LATEST ADDITIONS  02/28/2017

COMPACT DISCS
ROY ACUFF

LAVERN BAKER
THE BATTLEFIELD BAND
EDDIE BO
CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN
JOHNNY CASH
DEE CLARK
EDDIE DEAN & ANDY PARKER & THE PLAINSMEN
BIG JIM DENOONE
SUGAR PIE DESANTO
BO DIDDLEY
JOHNNY HODGES
SON HOUSE
LOUIS JORDAN
B.B. KING
KING CURTIS
BENNY LEADERS & HIS WESTERN RANGERS
JOE LIGGINS

JOHNNY MARVIN
THE MAYTALSHAYES MCMULLEN
THE MOONGLOWS
MOZAIK
MUDDY WATERS
ODETTA
LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER
THE PASCHALL BROTHERS
RAY PRICE
TOMMY RIDGLEY/ BOBBY MITCHELL
PERCY SLEDGE
THE SWANEE QUINTET
DAVE SWARBRICK
SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGHEE
JOHN E. TINSLEY
VARIOUS ARTISTS
BUKKA WHITE
BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS

 

 
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.
 

COMPACT DISCS

 

ROY ACUFF Righteous PSALM 23:30 The End Of The World - El Fin Del Mundo ● CD $15.98 $10.98
A specially selected 23 tracks taken from Roy's time at his own Hickory Records label in the late `50s and early `60s, with the onus on his most tear jerking and heart breaking performances. Including great covers of Hank Williams and various other country staples alongside his unique self-penned material, with a host of tunes covered by or the inspiration for The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Dillard And Clark, The Walkabouts, Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo and a whole host of alternative country legends. Includes Satisfied Mind/ I Wonder Where You Are Tonight/ Cold Cold Heart/ Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die/ Little Rosewood Casket/ Heartbreak Avenue/ The Letter Edged In Black/ End Of The World/ I'm So LOnesome I Could Crty/ Goodbye My Love, I Heard A Silver Trumpet/ Conscience Set Me Free, etc

 
LAVERN BAKER Collector's Choice 2132 Saved ● CD $12.98 $9.98
18 tracks, 45 mins, highly recommended
Reissue of Atlantic 8050 from 1961 with six bonus tracks. The original LP was issued in the wake of the success of the title song - one of Lavern's biggest hits in a while - a clever gospel flavored composition by Leiber & Stoller with effectively bombastic arrangements produced by Phil Spector. The flip Don Juan (included here) is another exciting number by L&S. The rest of the original LP and the bonus cuts is mostly drawn from singles issued between 1959 and '62 and includes such gems as For Love Of You/ Must I Cry Again/ Bumble Bee/ Shake A Hand, her great answer song to Elvis's Little Sister called Hey Memphis and others. Excellent sound and booklet has new notes by Gene Sculati. (FS)

 
THE BATTLEFIELD BAND Temple 2052 Stand Easy & Preview** ● CD $16.98
15 tracks, 52 mins, highly recommended
This outstanding CD features recordings by this top Scottish band featuring all of their "Stand Easy" LP for Topic from 1979 and their 4 track EP "Preview" recorded for Robin Morton's Temple label in 1980. The group have been with Temple ever since. For the "Stand Easy" album the group changed their name briefly to "Battlefield," lost Jamie McMenemy and Pat Kilbride and added Jenny Clark/vocal, guitar, dulcimer, cittern and whistle and Duncan McGillivray/ highland pipes, whistle, mouth organ and guitar. Alan Reid had started adding synthesizers to his keyboards and the interplay between pipes and synthesizer is very effective. Jenny Clark's vocals, which were only featured on this album, were excellent - the harmony vocals on Christ Has My Heart Ay are particularly fine. By the time of "Preview" the band had changed again - Jenny Clark left and Sylvia and Jim Barnes were added - Sylvia's vocals on Rantin' Rovin' Robin are lovely. Excellent music (mostly traditional) from beginning to end. (FS)

 
EDDIE BO Ace CDCHD 1429 Baby I'm Wise - The Complete Ric Singles, 1959-1962 ● CD $18.98 $12.98
22 tracks, very highly recommended
Following on the heels of their excellent Johnny Adams collection (Ace 1424), comes this companion set of singles from the Ric and Ron labels' other stalwart artist, Eddie Bo. Eddie had knocked around with a couple of labels-including Apollo and Chess-before Ric head honcho Joe Ruffino snapped him up in 1959. A songwriter as well as performer (he penned Etta James' hit My Dearest Darling), Eddie had nine singles of his own material (often credited under a pseudonym) released during his time with Ric and none were more than regional New Orleans hits. And that's a shame since the likes of You Got Your Mojo Working/ Warm Daddy/ It Must Be Love, and his best known track Check Mr. Popeye, are the kind of songs that give the Crescent City its' stellar musical reputation. All nine of Eddie's 45s are here, plus four originally unissued masters making their debut on CD-of which Nothing Without You/ I'll Do Anything For You, and Ain't You Ashamed are the keepers. After his three years with Ric, Eddie, like Johnny Adams, drifted from label to label for the next three decades; however, it's these 22 sides that cement his status as one of New Orleans finest. (GMC)

 
CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN Jasmine 3079 Boogie Uproar - Complete Aladdin/ Peacock Singles, 1947 ● CD $17.98
Two CDs, 45 tracks, essential
At last! There have a number of reissues of Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's early recordings but this is the most comprehensive featuring both sides of all the singles issued on Aladdin and Peacock between 1947 and 1961 with the exception of the elusive Ditch Diggin' Daddy which noone seems to have. Although in later years Gate disliked being pigeon holed as a bluesman these recordings are Texas blues at his finest. His first session in August 1947 is very much influenced by T-Bone Walker, both vocally and instrumentally, but by his next session a year later his own style began to emerge with a more intense vocal and guitar style and his guitar stylings were to influence many subsequent musicians. His third Peacock single the great My Time Is Expensive/ Mary Is Fine was his first and only hit in 1949 but he continued to be a money maker for Peacock and continued turning out great music for them over the next 12 years, recording in Houston with top local musicians like Clarence Green, Bill Harvey, Johnny Parker, Johnny Board, Pluma Davis and others and did one session with Jimmy McCracklin on piano. So many great songs like Boogie Rambler, the much covered She Walks Right In plus I Live My Life/ Pale Dry Boogie (a two part tribute to a local beer)/She Winked Her Eye/ Just Got Lucky/ Dirty Work At The Crossroads (one of my all time favorites with some devastating guitar)/ Midnight Hour/ Gates Salty Blues/ Ain't That Dandy and others. There are also several superb guitar instrumentals including the title song, Gate Walks To Board/ Okie Dokie Stomp and others. Some of the later sessions show his versatility and there are a couple of cuts where he plays harmonica and his last two sessions features three violin solos. His harmonica playing is unexceptional but his blues violin playing on Just Before Dawn is superb. The last two tracks are violin solos that find him moving into a pop direction which are, to me, the least interesting tracks on the collection. Still, two duds out of 45 is pretty damn good. Sound quality is generally excellent and there are cogent notes from Bob Fisher and full discographical info. (FS) There are some terrific songs like My Time Is Expensive/ Boogie Rambler/ Justice Blues, the much copied She Walks Right In, his tribute to a local brand of beer Pale Dry Boogie and more.
CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN: 2'o Clock In The Morning/ After Sunset/ Ain't That Dandy/ Atomic Energy/ Baby Take It Easy/ Boogie Rambler/ Boogie Uproar/ Depression Blues/ Didn't Reach My Goal/ Dirty Work At The Crossroads/ For Now, So Long/ Gate Walks To Board/ Gate's Salty Blues/ Gate's Tune/ Gatemouth Boogie/ Good Looking Woman/ Guitar In My Hand/ Hurry Back, Good News/ I Live My Life/ I've Been Mistreated/ It Can Never Be That Way/ Just Before Dawn/ Just Got Lucky/ Justice Blues/ Mary Is Fine/ Mercy On Me/ Midnight Hour/ My Time's Expensive/ Okie Dokie Stomp/ Pale Dry Boogie (Part 1)/ Pale Dry Boogie (Part 2)/ Please Tell Me Baby/ Rock My Blues Away/ Sad Hour/ September Song/ She Walks Right In/ She Winked Her Eye/ Slop Time/ Swingin' The Gate/ Taking My Chances/ That's Your Daddy-Yaddy-Yo/ Too Late Baby/ Win With Me Baby/ Without Me Baby/ You Got Money

 
JOHNNY CASH Broadcast Archive 6044 The Broadcast Archive ● CD $19.98
3 CDs, 73 tracks, 179 mins, recommended
This collection features two live CDs and one interview CD. The two live CDs - "The 40th Birthday Show, Amsterdam Broadcast 1972," and "Longing For Old Virginia, Wheeling, West Virginia, Jamboree USA, Music Hall, October 2nd 1976," have been issued separately before. Now they have put out a little box set with those two and a CD with interviews from various sources, mostly from the 1980s and 1990s, but with some great audio from the 1950s and 1960s. The interview tracks are great and any Johnny Cash fan would want them. The live 1972 set is the livelier, and better of the two. Once he rushes through Boy Named Sue (they probably had to play it every night for a few years by this point and it seems like they just want to get it out of the way,) they settle in and perform a powerful set featuring J.C. classics like Man In Black/ I Still Miss Someone/ Five Feet High And Rising/ Folsom Prison Blues, etc., along with rousing renditions of Cocaine Blues/ Me And Bobby McGee/ Wreck of the Old 97/ Orange Blossom Special, and more. June gets a couple solo songs as well as the requisite duet on Jackson, and Carl Perkins, the Statler Bros., and Carter Family coming in on Daddy Sang Bass and more. All seem to be having a blast in the Netherlands, and there is a lot of fun banter with the Dutch audience. The second live set is fine, if not that thrilling, a little heavy on the religious numbers, but many of those and plenty of others have solid performances and Cash completeists will certainly want this set. (JM)

 
DEE CLARK Jasmine 593 A History, 1952-1960** ● CD $17.98
2 CD, 46 tracks, highly recommended
Dee Clark was an immensely talented R&B singer who is best known to early 60's pop fans for his 1961 hit Raindrops (which is not included here), but had much more than that to offer. It's those other offerings that are the focus of this latest salute to 50's R&B from Jasmine. Clark had the gift of being able to sound like other singers - such as his uncanny imitations of Clyde McPhatter and Little Richard, on Wondering and Oh Little Girl respectively - but he also managed to carve his own niche on R&B hits like Nobody But You/ Just Keep it Up, and You're Looking Good. This compilation covers Clark's solo career on Vee Jay Records up to 1960, and his early sides with doo wop groups Kool Gents and the Delegates. The solo tracks make very clear that Clark was talented and versatile: witness his versions of blues numbers from Jimmy Reed (Baby What Do You Want Me to Do) and Bobby Parker (Blues Get Off My Shoulder). Mostly forgotten today (he died penniless in 1990), this CD goes a long way toward making a case for Dee Clark's rediscovery. (GMC)
DEE CLARK: 24 Boyfriends/ A Foggy Day In London Town/ At My Front Door/ Baby What Do You Want Me To Do/ Because I Love You/ Blues Get Off My Shoulder/ Cling A Ling/ Come To California/ Count On Me/ Emma Jean/ Gloria/ Hey Lttle Girl/ How About That/ I Canít Dream/ If It Wasnít For Love/ Just Keep It Up/ Just Like A Fool/ Kangaroo Hop/ Little Red Riding Hood/ Lucky Me/ Moonlight In Vermont/ Nature Boy/ Nobody But You/ Oh Little Girl/ Senor Blues/ Seven Nights/ Silently Loving You/ The Time Has Come/ Theyíre Talkiní/ Whatíd I Say/ When I Call On You/ Whispering Grass/ Wondering/ You There/ Your Friends/ Youíre Looking Good/ I Love You Darling/ THE DELEGATES: Iím Gonna Be Glad/ Motherís Son/ The Convention/ THE KOOL GENTS: Crazy Over You/ Do Ya Do/ I Just Canít Help Myself/ Just Like A Fool/ This Is The Night/ You Know

 
EDDIE DEAN & ANDY PARKER & THE PLAINSMEN B.A.C.M. 547 Musical Selections From PRC Pictures and Majestic Records ● CD $14.98
14 tracks, good
The first six tracks features soundtracks from a series of western films made for the Producer's Releasing Corporation in 1947 and 1948. The soundtracks include orchestral introductions, songs by Eddie Dean with orchestral accompaniment as well as some with accompaniment by Western group The Plainsmen. The remaining tracks features recordings made for the Majestic label with the bland voiced Dean accompanied by The Plainsmen. Not really my cup of tea, I'm afraid. (FS)
EDDIE DEAN & ANDY PARKER: A Miserable Ornery Coyote/ Ainít No Gal Gotta Brand On Me/ Black Hills/ Cathy/ Corn Bread Country/ Driftiní River/ Godís Little Lanterns/ Itís A Boy/ Itís Courtiní Time/ Iím A Kansas Man/ Iím Gonna Hang My Heart On The Hitchiní Post/ Letís Go Sparkiní/ Little Ranch Upon The Hill/ Moseyiní Along/ On The Banks Of The Sunny San Juan/ Punchinello/ Roseanne Of San Jose/ Roseanne Of San Jose/ Song Of The Range/ Spring Has Come To Old Missouri/ The Midnight Train/ Toodle-oo My Darliní/ Way In Oklahoma/ When Shorty Plays Schottische

 
BIG JIM DENOONE B.A.C.M. 545 The Giant Of Western Swing ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
An excellent collection of western swing and honky tonk recorded between 1950 and '57 featuring various bands led by the multi instrumentalist Big Jim DeNoone. At 6' 7" and 350 pounds Jim was most certainly a giant in stature and led some fine bands though the personnel is mostly unknown though it's possible that the fine steel guitarist on he later tracks is Bobby Black. The earlier tracks features fine vocals by Bill Carter or Martha Lou Gaches with later recordings featuring DeNoone's own excellent vocals. Most of the songs and tunes are DeNoone originals or by members of his band. Excellent sound and informative notes by Al Turner round out a fine collection. (FS)
BIG JIM DENOONE: A Story Book Affair/ A Woman's Way/ Big Jim Boogie/ Crazy Fiddle/ Dream Waltz/ E Ramble/ Earthquake Heart/ Fluid Drive/ Honeymoon On A Rocket Ship/ I Believed In You/ I Couldn't Keep From Crying/ If My Pillow Could Talk (-2)/ Just Another Broken Heart/ Just Look Back/ Last Night I Kissed An Angel/ Long Lost Girl/ Mexican Joe/ Old Blue/ Peeping Tom/ Stop That's My Cotton Pickin' Heart/ Straight Shift./ That's Me Without You/ The Death Of Hank Williams/ Ukulele Waltz/ Wednesday Night Swing/ Whippoorwill/ You Don't Know What Your Heart Wants To Do

 
SUGAR PIE DESANTO Jasmine 3081 A Little Bit Of Soul, 1957-1962 ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, strongly recommended
Sugar Pie DeSanto is a talented singer who could handle Blues, R&B, and Jazz in the vocals department, and is also quite the comedienne, a fine dancer, accomplished songwriter whose songs were cut by Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Little Milton, and Minnie Riperton among others. Discovered and named by Johnnie Otis in 1955 she made her first recordings for Federal (not included here). She then recorded for a number of California labels, often in the company of her husband Alvin "Pee Wee" Parham - a mixed bag of soulful and bland ballads and more uptempo sides including the hard driving cult favorite One Two Let's Rock (Let's Rock 'n' Roll). In 1959 she recorded the superb soulful ballad I Want To Know for Bob Geddin's Veltone label that started getting a lot of airplay and was picked up by Checker who also signed Sugar Pie to a contract and acquired her remaining masters and in 1961 issued her first LP which comprises most of the rest of this CD including Veltone recordings as well as material produced for Checker mixing some powerful material along with some fairly tepid sides. Her version of the old Johnny Mathis hit The Twelfth Of Never has a nice feel but doesn't quite work. Not a complete success but this CD has enough good sides to make it worthwhile. (FS)

 
BO DIDDLEY Chess (UK) 983 229-6 The Story Of Bo Diddley ● CD $28.98 $15.98
Two CDs, 54 tracks, very highly recommended
Wonderful set by one of the great rock 'n' roll pioneers with his instantly recognizable style that helped jump start the British rock 'n' roll scene of the 60s as well as influencing hundreds of other musicians. It includes all his hits and best known songs as well a tasty selection of obscurities covering his tenure at Chess from 1955 to 1972 including a couple of tracks not originally issued. Includes Mumblin' Guitar/ Bo Diddley/ I'm A man/ Bring It To Jerome/ I'm Bad/ Say Man/ You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover/ Craw-Dad/ Bo's A Lumber jack/ The Greatest Lover In the World/ I've Had It hard/ Mona/ Down Home Special/ Road Runner/ Oh Yea/ Pills/ Run Diddley Daddy/ Willie And Lillie/ Ride On Josephine/ Elephant man and much more. (FS)
BO DIDDLEY: 500% More Man/ Before You Accuse Me/ Bo Diddley/ Bo Diddley Is Loose/ Bo Diddley's A Gun Slinger/ Bo's A Lumberjack/ Bo's Bounce/ Bring It To Jerome/ Cadillac/ Cops And Robbers/ Crackin' Up/ Craw-dad/ Dearest Darling/ Diddley Daddy/ Diddy Wah Diddy/ Don't Let It Go/ Down Home Special/ Elephant Man/ Greatest Lover In The World/ Here Tis/ Hey Bo Diddley/ Hey Good Lookin'/ Hong Kong Mississippi/ Hush Your Mouth/ I Can Tell/ I Know (I'm Alright)/ I'm A Man/ I'm Bad/ I'm Looking For A Woman/ I've Had It Hard/ Mona (I Need You Baby)/ Mr Krushcev/ Mumblin' Guitar/ Oh Yea/ Ooh Baby/ Pills/ Pretty Thing/ Ride On Josephine/ Road Runner/ Run Diddley Daddy/ Say Boss Man/ Say Man/ She's Fine She's Mine/ Shut Up Woman/ Story Of Bo Diddley/ Walkin' And Talkin'/ We're Gonna Get Married/ Who Do You Love/ Who May Your Lover Be/ Willie And Lillie/ You All Green/ You Better Watch Yourself/ You Can't Judge A Book Without Looking At The Cover/ You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)

 
JOHNNY HODGES Proper BOX 58 The Jeep Is Jumpin'** ● CD $24.98
4 CDs, 94 tracks, essential
Though Hodges, one of the most influential & beloved alto saxists, spent most of his life with Duke Ellington, he did have quite a solo career starting in '50. However, when the Benny Goodman Trio/Quartet became big, the sound of small-group jazz became stylish. Duke had several of his men lead small groups of Ellingtonians, including the Duke on piano. Hodges lead one of the best & longest lived. Initially on Varsity in '36, then Vocalion, Hodges' band initially had Duke's saxes & rhythm section plus trombonist Lawrence Brown, then stabilized with Hodges, Brown, Cootie Williams (t) & Harry Carney (bs) with the Ellington rhythm section. The band stayed stable - when Duke went to RCA, the band, now with newcomer Billy Strayhorn on piano, went to Bluebird. However, in '50, a wave of discontent occurred within Duke's Orch and a group of Ellingtonians quit to form a new Hodges group for Norgran (later Verve) - with Hodges, Brown, Al Sears, Emmett Berry & Sonny Greer. This box includes such gems as Squatty Roo/ Jeep's Blues/ I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart/ A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing/ Castle Rock, the wonderfully-titled Let The Zoomers Drool & the title tune. Contains a 44 page book with complete info & rare pics. (GM)

 
SON HOUSE The Devil's Tunes 5 John The Revelator - Chicago To London Town ● CD $19.98
Two CDs, 30 tracks, very highly recommended
As far as I'm concerned you can never have too much Son House. Even if his repertoire didn't change much his performances were always spine chilling and compelling. The first CD here features Son's appearance in April 1965 on the legendary radio show hosted by famed documenter of American culture Studs Terkel. Though Studs was not a blues expert he knows enough and has the uncanny knack of getting the people he interviewed to really open up. Between the interview segments Son performs a superb selection of songs - mostly drawn from the LP he had been recording for Columbia just a few days earlier - Death Letter Blues/ I Shall Not Be Moves/ Louise McGee/ Grinnin' In Your Face and more. The tracks on the second CD are from Son's tour of England in June/ July 1970. 10 tracks were recorded live at the 100 Club in London and were originally issued on Liberty in the U.K. and Capitol in the USA but are long out of print. Two monologues give voice to the man behind the Delta myth, and we also get a few songs that don't appear on the Columbia set - Between Midnight And Day/ I Want To Go Home On The Morning Train/ This Light Of Mine and the epic How To Treat A Man. And you'll like the acapella gospel numbers Grinnin' In Your Face/ John The Revelator, which have the audience carrying on like spirit-filled Baptists! Canned Heat's Al Wilson contributes some effective harp to a couple of cuts. The final five cuts are from a radio show the same year with three songs and two monologue. Sound throughout is excellent and the 16 page booklet has informative notes. (FS)

 
LOUIS JORDAN JSP JSPCD 3008 Live! + Gene "Mighty Flea" Conners ● CD $17.98
10 tracks, 51 mins, strongly recommended
This reissues the LP JSP 1069 with four bonus tracks from Johnny Otis Band alumnus Gene "Might Flea' Connors. The first six tracks are a fine set of recordings taped in California in 1974 at one of LOuis Jordan's last live dates. Louis is in fine form on extended versions of some of his old hits - Let The Good Times Roll/ Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, etc and is given solid accompaniment by a small band with some excellent tenor sax by Irv Cox who also takes a vocal on the unexpected Help Me Make It Through The Night. Sound quality is superb. The four cuts by singer/ trombonist Conners were recorded in London in 1981 and are fine jump blues - very much in the Jordan spirit with Conners accompanied by a fine band. (FS)

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHD 1150 The Best Of The Early Years ● CD $18.98 $12.98
25 tracks, 76 mins, essential
Always great to hear the young, hungry B.B. King, one still feeling out his place in music and experimenting with different sounds. So here you get (of course) some raw blues, but also some Jump Blues, R&B and Boogie, all of which landed heavy play in the jukeboxes of the day. Majority of tracks are from the 1950's to early 1960's with only one track as late as 1971. Starts with some of his earliest tracks recorded for the Bihari Brothers and their Modern record label, like the fantastic B.B.s Boogie (1950) and She's Dynamite (1951), which were both recorded at Sam Phillips' legendary Union Avenue studio. There's also his reworking of Blues classic Bottle Up and Go, presented here as Shake it Up and Go which would prove to be a big hit for King. Then there's the original recording of B.B. `s standard Woke Up This Morning, the Maxwell Davis arranged You Upset Me, classics like Everyday I Have The Blues/ Early In The Morning/ Catfish Blues/ Sweet Sixteen, on and on. So many great tracks! There's even a Lee Hazelwood number and a version of Why I Sing The Blues which is a unique take from original masters that is exclusive to this compilation. Only a handful of tracks on this are duplicated on the Classics BB King "1949 - 1952", the Ace would be coming off of master tapes and has superior sound quality as well as presentation. Superb. But I'm sure that's not a surprise considering the man and the era we are dealing with. (JM)
B.B. KING: 3 O'Clock Blues/ B.B. Boogie/ Bad Case Of Love/ Blues Stay Away From Me/ Catfish Blues (aka Fishin' After Me)/ Days Of Old/ Don't Look Now, But I've Got The Blues/ Downhearted aka How Blue Can You Get?/ Early In The Morning/ Every Day I Have The Blues/ Five Long Years/ I'll Survive/ Mean Old Frisco/ Please Love Me/ Rock Me Baby/ Shake It Up And Go/ She's Dynamite/ Sweet Little Angel/ Sweet Sixteen Pts 1 & 2/ Ten Long Years/ That Evil Child/ When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer/ Why I Sing The Blues/ Woke Up This Morning/ You Upset Me Baby

 
KING CURTIS Jasmine 940 Soul Twistin' With The King! ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, recommended
An enjoyable collection of instrumental R&B featuring the tenor sax giant King Curtis accompanied by some of New York's finest musicians including Haywood Henry, Mickey Baker, Billy Butler, Buddy Lucas and others. Curtis had his first hit under his own name with Soul Tiwst recorded for Bobby Robinson's Enjoy label and part of this set features the ensuing LP plus an originally unissued track from those sessions. Shortly before the Enjoy sessions he had recorded an LP for RCA that was issued as "Arthur Murray's Music For Doing THe Twist" which featured covers of Twist hits lke The Peppermint Twist/ The Twist and Let's Twist Again along with some originals and twist versions of jazz standards like Jersey Bounce/ Honeysuckle Rose/ Stompin' At The Savoy and others with a couple of vocals by Don Covay. There are also four tracks from the album "The Shirelles and King Curtis Give A Twist Party" without The Shirelles and one bonus track Chicken Scratch - a single from 1958 issued as by The Commandos and is notable for the devastating guitar solo by Wild Jimmy Spruill. The "Soul Twist" and Shirelles albums have been out before - I'm not too sure about the "Arthur Murray" one but the whole album was cut in only two sessions as a cash in on the twist craze and sounds like it. (FS)

 
BENNY LEADERS & HIS WESTERN RANGERS B.A.C.M. 546 Houston Texas Blues ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, recommended
A collection of sides by this western group based in Houston, Texas where they had a big following recorded between 1949 and 1952. Many of the tracks are from commercial recordings made for a number of labels along with a live radio show from 1952 and a fragment of a 1948 live performance. Although considered a western swing group most of their performances are fairly tame and only a few actually swing - most notably the 1952 live radio show. Decent sound and informative notes by Kevin Coffey. (FS)
BENNY LEADERS & THE WESTERN RANGERS: Boots Don't Leave Me/ Clean Town Blues/ Darling I'm Blue Over You/ Don't Take My Ring Off Your Finger/ Fiddle Swing/ Four Or Five Times/ Harbour Lights/ Hey Miss Fannie/ Honey Song, Farewell Blues, Close./ Houston Texas Blues/ I Don't Want Anyone But You/ I'll Be Jumped Up And Down/ I've Got The Craziest Feeling/ In A Land Of Broken Dreams/ Lonesome Hearted Blues (incomplete)/ Nagginí Woman/ Please Be Careful Little Darliní/ Please Don't Leave Me/ Salt Your Pillow Down/ Second Hand Heart/ Seven Come Eleven/ Somebody's Stealin' My Babyís Sugar/ Tell Me/ Theme (Sunbonnet Sue) and Woodchoppers Ball/ Why Wonít You Leave My Heart Alone/ You'll Know Why

 
JOE LIGGINS Acrobat 9061 The Joe Liggins Collection ● CD $19.98
Three CDs, 77 tracks, highly recommended
A little while ago Jasmine put out a 27 track retrospective of this great R&B pioneer and now along comes Acrobat and ups the ante with three CDs and 77 tracks. Surprisingly only about a dozen tracks are duplicated, mostly his most well known tracks so this collection gives us another whole swath of fine instrumentals and vocals - mostly original compositions along with some mellow reworkings of pop and jazz standards. Sound quality is generally excellent though a few of the early tracks are a bit rough. he 12 page booklet has informative notes but no discographical data but most of the early tracks have the great Little Willie Jackson on various saxes, Red Callendar on bass and Peppy Prince/ drums. Several sessions feature Gene Phillips including a few tracks where he plays some nice steel guitar. (FS)
JOE LIGGINS: Apple Of My Eye/ Big Baritone/ Blow Mr. Jackson/ Blue Moods/ Bob Is The Guy/ Boodle-Do-Da-Deet/ Boogie Woogie Lou/ Breaking My Heart/ Caravan/ Cryin' Over You/ Daddy On My Mind/ Don't Stop Loving Me/ Down Home Blues/ Dripper's Blues/ Dripper's Boogie/ Dripper's Boogie, Pt.1/ End Of A Kiss/ Fascination/ Frankie Lee/ Go Ahead/ Got A Right To Cry/ Groovy Groove/ Harlemesque/ He Knows How To Knock Me Out/ Hey Mama/ How Come/ I Cover The Waterfront/ I Just Can't Help Myself/ I Know My Love Is True/ Key Jam/ Last Night Blues/ Left A Good Deal In Mobile/ Life Don't Mean A Thing To Me/ Little Joe's Boogie/ Little Willie/ Lonesome Guitar/ Loosiana/ Louisiana Woman/ Lover's Lament/ Miss Betty's Blues/ Miss You/ Oh How I Miss You/ One Sweet Letter/ Pink Champagne/ Rag Mop/ Ramblin' Blues/ Rhythm In The Barnyard Pt1/ Roll 'Em/ Ruth/ Siboney/ So Alone/ Some Of These Days/ Someday Sweetheart/ Sugar/ Sugar Lump/ Sweet And Lovely/ Sweet Georgia Brown/ T.W.A./ Tanya/ Tears On My Pillow/ Ten Toes/ That's The One For Me/ The Darktown Strutter's Ball/ The Honeydripper, Part 1/ The Honeydripper, Part 2/ Think Of Me/ Three O'clock Jump, Pt.1/ Trying To Lose The Blues/ Walkin'/ What's The Reason You Don't Love Me/ Whiskey, Gin And Wine/ Whiskey, Women & Loaded Dice/ Worried/ Yeah, Yeah, Yeah/ You Ain't Going To Heaven No How/ You'll Miss Me Sure's You're Born/ Yvette

 
JOHNNY MARVIN B.A.C.M. 549 Vol. 2 - Gone With The West, The Final Recordings, 1939 ● CD $14.98
28 tracks, recommended
Complementing B.A.C.M. which featured his late 20s and early 30s recordings this features recordings made in 1939 and 1940 by singer/ guitarist Johnny Marvin (he didn't record between 1935 and 1938). Johnny, along with his brother Frankie (featured on BACM 003) worked with Gene Autry - Frankie as a musician and Johnny as a songwriter and producer of Gene's "Melody Ranch" radio program. Most of the recordings here are from 1939 radio transcriptions featuring Johnny accompanied by a small group on a selection of Western flavored song - many of them written by Johnny & Autry. The final four cuts are in a similar vein and were commercial recordings made for Decca in 1940 and include brother FRankie on steel guitar. (FS)
JOHNNY MARVIN: A Little Deserted Town/ As Long As I Have My Horse/ As Long As I Live/ Blue Montana Skies/ Dogies/ Down In The Land Of Zulu/ Dreaming By The Silvery Rio Grande/ Eyes To The Skies/ Gone With The West/ I'm Gonna Round Up My Blues/ Lazy Texas Longhorns/ Little Partner/ Love Burning Love/ Me And My Shadow/ No One To Kiss Goodnight/ Open Prairie/ Panhandle Pete/ Pony Express/ Sleepy Baby/ Somewhere Out On The Lone Prairie/ Stardust Trail/ The Dude Ranch Cowhands/ The Girl I Love/ The House Beside The Trail/ The Merry Go Round Up/ The Old Trail/ We Like It/ When A Cowboy Dreams

 
THE MAYTALS Trojan 554 The Best Of The Maytals ● CD $11.98
Two CDs, 40 tracks, essential
Terrific collection featuring some of the greatest early recordings of one of the architects of reggae - Frederick "Toots" Hibbert and his great vocal companions Nathanial "Jerry" MCCarthy and Henry "Raleigh" Gordon aka The Maytals. The group drew strongly on American R&B and deep soul and produced beautifully melodic and memorable music. Apart from Desmond Dekker Came First from 1996 the recordings here are from the period 1968 and 1971 when the group was in its prime and includes some of their most popular songs including 54-46 Was My Number (both the 1968 original and the 1970 remake), Struggle (based on Toots's 12 month prison sentance on a marijuana posession charge that was never proved), a gorgeous version of the American civil rights anthem We Shall Overcome, the song that gave the newly devoping music its name Do The Reggay, Pressure Drop featured in the classic reggae film "The Harder They Come", Monkey Man (their first international hit), Funky Kingston, a cover of John Lennon's Give Peace A Chance and others. Sound quality is superb and the eight page booklet has notes, photos and label shots. Glorious stuff - if you're not already a reggae fan this will convert you. (FS)

 
HAYES MCMULLEN Light In The Attic 152 Everyday Seem Like Murder Here ● CD $16.98
31 tracks, highly recommended
What a nice surprise! Previously unissued recordings from 1967 and '68 of a Mississippi Delta bluesman who knew and performed with Charlie Patton. McMullen was found by researcher Gayle Dean Wardlow while hunting for old blues recordings. Although he hadn't performed in over 30 years he quickly regained much of his abilities and recorded a couple of sessions for Wardlow which are featured here including some brief interview snippets. In spite of the unexceptional recording quality, McMullen was clearly an exceptional talent. Although he did some familiar songs like Smoke Like Lightnin'/ Hitch Up My Pony/ Kansas City Blues and others he also did many original pieces and he a had unique approach - clearly a Delta stylist he doesn't really sound like anyone else. His rhythmic approach brings to mind artists like Garfield Akers and William Harris. His vocals are not as impressive as his guitar work being very low key and the muffled sound quality doesn't really help. It's a shame that he never received greater exposure at the time as I think with further practice and better recording he could have produced some magnificent work. As it stands though, this is a tantalizing glimpse at a unique and talented performer. The booklet has notes on McMullen and the songs. (FS)

 
THE MOONGLOWS Acrobat 3188 The Complete Singles As & Bs, 1953-1962 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 57 tracks, very highly recommended
This is almost identical to Jasmine 591 issued about five years ago. A fabulous collection of doo-wop devoted to the superb Chicago group, The Moonglows. Initially formed in 1952 as The Crazy Sounds they featured the gorgeous lead vocals of Bobby Lester with Pete Graves (tenor), Harvey Fuqua (baritone) and Prentiss Barnes (bass). Alan Freed took over managing them and changed their name to The Moonglows and they made their first recording for Freed's Champagne label in 1952 and this great set features both sides of all their singles from this first 1952 release through their superb rendition of Penny Arcade, issued in 1962 but from a 1956 session. Their early sides all feature the rich expressive lead of Lester who is featured on such classic performances as Sincerely/ Most Of All/ We Go Together/ See Saw and When I'm With You. By 1957 Lester's personal problems were hurting the group and Fuqua (who has also written many of the group's songs) took over the lead and was featured on their last two 50s hits - a sublime rendition of Percy Mayfield's Please Send Me Someone To Love and their all time favorite Ten Commandments Of Love. After this the group split up and Fuqua formed a new version of the Moonglows which included a young Marvin Gaye who is featured on his first ever lead vocal on the catchy Mama Loocie. In 1960 they recorded a couple of songs that was more in the novelty vein of the Coasters and Cadillacs that was good enough but not in the same league as their earlier recordings or the groups they were trying to emulate. Although they didn't have as many hits as some of their contemporaries, The Moonglows are revered because of the quality of their recordings, be it a ballad or R&B rocker. The main difference between this release and the Jasmine are that this includes the original and longer version of Ten Commandments and the Jasmine has an alternate take of Over And Over. This one is also cheaper. Excellent sound and informative notes by Paul Watts. (FS)
THE MOONGLOWS: 219 Train/ Baby Please/ Beatnik/ Blue Velvet/ Chickie Um Bah/ Confess It To Your Heart/ Don't Be Afraid Of Love/ Don't Say Goodbye/ Foolish Me/ Here I Am/ Hey, Santa Claus/ I Just Can't Tell No Lie/ I Knew From The Start/ I Was Wrong/ I'll Never Stop Wanting You/ I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over/ I've Been Your Dog/ In Love/ In My Diary/ In The Middle Of The Night/ Junior/ Just A Lonely Christmas/ Love Is A River/ Lover Love Me/ Mama Loocie/ Mean Old Blues/ Mister Engineer (Bring Her Back To Me)/ Most Of All/ My Gal/ New Gal/ Ooh Rockin' Daddy/ Over And Over Again/ Penny Arcade/ Please Send Me Someone To Love/ Real Gone Mama/ Secret Love/ See Saw/ She's Gone/ Shoo-Doo-Be-Doo (My Loving Baby)/ Sincerely/ Slow Down/ So All Alone/ Soda Pop/ Starlite/ Sweeter Than Words/ Tempting/ Ten Commandments Of Love/ The Beating Of My Heart/ The Hug And A Kiss/ This Love/ Too Late/ Twelve Months Of The Year/ Unemployment/ We Go Together/ When I'm With You/ Whistle My Love

 
MOZAIK Compass 4378 Live At The Powerhouse ● CD $16.98
11 tracks, highly recommended
We missed this album when it first came out in 2004 - that was the year I had heart surgery and so I was a bit distracted - but we're pleased to be offering it now. Mozaik was superb, though short lived, group formed by the superb Irish vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Andy Irvine along with fellow Irish multi-instrumentalist Donal Lunny who are joined by American old time fiddler and guitarist Bruce Molsky, Hungarian multi-instrumentalist Nikola Parov and dutch guitarist Rens van der Zalm. They perform a selection of Irish, American and Eastern European songs and tunes with the different streams of music melding seamlessly into one another. Andy's vocals are superb and three of the songs are originals by him including his wonderful tribute to his hero Woody Guthrie Never Tire Of The Road which includes the line "All of you fascists, bound to lose" which seems particularly timely right now. A gorgeous collection of music from a group of consummate musicians. (FS)

 
MUDDY WATERS Chrome Dreams 041 The Muddy Waters Story ● CD $12.98
4 CDs, 65 tracks, 245 mins, highly recommended
Here's an interesting set. You get two CDs of music, as well as a two CD audio biography, of the great Muddy Waters. There is no information on who wrote the biographical material, let alone who is narrating it, but it is a solid bio, sounds like (and very well could be) a BBC radio documentary. The music CDs cover the first eight years of Muddy's recording career. From the earliest Alan Lomax recordings done in 1941 on the Stoval plantation, to 1949 studio recordings for Aristocrat (soon to be Chess) records with backing musicians Johnny Jones on piano, Jimmy Rogers on second guitar, and Leroy Foster on drums. Even on the earliest of recordings you could feel the power of Muddy Waters; by the time you get to the last tracks here, he is the legend, fully formed and on the cusp of being the king the Chicago Blues scene. Highlights are many, but some of my favorites have to be: Rosalee, and Joe Turner Blues - recorded as the Son Simms Four, and have much more of a Country feel, Atom Bomb Blues - with Muddy as a sideman to Homer Harris, Gypsy Woman/ Little Anna Mae/ I Can't Be Satisfied (of course)/ I Feel Like Going Home/ Mean Red Spider/ Little Geneva, etc. (JM)

 
ODETTA Hallmark 150129 Sometimes I Feel Like Cryin' ● CD $10.98
12 tracks, vey good
Reissue of 1962 RCA album. Although Odetta's approach to blues is usually pretty folky here she is with a fine small band with pianist Dick Wellstood and drummer Panama Francis and, on some tracks, a horn section with Buster Bailey, Vic Dickenson and Buck Clayton providing a Dixieland style backing. A few cuts feature harmonica which sounds like it might be Sonny Terry. Odetta's formal delivery dissipates some of the blues feeling but this set is quite enjoyable. Most of the songs are credited to Odetta though most are based on traditional blues. No notes. (FS)

 
LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER Jasmine 3057 Next Time You See Me .. And All The Hits: Singles, 1952 ● CD $17.98
2 CDs, 50 tracks, 129 mins, highly recommended
Here is another great singles collection. This time collecting all of the A and B sides from the formative years of the great Junior Parker, from the first recordings after Ike Turner discovered him in 1952 up to just about when he dropped the "Little" from his name. The first two tracks here are from his one single on Modern records, then you get four tracks done for Sun records including the song that would inspire Elvis's greatest cover Mystery Train. From there it's a whole mess of recordings for Duke Records, with whom he recorded many of his greatest songs. When I see those 1950s and early 1960s Duke 45 record labels, the first artist I think of is Junior Parker, he released so many great singles with them. Highlights include Sittin', Drinkin' and Thinkin/ Dirty Friend Blues/ Mother-in-Law Blues/ Barefoot Rock/ Stranded/ Blue Letter/ Stand By Me/ Driving Wheel, and many more. (JM)
LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER: Annie Get Your Yo Yo/ Backtracking/ Bad Women, Bad Whiskey/ Barefoot Rock/ Belinda Marie/ Blue Letter/ Can't Understand/ Dangerous Woman/ Dirty Friend Blues/ Driving Me Mad/ Driving Wheel/ Feelin' Good/ Five Long Years/ Foxy Devil/ Fussin' And Fightin' Blues/ How Long Can This Go On/ I Feel Alright Again/ I Wanna Ramble/ I'll Forget About You/ I'll Learn To Love Again/ I'm Holding On/ In The Dark/ Love My Baby/ Mary Jo/ Mother In Law Blues/ My Dolly Bee/ Mystery Train/ Next Time You See Me/ Peaches/ Please Baby Blues/ Pretty Baby/ Pretty Little Doll/ Seven Days/ Sittin' Drinkin'and Thinkin'/ Sitting And Thinking/ Someone Somewhere/ Sometimes/ Stand By Me/ Stranded/ Sweet Home Chicago/ Sweeter As The Days Go By/ That's Allright/ That's Just Alright/ That's My Baby/ The Next Time/ There Better Not Be No Feet (In Them Shoes)/ What Did I Do/ Wondering/ You're My Angel/ You're On My Mind

 
THE PASCHALL BROTHERS Smithsonian Folkways 40176 On The Right Road Now ● CD $15.98 $8.98
13 tracks recorded in 2007 by this acapella gospel group from Virginia formed in 1981 who sound like a cross between the Golden Gate Quartet and The Persuasions! Includes Ease My Troublin' Mind/ Remember Me/ Final Edition/ The Lord's Prayer/ I Want To See Jesus, etc. Includes 32 page booklet with extensive notes.

 
RAY PRICE Jasmine 3505 In A Honky Tonk Mood** ● CD $14.98
21 tracks, 48 mins, highly recommended
Although you'd never know it from the cover or liner notes this album is not studio recordings but an outstanding set of performances from radio performances from the mid/late-50s. The performances here are a million miles away from Ray's later pop flavored efforts with superb honky tonk singing from Ray and terrific backup from his band The Cherokee Cowboys - some featuring the groups unique triple fiddle sound. The songs here includes live versions of some of his early big hits I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)/ If You Don't Somebody Else Will/ City Lights/ You Done Me Wrong/ Release Me and others. He also does great versions of Hank Williams' Take These Chains From My Heart, Bob Wills' San Antonio Rose and others. There are a couple of beautiful gospel songs with vocal by the backup by The Jordaniares and a couple of fine instrumentals from the band. Ray's singing here is, if anything, even more impassioned than his studio recordings of the time. Sound quality is excellent. This is an indispensable collection for lovers of honky-tonk country. (FS)

 
TOMMY RIDGLEY/ BOBBY MITCHELL Ace CDCHD 1446 In The Same Old Way ● CD $18.98 $12.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
In Ace's continuing saga of Joe Ruffino's family of New Orleans record labels, the spotlight is now shed on Tommy Ridgley and Bobby Mitchell. Ridgley was the third of Ruffino's main artists (the other two were Johnny Adams and Eddie Bo, both already recipients of their own Ace collections), having come to Ruffino's attention in 1960 after having already cut sides for Imperial, Atlantic and Herald. Like Ric and Ron's other strong artists, Ridgley's singles didn't get much recognition beyond the New Orleans area (Ruffino never managed nationwide distribution for his labels) but had the right stuff for wider acclaim given the chance. Should I Ever Love Again/ In the Same Old Way/ My Ordinary Girl/ Heavenly and Honest I Do (the latter two possibly produced by Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack) all have the pop sheen of any Brill Building hit of the time, and sound as good now as I'm sure they did then. Heavenly and Honest I Do, in particular, are as sophisticated as any Bacharach and David song from the same era. Ridgley was such a giant that he influenced Bobby Mitchell, who was ten years younger than the former. Unlike Ridgley, Mitchell had managed a national R&B hit with Try Rock and Roll for Imperial in 1956, but he couldn't sustain the chart momentum and Imperial discouraged his album recording ambitions. Finally, Mitchell signed with the short lived Sho-Biz label, for which he cut the one-off Well I Done Got Over It b/w Just Say You Love Me. From there Mitchell signed with Ron Records and gave them two choice pieces of early soul for A Sides - Send Me Your Picture and There's Only One of You - which like everything else issued by Ric/Ron did little business outside the Crescent City. While these Ruffino recordings represent the highlight of Tommy Ridgley's recording career, the handful of sides Bobby Mitchell cut for Ron only represent a fraction of his recording legacy; regardless, this collection of both men's Ric/Ron work is a worthy addition to any R&B/soul fan's music library. (GMC)

 
PERCY SLEDGE Edsel 7113 My Special Prayer + Singles & Rarities ● CD $17.98
2 CD, 41 tracks, highly recommended
Edsel's re-issue of Percy Sledge's Atlantic albums comes to blazing climax with the release of his 1970 platter, "My Special Prayer" on the first disc. Unlike Sledge's other Atlantic LPs, this one was not released in this U.S.; this Dutch release compiled 1969/70 singles-his revival of Chuck Jackson's Any Day Now, True Love Travels on a Gravel Road, and a cover of Buffalo Springfield's Kind Woman - along with the title track, a bunch of B-Sides, and four tracks that not been issued anywhere else in the world at the time. From this mixed bag there are some standouts: Blow Out the Sun, the aforementioned True Love Travels on a Gravel Road, an impassioned take on the Everly Brothers' Let it Be Me, and Push Mr. Pride Aside. The remainder of disc one, and all of disc two, is made up of tracks either issued as U.S. singles between 1969 and 1973, tracks issued in South Africa and Germany only (Sledge was still very popular in those territories, after his American career waned), and other tracks that didn't make it out of the can until the 21st century. This "lost" material ranges from the late 60's highs of Self Preservation/ Standing on the Mountain, and Woman of the Night to early 70's cuts like That's the Way I Want to Live My Life/ You Can Always Get it Where You Got It, and Some Old Loverman; all of it of excellent quality for songs that were ignored or lost for many years. As good as this stuff is, this is not the place for a novice listener to start -- that would be the first collection in this series, "When a Man Loves a Woman/Warm and Tender Soul" (Edsel 5063 - $16.98) - but anyone who already has the other two volumes needs to have this one if only to complete a fascinating journey through classic southern soul. (GMC)
PERCY SLEDGE: Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird)/ Baby, Baby, Baby/ Bless Your Little Sweet Soul/ Blow Out The Sun/ Christmas Wish/ Cotton Mill Woman/ Everything You'll Ever Need/ Faithful And True/ Help Me Make It Through The Night/ Here I Am/ I Found A Love/ I Gotta Get A Message To You/ Keep Your Arms Around Me/ Kind Woman/ Let It Be Me/ Life's Little Ups And Downs/ Love Is A Job/ Love's Where Life Begins/ Many Rivers To Cross/ My Special Prayer/ Push Mr. Pride Aside/ Push Mr. Pride Aside (Single Version)/ Rainbow Road/ Same Old Loverman/ Self Preservation/ Set Me Free/ Silent Night/ Standing On The Mountain/ Stop The World Tonight/ Sunday Brother/ Sunshine/ That's The Way I Want To Live My Life/ The Angels Listened In/ Time/ True Love Travels On A Gravel Road/ Unchanging Love/ Wanted/ What I Don't Know Won't Hurt Me/ Woman Of The Night/ You Can Always Get It Where You Got It/ You're All Around Me

 
THE SWANEE QUINTET Acrobat 3179 The Complete Nashboro Releases, 1951-1962 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 53 tracks, very highly recommended
Although they were one of the top gospel groups of the 1950s this is the first reissue of their recordings in over 15 years. And Acrobat does a splendid job by reissuing all their issued recordings made between 1951 and 1962 - generally considered their best work. The group had its origins in Augusta, Georgia in 1939 and by 1945 their lineup consisted of Rev. Ruben Willingham and Charles Barnwell as lead vocalists with James Anderson, William Crawford and Rufus Washington in vocal support and William "Pee Wee" Crawford providing guitar accompaniment. This was the lineup that first recorded for Nashboro in 1951. Their earliest sides had an old time jubilee feel but they gradually moved into a hard gospel approach which fully jelled in their first "hit" Sit Down Servant in 1953 with intense singing and preaching from Willingham and Crawford providing powerful bluesy guitar licks and their sound gradually became more intense and they had big sellers with songs like Cry Sometimes/ It's Hard To Get Along/ It's Alright Now/ Race To Run and others. In 1956 they were joined by the superb tenor vocalist "Little" Johnny Jones - a singer, obviously influenced by Sam Cooke, whose sweet tones provided a perfect counterpoint to Willingham's gravel voiced tones. Jones's first recording as lead is on the exqusite My Burdens Are Laid Down - a reworking of the old favorite Down By The Riverside. As was the trend Nashboro gradually added more instruments to the group's sessions - piano, organ and drums - but the overall sound of the group changed very little and they continued making many fine sides like Over In Zion/ What About Me/ New Walk/ Just Made It In and more. A superb collection with generally excellent sound and and informative notes about the group from Paul Watts. (FS)

 
DAVE SWARBRICK Cherry Tree 017 It Suits Me Well - The Transatlantic Recordings - 1976- ● CD $23.98
Two CDs, 46 tracks, very highly recommended
Dave Swarbrick, who passed away last year, was a magnificent performer - one of the greatest fiddlers on the English folk scene, he was also a superb mandolinist and a fine singer. Although he is probably best known for his fiery work with Fairport Convention he had an extensive career before and after Fairport. After Fairport split up in 1976 he went into the studio and recorded two superb acoustic albums for Transatlantic label ("Swarbrick" and "Swarbrick 2") which reveal just what a subte and inventive player he was. The material is mostly Irish and Scottish traditional tunes and he is accompanied by such longtime friends as Beryl Marriot/ piano, Martin Carthy/ guitar, Simon Nicol/ guitar and others as well as several lovely performances with Savourna Stevenson on clarsach (Scottish harp). In 1981 he again recorded two albums for Transatlantic - or Logo as the label was then known - "Smiddyburn" (named after the town in Scotland that Dave had moved to and "Flittin"). About half the tracks are in similar acoustic vein to the first two albums with many of the same musicians while the rest are essentially instrumental Fairport titles with Dave given stellar accompaniment by Richard Thompson on electric guitar, Dave Pegg/ electric bass and Dave Mattacks or Bruce Rowland/ drums. Again the material is largely Irish and Scottish including the gorgeous Scottish bagpipe march When The Battle Is Over. He also does one vocal - a moving rendition of Sandy Denny's It Suits Me Well. Two CDs of consistently superb music with a 16 page booklet with informative notes, photos and memorabilia. (FS)

 
SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGHEE Wounded Bird 5074 Folk Songs Of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee ● CD $13.98 $0.00
12 tracks, strongly recommended
A better than average collection from Sonny and Brownie recorded in England in 1958 and originally released on a Nixa LP and EP and subsequently in the U.S. on Roulette. The duo are in fine form on a selection of mostly familiar items including Just A Dream/ Climbing On Top Of The Hill/ Southern Train/ Gone But Not Forgotten/ Cornbread, Peas & Black Molasses/ Brownie's Blues and others. A few tracks feature sympathetic piano support by Dave Lee and there are a couple of solo cuts by Brownie which are particularly fine. Sound quality here is excellent and there are informative (unaccredited) notes. (FS)

 
JOHN E. TINSLEY Manufactured 048 Country Blues Roots Revived ● CD $12.98
10 tracks, strongly recommended
Fine collection of Piedmont country blues originally issued on an LP on the Outlet label in 1978. Tinsley from Bassett, Virgionia was a fine singer and a fluent guitarist and most of the songs are originals though strongly rooted in traditional themes. On most tracks he is accompanied by harmonica and/ or piano which I have to say I find rather superfluous as John is perfectly able to carry the songs with his own guitar work and the tracks without additional accompaniment are the best. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 652 No Jive - Authentic Southern Country** ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 66 min., highly recommended
It's almost 40 years since the June 1977 death of Ernest Lafayette Young, owner & founder of Nashville-based Excello Records (established in 1952) and, with Ace Records at the helm, his early country blues productions are finally being reissued, some for the first time. The four 1954 tracks by Thomas Shy Guy Douglas are just one of the highlights of this set, in particular No Place Like Home and I'm Your Country Man. From recent research by Fred James, we now know that he was born in Franklin, TN. (Nov 08/1917) and was 66 when he died in Nashville (Oct 19/1984). Other highlights include one side of Slim Hunt's only known (1955) recording, Welcome Home, Baby which features a very tasty Lloyd Glenn-like pianist, and the one-offs by the delightful Dixie Doodlers (She Was All I Had) and the Leap Frogs (Dirty Dishes). Other artists include Louis Campbell, Robert Garrett, Arthur & Little Al Gunter, and unissued 1963 sides by Charles Dowell & Good Rockin' Bob. (EL)
LOUIS CAMPBELL: Gotta Have You Baby/ The Natural Facts/ THE DIXIE DOODLERS: Best Of Friends/ She Was All I Had/ SHY GUY DOUGLAS: I'm Your Country Man/ No Place Like Home/ She's My Kinda Girl/ Wasted Time/ CHAS DOWELL WITH JAMES STEWART: Everybody Drinkin' Wine/ I've Been Jumpin' And Stompin'/ ROBERT GARRETT: Do Remember/ Quit My Drinking/ GOOD ROCKIN' BOB: Ain't No Need To Cry/ I'm Bad/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Honey Baby/ She's Mine All Mine/ You Are Doing Me Wrong/ SLIM HUNT: Welcome Home Baby/ THE LEAP FROGS: Dirty Britches/ Things Gonna Change/ LITTLE AL: Easy Ridin' Buggy/ Every Day Brings About A Change/ Little Lean Woman/ No Jive

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1022 Mellow Cats 'n' Kittens** ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
First in a short new series devoted to the blues and R&B scene in Los Angeles in the late 40s and early 50s drawn from the vaults of Modern Records. Most of the 24 tracks here are new to CD and the set includes 13 originally unissued tracks and five previously unissued alternate takes. It includes sides by Little Willie Littlefield, The Three Bits Of Rhythm (including a fabulous unissued jive version of the spiritual Shadrack), Wild Bill Moore & His Orch., Jake Porter & His Orch., Jimmy "T-99" Nelson, Dick Lewis & His Orch., Jimmy Witherspoon, Tiny Webb (superb session guitarist with a rare solo side with some lovely guitar work), Bardu Ali & His Orch., Effie Smith, The Robins, Butch Stone & His Orch. and others. Includes 12 page booklet with notes from R&B expert Billy Vera. (FS)
BARDU ALI AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Boogie Rebob/ That Gal Safronia/ BUBBER CYPHERS AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Walkin' Boogie/ THE HERB FISHER TRIO: People Who Have Money Are Funny/ HELEN HUMES: Hey Hey Baby/ DICK LEWIS AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Good, Good Wine/ LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: Mello Kats/ WILD BILL MOORE ORCH.: Rock 'n' Roll/ JIMMY "T99" NELSON: Bad Habit Blues/ GENE PHILLIPS AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Women, Women, Women/ JAKE PORTER AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Jake's Boogie In E Flat/ Original Safronia/ THE PETER RABBIT TRIO: Hootie/ They Raided The Joint/ THE ROBBINS: That's What The Good Book Says/ SCAT MAN: Exactly Like You/ EFFIE SMITH: I Live The Life I Love/ BUTCH STONE & HIS ORCHESTRA: I Got News For You/ BUTCH STONE AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Baby I Need You/ Ooh, Look-a-there, Ain't She Pretty/ THE THREE BITS OF RHYTHM: Root Beer Sizzle Sazzle Sizzle (take 2)/ Shadrack/ TINY WEBB: What's The Use, Baby/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON WITH BUDDY FLOYD'S ORCH.: Don't Ever Move A Woman Into Your House

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1087 More Mellow Cats 'n' Kittens** ● CD $18.98
24 Tracks, 65 Minutes, essential All kinds of fantastic cuts from the Modern & Sensation labels, released between 1946 and 1952. So you get a lot of "Hot" R&B, and "Cool" (jump) Blues, with about two-thirds of the tracks from Southern California/West Coast artists and the rest being from the Detroit Michigan area. This is the second of the series that features a lot of previously unreleased tracks, especially done by artists whose recorded output in a lot of cases wouldn't be enough to fill up a CD of their own. Includes sides by Bardu Ali & His Orch., Kitty Stevenson, Butch Stone & His Orch., Geechie Smith, Tiny Webb, The Three Bits Of Rhythm, Al "Cake" WIchard Sextette and others. As usual Ace does a top-notch production job with outstanding notes and fantastic pictures. This every bit as good, if not better than the first installment, one that I listened to fanatically when it was new. (JM)
BARDU ALI & HIS ORCHESTRA: Bardu's Boogie/ JIMMY GRISSOM & BUDDY FLOYD ORCHESTRA: Just Got Back/ THE HOOTIE MCSHANN TRIO: Going Home Blues/ THE NOCTURNES: Gotta Get Back To Katie/ Lazy Daisy/ BOBBY NUNN & THE ROBBINS: Rockin'/ JAKE PORTER: Sister Kool Breeze/ THE SCAMPS: Goodnight Wherever You Are/ EMMIT SLAY & HIS SLAYRIDERS: Looky Ploot/ GEECHIE SMITH: Daddy Does It Just For You/ KITTY STEVENSON & TODD RHODES TODDLERS: Evening Sun/ How About That Jive/ KITTY STEVENSON: How Long How Long How Long/ Then Comes The Day/ BUTCH STONE & HIS ORCHESTRA: I'm Ok/ Put Your Brakes On Mama/ That's Your Red Wagon/ THE THREE BITS OF RHYTHM: Blow My Top/ Yas Yas Yas/ PEARL TRAYLOR & HOWARD MCGHEE ORCHESTRA: Jive I Like/ UNKNOWN: Don't You Lie To Me/ TINY WEBB: Billboard Special/ AL "CAKE" WICHARD SEXTET: Cake Jumps/ CLARENCE WILLIAMS & HOWARD MCGHEE ORCHESTRA: Bacon Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDTOP 1438 Wow, Wow, Baby - 1950s R&B, Blues & Gospel From Dolphins ● CD $21.98 $13.98
Complementing Ace 1179 and 1215 this is a third collection of sides recorded in the 1950s for the various labels run by Los Angeles R&B entrepreneur John Dolphin for his various labels (Cash, Money, Recorded In Hollywood, etc). It includes tracks that were previously available on an out of track Specialty CD as well as several previously unissued tracks. Includes sides by Big Boy Groves & His Orch., Memphis Slim, Floyd Dixon, Johnny Fuller (excellent down home blues), The Earl Burton Combo, James Reed (superb doomy blues with Lafayette Thomas on guitar), Little Eve (excellent, previously unissued blues), Grady Chapman & The Sudes, Chuck Higgins and others. 12 booklet has detailed notes by Tony Rounce.
VERNON ANDERS: All Messed Up/ TAP ANTHONY AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Fancy Pants/ EARL BURTON: Sleep, Drink And Play/ GRADY CHAPMAN AND THE SUEDES: Don t Blooper/ SCATMAN CROTHERS: Elaine/ Man Have I Got Troubles/ BROTHER PRINCE DIXON: I Need The Lord To Guide Me Everyday/ Step In The Right Direction/ FLOYD DIXON: Never Can Tell (When A Woman s Going To Change Her Mind)/ Oh Baby/ JOHNNY FULLER: I Walked All Night/ BIG BOY GROVES & HIS ORCH.: Traffic Ticket/ LITTLE MARGIE WITH BIG BOY GROVES & HIS ORCH.: Teenagers Only/ BIG BOY GROVES & HIS ORCH. FEATURING ROLAND MITC: Heavy Artiillery (AKA The Solid Rock) (Unedited)/ CHUCK HIGGINS AND THE MELLOTONES: Oh Yeah/ THE HOLLYWOOD FOUR FLAMES: Wow Wow Baby/ LITTLE EVE WITH BIG BOY GROVES AND HIS O: Lonely, Lonely Woman/ LITTLE MARGIE WITH BIG BOY GROVES & HIS: Years And Tears Ago/ MARVIN & JOHNNY: Yak Yak Women (Demo)/ THE MELLOW TONES: Hey Rube/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Pete s Boogie/ JAMES REED: My Love Is Real/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: S.K. Blues/ Teenage Party

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS BE! Sharp 6143 The Florida Box ● CD $169.98
8 CDS with 136 page hard cover book, 243 tracks, highly recommended
The third volume in this remarkable series featuring extensive regionally oriented box sets devoted to obscure rockabilly, rock 'n' roll and rockin' country recorded in the 1950s and early 60s. The first volume was devoted to Texas (BE! Sharp 6043 - The Texas Box - 10 CDs - 330 tracks - $209.98), the second featured Michigan (BE!Sharp 6068 - The Michigan Box - 10 CDs - 331 tracks - $209.98) and now we head over to the Sunshine State for another in depth look. The focus is on small independent labels and obscure artists. The set is arranged alphabetically by label and then numerically by number. The first disc features labels like AFS, Apache, Artic, Art and artists like Wesley Hardin, Hasil Adkins (one of the few familiar names), Clifford King (very obscure R&B singer), Wally Deane & His Flips, Kent Westberry & The Chaperones and many more. Jump to disc 8 and you have labels like Trail, Tri-Dec, Vim, Zest and others with artists like Buck Trail, Benny Joy, Billy Sandlin, Doug Dickens and others. Labels range from the big cities like Miami and Tampa to smaller locations like Crestview, St. Cloud and Clearwater. Sound quality is superb and the 136 page full color book has detailed information about the artists, labels, pressing plants, mastering and recording studios. For each record there is a "Collector's Corner" box with additional information about the record and an estimate of the current market price - many would cost you more than $100 and some would cost over $1000. And there are hundreds of photos of artists and full color label shots. If you have an extensive collection of rockabilly reissues you might have many of the tracks here but now you can have it all in context and with information not available on previous reissues. At first glance you would think this was a Bear Family box and this set lives up to the high standard set by Bear Family.  (FS)
HASIL ADKINS & HIS HAPPY GUITAR: She's Gone/ The Hunch/ Chicken Walk/ She's Mine/ THE AEROVONS: Be Bop A-Lula/ STEVE ALAIMO & THE RED COATS: She's My Baby/ Should I Care/ Home By Eleven/ BILL ALEXANDER & THE LE SABRAS: F.L.A/ Highway No.1/ JOHN AMORY: Bad/ RUSS "BIG DADDY" ANDERS & THE FABULOUS FOUR: Three To One/ DOT ANDERSON WITH BAND: Jealous Hearted Woman/ Walkin Papers/ HAL ANDREWS: Brown Eyed Girl/ DONEL AUSTIN & THE ROCKIN' IMPALLAS: Get With It/ ELDER CHARLES BECK: Rock And Roll Sermon Part 1/ Rock And Roll Sermon Part 2/ BILL BELL & THE 4 UNKNOWNS: Little Bitty Girl/ BUDDY BEVERLY & THE SPARKLES: In Gear/ FRED BIBLE: C'mon Baby/ BIG DADDY FABULOUS FOUR: Three To One/ BIG JESSE & THE ACE'S: Come On Baby/ THE BIRDWATCHERS: Blue Suede Shoes/ JACKIE BLANCHARD & THE ROCKIN' IMPALLAS: The King O' Hearts/ SONNY BLOCH'S ELEPHANTS: Beetle Squash/ Leapin' Lizards/ BLUE ACEíS: Rugged/ BOB AND VIC WITH THE KOOL KATS: Cross Eyed Susie Wakeup/ FRED BOYD: Heading South/ BETTY L. BRANNON: The Hopper - Honky TOnkin'/ RUSS BRIAN: Hillbilly's Rock/ The King Of Rock And Roll/ JAMES BRINK & THE MAGIC TONES: It's Rough/ CLINTON BROOKS & THE B'S: If You Go Now/ Tom Duley Rock/ WILL CAMPBELL: Drinkin'/ RED CARMACK: Saturday Night/ BOB CASS & HIS CORVETTES: Corvette Baby/ JEANIE CHRISTIE WITH EARL DURRANCE & HIS BLUE S: Flying High/ Sunshine/ THE CONTINDERS FEAT. CLIFFORD CURRY: Yes I Do/ COUNT STEPHEN: Spooky/ THE COUNTRY BOYS: Lucillia/ LYNN CRAMER WITH THE BLUE SKY RAMBLERS: Hey Mister/ Wild She Devil/ DAVEY CROCKETT & THE FIVE SHARPS: Twisting With My Sweet Baby/ CROOK. JR.: Wiggle It Baby/ HAROLD CROSBY & THE PINE TREE BOYS: Hire A Mocking Bird/ San Antone Boogie/ CURLEY JIM & THE BILLEY ROCKS: Air Force Blues/ Air Force Blues/ Rock And Roll Itch/ Rock And Roll Itch/ Sloppy, Sloppy Suzie/ CHUCK DARTY: Can't You See/ ROCKY DAVIS & THE SKY ROCKETS: Hot Rod Baby/ Save A Little Love For Me/ Your A Doll/ LINDEN DAY: Sugar Rock/ WALLY DEANE & HIS FLIPS: Drag On/ Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ It Should've Been Me/ Rockin' With Rosie/ TOMMY DEE & THE MELLOTONES: Dragonfly/ CARLOS DIAZ WITH THE ROYAL TONES: Sugaree/ DOUG DICKENS WITH THE FIREBALLS: Raw Deal/ DON & THE HOLIDAYS: Grasshopper Pizza/ THE DREAMERS: Mama Lucie/ HERB DUNCAN: Double Clutching Diesel Man/ WEBSTER DUNN JR.: Black And White Shoes/ SAMMY EARLY: I'm Gonna Find Me A Girl/ PHIL EDDINGS & THE RIVER RANCH BOYS: It's Gonna Get Drunk Out Tonight/ Okechobee Stomp/ BILLY ELDRIDGE WITH THE FIREBALLS: Half A Heart/ BILLY ELDRIDGE WITH THE FIRE BALLS: Let's Go Baby/ THE ESQUIRES: Heat/ FRANK EVANS & THE TOPNOTCHERS: Gotta Get Some Money/ Gotta Get Some Money (diff. take)/ THE EVERGREENS: Guitar Player/ THE FABULOUS IMPERIALS: Moon Beat/ Wierd/ THE FLYING TORNADOES: Chattanooga Drummer Man/ THE FOUR UNKNOWNS: Fearless/ THE FRANKLIN BROTHERS: Mr. Policeman/ Oh, Laura/ THE FRANTICS FOUR: Down by the Old Millstream/ T.V. Mama/ FREDDY & THE HEARTACHES: Womp Womp/ ROY GAINES: Loud Mouth Lucy/ MERLENE GARNER: You're It/ BOBBY GAY & HIS SPARKLE TONES: Let's Dance/ You're Nice/ GENTLEMAN JIM: If You Don't Like My Apples/ JACK GILLEN WITH THE INTERNATIONALS: Don't Treat Me This Way/ Treat Me Nice/ TOMMY HARBIN: Lovers Lane Blues/ WESLEY HARDIN WITH THE ROXTERS: A Thing Called Love/ Anyway/ WES HARDIN WITH THE SOUTHERN BOYS: Cry Cry Cry/ Honky Tonk Man/ DAYTON HARP & HIS DIXIELAND DRIFTERS WITH DOT A: Man Crazy Woman/ JIM HOLT: Brown Eyed Handsome Man/ Oh! My Linda/ Paralyzed/ BOB HOOKS & CHUCK BENOIT: Cinch Bug Blues/ BOB HOOKS & THE KOOL KATS: Exotic Betty/ EDDIE HOPE: A Fool No More/ Lost Child/ BUDDY HOWARD: Take Your Hands Off Me Baby/ HAL HOWARD & THE SHOW-BOY'S: Traded My Heart/ THE IMPACíS WITH CHUCK KANISS: Tru-fine Twister/ JERRY & JOHNNY: Country Rock And Roll/ JERRY & THE CAPRIíS: Dancing Dan/ JERRY JOWERS: Live And Learn/ BENNY JOY: Hey! High School Baby/ Spin The Bottle/ BILLY J. KILLEN: I Wonder/ It Makes No Difference/ CLIFFORD KING: Chicken Shack Boogie/ Want To Jump With You Baby/ MACK KING: You Look Better Going/ RONNIE KNULL & THE SANDS: Crawfish/ THE LANSIRS 5: Listen To Your Man/ ART LAW: Big Train/ Kitty Kat Rock/ Run Baby Run/ BOBBY LEE: I Got Some News For You/ LARRY LEE: Miami Road/ THE LITTLE BOPPERS: Chattanooga Drummer Man/ LITTLE JUNIOR & THE BUTLER-AIRES: God Don't Like It/ DON LOVE & THE HEARTBEATS: El Azul (The Blue One)/ The Happy Zombie/ RANDY LUCK: I Was A Teen-age Cave Man/ BILLY MACHE: It Makes No Difference/ BILLY MATCH & THE STARFIRES: I Want My Baby Now/ BERNDINE MAYS: Miami Boogie/ LARRY MCKINZIE WITH BUDDY ROBERTS & HIS SPACE-: Chubie Dubie/ BILL MEADOWS: I've Been Seasick/ ARVIL MEERS: Muddy River/ The Future I Hold/ THE MEMBERS: Come On Everybody/ Jenny Jenny/ LINCOLN MILLS: A Woman Should Listen To A Man/ ROSS MINIMI: Baby Rock/ Oh ! Janet/ THE MOR-LOKS: Elaine/ NATION ROCKING SHADOWS: Anesthesia/ Going Down/ LEFTY NICKS & HIS SOUTHERN DRIFTERS: Always Alone/ Model A Ford Blues/ GENE NORMAN & ROCKING ROCKETS: Long Gone Night Train/ Snaggle Tooth Ann/ JIMMY PADGETT: City In The Sky/ BOBBY PAIGE & THE EL DORADOS: Little Hot Rod/ RUSS PARKS & THE SWINGMASTERS: Hello Pretty Baby/ RUSS PARKS & THE VERSITONES: Jealous Hearted Me/ TRACY PENDARVIS: All You Gotta Do/ Give Me Lovin'/ Philadelphia Filly/ It Don't Pay/ One Of These Days/ RALPH PRUITT WITH HIS RHYTHM BOYS: Hey, Mr. Porter/ REX QUAL (GUITAR JR.): Going Rocking Tonight/ Tranquilizer Boogie/ THE REBEL ROUSERS: Fat Man's Walk/ War Paint/ THE RED COATS WITH STEVE ALAIMO: The Girl Can't Help It/ JOHNNY REDD: Bubble Gum/ Date Bait/ I Flipped My Top/ Rockin With Ruby/ Rockin' Peg/ Take A Ride With Me/ TEXAS RED RHODES: Go Cats Go/ THE RHYTHM ROCKETS: Lucky Day/ My Shadow/ THE RHYTHM ROUSERS: Just Because/ Riding Down The Canyon/ PAT RICHMOND WITH THE FIRE BALLS: Don't Stop The Rockin'/ DON "RED" ROBERTS: Don't Say Maybe/ Only One/ THE ROCKETS: My Rockin' Baby/ CANDY ROWELL & HIS WESTERN SWINGSTERS: Ain't Gonna Say Hello/ THE ROXSTERS: Goodbye Baby/ So Long/ RICKY RYAL & HIS REBELAIR'S: Sycamore Lane/ BILLY SANDLIN: My Little Twisting Baby/ She's Mean/ THE SATANS: Big Boss Man/ THE SATELLITES: Moody/ THE SENDERS: Party Line/ THE SENSATIONAL DELLOS: So Don't Go/ MIKE SHAW & SONS OF THE DRIFTING SANDS: Frankie & Johnny/ Long Gone Baby/ JIMMY SIMMS & THE THUNDERBIRDS: Shuffle Twist/ Twistin' On The Beach/ SMILEY SMITH: Blue Diamond Mine/ ROGER SMITH WITH ORCHESTRA: Be-Bop Boogie/ THE SONARS: Ramblin' Man/ TOMMY SPURLIN: Heart Throb/ No Time For Heartaches/ Hang Loose (I've Gotta Rock)/ One-Eyed Sam/ Hang Loose/ One-Eyed Sam/ BUTCH ST. CLAIR: Get-A-Little/ THE STEREOS: Hot Rod/ Poison/ VERN STRICKLAND: Sneaky/ BILL SWING: Intoxicating Blues/ Messed Up/ PAUL TATE: How Can I Love You/ "BIG" JOHN TAYLOR & HIS GUITAR: Stompin'/ JIMMIE TENNANT WITH BUDDY LUCAS & HIS DYNATONES: Giggle Wiggle/ FLASH TERRY: She's My Baby/ STANLEY TERRY: Walking The Dog/ MIKE THOMAS: Grave Yard/ HELEN THOMAS & THE RHYTHM HEIRS: Chattanooga Drummer Man/ THE THRASHERS: Fort Lauderdale USA/ Sledge Hammer/ TOM & THE CRAFTSMEN: The Work Song/ BUCK TRAIL & THE DEAD ENDERS: Honky Tonk On Second Street/ BUCK TRAIL & THE STAR KNIGHTS: Chattanooga Drummer Man/ BUCK TRAIL (WAYNE GRAY ON GUITAR): Knocked Out Joint On Mars/ The Blues Keep Knocking/ TY B. & JOHNNY: Meaner Than An Alligator/ ANITA VEAL WITH BOBBY HOOKS: Daddy Let Me Go/ JIMMY VOYTEK & THE KNIGHTS: Kitten/ CHARLES WALTON & THE KOOL KATS: Four Four Time/ Teen Age Blues/ GENE WATSON & THE ROCKETS: Drummer Boy Rock/ My Rockin' Baby/ LEWIS WEBER & THE HI FI'S: Tell Me Baby/ KENT WESTBERRY & THE CHAPERONES: My Baby Don't Rock Me/ No Place To Park/ Popcorn And Candy Bars/ Turkish Doghouse Rock/ HAROLD WHITE & HIS COUNTRY MASTERS: Dream Of Me/ HEROLD WHITE WITH HIS COUNTRY MASTERS: You're Not Mine/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMS: Alice Mae Blues/ Opossum Rock/ WILLIE B.: Bad Mouthin'

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Black Cats 144 It's A Deep Soul Thing, Vol. 10 ● CD $16.98
20 tracks, highly recommended
The 10th (!) edition of this long running series serves up another tasty batch of "rare downtempo soul and R&B" from the 60's and 70's, with the artists ranging from Chicago vocalist Charles Farren (a smoldering A Girl Like You - not the Rascals tune) to Alabama-bred Dan Brantley and New York vocalist Larry Dale (the bluesy Keep on Trying and Let Your Love Run to Me, respectively) to two "name" performers, Bobby Womack (the gorgeous Thank You) and Howard Tate (the stunning What'll I DoBOBBY BOSEMAN: I'm Too Good/ DAN BRANTLEY: Keep On Trying/ BOBBY BROWN: I Tried To Belong/ LEE CALVIN: Cross My Heart/ LARRY DALE: Let Your Love Run To Me/ THE DEL-VONS: Gone Forever/ CHARLES FARRON: A Girl Like You/ SHEP GRANT: You Found My Lonely Heart A Home/ GAYLE HARRIS: Here Comes The Hurt/ IRONING BOARD SAM: I've Been Used/ PORGY & THE MONARCHS: If It's For Real/ PRICILLA PRICE: I'm Forgiving You/ JOHNNY SAYLES: You Did Me Wrong/ VERDELL SMITH: Baby Baby/ TOMMY STARR: Better Think Of What You're Losing/ HOWARD TATE: What'll I Do/ TABBY THOMAS: There Ought To Be A Law/ MARY LEE WHITNEY: Don't Come A-Knocking/ TONI WILLIAMS: Cast The First Stone/ BOBBY WOMACK: Thank You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS History Of Soul 26 Ohio Soul ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 54 tracks, 141 mins, very highly recommended
Here is a wonderful collection of Rhythm & Blues and early Soul music from the great state of Ohio. From Cleveland to Cincinnati, Canton to Akron, and even in Dayton, they were laying it down. This set covers recordings done from 1956 to 1964, mostly done for the King/ Federal label group, but also with fine tracks from labels like Debra, Nu-Tone, Shock, Redbug, and others that you may or may not have ever heard of. This features great tracks from start to finish, some of my favorites were: Natural Born Lover - The Gum Drops, A Woman's Intuition - Tiny Topsy, Teardrops On Your Letter - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, It Hurts Inside - The 5 Royales, I Just Wants Me Some Love - Johnny Guitar Watson, and Better Days Ahead - Guitar Crusher, with many more great tracks from James Brown, Syl Johnson, Gene Allison, Freddie King, Lulu Reed, etc. This collection has fantastic sound throughout, deep notes, and seems to have been put together with a lot of love and respect for the music. (JM)
THE 5 ROYALES: It Hurts Inside/ GENE ALLISON: If I Ever Needed Your Love (I Need It Now)/ JESSE ANDERSON: You'd Better Think Twice/ J.C. ATKINS: I Love You/ HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS: Teardrops On Your Letter/ RUFUS BEACHAM: Love Have Mercy/ JAMES BROWN: Signed, Sealed & Delivered/ Baby, You're Right/ BIG JAY BUSH: Come On Home Baby/ Dynamite/ THE CHARTERS: Show Me Some Sign/ DONNIE ELBERT: Just A Little Bit Of Lovin'/ THE EXPRESSIONS: You Better Know It/ THE FIVE JADES: Without Your Love/ CAROL FORD: Your Well Ran Dry/ BILLY GALES: I'm Hurting/ GUITAR CRUSHER: Better Days Ahead/ THE GUM DROPS: Natural Born Lover/ DONALD HEIGHT: How Lonely Can You Be/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Suffering With The Blues/ You Hurt Me/ CLAUDETTE JOHNSON: Beauty/ MARY JOHNSON: You Have My Blessings/ SYL JOHNSON: I Wanna Know/ Please Please Please/ THE KELLY BROTHERS: I Still Remember/ EARL CONNELLY KING: Every Whicha Kinda Way/ FREDDIE KING: It Hurts To Be In Love/ Watch Over Me/ THE KING PINS: I Won't Have It/ T.C. LEE: I'm A Lonesome Rooster/ LONNIE LESTER: So This Is Love/ RICKY LYONS: Have No Fear/ THE MASCOTS: I Want Love/ DONNIE MURPHY & THE AMBASSADORS: Everything I Do/ LLOYD NOLAN: I Don't Know About You/ CLEARANCE PAUL: I'm Gonna Love You, Love You 'Til I Die/ EL PAULING & THE ROYALTONES: Now Baby Don't Do It/ IKE PERRY & HIS LYRICS: Don't Let It Get You Down/ LOU RAGLAND & THE BAND MASTERS: Party At Lester's/ THE RAMBLERS: Don't You Know/ LULA REED: Ain't No Cotton Pinkin' Chicken/ CLEVELAND ROBINSON: Come Change Your Name To Mine/ LEE ROYE & THE EMERALDS: Hesitation/ KENNY SMITH & JERI JACKSON: All The Time/ THE SPRINGERS: I Know My Baby Loves Me So/ EMMETT SUTTON: Lot Of Money Little/ JOE TEX: Come In This House/ TINY TOPSY: A Woman's Intuition/ THE VALENTINES: Yes, You Made It That Way/ THE VONNS: So Many Days/ ALBERT WASHINGTON: You Gonna Miss Me/ JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON: I Just Wants Some More Love/ WILLIE WRIGHT & HIS SPARKLERS: Got A Feelin'

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Imperial 5002 Imperial Records - The R&B Years, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, very highly recommended
Another terrific collection sides from the early days of the great Imperial label. IT opens with two terrific sides by Lloyd Glenn originally issued on the Imperial subsidiary Colony in 1947. Hep Cat Shuffle is a great instrumental boogie with superb piano by Lloyd and Stranger is a blues with a fine vocal by Geraldine Carter. This is followed by 10 cuts recorded in Los Angeles between 1947 and 1949 of excellent urban blues - mostly by artists also on the first volume - Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis, "Fat Man" Hamilton, King Porter and others. In 1949 Imperial made its first foray into New Orleans and struck gold in the form of the great Fats Domino and continued to return to the Crescent City many times over the next 15 years to record many great artists. Most of the rest of this disc features recordings of mopstly obscure artists made in New Orleans in 1949 and 1950 with accompaniments usually provided by the great Dave Bartholomew Band including sides by Jewel King, Rodney Harris, "Pee Wee" Barnum and others. Someone had the idea of taking the great blues shouter Joe Turner to New Orleans to record with the Dave Bartholomew Band and the two sides here show that the result was truly a match made in heaven! A terrific collection with excellent sound. (FS)
PEEWEE BARNUM & ORCH.: Rockin' Rhythm/ Two Timin'/ CHARLIE "BOOGIE WOOGIE" DAVIS & HIS ORCH.: Crack Up/ Hey! Hey! Pretty Mama/ Lonely Blues/ LLOYD GLENN & HIS ORCH.: Hep Cat Suffle/ Stranger/ FAT MAN HAMILTON WITH POISON GARDNER & HIS ALL S: Between Midnight And Day/ RODNEY HARRIS & ORCH.: Blow Your Top/ She's Coming Back/ DUKE HENDERSON WITH MONROE TUCKER ORCH.: Ten Days Of Agony/ WALTER HENRY & HIS K.C. CATS: Chittlin Hop/ JEWEL KING & ORCH.: Broke My Mother's Rule/ I'll Get It/ Low Down Feeling/ DICK LEWIS & HIS HARLEM RHYTHM BOYS: Shuffle Boogie/ RAY LEWIS & THE FOUR BARS: Jealous Blues/ When You Were Mine/ CHARLES NORRIS TRIO: I Love You Baby Blues/ Somebody Else/ KING PORTER & HIS ORCH.: Baby, What's The Matter With You/ Goin' Back To Texas/ JOE TURNER WITH DAVE BARTHOLOMEW ORCH.: Love My Baby/ Lucille

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 457 Super Duper Love: Mainstream Hits & Rarities, 1973-1976 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Throughout the 60's and 70's Bob Shad ran the Mainstream label which recorded artists as varied as Big Brother & the Holding Company, the Amboy Dukes, and actress Hayley Mills. However, it was for their soul/R&B recordings that Mainstream has earned our interest, and during the years '73 to '76, the label amassed an impressive soul catalog, along with a decent number of R&B chart hits. Kicking off with Sugar Billy's Super Duper Love (a #7 R&B hit in 1975 on Mainstream subsidiary Fast Track), the CD delves deep into the funky and keeps things going with Prophecy's Whatever's Your Sign (You Got to Be Mine), Ellerine Harding's Tonight, Let the Other Woman Cry Some, Lenny Welch's Eyewitness News, Calvin Arnold's (I'm Your) Friendly Neighborhood Freak, Doris Duke's Business Deal, and Raymond Smith's Seven Day Lover. Of course, there's always a side helping of ballads to even things out: Linda Perry's I Need Someone, Darlene Jackson's provocative Does She (Sleep on My Side of the Bed), Chocolate Syrup's Just in the Nick of Time, and Freddie Scott's You're So Hard to Forget to name a few. The biggest surprise: Little Richard's passionate performance on the magnificent funk/blues of Try to Help Your Brother from 1975. All told, this is a very solid collection of mid 70's soul; even the Disco overtones of Trieste's I Can See Him Loving You manage to fit into the flow of things. As a follow up to the recent "Mainstream Modern Soul" (Kent 449 - $18.98), this set makes all the right moves as a fine companion piece. (GMC)
AFRIQUE: Soul Makossa/ CALVIN ARNOLD: (I'm Your) Friendly Neighbourhood Freak Part 1/ SUGAR BILLY: Freak And You Shall Find (Long Version)/ CHOCOLATE SYRUP: Just In The Nick Of Time/ THE DRAMATICS: Feel It/ DORIS DUKE: Business Deal/ THE ELECTRIC LADIES: King Kong/ THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT: Then I Reach Satisfaction/ ELLERINE HARDING: Tonight Let The Other Woman Cry Some/ DARLENE JACKSON: Does She (Sleep On My Side Of The Bed) (Long Version)/ J.G. LEWIS: Let The Music Play/ LITTLE RICHARD: Try To Help Your Brother/ LINDA PERRY & SOUL EXPRESS: I Need Someone/ SAUNDRA PHILLIPS: I Need You Back Home/ PROPHECY: Whatever's Your Sign (You Got To Be Mine) Part 1/ FREDDIE SCOTT: You're So Hard To Forget/ RAYMOND SMITH: Seven Day Lover/ SPECIAL DELIVERY FEATURING TERRY HUFF: The Lonely One/ THE STEPTONES: Success Don't Come Easy/ SUGAR BILLY: Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' On Me) Parts 1 & 2/ TRIESTE: I Can See Him Making Love To You/ LENNY WELCH: Eyewitness News/ Since I Don't Have You/ ZEBRA: Wind Up Toy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 459 Manhattan Soul Vol. 3 ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
This third entry in Kent's trip the vaults of New York's Scepter, Wand, and Musicor labels ups the ante a bit from the second volume (Kent 379) and includes both well known (The Shirelles, Melba Moore, Brenton Wood, Big Maybelle, The Platters) and obscure (The Tabs, The Fabulous Dinos, Billy Byers). Apparently, the publication of a new book chronicling the history of these labels - "Scepter Wand Forever" by Steve Guarnori - inspired this latest trip to the vaults. And it wasn't wasted: not if tracks like Now That You're Gone by former Platter Sonny Turner, Lover by Tommy Hunt, A Part of Me by Earl King, Never in My Life by Lee Moses, and the exquisite How Could it Be by the Esquires are anything to go by. Although this batch of songs spans the years 1962 to 1973, the best ones seem to come from the late 60's/early 70's which not a bad thing at all-in fact, it's rather surprising that a label with such a 60's pedigree would still be cranking out great stuff in the 70's. Regardless, if this is the last trip to the Scepter/Wand well - and I'm not saying it is - then the party has ended on a high note. (GMC)
BILLY ADAMS: Billy Boy/ ANN BAILEY: Fun City Woman/ BIG MAYBELLE: If I Had You/ BILLY BYERS: Remind My Baby Of Me/ THE CHARTS: Nobody Made You Love Me/ DAN & THE CLEAN CUTS: Open Up Your Heart (And Let Me In)/ THE ESQUIRES: How Could It Be/ THE FABULOUS DINOS: That Same Old Song/ HELEN HENRY: Every Little Bit Helps/ HAROLD HOPKINS: Ooh Baby/ TOMMY HUNT: Lover/ EARL KING: A Part Of Me/ JUNIOR LEWIS: Giving Up/ VAN MCCOY: What's The Matter Baby/ JOHNNY MOORE: Haven't I Been Good To You/ MELBA MOORE: Does Love Believe In Me/ LEE MOSES: Never In My Life/ THE PLATTERS: Doesn't It Ring A Bell/ THE SHIRELLES: Two Stupid Feet/ THE SOLDIER BOYS: You Picked Me/ THE TABS: The Landlord/ SONNY TURNER: Now That You're Gone/ MAURICE WILLIAMS: Nobody Knows/ BRENTON WOOD: Mr Schemer

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Mojo 2168 Ballin' Thru The South ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, strongly recommended
Complementing the two volumes of "Ballin' In N'awlins" is this fine collection featuring fine and obscure blues and R&B from throughout the South recorded between 1955 and 1965 for a range of small labels. We return to New Orleans for some fine cuts by Bobby Mitchell and Billy Tircutt and from nearby Crowley and Lake Charles we have excellent cuts from Good Rockin' Bob, Jerry Thomas (some great piano!) and Henry Clement - the latter's I'm So In Love With You is a rollin' Fats Domino flavored number. Still in Louisiana we move to Shreveport for Jerry Ann & The Las Vegas Cats which is actually West Coast bluesman Jesse Thomas providing fine vocals and guitar. Atlanta bluesman and a big influence on Little Richard, Billy Wright has two fine sides. Other artists include Little Hank & The Rhythm Kings, Little Cameron, Garlad Davis, Jack Arnold & The Chalecos (one of several R&B versions of the country hit Pistol Packing Mama), Lucky Edwards and more. Excellent sound and booklet has discographical data. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 178 Rip It Up - The Specialty Story ● CD $11.98 $8.98
2 CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
This collection gives us a tour through Los Angeles-based Specialty's roster of mostly R&B and Blues acts, featuring the obvious (Little Richard's Rip it Up; Larry Williams' Bonie Maronie; Lloyd Price's Lawdy Miss Clawdy) and not-so-obvious (rock 'n' roller Roddy Jackson; zydeco king Clifton Chenier). While there's much to savor on this compilation-Williams' original version of Slow Down (which was covered later by the Beatles), the rckabilly of Sonny Lowery, the rock 'n' roll of Wynona Carr and Jerry Byrne, the blues of Guitar Slim and John Lee Hooker (the great I'm Mad) -the real gold is found in three early solo recordings from Sam Cooke (recorded while he was still with the Soul Stirrers), and early Clydie King (Our Romance), Ernest Kador (aka Ernie K. Doe), and Art Neville. This collection does an excellent job of illustrating the label's musical diversity, while giving us a clutch of songs that still hold up more than 50 years later. Docked a notch for skimpy liner notes and no proper annotation of the tracks. (GMC)
TONY ALLEN & THE CHIMES: Night Owl/ JESSE BELVIN: Where's My Girl/ JERRY BYRNE: Carry On/ Lights Out/ WYNONA CARR: Nursery Rhyme Rock/ Touch And Go/ CLIFTON CHENIER: Squeeze Box Boogie/ THE CHIMES: Chop Chop/ Zindy Lou/ EUGENE CHURCH & GROUP: Open Up Your Heart/ DALE COOK: Loveable/ SAM COOKE: I Don't Want To Cry/ I'll Come Running Back To You/ THE CRYSTALS: Love You So/ DADDY CLEANHEAD: Somethings Going On In My Room/ DON & DEWEY: I'm Leaving It All Up to You/ Justine/ THE DUKES: Ooh Bop She Bop/ THE ECHOES: Over The Rainbow/ THE FOUR FLAMES: Wheel Of Fortune/ JOHNNY FULLER: Haunted House/ GUITAR SLIM & HIS BAND: The Things That I Used to Do/ RENE HALL ORCHESTRA: Twitchy/ HONEYBOY: Bloodstains On the Wall/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: I'm Mad/ BEN HUGHES: Sack/ RODDY JACKSON: Hiccups/ JESSE & MARVIN: Dream Girl/ ERNEST KADOR: Do Baby Do/ CLYDIE KING: Our Romance/ EARL KING: Eating and Sleeping/ Funny Face/ BOB LANDERS & WILLIE JOE AND HIS UNITAR: Cherokee Dance/ LI'L MILLET & HIS CREOLES: Rich Woman/ JIMMY LIGGINS & HIS 3-D MUSIC: Drunk/ LITTLE RICHARD: Rip It Up/ The Girl Can't Help It/ SONNY LOWERY: Goodbye Baby Goodbye/ MARVIN & JOHNNY: Baby Doll/ ARTHUR LEE MAYE & THE CROWNS: Oh-Rooba-Lee/ THE MONITORS: Mama Linda/ ROY MONTRELL: That Mellow Saxophone/ BIG BOY MYLES: Just To Hold my Hand/ ART NEVILLE: Cha Dooky-Doo/ LLOYD PRICE: Lawdy Miss Clawdy/ Rock 'n' Roll Dance/ THE TITANS: Arlene/ Free And Easy/ LARRY WILLIAMS: Bonie Maronie/ Slow Down

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 179 I Put A Spell On You - The OKeh Story ● CD $11.98 $8.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Another of One Day's quick surveys of a significant label - this time devoted to the OKeh label in the 50s. OKeh was one of the pioneering blues and country labels in the 1920s though by 1951 when it was a subsidiary of Columbia it featured a wide range of music. In 1951 it was decided to devote the label primarily to rhythm and blues and artists in other fields were transferred to Epic or parent label Columbia. This is a fine selection of R&B, blues and doo-wop along with some white rock 'n' roll and rockabilly recorded in the 1950s and includes successful artists like Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Chuck Willis and Big Maybelle along with fine lesser known performers like Billy Lamont, Laverne Ray & The Raytones, Lloyd "Fatman" Smith, Lois Lee and Hurricane Harry (the original version of My Last Meal later recorded by Jimmy Rogers). Brook Benton made his first recordings for OKeh though it wasn't until he moved to Mercury in 1959 that the hits started flooding in and rock & roller Frankie Tyler is an early recording by Frankie Valley. There are also two superb sides from 1957 by Billy Stewart accompanied by the vocal group The Marquees which featured a young Marvin Gaye among its members. Superb music with excellent sound and brief notes. (FS)
GAR BACON: Marshall, Marshall/ DOC BAGBY: Sylvia's Callin'/ BROOK BENTON: Bring Me Love/ The Kentuckian Song/ BIG MAYBELLE: I've Got a Feelin'/ One Monkey Don't Stop No Show/ The Other Night/ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/ THE BUDDIES: Castle Of Love/ DAVE "BABY" CORTEZ: Honey Baby/ You Give Me Heebie Jeebies/ THE DOLLS: Please Come Home/ THE EVENTUALS: Charlie Chan/ DERRELL FELTS: It's A Great Big Day/ Lookie Lookie Lookie/ THE FIVE SCAMPS: Red Hot/ PAUL GAYTEN: Cow Cow Blues/ JAY HAWKINS: I Put A Spell On You Screamin'/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: Frenzy/ Person to Person/ You Made Me Love You/ HURRICANE HARRY: Last Meal/ BIG JOHN & THE BUZZARDS: Oop Shoop/ THE KID & THE PONIES: The Pony/ MARIE KNIGHT: Come Tomorrow/ BILLY LAMONT: Country Boy/ LOIS LEE: I've Got It Bad For You Baby/ LITTLE JOE & THE THRILLERS: Lonesome/ Peanuts/ Please Don't Go/ Run Little Girl/ THE MARQUEES (FEAT. MARVIN GAYE): Wyatt Earp/ LAVERNE RAY & THE RAYTONES: I've Got That Feeling/ THE SCHOOLBOYS: Pearl/ Please Say You Want Me/ JOLLY BOY SHEPARD: You Care/ THE SKEE BROTHERS: 4 Aces Of Love/ That's All She Wrote/ LLOYD "FATMAN" SMITH: Miss Mushmouth/ THE SMOOTHTONES: Don't Keep Our Love Hidden In The Dark/ BILLY STEWART & THE MARQUEES: Baby You're My Only Love/ Billy's Heartache/ SUNNY & THE SUNGLOWS: Golly Gee/ SANDRA THOMPSON: (My Baby Don't Love Me) No More/ THE TROYS: Ding A Ling A Ling/ FRANKIE TYLER: If You Care/ I Go Ape/ CHUCK WILLIS: Charged With Cheatin/ Ring Ding Doo/ Two Spoons of Tears

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rebel 8002 True Bluegrass Gospel** ● CD $7.98
20 tracks, highly recommended
Superb budget priced compilation of bluegrass gospel drawn from Rebel's extensive catalog of great bluegrass recordings. There are some lovely performances of traditional songs along with more recent compositions by such artists as Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Paul Williams (a really fine singer who I have not heard before), Rhonda Vincent, The Country Gentlemen, The Seldom Scene, Larry Sparks (a gorgeous version of Family Bible), IIIrd Tyme Out, The Stanley Brothers, Don Reno & Benny Martin, The Marshall Family (a lovely "lined out" version of Amazing Grace), The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover and more. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Vee-Tone 2017 R&B Humdingers, Volume 11 ● CD $18.98 $9.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Superb collection of rocking R&B and blues from the 50s - about 2/3 new to CD. It starts off in fine form with New Orleans vocalist "Sugar Boy" Crawford and hs obscure Round And Round and there is more fine New Orleans R&B from Joe Jones and Billy Tate. Other artists include Faye Adams, The Boulevards (the great Coasters flavored Chop Chop Hole In The Wall), Larry Darnell (the tough Ramblin' Man with hot guitar from Mickey Baker), Phil Flowers (the wild No Kissing At The Hop with ferocious guitar - Mickey Baker again?), The Stewart Brothers, H.B. Barnum (the excellent instrumental Tia Juana), Eddie Boyd, The Memos, Roy Gaines and others. Sound quality is excellent and booklet has full color label shots. Unfortunately we are not able to get the previous volumes in this series which were on a different label from a different compiler. (FS)
FAYE ADAMS: Witness To The Crime/ LAVERN BAKER: Love Me Right/ H.B. BARNUM: Tia Juana/ THE BOULEVARDS: Chop Chop Hole In The Wall/ EDDIE BOYD: Real Good Feeling/ SUGAR BOY CRAWFORD: Round And Round/ LARRY DARNELL: Ramblin' Man/ DONNIE ELBERT: Wild Child/ BILLY EMERSON: Holy Mackerel Baby/ PHIL FLOWERS: No Kissing At The Hop/ ROY GAINES: Isabella/ BUDDY GUY: Slop Around/ STERLING HARRISON: Working On Your Heart/ CHET "POISON" IVEY: The Slop/ JOE JONES: To Prove My Love To You/ THE MEMOS: The Biddy Leg/ TINY MORRIE: You're The Girl For Me/ JOE PERKINS & THE ROOKIES: Ain't You Glad Nature Did It/ RED PRYSOCK: What's The Word? Thunderbird!/ THE ROYAL JOKERS: You Tickle Me Baby/ THE STEWART BOTHERS: Sleep On The Porch/ BILLY TATE: Don't Call My Name

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Vee-Tone 2019 R&B Humdingers - 22 Greasy Groovers, Vol. 12 ● CD $18.98 $9.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Another excellent collection of rocking R&B - about half new to CD. It starts off with the superb hard driving Come Runnin' To Me Baby and among the other highlights are the great New Orleans groover She Got A Wobble (When She Walks) by James "Sugar Boy Crawford and Jimmy McCracklin has one of his most rockin' songs with The Wobble. Dean & Jean's great Turn It Off has a Coasters flavor and Annie Laurie's terrific Rockin' And Rollin' Again has a great vocal from Annie, tough guitar from Mickey Baker and stellar tenor work from Buddy Lucas. Other artists include Matthew Jacobs, Hub Moore, Slim Sanders, James Brown, The Individuals, James Wayne, Melvin Smith, Sam Price and others. (FS)
JAMES BROWN: Fine Old Foxy Self/ RUSTY BRYANT: Moonlight Garden Stomp/ JAMES "SUGAR BOY" CRAWFORD: She Gotta Wobble (When She Walks)/ DEAN & JEAN: Turn It Off/ H-BOMB FERGUSON: Little Tiger/ THE HEARTBEATS: Oh Baby Don't/ THE INDIVIDUALS: Jungle Superman/ MATTHEW JACOBS: Loaded Down/ JOE JOHNSON: Cool Love/ JOE JONES: Will Call/ ANNIE LAURIE: Rockin' And Rollin' Again/ LITTLE EDDIE LOVE: Come Runnin To Me Baby/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: The Wobble/ BOBBY MITHCHELL & THE TOPPERS: Goin' Round In Circles/ HUB MOORE: The Drift/ JOHNNY OTIS: Ring A Ling/ MARVIN PHILLIPS: Mamo Mamo/ SAM PRICE: Ain't No Strain/ SLIM SANDERS: Bye Bye Baby/ MELVIN SMITH: Zaki Sue/ JAMES WAYNE: A Two Faced Man/ BOB WILLIAMS: My Goose Is Cooked

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Vee-Tone 2021 R&B Humdingers, Volume 13 ● CD $18.98 $9.98
22 tracks, 55 mins, highly recommended
Humdingers, indeed. There is nary a track on this that I wouldn't consider a humdinger, barn-burner, or dance floor dandy! Starting of with a frantic performance by Ernie Williams shoutin' out loud about My Pretty Baby, then up right after you get the other-worldly sounds of Bill Parker singing with Jesse Palmer on All Day, All Night, man, this CD gets goin and doesn't let up. Great tracks by Frank Dalton & The Dalton Gang - Cruised, Jimmy McCracklin - Let's Do It (The Chicken Scratch,) Snooks Eaglin - Yours Truly, Tony & The Masquins - Fuji Woman, Latimore Brown - Got Plenty Troubles, and so on, and so on. More bang for your buck and bounce by the ounce than 99% of th' compilations of relics & rarities that have come out so far this year. Johnny Otis, Cornbread & Biscuits, Priscilla Bowman, The Citations, The Five Stars, and many more are waiting to take the hip trip with you. (JM)
JIMMY BECK ORCHESTRA: Arabian Blues/ THE BLUE CHIPS: The Contest/ PRISCILLA BOWMAN: I've Got News For You/ CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN: Hurry Back Good News/ LATTIMORE BROWN: Got Plenty Troubles/ THE CITATIONS: The Stomp/ CORNBREAD & BISCUITS: Big Time Spender Pts 1 & 2/ FRANK DALTON & THE DALTON GANG: Cruised/ SNOOKS EAGLIN: Yours Truly/ BOBBY ELVIN: Blind Boy/ THE FIVE STARS: Hey Juanita/ GENE FRANKLIN & HIS HOUSEROCKIN' SPACEMEN: Hackensack/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: Let's Do It (The Chicken Scratch)/ L.C. MCKINLEY: Nit Wit/ JOHNNY OTIS: Let's Rock (Let's Surf Awhile)/ BILL PARKER: All Day, All Night/ CLAUDE ROBINSON: Cotton Pickin' Mama/ FREDDIE SCOTT & THE CHIMES: Letter Came This Morning/ OTIS SMITH: You're So Good Looking/ BILLY TATE: Right From Wrong/ TONY & THE MASQUINS: Fuji Womma/ ERNIE WILLIAMS: My Pretty Baby

 
BUKKA WHITE Fuel 61360 Revisited ● CD $13.98 $8.98
11 tracks, essential if you don't have a previous reissue
This has been out on CD several times and features the first recordings the great Mississippi Delta bluesman Bukka White made after he was rediscovered by John Fahey and ED Vinson by the expedient of sending a letter addressed to "Bukka White, Old Blues Singer, c/o General Delivery, Aberdeen, Miss." The original 1963 LP was one of the albums that helped fuel the folk/ blues revival of the early 1960's. He hadn't recorded in almost 20 years but his skills were intact both vocally and instrumentally. There are 11 pieces here, 9 on National Steel guitar, Drunk Man Blues on piano, and the spoken Remembrance Of Charlie Patton. Includes a beautiful version of Poor Boy Long Way From Home, that he'd redo later that year as the gorgeous Jesus Died On The Cross To Save The World for Arhoolie. Also includes Shake 'Em On Down/ Baby Please Don't Go/ Parchman Farm Blues, etc. Includes new notes by Bill Dahl. (FS)

 
BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS B.A.C.M. 550 Live Performances ● CD $14.98
19 tracks, highly recommended
A real treat for lovers of western swing featuring previously unissued live performances by the King of Western Swing recorded between 1948 and '51 when he had some of his greatest bands. It opens with a performance of Beaumont Rag from the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and ends with a complete 30 minute broadcast from Miller's Hall, Wichita Falls, Texas in May 1951 featuring eight tunes plus in between song patter. Personnel changed over these years but musicians feaured includes a who's who of great western swing musicians including Johnny Gimble, Joe Holley, Herb Remington, Bobby Kofer, Junior Barnard, Eldon Shamblin, Tiny Moore, Luke Wills, Billy Briggs and others with vocals from Jack Loyd, Jimmy Widener, Joe Andrews and others including Wills himself. Material is drawn from Wills's vast repertoire including Beaumont Rag/ You Promised Me/ Everywhere You Go/ Whose Heart Are Your Breaking Now/ Sally JOhnson/ Silver Lake Blues/ Jealous Heart and more. Sound quality ranges from excellent to pretty rough and booklet has notes by the always insightful Kevin Coffey. (FS)
BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Beaumont Rag/ San Antonio Rose/ Take The 'A' Train/ You Broke Your Promise/ You're Breaking My Heart/ Crippled Turkey/ Everywhere You Go/ Many Tears Ago/ Listen To The Mockingbird/ Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now/ Theme (San Antonio Rose) & Big Beaver/ After You've Gone/ Sally Johnson/ Boot Heel Drag/ Slow Poke/ It Had To Be You/ Stumbling/ Sally Gooden/ Shot Gun Boogie/ Bob Wills Live (Silver Lake Blues/ Milk Cow Blues/ Marie/ Boot Heel Drag/ Jealous Heart/ South/ Darktown Strutters Ball/ Liberty/ Closing)

 

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