Shindig #48
Ugly Things 39







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.


Shindig #48 ● BOOK $10.98
98 pages, highly recommended
This is the real deal, official Shindig magazine. There was a contentious fight for the magazine over the last few months, but that is now resolved and the right people, the people who started the mag for the most part, are back in charge. What you get with this re-launch has a great range of what makes this magazine cool. A cover story on what were probably the Grateful Dead's most important years from 1969-1972, the years that led them from the psychedelic 60's into the Country/ Psych/ Rock jam band that they would more or less be for the rest of their time. Then you get a tour around time and around the world with Brazilian samba-funk master Jorge Ben and his pioneering 1960s work, Mary Wilson talking about her top ten favorite Supremes deep tracks, super producer Joe Boyd talks about everything from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival to Pink Floyd plus his experiences with the likes of Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, and The Incredible String band. There are also features on late 1970s Power Poppers Squire, Krautrock forefathers Amon DĀĀl II, Turkish wonder woman Kamuran Akkor, as well as interesting newer artists like Serpent Power, Hidden Charms, and Paul Orwell. The magazine is a heady blend from start to finish and a joy to have back. Counts as four CDs for shipping. (JM)

Ugly Things 39 ● BOOK $9.98
139 pages, highly recommended
Hot off the presses! Big feature on one of the patron saints of Ugly Things Brian Jones by Harvey Kubernik. Sharing the cover with Mr. Jones are all girl sibling Pop / Rock band from the 1960s The Clingers. Also includes a tribute to (another patron saint) the sadly late Kim Fowley, "freakbeat mavericks" The Mickey Finn, Aussie Punk Pioneers The Saints, Cyril Jordon on the Flamin' Groovies ongoing remembrances of the San Francisco scene from 1960s - 1980s, Pink Finks / Daddy Cool, The Soul Venders, and much more. 31 pages of CD & vinyl reviews (including a nice feature on the new Chuck Berry box set from Bear Family,) 4 pages of book reviews, and even a solid page of DVD reviews. Beautifully put together as always, always highly recommended. Counts as four CDs for shipping. (JM)



REVEREND GARY DAVIS Acoustic Traditions 101 Harlem Street Singer - The Reverend Gary Davis Story ● DVD $22.98
77 mins plus 150 mins of bonus materials, essential
This is a fabulous new documentary about the life and music of one of the musical giants - Reverend Gary Davis. Davis was born into poverty in rural North Carolina - he started as a blues singer but found religion and for the rest his life sang only gospel music, with an occasional blues thrown in, when his wife wasn't around. He was a ferocious singer and one of the greatest guitarists with a unique and complex style. He moved to New York in the 1940s and performed on the street. He was discovered by some up and coming musicians in the late 50s who Davis agreed to teach and much of his story is told through the words of people who knew him or were taught by him - Woody Mann, John Cohen, Stefan Grossman, David Bromberg, Len Chandler, Bob Weir, Tiny Robinson (Lead belly's niece) and many others who talk with passion and affection about Davis, the man, and Davis the performer and his willingness to share his musical knowledge. They talk about how he finally achieved financial security after Peter, Paul & Mary recorded his song If I Had My Way that enabled him to buy his own house. Glenn Hinson from the University of North Carolina helps fill in some of the biographical background and the documentary has numerous video clips of Davis singing and playing at places ranging from his home to the stage of the Newport Folk Festival as well some audio clips. The documentary is a must as it stands but the icing on the cake are the 2 1/2 hours of bonus features including more interviews, a rare concert by Davis in Montreal, Canada, performances by some of the participants in the documentary and more. To me the mark of a good documentary about music is that it makes you want to go and listen to more of the music and that was certainly the effect this documentary had on me. (FS)

JOHN RENBOURN Vestapol DVD 13032 Rare Performances, 1965-1995** ● DVD $22.98
90 mins., incl. 64-pg. text w/tab, essential
A brilliant series of video clips spanning the entire career of one of the era's defining guitarists. We see John bouncing ideas and laughs off Bert Jansch in the pre-Pentangle days, then 3 songs with the seminal Pentangle in full flower, before stepping off into collaborations with the Renbourn Group and Stefan Grossman and many awesome solo performances. Most of the camera-work is guitar-friendly, clearly illustrating hand positions and picking technique. Well-chosen repertoire of more than 25 songs shows the breadth of Renbourn's skills, from the medieval Trotto to the moody Irish Lament for Owen Roe O'Neil to the smirky American Candyman to exquisite jazz arrangements like Goodbye Porkpie Hat. One of the most impressive pieces here is Little Niles, originally written for jazz piano, but sculpted perfectly here on the guitar (and provided in tab notation). Entertaining and well-produced - a real video gem. (DC)

MERLE TRAVIS Bear Family DVD 20008 At 'Town Hall Party'** ● DVD $24.98
25 tracks, very highly recommended
Here's the great and extremely influential country guitarist filmed live, in his prime, in the mid 50s on a selection of 25 tunes including Fat Gal/ Sourwood Mountain/ Main Street Breakdown/ Squaws Along The Yukon/ I'll See You In My Dreams/ Won't You Ride In My Little Red Wagon/ Ike Everly's Rag/ Back Home In Indiana/ Cudle Up A Little Closer/ Midnight Special and more. Includes 16 page booklet with notes by Travis expert Rich Kienzle. (FS)



GEORGE BARNES El Toro 1049 Vol. 1 - Quiet, Gibson At Work: 1938-1957 ● CD $24.98
Two CDs, 59 tracks, 156 mins, essential
This is the first of two volumes documenting the musical career of guitarist George Barnes - best known as a jazz guitarist his contributions to American popular music extends beyond that and he deserves to be better known. Barnes was born in Chicago in 1921 and started playing piano when a young child and soon switched to guitar and became so accomplished that he joined the musician's union when he was 12 and was leading his own touring group when he was 14! In 1938 he got his first chance to record with his newly acquired electric guitar when he started playing on sessions in Chicago featuring some of the great blues musicians of the day - Big Bill Broonzy, Jazz Gillum, Washboard Sam and others. His playing on Big Bill Broonzy's Sweetheart Land and It's A Low Down Dirty Shame (included here) were the first electric guitar solos on record. He subsequently appeared on dozens more blues recordings enlivening them with his clean and fleet fingered yet soulful and economical solos. In 1940 he started his solo career recording first for OKeh and various other labels and eventually joining Decca in the mid 50s where, in addition to his solo recordings, he acted as a music director playing on dozens of sessions covering a wide range of music as well as working with other New York based labels. The first disc on this volume mostly features his playing on Chicago blues records along with a few sessions with Western Swing bands Louise Massey & The Westernaires and The Sweet Violet Boys - the latter a pseudonym for the Prarie Ramblers for their more raucous and risquť material - their I Love My Fruit could easily have been something from the repertoires of Bo Carter. The second disc is devoted to George's solo recordings including his first sides for OKeh in 1946, subsequent recordings for Keynote (including guitar duets with Earl Backus), transcriptions - some where he plays with a group of woodwinds, a couple of Decca tracks and the entirety of his rare 1957 LP on the Colortone label "Country Jazz." This album mostly consists of George's unique reworkings of country standards to dazzling effect but also showing his blues roots in the soulful Strollin' Slow and playing some hot rock 'n' roll on Rockabilly Boogie and Weasel Rock. Sound quality is superb and there are informative notes from Dave Penny which includes a lengthy extract from an interview with George made by the Library Of Congress in 1939. A stellar release in every way. (FS)

GEORGE BARNES El Toro 1062 Vol. 2 - Restless Guitar: 1952-1962 ● CD $24.98
Two CDs, 61 tracks, highly recommended
The second volume is not as strong as the first. The first 12 tracks of the first disc reissues the 1959 LP "Guitar - Twangy With A Beat" which was issued to cash in the popularity of the "twangy guitar" sound with teenagers with George playing under the teen friendly name of Dean Hightower. The tunes are a mix of pop standards given a rock 'n' roll arrangement and original "rock 'n' roll" tunes by George. The result is neither fish nor fowl - the standards might have benefitted from a more low key approach and the rockers don't rock that much. I suspect that this did not appear on George's CV. The rest of the first disc features George as a session man on a mix of rock 'n' roll and R&B songs. Unfortunately a fair number of the artists are pop singers like Jaye P. Morgan, Dorothy Collins, Betty Anne Steele and others attempting to rock and failing miserably - if you have the courage to listen through the vocals you will often be rewarded by an exciting solo from George. The second disc is much better with some real R&B and rock 'n' roll artists artists here like Janis Martin, Eddie Fontaine, Little Willie John, David Houston (a hot rockabilly version of Muddy Waters' Sugar Sweet), King Curtis Orchestra (the collection's title tune which is almost worth the price of admission), Chuck Willis, The Coasters and others. It also includes a moving blues with an introductory narration Good Morning Blues by Della Reese with George playing some lovely sensitive blues guitar behind her. A lot of these songs may be familiar but now you'll know who played those wonderful guitar licks and , having them in context really brings over the versatility and imagination behind Gorge's playing. (FS)

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

BILL CARLISLE Collector 2865 Rough And Rowdy Hillbilly Of The 1930s, Vol. 1** ● CD $17.98
Fabulous collection of 25 tracks by singer/ guitarist Bill Carlisls - often in the company of his brother Cliff. Only two duplications with the previously issued Cattle release - this one emphasizes his 30s recordings where the Cattle emphasized his 40s sides. Lots of great blues songs - some in the Jimmie Rodgers style and others in a more original style.
BILL CARLISLE: A Dollar's All I Crave/ A Mouse Been Messin' Around/ Bell Clappin' Mama/ Big At The Little, Bottom At The Top/ Blue Eyes/ Ditty Wah Ditty/ Feet, Don't Fail Me/ House Cat Mama/ I Done It Wrong/ I'm Wearing The Britches Now/ Jumpin' And Jerkin' Blues/ Rattlin' Daddy/ Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down/ Suger Cane Mama/ Ten Or Twelve Times, Maybe More/ Three Women To Every Man/ You're Just Like A Dollar Bill/ THE CARLISLE BROTHERS: Baby You Done Flubbed Your Dub With Me/ Beneath The Old Pine Tree/ Don't Let Me Worry Your Little Mind/ Flag That Train/ Go On And Leave If You Wish To/ Gonna Raise A Ruckus Tonight/ I Believe I'm Entitled To You/ My Little Sadie

JOHNNY CASH & THE TENNESSEE TWO Klondike 5024 Country Style 1958/ Guest Star 1959 ● CD $19.98
21 tracks (11 songs + intros and commercials), 43 mins, highly recommended
Great collection of Johnny Cash live on the radio in the 1950s. There are three complete 15 minute radio shows including introductions, interviews and commercials. The first two shows are from the Country Style USA series sponsored by the US Army. Although, officially, these are from 1958 it is pretty clear from Johnny's introductions that these are much earlier (as the notes point out) probably from 1956. Johnny, Luther and Marshall do great live versions of their Sun classics like Hey Porter/ Rock Island Live/ Folsom Prison Blues/ I Was There When It Happened and more. The third show is "Guest Star" sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Dept to promote savings. Johnny only gets to do three songs thanks to the inclusion of an obnoxious and patronizaing interview by host Lou Crosby and an instrumental interlude by the house band. He gets to do his first No. 1 hit for Columbia Don't Take Your Guns To Town plus Country Boy and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - all very fine. Sound quality is excellent and booklet includes photos and brief but informative notes. (FS)

CLIFTON CHENIER Jasmine 3046 Rockin' Accordion - A Selection Of His Earliest Recordi ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, 69 mins, very highly recommended
A fabulous collection of recordings made by the King of Zydeco between 1954 and 1960 - before he was discovered by Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie who exposed his music to the world at large. Although Clifton's music embraced elements of Cajun music with waltzes and songs sung in French, the record companies of the time weren't quite ready for this so this music is almost all blues and rhythm & blues and, with one exception (the classic Ay Tete Fee) is all sung in English. It starts with his earliest recordings primitively recorded in Lake Charles in 1954 by eccentric producer J.R. Fulbright who put out several songs on his own Elko label as well as licensing some to Imperial. In 1955 he did a couple of sessions for Specialty accompanied by guitarists like Lonesome Sundown & Philip Walker, his brother Cleveland on rubboard, Lionel Prevost on tenor and others and these find Clifton in great form. We have one track - the hard driving The Big Wheel from a session recorded for Chess in 1956 - it's a shame they didn't include the other titles from this session and ends up with six great sides recorded for Jay Miller's Zynn label between 1958 and 1960 including his great, and totally original, version of Worried Life Blues with shattering guitar from Travis Phillips. A great collection of singing and accordion playing with fine bands. Sound is excellent and there are brief notes by Bob Fisher. (FS)

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES Smokin' SMCD932 Down At The Club ● CD $14.98
15 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
Recorded on their "Copperhead Road" tour, this live CD captures Steve Earle and company at the height of his early pre-jail years, both creatively and commercially. It's just the kind of Earle show that you want to hear, with lost of great performances and plenty of talking trash in between songs. Highlights include Copperhead Road/ The Devil's Right Hand/ Johnny Come Lately, and The Week Of Living Dangerously. (JM)

THE EVERLY BROTHERS Acrobat 9047 The Complete US & UK Singles As & Bs & EPs, 1956-1962 ● CD $19.98
3 CDs, 75 tracks, 182 mins, essential
The Everly Brothers had a whole lot of great hit songs and most of those great hit songs had equally great, or at least pretty damn good, B sides. Just to refresh your memory: Bye, Bye Love/ Wake Up Little Susie/ Maybe Tomorrow/ This Little Girl Of Mine/ All I Have To Do Is Dream/ Claudette/ Bird Dog/ Should We Tell Him/ Devoted To You/ Problems/ Take A Message To Mary/ (Til) I Kissed You/ Let It Be Me/ Cathy's Clown/ When Will I Be Loved--those are both A & B sides, because many of their singles were double sided hits. Those are only about half of the songs on the first CD, you have around 60 more fine tracks beyond those. The Everly Brothers were first-year Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and this collection reminds you of exactly why. CDs have fantastic sound throughout, an overall top-notch job. (JM)
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: (Till) I Kissed You/ A Change Of Heart/ All I Have to Do Is Dream/ Always It's You/ Baby What You Want Me To Do/ Barbara Allen/ Be-Bop-A-Lula/ Bird Dog/ Brand New Heartache/ Bye Bye Love/ Carol Jane/ Cathy's Clown/ Claudette/ Crying in the Rain/ Devoted to You/ Don't Ask Me to Be Friends/ Don't Blame Me/ Donna, Donna/ Down In The Willow Garden/ Ebony Eyes/ Hey Doll Baby/ How Can I Meet Her/ I Want You To Know/ I Wonder If I Care as Much/ I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail/ I'm Not Angry/ Just In Case/ Keep A Knockin'/ Keep A-Lovin' Me/ Kentucky/ Leave My Woman Alone/ Let It Be Me/ Lightning Express/ Like Strangers/ Long Time Gone/ Love Hurts/ Love of My Life/ Lucille/ Made To Love/ Maybe Tomorrow/ Memories Are Made Of This/ Muskrat/ Nashville Blues/ No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile/ Oh So Many Years/ Oh What a Feeling/ Oh, True Love/ Poor Jenny/ Problems/ Put My Little Shoes Away/ Rip It Up/ Rockin' Alone In An Old Rocking Chair/ Roving Gambler/ Should We Tell Him/ Sigh, Cry, Almost Die/ Since You Broke My Heart/ Sleepless Nights/ So How Come No One Loves Me/ So Sad/ Some Sweet Day/ Stick with Me, Baby/ Take a Message to Mary/ Temptation/ That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine/ That's Just Too Much/ That's Old Fashioned/ That's What You Do To Me/ The Sun Keeps Shining/ This Little Girl of Mine/ Wake Up Little Susie/ Walk Right Back/ What Kind Of Girl Are You/ When Will I Be Loved/ Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet/ You Thrill Me

BENTON FLIPPEN & THE SMOKEY VALLEY BOYS 5 String 8004 BOYS : An Evening At WPAQ, 1984** ● CD $16.98
20 tracks, 53 min., highly recommended
Fiddler extraordinaire Benton Flippen joined the Smokey Valley Boys old-timey string band in the 1970s. Their recordings, including this one, tend to highlight Flippen's unique findering style and arranging abilities. As the title suggests, this set is the product of after-hours recordings on 15 February 1984 at radio station WPAQ. The old-time feeling is perhaps enhanced by 1950s Ampex 600 tube-era tape recorder that captured the sound (mixed live to one channel), and any lack of sound fidelity is more than offset by Flippen's magic hands. (On Pole Cat Blues, his fiddle sounds as if it is imitating a slide guitar!) Originally released (in minute quantities) only on cassette tape and sold at local shows, these delightful (if occasionally similar-sounding) sides are finally being made available to a wider audience. And one listen to Sally Ann or Cotton Eyed Joe or Step Back Cindy or Katy Hill is certain to make that audience appreciative. (JC)

DIZZY GILLESPIE Shout Factory 30850 Career, 1937-1992** ● CD $19.98
2 discs, 32 tracks, essential
Now available at a significantly lower price. How many career anthologies cover 55 years of great recordings? Thanks to Shout! Factory, this is one of the only Diz compilations to cover that entire time. Of course the great BeBop years are covered extensively, with his small groups as leader or with Charlie Parker & his own blazing big band these have been anthologized before & always sound great. What's important here is what comes before & after. The set starts off with pre-star Diz as sideman on rarities by the Teddy Hill Orch from '37, Cab Calloway in '40 & Billy Eckstine in '44. And after (most of disc 2), as this set comprises tracks from all Diz's labels) there's the Norgran/Verve years, cuts from Phillips, Mainstream & Pablo. Ending with a live Bebop from '92 with Clifford Jordan on tenor. And of course there's all the great classics in between Salt Peanuts/ Cubana Be-Cubana Bop/Groovin' High/ All The Things You Are/ Dizzy Atmosphere, etc. With 48 page booklet. (GM)

GUITAR SLIM GREEN BGP CDBGPM 287 Stone Down Blues ● CD $13.98
12 tracks, 35 mins, strongly recommended
Just what the title says - pure down home blues with stripped down arrangements. This is a reissue of a 1970 LP produced by Johnny Otis with two bonus unissued cuts. Green, originally from Oklahoma, had been active on the Southern California blues scene since the mid 40s and made a number of obscure but singles over the years. Slim had one of these deep dark voices - a bit reminiscent of Lightnin' Slim and was a basic, but effective guitarist. On this set Johnny Otis and son Shuggie provide discreet accompaniments on guitar, harmonica, piano and rums in various combination. The songs are all originals by Slim, mostly based on traditional themes. It includes 5th Street Alley Blues which is a remake of his 1948 recording Alla Blues which was one of the first West Coast versions of Curtis Jones' Tin Pan Alley which was to become a West Coast standard. Shake 'Em Up is funk flavored down home blues, This War Ain't Right is a topical song about the Vietnam war and You Make Me Feel So Good features some nice slide guitar from Shuggie. A very worthwhile set that, at only 35 minutes, doesn't overstay it's welcome. (FS)

ANNETTE HANSHAW Sounds of Yesterday 993 The Best Of Annette Hanshaw ● CD $15.98
26 tracks, recommended
Fine collection of this extremely popular jazz and pop vocalist from the late 20s and early 30s. The earlier sides feature accompaniments from the likes of Red Nichols, Miff Mole, Phil Napoleon, Joe Venuti and other major jazz artists. Includes fine performances of songs like I Cover The Waterfront/ Don't Blame Me/ Black Bottom/ Ain't That A Grand And Glorious Feeling/ Tip Toe Through The Tulips and more. It would have gotten a higher rating if not for the fact that a number of tracks use excessive amounts of digital noise reduction. (FS)

WYNONIE HARRIS Ace CDTOP2 1124 Don't You Want To Rock ● CD $26.98
Two CDs, 48 tracks, very highly recommended
Long awaited compilation of the great blues shouter from Omaha's early King recordings remastered from the original 16" acetates for unprecedented sound quality. It includes one take of every track recorded by Wynonie between December 13, 1947 and October 18, 1950. It includes at least one take of every song recorded at these sessions with the exception of three songs from a Decemb 16th, 1947 session fo which the original acetate has never been found. It includes all the great sides issued by King on 78s from these sessions including such classics as Good Rockin' Tonight/ Lolly Pop Mama/ Granda Plays The Numbers/ I Feel That Old Age Coming/ Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ All She Wants To Do Is Rock/ I Want My Fanny Brown/ Sittin' On It All The Time>D> and I Like My Baby's Pudding - all of them top ten R&B hits. The first is devoted to the issued recordings while the second features 16 previously unissued alternate takes and four great, previously unissued, songs including Wynonie's Unissued Blues/ Don't You Want To Rock (two takes)/ Love Is Crazy (three Takes) and From Good To Bad Blues. Apart from the incredible sound the set comes with a 16 page booklet with detailed notes on the sessions from Tony Rounce. (FS)

WANDA JACKSON Ace CDCHD 1125 The Very Best Of The Country Years** ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
Although I especially love Wanda Jackson's Rock `N' Roll songs, I still have to give credit to her long and excellent Country music career. Wanda started as a teenager singing for Country legend Hank Thompson's band, which led her to a Decca records contract of her own. Her Decca contract lasted for a total of seven singles, only one of which, a duet with fellow Thompson band member called You Can't Have My Love, even reached the lower regions of the charts. Following her graduation from high school, she signed with Capitol records, a label that she would stay with for the next 13 years. All of the tracks on this CD are from official Capitol records releases and all but one (1958's I Wanna Waltz) were recorded between 1961 - 1972. Essentially this is a greatest hits and overview of her career as a Country music singer. All of her singles that charted are here, mixed with outstanding album tracks. Ace has already done the retrospective on Wanda's Rock `N' Roll career; now they do an equally fine job on this phase of her career. I grew up on Wanda Jackson's Country and R&R recordings, but I have never heard any of her Gospel outings. With her magnificent voice, I can imagine there is some good stuff in there as well. Maybe Ace will go all-out and provide us with a third installment? (JM)

EARL KING Rockbeat 3298 New Orleans Party Classic ● CD $12.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
A fine collection of sides by this superb New Orleans singer, songwriter and songwriter - mostly drawn from albums he recorded for the Black Top label in the 1980s and early 90s. The first 12 tracks reissue Black Top 1035 from 1986 with one bonus cut. On this album King, with support from top flite Providence RI band Roomful Of Blues has fronted a solid rhythm & blues party. Includes Texas flavored blues shuffles and some of Earl's older compositions reworked and given new life. The interplay with King and Roomful guitarist Ronnie Earl is excellent and there's some fine keyboard work from Ron Levy. The next four cuts are drawn from Earl's 1993 album "Hard River To Cross" and find Earl accompanied by a group of home town musicians and features great singing and playing from Earl and that great New Orleans sound from the band. And then there are the last five cuts which are my favorites since they are early 1960s cuts recorded for Imperial including his fabulous original recording of Trick Bag plus Come On (Parts 1 & 2)/ Always A First Time and two more gems. (FS)

JIM KWESKIN & THE JUG BAND Vanguard VCD 13/14 Greatest Hits!** ● CD $17.98
24 tracks, 72 min., highly recommended
An utterly delightful collection drawn from the four early to late 60's LPs of this authentic but irreverent New England folk aggregation. Led by Kweskin the group featured the stellar talents of Mel Lyman on harmonica; Geoff Muldaur on guitar, washboard, kazoo, and vocals; Geoff's soon-to-be wife, Maria D'Amato on fiddle and vocals; Bill Keith on banjo; and Fritz Richmond on washtub bass and, of course, jug. Featured selections include Jug Band Music, Somebody Stole My Gal, That's When I'll Come Back to You, Never Swat a Fly, Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me, the wonderfully deadpan Ukelele Lady, I'm a Woman, Morning Blues, Chevrolet, and Blues in the Bottle. Too much fun not to own. (DH)

J.B. LENOIR Jasmine 809 I Wanna Play A Little While - Singles Collection, 1950-1960 ● CD $18.98
Just arrived. A most welcome release, this two CD set with 58 tracks features all the singles issued between 1950 and 1960 by this superb and distinctive Chicago bluesman between 1950 and 1960 along with 22 tracks not originally issued. It includes all his singles issued on Chess, J.O.B., Checker, Shad and Vee-Jay plus two tracks issued on a Decca LP. The originally unissued sides were originaly recorded for J.O.B., Parrot and Checker and includes tracks where he is sideman on sessions by Sunnyland Slim and Johnny Shines. More details next time.
J.B. LENOIR: Back Door/ Carrie Lee/ Daddy Talk To Your Son/ Deep In Debt Blues/ Do What I Say/ Don't Dog Your Woman/ Don't Touch My Head/ Eisenhower Blues/ Everybody Wants To Know (Laid Off Blues)/ Fine Girls/ Five Years/ Give Me One More Shot/ Good Looking Woman/ How Can I Leave/ How Much More/ I Been Down So Long/ I Don't Know/ I Have Married/ I Lost My Baby/ I Wanna Play A Little While/ I Want My Baby/ I'll Die Tryin'/ I'm Gonna Die Someday/ I'm In Korea/ I've Been Down For So Long/ If I Give My Love To You/ If You Love Me/ J.B.'S Rock/ Korea Blues/ Let Me Die With The One I Love/ Let's Roll/ Lou Ella/ Louise/ Low Down Dirty Shame/ Mama Talk To Your Daughter/ Mama What About Your Daughter/ Mama Your Daughter's Going To Miss Me/ Man Watch Your Woman/ Move To Kansas City/ My Baby Told Me/ Natural Man/ Oh Baby/ People Are Meddling (In Our Affairs)/ She Don't Know/ Sitting Down Thinking/ Slow Down Woman/ Tax Paying Blues/ The Mojo/ The Mountain/ Voodoo Boogie/ We've Both Got To Realise (We Can't Go On This Way)/ What Have I Done/ When I Am Drinking/ JOHNNY SHINES: Livin' In The Whitehouse/ Please Don't/ SUNNYLAND SLIM: Bassology/ When I Was Young/ Worried About My Baby

JOE HILL LOUIS Bear Family BCD 15524 The Be-Bop Boy With Walter Horton And Mose Vinson** ● CD $21.98
26 tracks, very highly recommended
Self-taught bluesman (guitar, harmonica, drums) Joe Hill Louis never took the world by storm, or lived to see the age of 36. But he did make some damn fine blues records, some with producer Sam Phillips at the controls. This disc collects 26 sides recorded for Phillips between March '52 and Sept. '53, when Louis was either leading the sessions or playing his guitar for Walter Horton or Mose Vinson. For low-down, no frill blues She Treats Me Mean And Evil is tough to beat, though Sweetest Gal In Town/ Got A New Woman/ I'm A Poor Boy give it a shot. A few songs benefit from famous Sidemen Jack Kelly (pno) and Willie Nix (dms), Dorothy Mae being one of the best. The cuts by Vinson and Horton are frequently wonderful too, especially Little Walter's Boogie/ My Love Has Gone. Usual flawless packaging from Bear Family. (JC)
WALTER HORTON: Little Walter's Boogie (Take 1)/ Little Walter's Boogie (Take 2)/ Walter's Instrumental/ West Winds Are Blowin'/ JOE HILL LOUIS: 44 Blues/ Dorothy Mae/ Got Me A New Woman/ Hydramatic Woman/ I'm A Poor Boy/ In The Mood/ Keep Your Arms Around Me/ Keep Your Arms Around Me/ Mistreatin' Boogie/ My Love Has Gone/ My Love Has Gone/ Reap What You Sow/ She Comes To See Me Sometime/ She Treats Me Mean And Evil/ Shine Boy/ Sweetest Gal In Town/ Tiger Man/ Tiger Man/ We All Got To Go/ We All Gotta Go Sometime/ We All Gotta Go Sometime/ Worry You Off My Mind

THE LOUVIN BROTHERS Enlightenment 9020 Complete Recorded Works 1952-62 ● CD $19.98
6 CDs, 143 tracks, 379 mins, highly recommended (with reservations)
Well, this isn't exactly the Louvin's Complete Recorded Works 1952-62, it doesn't have their 1955 single When I Stop Dreaming, or their first #1 single I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby, and probably many other songs only released as singles, but it does compile all twelve albums that they put out during those years. Their self titled first album on MGM and the other 11 on Capitol, including landmark LPs "Tragic Songs of Life," "Ira and Charlie," and the legendary and rather notorious "Satan Is Real." This set is a rather Spartan affair, with liner notes lifted straight from Wikipedia, but it is also the biggest set of great Louvin Brothers tracks that you will find outside of a $140 Bear Family box set. Out of the 143 tracks, there's probably about 75 great ones, and about 60 really good ones, with many of the albums featured being essential in their own right. (JM)

FRANK LUTHER B.A.C.M. 103 An Old Man's Story & Other Classic Songs & Ballads ● CD $14.98 $10.98
Complementing B.A.C.M. 007 this is another collection of songs by this popular and very prolific performer featuring 22 tracks recorded between 1928 and 1934 including Fate Of The Fleagle Gang/ Nobody To Love/ When The Bloom Is On The Sage/ Wanderer's Warning/ How To Make Love/ I Don't Work For A Living/ Lonesome Melody/ Climbing Up The Golden Stairs, etc.
FRANK LUTHER: A Mother's Plea/ An Old Man's Story/ Climbing Up The Golden Stairs/ Fate Of The Fleagle Gang/ Grandmother's Bible/ Hallelujah I'm A Bum/ He Was Once Some Mother's Boy/ Hello Young Lindy/ How To Make Love/ I Don't Work For A Living/ In The Baggage Coach Ahead/ Lonesome Melody/ Nobody To Love/ Oh Dem Golden Slippers/ Oh That Dumb Bell/ Popeye The Sailor Man/ Reformatory Blues/ Since My Mother's Gone/ Wanderer's Warning/ When The Bloom Is On The Sage/ When The White Azaleas Start Blooming/ Wonder Valley

MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL Arhoolie 424 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl** ● CD $13.98
22 tracks, 77 min, very highly recommended
A Fred McDowell album, particularly if it's on Arhoolie, hardly needs reviewing - the man was just consistently magnificent with his soulful vocals and stinging slide guitar. Even though many of the songs are familiar from other recordings, Fred's performances are always rewarding. The first 11 sides (two previously unissued) are all solo blues - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl/ Fred's Rambling Blues/ I Walked All The Way From East St. Louis/ Gravel Road Blues and others. The remaining 11 tracks, all previously unissued, are gospel songs and Fred is joined by his wife and members of his church congregations on spine chilling performances of Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning/ I'm Going Over The Hill/ Amazing Grace/ You Gotta Move and other sacred staples. Superb sound throughout and affectionate notes by Chris Strachwitz. (FS)
FRED & ANNIE MAE MCDOWELL: Amazing Grace (*)/ Bye And Bye (*)/ FRED MCDOWELL: Don't Look For Me On A Sunday/ Drop Down Mama/ Early This Morning (Write Me A Few Of Your Lines) (*)/ Fred's Rambling Blues/ FRED & ANNIE MAE MCDOWELL: Get Right Church (*)/ FRED MCDOWELL: Good Morning Little Schoolgirl/ Gravel Road Blues/ I Looked At The Sun/ I Walked All The Way From East St. Louis/ FRED & ANNIE MAE MCDOWELL: I Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down (*)/ I'm Going Over The Hill (*)/ I'm So Glad, Got Good Religion (*)/ It's A Blessing (*)/ Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning (*)/ FRED MCDOWELL: Little Girl, Little Girl, How Old Are You/ FRED & ANNIE MAE MCDOWELL: Look Way Down That Lonesome Road (*)/ FRED MCDOWELL: Red Cross Store Blues/ FRED & ANNIE MAE MCDOWELL: When The Saints Go Marching In (*)/ FRED MCDOWELL: Where Were You When The Rooster Crowed 'Fore FRED/ FRED & ANNIE MAE MCDOWELL: You Gotta Move (*)

WES MONTGOMERY Enlightenment 9039 The Classic Recordings, 1958-1960 ● CD $18.98
4 CDs, 58 tracks, 294 mins, recommended
With this collection, you get an amazing amount of Wes Montgomery, and if you are like me and did not already have any Wes, then you get an instant collection of a lot of his best work. Wes Montgomery was certainly one of the all-time greatest Jazz Guitarists, ranking somewhere up there with Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian. Unfortunately, Montgomery died at the age of 45, so he probably had a whole lot more music in him; nonetheless, he cast a long shadow. This set features 8 albums in their entirety from his breakout years. They are "Montgomeryland" (as the The Montgomery Brothers,) "Kismet" (with The Mastersounds,) "The Montgomery Brothers Plus Five Others," "A Good Git-Together" (as a sideman for Jon Hendricks,) "The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery," "Movin' Along," and "The Montgomery Brothers," released on the Riverside, World Pacific, and Fantasy record labels. Collection has fantastic sound throughout and, if you dig old smooth Jazz, you will most certainly love this. I do have to cry foul on this record label, though: the liner notes for this CD are word for word exactly the same as Montgomery's Wikipedia entry! So, although the music is highly recommended, I have to knock it down a peg for the poor execution on the label's behalf. (JM)

MOONDOG Honest Jon's 18 Viking Of Sixth Avenue ● CD $19.98 $15.98
36 tracks, 73 min., highly recommended
Moondog, born Louis Thomas Hardin, wondered blindly (literally) the streets of New York and elsewhere from 1949 on. He wore a viking helmet, carried a big staff, played strange-looking drums he'd made himself. His music recalls elements of swing, improvisational jazz, folk, and classical, as well as anticipating elements of minimalism and electronic music. Charlie Parker admired him. So did Ivor Stravinsky. So did Janis Joplin--that's why she recorded his All Is Loneliness madrigal. This collection offers sides from his 1953 EP On The Streets Of New York, 78s on his own SMC Pro-Arte label, and labels such as Brunswick, Epic, Columbia, Prestige, and Angel. It's not "difficult music" in the common sense of "hard to listen to"; in fact, the three dozen pieces here tend to be beautiful adventures across a bold musical landscape that only Moondog could see, where what may at first sound improvised reveals itself as painstakingly constructed with a musical wisdom so far ahead of its time that alien visitation becomes a plausible explanation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Moondog had a great deal of formal musical training, but don't hold that against him. Like nothing else. (JC)

JIMMY "T-99" NELSON Ace CDCHD 976 Cry Hard Luck - The RPM And Kent Recordings, 1951-1961** ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, 63 mins, highly recommended
Fine collection of sides recorded for RPM by Texas blues shouter Nelson, some with his regular band The Peter Rabbit Trio and others with various studio line ups. It includes his one minor hit - the classic T-99 - along with other fine tracks like Cry Hard Luck/ Meet Me With Your Black Dress On/ Raindrop Blues/ Bad Habit Blues/ Sweetest Little Girl/ Fine Little Honey Dripper , etc. A number of tracks were never issued on 78 rpm and were first issued on Ace LPs in the 1980s and a couple have never been issued before. As usual for Ace the sound quality is superb and the 12 page booklet has iinformative notes by Tony Rounce plus vintage photos and label shots. (FS)
JIMMY NELSON: Baby Chile/ Bad Habit Blues/ Big Mouth/ Cry Hard Luck/ Cry Hard Luck/ Fine Little Honey Dripper/ I Sat And Cried/ Last Turn Around/ Little Miss Teasin' Brown/ Married Men Like Sport/ Mean Poor Girl/ Meet Me With Your Black Dress On/ Rain Drop Blues/ Rich Little Girl/ Right Around The Corner/ Second Hand Fool/ She's My Baby/ She's My Baby/ Sweetest Little Girl/ T99 Blues/ T99 Blues/ Unlock The Door

THE PLATTERS Acrobat 9045 The Complete A & B Sides, 1953-1962 ● CD $19.98
3 CD, 72 tracks, essential
Anyone who listened to R&B during the 50s and early 60s should be very familiar with the Platters, as they were without doubt the most successful Black group of their era, managing to score Number One hits on both sides of the Atlantic. But their popularity aside, the Platters also hold an important place in the history of 20th century music; during the 50s they were the missing link between early Doo Wop and Black R&B groups, while fusing traditional Tin Pan Alley pop and the burgeoning rock 'n' roll phenomenon into their distinctive sound, thus being highly influential to countless R&B and soul artists to follow in the ensuing decades. This collection covers the group's first decade of singles released on the Federal and Mercury labels, of which thirty-five were chart hits, including four No. 1s. Who can forget the first time one heard The Great Pretender/ Only You (And You Alone)/ (You've Got) The Magic Touch/ My Prayer/ Twilight Time, and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; every one of them a stone cold classic that appeals to pop and R&B lovers alike. For the R&B fan, there is no better collection of the Platters' first decade to be had anywhere. (GMC)
THE PLATTERS: Bark, Battle And Ball/ Beer Barrel Boogie/ Down The River Of Golden Dreams/ Ebb Tide/ Enchanted/ Every Little Movement Has Meaning All Its Own/ Give Thanks/ Harbor Lights/ He's Mine/ Heartbreak/ Heaven On Earth/ Helpless/ Hey Now/ I Need You All The Time/ I Wanna/ I Wish/ I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time/ I'll Cry When You're Gone/ I'll Never Smile Again/ I'm Just A Dancing Partner/ I'm Sorry/ If I Didn't Care/ Immortal Love/ Indifferent/ It Isn't Right/ It's Magic/ It's Raining Outside/ Love All Night/ Love Of A Lifetime/ Maggie Doesn't Work Here Anymore/ Memories/ More Than You Know/ My Blue Heaven/ My Dream/ My Old Flame/ My Prayer/ My Secret/ No Matter What You Are/ On My Word Of Honour/ One In A Million/ Only Because/ Only You/ Only You 1954 version/ Out Of My Mind/ Reaching For A Star/ Red Sails In The Sunset/ Remember When/ Roses Of Picardy/ Sad River/ Shake It Up Mambo/ Sleepy Lagoon/ Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/ Song For The Lonely/ Take Me Back, Take Me Back/ Tell The World/ The Great Pretender/ The Mystery Of You/ The Sound And The Fury/ To Each His Own/ Trees/ True Lover/ Twilight Time/ Voo-Vee-Ah-Bee/ What Does It Matter/ Where/ Winner Take All/ Wish It Were Me/ You Don't Say/ You Made Me Cry/ You'll Never Know/ You'll Never Never Know/ You're Making A Mistake/ You've Got The Magic Touch

TEXAS JIM ROBERTSON B.A.C.M. 485 Vol. 3: Down On The Texas Range ● CD $14.98
Third collection of songs by this Texas born but New York based western singer with a style reminiscent of Tex Ritter (complementing B.A.C.M. 175 and 213 - $14.98 each). 25 of the 31 tracks are from radio transcriptions made around 1941 and all but one feature him accompanied only by his limited guitar playing - the remaining six tracks are from commercial Bluebird recordings where he is accompanied by various small groups. Songs are mostly old favorites and includes titles ike Billy The Kid/ Cowboy Jack/ Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad/ Down On The Texas Range/ The Days of '49, etc.
TEXAS JIME ROBERSTON: Me and My Guitar (Opening Theme)/ Billy The Kid/ Brother Henry/ The Texas Cowboy/ Cowboy Jack/ Headin' For The Great divide/ Curley Joe/ Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad/ Darling Nelly Gray/ Jack O' Diamonds/ Down On The Texas Range/ The Little Mohee/ Filipino Baby/ The Days Of '49/ I Only Want A Buddy Not A Sweetheart/ Green Grow The Lilacs/ In The West Where The Skies Are Blue/ Lone Cowpuncher/ My Little Home In Tennessee/ Turkey In The Straw/ My Ma, She Told Me So/ The Cowboy's Meditation/ Things That Might Have Been/ Goin' To Little Creek/ Too Blue To Cry/ When This War Is Over/ (Darling What I've Been Through) You'll Never Know/ Train Whistle Blues/ The Spanish Cavalier/ The Old Gruyo/ Me and My Guitar (Closing Theme)

BILLY STEWART Rockbeat 3294 The Essential Billy Stewart ● CD $19.98
2 CD, 36 tracks, very highly recommended
Billy Stewart was one of the premier sweet soul voices of the 60's; whether he was dramatically re-interpreting a Broadway standard like Summertime or delivering originals like I Do Love You and Sitting in the Park in his unmistakable style, he was truly an R&B god. During his short career, Stewart cut three albums for Chess between 1965 and 1967 -- "I Do Love You," "Unbelievable," and "Old Standards," "New Tricks" - all of which make up the material on this set. "The Unbelievable" LP is legendary in R&B circles, thanks to the dazzling performances of both Stewart and his band on such standards as Canadian Sunset/ A Foggy Day/ Time After Time/ Moon River/ That Old Black Magic, and the aforementioned Summertime. "Unbelievable" makes up most of Disc One, while the remainder is tracks from "I Do Love You," which although more of a straightforward R&B album, has more than a few gems: the title track, Sitting in the Park/ Fat Boy/ I'm No Romeo, and Reap What You Sow. Disc Two includes the rest of "I Do Love You," and "Old Standards, New Tricks" - more covers of standards-of which Fly Me To the Moon/ Let's Fall in Love/ Who Can I Turn To, and When I Fall in Love I think are the most fully realized. Although this collection loses points for not including Stewart's last two singles - Why Do I Love You So and Tell Me the Truth - this is a solid set that showcases Billy Stewart at his best. Includes informative notes from R&B expert Billy Vera. (GMC)
BILLY STEWART: A Fat Boy Can Cry/ A Foggy Day/ Almost Live Being In Love/ Canadian Sunset/ Count Me Out/ Do I Love You/ Everyday I Have The Blues/ Exodus/ Fat Boy/ Fly Me To The Moon/ I'm No Romeo/ It's All Right With Me/ Let's Fall In Love/ Love Is Here To Stay/ Misty/ Moon River/ Moonlight On Vermont/ My Funny Valentine/ Oh My What Can The Matter Be/ Old Man River/ Once Again/ Over The Rainbow/ Reap What You Sow/ Secret Love/ Sitting In The Park/ Somewhere/ Strange Feeling/ Summertime/ Sweet Senorita/ Teach Me Tonight/ Temptation/ That Old Black Magic/ Time After Time/ When I Fall In Love/ Who Can I Turn To

TAMPA RED Ace CDTOP2 1440 Dynamite! The Unsung King Of The Blues ● CD $26.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, very highly recommended
Tampa Red was one of the most popular and prolific blues artists of the pre war era and continued to be so until the the late 40s. This wonderful set features a selection of his recordings made for RCA between 1941 and 1953 including previously unissued songs and alternates. On the recordings made between 1941 and '46 he is joined by the great piano player Big Maceo on most of the tracks and the music really benefits from Mace's thundering left hand and lyrical right hand. There are a number of songs here that have become classics like the risquť Let Me Play With Your Poodle/ She Wants To Sell My Monkey and Crying Won't Help You. The energetic playing and driving rhythms point to the forthcoming era of Chicago blues bands. There are two sessions from 1947 where he is joined by a small jump band with Blind John Davis or Bob Call on piano and one or two horn players. After a hiatus of more than a year Tampa returned to the recording studio in March 1949 in the company of the brilliant Johnny Jones - a superb piano player and singer who was a protťgť of Tampa's former regular partner Big Maceo. Most of the sessions here find Tampa accompanied by Jones, bassist Ransom Knowling and Odie Payne on drums and the result was some of Tampa's best music in quite a while. On one session they are joined by tenor saxist Bill Casimir, another features harmonica by Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) and there is one with Walter Horton. Some great songs including new versions of early Tampa favorites like Love Her With A Feeling/ Sweet Little Angel and When Things Go Wrong With You (previously recorded as It Hurts Me Too. Johnny provides some fine duet vocals on a number of songs and takes a gorgeous lead vocal on Early In The Morning which is somewhat marred by Tampa's unnecessary kazoo playing. In Ace's infinite wisdom, rather than sequence the tracks chronologically they have put them in reverse chronological order! Maybe they feel that this puts the more accessible tracks for the novice collector at the beginning of the set but I think it will be exasperating for the serious collector who would like to trace the development of Tampa's music. Still being on CD one can always sequence however one wishes - still. Of course the fact that Tampa tends to play more kazoo on the earlier tracks might also be a factor. Sound quality is magnificent and the 28 page booklet has in depth knowledgeable notes from Jim O'Neal. In spite of my minor reservations regarding sequencing this is likely to be one of the best and most important blues releases of the year. (FS)
TAMPA RED: 1950 Blues/ Big Stars Falling Blues/ But I Forgive You/ Corrine Blues/ Crying Won't Help You/ Detroit Blues/ Don't Deal With The Devil/ Early In The Morning (vocal Johnny Jones)/ Evalena (alternate take)/ Got A Mind To Leave This Town (alternate take)/ Green And Lucky Blues/ I Got My Habits On (unissued)/ I Know My Baby Loves Me/ I Miss My Lovin' Blues/ I Won't Let Her Do It/ I'll Dig You Sooner Or Later/ I'll Never Let You Go/ I'm Gonna Put You Down/ If I Don't Find Another True Love (unissued)/ If She Don't Come Back/ It's A Brand New Boogey/ It's Good Like That/ It's Too Late Now/ Keep Jumping/ Let Me Play With Your Poodle/ Let's Try It Again/ Look A There, Look A There/ Love Her With A Feeling/ Mary Lou Blues (unissued)/ Mean And Evil Woman/ Midnight Boogie/ My First Love Blues/ New Deal Blues/ Play Proof Woman/ Please Try To See It My Way/ Pretty Baby Blues/ Ramblers Blues/ Roaming And Rambling/ She Want To Sell My Monkey/ She's A Cool Operator/ She's Dynamite/ So Crazy About You Baby/ So Much Trouble/ Sweet Little Angel/ Texas Stomp/ That's Her Own Business/ Too Late Too Long/ When Things Go Wrong With You (It Hurts Me Too)/ You Better Woo Your Baby/ You'd Better Be Ready To Go

TIM VAN EYKEN Topic TSCD 565 Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves ● CD $14.98 $10.98
Excellent English singer and accordion player best known for his work as a member of Waterson: Carthy with a selection of 11 traditional songs and tunes. Some innovative arrangements with accompaniments from Nancy Kerr/ Violin, viola & backing vocals; Oliver Knight/ electric guitar, Pete Flood/ percussion and others. Includes Barleycorn/ Fisherman/ Young Alvin/ Twelve Joys of Mary and more.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCH2 885 The Complete Meteor Rockabilly & Hillbilly Recordings** ● CD $24.98
Two CDs, 42 tracks, highly recommended
This is a great double CD featuring every hillbilly and rockabilly track recorded for the label between 1954 and 1957 including four not originally issued. The Meteor label was part of the original Memphis constellation. Started in 1952 by the Bihari brothers to record blues, they soon branched out into C&W and rockabilly and although the label was short lived (gone in 1957) they made their mark. The recordings are presented in chronological order and most of the first disc is devoted to fine hillbilly by Bud Deckleman (his classic and much covered Daydreamin'), "Red" Hadley's Wranglers, Haward Swords with The Blue Light Boys, Mac & Jake with The Esquire Trio, Barney Burcam, Buddy Bain, Lendon Smith and Mason Dixon. In the midst of the country there is one fine stab at rockabilly with two bluesy cuts from Jess Hooper and the disc ends with the two sided rockabilly classic bu Junior Thompson - Mama's Little Baby/ Raw Deal. The second disc opens up with Meteor's most famous rockabilly tune - Charlie Feathers' masterpiece get With It/ Tongue Tied Jill and it's mostly rockabilly all the way there on with tracks from Bill Bowen, Brad Suggs, Brad Suggs, Wayne McGinnis, Mary Edwards, Jimmy Haggett, The Velvatones, Jimmy Lamerth, and Steve Carl (including four tracks by Carl originally unreleased). All tracks have been newly remastered and set comes with a 40 page booklet with extensive notes by Memphis researcher Martin Hawkins and lots of photos and label shots. (FS)
BUDDY BAIN, KAY WAYNE, MERLE "RED" TAYLOR WITH: Can We Live It Down?/ Daydreams, Come True/ BILL BOWEN WITH THE ROCKETS: Don't Shoot Me Baby (i'm Not Ready To Die)/ Have Myself A Ball/ BARNEY BURCHAM WITH THE DAYDREAMERS: Can't Steal My Way Around/ Much Too Young For Love/ STEVE CARL WITH THE JAGS: 18 Year Old Blues/ Blacksmith Blues/ Curfew/ Lonely Road/ Stone Cold Mama/ You're For Me/ BUD DECKELMAN WITH THE DAYDREAMERS: Daydreamin'/ Let's Not Pretend/ MASON DIXON WITH THE REDSKINS: Don't Worry íbout Nuthin'/ I'll Never Fall Out Of Love With You/ MARY EDWARDS WITH THE SAXONS: Chilly Willy/ Oh! Oh! Mama/ CHARLIE FEATHERS WITH JODY & JERRY: Get With It/ Tongue Tied Jill/ 'RED' HADLEY'S WRANGLERS: Brother, That's All/ Ring Out Those Bells/ JIMMY HAGGETT WITH THE DAYDREAMERS: Gonna Shut You Off Baby/ Tell Her True/ JESS HOOPER WITH THE DAYDREAMERS: All Messed Up/ Sleepy Time Blues/ JIMMY LAMBERTH WITH THE SAXONS: I'll Pretend/ Latch On To Your Baby/ MAC & JAKE WITH THE ESQUIRE TRIO: Yakety Yak/ MAC SALES WITH THE ESQUIRE TRIO: A Gal Named Joe/ WAYNE MCGINNIS WITH THE SWINGSTERS: Lonesome Rhythm Blues/ Rock, Roll And Rhythm/ LENDON SMITH WITH THE JESTERS: Lost Love/ Women/ BRAD SUGGS WITH THE SWINGSTERS: Bop, Baby, Bop/ Charcoal Suit/ HAWARD SWORDS WITH THE BLUE LIGHT BOYS: I'm As Lonely As I Can Be/ You Will Have To Pay/ JUNIOR THOMPSON WITH THE METEORS: Mama's Little Baby/ Raw Deal/ THE VELVATONES WITH MEMPHIS RHYTHM BOYS: Feeling Kinda Lonely/ Real Gone Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 893 Swingbillies** ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 76 mins, highly recommended
Though best known for its recordings of blues and R&B, the Modern group of labels also recorded some excellent hillbilly and western swing as this superb collection. 28 tracks recorded between 1947 and 1952 for Modern, Colonial and Flair including several unissued tracks. This is the first time most of this material has been reissued. This set includes recordings made in California and in the South and features the first recordings of country guitar legend Jimmy Bryant plus Jimmie Dolan, Homer Clemons & His Texas Swingbillies, Rocky Morgan and His Triple R Boys, Tommy Little & The Sunrise Rangers, Bill Woods & His Orange Blossom PLayboys, Chuck Guillory & His Rhythm Boys (Cajun flavored hillbilly featuring a young Jimmie C. Newman in the band), Louie Hooks & His Rhythm Five, Cliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers (with a great vocal by Link Davis on San Antonio Blues). Excellent sound and 12 page booklet has extensive notes by country expert Kevin Coffey. (FS)
JOE BEAN AND HIS SAN ANTONIANS (VOCAL BY WAL: Those Wonderful Days With You/ CLIFF BRUNER AND HIS TEXAS WANDERERS (VOCAL BY: San Antonio Blues/ JIMMY BRYANT AND THE SONS OF THE SADDLE (VOCAL: Boogie Barn Dance/ JIMMY BRYANT AND THE SONS OF THE SADDLE: Holiday For Guitar/ PAPA CAIRO AND HIS BOYS: Big Texas #2/ Kooche Kooche/ HOMER CLEMONS AND HIS TEXAS SWINGBILLIES: Little Beaver Aka Big Beaver/ HOMER CLEMONS AND HIS TEXAS SWING BILLIES: Operation Blues/ JIMMIE DOLAN AND HIS TEXAS RAMBLERS: Baby Did You Lie To Me/ Blue Yodel (t For Texas)/ I Knew That You Were Foolin' All Along/ If You Care Again/ One Million Railroad Ties From Home/ Tennessee Baby/ Walkin' The Floor Over You/ CHUCK GUILLORY AND HIS RHYTHM BOYS (VOCAL BY í: You Just Wait And See/ LOUIE HOOKS AND HIS RHYTHM FIVE: Pine Club Boogie/ TOMMY LITTLE AND THE SUNRISE RANGERS: High Geared Daddy/ ROCKY MORGAN AND HIS TRIPLE R BOYS: Life's A Funny Proposition (after All)/ Turn That Gun Around/ You Can't Rope A Steer In A Taxi/ TED SHELTON AND HIS BRYAN COUNTY BOYS: Lover Boy/ My Heart Lied To Me/ JACK TUCKER AND DUSTY RHODES: Dusty Road Boogie/ Mind Your Own Business/ JODY WEBB AND HIS ROUND UP BOYS: The Honey Jump (part 1)/ BILL WOODS AND HIS ORANGE BLOSSOM PLAYBOYS (V: Have I Got A Chance With You/ Trusting You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1442 Keep A Hold On Home! More Garpax Girls ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
This second compilation of girl group sounds recorded by 60's pop producer Gary S. Paxton (first, Boy Trouble - Ace 1005, was issued in 2004), has more of an R&B slant (mixed with country) than the first volume and covers, for the most part, the 1960-1964 era. Paxton made his name through novelty hits like Alley Oop and Monster Mash, but never managed to score a hit with the plethora of female performers under his wing. That failure is perplexing given the quality of the material herein; after getting an earful of The Idols' Just a Little Bit More, Beatrice Lee's Keep a Hold on Him, Mary Saxton's A Tear and It's a Lonely World, and Dorothy Berry & the Swans' You Know You Lied all one can do is shake one's head at the lack of taste of record buyers of the time. While it's true that the likes of Judy & the Jades' Yosemite Sam definitely leans toward novelty territory, that's the only anomaly here. These West Coast-concocted tracks are typical of the music scene of the time, but that doesn't take away from the talent and good vibes to be found here. A body could do worse than to give this collection a listen. (FS)
DOROTHY BERRY & THE SWANS: You Know You Lied/ CHRIS DARLIN: Please Write Me A Letter/ THE FASHIONETTES: Daydreamin Of You/ Only Love/ GRANT & APRIL: It Feels So Good/ THE IDOLS: Just A Little Bit More/ Why Must I Cry/ JUDY & THE JADES: Yosemite Sam/ BEATRICE LEE: Help Me/ Keep A Hold On Him/ Operator Operator/ LINDA MACKEY: It Just Ain't Right/ Merry Go Round/ Reap What You Sow/ TANYA MARIE: It Kinda Picks Me Up/ THE REV-LONS: Shoes And Rice And Paradise (demo)/ MARY SAXTON: A Tear/ It's A Lonely World/ Losing Control/ JOSEPHINE SUNDAY: He's Not Mine Anymore/ I Won't Be Hurt Anymore/ DORIS WEBB: I Was The Lonely One/ BEVERLY WILLIAMS: He's Hurtin' Me (demo)/ Little Girl With A Big Hurt

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1443 Boppin' By The Bayou - Rock Me Mama! ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, highly recommended
Just arrived. The latest volume (the fifth) in this great series featuring rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, swamp pop and uptempo Cajun music from Louisiana including many rare and unissued sides. This volume sees little decrease in quality from previous volumes and opens with Jeff Daniels' classic Switchblade Sam. There are many other gems here including Johnny Jano's storming Havin A Whole Lot Of Fun and the equally fine <>Stop, Look & Listen, Danny Winkle's great blues Bad Luck (based on Eddie Boyd's Five Long Years), Nathan Abshire's magnificent Popcorn Blues, Billy Blank's tough Hard Luck with great guitar and sax solos and more from Warren Storm, Tony Perreau, Al Ferrier, Bennie Fruge, Jivin' Gene, Erwin Babin, Charles Page and more. As usual the sound quality is superb and the notes are in depth and informative. (FS)
NATHAN ABSHIRE: Popcorn Blues/ JOHNNIE ALLAN: I'll Be Waiting/ ERWIN BABIN: Boppin' Blues/ BILLY BLANK: Hard Luck/ JOE CARL: Rockin' Fever/ COLLAY & THE SATELLITES: Little Girl Next Door/ JEFF DANIELS: Switch Blade Sam/ Uh-Huh-Huh/ DANNY: Bad Luck/ AL FERRIER: Love Me Baby (Kiss Me Baby)/ She Left Me/ You Win Again/ BENNIE FRUGE: Bayou Boogie/ She's Mine, She's Yours/ AL HARRIS: Saw My Baby Walkin'/ JOHNNY JANO: Havin' A Whole Lotta Fun/ Stop, Look And Listen/ JIVIN' GENE: You're Jealous/ VORRIS "SHORTY" LEBLANC: Good Morning Blues/ KEN LINDSEY: Rock Me Mama/ LITTLE CAROL: You're Happy Now/ FRANKIE LOWERY: On The Corner Of The Street/ ROCKET MORGAN: Take Your Choice/ CHARLES PAGE: Sweet Little Girl/ DAYWARD PENNY: Come Back Baby/ TONY PERREAU: Mickey Lee/ THE RICHARD BROTHERS: Gonna Work/ WARREN STORM: Mama Mama Mama

VARIOUS ARTISTS Airline 57531 The Fire/ Fury Records Story - Doowop Collection ● CD $19.98
2 CD, 40 tracks, very highly recommended
Following on the heels of last year's Rarities Collection (Fuel 61997 - $18.98), comes this two disc set covering the less documented Doo Wop artists that recorded for Bobby Robinson's legendary R&B labels during the late 50's/early 60's. Alongside well-known names (Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bobby Marchan) are less herald names with great tracks: The Du Mauriers (All Night Long), The Channels (Bye Bye Baby/ The Girl Next Door), The Federals (Dear Lorraine/ You're the One I Love), The Kodoks (Oh Gee Oh Gosh), The Starlites (Ain't Cha' Ever Coming Home), and Sherman & the Darts (Rockin' At Midnight). As far as I can tell, none of these tracks are duplicated on N.Y. on Fire series of CDs, Bill Dahl's liner notes are good, and the sound quality is excellent. All told, this is a very worthy purchase for all the Doo Wop fans out there. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Airline 57628 Loose The Funk - Rare Soul From Sound Stage 7 Records ● CD $14.98
20 tracks, highly recommended
The follow up to the 2013 release "Sound Stage 7 Soul Story" (Fuel 61962 - $14.98), this collection showcases the funkier side of Nashville Soul, courtesy of John Richbourg's Sound Stage 7 label. From The Continental Showstoppers' Not Too Young to former jump blues shouter Piney Brown's throwdown Bring it on Home, these tunes are mighty choice. Familiar names to Soul connoisseurs abound; there's ex-Raelette Margie Hendrix reworking of Jim Dandy, Johnny Bristol's former partner Jackey Beavers still cranking out the tunes as in 1974's That's the Way I Want Our Love, Joe Simon (Sound Stage 7's signature artist) cutting a rare instrumental, Oon-Guela (High Life), as the Joe Simon Band in 1969, and ex-Hi-Toppers singer Earl Gaines' sexy If You Want What I Got from 1973. The hits weren't very forthcoming among these 20 tracks, but here is proof that Nashville was producing just as much high quality soul as Memphis during the late 60s/early 70s. I dare anyone to try to resist a groove as relentless as The Dynamic Seven's Squeeze Me, Parts 1 & 2 or Milton Howard's Funky Shing-A-Ling. It simply can't be done, and these two numbers should be regarded as a tip of the iceberg for this amazing compilation. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Arhoolie 432 I Have To Paint My Face** ● CD $13.98
23 tracks, 77 minutes, highly recommended
Instead of just repackaging 2 old albums on one CD, Arhoolie has (wisely) decided to take the best from 2 early Arhoolie albums (F1005, F1006) and include a few unissued tracks. All the titles by Sam Chatmon (4), Jasper Love (3), R. C. Smith (4) and Wade Walton (2) were recorded by Chris Strachwitz in July 1960, while on a Mississippi field trip with Paul & Valerie Oliver - all amateur bluesman except Sam Chatmon, one-time member of The Mississippi Sheiks. Chatmon's I Have To Paint My Face and God Don't Like Ugly are rare examples of protest blues that commercial companies declined to record. The CD is rounded out by Big Joe Williams (2), the Louisiana duo Butch Cage and Willie Thomas (3), Sidney Maiden (1) and K. C. Douglas (4), including a wonderful unissued version of his most famous song, Mercury Blues. The sound quality is outstanding. (EL)
BUTCH CAGE & WILLIE THOMAS: Butch's Blues/ Fourty Four Blues/ One Thin Dime/ SAM CHATMON: God Don't Like Ugly/ Hollandale Blues/ I Have To Paint My Face/ I Stand And Wonder/ K.C. DOUGLAS: Big Road Blues/ Mercury Blues/ Night Shirt Blues/ Blues And Trouble/ Chicago Blues/ JASPER LOVE: Desert Blues/ Love's Honeydripper/ The Slop/ R.C. SMITH: Going Back To Texas/ Lonely Widower/ Lost Love Blues/ Stella Ruth/ WADE WALTON: Rooster Blues (With Unknown Rooster Crowing!) Wade/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Married Woman Blues/ Texas Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 486 Lone Star Hillbilly, Vol. 1 ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, strongly recommended
First in a series exploring some of the more obscure Texas country artists - this one features performances by Abilene based artists recorded in the mid 50s through early 60s recorded for the local Fox and Edmoral labels (the latter run by country performer Slim Willett). Most of the artists that recorded for Fox are not particularly distinguished with the exception of Dean Beard, who has a following among rockabilly collectors. Two of his songs are fine honky tonkers, Time On My Hands is solid rock 'n roll and Sing Sing Sing is a superb blues with fabulous blues guitar accompaniment - this track alone is worth the price of admission. The Edmoral artists are generally more interesting with some fine honky tonk sides from Earl Montgomery, Wayward Seals and Slim Willet himself. Sound is generally excellent and there are informative notes by Phil Tricker. (FS)
DEAN BEARD & FOX FOUR-SEVENS: Red Rover/ Sing Sing Sing/ Time Is Hanging On My Hands/ Wake Up Jacob/ BUSBY & HIS ABILENE PLAYBOYS: Beautiful Moon/ Press You To My Heart/ TOMMY COBB: If You Gotta Lot Of Kisses/ Who'll Volunteer/ GENE DUNN & FOX FOUR-SEVEN: Girl From Nowhere/ I'm A Hillbilly At Heart/ MISS BILLIE FLETCHER & DRIFTING RANCH HANDS: Things You Didn't Mean To Say/ JIMMIE FLETCHER & THE DRIFTING RANCH HANDS: Take A Look At Me/ BILL FOX & HIS BIG STATE JAMBOREE GANG: Look To The Sea/ Why Should I Believe You/ TOBY GIBBS: Live While You're Young (Dream When You're Old)/ Tattle Tale Moon/ LITTLE DEDON: My Pedrocito/ The Boy Next Door/ RONALD MANSFIELD: How I've Missed You/ TELLI W. MILS - THE FAT CAT: Crazy Crazy (Over You)/ My Sad Heart/ EARL MONTGOMERY: I Can't Do A Thing (My Heart Tells Me To)/ You Played Me For A Fool (That's All)/ WAYWARD SEALS & THE OIL PATCH BOYS: I'll Walk Out/ When I'm Gone/ THE STARLIGHT SISTERS: Broken Promise/ Now I Know (vocal Teenie Wood)/ Teardrops/ The Moon Is So High/ SLIM WILLET: I've Been Wondering

VARIOUS ARTISTS Classics 710 Echoes Of Buddy Holly** ● CD $21.98
28 tracks, 61 mins, strongly recommended
A collection of rock 'n' roll from the late 50s and early 60s featuring artists performing Buddy Holly songs or performing in a style influenced by Holly. Some of the artists overdo the Holly mannerisms but most of the performances are respectful of the source. Includes Tobin Matthews (an excellent version of Think It Over), The Wild Childs, Ray Gee & The Counts, Joe Popiel (the fine I'm Crying Again co-written by Popiel and Norman Petty), Johnny Clark & The Playboys, Gary Leath & His Nu-Tones, Pat Carter, Rob & Roy, Artie Sullivan, Earl & The Dukes, Tony Henry (an Australian performer with a fine version of Heartbeat), The Playboys, Al Hartley, Jack C. Smith, Gene Preston (his fine I Wanna Be Your Genie baby was written by early Holly collaborator Bob Montgomery) and others. Sound is excellent and their is an 8 page booklet with notes on all the performances, artist photos and label shots. (FS)
STAN BEAVER: Tippy Tippy Toe/ BLANE & THE JULIANS: Don't Say No/ PAT CARTER: True Loves Untrue/ DON CHANEY: Don't You Know/ JOHNNY CLARK & PLAYBOYS: Rave On/ The Name Is Love/ THE CLASSIC IV: Don't Make Me Wait/ EDDY CLEARMONT: My Love/ COLIN COOK: Hey Pretty Baby/ EARL & THE DUKES: Don't Let Him/ RAY GEE & COUNTS: Hootenanny Baby/ TONY HENRY: Heartbeat/ AL HERTLEY: I Never Knew What Love Was Like/ JERRY & THE RIALTOS: Whatcha Gonna Do/ SKIP KERR: Measure My Love/ GARY LEATH & HIS NU-TONES: Mother Said/ TOBIN MATTHEWS: Think It Over/ FOUR PLAYBOYS: Stay With Me/ JOE POPIEL: I'm Crying Again/ GENE PRESTON: I Wanna Be Your Genie Baby/ ENOS RAY & ROYAL J'S: Moon Talk/ ROB & ROY: It Doesn't Matter Anymore/ RAY RUFF: I'm Qualified/ JACK C. SMITH: There'll Never Be Another/ ARTIE SULLIVAN: It's Time/ TINO & THE REVLONS: Heidi/ JERRY WALLACE: Here I Go/ WILD CHILDS: It's So Easy

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 070 Let Me Tell You About The Blues - Detroit ● CD $22.98 $16.98
Three CDs, 75 tracks, highly recommended
Very limited quantities at sale price. Although Detroit had substantial African-American population in the 40s and 50s it didn't have a significant recording industry catering to that population until the arrival of Motown. Of the handful of record labels that existed only Jack Brown's Fortune label had any kind of national distribution. Other labels like JVB and Sensation were primarily local endeavors though owners Joe Von Battle and Bernie Bessman were able to achieve some degree of distribution through license deals with bigger independents - the most notable being the recordings of John Lee Hooker whose licensing deal with Modern was to lead to his subsequent success. This fine collection of 75 sides is therefore only a snapshot of what was a thriving musical scene in the 40s and 50s. The first two discs are devoted to down home and country blues and includes several of the more obscure Hooker titles plus a couple of the field recordings made in 1938 by superb country bluesmen Calvin Frazier and Sampson Pittman. There are some amazing cuts by Robert Richard and Walter Mitchell featuring two harmonicas, singer/ harmonica player Eddie Burns, singer guitarist Sylvester Cotton (including his delightfully risquť Sak Relation Blues), the last recordings of Big Maceo, early sides by Louisiana Red issued as by Playboy Fuller and much more. The third disc is devoted to the urban jump blues style and includes sides by Paul Williams, T.J. Fowler, Wild Bill Moore, Maurice King & His Wolverines, Joe Weaver and His Blue Notes and others. Booklet has informative but brief notes by Neil Slaven but no discographical data. Sound quality is excellent. Most of these tracks have been out before but it's nice to have these together in a well compiled collection. (FS)
ALBERTA ADAMS: Remember/ BIG MACEO: Without You My Life Don't Mean A Thing/ Worried Life Blues No 2/ JOHN BRIM: Bus Driver/ Mean Man Blues/ Strange Man/ EDDIE BURNS: Dealing With The Devil/ Hello Miss Jessie Lee/ Where Did You Stay Last Night/ SYLVESTER COTTON: Sak-Relation Blues/ Stormy Weather Blues/ Ugly Woman Blues/ DETROIT COUNT: Hastings Street Opera (Part 1)/ Hastings Street Opera (Part 2)/ Little Tillie Willie/ ANDREW DUNHAM: Hattie Mae/ Sweet Lucy/ T.J. FOWLER: Red Hot Blues/ Say Baby Say/ T.J. Boogie/ CALVIN FRAZIER: A Double Crossing Woman/ Got Nobody To Tell My Troubles To/ Little Baby Child/ Rock House/ PLAYBOY FULLER: Gonna Play My Guitar/ Sugar Cane Highway/ L.C. GREEN: 38 Pistol Blues/ Goin' Down To The River Blues/ Hastings Street Boogie/ LENA HALL: Five Long Years/ ROBERT HENRY: Old Battle Ax/ HARVEY HILL: She Fool Me/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Henry's Swing Club/ I Do Like I Please/ I'm A Boogie Man/ I'm In The Mood/ Never Satisfied/ No More Doggin'/ JOHNNY HOWARD: Dark Night Blues/ Natural Man Blues/ SAM KELLY: Ramblin' Around Blues/ MAURICE KING & HIS WOLVERINES: I Feel So Good/ I Want A Lavender Cadillac/ EDDIE KIRKLAND: It's Time For Lovin' To Be Done/ No Shoes/ That's All Right/ THE KOOL KATS: That's The Best I Can Do For You Blues/ LITTLE MISS SHARECROPPER: I Want To Rock/ WALTER MITCHELL: Pet Milk Blues/ Stop Messin' Around/ WILD BILL MOORE: Burnt Toast/ We're Gonna Rock/ ONE STRING SAM: I Need A $100.00/ My Baby Ooo/ SLIM PICKENS: Notoriety Woman/ SAMPSON PITTMAN: Highway 61 Blues/ ROBERT RICHARD: Cadillac Woman/ Root Hog/ GIP (SANDMAN) ROBERTS: No One Monkey Goin' To Run My Show/ EMMIT SLAY: Beulah/ Looky Ploot/ HENRY SMITH: Good Rockin' Mama/ Lonesome Blues/ KITTY STEVENSON: It Ain't Right/ JAMES TAYLOR: Little Bitty Woman/ JOE VON BATTLE: Lookin' For My Woman/ BABY BOY WARREN: Chicken/ Hello Stranger/ My Special Friend Blues/ Sanafee (Not Welcome Anymore)/ WASHBOARD WILLIE: Washboard Blues (Part 1)/ JOE WEAVER & HIS BLUE NOTES: J.B. Boogie/ PAUL WILLIAMS: The Hucklebuck/ Thirty-Five-Thirty/ SONNY WILSON: The Rainy Day Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 078 Let Me Tell You About The Blues - Nashville ● CD $22.98 $15.98
Three CDs, 75 tracks, highly recommended
Though best known as a country music center Nashville was also the home of a thriving blues and R&B recording industry. Principal among the labels were Bullet, Republic, Tennessee, Nashboro and Excello, with a welter of smaller ones such as World, Mecca, J-B and Checker. This collection provides a great selection of recordings made for these and other labels between 1946 and 1959. The Bullet label was launched in 1946 with records by Wynonie Harris and 'G.I. Singsation' Cecil Gant; Harris moved on but Gant became a prolific Bullet artist, soon joined by bluesmen Rudy Greene, Walter Davis (the last recordings of this great prewar bluesman) , Max (Blues) Bailey and Rufus Thomas (disguised as Mr Swing.) Bullet was joined in 1951 by Republic, Tennessee and Nashboro, the latter run by Ernie Young, owner of Ernie's Record Mart. Tennessee's most popular artist was Christine Kittrell, a talented and powerful singer who never achieved nationwide fame, while Republic's Bernard Hardison cut the original version of Too Much, later made a hit by Elvis. Starting in 1952, Excello soon swept its competition aside with a roster of artists that included Kid King's Combo, Shy Guy Douglas, Max Bailey, Arthur Gunter (two tracks including his original recording of Baby Let's Play House, subsequently recorded by Elvis), Gunter's brother Little Al, Louis Brooks, Good Rockin' Sam, Louis Campbell, Clarence Samuels (with hot guitar from Johnny Copeland) and Jerry McCain, alongside a host of less commercial but no less interesting talent like Slim Hunt, the Dixie Doodlers, the Leap Frogs, the Blue Flamers and the Blues Rockers. Most of recordings were small group urban flavored titles but Julius King's great If You See My Lover is pure country blues. If you have the out of print Bear Family box "Nashville Jumps" then you have a lot of the tracks here, but if not then this provides a valuable insight into the sparsely documented story of Nashville blues. Sound is excellent and Neil Slaven provides brief but informative notes. (FS)
LITTLE MAXIE BAILEY: Brownskin Woman Blues/ Drive Soldiers Drive/ MAX (BLUES) BAILEY: Delinquency Blues/ JIMMY BECK & HIS ORCHESTRA: Pipe Dreams/ THE BLUE FLAMERS: Driving Down The Highway/ THE BLUE JACKS: Late Hours Blues/ LOUIS BROOKS: It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)/ TOMMY BROOKS: Steam Pressing Woman/ LOUIS BROOKS & THE HI-TOPPERS: Bus Station Blues/ BEULAH BRYANT: Prize Fightin' Papa/ LEWIS CAMPBELL: Call On The Phone/ Don't Want Nobody Hangin' Around/ LOUIS CAMPBELL: Gotta Have You Baby/ The Natural Facts/ TUCKER COLES: Don't Get Excited/ GAY CROSSE: No Better For You/ WALTER DAVIS: Move Back To The Woods/ THE DIXIE DOODLERS: Best Of Friends/ She Was All I Had/ DON Q ORCHESTRA: Tom, Tom The Piper's Son/ SHY GUY DOUGLAS: Detroit Arrow/ I'm Your Country Man/ Wasted Time/ TOM DOUGLAS: Raid On Cedar Street/ CHARLIE DOWELL BAND: Wail Daddy/ HELEN FOSTER: I Got A Big Fat Daddy/ Somebody Somewhere/ EARL GAINES WITH LOUIS BROOKS & HIS HI-TOPPER: I Don't Need You Now/ CECIL GANT: Bullet Boogie/ Nashville Jumps/ Train Time Blues/ GOOD ROCKIN' SAM: Don't Let Daddy Slow Walk You Down/ RUDY GREEN: Cool Lovin' Mama/ Evil Man Blues/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Baby Let's Play House/ Blues After Hours/ BERNARD HARDISON: Hey Little Girl/ Too Much/ BERNIE HARDISON: Love Me Baby/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Dig This Boogie/ My Baby's Barrel House/ J.D. HORTON: Why Don't You Let Me Be/ SLIM HUNT: Lonesome For My Baby/ SHERMAN JOHNSON: Back Alley Boogie/ EDDIE JONES: Certainly All/ Feelin' Sad/ JULIUS KING: If You See My Lover/ KID KING'S COMBO: Chocolate Sundae/ Skip's Boogie/ The Brass Rail/ CHRISTINE KITTRELL: Don't Do It/ I Ain't Nothing But A Fool/ Old Man You're Slipping/ Sittin' Here Drinking/ THE LEAP FROGS: Dirty Britches/ Things Gonna Change/ LITTLE AL: Little Lean Woman/ No Jive/ LITTLE EDDIE: My Baby Left Me/ BILLIE MCALLISTER: Well Alright Baby/ JERRY MCCAIN: Courtin' In A Cadillac/ That's What They Want/ TOMMY MCGHEE: Late Every Evening/ MR SWING (RUFUS THOMAS): Beer Bottle Boogie/ Gonna Bring My Baby Back/ FORD NELSON: Little Annie/ Still Feelin' Sad/ LILLIAN OFFITT: Miss You So/ BLUES ROCKERS: Johnny Mae/ CHARLES RUCKLES: Pitch A Boogie Woogie/ ROBERT TUCKER: Changeable Woman/ It Sure Costs Money To Live/ VIVIAN VERSON: Payday Lover/ IONA WADE & SHERMAN WILLIAMS: Keep Your Man At Home/ SHERMAN WILLIAMS: I'm Lucky With My Brown Gal

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 217 Ain't Gonna Rush - The Queens Of Rhythm & Blues ● CD $22.98
Three CDs, 76 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific retrospective of some of the great female R&B singers that were active from the mid 50s through early the early 60s. There are familiar names like Aretha Franklin (a pre-Atlantic, pre-soul, rockin' R&B number), Laverne Baker, Ruth Brown, Big Mama Thornton, Big Maybelle, Little Esther and others - often featured on some of their lesser name numbers. And there are a slew of lesser known but superb artists like Mary Anne Fisher (best known as a member of The Raelettes), Cordelio De Milo (an answer song to Big Joe Turner's Honey Hush with sensational guitar from Johnny "Guitar" Watson), Rose Mitchell (wonderful New Orleans singer with a unique rendition of Baby Please Don't Go), Aggie Dukes, Odessa Harris, Little Miss Jessie, Jimmie Lee, Annie Williams and many more. Sound quality is superb and there are brief notes by Lois Wilson. (FS)
ANNISTEEN ALLEN: Fujiyama Mama/ Gíwan About Your Business/ Iíve Got Troubles/ ERNESTINE ALLEN: Love For Sale/ LITTLE MARIE ALLEN: Humdinger/ BABY JEAN: If You Wanna/ JUNE BUG BAILEY: Lee Street Blues/ Louisiana Twist/ LAVERN BAKER: Love Me Right/ Whipper Snapper/ JEANNIE BARNES: Canít Get You Off My Mind/ BERNA-DEAN: One Gal In Town, Five Men Hanging Around/ DOROTHY BERRY: I Say Youíre Driving Me Crazy/ BIG MAYBELLE: One Monkey Donít Stop No Show/ Whole Lotta Shakiní Goiní On/ HONEY BROWN: Ainít No Need/ RUTH BROWN: Mambo Baby/ ANNA BELLE CAESAR: Little Annie/ WYNONA CARR: Jump Jack, Jump!/ Till The Well Runs Dry/ ANN COLE: Iíve Got Nothing Working Now/ CORDELLA DE MILO: Ainít Gonna Hush/ VARETTA DILLARD: Good Gravy Baby/ Scorched/ AGGIE DUKES: John John/ RUTH DURAND: Iím Wise/ VICKI EVANS: Donít Talk That Talk To Me/ BETTY EVERETT: Ainít Gonna Cry/ Killer Diller/ MARY ANN FISHER: Put On My Shoes/ Wild As You Can Be/ DOROTHEA FLEMING: The Devil Is Mad/ ARETHA FRANKLIN: Rough Lover/ EVELYN FREEMAN: Didnít It Rain/ PAULA GRIMES: You Move Me So/ SHIRLEY GUNTER: Oop Shoop/ JOYCE HARRIS: No Way Out/ ODESSA HARRIS: A Rockiní Good Way/ ETTA JAMES: Nobody Loves You Like Me/ Tough Lover/ MAMIE JENKINS: Hambone/ Jump With Me Baby/ MARI JONES WITH JOHNNY MOOREíS THREE BLAZERS: Down In Texas/ MYRTLE JONES WITH PAUL GAYTEN: Right To Love You/ JIMMIE LEE: Blue And Lonesome/ LITTLE ESTHER: Holleriní And Screaminí/ Hound Dog/ LITTLE MISS JESSIE: My Baby Has Gone/ CHERRI LYNN: Your Money Ainít Long Enough/ JESSIE MAE: Donít Freeze On Me/ ROSE MITCHELL: Baby Please Donít Go/ VIKKI NELSON: Bright And Early/ MAMIE PERRY: Iím Hurted/ My Baby Waited Too Long/ PEARL REAVES: You Canít Stay Here (Step It Up And Go)/ LULA REED: Puddentane/ Say Hey Pretty Baby/ ANNA MAE ROGERS WITH CLARENCE GARLOW: I Called You Up Daddy/ DAKOTA STATON: A Little You/ My Babe/ CARMEN TAYLOR: Big Mamou Daddy/ Ding Dong/ BLANCHE THOMAS: You Ainít So Such A Much/ BIG MAMA THORNTON: Big Mamaís Coming Home/ Donít Talk Back/ They Call Me Big Mama/ You Did Me Wrong/ TINY TOPSY: Come On, Come On, Come On/ Miss You So/ TINY TOPSY: You Shocked Me/ BABY WASHINGTON: Medicine Man/ Move On/ You Never Could Be Mine/ KATIE WEBSTER: Hoo Wee, Sweet Daddy/ KITTY WHITE: Iím Gonna Be A Fool Next Monday/ ANNIE WILLIAMS: Iíve Got A Man

VARIOUS ARTISTS Flyright FLYCD 37 Talk To Me Daddy** ● CD $16.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
A gaggle of groovy gals, some of which have surfaced on vinyl as part of Krazy Kat's Gotham reissue series. A mix of blues, R&B and jazz. Personal faves include Thelma (Dolly) Cooper's enticing Ooh Daddy, Camille Howard's feisty Mr. Fine/ Groovy Blues, Ella Johnson's smokey renditions of Darling Baby/ Since You Went Away (leased from Harlem), blues vet Lil Armstrong's superlative Brown Gal, Agnes Riley's colorful Big Fat Hot Dog, Dorothy Donegan's Piano Player's Blues, Millie Bosman's torchy Is It A Sin?, Fay Simmon's impressive You Hit Me Baby Like An Atomic Bomb, and the shamefully neglected "dynamo" Daisy Mae's Lonesome Playgirl/ Stuff You Gotta Watch, plus more. 21 cuts, with encapsulated notes by Tony Burke. (OLN)
LIL ARMSTRONG: Baby Daddy/ Brown Gal/ Joogie Boogie/ Rock It/ MILLIE BOSMAN: Is It A Sin/ DORIS BROWNE: Hungry Girl/ CLAUDINE CLARK: My Baby's Cool/ THELMA COOPER: I Need A Man/ Ooh Daddy/ Talk To Me Daddy/ DAISY MAE & HER HEPCATS: Lonesome Playgirl/ Stuff You Gotta Watch/ DOROTHY DONEGAN: Piano Players Blues/ CAMILLE HOWARD: Groovy Blues/ Mr Fine/ ELLA JOHNSON: Darling Baby/ Since You Went Away/ AGNES RILEY: Big Fat Hot Dog/ FAY SIMMONS: You Hit Me Baby Like An Atomic Bomb/ UNKNOWN: Hey Little Boy/ SARAH VAUGHAN: All Too Soon

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 030 He's A Rebel - The Girl Groups Of The 1960s ● CD $13.98
3 CD, 60 tracks, highly recommended
Another day, another 60s Girl Group collection; but this one shakes things up a bit by including the usual suspects (the Crystals, the Shirelles, the Chiffons, the Ronettes) singing songs they're less known for, and by including second and third tier groups (the Cookies, the Bobbettes, the Angels, Linda & the Del Rios). The result is a nice mix between the familiar and not-so-familiar, while being treated to hidden in plain sight gems like the Cookies' Stranger in My Arms, the Chantels' Look in My Eyes, the Blossoms' Hard to Get (with the great Darlene Love), the Chiffons' Doctor of Hearts, the Shirelles' Everybody Loves a Lover, the Crystals' What a Nice Way to Turn Seventeen, the Ronettes' You Bet I Would, the Charmaines' On the Wagon, and the Ikettes' Trouble on My Mind. It's also nice to see Motown represented even though it's arguable that the Supremes and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas were true Girl Groups; still, Time Changes Things from Diana Ross and the girls, Too Strong to Be Strung Along from the Marvelettes, and I'll Have to Let Him Go from Martha & the Vandellas are welcome additions to the collection. The compilers of this set are to be commended for not simply going the wall-to-wall hits route, which they very easily could have, and electing instead to throwing in some less widely heard cuts. It's decisions like this that make compilations like this worth hearing and owning. (GMC)
THE ANGELS: Cry Baby Cry/ You Should Have Told Me/ ANITA & THE SO-AND-SO'S: Joey Baby/ THE BLOSSOMS: Hard To Get/ Son In Law/ The Search Is Over/ THE BOBBETTES: Are You Satisfied/ I Don't Like It Like That (Pt. 1)/ Over There/ THE CHANTELS: Look In My Eyes/ Still/ Summertime/ THE CHARMAINES: On The Wagon/ THE CHIFFONS: Doctor Of Hearts/ Never Never/ No More Tomorrows/ THE CONTESSAS: You're A Hard Guy To Please/ THE COOKIES: Chains/ Stranger In My Arms/ THE CRYSTALS: He's A Rebel/ He's Sure The Boy I Love/ No One Ever Tells You/ Uptown/ What A Nice Way To Turn Seventeen/ THE EXCITERS: Hard Way To Go/ Tell Him/ O'NITA HAMMOND & GROUP: Mighty Fine/ THE IKETTES: I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)/ Trouble On My Mind/ THE KIM SISTERS: Mr Magic Moon/ PATTI LABELLE & THE BLUEBELLES: I Sold My Heart To The Junkman/ LINDA & THE DEL RIOS: Come On Let Me Try/ LINDA MARTELL AND THE ANGLOS: A Little Tear (Was Falling From My Eyes)/ THE MARVELETTES: Beechwood 4-5789/ Playboy/ Too Strong To Be Strung Along (Second Pressing)/ THE NEEVETS: You're Gonna Pay/ THE ORLONS: Don't Hang Up/ The Wah-Watusi/ THE PARIS SISTERS: He Knows I Love Him Too Much/ Let Me Be The One/ MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS: I'll Have To Let Him Go/ My Baby Won't Come Back/ THE RONETTES: Silhouettes/ You Bet I Would/ DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES: Time Changes Things/ THE SHARMETTES: My Dream/ Tell Me/ THE SHERRYS: Pop Pop Pop Pie/ THE SHIRELLES: Everybody Loves A Lover/ I Don't Think So/ Mama Said/ Soldier Boy/ The Things I Want To Hear (Pretty Words)/ Tonights The Night/ THE SHONDELLS: My Love/ BOBBIE SMITH & THE DREAM GIRLS: The Duchees Of Earl/ THE SUPREMES: Let Me Go The Right Way/ Your Heart Belongs To Me/ THE VENEERS: Believe Me My Angel

VARIOUS ARTISTS Real Gone 333 Apollo Saturday NIght/ Saturday Night At The Uptown ● CD $19.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Live R&B albums were rare in the early 60's until King Records took a gamble and recorded an October 1962 James Brown live and released the result as "Live at the Apollo" in May 1963; the album stayed on the Billboard pop album chart for more than a year. From then on, nearly every label wanted in on the action, including Motown, Chess, and Atlantic. This collection represents Atlantic Records' contribution to the live album scramble; the label sent a remote recording unit to a November 1963, Saturday night performance at Harlem's Apollo Theater to capture the evening's line up for posterity. The result was a stunning mix of stars (Ben E. King, The Coasters, The Falcons, Rufus Thomas) and up-and-comers (Otis Redding, Doris Troy) who all just happened to record for Atlantic directly or indirectly (Otis and Rufus were on Atlantic-distributed Stax/Volt). The Falcons testify on I Found a Love, Otis makes the girls swoon on These Arms of Mine, Doris shows her sophisticated and raucous sides on Misty and Say Yeah, Rufus shows his dance moves on Walking the Dog and Rockin' Chair, the Coasters bring the comedy on Speedo's Back in Town, and King brings the house down with Don't Play That Song and Stand By Me. One year later, Atlantic did the same thing, this time at the Uptown Theater in Philadelphia, with the resulting LP released in November 1964. The line up in Philly was a mix of Atlantic acts-The Drifters, Wilson Pickett, The Vibrations-and non-Atlantic acts (The Carltons, Barbara Lynn, Patti & the Emblems) with a home team showing by Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles. This time around the electricity in the Apollo performances is missing, although there are some lovely performances from the Drifters (Under the Boardwalk and On Broadway, complete with audience participation) and Pickett (impassioned on If You Need Me and exuberant on I'm Gonna Cry). As for the rest, it ranges from the garage band antics of the Vibrations and the Chicago soul of the Carltons to the decent girl group-ery from Patti and the Bluebelles and Barbara Lynn. Upshot: buy this CD for the incredible first half, and the best parts of the second. (GMC)
APOLLO SATURDAY NIGHT - THE FALCONS:I Found a Love/ Alabama Bound/ OTIS REDDING: Pain in My Heart/ These Arms of Mine/ DORIS TROY: Misty/ Say Yeah/ RUFUS THOMAS: Rockin Chair/ Walkin the Dog/ THE COASTERS: Tain't Nothin to Me/ Speedo's Back in Town/ BEN E. KING: Groovin/ Don't Play That Song/ Stand by Me/ FINALE: What'd I Say/ SATURDAY NIGHT UPTOWN - JIMMY BISHOP: Introduction/ THE DRIFTERS: Under the Boardwalk/ On Broadway/ There Goes My Baby/ PATTY & THE EMBLEMS: Mixed-Up, Shook-Up Girl/ THE VIBRATIONS: My Girl Sloopy/ The Watusi/ JIMMY BISHOP: Introduction/ WILSON PICKETT: If You Need Me/ I'm Gonna Cry Wilson/ PATTI LABELLES & HER BLUEBELLS (sic): Down the Aisle/ THE CARLTONS: Can't You Hear the Beat/ BARBARA LYNN: (O Baby) We Got a Good Thing Goin'

FATS WALLER JSP JSPCD 927 Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1- Messin' Around With The Blues** ● CD $28.98
4 CD box set, 110 Tracks, 5 Hours 15 Minutes, highly recommended
With certainly not as much well-known material as on the great and recommended Volume 2, this volume (which, due to the strenuous brilliant research and compiling it entailed was issued AFTER Vol.2) presents the earliest recordings from the ever-wonderful Fats Waller, tracing the roots of his early influences to offer the cornerstone of his future style. From vaudevillian singer Sara Martin to blues maven Alberta Hunter, to gospel performer J.C. Burnett and on to the Big Band swing of the Fletcher Henderson Band and beyond, Waller shows incredible chops and the keen ear of a first call accompanist. In the many solo pipe organ recordings, Waller dazzles with his deft touch and incessant swing. Grounded in the stride piano style, armed with a vast knowledge of current popular song styles and forms (and a love of Bach, too!), Waller combined his innate desire to entertain with his rich wit to go on to become one of the most unique and important voices in the history of jazz. Listen here and you'll hear how that voice developed. Not only will you learn much, you'll have a delightful time of it! Decent notes and the sound quality is as good as one could hope for. (RB)

NOBLE "THIN MAN" WATTS Clamike 500 Hard Times - With June Bateman & Jimmy Spruill ● CD $16.98
26 tracks, very highly recommended
Terrific collection of, mostly instrumental, R&B featuring the great tenor sax work of Florida born musician Noble "Thin Man" Watts. Although very active on the New York scene and on R&B tours his own recordings are relatively sparse in number and most of them are featured are featured on this superb collection which covers the period 1957 through 1968 for nine different labels! He stayed the longest with the Baton label where he recorded 10 tunes including his big hit - the wonderful Hard Times along with other tough sides like The Creep/ Hot Tamales/ Midnite Flite and others. His Baton recordings usually find him accompanied by a hard driving small group featuring pianist Royal Hamilton, drummer Willie Jenkins and the great Jimmy Spruill on guitar. Although on the Baton sides Spruill functions as primarily a rhythm man on the two cuts they recorded for Sir, Spruill really gets to stretch out with some devastating guitar solos. There are many other fine sides here and his last recordings for Brunswick in 1968 have all the excitement of his earlier sides. About half a dozen sides features the vocals of his wife to be June Bateman. June was a pretty good singer but her sides here are pretty forgettable. Apart from that, this is a must have for R&B fans. (FS)
JUNE BATEMAN: I Still Love Him/ I Don't Wanta/ NOBLE "THIN MAN" WATTS: (The Original) Boogie Woogie/ Blast Off/ F.L.A. Noble Watts/ Florida Shake/ Great Times/ Hard Times (The Slop)/ Hot Tamales/ I'm Walkin' The Floor Over You/ John Friday's Son/ Jookin/ Mashed Potatoes/ Mashing Potatoes/ Midnite Flight/ Noble's Theme/ Pig Ears And Rice/ Rickey Tick/ Shakin'/ Teen-Scene/ The Creep/ The Frog Hop/ The Slide/ Thingamajig/ NOBLE WATTS AND JUNE BATEMAN: Georgia Mule/ Mama I Love Him So


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