JOHNNIE ALLAN Jin 9044 Swamp Pop Legend - The Essential Collection ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
Back in stock. Wonderful collection of swamp pop from one the masters of the genre. Well just what is "swamp pop"? It's a South Louisiana mixture of rock 'n' roll, R&B, country and cajun music blended together with heartfelt vocals to make an immensely appealing brew. There are few better exponents than Johnnie Allan who has been performing since the 40s. This collection of recordings, mostly spanning the 50s through the 70s, is about 50% duplicated on Ace 380. Johnnie wrote half the songs here including such fine items as Angel Love/ Lonely Days And Lonely Nights/ Do You Love Me So and the terrific Let's Go Get Drunk. There are some great covers here including his reworking of the Johnny Horton hit North To Alaska as South To Louisiana, a driving version of Chuck Berry's Promised Land with cajun accordion and Merle Haggard's Today I Staretd Loving You Again. Lots of other great music here including a new song Just Remember celebrating his daughter's marriage that show what a fine stright country singer he is. Johnnie is not only a fine musician he is also an amabassador for Louisiana music and has written several excellent books on the subject. (FS)

BILL CLIFTON B.A.C.M. 418 And The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band ● CD $14.98
28 tracks, good
Bill Clifton was one of the first East Coast, college educated folk artists to embrace bluegrass music and formed his first bluegrass group in the mid 50s. With his background he didn't have the intense high lonesome sound of rural musicians but he was an engaging singer and recorded some pleasant sides. The first 13 tracks on this CD are from an LP recorded in New Zealand in 1970 with Bill accompanied by the New Zealand group The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band. The material is mostly old favorites like Blue Eyed Elaine/ A Dollar Down/ Night Train To Memphis, etc. With Bill's rather emotionless vocals and the band's uninispred backup the result is pleasant but inconsequential. The remainder of the album is a live solo set from Bill from around the same time doing traditional and old country favorites - the sort of think that Rambling Jack Eliot did only Jack did it so much better. All in all, a pretty tepid set of performances. (FS)
BILL CLIFTON: A Dollar Down/ Baby You Done Flubbed Your Dub With Me/ Blue Eyed Elaine/ Boll Weevil/ Feast Here Tonight/ Green To Grey/ Happy Days (instro)/ He's Up With The Angels Now/ Jordan Is A Hard Road To Travel/ Life Gets Tedious Don't It/ Little Whistling Chimney/ Mary Dear/ Motherless Children Gets A Hard Time/ My Native Home/ Night Train To Memphiss )All The Time)/ Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia/ Po' Folks (All The Time)/ Red Wing (instro)/ Ridin' On That Train/ Sarah's Willuog (instro)/ Sister Lucy Lee/ Stoney's Waltz (instro)/ Talking Guitar Blues/ The Burgular Man/ There Ain't No Bugs On Me/ There Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss/ Whistlin' Rufus (instro)/ Wildwood Flower

VARETTA DILLARD GVC 2036 Mercy, Mr Percy ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 59 tracks, highly recommended
If you missed the previous reissues of this superb R&B singer now's your chance to get a fine cross section of her recordings made for a variety of labels between 1951 and 1961. Although Varetta had several R&B hits she never had the crossover success of her contemporaries Ruth Brown or Lavern Baker thought she was musically their equal. Varetta is accompanied by top New York sidemen like Dave McRae, Count Hastings, Mickey Baker, T.J. Fowler, Buddy Tate and others. The material ranges from tough R&B rompers like Mama Don't Want (What Poppa Don't Want), I Ain't Gonna Tell and the great Whole Lot Of Lip to R&B ballads like Got You On My Mind and Darling, Listen To The Words Of This Song to more pop flavored items. It also includes her chart hits Easy Easy Baby/ Mercy, Mr. Percy and her Johnny Ace tribute Johnny Has Gone. Sound quality is excellent and the six page fold out booklet has informative notes by Roger Dopson. (FS)
VARETTA DILLARD: (That's The Way) My Mind Is Working/ A Letter In Blues/ A Little Bitty Tear/ Cherry Blossom/ Darling/ Double Crossing Daddy/ Easy, Easy Baby/ Getting Ready For My Daddy/ Good Gravy Baby/ Got You On My Mind/ Here In My Heart/ Hurry Up/ I Ain't Gonna Tell/ I Can't Help Myself/ I Can't Stop Now/ I Cried And Cried/ I Don't Know What It Is But I Like It/ I Got A Lot Of Love/ I Love You/ I Love You Just The Same/ I Miss You Jimmy/ I'll Never Forget You/ I'm Gonna Tell My Daddy On You/ I'm Yours/ If You Want To Be My Baby/ Johnny Has Gone/ Just Multiply/ Leave A Happy Fool Alone/ Listen To The Words Of This Song/ Love/ Love And Wine/ Love That Man/ Mama Don't Want (What Poppa Don't Want)/ Mercy Mr Percy (1961 re-recording)/ Mercy Mr Percy (Original 1953 recording)/ No How/ No Kinda Good/ One More Time/ Please Come Back To Me/ Please Tell Me Why/ Positive Love/ Pray For Me Mother/ Promise Mr Thomas/ Scorched/ Send Me Some Money/ Skinny Jimmy/ So Many Ways/ Star Of Fortune/ Teaser/ That's Why I Cry/ The Rules Of Love/ Them There Eyes/ Three Lies/ Time Was/ Undecided/ What'll I Do/ Whole Lot Of Lip/ You Are Gone/ You Better Come Home/ You Know I'm Too Good For You/ You're The Answer To My Prayer

WADE FLEMONS GVC 1012 Here I Stand ● CD $13.98
25 tracks, recommended
Although he had a number of R&B hits and was a fine vocalist this is the first ever CD collection of Kansas born singer Flemons who recorded for Vee-Jay between 1958 and '64. The set starts off with his best known song - the fine doo-wop styled Here I Stand which was a crossover hit in 1958 and follows with the equally good flip - the hard driving My Baby Likes To Rock. His biggest R&B hit came in 1960 with the great Jesse Stone song Easy Lovin' which was also recorded the same year by The Clovers. He had his third and final hit the following with a fine version of the Percy Mayfield classic Please Send Me Someone To Love. Talking of Mayfield, Wade does fine versions of a couple of early Curtis Mayfield's compositions - Devil In Your Soul with soulful guitar licks from Curtis being particularly compelling. Although arrangements are sometimes too pop oriented there Wade's vocals are always excellent. Includes booklet with informative notes by Roger Dopson. (FS)
WADE FLEMONS: Ain't That Lovin' You Baby/ At The Party/ Devil In Your Soul/ Don't Be Careless/ Easy Lovin'/ Goodnite/ Half A Love/ Here I Stand/ Hold Me Close/ I Hope, I Think, I Wish/ I'll Come Runnin'/ It's So Much Fun/ Keep On Loving Me/ My Baby Likes To Rock/ Please Send Me Someone To Love/ Purposely/ Slow Motion/ The Angels Will Tell You/ Too Long Will Be Too Late/ Walking By The River/ Welcome Stranger/ What's Happening/ Woops Now/ You'll Remain Forever/ s Time To Go

JAMES GOVAN Kent CDKEND 398 Wanted - The Fame Recordings ● CD $18.98
16 tracks, very highly recommended
Discovered by George Jackson while scouting the Memphis clubs for FAME boss Rick Hall, James Govan is one of those R&B artists that fell through the cracks during the mid-late 60s Soul boom, and he's ripe for rediscovery. This 16 song set represents everything he cut for FAME, including his two 45s: a powerful version of Wanted (previously cut by Laura Lee) backed with a funky take on Jambalaya, and a dramatic reading of the Beatles' Something with the lively You Get a Lot to Like on the flip. The reclusive Govan is revered in Italy and listening to these recordings it's easy to hear why: the way he masterfully essays I Shall Be Released/ Your Love Lifted Me/ Just Like a Woman, and Bye Bye Blackbird is the mark of a first class Soul singer. Yes, his voice is reminiscent of Otis Redding's, but Govan is his own man and proves it time and time again on this staggering document to what could have been a great career if the stars had been aligned differently. (GMC)

LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS JSP JSPCD 77172 The Acoustic Years, 1959-1960 ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 75 tracks, essential
Hopkins was arguably the greatest country blues artist to record in the post war era. He was a truly creative genius with a knack for original observations of the world around him, he was a wonderful singer with a dark brooding voice and a unique guitarist with an immediately recognizable style where every note he plays seems to be a blue note! He had a number of guitar riffs that he was fond of but it doesn't matter how many times I hear them they never fail to send a shiver down my spine. Between 1946 and 1956 he recorded for the African American audience and was immensely popular and scored a number of R&B chart hits. Most of these recordings featured Lightnin' playing electric guitar. After three lean years he was found by folklorist Sam Charters who decided to record him for Folkways and being aimed at a folk market encouraged him to play acoustic guitar and from this time until his death in 1982 he performed regularly for a white audience switching between acoustic and electric guitar as the mood took him. I had the privilege to see him perform half a dozen times in the 1960s and 1970s and his performances were always a delight - he had a few staples that he performed almost every time but each show I saw was different to the last. The recordings here from 1959 and 1960 features those first recordings for Sam Charters, a slew of sides recorded for folklorist Mack McCormack, sides recorded in California in mid 1960 and East Coast sessions cut for Bluesville and Candid in late 1960. Throughout Lightnin' is magnificent, reprising some of his old favorites (Short Haired Woman/ See That My Grave Is Kept Clean/ Rocky Mountain, etc), traditional blues that become uniquely Lightnin's own (Penitentiary Blues/ Bottle Up And Go/ Mean Old Frisco, etc) but it's mostly songs improvised on the spot utiising the plethora of "floating" lyrics and melding them into something intense and personal, often picking up up on topical events. Some of the McCormick recordings are technically rough but there are some great and intense performances including the very moving Prison Blues Come Down On Me which includes some dialog with his cousin Luke "Long Gone" Miles. By contrast his 1960 recordings for Candid have simply stellar sound quality and features a couple of tracks featuring Lightnin' on piano and one where he switches between guitar and piano. It also features his magnificent two part Mister Charlie. The Bluesville tracks feature tasteful bass and drum accompaniment from Leonard Gaskin and Belton Evans and several have fine harmonica from Sonny Terry. Simply magnificent music from one of the greatest of them all! (FS)
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: 75 Highway/ Automobile Blues/ Baby!/ Back To New Orleans/ Bad Luck And Trouble/ Ball Of Twine/ Big Black Cadillac Blues/ Black Cat/ Bluebird Bluebird/ Bottle Up And Go/ Bunion Stew/ Coffee House Blues/ Come Back Baby/ Come Go Home With Me/ Come Go Home With Me/ Conversation Blues/ Down There Baby/ Fan I/ First Meeting/ Get Off My Toe/ Go Down Ol' Hannah/ Goin' Back To Florida/ Gonna Pull A Party/ Got To Move Your Baby/ Hard To Love A Woman/ Hear My Black Dog Bark/ How Long Have It Been Since You Been Home/ I've Had My Fun If I Don't Get Well No More/ In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down/ Katie Mae/ Last Night Blues/ Lightnin's Guitar Boogie/ Lightnin's Piano Boogie/ Lightnin's Stroke/ Long Gone Like A Turkey Through The Corn/ Long Time/ Mama And Papa Hopkins/ Mean Old Frisco/ Mighty Crazy/ Mister Charlie/ Penitentiary Blues/ Prison Blues Come Down On Me/ Rainy Day Blues/ Rainy Highway/ Reminiscences Of Blind Lemon/ Rocky Mountain/ Santa Fe Blues/ See See Rider/ See That My Grave Is Kept Clean/ She's Mine/ Shinin' Moon/ Short Haired Woman/ So Long Baby/ So Sorry To Leave You/ Stool Pigeon Blues/ Take A Trip With Me/ Take It Easy/ Tell Me, Baby/ That Gambling Life/ That Mean Old Twister (Backwater Blues)/ The Foot Race Is On/ The Trouble Blues/ The Walkin' Blues/ Thinkin' 'Bout An Old Friend/ Til The Gin Gets Here/ Trouble In Mind/ Trouble Stay 'Way From My Door/ Walk On/ When My First Wife Quit Me/ When The Saints Go Marching In/ Wonder Why/ Worryin' My Mind/ You Better Watch Yourself/ You Got To Work To Get Your Pay/ Your Own Fault, Baby, To Treat Me The Way You Do

BUELL KAZEE B.A.C.M. 027 Legendary Kentucky Ballad Singer ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
A number of Buel Kazee tracks have appeared on various compilations but this is the first CD reissue exclusively devoted to this his fine and important ballad singer. Kazee, who was a trained singer, accompanied himself on banjo and recorded seminal versions of songs like Butchers Boy/ East Virginia/ Lady Gay/ Wagoner's Lad/ The Moonshiner and others. This set also features tracks with guitar and violin accompaniment, some duets with Carson Robison and some gospel songs with Frank & James McCravy as The Blue Ridge Gospel Singers. Wonderful stuff. (FS)
BUELL KAZEE: Don't Forget Me Little Darling/ East Virginia/ Faded Coat Of Blue/ I'm Alone In This World/ If You Love Your Mother/ Lady Gay/ Little Mohee/ Old Whisker Bill, The Moonshiner/ Poor Orphan Boy/ Redwing/ Roving Cowboy/ Snow Deer/ The Blind Man/ The Butcher Boy/ The Cowboy Trail/ The Cowboy's Farewell/ The Dying Soldier/ The Orphan Girl/ The Ship That's Sailing High/ The Wagoner's Lad/ Toll The Bells/ Why Not Tonight

CHARLIE "SPECKS" MCFADDEN Blues Documents BDCD 6041 Complete Chronological Recordings 1929-37 ● CD $15.98 $10.98
20 tracks, 62 mins, recommended
I bet you never expected to see a whole CD of Charlie "Specks" McFadden? No neither did I? But here we have a collection of 20 songs performed by this fine but utterly obscure performer. Apart from the fact that he was from St. Louis and got his nickname from the glasses he wore not much else is known. He was a fine singer with a high, expressive voice and recorded for a number of labels between 1929 and 1937 and on most of his recordings was accompanied by the brilliant piano of Roosevelt Sykes. Aprt from two 78s that have never been found this disc presents his entire output. He was best known for his songs Groceries On The Shelf (about an early supermarket chain) and People People and he recorded four versions of the former and three of the latter. There are other good songs here including Gambler's Blues/ Weak-Eyed Blues, the always topical Times Are Tight and Lonesome Ghost Blues but it's all worth a listen. Don't let the obscurity put you off. Sound is generally good and there are notes by Mike Rowe. (FS)
CHARLIE "SPECKS" MCFADDEN: Broken Down Blues/ Don't Bite That Thing/ Friendless Man/ Gambler's Blues/ Groceries On My Shelf (91208)/ Groceries On The Shelf (l-155)/ Groceries On The Shelf No. 2/ Harvest Moon Blues/ Hold It Where You Got It/ Last Journey Blues/ Lonesome Ghost Blues/ Low Down Rounders Blues/ Misunderstood Blues/ People People (91209)/ People People Blues (l-154)/ People, People (76832)/ Piggly Wiggly Blues/ Times Are So Tight/ Weak-eyed Blues/ Yellow Woman Blues

THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND Frog 15 Volume 1 ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, essential
Back in stock. Ever wondered what the 78s on your reissue CDs really sounded like? With remastering by John R T Davies, who worked on this three volume set (two of which were originally issued by JSP), you get as close as possible to finding out. Davies isn't concerned with removing all traces of surface noise but with preserving the information on the original discs; and in doing so he really brings this great music to life. Volume one covers the band's first twenty sides (from February 1927 to February 1928) and includes a further four tracks of solo performances by Will Weldon and Vol Stevens. Excellent notes by Neil Slaven sketch the social context in which the band operated as well as providing a critical commentary on each recording session. Not that this is music to be listened to in a high state of critical awareness - so what if the band occasionally sounds like it's falling apart, that's part of the fun. Sit back and enjoy Charlie Polk's 'richly flatulent emissions' and the rest of the gang as you've never heard them before. A full discography completes the picture. (DPR)
THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND: Beale Street Mess Around/ Bob Lee Junior Blues/ Coal Oil Blues/ Evergreen Money Blues/ I'll See You In The Spring When The Birds Begin To Sing/ I'm Looking For The Bully Of Thetown/ Kansas City Blues/ Memphis Boy Blues/ Memphis Jug Blues/ Newport News Blues/ Packed My Suitcase Started To The Train/ Papa Long Blues/ Peaches In The Springtime/ She Stays Out All Night Long/ Snitchin' Gambler Blues/ Sometimes I Think I Love You/ State Of Tennessee Blues/ Stingy Woman Blues/ Sun Brimmers Blues/ Sunshine Blues/ VOL STEVENS: Baby Got The Rickets Mama's Got The Mobile Blues/ Vol Stevens Blues/ WILL WELDON (CASEY BILL): Hitch Me To Your Buggy And Drive Me Like A Mule/ Turpentine Blues

THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND Frog 16 Volume 2 ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, essential
Back in stock. Volume two of the chronological reissue covers MJB's recordings between September 1928 and October 1929. The band are now hitting their stride, and this disc contains some of their most memorable performances, including Lindberg Hop, Stealin' Stealin' and the beautiful K. C. Moan. As in volume one there is great variety in both material and mood - from the wildly exuberant to the somber and downbeat. We even get two waltzes! This volume also includes two solo titles apiece by Will Shade and Hattie Hart otherwise found on Wolf WBCD 004. Detailed notes on the performances by Neil Slaven. The full discography is particularly valuable with an ever changing group like this, and sound quality is again exemplary. (DPR)
HATTIE HART: Won't You Be Kind To Me?/ You Wouldn't, Would You, Papa?/ THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND: A Black Woman Is Like A Black Snake/ Feed Your Friend With A Long Handled Spoon/ I Can Beat You Plenty (that Hand You Tried To Deal Me Will)/ Jug Band Waltz/ K.c. Moan/ Lindberg Hop/ Memphis Yo Yo Blues/ Mississippi River Waltz/ On The Road Again/ Stealin' , Stealin'/ Sugar Pudding/ Taking Your Place/ Tired Of You Driving Me/ Whipped My Woman With A Single-tree/ Whitewash Station Blues/ WILL SHADE: Better Leave That Stuff Alone/ I Can't Stand It/ She Stabbed Me With An Ice-pick/ What's The Matter?/ MINNIE WALLACE: Dirty Butter/ The Old Folks Started It

THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND Frog 18 Volume 3 ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, essential
Back in stock. The third volume starts with the band's session of May 1930, in the wake of the Wall Street Crash and with record sales already in sharp decline. Even so the band managed to cut a further twenty titles in the year, over nine short recording sessions. Highlights include Cocaine Habit, Meningitis Blues with vocal by Memphis Minnie, Going Back To Memphis and the sparkling final sessions in November which produced such classics as You Got Me Rollin'. Despite personnel changes Will Shade had managed to preserve a fairly consistent sound to his group during nearly four years of recording, a fact underlined by the alternate takes of titles from the earlier volumes which fill out this CD.  It was to be four years before the band recorded again, but they certainly went out on a high. Excellent notes again by Neil Slaven, a full discography and very decent sound. If only all reissues were like this set! These three volumes cover Memphis Jug Band's complete recordings in the period 1927-30. The band's later recordings are on Blues Documents BDCD 6002. (DPR)
THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND: Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues/ Bumble Bee Blues/ Cave Man Blues/ Cocaine Habit/ Everybody's Talking About Sadie Green/ Fourth Street Mess Around/ Going Back To Memphis/ Got A Letter From My Darlin'/ He's In The Jail House Now/ It Won't Act Right/ Jim Strainer Blues/ Lindberg Hop/ Meningitis/ Move That Thing/ Newport News Blues/ Oh Ambulance Man/ Papa's Got Your Bath Water On/ Round And Round/ Snitchin' Gambler Blues/ Spider's Nest Blues/ Stingy Woman Blues/ Stonewall Blues/ Sun Brimmers Blues/ You Got Me Rollin'/ You May Leave But This Will Bring You Back

THE MILLS BROTHERS Acrobat 266 Hits And Rarities, 1934-1952 ● CD $10.98 $6.98
20 tracks, 55 mins, highly recommended
The first seven tracks on this superb collection feature original brother and bass singer John Jr., who tragically died way too young in 1936 due to a bout of pneumonia. Instead of throwing in the towel on their blooming career, they made the unusual (in pop music) move of adding their father, John Sr., to take over the crucial fourth part in their harmony, and the rest is history. Tracks go all the way up to 1952, representing their last chart hit Glow Worm. The Mills family business still goes on to this day, led by Donald's son John Jr. III who joined the group back in 1969. Every song on this is a highlight; Louis Armstrong makes a great guest appearance on Cherry. (JM)

EDITH PIAF Jasmine 257 En Anglais ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 30 tracks, highly recommended
There's no shortage of reissues of this great French chanteuse but this one is a little different as it features Piaf singing in English. The first disc features studio recordings made between 1950 and 1961 and the second disc features live performances from her appearances at Carnegie Hall in 1956 and '57. She mostly performs English versions of some of her most popular song (Hymne A'Lamour/ Les Trois Cloches/ La Vie En Rose/ Le Petit Homme/ Non Je Ne Regrette Rien, etc) along with a couple of American pop songs (Autumn Leaves/ Simply A Waltz, etc). She may not be singing in her native language but her voice is so emotional and compelling that her performances transcend all language barriers. (FS)

OTIS RUSH Fuel 2000 61548 An Introduction To Otis Rush ● CD $12.98 $8.98
14 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended
Fine collection of one of the greatest contemporary blues singers and guitarists. The first ten tracks are drawn from his classic recordings made for Cobra between 1956 and 1958 including I Can't Quit You Baby/ If You Were Mine/ Three Times A Fool/ Checking On My Baby/ Double Trouble/ All Your Love (I Miss Loving), etc. The remianing four tracks are fine live performances which are, apparently, previous unissued. There is no information on where these are from but I would presume from the 90s and find Otis in great form on it's So Hard For Me To Believ You Baby/ It's My Own faul/ Crosscut saw and, of course, his theme song All Your Love (I Miss Loving).

T. TEXAS TYLER B.A.C.M. 419 Vol. 2: Live, 1948-1950 ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 73 mins, highly recommended
B.A.C.M.'s second T. Texas Tyler is all, previously unissued live performances from radio shows. It includes three complete radio shows from 1948 and 1950 and an excerpt from a 1949 Melody Roundup. Each program starts with Tyler's theme song Remember Me and backed by a hot western swing flavored band does songs like Beautiful Morning Glory/ I Love You Because/ Goodnight Waltz/ Cry Baby Heart/ Please Don't Leave Me/ My Bucket's Got A Hole In It and others. There are also vocal contributions from band members Kenny Williams, Dick Hamilton and Danny Alguire as well as a bunch of hot instrumentals including a great rendition of Glenn Miller's theme tune In The Mood. Sound quality is decent and there are excellent notes by Kevin Coffey. (FS)
MELODY ROUNDUP: Remember Me, Guitar Boogie (instrumental), I'll Hold You In My Heart, Beautiful Morning Glory, Tennessee Waltz NBC RADIO BROADCAST: Remember Me, Jess (instrumental), I Love You Because, The Johnson Rag (instrumental), Tear Drops In My Heart, Panhandle Rag (instrumental), Goodnight Waltz, Ida Red AFRS W-45: Remember Me, In The Mood (instrumental), Cry Baby Heart, Gotta Have My Baby Back, Down Home Rag (instrumental), Goodnight Waltz, Please Don't Leave Me, Panhandle Rag (instrumental), Curly Headed Baby, Runnin' Wild (instrumental) EXCERPT FROM MELODY ROUNDUP: Remember Me, My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1372 Going Wild! Music City Rock 'n' Roll ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Frank's review of the 3CD box set "The Music City Story" (Ace ABOXCD 11 - $41.98) promised more releases from this label that are devoted to specific genres: well, here's the second one (following the Lord Luther set, Ace 1258 - $18.98); this one covering rock 'n' roll acts that sprang from the Berkeley backstreets. While there's some overlap with The Music City Story set - The 3 Honeydrops' Rockin' Satellite for example - there's enough fresh meat. including 17 previously unissued tracks, to satisfy the appetite. Groove to The Emarks' Lovin' Charlene, Jimmy Cicero's pumpin Devil's ChildButterball, The Holidays' Hoochie Coochi Man, and The Five Crystels' Oh That Train just for openers. Recorded between 1957 and 1961, these tracks are raw rock 'n' roll at its' best, and as a second helping for those whom have already dined at the Music City table, this CD can't be beat. (GMC)
THE 3 HONEYDROPS: Chickaboom/ Honey Drop/ Rockin' Satellite/ ROY BURK & THE BELLBOTTOMS: Rock To The Boogie/ JIMMY CICERO: Devil's Child/ THE DIALTONES: Goofin' Off/ THE E-MARKS: Lovin' Charlene/ THE FIVE CRYSTELS: Yay Yay/  Clickety Clack/ THE GAYLARKS: Mr Rock N Roll/ Doodle Doo/ THE HOLIDAYS: Hoochi Coochi Man/ THE KLIXS: Oobie Doobie Baby/ THE MANDARINS: Roll On Little Mama/ ROBBIE MELDANO: Let's Go Steady Baby/ WILLIE MOORE: Going Wild/ PEE WEE & SUGAR PIE: Nickel & A Dime/ THE PENDLETONS: Santa Rita Jail/ SONNY RAY: Silly Billy/ RON & DON: Baby What You Do To Me/ MIKE SMITH: Coast To Coast/ FRANKIE TARO: Butterball/ UNKNOWN ARTIST-2: Street Rock/ UNKNOWN ARTIST_1: Vera Lee

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 4187 R&B Jukebox Hits - 1943, Vol. 1 ● CD $13.98 $9.98
24 tracks, 75 mins, recommended
The first chart to reflect the buying patterns of the African-American market was instituted in October 1942 with Billboard's Harlem Hit Parade (see Acrobat 4186 - $13.98). Based on sales and jukebox plays in New York's Harlem district it reflected the somewhat more sophisticated tastes of New Yorkers rather than the nation as a whole. This is the first volume devoted to 1943 and reflects a strong interest in jazz flavored stylings from black artists like Lucky Millender, Buddy Johnson and Lionel Hampton as well as white artists like Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman (his vocalist Peggy's Lee's cover of Lil Green's Why Don't You Do Right outsold the original) and Harry James. There's not a whole lot blues here though there is one track from the consistent hit maker Louis Jordan, Jimmy Rushing turns in a fine Rusty Dusty Blues with the Count Basie Orch and Andy Kirk's Hey Lawdy Mama, Rifette by white pianist/ bandleader Freddie Slack which features a fine guitar solo from T-Bone Walker. Sound quality is generally fine though Tommy Dorsey's Boogie Woogie has really been put through the noise reduction wringer and sounds like it was beamed in from outer space. A musically enjoyable and historically significant release. (FS)
COUNT BASIE: Rusty Dusty Blues/ CEELLE BURKE AND HIS ORCHESTRA: From Twilight Til Dawn/ TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA: Boogie Woogie/ In The Blue Of The Evening/ It Started All Over Again/ DUKE ELLINGTON: A Slip Of The Lip (Can Sink A Ship)/ Don't Get Round Much Anymore/ Sentimental Lady/ ELLA FITZGERALD: My Heart And I Decided/ BENNY GOODMAN WITH PEGGY LEE: Why Don't You Do Right/ LIONEL HAMPTON: Flying Home/ ERSKINE HAWKINS: Don't Cry Baby/ HARRY JAMES AND HIS ORCHESTRA WITH HELEN FORRE: I Had The Craziest Dream/ I've Heard That Song Before/ BUDDY JOHNSON: Baby Don't You Cry/ Let's Beat Out Some Love/ LOUIS JORDAN: Chicks I Pick Are Slender And Tender And Tall/ Five Guys Named Moe/ THE KING COLE TRIO: All For You/ ANDY KIRK: Hey Lawdy Mama/ LUCKY MILLINDER: Apollo Jump/ Sweet Slumber/ ELLA MAE MORSE: Shoo Shoo Baby/ FREDDIE SLACK WITH T-BONE WALKER: Rifette

VARIOUS ARTISTS Archeophone 9018 Like The Sunshine After Rain ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 75 mins, highly recommended
Another of those delightful collections of recordings from the early years of the 20th century. This one is devoted to 1918 - the final year of the first World War and many of the songs deal with the subject in one way or another including Send Me Away With A Smile by John McCormack, Hello Central, Give Me No Man's Land by Al Jolson, They Were All Out Of Step But Jim by Bily Murray and others. Even the greatest opera singer of the day, Enrico Caruso, got into the act with a rousing rendition of Over There. Though many of the war songs were of the time, one that has became an all time standard was the beautiful Roses Of Picardy sung here by Lambert Murphy. A number of other songs that debued on record in 1918 have become standards like K-K-K-Katy by the ever popular comic singer Billy Murray, Darktown Strutters's Ball by Arthur Collins and Byron G. Harlan, Tiger Rag by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Rock-a-bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody by Al Jolson. As always with Archeophone, the sound on these almost 100 year old recordings is superb and there are notes on every tracks in the illustarted booklet. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital DTD 01 Goodbye, Babylon ● CD $99.98
Six CD box set, 160 tracks, nearly 8 hours of music, essential
Back in stock. Simply fantastic six CD box set of gospel music, mostly by rural artists, recorded between 1902 and 1960. 160 tracks in all drawing on both African-American and white country traditions. The fist five discs feature 135 songs and each disc has a unifying religious theme - deliverance, salvation, judgement, etc and the sixth disc features 25 sermons. The recordings have been carefully chosen to represent some of the very finest performances available and have been restored and remastered by Airshow Mastering and sound considerably better than any previous reissues of any of these recordings. Although most of the African-American recordings have been reissued before you have previously had to wade through poor sounding "complete recordings in chronological order" series on Document to uncover many of these gems and there are some black gospel performances reissued here for the first time on CD. Many of the tracks by white artists are making their first appearance on CD. A brief listing of some of the artists includes Rev. T.T. Rose & Singers, Alabama Sacred Harp Singers, Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, Lil McLintock, Bessie Jones & The Sea Island Singers, Brother Claude Ely, Carl Smith, Skip James, North Carolina Cooper Boys, Luther Magby, Uncle Dave Macon, Dinwiddie Colored Quartet, James & Martha Carson, Washington Phillips, Sam Morgan Jazz Band, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, Arizona Dranes, Tennessee Mountaineers, The Heavenly Gospel Singers, Alfred G. Karnes, Blind Willie McTell, The Carter Family, REv. J.M. Gates, Rev. Emmett Dickenson, Rev. Johnie Blakey and many, many more. The set comes packed in raw cotton in an 8"x 11" x2.5" cedar box and includes a 200 page 8" x 5" book with introductory articles from Dick Spottswood and Charles Wolfe and detailed information on each performance from numerous experts plus lyrics to all the songs, passages from the scriptures and loads of rare photos and other graphics. (FS)
ALABAMA SACRED HARP SINGERS: Heavenly Vision/ Present Joys/ J.T. ALLISON'S SACRED HARP SINGERS: Exhilaration/ BAILES BROTHERS: Romans Ten and Nine/ REV. JOHNNY BLAKEY: King of Kings/ THE BLUE CHIPS: Crying Holy unto the Lord/ BLUE SKY BOYS: Come to the Savior/ BROWN'S FERRY FOUR: Keep on the Firing Line/ ELDER RICHARD BRYANT: Come Over Here/ BRYANT'S JUBILEE QUARTET: I'll Be Satisfied/ ELDER J.E. BURCH: My Heart Keeps Singing/ The Church And the Kingdom/ REV. J.C. BURNETT: The Downfall of Nebuchadezzar/ The Gambler's Doom/ CHARLES BUTTS SACRED HARP SINGERS: Murillo's Lesson/ REV. E.D. CAMPBELL: Take Me to the Water/ REV. BENNY CAMPBELL: You Must be Born Again/ CARLISLE BROTHERS: Jesus My All/ JAMES AND MARTHA CARSON: I'll Fly Away/ CARTER FAMILY: Keep On the Sunny Side/ River of Jordan/ CHUCK WAGON GANG: As the Life of a Flower/ EDWARD W. CLAYBORN: Your Enemy Cannot Harm You (But Watch Your Close Friend)/ JAYBIRD COLEMAN: I'm Gonna Cross the River of Jordan/ WILMA LEE AND STONEY COOPER: Walking My Lord Up Calvary's Hill/ COTTON TOP MOUNTAIN SANCTIFIED SINGERS: I Want Two Wings to Veil My Face/ ELDER CURRY AND HIS CONGREGATION: Memphis Flu/ DA COSTA WOLTZ'S SOUTHERN BROADCASTERS: Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb/ DANIELS DEASON: Sacred Harp Singers Primrose Hill/ BLIND GARY DAVIS: I Belong to the Band - Hallelujah!/ I am the True Vine/ BLIND WILLIE DAVIS: When the Saints Go Marching In/ DEACON LEON DAVIS: Deacon's Prayer Service/ REV. EMMET DICKINSON: Hell and What It Is/ DINWIDDIE COLORED QUARTET: Down on the Old Camp Ground/ THOMAS A. DORSEY: How About You/ If You See My Savior/ ARIZONA DRANES: Crucifixion/ He is My Story/ BROTHER CLAUDE ELY: There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down/ EMPIRE JUBILEE QUARTET: Get Right Church/ FAMOUS BLUE JAY SINGERS: I'm Leaning on the Lord/ SISTER CALLY FANCY: Goin' to Heaven in the Sanctified Way/ FLATT AND SCRUGGS: That Home Above/ BLIND MAMIE FOREHAND: Honey in the Rock/ REV. J.M. GATES: Death Might Be Your Santa Claus/ Gettin' Ready For Christmas Day/ C.H. GATEWOOD: Well of Salvation/ THE GEORGIA PEACH: When the Saints Go Marching In/ GOLDEN GATE JUBILEE QUARTET: Found a Wonderful Savior/ GOLDEN GATE QUARTET: Golden Gate Gospel Train/ GOLDEN GATE JUBILEE QUARTET: Rock My Soul/ ROOSEVELT GRAVES AND BROTHER: I'll Be Rested (When the Roll is Called)/ Woke up this Morning (with My Mind on Jesus)/ A.A. GRAY AND SEVEN FOOT DILLY: The Old Ark's A Moving/ ELDER EFFIE HALL AND CONGREGATION: O Day/ HALLELUJAH JOE: The Prodigal's Return/ BLIND WILLIE HARRIS: Where He Leads Me I Will Follow/ ELDER HARRIS: I'll Lead a Christian Life/ BLIND ROGER HAYS: On My Way To Heaven/ EDDIE HEAD AND HIS FAMILY: Down on Me/ HEAVENLY GOSPEL SINGERS: When Was Jesus Born/ LAURA HENTON: He's Coming Soon/ ROSIE HIBLER AND FAMILY: Move, Members, Move/ HOLY GHOST SANCTIFIED SINGERS: Thou Carest Lord, for Me/ HUGGINS-PHILLIPS SACRED HARP SINGERS: Lover of the Lord/ MAHALIA JACKSON: Amazing Grace/ God's Gonna Separate the Wheat from the Tares/ SKIP JAMES: Jesus is a Mighty Good Leader/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: All I Need is that Pure Religion/ JIMPSON: No More, My Lord/ BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON: Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave It There/ REV. ANDERSON JOHNSON: Death in the Morning/ JOHNSON FAMILY SINGERS: Deliverance will Come/ BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON LORD: I Just Can't Keep From Crying/ BESSIE JOHNSON'S SANCTIFIED SINGERS: The Whole World In His Hand/ ELDER OTIS JONES: O Lord I'm Your Child/ REV. GEORGE JONES: That White Mule of Sin/ SAM JONES: I've Got Salvation/ BESSIE JONES AND THE SEA ISLAND: Singers O Day/ JUBILEE GOSPEL TEAM: Let Jesus Lead You/ Lower My Dying Head/ Oh, Lord Remember Me/ ALFRED KARNES: Called to the Foreign Field/ KENTUCKY RAMBLERS: Glory Glory Glory Glory to the Lamb/ KING'S SACRED QUARTET: This World Can't Stand Long/ BELA LAM AND HIS GREENE COUNTY SINGERS: Sweet Story of Old/ LION AND THE CYRIL MONROSE STRING ORCHES: Jonah, Come out the Wilderness/ LOUVIN BROTHERS: I'll Never Go Back/ BASCOM LAMAR LUNSFORD: Dry Bones/ UNCLE DAVE MACON: The Bible's True/ MADDOX BROTHERS & ROSE: In the Land Where We'll Never Grow Old/ LUTHER MAGBY: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit/ Jesus is Getting us Ready/ J.E. MAINER: Satisfied/ WADE MAINER: I'll be a Friend to Jesus/ Standing Outside/ LIL MCCLINTOCK: Sow Good Seeds/ MOTHER MCCOLLUM: Jesus is My Aeroplane/ REV. F.W. MCGEE: Jonah in the Belly of the Whale/ ELDERS MCINTORSH & EDWARDS: He Gave Me a Heart to Love/ BLIND WILLIE MCTELL: I Got to Cross the River of Jordan/ MCVAY AND JOHNSON: Ain't Going To Lay My Armor Down/ DOROTHY MELTON: I Want Jesus to Walk with Me/ REV. J.M. MILTON: The Black Camel of Death/ MONROE BROTHERS: Sinner You Better Get Ready/ REV. E.S. (SHY) MOORE: Christ, the Teacher/ SAM MORGAN'S JAZZ BAND: Over in Gloryland/ REV. W.M. MOSLEY: If You Follow Jesus/ REV. SISTER MARY NELSON: Judgment/ REV A.W. NIX: Black Diamond Express to Hell Part 1/ Black Diamond Express to Hell Part 2/ NORFOLK JUBILEE QUARTET: My Lord's Gonna Move this Wicked Race/ NORTH CANTON QUARTET: I'm Bound for Home/ NORTH CAROLINA COOPER BOYS: Daniel in the Den of Lions/ OKEH - ATLANTA SACRED HARP SINGERS: Return Again/ PACE JUBILEE SINGERS: You'd Better Mind/ FRANK PALMES: Troubled 'Bout My Soul/ BLIND BENNY PARIS & WIFE: Hide Me in the Blood of Jesus/ WASHINGTON PHILLIPS: Lift Him up That's All/ What are They Doing in Heaven Today?/ ERNEST PHIPPS AND HIS HOLINESS SINGERS: If the Light Has Gone Out of Your Soul/ PRICE FAMILY SACRED SINGERS: Ship of Glory/ BLIND ALFRED REED: I Mean to Live for Jesus/ MRS. L. REED & MRS. T.A. DUNCANS: Light in the Valley/ DOCK REED AND VERA HALL WARD: Free at Last/ REV. D.C. RICE: We Got the Same Kinda Power over Here/ RIDGEL'S FOUNTAIN CITIANS: Hallelujah to the Lamb/ REV. T.T. ROSE: Goodbye, Babylon part 2/ ELDER DAVID ROSS: He Gave Me a Heart to Love/ SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHOIR: On Jordan's Stormy Banks We Stand/ SHEFFIELD QUARTET: Christ Arose/ REV. ISAIAH SHELTON: The Liar/ SILVER LEAF QUARTETTE: Daniel Saw the Stone/ CARL SMITH WITH THE CARTER SISTERS AND MOTHER: Blood That Stained the Old Rugged Cross/ STANLEY BROTHERS: Standing in the Need of Prayer/ ERNEST V. STONEMAN: There's a Light Lit up in Galilee/ I Remember Calvary/ JIMMIE STROTHERS: Down to the Shore/ T.C.I. WOMEN'S FOUR: That Great Day/ REV. T.T. ROSE: Goodbye, Babylon/ BLIND JOE TAGGART: Goin' to Rest Where Jesus Is/ TASKIANA FOUR: Creep Along, Moses/ TENNESSEE MUSIC AND PRINTING COMPANY QUA: Joy Bells/ TENNESSEE MOUNTAINEERS: Standing on the Promises/ SISTER O.M. TERRELL: The Bible's Right/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: Strange Things Happening Every/ TRUMPETEERS: Milky White Way/ TWO GOSPEL KEYS: You've Got to Move/ VIRGINIA DANDIES: God's Getting Worried/ DOCK WALSH: Bathe in that Beautiful Pool/ LOUIS WASHINGTON: Got Heaven in My View/ REV. WEBB: Moses was Rescued by a Negro Woman/ REV. T.E. WEEMS: God is Mad with Man/ If I Have a Ticket Lord Can I Ride/ JOSHUA WHITE: I Don't Intend to Die in Egyptland/ WASHINGTON WHITE: I am in the Heavenly Way/ HANK WILLIAMS: I'll Have a New Body/ DEACON A. WILSON: You Need Jesus on Your Side/ REV. S.J. WORELL: The Prodigal Son

VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital 27 Greek Rhapsody-Instrumental Music From Greece, 1905-56 ● CD $39.98
Two CDs, 42 tracks, essential and then some
My collection of superlatives runs out on the collection - magnificent, beautiful, moving, haunting or just plain wonderful. There have a slew of great releases of the Greek vocal music known as rembetika but this is the first release devoted to exclusively instrumental music from that Island. Here we have recordings of violin & cymbalom; whistling with bouzouki, lauto and castanets; two guitars; bouzouki and guitar, outi (Arabic lute similar to the oud) and the only known recordings of the laterna - a barrel piano played by street musicians that disappeared after the second world war but has had a resurgence of interest in recent years. There is even one track featuring Hawaiian steel guitar. There are similarities to rembetika music and a number of the artits here features as musicians on rembetika recordings but there are a lot of differences too. There are so many treasures here but I'll pick out just two Dertlidikos Horose by A. Kostis on guitar with second guitar has a feel that brings to mind Mississippi Delta Blues and Keflidiko Minore - a guitar and piano duet with S. Georgiadis on guitar is of truly astonishing beauty. Complementing the fantastic music is a fantastic 132 page hard cover book with notes by Tony Klein who has been researching and playing Greek music for 40 years. He discusses the artists and music in great and interesting detail and includes an appendix describing all the instruments played and the book is full of rare artist photos and label shots. Quite easily the best release of 2013 so far. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 165 After Sun - What The Stars Of The Sun Label Did Next ● CD $22.98
3 CDs, 97 tracks, 239 mins, highly recommended
There is no greater roster of talent than the roll call of names that recorded for Sam Phillips in the 1950s. There's Blues giants B.B. King, Howlin Wolf, Ike Turner, Little Milton, Rufus Thomas, etc., and there the Rockabilly kings Elvis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, but all of those big names are only half of the story, and the story didn't end after they recorded at 706 Union Ave. While there have been literally dozens of box sets and hundreds of compilations to scour the vaults of the Sun Record Company, there have been few releases to take this angle on the story, and none in my experience that have handled it so well. You get interesting, less compiled tracks from the big names, plus lots of great tracks like Jeff Daniels - Switch Blade Sam, Howard Chandler - Wampus Cat, Doctor Ross - Numbers Blues, (Harmonica) Frank Floyd - Rock A Little Baby, Scotty Moore Trio - Have Guitar Will Travel, and many, many more great tracks. A few of the artists that you would expect to be on this--Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich and a few others--aren't here and, even after reading the explanation in the liner notes, I'm not sure why. Otherwise, a fantastic collection. Includes 20 page booklet with notes and discographical information on all the tracks here. (JM)
ANDY ANDERSON: Tough, Tough, Tough/ DEAN BEARD: Rakin' And Scrapin'/ JOHNNY BERNERO: Beautiful Dreamer/ BILL BLACK'S COMBO: Movin'/ TOMMY BLAKE: Folding Money/ EDDIE BOND: Boo Bop Da Caa Caa/ This Ole Heart Of Mine/ JACKIE BRENSTON: Gonna Wait For My Chance/ Trouble Up The Road/ JOHNNY CARROLL: Trudy/ JOHNNY CASH: Locomotive Man/ HOWARD CHANDLER: Wampus Cat/ JEFF DANIELS: Switch Blade Sam/ Uh-Huh-Huh/ BILLY EMERSON: Do The Chicken/ Every Woman I Know/ Holy Mackerel, Baby/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: Everybody's Lovin My Baby/ Too Much Alike/ When You Come Around/ Why Don t You/ NARVEL FELTS: Cry, Baby, Cry/ HARMONICA FRANK FLOYD: Rock A Little Baby/ ROSCO GORDON: Tummer Tee/ What I Wouldn t Do/ RUDY GRAYZELL: FBI Story/ HARDROCK GUNTER: Rock-A-Bop Baby/ Whoo! I Mean Whee!/ JIMMY HAGGETT: Gonna Shut You Off, Baby/ WALTER HORTON: Have A Good Time/ HOWLIN WOLF: Rockin Daddy/ You Be Mine/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Neighbors/ ROLAND JANES: Guitarville/ B.B. KING: Bim Bam/ Early In The Morning/ House Rocker/ I've Got Papers On You, Baby/ Mean Ole Frisco/ LITTLE MILTON: I'm Tryin'/ Long Distance Operator/ JOE HILL LOUIS: Hydramatic Woman/ Keep Your Arms Around Me/ LEE MITCHELL: Rootie Tootie Baby/ Who's That Big Man?/ SCOTTY MOORE TRIO: Have Guitar Will Travel/ WILLIE NIX: Just Can't Stay/ ROY ORBISON: Almost Eighteen/ Up Town/ With The Bug/ KENNY PARCHMAN: Don't You Know/ Get It Off Your Mind/ Satellite Hop/ Treat Me Right/ LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER: Barefoot Rock/ I Wanna Ramble/ My Dolly Bee/ That's My Baby/ CARL PERKINS: Honey, Cause I Love You/ L-O-V-E-V-I-L-L-E/ Pink Pedal Pushers/ That's All Right/ Where The Rio De Rosa Flows/ ELVIS PRESLEY: I Feel So Bad/ I Want You With Me/ I'm Comin Home/ Reconsider Baby/ So Glad You're Mine/ BILL RILEY: Is That All To The Ball Mr Hall/ BILLY RILEY: Flip Flop And Fly/ Teenage Letter/ DOCTOR ROSS: Cat Squirrel/ Numbers Blues/ GENE SIMMONS: Goin' Back To Memphis/ The Shape You Left Me In/ THE SIMMONS: Out Of This World/ CARL SIMMONS ORCHESTRA: Boodoo/ MACY SKIP SKIPPER: Quick Sand Love/ Who Put The Squeeze On Eloise?/ RAY SMITH: Makes Me Feel Good/ That's All Right/ SMOKEY JOE: Perfect Girl/ Start All Over Again/ THE SPITFIRES: Catfish/ WILD BILL TAYLOR: Little Jewel/ WILLIAM TELL TAYLOR: I Like It/ RUFUS THOMAS: The Easy Livin' Plan/ HAYDEN THOMPSON: Watcha Gonna Do/ IKE TURNER: Hey Hey/ Ho...Ho/ Jack Rabbit/ JESSE LEE TURNER: Shake, Baby, Shake/ CONWAY TWITTY: I Need Your Lovin/ Shake It Up/ ONIE WHEELER: White Lightning Cherokee/ JIMMY WILLIAMS: I Belong To You/ You're Always Late

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 397 Romark Records - Kent Harris' Soul Sides ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, recommended
The latest in a series of CDs that showcase the talents of R&B artist, producer, and songwriter Kent Harris, this collection puts the spotlight on his label Romark, founded in 1963. As the de facto follow up to "Kent Harris' R&B Family" (Ace 1334 - $18.98), this CD continues the story with the 60s and 70s tracks issued through labels Romark and Sheridan House. The Romark sides feature some tasty treats from Marcene Harris (Kent's sister), Obie Jessie Seeds of Freedom (his Beautiful Day My Brother is very reminiscent of O.C. Smith), The Mighty Hannibal, Billy Williams, Phillips Sisters, and Jimmy "Preacher" Ellis. Meanwhile, the Sheridan House material, cut mostly in the early 80s, is a mixed bag: O'Malley Jones' Pay and Be On My Way is a nice and gritty blues and Marshall McQueen's If I Can't Stop You has a mesmerizing vibe, while Deborah Foster's tracks smack of the disco flavor that pervaded R&B at the time. As an overview of maverick R&B jack-of-all-trades Kent Harris, this set-combined with the early Ace compilation-is invaluable. However, just don't expect everything to be a great lost jewel waiting to be re-discovered. (GMC)
RAY AGEE: It's Hard To Explain/ LARRY ATKINS: Ain't That Love Enough/ Have Mercy On Me/ Help Me Get This Feeling Back Again/ EDDIE BRIDGES: Peekaboo/ CRY BABY CURTIS: There Will Be Some Changes Made/ DONOMAN: I'm The Only One/ JIMMY "PREACHER" ELLIS: Tough Competition/ DEBORAH FOSTER: I'm Leavin' You/ I Can't Hold Back This Feeling/ THE FRANCETTES: I'm Leaving You/ DIMPLES HARRIS: Do I Need You/ MARCENE HARRIS: Work It Out/ MARCENE "DIMPLES" HARRIS: I Know How It Feels (To Grow Old)/ OBE JESSE SEEDS OF FREEDOM: Beautiful Day/ O' MALLEY JONES: Pay And Be On My Way/ TY KARIM: All At Once/ THE LON-GENES: Dream Girl/ MARSHALL MCQUEEN JR: Any Fool Can Feel It/ If I Can't Stop You Baby/ THE MIGHTY HANNIBAL: I'll Come Back To You/ THE PHILLIPS SISTERS: Where Did You Stay Last Night/ ROMARK'S WRECKING CREW: South Central Slide/ FAYE ROSS: Faith, Hope & Trust/ BILLY WILLIAMS: Too Much

VARIOUS ARTISTS Le Chant Du Monde 5741801 L'Histoire Du Piano Jazz ● CD $99.98
25 CDs, 524 tracks, over 32 hours, highly recommended
Another of those amazing inexpensively priced box sets from Le Chant Du Monde. This one is devoted to the history of jazz piano starting with a 1899 ragtime piano roll and ending with the sophisticated contemporary sounds of Bud Powell and his trio. The first CD covers the period 1899 to 1923 - much of it ragtime and many taken from piano rolls including a rare performance of Maple Leaf Rag by its composer Scott Joplin. Other artists include Tom Turpin, Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson and more. Discs 2 and 3 features recordings from the 1920 including a number of blues and boogie performances which would influence jazz performers. Artists here include Jelly Roll, Fats Waller, Frank Banta, Cow Cow Davenport, Duke Ellington, Clarence Williams, Wesley Wallace and more. The 1930s are covered by discs 3, 4 & 5 with performances from Garland Wilson, Fats Waller, Dorothy Rice, Duke Ellington, Teddy Weatherford, Albert Ammons, Nat King Cole, JImmy Yancey and many more. Discs 6 through 11 features recordings from the 1940s - Count Basie, Art Tatum, Jimmy Yancey, Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons, Herman Chittison, Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, Dodo Marmarosa, Erroll Garner, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, George Shearing, Oscar Peterson and more. And finally we come to the very productive 1950s which encompass the remaining 14 discs with performances from Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Andre Previn, Art Tatum Bud Powell, Lennie Tristano, Herbie Nichols, Duke JOrdan, Martial Solal, etc. Sound quality is superb and each disc comes with its own cardboard sleeve with an artist photo on the front and is packaged in a handsome 5.5"x5.5"x 5.5" box and comes with a 120 page booklet with informative notes in English and French, a number of photos and full discographical data. A very impressive collection. (FS)
Disc 1: SCOTT JOPLIN Original Rags/ TOM TURPIN St. Louis Rag/ SCOTT JOPLIN The Cascades/ JAMES SCOTT Frog Legs Rag/ SCOTT JOPLIN A Real Slow Drag/ JOSEPH LAMB American Beauty Rag/ FELIX ARNDT Desecretion Rag/ SCOTT JOPLIN Magnetic Rag/ SCOTT JOPLIN Maple Leaf Rag/ EUBIE BLAKE Charleston Rag/ EDYTHE BAKER Bloie Bloie/ MANDY RANDOLPH Cryin' Blues/ EUBIE BLAKE Home Again Blues/ EUBIE BLAKE Arkansas Blues/ EUBIE BLAKE Sound Of Africa/ JAMES P. JOHNSON Harlem Strut/ JAMES P. JOHNSON Arkansas Blues/ JAMES P. JOHNSON Carolina Shout/ FRANK BANTA & JACK AUSTIN Kitten On The Keys/ FATS WALLER Muscle Shoals Blues/ EVERETT ROBBINS Hard Luck Blues/ FLETCHER HENDERSON Chime Blues/ CLARENCE WILLIAMS Sugar Blues/ FATS WALLER Snake Hips/ RICHARD M. JONES Jazzin' Babies Blues/ JELLY ROLL MORTON New Orleans Joys
Disc 2: JELLY ROLL MORTON The Pearls/ CLARENCE JOHNSON Gulf Coast Blues/ FATS WALLER Mama's Got The Blues/ JAMES P. JOHNSON Todlin'/ HERSAL THOMAS The Fives/ JIMMY BLYTHE Chicago Stomp/ JELLY ROLL MORTON Perfect Rag/ CLARENCE WILLIAMS My Own Blues/ FRANK BANTA I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight/ COW COW DAVENPORT Fifth Street Blues/ FATS WALLER Squeeze Me/ EUBIE BLAKE Bo Weavil Blues/ CLIFF JACKSON Hock Shop Blues/ JELLY ROLL MORTON Dead Man Blues/ VEE LAWNHURST Changes/ JAMES P. JOHNSON All That I Had Is Gone/ JAMES P. JOHNSON Snowy Morning Blues/ COW COW DAVENPORT Cow Cow Blues/ JELLY ROLL MORTON Mr. Jelly Lord/ SUGAR UNDERWOOD Davis Street Blues/ SUGAR UNDERWOOD Dew-Drop Alley/ BIX BEIDEBECKE In A Mist/ LEMUEL FOWLER Down Out Blues/ LEMUEL FOWLER Gin Mill Blues
Disc 3: DUKE ELLINGTON Black Beauty/ DUKE ELLINGTON Swampy River/ EARL HINES & LOUIS ARMSTRONG Wheater Bird/ EARL HINES Blues In Thirds/ EARL HINES Chimes In Blues/ EARL HINES A Monday Date/ PINETOP SMITH Pinetop's Boogie Wooge/ JAMES P. JOHNSON Riffs/ CLARENCE WILLIAMS Too Low/ EARL HINES Glad Rag Doll/ FATS WALLER Handful Of Keys/ FATS WALLER Numb Fumblin'/ ARTHUR SCHUTT Lover Come Back To Me/ COW COW DAVENPORT Chime Blues/ MONTANA TAYLOR Detroit Rocks/ WILL EZELL Barrel House Woman/ JELLY ROLL MORTON Freakish/ EARL HINES Beau Koo Jack/ FATS WALLER Smashing Thirds/ CHARLES AVERY Dearborn Street Breakdown/ BOB CALL Thirty-One Blues/ JAMES P. JOHNSON You've Got To Be Modernistic/ JAMES P. JOHNSON & CLARENCE WILLIAMS I've Found A New Baby/ WESLEY WALLACE Number 29/ MARY LOU WILLIAMS Night Life
Disc 4: GARLAND WILSON Memories Of You/ DUKE ELLINGTON Lots O' Fingers/ JABO WILLIAMS Pratt City Blues/ ART TATUM Tiger Rag/ JOE SULLIVAN Gin Mill Blues/ JOE SULLIVAN Little Rock Getaway/ TEDDY WILSON Rosetta/ TEDDY WILSON Somebody Loves Me/ HERMAN CHITTISON St. Louis Blues/ ART TATUM Moonglow/ FATS WALLER Alligator Crawl/ FATS WALLER Viper's Drag/ FATS WALLER Clothesline Ballet/ DOROTHY RICE Texas Stomp/ TEDDY WILSON Liza/ JESS STACY Barrelhouse/ JESS STACY In The Dark - Flashes/ JOE TURNER Cheek To Cheek/ MEADE LUX LEWIS Mr. Freddie Blues/ MARY LOU WILLIAMS Over Hand/ LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY Farish Street Jive/ MEADE LUX LEWIS Honky Tonk Train Blues/ LIONEL HAMPTON Chinatown/ DUKE ELLINGTON Swing Session/ FATS WALLER Stardust/ FATS WALLER Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now
Disc 5: TEDDY WEATHERFORD Ain't Misbehavin'/ LIONEL HAMPTON Piano Stomp (Shine)/ TEDDY WILSON Where Or When/ TEDDY WILSON Don't Blame Me/ ART TATUM Gone With The Wind/ WILLIE THE LION SMITH Morning Air/ JESS STACY Ramblin'/ HERMAN CHITTISON My Own Blues/ NAT KING COLE Don't Blame Me/ NAT KING COLE With Plenty Of Money & You/ COUNT BASIE Boogie Woogie/ COUNT BASIE The Dirty Dozens/ WILLIE "THE LION" SMITH & JOE BUSHKIN The Lion & The Lamb/ RUFUS "SPECKLED RED" PERRYMAN St. Louis Stomp/ MEADE LUX LEWIS Boogie Woogie Prayer/ PETE JOHNSON Roll 'Em Pete/ COUNT BASIE I Ain't Got Nobody/ CRIPPLE CLARENCE LOFTON Blue Boogie/ ALBERT AMMONS Boogie Woogie Stomp/ ALBERT AMMONS Suitcase Blues/ WILLIE THE LION SMITH Passionate/ WILLIE THE LION SMITH Echoes Of Spring/ JESS STACY Candlelights/ COUNT BASIE Dupree Blues/ COUNT BASIE Oh! Red
Disc 6: COUNT BASIE Red Wagon/ NAT KING COLE Blue Lou/ MEADE LUX LEWIS Far Ago Blues/ DUKE ELLINGTON Informal Blues/ NAT KING COLE Two Against One/ LIONEL HAMPTON Wizzin' The Wizz/ ART TATUM Tea For Two/ PETE JOHNSON Lone Star Blues/ JIMMY YANCEY The Fives/ BILLY KYLE Between Sets/ NAT KING COLE Rib Town Shuffle/ JAMES P. JOHNSON Blueberry Rhyme/ ART TATUM Over The Rainbow/ ART HODES South Side Shuffle/ MARY LOU WILLIAMS Margie/ EARL HINES Rosetta/ JIMMY YANCEY Sate Street Special/ JELLY ROLL MORTON The Crave/ ART HODES Organ Grinder Blues/ ART TATUM Humoresque/ EARL HINES Child Of A Disordered Brain/ LIONEL HAMPTON & NAT KING COLE Central Avenue Breakdown/ JAMES BUSHKIN I Can't Get Started Without You/ NAT KING COLE Blue Because Of You/ ART TATUM Begin The Beguine/ ART TATUM St. Louis Blues
Disc 7: ART TATUM Rosetta/ JIMMY YANCEY Yancey's Bugle Call/ CLARENCE PROFIT Times Square Blues/ MAURICE ROCCO Rocco's Boogie Woogie/ DUKE ELLINGTON Mr. Jb Blues/ DUKE ELLINGTON Pitter Panther Patter/ NAT KING COLE This Side Up/ DONALD LAMBERT Anitra's Dance/ NAT KING COLE Fudge Wudge/ NAT KING COLE Windy City Boogie/ NAT KING COLE Early Morning Blues/ JOE SULLIVAN Andy's Blues/ EARL HINES My Melancholy Baby/ EARL HINES On The Sunny Side Of The Street/ TEDDY WILSON Rosetta/ TEDDY WILSON Body & Soul/ TEDDY WILSON China Boy/ JAY MCSHANN Hold 'Em Hootie/ JAY MCSHANN Vine Street Boogie/ PETE JOHNSON Basement Boogie/ PETE JOHNSON Death Ray Boogie/ FATS WALLER Georgia On My Mind/ FATS WALLER Honeysuckle Rose/ DUKE ELLINGTON Solitude/ PETE JOHNSON & ALBERT AMMONS Sixth Avenue Express/ PETE JOHNSON & ALBERT AMMONS Foot Pedal Boogie
Disc 8: HERMAN CHITTISON The Man I Love/ COUNT BASIE Way Back Blues/ MEL POWELL When A Woman Loves A Man/ ART TATUM I Got Rhythm/ NAT "KING" COLE Prelude In C Sharp Minor/ NAT "KING" COLE The Man I Love/ NAT JAFFE Zonky/ ART TATUM Dark Eyes/ FREDDIE WASHINGTON Lulu's Mood/ CECIL GANT Cecil Boogie/ JAMES P. JOHNSON Carolina Shout/ JOHNNY GUARNIERI Gliss Me Again/ ERROLL GARNER Erroll's Bounce/ ERROLL GARNER Boogie Woogie Boogie/ BILLY TAYLOR Mad Monk/ ART TATUM Lover/ MEL POWELL For Miss Black/ MEL POWELL Hommage A Fats Waller/ DUKE ELLINGTON Frankie & Johnny/ DUKE ELLINGTON Dancers In Love/ SAMMY PRICE Boogin' With Big Sid/ NAT KING COLE This Way Out/ LENNIE TRISTANO I Found My Baby/ DON EWELL Buddy Bolden's Blues/ DUKE ELLINGTON & BILLY STRAYHORN Drawing Room/ DUKE ELLINGTON & BILLY STRAYHORN Tonk
Disc 9: DODO MARMAROSA Mellow Mood/ TEDDY WILSON Cheek To Cheek/ TEDDY WILSON All Of Me/ LUCKEY ROBERTS Railroad Blues/ LENNIE TRISTANO What Is This Thing Called Love/ ERROLL GARNER Memories Of You/ KENNY KERSEY Sweet Lorraine/ DON EWELL Parlor Social/ MARY LOU WILLIAMS All God's Chillun' Got Rhythm/ MARY LOU WILLIAMS Hesitation Boogie/ LENNIE TRISTANO A Night In Tunisia/ LENNIE TRISTANO Out On A Limb/ LENNIE TRISTANO Untitled Blues/ DUKE ELLINGTON There Was Nobody Looking/ JOHNNY GUARNIERI Exactly Like You/ BUD POWELL I Should Care/ BUD POWELL Off Minor/ ART TATUM Out Of Nowhere/ GEORGE SHEARING Have You Met Miss Jones?/ ERROLL GARNER Trio/ NAT KING COLE Crazy Rhythm/ ERROLL GARNER Erroll's Bounce/ COUNT BASIE Shine On Harvest Moon/ LENNIE TRISTANO Blue Boy/ LENNIE TRISTANO Coolin' With Ulanov/ ERROLL GARNER Loose Nut/ ERROLL GARNER Play Piano Play
Disc 10: NAT KING COLE Blues In My Shower/ SIR CHARLES THOMPSON Rhythm Itch/ THELONIOUS MONK April In Paris/ THELONIOUS MONK Off Minor/ THELONIOUS MONK Ruby My Dear/ THELONIOUS MONK Well You Needn't/ DUKE ELLINGTON Mood Indigo/ DUDO MARMAROSA Bopmatism/ DUDO MARMAROSA Cosmo Street/ OSCAR PETERSON Oscar's Boogie/ GEORGE SHEARING Bop's Your Uncle/ ART TATUM Over The Rainbow/ ERROLL GARNER Cherchez La Femme/ AL HAIG Bopelbaby/ AL HAIG Haig 'N Haig/ LENNIE TRISTANO Judy/ BUD POWELL Celia/ BUD POWELL Cherokee/ BUD POWELL All God's Chillun' Got Rhythm/ BUD POWELL Strictly Confidential/ GEORGE SHEARING Bop Look & Listen/ GEORGE SHEARING September In The Rain/ OSCAR PETERSON Sweet Georgia Brown/ GOERGE WALLINGTON Fairyland/ ERROLL GARNER Moonglow/ ART TATUM Aunt Hagar's Blues
Disc 11: ART TATUM Dardanella/ ART TATUM Somebody Loves Me/ ART TATUM Sweet Lorraine/ GEORGE SHEARING Conception/ BUD POWELL Ornithology/ BUD POWELL You Go To My Head/ DAVE BRUBECK Indiana/ ERROLL GARNER I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart/ ART TATUM Blue Skies/ ART TATUM Dancing In The Dark/ WILLIE THE LION SMITH Relaxin'/ BUD POWELL April In Paris/ AL HAIG Opus Caprice/ AL HAIG Stars Fell On Alabama/ OSCAR PETERSON Oscar's Blues/ RALPH SUTTON Candlelights/ RALPH SUTTON Sweet Lorraine/ OSCAR PETERSON Robbin's Nest/ BUD POWELL Tea For Two/ EARL HINES Diane/ EARL HINES Rosetta/ OSCAR PETERSON Carnegie Blues/ BILLY STRAYHORN & DUKE ELLINGTON Cotton Trail
Disc 12: BILLY STRAYHORN & DUKE ELLINGTON The C Jam Blues/ ERROLL GARNER Penthouse Serenade/ BUD POWELL Dusk In Sandi/ BUD POWELL Oblivion/ BUD POWELL Just One Of Those Things/ SPAULDING GIVENS Body & Soul/ HENRI RENAUD Blue Moon/ BUD POWELL A Night In Tunisia/ BUD POWELL It Could Happen To You/ BUD POWELL Un Poco Loco/ THELONIOUS MONK Ask Me Now/ WYNTON KELLY There Will Never Be Another You/ JOHN LEWIS D & E/ JOHN LEWIS Bluesology/ HAMPTON HAWES Another Hair-Do/ AHMED JAMAL The Surrey With The Fringe On Top/ DAVE BRUBECK At A Perfume Counter/ GEORGE WALLINGTON I Didn't Know What Time It Wa/ OSCAR PETERSON You Go To My Head/ OSCAR PETERSON Tea For Two/ ERROLL GARNER Dancing In The Dark
Disc 13: HERBIE NICHOLS Nichols & Dimes/ HERBIE NICHOLS 'S Wonderful/ HERBIE NICHOLS Who's Blues/ BERNARD PEIFFER Caravan/ BERNARD PEIFFER Jalousie/ JOHN LEWIS Softly As In A Morning Sunrise/ BERNARD PEIFFER Don't Blame Me/ AHMAD JAMAL Ahmad's Blues/ AHMAD JAMAL Aki & Akthay/ RALPH SUTTON Bees Knees/ GEORGE SHEARING Lullaby Of Birdland/ NAT KING COLE Somebody Loves Me/ AL HAIG Taking A Chance On Love/ HAMPTON HAWES Jumpin' Jacque/ OSCAR PETERSON Tenderly/ HORACE SILVER Horace-Scope/ HORACE SILVER Safari Disc 14: THELONIOUS MONK Little Rootie Tootie/ THELONIOUS MONK Monk's Dream/ THELONIOUS MONK Sweet & Lovely/ HORACE SILVER Ecaroh/ HORACE SILVER Prelude To A Kiss/ HORACE SILVER Quicksilver/ OSCAR PETERSON It Ain't Necessarily So/ THELONIOUS MONK Bemsha Swing/ THELONIOUS MONK These Foolish Things/ THELONIOUS MONK Trinkle Tinkle/ ART TATUM Would You Like To Take A Walk/ ART TATUM Just One Of Those Things/ JOHN LEWIS All The Things You Are/ JOHN LEWIS Rose Of The Rio Grande/ HAMPTON HAWES Bluebird/ BERNARD PEIFFER Jazz Et Jazz/ ERROLL GARNER Avalon/ ERROLL GARNER Caravan/ DAVE BRUBECK Stardust/ BERNARD PEIFFER Liza/ BUD POWELL Tiny's Blues/ DUKE ELLINGTON Janet/ DUKE ELLINGTON All Too Soon/ SPAULDING GIVENS Day Dream/ OSCAR PETERSON The Man I Love/ OSCAR PETERSON Seven Come Eleven/ ANDRE PREVIN Nice Work If You Can Get It
Disc 15: RAYMOND FOL You Go To My Head/ JOHN LEWIS Delaunay's Dilemma/ DAVE BRUBECK Jeepers Creepers/ BUD POWELL Burt Covers Bud/ BUD POWELL You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To/ OSCAR PETERSON The Nearness Of You/ HANK JONES Odd Number/ OSCAR PETERSON Love For Sale/ HANK JONES Minority/ OSCAR PETERSON Alone Together/ REINHOLD SVENSSON The Pink Elephant/ HORACE SILVER How About You/ HORACE SILVER I Remember You/ HORACE SILVER Opus De Funk/ PAUL BLEY Opus One/ DUKE ELLINGTON Kinda Dukish/ RUSS FREEMAN The Eye Opener/ DUKE ELLINGTON Night Time/ ART TATUM Too Marvelous For Words
Disc 16: ART TATUM Tea For Two/ JUNIOR MANCE 111 East Ontario/ JUNIOR MANCE Hot Springs/ AL HAIG Autumn In New York/ AL HAIG Mighty Lak A Rose/ WALTER BISHOP JR Just One Of Those Things/ ART TATUM Crazy Rhythm/ OSCAR PETERSON Angel Eyes/ THELONIOUS MONK Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/ BUD POWELL Buttercup/ THELONIOUS MONK Evidence/ THELONIOUS MONK We See/ BUD POWELL It Never Entered My Mind/ BUD POWELL A Foggy Day/ GEORGE WALLINGTON Without Reservation/ ART TATUM Blues In C/ ERROLL GARNER 7-11 Jump/ ERROLL GARNER Misty/ MEL POWELL Makin' Whoopee/ MEL POWELL Quin & Sonic
Disc 17: THELONIOUS MONK Blue Monk/ LOU LEVY When I'm Without You/ BARBARA CARROLL Lullaby Of Birdland/ DICK TWARDZIK Albuquerque Social Swim/ JIMMY JONES Easy To Love/ MARTIAL SOLAL Midi 1/4/ WALTER BISHOP JR Love For Sale/ JIMMY ROWLES All The Things You Are/ BERNARD PEIFFER Cheek To Cheek/ BERNARD PEIFFER Just You Just Me/ BUD POWELL Deep Night/ BUD POWELL Round About Midnight/ NISSE ENGSTROM Groovin' Doctor/ JOHN LEWIS Django/ TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI Shadrack/ LENNIE TRISTANO East Thirty-Second/ LENNIE TRISTANO Line Up/ LENNIE TRISTANO Requiem
Disc 18: LENNIE TRISTANO Turkish Mambo/ JOHN LEWIS La Ronde (Extrait)/ BUD POWELL Tenderly/ BUD POWELL All The Things You Are/ BUD POWELL Epistrophy/ CLAUDE WILLIAMSON It's You Or No One/ HAZEL SCOTT Lament/ RENE URTREGER Bouncing With Bud/ RENE URTREGER A La Bud/ PETE JOLLY I've Got You Under My Skin/ ERROLL GARNER Sleep/ RAY BRYANT Don't Be That Way/ BILLY TAYLOR Radioactivity/ LORRAINE GELLER Cherokee/ RAY CHARLES A Bit Of Soul/ BUD POWELL Willow Weep For Me/ BUD POWELL Willow Groove/ BUD POWELL Stairway To The Stars/ MARTIAL SOLAL Ridikool/ HAMPTON HAWES I Hear Music/ HERBIE NICHOLS Dance Line
Disc 19: HERBIE NICHOLS The Third World/ HERBIE NICHOLS It Didn't Happen/ HORACE SILVER Wonder Why/ BARBARA CARROLL Barbara's Carol/ HAMPTON HAWES All The Things You Are/ HAMPTON HAWES Hamp's Blues/ HAMPTON HAWES So In Love/ JOHN LEWIS Softly As In A Morning Sunrise/ THELONIOUS MONK Caravan/ THELONIOUS MONK I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good/ THELONIOUS MONK It Don't Mean A Thing/ ART TATUM Hallelujah/ HERBIE NICHOLS Lay Sings The Blues/ ERROLL GARNER Red Top/ OSCAR PETERSON Baby/ Baby All The Time
Disc 20: DUKE JORDAN A Night In Tunisia/ AHMAD JAMAL That Old Devil Moon/ EARL HINES The Darktown Strutter's Ball/ HAMPTON HAWES Section Blues/ HAMPTON HAWES Stella By Starlight/ HAMPTON HAWES Coolin' The Blue/ ART TATUM Just One Of Those Things/ CARL PERKINS Way Cross Town/ ANDRE PREVIN Collard Greens & Black-Eyed Peas/ LOU LEVY Cheek To Cheek/ ART SIMMONS Art's Blues/ THELONIOUS MONK Just You Just Me/ HERBIE NICHOLS The Spinning Song/ PHINEAS NEWBORN JR Celia/ RED GARLAND Ahmad's Blues/ MARTIAL SOLAL But Not For Me Disc 21: EDDIE COSTA Chuckles/ MARTIAL SOLAL Love Me Or Leave Me/ ERROLL GARNER The Man I Love/ JOHN LEWIS Warmeland/ DAVE BRUBECK Pilgrim's Process/ OSCAR PETERSON How High The Moon/ OSCAR PETERSON How About You/ ART TATUM Humoresque/ JOHN LEWIS A Morning In Paris/ BUD POWELL I Should Care/ CECIL TAYLOR Azure/ BILL EVANS Conception/ BILL EVANS No Cover/ No Minimum/ BILL EVANS My Romance
Disc 22: BILL EVANS Easy Living/ BILL EVANS I Love You/ EDDIE COSTA Get Happy/ BUD POWELL Blues For Bessie/ BUD POWELL Coscrane/ GERALD WIGGINS Serenade In Blue/ PHINEAS NEWBORN JR Overtime/ HORACE SILVER For Heaven's Sake/ HAMPTON HAWES Blues No.4/ THELONIOUS MONK I Surrender Dear/ EDDIE COSTA Out Of Nowhere/ EDDIE COSTA Yesterdays/ RANDY WESTON Saucer Eye
Disc 23: CARL PERKINS Things Ain't What They Used To Be/ ERROLL GARNER You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To/ DAVE BRUBECK Two Sleepy People/ BUD POWELL Like Someone In Love/ BUD POWELL Shawnuff/ JOHN LEWIS Little Girl Blue/ RAY BRYANT Cubano Chant/ THELONIOUS MONK Round About Midnight/ THELONIOUS MONK I Should Care/ THELONIOUS MONK Functional/ DON EWELL Chicago Breakdown/ BUD POWELL Bud On Bach/ TOMMY FLANAGAN Relaxin' At Camarillo/ TOMMY FLANAGAN Eclypso/ JOHN LEWIS Colombine/ JOHN LEWIS Harlequin
Disc 24: KENNY DREW Bewitched/ Bothered & Bewildered/ OSCAR PETERSON The Golden Striker/ ELLIS LARKINS Four Bars With Tag/ HORACE SILVER Melancholy Mood/ WYNTON KELLY You Can't Get Away/ BILL EVANS Guys & Dolls/ HAMPTON HAWES Yardbird Suite/ HAMPTON HAWES Up Blues/ WYNTON KELLY Whisper Not/ HANK JONES Autumn Leaves/ LUCKEY ROBERTS Nothin'/ PHINEAS NEWBORN JR Back Home/ MOSE ALLISON The Minstrels
Disc 25: BUD POWELL John's Abbey/ RONNEL BRIGHT Sail 'Em/ RED GARLAND A Tisket A Tasket/ THELONIOUS MONK Unidentified Piano Solo/ DAVE MCKENNA Splendid Splinter/ THELONIOUS MONK Light Blue/ AHMAD JAMAL This Can't Be Love/ BILL EVANS Minority/ BILL EVANS Tenderly/ BILL EVANS Peace Piece/ BILL EVANS Night & Day/ BOBBY TIMMONS Moanin' With Hazel/ BUD POWELL Cleopatra's Dream/ BUD POWELL Crossin' The Channel

VARIOUS ARTISTS Norton 384 Kim Fowley- King Of The Creeps- Lost Treasures 1959-69 ● CD $14.98
18 tracks, 39 mins, very highly recommended
The long-awaited third volume of Kim Fowley-produced wonders. As can be expected, you get a few great novelty numbers like Big Bad Wolf by Kim Garri And The Rhythm Kings, and Fowley's own The Trip. The real delight of this collection has to be tracks like the fantastic Rhythm & Blues of Big Tears by Knights Of The Round Table, an absolute Doo-Wop gem, No More by the Uptones, and fabulous primitive Rock & Roll like Young And Wild by Renegade Five, and The Baddest Wolf by The Wolf Pack. Also features highly entertaining and informative liner notes done by Kim Fowley himself. As much as I loved the first two volumes in this series, this one might just be my favorite. (JM)
THE FALLEN ANGELS: Up On The Mountain/ KIM FOWLEY: Astrology/ Outrageous Radio Spot/ The Trip/ KIM GARRI AND THE RHYTHM KINGS: Big Bad Wolf/ THE GRAINS OF SAND: Goiní Away Baby/ Golden Apples Of The Sun/ LARRY GREEN AND THE RHYTHMAIRES: Watch Your Step/ JOHN PAUL JONES: Kalani Honey/ KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE: Big Tears/ The Knight In Shining Armor/ THE NAVARROS: Moses/ THE RENEGADE FIVE: Young And Wild/ THE ROGUES: Wanted: Dead Or Alive/ SKIP AND JOHNNY: More Marathon/ THE UPTONES: No More/ THE WOLF PACK: The Baddest Wolf/ E. ZANE WOOD AND THE DOMINION: Got Me Stupid

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY3CD 022 Drummin' Up A Storm - The Imperial Records Story ● CD $13.98
Another of One Day's inexpensive label surveys - this one has three CDs with 60 tracks devoted to Lew Chudd's Imperial label. 60 tracks barely scratches the surface of Imperial's substantial output but there's a lot of good music to enjoy. The emphasis is on rock 'n' roll, R&B and blues with only a couple of country tracks. A mix of familiar and more obscure titles including sides by Sandy Nelson, Ricky Nelson, The Midnight Riders, Bobby John, Chick Carlton, Floyd Dixon, Ford "Snooks" Eaglin, Mike Anthony, Berna Dean, Timmy Brown, Dennis Bell, Smiley Lewis, The Turbans and many more.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sunrise 009 The Story Of Blue Beat - The Best In Ska, 1962 - Vol. 3 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 56 tracks, very highly recommended
Another fabulous collection of ska from the last third of 1962 from Britain's pioneering Blue Beat label. By the end of 1962 Chris Blackwell's Island label was beginning to make inroads into Blue Beat's hegemony over Jamaican music in Britain but for now Blue Beat ruled the roost working with producers like "Duke" Reid, Vincent Chin, Clement "Coxson" Dodd and others and best selling artists like Derrick Morgan (including duets with Patsy Todd), Owen Gray, Laurel Aitken and, perhaps, most significantly "Cecil "Prince Buster" Campbell. Buster was one of the most important figures in Jamaican music in the 1960s, running one of the most succesful "sound systems," writing songs and producing and, now, singing and quickly rose to the top. When I was working in a store in London selling Jamaican music I can think of no other artist whose records were as eagerly anticipated as Buster's. Buster has four songs here including such great socially conscious performances as Time Longer Than Rope and One Hand Washes The Other. The influence of American music is still evident in tracks like the gorgeous doo wop style ballad When It's Spring by Keith & Enid, the New Orleans styled rocker You Cheated On Me by Al T. Joe and the great Laurel Aitken's take on Wilbert Harrison with a xylophone in the accompanied. Owen Gray's They Got To Move is a secular ska reworking of the American gospel song You Got To Move. Excellent sound and informative notes round out another superb set. Sadly, this is the last in the series - I was looking forward to hearing 1963s offerings. (FS)
LAUREL AITKEN: Weary Wanderer/ Going To Kansas City/ Sixty Days And Sixty Nights/ THE BANDITS: Jenny Jenny/ THEO BECKFORD: Bringing In The Sheaves/ Runaway/ BUSTY BROWN AND COOL STICKY: Mr. Policeman/ BUSTER'S GROUP: For Your Love/ Megaton/ BUSTY AND COOL: What A World/ LLOYD CLARKE: Love Me Or Leave Me/ STRANGER COLE AND PATSY TODD: Let's Go To The Party/ DERRICK AND DENZIL WITH DUKE REIDíS GROU: Going Down To Canaan/ DON DRUMMOND AND AUBREY ADAMS GROUP: Dewdrops/ BASIL GABBIDON: For You My Love/ Independence Blues/ Going Back To J.A.?/ Our Melody/ RUDY GRANT AND SKETTO AND RICH LAUREL AITKEN: Mr. Postman/ RUDY GRANT AND SKETTO RICH WITH THE LAUREL AI: Christmas Blues?/ OWEN GRAY: I Love Her/ Pretty Girl/ They Got To Move/ Twist So Fine/ By The Tree In The Meadow/ Lizabella/ DERRICK HARRIOTT AND THE VAGABONDS: Have Faith In Me/ I Care/ AL T. JOE: I'm On My Own/ Independence Time Is Here (aka Rise Jamaica)/ This Heart Of Mine/ You Cheated On Me/ KEITH AND ENID: It's True Love/ When It's Spring/ THE MARVELS: Angelo/ Come To The Wedding/ DERRICK MORGAN AND BUSTER'S GROUP: Marjorie/ Should Be Ashamed/ DERRICK MORGAN AND DUKE REID'S GROUP: Joybells/ DERRICK MORGAN AND PATSY TODD: Come Back My Love/ Crying In The Chapel/ Oh My Love/ ERIC MORRIS: Miss Peggy's Granddaughter/ Seven Long Years/ Lazy Woman/ Over The Hills/ CHARLES ORGANAIRE: Matthew Lane Shuffle (aka Merry Twist)/ PRINCE BUSTER AND THE ALL STARS: Cowboy Comes To Town/ PRINCE BUSTER AND THE BAND OF THE PEOPLE: Fake King/ PRINCE BUSTER AND THE ALL STARS: One Hand Washes The Other/ PRINCE BUSTER AND THE BAND OF THE PEOPLE: Time Longer Than Rope/ LLOYD ROBINSON WITH RICO RODRIGUEZ AND HIS BAN: Give Me A Chance/ When You Walk/ SIMMS AND ROBINSON: Searching/ White Christmas/ WINSTON STEWART AND BIBBY SEATON AND THE RHYTHM: I'll Be There

VARIOUS ARTISTS Trailer-Park 12 Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands, Vol. 12 ● CD $15.98
31 tracks, 76 mins, highly recommended
Yes, it's another of those weird and wacky collections that will have you scratching your head and crying "Where do they find this stuff?" It starts off in fine form with A Visit From The Devil by Jack Leonard where a newly buried corpse reflects on the bad life he led! Then it's on to what is probably the only song about flea-markets - Flea Market Boogie by Tenn. Bee and then the tale of the Chicken Thief from Charles & Charles & The Guitar Rockers and who could forget 1st Lt. Don Knepp's parody of Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John - Don sings about Bad Breath Carl. Lots more goodies on the subject of prison, truckers, hobos, wig wearers, politicians (including a song trumpeting the merits of Governer George Wallace), drunks and more. How can you go wrong? (FS)
TENN. BEE: Flea Market Boogie/ CALVIN BOLES: Lookiní For That UFO/ BUCK & VAL THE RIDGERUNNERS: I Want To Be Loved/ JIM CARTER: Jailer Jailer/ CHARLES & CHARLES & THE GUITAR ROCKERS: Chicken Thief/ SANFORD CLARK: Go On Home/ BILL COMPTON: Gov. Wallaceís Crusade/ COWBOY SLIM: The Land Of The Living Dead/ Hunstville Waltz/ JERRY DEE & BOUNTY COUNTRY: Skate Board Granny/ JIM FITZGERALD: A Day On The Highway Patrol/ DICK FLOOD: Just Another Hobo/ DUANE FRANKS: L.A. County Jail/ BOB GARMON: Lumber City/ NEAL E. HEMPHILL: D.C. Top Cat/ JAKE KESSNER: Big Black Mack/ 1ST LT. DON KNEPP: Bad Breath Carl/ JACK LEONARD: A Visit From The Devil/ HUGH LEWIS: Bloody Harlan/ EMERY LEWIS & THE MIDNIGHT DRIVERíS: Truck Driverís Angel/ BENNY MARTIN: Hobo/ MISSISSIPPI WUNDER BOY: Nashville Dream/ FRED NEWTON: The City Jail/ OLí THOROUGHBRED: Guitar Pickerís Epitaph/ LEON PAYNE: Prisonerís Diary/ RAY PILLOW: Volkswagen/ VIRGIL PITTMAN: Have Your Fun While Youíre Young/ RUDY PRESTON: Mud Creek Bottom/ DENNIS ROBERTS: Prison Bound/ LOGAN SMITH: The Dungeons Of My Mind/ WELLS & FARGO: Gun Trouble/ PAUL WILCOXSON: Florida Jailhouse Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Trailer-Park 13 Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands, Vol. 13 ● CD $15.98
30 tracks, highly recommended
Something a little different from Trailer-Park - most of their previous releases have featured country music but this one is all blues, R&B and doo-wop songs about crime and punishment. There are some expected items like Pat Hare with his prophetic I'm Gonna Murder My Baby, Honeyboy's doom laden Bloodstains On The Wall, Andre Williams with his classic Jailbait and Magic Sam's 21 Days In Jail but there are also some great obscure titles like Rolling Crew with Home On Alcatraz, The Rocketeers with the delightful Gonna Feed My Baby Poison, Bob Lee, who sounds uncannily like Screamin' Jay Hawkins, with Wanted For Questioning, Mr Bear's great tale of speed traps Radar accompanied by a band including King Curtis & Sam Taylor on saxes and Mickey Baker on guitar. More criminally good sides from The Coronets, Snny Fulton, The Barons, Louis Jordan (the little known 65 Bars recorded for Tangerine), Sonny Knight, Charles "Boogie Woogie" Davis, The Five Keys and others. A terrific collection with great sound. (FS)
THE BARONS: A Year And A Day/ RICHARD BERRY: The Big Break/ BOOGALOO & HIS GALLANT CREW: Cops And Robbers/ THE BOULEVARDS: Chop Chop Hole In The Wall/ WYNONA CARR: Please, Mr. Jailer/ THE CHARGERS: The Counterfeiter/ DANNY COBB: Hey, Mr. Warden/ THE CORONETS: Crime Doesn't Pay/ CHARLIE 'BOOGIE WOOGIE' DAVIS: San Quentin Bait/ THE FALCONS: Sent Up/ THE FIVE KEYS: Come Go My Bail, Louise/ SONNY FULTON: Locked Up/ PAT HARE: I'm Gonna Murder My Baby/ THE HI-FIDELITIES: Help Murder Police/ HONEYBOY: Bloodstains On The Wall/ HURRICANE HARRY: The Last Meal/ LOUIS JORDAN: 65 Bars/ SONNY KNIGHT: But Officer/ Jail Bird/ BOB LEE: Wanted For Questioning/ MAGIC SAM: 21 Days In Jail/ MR. BEAR & HIS BEARCATS: Radar/ JOHNNY OTIS (FEATURING LEM TALLY): Court Room Blues/ THE ROBINS: Riot In Cell Block #9/ Ten Days In Jail/ THE ROCKETEERS: Gonna Feed My Baby Poison/ THE ROLLING CREW: Home On Alcatraz/ ANDRE WILLIAMS: Jail Bait/ Jailhouse Blues/ THE YOUNGSTERS: Christmas In Jail

BUKKA WHITE Fuel 61360 Revisited ● CD $12.98 $8.98
11 tracks, essential if you don't have a previous reissue
This has been out on CD several times and features the first recordings the great Mississippi Delta bluesman Bukka White made after he was rediscovered by John Fahey and ED Vinson by the expedient of sending a letter addressed to "Bukka White, Old Blues Singer, c/o General Delivery, Aberdeen, Miss." The original 1963 LP was one of the albums that helped fuel the folk/ blues revival of the early 1960's. He hadn't recorded in almost 20 years but his skills were intact both vocally and instrumentally. There are 11 pieces here, 9 on National Steel guitar, Drunk Man Blues on piano, and the spoken Remembrance Of Charlie Patton. Includes a beautiful version of Poor Boy Long Way From Home, that he'd redo later that year as the gorgeous Jesus Died On The Cross To Save The World for Arhoolie (Arhoolie 323 - $13.98). Also includes Shake 'Em On Down/ Baby Please Don't Go/ Parchman Farm Blues, etc. Includes new notes by Bill Dahl. (FS)

LAWTON "SLIM" WILLIAMS B.A.C.M. 420 Slim Pickings ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, recommended
A fine collection of sides recorded for a range of different labels between 1949 and 1960. Williams is best known as a songwriter having composed the hits Fraulein and Farewell Party and all the songs on this collection are originals. As a performer, Williams was not a particularly expressive vocalist but had a pleasing voice and is accompanied by some fine groups including Hank Locklin's Band, The Light Crust Doughboys and others. Songs includes Tennessee Avenue/ Reckon As How I Love You/ Just A Minute Ago/ What Am I Supposed To Say/ That's All You Gotta Do/ Dusting Off Your LOve Ltters/ Once Before and others including his original 1960 recordings of Farewell Party which was hit for Gene Watson in 1979. (FS)

BOBBY WOMACK Charly 655 Everything's Gonna Be Alright - The American Singles ● CD $16.98
2CD, 50 tracks, essential
What better way to follow up last year's timely re-issue of R&B legend Womack's 70's LP masterpieces ("Across 110th Street - 40th Anniversary Edition", Charly 648 - $16.98) than with this generous collection of his late 60's/early-to-mid 70's singles; all of his U.S. A & B sides from his years recording for Minit, Liberty, and United Artists are presented in chronological order on CD for the first time. With track by track annotation, this set carefully showcases Womack's genius on the likes of Baby I Can't Stand It/ Somebody Special/ Love, The Time is Now/ Thank You, and I'm Gonna Forget About You. Hell, the man is/ was so great he can completely transform well worn covers California Dreamin' and I Left My Heart in San Francisco and make them his own. If you already own the other Charly Womack set, then this one is a must-purchase. Even if you don't (why don't you?), it's still a must (GMC)
BOBBY WOMACK: (If You Don't Want My Love) Give It Back/ Across 110th Street/ Arkansas State Prison/ Baby I Can't Stand It/ Baby You Ought to Think It Over/ Broadway Walk/ California Dreamin'/ Check It Out/ Come L'Amore/ Communication/ Daylight/ Don't Look Back/ Everybody's Talking/ Everything's Gonna Be Alright/ Fire and Rain/ Fly Me to the Moon (in Other Words)/ Git It/ Hang on in There/ Harry Hippie/ How I Miss You Baby/ I Don't Know/ I Don't Want to Be Hurt by Ya Love Again/ I Left My Heart in San Francisco/ I'M Gonna Forget About You/ I'M Through Trying to Prove My Love to You/ Interlude No. 2/ It's All Over Now/ It's Gonna Rain/ Let It Hang Out/ Lookin' for Love/ Love, the Time Is Now/ More Than I Can Stand/ More Than I Can Stand/ Nobody Wants You when You'Re Down and Out/ Somebody Special/ Something/ Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)/ Take Me/ Thank You/ That's the Way I Feel About 'Cha/ The Preacher, Pt. 1/ The Preacher, Pt. 2/ Tried and Convicted/ Trust Me/ Trust in Me/ What Is This/ What You Gonna Do (when Your Love Is Gone)/ Where There's a Will, There's a Way/ Woman's Gotta Have It/ Yes, Jesus Loves Me/ You'Re Welcome, Stop on by

THE YOUNG TRADITION BGO BGOCD 1103 The Young Tradition/ So Cheerfully Round/ Galleries/ Chicken On A Raft ● CD $21.98
Two CDs, 43 tracks, essential
At last, the complete Transatlantic recordings of this absolutely brilliant though short lived English folk group recorded between 1966 and 1968 including their three LPs and EP. Young Tradition was a radical folk response to 60s Britpop and folk revival music of the Kingston Trio ilk. Nancy saw YT in 1968 at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr PA and she's never quite gotten over their The Innocent Hare -- even though Peter Bellamy had a bit of a cough that must have been aggravated mightily by the group's take-no-prisoners performance style. These three singers had guts, and they brought out beauty in songs without resorting to pretty, which set them apart from any other folk group happening back them. All acapella, too -- nothing to hide behind. Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood, and Heather Wood (no relation) in three part, sometimes two part harmonies, sometimes solo, always gorgeous, always chilling. The first two albums includes such classic performances as Byker Hill/ Betsy The Serving Maid/ The Lyke Wake Dirge/ The Banks Of Claudy/ Daddy Fox/ The Bold Dragoon/ Knight William and others. For their third album "Galleries" they took a somewhat different approach - in addition to the incredible acapella performances there are several tracks where they accompanied themselves on whistle, tambour, guitar & concertina and some tracks have a mediaevel feel thanks to the presence of Britain's premier early music group The Early Music Consort which included Shirley Collins' sister Dolly on portative organ. In spite of the change of pace the music is magnificent with stellar performances of The Barley Straw/ What If A Day/ Idumea (an American Sacred Harp hymn)/ The Bitter Withy/ Ratcliffe Highway and others including Peter's goofy rendition of Robert Johnson's Stones In MY Passway with Peter playing some nice slide guitar and with dubbed on scratches for efect! Their final Transatlantic recording was the E.P. "Chicken On A Raft" - a selection of acapella sea shanties including the title song, written by Cyril Tawney, which ranks among their finest performances. After more than 40 years these recordings sound as fresh and exciting as on the day they were recorded. Though several later groups have emulated the approach of YT, but none have the excitement, conviction and imagination of this short lived group. These recordings have been newly remastered and have never sounded better and the booklet include all the original album notes as well as a new essay by John O'Regan. If you have never heard The Young Tradition before prepare to have your mind blown! (FS/ NN)


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