LATEST ADDITIONS  04/02/2016

DVD
ALBERT COLLINS
VARIOUS ARTISTS

COMPACT DISCS
AMALIA

ALBERT AMMONS
DAVE BARTHOLOMEW
JAMES CARR
DEAN CARTER
JOHNNY CASH
GENE CHANDLER
PEE WEE CRAYTON

ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP
DR. JOHN
CHAMPION JACK DUPREE
DALE HAWKINS
NARCISO MARTINEZ
BROWNIE MCGHEE & SONNY TERRY
JOE MEDWICK
AMOS MILBURN
JOE MORRIS ORCHESTRA
LES PAUL
BEN SELVIN & HIS ORCHESTRA
SONNY TERRY
VARIOUS ARTISTS
JIMMY WITHERSPOON

 

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

DVDS

 
ALBERT COLLINS Made In Germany 90632 Live At Rockpalast ● DVD $19.98
DVD + 2 CDs, color, 13 tracks, 95 mins, very highly recommended
Superb live set by the "Master of The Telecaster" performing in Dortmund, Germany in 1980 accompanied by an all star and very tight version of his Icebreakers with A.C. Reed/ tenor sax, Marvin Jackson/ second guitar, Johnny B. Gayden/ bass and Casey Jones/ drums. After two fine introductory numbers by the band Albert comes on stage and launches into his version of the Eddie Harris tune Listen Here displaying his mastery of blues improvisation and continues with a mix of vocals and instrumentals including Brick/ The Things I Used To Do/ Cold Cuts/ Angel of Mercy and more including a 13 minute version of his theme song Frosty with Albert walking into the audience while still playing and without losing a beat. I remember seeing Albert playing a couple of times at the Ash Grove in Los Angeles where he ended walking into the street outside while still playing! In addition to Albert's stellar guitar work there is also room for Reed to take some fine sax solos. Cinematography and video and audio quality are superb and this is a great way to remember one of the giants of electric blues. The two CDs feature the audio of the show. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Arhoolie Foundation 205 Down Home Music - A Journey Through The Heartland, 1963** ● DVD $18.98
Black & White, 50 mins, essential
Truly amazing and priceless film footage shot by a German filmmaker Dietrich Wawzyn in the company of Arhoolie founder Chris Strachwitz in 1963. Most of the original negatives were lost or destroyed and this film was compiled from what remains and what remains is pretty incredible. Although there is only one performance from most of the performers and some of those are cut short (for reasons explained above) this is a chance to see the only film footage of some outstanding performers. The music is a mixture of blues, gospel, jazz, country and ethnic performance and includes (are you ready?!) - Jesse Fuller at his home in Oakland singing his iconic San Francisco Bay Blues; Mance Lipscomb singing and playing on his front porch in Navasota, Texas, Lightnin' Hopkins performing on the streets of Houston and for some friends, Hop Wilson performing in a club (sadly too short), Whistlin' Alex Moore playing boogie piano and doing his trademark whistling, Black Ace performing in his home in Dallas (possibly my favorite clip here), the Blind James Campbell String Band performing on the streets of Nashville, J.E. Mainer and his band performing in Concord, North Carolina, The Hodges Brothers at their farm in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi; down home gospel singer/ guitarist Rev. Louis Overstreet on the streets of Tucson and and at his church, George Lewis & His band performing at the then new Preservation Hall and accompanying vocalist piano player Sweet Emma Barrett, the Eureka Brass Band playing for a jazz funeral in New Orleans, Lowell Fulson and his band performing at a club in San Francisco; King Louis H. Narcisse at his church in Oakland and much more. Back in the 90s Yazoo issued a VHS video with 50 minutes of these performances but this has 50% more material, has been newly remastered for superior quality and has been carefully edited by Maureen Gosling to better evoke the spirit of the journey across America and as bonus feature includes a commentary track by Strachwitz describing the trip in detail with information on the many artists. An indispensible release for lovers of American vernacular music. (FS)

   

COMPACT DISCS

 
 
AMALIA Arhoolie 7049 Old Greek Songs In The New Land, 1923-1950** ● CD $13.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
Superb collection of rembetika styled Greek music recorded in the USA by wonderful singer Amalia (Mazaltov Matsa) who emigrated from Turkey in 1912. Amalia was a superb singer and her varied repertoire finds her accompanied by violin, cymbalum, oud, santouri, clarinet and other instruments. Sound quality is excellent and set comes with 24 page booklet with extensive notes, lyric transcripts and great rare photos. (FS)

 
ALBERT AMMONS Acrobat ADDCD 3010 King Of Boogie Woogie ● CD $18.98 $11.98
Two CDs, 36 tracks, highly recommended
A splendid collection of sides by one of the greatest of all boogie pianists. Ammons had the solidest left hand in the business and was endlessly inventive with his right hand - rarely cliched. The set opens with five gorgeous solo cuts from 1939 and the remainder is devoted to recordings made between 1945 and 1949 (the year he died) with his group The Rhythm Kings usually with guitarist Ike Perkins, bassist Israel Crosby and a number of different drummers. There are several fine vocals from Sippie Wallace, Mildred Anderson and drummer Jack Cooley. Two cuts feature his son Gene on tenor sax. The music is consistently superb but it's a shame they couldn't have added another dozen sides which would enable them to have presented a much broader picture of Albert's career. Still for the price there is enough great music here to please just about any fan of blues and boogie piano playing. (FS)

 
DAVE BARTHOLOMEW Hoodoo 263536 Golden Rule In New Orleans - King IMperial Side, 1950-1961 ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, 77 mins, very highly recommended
Dave Bartholomew was, arguably, the chief architect of New Orleans rhythm & blues in the 1950s. AS writer, producer and/ or trumpet player he was probably involved in over 1,000 recordings by such artists as Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, Lloyd Price, Tommy Ridgley and many others. Helping him with the task were an incredible group of musicians including tenor saxists Clarence Hall, Alvin "Red" Tyler, Herb Hardesty and Lee Allen; alto saxists Joe Harris and Wendell Duconge; pianists Salvador Doucette, Fats Domino, James Booker and others; guitarists Ernest McLean, Justin ADams and others with recordings being engineered by the great Cosimo Matassa at his J&M Studios. They produced an instantly recognizable but varied sound. In spite of all this activity Dave managed to make quite a few recordings under his own name and this great set features a selection of them made between 1947 and 1960 (not from 1951 as stated on the cover). It includes two tracks from his earliest session cut for DeLuxe in 1947 with the rest being recorded for Imperial or King. It includes his only hit - the superb Country Boy (also recorded by Fats Domino), his original version from 1952 of My Ding-A-Ling later made into a big hit by Chuck Berry as well as the even more risquť The Ice-Man. His The Monkey is a catchy tune that was one of the songs that strongly influenced early ska musicians and was covered by ska musician Alerthe Bedasse. His Four Winds was subsequently recorded by Fats Domino as Let The Four Winds Blow and there's lots more good stuff here including several jazz flavored instrumentals. A terrific set with excellent sound and a nice 16 page booklet with notes, photos and full discographical info. (FS)
DAVE BARTHOLOMEW: (I'm) An Old Cowhand from a Blues Band/ Bad Habit/ Barrel House/ Bum Mae/ Cinderella/ Country Boy/ Four Winds/ Good News/ I'll Never Be the Same/ In the Alley/ In the Evening/ Jump Children/ Mother Knows Best/ My Ding-A-Ling/ Nickle Wine/ Shout, Sister, Shout/ Shrimp and Gumbo/ Snatchin' Back/ Stormy Weather/ Sweet Home Blues/ The Golden Rule/ The Ice-Man/ The Monkey/ The Shufflin' Fox/ Turn Your Lamps Down Low/ Twins/ When the Saints Go Marching in Boogie/ Who Drank My Beer?/ Would You/ Yeah Yeah

 
JAMES CARR Kent KENCD 211 You Got My Mind Messed Up** ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 60 min, essential
Carr's been called, by those in the know (yours truly included) as probably the best soul singer who ever lived, even topping Otis! This set is a real treasure trove. The first half reissues the original LP, Goldwax 3001 from 1967, gives most of those tracks a new stereo mix, then adds a dozen bonus tracks. Eight of those tracks are from Goldwax CD compilations or rare Japanese Vivid Sounds LPs, & four more have never been issued, including a great version of The Rascals' Love Is A Beautiful Thing, a tune called A Lucky Loser, & alternate takes of Love Turned Her That Way & A Losing Game. And of course, all the hits are here - Dark End Of the Street/ Pouring Water On A Drowning Man, & the title track. (GM)
JAMES CARR: A Losing Game/ A Lucky Loser/ Coming Back To Me Baby/ Dixie Belle/ Forgetting You/ I Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore/ I'm Going For Myself/ Life Turned Her That Way/ Love Attack/ Love Is A Beautiful Thing/ Loveable Girl/ My Adorable One/ Pouring Water On A Drowning Man/ Search Your Heart/ She's Better Than You/ Sock It To Me - Baby!/ That's What I Want To Know/ The Dark End Of The Street/ There Goes My Used To Be/ These Ain't Raindrops/ These Arms Of Mine/ What Can I Call My Own/ You Don't Want Me/ You've Got My Mind Messed Up

 
DEAN CARTER Big Beat WIK 213 Call of the Wild!** ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 68 min, highly recommended
Imagine if The Sonics were a rockabilly band, or if Hasil Adkins sang with The 13th Floor Elevators? These mostly late 60s recordings of WILD rockabilly mostly defy description, though there are a lot of fine rockabilly/rockin' country sides. The opener, Jailhouse Rock, escaped in the 80s on a punk-rock compilation (since put on CD) called Ear-Splitting Punk - rockabilly done totally garage style, with screaming vocals & an even more screaming guitar solo. The garage-abilly continues throughout on these sides done in the late 60s with Dean, in his cat clothes, & band The Lucky Ones, with guitarist Arlie Miller, who provides some of the liner notes, & an assortment of bassists & drummers. Recorded in Carter's home studio, some of these (like Jailhouse) were released on such labels as Milky Way & Tell International, & many are demos released here for the 1st time. (GM)

 
JOHNNY CASH Acrobat 9054 The Complete Sun Releases and Columbia Singles, 1955-62 ● CD $19.98
Three CDs, 82 tracks, highly recommended
An excellent overview of the early recordings of one of the greatest country artists of the 20th century. Together with The Tennessee Two (Luther Perkins/ guitar and Marshall Grant/ string bass) they overcame their technical limitations to give Cash what turned out to be one of the most distinctive styles in country music and turned out one timless classic after another. Johnny was with Sun Records from 1955 through 1958 where he had many hits and then moved to Columbia where his hit streak continued. Since Sun had plenty in the can they released singles at the same time as Columbia did and some of these were also hits. The first 2 1/2 discs features all his Sun and Columbia singles in the order they were issued and the third disc is rounded out all the tracks that Sun issued on LP that were not on singles. It's just one classic after another - Cry! Cry! Cryt!/ I Walk The Line/ Home Of The Blues/ Guess Things Happen That Way/ I Still Miss Someone/ I Got Stripes/ Seasons Of My Heart/ Mean Eyed Cat/ The Rebel Johnny Yuma/ Tennessee Flat Top Box and many, many more. Includes 24 page booklet with brief notes and full discographical data. There's no shortage of reissues of Johnny's early recordings but if you don't have one then you won't go wrong with this one. (FS)
JOHNNY CASH: (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle/ (Thereíll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)/ A Little At A Time/ All Over Again/ Ballad Of A Teenage Queen/ Big River/ Blue Train/ Bonanza/ Born To Lose/ Busted/ Come In Stranger/ Country Boy/ Cry! Cry! Cry!/ Doin' My Time/ Don't Make Me Go/ Don't Take Your Guns To Town/ Down The Street To 301/ Five Feet High And Rising/ Folsom Prison Blues/ Forty Shades Of Green/ Frankieís Man, Johnny/ Get Rhythm/ Girl In Saskatoon/ Give My Love To Rose/ Going To Memphis/ Goodbye Little Darlin'/ Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye/ Guess Things Happen That Way/ Hey Good Lookin'/ Hey Porter!/ Hey, Good Lookin'/ Home Of The Blues/ Honky Tonk Girl/ I Can't Help It/ I Could Never Be Ashamed of You/ I Forgot To Remember To Forget/ I Got Stripes/ I Just Thought You'd Like To Know/ I Love You Because/ I Still Miss Someone [1]/ I Walk The Line/ I Was There When It Happened/ I'll Remember You/ If the Good Lord's Willing/ In The Jailhouse Now/ It's Just About Time/ Katy Too/ Life Goes On/ Loading Coals/ Locomotive Man/ Luther Played The Boogie/ Mean Eyed Cat/ My Treasure/ Next In Line/ Oh Lonesome Me/ Pick A Bale O' Cotton/ Port Of Lonely Hearts/ Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You)/ Seasons Of My Heart/ Second Honeymoon/ Send A Picture Of Mother/ Smiling Bill Mccall/ So Doggone Lonesome/ Story Of A Broken Heart/ Straight A's In Love/ Sugartime/ Tall Men/ Tennessee Flat-Top Box/ Thanks A Lot/ The Big Battle/ The Little Drummer Boy/ The Rebel Johnny Yuma/ The Ways Of A Woman In Love/ There You Go/ Train Of Love/ Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)/ What Do I Care/ When I've Learned/ Wreck of the Old 97/ You Dreamer You/ You Tell Me/ You Win Again/ You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven

 
GENE CHANDLER Jasmine 925 Duke Of Earl - The Gene Chandler Story, 1961-1962 ● CD $15.98
27 tracks, 64 mins, strongly recommended
Fine collection featuring the earliest recordings of Gene Chandler (Eugene Dixon) along with a selection of sides by the doo-wop group The Dukays who Gene had been a member of until his career took off as a solo performer after the success of Duke Of Earl. The first four cuts are by The Dukays from the tiny Nat label - fine doo-wop featuring leads by Gene that was popular in their home town of Chicago. Their third unissued Nat release was heard by Calvin Carter of Vee-Jay who was so impressed by Duke Of Earl that he wanted to release it but since the group was under contract to Nat it was issued under a modified version of Eugene Dixon's name and when releases topped the R&B and pop charts and to this day is an all time doowop classic. On the surface, a silly novelty song, it has an irresistible hypnotic power that is as potent today as it was 54 years ago. Gene followed it up with a solo tour and an LP which included the hit single and excellent covers of then hit R&B songs like Stand By Me/ Stand By Me/ Turn On Your Lovelight and more. The next two singles by Gene were issued as by The Duke of Earl and he had modest success with the similar sounding Walk On With The Duke then it was back to Gene Chandler and the next two singles were modest hits including the two sided soul hit - the catchy You Threw A Lucky Punch and the beautiful Curtis Mayfield ballad Rainbow. The above comprises the first 21 tracks of this CD - we also have the answer song to Duke Of Earl by The Pearlettes Duchess Of Earl and five excellent songs by The Dukays with their new lead vocalist Charles Davis which were popular in Chicago but failed to break out nationally. Chandler subsequently went on to become one of the major soul artists of the 60s, 70s and 80s with over 40 chart hits. A most enjoyable collection with excellent sound and a nice booklet with detailed notes by the enigmatically named Groper Odson. (FS)

 
PEE WEE CRAYTON Ace CDCHD 632 The Modern Legacy** ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, 64 min., highly recommended
Sometime blues can sound deceptively simple, especially when they are short & sweet and to the point. Take for example the music of singer/guitarist Connie Curtis (Pee Wee) Crayton (1914-1985). Relocating to California (in 1935), his 1948-1951 Modern Recordings are some of the best instrumental guitar blues recorded - guitar blues played on a Vega guitar, full of simple structures and emotions. His first R&B hit record, Blues After Hours ('48, with pianist David Lee Johnson), charted for over 13 weeks, and was the very first guitar instrumental to reach the #1 R&B position. This wonderful track (a clever variation of pianist Avery Parrish's composition After Hours) is included in this first (of two) volume of his best recordings. Other instrumentals include Bounce Pee Wee ('48), Rock Island Blues ('48), Pee Wee's Wild ('50) and an alternate take of Texas Hop ('48 with Buddy Floyd on tenor sax) - his 2nd Top 5 R&B hit. As a bonus, Ace has included two 1949 tracks he recorded with Jay McShann, Black Gal (unissued) and the rare instrumental Boogie Woogie Upstairs (issued as by Al "Cake" Wichard, McShann's drummer). Collectors should note that the set has the master take of Central Avenue Blues ('48) and three titles from the 1950 session with the Harry Sweets Edison-Ben Webster group, including Please Come Back (with possibly Marshall Royal on alto sax) and a new alternate take of Louella Brown. (EL)
PEE WEE CRAYTON: After Hours/ Austin Boogie/ Black Gal/ Blues For My Baby/ Boogie Woogie Upstairs/ Bop Hop/ Bounce Pee Wee/ Central Avenue Blues/ Change Your Way Of Lovin'/ From Blues To Boogie/ I'm Still In Love With You/ Louella Brown/ My Everything/ Pee Wee's Boogie/ Pee Wee's Wild/ Please Come Back/ Rock Island Blues/ Rockin' The Blues/ Rosa Lee/ T For Texas (Mistreated Blues)/ Texas Hop/ Tired Of Travelin'/ When Darkness Falls

 
ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP Acrobat 7098 The Definitive Collection, 1941-1962 ● CD $23.98
Four CDs, 94 tracks, essential
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup was an important and influential bluesman and this extensive collection is superb retrospective of his recordings. Although this overlaps Fantastic Voyage 133 this has almost twice as many tracks and extends the story from 1954 through to 1962. Crudup was a lovely singer with a distinctive high and very expressive voice. Although a somewhat limited guitarist his accompaniments are highly appropriate to the songs and on most of these recordings he is usually accompanied by string bass or drums. As a songwriter he was outstanding with interesting lyrics and infectious melodies. Songs like Death Valley Blues/ Mean Ol' Frisco/ Rock Me Mama/ Who's Been Foolin' You/ / So Glad You're Mine/ That's All Right & I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole (all here) have become blues standards and among others were a big influences on the young Elvis Presley. Other great songs include Standing At My Window/32-20 Blues (very different to the usual version)/ Cool Disposition/ Ethel Mae/ I Want My Lovin'/ Crudup's Vicksburg Blues/ Mean Old Santa Fe/ Goin' Back To Georgia and others. In 1952 he made recordings for Checker (issued as Percy Lee Crudup - his son who plays harmonica on the session!), Trumpet (as Elmer James with Sonny Boy Williamson and Joe Willie Wilkins) and Champion (as Arthur "Blues" Crump - an extremely rare release). He returned to RCA for two more sessions with a small band in 1953 and 1954 before dropping out of sight until recording for Fire in 1962 and this set ends with his rare Fire LP where he is accompanied by bass and drums doing fine versions of some of his most famous songs.This is an exceptional selection of material from the period covered with excellent sound, informative notes by Paul and full discographical information. Outside the Document series of his entire output (mostly out of print) this is the most extensive selection of his recordings. Every blues lover should have an Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup album in their collection and this one should do nicely. (FS)
ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: Anytime Is The Right Time/ Behind Closed Doors/ Black Pony Blues/ Boy Friend Blues/ Chicago Blues/ Coal Black Mare/ Come Back Baby/ Cool Disposition/ Crudup's After Hours/ Crudup's Vicksburg Blues/ Cry Your Blues Away/ Death Valley Blues/ Dig Myself A Hole (1962)/ Dirt Road Blues/ Do It If You Want To/ Dust My Broom/ Ethel Mae (1946)/ Ethel Mae (1962)/ Fall On Your Knees And Pray/ Give Me A 3220/ Goin' Back To Georgia/ Gonna Be Some Changes Made/ Gonna Follow My Baby/ Gotta Find My Baby/ Greyhound Bus (1962)/ Hand Me Down My Walking Cane/ Hey Mama - Everything's All Right/ Hoodoo Lady Blues/ I Don't Know It/ I Love My Baby/ I Want My Lovin'/ I Wonder/ I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole (1951)/ I'm In The Mood/ If I Get Lucky/ If You Ever Been To Georgia/ Just Like A Spider/ Katie Mae (1962)/ Katie May (1947)/ Keep On Drinkin'/ Keep Your Arms Around Me/ Kind Lover Blues/ Late In The Evening/ Lonesome World To Me/ Look On Yonder Wall (1962)/ Lookin' For My Baby/ Love Me Mama/ Make A Little Love/ Mean Old 'Frisco Blues (1942)/ Mean Old Santa Fe/ Mean Ole Frisco (1962)/ Mercy Blues/ Mr. So And So/ My Baby Boogies All The Time/ My Baby Left Me/ My Mama Don't Allow Me/ My Wife And Woman/ Nelvina/ No More Lovers/ Nobody Wants Me/ Oo Wee Darling (Love Me With A Thrill)/ Open Your Book (Daddy Wants To Read With You)/ Pearly Lee/ Raised To My Hand/ Roberta Blues/ Rock Me, Mama (1944)/ Rock Me, Mama (1962)/ Second Man Blues/ She Ain't Nothin' But Trouble/ She's Gone/ She's Got No Hair/ She's Just Like Caldonia/ Shout, Sister, Shout/ So Glad You're Mine (1946)/ So Glad You're Mine (1962)/ Someday/ Standing At My Window (1942)/ Standing At My Window (1962)/ Star Bootlegger/ Tears In My Eyes/ That's All Right (1946)/ That's Alright (1962)/ That's Why I'm Lonesome/ That's Your Red Wagon/ The War Is Over/ Tired Of Worry/ Too Much Competition (1951)/ Too Much Competition (1962)/ Train Fare Blues/ Where Did You Stay Last Night'/ Who's Been Foolin' You'/ Worried About You Baby/ You Got To Reap/ You Know That I Love You

 
DR. JOHN Omnivore 149 The Atco/ Atlantic Singles, 1968-1974 ● CD $17.98
22 songs, 71 mins, highly recommended
Here's a fantastic collection from Dr. John's breakout years. This features all of his singles off of his 8 LPs on Atco/ Atlantic records with both A and B sides included. You get some of his most Voodoo-drenched psychedelic tracks like I Walk On Gilded Splinters Parts 1 & 2 in glorious mono, Loop Garoo, and Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya, though some of his most out-there tracks of the time were deep album cuts. Most importantly, though, you get to witness Dr John's transformation from mysterious Hoodoo mystic to New Orleans musical ambassador. So you also get beautiful tracks like Iko Iko/ Right Place Wrong Time/ Such A Night, and Let's Make A Better World. I love all iterations of Dr. John, and if you aren't familiar with him, this is an excellent place to start. Rarer tracks featured are the mono shorter version of The Patriotic Flag Favor, Big Chief (which originally appeared on a 1972 U.K. singles), and his great cover of Wang Dang Doodle, which, if I'm not mistaken, was only available as a single for many years. There's also a Huey "Piano" Smith medley in there if that sweetens the pot for you, but trust me, it's all good on this one. (JM)

 
CHAMPION JACK DUPREE Avid 1006 Two Classic Albums Plus 40s & 50s Singles** ● CD $14.98
2 CDs, 62 tracks, 158 mins, highly recommended
Available again and at a lower price. Champion Jack Dupree was one of the great New Orleans Barrelhouse piano players and one hell of a Blues singer. He told it like it was and had no problem singing about the down and dirty parts of life - Can't Kick The Habit/ Junkers Blues/ Bad Whiskey and Wild Women/ Drunk Again - as well as the heartbreak, trials, and tribulations - T.B. Blues/ Bad Life/ Death of Big Bill Broonzy, and so on. This collection gathers together his classic albums "Blues From The Gutter" (1959), with his "Natural & Soulful Blues" (1961), along with a bunch of fantastic singles from the 1940's and '50s. The singles tracks are from releases on the Continental, Red Robin, King and Groove & Vik labels, plus a few alternate takes from the Groove & Vik sessions. Dupree had great accompaniment throughout these sessions, with Brownie McGhee on the Continental tracks, McGhee, Sonny Terry, and Stick McGhee on the Red Robin tracks, Willis Jackson and Mickey Baker on the King Tracks, Alexis Korner, and many more throughout. If you don't have much Champion Jack Dupree, than this would be a fantastic starting point, so many of his best recordings are featured here. (JM)

 
DALE HAWKINS Bear Family BCD 16826 Dale Rocks!** ● CD $24.98
34 tracks, 79 mins, highly recommended
Dale Hawkins had one great big, massively influential song - Suzy Q, - but he also had dozens of other really good/great tracks, a couple of white hot guitarists in James Burton and Roy Buchanan, and a huge talent for entertaining. This compiles all of the best of his earlier material, Suzy Q/ See You Soon Baboon/ Sweetie Pie/ Mrs. Mergritory's Daughter/ Ain't That Lovin' You Baby, and my favorite: Tornado.. It also includes five previously unissued songs and alternate takes. Dale was a great rock `n` roller and this collection is chock full of the real stuff that any good R&R collection would be incomplete without. This comes in a beautiful gatefold digi-pack with a 56 page booklet that tells Dale's story with lots of cool pics as well. (JM)
DALE HAWKINS: Ain't That Lovin' You Baby/ Baby, Baby/ Back To School Blues/ Boogie Woogie Teenage Girl/ Caldonia/ Don't Treat Me This Way/ Every Little Girl/ Four Letter Word (Rock)/ Gooblie Booblie/ I Want To Love You/ Juanita/ La-Do-Dada/ Lifeguard Man/ Linda/ Little Pig/ Liza Jane/ Liza Jane (alt)/ Lovin' Bug/ Lulu/ Mrs. Mergritory's Daughter/ My Babe/ My Babe/ Number Nine Train/ One Dozen Roses/ See You Soon Baboon/ Someday, One Day/ Susie Q/ Sweetie Pie/ Take My Heart/ Teenage Dolly/ The Wind/ Tornado/ Who/ Who Can Say/ Wild Wild World

 
NARCISO MARTINEZ Arhoolie 361 Father Of The Texas-Mexican Conjunto** ● CD $13.98
26 cuts. 70 min. essential
Lovely recordings done for the Ideal label from 1946-61 by Narciso Martinez, whose 30s sides for Bluebird had influenced all subsequent conjunto accordionists. Relying on his remarkable bajo sexto player, Santiago Almeida to provide the bass, he used the treble or melody side of the accordion to create a lively, danceable sound on polkas & redovas like La Chulada & Los Arbolitos. During this period, he also accompanied such great singers as Lydia Mendoza, Carmen & Laura, & the Mendoza sisters, with his delightful runs making the dueta with accordion, the most popular sytle of the Southwest. Beautiful music from a master. (JM)

 
BROWNIE MCGHEE & SONNY TERRY Southern Routes 2507 Back Country Blues, 1947-55 Savoy Recordings ● CD $16.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
These are probably my favorite Brownie & Sonny recordings featuring recordings cut for Savoy and intended for the African-American market. A far cry from their more folky offerings this is solid down home electric blues. Brownie takes all the vocals and accompanies himself on electric guitar with varying accompaniments ranging from just second guitar by brother Sticks McGhee to small combos featuring a variety of fine musicians like Lannie Scott/piano, Hal Singer/tenor sax, Mickey Baker/ guitar, Bob Harris/ bass, Harry Van Walls/ piano and others including, of course, Sonny Terry on harp though Sonny's role is pretty limited which is not necesarilly a bad thing. Lots of great songs ranging from the old Blind Boy Fuller song So Sweet to a commentary on the current baseball season Robbie-Doby Boogie plus When It's LOve Time/ Auto Mechanic Blues/ Bottom Blues/ C.C. Baby/ Four O'Clock In The Morning/ Bad Nerves (a variatin on the old Bad Blood risque song)/ Brownie's New Worried Life Blues/ My Consolation/ Anna Mae (with dynamite guitar from Mickey Baker) and more. Sound quality is excellent and there are brief notes but no discography. It's also too bad they didn't make this a double CD with all their Savoy recordings - now that would be an essential release! (FS)

 
JOE MEDWICK Spoonful 1003 The Many Lables Of Joe Medwick ● CD $16.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Texas R&B has many unsung heroes and singer/songwriter Joe Medwick is one of them. An avid devotee of partying, he didn't live up to his potential; and yet he managed to write classic songs for Bobby Bland and Junior Parker, including Don't Want No Woman/ Further On Up the Road/ Cry, Cry, Cry, and Driving Wheel. Medwick used a whole bunch of aliases-Joe Masters, Joe Melvin, TV & the Tribesmen etc.-and recorded for a lot of labels: Westpark, Boogaloo, Paradise, Tear Drop, Monument, Duke, Pye International, and more. Heck, he even cut an entire album for Hanna Barbera Records in 1966, under the TV & the Tribesmen moniker. But mostly Medwick worked with legendary Texas producer/songwriter Huey P. Meaux, cutting sides for his Pacemaker, Boogaloo, and Jetstream imprints including Just Be Yourself/ Friends in Show Business/ Wedding Bells, and You Made Me Love You. Medwick did most of his work during the 60's, and then disappeared during the 70's and early 80's only to make a brief comeback in 1988 with Grady Gaines' Texas Upsetters. If I Don't Understand, cut with the Upsetters, proves beyond a doubt that even at that late stage, Medwick still had it. Unfortunately, not long after recording with the Upsetters, years of hard living finally caught up with Medwick and he died of liver cancer. Although, Medwick never had a hit record of his own and is little known outside of Texas except to R&B aficionados, this CD is a fine testimony to his legacy and legend. (GMC)

 
AMOS MILBURN Acrobat 3151 The Best Of The Aladdin Years, 1946-1957 ● CD $16.98
Amos Milburn was a wonderful singer with a soulful smokey voice and a truly brilliant piano player he was equally at home on a straight blues, boogie or Charles Brown style pop blues ballad. Between September, 1946 and April, 1957 he recorded some 145 sides for Aladdin records and this set features 52 of them including all 19 of the songs to hit the R&B charts between 1948 and 1954. Unfortunately 35 of the tracks here duplicate Jasmine 3028/9 ($19.98) so if you have that set you will only get 17 different tracks. Musically those 17 tracks are worth the price but it is rather frustrating that reissue companies don't collaborate to avoid this degree of duplication. If you don't have the Jasmine then this release is just as good. Years ago Mosaic put out a seven CD set with all of Amos's Aladdin recordings. That has been out of print a long time and it's time someone reissued it.
AMOS MILBURN: A & M Blues/ After Midnight/ Ain't Nothin' Shaking/ All Is Well/ Baby, Baby All The Time/ Bad Bad Whiskey/ Bewildered/ Birmingham Bounce/ Blues At Sundown/ Chicken Shack Boogie/ Down The Road A Piece/ Drifting Blues/ Empty Arms Blues/ Flying Home/ Good, Good Whiskey/ Greyhound/ Hold Me Baby/ House Party/ I Done Done It/ I'm Going To Tell My Mama/ In The Middle Of The Night/ It Took A Long, Long Time/ Jitterbug Parade/ Johnson Rag/ Just One More Drink/ Let Me Go Home Whiskey/ Let's Have A Party/ Let's Make Christmas Merry Baby/ Let's Rock A While/ Milk And Water/ Money Hustlin' Woman/ My Baby's Booging/ One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer/ Operation Blues/ Pool Playing Blues/ Put Something In My Hand/ Real Pretty Mama Blues/ Roll Mr. Jelly/ Rooming House Boogie/ Sad And Blue/ Sax Shack Boogie/ Soft Pillow/ Square Dance Boogie/ Tears, Tears, Tears/ Tell Me How Long Has The Train Been Gone/ That Was Your Last Mistake/ Thinkin' And Drinkin'/ Train Time Blues/ Trouble In Mind/ Two Years Of Torture/ Vicious, Vicious Vodka/ Walkin' Blues

 
JOE MORRIS ORCHESTRA Acrobat 4008 Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere** ● CD $16.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
One of the first stars of Atlantic Records with hot sax instrumentals & having huge hits with his vocalists, including Laurie Tate with the title tune, which was Atlantic's 1st ever #1 R&B hit! Starting as a full fledged Bebop band with the big Texas tenor sax of Johnny Griffin (their 1st session, for Manor in '46, is here), the trumpeter/leader recorded without a contract for Atlantic in '47, with jazz-based tunes as Jump With Me/ Wow/ Weasel Walk/ Boogie Woogie March. With Griffin gone & Little Laurie Tate & Billy Mitchell on vocals the band moved into straight R&B & also to Decca, then back to Atlantic. Includes Can't Stop My Cryin'/ Midnight Grinder, etc. Classics recently issued the first volume of their comprehensive chronological reissue of Morris's recordings (Classics 5057) so there 18 tracks duplicated among the two discs. This one is probably the one to go with if you don't need everything. (GM)
JOE MORRIS & HIS ORCHESTRA: Anytime,anyplace,anywhere/ Bald Headed Woman/ Beans And Cornbread/ Boogie Woogie March/ Bottle Top/ Broken Hearted Blues/ Can't Stop My Crying/ Chuck-a-boogie/ Fly Mister Fly/ Ghost Train/ I Hope Your Satisfied/ Joe's Boogie/ Jump With Me/ Jump,everybody,jump/ Lowdown Baby/ Lowe Groovin/ Mad Moon/ Midnight Grinder/ Out Of The Night/ Pack Up All Your Bags/ Portia's Boogie/ The Applejack/ The Spider/ Weasle Walk/ Wilma's Idea/ Wow

 
LES PAUL Avid 924 And The Vocalists ● CD $13.98
Two CDs, 62 tracks, 158 mins, strongly recommended
Although Les Paul is well known for his distinctive multitracked guitar work with his wife Mary Ford in the early 50s (which comprises the second CD of this set) he had been recording since 1935 and the first CD of the set features his work as a studio guitarist for Decca between 1945 and 1948. He is heard provide some great inventive guitar riffs behind mostly pop vocalists like Bing Crosby, Helen Forrest, The Delta Rhythm Boys, The Andrews Sisters, Dick Haymes, Kay Starr and Clancy Hayes. The second disc features 33 tracks featuring the unique sound of Les with his wife Mary Ford including all their hits like The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise/ Bye Bye Blues/ Mocking Bird Hill/ How High The Moon and more. Excellent sound and brief notes round out a most worthwhile package. (FS)
THE ANDREWS SISTERS: Itís A Pity To Say Goodnight/ Rumours Are Flying/ BING CROSBY: Blue Skies/ Drifting And Dreaming/ Gotta Get Me Somebody To Love/ Gotta Get Me Somebody To Love/ Hey Lolly Lolly Lo/ I Ainít Gonna Be Treated This Way/ Itís Been A Long, Long Time/ Pretending/ What Am I Gonna Do About You?/ Whose Dream Are You?/ THE DELTA RHYTHM BOYS: A One Sided Affair/ What Would It Take?/ HELEN FORREST: Baby, What You Do For Me/ Everybody Knew But Me/ CLANCY HAYES: My Extraordinary Gal/ DICK HAYMES: My Future Just Passed/ What Are You Doing New Yearís Eve?/ LES PAUL & MARY FORD: Baby Wonít You Please Come Home/ Blues Stay Away From Me/ Bye Bye Blues/ Cryiní/ Donícha Hear Them Bells/ Donít Cry Baby/ Dry My Tears/ How High The Moon/ I Really Donít Want To Know/ I Wish Iíd Never Seen Sunshine/ In The Good Old Summertime/ Iím A Fool To Care/ Iím Confessiní/ Iím Moviní On/ Iím Sittiní On Top Of The World/ Johnny Is The Boy For Me/ Just One More Chance/ Mocking Bird Hill/ Mr Sandman/ My Babyís Cominí Home/ Smoke Rings/ Some Of These Days/ St. Louis Blues/ Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me/ Tennessee Waltz/ The Auctioneer/ The Best Things In Life Are Free/ The Lonesome Road/ The Moon Of Manakoora/ The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise/ Three Little Words/ Tiger Rag/ Vaya Con Dios

 
LES PAUL Avid AMSCD 940 The Jazzman** ● CD $13.98
Two CDs, 44 tracks, 157 mins, highly recommended
Available again after a long absence. Terrific collection devoted to the genius of Les Paul as a jazz guitarist eschewing his performances as a country or pop musician. The first 17 tracks (including obnoxious announcements) are from Les's 1944 stint on Jazz At The Philharmonic in a series of all star jam sessions with Shorty Sherock, J.J. Johnson, Illinois Jacquet, Nat "King" Cole and others. Although this has been available several times before it certainly is appropriate in this context and this is apparently the first time the tune Blues has been made available without a jump at the start of the guitar solo. There are half a dozen tracks from 1945 V-Discs including a jazz instrumental version of How High The Moon which he was to record half a dozen years later with his wife Mary Ford and became a monster hit. Also from these sessions is a version of Somebody Loves Me with Art Tatum on piano with sublime interplay between piano and guitar. The remaining tracks featuring radio transcriptions and studio recordings cover the period 1945 through '47 including sides with his Trio and as a member of The Eddie Heywood Sextet, a Harry "Sweets" Edison group and Willie Smith & His Orch. One session features the trio with Lionel Hampton playing piano on China Stomp and vibes on Star Dust. There is an amazing version of Honeysuckle Rose by a quartet of guitarists where Les is joined by Barney Kessell, Irving Ashby and Arv Garrison. A most welcome compilation with excellent sound, informative notes by Brian Priestly and full discographical info. (FS)

 
BEN SELVIN & HIS ORCHESTRA Halcyon 153 Let Me Sing And I'm Happy, 1929-1932 ● CD $19.98
20 tracks, strongly recommended
Ben Selvin & His Orchestra were one of the top dance bands of the late 1920s and early 30s. Though a classically trained violinist he had a real empathy for jazz and his band during the period of thee recordings included such musicians as Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, JImmy Dorsey, Tonny Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Adrian Rollini and Jack Teagarden. Vocalists include Dick Robertson, Smith Ballew, Eddie Walters and others and others. An entertaining collection with excellent sound, notes from the late Brian Rust and full discographical info. (FS)

 
SONNY TERRY Wolf Blues Classics 11 His Best 21 Songs ● CD $14.98
21 tracks, recommended
A fine collection of early sides by this fine singer and brilliant harmonica player. Featuring recordings cuts between 1938 and 1946 it finds him in a variety of settings. It opens with his earliest two sides recorded at the famed "Sprituals To Swing" concert in December 1938. The following nine sides include one track recorded for the Library of Congress in May 1942 with vocal and guitar by his long time partner Brownie McGhee. The other eight are drawn from recordings made for Columbia, OKeh, Savoy and Solo - some with Sonny solo and others with various accompaniments. The rest of the tracks are drawn from two obscure LPs recorded for the Stinson label in 1944 and '46 with Sonny accompanied by Woody Guthrie on guitar, banjo or mandolin as well as vocal with some tracks having Alec Seward on guitar who is also featured on an excellent vocals. Guthrie tends to hog the limelight on these tracks and judging by the sloppiness of his performances I suspect he may have indulged before the session. Sonny's playing is fine but he is owrking at a disadvantage. An interesting collection, if not completely satisfying. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 718 Let The Boogie Woogie Rock And Roll** ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 66 mins, highly recommended
Fabulous collection of rocking blues and R&B from Atlantic and its subsidiaries Atco and Eastwest. The recordings range from 1949 through 1961 with the majority being from the mid-50s. There are some familiar classics like Ray Charles' Mess Around, The Clovers' Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash and Lavern Baker's great answer song to Elvis's Little Sister called Hey Memphis. There are also a lot of obscure but equally fine numbers, some making their first appearance on CD. Among the highlights of the lesser known artists are Hal Paige & His Blues Boys with the great Louisiana flavored Big Foot May, Eunice Davis's wonderful tribute to Harlem's main drag My Beat Is 125th Street, Young Jessie's Young Jessie and two fantastic and very different sides from The Tibbs Brothers plus contributions Odelle Turner, The Titlers, Frank "Floorshow" Culley, Frankie Marshall and more. Instrumental work is superb throughout with lots of storming sax, bluesy piano and stirring guitar from New York's top session musicians. Sound is superb and the 16 page booklet includes notes by Charlie Gillett & Ray Topping and copious photos and other graphics. A must for your next party or listening session. (FS)
LAVERN BAKER: Hey Memphis/ RUTH BROWN: As Long As I'm Moving/ RAY CHARLES: Mess Around/ THE CLOVERS: Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash/ FRANK "FLOORSHOW" CULLEY: Rhumboogie Jive/ EUNICE DAVIS: My Beat Is 125th Street/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: Shooty Booty/ GEORGE "MR BLUES" JACKSON: Uh-Huh/ WILLIS "GATOR TAIL" JACKSON & THE 4 GATORS: Wine-O-Wine/ FRANKIE MARSHALL: Fanny Lou/ Why Oh Why/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Let The Boogie Woogie Roll/ JOE MORRIS: Beans And Corn Bread/ HAL PAIGE & HIS BLUES BOYS: Big Foot May/ PRETTY BOY: Bip Bop Bip/ THE REGALS: Got The Water Boiling/ TOMMY RIDGLEY: I'm Gonna Cross That River/ CARMEN TAYLOR: Big Mamou Daddy/ MAD MAN TAYLOR & HIS PIANO: Rock'n'Roll Espanole/ THE TIBBS BROTHERS: (Wake Up) Miss Rip Van Winkle/ I'm Going Crazy/ THE TILTERS: Ee-Til-Ya-Dee/ JOE TURNER: Bump Miss Susie/ ODELLE TURNER: Alarm Clock Boogie/ YOUNG JESSIE: Shuffle In The Gravel

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1372 Going Wild! Music City Rock 'n' Roll ● CD $18.98 $12.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Frank's review of the 3CD box set "The Music City Story" (Ace ABOXCD 11 - $41.98) promised more releases from this label that are devoted to specific genres: well, here's the second one (following the Lord Luther set, Ace 1258 - $18.98); this one covering rock 'n' roll acts that sprang from the Berkeley backstreets. While there's some overlap with The Music City Story set - The 3 Honeydrops' Rockin' Satellite for example - there's enough fresh meat. including 17 previously unissued tracks, to satisfy the appetite. Groove to The Emarks' Lovin' Charlene, Jimmy Cicero's pumpin Devil's ChildButterball, The Holidays' Hoochie Coochi Man, and The Five Crystels' Oh That Train just for openers. Recorded between 1957 and 1961, these tracks are raw rock 'n' roll at its' best, and as a second helping for those whom have already dined at the Music City table, this CD can't be beat. (GMC)
THE 3 HONEYDROPS: Chickaboom/ Honey Drop/ Rockin' Satellite/ ROY BURK & THE BELLBOTTOMS: Rock To The Boogie/ JIMMY CICERO: Devil's Child/ THE DIALTONES: Goofin' Off/ THE E-MARKS: Lovin' Charlene/ THE FIVE CRYSTALS: Yay Yay/ THE FIVE CRYSTELS: Clickety Clack/ THE GAYLARKS: Mr Rock N Roll/ Doodle Doo/ THE HOLIDAYS: Hoochi Coochi Man/ THE KLIXS: Oobie Doobie Baby/ THE MANDARINS: Roll On Little Mama/ ROBBIE MELDANO: Let's Go Steady Baby/ WILLIE MOORE: Going Wild/ PEE WEE & SUGAR PIE: Nickel & A Dime/ THE PENDLETONS: Santa Rita Jail/ SONNY RAY: Silly Billy/ RON & DON: Baby What You Do To Me/ MIKE SMITH: Coast To Coast/ FRANKIE TARO: Butterball/ UNKNOWN ARTIST-2: Street Rock/ UNKNOWN ARTIST_1: Vera Lee

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1375 Foxy R&B - Richard Stamz Chicago Blues ● CD $18.98 $12.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific collection of blues, R&B, doo-wop and proto-soul recorded for larger than life disc jockey Richard Stamz for his Foxy, Paso and Queen label in the early 60s. Most tracks are making their first appearance on CD and six tracks are previously unissued performances. Highlights for me are Flora D with You're Gonna Cry and Harold Burrage with A Fool (For Hiding My LOve For Me) - two songs I had on 45s for a long time and couldn't figure out why they hadn't been reissued on CD but, finally, here they are in immaculate sound. Both are slow blues with a touch of soul featuring great vocals and absolutely stunning guitar playing from Freddy Robinson that are, alone, worth the price of admission. Freddy also provides stellar guitar on three tracks from superb female blues shouter Mary Johnson, two fine songs by B.B. King influenced vocalist Lee "Shot" Williams and singer/ piano player Detroit Jr. on his rocking seasonal song Christmas Day. He is also featured on two instrumentals including the fantastic The Buzzard. Talking of great guitarists, there are three previously unissued instrumentals from a group led by drummer Willie Williams including guitar from none other than Hubert Sumlin. There is some fine rocking doowop from Ze-Majestics (with steel guitar from Freddie Roulette), Robert & The Rockin' Robins and The Ideals. A superb collection with great sound and informative notes telling the fascinating story of Stamz along with deatils on all the artists and performances. (FS)
LORETTA BRANCH (TRIO): Just One More Time/ HAROLD BURRAGE: A Fool For Hiding My Love From You/ A Fool For Hiding My Love From You/ I Was Wrong/ Please Love Me/ Pretty Little Liddy/ Say You Love Me/ You Ought To Love Me/ FLORA D.: Way Out, Baby/ You Gonna Cry/ DETROIT JUNIOR: Christmas Day/ TONY GIDEON: I'm Gonna Put You To Work/ THE IDEALS: What's The Matter With You Sam/ MARY JOHNSON: Goin' Home/ Lost Love/ Those Tears/ ROBERT & THE ROCKIN' RAVENS: Romeo Joe Pt 1/ FREDDY ROBINSON: The Buzzard/ The Hawk/ LEE (SHOT) WILLIAMS: Hello Baby/ I'm Trying/ WILLIE WILLIAMS WITH HOWLIN' WOLF BAND: Gittin' Along (Green Onions)/ Going Back Home/ South Park Shuffle/ ZE-MAJESTICS: Garlen's Mambo?

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1461 Where The Girls Are, Vol. 9 ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, recommended
The ninth volume in this ongoing series brings us more girl group rarities from the early to mid 60's. From little-known tracks by The Blossoms, the Popsicles, The Jaynettes, The Murmaids, Reparata & the Delrons, and Evie Sands (one of many solo singers working in the girl group style) to total obscurities from The Lovelites, 2 of Clubs, Diane Christian, Roddie Joy, Honey LTD, The Wooden Nickels, there's something here for the girl group aficionado to enjoy. (GMC)
2 OF CLUBS: I'll Come Running Over/ THE BITTER SWEETS: What A Lonely Way To Start The Summertime/ THE BLOSSOMS WITH BILLY STRANGE: Moon Walking/ THE BLUEZETTES: With A Kiss/ LENA CALHOUN & THE EMOTIONS: I Can Tell (I'm Losing Your Love)/ DIANE CHRISTIAN: Little Boy/ CHRISTINE COOPER: (They Call Him A) Bad Boy/ THE DARLETTES: Sweet Kind Of Loneliness/ THE DRAKE SISTERS: What Did You Do Last Night/ THE FLOWERS: On A Rainy Night/ THE FRANCETTES: Young Daddy/ HONEY LTD: Come Down/ THE JAYNETTS: Who Stole The Cookie/ RODDIE JOY: Something Strange Is Going On/ RAMONA KING: Ballyhoo/ THE LOVELITES: You Better Stop It/ THE MURMAIDS: Don't Forget/ THE PENNY SISTERS: I Need A Boy/ THE POPSICLES: Baby I Miss You/ I Don't Want To Be Your Baby Anymore/ THE RAG DOLLS: Society Girl/ REPARATA & THE DELRONS: Mama Don't Allow/ EVIE SANDS: Billy Sunshine/ THE SWEET THREE: That's The Way It Is (When A Girl's In Love)/ THE WOODEN NICKELS: More Than A Friend

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1462 Swamp Pop By The Bayou - Troubles, Tears & Trains ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, strongly recommended
I had a fairly lukewarm response to the first volume of swamp pop rarities put out by Ace (Ace 1397 - $18.98) but I find this more rewarding. Maybe there are fewer unissued tracks here but it just seem that the performers here sound much more engaged with their material. Many of the sides here were issued on small Louisiana labels like Eric, Montel, Pel and others along with unissued songs and alternate takes from the J.D. Miller and Goldband vaults. Most of the artists are pretty obscure - the most well known artist here to non swamp pop fans is John Fred who had big pop hit in 1967 with Judy In Disguise but his two sides here are from the beginning of his career and include the fine loping ballad You Know You Made Me Cry. Johnny Preston of Running Bear fame is here with the fine rocker Satan In Satin. More familiar to swamp pop fans are Warren Storm, Johnny Jano and Roy "Boogie Boy" Perkins who are here with fine cuts. Other artists include Dale Houston (the fine swamp ballad Won't You Believe Me), King Savoy & The Rhythm Rockers, Frankie Lowery, Larry Hart, Everett Daigle, BUck Rogers (the superb ballad I Can't Live Alone) and others. There is also the fine unissued The Secret of Love Is In My Heart - a catchy rocker from the Miller vaults by an unknown group. Sound, as always, is superb and there are detailed notes and rare photos in the booklet. (FS)
THE BOOGIE KINGS: Please Forgive Me/ FLOYD BROWN: What I Want/ PHIL CAY: Blue Eyes/ EVERETT DAIGLE: High School Sweethearts/ GENE DUNLAP: Problems on My Mind/ JOHN FRED: Shirley (Take 2)/ You Know You Made Me Cry/ AL "PUDDLER" HARRIS: Wait a Minute/ LARRY HART: Slim Needle/ DALE HOUSTON: Big Bad City Police/ Won't You Believe Me/ JOHNNY JANO: Shed So Many Tears/ WILEY JEFFERS: Lonely, Lonely Heart/ KING SAVOY: I Beg of You/ BILLY LEWIS: The Memories/ BUDDY LORTON: Time/ FRANKIE LOWERY: Baby What Can I Do/ ROY PERKINS: Sweet Lilly/ Train to Nowhere/ JOHNNY PRESTON: Satan in Satin/ JAY RICHARDS: Sneaking Home/ THE RNR BAND: Secret of Love Is in My Heart/ BUCK ROGERS: Crazy Baby/ I Can't Live Alone/ FOREST RYE: My Sweet Baby's Gone/ WARREN STORM: I'm a Fool to Care/ Troubles Troubles/ JIMMY TROTTER: Hungry and Thirsty

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 7089 The Greatest R&B Hits of 1950 ● CD $29.98
Fours CDs, 101 tracks, highly recommended
A great collection of blues and R&B plus a little jazz, gospel, vocal group and pop from the year 1950 featuring every record that reached the top ten in the Billboard R&B charts with the exception of some Christmas titles which were omitted for space reasons. The recordings are presented in chronological order starting with the great down home blues Lonesome Cabin Blues by Mercy Dee and ending with the soulful ballad Time Out For Tears . 1950 was a big years for New Orleans music - in addition to established hitmakers like Larry Darnell, Annie Laurie and Paul Gayten the Imperial burst onto the charts with recordings it made at the end of 1949 including Fats Domino's first recording The Fat Man which zoomed to No. 2 by April - the first of many hits on the R&B and pop charts over the next decade. Jewel KIng has her only hit with her superb 3x7=21 as did Archibald with his two-part Stack-A-Lee - both on Imperial. Mercury also arrived in New Orleans recording the great and influential Professor Longhair who had a hit with his Bald Head issued under his real name Roy Byrd. Louis Jordan is beginning to end his reign as the king of the R&B charts but still manages to hit the charts five times including one of his most iconic songs Saturday NIght Fish Fry. One of the most popular songs of the year was the catchy novelty Rag Mop which made the charts in three different versions - by Lionel Hampton & His Orch., Doc Sausage and Joe Liggins and His Honeydrippers. The great blues poet Percy Mayfield had his first and biggest hit in 1950 with his timeless Please Send Me Someone To Love. We also hear the smooth West Coast sounds of Charles Brown, Ivory Joe Hunter and Floyd Dixon, the energetic blues shouting of Wynonie Harris, Big Joe Turner and Roy Brown and lots more goodies from Amos Milburn, JImmy Witherspoon, The Robins, Clarence Garlow, Freddie Mitchell & His Orch., Little Esther, Calvin Boze, Lowell Fulson, Joe Fritz, Johnny Otis & His Orch. and many more. Sound is generally fine and the 36 pagee booklet has notes on every song. Note: We have very limited quantities of this has it has been withdrawn in the USA. (FS)
GENE AMMONS AND HIS SEXTET: My Foolish Heart/ ARCHIBALD AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Stack a Lee/ CALVIN BOZE AND HIS ALL-STARS: Safronia B/ TINY BRADSHAW: I'm Going to Have Myself a Ball/ Well Oh Well/ CHARLES BROWN: My Baby's Gone/ ROY BROWN: Hard Luck Blues/ RUTH BROWN: Teardrops from My Eyes/ ROY BROWN AND HIS MIGHTY-MIGHTY MEN: Love Don't Love Nobody/ ROY BROWN AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Cadillac Baby/ Long About Sundown/ ROY BYRD AND HIS BLUES JUMPERS: Bald Head/ NAT 'KING' COLE: Mona Lisa/ I Almost Lost My Mind/ My Mother Told Me/ FRANK 'FLOORSHOW' CULLEY AND HIS BAND: After Hours Session/ LARRY DARNELL: For You My Love/ I Love My Baby/ I'll Get Along Somehow/ Lost My Baby/ Oh, Babe!/ MARGIE DAY: Street Walkin' Daddy/ FLOYD DIXON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Sad Journey Blues/ FATS DOMINO: Every Night About This Time/ The Fat Man/ BILLY ECKSTINE: Sitting By the Window/ LITTLE ESTHER AND MEL WALKER: Cupid's Boogie/ HERB FISHER AND HIS TRIO: I'm Yours to Keep/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS: Our Father (Which Art in Heaven)/ JOE FRITZ: I Love You My Darlin'/ LOWELL FULSON: Blue Shadows/ Everyday I Have the Blues/ Low Society Blues/ CLARENCE GARLOW: Bon Ton Roula/ PAUL GAYTEN: Goodnight Irene/ LLOYD GLENN: Old Time Shuffle Blues/ LIONEL HAMPTON: Everybody's Somebody's Fool/ Rag Mop/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: Raining in My Heart/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Good Morning Judge/ I Like My Baby's Pudding/ Sittin' On It All the Time/ ERSKINE HAWKINS: Tennessee Waltz/ ROY HAWKINS: Why Do Things Happen to Me/ AL HIBBLER: Danny Boy/ 'SMOKEY' HOGG: Little School Girl/ LYNN HOPE QUINTET: Tenderly/ LIGHTNING HOPKINS: Shotgun Blues/ HELEN HUMES: Million Dollar Secret/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: I Almost Lost My Mind/ I Need You So/ I Quit My Pretty Mama/ It's a Sin/ S.P. Blues/ BUDDY JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Because/ LOUIS JORDAN: Blue Light Boogie/ I'll Never Be Free/ Saturday Night Fish Fry (Parts 1 & 2)/ School Days/ Tamburitza Boogie/ JEWEL KING: 3 X 7 = 21/ ANNIE LAURIE AND PAUL GAYTEN ORCHESTRA: I'll Never Be Free/ JOE LIGGINS: Pink Champagne/ Rag Mop/ LITTLE ESTHER: Misery/ Mistrustin' Blues/ Deceivin' Blues/ NELLIE LUTCHER AND NAT KING COLE: For You My Love/ PERCY MAYFIELD: Please Send Me Someone to Love/ AMOS MILBURN & HIS ALADDIN CHICKENSHACKERS: Real Pretty Mama Blues/ Sax Shack Boogie/ Walking Blues/ ROY MILTON: Information Blues/ Junior Jives/ Where There Is No Love/ FREDDIE MITCHELL AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Easter Parade/ JOHNNY MOORE'S THREE BLAZERS: Walkin' Blues/ JOE MORRIS AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere/ JOHNNY OTIS CONGREGATION: Wedding Boogie/ JOHNNY OTIS ORCHESTRA: Cry Baby/ Double Crossing Blues/ Far Away Blues/ JIMMY PRESTON: Oh, Babe!/ THE RAVENS: I Don't Have to Ride No More/ THE RAY-O-VACS: Besame Mucho/ You Gotta Love Me Baby Too/ THE ROBINS: If It's So Baby/ DOC SAUSAGE AND HIS MAD LADS: Rag Mop/ THE SHADOWS: I've Been a Fool/ BIG JOE TURNER: Still in the Dark/ MEL WALKER: Dreamin' Blues/ MERCY DEE WALTON: Lonesome Cabin Blues/ DINAH WASHINGTON: I Only Know/ I Wanna Be Loved/ I'll Never Be Free/ It Isn't Fair/ Time Out for Tears/ ED WILEY AND HIS BAND: Cry, Cry Baby/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Big Fine Girl/ No Rollin' Blues/ BILLY WRIGHT: You Satisfy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 7096 The Greatest Country Hits of 1959 ● CD $24.98
Four CDs, 116 tracks, highly recommended
Superb collection of honky tonk country featuring every record that reached the country and western top 20 in Billboard in 1959. Apat from the great music this set is indicative of the loyalty of country music fans - the majority of the artists here had been chartmakers for several years and in a number of cases - Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff and Hank Thompson - they had been top sellers for more than 10 years! Other long lived greats featured here include The Louvin Brothers, Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Horton (including his biggest hit Battle Of New Orleans that crossed over into the pop charts), Ray Price, Carl Smith, George Jones, Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys, Don Gibson and more. Only a handful of the artists here that made their debut in 1959 went on to become big country stars - Bill Anderson, Freddie Hart, Stonewall Jackson and Buck Owens. Several artists made their only appearance in the charts this year including Luke Gordon with his superb rendition of Bill Browning's traditionally based Dark Hollow and Lewis Pruitt and his rockabilly flavored Timbrook. Consistently excellent music with excellent sound and a 40 page booklet with notes on every track. (FS)
ROY ACUFF AND HIS SMOKY MOUNTAIN BOYS: Come And Knock (On The Door Of My Heart)/ So Many Times/ BILL ANDERSON: Ninety-Nine/ EDDY ARNOLD: Chip Off The Old Block/ Tennessee Stud/ CARL BELEW: Am I That Easy To Forget/ MARGIE BOWES: My Love And Little Me/ Poor Old Heartsick Me/ THE BROWNS: Beyond The Shadow/ Scarlet Ribbons/ Three Bells (Les Trois Cloches)/ JOHNNY CASH: Don't Take Your Guns To Town/ Five Feet High And Rising/ Frankie's Man Johnny/ I Got Stripes/ Katy Too/ Luther Played The Boogie/ Thanks A Lot/ You Dreamer You/ WILMA LEE & STONEY COOPER: Big Midnight Special/ There's A Big Wheel/ STONEY COOPER & WILMA LEE: Come Walk With Me/ SIMON CRUM: Country Music Is Here To Stay/ SKEETER DAVIS: Homebreaker/ Set Him Free/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Problems/ Til I Kissed You/ LESTER FLATT & EARL SCRUGGS: Cabin In The Hills/ BETTY FOLEY: Old Moon/ LEFTY FRIZZELL: Cigarettes And Coffee Blues/ Long Black Veil/ BOB GALLION: You Take The Table And I'll Take The Chairs/ DON GIBSON: Don't Tell Me Your Troubles/ I'm Movin' On/ Lonesome Old House/ Who Cares'/ LUKE GORDON: Dark Hollow/ BILLY GRAMMER: Gotta Travel On/ FRED HART: Chain Gang/ HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: Soldier's Joy/ GOLDIE HILL: Yankee Go Home/ JOHNNY HORTON: Battle Of New Orleans/ Johnny Reb/ Sal's Got A Sugar Lip/ When It's Springtime In Alaska/ FERLIN HUSKY: Draggin' The River/ My Reason For Living/ STONEWALL JACKSON: Life To Go/ Waterloo/ JOHNNY & JACK: Sailor Man/ GEORGE JONES: Big Harlan Taylor/ Money To Burn/ White Lightning/ Who Shot Sam/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: Knoxville Girl/ My Baby's Gone/ WINK MARTINDALE: Deck Of Cards/ FRANKIE MILLER: Blackland Farmer/ Family Man/ GEORGE MORGAN: I'm In Love Again/ Little Dutch Girl/ JIMMY NEWMAN: Grin And Bear It/ So Soon/ You're Making A Fool Out Of Me/ JAMES O'GWYNN: How Can I Think Of Tomorrow/ BUCK OWENS: Under Your Spell Again/ WEBB PIERCE: A Thousand Miles Ago/ I Ain't Never/ No Love Have I/ RAY PRICE: Heartaches By The Number/ Same Old Me/ That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome/ LEWIS PRUITT: Timbrook/ MARVIN RAINWATER: Half Breed/ JIM REEVES: Billy Bayou/ He'll Have To Go/ Home/ I'd Like To Be/ I'm Beginning To Forget You/ Partners/ MARTY ROBBINS: El Paso/ Hanging Tree/ JIMMIE SKINNER: John Wesley Hardin/ CARL SMITH: It's All My Heartaches/ Ten Thousand Drums/ The Best Years of Your Life/ HANK SNOW: Chasin' A Rainbow/ Doggone That Train/ The Last Ride/ HANK THOMPSON AND THE BRAZOS VALLEY BOYS: Anybody's Girl/ I've Run Out Of Tomorrows/ ERNEST TUBB: I Cried A Tear/ Next Time/ What Am I Living For/ CHARLIE WALKER: I'll Catch You When You Fall/ KITTY WELLS: All The Time/ Amigo's Guitar/ Mommy For A Day/ Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down/ THE WILBURN BROTHERS: A Woman's Intuition/ Somebody's Back In Town/ The Knoxville Girl/ Which One Is To Blame/ MAC WISEMAN: Jimmy Brown The Newsboy/ MARION WORTH: Are You Willing, Willie/ FARON YOUNG: Country Girl/ Face To The Wall/ Last Night At A Party/ Long Time Ago/ Riverboat/ That's The Way It's Gotta Be

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 7505 Rock 'n' Roll USA - Vol. 1: 1954-59 ● CD $34.98
Five CDs, 150 tracks, highly recommended
This set features every record made between 1954 and 1959 that reached the Billboard top ten that could be considered rock 'n' roll in some shape or form including rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, rhythm & blues and doo-wop. It opens with Bill Haley & The Comets cover of Big Joe Turner's Shake, Rattle & Roll which entered the charts in late 1954 and peaked at #7 in early 1955 and ends with Elvis's (Now And Then) There's A Fool Such As I that peaked at No. 2 in April, 1959. Along the way we hear lots of Elvis and fair amount more Haley plus frequent entries from Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Pat Boone (six times - mostly emasculating rhythm & blues songs), Little Richard, The Platters, The Everly Brothers and Ricky Nelson plus occasional entries from The Coasters, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Crickets and others and many one offs from people like The Charms, The Cadillacs, Sanford Clark, Buddy Knox, Jimmie Rodgers, The Crescendos, The Champs, The Kalin Twins, The Poni-Tails, Ritchie Valens and many more. An entertaining and enlightening collection with fine sound and a 48 page booklet with detailed notes on each track. Note: We have very limited quantities of this has it has been withdrawn in the USA. (FS)
JOHNNY ACE: Pledging My Love/ PAUL ANKA: Diana/ FRANKIE AVALON: Gingerbread/ LAVERN BAKER: I Cried A Tear/ Tweedle Dee/ BOYD BENNETT AND HIS ROCKETS: Seventeen/ CHUCK BERRY: Johnny B. Goode/ Maybellene/ Rock And Roll Music/ School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)/ Sweet Little Sixteen/ THE BIG BOPPER: Chantilly Lace/ THE BOBBETTES: Mr Lee/ PAT BOONE: Ain't That A Shame/ I Almost Lost My Mind/ Tutti Frutti/ Two Hearts/ Why Baby Why/ Wonderful Time Up There/ THE CADILLACS: Speedoo/ THE CHAMPS: Tequila/ THE CHARMS: Hearts Of Stone/ THE CHORDETTES: Lollipop/ JIMMY CLANTON & HIS ROCKETS: Just A Dream/ SANFORD CLARK: The Fool/ THE COASTERS: Searchin'/ Yakety Yak/ EDDIE COCHRAN: Summertime Blues/ THE CRESCENDOS: Oh Julie/ THE CRESTS: Sixteen Candles/ THE CREW CUTS: Gum Drop/ THE CRICKETS: Oh Boy/ That'll Be The Day/ THE DANLEERS: One Summer Night/ DANNY & THE JUNIORS: At The Hop/ BOBBY DARIN: Queen Of The Hop/ Splish Splash/ BOBBY DAY: Rock - In Robin/ THE DELL-VIKINGS: Come Go With Me/ THE DIAMONDS: Little Darlin'/ The Stroll/ BO DIDDLEY: Bo Diddley/ DION & THE BELMONTS: A Teenager In Love/ BILL DOGGETT: Honky Tonk Pt. 1/ FATS DOMINO: Ain't That A Shame/ Blue Monday/ Blueberry Hill/ I'm In Love Again/ I'm Walkin'/ Whole Lotta Loving/ DUANE EDDY & HIS TWANGY GUITAR: Rebel Rouser/ TOMMY EDWARDS: It's All In The Game/ THE EL DORADOS: At My Front Door/ THE ELEGANTS: Little Star/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: All I Have To Do Is Dream/ Bird Dog/ Bye Bye Love/ Problems/ Wake Up Little Susie/ THE FLEETWOODS: Come Softly To Me/ THE FOUR PREPS: Big Man/ CONNIE FRANCIS: Who's Sorry Now/ BOBBY FREEMAN: Do You Wanna Dance/ CHARLIE GRACIE: Butterfly/ BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS: See You Later Alligator/ BILL HALEY & THE COMETS: Dim, Dim The Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere)/ Rock Around The Clock/ Shake, Rattle, And Roll/ BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS: Burn That Candle/ THURSTON HARRIS: Little Bitty Pretty One/ BUDDY HOLLY: Peggy Sue/ TAB HUNTER: Young Love/ JAN & ARNIE: Jennie Lee/ BILL JUSTIS AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Raunchy/ THE KALIN TWINS: When/ BUDDY KNOX: Party Doll/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Breathless/ Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On/ SMILEY LEWIS: I Hear You Knocking/ JERRY LEE LEWIS AND HIS PUMPING PIANO: Great Balls Of Fire/ LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS: Tears On My Pillow/ LITTLE RICHARD: Good Golly Miss Molly/ Jenny Jenny/ Keep A' Knockin'/ Long Tall Sally/ Tutti Frutti/ JIM LOWE: Green Door/ ROBIN LUKE: Susie Darlin/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: The Walk/ CHUCK MILLER: House Of Blue Lights/ GUY MITCHELL: Rock-A-Billy/ Singing The Blues/ THE MONOTONES: Book Of Love/ THE MUSIC OF DAVID SEVILLE: Witch Doctor/ RICKY NELSON: Bebop Baby/ Believe What You Say/ I Got A Feeling/ I'm Walkin'/ Poor Little Fool/ Stood Up/ THE OLYMPICS: Western Movies/ JOHNNY OTIS SHOW: Willie And The Hand Jive/ THE PENGUINS: Earth Angel/ CARL PERKINS: Blue Suede Shoes/ THE PLATTERS: My Prayer/ Only You/ Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/ The Great Pretender/ Twilight Time/ THE PONI-TAILS: Born Too Late/ ELVIS PRESLEY: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ (Now And Then) There's A Fool Such As I/ All Shook Up/ Don't Be Cruel/ Hard Headed Woman/ Heartbreak Hotel/ Hound Dog/ I Beg Of You/ I Got Stung/ I Want You, I Need You, I Love You/ Jailhouse Rock/ Love Me Tender/ One Night/ Too Much/ Treat Me Nice/ Wear My Ring Around Your Neck/ Don't/ LLOYD PRICE: Personality/ Stagger Lee/ THE RAYS: Daddy Cool/ Silhouettes/ JODY REYNOLDS: Endless Sleep/ JIMMIE RODGERS: Honeycomb/ THE ROYAL TEENS: Short Shorts/ TOMMY SANDS: Teenage Crush/ JACK SCOTT: My True Love/ THE SILHOUETTES: Get A Job/ HUEY PIANO SMITH & THE CLOWNS: Don't You Just Know It/ GALE STORM: Teenage Prayer/ THE TEDDY BEARS: To Know Him Is To Love Him/ THE TEENAGERS FEATURING FRANKIE LYMON: I Want You To Be My Girl/ Why Do Fools Fall In Love/ CONWAY TWITTY: It's Only Make Believe/ RITCHIE VALENS: Donna/ GENE VINCENT: Be-Bop-A-Lula/ LARRY WILLIAMS: Bony Moronie/ Short Fat Fannie/ JACKIE WILSON: Lonely Teardrops/ SHEB WOOLEY: Purple People Eater

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Blues Legacy 5067 Lost & Found, Vol. 1 ● CD $15.98 $10.98
23 tracks, recommended
First of three CDs drawing on recordings made by legendary British jazzman Chris Barber of blues and gospel performers that he arranged to tour Britain in the 50s and early 60s. Most of this material has never been issued before. The first 10 tracks here feature the great gospel singer and guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester in December 1957. Rosetta performs solo, with the jazz band and does a couple of duets with the band's singer Ottilie Patterson. Unfortunately Rosetta's guitar is not miked and her great playing is almost inaudible. The band do a fine job accompanying her and Ottilie does some nice singing too. The remaining 13 tracks are from the same location in April 1958 featuring the ubiquitous Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee who perform some of their most popular numbers - Midnight Special/ Hooray, Hooray, This Woman Is Killing/ How Long, How Long Blues/ Cornbread, Peas And Black Molasses, etc. On their last couple of numbers they are joined by Barber's band and Ottilie Patterson. Apart from the miking of Rosetta's guitar the sound quality is excellent and the 8 page booklet has extensive notes. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Complete 60s 11959 Complete Pop Instrumental Hits Of 1959 ● CD $33.98
2 CDs, 66 tracks, 151 mins, recommended
This starts off with Dave "Baby" Cortez doing The Happy Organ, and usually when you start off with a happy organ you are in for a good time. Unfortunately, this one is a bit of a mixed bag. This is one of those compilations that actually suffers a little due to its completeness; some of these tracks may have charted, but it doesn't mean they weren't clunkers. The collection is based on the Billboard Hot 100, so if they included the R&B charts it would have been a whole different story. Still, out of the 66 tracks here, about half are well worthy if not outstanding. So for every fine Rocker like Raw-Hide by Link Wray and his Wraymen, you get a Bunny Hop by the Applejacks. For every sublime exotica tune like Martin Denny's Quiet Village, there is a With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming by Enoch Light & the Light Brigade. Still, there are many great tracks by the likes of Duane Eddy, Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Wailers, Santo & Johnny, Preston Epps, The Frantics, The Fireballs, and many more. Many of the better artists had more than one hit, so Duane Eddy on his own clocks in with four great tracks. There's even a bonus track of Wild WeekendRAY ANTHONY & HIS ORCHESTRA: Peter Gunn/ Walkin' To Mother's [Single Version Debut]/ THE APPLEJACKS: Bunny Hop [CD Debut]/ CHET ATKINS: Boo Boo Stick Beat/ SIL AUSTIN: Danny Boy/ CHRIS BARBER'S JAZZ BAND: Petite Fleur (Little Flower) [Stereo Debut]/ JIMMY BECK & HIS ORCHESTRA: Pipe Dreams/ THE BIG SOUND OF DON RALKE: 77 Sunset Strip/ CHARLIE BLACKWELL: Midnight Oil [CD Debut]/ DAVE 'BABY' CORTEZ: The Happy Organ [Stereo Debut}/ The Whistling Organ/ DON COSTA & HIS ORCHESTRA: I'll Walk the Line/ MARTIN DENNY & HIS ORCHESTRA: Martinique [Stereo Single Version Debut]/ Quiet Village [Mono Single Version Debut]/ The Enchanted Sea [Stereo Single Version Debut]/ DUANE EDDY: First Love First Tears/ Forty Miles Of Bad Road/ Some Kind A Earthquake/ The Lonely One/ The Quiet Three/ Yep!/ PRESTON EPPS: Bongo Rock/ ERNIE FIELDS' ORCHESTRA: In The Mood/ THE FIREBALLS: Torquay/ THE FRANTICS: Fog Cutter/ Straight Flush/ PAUL GAYTEN: The Hunch/ BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS: Joey's Song/ THE HOT TODDYS FEATURING BILL PENNELL: Rockin' Crickets/ THE INTRUDERS: Fried Eggs [CD Debut]/ THE ISLANDERS: The Enchanted Sea/ JOHNNY & THE HURRICANES: Crossfire/ Red River Rock [Stereo Debut]/ Reveille Rock/ THE KNIGHTSBRIDGE STRINGS: Cry/ Wheel of Fortune [CD Debut]/ JACKIE LEE: Happy Vacation [CD Debut]/ ENOCH LIGHT & THE LIGHT BRIGADE: With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming [CD Debut]/ THE ARTHUR LYMAN GROUP: Taboo [Stereo Single Version Debut]/ THE MEGATRONS: Velvet Waters/ THE MICKEY MOZART QUINTET: Little Dipper/ SANDY NELSON: Teen Beat/ JACKY NOGUEZ & HIS ORCHESTRA: Ciao Ciao Bambina/ Marina [CD Debut]/ REG OWEN & HIS ORCHESTRA: Manhattan Spiritual [U.S. Single Version Debut]/ PAT & THE SATELLITES: Jupiter C/ THE BOBBY PETERSON QUINTET: The Hunch/ FRANCK POURCEL'S FRENCH FIDDLES: Only You (And You Alone) [Stereo Debut]/ ANDRE PREVIN WITH DAVID ROSE & HIS ORCHESTRA: Like Young/ THE QUARTER NOTES: Record Hop Blues/ THE ROCK A TEENS: Woo Hoo/ THE ROCKIN' R'S: The Beat/ THE ROCKIN' REBELS: Wild Weekend [Stereo Debut Bonus Track]/ EDMUNDO ROS & HIS ORCHESTRA: I Talk To The Trees/ SANTO & JOHNNY: Sleep Walk [Stereo Debut]/ Tear Drop [Stereo Debut]/ THE STRANGERS: The Caterpillar Crawl/ THE TRUMPETEERS: A String Of Trumpets/ BILLY VAUGHN & HIS ORCHESTRA: Blue Hawaii/ Hawaiian War Chant/ Your Cheatin' Heart/ THE VIRTUES: Guitar Boogie Shuffle [Stereo Debut]/ THE WAILERS: Mau Mau/ Tall Cool One/ THE WILD CATS: Gazachstahagen/ LINK WRAY & HIS RAY MEN: Raw Hide

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 445 Harmony Of The Soul: Vocal Groups, 1962-1977 ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
The fourth in a series of CDs dedicated to vocal groups - "In Perfect Harmony" (Kent 219 - $18.98), "More Perfect Harmony" (Kent 252 - $18.98), and "Soul in Harmony" (Kent 409 - $18.98) are the others-continues to celebrate the lynch pin of late 60's - early 70's soul: the vocal groups with their sweet 'n' seductive harmonies. Starting off strong with The Pretenders' For the Rest of My Days from 1973, the set further delivers with social commentary from The Windjammers and The Smith Brothers, the 50's-style throwbacks from The Imaginations and The M-M's & The Penuts, a solid cover of the Temptations' Since I Lost My Baby by The Perfections, and the sexy time of Let's Make Love (Our Favorite Pastime) by The Webb People. And the best is saved for last: the four tracks are each worth the price of admission alone, with The Fabulous Determinations' Don't You Make Me Blue and The San Francisco TKOs' Send My Baby Back at the head of the class. That being said, the demo of The Mad Lads' It's My Fault is a glorious way to end an excellent collection. (GMC)
THE BROTHERS OF SOUL: Wait For Me/ CHOICE OF COLORS: Shady Lady/ THE DEL RIOS: Won't You Call (Demo)/ THE DETERMINATIONS: Girl Girl Girl/ THE DRAMATIC EXPERIENCE: Someday Somewhere/ THE FABULOUS DETERMINATIONS: Don't You Make Me Blue/ VERNON GREEN & THE MEDALLIONS: Can You Talk (Is Your Old Man At Home)/ THE IMAGINATIONS: I Can't Get Over Losing You/ JESSE JOHNSON & CHOCOLATE FUDGE: Thank You Girl For Being You/ THE LOVERS: Whatcha Gonna Do/ THE M&MS & THE PEANUT: Without A Word/ THE MAD LADS: It's My Fault (Demo)/ BOBBY MOORE AND THE RHYTHM ACES: Is Love For Real/ THE NATURAL RESOURCES UNPOLLUTED: Don't Bite The Hand That Feeds You/ WEBB PEOPLE: Let's Make Love (Our Favorite Pastime)/ THE PERFECTIONS: Since I Lost My Baby/ THE PRETENDERS: For The Rest Of My Days/ THE SAN FRANCISCO TKOS: Send My Baby Back/ THE SMITH BROTHERS: Let Me Take Care Of Your Heart/ SPECIAL DELIVERY: I Destroyed Your Love Parts 1 & 2/ THE STEELERS: Crying Bitter Tears/ THE SUPERBS: Where Or When/ THE TURN AROUNDS: I Want You To Know/ THE WINDJAMMERS: Why Can't It Be

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 446 One Track Mind! More Motown Guys ● CD $21.98
24 tracks, very highly recommended
Are you ready for more? Well, here it is, the second collection of unissued masters from Motown's vaults spotlighting the men. The first, "Satisfaction Guaranteed: Motown Guys 1961-69" (Kent 424 - $21) provided a wide sampling of Motown solo men, from Johnny Bristol to Marvin Gaye, and of the male vocal groups, from The Temptations to The Four Tops. This collection is focused on more danceable tracks; whether it's Marv Johnson's One Track Mind, Edwin Starr's The Girl From Crosstown, The Miracles' My Oh My What a Groove or The Temptations' I Got Heaven Right Here On on Earth this set has the goods and then some. Spanning the years 1963 to 1969, this CD delivers one pleasure after another, such as Jimmy Ruffin's spirited cover of The In Crowd, Marvin Gaye's almost bluesy Do You Wanna Go With Me, Choker Campbell's Big Band version of The Impressions' It's All Right, and the wild Goose Wobbling Time from Popcorn Wylie. How recordings of this quality have remained in the vaults all this time is a mystery to me; but I'm glad we've got them now. And you will be too once you've heard this marvelous compilation. (GMC)
JOHNNY BRISTOL: Kissing In The Shadows/ CHOKER CAMPBELL: It's Alright/ THE FANTASTIC FOUR: I'm Here Now That You Need Me/ THE FOUR TOPS: Can't Stop This Feelin'/ MARVIN GAYE: Do You Wanna Go With Me/ The Touch Of Venus/ THE HIT PACK: Didn't I/ IVY JO: Where Are You/ MARV JOHNSON: One Track Mind/ THE MIRACLES: I've Gotta Find Myself (A True Love)/ My Oh My What A Groove/ THE MONITORS: Wish I Didn't Love You So/ JIMMY RUFFIN: The "In" Crowd/ THE SPINNERS: Imagination Is Running Wild/ Tell Me How To Forget A True Love/ EDWIN STARR: Head Over Heels In Love With You Baby/ The Girl From Crosstown/ THE TEMPTATIONS: I Got Heaven Right Here On Earth/ I'd Rather Forget/ EARL VAN DYKE: Heart To Heart/ Think It Over (Before You Break My Heart)/ SAMMY WARD: That Won't Do/ FRANK WILSON: I'll Be Satisfied/ POPCORN WYLIE: Goose Wobbling Time

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Money 101 Recorded At Dolphins, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, strongly recommended
John Dolphin called his record shop on Central Avenue in Los Angeles, Dolphins of Hollywood even though it was miles from that city. He started Recorded in Hollywood in 1949 and later formed the Hollywood, Money, Cash and Lucky labels. This fine collection of blues, R&B and vocal group sounds are drawn from these labels and features sides recorded between 1950 and '52. There are some solid urban blues outings from Alvin Smith, Slim TInsley, The Great Gates (who also does a rocking honking sax instrumental), Eddie Beal Fourtette and Baby Face Willette. There are also two fine country blues flavored cuts from singer/ guitarist Sonny Boy Holmes accompanied by piano, harmonica and drums. On the more R&B end of things we have Freddy Simons Quintette, Scat Man Crothers (an answer to Ruth Brown's Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean) and Roy Hayes With The Hollywood Rhythm Boys. For vocal group fans we have cuts by The Robins with 2 Sharps and A Natural who also sing behind vocalist Maggie Hathaway and The Hollywood Four Flames. There is also a solo Christmas song from Robins member Bobby Nunn and two jazz/ R&B tracks from The Joe Swanson Orch. featuring Wardell Gray on tenor. Excellnt sound and booklet has discographical info but no notes. (FS)
EDDIE BEAL FOURTETTE (VCL. GENE FORREST): Everybody's Got Money/ It Was You/ SCAT MAN CROTHERS WITH RED CALLENDER SEXTETTE: Papa (I Don't Treat That Little Girl Mean)/ THE GREAT GATES: Ain't Got No Money/ Central Rocks/ MAGGIE HATHAWAY WITH THE ROBINS & 2 SHARPS AND: A Falling Star/ Bayou Baby Blues/ When Gabriel Blows His Horn/ ROY HAYES WITH HOLLYWOOD RHYTHM BOYS: What's Happening In Hollywood/ THE HOLLYWOOD FOUR FLAMES: Baby Please/ Young Girl/ SONNY BOY HOLMES: I've Got The $64.00 Question Blues/ Walking And Crying Blues/ BOBBY NUNN WITH QUE MARTYN ORCH.: Christmas Bells/ THE ROBINS WITH 2 SHARPS AND A NATURAL: Race Of Man/ FREDDY SIMONS QUINTETTE: Hollywood Bound/ ALVIN SMITH & HIS CLOUDS OF RHYTHM: Calypso Jump/ Homesick Blues/ JOE SWANSON ORCH.: East Of The Sun/ Thrust/ SLIM TINSLEY & HIS BAND: 606 Blues/ Big Shot Mama/ BABY FACE WILLETTE & HIS ORCH.: Cool Blues/ Wake Up, Get Out

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Money 202 Recorded At Dolphins, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
24 more sides recorded for John Dolphin's stable of labels between 1950 and 1953 including sides by Sonny Boy Holmes, The Robins, Saxie Rambo & His Jump Combo, Maurice Simon & His Orch., Gene Forrest, Roy Hayes, Red Callendar Sextet and others.
RED CALLENDER SEXTET: Poinciana/ Tabor-Inn/ All Of Me/ September In The Rain/ GENE FORREST COMBO: Little Children/ Picture On The Wall/ GENE FORREST WITH FREDDY SIMONS QUINTETTE: Thrill Your Soul/ JIMMY GRISSOM: The Hole In The Wall/ Walkin' Blues/ ROY HAYES WITH HOLLYWOOD RHYTHM BOYS: Market Street Blues/ THE HOLLYWOOD FOUR FLAMES WITH QUE MARTYN OR: I'll Always Be A Fool/ She's Got Something/ SONNY BOY HOLMES: I Got Them Blues/ T-N-T Woman/ QUE MARTYN: House Of Fire/ SAXIE RAMBO & HIS JUMP COMBO: Sugar Cane/ Tornado/ THE ROBINS: Early Morning Blues/ School Girl Blues/ MAURICE SIMON & ORCH.: Big Apple Hop/ TABBY WITH QUE MARTYN ORCH.: I'll Make The Trip/ Midnight Is Calling/ JOHN TRIPP COMBO: Down On Me Blues/ Tripping With Tripp

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 12102 Hidden Gems, Vol. 10 - Federal ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Another fine collection of, mostly obscure, sides from the Federal label.. The sides here were cut between 1950 and 1953. It includes four of the six sides recorded for Federal by Johnny Otis's great guitarist Pete "Guitar" Lewis - two of them are harmonica instrumentals (!) - Pete was not a great harmonica player but Scratchin' is intriguing with Lewis trading off licks with trombonist George Washington and Ooh Midnight is a great after hours guitar instrumental. There are six excellent tracks by the popular Smokey Hogg accompanied by small groups including the great tenor sacis Wardell Gray on one session and superb piano by Ruth Williams on another. His performances and lyrics hark back to the pre war era and must have struck many a chord with emigres from the Southern states. Max "Scat Man" Bailey is an excellent blues shouter with one uptempo and one slow song accompanied by a solid band with musicians like Emmett "Chu" Berry, Dickie Wells, Buddy Tate and more. From 1955 are two fine down home sides from West Coast bluesman Cleo Page as C. Page & His Orchestra with vocals by Ernest Johns though one of the tracks is marred by the presence of an incongrous kazoo. There is also some fine gospel here from Blind Mary (Thelma Bumpess) & Baby Shirley (13 year old Shirley Caesar) and from the fine quartet The Four Internes. Sound quality is splendid. (FS)
SCAT MAN BAILEY: My Oh My/ Raindrop Blues/ JOE BAILEY & THE FEDERALITES: House OF The Lord/ BLIND MARY & BABY SHIRLEY: Every Hour Every Day/ Sweeping Through The City/ THE FOUR INTERNS: Do You Know Him/ I Just Rose To Tell You/ Who Will Your Captain Be/ You'd Better Mind/ SMOKEY HOGG: Do It No More/ Gone Gone Gone/ I Ain't Got Over It Yet/ Keep A Walkin/ Penny Pinching Mama/ Your Little Wagon/ PETE GUITAR LEWIS: Chocolate Porkchop Man/ Ooh Midnight/ Scratching/ The Blast/ C. PAGE ORCH (VCL ERNEST JOHNS): A Long Long Time/ Aline/ TEDDY WILLIAMS WITH AL COBBS ORCH.: Gonna Fix Your Wagon/ Heading For The River

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 12103 Hidden Gems, Vol. 11 - Federal ● CD $16.98
26 more obscurities from the Federal label recorded between 1951 and 1957 including the remaining two sides by Pete "Guitar" Lewis plus Preston Love & His Orch., Henry Hill, Billy Hadnott & His Orch. and Jimmy Tyler & His Orch.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Real Gone 203 The Swan Records Story, 1957-1962 ● CD $15.98
About 18 months ago One Day issued a two CD 50 track collection of sides recorded for Tony Mamarella's Swan label between 1957 and 1962. This four CD set ups the ante by increasing the number of tracks to 100. The label mostly focused on the pop end of rock 'n' roll and racked up hits by Freddy Cannon, Dicky Doo & The Donts, Billy & Lillie, Gabriel & The Angels and others - all included here. There is also R&B from Doc Starkes, doo wop with a pop flavor from Lee Andrews & The Hearts and The Tams and lots more from artists like The Upbeats, Johnny Mann, Jackie Lee, Ace Kennedy, Roy Buchanan (a 1961 recording of Mule Train Stomp which is one of the best tracks here), Teddy & The Twilights, The Rockin' Rebels (their classic instrumental Wild Weekend) and more.
LEE ANDREWS & THE HEARTS: A Night Like This/ I Miss You So/ I've Got To Cry/ You Gave To Me/ LEE ANDREWS & THE NEONS: I Cried/ P.S. I Love You/ DIANE BAILEY: Someone Else's Hands/ BILLY & LILLIE: Ain't Comin' Back (To You)/ Bananas/ Bells, Bells, Bells/ Free For All/ Greasy Spoon/ Happiness/ Honeymoonin'/ La Dee Dah/ Lucky Ladybug/ Over The Mountain, Across The Sea/ Swampy/ Terrific Together/ Tumble Down/ CODY BRENNAN & THE TEMPTATIONS: Shake The Hand Of A Fool/ Tragic Honeymoon/ LILLIE BRYANT: I'll Never Be Free/ Smokey Grey Eyes/ ROY BUCHANAN: Mule Train Stomp/ FREDDY CANNON: Buzz Buzz A-Diddle It/ Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy/ For Me And My Gal/ Humdinger/ If You Were A Rock And Roll Record/ Muskrat Ramble/ Okefenokee/ Palisades Park/ Tallahassie Lassie/ Teen Queen Of The Week/ That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles/ The Urge/ Transistor Sister/ Way Down Yonder In New Orleans/ What's Gonna Happen When Summers Done/ Wild Guy/ LOY CLINGMAN: Show Down/ DANNY & THE JUNIORS: (Do The) Mashed Potatoes/ Back To The Hop/ Candy Cane, Sugary Plum/ Cha Cha Go Go/ Day Dreamer/ Doin' The Continental/ Funny/ Just Because/ Pony Express/ Some Kind Of Nut/ The Charleston Fish/ Twistin' All Night Long/ Twistin' Usa/ RONNIE DAWSON: Ain't That A Kick In The Head/ Decided By The Angels/ Hazel/ DICKY DOO & THE DONT'S: Click Clack/ Flip Top Box/ Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu/ Teardrops Will Fall/ Wabash Cannonball/ THE ECHOES: Scratch My Back/ BILLY FORD & THE THUNDERBIRDS: The Monster/ BONNIE FUSSELL & THE JIVES: Too High Class/ GABRIEL & THE ANGELS: Don't Wanna Trust No More/ That's Life/ GINGER & THE SNAPS: I'm No Runaround/ FRANKIE GRIER: Lonesome For You/ Oh, Gloria/ RON HOFFMAN: Sleep, Baby, Sleep/ JOHNNIE JACKSON: I Did Em' All/ ROCHELLE JOHNSON: Playing The Field/ ACE KENNEDY: I Made A Mistake/ JACKIE LEE: Happy Vacation/ LITTLE JIMMY & THE TOPS: Puppy Love/ JOHNNY MADERA: A Teenager's Dream/ JOHNNY MANN: Breaker Of Dreams/ Chickalou/ SCOTTY MCKAY: Little Lump Of Sugar/ Midnight Cryin' Time/ BARRY PETRI: Pretty Little Angel/ THE QUAKER CITY BOYS: Teasin'/ EDDIE RAMBEAU: Summertime Guy/ THE ROCKIN' REBELS: Wild Weekend/ THE SATURDAY KNIGHTS: Texas/ FRANK SLAY: Flying Circle/ DOC STARKES: Apple Cider/ Six Button Benny/ ARTIE SULLIVAN: It's Time/ MARY SWAN: I'll Want For You/ Prisoner Be Free/ THE TAMS: Happy Shades Of Blue/ Valley Of Love/ TEDDY & THE TWILIGHTS: I'm Just Your Clown/ Woman Is A Man's Best Friend/ THE UPBEATS: My Foolish Heart/ MARK VALENTINO: The Push And Kick/ Walking Alone

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Renair 128 Wandering Stars - Songs From Gimpel's Lemberg Yiddish T ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, very highly recommended
Another wonderful collection of vintage Jewish music from the British Renair label. This one features recordings made between 1906 and 1910 of songs and performers from Jacon-Bar Gimpel's Yiddish theatre - the first permanent and most important Yiddish theatre in Europe. It was opened in 1889 in Lemburg in Galicia which was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and is now the city of Lviv in Eastern Ukraine. Lemburg was one of the most important cities in Austria-HUngary with a population of 160,000 - a third of them Jewish. Between 1904 and 1911 over 600 recordings were made in Lemberg by artists from Gimpel's theatre so this collection represents a small sampling of the music featured. A wide variety of songs are featured here - some of which made their way to the American Yiddish Theatre. 15 different singers are featured most of them accompanied by violin and/or piano and sometimes by small orchestras. The music is a mix of the joyous and the mournful and haunting. The final track is from 1915 and is an excerpt of a short story read by the most famous Yiddish author of the day Sholem Aleichem who had visited the theatre in 1905 and based his novel "Wandering Star" on his experiences there. The sound quality on these recordings made over 100 years ago is outstanding and the 40 page booklet has detailed on the theatre and its performers and individual annotations for every track along with rare photos and memorabilia. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sequel NEMCD 756 Jubilee & Josie Vocal Groups, Volume 3 ● CD $15.98 $10.98
25 tracks, 60 min., highly recommended
With just a few exceptions, volume three of this generous and well-documented series focuses on the years 1954 to 1956. Selections include Gloria and I Wonder Why by the Cadillacs, Cabin Hideaway by the Limelighters, King of Hearts by the Cookies, You Were Waiting for Me by the King Toppers, Wish I Had My Baby by the Emanons, Mine and Mine Alone by the Angelettes, Meet Me Meet Me Baby by the Kansas City Tomcats, Oh Baby by the Majors, Wagon Wheels by the Blue Notes, and the lovely, previously unreleased You Broke My Heart by the Clicks. Like volumes one and two in this series, just too good to pass up. (DH)
THE ANGELETTES: Mine & Mine Alone/ You Only You/ EDDIE BANKS & THE FIVE DREAMERS: Rock A Bye Blues/ Sugar Diabetes/ THE BLUE NOTES: Retribution Blues/ Wagon Wheels/ THE CADILLACS: From This Day On (unissued By Josie)/ Gloria/ I Wonder Why/ Jelly Bean (stereo-unissued By Josie)/ THE CHARITEERS: I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (unissued By Josie)/ THE CLICKS: You Broke My Heart (unissued By Josie)/ THE COOKIES: Hippy Dippy Daddy/ King Of Hearts/ THE EMANONS: Blue Moon/ Itty Bitty Mama (unissued By Josie)/ Wish I Had My Baby/ THE KANSAS CITY TOMCATS: Meet Me Meet Me Baby/ Nobody Knows/ THE KING TOPPERS: Walkin' & Talkin' The Blues/ THE LIMELITERS: Cabin Hideaway/ My Sweet Norma Lee/ THE MAJORS: String Along/ THE THE MAJORS: Oh Baby/ KING TOPPERS: You Were Waiting For Me

 
JIMMY WITHERSPOON Avid 1114 Four Classic Albums Plus ● CD $13.98
Two CDs, 44 tracks, strongly recommended
A fine selection of sides from the great blues shouter featuring four complete LPs released on various labels between 1957 and 1961 along with 10 tracks issued as singles on Modern in 1949 and 1950. "Goin' To Kansas City Blues" is a studio album from 1957 with 'Spoon accompanied by Jay McShann and his Band. The other three albums are live sets - "Witherspoon Mulligan Webster - At The Renaissance" from 1959 features him with Gerry Mulligan, Ben Webster, Mel Lewis and Jimmy Rowles. "Jimmy Witherspoon At Monterey" was recorded at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival in 1959 with accompaniments from a band including Roy Eldridge, Woody Herman, Coleman Hawkins and others and "Jimmy Witherspoon In Person" was recorded at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, 1961 with a band including Buck Clayton, Dicky Wells, Earle Warren and others. Witherspoon is in great form throughout doing a mix of his old classics and blues standards and the accompaniments are superb. Unsurprisingly there is some duplication in songs betwen the sets but not a lot and arrangements are all very different. The early sides from Modern are a bit more funky and energetic but, throughout, the music is fine. Sound quality is superb and the booklet reprints the original notes from the four albums along with full discographical information. (FS)

 

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