LATEST ADDITIONS  09/14/2014

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CLASSIC BLUES ARTWORK FROM THE 1920S


CALENDAR
CHET ATKINS

BAKERSFIELD'S BIG GUITARS
DELBERT BARKER
BLOND BLOND
HADDA BROOKS
MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK
THE CHARIOTEERS
CLIFTON CHENIER
HANK DAVIS
FATS DOMINO
SNOOKS EAGLIN

GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST
THE HAWKING BROTHERS
DON HELMS
ELDRIDGE HOLMES
ETTA JAMES
AL KING
FREDDIE KING
MOONDOG
LOUIS PRIMA
PROFESSOR LONGHAIR
ROOSEVELT SYKES
VARIOUS ARTISTS
PHILLIP WALKER
ROBERT WARD
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

 

 
Since our Second Time Around selections seem to be very popular this list includes some great releases which have been out for a while but you may have missed them the first time we listed them in addition to new releases. To avoid you getting possible duplicates we have added an asterisk (*) after these particular titles. We have also included some choice sale items this time.
 

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CLASSIC BLUES ARTWORK FROM THE 1920S Blues Images 215 2015 Calendar ● CALENDAR $18.98
32 page calendar + 24 track CD, essential
For blues lovers one of the highlights of the year is the appearances of the new Blue Images calendar and accompanying disc and now we are pleased to offer you the 2015 calendar. As always 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 twelfth) features reproductions of original artwork for advertisements printed in African-American newspapers in the late 20s and early 30s along with some incredibly rare photos.
This calendar features 12"x12" ads for records by artists like Henry Thomas, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, The Mississippi Sheiks, Chocolate Brown (Irene Scruggs) ad others. It also includes beautiful full size reproductions of rare and, in some cases, previously unpublished, photos of artists like Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe, Willie "Poor Boy" Lofton, Roosevelt Sykes and others. The calendar also includes small reproductions of another 21 ads, sample song lyrics, brief biographies and birth and death dates for many blues artists.
The calendar itself would be easily worth $18.98 but in addition you get a 24 track CD featuring all the records advertised in the full sized ads or by the artists in the photos plus 12 bonus tracks.
This years disc is extra special as it includes one of John's most important recent acquisitions - an E copy of Tommy Johnson's incredibly rare and superb Paramount recording of Alcohol & Jake Blues and Ridin' Horse . Although John already had a copy this one was is so much better condition that he ended up paying $37,000 to acquire it - the highest amount ever brought by a record on E-Bay. Thanks to John's generosity we are now all able to hear this superb record for the price of this calendar. Other bonus tracks include songs from Garfield Akers (the incredible Delta blues Jumpin' & Shoutin' Blues), Papa Harvey Hull & Long Cleve Reed, Willie Lofton Trio, Roosevelt Sykes and others. All tracks are newly remastered by Rich Nevins 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 $16.98 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.
GARFIELD AKERS: Jumpin' And Shoutin' Blues/ BLIND BLAKE: Dry Bone Shuffle/ SON BOND AND HAMMIE NIXON: I Want To Live So God Can Use Me/ CANNON'S JUG STOMPERS: Walk Right In/ CHOCOLATE BROWN WITH BLIND BLAKE: Cherry Hill Blues/ You Got What I Want/ THE FAMOUS BLUE JAY SINGERS: Clanka Lanka/ I'm Leaning On The Lord/ PAPA HARVEY HULL AND LONG CLEVE REED: Don't You Leave Me Here/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Matchbox Blues/ Matchbox Blues/ TOMMY JOHNSON: Alcohol And Jake Blues/ Ridin' Horse/ WILLIE LOFTON: Beer Garden Blues/ Dark Road Blues/ MEMPHIS MINNIE AND KANSAS JOE: When The Levee Breaks/ THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: The New Shake That Thing/ WILLIAM MOORE: Raggin' The Blues/ CHARLEY PATTON: Spoonful/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Conjur Man Blues/ Little Sow Blues/ HENRY THOMAS: Texas Easy Street/ BILL WILBER: Greyhound Blues/ My Babe, My Babe

 

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CHET ATKINS JSP JSPCD 7794 The Early Years, 1946-1957 * ● CD $28.98
5 CDs, 159 tracks, 6 hours 31 min., highly recommended
Two things are certain: Chet Atkins was one hell of a guitar player, and his recordings grew less interesting after 1954, when he stopped writing material and started relying on songwriters such as Chopin and Bach, neither of whom could write a country song to save his life. But then RCA had that effect on everyone. And since it was none other than Atkins who oversaw Elvis Presley's initial RCA sessions, he owns part of that legacy. Sure, Elvis hit right away with the great Heartbreak Hotel, but he never recorded anything as wild and free as some of the sides he cut at Sun. But I digress. This excellent box set captures the absolutely incredible guitar playing of Chet Atkins as he moved from no one to one of the most sought after session men on the planet. His work from 1946-49 shows Atkins fondness for Django-like jazz guitar as well as straight ahead country music. He's accompanied by Jethro and Homer, Helen Carter, Buck Lambert, Anita Carter, Jack Shook, and others. The four tracks on disc 4 featuring guitar duets with Chet and Hank Snow rank with the finest cuts here. But often it is just Chet by himself that impresses the most. He is said to have been an early user of multi-tracking in part because it was difficult to find session players who could follow him. The sound here is uniformly wonderful, although the notes are nothing to scream about. A more easily affordable way to bury yourself in early Chet if the Bear box is more than too much. (JC)
CHET ATKINS: (I Know My Baby Loves Me) In Her Own Peculiar Way/ (I May Be Color Blind But) I Know When I'm Blue/ A Gay Ranchero/ Adelita/ Ain'tcha Tired Of Makin' Me Blue/ Alabama Jubilee/ Alice Blue Gown/ Alice Blue Gown/ Arkansas Traveler/ Avalon/ Ballin' The Jack/ Barber Shop Rag/ Barnyard Shuffle/ Beautiful Ohio/ Beautiful Ohio/ Birth Of The Blues/ Black Mountain Rag/ Black Mountain Rag/ Blue Gypsy/ Blue Gypsy/ Blues In The Night/ Boogie Man Boogie/ Brown Eyes/ Bug Dance/ Canned Heat/ Caravan/ Cecilia/ Centipede Boogie/ Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White Dance With Me Henry/ Chinatown, My Chinatown/ City Slicker/ Confusin'/ Corinne, Corinna/ Country Gentlemen/ Crazy Rhythm/ Crazy Rhythm/ Dance Of The Golden Rod/ Dance Of The Goldenrod/ Darktown Strutters Ball/ Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup/ Dill Pickle Rag/ Dizzy Strings/ Don't Hand Me That Line/ Downhill Drag/ Dream Train/ Frankie And Johnnie/ Galloping On The Guitar/ Gavotte In D/ Georgia Camp Meeting/ Get Up And Go/ Get Up And Go/ Glow Worm/ Gone, Gone, Gone/ Good-Bye Blues/ Guitar Blues (Picking The Blues)/ Guitar Polka/ Guitar Waltz/ Guitars On Parade/ Hangover Blues/ Have You Ever Been Lonely/ Heartaches/ Hello Ma Baby/ Hello Ma Baby/ Hey Mr Guitar/ High Rockin' Swing/ Honey/ Honeysuckle Rose/ Hybrid Corn/ I Was Bitten By The Same Bug Twice/ I'm Gonna Get Tight/ I'm Pickin' The Blues/ I've Been Working On The Guitar/ Imagination/ In The Mood/ In The Mood/ Indian Love Call/ Indian Love Call/ Indiana/ Intermezzo/ Jitterbug Waltz/ Kentucky Derby/ La Golondrina/ Little Rock Getaway/ Liza/ Londonderry Air/ Lover Come Back To Me/ Main Street Breakdown/ Malaguena/ Meet Mister Callaghan/ Memphis Blues/ Memphis Blues/ Minuet/ Minute Waltz/ Mister Misery/ Mister Sandman/ Money, Marbles And Chalk/ Mountain Melody/ Music In My Heart/ My Crazy Heart/ My Guitar Is My Sweetheart/ New Spanish Two Step/ Nobody's Sweetheart/ Ochi Chornya/ Oh By Jingo/ Oh By Jingo/ Old Man River/ One Man Boogie/ One More Chance/ Pagan Love Song/ Peeping Tom/ Petite Waltz/ Pig Leaf Rag/ Poor People Of Paris/ Rainbow/ Red Wing/ Rubber Doll Rag/ Rustic Dance/ San Antonio Rose/ Save Your Money/ Schon Rosmarien/ Set A Spell/ Shine On Harvest Moon/ Silver Bell/ Simple Simon/ Somebody Stole My Gal/ South/ Spanish FandangoMidnight/ St Louis Blues/ St Louis Blues/ Standing Room Only/ Stephen Foster Medley/ Sunrise Serenade/ Swedish Rhapsody/ Sweet Bunch Of Daisies/ Tellin' My Troubles To My Old Guitar/ Tenderly/ The Bells Of St Mary's/ The Birth Of The Blues/ The Lady Loves Me/ The Nashville Jump/ The Old Buck Dance/ The Old Spinning Wheel/ The Third Man Theme/ Third Man Theme/ Three O'Clock In The Morning/ Tip Toe Through The Tulips/ Tweedle Dee/ Twelfth Street Rag/ Unchained Melody/ Under The Double Eagle/ Under The Hickory Nut Tree/ Waltz In A-Flat/ Wednesday Night Waltz/ Wildwood Flower/ You're Always Brand New/ Your Mean Little Heart

 
BAKERSFIELD'S BIG GUITARS Rockbeat 3246 Guitar Country ● CD $11.98
10 tracks, 21 mins, recommended
Fans of instrumental music that specializes in twangy guitars should dig this collection. Bakersfield's Big Guitars aren't as exciting as those other Bakersfield pickers, The Buckaroos; they are bit more laid back, in the mood of late 1960s Chet Atkins on most tracks. My favorite track here would have to be their version of Floyd Cramer's Last Date complete with fake sitar guitar effects played by the great Clarence White. Rockbeat doesn't give us much in the way of liner notes, but from what I know about this, it's a re-release of a mid 1960s low-budget LP on the Jasico label, put out to cash in on the Bakersfield craze of the time. Along with White, players like Gene Parsons, Gary Paxton, and others are rumored to play on it, although I don't think the actual line-up has ever been confirmed. Originals of this LP tend to go for big money nowadays, so this is a nice inexpensive option to enjoy some rare Bakersfield pickin'. (JM)

 
DELBERT BARKER B.A.C.M. 459 Covered The Hits ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, very good
In the 1950s there were a number of labels who tried to cash in on the big hits of the day, in almost every field of popular music by putting out budget releases - often on E.P. - of artists covering those hits - often with arrangements very close to the original. Delbert Barker was one of the performers used to cover country hits and between 1951 and 1954 made over 100 such recordings. On this selection we hear covers of Hank Williams (Lovesick Blues/ Why Don't You Love Me and others), Moon Mullican (I'll Sail My Ship Alone), The Louvin Brothers (Are You Teasing Me), Lefty Frizzel (I'm An Old Man) and others. Barker is pleasant singer with a nice honky tonk voice and the band with him are good and the arrangements are not exact copies of the originals. But having to turn out so many songs in such a short period results in a sameness to the performances and if you have the originals you probably don't need a cover unless it's really, really good and these are just good. (FS)
DELBERT BARKER: Are You Teasing Me/ Cold Cold Heart/ Don't Just Stand There/ Dont Stay Away/ Easy On The Eyes/ Half As Much/ I Overlooked An Orchid/ I'll Sail My Ship Alone/ I'm An Old Man/ It's A Lovely Lovely World/ Love Sick Blues/ Mansion On The Hill/ My Son Calls Another Man Daddy/ Our Honeymoon/ Rye Whiskey/ Setting The Woods On Fire/ Someday/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Talk To Your Heart/ Tennessee Border/ That Heart Belongs To Me/ The Death Of Hank Williams/ There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight/ Two Faced Clock/ Weddng Bells/ Why Don't You Love Me

 
BLOND BLOND Buda 860134 Jewish-Arab Song Treasures* ● CD $17.98
10 tracks, 53 min., highly recommended
Like many of the Arab-Jewish singers, Blond-Blond was born in Maghreb but spent most of his time playing in France, more specifically in the Latin district of Paris. Albert Rouimi, whose stage name, Blond-Blond, refers to the fact that he is an albino, recorded for Odeon in the 1950s. And despite some excellent booklet notes chronicling the history of Jews in Northern Africa, no one bothered to identify the recording information for these tracks, or if anyone did, it's not in English. Doesn't matter though. These songs in the French-Arab style ("Francarab") are startlingly original slices of a little explored musical world. Imagine a Jewish wedding band in Morocco made up of Greek musicians who share a passion for 1930s American jazz. It's like that, but not really. Blond-Blond began singing covers of Lili Labassi and 3 of the cuts here bare his name, including Wahran El Bahyia. Blond-Blond originals include L'Albinos, El Banco - Hannouka, and two others. It deserves longevity, but don't expect it to stay in print forever. (JC)

 
HADDA BROOKS Ace CDTOP 1405 Queen Of The Boogie ● CD $21.98
A collection of instrumental boogie, blues and pop from Modern's first star Hadda Brooks. This reissues the label's first album - three 10" 78s of Hadda issued in 1948 and adds 18 more tracks from the same period - some previously unissued. Mostly accompanied by a rhythm section she performs Juke Box Boogie/ Boogie At The Bandbox/ Minuet In G Boogie/ 743 Blues/ Hadda's Honky Tonk Train/ Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 In Boogie/ Strollin' 'n' Rollin'/ Basin Street Blues and more.

 
MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK Topic TSCD 342 Byker Hill* ● CD $15.98
14 tracks, essential
Reissue of Carthy & Swarbrick's third album originally issued on Fontana in 1967 and the album where the talents of these two remarkable musicians coalesce into a musical oneness. Some of the most exciting and chilling performances here are those where Martin's vocals are accompanied only by Swarbrick's fiddle. Such songs as The Fowler/ The Bloody Gardener and Our Captain Cried All Hands achieve a remarkable intensity with this arrangements. In contrast such risque pieces as Gentleman Soldier and The Barley Straw all benefit from Swarbrick's sprightly fiddle. Other songs feature both fiddle and Carthy's guitar including the title song with it's unusual rhythms and the stunning version of John Barleycorn. Other songs are performed unaccompanied or with guitar accompaniment only and all are superb. 13 of the 14 songs are traditional - the one exception being Bertolt Brecht's moving The Wife Of the Soldier. Remastering is superb and there are detailed notes on the songs by Martin and A.L. Lloyd and more general notes on the album by Ken Hunt. Highly recommended. (FS)

 
THE CHARIOTEERS Acrobat ACRCD 285 Ooh Look A There Ain't She Pretty ● CD $10.98 $6.98
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 Savior's Care, etc. Excellent sound and informative notes. (FS)

 
CLIFTON CHENIER Arhoolie 350 Out West* ● CD $13.98
17 tracks, essential
By 1973, when most of these recordings were made Clifton had, what was probably the best band of his career with Paul Senegal replacing Felix Benoit on guitar and the addition of the brilliant John Hart on tenor sax. From now on his music emphasized the blues and R&B elements in his music at the expense of the old time cajun two steps and waltzes. On most of the sides here they are joined by blues rock musicians Elvin Bishop on guitar and Steve Miller on piano who provide restrained, but effective accompanied. This album features two of Clifton's all time classics - the wonderful minor key blues I'm On A Wonder and the rocking I'm A Hog For You (the latter from an earlier 1971 session) plus Calinda/ The Hucklebuck/ You Know It Ain't Fair/ You're The One For Me/ You're Fussing Too Much/ Just Like A Woman/ All Your Love/ C.C. Special and others. For the CD reissue, four previously unissued sides from the 1973 session are added included a fine version of Ti Na Na plus 3 songs recorded in 1971 at San Francisco radio station KSAN where he performs in an older traditional French style. The cover states - "Over 60 Minutes Of Classic Zydeco Music" - and they're not kidding! (FS)
CLIFTON CHENIER: All Your Love/ Breaux Bridge Waltz (*)/ C. C. Special (Take 1) (*)/ C. C. Special (Take 2)/ Calinda/ Crawfish Jambalaya (*)/ I'm A Hog For You/ I'm On The Wonder/ Je Marche Le Plancher (You Know It Ain`T Fair)/ Just Like A Woman/ Louisiana Two-Step (*)/ Ma Negresse Est Gone (*)/ The Hucklebuck/ Ti Na Na (*)/ You're Fussin' Too Much/ You're The One For Me/ Zydeco Cha Cha (*)

 
HANK DAVIS Bear Family BCD 17319 One Way Track ● CD $21.98 $14.98
38 tracks, 88 mins, very good
A collection of 38 tracks recorded between 1958 and 2008 by Canadian vocalist Hank Davis whose name is probably familiar to people who buy Bear Family releases as he has compiled and annotated many fine releases on that label. He is also a prolific performer, recording over 300 songs in the period covered here. The material is a mix of rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, country, blues and gospel! Hank is a fine singer and his performances are enjoyable, if not particularly compelling - he also wrote several of the songs here. (FS)

 
FATS DOMINO Ace CDCHD 597 The Early Imperial Singles, 1950-1952* ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 73 mins, essential
Before becoming a pop star in the mid 50s Antoine "Fats" Domino had been one of the leading lights on the New Orleans blues and R&B scene since the late 40s. With his pounding, rolling piano work and his delightful Creole drawl he made music that was immediately appealing. His recordings, produced by the multi talented Dave Bartholomew featured some of the best musicians in a city full of great musicians - Herb Hardesty, Red Tyler, Ernest McLean, Frank Fields, Wendell Ducoge and others. This disc presents both sides of his first 14 singles plus two bonus cuts from the same period that first appeared on LP. Domino had a hand in writing almost every song here and there is just one classic after another including the rolling The Fat Man which was a less provocative reworking of the NOLA favorite Junker's Blues, the searing Every Night About This Time, the storming She's My Baby and a whole lot more. Sound is exemplary and the booklet includes extensive notes by Fats' official biographer Stuart Coleman. Only thing missing is a discography. (FS)
FATS DOMINO: Boogie Woogie Baby/ Brand New Baby/ Careless Love/ Cheatin'/ Detroit City Blues/ Don't Lie To Me/ Dreaming/ Every Night About This Time/ Goin' Home/ Hey! La Bas Boogie/ Hide Away Blues/ How Long/ I'll Be Gone/ Korea Blues/ Little Bee/ No No Baby/ Nobody Loves Me/ Poor Poor Me/ Reeling And Rockin'/ Right From Wrong/ Rockin' Chair/ SheŐs My Baby/ Sometimes I Wonder/ The Fat Man/ Tired Of Crying/ Trust In Me/ WhatŐs The Matter Baby/ You Know I Miss You

 
FATS DOMINO Ace CDCHD 649 The Imperial Singles, Vol. 2 : 1953-1956* ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 71 min., essential
By April 1953, Fats Domino was beginning a rise in the Billboard charts that I don't think anyone could have predicted - with maybe the exception of Lew Chudd of Imperial Records, for by September 1953, he signed Fats Domino to a unheard-of 9 year contract! During the period on this CD, he charted 13 times, remaining on the charts for a staggering 127 weeks! The Domino effect had begun. The Top 5 hits include "Ain't That A Shame", "All By Myself", "Going To The River" and "Poor Me". Collectors should note that for the very first time since the original single releases, ACE has made sure that we are treated to the original release speeds and NOT to the speeded-up versions that appeared on the vinyl albums and all subsequent releases on albums and CDs (including the Bear Family boxset). All taken from the original master tapes (except for "The Girl I Love"), the sound quality is simply outstanding and the best I've heard. After a two year rest from performing, Fats Domino appeared at the 1997 Jazz & Heritage Festival (May 3rd), celebrating 50 years as a professional entertainer! This CD belongs in everyone's serious 50s R'n'B/ R'n'R collection. (EL)
FATS DOMINO: Ain't It A Shame (Aka Ain't That A Shame)/ All By Myself/ Baby Please/ Bo Weevil/ Don't Blame It On Me/ Don't Leave Me This Way/ Don't You Hear Me Calling You/ Don't You Know?/ Going To The River/ Helping Hand/ Hey Little School Girl (Aka Are You Going My Way)/ I Can't Go On (Rosalie)/ I Know/ I Lived My Life/ If You Need Me/ La-La/ Love Me/ Mardi Gras In New Orleans/ Please Don't Leave Me/ Poor Me/ Rose Mary/ Something's Wrong (Aka My Heart Is In Your Hands)/ Swanee River Hop/ The Girl I Love/ Thinking Of You/ Troubles Of My Own/ Where Did You Stay?/ You Can Pack Your Suitcase/ You Done Me Wrong/ You Said You Love Me

 
FATS DOMINO Ace CDCHD 689 The Imperial Singles, Vol. 3* ● CD $18.98
Continuing the story with both sides of 15 singles issued between 1956 and '58 including some of his biggest hits like Blueberry Hill/ I'm In Love Again/ I'm Walkin'/ I'm In The Mood For Love/ Whole Lotta Loving and Blue Monday
FATS DOMINO: Blue Monday/ Blueberry Hill/ Coquette/ Don't You Know I Love You/ Honey Chile/ I Still Love You/ I Want You To Know/ I'm In Love Again/ I'm In The Mood For Love/ I'm Walkin'/ It Must Be Love/ It's You I Love/ Little Mary/ My Blue Heaven/ No, No/ Sick And Tired/ So Long/ Telling Lies/ The Big Beat/ The Prisoner's Song/ Valley Of Tears/ Wait And See/ What Will I Tell My Heart?/ What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasing You/ When I See You/ When My Dreamboat Comes Home/ When The Saints Go Marching In/ Whole Lotta Loving/ Yes My Darling/ Young School Girl

 
FATS DOMINO Ace CDCHD 1306 The Imperial Singles, Volume 4: 1959-1961* ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 57 min., highly recommended In the fourth of Ace's five Fats singles CDs, Mr. D continues to live in the Billboard charts as if he owned them. Not only did all his A-sides chart, most highly, but all but two of the B-sides charted. Unreal. Musical gems include I'm Ready/ I Want To Walk You Home/ My Girl Josephine/ Walkin' To New Orleans, and many more. And while the addition of strings on Walkin' To New Orleans works nicely, the same cannot be said of the violins on Don't Come Knockin'/ Three Nights A Week, and a few other post-1950's sides where they fly in like wasps at a picnic and all but ruin a perfectly good outing. But overall Fats was still turning out the good stuff. (JC)
FATS DOMINO: Ain't That Just Like A Woman/ Be My Guest/ Before I Grow Too Old/ Country Boy/ Don't Come Knockin'/ Fell In Love On Monday/ Good Hearted Man/ I Just Cry/ I Want To Walk You Home/ I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday/ I'm Ready/ I've Been Around/ If You Need Me/ It Keeps Rainin'/ Let The Four Winds Blow/ Margie/ My Girl Josephine/ Natural Born Lover/ Put Your Arms Around Me Honey/ Rockin' Bicycle/ Shu-Rah/ Tell Me That You Love Me/ Three Nights A Week/ Walking To New Orleans/ What A Party/ What A Price

 
FATS DOMINO Ace CDCHD 1323 The Imperial Singles, Vol. 5: 1962-1964* ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 55 mins, very highly recommended
The fifth and final volume featuring all the singles recorded by the great Fats Domino for Imperial features his last 12 singles issued between 1962 and 1964. Although he no longer dominated the charts as he had previously he continued to appear in the lower rungs of the charts and produced many fine sides - many of the them written by Fats or his long time producer Dave Bartholomew. Among the highlights are great versions of I Hear You Knocking (first recorded by fellow Imperial artist Smiley Lewis in 1955), the gorgeous blues ballad Nothing New (Same Old Thing), the mid-tempo rocker Stop The Clock, Fats's distinctive Creolized rendition of the pop standard Did You Ever See A Dream Walking, an intense rendition of Charles Brown's Trouble Blues and superb treatments of three Hank Williams songs Jamabalay/ You Win Again and Your Cheating Heart but pretty much everything is great with only one track featuring intrusive strings - the rest is Fats and his great band. Sound is superb and the 16 page booklet has rare photos and detailed notes. (FS)
FATS DOMINO: Dance With Mr Domino/ Did You Ever See A Dream Walking/ Goin' Home/ Hands Across The Table/ Hum Diddy Doo/ I Can't Give You Anything But Love/ I Can't Go On This Way/ I Hear You Knocking/ Ida Jane/ Isle Of Capri/ Jambalaya (On The Bayou)/ La La/ My Heart Is Bleeding/ My Real Name/ Nothing New (Same Old Thing)/ One Night/ Stop The Clock/ Teenage Love/ Those Eyes/ Trouble Blues/ True Confession/ When I Was Young/ Won't You Come On Back/ You Always Hurt The One You Love/ You Win Again/ Your Cheatin' Heart

 
SNOOKS EAGLIN Arhoolie 348 Country Boy In New Orleans* ● CD $13.98
23 tracks, very highly recommended
Snooks Eaglin is a highly regarded modern New Orleans bluesman. These recordings made by folklorist Harry Oster in 1959 and 1960 were made when Snooks was still a street singer, performing a wide range of music for the passing crowds. Most of these recordings here were originally issued on Heritage, Storyville, Bluesville or Folklyric (and later Arhoolie). Snooks is a distinctive with a warm slightly slurred vocal style and accompanies himself on 6 or 12 string acoustic guitar and is an outstanding performer on either instrument. Half the cuts feature accompaniments by Lucious Bridges on washboard and Percy Randolph on harmonica or washboard - Bridges and Randolph also are featured on a couple of titles. The material is mostly blues and gospel standards like Mama Don't You Tear My Clothes/ Walking Blues (not the Robert Johnson song but Lightnin' Hopkins' reworking of Drifting Blues)/ That's All Right/ Down By the Riverside/ Death Valley Blues/ Rock Me Mama/ John Henry/ Bottle Up And Go and others plus some originals, the New Orleans theme Mardi Gras Mambo and a very effective version of country singer Jimmie Rodgers' Give Me The Good Old Boxcar. Sound is excellent but the brief notes don't really do justice to this outstanding release. (FS)
SNOOKS EAGLIN: Bottle Up & Go/ Bottle Up And Go/ Country Boy Down In New Orleans/ Death Valley Blues/ Down By The Riverside/ Give Me The Good Old Boxcar/ Going Back To New Orleans/ I Had A Little Woman/ I've Had My Fun/ Jack O'Diamonds/ John Henry/ Locomotive Train/ Mailman Passed/ Mama Don't You Tear My Clothes/ Mardi Gras Mambo/ Model T And The Train/ Possum Up A Simmon Tree/ Rock Me Mama/ Rock Me Mama/ That's All Right/ This Train/ Veal Chop And Pork Chop/ Walking Blues

 
GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST B.A.C.M. 458 Vol. 3 - South Of The Border ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, very good
The Girls Of The Golden West were a fine duo who recorded a string of fine western songs in the 1930s with warm and close harmonies accompanied by Dollie's gentle guitar accompaniment. They had pretty much quit music by the late 1940 but were reunited in 1962 to cut a series of sides for the Bluebonnet label. They still sounded pretty good though the voices had aged and the harmonies weren't quite as true - still it make for pleasant listening. They perform a selection of western flavored songs - some being remakes from their 30s recordings and others not recorded before. Includes There's A Bridle Hanging On The Wall/ South Of The Border/ I Left My Heart In Texas/ Beautiful Texas/ My Old Pal Of Yesterday/ Cowboy Love Call and others. (FS)
GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST: A Barn Dance Of Long Ago/ Beautiful Brown Eyes/ Beautiful Texas/ Bury Me Beneath The Willow/ Carry Me Back To The Mountains/ Cowboy Jack/ Cowboy Love Call/ Cowboy's Heaven/ Dying Cowboy/ Goin' Back To Texas/ I Left My Heart In Texas/ Leavin' On That New Rver Train/ My Old Pal Of Yesterday/ Old Virginia Moonlight/ Round-up In Cheyenne/ Roundup Time In Heaven/ Sante Fe Trial/ Sky Ball Paint/ Sleepy Rio Grande/ South Of The Border/ Straight Shootin' Cowgirl/ Texas Moon/ There's A Bridle Hanging On The Wall/ Tumbling Tumbleweeds/ When The Sun Goes Down Again/ Where The Silvery Colorado Wends Its Way/ Yellow Rose Of Texas

 
THE HAWKING BROTHERS B.A.C.M. 456 Sing & Play Classic Country Songs ● CD $14.98
23 tracks, recommended
Charming collection of singing and playing recorded in the 50s and 60s by this Australian brother duo - Russell & Alan. Accompanied only by their own guitars they perform a mix of old American favorites (particularly Jimmie Rodgers & The Carter Family) along with originals and songs by other Australian writers. They have pleasing voices and produce some sweet harmonies. Includes Will Hank Williams Meet Jimmie Rodgers/ Homestead On The Farm/ I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You/ Evening Bells Are Ringing/ Old Pal Of My Heart/ Treat You New Love Fair, etc. (FS)
THE HAWKING BROTHERS: Country Sweet/ Crooning Bachelor/ Don't Call Me On The Telephone/ Evening Bells Are Ringing/ Homestead On the Farm/ I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You/ I'll Move On, I'll Be Gone/ Little Pal/ Maple On the Hill/ My Darling Daisy/ My Dixie Darling/ My Hearts Tonight In Texas/ Old Pal Of My Heart/ Padre Of Old San Antone/ Picture On The Wall/ Suvla Bay/ Treat Your New Love Fair/ When It's Time For The Whip-o-will To Sing/ When The White Azaleas Start Blooming/ Where The Old Red River Flows/ Why Should I Be Lonely/ Will Hank Williams Meet Jimmie Rodgers/ Will you Be Lonesome Too

 
DON HELMS B.A.C.M. 457 The Legendary Steel Guitarist Plays & All Time Country ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, fans only
Part of what made Hank Williams' recordings so compelling was the beautiful and oh so appropriate steel guitar work of Don Helms. 10 years after Hank's death Helms recorded two instrumental LPs for Smash - both featured here. The first was all Hank Williams songs (Your Cheatin' Heart/ You Win Again/ Jambalay, etc) and the other was various recent country hits (I Walk The Line/ Gone/ Four Walls, etc.) Don's playing is fine but this ain't no Drifting Cowboys record - the arrangements are strictly mainstream Nashville with faceless instrumental accompaniments and wretched heavenly vocal choruses which sap any spark of soul in these recordings. On the second LP some tracks feature mediocre trumpet or sax to add to the agony. (FS)
DON HELMS: Bouquet Of Roses/ Cold Cold Heart/ Fireball Mail/ Four Walls/ Fraulein/ Gone/ Half As Much/ Hey Good Looking/ I Can't Help It/ I Can't Stop Lovin' You/ I Walk The Line/ I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry/ I'm Walking The Floor Over You/ Jambalaya/ Kaw-Liga/ Mansion On The Hill/ Send Me The Pillow You Dream On/ Take These Chains From My Heart/ The Wild Side Of Life/ The Window Up Above/ There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight/ Wedding Bells/ You Win Again/ Your Cheatin' Heart

 
ELDRIDGE HOLMES Fuel 62003 Now That I've Lost You ● CD $13.98
20 tracks, very highly recommended
Not every New Orleans performer is a household name, and Eldridge Holmes is a case in point. A spectacular singer, Holmes cut many great R&B sides during the 60's and early 70's with Allen Toussaint, but he unfortunately got lost in the Soul shuffle. The closest he came to stardom was with local Crescent City hit Where is Love in 1967; catchy as hell, when it was licensed for national distribution by Decca it sank without a trace. It's a shame, because Holmes and Toussaint were and are a magic combination; all one has to do is listen to Humpback/ Now That I've Lost You/ Cheatin' Woman/ The Book (the latter two with backing from the Meters), and Gone, Gone, Gone for proof. There's only a handful of CDs with Holmes material and this one is the most comprehensive. In sum, here is yet another forgotten artist just ripe for rediscovery. (GMC)

 
ETTA JAMES Fuel 62002 It Takes Love To Keep A Woman - The Allen Toussaint Sessions ● CD $11.98
10 tracks, 39 mins, recommended
Here's the great Etta James at her funkiest. Recorded in 1980 right in the thick of Etta's wilderness period, struggling with her addictions, label-less (most Etta James biographies I have seen don't even acknowledge that she was recording at this time, though her own autobiography has some choice things to say about the sessions), but here she is with Allen Toussaint laying down tracks in New Orleans. This doesn't rank with the best Etta James albums, but there certainly are a few gems here; chief among them are the driving Funk of Mean Mother and Donkey, both penned by Willie Hutch, as well as Allen Toussaint's Night people. (JM)

 
AL KING Forevermore 4601 Blues Master* ● CD $15.98
15 tracks, 41 mins, highly recommended
Though not a familiar name, Al King (aka Alvin K. Smith) was an excellent West Coast blues singer with a smooth but powerful vocal style. He was an excellent songwriter too, often taking familiar sayings and turning them into blues songs - Think Twice Before You Speak (with the classic line "I ain't no dentist/ But I'll get your teeth out free")/ Everybody Ain't Your Friend/ Don't Put Off For Tomorrow and others. He also covers a couple of Lowell Fulson songs Reconsider Baby and Blue Shadows and makes them all his own. These recordings were made between 1964 & '68 for the Shirley, Flag and Sahara labels. He is accompanied by excellent small bands and what elevates his recordings from excellent to outstanding is the incredible guitar playing of Johnny Heartsman - a truly talented and innovative musicians. A few of the tracks are listed as being unissued but they show up in the discography as being issued. Remastering could be a little better but is generally very good and there are informative notes by Chris Biehler. (FS)

 
FREDDIE KING Rockbeat 3248 LIve & Loud 1968 ● CD $11.98
11 tracks, 72 mins, recommended
Nine of the 11 tracks here were recorded live at the Fillmore West in 1968. Freddie is in fine form on a selection of songs drawn from his various recordings along with some blues standards. The recording quality here is not the greatest and Freddie's vocals are in the background though his powerful guitar work comes through pretty well. Songs include Ain't Nobody's Business/ Key To The Highway? Five Long Years/ Going Down, etc. The remaining cuts include Play It Cool from the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival which has better sound and a driving instrumental rendition of Feelin' Good (I Wanna Boogie) which has excellent sound and great playing and is probably the best track here though it goes on a little too long. (FS)

 
MOONDOG Honest Jon's 18 Viking Of Sixth Avenue* ● CD $19.98
36 tracks, 73 min., highly recommended
Moondog, born Louis Thomas Hardin, wondered blindly (literally) the streets of New York and elsewhere from 1949 on. He wore a viking helmet, carried a big staff, played strange-looking drums he'd made himself. His music recalls elements of swing, improvisational jazz, folk, and classical, as well as anticipating elements of minimalism and electronic music. Charlie Parker admired him. So did Ivor Stravinsky. So did Janis Joplin--that's why she recorded his All Is Loneliness madrigal. This collection offers sides from his 1953 EP On The Streets Of New York, 78s on his own SMC Pro-Arte label, and labels such as Brunswick, Epic, Columbia, Prestige, and Angel. It's not "difficult music" in the common sense of "hard to listen to"; in fact, the three dozen pieces here tend to be beautiful adventures across a bold musical landscape that only Moondog could see, where what may at first sound improvised reveals itself as painstakingly constructed with a musical wisdom so far ahead of its time that alien visitation becomes a plausible explanation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Moondog had a great deal of formal musical training, but don't hold that against him. Like nothing else. (JC)

 
LOUIS PRIMA Bear Family BCD 17203 With Sam Butera & Keely Smith* ● CD $21.98
30 tracks, 87 min., very highly recommended
Italian American Prima regularly lost out on gigs for much of his career because many venue owners thought he was black and trying to pass, thanks to his olive skin, dark curly hair, and New Orleans accent. On the other hand, he had strong support in the many black communities for the same reason. These recordings, part of Bear Family's "Velvet Lounge" series, collected from Prima's many Capital sides between 1957-63, represent the last comeback of the singer's lengthy career. Exactly why Prima never quite got the respect he deserved while he was walking the planet, these sides will not answer because the music is about as fun as music gets. It's nearly impossible to refrain from smiling as Prima swings through Just A Gigolo/ I Ain't Got Nobody (later covered by David Lee Roth) or when Sam Butera sings Ten Little Women. Thirty cuts and not a dog in the pack. The usual above average approach from the German label that could and did and does, including about the longest running time imaginable for a CD at 86:55. This is what entertainment means. (JC)

 
PROFESSOR LONGHAIR Fuel 62001 Let's Go To New Orleans ● CD $12.98
20 tracks, good
When Professor Longhair returned to active recording in the 1970s he returned with a vengeance and recorded a couple of dozen sessions - not all released during his lifetime. These recordings were apparently recorded in the 1970s for Allen Toussaint and Marshall Seahorn's Sansu label but no additional information is provided. There is no indication that these recordings are unreleased so I would assume that they have been out before but since Fess recorded most of the songs here several times it's hard to pinpoint when they are from. Bill Dahl's otherwise excellent notes indicate that these were recorded in a studio but, in fact, these are live recordings, probably from two different performances - some well recorded solo sides and some very poorly recorded sides with a band. I think there are a couple of songs here not readily available elsewhere but most of the songs are available as better performances with better sound. Includes Tipitina/ Doin' It/ Tell Me Pretty Baby/ Is Everything All Right/ How Long Has The Train Been Gone, etc. (FS)

 
ROOSEVELT SYKES Acrobat 9040 The Roosevelt Sykes Collection, 1928-1947 ● CD $19.98
Three CDs, 75 tracks, very highly recommended
This is an expanded version of Acrobat 3019 which told the musical story of Roosevelt Sykes from 1929 to 1941 - this one includes tracks from 1942 to '47 along with a few additional earlier cuts. Roosevelt is among my favorite blues artists - a superb singer and piano player and an outstanding blues songwriter whose songs like Mistake In Life/ Monte Carlo/ Driving Wheel and others have become blues standards. From his first recording for Okeh in 1929 up to his death in 1984 there was rarely a year that Roosevelt Sykes was out of the studio but in spite of his considerable output his music was rarely less than excellent. This splendid collection provides a whistle stop tour through his prewar career opening with his very first recording from June 1929 of the much covered "44" Blues and including his answer to Pinetop's Boogie Woogie in Boot That Thing, on through fine 30's sides, some with gorgeous slide guitar from Kokomo Arnold to his slicker, jumpy 40's output usually featuring Roosevelt and a drummer and later with small groups- a sound that in part paved the way for postwar R & B. Although originally contracted to OKeh, Roosevelt, like many others recorded for other labels under pseudonyms and this set includes sides he recorded as Willie Kelly and Dobby Bragg. Roosevelt was a fine lyricist and there are several examples of Roosevelt's knack for composing clever double entendre lyrics in songs like Jet Black Snake/ Hard Lead Pencil and Yellow Yam Blues. There are also a couple of offbeat songs like Journey From The Germs and Doing The Sally Long (Flames Of Evaporation) and much more. Consistently fine music with excellent sound and 12 page booklet has notes and full discographical details. A great introduction to a great artist. (FS)
ROOSEVELT SYKES: 15c A Day/ 3-6 & 9/ 32-20 Blues/ 44 Blues/ 47th Street Jive/ Big Legs Ida Blues/ Bitter Cup Blues/ Bobby Sox Blues/ Boot That Thing/ Booze Blues/ Bop De Bip/ Cannon Ball/ D-B-A Blues/ Date Bait/ Dirty Mother For You (Don't You Know)/ Doin' The Sally Long (Flames Of Evaporation)/ Don't Push Me Around/ Down On My Knees/ Driving Wheel blues/ Drunken Gambler/ Eight Ball Blues/ Essie Mae Blues/ Flames Of Jive/ Get Your Bow Out (Then You Will Understand)/ Hard Lead Pencil/ Have You Seen Ida B./ Henry Ford Blues/ Highway 61 Blues/ Hospital, Heaven Or Hell/ I Wonder/ Jet Black Snake/ Journey From The Germs/ Just Hanging Around/ K.M.A. Blues/ Keep Your Hands Off Her/ Kelly's Special/ Let The Black Have His Way/ Little And Low/ Living In A Different World/ Lost All I Had Blues/ Love Has Something To Say/ Love Lease Blues/ Low As A Toad/ Mama Mama/ Mistake In Life/ Monte Carlo Blues/ Nasty But It's Clean/ Night Time Is The Right Time/ Night Time Is The Right Time No. 2/ Pay Day Blues/ Pistol Shootin' Blues/ Prison Gate Blues/ Right Now/ Roll On Blues/ Roosevelt's Blues/ Sad Yas Yas (You Fade Away Like Morning Dew)/ She Left Me Cold In Hand/ She's Got What it Takes/ She's Long Gone/ Sister Kelly Blues/ Skeet And Garret/ Skin And Bone Blues/ Sugar Babe Blues/ Tender Hearted Woman Blues (I'll Wear The Pants)/ The Honey Dripper/ The Road To Ruin/ The Train Is Coming (No More Baby Talk)/ Third Degree Blues/ Tonight/ Training Camp Blues/ Until The Cows Come Home/ Walkin' And Drinkin'/ Yellow Yam Blues/ You Can't Fix It Back

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1215 Toast Of The Coast - 1950s R&B From Dolphin's, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98 $14.98
Complementing Ace CDCHD 1179 ("On With The Jive" - $18.98) this is a second collection of West Coast blues and R&B recorded for the late R&B entrepreneur John Dolphin and concentrates on rare and unissued material that he produced for his various labels. This volume includes 24 tracks - many of them unreleased - several by unknown performers. It includes sides by Pokey Harris & The Sophisticats, Memphis Slim, Linda Hayes, Jimmy Witherspoon, Sonny Harper, Little Margie, Vernon Anders, Peppermint Harris, Tap Anthony & His All Star Band, Big Boy Groves, Little Eve and others. Includes booklet with extensive notes by Jim Dawson.
VERNON ANDERS AKA VERNON GREENE: Hound Dog and Alley Cat/ TAPP ANTHONY & HIS ALL STAR BAND (VOCAL: UNKN: Watch Your Best Friend/ LOIS BUTLER WITH JOE HOUSTONS BAND: Pretty Daddy/ AL CALLOWAY: Uncle John/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Boogie Bop/ LITTLE EVE: A Little Bit Of You/ ERNIE FREEMAN COMBO WITH SHERRY WASHINGTON: Jivin Around/ BIG BOY GROVES & LITTLE MARGIE: Another Ticket (Demo)/ SONNY HARPER: Ride Lone Stranger, Ride/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: Cadillac Funera/ Treat Me Like I Treat You/ PORKY HARRIS & THE SOPHISTI-CATS: Hollywood Hop Part 1/ Hollywood Hop Part 2/ LINDA HAYES: Yes I Know/ LITTLE MARGIE: Years And Tears Ago/ Yes Its You/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Treat Me Like I Treat You/ MONROE & VERNON: Lovin John/ UNKNOWN MALE & FEMALE DUET: Hound Dog Hop/ UNKNOWN MALE-1: Im A Humdinger/ UNKNOWN MALE-2: Lets Ball All Night Long/ GENEVA VALLIER: You Said You Had A Woman/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON & UNKNOWN FEMALE: Big Family Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1402 Cracking The Cosimo Code - 60s New Orleans R&B and Soul ● CD $21.98
24 tracks, 64 mins, very highly recommended
Fabulous collection of New Orlean R&B and Soul recorded in the 1960s at the legendary Cosimo Matassa studios. Just about every great New Orleans record from the mid 50s through late 60s was recorded there and this collection mixes big hits and totally obscure sides recorded for tiny regional labels - all of them superb. It opens with Jessie Hill's two part classic Ooh Poo Pah Doo and includes other all time favorites like Trick Bag by Earl King, Something You Got by Chris Kenner, Get Out Of My Life Woman by Lee Dorsey and others. Among the great obscurities are Reggie Hall's cleaver The Joke, Danny White's gorgeous deep soul ballad Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Oliver Morgan's rollicking Who Shot The La La, Dave Bartholomew's little known remake of his Imperial classic The Monkey Speaks His Mind and more. New Orleans' best musicians are featured on these recordings including David Lastie, Red Tyler, Melvin Lastie, Dave Bartholomew, Allen Toussaint, Willie Tee, Roy Montrell and others. Sound quality is superb and the 28 page booklet has extensive notes and track by track information by John Broven and John Ridley and loads of photos, label shots and other memorabilia. And just what is the Cosimo Code? Some years ago it was determined that starting in 1960 Cosimo started assigning a two part matrix number to all the recordings made in his studio - part of that number referred to the label he was working for and the second was a sequential numerical listing. Since there were no studio logs this enabled researchers to determine the dates recordings were and help in documenting the hundreds of small labels he worked for. If you go to www.cosimocode.com/index2.html you can find details including a complete listing of all numbers found to date and maybe you can help fill some of the gaps in the listing. (FS)
JOHNNY ADAMS: Release Me/ RONNIE BARRON: Did She Mention My Name/ DAVE BARTHOLOMEW & HIS ORCHESTRA: The Monkey Speaks His Mind/ BERNA-DEAN: This Is The City/ BLAZER BOY: New Orleans Twist/ EDDIE BO: I Got To Know/ Lover & A Friend/ LEE DORSEY: Get Out Of My Life, Woman/ JUNE GARDNER: 99 Plus 1/ REGGIE HALL: The Joke/ JOE HAYWOOD: Play A Cornbread Song For Me And My Baby/ JESSIE HILL: Ooh Poo Pah Doo/ CHRIS KENNER: Something You Got/ EARL KING: Poor Sam/ Trick Bag/ BARBARA LYNN: Second Fiddle Girl/ OLIVER MORGAN: Who Shot The Lala/ AARON NEVILLE: Tell It Like It Is/ ROBERT PARKER: Barefootin'/ THE PARTY BOYS: We Got A Party Part II/ WILLIE TEE: Teasin' You/ THE TICK-TOCKS: I'm Gonna Get You Yet/ WILLIE WEST: You Told Me/ DANNY WHITE: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1411 She Did It! The Songs Of Jackie DeShannon, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
Jackie DeShannon wrote so many good songs that they needed a volume two. Hell, it wasn't until this CD that I realized that she had written Bette Davis Eyes! The hit version by Kim Carnes is here as is a wide swath of Pop: Soulful Bad Water by Doris Duke, Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Dorothy Morrison, the Mersey Beat of The Searchers, a pre "Wall of Sound" peek at the Ronettes with He Did It, and the crystal clear supermarket Pop of The Carpenters. I gave this a highly recommended, but that is conditional; you have to appreciate a good pop tune and be able to handle (even enjoy) a little schmaltz. Personal favorites are My Baby Likes Western Guys by Brenda Lee (give up Brenda, he's clearly gay), the beautiful With You In Mind by Marianne Faithfull, and My Group And Me by Raga & The Tablas, which, unsurprisingly, was also included on one of the later volumes in the Pebbles series. (JM)
DAVE BERRY: I've Got My Tears To Remind Me/ DELANEY BRAMLETT: You Have No Choice/ KIM CARNES: Bette Davis Eyes/ THE CARPENTERS: Boat To Sail/ RITA COOLIDGE: I Wanted It All/ KIKI DEE: Don't Put Your Heart In His Hand/ JACKIE DESHANNON: Love Forever Stay/ GERRI DIAMOND: I'm Breaking The Law/ DORIS DUKE: Bad Water/ RANDY EDELMAN: Nobody Made Me/ MARIANNE FAITHFULL: With You In Mind/ TAMMY GRIMES: The Greener Side/ JIMMY HOLIDAY: Yesterday Died/ JOE & EDDIE: Depend On Yourself/ THE KALIN TWINS: It's Just Terrible/ BRENDA LEE: My Baby Likes Western Guys/ DOROTHY MORRISON: Put A Little Love In Your Heart/ OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: Till You Say You'll Be Mine/ PETE & GORDON: Colour Blue/ P.J. PROBY: The Other Side Of Town/ RAGA & THE TALAS: My Group And Me/ THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: Burn On Love/ THE RONETTES: He Did It/ THE SEARCHERS: Each Time/ JEANNIE SEELY: You Don't Understand Him Like I Do/ BOB B SOXX & THE BLUE JEANS: I Shook The World

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 455 Cozy Label, Vol. 3 - Classic Country Music ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
Another fine collection from this obscure but rather prolific label from West Virginia. The material here is varied ranging from the Western swing sound of Bob Mason's Swingbillies to the honky tonk of Stanley O'Dell to the solo vocal and guitar of Harrison Bohoher with two Jimmie Rodgers songs to husband and wife Ray & Ina Patterson whose style is strongly based on that of The Blue Sky Boys. Ra & Ina are one of the few artists on the label who had more than a local following performing at folk and country festivals in the 1960s and 70s and making a number of recordings during that period. Other artists include Hank Rodney & His Rhythm Pioneers, Hank Stanford & The Sagebrush Round-up (fine swinging group with two songs including an update of the old Jimmie Davis song She's A Hum Dum Dinger From Dingersville), Dorse Lewis "The Scared Coal Miner" (three songs include a fine entry in the "Hot Rod Race" stakes with Hot Rod Boogie), Ray Coleman & The Rocky Mt. Boys (fine honky tonk), Lee Bailey with Charlie Poole & The Country Entertainers (not that Charlie Poole who died in 1931 but a superb traditional bluegrass group) and others. Generally excellent sound and informative notes from Al Turner. (FS)
LEE BAILEY-CHARLIE POOLE & THE COUNTRY ENTER: Faded Love/ Sleep Mother Sleep/ BONNIE BALDWIN & FRED CLARK: I Love The Way You Say Goodnight/ It Doesn't Cost Anything To Dream/ HARRISON BOOHER: Blue Yodel No 1/ Blue Yodel No 6/ CHARLIE CARROLL'S HILLBILLIES: I'd Walk A Million Miles/ RAY COLEMAN & THE ROCKY MT. BOYS: My Cheating Heart Is Broken/ HANK "TINY" FRAZIER: Shirt That Mother Made For Me/ HANK THE COWHAND: Cozy Rosy Polka (Instr.)/ FLOYD KAMERICK: Indian Pony/ You Can't Break A Heart (That's Been Broken)/ DORSE LEWIS: Mexican Twist/ Hot Rod Boogie/ My Daddy Was A Coal Miner/ BOB MASON'S SWINGBILLIES V. LLOYD CORNELL: Honey You're Letting Me Down/ BOB MASON'S SWINGBILLIES V. BOB MASON: Too Late For Tears/ BOB MASON'S SWINGBILLIES: Too Many Tears/ STANLEY O'DELL: A Faded Petal From A Beautiful Bouquet/ Give A Little, Take A Little/ RAY & INA PATTERSON & PECOS VALLEY BOYS: Come To Mexico/ You've Branded Your Name On My Heart/ HANK RODNEY & HIS RHYTHM PIONEERS: Little Girl Down The Road/ Slave Drivin' Baby/ HANK STANFORD & THE SAGEBRUSH ROUND-UP: She's A Hum Dum Dinger (From Dingerville)/ Would You Care

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 15864 Nashville Jumps: Blues & Rhythm On Nashville's Independent Labels ● CD $239.98
7 music CDs (plus one CD of interviews), 196 tracks, almost 9 hours, very highly recommended.
Back in print by popular demand. Amazing eight CD set that has been in preparation for many years featuring an overview of the blues and R&B recordings made by some of the independent labels active around Nashville in the 40s and early 50s including Bullet, Republic, Excello, Nashboro, Dot and a some tiny labels that only issued a couple of releases. It includes B.B. King's first four sides for Bullet plus sides from Cecil Gant, Wynonie Harris, Christine Kittrell, Smokey Hogg, Big Joe Williams, Rufus Thomas (one of his first recordings issued under the name "Mr. Swing"!), Walter Davis, Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones, Louis Brooks, Julius King, Bernard Hardison (the original version of Too Much later recorded by Elvis), The Fat Man With Sunnyland Slim, Shy Guy Douglas, Arthur Gunter, Earl Gaines and many, many more. The emphasis is on jump and urban blues but there are also a few superb country blues from Julius King and Big Joe Williams and the magnificent pre-war bluesman Walter Davis is featured on several brilliant performances. The 8th CD has interviews with Jim Bulleit, Christine Kittrell & Hutch Carlock. The sound quality is unbelievable, particularly considering how bad many Bullet 78s sounded. Comes with a 272 page book, clocking in at four pounds (!) with an overview of the Nashville music scene of the period, a 32 page listing of all releases on all the independent labels active in Nashville during the period covered by the set and a discussion of every single track. There are hundreds of great and rare photos including pictures of the label of almost every track represented, artist photos, newspaper cuttings, posters, advertisements and other memorabilia. (FS)
DON Q AND HIS Q TONES: Baby I Don‘t Need You Now/ Private Property Blues/ RICHARD ARMSTRONG: Gene Nobles‘ Boogie/ LITTLE MAXIE BAILEY: Brownskin Woman Blues/ My Baby‘s Blues/ MAX BLUES BAILEY: Delinquency Blues/ Rocking The Blues/ Sting-a-ree/ GOOD ROCKING BEASLEY: Happy Go Lucky/ THE BIG THREE TRIO: Appetite Blues/ Don‘t Let That Music Die/ Get Up Those Stairs Mademoiselle/ Goodbye Mr. Blues/ Signifying Monkey/ Till The Day I Die/ Why Do You Do Me Like You Do/ You Sure Look Good To Me/ LARRY BIRDSONG: Pleadin‘ For Love/ THE BLUE FLAMERS: Driving Down The Highway/ Watch On/ THE BLUE JACKS: Late Night Blues/ THE BLUES ROCKERS: Johnny Mae/ DUSTY BROOKS: Chili-dogs/ LOUIS BROOKS: Almost Boogie/ Bus Station Blues/ Keep Pushing/ Wine Hangover/ TOMMY BROOKS: If You Love Me Baby/ Steam Pressing Woman/ LOUIS BROOKS WITH EARL GAINES: It‘s Love Baby/ BEULAH BRYANT: What Am I Gonna Do/ RED CALHOUN: Here Comes The Man With The Gin/ LOUIS CAMPBELL: Gotta Have You Baby/ The Natural Facts/ TUCKER COLES: Don‘t Get Excited/ House Rockers Jamboree/ T C Blues/ JACK COOLEY: Dyna-flow/ Hear My Story/ It‘s So Fine/ Tom Tom Boogie/ GAY CROSSE: Easy Rockin‘/ G.c. Rock/ No Better For You/ Tired Of Being Shoved Around/ WALTER DAVIS: I Just Can‘t Help It/ Lonely Nights/ Move Back To The Woods/ You‘ve Gotta Reap What You Sow/ THE DIXIE DOODLERS: Best Of Friends/ She Was All I Had/ SHY GUY DOUGLAS: Detroit Arrow/ I‘m Your Country Man/ New Memphis Blues/ No Place Like Home/ She‘s My Kinda Girl/ Wasted Time/ TOM DOUGLAS: Raid On Cedar Street/ CHARLIE DOWELL ORCHESTRA WITH WILLIE LEE PATTON: Allotment Blues (dear John)/ THE FAT MAN WITH SUNNYLAND SLIM: Glad I Don‘t Worry No More/ You‘ve Gotta Stop This Mess/ HELEN FOSTER: I Got A Big Fat Daddy/ Oop-de-doo/ Somebody Somewhere/ You Belong To Me/ EARL GAINES: Baby Baby What‘s Wrong/ CECIL GANT: Anna Mae/ Another Day Another Dollar/ Boogie Woogie Baby/ Boozie Boogie/ Bullet Boogie/ Cecil‘s Jam Session/ I Ain‘t Gonna Cry No More/ I Believe I‘ll Go Back Home/ I Wonder/ I‘m A Good Man But A Poor Man/ I‘m All Alone Now/ Loose As A Goose/ Nashville Jumps/ Ninth Street Jive/ Sloppy Joe‘s/ So Tired/ Take It And Get/ Three Little Girls/ Train Time/ What‘s The Matter/ You Can‘t Do Me Right/ ROBERT GILL: I Only Had A Little/ GOOD ROCKIN’ SAM: Don‘t Let Daddy Slow Walk You Down/ RUDY GREEN: My Mumblin‘ Baby/ TUFF GREEN: Let‘s Go To The Liquor Store/ Love My Baby/ RUDY GREEN ORCHESTRA: Buzzard Pie/ Florida Blues/ RUDY GREEN TRIO: Evil Man Blues/ No Good Woman Blues/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Baby Let‘s Play House/ Blues After Hours/ Honey Babe/ No Happy Home/ You Are Doing Me Wrong/ BERNARD HARDISON: Come To Me Baby/ Too Much/ BERNIE HARDISON: Hey Little Girl/ Love Me Baby/ Love You Baby/ Yeah It‘s True/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Dig This Boogie/ Drinkin‘ By Myself/ Lightning Struck The Poor House/ My Baby‘s Barrel House/ SMOKEY HOGG: Hard Times/ J. D. HORTON: Cadillac Blues/ Why Don‘t You Let Me Be/ SLIM HUNT: Lonesome For My Baby/ TED JARRETT: Love Love Love/ SHERMAN JOHNSON: Back Alley Boogie/ Nashville After Midnight/ EDDIE JONES: Certainly All/ Feelin‘ Sad/ B.B. KING: I Got The Blues/ Miss Martha King/ Take A Swing With Me/ When Your Baby Packs Up And Goes/ JULIUS KING: I Want A Slice Of Your Pudding/ If You See My Lover/ Mississippi Boogie/ One O‘clock Boogie/ KID KING’S COMBO: Banana Split/ Gimmick/ Now Listen Baby/ Skip‘s Boogie/ CHRISTINE KITTRELL: Black Cat Crossed My Trail/ Call His Name/ Don‘t Do It/ Every Night Of The Week/ Evil Eyed Woman/ Gotta Stop Loving You/ Heartache Blues/ I Ain‘t Nothing But A Fool/ If You Ain‘t Sure/ I‘ll Help You Baby/ L & N Special/ Leave My Man Alone/ Lord Have Mercy/ Old Man You‘re Slipping/ Sittin‘ Here Drinkin‘/ Sittin‘ Here Drinkin‘ Again/ Slave To Love/ Snake In The Grass/ The Price You Pay For Love/ You Ain‘t Nothin‘ But Trouble/ THE LEAP FROGS: Things Gonna Change/ ROOSEVELT LEE: I‘m So Sad/ LITTLE EDDIE: Darling You Know I Love You/ My Baby Left Me/ THE MARIGOLDS: Love You-love You-love You/ Rollin‘ Stone/ BILLIE MCALLISTER: 31 E. Blues/ I Go For That/ Walking In A Daze/ Well Alright Baby/ JERRY MCCAIN: That‘s What They Want/ TOMMY MCGHEE: Late Every Evening/ Poppin‘/ RED MILLER TRIO: Bewildered/ MR. SWING WITH BOBBY PLATER’S ORCHESTRA: Beer Bottle Boogie/ Gonna Bring My Baby Back/ DADDY DEAN ORCHESTRA: Love Me A Long Long Time/ The Road/ BOBBY PRINCE: Please Give Me Your Love/ CHARLES RUCKLES: I Got A Feelin‘/ Pitch A Boogie Woogie/ WALTER 'TANG’ SMITH: Every Monday Morning Blues/ High Tone Mama/ ST. LOUIS JIMMY: Goin‘ Down Slow/ I Ain‘t Done Nothing Wrong/ JIMMY SWEENEY: Boogie Woogie Jockey/ Deep Blues/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Candy Man Blues/ DEL THORNE: Fly Chick Blues/ I Let Him Move Me/ ROBERT TUCKER: Changeable Woman/ It Sure Costs Money To Live/ VIVIAN VERSON: I Want To Know/ Payday Lover/ CROWN PRINCE WATERFORD: Driftwood Blues/ DOC WILEY: Play Your Hand/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Jivin‘ Woman/ She‘s A Married Woman/ SHERMAN WILLIAMS: Baby Don‘t You Want To Go/ Baby Please Don‘t Go (skippy‘s Blues)/ I‘m Lucky With My Brown Gal/ Keep Your Man At Home/ My Flamin‘ Gal (red Head Blues)/ Ooh Wee Baby Gee/ Sherman‘s Boogie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Label 49802 Champions OF R&B ● CD $16.98 $11.98
18 tracks, recommended
SPV's Blue Label has done an excellent job of documenting the Nashville R&B scene of the 50's and 60's-The Rich Records Story, Bullet Records Blues, Bullet Records R&B, and The Rogana Story are just a few of Blue Label's superb compilations. Now the label brings us a collection of recent recordings by some of the former stars of Jefferson Street: Roscoe Shelton, James Nixon, Freddie Waters, Charles Walker, Larry LaDon, Johnny Jones, Earl Gaines, Clifford Curry, Al Garner, and Herbert Hunter. Although some liner note documentation of when the tracks were recorded and who played on them would have been nice, it is good to see these legendary musicians haven't stopped doing what they love. (GMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly CPCD 8137 Unissued Sun Masters ● CD $13.98 $8.98
30 tracks, 69 min., recommended
These vintage rockabilly tracks, not up to Sam Phillips "release standard" at the time of their recording in the mid-50's to early 60's, may not compare handsomely with the prime works of Elvis, Jerry Lee, Johnny, Warren, Carl or Billy, but they still make most of the non-Sun competition look pretty weak. And this material is truly obscure, with many cuts not listed in previous "complete" discographies and all appearing on CD for the first time. Includes artists like Howard Chandler, Curley Money (the great Chain Gang Charlie with hot guitar), Andy Anderson (a slow alternate of his Johnny Valentine), Jesse Lee Turner, Narvel Felts, Carl McVoy, Curtis Hobeck, Teddy Reidel and others. There is even an unknown artist with a terrific bluesy Little Red Hen. If you're a got-to-have-it-all Sun Records fan, or if you're just a dyed-in-the-wool rockabilly lover, this is not a disc you'll want to pass by. A number of these tracks have subsequently turned up on Volume 14 of "That'll Flat Git" on Bear Family ($21.98) . Solid sound quality, and worthwhile artist-by-artist liner notes by Adam Komorowski. (DH/ FS)
ANDY ANDERSON: Johnny Valentine/ HOWARD CHANDLER: Wampus Cat/ HAROLD DORMAN: I'm Stepping Aside/ NARVEL FELTS: Cry Baby Cry/ Did You Tell Me/ Teenage Way/ RAY GARDEN: This Chick/ RUDY GRAYZELL: Remember When/ JIMMY HAGGETT: Rabbit Action/ CURTIS HOBACK: King Is Back, The/ With My Best Friend/ GLENN HONEYCUTT: Campus Love/ CARL MCVOY: Little Girl/ You're The Only Star/ CURLEY MONEY: Chain Gang Charlie/ KEN PARCHMAN: Love Crazy Baby/ Treat Me Right/ DICK PENNER: Someday Baby/ JOHNNY POWERS: But Now That It's Over/ Don't Got Away/ LYNN PRATT: If I Can't Have You/ JIMMY PRITCHETT: Nothing On My Mind/ TEDDY REIDEL: Stop/ Tired Of Love/ GENE ROSS: Everybody's Trying To Kiss My Baby/ GENE SIMMONS: Peroxide Blond & Hopped Up Model Ford/ RAY SMITH: Right Behind You Baby/ CLIFF THOMAS: Dance Little Girl/ JESSE LEE TURNER: Put Me Down/ UNKNOWN ARTIST: Little Red Hen

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Delmark 717 Long Man Blues* ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, strongly recommended
Expanded CD reissue of LP . Excellent collection of urban Chicago blues mostly recorded for Chicago's United and States between 1951 and 1957 including unissued sides and tracks unavailable since original 78 rpm issue. It opens with the only track not from United - the superb Blue Coat Man by Eddie Boyd with fine vocals and piano from Boyd and superb guitar from McKinley. McKinley was a fine vocalist and guitarist who was influenced by T-Bone and is featured on four tracks from m1954 - all new to reissue and all excellent. Tenor sax on the McKinley sides is by Ernest Cotton who is featured on a rare vocal on the stop-time Empty Bed and shows that he was also a fine vocalist. There are two excellent sides by Harold Burrage with a fine band including Lee Cooper, Lafayette Leake & Willie Dixon. Dennis "Long Man" Binder provides the album title and is featured on four excellent titles with stellar guitar work from either "Guitar Red" or Jody Williams. Distinctive vocalist Arbee Stidham is featured on three tracks with guitar accompaniments from Earl Hooker and Lefty Bates. The set is rounded out with tracks from Jack Cooley, Eddie Ware, Cliff Butler and Edward Gates White. Sound quality from original master tapes is superb and there are detailed notes by Bill Dahl. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 202 It Takes Two - Dynamic Duos Of The Rock & Roll Era ● CD $22.98
3 CD, 75 tracks, highly recommended
Since the beginning of the Rock & Roll era, duos have been firm fixture in the genre-which makes sense, since the roots of Rock & Roll (country, blues, pre- and post- war pop) always highlighted more than a few duos. This three disc collection of duos is interesting because it is compiled from a British point-of-view (by a British label, of course); consequently, a few of the duos in question are U.K. and European bred and may or may not be well known to us colonials. Sure, names like Joy & Dave, Ping Ping & Al Verlane, and Nina & Frederik might be lost on us, but that doesn't make their offerings any less interesting. The compilers also managed to dig up some obscure American acts as well; for every Everly Brothers, Jan & Dean, Mickey & Sylvia, Shirley & Lee, and Ferrante & Teicher (!), there's an Eddy & Teddy, Chuck & Betty, The Duals, and Cornbread & Jerry. So, a varied collection with some pop, country, R&B, and rock 'n' roll is what has been presented to us to enjoy. And one can certainly enjoy cuts like Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford's I'm Coming Home to Stay, The Kalin Twin's Sweet Sugar Lips, Gene & Eunice's This is My Story, and Travis & Bob's Baby Stay Close to Me. For historians, there's early tracks from future stars Skip Batten (later of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers), Doug Kershaw, Simon & Garfunkel (as Tom & Jerry), and the Addrisi Brothers. In short, there's much to savor and discover here so have at it! (GMC)
THE ADDRISI BROTHERS: It's Love/ ALFI & HARRY: The Trouble With Harry/ LAVERN BAKER & JIMMY RICKS: You're The Boss/ THE BENTLEY BROTHERS: Ma, She's Making Eyes At Me/ BILLY & EDDIE: The King Is Coming Back/ BILLY & LILLIE: Bells, Bells, Bells/ THE BLUE DIAMONDS: I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles/ BOB & EARL: That's My Desire/ THE BROOK BROTHERS: Look For A Star/ CHUCK & BETTY: Sissy Britches/ CINDY & LINDY: The Language Of Love/ CORNBREAD & JERRY: Lil' Ole Me/ BING CROSBY & GRACE KELLY: True Love/ THE DAVISON BROTHERS: Journey Of Love/ DERRICK & PATSY: Housewife's Choice/ DICK & DEE DEE: Tell Me/ DON & JUAN: Two Fools Are We/ LONNIE DONEGAN & MAX MILLER: Tit-Bits/ THE DUALS: Cruising/ EDDY & TEDDY: Star-Crossed Lovers/ ELAINE & DEREK: Wooden Heart/ LEE & JAY ELVIN: So The Story Goes/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Memories Are Made Of This/ FERRANTE & TEICHER: Goodbye Again/ DON GARDNER & DEE DEE FORD: I'm Coming Home To Stay/ GENE & EUNICE: This Is My Story/ GINO & GINA: Pretty Baby/ ROBIN HALL & JIMMIE MACGREGOR: Football Crazy/ HIGGS & WILSON: Manny, Oh/ HUEY & JERRY: Little Chicken Wah Wah/ THE JACKSON BROTHERS: Tell Him No/ ETTA JAMES & HARVEY FUQUA: If I Can't Have You/ JAN & DEAN: Heart & Soul/ JAN & KJELD: Oh Mein Papa/ JEANNE & JANIE: Under Your Spell Again/ JOE & EDDIE: And I Believed/ JOHNNIE & JOE: Over The Mountain, Across The Sea/ TEDDY JOHNSON & PEARL CARR: How Wonderful To Know/ JOY & DAVE: Joe's Been A-Gittin' There/ THE KALIN TWINS: Sweet Sugar Lips/ BILL & BRETT LANDIS: Baby Talk/ THE LINDYS: Train Of Love/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: I Wish It Had Been A Dream/ MARVIN & JOHNNY: Cherry Pie/ OSCAR MCLOLLIE & JEANETTE BAKER: Hey Boy - Hey Girl/ MICKEY & KITTY: Buttercup/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: Bewildered/ MIKI & GRIFF: Don't Read The Letter/ THE MOST BROTHERS: Whole Lotta Woman/ NINA & FREDERIK: Listen To The Ocean/ PATIENCE & PRUDENCE: Dreamers' Bay/ PAUL PETERSEN & SHELLEY FABARES: Very Unlikely/ PING PING & AL VERLANE: Sucu Sucu/ LOUIS PRIMA & KEELY SMITH: That Old Black Magic/ MARVIN RAINWATER & CONNIE FRANCIS: The Majesty Of Love/ RONALD & RUBY: Lollipop/ ROY & MILLIE: We'll Meet/ RUSTY & DOUG: I Like You (Like This)/ BOBBY RYDELL & CHUBBY CHECKER: Swingin' Together/ SANTO & JOHNNY: Tear Drop/ SHIRLEY & LEE: That's What I Wanna Do/ SKIP & FLIP: Fancy Nancy/ THE SNAPPERS: Big Bill/ APRIL STEVENS & NINO TEMPO: Sweet & Lovely/ THE TEEN QUEENS: Rock Everybody/ ART & DOTTY TODD: Chanson D'Amour/ TOM & JERRY: Hey, Schoolgirl/ TONY & JOE: The Freeze/ TRAVIS & BOB: Baby Stay Close To Me/ IKE & TINA TURNER: It's Gonna Work Out Fine/ THE VALENTINES: Hey Ruby/ DINAH WASHINGTON & BROOK BENTON: Baby, You Got What It Takes/ THE WILBURN BROTHERS: Trouble's Back In Town/ JACKIE WILSON & LINDA HOPKINS: I Found Love/ TIMI YURO & JOHNNIE RAY: I Believe

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 62015 The Deesu Records Story ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 36 tracks, 94 mins, very highly recommended
Deesu Records was a fantastic label out of New Orleans with no less than Allen Toussaint at the helm (with business partner Marshall E. Sehorn, a former promo guy for New York's Fire and Fury record labels). Around 1965, after the two of them had successfully produced some of Lee Dorsey's early (and best) hits for the Amy label out of New York, Toussaint and Sehom started up the Sansu label, and then Deesu records. Deesu produced a wide range of Rhythm & Blues based music, from the sweet Soul of Maurice Williams with or without The Zodiacs with tracks like Being Without You, and This Feeling, to the hard Funk of Mama Said We Can't Get Married by Warren Lee (Lee gets a meaty six tracks on this, but "Mama Said." is the Funkiest). The great Wilbert Harrison is here for a couple tracks, as is the very cool Willie West who graces this collection with no less than six. Then there's Eldridge Holmes (check out his superb take on the Don and Juan chestnut What's Your Name?), Daisy Burris, Diamond Joe, and Joe Haywood, all with that sound of New Orleans R&B weaving its way throughout. Deep notes by Bill Dahl are the cherry on top. This one is a winner that you don't want to miss. (JM)
DAISY BURRIS: Four Strong Winds/ In Love To Stay/ DIAMOND JOE: Look Way Back/ The A.B.C. Song/ WILBERT HARRISON: Clementine/ Sentimental Journey/ JOE HAYWOOD: Sadie Mae/ Say You Will/ ELDRIDGE HOLMES: A Love Problem/ If I Were A Carpenter/ Lovely Woman/ No Substitute/ Now, That I've Lost You/ The Book/ What's Your Name/ Where Is Love/ WARREN LEE: A Lady/ Climb the Ladder/ Ever Since I've Been Loving You/ Mama Said We Can't Get Married/ Star Revue/ Waiting For a Bus (To Go Home)/ WILLIE WEST: Baby, Baby I Love You/ Did You Have Fun/ Face the Music/ Greatest Love/ Hello Mama/ Keep You Mine/ MAURICE WILLIAMS: Baby, Baby/ Being Without You/ Don't Be Half Safe/ How To Pick a Winner/ Oo Poo Pah Do, Pt. 1/ THE ZODIACS: Don't Ever Leave Me/ May I/ This Feeling

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Hi-Lo 1401 Lost R&B Shouters, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.25
24 tracks, highly recommended
A terrific collection of urban blues from the late 40s/ early 50s featuring those powerful big voiced singers we call "blues shouters." Most of the artists here are very obscure and only made a handful of sides and many tracks here are making their first appearance on CD. The most familiar names here are Piney Brown and "Rubberlegs" Williams who are here with some fine tracks and the rest of the artists are equally good including Ray Snead, The Chocolateers, Al Bias (his song Bad Pecker is obviously about a bird!), Sharkey Hall (the delightfully titled Barrel Of Snakes), Leroy Johnson, King Perry (some always timely medical advice Vaccinate Me Baby), Cliff Bivins, Mr. Blues Carson, Pedro Johnson & His Orch. and others. Accompaniments range from rhythm sections to bands with saxes and other brass instruments. Sound quality from these rare 78s is superb and while there are no notes there is discographical information, though, unfortunately many of the excellent musicians featured are unknown. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 420 Brent - Superb 60s Soul Sounds ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Brent Records (1959-1967) was one of many labels set up by legendary producer/entrepreneur Bob Shad. Run out of New York, Brent managed to release material from Los Angeles, Detroit, Miami, and Phoenix as well as from the Big Apple. Mostly known as a pop label, this collection focuses on the R&B sides that were issued between 1961 and 1967-by the likes of The Moovers (I Love You Baby), Brenton Wood (the exquisite I Want Love), Linda Lyndell, Clarence Hill, and Bertha Tillman-through Brent and two of Shad's other labels, Time and Mainstream. Brenton Wood is probably the best known artist represented here, and although his hits - The Oogum Boogum Song and Gimme Little Sign-came later from another label, his handful of tracks here prove he had hit potential from the start. There's other strong talent here-The Moovers, Tillman, Ronnie White, and Lyndell to name a few-that make this a worthy collection of obscure 60's R&B. Includes a dozen previously unissued sides and many more new to CD (GMC)
LEWIS CLARK: I Need You, Baby/ DAVE CRAWFORD: Millionaire/ Praying For The Rain To Come/ MARVEL HARRELL: Don't Play With My Heart/ CLARENCE HILL: A Lot Of Lovin' Goin' Round/ JUNE JACKSON & THE JACKELS: Port Of Happiness/ LAURA JOHNSON: Wondering If You Miss Me/ MARVA JOSIE: Later For You, Baby/ CARL LESTER & THE SHOW STOPPERS: Don't You Know That I Believe/ THE LOVELLS: Here Come The Heartaches/ LINDA LYNDELL: My Man, He's A Loving Man/ Pretty Boy/ THE MOOVERS: I Love You, Baby/ One Little Dance/ BERTHA TILLMAN: Someone (Who Needs You Like I Do)/ JEANNIE TREVOR: Tinklin' Bells/ You Did It Before Aka You Did It For Me/ VARETTA & THE THOMASES: Fly By Night/ RONNIE WHITE: Begging You/ Got To Give You Up/ CLYDE WILSON: Go To Him/ BRENTON WOOD: Cross The Bridge/ I Want Love/ JULIUS WRIGHT: I Pray That Things Will Change

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 256 The Sky Is Crying - The Fire Records Story ● CD $11.98
2 CD, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Formed by legendary entrepreneur Bobby Robinson, Fire was the sister label to Fury Records. Appropriately, the set kicks off with the label's most prestigious singer, Elmore James, and his classic The Sky is Crying. James (well represented by other tracks like Stranger Blues/ Bobby's Rock, and Rollin' and Tumblin') is not the only blues artist given an airing here; there's also cuts from Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Buster Brown. Fire also recorded more than its' fair share of R&B performers: Tarheel Slim & Little Ann, Wild Jimmy Spruill, Bobby Marchan, Johnny Acey, Mary Ann Fisher, Earl Lewis & the Channels, and Billy Lewis to name a few. The material on display here is excellent: from The Upsetters Jaywalking to Mighty Joe Young's Why Baby, the songs offer endless listening pleasure. This is truly one of the more engaging One Day label collections. (GMC)
ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: Dig Myself A Hole/ JOHNNY ACEY: Please Don't Go/ Why/ CHUCK BRADFORD: You're Going To Miss Me (When I'm Gone)/ BUSTER BROWN: Fannie Mae/ I Get The Blues When It Rains/ Sincerely/ The Madison Shuffle/ JOHNNY CHEF: Can't Stop Moving/ ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: Katie Mae/ Mean Old Frisco/ Rock Me Mama/ DR. HORSE: Jack, That Cat Was Clean/ MARY ANN FISHER: Put On My Shoes/ Wild As You Can Be/ DON GARDNER & DEE DEE FORD: I Need Your Loving/ THE GAY POPPERS: I've Got It/ You Got Me Up Tight/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Glory Be/ ELMORE JAMES: Bobby's Rock/ Rollin' And Tumblin'/ Stranger Blues/ The Sky Is Crying/ BILLY LEWIS: Heart Trouble/ EARL LEWIS & THE CHANNELS: My Heart Is Sad/ The Girl Next Door/ BOBBY MARCHAN: Snoopin' And Accusin'/ There's Something On Your Mind (Part 1)/ There's Something On Your Mind (Part 2)/ This Is The Life/ LINDA MARTELL & THE ANGLOS: A Little Tear (Was Falling From My Eyes)/ PAUL PERRYMAN: Keep A' Calling/ Look At My Baby/ THE RAINBOWS: Evening/ Mary Lee/ ROCKIN' BRADLEY: Lookout/ RIFF RUFFIN: All My Life/ WILD JIMMY SPRUILL: Hard Grind/ Kansas City March/ TARHEEL SLIM & LITTLE ANN: Anything For You/ Can't Stay Away (Part 1)/ It's Too Late/ Lock Me In Your Heart/ THE TELLERS: I Wanna Run To You/ Tears Fell From My Eyes/ THE UPSETTERS: Jaywalking/ VINNEY & KENNY: Who Is The Girl/ VINNY & KENNY: School Time/ MIGHTY JOE YOUNG: Empty Arms/ Why Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rockbeat 3254 Super Rare Electric Blues: 60s Era ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific set of great electric blues rarities - mostly from the 60s along with some from the 50s. Includes tracks not previously reissued on CD as well as many hard to find on CD. The emphasis is on tracks featuring hot guitar and it doesn't get much hotter than Sly Williams' Boot Hill with a guitar solo that will peel the paint off your walls and the flip I Believe InA Woman is almost as tough. There are a fair number of great blues guitar instrumentals including three by Ike Turner - two of them under his alter ego of Icky Renrut. There are more instrumentals from the great New York guitarist Jimmy Spruill (one under his own name and one with The Charlie Lucas Combo), the superb and influential West Coast guitarist Lafayette (who also sings on the superb Weekly Blues), The Rocking Brothers (hot group with Johnny Guitar Watson on guitar who also appears on Floyd Dixon's Let's Go Smitty), Earl Hooker, two instrumentals from the Johnny Otis Orch. featuring stellar guitar from Pete Guitar Lewis and others. On the vocal side we have fine sides from Juke Boy Bonner, Guitar Tommy Moore, Bob Reed (a fine version of Howling Wolf's I'm Leaving You), Johnny Morisette, Willie Cobbs, Little Miss Janice (superb bluesy gospel from 14 year old vocalist accompanying herself with very funky guitar), G."Davy" Crockett, Prince Charles, JImmy Witherspoon (his unexpected but very effective cover of the rock 'n' roll hit Endless Sleep) and lots more. Superb sound and brief introductory notes from compiler James Austin. (FS)
HENRY ARTIS & THE NITEHAWKS: I've Got the Blues So Bad/ JUKE BOY BONNER: Rock with Me Baby/ LONNIE BROOKS: Mr. Hot Shot/ CLAUDE AND THE HIGHTONES: High Sailing/ WILLIE COBBS: You Don't Love Me/ G.L. CROCKETT: Did You Ever Love Somebody/ LARRY DALE: Midnight Hours/ FLOYD DIXON WITH JOHNNY "GUITAR" WATSON: Let's Go Smitty/ CLIFF DRIVER & THE DRIVERS: Changing Times/ THE EGYPTIANS: Party Stomp/ JOHN FRED & HIS PLAYBOY BAND: Boogie Children/ GUITAR CRUSHER WITH JIMMY SPRUILL ORCH.: Since My Baby Hit the Numbers/ GUITAR SHORTY: Ways of a Man/ BUDDY GUY & HIS BAND: This Is the End/ You Sure Can't Do/ EARL HOOKER: Wild Moments/ MUVVA "GUITAR" HUBBARD AND THE STOMPERS: Congo Mombo/ BOBO JENKINS: Nothing but Love/ GUS JENKINS AND ORCHESTRA: Tricky/ THE KING CASUALS WITH JOHNNY JONES: Blues for the Brothers/ JOE LIGGINS & HIS HONEYDRIPPERS: In the Wee Wee Hours/ LITTLE MISS JANICE: Scarred Knees/ CHARLIE LUCAS COMBO: Walkin'/ TOMMY MOORE: I Ain't Botherin' Nobody/ Your Car Machine/ JOHNNY MORRISETTE: Brick/ JIMMY MULLINS: Pleadin' Mercy Baby/ JOHNNY OTIS ORCH. WITH PETE "GUITAR" LEWIS: Midnight in the Barrel House/ JOHNNNY OTIS. ORCH W. PETE "GUITAR" LEWIS: One Nighter Blues/ PIANO SLIM: Squeezing/ THE POOR BOYS: Washboard [Take 1]/ PRINCE CHARLES: Come On Home/ BOB REED AND HIS BAND: I'm Leaving You/ ICKY RENRUT: Ho Ho/ Jack Rabbit/ THE ROCKING BROTHERS: Behind the Sun/ BENNY SHARP & HIS ORCHESTRA: St. Louis Sunset Twist/ GEORGE SMITH: All Last Night/ WILD JIMMY SPRUILL: Hard Grind/ FLASH TERRY: She's My Baby/ LAFAYETTE THOMAS: Cockroach Run/ Lafayette's A-Coming/ The Thing/ Weekly Blues/ IKE TURNER: Cubano Jump/ SLY WILLIAMS: Boot Hill/ I Believe in a Woman/ HOMESICK JAMES WILLIAMSON: Set a Date/ ARTIE WILSON: Tarzan/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Endless Sleep

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Spin 101 Early R&B Divas, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
Here's a whole mess of rare Rhythm & Blues tracks making their first ever appearance on CD. Some of my favorites here include Red Hot Feeling by Sax Kari & His Ballin' The Blues Band (dig those Island rhythms), Alright Baby by Lovey Lewis and the Johnny Otis Orchestra (Johnny Otis sure had a flair for finding great vocalists), and Ain't Gonna Waste No Tears On You (you tell him girl!) by Melrose Colbert and The Middletones with the Freddy Johnson Orch. Other artists include Gladys Bentley, Three B's And A Honey, Mona Holmes, Gloria Shannon and more. All tracks recorded between 1945 - 1956, for such labels as Savoy, Excelsior, Red Robin, Acme, Sultan, Old Town, Abbey, Duke, etc. (JM)
BABY DEE & HER ORCH.: It Feels So Doggone Good/ Like He's Never Loved Me Before/ GLADYS BENTLEY QUINTETTE: Boogie'n My Woogie/ GLADYS BRUCE WITH JIMMY MUNDY ORCH.: The Right Kind Of Feeling (For The Wrong Kind Of Man)/ MELROSE COLBERT & MIDDLETONES WITH FREDDY JOHNSO: Ain't Gonna Waste No Tears On You/ BONITA COLE WITH PRESTON ALEXANDER'S ORCH.: Bonita's Boogie/ BIXIE CRAWFORD WITH ERNIE FREEMAN ORCH.: How Big A Fool (Can You Be)/ FLORENCE FARRELL WITH OWEN KELLY ORCH.: New Man Blues/ JOHNNIE FELTON & ORCH.: That's All Baby/ HELEN FOSTER & CHAPTERS: They Tell Me/ SANDRA GRIMES & ORCH.: Be Good To Yourself/ NELLIE HILL & BEN SMITH QUARTET: Don't Worry Me No More/ MONA HOLMES WITH BEN SMITH QUARTET: Love's Misery/ JEWYL LANG WITH JOHNNY FELTON ORCH.: Barber Jim/ Oh! Yes He Does/ LOVEY LEWIS AND JOHNNY OTIS ORCH.: Alright Baby/ ROSE MARIE MCCOY WITH GEORGE KELLY ORCH.: Georgie Boy Blues/ SAX KARI & HIS BALLIN' THE BLUES BAND: Red Hot Feeling/ GLORIA SHANNON WITH GOO GOO HUTCHINSON ORCH.: Station Blues/ GLORIA SHANNON WITH GOO GOO HUTCHINSON & HIS OR: You're Playin' With Trouble When You Play With My Man/ EFFIE SMITH & SQUIRES: Guiding Angel/ GLORIA SMITH WITH CHEROKEE BAND: Low Down Man/ THREE B'S AND A HONEY (VCL. VONNE DUBARR: Grieving For You/ PAUL WILLIAMS & HIS ORCH.: Hard Working Woman

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Spin 102 Early R&B Divas, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 66 mins, highly recommended
More rare R&B lovelies from the likes of Jewell King, Effie Smith, Kitty White (Ooh-Wee indeed!), Linda Hopkins, Kay Thomas, Hattie Green, and many more. Again, with a good many of the tracks making their compact disk debut. The first cut on here sounds a bit scratchy, but don't let that scare you off, many of these are pulled off of rare 78s, so there is occasional surface noise, but most are crisp and clear with a fantastic sound throughout. Overall, I liked this volume in the series best of the two so far, with many of the tracks being a bit more raucous, which I like, so let's hope that is good sign for additional quality volumes in the series. (JM)
PATTY ANN WITH MAXWELL DAVIS ALL-STARS: The River/ BABY DEE: I Cried The Last Time/ BARBARA BLACK: Ring-Aling-Aling/ DORIS BROWNE WITH DOC BAGBY ORCH.: Am I Asking Too Much?/ TEDDY BUNN'S GROUP (VCL. MONETTE MOORE): Ee-Bobaliba/ DOROTHEA FLEMING WITH DANNY SMALL ORCH.: I'm Glad You're Leaving Me/ BARBARA GALE: So Long Good-Bye Joe/ JEWELL GILBERT WITH MAC MCCRAY'S BAND: Mad Nervous Woman/ HATTIE GREEN: Green Light Baby/ CLAUDE HOPKINS QUARTET (VCL. RENA COLLINS): Low Gravy/ LINDA HOPKINS WITH RED CALLENDER ORCH.: Get Off My Wagon/ JEWEL KING: Don't Marry Too Soon/ LITTLE MISS CORNSHUCKS & HER ALL STARS: Waiting In Vain/ ROSE MARIE MCCOY WITH GEORGE KELLY ORCH.: Cheating Blues/ LA MELLE PRINCE WITH MAXWELL DAVIS BAND: Phone Me Blues/ JOAN SHAW WITH BLUES EXPRESS ORCH.: Do What You Want With Me/ EFFIE SMITH & JOHNNY CRINER: Mambo Blues/ EFFIE SMITH & THE SWINGMEN: Don't 'Cha Love Me?/ KAY THOMAS WITH MAXWELL DAVIS & ORCH.: Love Poisoned/ HELEN THOMPSON: All By Myself/ KITTY WHITE WITH ORCH.: Ooh-Wee/ JO WILLETTE: Don't Touch Me/ LOUISE WILLIAMS: I Don't Dig That At All/ PAUL WILLIAMS & HIS ORCH.: Young Man Blues

 
PHILLIP WALKER Floating World 6173 The Bottom Of The Top/ Someday You'll Have These Blues ● CD $16.98
20 tracks, very highly recommended
The first two albums by this superb West Coast bluesman, previously available on Hightone are combined on this CD. "Bottom" was first issued in 1973 and is, in many ways, his best album with his strongest and most assured singing and expressive guitar playing including some dazzling fleet fingered work which in spite of speed is always in good taste. The songs were recorded over a 3 year period and are tremendously varied with several fine originals including the wonderful loping Louisiana rocker Hello My Darling and the fine soulful ballad It's All In Your Mind. His covers include the familiar Tin Pan Alley which sounds fresh in his hands, a gorgeous version of Lightnin' Hopkins' Hello Central with solo guitar accompaniment only and fine versions of Long John Hunter's Crazy Girl (with some of his most fiery guitar) and Jimmy Johnson's The Bottom Of The Top. There is even a remarkably effective blues drenched version of Buck Owens' country classic Crying Time. "Someday," was originally issued in 1977 on Joliet and some years later on Alligator and is another winner. Phillip is accompanied by various top notch Southern California musicians on 10 songs recorded at various sessions in 1975 and '76. Most of the songs were written by Phillip and/or David Amy and/or Dennis Walker and include the hard driving title song, the intense Beaumont Blues, the unxecpected gospel song When It Needs Getting Done with vocal backup by The Melody Kings and the wonderfully swinging If We Can Find It. The two covers - Breakin' Up Somebody's Home and Part Time Love are give excellent rendering - particularly the latter. Phillips became a much loved performer on the blues circuit over the next three decades up to his death in 2010 at the age of 73. He made a number of very fine albums but these first two are, I believe, his finest. (FS)

 
ROBERT WARD Black Top 1123 Black Bottom ● CD $15.98 $7.98
Last few copies. The third Black Top album from this fine artist is another selection of blues flavored soul and soul flavored blues - many of them original compositions. Robert is in fine form with powerful vocals and lots of his dynamic and distinctive Magnatone guitar work with accompaniments by a solid band. Includes Lonely Man/ Soul Stroll/ Beyond This Planet/ Yonder Goes My Baby/ Help The Needy, etc.

 
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON BGO BGOCD 603 Down And Out Blues/ In Memorium* ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, essential
24 tracks by one of the greatest of Chicago bluesmen recorded for Checker between 1955 and 1965. The first 12 tracks were issued on the 1959 LP "Down & Out Blues" and the latter 12 were on 1964's "Real Folk Blues" which was issued in the U.K. shortly after his death as "In Memorium" (sic). If you don't already have these great sides this is a must featuring Sonny Boy's great vocals and harmonica on his wonderfully inventive songs like Don't Start Me To Talkin'/ The Key (To You Door)/ Fattening Frogs For Snakes/ 99/ One Way Out/ Checkin' Up On My baby/ Bring It On Home/ Dissatisfied/ Too Old To Think and more. He is accompanied by the likes of Otis Spann, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Lockwood Jr., Willie Dixon, Fred Below, Luther Tucker and others. Superb sound and booklet includes original LP notes plus new notes by Tony Russell. (FS)
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: 99/ All My Love In Vain/ Bring It On Home/ Checkin' Up On My Baby/ Cross My Heart/ Dissatisfied/ Dissatisfied/ Don't Start Me To Talkin'/ Down Child/ Fattening Frogs For Snakes/ Got To Move/ I Don't Know/ Keep It To Yourself/ Let Me Explain/ One Way Out/ Peach Tree/ Sad To Be Alone/ That's All I Want/ The Key (To Your Door)/ Too Old To Think/ Too Young To Die/ Trust My Baby/ Wake Up Baby/ Your Funeral And My Trial

 

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