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VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP 7702 Charley Patton & Associates - Complete Recordings ● CD $28.98
5CDs, 92 tracks, 285 minutes, essential
The importance of Charley Patton seems to have crested with three box sets in the last two years. Catfish entered in early 2001 with their well done, yet inexpensive, 3-disc set and Revenant finished out the year with an elaborate and costly 7-CD masterpiece. JSP hands in yet another Patton box, this time five CD's with close to five hours of playing time. Chronologically laid out, disc one contains Patton's fourteen tracks as well as four from Buddy Boy Hawkins dating to the June, 1929, session in Richmond. Disc two gathers sixteen of the sides Charley delivered in October of 1929 in Grafton, Wisconsin, along with Edith North Johnson's four piano offerings, while the third disc in the set also stems from the same session; Patton's even dozen are coupled with four from Henry 'Son' Sims. Disc four compiles the stunning sixteen tracks from the June, 1930 date, where Patton brought along Son House, Willie Brown, and Louise Johnson. House is spellbinding for three two-part masterpieces; My Black Mama/ Preachin' The Blues, and Dry Spell Blues, while the test of Walkin' Blues sounds absolutely better than ever. Brown's pairing of Future Blues and M&O Blues is breathtaking as well, and Louise Johnson's five show a driving pianist not afraid to get in the alley with the two-part All Night Long. The fifth CD has a few additional Patton cuts from the same date plus Wheeler Ford's powerful vocals fronting the Delta Big Four in May, while the balance is made up of Charley's final sessions. He traveled to New York in late January of 1934, and over three days, he and Bertha Lee delivered a dozen sides. While there's not a lot of gloss and shine to the JSP box, it does offer incredible value. With much more included compared to the Catfish box, JSP comes out far ahead. Granted, it doesn't measure up to Revenant's expensive polish, and although it is a little less designed than what Catfish offers, by comparing all three sets, "Charley Patton: Complete Recordings 1929 - 1934" wins in the bargain sweepstakes. Sound quality on all three is far better than what many Patton devotees have ever heard, but mastering by 'The Masked Marvel' on the JSP set does sound better in many spots over the other two contenders. (CR)
WILLIE BROWN: Future Blues/ M and O Blues/ THE DELTA BIG FOUR: God Won't Forsake His Own/ I Know My Time Ain't Long/ I'll Be Here/ Jesus Got His Arms Around Me/ Moaner Let's Go Down in the Valley/ Watch and Pray/ We All Gonna Face the Rising Sun/ Where Was Eve Sleeping?/ WALTER "BUDDY BOY" HAWKINS: A Rag Blues/ How Come Mama Blues/ Snatch It and Grab It/ Voice Throwin' Blues/ SON HOUSE: Dry Spell Blues, Pt. 1/ Dry Spell Blues, Pt. 2/ My Black Mama, Pt. 1/ My Black Mama: Pt. 2/ Preachin' the Blues: Pt. 1/ Preachin' the Blues: Pt. 2/ Walkin' Blues/ EDITH NORTH JOHNSON: Honey Dripper Blues No.2/ Nickel's Worth of Liver Blues No. 2/ That's My Man/ LOUISE JOHNSON: All Night Long Blues (Take 1)/ All Night Long Blues (Take 2)/ By the Moon and Stars/ Long Ways from Home/ On the Wall/ BERTHA LEE: Mind Reader Blues/ Oh Death/ Troubled 'Bout My Mother/ Yellow Bee/ CHARLEY PATTON: 34 Blues/ A Spoonful Blues/ Banty Rooster Blues/ Bird Nest Bound/ Circle Round the Moon/ Devil Sent the Rain Blues/ Down the Dirt Road Blues/ Dry Well Blues/ Elder Green Blues (Take 2)/ Elder Green Blues (Take 2)/ Frankie and Albert/ Going to Move to Alabama/ Green River Blues/ Hammer Blues (Take 1)/ Hammer Blues (Take 2)/ Hang It on the Wall/ Heart Like Railroad Steel/ High Sheriff Blues/ High Water Everywhere, Pt. 1/ High Water Everywhere, Pt. 2/ I Shall Not Be Moved/ I Shall Not Be Moved/ I'm Goin' Home/ It Won't Be Long/ Jersey Bull Blues/ Jesus Is A-Dying (Bed Maker)/ Jim Lee: Pt. 1/ Jim Lee: Pt. 2/ Joe Kirby/ Lord, I'm Discouraged/ Love My Stuff/ Magnolia Blues/ Mean Black Cat Blues/ Mean Black Moan/ Mississippi Boll Weevil Blues/ Moon Going Down/ Pea Vine Blues/ Pony Blues/ Poor Me/ Prayer of Death, Pt. 1/ Prayer of Death, Pt. 2/ Rattlesnake Blues/ Revenue Man Blues/ Runnin' Wild Blues/ Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues/ Shake It and Break It (But Don't Let It Fall, Mama)/ Some Happy Day/ Some Summer Day/ Some of These Days I'll Be Gone/ Some of These Days I'll Be Gone (Take 2)/ Stone Pony Blues/ Tom Rushen Blues/ When Your Way Gets Dark/ You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die/ HENRY "SON" SIMS: Be True, Be True Blues/ Come Back Corrina/ Farrell Blues/ Tell Me Man Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7715 Legends Of Country Blues ● CD $28.98
5 CDs, 104 tracks, essential
What a line up! Disc A - Skip James in 1931, recording blues so unique they might have come from a parallel universe, followed by the blistering intensity of Son House's Paramount session. Disc B - the historic Son House Library of Congress recordings. Disc C - Bukka White singing Shake 'Em On Down with the police waiting to arrest him, later drawing on his prison experiences and producing "the last great country blues session" with Washboard Sam. Disc D - Tommy Johnson, a man who probably never asked for a cool drink of water in his life, at least not if Sterno cooking fuel was available, but who nevertheless produced beautiful, evocative blues, unerringly sung and with brilliantly conceived and executed guitar parts. Disc E - Ishmon Bracey, Johnson's playing partner and a fine singer who was capable of producing effective and memorable blues in his own right. All of this material has of course already been issued on CD, some of it on several labels, which makes JSP's claim that the sound has been "remastered for unprecedented listening quality" worth examining. Starting the comparison with the Skip James, Son House, Tommy Johnson and Ishmon Bracey reissues on Document, the recordings here have fewer clicks and pops, and a lower level of residual surface noise. Compared to the fuller sounding (but noisier) Yazoo reissues of Skip James, JSP still emerge well ahead on points. In fact the quality of their remastering on sides like James' Devil Got My Woman or Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues is so good it is difficult to believe you are listening to Paramount recordings. The Son House Library of Congress recordings have a similar sound to the version on Travelin' Man CD 02, but the intrusive crackling on those transfers has been removed. When it comes to the Bukka White disc however, JSP's claim is harder to sustain. The studio sessions have decent enough sound, if lacking the crispness of the long deleted Catfish set, but there must have been a problem in sourcing the two field recordings Sic 'Em Dogs On and Po' Boy. The sound on these tracks is poor, whereas a good condition copy of the 78 was available to Catfish, and to Document when preparing Mississippi Blues and Gospel (DOCD 5320). (Document have subsequently issued all the Bukka White sides on DOCD 5679.) Despite the problem with these two sides, JSP have done another great service in producing a set of this quality. In this series they are trying to extend the market for some wonderful music, and if this shows in some of the packaging and booklet notes as it does here we should not be too critical. (At least full discographical information is included, which is more than some reissue companies are able to manage.) If you already have this material, this set offers four CDs of sound quality upgrades at a bargain price - if you haven't, treat yourself to some of the most inspired and moving blues ever recorded. (DPR)
ISHMAN BRACEY: Brown Mama Blues/ Brown Mama Blues/ Bust Up Blues/ Family Stirving/ Farish Street Rag/ Four Day Blues/ Four Day Blues/ Heavy Suitcase Blues/ Jake Liquor Blues/ Leavin' Town Blues/ Leavin' Town Blues/ Left Alone Blues/ Louisiana Bound/ Mobile Stomp/ Pay Me No Mind/ Saturday Blues/ Stranger Blues/ Suitcase Full of Blues/ Too Damp to Be Wet/ Trouble Hearted Blues/ Trouble Hearted Blues/ Where My Shoes At?/ Woman, Woman Blues/ SON HOUSE: Am I Right or Wrong/ American Defense/ Camp Hollers/ Country Farm Blues/ Delta Blues/ Depot Blues/ Dry Spell Blues, Pt. 1/ Dry Spell Blues, Pt. 2/ Fo' Clock Blues/ Government Fleet Blues/ Jinx Blues, Pt. 1/ Jinx Blues, Pt. 2/ Key of Minor/ Levee Camp Blues/ Low Down Dirty Dog Blues/ My Black Mama, Pt. 1/ My Black Mama, Pt. 2/ Pony Blues/ Preachin' the Blues, Pt. 1/ Preachin' the Blues, Pt. 2/ Shetland Pony Blues/ Special Rider Blues/ Special Rider Blues/ Walkin' Blues/ Walking Blues/ Walking Blues/ SKIP JAMES: 22-20 Blues/ Be Ready When He Comes/ Cherry Hall Blues/ Cypress Grove Blues/ Devil Got My Woman/ Drunken Spree/ Four O'Clock Blues/ Hard Luck Child/ Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues/ How Long Buck/ I'm So Glad/ If You Haven't Any Hay Get on Down the Road/ Illinois Blues/ Jesus Is a Mighty Good Leader/ Little Cow and Calf Is Gonna Die Blues/ Special Rider Blues/ What Am I to Do Blues/ Yola My Blues Away/ TOMMY JOHNSON: Alcohol and Jake Blues/ Big Fat Mama Blues/ Big Road Blues/ Black Mare Blues/ Black Mare Blues/ Bye Bye Blues/ Canned Heat Blues/ Cool Drink of Water Blues/ I Wonder to Myself/ Lonesome Home Blues/ Lonesome Home Blues/ Lonesome Home Blues/ Maggie Campbell Blues/ Ridin' Horse/ Slidin' Delta/ BUKKA WHITE: Aberdeen Mississippi Blues/ Black Train/ Bukka's Jitterbug Blues/ District Attorney Blues/ Fixin' to Die Blues/ Good Gin Blues/ High Fever Blues/ I Am in the Heavenly Way/ New Frisco Train/ Panama Limited/ Parchman Farm Blues/ Pine Bluff, Arkansas/ Po' Boy/ Promise True and Grand/ Shake 'Em on Down/ Sic 'Em Dogs On/ Sleepy Man Blues/ Special Stream Line/ Strange Place Blues/ When Can I Change My Clothes

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7719 Big Joe Williams & The Stars Of Mississippi Blues ● CD $28.98
5 CDs, 126 tracks, highly recommended
Charlie Patton may have died in 1934, but the six hours of often intense blues here show his spirit remained very much alive. Big Joe, whose 1935-51 work accounts for the first two discs, incorporated some of Patton's guitar style in his bass slapping and high treble notes, but his insistent rhythms were all his own. The unrestrained music of his 1935 sessions includes some of Joe's best work, although his vocals sound a little tight. His third session two years later sees Joe's voice more open and relaxed, and the start of a long association with the brilliant Sonny Boy (John Lee) Williamson. There are several versions of Joe's signature piece Baby Please Don't Go, autobiographical material like Mean Step Father Blues and adaptations from Patton, Jefferson, Estes and other luminaries. Nearly all this material was previously reissued on Blues Documents 6003/4, but the generally very good sound quality of those discs has been improved upon here, and an alternate take omitted from BDCD6004 is included. Six additional tracks from 1951 find Joe continuing to move closer to mainstream Chicago blues. For the third disc, crank up the volume and enjoy the powerful, impassioned vocals and emphatic guitar style of Tommy McClennan. Tommy's limitations as a guitarist only add to the tension of his performances, and he manages the trick (he only had one, but it's a good one) of being exciting and amusing at the same time. Patton had a reputation for clowning during his live performances and on this disc McClennan delivers virtually a live performance in the studio, with self mocking injunctions to "play it right", teasing pauses before returning to his trademark rhythms and occasional laughter at the end of songs. The original engineers did a great job on these recordings and the remastering here matches the gold standard set by RCA's McClennan reissue (67430 - now deleted) Disc four continues Mr McClennan's assault, and includes an alternate take of Bluebird Blues omitted from the RCA compilation. On his last recording, Boogie Woogie Woman, he is joined by playing partner Robert Petway who had a similar (if less frenetic) style and who was a better guitarist. Petway's complete works take up the rest of this disc and the start of disc five - he is mainly remembered for his composition Catfish Blues, his first recording, which became a blues standard. His work has previously been reissued on Document (DOCD 5671) and Wolf (WBCD 005) but the sound quality here is better. Next up on the final disc is Dave "Honeyboy" Edwards, lighter voiced and the most accomplished guitarist on this set. Twelve of Edwards' 1942 Library of Congress recordings are here, in much less blurry sound than the five previously released on Travelin' Man TM CD 07. The highlight is Water Coast Blues, a near six minute performance which "virtually summarized what Delta musicianship of the decade had to offer." Honeyboy knew Williams, McClennan and Petway and his recollections form the main source for Neil Slaven's excellent booklet notes, but little is known about Willie "Poor Boy" Lofton, another interesting performer who concludes this set. One of his most memorable efforts is Jake Leg Blues, a worthy contribution to the group of songs dealing with the evils of 1930s Jamaica Ginger. Sound is less noisy than on the Document reissue of Lofton's work (DOCD 5158), if a little restrained. All round an excellent set, very well presented. (DPR)
DAVID EDWARDS: Army Blues/ Hellatakin' Blues/ Just A Spoonful/ Roamin' And Ramblin' Blues/ Spread My Raincoat Down/ Stagolee/ Tear It Down Rag/ Water Coast Blues/ Wind Howlin' Blues/ Worried Life Blues/ You Got To Roll/ You Got To Roll (levee Camp Song)/ WILLIE LOFTON: Beer Garden Blues/ Dark Road Blues/ Dirty Mistreater/ It's Killin' Me/ Jake Leg Blues/ My Mean Baby Blues/ Poor Boy Blues/ Rainy Day Blues/ TOMMY MCCLENNAN: . It's Hard To Be Lonesome/ Baby Don't You Want To Go/ Baby, Please Don't Tell On Me/ Black Minnie/ Blue As I Can Be/ Bluebird Blues/ Bluebird Blues (take 2)/ Blues Trip Me This Morning/ Boogie Woogie Woman/ Bottle It Up And Go/ Brown Skin Girl/ Classy Mae Blues/ Cotton Patch Blues/ Cross Cut Saw Blues (take 1)/ Cross Cut Saw Blues (take 2)/ Deep Blue Sea Blues/ Des'e My Blues/ Down To Skin And Bones Blues/ Drop Down Mama/ Elsie Blues/ I Love My Baby/ I'm A Guitar King/ I'm Going Don't You Know/ It's A Crying Pity/ Katy Mae Blues/ Love With A Feeling/ Mozelle Blues/ Mr. So And So Blues/ My Baby's Doggin' Me/ My Baby's Gone/ My Little Girl/ New "shake 'em On Down"/ New Highway 51/ New Sugar Mama/ Roll Me, Baby/ Shake It Up And Go/ She's A Good Looking Mama/ She's Just Good Huggin' Size/ Travelin' Highway Man/ Whiskey Head Man/ Whiskey Head Woman/ You Can Mistreat Me Here/ You Can't Read My Mind/ ROBERT PETWAY: Bertha Lee Blues/ Catfish Blues/ Cotton Pickin' Blues/ Don't Go Down Baby/ Hollow Log Blues/ In The Evening/ Left My Baby Crying/ Let Me Be Your Boss/ My Baby Left Me/ My Little Girl/ Ride 'em On Down/ Rockin' Chair Blues/ Sleepy Woman Blues/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: 49 Highway Blues/ Baby Please Don't Go/ Baby Please Don't Go/ Baby Please Don't Go (alternate Take)/ Bad And Weakhearted Blues/ Bad Heart Blues/ Banta Rooster Blues/ Break 'em On Down/ Brother James/ Crawlin' King Snake/ Delta Blues/ Don't You Leave Me Here/ Drop Down Blues/ Highway 49/ His Spirit Lives On/ House Lady Blues/ I Know You Gonna Miss Me/ I Won't Be In Hard Luck No More/ I'm A Highway Man/ I'm Getting Wild About Her/ Jivin' Woman/ King Biscuit Stomp/ Little Leg Woman/ Mama Don't Allow Me/ Mean Stepfather Blues/ Meet Me Around The Corner/ Mellow Apples/ My Grey Pony/ North Wind Blues/ Overhauling Blues/ P Vine Blues/ Peach Orchard Mama/ Please Don't Go/ Providence Help The Poor People/ Rootin' Ground Hog/ She Left Me A Mule/ She's A Married Woman/ Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff/ Somebody's Been Worryin'/ Someday Baby/ Stack Of Dollars/ Stack Of Dollars/ Stepfather Blues/ Throw A Boogie Woogie/ Vitamin A/ Wanita/ Whistling Pines/ Wild Cow Blues/ Wild Cow Moan/ Worried Man Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7723 The Paramount Masters ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 100 tracks, recommended
In recent times Paramount has acquired a glamour completely at odds with the company's reputation in the twenties. The widely reproduced Chicago Defender ads with their superb artwork and comically naÔve and patronizing copy have helped, but the label's main appeal lies, despite its shoddy production methods, in the variety of wonderful music it captured. Don't be mislead by the title of this compilation though - it is not produced from master discs [if only!] and the true "masters" of the label - Jefferson, Blind Blake, Ma Rainey and Charlie Patton - muster only two tracks between them. Instead each of these discs contains a mixture of often outstanding country blues from artists such as Bo Weavil Jackson, Ed Bell and King Solomon Hill, great piano pieces like Wesley Wallace's No.29, and contributions from interesting female singers such as Alice Moore ["I'm black and I'm evil, and I did not make myself"]. Partly because of Paramount's distribution problems and a worsening economic climate few of these records were commercially successful, but some are high points in pre war recording. Thoroughly enjoyable in its own terms, this "best of" compilation is a departure from the "complete recordings" approach previously adopted in this series of box sets. The content here is also circumscribed by JSP not wanting to duplicate the many Paramount recordings on their previous releases. (The one Patton track is the slower alternate take of I Shall Not Be Moved omitted from JSP 7702.) We can only assume, and hope, that it also constrained by planned future releases. Does the omission of Frank Stokes point to a Memphis Blues box set? Is the fact that Ramblin' Thomas doesn't feature, except on a near inaudible accompaniment to Bernice Edwards, an indication of a Texas box? And is it significant that there is a second issued take of the one Ma Rainey track? Enough daydreaming, the sound quality here is pretty good for Paramounts, and, as might be expected, generally better than on the corresponding reissues on Document. The degree of improvement varies however, and comparing a sample of these tracks against the Document counterparts revealed one where the Document transfer was clearly superior. Neil Slaven's notes for each disc give useful background on some of the artists and the often eccentric workings of Paramount, although it appears they were written before the tracklisting was finalized. Still, the sequencing of tracks works very well, and makes this introduction to some of blues' more obscure performers consistently engaging. (DPR)
RAYMOND BARROW: Walking Blues/ LOTTIE BEAMAN: Honey Blues/ Red River Blues/ ED BELL: Hambone Blues/ Mamlish Blues/ FREDDIE BROWN: Raised In The Alley Blues/ HENRY BROWN: Deep Morgan Blues/ Eastern Chimes Blues/ BUMBLE BEE SLIM: Rough Rugged Road Blues/ JOHN BYRD: Billy Goat Blues/ Old Timbrook Blues/ LONNIE CLARK: Broke Down Engine/ Down In Tennessee/ BOGUS BEN COVINGTON: I Heard The Voice Of A Pork Chop/ BEN CURRY: Boodle De Bum Bum/ The New Dirty Dozen/ TEDDY DARBY: Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues/ My Laona Blues/ SIDE WHEEL SALLY DUFFIE: Bunker Hill Blues/ MOANIN' BERNICE EDWARDS: Jack Of All Trades/ PIANO KID EDWARDS: Give Us Another Jug/ Piano Kid Special/ THE FAMOUS HOKUM BOYS: Where Did You Stay Last Night/ BOBBY GRANT: Lonesome Atlanta Blues/ Nappy Head Blues/ BLIND ROOSEVELT GRAVES: Guitar Boogie/ New York Blues/ GEORGE HANNAH: Freakish Man Blues/ The Boy In The Boat/ THE HARUM SCARUMS: Come On In (Ain't Nobody Here But Me)/ BUDDY BOY HAWKINS: Nuber Three Blues/ KING SOLOMON HILL: Down On My Bended Knee/ The Gone Dead Train/ Whoopee Blues/ JACK O'DIAMONDS: Smiling Blues/ The Ducks Yas Yas/ BO WEEVIL JACKSON: Pistol Blues/ Some Scream High Yellow/ You Can't Keep No Brown/ PAPA CHARLIE JACKSON: Gay Cattin'/ Mama, Don't You Think I Know/ MARY JOHNSON: Barrel House Flat Blues/ Key To The Mountain Blues/ RUBE LACY: Ham Hound Crave/ Mississippi Jail House Groan/ MEADE LUX LEWIS: Honky Tonk Train Blues/ LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY: Vicksburg Blues/ LITTLE BROTHER MONTOGOMERY: No Special Rider Blues/ ALICE MOORE: Black And Evil Blues/ Prison Blues/ WILLIAM MOORE: Old Country Rock/ Raggin' The Blues/ CHARLIE 'DAD' NELSON: Cotton Field Blues/ Red River Blues/ MARSHALL OWENS: Texas Blues/ Try Me One More Time/ CHARLEY PATTON: I Shall Not Be Moved (Alt. Tk)/ RUBY PAUL: Last Farewell Blues/ Red Letter Blues/ ALICE PEARSON: Water Bound Blues/ ROBERT PEEPLES: Fat Greasy Baby/ Wicked Devil's Blues/ MA RAINEY: Traveling Blues/ BLIND JOE REYNOLDS: Nehi Blues/ Ninety Nine Blues/ Outside Woman Blues/ BOB ROBINSON: The Preacher Must Get Some Sometime/ J.D. SHORT: Lonesome Swamp Rattlesnake/ Telephone Arguin' Blues/ CHARLIE SPAND: Back To The Woods Blues/ Fetch Your Water/ Soon This Morning Blues/ FREDDIE SPRUELL: Low-Down Mississippi Bottom Man/ Tom Cat Blues/ SWEET PAPA STOVEPIPE: All Birds Look Like Chickens To Me/ Mama's Angel Child/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Conjur Man Blues/ Fire Detective Blues/ Three, Six And Nine/ ELVIE THOMAS: Motherless Child Blues/ Over To My House/ EDWARD THOMPSON: Seven Sister Blues/ Up On The Hill Blues/ HENRY TOWNSEND: Doctor, Oh Doctor/ Jack Of Diamons Georgia Rub/ WESLEY WALLACE: Fanny Lee Blues/ No. 29/ WASHBOARD WALTER: Narrow Face Blues/ WASHBOARD WALTER: Wasn't It Sad About Lemon/ BARREL HOUSE WELCH: Dying Pickpocket Blues/ BARRELHOUSE WELCH: Larceny Woman Blues/ JAMES 'BOODLE IT' WIGGINS: Evil Woman Blues/ JAMES WIGGINS: Gotta Shave 'Em Dry/ JAMES 'BOODLE IT' WIGGINS: Keep A-Knockin'/ GEECHIE WILEY: Eagles On A Half/ Pick Poor Robin Clean/ GEORGE 'BULLET' WILLIAMS: Frisco Leaving Birmingham/ Touch Me Light Mama/ JABO WILLIAMS: Jab Blues/ Pratt City Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7744 Chicago Is Just That Way: 1938-1954 ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 112 tracks, over 5 hours, recommended
Splendid collection of Chicago blues which focuses on the transition from the older styles to the sound which we associate with the golden age of Chicago blues in the early 50s. It shows that the transition was not exclusively the province of the new arrivals from the South but also the older performers adapting to the increasing urbanization of their local audience. The first disc is exclusively devoted to Tampa Red whose songs and guitar style were an influence on many up and coming artists - we hear him in the late 40s and early 50s in the company of the brilliant piano player Johnny Jones and drummer Odie Payne (who both went on to work with Elmore James) and bassist Ransom Knowling. His performances are as exciting and vital as any of the young bucks and his last couple of RCA sessions in 1953 find him in the company of up and coming harmonica stars Sonny Boy Williamson and Walter Horton. The other three discs provide a mix of older and younger performers and although much of it has been out before it's nice to hear the music in this context and there are a number of tracks that are making their first appearance on CD. Artists include Big Maceo, Johnny Shines (his fabulous originally unissued Columbia recordings), Jazz Gillum, Muddy Waters (his unissued Columbia sides and his first commercial recording issued under the name of James "Sweet Lucy" Carter), Big Boy Crudup, Floyd Jones, Johnny Williams, John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, Roosevelt Sykes, Snooky & Moody, Lillie Mae & The House Rockers, Little Walter, Eddie Boyd (doing the collection's theme song), Jimmy Rogers (his originally unissued version of That's All Right), Snooky Pryor, Baby Face Leroy Foster, Tony Hollins, Robert Lockwood and others. Sound quality is generally fine though a few tracks exhibit excessive digital noise reduction. Includes informative notes by Neil Slaven putting it all into perspective. (FS)
BIG MACEO: Big City Blues/ Do You Remember/ Just Tell Me Baby/ Kidman Blues/ One Sunday Morning/ EDDIE BOYD: Blue Monday Blues/ Chicago Is Just That Way/ BIG BILL BROONZY: I Love My Whiskey/ Leavin' Day/ Southbound Train/ Water Coast Blues/ LEE BROWN: Horse Shoe Boogie/ Lowland Blues/ Round The World Boogie/ Ruby Moore Blues/ ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: Hand Me Down My Walking Cane/ That's All Right/ BABY FACE LEROY FOSTER: Boll Weevil/ Red Headed Woman/ Rollin' And Tumblin' 1/ Rollin' And Tumblin' 2/ JAZZ GILLUM: A Lie Is Dangerous/ Look What You Are Today/ Roll Dem Bones/ The Blues What Am/ JIMMIE GORDON: Jumping At The Club Blue Flame/ My Woman's A Pearl Diver/ TONY HOLLINS: Crawlin' King Snake/ Wine-O-Woman/ FLOYD JONES: Hard Times/ Keep What You Got/ School Days/ Stockyard Blues/ LILLIE MAE & THE HOUSE ROCKERS: Lovin' Man Blues/ LITTLE WALTER: Bad Acting Woman/ Blue Baby/ I Want My Baby/ Just Keep Loving Her/ ROBERT LOCKWOOD: (I'm Gonna) Dig Myself A Hole/ Dust My Broom/ WILLIE MABON: Boogie Man/ It Keeps Rainin'/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Kidman Blues/ Why Did I Make You Cry/ MEMPHIS SLIM: (Now I) Got The Blues/ Don't Ration My Love/ Grinder Man Blues/ Mistake In Life/ JIMMY ROGERS: I'm In Love/ Little Store Blues/ Ludella/ That's All Right/ JOHNNY SHINES: Delta Pine Blues/ Evil Hearted Woman Blues/ Ride, Ride Mama/ Tennessee Woman Blues/ SNOOKY & MOODY: Boogie/ Telephone Blues/ ST. LOUIS JIMMY: Coming Up Fast/ Going Down Slow/ I Ain't Done Nothing Wrong/ One Doggone Reason/ SUNNYLAND SLIM: 5 Foot 4 Gal/ Brown Skin Woman/ I've Done You Wrong/ Jivin' Boogie/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Candy Man Blues/ Lowland Blues/ Savoy Boogie/ Why Should I Cry/ TAMPA RED: 1950 Blues/ Big Stars Falling Blues/ Boogie Woogie Woman/ But I Forgive You/ Don't Blame Shorty For That/ Early In The Morning/ Evalena/ Got A Mind To Leave This Town/ Green And Lucky Blues/ I Should Have Loved Her More/ I Won't Let Her Do It/ I'll Never Let You Go/ I'm Gonna Put You Down/ If She Don't Come Back/ It's A Brand New Boogie/ It's Good Like That/ Love Her With A Feelin'/ New Deal Blues/ Please Mr Doctor/ Pretty Baby Blues/ Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is/ Rambler's Blues/ She's Dynamite/ So Crazy About You Baby/ Sweet Little Angel/ That's Her Own Business/ Too Late Too Long/ When Things Go Wrong With You/ SIPPIE WALLACE: Bedroom Blues/ Buzz Me/ MUDDY WATERS: Burying Ground Blues/ Hard Day Blues/ Jitterbug Blues/ Mean Red Spider/ JOHNNY WILLIAMS: Worried Man Blues/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Better Cut That Out/ Bring Another Half A Pint/ JOHNNY YOUNG: Money Taking Woman/ MAN YOUNG: Let Me Ride Your Mule/ My Baby Walked Out

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7753 Shake That Thing! East Coast Blues, 1935-1953 ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 105 tracks, essential
The complete recordings of three fine, individual but obscure East Coast country bluesman. There are 41 tracks by Gabriel Brown, a brilliant and original singer/ guitarist from Florida who came up with some unique lyrics. It includes 10 tracks recorded for the Library Of Congresss in Florida in 1935 which is mostly traditional material - often featuring slide. The remaining tracks were recorded for New York entrepreneur Joe Davis between 1942 and 1952 and includes quite a few titles that were not originally issued. There are 19 tracks recorded for Gotham in 1949 by the utterly magnificent Dan Pickett whose background is a total mystery. Although quite a few of Pickett's songs were drawn from the repertoire of other bluesman his expressive vocals and stunning guitar (often using slide) turned them into individualistic gems. The set is rounded out with 46 tracks by Ralph Willis - another biographical mystery who is thought to be from Alabama and later moved North Carolina where he met up with Buddy Moss, Blind Boy Fuller and Sonny & Brownie and his music shows their influences. There are a dozen gorgeous solo sides by him revealing him to be a superb guitarist. The remaining tracks feature his with small groups - sometimes just bass or washboard, other times with guitar, bass & drums - the other guitarist usually being Brownie McGhee and on one sessions they are joined by Sonny Terry. Sound is excellent and there are informative notes from Neil Slaven. A beautiful collection of country blues. (FS)
GABRIEL BROWN: A Dream Of Mine/ Baby, Boy, Baby/ Bad Love/ Black Jack Blues/ Blues/ Careless Love/ Cold Love/ Cold Mama/ Doing My Best/ Don't Worry About It/ Down In The Bottom/ Education Blues/ Going My Way/ Good-Time Papa/ Got No Money Blues/ Hold Me Baby/ I Am Just Hard Luck/ I Am Playing The Game/ I Get Evil When My Love Comes Down/ I Had My Hands On It/ I'm Gonna Take It Easy/ I'm Just Crazy/ I've Done Stopped Gamblin'/ I've Got To Stop Drinkin'/ It's Getting Soft/ It's Time To Move/ John Henry (Instrumental)/ John Henry (Vocal)/ Mean Old Blues/ Motherless Child/ Nobody Loves Me Like My Little Girl/ Not Now, I'll Tell You When/ Po' Boy, Long Way From Home/ Stick With Me/ Talking In Sebastopol/ That's Alright/ The Jinx Is On Me/ Tone The Bell Easy/ You Ain't No Good/ You Have To Be Different/ Youngster's Blues/ DAN PICKETT: 99 1/2 Won't Do/ Baby Don't You Want To Go/ Baby How Long/ Chicago Blues/ Decoration Day/ Drivin' That Thing/ Drivin' That Thing (Alt)/ Early One Morning/ I Can Shake It/ Laughing Blues/ Laughing Rag/ Lemon Man/ Number Writer/ Number Writer Take 1/ Ride To A Funeral In A V-8/ Something's Gone Wrong/ That's Grieving Me/ You Got To Do Better/ RALPH WILLIS: Amen/ Amen Blues/ Bed Tick Blues/ Black And Tan/ Blues, Blues, Blues/ Boar Hog Blues/ Christmas Blues/ Church Bell Blues/ Church Bells/ Cold Chills/ Cold Chills/ Comb Your Kitty Kat/ Cool That Thing/ Do Right/ Door Bell Blues/ Eloise/ Everyday I Weep And Moan/ Goin' To Chattanooga/ Goin' To Viriginia/ Gonna Hop On Down The Line/ Goodbye Blues/ Hoodoo Man/ I Got A Letter, Too Late To Scream And Shout/ I Will Never Love Again/ I'm Gonna Rock/ I've Been A Fool/ Income Tax Blues/ Just A Note/ Lazy Woman Blues/ Mama, Mama Blues/ Neighborhood Blues/ New Goin' Down Slow/ Old Home Blues/ Salty Dog/ Shake That Thing/ So Many Days/ Somebody Is Got To Go/ Sportin' Life/ Steel Mill Blues/ Tell Me Pretty Baby/ Tell Me Pretty Baby/ That Gal's No Good/ Trouble Don't Last/ Why'd You Do It/ Worried Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7754 Atlanta Blues - Big City Blues From The Heartland ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 101 tracks, essential
Not sure about the subtitle though. What about the pre-blues, country dance tunes, gospel songs, old time medleys, vaudeville songs? Still, there are also some excellent blues, such as My Mamma Was A Sailor by Julius Daniels, which opens this set. Daniels was a fine singer and guitarist who must have had an amazing repertoire, judging from the few titles he recorded. He certainly leaves you wishing he'd recorded more. Someone who did was Curley Weaver, and here are his complete pre war recordings, plus six tracks from 1949. [Contrary to the impression given in Neal Slaven's otherwise informative booklet notes, Weaver did make some further recordings in the company of Blind Willie McTell. These were reissued, in superlative sound, on Blind Willie McTell / Pig 'n Whistle Red, Biograph 30171 Weaver was a talented if not particularly distinctive performer whose first session produced No No Blues, a very effective song with a driving guitar part and on which he sounds remarkably like Barbecue Bob. By the time though you have heard another three versions plus two with different lyrics you will probably have had enough of it. Unfortunately appreciation of his pre war work is hampered in many cases by poor sound quality. There are no such problems with discs three and four. The third features Peg Leg Howell, whose recordings blues historian Paul Oliver rates "among the most important documentations of the early blues". Fair comment, but it is odd that, apart from the complete works on Matchbox (MBCD 2004/5), Howell has been largely neglected by other reissue companies, at least in recent times. He had a gift for refashioning songs he had learned in rural Georgia (including white country music) as well as for original compositions like the excellent Low Down Rounder's Blues. On such solo sides his fingerpicking was varied, and his heavy voice with its lugubrious tone was well suited to his blues. Elsewhere he was supported by his "gang" of street musicians including the rough "alley fiddle" of his friend Eddie Anthony. Some of Howell's best work has few equivalents in pre war blues, like Coal Man Blues with its street vendors' cries or Please Ma'am, an "over and over" song pleading against rejection, where the repetition of a few phrases becomes like some kind of extended mantra. There is plenty to enjoy in all these tracks, from Beaver Slide Rag, a perfect country dance tune, to the acknowledged masterpiece of Skin Game Blues. The final disc concludes Peg Leg's legacy and presents other recordings by members of his gang. Highlights include Georgia Crawl by Henry Williams and Eddie Anthony and the second session of Anthony (recording as Macon Ed) with guitarist Tampa Joe, which culminates with Warm Wipe Stomp (worth having just for the title!). Vaudeville singer "Sloppy" Henry provides variety and a memorable Canned Heat Blues before songster Lil McClintock delivers Furniture Man and Don't Think I'm Santa Claus. McClintock's performances were representative of an older style in 1930 but still sound wonderfully fresh today (an alternate take of Furniture Man, omitted here, was on Document DOCD 5160. "Sloppy" Henry's other sessions were on Document DOCD 5380 and 5482). Sound quality shows a worthwhile improvement on corresponding Document/Matchbox reissues, and is generally very good apart from some worn Curley Weaver sides. The sound of two postwar Weaver tracks duplicated on Biograph 30171 is however slightly better on the Biograph reissue. Finally, the format of discs three and four here represents an improvement over the Matchbox discs, in that all the Peg Leg Howell sides are presented together rather than being split up by recordings of his associates. Altogether this is another important set, full of fascinating and unique recordings. (DPR)
JULIUS DANIELS: Can't Put The Bridle On The Mule This Morning (Take 1)/ Can't Put The Bridle On The Mule This Morning (Take 2)/ Crow Jane Blues/ I'm Goin' To Tell God How You Doin'/ My Mamma Was A Sailor/ Ninety-Nine Year Blues (Take 1)/ Ninety-Nine Year Blues (Take 2)/ Richmond Blues (Take 1)/ Richmond Blues (Take 2)/ Slippin' And Slidin' Up The Golden Street (Tak 3)/ Slippin' And Slidin' Up The Golden Street (Take 2)/ THE GEORGIA BROWNS: Decatur Street 81/ It Must Have Been Her/ Joker Man/ Next Door Man (Take 1)/ Next Door Man (Take 2)/ Tampa Strut/ Who Stole De Lock/ 'SLOPPY' HENRY: Canned Heat Blues/ Long, Tall, Disconnected Mama/ Royal Palm Special Blues/ Say I Do It/ PEG LEG HOWELL: Away From Home/ Ball And Chain Blues/ Banjo Blues/ Beaver Slide Rag/ Broke And Hungry Blues/ Chittlin' Supper/ Coal Man Blues/ Doin' Wrong/ Fairy Blues/ Fo' Day Blues/ Hobo Blues/ Low-Down Rounder Blues/ Moanin' And Groanin' Blues/ Monkey Man Blues/ New Jelly Roll Blues/ New Prison Blues/ Papa Stobb Blues/ Peg Leg Stomp/ Please Ma'am/ Rock And Gravel Blues/ Rolling Mill Blues/ Sadie Lee Blues/ Skin Game Blues/ Tishamingo Blues/ Too Tight Blues/ Turkey Buzzard Blues/ Turtle Dove Blues/ Walkin' Blues/ MACON ED & TAMPA JOE: Everything's Coming My Way/ Mean Florida Blues/ Tantalizing Bootblack/ Tickle Britches/ Try That Thing/ Warm Wipe Stomp/ Worrying Blues/ Wringing That Thing/ LILLIE MAE: Bootie Wah Bootie/ Buggy Jail House Blues/ Mama Don't Want It/ Wise Like That/ LIL MCCLINTOCK: Don't Think I'm Santa Claus/ Furniture Man/ Mother Called Her Child To Her Dying Bed/ Sow Good Seeds/ CURLEY WEAVER: . Tricks Ain't Walking No More/ Baby Boogie Woogie/ Birmingham Gambler/ Black Woman/ Brown Skin Woman/ City Cell Blues/ Dirty Deal Blues/ Dirty Mistreater/ Early Morning Blues/ Early Morning Blues/ Empty Room Blues/ Fried Pie Blues/ I Keep On Drinkin'/ It's The Best Stuff Yet/ Leg Iron Blues/ My Baby's Gone/ No No Blues/ No No Blues (Take 1)/ No No Blues (Take 2)/ No No Blues (W. Eddie Mapp)/ Oh Lawdy Mama/ She Don't Treat Me Good No More/ Some Cold Rainy Day/ Some Rainy Day/ Sometime Mama/ Sweet Petunia/ Ta Ta Blues/ Ticket Agent/ Tippin' Tom/ Trixie/ Two Faced Woman/ Wild Cat Kitten/ You Was Born To Die/ HENRY WILLIAMS & EDDIE ANTHONY: Georgia Crawl/ Lonesome Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7759 The Guitar Evangelists,Vol 2 -Featuring Rev. Gary Davis ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 101 tracks, recommended
Volume one, "Blind Willie Johnson and the Guitar Evangelists" (JSP7737), was an impressive and imaginatively compiled set, so how does this second installment measure up? It starts well: Blind Joe Taggart is a more interesting performer than the Rev Edward Clayborn, his opposite number on the first volume. Taggart added variety to his recordings by using family members for vocal support on some songs, as well as the young Josh White. Highlights such as The Storm is Passing Over and Religion Is Something Within You, both sung with real passion, are among the finest gospel recordings. Four alternate takes on Document DOCD 5153/4 are omitted, as are five of the six secular recordings which appear on the Document reissues as likely to be by Taggart. Only the most likely, C &O Blues by Blind Joe Amos, is included, and provides an incongruous interruption to the gospel recordings. Sound quality shows a worthwhile improvement on the Document reissues and is good apart from a few badly worn sides. Taggart accounts for the whole of the first disc and four titles on Disc B, after which the scene shifts to 1946 and the Two Gospel Keys. Despite the time lapse the musically transition is fairly smooth, with the two ladies - one playing rudimentary guitar - presenting undemanding material in a consistent not to say uniform manner. (An alternate take and two titles on Document's Too Late, Too Late Vol 3, DOCD 5276, are omitted.) Much more interesting are the two wonderfully portentous performances by Henry Green which close the disc, combining interesting lyrics, brooding guitar and heavy vocals to great effect. Disc C is consistently good, with the strong rhythm and slide of Blind Willie Davis giving way to some very nicely presented songs from Eddie Head and family, including Down On Me, later recorded by Janis Joplin. The middle section then features some strong post war work, including two memorable titles from the obscure Brother Willie Eason. The final sides jump back to 1930 and Blind Gussie Nesbitt, who had some of the power and style of Blind Willie Johnson. Despite the non chronological format this disc works well, helped by the generally very good sound quality. The final disc features the complete 1935-49 work of Reverend Gary Davis as previously released on DOCD 5060. The sleeve notes by Keith Briggs announce that Davis was "probably the greatest guitarist to emerge from the lower strata of Black American life". In fact Davis' 1935 recordings did not sell well, perhaps because he was not a particularly engaging vocalist. Taken as a whole his eighteen sides here have a certain coldness about them (the maestro also had a tendency to over elaborate some accompaniments) which make them easier to admire than enjoy. By contrast the Mother McCollum titles which follow are simple, artless and charming: When I Take My Vacation In Heaven and Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane have always been among my favourite gospel sides. Coming after the more sophisticated Davis recordings though this running order doesn't work very well - and the closing track from 1948 with Sister Matthews shouting Stand By Me adds to the disjointed feeling. Sound quality of the Davis tracks is less noisy than on the remastered Document version, but a couple of tracks sound a little over processed to my ears. The Mother McCollum titles sound much better than on Document DOCD 5101. Aside from sequencing issues, packaging of this set could have been better and would have benefited from fuller discographical information. That said it does bring together some outstanding performances in very decent sound, and for that reason is well worth having. (DPR)
BLIND JOE AMOS: C&O Blues/ BULL CITY RED (GEORGE WASHINGTON): I Saw The Light/ BLIND GARY DAVIS: Civil War March/ Cross And Evil Woman Blues/ Have More Faith In Jesus/ I Am The Light Of The World/ I Am The True Vine/ BLIND WILLIE DAVIS: I Believe Iíll Go Back Home/ BLIND GARY DAVIS: I Belong To The Band - Hallelujah!/ I Cannot Bear My Burden By Myself/ Iím Gonna Meet You At The Station/ Iím Throwiní Up My Hands/ BLIND WILLIE DAVIS: Iíve Got A Key To The Kingdom/ BLIND GARY DAVIS: Lord Stand By Me/ Lord, l Wish I Could See/ O Lord Search My Heart/ BLIND WILLIE DAVIS: Rock Of Ages Chicago/ BLIND GARY DAVIS: The Angelís Message To Me New York/ The Great Change In Me/ BLIND WILLIE DAVIS: Trust In God And Do The Right/ BLIND GARY DAVIS: Twelve Gates To The City/ BLIND WILLIE DAVIS: When The Saints Go Marching In/ BLIND GARY DAVIS: You Can Go Home/ You Got To Go Down/ BLIND WILLIE DAVIS: Your Enemy Cannot Harm You/ BROTHER WILLIE EASON: I Want To Live (So God Can Use Me)/ Thereíll Be No Grumblers There/ HENRY GREEN: Storm Thru Mississippi/ Strange Things/ EDDIE HEAD AND HIS FAMILY: Down On Me/ Lord, lím The True Vine/ Trying To Get Home/ Within My Mind/ SISTER MATTHEWS: Stand By Me/ MOTHER McCOLLUM: Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!/ I Want To See Him/ Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane/ Oh Lord lím Your Child/ When I Take My Vacation In Heaven/ You Canít Hide/ BLIND GUSSIE NESBIT: Canaan Land New York/ Iíll Just Stand And Wring My Hands And Cry/ Motherless Children/ Pure Religion/ ELIZABETH PHILLIPS: A Little Old Fashioned/ There Is Nothing Like The Holy Spirit/ BLIND JOE TAGGART: Been Listening All The Day/ Everybodyís Got To Be Tried/ Godís Gonna Separate The Wheat From The Tares/ Goiní To Rest Where Jesus Is/ He Done What The World Couldnít Do/ I Ainít No Sinner Now/ I Ainít No Sinner Now/ I Will Not Be Removed/ I Wish My Mother Was On That Train/ In That Pearly White City Above/ Iíll Be Satisfied/ Iíve Crossed The Separation Line/ Just Beyond Jordan/ Keep On The Firing Line/ Lord Donít Drive Me Away/ Motherís Love/ Pressiní Up That Shiny Way/ Religion Is Something Within You/ Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down/ Scandalous And A Shame/ Separate The Wheat From The Tares/ Strange Things Happening In The Land/ Take Your Burden To The Lord/ The Half Ainít Never Been Told/ The Storm Is Passing Over/ Thereís A Hand Writing On The Wall/ Waded In The Water Trying To Get Home/ When I Stand Before The King/ Will My Mother Be On That Train?/ Wonder Will My Troubles Then Be Over/ SISTER O.M. TERRELL: Godís Little Birds/ How Long/ Iím Going To That City/ Life Is A Problem/ Lord I Want You To Lead Me/ Swing Low Sweet Chariot/ The Bibleís Right/ The Gambling Man/ THE TWO GOSPEL KEYS: Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down/ Charity/ Every Man Got To Lay Down And Die/ Got To Move (When The Lord Gets Ready/ I Canít Tarry/ I Donít Feel At Home In This World Anymore/ I Donít Want To Go Down There Part 1/ I Donít Want To Go Down There Part 2/ I LoveTraveling/ I Want My Crown/ Jesus Met The Woman At The Well/ Precious Lord/ Precious Lord/ This Heart Of Mine/ Weíre Gonna Have A Good Time/ Youíve Got To Move/ REV. CHARLES WHITE (JAMES BUTLER): How Long

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7762 Rockin' This House - Chicago Blues Piano, 1946-1953 ● CD $28.98
Four CD set devoted to Chicago blues piano with the star being the sometimes underappreciated memphis Slim who is featured on two and half discs covering almost all the recordings he made between 1946 and 1954 where he helped define the small group Chicago style being accompanied by musicians like Ernest Cotton, Willie Dixon, Ernest "Big" Crawford, Alex Atkins, Ransom Knowling, Matt Murphy and others. There are 11 tracks from 1947, 1950 and 1951 recorded for Bullet and Regal by the great Roosevelt Sykes with small groups. A bit of a puzzling inclusion - Sykes really deserves a box to himself. The final disc features most of the recordings made between 1947 and 1952 by the brilliant Eddie Boyd with accompaniments from the likes of J.T. Brown, Willie Dixon, Sax Mallard, Willie Lacey, Judge Riley, Sam Casimir, Ernest Cotton, L.C. McKinley and others. It includes the first recording of his trademark song Five Long Years.
EDDIE BOYD: Baby What's Wrong With You/ Blue Coat Man/ Blue Monday Blues/ Chicago Is Just That Way/ Down Beat Rhythm/ Eddie's Blues/ Five Long Years/ Getting My Divorce/ Hard Headed Woman/ I Can Trust My Baby/ I Gotta Find My Baby/ I Had To Let Her Go/ I'm Goin' Downtown/ It's Miserable To Be Alone/ Kilroy Won't Be Back/ Lonesome For My Baby/ Mr Highway Man/ Playmate Shuffle/ Rosa Lee Swing/ Something Good Will Come To Me/ Unfair Lovers/ What Makes These Things Happen To Me/ Why Did She Leave Me/ Why Don't You Be Wise Baby/ You Got To Leave That Gal/ MEMPHIS SLIM: (Sometimes I Feel Like A) Motherless Child/ 5 O'Clock Blues/ A Letter Home/ A Letter Home/ Angel Child/ Back Alley/ Believe I'll Settle Down/ Blue All Around My Head/ Blue And Lonesome/ Blue Evening/ Blues And Lonesome/ Call Me Before You Go Home/ Cheatin' Around/ Country Girl/ Darling I Miss You/ Don't Ration My Love/ Drivin' Me Mad/ Four Years Of Torment/ Frisco Bay/ Gonna Need My Help Someday/ Got To Find My Baby/ Grinder Man Blues/ Grinder Man Blues/ Harlem Bound/ Help Me Some/ I Love My Baby/ If You Live That Life/ Jumping Bean/ Kilroy Has Been Here/ Lend Me Your Love/ Life Is Like That/ Little Mary/ Living The Life I Love/ Love At First Sight/ Mean Little Woman/ Memphis Slim U.S.A./ Messin' Around/ Midnight Jump/ Mistake In Life/ Mistake In Life/ Never Let Me Love/ No Mail/ Nobody Loves Me/ Now I Got The Blues/ Pacemaker Boogie/ Restless Nights/ Rockin' This House/ Sassy Mae/ She's Alright/ Slim's Boogie/ Slim's Boogie/ The Come Back/ The Girl I Love/ The Question/ This Is My Lucky Day/ Throw This Poor Dog A Bone/ Timsy's Whimsy/ Train Is Comin'/ Train Time/ Treat Me Like I Treat You/ Two Of A Kind/ Wish Me Well/ You And I/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Blues 'N' Boogie/ Candy Man Blues/ Drivin' Wheel/ Green Onion Top/ Lowland Blues/ Mail Box Blues/ My Country Gal/ Rock It/ Savoy Boogie/ West Helena Blues/ Why Should I Cry/ Winter Time Blues/ Wonderin' Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7773 New Orleans GUitar ● CD $28.98
Four CD set, 102 tracks, highly recommended
Some great music though the title is a bit misleading. All of the first disc and most of the second disc is devoted to the great New Orleans singer Smiley Lewis featuring all his sides recorded between 1947 and 1955. Lewis did indeed play guitar though he was rarely, if ever, featured on a lead role on that instrument. Still this is classics R&B (some recently reissued on Classics) with Smiley's poerful vocals accompanied by the cream of New Orleans musicians led by Dave Bartholomew. Includes timeless songs like Teee Nah Nah/ Dirty people/ Gumbo Blues/ Big Mamou/ Blue Monday (the first recording of this song subsequently turned into a giant hit by Fats Domino)/ That Certain Door/ I Hear You Knocking And More. Disc 2 ends with four tracks by the obscure Boo Breeding - a good singer accompanied by a good band with a guitarist obsviously influenced by the great Guitar Slim who is the subject of the third disc which features at least one take of almost all this great and influential bluesman's recordings made between 1951 and 1955 with the exception of the two sides cut in Nashville in 1952 which are being saved for a Nashville compilation though I see no harm in including them on both so we wouldn't have an unecsarry gap. The fourth disc features two West Coast bluesman who were recorded in New ORleans - T-Bone Walker with 8 sides recorded in 1953 and Pee-Wee Crayton recorded in 1954 and '55. T-Bone sounds pretty much as he always did at that time which means great though there are no obvious New Orleans stylings in the backup. Pee-Wee seems to be particularly energised by being in the company of musicians like Clarence Hall, Herb Hardesty, Salvador Doucette and others and is in great form turning in some of his most exciting guitar work on some of the cuts. Just about everything here has been out on CD failry recently but if you don't already have it all you won't go wrong with this great collection of "New Orleans Guitar." (FS)
BOO BREEDING: Country Woman/ I Can't Fly (Date With An Angel)/ Low And Lonesome/ My Love (She's Gone)/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Baby Don't You Cry/ Be Faithful/ Blues Before Dawn/ Do Unto Others/ Don't Break My Heart/ Don't Go/ Every Dog Has His Day/ Eyes Full Of Tears/ Hurry, Hurry/ I Got News For You/ I Must Go On/ I Need Your Love/ My Idea About You/ Runnin' Wild/ Win-O/ Wondering Why/ You Know - Yeah/ Yours Truly/ GUITAR SLIM: Bad Luck Blues/ Bad Luck Is On Me/ Certainly All/ Cryin' In The Mornin'/ Going Down Slow/ Guitar Slim/ I Got Sumpin' For You/ I Want To Love-A You/ Later For You Baby/ Letter To My Girlfriend/ New Arrival/ Our Only Child/ Quicksand/ Reap What You Sow/ Something To Remember You By/ Stand By Me/ Stanind' At The Station/ Story Of My Life, The/ Sufferin' Mind/ Things I Used To Do, The/ Think It Over/ Trouble Don't Last/ Twenty-Five Lies/ Well I Done Got Over It/ You're Gonna Miss Me/ SMILEY LEWIS: Ain't Gonna Do It/ Bee's Boogie/ Bells Are Ringing, The/ Big Mamou/ Blue Monday/ Bumpity Bump/ Caldonia's Party/ Can't Stop Loving You/ Dirty People/ Don't Jive Me/ Down The Road/ Farewell/ Growing Old/ Gumbo Blues/ Gypsy Blues/ Here Comes Smiley/ I Hear You Knocking/ I Love You For Sentimental Reasons/ If You Ever Loved A Woman/ It's Music/ It's So Peaceful/ Jailbird/ Lillie Mae/ Little Fernandez/ Lonesome Highway/ Lost Weekend/ Lowdown/ Lying Woman/ My Baby/ My Baby Was Right/ Nobody Knows/ Oh Baby/ Ooh La La/ Play Girl/ Real Gone Lover/ Rocks, The/ Sad Life/ Show Me The Way/ Slide Me Down/ Standing On The Corner/ Tee Nah Nah/ That Certain Door/ Too Many Drivers/ Turn On Your Volume Baby/ Where Were You/ You're Gonna Miss Me/ You're Not The One/ T-BONE WALKER: Got No Use For You/ I'll Always Be In Love/ I'm Still In Love With You/ Long Distance Blues/ Pony Tail/ Railroad Station Blues/ Wanderin' Heart/ When The Sun Goes Down

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7777 Memphis Blues - Important Postwar Blues ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 111 tracks, approx 5 hours, highly recommended, but ...
If you already have Sun BOX 7 issued by Charly about 10 years ago and now out of print then you have everything here. Otherwise this is a fabulous collection of music recorded in Sam Phillips Sun studios between 1951 and 1955. Amazingly enough only a fraction of these recordings were originally issued on 78s by Sun or labels Sam Phillips leased to and bearing that in mind the high standard of most of the material is astonishing. Sure there are a few tracks that are seriously out of tune (Woodrow Adams) or needed more rehearsal but most of it was worthwhile and a lot of it is sensational. The music includes old style country blues from D.A. Hunt, Sleepy John Estes and the intriguing William Stewart who was a member of the doo-wop group The Prisonaires - his solo sides are really archaic country blues that bear a stylistic resemblance to R.L. Burnside. There are small down home combos featuring Howling Wolf, Walter Horton, Willie Nix, Dr. Ross and James Cotton and more urban flavored bands featuring Billy" The Kid" Emerson, Raymond Hill, Eddie Snow, Little Milton and the eccentric Rosco Gordon. Among the others artists here are the wonderful one man band Joe Hill Louis, former member of the Memphis Jug band Charlie Burse, Earl Hooker, Shy Guy Douglas, Pat Hare (including his prophetic I'm Gonna Murder My Baby), L.B. Lawson, Honeyboy Edwards, Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson and more. The music made in Memphis at that time frequently had a loose raucous quality which is beautifully captured here and such great guitarists as Pat Hare, Wille Johnson, Matt Murphy and the unfamiliar Erskine McLellan with their distinctive distorted stinging guitar sound, are featured all over the place. Unlike the Charly set the documentation is minimal but it does include discographical information. Around 35 of tracks duplicate the three CDs of Sun blues issued by Varese a while back (Varese 66254, 66383, 66473 - $17.98 each). My hope is that one day someone like Bear Family will issue ALL the Sun blues recordings - the Charly box came close but that's long gone. (FS)
JOHNNY ACE: Midnight Hours Journey/ WOODROW ADAMS: The Last Time/ Train Is Comin‘/ KENNETH BANKS: Blue Man (tk 1)/ High (tk 1)/ BOBBY BLAND: Crying All Night Long/ Drifting From Town To Town/ Dry Up Baby/ Good Lovin‘/ HOUSTON BOINES: Carry My Business On (tk 1)/ Crying In The Courthouse (tk 1)/ CHARLIE BOOKER: Baby I‘m Coming Home/ Walked All Night/ CHARLIE BURSE: Shorty The Barber/ JAMES COTTON: Cotton Crop Blues/ Hold Me In Your Arms/ My Baby/ Straighten Up Baby/ JIMMY DEBERRY: Take A Little Chance/ SHY GUY DOUGLAS: Detroit Arrow Blues/ Work With Her Boy/ HONEYBOY EDWARDS: Sweet Home Chicago (tk 1)/ BILLY íTHE KIDí EMERSON: Move Baby Move/ When It Rains It Pours/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: Policy Man Blues (tk 1)/ Rats In My Kitchen/ Registration Day Blues/ EARL FOREST: Baby, Baby/ I Can‘t Forgive You/ I Wronged A Woman/ Rock The Bottle/ BOYD GILMORE: Believe I‘ll Settle Down/ ROSCO GORDON: City Women/ Roscoe‘s Boogie/ Saddled The Cow (and Milked The Horse)/ T Model Boogie/ PAT HARE: Bonus Pay/ I‘m Gonna Murder My Baby/ HENRY HILL: That Ain‘t Right (tk 1)/ RAYMOND HILL: I‘m Back Pretty Baby/ Long Gone Raymond/ My Baby Left Me/ EARL HOOKER: Blue Guitar/ Move On Down The Line/ The Hucklebuck/ WALTER HORTON: Grandmother Got Grandfather Told/ Off The Wall/ Walter‘s Instrumental/ We All Gotta Go Sometime/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Bluebird/ Chocolate Drop/ Come Back Home (tk 1)/ Moanin' At Midnight/ L.C. HUBERT: Lucy Done Moved/ D.A. HUNT: Greyhound Blues/ Lonesome Ol‘ Jail/ JIMMY & WALTER: Before Long/ Easy/ L.B. LAWSON: Can‘t Love Me And My Money Too/ Flypaper Boogie/ SAMMY LEWIS & WILLIE JOHNSON: Feel So Worried/ So Long Baby Goodbye/ LITTLE JUNIOR: Feelin‘ Good/ Fussin‘ And Fightin‘ Blues/ Love My Baby/ Mystery Train/ LITTLE MILTON: If You Love Me Baby/ Somebody Told Me/ JOE HILL LOUIS: Boogie In The Park/ Gotta Let You Go/ Heartache Baby/ I Feel Like A Million/ She Comes To See Me Sometime (tk 1)/ We All Gotta Go Sometime/ BILLY íREDí LOVE: Blues Leave Me Alone/ Hart‘s Bread Boogie/ Hey Now (tk 1)/ Way After Midnight (tk 1)/ COY íHOT SHOTí LOVE: Harmonica Jam/ Wolf Call Boogie/ LITTLE MILTON: Homesick For My Baby/ Lookin‘ For My Baby/ WILLIE NIX: Midnight Showers Of Rain/ Prison Bound Blues/ Riding In The Moonlight/ Seems Like A Million Years Tk 1/ JOHNNY OíNEAL: Dead Letter Blues (tk 1)/ Ugly Woman (tk 3)/ LITTLE JR. PARKER: Bad Women, Bad Whiskey/ You‘re My Angel/ PINETOP PERKINS: Pinetop‘s Boogie Woogie/ DOCTOR ROSS: Country Clown (tk 1)/ Little Soldier Boy (tk 2)/ Tailor Made/ The Boogie Disease/ EDDIE SNOW: Don‘t Dog Me Around/ Skin And Bone (tk 1)/ WILLIAM STEWART: County Farm Blues/ Forty Four Blues/ Rattlesnake Mama/ They Call Me Talkin‘ Boy/ HOUSTON STOKES: Blue And Lonesome/ You‘ll Be Sorry/ RUFUS THOMAS: Bear Cat/ Married Woman/ Save That Money/ Tiger Man/ IKE TURNER: Trouble And Heartaches/ You‘re Driving Me Insane/ MOSE VINSON: Mistreating Boogie/ Worry You Off My Mind

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7781 Mississippi Blues, Rare Cuts 1926-1941 ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 100 tracks, essential
Utterly fantastic collection of Mississippi country blues. JSP has already issued some sets featuring the big names in Mississippi blues (JSP 7702 - "Charlie Patton & Associates - Complete Recordings", 7715 - "Legends Of Country Blues" and JSP 7719 "Big Joe Williams & The Stars Of Mississippi Blues") but this set features lesser known artists - many who only recorded a couple of songs but what recordings they were - in many cases the equal of recordings made by the more well known figures. At first I was taken aback that the set is not organized by artist or chronologically but then I realized what a smart move that was - like those old OJL or Yazoo LPs we collected in the 60s and 70s you never know what's going to come next but you can be sure that it will be great. Mississippi blues is noted for its intensity and there's no shortage of that here with incredible tracks like Jim Thompkins' Bedside Blues - his only issued recording but a truly monumental performance with a vocal reminiscent of Robert Johnson and a unique plangent slide guitar style. Why oh why didn't he record more? Then there's the magnificent William Harris who recorded about a dozen sides though only a few of them have been found - his I'm Leavin' Town and Bullfrog Blues with their hypnotic churning rhythm are among my all time favorites. The Mississippi Moaner (Isaiah Nettles) takes Blind Lemon Jefferson material and turns it into pure Mississippi blues. On the more unusual front we have Walter Rhodes who accompanies himself on primitive accordion accompanied by Pet & Can on guitars or the intriguing Willie '61" Blackwell - a somewhat limited musician who makes up for it with truly fascinating lyrics. We also get songs and alternate takes only discovered in recent years of Son House, Blind Willie Reynolds and Robert Johnson and so much more from the like of Garfield Akers, The Mississippi Jook Band, Geeshie Wiley, Freddie Spruell (possibly the first Mississippi country bluesman to record), Joe McCoy, Charlie McCoy, Mose Andrews, J.D. Short, Bogus Ben Covington, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Robert Lockwood, George Torey, King Solomon Hill and more. There's not a single track that's less than excellent and many are truly outstanding. Sound is as good as one can expect for on some of these extremely rare records and brief notes by Neil Slaven help round out an exceptional package. This is one of those few box sets where you can play all the CDs one after another without the slightest trace of boredom. (FS)
GARFIELD AKERS: Cottonfield Blues Pt 1/ Cottonfield Blues Pt 2/ Dough Roller Blues/ Jumpin' And Shoutin' Blues/ MOSE ANDREWS: Ten Pound Hammer/ Young Heifer Blues/ KID BAILEY: Mississippi Bottom Blues/ Rowdy Blues/ WILLIE '61' BLACKWELL: Bald Eagle Blues/ Chalk My Toy/ WILLIE ‘61' BLACKWELL: Don't Misuse Me, Baby/ WILLIE '61' BLACKWELL: Four O'Clock Flower Blues/ Machine Gun Blues/ Noiseless Motor Blues/ Rampaw Street Blues/ She's Young And Wild/ MISSISSIPPI BRACEY: Cherry Ball/ I'll Overcome Someday/ Stered Gal/ You Scolded Me And Drove Me/ SAM BUTLER: Devil And My Brown Blues/ Jefferson County Blues/ Poor Boy Blues/ You Can't Keep No Brown/ JOE CALICOTT: Fare Thee Well Blues/ Traveling Mama Blues/ SAM COLLINS: Devil In The Lion's Den/ Loving Lady Blues/ The Jail House Blues/ Yellow Dog Blues/ BOGUS BEN COVINGTON: Adam And Eve In The Garden/ Boodle-De-Bum Blues/ MATTIE DELANEY: Down The Big Road Blues/ Tallahatchie River Blues/ WILLIAM HARRIS: Bull Frog Blues/ Early Mornin' Blues/ I'm Leavin' Town/ Leavin' Here Blues/ BUDDY BOY HAWKINS: Jailhouse Fire Blues/ Number Three Blues/ Shaggy Fog Blues/ Snatch It Back Blues/ KING SOLOMON HILL: My Buddy Blind Papa Lemon/ Tell Me Baby/ Times Has Done Got Hard/ SON HOUSE: Clarksdale Moan/ Mississippi County Farm Blues/ ROBERT JOHNSON: Traveling Riverside Blues Tk 1/ ROBERT LOCKWOOD: Black Spider Blues/ I'm Gonna Train My Baby/ Little Boy Blue/ Take A Little Walk With Me/ MISSISSIPPI JOOK BAND: Barbecue Bust/ Dangerous Woman/ Hittin' The Bottle Stomp/ MISSISSIPPI MOANER: It's Cold In China Blues/ Mississippi Moan/ MISSISSIPPI JOOK BAND: Skippy Whippy/ CHARLIE McCOY: Baltimore Blues/ Last Time Blues/ Motherless And Fatherless Blues/ JOE McCOY: Evil Devil Woman Blues/ Look Who's Coming Down The Road/ Meat Cutter Blues/ When The Levee Breaks/ ARTHUR PETTIES: Good Boy Blues/ Out On Santa Fe Blues/ Quarrellin' Mama Blues/ Revenue Man Blues/ That Won't Do/ Two Time Blues/ BLIND JOE REYNOLDS: Cold Woman Blues/ BLIND WILLIE REYNOLDS: Married Man Blues/ BLIND JOE REYNOLDS: Ninety Nine Blues/ BLIND WILLIE REYNOLDS: Third Street Woman Blues/ WALTER RHODES: Leaving Home Blues/ The Crowing Rooster/ JELLY JAW SHORT: Barefoot Blues/ Grand Daddy Blues/ Snake Doctor Blues/ FREDDIE SPRUELL: 4A Highway/ Don't Cry Baby/ Let's Go Riding/ Milk Cow Blues/ Mr Freddie's Kokomo Blues/ Muddy Water Blues/ Way Back Down Home/ Your Good Man Is Gone/ JOE STONE: Back Door Blues/ It's Hard Time/ ELVA THOMAS & GEESHIE WILEY: Motherless Child Blues/ JIM THOMPKINS: Bedside Blues/ GEORGE TOREY: Lonesome Man Blues/ Married Woman Blues/ OTTO VIRGIAL: Bad Notion Blues/ Got The Blues About Rome/ Little Girl In Rome/ GEESHIE WILEY: Last Kind Words Blues/ Over To My House/ Skinny Leg Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7792 Crescent City Bounce - From Blues To R&B In New Orleans ● CD $28.98
Four CD set, 119 tracks, very highly recommended
Terrific collection of New Orleans blues and R&B from the late 40s to mid 50s. The first disc includes the complete recordings of the superb singer and piano player Archibald (Leon T. Gross) including his classic two part Stack-A-Lee as well as other great songs like She's Scattered Everywhere and Great Big Eyes (Those Little Reds). This disc also includes 10 tracks recorded in New Orleans by the witty singer, songwriter and piano player Pleasant Joseph that were issued under the name of Smilin' Joe including his two part A.B.C.'s. On most of his sides Joe is accompanied by New Orleans stalwarts Joe Harris, Clarence Hall, herb Hardesty, Salvador Doucette, Ernest McLean, Frank Fields and Earl Palmer - a group of musicians who appear on many of tracks on this set along with Dave Bartholomew, Alvin Tyler, Lee Allen an dothers. This disc ends with six tracks recorded in New Orleans by the great Roosevelt Sykes who, 25 years after his first recordings sounds as fresh and vital as ever. Disc two includes 22 sides by the excellent and underrated Tommy Ridgley recorded between 1949 and 1954 including one session featurin Ray Charles on piano. This disc also includes the earliest sides of Ernie K-Doe issued as Ernest Kador with His Blue Diamonds and four sides by excellent singer and guitarist Billy Tate whose sturdy guitar work is featured on a number of tracks on this collection and he takes a fine solo on his own Cryin' In The Morning and his Single LifeThose Lonely Lonely Nights. The rest of disc three and all of disc four mostly features artists who recorded only a handful of sides - most of it of a very high standard including George "Blazer-Boy" Stevenson, The Royal Kings (actually dave Bartholomew's band), Rodney Harris, Leonard Lee (of Shirley & Lee), Bobby Marchan (two sides from 1956 with hot guitar from Earl King), Little Booker (the first recordings of James Booker), Big Boy Myles, Roy Montrell (his classic Every Time I Hear That Mellow Saxophone), Willie Johnson, Fat Man Matthews and others. If you have any liking for New Orleans R&B (that's just about everybody!) this is an indispensible collection. Manuy of the tracks have been out on CD before but it's great to have all these classic recordings in one place. Sound is generally excellent and there are brief, informative notes by Neil Slaven and discographical info. (FS)
LEE ALLEN: Jam Up/ Wish I Had Never/ ARCHIBALD: Ballin' With Archie/ Ballin' With Archie/ Crescent City Bounce/ Early Morning Blues/ Great Big Eyes (those Little Reds)/ House Party Blues/ Little Miss Muffett/ My Gal/ Shake Baby Shake/ She's Scattered Everywhere/ Soon As I Go Home/ Stack-A-Lee, Part 1/ Stack-A-Lee, Part 2/ BLAZER-BOY: Joes's Kid Sister/ Mornin' Train/ Surprise Blues/ Waiting For My Baby/ AUGUST DUPONT: I'm Gonna Cross That River/ Ooh Lawdy My Baby/ LIL' WILLIE GIBSON: Brother Bill/ Why/ JIMMY GIL: Gather 'round/ North Wind/ RODNEY HARRIS: Blow Your Top/ EARL JOHNSON: Beggin' At Your Mercy/ Have You Gone Crazy/ WILLIE JOHNSON: Say Baby/ That Night/ LITTLE SONNY JONES: Going Back To The Country/ I Got Booted/ Tend To Your Business Blues/ Winehead Baby/ ERNEST KADOR: Do Baby Do/ No Money/ So Glad You're Mine/ You Never Miss A Good Woman/ EARL KING: 'til I Say Well Done/ A Mother's Love/ Baby You Can Get Your Gun/ Eating And Sleeping/ Funny Face/ I'll Take You Back/ I'm Packing Up/ I'm Your Best Bet, Baby/ Is Everything All Right/ It Must Have Been Love/ Little Girl/ Mother Told Me Not To Go/ My Love Is Strong/ No One But Me/ Nobody Cares/ Sitting And Wondering/ Those Lonely, Lonely Nights/ THE KINGS: What Can I Do/ LLOYD LAMBERT: Heavy Sugar/ Whistlin' Joe/ LEONARD LEE: Tryin' To Fool Me/ When The Sun Goes Down/ RAY LEWIS & THE FOUR BARS: Jealous Blues/ When You Were Mine/ LITTLE BOOKER: Doing The Hambone/ Thinking About My Baby/ LITTLE MR. MIDNIGHT: 4 O'clock Blues/ Got A Brand New Baby/ BOBBY MARCHAN: Give A Helping Hand/ Have Mercy/ Pity Poor Me/ FAT MATHEWS: You Know It/ FATS MATHEWS: Down The Line/ Goin' Down/ GEORGE MILLER & HIS MIDRIFFS: Boogie's The Thing/ ROY MONTRELL: (every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone/ BIG BOY MYLES: Hickory Dickory Dock/ That Girl I Married/ Who's Been Fooling You/ TOMMY RIDGLEY: A Day Is Coming/ Anything But Love/ Boogie Woogie Mama/ Booted/ Come Home Baby/ Early Dawn Boogie/ Good Times/ Got You On My Mind/ I Live My Life/ Junie Mae/ Lavinia/ Lonely Man Blues/ Looped/ Monkey Man/ Nobody Cares/ Once In A Lifetime/ Shrewsbury Blues/ Tra La La/ THE ROYAL KINGS: Bouncin' The Boogie/ Teachin' And Preachin'/ SMILIN' JOE: A.B.C.'s Part 1/ A.B.C.'s Part 2/ Dinah/ How Long Must I Wait/ Living On Borrowed Time/ Lovesick Soul/ Misery/ Second Hand Love/ Sleep Walking Woman/ Won't Settle Down/ GEORGE STEVENSON: Easin' Tan/ Meet Me At Grandma's Joint/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Blood Stains/ Crazy Fox/ Hush Oh Hush/ I'm Tired/ Sweet Old Chicago/ You Can't Be Lucky All The Time/ BILLY TATE: Cryin' In The Morning/ Ooh Ooh Baby/ Single Life/ You Told Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7795 The Road To Robert Johnson & Beyond ● CD $28.98
Another look at the Robert Johnson myth in this four CD set with 105 tracks. The first disc features artists and songs that may have had an impact on the development of Johnson's music - Son House, Skip james, Carl Rafferty, Peetie Wheatstraw, Ramblin' Thomas, Charley Patton, Lonnie Johnson, Leroy Carr, The Mississippi Sheiks and others. The second disc features one take of each of Johnson's recordings. The third disc and part of the fourth features artists who were influence by Johnson - Muddy waters, Calvin Frazier, Johnny Shines, Honeboy Edwards, Elmore james, Homeiskc James and others and the rest of disc four is the first CD reissue of a long out of print JSP LP from 1978 featuring six tracks by Johnny Shines and 11 by Blind Will Dukes.
DISC 1:SON HOUSE: Walkin' Blues / LEROY CARR: Mean Mistreater Mama/ JOHNNY TEMPLE :Lead Pencil Blues/ SKIP JAMES: Devil Got My Woman/ BLIND BLAKE: Georgia Bound/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Blue Ghost Blues/ CARL RAFFERTY: Mr. Carl's Blues/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Change My Luck Blues/ TAMPA RED: Things 'Bout Coming My Way/ PEETIE WHEATSTRAW: Police Station Blues/ KOKOMO ARNOLD: Old Original Kokomo Blues/ HAMBONE WILLIE NEWBERN: Roll And Tumble Blues/ RAMBLIN' THOMAS: No Job Blues/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Shelby County Blues/ MA RAINEY & HER GEORGIA JAZZ BAND: Booze And Blues/ CHARLEY PATTON: You're Gonna Somebody When You Die/ SKIP JAMES: 22/20 Blues/ KOKOMO ARNOLD: Milk Cow Blues/ SON HOUSE: Preachin' The Blues Pt.1/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Life Saver Blues/ JOHNNY TEMPLE: Evil Devil Blues/ LEROY CARR: When the Sun Goes Down/ HENRY THOMAS: Red River Blues/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Dry Southern Blues/ THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: Show Me What You Got DISC 2:ROBERT JOHNSON: Kind Hearted Woman Blues/ I Believe I'll Dust My Broom/ Sweet Home Chicago/ Ramblin' On My Mind/ When You Got A Good Friend/ Come On In My Kitchen/ Terraplane Blues/ They're Red Hot/ Phonograph/ 32-20 Blues/ Dead Shrimp Blues/ Cross Road Blues/ Walkin' Blues/ Last Fair Deal Gone Down/ Preachin' Blues/ If I Had Possession over Judgement Day/ Stones In My Passway/ I'm A Steady Rollin' Man/ From Four Until Late/ Hell Hound On My Trail/ Little Queen Of Spades/ Malted Milk/ Drunken Hearted Man/ Me And the Devil Blues/ Stop Breakin' Down Blues/ Travelin' Riverside Blues/ Honeymoon Blues/ Love In Vain/ Milkcow's Calf Blues DISC 3: MUDDY WATERS: Country Blues No.1/ I Be's Troubled/ Burr Clover Farm Blues/ Ramblin' Kid Blues/ Rosalie/ Take A Walk With Me/ Burr Clover Blues/ I Be Bound To Write To You No.1/ I Be Bound To Write To You No.2/ You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone/ You Got To Take Sick And Die Of Some Of These Days/ Why Don't You Live So God Can Use you/ Country Blues No.2/ You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone No.2/ 32-20 Blues/ ROBERT LOCKWOOD; Little Boy Blue/ CALVIN FRAZIER: She's A Double-Crossin' Woman/ ROBERT LEE MCCOY: Friar's Point Blues/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: I'm A Highway Man/ JOHNNY SHINES: Evil Hearted Woman Blues / CALVIN FRAZIER: Lilly Mae No.1/ JOHNNY SHINES: Ramblin'/ HONEYBIY EDWARDS: Sweet Home Chicago/ JOHNNY SHINES: Fishtail/ LITTLE WALTER: Muskadine Blues DISC 4: ELMORE JAMES: Dust My Broom/ HOMESICK JAMES: Long Lonesome Day/ BABY FACE LEROY FOSTER: Rollin' & Tumblin' Pts.1 & 2/ HOMESICK JAMES: Johnnie Mae/ BABY BOY WARREN: Stop Breaking Down/ ELMORE JAMES: Standing At the Crossroads/ HOMESICK JAMES: Lonesome Blues/ Homesick/ ELMORE JAMES: I Believe/ JOHNNY SHINES: Rambling Blues/ Maggie Lee Blues/ You're the One That I Love/ Sweet Home Chicago/ Shake 'Em On Down/ Moanin' & Groanin' the Blues/ BLIND WILL DUKES: Terraplane Blues/ Dead Shrimp Blues/ Steady Rollin' Man/ Me And the Devil/ Mean Hearted Woman/ Ramblin' Blues/ Hobo Blues/ Milk Cow Blues/ Mistreated So Long/ Sail On Little Woman/ Hoodoo Man

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7796 Jook Joint Blues - Good Time Rhythm & Blues, 1943-1956 ● CD $28.98
Four CD with 112 tracks of great and rare down home blues - most from the early 50s. It's all been out before but it's great to have all these superb sides in one place. Includes sides by Papa Lightfoot, Frankie Lee Sims, Little Milton Anderson, John Lee, Sonny Boy Holmes, Lost John Hunter, Frank edwards, Mercy Dee, Alvin Smith, Harvey Hill, Clifford Gibson, Arthur Gunter, Johnny Lewis (Joe Hill Louis), Lonesome Sundown, Pinebluff Pete, Sonny Boy Holmes, Lightnin' Slim, Alex Moore, The Blues Rockers, Country Jim, Earl Hooker, Little Sam Davis, Coy "Hot Shot" Love, Dennis McMillon, Jerry Perkins, Lazy Lester, Good Rockin' Sam, K.C. Douglas, Ole Sonny Boy, Lazy Slim Jim, Tommy Lee Thompson, Wright Holmes and many more.
LITTLE MILTON ANDERSON: Blow It Down/ Jackson Juke/ Little Milton's Boogie/ Mistreated Baby Blues/ GOOD ROCKIN' BEASLEY: Happy Go Lucky/ THE BLUES ROCKERS: Calling All Cows/ Johnny Mae/ SCHOOLBOY CLEVE: I'm Him/ She's Gone/ Strange Letter Blues/ LITTLE WILLIE COTTON: A Dream/ COUNTRY JIM: One Thing My Baby Likes/ Philippine Blues/ LITTLE SAM DAVIS: 1958 Blues/ Goin' Home To Mother/ Goin' To New Orleans/ She's So Good To Me/ K.C. DOUGLAS: K.C. Boogie/ Lonely Blues/ FRANK EDWARDS: Gotta Get Together/ Love My Baby/ GUITAR GABLE: Congo Mombo/ CLIFFORD GIBSON: Let Me Be Your Handy Man/ Sneaky Groundhog/ GOOD ROCKIN' SAM: Don't Let Your Daddy Slow Walk You Down/ Now Listen Baby/ R. GREEN & TURNER: Alla Blues/ Central Avenue Blues/ ARTHUR GUNTER: She's Mine All Mine/ You Are Doing Me Wrong/ HARVEY HILL JR.: She Fool Me/ SONNY BOY HOLMES: I Got Them Blues/ T.N.T. Woman/ The $64 Question/ Walkin' And Cryin' Blues/ WRIGHT HOLMES: Good Road Blues/ HONEYBOY: Bloodstains On the Wall/ EARL HOOKER: Alley Corn/ On the Hook/ Ride Hooker Ride/ Sweet Angel/ EDDIE HOPE & THE MANNISH BOYS: A Fool No More/ Lost Child/ PEE WEE HUGHES: Country Boy/ Santa Fe Blues/ Sugar Mama/ LOST JOHN HUNTER: Cool Down Mama/ Schoolboy/ LOUIS JACKSON: L.J. Boogie/ RED JOHNSON: Mama Does the Boogie/ KING DAVIS: Someday You'll Understand/ L.B. LAWSON: Got My Call Card/ Scott's Boogie/ LAZY LESTER: I'm Gonna Leave You Baby/ Lester's Stomp/ LAZY SLIM JIM: Wine Head Baby/ JOHN LEE: Alabama Boogie/ Baby Blues/ Blinds Blues/ Down At the Depot/ JOHNNY LEWIS: Jealous Man/ She's Taking All My Money/ LIGHTNIN' SLIM: Bad Luck/ Bugger Bugger Boy/ Ethel May/ I Can't Be Successful/ I Can't Live Happy/ Lightnin' Blues/ New Orleans Bound/ Rock Me Mama/ LITTLE AL: Little Lean Woman/ Tiger Man/ LONESOME SUNDOWN: Leave My Money Alone/ Lost Without Love/ JOE HILL LOUIS: Hydramatic Woman/ COY 'HOT SHOT' LOVE: Harpin' On It/ Wolf Call Boogie/ JERRY MCCAIN: Courtin' In a Cadillac/ That's What They Want/ Things Ain't Right/ You Don't Love Me No More/ ERNEST MCCLAY: Big Time Woman/ DENNIS MCMILLON: Paper Wooden Daddy/ MERCY DEE: Dark Muddy Bottom/ Evil And Hanky/ My Woman Knows the Score/ One Room Country Shack/ ALEX MOORE: If I Lose You Woman/ Lillie Mae Boogie/ Neglected Woman/ OLE SONNY BOY: You Better Change/ PAPA LIGHTFOOT: Jump the Boogie/ Mean Old Train/ Wine, Women, Whiskey/ JERRY PERKINS: Katherine Blues/ Knocking the Boogie/ WILD BILL PHILLIPS: Pebble In My Shoe/ PINEBLUFF PETE: No.4 Boogie/ CLARENCE SAMUELS: Chicken Hearted Woman/ ALEC SEWARD: Rub a Little Boogie/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Don't Take It Out On Me/ Lucy Mae Blues/ SKOOLE-DUM-DOO & SHEFFIELD: West Kinney Street Blues/ ALVIN SMITH: On My Way/ TARHEEL SLIM: Too Much Competition/ JESSE THOMAS: Another Fool Like Me/ LAFAYETTE THOMAS: Deep South Guitar Blues/ Weekend Blues/ TOMMY LEE THOMPSON: Highway 80 Blues/ Packin' Up My Blues/ BIG SON TILLIS: When I Come In This House Woman/ JAMES TISDOM: Winehead Swing

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7798 A Richer Tradition - Country Blues & String Band Music ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 100 tracks, essential
A fabulous and varied collection or rural African-American music recorded between 1923 and 1942 including solo country bluesmen, songsters, jug bands, string bands and more. The majority of tracks are from the incredibly fertile period from 1924 through 1930 and most of the artists are obscure - many of them recording only a few tracks though the musical equal of artists who recorded more prolifically. In the case of Jim Thompkins and Freezone who are featured on two of the finest tracks here - each had only one track released. The most prolific artists here are Sylvester Weaver with his sublime slide guitar instrumental Guitar Blues and the wonderful singer/ banjo player Papa Charlie Jackson who deserves a box set of his own. Discs 1, 3 and 4 of this set features solo artists and duets while the second disc features mostly string bands, jug bands and washboard bands. The performances here are rarely less than excellent and many are truly superb. If you already have a very extensive blues collection you might have most of the cuts here otherwise this is just chock full of treasures from artists from the Southern states like Richard "Rabbit" Brown (his frequently reissued but always welcome masterpiece James Alley Blues), Papa Harvey Hull & Long Cleve Reed, Ed Bell (his stupendous Frisco Whistle Blues), Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley, George "Bullet" Williams (incredible early harmonica player), William Harris, Willie Harris (a different artist), The Old Southern Jug band, Mississippi Mud Steppers, Mooch Richardson, Mae Glover, Jack Gowdlock, George Carter, Edward Thompson, Eli Framer and much more. Sound is fine considering the age and rarity of these recordings and there are informative notes from the ever reliable Neil Slaven. (FS)
THE ALABAMA SHEIKS: Travelin' Railroad Man Blues/ PINK ANDERSON: C.C. & O. Blues/ ED ANDREWS: Time Ain't Gonna Make Me Stay/ WILLIE BAKER: Weak Minded Woman/ ANDREW & JIM BAXTER: Bamalong Blues/ ED BELL: Frisco Whistle Blues/ Mean Conductor Blues/ THE BIRMINGHAM JUG BAND: Giving It Away/ LEWIS BLACK: Gravel Camp Blues/ Spanish Blues/ THE BLUE BOYS: Easy Winner/ TOMMIE BRADLEY: Adam and Eve/ Window Pane Blues/ RICHARD "RABBIT" BROWN: James Alley Blues/ JOHN BYRD: Billy Goat Blues/ BOB CAMPBELL: Starvation Farm Blues/ GENE CAMPBELL: Toby Woman Blues/ GEORGE CARTER: Ghost Woman Blues/ Hot Jelly Roll Blues/ Rising River Blues/ Weeping Willow Blues/ VIRGIL CHILDERS: Dago Blues/ BIG BOY CLEVELAND: Goin' to Leave You Blues/ Quill Blues/ JAMES COLE'S STRING BAND: I Got a Gal/ JAMES COLE'S WASHBOARD FOUR: Runnin' Wild/ JAYBIRD COLEMAN: Man Trouble Blues/ LONNIE COLEMAN: Old Rock Island Blues/ Wild About My Loving/ COLEMAN & HARPER: Old Hen Cackle/ Old Hen Cackle/ BOGUS BEN COVINGTON: I Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop/ DADDY STOVEPIPE: Sundown Blues/ THE DALLAS JAMBOREE JUG BAND: Dusting the Frets/ MATTIE DELANEY: Tallahatchie River Blues/ TOM DICKSON: Death Bell Blues/ Labor Blues/ THE DIXIELAND JUG BLOWERS: Boodle-Am-Shake/ ELI FRAMER: Framer's Blues/ God Didn't Make No Monkey Man/ FREEZONE: Indian Squaw Blues/ GITFIDDLE JIM: Paddlin' Madeline Blues/ EMERY GLEN: Back Door Blues/ Two Ways to Texas/ MAE GLOVER: I Ain't Givin' Nobody None/ JACK GOWDLOCK: Poor Jane Blues/ Rollin' Dough Blues/ WILLIAM HARRIS: Bull Frog Blues/ Early Mornin' Blues/ WILLIE HARRIS: Lonesome Midnight Dream/ Never Drive a Stranger From Your Door/ PAPA HARVEY HULL & LONG "CLEVE" REED: Hey Lawdy Mama-The France Blues/ PAPA CHARLIE JACKSON: Salt Lake City Blues/ WALTER JACOBS: The Jazz Fiddler/ JIM JAM (WALTER TAYLOR): Diamond Ring Blues/ ALEC JOHNSON: Miss Meal Cramp Blues/ ELIZABETH JOHNSON: Sobbin' Woman Blues/ THE JOHNSON BOYS: Violin Blues/ JOHNSON-NELSON-PORKCHOP: G. Burns Is Gonna Rise Again/ LUKE JORDAN: If I Call You Mama/ THE KANSAS CITY BLUES STRUMMERS: String Band Blues/ LOTTIE KIMBROUGH: Goin' Away Blues/ Rolling Log Blues/ CHARLIE KYLE: Kyle's Worried Blues/ No Baby/ LOUIE LASKY: Teasin' Brown Blues/ LEECAN & COOKSEY: Dirty Guitar Blues/ ALFRED LEWIS: Mississippi Swamp Moan/ LOUIE BLUIE & TED BOGAN: Ted's Stomp/ CARL MARTIN: Farewell to You Baby/ THE MISSISSIPPI MUD STEPPERS: Jackson Stomp/ EL MORROW: Beans/ THE NASHVILLE WASHBOARD BAND: Arkansas Traveler/ TOM "BLUE COAT" NELSON: Blue Coat Blues/ HAMBONE WILLIE NEWBERN: She Could Toodle-oo/ Way Down in Arkansas/ THE OLD PAL SMOKE SHOP FOUR: Black Cat Blues/ THE OLD SOUTHERN JUG BAND: Blues, Just Blues, That's All/ ARTHUR PETTIS: That Won't Do/ LONG "CLEVE" REED: Original Stack O'Lee Blues/ WILLIE REED: Dreaming Blues/ MOOCH RICHARDSON: Helena Blues/ T and T Blues/ TOMMY SETTLERS: Shaking Weed Blues/ THE SOUTH STREET TRIO: Cold Morning Shout/ Whiskey and Gin Blues/ HENRY SPAULDING: Cairo Blues/ STOVEPIPE NO. 1 & DAVID CROCKETT: A Chicken Can Waltz the Gravy Around/ TARTER & GAY: Unknown Blues/ THE TENNESSEE CHOCOLATE DROPS: Knox County Stomp/ JIM THOMPKINS: Bedside Blues/ EDWARD THOMPSON: Florida Bound/ Showers of Rain Blues/ GEORGE TOREY: Married Woman Blues/ WILLIE WALKER: South Carolina Rag/ SYLVESTER WEAVER: Guitar Blues/ WHISTLER & HIS JUG BAND: Jail House Blues/ The Jug Band Special/ WHISTLIN' PETE & DADDY STOVEPIPE: Tuxedo Blues/ GEORGE "BULLET" WILLIAMS: Middlin' Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77109 Ain't Times Hard - Political & Social Commentary In The ● CD $28.98
Four CD set with 100 tracks recorded between the 1920s and 1950s on the subject of hard times and the response to it and even though this was programmed in early 2008 seems highly appropriate to the situation the country finds itself in. Then, as now, the working class and African Americans in particular were the hardest hit by downturns in the economy, natural disasters and shortage of work and used the creative medium of the blues to express their feelings. This collection ranges from Blind Blake's No Dough Blues to Leroy Carr's Depression Blues to Big Joe Williams' Providence Help The Poor People to Jack McVea's Inflation Blues and much, much more.
BARBECUE BOB: Bad Time Blues/ BLACK IVORY KING: Working For The P.W.A./ SCRAPPER BLACKWELL: Down And Out Blues/ Hard Time Blues/ BLIND BLAKE: No Dough Blues/ BARBECUE BOB: We Sure Got Hard Times/ LUCILLE BOGAN: Red Cross Man/ SON BONDS: Old Bachelor Blues/ JOHN BRIM: Tough Times/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Starvation Blues/ Unemployment Stomp/ W.P.A. Blues/ CLARENCE 'GATEMOUTH' BROWN: Depression Blues/ BUMBLE BEE SLIM: Chain Gang Bound/ Hobo Jungle Blues/ When I Get My Money/ BOB CAMPBELL: Starvation Farm Blues/ GENE CAMPBELL: Levee Camp Man Blues/ LEROY CARR: Hard Times Done Drove Me To Drink/ The Depression Blues/ ANDY CHATMAN: Hard Times On Me Blues/ COUSIN JOE: Post-War Future Blues/ GEORGE CURRY: Back In My Cell Again/ BLIND TEDDY DARBY: Meat And Bread Blues/ WALTER DAVIS: Red Cross Blues/ TOM DICKSON: Labor Blues/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Warehouse Man Blues/ CARRIE EDWARDS: Hard Time Blues/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: Government Money/ Hobo Jungle Blues/ ALFRED FIELDS: '29 Blues/ CALVIN FRAZIER: Welfare Blues/ GENE GILMORE: Charity Blues/ JIMMIE GORDON: Don't Take Away My P.W.A./ GUITAR SLIM & JELLY BELLY: Keep Straight Blues/ Working Man Blues/ LANE HARDIN: Hard Time Blues/ KING SOLOMON HILL: Times Has Done Got So Hard/ SMOKEY HOGG: Hard Times/ Unemployment Blues/ TONY HOLLINS: Stamp Blues/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Strike Blues/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: High Cost Low Pay Blues/ Reconversion Blues/ J.B. HUTTO: Things Are So Slow/ FRANK 'SPRINGBACK' JAMES: New Red Cross Blues/ ALEC JOHNSON: Miss Meal Cramp Blues/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Four-O-Three Blues/ Hard Times Ain't Gone No Where/ FLOYD JONES: Ain't Times Hard/ Stockyard Blues/ CHARLEY JORDAN: Days Of The Weeks Blues/ Starvation Blues/ Tough Times Blues/ JACK KELLY: R.F.C. Blues/ J.B. LENOIR: Eisenhower Blues/ CARL MARTIN: I'm Gonna Have My Fun/ Let's Have A Good Deal/ CHARLIE MCCOY: Charity Blues/ Northern Starvers Are Returning Home/ ROBERT LEE MCCOY: I Have Spent My Bonus/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: The Panic's On/ FRED MCMULLEN: Dekalb Chain Gang/ JACK MCVEA: Inflation Blues/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Nothing In Rambling/ Sylvester And His Mule Blues/ THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: Sales Tax/ BUDDY MOSS: Hard Time Blues/ RED NELSON: Relief Blues/ When The Soldiers Get Their Bonus/ HAMBONE WILLIE NEWBERN: Shelby County Workhouse Blues/ SAMPSON PITTMAN: Welfare Blues/ JOE PULLUM: Bonus Blues/ YANK RACHELL: Hobo Blues/ TAMPA RED: Turpentine Blues/ WALTER ROLAND: C.W.A. Blues/ Red Cross Blues/ Red Cross Blues No.2/ SONNY SCOTT: Coal Mountain Blues/ OLLIE SHEPARD: Hard Times Is On Me/ WILLIE 'LONG TIME' SMITH: Homeless Blues/ CHARLEY SPAND: Hard Time Blues/ SPECKLED RED: Welfare Blues/ JOE STONE: It's Hard Time/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Living In A Different World/ Sunny Road/ SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGHEE: Red Cross Store Blues/ BIG MAMA THORNTON: Cotton Picking Blues/ EDDIE VINSON: Bonus Pay/ Luxury Tax Blues/ WASHBOARD SAM: C.C.C. Blues/ CASEY BILL WELDON: W.P.A. Blues/ PEETIE WHEATSTRAW: 304 Blues/ Jungle Man Blues/ When I Get My Bonus/ Working On The Project/ JOSHUA WHITE: Welfare Blues/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Providence Help The Poor People/ L.C. WILLIAMS: Strike Blues/ JIM WYNN: Shipyard Woman

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77122 The Bob Geddins Blues Legacy ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 107 tracks, very highly recommended with reservations
Bob Geddins one of the most important entrepreneurs in the post war black music scene on the West Coast. Geddins, originally from Texas was a singer, songwriter, promoter who was also a skilled electrician, radio repairman and pipe fitter who built his own pressing plant. In spite of all his talents Geddins was a naieve businessman who tried to conduct his business based on trust and often found himself at the wrong end of business deals. He ran numerous record labels throughout his career making some the first recordings of legendary West Coast blues figures. Under the guidance of Opal Louis Nations the British Acrobat label was doing an extensive series of reissues of Geddins material which was not completed due to the demise of the Acrobat label. Now JSP has stepped in and put out this four CD selection which is exclusively devoted to Geddins blues records - the Acrobat series also included gospel and some pop oriented material. About 3/4 of the material here has been reissued by Acrobat with the rest being material that would have been reissued had the series continued. If you check my reviews of the Acrobat CDs you will know that Geddins recorded some exceptionally fine music and so all the music here is outstanding including artists like Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin, Jimmy Wilson, Roy Hawkins, Willie B. Huff, K.C. Douglas, James Reed, King Soloman Trio, Johnny Fuller and many others. Unlike the in depth notes on the Acrobat releases the notes here are confined to four page booklets with each CD. I would certainly recommend that you get the Acrobat releases first, while they are still around, and then get this one to fill in the gaps or if you are only interested in Geddins's blues recordings. In an ideal world JSP would have picked up the series where Acrobat left off but of course it isn't an ideal world and even if you have to get this for the tracks not on the Acrobat sets it's probably worth it as there is some great material there. (FS)
ANGEL FACE WITH FRANK MOTLEY: Don't Ever Leave Me Again/ JUKE BOY BONNER: Rock with Me Baby/ Well Baby/ K.C. DOUGLAS: Mercury Boogie/ K.C. Boogie/ Lonely Boy Blues/ EMERY FRANKLIN: Lonesome Blues/ JOHNNY FULLER: Bad Luck Overtook Me/ Comin' Round the Corner/ First Stage of the Blues/ Fool's Paradise/ How Long/ I Can't Succeed/ Lovin' Lovin' Man/ Mama Told Me/ Mean Old World/ Remember/ Roughest Place in Town/ Strange Land/ Sunny Road/ Too Late to Change/ Train Train Blues/ Weeping and Mourning/ LOWELL FULSON: 9: 30 Shuffle/ Fulson Boogie/ Highway '99'/ Jelly, Jelly/ Let's Throw a Boogie Woogie/ Mean Woman Blues/ My Baby Left Me/ Prison Bound/ Stormin' and Rainin'/ Tell Me Baby/ Thinking Blues/ Trying to Find My Baby/ Whiskey Blues/ FATS GAINES: He's a Real Fine Man/ Home Work Blues/ BOB GEDDINS' CAVALIERS: Irma Jean Blues/ ROY HAWKINS: Ain't No Fault of Mine/ They Raided the Joint/ WILLIE B. HUFF: Beggar Man Blues/ I Love You Baby/ I've Been Thinkin' and Thinkin'/ Operator 209/ JOHNNY INGRAM & HIS RHYTHM CZARS WITH WINDY MOR: Jubudy/ JOHNNY INGRAM & HIS RHYTHM CZARS WITH JIMMY NEL: Red Light Gotta Go/ JOHNNY INGRAM & HIS RHYTHM CZARS: Ridin' Hi/ Streamlined Baby/ ULYSSES JAMES: Poor Boy/ KING SOLOMAN TRIO: Baby, I'm Cutting Out/ Mean Train/ LITTLE CAESAR: Big Eyes/ Can't Stand It All Alone/ What Kind of Fool/ Wonder Why I'm Leaving/ JOE HILL LOUIS: Bad Woman Blues/ Hydramatic Woman/ SIDNEY MAIDEN: Eclipse of the Sun/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: Bad Luck and Trouble/ Beer Tavern Girl/ Big Foot Mama/ Fare-Well/ I Can't Understand Love/ I Wanna Make Love to You/ I'm the One/ Jimmy's Blues/ Listen Woman/ Low Down Mood/ Miss Minnie Lee Blues/ My Love for You/ Playin' on Me/ Railroad Blues/ Rock and Rye/ Savoy's Jump/ She's My Baby/ South Side Mood/ Take a Chance/ When I'm Gone/ You're the One/ JAMES REED: Things Ain't What They Used to Be/ You Better Hold Me/ BIG MAMA THORNTON & THE HI-TONES: Big Mama's Coming Home/ Don't Talk Back/ MERCY DEE WALTON: Main Event/ Trailing My Baby/ THE WEST SIDE TRIO: So Tired I Could Cry/ West Side Jump/ TURNER WILLIS: Re-Enlisted Blues/ JIMMY WILSON: Big Town Jump/ Blues at Sundown/ Blues in the Alley/ Call Me a Hound Dog/ I Found Out/ I Used to Love a Woman/ Instrumental Jump/ Jumpin' from Six to Six/ Mistake in Life/ Mountain Climber/ Nobody's Business/ Oh Red/ Oh Red/ Strangest Blues/ Teardrops on My Pillow/ Tin Pan Alley/ Trouble in My Home/ Woman Is a Woman

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77126 Nuggets From The Golden Age Of Gospel, 1945-1958 ● CD $28.98
Just arrived. Fabulous new four CD box set compiled and annotated by gospel expert Opal Louis Nations featuring 105 great gospel recordings cut between 1945 and 1958 - mostly quartet singing along some solo vocalists. The material includes some of gospel's biggest names (Five Blind Boy Of Alabama, Sensational Nightingales, Soul Stirrers, Golden Gate Quartet, Dixie Hummingbirds, Rev. James Cleveland, etc), gospel recordings featuring artists who became better known in other fields (Frank Sinatra with The Charioteers, Sly Stone, Candi Staton & The Jewel Gospel Trio, Ann Cole & The Colemanaires, O.V. Wright & The Sunset Travelers, etc.) and lots of great but obscure artists making their first appearance on CD (The Golden Melodeers, Mary DeLoach, Keys Of Heaven, Ever Ready Gospel Singers, Dixieland Singers, Royal Travelers, Original Gospel Stars, Leon Lumpkins & The Gospel Clefs, etc.).
THE AFRO QUINTETTE: Toll the Bells/ GENE ALLISON & THE ISRAELITE TRAVELERS: Send My Child Home To Me/ INEZ ANDREWS & THE CARAVANS: I'm Not Tired Yet/ THE ANGELIC GOSPEL SINGERS & THE DIXIE HUMMI: One Day/ THE ARGO GOSPEL SINGERS: He's Alright With Me/ PAUL ARNOLD & THE GOSPELAIRES: It's a Pity/ REVEREND DR. MORGAN BABB & THE PHILCO SINGERS: Wonder How Long/ REV. BALLENGER: This Train/ SISTER LUCILE BARBEE: Where Could I Go/ THE BELLS OF JOY: There'll Be No More Sorrow/ MADAME EMILY BRAM: Each Day/ NAPPY BROWN & SELAH JUBILEE SINGERS: Who So Ever Will/ SHIRLEY CAESAR: I'd Rather Serve Jesus/ WYNONA CARR: There is Rest For the Weary/ HAZEL CHATMAN WITH THE GOLDEN HARMONIZERS: He Knows How Much You Can Bear/ JUDY CLAY & THE DRINKARD SINGERS: That's Enough/ REV. JAMES CLEVELAND & THE CARAVANS: Old Time Religion/ HARDIE CLIFTON & THE BROOKLYN ALL-STARS: Careless Soul/ DOROTHY LOVE COATES & THE GOSPEL HARMONETTES: Love Lifted Me/ ANN COLE & THE COLMANAIRES: Out On the Ocean Sailing/ THE CONSOLERS: Glad To Be In the Number/ MDME EDNA GALLMON COOKE & THE MT. VERNON MEN'S CHOIR: Angels, Angels, Angels/ SAM COOKE & THE SOUL STIRRERS: Pilgrim of Sorrow (Take 1)/ REV. H.B. CRUM & THE GOLDEN KEYS: So Glad I'm Here/ SISTER ETHEL DAVENPORT WITH BROWNIE MCGHEE: World Can't Do Me No Harm, The/ THE DEEP RIVER BOYS: I'm Tramping/ MARY DELOACH: The Lord's Gospel Train/ THE DELTA SOUTHERNAIRES: Bye and Bye, Part 1/ THE DETROIT HARMONETTES: I Need Thee/ THE DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS: Let's Go Out To the Programs, Part 2/ THE DIXIELAND SINGERS: Our Prayer/ THE EVENING STAR QUARTET: Jesus, I'll Never Forget/ THE EVER-READY GOSPEL SINGERS: One Day When I Was Walking (I'm In His Care)/ THE FAIRFIELD FOUR: Come Over Here/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA: Mother's Song/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF MISSISSIPPI: Let's Have Church/ THE FIVE SOUL STIRRERS: Walk Around/ THE FLOWERS OF JOY: At the Cross/ REVEREND C.L. FRANKLIN WITH ARETHA, ERMA & CAROLINE: Wings of Faith/ EVELYN FREEMAN & THE EXCITING VOICES CHORUS: Didn't It Rain/ THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET: Same Train/ THE GOSPEL SONGBIRDS: God's Creation/ THE GOSPEL TONES: Roll, Jordan, Roll/ BESSIE GRIFFIN & THE CARAVANS: Let Us Run/ BESSIE GRIFFIN & THE CONSOLATORS: Every Now and Then (Take 2)/ TONY HARRIS & THE TRAVELING FOUR: All On the Altar/ R.H. HARRIS WITH THE CHRISTLAND SINGERS: Nothing Will Move Me (From the Love of God)/ JOE HINTON & THE SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS: I Need Thee/ HOWARD "SLIM" HUNT & THE SUPREME ANGELS: Jesus Let Me Sleep/ MAHALIA JACKSON: No Matter How You Pray/ REVEREND CLAUDE JETER & THE SWAN SILVERTONES: Jesus Remembers/ THOMAS JOHNSON & THE HARMONIZING FOUR: How Far Am I From Canaan/ THE JONES BROTHERS QUARTET: Amazing Grace/ THE KELLY BROTHERS: Prayer For Tomorrow/ THE KEYS OF HEAVEN: Jesus Bears the Cross/ MARIE KNIGHT: Trouble In Mind/ JOE LIGON & THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY: Jesus is Real/ LITTLE SUGAR & THE HIGHTOWER BROTHERS: Come By Here/ JOE VAN LOAN & THE CANAANITES: Lead Me To That Rock/ BROTHER BILL LOUIS (UTAH SMITH): Two Wings Flying Home, Parts 1 & 2/ LEON LUMPKINS & THE GOSPEL CLEFS: Open Our Eyes/ THE ROBERTA MARTIN SINGERS: Rock My Soul/ BROTHER JOE MAY: Mother Bowed/ THE MAYFLOWER SINGERS: Ship of Zion/ GOLDEN MELODEERS: He Knows My Heart/ THE MITCHELL AIRES QUARTET: Lord, Will I Meet Them Again/ REV. GATEMOUTH MOORE & THE BESSEMER SUNSET FOUR: They Buried Sin, Part 1/ OLLIE NIGHTINGALE & THE DIXIE NIGHTINGALES: I've Been Lifted/ THE ORIGINAL GOSPEL STARS: I Want To Go To Heaven/ PHIL PHILLIPS & THE GATEWAY QUARTET: Four & Twenty Elders/ THE PILGRIM JUBILEES: Angel/ THE PRISONAIRES: My God is Real/ THE RADIO FOUR: Sending Up This Prayer, Part 2/ LOU RAWLS & THE CHOSEN GOSPEL SINGERS: Walk With Me/ LOU RAWLS & THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS: Come Home/ DELLA REECE & THE MEDITATIONS: Hard To Get Along/ ROSCOE ROBINSON WITH HUEY BROWN & THE SILVER QU: Sinner's Crossroads/ CLEOPHUS ROBINSON WITH SISTER JOSEPHINE JONES: I Can See So Much/ THE ROYAL SONS QUINTET: Bedside of a Neighbor/ THE ROYAL TRAVELERS: Yes It's Me Lord, That Came To Thee/ THE SENSATIONAL NIGHTINGALES: Burying Ground/ ROSA SHAW: On the Highway/ CECIL SHAW & THE UNION SPIRITUAL HARMONIZERS: Jesus Be My Keeper/ FRANK SINATRA & THE CHARIOTEERS: I've Got a Home In That Rock/ WILLIE MAE FORD SMITH: Jesus is the Name/ THE SOUL STIRRERS: The Love of God (Take 1)/ THE SOUTHERN TRAVELERS: I Can See Everybody's Mother/ THE STAPLE SINGERS: Uncloudy Day/ THE STARLIGHT SINGERS: Lord Have Mercy/ CANDI STATON & THE JEWEL GOSPEL TRIO: Jesus is Listening/ SLY STONE: Walking In Jesus Name/ THE SWANEE QUINTET: Cry Sometime/ JOHNNIE TAYLOR & THE HIGHWAY QC'S: I Was So Happy/ LITTLE JOHNNY TAYLOR & THE STARS OF BETHEL: There is a Fountain/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: Didn't It Rain/ SONNY TIL & THE ORIOLES: The Lord's Prayer/ JACKIE VERDELL & THE DAVIS SINGERS: I've Been Changed/ THE VICTORY FIVE: I Never Knew/ THE VIOLINAIRES: Another Soldier Gone/ ROSIE WALLACE & THE IMPERIAL GOSPEL SINGERS: My Father's House/ THE CLARA WARD SINGERS WITH SAM WHINHAM: Didn't It Rain/ MADAME ERNESTINE WASHINGTON WITH THE MILLERAIRES: Holding On, Part 2/ MARION WILLIAMS & THE STARS OF FAITH: When I Lay This Body Down/ O.V. WRIGHT & THE SUNSET TRAVELERS: Sit Down and Rest Awhile/ THE ZION TRAVELERS: Where is My Wandering Chil

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