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.


BLUE MURDER Topic TSCD 537 No One Stands Alone** ● CD $14.98
13 tracks, 49 mins, essential
Utterly magnificent - a real tribute to the beauty and power of the human voice. Blue Murder combines the voices of two of Britain's finest harmony groups - The Watersons (Mike Waterson, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy) and Coope, Boyes & Simpson (Barry Coope, Jim Boyes & Lester Simpson). The combination is nothing short of spine chilling in it's rich, awesome beauty. The opening track, the old gospel song No One Stands Alone is so powerful and moving that it reduced this curmudgeonly old fart to tears! The songs are a mix of English traditional songs, American hymns, some delightful originals by Mike Waterson and more. Martin provides occasional guitar accompaniments and Lester Simpson plays accordion on Mike's Three Day Millionaire but the focus is on those wonderful voices. Hands down, best folk album of 2002! (FS)

SONNY BURNS Bear Family BCD 17154 The Devil's Disciple ● CD $21.98
21 tracks, strongly recommended
Sonny Burns was an excellent honky tonk singer who first recorded for Starday between 1953 and 1956. His complete Starday recordings were reissued on Bear Family 16877 ("A Real Cool Cat" - $21.98) - this disc features his later recordings cut for Texas label TNT, United Artists and MGM between 1959 and 1968. He only cut one single for TNT which has that raw Texas honky tonk sound, similar to his Starday sides. After another gap he recorded for United Artists between 1961 and 1963 and while the sound is a lot slicker than his earlier sides there are many fine tracks - many written by Texas songwriter Buddy Word, Eddie Noack and Burns himself. After another long gap he recorded a session for MGM which remained unissued, until now. While I Sat Down On A Bear Trap and Spread My Wings And Fly are pretty forgettable, the other two are much better. I Left One At The Bar is excellent but Leave The Leaving Up To Me is probably the best song on this CD - a truly superb performance and the presence of a longer alternate take is also welcome. Includes insightful notes from Kevin Coffey. (FS)

JO ANN CAMPBELL Bear Family BCD 17320 Boogie Woogie Country Girl ● CD $21.98
37 tracks, 87 mins, highly recommended
What a pleasant surprise! I was unfamiliar with the recordings of Jo Ann Campbell and was expecting a collection of pop oriented material but, it turns out, Jo Ann was a superb rock 'n' roll singer with a powerful voice with an occasional Wanda Jackson style rasp to it and a real affinity for R&B styled material. Born in Florida where she first started listening to music, her family moved to New York when she was in her teens and Jo Ann developed a real love for R&B. Initially pursuing a career as a dancer she had an epiphany when she saw an Alan Freed show in 1955 and decided she was going to be a rock 'n' roll singer and was able to get a contract with the tiny Point label recording the excellent rocker I'm Coming Late Tonight. She then was signed to the El Dorado label run by Buchanan and Goodman of Flying Saucers fame - she recorded two excellent sessions for them including one cut at Cosimo's J&M studio in New Orleans. When El Dorado folded whe moved to George Goldner's Gone label and recorded for them for a couple of years accompanied by tough bands featuring top New York R&B session men like Dave "Baby" Cortez, Mickey Baker, Sam "The Man" Taylor and others. Most of her recordings for Gone were R&B flavored - several written by Jo Ann herself. She then moved to ABC where she was produced by Sid Feller who hated rock 'n' roll and wanted to steer Jo Ann in a more pop and novelty direction. But in spite of Feller's best (worst!) efforts she was able to turn out some excellent performances including a cover of the Big Joe Turner hit Boogie Woogie Country Girl, the tough blues ballad Duane written by Jo Ann herself as well as fine covers of other R&B songs like Eddie MY LOve/ Willie & The Hand Jive/ Mr. Lee and others. There are some dumb novelties that she was encouraged by Feller including her sole hit for the label - the ridiculous A Kookie Little Paradise. With a few exceptions, though, this is an excellent collection of R&B flavored rock 'n' roll. 48 page booklet has informative notes by Randy Fox, photos and discography.

ALBERT COLLINS Rockbeat 3275 Funky Blues - Live - 1973 ● CD $12.98
10 tracks, strongly recommended
Texas bluesman Albert Collins was one of the most exciting electric bluesmen of the 1970s with a high energy sharp staccato attack in his playing that distinguished him from many of his contemporaries. He was to achieve blues stardom in the late 70s and 80s thanks to a series of albums he recorded for Alligator. Most of these tracks were recorded in Cambridge, Mass in 1973, five years before his first Alligator recordings and not long after he started touring the blues club circuit. Later recordings would find him embracing rock elements but this set is pure blues and, being a reluctant vocalist, is mostly instrumental - the few vocals like Gonna Walk With You Baby and Stormy Monday, etc. use brief vocals to lead into extended instrumental workouts. The instrumentals included updated versions of tunes he recorded in the late 50s/ early 60s like Backstroke and Frosty as well as newer tunes like Funk Jam and Get Down. He also does a version of his clever Conversation With Collins where he gets his guitar to talk dirty. Collins is accompanied by a small solid group. Sound quality on thse live recordings is generally excellent. (FS)

SAM DEES Kent CDKEND 426 It's Over - 70s Songwriter Demos & Masters ● CD $18.98
19 tracks, highly recommended
Sam Dees is a singer/songwriter/producer whose name is mentioned in the same breath as Lamont Dozier, George Jackson, Marvin Gaye, and Curtis Mayfield. Mostly notable as a songwriter/producer he has wrote or co-wrote hits for R&B artists like Atlantic Starr, Larry Graham, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Whitney Houston among others. This compilation contains recordings -including 13 previously unreleased-from his early to mid 70's stint on Clintone Records (distributed by Atlantic Records). While songs like Today is a New Day and I Know Where You're Coming From are well done, but standard soul, numbers like Singing in Poverty/ Everybody's Trying to Get Over/ Married, But I'm Still in Love, and Gimme a Little Action all have an indescribable magic to them that all the above-mentioned songwriters manage to achieve at their best (Gimme a Little Action has juicy Marvin Gaye/Curtis Mayfield vibe to it, for example). Fans and watchers of this man's career will savor this CD like fine wine; 70's soul freaks, meanwhile, can do a lot worse than to give this disc a listen. (GMC)

THE DELMORE BROTHERS JSP JSPCD 7727 Classic Cuts, 1933-1941 ** ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 87 tracks, essential
It's no wonder that the Delmore Brothers are so revered by country music fans - the music they made was just so appealing with Alton and Rabon's wonderful close and distinctive harmonies and their terrific intertwing guitar work featuring Alton on lead and and Rabon on tenor guitar. Although their late 40s and early 50s King sides are featured on a number of releases this is the first in depth look at their earlist recordings with many tracks making their first appearance on CD. Unlike many other brother groups that relied on traditional and old popular songs for their repertoire most of the Delmores songs were originals - mostly composed by Alton and includes a mix of ballads, blues, gospel, novelty songs and more. Most of the tracks are just the duo and their guitars and Alton lets loose with some hot guitar solos on some of them. A few tracks feature the great fiddler Arthur Smith, a few are with a small group and there are three tracks feature a fine and unknown steel guitar - his playing on Scatterbrain Mama is particularly fine. Among the songs here are such timeless classics as Blue Railroad Train/ Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar/ Don't You See That Train, and Brown's Ferry Blues. The Delmores were very popular and influential and many of their songs frequently recorded by bluegrass and traditional country acts today. Sound quality is generally excellent - notes by Pat Harrison gives us the basic facts on the duos career but not much more. (FS)
THE DELMORE BROTHERS: 15 Miles from Birmingham/ Alabama Lullaby/ Are You Marching With the Savior/ Baby Girl/ Back to Birmingham/ Better Range Is Home/ Blind Child/ Blow Yo' Whistle, Freight Train/ Blue Railroad Train/ Broken Hearted Lover/ Brown's Ferry Blues/ Brown's Ferry Blues, Pt. 2/ Budded Rose/ Bury Me out on the Prairie/ Cannon Ball/ Careless Love (Bring My Baby Back)/ Don't Let My Ramblin' Bother Your Mind/ Don't You See That Train/ Down South/ Dying Truckdriver/ Eastern Gate/ False Hearted Girl/ Frozen Girl/ Fugitive's Lament/ Girls Don't Worry My Mind/ Go Easy Mabel/ God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds/ Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar/ Goodbye Booze/ Gospel Cannonball/ Happy Hickey -- The Hobo/ Happy on the Mississippi Shore/ Heavenly Light Is Shining on Me/ Hi De Ho Baby Mine/ Honey I'm Ramblin' Away/ I Ain't Got Nowhere to Travel/ I Got the Kansas City Blues/ I Long to See My Mother/ I Need the Prayers of Those I Love/ I Now Have a Bugle to Play/ I'm Going Away/ I'm Gonna Change My Way/ I'm Mississippi Bound/ I'm Worried Now/ I've Got the Big River Blues/ I've Got the Railroad Blues/ In That Vine Covered Chapel in the Valley/ In the Blue Hills of Virginia/ It's Takin' Me Down/ Just the Same Sweet Thing to Me/ Lead Me/ Lonesome Jailhouse Blues/ Lonesome Yodel Blues/ Lonesome Yodel Blues [Blue Yodel No. 2]/ Lorena, The Slave/ Lover's Warning/ Make Room in the Lifeboat for Me/ My Smokey Mountain Gal/ Nashville Blues/ No Drunkard Can Enter There/ No One/ Old Mountain Dew/ Over the Hills/ Promise Me You'll Always Be Faithful/ Put Me on the Train to Carolina/ Rainin' on the Mountain/ Scatterbrain Mama/ See That Coon in a Hickory Tree/ Silver Dollar/ Singing My Troubles Away/ Smokey Mountain Bill and His Song/ Southern Moon/ Storms Are on the Ocean/ Take Away This Lonesome Day/ Take Me Back to the Range/ That Yodelin' Gal -- Miss Julie/ There's Trouble on My Mind Today/ They Say It Is Sinful to Flirt/ Till the Roses Bloom Again/ Wabash Blues/ Weary Lonesome Blues/ When It's Summertime in a Southern Clime/ When It's Time for the Whip-Poor-Will to Sing/ When We Held Our Hymn Books Together/ Where Is My Sailor Boy/ Will You Be Lonesome Too?/ Wonderful There

CHARLIE FEATHERS Bear Family BCD 16309 Rock-A-Billy ** ● CD $21.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Originally on Zu-Zazz. Charlie Feathers was the founder of rockabilly and everyone else copied his style according to Charlie. Maybe Feathers gets carried away with his place in rock 'n' roll history but no one can deny that he was right up there with the very top talents of the era. His style was more country than the other big names but when he cut loose on a pure rockabilly tune he was astounding. The 25 tunes on this CD collects the various rare and unissued tunes recorded from 1954 to 1973. Bob Jones did the mastering so you know the sound is great. Bottle To The Baby/ One Hand Loose/ I Can't Hardly Stand It/ I'm Walking The Dog/ Wild Wild Party/ Long Time Ago/ Gone! Gone! Gone! and many more. There's a lot of duplication with the Revenant two CD set issued years ago but that set is now out of print. (AE/FS)
CHARLIE FEATHERS; Bottle To The Baby/ Bottle To The Baby (alt)/ Corinne, Corinna/ Defrost Your Heart/ Defrost Your Heart (alt)/ Dinky John/ Don't You Know/ Everybody's Loving My Baby/ Folsom Prison Blues/ Frankie And Johnny/ Gone! Gone! Gone!/ Honky Tonk Kind/ I'm Walking The Dog/ I've Been Deceived/ I Can't Hardly Stand It/ Long Time Ago/ One Hand Loose/ Runnin' Around/ So Ashamed/ South Of Chicago/ Today And Tomorrow/ Tongue-Tied Jill/ Wedding Gown Of White/ Where's She At Tonight/ Wild Side Of Life/ Wild, Wild Party

FISHER HENDLEY B.A.C.M. 202 And His Aristocratic Pigs ** ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
How can you not love a group with a name like that? Fisher Hendley was a fine singer and superb banjo player from North Carolina who performed wearing and jacket and tie and was somewhat more educated than his hillbilly contemporaries. The first track from 1925 is a solo vocal and banjo piece Let Your Shack Burn Down - a variation of the ever popular Hesitation Blues. The next nine tracks recorded between 1930 and 1933 feature with Fisher with one or two other musicians on some fine string band music including a wonderful and clever Answer To Big Rock Candy Mountain. The rest of the recordings are from 1938 by which time Hendley had named his group The Aristocratic Pigs in honor of the meat packing company that sponsored their appearances on radio station WFBC. The majority of these performances are sentimental love songs or gospel songs including My Family Circle/ Brown Eyes/ She'll Be There/ Blue Eyes (featuring some outrageous sobbing)/ Hop Along Peter/ Raindrop Waltz, etc. (FS)
FISHER HENDLEY: A Pretty Girl's Love/ Another Man's Wife/ Answer To The Big Rock Candy Mountain/ Blind Child's Prayer/ Blue Eyes/ Brown Eyes/ Come Back To The Hills/ Hop Along Peter/ If It Wasn't For Mother And Dad/ Let Your Shack Burn Down/ My Angel Sweetheart/ My Family Circle/ Peek A Boo/ Raindrop Waltz/ She'll Be There/ Shuffle Feet Shuffle/ Tar And Feathers/ To Leave You Would Break My Heart/ Under The Double Eagle/ Won't Somebody Tell My Darling/ Work In 1930/ You Make My Heart Go Boom

JIMMY HOLIDAY Kent CDKEND 427 The Complete Minit Singles, 1966-1970 ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
Another excellent compilation of southern Soul by an obscure artist from Kent Records; this time, the performer is singer/songwriter Jimmy Holiday, a Mississippi native who paid his dues with several West Coast indie labels (among them Four Star, Everest, and Tip) before landing a contract with Liberty Records, who then placed him on Minit (acquired when they purchased Imperial Records in 1963). It was with Minit, that Holiday cut his best known work, including such fine slices of Soul as Baby I Love You (not the Aretha Franklin or Ronettes song)/ The Turning Point Everybody Needs Help/ Give Me Your Love, and the funky Spread Your Love. Holiday's voice bears more than a passing resemblance to Jerry Butler's-particularly on the ballads - but if one can get past that, the rewards in these tracks are many: the duets with Clydie King, Ready, Willing and Able and We Got a Good Thing Goin, and his anti-war songs, I Wanna Help Hurry My Brothers Home and We Forgot About Love, represent Holiday at his songwriting best. Although Holiday's most famous composition was Put a Little Love in Your Heart (co-written with Jackie DeShannon and her brother Randy Myers) and wrote hits for Ray Charles, Sonny and Cher, and Kenny Rogers, his own recording career never got the recognition it deserved. He quit recording in 1971, but continued writing and artists ranging from James Brown to Ry Cooder have cut his songs. This collection only represents one piece of Jimmy Holiday's recorded output-maybe one day, Kent or somebody will bring us the rest of it. In the meantime, we have this CD as a record of Holiday's artistry running on all cylinders. (GMC)

GEORGE JACKSON & DAN GREER Kent KENCD 428 At Goldwax ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, very highly recommended
George Jackson and Dan Greer were both heavily linked to the Sounds of Memphis label-both as songwriters, Greer also as a producer/A&R man-but before that the two men worked together as writers and as a recording duo for Doc Russell's Goldwax label, basically serving their apprenticeship in the music business. This CD is a collection of their work together, although only the single You Didn't Know it But You Had Me b/w Good Times (both included here) is definitely credited to both men as George and Greer. (The songs Do the March and To Me It's Storming are thought to have been planned as a follow up single) Most of the songs were written by George and Dan, but there are some by George alone and in collaboration with other writers. Regardless of who's doing the writing, there is some mighty sweet soul contained on this disc: the Sam & Dave-esque You Didn't Know it But You Had Me; the Motown-like To Me It's Storming; Coming Back to You Baby and Love Attack (featuring a simple piano-accompanied performances by George); the gorgeous Don't Wake Me Up; and the lovely I Can See Sadness Ahead of Me. Since many of the tracks are just voice and piano, it's quite possible that these mostly previously unreleased tracks were intended as demos for Goldwax's stable of artists to record themselves (e.g. James Carr's versions of Love Attack and Coming Back to You Baby). But it matters not, these songs are so evocative and full of emotional and lyrical punch that the sparse accompaniment doesn't hurt them one whit. As shown by Kent's collections of Dan Greer and George Jackson's Sounds of Memphis work (Kent 396 and 329, respectively) and Jackson's late work for Jim Hall's Fame stable (Kent 363, 380, and 408), these men went on to greater things, but this excellent collection shows that they had the goods from the beginning. (GMC)

ELMORE JAMES Fuel 57356 Final Sessions ● CD $13.98
21 tracks, 64 mins, recommended
Elmore James was only 45 when he died, not too far from his prime, so "The Final Sessions" isn't much to worry about, he was still in good shape. These sessions have been released a few times before, but unless I am mistaken, this is the only version currently in print. You get quality re-recordings of classics Dust My Broom (mono and stereo versions,) and It Hurts Me Too. In fact, this recording of It Hurts Me Too would go on to be a decent sized hit posthumously for Elmore James. You also get plenty of other good tracks, including two takes of Find My Kind Of Woman. Original studio banter included between many of the tracks, which gives the CD a more intimate, fly on the wall feeling. This also includes the infrequently reissued tracks by Marshall Jones from these sessions with Elmore on guitar. (JM)
ELMORE JAMES: Can't Stop Loving My Baby/ Dust My Broom (mono)/ Dust My Broom (stereo)/ Elmore Jumps One/ Every Day I Have The Blues/ Find My Kind Of Woman/ Find My Kinda Woman/ Hand In Hand/ I Believe/ I Gotta Go Now/ I've Got A Right To Love My Baby/ It Hurts Me Too/ Look On Yonder Wall/ Make My Dreams Come True / My Baby's Gone/ Pickin' The Blues/ She's Got To Go/ Talk To Me Baby/ Twelve Year Old Boy/ MARSHALL JONES: Woke Up Happy/ You Can Do It If You Want To

LIGHTNIN' SLIM Jasmine 3045 I'm A Rolling Stone, The Singles As & Bs, 1954-1962 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 44 tracks, very highly recommended
When it comes to down home blues there is no one more down home than Otis Hicks aka Lightnin' Slim. With his dark soulful vocals and basic but effective guitar work along with beautiful harmonica fills from Lazy Lester his music epitomized the very essence of the blues. Born in St. Louis in 1913 he settled in Louisiana in his teens and started to sing and play shortly thereafter though didn't pursue a career in music until he was in his 30s. He eventually met up with Crowley, Louisiana record producer Jay Miller who had mostly been recording country and Cajun music but was so impressed by Slim that he became Miller's first black artist and was soon to turn his attention to many other local blues performers whose music became known as "swamp blues." Slim was the best and most popular of these artists and after issuing a few sides on his own Feature label, Miller set up a deal with the Nashville based Excello label to issue his blues recordings and this fabulous collections features all 22 singles issued on Excello by Slim between 1954 and 1962. The format of his recording changed very little with Slim and his guitar accompanied by Schoolboy Cleve on harmonica on the earliest sides and Lazy Lester on the rest. The earlier sides usually just had drum accompaniment but later sides added another guitar and bass and a couple of sessions featured Katie Webster on piano or organ. Lightnin's songs were frequently based around traditional blues songs or recent blues hits but all had Slim's unique touch. There are intense slow blues like Bad Luck or I Can't Be Successful, lively dance numbers like Bugger Bugger Boy and I'm Tired Waiting Baby, the topical G.I. Slim and a couple of risqué numbers Sugar Plum and My Starter Won't Work. There's not a single track here that's less than excellent. Some years back Ace issued a series of five CDs featuring all the tracks here along with album cuts, alternate takes and unissued songs but with two of those CDs now deleted this is the best representation available of this great artist's work. (FS)
LIGHTNIN' SLIM: Bad Feeling/ Bad Luck/ Bad Luck And Trouble/ Bed Bug Blues/ Bugger Bugger Boy/ Cool Down Baby/ Ethel Mae/ Feelin' Awful Blues/ G. I. Slim/ Goin' Home/ Have Your Way/ Hello Mary Lee/ Hoodoo Blues/ I Can't Be Successful/ I Can't Live Happy/ I Just Don't Know/ I'm A Rollin' Stone/ I'm Grown/ I'm Leavin' You/ I'm Tired Waiting Baby/ I'm Warning You Baby/ It's Mighty Crazy/ Just Made Twenty One/ Lightnin' Blues/ Lightnin' Slim Boogie/ Lightnin's Troubles/ Long Leanie Mama/ Love Me Mama/ Mean Ole Lonesome Train/ Mind Your Own Business/ My Little Angel Chile/ My Starter Won't Start/ New Orleans Bound/ Nothing But The Devil/ Rock Me Mama/ Rooster Blues/ Somebody Knockin'/ Sugar Plum/ Sweet Little Woman/ Tom Cat Blues/ Too Close Blues/ Wintertime Blues/ Wondering And Goin'/ You're Old Enough To Understand

LITTLE MILTON Jasmine 3042 Chicago Blues & Soul via Memphis & St. Louis, 1953-1962 ● CD $14.98
29 tracks, 75 mins, very highly recommended
Little Milton was so prolific that it seems his early work doesn't get the appreciation that it should. Which is certainly a shame, since there is a lot of fantastic material from those early recordings. On this collection you can hear Little Milton trying on many musical hats on the way to finding his own voice. The earliest tracks like Beggin' My Baby and Somebody Told Me have a New Orleans feel to them even though they were recorded in Memphis for Sam Phillips. If You Love Me Baby has Milton channeling his inner Elmore James and features some blistering guitar work. Cross My Heart sounds like it could have been a hit for Johnny Ace and So Mean To Me has a big Ray Charles influence. It is with Strange Dreams though that Little Milton breaks through the influences and starts to have that Soul infused Blues that would soon make him famous. Tracks originally released on such labels as Sun, Meteor, Bobbin, and Checker, with Bobbin records being where he would have his first hit and where he would produce many great records for the likes of Albert King and Fontella Bass. Collection features fantastic sound throughout, with many, many gems to be unearthed. (JM)

JOHNNY OTIS Rev-Ola CRBAND 9 Rock Me Baby - The Mercury & Peacock Sides ● CD $15.98 $10.98
29 tracks, 79 mins, highly recommended
What a fine collection of tracks from Johnny Otis' early 1950's, a period that brought on a whole lot of hot R&B. Some of my favorite Johnny Otis recordings come from this era. Recordings represent output for the Mercury and Peacock record labels. Considered a bit of a down time before his big resurgence with Capitol records and the "Johnny Otis Show" that was a hit on TV and radio starting around 1957, there was still a lot of great stuff coming out from him at this time, it's just that the charts and sales didn't reflect it. Most of the vocals on this are by Johnny Otis, Mel Walker, or Junior Ryder with the great exception of Yes Baby, a Leiber & Stoller number, which features vocals from Johnny Ace and Big Mama Thornton, both of whom Otis was very busy with promoting and producing as part of his tenure as an A&R man and leader of the house band for Duke/ Peacock records. Great throughout. (JM)

DON RENO & RED SMILEY B.A.C.M. 205 Tree Of Life ** ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Superb collection of sides recorded between 1951 and 1957 by this outstanding bluegrass duo featuring the magnificent banjo and high harmony vocals of Don Reno and the lead vocals and guitar of Red Smiley. The earlier sides feature them with studio musicians but by 1954 they were using their own group The Tennessee Cutups including fiddler Mack Magaha and bassist John Palmer. Their approach was not as intense as their contemporaries Bill Monroe, The Stanleys or Flatt & Scruggs depending more on the easy-going baritone lead vocals and and the jazz banjo style of Reno to set the group's sound apart. Reno was also responsible for much of the group's material. The group also excellent on four-part gospel harmonies which can be heard here on songs like Hear Jerusalem Moan/ The LOrd's Last Supper Springtime In Heaven and others. Their dazzling instrumental prowess can be heard on instrumentals like Tennessee Breakdown/ Dixie Breakdown/ Mack's Hoedown and others. If you mised out on Starday 7001 which included all the group's work from 1951 to 1959 and is now out of print this is an ideal introduction to this outstanding group. (FS)
DON RENO & RED SMILEY: Banjo Riff/ Cotton Eyed Joe/ Cumberland Gap/ Dixie Breakdown/ Family Alter/ Forgotten Men/ Hear Jerusalem Moan/ Hen Scratchin' Stomp/ How I Miss My Darling Mother/ I'm Building A Mansion In Heaven/ I'm So Happy/ Jesus Is Waiting/ Let In The Guiding Light/ Mack's Hoedown/ Mountain Church/ My Shepherd Is God/ Please Don't Feel Sorry For Me/ Remington Ride/ Reno Ride/ Springtime In Heaven/ Tennessee Breakdown/ The Lord's Last Supper/ There's A Highway To Heaven/ Tree Of Life/ Where Did Our Young Years Go

THE ROBINS Jasmine 795 West Coast Doo Wop ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 58 tracks, highly recommended
The Robins were one of the pioneering West Coast vocal groups recording many superb recordings for a variety of labels. The groups origins date back to 1945 when brothers Billy and Roy Richard (both baritones) joined tenor Terrell "Ty Terrell" Leonard to form the A-Sharp Trio. In 1947, after winning a talent competition they were signed by Johnny Otis to play at his Barrelhouse club in Los Angeles where they met up with bass singer Bobby Nunn who helped give the group their distinctive sound, taking lead on many of the recordings and over the next five years recorded for Aladdin; RPM (as the Nic Nacs) where they also backed fine blues singer Mickey Champion; Savoy where they had their first hits with the swinging If It's So Baby and topped the charts with their collaboration with Little Esther on Double Crossing Blues; Recorded In Hollywood; RCA (with the addition of fifth member Grady Chapman as lead tenor) and Crown. Performing a mix of ballads, blues and rockers they were one of the top groups of the era and were often backed by top notch West Coast musicians like Pete "Guitar" Lewis, Johnny Otis, Lorenzo Holden and others. In 1954 they were among the first artists to be signed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Leibe's new label Spark who wrote for them a selection of novelty songs. When Smoky Joe's Cafe became a big hit Leiber & Stoller sold it to Atco who eventually bought the duo out, opffering them a chance to write and produce for Atlantic/ Atco. They wanted to bring The Robins with them but only Nunn and Carl Gardner (who had replaced Grady Chapman) went while the rest of the group stayed in California. In New York Nunn and Gardner formed a new group The Coasters. Only two of the Robins Spark sides are here - all the Robins Spark sides and all the 50s Coasters recordings are on Jasmine 521 ($14.98) and Jasmine 791 (two CDs - $18.98). After Spark the group, with a couple new singers, subsequently recorded for Whippett who tried to steer them in a more pop direction but, fortunately, not in too pop a direction and most of these sides are excellent R&B. Subsequent sides for Arvee and Lavender also have pop leanings but are excellent. All in all, a terrific collection of West Coast doowop by an outstanding group. Sound is superb and there informative notes from Bob Fisher. (FS)
MICKEY CHAMPION & THE NIC NACS: Found Me A Sugar Daddy/ Gonna Have A Merry Christmas/ THE FOUR BLUEBIRDS: My Baby Done Told Me/ MAGGIE HATHAWAY & THE ROBINS: A Falling Star/ THE NIC NACS: You Didn't Want My Love/ THE ROBINS: (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I/ A Fool In Love/ A Little Bird Told Me/ All I Do Is Rock/ All Night Baby/ All Of A Sudden My Heart Sings/ Around About Midnight/ Cherry Lips/ Come Back Baby/ Don't Like The Way You're Doing/ Don't Stop Now/ Double Crossin' Baby/ Double Crossing Blues/ Early Morning Blues/ Empty Bottles/ Every Night/ Framed/ Get It Off Your Mind/ How Many More Times/ How Would You Know/ Hurt Me/ I Made A Vow/ I'll Do It/ I'm Living Ok/ I'm Through/ If I Didn't Love You So/ If It's So Baby/ Just Like That/ Key To My Heart/ Let's Go To The Dance/ Live Wire Suzie/ Magic Of A Dream/ My Baby Done Told Me/ My Hearts The Biggest Fool/ Oh No/ Oh Why/ Our Romance Is Gone/ Out Of The Picture/ Rockin'/ Schoolgirl Blues/ Since I First Met You/ Ten Days In Jail/ That's What The Good Book Says/ The Hatchet Man/ The Turkey Hop (Part 2)/ There Ain't No Use Beggin'/ There's Rain In My Eyes/ When Gabriel Blows His Horn/ Where's The Fire/ White Cliffs Of Dover/ Whole Lot Of Imagination/ You Sure Look Good To Me/ You're Fine But Not My Kind

THE SOUL STIRRERS Abkco 82572 Joy In My Soul: The Complete SAR Recordings ● CD $14.98
Two CDs, 33 tracks, very highly recommended
The Soul Stirrers, founded in the 1930s by the superb Rebert H. Harris were one of the greatest and most influential of all gospel quartets and Harris's style influenced many other vocalists including a young Sam Cooke. When Harris left the group in 1950 Cooke was asked to replace him and pretty soon his exquisite stylings helped keep the Soul Stirrers at the forefront of gospel quartets. In 1957 Cooke left to pursue his secular career and his place was taken by Johnnie Taylor whose vocals bore an uncanny resemblance to that of Sam. Although Sam was fully immersed in pop music he had not forgotten his roots and when the Soul Stirrers' contract with Specialty was up in 1959 he decided to start his own label to record them. That label was SAR and over the next five years the group recorded half a dozen sessions for SAR - several of them produced by Cooke who also wrote a number of songs for the group including the gorgeous Jesus Be A Fence Around Me and Stand By Me Father. Their first session in September 1959 featured Taylor on lead but after he left he was replaced by the outstanding Jimmy Outler who, unlike Taylor, didn't sound as much like Cooke and he is featured as lead on many of the following recordings - alternating with the darker tones of long time Soul Stirrer Paul Foster and joined by long time members Richard Gibbs, Leroy Crume and Jesse James Farley. The superb collection features all their recordings made between 1959 and 1964 for SARIt includes their two SAR LPs, four tracks from a compilation LP, four from non LP singles and four unissued tracks. Although the recordings have slicker and heavier instrumental arrangements (two tracks feature overdubbed strings!) the central focus is on the vocals and in addition to the aforementioned tracks other highlights include I Love The Lord/ Amazing Grace (a gorgeous reworking of the traditional favorite)/ Since I Met The Saviour (a superb Outler composition) and Looking Back (a fantastic version of the Nat King Cole pop hit). But it's all great and it comes with a 16 page booklet with informative notes from Bill Dahl. (FS)
THE SOUL STIRRERS: All Over This World/ Amazing Grace/ Don't Leave Me Alone/ Free At Last/ God Is Standing By/ He Cares/ He's Been A Shelter For Me/ Heaven Is My Home/ His Love/ I Love The Lord/ I'm A Pilgrim/ I'm Thankful/ Jesus Be A Fence Around Me/ Joy In My Soul/ Lead Me Jesus/ Lead Me To Calvary/ Listen To The Angels/ Looking Back/ Mother Don't Worry About Me/ Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone/ No Need To Worry/ Oh How I Love Him/ Oh Mary, Don't You Weep/ Praying Ground/ Since I Met The Savior/ Since Jesus Came Into My Heart/ Something Here Inside/ Stand By Me Father/ Time Brings About A Change/ Toiling On/ Wade In The Water/ When The Gates Swing Open/ Where Jesus Is

HANK THOMPSON Proper Intro 2074 The Wild Side Of Life - A Proper Introduction To Hank ● CD $9.98 $6.98
30 tracks, highly recommended
Hank Thompson had lots of hits for Capitol in the 40s and 50's, selling many records with his clear tenor vocalizing, solid songwriting, and rootsy Texas style and the top notch blend of honky tonk and western swing instrumental stylings from his band The Brazos Valley Boys. This fine collection features 30 of his early recordings recorded between 1946 and 1953 including California Women from his very first session for Globe in 1946 as well as many of his early hits like Humpty Dumpty Heart/ Green Light/ Whoa Sailor/ The Grass Looks Greener/ The Wild Side Of Life/ The New Wears Off Too Fast/ Rub-A-Dub his answer to Goodnight Irene called Wake Up Irene and others as well flipsides and other non hits. Includes notes by Adam Komorowski and discographical information, all in Proper's usual appealing packaging. (FS)
HANK THOMPSON: (I've Got A) Humpty Dumpty Heart/ Broken Heart and a Glass of Beer/ Californian Women/ Cat Has Nine Lives/ Cryin' in the Deep Blue Sea/ Grass Looks Greener/ Green Light/ Hangover Heart/ Humpty Dumpty Boogie/ I Find You Cheatin' on Me/ I'd Have Never Found Somebody New/ I'll Sign My Heart Away/ If I Cry/ If Lovin' You Is Wrong/ It's Better to Have Loved a Little (Than to Have Never Loved at All)/ Most of All/ New Wears Off Too Fast/ No Help Wanted/ Rub-A-Dub-Dub/ She's a Girl Without a Sweetheart/ Simple Simon/ Soft Lips/ Swing Wide Your Gate of Love/ Tomorrow Night/ Waiting in the Lobby of Your Heart/ Wake Up Irene/ When You're Lovin' You're Livin'/ Wild Side of Life/ Woah Sailor/ Yesterday's Girl

TOMPALL & THE GLASER BROTHERS B.A.C.M. 476 Same Old Memories ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, fans only
Tompall & The Glaser Brothers were big country stars from the mid 60s through mid 70s and Tompall Glaser is associated with the country outlaw movement but this collection of their early sides from the late 50s and early 60s is about as far away from outlaw country as you can get. It's pop country with an emphasis on "pop" - the earliest tracks are folky - sort of a third rate version of The Kingston Trio while later cuts are only marginally country. Their acclaimed harmonies are way too slick for my liking and many of the songs (often written by Tompall) are pretty trite. Enter at your peril! (FS)

TITUS TURNER Jasmine 3038 Taking Care Of Business, 1955-1962 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 49 tracks, good
Titus Turner was a decent R&B singer and an excellent songwriter. Although his recorded career started in 1951 this set starts in 1955 with his first session for Wing where he sang his own composition All Around The World which was subsequently recorded in a vastly superior version by Little Willie John. There are two more songs from this session - Sweet And Low features some fine guitar from Mickey Baker. His next Wing session yielded Get On The Right Track Baby which was also given a superior cover - this time by Ray Charles. Over the next seven years he recorded for Atlantic, King, Glover, Jamie and Enjoy performing a mix of original songs along with songs from Henry Glover and others. Turner seemed to have a fondness for forgettable novelty songs or dance craze songs like The Return of Stagolee/ Tarzan/ Miss Ruberneck Jones/ Sound Off/ Pony Train/ Horsin' Around and the preponderance of these kind of songs gets tedious very quickly. His attempts at doing standards like Day In, Day Out/ Sweet Georgia Brown and Knock Me A kiss are nothing to write home about. There are some good R&B numbers here but you have to wade through a lot of dreck to get to them. It's a shame that they didn't choose to start at the beginning of his career when he was performing more interesting blues and R&B material and then they could have left off the worst of the later material. (FS)
TITUS TURNER: A-Knockin' At My Baby's Door/ All Around The World/ Beautiful Stranger/ Big John/ Bla, Bla, Cha Cha Cha/ Blue Moon/ Bow Wow/ Build A Bridge/ Chances Go Around/ Cool Down/ Cora Lee/ Day In, Day Out/ Fall Guy/ Foolish Pride/ Get On The Right Track Baby/ Get Up Betty Jean/ Have Mercy Baby/ Hey Doll Baby/ Hold Your Lovin'/ Horsin' Around/ Hungry Man/ I Bet You Shut Your Big Mouth/ I Love You Baby/ I Want A Little Girl/ I'll Always Be In Love With You/ I'm Set In My Ways/ Knock Me A Kiss/ Left Right Out Of Your Heart/ Me And My Lonely Telephone/ Miss Rubberneck Jones/ My Darkest Hour/ Never Never Nothin'/ People Sure Act Funny/ Pony Train/ Shake The Hand Of A Fool/ Soulville/ Sound Off (Duckworth Chant)/ Sweet And Low/ Sweet Georgia Brown/ Taking Care Of Business/ Tarzan/ The Bull Run/ The Glory Of Love/ The Return Of Stagolee/ Twistin' Train/ Walk On The Wild Side Twist/ Way Down Yonder/ We Told You Not To Marry/ You Stayed Away Too Long

THE VALENTINOS Abkco 82592 Looking For A Love: The Complete SAR Recordings ● CD $13.98
23 tracks, 60 mins, highly recommended
The Valentinos are mostly famous for being where Bobby Womack had his first success, and from their song It's All Over Now being one of The Rolling Stones early big hits, but there is a lot more to their story. Starting in Gospel as The Womack Brothers, they turned to secular music after they signed to Sam Cooke's S.A.R. record label, with much encouragement to do so by Cooke himself. In fact, you get both the Gospel and Soul versions of same song with different names: Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray and Lookin' For A Love. Lookin' would be their first success, reaching #72 on the pop charts in 1962, and was later a top 40 hit for the J. Geils Band. "Baby, Lot's Of Luck" also proved to be a modest hit for the act, but Sam Cooke's death would put everything on hold for them and also put an end to S.A.R. records right when they were really starting to see some success. The Valentinos would go on to record for labels like Chess, and Jubilee, among others, but that's for another compilation to cover. All of the act's S.A.R. recordings are here including seven excellent tracks that were never released before now. CD features deep liner notes for the full story, and excellent sound throughout. (JM)
THE VALENTINOS: Baby, Lots Of Luck/ Bitter Dreams/ Darling Come Back Home/ Don't Go Away/ Everybody Wants To Fall In Love/ I'll Make It Alright/ I've Got A Girl/ I've Got Love For You/ It's All Over Now/ Looking For A Love/ Put Me Down Easy/ Rock In The Cradle Of Love/ Shakin' This Way And That (Lassie)/ She's So Good To Me/ Somewhere There's A Girl/ Sugar Dumpling/ Tired Of Living In The Country/ Tired Of Living In The Country/ To Show My Love/ THE WOMACK BROTHERS: Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray/ Somebody's Wrong/ Somewhere There's A God/ Yield Not To Temptation

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 579 Dootone Doo-Wop, Vol. 1 ● CD $18.98 $15.98
28 tracks, 75 min., highly recommended
Dootsie Williams' famed Los Angeles label once again gets the treatment it deserves in this Ace reissue dedicated to the various less prolific early 50's to early 60's vocal groups that recorded for the Dootone/Dooto label. Program highlights this time around include Guided Missiles by the Cuff Links, Let Me Give You Money by the Pipes, You're Not Too Young by Charles McCullough & the Silks, I Laughed So Hard by the Fabulous Pearls, Don't Take Your Love From Me by the Calvanes, The Day You Said Goodbye by the Dootones, Double Dealing Baby by the Souvenirs, and Only for You by the Cameos. Great music, solid notes by Jim Dawson, impeccable sound quality, and several vintage photos. (DH)
THE CALVANES: Don't Take Your Love (from Me)/ Flee Oo Wee/ They Call Me Fool/ THE CAMEOS: Craving/ Only For You/ THE CUFF LINKS: Guided Missiles/ How You Lied/ It's Too Late Now/ The Winner/ THE CUFFLINX: Zoom/ THE DOOTONES: Down The Road/ Teller Of Fortune/ The Day You Said Goodbye/ CLEVE DUNCAN & THE RADIANTS: To Keep Our Love/ FABULOUS PEARLS: I Laughed So Hard/ THE FABULOUS PEARLS: My Hearts Desire/ VERNON GREEN & THE MEDALLIONS: Rocket Ship/ DON JULIAN & THE MEADOWLARKS: Always And Always/ CHARLES MCCULLOUGH & THE SILKS: My Girl/ You're Not Too Young/ THE MEDALLIONS: Buick '59/ THE PENGUINS: No There Ain't No News Today/ Ookey Ook/ You're An Angel/ THE PIPES: Let Me Give You Money/ THE SOUVENIRS: Alene, Sweet Little Texas Queen/ Double Dealing Baby/ JOHNNY TWOVOICE & THE MEDALLIONS: My Pretty Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 735 Buck Ram's Doo Wop ** ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 69 min., highly recommended
Samuel "Buck" Ram, also known as Ande Rand and Lynn Paul, was born on November 21, 1907, Chicago, IL., and died on January 1, 1991, Las Vegas, NV. As a songwriter and producer, he will forever be connected with Tony Williams and The Platters, and with this new CD, we have his productions on groups like The Chesterfields (4), The Flairs/Flares/Peppers (6), The Colts (9), The Jewels (2), and single artists Shirley Gunter (1) and Linda Hayes (4). Collectors should note that 6 of the tracks are unissued. The talented Colts should be familar to collectors as their Mambo/Vita sides contain important recordings like Adorable ('55, covered by The Drifters), Honey Bun ('56, with a very recognizable Al Sears tenor sax break), and the Alan Freed-Buck Ram song Sweet Sixteen ('56, with a distinctive Ruben Grundy lead). The Aaron Collins-Willie Davis groups (The Flairs/Flares/Peppers) are derived from the Antler (I just love that name!), Ensign and Felsted labels, the highlights being I'd Climb The Hills And Mountains (The Flairs '57, with a Kenneth Byley lead), and One More Chance (The Peppers '61, with a Willie Davis lead). As for Linda Hayes, collectors will remember her Yes! I Know (an answer record to Willie Mabon's I Don't Know), and will not be disappointed with these recordings with former Count Basie/Johnny Otis sideman, saxophonist Earle Warren, and his orchestra, especially effective on the jump track You Ain't Movin' Me. (EL)
THE CHESTERFIELDS: A Dream Is But A Dream/ If I Saw You Crying/ Trouble/ You Walked Away/ THE COLTS: Adorable/ Guiding Angel/ Hey You, Shoo Bee Ooh Bee (Hey Pretty Baby)/ Hey You, Shoo Bee Ooh Bee (Hey Pretty Baby)/ Honey Bun/ Lips Red As Wine/ Never, No More/ Sweet Sixteen/ The Sheik Of Araby/ THE FLAIRS: I'd Climb The Hills And Mountains/ Swing Pretty Mama/ THE FLARES: Loving You/ SHIRLEY GUNTER & THE FLAIRS: Headin' Home/ LINDA HAYES & GROUP: Hubba Hubba/ I Had A Dream/ Take The Hand Of A Fool/ You Ain't Movin' Me/ THE JEWELS: Pearlie Mae/ The Wind/ THE PEPPERS: A Place In My Heart/ All I Ask Of You/ One More Chance

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1418 Hang on Sloopy - The Bert Berns Story,
Vol. 3
● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 70 mins, very highly recommended
Nobody really knows what song is going to be a hit, or what artist will be celebrated in their lifetime. There are so many factors that come into play, so much luck, good and bad that is involved. We here at Roots & Rhythm specialize in shedding light on those stories, the great tracks that should have been hits, the artists that should be better known, and this CD is full of them. Bert Berns was such a great producer, that this third volume of his productions probably still has not dried the well. Here are some examples of the magic you will find here; Mo Jo Hanna by the great Betty Harris, if this Soul stomper doesn't move you, you might want to check your pulse and see if you are still alive. If you thought Ben E. King had a great voice, but was kind of a middle of the road artist, check out Let The Water Run Down and you should have a whole new appreciation for the man. Sure you know The McCoys big hit version of Hang On Sloopy, but have you tried Arsenio's (no, not that one,) red hot cover, it sounds like it should have come out on Fania records in it's prime. Of course you know Van Morrison and Them's Here Comes The Night, but did you know that there was an earlier version by The Exciters done as There They Go that is just as good, if not better then Them's classic version? All this and much, much more can be found here. Lean in close to your speaker, there are secrets here, you might want to keep them to yourself, but you probably won't be able to. (JM)
ARSENIO - Hang On Sloopy/ LAVERN BAKER - You'd Better Find Yourself Another Fool/ SOLOMON BURKE - Beautiful Brown Eyes/ RUSSELL BYRD - Hitch Hike Part 1/ ROY C - Stop What You're Doin'/ THE DRIFTERS - Aretha/ THE EXCITERS - There They Go/ ERMA FRANKLIN - Open Up Your Soul/ ROY HAMILTON - A Thousand Tears Ago/ BETTY HARRIS - Mo Jo Hannah/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS - You Better Come Home/ BEN E KING - Let The Water Run Down/ THE KNIGHT BROTHERS - Love (Can't You Hear Me)/ PATTI LABELLE & THE BLUEBELLES - All Or Nothing/ HOAGY LANDS - (I'm Gonna) Cry Some Tears/ LULU - You'll Never Leave Her/ TAMI LYNN - At The Party/ THE MCCOYS - I Wonder If She Remembers Me/ CLYDE MCPHATTER - My Block/ GARNET MIMMS - One Girl/ VAN MORRISON - Chick-A-Boom/ TAMMY MONTGOMERY - I've Got Nothing To Say But Goodbye/ WILSON PICKETT - Teardrops Will Fall/ FREDDIE SCOTT - Am I Grooving You/ THE SHIRELLES - Twist And Shout/ BABY WASHINGTON - There He Is

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1422 Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou: Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 64 mins, highly recommended
"Rhythm 'N' Blues by the Bayou", is there much better than that? I certainly don't think so. This here is Hell of a collection, positively boiling over with great music. Ace records is one of those labels that you can count on for fantastic sound taken from top notch source material, on top of that they usually have some of the best liner notes/ packaging in the business. Ian Saddler provides the quality notes on this baby. Fine tracks by Katie Webster, Lester Robertson, and Leroy Washington who each get three tracks to shine on, plus Mad Dog Sheffield - two mighty tracks - I Got Fever (Wicked Fever) and "Mad Dog," Guitar Gable with the fantastic down home Blues of Long Way From Home, Lazy Lester with the rollicking Tell Me Pretty Baby, and some great Zydeco Blues with Hey Ma Ma from Clifton Chenier on the Zynn label, not a chart hit, but a classic to folks around the Bayou and beyond. This is a beautiful collection, your ears will thank you, your toes will tap, your pulse will quicken, and if you play it loud enough you are sure to make some new friends (JM)
CLIFTON CHENIER: Hey Ma Ma/ JIMMY DOTSON: I Need Your Love/ CAROL FRAN: Knock Knock/ One More Chance/ CLARENCE GARLOW: I'll Never Hold It Against You/ GUITAR GABLE: Long Way From Home/ KING KARL & GUITAR GABLE: Mary Lou/ LAZY LESTER: Tell Me Pretty Baby/ LITTLE VICTOR: Papa Lou And Gran/ CHARLES MORRIS: When It Rains It Really Pours/ LESTER ROBERTSON: Hoo Wee Pretty Baby/ Pretty Woman (Take It Home To Grandma)/ Take It Home To Grandma/ ANNA MAE ROGERS: I Called You Up Daddy/ MAD DOG SHEFFIELD: I Got Fever/ Mad Dog/ FRANK SIMIEN: Don't You Let Me Down/ TABBY THOMAS: I'd Love To Tell/ LIONEL TORRANCE: Rooty Tooty/ WONDERBOY TRAVIS: You Know Yeah/ LEROY WASHINGTON: Baby Please Come Home/ Hello Baby, What You Know/ Sally Lou/ KATIE WEBSTER: Hoo Wee, Sweet Daddy/ I Want You To Love Me/ Hey Mr Love/ SAD LEROY WHITE: A Merry Christmas/ EDDIE WILLIAMS: Ain't Nothing Shakin' (But Leaves On The Tree)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16405 That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 17 - Sun Records ● CD $21.98 $17.98
34 tracks, 71 mins, highly recommended
Well, Bear Family does it again - they have burrowed into the depths of the Sun tape vault for a third time and come up with another great selection - none of which was ever issued at the time and most making their first ever appearance on CD. In addition to artists recorded at Sun this also gives us a glimpse at some of the artists who sent in audition tapes to Sun including Fred Prentiss with the powerful Jungle Queen, John Tolleson (more familiar as Tommie Tolleson) with four great solo vocal & piano demos, Jerry Arnold (whose tapes he actually placed with Challenge and Security) and several unknown performers including the fine guitar instrumental Driving Home. There some great alternate takes like Ray Harris's Greenback Dollar, Slim Rhodes Band with Do What I Do, Warren Smith's Red Cadillac And A Black Mustache and more including a couple of Charlie Rich cuts with some interesting and revealing studio chatter with Sam Phillips encouraging Charlie Rich to sound more like Elvis and a couple of fine acoustic guitar demos by Ray Scott and ends with a 29 second fragment of an unknown performance by Jimmy Wages that might have become a rockabilly classic if the whole performances existed. And maybe it does - I don't think the contents of the Sun vaults have been fully exhausted. I never cease to be amazed as to the high quality of the unissued material that keeps turning up. 36 page booklet has detailed notes and great rare photos. (FS)
ALTON & JIMMY: No More Crying The Blues (alt)/ JERRY ARNOLD: High Class Baby/ Little Boy Blue/ JOHNNY BERNERO: It Makes No Difference Now (alt)/ S. BROOKS & SLIM RHODES BAND: Do What I Do/ Take And Give (alt)/ SONNY BURGESS: Find My Baby For Me/ JOHNNY CASH: Big River (alt)/ RAY HARRIS: Greenback Dollar (alt)/ J. LEWIS & SONNY BURGESS BAND: Life's Too Short To Live/ CARL MCVOY: I'll Satisfied/ FRED PRENTISS: Jungle Queen/ Lazy River/ CHARLIE RICH: Goodbye Mary Ann (alt)/ Little Woman Friend Of Mine/ BILLY RILEY: Red Hot (alt)/ RAY SCOTT: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me/ Tonight Will Be The Last Night/ GENE SIMMONS: Chains Of Love/ RAY SMITH: Little Girl (alt)/ WARREN SMITH: Red Cadillac And A Black Mustache/ JOHN TOLLESON: Don't Sweetheart Me/ Hickory Nut Mountain/ Rocky Road Blues/ Searchin' For My Baby/ UNKNOWN ARTIST: Driving Home/ If You Need Me/ Snake Dance/ JIMMY WAGES: Unknown Tape Fragment/ ONIE WHEELER: That's All/ JIMMY WILLIAMS: All I Want/ ALAN WINGATE: Rainin' The Blues/ Should Be You/ What Else Could I Do?

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17342 Atomic Platters: Cold War Music From The Golden Age Of Homeland Security ● CD $24.98 $18.98
Some years ago Bear Family put out a massive set with five CDs with 142 tracks, a DVD and a large 292 page hardcover book devoted to the musical response to the atomic age (Bear Family 16065 - $199.98). This 32 track collection features 27 tracks from that collection and to top things off like a mushroom cloud, this set has five bonus tracks not heard on the original 'Atomic Platters' box set! With exhaustive liner notes in a full color 80 page booklet by Cold War historian Bill Geerhart. It includes gems like Radioactive Mama by Sheldon Allman, Uranium Fever by Elton Britt, Atom Bomb Baby by The Five Stars, Fujiyama Mama by Wanda Jackson, Old Man Atom by Sam Hinton and others. It also includes Civil Defense spots from Johnny Cash, Groucho Marx and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Delmark 717 Long Man Blues ● CD $14.98 $11.98
25 tracks, strongly recommended
Expanded CD reissue of LP . Excellent collection of urban Chicago blues mostly recorded for Chicago's United and States between 1951 and 1957 including unissued sides and tracks unavailable since original 78 rpm issue. It opens with the only track not from United - the superb Blue Coat Man by Eddie Boyd with fine vocals and piano from Boyd and superb guitar from McKinley. McKinley was a fine vocalist and guitarist who was influenced by T-Bone and is featured on four tracks from m1954 - all new to reissue and all excellent. Tenor sax on the McKinley sides is by Ernest Cotton who is featured on a rare vocal on the stop-time Empty Bed and shows that he was also a fine vocalist. There are two excellent sides by Harold Burrage with a fine band including Lee Cooper, Lafayette Leake & Willie Dixon. Dennis "Long Man" Binder provides the album title and is featured on four excellent titles with stellar guitar work from either "Guitar Red" or Jody Williams. Distinctive vocalist Arbee Stidham is featured on three tracks with guitar accompaniments from Earl Hooker and Lefty Bates. The set is rounded out with tracks from Jack Cooley, Eddie Ware, Cliff Butler and Edward Gates White. Sound quality from original master tapes is superb and there are detailed notes by Bill Dahl. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5220 Piano Blues, Vol 2 : 1927-56 ● CD $15.98 $11.98
25 tracks, 74 mins, strongly recommended
An enjoyable and diverse selection of piano blues highlighted by seven marvelous tracks from St. Louis based Barrelhouse Buck McFarland who is both an outstanding singer and piano player. His 1929 sides are from a rough 78 but are worth it for some great playing. His 1934/ 35 sides have better sound and feature a guitarist (possibly Peetie Wheatstraw) and several have a wonderfully funky fiddle player. Charles Segar, thought to be from Florida, is also a fine player with some jazz influences - his 1934/35 tracks are all solo instrumentals. The 1940 tracks have vocals and a drummer and are generally less interesting. The disc also features sides by L.C. Prigett, Willie Jones, Jesse Clayton (possibly Peter J. Clayton aka Dr. Clayton) and an unknown performer from a Paramount test pressing that was once purported to be Skip James though it clearly is not - still he's pretty good. The disc ends with two intriguing cuts from 1956 by Doug Suggs who was an associate of Jimmy Yancey with whom he traded ideas. Based these two cuts he was an exceptional performer. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 213 All About Elvis ● CD $22.98
An imaginative tribute to THE KING. Compiled by rock 'n' roll expert Dave Penny this three Cd set features 97 tracks recorded between 1954 and 1962. The first disc featues artists whose recording were strongly influence by Elvis including Phil Gray, Conway Twitty, Wayne Walker, Billy Barrix, Sleepy LaBeef, Ben Hewitt and others. The second disc features artists covering songs Elvis recorded including Phil Gulley (Blue Moon Of Kentucky), Curtis Johnson (I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine), George "Thumper" Jones (Heartbreak Hotel), Earl Robbins (Treat Me Nice) and many more including Stan Freberg's parody of Heartbreak Hote). The third disc "Elvis Adored" features songs in praise of the man including I Want Elvis For Christmas by The Holly Twins, I Dreamed I Was Elvis by Sonny Cole, My Boy Elvis by Janis Martin, Elvis Presley For President by Lou Monte and many more genuflectors. In depth notes from the compiler.
CD1 - ELVIS STYLE: Pepper Hot Baby (Phil Gray), Baby Come Back (Pat Cupp), I'm So Lonely (Jay B Loyd), Long Black Train (Conway Twitty), Domino (Roy Orbison), Blue Fire (Don Ellis), Crazy Love (Dick Glasser), You've Got Me (Where I Wanna Be) (Wayne Walker), Love Me Baby (Chavis Brothers), One Of These Days (Tracey Pendarvis), You Are My Sunshine (Hayden Thompson), That's All Right With Me (Ral Donner), Cool Off Baby (Billy Barrix), Half A Heart (Billy Eldridge), Just For You (Curt Jensen), Make Me Dance Little Ant (Joe Hughes), I Wanna Know (Why You Love Me So) (Eddie Daniels), You're Gonna Treat Me Right (Jimmy Stayton), I Ain't Givin' Up Nothin' (Ben Hewitt), Bluest Boy In Town (Phil Gray), You're Just My Kind (Jay B Loyd), Run, Fool, Run (Bobby Lee), Love My Baby (Hayden Thompson), First Stage Of The Blues (Johnnie Fuller), Rock And Roll Fever (Jr Warren), Lonely, Lonely Heart (Jimmy Reagan), Nelda Jane (Bill Taylor and The Cyclones), If You Love My Woman (Jimmy Witter), Black Cadillac (Sonny Wallace), It Don't Pay (Tracey Pendarvis), Somebody's Got My Baby (Phil Gray), Do Me No Wrong (Pat Cupp), Turn Me Loose (Sleepy LaBeff) CD2 - ELVIS SONGS: That's All Right (Carl Perkins), Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Phil Gulley), There's Good Rockin' Tonight (Ricky Nelson), I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine (Curtis Johnson), Milk Cow Blues (Ricky Nelson), Baby, Let's Play House (Buddy Holly), Mystery Train (Vernon Taylor), I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Johnny Cash), Heartbreak Hotel (Thumper Jones), My Baby Left Me (Leon Payne), Don't Be Cruel (Jerry Lee Lewis), Money Honey (Jimmy Bowen), I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Billy Rocka), Trying To Get You (aka Trying To Get To You) (The Teen Kings featuring Roy Orbison), Just Because (Conway Twitty), So Glad You're Mine (Mackey Hargett), Too Much (Rex Masters), All Shook Up (Otis Blackwell), Mean Woman Blues (Jerry Lee Lewis), Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Eddie Cochran), Let's Have A Party (Wanda Jackson), Jailhouse Rock (Frankie Lymon), You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care) (Buddy Holly), Treat Me Nice (Earl Robbins), Hard Headed Woman (Wanda Jackson), Lonely Blue Boy (Conway Twitty), I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine (Roger LaRue), Baby, Let's Play House (Sleepy LaBeff), Tryin' To Get To You (Johnny Carroll), Good Rockin' Tonight (Carl Perkins), I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You (Andy Anderson), Heartbreak Hotel (Stan Freberg), Hey, Memphis (LaVern Baker) CD3 - ELVIS ADORED: I Want Elvis For Christmas (Holly Twins), Trucker From Tennessee (Link Davis), Rock-A-Billy Gal (Jonathan Craig), All About Elvis, Parts 1 and 2 (PQ Rock 'n' Roll), I Dreamed I Was Elvis (Sonny Cole), The Elvis Blues (Otto Bash), My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Elvis (Billy Boyle), My Boy Elvis (Janis Martin), The All American Boy (Bill Parsons), Elvis And Me (The Kids), Elvis Presley For President (Lou Monte), Sweet Talk (Bunny Paul), Presley On Her Mind (Don Hart), I'm In Love With Elvis Presley (Virginia Lowe), Oh Elvis (Reed Harper), Hey, Mr Presley (Pete De Bree), I Wanna Spend Xmas With Elvis (Little Lambsie Penn), Oh! It Was Elvis (Carmela Rosella), Bye Bye Elvis (Genee Harris), My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Elvis (Mike Sarne), Rock-A-Billy Gal (Hayden Thompson), Elvis Stole My Gal (Huey Long), Uncle Sam's Call (Jimmy Woodall), Elvis Presley Blues (Arlin and Earl), Elvis In The Army (Jaybee Wasden), The King Is Coming Back (Billy and Eddie), I'm Hangin' Up My Rifle (Bobby Bare), Elvis Is Rocking Again (The Hunt Sisters and Mark), The Sock (The Valentines), I Want To Spend Christmas With Elvis (Marlene Paula), Dear Elvis, Pages 1 and 2 (Audrey)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 61724 Ride, Boldly Ride - American Cowboy Songs ● CD $11.98 $7.98
20 tracks, highly recommended
Great collection of cowboy songs - mostly recorded in the 1920s and early 30s usually just with guitar and/or fiddle accompaniment. It includes some superb performances from Jules Allen, Carl T. Sprague, The Cartwright Brothers (the gorgeous Texas Ranger with only fiddle accompaniment), Sloan Matthews (the lovely acapella Dying Cowboy from 1940s field recordings), Billie Maxwell (the only female vocalist here), Harry McClintock, Edward L. Crain (the classic Bandit Cole Younger first heard on the Harry Smith anthology), J.D. Farley (with some great steel guitar), Ken Maynard (one of the greatest of all cowboy singers with one of several versions of The Cowboy's Lament here under various names), The Arizona Wranglers and others. Excellent sound but no notes. (FS)

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

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77115 Cajun - Rare & Authentic ** ● CD $28.98
Four CD set, 100 tracks, very highly recommended
Complementing JSP 7726 and 7749 this is JSP's third foray into the world of vintage Cajun music with 100 superb tracks recorded between 1928 and 1939. It includes legendary names like Joe Falcon, Amede Ardoin, The Hackberry Ramblers (very little duplication with Arhoolie 7050 - $12.98) and Breaux Freres along with great but lesser known performers like Adam Trehan, Anatole Credure, Connor & Grader, Delin T. Guillory & Lewis LaFleur, Miller's Merrymakers, Louisiana Rounders (featuring "Papa Cairo"), The Alley Boys Of Abbeville, etc. Considering the rarity of many of these recordings the sound quality is excellent and there are brief informative notes by Pat Harrison and full discographical data. (FS)
THE ALLEY BOYS OF ABBEVILLE: Ja Vas Jamais Lessair Pleurer (I'll Never Let You Cry)/ Pourquois Te En Pen/ AMEDIE ARDOIN: Aimez Moi Ce Soir (Love Me Tonight)/ La Turtape De Saroied (The Turtape of Saroied)/ La Valse Des Chantiers Peteroliferes (Waltz of the Oil Field)/ La Valse Du Ballard/ Le Midland Two-Step/ Les Blues De La Prison (The Jail House Blues)/ Si Dur D'etre Seul (So Hard To Be Alone)/ Tortope D'osrun/ Tostape De Jennings (Tostape of Jennings)/ Valse Brunette/ Valse De La Pointe D'eglise (Church Point Walt)/ Valse De Mon Vieux Village (My Old Home Town Waltz)/ PERCY BABINEAUX & BIXY GUIDRY: Elle a Plurer Pour Revenir (She Cried To Come Back But She Couldn't)/ I Am Happy Now/ Waltz of the Long Wood/ BREAUX FRERES: Egan One Step/ La Valse D'auguste (August Waltz)/ La Valse Des Pins (Pinewood Waltz)/ CONNOR & GRADER: Lake Arthur Two Step/ Valse De Boscoville/ ANATOLE CREDURE: Black Bayou One Step/ Gasport One Step/ Lacassine Waltz/ Lake Charles Waltz/ THE DIXIE RAMBLERS: I've Got a Gal/ La Musique Encore, Encore/ JOE FALCON: A Cowboy Rider/ Fe Fe Ponchaux/ La Marche De La Noce/ Rayne Special/ Vieux Airs/ DUDLEY & JAMES FAWVOR: La Valse De Creole/ BLIND UNCLE GASPARD: Mercredi Soir Passe/ THE GUIDRY BROTHERS: Homme Abandonne/ Le Garcon Chez Son Pere/ Le Garcon Negligent/ Le Mes Beaux Yieux/ Le Recommendation Du Soulard/ DELIN T. GUILLORY & LEWIS LAFLEUR: Ma Petite Blonde (My Little Blonde)/ THE HACKBERRY RAMBLERS: Blue Eyes/ Bonnie Blue Eyes/ Bring It Down To the Jailhouse Honey/ Dobie Shack/ Don't Ever Trust a Friend/ Green Valley Waltz/ High Mountain Blues/ Just Because/ Louisiana Moon/ Mama Don't Allow No Hanging Around/ My Little Girl/ On Top of the World/ Sonny Boy/ Su Charin/ Te Ma Pris De La Maison/ Wandering Man, The/ HARRINGTON, LANDRY & STEWARD: La Stomp Clreole (Sic)/ Ta Aura Regret/ THE JOLLY BOYS OF LAFAYETTE: Abbeville/ Cata Houla Breakdown/ High Society/ Jolie (Brunette)/ La Valse De La Lafayette/ Old Man Crip/ Tant Que Tu Est Avec Moi (As Long As You're With Me)/ There'll Come a Time/ SYDNEY LANDRY: Confession D'amour/ La Vlouse Francaise/ LE JEUNNE & FRUGE: La Valse De La Veuve/ Le Petit One Step/ THE LOUISIANA ROUNDERS: Alons Kooche Kooche/ Ayou, Ayou, Mon Petite Chien Pour Edete (Where,Oh Where Has My Little Dog G/ Bon Whiskey/ Je Vue Ta Figure Dans La Lune (I Saw Your Face In the Moon)/ La Valse a Karo/ Quatre Ou Cinq Fois (Four or Five Times)/ DENUS MCGHEE & AMEDE ARDOIN: Sunset (Sunset)/ Tout Que Rest C'est Mon Linge/ MCGHEE & COURVILLE: Allon a Tassone/ Disez Goodbye a Votre Mere/ MILLER'S MERRYMAKERS: It's the Top of Everything/ Lake Arthur Waltz/ Merrymaker's Hop/ Over the Waves/ THE RIVERSIDE RAMBLERS: Let's Go Fishing/ She's One of Those/ THE SEGURA BROTHERS: Bury Me In a Corner of the Yard/ My Sweetheart Run Away/ FLOYD SHREVE: Darling of Yesterday/ THE THIBODEAUX BOYS: La Manvais Femme/ La Vieux Valse a Ma Belle/ Ma Petite Chere Ami/ Par De Su Les Lames/ ADAM TREHAN: Arcadian Waltz/ Do You Think Work is Hard?/ The Pretty Girls Don't Want Me/ The Waltz of Our Little Town/ JOE WERNER & THE RAMBLERS: The Answer To "Weeping Willow"/ The Lonesome Wanderer

VARIOUS ARTISTS Not Now 505 Cafe Hawaii ● CD $11.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, recommended
Enjoyable introduction to the distinctive musical sounds of Hawaii both vocal and instrumental. Material ranges from the late 1920s to early 60s and includes hot steel guitar work from Sol Hoopii and Roy Smeck, slack key guitar solos from Leonard Kwan, vocals with slack key featuring Kwan on slack key with various vocalists and more pop oriented songs from Alfred Aholo Apaka. (FS)
ALFRED AHOLO APAKA: Blue Hawaii/ A Sleepy Lagoon/ Aloha Oe/ Bali Ha'I/ Moon Of Manakoora/ Moonlight And Shadows/ Now Is The Hour/ The Hawaiian Wedding Song/ ALFRED ALOHO APAKA: Hawaiian Paradise/ BOB PAUHALE DAVIS & LEONARD KWAN: A Song To Hawaii/ Ahi Wela/ SOL HOOPII & HIS NOVELTY QUARTETTE: Akaka Falls/ Aloha Beloved/ An Orange Grove In California/ Don't Stop Loving Me/ Drifting And Dreaming/ Hula Blues/ Hula Girl/ I Like You/ I Want Someone To Love Me/ King Kamehameha/ My Hawaiian Queen/ My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua/ Ten Tiny Toes One Baby Nose/ There's Nothing Else To Do In A Ma La Ka Mo Ka Lu/ THE KAMAHA'OS TRIO & LEONARD KWAN: He Aloha No Honolulu/ Kahoolawe Hula/ Nono Paipai/ Susy Ana E/ LEONARD KWAN: Haleakala Hula/ Kane'ohe Mama E/ Manini/ Maori Brown Eyes/ Marini Chimes/ Nahenahe/ Nahenakewiki/ Opihi Moemoe/ Silver Threads Among The Gold/ Yellow Ginger Lei/ KALONA MANNING WITH THE KAMAHA'OS TRIO & LEONAR: Po Mahina/ ROY SMECK: But Where Are You/ Cheek To Cheek/ Dream Sweetheart/ Isn't This A Lovely Day/ Remember Me/ Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle/ Ti Pi Tin/ When The Poppies Bloom Again/ You Took The Words Right Out Of My Heart/ You're A Sweetheart

VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 851 Hidden Gems, Vol. 2 - Atlantic Records, Part 2 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Another collection from the early days of the mighty Atlantic label featuring, mostly, tracks ignored on previous Atlantic collections. The tracks here range from 1948 through 1952. There are four excellent cuts from Atlantic session pianist Van "Piano Man" Walls with a small group including a fine cover of Smiley Lewis's Tee Nah Nah and the flip Ain't Gonna Scold You also has a New Orleans flavor. Lucky Davis is a fine Charles Brown influenced vocalist on Cold Love and other fine vocalists include Eva Foster, The Blue Belles and Ed Wiley. Al Hibbler is more of a night club singer but his The Blues Came Falling Down is a straight blues song. There are a number of fine rocking R&B instrumentals from The Tilters, The Van Perry Quartet and Frank "Floorshow" Culley. Lots more good stuff here along with a couple of duds. (FS)
THE BLUE BELLES: The Story Of A Fool/ FRANK "COLE SLAW" CULLEY: The Snap (Theme Of Ramon Bruce's 'Snap Club,' What, Phila.)/ FRANK "FLOORSHOW" CULLEY & HIS BAND: Hop 'N' Twist/ Waxie Maxie Boogie/ LUCKY DAVIS & HIS BLUES KINGS: Cold Love/ EVA FOSTER & VAN PERRY QUARTET: You'll Never Know/ TINY GRIMES & HIS ROCKING HIGHLANDERS: Begin The Beguine/ AL HIBBLER WITH BILLY TAYLOR & HIS ORCH.: The Blues Came Falling Down/ AL HIBBLER WITH ORCH.: Trav'lin' Light/ JOE MEDLIN & THREE RIFFS: I'm Glad For Your Sake (But I'm Sorry For Mine)/ VAN PERRY QUARTET FEAT. FRANK WESS, SAXOPHON: Waxin' For Maxie/ AUSTIN POWELL & JAMES QUINTET: What More Can I Ask?/ Wrong Again/ TAB SMITH, HIS FABULOUS ALTO SAX & ORCH.: Echo Blues/ THE TILTERS: Ee-Til-Ya-Dee/ El Cumbanchero/ VAN "PIANO MAN" WALLS & HIS AFTER HOUR SESSION BOYS: Ain't Gonna Scold You/ Tee Nah Nah/ VAN "PIANO MAN" WALLS & HIS ORCH.: After Midnight/ Blue Sender/ VANN WALLS & THE ROCKETS: Open The Door/ ED WILEY & HIS ORCH. FEAT. ROOSEVELT WARDEL: Deep Moaning Blues/ ED WILEY & HIS ORCH. FEATURING ROOSEVELT WA: So Glad I'm Free/ BILLY WILLIAMS & HIS BAND: The Blues That Jack Built

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rockbeat 3269 Black Top Blues-A-Rama - Live From Tipitina's ● CD $18.98
Two CD set with 35 tracks recorded live at the legendary New Orleans club Tipitina's. There are four cuts by Professor Longhair from 1977 that are of unlisted origin. The remaining cuts were made for the Black Top label between 1984 and 1989 and includes sides from Ron Levy (two tracks), Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters (2), Earl King (3), Joe "Guitar Hughes (3), Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets (5 including 2 with Sam Myers), James "Thunderbird" Davis (1), John Mayall & Mick Taylor (2), Grady Gaines (2), Snooks Eaglin (5) and Hubert Sumlin (4).

VARIOUS ARTISTS Spring Fed 104 John Work III - Recordings Black Culture ** ● CD $15.98
14 tracks, 47 mins, highly recommended
Terrific collection of field recordings made by African-American musicologist John Work III in various Southern states in 1938 and 1941. Five of these were among recordings Work donated to the Library Of Congress and some have been reissued on CD. The rest are from Work's personal collection that were housed at the Center for Popular Music at MTSU and have never been issued before and are not even listed in "Blues & Gospel Records, 1890-1943." There are five beautiful tracks from gospel quartets - mostly obscure performers but one is by The Fairfield Four who later were to become one of the great quartets of the 50s. There are a couple of fiddle and banjo duets from Nathan Frazier & Frank Patterson which have a very haunting and primitive sound. There are also work songs, congregational singing and the rarely recorded Colored Sacred Harp. There is only one blues but it's a beauty - Joe Holmes was a singer and guitarist from Georgia who performs Ain't Gonna Drink No Mo' - a superb performances with more than a few echoes of Robert Johnson in his singing and playing. What a shame there isn't more by him. There is also an excerpt of interview of Muddy Waters by Work. Sound quality is not the greatest - the original acetates were in very poor shape and there was only so much that the sound restoration engineers could accomplish but all tracks are listenable. Includes a 28 page illustrated booklet with detailed notes by Bruce Nemerov. (FS)

CASEY BILL WELDON Document DOCD 5219 Complete Recorded Works, 1935-38 : Vol 3 ● CD $15.98 $11.98
25 tracks, 73 mins, strongly recommended
The third and final volume featuring all the recordings of Arkansas born singer and steel guitarist. These recordings were made at five sessions in 1937 and one in 1938. The sound on these recordings is fairly typical of the Chicago sound of that era - mostly not serious and with a lightly swinging approach. What sets Weldon apart is his fine steel guitar playing. The 1937 sides feature him playing a National steel bodied guitar played across his lap to achieve his distinctive Hawaiian style. On his last session 1938 he had switched to electric steel guitar. Weldon is accompanied by fine Chicago session musicians who, unfortunately, remain unidentified. A few tracks are from noisy 78s, but on the whole, the sound is excellent. (FS)

BIG JOE WILLIAMS Arhoolie 315 Shake Your Boogie ● CD $13.98 $11.98
24 tracks, essential
Big Joe Williamson was a remarkable performer in many ways - unlike many of the country blues singers rediscovered by blues enthusiats in the 60s, Joe had never retired from music or recordings. Starting with his first recordings in 1935 he was a regular visitor to the recording studio up until shortly before his death in 1982 at the age of 79. He was a brilliant performer with a unique style partly due to the use of a 9 string guitar, a creation he put together from parts of regular guitars. His material was a mixture of traditional songs, original songs and improvised combinations of traditional blues verses. The recordings here are from two different sessions in 1960 and 1969 and were previously issued on Arhoolie 1002 and Arhoolie 1053. The earlier sides are particularly fine and intense and include powerful versions of Sloppy Drunk Blues/ President Roosevelt/ Greystone Blues (about his recent experiences of being arrested and sent to jail) /Mean Stepfather/ Shake Your Boogie and others including a lovely version of the spiritual I Want My Crown sung by Joe's wife Mary. The later recordings are almost as good though the recordings are not as clear. Several tracks feature some rough slide playing from Joe. It includes a couple of topical songs (The Death Of Martin Luther King/ Army Man In Vietnam), a gospel song (King Jesus) plus Louisiana Bound/ Throw The Boogie Woogie/ Montreal Blues and others. Excellent sound and brief notes by Chris Strachwitz. Country blues of the very highest order. (FS)
BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Army Man In Vietnam/ Brother James/ Creole Queen/ Dirt Road Blues/ Forty Four Blues/ Greystone Blues/ I Want My Crown/ Killing Floor Blues/ King Jesus/ Louisiana Bound/ Mean Step Father/ Montreal Blues/ President Roosevelt/ Remember Way Back/ Shake Your Boogie/ She Left Me A Mule To Ride/ Sloppy Drunk Blues/ So Glad/ Take Me Out Of The Bottom/ The Death Of Dr. Martin Luther King/ Thinking Of What They Did To Me/ Throw The Boogie Woogie/ Vitamin A Blues/ Yo Yo Blues

MARION WORTH B.A.C.M. 474 Tennessee Teardrops & Other Classics ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, recommended
Marion Worth (real name Mary Anne Ward) was a pop country singer from Birmingham, Alabama who had a number of hits, mostly for Guyden Columbia in the late 50s and 1960s. This set features sides recorded between 1959 and 1963 and includes her big hits Are You Willing Willie/ That's My Kind of Love/ There'll Always Be Sadness/ Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry) and a very effective cover of the Ray Price classic Crazy Arms. Although the arrangements are sometimes inundated with vocal choirs and strings Marion's vocals are always effective and very appealing even though the sound is often more pop than country. Other songs include There'll Always Be A Sadness/ A Lovers Hymn/ Tennessee Teardrops/ In His Own Quiet Way and others. (FS)
MARION WORTH: A Lover's Hymn/ Are You Willing Willie/ Crazy Arms/ Crying In The Chapel/ Go On Home/ How Great Thou Art/ I Lost Johnny/ I Think I Know/ I'm Not At All Sorry For You/ Imitation/ In His Own Quiet Way/ It's So Funny I Could Cry/ Lover's Lane/ My Dolly Has A Pain In Her Sawdust/ Play A Blue Guitar For Me/ Same Old Tears/ Shake Me I Rattle Squeeze Me I Cry/ Tennessee Teardrops/ That's My Kind Of Love/ There'll Always Be A Sadness/ This Heart Of Mine/ Tomorrow At A Quarter To Nine/ Worried Mind/ You're Hangin' Your Coat In Some Other Closet


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