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.



VARIOUS ARTISTS Mississippi 60 Root Hog or Die - An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute ● LP $114.98
It's been a while since we've offered any LPs but this set is extra special. Issued in honor of what would have been the 100th birthday of the great folklorist and field recorder Alan Lomax last year it features 100 performances drawn from his vast treasure trove of field recordings made between 1933 and 1991. The emphasis is on recordings made in the USA but it also has recordings made in the British Isles, Spain, Italy, The Caribbean and other locations. 55 of these tracks have never been reissued before including performances by Bob Dylan, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Son House, Rosa Lee Hill, Big BIll Broonzy, Brendan Behan, Vera Ward Hall, Bukka White, Jean Ritchie, Belton Sutherland (amazing Mississippi country bluesman), Jimmy MacBeath and many more including a number of unidentified performers. Many of the remaining 45 cuts are not currently available on reissue and includes sides by Alan Lomax, "Jelly Roll" Morton, Margaret Barry. Hobart Smith, Skip James, Almeda Riddle, Fred McDowell, Duke of Iron and others. All tracks have been newly remastered and the set includes a 28 page booklet with photos, an essay by Alan Lomax, notes by Nathan Salzburg and a chronology of all of Lomax's field. Set comes in a heavy duty box.
For shipping purposes this set counts as 20 CDs.
Please note that this is a limited edition of 1,000 copies so act fast if you want to be sure of getting a copy.
* = previously unissued
'22' AND GROUP: Early In The Morning/ SHEILA KAY ADAMS: Dinah*/ MARK ANDERSON: High Force Agricultural Show*/ CECIL AUGUSTA: Stop All The Buses/ ELIZABETH AUSTIN AND GROUP: Sailing In The Boat When The Tide Run Strong/ BALLINAKILL CEILIDHE BAND: Grace's Favorite*/ CHARLES BARNETT: Remember Jesus Died When He Was Young*/ MARGARET BARRY: She Moves Through The Fair/ ELMER BARTON: Arkansas Traveler*/ BRENDAN BEHAN: Zoological Gardens*/ PADDY BREEN & MICHAEL COLEMAN: Jolly Tinker-The Pretty Girls Of Mayo*/ BRIGHT LIGHT QUARTET: I'm Tired/ BILL BROONZY: In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town*/ ISLA CAMERON: Pu'in Bracken (Pulling Bracken)/ EPIFANIO CAPELLáN AND GROUP: Yo Sí La Quería*/ CELESTE CAPPELLI AND GROUP: Carnival Comes And Goes/ CEDAR PLACE CHILDREN: My Gal's A Corker/ CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST CONGREGATION: Amen, Amen, Amen*/ HERTH COLAIRE AND GROUP: Join This Food Campaign*/ SHIRLEY COLLINS: Rambleaway*/ COMPAGNA SACCO: Lenga Serpentina (Serpent Tongue)/ REV. OLSIE COWAN AND SPIRITUAL BAPTIST CONGREGATION: Prayer-Doption*/ HARRY COX: Cruising Round Yarmouth†/ REV. R.C. CRENSHAW & GREATER HARVEST M.B. CHURCH C: Steal Away-Didn't Hear Nobody Pray*/ JOHN DAVIS AND THE GEORGIA SEA ISLAND SINGERS: Read 'Em John*/ BANDA DE CASTELLó DE LA RIBERA: Como Las Propias Rosas/ BEATRICE DICK AND GROUP: Meet Me On The Road/ DUKE OF IRON AND GROUP: Calypso Invasion/ UNCLE ALEC (ECK) DUNFORD: Memories Of The 1940 National Folk Festival-Fisher's Hornpipe*/ DOLORES FERNáNDEZ GEIJO DUéRMETE, NIñO ANGELITO: (Sleep, Angel Baby)*/ BOB DYLAN: Masters Of War*/ CANRAY FONTENOT, BOIS SEC ARDOIN, AND FREEMAN F: Bonsoir Moreau */ FRANCILIA: Mèt Kafou Men Djab-la (Master Of The Crossroads, Here Is The Devil)/ CALVIN FRAZIER AND SAMPSON PITTMAN: This Old World's In A Tangle/ KITTY GALLAGHER: Keen For A Dead Child/ ALICE GIBBS: Jerusalem Cuckoo*/ TEXAS GLADDEN: Cold Mountains/ VERA WARD HALL: When I Can Read My Titles Clear*/ EMMA HAMMOND: Laura Lee*/ SID HEMPHILL AND GROUP: So Soon I'll Be At Home/ BOBBY JEAN HEMPHILL, RUBY HEMPHILL, LUCILLE RICE: Cornbread Rough, Biscuit Tough*/ DAWSON 'LITTLE DAUGH (OR DAW)' HENSON: Fare You Well My Little Annie Darling*/ RAY HICKS: Reuben Train*/ ROSA LEE HILL: Faro*/ SON HOUSE: Downhearted Blues*/ RAPHAEL HURTAULT AND GROUP: Di Yo Pa Hele Pou Nou/ BAILE DE IBIO: (Warrior Dance)*/ INDIAN BOTTOM ASSOCIATION OF OLD REGULAR: The Day Is Past And Gone*/ SKIP JAMES: Cherry Ball Blues/ JASIMUDDIN: Banshi Instrumental*/ BESSIE JONES: Diamond Joe/ ABRAHAM 'AAPO' JUHANI: Finnish Waltz*/ CLARK KESSINGER AND BAND: Sally Ann Johnson/ EDWARD KING: Le Jour De L'an (New Year's Day)/ JOHN LLEWELLYN EDWARDS AND THE TREORCHY MALE: Cosher Bailey Had An Engine*/ ALAN LOMAX: I'm A Rambler, I'm A Gambler/ BASCOM LAMAR LUNSFORD: Free A Little Bird*/ JIMMY MACBEATH: Tramps And Hawkers*/ EMPEROR MACKENZE: I Wonder Where My Mother Has Gone*/ VENTURINA MARANDELLA: Ninna Nanna/ FIDDLIN' JOE MARTIN AND GROUP: Going To Fishing/ FRED MCDOWELL: Lord Have Mercy/ FRED AND ANNIE MAE MCDOWELL: Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed/ DENNIS MCGEE: Madame Young-Mon Chère Bébé Créole*/ Two Step De Eunice*/ BABSY MCQUEEN AND GROUP: Roll Roll Roll And Go/ NEAL MORRIS: Sing Anything/ FERDINAND 'JELLY ROLL' MORTON: Alabama Bound/ INEZ MUñOZ AND GRUPO DE CáDIZ: Fandango De Comares*/ MCKINLEY PEEBLES AND BESSIE JONES: You Got To Reap What You Sow-A Little Talk With Jesus Makes It Right/ ALPHONSE PICOU AND PAUL DOMINGUEZ, JR.: High Society/ HARVEY PORTER: Since You Have Disdained Me I'll Cross The Deep Blue Sea*/ PRETTY WHITE EAGLES MARDI GRAS INDIANS: Indian Red*/ ALMEDA RIDDLE: Down In Arkansas/ JEAN RITCHIE: Nottamun Town*/ JEANNIE ROBERTSON: Wi' My Rovin' Eye/ LA ROUX CHAYOPYE: Chèz-O, Prete M Yon Chèz-O (Chair, Oh! Let Me Have A Chair)/ LUIGINO SCOLLO AND PIETRO GUARRASI: Nnuena (Christmas Novena)/ HOBART SMITH: Cindy/ SOUTHERN FIFE & DRUM CORPS: Little And Low*/ BROTHER ALEC STAMPS & ROSE HILL M.B. CHURCH CONGREGAT: When I Reach That Other Shore*/ JOHN STEVEN: Big Kilmarnock Bonnet./ DAVIE STEWART: MacPherson's Rant/ JOHN STRACHAN: Mormond Braes/ BELTON SUTHERLAND: Blues #2*/ TROUPE OF MONSIEUR MOHAMED BEN ABDERRAHM: Ya Malikna (Oh, Our King)*/ UNIDENTIFIED AMAZIGH MAN: Al-Hamdulillah (Thanks Be To God)*/ UNIDENTIFIED FISHERMEN: Tammuriata (drum Rhythms)*/ UNIDENTIFIED MEN: I Bid You Goodnight/ Strigaturi*/ UNIDENTIFIED STREET VENDOR: Coco Rico De La Habana (Good Coconuts From Havana)*/ UNIDENTIFIED WOMEN: Flirtation Dance*/ UNITED SACRED HARP MUSICAL ASSOCIATION: New Prospect/ WADE WARD: Train On The Island*/ WAULKING GROUP: Mo Nighean Donn á Còrnaig*/ BUKKA WHITE: Hundredth Man Blues*/ ANITA WILKINS AND GROUP: One, Two, Three/ ERNEST WILLIAMS AND GROUP: Go Down Old Hannah/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON, MEMPHIS SLIM, AND BIG BILL BROONZY: I Could Hear My Name A Ringin'/ SOPHIE LOMAN WING: I'll Be Waiting There/ STEVEN WRIGHT: Hambone*



BILL ANDERSON B.A.C.M. 518 The Great Songwriter's Early REcordings ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, strongly recommended
Bill Anderson was one of the top country songwriters of the late 1950s and 60s writing hits for Ray Price, Lefty Frizzell, Conway Twitty and others. He also pursued his own recording career starting with two singles for the San Antonio based TNT label in 1957 and 1958 performing solid honky tonk - all original songs, including the song City Lights which was picked up by Ray Price who made it into one of the biggest selling country songs of 1958. This, no doubt, helped him land a recording contract with Decca and the rest of this set features 22 songs cut for Decca between 1958 and 1962. He continued in a honky tonk vein though his records started to become slicker with ever present girl choruses and more pop oriented arrangements though Bill's singing and his songs are great including titles like Back Where I Started From/ Tip Of My Fingers (subsequently a massive hit for Roy Clark)/ Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands/ On And On And On and others. The last six songs are a bit of departure with Bill doing fine covers of country hits written by others including Roy Acuff's As Long As I Live, Hank Williams' Wedding Bells, Jim Reeves' Yonder Comes A Sucker and others. Later in his career Bill's recordings became somewhat schlocky but here we have, apart from some of the arrangements, some fine honky tonk. (FS)
BILL ANDERSON: As Long As I Live/ Back Where I Started From/ Best Of Strangers/ Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain/ City Lights/ Columbus Stockade Blues/ Dead Or Alive/ Down Came The Rain/ Empty Room/ Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands/ Goodbye Cruel World/ It Takes A Worried Man/ It's Not The End Of Everything/ Mama Sang A Song/ Ninety Nine/ No Man's Land/ No Song To Sing/ On And On, And On/ Po' Folks/ Take Me/ That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome/ Thrill Of My Life/ Tip Of My Fingers/ Walk Out Backwards/ Wedding Bells/ Yonder Comes A Sucker

HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS Ace CDCHD 779 Dancin' & Twistin'** ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 64 min, highly recommended
A fine collection of Hank's best dance tunes recorded for King/Federal 55-69, starting off with the biggie - the original version of The Twist. After the Twist, there's 4 dance tunes from the mid-50s when still just The Midnighters including Henry's Got Flat Feet, another of the "Annie" songs. Then there's the post-twist by Hank & Midnighters ('59-62) & Hank solo ('63) which has some of my fave tunes including Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go/ Finger Poppin' Time, a bunch of follow ups - Good Twistin' Tonight/ Do You Know How To Twist/ Let's Go Again (Where We Went Last Night)/ (I'm Going Back To )The House On The Hill, even a follow up to James Brown's popcorn tunes - Butter Your Popcorn, & a bunch of tunes for dances you never even HEARD of - The Coffee Grind/ The Float/ The Hoochi Coochi Coo/ Poppin' The Whip, etc. Great liner notes by Hank. (GM)
HANK BALLARD: (i'm Going Back To) The House On The Hill/ Butter Your Popcorn/ Dance Till It Hurtcha/ Do You Know How To Twist?/ E Basta Cosi/ Finger Poppin' Time/ Funky Soul Train/ Good Twistin' Tonight/ Henry's Got Flat Feet/ It's Twistin' Time/ Keep On Dancing/ Let's Go Again (where We Went Last Night)/ Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go/ Poppin' The Whip/ Rock And Roll Wedding/ Rock Granny Roll/ Sloop And Slide/ That Low Down Move/ The Coffee Grind/ The Continental Walk/ The Float/ The Hoochi Coochi Coo/ The Switch-a-roo/ The Twist

BIG BILL BROONZY Avid 1159 Classic Box Set ● CD $14.98
Two CDs, 35 songs plus spoken sections,158 mins, highly recommended
In July, 1957 the great bluesman Big Bill Broonzy sat down with disc jockey Bill Randle and broadcaster Studs and for ten hours played music and talked about his life. Verve subsequently released an edited version of the performances as five LP set called "The Bill Broonzy Story" but all subsequent releases only featured the music. This is, I believe, the first time these recordings have been available on CD. In order to fit on two CDs the producers had to leave out some of the spoken parts but even this truncated version is invaluable insight into the life and music of this great man. He talks about his life before he became a full time musician, the meaning of the blues (including some delightful comments about Elvis), how to sing and play and more and he was truly an fascinating raconteur - though I suspect that some of his stories need to be taken with a grain of salt! Although suffering from the lung cancer that would kill him a year later he is in fine form musically singing powerful and playing superb guitar on a collection of some of hies best known numbers - Key To The Highway/ Tell Me What Kind Of Man Jesus Is/ Joe Turner Blues/ Stump Blues/ Backwater Blues/ In The Evening'/ Willie Mae Blues

BIG BILL BROONZY Rockbeat 3353 Live In Amsterdam, 1953 ● CD $12.98
14 track, highly recommended
Reissue of the first of two live concerts held by Big Bill in Amsterdam in 1953. These were previously part of a two CD box set on the Dutch Munich label which is no longer available. The recordings were made by sound engineer and later film director Louis Van Gasteren and the quality is superb for a live recordings from that era. Bill is in fine form, chatting with audience and playing some of his most well known pieces including Going Down the Road Feeling Bad/ Black, Brown & White/ Down By the Riverside/ Glory Of Love and others including the great instrumental outing House Rent Stomp which was the very first title he recorded in 1927. (FS)

THE COPPER FAMILY Topic TSCD 534 Come Write Me Down - The Early Recordings** ● CD $19.98
28 tracks, essential
The Copper Family of Rottingdean on the Sussex coast have maintained a tradition of harmony singing for something like 200 years and have been incredibly influential on the English folk scene. Their style of harmony singing was to inspire groups like The Watersons, Young Tradition, Swan Arcade and others and the versions of the songs they preserved have become staples of the folk movement throughout the world - Spencer The Rover/ Thousands Or More/ Banks Of Sweet Primeroses/ Shepherd Of The Down/ Sportsmen Arouse/ Hard Times Of Old England/ Claudy Banks/ Adieu, Sweet Lovely Nancy and others - many of them dealing with rural life in England. The first recordings of the Coppers were made around 1950 and the recordings here were made between the early 50s and early 60s and features brothers Jim & John, Jim's son Bob and John's son Ron. They perform in various groupings as well as an occasional solo and the results are beautifully moving and compelling. The CD is accompanied by two booklets - a 60 page booklet with details of the life, times and music of the Coppers and a 36 page booklet with a detailed discussion of the recordings on the CD - each illustrated with vintage photos. Now in his late 80s Bob Copper continues to lead members of his family in continuing the tradition of the Copper Family. This is music that is both beautiful and important. (FS)

ROBIN & BARRY DRANSFIELD Free Reed 07 Even More ... Popular To Contrary Belief** ● CD $16.98
21 tracks, 78 mins, essential
The first 14 tracks of this incredible CD reissues the duos superb 1977 Free Reed album "Popular To Contrary Belief" and the remaining tracks features live tracks, out-takes and demos for their folk-rock album "The Fiddler's Dream." Robin (vocal and guitar) and Barry Dransfield (vocal and fiddle) were among the brightest lights of the British folk revieval of the 70s - individually superb singers and musicians their duo work reveals breathtaking harmonies and the kind of instrumental empathy that one hears in members of the same family. They only recorded three acoustic albums and two of them are in the clutches of a company who refuses to reissue them so this wonderful album is particularly welcome. The original album is a collection of traditional songs along with a couple of intrumental pieces and one gem after another opening with the jaunty The Tacahuano Girls and includes such beautiful love ballads as Bogie's Bonnie Belle/ Peggy Gordon and one of my all time favorite songs, the utterly sublime The Holmfirth Anthem. BUt it's all maginificent. Their folk-rock album "Fiddler's Dream" found them performing all original songs though traditiona music was never very far away and the performances here of songs like Up To Now/ It's Dark In Here and the chilling The Ballad Of Dickie Lubber are mezmerizing. This release is absolutely indispensible for lovers of English folk music. (FS)

JOE HAYWOOD Playback 8503 Warm & Tender Soul ● CD $16.98
19 tracks, recommended
The lead song on this disc, Warm and Tender Love, should be very familiar to R&B fans-Percy Sledge had a sizable Pop and R&B hit with it in 1966. The song's writer and original performer, Joe Haywood, didn't reap the benefits of this good fortune because he lost the songwriting credits to his producer, Harlem-based entrepreneur Bobby Robinson. Robinson made a fortune, while Haywood languished in obscurity - his only legacy are these 19 tracks, cut for Robinson's Fury, Rampage, Deesu, White Cliffs, Enjoy, and Front Page labels. Haywood's vocal style was a cross between Clyde MacPhatter and Marvin Gaye, with a side helping of Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett, while the musical settings Robinson employed owed much to Stax Records. This combination produced some serviceable songs, spanning the years 1964 to 1968, that are all included here; among the highlights are When You Look in the Mirror, Let's Make It, Let's Walk Together, and I Love You Yes I Do. While it's true that these cuts are somewhat derivative of better labels' material (Stax and Atlantic, come to mind), there's no doubting Haywood's sincere vocals and his ability to elevate the songs. In sum, this CD is worth a listen for connoisseurs of obscure R&B. (GMC)

LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS Rockbeat 3336 Live In Munich - June 23, 1977 ● CD $12.98
13 track, strongly recommended
The king of Texas country blues recorded live. Since he wasn't in Germany until November the date of June 23, 1977 is incorrect. But no matter - it's always a pleasure to listen to Lightnin' and he's in good form here on a mostly familiar selection of material - Trouble In Mind/ Katie Mae/ Mojo Hand/ My Babe, etc. and one surprise - a version of his cousin Albert Collins' classic instrumental Frosty done Lightnin' Hopkins style of course. Lightnin' sound like he's enjoying himself and the set includes some in between song patter. He is accompanied by a discreet drummer. Sound quality on this live recording is excellent. (FS)

LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS Southern Routes 2504 LIghtnin' and The Blues ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, 81 mins, essential
If you missed out on the great Acrobat CD of about ten years ago featuring these classic Lightnin' Hopkins sides recorded for Herald in 1954 now's your chance to get them again. These were among his last commercial recordings for an African-American audience and find him somewhat adapting to the times with heavier amplification on his guitar and accompaniment throughout by bassist Donald Cooks and drummer Ben Turner. The result is some of his fiercest and most intense recordings particularly on the second session where he really cranks up the volume and adds some distortion. Whether he is singing introspective slow blues like Lonesome In Your Home/ Sittin' Down Thinkin'/ Don't Think Cause You're Pretty/ Sick Feeling Blues/ Evil Hearted Woman and the appropriately titled Nothin' But the Blues or letting loose with raucous rockers like Grandma's Boogie/ Don't Need No Job/ They Wonder Who I Am and My Little Kewpie it's all down home Texas blues at it's very finest. Those of you who have the Acrobat release may wonder why this one has 30 tracks while the Acrobat had only 27 - well In their attempt to get the most mileage out of these recordings Herald would often issue the same song with different titles - sometimes with edits or added echo and, unfortunately, the compilers of this set do not seem aware of this fact though even a cursory listen would have made it obvoous, and so several cuts are here twice - the ones with excessive echo being the duplicates. Sound quality is generally excellent and there are decent notes from Jonny Whiteside. (FS)

IVORY JOE HUNTER Atlantic (Japan) 794 5817 Rock & Roll ● CD $12.98
Reissue of Joe's 1957 album - originally Atlantic 8008 with original cover design. It was his first Atlantic album issued after his his soulful R&B ballad Since I Met You Baby topped the R&B charts and in addition to that song included his previous Atlantic hits It May Sound Silly and A Tear Fell. 14 songs in all - mostly R&B ballads along with a couple of uptempo rockers like I Got To Learn To Do The Mambo and .

GEORGE JONES Southern Routes 2502 Sings White Lightning and 29 Other Favorites ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
This collection gives you 30 tracks from the first great years of the Possum from 1953 - 1961, with recordings done for the Starday, Dixie, and Mercury labels. Starting with Jones' 1959 LP "White Lightning and Other Favorites" in it's entirety, which features the title track, his breakthrough hit as well as a fine mix of Honky Tonk shack shakers like That's The Way I Feel, and Give Away Girl, somber ballads like Life To Go, duets with Jeanette Hicks - I'm With The Wrong One, and Virginia Spurlock - Flame in My Heart, and a couple good Sunday morning tracks - (I'm A) Wandering Soul, and Jesus Wants Me. From there you get 18 bonus tracks featuring great cuts like What Am I Worth/ I'm A One Woman Man/ I'm Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down/ Sparkling Brown Eyes, and the horribly spelled follow up to White Lightning - Revenooer Man. You don't get Jones' rich baritone on a couple tracks due to some obvious speeding up of the recordings, but fast or slow George Jones was usually fantastic and certainly shines bright throughout all of these early tracks. (JM)
GEORGE JONES: (I'm A )Wandering Soul/ Any Old Time/ Color Of The Blues/ Don't Do This To Me/ Flame In My Heart (Featuring Virginia Spurlock)/ Give-Away Girl/ How Come It/ I Take The Chance (featuring Jeanette Hicks)/ I'm A One Woman Man/ I'm Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down/ I'm With The Wrong One (featuring Jeanette Hicks)/ Jesus Wants Me/ Just Little Boy Blue/ Life To Go/ My Sweet Imogene/ No Use To Cry/ Nothing Can Stop Me/ One Is A Lonely Number/ Revenooer Man/ Run Boy/ Settle Down/ Sparkling Brown Eyes/ Sweet Dreams/ That's The Way I Feel/ What Am I Worth/ What's Wrong With You/ White Lightning/ You All Goodnight/ You're Back Again/ You're In My Heart

JOE LIGGINS & HIS HONEYDRIPPERS Jasmine 3064 The Greatest Hits: 1945-1957 - Centenary Edition ● CD $15.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Singer, pianist, songwriter, bandleader Joe Liggins was one of the great pioneers in the development of rhythm and blues. Born in Oklahoma, Joe started out by writing charts for big bands in the 1930s before striking out on his own in 1945 and forming his own band with alto and baritone sax player Willie Jackson who was to remain with Joe without his career and other superb musicians. He signed with the Exclusive label in 1945 and his first recording for that label of his original composition The Honeydripper which became a massive seller, staying in the R&B charts for 27 weeks - 18 of them at No. 1 and, reputedly, selling over two million copies. Countless performers have covered the song and it's follow up I Have A Right To Cry was almost as popular. When Exclusive folded, Joe joined Specialty wher he continued to record fine sides, though by 1951 the hits had dried up. This set includes most of his R&B hits - in addition to the above titles it includes originals like Tanya/ Blow Mr. Jackson/ Dripper's Blues/ Pink Champagne and others. It also includes several rocking but mellow covers of standards like Sweet Georgia Brown and Darktown Strutters Ball. Although he had no hits after 1951 he continued to be immensely popular and this set includes equally fine later sides cut for Specialty, Mercury and Aladdin like Whiskey Gin and Wine/ Everyone's Down On Me/ Whiskey, Women and Loaded Dice/ Honeydrippin' Daddy and others. Sound quality is excellent and there are informative notes from Bob Fisher. (FS)
JOE LIGGINS & HIS HONEYDRIPPERS: Blow Mr Jackson/ Bob Is My Guy/ Cryin' Over You/ Do You Love Me Pretty Baby/ Dripper's Blues/ Everyone's Down On Me/ Frankie Lee/ Go Ahead/ Honeydrippin' Daddy/ I've Got A Right To Cry/ Little Joe's Boogie/ Louisiana Woman/ One Sweet Letter/ Pink Champagne/ Rag Mop/ Roll 'Em/ Sweet And Lovely/ Sweet Georgia Brown/ Tanya/ Tears On My Pillow/ The Darktown Strutters' Ball/ The Honeydripper (Part 1)/ The Honeydripper (Part 2)/ They Were Doing The Mambo/ Whiskey Gin And Wine/ Whiskey, Women And Loaded Dice/ Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

SHORTY LONG & HIS SANTA FE RANGERS B.A.C.M. 520 Blue Ranger ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, recommended
In spite of the group's name, leader and fiddler Shorty Long (not to be confused with the Detroit R&B singer with the same name) was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and most of the group were from PA too. Long has an interesting CV - in addition to his work represented here he appeared in a succesful Broadway musical in 1956 and was also a session musician and played piano on two songs at a 1956 Elvis Presley session. The tracks here were recorded between 1946 and 1954 for a variety of labels. The earlier sides are western flavored titles, often with group vocals in the Sons of The Pioneers vein. By 1948 Long's approach became more honky tonk hillbilly flavored featuring original compositions, songs by other writers along with covers of songs by Floyd Tillman, Cowboy Copas and others. Long was not an exceptional artist but his music is consistently enjoyable. (FS)
SHORTLY LONG & HIS SANTA FE RANGERS: After All These Years/ Air Mail Special On The Fly/ Because The One I Love Has Said Goodbye/ Blue Ranger/ Blue Rose Of The Rio/ Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers/ Forty Miles At Sea/ Goodnight Cincinnati, Good Morning Tennessee/ Hillbilly Wedding/ I Got Along (Before I Met You)/ I Love You So Much It Hurts/ I Miss You So/ I Round Up The Stars/ I Wasted A Nickle (Last Night)/ I'll Still Go On Loving You/ Just Like Two Drops Of Water/ Radio Station S-A-V-E-D/ Roll, Rattler, Roll/ Side Saddle Joe/ Sweet Corrina Blues/ Tennessee Moon/ The Miner's Song/ The Verdict Is In (And You're Guilty)/ This Cold War With You/ Who Said I Said That/ You've Got My Heart In Trouble

ED MILLER Folk Legacy 115 Border Background - Songs Of Scotland, Old and New ● CD $16.98
15 tracks, highly recommended
This is not a new release but I only just came across it and I love it so I'd like to share it with you. Ed Miller was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and started performing in the 1960s - at the end of the 60s moved to Austin, Texas to complete studies and has remained there ever since. This release was originally issued on LP in 1989 and on CD in 2003. Ed is a splendid singer with a warm Scottish brogue and accompanies himself on a variety of string instruments and is joined, at times, by various other musicians in various combinations. The choice of material is exceptional - three traditional songs along with Archie Fisher's magnificent Shipyard Apprentice, Hamish Henderson's anthemic Freedom Come All Ye, Dominic Behan's powerful Crooked Jack along with songs by other writers including a couple of fine originals including the lovely At Home With The Exiles about his own journey. As a tribute to his new home he does a version of Bill Neely's catchy Big Yellow Moon Over Texas. A lovely album - Ed has several other albums available which I'll be sure to check out. (FS)

ROY MILTON & HIS SOLID SENDERS Jasmine 3063 The Greatest Hits, 1946-1961 ● CD $15.98
29 tracks, very highly recommended
Drummer, vocalist and bandleader Roy Milton is a legendary figure in the history of African-American music, affectionately called by many "the grandfather of rhythm & blues." Johnny Otis called him a national treasure. This superb set features all 21 of his recordings that reached the R&B charts starting with his classic R.M. Blues recorded for Juke Box in 1946 to Baby, You Don't Know recorded for Specialty in 1953 but issued in 1961 when it became a hit. Along the way we here lots of great sides - many that have become R&B standards like Milton's Boogie/ Thrill Me (featuring vocal by the band's pianist Camille Howard) /Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket/ The Hucklebuck/ Oh Babe/ Best Wishes/ Night And Day (I Miss You So) and others. Most of the tracks here were recorded for Specialty but there are some fine sides here recorded for Dootone, King and Warwick that were not hits but show Roy's versatility including a great cover of Huey Smith's Rockin' Pneumonia and The Boogie Woogie Flu. Excellent sound and informative notes by Bob Fisher. (FS)
ROY MILTON & HIS SOLID SENDERS: Baby I'm Gone/ Baby, You Don't Know/ Best Wishes/ Bless Your Heart/ Bye, Bye Baby Blues/ Don't You Remember, Baby/ Early In The Morning (1953 Version)/ Early In The Morning (1960 Version)/ Everything I Do Is Wrong/ Hop, Skip And Jump/ I Have News For You/ Information Blues/ It's Later Than You Think/ Junior Jives/ Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket/ Milton's Boogie/ Night And Day (I Miss You So)/ Oh Babe/ R. M. Blues/ Red Light/ Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu/ Sad Feeling/ So Tired/ T-Town Twist/ The Hucklebuck/ Thrill Me/ True Blues/ Where There Is No Love/ You Got Me Reeling And Rocking

THE PARIS SISTERS Ace CDTOP 1465 Always Heavenly, The Paris Sisters Anthology ● CD $21.98
25 tracks, 60 mins, highly recommended
It's real easy to mock the Paris Sisters: their sugar sweet Pop songs, their corny outfits, you can play the game of trying to figure out which record paid for which plastic surgery, and so on. If you dismiss them though, you will be missing out on some wonderful, blissed-out Pop magic, featuring some real beautiful production, plus they seem like they are/ were really good people. I Love How You Love Me, Be My Boy, and Lonely Girl are all so perfect you could cut glass with them. Also included are Top 100 charting singles He Knows I Love Him Too Much and Dream Lover, plus my favorite non charting track My Good Friend, my favorite oddball later track Stand Naked Clown, as well as many 1960s recordings that are making their first appearance here. If all of this has you on the verge of a diabetic coma, you get a vintage Diet Rite commercial that the sisters did way back when to help even you out. Excellent liner notes by the one and only Alec Palao tell the fuller story. (JM)

WINFIELD PARKER Omnivore 173 Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker at Ru-Jac ● CD $16.98
23 tracks, recommended
At Rufus Mitchell's Baltimore-based Ru-Jac label, Winfield Parker was king of the roost during the early to mid 60's. With a voice and delivery reminiscent of Sam Cooke, Parker proves to be a pretty good balladeer on cuts like One of These Mornings, Wondering and What Do You Say?, and a little forced on the up tempo stuff (e.g. Rockin' in the Barnyard). And of course, there's the obligatory previously un-issued bonus tracks; of these, only the alternate takes of My Love For You and My Love are useful since they're better than the released versions of those songs. While it's true that not every obscure artist is worthy of rediscovery, Winfield Parker's Ru-Jac legacy is certainly worth a look in for hard core soul collectors. (GMC)

CARL PERKINS Acrobat 3138 The Complete Singles & Albums, 1955-1962 ● CD $16.98
2 CDs, 53 tracks, 137 mins, highly recommended
What's better than Carl Perkins in his prime? I'd have to say, not much at all. Most of you probably have a lot of these tracks, but all are worth owning and many gems here don't get compiled often. This features the complete singles & albums from his first seven years, so that means his first single on Flip records, Movie Magg backed with Turn Around; all of the Sun records A & B sides; the remaining tracks that weren't part of the singles off of Sun's "Dance Album Of Carl Perkins"; then, you get Carl's first three albums for Columbia with the corresponding singles cuts. So, there's all the hits and most famous songs: Blue Suede Shoes/ Honey Don't/ Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby/ Matchbox/ Dixie Fried/ Pink Pedal Pushers, etc. You also get the songs that should have been hits: Lend Me Your Comb/ Wrong Yo-Yo/ Jive After Five, plus many other great tracks. Pair this set with a rarities collection like Norton's "Put Your Cat Clothes On!"(Norton ED-369 LP only - $16.98) so you can get versions of Her Love Rubbed Off, etc. and maybe throw in Carl's album with NRBQ (if you can find it), and you will have pretty much all of the best Carl Perkins out there. (JM)
CARL PERKINS: All Mama's Children/ Anyway the Wind Blows/ Blue Suede Shoes/ Boppin' the Blues/ Dixie Fried/ Everybody's tryin' to be my baby/ Forever Yours/ Glad All Over/ Gone Gone Gone/ Good Rockin' Tonight/ Hambone/ Hey Good Lookin'/ Highway of Love/ Hollywood City/ Honey 'Cause I Love You/ Honey Don't/ I Don't See Me in Your Eyes Anymore/ I Got A Woman/ I'm Sorry, I'm Not Sorry/ Jenny Jenny/ Jive After Five/ Just for You/ L-O-V-E-V-I-L-L-E/ Lend Me Your Comb/ Let the Jukebox Keep on Playing/ Levi Jacket (And a Long Tail Shirt)/ Long Tall Sally/ Matchbox/ Movie Magg/ One Ticket to Loneliness/ Only You/ Pink Pedal Pushers/ Pointed Toe Shoes/ Pop, Let Me Have the Car/ Ready Teddy/ Shake Rattle And Roll/ Sister Twister/ Sittin' On Top Of The World/ Sure to Fall/ Tennessee/ That's All Right/ That's Right/ The Fool I Used to Be/ The Unhappy Girls/ This Life I Live/ Too Much for One Man to Understand/ Turn Around/ Tutti Frutti/ Where The Rio De Rosa Flows/ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On/ Wrong Yo-Yo/ Y-O-U/ Your True Love

BEN POLLACK Fabulous 2056 The Ben Pollack Collection, 1923-1950 ● CD $9.98
Two CDs, 49 tracks, strongly recommended
Drummer/ bandleader Ben Pollack is an important figure in the history of jazz. Not so much for his skills as a drummer but, as a bandleader, having the insight to choose some of the finest musicians around and giving a strt to the careers of Benny Goodman, The Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller, Jack Teagarden and others. The recordings here include hot jazz in the early years, dance band music and swing. Among the bands featured here, led by Pollack are The New Orleans Rhythm Kings (with Jelly Roll Morton and George Brunies), Benny Pollack & His Californians (with first appearance on record of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller), Ben Pollack & His Park Central Orch. (with Jimmy McPartland and Jack Teagarden), Ben Pollack and His Orch. (with charlie Spivak), The Rhythm WReckers (with Harry James & FReddie Slack) and more. Sound quality is generally excellent and there are detailed notes and full discographical info. (FS)

THE RICE BROTHERS GANG B.A.C.M. 519 Vol. 2 - Hurry Johnny Hurry ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
A fine sequel to B.A.C.M. 519 featuring more fine string band music with a jazz flavor. The earliest sides are from 1929 and '30 featuring singer/ guitarist Hoke Rice with mandolin, fiddle and clarinet (!) and is more typical string band music. Rice was absent from recording for another eight years until the Rice Brothers Gang started recording in 1938 with Hoke having switched to electric guitar and was joined by his brother Paul on guitar and vocals with assorted other musicians on fiddles, harmonica, string bass, spoons and clarinet in various combinations and for their last session in 1941 they were joined by the great fiddler Cliff Bruner who had previously worked with Western Swing pioneer Milton Brown. The Gang's music was somewhat similar to Western Swing being dominated by lively, jazzy songs with splendid instrumental work and material that ranged from Below The Rio Grande to Yes, We Have No Bananas - all of it performed with skill and verve. Sound quality is fine and Kevin Coffey's illuminating notes tell the Rice Brothers story. (FS)
THE RICE BROTHERS GANG: Ain't That Too Bad/ Alabama Jubilee/ At The Close Of A Long Long Day/ Below The Rio Grande/ Cheatin' On Your Baby/ China Boy (Instr.)/ Do Something/ Do You/ Dry Your Eyes Little Girl/ Georgia Gal/ Hold Me/ Hurry Johnny Hurry/ I Cried For You/ I Don't Love Nobody/ I Love My Saviour/ I Wish You Were Jealous Of Me/ Marie/ My Sweetheart Darling/ No Matter What Happens My Darling/ Railroad Boomer/ Waitin’ For A Train/ When I'm Walking With My Sweetness/ Yes We Have No Bananas/ You Are My Sunshine/ You Only Have One Mother/ You Tell Her Cause I Stutter

EDDIE SHULER & HIS ALL STAR REVELLER B.A.C.M. 521 Grande Mamou ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, good
Eddie Shuler is best known as the founder of the famed Louisiana label Goldband which over some 40 years issued a wide variety of Cajun and blues recordings. Less well known is the fact that Eddie started the label around 1945 to record himself and his band - possibly since no one else would record him as he was not a particularly good performer. His singing was often off-key and off metre and his songs were pretty pedestrian though his band The Revelers were quite good and, overall, his recordings are quite pleasant. Most of the songs are country songs, sometimes with a Cajun or Western SWing flavor and a few are straight ahead Cajun including the fine La Valse De Meche which features a vocal by the group's fiddler at the time Norris Savoie. Since the original 78s are very rare, sound quality on some of the sides is pretty rough. Kevin Coffey provides the informative notes though they refer to Eddie's last single as being on the CD though it isn't. (FS)
EDDIE SHULER & HIS ALL STAR REVELLERS: Ace Of Love/ Broken Love/ Burning Love/ Do You Think Of Me/ Faded Love Waltz/ Friends Gather/ Grande Mamou/ Help Us Oh Lord/ Hey Cushmall/ Hiding My Tears In The Rain/ I Never Wanted A Sweetheart/ I'll Be All Smiles Tonight/ I'm Mighty Afraid You Are Wrong/ J'ai Passe Devant Ta Porte (The For Me, For Me Song)/ La Valse De Meche (The Marsh Waltz)/ My Jolie/ Only One Sweetheart For Me/ Pipe Line Blues/ Right Next Door To Texas/ The Couple In The Car (Next To Mine)/ Way Down Under Blues/ Which Star Above Is You/ Your Heart Can Never Be True (1)/ Your Heart Can Never Be True (2)

FRANKIE LEE SIMS Jasmine 3066 Walking With Frankie ● CD $16.98
29 tracks, highly recommended, but...
29 track collection of this fine Texas down home bluesman. It includes all his issued singles recorded between 1948 and 1957 for Blue Bonnet, Specialty, Ace and Vin along with originally unissued Specialty and Ace sides. However 25 of these tracks duplicate the two CD set JSP 4217 (Frankie Lee Sims/ Mercy Dee Walton $22.98) which leaves off the early Blue Bonnet sides but includes four additional unissued tracks. The four Blue Bonnet sides are available on the four CD set JSP 77168 ("That's All Right With Me" - $28.98). The music is great and if you don't have the JSP issues this is a perfectly fine collection with good sound, decent notes and full discographical info. (FS)

ERNEST TUBB Acrobat 9056 The Complete U.S. Hits: 1941-1962 ● CD $19.98
3 CDs, 71 tracks, 198 mins, highly recommended
Here's a fantastic collection of classic recordings by one of the all-time country greats. This has a whopping 71 tracks that all appeared on the Country and/ or Pop charts over a 21 year period, every single one of them released on Decca records. You get Walking the Floor Over You/ Soldiers Last Letter/ It's Been So Long Darling/ Rainbow at Midnight/ Filipino Baby/ Drivin' Nails in My Coffin/ Have You Ever Been Lonely? (Have You Ever Been Blue)/ Slippin' Around, and dozens more well-loved Ernest Tubb singles. You get many great songs E.T. did with Red Foley, a couple of good ones with the The Wilburn Brothers, and even a couple with the Andrews Sisters. Originally, Ernest Tubb wrote many of his hits, but as the years went by he became an expert interpreter of other artist's songs. Some of my favorite of his covers included here are Bill Carlisle's Too Old To Cut The Mustard and No Help Wanted, both with Red Foley, Leadbelly's Goodnight Irene as well as Chuck Berry's Thirty Days. You also get his takes on Blue Christmas (he was the first artist to record it) as well as "White Christmas." Solid notes included that cover session info on all of the tracks, as well as peak chart positions. Acrobat could easily do another fine collection covering the rest of Tubb's 1960s output, the tracks with Loretta Lynn alone would make it worthwhile. (JM)
ERNEST TUBB: (Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You/ Blue Christmas/ Careless Darlin'/ Counterfeit Kisses/ Daddy, When Is Mommy Coming Home/ Divorce Granted/ Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age/ Don't Look Now (But Your Broken Heart Is Showing)/ Don't Rob Another Man's Castle/ Don't Stay Too Long/ Driftwood on the River/ Drivin' Nails in My Coffin/ Ev'rybody's Somebody's Fool/ Filipino Baby/ Forever Is Ending Today/ Fortunes in Memories/ Give Me a Little Old Fashioned Love/ Goodnight Irene/ Half a Mind/ Have You Ever Been Lonely' (Have You Ever Been Blue)/ Hey La La/ Hey, Mr. Bluebird/ Hillbilly Fever No. 2/ House of Glass/ I Cried a Tear/ I Love You Because/ I'll Miss You When You Go/ I'll Step Aside/ I'll Take a Back Seat for You/ I'm Bitin' My Fingernails and Thinking of You/ I'm Looking High and Low for My Baby/ It's Been So Long Darling/ Keep My Mem'ry in Your Heart/ Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello/ Letters Have No Arms/ Mean Mama Blues/ Missing in Action/ Mister Love/ My Filipino Rose/ My Tennessee Baby/ Next Time/ No Help Wanted #2/ Rainbow at Midnight/ Seaman's Blues/ Show Her Lots of Gold/ Slippin' Around/ So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed/ Soldiers Last Letter/ Somebody's Stolen My Honey/ Tennessee Border No. 2/ That Wild and Wicked Look in Your Eye/ The Blues/Deep Purple Blues/ The Strange Little Girl/ The Yellow Rose of Texas/ Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)/ Thoughts of a Fool/ Through That Door/ Throw Your Love My Way/ Till the End of the World/ Tomorrow Never Comes/ Too Old to Cut the Mustard/ Try Me One More Time/ Two Glasses, Joe/ Unfaithful One/ Walking the Floor Over You/ Warm Red Wine/ What Am I Living For/ White Christmas/ Yesterday's Tears/ You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry/ You Nearly Lose Your Mind

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1471 Bluesin' By The Bayou: I'm Not Jiving ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, very highly recommended
Another fabulous collection of down home Louisiana blues - mostly from the vaults of Goldband Records and Jay Miller and much of it originally unissued. It includes a number of tracks from the Jay Miller vaults that first made their appearance on the ground breaking series of LPs put out on Bruce Bastin's Flyright label in the mid 1980s. There are great, originally unissued tracks, by Miller's major blues artists - Lightnin' Slim, Slim Harpo (two tracks including the sensational rocker Wild About You Baby), Lonesome Sundown (two exceptional songs), Lazy Lester and Silas Hogan. Ramblin' Hi Harris is a real mystery - his name was made up by Miller but his Early One Morning is a terrific rocker. There are also fine Miller recordings from the great piano player Henry Gray, Boogie Jake, Clifton Chenier, Blue Charlie Morris (the great Don't Bring NO Friend). Only a handful of tracks, this time, from Goldband including Juke Boy Bonner (in full Jimmy Reed mode), erratic zydeco performer Boozoo Chavis, Clarence Garlow and Elton Anderson. There is one track that is not from Miller or Goldband and it's a bit of a surprise featuring Chris Kenner who is one of the giants of New Orleans R&B but one side of his first single on the Baton label from 1956 Don't Let Her Pin That Charge On Me is pure down home blues with harmonica from Billy Roosevelt. Another winner in this series with great sound and detailed notes from Ian Saddler. (FS)
ELTON ANDERSON: I Want To Talk To You Baby/ Prove Me Guilty/ JIMMY ANDERSON: Baby Let s Burn/ Frankie And Johnny/ BLUE CHARLIE: Don't Bring No Friend/ JUKE BOY BONNER: I'm Not Jiving/ BOOGIE JAKE: I Don't Know Why/ BOOZOO CHAVIS: Bye Bye Catin/ Oh Yeah She's Gone/ CLIFTON CHENIER: Everybody Calls Me Crazy/ Night And Day My Love/ HENRY CLEMENT: Late Hour Blues/ SCHOOLBOY CLEVE: She's Gone/ CLARENCE GARLOW: I Feel Like Calling You/ HENRY GRAY: Cold Chills/ I'm A Lucky Lucky Man/ SLIM HARPO: Things Gonna Change/ Wild About My Baby/ RAMBLIN HI HARRIS: Early One Morning/ SILAS HOGAN: Roaches In My Kitchen (Trouble At Home Blues)/ CHRIS KENNER: Don't Let Her Pin That Charge On Me/ LAZY LESTER: I Told My Little Woman/ Patrol Wagon/ LIGHTNIN SLIM: Miss Fannie Brown/ LONESOME SUNDOWN: (I'm A) Mojo Man/ No Use To Worry/ VINCE MONROE (MR.CALHOUN): Prisoner's Song/ JOHNNY SONNIER: Sitting Here All Alone

VARIOUS ARTISTS Airline 57531 The Fire/ Fury Records Story - Doowop Collection ● CD $19.98 $12.98
2 CD, 40 tracks, very highly recommended
Following on the heels of last year's Rarities Collection (Fuel 61997 - $18.98), comes this two disc set covering the less documented Doo Wop artists that recorded for Bobby Robinson's legendary R&B labels during the late 50's/early 60's. Alongside well-known names (Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bobby Marchan) are less herald names with great tracks: The Du Mauriers (All Night Long), The Channels (Bye Bye Baby/ The Girl Next Door), The Federals (Dear Lorraine/ You're the One I Love), The Kodoks (Oh Gee Oh Gosh), The Starlites (Ain't Cha' Ever Coming Home), and Sherman & the Darts (Rockin' At Midnight). As far as I can tell, none of these tracks are duplicated on N.Y. on Fire series of CDs, Bill Dahl's liner notes are good, and the sound quality is excellent. All told, this is a very worthy purchase for all the Doo Wop fans out there. (GMC)
THE CHANNELS: Bye Bye Baby/ My Heart Is Sad/ My Love Will Never Die/ The Girl Next Door/ THE DU MAURIERS: All Night Long/ Baby I Love You/ THE FEDERALS: Dear Lorraine/ She's My Girl/ While Our Hearts Are Young/ You're The One I Love/ CARL HOGAN & THE MIRACLES: I Love You So/ Your Love/ JACKIE & THE STARLITES: I Found Out Too Late/ I'm Coming Home/ GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: Every Beat of My Heart/ Letter Full of Tears/ THE KODAKS: Guardian Angel/ Little Boy & Girl/ My Baby & Me/ THE KODOKS: Oh Gee, Oh Gosh/ Teenager's Dream/ LEWIS LYMON & THE TEEN CHORDS: Honey Honey/ I'm Not Too Young To Fall In Love/ I'm So Happy/ Lydia/ LEWIS LYMON & THE TEENCHORDS: Please Tell The Angeles/ BOBBY MARCHAN & THE THE TICK TOCKS: This Is The Life/ THE PIPS: Darling/ Linda/ THE RAINBOWS: Mary Lee/ BOBBY RIVERIA & THE HEMLOCKS: Joys of Love/ LITTLE BOBBY RIVERIA & THE HEMLOCKS: Coralee/ THE SCARLETS: East Of The Sun/ Truly Yours/ SHERMAN & THE DARTS: Remember/ Rockin At Midnight/ THE STARLITES: Ain't Cha Ever Coming Home/ Valarie/ Way Up In The Sky/ THE VIBRAHARPS: The Only Love Of Mine

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16097 The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930 ● CD $139.98
Another amazing box set from Bear Family completing a trilogy of sets mapping commercial recordings made in East Tennessee in the late 1920s and early. The first "The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1930" (Bear Family 16094 - $139.98) featured five CDs of recordings made by Victor, the second "The Johnson City Sessions, 1928-29" (Bear Family BCD 16089 - $129.98) featured four CDs of recordings made by Columbia in Johnson City and now this set has four CDs with a total of 102 tracks featuring recordings made by Brunswick Records in Knoxville in 1929 and 1930. While the previous two sets were almost exclusively old time country and gospel this one features a wider variety of material. Although the majority of recordings here are old time country and gospel from artists like The Tennessee Ramblers, Ridgel's Fountain Citians, The Perry County Music Makers, Cal Davenport & His Gang and others, this also includes African-American blues artists like Leola Manning, Will Bennett and The Tennessee Chocolate Drops (with Howard Armstrong and Carl Martin) and the black gospel quartet The Senior Chapel Quartette. There is also hat dance band music from Maynard Baird & His Southern Serenaders and a four part playlet about the Hatfield-McCoy feud featuring Lowe Stokes, Homer Miller, Walt McKinney and others. Accompanying the CDs is a 156 page LP sized hard cover book containing essays on the history of Knoxville, background to the sessions and details on the individual artists - much of it based on new research. Plus scores of photos, many previously unpublished, as well as complete song lyrics and full discographical information. Because of the size of the set (over 5 pounds!) it counts as 22 CDs for shipping purposes.
THE APPALACHIAN VAGABOND: Hard for to Love/ Peddler and His Wife/ MAYNARD BAIRD & HIS ORCHESTRA: I Can't Stop Loving You/ Postage Stomp/ MAYNARD BAIRD & HIS SOUTHERN SERENADERS: Just for You/ Sorry/ WILL BENNETT: Railroad Bill/ Real Estate Blues/ LOUIS BIRD: It's Funny What Whiskey Will Do/ Nothing Goes Hard With Me/ CLAYTON & HIS MELODY MOUNTAINEERS: June Wedding Waltz/ Lookout Valley Waltz/ BALLARD CROSS: Down Where the Swanee River Flows/ Lorrainna/ My Poodle Dog/ Old Black Crow in the Hickory Nut Tree/ The Wabash Cannon Ball/ Won't You Waltz Home Sweet Home With Me/ CAL DAVENPORT & HIS GANG: Blue Ridge Mountain Blues/ Broken Hearted Lover/ Double Eagle March/ Little Rosewood Casket/ THE ETOWAH QUARTET: Back in the Years/ Walking With My Lord/ THE GIBBS BROTHERS WITH CLAUDE DAVIS: Do You Think That You Could Love Me/ Goodbye Dixie Dear/ I Love My Toodlum-Doo/ I Wandered Away From Home/ Strolling Home With Jenny/ You Left Me Last Night Broken Hearted/ ALEX HOOD & HIS RAILROAD BOYS: Corbin Slide/ L. and N. Rag/ THE KENTUCKY HOLINESS SINGERS: I Will Not Be Removed/ I'm on My Way/ LEOLA MANNING: He Cares for Me/ He Fans Me/ Laying in the Graveyard/ Satan Is Busy in Knoxville/ The Arcade Building Moan/ The Blues Is All Wrong/ LESTER MCFARLAND & ROBERT A. GARDNER: Asleep at the Switch/ I've Grown So Used to You/ My Little Georgia Rose/ The Mansion of Aching Hearts/ The Unmarked Grave/ Where the Sweet Magnolias Bloom/ Will The Roses Bloom In Heaven/ BESS PENNINGTON: If You Think I'm Not Worthy/ Jack and May/ THE PERRY COUNTY MUSIC MAKERS: By the Cottage Door/ Got a Buddy I Must See/ I'm Sad and Blue/ Maudaline/ RIDGEL'S FOUNTAIN CITIANS: Baby Call Your Dog Off/ Be Ready/ Free Little Bird/ Gittin' Upstairs/ Hallelujah to the Lamb/ Little Bonnie/ The Bald Headed End of the Broom/ The Nick Nack Song/ THE SENIOR CHAPEL QUARTETTE: In My Saviour's Care/ Lonesome Road/ The Great Judgment/ Way Down Home/ THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAMBLERS: Ain't It Hell, Boys/ Back to Old Smoky Mountain/ Bear Mountain Rag/ Down in Tennessee/ No Business of Mine/ San Antonio/ THE SOUTHERN MOONLIGHT ENTERTAINERS: Are You Happy or Lonesome/ Buckin' Mule/ Dream Waltz (instrumental)/ How to Make Love/ Lost John/ My Blue Ridge Mountain Queen/ My Cabin Home/ My Carolina Girl/ Sister Liz/ Then I'll Move to Town/ COLONEL J.G. STERCHI: To My Friends and Patrons/ LOWE STOKES, BILL BROWN, HEAVY MARTIN, WALT MCKINNEY, HOMER MILLER & ROGER WILLIAMS: The Great Hatfield-McCoy Feud, Pt. 1/ The Great Hatfield-McCoy Feud, Pt. 2/ The Great Hatfield-McCoy Feud, Pt. 3/ The Great Hatfield-McCoy Feud, Pt. 4/ THE TENNESSEE CHOCOLATE DROPS: Knox County Stomp/ Vine Street Rag/ THE TENNESSEE RAMBLERS: Garbage Can Blues/ Give the Fiddlers a Dram/ Hawaiian Medley (instrumental)/ In My Dear Old Sunny South/ Ramblers March (instrumental)/ Tennessee Traveler/ UNCLE JIMMY THOMPSON: Lynchburg/ Uncle Jimmy's Favorite Fiddling Pieces-Flying Clouds;Leather Breeches/ CAL WEST: Cal West's Yodel Blues, Pt. 1/ Cal West's Yodel Blues, Pt. 2/ THE WISE STRING ORCHESTRA: How Dry I Am/ Yellow Dog Blues (instrumental)/ HASKELL WOLFENBARGER: My Little Girl/ Sailing Out on the Ocean

VARIOUS ARTISTS East River 1007 Wait For Me - Songs of Love, Lust and Discontent ● CD $31.98
Three CDs, 72 tracks, highly recommended
Compiled by collector John Heneghan this is a sequel to the collection "Baby, How Can It Be" which Heneghan compiled for Dust-To-Digital some years back (currently unavailable). Like that set this is a great collection of music from the 20s and 30s dealing with various aspects of love. The music is mostly old time country and blues with some jazz, pop and Hawaiian music thrown in for good measure. Disc 1 deals with the more romantic side of love with songs from Fats Waller & Jack Teagarden (the delightful That's What I Like About You), Mississippi Sarah & Daddy Stovepipe, The Dallas String Band, Lake Howard (a superb version of the Carter Family's Little Annie with great Maybelle Carter style guitar), King Nawahi's Hawaiians, The Georgia Organ Grinders and others. The second disc titled "Lust" deals with some of the more carnal aspects of love including some fine risque songs with tracks by Memphis Minnie, Fiddlin' Bob Larkin (the raucous The Women Wear No Clothes At All), Slatz Randall & His Orchestra (the raunchy Skirts), Sam Chatmon, Blue Ridge Mountain Singers, Charlie Lincoln and more. The third disc "Contempt" looks at the after effects of unsatisfactory relationships with contributions from Fats Waller & His Buddies, Minnie Wallace & Her Nighthawks, Buddy Moss (the ominous Going To Your Funeral In A Vee Eight Ford), Jim Towel, Leroy Carter and others. Although the blues tracks have been out before it's great to have them in this context and sound quality is often better than previous reissues and many of the rest are making their first appearance on CD. The music is great, sound is superb and the package is attractive with graphics by R. Crumb but documentation is inadequate consisting of a one page introduction plus very basic discographical info and some label shots. The music deserves more. (FS) - the only disappointment is the documentation which consists of a three page essay by Nick Tosches and an irrelevant centrefold design by R. Crumb but no information on the artists, songs or any discographical information - a bit of a surprise from this label. But still, it's the music that ultimately counts and that is superb. (FS)
'JEROME': That Naughty Yodel/ THE BANG BOYS: When Lulu’s Gone/ SLIM BARTON & EDDIE MAPP: Careless Love/ LESTER 'PETE' BIVINS: Big Fat Gal/ THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN SINGERS: Sinful To Flirt/ ISHMAN BRACEY: Brown Mama Blues/ RICHARD BROOKS & RUBEN PUCKETT: She’s More To Be Pitied Than Censured/ MARY BUTLER: Electrocuted Blues/ BILL CARLISLE: House Cat Mama/ LEROY CARR: Arlena/ LEROY CARTER: Can’t Anybody Tell Me Blues/ SAM CHATMON: Stir It Now/ WALTER COUCH & WILKS RAMBLERS: Want My Black Baby Back/ BILL COX: When The Women Get In Power/ THE DALLAS STRING BAND: Sweet Mama Blues/ COW COW DAVENPORT: I’m Gonna Tell You In Front So You Won’t Feel Hurt Behind/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: Liquor Store Blues/ THE GEORGIA ORGAN GRINDERS: Charming Betsy/ CLIFFORD GIBSON: Hard-Headed Blues/ HAROLD & HAZEL: Wait For Me/ WILLARD HODGIN: The Girl That Lived On Polecat Creek/ SOL HOOPII’S NOVELTY QUARTET: I Like You/ LAKE HOWARD: Little Annie/ PEG LEG HOWELL: Sadie Lee Blues/ KING NAWAHI’S HAWAIIANS: Under A Texas Moon/ FIDDLING BOB LARKIN & HIS MUSIC MAKERS: The Women Wear No Clothes At All/ JULIA LEE: Won’t You Come Over To My House?/ S.S. LEVIATHAN: The Little Wooden Whistle Wouldn’t Whistle/ CHARLIE LINCOLN: If It Looks Like Jelly, Shakes Like Jelly It Must Be Gelatine/ BASCOM LAMAR LUNDSFORD: Kidder Cole/ WADE MAINER: Down In The Willow/ CHARLIE MCCOY: I’ve Been Blue Ever Since You Went Away/ Too Long/ JOE MCCOY: You Know You Done Me Wrong/ EARL MCCOY & JESSIE BROCK: Cotton Mill Girl/ THE MCKINNEY BROTHERS: Coney Island Baby/ BLIND WILLIE MCTELL: Warm It Up To Me/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Selling My Pork Chops/ AL MILLER: Mister Mary Blues/ MISSISSIPPI SARAH & DADDY STOVEPIPE: If You Want Me Baby/ MONETTE MOORE & CHARLIE JOHNSON’S PARADISE TEN: You Ain’t The One/ SAM MORGAN’S JAZZ BAND: Short Dress Gal/ BUDDY MOSS: Going To Your Funeral In A Vee Eight Ford/ HAMBONE WILLIE NEWBERN: She Could Toodle-Oo/ THE NORTH CAROLINA COOPER BOYS: Red Rose Of Texas/ THE NORTH CAROLINA RIDGE RUNNERS: Nobody’s Darling/ E.B. OWENS: Goodbye Forever, Darling/ CHARLIE PATTON: Love My Stuff/ WALTER PICHON: Yo Yo/ PIGMEAT PETE: I’ll Take It Now/ In Kentucky/ THE PODS OF PEPPER: You’ve Had Your Way/ RILEY PUCKETT: Oh, Johnny, Oh/ SLATZ RANDALL AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Skirts/ GOEBEL REEVES: I Learned About Women From Her/ THE SIX JUMPING JACKS: I’m Gonna Dance Wit De Guy Wot Brung Me/ SLIM JIM: Rabbit Blues/ JACKIE SOUDERS AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Every Little Thing/ HENRY STARR: Red Headed Baby/ STOVEPIPE NO. 1 & DAVID CROCKETT: Bed Slats/ FERMAN TAPP AND HIS BANJO: Gonna Find Mysel A Brand New Sweetie/ JACK TEAGARDEN & FATS WALLER: That’s What I Like About You/ JIM TOWEL: I’ve Been Hoodooed/ HENRY TOWNSEND: Mistreated Blues/ ALPHONSE TRENT AND HIS ORCHESTRA: St. James Infirmary/ RICH TRICE: Trembling Bed Springs Blues/ WELLY TRICE: Come On In Here Mama/ MINNIE WALLACE & HER NIGHT HAWKS: Field Mouse Stomp/ FATS WALLER AND HIS BUDDIES: Lookin’ Good But Feelin’ Bad/ W. L. 'RUSTIC' WATER: Sweet Nora Shannon/ JOE WILLIAMS: Get Your Head Trimmed Down/ COOT GRANT & WESLEY WILSON: Get Off With Me

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77191 Demotika - Authentic Village Music From Greece ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 78 tracks, essential
After issuing a number of sets of Greek rembetika music JSP now turns its attention to another aspect of Greek music - Demotika. Demotika is the earliest form of Greek music with origins dating back to the 4th century. Over the years, as Greek culture spread, it absorbed elements from the countries it spread to as well as elements from Ottoman Empire that ruled Greece in the 14th and 15th centuries. Many of the lyrics in demotic music date from the 19th century. Although Demotika shares some similarities to rembetika and a few singers that are best known for there rembetika recordings are featured here (Rita Abatzi, Dalgas) the music is also different - rawer and less polished and more varied. It is rural music with all different regions of Greece being represented. Instrumentation includes violin, lyre (a type of harp), santouri (hammered dulcimer), gaida (bagpipes), clarinet and other instruments. Some of the recordings here were made in Athens, Greece while others were made in the USA by Greek immigrants and the recordings range from 1917 to 1955. The music is a mix of vocal and instrumental performances and there is so much variety here that it is not easy to sum it up briefly but, suffice to say, this is powerful and emotive music and, if you love rembetika, chances you will find there is much that will appeal in demotika. In case you are wondering why there are only 78 tracks - many of the tracks are over 3 minutes long - some almost 4 minutes. Sound quality from these rare 78s is superb thanks to expert remastering by Christopher King. Typical of JSP they only give you 12 small pages of notes but writer Elias Barounis does a wonderful job of giving as much background information as he can in the limited space. As the first reissue of this music outside of Greece (I believe) this deserves a large book of notes but ultimately it's the music that counts and the music is wonderful! (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Narro Way 1600 The Best Of Revelation Records, 1959-1962 ● CD $17.98 $13.98
27 track, 75 mins, highly recommended
Narro Way is an offshoot of Sweden's Gospel Friend label and will explore the poorly documented gospel scene of the late 50s and early 60s. Their first release is devoted to recordings made for New York based Revelation Records - a company owned by famed African American entrepreneur Bobby Robinson though most of the production was handled by the somewhat enigmatic John Bowden who later went on to perform a similar role at the more high profile HOB label. The recordings here are half male quartets with guitar accompaniment and half female groups or solo vocalists with piano accompaniment. The differences and tensions between the two styles is discussed in Per Notini's enlightening notes. Many of the artists and groups here are relatively obscure though some like The Stevens Singers, Cross Jordan Singers, Five Singing Stars and Gospel Wonders had fairly extensive recording careers. In general the style of this era was more intense than that of earlier years with voices straining at the extremes of the singers range during moments of spiritual ecstasy. In addition to the aforementioned artists - all of whom turn in compelling performances there are also sides from The Dexall Singers, Christine Clark, The Mighty Giants, Heavenly Gate Gospel Singers, The Evening Star Gospel Singers (an utterly obscure female quartet whose Call Him Anytime is probably my favorite track here), Dewey Young & The Flying Clouds and others. Sound quality is superb and the 16 page booklet has extensive notes from Per Notini discussing the music, the work of John Bowden and biographies of the artists where he was able to turn up information. A very promising start for this new ressue label. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 268 American Heartbeat, 1955 ● CD $11.98
2 CDs, 50 tracks, 130 mins, recommended
I have a soft spot for collections like these that show the wide variety that the pop charts used to have. On this you get Cry, Cry, Cry by Johnny Cash, The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane by the Ames Brothers, and Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley all right next to each other. I am old enough to remember top 40 radio in the early 1970s that still had some vestiges of this kind of diversity, but nothing like it was in the 1950s. Not saying there wasn't a lot of treacle on the radio of the 1950s, but the further we get from it, the better some of those corny songs sound. Flip, Flop, and Fly by Joe Turner, Song of The Wild by Slim Whitman, Humming Bird by Les Paul and Mary Ford, My Babe by Little Walter, Blue Velvet by the Clovers, Speedo by The Cadillacs, and many, many more great tracks are here to be danced to, romanced to, reminisced about, and enjoyed any which way you want to. (JM)
JOHNNY ACE: Pledging My Love/ THE AMES BROTHERS: The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane/ LAVERN BAKER: Tweedlee Dee/ LES BAXTER & HIS ORCHESTRA: Unchained Melody/ BOYD BENNETT & HIS ROCKETS: Seventeen/ CHUCK BERRY: Maybellene/ PAT BOONE: At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama)/ TERESA BREWER: Let Me Go, Lover/ NAPPY BROWN: Don't Be Angry/ THE CADILLACS: Speedoo/ THE CARDINALS: Come Back My Love/ JOHNNY CASH: Cry! Cry! Cry!/ RAY CHARLES: A Fool For You/ THE CHARMS: Hearts Of Stone/ THE CHEERS: Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots/ THE CLOVERS: Blue Velvet/ NAT KING COLE: Blossom Fell/ THE COLLINS KIDS: Beetle-bug-bop/ PERRY COMO: Ko-Ko-Mo (I Love You So)/ BO DIDDLEY: Bo Diddley/ FATS DOMINO: Ain't That A Shame/ RUSTY DRAPER: The Shifting, Whispering Sands/ THE DRIFTERS: Adorable/ THE FONTANE SISTERS: Rock Love/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Sixteen Tons/ THE FOUR ACES: Mister Sandman/ BARRY GORDON: Nuttin' For Christmas/ BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS: Rock Around The Clock/ Shake Rattle and Roll/ ETTA JAMES: The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry)/ LITTLE WALTER: My Babe/ JULIE LONDON: Cry Me A River/ DEAN MARTIN: Memories Are Made Of This/ THE MCGUIRE SISTERS: Sincerely/ CHUCK MILLER: The House Of Blue Lights/ MITCH MILLER: The Yellow Rose Of Texas/ LES PAUL AND MARY FORD: Hummingbird/ THE PENGUINS: Earth Angel/ THE PLATTERS: Only You/ The Great Pretender/ PéREZ PRADO: Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Baby Let's Play House/ I Forgot To Remember To Forget/ JIM REEVES: Yonder Comes A Sucker/ FRANK SINATRA: Love And Marriage/ SOMETHIN' SMITH & THE REDHEADS: It's A Sin To Tell A Lie/ GALE STORM: I Hear You Knocking/ JOE TURNER: Flip, Flop And Fly/ SLIM WHITMAN: Song Of The Wild/ ROGER WILLIAMS: Autumn Leaves

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 269 American Heartbeat, 1956 ● CD $11.98
Two CD set with 50 of the most popular songs of 1956 across various genres ranging from Don't Be Cruel by Elvis to Mutual Admiration Society by Teresa Brewer to Let The Good Times Roll by Shirley & Lee to I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash. Plus contributions from Johnnie Ray, Kay Starr, Stan Freberg, The Five Satins, Fats Domino, Pat Boone, The Jayhawks, Buddy Holly and many more.
LAVERN BAKER: Jim Dandy/ LES BAXTER: The Poor People Of Paris/ HARRY BELAFONTE: Jamaica Farewell/ CHUCK BERRY: Roll Over Beethoven/ PAT BOONE: I'll Be Home/ TERESA BREWER: Mutual Admiration Society/ BUCHANAN & GOODMAN: Flying Saucer (Part 1 & 2)/ JOHNNY CASH: I Walk The Line/ RAY CHARLES: Leave My Woman Alone/ THE CHORDETTES: Born To Be With You/ SANFORD CLARK: The Fool/ THE CLOVERS: Love, Love, Love/ PERRY COMO: Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)/ THE CREW CUTS: Seven Days/ BING CROSBY & GRACE KELLY: True Love/ VIC DAMONE: On The Street Where You LIve/ DORIS DAY: Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)/ THE DIAMONDS: Church Bells May Ring/ BILL DOGGETT: Honky Tonk, Part 1/ FATS DOMINO: Blueberry Hill/ My Blue Heaven/ RUSTY DRAPER: In The Middle Of The House/ EDDIE FISHER: Cindy Oh Cindy/ THE FIVE SATINS: In The Still Of The Night/ THE FOUR LADS: Standing On The Corner/ STAN FREBERG: Heartbreak Hotel/ GOGI GRANT: The Wayward Wind/ BILL HALEY & THE COMETS: See You Later Alligator/ BUDDY HOLLY: Blue Days, Black Nights/ THE JAYHAWKS: Stranded In The Jungle/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Fever/ BRENDA LEE: Jambalaya/ LITTLE RICHARD: Tutti Frutti/ JIM LOWE: The Green Door/ FRANKIE LYMON & THE TEENAGERS: Why Do Fools Fall In Love/ ROY ORBISON: Ooby Dooby/ PATIENCE & PRUDENCE: Gonna Get Along Without You Now/ CARL PERKINS: Blue Suede Shoes/ THE PLATTERS: (You've Got) The Magic Touch/ My Prayer/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Don't Be Cruel/ I Want You, I Need You, I Love You/ JOHNNIE RAY: Just Walking In The Rain/ JIMMY REED: Ain't That Lovin' You Baby/ MARTY ROBBINS: Singing The Blues/ SHIRLEY & LEE: Let The Good Times Roll/ KAY STARR: Rock And Roll Waltz/ THE TEEN QUEENS: Eddie My Love/ BIG JOE TURNER: Corinne, Corinna/ GENE VINCENT: Be-Bop-A-Lula

VARIOUS ARTISTS Real Gone 210 The Imperial Records Story, 1962 ● CD $15.98
Four CDs, 91 tracks, strongly recommended
Lou Chudd's Imperial label, founded in 1947, was one of the more successful independent labels racking up numerous hits over it's 20 year existence and releasing music in a wide variety of genres - featuring top notch artists with high quality production. This four CD set provides a snapshot of this label in 1962 and includes hits from Ricky Nelson (Young World/ Summertime/ It's Up To You, etc.), Fats Domino (You Win Again/ My Real Name/ Nothing New (Same Old Thing), etc.), Sandy Nelson (Drummin' Up A Storm/ And Then There Were Drums, etc), The Majors (A Wonderful Dream/ A Little Bit Now, A Little Bit Later, etc.) as well as non hits by these artists and lots of other great non hit music including New Orleans R&B (Ford Eaglin aka Snooks Eaglin, Earl King, Smiley Lewis, Frankie Ford, etc.), doo-wop (The Turbans, The Valiants, etc.), rock 'n' roll (Clay Cole, Chick Carlton, etc.), rhythm & blues (Bobby John, Berna Dean, etc.), country blues (Lightnin' Hopkins, Lil Son Jackson), urban blues (Amos Milburn, T-Bone Walker, etc), country (Slim Whitman) and more. Great music, excellent sound but no notes. It woulkd be nice if they expanded the concept to cover other years - keep your fingers crossed. (FS)
RICHIE ALLEN: Kick Off/ MIKE ANTHONY: Little Linda/ DENNIS BELL: The Girl Who Lives Next Door/ CALVIN BOZE: Shamrock/ CHARLES BROWN: Fool's Paradise/ TIMMY BROWN: Silly Rumors/ CHICK CARLTON: Tomorrow Never Comes/ CLAY COLE: Twist Around the Clock/ DANTE & HIS FRIENDS: Magic Ring/ Miss America/ BERNA DEAN: He's Mine/ One Gal In Town, Five Men Hangin' Around/ the World Keeps Changing/ FLOYD DIXON: Tired, Broke and Busted/ FATS DOMINO: Dance With Mr Domino/ Did You Ever See a Dream Walking/ Hands Across the Table/ Ida Jane/ My Heart is Bleeding/ My Real Name/ Nothing New (Same Old Thing)/ Stop the Clock/ Won't You Come On Back/ You Win Again/ FORD EAGLIN: Don't Slam That Door/ Going To the River/ I'm Slippin' In/ People Are Talking/ Willy Lee/ MARY ANN FISHER: It's a Man's World/ FRANKIE FORD: They Said It Couldn't Be Done/ a Man Only Does (What a Woman Makes Him Do)/ ERNIE FREEMAN: the Stripper/ LLOYD GEORGE: Come On Train/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Feel So Bad/ Picture On the Wall/ Shotgun/ LIL' SON JACKSON: Everybody's Blues/ BOBBY JOHN: Falling/ EARL KING: Always a First Time/ Trick Bag/ We Are Just Friends/ You're More To Me Than Gold/ SMILEY LEWIS: Gumbo Blues/ THE LOVERS: Darling It's Wonderful/ THE MAJORS: She's a Troublemaker/ Time Will Tell/ a Little Bit Now, a Little Bit Later/ a Wonderful Dream/ THE MIDNITE RIDERS: Danger, Soft Shoulders/ AMOS MILBURN: I'm Still a Fool For You/ BOBBY MITCHELL: My Southern Belle/ RICK NELSON: I Need You/ It's Up To You/ Summertime/ Teenage Idol/ Young World/ SANDY NELSON: All Night Long/ Be-Bop Baby/ Drum Stomp/ Drummin' Up a Storm/ Drums Are My Beat/ Let the Four Winds Blow/ Rompin' and Stompin'/ Teenage House Party/ and Then There Were Drums/ ROBERT PARKER: Twistin' Out In Space/ SHIRLEY & LEE: Don't Stop Now/ My Last Letter/ Together We Stand (Divided We Fall)/ the Joker/ THE TELSTARS: Continental Mash/ THE TURBANS: I Wonder (I Wanna Know)/ Six Questions/ The Lament of Silver Gulch/ This is My Story/ the Damage is Done/ THE UTOPIANS: Along My Lonely Way/ Dutch Treat/ Hurry To Your Date/ THE VALIANTS: Love Comes In Many Ways/ THE VELVETONES: the Glory of Love/ T-BONE WALKER: Evil Hearted Woman/ Life is Too Short/ WARDELL & THE SULTANS: I'm Broke/ SLIM WHITMAN: Annie Laurie/ Backward, Turn Backward/ I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know/ Valley of Tears/ You Have My Heart/ the Wayward Wind

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian Folkways 40405 The Bahamas - Islands Of Song** ● CD $17.98
23 tracks, 64 mins, essential
This sensational disc contains some of the freshest, most soulful and unpretentious music you will hear anywhere! Listeners familiar with Joseph Spence or the classic Nonesuch recordings "The Real Bahamas" will have some idea what to expect. Bahamian music is primarily storytelling in song, in styles developed from African influences, music of the church, and other sources. This album contains a wide variety of music, both vocal and instrumental. All the tracks share an upbeat and sunny quality so strong you can almost see the broad smiles of the performers through your speakers! Listen to the beautiful acapella gospel harmonies of the Dicey Doh Singers on "You Ain't Hurryin' Me" and the island classic "Sloop John B", and the Sons of Andros singing "Christian Automobile" and "Rain Children". Israel Forbes, a contemporary of Spence, sings and accompanies himself on electric guitar on the great blues tune, "I'm Going Home on the Morning Train" and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart". Nat Saunders plays banjo and sings "Lynn", a love song to a woman from Grand Bahama. Several examples of goombay music played by "rake and scrape" dance bands are included. These ensembles are composed of accordion, drum and musical saw and sound similar to the boom and chime bands of Belize. These are recent recordings from the 1990's and the sound is excellent. Don't miss this one! (DP)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Soul Jazz 269 New Orleans Soul - The Original Sound, 1968-1976 ● CD $22.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
This tuneful collection of mostly late 60's New Orleans-recorded tracks features the well-known artists like Irma Thomas, Robert Parker, Aaron Neville, Ernie K. Doe, and Maurice Williams. All of the aforementioned contribute strong cuts (particularly Ernie K. Doe's funky Back Street Lover and Parker's Caught You in a Lie), but the lesser known talent doesn't disappoint either (Diamond Joe's The ABC Song, Eldridge Holmes' Worried Over You, Francine King's Two Fools, and Inell Young's I've Never Considered. All 'n' all, not a bad little compilation chock full of R&B goodness; and be sure to groove on Aaron Neville's A Hard Nut to Crack - surely one of the hottest numbers I've heard in ages. Includes 24 page booklet jam packed with artist and label info plus photos and label shots. (GMC)
EDDIE BO: Don't Turn Me Loose/ DIAMOND JOE: The ABC Song/ ERNIE K DOE: Back Street Lover/ BETTY HARRIS: I Don't Wanna Hear It/ JIMMY HICKS: Tell Her That I Love You/ ELDRIDGE HOLMES: Gone, Gone, Gone/ Lovely Woman/ Worried Over You/ FRANCINE KING: Two Fools/ JEAN KNIGHT: What One Man Won't Do Another Man Will/ CURLEY MOORE: Don't Pity Me/ AARON NEVILLE: A Hard Nut To Crack/ She's On My Mind/ You Can Give But You Can't Take/ ROBERT PARKER: Caught You In A Lie/ LIONEL ROBINSON: Steppin' Out/ WILLIE TEE: First Taste Of Hurt/ IRMA THOMAS: She'll Never Be Your Wife/ What's So Wrong With You Loving Me/ BARBARA WEST: Congratulations Baby/ MAURICE WILLIAMS: Being Without You/ INELL YOUNG: I've Never Considered


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