Blues & Gospel - New Releases: March->December, 2011 - Various Artists

  New Releases: March -> December, 2011
Blues & Gospel
Various Artists



VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1309 The Flash Records Story ● CD $31.98
Two CDs, 157 mins, highly recommended
A while back a series of CDs appeared on the Flash label featuring recordings from the Los Angels based Flash label, it's subsidiaries and other small labels. Now Ace steps up to the plate with this high quality two CD set with extensive documentation featuring the majority of the tracks issued on the Flash label along with a handful of previously unissued titles. But don't get rid of those other CDs as, in their infinite wisdom, the compilers decided to leave out most of the instrumentals issued by the superb singer/ piano player Gus Jenkins - it's a shame as some of them are evry good indeed. Aside from that quibble this is a great selection of African-American music recorded in the mid/ late 50s - pretty evenly divided between blues and oo-wop along with a few oddities. The label started off with three fine down home singles featuring a trio of musicians from Fresno - singer/ guitarist Haskell Sadler, singer/ harmonica player Sidney Miden and singer/ drummer Bee Brown - each of whom had a single released. There are six tough sides (four originally unissued) from Frank Patt - an excellent singer who is best known for his classic Bloodstains On The Wall issued under the name of Honeyboy on Specialty. A couple of these sides feature great guitar work which is thought to be Roy Gaines. Other blues artists include Sheryl Crowley, Judge Davis, Mamie Jenkins (Gus Jenkins' wife who is also here a Mamie Perry) and Pul Clifton. The label's biggest success was with the Jayhawks' original recording of Stranded In The Jungle which is here along with other fine sides by the group. Other doo-wop groups include The Emanon 4, Nip Roman, The Hornets, The Cubans and others. Rounding out the set are a couple of R&B instrumentals the peculiar Dead by The Poets. Sound quality is up to Ace's usual standard and the 40 page booklet is fabulous with a history of the label, profiles of all the artists and tons of illustrations including artist photos, label shots, advertising material, tape boxes and more. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS BGP BGPCD 229 Shattered Dreams - Funky Blues, 1967-1978 ● CD $18.98
21 tracks, 71 mins, highly recommended
While there is a tendency to think that the African-American audience had abandoned the blues as a popular music by the late 60s this is not completely true. As has been the case over the years, blues continually reinvents itself and in the late 60s it started adding elements of soul and funk to the blues sound and the result is most certainly still blues but with a somewhat different feel. This superb collection is mostly drawn from material from the archives of the Modern group of labels, Johnny Otis's studios and Stax and includes a number of previously unissued sides. There are tracks here by Albert King, Little Milton and Lowell Fulson who started successful careers in the 40s and 50s and continued as stars in the 60s and 70s with their style adapted to the times. Johnny Otis and his band returned to the charts for the first time in 11 years in 1969 with his funky duet with Delmar Evans on Country Girl with son Shuggie on guitar. Other artists here include down home bluesman Slim Green with a funky 1971 remake of his 1959 song Shake 'Em Up, Al King, Icewater Slim, Smokey Wilson (underrated bluesman with the superb soul blues ballad You Shattered My Dreams), Larry Davis (the terrific, previously unissued The Whole World's Down On You), Arthur K. Adams, Little Sonny and more. The disc ends with a bit of a tease featuring the brilliant and underrated L.A. bluesman Ray Agee with the great Tough Competition with superb soulful vocals and a great band with tough guitar but is the only track on the album not discussed in the notes. Ray recorded a song with that name for a couple of different tiny labels in the 60s and 70s but this version is listed as "unissued" - so what gives Ace? Do you have some more by him up your sleeve? I sure hope so! (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blaze 101 Jiving On Central Ave. - Postwar R&B In L.A., Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific collection of jump blues and jive recorded in Los Angeles in the late 40s and early 50s - most of it making its first appearance on CD. It includes the unexpected topical commentary Dig Mister K. Kay Kay which disguises its political message in a catchy jive tune ending with the line "the FBI says they've really got to go." In complete contrast Nellie Lutcher's brother Joe extols the virtues of Hadacol in Give Me My Hadacol and King Gene (Gene Phillips) celebrates Great Big Pretty Legs. Lots more fine sides from Wini Beatty & Her Trio, Maxine Reed, Sammy Franklin's Orch. (the storming honking instrumental Bouncin'), Gene Parrish, Numa Lee Davis, Prince Albert & His Orch., Ramp Davis (actually recorded in New Orleans!), Geechie Smith and others. Sound quality is superb and booklet has introductory notes indicating that more volumes are on the way - should be something to look forward to. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blaze 102 Jiving On Central Ave. - Postwar R&B In L.A., Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
23 tracks, 63 mins, highly recommended
A second excellent collection of jump blues and jive recorded in Los Angeles in the late 40s and early 50s - most of it making its first appearance on CD. It opens with the romping Rock-A-Bye Baby by Frank Haywood with Tucker's Top Men and includes the fine Mister No Good with verbal banter between Jeanette Franklin & Nelson Alexander and Shorty by Vernon Dilworth's Top Cats - a version of Shorty's Got To Go - a song about a cat who steals a soldier's wife while he was in the army that was recorded by a number of artists in the 40s. Pianist/ vocalist Al "Stomp" Russell is here with his trio on the Charles Brown flavored blues ballad More Than You Know and there are more fine tracks from Numa Lee Davis, Geechie Smith, Anna Mae Winburn & Her Sweethearts, Ducky Drake with Dimples Harris Combo, LIl Greenwood, Paul Clifton, Little David & Orch., Joe Lutcher & His Orch., etc. Excellent sound and the booklet notes continue the story of the L.A. R&B scene with particular reference to the artists in this series. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Label 309192 Champion Records - The Singles Collection ● CD $16.98
Three CDs, 60 tracks, 148 mins, highly recommended
Great collection of blues, R&B and a little rock 'n' roll, doo-wop and gospel recorded between 1956 for Nashville's Champion label and it's associated Calvert, Kit and Cherokee labels. Many of these tracks were reissued by Blue Label on their two volumes of "Champion Records Story" but this has some titles not on those release and $16.98 for a three CD set is great value. Among the many fine artists featured are Little Ike (great Little Richard inspired rockers), Christine Kittrell, Larry Birdsong, Jimmy Beck Orchestra (the label's only hit Pipe Dreams), Gene Allison, Earl Gaines, Little Shy Guy (the only down home blues here with Shy Guy Douglas on harmonica and Arthur Gunter on guitar), The Fairfield Four, Charles Walker, Baker Knight, Cliff Butler and others. Many of the tracks feature backing by the superb Jimmy Beck Orchestra featuring the tough sax of Beck and the stellar guitar of Johnny Jones (his solo on Christine Kittrell's I'm Just What You're Looking is truly outstanding). Includes 12 page booklet with informative notes by Fred James. (FS)
GENE ALLISON: I Understand/ If Things Don't Change/ Now That We're Together/ Somebody Somewhere/ You Gonna Be Sorry/ You're My Baby/ JIMMY BECK ORCHESTRA: Blue Night/ Fiesta/ Nightmare/ Pipe Dreams/ LARRY BIRDSONG: Do You Love Me/ Every Night In The Week/ Let's Try It Again/ Live The Life I Sing About/ Oo Wee Honey/ Since You Left Me Behind/ Somebody Somewhere/ Three Times Seven/ You're My Baby/ Young And Fancy Free/ JOHNNY BRIDGEFORTH: Blue Organ/ Moon Flight/ CLIFF BUTLER: Fool/ Rent's Too High/ THE CLIPS: Kiss Away/ Let Me Get Close To You Baby/ THE DADDY DEAN ORCHESTRA: Love Me A Long Long Time/ The Road/ THE FAIRFIELD FOUR: Let Your Will Be Done/ Lord You Know/ EARL GAINES: Best Of Luck Baby/ Hold Back My Tears/ Love You Love You Love You/ Now Do You Hear/ Sittin' Here Drinkin'/ Three Times Seven/ CHUCK HARROD & THE ANTEATERS: Crawdad Hole/ They Wanna' Fight/ THE KINGLETS: Six Days A Week/ You Gotta Go/ CHRISTINE KITTRELL: I Thank Him/ I'm Just What You're Looking For/ BAKER KNIGHT: Bring My Cadillac Back/ I Cried/ LITTLE IKE: Am I Losing You/ She Can Rock/ LITTLE SHY GUY & THE HOT RODS: Let's Rock And Roll/ My Little Baby/ SANDRA MEADE: Fever/ Who Spins The Wheel/ MURFREESBORO: Oh My Love/ Real Good Man/ JOYCE PAUL: Goofin' Off/ Tell Me The Truth/ DON Q. WITH CLENEST GANT: Halelujah/ I Can't Stand To See You Go/ Jump Jump Hi Ho/ Love Me Always/ CHARLES WALKER & THE DAFFODILS: No Fool No More/ Slave To Love

VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly SNAXCD 629 Vee-Jay Records Presents The Blues ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 34 tracks, 88 min., very highly recommended
Charly has reissued the classic various artists VeeJay LP "The Blues" (VJLP1020) from 1960 in a Limited Edition hard cover book-like package. Disc One contains the digitally remastered original album, which includes Messin' Around by Memphis Slim, You Don't Have To Go by Jimmy Reed, Dimples by John Lee Hooker, Just A Little Bit by Rosco Gordon, and Kansas City by Jimmy Witherspoon (which was exclusive to the LP when it first came out). Disc Two contains 22 more blues cuts from the same time period by many of the same artists, including 7 more by Jimmy Reed, 3 by Eddie Taylor, 3 more by Elmore James, and 3 more by John Lee Hooker, including the classics Boogie Chillun and the oft-covered and much-imitated Boom Boom, among others. The original LP liner notes (from the British release) by Alexis Korner have been included, as have new notes on all 34 tracks. First rate all around. (JC)
GENE ALLISON: You Can Make It If You Try/ BILLY BOY ARNOLD: Don't Stay Out All Night/ I Ain't Got You/ I Wish You Would/ PRISCILLA BOWMAN WITH JAY MCSHANN: Hands Off/ HAROLD BURRAGE: Cryin' For My Baby/ BILLY "THE KID" EMERSON: Every Woman I Know/ ROSCOE GORDON: Just A Little Bit/ No More Doggin'/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Boogie Chillun/ Boom Boom/ Dimples/ ELMORE JAMES: Coming Home/ It Hurts Me Too/ Take Me Where You Go/ The Twelve Year Old Boy/ J.B. LENOIR: Do What I Say/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Messin' Around/ BOBBY PARKER: Blues Get Off My Shoulder/ JIMMY REED: Ain't That Lovin You Baby/ Big Boss Man/ Bright Lights Big City/ Go On To School/ Honest I Do/ Hush Hush/ Shame Shame Shame/ Take Out Some Insurance/ You Don't Have To Go/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Steppin' Out/ EDDIE TAYLOR: Bad Boy/ Big Town Playboy/ Ride Em On Down/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Kansas City

VARIOUS ARTISTS Chicago 11001 Chicago Down Home Harmonica, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
23 tracks, highly recommended
Limited edition. Although not everything here is from Chicago this is a collection of Chicago blues harmonica - mostly recorded for small labels in the 1960s and almost all on CD for the first time. The set starts off in 1955 with John Brim's great two sider Go Away/ That Ain't Right with superb harp from the obscure James Dalton. There are three sides from harmonica giant Walter Horton drawn from obscure 60s LPs including a particularly nice rendition of one of his trademark songs Need My Baby. Although one doesn't usually think of Jimmy Reed as a great harmonica player he does a terrific job backing Eddie Taylor on his great Vivid single Do You Want Me To Cry/ I'm Sittin' Here. Other artists include Mojo Buford (probably the weakest artist here), Big John Wrencher, Little Mack Simmons (four fine sides including a nice cover of Little Walter's Blue Light), Slim Willis, Little Eddie, Little Sonny (a fine Detroit artist!) and others. Being from Chicago there are some stellar sidemen on these sides like Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Taylor, Johnny Jones, Johnny Young, Clifton James, Lonnie Brooks, Detroit Jr. and others. Sound quality is generally fine and booklet has discographical details. (FS)
JOHN BRIM & HIS GARY KINGS: Go Away/ That Ain't Right/ WALTER HORTON: Can't Help Myself/ I Need My Baby Blues/ La Cucuracha/ BIRMINGHAM JONES: Drinking Again/ SAMMY LEWIS: You Lied To Me Baby/ LITTLE EDDIE: Teddy Bear Blues/ The Skrooch/ LITTLE MACK: My Walking Blues/ LITTLE SONNY & HIS BAND: The Mix Up/ MOJO & HIS RHYTHM QUARTETTE: Messing With The Kid/ The Morning Before Day/ LITTLE MACK SIMMONS: Never Leave My Homework Undone/ MAC SIMMONS: Blue Light/ MACK SIMMONS: Next Time You See Me/ J.L. SMITH: Bleeding Heart/ SMOKEY SMOTHERS: I Got My Eyes On You/ EDDIE TAYLOR: Do You Want Me To Cry/ I'm Sittin Here/ SLIM WILLIS: You're The Sweetest Girl I Ever Knew/ BIG JOHN WRENCHER: Memphis To Maxwell/ Tell Me Darling

VARIOUS ARTISTS Devil Down 3 North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, Vol. 2 ● CD $13.98
13 track collection of sides recorded live at the 2010 North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic held in Potts Camp, Miss. by a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading appreciation of North Mississippi Hill Country Blues. The performers include African-American and Caucasian artists and includes musicians from the area as well as those inspired by the music. Includes Rev. John Wilkins, Loose Shoes, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jimbo Mathus, North Mississippi Allstars, Dwayne Burnside, Duff Durrough and others. Volume 1 of this series does not seem to be currently available.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Dialtone 0014 Texas Harmonica Rumble ● CD $14.98
15 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended
An excellent and solid collection of down home harmonica blues from six veteran harmonica players. Three of the performers are well known to blues lovers - Lazy Lester, Sammy Meyers and Bobby Rush and all turn in fine performances accompanied by excellent small groups. Lester brings new life to standards That's All Right and Honest I Do and Rush plays some nice chromatic on Willie Mabon's Poison Ivy (which Rush takes composer credit for - naughty!). The other three artists are obscure but are very fine. Orange Jefferson is a superb singer and plays top notch harmonica accompanied only by the funky electric guitar of Thierry Cognee. Joe Jonas and Mel Davis are also excellent artists - both are strong singers and harmonica players and perform original material. There are plenty of collections of recent blues harmonica recordings but this one certainly impresses more than most. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Dialtone 0016 Texas Southside Kings ● CD $14.98
14 tracks, highly recommended
A delightful collection of low key unpretentious juke joint blues featuring a group of singers and musicians who mostly got their start in the the 1950s. The most well known artist here is Big Walter Price who sings on three songs. Although his voice clearly shows the ravages of time, he sounds good and the other vocalists here also sound good including Jr. Moore (who plays fine guitar on many tracks), Leo Morris, Bubba Mitchell (the bass player in the group) and the others. They are accompanied by a solid rhythm section with fine piano work from Gene Taylor. Spot Barnett who does several vocals provides some tasty sax playing on several tracks. The material is a mix of originals and favorites from the 50s. No pyrotechnics here - just a solid collection of well sung and played blues by a group of talented old timers. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Dixiefrog 8701 The Music Maker Revue Live In Europe ● CD $21.98
16 tracks, good
Some of the artists who record for Tim Duffy's Music Maker label recorded live in Europe in 2010 - often in the company of Music Maker's revue band (guitar, bass and drums). Artists include Pura Fe', Dr. Burt, Eddie Tigner, Alabama Slim, Albert White, Pat Cohen and Howlin' Bill. Most of the performances are nondescript and/ or highly derivative with the exception of DR. Burt's powerful and affecting What Can An Old Man Do But Sing The Blues. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS El Cerrito 1004 Bay Area Blues Blasters, The 60s - Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
26 tracks, 66 mins, highly recommended
Available again. Terrific collection of West Coast blues - many tracks featuring the brilliant and distinctive guitar playing of Johnny Heartsman. There are a number of instrumental tracks by Johnny and his band including his local hit, the two part Johnny's House Party - a steal of Bill Doggett's Honky Tonk. His work as an accompanying musicians is even more interesting and he is featured playing some wonderful guitar (and occasionally flute) on sides by the brilliant Tiny Powell (his classic My Time After Awhile), Tommy Harris, Jesse James, Ray Agee and others. Heartsman is almost certainly the guitarist on the track by veteran West Coast bluesman Jimmy Liggins even though on the original obscure 45 on the Duplex label was credited to "Jimmy Liggins, his guitar and Orchestra". Heartsman influenced guitarist Eddie Foster is featured on a couple other Tiny Powell cuts and the set ends with the excellent instrumental Jump Back featuring another fine local guitarist Eugene Blacknell and his band The Savonics. Sound is excellent and there are brief informative notes. (FS)
RAY AGEE: Love Is A Cold Shot/ The Monkey On My Back/ EUGENE BLACKNELL & HIS SAVONICS: Jump Back/ TOMMY HARRIS: My Conscience Is Bothering Me/ JOHNNY HEARTSMAN: Besame Mucho, Pts. 1 & 2/ Johnny's Blue Mood/ Johnny's Thunderbird/ One More Time/ Sizzling/ Syrup Soppin'/ JOHNNY HEATSMAN: Johnny's House Party, Pts. 1 & 2/ JESSE JAMES: A Love Like The Wind/ I Call On You/ I Wanna Full Time Love/ RUDY LAMBERT: I'll Do It/ Love/ JIMMY LIGGINS: Blues For Love/ TINY POWELL: Done Made It Over/ Get My Hat/ My Time After Awhile/ That Was Yesterday/ JOE SIMON: I Keep Remembering/ Troubles/ LACY STEWART: Lightning Flashing

VARIOUS ARTISTS El Paso 11001 Houston Homeboys - Texas Guitar Killers, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific and exciting collection of Texas blues guitar including many tracks making their first appearance on CD. The earliest sides here are two instrumental tracks from 1949 by the underrated Texas Johnny Brown with Amos Milburn on piano and the latest are two sides from the great Albert Collins recorded for the Tracie label in 1968. There are number of cuts from brilliant guitar playing brothers Cal and Clarence Green - many of them not originally issued and most of them dazzling instrumentals. The excellent Joe "Guitar" Hughes is featured on a number of fine cuts from the late 50s and early 60s including an accompaniment to vocalist/ piano player Earl Gilliam. Other artists include Nathaniel Haskins (with guitar from Clarence Holliman), Joe Medwick, Peppermint Harris (the rocking Chicken Shack with tough guitar from Albert Collins), Willie Mays and Little Irvin. A great set with fine sound. (FS)
CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN: Swingin’ The Gate/ TEXAS JOHNNY BROWN: Bongo Boogie/ Snakehips/ The Blues Rock/ ALBERT COLLINS: I Don’t Know/ Soulroad/ Chicken Shack/ EARL GILLIAM W/ JOE "GUITAR" HUGHES: Wrong Doing Woman/ CAL GREEN: Do It Now/ Freight Trains Rollin’ (aka All Alone)/ Huffin & Puffin/ Tonk A Lonk/ CLARENCE GREEN: Red Light/ Crazy Strings/ Mary My Darling/ The Slop/ NATHANIEL HASKINS & THE HAWKS W/ CLARENCE HOLLIMON: The Grissle/ JOE HUGHES: The Shoe Shy Part 1/ The Shoe Shy Part 2/ JOE "GUITAR" HUGHES: I Can’t Go On This Way/ Make Me Dance Little Ants/ LITTLE IRVIN: Nobody’s Lovin Me/ Who’s Lovin You/ WILLIE MAYS: If You Love Me/ JOE MEDWICK: Have Fun Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 095 Let Me Tell You About The Blues - New Orleans ● CD $21.98
The third volume in this fine series of three CD sets devoted to recordings made in various cities is devoted to the great city of New Orleans. The first disc is devoted to the pre war era - the 1920s and 30s. Not too many New Orleans based bluesmen recorded in this era so many of the artists featured on this disc are artists from other Southern states who travelled to New Orleans to record. Artists on this disc include Richard "Rabbit" Brown, Mary Butler, Christina Gray, Amede Ardoin, Harry Carter and others. By the 1940s the city developed it's own brand of blues and rhythm and blues and the other two discs features some of the great home grown talent like Roy Brown, Smiley Lewis, Dave Bartholomew, Lloyd Price, Guitar Slim, Sugar Boy, Professor Longhair, Earl King, Shirley & Lee, Ernie K-Doe and many others along with a number of non local artists who recorded there including Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles and Elmore James.
JESSE ALLEN: Goodbye Blues/ ARCHIBALD: Stack-A-Lee (Part 1)/ AMéDé ARDOIN): Blues De Basille/ Les Blues De La Prison/ DAVE BARTHOLOMEW: Girt Town Blues/ BOO BREEDING: Country Woman/ RICHARD (RABBIT) BROWN: James Alley Blues/ ROY BROWN: Good Rockin' Tonight/ Let The Four Winds Blow/ MARY BUTLER: Electrocuted Blues/ BO CARTER: Bo Carter’s Advice/ Ride My Mule/ HARRY CARTER: These Jackson Women Will Not Treat You Right/ BO CARTER & WALTER JACOBS: Times Is Tight Like That/ BOBBY CHARLES: See You Later Alligator/ RAY CHARLES: I Wonder Who/ THE CHATMAN BROTHERS: If You Don’t Want Me Please Don’t Dog Me Around/ BO CHATMAN): Good Old Turnip Greens/ SUGAR BOY CRAWFORD: Jock-A-Mo/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Runnin’ Wild/ LARRY DARNELL: Pack Your Rags And Go/ WILL DAY: Central Avenue Blues/ FATS DOMINO: The Fat Man/ SNOOKS EAGLIN: That Certain Door/ THE FALCON TRIO: Raise Your Window/ LILLIAN GLINN: Where Have All The Black Men Gone/ CHRISTINA GRAY: The Reverend Is My Man/ TOMMY GRIFFIN: Young Heifer Blues/ GUITAR SLIM: The Things That I Used To Do/ ERLINE HARRIS: Never Missed My Baby/ RODNEY HARRIS: Blow Your Top/ ROBERT HILL: Lumber-Yard Blues/ You Gonna Look Like A Monkey When You Get Old/ WALTER JACOBS: Rats Been On My Cheese/ ELMORE JAMES: Dust My Blues/ BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON: God Moves On The Water/ RAY JOHNSON: I’ll Never Let You Go/ WILLIE JOHNSON: Say Baby/ EDDIE JONES & HIS PLAYBOYS: New Arrival/ ERNIE K-DOE: There’s A Will There’s A Way/ EARL KING: Eating And Sleeping/ JEWEL KING: 3 X 7 = 21/ EDDIE LANG: Troubles, Troubles/ ANNIE LAURIE: Annie’s Blues/ LEONARD LEE: When The Sun Goes Down/ RAY LEWIS: Jealous Blues/ SMILEY LEWIS: Here Comes Smiley/ LITTLE RICHARD: Directly From My Heart/ JAMES "BLAZER BOY" LOCKS: Joe’s Kid Sister/ New Orleans Women Blues/ FATS MATTHEWS: Goin’ Down/ GEORGE MILLER & HIS MID-DRIFFS: Bat-Lee Swing/ THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: Lean To One Woman/ ALMA MONDY: Street Walkin' Daddy/ LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY: Crescent City Blues/ Vicksburg Blues No. 2/ HERBERT “WOO WOO™ MOORE: Something’s Wrong/ SAMMY MYERS: You Don’t Have To Go/ BIG BOY MYLES & THE SHAW-WEES: Who’s Been Fooling You?/ CHUBBY “HIP SHAKIN’™ NEWSOM: New Orleans Lover Man/ PAPA LIGHTFOOT: P.L. Blues/ Wine, Women & Whiskey/ LLOYD PRICE: Mailman Blues/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR & HIS SHUFFLING HUNGA: Mardi Gras In New Orleans/ TOMMY RIDGLEY: Shrewsbury Blues/ DEWEY SEGURA: Far Away From Home Blues/ SHIRLEY & LEE: Let The Good Times Roll/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Sweet Old Chicago/ BILLY TATE: Single Life/ BLANCHE THOMAS: You Ain’t So Much A Much/ BIG JOE TURNER: Crawdad Hole/ LAWRENCE WALKER: Alberta/ T-BONE WALKER: Pony Tail/ BOOGIE BILL WEBB: Bad Dog/ OSCAR WOODS: Evil Hearted Woman

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 61880 Fire/ Fury R&B Story ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 36 tracks, highly recommended
Great collection of blues, R&B and early soul recorded for Bobby Robinson's Fury and Fire labels between 1959 and 1965. Robinson, who died earlier this year at the age of 93, was a pioneering African-American record producer recordings some of the cream of New York's musical talent in the 50s and 60s along with performers from outside the area. In the 70s he was among the earliest hip-hop producers. All the labels' biggest blues and R&B hits are included like Kansas City by Wilbert Harrison, Fannie Me by Buster Brown, The Sky Is Crying by Elmore James, Bobby Marchan's amazing reworking of Big Jay McNeely's There Is Something Is On Your Mind, Lee Dorsey's Ya Ya and others. Other tracks here like Tarheel Slim's storming Number 9 Train & Wildcat Tamer, Jimmy Spruill's Hard Grind (one of the greatest blues guitar instrumentals of all time), Jaywalking by The Upsetters, Why Baby by Mighty Joe Youn and Let's Stick Together by Wilbert Harrison were not hits but are recognized as classics and there's nice selection of lesser known but excellent sides from June Bateman, Riff Ruffin, Paul Perryman, Chuck Bradford, Willie Hightower and others. Sound quality is superb and there are detailed notes from BIll Dahl. (FS)
JOHNNY ACEY: Please Don't Go/ Why/ JUNE BATEMAN: Come On Little Boy/ CHUCK BRADFORD: You're Going to Miss Me (When I'm Gone)/ BUSTER BROWN: Fannie Mae/ Sugar Babe/ LITTLE JOE COOK: These Lonely Tears/ LEE DORSEY: Do-Re-Mi/ Ya Ya/ DON GARDNER: Don't You Worry/ I Need Your Loving/ BILLY HAMBRIC: Human/ WILBERT HARRISON: Kansas City/ Let's Stick Together/ WILLIE HIGHTOWER: I Love You (Yes I Do)/ So Tired (Of Running Away From Love)/ WILLIS "GATOR" JACKSON: Good to the Bone/ Making It/ ELMORE JAMES: The Sky Is Crying/ BOBBY MARCHAN: Booty Green/ There is Something On Your Mind Parts 1 & 2/ HAL PAIGE & THE WHALERS: Going Back To My Hometown/ Pour the Corn/ PAUL PERRYMAN: Keep a Calling/ Work To Be Done/ ROCKIN' BRADLEY: Lookout/ RIFF RUFFIN: All My Life/ TARHEEL SLIM: Number 9 Train/ WILD JIMMY SPRUILL: Hard Grind/ Kansas City March/ TARHEEL SLIM: Wildcat Tamer/ Lock Me In Your Heart/ THE UPSETTERS: Haywalking/ THE VELVETS: Dance Honey Dance/ MIGHTY JOE YOUNG: Empty Arms/ Why Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 61898 Age & Chief Blues Story ● CD $15.98
Two CD set featuring a superb collection of Chicago blues and R&B recorded for Mel London's Chief and Age labels in the late 50s and early 60s. Lots of great sides from Junior Wells, G. "Davy" Crockett (including his great black rockabilly track Look Out Mable), Magic Sam, Earl Hooker (whose sensational guitar work can be heard on many cuts here), Bobby & Lucy, Elmore James, Lillian Offitt, Ricky Allen, A.C. Reed, Reggie (Guitar) BOyd (another superb player who is featured on a number of tracks here), Big Moose & The Jams, Sonny Lantz and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Gusto 2194 Great Gospel Groups ● CD $5.98
12 tracks, highly recommended
Another tantalizing glimpse into the extensive King catalog of black gospel recordings. Except for the gorgeous acapella rendering of Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen by The Harmoneers from 1946, the rest is all from the 1960s and early 70s. There are four tracks by the venerable Harmonizing Four who had changed little since their first recordings in the 1940s and continue to feature the chilling bass vocals of Jimmy Jones. The powerful Mighty Faith Increasers are featured on three cuts - two featuring the superb lead vocals of female vocalist Willa Dorsey who sings in the Mahalia Jackson tradition. Other artists include The Original Calvary Singers, The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama (I think their cut is from Vee-Jay as I don't believe they recorded for King) and the Harrison Gospel Music. Superb music throughout. Please Mr. Lytle can we have more (much more)? (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS GVC 2030 Sneakin' Around - London Records R&B Story, 1949-1951 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 36 tracks, recommended
An excellent collection of urban blues, black pop and R&B recorded for the London Records label between 1949 and 1951. London Records was the American subsidiary of British Decca which had split off from American Decca in the mid 40s. The label started a 17000 series specifically for R&B but also issued R&B in their regular series and this fine collection draws on all series. The set starts off with two cuts by obscure Indiana vocalist Rudy Render including his big R&B hit Sneakin' Around which is best known from B.B. King's 1955 cover. There are four sides from the great tenor saxist Paul Bascomb - hard driving up tempo jump blues. Other artists include Ernie Andrews & The Drifters (a pop balladeer), Duke Henderson, the always exciting Treniers, Ellis "Slow" Walsh, The Keys (a jump jive vocal group), Hadda Brooks (one hot boogie and five pop songs) and the set ends with two fine sides by Sticks McGhee with brother Brownie on guitar and the great Harry Van Walls on piano. Superb sound and booklet has informative notes from Bob Fisher. (FS)
ERNIE ANDREWS AND THE DRIFTERS: I Didn't Want To See You Cry Anymore/ The Dog, The Cat And Me/ PAUL BASCOMB: Ain't Nothin' Shakin'/ What Did Sam Say/ Don't Put My Bizness In The Street/ Pink Cadillac/ HADDA BROOKS: All I Need Is You/ Hadda's Boogie/ I Hadn't Anyone Till You/ It Hadda Be Brooks/ The Man With A Horn/ Vanity/ SCAT MAN CROTHERS: I'd Rather Be A Rooster/ Television Blues/ DUKE HENDERSON: Mama's Clock Stopped Tickin/ Rock Me In Your Chair/ Situation Blues/ Worried And Blue/ THE KEYS: A Stairway To The Stars/ Shuffle Off To Buffalo/ The Four Brothers/ Two Time Mama/ JOE LUTCHER & HIS ORCHESTRA: Cool Down/ Jumpin' At The Mardi Gras/ STICKS MCGHEE: Oh What A Face/ You Gotta Have Something On The Ball/ RUDY RENDER: Sneakin' Around/ So Many Beautiful Women (And So Little Time)/ The Gal I Love/ Will Power/ THE TRENIERS WITH THE GENE GILBEAUX ORCHESTR: Everybody Get Together/ Why Did You Get So High, Shorty/ ELLIS 'SLOW' WALSH: Don't Wait 'Till I Die (To Say You Love Me)/ New Orleans Is My Home/ Oklahoma Blues/ Sweet Pearline

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3024/5 50 Of The Most Influential Blues Songs Of The 20th Century ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Pretty much what the title says with the emphasis on titles that were covered by white rock and blues bands though many also became staples of African-American artists repertoire. Most of the songs are from the 40s and 50s with a few earlier sides. No surprises here - Big Boss Man by Jimmy Reed, I'm A King Bee by Slim Harpo, Smokestack Lightning by Howling Wolf, I Got My Mojo Working by Muddy Waters plus sides from Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Lowell Fulson, Big Joe Williams, Robert Jonson, etc. The booklet lists some of the artists that have recorded each song and the names include The Animals, Rolling Stones, Link Wray, Jerry Butler & Betty Everett, Graham Bond Organization, The Pretty Things, Canned Heat, Grateful Dead, Yardbirds, Mose Allison, The Spencer Davis Group and so on. Chances are if you have much of a blues collection you will have just about everything here so, do you need it? No! Will you enjoy listening to it? Absolutely. (FS)
BILLY BOY ARNOLD: I Ain't Got You/ I Wish You Would/ CHUCK BERRY: Johnny B.Goode/ Let It Rock/ BOBBY BLAND: St.James Infirmary/ BEA BOOZE: See See Rider/ LEROY CARR: How Long How Long Blues/ RAY CHARLES: Hallelujah I Love Her So/ The Night Time Is The Right Time/ ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: My Baby Left Me/ That's Allright Mama/ BO DIDDLEY: Bo Diddley/ Pretty Thing/ LOWELL FULSON: Everyday I Have The Blues/ Reconsider Baby/ SLIM HARPO: Got Love If You Want It/ I'm A King Bee/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Good Rocking Tonight/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Boogie Chillen/ Dimples/ HOWLIN WOLF: Smokestack Lightning/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Little Red Rooster/ HOWLIN’ WOLF: Goin' Down Slow/ Spoonful/ ELMORE JAMES: Rollin & Tumblin/ SKIP JAMES: I'm So Glad/ ROBERT JOHNSON: Crossroads/ Dust My Broom/ Ramblin On My Mind/ FREDDIE KING: Hideaway/ The Stumble/ LAZY LESTER: I'm A Lover Not A Fighter/ LITTLE WALTER: My Babe/ WILLIE MABON: Seventh Son/ JUNIOR PARKER: Mystery Train/ JIMMY REED: Ain't Loving You Baby/ Big Boss Man/ Bright Lights Big City/ OTIS RUSH: All Your Love/ I Can't Quit You Baby/ So Many Roads, So Many Trains/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Steppin Out/ T- BONE WALKER: (They Call It) Stormy Monday/ MUDDY WATERS: I Got My Mojo Working/ I Just Want To Make Love To You/ I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man/ Rollin' Stone/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Baby Please Don't Go/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Don't Start Me Talkin/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON NO.1: Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 2304 Gospel Alive ● CD $24.98
Another amazing compilation put together by Opal Louis Nations - this one features live recordings of great gospel singers and groups - mostly from the 40s and 50s and including tracks from commercial recordings, radio transcriptions and previously unissued tracks. Artists include Claude Jeter & The Swan Silvertones, The Pilgrim Travelers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Spirit Of Memphis, Mahalia Jackson, The Golden Gate Quartet, The Celestial Trio and many more.
THE A.A. ALLEN REVIVAL BIG TOP CHOIR: Lift The Savior Up/ THE ANDREWS SISTERS: I ll Be Singing Up There/ ELDER CHARLES BECK & THE WAY OF THE CROSS, COGIC, BUFF: Glory, Glory Hallelujah/ RUTH BLACK-CASTILLE & THE ST PAUL'S BAPTIST C: Yield Not To Temptation/ EDNA BOWDRY: He s Already Done What He Said He'd Do/ I Must Tell Jesus/ THE CELESTIAL TRIO: Peace In The Valley/ Precious Lord/ DOROTHY LOVE COATES & THE GOSPEL HARMONETTES: Only Believe-Narrative-Get Away Jordan/ JOE DELOATCH & THE 60-VOICE BACK HOME CHOIR: The Sign Of The Judgement/ Wait On The Lord/ THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET: Noah/ THE GOLDEN KEYS: Dry Bones/ Noah/ THE HARMONIZING FOUR OF RICHMOND, VA: Thank You Jesus/ GOLDIA HAYNES: There s Going To Be A Fire/ MAHALIA JACKSON: Didn t It Rain/ He s The One/ I Got Shoes/ Intro-Just A Closer Walk With Thee/ It Don t Cost Very Much - Reprise/ CLAUDE JETER & THE SWAN SILVERTONES: All Day All Night-The Lord s Prayer (Medley)/ I m Coming Home/ Near The Cross (Part 2)/ Sit Down Servant/After Awhile (Medley)/ LITTLE JOE WILLIE LIGON & THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY: Jesus, Jesus/ Lord, You Woke Me Up Early This Morning/ GENE MARTIN & THE GENE MARTIN SINGERS: God Specializes (Part 2)/ BRO. JOE MAY WITH BOB KING: Speak Lord Jesus-He ll Understand And Say Well Done/ BRO. JOE MAY WITH THE SALLIE MARTIN SINGERS: I Want Jesus On The Road I Travel/ PROF. ALFRED MILLER & THE SALLIE MARTIN SINGERS: Hold On To God s Unchanging Hand/ Intro: Hold On To God s Unchanging Hand/ MITCHELL'S CHRISTIAN SINGERS: What More Can My Jesus Do?/ THE MORNING ECHOES OF DETROIT: Too Late/ Trees/ THE NEW BRIGHTER DAY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHU: Hallelujah/ He Never Left Me Alone/ THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS: Every Prayer (Will Find An Answer)-Jesus Keep Me/ God s Gonna Roll My Burdens Away/ Stand By Me/I Love The Lord/ THE SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS QUARTET: Lord Jesus (Pts 1 & 2) (Long version)/ THE SUNSET HARMONIZERS OF WASHINGTON, DC: Gospel Train/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: Bring Back Those Happy Days/ God Don t Like It/ So High/ Rock Me/ ALBERTINA WALKER & THE CARAVANS: Angels Watching Over Me-Old Time Religion/ SISTER ERNESTINE B. WASHINGTON: I Know The Lord Will Make A Way/ THE WEST COAST JUBILEES: Four And Twenty Elders/ THE WILLIAMS SINGERS OF ST LOUIS: Got My Traveling Shoes/ Have You Ever Heard A Man Speak Like This Before/ Old Ship Of Zion

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 4213 Juke Joint Blues 2 - Crazy With The Blues ● CD $22.98
Complementing the four CD set "Jook Joint Blues (JSP 7796 - $28.98) this two CD set features 54 tracks of great and rare down home blues from the mid 40s though mid 50s covering from recordings from all areas of the country - Chicago, Texas, the deep South and the Eastern states. The music is consistently superb though, unfortunately, almost all the tracks have been reissued in recent years - most notably on the Boulevard series of Down Home Blues Classics sets. There are even some tracks duplicated from other JSP albums! Artists include Lee Brown, Papa Lightfoot, Mr. Honey (Honeyboy Edwards), Haskell Sadler, Big Chenier, Sidney Maiden, Country Jim, Slim Green, Ernest McClay, Jimmy Rogers, James Tisdom, J.D. Edwards, Jimmy McCracklin, Pete McKinley, Buddy Lewis, Louis Campbell (one of the few tracks not available elsewhere), Boogie Bill Webb and others.
BIG CHENIER: Please Try To Realise/ JOHN BRIM: Bus Driver/ LEE BROWN: Horse Shoe Boogie/ Lowland Blues/ Round The World Boogie/ Ruby Moore Blues/ LEWIS CAMPBELL: A Call On The Phone/ Don't Want Anyone Hangin' Around/ LOUIS CAMPBELL: Gotta Have You Baby/ The Natural Facts/ BIG CHENIER: Let Me Hold Your Hand/ COUNTRY JIM: I'll Take You Back Baby/ Old River Blues/ KING DAVIS: Someday You'll Understand/ Waggin' Your Tail/ K.C. DOUGLAS: Lonely Boy Blues/ Mercury Boogie/ J.D. EDWARDS: Hobo/ Playboy Blues/ SLIM GREEN: Tricky Woman Blues/ CLEO HARVES: Crazy With The Blues/ HOT ROD HAPPY: Worried Blues/ SONNY BOY JOHNSON: I'm Drinkin' My Last Drink/ Swimming Pool Blues/ WILLIE LANE: Prowlin' Ground Hog/ LEFT HAND CHARLIE: Miss My Lagnion/ BUDDY LEWIS: Lonesome Bedroom Blues/ You've Got Good Business/ SIDNEY MAIDEN: Eclipse Of The Sun/ Everything Is Wrong/ JERRY MCCAIN: Bad Credit/ My Next Door Neighbor/ ERNEST MCCLAY: Night Working Woman/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: My Baby's Last Goodbye/ PETE MCKINLEY: Cryin' For My Baby/ Mean Black Snake/ MR. HONEY: Build A Cave/ Who May Your Regular Be/ SAMMY MYERS: My Love Is Here To Stay/ Sleeping In The Ground/ PAPA LIGHTFOOT: Jumpin' With Jarvis/ P.L. Blues/ JERRY PERKINS: P 38 Stomp/ PINEBLUFF PETE: A Woman Acts Funny/ JIMMY ROGERS: Round About Boogie/ HASKELL SADLER: Do Right Mind/ Gone For Good/ ANDREW THOMAS: Chicago Blues/ JAMES TISDOM: '51 Blues/ Model T Boogie/ Throw This Poor Dog A Bone/ BOOGIE BILL WEBB: Bad Dog/ I Ain't For It/ ROBERT LEE WESTMORELAND: Good Looking Woman Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7785 Houston Might Be Heaven, Rockin' R&B In Texas, 1947-51 ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 103 tracks, recommended
Fine set of mostly small group Texas jump blues featuring mostly Houston based artists and all but a couple of tracks recorded in that city. Discs one and three are collections of miscellaneous artists including Little Willie Littlefield, Lavada Durst (fine singer/ piano player with his great Hattie Green), Clarence Garlow, LOnnie Lyons Combo (fine sionger/ piano player strongly influenced by Amos Milburn), Willie Holiday, Joe "Papoose" Fritz (singer and tenor sax player who accompanies some of the others artists here), Big Mama Thornton (her first recordings from 1950 with The Harlem Stars), John Hogg, Elmore Nixon and others. Some fine music though if you have the CDs of Texas blues issued on Acrobat and Eddie's then you probably have almost everything on these two discs though I believe the two sides by Blip Thompkins are making their first appearance on CD. Disc two features 26 tracks recorded in 1950 and '51 for Bob Shad's Sittin' In With label by plummy voiced vocalist Harrison Nelson aka Peppermint Harris accompanied by small group with Henry Hayes/ alto, Ed Wiley/ tenor and Willie Johnson/ piano - sidemen who are also featured accompanying some of the other artists here. Harris was not the most exciting vocalist but his sides are appealing and his fine Rainin' In My Heart was later adapted by Elmore James as The Sun Is Shining and The Sky Is Crying. Disc four is devoted to the prolific and idiosyncratic Smokey Hogg with 26 tracks recorded for several different labels. Smokey was a fine plaintive vocalist who performed some interesting songs however his out of tune guitar and the battle between his bad time keeping and groups attempting to accommodate his playing can make difficult listening for the modern ear. Sound quality is fine and there are in formative notes from Neil Slaven. (FS)
CARL CAMPBELL: Goin' Down To Nashville/ Oo Wee Baby/ LAVARDA DURST: Hattie Green/ I Cried/ JOE 'PAPOOSE' FRITZ: Better Wake Up Baby/ Real Fine Girl/ CLARENCE GARLOW: In A Boogie Mood/ She's So Fine/ LEE GRAVES: Cloudy Weather Blues/ I'm From Texas/ VIOLET HALL: (All Alone) I Sit And Cry/ Six Foot Papa/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: Blues Don't Make Me Cry/ Come On Let's Ride/ Fat Girl Boogie/ Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie/ Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie/ Gonna End My Worries/ Got A Big Fine Baby/ How Long Must I Suffer/ I Always End Up Blue/ I Screamed And I Cired (I Have Often Wondered)/ I Wake Up Screaming/ I Want To See You Baby/ I'm Telling You People/ I'm Writing You Baby/ Lord Have Mercy/ Mabel Mabel/ My Blues Have Rolled Away/ Oh I Got The Blues/ Oo Wee Baby/ Please Tell Me Baby/ Rainin' In My Heart/ Reckless Lover/ She's My Baby/ Sweet Happy Home/ Texarkana Bound/ The Blues Pick On Me/ BILL HAYES: I'm Just Another Fool/ My Baby Loves Me So/ JOHN HOGG: Gotta Mean Woman/ Why Did You Leave Me/ SMOKEY HOGG: Change Your Ways/ Dirty Mistreater/ Goin' Back Home/ Hard Times/ Hello Baby/ I Love You Baby (Part 1)/ I Love You Baby (Part 2)/ I Often Wonder/ I'm In Love With You/ I'm Leavin'/ I'm Looking For My Baby/ I'm So Lonely/ Leaving You Baby/ Let's Go Back To The Country/ Misery Blues/ Miss Georgia/ Saved All My Money/ Shake A Leg/ She's Always On My Mind/ That's My Baby/ What In The World Am I Gonna Do/ What You Gonna Do/ Why Should I Worry/ Worried Blues/ You Gotta Go/ You Won't Stay Home/ WILLIE HOLIDAY: I've Played This Town/ My Woman Put Me Down/ JOE HOUSTON: Jumpin' The Blues/ Your Little Girl Is Gone/ CONRAD JOHNSON: Fisherman's Blues/ Howling On Dowling/ WILLIE JOHNSON: Got The Boogie Woogie Blues/ Sampson Street Boogie/ LITTLE T-BONE: Christmas Blues/ Love's A Gamble/ LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: Boogie Woogie Playgirl/ My Best Wishes/ Swanee River/ LITTTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: Little Willie's Boogie/ LONNIE LYONS: Down In The Groovy/ Helpless/ Far Away Blues/ Fly Chick Bounce/ ELMORE NIXON: Married Woman Blues/ Playboy Blues/ HUBERT ROBINSON: Bad Luck And Trouble/ Room And Board Boogie/ CLARENCE SAMUELS: Hey Joe/ Somebody Gotta Go/ I.H. SMALLEY: Smalley's Jump/ Young Women's Advice/ ROBERT SMITH: Freeway Blues/ BLIP THOMPKINS: Everything's Been Done Before/ Got A Feelin' You're Foolin'/ BIG MAMA THORNTON: All Right Baby/ Bad Luck Got My Man/ L.C. WILLIAMS: I Don't Want No Woman/ Jelly Roll/ Louise/ Louisiana Boogie

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77141 Meaning In The Blues ● CD $28.98
Four CDS, 103 tracks, very highly recommended
Superb collection of pre-war blues organized in a way to deal with some of the important themes that occur in the blues. The set is issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Paul Oliver's groundbreaking "Blues Fell This Morning" - only the second length book about the blues. In that book British writer Paul investigated how themes that occur in the blues reflect the African-American experience in America illustrated with excerpts from 350 blues songs - mostly from the 20s and 30s. In this collection, Max Haymes, who provides the fascinating 80 page illustrated booklet has taken some of the themes that Paul discusses (the railroad in the blues, the importance of the different shades of color, sex, gambling, etc.) and presents his own selection of recordings to illustrate these themes. The music is superb and Haymes' text puts the recordings into context frequently referring to Paul's text. Even if you don't read the booklet (or Paul's book) this is still a stellar collection of classic blues but the texts will give one a greater appreciation of why the blues is so important. (FS)
KOKOMO ARNOLD: Milk Cow Blues/ Policy Wheel Blues/ Sissy Man Blues/ KID BAILEY: Rowdy Blues/ KATHERINE BAKER: I Had To Come Back Home Blues/ BARBECUE BOB: Brown Skin Gal/ Chocolate To The Bone/ ED BELL: Bad Boy/ LEWIS BLACK: Gravel Camp Blues/ Rock Island Blues/ LUCILLE BOGAN: B.D. Woman's Blues/ Reckless Woman/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Barrelhouse When It Rains/ ORA BROWN: Jinx Blues/ BUMBLE BEE SLIM: Policy Dream Blues/ GENE CAMPBELL: ‘Toby' Woman Blues/ BO CARTER: My Pencil Won't Write No More/ WALTER COLEMAN: Smack That Thing/ SAM COLLINS: I'm Still Sitting On Top Of The World/ Signifying Blues/ IDA COX: Blue Monday Blues/ Mojo Hand Blues/ WALTER DAVIS: No Place To Go/ TOM DICKSON: Labor Blues/ LITTLE BUDDY DOYLE: Three Sixty Nine Blues/ THE EXCELSIOR QUARTETTE: Kitchen Mechanic Blues/ NELLIE FLORENCE: Jacksonville Blues/ BLIND BOY FULLER: Mojo Hidin' Woman/ BILL GAITHER: Wintertime Blues/ LILLIAN GLINN: Brown Skin Blues/ GEORGE HANNAH: Freakish Man Blues/ OTIS HARRIS: Waking Blues/ BUDDY BOY HAWKINS: Snatch It Back Blues/ EDMONIA HENDERSON: Brown Skin Man/ SON HOUSE: Dry Spell Blues - Part 1/ PEG LEG HOWELL: Beaver Slide Rag/ Rock And Gravel Blues/ Skin Game Blues/ HATTIE HUDSON: Doggone My Good Luck Soul/ MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: Spike Driver Blues/ Stack O' Lee Blues/ PAPA CHARLIE JACKSON: Four Eleven Forty Four/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Black Snake Moan/ Broke And Hungry/ Jack O' Diamond Blues (Take 2)/ Old Rounder's Blues/ Stocking Feet Blues/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Falling Rain Blues/ Violin Blues/ LOUISE JOHNSON: On The Wall/ MARY JOHNSON: Those Black Man Blues/ TOMMY JOHNSON: Big Fat Mama Blues/ Lonesome Home Blues/ CURTIS JONES: Blues In The Alley/ RUBE LACEY: Mississippi Jail House Groan/ ALFRED LEWIS: Friday Moan Blues/ FURRY LEWIS: Cannon-Ball Blues/ CHARLEY LINCOLN: Gamblin' Charley/ SARA MARTIN: Gonna Ramble Blues/ VIOLA MCCOY: Wish I Had You (And I'm Gonna Get You Blues)/ WILLIAM MCCOY: Mama Blues/ BLIND WILLIE MCTELL: Dark Night Blues/ THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND: Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues/ Papa's Got Your Water On/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: I'm A Gamblin' Woman/ THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: Sitting On Top Of The World/ ALICE MOORE: Black Evil Blues/ GEORGE NOBLE: If You Lose Your Good Gal, Don't Mess With Mine/ THE OLD PAL SMOKE SHOP FOUR: Black Cat Blues/ CHARLEY PATTON: It Won't Be Long/ Moon Going Down/ Pony Blues/ Some Summer Day, Part 1/ MA RAINEY: Prove It On Me Blues/ BLIND JOE REYNOLDS: Outside Woman Blues/ TOMMY SETTLES: Shaking Weed Blues/ CLARA SMITH: Black Cat Moan/ Steamboat Man Blues/ The Clearing House Blues/ FUNNY PAPER SMITH: Seven Sisters Blues - Part 1/ Seven Sisters Blues - Part 2/ IVA SMITH: Save My Jelly/ MAMIE SMITH: Crazy Blues/ HATTIE SNOW: Make That Gravel Fly/ SPECKLED RED: The Dirty Dozen/ The Right String - But The Wrong Yo Yo/ FREDDIE SPRUELL: Low Down Mississippi Bottom Man/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Cotton Seed Blues/ Little And Low/ TAMPA RED: You Got To Reap What You Sow/ HENRY THOMAS: John Henry/ TOO TIGHT HENRY: Squinch Owl Moan/ FRANCES WALLACE: I Had To Smack That Thing/ SIPPIE WALLACE: Stranger's Blues/ PEETIE WHEATSTRAW: Fairasee Woman (Memphis Woman)/ BUKKA WHITE: Shake ‘Em On Down/ JOSHUA WHITE: Friendless City Blues/ ROBERT WILKINS: Old Jim Canaan's/ HENRY WILLIAMS: Lonesome Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77145 Golden Gospel Gals ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 102 tracks very highly recommended
Another winner compiled by gospel expert Opal Louis Nations for JSP. This features three of the leading female gospel groups who recorded between 1949 and 1959. The first two discs features 50 tracks recorded between 1949 and 1959 by the fabulous Clara Ward leading the most innovative and exciting gospel groups of the 1950s. There are several groups here led by Clara including The Famous Ward Singers, the Clara Ward Specials and others featuring great singers like Willarene Ward-Moultrie (Clara's mother), Marion Williams, Frances Steadman, Thelma Jackson and others. Most of the leads are taken by Clara with other members also taking lead from time to time. Clara and her groups advocated the toe-tapping, tambourine-bashing, born-again brand of gospel and there are lots of exciting performances here including How I Got Over/ When The Gates Swing Open/ Happy Over There/ King Jesus Is All I Need/ Down By The Riverside, etc. Accompaniment is usually piano and/or organ. There are 14 great live cuts from 1958 and '59 on the second disc where the accompaniment includes steel guitarist Sam Whinham. The third disc features 28 of the earliest sides (1952-1956) from The Caravans featuring the beautiful lead of Albertina Walker with second leads from such magnificent vocalists as Ora Lee Hopkins, Bessie Griffin, Casietta George, Dorothy Norwood and others. The Caravans favored a more low key and mournful approach than Ward & her groups but they had no problem pulling out all the stops when necessary. On most of the later sides they are accompanied by the great James Cleveland on piano who also is featured as vocalist on several cuts. Includes Tell The Angels/ Stranger Of Galilee/ Blessed Assurance/ Why Should I Worry/ Angels Keep Watching, etc. The fourth disc is devoted to the lesser known but equally fine Davis Sisters from Philadelphia featuring the ferocious contralto vocals of Ruth "Baby Sis" Davis with rousing support from sisters Thelma, Audrey and Alfreda plus Imogene Green . They were accompanied by pianist Curtis Dublin who also provides co-lead vocal on some tracks. Their 24 performances recorded for Gotham between 1949 and 1952 including In The Morning When I Rise/ Get Away Jordan/ Jesus Is Near/ I'm Tired/ When I Get Home/ When He Spoke/ Bye & Bye (Parts 1 & 2)/ Jesus Is A Waymaker and more. Apart from the Davis Sisters tracks, most of which were issued on a now out of print Heritage CD, most of the other tracks are making their first appearance on CD. Sound quality is excellent and their are informative notes from the ubiquitous Opal Nations. (FS)
THE CARAVANS: Angels Keep Watching/ Blessed Assurance/ Blessed and Brought Up By the Lord/ Come On Jesus/ Count Your Blessings/ Crucifixion/ Get Away Jordan/ God is Good To Me/ He'Ll Be There/ I Know the Lord Will Make a Way/ Jesus is a Rock/ Let Us Run/ None But the Righteous/ Old Time Religion/ On My Way Home/ Onward Christian Soldiers/ Since I Met Jesus/ Stranger of Galilee/ Tell Him What You Want/ Tell the Angels/ The Man Jesus/ The Solid Rock/ Think of His Goodness To You/ Wait For Me/ What Kind of Man is This/ What a Friend We Have In Jesus/ Why Should I Worry/ Witness/ THE DAVIS SISTERS: Bye And Bye, Pt. 1 & 2/ Get Away Jordan/ Get Right With God/ Getting Nearer To My Lord/ He Has A Way That's Mighty Sweet/ He's My All And All/ I'll Wait On The Lord/ I'm Going To Tell God/ I'm Tired/ In The Morning When I Rise/ In The Shelter Of The Rock/ Is There Anybody Here That Loves Jesus/ Jesus/ Jesus Is A Waymaker/ Jesus Is Near/ Jesus Steps Right In/ Marching To Zion/ Stand By Me/ Surely God Is Able/ Thy Holy Will Be Done/ Too Close To Heaven/ We Shall Walk In The Sunlight Of The Lord/ When He Spoke/ When I Get Home/ CLARA WARD: All God'S Children Got Shoes/ Blessed Assurance/ Come In the Room/ Come On/ Down By the Riverside [Live]/ Faith That Moves Mountains/ Faith That Moves Mountains (Alt Take)/ Give Me That Old Time Religion (2nd Reprise) [Short] [Live]/ Give Me That Old Time Religion (Reprise)-I Heard the Voice [Live]/ Give Me That Old Time Religion [Live]/ God Moves In a Mysterious Way/ Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah/ Happy Over There/ Hark the Voice/ He'll Never Fail You [Live]/ He'll Never Let Go My Hand/ How Far Am I From Canaan, Pt. 1 & 2/ How I Got Over/ How I Got Over (Alt. Take)/ I Don't Know Why/ I Feel the Holy Spirit/ I Heard of a City Like the New Jerusalem/ I'm Sealed/ In That Great Judgment Morning/ Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho [Live]/ Just One Moment/ King Jesus is All I Need/ Oh Glory Hallelujah/ Oh! What a Wonderful Feeling [Live]/ On Higher Ground/ One Way Street/ Out On a Hill/ Packin' Up [Live]/ Payday/ Peace In the Valley/ Redeemed/ The Old Landmark [Live]/ The Seven Seals [Live]/ There is a Fountain/ This Same Jesus/ Throw Out the Lifeline/ Time is Winding Up/ Were You There/ When I Get Home/ When I Get To Glory [Live]/ When We Get Up There/ When the Gates Swing Open/ When the Gates Swing Open (Alt Take)/ Whosoever Will/ You Must Have Good Religion

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77142 The Bobby Robinson Story, Selected Sides : 1951-1960 ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 104 tracks, highly recommended
Strictly speaking this is The Bobby Robinson Blues and R&B Story since none of his considerable output of doo-wop is included here. As noted elsewhere Bobby was one of the most important early African-American independent record producers and a significant figure on the New York music scene for many years. He started off recording some of the mid size instrumental R&B combos (Morris Lane, Charlie Singleton, Red Prysock) into 1951 before moving into blues where he started recording old timers like Champion Jack Dupree and Brownie McGhee before movin on to a younger generation of blues artists like Wilbert Harrison, Junior Lewis, Buster Brown and Tarheel Slim as well as getting the opportunity to make the last recordings of his favorite bluesman Elmore James. All the aforementioned artists are included here along with Tiny Grimes, Hal Paige & The Wailers, Sam Meyers, Mary Anne Fisher, Riff Ruffin, Bobby Marchan and others and including all his blues hits Kansas City and Fannie Mae. All but a handful of sides have been reissued before - some of them, many time but if you don't have much of the material here this is a great collection of New York blues and R&B from the 50s. For Bobby's less common material, check out the two Fire CDs listed elsewhere. (FS)
JOHNNY ACEY: Please Don't Go (Back To Baltimore)/ Why/ JUNE BATEMAN: Believe Me Darling/ BUSTER BROWN: Blueberry Hill/ Candied Yams/ Don't Dog Your Woman/ Fannie Mae/ Fannie Mae Is Back/ I'm Going But I'll Be Back/ Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby/ John Henry/ Lost In A Dream/ Sincerely/ St Louis Blues/ The Madison Shuffle/ When Things Go Wrong/ ALLEN BUNN: My Kinda Woman/ Too Much Competition/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Drunk Again/ Highway Blues/ Number Nine Blues/ Shake Baby Shake/ Shim Sham Shimmy/ Stumbling Block Blues/ MARY ANN FISHER: Put On My Shoes/ Wild As You Can Be/ TINY GRIMES: Juicy Fruit/ Second Floor Rear/ WILBERT HARRISON: 1960/ C.C. Rider/ Cheating Baby/ Don't Wreck My Life/ Goodbye Kansas City/ Kansas City/ Listen My Darling/ Little Schoolgirl/ Since I Fell For You/ Why Did You Leave/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Mojo Hand/ WILLIS JACKSON: Good To The Bone/ Makin' It/ ELMORE JAMES: Bobby's Rock/ Done Somebody Wrong/ Fine Little Mama/ Held My Baby Last Night/ I'm Worried/ Make My Dreams Come True/ Rollin' And Tumblin'/ The Sky Is Crying/ MORRIS LANE: Bobby's Boogie/ Ghost Town/ BILLY LEWIS: Heart Trouble/ JUNIOR LEWIS: (You're Just My Speed) And That's All I Need/ Can She Give Me Fever/ Come On Back Where You Belong/ Cupid's Little Helper/ Half A Heart/ Lost Everything/ Your Heart Must Be Made Of Stone/ BOBBY MARCHAN: Booty Green/ It Hurts Me To My Heart/ Snoopin' And Accusin'/ There Is Something On Your Mind (Part 1)/ There Is Something On Your Mind (Part 2)/ This Is The Life/ You're Still My Baby (Part 1)/ You're Still My Baby (Part 2)/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Daisy/ Don't Dog Your Woman/ SAM MEYERS: Sad Sad Lonesome Day/ You Don't Have To Go/ HAL PAIGE & THE WHALERS: After Hours Blues/ Going Back To My Hometown/ Pour The Corn/ PAUL PERRYMAN: Keep A Callin'/ Look At My Baby/ RED PRYSOCK: Crying My Heart Out/ Hard Rock/ Jackpot/ Jump For George/ The Hammer/ Wiggles/ ROCKIN' BRADLEY: Lookout/ RIFF RUFFIN: All My Life/ Gravy Train/ CHARLIE SINGLETON ORCHESTRA: Earthquake/ JIMMY SPRUILL: Hard Grind Wild/ Scratch 'N' Twist/ Slow Draggin'/ WILD JIMMY SPRUILL: Kansas City March/ TARHEEL SLIM: Number Nine Train/ Wildcat Tamer/ Anything For You/ Can't Stay Away (Part 1)/ Can't Stay Away (Part 2)/ Don't Ever Leave Me/ Forever I'll Be Yours/ It's Too Late/ Lock Me In Your Heart/ Much Too Late/ SONNY TERRY: Doggin' My Heart Around/ Harmonica Hop/ THE UPSETTERS: Jay Walkin'

VARIOUS ARTISTS Mountain Top 15 Walkin' Blues - Celebrating 15 Years Of West Coast Blue ● CD $13.98
2 CD's, 34 tracks, 2 hours 28 min., highly recommended
With "Walkin' Blues" the Mountain Top Productions label celebrates 15 years of existence dishing up West Coast Blues, specializing in blues harp offerings. Drawn from the label's 12 CD's, these tracks are all the advertisement needed to convince skeptics that the West Coast is home to a vital and flourishing blues scene. The talent includes Carey Bell, Cephas and Wiggins, Eddie Taylor, Paris Slim, Lazy Lester, Fillmore Slim, Gary Smith, Mark Hummel, Johnny Dyer, and others. A nice taste of Mountain Top blues that should whet more than a few appetites. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Night Train 7010 Swing Time Shouters ● CD $15.98
18 tracks, 48 min., recommended
Available again. A fine various artist collection focusing on the male blues artists who recorded for the West Coast Swing Time family of labels. Volume one opens with one track by Big Joe Turner, Wine-O-Baby Blues. This is followed by Felix Gross singing What's Your Style, Earl Brown performing Lovin' a Married Woman, Mickey Cooper with Had a Dream Last Night, Jimmy McCracklin doing Gonna Have My Fun, Sylvestor Mike singing Fish House Boogie, and Jimmy Witherspoon with Miss Clawdy B, among others. A nice program, often on the mellow side, with other production values high. (DH)
CLIFFORD BLIVENS & EDGAR HAYES ORCHESTRA: Hobo Boogie*/ EARL BROWN WITH RED CALLENDER: I'm A Lovin' Man/ Lovin' A Married Woman/ MICKEY COOPER: Freight Train Blues*/ I Had A Dream Last Night/ FELIX GROSS: F. G. Boogie/ How Could You/ Let's Get Together/ What's Your Style, Baby*/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: I'm Gonna Have My Fun/ True Blues/ SYLVESTER MIKE: Fishhouse Boogie*/ Going Out (In The World)/ Wise Woman/ JOHNNY OTIS ORCH.: Talking to Myself (unknown alternate take) Johnny/ JOE SWIFT WITH RED CALLENDER'S QUINTET: Chicken Leg Chick (Alt. take*)/ JOE TURNER & PETE JOHNSON: Wine-O-Baby Boogie/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Miss Claudy B (Alt. take)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Night Train 7018 New Orleans Twist Party ● CD $15.98
16 tracks, 39 min., recommended
A solid party/dance collection if ever there was one, this compilation of 45's originally recorded for RIP Records in 1959-1962 by Professor Longhair, Reggie Hall, Eddie Bo, and Bobby Mitchell radiates energy as only New Orleans music can. The sound quality, clearly dubbed from slightly scratchy, bass-heavy vinyl, does leave a bit to be desired, but the music is still too good to miss. Among the shufflin' tunes are Whole Lotta Twistin' and Everybody's Blowin' (parts 1 and 2) by Professor Longhair, Always Pickin' on Me and The Joke by Hall, You're the Only One and Let's Limbo by Bo, and You've Got the Nerve and Walking in Circles by Mitchell. Nice music to celebrate the end of the work week with. No liner notes at all, but a great caricature of two twisters on the cover. (DH)
EDDIE BO: Let's Limbo/ Mo-Jo/ Temptation/ Woman/ You're The Only One/ You're With Me/ REGGIE HALL: Always Pickin' On Me/ The Joke/ Work/ You Can Think What You Want/ BOBBY MITCHELL: Walking In Circles/ You've Got The Nerve/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: Everybody's Blowin' Part I/ Everybody's Blowin' Part II/ I Believe I'm Gonna Leave/ Whole Lotta Twistin'

VARIOUS ARTISTS Not Now 407 Wall Street Blues ● CD $9.98
2 CDs, 40 tracks, 114 mins, highly recommended
Well this is certainly timely. You want a soundtrack for your local wall street protest? Well, the Blues is the perfect place to go for that. This collection features a rich assortment of Blues legends singing about money, the lack of it, and the hard times it brings. The range of recordings go from 1929 - 1960 and features John Lee Hooker for a half dozen songs including House Rent Boogie, his take on Barrett Strong's Money, Howlin' Wolf Work For Your Money, Big Charley Bradix Dollar Diggin' Woman, Brownie McGee Pawnshop Blues, Muddy Waters Train Fare Home Blues, and so on. Leroy Carr, Bessie Smith, Lonnie Johnson, Slim Harpo, and many more great artists who know a thing or two about tough times are here tellin' it like it is. (JM)
BIG CHARLEY BRADIX: Dollar Diggin Woman/ BIG BILL BROONZY: My Big Money/ Unemployment Stomp/ Why Should I Spend My Money/ LEROY CARR & SCRAPPER BLACKWELL: Aint Got No Money Now/ SYLVESTER COTTON: Three Cent Stamp Blues/ BLIND BOY FULLER: You Got To Have Your Dollar/ CLIFFORD GIBSON: Blues Without A Dime/ SLIM HARPO: I Need Money Keep Your Alibis/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: House Rent Boogie/ I Don't Want Your Money/ I Need Some Money/ Love Money Cant Buy/ Money That's What I Want/ Woman And Money/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Hold On To Your Money/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: One Dime Blues/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Working Mans Blues/ CHARLEY JORDAN: Dollar Bill Blues/ KANSAS JOE & MEMPHIS MINNIE: Don't Want No Woman Have To Give My Money To/ ALBERT KING: Bad Luck Blues/ JESSE KNIGHT: Nothing But Money/ JOE HILL LOUIS: Shes Taking All My Money/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Pawnshop Blues/ BLIND WILLIE MCTELL: Last Dime Blues/ JACK MCVEA: Inflation Blues/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Man You Wont Give Me No Money/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Maybe Ill Loan You A Dime/ ROY MILTON: Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket/ ELMORE NIXON: Million Dollar Blues/ SONNY PARKER: Money Aint Everything/ JIMMY ROGERS: Money, Marbles And Chalk/ BESSIE SMITH: Nobody Knows You When Youre Down And Out/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: All My Moneys Gone/ SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGHEE: If You Lose Your Money/ Let Me Make A Little Money/ Money Spending Woman/ MUDDY WATERS: Train Fare Home Blues/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Stack Of Dollars/ HOWLIN WOLF: Work For Your Money

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 001 Rare Grooves, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Following on from Official's great series of CD of blues & R&B from the RCA label comes the first of a series of CDs featuring RCA's Groove label which was formed in 1954 specifically to cater to the R&B market. It opens in great style with the smoking Straighten Up Baby by Milt Trenier accompanied by a terrific band with some sensational guitar work from Mickey Baker who is present on a number of tracks and is featured as leader of a group under the name of Big Red McHouston with vocals by fellow New York guitar giant Larry Dale. This CD features the earliest recordings of future jazz guitar legend George Benson singing two stirring blues numbers at the age of 11 including a reworking of Ray Charles' It Should Have Been Me. Other artists include Melvin Smith, Paul Williams & His Orch., Bertice Reading (a fabulous singer), San "Highpockets" Henderson, Buddy Lucas & His Orch. (with terrific vocals by Almeta Stewart), Sue Allen & Oscar Black, Miss Peaches (the unusual two part Calling Moody Field - a spoken word piece with some fine blues and boogie piano accompaniment) and others. Excellent sound but no notes. (FS)
SUE ALLEN & OSCAR BLACK: Baby Please Don't Go/ GEORGE BENSON: It Should Have Been Me, No. 2/ She Makes Me Mad/ SAM BUTERA: (These Are) The Things I Love/ I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire/ BONNIE DAVIS & THE PICCADILLY PIPERS: How Could You/ BIG JOHN GREER: (We Wanna See) Santa Do The Mambo/ Wait Till After Xmas/ SAM "HIGHPOCKETS" HENDERSON: Go, Mother, Go/ Too Bad Sweet Mama/ BUDDY LUCAS & HIS ORCH. (VOCAL ALMETA STEWART): I Need Help/ BUDDY LUCAS & HIS ORCHESTRA (VOCAL ALMETA STEW: My Pinch Hitter/ BIG RED MCHOUSTON (VOCAL LARRY DALE): I'm Tired/ Where Is My Honey/ MISS PEACHES: Callin' Moody Field, Part 1/ Callin' Moody Field, Part 2/ BERTICE READING: I Gotta Know/ I'd Gladly Do It Again/ THE ROMAINES: Till The Wee Wee Morning/ MELVIN SMITH: No Baby/ You Can't Stay Here/ MILT TRENIER: Straighten Up Baby/ Day Old Bread/ PAUL WILLIAMS & HIS ORCHESTRA (VOCAL JIMMY BR: Women Are The Root Of All Evil

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 002 Rare Grooves, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 62 mins, highly recommended
Another groovy collection from the Groove label. In addition to great jump blues and rocking R&B we have the great two part gospel gem Holding On by Mme. Ernestine Washington with the Milleraires - part one is slow but the second part is a tambourine shaking storming up tempo title. There are a couple of hot tracks from Sam Butera including the opening instrumental The Tout and the exceptional Melvin Smith has two originally unissued titles. Other artists include Milt Trenier, Maymie Watts (two songs including a fine cover of Rollee McGill's hit There Goes That Train), Sonny Brooks, Otis Blackwell, Buddy Lucas & His Orch., Bertice Reading (a great soulful rendition of the pop hit Little Things Mean A Lot), Zilla Mays & The Four Students, Chick Green & His Orch. (a rocking R&B instrumental rendition of the old English folk song Greensleeves) and more. Another classy winner from Official. (FS)
SUE ALLEN & OSCAR BLACK: Don't Leave Me to Cry/ I'll Get By/ OTIS BLACKWELL: Oh! What a Babe/ SONNY BROOKS: Champ Ale/ Sentimental Blues/ SAM BUTERA: The Tout/ Who's Got the Key/ CHICK GREEN & HIS ORCHESTRA: Greensleeves/ BIG JOHN GREER: Play Me Some Loud Music/ JONAH JONES & HIS ORCH. WITH THE CONSTELLATION: God Loves You Child/ BUDDY LUCAS & HIS ORCHESTRA: High Low Jack/ No Help/ ZILLA MAYS & THE FOUR STUDENTS: Right Now/ CHRIS POWELL & THE BLUE FLAMES: Break It Up/ BERTICE READING: Little Things Mean a Lot/ MELVIN SMITH: Crazy Baby/ Things You Ought to Know/ MILT TRENIER WITH GENE GILBEAUX: Give a Little Time/ THE TWI-LIGHTERS: Sittin' in a Corner/ MME. ERNESTINE WASHINGTON & THE MILLERAIRS: Holding On, Part 1/ Holding On, Part 2/ MAYMIE WATTS: Quicksand/ There Goes the Train/ BEVERLY WRIGHT: Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 003 Rare Grooves, Vol. 3 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Another splendid collection of blues and R&B recorded for Groove in the mid 50s with an emphasis on up tempo items. Among the artists here are Mr. Bear & The Bearcats (fine novelty blues from Teddy McRae), Johnny Bird, Big John Greer, Sam Butera, Big Tiny Kennedy (two terrific sides with hot guitar from Mickey Baker), Charles Calhoun (aka famed R&B songwriter Jesse Stone - also featuring tough guitar from Baker), Bertice Reading (superb vocalist), Little Tommy Brown (his Don't Leave Me features some excessive sobbing), Arnie Alford (excellent female vocalist with fine band including some hot tenor blowing) and others. Excellent sound but, as usual, no notes. (FS)
ANNIE ALFORD: Easy Easy Baby/ SUE ALLEN & OSCAR BLACK: I Dedicate My Heart/ MR. BEAR & HIS BEARCATS: How Come/ MR. BEAR & THE BEARCATS: Mr. Bear Comes To Town/ JOHNNY BIRD ORCH. (VCL. LILLIAN CHILDS): 22 Minutes/ JOHNNY BIRD ORCH. (VCL. MR. BLUES): The Last Laugh Will Be On You/ OSCAR BLACK & SUE ALLEN: I'll Live My Life Alone/ OTIS BLACKWELL: O-O-O-Oh!/ LITTLE TOMMY BROWN: Don't Leave Me/ SAM BUTERA: Sam's Clan/ Sam's Reverie/ CHARLES CALHOUN: My Pigeon's Gone/ BONNIE DAVIS & THE PICCADILLY PIPERS: Since You're Gone/ CHICK GREEN & HIS ORCH.: Intermezzo/ BIG JOHN GREER: Soon, Soon, Soon/ Will I Be The One/ BIG TINY KENNEDY & HIS ORCH.: Country Boy/ I Need A Good Woman/ ZILLA MAYS & THE FOUR STUDENTS: Come Back To Me/ CHRIS POWELL & THE BLUE FLAMES: Good-Bye Little Girl/ Love Ya Like Crazy/ BERTICE READING: I Wash My Hands/ JAN STRICKLAND: Let's/ THE TWI-LIGHTERS: It's A Cold, Cold Rainy Day

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 004 Rare Grooves, Vol. 4 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Another fine collection starting off with Big Tiny Kennedy's hard driving Strange Kinda Feeling - remake of a song he originally recorded for Trumpet in 1952 and was covered by Elmore James. It also includes the obscure but superb female vocalist Vikki Nelson, The Dappers (fine doo-wop), Mr. Bear & His Bearcats (a couple of better than average novelty songs including his classic Radar), Charles Calhoun, Big John Greer, Lil Mckenzie & The Four Students, Johnny Sparrow, The Coronets, Clayton Love Orch. and others. There are a few duds from Charlie Hughes, Jonah Jones and The Deep River Boys but the rest more than makes up for them. (FS)
MR. BEAR & HIS BEARCATS: Peek-A-Boo/ MR. BEAR & THE BEARCATS: Radar/ LITTLE TOMMY BROWN: Won't You Forgive Me/ A Gambler's Prayer/ SAM BUTERA: Screw Driver/ CHARLES CALHOUN: Jamboree/ BIG CONNIE: Mumbles Blues/ THE CORONETS: I Love You More/ THE DAPPERS: Unwanted Love/ THE DEEP RIVER BOYS WITH HOWARD BIGGS ORCH.: You're Not Too Ol' (To Rock And Roll)/ BIG JOHN GREER: I Didn't Know/ Lucky, Lucky, Lucky Me/ CHARLIE HUGHES: Itsy Bitsy Puddin' Pie/ JONAH JONES & HIS ORCH. WITH THE CONSTELLATION: Come Sit By Me/ BIG TINY KENNEDY: 'Taint Right/ Strange Kind Of Feeling/ CLAYTON LOVE ORCH.: Bye Bye Baby/ Mary Lou/ BUDDY LUCAS & HIS ORCH.: No Dice/ LIL MCKENZIE & THE FOUR STUDENTS: Run A' Long/ VIKKI NELSON: Just One More Smile/ BERTICE READING: The Judgment Of Love/ JOHNNY SPARROW: Sparrow's Nest/ BEVERLY WRIGHT WITH THE STUDENTS: Shake Till I'm Shook

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 301 Rockin' On Acorn-Regent, Volume 1 ● CD $16.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
First in another great new series from Official - this time devoted to recordings made for the Savoy subsidiaries Acorn & Regent in the late 40s and early 50s. An excellent collection of jump blues, R&B and some gospel. The set starts off in fine form with the Louis Jordan flavored Killer Diller from singer/ drummer Gen Coy and his Killer Dillers. Then we have the first of two sides by powerful blues singer Old Man Mose (Mickey Champion) accompanied by The Johnny Otis Orch. with some nice guitar from Pete Lewis. Otis & his band recorded prolifically for Savoy and its subsidiaries and is also featured accompanying tough blues shouter Redd Lyte and the more mellow Mel Walker. "Fat Man" Robinson is another powerful blues shouter and does a fine Bye, Bye Roberta. On the gospel side we have the excellent singer/ guitarist Mary Deloatch with three fine songs accompanied by a male vocal quartet. Her alter ego Marylyn Scott is featured on the fine jump blues Straighten Him Out. Other artists include The Dimples Harris Trio, Hal Singer with Sir Charles Thompson Orch., the wonderfully named Sirloin Burg (a honking sax extravaganza), Johnny Crawford & Orch., The Beale Street Gang, The Patterson Singers and others. Sound quality is excellent and booklet has discographical data which seems to be drawn from an older version of the Blues Dioscography but a minor quibble on this excellent collection (FS)
THE BEALE STREET GANG: Teddy Bear/ BIG JOHN & HIS ORCH.: Too Late Blues/ TOMMY BROWN & ORCH.: Atlanta Boogie/ SIRLOIN BURG & ORCH.: The Rockabye/ DANNY BOY COBBS WITH LUCKY THOMPSON ORCH.: Sorry Woman Blues/ AL COOPER & HIS ORIGINAL SAVOY SULTANS: Got It At The Savoy/ GENE COY & HIS KILLER DILLERS: Killer Diller/ JOHNNY CRAWFORD & ORCH.: Red Cap Shuffle/ Sawbuck/ MARTHA DAVIS: Bread And Gravy/ MARY DELOATCH: The New Gospel Street/ I'll Ride On A Cloud With My Lord/ Our Father Loves His Son/ DIMPLES HARRIS TRIO: Call Me Daddy/ OLD MAN MOSE: Kipp's Blues/ Matchbox Blues/ JOHNNY OTIS ORCH. (VCL. MEL WALKER): My Heart Tells Me/ Rockin' Blues/ JOHNNY OTIS ORCH. (VCL. REDD LYTE): Going To See My Baby/ Little Red Hen/ THE PATTERSON SINGERS: Christ Is Coming/ Going To Canaan/ FAT MAN ROBINSON: Bye, Bye, Roberta/ MARYLYN SCOTT: Another Woman's Man/ Straighten Him Out/ HAL SINGER WITH SIR CHARLES THOMPSON ORCH.: Jiblets/ MEL WALKER WITH THE JOHNNY OTIS ORCH.: Strange Woman

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 302 Rockin' On Acorn-Regent, Volume 2 ● CD $16.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Another great selection - the highlight for me being the originally unissued acapella gospel You Must Bow Down by The Silvertone Singers - this track is alone worth the price of admission. There is more fine gospel from The Moses Gospel Singers, Lincoln Gospel Singers and singer/ guitarist Mary DeLoatch. Mary's secular side (as by Marylyn Scott) is heard on the rocking Beer Bottle Boogie with accompaniment by The Johnny Otis Orch. who are also here backing Mel Walker & Little Esther and Devonia Williams as well as on their classic instrumental Hangover Blues with spectacular guitar work from Pete Lewis. There are a couple of fine cuts from vocal group The Four Barons including the risque Lemon Squeezer and the Korean war song Got To Go Back Again. The set also includes "Fat Man" Robinson, Billye Williams (The Blues Girl), Johnny Crawford Orch., Sirloin Burg, Little JImmy & His Orch. and more. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 303 Rockin' On Acorn-Regent, Volume 3 ● CD $16.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Another great collection including another gorgeous originally unissued track from the Silvertone Singers and more fine gospel from Mary Deloatch, The Moses Gospel Singers and The Lincoln Gospel Singers. Talking about gospel - King Karl's rocking She's My Gal is a secular rendition of a gospel song but I can't quite place the original. Johnny Otis and his band are back with a couple of superb instrumentals as well as accompanying Redd Lyte and Mel Walker - most of his tracks feature Pete Lewis's stellat fretwork. Other artists include Big John & His Orch. (tough instrumental), Lover Boy Brown (probably the least interesting vocalist here), Hal Singer with Sir. Charles Thompson Orch. (the tough instrumental Disc Jockey Boogie with great boogie piano from Thompson), Gilbert Holliday (a moody instrumental version of the standard At Last, best known for Etta James' classic rendition), The John Hardee Quintet, Martha Davis and others. With around 60 singles issued on Acorn and Regent hopefully there will be more volumes. (FS)
BIG JOHN & HIS ORCH.: Shindig/ LOVER BOY BROWN: Just The Blues/ Thinking Of You/ MARTHA DAVIS: When I Say Goodbye/ MARY DELOATCH: Mother Dear/ THE FALCONS FEAT. GOLDIE BOOTS: I Can't Tell You Now/ JOHN HARDEE QUINTET: Bad Man's Bounce/ Baby, Watch That Stuff/ DIMPLES HARRIS TRIO: Chee-Bongo Blues/ GILBERT HOLLIDAY: At Last/ These Foolish Things/ KING KARL WITH EDDIE DAVIS ORCH.: She's My Gal/ Sure Like To Run/ THE LINCOLN GOSPEL SINGERS: Lincoln Gospel Train/ LITTLE JIMMY & HIS ORCH.: Jimmie's Blues/ THE MOSES GOSPEL SINGERS: It's All Right With Jesus/ JOHNNY OTIS ORCH.: Freight Train Boogie/ Head Hunter/ Cool And Easy/ Good Time Blues/ ALLEAN PHILLIPS: I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)/ You're For Me/ THE SILVERTONE SINGERS: A Better Home/ HAL SINGER WITH SIR CHARLES THOMPSON ORCH.: Disc Jockey Boogie/ BEN SMITH QUARTET (VCL. TONY JENKINS): I Don't Want You In My Arms/ MEL WALKER WITH JOHNNY OTIS ORCH.: Dreamin' Blues/ Helpless

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 4503 Rare Blues Girls On King, Vol. 3 ● CD $16.98
22 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
Another terrific collection of sides from female vocalists recorded for King and associated labels between 1947 and 1953 ranging from jazzy torchy stylings to intense blues to upbeat rockers. Includes sides by Forothy Ellis, Marie Henderson (three songs including the raunchy The Key To MY Door and a bluesy rendition of the pop standard Have You Ever Been Lonely), Mabel Scott, Camille Howard (two songs including the great You're Lower Than A Mole), Lou Elliot, Marion Abernathy, Fluffy Hunter and others including Erline "Rock & Roll" Harris - no she wasn't cashing in on the latest 50s style - her Rock And Roll Blues was recorded in 1949 but could have easily been issued six years later and become a rock 'n' roll hit. Lots of stellar backing musicians like Ben Webster, Lorenzo Holden, Pete Lewis, Joe Thomas, Buddy Tate, Bill Doggett, Erskine Hawkins and others. (FS)
MARION ABERNATHY: Hey Little Boy/ Junior Blues/ Stormy Mood/ DOROTHY ELLIS: Drill Daddy Drill/ He's Gone/ Slowly Got Out of Your Mind/ ERLINE HARRIS: Blues at First Sight/ Jump and Shout/ No Good Man of Mine/ ERLINE 'ROCK AND ROLL' HARRIS: Rock and Roll Blues/ ERSKINE HAWKINS ORCH. (VOCAL LOU ELLIOTT): Fair Weather Friend/ Lost Time/ MARIE HENDERSON: Have You Ever Been Lonely/ I Want a Rich Man's Son/ The Key to My Door/ CAMILLE HOWARD: Losing Your Mind/ You're Lower Than a Mole/ FLUFFY HUNTER: Climb the Wall/ JESSE POWELL ORCH. WITH FLUFFY HUNTER: As Long As You're Satisfied/ My Natch'l Man/ MABEL SCOTT: Have You Ever Watched Love Die/ Subway Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 4504 Rare Blues Girls On King, Vol. 4 ● CD $16.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Another great collection - one of the best in the series so far. There are four sides from the outstanding Fluffy Hunter including the delightfully risqué The Walkin' Blues (Walk Right In, Walk Right Out) and the intense Love Is A Fortune. Lil Greenwood is another exceptional vocalist and is featured on three tracks - one a fine duet with Little Littlefield and one featuring her accompanied by doo-wop group The Four Jacks who are also featured on the two fine songs by Cora Williams and a cut from Shirley Havens. Other artists include Marion Abernathy, Mabel Scott, Helen Young, Marie Henderson and others. (FS)
MARION ABERNATHY: Honey, Honey, Honey/ It's A Low Down Dirty Shame/ Little John Blues/ What Is The Matter With Me/ EARL BOSTIC & HIS ORCH. (VCL. HELEN YOUNG): Portrait Of A Faded Love/ BILL DOGGETT TRIO (VCL. MILDRED ANDERSON): No More In Life/ DOROTHY ELLIS: Must Go Out And Play/ LIL GREENWOOD: I'm Crying/ Grandpa Can Boogie Too/ Monday Morning Blues/ ERLINE HARRIS: Spare Time Papa/ SHIRLEY HAVEN & THE FOUR JACKS: Stop Fooling Around/ MARIE HENDERSON: Feeling Mellow/ I Had To Lose You/ FLUFFY HUNTER: There's So Much Trouble/ To Say I Love You/ JESSE POWELL ORCH. (VCL. FLUFFY HUNTER): Love Is A Fortune/ The Walkin' Blues (Walk Right In, Walk Right Out)/ MABEL SCOTT: Disgusted/ Willow Weep For Me/ CORA WILLIAMS & THE FOUR JACKS: I Ain't Coming Back Anymore/ Sure Cure For The Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 4505 Rare Blues Girls On King, Vol. 5 ● CD $16.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
More fine sides covering the period 1952 through 1957. It opens up with the sly Get Your Enjoys by Eunice Davis with vocal backup from the 5 Royales. The excellent Lil Greenwod is here with two fine cuts - one with vocal backup from The Lamplighters (and some great guitar from Jesse Ervin) and one with The Four Jacks. Sugar PIe De Santo is here with her first recording from 1955, the fine blues ballad Please Be True with the Preston Love Orchestra. There are three superb cuts featuring the sultry vocals of LInda Hopkins recorded in New York with a tough band including the great guitar of Mickey Baker. More fine vocals from Cora Woods, MIldred Anderson, Margie Day and others. (FS)
RUTH CARROLL & THE HAMILTON SISTERS: One Honest Love/ EUNICE DAVIS: Get Your Enjoys/ Twenty-Four Hours A Day/ MARGIE DAY: Dumplin' Dumplin'/ Something Told Me/ Take My Hand/ BILL DOGGETT COMBO (VCL. MILDRED ANDERSON): Your Kind Of Woman/ BILL DOGGETT TRIO (VCL. MILDRED ANDERSON): Mistreater/ LIL GREENWOOD: I'll Go/ Mercy Me/ Never Again Lil/ SHIRLEY HAVEN & THE FOUR JACKS: Troubles Of My Own/ LINDA HOPKINS: Come Back Baby/ I Can't/ I'm Going To Cry You Right Out Of My Mind/ My Loving Baby/ SUGAR PIE: Please Be True/ CARMEN TAYLOR: So What/ CORA WOODS: Flying Home To You Baby/ Just In Case You Change Your Mind/ Ooh La La/ Rocks In Your Head

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 4506 Rare Blues Girls On King, Vol. 6 ● CD $16.98
22 mins, 58 mins, recommended
The sixth and final (for now) volume in this splendid series featuring female blues and R&B singers recorded for KIng and its Federal and Deluxe subsidiaries features 22 sides recorded between 1951 and '57. Among the highlights are two superb tracks by Linda Hopkins, the terrific You're Gonna Suffer Baby by Mickey Champion accompanied by the Roy Milton Orch. with a tough guitar solo from Johnny Scott and two fine sides from Nita Lore. Margie Day is, as always, fine and there are also cuts from Mildred Anderson (accompanied by the Bill Doggett Combo), Beverly Ann Gibson, Carmen Taylor and others. Not one of the strongest in the series but definitely worthwhile. (FS)
RUTH CARROLL & THE HAMILTON SISTERS: Partners For Life/ MARGIE DAY: From Someone Who Cares/ Tears That Come So Easy/ That's The Way Love Goes/ BILL DOGGETT COMBO (VCL. MILDRED ANDERSON): You Ain't No Good/ BILL DOGGETT TRIO (VCL. MILDRED ANDERSON): I'm Free/ BEVERLY ANN GIBSON: Call On Me / Give Me A Chance/ No Other But You / Wait And See / Light Up The Fire/ The Love We Shared/ LINDA HOPKINS: Come Back Baby (Alt.)/ Mama Needs Your Lovin' Baby/ NITA LORE: Better Ask Somebody/ Have You Ever Had The Blues/ ROY MILTON & HIS ORCH. (VCL. MICKEY CHAMPION: You're Gonna Suffer, Baby/ JUANITA NIXON: Stop Knockin'/ CARMEN TAYLOR: Why Did You Leave Me Alone/ CORA WOODS: Don't Fall In Love With Me/ Father Forgive Him/ Where Are You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Old Hat 1008 Barbecue Any Old Time - Blues From The Pit, 1927-1942 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 69 mins, recommended
An entertaining collection of mostly blues about barbecue and its chief ingredient - meat. While the erudite introductory notes by Tom Hanchett discuss the history of the barbecue as part of American gastronomic culture it's pretty clear that most of the singers here have something else in mind - I Crave My Pigmeat by Blind Boy Fuller, Meat Cuttin' Blues by Hunter & Jenkins and Barbecue Bess by Bessie Jackson have nothing to do with your backyard Weber. Stretching the concept even thinner - it seems obvious to include a singer named Barbecue Bob but his Barbecue Blues has nothing to with either kind of barbecue! Still this is an excellent collection of pre-war blues, some of it rarely reissued and all of it with superb sound. Other artists include Frankie "Half Pint" Jackson (his Down At Jaspers Bar-B-Que is one of the few songs that is actually about a place that sells barbecue!), Memphis Minnie, Mississippi Jook Band, Charlie Campbell & His Red Hot Peppers, Tiny Parham And His Musicians, Brownie McGhee, Bogus Ben Covington, Savannah Churchill And Her All Star Seven, Hank Jones & Ginger (the gorgeous instrumental Barbecue Blues with Lonnie Johnson on guitar and fiddle, James Johnson on piano and celeste and an unknown steel guitaris), "Big BOy" Teddy Edwards and others. (FS)
BARBECUE BOB: Barbecue Blues/ CHARLIE CAMPBELL AND HIS RED PEPPERS: Pepper Sauce Mama/ BO CARTER: Pig Meat Is What I Crave/ SAVANNAH CHURCHILL AND HER ALL STAR SEVEN: Fat Meat Is Good Meat/ BOGUS BEN COVINGTON: I Heard The Voice Of A Pork Chop/ VANCE DIXON AND HIS PENCILS: Meat Man Pete/ BIG BOY TEDDY EDWARDS: Who Did You Give My Barbecue To? Part 1/ Who Did You Give My Barbecue To? Part 2/ THE FOUR SOUTHERN SINGERS: Ham Bone Am Sweet/ BLIND BOY FULLER: I Crave My Pig Meat/ HUNTER AND JENKINS: Meat Cuttin' Blues/ BESSIE JACKSON: Barbecue Bess/ FRANKIE "HALF PINT" JAXON: Down At Jasper's Bar-B-Que/ Gimme A Pig's Foot And A Bottle Of Beer/ THE JOLLY TWO: Come On Down/ HANK JONES AND HIS GINGER: Barbecue Blues/ RICHARD M. JONES' JAZZ WIZARDS: Smoked Meat Blues/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Barbecue Any Old Time/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Pig Meat On The Line/ MISSISSIPPI JOOK BAND: Barbecue Bust/ TINY PARHAM AND HIS MUSICIANS: Pigs' Feet And Slaw/ THE TEMPO KING AND HIS KINGS OF TEMPO: Alabama Barbecue/ THE TWO CHARLIES: Pork Chop Blues/ GEORGIA WHITE: Pigmeat Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smith & Co. 1119 101 Great Black Gospel Hits ● CD $16.98
Excellent budget priced introduction to black gospel featuring five CDs with 101 tracks ranging from the 1930s to 1950s. Many of the most well known performers are featured including Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers, The Golden Gate Quartet, The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Pilgrim Travelers, Sister Wynona Carr and others. The compiler obviously liked Louis Armstrong's gospel recordings since seven of them are featured here and they are most enjoyable. There are also a few tracks by lesser known names like Sister Goldia Haynes, The Blue Chips, Ruth Davis and others. No surprises for the serious gospel fan but a worthwhile set with fine sound - particularly for the beginner.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG: As Long As You Live/ Bye And Bye/ Go Down Moses/ Old Man Mose/ That’s What The Man Said/ When The Saints Go Marching In/ I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music/ Nobody Knows (The Trouble I've Seen)/ THE BLUE CHIPS: Crying Holy Unto The Lord/ Stay On The Right Side Of The Road/ ANTHONY BUTLER: My God Is A Mighty Man/ SISTER WYNONA CARR: Each Day/ The Ball Game/ DOROTHY LOVE COATES & THE ORIGINAL GOSPEL HARMONETTES: 99 1/2 Won't Do/ Get Away Jordan/ SAM COOKE & THE SOUL STIRRERS: Come And Go To That Land/ How Far Am I From Canaan/ I'm On The Firing Line/ I´m Gonna Build On That Shore/ Jesus Gave Me Water/ Someday, Somewhere/ The Last Mile Of The Way/ RUTH DAVIS: Get Right With God/ MARY DELOACH: The Lord's Gospel Train/ THE EBONY THREE VOCAL TRIO: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA: Count Me In/ Fix It Jesus/ Heaven On My Mind/ I'll Fly Away/ I've Got A Home/ Living For My Jesus/ Marching Up To Zion/ Oh Lord, Stand By Me/ Old Time Religion/ Since I Met Jesus/ Sit Down Servant/ Swingin' On The Golden Gate/ This May Be The Last Time/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF MISSISSIPPI: I'm A Rolling/ THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET: Atom And Evil/ Blind Barnabas/ God’s Gonna Cut ‘em Down/ Jezebel/ My Time Done Come/ Shadrack/ IMOGENE GREEN: Tired/ SISTER GOLDIA HAYNES: The Great Judgement Day/ The Great Judgement Day/ The Truth In The Gospel/ MAHALIA JACKSON: A Rusty Old Halo/ Beautiful Tomorrow/ Didn’t It Rain/ I Will Move On Up A Little Higher/ I'm On My Way To Canaan/ I’m Going To Live The Life I Sing About In My Songs/ Jesus/ Jesus Is With Me/ Jesus Met The Woman At The Well/ Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho/ Keep Your Hands On The Plow/ Let The Church Roll On/ Walk Over God’s Heaven/ Walking To Jerusalem/ You’ll Never Walk Alone/ PROFESSOR JOHNSON & HIS GOSPEL SINGERS: Angels/ Standing In The Safety Zone/ Where Shall I Be/ MARIE KNIGHT: Gospel Train/ What Could I Do?/ THE ORIGINAL GOSPEL HARMONETTES: Everyday Will Be Sunday/ SISTER LOTTIE PEAVEY: Nobody's Fault But Mine/ THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS: Close To Thee/ Gonna Walk Right Out/ Hold On/ I Love Jesus/ I Never Knew Joy Before/ Move Up To Heaven/ The Life You Save May Be Your Own/ Troubled In Mind/ JESSIE MAE RENFRO: I Must Tell Jesus/ THE SELAH JUBILEE SINGERS: Downward Road/ THE SELAH SINGERS: Down Here I’ve Done My Best/ THE SENSATIONAL GOLDEN LIGHT QUARTET OF PHIL: Prodigal Son/ THE SENSATIONAL NIGHTINGALES: He Will Welcome Me There/ THE SOUL STIRRERS: Does Jesus Care/ My Life Is In His Hands/ THE SWAN SILVERTONES: My Rock/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: Ain't No Room In Church For Liars/ Crying In The Chapel/ Jesus Is Here To Stay/ Rock Me/ Sin Is To Blame/ This Train/ What A Friend We Have In Jesus/ When They Ring The Golden Bell/ There'll Be Peace In The Valley For Me/ Let's Go On/ Precious Memories/ Royal Telephone/ Have A Little Talk With Jesus/ CLARA WARD: How I Got Over

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian Folkways 40183 Classic Sounds Of New Orleans From Smithsonian Folkways ● CD $11.98
26 tracks, 75 mins, highly recommended
A fine and varied collection of African-American New Orleans music from the vaults of Folkways recorded between 1946 and 1980 with the majority being from the 50s and including many tracks appearing on CD for the first time. The music encompasses blues (Snooks Eaglin, Lonnie Johnson, Champion Jack Dupree, etc.), gospel (Sister Dora Alexander, Rev. Lewis Jackson, etc.), jazz (Baby Dodds, Emile Barnes, KId Clayton, etc.), New Orleans marching bands (The Eureka Brass Band, Doc Paulin and group) and more including Hambone performed by a shoe shine boy, street calls and the first recordings of the Mardi Gras Indians from 1956. Putting all this variety into perspective is a 30 page booklet with extensive notes and full recording info. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sundown 4003 Juicy Harmonica, Volume 3 ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 67 mins, very highly recommended
Fabulous collection of down home blues harmonica from the 50s and 60s including quite a few that are making their CD debut and others that are not readily available. The disc opens with the tough instrumental Waggin' Your Tail by King Davis featuring Davis playing with a rich horn like tone that brings to mind Walter Horton and although he doesn't have Horton's technique this is a terrificly powerful side. This is followed the first of two tracks by the totally obscure Big Boy Williams - a fine vocalist and harmonica player accompanied by guitar and tenor sax. From the low key style I would have assumed this was from the mid 50s but is actually from 1966. Even more improbable are two gorgeous cuts from 1963 by Little L. Boyd with piano and guitar accompaniment that sounds like something from the 40s. These two artists are a real revelation and worth the price of admission. Another obscure artist is Willie Railback with two great jumping cuts from 1952. There are two magnificent sides from Detroit singer/ guitarist L.C. Green with harmonica by Walter Mitchell and other artists include Little Luther, Little Sonny, Mr. Calhoun (a fine Louisiana singer and harmonica player who later recorded as Polka Dot Slim), Sonny Boy Williams, Garland The Great, Papa Lightfoot (his classic Wine, Women, Whiskey is one of the few familiar tracks here) and the set ends with three fine sides by James Cotton recorded in England in 1961 with Alexis Korner on guitar. Fabulous music throughout with excellent sound. My favorite in this series. (FS)
MORRIS BAILEY & THE THOMAS BOYS: Calendar Hanging On The Wall/ Tell Me Why/ LITTLE L. BOYD: Drinking Blues (Instrumental)/ Drinking Blues (Vocal)/ JAMES COTTON: Dealing With The Devil/ Goin' Down Slow/ Polly Put The Kettle On/ DANNY BOY & HIS BLUES GUITAR: Wild Women/ GARLAND THE GREAT: Hello Miss Simms/ L.C. GREEN: Little School Girl/ Remember Way Back/ KING DAVIS: Someday You'll Understand/ Waggin' Your Tail/ PAPA LIGHTFOOT: P.L. Blues/ Wine, Women, Whiskey/ LITTLE LUTHER: Steppin' High/ LITTLE SONNY & HIS BAND: Inside My Heart/ The Mix Up/ MR. CALHOUN: Hello Friends, Hello Pal/ On The Sunny Side Of Love/ WILLIE RAILBACK: Retreat Brother/ Tree Top Blues/ LULA REED: Ain't That Love/ Anything To Say You're Mine/ Baby, Baby (Your Love)/ Call Me Darlin'/ Caught Me When My Love Was Down/ Come On Home/ Every Second/ Gabbin' Mouth Blues/ Give Me The Right/ He's My Everything/ I Got A Notion/ I'm A Woman (But I Don't Talk Too Much)/ Idle Gossip/ Just Keep It Up/ Lovin'/ Puddentane/ Sample Man/ Take Your Time/ The Kind Of Baby/ There He Goes/ Three Men/ Trouble In Mind/ Walk On By Me/ Waste No More Tears/ What Makes You So Cold/ BIG BOY WILLIAMS: I Love You Baby/ Play Boy/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMS: Alice Mae Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Tompkins Square 2639 This May Be My Last Time Singing ● CD $35.98
Three CDs, 72 tracks, highly recommended
A sequel to Tompkins Square's fantastic 2009 release "Fire In My Bones" (Tompkins Sqaure 2271 - $26.98) this presents another fine collection of totally obscure gospel recordings. The recordings here cover the period 1957 through 1982 with the majority of the sides being from the 1970s. Gospel is a conservative musical style and recordings from the 70s often sound very similar to recordings from 20 years earlier - the only concession to more modern styles are the occasional funk riffs, wha-wah guitar or drum machine. These are mostly artists who were little known outside their local community but what they may lack in polish and virtuosity is compensated for by their sincerity and intensity. Though there are not as many outstanding performances as on it predecessor this is a fine selection with gospel quartets, solo singers, down home gospel with guitar accompaniment, preaching and even a couple of acapella performances. Most of the artists are unknown outside of their local orbit or perhaps to handful of diehard collectors and all but one or two titles are making their first appearance on CD. Sound quality is generally excellent though a few tracks are from very worn 45s and could have been left off and replaced with something with better sound without harming the collection. Each CD has different version of the superb title song which originated with the Staple Singers and reworked into a rock classic by the Rolling Stones. Booklet has notes by compiler Mike McGonigal with brief comments on each of the performances plus label shots and artist photos. (FS)


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