Since our Second Time Around listings are so popular this list includes some great releases which have been out for a while but you may have missed them the first time we listed them.To avoid you getting possible duplicates we have added  asterisks (**) after these particular titles.




BIG MAYBELLE Acrobat 3161 The Complete King, OKeh & Savoy Releases, 1947-1961 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 53 tracks, highly recommended, but ...
This great collection features all the issued recordings made by the great blues shouter Big Maybelle for King, OKeh and Savoy between 1947 and 1961. However a couple of months ago the Not Now label released a selection of her OKeh, Savoy and Brunswick recordings recorded between 1952 and 1962. So, as a result, this collection duplicates 36 tracks on the Not Now collection with 17 tracks unique to this set including her earliest sides recorded for KIng in 1947 as Maybelle Smith accompanied by a great band including Hot Lips Page on trumpet and Lonnie Johnson on electric guitar. It also includes some great OKeh and Savoy left off the Not Now set like the gospel flavored Send For Me, her unique take on Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, a soulful rendition of the pop ballad Mean To Me with some lovely jazzy riffing from Mickey Baker and others. Sound quality is a bit better here and presentation is much better with the tracks presented in chronological order and a 20 page booklet with detailed notes and full discographical info. If you don't have the Not Now release this one is must, if you do, this is worth consideration for the tracks not on that release and the superior presentation. (FS)
BIG MAYBELLE: A Good Man Is Hard To Find/ Ain't No Use/ All Of Me/ Baby, Won't You Please Come Home/ Bad Dreams Blues/ Blues Early, Early Pts. 1 & 2/ Candy/ Don't Leave Poor Me/ Don't Try To Fool Me/ Gabbin' Blues/ Goin' Home Baby/ I Ain't Got Nobody/ I Could Make You Care/ I Don't Want To Cry/ I Got It Bad/ I Understand/ I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright/ I've Got A Feelin'/ If I Could Be With You/ Indian Giver/ Jim/ Jinny Mule/ Just Want Your Love/ Little Miss Muffet/ Maybelle's Blues/ Mean To Me/ My Big Mistake/ My Country Man/ New Kind Of Mambo/ One Monkey Don't Stop No Show/ Pitiful/ Rain Down Rain/ Ramblin, Blues/ Ring Dang Dilly/ Rock House/ Sad And Disappointed Jill/ Say It Isn't So/ Send For Me/ Silent Night/ So Long/ Some Of These Days/ Stay As Sweet As You Are/ Such A Cutie/ Tell Me Who/ That's A Pretty Good Love/ The Other Night/ There I've Said It Again/ Too Tight Mama/ Until The Real Thing Comes Along/ Way Back Home/ White Christmas/ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/ You'll Never Know

THE BROWNS Acrobat 3160 The Complete As & Bs And More, 1954-1962 ● CD $16.98
2 CDs, 62 tracks, 175 mins, highly recommended
Unfortunately we just lost Bonnie Brown on July 16th, so only Maxine is left from this great Country Music Hall of Fame family act; let's hope she has many years still ahead. On this fine two disk set you get their most famous songs from the first eight years of their recording career: Looking Back To See/ I Take the Chance/ Just As Long As You Love Me/ I Heard The Bluebirds Sing/ Send Me the Pillow You Dream On/ Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair), and, of course, their biggest hit, the sublime (if a bit sentimental) The Three Bells. Plus all of the B sides from the original singles, as well as seven fine album tracks, including The Browns' smooth and easy takes on In The Pines,"and John B. Sails (aka "Sloop John B"). Sure, The Browns can make The Beach Boys look like Wilson Picket by comparison, but I have always been a fan of their dreamy harmonies, and they usually had good material to work with. All in all, this is a beautiful set, and if you don't have much of The Browns, this is a fantastic way to get most of their best songs. (JM)
THE BROWNS: A Man With A Plan/ Ain't No Way In The World/ Alpha And Omega/ Am I That Easy To Forget/ Angel's Dolly/ Beyond The Shadow/ Blue Bells Ring/ Blue Christmas/ Blues Stay Away from Me/ Brighten The Corner Where You Are/ Buttons And Bows/ Crazy Dreams/ Do Memories Haunt Me/ Don't Tell Me Your Troubles/ Draggin' Main Street/ Foolish Pride/ Getting Used To Being Lonely/ Goo Goo Da Da/ Greenwillow Christmas/ Ground Hog/ Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)/ Heaven Fell Last Night/ Here Today And Gone Tomorrow/ I Heard The Bluebirds Sing/ I Take The Chance/ I'm In Heaven/ In The Pines/ Indian Love Call/ It Takes A Long Train With A Caboose/ It's Just A Little Heartache/ Itsy Witsy Bitsy Me/ John B. Sails/ Jungle Magic/ Just A Lot Of Sweet Talk/ Just As Long As You Love Me/ Lonely Little Robin/ Looking Back To See/ Margo (The Ninth Of May)/ Money/ My Baby's Gone/ My Isle Of Golden Dreams/ Remember Me/ Rio De Janeiro/ Scarlet Ribbons/ Send Me The Pillow You Dream On/ Sky Princess/ Teen-Ex/ The Last Thing I Want/ The Man In The Moon/ The Old Lamplighter/ The Old Master Painter/ The Three Bells/ The Trot/ The Whiffenpoof Song/ This Time I Would Know/ True Love Goes Far Beyond/ Whispering Wine/ Why Am I Falling/ Would You Care'/ You Thought I Thought/ You're So Much A Part Of Me/ Your Love Is As Wild As The West Wind

THE CADETS/ THE JACKS Ace CDCHD 534 The Cadets Meet The Jacks - Stranded In The Jungle ● CD $18.98 $14.98
25 tracks, 65 min., strongly recommended
The Cadets didn't have to go far to meet The Jacks since they were the same talented fellows. As The Cadets the group cut jump sides and the occasional novelty song for Modern with Dub Jones or Aaron Collins on lead. As The Jacks they recorded mostly ballads for RPM with tenor Willie Davis (and sometimes Ted Taylor) on lead. This collection concentrates on The Cadets offering 21 of their sides, including unreleased outtakes of Annie Met Henry/ Dancin' Dan, and the original and undubbed version of their hit Stranded In The Jungle. The few Jacks tracks were chosen primarily because they sound like Cadets stuff, i.e., Collins or Jones on lead. An unreleased outtake of The Jacks' Why Did I Fall In Love is included. A companion disc, The Jacks Meet The Cadets, is in the works. Original album cover art, great music. (JC)
THE CADETS: Annie Met Henry/ Baby Ya Know/ Car Crash/ Church Bells May Ring/ Dancin' Dan/ Don't/ Don't Be Angry/ Fools Rush In/ Hands Across The Table/ Heartbreak Hotel/ I Got Loaded/ I'll Be Spinning/ Let's Rock'n'roll/ Love Bandit/ Love Can Do Most Everything/ Ring Chimes/ Rollin' Stone/ Stranded In The Jungle/ AARON COLLINS & THE CADETS: Pretty Evey/ Rum, Jamaica Rum/ THE JACKS: My Clumsy Heart/ Smack Dab In The Middle/ Sugar Baby/ Why Did I Fall In Love

LEROY CARR/ BLACK BOY SHINE Document DOCD 5465 Unissued Test Pressings And Alternate Takes ● CD $15.98 $11.98
23 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
What a pleasant surprise - some really interesting unissued songs and alternate takes including 3 never before heard songs by the great Leroy Carr from August & December, 1934 when he was at his peak. Most of his cuts feature the twin guitars of Scrapper Blackwell and Josh White. There are two takes of Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child which bears only a passing resemblance to famous spiritual and one take each of The Stuff Is Here (a duet with Bobby Phillips) and the beautiful Bozetta Blues. There are also three fine alternate takes of songs issued on previous Document CDs. The rest of the CD is devoted to Black Shine featuring two takes each of seven songs and one take each of two others - none of these have ever been issued before in any form. Although not as well known as Carr Black Boy Shine (Harold Holiday) was an excellent and imaginative performer and a most worthwhile companion. He was a piano player in the "Santa Fe" style with a harmonically varied left hand and a "stride" feel to his approach. He was also a fine singer with a solemn style rather like that of Walter Roland. Like many Texas bluesmen his songs are above average with references to his lifestyle and enviroment. These significant recordings came from the archives of Art Satherly - the recording engineer on these sessions. Sound quality is excellent and there are informative notes by David Evans. (FS)

EDDIE COCHRAN Bear Family BCD 17136 Rocks!** ● CD $24.98
35 tracks, 71 mins, essential
Of course Eddie Cochran rocks! This installment in Bear Family's all killer, no filler "Rocks" series strips away the ballads and the crooning and gives you all the heart thumpin', fist pumpin', high jumpin' tracks that you crave. So, you won't get his early Country out-takes or anything like that, just pure Rock 'n' Roll. Twenty Flight Rock/ Completely Sweet/ Pink Peg Slacks/ Nervous Breakdown, all with two versions each. The speeded up version of C'mon Everybody, Cut Across Shorty at its correct speed, the U.S. single version of Summertime Blues, the movie version of Teenage Heaven (along with the second version). You get all that plus the regular killer versions of Somethin' Else/ Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie/ Skinny Jim/ Weekend, and so on. If that's not enough, there's still over a dozen great tracks that I don't have space to mention. Then there is the usual care taken by Bear Family to get you all the detailed recording info, lots of great pictures, and biographical info. All in all, this is just about as perfect of an Eddie Cochran collection as I have ever come across and will easily replace some of the lesser collections that you have been holdin' on to. (JM)
EDDIE COCHRAN: Ah, Pretty Girl (guitar overdub)/ Am I Blue/ Blue Suede Shoes (undubbed)/ C'mon Everybody (speeded up)/ Completely Sweet (version 1)/ Completely Sweet (version 2)/ Cradle Baby/ Cruisin' The Drive-In/ Cut Across Shorty (correct speed)/ Don't Bye, Bye Baby Me (with overdubs)/ Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie/ Jelly Bean/ Let's Get Together/ Little Lou/ Long Tall Sally (undubbed)/ Mean When I'm Mad/ Mighty Mean/ My Way/ Nervous Breakdown (version 1)/ Nervous Breakdown (version 2)/ One Kiss/ Pink-Peg Slacks (version 1)/ Pink-Peg Slacks (version 2)/ Pretty Girl/ Skinny Jim/ Somethin' Else/ Stockings And Shoes/ Summertime Blues (US single version)/ Sweetie Pie/ Teenage Cutie/ Teenage Heaven (movie version)/ Teenage Heaven (version 2)/ Twenty Flight Rock (version 1)/ Twenty-Flight Rock (version 2)/ Weekend

MARTHA COPELAND Document DOCD 5372 Vol. 1 : 1923-1927 ● CD $15.98 $11.98
23 tracks, 71 mins, highly recommended
Martha Copeland is a fine though obscure singer who recorded some 34 sides between 1923 and '28 reissued in their entirety on this album and Document 5373. She was a powerful and expressive singer who sang some lightweight vaudeville songs but also sang some very fine blues. The first 4 cuts feature some particularly fine piano by Eddie Heywood. Other tracks feature the piano of Cliff Jackson, Phil Worde, Porter Grainger and others. Bubber Miley pops up on trumpet on two sides and a couple of cuts feature the cornet of Louis Metcalf. Three cuts feature the rather drab violin of Bert Howell who doesn't add anything to Martha's excellent I Don't Care Who Ain't Got Nobody. This set includes her great recording from 1927 of Dyin' Crap-Shooter's Blues which was the first recording of this song and was covered by several other female blues singers that year and was later revived by Blind Willie McTell at his Library Of Congress session. She does a fine cover of Victoria Spivey's Black Snake Blues and other songs include Papa, If You Can't Do Better/ Fortune Teller Blues/ Stole My man Blues/ Soul And Body (He Belongs To Me)/ Mr. Brakes-Man (Let me Ride Your Train)/ Hobo Bill and more. Sound is fine and there are brief notes by John Wilby. (FS)
MARTHA COPELAND: Black Snake Blues/ Daddy, You've Done Put That Thing On Me/ Dyin' Crap-shooter's Blues/ Hard Headed Mama (vocal Duet W. Sidney Easton)/ Hobo Bill/ I Don't Care Who Ain' Got Nobody/ Mine's Just As Good As Yours/ Mr. Brakes-man (let Me Ride Your Train)/ Nobody Rocks Me Like My Baby Do/ On Decoration Day /fortune Teller Blues/ Papa If You Can't Do Better (take 2)/ Papa If You Can't Do Better (take 3)/ Police Blues/ Skeleton Key Blues/ Sorrow Valley Blues/ Soul And Body (he Belongs To Me)/ Stole My Man Blues/ The Black Snake Moan/ The Down So Long Blues/ The Pawn Shop Blues/ The Penetrating Blues/ When The Wind Make Connection With Your Dry Goods (vocal Duet W. Sidney Eas

DR. JOHN Great American Music Co 012 Who Was Mac Rebennack? ● CD $15.98 $9.98
22 tracks, 52 mins, highly recommended
There have been many collections of Dr. John's early recordings: recording with bands, under assumed names, and the like. This CD gives you the opportunity to get a lot of the best at a bargain price. You get a good mix of Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, and Novelty recordings. Highlights include the raucous instrumental Storm Warning that appropriately starts off the CD, Bad Neighborhood by Ronnie and the Delinquents, Morgus The Magnificent by Morgus and the Ghouls, the slow and Bluesy Remember Me (credited as many of the tracks are to Roland Stone,) the hip-shakers Good Times, and Feedbag, plus many more. Sound is great except for a couple tracks that are a bit murky, but still enjoyable. (JM)

TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD B.A.C.M. 530 Show Time - Radio Songs & Capitol Recordings ● CD $14.98
32 tracks, strongly recommended
A fine collection of 32 sides from the distinctive bass baritone of Tennessee Ernie Ford. Most of the tracks are drawn from the considerable number of Radiozark transcriptions he made in the early 1950s along with a few of his commercial Capitol recordings. Ernie sings a wide range of material including county, pop and folk songs with varied arrangements including some including the stellar duo of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant. Songs include I've Got The Blues/ Put On An Old Pair Of Shoes/ When My Baby Smiles At Me/ Back Home In Indiana/ Pretty Little Pink/ Gimme That Old Soft Shoe/ Up A Lazy River/ My Mary and many more including an unexpected cover of the Willie Mabon blues hit I Don't Know. (FS)
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Alla En El Rancho Grande/ Are You From Dixie/ Back Home In Indiana/ Basin Street Blues/ Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair/ Brown's Ferry Blues/ Catfish Boogie/ Cotton Pickin' Polka/ Darby's Ram/ Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes/ Freight Train Blues/ Gambler's Guitar/ Georgia On My Mind/ Gimme That Old Soft Shoe/ Have You Ever Been Lonely/ How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm/ I Don't Know/ I Double Dare You/ I've Got The Blues/ My Mary/ Nashville Tennessee/ Old Blue/ Pretty Little Pink/ Put On An Old Pair Of Shoes/ Ragtime Cowboy Joe/ The Night Herding Song/ Up A Lazy River/ Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie/ When My Baby Smiles At Me/ When Pay Day Rolls Around/ Who Shot The Hole In My Sombrero/ You Gotta See Daddy Every Night

LLOYD GLENN Jasmine 3067 Boogie Woogie Shuffle Time ● CD $15.98
28 tracks, highly recommended
Excellent compilation of recordings made between December, 1947 and June, 1951 featuring this brilliant performer who is perhaps best known for his piano playing and arranging on other artist's recordings, in particular Lowell Fulson, but produced an fine body of work under his own name. Lloyd's music switches seamlessly between jazz and blues. The set opens with two sessions from 1947 for Imperial with a six piece band issued as Lloyd Glenn & His Joy makers - actually the Jake Porter Combo. Three of these tracks feature vocals by the obscure but pretty good vocalist Geraldine Carter. There are three of the most popular tracks by Lowell Fulson from 1949/ 50 which Lloyd played on and arranged. Lloyd had originally toured with Lowell but later deciding that touring wasn't for him he returned to his studio work continuing to work with Lowell until the early 60s. His place in Lowell's touring band was taken by Ray Charles. The rest of the CD features Lloyd with his Combo recorded between 1949 and 1951 - a trio, initially with Gene Phillips on guitar and Billy Hadnott on bass. Phillips plays some lovely steel guitar on Levee Blues. After Phillips left his place was taken by drummer Bob Harvey and the group produced a delightful amalgam of jazz, blues and boogie and includes his big R&B hits Old Time Shuffle and Chicago Boo as well as other fine sides like Pinetop's Boogie Woogie/ Daybreak Stomp/ Congo Rhumba/ After Hours/ Honky Tonk Train/ Boogie Woogie On St. Louis Blues and more. Sound quality is superb and there are informative notes by Bob Fisher with a note that if response to this CD is good there may be a second CD featuring his later recordings. (FS)

Z.Z. HILL Shout 70 Snap Your Fingers With Z.Z. Hill ● CD $18.98 $12.98
23 tracks, 71 mins, highly recommended
This fine two-fer from Shout containing the LPs "The Best Thing That's Happened to Me" (1972) and "Z.Z." (1974), spotlights Hill's most fruitful and hit-filled period. Hill was a consummate R&B/ Blues singer from the Pickett/Redding school that is scarcely remembered today. The former album, featuring backing from some of New Orleans' finest session players (including Allen Toussaint, Art Neville, George Porter, and Leo Nocentelli), is steeped in a funky groove which is put to good use on I've Got to Get You Back/ You Were Wrong, and a sultry cover of Can I Get a Witness. By contrast, some of the tracks on the "Z.Z." album have a country soul feel: Let Them Talk/ Country Love/ The Best I Ever Had, and Funny Face. Also present are samples of Hill's gutsy way with the Blues-Bad Mouth and Gossip and Am I Grooving You plus a bit of social commentary in Clean Up America. Anyone looking for a nicely packaged, well annotated, and great sounding CD of Z.Z. Hill material need look no further than this compilation. (GMC)

BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON JSP 7706 The Classic Sides Remastered** ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 94 tracks essential
Brilliant, impossible to copy singer and guitarist, Shakespeare of blues poetry, surrealist, gritty social commentator, chaser of wild women, part time wrestler..... Blind Lemon had quite a CV. He also left a wonderful legacy of recorded work, which has never been better presented than on this box set from JSP. This is not quite, as billed, the complete works (Document DOCD 5625 has a further three tracks - third versions of Got The Blues and Long Lonesome Blues and an alternate take of Corrina Blues) but is the most comprehensive Jefferson set to date. Unlike the Charley Patton box set, which was cluttered with tracks by other artists some of whom had no real connection with Patton, the 94 performances here are all Blind Lemon and are presented in strict chronological order. There is full discographical information and JSP's packaging is attractive, with notes by Drew Kent sketching Lemon's 4 year recording career and mysterious death in 1929. What really sets this reissue apart however is the outstanding job JSP have done in reducing the usual torrent of clicks, pops and surface noise associated with old Paramount 78s while retaining the balance and dynamics of the original recordings. Comparison with the complete works on Document shows a significant improvement on the vast majority of tracks - surface noise is still apparent, and some sides are very worn, but listening is much more comfortable. There is also occasionally the pleasant surprise of a lyric which has been lost in an aural mush for decades becoming startlingly clear. Better still, listen to the version of Matchbox Blues recorded for Okeh when Lemon broke contract with Paramount (for one record only) and hear one of the greatest of all blues records in superior sound. This is a reissue that does the great man justice and deserves a place in every collection. (DPR)
BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: 'Lectric Chair Blues/ All I Want Is That Pure Religion/ Bad Luck Blues/ Bakershop Blues/ Balky Mule Blues/ Bed Spring Blues/ Beggin Back/ Big Night Blues/ Big Night Blues/ Black Horse Blues/ Black Snake Dream Blues/ Black Snake Moan (OKeh)/ Blind Lemon's Penitentiary Blues/ Booger Rooger Blues/ Booster Blues/ Bootin' Me 'Bout/ Broke And Hungry/ Cat Man Blues/ Change My Luck Blues/ Chinch Bug Blues/ Chock House Blues/ Christmas Eve Blues/ Competition Bed Blues/ Competition Bed Blues/ Corinna Blues/ D B Blues/ Deceitful Brownskin Blues/ Disgusted Blues/ Dry Southern Blues/ Dynamite Blues/ Eagle Eye Mama/ Easy Rider Blues/ Empty House Blues/ Fence Breakin' Yellin' Blues/ Gone Dead On You Blues/ Got The Blues (Take 1)/ Got The Blues (Take 2)/ Hangman's Blues/ Hangman's Blues/ Happy New Year Blues/ He Arose From The Dead/ Hot Dogs/ How Long How Long/ I Want To Be Like Jesus In My Heart/ Jack O'Diamond Blues (Take 1)/ Jack O'Diamond Blues (Take 2)/ Lemon's Cannon Ball Moan/ Lemon's Worried Blues/ Lock Step Blues/ Lockstep Blues/ Lonesome House Blues/ Long Distance Moan/ Long Lastin' Lovin'/ Long Lonesome Blues (Take 1)/ Long Lonesome Blues (Take 2)/ Low Down Mojo Blues/ Maltese Cat Blues/ Match Box Blues (OKeh)/ Match Box Blues (Paramount, Take 2)/ Match Box Blues (Paramount, Take 4)/ Mean Jumper Blues/ Mosquito Moan/ Oil Well Blues/ Old Rounders Blues/ One Dime Blues/ Peach Orchard Mama/ Piney Wood's Money Mama/ Pneumonia Blues/ Prison Cell Blues/ Rabbit Foot Blues/ Rambler Blues/ Right Of Way Blues/ Rising High Water Blues/ Sad News Blues/ Sad News Blues/ Saturday Night Splender Blues/ See That My Grave Is Kept Clean/ See That My Grave's Kept Clean/ Shuckin' Sugar Blues/ Southern Woman Blues/ Stocking Feet Blues/ Struck Sorrow Blues/ Sunshine Special/ Teddy Bear Blues (Take 1)/ Teddy Bear Blues (Take 2)/ That Black Snake Moan (Paramount)/ That Black Snake Moan No 2/ That Crawlin' Baby Blues/ The Cheaters Spell/ Tin Cup Blues/ Wartime Blues/ Weary Dogs Blues/ Where Shall I Be?/ Yo Yo Blues

LONNIE JOHNSON RCA Bluebird 66064 He's A Jelly Roll Baker ● CD $13.98 $8.98
20 tracks, highly recommended
If you're not ready for the 10 CD's of Lonnie on Document & Blues Documents, try this for an appetizer. 20 cuts from the WWII-era, mostly in his pleasing song style with dazzling guitar plus piano and bass accompaniment from the likes of Lil Armstrong, John Davis and Ransom Knowling. Songs are varied including the vitriolic attack on a woman stealer Nothing But A Rat, pop ballad stylings like The Loveless Blues, a remake of one of his most famous songs the insightful Crowing Rooster Blues , the risque title song and other fine performances like Why Women Go Wrong/ Jersey Belle Bluews/ I'm Just Dumb/ That's Love/ Lazy Woman Blues, etc. Lonnie had a long and extremely productive career and this a particularly fine selection. (FS)
LONNIE JOHNSON: Baby Remember Me/ Chicago Blues/ Crowing Rooster Blues/ Get Yourself Together/ He's A Jelly Roll Baker/ I Did All I Could/ I'm Just Dumb/ In Love Again/ Jersey Belle Blues/ Lazy Woman Blues/ Nothing But A Rat/ Rambler's Blues/ Somebody's Got To Go/ That's Love/ The Last Call/ The Loveless Blues/ The Victim Of Love/ Watch Shorty/ When You Feel Low Down/ Why Women Go Wrong

J.B. LENOIR Evidence 26068 Vietnam Blues - The Complete L+R Recordings** ● CD $17.98
24 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
Long-time J. B. fans will know what to expect from this recorded-in-Chicago- for-Europeans acoustic set, as they'll already have both the German L & R albums. This CD contains both of these albums, all 24 tracks, with Willie Dixon and Fred Below helping out on a few cuts. Some of the tracks - Move This Rope, Born Dead - are very powerful, in contrast to his good time numbers like Mojo Boogie, I Feel So Good, How Much More, and Round And Round. (EL)
J.B. LENOIR: Alabama/ Alabama March/ Born Dead/ Down In Mississippi/ Feelin' Good/ God's Word/ Good Advice/ How Much More/ I Feel So Good/ I Want To Go/ If I Get Lucky/ Leavin' Here/ Mississippi Road/ Mojo Boogie/ Move This Rope/ Round And Round/ Shot On James Meredith/ Slow Down Woman/ Talk To Your Daughter/ Tax Payin' Blues/ The Whale Has Swallowed Me/ Vietnam/ Vietnam Blues/ Voodoo Music

TRINI LOPEZ Jasmine 907 Rock On ● CD $14.98 $11.98
30 tracks, recommended Before he hit the big time in 1963 with his pop folk rendition of If I Had A Hammer, Trini Lopez had been on the music scene since the mid 50s and had recorded quite a few times - mostly for Cincinatti's King label but also other labels. This collection has 24 tracks recorded for King between 1959 and 1961 along with a couple of earlier sides for Volk and later sides for DRA. His material is a mix of decent rockers and ballads - nothing really exceptional but Trini was always an engaging singer so it's not really surprising that he eventually was sucessful. This CD extensively duplicates Ace 1314 which came out a few years ago. (FS)

BENNIE MOTEN Fabulous 2058 The Bennie Moten Collection ● CD $9.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific collection of recordings by one of the greatest southwest territory bands led by the highly influential Kansas City pianist, composer and bandleader Bnnie Moten. Moten tragically died in 1935 at the age of 40 while having his tonsils removed. His band was taken over by Count Basie, and the rest, as they say, is history. Playing an amalgam of stride, country blues and early swing, Moten's men could really rock. Their use of energetic rhythmic propulsion and creatively arranged ensemble passages presaged the K.C. swing band era. The first session in 1923 on which they accompanied blues singer Ada Brown featured just a sextet with Lamarr Wright (cnt), Thamon Hayes (tb), Woody Walder (clt), Moten (p), Sam Tall (bj) & Willie Hall(t).. By 1925 their group had expanded to eight pieces with Vernon Page on tuba giving the group and even bigger sound.. In ensuing years many fine musicians passed through Moten's group including Booker Washington (cnt), Harlan Leonard (cl, as & sop), Eddie Durham (gtr), Count Basie (piano & vocal), Hot Lips Page (tpt) Ben Webster (ts) and others. A 1931 session features the first appearance of jazz/ blues vocalist Jimmy Rushing who became a mainstay of Basie's band for a number of years. This set includes many of his most acclaimed performances including Vine Street Blues/ South/ Moten Stomp/ Toby/ Milneberg Joys and many more. Sound quality is excellent and there are informative notes by Paul Watts and full discographical info. (FS)

PIANO SLIM Cicadelic 5962 Look At Grandma Watusi ● CD $17.98
20 tracks, very good
An enjoyable selection of rocking R&B recorded between 1959 and 1962 by Texas singer and piano player Piano Slim (Willard Burton). Slim is a decent singer and piano player and is accompanied by fine bands on a selection of mostly uptempo dance oriented numbers - many of them previously unissued. Although the music is fine there is not a whole lot of variety and I don't understand why it was necesarry to include five takes of the pedestrian Aw Get It, especially since there plenty of released sides they could have included - it's not as if the market is flooded with Piano Slim reissues! (FS)

JODY REYNOLDS Ace CDCHD 1474 The Complete Demon & Titan Masters ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
Jody Reynolds was maybe one of the doomiest and gloomiest of all the rockabillies in his music (not so much his life). His Endless Sleep is a bona-fide Rock & Roll teen tragedy classic, and Beulah Lee, and Fire of Love, are longtime favorites amongst fans of the "Born Bad compilations" and the like. Amazingly, this is the first compilation of his stuff to be done from the original masters, which means the sound is great and the session info is just that much deeper. This compiles all of his masters from the Demon and Titan record labels, recorded from 1958 - 1966, including six never-before-released tracks. On this, Reynolds has a mix of the gloomy echo-y songs that he did so well, some more upbeat Rock & Roll numbers, and a couple pretty great instrumentals. Highlights include the aforementioned tracks, plus Stone Cold/ Daisy Mae/ The Storm, and (The Girl With the) Raven Hair, but honestly I dug pretty much every track on here including the mid-'60s tracks with Bobbie Gentry. Deep liner notes by Alec Palao put a cherry on top of it all. (JM)

SHIRLEY & LEE Bear Family BCD 15785 Rock!** ● CD $24.98
31 tracks, 73 mins, highly recommended
The greatest Rhythm and Blues couple besides Ike & Tina, Shirley & Lee are Rockin' and Rollin' all over this CD. Bear Family have already done an exhaustive box set on the couple, but for those of you who don't want to dive into a whole box set, or just want to avoid the ballads, here's the CD for you. Although, Shirley & Lee had lots of great ballads, to me their Rockers are the best. You get the big hits here -- Let The Good Times Roll/ Feel So Good, and I Feel Good -- along with a whole mess of lesser-known tracks. Just because they are lesser known doesn't mean they are lesser tunes, though. Some of my favorite tracks of theirs aren't that well known, and they are all here. Fantastic cuts like I'll Do It (Deed I Do,)/ I'll Thrill You/ Marry Me/ The Flirt/ Rock All Night, etc. As par for the course with the Bear Family, this comes with beautiful packaging and booklet, with extensive, informative and entertaining notes. If you don't have a collection of Shirley & Lee, one is certainly essential and this is a great one to pick up, especially if you prefer your R&B on the upbeat side. (JM)

EDDIE TAYLOR Jasmine 3070 In Session - Diary Of A Chicago Bluesman, 1953-1957 ● CD $15.98
29 tracks, very highly recommended
Eddie Taylor, who died on Christmas Day, 1986 was a great performer who never quite had the fame he deserved. He was a superb singer and distinctive guitar player. His music was a perfect blending of the Mississippi Delta blues he grew up with the and urban sounds of Chicago which he made his home. He worked for VeeJay from the early 50s through the mid-60s as a session guitarist, most notably for his friend and fellow Mississippian, Jimmy Reed as well as appearing on recordings by Chicago artists for other labels. Occasionally he was allowed to do his own vocals, even enjoying a minor hit for the label with Big Town Playboy in 1955. This collection includes all his recordings issued by Vee-Jay plus two sides not originally issued. Sides like Bad Boy / Ride 'Em On Down and Big Town Playboy are Chicago classics. Sidemen on his tracks include his good friend Jimmy Reed or George Mayweather on harmonica, drummer Vernell Fournier and others. This collection also includes some of his work as a session guitarist where his beautiful playing enhances recordings by John Brim, Sunnyland Slim, Floyd Jones, Little Willie Foster, John Lee Hooker and, of course, Jimmy Reed. He also played on recordings by Elmore James, Snooky Pryor and other artists but these are not included here - it's a shame they didn't make this a two CD set. Eddie's lyrical playing and impeccable timing also meant that he was much in demand for live performances and, at one time or another, performed with just about every major artist in Chicago. A superb release with excellent sound, informative notes by Bob Fisher and full discographical info. (FS)
JOHN BRIM: Gary Stomp/ Ice Cream Man/ Lifetime Blues/ Tough Times/ LITTLE WILLIE FOSTER: Falling Rain Blues/ Four Day Jump/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Crawlin' Black Spider/ Dimples/ Wheel And Deal/ FLOYD JONES: Ain't Times Hard/ Any Old Lonesome Day/ Schooldays On My Mind/ JIMMY REED: Ain't That Loving You Baby/ You Don't Have To Go/ You Got Me Dizzy/ SUNNYLAND SLIM: Bassology/ Going Back To Memphis/ Shake It Baby/ The Devil Is A Busy Man/ EDDIE TAYLOR: Bad Boy/ Big Town Playboy/ Don't Knock At My Door/ Et Blues/ Find My Baby/ I'm Gonna Love You/ Lookin' For Trouble/ Ride 'Em On Down/ Stroll Out West/ You'll Always Have A Home

IKE TURNER Secret 060 Trouble Up The Road - The Singles, 1960-61 ● CD $15.98 $10.98
26 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
Starting off with those fabulous, early Ike & Tina tracks like I Idolize You/ Letter From Tina, and I'm Jealous, before launching into great Ike productions by Jackie Brenston, Eloise Carter, Mickey & Sylvia, Albert King, etc, this covers releases from the banner year in Turner's career, 1961, when he was on great records coming out seemingly every week. The Ike & Tina tracks alone (12 in all) would make this worth picking up, all the other killer cuts like Jimmy & Jean with the Ike Turner Orchestra - I Wanna Marry You, and Ernest Lane - What Kind Of Love, etc. makes it pretty much irresistible. (JM)
JACKIE BRENSTON WITH IKE TURNER & HIS KINGS OF: Trouble Up The Road/ You Ain't The One/ ELOISE CARTER: I Need You/ BILLY GALES: I'm Dreaming Of You/ I'm Hurting/ ELOISE HESTER: My Man Rock Head/ JIMMY & JEAN WITH IKE TURNER'S ORCHESTRA: I Can't Believe/ I Wanna Marry You/ ALBERT KING: Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong/ This Morning/ ERNEST LANE: Sliced Apples/ What Kind Of Love/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: Baby You're So Fine/ Love Drops/ IKE AND TINA TURNER: Chances Are/ I Had A Notion/ I Idolize You/ I'm Jealous/ If/ It's Gonna Work Out Fine/ Letter From Tina/ Poor Fool/ Sleepless/ Won't You Forgive Me/ You Can't Blame Me/ You Can't Love Two

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1427 Hung On You - More From The Gerry Goffin & Carole King ● CD $18.98 $13.98
26 tracks, 67 mins, recommended
Yet another installment in Ace's excellent songwriters series, this being the fourth from the deep well of Goffin & King tunes. Highlights include: Dusty Springfield's sultry version of That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho); a couple of great tracks by The Cookies: Will Power, and You Turn Me On Boy, the later released under The Honey Bees moniker; The Sheik<> by the always reliable Clovers; Little Eva's masochistic single Please Hurt Me; and probably the best track on the whole CD, Keep Your Hands Off My Baby by The Orlons. There are a few tracks by the likes of Tony Orlando, and Connie Stevens that keep me from giving this a "highly recommended" rating, otherwise this is great stuff. (JM)
HENRY ALSTON: So Many Lonely People/ THE AMERICAN BREED: Sometime In The Morning/ THE CLOVERS: The Sheik/ THE COOKIES: Will Power/ THE COUNTRYMEN: So This Is How It Feels/ THE CRYSTALS: No One Ever Tells You/ SKEETER DAVIS: Don't Let Me Stand In Your Way/ DION: This Little Girl/ THE DRIFTERS: When My Little Girl Is Smiling/ EARL-JEAN: Randy/ HEARTS & FLOWERS: Road To Nowhere/ THE HONDELLS: Show Me Girl/ THE HONEY BEES: You Turn Me On Boy/ WALTER JACKSON: Anything Can Happen/ THEOLA KILGORE: It's Gonna Be Alright/ LITTLE EVA: Please Hurt Me/ TONY ORLANDO: Am I The Guy?/ THE ORLONS: Keep Your Hands Off My Baby/ THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: Hung On You/ FREDDIE SCOTT: Where Does Love Go/ THE SHIRELLES: What A Sweet Thing That Was/ TRULY SMITH: The Boy From Chelsea/ DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)/ CONNIE STEVENS: Don't You Want To Love Me/ THE TOKENS: Snow Queen/ BOBBY VEE: Sharing You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1478 Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou - Nights Of Sin, Dirty ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 71 mins, highly recommended
Another terrific collection of rhythm & blues along with some down home blues and swamp pop from South Louisiana and South East Texas in this excellent series. As usual, most of the tracks are from the vaults of Eddie Shuler and Jay Miller along with tracks from small local labels like Flip and Montel and it includes 11 previously unissued songs or alternate as well as others that were only available on the long gone series of LPs on Flyright. Among the many delights here are the recently unearthed (in the Goldband vaults) first recordings of the superb Texas Singer Barbara Lynn doing fine covers of Smiley Lewis's One Night Of Sin (with the expurgated Elvis lyrics) and Sam Cooke's Love You Most Of All. Smilin' Joe (aka Cousin Joe) is here with both sides of his rare Flip single - fine rocking New Orleans R&B with Joe's witty and humorous lyrics. Also from New Orleans is Chris Kenner with one side of his first single for Baton. There are four sides from singer/ guitarist Classie Ballou - not always great lyrically but a couple have terrific guitar work from Classie. Guitar Jr. is here with his much covered Roll Roll Roll. Also included are Jay Nelson, Leroy Washington (an alternate take of his great Wild Cherry), Ivory Jackson, Tabby Thomas (a fine rendition of C.C. Rider), The Baton Rouge Boys, Honey Boy Allen (fine down home blues), Little Victor and others. Usual high quality sound and informative notes. (FS)
JOE (MR. G) AUGUST: Strange Things/ CLASSIE BALLOU: Crowley Stroll/ Hey Ma Ma (Version 2)/ Lovin' Huggin' Kissin' My Baby/ BATON ROUGE BOYS: Rising Sun/ GUITAR JR.: Roll, Roll, Roll/ IVORY JACKSON: Clautilla/ CHRIS KENNER: At Grandma's House/ LITTLE VICTOR: Lost My Lover (Bring My Baby Back to Me)/ Please Be There/ What Is Love/ BARBARA LYNN: One Night of Sin/ Why I Love You/ MR MOJO: I Won't Be Long Here/ JAY NELSON: A Fool That Was Blind/ Betty Ann/ ALAN PIERCE: Ford V8/ BIG WALTER PRICE: Better Run/ JOHN REED: Little Girl You Look So Good/ LESTER ROBERTSON: Oh Babe/ Ooh My Dear (My Girl Across Town)/ Please Don't Go/ CHARLES SHEFFIELD: Shoo Shoo Chicken/ SMILIN' JOE: Living on Borrowed Time/ Love Sick Soul/ TABBY THOMAS: C. C. Rider/ WONDERBOY TRAVIS: She Was Gone/ LEROY WASHINGTON: Wild Cherry

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 340 Old Time Tunes & Songs** ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
A terrific and varied collection of old time music recorded when the music was in its heyday - most of it appearing on CD for the first time. Most of the artists are very obscure and the material includes fiddle breakdowns, string band dance tunes, traditional songs, comic pieces, gospel and blues and the artist come from all over the country including fiddle player A.J. Boulay who was based in Quebec, Canada! One of the most well known groups here is the fabulous Red Fox Chasers featured on a beautiful, originally unissued, gospel song that's not included on the recent two CD set of the group's complete recordings. Other artists include The Tennessee Ramblers, The Tweedy Brothers, Asa Martin & James Roberts (the great bluesy Crawling & Creeping), The Gibson Trio, Ernest Thompson (two originally unissued songs that complements his fine CD - B.A.C.M. 031), AShley's Melody Makers, The Cauley Family, Dad & Mom Pickard (Sally Goodin played on the jews harp with piano accompaniment) and more. Sound is generally fine and there are informative notes by the ever reliable Tony Russell. (FS)
ASHLEY'S MELODY MAKERS: Rambling Woman/ Somewhere in Arkansas/ A.J. BOULAY: Snorer's Reel/ THE CAULEY FAMILY: Darling Nellie Gray-Little Brown Jug/ Grey Eagle/ THE GIBSON STRING TRIO: South Solon Quadrille/ GROSS & CAMPBELL: Waggoner/ THE HAPPY HAYSEEDS: Cottonwood Reel/ Home Sweet Home/ HARKREADER & MOORE: Gambler's Dying Words/ Old Joe/ THE KENTUCKY THOROBREDS: Shady Grove/ ASA MARTIN AND JAMES ROBERTS: Crawling & Creeping/ NARMOUR & SMITH: Little Star/ ODUS & WOODROW: Down In Baltimore/ PARKER & WOOLBRIGHT: Will The Weaver/ DAD & MOM PICKARD: Sally Goodin/ THE RED FOX CHASERS: When The Redeemed Are Gathering In/ SMITH'S SACRED SINGERS: Life's Railway To Heaven/ THE TENNESSEE RAMBLERS: Cackling Pullet/ Garbage Can Blues/ ERNEST THOMPSON: Bring Me A Leaf From the Sea/ Snow Deer Rainbow/ WELBY TOOMEY: Rovin' Gambler/ THE TWEEDY BROTHERS: Liberty/ Shortnin' Bread

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 531 Country Gospel Vol. 4 - Rare Recordings From The Jewel Label ● CD $14.98
36 tracks, very highly recommended
The latest volume in this series is the best so far - a fabulous collection of old time country gospel recorded for Rusty York's Jewel label and issued on a series of EPs in 1961. Roy Shephard & The Tri-State Singers and The Upchurch Brothers are outstanding groups with great harmonies accompanied only by acoustic songs with mostly original songs. Rusty York & The Kentucky Mountain Boys give us fine bluegrass versions of classic gospel songs like If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again/ Drifting Too Far From The Shore/ Walking My Lord Up Calvary Hill and others. Esco Hankins and female vocalist Jackie have only three songs here but they are among the best here. Hankins is an exceptional singer and his CD on B.A.C.M. ("Rising Sun" - B.A.C.M. 058 - $14.98) which is a mix of sacred and secular songs is well worth your time. Other artists include Ted Mullins, Earl McCullah & The Happy Mountain Boys, Gene New & The Harmony Gospel Singers and Pete & Don & The Cumberland Mountain Boys and all are fine. Excellent sound and informative notes on all the artists by Phil TRicker. (FS)
ESCO HANKINS & JACKIE: Heaven Will Surely Be Worth It All/ Looking Thru The Window Of Heaven/ Mother Sleeps In A Lonely Grave/ EARL MCCULLAH & THE HAPPY MOUNTAIN BOYS: Abide In The Ship/ Get True Religion/ Run Unto The Cross/ Will You Miss Out On Heaven/ TED MULLINS: Beyond The Blue Skies/ I'm Homeward Bound/ Where Jesus Lives/ GENE NEW & THE HARMONY GOSPEL SINGERS: Every Hour Of Every Day/ Feeling Mighty Fine/ Heaven/ I'll Have A New Life/ PETE & DON & THE CUMBERLAND MOUNTAIN BOY: Get Right With Jesus/ Lay Me Down By Mom And Dad/ Little Grave Yard/ Will There Be Doves To Mourn In Heaven/ ROY SHEPHARD & THE TRI-STATE SINGERS: Angels Carry Me Home/ Between Two Thieves/ I'll Fly Away/ In My New Home/ The Old Brush Arbor/ When Paul And Silas Were In Jail/ TERRY UPCHURCH & THE UPCHURCH BROTHERS: The Day My Daddy Prayed/ THE UPCHURCH BROTHERS: Counting My Blessings/ Everybody Will Be Happy/ I'm Gonna Walk With Jesus/ There Are No Shortcuts/ When Jesus Calls/ RUSTY YORK & THE KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN BOYS: Drifting Too Far From The Shore/ If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again/ Shake Hands With Mother Again/ Walking My Lord Up Calvary Hill/ Where Could I Go/ Where The Soul Never Dies

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 532 G'day - Country Music From Down Under ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, strongly recommended
Australia developed a very active country music scene in the early 1930s that has continues to the present day. Originally influenced by Jimmie Rodgers, Wilf Carter and other early American artists the music quickly developed a distinctively Australian style and although there were covers of American songs, much of the material was original and dealt with life on the vast Australian plains and the performers did not try to adopt American accents. Although American country music pretty much exclusively featured groups by the 1940s there were many solo Australian performers accompanied only by their own guitars well into the 1950s. Australian country performers really liked yodeling and half a dozen tracks here feature some very impressive yodeling or, in the case of Tex Croft's Chicken Yodel some very bizarre yodeling (and lyrics!). Apart from Slim Dusty, most of the artists are unknown outside of Australia but there are many fine performances from an array of performers like The B-B-Q Girls, Bert Gill & Keith Russell, Rickie Jones, Gordon Parsons, Dusty Rankin, Bob Dyer, The Singing Stockmen (a rare example of an Australian group singing in the close harmony style of The Sons Of The Pioneers), The Berry Sisters, Buddy Bishop and others. Recordings range from the mid 30s to mid 50s. Sound quality is excellent ad their are brief notes on most of the artists by Paul Hazell. (FS)
THE B-B-Q GIRLS: Have You Ever Been Lonely/ THE BERRY SISTERS: Ragtime Cowboy Joe/ BUDDY BISHOP: I Want To Go Back To The Farm/ Spitfire The Outlaw/ ARTHUR BLANCHE: Shearin' Time/ SMILIN’ BILLY BLINKHORN: Poor Ned Kelly/ TEX CROFT: Chicken Yodel/ LAURIE CROISETTE WITH HERBIE MARKS: Old Buffalo Trail/ SLIM DUSTY: Harry The Breaker/ BOB DYER: She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain/ BERT GILL & KEITH RUSSELL: Headin' Back To Town/ JOHNNY HAMBLYN: Caribbean/ JUNE HOLMES: My Daddy Was A Yodelin' Cowboy/ RICKIE JONES: The Drover's Song/ TOMMY MACK & HIS OVERLANDERS: The Teardrop Waltz/ KID MAHONEY: Outlaw Bumble Bee/ JOAN MARTIN & ERIC TUTIN WITH SUNDOWNERS: Cabin In The Hills Of Old Wyoming/ CHAD MORGAN: Chasin' Sorts In Childers/ GORDON PARSONS: The Happy Bushman/ GEORGE PAYNE: Yodelling Boy/ RON PETERS: Once I Was Happy/ DUSTY RANKIN: The Wanderer/ JOHNNY RIVERS: King Of The Brumbies/ CLEM ROGERS: Song Of The Aussies/ THE SINGING STOCKMEN: Night Time In Nevada/ BUDDY WILLIAMS: Bow Legged Stockman

VARIOUS ARTISTS History Of Soul 3 Soul of New Orleans ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 62 tracks, very highly recommended
Somehow we missed this release when it first came but we are now rectifying this glaring omission since this is one of the best in the series. This CD features recordings cut between 1959 and 1962 when rhythm & blues was transitioning into soul and the catchy second line rhythms were beginning to give way to more gospel inflected styles and the influence of Ray Charles is evident - particularly in the work of Al Robinson. Along with familiar names like Earl King, Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville and Ernie K. Doe there are lots of great obscure name like Prince La La, Martha Carter, Danny White (the intense Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye with tough guitar from Irving Bannnister), The Tick Tocks, Cookie Gabriel (the fabulous rocker I Just Can't Take It No More), The Five Knights and others. It includes quite a few tracks making their first appearance on CD and there isn't a single track here less than excellent and there are many that are truly superb. The excellent 28 page booklet has profiles of the artists and labels that made all this magnificence possible. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Honest Jon's 002R London Is The Place For Me - The Music Of Young Black London ● CD $22.98
2 CDs, 40 tracks, 118 mins, very highly recommended
This compiles the first two installments of the wonderful "London Is The Place For Me" series into one nice package that includes a thick booklet of great photos and deep notes. This is basically a musical journey told by immigrants as well as visiting entertainers starting in the early 1950s. So you get "Calypso & Kwela, Highlife & Jazz from young Black London." This starts in the era of the "Lords," so there's a bunch of great tracks from Lord Kitchener like the title track, Kitch's Bebop Calypso, Birth Of Ghana, and more, plus Lord Invader - Aguiti - and Lord Beginner - Mix Up Matrimony/ Fed-A-Ray/ General Election, etc. Then there are also great tracks from West African Rhythm Brothers, The Lion, Shake Keane & His Highlifers, Tunji Oyelana, and many more fine, if little known, artists. This series was initially released in six volumes, and now thankfully, Honest Johns is re-releasing them all in beautiful 2 CD sets. (JM)
MONA BAPTISTE: Calypso Blues/ AMBROSE CAMPBELL: Ashiko Rhythm/ Yolanda/ RUSS HENDERSON: West Indian Drums/ SHAKE KEANE & HIS HIGHLIFERS: Balonga/ KING TIMOTHY: Gerrard Street/ LION: Kalenda March/ Some Girl Something/ Spanish Calypso/ LORD BEGINNER: Fed-A-Ray/ General Election/ Housewives/ Jamaica Hurricane/ Mix Up Matrimony/ Nobody Wants To Grow Old/ Victory Test Match/ LORD INVADER: Aguiti/ LORD KITCHENER: Birth Of Ghana/ If You're Not White You're Black/ Kitch In The Jungle/ Kitch's Bebop Of Calypso/ London Is The Place For Me/ My Landlady/ My Wife's Nightie/ Saxophone No. 2/ Sweet Jamaica/ The Underground Train/ THE MIGHTY TERROR: No Carnival In Britain/ GWIGWI MRWEBI: Nyusamkhaya/ TUNJI OYELANA: Omonike/ RANS BOI'S GHANA HIGHLIFE BAND: Gbonimawo/ TIMOTHY: Bulldog Don't Bite Me/ WEST AFRICAN RHYTHM BROTHERS: Adura/ Eroya/ Ominira/ Sing The Blues/ WEST AFRICAN SWING STARS: E.T. Mensah's Rolling Ball/ Omo Africa/ YOUNG TIGER: Calypso Be/ I Was There (At The Coronation)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 826 Very Truly Yours - The Songs Of Rose Marie McCoy ● CD $19.98
Two CDs, 55 tracks, very highly recommended
What do Big Maybelle, Faye Adams, Nappy Brown, Elvis Presley and Nat King Cole have in common? Well they all had big hits with songs co-written by Rose Marie McCoy, the first female African-American songwriter to break into the mostly male dominated world of professional songwriters. Between the early 50s and mid 70s she was involved in writing over 800 songs - many of them rhythm & blues but also including pop, country and jazz. It's only been in the past 20 years that her significance has been acknowledged and a biography of Rose Marie ("Thought We Were Writing Blues But They Called It Rock 'n' Roll") was published in 2014, a few months before her death in January, 2015 at the age of 92. This superb collection features a selection of her songs from the period 1952 through 1962, many in collaboration with Charlie Singleton, including Gabbin' Blues by Big Maybelle, Mambo Baby by Ruth Brown, It Hurts Me To My Heart by Faye Adams, Doggone It, You Did It by The Five Keys, I'll Never Deceive You by Little Jimmy Scott, One Night Only by Otis Williams & The Charms, Trying To Get To You by Elvis, That Dood It by James Brown, It's Gonna Work Out Fine by Ike & Tina Turner and many more from Louis Jordan, Earl Connolly King, The Thrillers, The Du Droppers, Patti Page, The Cadets, Little Willie John and more. In addition the set includes eight tracks recorded by Rose Marie herself for various labels between 1951 and '58 showing that she was a fine performer in her own right. The booklet has informative notes of Rose Marie's life and music. Her biography is available from This set is a revelation and a delight. (FS)
THE 5 ROYALES: I Could Love You/ Right Around The Corner/ THE 5 WILLOWS: Look Me In The Eyes/ FAYE ADAMS: It Hurts Me To My Heart/ Same Ole Me/ Somebody, Somewhere, Someday/ LAVERN BAKER: I Didn't Know I Was Crying/ BIG MAYBELLE: Gabbin' Blues (Don't Run My Business)/ I'm Getting 'Long Alright/ One Monkey Don't Stop No Show/ JAMES BROWN: That Dood It/ NAPPY BROWN: Don't Be Angry/ Little By Little/ RUTH BROWN: Ever Since My Baby's Been Gone/ If I Had Any Sense/ Love Contest/ Mambo Baby/ One More Time/ THE BURTON SISTERS: Piddily Patter Patter/ THE CADETS: My Clumsy Heart/ JOEY CASTELL: Trying To Get To You/ CHARLIE AND ROSIE: Don't Call The Wagon (Cause Nothin's Wrong With Me)/ Toodle Loo Tennessee/ NAT KING COLE: My Personal Possession/ THE DU DROPPERS: Boot 'Em Up/ Honey Bunch/ If You Just Don't Leave/ Talk That Talk/ THE FIVE KEYS: Doggone It, You Did It/ Don't You Know I Love You/ I Burned Your Letter/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Letter From My Darling/ JIMMY JONES: Ready For Love/ LOUIS JORDAN: House Party/ If I Had Any Sense I'd Go Back Home/ EARL CONNELLY KING: Don't Take It So Hard/ ROSE MARIE MCCOY: Cheating Blues/ Dippin' In My Business/ Down Here/ Georgie Boy Blues/ Joy And Jubilation/ Remembering/ PATTI PAGE: Piddily Patter, Patter/ ELVIS PRESLEY: I Beg Of You/ Trying To Get To You/ LITTLE JIMMY SCOTT: Everybody Needs Somebody/ I'll Never Deceive You/ If You Only Knew/ TED TAYLOR: Very Truly Yours/ DICKIE THOMPSON: I'm Innocent/ THE THRILLERS: 'Lizabeth/ IKE AND TINA TURNER: It's Gonna Work Out Fine/ OTIS WILLIAMS AND HIS CHARMS: Don't Deny Me/ One Kind Word From You/ One Night Only

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77145 Golden Gospel Gals ● CD $28.98 $21.98
Four CDs, 102 tracks very highly recommended
Another winner compiled by gospel expert Opal Louis Nations for JSP. This features three of the leading female gospel groups who recorded between 1949 and 1959. The first two discs features 50 tracks recorded between 1949 and 1959 by the fabulous Clara Ward leading the most innovative and exciting gospel groups of the 1950s. There are several groups here led by Clara including The Famous Ward Singers, the Clara Ward Specials and others featuring great singers like Willarene Ward-Moultrie (Clara's mother), Marion Williams, Frances Steadman, Thelma Jackson and others. Most of the leads are taken by Clara with other members also taking lead from time to time. Clara and her groups advocated the toe-tapping, tambourine-bashing, born-again brand of gospel and there are lots of exciting performances here including How I Got Over/ When The Gates Swing Open/ Happy Over There/ King Jesus Is All I Need/ Down By The Riverside, etc. Accompaniment is usually piano and/or organ. There are 14 great live cuts from 1958 and '59 on the second disc where the accompaniment includes steel guitarist Sam Whinham. The third disc features 28 of the earliest sides (1952-1956) from The Caravans featuring the beautiful lead of Albertina Walker with second leads from such magnificent vocalists as Ora Lee Hopkins, Bessie Griffin, Casietta George, Dorothy Norwood and others. The Caravans favored a more low key and mournful approach than Ward & her groups but they had no problem pulling out all the stops when necesarry. On most of the later sides they are accompanied by the great James Cleveland on piano who also is featured as vocalist on several cuts. Includes Tell The Angels/ Stranger Of Galilee/ Blessed Assurance/ Why Should I Worry/ Angels Keep Watchbing, etc. The fourth disc is devoted to the lesser known but equally fine Davis Sisters from Philadelphia featuring the ferocious contralto vocals of Ruth "Baby Sis" Davis with rousing support from sisters Thelma, Audrey and Alfreda plus Imogene Green . They were accompanied by pianist Curtis Dublin who also provides co-lead vocal on some tracks. Their 24 performances recorded for Gotham between 1949 and 1952 including In The Morning When I Rise/ Get Away Jordan/ Jesus Is Near/ I'm Tired/ When I Get Home/ When He Spoke/ Bye & Bye (Parts 1 & 2)/ Jesus Is A Waymaker and more. Apart from the Davis Sisters tracks, most of which were issued on a now out of print Heritage CD, most of the other tracks are making their first appearance on CD. Sound quality is excellent and their are informative notes from the ubiquitous Opal Nations. (FS)
THE CARAVANS: Angels Keep Watching/ Blessed Assurance/ Blessed and Brought Up By the Lord/ Come On Jesus/ Count Your Blessings/ Crucifixion/ Get Away Jordan/ God is Good To Me/ He'Ll Be There/ I Know the Lord Will Make a Way/ Jesus is a Rock/ Let Us Run/ None But the Righteous/ Old Time Religion/ On My Way Home/ Onward Christian Soldiers/ Since I Met Jesus/ Stranger of Galilee/ Tell Him What You Want/ Tell the Angels/ The Man Jesus/ The Solid Rock/ Think of His Goodness To You/ Wait For Me/ What Kind of Man is This/ What a Friend We Have In Jesus/ Why Should I Worry/ Witness/ THE DAVIS SISTERS: Bye And Bye, Pt. 1 & 2/ Get Away Jordan/ Get Right With God/ Getting Nearer To My Lord/ He Has A Way That's Mighty Sweet/ He's My All And All/ I'll Wait On The Lord/ I'm Going To Tell God/ I'm Tired/ In The Morning When I Rise/ In The Shelter Of The Rock/ Is There Anybody Here That Loves Jesus/ Jesus/ Jesus Is A Waymaker/ Jesus Is Near/ Jesus Steps Right In/ Marching To Zion/ Stand By Me/ Surely God Is Able/ Thy Holy Will Be Done/ Too Close To Heaven/ We Shall Walk In The Sunlight Of The Lord/ When He Spoke/ When I Get Home/ CLARA WARD: All God'S Children Got Shoes/ Blessed Assurance/ Come In the Room/ Come On/ Down By the Riverside [Live]/ Faith That Moves Mountains/ Faith That Moves Mountains (Alt Take)/ Give Me That Old Time Religion (2nd Reprise) [Short] [Live]/ Give Me That Old Time Religion (Reprise)-I Heard the Voice [Live]/ Give Me That Old Time Religion [Live]/ God Moves In a Mysterious Way/ Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah/ Happy Over There/ Hark the Voice/ He'll Never Fail You [Live]/ He'll Never Let Go My Hand/ How Far Am I From Canaan, Pt. 1 & 2/ How I Got Over/ How I Got Over (Alt. Take)/ I Don't Know Why/ I Feel the Holy Spirit/ I Heard of a City Like the New Jerusalem/ I'm Sealed/ In That Great Judgment Morning/ Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho [Live]/ Just One Moment/ King Jesus is All I Need/ Oh Glory Hallelujah/ Oh! What a Wonderful Feeling [Live]/ On Higher Ground/ One Way Street/ Out On a Hill/ Packin' Up [Live]/ Payday/ Peace In the Valley/ Redeemed/ The Old Landmark [Live]/ The Seven Seals [Live]/ There is a Fountain/ This Same Jesus/ Throw Out the Lifeline/ Time is Winding Up/ Were You There/ When I Get Home/ When I Get To Glory [Live]/ When We Get Up There/ When the Gates Swing Open/ When the Gates Swing Open (Alt Take)/ Whosoever Will/ You Must Have Good Religion

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP 77199 West Coast Guitar ● CD $28.98
Four CDS, 100 tracks, highly recommended
A terrific collection of West Coast blues recorded between 1946 and 1956 all featuring some of the hottest blues guitar West of the Mississippi. The principal focus is on five performers - Pee Wee Crayton, Gene Phillips, Pete "Guitar" Lewis, Jimmy Nolen and Lafayette Thomas. Crayton and Phillips primarily recorded under their own name with a great selection of vocals and instrumentals including one track by Phillips featuring his fine steel guitar work. The other artists are primarily known for their work as sidemen but also show that they were fine artists on their own. Lewis is somewhat of an enigmatic character and not much is known about him but he was a fabulous guitarist who primarily worked with the Johnny Otis Orch. and the band's various vocalist and his solo sides find him accompanied by Otis's Orch. Nolen achieved fame when he joined James Brown band in 1965 and was responsible for Brown's "chicken scratch" funk sound but before that worked as a solo performer as well as accompanying the fine vocalist Monte Easter. Lafayette Thomas worked on a number of productions for Bob Geddins including great sides by James Reed and Jimmy Wilson before joining the Jimmy McCracklin band where he remained for a number of years. A few other guitarists are featured here including Tiny Webb who is featured here on one track though he appeared on many sessions, the obscure Willie "Bo" Thomas (two tracks) and Jimmy McCracklin's first guitarist Robert Kelton who provides slashing guitar work on a couple tracks here. An outstanding collection with excellent sound, notes by Neil Slaven and full discographical data. (FS)
PEE WEE CRAYTON: Answer to Blues After Hours/ Blues After Hours/ Blues for My Baby/ Bounce Pee Wee/ Brand New Woman/ California Woman/ Central Avenue Blues/ Crying and Walking/ Dedicating the Blues/ Don't Ever Fall in Love/ Fillmore Street Blues/ Forgive Me/ Good Little Woman/ Huckle Boogie/ I'm Your Prisoner/ Louella Brown/ Pappy's Blues/ Poppa Stoppa/ Rock Island Blues/ Rockin' the Blues/ Texas Hop/ Tired of Travelin'/ MONTE EASTER (JIMMY NOLEN): Blues in the Evening/ Midnight Rider/ New Orleans Hop/ Slow Freight Back Home/ LLOYD GLENN (GENE PHILLIPS): Levee Blues/ Midnight Boogie/ Rampart Street Jump/ LINDA HOPKINS (PETE 'GUITAR' LEWIS): Doggin' Blues/ PETE 'GUITAR' LEWIS: Chocolate Pork Chop Man/ Crying with the Rising Sun/ Goomp Blues/ Louisiana Hop/ Midnight in the Barrelhouse/ One Nighter Blues/ Ooh Midnight/ Raggedy Blues/ Scratchin'/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN & HIS BLUES BLASTERS (ROBERT: Blues Blasters Shuffle/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN & HIS BLUES BLASTERS (RICHARD: South Side Mood/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN (LAFAYETTE THOMAS): Beer Tavern Girl/ I Wanna Make Love to You/ Take a Chance/ JIMMY NOLEN: After Hours/ Don't Leave Me No More/ How Fine Can You Be/ I Can't Stand You No More/ It Hurts Me So/ Let's Try It Again/ Strawberry Jam/ Strawberry Jam/ Strawberry Jam/ Strollin' with Nolen/ Strollin' with Nolen/ The Way You Do/ Wipe Your Tears/ You've Been Goofing/ JOHNNY OTIS (PETE 'GUITAR' LEWIS): Aint Nothin' Shakin'/ Head Hunter/ Honky Tonk Boogie/ You Got Me Cryin'/ JOHNNY OTIS ORCH. (PETE 'GUITAR' LEWIS): Boogie Guitar/ Freight Train Boogie/ Hangover Blues/ New Orleans Shuffle/ GENE PHILLIPS: Big Bug Boogie/ Big Fat Mama/ Big Legs/ Crying Won't Help You None/ Fatso/ Hey Lawdy Mama/ Honky Tonk Train/ I Wonder What the Poor Folks Are Doin'/ Punkin' Head Woman/ Ramblin' Woman/ Slippin' & Slidin'/ Stinking Drunk/ To Each His Own, Brother/ Women, Women, Women/ You Can't Come Back Home/ JAMES REED (LAFAYETTE THOMAS): My Love Is Real/ My Mama Told Me/ Roughest Place in Town (Tin Pan Alley)/ Things Ain't What They Used to Be/ You Better Hold Me/ LAFAYETTE THOMAS: Deep South Guitar Blues/ Don't Have to Worry/ Lost Mind/ The Thing/ Weekend Blues/ Weekend Blues/ Weekly Blues/ WILLIE 'BO' THOMAS: Bo's Boogie/ I Don't Know What's Happening Baby/ TINY WEBB: Tiny's Down Home/ JIMMY WILSON (LAFAYETTE THOMAS): Big Town Jump/ Call Me Hound Dog/ Instrumental Jump/ Tin Pan Alley

VARIOUS ARTISTS Real Gone 223 Mercury Records, 1962 ● CD $15.98
Four CDs, 100 tracks, strongly recommended
Another of those interesting label oriented collections from Real Gone, this one focusing on the Mercury Records label in the year 1962. Although founded as an independent label in 1945 it quickly became a major force in the record industry and by 1962 was issuing the whole spectrum of music and this collection features lots of pop (Patti Page, Jan August, Billy Eckstine, Charles Aznavour, etc.), country (George Jones, Merle Kilgore, James O'Gwynn, Jimmie Skinner, etc), R&B (Brook Benton, Clyde McPhatter, Young Jessie, etc), jazz (Roland Kirk, Quincy Jones, Art Farmer), vocal group sounds (The Platters, The Chanteers, etc), novelty ongs (Ray Stevens, Merv Griffin, etc.) and more including Little Richard during his gospel period with two songs Do You Care is a million miles from his Specialty sides while He Got What He Wanted is just like a Specialty rocker with religious lyrics. There are quite a few chart hits here as well as some intriguing surprises like Dolly Parton with her second record which is a pop rocker with Dolly showing the beginnings of a vocal style that would take her to the top some years later. R&B singer Damita Jo does a great rocking version of the old favorite Tennessee Waltz and country singer Darrell McCall does a terrific cover of the Larry Finegan hit Dear One. Dinah Washington, who is pretty much unclassifiable, is here with half a dozen songs encompassing pop, jazz and a unique interpretation of Hank Williams' Cold Cold Heart. As usual for this label there are no notes. (FS)
MICHAEL ALLEN: a Boy With a Dream/ ERNESTINE ANDERSON: Mound Bayou/ DAVID ATKINSON & GAYLEA BYRNE: I Love a Fool/ JAN AUGUST: Canadian Capers/ CHARLES AZNAVOUR: You've Got To Learn/ You've Let Yourself Go/ GEORGE BARNES: Spooky/ BROOK BENTON: Hit Record/ Lie To Me/ Revenge/ Shadrack/ Still Waters Run Deep/ Two Tickets To Paradise/ Walk On the Wild Side/ DAVID CARROLL: Little Pixie/ THE CHANTEERS: I Waited/ Just a Little Boy/ She's Coming Home/ IKE CLANTON: Makin' Up/ Sugar Plum/ the Champ/ JILL COREY: I Miss You Already (and You're Not Even Gone)/ XAVIER CUGAT: Flying Down To Rio/ Jazz Me Blues/ Woodchppers Ball/ DAMITA JO: I Built My World Around a Dream/ Tennessee Waltz/ RUSTY DRAPER: Tongue Tied Over You/ BILLY ECKSTINE: Guilty/ Till There Was You/ ART FARMER: Rain Check/ CLAUDE GRAY: You Take the Table (I'll Take the Chairs)/ MERV GRIFFIN: House of Horrors/ SHIRLEY HORN: Do It Again/ Wild is Love/ TOMMY JACKSON: Sally Goodin'/ JIVIN' GENE: Genie Bomb Beenie/ GEORGE JONES: Aching, Breaking Heart/ When My Heart Hurts No More/ QUINCY JONES: On the Street Where You Live/ a Taste of Honey/ GEORGE JONES & MARGIE SINGLETON: I Want To Be Where You're/ Waltz of the Angels/ MERLE KILGORE: Ain't Nothin' But a Man/ Lover's Hell/ a Girl Named Liz/ ROLAND KIRK: Three For the Festival/ You Did It, You Did It/ LITTLE RICHARD: Do You Care/ He Got What He Wanted/ DARRELL MCCALL: Dear One/ GEORGE MCCANNON: Shy Boy/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: I Do Believe/ Little Bitty Pretty One/ Lover Please/ Maybe/ Stop/ The Best Man Cried/ JERRY MODINE: Stranger To Me/ JAMES O'GWYNN: My Name is Mud/ You're Getting All Over Me/ PATTI PAGE: Everytime I Hear Your Name/ Go On Home/ Let's Cry Together/ the Boy's Night Out/ DOLLY PARTON: It's Sure Gonna Hurt/ the Love You Gave/ PAUL PEEK: Young Hearts/ a Miss is As Good As a Mile/ THE PLATTERS: Heartbreak/ It's Magic/ More Than You Know/ Reaching For a Star/ Song For the Lonely/ You'll Never Know/ DOUG POWELL: Big City Walk/ THE PRESIDENTS: Pots 'N' Pans/ JOHNNY PRESTON: Kissin' Tree/ Let the Big Boss Man (Pull You Through)/ Let's Leave It That Way/ BOBBY SCOTT: I Gotta Run Now/ MARGIE SINGLETON: Her Image Keeps Getting In the Way/ JIMMIE SKINNER: I Know You're Married (But I Love You Still/ One Dead Man Ago/ RAY STEVENS: Ahab, the Arab/ Furthermore/ Santa Claus is Watching You/ Saturday Night At the Movies/ BILLY TAYLOR: Capricious Bossa Nova/ THE TIDES: Midnight Limbo/ LEROY VAN DYKE: Black Cloud/ I Sat Back and Let It Happen/ If a Woman Answers (Hang Up the Phone)/ DINAH WASHINGTON: Cold, Cold Heart/ Dream/ I Want To Be Loved/ Tears and Laughter/ WALLY WIGGINS: Little Old Lady Who Lived In a Shoe/ DEL WOOD: Creole Fandango/ YOUNG JESSIE: Be Bop Country Boy

VARIOUS ARTISTS Renair 127 Shir Hodu - Jewish Song From Bombay Of The '30s ● CD $18.98
15 tracks, 48 mins, strongly recommended
This compiles (mostly) great recordings done by Eastern Jewish singers that lived and performed in India during the 1930s. Though I am certainly far from an expert on this kind of fare, I did really like much of this CD. This features four artists, of these Simeon Jacob Kharilker, Abid David, and Nathan Solomon Satamkar were all quite enjoyable. The fourth artist, Zaky Solomon Isaac, who has five of the tracks here, I found a bit too abrasive in his singing style. Excellent and extensive liner notes covers the stories of these artists and the circumstances of their being in India, as well as a lot of the Indian recording industry of the 1930s. This is fascinating and, at times, beautiful stuff. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rhythm and Blues 030 Rhythm & Blues Chronology 1: 1940-1941** ● CD $37.98
Four CDs, 108 tracks, strongly recommended
Rhythm & Blues, as we usually think of it, emerged in the mid 40s and this is the first in a new series looking at the musical strands that came together to create the genre. This features recordings from 1940 and '41 - primarily blues and jazz along wih some gospel vocal group sound and even a bit of country. Among the many artists featured are Lionel Hampton, Leadbelly & The Golden Gate Quartet, T-Bone Walker, Adolph Hofner, The Four Clefs, Peetie Wheatstraw, Blind Boy Fuller, Earl Hines, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong & Luis Russell, Lewis Bronzeville Five, Erskine Hawkins, Jelly Roll Morton, Memphis Slim, Gene Krupa, The Ink Spots and many more. Unlike most releases on this label the notes are rather cursory and so there is no information as to how these performances might fit into the development of rhythm & blues but, if nothing else, it's pimarily an excellent collection of Afreican-American popular music from 1940 and '41. (FS)
ALBERT AMMONS & PETE JOHNSON: Sixth Avenue Express/ Walkin' The Boogie/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG & LUIS RUSSELL: You Run Your Mouth, I'll Run My Business/ COUNT BASIE: 9:20 Special/ SIDNEY BECHET: Preachin' Blues/ Rip Up The Joint/ Sidney's Blues/ BIG JOE & HIS WASHBOARD BAND: If You Take Me Back/ BIG MACEO: Worried Life Blues/ THE BLACK CATS AND THE KITTEN: I'm The Winder/ BOONE'S JUMPING JACKS: Please Be Careful/ WILL BRADLEY: Down The Road A Piece/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Key To The Highway/ Midnight Steppers/ Rockin' Chair Blues/ What Is That She Got/ When I Been Drinking/ UNA MAE CARLISLE: Blitzkrieg Baby/ Oh I'm Evil/ THE CATS AND THE FIDDLE: I'm Gonna Pull My Hair/ THE CHARIOTEERS: Wade In The Water/ CHARLIE CHRISTIAN: Topsy/ NAT KING COLE: Are You Fer It/ THE DELTA RHYTHM BOYS: Dry Bones/ Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Cabbage Greens No. 1/ Dupree Shake Dance/ Junker Blues/ New Low Down Dog/ DUKE ELLINGTON: Cotton Tail/ In A Mellotone/ Take The "A" Train/ THE FIVE BREEZES: My Buddy Blues/ THE FOUR CLEFS: Dig These Blues/ I Like Pie, I Like Cake/ BLIND BOY FULLER: Step It Up And Go/ Harmonica Stomp/ JAZZ GILLUM: Key To The Highway/ GOLDEN GATE JUBILEE QUARTET: The Valley Of Time/ LIL GREEN: Knockin' Myself Out/ Let's Be Friends/ Romance In The Dark/ Why Don't You Do Right/ CREOLE GEORGE GUESNON: Mississippi Town/ LIONEL HAMPTON: Bouncing At The Beacon/ Central Avenue Breakdown/ HAPPY FATS & RAYNE-BO RAMBLERS: Gran Prairie/ LEONARD HARLAN: Ride My Blues Away/ ERSKINE HAWKINS: After Hours/ Gabriel Meets The Duke/ EARL HINES: Boogie Woogie On St. Louis Blues/ JOHNNY HODGES: Going Out The Back Way/ ADOLPH HOFNER: Joe Turner Blues/ TONY HOLLINS: Crawlin' King Snake/ THE INK SPOTS: Stop Pretending/ PETE JOHNSON: Death Ray Boogie/ BUDDY JOHNSON & HIS BAND: Boogie Woogie's Mother-In-Law/ New Please Mr. Johnson/ PETE JOHNSON'S BAND: 627 Stomp/ LOUIS JORDAN: June Tenth Jamboree/ Knock Me A Kiss/ Saxa-Woogie/ You Got To Go When The Wagon Comes/ ANDY KIRK: Cuban Boogie Woogie/ 47th Jive/ GENE KRUPA: Drum Boogie/ LEADBELLY & THE GOLDEN QUARTET: Rock Island Line/ LEWIS BRONZEVILLE FIVE: Low Down Gal Blues/ Natchez Mississippi Blues/ TOMMY MCCLENNAN: Cross Cut Saw/ JAY MCSHANN: Confessin' The Blues/ Hold 'em Hootie/ Vine Street Boogie/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Me And My Chauffeur/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Grinder Man Blues/ LUCKY MILLINDER AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Rock Me/ LUCKY MILLINDER W SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: Shout, Sister, Shout/ PHIL MOORE AND HIS COMBO: Shoo Shoo Baby/ JELLY ROLL MORTON: Shake It/ MOON MULLICAN & THE SUNSHINE BOYS: Pipeliner's Blues/ NORA AND DELLE: Keep A Knockin' (But You Can't Come In)/ ST. LOUIS JIMMY ODEN: Going Down Slow/ HOT LIPS PAGE: Evil Man's Blues/ Harlem Rhumbain' The Blues/ JEWEL PAIGE: Give It Up/ ROBERT PETWAY: Catfish Blues/ SAM PRICE AND HIS TEXAS BLUSICIANS: Oh Lawdy Mama/ SELAH JUBILEE SINGERS: I Feel Like My Time Ain't Long/ SLIM & SLAM: Ah Now/ Slim Slam Boogie/ CHARLIE SPAND: Rock And Rye/ TAMPA RED: Don't You Lie To Me/ It Hurts Me Too/ THREE SHARPS AND A FLAT: That's The Rhythm/ SKEETS TOLBERT: The Rhumba Blues/ BIG JOE TURNER: Corrine Corrina/ Doggin'The Dog/ Low Down Dirty Shame/ Rock Me, Mama/ Sun Risin' Blues/ Wee Baby Blues/ T-BONE WALKER: T-Bone Blues/ WASHBOARD SAM: Come On Back/ PEETIE WHEATSTRAW: Gangster's Blues/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Jivin' The Blues/ New Early In The Morning/ You Got To Step Back/ THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: Gospel Train

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rhythm and Blues 31 Rhythm & Blues Chronology 2: 1942-1944 ● CD $37.98
Four CDs, 105 tracks, strongly recommended
The second volume in this series features some of the most popular records with the African-American audience in the period 1942 through 1944. In 1942 Billboard Magazine established the first chart for African-American music "Harlem Hit Parade" which, as one might imagine from the title, was primarily devoted to recordings popular in the Harlem district of New York which didn't necessarily reflect the nation as a whole and this set relies on other sources to try and paint a broader picture. This was a tumultuous time in the music business as the American Federation Of Musicians strike stopped all recording (with the exception of a few mavericks) from July 1942 until December 1943 and so many of the the most popular recordings in this period were ones that the record companies had stockpiled before the strike. Because of the War, shellac was rationed and the economic situation made it more difficult for big bands and so smaller groups became more prominent. Although the record business was still dominated by major labels like Victor/ Bluebird, Decca and Columnia/ OKeh, a number of independent labels were making their presence felt like Rhumboogie, Regis, Specialty, Rex, Gilt-Edge and others - some which only lasted a short time. Among the wide array of artists featured Duke Ellington & His Orch., Lucky Millinder & His Orch., Bea Booze, Louis Joordan, Nat King Cole, Champion Jack Dupree, The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, "Sonny Boy" Williamson, Saunders King, Earl Hines, The Four Vagabonds, Fats Waller and many more. Music selection is great, sound quality is excellent but the lack of detailed notes is a real detriment. (FS)
ALBERT AMMONS: Boogie Rocks/ CHARLIE BARNET: Oh Miss Jaxson/ COUNT BASIE: Rusty Dusty Blues/ BEA BOOZE: See See Rider Blues/ WEE BEA BOOZE: These Young Men Blues/ BIG BILL BROONZY: I Feel So Good/ BENNY CARTER: Hurry Hurry/ THE CHARIOTEERS: Amen/ SAVANNAH CHURCHILL AND HER ALL STAR SEVEN: Fat Meat Is Good Meat/ DOCTOR CLAYTON: Ain't No Business We Can Do/ COZY COLE: Jericho/ Nice And Cozy/ NAT KING COLE: Hit That Jive, Jack/ Pitchin' Up A Boogie/ That Ain't Right/ Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You/ Pro/ Straighten Up and Fly Right/ THE COLEMAN BROTHERS: Low Down The Chariot/ ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: Mean Ol' Frisco/ BONNIE DAVIES: Don't Stop Now/ THE DELTA RHYTHM BOYS: Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me/ THE DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS: Book Of The Seven Seas/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Big Time Mama/ BILLY ECKSTINE: Blowin' The Blues Away/ ROY ELDRIDGE: Minor Jive/ DUKE ELLINGTON: Main Stem/ The "C" Jam Blues/ ELLA FITZGERALD: Cow Cow Boogie/ THE FIVE RED CAPS: Boogie Woogie Ball/ Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night/ THE FOUR VAGABONDS: Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer/ CECIL GANT: Cecil's Boogie/ ERROL GARNER: Boogie Woogie Boogie/ GOLDEN GATE JUBILEE QUARTET: Didn't It Rain/ EDMOND HALL: Besame Mucho/ Downtown Cafe Boogie/ LIONEL HAMPTON: Hamps Boogie Woogie No 1/ Flying Home/ ERSKINE HAWKINS: Don't Cry Baby/ WOODY HERMAN: Amen/ EARL HINES: Stormy Monday Blues/ JOHNNY HODGES: Things Ain't What They Used To Be/ BILLIE HOLIDAY: I Love My Man/ HELEN HUMES: I Would If I Could/ Unlucky Woman/ BUDDY JOHNSON: Fine Brown Frame/ One Of Them Good Ones/ When My Man Comes Home/ You'll Get Them Blues/ ELLA JOHNSON WITH BUDDY JOHNSON: That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch/ ETTA JONES: Blow Top Blues/ Evil Gal Blues/ LOUIS JORDAN: Deacon Jones/ Five Guys Named Moe/ G.I. Jive/ I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town/ Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My baby?/ Ration Blues/ What's The Use Of Getting Sober/ You Can't Get That No More/ SAUNDERS KING: SK Blues Part 1/ JOHN KIRBY: St. Louis Blues/ ANDY KIRK AND HIS CLOUDS OF JOY: Hey Lawdy Mama/ Take It And Git/ LEADBELLY: The House Of The Rising Sun/ PEGGY LEE: Why Don't You Do Right/ JULIA LEE WITH JAY MCSHANN: Come On Over To My House/ JIMMIE LUNCEFORD: Back Door Stuff Part 1/ JIMMY LUNCEFORD: Blues In The Night/ JAY MCSHANN AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Jumpin' Blues/ LUCKY MILLINDER: Little John Special/ Apollo Jump/ Savoy/ I Want A Tall Skinny Papa/ That's All/ THE MILLS BROTHERS: Till Then/ ELLA MAE MORSE: Cow Cow Boogie/ HOT LIPS PAGE: The Blues Jumped The Rabbit/ The Sheik of Araby/ IKE QUEBEC: Blue Harlem/ THE SEPIA TONES: Boogie No 1/ SLIM & SLAM: Groove Juice Special/ TAMPA RED: Sure Enough I Do/ Let Me Play With Your Poodle/ THE THREE BARONS: Milk Shake Stand/ BIG JOE TURNER: Blues In The Night/ T-BONE WALKER: I Got A Break Baby/ Low Down Dirty Blues/ Mean Old World/ Mean Old World Blues/ Sail On Boogie/ T-Bone Boogie/ You Don't LOve Me Blues/ FATS WALLER: Moppin' And Boppin'/ WASHBOARD SAM & HIS WASHBOARD BAND: Gonna Hit The Highway/ DINAH WASHINGTON: Evil Gal Blues/ Salty Papa Blues/ ERNESTINE WASHINGTON: If I Could Just Make It In/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Baby Please Don't Go/ COOTIE WILLIAMS: Tess's Torch Song/ JOHN LEE "SONNY BOY" WILLIAMSON: She Don't Love Me That Way/ LESTER YOUNG: Blue Lester/ Jump Lester Jump/ Lester Leaps Again

VARIOUS ARTISTS Stag-O-Lee 83 Katanga! And Ahbe Casabe - Blues & Rhythm, POpcorn, etc ● CD $17.98
24 tracks, 61 mins, strongly recommended
If you liked the old "Las Vegas Grind" and "Frolic Diner" compilations, this one will probably appeal to you. This combines two long out of print vinyl 10" records for the first time on CD. The sub-title of this is "Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica & Tittyshakers," so you can tell the fun you will have with this one. Some of my favorite tracks include: Ike Turner & His Kings Of Rhythm blasting out the title track Katanga, Eddie Cole & The Three Peppers with Police, Classie Ballou with Classie's Whip (woof,) Kip Tyler with Shadow Street, and my all-time favorite Bill Haley And His Comets song Chick Safari. You also get appearances by, among others, Jimmy Rushing, Sonny Til And The Orioles, Machito, Lord Kitchener and for some reason The Claus Ogerman Orchestra. Lotsa fun, lotsa kitsch, enjoy! (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sunrise 011 Oh Carolina! The Jamaican Chart Hits Of 1961 ● CD $16.98 $11.98
2 CDs, 56 tracks, 146 mins, highly recommended
Here's a collection of 1961 hit singles based on the RJR charts out of Kingston, Jamaica. Featuring all home grown Rhythm & Blues, Doo-Wop and proto-Ska. You get groundbreaking singles released by the Trojan, All Stars, Worldisc, Smith's, and other fledgling labels that would thrive throughout the 1960s. You get fantastic tracks from the likes of Laurel Aitken, Derrick Morgan, Theo Beckford, The Downbeats, The Blues Busters, Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Chuck & Dobby, Don Drummond, and many, many more soon to be Jamaican legends. Deep notes and stellar sound throughout top off a great compilation dedicated to a great year in Jamaican music history. (JM)
LAUREL AITKEN: Judgement Day/ Mary Lee/ More Whiskey/ THEO BECKFORD: Little Lady/ THE BLUE BUSTERS: Your Love/ THE BLUES BUSTERS: Donna/ There's Always Sunshine/ TEDDY BROWN: Pretty Little Baby/ BUNNY & SKITTER: Chubby/ BUSTER'S ALL STARS: Buster's Shack/ CECIL BYRD & SIR DEE'S GROUP: Ba Ba Black Sheep/ CALYPSO LORD LARO: Referendum/ KES CHIN & THE SOUVENIRS: S-U-C-K-I-N'/ CHUCK & DOBBY: Cool School/ Lovey Dovey/ Sad Over You/ Sweeter Than Honey/ Till The End Of Time/ LLOYD CLARKE: Girls Rush/ CLUE J & THE BLUES BLASTERS: Little Willie/ DERRICK & PATSY: Feel So Fine/ Let The Good Times Roll/ THE DOWNBEATS: Thinkin' Of You/ DON DRUMMOND: Don Cosmic/ CLANCY ECCLES: Freedom/ River Jordan/ WILFRED EDWARDS: Heaven Just Knows/ I Love You No More/ Wherever There's Moonlight/ NEVILLE ESSON: Lover's Jive/ THE FOLKES BROTHERS: Oh Carolina/ OWEN GRAY: Sinners Weep/ HIGGS & WILSON: Come On Home/ How Can I Be Sure/ Sha Ba Da/ THE JIVING JUNIORS: Over The River/ Slop 'N' Mash/ KEITH & ENID: It's Only A Pity/ What Have I Done/ BYRON LEE & THE DRAGONAIRES: Last Night/ CECIL LLOYD & BUSTER'S ALL STARS: Bennison Joy Hop/ MARTIN & DERRICK: Times Are Going/ THE MELLOW CATS: Another Moses/ Rock A Man/ THE MELLOW LARKS: No More Wedding/ THE MELODY ENCHANTERS: Oh Ma, Oh Pa/ MONTY & ROY: In & Out The Window/ DERRICK MORGAN: Leave Earth/ Lover Boy/ Now We Know/ ERIC MORRIS: Humpty Dumpty/ Say That You Love Me/ Search The World/ THE RHYTHM ACES: A Thousand Teardrops/ Oh My Darling/ JIMMY SINCLAIR: Verona

PORTER WAGONER Omni 173 The Bottom Of The Bottle/ Confessions Of A Broken Man ● CD $18.98
31 tracks, 79 mins, highly recommended
I think that there are two kinds of Country music fans: those that get Porter Wagoner, and those that don't get Porter Wagoner. When I was a kid, I totally didn't get him, thought he was corny and odd, but the older I get the more I believe that he was a misunderstood genius. Thankfully the folks at Omni records agree with my grownup self and have put together this epic collection of Porter at his outr‚ Countr‚ best. This compiles his two concept albums: "Confessions of a Broken Man," and "The Bottom of the Bottle," from 1966 and 1968 respectively, plus two tracks from 1969's "The Carroll County Accident" (with The Blackwood Brothers Quartet,) and then five of the best tracks from 1970's "Skid Row Joe-Down in the Alley." All of the tracks being tales of broken men, drunk, derelict, and often prison bound, with Porter Wagoner's alter ego "Skid Row Joe" personifying them all. Wagoner himself composed a couple of the songs, but overall he wisely left that to songwriting greats like Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis, Dolly Parton, Hank Cochran, and others; some were written especially for him, others were just great choices. Of course there are a couple Hank Williams classics thrown in as well, for how could "Skid Row Joe" not pay tribute to "Luke the Drifter?" Highlights include Daddy And The Wine/ She Burnt The Little Roadside Tavern Down/ The Bottle Let Me Down/ Men With Broken Hearts/ I Just Came To Smell The Flowers - the latter possibly the bleakest song on the CD where in the singer has stopped by a stranger's funeral to join in on their sorrow - yikes! Plus Banks of the Ohio/ Sing Me Back Home/ The Alley/ When I Drink My Wine, and many more. If you dig this then make sure to also check out Porters' "The Rubber Room" (Omni 103 - $18.98), and "The Cold Hard Facts Of Life / Soul Of A Convict" (Omni 118 - $18.98), all are indeed highly recommended. (JM)

DOUG & JACK WALLIN Smithsonian Folkways 40013 Family Songs & Stories From The North Carolina Mountain ● CD $15.98 $14.98
19 tracks, very highly recommended
Fabulous collection of traditional ballads and some brief stories from brothers Doug & Jack Wallin who occasionally accompany themselves on banjo, fiddle and guitar. The brothers from Madison County, North Carolina come from an extended family of great singers. Their mother Berzilla was around when Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles were collecting in the early years of the 20th century but didn't sing for them because she thought they were spies! Much of their material derives from balads originating in the British Isles like The Golden Vanity/ The Nightingale/ Young Emily/ The Foggy Dew and others along with songs that are firmly in the American tradition like Omie Wise/ Darling Cora/ Pretty Polly and more. Doug is a particularly fine singer though Jack is excelent singer too and the instrumental work is basic but effective. These recordings were made in 1992 and '93 at Doug Wallin's home and are beautifully recorded and the CD comes with a 28 page booklet with biographical notes, notes on the songs and lyric transcripts. Gorgeous music. (FS)

VALERIE WELLINGTON Rooster Blues 2619 Million Dollar Secret ● CD $15.98 $8.98
12 tracks, strongly recommended
Fine young blues singer from Chicago. Her debut album from 1984 features an interesting selection of songs including updates of several songs from the 20s and 30s such as the title song, Down In The Dumps and Bessie Smith's Dirty No Gooders Blues. There are several originals by Valerie along with songs by Howlin' Wolf, Roy Brown and others. Valerie has a vocal style akin to that of Koko Taylor though she is a more subtle performer and she is given solid support by some top Chicago blues musicians including some great guitar by Magic Slim. Also includes John Littlejohn and Sunnyland Slim.

JUNIOR WELLS Great American Music Co 216 Messin' With The Kid - Original Masters ● CD $15.98 $10.98
20 tracks, 51 mins, highly recommended
This is essentially an abbreviated version of Fuel 61087/ Westside 866 (both now out of print) featuring most of Junior's recordings between 1957 and 1963 for Chief, Profile and USA as well as cuts accompanying Earl Hooker. Although Junior's superb harmonica work is present on only a few cuts there is stunning instrumental work from his accompanying musicians which includes such great guitarists as Hooker, Syl Johnson, Dave Myers and Lacey Gibson, pianists Lafayette Leake, Big Moose Walker and Otis Spann ,bassist Willie Dixon, drummer Fred Below and other stalwarts. There are some great songs here including the great minor key blues I Could Cry, the wonderful Prison Bars All Around Me - a reworking of So All Alone which he originally recorded for States and features some stunning piano from Spann and guitar by Hooker, his only R&B chart hit Little By Little and his most famous song Messin' With The Kid which has been covered by numerous artists. There's also the superb Little Walter inspired instrumental Calling All Blues originally issued under Earl Hooker's name. Weakest tracks are the last three recorded for USA in 1963 but the rest is all top notch Chicago blues. Sound quality is superb and there are informative notes by Bill Dahl. If you missed out on the previous reissues now's your chance to pick up these fine sides. (FS)
JUNIOR WELLS: Calling All Blues/ Cha cha cha in blue/ Come On In This House/ I Could Cry/ I Need Me A Car/ I'll Get You Too/ I'm A Stranger/ It Hurts Me Too/ Little By Little/ Love Me/ Lovey dovey lovey one/ Messin' With The Kid/ One Day (Every Goodbye Ain't Gone)/ Prison Bars All Around Me/ She's A Sweet One/ So Tired/ The Things I'd Do For You/ Two-headed woman/ When The Cat's Gone The Mice Play/ You Don't Care

REVEREND JOHN WILKINS Big Legal Mess 259 You Can't Hurry God** ● CD $13.98
9 tracks, 45 min., very highly recommended
His father, Robert Wilkins, recorded blues and gospel in the 1930s, including the original version of Prodigal Son, later covered by some blokes called the Rolling Stones. As if it were in his DNA, the younger Wilkins sings the lord's music as if it were the blues on this, his debut album. His earlier life included an existence on the fringes of the music business. That's him playing guitar on O.V. Wright's classic You're Gonna Make Me Cry, for example. Wilkins writes his own material and enlists his daughters to sing back up. Songs such as You've Got To Move recall Howlin' Wolf more than they do and contemporary gospel singer one might care to name. And though Wilkins singing may fall short of technical perfection from time to time, it's perfectly suited to his songs. And if I Want You To Help Me doesn't lift its listeners spirits, they may be past all redemption. If church sounded like this, even the sinners couldn't stay away. (JC)

BOB WILLS & THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS JSP JSPCD 77114 Texas, Hollywood & Chicago, 1940-1947** ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 100 tracks, 269 mins, highly recommended
1940 was a heady year for Bob Wills and his playboys. In 1940, Wills hired guitarist and arranger Eldon Shamblin to write and arrange charts to make the Playboys into more of a big band along the lines of the popular Jazz groups of the time, which would pretty much cement Western Swing's popularity and lead Wills into some of the biggest successes of his career. These new Jazz-inspired arrangements would pay off right away with New San Antonio Rose becoming Wills first big national hit, going all the way up to #11 on the pop charts of 1940 and #3 on the Country charts. Many more hits would follow throughout the next few years, even though Wills and many of his band members spent some time in the military during the war years, these years would still be among the most prolific of Wills' career. This fantastic four CD set contain all of the big hits of the day, plus many other fine recordings. You get such classics as Cotton Eyed Joe/ Roly Poly/ Smoke on the Water/Maiden's Prayer/ Take Me Back to Tulsa/ New Spanish Two Step/ Silver Dew on the Blue Grass Tonight, and so on. Recordings were made during various sessions in Txas, Hollywood, and Chicago, so the Oakland CA. Tiffany transcriptions are not included here, but even without those, you certainly have more than enough here for and Bob Wills fan to have hours of enjoyment. (JM)
BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: 'Neath Hawaiian Palms/ A Sweet Kind Of Love/ Big Beaver/ Blackout Blues/ Blue Bonnet Lane/ Blue Bonnet Rag/ Blues For Dixie/ Bob Wills Boogie/ Bob Wills Schottische/ Bob Wills Special/ Bob Wills Stomp/ Brain Cloudy Blues/ Bubbles In My Beer/ Can't Get Enough Of Texas/ Cherokee Maiden/ Closed For Repairs/ Cotton Eyed Joe/ Cotton Patch Blues/ Cowboy Stomp/ Cross My Heart I Love You/ Deep Water/ Dog House Blues/ Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age/ Done And Gone/ Dusty Skies/ Empty Chair At The Christmas Table/ Fat Boy Rag/ Go Home With The Girls In The Mornin'/ Good Time Cakewalk/ Goodbye, Liza Jane/ Goodnight Little Sweetheart/ Got A Letter From My Kid Today/ Hang Your Head In Shame/ Home In San Antone/ Hometown Stomp/ Honeymoon Trail/ How Can It Be Wrong/ I Can't Go On This Way/ I Had A Little Mule/ I Knew The Moment I Lost YOu/ I Want To Be Near You/ I'll Have Somebody Else/ I'm Feelin' Bad/ I'm Gonna Be Boss From Now On/ It's All Your Fault/ Keeper Of My Heart/ Let's Ride With Bob/ Li'l Liza Jane/ Liberty/ Little Cowboy Lullaby/ Lyla Lou/ Maiden's Prayer/ Medley Of Spanish Waltzes/ Misery/ Miss Molly/ My Confession/ My Life's Been A Pleasure/ New San Antonio Rose/ New Spanish Two Step/ New Texas Playboy Rag/ New Worried Mind/ Nothin' But The Best For My Baby/ Oh! You Pretty Woman/ Papa's Jumpin'/ Please Don't Leave Me/ Punkin' Stomp/ Ride On (My Prairie Pinto)/ Roly Poly/ Rose Of Old Pawnee/ Sally Goodin'/ She's Gone/ Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight/ Silver Lake Blues/ Smoke On The Water/ Spanish Fandango/ Staccato Waltz/ Stars And Stripes On Iwo Jima/ Stay A Little Longer/ Still Waters Run The Deepest/ Sugar Moon/ Take Me Back To Tulsa/ Takin' It Home/ Ten Years/ Texarkana Baby/ Texas Playboy Rag/ That Hot Lick Fiddlin' Man/ The Devil Ain't Lazy/ The Kind Of Love I Can't Forget/ There's A Big Rock In The Road/ This Is Southland/ Thorn In My Heart/ Time Changes Everything/ Twin Guitar Special/ We Might As Well Forget It/ White Cross On Okinawa/ Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now?/ You Don't Care What Happens To Me/ You Should Have Thought Of That Before/ You're From Texas/ You're There

JIMMY YANCEY/ FREDDIE MITCHELL Righteous PSALM 23:42 Blues And Boogie/ Boogie Bash ● CD $15.98 $10.98
18 tracks, 47 mins, highly recommended
CD issue of two 10" LPs from the early 50s featuring very different approaches to boogie. Jimmy Yancey was one of the greatest and most influential blues and boogie piano players of all time and the 8 sides here are among his best - originally recorded for Victor in 1939/40 we have stellar renditions of tunes like Yancey Stomp/ Tell 'Em About Me/ Yancey's Bugle Call/ Crying In My Sleep and others. Tenor totin' Freddie Mitchell, was a vet of Fletcher Henderson's and Benny Carter's 40's orchestras. Freddie cut out in '49 and waxed the 10 Derby sides featured here accompanied by top New York sidemen. In the show-stoppin' saxophonic style of Jacquet and Cobb he performs hot tunes like Moon Dog Boogie/ Mama Inez/ Long Lean Daddy/ Long Lean Daddy/ National Emblem/ Louise, etc. FIne music throughout but I'm not sure if I approve of there being no gaps between the individual tracks. (FS)


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