LOUISIANA RED JSP 5801 The Blues For Ida B. ● DVD $18.98
The only full length video of this fine down home bluesman features Red performing solo in a studio in Chicago in 1982. He performs on both acoustic and electric guitar in a variety of styles displaying the breadth of his repertoire. Includes Little Boy/ I Wonder Why/ Grease Me Baby/ Chicken Licken/ Blues For Ida B., etc.

MUDDY WATERS IMV/ Blueline 18 In Concert, 1976 ● DVD $16.98
11 songs, 43 mins, recommended
The King Of Chicago Blues performing live in Europe in 1976. Details are not given but I believe this is from MOntreux, SWitzerland. Muddy is accompanied by his band of the time with Luther Johnson and Bob Margolin on guitars, Pinetop Perkins on piano, Jerry Portnoy on harp, Calvin JOnes on bass and Willie Smith on drums. Muddy and the band are in good form running through his usual repertoire of the time Soon Forgotten/ Hoochie Coochie Man/ Can't Get No Grinding and others including, of course Got My Mojo Working. Muddy gets to play some slide and there are solos from Perkins and Johnson but most of the solos come from Portnoy whose playing I personally find a little overbearing. At the end of the show Muddy brings Junior Wells on stage for another version of Mojo with Junior contributing fine vocals and harp. (FS)



RED ALLEN Rebel 1128 Lonesome And Blue - The Complete County Recordings ● CD $15.98 $9.98
25 tracks, 71 minutes, essential
The second in Rebel's two-disc survey of bluegrass great Red Allen's '60s output combines two albums originally on David Freeman's County label. "Bluegrass Country", recorded in December 1965 and produced by David Grisman, finds Allen working with his Kentuckians of the era: Wayne Yates on mandolin, his brother Bill on bass, and Porter Church on banjo. Fiddler Richard Greene, soon to electrify Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, augmented the session. Allen primarily covered older bluegrass and lesser-known country songs: Are You Waiting Just for Me/ Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On/ Heaven/ Summertime Is Past and Gone/ That's How I Can Count on You/ Purple Heart, and I'm On My Way Back to the Old Home, among others. This reissue includes an unreleased track, the Louvin Brothers' Seven Year Blues. All but one of these tracks make stereo debuts here. Nine months later Allen returned to New York for his second County album, "Red Allen and the Kentuckians", with Church, Dobro player Craig Wingfield, and bassist Jerry McCoury. Producer David Grisman played mandolin. Again, Allen's choices were little-known bluegrass and country songs, including We Live in Two Different Worlds/ Love Gone Cold/ Have You Come to Say Goodbye/ No Mother or Dad, and Send Me Your Address from Heaven. Allen even cut Kokomo Arnold's Milk Cow Blues, which he probably lifted from Bob Wills. A Roy Acuff song, Branded Wherever I Go, makes it first appearance here. Allen lived until 1993, but outside of an album and two singles with J.D. Crowe and a one-shot single for Robert Trout's King Bluegrass label, he never made music this good again. (DS)

JOHNNY COPELAND Kent CDTOP2 392 It's Me - Classic Texas Soul, 1965-1972 ● CD $27.98
Before he became an international blues star in the 1980s, gravel voiced Texas singer and guitarist Johnny Copeland had recorded a slew of singles for many labels - often for small Texas labels, starting in 1958. This collection features cuts recorded between 1965 and 1972 - most of them produced by Huey Meaux. Although Johnny is usually thought of as a bluesman, most of the tracks here are R&B and soul along with a handful of blues cuts. It includes recordings made for Wand, Jet Stream, Wet Soul, Jet Stream and U.S. Kent and includes tracks not originally issued, unissued songs along with some solo demo recordings of his Wand songs.
JOHNNY COPELAND: All These Things, Blowin' In The Wind, Blowing In The Wind (Demo), Coming To See About You, Danger Zone, Dear Mother, Dedicated To The Greatest, Every Dog's Got It's Day, Four Dried Beans, Ghetto Child, I'm Going To Make My Home Where I Hang My Hat, I'm Going To Make My Home Where I Hang My Hat, I Waited Too Long, I Waited Too Long (Demo), I Wish I Was Single, If You're Looking For A Fool, It's Me, It's My Own Tears That's Being Wasted, Johnny Ace Medley # 1 - Anymore-Pledging My Love-Cross My Heart, Johnny Ace Medley # 2 - Cross My Heart-Saving My Love For You-Angel-Anymore (Demo), Love Attack, Mother Nature, No Puppy Love, Old Man Blues, Slow Walk You Down, Somebody's Been Scratchin' (With Miss La Vell), Something's Up Your Sleeve, Something You Got, Soul Power, Stealing, Sufferin' City (Version 2 - Duet Version With Miss La Vell), Sufferin' City (Version 2 - Solo Version), That's All Right Little Mama, The Hip Hop, The Hip Hop (Demo), The Invitation, The Invitation (Demo), Wake Up Little Susie, Wake Up Little Susie (Overdubbed Version), Why Don't You Make Up Your Mind, Wizard Of Art, You're Gonna Need Somebody To Love, You're Gonna Reap What You Sow, You Must Believe In Yourself

THE FOUR KNIGHTS Acrobat 4030 Best Of, Volume 1 - Oh Baby! ● CD $13.98 $8.98
22 tracks, 61 min, highly recommended
According to the liner notes, this is the 1st ever "legit" released by this pre-doo wop harmony group, best known for providing backing vocals for Nat King Cole. There are few early recordings as the group was extremely popular on radio, most known for having a weekly residency on "Avalon Time" (usually listed as The Red Skelton Show - they were also on the Red Skelton Show on early TV). Their initial recordings were for Decca, but they hit their stride on Capitol - this set covers the 1st half of their stay there. With guitar strum backing & an easy Mills Bros/Ink Spots lope, the group had hits such as Sentimental Fool/ Walkin' In The Sunshine & I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You), along with fine versions of Glory Of Love/ Charmaine/ Oh Happy Day (not the Edwin Hawkins tune), Anniversary Song and others. (GM)

STAN GETZ Savoy Jazz 17121 The Complete Savoy Recordings ● CD $16.98 $9.98
22 tracks, 64 min, essential
The most comprehensive collection yet of Getz's first recordings, done for Savoy age 18, as it contains several unreleased alternate takes. There were three bop-filled sessions, Stan Getz Quartet from 7/48, fronting an all-star trio of Hank Jones (p), Curley Russel (b) & Max Roach (d) Opus De Bop/Running Water. Then there was an 8-piece from 5/49 with such greats as Zoot Sims, Al Cohn & Duke Jordan, engineered by the legendary Harry Smith (Stan Gets Along/ Stan's Mood). But before these there was Stan as sideman in Kai Winding's New Jazz Group, AKA Kai's Krazy Kats, a 12/45 session incl Shorty Rogers & Shelly Manne (Sweet Miss/ Loaded). With 16 pg booklet. (GM)

CHARLIE GONZALES Collectables 5310 Charlie Gonzales ● CD $13.98 $7.98
CD issue of Krazy Kat 810. Charlie Gonzales, alias Bobby Prince, recorded jumps & ballads in the Arthur Prysock vein for Ivin Ballen's Gotham label in 1950. The collection contains mainly laid-back blues ballads sung in a relaxed, polished style, backed by such notable outfits as Frank Motley & The Doc Bagby Orchestra. Includes 8 previously unissued cuts & alternate takes. (OLN)
CHARLIE GONZALES: Every Dog Has His Day/ Every Dog Has His Day/ Hey Mus' I Tell/ Hi-yo Silver/ Hi-yo Silver/ I'm Free/ I'm Free/ I'm Free/ I'm Through With You/ I'm Through With You/ It's All My Fault/ It's All My Fault/ Let Me Make Love To You/ Such A Darn Fool Over You

THE GRIFFIN BROTHERS Acrobat ACRCD 209 Blues With A Beat ● CD $10.98 $7.98
23 tracks, 64 mins, highly recommended
Terrific collection of jumping R&B and blues recorded in the early 50s by this outstanding combo from the Washington D.C. area. This Buddy Johnson/ Louis Jordan inspired outfit fronted two superb vocalists, Margie Day (heard here singing her classic version of Little Red Rooster and her lowdown I'm Gonna Jump In the River) and Tommy Brown who is thought to have reinvented the crying blues on Weepin' & Cryin'. The album includes several dynamite instrumentals that'll rock your socks off! Excellent sound and informative notes by Dave Penny. (FS)
THE GRIFFIN BROTHERS: Ace In The Hole/ Blues All Alone/ Blues With A Beat/ Comin'home/ Double Faced Deacon/ Griff's Boogie/ Hot Pepper/ House Near The Railroad Track/ I Wanna Go Back/ I'll Get A Deal/ I'm Gonna Jump In The River/ It'd Surprise You/ Little Red Rooster/ One Steady Baby/ Pretty Baby/ Sadie Green/ Shuffle Bug/ Stormy Night/ Stubborn As A Mule/ The Clock Song (let Your Pendulum Swing)/ The Teaser/ Tra La La/ Weepin' And Cryin'

THE GRIFFIN BROTHERS Acrobat ACRCD 218 Blues With A Beat, Volume 2 ● CD $10.98 $7.98
Another fabulous collection of sides by this exciting combo featuring a mix of rocking instrumentals and fine vocals by Margie Day and Buddy Griffin. In addition to 23 tracks by the band there are four solo sides by Buddy Griffin with his wife Claudia on vocals. Includes 12 page booklet with notes by Dave Penny.

GUITAR JUNIOR (LONNIE BROOKS) Charly Blues Masterworks BM 1 The Crawl - Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 1 ● CD $13.98 $8.98
14 tracks, highly recommended
Long out of print. This disc, previously a Charly LP, presents 14 fine Goldband sides from 1957/58 when Brooks was known as Guitar Junior. A fine mixture of blues, blues ballads, R&B and even a country song, all given that distinctively appealing Louisiana touch. Includes Junior's original recordings of The Crawl and Roll, Roll, Roll that were later made famous by The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Junior is a splendid singer and guitarist, and this album is most worthwhile. (FS)

JIMMY HOLIDAY Acrobat 175 How Can I Forget ● CD $10.98 $6.98
12 tracks, 31 min., highly recommended
How Can I Forget
(issued as Everest 2022 and later covered by Ben E. King) brought Jimmy Holiday his first commercial success, reaching #8 on the R&B charts and #57 on its Pop cousin in 1963. His only other charting performances, all three of them, came on Minit Records (1966-68). As these early Everest recordings demonstrate, the label knew it had a talent on its hands, but was less clear about what to do with it. Half the time Holiday is saddled with sappy, string-filled arrangements that he is only partly able to overcome. On some songs (Country Girl comes to mind), Holiday has to deal with background singers that can turn soul into pop without breaking a sweat. Even strong vocal performances threaten to drown in a sea of the producer's musical bad judgment. Our man also swims upstream with feather-weight teen ballads such as I Believe In Love and Janet. But despite all of that, anything from the criminally under-recorded Holiday is worth picking up. But get the Minit sides first. (JC)

LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS & OTHERS JSP JSPCD 7790 Lightnin' Special ● CD $28.98 $21.98
4 CDs, 106 tracks, highly recommended
Very limited quantities at sale price. After the essential Volume 1 (JSP 7705 - $28.98) the story continues with Lightnin's work for Mercury, Decca, Herald, TNT and Chart between 1951-56. Lightnin' accounts for the first two CDs here, providing a mixture of evocative slow blues - the guitar a second voice, filling out the lyrics - and rocking boogies full of over-amped excitement. Neal Slaven, who provides the excellent booklet notes, highlights Lightnin's sides for TNT on the second disc as among his best work from any period, and listening to tracks like Late In The Evening you know he is right. On the closing tracks of disc two drummer L.C. Williams takes over vocal duties, and sounds like Lightnin' with a heavy cold. Hopkins provides some memorable piano for Williams on Trying, Trying, while elsewhere it is his guitar accompaniments that shine. The third disc opens with the first twelve recordings by Lil' Son Jackson whose slightly soft, confiding voice and strongly rhythmical guitar style was deservedly popular in its day. Jackson subsequently made recordings with backing bands, but here he is alone and the better for it. Manny Smith who follows was a less polished, but still competent performer whose only session has a similar feel to a prison field recording. The disc closes with three of Lightnin's first recordings with Thunder Smith which were missing from Volume 1, and another three where Smith was accompanied by guitarist Luther Stoneham. Smith was a good pianist but despite Lightnin' offering some deft Scrapper Blackwell like touches as on West Coast Blues the performances are rather spoiled by Smith's rough, nasal vocals. I first heard the superb Western Rider Blues by Soldier Boy Houston on an old Melodeon LP. The sleeve notes said "This seems to be the only recording by the Texas singer.... who was killed in the Korean war." The anonymous writer was wrong on both counts. Recent research has filled in some details of Soldier Boy's life, and on the fourth disc we have the whole of his great first session reissued for the first time. Several of these sides have strongly autobiographical lyrics and it is fascinating to have this blues cipher spring to life. In contrast to the bouncy rhythms and light tenor voice of Mr Houston, two of the other singer guitarists on the final disc, J.D. Edwards and Frankie Lee Sims, have a more urban sound, J.D. in particular being a strong and expansive singer. The most interesting though is Ernest Lewis, whose Rosa Lee with its attenuated vocal lines and Shake 'Em On Down are among the highlights of the set. On Little Mae Belle Lewis plays some of the guitar figures of influential Texan Funny Papa Smith, but courts disaster when a harmonica player joins him on No More Lovin'. This unrehearsed /improvised quality is also a feature of a few of the band sides, but the overall standard is very good. (DPR)
J.D. EDWARDS: Cold In The Evening/ Cryin'/ Hobo/ Playboy Blues/ West Coast Blues/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Ain't It A Shame/ Bad Things On My Mind/ Blues For My Cookie/ Cemetery Blues/ Crazy ‘Bout My Baby/ Don't Need No Job/ Don't Think ‘Cause You're Pretty/ Early Mornin' Boogie/ Evil Hearted Woman/ Finally Met My Baby/ Grandma's Boogie/ Had A Gal Called Sal/ Happy New Year/ Highway Blues/ Hopkins Sky Hop/ I Love You Baby/ I'm Wild About You Baby/ Late In The Evening/ Leavin' Blues/ Life I Used To Live/ Lightnin' Jump/ Lightnin's Boogie/ Lightnin's Special/ Lonesome In Your Home/ Mad As I Can Be/ Merry Christmas/ Moanin' Blues/ Moving On Out Boogie/ Mussy Haired Woman/ My Baby's Gone/ My Little Kewpie Doll/ My Mama Told Me/ Nothin' But The Blues/ Please Don't Go Baby/ Policy Game/ Remember Me/ Shine On Moon/ Sick Feeling Blues/ Sittin' Down Thinkin'/ That's Alright Baby/ The War Is Over/ They Wonder Who I Am/ Walkin' The Streets/ What Kind Of Heart Have You/ What's The Matter Now/ Wonder What Is Wrong With Me/ SOLDIER BOY HOUSTON: Dallas Bebop Blues/ Going To The West Coast/ Hug Me Baby/ In The Army Since 1941/ Lawton, Oklahoma Blues/ Lawyer Houston Blues/ Out In California Blues/ Western Rider Blues/ LIL' SON JACKSON: Bad Whiskey - Bad Women/ Cairo Blues/ Evil Blues/ Freedom Train Blues/ Gambling Blues/ Gone With The Wind/ Ground Hog Blues/ Homeless Blues/ Milford Blues/ No Money, No Love/ Roberta Blues/ Talkin' Boogie/ ERNEST LEWIS: In My Girlish Days/ Little Mae Belle/ Loudella/ No More Lovin'/ Rosa Lee/ Shake ‘Em On Down/ West Coast Blues/ What Wrong Have I Done/ MANNY NICHOLS: Forgive Me/ Forgive Me Baby/ No One To Love Me/ Tall Skinny Mama Blues/ Throw A Little Boogie/ Walkin' Blues/ Walking Talking Blues/ Worried Life/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Cross Country Blues/ Don't Forget Me Baby/ Home Again Blues/ Single Man Blues/ THUNDER SMITH: Big Stars Are Falling/ Can't Do Like You Used To/ Cruel Hearted Woman/ Little Mama Boogiea/ Santa Fe Blues/ West Coast Blues/ L .C. WILLIAMS: Boogie All The Time/ Fannie Mae/ Hole In The Wall/ So Sorry/ Strike Blues/ The Lazy J/ Trying, Trying/ You Can't Take It With You Baby/ You'll Never Miss The Water

HOWLIN' WOLF Jasmine 3020 The Wolf Is At Your Door - The Singles As & Bs, 1951-60 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 46 tracks, highly recommended
The best single representation of the early recordings of one of the all time great Chicago bluesmen - Howlin' Wolf featuring both sides of all the singles released by Chess between 1951 and 1960. It's crammed full of classic performances including all his R&B hits like Moanin' At Midnight/ How Many More Years/ Who Will Be Next/ Smoke Stack Lightning and I Asked For Water as well as other great sides like Howlin' Wolf Boogie/ Saddle My Pony/ My Last Affair/ Baby How Long/ Forty Four/ Somebody In My Home/ Moanin' For My Baby/ / The Natchez Burning/ Spoonful and more. Wolf and his harmonica are accompanied by such great sidemen as Willie Johnson, Lee Cooper, Jody Williams and Hubert Sumlin on guitar, Otis Spann and Hosea Lee Kennard on piano and more. It's too bad they couldn't have extended it to 1961 and include such great sides as Down In The Bottom/ Litte Red Rooster and Going Down Slow but, as it stands, it's a great introduction to this magnificent performer. (FS)

LONG JOHN HUNTER Alligator 4861 Ride With Me ● CD $16.98 $8.98
10 tracks, 51 min., recommended
Reissue of 1993 Spindletop album. If you've heard the handful of singles he recorded for the tiny Yucca label in the early 1960's, reissued some year ago on a Double Trouble LP, you know how talented this Texas singer/guitarist is. And at 62, he hasn't lost his edge, turning in this fine set of originals that includes El Paso Rock/ West Texas Homecoming, just in case anyone should doubt where his heart is. On the latter cut Hunter is joined by T. D. Bell and his guitar; throughout, saxophonists Mark Kazanoff and Red Rails give the backing band distinction and heat. Pianist Erbie Bowser is no slouch either. Solid. (JC)

ROME JOHNSON B.A.C.M. 413 My Dream Boat Is Drifting ● CD $14.98
23 tracks, highly recommended
Enjoyable collection of country, often with a western swing flavor, from warm voice singer Johnson from Kentucky with his band The Saddle Pals. Johnson was discovered by Fred Rose resulting in most of the recordings here being for MGM and including a number of Rose composition including the fine If I Didn't Love which was co-written with Hank Williams but not recorded by Hank commercially. He also does a fine western swing flavored version of Faded Love & Winter Roses which was also recorded by Hank. Johnson also wrote a number of the songs here. The earlier recordings feature nice instrumental work from guitarist Bob Mitchell, steel player Jerry Byrd and fiddlers Ray Sosby or Tommy Jackson. Some tracks feature some effective clarinet by Bill Thaill. Songs include Foolish Me For Loving You/ Georgia Blues/ The Willow And Me/ No One Will Ever Know/ Women And Wine/ What A Difference (Just A Year Can Make)/ Someday You'll Than Me, etc. Johnson's last solo recordings were in 1957 ( not included here) but performed regularly on radio and TV and in the 1970s he became a member of THe Sons Of The Pioneers. (FS)
ROME JOHNSON: A Stain Upon My Heart/ Down In My Neck Of The Woods/ Faded Love And Winter Roses/ Foolish Me For Loving You/ Forever And A Day/ Georgia Blues/ I Guess I've Been Asleep (For All These Years)/ If I Didn't Love You/ Indiana Waltz/ It's Funny Now (But It Wasn't Funny Then)/ Look To The Sea/ Love Flew Out Of The Window/ My Dream Boat Is Drifting/ My Heart Is An Open Book/ No One Will Ever Know/ Rio Grande Valley/ Someday You'll Thank Me/ The Willow And Me/ There's No Room In My Heart For The Blues/ Waltz Of The Wind/ What Difference (Just A Year Can Make)/ You Have Changed

ALBERT KING Stax 34406 Roadhouse Blues ● CD $11.98
11 track, 51 mins, recommended
Remastered reissue of CD originally issued in 1991 which was a pot-pourri of tracks from other Stax albums along with one track from from his 1984 "comeback album" on Fantasy. Except for a rather tepid version of Hound Dog from one of his weakest Stax album "Blues For Elvis" the rest is all classic Albert with fine songs, superb singing and loads of Albert's trademark searing string bending guitar work. Songs include I'll PLay The Blues For You/ Answer To Laundromat Blues/ Roadhouse Blues (a powerful workout recorded live at Montreux in 1973)/Bay Area Blues/ Dust My Broom/ Matchbox Blues, etc. I would have preferred it if Stax had gone back and reissued more of Albert's classic albums remastered and with bonus tracks but there's nothing wrong with the music on display here. (FS)

FRED MCDOWELL Retroworld 6187 Amazing Grace/ My Home Is On The Delta ● CD $21.98
Two CDs, 33 tracks, essential
This import reissues two CDs that were issued on the Testament label. "Amazing Grace" is still available but "My Home" is not so if you are missing either of these albums in your collection this is absolutely indispensible. Fred was, in my opinion, the greatest country bluesman to be brought to light by the blues revival of the 1960s and every bit the equal of the great bluesmen of the 1920s and 30s. A stunning singer with an intense emotional presence and a magnificent guitarist - frequently using a slide. "Home" recorded in 1963 and '64 is a collection of blues and spirituals - the latter sung with his wife Annie Mae. "Grace" is all gospel material recorded in 1966 by members of Fred's church in Como, Mississippi featuring Fred and other singers with Fred's guitar providing a backbone to the recordings. Package includes original insightful album notes by Pete Welding who produced these recordings. (FS)

26 tracks, recommended
A charming and different sounding selection from B.A.C.M. The Rhythm Wreckers were initially a jazz group formed in 1936 as an offshoot of the Ben Pollack Orchestra which featured a steel guitar in western swing style. In 1937 they were joined by 13 year old Edward Henry "Whitey" McPherson and added a bunch of Jimmie Rodgers songs to their repertoire and over the next few years recorded a collection of Rodgers songs done western swing style, pop songs and novelty number in the vein of the Hoosier Hot Shots. The earliest sides here also feature the great jazz trumpeter Muggsy Spanier. These were the last McPherson sides to be recorded commercially. The last nine tracks are from informal performances recorded in the late 1980s shortly before his death. Mostly just accompanied by his own guitar he performs a selction of primarily pop songs (Georgia On My Mind/ Mona Lisa/ Mack The Knife, etc) - pleasant but not very good. Includes detailed notes by Kevin Coffey. (FS)
THE EARLY YEARS: Never No Mo' Blues/ St Louis Blues/ Blue Yodel No.2 (My Lovin' Gal Lucille)/ 12th Street Rag/ Red-Hearted Music Maker/ Blue Yodel No.1/ Marie/ Blue Yodel No.3/ Desert Blues/ Breakman Blues/ Old Fashioned Love/ Meanest Thing Blues/ Little Lady/ Am I Blue/ Blue Ridge Mountain Blues/ Trouble In Mind/ Blue Yodel No.5 THE LAST YEARS: Cab Driver/ Georgia On My Mind/ Ghost Riders In The Sky/ Misty/ Mona Lisa/ Cool My Love/ Mack The Knife/ Evelyn/ Up A Lazy River

RICKY NELSON Bear Family BCD 17212 The Ballads Of Ricky Nelson ● CD $24.98
30 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
During the 50's and early 60's, Ricky Nelson was the original TV teenage heart-throb; through his weekly gig on his parent's TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet-and with some help from his music biz savvy Dad-he carved out a formidable recording career that outlived the TV show. Although Ricky could rock 'n' roll when necessary, it's his way with a ballad that continues to impress even now and we get ample proof on this CD. Sure, there's hit singles here - Poor Little Fool/ Lonesome Town/ Never Be Anyone Else But You - but that's beside the point; the point is that Ricky's pure voice nestled against the crack L.A. studio band (including guitar greats James Burton and Glen Campbell) bringing to life some superior songs is a listening experience that too many take for granted or dismiss. There's real pop craft at work here that transcends its roots of let's-make-money-off-a-good-looking-kid-on-TV cynicism. The song choices are stellar-from the likes of Jerry Fuller, Felice Bryant, Dave Burgess, Mack David and Jay Livingston, and Johnny Cash - and the production (variously, by Barney Kessel, Jimmie Haskell, and Ozzie Nelson) and arrangements are top notch, and well comparable to Elvis's records of the same time period (1957 to 1962). Hell, both guys even employed The Jordaniares on backing vocals! In any case, this CD, with its informative discography and interesting liner notes, is a treat for Nelson fans. (GMC)

THE PLATTERS Bear Family BCD 17326 The Ballads Of The Platters ● CD $24.98
33 tracks, 89 mins, essential
The Platters was one of the greatest R&B vocal/Doo Wop groups the 50's rock 'n' roll era ever produced and these thirty-three songs taken from Bear Family's definitive box set Four Platters and One Lovely Dish go a long way toward making the point indisputable. Anyone who listened to the radio in the 50's knows many of these songs: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes/ Only You/ The Great Pretender/ My Prayer/ (You've Got) The Magic Touch and In the Still of the Night are each a stone cold classic in the annals of R&B and pop. And what made this group standout from its' contemporaries during its heyday were three things: the unbelievably beautiful voice of lead singer Tony Williams, the producing/songwriting savvy of Buck Ram, and an attractive girl in the ranks, Zola Taylor. With these elements in place, the group was unstoppable and tracks like I Need You All the Time/ Why Should I, and One in a Million are just impossibly romantic. Spanning the years 1953 to 1960, there's no doubt that this collection of Federal and Mercury recordings by this group is mandatory listening for anyone who loves R&B and wants to understand rock 'n' roll's early development. Includes 40 page booklet with extensive notes by Bill Dahl, rare photos and full discographical details. (GMC)
THE PLATTERS: (You've Got) The Magic Touch/ Enchanted/ Glory Of Love/ Harbor Lights/ Heaven On Earth/ Helpless/ I Need You All The Time/ I Wish/ I'll Cry When You're Gone/ I'll Never Smile Again/ I'm Just A Dancing Partner/ I'm Sorry/ In The Still Of The Night/ It Isn't Right/ My Dream/ My Prayer/ My Secret/ No Matter What You Are/ On My Word Of Honor/ One In A Million/ Only Because/ Only You (And You Alone)/ Remember When/ Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/ Tell The World/ The Great Pretender/ The Mystery Of You/ To Each His Own/ Twilight Time/ Why Should I/ Winner Take All/ You'll Never, Never Know/ You're Making A Mistake

JIMMY RICKS El Toro R&B 121 At Sunrise - The Complete Signature Recordings Plus .. ● CD $18.98
Jimmy Ricks pioneered lead bass singing in vocal groups while with The Ravens and his imitators were legion, if seldom as talented. This 29 track collection features almost all the recordings the recordings he made as a solo artist including all 17 sides recorded for the Signature label in 1959 and 1960 along with tracks recorded for Paris, Decca, Felsted, Baton and Atlantic including his two duets with LaVern Baker.

BETTY ROCHE Le Chant Du Monde 2742245 The Complete, 1941-1961 ● CD $25.98
Two CD set with 44 tracks by this superb bluesy jazz vocalist who is best known for her vocal version of Duke Ellington's Take The "A" Train which she first performed with Ellington in the 1940s though she didn't record it until 1956. This set includes three complete original LPs, a number of rare songs released at the time as singles and tracks she made with Ellington taken from various LPs and a concert. Includes Take The "A" TRain/ Time After Time/ Route 66/ All Too Soon/ Summertime/ Day By Day/ Where Or When/ Billie's Bounce/ Jim, etc. Includes 36 page booklet with notes in English and French and full discographical details.

DR. ROSS Bear Family 17278 Juke Box Boogie ● CD $21.98
Due next week. This 32 track collection is the most extensive reissue yet of the classic early recordings of the great one man band Doctor Isaiah Ross. Although Ross only had two singles released on Sun, Sam Phillips loved his music and recorded him quite extensively and this collection includes one take of every songs he recorded for Sun between 1951 and 1954 including a dozen sides not included in the recent Sun Blues Box and features his great and much covered Chicago Breakdown and Boogie Disease. In the late 50 Ross relocated to Flint, Michigan and this CD also includes 10 sides recorded in the late 50s and early 60s for Fortune, Hi-Q and his own D.I.R. including another all time classic Cat Squirrel. Includes 44 page booklet with rare photos and liner notes by Martin Hawkins. Doctor Ross is a favorite of mine and I'm really looking forward to this - it should be a killer!
DOCTOR ROSS: 1953 Jump/ Call The Doctor/ Cannonball/ Cat Squirrel/ Cat Squirrel (Mississippi Blues)/ Chicago Breakdown/ Come Back Baby/ Country Clown/ Deep Down In The Ground/ Doctor Ross Boogie/ Doctor Ross Boogie/ Down South Blues/ Downtown Boogie/ Feel So Sad/ Going To The River/ Good Thing Blues/ I'd Rather Be A Young Woman's Baby/ Industrial Boogie/ Juke Box Boogie/ Little Soldier Boy/ My Be Bop Gal/ New York Breakdown/ Numbers Blues/ Polly Put The Kettle On/ Shake 'Em On Down/ Shake A-My Hand/ Sugar Mama/ Texas Hop/ The Boogie Disease/ The Sunnyland/ Thirty-Two Twenty/ Turkey Bakin' Woman

THE SERENADERS Jersey 1001 Discography ● CD $17.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
An excellent collection of sides devoted to the career of the New Jersey group The Serenaders and their lead vocalist George Kerr who also wrote many of their songs. Formed in 1956, the group made their recording debut in 1957 with the excellent ballad Never Let Me Go which achieved local popularity and was picked up for national distribution by MGM. THe group had four more singles issued over the next four years but, in spite of their high quality, failed to click and the group split up in 1961 with Kerr going on to replace Little Anthony as lead singer with The Imperials and the four fine sides he recorded with them are also included here. In 1963 The Serenaders reformed and signed with Motown and had one single - the fine My Heart Says Yes/ I'll Cry Tomorrow issued on the Motown subsidiary V.I.P. but it's lack of success led to group disbanding for good. In the late 60s and 70s Kerr achieved great success as a songwriter and producer responsible for the LInda Jones classic Hypnotized as well as working with The Manhattans, O'Jays and other artists. This collection includes all the sides issued by the Serenaders and the Kerr led Imperials as well six previously unissued sides including four acpella demos. The set also includes two solo soul sides (probably from the 70s by Kerr) as well a recently recorded version of the doo-wop favorite Life Is But A Dream. (FS)

TED TAYLOR El Toro R&B 120 Look Out! Here Comes Ted Taylor ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, highly recommended
Cult R&B singer Ted Taylor's early sides-with and without The Jacks/Cadets, of which he was a member - are collected here - many on CD for the first time. Before signing with Okeh Records in 1962, Taylor managed to record for a bunch of labels including Duke, Ebb, Laurie, and Top Rank during the late 50's. His pleading falsetto lights up solo cuts like Be Ever Wonderful/ Everywhere I Go/ Count the Stars/ Darling Take Me Back, and I'm Going to Change My Way of Living; likewise the three 1955 songs by the group with Taylor on lead vocals - I Cry/ My Darling, and Do You Wanna Rock - are further proof of his talents. From the bluesy She's a Winner to the soulful I Lost the Best Things I Ever Had, Taylor shows again and again that his gift was for real and should be cherished by R&B fans everywhere. (GMC)
THE CADETS: Do You Wanna Rock/ I Cry/ THE JACKS: My Darling/ TED TAYLOR: Be Ever Wonderful/ Chanta Lula./ Count The Stars/ Darling Take Me Back/ Days Are Dark/ Everywhere I Go/ Has My Love Grown Cold/ Hold Me Tight/ I Don't Care/ I Lost The Best Things I Ever Had/ I'm Going To Change My Way Of Living/ I'm Leaving You/ If I Don't See You Again/ Keep Walking On/ Little Boy How Old Are You/ Look Out/ My Darling/ Never In My Life/ She's A Winner/ Since You're Home/ That Happy Day/ Very Truly Yours/ Wrapped Up In A Dream/ You Know I Do/ You've Been Crying

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1362 Radio Gold - Special Bigger In Britain Edition ● CD $18.98
A fascinating concept featuring 24 tracks devoted to British chart hits by American artists in the 1950s and early 60s that did better in the British charts than in the USA. For instance Blue Bayou by Roy Orbison only reached #29 in the U.S. charts but got to #3 in the U.K., Freddi Bell & The Bellboy's Giddy-Up-A Ding Dong didn't even crack the top 100 in the USA but was #4 in Britain. Other tracks feature artists like Buddy Holly, Bobby Darin, Mitchell Torok, Bill Haley & His Comets, Gene Vincent, Tommy Roe, Duane Eddt, Bobby Vee and more.
FREDDIE BELL AND THE BELL BOYS: Giddy Up A Ding Dong/ PAT BOONE: Johnny Will/ EDDIE COCHRAN: My Way/ PERRY COMO: Love Makes The World Go Round (Yeah Yeah)/ THE CRICKETS: My Little Girl/ BOBBY DARIN: Multiplication/ DUANE EDDY: (The) Ballad Of Paladin/ BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS: Rockin' Through The Rye/ BUDDY HOLLY: Reminiscing/ BIG DEE IRWIN (WITH LITTLE EVA): Swinging On A Star/ FRANKIE LAINE: Rawhide/ BRENDA LEE: Here Comes That Feelin'/ FRANKIE LYMON AND THE TEENAGERS: I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent/ ROY ORBISON: Blue Bayou/ MARVIN RAINWATER: I Dig You Baby/ JIM REEVES: Welcome To My World/ JIMMIE RODGERS: English Country Garden/ TOMMY ROE: The Folk Singer/ DEL SHANNON: Two Kinds Of Teardrops/ MEL TORME: Mountain Greenery/ MITCHELL TOROK: When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba/ CONWAY TWITTY: Mona Lisa/ BOBBY VEE: How Many Tears/ GENE VINCENT AND THE BEAT BOYS: Pistol Packin' Mama

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1368 Bluesin' By The Bayou ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 70 mins, essential
Fabulous collection of down home Louisiana blues and zydeco from the vaults of Jay D. MIller and Eddie Shuler. Jay Miller, based out of Crowley, Louisiana was one of the great blues record producers of the 1950s and 1960s providing Excello Records with a slew of great swamp blues recordings as well as issuing some artists on his own label. In the 1970s and 1980s, Bruce Bastin of Flyright Records was granted access to Miller's vaults and discovered a treasure trove of unissued recordings and alternate takes - some of artists issued on Excello, some of artists issued on Miller's own labels along with artists represented nowhere else. Many of these great discoveries were issued on a series of LPs and CDs on Flyright and now, for the first time in 20 years, the vaults have been opened again to Ace and this great collection features some of the sides issued by Flyright along with newly discovered treasures. Excello's five great down home bluesmen Lightnin' Slim, Slim Harpo, Lonesome Sundown, Lazy Lester and Silas each have a couple of superb tracks here. Other superb Miller artists featured here are Clifton Chenier (one of the few originally issued tracks here with his great version of Worried Life Blues with shattering guitar from Travis Phillips), Jimmy Dotson, Blues Boy Dorsey, HOney Boy Allen, Sylvester Buckley and others. Rounding out this collection are a handful of tracks from Eddie Shuler's Folk-Star label including zydeco artists Thaddeus DecLouet and Boozoo Chavis and bluesman Left Hand Charlie. Sound quality is superb and there are detailed notes by Ian Saddler. Let's hope Ace are able to release all the great material that Flyright originally issued - it certainly deserves to be available again. (FS)
HONEY BOY ALLEN: I'm A Real Lover Baby/ JIMMY ANDERSON: I Want You, I Need You/ Walkin In The Park/ BOOGIE JAKE: Early In The Morning/ BOOZOO CHAVIS: 41 Days/ CLIFTON CHENIER: Worries Like Blues/ THADDUS DECLOUET: Catch Morning Train/ Trouble Trouble/ BLUE BOY DORSEY: Walkin' Out My Door/ JIMMY DOTSON: Oh Baby/ SLIM HARPO: That's Alright/ SILAS HOGAN: Just Give Me A Chance/ Sitting Here Wondering/ LAZY LESTER: I'm Gonna Leave You Baby/ Late In The Evening/ LEFT HAND CHARLIE: Gonna Miss My Lognion/ LIGHTNIN' SLIM: Big Fat Woman/ I Ain't Got No Money/ Stranger In Your Town/ LONESOME SUNDOWN: I'm A Samplin' Man/ JOE MAYFIELD: Natural Born Man/ TALTON MILLER: Long Journey (Life's Journey)/ MR. MOJO: They Say The World Loves A Lover/ JOE RICH: Dreaming/ Lonesome Lover Blues/ JOHNNY SONNIER: Slow Walking Fever & Asiatic Flu/ SYLVESTER: I Can Be On My Way/ LEROY WASHINGTON: Lost Love Letter Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 3025 The Greatest Country Hits Of 1954 ● CD $18.98 $11.98
Just what it says. A two CD set 58 tracks including the biggest country hits of 1954 including Bimbo by Jim Reeves, Slowly by Webb Pierce, Run 'Em Off by Lefty Frizzell, Release Me by Ray Price, Rose-Marie by Slim Whitman and lots more goodies from Billy Walker, Johnnie & Jack, Hank Snow, Marty Robbins, Eddy Arnold, Porter Wagoner, The Carlisles and many more. Excellent sound and 20 page booklet has informative notes on all the performances by Bob Fisher.
EDDY ARNOLD: Hep Cat baby/ I really Don't want To Know/ My Everything/ This Is The Thanks I Get/ JIM ED & MAXINE BROWN: Looking Back To see/ THE CARLISLES: Honey Love/ Shake A leg/ TOMMY COLLINS: Whatcha Gonna Do Now/ You Better Noy Do That/ LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS: Out Behind The barn/ TERRY FELL & THE FELLERS: Don't Drop It/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: River Of No Return/ LEFTY FRIZZELL: Run Em Off/ JIMMY HEAP: Release Me/ GOLDIE HILL & JUSTIN TUBB: Looking Back To see/ JIMMY & JOHNNY: If You Don't Somebody Else Will/ JOHNNIE & JACK: Beware Of It/ Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight/ Honey I Need You/ Kiss Crazy baby/ Oh baby Mine I Get So Lonely/ JIMMY NEWMAN: Cry Cry Darling/ WEBB PIERCE: Even Tho/ More & More/ Slowly/ You're Not Mine Anymore/ Sparkling Brown Eyes/ RAY PRICE: I'll Be There (If you Ever want Me)/ If You Don't Somebody Else Will/ Much Too Young To Die/ Release Me/ JIM REEVES: Bimbo/ Penny Candy/ Then Ill stop loving You/ MARTY ROBBINS: Call Me Up (I'll Come calling On You/ Pretty Words/ CARL SMITH: Back Up Buddy/ Doggone It Baby I'm In Love/ Go Boy Go/ More Than Anything Else In The World/ HANK SNOW: I Don't Hurt Anymore/ That Crazy Mambo Thing/ AL TERRY: Good Deal Lucille/ HANK THOMPSON: Breakin The Rules/ Honky Tonk gal/ New Green Light/ Wake Up Irene/ Weve Gone Too Far/ ERNEST TUBB: Two Glasses Joe/ T. TEXAS TYLER: Courtin In The Rain/ PORTER WAGONER: Company's Comin'/ BILLY WALKER: Thank You For Calling/ KITTY WELLS AND RED FOLEY: One By One/ SLIM WHITMAN: Rose Marie/ Secret Love/ GINNY WRIGHT & JIM REEVES: I Love You/ FARON YOUNG: A Place For Girls Like You/ If You Aint Lovin

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 9034 Country Number Ones Of The 50s ● CD $19.98
Three CDs, 79 tracks, highly recommended
A most worthwhile release featuring every song that topped the country music sales charts in Billboard in the 1950s from Slippin' Around by Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely which first topped the charts on October 8, 1949 and remained at the top for 14 weeks to El Paso by Marty Robbins which topped the charts from Dec 21, 1959 to February 7, 1960. Along the way we hear classic performances from Hank Williams, Moon Mullican, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Eddy Arnold, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith, Kitty Wells, Red Foley, Jim Reeves, Jean Shepard & Ferlin Huskey, Hank Snow, Webb Pierce, Elvis Presley (he topped the country charts six times), Ray Price, Sonny James, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Helms, Johnny Cash and many more. Sound quality is excellent and the 32 page illustrated booklet has notes and chart data on all the songs. One error on the set is that the version of Why Don't You Love Me by Hank Williams is a live performance and not the studio version. (FS)
EDDY ARNOLD: Easy on the Eyes/ Eddy's Song/ I Wanna Play House With You/ Kentucky Waltz/ The Cattle Call/ There's Been a Change in Me/ THE BROWNS: The Three Bells/ JOHNNY CASH: Ballad of a Teenage Queen (original B side)/ Don't Take Your Guns to Town/ Guess Things Happen That Way/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: All I Have to Do Is Dream/ Bye Bye Love/ Devoted to You/ Wake Up Little Susie/ RED FOLEY: Birmingham Bounce/ Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy/ Midnight/ Goodnight Irene/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Shot Gun Boogie/ Sixteen Tons/ LEFTY FRIZZELL: Always Late (With Your Kisses)/ I Want to Be With You Always/ DON GIBSON: Blue Blue Day/ Oh Lonesome Me/ BOBBY HELMS: Fraulein/ My Special Angel/ JOHNNY HORTON: The Battle of New Orleans/ When It's Springtime in Alaska/ FERLIN HUSKY: Gone/ STONEWALL JACKSON: Waterloo/ SONNY JAMES: Young Love/ GEORGE JONES: White Lightning/ PEE WEE KING: Slow Poke/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Great Balls of Fire/ Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On/ MOON MULLICAN: I'll Sail My Ship Alone/ WEBB PIERCE: Back Street Affair/ I Don't Care/ In the Jailhouse Now/ It's Been So Long/ Love, Love, Love/ More and More/ Slowly/ There Stands the Glass/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Don't Be Cruel (Double A side)/ Heartbreak Hotel/ Hound Dog (Double A side)/ I Forgot to Remember to Forget (original B side)/ I Want You, I Need You, I Love You/ Jailhouse Rock/ RAY PRICE: City Lights/ Crazy Arms/ The Same Old Me/ JIM REEVES: Billy Bayou/ Mexican Joe/ MARTY ROBBINS: A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)/ El Paso/ Singing the Blues/ The Story of My Life/ JEAN SHEPARD: A Dear John Letter/ CARL SMITH: (When You Feel Like You're in Love) Don't Just Stand There/ Hey Joe/ Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way/ Loose Talk/ HANK SNOW: I Don't Hurt Anymore/ I'm Moving On/ The Golden Rocket/ The Rhumba Boogie/ RED SOVINE: Why, Baby, Why (with Webb Pierce)/ HANK THOMPSON: The Wild Side of Life/ KITTY WELLS: It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels/ MARGARET WHITING & JIMMY WAKELY: Wedding Bells/ HANK WILLIAMS: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive/ Jambalaya (On the Bayou)/ Kaw-Liga/ Long Gone Lonesome Blues/ Take These Chains From My Heart/ Why Don't You Love Me/ FARON YOUNG: Country Girl

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17281 Street Corner Symphony - Complete Story Of Doo-Wop Vol3 ● CD $24.98 $19.98
32 tracks, 89 mins, essential
1951 was the year that the hard edged rhythm & blues sound began to dominate the vocal group sound and the familiar sound that we call doo-wop emerged and would be a significant contributor to rhythm & blues for the next 10 years. The new doo-wop sound was immensely and four of the top ten R&B records for 1951 were doo-wop. This disc opens with one of the great iconic uptempo doo-wop songs with the Dominoes paean to sexual prowess in Sixty Minute Man featuring the bass vocals of Bill Brown which topped the charts and was the first million selling doo-wop title. This is followed by an iconic doo-wop ballad with the Five Keys and their debut - a gorgeous rendition of the Tin Pan Alley standard. The Clovers who debuted the previous year (see Bear Family 17280) on the small Rainbow label signed with Atlantic and topped the charts twice that year with Don't You Know I LOve You and Fool Fool Fool. Some artists who debuted in 1951 with great success were The Swallows and The Cardinals. Older groups like The Orioles and The Ravens were still going strong though without chart success - the former's version of the blues standard Baby, Please Don't Go is a real treat. Other great artists on this set include The Four Buddies, Larks, Mello-Moods, Billy Bunn And The BUddies, The Heartbreakers, Blenders, 4 Deep Tones, Drifters (not the Atlantic group who didn't make their debut for another two years), The Four Tunes and others. Another sensational collection and important contribution to music history. (FS)
THE 4 DEEP TONES: Just In Case You Change Your Mind/ THE BLENDERS: Little Small Town Girl (With The Big Town Dreams)/ BILLY BUNN AND HIS BUDDIES: I'm Afraid/ THE CAP-TANS: Asking/ THE CARDINALS: Shouldn't I Know?/ THE CLOVERS: Don't You Know I Love You/ Fool, Fool, Fool/ THE DOMINOES: 32. I Am With You/ Sixty-Minute Man/ THE DRIFTERS: Honey Chile/ THE FALCONS FEATURING GOLDIE BOOTS: How Blind Can You Be/ THE FIVE KEYS: The Glory Of Love/ THE FOUR BUDDIES: Sweet Slumber/ THE FOUR DOTS: My Dear/ THE FOUR KNIGHTS: Walkin' And Whistlin' Blues/ THE FOUR TUNES: May That Day Never Come/ STEVE GIBSON AND THE ORIGINAL RED CAPS: Would I Mind/ THE HEARTBREAKERS: Heartbreaker/ HOLLYWOOD'S FOUR FLAMES: Wine/ THE KING ODOM FOUR: Rain Is The Teardrops Of Angels/ THE LARKS: My Reverie/ THE MARSHALL BROTHERS: Who'll Be The Fool From Now On/ THE MELLO-MOODS: Where Are You (Now That I Neeed You)/ BOBBY NUNN WITH THE ROBBINS: That's What The Good Book Says/ THE ORIOLES: Baby Please Don't Go/ THE RAVENS: Gotta Find My Baby/ THE RHYTHM KINGS: I Gotta Go Now/ THE ROYALS: Give Me One More Chance/ THE SULTANS: Lemon Squeezing Daddy/ THE SWALLOWS: Will You Be Mine/ THE VARIETEERS: I'll Try To Forget I Loved You/ THE VICTORIANS: I Guess You're Satisfied

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 600040 Rock 'n' Roll Cowboys ● CD $24.98
Another of those remarkably low priced box sets from Documents Records in Germany. This one has 10 CDs and features 200 tracks of country recordings from the mid 50s to the early 60s. Ostensibly a sequel to the label's "Rock-A-Billy Cowboys" (Documents 600014 - $24.98) this is not so much country artists doing rock 'n' roll but doing pretty much straight ahead country but often with an eye to the pop charts. It includes many country chart hits - a number of which crossed over to the pop charts. All the major artists are here - Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, Red Foley, Don Gibson, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Jim Reeves, etc. along with a selection of obscurities - Jack Kingston, Jimmy North, Jerry Pitts, Kent Patrick, Jimmy Dale, etc.
BOBBY BARE: All American Boy/ Sweet Singin' Sam/ HUGH BARRETT: Desertion At The Little Big Horn/ WAYNE BUSBICE: Going Back To Dixie/ THE CARLISLES: No Help Wanted/ JOHNNY CASH: Ballad Of A Teenage Queen/ Big River/ Folsom Prison Blues/ Hey Porter/ I Got Stripes/ Kathy Too/ Mean Eyed Cat/ Smiling Bill McCall/ The Ways Of A Woman In Love/ The Wreck Of The Old '97/ SANFORD CLARK: The Fool/ BILL CLIFTON: I'm Rollin' On/ WILMA LEE & STONEY COOPER: Big Midnight Special/ WILMA LEE COOPER & STONEY COOPER: There's A Big Wheel/ COWBOY COPAS: Alabam/ JIMMY DALE: Tennessee Ghost Train/ HANK DAVIS: One Way Track/ LONNIE DONEGAN: Wabash Cannonball/ RUSTY DRAPER: Gambler's Guitar/ ARLIE DUFF: You All Come/ JOHNNY DUNCAN & HIS BLUE GRASS BOYS: All Of The Monkeys Ain't In The Zoo/ Footprints In The Snow/ Last Train To San Fernando/ Rockabilly Baby/ This Train/ LEROY VAN DYKE: Auctioneer/ JIMMY EDWARDS: Love Bug Crawl/ BILL FLAGG: I'm So Lonely/ RED FOLEY: Freight Train Boogie/ Plantation Boogie/ Rock 'N' Reelin'/ Salty Dog Rag/ Night Train To Memphis/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Catfish Boogie/ Country Junction/ Mule Train/ Sixteen Tons/ Hog-Tied Over You/ CECIL FOUTCH: Big Wheel/ DON GIBSON: Bad Bad Day/ Blue Blue Day/ Didn't Work Out, Did It/ Don't Tell Me Your Troubles/ Even Tho'/ I Ain't A-Studyin' You Baby/ If You Don't Know It/ Just One Time/ Look Who's Blue/ My Hands Are Tied/ Oh Lonesome Me/ Sittin' Here Cryin'/ What About Me/ Who Cares/ Won't Cha Come Back/ BILLY GRAMMER: Gotta Travel On/ BONNIE GUITAR: Mister Fire Eyes/ LARRY HARVEY: Rolling Home/ JOHNNY HORTON: All Grown Up/ Big Wheels Rollin'/ Got The Bull By The Horns/ I'm Ready If You're Willing/ Joe's Been A-Gittin' Here/ Johnny Freedom/ Let's Take The Long Way Home/ North To Alaska/ S. S. Lureline/ Sal's Got A Sugarlip/ She Knows Why/ Sink The Bismarck/ Sleepy Eyed John/ The Battle Of Bull Run/ The Battle Of New Orleans/ The Electrified Donkey/ The First Train Headin' South/ The Golden Rocket/ The Sinking Of The Reuben James/ The Wild One/ FERLIN HUSKY: Prize Possession/ STONEWALL JACKSON: Waterloo/ SONNY JAMES: A Mighty Loveable Man/ Beg Your Pardon/ I Can't Stop Loving You/ Kathaleen/ Let's Play Love/ Yo Yo/ You Got That Touch/ JOHNNY & JACK: Lonely Island Pearl/ Sailor Man/ GEORGE JONES: Just Little Boy Blue/ Maybe Little Baby/ Root Beer/ Tall Tall Trees/ Why Baby Why/ You Gotta Be My Baby/ GEORGE “THUMPER” JONES: Heartbreak Hotel/ BILL JUSTIS: Raunchy/ RUSTY & DOUG KERSHAW: Hey Mae/ Hey Sheriff/ Kaw-Liga/ Let's Stay Together/ So Lovely Baby/ Why Don't You Love Me/ You'll See/ JACK KINGSTON: Freight Train Blues/ DON LANG: The Cattle Train/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: Don't Laugh/ BOB LUMAN: All Night Long/ Everytime The World Goes Round/ I Know My Baby Cares/ I Love You Because/ Let's Think About Livin'/ Make Up Your Mind Baby/ Oh Lonesome Me/ Red Hot/ Try Me/ Why Why/ You've Got Everything/ BILL MACK: Long Long Train/ CHUCK MANNING: Let's Go/ ROGER MILLER: You Don't Want My Love/ SONNY MILLER: Richmond, Chicago, Mexico And Home/ GUY MITCHELL: Crazy With Love/ Heartaches By The Number/ Rock-A-Billy/ ROD MORRIS: The Ghost Of Casey Jones/ RONNIE MURRAY: Train Train/ SKEETS McDONALD: Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes/ Heartbreakin' Mama/ JOHNNY NELMS: Mister Freight Train/ TOMMY NELSON: Hobo Bop/ JIMMY NORTH: Leavin' Town/ THE OSBORNE BROTHERS: Ruby Are You Mad/ BUCK OWENS: Above And Beyond/ Excuse Me/ DOLLY PARTON: Puppy Love/ KEN PATRICK: Night Train/ TRACEY PENDARVIS: South Bound Line/ CARL PERKINS: Dixie Fried/ WEBB PIERCE: A Thousand Miles Ago/ Bye Bye Love/ Holiday For Love/ Honky Tonk Song/ Tupelo County Jail/ You'll Come Back/ JERRY PITTS: Keep Old Central Rolling/ LEWIS PRUITT: Crazy Bullfrog/ MARVIN RAINWATER: A Need For Love/ Dance Me Daddy/ Gamblin' Man/ Get Off The Stool/ Hard Luck Blues/ I Dig You Baby/ Love Me Baby/ Moanin' The Blues/ My Brand Of Blues/ So You Think You've Got Troubles/ What You Got You Don't Want/ Whole Lotta Woman/ JIM REEVES: Billy Bayou/ Bimbo/ Mexican Joe/ Overnight/ Roly Poly/ Yonder Comes A Sucker/ MARTY ROBBINS: A White Sport Coat/ Ain't I The Lucky One/ I'll Know You're Gone/ Just Married/ Respectfully Miss Brooks/ Singing The Blues/ Stairway Of Love/ KENNY ROGERS: We'll Always Have Each Other/ CHARLIE RYAN: Hot Rod Lincoln/ CLIFF SHEPHERD: Railroad Crossing/ JIMMIE SKINNER: John Wesley Hardin/ CARL SMITH: Cut Across Shorty/ Hey Joe/ You Are The One/ HANK SNOW: For Now And Always/ Honeymoon On A Rocketship/ Spanish Fireball/ The Golden Rocket/ The Last Ride/ SONNY STEWART: The Northern Line/ HANK THOMPSON: I'm Not Mad, Just Hurt/ This Train/ Wake Up Irene/ MITCHELL TOROK: Caribbean/ MITCHELL TOTOK: Red Light, Green Light/ PORTER WAGONER: Uncle Pen/ THE WILBURN BROTHERS: A Woman's Intuition/ HANK WILLIAMS: Kaw-Liga/ Pan American/ FARON YOUNG: I've Got Five Dollars/ That's The Way I Feel

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5492 1940s Vocal Groups ● CD $15.98 $11.98
26 tracks, 73 min., essential
When William Langford left the Golden Gate Quartet to join the Southern Sons, he took both his singing talents and his knowledge of the recording industry with him. As a result of that insider knowledge, the hugely talented Sons - with their exceptional tenor lead, James Baxter - none of whom had recorded before, got into the Bluebird studios and laid down these 20 utterly splendid jubilee style gospel numbers - among them Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air, Lead Me to That Rock, Rest for the Weary, I'm Free at Last, Lift Every Voice and Sing, and I Want Two Wings. This much of the program pretty much duplicates Gospel Jubilee LP 1406 from 1990. But the last six numbers here are new to the reissue arena as far as I know. They are the first sides recorded by the group which eventually became known simply as the Harmonizing Four; those numbers include I Done Done What You Told Me to Do, Every Time I Feel the Spirit, and When I've Done the Best I Can. All of this, and authoritative notes by Ray Funk make this disc an absolute must buy. (DH)
RICHMOND'S HARMONIZING FOUR: Every Time I Feel The Spirit/ Great Camp Meeting In The Promised Land/ I Done Done What You Told Me To Do/ Keep Inchin' Along/ When I've Done The Best I Can (then My Saviour Will Carry Me Home)/ Who'll Be A Witness For My Lord/ THE SOUTHERN SONS: Above My Head I Hear Music In The Air/ Baby Won't You Fall In Love/ Chattanooga Choo Choo/ Go Down Moses/ I Heard The Preaching Of The Elders/ I Heard Zion Mourn/ I Want Two Wings/ I'm Free At Last/ Lead Me To That Rock/ Lift Every Voice And Sing/ Lord Have Mercy/ One Day When The Lord Will Call Me/ Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition/ Rest For The Weary/ Ring Dem Golden Bells/ Southern Son's V-disc Theme/ There's A Leak In This Old Building/ Two Wings/ We'll Anchor Bye And Bye/ When They Ring Them Golden Bells

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5644 Blues & Gospel From The Eastern States, 1935-1944 ● CD $15.98 $11.98
25 tracks, 73 mins, recommended
A fine and varied collection of country blues. There are 13 tracks by Bull City Red who accompanied Blind Boy Fuller on washboard on numerous ARC sides. He was also a good exponent of the Piedmont blues style in his own right, if not as skilled a guitarist as Fuller. Here we get the added bonus of the great Gary Davis' blues guitar accompanying Red on two cuts, along with six gospel sides recorded as Brother George & His Sanctified Singers with Sonny Terry and Sonny Jones. There are 8 tracks by the obscure Sam Montgomery, known as "King Of Spades", who was a powerful singer and guitarist - often playing with a slide. Poor Bill has two fine songs - it's thought that he might be Josh White's brother William White. The disc ends with two lovely sides from Boy Green recordedd in 1944 with fine vocals and guitar on A And B Blues and Play My Jukebox. All, in all, a very worthwhile collection. (FS)
BULL CITY RED: Black Woman And Poison Blues/ Everybody Wants To Know How I Die/ Have You Decided (Which Way To Go)/ I Feel Like Shoutin'/ I Saw The Light/ I See The Sign Of Judgement/ I Won't Be Dogged Around/ Jesus Touched Me/ Mississippi River/ Now I'm Talking About You/ Pick And Shovel Blues/ Richmond Blues/ Talkin' With Jesus/ BOY GREEN: A And B Blues/ Play My Juke Box/ SAM MONTGOMERY: Baby Please Don't Go/ Blue Devil Blues/ Honey Dripper/ I'm Through With You/ King Of Knave/ King Of Knave No. 2/ Low In Mind Blues/ Mercy Mercy Blues/ POOR BILL: A Hundred Women/ Way Up On The Mountain

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 160 She's So Fine - The Rise Of The Girl Groups ● CD $22.98
3 CDs, 95 tracks, very highly recommended
This latest collection from the gang at Fantastic Voyage manages to spotlight nearly every important 60's girl group (exceptions: the Shangri-Las, and the Ronettes) over three CDs. We get the seminal girl groups (The Chantels, the Hearts), the hitmakers (the Shirelles, the Crystals), Motown's contribution (the Marvelettes, the Supremes), solo artists working in the style (Claudine Clark, Dee Dee Sharp, Little Eva, Shelley Fabres), glorious one-shots (the Ikettes, the Blue-Belles), and second line acts (The Exciters, The Cookies, The Paris Sisters). There are also some questionable inclusions - Etta James, Bettye LaVette - that don't really qualify as "girl group" records. But for every stone cold classic (Little Eva's The Loco-Motion, The Shirelles' Will You Love Me Tomorrow) there's several great obscurities (The Donays' Devil in His Heart, The Blossoms' Son-in-Law) and lesser known tracks by the headliners (The Shirelles' Everybody Needs a Lover for example) that make this package a treat for fans of unassuming pop music. (GMC)
THE 5 CHANELS: The Reason/ THE ANGELS: 'Til/ Cry Baby Cry/ ANITA AND TH' SO-AND-SO'S: Joey Baby/ ANNETTE AND THE VONAIR SISTERS: Dreamin' About You/ THE BLOSSOMS: Son-In-Law/ THE BLUE-BELLES: I Sold My Heart To The Junkman/ THE BOBBETTES: Dance With Me Georgie/ I Don't Like It Like That/ I Shot Mr Lee/ Mr Lee/ THE BONNIE SISTERS: Cry Baby/ THE BRACELETS: Waddle, Waddle/ THE CHANTELS: Every Night (I Pray)/ He's Gone/ Here It Comes Again/ I Love You So/ Look In My Eyes/ Maybe/ THE CHARMAINES: What Kind Of Girl (Do You Think I Am)/ THE CHIFFONS: He's So Fine/ THE CHORDETTES: Lollipop/ CLAUDINE CLARK: Party Lights/ THE COOKIES: Chains/ In Paradise/ THE CRYSTALS: He's A Rebel/ He's Sure The Boy I Love/ I Love My Baby/ Oh, Yeah, Maybe Baby/ There's No Other (Like My Baby)/ Uptown/ What A Nice Way To Turn Seventeen/ THE DELICATES: Ronnie Is My Lover/ THE DELTAIRS: Lullaby Of The Bells/ THE DONAYS: Devil In His Heart/ LITTLE EVA: The Loco-Motion/ THE EXCITERS: Tell Him/ SHELLEY FABARES: Johnny Angel/ MISS TONI FISHER: The Big Hurt/ THE FOUR COQUETTES: Sparkle And Shine/ MAUREEN GRAY: Dancin' The Strand/ SHIRLEY GUNTER AND THE QUEENS: Oop Shoop/ THE HEARTS: Lonely Nights/ THE IKETTES: I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)/ ETTA JAMES: Good Rockin' Daddy/ The Wallflower/ BETTYE LAVETTE: My Man - He's A Lovin' Man/ LITTLE EVA: Keep Your Hands Off My Baby/ MARCY JOE: Ronnie/ THE MARVELETTES: Beechwood 4-5789/ Forever/ Playboy/ Please Mr Postman/ Someday, Someway/ Strange I Know/ Twistin' Postman/ THE MCGUIRE SISTERS: Sincerely/ THE ORLONS: Don't Hang Up/ The Wah-Watusi/ THE PARIS SISTERS: Be My Boy/ He Knows I Love Him Too Much/ I Love How You Love Me/ Let Me Be The One/ THE PEARLETTES: Duchess Of Earl/ THE PONI-TAILS: Born Too Late/ Seven Minutes In Heaven/ THE QUIN-TONES: Down The Aisle Of Love/ TINA ROBIN: Dear Mr DJ Play It Again/ RONNIE & THE RELATIVES: I Want A Boy/ DEE DEE SHARP: Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)/ Mashed Potato Time/ THE SHEPHERD SISTERS: Alone (Why Must I Be Alone)/ THE SHERRYS: Pop Pop Pop-Pie/ Slop Time/ THE SHIRELLES: A Thing Of The Past/ Baby It's You/ Big John/ Dedicated To The One I Love/ Everybody Loves A Lover/ I Met Him On A Sunday (Ronde Ronde)/ It's Love That Really Counts (In The Long Run)/ Mama Said/ Soldier Boy/ Stop The Music/ Tonight's The Night/ Welcome Home Baby/ What A Sweet Thing That Was/ Will You Love Me Tomorrow/ THE STARLETS: Better Tell Him No/ P.S. I Love You/ THE STOREY SISTERS: Bad Motorcycle/ THE SUPREMES: Let Me Go The Right Way/ Your Heart Belongs To Me/ THE TEEN QUEENS: Eddie My Love/ BABY WASHINGTON: The Bells (On Our Wedding Day)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 161 Twistin' USA - 50 Great Dance Floor Moments Of The 60s ● CD $19.98
2CD, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Of all the 50's and 60's dance crazes to capture the hearts and feet of the nation, the Twist has to loom the largest in the dance pantheon. In 1961, the Twist-both the song and the dance-was everywhere, and everyone was eager to cash in. This compilation collects 50 songs to Twist to performed by some predictable and not-so-predictable artists including a lot of less familiar tracks. So while we get Chubby Checker encouraging us to do the Lose Your Inhibitions Twist, we also get Fats Domino inviting us to Dance With Mr. Domino. And that's only the beginning: The Rocky Fellers do the South Pacific Twist, The Genies offer up Twistin' Pneumonia, Jerry Lee Lewis says I've Been Twistin' in his signature style, the Isley Brothers go Twistin' With Linda, Johnny Otis salutes the Queen of the Twist, Mickey Gilley apes his cousin Jerry Lee on Whole Lotta Twistin' Goin' On, Don Covay rides the Twistin' Train, Muddy Waters (!) does the Muddy Waters Twist, and finally, Louis Jordan introduces the Texarkana Twist. There's much more where this came from artists like The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Crystals, Gary U.S. Bonds, Danny & the Juniors, Carl Perkins, Sam Butera & the Witnesses, and Hank Ballard. Overall, this is a FUN collection and should bring a smile to the face and cause spontaneous bouts of dancing. (GMC)
THE ADVENTURERS: Can't Stop Twistin'/ HANK BALLARD AND THE MIDNIGHTERS: Good Twistin' Tonight/ It's Twistin' Time/ BETTY AND ROSE: That Twistin' Feeling/ BLAZER BOY: New Orleans Twist/ GARY US BONDS: Dear Lady Twist/ Twist, Twist Senora/ SAM BUTERA AND THE WITNESSES: Oh! Ma-Ma Twist/ CHUBBY CHECKER: Lose Your Inhibitions Twist/ Twistin' USA/ SAM COOKE: Camptown Twist/ Twistin' In The Old Town Tonight/ DON COVAY AND THE GOODTIMERS: Twistin' Train/ THE CRYSTALS: The Frankenstein Twist/ DAMITA JO: Twist With Me Henry/ DANNY AND THE JUNIORS: Twistin' All Night Long/ FATS DOMINO: Dance With Mr Domino/ FATS AND THE CHESSMEN: Insistin' On Twistin'/ THE GENIES: Twistin' Pneumonia/ MICKEY GILLEY: Whole Lotta Twistin' Goin' On/ JACK HAMMER: Boogie Woogie Twist/ AL HENDERSON: The Lemon Twist/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Twistin' With Linda/ JUDY JAE AND THE MOONGLOWS: Twisteree/ LOUIS JORDAN: Texarkana Twist/ JON KENNEDY: Big Bad Jon The Twister/ DARREN LEE: Everybody's Twistin'/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: I've Been Twistin'/ MANDRAKE: The Witch's Twist/ THE MARVELETTES: Twistin' The Night Away/ THE MARVELS: The Continental Twist/ JERRY MCCAIN: Twist '62/ JOHNNY MORISETTE: Meet Me At The Twistin' Place/ ORLIE AND THE SAINTS: Twist And Freeze USA/ JOHNNY OTIS: Queen Of The Twist/ CARL PERKINS: Sister Twister/ JOHNNY PRESTON: The Twist/ TEDDY RANDAZZO: Dance To The Locomotion/ THE ROCKY FELLERS: South Pacific Twist/ RONNIE AND THE HI-LITES: Twistin' And Kissin'/ THE SHERRYS: Bristol Twistin' Danny/ THE SHIRELLES: Mister Twister/ Twistin' In The USA/ ELSON SMITH: Whistler's Twist/ JIMMY SOUL: Twistin' Matilda/ BOBBY SWANSON: Twistin' At The Top/ THE TEEN TONES: Shoutin' Twist/ FREDDY TINO AND THE TWISTING CYCLONES: Come On Let's Twist/ TITUS TURNER: Walk On The Wild Side Twist/ MUDDY WATERS: Muddy Waters' Twist

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 61952 USA Records Soul Story ● CD $16.98
Two CD set of 60s Chicago soul from the USA label including several of USA's blues artists trying their hand. 36 tracks including McKinley Sandifer, Bobby Jones & The Para-Monts, Detroit Junior, Billy "The Kid" Emerson, Ernie Hines, Ricky Allen, Lee Wilson, Frankie Newsom, Willie Spencer and others. Many of the tracks are making their first appearance on CD.
RICKY ALLEN: Don't You Ever Forget It/ Hurt Look On My Face/ I Ain't Never/ Messed Around and Fell In Love/ BABY HUEY & THE BABY SITTERS: Just Being Careful/ CHRIS CAMPBELL: You Gotta Pay Dues/ L.C. COOKE: Do You Wanna Dance (Yea Man)/ I'll Wait for You/ DETROIT JUNIOR: All Through with Love/ Come On In/ Talk Fast/ BILLY "THE KID" EMERSON: Hot Spring Water/ I Get That Feeling/ ERNIE HINES: Thank You Baby (For a Love Beyond Compare)/ We're Gonna Party/ AMANDA HUMPHREY: Power of Love/ GERALDINE HUNT: Sneak Around/ BOBBY JONES & THE PARA-MONTS: Beware a Stranger/ Check Me Out/ PERK LEE: The Rocks/ FRANKIE NEWSOME: It's a Shame/ Taunting Love/ OSCAR & ANITA: What You Don't Know (Won't Hurt You)/ AL PERKINS: I Feel All Right/ Step It Up/ A.C. REED: I Got Money to Burn/ MCKINLEY SANDIFER: Get Up (If You Want to Be Somebody)/ Sweet Little Woman/ WILLIE SPENCER: Ridin' Shotgun/ EDWARD ST. ANN: Hey! Little Girl/ TUT SUTTON: I Can Feel the Tears/ No Appreciation/ WILEY TERRY: Shake It Baby/ LEE WILSON: A Lonely Boy/ If I Would Lose You/ MIGHTY JOE YOUNG: Ain't Nobody Home

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77171 Country Fiddle - Fine Early String Band Music,1924-1937 ● CD $28.98
Another fabulous collection of old time country from JSP - a four CD set with 101 tracks of fiddle led string band music. The first disc is devoted to the music of two groups led by fiddler/ vocalist Earl Johnson - His Clodhoppers and His Dixie Entertainers. The second disc is devoted to the superb Mississippi group The Leake County Revelers. Most of the third disc is devoted to the music of the all instrumental group The East Texas Serenaders whose sophisticated jazzy approach was a precursor to Western Swing. The rest of the third disc and all the fourth features a miscellany of different groups including Freeny Harmonisers, The Aiken County String Band, Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters, Floyd Ming & His Pep-Steppers and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 375 Behind Closed Doors - Where Country Meets Soul ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, 76 mins, essential
Some years ago the German Trikont label issued a couple of CDs featuring soul singers doing country songs and now Kent present the same concept and show that Trikont didn't get all the best ones. Country music and deep soul go together like white on rice (probably not the most appropriate analogy but you get the picture). This CD is full of magnificent performances. Most of the songs have R&B arrangement but the set starts off with a beautiful version of George Jones' The Grand Tour by Aaron Neville complete with steel guitar. I was surprised to find that Percy Sledge's masterpiece Take Time To Know Her was originally written as a country demo by writer Steve Davis. Other gems include Esther Phillips doing the George Jones hit I Saw Me, Ann Peebles with Hangin' On originally recorded by The Gosdin Brothers, The Harlan Howard song Life Turned Her That Way first recorded by Little Jimmy Dickens is given a spine chilling rendition by James Carr and if you dont get goosebumps listening to Candi Staton sing Patsy Cline's He Called Me Baby you might need to see a doctor! But it's all great with performances by Solomon Burke, Bobby Sheen, Arthur Alexander, Bettye Swann, Little Milton and others. A fabulous collection with superb sound and a detailed booklet. (FS)
ARTHUR ALEXANDER: Detroit City/ BROOK BENTON: She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye/ TONY BORDERS: Gentle On My Mind/ SOLOMON BURKE: He'll Have To Go/ JAMES CARR: Life Turned Her That Way/ CLARENCE CARTER: Set Me Free/ MOSES & JOSHUA DILLARD: My Elusive Dreams/ AL GREEN: I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry/ Z.Z. HILL: The Chokin' Kind/ COOKIE JACKSON: Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad/ MILLIE JACKSON: If You're Not Back In Love By Monday (Alternate Vocal Mix)/ THE LIMELITES: Before The Next Teardrop Falls/ LITTLE MILTON: Behind Closed Doors/ TAMI LYNN: Wings Upon Your Horns/ AARON NEVILLE: The Grand Tour/ ANN PEEBLES: Hangin' On/ ESTHER PHILLIPS: I Saw Me/ BOBBY SHEEN: My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You/ JOE SIMON: Yours Love/ PERCY SLEDGE: Take Time To Know Her/ CANDI STATON: He Called Me Baby/ BETTYE SWANN: Don't Touch Me/ JOE TEX: Skip A Rope

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 395 Sweet Dreams - Where Country Meets Soul, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, very highly recommended
The second volume of Southern Soul artists recording songs primarily identified with country music picks up where the first ("Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul", Kent 375) left off. Kicking off with a swinging version of Kenny Rogers and the First Edition's But You Know I Love You from The Sweet Inspirations, the set finds its' groove instantly and keeps the momentum up with stunning turns from William Bell, Hank Ballard (a near-gospel take on Sunday Morning Coming Down), Otis Redding, Bobby Hebb, Millie Jackson, Bobby Bland, David Ruffin, Etta James, and Isaac Hayes (with an outstanding version of Hank Williams' I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You);). The track selection spans the 60's, 70's, and 90's (!), but the album plays with seamlessness that doesn't happen very often with random compilations; the Orquestra Was track that closes the disc, with its' hip hop-ish beats fits the mood very well. All told, this is a very strong argument for there being a thin line that separates Soul and country music. (GMC)
HANK BALLARD: Sunday Morning Comin' Down/ WILLIAM BELL: Please Help Me, I'm Falling/ BOBBY BLAND: I Hate You/ JAMES CARR: Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong/ CLARENCE CARTER: Bad News/ THE FACTS OF LIFE: Sometimes/ ISAAC HAYES: I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)/ BOBBY HEBB: A Satisfied Mind/ MILLIE JACKSON: Sweet Music Man/ EDDIE JAMES: All I Have To Offer You (Is Me)/ ETTA JAMES: When I Stop Dreaming/ RALPH LAMAR: Don't Let Me Cross Over/ PAT LUNDY: Only Mama That'll Walk The Line/ DOROTHY MOORE: Funny How Time Slips Away/ ORQUESTRA WAS FEATURING SWEET PEA ATKINS: Forever's A Long, Long Time/ ESTHER PHILLIPS: Sweet Dreams/ OTIS REDDING: Tennessee Waltz/ DAVID RUFFIN: Statue Of A Fool/ JOE SIMON: Help Me Make It Through The Night (Mono Single Mix)/ BETTYE SWANN: Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me/ THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS: But You Know I Love You/ JOHNNIE TAYLOR: Sixteen Tons/ TED TAYLOR: I'll Release You

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 203 Jungle Fever - The Del-Fi Records Story ● CD $11.98
2CD, 50 tracks, highly recommended
One Day Music's label compilation series continues with their salute to Bob Keane's Del-Fi Records, home to the label's biggest star Ritchie Valens. All of Valens' hits are here - Donna/ La Bamba/ Come On Let's Go - along with a couple of lesser known songs that are just as great, Cry Cry Cry and We Belong Together and two great guitar instrumentals issued under the name Arvee Allens. After Valens went down in that plane, Keane's main hitmaker was teen actor/singer Johnny Crawford, whose string of inoffensive singles - Cindy's Birthday and Rumors among them - are also present here. Valens and Crawford aside, other notable artists include Chan Romero (his original version of The Hippy Hippy Shake is included), The Addrisi Brothers (an Everly Brothers inspired duo who had greater fame in the 70's), Little Caesar & the Romans (who cut the immortal Those Oldies But Goodies), surf group The Lively Ones, The Shadows, The Gallahads (an excellent doowop group from Seattle who had a local hit with Lonely Guy), and Vickie Diaz. Bob Keane might be better remembered for discovering Sam Cooke and cutting his early secular recordings, but as this collection shows, the man had much more to offer the world of rock 'n' roll. (GMC)
THE ADDRISI BROTHERS: Cherrystone/ Gonna See My Baby/ ARVEE ALLENS: Big Baby Blues/ Fast Freight/ THE BALLADEERS: Morning Star/ JERICO BROWN: Lonesome Drifter/ JACKIE BURNS: Hey Then, There Now/ THE CARLOS BROTHERS: It's Time To Go/ Tonight/ JOHNNY CRAWFORD: Cindy's Birthday/ Patti Ann/ Rumors/ Your Nose Is Gonna Grow/ BOBBY CURTOLA: Aladdin/ Fortune Teller/ I Cry And Cry/ My Heart's Tongue Tied/ RICKY DEAN: Little Girl/ DESDA: Splish Splash/ VICKIE DIAZ: For Eternity/ Your Mama Said No/ THE GALLAHADS: I'm Without A Girlfriend/ Lonely Guy/ THE HAWKS: A Little More Wine, My Dear/ Fussy/ THE HEP CATS: What In The World Can I Do/ GERRY LANGFORD: Tell Me/ MYRON LEE: School's Out/ LITTLE CAESAR & THE ROMANS: Fever/ Memories Of Those Oldies But Goodies/ Ten Commandments Of Love/ Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)/ THE LIVELY ONES: Guitarget/ Miserlou/ LONNIE & THE CAROLLONS: All The Gang Knows/ LITTLE JOE MOSLEY & THE SEQUINS: Lookin' For A Job/ BONNIE OWENS: This Other/ CHAN ROMERO: I Don't Care Now/ If I Had My Way/ If I Had my Way/ My Little Ruby/ The Hippy Hippy Shake/ THE SHADOWS: Jungle Fever/ PIPPY SHANNON: He Is/ RITCHIE VALENS: Come On, Let's Go/ Cry Cry Cry/ Donna/ La Bamba/ That's My Little Suzie/ We Belong Together

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian Folkways 40204 Classic Harmonica Blues From Smithsonian Folkways ● CD $11.98
20 track collection of harmonica blues drawn from the label's extensive archive of recordings including previously unissued live festival recordings. Recordings range from the 1950s to the 1990s and includes Sonny Terry, Will Shade with Charlie Burse & Gus Cannon, Charlie Sayles, John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, Doctor Isaiah Ross, Eddie Burns, Neil Pattman, The Chambers Brothers and others. Most of the artists are African-American but it also includes John Sebastian and his band doing Minglewood Blues and the amazing Kentucky singer/ guitarist/ banjo & harmonica player Roscoe Holcomb with Barbara Allen Blues. Includes 36 page booklet with extensive notes.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian Folkways 40560 Classic Celtic Music From Smithsonian Folkways ● CD $11.98
A superb collection of folk music - mostly from the British Isles drawn from the archives of Smithsonian Folkways. In spite of the title, performers like Billy Pigg, Harry Cox, Louis Killen and some others are English and their music is not usually considered Celtic - although their performances are superb. Most of the other artists are from the Celtic Nations of Ireland and Scotland including fiddler Kevin Burke, singer Margaret Dirrane, singer Joe Heaney, legendary piper Willie Clancy, fiddle and banjo duo Michael Gorman and Margaret Barry, flute player Tom Byrne and more. Recordings were made between the 1940s and 1980 and many tracks are making their first appearance on CD. Includes 40 page booklet with extensive notes by Richard Carlin.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sounds Good To Me 905 Deep & Gritty: The Sound Of The City Vol. 4 New Orleans ● CD $16.98
20 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
Superb collection of soul music recorded in New Orleans in the 1960s - much of it new to CD. A varied collection - mostly moving deep soul (Tommy Ridgley, Mary Jane Hooper, Charles Brimmer, Gwen Smith, etc) along with some loping New Orleans R&B (Jimmy Jules, Marilyn Barbarin, etc.) and blues flavored numbers (Rockie Charles, The Prince Royals, etc.). Includes 6 page booklet with informative notes. (FS)
MARILYN BARBARIAN: Will You Still Love Me/ LEE BATES: Wishing, Waiting And Hoping/ EDDIE BO: Everybody's Somebody's Fool/ CHARLES BRIMMER: I Wanna Be Your Breadwinner/ ROCKIE CHARLES: Calling Your Name/ CHARLES DIXON: Come To Me/ MARY JANE HOOPER: I Feel A Hurt/ SONNY JONES: You Got The Power/ JIMMY JULES: Talk About You/ SAMMY KING: Ain't Like It Used To Be/ EDDIE LANG: I'm Gonna Make You Eat Those Words/ JOHNNY MOORE: Haven't I Been Good To You/ EDDIE POWERS: No Cure For The Blues/ THE PRINCE ROYALS: Farewell Annabell/ SHIRLEY RAYMOND: You're Gonna Miss Me/ TOMMY RIDGELY: I'm Asking Forgiveness/ KLICKY ROBINSON: Hurting The One Who Loves You/ GWEN SMITH: Give That Man Everything You Got/ WALTER WOLFMAN WASHINGTON: The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine/ WILLIE WEST: You Stole My Heart

VARIOUS ARTISTS Spectrum 2069 Trojan Presents Rock Steady - 40 Ground Breaking ● CD $15.98
Two CDs, 40 tracks, very highly recommended
In Jamaica in the mid-60's, the jerky rhythms of Ska (the predominant music of the time) were slowed down to a more sexy and sultry pace, and the result was the birth of a new sound called Rock Steady. During a two year period-1966 to 1968-Rocksteady flourished, while introducing new producers and artists that provided the groundwork for what evolved into Reggae by 1970. Unlike ska there were fewer covers of American R&B songs and the one example here - Ewan and Jerry's version of Chris Kenner's New Orleans rocker Sick & Tired (which they called Oh Babe) perfectly illustartes how rock steady musicians slowed down the tempo and gave the music a more sensuous feel. This gorgeous collection features 40 classic rocksteady tracks including Hopeton Lewis's Take It Easy which is often cited as the first true Rock Steady track - apparently originally intended as a ska song Lewis couldn't keep up the tempo so slowed it down and after it was done one of the band members exclaimed "Wow this one rock steady!" The set includes a couple of early Bob Marley tracks whose sublime vocals make it clear why he was to become the leading name in reggae. It also has three tracks by the great Desmond Dekker including his fabulous 007 (Shanty Town) featured in the great movie "The Harder They Come" (a must see - available on DVD from us for $13.98) plus tracks by Roy Shirley, Erroll Dunkley, The Paragons, Lynn Taitt & The Jets, Keith & Tex, The Maytals, Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Uniques and more. A treasure trove of some of the most soulful sounds to emerge from Jamaica. Superb sound and 12 page illustrated booklet give an informative overview of the music. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Spectrum 2070 Trojan Presents Original Reggae - 40 Original Tighten ● CD $15.98
Two CDs, 40 tracks, very highly recommended
Great collection of some of the greatest and most popular reggae recordings of the late 60s and early 70s from the premier reggae label - Trojan. It opens with Toots & The Maytals 1968 recording of Do The Reggay which is credited with the giving the music its name and are also featured on the gorgeous Pressure Drop from the indispensible movie "the Harder They Come." It includes many other classic sides like Max Romeo's oh so naughty Wet Dream, Fatty Fatty by Clancy Eccles, Ken Boothe with some political commentary on Freedom Street, Nicky Thomas's superb cover of the Waylon Jennings country hit Love Of The Common People, an early Bob Marley classic Duppy Conqueror plus sides from The Inspirations, Lloyd Robinson, Roland Alphonso, Niney, Peter Tosh, The Heptones and others. Wonderful music with excellent and detailed information in the 12 page booklet. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Titanic 5505 Lost Soul Dynamite, Volume 3 ● CD $16.98
Another fine collection of soul rarities form the mid/ late 60s - most making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by Oscar Weathers, Paul Vann, Judy White, Bobby Harris, E. Jackie Hines, Billy Mack, Margie Hendrix, Bennie Conn and others. Includes four page booklet with brief notes on all the performances.
KIP ANDERSON: I'm Out Of Love/ BOBBY ANGELLE: I Used To Be Happy/ SAM CAMPBELL & THE BYSTANDERS: Right To Love/ JIMMY CHURCH: Twinkle/ TOMMY COLLINS: I Wanta Thank You/ BENNIE CONN: I Don't Have/ WYLIE DIXON: When Will It End/ BOBBY HARRIS: We Can't Believe You're Gone/ TYRONE HARRIS: Nothing Seems To Go Right/ MARGIE HENDRIX: Now The Hurt's On You/ E. JACKIE HINES: I'm Not The Fool/ JOHN LADREW: You're Just What I Need/ BILLY MACK: I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night/ PAUL MARTIN: Snake In The Grass/ MATTIE MOULTRIE: That's How Strong My Love Is/ THE NEW BLOODS: Self Service/ EARL PARADISE: Don't Pass Me By/ J.P. ROBINSON: I've Got A Long Way To Go/ ACE SAINT CLAIRE: A Man Will Cry/ BOBBY VALENTINO: Special Delivery (Please)/ PAUL VANN: The Touch Of Your Hand (Means So Much)/ OSCAR WEATHERS: Just To Prove I Love You/ JUDY WHITE: Vacuum Cleaner/ BILLY YOUNG: Have Pity On Me

VARIOUS ARTISTS Westside 554 4th & Beale And Further South - Blues Masters, Vol. 2 ● CD $14.98 $9.98
23 tracks, highly recommended
Great collection of down home blues cuts from the Ace vaults including six previously unissued cuts from 1954 by the great Memphis bluesman Joe Hill Louis who abandons his usual one man band format and just sings and plays torrid guitar accompanied by guitar, piano and drums. There are four cuts from veteran Mississippi bluesman Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, nine from the wonderful Texas singer/ guitarist Frankie Lee Sims including an unedited version of his "hit" Walking With Frankie and the previously unissued How Long and four cuts from the obscure but excellent Mercy Baby with Sims on guitar. Usual informative notes from Neil Slaven and full discographical info. (FS)
ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: Baby I've Been Mistreated/ I Wonder/ Mean Ol' World/ My Baby Boogies All The Time/ JOE HILL LOUIS: 4th And Beale/ Get Up Off It/ Going Down To Louisiana/ Joe Hill Boogie/ Ruthie Mae/ Sweetest Woman I Ever Knew/ MERCY BABY: Don't Lie To Me/ Marked Deck/ Pleadin'/ Rock 'n' Roll Baby/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Hey Hey Little Girl/ How Long/ I Warned You Baby/ Misery Blues/ My Talk Didn't Do No Good/ She Likes To Boogie Real Low/ Walking With Frankie/ Well Goodbye Baby/ What Will Lucy Do

JIMMIE WILLIAMS B.A.C.M. 414 Paddle Your Own Canoe ● CD $14.98
28 tracks, 68 mins, fans only
B.A.C.M. has unearthed many very obscure country artists but, in the case of Jimmie Williams, they should have left him buried. He is one of the worst singers I have ever heard with a flat, emotionless delivery that drains the life out of just about song he sings here. Most of the songs are covers including quite a few Hank Williams songs that I'm sure had Hank rolling in his grave (at 78 rpm no doubt). Five of the songs were recorded for MGM and how he ever got a contract with that label is baffling. The only good thing I can say is that he's not as bad as Audrey Williams! This is a different Jimmie Williams to the mandolin player who recorded with Red Ellis. Good sound quality. (FS)

BIG JOHN WRENCHER Castle CMRCD 649 Big John's Boogie Plus ● CD $15.98 $8.98
12 tracks, recommended
Now deleted. Fine set recorded in England in 1974. Born in Mississippi in 1923, Wrencher made a name for himself singing and blowing his harp in Chicago blues clubs and on Chicago sidewalks, but he never found anything like commercial success before his death in '77. This set was recorded while he was on a European tour and features him accompanied by fine Chicago guitarist Eddie Taylor along with British blues stalwarts Bob Hall, Bob Brunning and Peter York. The material is a mix of originals or reworked standards and John and the band sound good throughout on a set of basic stripped down Chicago blues with solid, but not flashy, playing from all. The influences of Howling Wolf and Little Walter are frequently present but John was very much his own man. (FS)


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