LATEST ADDITIONS  08/17/2012

 

BOOKS

 
POPS - The Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout ● Book $29.98 $13.98
Hardback, 476 pages, highly recommended, counts as eight CDs for shipment
Terry Teachout is a writer for no less than The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and National Review and, although I thought that I already knew a lot about Louis Armstrong, this fabulously written book showed me that my knowledge only scratched the surface. Louis Armstrong was not only one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, but one of its greatest minds as well, something Teachout illustrates beautifully. I often will emphasize the merit of something I review by the fact that I have or plan to buy a copy of what I am reviewing, because that’s what it comes down to: Is this worth my hard earned money? And this is one of those times when there was no doubt that I needed a copy, I knew before I was twenty pages in that this is something that I not only need on my bookshelf, but something that I am sure to go back to again and again over the years. This is as delimitative a work on Armstrong as I have ever read and one of the best books about Jazz to come out in a long time. (JM)

 

DVD

 
JOHN LEE HOOKER MVD 53020 Cook With The Hook - Live In 1974 ● DVD $14.98
45 mins, black & white, recommended Previously unissued live performance by John Lee at the "Down In The Dumps" rock festival in Gardner, Mass in July 1974. John Lee is in good form with solid accompaniment from his Coast To Coast Blues Band. He runs through performances of some of his most well known numbers - It Serves You Right To Suffer/ Boom Boom/ Whiskey And Women, etc and ends with a medley. This was originally filmed for local TV using three cameras and some of the gimmicky editing of the video get annoying but the music is fine. The DVD is probably sourced from a recording of the TV broadcasts, not the original footage, and as a result the video and audio quality suffer somewhat. (FS)

 

COMPACT DISCS

 
JOHNNY ACE Fantastic Voyage 117 Ace's Wild - Complete Solo Sides And Sessions ● CD $19.98
Two CDs, 55 tracks, highly recommended
Although his life and career were cut short at the age of 25 when he shot himself while playing Russian Roulette backstage at a show on Christmas daye 1954, he left behind a significant legacy and this is the first collection to explore that legacy in depth. The first disc features all 23 of the recordings issued under his own name. Johnny was a fine piano player and an excellent singer and although he was a fine blues performer he achieved his biggest success with his rendition of tender and bluesy ballads including My Song/ The Clock/ Please Forgive Me and the classic Pledging My Love which rocketed up the charts following his untimely death and became his only crossover hit reaching #17 in the pop charts (it was #1 in the R&B charts). Johnny's abilities as a blues pianist can be heard on his rocking instrumentals Aces Wild and Burley Cutie and his talent as a blues singer can be heard on So Lonely and his duet with Willie Mae Thornton Yes Baby. Before he struck out on his own in 1953 Johnny had been a member of a group of great Memphis musicians known as The Beale Streeters, which at various times included Bobby Bland, B.B. King, Earl Forest and Junior Parker and the second disc features 25 tracks by Bland, King and Forest with Johnny in the piano chair. Johnny was so popular at the time of his death that a number of tribute records appeared and this set includes six of them including Johnny Ace's Last Letter by Johnny Fuller, Salute To Johnny Ace by The Rovers and Johnny's Still Singing by The Five Wings. An excellently conceived release with informative notes by Dave Penny and full discographical details. (FS)
JOHNNY ACE: Aces Wild/ Angel/ Anymore/ Anymore (overdubbed version)/ Burley Cutie/ Cross My Heart/ Don't You Know/ Follow The Rule/ How Can You Be So Mean/ I'm Crazy, Baby/ Mid Night Hours Journey/ My Song/ Never Let Me Go/ No Money/ Please Forgive Me/ Pledging My Love/ Pledging My Love (overdubbed version)/ Saving My Love For You/ So Lonely/ Still Love You So/ The Clock/ You've Been Gone So Long/ Yes, Baby/ BOBBY BLAND: Army Blues/ Drifting From Town To Town - take 1/ Drifting From Town To Town - take 2/ IOU Blues/ Lovin' Blues/ No Blow, No Show/ Wise Man Blues/ Love My Baby/ VARETTA DILLARD: Johnny Has Gone/ FRANKIE ERVIN AND JOHNNY MOORE'S BLAZERS: Johnny Ace's Last Letter/ THE FIVE WINGS: Johnny's Still Singing/ EARL FOREST: Baby, Baby/ I Can't Forgive You/ I Cried/ I Wronged A Woman/ Pretty Bessie/ Rock The Bottle/ Rumpus Romp/ Sad And Lonely/ Trouble And Me/ Whole Heap Of Mama/ Whoopin' And Hollerin'/ JOHNNY FULLER: Johnny Ace's Last Letter/ LINDA HAYES AND JOHNNY MOORE'S BLAZERS: Why, Johnny, Why?/ B.B. KING: Gotta Find My Baby/ I Got A Gal/ I'm So Glad/ Low Down Dirty Baby/ My Own Fault, Darlin'/ Shake It Up And Go/ Someday, Somewhere/ THE ROVERS: Salute To Johnny Ace

 
BILLY BOY ARNOLD Blues Boulevard 250288 Blue And Lonesome ● CD $15.98
15 tracks, 60 mins, highly recommended
This is a reissue of recordings made in London in 1977 for Red Lightnin' featuring the great Chicago blues singer and harmonica player Billy Boy Arnold accompanied by British blues rock band Tony McPhee & The Groundhogs. Billy's singing and playing are superb but the "in your face" backup can get tiring after a while though is more tasteful than some similar endeavors. Billy redoes a couple of his classic Vee-Jay sides (Don't Stay Out All Night/ Wish You Would), does several new of new compositions (the hot instrumental Riding The El plus Sweet Miss Bea and Mary Bernice) plus covers covers of songs from Jimmy McCracklin (Just Got To Know/ Christmas Time), Little Walter (Ah'w Baby/ Blue And Lonesome), Robert Petway (Catfish), etc. In spite of some reservations about the backup, Billy Boy's singing and playing are so good that I feel it's well worth your time and makes one realize what a shame it is that he didn't do more in the 70s and 80s. This has been issued several times before on CD so you might want to check your collection. (FS)

 
THE CLEFTONES Jasmine 207 Happy Memories - The Greatest Recordings ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 41 tracks, highly recommended
Another fine collection of black doo-wop from Jasmine - this time featuring most of the recordings issued between 1955 and 1961 by this fine group that formed as teenagers in 1955. The majority of the material is rockin', including their three hits This Little Girl Of Mine/ Heart And Soul and For Sentimental Reasons, but ballads like I Was Dreaming/ She's Gone and You're Driving Me Mad provide for a nice contrast. On their later sides the group was joined by female vocalist Georgianna "Pat" Spann whose lead vocals on Please Say You Want and Heavenly Father are among the highlights. The group had a more teen oriented sound than many of their contemporaries so it's not too surprising that only one of their three hits was on the R&B charts. Many of their songs are originals by various group members but there are several covers including a particularly nice version of Ray Charles' Leave My Woman Alone. Superb sound and usual fine notes from Bob Fisher. (FS)
THE CLEFTONES: A Hundred Pounds Of Clay/ Again/ Beginners At Love/ Blues In The Night/ Can’t We Be Sweethearts/ Cuzin Casanova/ Deed I Do/ Do You/ Earth Angel/ For Sentimental Reasons/ Glory Of Love/ Happy Memories/ Heart And Soul/ Heavenly Father/ Hey Babe/ How Do You Feel/ I Like Your Style Of Making Love/ I Was Dreaming/ Leave My Woman Alone/ Little Girl Of Mine/ Lover Boy/ Mish Mash Baby/ My Babe/ Neki Hoeky/ Please Say You Want Me/ Red Sails In The Sunset/ See You Next Year/ Shadows On The Very Last Row/ She’s Gone/ She’s So Fine/ Since We Fell In Love/ String Around My Heart/ Ten Pairs Of Shoes/ Time Is Running Out On Our Love/ Trudy/ Vacation In The Mountains/ What Did I Do That Was Wrong/ Why Do You Do Me Like You Do/ You And I Can Climb/ You Baby You/ You’re Driving Me Mad

 
PATSY CLINE Jasmine 3618/9 Just Out Of Reach - Two Early Albums Plus Singles 55-61 ● CD $18.98
2 CD's, 56 tracks, 2 hours 18 min., very highly recommended
Patsy Cline's eponymous 1956 LP and 1962's Showcase LP are joined here by her singles released between 1956-61, This collection includes the 1956 version of Walking After Midnight as well as the 1961 version, the classic Willie Nelson-penned Crazy, the Hank Cochran-Harlan Howard gem I Fall To Pieces, and plenty more, much under the sometimes dubious guidance of Owen Bradley. Jasmine Records does another fine job here for one of the greatest voices in country music history. Decent if brief booklet notes. (JC)

 
DESMOND DEKKER Trojan SPECKK 2079 007 - The Best OF Desmond Dekker ● CD $17.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, very highly recommended
Before the ascendance of Bob Marley in the early 70s, Desmond Dekker was the biggest name in Jamaican music recording a series of great ska, rock steady and reggae recordings for Leslie Kong's Beverly label and this great set provides an invaluable cross section of recordings he made between 1963 and 1974 and includes a batch of previously unissued alternate takes. It includes his first recording Honour Your Mother And Father from 1963 and includes all his hits. Dekker's first U.K. hit (#14 in 1967) 007 (Shanty Town) was one of many songs that dealt with the "rude boy" culture developing out of tense political and economic conditions in Jamaica's West Kingston. In 1969 his infectious and topical Israelites topped the U.K. charts and was the first rock steady song to enter the U.S. charts. Other hits followed including It Mek/ Pickney Gal/ Sing A Little Song and his version of Jimmy Cliff's You Can Get It If You Really Want which used the same backing track. Other great songs include Keep A Cool Head/ Wiseman/ Rude Boy Train/ Unity and much more. Sound quality is superb and the 16 page, copiously illustrated, booklet includes extensive notes by Laurence Cane-Honeysett. (FS)

 
BUDDY DURHAM B.A.C.M. 383 Fiddle Tunes ● CD $14.98
Fine all instrumental set of fiddle music from brilliant Texas fiddler Buddy Durham. Practically nothing is known about his background - he won the Texas fiddle championship several times and was regular performer on the WWVA Original Jamboree in the 50s and 60s. He was also a member of Hardrock Gunter's band and is featured on many of Gunter's recordings. The tracks here are drawn from a series of E.P.s that Buddy issued on his own Emperor label between 1955 and 1960 and accompanied by a rhythm section performs medleys including reels, hornpipes, breakdowns, waltzes and more and throughout his playing is exceptional.
BUDDY DURHAM: Blueberry Blosson-Durang's Hornpipe/ Buddy's Cackling Hen-Memories/ Durham's Bull/ Durham's Hornpipe/ Durham's Reel-Little Home In West Virginia/ Eighth Of January/ Fisher's Hornpipe-Johnson's Old Grey Mule/ Golden Slippers/ Green Valley Waltz-Black Mountain Rag-Under The Double Eagle-After The Ball/ Home On The Range-Beaumont Blues-Ragtime Anne-Billy In The Lowground-Rubber/ In The Good Old Summertime-Cripple Creek/ Irish Washerwoman/ Let Me Call You Sweetheart/ Lonesome Train Rag-Wagner-Washington & Lee Swing-Goodnight Waltz/ Maple Sugar/ Mexicali Rose/ Mississippi Sawmill Man/ Missouri Waltz/ Orange Blosson Special-Down Yonder/ Over The Waves-Fifty Years Ago Waltz/ Red Wing-Arkansas Traveller/ Turkey In The Hay/ Waltz You Saved For Me, Mocking Bird/ Wednesday Night Waltz

 
RUTHIE FOSTER Blue Corn 1281 Let It Burn ● CD $15.98
13 tracks, 53 min., very highly recommended
Sure, having William Bell and the Blind Boys of Alabama as guest artists is bound to dress up any recording, and they certainly make an impressive mark here, but Ruthie Foster is a tremendous talent all by herself. Her gospel-informed vocals go far beyond the kind of posing and showing off that more popular American idols exhibit. Foster has that which surpasses mere show. Her treatment of Ring Of Fire is a re-imagining of the song that is sure to surprise as well as please listeners. In fact, Foster covers several songs that might seem unlikely choices, including Pete Seeger's If I Had A Hammer and David Crosby's Long Time Gone, but somehow it all works. Let It Burn is one of the finest new soul albums to come along in years. (JC)

 
THE HEARTBEATS Jasmine 208 The Great Recordings Of The Heartbeats & Shep & Limelites ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 37 tracks, 93 mins, very highly recommended
Superb collection featuring all the recordings issued between 1955 and 1961 by two groups led by the sublime lead vocals of James "Shep" Sheppard who also wrote or co-wrote most of their songs - The Heartbeats and Shep & The Limelights. The group made their first recording for the short lived Network label run by jazz sax player Russell Jacquet in 1955 and didn't make much impact. They then signed to the fledgling Hull label where they had a hit in 1956 with the wistful A Thousand Miles Away, which has become one of the iconic doo-wop songs, written by Shep about a girlfriend who had moved to Texas and a lesser hit a year later with Everybody's Somebody's Fool. Over the next few years they continued to make fine records but success eluded them. They were at their best on slow ballads but also recorded some fine up tempo numbers including an answer to the Silhouettes with the fine I Found A Job. The group split up in 1959 and Shep formed a new group Shep & The Limelights and had a big hit with the exquisite Daddy's Home which was essentially a sequel to a Thousand Miles Away and is considered one of the greatest of all doo wop songs. Sound quality is superb and there are informative notes by Bob Fisher. (FS)
THE HEARTBEATS: 500 Miles To Go/ A Thousand Miles Away/ After Everybody's Gone/ After New Years Eve/ Crazy For You/ Darling How Long/ Darling I Want To Get Married/ Down On My Knees/ Everybody's Somebody's Fool/ Hands Off My Baby/ Have Rock Will Roll/ Hurry Home Baby/ I Found A Job/ I Want To Know/ I Won't Be The Fool Anymore/ It's All Right (With Me)/ Lonely Lover/ Oh Baby Don't/ One Day Next Year/ One Million Years/ People Are Talking/ Rockin' 'N' Rollin' 'N' Rhythm 'N' Blues 'N'/ Sometimes I Wonder/ Tormented/ Wedding Bells/ When I Found You/ Your Way/ SHEP & THE LIMELITES: Daddy's Home/ Oh What A Feeling/ Ready For Your Love/ This I Know/ Three Steps From The Altar/ You'll Be Sorry/ SHANE SHEPPARD: Too Young To Wed/ Two Loving Hearts/ I'm So Lonely (What Can I Do)/ One Week From Today

 
MILTON HOPKINS & JEWEL BROWN Dialtone 024 Milton Hopkins & Jewel Brown ● CD $15.98
12 tracks, 42 mins. highly recommended
Excellent mix of R&B, jazz, blues and gospel from two veteran Texas performers. Hopkins. is the cousin of Lightnin' Hopkins and has done a lot of work as sidemen including as a member of the great Upsetters with Grady Gaines and Brown first recorded for Duke in the 50s and in the 60s worked with various jazz groups including Louis Armstrong's Orchestra. Hopkins is featured on three instrumentals - one jazz and two tough R&B and accompanies Brown on nine songs which range from Lightnin' Hopkins' I'm Leaving You Now to Little Willie John's I'm Shakin' to the traditional gospel How Can I Lose - the latter might be the highlight here with a churning guitar riff from Hopkins and exceptional vocals by Brown. (FS)

 
ELMORE JAMES Ace ABOXCD 4 The Classic Early Recordings ● CD $23.98
3 CD set, 71 tracks, 3 hrs 12 mins, essential
Back in stock next week at a lower price. I consider that Elmore James was one of the greatest bluesmen to ever record - a powerful and intense singer and a masterful guitarist. His slide guitar techniques were to inspire and influence a generation of blues guitarists though none had the skill, sensitivity or imagination Elmore brought to the instrument. His early death in 1963 at the age of 45 robbed the world of a major talent. This beautiful package culminates years of combing the Modern/ Flair/ Meteor vaults. Because the owners of the labels had little sense of history there is much Elmore material that is probably lost forever but this set presents every available recording he made for these labels between 1952 and '56 including up to six takes of some songs. The alternates are sometimes very different and sometimes very close but with enough lyric differences to make them essential for the devoted Elmore fan. The set opens with his very first recording of Dust My Broom for Trumpet in 1951 where he first introduced his "broomdusting" riff that he used on many of recordings and has subsequently appeared on probably thousands of other blues recordings. Elmore was much more than a one riff man as the spacey guitar playing on Hand In hand or the raucous instrumental Hawaiian Boogie shows. He was also a fine guitarist without the slide as many tracks here show. The sessions here were recorded in a number of locations including Elmore's home town of Canton, Missississpii, Chicago, Los Angeles and New Orleans with different sidemen including Ike Turner, Johnny Jones, J.T. Brown, Ranson Knowling, Maxwell Davis, Eddie Taylor, Earl Palmer and others. In addition to the recordings under his own name it also features accompaniments to fellow band members J.T. Brown and Johnny Jones. The 71 tracks have been digitally remastered by Bob Jones and have never sounded better. The 40 page booklet features notes by the sets compiler Ray Topping who has unearthed new information about the somewhat enigmatic Elmore, terrific photos, pictures of labels, ads, discography and more. Did I say this was essential? (FS)
BEP BROWN ORCHESTRA: Dumb Woman Blues/ Round House Boogie (Aka Sax Symphonic Boogie)/ ELMORE JAMES: 1839 Blues/ Baby What's Wrong/ Blues Before Sunrise/ Can't Stop Lovin'/ Canton Mississippi Breakdown (Instrumental)/ Dark And Dreary (Take 1)/ Dark And Dreary (Take 2)/ Dark And Dreary (Take 4)/ Dust My Blues/ Dust My Broom/ Early In The Morning/ Elmo's Shuffle (Take 3)/ Elmo's Shuffle (Take 4)/ Elmo's Shuffle (Take 5)/ Good Bye (Baby)/ Hand In Hand/ Happy Home/ Hawaiian Boogie (Take 1)/ Hawaiian Boogie (Take 2)/ I Believe/ I Got A Strange Baby (False Start & Chat)/ I Held My Baby Last Night/ I Was A Fool/ Kicking The Blues Around (Aka Flaming Blues - featuring J.T. Brown)/ Late Hours At Midnight/ Long Tall Woman/ Long Tall Woman/ Long Tall Woman/ Lost Woman Blues (Aka Please Find My Bay - Version 3)/ Make A Little Love/ Make My Dreams Come True (Take 2)/ Make My Dreams Come True (Take 3)/ Make My Dreams Come True (Take 4)/ Make My Dreams Come True (Take 7)/ My Baby's Gone/ My Best Friend (Take 1)/ No Love In My Heart/ One More Drink (Take 1)/ One More Drink (Take 2)/ Please Come Back To Me (Sho' Nuff I Do)/ Please Find My Baby (Take 1)/ Please Find My Baby (Take 2)/ Quarter Past Nine/ Rock My Baby Right/ Sax-Ony Boogie (Inst. featuring J.T. Brown)/ Sho' Nuff I Do/ Sho' Nuff I Do (Alternate Take)/ Sho' Nuff I Do (Session Talk & False Start)/ Sinful Woman/ So Mean To Me (Take 2)/ So Mean To Me (Take 3)/ So Mean To Me (Take 4)/ Standing At The Crossroads/ Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 1)/ Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 2)/ Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 3)/ Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 4)/ Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 5)/ Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 6)/ Sunny Land/ The Way You Treat Me (Aka Mean And Evil)/ Where Can My Baby Be (Take 1)/ Where Can My Baby Be (Take 8)/ Where Can My Baby Be (Take 9)/ Wild About You/ Wild About You (Baby)/ Wild About You Baby (Chat & False Start)/ LITTLE JOHNNY JONES & THE HOUND DOGS: I May Be Wrong/ Sweet Little Woman

 
JERRY LEE LEWIS Salvo 10 A Whole Lotta Jerry Lee Lewis ● CD $39.98
4 CDs, 109 tracks, 296 mins, highly recommended
In case you didn't get the great Time-Life set that came out a couple years ago, this set is very similar, but with a whole lot more music, a full CD plus more, covering a large swath of Jerry Lee Lewis' career, from his breakthrough hits on Sun records in the 1950's, through his classic recordings on Mercury/ Smash in the 1960's and '70s, all the way up to his early 1980's Country hits on labels like MCA and Elektra. You get a large dose of the Rockabilly firebrand with Whole Lotta Shakin'/ Great Balls Of Fire/ High School Confidential/ Breathless, etc., then you get the wizened bar-room troubadour on tracks like Another Place Another Time/ Green Green Grass Of Home, and Big Boss Man, all the way through the seasoned Country music hit maker of the late 1960's through the '80s with What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me)/ Once More with Feeling/ Would You Take Another Chance on Me/ Middle Age Crazy/ Thirty Nine and Holding and so on. There are a few glaring omissions that the Time-Life set has that aren't included here, like It'll Be Me/ Real Wild Child (Wild One), and Meat Man, but this one has a whole host of great Country tunes that often get over-looked by compiler's. This isn't the definitive Jerry Lee Lewis box set--that still hasn't been made--and part of the problem with doing that is he still is making killer music to this day, but this has a whole lot of great and often under-appreciated material and, certainly for its price, it can't be beat. (JM)
JERRY LEE LEWIS: A Damn Good Country Song/ Another Place, Another Time/ Baby (You've Got What It Takes) (with Linda Gail Lewis)/ Baby, Hold Me Close/ Bad Moon Rising/ Big Blue Diamonds/ Big Boss Man/ Boogie Woogie Country Man/ Break Up/ Breathless/ Chantilly Lace/ Cold Cold Heart/ Come As You Were/ Come On In/ Crazy Arms/ Detroit City/ Don't Boogie Woogie/ Don't Let Me Cross Over (with Linda Gail Lewis)/ Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ Earth Up Above (with Linda Gail Lewis)/ Great Balls Of Fire/ Green Green Grass Of Home/ He Can't Fill My Shoes/ High Heel Sneakers/ High School Confidential/ Hit The Road Jack/ Honey Hush/ Honky Tonk Rock And Roll Piano Man/ House Of Blue Lights/ I Believe In You/ I Can Still Hear The Music In The Rest Room/ I Can't Keep My Hands Off Of You/ I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye/ I Don't Want To Be Lonely Tonight/ I Hate You/ I Wish I Was Eighteen Again/ I ll Sail My Ship Alone/ I'll Find It Where I Can/ I'm A Lonesome Fugitive/ I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone/ I'm On Fire/ I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry/ In Loving Memories/ Invitation To Your Party/ It's A Hang-Up Baby/ Jackson (with Linda Gail Lewis)/ Jerry Lee's Rock And Roll Revival Show/ Juke Box/ Just A Little Bit/ Just In Time/ Let's Put It Back Together Again/ Lewis Boogie/ Lonely Weekends/ Lovin Up A Storm/ Me And Bobby McGee/ Me And Jesus (with Linda Gail Lewis)/ Memphis Beat/ Middle Age Crazy/ My Fingers Do The Talkin'/ No Headstone On My Grave/ No Honky Tonks In Heaven/ No More Hanging On/ No Traffic Out Of Abilene/ Once More With Feeling/ One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)/ One Minute Past Eternity/ Over The Rainbow/ Pen And Paper/ Ride Me Down Easy/ Rockin' Jerry Lee/ Rockin' My Life Away/ Roll Over Beethoven (with Linda Gail Lewis)/ She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye/ She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left Of Me)/ She Was My Baby (He Was My Friend)/ Shotgun Man/ Sixteen Candles (with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison & Carl Perkins)/ Sometimes A Memory Ain't Enough/ Sweet Georgia Brown/ Tell Tale Signs/ Tennessee Saturday Night/ The Closest Thing To You/ There Must Be More To Love Than This/ There Stands The Glass/ Think About It Darlin'/ Thirteen At The Table/ Thirty-Nine And Holding/ To Make Love Sweeter For You/ Touching Home/ Turn On Your Love Light/ Waiting For A Train/ Walk A Mile In My Shoes/ Walking The Floor Over You/ What d I Say/ What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me)/ When He Walks On You (Like You Walked On Me)/ When Two Worlds Collide/ Who Will The Next Fool Be/ Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano/ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/ Why You Been Gone So Long/ Wild One (with David Kemper and Gerald McGee)/ Wine Me Up/ Working Man Blues/ Would You Take Another Chance On Me/ You Win Again

 
MYRNA LORRIE Bear Family BCD 16743 Juke Box Pearls - Hello Baby ● CD $21.98
22 tracks, 52 mins, recommended
Canadian singer Myrna Lorrie was a major country star in Canada in the 1970s and 80s but long before that, in 1954, at the age of 14 she sang a duet with friend Buddy DeVal on a demo of the song Are You Mine which was sent to Fabor Robinson who signed her to his Abbott label. The first record was a re-recording of Are You Mine with DeVal that ended up becoming a #6 hit in the country charts and the song has since become a country standard. She recorded several more singles without success and then moved to RCA in 1957 where she recorded a couple of sessions with Nashville giants like Chet Atkins, Hank Garland and others. This CD features all her issued recordings in the USA, the original demo of Are You Mine and You Bet I Kissed Him plus an unissued song and a couple of alternate takes. A nice mix of honky tonk country and an occasional touch of rock 'n' roll. Myrna was a fine singer though her young age is evident in the lack of maturity in her vocals. After the failure of her RCA recordings she returned to Canada, got married and was absent from the music scene for a number of years and returned in the mid 60s where she had great success. An enjoyable selection with the usual superb sound from Bear Family and 24 page booklet with notes by Todd Everett. (FS)

 
THE LOUVIN BROTHERS Jasmine 3624/5 There's A Higher Power - The Early Album Collection ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 48 tracks, essential
Like their fellow Alabamians the Delmore Brothers, Ira and Charlie Louvin (born Loudermilk) of Sand Mountain, Alabama, long ago became legends for their exquisite vocal harmonies. Their influence in the bluegrass field and on both the music of the late Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris was immense. They started their recording career for Apollo in 1949 and then recorded for Decca and MGM before moving to Capitol in 1952 where they recorded over 200 songs and this collection features four of their greatest Capitol LPs. "Tragic Songs Of LIfe" from 1956 is one of their finest moments on record, with the rich Louvin harmonies against an all-acoustic backing (except for Paul Yandell's lead guitar) with Ira and Charlie on guitar and mandolin with discrete brushed snare drum. They do a mix of original songs, country favorites and traditional songs - Kentucky/ What Is A Home Without Love/ In The Pines, etc. "Ira & Charlie" from 1959 concentrates more on covers of other artists' hits with an emphasis on ballads. There's their own tune Are You Teasin' Me (a hit for Carl Smith), songs by Jimmie Davis (Nobody's Darling But Mine), Jimmy Work (Making Believe), and Pee Wee King (Tennessee Waltz). "Satan Is Real" from 1959 may be the best Capitol Louvin gospel album. Kicking off with the Louvin original Satan Is Real, complete with a stomping re-creation of a wild-eyed sermon. The music is more primitive than a lot of their later gospel works. And as such it's a lot more authentic than you'd expect, with plenty of mouthwatering guitar from Paul Yandell. The final album here "My Baby's Gone"from 1960 is nearly all original compositions and includes their county hits My Baby's Gone/ You're Running Wild and Plenty Of Everything But You plus te funky Blue From Now On and the exquisite When I Loved You and She Didn't Even Know I Was Gone, a truly underrated ballad. All in all this is a great introduction to one of the greatest of all country brother groups with excellent sound and informative notes by Bob Fisher. (FS)

 
ED MCCURDY Jasmine 702 When Dalliance Was In Flower ● CD $18.98
2 CD's, 66 tracks, 2 hours 32 min., recommended
Folk pioneer McGurdy recorded the songs of 18th century with Tom D'Urfey for his 1956 "Dalliance" LP on Elektra Records. He described the lyrics as "politely risque," and indeed they are filled with the kind of double and single entendres and puns that have made Shakespeare's plays bearable for high school students for 400 years or so. The "Dalliance" album features musicians Erik Darling and Alan Akrin, both of the Tarriers. Darling sang with The Weavers (replacing Pete Seeger, if such a thing is possible) and The Rooftop Singers, while Arkin, of course, went on to become an Academy Award-winning actor. So popular was the "Dalliance" LP when it hit store shelves that three subsequent LPs of similar nature were released. All were, perhaps unsurprisingly, particularly popular with American college students. Jasmine has reissued all four LPs on this two-CD set. The bawdiness level is not very high by today's standards, but the cleverness level is far above average. For those who appreciate a clever turn of phrase and enjoy raising an eyebrow now and again. (JC)

 
CLYDE MCPHATTER Jasmine 200 Twice As Nice, 1959-1961 ● CD $18.98
2 CD, 48 tracks, highly recommended
We all know what a fantastic R&B vocalist Clyde McPhatter was, mostly through his legendary sides cut with The Dominos and The Drifters, there have been few references to his middle career as a would-be pop singer (exception: "Lover Please - The Complete MGM & Mercury Singles", Hip-O Select 14233-02, Two Cd set - $29.98). Now, Jasmine has issued-for the first time on CD-the first four albums McPhatter recorded during this period; two for MGM, "Let's Start All Over Again" (1959) and the optimistically titled "Greatest Hits" (1960), and two for Mercury, "May I Sing For You" (1960) and "Ta Ta" (1961). The first two albums are a mix of pop standards and blues ballads that are extremely well done, but failed to click with either McPhatter's R&B fans or the pop audience. After McPhatter was dropped by MGM, Clyde Otis signed him to Mercury and they made another LP in the same vein as the last two - "May I Sing For You" - and a follow-up that contained more original material (from Otis and his songwriting partner Brook Benton, and McPhatter himself among others) and yielded his biggest hit since A Lover's Question in 1957, Ta Ta. There are some that might miss the grit of McPhatter's work in his earlier groups, but when he tackles great songs like These Foolish Things or As Time Goes By (in a swingy uptempo version) there's just no denying the effortlessness of his artistry and the beauty of his peerless voice. Jasmine hopes to cover more of his Mercury material on a later CD collection; until then, we have this set to enjoy. (GMC)
CLYDE MCPHATTER: (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over/ Answer Me, My Love/ As Time Goes By/ Bless You (For Being An Angel)/ Don't Cry Baby/ Don't Take Your Love From Me/ Everybody Needs Somebody/ Everything's Gonna Be Alright/ For All You've Done/ Harbour Lights/ High School Social/ How Deep Is The Ocean?/ How Many Times/ I Know That Feeling/ I Need A Love Like Yours/ I Need You So/ I Told Myself A Lie/ I'll Never Be Free/ Let Me Shake The Hand (That Won The Hand Of The Girl I Love)/ Let's Start All Over Again/ Let's Try Again/ Love Is A Many Splendored Thing/ Not Me/ One Right After Another/ Put Your Arms Around Me Honey/ Stay As Sweet As You Are/ Ta Ta/ Take A Step/ That's My Desire/ The Glory Of Love/ There Will Never Be Another You/ These Foolish Things/ Think Me A Kiss/ Thinking Of You/ This Is Not Goodbye/ Three Coins In The Fountain/ Trust In Me/ Twice As Nice/ What Will I Tell My Heart/ What's Love To Me/ When Did You Leave Heaven?/ When The Right Time Comes Along/ Where Did I Make My Mistake/ Whisper Softly/ Who's Worried Now/ Why Was I The One You Chose/ You Belong To Me/ You're Moving Me

 
MOON MULLICAN B.A.C.M. 382 The End Of The Rainbow ● CD $14.98
A fine and varied selection of sides recorded by the popular and influential singer/ pianist Moon Mullican ranging from 1947 through 1964. 17 of the tracks are drawn from his recordings for King (his best material) recorded between 1947 and 1954. There are also a couple of fine sides from a live Country Style radio show from 1957 and the rest are from 1964 sessions for the Sterling label which are decent enough but not among his best material. Includes Another Night Is Coming/ Someone More Lonesome Than You/ A Thousand And One Sleepless Nights/ Lay Me Down Beside My Darling, etc.
MOON MULLICAN: A Thousand And One Sleepless Nights/ Another Night Is Coming/ Blue Tears/ Corrine Corrina/ Country Boogie/ Crushed Red Rose And A Faded Blue Ribbon/ Don't Let Temptation Turn You Round/ Gamblin' Blackie/ I'm Hanging Up All Of My Work Clothes/ Lay Me Down Beside My Darling/ Love Don't Have A Guarantee/ Love Is The Light That Leads Me Home/ Maple Leaf Rag/ Mister Teardrop/ Moon's Blues/ No Stranger/ Oh Lucky Me/ Oogle Oogle Oogie Tokyo Boogie/ Someone More Lonesome Than You/ Sweet Georgia Brown/ The End Of The Rainbow/ The Tie That Binds/ When Love Dies Where Does It Go/ Where Beautiful Flowers Grown/ You Can't Take It With You/ You Got The Best Of Me

 
GEORGE SMITH & THE CHICAGO BLUES BAND BGO BGOCD 1035 Blues With A Feeling - A Tribute To Little Walter ● CD $18.98 $12.98
14 tracks, recommended
Reissue of the first full length album recorded by this great West Coast harmonica player for the World Pacific label in 1968 with three bonus cuts. Most of the disc consists of George singing or playing some of the best sides recorded by the great Little Walter who had died shortly ebfore these recordings. On this session he is accompanied by members of the Muddy Waters band who were touring the West Coast at the time with Muddy & Luther Johnson o guitars, Little Sonny Wimberly on bass and S.P. Leary on drums. Although George's performance are splendid they are close enough to the originals that one can't but help making comparisons with the originals and these performances come off second. In spite of the lineup the backup seems a bit stodgy - probably the result of too little rehearsal. The best track here is the only non Walter song West Helena Blues - a song that George had been performing for a number of years. The bonus cuts include two more Walter songs and a version of Love With A Feeling sung by Lucille at the same sessions but without George on harp. Not a bad album but not as good as it looks at first glance. (FS)

 
THE SWAN SILVERTONES Specialty 7044 Heavenly Light ● CD $15.98 $9.98
18 tracks, 78 min., essential
Hear the soaring, wailing falsetto pipes of Rev. Claude Jeter in all their glory, circa 1952, on the previously unreleased gem Shine On Me, and eight exciting live selections from a concert shared with the Harmonettes and Bro. Joe May. This is surely the best collection of Swans material ever issued, with Dewey Young and Soloman Womack's ear-splitting, hard-singing and sermonizing, Paul Owens' anguished measures, and Claude Jeter sweeping and sailing above it all. Words cannot describe the nirvana reached on these previously unissued sides. Pew-burning gospel. (OLN)
THE SWAN SILVERTONES: After Awhile./ Every Day And Every Hour/ Four And Twenty Elders/ Have Thine Own Way/ He Won't Deny Me/ Heavenly Light Shine On Me/ How I Got Over/ I'm Coming Home/ I'm Sealed/ Jesus Is All The World To Me/ Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross/ Love Lifted Me/ Medley: Shine On Me/i Came To Jesus/ Medley: Sit Down Servant/amen/ My Rock/ Shine On Me/ Shine On Me/ The Lord's Prayer

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDTOP 1339 Modern Music - The First Year - 1945 ● CD $21.98
Due next week. Almost 70 years have passed since Hollywood resident Jules Bihari decided to start his own record label with his brothers Joe & Saul in order to capitalize on the growing demand from jukebox operators for the new style of black American music tagged Rhythm & Blues. From modest beginnings, and via a handful of strong-selling titles featuring the boogie stylings of Jules' piano-playing girlfriend Hadda Brooks, the Modern Music Company quickly grew into one of the premier sources of R&B, blues and jazz and introduced the world to B.B. King, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker and Etta James, among amny others, during its 30-year lifetime. This new compilation takes us back to the company's first year of operations and includes the A and B side of every 78 released during Modern's first year in business. Some of these incredibly rare items have been reissued on Ace before but nearly half of them have never appeared legitimately on CD until now. As well as Miss Brooks, other notable names appearing are be-bop trumpet maestro Howard McGhee, the popular novelty act Three Bits Of Rhythm and multi-instrumentalist George 'Happy' Johnson, as well as a host of up-and-coming rising starts of the California session scene. Lavishly illustrated with some of the rarest label shots that any collector could wish to see, this package shows that Modern was always destined to be a major player among R&B indies from day one. It is a pleasure for Ace to be the custodian of its enormous legacy.
HADDA BROOKS: Blue Mood/ Blusen The Boogie/ Just A Little Blusie (Sic)/ Rehearsing The Boogie/ Riding The Boogie/ Swingin The Boogie/ Nightmare Boogie/ Blues In B Flat/ Rocking The Boogie/ The Man I Love/ HAPPY JOHNSON SEXTETTE: Air Mail Special/ B Splat/ Jelly, Jelly/ HOWARD MCGHEE ORCHESTRA: 11:45 Swing/ Deep Meditation/ Play Boy Blues/ JESSE PERRY WITH HAPPY JOHNSON SEXTETTE: Jesse Boogie/ Lovin' Lover/ Mercy Mercy/ You're The Great One/ THE THREE BITS OF RHYTHM: I Used To Work In Chicago/ That's The Boogie Aka Brooklyn Stomp!/ PEARL TRAYLOR: Daddy, Somebody's Got To Go/ Lonesome Gal

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Archeophone 3005 The Complete Hit Of The Week Recordings, Vol. 4 ● CD $28.98 $21.98
Two CDs 59 tracks, 148 mins, highly recommended
The fourth and final invaluable volume reissuing titles from "HIT OF THE WEEK" series - a series of very cheap (15 cents) 78rpm records issued on a flexible material (durium-coated cardboard) that could be sold at news-stands. This two CD set features all the records issued between January 7, 1932 and June 23, 1932 when the company devoted all its attention to the other part of their business - making recorded advertisements and this collection features several fascinating examples of adverting messages for Frigidaire, The Brown Shoe Company, Good Year tires and others. The set includes some big names like Rudy Vallee with His Connecticutt Yankees, Nick Lucas and His Troubadours and The Mills Brothers as well as recordings by the prolific Phil Spitalny's Music, Morton Downey and The Camel Orchestra, The Hit Of The Week Orchestra and others including several unknown performers. A fine selection of high quality dance band music - some of it pretty hot. In addition to the advertising recordings this set also includes the 4-inch square disc issued that year featuring Amelia Earhart talking about her experience as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from an international broadcast that was originally included free with a copy of her book "The Fun Of It." In spite of the fragility of the original records the sound quality is outstanding and there are extensive notes, illustrations and full discographical data in the 24 page booklet. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17117 Juke Box Pearls - Meet The Pearls ● CD $21.98
25 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
Introductory album in a new Bear Family series called "Juke Box Pearls" devoted to some of the forgotten but excellent female country and rockabilly singers from the 50s. There are a few familiar names here - Jean Shepard (her great and liberated song Two Hoops And A Holler), Loretta Lynn and Rose Maddox but most of the others are obscure but fine including Mimi Roman (a superb cover of Johnny Horton's I'm Ready I You're Willing), Carol Johnson (terrific honky tonk on Your Wild Life's Gonna Gonna Get You Down), Janis Martin, Anita Carter (superb underrated member of the Carter Family with two solo honky tonk songs and one rocker as a member of the trio 'Nita, Rita & Ruby), Roberta Sherwood (fine and distinctive version of Blue Moon Of Kentucky from 1958), Laura Lee Perkins (tough rockabilly with great guitar from Joe Maphis), Joyce Moore, Margie Singleton and others. Usual superb Bear Family sound and 72 page booklet has photos and profiles of all the artists and full discographical data. (FS)
'NITA RITA & RUBY: (He Said Yeah) Baby You're The One/ CHARLINE ARTHUR: Hello Baby/ ANITA CARTER: A Tear Fell/ That's What Makes The Juke Box Play/ JEAN CHAPEL: I Won't Be Rockin' Tonight/ Oo-Ba La Baby (from the Warner Bros. film 'Untamed Youth')/ THE DAVIS SISTERS: You're Gone (swinging version)/ CAROL JARVIS: The D.J. With A Broken Heart/ CAROL JOHNSON: According To Law/ Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down/ MYRNA LORRIE: You Bet I Kissed Him/ BONNIE LOU: Daddy-O/ LORETTA LYNN: Heartaches Meet Mr. Blues/ MARTHA LYNN: I' m Goin' Huntin' Tonight/ Learning To Love/ ROSE MADDOX: Take Me Back Again/ JANIS MARTIN: Cry Guitar/ JOYCE MOORE: Better Than Walkin' Home/ LAURA LEE PERKINS: Kiss Me Baby/ MIMI ROMAN: I'm Ready If You're Willing/ SANDY SELSIE: Come On In/ When Jimmy Comes Home/ JEAN SHEPARD: Two Hoops And A Holler/ ROBERTA SHERWOOD: Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ MARGIE SINGLETON: One Step Nearer To You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Chief 02 Ultra Rare Teen Rockers, Vol. 2 ● CD $15.98
A second collection of 26 uptempo teen rock 'n' roll features sides by Chico Holiday, Skip Milo, Mark Dinning, Dick Wolf, Ronnie Diamond, Frank Dean, Bobby Bristol, Chuck Reed, Johnny Sardo, etc.
BUDD ALBRIGHT: Adrienne/ ASHLEY BEAUMONT THE 18TH: Fair Sex/ BOBBY BRISTOL: School's Out/ JIMMY CARTER: Let Me Know/ NICK DARROW: Run Joe/ FRANK DEAN: Bubblin'/ RONNIE DIAMOND: Candy Store/ MARK DINNING: Cutie Cutie/ JIM FORD: College Queen/ RON FURY: Long Long Time/ JIMMIE HELMS: It Was Ours/ CHICO HOLIDAY: Cuckoo Girl/ WALLY LEWIS: White Bobby Socks/ JOHNNY MACRAE: Betcha Johnny Knows/ PETE MANN: So Help My Heart/ RONNIE MCBEE: My Bow Tie/ SKIP MILO: What's Wrong With Me/ GENE MONTGOMERY: Slow Motion/ LOU PICARDI: Make Up Your Mind/ CHUCK REED: Females/ ROGER & THE TOURAINS: Searchin' For A Girl/ JOHNNY SARDO: Take A Ride With Me/ THE SYLLABLES: I've Been Jilted/ KIP TYLER: Hali-Lou/ DICK WOLF: Spine Tingalin' Love/ EDISON YOUNGBLOOD: Summertime Fool

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 047 Let Me Tell You About The Blues - Texas ● CD $23.98 $16.98
Three CD set with 76 tracks tracing the history of blues in Texas from the 1920s to 1950s - Blind Lemon Jefferson, Washington Phillips, Hattie Burleson, Otis Harris, Texas Alexander, Oak Cliff T-Bone (T-Bone Walker's first recording from 1929), Eddie & Oscar, Bernice Edwards, Black Ivory King, Buddy Woods, Charlie Bradix, Manny Nichols, Lonnie Lyons, Lightnin' Hopkins, Smokey Hogg, Soldier Boy Houston, Hubert Robinson, Alexander Moore, Jimmy McCracklin, Frankie Lee Sims and many others.
ALGER "TEXAS" ALEXANDER: Crossroads/ No More Women Blues/ ANDY BOY: Evil Blues/ JOHNNY BECK: You Gotta Lay Down Mama/ THE BLACK ACE: Black Ace/ BLACK BOY SHINE: Ice Pick and Pistol Woman Blues/ BLACK IVORY KING: Flying Crow, The/ ZUZU BOLLIN: Why Don't You Eat Where You Slept Last Night/ CHARLIE BRADIX: Wee Wee Hours/ CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN: My Time Is Expensive/ ROY BROWN: Deep Sea Diver/ HATTIE BURLESON: Jim Nappy/ BOBBIE CADILLAC: Carbolic Acid Blues/ GENE CAMPBELL: Doggone Mean Blues/ BO CARTER: Backache Blues/ SMITH CASEY: East Texas Rag/ DALLAS JAMBOREE JUG BAND: Elm Street Woman Blues/ WALTER DAVIS: Blue Ghost Blues/ TEXAS BILL DAY: Burn the Trestle Down/ EDDIE & OSCAR: Nok-Em-All/ BERNICE EDWARDS: Butcher Shop Blues/ FRENCHY'S STRING BAND: Texas and Pacific Blues/ LOWELL FULSON: Reconsider Baby/ CLARENCE GARLOW: Bon Ton Roula/ EARL GILLIAM: Wrong Doing Woman/ OTIS HARRIS: You'll Like My Loving/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: Raining in My Heart/ SAMMY HILL: Cryin' for You Blues/ ANDREW HOGG: Kind-Hearted Blues/ SMOKEY HOGG: You Gotta Go/ WILLIE HOLIDAY: I've Played This Town/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Short Haired Woman/ Walkin' the Streets/ JOE HOUSTON: Your Little Girl Is Gone/ SOLDIER BOY HOUSTON: Dallas Be Bop Blues/ LIL' SON JACKSON: Rockin' and Rollin'/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Jack O'Diamond Blues/ BEA JOHNSON: No Letter Blues/ BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON: It's Nobody's Fault But Mine/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Broken Levee Blues/ ROBERT JOHNSON: Traveling Riverside Blues/ WILLIE JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Got the Boogie Woogie Blues/ COLEY JONES: Traveling Man/ LITTLE HAT JONES: Kentucky Blues/ ERNEST LEWIS: Rosa Lee/ LITTLE T-BONE: Love's a Gamble/ LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: Little Willie's Boogie/ LONNIE LYONS: Down in the Groovy/ WILLIAM MCCOY: Central Tracks Blues/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: She's Gone/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Sittin' and Thinkin'/ MERCY BABY: Mercy's Blues/ THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: Sales Tax/ ALEXANDER MOORE: If I Lose You Woman/ WHISTLIN' ALEX MOORE: Blue Bloomer Blues/ MR. HONEY: Who May Your Regular Be/ MANNY NICHOLS: Throw a Little Boogie/ OAK CLIFF T-BONE: Wichita Falls Blues/ BLIND WASHINGTON PHILLIPS: Denomination Blues, Pt. 1/ JOE PULLUM: CWA Blues/ WILLIE REED: Texas Blues/ CLARENCE SAMUELS: Chicken Hearted Woman/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: What Will Lucy Do/ THE SUGARMAN: She's Gone with the Wind/ TEXAS TOMMY: Trinity River Bottom Blues/ HENRY "RAGTIME" THOMAS: John Henry/ JESSE "BABYFACE" THOMAS: Blue Goose Blues/ RAMBLIN' THOMAS: Hard Dallas Blues/ ROCKY THOMPSON: Bull Corn Blues/ BIG MAMA THORNTON: Just Like a Dog (Barking Up the Wrong Tree)/ BESSIE TUCKER: Penitentiary/ JOE TURNER: Adam Bit the Apple/ BETTYE JEAN WASHINGTON: Why Oh Why (Did You Let Me Go)/ L.C. WILLIAMS: I Don't Want No Woman/ LESTER WILLIAMS: Winter Time Blues/ BUDDY WOODS: Don't Sell It (Don't Give It Away)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 120 That's Your Last Boogie!The Best Of Johnny Otis,1945-60 ● CD $23.98
Three CD set with 85 tracks tracing the career of Johnny Otis from 1945 through 1960 as instrumentalist, bandleader, producer and songwriter with performances from The Johnny Otis Orch., Wynonie Harris, Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, Little Esther & The Robins, Mel Walker, THe Royals, Johnny Ace, Etta James, Gene & Eunice and many more.
JOHNNY ACE: Pledging My Love/ Yes, Baby/ MR GOGGLE EYES AUGUST: Oh Ho Doodle Lu/ ROY “HAPPY™ EASTER: If You Ever Get Lonesome/ DOROTHY ELLIS: Drill, Daddy, Drill/ THE FOUR BLUEBIRDS: My Baby Done Told Me/ JOE “PAPOOSE™ FRITZ: Honey, Honey/ GENE & EUNICE: Ko Ko Mo/ HUNTER HANCOCK: “Harlematinee” Radio Show Theme/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Cock-A-Doodle-Doo/ Yonder Goes My Baby/ LINDA HOPKINS: Doggin' Blues/ ILLINOIS JACQUET: Uptown Boogie/ ETTA JAMES & THE PEACHES: The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry)/ JUNIOR & MARIE: Boom Diddy Wa Wa/ PETE “GUITAR™ LEWIS: Going Crazy/ Louisiana Hop/ RICHARD LEWIS: Hey Little Girl/ LITTLE ESTHER: Better Beware/ Mean Ole Gal/ Misery/ Cupid's Boogie/ Deceivin' Blues/ Far Away Blues (aka Xmas Blues)/ Mistrustin' Blues/ Double Crossing Blues/ Lover's Lane Boogie/ The Deacon Moves In/ LITTLE RICHARD: Little Richard's Boogie/ PRESTON LOVE ORCHESTRA: Country Boogie/ LITTLE ARTHUR MATTHEWS: I'm Gonna Whale On You/ JOHNNY MOORE’S THREE BLAZERS: Groovy/ OLD MAN MOSE: Matchbox Blues/ JOHNNY OTIS ORCHESTRA: Midnight In The Barrel House/ All Nite Long/ Barrel House Stomp/ Court Room Blues/ Goomp Blues/ Harlem Nocturne/ Jeff-Hi Stomp/ Mambo Boogie/ New Orleans Shuffle/ One Nighter Blues/ One O'Clock Jump-Omaha Flash/ Oopy-Doo/ Rock Me Baby/ Shake It/ The Turkey Hop, Part 1/ The Turkey Hop, Part 2/ Young Girl/ THE JOHNNY OTIS SHOW: Bye Bye Baby/ Castin' My Spell/ Crazy Country Hop/ Mumblin' Mosie/ Shake It, Lucy Baby/ Willie And The Hand Jive/ JOHNNY OTIS’ CONGREGATION: Wedding Boogie/ THE ROBINS: Around About Midnight/ If I Didn't Love You So/ If It's So, Baby/ THE ROYALS: Every Beat Of My Heart/ JIMMY RUSHING: Jimmy's Round The Clock Blues/ JUNIOR RYDER: Better Stop/ MARYLYN SCOTT: Beer Bottle Boogie/ SUGAR PIE: Please Be True/ JOE SWIFT: That's Your Last Boogie/ WILLIE MAE “BIG MAMA™ THORNTON: Hound Dog/ JOE TURNER: S K Blues/ MEL WALKER: Call Operator 210/ Dreamin' Blues/ Feel Like Cryin' Again/ Gee Baby/ Rockin' Blues/ Sunset To Dawn/ The Candle's Burnin' Low/ The Love Bug Boogie/ Cry Baby/ GEORGE WASHINGTON: Good Boogdi Googie/ FAYE WILSON: I Miss You So/ LESTER YOUNG: Jamming With Lester

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 137 Screaming And Crying - 75 Masterpieces by 35 Blues Hero ● CD $23.98
Three CDs, 75 tracks, highly recommended
Hot blues guitar and nothing but hot blues guitar is what you get on this collection of 75 blues recorded between 1949 and 1961. If you love electric blues guitar (and who doesn't?) you'll love this collection featuring such giants of the blues guitar as B.B. King, Pete "Guitar" Lews (with the Johnny Otis Orch.), Buddy Guy, Freddy King, Guitar Slim, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Albert King, Earl Hooker, Eddie Taylor, Pee Wee Crayton, Rudy Green, T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Nolen, Lafayette Thomas, Otis Rush, Guitar Shorty, Elmore James and many more. No real rarities here, just a terrific set of guitar blues. (FS)
MICKEY BAKER: Spinnin' Rock Boogie/ CHUCK BERRY: Bye Bye Johnny/ Mad Lad/ Roll Over Beethoven/ CLARENCE 'GATEMOUTH' BROWN: Atomic Energy/ Dirty Work At The Crossroads/ GOREE CARTER: Bull Corn Blues/ Hoy-Hoy/ JAMES COTTON FEAT. PAT HARE: Cotton Crop Blues/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: A Frosty Night/ Texas Hop/ LARRY DALE FEAT. MICKEY BAKER: Please Tell Me/ BO DIDDLEY: Mumblin' Guitar/ Nursery Rhyme/ Pretty Thing/ LOWELL FULSON: Chuck With The Boys/ Reconsider Baby/ CAL GREEN: The Big Push/ RUDY GREEN: Cool Lovin' Mama/ TINY GRIMES: Rockin' The Blues Away/ Tiny's Boogie/ GUITAR SHORTY: Irma Lee/ You Don't Treat Me Right/ GUITAR SLIM: A Letter To My Girl Friend/ The Story Of My Life/ BUDDY GUY: First Time I Met The Blues/ Let Me Love You Baby/ EARL HOOKER: Blue Guitar/ Blues In D Natural/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Gotta Boogie/ Wobbling Baby/ You've Taken My Woman/ ELMORE JAMES: Coming Home/ I Can't Hold Out/ The Sun Is Shining/ ALBERT KING: I Walked All Night Long/ I've Made Nights By Myself/ Ooh-Ee Baby/ B.B. KING: She's Dynamite/ When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer/ You Upset Me Baby/ FREDDY KING: Have You Ever Loved A Woman/ The Stumble/ You've Got To Love Her With A Feeling/ PETE 'GUITAR' LEWIS: Louisiana Hop/ LITTLE MILTON: If You Love Me Baby/ Lookin' For My Baby/ MAGIC SAM: All Your Love/ Look Whatcha Done/ LITTLE MILTON: I Found Me A New Love/ MUDDY WATERS: Blow Wind Blow/ JIMMY NOLEN: After Hours/ Strollin' With Nolen/ JOHNNY OTIS FEAT. PETE 'GUITAR' LEWIS: Midnight In The Barrel House/ MORRIS PEJOE: Screaming And Crying/ JIMMY REED FEAT. EDDIE TAYLOR: Ain't That Lovin' You Baby/ Honey, Where You Going/ DOCTOR ROSS: The Boogie Disease/ OTIS RUSH: All Your Love (I Miss Loving)/ Double Trouble/ So Many Roads, So Many Trains/ CLARENCE SAMUELS FEAT. JOHNNY COPELAND: Chicken-Hearted Woman/ EDDIE TAYLOR: Don't Knock At My Door/ You'll Always Have A Home/ LAFAYETTE THOMAS: Jumpin' In The Heart Of Town/ Sam's Drag/ IKE TURNER: Ho...Ho/ T-BONE WALKER: Blues Is A Woman/ Through With Women/ Travelin' Blues/ MUDDY WATERS: Rock Me/ JOHNNY 'GUITAR' WATSON: Space Guitar/ Three Hours Past Midnight/ HOP WILSON: I'm A Stranger/ My Woman Has A Black Cat Bone

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Harmless BACKB 028 Backbeats - Mod Life Crisis: 60s MOd Anthems For The In ● CD $11.98
27 tracks, 68 mins, essential
Here's more proof that those Englanders back in the 1960's sure knew how to find out all of our cool music, often times gems that went unappreciated on this side of the Atlantic. Whether they are making a bigger fuss over great artists that didn't get as big as they should of here, like Sugar Pie Desanto Do The Whoopie, Willie Mitchell Everything "Is Gonna Be Alright, or Young Holt Trio Wack Wack, or making our one hit wonders that much more wondrous like Barefootin' by Robert Parker, I Spy For The F.B.I. by Jamo Thomas & His Party Brothers Orchestra, and Oh How Happy by The Shades of Blue, to just plain finding irresistible oddball tracks like Little Hank Mr. Bang Bang Man, probably the best thing those limey hipsters did was give great American artists a longer life-line. Much to our shame, Gene Vincent & Eddie Cochran were still treated like kings in the U.K. after they were yesterday's news here. They aren't featured here but Little Richard, Barrett Strong, Bill Black's Combo, and even Jackie Wilson with Count Basie all have quality cuts on this fine collection. Best of all, this CD is simply one great track from start to finish and one that I guarantee your friends will compliment you on when they hear you playing it. (JM)
BARBARA ACKLIN: Just Ain't No Love/ BILL BLACK'S COMBO: Turn On Your Lovelight/ SUGAR PIE DESANTO: Do the Whoopie/ THE DU-ETTES: Every Beat Of My Heart/ BETTY EVERETT: Getting Mighty Crowded/ WADE FLEMMONS: That Other Place/ FRANK FROST: My Back Scratcher/ GENE & AL'S SPACEMEN: Mercy/ THE INCREDIBLES: There's Nothing Else To Say/ JOHNNY JONES & THE KING CASUALS: Soul Poppin'/ LITTLE HANK: Mr Bang Bang Man/ LITTLE RICHARD: Baby Just Tear Off My Clothes/ TOUSSAINT MCCALL: Shimmy/ KIM MELVIN: Doing the Popcorn/ WILLIE MITCHELL: Everything's Gonna Be Alright/ TOMMY NEAL: Going To A Happening/ ROBERT PARKER: Barefootin'/ Let's Go Baby (Where the Action Is)/ BILLY PRESTON: I Am Coming Through/ BANNY PRICE: Monkey See/ THE RUBAIYATS: Omar Khayyam/ SHADES OF BLUE: Oh How Happy/ THE SHARPEES: Tired Of Being Lonely/ BARRETT STRONG: Make Up Your Mind/ JAMO THOMAS & HIS PARTY BROS: I Spy (For The FBI)/ JACKIE WILSON & COUNT BASIE: Uptight/ YOUNG HOLT TRIO: Wack Wack

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Harmless BACKB 30 Pain Goes Deep - More Deep Soul Gems ● CD $11.98
24 tracks, very highly recommended
Another entry in Harmless Records' Backbeats series of reasonably priced American R&B compilations, this selection delves further in Deep Soul territory and functions as a sequel to earlier Backbeats' collection, "Love & Jealousy." In the words of the liner notes, this CD is ".designed for high-degree wrist-slashers everywhere" and after listening to Linda Jones' Fugitive From Love, Little Archie's intense I Need You, Doris Duke's He's Gone, Big John Hamilton begging to Take This Hurt Off Me, and Charles Smith lamenting I'm Useless there would be absolutely no doubting those words. These 60's and 70's cuts-and others from Betty LaVette, Aaron Neville, Laura Lee, Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett and more-represent the pain, intensity, and sorrow that often epitomizes the best Soul music. Sure, some of the tracks are available elsewhere, but it doesn't matter because, as a complete listening experience, this is simply one of the best collections in the Backbeats series. And that's saying something. (GMC)
100 PROOF AGED IN SOUL: I Don't Care If I Never Get Over You/ LITTLE ARCHIE: I Need You/ LEON BYRD: I Catch Myself Crying/ OTIS CLAY: That's How It Is/ MELVIN DAVIS: I'm Worried/ TYRONE DAVIS: I Keep Coming Back/ DORIS DUKE: He's Gone/ BIG JOHN HAMILTON: Take This Hurt Off Me/ GEORGE JACKSON: Aretha, Sing One for Me/ LINDA JONES: Fugitive from Love/ BETTYE LAVETTE: Let Me Down Easy/ LAURA LEE: I'll Catch You When You Fall/ AARON NEVILLE: Been So Wrong/ WILSON PICKETT: I'm Down To My Last Heartbreak/ JEAN PLUM: Loneliness/ SYDNEY JOE QUALLS: I'm Being Held Hostage/ QUIET ELEGANCE: You've Got My Mind Messed Up/ ANN SEXTON: I'm His Wife (You're Just a Friend)/ CHARLES SMITH: I'm Useless/ ANNETTE SNELL: You Ought To Be Here With Me/ JOE VALENTINE: I Can't Stand To See You Go/ THE WHISPERS: Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong/ JACKIE WILSON: Just As Soon As the Feeling Is Over/ TOMMIE YOUNG: She Don't Have To See You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 28-4 Good Ol' Boys Club ● CD $29.98
4 CDs, 125 tracks, 5 hours 19 min, recommended
The booklet notes explain the logic behind this collection, but none of it makes much sense. It would appear to be a collection of male vocalists--solo, duos, trios, quartets, what you will--recorded in the 1950s and early 1960s. And yet Margaret Whiting has a couple of cuts. And the Andrews Sisters get a track. Patti Page too. That's all fine. Most everything else is distinctly masculine. The vast majority of sides belong to such groups as The Four Lads, The Four Freshmen, The Four Preps, The Four Aces, The Four Tunes, and The Four Coins, the last being referred to in the booklet notes as "one of the most aggressive sounding groups of the 1950s." Aggressive? Among the pale vocal efforts one finds some Everly Brothers biggies (Bye Bye Love and Let It Be Me among them), decent work from The Four Knights, coolness from The Five Keys, The Mills Brothers (including My Christmas Song For You), Harry Belafonte, Billy Eckstine, and others. And scattered randomly are little wonders to be gleaned by the patient listener, including the Johnny Cash classic I Walk The Line sung by Hoagy Charmichael, a pair of duets by Nat King Cole and Dean Martin, the unintentionally wildly offensive Harry Kari number Yokohama Mama, Roy Rogers and an unidentified male quartet singing Frosty The Snowman, The Tarriers' The Banana Boat Song, credited here as by The Terriers, presumably small tuneful dogs who sound remarkably like the Arkin-Carey-Darling group. And since it's the fifties, there's an unusually large number of songs about God (e.g., Keep God In The Home by Don Cornell). Inexplicably the last dozen tracks are Christmas songs. In few, a bit heavy on the Perry Como and The Three Chuckles side of life, but a decent mix of cool stuff and bizarre oddities rarely reissued. All four CD's clock in at just under 80 minutes apiece, which is probably some kind of theoretical maximum in the generosity department--to a fault, some might say. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 378 Lost Soul Gems From Sounds Of Memphis ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, recommended
Regular readers of our newsletters should be very familiar with Kent Records' series of CDs dedicated to Gene Lucchesi's Sounds Of Memphis label ("Can't Be Satisfied," Kent 283; "Play the Game," Kent 298; and "Steppin' Stone," Kent 339 - $18.98 each) as well as compilations of the label's signature artists Barbara & the Browns (Kent 278), George Jackson (Kent 329), The Ovations (Kent 246, 294, 311), and The Minits (Kent 343). This latest disc delves very deep into the SOM vaults to unearth a new stash of tapes and acetate discs, which, for the most part, are making their first appearance on CD. These recordings were mostly cut between the mid-60s and the mid-80's and truthfully, most of these tracks are kinda ordinary. Big exceptions: The Jacksonians' unrecognizable (in a good way) cover of The Ides of March's 1970 hit Vehicle, two cuts from Barbara & the Browns especially an alternate take of I Don't Want to Have to Wait, Vision's Play the Game (Version 2), and the rough but exquisite demo of George Jackson's It's Hard to Say No. Sometimes the best is really saved for last, and this track lifts the CD into "must own" territory. (GMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 379 Manhattan Soul, Volume 2 ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, recommended
The second installment of Kent's retrospective on the Scepter, Wand, and Musicor labels doesn't contain the heavy hitters that the first volume (Kent 347 - $18.98) had, but it does have some charming tracks just the same. Tommy Hunt takes us through the New Neighborhood while Bay Area mainstay Freddie Hughes proclaims I Gotta Keep My Bluff In, and Nella Dodds enchants on I Just Gotta Have You. Plus sides by Willie Hatcher, The Soul Brothers, Sylvia Jenkins and more. In sum: another round of 60's/70's R&B from three players in the New York music scene, and, if you have the first volume, then you'll also want the second one. (GMC)
CHRIS BARTLEY: A Man, A Woman/ BIG MAYBELLE: How Do You Feel Now/ ED BRUCE: I'm Gonna Have A Party/ THE CATALINAS: Who Knows Better/ NELLA DODDS: I Just Gotta Have You/ BENNY GORDON & THE SOUL BROTHERS: Horsin' Around/ SHEP GRANT: You Found My Lonely Heart A Home/ WILLIE HATCHER: Who Am I Without You Baby/ FREDDIE HUGHES: I Gotta Keep My Bluff In/ TOMMY HUNT: New Neighbourhood/ THE INSPIRATIONS: Kiss And Make Up/ IRMA & THE FASCINATORS: Lost Love/ SYLVIA JENKINS: It's Gonna Be Alright/ LOIS LANE: No Jealous Lover/ LOU LAWTON: Knick Knack, Patti Whack/ THE MASQUERADERS: I Don't Want Nobody To Lead Me On/ JOE PERKINS: Runaway Slave/ PORGY & THE MONARCHS: That Girl/ JIMMY RADCLIFFE: Deep In The Heart Of Harlem/ ROSCOE ROBINSON: Lonesome Guy/ SOMETHING NEW: You Babe/ BILLY T SOUL: Call On Billy/ THE SOUL BROTHERS: The Parade Of Broken Hearts/ JERRY TIFFE: Hey Whatcha Doin'

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 155 Essential Rockabilly - The RCA Story ● CD $11.98 $9.98
Two CDs, 40 tracks, highly recommended
More great rockabilly, rock 'n' roll and rocking country - this time from the RCA label. It starts with Joe Clay's classic Duck Tail and other highlights include That's Love by David Hill, Hoyt Johnson's Little Boy Blue and Ric Cartey's bluesy Born To Love One Woman but just about all of it is excellent. RCA's biggest money maker Elvis is here with two songs and several country artists are here doing worthwhile attempts at rock 'n' roll including JImmy Rodgers Snow, Eddy Arnold and Hank Penny. Other artists include Gene Morris, Autry Inman, Johnny Restivo, Art Wood, Milton Allen, Pee Wee King, David Houston, Janis Martin and others. Another low priced winner from One Day. (FS)
MILTON ALLEN: Don't Bug Me Baby/ EDDY ARNOLD: Hep Cat Baby/ RIC CARTEY: Born To Love One Woman/ I Wancha To Know/ My Babe/ Oooh-Wee/ JOEY CASTLE: That Ain't Nothin' But Right/ JOE CLAY: Sixteen Chicks/ FRANKIE DEE: Shake It Up Baby/ JIMMY DELL: She Won't Pet/ LEE DENSON: New Shoes/ CURTIS GORDON: Rompin' And Stompin'/ HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: Waitin' For My Baby/ DAVID HILL: That's Love/ DAVID HOUSTON: One And Only/ Sugar Sweet/ AUTRY INMAN: Mary Nell/ JOHNNIE AND JACK: Move It On Over/ HOYT JOHNSON: Little Boy Blue/ PEE WEE KING: Blue Suede Shoes/ Catty Town/ BENNY MARTIN: Hoebe Snow/ JANIS MARTIN: Barefoot Baby/ Drugstore Rock n' Roll/ Let's Elope Baby/ My Boy Elvis/ THE MCCOYS: Full Grown Cat/ THE MORGAN TWINS: TV Hop/ GENE MORRIS: Lovin' Honey/ HANK PENNY: Fan It/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Good Rockin' Tonight/ That's All Right/ JOHNNY RESTIVO: The Shape I'm In/ DAVE RICH: Tuggin' At My Heart Strings/ HANK SNOW: Music Makin' Mama From Memphis/ JIMMIE RODGERS SNOW: Milkcow Blues/ GORDON TERRY: It Ain't Right/ Trouble On Turnpike/ ART WOOD: Hey Jibbo

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 160 Oh Boy! The Brunswick Story ● CD $11.98
2 CD's, 50 tracks, 1 hour 54 min., highly recommended
A selection of superior tracks, very few of which (e.g., Buddy Holly's Not Fade Away/ That'll Be The Day/ Maybe Baby/Oh Boy! and Jackie Wilson's Reet Petit/ Lonely Teardrops) have been frequently anthologized. Many offer early rare glimpses of stars-to-be, such as the first recordings of Waylon Jennings (When Sin Stops, which is disappointingly bland, and Jole Blon, which isn't; Listen Kitten by Freddie (Fred) Neil, cut in 1959; Whistle My Love by The Pips, led by the 14-year-old Gladys Knight, her first recording. Also of note is Lou Giordano's Don't Cha Know if only because Buddy Holly and Phil Everly are singing backup, although their voices are treated beyond recognition. Holly also appears on Jerry Engler's Sputnik (Satellite Girl). And Bobby Darin records as The Ding Dongs, singing Early In The Morning and Now We're One. Other artists include The Paris Brothers, Terry Noland, The Youngtones, Wayne Walker, Billy Lee Riley, Billy Harlan, Peanuts Wilson, Chuck & Bill, Aussie wild man Johnny O'Keefe, Johnny Bell, and many others. If there's a weakness here, it belongs to the greater-than-desirable number of "novelty" songs, such as Jack & Jim's throwaway Midnight Monsters Hop. Colin Salter's liner notes are informative if rendered in a challengingly small font size. (JC)
THE ACCENTS: Wiggle Wiggle/ AUGIE AUSTIN & THE CHROMATICS: My Heart Let Me Be Free/ JOHNNY BELL: Flip Flop And Fly/ CHUCK & BILL: Watch Your Step/ Way Out There/ THE COMMODORES: Who Dat/ THE CRICKETS: Deborah/ Oh Boy!/ When You Ask About Love/ THE DING DONGS: Early In The Morning/ Now We're One/ JERRY ENGLER: Sputnick (The Satellite Girl)/ LOU GIORDANO: Don't Cha Know/ BILLY HARLAN: I Wanna Bop/ Schoolhouse Rock/ BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETS: Maybe Baby/ Not Fade Away/ That'll Be The Day/ THE IVES: Sunshine/ JACK AND JIM: Midnight Monsters Hop/ WAYLON JENNINGS: Jole Blon/ When Sin Stops/ BOB MONTGOMERY: Taste Of The Blues/ FREDDIE NEIL: Listen Kitten/ TERRY NOLAND: Hypnotised/ Ten Little Women/ JOHNNY O'KEEFE: Shake Baby Shake/ The Wild One/ ARTHUR OSBORNE: Hey Ruby/ THE PARIS BROTHERS: This Is It/ THE PIPS: Whistle My Love/ BILLY LEE RILEY: Is That All To The Ball/ Rockin' On The Moon/ ROSIE: Lonely Blue Nights/ My Darling Forever/ RONNIE SMITH: Lookie Lookie Lookie/ NEIL STEVENS & THE DEE VINES: More & More/ JOE THERRIEN & HIS ROCKETS: Hey Baby Let's Go Downtown/ JOE THERRIEN JR: Wheels/ THE TRENIERS: Goodnight Irene/ WAYNE WALKER: Little Ole You/ DON WEBB: Little Ditty Baby/ JACKIE WILSON: Lonely Teardrops/ Reet Petite/ That's Why (I Love You So)/ The Way I Am/ PEANUTS WILSON: Cast Iron Arm/ You've Got Love/ THE YOUNGTONES: Come On Baby/ O Tell Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Retrieval 79069 U.S. Jazzmen In Europe, 1926-1929 ● CD $15.98
Complementing Jazz Oracle 8065 ("Americans In Europe") this is another fine collection of jazz and hot dance recorded in Europe by American musicians. It includes six tracks by Frank Guarante's World Known Georgians recorded in Geneva in 1926), four by The Plantation Orchestra recorded in London in 1926, sevn by The Devonshire Restaurant Dance Band recorded in Hayes, Middlesex in 1927, two by the great jazz fiddler Eddie South wit his Alabamians recorded on Paris in 1929 and five by Noble Sissle & His Orch. recorded in Hayes, Middlesex in 1929. Usual high qulaity sound from Retrieval and 32 page booklet with extensive notes, illustrations and discographical data.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Smith & Co. 1197 Great Rockabilly - Just About As Good As It Gets, Vol.4 ● CD $15.98
Two CDs, 70 tracks, 156 mins, highly recommended
Another of those jam packed collections of hot rockabilly along with some rockin' country from the Smith & Co. label. As before we have a mix of big names (Elvis, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, etc.), rockabilly cult favorites (Dwight Pullens, Johnny Carroll, Groovy Joe Poovey, Larry Donn, Rudy Grayzell, etc.) and a whole heap of artists who only recorded a handful of obscure but great sides (George Fleming, Bobby Crown & The Capers, Billy The Kid, Billy Harlen, Billy Eldridge, etc.). Excellent sound quality and informative notes by Dave Travis round out an irresistible package. (FS)
ART ADAMS: Rock Crazy Baby/ CHARLIE ADAMS: T.T. Boogie/ BILLY THE KID: Apron Strings/ CHARLIE BOP TRIO: Mr. Big Feet/ DORSEY & JOHNNY BURNETTE: No Baby Do/ JOHNNY CARROLL: Corrine Corrina/ AL CASEY: Cat Daddy/ JOHNNY CASH & THE TENNESSEE TWO: Luther Played The Boogie/ EDDIE COCHRAN: Nervous Breakdown/ Pink Peg Slacks/ Skinny Jim/ JACKIE LEE COCHRAN: Riverside Jump/ JACKIE CRAY: Rockin' Maybelle/ PHIL CRAY & THE GO BOYS: Pepper Hot Baby/ BOBBY CROWN & THE CAPERS: One Way Ticket/ MAC CURTIS: Say So/ LARRY DONN: Honey Bun/ GENE DUNLAP: Made In The Shade/ BILLY ELDRIDGE: Let's Go/ CHARLIE FEATHERS & HIS MUSICAL WARRIORS: Nobody's Woman/ DERRELL FELTS & THE CONFEDERATES: It's A Great Big Day/ AL FERRIER: Hey Baby/ SONNY FISHER: Pink And Black/ GEORGE FLEMING: I'm Gonna Tell On You/ The Shake/ DON GIBSON: Blue Blue Day/ GLEN GLENN: One Cup Of Coffee/ RUDY GRAYZELL: Let's Get Wild/ BILLY HARLAN: I Wanna Bop/ HANK HARRAL: Tank Town Boogie/ DON HEAD: Goin' Strong/ BUDDY HOLLY & THE THREE TUNES: Don't Come Back Knockin'/ Ting A Ling/ AUTRY INMAN: Be-Bop Baby/ WANDA JACKSON: Savin' My Love/ AL JONES: Loretta/ GEORGE JONES: White Lightnin'/ Who Shot Sam/ SID KING & HIS FIVE STRINGS: It's True, I'Blue/ THE LONESOME DRIFTER: Eager Boy/ ROBIN LUKE: Chicka Chicka Honey/ ROSE MADDOX: My Little Baby/ JANIS MARTIN: All Right Baby/ LUKE MCDANIEL: Go Ahead Baby/ SKEETS MCDONALD: Blues In My Mind/ MARION 'MAD MAN' MITCHELL: Ice Cold Baby/ ROY MOSS: You Nearly Lose Your Mind/ RICKY NELSON: Down The Line/ My Babe/ JIMMY PATTON: Okie's In The Pokie/ CARL PERKINS: Dixie Bop/ You Can't Make Love To Somebody/ GROOVEY JOE POOVEY: Move Around/ ELVIS PRESLEY: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You/ Just Because/ DWIGHT PULLEN: Sunglasses After Dark/ VERN PULLENS: Bop Crazy Baby/ DAVID RAY: Jitterbuggin' Baby/ JODY REYNOLDS: Beulah Lee/ RUSTY & DOUG: Hey Mae/ TOM TALL: Stack O Records/ AL TERRY: Watch Dog/ JACK TURNER & HIS GRANGER COUNTY GANG: Hound Dog/ GENE VINCENT & THE BLUE CAPS: Race With The Devil/ GENE VINCENT &THE BLUE CAPS: Who Slapped John/ GEORGE WESTON: Hold Still baby/ PEANUTS WILSON: Cast Iron Arm/ HENRY WILSON & THE BLUENOTES: Are You Ready/ DON WOODY: Make Like a Rock 'n' Roll/ LAFAYETTE YARBOROUGH: Cool Cool Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Vee-Tone 2019 R&B Humdingers - 22 Greasy Groovers, Vol. 12 ● CD $18.98 $12.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Another excellent collection of rocking R&B - about half new to CD. It starts off with the superb hard driving Come Runnin' To Me Baby and among the other highlights are the great New Orleans groover She Got A Wobble (When She Walks) by James "Sugar Boy Crawford and Jimmy McCracklin has one of his most rockin' songs with The Wobble. Dean & Jean's great Turn It Off has a Coasters flavor and Annie Lauries terrific Rockin' And Rollin' Again has a great vocal from Annie, tough guitar from Mickey Baker and stellar tenor work from Buddy Lucas. Other artists include Matthew Jacobs, Hub Moore, Slim Sanders, James Brown, The Individuals, James Wayne, Melvin Smith, Sam Price and others. (FS)
JAMES BROWN: Fine Old Foxy Self/ RUSTY BRYANT: Moonlight Garden Stomp/ JAMES "SUGAR BOY" CRAWFORD: She Gotta Wobble (When She Walks)/ DEAN & JEAN: Turn It Off/ H-BOMB FERGUSON: Little Tiger/ THE HEARTBEATS: Oh Baby Don't/ THE INDIVIDUALS: Jungle Superman/ MATTHEW JACOBS: Loaded Down/ JOE JOHNSON: Cool Love/ JOE JONES: Will Call/ ANNIE LAURIE: Rockin' And Rollin' Again/ LITTLE EDDIE LOVE: Come Runnin To Me Baby/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: The Wobble/ BOBBY MITHCHELL & THE TOPPERS: Goin' Round In Circles/ HUB MOORE: The Drift/ JOHNNY OTIS: Ring A Ling/ MARVIN PHILLIPS: Mamo Mamo/ SAM PRICE: Ain't No Strain/ SLIM SANDERS: Bye Bye Baby/ MELVIN SMITH: Zaki Sue/ JAMES WAYNE: A Two Faced Man/ BOB WILLIAMS: My Goose Is Cooked

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Vee-Tone 2020 Wild Streak, Vol. 2 ● CD $22.98
2 CDs, 50 tracks, 110 mins, highly recommended
Here's one of those great teenage Rock & Roll collections, with a variety of wild & free Rock & Rollers who make up for what they may be lacking in musical proficiency with sheer, unabashed enthusiasm. Not saying that there aren't some great players on here as well; several shredding guitarists and soaring Saxophonists will be found throughout. On this you get such drag strip legends and hall pass heartthrobs as Mike Fern with A Bomb Bop, Reggie Perkins with High School Caesar, Jackie Lee Cochran with I Wanna See You, The Twisters with Bandstand Riot, Portuguese Joe with Teen Age Riot," and Los Teen Tops with Confidente De Consundaria, (Jerry Lee Lewis's "High School Confidential," rocked out en Espanola!) and many, many more wonderful tracks. Link Wray's Ain't That Lovin' You Baby is on here, certainly a great tune, but easily found elsewhere, as are a few other tracks, but of the 50 songs that are on this, most by far are pretty damn rare and not found on many comps. (JM)
JACK BAILEY & THE NATURALS: Oh What Love Is/ HUGH BARRETT & THE VICTORS: Got The Bull By The Horns/ TONY CASANOVA: Boogie Woogie Feeling/ JACKIE LEE COCHRAN: I Wanna See You/ LEE COLE: Cool Baby/ LORRIE & LARRY COLLINS: Whistle Bait/ THE DAZZLERS: Gee Whiz/ JIMMY DEE: Don't Cry No More/ FRED FARRAH WITH THE HITCH HIKERS: Settle Down/ MIKE FERN: A Bomb Bop/ STEVE FRANCE: Bad Boy/ FREDDIE & THE HEARTACHES: Womp Womp/ RONNIE HAWKINS: Dizzy Miss Lizzy/ ROCKY HOLMAN: Wild Boy/ CURT JENSEN: Just For You/ TROYCE KEY: Watch Your Mouth/ GENE LAMARR: That Crazy Little House On The Hill/ MYRON LEE & THE CADDIES: Aw C'mon Baby/ HANK LEGAULT: I Knew/ BOBBY LOUIS: Cell Of Love/ VINCE MALOY: Do Your Best/ HOWARD MAYBERRY: This Just Can't Be Puppy Love/ BETTY MCQUADE: Tongue Tied/ THE NOISEMAKERS: Panic/ ALLEN PAGE: She's The One That's Got It/ JERRY PAUL: Step Out/ REGGIE PERKINS: High School Caesar/ THE PHAETONS: I Love My Baby/ PORTUGESE JOE: Teen Age Riot/ DOUG POWELL: Jeannie With The Dark Blue Eyes/ JOHNNY POWERS: Mama Rock/ PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Sharon (version 1)/ DARRELL RHODES: Lou Lou/ THE RHYTHM ROCKERS: Madness/ RIO ROCKERS: Mexicali Baby/ BUDDY SHARPE & THE SHAKERS: Please, Please, Please/ THE STRING KINGS: Bloodshot/ BOB TAYLOR: Don't Be Unfair/ LOS TEEN TOPS: Confidente De Secundaria (High School Confidential)/ THE TWISTERS: Bandstand Rocket/ KIP TYLER & THE FLIPS: Jungle Hop/ BOB VIDONE: Frankie & Johnny/ MIKE WAGGONER & THE BOPS: Baby, Baby/ GENE WATSON & THE ROCKETS: Drummer Boy Rock/ CHUCK WILEY: I Love You So Much/ JERRY WOODARD: Six Long Weeks/ WAYNE WORLEY: Red Headed Woman/ LINK WRAY & THE WRAY MEN: Ain't That Lovin' You Baby/ DANNY ZELLA & THE LARADOS: Sapphire/ BENN JOE ZEPPA: Shame On You, Miss Lindy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS V.S.O.P. 121 The Otis Rene Story ● CD $23.98
Two CDs, 44 tracks, very good
This two CD set features 44 tracks drawn from the catalog of Los Angeles entrepreneur/ musician Otis Rene's Excelsior and Spin labels recorded between 1946 and 1952. Considering that the labels issued over 100 singles, the choice of tracks here is pretty uninspired with many of them being pedestrian. One of the label's great talents was Johnny Otis & Orch. who is featured on five tracks - but why only pick instrumentals? The label's most popular artist was The Nat "King" Cole Trio who are featured on five tracks which have probably been reissued many times before. Other artists include The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Jimmy Rushing (his three tracks are among the best here), The Lavenia Nash Singers (very formal sounding gospel choir), The Drifters (an old fashioned and pretty dull vocal group - no relation to the later Clyde McPhatter group), The Four Flames (a fine group who are listed here as the Hollywood Flames which is what they later became), Preston Love, Phil Flowers (a decent R&B singer) and others. Sound quality is generally fine except for a couple of the Nat King Cole cuts and the booklet has fine notes by Jim Dawson along with some very confusing discographical details. (FS)
GLADYS BENTLEY: Lay It On The Line/ CHARLES BROWN: You Better Change Your Way/ NAT KING COLE: All For You/ Beautiful Moons Ago/ I'm Lost/ Let's Spring One/ Pitchin' Up A Boogie/ Vom Vim Veedle/ THE DRIFTERS: Honeychild/ I'm Still Crazy/ Mobile/ Ribely Bop/ PHIL FLOWERS: Crazy Baby/ Let Me Come Home/ Little Devil/ Think It Over/ You Shouldn't Do Me Like You Do/ THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES: Cryin' For My Baby/ Just The Sound Of Your Voice/ Strange Land Blues/ HERB JEFFERIES: At Least You Could Save Me A Dream/ PRESTON LOVE: Huckle Boogie/ Swingin' The Blues/ Until The Real Thing Comes Along/ THE LUVENIA NASH SINGERS: Great Getting Up Morning/ John The Revelator/ THE GERALD WILSON ORCHESTRA: Moon Rise/ THE JOHNNY OTIS ORCHESTRA: Jeff Hi Stomp/ Omaha Flash/ Sgt. Barksdale Pt. 2/ Volcano/ OTIS RENE: I'm Gonna Pack My Grip/ Mobile/ Your's Am I/ TIMMIE ROGERS: Bring Enough Clothes For Three Days/ JIMMY RUSHING: Good Morning Blues/ I've Got To Have You That's All/ Thursday Blues/ THE GERALD WILSON ORCHESTRA: Dissonance In Blues/ Groovin' High/ I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues/ Synthetic Joe/ BEVERLY WRIGHT: Feels So Good/ Kissin' Boogie

 

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