Thing/ It's Your Time To Worry/ Just As Well Get Ready, You Got To Die/ Kill-it-kid Rag/ Kind Mama/ King Edward Blues/ Lay Some Flowers On My Grave/ Let Me Play With Yo' Yo-yo/ Lonesome Day Blues/ Lord Have Mercy If You Please/ Lord, Send Me An Angel/ Love Changing Blues/ Love-makin' Mama/ Loving Talking Blues/ Low Down Blues/ Lowrider's Blues/ Mama, 'tain't Long Fo' Day/ Mama, Let Me Scoop For You/ Monologue On Accidents/ Monologue On Old Songs/ Monologues On: The History Of The Blues/life As Maker Of Records/on Himself/ Mr. Mctell Got The Blues/ Mr. Mctell Got The Blues (alternate)/ Murderer's Home Blues/ My Baby's Gone/ Old Time Religion, Amen/ Painful Blues/ Razor Ball/ Rollin' Mama Blues/ Rough Alley Blues/ Runnin' Me Crazy/ Savannah Mama/ Scarey Day Blues/ Searching The Desert For The Blues/ Southern Can Is Mine/ Southern Can Mama/ Statesboro Blues/ Stole Rider Blues/ Stomp Down Rider/ Talkin' To Myself/ Teasing Brown/ This Is Not The Stove To Brown You Bread/ Three Women Blues/ Ticket Agent Blues/ Travelin' Blues/ Warm It Up To Me/ We Got To Meet Death One Day/ We Got To Meet Death One Day (alternate)/ Weary Hearted Blues/ Will Fox/ Writin' Paper Blues/ You Was Born To Die/ Your Time To Worry

 
THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND JSP JSPCD 7745 And Cannon's Jug Stompers With Gus Cannon ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 98 tracks, essential..that is if you haven't already got this stuff on JSP or Frog
The first three discs are a straight reprint of the Memphis Jug Band's 1927-30 recordings, as originally issued on JSP and subsequently made available on DGF 15, 16 and 18. The fourth CD of Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers was most recently part of a JSP two CD set with Sleepy John Estes' first recordings. The Memphis Jug Band discs include all the tracks on the Document reissues (DOCD 5021-23 - now out of print) plus twelve - four alternate takes and two performances each by Will Shade, Vol Stevens, Will Weldon and Hattie Hart - which otherwise appeared on Wolf WBCD 004. The Stompers' disc (they recorded 1928-30 not in 1928 only, as the packaging and discographical details here suggest) includes all their output except an alternate take of Viola Lee Blues reissued on DOCD 5032. Two titles by Cannon and Woods on DOCD 5033 are also omitted. All four discs were remastered by the great John R. T. Davis from pristine 78s, which means the sound quality is superb - although there is a little background hiss, you get the full range of the original recordings, making the kazoos and jugs sound surprisingly musical. These are absolutely definitive reissues supported by the original, excellent sleeve notes from Neal Slaven and Keith Briggs, so that if you are building a blues collection this set will be the bargain of the year. For established collectors though it is difficult to avoid thinking that it also represents a missed opportunity. JSP could have made this box irresistible to all blues fans if they had added an extra disc covering MJB's 1932-34 output. (These later recordings have been reissued on Blues Document BDCD 6002, but the sound is nowhere near as good.) Reviews of the three MJB discs appeared in Newsletter 123. The Jug Stompers are generally considered the best of all the jug bands, and they were certainly more musically accomplished and focused than Will Shade's outfit. The informality of the Memphis Jug Band though offers more humour, a greater variety of material and moods, and more warmth. Their best performances like K.C. Moan run Gus' band mighty close, but what can rival the beautiful (and probably mistitled) Going To Germany? Really it's all great, and quite wonderfully presented here. (DPR)

 
MEMPHIS MINNIE JSP JSPCD 7716 Queen Of The Country Blues ● CD $28.98
5 CDs, 124 tracks, essential
This box set features the bulk of the pre war work of one of the blues world's most colorful and influential characters. When she was not using her guitar to beat up anyone who crossed her, Minnie was an accomplished musician, a talented songwriter and superb all round entertainer whose forthright contralto perfectly matched her material. The "All The Published Sides" tag here though is pretty meaningless, since JSP have followed the convention used by discographers of excluding those titles where her playing partner and second husband Joe McCoy took the lead vocal. This means that compared to the corresponding reissues of her early work on Document (DOCD 5028 - 31) some 20 titles are missing, 15 of which are titles where Minnie provides guitar accompaniment. Joe McCoy was certainly a less interesting vocalist than Minnie, but the loss of tracks like When The Levee Breaks and Pile Drivin' Blues is disappointing, if understandable in terms of space limitations. (On the other hand alternate takes missing from the original Document series are included.) It also seems odd to end this compilation in 1937 - Minnie's pre war recordings continued until 1941 - but JSP are planning a second set which will cover the rest of her career. In all other respects this is a very satisfying reissue, supported by excellent notes from Neil Slaven. The first two discs include versions of Bumble Bee, the hit which launched Minnie's career, the famous duets with Joe McCoy which feature some of Minnie's best guitar picking, and the charm and humour of songs like Plymouth Rock Blues which draw on her early experiences of rural life. The third disc sees the last duet with Joe, great solo efforts such as Chickasaw Train Blues, and a different aspect to Minnie's lyric writing skills as she conjures a vivid picture of desperate isolation in Outdoor Blues. By the period covered by the fourth disc (1935) Minnie, like Big Bill Broonzy, had simplified her guitar style to accommodate a greater emphasis on rhythm and "swing", and was recording regularly with a bass and piano accompaniment. Two engaging tributes to the boxing champion Joe Louis include some lovely piano from Black Bob on Joe Louis Strut, while New Orleans Stop Time, a duet with Bumble Bee Slim, is also very enjoyable. The small band format also does result in some less memorable sides however, and the addition of a trumpet player on the fifth disc doesn't really help. As if to demonstrate that Minnie was at her best with more limited accompaniment, two outstanding sessions at the beginning of the final disc find her in top form and producing classics such as Hoodoo Lady. The sound quality of Memphis Minnie reissues has generally been good, but this set probably represents the best all round remastering effort to date. Corresponding tracks match the excellent "Hoodoo Lady" compilation on Columbia (CK 46775), while elsewhere sound is equally good or better than other reissues, so that for example the occasional crackles on the Document/ Blues Document transfers have been removed. Another essential collection. (DPR)
BUMBLE BEE SLIM: New Orleans Stop Time/ MINNIE MCCOY: I'm Going Back Home/ MEMPHIS JUG BAND: Bumble Bee Blues/ Meningitis Blues/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: 'Frisco Town/ After While Blues/ Ain't No Use Trying To Tell On Me/ Ain't Nobody Home But Me (take 1)/ Ain't Nobody Home But Me (take 2)/ Ball And Chain Blues/ Banana Man Blues (i Don't Want That Thing)/ Biting Bug Blues/ Black Cat Blues (take 1)/ Black Cat Blues (take 2)/ Bumble Bee/ Bumble Bee/ Bumble Bee, No. 2/ Can I Do It For You, Pt. 1/ Can I Do It For You, Pt. 2/ Caught Me Wrong Again/ Chickasaw Train Blues (low Down Dirty Thing)/ Crazy Cryin' Blues/ Dirt Dauber Blues/ Dirty Mother For You/ Doctor, Doctor Blues/ Don't Bother It/ Don't Want No Woman/ Down In New Orleans/ Dragging My Heart Around/ Drunken Barrel House Blues/ Fishin' Blues/ Frankie Jean (that Trottin' Fool)/ Garage Fire Blues/ Georgia Skin/ Georgia Skin Blues/ Give It To Me In My Hand (can I Go Home With You)/ Goin' Back To Texas/ Good Girl Blues/ Good Morning/ Grandpa And Grandma Blues/ Hard Down Lie/ Haunted Blues (take 1)/ Haunted Blues (take 2)/ He's In The Ring (doing That Same Old Thing) (take A)/ He's In The Ring (doing That Same Old Thing) (take B)/ Hole In The Wall/ Hoodoo Lady/ Hot Stuff (take 1)/ Hot Stuff (take 2)/ Hustlin' Woman Blues/ I Called You This Morning/ I Don't Want No Woman I Have To Give My Money To/ I Don't Want That Junk Outa You/ I Don't Want You No More/ I Never Told A Lie/ I'm A Bad Luck Woman/ I'm A Gamblin' Woman/ I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuits/ I'm Talking 'bout You, No. 2/ I'm Talking About You/ I'm Waiting On You/ Ice Man (come On Up)/ If You See My Rooster (please Run Him Home)/ It's Hard To Be Mistreated/ Jailhouse Trouble Blues/ Jockey Man Blues/ Joe Louis Strut/ Keep It To Yourself/ Keep It To Yourself (alt. Track)/ Keep On Goin'/ Kind Treatment Blues/ Lay My Money Down (if You Run Around)/ Let Me Ride/ Let's Go To Town/ Living The Best I Can/ Look What You Got (take 1)/ Look What You Got (take 2)/ Man, You Won't Give Me No Money/ Memphis Minnie-jitis Blues (take A)/ Memphis Minnie-jitis Blues (take B)/ Minnie's Lonesome Song/ Mister Tango Blues/ Moanin' The Blues/ Moonshine/ My Butcher Man/ My Strange Man/ New Bumble Bee/ New Dirty Dozen/ No Need You Doggin' Me/ North Memphis Blues/ Out In The Cold/ Outdoor Blues/ Pickin' The Blues/ Plymouth Rock Blues/ Reachin' Pete (take A)/ Reachin' Pete (take B)/ Selling My Pork Chops/ She Put Me Outdoors/ She Wouldn't Give Me None/ Socket Blues/ Somebody's Got To Help You/ Soo Cow Soo/ Squat It/ Stinging Snake Blues/ Sylvester And His Mule Blues/ Today Today Blues/ Too Late/ Tricks Ain't Walking No More/ Weary Woman's Blues/ What Fault You Find Of Me, Pt. 1/ What Fault You Find Of Me, Pt. 2/ What's The Matter With The Mill?/ When The Saints Go Marching Home/ When The Sun Goes Down, Pt. 2/ When You're Asleep/ Where Is My Good Man/ You Ain't Done Nothing To Me/ You Can't Give It Away/ You Can't Rule Me/ You Dirty Mistreater/ You Got To Move, Pt. 1/ You Got To Move, Pt. 2/ You Stole My Cake/ You Wrecked My Happy Home

 
MEMPHIS MINNIE JSP JSPCD 7741 Queen Of The Delta Blues, Volume 2 : 1937-1953 ● CD $28.98
5 CDs, 121 tracks, essential
Memphis Minnie Volume 1 (JSP 7716 - $28.98) was one of the best reissues of 2004, and this second set, covering the rest of the great singer guitarist's career, provides plenty more to enjoy. Compared to corresponding reissues on Wolf, JSP have restricted the sometimes numerous alternate takes of Minnie's later recordings, which makes the set a good deal easier to listen to. A less understandable omission is the exclusion of four songs she recorded for Chess in 1952 (they were reissued on Wolf WBCD -010). Sides where Minnie is supporting husband Ernest Lawlars (Little Son Joe) are included. The first disc picks up the story in 1937, by which time Minnie was recording with small groups which included talented pianist Blind John Davis. With titles like Keep On Sailing/ Keep On Eating and Keep On Walking, there is something of a production line feel to these early sides (although the first is a droll reworking of Bumble Bee Slim's Sail On, Sail On Blues), but they are lifted out of the ordinary by Minnie's fine singing and forceful personality, and nice touches like Charlie McCoy's mandolin. The next four sessions which make up disc two are among the high points of Minnie's career. Tracks like Nothing In Rambling/ Ma Rainey/ In My Girlish Days and of course Me and My Chauffeur Blues are rightly regarded as classics, but the overall standard is superb. Call The Fire Wagon is a delightful echo of her early guitar style, while the evocative Lonesome Shack Blues highlights Minnie's gift for projecting a fantasy - in this case having a shack to escape to from an abusive relationship. Disc three, which opens with Minnie's last pre war session, starts promisingly with I'm Not A Bad Girl, and includes Looking The World Over, a song she reputedly sung to win one of her famous blues contests against Big Bill. The rest of this disc and the first session on disc four though represent a difficult transitional period. After a three year break from recording Minnie was trying to update her sound but the results were disappointing, with some mediocre material, an unbalanced sound on some sessions and Minnie's voice (a shade heavier and sounding almost like her husband's) straining against electric guitars or being worn out by repeated takes. Thankfully by her last 1946 session she is singing and playing much better, and new songs like Daybreak Blues from the following year represent an emphatic return to form. The final disc may give a flavour of Minnie's nightclub act, a mixture of popular songs and blues. The popular songs are not really suited to her style or personality, but the Chicago style blues are often very good, even if Sweet Man and Kidman Blues look back to Bumble Bee and Mr.Tango from 1930. World Of Trouble is also Minnie in top form, only the overcooked Night Watchman Blues jarring a little. The set ends with Little Son Joe, whose best moment was Black Rat Swing, trying to sound like Robert Nighthawk: a sign of the times. Minnie's last two private recordings from 1959 have never been found. Sound quality is generally very good with only a handful of tracks having any appreciable noise and even here listening is always comfortable. Compared to previous reissues sound is as good as on compilations from Columbia, Indigo and Charly, and the noisier tracks are better presented than on Blues Document. Neal Slaven again delivers some nicely judged and informative notes, having space to discuss the music as well as providing biography. Although Volume 2 is a little more uneven than its predecessor, it still contains a lot of wonderful, timeless performances. Listen to Volume 1 as well and you just might suspect that in her time Memphis Minnie made more outstanding records than any other blues singer. (DPR)
LITTLE SON JOE: A Little Too Late/ A.b.c. Blues/ Black Rat Swing/ Bone Yard Blues/ Diggin' My Potatoes/ Ethel Bea/ I'd Write A Letter/ Just Had To Holler/ Key To The World/ My Black Buffalo/ Tuff Luck Blues/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: (i Hope) Luck Will Change Some Day (take 2)/ (i Hope) Luck Will Change Some Day (take 3)/ (oh) Believe Me/ As Long As I Can See You Smile/ Bad Outside Friends/ Black Widow Stinger/ Blues Everywhere/ Boy Friend Blues/ Call The Fire Wagon/ Can't Afford To Lose My Man/ Daybreak Blues (blue Monday Blues) (take 3)/ Daybreak Blues (take 2)/ Don't Lead My Baby Wrong/ Don't Turn The Card/ Down By The Riverside/ Down Home Girl/ Down In The Alley (take 1)/ Down In The Alley (take 2)/ Fashion Plate Daddy/ Finger Print Blues/ Fish Man Blues (take 2)/ Fish Man Blues (take 3)/ Good Biscuits/ Good Soppin' (take 3)/ Got To Leave You (no. 1) (take 1)/ Got To Leave You (no. 1) (take 4)/ Got To Leave You (no. 2) (take 1)/ Got To Leave You (no. 2) (take 2)/ Has Anyone Seen My Man/ Hold Me Blues (no. 2)/ Hold Me Blues (take 1)/ Hold Me Blues (take 2)/ Hold Me Blues (take 3)/ Hold Me Blues (take 4)/ I Am Sailin'/ I Got To Make A Change Blues/ I Hate To See The Sun Go Down/ I'd Rather See Him Dead/ I'm Going Don't You Know/ I'm Not A Bad Girl/ I'm So Glad/ I've Been Treated Wrong/ In Love Again/ In My Girlish Days/ It Was You Baby/ It's Hard To Please My Man/ Jump Little Rabbit/ Keep On Eating/ Keep On Sailing/ Keep On Walking/ Keep Your Big Mouth Closed/ Kidman Blues (take 1)/ Kidman Blues (take 2)/ Killer Diller (take 1)/ Killer Diller Blues (no. 2)/ Killer Diller From The South (take 4)/ Kissing In The Dark/ Lean Meat Won't Fry (take 1)/ Lean Meat Won't Fry (take 3)/ Lonesome Shack Blues/ Looking The World Over/ Love Come And Go/ Low Down Man Blues/ Ma Rainey/ Me An My Chauffeur Blues/ Mean Mistreater Blues/ Million Dollar Blues/ Moaning Blues (no. 1) (take 1)/ Moaning Blues (no. 1) (take 3)/ Moaning Blues (no. 1) (take 4)/ Moaning Blues (no. 2)/ My Baby Don't Want Me No More (take 1)/ My Baby Don't Want Me No More (take 2/ My Gage Is Going Up/ My Man Is Gone Again (take 1)/ My Man Is Gone Again (take 3)/ New Caught Me Wrong Again/ Night Watchman Blues/ Night Watchman Blues/ Nothing In Rambling/ Pig Meat On The Line/ Please Don't Stop Him/ Please Set A Date/ Poor And Wandering Woman Blues/ Remember Me Blues/ Running And Dodging Blues (take 1)/ Running And Dodging Blues (take 2)/ Shout The Boogie (take 3)/ Shout The Boogie (take 4)/ Stop Lying On Me/ Sweet Man/ Tears On My Pillow/ The Man I Love (take 3)/ The Man I Love (take 4)/ The Man I Love (take 5)/ This Is Your Last Chance/ Three Times Seven Blues/ Tonight I Smile With You/ True Love/ Walking And Crying Blues/ Wants Cake When I'm Hungry/ Western Union/ What A Night/ When My Man Comes Home/ When You Love Me/ Why Did I Make You Cry/ World Of Trouble/ Worried Baby Blues/ You Got To Get Out Of Here/ You Need A Friend

 
MA RAINEY JSP JSPCD 7793 Mother Of The Blues ● CD $28.98
5 CDs, 111 tracks, essential
An independent minded woman, brilliantly fashioning her own material from a mixture of folk, vaudeville and blues sources, blessed with a magnificent voice and supported by musicians of the quality of Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds and Coleman Hawkins, Ma Rainey had no equivalent and arguably no equal among the so called "classic" blues singers. This JSP box features the complete works as issued by Document, including take two of Traveling Blues which appeared on their "Too Late, Too Late Volume 2" (DOCD 5126). Generally though for an artist of such stature Ma has had rather a thin time of it from CD reissue companies, probably because of the difficulty of remastering her Paramount recordings. About half were made in the acoustic era (i.e. pre 1926), and all were subject to Paramount's usual poor quality pressings. To make matters worse, the popularity of the discs was such that today even best available copies are often in very worn condition. The task of improving on the sound of the Document reissues is not therefore an easy one. Comparing the Document discs with this new set shows that on the first three JSP discs, and on disc five, the character of the transfers is essentially the same, with little difference in the sound of the better condition tracks beyond a tidying up of occasional clicks etc by JSP. Compared to the more noisy Document transfers however, JSP have usually managed some worthwhile noise reduction which may not always be obvious on casual listening, but which helps to highlight the vocals. Tracks benefiting from this treatment include Bo-Weavil Blues/ Last Minute Blues/ Shave 'Em Dry Blues/ Cell Bound Blues/ Levee Camp Moan/ Slave To The Blues/ Titanic Man Blues and Screech Owl Blues. It is on the fourth JSP disc though that the improvement is most marked. Even with on occasion a fair amount of background hiss, the JSP sound is clearer, especially on tracks like Gone Daddy Blues/ Misery Blues/ Dead Drunk Blues and Slow Driving Moan, where the Document versions sound muffled. All of which means JSP have achieved a significant improvement in presenting these treasures and chalked up one of their most important reissues to date. Max Haymes' booklet notes give some background but read like the product of desk research and fail to engage with the music - a minus point but minor consideration when the music speaks so eloquently for itself. A great set, and good value too. (DPR)
MA RAINEY: Bad Luck Blues/ Barrel House Blues/ Big Feeling Blues/ Black Dust Blues/ Black Eye Blues/ Black Eye Blues/ Blame It On The Blues/ Bo-weavil Blues/ Bo-weavil Blues/ Daddy Goodbye Blues/ Don't Fish In My Sea/ Dream Blues/ Farewell Daddy Blues/ Grievin' Hearted Blues/ Honey Where You Been So Long/ Last Minute Blues/ Leaving This Morning/ Little Low Mama Blues/ Lost Wondering Blues/ Lucky Rock Blues/ Ma And Pa Poorhouse Blues/ Ma Rainey's Mystery Record/ Moonshine Blues/ Morning Hour Blues/ Mountain Jack Blues/ Mountain Jack Blues/ Runaway Blues/ Screech Owl Blues/ Shave 'em Dry Blues/ Sleep Talking Blues/ Sleep Talking Blues/ Southern Blues/ Sweet Rough Man/ Those All Night Long Blues/ Those All Night Long Blues/ Those Dogs Of Mine/ Tough Luck Blues/ Trust No Man/ Walking Blues/ Army Camp Harmony Blues/ Army Camp Harmony Blues/ Bessemer Bound Blues/ Bessemer Bound Blues/ Big Boy Blues/ Black Cat Hoot Owl Blues/ Blues Oh Blues/ Blues The World Forgot/ Blues The World Forgot/ Booze And Blues/ Broken Hearted Blues/ Broken Soul Blues/ Cell Bound Blues/ Chain Gang Blues/ Countin' The Blues/ Countin' The Blues/ Damper Down Blues/ Dead Drunk Blues/ Deep Moaning Blues/ Deep Moaning Blues/ Down In The Basement/ Explaining The Blues/ Explaining The Blues/ Four Day Honorary Scat/ Four Day Honorary Scat/ Georgia Cake Walk/ Gone Daddy Blues/ Goodbye Daddy Blues/ Hear Me Talking To You/ Hustlin' Blues/ Jealous Hearted Blues/ Jealousy Blues/ Jelly Bean Blues/ Lawd Send Me A Man Blues/ Levee Camp Moan/ Log Camp Blues/ Louisiana Hoo-doo Blues/ Ma Rainey's Black Bottom/ Memphis Bound Blues/ Misery Blues/ Moonshine Blues/ New Bo Weavil Blues/ Night Time Blues/ Night Time Blues/ Oh My Babe Blues/ Oh Papa Blues/ Prove It To Me Blues/ Rough And Tumble Blues/ See See Rider Blues/ See See Rider Blues/ Seeking Blues/ Seeking Blues/ Sissy Blues/ Slave To The Blues/ Slow Driving Moan/ Soon This Morning/ South Bound Blues/ Stack O'lee Blues/ Stormy Sea Blues/ Titanic Man Blues/ Titanic Man Blues/ Toad Frog Blues/ Traveling Blues/ Traveling Blues/ Victim Of The Blues/ Weeping Woman Blues/ Wring And Twisting Blues/ Ya Da Do/ Ya Da Do/ Yonder Comes The Blues/ Hellish Rag/ Ice Bag Papa

 
FRANKIE LEE SIMS/ MERCY DEE WALTON JSP JSPCD 4217 Masterly Texas Blues - Music With A Swagger ● CD $22.98
Two CD set with 29 tracks each by two outstanding Texas bluesmen - singer/ guitarist Frankie Lee Sims and singer/ piano player Mercy Dee Walton. The Sims tracks features all his Specialty, Ace and Vin recordings made between 1953 and 1957 and the Mercy Dee tracks feature a cross section of his sides made for various labels between 1949 and 1955.
FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Boogie 'Cross the Country/ Cryin' Won't Help You/ Don't Take It out on Me/ Frankie Lee's 2 O'Clock Jump/ Frankie's Blues/ Hawk Shuffle/ Hey Little Girl/ How Long/ I Done Talked and I Done Talked/ I Warned You Baby/ I'll Get Along Somehow/ I'm So Glad/ Jelly Roll Baker/ Long Gone/ Lucy Mae Blues/ Lucy Mae Blues (Part 2)/ Married Woman/ Misery Blues/ My Talk Didn't Do No Good/ No Good Woman/ Raggedy and Dirty/ Rhumba My Boogie/ She Likes to Boogie Real Low/ Walking Boogie/ Walking with Frankie/ Well Goodbye Baby/ What Will Lucy Do/ Wine and Gin Bounce/ Yeh, Baby!/ MERCY DEE WALTON: Bi Foot Country/ Bird Brain Baby/ Bought Love/ Come Back Maybellene/ Danger Zone (Crepe on Your Door)/ Dark Muddy Bottom/ Empty Life/ Evil and Hanky/ Fall Guy/ G.I. Fever (Baba-Du-Lay-Fever)/ Get to Gettin'/ Happy Bachelor/ Have You Ever/ Homely Baby/ Lonesome Cabin Blues/ Main Event/ My Woman Knows the Score/ Oh Oh Please/ Old Fashioned Ways/ One Room Country Shack/ Pay Off (Anything in the World)/ Please Understand (All Over)/ Rent Man Blues/ Roamin' Blues/ Romp & Stomp Blues/ Straight and Narrow/ Stubborn Woman/ Trailing My Baby/ Travelin' Alone Blues

 
BESSIE SMITH JSP JSPCD 929 Empress Of The Blues, Volume 1 ● CD $28.98
Four CD set with 89s tracks. The first of two boxes to present the complete recordings of the great Bessie Smith in chronological order features all her recordings made between February 1923 and and May 1926. Though sound quality is not up to the standard of the incredible series of Bessie reissues on the Frog label (Frog 40 through Frog 47 - $18.98 each) and does not include the alternate takes included in that series this is a great way to get an almost complete collection of Bessie at a low price.
BESSIE SMITH: Aggravatin' Papa/ Any Woman's Blues/ At The Christmas Ball/ Baby Doll/ Baby Won't You Please Come Home/ Beale Street Mama/ Bleeding Hearted Blues/ Bo Weavil Blues/ Cake Walkin' Babies From Home/ Careless Love/ Cemetery Blues/ Chicago Bound Blues/ Cold In Hand Blues/ Dixie Flyer Blues/ Downhearted Blues/ Dyin' Gambler Blues/ Easy Come Easy Go Blues/ Eavesdroppers Blues/ Far Away Blues/ Florida Bound Blues/ Follow The Deal On Down/ Frankie Blues/ Frosty Mornin' Blues/ Golden Rule Blues/ Graveyard Dream Blues/ Gulf Coast Blues/ Hard Drivin' Papa/ Hard Time Blues/ Hateful Blues/ Haunted House Blues/ He's Gone Blues/ Honey Man Blues/ House Rent Blues/ I Ain't Going To Play Second Fiddle/ I Ain't Got Nobody/ I Want Every Bit/ I'm Going Back To My Used To Be/ I've Been Mistreated And I Don't Like It/ If You Don't I Know Who Will/ J. C. Holmes Blues/ Jail House Blues/ Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town/ Keeps On Rainin'/ Lady Luck Blues/ Lonesome Desert Blues/ Lost Your Head Blues/ Louisiana Low Down Blues/ Love Me Daddy Blues/ Mama's Got The Blues/ Midnight Blues/ Mistreatin' Daddy/ Money Blues/ Moonshine Blues/ Mountain Top Blues/ My Man Blues/ My Sweetie Went Away/ Nashville Women's Blues/ New Gulf Coast Blues/ Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine/ Nobody's Blues But Mine/ Oh Daddy Blues/ Outside Of That/ Pinchbacks - Take `Em Away/ Rainy Weather Blues/ Reckless Blues/ Red Mountain Blues/ Rockin' Chair Blues/ Salt Water Blues/ Sam Jones Blues/ Sinful Blues/ Sing Sing Prison Blues/ Sobbin' Hearted Blues/ Soft Pedal/ Squeeze Me/ Squeeze Me/ St Louis Gal/ The Bye Bye Blues/ The Gin House Blues/ The St Louis Blues/ The Yellow Dog Blues/ Them Has Been Blues/ Ticket Agent Ease Your Window Down/ Weeping Willow Blues/ What's The Matter Now?/ Whoa Tillie Take Your Time/ Woman's Trouble Blues/ Work House Blues/ Yodelin' Blues/ You've Been A Good Old Wagon/ `Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do

 
BESSIE SMITH JSP JSPCD 930 Empress Of The Blues, Volume 2 ● CD $28.98

BESSIE SMITH: After You've Gone/ Alexander's Rag Time Band/ Baby Have Pity On Me/ Back Water Blues/ Black Mountain Blues/ Blue Blue/ Blue Spirit Blues/ Careless Love/ Devil's Gonna Git You/ Dirty No Gooder Blues/ Do Your Duty/ Don't Cry Baby/ Dyin' By the Hour/ Empty Bed Blues - Part 1/ Empty Bed Blues - Part 2/ Film Soundtrack - St. Louis Blues/ Film Soundtrack Introduction/ Foolish Man Blues/ Frosty Mornin/ Gimme a Pigfoot/ Good Man is Hard To Find, A/ He's Got Me Goin'/ Homeless Blues/ Hot Spring Blues/ Hustlin' Dan/ I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama/ I'd Rather Be Dead And Buried/ I'd Rather Be Dead and Buried/ I'm Down In the Dumps/ I'm Wild About the Thing/ I've Got What It Takes/ In the House Blues/ It Makes My Love Come Down/ It Won't Be You/ Keep It To Yourself/ Kitchen Man/ Lady Luck Blues/ Lock and Key/ Long Old Road/ Looking For My Man Blues/ Me and My Gin/ Mean Old Bed Bug Blues/ Midnight Blues/ Moan Mourners/ Muddy Water (Mississippi Moan)/ Muddy Water (Mississippi Moan)/ Nashville Women's Blues/ Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl/ New Orleans Hop Scop Blues/ Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out/ On Revivial Day/ One and Two Blues/ Pickpocket Blues/ Please Help Me Get Him Off My Mind/ Poor Man's Blues/ Preachin' the Blues/ Put It Right In There/ Safety Mama/ See If I Care/ See If I Care/ Send Me To the 'Lectric Chair/ Shipwreck Blues/ Slow and Easy Man/ Soft Pedal/ Spider Man Blues/ St. Louis Gal/ Standin' In the Rain/ Sweet Mistreater/ Take It Right Back/ Take Me For a Buggy Ride/ Them Graveyard Words/ There'll Be a Hot Time In the Old Town Tonight/ Thinking Blues/ Trombone Cholly/ Washwoman's Blues/ Wasted Life Blues/ Worn Out Papa Blues/ Yellow Dog Blues/ Yes Indeed He Do/ Yodelin' Blues/ You Don't Understand/ You Ought To Be Ashamed/ You've Got To Give Me Some/ Young Woman's Blues

 
SUNNYLAND SLIM & HIS PALS JSP JSPCD 7783 The Classic Sides, 1947-1953 ● CD $28.98
Four CD set with 104 tracks featuring classic Chicago blues by the great singer & piano player Sunnyland Slim and some of the many people he worked with. There are 54 tracks under Slim's own name which is most, but not all, of his recordings made between 1947 and 1955 and range from his first sides as a Doctor Clayton imitator to urban blues with small combos with horns to down home sides with just harmonica and guitar. He is accompanied by musicians like Blind John Davis, Lonnie Johnson, Leroy Foster, Alex Atkins, Robert Lockwood (who provides some truly dazzling guitar accompaniments), Snooky Pryor, Big Crawford, J.T. Brown, Eddie Taylor, Louis Myers and others. The rest of the set features Slim in an accompanying role in sessions by Floyd Jones, Little Walter, The Fat man, Johnny Shines, Robert Lockwood, Leroy Foster, J.B. lenoir, Jimmy Rogers and St. Louis Jimmy. The cuts by Slim are on the three Classics CDs of him (5013, 5035, 5171) which includes his Aristocrat sides (not included here) and most of the other tracks have been reissued elsewhere though I believe the 10 St. Louis Jimmy tracks are new to CD.
THE FAT MAN: Glad I Don't Worry No More/ You've Got To Stop This Mess/ LEROY FOSTER: Blues Is Killin' Me/ Late Hours At Midnight/ Louella/ Pet Rabbit/ FLOYD JONES: Ain't Times Hard/ Any Old Lonesome Day/ Big World/ Dark Road/ Floyd's Blues/ Schooldays On My Mind/ J.B. LENORE: How Can I Leave/ How Much More/ I Have Married/ I Want My Baby/ I'll Die Tryin'/ Let's Roll/ Louise/ People Are Meddlin' In Our Affairs/ Slow Down Woman/ The Mojo/ The Mountain/ Wanna Play A Little While/ ROBERT LOCKWOOD: Dust My Broom/ Dust My Broom/ Glory For Man/ I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole/ My Daily Wish/ Pearly B/ JIMMY ROGERS: I'm In Love/ Ludella/ That's All Right/ JOHNNY SHINES: Living In The White House/ Please Don't/ ST. LOUIS JIMMY: Chicago Woman Blues/ Hard Work Boogie/ I Sit Up All Night/ I'm Not Satisfied/ Mother's Day/ Nervous Breakdown/ Old Age Has Got Me/ Shame On You Baby/ State Street Blues/ Trying To Change My Ways/ Your Evil Ways/ SUNNYLAND SLIM: (Low Down) Sunnyland Train/ 5 Foot 4 Gal/ Across The Hall Blues/ Ain't Nothing But A Child/ Back To Korea Blues/ Bad Times (Cost Of Living)/ Bassology/ Bassology/ Be Mine Alone/ Be My Baby/ Blue Baby/ Broke And Hungry/ Brown Skin Woman/ Brown Skin Woman/ Brown Skinned Woman/ City Of New Orleans/ Devil Is A Busy Man/ Down Home Child/ Every Time I Get To Drinking/ Farewell Little Girl/ Four Day Bounce/ Gin Drinkin' Baby/ Hard Time (When Mother's Gone)/ Hard Times/ Hit The Road Again/ I Done You Wrong/ I Done You Wrong/ I Want My Baby/ Illinois Central/ It's All Over Now/ I'm Just A Lonesome Man/ I've Done You Wrong/ Jivin' Boogie/ Keep Your Hands Out Of My Money/ Leaving Your Town (No Name Blues)/ Mary Lee/ Mud Kicking Woman/ My Heavy Load/ Nappy Head Woman/ No Whiskey Blues/ Orphan Boy Blues/ Roll, Tumble And Slip (I Cried)/ Sad And Lonesome/ School Days/ Shake It Baby/ Shake It Baby/ Sunnyland Special/ Sweet Lucy Blues/ That Woman/ Train Time (4 O'Clock Blues)/ Troubles Of My Own/ Walking With The Blues/ When I Was Young/ When I Was Young (Shake It Baby)/ Woman Trouble (Overnite)/ Worried About My Baby/ Worried About My Baby

 
SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGHEE JSP JSPCD 7721 Country Blues Troubadours, 1938-1941 ● CD $28.98
Another of those fine blues box sets from JSP - this time devoted to this prolific duo who are sometimes overlooked by blues fans. This presents a collection of 125 tracks recorded between 1938 and 1948 from their earliest solo appearances to their first joint efforts and subsequent solo and joint efforts in a variety of settings including tracks with sidemen like Brownie's brother Stick, Ralph Willis, Baby Dodds, Champion Jack Dupree and others. In spite of the plethora of Sonny & Brownie material out there this set includes a fair number of tracks not currently availabl on CD including some of Brownie's elusive Alert recordings.
BROTHER GEORGE & HIS SANCTIFIED SINGERS: Done What My Lord Said/ I Want King Jesus/ I Want To See Jesus/ What Will I Do (Without The Lord)/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Ain't No Tellin'/ Aunt Jane's Blues/ Auto Mechanic Blues/ B.M. Blues/ Back Door Stranger/ Back Home Blues/ Bad Blood/ Barbecue Any Old Time/ Be Good To Me/ Big Legged Woman/ Born For Bad Luck/ Brown Mule Blues/ Brownie's Guitar Boogie/ Coal Miner Blues/ Country Boy Boogie/ Dealing With The Devil/ Death Of Blind Boy Fuller/ Death Of Blind Boy Fuller(alt. tk)/ Deep Sea Diver/ Dissatisfied Woman/ Dollar Bill/ Double Trouble (take 1)/ Double Trouble (take 2)/ Evil But Kindhearted/ Go On Blues/ Goodbye Now/ Got To Find My Little Woman/ Hard Bed Blues/ Hello Blues/ How Can I Love You/ I Don't Believe In Love/ I Don't Care/ I'm A Black Woman's Man/ I'm A Black Woman's Man (alt.tk)/ I'm Callin' Daisy/ I'm Talking About It/ BROWNIE & STICKS MCGHEE: If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: It Must Be Love/ Jealous Of My Woman/ Key To My Door/ Key To The Highway 70 (take 1)/ Key To The Highway 70 (take 2)/ Let Me Tell You 'Bout My Baby/ Lovin' With A Feeling/ Mabelle/ Married Woman Blues/ Me And My Dog/ Me And My Dog Blues/ Mean Old Frisco/ Million Lonesome Women/ Money Spending Woman/ BROWNIE & STICKS MCGHEE: Movin' To Kansas City/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: My Barkin' Bulldog Blues/ My Bulldog Blues/ My Fault/ Night Time Is The Right Time/ Not Guilty Blues/ Pawnshop Blues/ Picking My Tomatoes/ Poison Woman Blues/ Poor Boy Blues/ BROWNIE & STICKS MCGHEE: Precious Lord Hold My Hand/ Railroad Bill/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Robbie-Doby Boogie/ BROWNIE & STICKS MCGHEE: Rocks In My Bed/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Rum Cola Papa/ Seaboard And Southern/ Sinful Disposition Woman/ So Long Baby/ So Much Trouble/ Sportin' Life Blues/ Step It Up And Go/ Step It Up And Go No. 2/ Swing, Soldier, Swing (take 1)/ Swing, Soldier, Swing (take 2)/ BROWNIE & STICKS MCGHEE: Tennessee Shuffle/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: The Way I Feel/ Try Me One More Time/ Unfair Blues/ Woman I'm Done/ Workingman's Blues/ Worried Life Blues/ Wrong Man Blues/ Easy Ridin' Buggy/ Knockabout Blues (Carolina Blues)/ That's The Stuff (Watch Out)/ Women Lover Blues/ SONNY TERRY: All Alone Blues/ Beer Garden Blues/ Blowing The Blues/ Crow Jane Blues/ Custard Pie Blues/ Early Morning Blues/ Forty-Four Whistle Blues/ Fox Chase/ Fox Chase/ Fox Chase/ Fox Chase/ Harmonica Rag/ Hot-Headed Woman/ John Henry/ Leavin' Blues/ Lost John/ Lost John/ Mountain Blues/ New Love Blues/ Riff And Harmonica Jump/ Run Away Woman/ Screamin' And Cryin' Blues/ Shake Down/ Sweet Woman/ The New John Henry/ The Red Cross Store/ Train Whistle Blues/ Whoopin' The Blues/ Worried Man Blues/ Harmonica And Washboard Blues/ Harmonica And Washboard Breakdown/ Harmonica Blues/ Harmonica Stomp/ Touch It Up And Go

 
EDDIE "CLEANHEAD VINSON/ JIM WYNN JSP JSPCD 7760 Honk For Texas ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 103 tracks, 4 hours 53 min., recommended
This collection spends two and a half discs chronicling Vinson's solo career, beginning with his days at Mercury directly after leaving the Cootie WIlliams Orchestra, and ending with his tenure at King Records (1949-52), where he and owner Sid Nathan did not always see eye-to-eye on his music. Vinson, with his identifying vocal catch, was not just the most popular Texas sax player of his time, but his orchestra took a proverbial back seat to few others (the obvious exceptions being Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway) when it came to fame and drawing power. The last disc and a half are dedicated to fellow Texas sax man Jim Wynn, whose recording career is sampled from 1945-54, with generally pleasing results, even if Wynn's vocalists (he had three!) lacked Vinson's personality and humor. Flimsy cardboard slipcase, but rock solid music and notes from blues scholar Neil Slaven. (JC)

 
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON & OTHERS JSP JSPCD 7766 The Classic Sides, 1951-1954 ● CD $28.98
Four CD set featuring a wonderful collection of mostly down home blues from the Trumpet label including all the recordings for that label (including some originally unissued) by Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller), Big Joe Williams, Luther Huff, Arthur "Big Boy" CRudup, Bobo Thomas, Elmore james, Jerry McCain, Willie Love, Sherman "Blues" Johnson, Tiny Kennedy and Wally Mercer. It's all been out before on various labels but, as we say around here, it's nice to have it all in one place. Includes notes by Neil Slaven.

 
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON JSP JSPCD 7797 The Original Sonny Boy Williamson, Vol. 1 ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 100 tracks, essential
The first of two box sets to feature the complete recordings of this brilliant and influential singer and harmonica player including, not only the titles issued under his own name but his accompaniments to his friends and musical associates Robert Lee McCoy, Big Joe Williams, Henry Townsend, Elijah Jones, Yank Rachell, 'Jackson' Joe Williams and Speckled Red. John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson was a wonderful singer with a warm down home style and a brilliant and innovative harmonica player whose playing was to redefine blues harmonica playing until the emergence of Little Walter. His playing, singing and songs were to prove an immense influence on subsequent generations of blues performers and contributed to the ascendancy of the blues scene in Chicago where he was based and there's no doubt he would have been a major figure in the 50s had he not met an untimely demise in 1948. Although some of his most famous songs are based on songs originated by other artists, Sonny Boy invested them with his own distinctive approach which resulted in them being the template for future versions. The 100 tracks here were recorded between May 1937 and July 1939 and are mostly country blues flavored becoming somewhat more urban with the last two sessions - the July 1939 sessions including Chicago veteran Big Bill Broonzy on guitar. Since most of the artists he backs here were musicians he had worked closely with for a number of years the empathy between them is stunning - the guitars intertwining and beautifully echoing the vocal lines. There is just one classic performance after another and it is a testament to Sonny Boy's popularity that although the artists he accompanied turn in stunning performances it's the songs that Sonny Boy recorded that would become standards. Sound quality is excellent and Neil Slaven provides his usual high quality notes within the space limitations. (FS)

 
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON JSP JSPCD 77101 The Later Years, 1939-1947 ● CD $28.98
Four CD, 104 tracks, approx 5 hours, essential
The second and final volume of the complete recordings of one of the most popular and influential blues singers and harmonica players of all time. This four CD set has 104 tracks recorded between 1939 and 1947. Reiterating from my review of volume 1 John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson was a wonderful singer with a warm down home style and a brilliant and innovative harmonica player whose playing was to redefine blues harmonica playing until the emergence of Little Walter who built on what Sonny Boy had created. His playing, singing and songs were to prove an immense influence on subsequent generations of blues performers and contributed to the ascendancy of the blues scene in Chicago where he was based and there's no doubt he would have been a major figure in the 50s had he not met an untimely demise in 1948. Although some of his most famous songs are based on songs originated by other artists, Sonny Boy invested them with his own distinctive approach which resulted in them being the template for future versions. This set shows Sonny Boy's style moving away from a rural approach to a more agressive urban style with accompaniments by larger groups, often including bass and drums. His singing and playing are consistently stunning, with not a single mediocre song on the set, and if you're a Chicago blues fan you'll recognize many songs from their later covers like My Little Machine/ Sloppy Drunk Blues/ MIllion Years Blues (covered by B.B. King as My Heart Beats Like A Hammer/ My Black Name Blues/ Check Up On My Baby Blues (covered by the "other" Sonny Boy Williamson) and others. There are a couple of interesting war songs Win The War Blues and we Got To Win. In addition to all the great songs under his own name we have him accompanying Yank Rachell on 16 tracks including Yank's Loudella Blues, later covered by Jimmy Rogers and 23 tracks accompanying the great singer and 9 string guitarist Big Joe Williams - these are all superb performances. Accompanimnents include a who's who of Chicago musicians including Big Bill Broonzy, Joshua Altheimer, Blind John Davis, Ransom Knowling, Washboard Sam, Jump Jackson, Big Maceo, Tampa Red, Willie Dixon, Judge Riley, Eddie Boyd, Willie Lacey and others. Excellent sound and informative notes round out an essential package for any blues fan. (FS)
YANK RACHEL: 38 Pistol Blues/ Army Man Blues/ Biscuit Baking Woman/ Bye Bye Blues/ Hobo Blues/ Insurance Man Blues/ It Seem Like a Dream/ Katy Lee Blues/ Loudella Blues/ Peach Tree Blues/ Rainy Day Blues/ She Loves Who She Please/ Tappin' That Thing/ Up North Blues (There's a Reason)/ Worried Blues/ Yellow Yam Blues/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Baby Please Don't Go/ Baby Please Don't Go (Alternate Take)/ Bad and Weak Hearted Blues/ Banta Rooster Blues/ Break 'Em on Down/ Don't You Leave Me Here/ Drop Down Blues/ Highway 49/ House Lady Blues/ I'm a Highway Man/ King Biscuit Stomp/ Mean Step Father Blues/ Mellow Apples/ North Wind Blues/ P Vine Blues/ Please Don't Go/ Somebody's Been Worryin'/ Someday Baby/ Stack of Dollars/ Throw a Boogie Woogie/ Vitamin a/ Wanita/ Wild Cow Moan/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Alcohol Blues/ Apple Tree Swing/ Better Cut That Out/ Big Apple Blues/ Big Boat/ Black Panther Blues/ Blues About My Baby/ Blues That Made Me Drunk/ Bring Another Half a Pint/ Broken Heart Blues/ Check Up on My Baby Blues/ Coal and Iceman Blues/ Come on Baby and Take a Walk/ Decoration Day Blues, No. 2/ Desperado Woman Blues/ Drink on, Little Girl/ Early in the Morning/ Elevator Woman/ G.M. & O. Blues/ Ground Hog Blues/ Honey Bee Blues/ Hoodoo Hoodoo/ I Been Dealing with the Devil/ I Have Got to Go/ I Love You for Myself/ I'm Gonna Catch You Soon/ Jivin' the Blues/ Lacey Belle/ Little Girl/ Love Me, Baby/ Mattie Mae Blues/ Mean Old Highway/ Mellow Chick Swing/ Million Years Blues/ Miss Stella Brown Blues/ My Baby Made a Change/ My Black Name Blues/ My Little Machine/ New Early in the Morning/ No Friend Blues/ Polly Put Your Kettle On/ Rub a Dub/ Shady Grove Blues/ Shake the Boogie/ She Don't Love Me That Way/ She Was a Dreamer/ Shotgun Blues/ Sloppy Drunk Blues/ Sonny Boy's Cold Chills/ Sonny Boy's Jump/ Southern Dream/ Springtime Blues/ Stop Breaking Down/ Sugar Gal/ Train Fare Blues/ War Times Blues/ We Got to Win/ Welfare Store Blues/ Western Union Man/ What's Gettin' Wrong with You/ Willow Tree Gal/ Win the War Blues/ Wonderful Time/ You Got to Step Back/ You're an Old Lady

 
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 all his studio 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 biznes 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/ Ainít Nobodyís Buess/ Ainít Nobodyís Business Pt 1/ Ainít Nobodyís 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/ Donít Ever Move A Man Into Your House/ Donít Tell Me Now/ Drinkiní Beer (Hav Ball)/ Drunk Broke And Hungry/ Ernestine/ Failing By degrees/ Fast Woman, Slow/ Feeliní 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 Workiní Blues/ Hard-Working Manís 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/ Iím Goiní Around Circles/ Iím Just A Ladies Man/ Iím Just Wonderin, Part 1/ Iím Just Wonderin, Part 2/ Iím Not Too Young/ Jayís Blues Part 1/ Jayís 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/ Moneyís Getting Cheaper/ Move Me Baby/ New Orleans Woman/ No Rolliní 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 Loviní Baby/ The Day Is Dawning/ The Last Mile/ The New Look/ The Wind Is Blowiní/ Thelma Lee Blues/ There Ainít NothiBetter/ Third Floor Blues/ Times Gettiní Tougher Than Tough Alt Take/ Two Little Girls/ Voodoo Woman Blues/ Wandering Gal Blues/ Wee Baby Blues/ When I Had My Money/ Whoís Been Jiviní/ Would My Baby Make A Change/ You Canít Kiss A Dream Goodnight/ Your Red Wagon/ ke Me Back Baby


 

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