LATEST ADDITIONS  01/07/2016

CALENDAR
CLASSIC BLUES ARTWORK FROM THE 1920s - 2016 Calendar

COMPACT DISCS
ROBERT BELFOUR

MAXINE BROWN
JOHNNY CASH
SANFORD CLARK
NARVEL FELTS
THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
THE FIVE SATINS
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD
HAWKSHAW HAWKINS
TED HAWKINS

LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS
BUDDY JOHNSON & HIS ORCHESTRA
TRINI LOPEZ
JOE MAPHIS
GARNET MIMMS
REV. LOUIS OVERSTREET
THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS
OLA BELLE REED & OTHERS
CARL SMITH
STUFF SMITH
VARIOUS ARTISTS
REVEREND KM WILLIAMS
BILLY JACK WILLS
LINK WRAY

 

 
Since our Second Time Around listings are so popular this list includes some great releases which have been out for a while but you may have missed them the first time we listed them.To avoid you getting possible duplicates we have added  asterisks (**) after these particular titles. We have also included some choice sale items.

CALENDAR

 
CLASSIC BLUES ARTWORK FROM THE 1920s - 2016 Calendar Blues Images 216 ● CALENDAR $18.98
32 page calendar + 24 track CD, essential and then some
There's still time to get a copy of this
extra special version of John Tefteller's annual blues calendar. So what's so special? John has been working with a group of filmmakers to produce a series called "American Epic" to show on PBS and the BBC in early 2016 which will explore the recording of rural music in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. During work on the series the producers devised a whole new method of transferring and remastering old 78s that extracts the maximum amount of music with the minimum of noise and that technique (currently secret) has been used for the recordings on the CD accompanying the calendar and the result is astonishing. Apart from the almost total absence of noise the music has a vibrancy and presence that makes many of the tracks sound like the artists went into the studios yesterday. It's like a curtain has been lifted from in front of the music.
As always John delves into his phenomenal collection of blues graphics and rare 78s to present another sensational calendar and CD. This calendar (the twelfth) features reproductions of original artwork for advertisements printed in African-American newspapers in the late 20s and early 30s along with some incredibly rare photos. This calendar features 12"x12" ads for records by artists like Jim Jackson, Barbecue Bob, Ruth Willis & Curley Weaver, Blind Lemon Jefferson and more. It also includes beautiful large reproductions of rare and, in some cases, previously unpublished, photos of artists like Charlie Kyle, Papa Charlie McCoy and Ma Rainey. The calendar also includes small reproductions of another 23 ads, sample song lyrics, brief biographies and birth and death dates for many blues artists.
The accompanying 20 track CD featuring all the records advertised in the full sized ads or by the artists in the photos plus 8 bonus tracks. As mentioned above, the sound quality is streets better than any previous reissues - you can finally hear just how rich Blind Lemon Jefferson's voice is on the new remastering of 'Lectric Chair Blues and See That My Grave Is Kept. But pride of place goes to the only known copy in the world of Jaydee Short's Tar Road Blues and Flaggin' It To Georgia on Pramount which John unearthed about 18 months ago. The record was in very bad shape indeed and even with the new techniques it wasn't possible to get a completely clean sound but it is certainly listenable and is Mississippi Delta Blues of the highest order. Almost as exciting is the incredibly rare Hattie Hyde record on Victor (probably Hattie Hart accompanied by members of the Memphis Jug Band) that has never been reissued before.
Also included are full color inserts to enable you to make your own Classic Blues Artwork CD with a jewel case (jewel case not included).
Since these would make such a great gift, if you buy five or more calendars you can get them for $16.98 each!
Calendar/ CD set counts as four CDs for shipping purposes. (FS)
Note: All previously released calendars are available since the artwork never dates and the CDs are also available separately for $8.98 each.
BARBECUE BOB: Atlanta Moan/ BLACK BILLY SUNDAY: The High Cost Of Sin/ Will You Spend Eternity In Hell/ BLIND BLAKE: Wabash Rag/ JED DAVENPORT AND HIS BEALE STREET JUG BAND: Beale Street Breakdown/ HATTIE HYDE: Special Question Blues/ T & N O Blues/ JIM JACKSON: My Monday Blues/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean/ ’Lectric Chair Blues/ BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON: When The War Was On/ CHARLIE KYLE: No Baby/ Walking Blues/ PAPA CHARLIE MCCOY: Boogie Woogie/ Country Guy Blues/ MA RAINEY: Georgia Cake Walk/ JAYDEE SHORT: Flaggin’ It To Georgia/ Tar Road Blues/ SPARK PLUG SMITH: Vampire Women/ CURLY WEAVER AND RUTH WILLIS: Some Cold Rainy Day

 

COMPACT DISCS

 

ROBERT BELFOUR Fat Possum 80336 What's Wrong With You** ● CD $14.98
9 tracks, 41 mins, highly recommended
Although the blurb from Chris Morris that "it's difficult to distinguish Belfour's music from vintage blues records of the 20s and 30s" is going a bit far, Belfour is certainly a most worthwhile throwback. Originally from the Mississippi hill country his music has the insistent rhythmic intensity of fellow hill country performers like Fred McDowell, Jessie Mae Hemphill or R.L. Burnside. His playing is accomplished without being flashy and primarily provides a rhythmic underpinning to his vocals as well. Although he doesn't have a wonderful voice he sings with a dark and passionate conviction - mostly original compositions based around familiar blues themes. The couple of non-original songs become pretty much his own. Belfour is only 60 years old so it will interesting to hear what else he comes up with. The most interesting new old country blues performer to come along in years and the best Fat Possum release in a long time. (FS)

 
MAXINE BROWN Jasmine 946 If I Knew Then What I Know ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Fine collection featuring all the singles recorder by this superb soul singer for Nomar and ABC between 1960 and 1962. Her first single for Nomar It's All In My Mind is one of my all time favorites and was a big hit on the R&B and pop charts as was the follow up Funny. Nomar folded after her third single failed and she was then signed by ABC who acquired the Nomar masters and recorded eight singles by her - these singles mostly ended up on the fringes of the charts and are consistently superb finding Maxine equally adept at an intense soul ballad like After All We've Been Through or a Ray Charles flavored R&B rocker like What I Don't Know Won't Hurt Me. I think that this is first time that all of Maxine's Nomar and ABC singles have been released in one package and so this release is most welcome. (FS)

 
JOHNNY CASH All Access 136 Longing For Old Virginia ● CD $14.98
Live recordings from West Virginia in 1976. Johnny runs throgh a selection of his old favorites like Ring of Fire/ Big River/ Give My LOve To Rose/ Jackson/ Hey Porter/ I Walk The Line and others. He is joined by his wife and members of the Carter Family who also do their own numbers and there is also one song from Jan Howard.

 
SANFORD CLARK Jasmine 3663 Son of A Gun: Anthology, 1956-1962 ● CD $14.98
34 tracks, strongly recommended
The most extensive survey of the recordings of this fine rocker and country singer who only managed to get one hit but it was a corker - The Fool in 1956. All the tunes were produced by Lee Hazelwood (who also wrote many of them) with the outstanding Al Casey on lead guitar. Most tunes cut in Phoenix and some in Hollywood including a few with Duane Eddy on rhythm guitar. Clark hit big with his first recording The Fool, originally on MCI and leased to Dot. He spent the rest of his career trying for a second hit. The tunes here, done between 1956-1962 for MCI, Dot, Jamie , Trey and Project are often very good but success eluded Sanford. Sanford was not the world's most compelling singer - he sounded like a cross between Ricky Nelson & Johnny Cash but there are some fine songs here like Ooo Baby/ Modern Romance/ Usta Be My Baby/ Travelin' Man/ Son Of A Gun/ Pledging My Love/ Run Boy Run/ Bad Luck, etc. It includes a few tracks that were not originally issued and these are mostly pretty forgettable. An enjoyable collection. (FS)
SANFORD CLARK: A Cheat/ A Cross Eyed Alley Cat/ Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens/ Bad Luck/ Darling Dear/ Don't Care/ Don't Cry/ Give The Boy Love/ Go On Home/ Guess It's Love/ I Can't Help It/ It Hurts Me, Too/ Lonesome For A Letter/ Lou Be Doo/ Love Charms/ Modern Romance/ My Jealousy/ New Kind Of Fool/ Nine Pound Hammer/ Ooo Baby/ Pledging My Love/ Run, Boy, Run/ Sing 'Em Some Blues/ Son Of A Gun/ Still As The Night/ Swanee River Rock/ Tennessee Walk/ That's The Way I Feel (Oo Wee)/ The Fool/ The Girl On Death Row/ The Glory Of Love/ The Man Who Made An Angel Cry/ Travellin' Man/ Usta Be My Baby

 
NARVEL FELTS Stomper Time 35 Those Rockabilly Days ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, strongly recommended
Narvel Felts has had a lengthy career starting as a rockabilly singer in the mid 50s then switching to country which he pursued for many years until the rockabilly revival came calling in the mid 80s and he returned to his rockabilly roots. 22 of the tracks here are from the 1950s and the rest are from his return to rockabilly with recordings cut between 1989 and 2002 and aprt from the stereo sound and more polished bands his later recordings are as exciing as his earlier ones. His material is a mix of originals (Cindy Lou/ Kiss-A-Me Baby/ Foolish Thoughts/ Pink And Black Days, etc) and covers (Lotta Lovin'/ Blue Suede Shoes/ Maybelline/ My Babe, etc.). Quite a few of the earliest sides are originally demos and are musically a bit rough. Though not a major rockabilly artist he was certainly an enjoyable one and this is an exemplary production with superb sound, detailed notes and full discography. (FS)

 
THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA Acrobat 4204 1948-1951 ● CD $13.98 $9.98
28 tracks, 78 mins, essential
The Blind Boys first recorded in 1948 for the Coleman label with Clarence Fountain and Paul Excano sharing lead duties. This superb disc features both sides of their three Coleman sides plus 20 of the 26 sides they recorded for the Gospel label in 1950 and 1951. The Coleman sides are acapella while the Gospel sides add discreet acoustic guitar accompaniment. These performances outshine even their more popular Specialty recordings for sheer vocal beauty. Spirited numbers such as Honey In The Rock, one of their most popular numbers, feature Excano and Fountain trading verses, increasing the overall intensity on every pass. Sound on the first couple of Coleman sides is a bit muffled and distorted but the rest is fine and there are detailed notes by Opal Louis nations. (FS)

 
THE FIVE SATINS Acrobat 3144 The Complete Releases, 1954-1962 ● CD $16.98
Two CD set, 56 tracks, highly recommended
Classic doo-wop from this fabulous group from New Haven whose 1956 song in The Still Of The Night is one of the most popular doo-wop ballads of all time with their 1957 song To The Aisle not too far behind. Although the personnel changed over the years the group always featured the soulful lead vocals of Fred Parris. It opens with both sides the group recorded for Bobby Robinson's Red Robin label in 1954/1955. When they moved to the Standord they changed their name to The Five Satins and their second release was the gorgeous I'll Remember (In The Still Of Light) (written by Parris) and when the record started taking off it was quickly bought up by Al Silver of Ember Records who signed the group and the group recorded for Ember up to 1960 also charting with To The Aisle and recording other superb songs like the follow up to "Still" - Wonderful Girl plus Our Anniversary/ A Million To one/ Shadows and others. When the hits started drying up they were let go by Ember in 1960 and recorded for a variety of labels - First, Caprice, Cub, United Artists and Chancellor - continuing to turn out top notch doo-wop. The early 60s was a period when doo wop groups started recording standards, often with string arrangements, and the Satins were no exception doing fine versions of When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano/ These Foolish Things/ Golden Earrings and an exceptional version of the Masquerade Is Over which was their last release to creep into the bottom of the charts. (FS)
THE FIVE SATINS: A Beggar With A Dream/ A Love With No Love In Return/ A Million To One/ A Night Like This/ A Night To Remember/ Again/ All Mine/ Can I Come over Tonight/ Candlelight/ Cry Baby/ Darling I'm Yours/ Dear One/ Do You Remember/ Downtown/ Golden Earrings/ I Didn't Know/ I Got Time/ I'll Be Seeing You/ I'll Get Along/ I'll Remember (In The Still Of The Night)/ I've Lost/ Indian Fever/ Kiss Me/ Love Doll/ Moonlight And I/ Oh Happy Day/ On A Lover's Island/ Our Anniversary/ Our Love Is Forever/ Pretty Baby/ Raining In My Heart/ Rose Mary/ Senorita Lolita/ Shadows/ She's Gone With The Wind/ Skippity Doo/ Sugar/ Tell Me Dear/ The Jones Girl/ The Masquerade Is Over/ The Time/ The Voice/ These Foolish Things/ Till The End/ To The Aisle/ Toni My Love/ True Love/ Weeping Willow/ When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano/ When Your Love Comes Along/ Wish I Had My Baby/ Wishing Ring/ Wonderful Girl/ You Must Be An Angel/ Your Memory

 
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD Acrobat 3142 The Tennessee ERnie Ford Collection, 1949-1961 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 58 tracks, highly recommended
An excellent collection of sides recorded by this distinctive performer for Capitol between 1949 and 1961. 30 of tracks were hits on the U.S. and U.K. country or pop charts including, of course his 1955 classic Sixteen Tons which topped the U.S. country and pop charts. Other hits include Tennessee Border/ Smokey Mountain Boogie/ Anticipation Blues/ Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own (with Kay Starr)/ The Shotgun Boogie/ Mr. and Mississippi/ Blackberry Boogie/ Honeymoon's Over (with Betty Hutton)/ The Ballad Of Davey Crockett and many more. Although the later sides have a strong pop flavor the earlier sides (more than half the tracks here) feature the incredible guitar/steel guitar team of Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West goosing things along. Later sides featured Jack Fascinato's small band that accompanied him on his NBC TV show. Sound is excellent and 24 page booklet has informative notes by Paul Watts and full discographical data. (FS)
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own/ Anticipation Blues/ Black-Eyed Susie/ Blackberry Boogie/ Bless Your Pea Pickin' Heart/ Blues Stay Away From Me (W/ Merle Travis)/ Bright Lights And Blonde Haired Women/ Cincinnati Dancing Pig/ Cool Cool Kisses/ Country Junction/ Dark As A Dungeon/ Don't Start Courtin' In A Hot Rod Ford (W/ Molly Bee)/ Ein Zwei Drei/ Everybody's Got Girl But Me/ False Hearted Girl/ Feed 'Em In The Morning/ First Born/ Give Me Your Word/ Glad Rags/ Hambone/ Hey Good Lookin'/ Hey, Mr. Cotton Picker/ His Hands/ Honeymoon's Over/ I Don't Know/ I'll Never Be Free/ In The Middle Of An Island/ John Henry/ Kentucky Waltz/ Kiss Me Big/ Kissin' Bug Boogie/ Mr. And Mississippi/ Mule Train/ O Mary Don't You Weep/ Ocean Of Tears/ One Suit/ River Of No Return/ Rock And Roll Boogie/ Rock City Boogie/ Rovin' Gambler/ Sixteen Tons/ Smokey Mountain Boogie/ Snowshoe Thompson/ Somebody Bigger Than You Or I/ Stack-O-Lee/ Sunday Barbeque/ Sunny Side Of Heaven/ Tailor Made Woman/ Tennessee Border/ That's All/ The Ballad Of Davy Crockett/ The Cry Of The Wild Goose/ The Shotgun Boogie/ The Strange Little Girl/ The Tennessee Local/ Watermelon Song/ You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry/ You're My Sugar

 
HAWKSHAW HAWKINS Jasmine 3667 The Hawk - Singles Collection ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, strongly recommended
Excellent introduction to the recordings of this country honky tonk baritone crooner recorded between 1947 and 1953 for King Records. He is accompanied by fine small groups with electric guitar, steel guitar, rhythm guitar and sometimes fiddle - personnel varies over the sessions but includes such fine musicians as Zeke Turner, Hank Garland, Jerry Byrd, Louie Innis and others. The set includes hits like Slowpoke/ Doghouse Boogie/ I'm Waiting Just For You and more. A versatile performer Hawkins also does a fine version of the traditional ballad Barbara Ellen as well as covers of R&B hits like Ruth Brown's Teardrops From My Eyes and Lucky Millinder's Loaded With Love. Other tracks include Sunny Side Of The Mountain/ Picking Sweethearts/ I Love The Way You Say Goodnight/ I Hope You're Cryin' Too and others. Sound quality is excellent and there are brief notes. (FS)
HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: A Heartache To Recall/ All Because Of My Jealous Heart/ Barbara Allen/ Blue Skies In Your Eyes/ Doghouse Boogie/ Got You On My Mind/ I Can't Tell My Broken Heart A Lie/ I Hate Myself/ I Hope You're Cryin' Too/ I Love The Way You Say Goodnight/ I Wasted A Nickel/ I'm Kissing Your Picture Counting Tears/ I'm Waiting Just For You/ Kaw-Liga/ Life Lost Its Colour/ Loaded With Love/ Picking Sweethearts/ Shotgun Boogie/ Slow Poke/ Somebody Lied/ Sunny Side Of The Mountain/ Tangled Heart/ Teardrops From My Eyes/ The Longer We're Together/ Two Roads/ Unwanted/ Would You Like To Have A Broken Heart

 
TED HAWKINS Rounder 2024 Watch Your Step** ● CD $16.98
15 tracks, 38 min., essential
This reissue of Hawkins' largely acoustic first album is as fresh sounding today as it was in 1982 when it was issued or 1972 when it was recorded. His voice, part Otis Redding, part Sam Cooke, manages to uplift the spirit even as it describes the misery of children (The Lost Ones) or the dual nature of illness as simultaneously mundane and life threatening (Sorry Your Sick). Hawkins' sense of humor is sometimes displayed openly (TWA/ Who Got My Natural Comb?), sometimes mingled with the bittersweet realities of his and everyone else's life (Peace And Happiness), but never missing. Every song is original, personal, moving, and somehow speaks to that which is fundamentally human--no mean feat. A blessing. (JC)
TED HAWKINS: Bring It Home Dadd/ Don't Lose Your Coo/ I Gave Up All I Ha/ If You Love M/ Peace & Happines/ Put In A Cros/ Sorry You're Sic/ Stay Close To M/ Stop Your Cryin/ Sweet Bab/ The Lost One/ Tw/ Watch Your Step (acoustic/ Watch Your Step (band Version/ Who Got My Natural Comb

 
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS Cicadelic 41169 Shootin' Fire ● CD $18.98
20 tracks, 77 mins, highly recommended
Superb collection of the greatest Texas country bluesman recorded for the infamous Roy Ames. 18 tracks date from 1969 and two from 1961 - both featuring Lightnin' accompanied by piano, bass and drums. About 3/4 of these have appeared over the years on various LPs and CDs but you can throw those out since this is the definitive reissue of those recordings. On previous reissues the rhythm secion was mixed to high and Lightnin's guitar too low, separation between channels resulted in Lighnin' mostly being in one channel and the band mostly in the other. Further, excessive degrees of reverb were added resulting in what sounded like undistinguished recordings. Cicadelic have used the original four track master tapes and remixed for a more natural balance between Lightnin's voice and guitar and the band and avoided use of excessive reverb and the result is like a whole new album with Lightnin's voice close and intimate like it should be and featuring lots of his great electric guitar playing. The songs are a mix of new songs like Born The Bottom/ A Rainy Day In Houston/ My Baby Was Crying For Bread and December 7, 1941 (a particularly powerful and moving song about the bombing or Pearl Harbor) along with reworkings of old favorites like Feel Like Balling The Jack/ Shake That Thing and Shinin' Moon. In addition there are five previously unissued songs which, while not exceptional, are nice to have. The booklet includes brief notes, rare photos of Lightnin' at the sessions and copies of his contract with Ames's company Clarity Music, cancelled checks and a log sheet from ACA studios. (FS)

 
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS & BILLY BIZOR Cicadelic 6869 Wake Up The Dead ● CD $26.98
Two CDs, 38 tracks, 150 mins, strongly recommended
This two CD set features nine more sides from the April 1969 session by Lightnin' featured on Cicadelic 41169 - mostly rehearsals for the songs on the other album including nine minutes of outtakes of Mojo Hand plus the completed take. It also includes a couple of songs that were rehearsed but not completed. It also includes a 12 track session from June 1968 with Lightnin' accompanied by harmonica player Billy Bizor and pianist Elmore Nixon plus bass and drums - many of these tracks have been reissued but again they have been remixed and remastered and sound far better than previous reissues. The second CD and two tracks on the first are devoted to harmonica player Billy Bizor who was Lightnin's cousin. Tracks come from various sessions including a seven track demo session with Billy just accompanied by acoustic and the rest feature him with a small bands. Billy was a fine, if somewhat limited, performer and his tracks are fine though not particularly compelling. (FS)

 
BUDDY JOHNSON & HIS ORCHESTRA Jasmine 822 Rock On! The 100th Anniversary Collection ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 524 tracks, highly recommended
Woodrow Wilson (Buddy) Johnson (1915-1977) will always be remembered for his songs & arrangements, especially on titles like Since I Fell For You (1st covered and made a hit by Paul Gayten and later covered by many other artists), Please, Mr. Johnson, and Fine Brown Fame (a hit for Nellie Lutcher) - all included on this retrospective of recordings cut between 1941 and 1961. As a pianist & band leader, he was an important link between the swing era and early R&B. If the term Big Band Blues belongs to anyone, it belongs to Buddy Johnson. His sister Ella is an early pioneer and influence on R&B divas like LaVern Baker, Ruth Brown and Etta James. She's represented here on half the tracks, including When My Man Comes Home (#1 R&B chart hit )/ Since I Fell For You/ That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch/ Till My Baby Comes Home/ I Don't Want Nobody (To Have My Love But You)/ I'm Tired of Crying Over You and many more. Other vocalists include Buddy himself, Arthur Prysock, Lee Thomas and others but they are less interesting than Ella. There are several superb instrumentals including the wonderful Boogie Woogie's Mother In Law featuring some great steel guitar licks from ex-Louis Jordan sideman Kenneth Hollon and several tracks feature tough sax work from Purvis Hanson. As the 50s progressed Buddy and his orchestra seamlessly transitioned to the more rocking R&B style without sacrificing their musical integrity. A splendid collection with brief notes by Bob Fisher but, unfortunately, no discographical info. (FS)
BUDDY JOHNSON & HIS ORCHESTRA: (Gotta Go) Upside Your Head/ (Ha Ha Baby) The Last Laugh's On You/ A Pretty Girl (A Cadillac And Some Money)/ A Woman, A Lover, A Friend/ As I Love You/ Baby Don't You Cry/ Baby Hear My Humble Plea/ Because (Part 1)/ Because (Part 2)/ Boogie Woogie's Mother In Law/ Bring It Home To Me/ Buddy's Boogie/ Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball/ Don't Fail Me Baby/ Down Yonder/ Far Cry/ Fine Brown Frame/ Get Down On The Road/ Go Ahead And Rock/ Going To New York/ Good Time Man/ Hittin' On Me/ I Ain't Mad With You/ I Don't Care Who Knows/ I Don't Want Nobody (To Have My Love But You)/ I'm Gonna Jump In The River/ I'm Just Your Fool/ I'm Tired Of Cryin' Over You/ It's Obdacious/ Keeping My Love For You/ Let's Beat Out Some Love/ Mush Mouth/ Please Mr Johnson/ Real Fine Frame/ Rock On!/ Since I Fell For You/ Sliding Horns/ Small Taste/ Somehow, Somewhere/ Stand Back And Smile (Say Ella)/ That's How I Feel About You/ That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch/ That's What You Gotta Do/ They All Say I'm The Biggest Fool/ This New Situation/ Til My Baby Comes Back/ Tuke Number One/ Walk 'Em (1959 Version)/ Walk Em (1946 Version)/ When My Man Comes Home/ You Better Change Your Ways/ You Gotta Walk That Chalk Line

 
TRINI LOPEZ Jamine 907 Rock On ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, recommended
Before he hit the big time in 1963 with his pop folk rendition of If I Had A Hammer, Trini Lopez had been on the music scene since the mid 50s and had recorded quite a few times - mostly for Cincinatti's King label but also other labels. This collection has 24 tracks recorded for King between 1959 and 1961 along with a couple of earlier sides for Volk and later sides for DRA. His material is a mix of decent rockers and ballads - nothing really exceptional but Trini was always an engaging singer so it's not really surprising that he eventually was sucessful. This CD extensively duplicates Ace 1314 which came out a few years ago. (FS)

 
JOE MAPHIS Bear Family BCD 16103 Flying Fingers** ● CD $21.98
22 tracks, essential
Joe's brilliant 1955-1960 Columbia instrumentals, the ones that influenced so many rockabillies and surf guitarists are available in their entirety, excluding the far less interesting vocals he recorded with wife Rose Lee Maphis. For good measure, his 1960 single for Gene Autry's Republic label is included. Everything on his 1957 Columbia LP "Fire on the Strings" is issued here for the first time on CD including the song that became Joe's trademark tune, Fire on the Strings can be heard along with Guitar Rock and Roll, Flying Fingers, Town Hall Shuffle, Twin Banjo Special (the weakest song on the record) and the Carter Family's Sweet Fern, appropriate since Joe was a Maybelle Carter disciple. The previously reissued 1957 Maphis-Larry Collins EP is here as well, along with seven instrumentals Joe recorded on spec for Columbia in 1959 and 1960. Check out the terrific color snaps inside showing Joe in his best Western duds. Great notes by Rich Kienzle, who'd interviewed Maphis in in the early 1980s. (AK)

 
GARNET MIMMS Jasmine 945 The Early Years Featuring The Gainors ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, strongly recommended
Although Garnet Mimms' name didn't come into national prominence until he hit the pop and R&B charts in 1963 with his classic Cry Baby his recording career started back in 1953 when he was a member of the gospel group The Norfolk Four. In 1958 he formed the doo wop/ soul group the Gainors along with fellow gospel singer Sam Bell and including future soul giant Howard Tate as second tenor. This CD featuring all the recordings made by the group between 1958 and 1961 for several labels - half of them not being issued until after Garnet hit it big. The earliest sides are pretty much mainstream doo-wop - pretty good but not exceptional. The later 1960/61 sides move in a more soul oriented direction with Garnet's voice becoming muh more expressive and powerful though the string section is a bit intrusive. A most worthwhile set. (FS)

 
REV. LOUIS OVERSTREET Arhoolie 442 With His Sons & Congregation Of St. Lukes Church** ● CD $13.98
16 tracks, 75 mins, highly recommended
Terrifically exciting down home gospel recorded in 1962 at the appropriately named St. Luke's Powerhouse Church Of God In Christ in Phoenix, AZ. Leading the music is Rev. Louis Overstreet who accompanies his ferocious gravelly vocals with electric guitar and bass drums and is joined by his four sons on vocal and tambourines along with members of his congregation. Recorded live at a service these wonderful and important recordings help to preserve an infrequently documented aspect of African-American culture. The material is mostly traditional gopsle songs - I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord/ I'm Working On The Building/ Getting Richer/ Is There Anybody Here Who Loves My Jesus, etc. Some of these recordings were issued some 30 years ago on Arhoolie LP 1014 but this CD is almost double the length with additional recordings from the service plus some moving solo performances recorded at Rev. Overstreet's home where he accompanies himself on acoustic guitar. Excellent sound and informative notes from Chris Strachwitz. (FS)
REV. LOUIS OVERSTREET: A Prayer & I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord/ Believe On Me/ Calling Jesus/ Get Ready, I'm Gonna Move In The Room REV. LOUIS/ Getting Richer/ Holiness Dance/ I'm On My Way/ I'm Working On A Building/ In The Morning (Holiness Dance)/ Is There Anybody Here Who Loves My Jesus?/ Preaching & Jesus Is Able/ Say Seven Prayers/ Search Me, Lord/ Two Little Fishes/ Walk With Me Lord/ Yeah, Lord! Jesus Is Able

 
THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS Gospel Friend 1510 Gospel Boogie - Rare Recordings, 1946-1957 ● CD $17.98
27 tracks, essential
The Pilgrim Travelers were one of the greatest gospel quartets of the 1940s and 50s featuring wonderful acappella close harmony gospel often with heir distinctive walking rhythm. They recorded prolifically and although Specialty has reissued several CDs of their recordings this set mostly consists of tracks previously unreissued on LP or CD and are truly stunning including original and spellbinding versions of such old favorites as Amazing Grace and Sient Night The first 21 tracks recorded for Big Town and Specialty between 1946 and 1956 the lead vocals are taken by the magnificent Kylo Turner or Keith Barber and a couple feature both of them with some gorgeous interplay between the leads. The lovely Grow Closer features a guest lead vocal by the great Brother Joe May. On the latter Specialty sides the group is accompanied by organ or piano and drums but the power of the vocals is little affected. The final six tracks were recorded for Andex in 1957 with several changes in personnel with lead vocals being taken by Lou Rawls and James W. Alexander and with additional instrumentation the sound is more contemporary but the group is still superb. Sound quality is excellent and the 12 page booklet has informative notes by Per Notini. (FS)

 
OLA BELLE REED & OTHERS Dust-To-Digital 040 Ola Belle Reed & Southern Mountain Music ● CD $39.98
Two CD set with 58 tracks along with 256 page clothbound book, essential
The first in depth look at the life and music of this superb performer. Ola Belle Reed, who died in 2002, was a superb Appalachian born singer, banjo player and songwriter. Ola Belle started performing in the late 30s and in the 40s formed the band The New River Boys with her brother Alex Campbell and recorded a bluegrass album for Starday in 1963. The 24 tracks on disc one were record by folklorist Henry Glassie between 1966 and 1968 who had been impressed by seeing her with the band at a concert in 1966 and were the first of Ola Belle as a solo performer. Ola Belle was a rough hewn and intense vocalist and fine songwriter who forged real life experiences into music styled with determination, family tradition and commanding presence. Her repertoire was a mix of traditional songs, old country favorite and original songs that have a timelessness to them and these recordings include the first recording of her wonderful I've Endured - a song that has been covered by country and bluegrass artists. Ola Belle's legacy has certainly endured and the second disc features 34 songs recorded in 2009 by musicians continuing Ola Belle's tradition including her son David Reed, nephew Hugh Campbell and her good friends Burton DeBusk and Linda Weaver. They perform songs associated with or written by Ola Belle along with other songs popular in the area along the Mason Dixon line where Ola Belle and her family had settled and shows that the tradition is still alive and well with some exceptional performances. The book by folklorists Henry Glassie and Cliff Garner provides a biography of Ola Belle's life, music and influence along with a discussion of every track on the CDs along with several dozen photographs including some great early ones of Ola Belle. Another indispensible release from Dust-To-Digital. (FS)
DISK 1: ALEX CAMPBELL, OLA BELLE REED AND BURL KILBY: Bringing in the Georgia Mail/ OLA BELLE REED AND BURL KILBY: Black Jack Davy/ I've Always Been a Rambler/ Kitty Wells/ The Miller's Will/ The Worried Man Blues/ OLA BELLE REED AND JOHN MILLER: Amazing Grace/ OLA BELLE REED: Absalom My Son, My Son/ All the Dark Places/ The Worried Man Blues/ Train 45/ Uncloudy Day/ Undone in Sorrow/ OLA BELLE REED, ALEX CAMPBELL AND JOHN MILLER: John Hardy/ My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountain/ OLA BELLE REED, BURL KILBY AND JOHN MILLER: I'm Going Through/ I've Endured (Take 1)/ I've Endured (Take 2)/ Single Girl/ Six Feet of Earth/ The Ranger's Command/ You Led Me to the Wrong/ OLA BELLE REED, JOHN MILLER AND BURL KILBY: Big Kid's Barroom/ The Orphan Girl DISK 2: BURL KILBY: Cumberland Gap/ High on a Mountain/ Sally Goodin/ Turkey in the Straw/ The Buzzard and the Monkey/ The Pussycat and the Bulldog/ DANNY PAISLEY, RYAN PAISLEY, T.J. LUNDY: I'm Longing for a Love I'll Never Know/ My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains/ The Old Swinging Bridge/ New River Train/ DAVE REED: 1,000 Light Years Away/ John Hardy/ John Hardy-John Henry/ Plucking the Strings/ Preacher and the Bear/ Simple Man/ DEBUSK-WEAVER FAMILY WITH DAVE REED: Six Hours on the Cross/ DEBUSK-WEAVER FAMILY WITH HUGH CAMPBELL: I Feel Like Traveling On/ Leave It There/ HUGH CAMPBELL: Boxes Full of Memories/ Father, Listen/ Fiddle on the Wall/ Footprints Left Below/ Story of Tom Moore, the Gravedigger/ Undone in Sorrow/ HUGH CAMPBELL & DAVE REED: The Butcher Boy/ RYAN PAISLEY, T.J. LUNDY, DANNY PAISLEY: Salt Creek/ Cherokee Shuffle/ Ryestraw/ Rachel/ ZANE AND HUGH CAMPBELL: Stolen Love/ ZANE AND HUGH CAMPBELL, DAVE REED, THE DEBUSK-WEAVER FAMILY: Over in the Gloryland/ ZANE CAMPBELL: Cherokee Eyes/ Family Graveyard

 
CARL SMITH Acrobat 3129 The Complete U.S. Hits, 1951-1962 ● CD $16.98
Superb two CD set with 50 tracks from this outstanding honky tonk singer recorded between 1951 and 1962 - all of them making the Billboard country charts including five No. 1s - Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way/ Don't Just Stand There/ Are You Teasing Me?/ Hey Joe and Loose Talk with most of the other placing in the top ten.
CARL SMITH: (When You Feel Like You're in Love) Don't Just Stand There/ Air Mail to Heaven/ Are You Teasing Me/ Back Up Buddy/ Before I Met You/ Cut Across Shorty/ Do I Like It'/ Dog-Gone It, Baby, I'm in Love/ Don't Tease Me/ Doorstep to Heaven/ Go, Boy, Go/ Guess I've Been Around Too Long/ Hey Joe/ I Feel Like Cryin'/ I've Changed/ If Teardrops Were Pennies/ If the World Don't End Tomorrow (I'm Comin' After You)/ It's All My Heartache/ It's a Lovely, Lovely World/ Just Wait 'Til I Get You Alone/ Kisses Don't Lie/ Kisses Never Lie/ Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way/ Let's Live a Little/ Loose Talk/ Make the Waterwheel Roll/ More Than Anything Else in the World/ Mr. Moon/ No, I Don't Believe I Will/ Old Lonesome Times/ Orchids Mean Goodbye/ Our Honeymoon/ Satisfaction Guaranteed/ Ten Thousand Drums/ That's the Kind of Love I'm Looking For/ The Best Dressed Beggar (In Town)/ The Best Years of Your Life/ There She Goes/ Things That Mean the Most/ Tomorrow Night/ Trademark/ Wait a Little Longer Please, Jesus/ Walking the Slow Walk/ Why, Why/ Wicked Lies/ You Are the One/ You Can't Hurt Me Anymore/ You Make Me Live Again/ You're Free to Go/ Your Name Is Beautiful

 
STUFF SMITH Progressive PCD 7053 The 1943 Trio** ● CD $15.98
16 tracks, 39 min. essential
This session, recorded on November 17, 1943 in Chicago by Milt Gabler (of Commodore fame) as part of the World Broadcasting System Jam Session Series, reveals itself as an incredible treasure-trove of jazz. Smith, a much-underrated violinist, is accompanied by Jimmy Jones on piano and John Levy on bass and radiates singularly effortless swing on every single cut. His stylish intros, offhand quotes and exuberant upper-register fiddling are absolutely marvelous. Smith is coolly backed by Jones (perhaps best known for his later work with Ella) and Levy; the former an accomplished accompanist, the latter unobtrusive but rock steady. Wonderful sound because the tapes have been remastered by audio ace Jack Towers. Loving liner notes by Frank Driggs. Need I say more? An absolutely essential document! (PL)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 242 The Dootone Story - Vol. 1** ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Dootsie Williams put out some of the finest L.A. and Bay Area doo-wop during the 50's, and this collection fairly represents some of the best. Also included are Roy Milton and Chuck Higgins at their rockingest. Standouts are Be Fair by Oakland's own Pipes, Magic Mountain by The Medallions, Wet Back Hop by Chuck Higgins and Roy Milton's You Got Me Reelin' & Rockin' . Fellow warblers are The Crescendos, Silks, Meadowlarks, Calvanes and Romancers. The Ace LP this CD is based upon has been supplemented here by The Penguins' Earth Angel, Willie Headen, The Cufflinx, and additional tracks by these artists. (OLN)
THE CALVANES: Flee Oo Wee/ THE CRESCENDOS: Baby Doll/ Ding A Ling/ THE CUFFLINX: Guided Missiles/ So Tough/ CLEVE DUNCAN & THE PENGUINS: Please Mr Junkman/ VERNON GREEN & THE MEDALLIONS: Buick '59/ Magic Mountain/ Speedin'/ WILLIE HEADEN: Let Me Cry/ CHUCK HIGGINS: Here I'm Is/ Tonky Honk/ Wet Back Hop/ DON JULIAN & THE MEADOWLARKS: Boogie Woogie Teenage/ Heaven And Paradise/ I Got Tore Up/ CHARLES MCCULLOUGH & THE SILKS: My Girl/ ROY MILTON & HIS ORCHESTRA: I Can't Go On/ You Got Me Reelin' And Rockin'/ THE PENGUINS: Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)/ THE PIPES: Be Fair/ THE ROMANCERS: Jump And Hop

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 684 Ernie's Record Mart** ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 62 minutes, essential
John D. "John R." Richbourg, who opens this CD & is on the cover, is considered one of the pre-eminent Nashville DJs, along with Bill "Hoss" Allen (1922-1997), Herman Grizzard (1900-1971) and Gene Nobles (1913-1989). It wasn't just their voices (and 'hep-cat' talk) that made them famous, it was the music they played on the air. This CD is an example of the music. Daniel Cooper, in his excellent notes, outlines John R.'s involvement with Ernie Young's Excello label and primary outlet, Ernie's Record Mart. Opening with the often-covered but never equalled version of I Miss You So (Lillian Offitt,'57), the program also includes the 1955 #2 R&B hit by Louis Brooks, It's Love Baby (with 19 year-old vocalist Earl Gaines). Smack dab in the middle of the CD is an infectious 1956 instrumental The Hot Patoto by Guitar Red (aka Paul Johnson) which I'll guarantee you you'll want to press the repeat button, and not just once. Ace has also included the original version of one the great early black rock 'n roll records - Rudy Green's My Mumblin' Baby (1955) - which some of us have heard by Barrence Whitfield. Other highlights - and their are many - include unissued tracks like the early soul title Have You Ever (by Eddie Williams) and Ralph Harris' Slim Zilard that someone should cover. With 5 unissued tracks & compiled by John Broven & Dave Sax, this is a "Run, Don't Walk - Don"T Even Stop For A Red Light!" CD purchase (EL)
JIMMIE BIRDSONG: Oh How I Tried/ LARRY BIRDSONG: Pleadin' For Love/ LOUIS BROOKS: It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)/ LATTIMORE BROWN: Got Plenty Troubles/ It Hurts Me So/ Somebody's Gonna Miss Me/ CHUCK BROWN (KING KARL): Out Of Darkness/ AL GARNER: Gonna Stop My Drinkin'/ You Must Be Crazy/ RUDY GREEN: Cool Lovin' Mama/ My Mumblin' Baby/ GUITAR RED: The Hot Potato/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Hear My Plea Baby/ We're Gonna Shake/ RALPH HARRIS WITH SKIPPY BROOKS: Slim Lizard/ TED JARRETT: Love, Love, Love/ JOHN R: John R Theme/ KID KING'S COMBO WITH GOOD ROCKIN' SAM: Now Listen Baby/ JERRY MCCAIN & HIS UPSTARTS: My Next Door Neighbor/ LILLIAN OFFITT: Miss You So/ THE SOLOTONES: Front Page Blues/ Pork And Beans/ SUGAR AND SWEET: I'll Be Good/ EDDIE WILLIAMS: Have You Ever/ It's Love Pretty Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDTOP 1455 Love And Affection - More Motown Girls ● CD $21.98
A follow up to "Finders Keepers: Motown Girls, 1961-1967" (ace CDTOP 1364 - $21.98) this presents another great collection of female artists from Motown's roster of artist. Except for a few tracks available as downloadable mp3s all the tracks here are previously unissued and includes sides by Brenda Holloway, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Lewis Sisters, Hattie Littles, Connie Haines, Barbara McNair, Rita Wright and more.
LABRENDA BEN: Fugitive/ Just Go On Sleeping/ CHRIS CLARK: Check Yourself/ Forgotten/ DEBBIE DEAN: I Can't Make It Without You/ YVONNE FAIR: Close My Crying Eyes/ LINDA GRINER: Envious (Fast Version)/ CONNIE HAINES: Mr Pride And Mr Gloom/ OMA HEARD: Momma Tried To Warn Me/ BRENDA HOLLOWAY: Lonely Teardrops/ Reassure Me That You Love Me/ GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: Any Girl In Love (Knows What I'm Going Through)/ The Things Time Can't Erase/ LIZ LANDS: Midnight Johnny (Early Version)/ THE LEWIS SISTERS: Many Good Times/ HATTIE LITTLES: Now That Love Is Gone/ THE LOLLIPOPS: Go For Yourself/ THE MARVELETTES: Girls Need Love And Affection/ BARBARA MCNAIR: Come Back Half Way/ The Good Times Are Gone/ BARBARA RANDOLPH: My Love Is Your Love (Forever)/ MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS: Mother Tell Me What To Do/ This Is The Love (I've Been Waiting For)/ KIM WESTON: Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)/ RITA WRIGHT: Give Back The Good Things

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACMCD 4210 Texas Gospel, Vol. 2 - Be What You Are ● CD $13.98 $9.98
Acrobat's second collection of gospel quartet singing (other volumes not available) recorded for the Duke and Peacock labels features 24 tracks from 1953 and '54 - most making their first appearance on CD - classic recordings from The Christland Singers, Southern Tones, Sunset Travelers, Mid South Singers, Heaven Bound Four, Southern Wonders and The Christian Travelers.
THE CHRISTIAN TRAVELLERS: Make More Room For Jesus In Your Heart/ Oh What A Saviour/ Only A Pilgrim/ Well Done/ THE CHRISTLAND SINGERS: Am I Too Close/ Keep Me Pt. 1/ Keep Me Pt. 2/ Someday Somewhere/ THE HEAVEN BOUND FOUR: I'm Giving Up This World/ There's A Hand Gone Before/ THE MID SOUTH SINGERS: Lord Come And See Me/ Will Meet You In The Morning/ THE SOUTHERN TONES: Be What You Are/ I'm Going On In His Name/ It Must Be Jesus/ Just A Closer Walk With Thee/ My Mind On Jesus/ The Dying Sinner/ THE SOUTHERN WONDERS: How Much More Can I Bear/ I'll Fly Away/ THE SUNSET TRAVELLERS: I'm Building A Home/ My Number Will Be Changed/ Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down/ Yes Yes I've Done My Duty

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cord International 24000 Vintage Hawaiian Treasures, Vol. 7 - Slack Key Guitar** ● CD $15.98
20 tracks, 56 min, essential
Fabulous set of the first 20 recorded slack key guitar songs and instrumentals, performed for Bell, 49th State, & Aloha Records from 1946-50. Most were B sides on 45s & 78s whose sales & airplay was minimal, but reflected a grassroots Hawaiian music that has grown to worldwide importance. This subtle, intimate music, based on various open guitar tunings and unique Hawaiian chants, was given complex and soulful expression by such masters as the great Gabby Pahinui, George "Keoki" Davis, George Kaapana, Tommy Blaisdell, a.o. Gabby contributes 2 versions of Hi'ilawe, a part of which leads off his 1972 LP, Gabby, as well as 3 other exciting songs. Other highlights include Abraham Konanui's rollicking Hawaiian Melody & Maui Serenade, both delicious duets, and Tommy Blaisdell's barrelhousing Mokihana Slack Key, as well as George & Tina Kaapana's (parents to Ledward & Nedward) fine version of Punalu'u. With fine notes from Harry Soria, Jay Junker, and George Winston. Kudos all around. (JMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 8071 Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs From The 1930s ● CD $34.98
Three CDs, 147 tracks, highly recommended
The latest in Document's old time country series is a three CD set with 147 tracks featuring mostly fiddle tunes along with some songs and banjo instrumentals collected in Mississippi in 1939 for the Library of Congress by folklorist Herbert Halpert. It includes solo performances, performances with guitar accompaniment and some have someone beating straws on the instrument to provide rhythm accompaniment. There are a dozen different performers here and, as far as I know, none of them recorded commercially - W.E. Claunch, John Alexander Brown, Hardy C. Sharp, Horace Kinard being among the artists featured here. As you may gather from the number of tracks many of the performances are very short though there are many fine and spirited performances. Although ot as well researched as Mississippi blues it is clear from these recordings and the relatively small number of commercial recordings made in the state that there was a significant and exciting white old time music scene too. Sound quality is generally fine though due to technical problems with original recordings amd deterioration of original acetates some are finer than others. The 12 page booklet had brief notes and full discographical details including keys and tunings. A more in depth look at these recordings can be found in the book "Mississipi Fiddle Tunes And Songs From The 1930s" by Harry Bolick & Stephen T. Austin published by the University Press of Mississippi. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital 044 Excavated Shellac: Strings ● CD $13.98
17 tracks, highly recommended
Mesmerizing performances from the four corners of the world played on stringed instruments and recorded and released 78-RPM records circa 1920-1950. The music is incredibly varied and we hear performances on the tar from Armeniia, acoustic guitar from the Congo, vocal accomapnied by three stringed lute from Georgia, a heartbreaking violin solo from Iran, harp music from Paraguay, hardanger fiddle from Norway, a fretless lute solo from Lebanon, vocal and five strng guitar from Panama and much more. Sound quality is superb and the set includes a 20-page booklet featuring rare photos, graphics from the 78-RPM era, and extensive liner notes by compiler Jonathan Ward, founder and author of the acclaimed Excavated Shellac website. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital 047 Joe Bussard Presents: The Year Of Jubilo ● CD $13.98
19 tracks, 58 mins, highly recommended
Terrific collection of recordings from from the collection of leading 78 rpm collector Joe Bussard featuring recordings from the 1920s and 30s of Civil War songs and tunes. Includes performances by Ernest Stoneman (his wonderful Pass Around The Bottle is better known as John Brown's Body), The Red Mountain Trio (a great version of one of the most well known Civil War songs - Dixie with fine steel guitar from Jimmy Yates), Ward & Winfield, Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, Henry C. Gilliland and A. C. (Eck) Robertson, The McGee Brothers & Todd (one of two version of the title song), and others including one track from 1974 by Cherry Lane Express - a group led by Bussard on mandolin doing Rebel's Hornpipe which fits here perfectly. Sound quality is superb and the set includes 36-page booklet. with introductory essay on music in the Civil War by Kevin Fontenot and notes on the performers by early country music expert Tony Russell. It's a shame they couldn't have added half a dozen more performances but, as it stands, it's a superb collection. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Folk Legacy 132 Irish Songs From Old New England ● CD $16.98
Not a new release but not listed before. A fine 19 track collection of traditional Irish songs collected from emigres to the New England states between 1930 and 1960. Drawn from over 4,500 songs ths features performances by American Canadian, English and Irish performers including Frank Harte, Len Graham, Gordon Bok, Robbie O'Connell, Bob Conroy, Louis Killen and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 439 Lost Without You - The Best of Kent Ballads, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
The "Best Of Kent Ballads" CD series covers the whole of the soul era and most genres. This volume has a particularly impressive 20-year span, ranging from the mournful New Orleans-recorded Turquinettes' 1962 track Take Another Look to the early 80s quiet-storm groove of Jimmys Scott's Sure Thing enhanced by electronic instrumentation. Further contrast comes from the sophisticated orchestration of Lorraine Chandler's title track, representative of the northern USA cities' approach to recording a slower number, and the sparser raw-gut emotion of Joe Mayfield's How's Things With You, typical soul from the south. 10 tracks here are previously unissued and most of the other are incredibly rare including Eddie Parker's Crying Clown which fetches $10,000 for an original! Other artists include The Turn Arounds, J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels, The Exotics, Peggy Gaines and more.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 440 Dave Hamilton's Detroit Soul Volume 2 ● CD $18.98
Complementing Kent 356 ($18.98) this is the second collection of blues, R&B, gospel, funk and jazz recorded at the Detroit studios of Dave Hamilton. Half were released on local small labels and the rest are previously unissued. It includes sides by Chico and Buddy, Simon Barbee & The Barbabes, Rita DuShay, Tobi Lark, The Del-phis, Carolyn Franklin, The Morning After and others.
ANXIETY: Love Me or Leave Me/ SIMON BARBEE & THE BARBABES: Showdown Part 1/ CHICO & BUDDY: Party Time/ BOBBIE DEE: Mister Fireman/ THE DEL-PHIS: It Takes Two/ GLEMIE (BLUE BOY) DERRELL & THE DETROIT DYNAMITE BLUES BOY: Four O'Clock Blues/ RITA DUSHAY: Steal Away Tonight/ THE DYNAMICS: Surely/ CAROLYN FRANKLIN: Packing/ DAVE HAMILTON: Cracklin' Bread w Vocals/ When I Say Groove/ I'm Shooting High/ JT'S RHYTHM BAND: My Sweet Baby (Inst.)/ BUDDY LAMP AKA PRESBERRY: Somebody Is Wrong/ TOBI LARK: Challenge My Love Extended Version/ LITTLE ANN: I Gotta Have You/ LITTLE STEVIE & THE SENSATIONAL REYNOLDS: Moving on/ FREDDIE MANGUM: The Dreamer/ NIGHTCHILL: Love Don't Let Me Down/ ELAINE PORTER: Must Have Had Company/ PROPHET & THE DISCIPLES: You Fool, You Fooled Me (PT 1)/ JIMMY SCOTT: Remember Me/ THE TOKAYS: Marriage Is Only a State of Mind/ O.C. TOLBERT: All I Want Is You (Long Rap Version)/ Love Bandit

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Stax 8612 Windy City Blues ● CD $11.98 $7.98
17 tracks, highly recommended
The main reason to get this set are for the four previously unissued tracks by Albert King record at a demo session in Chicago in 1970. Produced by Willie Dixon, Albert is backed by an excellent group including Matt Murphy & Mighty Joe Young on guitars, Phil Upchurch on bass, Lafayette Leake on piano and Morris Jennings on drums with an excellent horn section dubbed on later. Albert is in top form with powerful vocals and some stunning guitar, particularly on the opening track The Lovin'est Woman In Town. The rest of the tracks, all fine performances, are from sessions recorded between 1960 and '64 for Prestige and most have been out before on CD including Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, Billy Boy Arnold and Sunnyland Slim plus three unissued alternate takes by Homesick James from his "Blues From The South Side" album which are not dramatically different from the issued versions but are nice to have. Includes informative notes by Lee Hildebrand. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Yazoo 2024 Jazz The World Forgot, Vol. 1** ● CD $16.98
23 tracks, 67 mins, highly recommended
A wonderful selection of mostly 1920s jazz, ranging from the well-known (King Oliver's Jazz Band, Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers) to the almost unknown (Louis Dumaine's Jazzola Eight, Roy Johnson's Happy Pals). The music, taken from both acoustic & electrical recordings, sounds great (well, there is a tiny bit of needle noise to lend an air of authenticity), the selections are wonderful. In fact, the only thing I find fault in is the packaging - there's no recording dates, personnel listing or original label info. There's some brief info on Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orch - She's Sweeter Than Sugar, but nothing to tell you that in a few years this would be the Count Basie Orch., or that Mojo Strut by The Pickett-Parham Apollo Syncopaters include the great reed player Junie Cobb. But you do get to hear Punch Miller on Somebody Stole My Gal with Frankie Franko & His Louisianians & Sydney DeParis with Charlie Johnson & His Paradise Band on The Boy In The Boat. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Yazoo 2025 Jazz The World Forgot, Vol. 2** ● CD $16.98
23 tracks, 69 mins, highly recommended
Another wonderful bunch of very rare sides in great sound quality, perhaps even hotter than Vol 1, starting strong with Auburn Ave Stomp by J. Neal Montgomery & His Orch, & not letting up till the final tune, White Ghost Shivers by The New Orleans Owls, is over. Again as with Vol 1, the only fault I can find is that there isn't enough info. For example, it isn't mentioned that Thomas Morris's bands often featured Ellingtonians & that The Mess by His Seven Hot Babies features the great Tricky Sam Nanton along with Wellman Braud from Duke's band, or that Ellingtonian Lawrence Brown is mentioned as trombonist & vocalist on The Ramble by Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders, but not that its drummer is Lionel Hampton!. But you do get Louis Armstrong with King Olier's Jazz Band on Sobbin' Blues, Sidney Bechet with Clarence William's Blue Five on Wild Cat Blues & rarities by Bennett's Swamplanders, Dixon's Jazz Maniacs & The Whoopee Makers. (GM)

 
REVEREND KM WILLIAMS Dialtone 0022 When I Rise** ● CD $15.98
13 tracks, highly recommended
Exciting collection of gospel and blues from Texas singer/ guitarist Reverend KM Williams. Williams, who was born in 1956 started playing music in the 1960s and was inspired by the music of a varied selection of artists including John Lee Hooker, Blind Willie Johnson and R.L. Burnside. Williams' style is a bit reminiscent of the Mississippi Hill Country blues artists with his fairly simple tunes and repetitive distorted guitar riffs backed mostly by just percussion accompaniment. Most of the songs are Williams originals and many of the gospel tunes feature vocal accompaniments from Blue Lisa and Andrea Dawson who join Williams in call and response mode. A few cuts feature Williams playing some powerful slide guitar. Bluesman Hash Brown joins in on guitar on a couple of cuts and harmonica on a couple of others to great effect. (FS)

 
BILLY JACK WILLS Joaquin 2503 Billy Jack Wills & His Western Swing Band** ● CD $15.98
19 tracks, 46 min. essential
This wasn't Bob Wills's swing, but a next- generation style that took into account such postwar phenomena as bebop and urban jump blues. The band, based at Bob Wills's Wills Point Ballroom in Sacramento, owned the town before Bob snatched it away in 1954. They recorded for 4-Star, but nothing there matched this material, recorded to fill in on the band's daily KFBK radio show when they were out of town. With Billy Jack and Tiny Moore vocalizing (Tiny doing the lion's share here), and Tiny using the arranging skills he'd learned in the Texas Playboys, they created synergy with steel guitar kid whiz Vance Terry that drove the band as hard as Billy Jack's drumming. The numbers here have an unrelenting energy, from Lonesome Hearted Blues and an instrumental version of the old big-band fave Dipsy Doodle that sounds even better here though George Morrow's capable remastering than it did on the first album. Tiny does Willie Mabon's I Don't Know proud and such big band chestnuts as Tuxedo Junction, Summit Ridge Drive and C Jam Blues let the band stretch out. The album has one track from the second BJ Wills Western LP (Steel Guitar Stomp) and two unheard gems. Billy Jack's Get Along Home Cindy takes another old Playboy favorite in different directions and Caravan, propelled by Dick McComb's hot trumpet, are worthy additions. Rich Kienzle's original liner notes (part of which were reproduced without credit on the TRG 505105 Wills reissue) have been expanded and updated. Now, all Joaquin, home of Ray Condo and one of the hottest new labels on the West Coast for a long time, has to do is give us an expanded version of "Crazy, Man, Crazy!" the second Billy Jack LP, and all will be well. (AK)
BILLY JACK WILLS: Air Mail Special/ Basin Street Blues/ Blue Guitar Stomp/ C Jam Blues/ Caravan/ Dipsy Doodle/ Get Along Home Cindy/ I Don't Know/ Johnson Rag/ Lonesome Hearted Blues/ Mr. Cotton Picker/ Roch City Boogie/ St. Louis Blues/ Steel Guitar Stomp/ Summit Ridge Drive/ Teardrops From My Eyes/ Tuxedo Junction/ Twin Guitar Special/ Woodchapper's Ball

 
LINK WRAY Ace CDCHD 1460 Early Recordings/ Good Rockin' Tonight ● CD $18.98
This CD reissues two early Ace LPs originally issued in 1978 and 1983 plus one bonus cut - a wild instrumental rendition of The Beatles Please Please Me that was not originally issued. In total this disc features 29 early tracks by the guitar master recorded for Cadence and Swan between 1958 and 1964. It includes the original of his classic Rumble plus the 1963 remake along with other gems like Ace of Spades/ Jack The Ripper/ The Shadow Knows/ The Black Widow/ Mr. Guitar/ Good Rockin' Tonight/ Heartbreak Hotel/ Run Boy Run/ Hound Dog and more.

 
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