THE BLUES DISCOGRAPHY 1943-1970 2nd Revised Edition by Les Fancourt and Bob McGrath ● BOOK $110.00
710 pages, paperback, essential

A completely revised edition of this indispensible discography of post war blues and rhythm & blues records recorded between 1943 and 1970. Building on the groundbreaking "Blues Records, 1943-1966" by Mike Leadbitter & Neil Slaven, originally published in 1967 and subsequently updated as two volumes published in 1988 and 1995 and then completely revised by Les Fancourt in 2005. Now meticulously revised again with dozens of new artists added and tons of corrections and additions to existing artists. This book attempts to document all recordings made during this period of country blues, down home blues, city blues, blues shouters and rhythm and blues but not gospel, doo-wop or soul though some entries will overlap into those genres.

Artists are listed alphabetically with session information listed chronologically including titles recorded, location, session personnel (where known), matrix numbers and original issue on 78, 45, LP or CD as well as unissued titles. In addition there is a cross referenced index of musicians. Also, this edition includes album headings. The performers range from the well known like Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, Slim Harpo and B.B. King to the utterly obscure artists who recorded one or two titles like Flash Evans, Dickie Adams, Viola Russell and King Syam.

The book is nicely laid out in a two column format on 8.5 x 11" pages and will be an indispensable and utterly fascinating reference work and will give diehard collectors many new items to seek out.

To expedite shipping the book will be shipped directly from the publisher in Canada. Rates are as follows
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Paperback, 120 pages, highly recommended counts as one CD for shipping
Depending on your reading tastes you will probably find Nick Toches's style either "Two Fisted" or a bit "Ham-Handed"; personally, I dig his Rock & Roll Noir style of writing, though I know he's not everybody's cup of tea. Concentrating on the behind-the-scenes players in the music business during the classic era of Rock & Roll, this book is full of one fascinating character after another, sometimes a bit crazy, more often than not with more than just a passing acquaintance to the Mafia, the folks covered in these pages, while you may not have heard of them before, you won't soon forget them. Even names you know pop up in the most unexpected places. Did you know what Jack Ruby's connection to the trash Rock gem "Gila Monster" was? Well, you will have to buy this book to find out. Much of this story ran in the pages of Vanity Fair back in 2000, but this is the first complete and unabridged version to be printed. This is part of Norton records' new, ongoing book imprint, which has so far released fascinating tomes by Harlan Ellison, Kim Fowley, and even space age poetry by none other than Sun Ra. So basically a whole mess of real interesting books that us Roots & Rhythm types will certainly appreciate. (JM)



VARIOUS ARTISTS Magnolia 10145 Rejoice & Shout - A Jubilant Journey Through Gospel ● DVD $26.98
115 mins, as essential as it gets
This is simply one of the best music documentaries to come out in a long time, and quite possibly the best visual document made so far for Gospel music, even better than the previous high water mark "Say Amen, Somebody" from 1982. "Say Amen." had the advantage, due to it being made 30 years ago, that so many more of the older Gospel people were still around to interview. This documentary isn't lacking for quality commentators though, with big names like Smokey Robinson and Mavis Staples along side Gospel legends like Andrae Crouch, Ira Tucker from The Dixie Hummingbirds, and Willa Ward of the Ward Family singers, as well as a number of fantastic journalists, DJs, and church folk alike, who all add to the overall story. The real appeal of this doc over the ones before it though, is the wealth of vintage music clips, audio, and especially rare footage, and, unlike so many docs that just give you a snippet here and there, if the clips aren't shown in their entirety, you are at least given lengthy helpings. So this goes all the way back to acts like The Dinwiddie Colored Quartet, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Brother Joe May, through the Soul Stirrers, Blind Boys of Mississippi and Alabama, Shirley Caesar and The Caravans, and so on, with amazing footage throughout. So far, this release seems to be flying under the radar, with a limited theatrical release and hardly any mainstream coverage. I am hopeful that people will start hearing about this fantastic documentary; if you are like me, after you watch this, you will want to go out and spread the word. (JM)



JOHNNIE ALLAN Stomper Time 29 Louisiana Man ● CD $18.98
18 tracks, 57 min., highly recommended
Originally issued on Deep Elm Records in 1992, this album finds the Cajun swamp pop master in jolly old England, London's Royal Naval Club, to be precise. Recorded on December 4, 1991, Allan's show features some of his biggest numbers, including Rubber Dolly/ Your Picture/ South To Louisiana/ I'm Missing You, and the Chuck Berry-penned The Promised Land. The mostly English band knows its way around the songs, and Allan wisely brought sax man Harry Simoneaux from back home. A sharp piece of work all around. (JC)

GENE AUTRY B.A.C.M. 377 Vol. 8 : God Bless America ● CD $14.98
26 more songs from the 40s and 50s by this incredibly prolific and popular artist including three tracks from his "Melody Ranch" radio show. There are two duets with pop singer Jo Stafford. In addition to Irving Berlin's patriotic title song this set includes Good Old Fashioned Hoedown/ Was Yesterday A Dream/ I'm A Fool To Care/ The Roses I Picked For Our Wedding/ My Heart Cries For You/ Am I A Pastime/ I'm Innocent/ Merry Christmas Waltz/ Marcheta and others. The disc ends with a bonus cut from around 1940 with Gene singing and talking about the Philco Photo-Electric Reproducer an early form of player using a light beam to reproduce the sound in the grooves of a record.
GENE AUTRY: Am I A Pastime/ Angels In The Sky/ Darlin' What More Can I Do/ God Bless America/ God's In The Saddle Right There By My Side/ Good Old Fashioned Hoedown/ I'm A Fool To Care/ I'm A Yankee Doodle Dandy/ I'm An Old Cow Hand/ I'm Innocent/ I'm Learning To Live Without You/ It Just Don't Seem Like Home/ Marcheta/ Merry Christmas Waltz/ My Heart Cries For You/ Poison Ivy/ Teardrops From My Eyes/ Texans Never Cry/ The Place Where I Worship/ The Roses I Picked For Our Wedding/ The Statute In The Bay/ Two Cheaters In Love/ Was Yesterday A Dream/ When The Snowbirds Cross The Rookies/ You Are The Light Of My Life/ You're An Angel

THE BOSWELL SISTERS Storyville 1088608 Collection ● CD $41.98
5 CD's (and a DVD), 109 tracks, 5 hours 58 min., recommended
What's not to like about five discs of three likable white sisters whose voices sometimes passed for black among white radio audiences? (One listen to their version of Heebie Jeebies will explain why.) Quite a bit, as it happens. The performances are of course wonderful: great harmony singing matched with fresh and innovative arrangements. And the sisters are skillfully backed by first class players, such as the Dorsey Brothers, Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti, Red Nichols, and the Mills Brothers, to name but a few. Unfortunately, this reissue doesn't do the sisters justice. The sound is nothing to write home about, and the booklet notes, while informative, are microscopic. The DVD, which should alone make this set worth getting, is disappointing as well. It includes movie shorts such as Close Farm-ony, in which the ladies serenade a cow in hopes of having her cow give more milk. (All the time, Martha has to play a piano covered in hay.) But the picture quality is worse than poor. Also included is a 1932 performance for legislators in Washington D.C., and the Vitaphone movie short Ramblin 'Round Radio Row. Unfortunately, several of the performances listed on the DVD jacket are missing from the actual DVD, including excerpts from the films Moulin Rouge (1934) and Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1935) and The Big Broadcast (1932). On the upside, this box set includes all (apparently) of the studio recordings of the Boswell Sisters at a reasonable price. But since when are Storyville sets "Made in China"? It's a brave new world. (JC)

TINA BRITT Stateside 362 924-2 Blue All The Way ● CD $11.98 $7.98
20 tracks, 61 min., highly recommended
For a soul singer with two Top 40 R&B hits, very little is known about Tina Britt. Very little. This collection gathers her singles between 1965-69 and her 1969 LP on Minit, and thus comprises her complete solo output. And although her work was issued on a number of labels, all of her songs were produced by Henry "Juggy" Murray (of Sue Records fame). Her early work included her biggest hit, The Real Thing, which climbed sure-footedly to #20 on Billboard's R&B chart. The song, which apes Motown arrangements and production, sounds like a thinly disguised knock-off of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas' Heatwave. (To be fair, Martha and Co. knocked off that song a couple of times themselves--Quicksand comes to mind.) In fact, most of her early work was influenced by Berry Gordy's music machine, and perhaps nothing more so than Look, which even includes the trademark tambourine throughout. That said, the songs are great slices of uptempo soul. Her later work is bluesier and more nuanced but sometimes lacks some of the power of her earlier stuff. Also included are three previously unreleased songs: It's My Thing, an answer to the Isley Bros.; He Put The Hurt On Me, the finest of her three Otis Redding covers; and a version of Doctor Feel Good. Too bad she didn't record more before her retirement/ disappearance. (JC)

THE CASTLE SISTERS Clarinet Cat 1001 Goodbye Dad & All The Best ● CD $17.98
25 tracks, 59 min., recommended
Recording first in 1956 under their real last name (Kossol), the three sisters (Josie, Joanie, Audrey) waxed a pair of 45 rpms for Epic, a label not know for its wild abandon. By 1959 they had been rechristened the Castle Sisters and signed with Roulette. Later they went to Triodex and, by 1962, to Jack Gold's Terrace label, where they cut their hit Goodbye Dad. This disc collects the four Kossol Sisters tracks along with seemingly everything else the sisters recorded, including a pair of live tracks that feature a big band backing. Their sound isn't quite the "girl group" variety, but it isn't very far away at times. It's an aural vanilla that owes as much to the sister acts of the 1940s and early 1950s as it does to the decade that produced it. So of course there are too many strings, and too often they come stabbing into the song like little sonic maniacs. The girls could sing, to be sure, but listeners may want to keep an insulin pen nearby. (JC)

RAY CHARLES Le Chant Du Monde 2742190 The Complete ABC Recordings Recordings, 1959-1961 ● CD $33.98
Three CDs, 56 tracks, highly recommended
Not to be confused with the recently released Concord set which reissued all of Ray's singles recorded for ABC between 1959 and 1972 this set focuses on the period from 1959 to 1961 and includes everything he recorded for ABC - singles and LP cuts. The material ranges from the small group blues of Worried Life Blues to the intense soul of My Baby! (I Love Her Yes I Do) to the funky big band jazz of Strike Up The Band to the string laden pop of Georgia On My Mind (his first recordings to top the pop charts) Ray could do it all and impress it with his unique soulful stamp that made his performances superior and lived up to his title of "The Genius." Sound is superb and the 40 page booklet has detailed notes and includes photos, label shots, album covers and other memorabilia plus in depth discography. (FS)
RAY CHARLES: Alabamy Bound/ Alone Together/ Baby, It's Cold Outside/ Basin Street Blues/ Birth Of The Blues/ Blue Hawaii/ But On The Other Hand Baby/ California, Here I Come/ Candy/ Carry Me Back To Old Virginny/ Chattanooga Choo-Choo/ Cherry/ Cocktails For Two/ Deep In The Heart Of Texas/ Diane/ Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye/ For All We Know/ From The Heart/ Georgia On My Mind/ Goodbye-We'll Be Together Again/ Hardhearted Hannah/ Hit The Road Jack/ I Wonder/ I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town/ I've Got News For You/ Josephine/ Just You, Just Me/ Let's Go/ Margie/ Marie/ Mississippi Mud/ Mister C/ Moanin'/ Moon Over Miami/ Moonlight In Vermont/ My Baby! (I Love Her, Yes I Do)/ Nancy (With The Laughing Face)/ New York's My Home/ One Mint Julep/ People Will Say We're In Love/ Rosetta/ Ruby/ Side By Side/ Stella By Starlight/ Sticks And Stones/ Stompin' Room Only/ Strike Up The Band/ Sweet Georgia Brown/ Takes Two To Tango/ The Danger Zone/ Them That Got/ Together/ Unchain My Heart/ Who You Gonna' Love/ Worried Life Blues/ You And I

THE COOPERETTES/ THE APOLLAS Soul Delight 1001 Ladies With Soul ● CD $17.98
CD-R, 29 tracks, 74 min., highly recommended
The Apollas cuts, including the earliest four that they released as by the Love Joys, are all on the recently released and superior Kent CD, which actually offers a few cuts not on this album. The sides by Cooperettes, however, are unavailable on CD elsewhere and too cool to walk away from. The ladies recorded in the 1960s for ABC and Brunswick, and the first two songs (both sides of Brunswick 55329: Shing-A-Ling and (Life Has) No Meaning Now) would cost a few hundred bucks (thanks, Northern soul fanatics!), if you could find the 45, which you can't. The Cooperettes have 10 tracks to themselves, which must represent a substantial portion of their recorded output. They could sound Motownish, as on Everythings Wrong or straight up soulful as on the excellent Peace Maker, but they always sound like they know what they're doing. No booklet notes with this release. (JC)

LOWELL FULSON Chess (Europe) 10412 The Complete Chess Masters, Vol. 1 ● CD $10.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
The first disc from Chess 9394 originally issued in the 1990s. Lowell Fulson had a long and versatile career starting off singing country blues with his brother on second guitar in the 40s, working with small urban combos and then on to larger groups with several horns. Lowell was always convincing in whatever format he worked with his distinctive and expressive vocals and economical but very effective guitar playing. He was also a gifted songwriter and most of the songs on this collection were written by Lowell, opening with his most well known song - the great Reconsider Baby recorded in Dallas in 1954 which climbed to #3 in the R&^B charts. The bulk of his Checker recordings were cut in Los Angeles with long time Fulson associates like pianist Lloyd Glenn and alto saxist Earl Brown. Some sides were cut in Chicago with Chess house musicians like Otis Spann and Eddie Chamblee and while these may not be always as coherent as his Los Angeles sides they are stil very fine. There are lots of great performances here including the soulful Loving You (his only other Checker hit), the intense It's A Long Time which, surprisingly was not originally issued, the wonderful doomy minor key gem Tollin' Bells, the Latin flavored instrumental Blues Rhumba, a stab at rock 'n' roll with Rock 'Em Dead and lots more. (FS)

LOWELL FULSON Chess (Europe) 10432 The Complete Chess Masters, Vol. 2 ● CD $10.98
23 tracks, highly recommended
The rest of Lowell's great Checker recordings features sides recordings made between 1957 and 1963 and while further R&B hits eluded him he continued to record some outstanding sides including his lovely loping rendition of Jimmy Rogers' That's Alright, an updating of his 1950 hit Blue Shadows, the great two part I Want To Know and the intense Hung Down Head - one of his best Checker recordings. But it's all superb. (FS)

THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET Acrobat 173 Rock My Soul ● CD $10.98 $6.98
20 tracks, 53 mins, recommended
Excellent inexpensive introduction to the music of this brilliant and influential group from Alabama. Includes many of their most popular sides recorded between 1937 and 1943 including Golden gate Gospel Train/ Go Where I Send Thee/ Massas In The Cold Cold Ground/ Noah/ Job/ Stlin Wasn't Stallin'/ Dip Your Fingers In the waters/ Didn't It Rain/ Blind Barnabas/ Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer, etc. (FS)

JOHNNY HORTON Jasmine 3626/7 North To Alaska - The Early Album Collection ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 60 tracks, 148 mins, highly recommended
I have to admit that, when I was a little kid, I was pretty into Johnny Horton; his great history themed songs were always a thrill to me. Horton and Roger Miller were the gateway artists that led me from John Wayne and Davy Crocket to Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, etc. Aside from his "Johnny Horton Makes History" album (featured here in its entirety) and a couple of singles that I have had since I was a little kid, I never delved deeper into his catalog, though. It never really occurred to me, but I am happy to do it now and this collection is the perfect path through it. As of late, Jasmine have been doing these great retrospective collections, where they take an important period in an artist's career and give you a few key albums from that time, plus a few bonus tracks. I have reviewed a few of these so far and am definitely digging on the approach. So, this features the above-mentioned LP from 1960, plus his self titled Dot LP from 1962 (erroneously credited as being from 1959), "The Fantastic Johnny Horton" "Sings Free and Easy," and "The Spectacular Johnny Horton" all from 1959/ 60. All of those albums are presented in their entirety, plus a few tracks from Horton's 1961 greatest hits collection: North to Alaska/ The Mansion You Stole and I'm Ready, if You're Willing. So, you get the big hits that everyone knows: Battle Of New Orleans/ When Its Springtime In Alaska/ Johnny Reb/ Sink The Bismarck, etc. But the hits are only the beginning; there is a ton of great Country & Western to Rockabilly on this collection and some of my favorites were songs that I had never heard before, great cuts like Devil Made A Masterpiece/ Tetched In The Head, and the red hot Rockabilly of The Golden Rocket. I hope you all will give Johnny Horton the second look that I just enjoyed, you shan't be disappointed. (JM)
JOHNNY HORTON: All For The Love Of A Girl/ All For The Love Of A Girl/ Battle Of Bull Run/ Big Wheels Rolliní/ Broken Hearted Gypsy/ Cherokee Boogie/ Coal Smoke Valve Oil And Steam/ Comanche (The Brave Horse)/ Devil Made A Masterpiece/ Devilish Love Light/ Done Roviní/ Donít Use My Heart For A Stepping Stone/ First Train Headiní South/ Go And Wash Your Dirty Feet/ Gobbler The Houní Dog/ Got The Bull By The Horns/ Hot In The Sugarcane Field/ I Canít Forget You/ I Love You Baby/ In My House In Shelby County/ Itís A Long Rocky Road/ Iím Ready If Youíre Willing/ Jim Bridger/ Joeís Been A-Gittiní There/ John Paul Jones/ Johnny Freedom (Freedom Land)/ Johnny Reb/ Just Walk A Little Closer/ Lonesome And Heartbroken/ Lost Highway/ Mansion You Stole/ Mean Mean Son Of A Gun/ Move Down The Line/ Mr. Moonlight/ North To Alaska/ Out In New Mexico/ Oílearyís Cow/ Plaid And Calico/ Ridiní The Sunshine Special/ Sam Magee/ Seven Comes Eleven/ Shadows On The Old Bayou/ Sink The Bismark/ Sinking Of The Reuben James/ Smokey Joeís Barbecue/ Snow Shoe Thompson/ Tetched In The Head/ The Battle Of New Orleans/ The Childís Side Of Life/ The First Train Headiní South/ The Golden Rocket/ The Mansion You Stole/ The S.S. Lureline/ The Train With A Rhumba Beat/ Two Red Lips And Warm Red Wine/ When Itís Springtime In Alaska (Itís Forty Below)/ Whispering Pines/ Wise To The Ways Of A Woman/ Words/ Young Abe Lincoln

WANDA JACKSON Jasmine 209 Rocking Country Style - The Early Album Collection ● CD $15.98
2 CD, 48 tracks, very highly recommended
Like the title says, this CD is a collection containing four LPs recorded by the Rockabilly queen: "Day Dreamin'" (1958), "Rockin' With Wanda" (1960), "There's Party Goin' On" (1961), and "Right Or Wrong" (1961). At the time these albums were recorded, Wanda wanted to abandon rock and roll and return to pure country music, however it was the rock and roll numbers that were keeping her in the charts, and it's this dichotomy that characterizes these LPs. After she scored a hit with Let's a Have a Party in 1960, the pattern was sealed for a couple of years as she continued to make the charts with Fujiyama Mama and Mean Mean Mean. But the country was never far away, as evidenced by such great performances as Making Believe/ Here We Are Again/ Did You Miss Me?/ I Can't Make My Dreams Understand, and You've Turned to a Stranger. Although Wanda's songwriting takes a backseat on "Day Dreamin' and "There's a Party Goin' On," it's in full flower on "Rockin' With Wanda," which is arguably the best of the four albums. But Wanda's way with other people's songs can't be underestimated, as she works wonders with Charlie Rich's Lonely Weekends and Leiber and Stoller's Kansas City, in fact, she had a magic way with R&B material. In 1961, she scored her biggest country hit with Right Or Wrong and from this time on she became a regular fixture on the country scene. For the Wanda Jackson fan-even if you have any of the numerous compilations of her material-this set is pure gold because it gives a broader picture of one of the early rock and roll originals, and puts her artistry in its' proper context. (GMC)
WANDA JACKSON: Baby Loves Him/ Brown Eyed Handsome Man/ Bye Bye Baby/ Cool Love/ Day Dreamin'/ Did You Miss Me?/ Don'a Won'a/ Fallin'/ Fujiyama Mama/ Happy Happy Birthday Baby/ Hard Headed Woman/ Heartbreak Ahead/ Here We Are Again/ Honey Bop/ Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad/ I Cant Make My Dreams Understand/ I Gotta Know/ I May Never Get To Heaven/ I Wanna Waltz/ It Doesn't Matter Anymore/ Just Call Me Lonesome/ Kansas City/ Last Letter/ Let Me Go Lover/ Let's Have A Party/ Lonely Weekends/ Long Tall Sally/ Lost Weekend/ Making Believe/ Man We Had A Party/ Mean Mean Man/ Money Honey/ My Baby Left Me/ Right Or Wrong (I'll Be With You)/ Rock Your Baby/ Slippin' And Slidin'/ So Soon/ Sparkling Brown Eyes/ Sticks And Stones/ Stupid Cupid/ There's A Party Goin' On/ Tongue Tied/ Tweedle Dee/ Who Shot Sam?/ Why I'm Walkin'/ Window Up Above/ You're The One For Me/ You've Turned To A Stranger

ETTA JAMES Kent CDKEND 377 Queen Of Soul ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, 68 mins, essential
This installment in Kent's great series of reissues of Etta's Chess catalog features Etta's fantastic 1964 album "Queen of Soul" on CD in its entirety for the first time, plus a whole mess of fabulous bonus tracks. The original "Q.O.S" album has always been a bit under-appreciated, mostly because, in a period in her career when hits were one after the other, this album managed to not have any of the big ones on it, although four of them did hit the R&B charts with two of those hitting the lower reaches of the Pop 100. That's not to say that there is anything lacking in the tracks here, there is just one great track after another. Great stuff like: Bobby Is His Name/ Flight 101/ Loving You More Everyday, and my favorites Do Right and Mellow Fellow. Just a straight re-issue of the original record would be well worth picking up, but the bonus tracks makes for a sure fire essential release. With not only a host of other great tunes from the same era (1963-64,) but also a couple of the biggies: Pushover and Stop the Wedding. This is a no brainer for Etta James fans and fans of classic Rhythm & Blues. (JM)

ELSIE JANIS Archeophone 5013 Sweetheart Of The A.E.F. ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 77 min., recommended
Count among Janis' accomplishments having performed for President William McKinley. And despite being an early star of Broadway and its London counterpart, and an early writer on sound films, she is best known, or perhaps was best known, for her performances in Europe for soldiers in World War I, performances that she bankrolled, since there was no U.S.O. yet. Janis' specialty, aside from being handy with a lasso, was imitation of famous singers of the time. And she worked with a lot of them. The booklet is brimming with information and even includes a photograph of Janis with one of her young co-stars, Maurice Chevalier. Tracks, recorded between 1912-1919 (with one exception from 1939) include her own That Fascinating Baseball Slide and Fo' De Lawd's Sake Play A Waltz, as well as The Darktown Strutters' Ball, The Jazz Band,Ballin' The Jack, I Love Them All A Little Bit, Florrie Was A Flapper, Yoaka Hula Hickey Dula, Give Me The Moonlight, and many others. Tame by today's standards, to be sure, but some pretty interesting stuff and all wonderfully packaged. All that and a warning on the back that reads: "Contains Racially Derogatory Language." Of course. (JC)

LITTLE WILLIE JOHN Real Gone 046 Complete Hit Singles A's & B's ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 32 tracks, very highly recommended
There are other collections saluting the great unsung (no pun intended) Detroit R&B/ soul singer, but this is the first one to bring together all the A- and B-sides he cut for King Records between 1955 and 1961. So while we get the radio hits like All Around the World/ Fever/ Talk To Me, Talk To Me, and Leave My Kitten Alone, we also get smokin' flip sides like My Nerves/ Spasms/ Don't Be Ashamed to Call My Name, and I'm Shakin' too. Booklet includes notes by BIll Dahl and rare photos from the King archive. All and all, this is the best non-Import Little Willie John currently available, and these wondrous tracks belong in the home of every R&B and soul collector. (GMC)
LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: (I've Got) Spring Fever/ All Around the World/ Cottage for Sale/ Do Something for Me/ Do You Love Me/ Don't Be Ashamed to Call My Name/ Don't Leave Me Dear/ Fever/ Flamingo/ Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me)/ Home at Last/ I'm Shakin'/ I'm Sorry/ Leave My Kitten Alone/ Let Nobody Love You/ Let Them Talk/ Let's Rock While the Rockin's Good/ Letter from My Darling/ My Nerves/ Need Your Love So Bad/ Now You Know/ Right There/ Sleep/ Spasms/ Take My Love (I Want to Give It All to You)/ Talk to Me, Talk to Me/ Tell It Like It Is/ The Very Thought of You/ There's a Difference/ Walk Slow/ You Hurt Me/ You're a Sweetheart

SHORTY LONG Kent CDTOP 369 Here Comes..Shorty Long - Complete Motown Stereo Master ● CD $21.98
26 tracks, 71 mins, highly recommended
Shorty Long's relatively short recording career (and life; he died at 29 in 1969) would be memorable if only for the two classic tracks he co-wrote and recorded: the original version of Devil With the Blue Dress and Function At the Junction. Neither single was a big hit in 1964 and 1966, respectively-that would come later with the funky novelty tune Here Comes the Judge which hit the Top 10 in 1968-but their influence and staying power outweighs the initial lack of mainstream popularity. For the first time, this CD collects Shorty's two LPs, "Here Comes the Judge" (1968) and "The Prime of Shorty Long" (1969), which were originally issued on Motown's Soul subsidiary, and presents them in stereo. Along with the albums-which contain a mix of originals and covers that show off Shorty's vocal dexterity and sense of humor-there are a clutch of bonus tracks: a previously unreleased stereo mix of Mobile Lil the Dancing Witch (the mono mix had previously appeared on a "Cellar Full of Motown" compilation) and an alternative version of Shorty's cover of The Big Bopper's Chantilly Lace. When it came to funky, few were better than Shorty, as Night Fo' Last/ Here Comes Fat Albert, and People Sure Act Funny will attest; but he also had his sensitive side, which comes out on the beautiful I Had a Dream and Cross My Heart, and his majestic version of Procul Harum's Whiter Shade of Pale. Shorty Long's time on this earth may have been brief, but he left us with some treasured tracks and hot jams to remember him by. (GMC)

AMOS MILBURN Jasmine 3028/9 Rockin' And Drinkin' ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, 140 mins, essential
Since the beginning of the CD era there have been a number of retrospectives of the great Houston singer & piano player Amos Milburn but right now pickings are slim so this great two CD compilation is particularly welcome. A wonderful singer with a soulful smokey voice and a truly brilliant piano player he was equally at home on a straight blues, boogie or Charles Brown style pop blues ballad. Between September, 1946 and April, 1957 he recorded some 140 sides for Aladdin records and this set features 48 of them including all 19 of the songs to hit the R&B charts between 1948 and 1954. The songs are arranged chronologically and includes such great boogies as Down The Road Apiece/ Chicken Shack Boogies (two different versions of this - one from 1948 that was his first hit and one from 1956 recorded in New Orleans with top New Orleans sidemen)/ Roomin' House Boogie/ Sax Shack Boogie/ Boogie Woogie and others. Blues ballads are represented by Bewildered/ In The Middle Of The Night/ Drifting Blues and others and straight blues with After Midnite/ Tears Tears Tears/ Trouble In Mind and others and a host of mid-tempo items. Amos had great success with a series of drinking blues and all these are here including Bad Bad Whiskey/ Let Me Go Home, Whiskey/ One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer and, of course, Good, Good, Whiskey. Most of the sessions were cut on the West Coast with sidemen like tenor saxist Maxwell Davis, guitarists Gene Phillips, Chuck Norris or Wayne Bennet and others. The last two tracks on the second disc feature Amos duetting with Charles Brown on two fine sides recorded for Ace in 1959. Sound quality is excellent and there are informative notes by Bob Fisher. Inevitably there is a fair amount of duplication with the recent Bear Family release but that focussed on his up tempo numbers so this provides a wider ranging selection. (FS)
CHARLES BROWN & AMOS MILBURN: Educated Fool/ I Wanna Go Home/ AMOS MILBURN: A & M Blues/ After Midnite/ Ain't Nothing Shakin'/ Anybody's Blues/ Bad Bad Whiskey/ Bewildered/ Birmingham Bounce/ Boogie Woogie/ Bow °V Wow/ Chicken Shack Boogie/ Chicken Shack Boogie/ Down The Road A Piece/ Drifting Blues/ Empty Arms Blues/ Everybody Clap Hands/ Flying Home/ Good Good Whiskey/ Hard Luck Blues/ Hold Me Baby/ House Party (Tonight)/ How Long Has This Train Been Gone/ I Done Done It (Don't Do It)/ I'm Going To Tell My Mama/ In The Middle Of The Night/ It Took A Long Long Time/ Jitterbug Fashion Parade/ Johnson Rag/ Just One More Drink/ Let Me Go Home Whiskey/ Let's Have A Party/ Let's Make Christmas Merry Baby/ Let's Rock Awhile/ Milk And Water/ One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer/ Pot Luck Boogie/ Put Something In My Hand/ Real Pretty Mama Blues/ Roll Mister Jelly/ Roomin' House Boogie/ Sax Shack Boogie/ Soft Pillow/ Square Dance Boogie/ Tears Tears Tears (Tears In My Eyes)/ That Was Your Last Mistake/ Thinking And Drinking/ Trouble In Mind/ Vicious Vicious Vodka/ Walking Blues

EDDIE MORTON Archeophone 5017 Ed Morton's Bit Of Broadway ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, 73 min., recommended
After leaving the Philadelphia police force and before opening his own restaurant, Morton was tops at turning a song into a hit. Whatever his voice lacked in technical skill, it made up for in personality. Volume 2 of Morton's work covers 1911 to 1917 (when he cut his final sides) and includes several of his own compositions, such as I've Got You, Steve and Noodle Soup Rag. As always, the Archeophone scholarship is breathtaking in its scope and detail, making the booklet a wonder to behold. Interesting titles include, Beans! Beans!! Beans!!!, You Can Lead A Mule To Water, But You Can't Make Him Drink, and Ever Since You Told Me That You Loved Me (I'm A Nut! I'm A Nut!), among others. Envy, Morton, too for once sharing a billing with the Marx Brothers. (JC)

SANDY NELSON Ace CDLUX 007 Big Sixties Frat Party ● CD $24.98
24 tracks, recommended
The latest in Ace Records' Limited Edition series places the spotlight on 60's drummer extraordinaire, Sandy Nelson. This collection of instrumentals featuring Nelson's deft drumming is a follow-up the Ace release "Sandy Nelson's Big Sixties Beat Party!" (Ace 1080 - $18.98), and it focuses on material drawn from across ten of his LPs recorded between 1965 and 1969. The selling point of this batch of Nelson songs-besides their obvious quality and danceability-is that all but two are making their CD debut, plus there's three rare 45s that have never been compiled before. So listen in wonder as Sandy gallops through the classical standard Sabre Dance; Motown classics Uptight/ Ain't Too Proud to Beg, and My World is Empty Without You; rock/pop classics Hanky Panky/ Hang On Sloopy, and Niki Hoeky; and some instrumental standards like Peter Gunn/ Pipeline, and Batman Theme. This Limited Edition offering isn't as historically important as some of the previous ones; it's just a fun, feel good collection of party music and sometimes that's enough to justify a CD release. (GMC)

JOHNNY RAWLS Catfood 15 Soul Survivor ● CD $11.98
10 tracks, 39 min., highly recommended
Rawls used to play in O.V. Wright's band in the 1970s until Wrights's untimely demise in 1980. No surprise, then, that his soul songs reflect some of that Hi Records-era sound, contemporary though it is. He even covers the familiar Wright gem Eight Men, Four Women, one of the great court room songs, which benefits from a potentially unsavory sounding title. Rawls sounds just fine there but even better on the new stuff, especially the title track, King Of Hearts, and his own Hand Me Downs. Bad Little Girl ain't bad either. Once or twice, as on Don't Need A Gun To Steal, about the joys of white collar crime, among other kinds, the lyric sounds a bit forced and leaves our hero to do his best to save the day--which he does. All this and an actual horn section and drummer made of flesh and bone. What will they think of next? A minor find. (JC)

EDDIE TAYLOR Blind Pig 5025 Long Way From Home ● CD $15.98 $7.98
11 tracks, recommended
Great Chicago bluesman recorded live in Japan in 1977 with Louis & Dave Myers and Odie Payne Jr. Eddie is in fine form with strong vocals and lots of his distinctive guitar riffs doing a mix of songs he had previously recorded (Bad Boy/ There'll Be A Day), new songs (My Sometimes Baby/ You're Gonna Look For Me) and blues standards (Crossroads/ Goin' Down Slow, etc.) On Baby Please Don't Go Louis steps up front singing and playing harp and Odie does a nice version of Willie Mabon's I Don't Know. Sound quality is not the greatest but is certainly acceptable. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acronym 1011 Texas Gospel, Volumes 8 & 9; Pay Day, 1955-1960 ● CD $19.98
Two CDs, 54 tracks, highly recommended
Back in stock. More superb gospel - mostly from Peacock along with a number of tracks from Peacock's parent label Duke. The Duke sides are from around 1955 and includes four sides by the superb West Coast group The Paramount Singers, two of them featuring the wonderful lead vocals of Vance "Tiny" Powell , and six splendid and obscure sides by Clara Ward and The Ward Singers. The Peacock sides are from 1959/60 and includes eleven superb sides by The Gospelaires - a group that was popular at the time but is not very well known today - their sides feature the gorgeous lead vocals of Robert Washington. Peacocks most well known groups - The Dixie Hummingbirds, Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi, Sensational Nightingales and Spirit Of Memphis are all here with great sides and includes the Peacock debut of the wonderful Mighty Couds Of Joy with lead vocalist Joe Ligon who were to become one of the label's most popular groups in the 1960s. Other artists includes The Sunset Travelers featuring furture soul giant O.V. Wright, The Brooklyn All Star Singers, Pilgrim Jubilee Singers and others and the set ends with a rousing sermon recorded live from Rev. W.C. Trammell. Volumes 3/4/5 and 6/7 in this great series are now out of print and since this is a limited edition too don' delay if you want this great selection of black gospel music - most of it making its first appearance on CD> (FS)
THE BALTIMORE ECHOES: Filled With The Holy Spirit/ He's A Friend Of Mine/ THE BROOKLYN ALL STAR SINGERS: Rest Awhile/ The Word Of God/ THE CHORA'LEERS: Hear My Prayer/ I've Got To Run On/ THE DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS: I Want To Feel The Holy Spirit/ Jesus Hold My Hand/ Leave Your Burdens There/ What A Friend/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF MISS.: Lord, Lord, You've Been Good To Me/ Sending Up My Timber/ THE FIVE SINGING STARS: Jesus Is Using Me/ You Can If You Will/ THE GOSPEL CONSOLATORS: Deliver Me/ Going On With Jesus/ THE GOSPELAIRES: I Didn't Know/ I'll Fly Away/ I've Got It/ If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again/ Joy, Joy, Joy/ Judgement/ Mother's Journey/ My Work Was Not In Vain/ On My Way To Heaven/ Trouble No More/ Wonderful Jesus/ SISTER BARBARA JONES & GROUP: Be Ready/ There's A City Over There/ THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY: Ain't Got Long Here/ Jesus Lead Us Safely/ THE ORIG. FIVE BLIND BOYS OF MISS.: I Call On Jesus/ Time To Think About The Lord/ THE PARAMOUNT SINGERS: Mother/ My Jesus Is All The World To Me/ Shall We Meet/ Work And Pray On/ THE PILGRIM JUBILEE SINGERS: Evening Sun/ Stretch Out/ REV. CLEOPHUS ROBINSON & SISTER JOSEPHINE JAMES: By And By/ When I Arose/ THE SENSATIONAL NIGHTINGALES: Over In Zion/ Who Is That/ THE SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS QUARTET: 'Twill Be Glory/ Doctor Jesus/ THE SUNSET TRAVELERS: Lazarus/ Move These Things/ REV. W.C. TRAMMELL: I'll Be Satisfied/ CLARA WARD: Pay Day/ Redeemed/ Time Is Winding Up/ Whosoever Will/ THE WARD SINGERS: Come On/ Were You There

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16921 Plug It In,Turn It Up-Electric Blues: Part 1, 1939-1954 ● CD $49.98
Three CDs, 77 tracks, 224 mins, very highly recommended
I would probably rate this essential but I realise that many blues fans might not be willing to pay $50 to get tracks they already have but having now listened to this set I can confirm that the sound quality is superior to previous reissues with great clarity and presence. The recordings here range from the early jazz inspired offerings of Andy Kirk's Orch with Floyd Smith and T-Bone Walker through to the tough Chicago blues sounds of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and J.B. Hutto, taking in along the way the Texas sounds of Lightnin' Hopkins, Goree Carter, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and others, the West Coast stylings of Johnny Moore's Three Blazes, Gene Phillips, Charles Brown, etc. The deep south sounds of Howlin' Wolf (with Willie Johnson/ guitar), Boyd Gilmore, Sunny Blair, etc. the New York sounds of Champion Jack Dupree (with Brownie McGhee guitar), Stick McGhee and others. Other artists include Louis Jordan (with brilliant underrated guitarist Charles Hogan), John Lee Hooker, Roy Brown (with great New Orleans guitarist Edgar Blanchard), Cecil Gant, Eddie Boyd, John Brim, Pat Hare and many more. The emphasis is on electric guitar though the amplified harmonica was starting to become a strong presence in the hands of people likie Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Papa Lightfoot and others. (FS)
BABY FACE LEROY TRIO: Rollin' And Tumblin' Part 1/ SUNNY BLAIR: Please Send My Baby Back/ EDDIE BOYD: Five Long Years/ JACKIE BRENSTON AND HIS DELTA CATS: Rocket '88'/ JOHN BRIM: Ice Cream Man/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Ramblin' Bill/ CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN: Dirty Work At The Crossroad/ Mary Is Fine/ JAMES "WIDE MOUTH" BROWN: Boogie Woogie Nighthawk/ CHARLES BROWN AND HIS BAND: Black Night/ ROY BROWN AND HIS MIGHTY MIGHTY MEN: Love Don't Love Nobody/ GOREE CARTER AND HIS HEPCATS: Rock Awhile/ RAY CHARLES: Losing Hand/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Blues After Hours/ ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: That's All Right/ FLOYD DIXON: Baby Let's Go Down To The Woods/ FATS DOMINO: Trust In Me/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Shim Sham Shimmy/ LOWELL FULSON: Every Day I Have The Blues (Lonely Heart Blues)/ Reconsider Baby/ CECIL GANT: Rock Little Baby/ CLARENCE GARLOW: Bon Ton Roula/ BOYD GILMORE: Ramblin' On My Mind/ GUITAR SLIM AND HIS BAND: The Things That I Used To Do/ PAT HARE: I'm Gonna Murder My Baby/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Shake That Thing/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Boogie Chillen/ I'm In The Mood/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Let Me Play With Your Poodle/ HOWLIN' WOLF: How Many More Years?/ J.B. HUTTO AND HIS HAWKS: Pet Cream Man/ LIL' SON JACKSON: Piggly Wiggly/ ELMORE JAMES: Dust My Broom/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Why Should I Cry?/ LOUIS JORDAN AND HIS TYMPANY FIVE: Ain't That Just Like A Woman/ B.B. KING AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Please Love Me/ Woke Up This Morning (My Baby She Was Gone)/ ANDY KIRK AND HIS TWELVE CLOUDS OF JOY FEATUR: Floyd's Guitar Blues/ PETE "GUITAR" LEWIS: Chocolate Pork Chop Man/ PAPA LIGHTFOOT: Wine, Women, Whiskey/ LITTLE JUNIOR'S BLUE FLAMES: Feelin' Good/ LITTLE WALTER AND HIS JUKES: Blues With A Feeling/ LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: Hit The Road/ JOE HILL LOUIS: Hydramatic Woman/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN AND HIS BLUES BLASTERS: Rockin' All Day (Aka Rockin' And Reelin')/ STICK MCGHEE AND HIS BUDDIES: Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ MEMPHIS MINNIE WITH LITTLE JOE & HIS BAN: Me And My Chauffeur Blues/ AMOS MILBURN AND HIS ALADDIN CHICKENSHACKERS: One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer/ JOHNNY MOORE'S THREE BLAZERS: Drifting Blues/ ROBERT NIGHTHAWK AND HIS NIGHTHAWKS BAND: Kansas City Blues/ THE NIGHTHAWKS (ROBERT NIGHTHAWK): Black Angel Blues (Sweet Black Angel)/ CHUCK NORRIS: Messin' Up/ DANNY OVERBEA: Forty Cups Of Coffee/ GENE PHILLIPS WITH JACK MCVEA ORCH.: Slippin' And Slidin'/ SNOOKY PRYOR AND HIS TRIO: Cryin' Shame/ JIMMY REED AND HIS TRIO: You Don't Have To Go/ JIMMY ROGERS AND HIS ROCKING FOUR: Sloppy Drunk/ JIMMY ROGERS AND HIS TRIO: That's All Right/ DR. ROSS: The Boogie Disease/ JOHNNY SHINES: Evening Sun/ TAMPA RED: Midnight Boogie/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: Strange Things Happening Every Day/ LAFAYETTE THOMAS: Don't Have To Worry (Jumpin' In The Heart Of Town)/ RUFUS THOMAS, JR.: Tiger Man (King Of The Jungle)/ WILLIE MAE "BIG MAMA" THORNTON: Hound Dog/ JOE TURNER AND HIS BLUES KINGS: T.V. Mama/ EDDIE "CLEANHEAD" VINSON: Lonesome Train/ T-BONE WALKER: Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)/ Cold Cold Feeling/ Mean Old World/ LITTLE WALTER: Juke/ BABY BOY WARREN: My Special Friend Blues/ MUDDY WATERS: I Can't Be Satisfied/ I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Better Cut That Out/ Pontiac Blues/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Who's Been Jivin' You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16922 Plug It In,Turn It Up-Electric Blues: Part 2, 1954-1967 ● CD $49.98
3 CDs, 79 tracks, very highly recommended
Now in stock. This volume features 79 tracks covering the period 1948 through 1967 (not 1954 through 1967 as stated on the cover) with tough sounds of Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars coming to the fore and imaginative use made of heavilly amplified harmonica. The first two discs features some of the greatest electric blues recorded between 1954 and 1959 with contributions from B.B. King, Pee Wee Crayton, L.C. McKInley, Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jerry McCain, Howlin' Wolf, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, Lazy Lester, Fenton Robinson, Memphis Slim and many more. The third disc is all instrumental featuring 29 classic sides recorded between 1948 and 1967 from Pee Wee Crayton, Tiny Grimes Quintet, Elmore James, Young John Watson, Bill Jenings Quintet, Jimmy Nolen, Johnny Heartsman, Little Walter, Wild JImmy Spruill, Clarence Green, Albert Collins and others. Magnificent music with 170 pages of notes by Bill Dahl giving us all the details. (FS)
MICKEY BAKER: Shake Walkin'/ HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS: Look At Little Sister/ CHUCK BERRY: Guitar Boogie/ Wee Wee Hours/ BIG WALTER AND HIS COMBO: Hart-Hearted Woman/ BILLY BOY: I Wish You Would/ BOBBY BLAND: Farther Up The Road/ JACKIE BRENSTON: Gonna Wait For My Chance/ BUSTER BROWN: Fannie Mae/ CLARENCE BROWN: Okie Dokie Stomp/ Rock My Blues Away/ ALBERT COLLINS: Frosty/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Texas Hop/ You Know - Yeah!/ LARRY DAVIS: Texas Flood/ BO DIDDLEY: I'm A Man/ Who Do You Love/ BILL DOGGETT: Honky Tonk/ BILLY GAYLES: I'm Tore Up/ CAL GREEN: The Big Push/ CLARENCE GREEN: Red Light/ TINY GRIMES QUINTET: Tiny's Boogie/ GUITAR GABLE: Congo Mambo/ GUITAR JR.: Family Rules/ GUITAR SLIM: Quicksand/ SLIM HARPO: I'm A King Bee/ WILBERT HARRISON: Kansas City/ JOHNNY HEARTSMAN: Johnny's House Party/ EARL HOOKER: The Huckle-Buck/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Dimples/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Hopkins' Sky Hop/ IKE & TINA'S KING OF RHYTHM: Prancing/ ELMORE JAMES: Hawaiian Boogie/ The Sky Is Crying/ BILL JENNINGS QUINTET: Big Boy/ JIMMY & WALTER: Easy/ LITTLE WILLY JOHN: Need Your Love So Bad/ JOHNNY JONES: Finger Lickin'/ FREDDIE KING: Remington Ride/ EARL KING AND HIS BAND: A Mother's Love/ B.B. KING AND HIS ORCHESTRA: You Upset Me Baby/ LAZY LESTER: Sugar Coated Love/ J. B. LENOIR: Mamma Talk To Your Daughter/ LIGHTNIN' SLIM: Roosters Blues/ LITTLE MILTON: That Will Never Do/ LITTLE WALTER: Back Track/ My Babe/ ROBERT JR. LOCKWOOD AND HIS COMBO: Aw Aw Baby/ LONESOME SUNDOWN: My Home Is A Prison/ LONNIE MACK: Wham!/ MAGIC SAM: All Your Love/ Looking Good/ JERRY MCCAIN: My Next Door Neighbour/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Living With The Blues/ L.C. MCKINLEY: She's Five Feet Three/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Steppin' Out/ ROY MILTON: Junior Jives/ JIMMY NOLEN: Strollin' With Nolen/ LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER: Next Time You See Me/ JIMMY REED: Ain't That Lovin' You Baby/ Baby What You Want Me To Do/ FENTON ROBINSON: As The Years Go By/ JIMMY ROGERS: Walking By Myself/ ROYAL EARL: Royal Earl Shuffle/ OTIS RUSH: All Your Love (I Miss Loving)/ I Can't Quit You Baby/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Walking With Frankie/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Messin' Around/ LITTLE GEORGE SMITH: Rockin/ WILD JIMMY SPRUILL: Hard Grind/ EDDIE TAYLOR: Bad Boy/ T-BONE WALKER: Strollin' With Bones/ MUDDY WATERS: Got My Mojo Working/ I'm Ready/ JOHNNY WATSON: Three Hours After Midnight/ YOUNG JOHN WATSON: Space Guitar/ JODY WILLIAMS: Lucky Lou/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Don't Start Me Talkin'/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Smoke Stack Lightning

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16923 Plug It In,Turn It Up-Electric Blues: Part 3, 1960-1969 ● CD $49.98
Now in stock. This volume covers the period 1960 through 1969 and includes performances from some of the American and British white groups that were beginning to play the blues - The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Blues BReakers, Spencer Davis Group, Canned Heat and others as well as lots of great African-American artists like Otis Rush, Freddie King, Kid Thomas, Willie Perryman, Ricky Allen, Sonny Boy Williamson, James Davis, Timmy Shaw, Junior Wells, JOhnnie Taylor, Lowell Fulsom, Buddy Guy and others.
RICKY ALLEN: Cut You A-Loose/ THE ANIMALS: The House Of The Rising Sun/ THE JEFF BECK GROUP: I Ain't Superstitious/ BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY: Ball And Chain/ BOBBY BLAND: I Pity The Fool/ MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD: Going Down Slow/ PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND: Born In Chicago/ CANNED HEAT: On the Road Again/ CLARENCE CARTER: Slip Away/ WILLIE COBBS: You Don't Love Me/ JAMES DAVIS: Blue Monday/ TYRONE DAVIS: A Woman Needs To Be Loved/ THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP: Stevie's Blues/ SUGAR PIE DESANTO: Use What You Got/ BO DIDDLEY: You Can't Judge A Book By Looking At It's Cover/ FLEETWOOD MAC: Black Magic Woman/ JESSE FORTUNE: Too Many Cooks/ ARETHA FRANKLIN: Dr. Feelgood/ FRANK FROST: Jelly Roll King/ LOWELL FULSOM: Tramp/ BUDDY GUY: Mary Had A Little Lamb/ Time I Met The Blues/ JOHN HAMMOND: I Can Tell/ SLIM HARPO: Baby Scratch My Back/ RONNIE HAWKINS: Who Do You Love/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Boom Boom/ HOWLIN WOLF: Hidden Charms/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Killing Floor/ BETTY JAMES: I'm A Little Mixed Up/ ELMORE JAMES: Shake Your Moneymaker/ ETTA JAMES: I'd Rather Go Blind/ MABLE JOHN: You're Taking Up Another Man's Place/ ALBERT KING: Crosscut Saw/ B.B. KING: Rock Me Baby/ EARL KING: Come On/ FREDDIE KING: Have You Ever Loved A Woman/ Hide Away/ ALBERT KING BORN: Under A Bad Sign/ CHRISTINE KITTRELL: I'm A Woman/ CALVIN LEAVY: Cummins Prison/ LITTLE FRANKIE LEE & THE SAXTONS: Full Time Lover/ LITTLE MILTON: Feel So Bad/ LONNIE MACK: Baby What's Wrong/ MAGIC SAM: What Have I Done Wrong/ TAJ MAHAL: She Caught The Katy/ MANFRED MANN: Bring It To Jerome/ JOHN MAYALL'S BLUES BREAKERS: Have You Heard/ CHARLEY MUSSELWHITE'S SOUTH SIDE BAND: Baby Will You Please Help Me/ BOBBY PARKER: Watch Your Step/ JUNIOR PARKER: Driving Wheel/ WILLIE PERRYMAN: Doctor Feel-Good/ WILSON PICKETT: Mustang Sally/ THE PRETTY THINGS: Judgement Day/ JIMMY REED: Big Boss Man/ SONNY RHODES: One Of These Days/ OTIS RUSH: So Many Roads/ SAVOY BROWN: Shake 'Em On Down/ TIMMY SHAW: Gonna Send You Back To Georgia/ JOHNNIE TAYLOR: Little Bluebird/ KOKO TAYLOR: Wang Dang Doodle/ LITTLE JOHNNY TAYLOR: Part Time Love/ TEN YEARS AFTER: I Want To Know/ KID THOMAS: Rockin This Joint To-nite/ RUFUS THOMAS: All Night Worker/ TOMMY TUCKER: Hi-Heel Sneakers/ JUNIOR WELLS: Messin With The Kid/ Snatch It Back And Hold It/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Help Me/ JOHNNY WINTER: Gangster Of Love/ THE YARDBIRDS: I Ain't Got You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16924 Plug It In,Turn It Up-Electric Blues: Part 3, 1970-2005 ● CD $49.98
Now in stock. The last volume covers 1970 through 2005 - a period with lots of changes. The African American audiences were listening to the sounds of soul blues and white blues audiences were being given more high energy electric blues and blues rock and among the many artists on this set are Ted Taylor, ZZ Hill, Joe Simon, Albert KIng, B.B. King, Syl Johnson, Johnny Winter, Hound Dog Taylor, Son Seals, ZZ Top, Bonnie Raitt, Hollywood Fats, George Thorogood And The Desroyers, Stevie Ray Vaughan ^& Double Trouble, Robert Cray, Snooks Eaglin, Luther Allison and much much more.
ARTHUR ADAMS: Backup Man/ LUTHER ALLISON: Bad Love/ Luther's Blues/ THE ELVIN BISHOP GROUP: Stealin' Watermelons/ BOBBY BLAND: I Wouldn't Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me)/ LONNIE BROOKS: Don't Take Advantage Of Me/ CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN: Dollar Got The Blues/ ROY BUCHANAN: After Hours/ R.L. BURNSIDE: Old Black Mattie/ EDDY CLEARWATER: Bad Dream/ BILL CODAY: Get Your Lie Straight/ ALBERT COLLINS: Brick/ JOHNNY COPELAND: Claim Jumper/ THE JAMES COTTON BAND: Boogie Thing/ ROBERT CRAY: Smoking Gun/ TYRONE DAVIS: Turning Point/ SNOOKS EAGLIN: Red Beans/ RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS: Robert Nighthawk Stomp (live)/ THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS: Tuff Enuff/ RORY GALLAGHER: Should've Learnt My Lesson/ J. GEILS BAND: Homework/ AL GREEN: I Can't Get Next To You/ BUDDY GUY: Damn Right, I've Got The Blues/ Z.Z. HILL: Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes/ Down Home Blues/ HOLLYWOOD FATS BAND: Rock This House/ SYL JOHNSON: Take Me To The River/ JUNIOR KIMBROUGH & THE SOUL BLUES BOYS: All Night Long/ ALBERT KING: I'll Play The Blues For You/ B. B. KING: The Thrill Is Gone/ To Know You Is To Love You/ FREDDIE KING: Going Down/ DENISE LASALLE: Man Sized Job/ LATIMORE: Let's Straighten It Out/ BETTY LAVETTE: Your Turn To Cry/ LITTLE BEAVER: Joey/ LITTLE MILTON: That's What Love Will Make You Do/ LITTLE SONNY: It's Hard Going Up (But Twice As Hard Coming Down)/ DELBERT MCCLINTON: Before You Accuse Me/ NICK MOSS & THE FLIP TOPS: Check My Pulse/ ANN PEEBLES: Breaking Up Somebody's Home/ BONNIE RAITT: Runaway/ FENTON ROBINSON: Somebody Loan Me A Dime/ ROOMFUL OF BLUES: Duke's Blues/ BOBBY RUSH: Chicken Heads/ OTIS RUSH: Right Place, Wrong Time/ SON SEALS: Your Love Is Like A Cancer/ JOE SIMON: Drowning In The Sea Of Love/ HOUND DOG TAYLOR: Give Me Back My Wig/ JOHNNIE TAYLOR: Cheaper To Keep Her/ KOKO TAYLOR: Hey Bartender/ LITTLE JOHNNY TAYLOR: Everybody Knows About My Good Thing, Pt. 1/ TED TAYLOR: Something Strange Is Goin' On In My House/ GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS: Bad To The Bone/ ISRAEL "POPPER STOPPER" TOLBERT: Big Leg Woman (With A Short Short Mini Skirt)/ STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN & DOUBLE TROUBLE: Pride And Joy/ JOE LOUIS WALKER: Cold Is The NIght/ ROBERT WARD: Your Love Is Real/ JOHNNY "GUITAR" WATSON: Ain't That A Bitch/ JUNIOR WELLS: The Train I Ride/ CHICK WILLIS: Stoop Down Baby/ JOHNNY WINTER: Memory Pain/ O.V. WRIGHT: A Nickel And A Nail/ ZZ TOP: La Grange

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 233320 Country & Western - A Ride Through History, 1924-1960 ● CD $139.98
40 CDs, 1000 tracks, highly recommended
Yes, you read right - 1000 country songs for less than 15 cents a song - how can you go wrong? Those crazy box set obsessives at Germany's Documents label are at it again. The title is a little misleading as only the first three CDs cover the 1920s, 30s and 40s - the remaining 37 CDs (925 tracks!) cover the period 1950 through 1960 in approximately chronological order which means you get a good percentage od records that made the top ten country charts in this period including more than 100 songs that reached #1 along with titles that made the lower reaches of the charts and a number of more obscure titles that didn't reach the charts. The complete track listing can be found on our web site but here's a quick sampling of artists - Jimmie Rodgers (7 tracks), Mississippi John Hurt (!), Vernon Dalhart (3 tracks), The Carter Family (3 tracks), Patsy Montana, Roy Acuff (5 tracks), Al Dexter, Spade Cooley, Gene Autry (8 tracks), Hank Williams (28 tracks), Ernest Tubb (21 tracks + duets), Eddy Arnold (40 tracks), Lefty Frizzell (18 tracks), Lanie Walker, Kitty Wells (20 tracks), Ronnie Murray, Red Foley (20 tracks), Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner (7 tracks), Johnny Cash (38 tracks) and many, many, many more. Sound quality is excellent. Each disc comes in own cardboard sleeve and the set comes in a 10 1/2"x 10 1/2" box with 40 page boolet with introductory notes, brief biographies of many of the artists in English and German and a slew of reproductions of album covers, sheet music, etc. in full color. Counts as 15 regular CDs for shipping purposes. (FS)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS Duke 404 The Duke Of Soul, Vol. 4 ● CD $16.98
We now have two more volumes featuring R&B amd soul recordings made in the 60s and early 70s for the great Texas family of labels including Duke, Peacock, Backbeat and Sureshot - many of them making their first appearance on CD. This volume includes sides by John Roberts (no, not that one), Clarence & Calvin (early Clarence Carter), The Malibus, Buster Jones, Buddy Ace, Bob & Peggy, Paulette Parker, The Soul Twins and others.
BUDDY ACE: Hold On (To This Old Fool)/ Inside Story/ THE AUGUSTINE TWINS (DON & RON): Everyday Of My Life/ THE BELL BROTHERS: Pity Me/ BOB & PEGGY: Everybody's Talking/ AL BRAGGS: We Belong Together/ VI CAMPBELL WITH JOE SCOTT ORCH.: Seven Doors/ CLARENCE & CALVIN: I Like It/ MINNIE EPPERSON: It'll Last Forever/ DON FLETCHER: Two Wrongs (Don't Make A Right)/ E. LOIS FOREMAN: Two For Me To Love/ CLARENCE GREEN & THE RHYTHMAIRES: Keep A Workin'/ JOE HINTON: You Know It Ain't Right/ BUSTER JONES: Baby Boy/ LEE LAMONT: The Crying Man/ THE LAMP SISTERS: A Woman With The Blues/ LITTLE FRANKIE LEE & THE SAXTONS: Full Time Lover/ THE MALIBUS: Two At A Time/ PAULETTE PARKER: Should I Let Him Go/ JOHN ROBERTS: I'll Forget You/ THE SOUL TWINS: She's The One/ KIM TOLIVER: In Return For Your Love/ WILLIE TOMLIN: Check Me Baby/ TOMMY WILLIAMS: Going Crazy (Over You)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Duke 405 The Duke Of Soul, Vol. 5 ● CD $16.98
This volume has Al Haskins & The Mastertones, Bobby Williams, Reuben & The Chains, Willie Tomlin, Jackie Verdell, Bobby Day, Don Fletcher, Otis Rush, The Bell Brothers and others.
THE BELL BROTHERS: Don't You Know She's Alright/ CARL CARLTON: I Won't Let That Chump Break Your Heart/ LITTLE CARL CARLTON: Competition Ain't Nothin'/ CLARENCE & CALVIN: Somebody Better Come Here Quick/ BOBBY DAY: So Lonely (Since You've Been Gone)/ JEAN ELIAS: You Made Me A Anybody's Woman/ DON FLETCHER: I'm So Glad/ JO ANN GARRETT: Sting Me Baby/ CLARENCE GREEN & THE RHYTHMAIRES: I Saw You Last Night/ AL HASKINS & THE MASTERTONES: You Got Me/ JOE HINTON: Love Sick Blues/ ERNIE K-DOE: (It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along/ LITTLE FRANKIE LEE & THE SAXTONS: Don't Make Me Cry/ PAULETTE PARKER: (Gimme Back) My Love/ REUBEN & THE CHAINS: When You Love Someone/ OTIS RUSH: I Have To Laugh/ THE SOUL TWINS: Mr. Independent/ JEAN STANBACK: I Still Love You/ WILLIE TOMLIN: Stroke My Yoke/ JACKIE VERDELL: Come Let Me Love You/ BOBBY WILLIAMS: It's All Over/ When You Play/ TOMMY WILLIAMS: From Me/ EDDIE WILSON: Don't Kick The Teenager Around

VARIOUS ARTISTS El Segundo 1004B West Coast Guitar Killers, Vol. 3 ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Another great collection of West Coast blues featuring hot guitar work. Most of the tracks here are from the 1960s though it starts off with a live cut from 1950 by Roy Milton's Solid Senders with great guitar work from Johnny Rogers and continues with Teddy Bunn's fine 1949 instrumental Jackson's Nook and the disc also features Jimmy McCracklin's Blues Band from 1954 with the dynamic and influential guitar of Lafayette THomas. Other tracks here are from the 60s and 70s including sides by Neal Johnson, Little Johnnie Taylor, Sherwood Fleming, Little Miss Janice (teen gospel singer accompanying herself on guitar), The Strangers (a white group featuring the guitar work of Joel Scott Hill who later went on to work with Canned Heat among others), Baby Little & The Playboys, Monte Easter (with the great Jimmy Nolen on guitar), The Valentines (the first recording from 1960 featuring Cal Valentine) an dothers. Many of the guitar players on these recordings are unknown which is shame as there's some terrific playing on some of the tracks. (FS)
BABY LITTLE & THE PLAYBOYS: Sunrisin'/ TEDDY BUNN: Jackson's Nook/ BILL ELLIOT COMBO: Slow Freight/ SHERWOOD FLEMING: Going Back Home/ Good Woman/ LLOYD GLENN: Young Date/ CURTIS GRIFFIN: Baby Have Your Way/ I've Found Something Better/ ZZ HILL: One Way Love Affair/ NEAL JOHNSON: True To You Baby/ BOBBY KIMBLE W/ JIMMY NOLEN'S BAND: A Good Fool (Is Hard To Find)/ I'm Sorry We Had To Part/ LITTLE MISS JANICE: Won't Be Back/ JIMMY NOLEN W/ MONTE EASTER BAND: Weekend Blues/ LITTLE WILLIE POLLARD: 67 Blues/ No Money/ The City/ JOHNNY ROGERS W/ ROY MILTON'S BAND: Junior Jives (Live)/ ERVIN RUCKER & THE BLUES BLENDERS: Hideout/ THE STRANGERS: The Caterpillar Crawl/ FINIS TASBY: Just A Kiss/ LITTLE JOHNNIE TAYLOR: I Tried To Understand/ Looking At The Future/ LAFAYETTE THOMAS W/ JIMMY MC CRACKLIN'S BAND: The Swinging Thing/ CAL VALENTINE & THE VALENTINES: That's It Man

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 118 Snazzy Sugar - Rock & Roll From West Texas & Beyond ● CD $23.98
3 CD, 75 tracks, very highly recommended
Readers of our catalogs should be familiar with Texas rock and roll-from Buddy Holly to the Sir Douglas Quintet-and the gang at Fantastic Voyage has done an excellent job of bringing together representatives of the Lone Star State: Joe Clay, Link Davis, The Fireballs, The String-A-Longs, The Champs, Sonny Curtis, The Crickets, Kenny and Lelan Rogers, Mickey Gilley, Jape Richardson (pre-Big Bopper), Ray Campi, Buddy Knox, Trini Lopez, Terry Noland, and more. Naturally, Buddy Holly is represented as well as Roy Orbison (recording with the Teen Kings), but it's to the compilers credit that they don't dwell too much on the accomplishments of Big Man on Campus Holly. Anyone familiar with Fantastic Voyage's other "Sugar" compilations (Heavy Sugar, Savvy Sugar, et al), knows what to expect here: a thoroughly and entertainingly compiled collection of roots music that throws extra insight into a familiar subject. (GMC)
JACK ARNOLD & THE CHALECOS: Pistol Packin' Mama/ ACE BALL: I've Lost Again/ DEAN BEARD WITH THE CREW CATS: Rakin' And Scrapin'/ TOOTER BOATMAN & THE CHAPARRALS: The Will Of Love/ WALTER BROWN & HIS BAND: Alley Cat/ RAY CAMPI WITH JOHN & HENRY: Play It Cool/ PAT CARTER: Tell Me/ THE CHAMPS: Alley Cat/ Panic Button/ JOE CLAY: Doggone It/ Goodbye Goodbye/ Slippin' Out And Sneakin' In/ THE CLICK-CLACKS: Pretty Little Pearly/ THE COMMODORES: Riding On A Train/ Who Dat?/ KEN COPELAND: Fanny Brown/ JIMMY CRAIG: Oh! Little Girl!/ THE CRICKETS: Love's Made A Fool Of You/ Someone, Someone/ Tell Me How/ SONNY CURTIS: Talk About My Baby/ LINK DAVIS: Bon-Ta-Ru-La (Let The Good Times Roll)/ Permit Blues/ DEE & PATTY: Sweet Lovin' Baby/ JIMMY DEE & THE OFFBEATS: Henrietta/ You're Late Miss Kate/ ELROY DIETZEL & THE RHYTHM BANDITS: Rock-N-Bones/ EDDY DUGOSH & THE AH-HA PLAYBOYS: Don't You Realize/ THE FIREBALLS: Chief Whoopin-Koff/ Gunshot/ THE FIVE BOPS: Jitterbuggin'/ THE FOUR MINTS: Busy Body Rock/ MICKEY GILLEY: My Baby's Been Cheatin' Again/ Tell Me Why/ HAL GOODSON & THE RAIDERS: Later Baby/ Who's Gonna Be The Next One Honey/ EARL HENRY: My Suzanne/ BUDDY HOLLY: Baby, Won't You Come Out Tonight/ I'm Gonna Love You Too/ Well .. All Right/ IVAN: Real Wild Child/ BOBBY JACKSON: Wow, Man!/ WAYLON JENNINGS: When Sin Stops/ SID KING: Hello There Rockin' Chair/ BUDDY KNOX: I Ain't Sharin' Sharon/ I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself/ SLEEPY LA BEFF & HIS VERSATILES: Turn Me Loose/ MYRON LEE: Baby Sittin'/ THE LEEN TEENS: So Shy/ RAMONA LOCKE: No Minors Allowed/ TRINI LOPEZ: The Right to Rock/ CECIL MOORE: Moonshine/ THE NIGHTHAWKS: All Your Love/ TERRY NOLAND: Hypnotized/ Patty Baby/ BILL PARSONS: Hot Rod Volkswagen/ DANNY REEVES: I'm a Hobo/ JAPE RICHARDSON: Monkey Song (You Made A Monkey Out Of Me)/ JIM ROBINSON: A Whole Lot Of Lovin'/ KENNY ROGERS: That Crazy Feeling/ LELAN ROGERS & FRIENDS: Hold It/ THE STRING-A-LONGS: Am I Asking Too Much/ THE TEEN KINGS: Cat Called Domino/ Ooby Dooby/ CHUCK THARP & THE FIREBALLS:: Long, Long Ponytail/ THE TRAITS: Live it Up/ THE TU-TONES: Saccharin Sally/ RICK TUCKER & THE TURKS: I'll Be There/ AL URBAN: Gonna Be Better Times/ Won't Tell You Her Name/ ALVIS WAYNE: Don't Mean Maybe, Baby/ DON WEBB: Little Ditty Baby/ LEW WILLIAMS: Cat Talk/ THE WINK WESTERNERS: Hey! Miss Fannie/ TOMMY WOOD: Can't Play Hookey

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 140 Jamaica Presents Jump Blues Strictly For You ● CD $23.98
3 CDs, 85 tracks, 230 mins, highly recommended
I have no idea what Jamaica was really like in the 1940's through the 1960's, but it definitely has a legendary standing of being a time and place of amazingly good musical tastes. The Jamaican listening public embraced sublime hits like When You Dance by The Turbans, I Got Loaded by Peppermint Harris, Since I Met You Baby by Ivory Joe Hunter, Let The Good Times Roll by Shirley & Lee, etc. They also had a knack for rooting out artists' hidden gems that we Americans undervalued, like Goin' Home by Fats Domino (a huge influence on Jamaican music,) Messy Bessy by Louis Jordon, Rock & Cry by Clyde McPhatter, and so on. Then also appreciating obscure songs by obscure artists like Country Woman by Boo Breeding, All That Oil In Texas by Oscar McLollie, and Give It Up (Or Tell Me Where It Is) by Vince Monroe. These and many, many more great tunes can be found on this superb collection, which also features great sound and interesting notes. All goes to show that they really knew their stuff down there in Jamaica; must have been something in the water (or possibly in the air.) (JM)
SIL AUSTIN: Slow Walk/ DAVE BARTHOLOMEW: Country Boy/ The Monkey/ THE BOBBETTES: Mr Lee/ CALVIN BOZE: Waiting And Drinking/ TEDDY BRANNON: Don Newcomb Really Throws That Ball/ BOO BREEDING: Country Woman/ NAPPY BROWN: Don't Be Angry/ PRESTON BROWN: Walk On/ ROY BROWN: New Rebecca/ RUTH BROWN: 5-10-15 Hours/ HAROLD BURRAGE: Way Down Boogie/ ROY BYRD: Bald Head/ THE CHARMS: Bye Bye Baby/ EARL CURRY: I Want Your Lovin'/ FLOYD DIXON: Moonshine/ THE DODGERS: The Cat Hop/ FATS DOMINO: Goin Home/ Going To The River/ JACK DUPREE: Ain't No Meat On De Bone/ Walking The Blues/ ERNIE FREEMAN: Live It Up/ LOWELL FULSON: Rocking After Midnight/ LLOYD GLENN: Cuba Doll/ THE GONE ALL STARS: The Gee Gee Walk/ MIKE GORDON: You Got To Give/ ROSCO GORDON: Booted/ New Orleans Wimmen/ Surely I Love You/ KENNY GRAHAM'S AFRO CUBISTS: Bongo Chant/ GEORGE GREEN: Brand New Rockin' Chair/ FELIX GROSS: Worried About You Baby/ GUITAR SLIM: Well, I Done Got Over It/ ERLINE HARRIS: Jump And Shout/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: I Got Loaded/ THE HAWKS: I-Yi/ CHUCK HIGGINS: Motor Head Baby/ EARL HOOKER: Do The Chickin'/ BILLY HOPE: Riding West/ LYNN HOPE: Blue Moon/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: Since I Met You Baby/ WILLIS JACKSON: Call Of The Gators/ PLAS JOHNSON: Blue Jean Shuffle/ LOUIS JORDAN: GI Jive/ Messy Bessy/ Run Joe/ EARL CONNELLY KING: I Don't Want Your Love/ SMILEY LEWIS: She's Got Me Hook, Line And Sinker/ JIMMY LIGGINS: Saturday Nite Boogie Woogie Man/ JOE LIGGINS: TWA/ The Honeydripper Parts 1 And 2/ MARVIN AND JOHNNY: Tick Tock/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: What's Your Phone Number/ OSCAR MCLOLLIE: All That Oil In Texas/ The Honey Jump/ Hey Boy Hey Girl/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Rock And Cry/ THE MELLO-HARPS: Ain't Got The Money/ AMOS MILBURN: Bad, Bad Whiskey/ Sax Shack Boogie/ ROY MILTON: Milton S Boogie/ VINCE MONROE: Give It Up Or Tell Where It's At/ JOHNNY OTIS SHOW: You Just Kissed Me Goodbye/ HAL PAIGE AND THE WHALERS: Going Back To My Home Town/ THE PASTELS: Been So Long/ THE PENGUINS: Baby Let's Make Some Love/ JOHNNY PERRY'S ORCHESTRA: Got Good News For Ya, Baby/ GENE PHILLIPS: Slippin' And Slidin'/ LLOYD PRICE: Forgive Me, Clawdy/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: Misery/ TOMMY RIDGLEY: Jam Up/ THE ROCKING BROTHERS: Play Boy Hop/ SLIM SAUNDERS: Let's Have Some Fun Honey/ SHIRLEY AND LEE: Let The Good Times Roll/ HAL SINGER: Corn Bread/ GEORGE STEVENSON: Meet Me At Grandma's Joint/ JOE THOMAS: Raw Meat/ THE TURBANS: When You Dance/ BIG JOE TURNER: Flip, Flop And Fly/ T-BONE WALKER: Strollin' With Bones/ JAMES WAYNES: Please Baby Please/ PAUL WILLIAMS: The Huckle-Buck/ SHERMAN WILLIAMS: Baby Don't You Want To Go/ Sherman's Boogie/ CHUCK WILLIS: You're Still My Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 143 Soul Breakout '61 ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 56 tracks, highly recommended
The latest installment in Fantastic Voyage's Soul Breakout series, features U.S. R&B chart hits from 1961. Labels from Motown (Mary Wells' I Don't Want to Take a Chance; The Miracles' Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues) to Atlantic (The Drifters' Some Kind of Wonderful; Ben E. King's Stand By Me) are covered, while the girl group sound keeps gaining momentum (The Marvelettes' Please Mr. Postman; the Shirelles' Mama Said and Baby it's You; The Crystals' There's No Other [Like My Baby]), doo wop continues to hold on by a thread (Shep & the Limelites' Daddy's Home; The Cleftones' Heart and Soul), and some iconic recordings make their debuts (Etta James' At Last; Ray Charles' Unchain My Heart; The Impressions' Gypsy Woman; Jerry Butlers' Moon River; Carla Thomas' Gee Whiz; Brook Benton's Fools Rush In). All and all, 1961 was a watershed year for the R&B charts-with quite a few records pointing the way for the future-and this collection serves them up in one accessible helping. (GMC)
BROOK BENTON: Fools Rush in/ Think Twice/ BOBBY BLAND: I Pity the Fool/ MAXINE BROWN: Funny/ JAMES BROWN AND THE FAMOUS FLAMES: Baby, You re Right/ I Don't Mind/ Just You and Me, Darling/ SOLOMON BURKE: Just Out of Reach/ JERRY BUTLER: Find Another Girl/ Im a Telling You/ Moon River/ RAY CHARLES: Unchain My Heart/ DEE CLARK: Raindrops/ THE CLEFTONES: Heart and Soul/ SAM COOKE: Cupid/ Thats It I Quit Im Movin On/ THE CRYSTALS: There s No Other/ THE DOVELLS: Bristol Stomp/ THE DRIFTERS: Please Stay/ Some Kind of Wonderful/ Sweets for My Sweet/ THE FIVE ROYALES: Dedicated to the One I Love/ ARETHA FRANKLIN: Operation Heartbreak/ BARBARA GEORGE: I Know/ THE IMPRESSIONS: Gypsy Woman/ CHUCK JACKSON: I Don't Want to Cry/ I Wake Up Crying/ ETTA JAMES: At Last/ Fool That I Am/ THE JARMELS: A Little Bit of Soap/ MARV JOHNSON: Merry-Go-Round/ JIMMY JONES: I Told You So/ BEN E. KING: Amor/ Stand By Me/ GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS: Every Beat of My Heart/ Letter Full of Tears/ THE MAR-KEYS: Last Night/ THE MARVELETTES: Please Mr Postman/ GENE MCDANIELS: A Hundred Pounds of Clay/ THE MIRACLES: Aint It, Baby/ Everybody s Gotta Pay Some Dues/ THE PLATTERS: I ll Never Smile Again/ JAMES RAY: If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody/ THE SENSATIONS: Music, Music, Music/ SHEP AND THE LIMELITES: Daddys Home/ THE SHIRELLES: A Thing of the Past/ Baby It s You/ Mama Said/ THE SPINNERS: That s What Girls Are Made For/ CARLA THOMAS: Gee Whiz/ JEANETTE WASHINGTON: Nobody Cares/ MARY WELLS: I Don't Want to Take a Chance/ JACKIE WILSON: Im Comin On Back to You/ The Tear of the Year/ Years from Now/ TIMI YURO: Hurt

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 61897 The Jewel/ Paula Soul Story ● CD $16.98
2 CDs, 36 tracks, very highly recommended
Stan Lewis' Jewel, Paula and Ronn Records operation issued some of the most beautiful R&B records of the 60's and 70's, and this two disc set presents us with a taste of the best. Lewis ran his operation out of Shreveport, Louisiana which put him in a position to have access to a lot of great southern roots music; but he didn't limit himself to just the South, he also had pipelines to Chicago, St. Louis, and Los Angeles which made him unique among Southern record labels. Among the tasty treats here are Toussaint McCall's Nothing Takes the Place of You, Billy Joe Young's I Had My Heart Set on You, Joe Valentine's I Can't Stand to See You Go, Jerry McCain's Put it Where I Can Get It, The Wallace Brothers' I Need Someone, and Little Johnny Taylor's How Can a Broke Man Survive. And that's just for openers, and doesn't even cover the cuts from Ted Taylor, Bobby Rush, Fontella Bass, Jackie Day, Bobby Patterson, Buddy Ace, Tommie Young, and Tommy Ridgley. This is some of the most emotional music ever produced in a genre that was well known for it, and all you Soul fans need to pick this one up, if only for the excellent liner notes. (GMC)
BUDDY ACE: Do What You Think Is Best/ JESSE ANDERSON: Help Wanted/ FONTELLA BASS: I Want Everybody to Know/ BUSTER BENTON: Sweet 94/ THE CARTER BROTHERS: Don't Pity Me/ JACKIE DAY: Guilty/ CLAY HAMMOND: You've Got Me Tamed/ OLA V. HARPER: I Wanna Weep/ SHAY HOLIDAY: It's Not How Long You Make It/ JOHNNY & JON: Why Did You Leave Me/ BILLY KEENE: Losers Win Sometimes/ LITTLE CHARLES: Guess I'll Have to Take What's Left/ LONNIE & FLOYD: What You Gonna Do/ JERRY MCCAIN: Put It Where I Can Get It/ TOUSSAINT MCCALL: I'll Do It for You/ Nothing Takes the Place of You/ THE MONTCLAIRS: Dreaming Out of Season/ THE OBJECTIVES: Oh My Love (Come Back to Me)/ BOBBY PATTERSON: How Do You Spell Love/ It Takes Two to Do Wrong/ TOMMY RIDGLEY: In the Same Old Way/ ROSCOE ROBINSON: (Standing in The) Safety Zone/ WILLIE ROGERS: That's When I'll Stop Loving You/ BOBBY RUSH: It's Alright/ LITTLE JOHNNY TAYLOR: How Are You Fixed for Love/ How Can a Broke Man Survive/ TED TAYLOR: Something Strange Is Goin' on in My House/ Without a Woman/ JOE VALENTINE: I Can't Stand to See You Go/ THE WALLACE BROTHERS: I Need Someone/ ALBERT WASHINGTON: Loosen These Pains and Let Me Go/ BARBARA WEST: Congratulations Baby/ Love of My Man, The/ LEE "SHOT" WILLIAMS: Checking Out/ BILLY JOE YOUNG: I Had My Heart Set on You/ TOMMIE YOUNG: Do You Feel the Same Way

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 61915 Ace Records Blues Story ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 36 tracks, highly recommended
Superb collection featuring 36 of the finest blues recordings cut for Johnny Vincent's Ace label and affiliated labels out of Jackson, Miss in the 1950s. Although all this has been reissued before this is a particularly fine selection and concentrates on issued titles - no unissued tracks or alternate takes. It includes all six sides issued by the wonderful Texas singer/ guitarist Frankie Lee Sims whose music straddles older country blues and a more modern style. Other great down home blues artists include singer/ harmonica player Sammy Myers with his classic double sider Sleeping In The Ground/ My Love Is Here To Stay, the great Louisiana bluesman Lightnin' Slim and veteran bluesman Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup in a small group setting. Also from LOuisiana swamp country is Elton Anderson with two sides including the original version of Shed So Many Tears, later covered by Lowell Fulson. Ace recorded many great New Orleans artists and this set includes a number of great New Orleans artists including Jesse Allen, Earl King (four sides including his classic Those Lonely, Lonely NIghts), Eddie Bo (the wonderful I'm So Tired with ferocious guitar work), Dave Dixon, Billy Tate (the terrific minor key Lifetime In Prison, Part 1 and others. And let's not forget Mercy Baby with his storming Marked Deck. Excellent sound and informative notes by the ubiquitous Bill Dahl (does he ever sleep?). (FS)
JESSE ALLEN: Baby Say You Will/ Goodbye Blues/ ELTON ANDERSON: Roll On Train/ Shed So Many Tears/ MERCY BABY: Marked Deck/ EDDIE BO: I'm So Tired/ CHARLES BROWN: Love's Like a River/ AL COLLINS: I Got the Blues For You/ Shuckin Stuff/ ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: I Wonder/ My Baby Boogies All the Time/ DAVE DIXON: Feeling So Low/ I'm Not Satisfied/ JOE DYSON: Looped/ FRANKIE FAIR: Mean Mistreater/ EARL KING: It Must Have Been Love/ Mother Told Me Not To Go/ My Love is Strong/ Those Lonely, Lonely Nights/ LIGHTNIN' SLIM: Lightning Slim Boogie/ BOBBY MARCHAN: Don't Take Your Love Away From Me/ MERCY BABY: Mercy's Blues/ Rock and Roll Baby/ Silly Dilly Woman/ SAMMY MYERS: My Love is Here To Stay/ Sleeping In the Ground/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Hey Little Girl/ I Warned You Baby/ Misery Blues/ My Talk Didn't Do No Good/ She Likes To Boogie Real Low/ Waht Will Lucy Do?/ Walking With Frankie/ Well Goodbye Baby/ LIGHTNIN' SLIM: Bad Feeling Blues/ BILLY TATE: Lifetime In Prison Part 1

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 168 Rock & Roll - The Establishment Fights Back And Loses ● CD $15.98
2 CD's, 48 tracks, 2 hours 10 min, fans only
The title offers truth in advertising as it carefully and wisely lowers listeners' expectations. The theme at work in this collection is pop singers attempting, sometimes against their will, to cover R&B and rock 'n' roll songs. In all but a few cases, the attempts to remain commercially and musically relevant in the stylistically changing 1950s fall flat. Consider Vaughan Monroe And His Orchestra's cover of All By Myself as emblematic of the kind of stunning failure featured in this set. Sure, there are moments when listeners might find themselves rooting for Steve Lawrence as he plows through The Chicken And The Hawk, and, yes, the slower numbers are less dramatically bad that the attempted jumps, but the main pleasure here is a little like the pleasure one takes in seeing a chimpanzee all dressed up in evening wear. And in general, it just isn't enough. (JC)
THE AMES BROTHERS: Oh Babe/ TERESA BREWER: Lovin' Machine/ You Send Me/ THE BURTON SISTERS: Piddilly Pitter Patter/ DON CORNELL: I Need You So/ Most Of All/ See Saw/ THE CREW CUTS: Chop Chop Boom/ Earth Angel/ Oop Shoop/ VIC DAMONE: Greyhound/ BILL DARNELL & BETTY CLOONEY: Ko Ko Mo/ JOHNNY DESMOND: In My Diary/ RUSTY DRAPER: Buzz Buzz Buzz/ BILLY ECKSTINE: The Tennessee Rock And Roll/ DALE EVANS: Please Send Me Someone To Love/ EDDIE FONTAINE WITH THE EXCELS: Rollin' Stone/ SUNNY GALE: Winner Takes All/ EYDIE GORME: Soldier Boy/ HELEN GRAYCO: Oop Shoop/ RICHARD HAYES: Junco Partner/ STEVE LAWRENCE: Party Doll/ Speedo/ The Chicken And The Hawk/ Close Your Eyes/ FRANKIE LESTER & HIS ORCHESTRA: Nip Sip/ THE MCGUIRE SISTERS: Endless/ Goodnight My Love/ Goodnight Sweetheart/ Hearts Of Stone/ Sincerely/ RAY MCKINLEY & HIS ORCHESTRA: For You My Love/ DANNY MENDELSOHN & HIS ORCHESTRA: Tick Tock/ VAUGHAN MONROE & HIS ORCHESTRA: All By Myself/ BUDDY MORROW: One Mint Julep/ Re-Enlistment Blues/ I Don't Know/ Night Train/ Your Mouth's Got A Hole In It/ PATTI PAGE: Piddilly Pitter Patter/ Search My Heart/ THE RAMBLERS FEAT.TAMARA HAYES: Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean/ WALTER SCHUMANN & HIS ORCHESTRA: Let's Make Up/ SANDY STEWART WITH THE EXCELS: Johnny Darling/ GALE STORM: I Hear You Knocking/ FRAN WARREN: I Almost Lost My Mind/ Teardrops From My Eyes/ NAN WYNN: Hands Off

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3608 Bluegrass - That High LOnesome Sound ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 48 tracks, very highly recommended
A fabulous selection of classics and obscurities, mostly from the 1950s, to delight both the newcomer and seasoned aficionados of the music, culled from a selection of material recorded by down-home groups from the heartlands of rural America. It includes many tracks appearing on CD for the first time. Breakneck instrumentals along with plaintive ballads and mountain gospel delivered in two or three part harmonies are just as much the staple of any groups' repertoire and there are plenty of those on this set covering, joy to sadness, hope to despair and all else you may encounter on your journey from the cradle to the grave. It includes tracks by The Rouse Brothers (they made the first recording of Orange Blossom Special in 1939 and this set includes a fabulous version of the song from 1952), The Country Cutups, The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, Connie & Joe, Sonny Osborne ( three fabulous early sides from 1952 and 1953), Ernest-Harlin Kazy & The Southern Mountain Boys (the gorgeous Lonesome Highway), The Stanley Brothers (one of their classic Mercury sides), Nelson Young, Reno & Smiley, Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys (one of the greatest of all bluegrass vocalists), Bill MOnroe & His Bluegrass Boys (an unfamiliar version of Blue Moon Of Kentucky from a Phillips LP), The Huntsinger Brothers, The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover, James & Jesse McReynolds (ne of their earliest sides from 1951), Dave Woolum with Noah Crase, Bill Clifton & The Dixie Mountain Boys, Jim Harless & The Lonesome Valley Boys and many more. An exceptional selection with great sound and brief introductory notes. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jazzman 045 Jukebox Jam ● CD $19.98
22 tracks, 54 min., essential
A various artists album worth getting excited about, "Jukebox Jam" spins out raw and rugged rhythm and blues, mostly from the early 1950s, though some as late as the early 1960s. Many of these cuts (and artists, for that matter) will be unfamiliar to all but the most diehard R&B fan. And of the more well-known artists represented, the song selected tends to be lesser known, as with Big Maybelle's I Got A Feeling and Etta James' Nobody Loves You Like Me. And as good as those cuts are, it's the material by Mr. Sad Head, Bunker Hill, Jeannie Barnes, Eunice Davis, Big Tiny Kennedy, Frances Burr, Ervin Rucker, Marga Benitez, Mike Robinson, Ben Harper, Jay Swan, and others that makes this set essential. The inclusion of Little Arthur Mathews' I'm Gonna Whale On You, which upon its initial release was considered an apparent extension of his comic persona, is, in its present context, an open threat to his significant other. And while the other tracks avoid that particular form of political incorrectness, they all feel a bit wild and unpolished, in the best sense. Notable sound and excellent notes make this set irresistible. (JC)
JEANNIE BARNES: Can't Get You Off My Mind/ MARGA BENITEZ: Geechie Goomie/ BIG MAYBELLE: I've Got A Feeling/ OTIS BLACKWELL: Let The Daddy Hold You/ ROY BROWN: Mr Hound Dog's In Town/ BUNKER HILL: You Can't Make Me Doubt/ FRANCES BURR: I Say No, No More/ EUNICE DAVIS: Get Your Enjoy's/ VERNON DILWORTH: Shorty/ ARTHUR GRISWOLD: Pretty Mama Blues/ BEN HARPER: I Can't Tak It No Longer/ ETTA JAMES: Nobody Loves You Like Me/ BIG TINY KENNEDY: Country Boy/ LITTLE ESTHER: Hound Dog/ LITTLE ARTHUR MATTHEWS: I'm Gonna Whale/ ROSE MITCHELL: Baby Please Don't Go/ MIKE ROBINSON: Lula/ ERVIN RUCKER: Baby You Were Meant For Me/ MR SAD HEAD: Hot Weather Blues/ JAY SWAN: You Don't Love Me/ TERRY TIMMONS: Got Nobody To Love/ JACK TUCKER: Crazy Do

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 373 King New Breed R&B, Volume 2 ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 60 mins, highly recommended
The follow-up to Kent's first King New Breed compilation (Kent 210 - $18.98), this CD continues the m.o. of the first by spotlighting so-called "new breed R&B"-defined as late 50s/early 60s pre-soul black acts that tipped their hats to the blues, but were largely neglected by true blues fans, who might have been put off by the pop influences that begun creeping into the music. Their loss, because there are some solid tracks here from reliable names like Little Willie John, Johnny Watson, Donnie Elbert, Lula Reed, Freddy King, and The "5" Royals. And then there's the down 'n' dirty sound of Hal Hardy's Love Man, and Lee "Shot" Williams' When You Move, You Lose, Dolph Prince's sultry You're Gonna Drive Me Crazy, and Eddie Kirk's swaggering Let Me Walk With You. Basically, if you've got Volume One then you need Volume Two; and if you don't have either, then, as an R&B fan, you're doing yourself a disservice. (GMC)
BOBBY & THE EXPRESSIONS: Slooptime Usa/ EUGENE CHURCH: Geneva/ BILLY CONN: I Promise You (I Won't Mention Your Name)/ JAMES DUNCAN: Stop Talking To Your Child (Mother In Law)/ DONNIE ELBERT: Wild Child/ THE FIVE FABULOUS DEMONS: You'd Better Come Home/ THE FIVE ROYALES: It Hurts Inside/ GUITAR CRUSHER: Why Oh Why/ HERB HARDESTY: Just A Little Bit Of Everything/ HAL HARDY: Love Man/ THE HI TONES: Let's Have A Good Time/ TEDDY HUMPHRIES: What Makes You So Tough/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: All Around The World/ FREDDY KING: I'm Tore Down/ THE KING PINS: Two Hearts/ EDDIE KIRK: Let Me Walk With You/ EL PAULING & THE ROYALTON: I'm A Cool Teenager/ DOLPH PRINCE: You're Gonna Drive Me Crazy/ LULA REED & HER LITTLE TEENERS: Say Hey Pretty Baby/ JOHNNY WATSON: Gangster Of Love/ LEE WILLIAMS: I'm So In Love/ LEE "SHOT" WILLIAMS: When You Move You Lose/ MEL WILLIAMS: Send Me A Picture/ WILLIE WRIGHT & HIS SPARKLES: Your Letter

VARIOUS ARTISTS Numero 041 Eccentric Soul - A Red Black & Green Production ● CD $18.98
19 tracks, 69 mins, very highly recommended
The latest release from those R&B archivists, Numero, covers the saga of Robert "Jose" Williams, a producer/engineer/entrepreneur from Silver Springs, Maryland, working under the name Red, Black & Green Productions. The songs here are all in the "sweet soul" vein that was popular in the mid-70's, and there are some excellent examples of the genre here-some of which made waves in the Washington D.C. area-from the likes of Skip Mahoaney & the Casuals (the gritty Town Called Nowhere and the luminous We Share Love), Father's Children (I Really Really Love You), East Coast Connection (the Kool & the Gang quoting Summer in the Parks), Dyson's Faces (the disco-y We're Two Fools in Love), and Promise (I'm Not Ready For Love). The records were issued on obscure labels like New Directions (Williams' brief foray into label ownership), and D.C. International and were recorded at db Sound Studios, Williams' studio of choice, located in Silver Spring. Although Williams produced and/or engineered recordings for Gil Scott-Heron, Van McCoy, the Soul Searchers, and Hugh Masekela, these marvelous sides are his true legacy to 70s soul and are presented here for the first time, accompanied by extensive liner notes that tell not only his saga, but that of each of his artists as well. As a historical document of Beltway soul between 1972 and 1975, this compilation is invaluable; as a listening experience, it's mandatory. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Proper BOX 168 LOnesome Whistle - An Anthology Of American Railroad So ● CD $26.98
Superb four CD set examining the songs inspired by the rich vein of railroad lore that runs through the story of America's westward expansion. This set includes 100 songs - mostly blues and country - presented in chronological order starting in 1925 with Keely Harrell's The Wreck On The Southern Old 97 - one of the great railroad disaster songs and ending with Johnny Cash's 1957 version of Hank Williams' I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow and along the tracks we hear songs from Sam Collins (Yellow Dog Blues), Blind Lemon Jefferson (Sunshine Special), Burnett & Rutherford (Ramblin' Reckless Hobo), Jimmie Rodgers (Waiting For A Train), Lonnie Coleman ( Old Rock Island Blues), Robert Wilkins (Long Train Blues), Willie Brown (M&O Blues), Big Bill Broonzy (Too-Too Train Blues), The Monroe Brothers (New River Train), Robert Johnson (Love In Vain), Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (Mean Old FRisco Blues), Hank Williams (Pan American), Howlin' Wolf (Smokestack LIghtnin ') and many more. A great selection with excellent sound and 24 page booklet with detailed notes and full discography. (FS)
WALTE DAVIS: M & O Blues/ THE ALABAMA SHEIKS: Travelin' Railroad Man Blues/ THE ALLEN BROTHERS: Chattanooga Blues/ SHELLY LEE ALLEY: Train Whistle Blues/ BLIND JOE AMOS (BLIND JOE TAGGART): C & O Blues/ PINK ANDERSON AND SIMMIE DOOLEY: C. C. & O. Blues/ ROOSEVELT ANTRIM: Station Boy Blues/ REVEREND ROBERT BALLINGER: This Train/ ANDREW & JIM BAXTER: K. C. Railroad Blues/ ED BELL: Frisco Whistle Blues/ Mean Conductor Blues/ WILL BENNETT: Railroad Bill/ CHUCK BERRY: Down Bound Train/ BLACK IVORY KING: The Flying Crow/ BLIND NORRIS: The Katy Blues/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Too-Too Train Blues/ WILLIE BROWN: M & O Blues/ BUMBLE BEE SLIM: B And O Line Blues/ BURNETT & RUTHERFORD: Ramblin' Reckless Hobo/ JOHNNY BURNETTE & THE ROCK 'N' ROLL TRIO: Train Kept A Rollin'/ CANNON'S JUG STOMPERS: Big Railroad Blues/ BILL CARLISLE: The Heavenly Train/ THE CAROLINA TAR HEELS: The Train's Done Left Me/ THE CARTER FAMILY: Engine One-Forty-Three/ Wabash Cannonball/ SMITH CASEY: Santa Fe Blues/ JOHNNY CASH: Folsom Prison Blues/ I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow/ LONNIE COLEMAN: Old Rock Island Blues/ SAM COLLINS: Yellow Dog Blues/ THE CROWDER BROTHERS: Depot Blues/ ARTHUR CRUDUP: Mean Old Frisco Blues/ THE DALLAS JAMBOREE JUG BAND: Flying Crow Blues/ DARBY & TARLTON: Freight Train Ramble/ Lonesome Frisco Line/ The New York Hobo/ WALTER DAVIS: Railroad Man Blues/ THE DELMORE BROTHERS: Blow Yo' Whistle, Freight Train/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues)/ FRENCHY'S STRING BAND: Texas And Pacific Blues/ THE GOLDEN GATE JUBILEE QUARTET: Golden Gate Gospel Train/ G. B. GRAYSON & HENRY WHITTER: The Red And Green Signal Lights/ WOODY GUTHRIE: Hard Travelin'/ E. E. HACK STRING BAND: Western Kentucky Limited/ KELLY HARRELL: The Wreck On The Southern Old 97/ ROY HARVEY: The Brave Engineer/ The Wreck Of The Virginian No.3/ KING SOLOMON HILL: The Gone Dead Train/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Smokestack Lightnin'/ MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: Spike Driver Blues/ FRANK HUTCHISON: Cannonball Blues/ Hell Bound Train/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Rambler Blues/ Sunshine Special/ ROBERT JOHNSON: Love In Vain/ BILLIKEN JOHNSON AND FRED ADAMS: Sun Beam Blues/ KARL & HARTY: Gospel Cannon Ball/ BUELL KAZEE: The Hobo's Last Ride/ LEAD BELLY: Lining Track (Line 'Em)/ Rock Island Line/ HUDDIE LEDBETTER (LEADBELLY): The Midnight Special/ FURRY LEWIS: John Henry (The Steel Driving Man), Part 1/ Kassie Jones, Part 1/ MEADE LUX LEWIS: Honky Tonk Train Blues/ CRIPPLE CLARENCE LOFTON: Streamline Train/ THE LULLABY LARKERS (CLIFF CARLISLE): True And Trembling Brakeman/ WADE MAINER: Train Carry My Girl Back Home/ Riding On That Train Forty-Five/ EDDIE MAPP AND HIS HARMONICA: Riding The Blinds/ SAM MCGEE: Railroad Blues/ BLIND WILLIE MCTELL: B And O Blues No. 2/ Travelin' Blues/ THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND: K. C. Moan/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Chickasaw Train Blues (Low Down Dirty Thing)/ THE MONROE BROTHERS: My Saviour's Train/ New River Train/ LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY: A. & V. Railroad Blues/ NELSTONE'S HAWAIIANS: North-Bound Train/ BYRON PARKER & HIS MOUNTAINEERS: C. & N.W. Railroad/ CHARLEY PATTON: Pea Vine Blues/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Mystery Train/ YANK RACHELL: Hobo Blues/ JIMMIE RODGERS: Train Whistle Blues/ Waiting For A Train/ THE ROUSE BROTHERS: Orange Blossom Special/ OLLIE RUPERT: I Raised My Window And Looked At The Risin' Sun/ SLOPPY HENRY: Royal Palm Special Blues/ BLIND JOE TAGGART: I Wish My Mother Was On That Train/ THE TENNEVA RAMBLERS: If I Die A Railroad Man/ The Longest Train I Ever Saw/ SONNY TERRY AND BROWNIE MCGHEE: Lonesome Train/ T-BONE WALKER: Railroad Station Blues/ MUDDY WATERS: Train Fare Home/ BUKKA WHITE: Special Stream Line/ The New 'Frisco Train/ HENRY WHITTER & G. B. GRAYSON: Train 45/ ROBERT WILKINS: Long Train Blues/ HANK WILLIAMS: Pan American/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: G. M. & O. Blues/ THE WILLIAMSON BROS & CURRY: Gonna Die With My Hammer In My Hand

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sunrise 005 The Story Of Blue Beat, 1961 - Part 2 ● CD $19.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Another superb collection of early ska featuring both sides of 23 singles issued on Melodisc's Blue Beat label in the second half of 1961 along with four bonus cuts from other Melodisc labels. Ska performers seemed to have a fascination with traditional nursery rhymes at this time and there are several performances here which have the original lyrics but sung to a ska beat including Ba Ba Black Sheep by Cecil Byrd, Nursery Rhyme Boogie by Laurel Aitken, Humpty Dumpty by Eric "Humpty Dumpty" Morris and others. There are also great ska versions of pop songs like Yellow Bird by The Sonny Bradshaw Quartet and I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time by Mel Turner & The Bandits, American R&B like Let The Good Times Roll and Feel So Fine by Derrick Morgan & Patsy and a great rendition of the American white gospel song Palms Of Victory by AZie Lawrence & The Melobeats. And, of course, lots of great original songs from artists like The Magic Notes, The Mello-Cats, Chuck & Dobby, Clancy Eccles, Roland Alphonso and The Alley Cats and others. Extensive notes give us lots of background on the performers and producers. (FS)
LAUREL AITKEN & THE BLUE BEATS: Bouncing Women/ Mighty Redeemer/ Nursery Rhyme Boogie/ Please Don't Leave Me/ MONTY ALEXANDER & THE CYCLONES: Lazy Lou/ ROLAND ALPHONSO: Blackberry Brandy/ Green Door/ Mean To Me/ Hully Gully Rock/ ALVIN & CECIL: Marjorie/ THEO BECKFORD & THE CITY SLICKERS: Georgie & The Old Shoe/ That's Me/ THE BLUES BUSTERS: Donna/ You're Driving Me Crazy/ THE SONNY BRADSHAW QUARTET: Festival Jump Up/ Yellow Bird/ KENT BROWN & SIR DEE'S GROUP: Hey Diddle Diddle/ BUNNY & SKITTER WITH BUSTERíS GROUP: Chubby (aka Cassavubu)/ BUSTERíS GROUP: Little Honey/ CECIL BYRD & SIR DEE'S GROUP: Ba Ba Black Sheep/ CHUCK & DOBBY & BUSTER'S GROUP: I Was Wrong/ CHUCK & DOBBY & DUKE REID'S GROUP: Oh Fanny/ Running Around/ DERRICK & PATSY: Baby Please Don't Leave Me/ Let The Good Times Roll/ CLANCY ECCLES: Freedom/ More Proof/ JACKIE ESTICK WITH BUSTERíS GROUP: Boss Girl/ BASIL GABBIDON & BUSTER'S GROUP: Warpaint Boogie/ CLUETT JOHNSON & BLUES BLASTERS: Pine Juice/ CLUETT JOHNSON & HIS BLUES BLASTERS: Little Willie/ AZIE LAWRENCE & THE MELOBEATS: Palms Of Victory/ So Far Apart/ LLOYD & CECIL & SIR DEE'S GROUP: Come Over Here/ THE MAGIC NOTES & DRUMBAGO & THE JAZZ BEAT: Iím Not Worthy/ THE MAGIC NOTES & DRUMBAGO: Rosabel/ THE MELLO-CATS & COUNT OSSIE'S WARRICKERS: Another Moses/ THE MELLO-CATS & COUNT OSSIE'S WARRICKA'S: Rock A Man Soul/ DERRICK MORGAN & DRUMBAGO ORCHESTRA: Golden Rule/ Shake A Leg/ DERRICK MORGAN & PATSY & DRUMBAGO'S BAND: Feel So Fine/ ERIC "MONTY" MORRIS & ROY PANTON: In And Out Of The Window/ Sweetie Pie/ Tra La La Boogie/ ERIC "HUMPTY DUMPTY" MORRIS & THE DRUMBAGO ALL STARS: Corn Bread And Butter/ Humpty Dumpty/ MOSSMAN & ZEDDSE & SIR DEEíS GROUP: Pocket Money/ RICO RODIGUEZ & BUSTER'S ALL STARS: Luke Lane Shuffle/ MEL TURNER & THE BANDITS: Iíll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time/ Let Me Hold Your Hand

VARIOUS ARTISTS Take Two 407 The First Torch Singers: Volume 1 - The 1920s ● CD $14.98
20 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
In the late 20s a new form of pop ballad emerged in the USA called the "torch song" featuring female singers performing melancholy and often pessimistic songs and became very popular through the mid to late 30s. This CD, originally issued 1992, is the first of three volumes documenting some of the early torch singers and features performances from the late 20s. It opens with two songs from Fanny Brice including her version of My Man - a version of the popular French song Mon Homme made famous in France by Mistinguet. Other artists featured on this collection include Helen Morgan, Ruth Etting (possibly the greatest of the torch singers with sublime versions Love Me Or Leave Me and The Right Kind Of Man), Libby Holman, the always wonderful Sophie Tucker, Belle Baker, Lee Morse, Kate Smith, Annette Hanshaw (another outstanding singer), Frances Williams and the sole African-American Eva Taylor. Sound quality s excellent and there are detailed notes by JIm Bedolan. (FS)

JOSH WHITE Document DOCD 5194 Complete Recorded Works, 1929-40; Vol 1 ● CD $15.98 $11.98
26 tracks, 78 mins, essential
The first of three discs presenting all the recordings made between 1929 and 1940 by this brilliant performer. Although he later became known as a suave night club folk performer his early recordings are brilliant examples of East Coast country blues. His voice was always a smooth one but one with great flexibility and he spiced up his vocals with fragments of scat singing and moaning. His guitar playing was joy - varied, supple and flowing and always appropriates. Both Buddy Moss and Blind Boy Fuller acknowledge him as an influence. This disc starts with two delightful instrumentals from 1929 by the white country band The Carver Boys with Josh accompanying harmonica player Warner Carver and guitarist Bob Carver. The remaining tracks are from 1932 and '33 and with the exception of two tracks with a fine unknown piano player they are all solo. They include such performances as the menacing Little Brother (his knife - or is it?), some self advertising in The Greenville Sheik, the beautiful Blood Red River and more including half a dozen spirituals. With the exception of a couple of tracks the sound is excellent and there are informative, though all too brief, notes by Dave Moore. (FS)


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