THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC ALL AROUND US Field Recordings And The American Experience by Stephen Wade ● BOOK $23.98
Hardbound, 477 pages, essential, counts as 14 CDs for shipping
Amazing and unique new book from musician/ researcher Stephen Wade that is part scholarship and part detective story. Stephen has selected 13 iconic field recordings made for the Library Of Congress made between 1934 and 1942 and given them new life by exploring, in depth, the stories behind these recordings. He sought to give us the story of the lives of the performers through their own stories (of the few alive when Stephen started his research) and reminiscences of family members, fellow musicians and others who knew them and to look at their place in the communities they came from. He reconstructs the sights and sounds of the recording sessions themselves and discusses and the origins and history of the songs and tunes and how the music worked in the lives of the performers and the influences of the performances on later musicians.
The recordings were made in locations reaching from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta and the great plains and includes the children's play song "Shortnin' Bread" sung by Ora Dell Graham in Drew, Mississippi in 1940, the fiddle tune "Bonaparte's Retreat" performed by fiddler Bill Stepp in Lakeville, Kentucky in 1937, the blues worksong "Another Man Done Gone" recorded by Vera Hall in Livington, Alabama in 1940, the traditional song " One Morning In May" recorded by Texas Gladden in Saltville, Virginia in 1941, the spiritual "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down" recorded by Bozie Sturdivant in Clarksdale, Miss in 1942 and more. Some of these musicians developed musical reputations beyond these recordings but for most these tracks represent their only recordings.
Stephen's researches has unearthed a treasure trove of previously unpublished photos - I never thought I'd ever see a photo of Bozie Sturdivant but there it is on page 199 and the book also includes a copy of the funeral program for him from 1978. The book includes a CD with all the recordings discussed. This book is a major contribution to the study of American traditional and roots music and puts flesh and bones onto these performers who were previously mysterious voices on decades old recordings. (FS)



CLASSIC BLUES ARTWORK FROM THE 1920S - 2013 Calendar Blues Images 213 ● CALENDAR $17.98
It's that time of the year again when renowned collector John Tefteller delves into his phenomenal collection of blues graphics and rare 78s to present another sensational calendar and CD. This calendar (the tenth) features reproductions of original artwork for advertisements printed in African-American newspapers in the late 20s and early 30s, mostly by the Paramount Record Company advertising their latest blues releases.
This calendar features fullsize ads for records by artists like Blind Willie Johnson (with an almost complete version of the only known photo of him), Memphis Minnie, Lil McClintock (with a previously unpublished photo), Blind Blake, Ardelle Bragg, Charley Patton, Rev. Emmett Dickinson (the amazing artwork for his "The Devil & God Meet In Church" is worth the price of admission!) and others. The calendar also includes small reproductions of another 20 ads, sample song lyrics, brief biographies and birth and death dates for many blues artists.
The calendar itself would be easily worth $17.98 but in addition you get a 21 track CD featuring all the records advertised in the full sized ads plus nine superb and incredibly rare bonus cuts from Blind Willie Davis, Hi Henry Brown, Laura Rucker (from the only known surviving copy), Freddie Spruell(a 1933 recordings only discovered last year) and Charley Patton. All tracks are newly remastered from the best or only surviving copies and have never sounded better. Also included are full color inserts to enable you to make your own Classic Blues Artwork CD with a jewel case (jewel case not included) Since these would make such a great gift if you buy five or more calendars you can get them for $15.98 each! Calendar/ CD set counts as four CDs for shipping purposes. (FS)
Note: All previously released calendars are available since the artwork never dates and the CDs are also available separately for $8.98 each.



CHARLES BROWN Jasmine 3030/1 The Cool Cool Blues Of Charles Brown ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
The best single collection documenting the first 15 years in the career of this incredibly popular and influential bluesman. Brown had a smooth warm vocal style and specialized in slow, smooth blues ballads - many of which since become blues standards. This covers recordings from 1945 when Charles was a member of Johnny Moore's Three Blazers who modeled themselves on the immensely popular Nat King Cole Trio but adding a more bluesy edge through to his 1960 hit Please Come Home For Christmas. On the early sides Charles took the vocal and piano role while Johnny (or sometimes his brother Oscar) provided the solid guitar underpinning. Even after Charles became a star and was the primary name on the label many of his 40s recordings found him with backing by The Three Blazers. Later recordings in the 1950s featured him with somewhat larger groups. During the period covered by this collection Charles recorded a couple hundred sides for several different labels so picking what to include must have been a tough choice. This does include all of his hits during this period including his first recording of Drifting Blues from 1946 for the tiny Philo label which reached #2 in the charts and must be among the most recorded of all blues songs. Other hits followed including So Long/ Merry Christmas Baby/ Get Yourself Another Fool/ A Long Time/ Trouble Blues/ Black Night/ Hard Times and others - all included here along with a selection of his best work for Exclusive, Modern, Aladdin, Ace and King. Another quality effort from Jasmine. (FS)
CHARLES BROWN: A Long Time/ Again/ Baby Do You Know The Game/ Black Night/ Cryin' And Driftin' Blues/ Cryin' Mercy/ Don't Fool With My Heart/ Evening Shadows/ Fool's Paradise/ Get Yourself Another Fool/ Hard Times/ Homesick Blues/ Honey Sipper/ Hot Lips And Seven Kisses/ How High The Moon/ I Lost Everything/ I'll Always Be In Love With You (1951 Version)/ I'll Always Be In Love With You (1956 Version)/ In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down/ It's Nothing/ Lonesome Feeling/ Love's Like A River/ Merry Christmas Baby (1956 Version)/ Merry Christmas Baby (1961 Version)/ My Baby's Gone/ Please Come Home For Christmas (Christmas Finds Me Oh So Sad) (Teem)/ Please Come Home For Christmas (King)/ Please Don't Drive Me Away/ Seven Long Days/ Sing My Blues Tonight/ Still Water/ Trouble Blues/ Educated Fool/ I Wanna Go Home/ JOHNNY MOORE'S THREE BLAZERS: Be Fair With Me/ Bobby Sox Baby/ Driftin' Blues/ I Want You I Need You/ I'm Looking For Love/ If You Don't Why Don't You/ It Ain't Gonna Be Like That/ Johnny's Boogie/ Merry Christmas Baby/ More Than You Know/ Pasadena/ So Long/ Walkin' In Circles/ Why Is Love Like That/ With My Heart In My Hand/ You Left Me Forsaken

GEORGE "WILD CHILD" BUTLER Fuel 61932 Greatest Hits ● CD $11.98
14 tracks, recommended
Some fine Chicago blues recorded for Jewel between 1966 & '68. Alabama born Butler is an excellent singer and harmonica player, and on these sessions, produced by Willie Dixon, he is accompanied by top Chicago sidemen like Johnny "Twist" Williams, Jack Meyers, Jimmy Dawkins, Cash McCall, Lafayette Leake, Phil Upchurch and others. Half a dozen tracks features two harmonicas with Walter Horton in the lead and George providing counterpoint. Most of the songs are originals by Butler or Dixon and many are pretty forgettable as songs but are saved by Butler's excellent vocals and the superb instrumental work - Open Up Babay/ Jelly Jam/ She Walks Like Mary Ann/ Harmonica PLayer/ Keep On (Doin' What You're Doin'). (FS)

MARTIN CARTHY Topic TSCD 770 Essential Martin Carthy ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 34 tracks, essential
Not a new release but one we haven't got a chance to review until now. Martin Carthy is justifiably one of the most popular, influential and respected figures on the English folk scene and has been for almost 50 years. A distinctive singer with an expressive nasal style he also developed a droning, percussive guitar style immensely suited to accompanying the traditional songs he specializes in. He is also a consummate researcher into finding good old songs and always credits his sources, and when necessary modifies the songs to make them more relevant to a contemporary audience. He was also a consummate professional who loved to perform and until fairly recently was continuously touring which helped him hone his skills. His singing, choice of songs, arrangements and guitar playing have influenced generations of English folk musicians and is a popular figure on the American folk scene and has toured here frequently from the 1970s through 1990s. Although he has slowed down in recent years he still performs frequently and, most recently, has been a member of the adventurous group The Imagined Village. This wonderful set provides a cross section of his recordings from 1965 through 2006. It opens with his 1965 recording of Scarborough Fair from his first album which was heard by Paul Simon and became the first hit for Simon & Garfinkle. His Lord Franklin from his second album in 1966 influenced Bob Dylan in creating Bob Dylan's Dream. In 1967 he teamed up with the great fiddler Dave Swarbrick and together they recorded several albums together and a number of tracks are featured from those albums including the spine chilling ballad Prince Heathen. By 1971 he was on his own again and recorded a series of wonderful albums featuring such magnificent performances as King Henry/ Geordie and the wonderful instrumental Siege Of Delhi. In the 1980s he teamed up a with group of musicians including a brass section to form the unique group Brass Monkey and a couple of tracks are featured from their albums. In the 1990s he teamed up with his wife Norma Waterson and their daughter Eliza and made several superb albums and the lively Rackabello is featured here and the set ends with a piece of Carthy whimsy with a delicious performance of The Harry Lime Theme. The set is full of some of the best performances of English folk music you'll hear anywhere. If you don't already have an extensive collection of his recordings this will provide a perfect introduction to one of Britain's national treasures. (FS)

THE CHARIOTEERS Acrobat ACRCD 285 Ooh Look A There Ain't She Pretty ● CD $10.98 $7.98
17 tracks, highly recommended
Obscure 40s vocal group who became known throughout England some years back when their version of Ooh Look A There Ain't She Pretty from 1947 (included here) was used in a TV commercial for English chain store Marks & Spencer to launch their latest fashion collection. This CD features 16 more fine sides from the 40s - pop, jive and gospel. Includes I Can't Get Started/ Open The Door Richard (a great and very different treatment)/ Sweet Lorraine/ Down, Down Down (What A Song)/ No Soup/ Bagel And Lox/ When The Saints Go Marching In/ Braggin'/ In My Saviour's Care, etc. Excellent sound and informative notes. Only a couple of duplications with Collector's Choice 377 ($15.98). (FS)

ARIZONA DRANES Tompkins Square 2677 He Is My Story: Sanctified Soul Of Arizona Dranes ● CD $24.98
16 tracks, 50 mins, essential
Fabulous collection of all 16 sides issued under her own name by Texas born sanctified gospel singer and piano player Arizona Dranes. Dranes was probably the most exciting gospel piano player of the 1920s. In her performing, she combined a rousing barrelhouse rhythm on the piano with her own and others' sanctified singing. Her style was to influence generations of gospel pianists and inspired Sister Rosetta Tharpe who attended the same church as Dranes in Chicago to adopt her unqiue guitar stylings. Dranes was a member of the Church Of God In Christ which was the most uninhibited of all the black churches - not only in its music but in its preaching and praying. Her performances are incredibly exciting including some solo performances, some with additional female vocals and, on one session, by Rev. F.W. McGhee and The Jubilee Singers and several tracks feature some great mandolin playing. Two tracks are gorgeous piano solos. The CD features newly remastered, speed corrected versions of all her recordings and sound fabulous. The CD is enclosed in 48 page hard cover book by music critic and columnist Michael Corcoran and tells her story in depth based on years of new research, dispelling a number of myths about her life in the process. The book is copiously illustrated and includes a previously unpublished photo of Dranes at a 1953 COGIC Women's Convention. A magnificent and important set. (FS)

THE FALCONS Jasmine 223 You're So Fine, 1956-1961 ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, highly recommended
Doo wop group the Falcons cut some memorable sides during their short lifetime - This Heart of Mine/ You're So Fine, and Just For You Love among them-but they are perhaps best remembered for their personnel. At one time or another, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice, and Joe Stubbs were all charter members. Pickett and Floyd need no introduction to 60's soul fans, Rice was responsible for soul standards like Mustang Sally and Respect Yourself, while Stubbs (brother of Four Tops lead singer Levi) later sang with the Contours and 100 Proof Aged in Soul. Quite a pedigree for a little known Doo wop group, but don't let the later accomplishments of the individuals obscure the achievements of the whole group. Stubbs was a more than capable lead singer and Just For You Love and You're So Fine are as good as Doo Wop gets, while the Pickett-sung tracks (he was Stubbs replacement) have a raw energy-especially Feels Good and You're On My Mind - that's a different feel from the earlier cuts, but still satisfying. Most of these tracks are appearing on CD for the first time, and anyone who wants to take a closer look at this overlooked and underrated group need go no further than this disc. (GMC)

THE FIVE SATINS Jasmine 221 In The Still Of The Night - The Best Of The Five Satins ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 45 tracks, very highly recommended
Another fabulous collection of black doo-wop - this time featuring the outstanding group from New Haven, The Five Satins, along with tracks by The Scarlets - the first group featuring the stunning lead vocals of Fred Parris. The first nine tracks features the Scarlets recorded for Bobby Robinson's Red Robin label in 1954 and 1955 including the beautiful Dear One which was a local New York hit. The group disbanded in 1955 when the members were called up for national service. While stationed in Philadelphia, Parris returned to New Haven and formed the Five Satins and started recording for the tiny Standord label - their second release featured the uptempo The Jones Girl backed with the ballad In The Still Of The Night - both written by Parris. The uptempo side was being pushed and its popularity resulted in the single being picked up by the bigger Ember label. Eventually disk jockeys flipped the single and started playing the ballad which zoomed up the R&B and pop charts and is considered by many to be the greatest doo-wop song ever recorded and the soulful lead, gorgeous background harmonies and the brief tenor sax solo never fail to send a chill up my spine. Parris wasn't able to take advantage of the success as he was posted to Japan. Ember released several more sides that were in the can featuring Parris including the gorgeous Wonderful Girl which was not a hit at the time but is now considered another classic. The group brought on Bill Baker as lead who proved to be a superb replacement and was the lead on the group's next big hit To The Aisle. After Parris's return from the army in 1958 he formed a new version of The Scarletts who were eventually also signed by Ember and became a new version of the Five Satins and recorded many more superb sides having hits with the lovely Shadows and a version of the pop standard I'll Be Seeing You. The Five Satins represented doo-wop balladry at its very finest and this superb collection is indispensible. (FS)

HERB HARDESTY Ace CDTOP 1333 The Domino Effect ● CD $21.98
20 tracks, 49 mins, very highly recommended
Here's a fantastic batch of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, performed by a host of great Crescent City musicians headed up by long time (1949 - 2007!!!) Fats Domino (and Dave Bartholomew before him) Sax man Herb Hardesty. With this you get 16 tracks of splendid N.O R&B instrumentals recorded from 1958 - 59, and then 4 additional tracks from 1961 with vocalists. Other players of note featured throughout are Hank Jones piano, Alvin "Red" Tyler baritone sax, Cornelius "Teeno" Coleman drums, Walter "Papoose" Nelson guitar, and many more monster players, the first 12 tracks being recorded at the legendary Cosimo's studio. Hardesty is well known for his infinitely tasty playing and these tracks showcase those talents and provide a whole mess of rare New Orleans music that its fan will certainly go nuts over. Only four 45s of this material were ever released, some 50 years ago, and although some of these tracks here have been bootlegged over the years, most are appearing officially for the first time here and boy howdy do they all sound great (JM)

HOT SAUCE FEATURING RHONDA WASHINGTON Stax (UK) CDSXD 140 Good Woman Turning Bad - Compete Volt Recording ● CD $18.98
11 tracks, highly recommended
Sometimes the gang at Ace like to rescue deserving artists from the bowels of obscurity; artists that never got their due during their career heyday, despite (or maybe because of) being on a high profile record label. Sixties and Seventies R&B are littered with such tales of neglect, mishandling, bad luck, or bad timing and the story of Hot Sauce is more mysterious than most. Little is known about the group or their leader Rhonda (or Rona or Ronda) Washington, and what we do know is based mostly on the memories of the people whose careers intersected with hers. This is what we do know: Detroit producer Irene Perkins and her husband, DJ Al Perkins, signed Rhonda and Hot Sauce to a production deal and got them signed to Stax's subsidiary label Volt. They cut a handful of singles, and an album was planned but never released. After the demise of Volt Records, Hot Sauce was done and Rhonda disappeared as a recording artist. All we have left are these sides, which together constitute Good Woman Turning Bad set that Stax intended to release in late 1974. Vocally, Rhonda is firmly from the Aretha Franklin school of gospel-trained soul shouters, and the arrangements are typical early 70's soul but she can put a song across with the best of them, and Irene Perkins knew how to get the best out of her as evidenced on the almost-a-hit Bring it Home (And Give it to Me) and the should-have-been-a-hit Stop Dogging Me . It's possible that Hot Sauce (which, after the first single, was really Rhonda and session singers) might have had a chance had Stax not been on its way to extinction and had the money for proper promotion for the singles. It's a classic case of what-if , and all we're left with is the gut bucket soul of I'll Kill a Brick (About My Man) and Mama's Baby (Daddy's Maybe) . Eleven tracks might not seem like much of a legacy, but they're enough evidence to prove that Rhonda Washington, wherever she is now, deserves her due. (GMC)

JEANNE & THE DARLINGS/ THE CHARMELS Stax (UK) CDLUX 009 We're The Soul Girls - Complete Volt Recordings ● CD $24.98
29 tracks, very highly recommended
Continuing with Ace Records' Stax re-issue program, this disc contains all the recordings by Jeanne and the Darlings and The Charmels, two Stax "girl groups" that remain popular with Southern soul collectors, despite their respective lack of chart action over the course of ten singles. Both groups had a complicated pre-history (lovingly detailed in the liner notes), but began their Stax careers at the same time under the guidance of Isaac Hayes and David Porter. The first two Charmels singles- Please Uncle Sam (Send Me Back My Man) b/w Something Sweet About My Baby and I'll Gladly Take You Back b/w Loving Material -are just gorgeous, if a tad old fashioned for 1967, and As Long As I've Got You probably would have been a hit if it hadn't gotten lost in the shuffle in the wake of Otis Redding's death. Similarly, Jeanne and the Darlings missed their chance with the sure-fire hit Soul Girl (b/w fierce ballad What's Gonna Happen to Me ), an answer record to Sam & Dave's Soul Man . From listening to these fine recordings several things become clear: Hayes and Porter were at the top of their game and didn't all of their best material to Sam & Dave, and the two groups were very different-Jeanne and the Darlings were brassy and sassy (think the Shangri-Las) to the Charmels lovelorn balladeers (think the Chantals). Either way, the girls were well served by their handlers and these songs are some of the best un-heard material ever. Heck, if Someone Made You For Me and It's Unbelievable (How You Control My Soul) don't convince of these girls' greatness, then nothing will. (GMC)

BUCK OWENS Jasmine 3634/5 Under His Spell - The First Five Years, 1956-1961 ● CD $18.98
2CD, 44 tracks, highly recommended
Although sharing some tracks with the "Bound For Bakersfield" album (Rockbeat 3028), this CD is useful as it also contains Owen early singles and first two albums for Capitol Records. Of the Capitol singles on disc one, the rollicking Sweet Thing and I'll Take a Chance On Loving You lead the pack, followed by the duets with Rose Maddox, Loose Talk and Mental Cruelty . The first, eponymously titled initially and, then, later re-titled Under Your Spell Again after his first Top 10 hit, is chock full of Country hits like Above and Beyond the Call of Love/ Second Fiddle/ I've Got a Right to Know , and Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache) , as well as great album cuts Take Me Back Again and I'll Take a Chance on Loving You . The second LP, "Sings Harlan Howard", is exactly what the title says it is: a collection of songs composed by Owens songwriting partner Harlan Howard. Kicking off with No. 2 hit Foolin' Around , the concept seems superfluous since Owens and Howard wrote 99% of the early material, but the songs sure are good ones: the twin spin of Heartaches For a Dime and Heartaches By the Number ; the exaggerated romanticism of Keeper of the Key ; and the sprightly Pick Me Up On Your Way Down , and that's just for starters. For some reason, the disc compilers flipped the order of the LPs on Disc Two (his first album is presented second chronologically), but don't let this put you off a wonderful collection of Buck Owens during his first golden age at Capitol Records. (GMC)

LAURA LEE PERKINS Bear Family BCD 17294 Juke Box Pearls - Don't Wait Up! ● CD $21.98
The complete 1950s and 60s recordings of a female rockabilly legend! Contains every recording made by Laura Lee for Imperial (six tracks) and Sundowner (three tracks) along with five previously unissued acetate demos. The Imperial sides features their great studio band with hot guitar by Joe Maphis. At one time she was billed as "the female Jerry Lee Lewis" and until recently very little was known about her but all is revealed in the extensive notes by Martin Hawkins with original interviews and rare photos.

PUCHO & THE LATIN SOUL BROTHER BGP CDBGP 252 s Big Stick/ Dateline ● CD $18.98
Two LPs of Latin funk, Latin soul and boogaloo classics together on one CD. "BIg Stick" was originally on Prestige from 1968 and "Dateline" was Prestige 7616 from 1969.

THE ROUTERS Ace CDLUX 008 A-Oohga!!! Stamp & Shake With The Routers ● CD $24.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
The last couple of releases in Ace Records' limited edition series have focused on early 60's instrumental music from The Marketts (CDLUX 006) and Sandy Nelson (CDLUX 007), and this new release follows suit. In fact, this album can be seen as a sequel to The Marketts' release since many of the same players in that story are involved in this one as well, particularly main mastermind Joe Saraceno. While many of the early 60's instrumental groups concentrated on cashing in on the surf craze, the Routers, as per Saraceno's edit, were aimed at kids who liked sports and were busily negotiating the complicated worlds of high school and college. The best known song here is probably the peppy Let's Go (Pony) from 1962 and quite a few numbers have a touch of the novelty tune about them (the car horn in A-Ooga or the crackling noises in Snap, Crackle and Pop, for example), but there's no denying the musicianship; some of the cream of the L.A. session musician crop-the legendary Wrecking Crew - are earning their union scale, including Steve Douglas, Earl Palmer, Tommy Tedesco, Rene Hall, and Plas Johnson. And it's their skill that makes gives the likes of Sting Ray/ Crack Up/ Amoeba/ Charge, and Silverfinger the right amount of zip to put them on the map. At first, I thought that maybe Ace had gone to the 60's Los Angeles surf/instrumental well one too many times, but there are just enough cool tunes to make this set worthwhile. As usual, this release is limited to 1500 so if you're in the mood for some groovy sounds circa 1962 to 1965, then don't delay and buy today! (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACRCD 204 Hot Harmony Groups, Vol. 1 - That's The Rhythm ● CD $10.98 $8.98
A fine 20 track collection featuring pre-doowop vocal group sounds recorded between 1932 and 1951. Very little duplication with other releases. Includes sides by The Three Keys, Three Barons, Four Aces, Thelma Carpenter & The Deep River Boys, The Four Tunes, Melody Masters, Four Blues, Four Knights, Beavers, Clovers (their first recording from 1951 for Rainbow) and others. Excellent sound, informative notes and fuLl discographical info.
THE BACHELORS: Yesterday Rose's/ THE BEAVERS: I'd Rather Be Wrong Than Blue/ THELMA CARPENTER & THE DEEP RIVER BOYS: Hurry Home/ THE CLOVERS: Yes Sir That's My Baby/ THE COLEMANS: I Don't Mind Being All Alone/ THE FIVE JINKS: Za Zu Swing/ THE FOUR ACES: Garbage Man/ THE FOUR BLUES: It Takes A Long Tall Brown Skinned Girl/ THE FOUR KNIGHTS: Wrapped Up In A Dream Again/ THE FOUR TUNES: (i Wonder)where Is My Love/ THE FOUR VAGABONDS: Choo Choo/ BILL JOHNSON & MUSICAL NOTES: Let's Be Sweethearts Again/ MELODY MASTERS: Subway Cutie/ THE MELODY MASTERS: Wig Blues/ THREE BARONS: Milk Shake Stand/ THREE FLAMES: Nicholas/ THE THREE KEYS: Somebody Stole Gabriel's Horn/ THE THREE RIFFS: Cherry In My Lemon And Lime/ THREE SHARPS AND A FLAT: That's The Rhythm/ DEEK WATSON AND THE BROWN DOTS: Satchlemouth Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACRCD 205 Hot Harmony Groups, Vol. 2 - Viddle De Vop ● CD $10.98 $8.98
20 more vocal group sides from the 1932-1951 time period including The Three Keys, Three Bits Of Rhythm, Timmie Rodgers & The Excelsior Hep Cats, The Melody Masters, Bill Johnson & The musical Notes, The Charioteers, Whispers, Bachelors, Three Riffs, Billy Bunn & His Buddies and more.
THE BACHELORS: Hereafter/ BILLY BUNN AND HIS BUDDIES: I'm Afraid/ THE CHARIOTEERS: Ooh Look A There Ain't She Pretty/ THE DIXIEAIRES: Until You Say You're Mine/ THE FOUR BLUES: Jitterbug Sadie/ The Blues Can Jump/ THE FOUR DEEPTONES: Just In Case You Change Your Mind/ THE FOUR VAGABONDS: Hoe Cake, Hominy And Sassafras Tea/ BILL JOHNSON & MUSICAL NOTES: Pretty Eyed Baby/ MELODY MASTERS: My Baby/ TIMMIE ROGERS & EXCELSIOR HEP CATS: Bring Enough Clothes/ THE STRIDERS: Five O' Clock Blues/ THREE BITS OF RHYTHM: Bronzeville Jump/ THREE FLAMES: Viddle De Vop/ THE THREE KEYS: Basin Street Blues/ Fit As A Fiddle/ THE THREE RIFFS: Jumping Jack/ DEEK WATSON AND THE BROWN DOTS: Bow Wow Wow/ For Sentimental Reasons/ THE WHISPERS: Everlovin' Slick

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACRCD 206 Hot Harmony Groups, Vol. 3 - When The Old Gang's Back ● CD $10.98 $8.98
21 tracks, 59 min, highly recommended
Pre-doo wop harmony groups have always been a favorite of mine & this set has a lot of great tunes from that period that you probably haven't heard before. In fact, the first two tracks are worth the price of admission. Both are late 40s recordings by The Dixieaires, who's leader later formed The DuDroppers. - Joe Louis Was a Fighting Man & Your Red Wagon (probably best known by Mose Allison). Some of the more well-known groups include The Cats & Jammers 3 (I Cover The Waterfront), The Charioteers (I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire), & The Four Vagabonds (title track), with such obscure groups as The Four Blues (Chitlins & Pigs Feet), The Four Blues & The Four Blue Jackets. There's even some big bands with vocal groups - The Three Varieties with the Earl Hines Orch, & Jimmie Lunceford Orch with The Lunceford Quartet. Includes brief bios of each band & label pics. (GM)
THE CATS N JAMMER THREE: I Cover The Waterfront/ My Bicycle Tillie/ THE CHARIOTEERS: I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire/ THE COLEMAN BROTHERS: Get Away Mr Satan Get Away/ Raise A Ruckus Tonight/ THE DIXIEAIRES: Joe Louis Is A Fighting Man/ Your Red Wagon/ THE FOUR BLUE JACKETS: Rock A My Soul/ THE FOUR BLUES: Bell Bottom Trousers/ Chitlins And Pigsfeet/ THE FOUR VAGABONDS: A G.i. Wish/ When The Old Gangs Back On The Corner/ THE FOURTONES AND EDDIE BEAL TRIO: Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat/ THE HARMONAIRES: You Can Depend On Me/ EARL HINES & HIS ORCHESTRA (VOCALS THE 3 VARI: It Had To Be You/ THE JAMES QUINTET: I'm Just A Fool/ HERB JEFFRIES & THE 3 SHADES OF RHYTHM: At Least You Could Save Me A Dream/ THE LUNCEFORD QUARTET: It Had To Be You/ THE MASTER KEYS: You're Not The Only Apple On The Apple Tree/ THE SOUTHERN SONS: Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition/ THE SYNCOPATORS: River Stay Away From My Door

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 4186 R&B Jukebox Hits - 1942 ● CD $13.98 $9.98
20 tracks, recommended
A most welcome release featuring some of the biggest hits that were featured on the very first charts based on sales to black audiences. Initiated in October, 1942 "The Harlem Hit Parade" presented the top ten selling and played records from shops and jukeboxes in the Harlem borough of New York. Not surprisingly the New York audience reflected an interest in more sophisticated stylings with little room for the more down home styles that would have been popular elsewhere and includes white pop along with black big bands and small groups. It wasn't until several years later that a wider sampling of locations was represented. Nevertheless this represented a breakthrough and is of more than passing interest. Among this sampling from 1942 are recordings by Andy Kirk & His Clouds Of Joy, Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five, Earl Hines & His Orc., Paul Whiteman & His Orch., Barney Bigard & His Orch., Duke Ellington & His Famous Orch., Tampa Red, The King Cole Trio, The Southern Sons, Erskine Hawkins & His Orch. and more. Excellent sound and booklet features informative notes by Bob Fisher. (FS)
BARNEY BIGARD'S ORCHESTRA: "C" Blues/ BEA BOOZE: See See Rider Blues/ THE KING COLE TRIO: That Ain't Right/ TOMMY DORSEY ORCH. WITH FRANK SINATRA: There Are Such Things/ DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS FAMOUS ORCH.: Hayfoot Strawfoot/ LIL GREEB: Let's Be Friends/ ERSKINE HAWKINS & HIS ORCH.: Bicycle Bounce/ EARL HINES & HIS ORCH.: Stormy Monday Blues/ THE INK SPOTS: Don't Get Around Much Anymore/ LOUIS JORDAN & HIS TYMPANY FIVE: I'm Gonna Leave You On The Outskirts Of Town/ What's The Use Of Getting Sober/ ANDY KIRK & HIS CLOUDS OF JOY: Take It And Git/ JIMMY LUNCEFORD & HIS ORCH.: It Had to Be You/ LUCKY MILLENDER: When The Lights Go On Again (All Over The World)/ FREDDIE SLACK & HIS ORCH.: Cow Cow Boogie/ Mr. Five By Five/ THE SOUTHERN SONS: Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition/ TAMPA RED: Let Me Play With Your Poodle/ FATS WALLER: The Jitterbug Waltz/ PAUL WHITEMAN & HIS ORCH.: Trav'lin' Light

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 390 Custom Made Hillbilly, Vol. 2 ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Another splendid collection of obscure honky tonk from Starday custom pressings. It starts off with the excellent western swing flavored instrumental by Joe Brown & The Black Mountain Boys Midnight Rhythm and includes sides by Jimmy Simpson & His OIlfield Playboys (the soulful Can I Come Home), Don Owens & The Circle "O" PLayboys (the fine Hank Snow flavored Last Chance), Buddy Shaw (three tracks of self composed hard core honky-tonk with great singing), Marvin Jackson & The Battreal Boys, Tom Crook & The Rock 'n' Roll Boys (the hot Weekend Boogie), Bob & Cindy Dean (excellent bluegrass), JImmy Stewart & The Night Hawks (nice stripped down rockabilly sound), Frank Evans & His Top Notchers (the cute Pull The Shades Down Ma) and others. An excellent set with fine sound and brief notes on the artists by Phillip Tricker. (FS)
RAMBLIN' RED BAILEY: You've Always Got A Frown/ JOE BROWN WITH BLACK MOUNTAIN BOYS: Midnight Rhythm (inst.)/ TOMMY CASTLE: Wanderlust/ KEN CLARK & HIS MERRY MOUNTAIN BOYS: Ho! Ho! Love Em Joe/ Quit Fool (Mamma's Lookin')/ BOB COLE: You Lied/ TOM CROOK & THE ROCK N' ROLL FOUR: Weekend Boogie/ BOB & CINDY DEAN: I'm Knocking At The Door (Of Your Heart)/ FRANK EVANS & HIS TOP NOTCHERS: Barrel Of Heartaches (And His Bucket Of Tears)/ Pull The Shades Down Ma/ GENE HARRELL: Mumbles/ LUCKY HILL: Fickle Baby/ COWBOY HUFF HUFF: No Two Timin' Me/ MARVIN JOHNSON & THE BATTREAL BOYS: Honey, If You Love Me/ RALPH JOHNSON & THE HILLBILLY SHOW BOYS: Henpecked Daddy/ Reality/ CHANDOS MCRILL & THE PERRYVILLE MELODY BOYS: Money Lovin' Woman/ DARRELL MILLER: Getting' Out Of The Woods/ JACK MORRIS: My Pony Wants To Go/ DON OWENS & THE CIRCLE 'O' RANCHBOYS: Last Chance/ ART RODGERS & THE TEXAS TOP HANDS: Ten Thousand Miles/ BUDDY SHAW: Don't Sweep That Dirt On Me/ Just Like A Fool/ No More/ JIMMY SIMPSON & HIS OILFIELD PLAYBOYS: Can I Come Home/ JIMMY STEWART & THE NIGHT HAWKS: Nuthin' But A Nuthin'/ CARL TRANTHAM & THE RHYTHM ALL STARS: After I Go Away

VARIOUS ARTISTS Duke 407 The Duke Of Soul, Volume 7 ● CD $16.98
Another great collection of soul from the 60s recorded for the Duke, Peacock, Backbeat and Sure Shot labels. This volume includes tracks by Jimmy Washington, Little Eddie Taylor, LaVell Kamma, Little Frankie Lee, Al "TNT" Braggs, The Lamp Sisters, Bobby Adeno, Bud Harper, Oscar Berry and others.
BUDDY ACE: It Makes You Want To Cry/ BOBBY ADENO: The Hands Of Time/ AL "TNT" BRAGGS: I Don't Think I Can Make It/ BROTHER AND SISTERS OF SOUL: I Don't Like It/ Let It Be Me/ CARL CARLTON: Look At Mary Wonder (How I Got Over)/ SONNY FISHER: Hurting/ BUD HARPER: Let Me Love You/ Mr. Soul/ BARRY JONES: I'm The Great Lover/ Turkey Walk/ BUSTER JONES: You Know What To Do/ LAVELL KAMMA: Try To Keep Yourself Up Tight/ LEE LAMONT: Pleasin' Woman/ THE LAMP SISTERS: Ride On The/ The Way I Love This Man/ LITTLE FRANKIE LEE: Hello Mr. Blues/ THE MALIBUS: Strong Love/ LEE MITCHELL: Where Does Love Go/ OSCAR PERRY: (Love Me) Like It Was The Last Time/ KURTIS SCOTT: No, No Baby/ LITTLE EDDIE TAYLOR: Forgive One Mistake/ I Had A Good Time/ JIMMY WASHINGTON: You Oughta See My Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77161 Vaudeville Blues - Blues Links: Vaudeville & Rural Blue ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 103 tracks, highly recommended
A fascinating and most enjoyable new thematic compilation from JSP. The first half a dozen years of blues recordings was almost exclusively dominated by urban female vocalists, usually accompanied by small groups and usually referred to as "vaudeville blues" since much of the material was derived from the music hall and vaudeville. After around 1926 rural blues singers emerged and became popular and, except for a handful of performers, the era of vaudeville blues was over. Although the vaudeville blues was an urban phenomena, many of the vocalists were originally from the South and brought with them some more traditional elements which were incorporated in the music and when rural blues emerged it used lyrics and Themes that were not only traditional but influenced by the music of the vaudeville. This collection compiled by researcher Max Haynes explores some of these linkages showing, for instance, the links between Ora Brown's Twe Twa Twa Blues and country blues singer Buddy Boy Hawkins' Sntach It Back Blues and the links between Alberta Hunter's 1923 recording of Chirpin' The Blues and Charley Patton's 1929 recording of Pea Vine Blues and so on. A wide variety of performances are featured and among the many performers included are Margaret Carter, Mamie Smith, Ora Alexander, Lucille Bogan, Ida Mae Mack, Willie Brown, Jackson Joe Williams, Mary H. Bradford, Blind Willie McTell, Martha Copeland, Edna Hicks, The Memphis Jug Band, Viola McCoy and many more. Unlike most JSP sets which come with relatively flimsy documentation each disc in this set comes with an eight page booklet with six pages of notes plus full discographical information. Whether you listen to this with a studious eye or just want a wide variety of great pre-war blues you will find this a very satisfactory collection. Sound quality is generally excellent though some of the early vaudeville tracks from copies in pretty rough condition. (FS)
ORA ALEXANDER: You've Got To Save That Thing/ TEXAS ALEXANDER: Levee Camp Moan Blues/ Penitentiary Moan Blues/ KOKOMO ARNOLD: Salty Dog/ The Mule Laid Down And Died/ BARBECUE BOB: Honey You're Going Too Fast/ Twistin' Your Stuff/ WILL BENNETT: Railroad Bill/ FLO BERT: on't Take Away Those Blues/ ESTHER BIGEOU: Stingaree Blues/ LUCILLE BOGAN: Chirpin' The Blues/ Kind Stella Blues/ ISHMON BRACEY: Trouble Hearted Blues/ MARY H. BRADFORD: Waco Texas Blues/ BIG BILL BROONZY & MEMPHIS SLIM: Conversation With The Blues/ ORA BROWN: Twe Twa Twa Blues/ WILLIE BROWN: Future Blues/ BUTTERBEANS & SUSIE: Bow Legged Papa/ MARGARET CARTER: Come Get Me Papa, Before I Faint/ Want Plenty Grease In My Frying Pan/ SAM COLLINS: Devil In The Lion's Den/ MARTHA COPELAND: Hard Headed Mama/ The Penetrating Blues/ IDA COX: Blues Ain't Nothin' Else But!/ How Can I Miss You When I've Got Dead Aim/ JED DAVENPORT: Save Me Some/ WALTER DAVIS: M&O Blues No.3/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: Drop Down Mama/ CLIFFORD GIBSON: Beat You Doing It/ FANNY MAY GOOSBY: Grievous Blues/ COOT GRANT & WESLEY WILSON: Find Me At The Greasy Spoon/ Scoop It/ BUDDY BOY HAWKINS: Snatch It Back Blues/ LUCILLE HEGAMIN: He May Be Your Man/ ROSA HENDERSON: How Come You Do Me Like You Do/ Penitentiary Bound Blues/ EDNA HICKS: Hard Luck Blues/ Poor Me Blues/ Squawkin' The Blues/ Uncle Sam Blues/ BERTHA "CHIPPIE" HILL: Low Land Blues/ HOUND HEAD HENRY: Cryin' Blues/ PAPA HARVEY HULL: Hey Lawdy Mama - The France Blues/ ALBERTA HUNTER: Chirping The Blues/ Everybody Mess Around/ He's A Darn Good Man/ MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: Nobody's Dirty Business/ PAPA CHARLIE JACKSON: Mister Man Pt 2/ Salty Dog Blues/ MARGARET JOHNSON: Mama, Papa Don't Wanna Come Home/ Who'll Chop Your Suey/ ROBERT JOHNSON: Preachin' Blues/ Walkin' Blues/ LUKE JORDAN: My Gal's Done Quit Me/ LEADBELLY: I'm All Out And Down/ FURRY LEWIS: Black Gypsy Blues/ CHARLEY LINCOLN: Jealous Hearted Blues/ VIRGINIA LISTON: Sally Long Blues/ IDA MAY MACK: Goodbye Rider/ CHARLIE MANSON: Nineteen Women Blues/ DAISY MARTIN: Spread Yo' Stuff/ SARA MARTIN & CLARENCE WILLIAMS: Eagle Rock Me Papa/ VIOLA MCCOY: 'Git' Goin'/ Chirpin' The Blues/ Slow Up Papa/ BLIND WILLIE MCTELL: Broke Down Engine Blues/ Death Cell Blues/ Mama, Let Me Scoop For You/ THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND: Fourth Street Mess Around/ Stealin' Stealin'/ ANNA MEYERS: 'Taint Nobody's Biz-iness If I Do/ LUELLA MILLER: Frisco Blues/ JULIA MOODY: Good Man Sam/ MONETTE MOORE: Gulf Coast Blues/ CHARLEY PATTON: Magnolia Blues/ Pea Vine Blues/ Poor Me/ Tom Rushen Blues/ MA RAINEY: Booze & Blues/ Jealous Hearted Blues/ ETHEL RIDLEY: Memphis Tennessee/ BESSIE SMITH: Sorrowful Blues/ CLARA SMITH: For Sale/ Kansas City Man Blues/ Salty Dog/ MAMIE SMITH: Crazy Blues/ Fare Thee Honey Blues/ Kansas City Man Blues/ TRIXIE SMITH: Don't Shake It No More/ MARY STAFFORD: Strut Miss Lizzie/ STOVEPIPE NO.1: A Woman Gets Tired Of One Man All The Time/ TAMPA RED: Uncle Bud/ HENRY THOMAS: Bull-Doze Blues/ BESSIE TUCKER: Mean Old Master Blues/ WHISTLER & HIS JUG BAND: Vamps Of '28'/ ESSIE WHITMAN: If You Don't Believe I Love You/ ROBERT WILKINS: Rolling Stone Pt 1/ 'JACKSON' JOE WILLIAMS: Haven't Seen No Whiskey/ BERT WILLIAMS: Nobody's Business But My Own/ GEORGE WILLIAMS: A Woman Gets Tired Of One Man All The Time/ LEONA WILLIAMS: Uncle Bud/ LENA WILSON: Wicked Fives Blues/ EDNA WINSTON: I Got A Mule To Ride

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 141 Essential Rockabilly - The Sun Story ● CD $11.98
Any series called "Essential Rockabilly" has to have one devoted to the Sun label and this double CD features 50 tracks from the Sun catalog - every one a killer. Chances are most of you have a collection of Sun rockabilly but, if not, this is a perfect introduction and ideal for those of you collecting the series. Includes classic sides from Elvis, Jack Earls, Sonny Burgess, Gene Simmons, Mack Owen, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Sonny Burgess, Tommy Blake, Billy Riley, Barbara Pittman, Roy Orbison, Malcolm Yelvington, Warren Smith and more.
TOMMY BLAKE: Flat Foot Sam/ EDWIN BRUCE: Rock Boppin' Baby/ Sweet Woman/ SONNY BURGESS: Itchy/ My Buckets Got A Hole In It/ Red Headed Woman/ Restless/ Sadie's Back In Town/ We Wanna Boogie/ JOHNNY CASH: Big River/ Get Rhythm/ JACK EARLS: Slow Down/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: Defrost your Heart/ RAY HARRIS: Come On Little Mama/ Greenback Dollar Watch & Chain/ Where'd You Stay Last Night?/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Breathless/ High School Confidential/ Little Queenie/ CARL MANN: Mona Lisa/ Pretend/ THE MILLER SISTERS: Ten Cats Down/ ROY ORBISON: Go! Go! Go!/ Rockhouse/ Sweet And Easy To Love/ You're My Baby/ MACK OWEN: Walkin' & Talkin'/ DICK PENNER: Cindy Lou/ CARL PERKINS: Dixie Fried/ Gone Gone Gone/ Honey Don't/ Movie Magg/ BARBARA PITTMAN: Everlasting Love/ I Need A Man/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ Mystery Train/ That's All Right/ SLIM RHODES: Gonna Romp And Stomp/ CHARLIE RICH: Lonely Weekends/ BILLY RILEY: Pearly Lee/ Red Hot/ GENE SIMMONS: Drinkin' Wine/ RAY SMITH: Right Behind You Baby/ WARREN SMITH: Black Jack David/ I've Got Love If You Want It/ Miss Froggie/ Ubangi Stomp/ WADE & DICK: Bop, Bop Baby/ MALCOLM YELVINGTON: Rockin' With My Baby/ Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee

VARIOUS ARTISTS Spectrum SPECXX 2082 Treasure Isle Presents Original Reggae ● CD $17.98
2CDs, 40 tracks, 106 mins, highly recommended
When those Jamaican recording studios were really cookin', pretty much everything was fair game, usually with pretty great results. On this you get covers of such disparate acts as the Browns' Three Bells by Ken Parker, Blood, Sweat & Tears' You Make Me So Very Happy and Neil Sedaka's Breaking Up (is Hard To Do) both by Alton Ellis, and Rosalyn Sweat & The Paragons' splendid big hit version of The Beatles' Blackbird. Covers like those paired with killer Reggae original rarities and smash hits like Treasure Isle Skank by U-Roy, Lock Jaw by The Upsetters, The Great Wugga Wugga by Dennis Alcapone & The Techniques, and Drink Milk by Justin Hinds & The Dominoes, make for a hell of a collection. All producd by the great Duke Reid for his Treasure Isle label. You can spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars trying to track down the original records and probably still not get them all, or you can pick up this fabulous collection, the choice is yours. (JM)
DENNIS ALCAPONE: The Number One Station (AKA Rock To The Beat)/ Wake Up Jamaica/ My Voice Is Insured For Half A Million/ The Great Wugga Wugga (AKA The Great Woggie)/ DAVE BARKER: Funky Reggae/ Lock Jaw/ STRANGER COLE: Crying Every Night/ NORA DEAN: Barbwire/ PHYLLIS DILLON: One Life To Live, One Love To Give/ Woman Of The Ghetto/ Get On The Right Track/ ALTON ELLIS: Breaking Up (Is Hard To Do)/ Remember That Sunday/ What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)/ You Made Me So Very Happy/ THE ETHIOPIANS: Pirate/ JUSTIN HINDS & THE DOMINOES: Mighty Redeemer Part 1/ JUSTIN HINDS & THE WAVES: Drink Milk/ JOHN HOLT: Ali Baba/ Let's Build Our Dreams/ Sister Big Stuff/ Stealing Stealing (AKA A Thief In The Night)/ Tonight/ JOYA LANDIS: Moonlight Lover/ HOPETON LEWIS: Boom-Sha-Ka-Lacka/ Drive Her Home/ LIZZY & FREDDIE MCKAY: Love Is A Treasure/ TOMMY MCCOOK & SUPERSONICS: Reggae Merengue/ THE MELODIANS: Everybody Bawling/ KEN PARKER: Help Me Make It Through The Night/ I Can't Hide/ Jimmy Brown (AKA The Three Bells)/ THE SENSATIONS: Everyday Is Just A Holiday/ ROSALYN SWEAT & THE PARAGONS: Blackbird Singing/ U ROY: Treasure Isle Skank/ Wear You To The Ball/ Version Galore/ Rule The Nation/ Wake The Town/ WINSTON WRIGHT WITH TOMMY MCCOOK & THE SUPERSONI: Moonlight Groover

JIMMIE WILLIAMS & RED ELLIS B.A.C.M. 388 Gospel ● CD $14.98
29 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific collection of bluegrass gospel recorded for Starday between 1958 and 1960 by this outstanding group featuring Red Ellis on vocal and guitar and Jimmie Williams on vocal and mandolin along with an excellent group with banjo, fiddle and string bass. The duo sing solo as well as doing lovely duets - often with a high lonesome sound. About two thirds of the songs are originals by the duo and includes such fine songs as Prayer Of Salvation/ These Men Of God/ I Saw The Angels In Heaven/ Backslider/ The Future In His Hands/ God's Everlasting LOve and others. There are also great versions of bluegrass gospel favorites like The Drunken Driver/ Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down/ Rank Stranger/ A Higher Power, etc. Fine sound and brief notes accompany this release which is a must for lovers of bluegrass gospel. (FS)
JIMMIE WILLIAMS & RED ELLIS: A Higher Power/ A Place Upon A Mountain/ A Rose From Mother's Wreath/ Backslider/ Coming Of The Lord/ Down At The Cross/ Eastbound Train/ God's Everlasting Love/ Going To Meet Jesus/ Holy Ghost Building/ I Heard The Cry From The Cross/ I Saw The Angels In Heaven/ I've Won My Crown/ No Depression In Heaven/ Open Window/ Prayer Of Salvation/ Rank Stranger/ Sinner's Dream/ Someone Will Love Me In Heaven/ Sweetest Dream/ That Beautiful Home/ The Drunken Driver/ The Future In His Hands/ There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down/ These Men Of God/ Within Me/ Without Me/ You Can't Hide From God/ Zaachaeus


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