LATEST ADDITIONS  05/26/2015

COMPACT DISCS
THE CADILLACS

AL "JAZZBO" COLLINS
SPADE COOLEY & HIS WESTERN DANCE BAN
REV. GARY DAVIS
JIMMY DEAN
STAN FREBERG
BILL HALEY & THE COMETS
J.B. HUTTO & HIS HAWKS
PAPA CHARLIE JACKSON/ BO WEAVIL JACKSON
SKIP JAMES
BUELL KAZEE
JIMMY MARTIN & THE SUNNY MOUNTAIN BOYS
JAMES NIXON
BUCK OWENS & THE BUCKAROOS

HOT LIPS PAGE
LULA REED
BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE
SAM & DAVE
DEE DEE SHARP
CYRIL TAWNEY
AL TERRY
MITCHELL TOROK
CONWAY TWITTY
VARIOUS ARTISTS
AL VAUGHN
BILLY WARD & HIS DOMINOES
RALPH WILLIS
JACKIE WILSON
MUDDY WATERS, JOHNNY WINTER & JAMES COTTON

 

 
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.

COMPACT DISCS



THE CADILLACS Jasmine 556 Zoom - The Josie Singles, 1954-1959** ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 43 tracks, highly recommended
Formed in Harlem, NY as the Carnations in the early 50's, this R&B/doo-wop vocal group was first influenced by the Orioles but soon developed their own style managed to make a fine body of work during its original lifespan. This great collection features all their singles issued between 1954 and '59. Their first single I Wonder Why b/w Gloria and it was a regional hit on the East Coast; both sum up the group's style: Gloria with its romantic balladry and I Wonder Why with its up-tempo, swing-y love declarations. The group finally hit big in 1955 with Speedoo - a memorable paean to romantic prowess in honor of the group's leader Earl "Speedoo" Caroll - and although they couldn't quite repeat the feat, they remained a popular live act with their flamboyant stage antics. Their later recordings have a more novelty feel and shows the influence of The Coasters and while the latter sides are not as consistently fine as the earlier ones there's lot's of great sides including my personal favorite - the great Peek A Boo. Excellent sound and informative notes by Bob Fisher. (FS)
THE CADILLACS: About That Girl Called Lou/ Ain't You Gonna/ Always My Darling/ Bad Dan McGoon/ Betty My Love/ Broken Heart/ Buzz Buzz Buzz/ Cool It Fool/ Copy Cat 1959/ Down The Road/ Dumbell/ Girl I Love, The/ Gloria/ Holy Smoke Baby/ Hurry Home/ I Want To Know/ I Want To Know About Love/ I Wonder Why/ Jay Walker/ Let Me Explain/ Look A Here/ Lucy/ My Girl Friend/ Naggity Nag/ No Chance/ Oh Oh Lolita/ Peek-A-Boo/ Please Mr. Johnson/ Romeo/ Rudolp The Red Nosed Reindeer/ Shock A Doo/ Speedo/ Speedo Is Back/ Sugar Sugar/ Sympathy/ That's All I Need/ Who Ya Gonna Kiss/ Window Lady/ Wishing Well/ Woe Is Me/ Yea Yea Baby/ You Are/ Zoom

 
AL "JAZZBO" COLLINS El ACMEM 162 Fairy Tales For Hip Kids Plus ... ● CD $16.98 $11.98
20 tracks, 79 mins, highly recommended
 Al "Jazzbo" Collins was a perfect mix of Lord Buckley and Slim Gaillard, with a little Steve Allen thrown in. These "Hip Fairy Tails" started out from Collins' improvs on his own Jazz radio shows. After the first single Little Red Riding Hood (track one) sold an impressive 250,000 plus copies a long-player was in order, laying down the same hipster jive, with equally cool results. Jack & The Beanstalk/ Three Little Pigs, and beyond got the Jazzbo touch. Collins was the real deal, a huge asset to the history of Jazz on the radio. The second half of this CD features his album presenting "The East Coast Jazz Scene," with such heavy hitters as Don Elliot and Coleman Hawkins. Definitely one of a kind, thankfully Collins landed in the Bay Area for the end of his radio career and I can personally attest to him sounding cool all the way to the end. Fans of Jazz, Beatnik culture and novelty records will all certainly dig this CD, it's "the Most!" (JM)

 
SPADE COOLEY & HIS WESTERN DANCE BAND B.A.C.M. 411 Vol. 1 - Live 1944-46 ● CD $14.98 $11.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
First in a series of live recordings drawn from radio transcriptions by Western Swing giant Spade Cooley. Though his commercial recordings of the time were moving in a pop direction and would eventually feature him with large orchestras these live performances capture him and his band in top form with hot instrumental work. Personnel varied from show to show but included steel guitarists Joaquin Murphey & Tommy Sargent, guitarists Johnny Weiss, Jimmy Widener and others, fiddlers including Tiny Hunt, Rex Call and Spade himself, accordionist George Bamby and others. Vocalist include Tex Williams, Smokey Rogers and others including female group The Sunshine Trio featuring Colleen Summers who would later become known as Mary Ford. Sound quality is satisfactory though it suffers from BACM's tendency to overdo the digital noise reduction. Western swing expert Kevin Coffey provides illuminating notes. (FS)
SPADE COOLEY: Blue Skies/ Blues In My Mind/ Born To Lose/ Copenhagen (instro)/ Hari Kari/ I Wish I Knew/ Ida Red (instro)/ Lies (instro)/ Limehouse Blues/ Listen To The Mockingbird (instro)/ My Adobe Hacienda/ My Confession/ Oklahoma Hills/ Please Don't Leave Me/ Red Wing (instro)/ Riverside Drive (instro)/ San Fernando Valley/ Shame On You/ Swingin' The Devil's Dream (instro)/ Take Me Back To Tulsa/ The Campbells Are Comin' (instro)/ Turn My Picture Upside Down/ Yodelin' Polka (instro)/ You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care)/ You're Only In My Arms

 
REV. GARY DAVIS Shanachie 97024 Blues & Ragtime** ● CD $16.98
16 tracks, 71 min., essential
With the possible exception of Blind Blake, Rev. Gary was simply the best of the authentic blues/ ragtime guitar pickers, and this mid-60's collection (originally on Kicking Mule) is an essential pick. Devotee Stefan Grossman followed Davis around New York, capturing the blind master at the peak of his revived powers on banjo, 6 and 12-string guitars; his 6-string versions of Walkin' Dog Blues/ Cincinnati Flow Rag/ Buck Rag/ C-Rag are fingerpicking masterpieces. The Rev. gets hot on the 12-string for the flashy Twelve Sticks/ Buck Dance, and balances the spiritual inclinations of Children Of Zion with "profane" repertoire like Hesitation Blues/ Baby Let Me Lay It On You. Guitarists will fret for weeks the detailed tab transcriptions included in the booklet - anyone else will just love the rough-hewn honesty of these well-recorded workshop and concert settings. (MB)
REV. GARY DAVIS: Baby, Let Me Lay It On You/ Buck Dance/ Buck Rag/ C-Rag/ Candyman/ Children Of Zion/ Cincinnati Flow Rag/ Cocaine Blues/ Hesitation Blues/ Little Boy, Little Boy Who Made Your Britches/ She's Funny That Way/ Twelve Sticks/ Walkin' Dog Blues/ Wall Hollow Blues/ Whistlin' Blues/ Whoopin' Blues

 
JIMMY DEAN B.A.C.M. 484 Volume 2 - Stay A LIttle Longer ● CD $14.98
Complementing B.A.C.M. 252 this collection features 30 tracks recorded between 1959 and 1963. Most of these These come after his big hit Big Bad John and while the songs are good and Jimmy's singing is fine, the arrangements are strictly pop country with heavenly choirs and the like. Includes Basin Street Blues/ Dark Town Poker Club/ Little Sandy Sleighfoot/ Weekend Blue/ Thanks For The Dream/ There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight, etc.
JIMMY DEAN: Basin Street Blues/ Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy/ Counting Tears/ Dark Town Poker Club/ Deep Blue Sea/ False Pride/ Funniest Thing I Ever Heard/ Give Me Back My Heart/ Hang Your Head In Shame/ Have You Ever Been Lonely/ I Really Don't Want To Know/ I Was Just Walking Out The Door/ It's Been A Long Time/ Little Boy Lost/ Little Sandy Sleighfoot/ Love Me So I'll Know/ Mile Long Train/ Mind Your Own Business/ Philosiphizin'/ Sing Along/ Stay A Little Longer/ Tennessee Saturday Night/ Thanks For The Dream/ There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight/ There's Still Time Brother/ This Ole House/ Thumb Pick Pete/ Weekend Blue/ When They Ring The Golden Bells/ You All Come

 
STAN FREBERG Acrobat ACMCD 4319 International Lampoon ● CD $13.98 $10.98
26 tracks, 76 mins, highly recommended
This is where I say something like "long before Weird Al...Blah, Blah, Blech." Anyway, Stan Freberg was a pioneer in broadcasting and satire in general. In this CD you get a choice selection of his lampooning of the hits or the '50s and '60s as well a couple of unique creations that have nothing to do with anything else on the charts. John And Marsha would be his first real taste of fame, a true recording oddity, that was not only a surprise hit, but was amazingly banned in certain countries, even though the track is only comprised of two of the title words! As a nifty bonus we also get the original versions of songs that Stan parodies. Includes The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise/ A Dear John And Marsha Letter/ Rock Around Stephen Foster/ Heartbreak Hotel/ Rock Island Line/ Banana Boat Song and others. Includes 16 page booklet with extensive notes. This is chock full of pure inspired madness! (JM)

 
BILL HALEY & THE COMETS Jasmine 800 In Mexico: Twist Espanol 1961-62 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 47 tracks, strongly recommended
Entertaining and fascinating look at a little known part of the career of rock 'n' roll pioneer Bill Haley and his Comets. Haley is credited with the first record to be called rock 'n' roll with his 1953 hit Crazy Man Crazy and following his 1954 hit Rock Around The Clock and became the "king of rock 'n' roll" until that young whippersnapper Elvis Presley came along. By the late 50s Bill's star had dimmed considerably in the USA though he still had a loyal following. In 1961 Bill moved to Mexico and started recording for the Mexican Orfeo label and since it was the time of the twist Bill's first recording for the label was Florida Twist which became a massive hit in Mexico and for the next couple of years Bill became "King Of Twist" in Mexico and over the next year and a half had numerous singles and LPs issued on Orfeo and its subsidiary Dimsa. This double set features four of the LPs along with a selection of singles. Although just about every song had "twist" in the title it was mostly just good old rock 'n' roll. Bill's Comets were the same band that were featured on many of his biggest hits with Rudy Pompelli on tenor sax and Franny Beecher and Rudy Kay on guitars. Bill doesn't have a lot to do since about 3/4 of the tracks are instrumentals which means we get a chance to hear some great tenor from Rudy and tough guitar from Franny and Johnny including some tracks with the guitar playing through a Magnatone amp. On some tracks Bill sings in rather ineffective Spanish. The material is a mix of originals by the band members, covers of American hits and traditional South American tunes. I would give this a higher rating but although there are some pretty hot tracks there are also some pretty dull ones. I would have preferred if they had put the best of the tracks here onto a single CD or make it a two CD set and include some of the best tracks from the other LPs. Still the good tracks are very good and the whole endeavor is a lot of fun. (FS)
BILL HALEY Y SU COMETS: 123 Twist/ Actopan (The Hucklebuck)/ Anna Maria/ Anoche (Last Night)/ Bikini Twist/ Blue Comet Blues (Twist Del Cometa Azul)/ Caravana Twist (Caravan)/ Cerca Del Mar/ China Twist/ Cielito Lindo/ Conga Rock/ Du Buen Humor (In The Mood)/ El Twist Del Cometa (Comet Boogie)/ Florida Twist/ Jalisco Twist/ Jarrito Twist (Little Brown Jug)/ La Palomas/ Lado A Lado (Side By Side)/ Marie Twist (Twist Marie)/ Martha/ Mas Twist (Let's Twist Again)/ Mexicali Twist/ Monterrey Twist/ My Kind Of Woman (Mi Tipo De Mujer)/ Negra Consentida/ Oaxaco Twist/ Pueblo Twist/ Pure De Papas (Mashed Potatoes)/ Rambunchas Twist (Ram, Bunk, Shush)/ Riviera/ Riviera/ Rudy's/ Silbando Y Caminando (Whistlin And Walkin' Twist)/ Sonora Twist/ Spanish Twist/ Tacos De Twist/ Tampico Twist/ The Catwalk/ Tren Nocturno (Night Train)/ Twist Del Dia/ Twist Espanol (Spanish Twist)/ Twist Feliz (Happy Twist)/ Twist Lento (Slow Twistin)/ Vera Cruz Twist/ Warpaint/ Week End/ Yucatan Twist

 
J.B. HUTTO & HIS HAWKS Delmark 6617 Hawk Squat - Deluxe Edition ● CD $14.98
18 tracks, highly recommended
I had the privilege of seeing J.B. Hutto perform in June 1966 when he was playing at Turner's - a funky, rowdy club on the South Side of Chicago. It was some of the rawest and most powerful blues I'd ever seen. Catering largely to a crowd of African Americans who came to dance J.B. hollered the blues with his gritty voice and played dynamic guitar, sometimes using a searing slide technique. His "band" consisted of second guitarist Herman Hassell and drummer Frank Kirkland. They performed a mix of Hutto originals, Elmore James numbers and Chicago blues standards and the results were electrifying. A couple of months later Delmark started recording this album with the band but due to technical problems only one track was used and the album wasn't completed until 1968 with a different line up utilizing Sunnyland Slim on piano and organ and Junior Pettis or Dave Meyers on bass with several tracks featuring avant garde saxophonist Maurice McIntyre who fits right in. Although the sound is quite a bit more polished than the group I saw the result is still exciting and raw and J.B.'s singing and guitar playing are as exciting as ever. This is probably J.B.'s best album and is all Hutto originals and includes his first recordings of songs that would become part of his regular repertoire and appear on subsequent albums like 20% Alcohol and Hip Shakin'. This new edition has been remastered and features the unissued song I'll Cry Tomorrow and five alternate takes. The 20 page booklet has the original and new notes by Bob Koester and a bunch of great, previously unpublished, photos. (FS)

 
PAPA CHARLIE JACKSON/ BO WEAVIL JACKSON JSP JSPCD 77184 Why Do You Moan When You Can Shake That Thing? ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 103 tracks, essential
A particularly welcome reissue of the undeservedly ignored pioneer bluesman Papa Charlie Jackson. Jackson was one of the first self-accompanied blues singers to record and the first successful one. Instead of the usual guitar he played the hybrid banjo-guitar - a six string instrument tuned and fingered like a guitar but with a banjo body so that although it had the light staccato banjo sound there are a greater range of notes available. Jackson was able to take full advantage of this instrument and his playing is outstanding. His material was varied and in additional to a proportion of blues there were also novelty songs, jazz songs and country influenced songs. Jackson wasn't a country bluesman as such though he was influential on subsequent generations of bluesmen. He was an immensely popular performer, recording for Paramount between 1924 and the end of the label in 1930, as well as cutting four side for OKeh in 1934. He had big hits with songs like Salty Dog Blues/ Shake That Thing/ Shave 'Em Dry and others. On a number of tracks he plays guitar and his playing here is dazzling. The first three discs features master takes of all of Jackson's solo recordings as well as accompaniments to blues singers Ida Cox, Ma Rainey and Hattie McDaniels and a remake of Salty Dog where he is joined by Freddie Keppard's Jazz Cardinals. The first 12 tracks of the fourth disc features alternate takes and the remaining 13 tracks features the complete recordings of superb Alabama singer/ guitarist Bo Weavil Jackson recorded for Paramount and Vocalion in 1926 - the Vocalion sides were issued as by Sam Butler - presumably his real name. He was a superb singer with a high intense vocal and an outstanding guitarist who plays some lovely slide on half his tracks. His material is half blues and half gospel. Considering that most of the sides here were recorded for Paramount the sound quality is generally quite listener and certainly better than the previous Document reissues of this material. An invaluable and important release from JSP. (FS)

 
SKIP JAMES Genes 9910 Skip's Piano Blues** ● CD $15.98
12 tracks, 40 mins, essential
The music of Skip James is so beautiful, eerie and moving that it is hard to be objective about it. He was a unique and distinctive performer who was able to lend even the most familiar material an original feel. These recordings, previously unissued, from 1964 feature Skip accompanying himself on piano rather than his more familiar guitar. His piano playing is just as beautiful and idiosyncratic as his guitar playing with touches of ragtime and jazz but always uniquely his own. He redoes some of the piano blues he recorded in 1931 like Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die and 22-20 Blues as well as piano versions of songs he had recorded in 1931 with guitar like Four O'Clock Blues and Special Rider Blues as well as his own unique versions of Black Gal/ How Long and Vicksburg Blues. He also does a beautiful gospel song Walking The Sea, the strange Little Boy How Old Are You and the instrumental Rock Island Blues. The recordings were informal and it's nice to hear the interplay between Skip and the people around him. Truly rewarding and spellbinding music and it's hard to imagine why it was left on the shelf for 30 years! (FS)

 
BUELL KAZEE B.A.C.M. 214 Legendary Kentucky Ballad Singer, Vol. 2** ● CD $14.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
Complementing BACM 027 is another great selection of sides recorded between 1927 and 1929 by this fine and important mountain balladeer and banjo player. Kazee was the first to record a number of songs that have become old time and bluegrass standards and this disc includes the original recordings of songs like Rock Island/ Darling Cora/ Little Bessie and others. It also includes a superb unreleased version of Short Life Of Trouble originally recorded by Burnett & Rutherford. There are also several sentimental songs on which Buell accompanies himself on guitar, three fine sides with Buell and his banjo accompanied by guitar and steel guitar and two fascinating two part semi spoken word titles A Mountain Boy Makes His First Record with charming dialogue between Buell and Jack Kapp and Election Day In Kentucky. Excellent sound and brief notes by Brian Golbey. (FS)
BUELL KAZEE: A Mountain Boy Makes His First Record Pt. 1/ A Mountain Boy Makes His First Record Pt. 2/ A Short Life Of Trouble/ Darling Cora/ Election Day In Kentucky Pt. 1/ Election Day In Kentucky Pt. 2/ Gambling Blues/ I'm Rolling Along/ In The Shadow Of The Pines/ John Hardy/ Little Bessie/ My Mother/ Poor Boy Long Ways From Home/ Rock Island/ Roll On John/ Steel A Goin' Down/ The Hobo's Last Ride/ The Old Maid/ The Sporting Bachelors/ You Are False But I'll Forgive You/ You Taught Me How To Love You

 
JIMMY MARTIN & THE SUNNY MOUNTAIN BO Rockbeat 3299 YS Live ● CD $12.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Jimmy Martin was one of the true giants of bluegrass with a terrific tenor voice and a great band - The Sunny Mountain Boys. This features two live sets by Jimmy and his band from 1969 and 1971 and are outstanding. There are a number of duplications between the two shows but it doesn't matter since the performances are so enjoyable. The band is different between the two shows and on the first set there are two songs from Gloria Belle Flickinger, a singer in the Molly O'Day, who is terrific. The show includes some of Martin's most popular songs including Sunny Side Of The Mountain/ Tennessee/ Freeborn Man and others as well as a couple of fine gospel songs and some instrumentals. According the excellent notes by Mark Humphrey, Martin was a real wild man and some of this comes over in his song introductions. Sound quality is excellent for outdoor live performances. (FS)

 
JAMES NIXON Blue Label 308592 Live In Europe ● CD $16.98 $11.98
11 tracks, 48 min., recommended
Nixon was among the top session guitarists in Nashville in the 1960s and has split his own career between gospel and R&B. His biggest seller to date Stand Up turned on his album of the same name in 1999; a live version is included here. But most of these songs, cut in Holland in 2001, are blues originals from the man's own pen, although he covers People Get Ready by his old friend Curtis Mayfield as the show's encore. Straight forward guitar blues. When his baby leaves him, he writes a song called Please Come Back To Me. And like that. A solid, if unremarkable outing. (JC)

 
BUCK OWENS & THE BUCKAROOS Bear Family BCD 16855 Open Up Your Heart ● CD $149.98 $119.98
Seven CD set featuring all the recordings made by Buck and his great band The Buckaroos for Capitol between 1965 and 1968. 249 tracks in all along with a 120 page hard cover book. It includes all his many hits during this period - many of them topping the country charts. There are half a dozen complete Buck LPs along with instrumental LPs recorded by band members Doyle Holly, Don Rich and Tom Brumley. It also features unissued songs and alternate takes. The book has extensive notes by Rich Kienzle, complete discographical details and many rare and unpublished photos.

 
HOT LIPS PAGE Fabulous 2050 The Hot Lips Page Collection, 1929-1953 ● CD $9.98
Two CD set with 46 tracks featuring a cross section of recordings featuring this fine trumpeter and vocalist - a mix of jazz and blues. Includes collaborations with Walter Page, Billie Holiday, Big Joe Turner, Artie Shaw, Albert Ammons, Mezz Mezzrow, Big Maybelle and many more.
HOT LIPS PAGE: Baby It's Cold Outside/ Big "D" Blues/ Blues In The Night/ Carnival/ Cherry Red/ Dance Of The Tambourine/ Dirty Deal Blues/ Gone With The Gin/ He's Pulling His Whiskers/ House Party/ I Got An Uncle In Harlem/ I Won't Be Here Long/ KWKH Blues/ La Danse/ Lafayette/ Last Call For Alcohol/ Lips Blues (Double-Trouble Blues)/ Long Gone Blues/ Milenburg Joys/ Moten Swing/ One Hour Mama/ Open The Door Richard/ Pagin' Mr. Page/ Perdido Street Stomp/ Piney Brown Blues/ Prince Of Wails/ Rockin' At Ryan's/ Skull Duggery/ Somebody Stole My Gal/ Squabblin/ St James Infirmary Blues Pt. 1/ St. Louis Blues/ Sweet Lorraine/ Teezol/ The Breaks/ The Cadillac Song/ The Devil's Kiss/ The Monkey (The Jungle King)/ The Sheik of Araby/ They Raided The Joint/ Thirsty Mama Blues/ Toby/ Uncle Sam Blues/ Won't you be my baby/ Yo-Yo Blues/ You Need Coachin'

 
LULA REED Ace CDCHD 984 I'll Drown In My Tears - The King Anthology, 1952-1955** ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 60 mins, highly recommended
Superb collection of sides featuring the sultry, girlish and sometimes gospel tinged vocals of Lula Reed. It features some of her best and most popular sides recorded for King between 1951 and 1955 - all of them accompanied by the superb band of her husband Sonny Thompson and supervised by one of the pioneer black record executives Henry Glover who also wrote many of the songs here. It includes her original recording of I'll Drown In My Tears, later a hit for Ray Charles, Rock Love which was a hit for the pop group The Fontaine Sisters, the blue and moody Last Night, the soulful unissued Living In Misery, the gently rockin' Bump On A Log and a fine gospel performance A Quiet Time With Jesus - Lula started her career as a gospel singer. Sound quality is superb and there are notes by Billy Vera which present what little is known about Lula who has remained elusive to researchers. (FS)
LULA REED: A Quiet Time With Jesus/ Bump On A Log/ Don't Make Me Love You/ Going Back To Mexico/ I'll Drown In My Tears/ I'll Upset You Baby/ I'm Giving All My Love/ I'm Gone, Yes I'm Gone/ Jealous Love/ Just Whisper/ Last Night/ Let Me Be Your Love/ Let's Call It A Day/ Living In Misery/ My Story/ Rock Love/ Sick And Tired/ Troubles On Your Mind/ Waiting To Be Loved By You/ Watch Dog/ Why Don't You Come On Home/ Without Love (ain't It A Shame)/ Wonderful Love/ Your Key Don't Fit No More

 
BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE Vanguard VCD 3/4 The Best Of ...** ● CD $17.98
24 mins, 71 mins, very highly recommended
Superb collection drawn from Buffy's many Vanguard albums of the 60s and early 70s. It features some of her most famous 60s compositions, including the still topical and chilling Universal Soldier, her intense tale of codeine addiction Cod'ine based on personal experience, and the remorseless My Country 'Tis Of Thy People You're Dying about the treatment of Native Americans over the centuries. But it's not all grim - there are some beautiful love ballads, like Take My Hand For A While and Until It's Time For You To Go. Several songs are country songs with Buffy accompanied by Nashville studio group including Piney Wood Hills and I'm Gonna Be A Country Girl Again. She also shows her skill with blues on her reworking of Lottie Kimbrough's Rolling Log Blues and on the traditional American songs Ground Hog and Cripple Creek she plays a mouthbow. In spite of the diversity of material Buffy almost always sounds comfortable with only a couple of pieces sounding dated. It also includes one of my favorite songs of the era Many A Mile - written by Patrick Sky who plays guitar and harmonica this is a lovely and moving performance. If you think all 60s folk is corny - give this a listen and you might change your mind! (FS)

 
SAM & DAVE Atlantic (Japan) 79620 Soul Men ● CD $10.98 $8.98
11 tracks, highly recommended
A straight reissue of Stax 275 originally released in 1967, this album contains the duo's biggest hit Soul Man--#1 R&B, #2 Pop--as well as 10 other slices of sonorous soul. Among the best offerings here are the moving ballads Just Keep Holding On/ I've Seen What Loneliness Can Do, which rivals the pair's better known When Something Is Wrong With My Baby for pure emotion. Other knockouts include the horn-laden The Good Runs The Bad Way/ Don't Knock It, written by producers Issac Hayes and David Porter, and the Steve Cropper composition Broke Down Piece Of Man. The lyric of the oxymoronic Rich Kind Of Poverty - yes, it's a love song - sounds a wee forced, and I'm With You is filler, both of which would mean less if the album didn't clock in at under 30 minutes. Is it worth it? No question. (JC)

 
DEE DEE SHARP Jasmine 801 Hurry On Down, It's Mashed Potato Time ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 58 tracks, highly recommended
Most people know of Dee Dee Sharp as a two-hit wonder - Mashed Potato Time and its sequel, Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes), both 1962 - but her recording career was much more than that. Diane Larue (her name was changed to Dee Dee Sharp because of her tendency to sing in D-sharp, and because Cameo-Parkway thought she needed a more commercial name) actually cut four LPs during 1962, all of which are included in this set. The first, It's Mashed Potato Time, made it to Number 44 on the Billboard charts and contains her two hits, along with assorted covers (not bad versions of The Crows' Gee, I Sold My Heart to the Junkman, and Splish Splash), the LP version of her hit with Chubby Checker, Slow Twistin', and a nice Kal Mann original, Remember You're Mine. The second LP, "Songs of Faith," is exactly that as it features covers of spiritual standards Peace in the Valley/ He's Got the Whole World in His Hands/ I Believe, and It's No Secret (What God Can Do). Also included are stellar versions of Rodgers & Hammerstein's quasi-spirituals You'll Never Walk Alone and Climb Every Mountain. Releasing what amounted to a gospel was a no-brainer for a singer with a Gospel background like hers, but it was a gutsy move for a teen pop artist. The fact that she pulls off the songs on this album is all the more amazing when one considers that Dee Dee was only 16 at the time. Dee Dee's third LP was called "All the Hits" and features her cutting hits recorded by others; she's winning on Claudine Clark's Party Lights, Gary U.S. Bond's Seven Day Weekend, Neil Sedaka's Breaking Up is Hard to Do, and Ben E. King's Don't Play That Song (You Lied), and just ok on the rest. The fourth LP is a collection of duets with Chubby Checker, "Down to Earth,' and it's, by and large, extremely charming. From the between song patter to their handling of the title track, You Came a Long Way From St. Louis/ Let the Good Times Roll/ Do You Love Me, and Leiber and Stoller's Loving You, the two singers appear to having the time of their lives and their enthusiasm comes through in the performances; in addition, Down to Earth shows' Checker to be a first rate balladeer and a perfect foil for Dee Dee. Taken together, these four albums showcase a versatile artist who, at age 16, was just getting started. (GMC)

 
CYRIL TAWNEY ADA 104 Nautical Tawney - Songs Of The Old Seafarers ● CD $21.98 $14.98
Last copy. Cyril Tawney was one of the pioneers of the English folk revival who first recorded in 1960 and continued until shortly before his death in 2005. This is a collection of traditional songs on his favorite suject seafaring recorded in the early 1990a. With his own guitar accompaniment and his appealing warm baritone voice he performs The Dark Eyed Sailor/ Gosport Nancy/ The Sailor Cut Down In His Prime/ New York Girls/ The Female Cabin Boy/ Fare Thee Well My Dearest Dear and others.

 
AL TERRY Ace CDCHD 1159 Hickory's Cajun Hillbilly** ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific collection of honky tonk country sides recorded for Hickory between 1953 and 1960 by this fine Louisiana artist along with his two earliest sides recorded for Johnny Vincent's Champion label. Terry is a rich singer and on many of these cuts is accompanied by the cream of Nashville musicians - Chet Atkins, Tommy Jackson, Grady Martin, Hank Garland, Floyd Cramer, The Jordanaires, etc. Many of the songs were written by Al's brother Bob. His most famous song Good Deal Lucille was co-written by Al, Bob and J.D. Miller - the latter having steered Terry to Hickory. This CD includes the original 1954 recording of the song which was his only top ten country hit along with a 1958 remake. It also includes his only other chart hit - the great rocker Watch Dog. Other songs includes Goodbye, Mr Sunshine/ Show Me That You Love Me/ House Of Glass/ If I Win, I Win/ No, No, John/ Hate Me Not/ Roughneck Blues, etc. Great sound and informative notes by Dave Sax. (FS)

 
MITCHELL TOROK B.A.C.M. 188 Drink Up And Go Home ● CD $14.98 $10.98
26 tracks recorded between 1950 and 1956 by this Texas artist whose music was from the pop and novelty end of the country spectrum. Includes his biggest hits Caribbean and Hootchy Kootchy Henry From Hawaii plus an unexpected cover of Chuck Berry's No Money Down. Also includes Drink Up And Go Home/ Red Light Green Light/ Haunting Waterfall/ The World Keeps Turning Around/ Gigalo/ Judalina/ Love Me Like You Mean It/ Sweet Revenge, etc.
MITCHELL TOROK: A Peasant's Guitar/ Caribbean/ Dancerette/ Drink Up And Go Home/ Edgar The Eager Easter Bunny/ Gigalo/ Go Ahead And Be A Fool/ Haunting Waterfall/ Havana Huddle/ Hootchy Kootchy Henry From Hawaii/ I Wish I Was A Little Bit Younger/ Judalina/ Little Hoo Wee/ Living On Love/ Love Me Like You Mean It/ Memories Of You Haunting Me Night And Day/ No Money Down/ Pledge Of Love/ Red Light Green Light/ Sober Up/ Sweet Revenge/ Take This Heart/ The World Keeps Turning Around/ Weep Away/ What's Behind The Strange Door/ When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba

 
CONWAY TWITTY Bear Family BCD 17413 Rocks At The Castaway, Ohio - 1964 ● CD $29.98
2 CDs, 29 track, 102 mins, highly recommended
I know what a lot of you are thinking; did Conway Twitty really still "Rock" as late as 1964? Well, I am happy to report that, at least live, he most definitely did. This live collection recorded from four sets over two nights, pretty much features one third Rock & Roll, one third Rhythm & Blues, and one third Country, and on most of it he Twitty shines like a new dime. There are a couple rough spots, Unchained Melody is out of his range and he seemed to know it, but the good outweighs the bad by far. Highlights include, but are not limited to: Money (That's What I Want,)/ Funny How Time Slips Away/ Got My Mojo Working/ Is A Bluebird Blue/ Big Boss Man/ She's Mine, possibly Conway Twitty's best Rock & Roll song - The Pickup/ Born To Lose/ Baby What's Wrong, and of course It's Only Make Believe, plus the fantastic liner notes. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDLUX 005 Bandera Doo Wop** ● CD $24.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
Another in Ace's series of limited edition reissues (1,500 copies total) - this one features black doo wop recorded for the Chicago based Bandera label in the late 50s and early 60s. It includes 10 previously unissued sides and most of the rest are appearing for the first time on a legitimate CD. The label is legendary for having originally recorded the classic For Your Precious Love in 1959 which was immediately snapped up by Vee-Jay and became a massive hit. This CD includes nine tracks by the group from a rehersal session which includes their first recording of that songs as well as two versions of the song that became the flip Sweet Was The Wine. Although lacking the majestic status of the issued versions these provide fascinating insight into the creative process. The session also includes a version of the song Shorty's Got To Go which the group later cut for Bandera with Curtis Mayfield as lead after Jerry Butler had been signed as a solo artist by Vee-Jay. The other songs from this session are also fine though not up to the standard of the classics. The other groups featured here are also excellent including The Dialtones, The Epics, Kirk Taylor & The Majestics and others and there are several unissued tracks by them. Superb sound and detailed 16 page booklet. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1438 Wow, Wow, Baby - 1950s R&B, Blues & Gospel From Dolphin ● CD $18.98
Complementing Ace 1179 and 1215 this is a third collection of sides recorded in the 1950s for the various labels run by Los Angeles R&B entrepreneur John Dolphin for his various labels (Cash, Money, Recorded In Hollywood, etc). It includes tracks that were previously available on an out of track Specialty CD as well as several previously unissued tracks. Includes sides by Big Boy Groves & His Orch., Memphis Slim, Floyd Dixon, Johnny Fuller (excellent down home blues), The Earl Burton Combo, James Reed (superb doomy blues with Lafayette Thomas on guitar), Little Eve (excellent, previously unissued blues), Grady Chapman & The Suedes, Chuck Higgins and others. 12 page booklet has detailed notes by Tony Rounce.
VERNON ANDERS: All Messed Up/ TAP ANTHONY AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Fancy Pants/ EARL BURTON: Sleep, Drink And Play/ GRADY CHAPMAN AND THE SUEDES: Don t Blooper/ SCATMAN CROTHERS: Elaine/ Man Have I Got Troubles/ BROTHER PRINCE DIXON: I Need The Lord To Guide Me Everyday/ Step In The Right Direction/ FLOYD DIXON: Never Can Tell (When A Woman s Going To Change Her Mind)/ Oh Baby/ JOHNNY FULLER: I Walked All Night/ BIG BOY GROVES & HIS ORCH.: Traffic Ticket/ LITTLE MARGIE WITH BIG BOY GROVES & HIS ORCH.: Teenagers Only/ BIG BOY GROVES & HIS ORCH. FEATURING ROLAND MITC: Heavy Artiillery (AKA The Solid Rock) (Unedited)/ CHUCK HIGGINS AND THE MELLOTONES: Oh Yeah/ THE HOLLYWOOD FOUR FLAMES: Wow Wow Baby/ LITTLE EVE WITH BIG BOY GROVES AND HIS O: Lonely, Lonely Woman/ LITTLE MARGIE WITH BIG BOY GROVES & HIS: Years And Tears Ago/ MARVIN & JOHNNY: Yak Yak Women (Demo)/ THE MELLOW TONES: Hey Rube/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Pete s Boogie/ JAMES REED: My Love Is Real/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: S.K. Blues/ Teenage Party

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 421 Cowgirl Shuffle ● CD $14.98 $10.98
28 tracks, 76 mins, recommended
Excellent collection of female country singers recorded between 1933 and the late 1950s with an emphasis of singers performing in the western or western swing style. It opens with two Jimmie Rodgers from 1933 performed by fine singer/ fiddle player Hazel Turner accompanied by her brother Harold Maas on guitar. Hazel returns 12 years later as Jill Turner with the western swing flavored I Wont Tell On You with Art West's Sunset Riders. Another fine singer and fiddle player is 17 year old Kitty Williamson who recorded two songs with W. Lee O'Daniels Hillbilly Boys in 1938 including a fine version of the Patsy Montana favorite I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart. Other artists include Sybill Hopkins (with Bob Dunn's Vagabonds), Gale Ryan (aka Georgia Young, with The Prairie Ramblers), Dale Evans, Colleen Summers (who later joined up with Les Paul as Mary Ford), Betsy Gay ( a fine yodeler), Ann Bond, Jean Davidson, Eva Summers (a late 50s demo with Roy Lanham/ guitar) and more. Good sound and detailed notes from Kevin Coffey. (FS)
JEANNIE AKERS W. AL WINTER TRIO: Boogie Barn Dance/ BECKY BARFIELD W. SPADE COOLEY & HIS ORCHESTRA: Anytime/ You Call Everybody Darlin'/ ANN BOND & CHARLIE ALDRIDGE -BLACK SHEEP BLA: Black Sheep, Black Sheep/ ANN BOND & CHARLIE ALDRIDGE: I'm A Plain Talkin' Gal From The West/ JEAN DAVIDSON: Downhearted Me/ Ft. Worth Boogie/ DALE EVANS: Vout Cowboy/ Will You Be My Darling/ BOOTS FAYE: I'll Keep On Loving You/ They Took The Stars Out Of Heaven/ BETSY GAY: Belle Of The Old Barn Dance/ Slam My Door On Your Way Out/ HAROLD & HAZEL: Pack My Things/ Texas/ SYBILL HOPKINS W. BOB DUNN'S VAGABONDS: Basin Street Blues/ GENE OGDENE W. LEAFORD HALL & HIS TEXAS VAGAB: After My Laughter Came Tears/ HELEN PHELPS: Here's Your Hat There's The Door/ You Can't Bother Me No More/ GALE RYAN W. THE PRAIRE RAMBLERS: Pool Playin' Papa/ COLLEEN SUMMERS: Is It Wrong/ That Pioneer Mother Of Mine/ EVE SUMMERS: I Can't Break The Habit Of You/ JILL TURNER WITH ART WEST'S SUNSET RIDERS: I Won't Tell On You/ CINDY WALKER WITH RED RIVER DAVE: Election Day/ KITTY WILLIAMSON W. W LEE O'DANIEL'S HILLBILLY: I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart/ I've Got The Blues/ ZORA & THE HOMETOWNERS: I'll Be Hanged (If They're Gonna Hang Me)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16288 That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 15** ● CD $21.98
26 tracks, 68 mins, recommended
A fine collection of rockabilly and rock 'n roll recorded for Joe Leonard's Lin and Kliff labels between 1956 and '59. Among the the highlights here are three terrific sides by David Ray, two of them with hot guitar by Charles Debrew. There are two great instrumentals by The Atmosphers including one of my all time favorites The Fickle Chicken. Andy Starr and Buck Griffin are well known to rockabilly collectors and both have some fine sides. Steve Wright is an obscurity but his Wild Wild Woman is very hot. Other artists include The Strikes, Jerry Fuller, Ken Copeland, Don Terry and others. A few cuts are pretty bland but most of it is worth while. 24 page booklet has extensive notes, rare photos and full discographical data. Sound quality is unbeatable. (FS)
THE ATMOSPHERES: Telegraph/ The Fickle Chicken/ J.B. BRINKLEY: Guitar Smoke/ KEN COPELAND: Fanny Brown/ Where The Rio De Rosa Flows/ DON CURTIS: Rough Tough Man/ JERRY FULLER: I Found A New Love/ Mother Goose At The Bandstand/ BUCK GRIFFIN: Bow My Back/ Jessie Lee/ Stutterin' Papa/ Watchin' The 7:10 Roll By/ THE JOKERS: Dogfight/ DAVID RAY: Jitterbugging Baby/ Lonesome Baby Blue/ Lonesome Feeling/ ANDY STARR: One More Time/ Rockin' Rollin' Stone/ Round And Round/ She's A Going Jessie/ THE STRIKES: Come Back To Me/ If You Can't Rock Me (alt.)/ My Poor Heart/ DON TERRY: Knee Shakin'/ THE TU-TONES: Saccharin Sally/ STEVE WRIGHT: Wild, Wild Woman

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16885 Sweet Soul Music - 24 Scorching Classics From 1975 ● CD $24.98 $19.98
Includes Supernatural Things, Part 1 by Ben E. King, Give The People What They Want by The O'Jays, Lady Marmalade by Labelles, Fight The Power by The Isley Brothers plus sides by The Blackbyrds, Barbara Mason, The Commodores, The Pointer Sisters and more. It ends with Boogie Fever by The Sylvers - a preview of the coming disco craze.
THE BLACKBYRDS: Walking in Rhythm/ RUFUS & CHAKA CHAN: Sweet Thing/ NATALIE COLE: This Will Be/ THE COMMODORES: Slippery When Wet/ TYRONE DAVIS: Turning Point/ EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Shining Star/ AL GREEN: Full Of Fire/ MAJOR HARRIS: Love Won’t Let Me Wait/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Fight The Power/ MILLIE JACKSON: Loving Arms/ BEN E. KING: Supernatural Thing, Part 1/ LABELLE: Lady Marmalade/ LATIMORE: Keep The Home Fires Burning/ BARBARA MASON: Shackin’ Up/ VAN MCCOY & SOUL CITY SYMPHONY: The Hustle/ GWEN MCCRAE: Rockin’ Chair/ THE MIRACLES: Love Machine, Part 1/ THE OHIO PLAYERS: Love Rollercoaster/ THE O’JAYS: Give The People What They Want/ PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Do It Anyway You Wanna/ THE POINTER SISTERS: How Long I Betcha’ Got A Chick On The Side/ THE SYLVERS: Boogie Fever/ THE TAVARES: It Only Takes A Minute/ THE TRAMMPS: Hold Back The Night

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17229 The Roots Of It All - Acoustic Blues, Vol. 1 - 1920s & ● CD $29.98
Two CDs, 58 tracks, strongly recommended (especially for newcomers)
Following on from their four triple CD sets documenting electric blues (Bear Family 16921, 16922, 16923, 16924 - new lower price - $43.98 each) comes this series of four double CDs tracing the history of acoustic blues. This first volume features recordings from the 1920s and 30s. Considering the amount of great and influential recordings made during this period I would have preferred a double set for each of these decades but since they didn't ask me here we have almost 20 years of acoustic blues starting with Sylvester Weaver's sublime 1923 bottleneck masterpiece Guitar Blues and ending in 1939 with Tommy McClennan's raucous Bottle It Up And Go. Along the way it touches on all the major artists from all over the USA, though there is somewhat an overemphasis on Mississippi. Artists include Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Frank Stokes, Mississippi John Hurt, Henry Thomas, Ishman Bracey, Blind Willie McTell, Henry Spaulding, Charley Patton, Blind Blake, Son House, Charley Jordan, Joshua White, Kokomo Arnold, Blind Gary Davis, Casey Bill, Bukka White and lots more. Sound quality is superb and set comes with 128 page booklet with profiles of all the artists from Bill Dahl along with detils of their significance to the blues story. Each CD has almost 90 minutes of music so you get a lot of bang for your buck. (FS)
GARFIELD AKERS: Dough Roller Blues/ KOKOMO ARNOLD: Milk Cow Blues/ BARBECUE BOB: Mississippi Heavy Water Blues/ BIG BILL & HIS JUG BUSTERS: Long Tall Mama/ BLACK ACE: Black Ace/ SCRAPPER BLACKWELL: Kokomo Blues/ BLIND BLAKE: Diddie Wah Diddie/ BLIND GARY: Cross And Evil Woman Blues/ ISHMAN BRACEY: The Four Day Blues/ WILLIE BROWN: M & O Blues/ BO CARTER: Old Devil/ CASEY BILL: Somebody Changed The Lock On My Door/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: Someday Baby Blues/ BLIND BOY FULLER: Rag, Mama Rag/ CLIFFORD GIBSON: Ice And Snow Blues/ KING SOLOMON HILL: Times Has Done Got Heart/ SON HOUSE: My Black Mama - Part 1/ MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: Frankie/ JIM JACKSON: Jim Jackson's Kansas City Blues Pt. 1/ PAPA CHARLIE JACKSON: Shake That Thing/ SKIP JAMES: I'm So Glad/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Match Box Blues/ BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON: Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Mr. Johnson's Blues/ ROBERT JOHNSON: Cross Road Blues/ TOMMY JOHNSON: Canned Heat Blues/ LITTLE HAT JONES: Little Hat Blues/ CHARLEY JORDAN: Stack O' Dollars Blues/ KANSAS JOE & MEMPHIS MINNIE: When The Levee Breaks/ RUBE LACY: Ham Hound Crave/ LEADBELLY: Midnight Special/ FURRY LEWIS: Billy Lyons And Stack O'Lee/ CARL MARTIN: Crow Jane/ TOMMY MCCLENNAN: Bottle It Up And Go/ CHARLIE MCCOY: Last Time Blues/ ROBERT LEE MCCOY: Prowling Night-Hawk/ BLIND WILLIE MCTELL: Statesboro Blues/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Chickashaw Train Blues/ THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: Sitting On Top Of The World/ HAMBONE WILLIE NEWBERN: Roll And Tumble Blues/ CHARLEY PATTON: Pony Blues/ RAMBLIN' THOMAS: So Lonesome/ BLIND JOE REYNOLDS: Outside Woman Blues/ 'FUNNY PAPER' SMITH: Howling Wolf Blues - No. 1/ HENRY SPAULDING: Cairo Blues/ FRANK STOKES: Downtown Blues/ TAMPA RED: Black Angel Blues/ JOHNNIE TEMPLE: Lead Pencil Blues (It Just Won't Write)/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: This Train/ HENRY THOMAS: Bull Doze Blues/ HENRY TOWNSEND: Henry's Worry Blues/ CURLEY WEAVER: No No Blues/ SYLVESTER WEAVER: Guitar Blues/ BUKKA WHITE: Shake 'Em On Down/ JOSHUA WHITE: Good Gal/ ROBERT WILKINS: That's No Way To Get Along/ JOE WILLIAMS' WASHBOARD BLUES SINGERS: Baby Please Don't Go/ OSCAR WOODS: Lone Wolf Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17230 The Roots Of It All - Acoustic Blues, Vol. 2 - 1940s & ● CD $29.98
By the 1940s blues started to be dominated by urban and electric blues but there were many great country blues artists being recorded in the 40s although apart from a handful of country blues artists (Lightnin' Hopkins, early John Lee Hooker, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and a few others) many of these artists only made a handful of recordings. In addition to the aforementioned this set includes sides by Robert Petway, Robert Lockwood, Buddy Moss, Gabriel Brown, Josh White, Little Boy Fuller, Frankie Lee Sims, Sylvester Cotton, Dan Pickett, Manny Nichols, Lawyer Houston, Luther Huff, John Lee, Jesse Fuller, Doctor Ross and others. Most of the recordings were made for commercial labels for sale to African-American customers but the second disc ends with recordings made by folklorists for the newly burgeoning folk market featuring recordings of Elizabeth Cotton, Snooks Eaglin and Mississippi Fred McDowell.
ALABAMA SLIM (RALPH WILLIS): Boar Hog Blues/ THE BACK PORCH BOYS: Sweet Woman Blues/ JOHNNY BECK (THE BLIND BOY): You Gotta Lay Down Momma/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Willie Mae Blues/ GABRIEL BROWN: Stick With Me/ OTHUM BROWN: Ora-Nelle Blues/ WILLIAM BROWN: Mississippi Blues/ ELIZABETH COTTEN: Freight Train/ SYLVESTER COTTON: Ugly Woman Blues/ ARTHUR 'BIG BOY' CRUDUP: If I Get Lucky/ JIMMY DEBERRY: Before Long/ K.C. DOUGLAS: Mercury Boogie/ SNOOKS EAGLIN: See See Rider/ DAVID EDWARDS: Water Coast Blues/ JESSE FULLER: San Francisco Bay Blues/ BLIND BOY FULLER #2 (BROWNIE MCGHEE): Step It Up And Go No.2/ LITTLE BOY FULLER (RICH TRICE): Blood Red River Blues/ LOWELL FULSON: The Blues Is Killing Me/ TONY HOLLINS: Cross Cut Saw Blues/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Burning Hell/ 'LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Katie Mae Blues/ LAWYER HOUSTON: Dallas Be-Bop Blues/ LUTHER HUFF: 1951 Blues/ LIL' SON JACKSON: Ticket Agent Blues/ JULIUS KING: If You See My Lover/ WILLIE LANE: Prowlin' Ground Hog/ THE LARKS: Eyesight To The Blind/ JOHN LEE: Down At The Depot/ LICK, SLICK AND SLIDE: I Love My Baby/ LITTLE DAVID (DAVID WYLIE): You're Gonna Weep And Moan/ ROBERT LOCKWOOD: Black Spider Blues/ MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burnin/ STICK MCGHEE: Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ DADDY DENNIS MCMILLON: Paper Wooden/ MCKINLEY MORGANFIELD (MUDDY WATERS): I Be's Troubled/ BUDDY MOSS: Unfinished Business/ MANNY NICHOLS: Walking Talking Blues/ ROBERT PETWAY: Catfish Blues/ DAN PICKETT: Ride To A Funeral In A V8/ PIG 'N' WHISTLE BAND (BLIND WILLIE MCTEL: Talkin' To You Mama/ PINE TOP SLIM: Applejack Boogie/ DOUG QUATTLEBAUM: Don't Be Funny, Baby!/ DOCTOR ROSS: Industrial Boogie/ JOHNNY SHINES: Evil-Hearted Woman Blues/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Single Man Blues/ WILLIAM "TALKING BOY" STEWART: They Call Me Talking Boy/ LUTHER STONEHAM: January 11, 1949 Blues/ SISTER O.M. TERRELL: I'm Going To The City/ NATHANIEL TERRY: Take It Easy Baby/ JESSE THOMAS: Gonna Move To California/ BIG SON TILLIS & D.C. BENDER: Rocks Is My Pillow/ JAMES TISDOM: Model T Boogie/ JOSH WHITE: Evil Hearted Man/ JOE WILLIAMS: Crawlin' King Snake/ JOHNNY YOUNG: Money Taking Woman

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17231 The Roots Of It All - Acoustic Blues, Vol. 3 - 1960s & ● CD $29.98
By the late 50s the popularity of country blues among the African-American audience had declined considerably but there was now a new young white audience that were eager to hear the music. Researchers were out looking to find some of the great acoustic blues artists from the 20s and 30s that might be alive and sill able to perform and struck gold with performers like Scrapper Blackwell, Pink Anderson, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Son House and others. In addition, many great artists were being found who never got to record during the heyday of acoustic blues but were as vibrant and original as the old timers - artists like Mance Lipscomb, Robert Pete Williams, Smoky Babe, Baby Tate, Mississippi Fred McDowell, John Jackson, Jack Owens, Thomas Shaw and others. And there were also artists who had been performing for a folk audience all along like Rev. Gary Davis and Brownie McGhee. All these and many more are featured on this set.
PINK ANDERSON: I Got Mine/ SCRAPPER BLACKWELL: Shady Lane/ JUKE BOY BONNER: Tired Of The Greyhound Bus/ REV. PEARLY BROWN: It's A Mean Old World To Try To Live In/ R.L. BURNSIDE: Long Haired Doney/ JOE CALLICOTT: Lonesome Katy Blues/ LEROY DALLAS: She Caught The M & O/ MAXWELL STREET JIMMY DAVIS: Alberta/ REV. GARY DAVIS: Samson And Delilah/ DAVID 'HONEYBOY' EDWARDS: Big Fat Mama/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: Vernita's Blues/ PETE FRANKLIN: Prison Bound/ ARVELLA GRAY: Corrine, Corrina/ SHIRLEY GRIFFITH: Bye Bye Blues/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Tupelo/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Mojo Hand/ SON HOUSE: Empire State Express/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Ain't Goin' Down That Dirt Road #2/ MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: Candy Man/ JOHN JACKSON: Rocks And Gravel/ SKIP JAMES: Sickbed Blues/ HERMAN E. JOHNSON: I Just Keeps On Wanting You/ LARRY JOHNSON: Four Women Blues/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Moaning Blues/ J.B. LENOIR: If I Get Lucky/ FURRY LEWIS: Old Original Furry Lewis Blues/ MANCE LIPSCOMB: Shake, Shake, Mama/ LOUISIANA RED: Dead Stray Dog/ MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL: Frisco Lines/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: My Last Suit/ MEMPHIS WILLIE B.: Wine Drinking Woman/ BUDDY MOSS: Amy/ MUDDY WATERS: Feel Like Going Home/ JACK OWENS: I Love My Baby/ TOM SHAW: Baby Be A Boy Child Named Him After Me/ JOHNNY SHINES: Your Troubles Can't Be Like Mine/ J.D. SHORT: I'm Just Wastin' My Time/ GUITAR SHORTY: Jessie Jones/ R.C. SMITH: Please Don't Drive Me Away/ SMOKY BABE: Hottest Brand Goin'/ BABE STOVALL: Worried Blues/ TARHEEL SLIM: So Sweet, So Sweet/ BABY TATE: What Have I Done To You/ EDDIE TAYLOR: Bullcow Blues/ HENRY TOWNSEND: Can't You See/ BILL WILLIAMS: Salty Dog/ ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS: I've Grown So Ugly/ JOHNNY YOUNG: Want My Lovin'

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17232 The Roots Of It All - Acoustic Blues, Vol. 4 - 1980 to ● CD $29.98
By the 1980s most of the pioneers from the 20s and 30s and many of the new discoveries from the 60s and 70s had passed on but there still fine new acoustic artists appearing and being recorded like Archie Edwards, Bowling Green John Cephas, John Dee Holeman and others. Also, taking many by surprise was a new wave of young African American acoustic blues artists like Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Keb' Mo' and others who paid homage to the past but took the music in new directions. And, of course, there was a wide range of Caucasian performers who were entranced by acoustic blues - some of whom had started their career in the 1960s including Jo Ann Kelly, Paul Geremia. Geoff Muldaur, John Hammond, Bonnie Raitt and others.
ETTA BAKER: Broken Hearted Blues/ ROBERT BELFOUR: Pushin’ My Luck/ ERIC BIBB: Come Back Baby/ RORY BLOCK: Future Blues/ TED BOGAN: That’ll Never Happen No More/ ROY BOOK BINDER: Can’t Do That No More/ BLIND JIM BREWER: Pea Vine Whistle/ PRECIOUS BRYANT: You Don’t Want Me No More/ BOWLING GREEN JOHN CEPHAS: Reno Factory/ SAM CHATMON: Sam’s Blues/ GUY DAVIS: Take Me Back, Babe/ ARCHIE EDWARDS: The Road Is Rough And Rocky/ PAUL GEREMIA: Kick It In The Country/ GUITAR FRANK: Lonesome Road Blues/ GUITAR SLIM: I’m Feelin' Lonesome/ JOHN HAMMOND: Statesboro Blues/ COREY HARRIS: High Fever Blues/ ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART: Big Mama’s Door/ JOHN DEE HOLEMAN: Early Morning Blues/ JIMMY 'DUCK' HOLMES: Nightmare/ HOMESICK JAMES: Bein’ With The One You Love/ CHRIS JAMES & PATRICK RYNN: Black Spider Blues/ KEB’ MO': You Can Love Yourself/ JO ANN KELLY: Try Me One More Time/ ROBERT LOCKWOOD, JR.: C.C. Rider/ DOUG MACLEOD: Old Country Road/ ALBERT MACON & ROBERT ’MAN’ THOMAS: Mean Old Frisco Blues/ TAJ MAHAL: Fishin’ Blues/ GEOFF MULDAUR: Sloppy Drunk/ EUGENE POWELL: Worried Blues/ BONNIE RAITT & STEVE FREUND: Ain’t Nothin’ In Ramblin’/ DEL REY & SUZY THOMPSON: Plymouth Rock/ PHILADELPHIA JERRY RICKS: I Will Turn Your Money Green/ PAUL RISHELL: Trouble Blues/ JIMMIE LEE ROBINSON: Angry Lover/ JAMES 'SPARKY' RUCKER: Kind-Hearted Woman/ JAMES 'SON' THOMAS: Devil Blues/ HENRY TOWNSEND: Heartbroken Man Blues/ BOOGIE BILL WEBB: Big Road Blues/ ARZO YOUNGBLOOD: Bye Bye Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17363 Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels, Vol. 3: 1970 ● CD $29.98
2 CDs, 38 tracks, 129 mins, highly recommended
The further into the 1970s this Country Rock series goes, the less likely they will be rated "highly recommended," but 1970 was still a pretty good year for music. There are a few tracks that I could do without: two highly overplayed Grateful Dead tracks, and Brewer & Shipley's One Toke Over The Line, which I have never liked, but there are enough gems here to outweigh those. You get fantastic tracks from the likes of Rick Nelson, Michael Nesmith & The First National Band, the chronically underrated Jesse Winchester, The Flying Burrito Brothers, etc. There's early David Alan Coe when he was almost more Blues than Country, Doug Sahm in disguise as Wayne Douglas, Kris Kristofferson really coming into his prime, and of course the late great Towns Van Zandt (a rare version of Delta Mama Blues on one CD, the regular version on the other.) You also get a heavy dose of heavy heads veering onto a Country road with tracks by Moby Grape, The Jefferson Airplane, and The Allman Brothers with the original version of Midnight Rider. Collection features extensive notes and beautiful packaging as always from Bear Family. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Lake 55-101 Rare Chicago R&B Vol. 2** ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 69 mins, highly recommended
Another splendid collection of urban blues from Chicago featuring 25 tracks recorded between 1945 and 1960. Returning from volume 1 are Dr. Jo Jo Adams, Leon Tarver and the fine female vocalist Lou Mac. Her three sides are very fine indeed and her Albert Is His Name features top notch guitar from Jody Williams. New to this volume is the delightfully named Barrel House Blott, a Wynonie Harris styled blues shouter who is featured on two songs including the novelty dialog Brand New Man. Singer/ piano player Jimmy Binkley is featured on five slices of rocking R&B including the topical Hey, Hey Sugar Ray. Big voiced Big Bertha Henderson is featured on two fine sides and there are also excellent contributions from Mississippi born vocalist Johnny Sellers (who would re-emerge in the 60s as folk/ blues artist Brother John Sellers), Bobby Prince, Johnny Rogers, female vocalist Skippy Brown, Freddie Hall & His Band and Tasso The Great. About half these tracks have been on CD before but it's worthwhile to have them in this thematic context. Sound quality is excellent and there are informative notes on the artists and personnel. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus HOGCD 11 High On The Hog, Vol. 11 ● CD $15.98
30 tracks, 68 mins, highly recommended
Another superb collection of mostly up tempo honky tonk and hillbilly bop recorded, mostly, for tiny labels and most making their first appearance on CD. Although most of the artists made only a handful of records, the quality of the singing and bands is high. The most well known name here is Slim Willet with Boom Town Man recorded for the Winston label - one of of several songs Slim recorded about oil well drilling. Most f the rest of the artists are unknowns including David Taylor, Len & Helen Tussey, Ray Pride, Leo Greco, Cal Davis, George Rich, Danny Ford, etc. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS County 2744 Rural Parlor Guitar** ● CD $16.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
Unique and delightful collection of instrumental guitar music performed by four Southern musicians - Lena Hughes, Earl Blair, Lewis Thomasson and E.C. Ball - performing in a style originating in the mid 19th century. Parlor guitar started off in the 1850 as short, light pieces written for small "genteel" guitars played by young ladies in their parlors. The style eventually spread out to rural areas where it became absorbed into the music traditions of rural black ad white communities and became the basis for for more familiar later styles. The repertoire is a mix of tunes dating back to the 1850s, later compositions in a similar style plus original compositions by the performers - many played in open tunings popular with parlor guitar composers. No flashy music here - just simple and pretty tunes beautifully played by four masterful musicians. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 167 Midnight Steppers - 70 Masterpieces by 34 Blues Piano H ● CD $22.98 $17.98
Three CDs, 70 tracks, highly recommended
Complementing Fantastic Voyage's surveys of post war guitar blues ("Screaming & Crying" - 3 CDs - Fantastic Voyage 137 - $22.98) and post war harmonica blues ("Just Wailing" - 2 CDs - Fantastic Voyage 157 - $19.98) we now have this splendid survey of post war piano blues. Compiled an annotated by British piano blues expert Mike Rowe each disc covers a different aspect of piano blues. The first disc is devoted to "The Bluebird Beat" referring to the style developed by RCA's Bluebird subsidiary in the 1940s bringing a more urbane styling to older blue styles using small combos frequently including piano, guitar, bass and drums with occasional use of horns or harmonica. In spite of the name other labels also worked within this framework. This disc includes tracks by one of the greatest of all piano blues performers Big Maceo accompanied by guitarist Tampa Red and various bass players and/or drummers including his seminal recordings of Worried LIfe Blues and Chicago Breakdown. The title song for this collection is a lively number from Big Bill Broonzy with Josh Altheimer on piano and this disc also includes fine sides by Memphis Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, Curtis Jones, Walter Davis and others. The second disc is devoted to piano boogie primarily featuring the three giants of the style - Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons performing solo and in various combinations as well as other great sides by Cripple Clarence Lofton, Jimmy Yancey and Montana Taylor. The third disc is a miscellany of great recordings ranging from the late 40s to early 60s by a variety or rural and urban performers including Big Chief Ellis, Eddie Boyd, Little Johnny Jones (his Big Town Play Boyis truly sublime), Henry Gray (accompanying Morris Pejoe and Howling Wolf), Dr. Hepcat, Otis Spann (solo and accompanying Muddy Waters), Little Willie Littlefield, Willie Johnson and others. Sound quality is excellent and Mike's insightful notes puts it all into perspective. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Heritage HTCD 01 Get Right With God** ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, very highly recommended
Now out of print - get it while you can! A superb collection of 24 gospel recordings, mostly from the 40s and 50s, drawn from two volumes of gospel on Krazy Kat (7417 & 7424). The music here is so good that it is impossible to pick favorites - perhaps the most remarkable tracks are two by Rev. Charlie Jackson, a performer who recorded in the 70s accompanying by some incredibly funky electric guitar. Other performers include The Radio Four, rev Anderson Johnson (with steel guitar!), National Independant Gospel Singers, Rev B.C. Campbell, Sister O. M. Terrell, Echoes Of Zion (their fabulous Atlanta's Tragic Monday), Southern Revivalists Of New Orleans (who provide the sets title tune), The Violinaires, etc. Sound is generally very good. An outstanding collection. (FS)
REV. B.C. CAMPBELL: Sweepin' Thru The Gate/ REV. CHAMBERS: Me And The Devil/ ECHOES OF ZION: Atlanta's Tragic Monday/ EVENING LIGHT SINGERS: Walking Around Me/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS: Never Turn Back/ When God Dips His Pen Of Love/ GOSPEL TRAVELERS: God's Chariot (pt.1&2)/ OTIS JACKSON: Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt (pt.1 & 2)/ REV. CHARLIE JACKSON: Morning Train/ Wrapped Up And Tangled Up/ REV. ANDERSON JOHNSON: God Don't Like It/ NATIONAL INDEPENDANT GOSPEL SINGERS: I Got Good Religion/ I Met My Elder This Morning/ PROPHET POWERS: The Tree Of Life/ THE RADIO FOUR: Blood Done Signed My Name/ What'cha Gonna Do/ SOUTHERN HARMONAIRES: I'm So Glad/ Who Will Your Captain Be/ SOUTHERN REVIVALISTS OF N.O.: Get Right With God/ I'm Bound For Higher Ground/ SISTER O.M. TERRELL: I'm Going To That City/ THE VIOLINAIRES: Joy In The Beulah Land

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS History Of Soul 17 Where Southern Soul Began, Vol. 2: 1954-1962 ● CD $18.98
Complementing History Of Soul 2 this two CD set with 55 tracks continues exploring the roots of Southern Soul music. Most of the recordings here are from the 1960 to '62 period when soul music was beginning to establish itself along with a few earlier titles that point the way. It includes tracks from two of the founding fathers of soul Bobby "Blue" Bland and Ray Charles. It has Otis Redding's first hit These Arms Of Mine as well as early sides from future soul stars, Joe Tex, Sam & Dave, Ted Taylor and William Bell. And, of course, a plethora of lesser known but fine artists like Al "TNT" Braggs, Rodge Martin, Roscoe Shelton, The Chellows, Price Conley and others. The 28 page booklet has information on all the artists along with rare photos and memorabilia.
THE 5 ROYALES: She Did Me Wrong/ Show Me/ BUDDY ACE: Screaming Please/ ARTHUR K. ADAMS: I'll Be Your Friend/ the Same Thing/ ARTHUR ALEXANDER: Soldier of Love/ the Girl That Radiates That Charm/ KIP ANDERSON: I Wanna Be the Only One/ SAM BAKER: So Long/ FONTELLA BASS: Honey Bee/ WILLIAM BELL: Any Other Way/ LARRY BIRDSONG: It Won't Be This Way Always/ BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND: Don't Cry No More/ Loan a Helping Hand/ AL 'TNT' BRAGGS: Cigarettes & Coffee/ I Don't Think I Can Make It/ CALVIN & CLARENCE: I Don't Know School Girl/ RAY CHARLES: A Fool for You/ THE CHELLOWS: Be My Baby/ PRINCE CONLEY: I'm Going Home/ MAXINE DAVIS: Another Man/ STEVE DICKINSON: Before I Leave You/ YVONNE FAIR: I Found You/ FINNIMO: Just Ask for What You Want/ CAROL FRAN: Emmitt Lee/ CARL GREENSTREET: Hey Mama/ LITTLE JIMMY GRIFFIN: If Things Don't Change/ BUD HARPER: Down the Aisle/ WILLIE HARPER: I'll Never Leave You/ BOBBY HEBB: Atlanta, Ga/ DONALD HINES: Baby Tell It Like It Is/ GEORGE HUGHLEY: It Hurt Me Too/ HERBERT HUNTER: Dr. Feel Good/ CHARLES JAMES: Thief in the Night/ BARBARA LYNN: You're Gonna Need Me/ RODGE MARTIN: I'm Standing By/ They Say/ JOE MEDWICK: You Ain't Treating Her Right/ GROVER MITCHELL: Everywhere I Go/ FREDDIE NORTH: Ninety Pound Woman/ JOE PERKINS: Until You Were Gone/ OTIS REDDING: These Arms of Mine/ SAM AND DAVE: I Need Love/ No More Pain/ ROSCOE SHELTON: We've Been Wrong/ Yesterday's Mistake/ THE TAMS: Untie Me/ TED TAYLOR: Be Ever Wonderful/ Since You're Home/ JOE TEX: I Let Her Get Away/ Meet Me in Church/ RUFUS THOMAS: I Didn't Believe/ TABBY THOMAS: Hoodoo Party/ My Baby's Got It/ LAVELLE WHITE: Stop These Teardrops

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77126 Nuggets From The Golden Age Of Gospel, 1945-1958** ● CD $28.98
Four CD set, 105 tracks, essential
Fabulous four CD box set compiled and annotated by gospel expert Opal Louis Nations featuring 105 great gospel recordings cut between 1945 and 1958 - mostly quartet singing along some solo vocalists. The material includes some of gospel's biggest names (Five Blind Boy Of Alabama, Sensational Nightingales, Soul Stirrers, Golden Gate Quartet, Dixie Hummingbirds, Rev. James Cleveland, etc), gospel recordings featuring artists who became better known in other fields (Frank Sinatra with The Charioteers, Sly Stone, Candi Staton & The Jewel Gospel Trio, Ann Cole & The Colemanaires, O.V. Wright & The Sunset Travelers, etc.) and lots of great but obscure artists making their first appearance on CD (The Golden Melodeers, Mary DeLoach, Keys Of Heaven, Ever Ready Gospel Singers, Dixieland Singers, Royal Travelers, Original Gospel Stars, Leon Lumpkins & The Gospel Clefs, etc.). (FS)
THE AFRO QUINTETTE: Toll the Bells/ GENE ALLISON & THE ISRAELITE TRAVELERS: Send My Child Home To Me/ INEZ ANDREWS & THE CARAVANS: I'm Not Tired Yet/ THE ANGELIC GOSPEL SINGERS & THE DIXIE HUMMI: One Day/ THE ARGO GOSPEL SINGERS: He's Alright With Me/ PAUL ARNOLD & THE GOSPELAIRES: It's a Pity/ REVEREND DR. MORGAN BABB & THE PHILCO SINGERS: Wonder How Long/ REV. BALLENGER: This Train/ SISTER LUCILE BARBEE: Where Could I Go/ THE BELLS OF JOY: There'll Be No More Sorrow/ MADAME EMILY BRAM: Each Day/ NAPPY BROWN & SELAH JUBILEE SINGERS: Who So Ever Will/ SHIRLEY CAESAR: I'd Rather Serve Jesus/ WYNONA CARR: There is Rest For the Weary/ HAZEL CHATMAN WITH THE GOLDEN HARMONIZERS: He Knows How Much You Can Bear/ JUDY CLAY & THE DRINKARD SINGERS: That's Enough/ REV. JAMES CLEVELAND & THE CARAVANS: Old Time Religion/ HARDIE CLIFTON & THE BROOKLYN ALL-STARS: Careless Soul/ DOROTHY LOVE COATES & THE GOSPEL HARMONETTES: Love Lifted Me/ ANN COLE & THE COLMANAIRES: Out On the Ocean Sailing/ THE CONSOLERS: Glad To Be In the Number/ MDME EDNA GALLMON COOKE & THE MT. VERNON MEN'S CHOIR: Angels, Angels, Angels/ SAM COOKE & THE SOUL STIRRERS: Pilgrim of Sorrow (Take 1)/ REV. H.B. CRUM & THE GOLDEN KEYS: So Glad I'm Here/ SISTER ETHEL DAVENPORT WITH BROWNIE MCGHEE: World Can't Do Me No Harm, The/ THE DEEP RIVER BOYS: I'm Tramping/ MARY DELOACH: The Lord's Gospel Train/ THE DELTA SOUTHERNAIRES: Bye and Bye, Part 1/ THE DETROIT HARMONETTES: I Need Thee/ THE DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS: Let's Go Out To the Programs, Part 2/ THE DIXIELAND SINGERS: Our Prayer/ THE EVENING STAR QUARTET: Jesus, I'll Never Forget/ THE EVER-READY GOSPEL SINGERS: One Day When I Was Walking (I'm In His Care)/ THE FAIRFIELD FOUR: Come Over Here/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA: Mother's Song/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF MISSISSIPPI: Let's Have Church/ THE FIVE SOUL STIRRERS: Walk Around/ THE FLOWERS OF JOY: At the Cross/ REVEREND C.L. FRANKLIN WITH ARETHA, ERMA & CAROLINE: Wings of Faith/ EVELYN FREEMAN & THE EXCITING VOICES CHORUS: Didn't It Rain/ THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET: Same Train/ THE GOSPEL SONGBIRDS: God's Creation/ THE GOSPEL TONES: Roll, Jordan, Roll/ BESSIE GRIFFIN & THE CARAVANS: Let Us Run/ BESSIE GRIFFIN & THE CONSOLATORS: Every Now and Then (Take 2)/ TONY HARRIS & THE TRAVELING FOUR: All On the Altar/ R.H. HARRIS WITH THE CHRISTLAND SINGERS: Nothing Will Move Me (From the Love of God)/ JOE HINTON & THE SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS: I Need Thee/ HOWARD "SLIM" HUNT & THE SUPREME ANGELS: Jesus Let Me Sleep/ MAHALIA JACKSON: No Matter How You Pray/ REVEREND CLAUDE JETER & THE SWAN SILVERTONES: Jesus Remembers/ THOMAS JOHNSON & THE HARMONIZING FOUR: How Far Am I From Canaan/ THE JONES BROTHERS QUARTET: Amazing Grace/ THE KELLY BROTHERS: Prayer For Tomorrow/ THE KEYS OF HEAVEN: Jesus Bears the Cross/ MARIE KNIGHT: Trouble In Mind/ JOE LIGON & THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY: Jesus is Real/ LITTLE SUGAR & THE HIGHTOWER BROTHERS: Come By Here/ JOE VAN LOAN & THE CANAANITES: Lead Me To That Rock/ BROTHER BILL LOUIS (UTAH SMITH): Two Wings Flying Home, Parts 1 & 2/ LEON LUMPKINS & THE GOSPEL CLEFS: Open Our Eyes/ THE ROBERTA MARTIN SINGERS: Rock My Soul/ BROTHER JOE MAY: Mother Bowed/ THE MAYFLOWER SINGERS: Ship of Zion/ GOLDEN MELODEERS: He Knows My Heart/ THE MITCHELL AIRES QUARTET: Lord, Will I Meet Them Again/ REV. GATEMOUTH MOORE & THE BESSEMER SUNSET FOUR: They Buried Sin, Part 1/ OLLIE NIGHTINGALE & THE DIXIE NIGHTINGALES: I've Been Lifted/ THE ORIGINAL GOSPEL STARS: I Want To Go To Heaven/ PHIL PHILLIPS & THE GATEWAY QUARTET: Four & Twenty Elders/ THE PILGRIM JUBILEES: Angel/ THE PRISONAIRES: My God is Real/ THE RADIO FOUR: Sending Up This Prayer, Part 2/ LOU RAWLS & THE CHOSEN GOSPEL SINGERS: Walk With Me/ LOU RAWLS & THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS: Come Home/ DELLA REECE & THE MEDITATIONS: Hard To Get Along/ ROSCOE ROBINSON WITH HUEY BROWN & THE SILVER QU: Sinner's Crossroads/ CLEOPHUS ROBINSON WITH SISTER JOSEPHINE JONES: I Can See So Much/ THE ROYAL SONS QUINTET: Bedside of a Neighbor/ THE ROYAL TRAVELERS: Yes It's Me Lord, That Came To Thee/ THE SENSATIONAL NIGHTINGALES: Burying Ground/ ROSA SHAW: On the Highway/ CECIL SHAW & THE UNION SPIRITUAL HARMONIZERS: Jesus Be My Keeper/ FRANK SINATRA & THE CHARIOTEERS: I've Got a Home In That Rock/ WILLIE MAE FORD SMITH: Jesus is the Name/ THE SOUL STIRRERS: The Love of God (Take 1)/ THE SOUTHERN TRAVELERS: I Can See Everybody's Mother/ THE STAPLE SINGERS: Uncloudy Day/ THE STARLIGHT SINGERS: Lord Have Mercy/ CANDI STATON & THE JEWEL GOSPEL TRIO: Jesus is Listening/ SLY STONE: Walking In Jesus Name/ THE SWANEE QUINTET: Cry Sometime/ JOHNNIE TAYLOR & THE HIGHWAY QC'S: I Was So Happy/ LITTLE JOHNNY TAYLOR & THE STARS OF BETHEL: There is a Fountain/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: Didn't It Rain/ SONNY TIL & THE ORIOLES: The Lord's Prayer/ JACKIE VERDELL & THE DAVIS SINGERS: I've Been Changed/ THE VICTORY FIVE: I Never Knew/ THE VIOLINAIRES: Another Soldier Gone/ ROSIE WALLACE & THE IMPERIAL GOSPEL SINGERS: My Father's House/ THE CLARA WARD SINGERS WITH SAM WHINHAM: Didn't It Rain/ MADAME ERNESTINE WASHINGTON WITH THE MILLERAIRES: Holding On, Part 2/ MARION WILLIAMS & THE STARS OF FAITH: When I Lay This Body Down/ O.V. WRIGHT & THE SUNSET TRAVELERS: Sit Down and Rest Awhile/ THE ZION TRAVELERS: Where is My Wandering Chil

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 055 Super Rare Rockabilly ● CD $13.98
Three CD set with 75 tracks of some of the rarest rockabilly tracks - many not readily available on CD - Derrell Felts & The Confederates, Frank Triolo, Glen Glenn, Joe Poovey, Jay Gallegher, Eddie Gaines And The Rockin' Five, Ross Minimi, Paul Wheatley, Ray Whisnant and many more you have probably never heard of!
ART ADAMS AND THE RHYTHM KNIGHTS: Dancing Doll/ HASIL ADKINS AND HIS HAPPY GUITAR: She's Mine/ BILLY ADKINSON: Sugar Lump/ JIMMY APOSTLE & THE WILLOWS: I Love Ya Honey/ DWAIN BELL AND THE TURNER BROTHERS: Rock And Roll On A Saturday Night/ WALT BENTON: Do It Again/ CUSTER BOTTOMS & THE BILL WOODS BAND: Stood Up Blues/ LARRY BRINKLEY: Jackson Dog/ Move Over Rover/ THE BROUGHAMS WITH BOB: Baby You Just Wait/ PAUL CARNES: I'm A Mean Mean Daddy/ THE CHAPARRALS: Poor Gal/ EDDIE CLEARY AND THE CUSTOMS: Meet Miss Susie/ GLEN COOPER AND HIS JETS: Sugar Mama (Daddy)/ JIMMIE DALE: Baby Doll/ GENE DAVIS: I've Had It, I'm Through/ JUNIOR DEAN AND THE AVALONS: Chick Chick/ BOBBY DEWITT AND THE WILLIAMS: Annie Mae/ THE DIXIE HARMONAIRS: Honey Hush/ DON'S ROCKERS: Moonlight Stroll/ You're Just Right For Me/ THE EMANONS: Emanons Rock/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: Get With It/ DERRELL FELTS & THE CONFEDERATES: Playmates/ TROY FERGUSON'S COUNTRY GENTLEMEN: At The Jamboree/ TRUITT FORSE: Chicken Bop/ EDDIE GAINES AND THE ROCKIN' FIVE: Be-Bop Battlin' Ball/ JAMES GALLAGHER: Ford And Shaker/ JAY GALLEGHER: Crazy Legs/ GLEN GLENN: Blue Jeans And A Boy's Shirt/ LEO GOSNELL AND THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN DRIFTERS: Juke Joint Honey/ CURLEY GRIFFIN: Got Rockin' On My Mind/ THE HODGES BROTHERS: I'm Gonna Rock Some Too/ ORANGIE HUBBARD: Look What I Found/ JACK AND THE KNIGHTS: Rock The Blues Away/ DOYLE MADDEN WITH MERL LINDSAYS OKLAHOMA NIGHT: Gonna Learn To Rock/ JIMMIE MARTIN COMBO: Rock The Bop/ HOWARD MAYBERRY: This Just Can't Be Puppy Love/ BUDDY MILLER AND HIS ROCKIN' RAMBLERS: I Got Me A Woman/ ROSS MINIMI: Baby Rock/ Oh! Janet/ JACKIE MORNINGSTAR: Rockin' In The Graveyard/ BILL MORRISON: Set Me Free/ MOON MULLINS AND HIS NIGHT RAIDERS: Bip Bop Boom/ JOHNNY NACE: A Bashful Sorta Guy/ TEX NEIGHBORS: Rock And Roll Dot/ LARRY NOLEN AND HIS BANDITS: King Of The Ducktail Cats/ HAL PAYNE: Honky Tonk Stomp/ BILLY PERKINS: Campus Cutie/ LUCKY PLANK: Hey Hey Baby/ JOE POOVEY: Move Around/ LYNN PRATT & HIS RHYTHM CATS: Come Here Mama/ LYNN PRATT AND HIS RHYTHM CATS: They're Learning/ JOHNNY REDD: Take A Ride With Me/ JOE RICKMAN: Lonely Heart/ AL RUNYON: Baby Please Come Home/ RABON SANDERS: You Tore Your Playhouse Down/ HENDER SAUL: I Ain't Gonna Rock-Tonite/ HAROLD SHUTTERS AND HIS ROCATS: Rock And Roll Mister Moon/ GENE SISCO: Grandma Rock And Roll/ JIMMY STAYTON: Hot Hot Mama/ JIMMY STEWART: Rock On The Moon/ THE STRING BREAKERS: Big City/ THE STRING KINGS: Bloodshot/ TINY TIM AND HIS TORNADOES: I've Gotta Find Someone/ THE TRAIL BLAZERS: Grandpa's Rock/ CARL TRANTHAM AND THE RYTHM ALL STARS: Where There's A Will (There's A Way)/ FRANK TRIOLO AND THE SHIPMATES: Pretty Little Woman/ FRANK TRIOLO WITH THE SHIPMATES ORCH.: Ice Cream Baby/ DALE VAUGHN AND THE STARNOTES: How Can You Be Mean To Me/ KENT WESTBERRY AND THE CHAPERONES: My Baby Don't Rock Me/ PAUL WHEATLEY: I'm Not Movin'/ RAY WHISNANT: Gals Don't Mean A Thing/ JACK WINSTON AND THE HI JACKS: It's Rock And Roll/ JIMMY WITTER AND THE SHADOWS: If You Love My Woman

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 078 Rockabilly Collectables ● CD $14.98
3 CDs, 75 tracks, 167 mins, very highly recommended
Whoa, baby--this collection of Rockabilly goes deep. Not many artists in these 75 tracks will be known to anyone but the most ardent Rockabilly fanatics. When Chuck Atha is one of the best known artists on a compilation, you know you have some serious archeology going on! Not only are the recordings here the rarest of the rare, most of the performers seemed to be out of the music business by about 1960. Just once, I'd like to take some Benzedrine and wash it down with some moonshine to see how it really feels. Those bop pills and that joy juice sure inspired some all fire mighty Rock & Roll. For now I will just have to live vicariously through the likes of The Dazzlers, Eddie Cash & The Cashiers, Lawrence Flippo & The Futuras, The Orbits, Tony Casanova, Steve Carl & The Jags, Winnie Starr & The Omaha Kid, etc. Sure there are a few Elvis wannabees, a couple Carl Perkinsites, and at least one dead ringer for The Everly Brothers, but by and large, the tracks here are as original as all get out. (JM)
ALVIN & BILL: Typing Jive/ ANDY ANDERSON: You Shake Me Up/ DON APILADO: The Pigeon/ LLOYD ARNOLD: Hang Out/ ART & THE SCIOTO RHYTHM BOYS: A-String Boogie/ THE ASTRONAUTS: Come Along Baby/ CHUCK ATHA: Ooh-Eee (What You Do To Me)/ JACK BAILEY & THE NATURALS: Oh What Love Is/ DELBERT BARKER: Blue Suede Shoes/ No Good Robin Hood/ AL BARKLE: Jumpin' From Six To Six/ JACKIE CANNON: Chill Bumps/ JUDY CAPPS WITH PAT KINGERY & THE KENTUCKIANS: You Can Have My Love/ BOBBY & TERRY CARAWAY: Ballin' Keen/ JACKIE CARBONE: Jam-Up/ STEVE CARL & THE JAGS: Curfew/ BILL CARTER: Cool Tom Cat/ RIC CARTEY & THE JIVA-TONES: Oooh-Eee/ TONY CASANOVA: Boogie Woogie Feeling/ AL CASEY & THE BATS: (Got The) Teen-Age Blues/ EDDIE CASH & THE CASHIERS: Doing All Right/ THE CHAVIS BROTHERS: Love Me Baby/ BILLY CHILDS: Call Me Shorty/ BILLY CLARK: I Know Why/ WAYNE 'RED' COBB: Shopping Around/ CURLEY COLDIRON & THE CIRCLE C BOYS: Rockin' Spot/ DON COLE & AL CASEY: Snake Eyed Mama/ SONNY COLE & THE RHYTHM ROAMERS: Robinson Crusoe Bop/ RAY COLEMAN & HIS SKYROCKETS: Jukebox Rock And Roll/ LARRY DALE & THE KING NOTES: Crying Over You/ EDDIE DANIELS: I Wanna Know (Why You Love Me So)/ JEFF DANIELS: Uh-Huh-Huh/ TOMMY DANTON & THE ECHOES: Oh Yeah/ KEN DAVIS: Shook Shake (Like A Big Mixed Cake)/ CLIFF DAVIS & HIS KENTUCKY PLAY BOYS: Rocky Road Blues/ DALE DAVIS & HIS TOMCATS: That's Baby/ THE DAZZLERS: Somethin' Baby/ LAWRENCE FLIPPO & THE FUTURAS: Let's Do It/ BEAMON FORSE: You Better Go Now/ VIC GALLON: I'm Gone/ BENNY INGRAM: Jello Sal/ CHARLES JONES & THE STARDUSTERS: Whoo-Oee And Oh So Fine/ BENNY JOY: Spin The Bottle/ PAT KELLY & THE SHAMROCKS: Hey Doll Baby/ RAY KING & THE KINGSMEN: A Date At Eight/ DWAIN LOUIS & CLASSMATES: That's All Right/ VINCE MALOY: Hubba Hubba Ding Ding/ BURRIE MANSO & THE BONNIVILLES: My Woman/ JOHNNY MCADAMS: Is There No Love For Me, Love?/ BOBBY MCDOWELL: Lonely/ LEE 'RED' MELSON & THE MISSOURI NIGHTHAWKS: Carmen Sue Rock/ RALPH NIELSEN & THE CHANCELLORS: Scream/ THE ORBITS: My Rosa Lee/ DAVE OSBORN: Shake It/ KENNY PARCHMAN & HIS HIGH-HATS: Get It Off Your Mind/ PETE PETERS & THE RHYTHMAKERS: Rockin' N' My Sweet Baby's Arms/ BILLY PRAGER & HIS CARAVANS: Everybody's Rockin'/ JIMMY PRITCHETT: That's The Way I Feel/ RALPH PRUITT & HIS RHYTHM BOYS: Hey, Mr. Porter/ RAY & LINDY: Hey Doll Baby/ THE ROYAL NOTES: Come To My House Rock/ RAY SCOTT: Boppin' Wigwam Willie/ LAWRENCE SHAUL & THE ARISTOCATS: Tutti Frutti/ MACY 'SKIP' SKIPPER: Quick Sand Love/ BOBBY SMITH: Bevy Mae/ DAVID STARR: Teen Doll/ WINNIE STARR & THE OMAHA KID: Baby By Rock/ BOBBY SWANSON & HIS SONICS: Rockin' Little Eskimo/ BILL SWING: Messed Up/ JOHNNY TAYLOR & THE RHYTHM BLUE BOYS: Mixed Up Rhythm & Blues/ CHEEK-O VASS & THE SOLA-TEARS: Bo-Peep Rock/ LANIE WALKER & HIS BLACK MOUNTAIN BOYS: Ennie Meenie Miney Mo/ GENE WATSON & THE ROCKETS: My Rockin' Baby/ JIM WILSON & THE FLARES: Have A Tear On Me/ NORMAN WITCHER: Wake Me Up

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 283 The Excello Blues Story ● CD $11.98
2 CDs, 36 tracks, 92 mins, highly recommended
Here's a fantastic collection from the legendary Nashville Blues label Excello records. Excello put out all kinds of great records from Good Rockin' Sam all the way to Martin Luther King. M.L.K.'s speeches aren't included here, but Rockin' Sam's Now Listen Baby is, along with many other electric Blues greats. You get Lightnin' Slim's I'm A Rolling Stone/ Hoo Doo Blues/ Mind Your Own Business/ It's Mighty Crazy, plus four more, Slim Harpo's Buzz Me Babe/ Don't Start Cryin' Now, and Raining In My Heart - one of his all time best, plus great tracks by Roscoe Shelton, Silas Hogan, Arthur Gunter (including his rip off/ homage to Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Baby Can't You See, ) Louis Brooks & His Hi-Toppers, and many more. My favorite tracks though have to be Guitar Gable's fantastic lo-fi instrumental Congo Mongo, Lonesome Sundown's infectious I'm A Mojo Man which features some wonderful harmonica throughout, and, speaking of wonderful harmonica playing, Lazy Lester with Patrol Blues. (JM)
LARRY BIRDSONG: Pleadin' For Love/ LOUIS BROOKS & HIS HI-TOPPERS: Bus Station Blues/ Chicken Shuffle/ Frisco/ EARL GAINES: Can't Keep From Cryin'/ Baby, Baby, What's Wrong/ ROBERT GARRETT: Quit My Drinkin'/ GOOD ROCKIN' SAM (WITH KID KING'S COMBO): Now Listen Baby/ GUITAR GABLE: Congo Mongo/ Life Problem/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Baby Can't You See/ My Heart's Always Lonesome/ You're Always On My Mind/ SILAS HOGAN: Trouble At Home/ You're Too Late Baby/ KID KING'S COMBO: Chocolate Sundae/ Greasy Feet/ LAZY LESTER: Patrol Blues/ LIGHNIN' SLIM: Too Close Blues/ LIGHTNIN' SLIM: Hoo Doo Blues/ I'm A Rollin' Stone/ It's Mighty Crazy/ Love Me Mama/ Mind Your Own Business/ My Little Angel Chile/ You're Old Enough To Understand/ LONESOME SUNDOWN: I'm A Mojo Man/ Leave My Money Alone/ Lost Without Love/ ROSCOE SHELTON: Let Me Believe In You/ Miss You/ Please Think It Over/ SLIM HARPO: Buzz Me Babe/ Don't Start Cryin' Now/ Late Last Night/ Rainin' In My Heart

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rural Rhythm 423 30 Bluegrass Favorites ● CD $7.98
30 tracks, recommended
Excellent collection of bluegrass gospel drawn from the extensive archives of Rural Rhythm. Although dates aren't given I think most of these are from the 1960s and 70s. Artists include Red Smiley, Lillie Mae Whittaker, Don Reno & Bill Harrell, Ritchey Brothers, J.D. Jarvis (very soulful with fine Dobro), The Frosty Mountain Boys, Mac Wiseman, Red White, Rusty York, Hylo Brown and others. (FS)
HYLO BROWN: Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley/ Paul & Silas/ Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies/ FROSTY MOUNTAIN BOYS: Prayer Bells Of Heaven/ JIM GREER: Come And Dine/ J.D. JARVIS: Are You Washed In The Blood/ God's Not Dead/ I Found The Way/ THE MARKSMEN QUARTET: A Beautiful Life/ An Old Account Settled/ When We All Get To Heaven/ MAC MARTIN: I Live On/ If You See My Savior/ DON RENO & BILL HARRELL: I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow/ THE RITCHEY BROTHERS: God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds/ Heavenly Light Is Shining On Me/ RED SMILEY: Something Got A Hold Of Me/ Thirty Pieces Of Silver/ Working On A Building/ BOBBY SMITH: Victory/ RED WHITE: Heavenly Light Is Shining On Me/ Oh, Lonley Tombs/ LIILIE MAE WHITTAKER: Jordan/ LILLIE MAE WHITTAKER: His Light Is Shining Down On Me/ I Like To Hear Them Preach It/ I'm Going To Make Heaven My Home/ MAC WISEMAN: The Black Sheep/ When They Ring Those Golden Bells/ RUSTY YORK: I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap/ Take Me In Your Lifeboat

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sharp Wood 034 The Very Best of Hugh Tracey ● CD $17.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Hugh Tracey is an immensely important figure in the history of documenting traditional African music. He travelled central, eastern and Southern Africa, documenting the music he found. The Sharp Wood has done a marvelous series of reissues drawn from these recordings and the first 21 tracks features one track drawn from each of the albums - mostly of recordings made in the 1950s. It includes a drum ensemble from The court of Mwami, a horn ensemble from Uganda, a kalima (thumb piano) instrumental from Zambia, vocal and kalimbas from Malawi, guitar music from Zambia and much more. Unfortunately there are no notes for the individual tracks - just a reference to the album they come from. This disc ends with six gorgeous bonus tracks featuring the complete 1952 session of 21 year old singer/ guitarist Jean Bosco Mwenda from Zaire who was to become an extremely popular and influential musician throughout Africa. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Styletone 399 I Haven't Got A Friend - 60s Blues Of Loneliness and Mi ● CD $16.98
Fine 24 track collection of 60s blues - most of the sides are by obscure artists recorded for small labels and most are making their first appearance on CD - Albert Washington & His Kings, Sweet Clifford, Soul Lee, James Davis, Little Willie Brown & The Cameos, Jessie Crawford, Zeke Strong & Wanda Richardson, Henry Strogin and others.
AL ANDERS: Do You Love Me?/ LITTLE WILLIE BROWN & THE CAMEOS: Tell Me Why Love Don't Last/ JESSIE CRAWFORD WITH KAY KEYS BAND: Please Don't Go/ C.C. CURTIS: Please Don't Go/ JAMES DAVIS: Blue Monday/ KITTIE "MISS SOUL" DOSWELL: Broken Pieces Of My Heart/ CLARENCE GREEN & THE RHYTHMAIRES: Hurry Home/ KATHERINE HOLT WITH OLIVER CORNIN & HIS ROCKETS: Bad Luck And Trouble (Don't Last Always)/ ROY JOHNSON & OUTLAWS: Why Am I Treated So Bad/ LITTLE SONNY & HIS BAND: Inside My Heart/ BOBBY LONG: Don't Leave Me/ JIMMY NELSON: Her Last Bye Bye/ CARLSON OLIVER: That's All Right/ AL PERKINS: Please Come Back/ VICKIE ROYAL: That Don't Make You The Boss/ SOUL LEE: I Still Have A Feeling For You/ HENRY STROGIN: I Cried Like A Baby/ ZEKE STRONG & WANDA RICHARDSON: Baby's Coming Home/ Every Woman Has A Right To Change Her Mind/ SWEET CLIFFORD: Things Gotta Get Better/ LITTLE JOHNNIE TAYLOR WITH PAUL CLIFTON BAND: I Tried To Understand/ MINNIE THOMAS & BOBBY SAXTON: Trouble But Sweet/ TITUS TEE TURNER: Bow Wow (Life Ain't Nothing But Dog Eat Dog)/ ALBERT WASHINGTON & HIS KINGS: I Haven't Got A Friend

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Styletone 400 Deep Down R&B Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
 Here's another fine collection of rootsy R&B for collectors and connoisseurs - many with a gospelish fervor that points the way to soul music; the names are obscure (the biggest name here is Lattimore Brown, who never had a hit record but managed to record for a decade), but the songs are sharp. Cut between 1959 and 1966, these tracks were recorded mostly in Los Angeles and New York, with others originating from such diverse cities as the usual suspects of Detroit, Chicago, and Nashville to the unlikely environs of Baton Rouge and Morgan City Louisiana, St. Louis, and San Antonio. Highlights include Carlson Oliver's Is It Wrong, Is It Right, Little Frankie Edwards' Trouble, Jimmy Gresham's Take Me Too, Earl "Duke" Jenkins & the Roulettes' Oh Boy, Leon Peterson's I Know You Know, and Sonny & Virgil's Open Up Your Heart. Although there's no context provided for these songs, they nonetheless provide a great listening experience. (GMC)
KIP ANDERSON & HOWARD BIGGS ORCH.: Till Your Love Is Mine/ LATTIMORE BROWN: Night Time Is The Right Time/ DONOMAN & THE LAKETTES: Here Comes The Fool/ SHELLEY DU PONT & THE CALENDARS: Share My Love/ BENNY EASELY WITH CHARLIE & THE JIVES: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye/ FRANKIE EDWARDS & THE HOUSE WRECKERS: Trouble Little/ THE FABULOUS PLAYBOYS: Forget The Past/ JIMMY GRESHAM & THE GIBSON KINGS: Take Me Too/ 'NITA HILL: All This/ EARL "DUKE" JENKINS & THE ROULETTES: Oh-Boy/ LETHA JONES WITH T.J. FOWLER'S BAND: I Need You/ THE KEYNOTERS: Come Back Home/ KING & THE SHARPETTES: Did He Know/ BEATRICE LEE: Help Me/ LITTLE VICTOR & HIS ORCH.: What Is Love/ LITTLE WOO-WOO & THE MOROCCO'S: My One And Only/ ELMORE MORRIS WITH ARNETT COBB & HIS MOBB: What Can I Do For You/ CARLSON OLIVER: Is It Wrong, Is It Right/ LEON PETERSON WITH OLIVER SAIN'S ORCH.: I Know You Know/ RUBY ROBERSON: Is It Worth A Chance/ LESTER ROBERTSON: My Heart Forever Yearns/ THE ROCKIN' ROYALS: You're Breakin' My Heart/ SONNY & VIRGIL: Open Up Your Heart/ KENNETH TIBBS: No More Tears

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Take Two 506 Hawaiian Memories - Vintage Recordings, 1928-1941 ● CD $17.98
Two CDs, 40 tracks, highly recommended
Back in print at a much lower price. Excellent collection of tracks featuring original Hawaiian musicians as well as mainlanders "going native" with Hawaiian accompaniments. Includes Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians, Johnny Noble's Hawaiians, Ray Kinney with Dick McIntire's Harmony Hawaiians, Mike Hanapi & His Ilima Islanders, Sol K. Bright & His Hollywaiians, Tony Martin With Mannie Klein And His Swing-A-Hulas, Harry Owens & Orchestra, Sol Hoopi & His Novelty Quartet, Louis Armstrong with The Polynesians and others. Sound quality is excellent and there is a 20 page illustrated booklet with notes by Ian Whitcomb. As far as I can tell there is no duplication with the JSP box set. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Topic 774 Voice + Vision: Songs of Resistance, Democracy & Peace ● CD $16.98
Two CD set with 29 songs dealing with the struggle against oppression, war and making a stand for human rights. It ranges from a 1939 recording Paddy Ryan doing The Man Who Waters The Workers' Beer to the 2014 recording of Rolling Down The River by Jack Forbes and includes powerful contributions from Dick Gaughan, Roy Bailey, Anne Briggs, Bob Davenport, The Oldham Tinkers, Louis Killen, Paul Robeson, Martin Simpson, Peggy Seeger and others. Includes 24 page booklet.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Trailer-Park 15 Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands, Vol. 15 ● CD $15.98
31 tracks, 75 mins, highly recommended
This collection starts right out in the gutter with Sandi Scott's Fist City No. 2, the answer record to Loretta Lynn's hit record, sung from the perspective of the trashy mistress who is all ready to, without irony, go to Fist City as well. From there it is a feast of obscure Country records from the 1960's (possibly some late '50s or early '70s as well, no notes accompany this one), some of which are pretty fantastic, others entreatingly bad. On the "bad" side you get such gems as My Evil Mind by Jack Cook with it's overwrought vocals, pitiful lyrics, but fantastic production quality and some cool guitar work. On the other hand, Dave Lowe's Evil Angel has a fantastic dramatic western feel that would have made Marty Robbins proud. And so it goes throughout this beefy 31-track compilation. Great tracks and great bad tracks like Legend Of The Street Fighter by Ronnie Pearson, Jail Break by Dean & Gene, Leroy Turner's Date With Sputnik (a wonderfully odd song that can't quite seem to decide if it is Country, Jazz, or Doo Wop), Bed Bug Boogie by Bill & Bink, Manhunt by Garry Williams, and so on. Bonus points for Politician's Dog by Scottie Henson, which is told from the perspective of L.B.J.'s dog, and has a Beverly Hillbillies-level of humor to it. All come from 45s released on scrappy little labels Spinco, Ramco, Mav-Rick, Mik-Er-Phone, Skylar, Wildcat, and so on, with the exception of Gina Val's Lonely Nights & Truckers Wives, which is from previously unissued acetate. "The Twisted Tales From the Vinyl Wastelands" series is always highly entertaining and this volume stands right up there with the best of what they have done so far. (JM)
WANDA ALLRED: Skid Row Girl/ BILL & BINK: Bed Bug Boogie/ STERLING BLYTHE: You Picked Up A Stranger/ DON BOWMAN: That'll Never Sell Records/ JESSE BRUCE: Demon Of Jealousy/ HARRY CHARLES: By The Gun/ Petoskey Town/ CHUCK & JIM: Have Gun Will Travel/ JACK COOK: My Evil Mind/ DEAN & GENE: Jail Break/ TERRY FELL: Child Bride/ HOWARD FOGG: Highway Man/ STANLEY C. FOSTER: Old Junk Rig/ SCOTTIE HENSON: Politicians Dog/ HOWARD 'SLIM' JACOBS: That's Truck Drivin'/ THE JAMMER BRO'S: Rachel/ DAVE LOWE: Evil Angel/ KENNETH MONROE: Big Chief Truck/ JERRY NAYLOR: You're Thirteen/ JOHNNY NELMS: The Sulphur Queen/ RONNIE PEARSON: Legend Of The Street Fighter/ FLOYD PENNINGTON: No Shave, No Sugar/ SANDI SCOTT: Fist City No. 2/ LEROY THOMPSON: Date With Sputnik/ JACK TURNER: Little Boy Why Do You Weep?/ GINA VAL: Lonely Nights & Trucker's Wives/ JOE WALKER: Homemade Cigarette/ ROLLIE WEBBER: Ballad Of Clem & Daisy June/ Old Demon Rum/ JOE WEST: A Truck Bought It/ GARY WILLIAMS: Manhunt

 
AL VAUGHN B.A.C.M. 483 Country Music From The Late 1940s and early 1950s ● CD $13.98
28 tracks, strongly recommended
Al Vaughn was a fine performer, originally from Arkansas he settled on the West Coast where he recorded 40 sides for the 4 Star label between 1947 and 1950. Vaughn was an engaging vocalist with an appealing easy going style and is accompanied by excellent musicians including Johnny Tyler on guitar and harmonica, Curley Cochran on steel. Marvin Saller on fiddle and others. Most of the songs are mid tempo and many were written or co-written by Vaughn including I Don't Believe You Now/ For Each New Love/ MY Star/ I Can't Believe You Now and others. It also includes songs by Johnny Tyler and a fine cover of Billy Hughes's She's And Oakie as well as stomping version of the risque favorite Right Key In The Right Keyhole and an excellent version of the blues Sitting On Top Of The World. Many of the cuts have a western swing flavor. Fine sound and excellent notes from Kevin Coffey. (FS)
AL VAUGHN: Dime A Dozen/ Don't Look Down On Me/ Fool's Gold/ For Each New Love/ Home Town/ I Can't Believe You (Cause You Lied)/ I Don't Believe You Now/ I Saw Your Face In The Moon/ I'm Exchanging My Tears For A Smile/ If I Knew Where You Are Tonight/ Life Without You Won't Be The Same/ Lookin' For Things That Are Free/ My Star/ No One Wants Me/ Old Fashioned Locket/ One Place All The Time/ One Sweet Letter/ Paling Around With You/ Please My Darling Think Of Me/ Please Think Of Me (I'm Thinking Of You)/ Right Key In The Wrong Keyhole/ Rolling Boogie/ She's An Okie/ Sitting On Top Of The World/ Unfaithful One/ Why Kid Myself About You ?/ Wise Guys/ You Can Depend On Me

 
BILLY WARD & HIS DOMINOES Real Gone 0359 The Complete Federal/ King Singles ● CD $24.98
Two CDs, 58 tracks, essential
Billy Ward and His Dominoes were one of the seminal R&B groups of all time; sporting two influential lead singers-first Clyde McPhatter, and later Jackie Wilson-they had an incalculable affect on 50's/60's R&B and Soul music, as well Rock 'n' Roll (thanks to their popularity with white listeners that seeded the music explosion to come). This collection contains the work that matters: the singles the group cut for Federal/King between 1950 and 1956. With their sophisticated (for R&B of the time) arrangements and the unique voice of McPhatter, the Dominoes were a sensation in the Black community and the hits were plentiful: Do Something For Me/ I Am With You/ That's What You're Doing to Me/ Have Mercy Baby/ I'd Be Satisfied/ You Can't Keep a Good Man Down/ The Bells/ Rags to Riches, and the immortal Sixty Minute Man, which was their only pop hit in 1951. After McPhatter bailed in 1953 and Jackie Wilson took over in 1954, the hits dried up although the quality remained just as high on songs like Tenderly/ Tootsie Roll/ Above Jacob's Ladder/ Learnin' the Blues/ Give Me You, and Little Black Train. There have been other collections of this material (some still be in print), but this one stands above the others for both sound quality and excellent liner notes. The Dominoes are essential listening for anyone who wants to know how the future of R&B was mapped out by a genius named Billy Ward. (GMC)
BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES: A Little Lie/ Above Jacob s Ladder/ Bobby Sox Baby/ Can't Do Sixty No More/ Cave Man/ Chicken Blues/ Christmas In Heaven/ Deep Sea Blues/ Do Something For Me/ Don't Leave Me This Way/ Don't Thank Me/ Give Me You/ Handwriting On The Wall/ Harbor Lights/ Have Mercy Baby/ How Long, How Long Blues/ I Am With You/ I Can't Escape from You/ I Really Don't Want to Know/ I m Walking Behind You/ I'd Be Satisfied/ I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town/ I'm Lonely/ If I Never Get To Heaven/ Lay It On The Line/ Learnin The Blues/ Little Black Train/ Little Things Mean A Lot/ Lonesome Road/ Love Me Now Or Let Me Go/ Love, Love, Love/ May I Never Love Again/ My Baby's 3-D/ No Room/ No! Says My Heart/ O Holy Night/ One Moment With You/ Over The Rainbow/ Pedal Pushin Papa/ Rags To Riches/ Ringing In A Brand New Year/ Sixty Minute Man/ St. Louis Blues/ Tenderly/ That's How You Know You re Growing Old/ That's What You re Doing To Me/ The Bells/ These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You/ This Love Of Mine/ Three Coins In The Fountain/ Tootsie Roll/ Until The Real Thing Comes Along/ Weeping Willow Blues/ What Are You Doing New Year's Eve/ When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano/ Where Now Little Heart/ You Can't Keep a Good Man Down/ Yours Forever

 
RALPH WILLIS Document DOCD 5256 Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, Vol 1 ● CD $15.98 $11.98
25 tracks, 68 mins, recommended
Last copy. Ralph Willis was an excellent, obscure, East Coast country blues singer/ guitarist. Originally from Alabama he moved to North Carolina where he came under the influence of Blind Boy Fuller, Brownie McGhee and Buddy Moss and their influence can be heard on his style. He settled in New York in the late 30s and started recording in 1944. His early sides are particularly fine with fluid guitar playing in the Fuller mould and expressive singing. Later recordings often feature a second guitarist (often Brownie McGhee) and/or a bass player which make the rhythms a bit more rigid. On a number of tracks he is accompanied by washboard player Pete Sanders and the result is some delightful country dance music. Willis's songs are mostly original, often based on traditional themes. Sound is good and there are brief notes by dave Moore. (FS)
RALPH WILLIS: Amen Blues/ Boar Hog Blues/ Christmas Blues/ Church Bells/ Comb Your Kitty Kat/ Cool That Thing/ Eloise/ Everyday I Weep And Moan/ Goin' To Chattanooga/ Goin' To Virginia/ I Will Never Love Again/ I'm Gonna Rock/ I've Been A Fool/ Just A Note/ Mama, Mama Blues/ Neighbourhood Blues/ New Goin' Down Slow/ Shake That Thing/ So Many Days/ Somebody's Got To Go/ Sportin' Life/ Steel Mill Blues/ That Gal's No Good/ Trouble Don't Last/ Worried Blues

 
JACKIE WILSON Ace CDTOP2 1428 N.Y.C. 1961-1966 ● CD $25.98
2 CD, 48 tracks, essential
Mr. Excitement is back with this dynamite collection featuring 25 unissued recordings and alternate takes from the Brunswick vaults that were recorded in New York between 1961 and 1966. Also included are some singles-only tracks that are presented in stereo for the first time, and several that are new to CD. Among the 45s cuts, I count No Pity (In the Naked City)/ I've Gotta Get Back (Country Boy)/ I'm Travelin' On, and You Don't Know What it Means among the standouts. The unreleased stuff contains some treasures as well: I Can't Stand Another Hurt (In My Heart)/ Me, My Mother's Son/ All My Lovin' (not the Beatles song), Expressions, and Hold Me, Need Me. Although there's quite a few Jackie Wilson compilations to be had, this one is totally in a class by itself thanks to great songs, pristine remastering, and exceptional liner notes - the booklet includes a session-by-session breakdown of the enclosed performances. An essential purchase not just for Wilson fans, but for R&B aficionados as well. (GMC)
JACKIE WILSON: 3 Days 1 Hour 30 Minutes/ All My Lovin*/ Baby That's All (The Love That Wouldn't Die)/ Baby Workout (alt)/ Big Boss Line (alt)/ Call Her Up (alt)/ Change Me */ Don't Laugh At Me*/ Dream*/ Expressions*/ Haunted House/ Hold Me, Need Me*/ I'm Comin' On Back To You/ I'm So Lonely/ I'm Travelin' On/ I've Gotta Get Back (Country Boy)/ I Believe I'll Love On/ I Can't Stand Another (Hurt In My Heart)*/ I Found Love (with Linda Hopkins)/ I Hurt So Bad (Somebody Help Me)*/ I Just Can't Help It/ Lonely Life/ Love (Is Where You Find It)*/ Me, My Mother's Son*/ My Tale Of Woe/ No Pity (In The Naked City)/ Please Don't Hurt Me (I've Never Been In Love Before) (with Lavern Baker)/ Say I Do (with Linda Hopkins)/ Shake A Hand (with Linda Hopkins)/ Shake! Shake! Shake! (alt)/ She's All Right (alt)/ Silent One/ Sing (And Tell The Blues So Long)*/ Soul Galore (unedited)/ Soul Time/ Start The Record Over*/ Tears (Don't Mind Who Cries Them)*/ The Dancing Man*/ The New Breed/ The Test Of Time*/ There's Nothing Like Love (with Linda Hopkins)/ Think Twice (alt) (with Lavern Baker)/ Twistin' & Shoutin' (Doing The Monkey) (alt)/ Watch Out/ What Good Am I Without You?/ Years From Now/ You Can't Have Your Cake And Eat It Too*/ You Don't Know What It Means [* = Unissued Song]

 
MUDDY WATERS, JOHNNY WINTER & JAMES COTTON Echoes 2011 Boston Music Hall 1977 ● CD $27.98
2 CDs, 15 tracks, 106 mins, highly recommended
After Chess Records went out of business in 1977, Muddy Waters moved over to Blue Sky Records. There Johnny Winter produced three highly successful studio albums for Muddy Waters, and James Cotton played on the first - "Hard Again" for which the three of them (plus Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and others) performed some live shows. This 1977 performance at Boston Music Hall was original broadcast live on WBCN FM, the Echoes label have taken those original radio broadcast tapes, fully remastered them and present us with the their first ever official release. The sound is fantastic throughout, there's an occasional chord buzz between songs, but otherwise fine. Song list includes a couple songs off of the "Hard Again" album, classic Muddy Waters tracks like Got My Mojo Working, and covers/ tributes to other Blues greats like Howlin' Wolf - How Long, J.B. Lenoir - Mama Talk To Your Daughter, and Freddy King - You've Got To Love Her With A Feeling, as well as Johnny Winter doing a blistering cover of King's Hideaway (with a little Jimmy McCracklin thrown in.) CD also includes many rare photos from the show, plus interview tracks with Pinetop Perkins, as well of Waters, Winter and Cotton. Fans of big rowdy Blues featuring wailing guitar solos will love this. (JM)

 

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