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.



BIG MAYBELLE Not Now 603 The Very Best of Big Maybelle ● CD $11.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
The most extensive currently available collection of the vintage recordings of this great gravel voiced blues belter features a great cross section of her recordings cut for OKeh, Savoy and Brunswick between 1952 and 1962. Whether singing a funky blues like My Big Mistake with Mickey Baker on guitar or covering Johnnie Ray's Cry with orchestral accompaniment it all comes out as pure Big Maybelle. It includes all her big R&B hits from this period - Gabbin' Blues with the great answering vocals of Rose Marie McCoy, Way Back Home, My Country Man and Candy plus lots of other great cuts like Don't Leave Poor Me/ I Don't Want To Cry/ One Monkey Don't Stop The Show/ Pitiful/ Going Home Baby and many more. Sound quality is fine and there are brief notes by Fred Dellar. (FS)
BIG MAYBELLE: A Good Man Is Hard To Find/ A Little Bird Told Me/ Ain't No Use/ All Of Me/ Baby, Won't You Please Come Home/ Blues, Early Early/ Candy/ Candy (Alt. Ver.)/ Cry/ Don't Leave Poor Me/ Everybody's Got A Home But Me/ Gabbin' Blues/ Going Home Baby/ How Deep Is The Ocean/ How It Lies/ I Can't Give You Anything But Love/ I Could Make You Care/ I Don't Want To Cry/ I Still Care/ I Understand/ I got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)/ I'll Close My Eyes/ I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright/ I've Got A Feeling/ If/ If I Could Be With You/ It's A Sin To Tell A Lie/ Jim/ Jinny Mule/ Just Want Your Love/ Maybelle's Blues/ My Big Mistake/ My Country Man/ One Monkey Don't Stop No Show/ Pitiful/ Rain Down Rain/ Ramblin' Blues/ Ring Dang Dilly/ Rock House/ Say It Isn't So/ So Long/ Some Of These Days/ Stay As Sweet As You Are/ That's A Pretty Good Love/ Tortured/ Until The Real Thing Comes Along/ Way Back Home/ What More Can A Woman Do/ Why Was I Born/ You'll Never Know

CLARENCE CARTER Kent CDKEND 444 This Is Clarence Carter/ The Dynamic Clarence Carter ● CD $18.98
29 tracks, very highly recommended
In their ongoing diligent reassessment of R&B singer/songwriter Clarence Carter, Kent have followed their previous two collections of his Fame singles (Kent 376 and Kent 407 - $18.98 each) with this two LPs on one CD comprised of Carter's first two albums, "This is Clarence Carter" (1968) and "The Dynamic Clarence Carter" (1969). The first set was released to cash in on his singles successes during '66 and '67 and has the benefit of two years' worth of material to draw from; the result is a strong album that, in addition to the hits Slip Away, Looking For a Fox, and Thread the Needle, has covers of the Johnny Rivers/Jim Webb number Do What You Gotta Do, Jimmy Hughes' I'm Qualified, and Art Freeman's Slipping Around, as well as a couple of Carter originals, I Can't See Myself and Wind it Up. Despite the high quality of the material, This is Clarence Carter didn't sell very well; ironically, it was the rushed follow up LP that did much better in the charts. "The Dynamic Clarence Carter" contains the only new material that Carter had at the time, including the follow-up to Slip Away, Too Weak to Fight, its' B-Side Let Me Comfort You, and a couple of older B-Sides-That Old Time Feeling and Road of Love-so the remainder of the album had to be filled out with covers. Top of the heap among the covers is a show stopping version of Etta James' I'd Rather Go Blind, followed by Mann & Weil's You've Been a Long Time Coming and a sultry version of Jimmy Hughes' Steal Away. As an extra added bonus it's worth noting the guitar work on Road of Love and Weekend Love, is by none other than the late great Duane Allman. And if the original albums aren't enough to whet the appetite, there's always the five bonus tracks recorded during 1966-67, of which I'm Happy-Go-Lucky and Take Me, Use Me are the picks to click. So, in sum, the gang at Kent have done it again in presenting us with further evidence of the exceptional artistry of Clarence Carter. (GMC)

LEW CHILDRE B.A.C.M. 510 The Boy From Alabam ● CD $14.98
23 tracks, recommended
Lew Childre was an engaging singer and steel guitarist who had a lengthy career - most of the time as an entertainer rather than as a recording artist. He sang mostly old favorites like Wagon Yard/ Fishing Blues/ Strawberry Roan/ Wreck Of The Old '97. The first five tracks on this collection were recorded in 1936 and find him accompanying himself with his own guitar. Most of the rest come from a 1961 session for Starday with a small group with Lew's style not having changed at all in the ensuing 25 years. The results are pleasant, if not particularly compelling. (FS)
LEW CHILDRE: Alabama Home/ Alabamy Bound This Train/ Blue Ridge Mountain Blues/ Everybody's Fishin'/ Fishing Blues/ George Colum/ Hang Out The Front Door Key/ Hang Out The Front Door Key 2/ Hog Callin' Blues/ Horsie Keep Your Tail Up/ I'm Heading For The Blue Horizon/ Lew's Theme Southern Hospitality/ Little Joe The Wrangler/ Moonshine Blues/ Mountain Feudin'/ My Dream Of The USA/ Rock My Little Baby To Sleep/ Strawberry Roan/ Wagon Yard/ When My Louie Sings His Yodel-Laddy Hoo/ When The Sweet Azalias Are Blooming/ When They Baptized Sister Lucy Lee/ Wreck Of The Old 97

ZEKE CLEMENTS B.A.C.M. 507 The Dixie Yodeler ● CD $14.98
In spite of the album title there is very little yodeling to be heard here. Clements was an easy going country crooner and most of the tracks here are from the period 1945 through 1955. There is also one track from 1937 which is a duet with Texas Ruby where they do some duet yodeling.
ZEKE CLMENTS: Baby What' cha Doin' Tonight/ Clicking Castanets/ Darlin' Rose Malone/ Everyday Should Be Mother's Day/ Girl That Done Me Wrong/ Guitar Waltz/ Honest I'm Honest With You/ I Dreamed I Spent Christmas In Heaven/ I Love The Name Of Jesus/ I Wanted To But I Didn't Know How/ I'll Have To Live And Learn/ I've Got A Lot To Learn/ I've Tried To Forget You/ If I'd Known/ Just Look At You Now/ Lonesome World/ Louisiana/ Me And My Loud Mouth/ Poor Man's Paradise/ Price I Paid For Loving You/ Pride Of The Prairie/ Texas Swing/ Thank You Lord/ There's Poison In Your Heart/ Where The Sweet Blue Bonnets Grow/ Won't Cha Love Me

LINK DAVIS Rev-Ola CRREV 252 Gumbo Yaya: The Best Of Link Davis, 1948-1958 ● CD $15.98 $9.98
30 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
Now that's Cajun music! It's also Country, Western Swing, Rhythm & Blues, Jump Blues, Rockabilly, and Rock 'n' Roll. Needless to say this collection covers a long and varied career of a very enigmatic artist. As a solo artist Link Davis is best known for his composition and original recording of Big Mamou. As a musician he is best known for his saxophone playing on the Big Bopper's Chantilly Lace. Starting off playing fiddle, sax and other instruments in Western Swing outfits like Texas Wanderers, Blue Bonnet Playboys, etc, Davis soon evolved into a solo artist who would record Cajun music: Big Mamou/ Hey Garcon!/ Cajun Love/ Kajalena, Country: Falling For You/ Time Will Tell, Rhythm & Blues: Joe Turner/ Have You Heard The News/ Grasshopper, then Rock'N'Roll like: Grasshopper Rock/ Don't Big Shot Me/ Sixteen Chicks, and many more. Not only performing, but writing in each style, Davis is the songwriter on about 3/4ths of the songs in the collection. He never comes across as somebody cashing in on tends, but a truly expansive artist able to create in many genres. Along the way Link would also become a renowned session player whose work anybody reading this would have heard. The liner notes give you an overview, but clearly there could be a whole book about Link Davis and his long and crazy career. (JM)
LINK DAVIS: Big Mamou/ Bon-ton-ru-la (let The Good Times Roll/ Cajun Love/ Cockroach/ Crawfish Crawl/ Don't Big Shot Me/ Every Time I Pass Your Door/ Falling For You/ Grasshopper/ Grasshopper Rock/ Gumbo Ya-ya (everybody Talks At Once)/ Have You Heard The News/ Hey, Garcon!/ Joe Turner/ Kajalena/ Lonely Heart/ Mama Say No/ Mamou Waltz/ Pretty Little/ Rice & Gravy Blues/ Rice & Gravy Boogie/ San Antonio Blues/ Sixteen Chicks/ Slippin' And Slidin' Sometimes/ Time Will Tell/ Trucker From Tennessee/ Va T'cacher (go Hide Yourself)/ You Played Around/ You Show Up Missing/ You're Little But You're

JOE ELY Rack 'Em 004 LIve Chicago 1987 ● CD $17.98
10 tracks, 55 mins, highly recommended
Joe Ely was alt. country before the genre had a name with his mixture of country, rock and folk. Arguably he was at his best in the mid 1980s with a succession of great songs and his best band with powerful electric guitar from Jimmy Grissom and searing tenor sax from Bobby Keyes. This set, recorded live in Chcago in 1987 is from around the same time as his two fabulous albums recorded for Hightone and about half the songs are from the those albums like the wonderful Me And Billy The Kid with additional lyrics, the sensitive Letter To L.A., the relentless Lord Of The Highway and others. He also reaches back into his 70s songbag to pull out some old favorites like Musta Notta Gotta Lotta and Fingernails and the show ends with an excellent rendition of Buddy Holly's Oh Boy - a tribute from Lubbock artist to another. Sound quality for a live recordings is excellent. (FS)

HOWLIN' WOLF Spectrum SPECXX 2060 The Best Of Howlin' Wolf** ● CD $17.98
Two CDs, 48 tracks, highly recommended
Repackaging of Spectrum 983 501-2 issued in 2007. Fine two CD retrospective of Chess recordings by this great bluesman. Unlike other compilations this leaves out his classic earlier recordings from 1951 through 1955 and starts with his classic Smokestack Lightnin' from 1956 and ends with The Back Door Wolf from his last Chess session in 1973. This means we get a chance to hear his infrequently reissued mid/ late 50s recordings like You Can't Be Beat/ So Glad/ My Life/ Nature/ Poor Boy and others plus a whole heap of his late 50s and 60s recordings which featured some of Hubert Sumlin's most spectacular guitar work on songs like Spoonful/ Wang-Dang-Doodle/ Shake For Me/ Goin' Down Slow/ Do The Do/ Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy/ Tail Dragger/ Love Me Darlin', etc. Many of the songs from this period were written by Willie Dixon and some are pretty dumb but Wolf's singing and Hubert's guitar playing make them worthwhile. (FS)
HOWLIN' WOLF: Back Door Man/ Back Door Wolf/ Built For Comfort/ Change My Way/ Coon On The Moon/ Do The Do/ Down In The Bottom/ Goin' Down Slow/ Going Back Home/ Hidden Charms/ Howlin' Blues/ Howlin' For My Darlin'/ I Ain't Superstitious/ I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)/ I Better Go Now/ I Didn't Know/ I'm Leaving You/ I've Been Abused/ Just Like I Treat You/ Killing Floor/ Little Baby/ Louise/ Love Me Darlin'/ Mama's Baby/ Moanin' For My Baby/ Mr Airplane Man/ My Country Sugar Mama/ My Life/ Natchez Burnin'/ Nature/ Ooh Baby (Hold Me)/ Poor Boy/ Red Rooster/ Shake For Me/ Sitting On Top Of The World/ Smokestack Lightnin'/ So Glad/ Somebody In My Home/ Spoonful/ Tail Dragger/ Tell Me/ Tell Me What I've Done/ Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy/ Wang Dang Doodle/ Who's Been Talking/ You Can't Be Beat/ You Gonna Wreck My Life/ You'll Be Mine

ILLINOIS JACQUET Proper BOX 49 The Illinois Jacquet Story ● CD $26.98 $18.98
4 discs, 79 tracks, 252 min, essential
One of the first as well as one of the last of the great honking tenor players, the Cajun Jacquet got his fame in the Lionel Hampton Orch in '41-42, especially with the groundbreaking Flying Home. Moving to L.A., this set begins with 4 tracks from the 1st "Jazz At The Philharmonic" concert in '44, each one clocking in at around 10 min. & featuring an all-star aggregation including Jack McVea, Nat King Cole, JJ Johnson & Les Paul. Most of the rest of the recordings are great small group recordings for Philo/Aladdin & Apollo. However, in the mid-40s Jacquet became a star of the Count Basie Orch & while in NY did some small group stuff with Basie-ites for Savoy. Plenty of fine small-group jazz, R&B & ballads with such stalwarts as (in L.A.) Johnny Otis, Charlie Mingus, Sir Charles Thompson, Henry Coker, Bill Doggett, & his brother Russell Jacquet, &, while with Basie, such Basie-ites as Freddy Green, Joe Newman & Shadow Wilson. A notable exception is a Jacquet Orch date for Aladdin with a 17-piece orch including Miles Davis, Fats Navarro (as "Slim Romero"!) Dicky Wells, Big Nick Nicholas, even Leonard Feather! By '47 Jacquet made the majors, with a series of dates for Victor from '48-51. Ends with the beginning of his long association with Mercury/Clef (later part of Verve). This set comes with slipcase & full 40-page booklet that gives a history & song-by-song/ solo-by-solo coverage. (GM)

ETTA JAMES Spectrum 982 704-1 The Very Best - The Chess Singles** ● CD $21.98
Three CDs, 53 tracks, very highly recommended
Etta James is one of the greatest R&B and soul singers with a voice so powerful it's easy to see how she influenced a generation of soul belters and rockers, from Janis Joplin to Aretha Franklin. This is a fabulous collection of sides recorded for the Chess subsidiaries Argo and Cadet between 1960 and 1973 and including all her R&B chart hits from this period along with other singles and, in spite, of the title a couple of album tracks. Etta Sounds great on whatever she sings whether it's a tender ballad like At Last, the rocking R&B of Something's Got A Hold Of Me, a pop ballad Stormy Weather, down home blues (Baby What You Want Me To Do) and country (an incredible rendition of Almost Persuaded). It includes her fabulous duets with Harvey Fuqua and Sugar Pie Desanto, her great covers of Otis Redding's Security and Mr. Pitiful (as Miss Pitiful) and more. If you don't have much Etta this is the perfect place to start your collection. Notes are fairly brief and there is no discographical information but, in every other way, this is a winner. (FS)
ETTA JAMES: 842-3089 (Call My Name)/ All I Could Do Was Cry/ All The Way Down/ Almost Persuaded/ At Last/ Baby What You Want Me To Do (Live)/ Bobby Is His Name/ Breaking Point/ Do I Make Myself Clear (with Sugar Pie Desanto)/ Do Right Woman Do Right Man/ Don't Cry Baby/ Fool That I Am/ I Found A Love/ I Got You Babe/ I Just Wanna Make Love To You/ I Prefer You/ I Wish Someone Would Care/ I Worship The Ground You Walk On/ I'd Rather Go Blind/ I'm Gonna Take What He's Got/ If I Can't Have You/ In My Diary/ In The Basement Part 1 (with Sugar Pie Desanto)/ It Must Be Your Love/ Leave Your Hat On/ Light My Fire/ Losers Weepers Part 1/ Lovin' Arms/ Loving You More Everyday/ Miss Pitiful/ My Dearest Darling/ Never My Love/ Next Door To The Blues/ Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing/ Only Time Will Tell/ Out On The Street Again/ Pay Back/ Pushover/ Security/ Something's Got A Hold Of Me/ Spoonful/ Stop The Wedding/ Stormy Weather/ Sunday Kind Of Love/ Tell Mama/ These Fooish Things/ Tighten Up Your Own Thing/ Trust In Me/ Two Sides (To Every Story)/ W.O.M.A.N/ Waiting For Charlie (To Come Home)/ Would It Make A Difference To You/ You Got It

WAYLON JENNINGS Buddah 99619 Honky Tonk Heroes** ● CD $9.98
12 tracks, 33 mins, essential
Reissue of 1973 album which is generally considered one of Waylon's greatest achievements at the dawn of the Outlaw era. After eight years of control by RCA's Nashville machine Waylon finally had a chance to take charge and pick the songs and produce and the result is this acknowledged masterpiece. All but one of the songs was written or co-written by Billy Joe Shaver whose songwriting helped define the genre with songs like Old Five And Dimers (Like Me)/ Willy The Wandering Gyspy And Me/ Omaha/ Black Rose the anthemic Ride Me Down Easy and others. For this reissue two bonus tracks are added - the single version of You Ask Me To with dubbed on harmonica and another Billy Joe Shaver song Slow Rollin' Low from another session.

LOUIS KILLEN Topic TSCD 126 Ballads And Broadsides** ● CD $14.98
9 tracks, highly recommended
Louis Killen was one of the major figures of the early days of the British folk revival in the early 1960s. A native of Northumberland, he specialized in songs of the North Of England though this, his first album features songs from all over Britain. Louis emigrated to the USA in 1967 and became something of a cultural ambassador promoting traditional British music performing performing regularly up to his death in 2013. This CD is a reissue of Louis's first solo album issued by Topic in 1965 - mostly acapella with the occasional track featuring Louis's discreet concertina playing. He is a powerful and expressive singer with a distinctive voice and this one features superb performances of nine traditional English songs - Young Edwin In The Lowlands/ The Flying Cloud/ One May Morning/ The Bramble Briar/ The Banks Of Sweet Primeroses, etc. Includes booklet with extensive notes on all of the songs. (FS)

B.B. KING Ace CDCHD 1457 Here's One You Didn't Know About ● CD $21.98
25 tracks, 79 mins, very highly recommended
If you think Ace has exhausted its archive of B.B. King's RPM and Kent recordings then think again! This is a superb collection of mostly previously unissued sides - one previously unissued song and the rest previously unissued versions. In some cases we have alternate takes from the same sessions as the originals - in other cases different versions from different sessions. The set has been lovingly compiled by blues expert Dick Shurman who has selected performances that have significant differences from the familiar versions - different arrangements, lyric differences, different guitar solos and more but always highlighting B.B. at his best - not that he was ever really bad. Dick's detailed notes discuss, in detail, the differences from the familiar versions and provides insight into the creative processes of one of the greatest blues artists of all time whose death in May 2015 - in Dick's words - "marked the end of an era spanned by the presence of a man who took the music to its peak of popularity and possibly art." Whether a newcomer to his music or someone who already has all of B.B.'s Ace reissues you will find this collection endlessly rewarding. And judging from Dick's notes there is enough material for several more collections like this. (FS)
B.B. KING: Bad Case Of Love (Take 6)/ Be Careful Baby (unissued song)/ Be Careful With A Fool (Take 11)/ Catfish Blues aka Fishin' After Me (Alternate version)/ Don't You Want A Man Like Me (Take 3)/ Early In The Morning (Take 2)/ Going Down Slow (Take 2 - 1959 version)/ Growing Old (Take 2)/ I Gotta Find My Baby (Take 8 - 1960s version))/ I Wonder Why (Take 4)/ Long Nights (The Feeling They Call The Blues) (Take 4)/ Loving You In Vain aka Heartache And Pain (Alt to Ace CDCHM 966)/ Partin' Time (Take 3)/ Shut Your Mouth (Take 1)/ Soul Beat aka Powerhouse (Take 1)/ Sweet Little Angel (Version 1 Alt take)/ Sweet Little Angel (Version 2, Take 1)/ Talkin' The Blues (Take 2)/ The Woman I Love (Copper Colored Mama) (Take 3)/ When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer (Take 1)/ Whole Lotta Meat aka Hey Little Girl (Take 10)/ Whole Lotta' Love (Take 1 - 1963 re-record)/ Why Not (Take 8-A)/ You Know I Go For You (Alt)/ You've Been An Angel (Take 1)

PEE WEE KING B.A.C.M. 143 Kentucky Waltz** ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
Excellent collection of sides recorded between 1946 and 1953 by this fine singer and bandleader. The emphasis is on the groups uptempo swingin' titles with some instrumentals along with the occasional novelty number and ballads. Instrumental work is fine often featuring Bobby Koefer on steel guitar and Shorty Boyd on fiddle. Sound quality is adequate though lacking presence. There are no hits here but lots of fine performances like Southland Polka/ Bull Fiddle Boogie/ Busybody/ Seven Come Eleven/ Woodchopper's Ball, etc. (FS)
PEE WEE KING: Bimbo/ Bull Fiddle Boogie/ Busybody/ Chew Tobacco Rag/ Crazy Waltz/ Farewell Blues/ Ghost & Honest Joe/ Here Lies My Heart/ I Don't Mind/ Indian Giver/ Jim, Johnny & Jonas/ Keep Your Eye On My Darling/ Kentucky Waltz/ Oh Mis'rable Love/ Out Of My Mind/ Railroad Boogie/ Ricochet/ Seven Come Eleven/ Southland Polka/ Spanish Two Step/ Texas Toni Lee/ Tippin' In/ Tweedle Dee/ Woodchopper‘s Ball

FURRY LEWIS WITH LEE BAKER, JR. Genes 9911 Take Your Time** ● CD $15.98
12 tracks, 48 mins, highly recommended
Delightful collection of previously unissued recordings of legendary Memphis bluesman Lewis from 1969 featuring him accompanied by guitarist Lee Baker who worked with Furry for a number of years. Furry is in excellent form - his voice is very strong and his guitar work is terrific, both on slide and finger picked. Baker's accompaniments are generally sympathetic and unobstrusive though they occasionally get in the way. Among the many fine songs here are Judge Boushe/ East St. Louis Blues/ See That My Grave Is Kept Clean/ If You Follow Me Babe/ Natural Born eastman and others. (FS)

LITTLE RICHARD Specialty 36988 Directly From My Heart ● CD $29.98
Three CD, 64 tracks, 154 mins, highly recommended with reservations
Richard Penniman aka Little Richard is one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll. After starting his career as a decent but unexceptional urban blues singer, recording for RCA and Peacock, he eventually joined Specialty in 1955. There, between 1955 and '57 he turned out a slew of classic rocking and raucous R&B numbers that influenced generations of musicians and whose songs have been covered by thousands of performers over the years. In 1957 he quit show business to pursue his religious leanings but returned to recording in 1959 where over the next few years he recorded mostly gospel material along with one surreptitious secular session that was issued under the name of his band The Upsetters. In 1963 he returned to secular music full time and started recording for Vee-Jay but also managed to sneak in another session for Specialty in 1964. The first two discs on this set presents all his Specialty singles in chronological order with the third disc being a selection of the best of his Vee-Jay sides. His Vee-Jay sides are not as strong as his earlier Specialty sides, often the fault of ragged, unfocussed accompaniment. But Richard was still a compelling singer doing quite a few covers of R&B and blues favorites (Going Home Tomorrow/ Lawdy Miss Clawdy/ Only You/ Short Fat Fannie, etc.) as well as trying his hand at soul music on songs like Cross Over/ It Ain't Whatcha Do, It's The Way You Do It/ Talkin' 'Bout Soul and others which are quite good but he really excels on the gorgeous two part soul ballad I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me). My complaint about this set is that it really short changes us. The 64 tracks could have easily have fit on two CDs which might have made it cheaper or they could have filled out the first two disks with unissued and alternate Specialty material which would have made it so much more appealing. The 36 page booklet has six pages of notes from Billy Vera and a lot of photos but no discographical info. If you don't have much in the way of Little Richard's Specialty sides then this is as good a place as any to start but the whole thing could have been better. (FS)

MACHITO & HIS AFRO-CUBANS Proper BOX 48 Ritmo Caliente ● CD $26.98 $18.98
4 CDs, 73 tracks, 4 hours and 27 minutes, highly recommended
A wonderful and inexpensive collection of many of the recordings of the father of latin jazz (or cubop) from his peak period (1941-51). Machito (born Frank Grillo) added Afro-Cuban rhythms to African-American big bad jazz and bop to create an exciting new music that took the country by storm and whose effects are still heard today. These sides feature both classic Cuban players like Chano Pozo as well as American jazz legends such as Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich. Includes 40 page booklet with the Machito story and full discographical information. (JV)

MAGIC SAM Delmark 6620 Black Magic ● CD $14.98
18 tracks, very highly recommended
Deluxe edition of Sam's second and last studio album - released just a few days before his untimely death which robbed the world of a major blues talent. In addition to the original ten tracks this disc includes three unissued songs and three alternate takes that were previously on Delmark 651 "The Magic Sam Legacy" plus two previously unissued alternate takes. Although most of the songs are covers Sam's soulful soaring vocals and dynamic guitar work make them uniquely his own including Roscoe Gordan's I Just Want A Little Bit, Lowell Fulson's It's All Your Fault Baby, Otis Rush's Keep On Loving Me Baby and more. He is accompanied by a tight band with Eddie Shaw, Lafayette Leake, Mighty Joe Young, Mac Thompson and Odie Payne Junior. The 16 page booklet includes notes from the original LP and CD reissues along with a new notes from Delmark founder Bob Koester. (FS)

JIMMY MARTIN Jasmine 3694 Good 'n' Country/ Country Music Time ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, essential
Jimmy Martin was one of the greatest of all bluegrass singers. Having served his apprenticeship with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, Jimmy stepped out on his own in 1956 and formed his band The Sunny Mountain Boys which during the period covered by this set including such stellar musicians as J.D. Crowe (guitar), Earl Tyalor (banjo), Paul Williams (banjo, guitar and mandolin), Gordon Terry (fiddle), Chubby Wise (fiddle) and others. This CD features JImmy's first two Decca albums "Good 'n' Country" from 1960 is a collection of singles while "Country Music Time" from 1962 was recorded as an album. Throughout it all, Jimmy's unabashedly "good 'n country" approach to his music is evident, producing hard driving, tight bluegrass that features Jimmy's gorgeous high tenor voice on lead vocals, finely honed vocal harmonies and crisp exhilarating instrumental work. Among the many great songs here are You Don't Know My Mind/ NIght/ The Grand Ole Opry Song/ Befor The Sun Goes Down/ All The Good Times Are Past And Gone/ Pretending I Don't Care/ Train Forty-Five/ Hit Parade Of Love and others. Once you hear this you might want to consider the Bear Family box that features all of Jimmy's recordings cut between 1954 and 1974 ("Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys" (5 CD set with book) - Bear Family 15705 - $104.98). (FS)

FRANKIE MARVIN B.A.C.M. 509 Vol. 2 - Early Recordings By Gene Autry's #1 Sideman ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Complementing B.A.C.M. 003 this is another fine collection of sides recorded between 1928 and 1931 by this fine and versatile singer who worked extensively with Gene Autry. The material here is diverse mixture including Jimmie Rodger's influenced songs, sentimental songs, novelty songs and more. Most tracks feature Frankie accompanied by his own guitar, sometimes a steel guitar and about half the songs are solo while the rest features additional instrumentation - additional guitars, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, bass clarinet and trumpet in various configurations. Songs include When It's Night Time In Nevada/ I Don't Work For A Living/ Drowsy Moonlight/ Ramblin' Cowboy/ I'm Ridin' The Blinds/ Ben Dewberry's Final Run/ Dixie Shadows/ Those Gamblers Blues (a great version of "St. James Infirmary Bluesss" with some superb steel guitar from Roy Smeck)/ Walkin' Down The Railroad Track), etc. A most entertaining selection with better than usual sound for B.A.C.M. (FS)
FRANKIE MARVIN: Away Out On The Mountain/ Ben Dewberry's Final Run/ Blue Yodel #8/ Bully Of The Town/ Dixie Shadows/ Drowsy Moonlight/ I Am Just A Gambler/ I Don't Work For A Living/ I'm Ridin' The Blinds/ Lullabye Yodel/ Over At The Old Barn Dance/ Ramblin' Cowboy/ Riding On The Elevated Railroad/ Soldier's Sweetheart/ Stay Away From My Chicken House/ Strawberry Roan/ Those Gambler's Blues/ Treasures Untold/ True Blue Bill/ Walking Down The Railroad Track/ When It's Night Time In Nevada/ Yodeling Them Blues Away

JOHN MCCORD McChord 2 Ready To Rumble ● CD $14.98
15 tracks, recommended
We here at Roots & Rhythm know him as the longtime manager of the legendary Down Home Music store in El Cerrito California which gave birth to Roots & Rhythm, but on this new album John McCord shows another side of himself - his musical side. Prompted by a friend's wish for a song about hippies needing hip replacement surgery, McCord has created an engaging, and often amusing, collection of songs about life, love, and the human spirit. Kicking off with the aforementioned hip replacement song, California Hippies, the songs cover subjects ranging from Hurricane Katrina and the world today (Better Than That) to the mysteries of love (She's a Good Woman/ First Thing I Want You to Know) and baby boomers aging gracefully (When You've Burned All Your Bridges/ Precious Time). The music is country flavored for the most part (with some New Orleans accents on Katrina) and McCord has an easy-going singing style filled with warmth and character. As a CD that delves into the hopes and fears of a certain generation, "Ready to Rumble" has its' finger firmly on the Baby Boomers' pulse in an entertaining manner. (GMC)

ROY ORBISON Not Now 099 Anthology ● CD $14.98 $11.98
Three CD set featuring 58 sids from this great vocalist recorded for Sun and Monument between 1956 and 1962 - includes his early hits like Oooby Dooby/ Only The LOnely/ I'm Hurtin'/ Running Scared/ Crying, etc.
ROY ORBISON: (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time/ Almost Eighteen/ Blue Angel/ Blue Avenue/ Bye Bye Love/ Candy Man/ Chicken Hearted/ Come Back To Me (My Love)/ Cry/ Crying/ Dance/ Devil Doll/ Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)/ Evergreen/ Go! Go! Go!/ Here Comes That Song Again/ I Can't Stop Loving You/ I Like Love/ I Never Knew/ I'll Say It's My Fault/ I'm Hurtin'/ It's Too Late/ Jolie/ Lana/ Leah/ Let's Make A Memory/ Loneliness/ Love Hurts/ Love Star/ Mama/ Mean Little Mama/ Night Life/ Only The Lonely/ Ooby Dooby/ Paper Boy/ Pretty One/ Problem Child/ Raindrops/ Rockhouse/ Running Scared/ Seems To Me/ She Wears My Ring/ Summer Song/ Sweet And Easy To Love/ Sweet And Innocent/ The Actress/ The Crowd/ The Great Pretender/ This Kind Of Love/ Today's Teardrops/ Tryin' To Get To You/ Twenty-Two Days/ Uptown/ Wedding Day/ With The Bug/ Working For The Man/ You're Gonna Cry/ You're My Baby

LLOYD PRICE Jasmine 280 All Of Me - The Ultimate Albums, collection, 1961 ● CD $14.98 $10.98
33 tracks, 80 mins, recommended
This collection gathers up the great Lloyd Price's two 1961 albums "Lloyd Price Sings The Million Selling Hits," and "Cookin' With Lloyd Price," as well as 9 tracks from his 1959 album "Mr. Personality" (the remaining 3 tracks from that LP appeared on the previous Jasmine CD JASCD 552, which covered Price's singles output.) I love Lloyd Price, and I definitely think that he doesn't get the credit he is due. I also don't think his career was managed as well as it could have been, and that is evidenced by much of the material that he recorded. The "Million Selling Hits" album shows that the most, with a number of songs that were popular, but just weren't right for Price. When it works, it's wonderful, like on tracks Ain't That Just Like A Woman, and The Hoochie Coochie Coo, but having him cut Drifters hits like Save The Last Dance For Me, and Spanish Harlem just doesn't work, and don't even get me started on Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. Thankfully the "Cookin"" and especially the "Mr. Personality" LPs have more tracks that fit Price's style much better. So, overall this is a mixed bag, but worth picking up, especially for fans of Lloyd Price. (JM)
LLOYD PRICE: Ain't That Just Like A Woman/ All Of Me/ At Last/ Blues In The Night/ C'est Si Bon/ Corrina, Corrina/ Deed I Do/ Dinner For One/ Frim Fram Sauce/ He Will Break Your Heart/ I Count The Tears/ I Cried For You/ I Only Have Eyes For You/ I Want You To Know/ I'll Always Be In Love With You/ Is It Really Love/ Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby/ It's Only A Paper Moon/ Mary Anne/ Once In A While/ Poppa Shun/ Rainbow Joe/ Save The Last Dance For Me/ Shop Around/ Since I Fell For You/ Spanish Harlem/ Straighten Up And Fly Right/ Summertime/ That's Why The Tears Come And Go/ The Hoochie Coochie Coo/ Time After Time/ Will You Love Me Tomorrow/ Yakety Yak - Bing Bang

DOUG SAHM Retroworld 6005 Juke Box Music/ The Last Real Texas Blues Band** ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 32 tracks, highly recommended Previously on the Texas Music Group label. This two CD set reissues Doug's two great albums for the Antones label. "Juke Box Music" from 1989 catapulted Doug back into the limelight. The focus this time out is rockin' rhythm & blues; even the ballads have an edge with long time amigo Rocky Morales blowin' tenacious tenor sax throughout this jumpin' platter. The splendid covers are done-up with a flair and zest that keeps the spirit true to the original, as well as making them terrific vehicles for Doug's honky-tonk sentiments. The tight ensemble Doug has assembled never overplays, but when their time comes they don't miss a beat, especially bassist Jack Barber and drummer/producer George Rains (both veteran band members). "Last Real" from 1994 is a 16 track collection featuring the eclectic Mr. Sahm with a bunch of his friends (Denny Freeman, Mel Brown, Rocky Morales, "Kaz" Kazanoff, Derek O'Brien, etc) - half live at Antone's club and half studio. A mix of blues, R&B and swamp pop including Reconsider Baby/ Bad Boy/ I'm A Fool To Care/ Home At Last/ Blessed Are These Tears/ When I Fall In Love/ Tell Me The Truth, etc. There's also a bonus, previously unissued, live performance of Crazy, Crazy Baby. (FS)

RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS Real Gone 429 The Complete Jessup Recordings Featuring Ricky Skaggs & Keith Whitley ● CD $25.98
Two CDs, 34 tracks, very highly recommended
Three LPs recorded for the Jaylyn and Jessup label in 1971 and released between 1971 and '73. First up is the ten track album "Tribute To The Stanley Brothers" featuring then high schoolers Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley doing 10 classic Stanley Brothers songs accompanied by members of The Clinch Mountain Boys. Alhough Ricky and Keith were devoted to the music of their heroes their immaturity as vocalists is very evident. However their instrumental abilities were not in question and they quickly became members of the group. The rest of the two CD set features two LPs recorded by Ralph and the band featuring the superb Roy Lee Centers (who was guitarist with the group) taking the role previously held by Ralph's brother Carter. "Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Sing Michigan Bluegrass" features 12 songs - most of which were new to the group's repertoire and the performances are stellar with superb banjo from Ralph, fiddle by Curly Ray Cline and mandolin by Ricky Skaggs. There are several patriotic songs as this was a period when the Vietnam war was beginning to unravel as well as other fine songs like Rock Bottom/ Take Me Back/ River Underground and the unusual Daughter Of Geronimo. The final album, issued in 1973 is "Gospel Echoes Of The Stanley Brothers" featuring all gospel songs originally recorded by The Stanley Brothers including such gems as Let Me Walk Lord By Your Side/ Wings of Angels/ Working on a Building/ Leaning on Jesus/ White Dove and others. On some of these Roy Lee Centers' evocation of Carter's style is truly uncanny. A fabulous collection with touching notes by Colin Escott that point out that in spite of all the musical changes going on around him Ralph Stanley remained true to the traditional music that he had grown up with and finally, in the 21st century, the world caught up with him and he was recognized for the outstanding performer he was outside of his coterie of devoted fans. If you love Ralph Stanley you need this set - if you don't love Ralph Stanley you still need this set!! (FS)

ZEB TURNER B.A.C.M. 506 Things Just Happen That Way ● CD $14.98
23 tracks, 64 mins, strongly recommended
An excellent collection of sides by this fine and versatile musician. Turner was a fine and engaging singer and a pioneer in the use of the electric guitar in country music and over the years accompanied such artists as Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Jimmy Dickens, George Morgan & many others. This album features 15 tracks recorded for Bullet and King between 1946 and 1953 plus eight sides from 1960 recorded for the tiny Sol label. Zeb and his guitar are accompanied by various excellent musicians. Turner sang a wide variety of material - country boogie, Western Swing, country crooning all performed in an entertaining manner, some with fine guitar. The later Sol sides are fairly dull though he does nice renditions of traditional favorites In The Pines and Little Birdie. (FS)
ZEB TURNER: Big Fat Papa/ Call Of A Broken Heart/ Don't That Moon Look Lonesome/ Huckleberry Boogie Instr./ I Guess That's Why I Love You/ I Hung My Head And Cried/ I Lost Everything/ I'll Drift Along/ I'm Glad That It's Over/ In The Pines/ It Just Tears Me All To Pieces/ Little Birdie/ Love That Will Never Be/ My Love/ Outside Your Picture Frame/ Roseann/ Smooth Sailin'/ Tennessee Limited Instr./ Things Just Happen That Way/ When Love Is Gone/ When You Feel Like Cryin'/ You Never Done Me Right/ Zeb's Mountain Boogie (Instr.)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 980 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll - Novelty Edition** ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 80 mins, highly recommended
There have been quite a few collections of novelty rockers issued but no-one does this sort of thing better than Ace with this collection of 30 novelty tracks that reached the top 100 in the 50s and early 60s, all newly remastered from original master tapes with a 32 page booklet with detailed information on all this insanity. The music ranges from the silly (Yogi by The Ivy Three) to the witty (Russian Bandstand by Spencer & Spencer) to the pointless (Witch Doctor by David Seville) to the bizarre (Delicious! by Jim Backus & Friend) to the sick (I Want My Baby Back by Jimmy Cross) to the demented(They're Coming To Take Me Away,Ha-Haa! by Napoleon XIV). And of course you also get Martian Hop/ Baby Sittin' Boogie/ Ape Call/ Long Tall Texan/ The Purple People Eater/ Rip Van Winkle/ Beep Beep/ The Mummy and loads more. Lots of fun that will bring back lots of memories. (FS)
JIM BACKUS & FRIEND: Delicious!/ BUCHANAN & GOODMAN: The Flying Saucer Part 1/ BUZZ CLIFFORD: Baby Sittin' Boogie/ JIMMY CROSS: I Want My Baby Back/ JOHNNY CYMBAL: Mr. Bass Man/ THE DETERGENTS: Leader of the Laundromat/ THE DEVOTIONS: Rip Van Winkle/ THE DYNA-SORES: Alley-Oop/ THE FIVE BLOBS: The Blob/ THE FOUR PREPS: More Money For You and Me/ STAN FREBERG: The Old Payola Roll Blues Side 1/ BOBBY HENDRICKS: Psycho/ BRIAN HYLAND: Itsy Bitsy Tennie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini/ THE IVY THREE: Yogi/ MURRY KELLUM: Long Tall Texan/ LINDA LAURIE: Ambrose Part 5/ BARRY MANN: Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp)/ BOB MCFADDEN & DOR: The Mummy/ NAPOLEON XIV: They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haa!/ NERVOUS NORVUS: Ape Call/ THE PLAYMATES: Beep Beep/ THE RAN-DELLS: Martian Hop/ DAVID SEVILLE: Witch Doctor/ GENE SIMMONS: Haunted House/ SPENCER & SPENCER: Russian Band Stand/ CONNIE STEVENS: Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)/ RAY STEVENS: Ahab, The Arab/ JESSE LEE TURNER: The Little Space Girl/ LARRY VERNE: Mr. Custer/ SHEB WOOLEY: The Purple People Eater

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDTOP 1425 Beef Ball Baby: The New Orleans R&B Sessions ● CD $21.98
24 tracks, 65 mins, strongly recommended
Another in Ace's series of reissues drawn from original King and DeLuxe acetates. This features recordings made by DeLuxe in New Orleans between 1947 and 1949. This is a fine release that could have been better. There are seven cuts devoted to vocalist Eddie Gorman with the prolific Paul Gayten band. Five of these tracks are previously unreleased which might be a selling point but,honestly, Gorman is a pretty dull performer with a deep plummy and inexpressive voice. His best track is the title song Beef Ball Baby which is one of his few issued sides. The rest of the disc is much better - the other three unissued sides are by Jewel King accompanied by Dave Barholomew's band - not as strong as her later Imperial sides but fine jump blues. Smiley Lewis is here with his first four sides (as Smiling Lewis!) before he joined Imperial, in their best ever sound with Smiley accompanied by the great Louis "Tuts" Washington on piano. Cousin Joe is, as always, fine on his four sides, accompanied by Paul Gayten on piano and Edgar Blanchard on guitar and there are also splendid contributions from Dave Bartholomew & His Sextette and Chubby "Hip Shakin" Newsome. Considering how much fine material DeLuxe recorded in New Orleans it's a shame they couldn't have replaced some of those Eddie Gorman sides but maybe they didn't have original acetates for any others. Sound quality is superb and the booklet has informative notes by Tony Rounce and full discographical information. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1464 Out Of Left Field - Where Soul Meets Country ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
From the company that brought us earlier collections of soul artists covering country songs - "Behind Closed Doors" (Kent 375 - $18.98), "Sweet Dreams" (Kent 395 - $18.98), and "Cold, Cold Heart" (Kent 422 - $18.98) - comes this view from the other side with country singers putting their own stamp on R&B classics and obscurities. The aforementioned collections have been very popular with our customers, and there is no reason why this one shouldn't prove just as popular; especially with performances like Hank Williams, Jr.'s take on Spooner Oldham/ Dan Penn's Out of Left Field, Waylon and Willie's version of (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay, Anita Carter doing I've Been Loving You Too Long, and Bobby Bare's beautiful rendition of the Spidells' 1964 rarity Find Out What's Happening as calling cards. When the artist is matched with the song - Sonny James with When Something is Wrong With My Baby, for example-the line between country and soul music is completely erased and becomes irrelevant, because music isn't limited by artificial boundaries. (GMC)
RAZZY BAILEY: Scratch My Back (And Mumble in My Ear)/ BOBBY BARE: Find Out What's Happening/ ARCHIE CAMPBELL AND LORENE MANN: Warm and Tender Love/ ANITA CARTER: I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)/ JOHNNY CASH: Look at Them Beans (Papa's Dream)/ DAVID ALLEN COE: He Will Break Your Heart/ SKEETER DAVIS: Only the Strong Survive/ FREDDY FENDER: You'll Lose a Good Thing/ DON GIBSON: Starting All Over Again/ SONNY JAMES: When Something Is Wrong with My Baby/ WAYLON JENNINGS AND WILLIE NELSON: (Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay/ THE KENDALLS: The Dark End of the Street/ DAARON LEE: Who's Making Love/ LINDA MARTELL: Color Him Father/ O.B. MCCLINTON: You Don't Miss Your Water/ RONNIE MILSAP: Any Day Now/ JOHNNY PAYCHECK: She's All I Got/ JERRY REED: It Tears Me Up/ JEANNIE C. RILEY: He Made a Woman Out of Me/ BILLY JOE SPEARS: Do Right Woman/ MEL STREET: I've Found Someone of My Own/ TANYA TUCKER: Baby I'm Yours/ CONWAY TWITTY AND LORETTA LYNN: Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries/ HANK WILLIAMS JR: Out of Left Field

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDTOP 1466 Shazam! And OTher Instrumentals Written By Lee Hazelwoo ● CD $21.98
24 tracks, very good
A collection of guitar led rock 'n' roll and surf instrumentals written and, in many cases, produced by the multi talented Arizona artist Lee Hazelwood. Hazelwood's most well known discovery was Duane Eddy who is represented here by the title tune and two others. Several other tunes made famous by Eddy are covered by other artists Moovin' & Groovin' by The Rhythm Rockers, Rebel Rouser by The Ventures and (Dance With) The Guitar Man by The Lively Ones. Other tunes are performed by Al Casey, The Astronauts, Lee Hazelwood's Woodchucks, Dick Dale & The Deltones, Billy Strange and the Del-Tones. I find much of the material here pretty tame as rock 'n' roll instrumentals go (with a few exceptions) and there is an overuse of gimmicky sound effects. Sound is superb and there is a 20 page booklet with extensive notes. (FS)
THE AFRO-BLUES QUINTET: Some Velvet Morning/ THE ASTRONAUTS: El Aguila (The Eagle)/ Movin'/ The Hearse/ HAL BLAINE & THE YOUNG COUGARS: Challenger II/ The Phantom Driver/ AL CASEY: Surfs You Right/ The Stinger/ TONY CASTLE & THE RAIDERS: Salty/ THE CHALLENGERS: Johnny October/ DICK DALE & HIS DEL-TONES: Angry Generation/ DINO, DESI & BILLY: Desi's Drums/ DUANE EDDY: Shazam!/ Stalkin'/ This Town/ LEE HAZLEWOOD'S WOODCHUCKS: Muchacho/ THE LIVELY ONES: (Dance with the) Guitar Man/ JACK NITZSCHE: Baja/ Zapata/ THE RHYTHM ROCKERS: Moovin' N' Groovin'/ BILLY STRANGE: These Boots Are Made for Walking/ THE VANGUARDS: A Stranger in Your Town/ THE VENTURES: Rebel-'Rouser/ THE WHISK KIDS: Bo-Dacious

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 508 Operatic Cowboys From The Early 1930s ● CD $14.98
A collection of cowboy songs from very early sound westerns. The reason for the title is that the performers were all classically trained singers who originally sang in light opera.
SMITH BALLEW: Along The Texas Trail/ Hawaiian Memories/ DICK FORAN: Go To Sleep My Little Buckaroo/ Mexicali Rose/ Moonlight Valley/ My Heart Stood Still/ Oh Genevieve/ Private Buckaroo/ The Prairie Is My Home/ Thou Swell/ Whisper While You're Waltzing/ Yippy Yi, Yippy Yo/ FRED SCOTT: As Time Goes On/ I'm Happy In The Saddle/ I'm Just A Lonesome Cowboy/ I've Sold My Saddle For An Old Guitar/ In Old Montana/ In Paradise Valley/ Last Night As I Lay On The Prairie/ Leave Your Troubles Behind You/ Moonlight On The Range/ My Ten Gallon Hat/ Prairie Moon/ Ridin' Down The Sundown Trail/ Ridin' Down The Trail To Albuquerque/ Ridin' Over The Range/ Saddle Up Your Pony/ The Old Home Range/ Way Up In The Hills

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 511 Hillbilly On A Budget, Vol. 2 ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, recommended

 A second collection of recordings from the Tops label which specialized in doing covers of current hits and selling them at a budget price, hoping to encourage people to think they were getting the original. Apart from Al Runyan who does an impressive impersonation of Hank Snow, most of the artists bring their own style to the songs and since arrangements were usually different and more down home than the originals are worthwhile releases in their own right. There's Buffalo Johnson doing Hank Snow's The Gold Rush Is Over, Marlon Ramey doing Faron Young's If You Ain't Lovin', Preston Ward doing Hank Thompson's How Cold Hearted Can You Get, Eddie Moore doing Lefty Frizzell's How Cold Hearted Can You Get and much more. An entertaining collection. (FS)
HARRY ADAMS: Foggy Mountain Top/ Wildwood Flower/ JACK DANIELS: I Forgot To Remember To Forget/ Sixteen Tons/ CLIFF DAVIS: Just Wait Till I Get You Alone/ JIMMIE FAIR: Two Kinds Of Love/ BUFFALO JOHNSON: The Gold Rush Is Over/ JOE CANNONBALL LEWIS: Before I Met You/ CLEM MCCOY: Waiting In The Lobby Of Your Heart/ EDDIE MOORE: Before You Go/ Bring Your Sweet Self Back To Me/ I Couldn't Keep From Crying/ I Love You Mostly/ I'm Tired/ Let Me Be The One/ The Next Voice You Hear/ Two Friends Of Mine/ MARLON RAIMEY: If You Ain't Lovin'/ Live Fast Love Hard Die Young/ AL RUNYON: A Fool Such As I/ For Now And Always/ Honeymoon On A Rocket Ship/ I'm Glad I Got To See You Once Again/ It Don't Hurt Anymore/ These Hands/ Yellow Roses/ PRESTON WARD: How Cold Hearted Can You Get/ My Wasted Past/ New Green Light/ FARIN WEST: Knee Deep In The Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17411 Groovin' The Blues ● CD $24.98
33 tracks, 84 mins, very highly recommended
he first of two CDs exploring blues and R&B recordings made for RCA's Groove label between 1954 and 1957. A while back there was a series of CDs devoted to the Groove label but this set is remastered from the original master tapes and includes tracks not included in that series including 13 previously unissued tracks. This volume focuses on the blues side including quite a bit of down home material including all four cuts recorded for the label by the superb and enigmatic bluesman Cousin Leroy - two of them previously unissued. Leroy is as down home as it gets and it sounds like he only recently arrived from Georgia where he was born. Sonny Terry (who accompanied Leroy) is featured on seven fine tracks from 1954 and '55 - four of them previosuly unissued accompanied by his long time partner Brownie McGhee plus a rhythm section. Champion Jack Dupree recorded fairly extensively for Groove and is featured on three cuts from 1955 with Larry Dale on guitar - two of them previously unissued which includes a couple of humorous dialogue duets with Mr. Bear. On the more urban side we have sides from outstanding vocalist Bertice Reading (one previously unissued), Buddy Lucas, Zilla Mays (an unissued version of Lil Green's Romance In The Dark) and others. The urban sides often feature such great New York musicians as guitarist Mickey Baker (who plays some stunning guitar on a number of tracks including a rare example of his slide work on Big Tiny Kennedy's I Need A Good Woman), tenor sax players Sam "The Man" Taylor and Frank "Haywood" Henry and drummer Panama Francis. Sound quality is magnificent and the 60 page booklet has detailed notes on all the artists from Bill Dahl, rare and unpublished photos and full discographical details. Indispensible! (FS)
SUE ALLEN & OSCAR BLACK: Hold Me Baby/ BIG CONNIE: Wait Till Next Week, Baby/ OSCAR BLACK: Into Each Heart (Some Tears Must Fall)/ What Makes Me Love You So/ I'll Live My Life Alone/ SONNY BROOKS: Sentimental Blues/ LITTLE TOMMY BROWN: Don't Leave Me/ Won't You Forgive Me/ COUSIN LEROY: 41 Highway/ Catfish/ Goin' Back Home/ Lonesome Bedroom/ THE DU DROPPERS: You've Been Good To Everybody/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Lonely Road Blues/ Story Of My Life/ The Ups/ BIG TINY KENNEDY: 'Taint Right/ I Need A Good Woman/ CLAYTON LOVE: Love Blues/ BUDDY LUCAS: I Got Drunk/ I Need Help/ No Dice/ ZILLA MAYS: Romance In The Dark/ BERTICE READING: Beantown Boogie/ I Wash My Hands/ SONNY TERRY: Hootin' Blues No 2/ I Took You In Baby/ Juice Head Woman/ Lost Jawbone/ Louise/ Tell Me Baby/ Throw This Old Dog A Bone/ MAYMIE WATTS: There Goes That Train

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17412 Rockin' The Groove ● CD $24.98
35 tracks, 87 mins, strongly recommended
Another terrific collection drawn from the Groove label. This one features mostly rockin' blues and uptempo R&B and includes 15 previously unissued tracks. It's not quite as strong as the other volume as there is a certain amount of saminess in the material. Still this does have two previously unissued cuts by the fine vocalist and great guitarist Roy Gaines - his Hoodoo features some dynamite guitar work. Elsewhere another great guitarist Mickey Baker provides fine guitar work on tracks by Little Tommy Brown (the superb The Thrill Is Gone - not the Roy Hawkins/ B.B. King song), Zilla Mays, Bertice Reading and others. There are two unissued tracks from future jazz guitar superstar George Benson at the age of 11 - on Shout, Holler & Scream he proclaims "I'm Only 10 Years/ But The Women Won't Leave Me Alone" - when I was 10 years old the only woman who wouldn't leave me alone was my mother but I don't think that's what George was referring to. Other artists here include Frank Brunson, Paul Williams (prolific bandleader who here channels Wynonie Harris), Beverly Wright, Johnny Bird Orchestra, Oscar Black, Sam "Highpockets" Henderson, The Du Droppers and others. Again, sound is superb and there are authoritative notes from Bill Dahl. (FS)
THE AVALONS: Oh! Sweetness/ GEORGE BENSON: A Little Boy's Dream/ Shout, Holler And Scream/ BIG CONNIE: She's Mine/ JOHNNY BIRD ORCHESTRA WITH LILLIAN CHILDS (VOCA: 22 Minutes/ JOHNNY BIRD ORCHESTRA WITH MR BLUE (VOCAL): The Last Laugh Will Be On You/ OSCAR BLACK: My Head Goes Around/ SONNY BROOKS: Champ Ale/ LITTLE TOMMY BROWN: The Thrill Is Gone/ FRANK BRUNSON: I Believe In You/ FRANKIE BRUNSON: Charmaine/ THE CORONETS: Crime Doesn't Pay/ THE DU DROPPERS: That's All I Need/ ROY GAINES: Alabama Sue/ Hoodoo/ SAM "HIGHPOCKETS" HENDERSON AND HIS JUMPERS: Grab That Thing And Run/ EMMETT HOBSON: Mattie Bee/ Where Is Joe?/ CLAYTON LOVE: Bye Bye Baby/ BUDDY LUCAS: I'm Trapped/ ZILLA MAYS: Right Now/ Since You Went Away/ LIL MCKENZIE: Run A' Long/ CHRIS POWELL & THE BLUE FLAMES: Break It Up/ Good-Bye Little Girl/ Love Ya Like Crazy/ BERTICE READING: I Gotta Know/ MAYMIE WATTS: Doo Ba Dee/ Quicksand/ Wheel Of Time/ PAUL WILLIAMS: Big Foot Mammy/ Humpty Dumpty/ Women Are The Root Of All Evil/ BEVERLY WRIGHT: Blackboard Rock/ Shake Till I'm Shook

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17419 Martians, Demons and Fools Like Me - MCI Records Story ● CD $21.98
39 tracks recorded by this small Arizona label between 1954 and 1961. The label's main claim to fame was the big hit The Fool by Sanford Clark which is featured here along with its flip side and two previously unissued demos. A mix of rock 'n' roll, country, pop and musical radio commercials (one of the labels' specilaities) it also includes sides by Spence Bare (with great steel guitarist Bud Isaacs), Maxine Johnson, Denny Reed, Lee Hazelwood (a previously unissued demo with Al Casey), The Newton Brothers (featuring a evry young Wayne Newton), Al Casey, Dick Robinson & His Makebelievers (the novelty The Boppin' Martian), Connie Conway (her I Should Not Be Seeing featured in the popular TV series "Mad Men" and more including eight brief radio commercials for radio station KRLA, Blakley's Gasoline, Mecham Pontiac and others.

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 Duke 103 Robey's R&B Dukes ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Superb collection of blues and R&B from the early years of Don Robey's legendary Duke label. There are 14 tough sides from vocalist/ drummer Earl Forest recorded between 1952 and 1954. Forest had been a member of a group of great Memphis musicians known as The Beale Streeters, which at various times included Bobby Bland, B.B. King, Johnny Ace and Junior Parker and the first four cuts feature him with a version of The Beale Streeters with Johnny Ace on piano. The remaining sides find him with various groups including the Grady Gaines Orch. with Gaines on tenor and a tough unknown guitarist (possibly Roy Gaines). This set includes all the sides recorded by Forest for Duke including several that were not originally issued on singles. All his sides are fine urban blus outings. Singer/ guitarist Long John Hunter is represented by only one track but it's a killer - Crazy Girl, here on CD for the first time, features powerful vocals from John along with some ferocious guitar work. There are four fine sides from Texas singer/ guitarist Lester Williams and the set is rounded with the fine instrumental Gatemouth's Ghost by Bill Fort's Orch and two sides each by Joe "Mr. Google Eyes" August and Junior Ryder recorded in Los Angeles in 1953 and '54 with the Johnny Otis Orch. A most worthwhile collection. (FS)
MR. GOGGLE EYES AUGUST WITH J. OTIS BAND: O What A Fool/ Play The Game/ EARL FOREST: Got A Feeling/ I'm Your Boy/ Keep That Monkey Off Me/ My Kind Of Girl/ Oh, Why/ Out On A Party/ Ohh Ohh Wee/ Your Kind Of Love/ Baby, Baby/ Fifty-Three/ Last Night's Dream/ Pretty Bessie/ Rock The Bottle/ Whoopin' And Hollerin'/ BILL FORT'S ORCH.: Gatemouth's Ghost/ LONG JOHN & ORCH.: Crazy Girl/ JUNIOR RYDER WITH JOHNNY OTIS ORCH.: Don't Tell Nobody/ Every Star I See/ LESTER WILLIAMS & HIS ORCH.: Crazy 'Bout You Baby/ Don't Take Your Love From Me/ Good Lovin' Baby/ Let's Do It

VARIOUS ARTISTS Duke 104 Robey's R&B Dukes, Volume 2 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, strongly recommended
The second collection in this series is a fine collection of blues, R&B and proto soul recorded between 1954 and 1961 encompassing blues, R&B and proto soul from BIlly Brooks (a tough blues shouter), Buddy Ace, Paul Perryman ( very soulful vocalist), Joe Medwick, Peppermint Harris (two excellent blues sides from 1960 that are a throwback to earllier days and are my favorite tracks here) and Little Buck (another very soulful singer). (FS)
BUDDY ACE: Angel Boy/ Beyond The Rainbow/ What Can I Do/ I'm In The Mood/ It Can't Be True/ BILLY BROOKS & HIS ORCH.: I'm Gone/ BILLY BROOKS WITH RED SAUNDERS BAND: I Want Your Love Tonight/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: Ain't No Business/ Angel Child/ LITTLE BUCK: Go On With Your Dancing/ I'll Follow You/ Let It Be Now/ So Fine, So Sweet/ CHESTER MCDOWALL & HIS BAND: Baby Don't Leave Me/ I Wonder Why/ JOE MEDWICK WITH JOE SCOTT ORCH.: I Have Confidence In You/ You Still Send Me/ PAUL PERRYMAN & HIS BAND: I'm Crying No/ I'm Walking Out/ Just To Be Close To You/ Just To Hold My Hand/ While You Wait/ PAUL PERRYMAN WITH BILL HARVEY ORCH.: Long Enough/ Nobody Loves Me

VARIOUS ARTISTS Enjoy 1001 Bobby's Soul Cellar, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98 $13.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
The "Bobby" of the title was Bobby Robinson who, as a producer, between 1059 and 1962 racked up hits by Wilbert Harrison, Bobby Marchan, King Curtis, Lee Dorsey, and Gladys Knight & the Pips for the Fire/Fury labels. But by 1963, the national hits dried up, so Robinson concentrated on releasing his productions on labels owned and operated by himself and his brother Danny. They never managed any more hits, but they did give exposure to artists that otherwise would have never been heard. Through the Enjoy and Everlast imprints, the Robinson brothers issued sides by Joe Heywood (who cut the original version of Warm and Tender Love, included here, which later became a hit for Percy Sledge on Atlantic), Harrison Brothers (featuring Bobby Harris), Jimmy Armstrong, Kip Anderson (the fantastic I Will Cry), Johnny Jones, the Heatwaves, Sammy Taylor, Bobby Porter, and the Jay Cee's. There's a lot of material here that has not apeared on previous Bobby Robinson compilations - many making their first appearance on CD. There's quite a bit to enjoy in these tracks, which appear to have been recorded from '63 through 1968, and I can admit that I eagerly await volume two. (GMC)
KIP ANDERSON: I Feel Good/ I Will Cry/ JIMMY ARMSTRONG: Count The Tears/ I'm Going To Lock My Heart/ MARY B: Ain't Nobody's Business/ JAY DEE BRYANT: Get It (Come On And Get It)/ THE HARRISON BROTHERS: Standing On The Corner/ JOE HAYWOOD: Ghost Of Love/ Let's Walk Together/ Talk To Me Baby (Put Some Sugar In My Ear)/ Warm And Tender Love/ When You Look In The Mirror (You're Looking At The One I Love)/ THE HEATWAVES: (Write It On The Blackboard) 99 Times/ Holding Out/ THE JAY CEE'S: Just Say The Word/ The Waddle/ JOHNNY JONES: I Find No Fault (In My Baby's Love)/ RICKY LEWIS: Cupid/ BOBBY PORTER: Searching For Love/ THE RINKYDINKS: Hot Potato, Part 1/ Hot Potato, Part 2/ RONNIE & THE MANHATTANS: Long Time No See/ SAMMY TAYLOR: Next In Line/ THE VICTONES: My Baby Changes

VARIOUS ARTISTS Excello 2100 Excello R&B Kings Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
A superb collection of Nashville blues and R&B recorded for Excello Records between 1955 and 1962 focusing on the music of four performers - Louis Brooks, Earl Gaines, Good Rockin' Sam and Arthur Gunter. Tenor saxist Brooks is one of the stars of the show here as he and/ or pianist Skippy Brooks appear on almost every track here. The three tracks by Louis Brooks & His Hi-Trippers feature the lead vocal of a young Earl Gaines who is featured on eight terrific tracks under his own name. Gaines was a prolific performer who subsequently went on to become a highly regarded soul singer. Good Rockin' Sam is featured on three tracks and he is another outstanding vocalist accompanied by a small band with the ubiquitous Skippy Brooks on piano and an unknown, but superb, guitarist. There are eight tracks by singer/ guitarist Arthur Gunter. Although all of Gunter's sides were issued on CD 20 years ago that CD is long out of print so this selection is most welcome featuring a mix of down home songs (Ludella/ Don't Leave Me Now, etc) and more urban flavored titles (Trouble With My Baby/ We're Gonna Shake, etc) - all excellent. If you enjoy this you might want to check out some of the Ace CDs featuring these artists with practically no duplication - Ace 652 "No Jive: Authentic Southern Country Blues"; Ace 662 "Southern Rhythms"; Ace 684 "Ernie's Record Mart" - $18.98 each. (FS)
LOUIS BROOKS & HIS HI-TOPPERS (VCL EARL GAINES: Don't You Know/ Gonna Stop Foolin' Myself/ LOUIS BROOKS & HIS HI-TOPPERS (VCL. EARL GAINE: It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day) [1955 version]/ EARL GAINES: A Long Time Ago/ It's Drivin' Me Mad/ It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day) [1962 version]/ Please Love Me/ Baby, Baby, What's Wrong/ Can't Keep From Cryin'/ I Don't Need You Now/ Please Understand/ GOOD ROCKIN' SAM WITH KID KING'S COMBO: Baby I'm Fool Proof/ Don't Let Daddy Slow Walk You Down/ Funny Funny Feelin'/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Baby You Better Listen/ Crazy Me/ Don't Leave Me Now/ Hear My Plea Baby/ I Want Her Back/ Love Has Got Me/ Ludella/ No Naggin' No Draggin'/ Trouble With My Baby/ We're Gonna Shake

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 442 The Other Side Of The Trax: Stax-Volt 45rpm Rarities ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, very highly recommended
Although there have been compilations of Stax-Volt A-Sides, this is apparently the first time any B-Sides from the labels' golden period (i.e. when they were distributed by Atlantic) have been re-issued on CD. And so these 24 tracks have been drawn from the vaults for our entertainment, and the results do not disappoint. From the kickoff of Johnnie Taylor's Changes and Carla Thomas' Separation, through Rufus Thomas' Sho' Gonna Mess Him Up, William Bell's Don't Stop Now and Johnny Daye's I Need Somebody, to Dorothy Williams' Watchdog, Sir Mack Rice's I Gotta Have My Baby's Love and Gorgeous George's Sweet Thing, the song quality remains first rate. Then there's the icing on the cake: Isaac Hayes' first Stax recording-as Sir Isaac & the Do-Dads-is the spirited instrumental, The Big Dipper. All in all, fans of the Stax-Volt catalog will not regret purchasing this disc. (GMC)
BARBARA & THE BROWNS: Please Be Honest with Me/ You Belong to Her/ WILLIAM BELL: Ain't Got No Girl/ Don't Stop Now/ JOHNNY DAYE: I Need Somebody/ EDDIE FLOYD: Hey Now/ Under My Nose/ GORGEOUS GEORGE: Sweet Thing/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: This Kind of Woman/ EDDIE JEFFERSON: (Uh-Oh) I'm in Love Again/ JOHNNY JENKINS: Bashful Guitar/ LYNDA LYNDELL: Here I Am/ OSCAR MACK: You'll Never Know How Much I Love You/ THE MAR-KEYS: Beach Bash/ EDDIE PURRELL: My Pride Won't Let Me/ SIR MACK RICE: I Gotta Have My Baby's Love/ SIR ISAAC & THE DO-DADS: The Big Dipper/ JOHNNIE TAYLOR: Changes/ Strange Things (Happenin' in My Heart)/ CARLA THOMAS: A Boy Named Tom/ Separation/ RUFUS THOMAS: Sho' Gonna Mess Him Up/ RUFUS & CARLA THOMAS: We're Tight/ DOROTHY WILLIAMS: Watchdog

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 443 New Breed Workin' - Blues With A Rhythm ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
For the last 15 years Kent Records has been a leader in the reissuing of vintage Blues, R&B and Soul music aimed at dancers in a series of CDs under the "New Breed" banner, and this latest volume in the series continues in that tradition with seven being previously unissued.. Roughly spanning the years 1955 to 1967 there are a few familiar names (B.B. King, Ray Agee, The Ovations and Richard Berry) but most of the artists are obscure including Danny White (superb New Orleans R&B), Roosevelt Powers (actually an unknown artist on a tape), Bertha Tillman (the rocking (I Believe) Something Funny Is Going On featuring tough guitar), Nookie Boy (more fine New Orleans R&B), Beatrice Lee, Joan Duvalle (the superb, previously unissued, Lucky Girl from the New Orleans A.F.O. label), Cool Papa Jarvis (fine Cleveland bluesman with an unissued version of Long Tall Lester's Workin' Man), Bill Ray and others. Superb sound nd the 16 page booklet has detailed notes, rare photos, label shots and other memorabilia. (FS)
RAY AGEE: Real, Real Love/ RICHARD BERRY: Big John/ BIG CHARLEY & THE DOMANS: I Can't Even Enjoy My Home/ JOAN DOVALLE: Lucky Girl/ ARTHUR GRANT & THE RED SHOES: Steamboat/ BIG BOY GROVES & LITTLE MARGIE: Yes It's You/ DEAN HAWLEY: Boss Man/ CHET "POISON" IVEY: Now We Must Part/ PAPA JARVIS: Workin' Man/ MARY JOHNSON: These Tears (Brass Version)/ B.B. KING: You Never Know/ BEATRICE LEE: Keep a Hold on Him/ ROBBIE LEE: Let Me Know/ LITTLE BETTY: Twistin' School/ LORD LUTHER: Poor Boy's Song/ THE MUSIC CITY SOUL BROTHERS: Looking for My Baby/ NOOKIE BOY: I've Got a Feelin' for You Baby/ THE OVATIONS: What Did I Do Wrong/ PEE WEE: My Baby's Gone/ ROOSEVELT POWERS: Cruel World/ BILLY RAY: Playboy/ BERTHA TILLMAN: (I Believe) Something Funny Is Going on or Other/ VARETTA & THE THOMASES: Breaking Hearts/ DANNY WHITE: The Twitch

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 3202 Hidden Gems, Vol. 9 - Aladdin Records #2 ● CD $16.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
The second collection of obscure blues and R&B sides from the Mesner's Aladdin label is another winner with a superb collection of sides recorded between 1953 and 1958. It opens with a hot version of Pacuko Hop by Ike Carpenter and His Orch which included Maynard Feguson, Gerald Wilson, Maxwell Davis, Red Callendar and others. There are two cuts from excellent jump blues vocalist Gene Forest accompanied by the Chuck Higgins Orch. There are two outstanding sides by Jeannie Barnes, a vocalist reminiscent of Esther Phillips, accompanied by The Johnny Otis Band. From their post Specialty period we have excellent sides from Joe Liggins and Jimmy Liggins - their hits may be behind them but they both still led superb bands. Joe's Justina has a New Orleans feel to it. Pat Patrick's Hot Springs has lyrics that hark back to the pre war era and he is given fine accompaniment by the Johnny Otis Band with tough guitar from Pete "Guitar" Lewis. Although most of Aladdin's artists were based on the West Coast this set includes two tough rocking sides by New York's Crawford Brothers and one from The Lovers (aka Tarheel Slim & Little Ann). Other artists include Richard Lewis & Band, Rollng Crew (aka Cleo Page), Monte Easter & Band and others. Sound is superb and there are full discographical details in booklet. (FS)
JEANNIE BARNES & ORCH.: Can't Get You Off My Mind/ My Love Song/ BIP & BOP WITH JOHNNY'S COMBO: Du Wada Du/ IKE CARPENTER & HIS ORCH.: Pachuko Hop/ THE CRAWFORD BROTHERS: I Ain't Guilty/ It Feels Good/ MONTE EASTER & HIS BAND: After Dark/ Just A Rockin'/ GENE FORREST & THE FOUR FEATHERS WITH CHUCK H: Dubio/ Wiggle/ RAY JOHNSON WITH BAND: Calypso Joe/ RICHARD LEWIS & HIS BAND (VCL DOLORES GIBSON): Call Me, Call Me, Call Me/ Hey, Little Boy/ JIMMY LIGGINS WITH BAND: Boogie Woogie King/ No More Alcohol/ JOE LIGGINS WITH BAND: Go Ahead/ Justina/ LITTLE WILBUR & THE PLEASERS: I Don't Care/ THE LOVERS: Love Bug Bit Me/ PAT PATRICK & HIS BAND: Hot Springs/ I Ain't Done Nothin' To You/ ROLLING CREW & ORCH.: Home On Alcatraz/ ED TOWNSEND & BAND: Come On And Walk With Me/ Give Me One Chance/ ED TOWNSEND WITH BAND: Every Night/ RAY WILLIAMS & BAND: Jeannette

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 063 Wild Child - The Warwick Records Story ● CD $14.98 $10.98
Three CDs, 75 tracks, recommended
Warwick Records was a short lived label (1959-62) run by veteran songwriter/ producer Morty Craft. During it's short life it racked up big hits by instrumental groups Johnny & The Hurricanes and The String-A-Longs. They also recorded guitar master LInk Wray though his fine cuts had little success. The rest of the catalog included R&B, doo-wop, rock 'n' roll and pop. Many of their recordings have a pop flavor thanks to the addition of strings but Little Esther Phillips's great Wild Child and Feel Like I Wanna Cry are straight R&B without any "sweetening." OTher artists include Bob Crewe, Jerry Landis (aka Paul Simon), Dean Barlow (former lead singer of The Crickets), Artie Garr (aka Art Garfunkle), The Crests, Faye Adams (two songs sincluding a remake of her hit Shake A Hand), The Tokens (pre Lion Sleeps Tonight), Bill Kenny, The Four Winds, The Genies, Fran Jeffries, The Harptones, The Distants, The Fireballs, The Willows, Buddy Charles, Larry Darnell, The Vox Poppers, Mary Osborne (legendary female jazz guitarist), The Craftsmen and others. (FS)
FAYE ADAMS: Hurts Me To My Heart/ It Can't Be Wrong/ Shake A Hand/ GINNY ARNELL: He Likes Rock And Roll Better Than Me/ DEAN BARLOW: It's All In Your Mind (I'n Not Cheatin' On You)/ Your Love Is All I Need/ THE BUDDY BRENNAN QUARTET: Big River/ BUDDY CHARLES: A Soldier's Prayer/ Oh Yes I Do/ PETULA CLARK: Romeo/ THE CRAFTSMEN: Rock A-Long/ THE CRESTS: The Actor/ BOB CREWE: Cool Time (In The Old Town Tonight)/ Oh How I Miss You Tonight/ Water Boy/ LARRY DARNELL: If I Had You/ THE DISTANTS: Always/ Come On/ THE ETERNALS: Blind Date/ THE FASHIONS: All I Want/ THE FIREBALLS: Quite A Party/ THE FOUR WINDS: Daddy's Home/ SUNNY GALE: Church Bells May Ring/ My Foolish Heart/ ARTIE GARR: Beat Love/ Dream Alone/ THE GENIES: Little Young Girl/ Twistin' Pneumonia/ JIMMY GILMER: Good Good Lovin'/ LINDA GLOVER: A Different Kind Of Love/ Counting Sheep Over You/ THE HALOS: Mean Old World/ Village Of Love/ THE HARPTONES: I Remember/ Love Me Completely/ What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)/ JEANIE & HER BOY FRIENDS: Baby/ It's Me Knockin'/ FRAN JEFFRIES: No Moon At All/ JOHNNY & THE HURRICANES: Crossfire/ Red River Rock/ Reveille Rock/ JOHNNY & THE TOKENS: The Taste Of A Tear/ BILL KENNY: Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall/ Whispering Grass/ KITT 'N' KORY: Across The Moon/ JERRY LANDIS: Just A Boy/ Play Me A Sad Song/ Shy/ DONNY MARCHAND: I Don't Know/ MATT MONRO: My Kind Of Girl/ THE MYSTERIONS: Amnesia/ Transylvania/ MARY OSBORNE: I'm Beginning To See The Light/ A PAIR OF KINGS: Ev'rytime/ LITTLE ESTHER PHILLIPS: Feel Like I Wanna Cry/ Wild Child/ THE RAGING STORMS: The Dribble (Twist)/ MARVIN RAINWATER: Boo Hoo/ EDDIE REEVES: Talk Talk/ NORMAN SANDS & THE VALIANTS: Don't Wanna Leave The Congo/ THE SEDATES: Girl Of Mine/ THE SHEPHERD SISTERS: Alone/ SHIRLEY & LEE: Let The Good Times Roll/ Like You Used To Do/ Well-A, Well-A/ ANDY STEWART: A Scottish Soldier (Green Hills Of Tyrol)/ THE STRING-A-LONGS: Wheels/ THE TOKENS: Tonight I Fell In Love/ THE VOX POPPERS: In My Heart Of Hearts/ THE WILLOWS: My Dear, Dearest Darling/ You/ LINK WRAY: Big City Stomp/ Poppin' Popeye

T-BONE WALKER Brunswick 81016 The Legendary T-Bone Walker ● CD $15.98 $11.98
11 tracks, recommended
Reissue of 1967 album recorded in Texas with Willard Burton Organ & piano), Arnett Cobb (tenor), Harmonica Fats and others and produced by Huey Meaux. Although T-Bone had recorded very little in the preceding ten years he is in great voice on a selection of older songs (often retitled) as well as newer compositions. Some of the guitar leads are by young white Texan Joey Long who does a fine job. Includes - Treat Your Daddy Well/ Let Your Hair Down Baby/ It Ain't No Right In You/ Don't Let Your Heartache Catch You Crying/ Hate To See You Go/ You Don't Love Me And I Don't Care, etc. Not prime T-Bone but certainly worthwhile. (FS)

MUDDY WATERS BGO BGOCD 949 They Call Me Muddy Waters/ Live At Mister Kelly's** ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Two 1971 LPs by Muddy combined for this excellent CD. "They Call Me" was the first Muddy LP issued after his infamous "Electric Mud/ After The Rain" recordings and consisted of mostly previously unissued tracks from the Chess vaults. Nine of the twelve track are from 1966/67 with Sammy Lawhorn, Otis Spann and Pee Wee Madison with Little Walter sitting in to provide the harmonica work. Excellent latter day Muddy with a more urgent contemporary sound than his earlier sides but Muddy sounds perfectly comfortable and his Kinfolk's Blues and Blind Man are particularly nice. The remaining tracks are from much earlier include two magnificent sparsely accompanied tracks from 1951 & '52 - the gorgeous title song and the stellar Howling Wolf with just Little Walter & Big Crawford accompanying. "Live" was recorded during a three week stint in June 1971 at the elegant "Mister Kelly's" club with his regular band at the time (Lawhorn, Madison, Pinetop Perkins, Paul Oscher, etc.) with James Cotton guesting on three tracks under the pseudonym Joe Levis (he was under contract with Capitol at the time). Muddy and the band are in fine form on a selection of songs which included only two songs from the old days Country Boy and Blow Wind Blow along with three new songs and some surprising but effective covers of songs by his contemporaries including Jimmy Reed's You Don't Have To Go and Sonny Boy Williamsion's Nine Below Zero. Certainly not as compelling as his earlier recordings but a fine set of performances. Booklet includes original liner note to "They Call Me" from Pete Welding and new notes for the package by Tony Russell. (FS)

MUDDY WATERS Proper BOX 102 King Of Chicago Blues ● CD $26.98 $21.98
4 CDs, 97 tracks, 280 mins, highly recommended
The UK-based Proper label has done another fine job on this budget-priced 4-CD box set of a nice variety of material Muddy Waters recorded between 1941 and 1955. Disc one's 22 cuts are made up of a baker's dozen from Stovall's Plantation in 1941/42 for the Library Of Congress, his Chicago debut - as James "Sweet Lucy" Carter - on Mean Red Spider, plus Muddy's 1946 recordings behind Homer Harris and James "Beale Street" Clark as well as the Columbia sides Jitterbug Blues/ Hard Day Blues, and Burying Ground Blues. Disc two pulls together 24 tracks recorded between 1947 and 1950 originally issued on the Aristocrat imprint, while discs three and four deliver 51 sides that found their home on the Chess label spanning six years from early 1950 to late 1955. While much of this material is available elsewhere, it's good to see some oddball titles that don't show up on every Muddy Waters compilation that comes down the pike; Howling Wolf/ My Fault/ Flood/ My Life Is Ruined/ Sad Sad Day/ Loving Man/ She's So Pretty/ Smokestack Lightning/ I Don't Know Why/ This Pain/ I Got To Find My Baby/ Clouds In My Heart, and much more. Sound quality is solid all the way through, although maybe not quite as good as the MCA/Universal issues of Muddy's work, but it's a great value with nice packaging and a booklet that includes lengthy liner notes, session details, and a fine assortment of vintage photos of this Chicago Blues giant. (CR)
JAMES (BEALE STREET) CLARK: Come To Me Baby/ You Can'T Make The Grade/ HOMER HARRIS: Atomic Bomb Blues/ I'M Gonna Cut Your Head/ Tomorrow Will Be Too Late/ MUDDY WATERS: All Night Long/ Appealing Blues (Hello Little Girl)/ Blow Wind Blow/ Burr Clover Blues/ Buryin' Ground Blues/ Burying Ground/ Canary Bird/ Clouds In My Heart/ Country Blues/ Country Blues (No.2)/ Country Boy/ Down South Blues/ Early Morning Blues/ Evans Shuffle/ Flood/ Gone To Main Street/ Good Lookin' Woman/ Gypsy Woman/ Hard Day Blues/ Hard Days/ Honey Bee/ Howling Wolf/ I Be Bound To Write You/ I Be's Troubled/ I Can't De Satisfied/ I Don'T Know Why/ I Feel Like Going Home/ I Got To Find My Baby/ I Want To Be Loved/ I'M A Natural Born Lover/ I'M Ready/ I'M Your Hoochie Coochie Man/ Iodine In My Coffee/ Jitterbug Blues/ Joe Turner Blues/ Just Make Love To Me (I Just Want To Make Love To You)/ Kind Hearted Woman/ Last Time I Fool Around With You/ Little Anna Mae/ Little Geneva/ Lonesome Day/ Long Distance Call/ Louisiana Blues/ Loving Man/ Mad Love (I Want You To Love Me)/ Mannish Boy/ Mean Disposition/ Mean Red Spider/ Mean Red Spider/ Muddy Jumps One/ My Eyes (Keep Me In Trouble)/ My Fault/ My Life Is Ruined/ Oh! Yeh/ Ooh Wee/ Pearly Way Blues/ Please Have Mercy/ Ramblin' Kid Blues/ Rollin' And Tumblin' Pt.1/ Rollin' And Tumblin' Pt.2/ Rollin' Stone/ Rosalie/ Sad Letter Blues/ Sad, Sad Day/ Screamin' And Cryin'/ She Moves Me/ She'S So Pretty/ She's All Right/ Sittin' Here And Drinkin' (Whiskey Blues)/ Smokestack Lightning/ Stand Here Tremblin'/ Standing Around Crying/ Still A Fool/ Streamline Woman/ Stuff You Gotta Watch/ Sugar Sweet/ Take A Walk With Me/ They Call Me Muddy Waters/ This Pain/ Too Young To Know/ Train Fare Home Blues/ Trouble No More/ Turn The Lamp Down Low (Baby Please Don'T Go)/ Walking Blues/ Where'S My Woman Been/ Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man/ Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You/ You Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone/ You Got To Take Sick And Die Some Of These Days/ You'Re Gonna Miss Me/ You're Gonna Need My Help I Said/ Young Fashioned Ways

BOB WILLS Proper BOX 32 Take Me Back To Tulsa ● CD $26.98 $19.98
Four CD retrospective featuring 109 of the best recordings made by Wills & The Texas Playboys between 1932 and 1950 featuring every important track he recorded and illustrates how he revolutionized music. Includes his best bands including vocalist Tommy Duncan, steel guitarist Leon McAuliffe, guitarist Eldon Shamblin, banjo player Johnny Lee Wills (Bob's brother), piano player Al Stricklin and many others. Includes 52 page booklet with extensive notes, full discographical info and rare photos.
BOB WILLS: A Good Man Is Hard To Find/ A Little Bit Of Boogie/ Along The Navajo Trail/ At The Woodchoppers' Ball/ Baby Won't You Please Come Home/ Basin Street Blues/ Beaumont Rag/ Betcha My Heart/ Big Beaver/ Black Rider/ Blue Yodel No. 1/ Blues For Dixie/ Bluin' The Blues/ Bob Wills Boogie/ Bob Wills Special/ Boot Heel Drag/ Brain Cloudy Blues/ Bubbles In My Beer/ Can't Get Enough Of Texas/ Carolina In The Morning/ Cherokee Maiden/ China Town/ Corrine Corrina/ Cotton Eyed Joe/ Cotton Patch Blues/ Cowboy Stomp/ Crazy Rhythm/ Deep Water/ Dinah/ Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age/ Don't Let The Deal Go Down/ Dusty Skies/ Faded Love/ Fan It/ Fat Boy Rag/ Frankie Jean/ Get With It/ Goodbye Liza Jane/ Hawaiian War Chant/ Home In San Antone/ I Ain't Got Nobody/ I Didn't Realise/ I Knew The Moment I Lost You/ I Laugh When I Think How I Cried Over You/ I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do/ I'll Be Lucky Someday/ I'm A Ding Dong Daddy/ I'm Feelin' Bad/ Ida Red Likes To Boogie/ Jolie Blon Likes The Boogie/ Just A Plain Old Country Boy/ Keeper Of My Heart/ Liberty/ Little Cowboy Lament/ Lone Star Rag/ Maiden's Prayer/ Milk Cow Blues/ Miss Molly/ My Confession/ My Gal Sal/ My Life's Been A Pleasure/ My Window Faces South/ Nancy Jane/ Never No More Hard Time Blues/ New San Antonio Rose/ New Spanish Two Step/ No Matter How She Done It/ Oklahoma Rag/ Oozlin' Daddy Blues/ Osage Stomp/ Playboy Stomp/ Please Don't Leave Me/ Pray For The Lights To Go Out/ Prosperity Special/ Red Hot Gal Of Mine/ Red River Valley/ Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues/ Roly Poly/ San Antonio Rose/ Silver Bells/ Smith's Reel/ Spanish Two Step/ Stay A Little Longer/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Sugar Blues/ Sugar Moon/ Sunbonnet Sue/ Sweet Jennie Lee/ Swing Blues No. 1/ Take Me Back To Tulsa/ Takin' It Home/ Texas Playboy Rag/ That's What I Like About The South/ The End Of The Line/ The Girl I Left Behind/ The Waltz You Saved For Me/ There's No Disappointment In Heaven/ Thorn In My Heart/ Time Changes Everything/ Too Busy/ Twin Guitar Special/ Twinkle Twinkle Little Star/ We Might As Well Forget It/ Weary Of The Same Ol' Stuff/ What's The Matter With The Mill/ Who Walks In When I Walk Out/ Whoa Baby/ You're From Texas/ You're Okay


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