LATEST ADDITIONS  09/28/2016

CALENDAR
CLASSIC BLUES ARTWORK FROM THE 1920S - 2017 Calendar

MAGAZINES
UGLY THINGS #41
UGLY THINGS #42

COMPACT DISCS
ARTHUR ALEXANDER

RICHARD BARRETT
NAPPY BROWN
RUTH BROWN
ROY BUCHANAN
BENNY CARTER
SAM COOKE
ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP

DARBY & TARLTON
MELVIN ENDSLEY
DON GIBSON
BUDDY HOLLY
ELMORE JAMES
MICKEY KATZ
IRY LEJEUNE
LITTLE WALTER
LULU BELLE & SCOTTY
MICKEY & SYLVIA
WILSON PICKETT
GEORGE "HARMONICA" SMITH
VARIOUS ARTISTS
SLIM WHITMAN
FOY WILLING & THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE
JOHNNY WINTER

 

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

CALENDAR

 

CLASSIC BLUES ARTWORK FROM THE 1920S - 2017 Calendar Blues Images 217 ● CALENDAR $21.98
Due later this week. Once again, ace collector John Tefteller has delved into his treasure trove of rare artwork and rare pre war blues records to bring us another amazing calendar/ CD combination. Like last year's calendar the CD has been remastered by the new technology developed for the TV series "American Epic" and if you have last year's calendar you will know that the recordings have a never before heard clarity and depth that blows away any previous remastering of these titles. The 32 page calendar features 12"x12" ads (from original artwork) for records by artists like Garfield Akers, Memphis Minnie, Charley Patton, Skip James, Joe Williams, Blind Willie Johnson and others along with a great rare photo of Big Bill Broonzy. The calendar also includes small reproductions of other ads, sample song lyrics, brief biographies and birth and death dates for many blues artists. The accompanying 23 track CD featuring all the records advertised in the full sized ads as well as both sides of a newly discovered Big Bill Broonzy 78 from 1930 that has never been reissued before. The bonus tracks include the flip sides of some of the 78s in the calndar along with great and rare sides by Blind Gussie Nesbitt, Blind Leroy Garnett, Blind Joe Reynolds and Ishman Bracey. Beacuse of the high cost of the new remastering, the calendar/ CD set has gone up in price but if last year's calendar is anything to go by it will be well worth it and I will be able to confirm that once I get a copy in my hands! (FS)
GARFIELD AKERS: Cottonfield Blues, Part I and Part II/ ISHMAN BRACEY: Suit Case Full Of Blues/ Woman Woman Blues/ JED DAVENPORT: How Long How Long Blues/ BLIND LEROY GARNETT: Chain 'Em Down/ Louisiana Glide/ SKIP JAMES: Illinois Blues/ Yola My Blues Away/ BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON: Let Your Light Shine On Me/ BIG BILL JOHNSON (BROONZY): I Can't Be Satisfied/ The Western Blues/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: I'm Talking About You/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Bumble Bee/ THE MOBILE STRUGGLERS: Fattenin' Frogs/ Memphis Blues/ BLIND GUSSIE NESBITT: I'll Just Wring My Hands And Cry/ Motherless Children/ FRANK PALMES: Ain't Gonna Lay My 'Ligion Down (Take 2)/ CHARLEY PATTON: I'm Goin' Home/ Lord I'm Discouraged/ BLIND JOE REYNOLDS: Nehi Blues/ Outside Woman Blues/ JOE WILLIAMS: Mr. Devil Blues

   

MAGAZINES

 
UGLY THINGS #41 ● BOOK $9.98
160 pages, highly recommended
We are carrying Ugly Things again; we just missed them too much not to bring them back. So this issue, #41, is from the beginning of 2016, and #42 came out a couple months ago. This issue includes a big interview with John Sebastian about the formation and early years of The Lovin' Spoonful, a tribute to David Bowie, the continuing chronicles of Cyril Jordan of the Flamin' Groovies, interviews with Elliott Murphy, Lemmy from Motorhead, and the legendary Moulty from Nuggets greats, The Barbarians. That and much more great Folk, Garage, Punk, Psych, etc., artists that you have never heard of but will want to check out , artists you do know, but will learn something new about them. All of that plus tons of record, book, and DVD reviews and much more, Ugly Things is simply one of the best written magazines of the last 20 years, and every issue is worth picking up. (JM)

 
UGLY THINGS #42 ● BOOK $9.98
152 pages, highly recommended
Here's another great issue from the premier purveyors of retro cool. This time you get a big interview with Paul Samwell-Smith about his time in The Yardbirds; a great article on one of the most under-rated Punk bands, The Weirdos; a fascinating article on Custom Fidelity Records, the L.A. based record pressing company that so many legendary private pressings of the 1960s and 1970s were done. From High School Folkies to swinging chiropractors, Hall of Fame legends to obscure Garage Rockers, you never know what might pop up in the pages of an Ugly Things; you just know it won't be boring. There's all of that goodness and so much more. (JM)

   

COMPACT DISCS

 
ARTHUR ALEXANDER Jasmine 941 Lay Down Your Arms ● CD $15.98
27 tracks, very highly recommended
The name Arthur Alexander looms large among R&B and Soul fans; although he had some hits in the early 60's, remains rather obscure to mainstream music fans. But his influence among British Invasion bands (both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones cut his songs) is well documented and his talent is undisputed. He didn't record much and the first chapter in his career-when he was with Dot Records during the early to mid 60s--is fairly well covered on this collection. Of course, the songs that matter-"You Better Move On", "Anna", "A Shot of Rhythm and Blues"-are included, as well as the rest of his Dot singles, complete with B-sides. From his debut 45 "Sally Sue Brown" (billed as June Alexander) in 1960 to a cover of Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away" from his sole Dot album You Better Move On, Alexander's country inflected vocal delivery was unique in the R&B world and makes his recording output unusual for a black performer. Arthur Alexander is one of those R&B singers that should be better known than he is; this collection, containing his seminal work, should be required listening for all serious Soul music fans. (GMC)
ARTHUR ALEXANDER: A Thousand Stars/ A?Hundred Pounds Of Clay/ A?Shot Of Rhythm And Blues/ Anna (Go To Him)/ Baby, Baby/ Don't Break The Heart That Loves You/ Dream Girl/ Funny How Time Slips Away/ Go Home Girl/ Hey! Baby/ I Hang My Head And Cry/ I?Wonder Where You Are Tonight/ Keep Her Guessin'/ Love Letters/ Love Me Warm And Tender/ Lover Please/ Pretty Girls Everywhere/ Sally Sue Brown/ Soldier Of Love/ The Girl That Radiates That Charm/ The Wanderer/ Where Did Sally Go/ Where Have You Been/ You Better Move On (Lp Version)/ You Better Move On (Single Version)/ You're The Reason/ Young World

 
RICHARD BARRETT Jasmine 950 The Richard Barrett Story - Searching For A Hit 1954-62 ● CD $14.98
31 tracks, recommended
Richard Barrett is best known as a mover and shaker in the R&B business from the 1950s to 1970s being involved with or discovering Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, The Chantels, Little Anthony & The Imperial, The Three Degrees and others but this disc features his recordings as a vocalist. The first 15 tracks feature him as a member of fine New York vocal group The Valentines (these tracks are also on Jasmine 229 - Doo Wop Across America) and the rest of the disc feature his solo recordings featuring him trying a variety of R&B styles - most of them self composed. Three of these tracks feature him backed by Chantels and are among the best of his solo recordings. In 1960 he recorded the Ray Charles influenced Some Other Guy which he co-wrote with Leiber & Stoller. Though it didn't hit as record the money came rolling in when it was covered by The Beatles and other British groups. An enjoyable collection though not particularly memorable. (FS)

 
NAPPY BROWN Jasmine 3069 Down In The Alley - The Complete Savoy Singles, 1954-62 ● CD $19.98
Two CDs, 54 tracks, very highly recommended
A most welcome release - with Nappy's Savoy two CD set long out of print this is the most comprehensive available of the classic Savoy recordings made by this fine big voiced blues shouter and soul music pioneer between 1954 and 1962. A mixture of straight blues, blues ballads and rocking R&B. Nappy's distinctive voice is accompanied by top New York session musicians - Sam Taylor/ ts, Al Sears/ ts, Mickey Baker/ g, Sam Price/ p, Panama Francis/ d and others. Selections include his big hits Don't Be Angry/ Pitter Patter/ It Don't Hurt No More and I Cried Like A Baby, his version of the old blues standard Night Time Is The Right TimeThat Man, the rock-a-ballad I Wonder, the blues track Two Faced Woman, the pop-sounding and self-penned Land I Love, the jump tune Open Up That Door, the tortured I Want to Live and lots more. Great music, superb sound, informative notes by Bob Fisher and full discographical info. (FS)
NAPPY BROWN: A Long Time/ Allright Now/ Am I/ Any Time Is The Right Time/ Apple Of My Eye/ Baby I Got News For You/ Baby-Cry-Cry-Cry-Baby/ Bye Bye Baby/ Coal Miner/ Didn't You Know/ Don't Be Angry (1955 Version)/ Don't Be Angry (1961 Version)/ Dood'll I Love You/ Down In The Alley/ For Those Who Love/ Give Me Your Love/ Goody-Goody-Gum Drop/ Hoonie-Boonie/ I Cried Like A Baby/ I Wonder (What's Wrong With Me)/ I'm Getting Lonesome/ I'm Gonna Get You (Get You Someday)/ I'm In The Mood/ I've Had My Fun/ If You Need Some Lovin'/ Is It Really You/ Is It True, Is It True/ It Don't Hurt No More/ Just A Little Love/ Little By Little/ Love, Baby/ My Baby/ My Baby Knows/ Nobody Can Say/ Oh You Don't Know/ Open Up That Door (And Walk Right In My Heart)/ Pitter Patter/ Pleasin' You/ Pretty Girl (Yea-Yea-Yea)/ Sittin' In The Dark/ Skidy Woe/ So Deep/ So Glad I Don't Have To Cry No More/ That Man/ The Hole I'm In/ The Lock On The Door/ The Right Time/ There'll Come A Day/ This Is My Confession/ Too Shy/ Two Faced Woman And A Lying Man/ Well, Well, Well, Baby-La/ What's Come Over You Baby/ You're Going To Need Someone

 
RUTH BROWN Jasmine 3076 Say It Again ● CD $15.98
28 tracks, strongly recommended
Complementing Jasmine 3022 ("Taking Care Of Business") which focused on the 1950s career of this great R&B singer, this volume features Ruth's some of Ruth's early 60s recordings. The first 19 tracks cover the period 1960 to 1962 and includes her last Atlantic sides before moving on to the Phillips where she waw produced by Shelby Singleton. There are several fine singles including a fine cover of Martha Carson's gospel classic "Satisfied" and her LP "Along Comes Ruth" which finds her covering classic R&B songs from the 50s including Bobby Bland's Cry Cry Cry, Chuck Willis' s It's Too Late, Phil Phillips' Sea Of Love - all given excellent treatments. It also included an updated version of her own Mama, He Treats Your Daughte Mean which was issued as a single and became a minor hit. The nine bonus tracks include several early Atlantic sides not featured on Jasmine's previous collection including her two part classic from 1949 I'll Get Along Somehow plus five live performaces from a 1955 where she does fine performances of several of her big hits. (FS)

 
ROY BUCHANAN Jasmine 3058 The Genius Of The Guitar - His Early Recordings ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 44 tracks, 107 mins, strongly recommended
Roy Buchanan could make a good song great, and he could make a mediocre song dynamic, at least when his guitar breaks come in. This collection almost suffers from Buchanan's diverse career as a side man, he was always great, but, unfortunately, some of the artists he played with, not so much. Still, I know there are a lot of Roy Buchanan fans out there that are dying to check this collection out, and the good tracks by far out way the clunkers. Highlights include all six of the Dale Hawkins tracks, two tracks with Merle Kilgore, then pretty much all of CD two which features killer tracks credited to just Buchanan like Mule Train Stomp/ Pretty Please/ Whiskers, and After Hours. Then many of the tracks with Freddy Cannon, and also a couple of great tunes credited to Bobby & The Temps - The Shuffle, and Mary Lou from a rare 1963 45 release. Two lousy tracks by Danny and the Juniors do there best to ruin the end of CD two, but make sure you plow through them for the last track on the collection; Potato Peeler by Bobby Gregg is worth the wait. (JM)
BOBBY & THE TEMPS: Mary Lou/ The Shuffle/ CODY BRENNAN & THE TEMPS: Am I The One/ Ruby Baby/ Shake The Hand Of A Fool/ ROY BUCHANAN: After Hours/ Mule Train Stomp/ Pretty Please/ Whiskers/ FREDDY CANNON: Blue Skies/ My Blue Heaven/ Teen Queen Of The Week/ The Blacksmith Blues/ Wild Guy/ PAUL CURRY: Honeysuckle Rose/ Route 66/ DANNY AND THE JUNIORS: The Twist-Mother's Club Twist/ When The Saints Go Twistin' In/ BOBBY GREGG: Potato Peeler/ The Jam Part One/ The Jam Part Two/ DALE HAWKINS: Grandma's House/ I Want To Love You/ My Babe/ Someday One Day/ Take My Heart/ Wild, Wild World/ JERRY HAWKINS: Cha Cha Chu/ I Got A Heart/ Lonely Nights/ Lucky Johnny/ Need Your Lovin'/ Swing Daddy Swing/ MERLE KILGORE: I Take A Trip To The Moon/ It'll Be My First Time/ ALIS LESLEY: He Will Come Back To Me/ BOB LUMAN: Buttercup/ Class Of 59/ Dreamy Doll/ My Baby Walks All Over Me/ PERRY MATES: Gotta Go/ The Kick Step/ THE SECRETS: Hot Toddy/ Twin Exhaust

 
BENNY CARTER JSP 6702 With The Chocolate Dandies & Mezz Mezzrow & His Orch. ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Originally issued in 1991 as JSP 331. 24 swinging tunes from 1933 and '34 featuring this great alto saxist trumpeter and occasional vocalist with his own Orchestra and with The Chocolate Dandies and Mezz Mezzrow & His Orchestra. Carter wrote, scored and played downtempo, elegant pieces, hot jazz, and complex big band arrangements, lending all a gorgeous, lush sound. Other musicians include Wilbur de Paris, Chu Berry, Max Kaminsky, Teddy Wilson, J.C. Higginbotham, Sid Catlett, Pops Foster, John Kirby and others. Impeccably remastered by John R.T. Davies with informative notes by Hugh Palmer. (FS)

 
SAM COOKE Acrobat 3168 The Complete Solo Singles As & Bs, 1957-1962 ● CD $16.98
2 CDs, 58 tracks, 143 mins, very highly recommended
I am very happily keeping a copy of this collection for myself, for why wouldn't you want a collection of Sam Cooke's complete singles from 1957-62? This is just some of the greatest Soul/ Pop music ever recorded. You get all of those legendary A sides like Wonderful/ You Send Me/ Only Sixteen/ Chain Gang/ Wonderful World/ Cupid, etc. Then those B sides have all kinds of magic in them as well, like one of the best versions ever of Summertime, which was originally the flip of You Send Me. Sometimes the B side was the bigger hit, like Lonely Island, the B side of You Were Made for Me, both great songs but the B charted a bit higher. Then there's Having a Party, a huge hit of its own and only slightly behind the A side, Bring It on Home to Me, on the charts of 1962. The only down side on any of these tracks for me is that some of the early 1960s tracks go a bit overboard on the lush orchestration, but Sam Cooke was great no matter what was backing him on any record. Fantastic sound throughout and solid notes put the cherry on top. So if you don't have a great Sam Cooke collection, then you certainly need this one. (JM)
SAM COOKE: (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons/ All Of My Life/ Almost In Your Arms (Love Song From Houseboat)/ Along The Navajo Trail/ Blue Moon/ Bring It On Home To Me/ Chain Gang/ Cupid/ Desire Me/ Ee-Yi-Ee-Yi-Oh/ Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha/ Farewell, My Darling/ Feel It/ Forever/ Happy In Love/ Having A Party/ I Belong To Your Heart/ I Don't Want To Cry/ I Fall In Love Every Day/ I Need You Now/ I Thank God/ I'll Come Running Back To You/ If You Were The Only Girl/ It's All Right/ Just For You/ Let's Go Steady Again/ Little Things You Do/ Lonely Island/ Lovable/ Love Me/ Love You Most Of All/ Made For Me/ Mary, Mary Lou/ No One (Can Ever Take Your Place)/ Nothing Can Change This Love/ One Hour Ahead Of The Posse/ One More Time/ Only Sixteen/ Sad Mood/ So Glamorous/ Somebody Have Mercy/ Steal Away/ Stealing Kisses/ Summertime (Part 1)/ Summertime (Part 2)/ T'Aint Nobody's Bizness/ Teenage Sonata/ That's All I Need To Know/ That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin' On/ There, I've Said It Again/ Twistin' The Night Away/ What Do You Say/ Win Your Love For Me/ With You/ Wonderful World/ You Send Me/ You Understand Me/ You Were Made For Me

 
ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP Bear Family BCD 17352 A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw ● CD $159.98
Five CDs, 124 tracks, essential especially if you don't have the Acrobat set
A few months ago I reviewed a four CD, 94 track collection on Acrobat featuring a broad cross section of the recordings of the great and influential bluesman Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup made between 1941 and 1962 and now Bear Family have upped the ante with this five CD set with 124 tracks packed in an LP sized box with a 72 page hard cover book. Unlike the Acrobat the tracks here were taken from original masters wherever possible and the sound is superior. This set also includes a number of songs not on the Acrobat set (some previously unissued) as well as 15 alternate takes (many previously unissued). Crudup was a lovely singer with a distinctive high and very expressive voice. Although a somewhat limited guitarist his accompaniments are highly appropriate to the songs and on most of these recordings he is usually accompanied by string bass or drums. As a songwriter he was outstanding with interesting lyrics and infectious melodies. Songs like Death Valley Blues/ Mean Ol' Frisco/ Rock Me Mama/ Who's Been Foolin' You/ / So Glad You're Mine/ That's All Right & I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole (all here) have become blues standards and among others were a big influences on the young Elvis Presley. Other great songs include Standing At My Window/ 32-20 Blues (very different to the usual version)/ Cool Disposition/ Ethel Mae/ I Want My Lovin'/ Crudup's Vicksburg Blues/ Mean Old Santa Fe/ Goin' Back To Georgia and others. In 1952 he made recordings for Checker (issued as Percy Lee Crudup - his son who plays harmonica on the session!), Trumpet (as Elmer James with Sonny Boy Williamson and Joe Willie Wilkins) and Champion (as Arthur "Blues" Crump - an extremely rare release). He returned to RCA for two more sessions with a small band in 1953 and 1954 before dropping out of sight until recording for Fire in 1962 and this set ends with his rare Fire LP as well as originally unissued songs from the session where he is accompanied by bass and drums doing fine versions of some of his most famous songs. The book has a newly researched biography by Bil Dahl and a lot of photos though only a few of the photos are of Crudup - many of them are of Chicago in the era that Crudup was active and of some of his contemporaries. There are also about a dozen photos of reels of recording tape or tape boxes from Crudup sessions, which, in all honesty, seem to me to be padding. The main reason to get this set, if you already have the Acrobat, would be for the additional songs (the alternate takes are usually not significantly different) and the superior sound. One annoying feature of this box is the frequent inclusion of the engineer calling out the take number before a song - really unnecesarry. As for the enigmatic album title - Elvis once said " .. if ever I get to the place I could feel all old Arthur felt, I'd be a music man like nobody ever saw.." (FS)

 
DARBY & TARLTON Bear Family BCD 15764 Complete Recordings** ● CD $89.98
3 CDs, 71 tracks, 3 hrs, 48 min; essential
Due to the technology that has given us compact discs, we are now able to listen to one of the finest and most influential traditional country duos from the early years country music history in this country, with sound quality that we could only have dreamed of a few short years ago. Thomas Darby and Jimmy Tarlton were the originators of the oft recorded and incredibly popular Columbus Stockade Blues; their recordings for Columbia, Victor, and A.R.C. from 1927 to 1933 made them among the most popular of the traditional country acts recording at that time, and their influence since then has been immense. Jimmy Tarlton is credited with introducing the steel guitar to hillbilly musicand was a great yodeler; his style seems derived in about equal parts from Hawaiian steel guitar styles and those of black country blues artists. Tom Darby was rhythm guitarist and an appealing singer whose lead vocals featured his melancholy delivery of the duo's repertoire, which consisted of sntimental parlor songs from before the turn of the century, traditional Appalachian folk ballads, and rags and blues from the black tradition. Selections include, in addition to the classic Columbus Stockade Blues/ After The Ball/ Traveling Yodel Blues/ Frankie Dean (their take on the Frankie and Johnny saga)/ Weaver's Blues/ My Blue Heaven(!), and many more. Includes a 48 page booklet with an exhaustive biography by Ed Kahn, along with notes on each song, and a discography compiled by Tony Russell, and lots of vintage photos. (RP)

 
MELVIN ENDSLEY Bear Family BCD 15595 I Like Your Kind Of Love** ● CD $21.98
29 tracks, very highly recommended
Years ago Bear reissued the complete RCA recordings of Endsley, the gifted singer-songwriter who created such country classics as Singing the Blues and Knee Deep In the Blues for Marty Robbins, and Why I'm Walkin' for Stonewall Jackson. This CD reissue adds to excellent RCA tracks like I Like Your Kind of Love, I Got A Feelin', Lovin' On My Mind and Let's Fall Out of Love plus Endsley's complete MGM and Hickory recordings for a total of 29 tracks. Among the six MGM sides are his version of Don Gibson's I'll Get Even With You and his own Let Me Sing the Blues Just One More Time. The eight Hickory songs make this the definitive document of a brilliant singer- composer who triumphed in the face of polio and though he had no hits as a singer, Endsley was far more vocally talented than some singers who went further. Recorded with neutral, country-pop Nashville Sound production, ably backed by everyone from Chet and Hank Garland and Grady Martin to (on one session) L.A. guitar whiz Jimmy Bryant. Endsley deserved greater success, and this set proves why. Complete notes by Colin Escott. (RK)

 
DON GIBSON Acrobat 3166 The Complete Singles As & Bs, 1952-1962 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 58 tracks, very highly recommended
A few years ago Jasmine released a 46 track collection of Don Gibson covering the years 1955 through 1962. This set adds 12 tracks and start the story in 1952. These 12 tracks recorded for Columbia between 1952 find Gibson performing a decent selection of honky tonk country with few tracks really standing out so if you already have the Jasmine then you probably don't really need this one. By the time he joined MGM he had started writing his own material and the quality of his recordings picked up significantly - his second MGM release was the fabulous Sweet Dreams - a song that became his first country hit and one that has been recorded by hundreds of artists in almost every musical style. In 1957 he he moved to RCA where under the guidance of Chet Atkins he was to have an enviable string of hits in both the country and pop charts. Gibson always epitomized the positive aspects of the late 50s/ early 60s "Nashville Sound." He and producer Atkins (whose stinging lead guitar graces much of the RCA material here) achieved a sound that flattered Gibson's voice without fiddles and steel and led to his music being called country soul. All the great RCA hits are here starting with the incredible double sided Oh Lonesome Me/ I Can't Stop Loving You - both sides reaching the country and pop charts. Other classics include Blue Blue Day/ Look Who's Blue/ Lonesome Old House/ Just One Time/ Sea Of Heartbreak, a remake of Sweet Dreams and more - all written by Gibson. And manyof the flipsides are almost as good - Too Soon To Know (a Gibson original, not the Orioles standard)/ I Couldn't Care Less/ Legend In My Time (not a hit for Gibson but since recorded my many artists)/The Same Street and others. Gibson's music neatly straddled the line between country and pop without ever becoming schlocky. Sound quality is excellent and booklet has informative notes by Paul Watts and full discographical info. (FS)
DON GIBSON: A Legend In My Time/ A Stranger To Me/ Ah-Ha/ Baby We're Really In Love/ Big Hearted Me/ Blue Blue Day/ Don't Tell Me Your Troubles/ Everything Turns Out For The Best/ Far, Far Away/ Give Myself A Party/ Heartbreak Avenue/ I Ain't Gonna Waste My Time/ I Ain't Studyin' You Baby/ I Believed In You/ I Can Mend Your Broken Heart/ I Can't Leave/ I Can't Stop Lovin' You/ I Couldn't Care Less/ I Just Love The Way You Tell A Lie/ I Let Her Get Lonely/ I Love You Still/ I May Never Get To Heaven/ I Must Forget You/ I Think It's Best (To Forget Me)/ I'm Gonna Fool Everybody/ I'm Movin' On/ Ice Cold Heart/ It Happens Every Time/ Just One Time/ Just Walkin' In The Moonlight/ Let Me Stay In Your Arms/ Lonesome Number One/ Lonesome Old House/ Look Who's Blue/ Many Times I've Waited For You/ No Shoulder To Cry On/ Oh Lonesome Me/ Road Of Life Alone/ Run Boy/ Same Old Trouble/ Sample Kisses/ Sea Of Heartbreak/ Selfish With Your Kisses/ Sitting Here Crying/ So How Come (No One Loves Me)/ Sweet Dreams/ Symptoms Of Love/ The Same Street/ The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise/ Too Soon To Know/ Waitin' Down The Road/ We're Steppin' Out Tonight/ What A Fool I Was/ What About Me/ Who Cares/ You Cast Me Out/ You're The Only One For Me

 
BUDDY HOLLY Geffen 11675-02 Down The Line - Rarities** ● CD $29.98
Two CDs, 59 tracks, essential
This two CD set with 59 songs features some of Buddy's most obscure recordings - mostly previously known only to diehard Holly collectors. Many of the songs have appeared before but usually with overdubs by The Fireballs but all the recordings here are in their original undubbed versions. It opens with a 1949 home recording of 13 year old Buddy doing Hank Snow's My Two Timin' Woman - his voice is unbroken but he already shows assuredness in his guitar playing and it ends with a version of The Coasters' Smokey Joe's Cafe with Buddy accompanying himself on electric guitar with lots of tremolo recorded at his New York apartment only a month before his tragic death. Along the way we hear early country duets with Bob Montgomery (some appearing in undubbed form for the first time ever), the four cuts recorded in Fort Wichita in December 1955 that were used as demos that led to his signing with Decca. We also have the session held in the Holley family garage in late 1956 where he and Jerry Allison work their way through a selection of some of the big rock 'n' roll and R&B hits of the day. From his hit making period we have magnificent undubbed versions of several songs that had vocal choruses added for their original release like Last Night/ Oh Boy! and Think It Over, the incredible alternate take of Peggy Sue and all the recordings made by Buddy with acoustic or electric guitar in his apartment in December 1958 and January 1959 including the six original songs by Buddy that might have made it to a future release had he lived and show to me that he had not abandoned rock 'n' roll as some have suggested. It also includes his call outs to Bob Thiele and Murray Deutsch of Decca done to the tune of That'll Be The Day with Buddy and The Crickets cracking up at the absurdity. Even if you have the European releases of much of this material the sound quality here from original sources is superior - in some cases, significantly so. Set is in a fold out digipack with rare photos, notes by Bill Dahl and full discographical information. (FS)
* = undubbed version BUDDY HOLLY: My Two Timin' Woman*/ Footprints In The Snow*/ Flower Of My Heart*/ Door To My Heart*/ Soft Place In My Heart*/ Gotta Get You Near Me Blues*/ I Gambled My Heart*/ You And I Are Through*/ Down The Line*/ Baby Let's Play House*/ Moonlight Baby*/ I Guess I Was Just A Fool*/ Don't Come Back Knockin'*/ Love Me*/ Gone*/ Gone (Undubbed Version Alternate Take)/ Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue) (Undubbed Version Alternate Take)/ Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)*/ Brown Eyed Handsome Man*/ Good Rockin' Tonight*/ Rip It Up*/ Blue Monday*/ Honky Tonk*/ Blue Suede Shoes*/ Shake Rattle And Roll(Partial)*/ Bo Diddley*/ Ain't Got No Home*/ Holly Hop*/ Last Night*/ Not Fade Away (Partial Alternate Overdub)/ Peggy Sue (Alternate)/ Oh Boy!*/ That's My Desire (Two False Starts Plus Undubbed Master)/ Take Your Time (False Start & Partially Undubbed Take)/ Fool's Paradise (Alternate Take)*/ Fool's Paradise (Master)*/ Fool's Paradise (Aternate Take #2)*/ Think It Over (False Start & Rehearsal Take - Take 1)/ Think It Over (Undubbed Alternate Take 2)/ Think It Over (Undubbed Master Take 3)/ Love's Made A Fool Of You*/ That'll Be The Day [Greetings To Bob Thiele]/ That'll Be The Day [Greetings To Murray Deutsch]/ That's What They Say (Undubbed Version With Fragment)/ What To Do*/ Peggy Sue Got Married*/ That Makes It Tough*/ Crying, Waiting, Hoping*/ Learning The Game [undubbed]/ Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie*/ Slippin' And Slidin' (Slow Version #1)*/ Slippin' And Slidin' (Album Version(/ Slippin' And Slidin' (Fast Version)*/ Buddy & Maria Elena Talking In Apartment*/ Dearest (Fragment)*/ Dearest/ Untitled Instrumental (aka: Buddy's Guitar/listed as "Tremolo Instrumental")*/ Love Is Strange*/ Smokey Joe's Cafe*

 
ELMORE JAMES Great American Music 215 The Best Of Elmore James, Vol. 2 ● CD $15.98 $10.98
18 track collection from this blues giant featuring a selection of his great Chief and Fire/ Fury sides - Coming Home (one of my all time favorites)/ Elmore's Contribution To Jazz/ Knocking At Your Door/ Early One Morning/ Bleeding Heart/ I Can't Stop Loving My Baby, etc.

 
MICKEY KATZ Jasmine 825 Strictly Kosher - The Singles Collection, 1950-1962 ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 56 tracks, 146 mins, recommended
Legendary musical comedian, father of actor Joel Grey and grandfather of actress Jennifer Grey, Mickey Katz isn't so well known nowadays, but he was certainly a unique performer well worth checking out. Katz was a fine mix of Spike Jones and Sholem Aleichem, with big doses of Zero Mostel and Benny Goodman (Katz's main instrument was the clarinet) as well. Katz did a lot of silly songs in the Spike Jones vein, but his true specialty was doing Yiddish infused versions of popular songs of the day. So you get songs like Yiddish Mule Train/ Borscht Riders In the Sky/ I'm A Schlemiel Of Fortune/ The Poiple Kishke Eater/ Knish Doctor, etc. Lots of fun, we all could use a little Mickey Katz in our lives. If you want a collection of Katz classics, this would certainly be the one to get, with almost two and a half hours of his classic recordings, done from 1950-1962, with great sound throughout. (JM)
MICKEY KATZ & HIS ORCHESTRA: A Schmo Is A Schmo (A Guy Is A Guy)/ Bagel Call Rag (Bugle Call Rag)/ Borscht Riders In The Sky (Ghost Riders In The Sky)/ Ces-Tzi-Bon (C'est Si Bon)/ Come On-A My House/ Don't Let The Schmaltz Get In Your Eyes (Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Ey/ Doodle-Doodle-Doo/ Downtown Strutters Ball (Darktown Strutters Ball)/ Duvid Crockett (The Ballad Of Davy Crockett)/ Feet Up, Pat Him On The Pipick (Feet Up, Pat Him On The Po-Po)/ Frailach Jamboree/ Geshray De Vilde Kochke (The Cry Of The Wild Goose)/ Haim Afen Range (Home On The Range)/ Happy Pay-Off Day (Happy Pay Day)/ Hermendel's Koch-A-Lein (Hernando's Hideaway)/ Herring Boats (Shrimp Boats)/ Hey! Jealous Lover/ I'm A Schlemiel Of Fortune (Wheel Of Fortune)/ K'nock Around The Clock (We're Gonna Rock Around The Clock)/ Keneh Hora/ Kiss Of Meyer (Kiss Of Fire)/ Knish Doctor (Witch Doctor)/ Music! Music! Music!/ Nature Bocher (Nature Boy)/ Nudnik, The Flying Schissel/ Paisach In Portugal (April In Portugal)/ Patcha-Me (Botch-A-Me)/ Roiselle From Texas (The Yellow Rose Of Texas)/ Schvitzburgh, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)/ She'll Be Coming Round The Catskills (She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain)/ Shleppin' My Baby Back Home (Walkin' My Baby Back Home)/ Sin (It's No Sin)/ Sixteen Tons/ Sound Off/ Sweet And Gentle/ That Pickle In The Window (How Much Is That Doggie In The Window)/ That's Morris (That's Amore)/ The Baby, The Bubbe And You (Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo)/ The Barber Of Schlemiel/ The Challe Twist/ The Family Danced/ The Little White Knish That Cried (The Little White Cloud That Cried)/ The Litvak Square Dance (Instrumental)/ The Poiple Kishke Eater (The Purple People Eater)/ The Wedding Samba/ There's A Hole In The Iron Curtain/ Tickle Kitzel (Tico Tico)/ Tiger Rag (Instrumental)/ Tweedlee-Dee/ Where Is My Pants? (Where Is Your Heart?)/ Why Don't You Believe Me/ Wild Corsets (Wild Horses)/ Yiddish Mule Train/ Yiddishe Mambo/ You Belong To Me?/ You're A Doity Dog (Hound Dog)

 
IRY LEJEUNE Ace CDCHD 428 Cajun's Greatest - The Definitive Collection** ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, essential
At last, the glory and power of one of Cajun music's greatest and most influential performers heard without the bad sound and dubbed in bass that has dogged its U.S. issues for years. Born in 1928 to a musical family in Church Point, La., Iry's poor eyesight led him to perfect his skill on the accordion. The accordion and Cajun culture were at a low ebb, until, in 1948, Iry recorded Love Bridge Waltz & Evangeline Special with a voice so crying and soulful and an accordion so compelling and raunchy that the Cajuns realized that their music was indeed special and unique, worthy of preservation. For songs like Grande Nuit Special/ La Valse De Bayou Chene/ Bayou Pon Pon Specia & Grande Bosco could only come from one of their's, and they responded with an affection that has outlasted Iry's untimely death in 1955. While the sound is still funky, the music has such stunning power that one cries out for more than these 25 gems this man left us with. Essential. (JM)

 
LITTLE WALTER Delmark 648 The Blues World Of Little Walter** ● CD $10.98
13 tracks, 38 minutes, essential
This disc is short but oh so sweet! The first 8 tracks are from a January 1950 session cut for Monroe Passis's label Parkway in Chicago which is one of the most exciting of all blues sessions. It featured members of the Muddy Waters band of the time - Little Walter, Baby Face Leroy Foster, Jimmy Rogers and Muddy himself who was under contract to Aristocrat at the time. The group sound like they might have had a nip or two before the session and the result is a loose, exciting, urban but primitive sound with the group frequently yelling out words of encouragement to each other. The highlight of this session is the incredible two part reworking of the Mississippi blues standard Rolling & Tumbling - in the first part Baby Face takes the lead vocal with the rest of the group singing behind him and in the second part the whole group chant wordlessly producing a ferociously original sound that will not leave you unmoved. Little Walter was still finding his sound as a harmonica player and on three tracks he plays some uniquely distinctive guitar which indicates that if he had not concentrated on the harp he would have been a guitarist to reckon with. Digitally remastered from the original sources the sound on these tracks is the best it's ever been. The remaining tracks are gilding on the lily featuring 3 fine J.B. Lenoir performances cut from JOB with Snnyland Slim and two tracks by the ubiquitous Sunnyland Slim in great form with some beautiful guitar work by Robert Lockwood. The disc comes with informative notes by Jim O'Neal. This is one release that you owe it to yourself to hear! (FS)
J.B. LENOIR: I Wanna Play A Little While/ Louise/ People Are Meddilin' In Our Affairs/ LITTLE WALTER & BABYFACE LEROY: Bad Acting Woman/ Boll Weevil/ I Just Keep Loving Her/ Moonshine Blues/ Muskadine Blues/ Red Headed Woman/ Rollin' And Tumblin' (part 1)/ Rollin' And Tumblin' (part 2)/ SUNNYLAND SLIM: I Done You Wrong/ Low Down Sunnyland Train

 
LULU BELLE & SCOTTY B.A.C.M. 535 Volume 2 ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, strongly recommended
Complementing B.A.C.M. 330 this is a second collection of sides by this fine duo who were one of the most popular acts on WLS and the National Barn Dance. This set includes their first recording from 1946 of the Scotty Wiseman composition Have I Told You Lately That I Love You which became a country standards and has been recorded by hundreds of artists in a number of genres. Several other songs here are Wiseman originals including Saturday Nite Waltz/ Lonesome Whippoorwill/ Honey Bunch and others including the topical I'm No Communist with some lines that sound like they come from a Donald Trump speech. Other songs include Grandpa's Getting Younger Every Day/ You Go To Your Church And I'll Go To Mine/ All Nite Long/ Wishin'/ Imagination/ Hang Out The Front Door Key, etc. Arrangements are a mix of bluegrass and honky tonk. Excellent sound an dinformative notes from Don Cusic. (FS)
LULU BELLE & SCOTTY: A-Round the Corner Behind The Berry Bush/ All Nite Long/ Any Old Time/ Chick-Chicka-Chicken/ Companyís Cominí/ From Jerusalem To Jericho/ Grandpaís Getting Younger Evíry Day/ Hang Out The Front Door Key/ Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/ Honey Bunch/ I Get A Kick Out Of Corn/ Imagination/ In The Heart Of A Fool/ Iím No Communist/ Lonesome Whippoorwill/ Now We'll Waltz/ Saturday Nite Waltz/ Spanish Fandango/ Tenderly He Watches/ The Old Time Bible/ Tied Down/ Truly I Love You/ When They Ring the Golden Bells/ Wishiní/ You Go To Your Church And Iíll go To Mine

 
MICKEY & SYLVIA Hoodoo 263546 New Sounds ● CD $14.98

24 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
Mickey & Sylvia certainly recorded some of the most charming records of their time, their playful interactions and beautiful harmonies, plus Mickeyís fantastic guitar playing made them down right irresistible. This is a re-issue of Mickey & Sylviaís classic 1957 ďNew Soundsď album, with 12 bonus tracks recorded from 1955-1960. Highlights on this fine collection include Love Will Make You Fail In School/ Who Knows Why?/ Where Is My Honey/ There Oughta Be A Law, and many more. The bonus tracks also make sure to include Love is Strange, just in case you didnít have it. Also worth noting is their take on Gonna Work out Fine that stands up right next to Ike & Tinaís version. Special treat for you guitar aficionados, check out tracks like Shake It Up and Where Is My Honey, and tell me that isnít some of the hottest guitar pickiní of any Rhythm & Blues recordings from the 1950s. Another special treat for comedy fans is the great track Love Lessons written by Nipsy Russell! This CD also includes solid liner notes with lots of great pictures, reproductions of concert posters, record labels, and other ephemeral from M&Sís classic years. (JM)
MICKEY & SYLVIA: A New Idea On Love/ Forever And A Day/ Gonna Work Out Fine/ I'm Going Home/ I'm So Glad/ I've Got A Feeling/ In My Heart/ It's You I Love/ Love Is Strange/ Love Lesson/ Love Will Make You Fail In School/ No Good Lover/ Oh Yeah! Uh Huh/ Peace Of Mind/ Rise Sally Rise/ Say The Word/ Se De Boom Run Dun/ Seems Like Just Yesterday/ Shake It Up/ There Oughta Be A Law/ There'll Be No Backin' Out/ Too Much Weight/ Where Is My Honey/ Who Knows Why?

 
WILSON PICKETT Real Gone 487 The Complete Atlantic Singles, Vol. 1 - Land Of 1000 Dances ● CD $17.98
22 tracks, essential (with reasons)
Upstart Real Gone label has so far made a niche for themselves as a re-issue label specializing in rare and forgotten R&B and Pop. However, as Wilson Pickett isn't exactly lacking for compilations of his Atlantic years, one might question the reasoning behind releasing this set, even if, as a follow up to their 2015 release "Mr. Magic Man: The Complete RCA Studio Recordings," (Real Gone 384 - $22.98) it seems logical. After all, Rhino has issued at least four different Pickett compilations that each might be considered definitive. What makes this set stand out from the rest is-according to the liner notes-this is "the first of three volumes that will chronicle, for the very first time, every single released by Wilson Pickett at Atlantic Records between 1964 and 1973 in its original 45 RPM mix." Now, to the layman R&B fan, this information may not mean very much, but to diehard fans and collectors this development is huge-original mono mixes of these songs are hard to come by, and to have them all on a series of CDs is not something to be taken lightly. Kicking off with the first two Atlantic 45 false starts - I'm Gonna Cry b/w For Better or Worse, and the Bert Berns-produced Come Home Baby b/w Take a Little Love - the set quickly moves into the big guns: In the Midnight Hour/ Don't Fight It/ 634-5789/ Ninety-Nine and Half/ Land of 1000 Dances/ Mustang Sally/ Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, and I Found a Love, complete with their respective B-Sides. Of course the A-Sides are unbeatable classics, but the B-Sides are equally strong, whether it's the Cropper/ Pickett slow burns of I'm Not Tired/ It's All Over, and That's a Man's Way, or the playfulness of You're So Fine and Three Time Loser. And the mono mixes of the songs sound amazing - much richer and full-bodied than the stereo versions I've heard. Honestly, anyone that already owns a good Pickett compilation should seriously consider picking this one up because these mono versions are simply revelatory. (GMC)

 
GEORGE "HARMONICA" SMITH Ace CDCHD 337 Harmonica Ace - The Modern Masters** ● CD $18.98
19 tracks, highly recommended
CD update of Ace LP 60, showcasing the Modern Records output by this great Little Walter-influenced harpman. George, also known as "Harmonica" Smith, has been revered for decades by Los Angeles bluesmen, and his hard-blowing style lives on in the work of William Clarke, Rod Piazza and others. Smith's dues were paid alongside Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Jack Dupree, Big Mama Thornton and others, and by the time he made these sides (1955/6) he was at his peak. Listen to the superb instrumental Blues In The Dark, his signature Oopin' Doopin', the driving beat of California Blues and more for proof. 19 cuts, including newly discovered masters and alternates. (MB)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1475 Some Kinda Magic: The Songs Of Jerry Ross ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
During the 50's and 60's, Philadelphia was a hot bed of musical activity thanks to local labels like Swan and Cameo-Parkway; there's a reason that "American Bandstand," that legendary national music and dancing TV showcase, originally originated from there. And Jerry Ross was one of Philly's big guns; as a writer/producer, his fingers were all over many great records - some hits, some not. This collection is a sampling of some of Ross's best songs recorded by some top talent: Dee Dee Warwick, Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler, and Bobby Hebb to name a few. Covering the years 1962 to 1971 (but mostly sticking to the mid 60's), the highlights include Warwick's 1966 original version of I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (co-written with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, it was a pop hit for Diana Ross & the Supremes & the Temptations in 1968), Hebb's Love Love Love (a U.K. hit in 1972), Chubby Checker proving there's life after the Twist on 1964's You Better Believe it Baby , Northern Ireland's Margo & the Marvettes' brassy rendition of When Love Slips Away (first cut by Dee Dee Warwick), Jerry Butler wrapping his golden tonsils around the title track (appearing for the first time on CD), The Showstoppers' insanely catchy Eeny Meeny from 1968 (it wasn't a hit, but should have been), Dusty Springfield doing her thing on Mr. Dream Merchant , and Keith's hopeful I Can't Go Wrong . Although the quality of material dips slightly toward the end, this latest entry in Ace's Songwriters Series collection of CDs can proudly stand alongside previous entries. (GMC)
JERRY BUTLER: Some Kinda Magic/ CANDY & THE KISSES: The 81/ CHUBBY CHECKER: You Better Believe It Baby/ THE DREAMLOVERS: These Will Be the Good Old Days/ SANDY EDMONDS: Daylight Savin' Time/ CHARLIE GRACIE: He'll Never Love You Like I Do/ BOBBY HEBB: Love Love Love/ WILLIE HOBBS: You Don't Know What You Got Till You Lose It/ JIMMY JAMES: Help Yourself (To All My Lovin')/ JAY & THE TECHNIQUES: Are You Ready for This/ JOEY & THE FLIPS: The Beachcomber/ KEITH: I Can't Go Wrong/ MARGO & THE MARVETTES: When Love Slips Away/ LES MCCANN LTD.: Bucket O' Grease/ THE MODERN INK SPOTS: Together (In Your Arms)/ REPARATA & THE DELRONS: Who Do You Love/ THE SAPPHIRES: I've Got Mine, You Better Get Yours/ DEE DEE SHARP: He's No Ordinary Guy/ THE SHOWSTOPPERS: Eeny Meeny/ THE SIDEKICKS: You Gave Me Somebody to Love/ DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: Mr Dream Merchant/ DEE DEE WARWICK: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me/ APRIL YOUNG: (Will You Be My) Steady Boyfriend/ THE YUM YUMS: Gonna Be a Big Thing

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Archeophone 8001 Attractive Hebrews - The Lambert Yiddish Cylinders ● CD $14.98
20 tracks, 49 mins, essential
Another groundbreaking release from Archeophone, this incredible release features the earliest existing recordings of Yiddish music anywhere in the world. Issued between 1901 and 1905 on colorful cylinders by the small Chicago company Lambert. The 20 tracks here are all that have been found of the 48 cylinders originally issued. These releases were listed in a Lambert catalog as "Attractive Hebrew Selections" - hence the album title. The material includes songs from Yiddish operas, street corner ballads, cantorial hymns, folk songs and witty comments on life in the New World by the immigrants fleeing persecution in Europe. The singers, all accompanied by piano, include William Nemrell, Kalman Juvelier, Solomon Smulewitz and others - some of them stars of the burgeoning Yiddish theater in New York. These remarkable recordings raise a number of questions - why did a small Chicago company who hadn't released any recordings of other ethnic groups issue these recordings? And why was it all New York artists, when there was an equally active Yiddish scene in Chicago? Thanks to detective work, probable answers to these and other questions are presented in the 56 page booklet by co-producer Henry Sapoznik. This booklet also includes a background to the music and the recording business of the time, profiles of the performers and songwriters and detailed discussions of many of the songs and lyric transcriptions complete with invaluable English translations. Sound quality on these 110 plus year old recordings is astonishing thanks to the superb restoration and remastering by Archeophone co-owner Richard Martin - every word comes through with clarity. A beautiful and indispensible collection. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 534 Custom Made Hillbilly, Vol. 9 ● CD $14.98
29 tracks, strongly recommended
Another fine and varied collection of sides from country hopefuls who recorded in the Starday studios or had Starday produce their self recorded songs. All tracks on this volume are from 1960 and most appeared on the Dixie label. The set opens with the fine country weeper I'm Missing YOU by Eddie Raynolds backed by a rocker on the popular topic of flying saucers What Was It with some hot guitar. Gene Mills sounds like 40s era Hank Snow and his Yodlin Chime Bells features some impressive yodeling. Hoyt & Jo Webb's Don't Wake Me Up I'm Dreamin' is a fine rocker that sounds like it was recorded in someone's bathroom and features some fine guitar work. The Rogers Brothers & Tennessee Partners give us two fine bluegrass numbers - one vocal and one instrumental. Henry McPeake has two excellent honky tonkers accompanied by a terrific band. Other artists include The LOve Brothers, Romeo Sullivan, Dee JOhnson, The Davis Brothers, Dottie Swan and others. Excellent sound and informative notes by Phil Tricker giving us what little information is known on the artists. (FS)
JOHNNY CLAYTON: Never Again ( Will Love Knock on My Door)/ THE DAVIS BROS. (HERBY & J. C.): More In The Man/ When The Family Was Young/ SINGING TEX GAWRYLUK: Iíve Shed A Million Tears/ DEE JOHNSON: Back In Your Arms Again/ Youíre Number One/ BOB KINNEY: Itíll Never Be the same/ THE LOVE BROTHERS: Baby Iíll Never Let You Go/ One Time Love Affair/ HENRY MCPEAKE: When You Kissed Me/ I Overheard You Talking/ GENE MILLS: Nickels Worth Of Dreams/ Yodliní Chime Bells (sic)/ RED MOORE & HIS RHYTHM DRIFTERS: Crawdad Hole/ Iíll Miss You When Youíre Gone/ EDDIE REYNOLDS: I'm Missing You/ What Was It/ THE ROGERS BROS. & TENNESSEE PARTNERS: I Donít Worry About You Anymore/ Lost Creek Breakdown/ ROMEO SULLIVAN & THE SERENADERS: Haunting Rhythm/ What Will I Tell My Friends When they Call/ DOTTIE SWAN: Blue News/ HOYT & JO WEBB: Donít Wake Me Iím Dreaming/ Richer Than A Millionaire/ BOB WELLER & WILL COFFMANíS NIGHT RIDERS: Devilís Heart/ Heartaches And Gloom/ E.P. WILLIAMS & THE TUCKER JUNCTION BOYS: A Dream Of Love/ Mystery Of Lady Be Good

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collectors' Choice 2117 Remember Me Baby - Cameo Parkway Vocal Groups Vol. 1 ● CD $13.98 $8.98
This one's a real treat for doo-wop collectors featuring 24 vocal group tracks recorded for Cameo and Parkway between 1959 and 1965 - most making their first appearance on a legitimate CD and mostly drawn from the original master tapes including previously unissued songs by The Dovells and The Tymes. Also includes sides by Rick & The Masters, The Sequins, The Defenders, The Turbans, Impacs, Anglos, Pookie Hudson & The Spaniels, Lee Andrews, The Rays and others. Booklet has detailed notes by Ed Osborne.
LEE ANDREWS: Gee, But I m Lonesome/ THE ANGLOS: Raining Teardrops/ BILLY AND THE ESSENTIALS: Remember Me Baby/ THE DEFENDERS: I Laughed So Hard/ THE DOVELLS: Short On Bread/ THE EXCEPTIONS: Down By The Ocean/ THE EXPRESSIONS: To Cry/ THE GAINORS: You Must Be An Angel/ THE GLEEMS: Sandra Baby/ POOKIE HUDSON AND THE SPANIELS: Turn Out The Lights/ THE IMPACS: Tears In My Heart/ THE LYDELLS: There Goes The Boy/ THE RAYS: Triangle/ RICK AND THE MASTERS: Flame Of Love/ I Don t Want Your Love/ Let It Please Be You/ THE ROOMMATES: A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening/ Sunday Kind Of Love/ THE SEQUINS: The Mountains/ THE SKYLINERS: Everyone But You/ Three Coins In The Fountain/ THE TURBANS: Golden Rings/ When You Dance/ THE TYMES: Did You Ever Get My Letter?

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Excello 2101 Excello R&B Kings Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Another splendid collection of blues from the mighty Excello label and its Nashboro and Nasco subsidiaries recorded between 1951 and 1962 and concentrating on lesser known titles - many not on CD before. This selection is divided between sides recorded in Nashville and by Jay Miller in Crowley, Louisiana. Although Nashboro is best known as a gospel label it also issued some fine urban blues represented here by pianist Sherman "Blues" Johnson and his band and vocalist Jack Cooley. There are four soulful Excello sides by popular Nashville vocalist Larry Birdsong. Although Jay Miller is generally associated with down home blues quite a few of the tracks here are more urban in feel with sides by Vince Monroe, Skinny Dynamo (the less said about his version of Jingle Bells, the better), Sugar & Sweet (a fine Shirley & Lee style duo), fine singer & guitarist Classie Ballou and Tabby Thomas (four sides including his classic Hoodoo Party). Fine music with excellent sound. (FS)
CLASSIE BALLOU: Confusion/ Crazy Mambo/ LARRY BIRDSONG: It Won't Be This Way, Always/ You Won't Be Needin' Me No More/ Pleadin' For Love/ You'll Never Never Know/ JACK COOLEY: Dyna-Flow/ Hear My Story/ It's So Fine/ Tom Tom Boogie/ SKINNY DYNAMO: Jingle Bells/ So Long, So Long/ SLIM HUNT: Lonesome For My Baby/ Welcome Home Baby/ SHERMAN "BLUES" JOHNSON: Back Alley Boogie/ Nashville After Midnight/ VINCE MONROE WITH ERNIE HOLLAND & HIS ORCH.: Give It Up (Or Tell Where It's At)/ If I Had My Life To Live Over/ SUGAR & SWEET: Baby Come Back Home/ I'll Be Good/ TABBY THOMAS: He's Got The Whole World In His Hands/ Hoodoo Party/ Popeye Train/ Roll On Ole Mule

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Excello 2102 Excello R&B Kings Vol. 3 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Another terrific collection of sides from the Excello label along with a few from its little known Nasco and Zil subsidiaries. About half the tracks were recorded in the Nashville and most of the rest at Jay Miller's studio in Crowley plus a couple of tracks by fine Detroit singer and harmonica player Little Sonny leased from Joe Von Battle. The set opens up with the great double sider by Blue Charlie - I'm Gonna Kill That Hen/ Don't Bring No Friend which has been reissued a couple of times before though it's good to hear again and many of the other items here are new to CD. The Miller recorded sides are all excellent - many that disntinctive Miller sound - including sides by Chuck Martin, Classie Ballou, Joe Hudson, Jay Nelson, Eddie Hudson and Lionel Torrence (a couple of hot instrumentals from Miller's studio sx man). The Nashville sides are almost as good with sides by Johnny Angel, Rudy Green (both his sides have fine guitar solos by him), Cliff Butler, Cliff Butler, Jimmie Birdsong (a fine blues ballad), Al Garner and Jimmy Beck & His Orch. Another very worthwhile collection. (FS)
JOHNNY ANGEL: Baby, I'm Confessin'/ I Realize/ CLASSIE BALLOU: Hey! Pardner/ JIMMY BECK & HIS ORCH.: Carnival/ JIMMIE BIRDSONG: It's All Over Now/ BLUE CHARLIE: Don't Bring No Friend/ I'm Gonna Kill That Hen/ CLIFF BUTLER: Lover's Plea/ Shame On You/ AL GARNER: Baby Come Back Home/ Leavin' Tennessee/ RUDY GREEN: Queer Feelin'/ Teeny Weeny Baby/ EDDIE HUDSON: She's Sugar Sweet/ That Long Lost Baby/ JOE HUDSON & HIS ROCKIN' DUKES (VCL. LESTER: Baby Give Me A Chance/ Hoo-Wee Pretty Baby/ LITTLE SONNY: I'll Love You Baby (Until The Day I Die)/ Love Shock/ CHUCK MARTIN: Emma Lee/ Yeah Yeah Yeah!/ JAY NELSON & THE JUMPERS: Sleepy Time Rock/ LIONEL TORRENCE: Flim Flam/ Saka

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Finbarr 13 The Finbarr Rock 'n' Roll Party, Vol. 2 ● CD $12.98
24 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended with reservations
This is one of those compilations that are a lot of fun to listen too, but you're not really sure what the reason was for putting all of these tracks together. There are rare tracks, but also an almost equal amount of easily accessible tracks. Every one of these 24 tracks is a fantastic Rhythm & Blues or Rock & Roll/ Rockabilly cut, it's just depending on how many similar compilations that you might already own as to whether you need to add this one. Some of the more familiar tracks include Bill Haley (& The Comets) take on Skinny Minnie, Slow Down by Larry Williams, Jack Scott's Leroy, and John Zacherle's Dinner With Drac. Lesser known tracks include I Wanna Bop by Billy Harlen, Zing Zing by Art Neville, and Bip Bop Boom by Mickey Hawks. Other worthy inclusions are both sides of Marvin Rainwater's most rockin' single Whole Lotta Woman b/w Baby, Don't Go, Jerry Byrnes shack shaker Lights Out and The Titans' fab take (possibly the best version) on Huey "Piano" Smith's Don't You Just Know It. Before you ask; the first volume of this series sold out before we had a chance to offer it to you, so for now we only have access to volumes 2 onwards. (JM)
RUTH BROWN: This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'/ JERRY BYRNE: Lights Out/ ROY CLARK: Please Mr Mayor/ SANFORD CLARK: Modern Romance/ BILLY "CRASH" CRADDOCK: Poor Little Baby/ FATS DOMINO: Sick & Tired/ JIM FRANCIS & THE MODERNS: Travelin'/ LOU GRAHAM: Wee Willie Brown/ BILL HALEY: Skinny Minnie/ BILLY HARLAN: I Wanna Bop/ DALE HAWKINS: Cross-Ties/ MICKEY HAWKS: Bip Bop Boom/ WARNER MACK: Rock-A-Chicka/ HANK MIZELL: Jungle Rock/ ART NEVILLE: Zing, Zing/ BIG DANNY OLIVER: Sapphire/ MARVIN RAINWATER: Baby, Don't Go/ Whole Lotta Woman/ JACK SCOTT: Leroy/ RED SMILEY: Take A Ride/ THE TITANS: Don't You Just Know It/ LARRY WILLIAMS: Slow Down/ DON WOODY: Barkin' Up The Wrong Tree/ JOHN ZACHERLE: Dinner With Drac

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Finbarr 15 The Finbarr Rock 'n' Roll Party, Vol. 3 ● CD $12.98
24 tracks, 58 mins, highly recommended
The Rock 'N' Roll Party continues, with a collection of tracks this time that are even livelier than the previous batch. On top of that, the track list features a few more rarities than the previous volume. Highlights include The Rockabilly barn burner Rock On by Johnny Rebb & The Rebels, the thrilling guitar heavy rocker Oh My Baby's Gone by Ray Sharpe, the tough as nails Prissy Missy by Dale Mcbride, and the high octane Blast Off by the fantastically named Tyrones. Some lesser known gems from the bigger artists include You Little Baby Faced Thing by Joe Tex, Subway by The Champs, and Boo Hoo Hoo by Little Richard. Cool tracks by the Midnighters, Mac Curtis, Big Al Downing & The Poe Cats, Don & Dewey, Vince Taylor, and many more. (JM)
BILLY ADAMS: You Heard Me Knockin'/ THE BAY BOPS: Follow The Rock/ HAROLD BURRAGE: Betty Jean/ JO ANN CAMPBELL: You' Drivin' Me Mad/ THE CAVALIERS: Dance Dance Dance/ THE CHAMPS: Subway/ MAC CURTIS: Little Miss Linda/ DON & DEWEY: Justine/ BIG AL DOWNING & THE POE KATS: Down On The Farm/ Oh, Babe!/ ROY GAINES: Skippy Is A Sissy/ BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS: Mary, Mary Lou/ LITTLE RICHARD: Boo Hoo Hoo/ DALE MCBRIDE: Prissy Missy/ THE MIDNIGHTERS: Rock-A-Bayou Baby/ CLINT MILLER: Bertha Lou/ JOHNNY REBB & THE REBELS: Rock On/ DARRELL RHODES: Four O'Clock Baby/ TOMMY SANDS: The Worryin' Kind/ RAY SHARPE: Oh My Baby's Gone/ VINCE TAYLOR: Right Behind You, Baby/ JOE TEX: You Little Baby Faced Thing/ THE TYRONES: Blast Off/ SANDY VALE & THE VALIANTS: Suntan Tattoo

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Frog 82 Trumpets Farm Blues ● CD $18.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Renowned cartoonist and illustrator Francis Wilford Smith was an early booster of piano blues when many collectors were only interested in guitar blues. In the late 1970s and early 80s he compiled a series of groundbreaking reissues of vintage piano blues for the Magpie label that really opened the eyes (and ears) of many blues lovers. He was became friends with many of the blues pianists who visited Britain and in 1960 and '61 made recordings of a number of them at his home at Trumpets Farm in Herstmonceux, Sussex and this excellent collection presents a selection of these recordings by Little Brother Montgomery, Champion Jack Dupree, Roosevelt Sykes, Memphis Slim and Speckled. All the artists were in fine form performing a selection of their best known numbers as well as many lesser known titles. The original tapes had deteriorated significantly over the years but thanks the gifted engineers working for Frog they were able to make everything very listenable. The 12 page includes photos of the artists at Trumpets Farm and notes by Smith from an essay he wrote about the sessions in 1992. (FS)
CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Daybreak Blues/ Donít Live Life All By Yourself/ Dupree Snake Dance/ Gambling Man Blues/ London Special (I Know How You Feel)/ To Bac Awa/ MEMPHIS SLIM: 32-20 Blues/ Bodle Street Blues/ Cow Cow Blues/ Four OíClock Blues/ I Love You More And More/ LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY: Brother If You Want To Spread Some Joy/ Caldonia No 3/ Farish Street Jive/ Home Again Blues/ Monkey Town (Jungle Honeymoon)/ Swanee River Boogie/ Trumpets Farm Blues/ When I Come Out Of The Wilderness/ Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well/ SPECKLED RED: Darkness On The Delta/ Four OíClock Blues (If Youíve Ever Been Down)/ It Ainít Nobodyís Business If I Do/ Tea Time Blues/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: 44 Blues/ Mr Freddie Blues/ The Cannonball

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Frog 83 East St. Louis Stomp - Hot Jazz In St. Louis, 1927-1932 ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
Another superb collection of hot jazz from Frog - this one exploring St. Louis. With the river boat traffic between New Orleans and St. Louis, musicians from both cities got to play together and exchange musical ideas. St. Louis's leading hot band was Charles Creath Jazz-O-Maniacs led by trumpeter Creath with 10 tracks from 1924 and '25 , and twofrom 1932, with differing personell - the four 1925 tracks are particularly fine including one with Lonnie Johnson on vocal and violin. Second to Creath in popularity was Dewey Jackson's Peacock Orchestra with Jackson on trumpet who are featured on four fine cuts and Jackson also appears on Creath's 1932 session. Also featured are Searcy Trio, Trimp's Ambassador Bell Hops Orch., Eddie Johnson's Crackerjacks and others. Magnificent sound and booklet with detailed notes and full discographical details. (FS)
CHAS. CREATH JAZZ-O-MANIACS: Butter-Finger Blues/ Crazy Quilt/ Every Man That Wears Bell-Bottom Britches Ainít No Monkey/ Grandpaís Spell/ I Woke Up Cold In Hand/ King Porter Stomp/ Market Street Blues/ Market Street Stomp/ My Daddy Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll)/ Pleasure Mad/ Way Down In Loverís Lane/ Wonít Donít Blues/ DEWEY JACKSONíS PEACOCK ORCHESTRA: Capitol Blues/ Go ĎWon To Town/ Sheís Crying For Me/ What Do You Want Poor Me To Do?/ EDDIE JOHNSONíS CRACKERJACKS: Good Old Bosom Bread/ The Duckís Yas Yas Yas/ POWELLíS JAZZ MONARCHS: Chauffeurís Shuffle/ Laughing Blues/ THE SEARCY TRIO: East St. Louis Stomp/ Kansas Avenue Blues/ JESSIE STONE AND HIS BLUE SERENADERS: Boot To Boot/ Starvation Blues/ TRIMPíS AMBASSADOR BELL HOPS ORCHESTRA: What A Man

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Frog 84 Shake It Down ● CD $18.98
Just arrived. 25 track collection of hot jazz, blues and dance recorded between 1925-1929 featuring Original New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Johnny Bayersdorffer & His Jazzola Novelty Orchestra, Papalia, The Scranton Sirens, Piron's New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Joe Manone's Harmony Kings, Will Day, Lillian Glinn, Alberta Brown & Ellis Stratakos. All recorded in the Crescent City.
JOHNNY BAYERSDORFFER & HIS JAZZOLA NOVELTY ORCH: I Wonder Where My Easy Riderís Ridiní Now?/ he Wafflemanís Call/ ALBERTA BROWN: How Long Blues/ Lonely Blues/ WILL DAY: Central Avenue Blues/ Sunrise Blues/ LILLIAN GLINN: Shake It Down/ Where Have All The Black Men Gone?/ JOE MANONEíS HARMONY KINGS: Catís Head/ Ringside Stomp/ Sadness Will Be Gladness/ Up The Country Blues/ THE ORIGINAL NEW ORLEANS RHYTHM KINGS: Baby/ Golden Leaf Strut/ Never Knew What A Gal Could Do/ Sheís Crying For Me Blues/ PAPALIA AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Cross-Word Mama, Youíre Puzzling Me/ Sometime When Youíre Alone/ PIRONíS NEW ORLEANS ORCHESTRA: Do Just As I Say/ Red Man Blues/ Red Man Blues/ THE SCRANTON SIRENS ORCHESTRA: Common Street Blues/ Why Should I Believe In You?/ ELLIS STRATAKOS & HIS HOTEL JUNG ORCHESTRA: A Precious Little Thing Called Love/ Weary Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 2000 61145 Deep Soul, Vol. 1 : From Chicago To Shreveport ● CD $15.98 $9.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Superb collection of deep soul from the 60s and 70s featuring Southern soul from the Jewel, Ronn, Whit and Paula labels and Chicago soul from the USA and Crash label. A mix of familiar and lesser known artists - Toussaint McCall (his classic Nothing Takes The Place Of You), Little Johnny Taylor (two tracks including the searing How Can A Broke Man Survive), Tommie Young, Jimmy Dobbins, Ted Taylor (two tracks including a sublime cover of Cover Me), McKinley Sandifer, The Wallace Brothers, The Objectives, Bobby Patterson, Fontella Bass, Clay Hammond and others. Compiled and annotated by the knowledgeable Bill Dahl. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 2000 61370 Queens Of The Blues ● CD $13.98 $8.98
18 tracks, 48 minutes, strongly recommended
Memphis Minnie hands in a pair of rough and tumble Chicago gems (her last recordings from 1953) with Kissing In The Dark and World Of Trouble, both loaded with tough six string, and Grace Brim's Strange Man has some fine choked harp while Hospitality Blues is laced with distorted guitar. Big Mama Thornton's All Right Baby is a jumping bounce over a riffing horn chart, Odetta gets into the proceedings with a laid back reading of Leadbelly's Midnight Special, Betty Everett drops off Killer Diller and her Ain't Gonna Cry is equally riveting. Lillian Offitt's Will My Man Be Home Tonight and Oh Mama both feature Earl Hooker's great slide and make this a collection worth having, just as much as Koko Taylor's early pairing of Honky Tonky and Like Heaven To Me, both with a bit less grit in her voice due to the early vintage. The balance has Dorothy Prince's gospel-like If I Could Live My Life, Betty Harris with her voodoo-meets-pop Bad Luck, Barbara West's superb You're No Good, a Fontella Bass diamond in Home Wrecker, Tommie Young's You Can't Have Your Cake, and Tina Turner closing with Crazy About You Baby. Most tracks have been reissued before but many are not currently available. (CR)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS History Of Soul 27 The Birth Of The Beat, 1954-1963 ● CD $18.98
2 CD, 64 tracks, highly recommended
This latest collection from History of Soul Records focuses on R&B cuts that either accompanied or were inspired by dances from back in the day, which in this case means the mid 50's to early 60's. To that end, this two disc sports some lesser known early work from name artists like The Cookies, The Impressions, David Ruffin, Bobby Freeman, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, The Shirelles, Johnny Nash, and The Olympics. Of course, as always, some of the best stuff comes from the more obscure cats and kitties: Joe Houston, Harold Curington, J.J. Jackson and the Jackeals, Miss La-Vell, Don & Juan (Pot Luck , written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman!), Junior Lewis, Lloyd Nolan, and much much more. For every song that name checks a specific dance or mentions dancing ( Roach Stomp by Gene & Wendell and the Sweethearts, and I Wanna Dance by the Salvadors), there's loads more that simply contain, in the words of the liner notes, ".the essential elements of a strong bass riff, four-to-the-floor beat, and blasting horns that inspired a whole raft of people." Boasting the usual excellent sound quality and liner notes, History of Soul has once again done a superb job of documenting, in words of noted music historian Charlie Gillett, "the sound of the city." (GMC)
EDDIE BO: Baby I'm Wise/ CHUCK BRADFORD: You're Going To Miss Me (When I'm Gone)/ JAY DEE BRYANT: Come Summer/ SAM CHATMON & THE SPARKS: Nobody But Me (feat Gwinny Witherspoon)/ EUGENE CHURCH: Sixteen Tons/ TONY CLARKE: Love Must Be Taboo/ PAT CLAYTON: I Said No/ THE COOKIES: In Paradise/ HAROLD CURINGTON: One Day Girl/ MAXINE DAVIS: Another Man/ MELVIN DAVIS: I Won't Come Crawling Back (unissued)/ JIMMY DEE & HIS UNIVERSALS: If It Wasn't For Pride/ DIAMOND JOE: Help Yourself/ TROY DODDS: Rise Up & Walk/ DON & JULIAN: Pot Luck/ DONOMAN & THE SKYLARKS: Do You Know (Everything About Love)/ LAMONT DOZIER: Dearest One/ THE FABULOUS DENOS: Instant Love/ THE FABULOUS PLAYBOYS: Nervous/ RUBEN FORT: So Good/ MILLIE FOSTER: What A Thrill/ BENNY FREEMAN: Come On & Tell Her/ BOBBY FREEMAN: Fever/ TOMMY FRONTERA: (You're My) Leading Lady/ GENE & WENDELL & THE SWEETHEARTS: Roach Stomp/ GERRI GRANGER: Ain't That Funny/ BILLY GUY: Here I Am/ EDDIE HOLLAND: Twin Brother (unissued first version)/ JOE HUSTON: Mambo/ THE IMPRESSIONS: Seniorita I Love You/ JJ JACKSON & THE JACKEALS: Let The Show Begin/ JOHNNY & JACKEY: So Disappointing/ LOUIS (BLUES BOY) JONES: The Birds Are Coming/ RAMONA KING: Soul Mate/ CLYDE KING & MEL CARTER: Who Do You Love/ GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: Stop Running Around/ JUNIOR LEWIS: Tears On My Face/ LITTLE MISS JESSIE: My Baby Has Gone (with Benny Sharp & His Orchestra)/ MAURICE & THE RADIANTS: Noble The Bargain Man/ MISS LA-VELL: Stolen Love/ MCKINLEY MITCHELL: No Love (Like My Love)/ JOHNNY NASH: I'm Movin' On/ LLOYD NOLAN: I Don't Know About You/ THE OLYMPICS: The Broken Hip/ THE PASSIONETTES: My Fault/ BOBBY PETERSON QUARTET: Irresistible You/ JIMMY PHILIPS: She Belongs To Me/ LAROSE PHILLIPS: Wanted/ PISTOL (JIMMY JULES): Keep On Lovin' You/ PAT POWDRILL: Fell By The Wayside/ THE QUOTATIONS: Listen To My Children & You Will Hear/ CLARENCE REED & THE DELMIROS: Sooner Or Later/ ESKEW REEDER: Undivided Love/ SAM REESE: From Friday Evening Til Saturday Nite/ ROBIN RICE: I've Had It/ THE RINGLEADERS: All Of My Love/ SHARON ROBINS: Good Gracious Baby/ THE ROYAL PLAY BOYS: Walking On/ DAVID RUFFIN: One Of Those Days/ THE SALVADORS: I Wanna Dance/ THE SHIRELLES: Putty (In Your Hands)/ EDDIE SULL: I'm Looking For My Baby/ LORECE THOMPSON & THE LARGOS: Have No Teardrops/ SINGIN' SAMMY WARD: Big Joe Moe

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS History Of Soul 28 Instrumentals Soul-Style 2 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 55 tracks, strongly recommended
Another fine collection of instrumentals from the period 1957 through 1964 encompassing elements of R&B, jazz, funk and the occasional Latin sound - the sort of thing you might hear in African-American clubs in that era and later became popular in British clubs in the 1980s. Lots of tracks feature organ as the lead instrument usually backed up with horns and guitar and the mood is generally mid tempo with the occasional smoocher along for good measure. There are some familiar names: Phil Upchurch is here with The Hog - his groovy but unsuccessful follow up to You Can't Sit Down, Johnny Heartsman treats us to a great version of Besame Mucho with some of his distinctive tremolo guitar, John Lee Hooker is not one you would expect but his Big Soul feature him playing some of his distinctive blues riffs against a soul type backup and other well known names include Jack cDuff, Stevie Wonder, Freddie King and James Brown. But there are far more obscure names like The Nu-Tones, Leon Ferguson, Round Robin, La La Wilson Band, Elliot Shavers & His Blazers, Big Bo & The Arrows and more - many making their first appearance on CD. And don't miss out on Don & Dewey's great bluesy violin instrumental Soul Motion. 24 page, copiously illustrated, booklet has detailed notes on the artists, where known. (FS)
H.B. BARNUM: Hallelujah/ CHUCK BERNARD & THE SATELLITE BAND: Wasted/ BIG BO & THE ARROWS: Big Bo's Iron Horse/ BOOKER T. & THE MG'S: Jellybread/ JAMES BROWN: Sticky/ JOHNNY BROWN: Snake Hips/ AL BROWNE'S BAND: Soul (Pts. 1 & 2)/ RAY BRYANT TRIO: Little Susie Pt. 4/ DAVE 'BABY' CORTEZ: Getting Right/ KING CURTIS: Snake Eyes/ CLIFFORD DAVIS: Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers/ JAMES DAVIS: Bucket Head/ THE DERBYS: The Huckster Man/ BILL DOGGETT: Hot Fudge/ DON & DEWEY: Soul Motion/ EDDIE & THE DE-HAVELONS: Baby Dumplins/ LEON FERGUSON: Miss Dolores Funk/ EARL FOREST: The Crown/ ROOSEVELT FOUNTAIN: Red Pepper (Pt. 2)/ ERNIE FREEMAN: Jivin' Around (Pts. 1 & 2)/ THE GAYTONES: LBs Place Pt. 1/ LEON FERGUSON & THE GROOVE TONES: Stokin'/ DAVE HAMILTON: Late Freight/ WALTER HAMILTON COMBO: Peaches & Cream/ JOHNNY HARTSMAN & HIS BAND: Besame Mucho/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Big Soul/ RAY JOHNSON: Kinda Groovy/ FREDDIE KING: Over Drive/ DAVE LEWIS: David's Mood (Pt. 3)/ THE MAR-KEYS: Bo-Time/ HANK MARR: The Squash/ JACK MCDUFF: Brother Jack/ THE MEGATONS: Shimmy Shimmy Walk/ THE NU-TRONS: Beat/ THE PARKAYS: Purple Tigers/ THE RAMROCKS: I Can Never Find Out/ GOOGIE RENE: Bossa Baby/ JIMMY RIVERS COMBO: Closer Walk/ FREDDY ROBINSON: The Buzzard/ DAVID ROCKINGHAM TRIO: Groovin' Along/ ROUND ROBIN: Slausion Shuffletime/ OLIVER SAIN: Harlem Nocturne/ ELLIOT SHAVERS & HIS BLAZERS: Scratch That Itch/ FAY SIMMONS & HER ROYALS: Shake It Up/ NINA SIMONE: African Mailman (Edit)/ HAROLD SMITH: Skippin'/ PHIL UPCHURCH: The Hog/ THE VALENTINES: That's It Man/ PANCHO VILLA: Baby Cakes/ EDDIE WILLIS & THE STARMAKERS: Shake Loose/ L.B. WILSON: Poco Loco/ LA LA WILSON BAND: Moon Walk In/ STEVIE WONDER: The Square/ RONNIE WOODS: Sugar/ CHARLES WRIGHT & THE MALIBUS: Runky

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 454 Hotlanta Soul 4 - Come Back Strong ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, highly recommended
 This is the fourth volume of southern soul centered around the Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama music scenes (for those who are interested, the other volumes are: "Good Guys Don't Always Win" (Kent 163 - $18.98), "Full Time Groovers" (Kent 183 - $18.98), and "Holding the Losing Hand" (Kent 256 - $18.98). The music on this set was the product of Atlanta's GRC, Aware and Hotlanta labels-along with their off-shoots-and Birmingham's Moonsong and Clintone labels, and Showtime Productions; all of these enterprises had backing from Michael Thevis, a local gangster looking for legit businesses for his fortune. These tracks, dating from the early and mid-70's, are representative of the soul/R&B of the time and are of very high quality, even though few were anything resembling a hit. The cream here come from Joe Hinton (Up is Down/ Hollywood Faces), Jimmy Lewis (jumping on the adulterous R&B bandwagon with I Can't Leave You Alone), GRC's biggest female star Loleatta Holloway (So Can I), The Steppers (the funky Come and Get It), and Carl James and Jackie Irvin (the proto-Disco of Go Away [Get Out of My Life]). There is an experimental feel to some of these cuts - King Hannibal's cautionary tale, The Party Life, for example - that was no doubt a result of not having to worry about losing money. The strength of the material on this disc is all the more extraordinary considering that this is the fourth such collection; it makes one wonder what the other three volumes have to offer. In any case, R&B fans could do worse than that to take a chance on this CD. (GMC)
JEAN BATTLE: When a Woman Loves a Man/ LEE BRACKET: You Get to Me/ BILL BRANDON: Claim Jumpin'/ CARL & JACKIE: Go Away Get Out of My Life/ DEEP VELVET: Complain to the Clouds/ SAM DEES: What Good Is a Love/ JOHN EDWARDS: We Always Come Back Strong/ DEE ERVIN: A Hundred Years from Today/ DELIA GARTRELL: If I Had My Way/ JUDY GREEN: Face to Face/ I Still Love You/ HANNIBAL: The Party Life/ JOE HINTON: Up Is Down/ Hollywood Faces/ LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY: So Can I/ LORRAINE JOHNSON: A Love Like Yours/ The Best of My Years/ ROZETTA JOHNSON: I've Come Too Far with You (To Turn Back Now)/ JIMMY LEWIS: I Can't Leave You Alone/ DOROTHY NORWOOD: Big Boat Ride/ PHASE FOUR: It Takes More Than a Moment/ FLOYD SMITH: I Want 'Cha to Let Me Come Home/ THE STEPPERS: Come and Get It

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Numero 63 Sitting In The Park ● CD $15.98
16 tracks, very highly recommended
The latest volume in Numero's Eccentric Soul series is devoted to the massive record collection, spirit, and enduring legacy of Chicago radio DJ Bob Abrahamian. Abrahamian was obsessed with collecting and archiving harmony soul music specific to the Chicago region. Through his radio show "Sitting in the Park," he took his passion to the masses and became renown with soul fans and collectors world wide. This set contains twelve choice picks from Abrahamian's archives, including a song each from his all-time favorite artists: the Dontells, Cindy & the Playmates, and Cliff Curry of the Notations. Now those three are already worth the price of admission-especially Cliff Curry's hypnotic Let Love Come In - but there's other keepers like Walter & the Admerations Life of Tears , Otis Brown & the Delights' Southside Chicago , and Puzzle People's Reach For the Truth . At sixteen tracks spanning the years 1962 to 1977, this compilation is far too brief (particularly compared to Ace and Kent's 24 to 30 track sets), but since there is so much more to be had from Abrahamian's vaults, we can only hope that Numero opts to return to the well for another helping. Fingers crossed. (GMC)
AHEAD OF OUR TIME: It Ain't Fair (part 1)/ THE AUDITIONS: Returning Home Frome Vietnam/ OTIS BROWN & THE DELIGHTS: Southside Chicago/ CHOCOLATE SUNDAY: Second Story Man/ CINDY & THE PLAYMATES: A Portrait Of Gods Love/ CLIFF CURRY: Let Love Come In/ THE DONTELLS: Moaning & Crying/ THE ENCHANTERS: A Fool Like Me/ THE KRASH BAND: So I Can Make This Change/ MASTER PLAN INC.: Try It/ THE MIST: The Girl In The Window/ ONENESS: Hard To Know You/ THE PROCEDURES: Give Me One More Chance/ PUZZLE PEOPLE: Reach For The Truth/ SHADES OF BROWN: How Could You Love Him/ WALTER & THE ADMERATIONS: Life Of Tears

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Old Hat 1007 Gastonia Gallop - Cotton Mill Songs & Hillbilly Blues** ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, very highly recommended
Another fabulous collection of old timey music from Old Hat - this one featuring recordings made between 1927 and 1931 by North Carolina artists from Gaston County, home of the booming textile industry in the 1920s and 30s with many textile mills in the city of Gastonia. Many of the artists on this collection were mill workers and a number of the songs have cynical commentary about life as a textile mill worker - in particular those of the superb singer, guitarist and harmonica player David McCarn who is featured on seven tracks including the guitar and harmonica instrumental which gives this album its name. There are also seven songs by the superb singer and banjo player Wilmer Watts - most of them with group The Lonely Eagles and one a duet with steel guitarist Frank Wilson, His songs include his wonderful version of the traditional ballad Duncan And Brady which he calls Been On The Job Too Long and was a particular favorite of my dear departed friend Archie Green. He is also featured on the topical Cotton Mill Blues. There are five tracks from a duo featuring the brilliant singer and harmonica player Gwin Foster with guitarist David Fletcher. Three of these were issued as The Carolian twins and the other two as Fletcher & Foster. Other artists include The Three 'Baccer Tags and George Wade & Francum Braswell. Music is consistently fine, sound quality is superb and the 16 page, copiously illustrated booklet, has detailed notes by Patrick Huber. (FS)
THE CAROLINA TWINS: A Change in Business All Around/ Gal of Mine Took My Licker from Me/ I Want My Black Baby Back/ Southern Jack/ DAVE & HOWARD: Bay Rum Blues/ Serves 'Em Fine/ FLETCHER & FOSTER: Charlotte Hot Step/ Red Rose Rag/ DAVID MCCARN: Cotton Mill Colic/ Everyday Dirt/ Gastonia Gallop/ Poor Man, Rich Man [Cotton Mill Colic No. 2]/ Take Them for a Ride/ THE THREE 'BACCER TAGS: Ain't Gonna Do It No More/ Get Your Head in Here/ GEORGE WADE & FRANCUM BRASWELL: Think a Little/ When You Go a Courtin/ WILMER WATTS & THE LONELY EAGLES: Been on the Job Too Long/ Bonnie Bess/ Cotton Mill Blues/ She's a Hard Boiled Rose/ Sleepy Desert/ Working for My Sally/ WATTS & WILSON: Walk Right in Belmont

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Omni 184 Hillbillies In Hell - Country Music's Tormented Testament ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 70 mins, very highly recommended
Have you ever wanted to hear a Country song, with yodeling, about the Manson Family? We have one right here for you with Red River Dave's California Hippie Murders! How about an up beat Country tune about the perils of LSD? That's here as well from Wendell Austin (And the Country Swings.) Want a song about Marijuana sung by a Johnny Cash wannabe? There's Johnny Price's Marijuana, The Devil Flower. How about some good ole songs about the Devil? There's Satan's Chauffeur by Jimmy Minor, Don't Shake Hands With the Devil by Cowboy Copas, and I'm Tired Of You, Satan by Wayne, Pat & Keith, just to name a few. There's suicide, dope, murder, and mayhem, and even a hot rod race or two. There are a couple tracks here that have been on many compilations, like Psycho by Eddie Noack and I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself by Buddy Knox, but all in all this collection is full of rarities that I'm betting most of you haven't heard before. On top of that, Omni has done a marvelous job putting this together, as they usually do, with great sound throughout and deep liner notes. So if you are a fan of off-kilter Country music like I am, then this is a must for your collection. There are also vinyl editions of this that they broke into two different volumes that are available for those of you who might lean that way. Between the two vinyl volumes there are six tracks that don't make it onto the CD version. (JM)
BILL ANDERSON: Three A.M./ WENDELL AUSTIN (AND THE COUNTRY SWINGS): LSD/ DON BAILEY: Fourteen Stories Down/ BILLY BARTON: The Devil, My Conscience And I/ DAVID BEATTY AND THE HARMONETTES: I Just Got Off The Devil's Train/ JOHNNY 'PEE WEE' BLAINE: Lonely Street To Hell/ JESSE BRUCE: Demon Of Jealousy/ JACK COOK: My Evil Mind/ COWBOY COPAS: Don't Shake Hands With The Devil/ JOHNNY DAVID: Race With The Devil/ LOUIS INNIS: Suicide/ BENNY JOY: Dark Angel/ ART KILLMER & THE UP-TOWN FOUR: The Devil's Twist/ BUDDY KNOX: I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself/ JACK LEONARD: A Visit From The Devil/ BUDDY LONG: It's Nothin' To Me/ JIMMY MINOR: Satan's Chauffeur/ JIMMY NEWMAN: The Devil Was Laughing At Me/ EDDIE NOACK: Psycho/ JOHNNY PRICE: Marijuana, The Devil Flower/ RED RIVER DAVE: California Hippie Murders!/ BUCK RITCHEY: The Slave/ MARGIE SINGLETON: Jesus Is My Pusher/ HARRY SNYDER: The Needle/ BILLY STRANGE: Hell Train/ THE SUNSHINE BOYS: We Need A Whole Lot More Of Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll)/ JOHNNY TYLER: God's Gonna Turn Us To Dust/ WAYNE, PAT & KEITH: I'm Tired Of You Satan

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Pet 007 Soft Sounds For Gentle People Presents: Sounds Of She** ● CD $13.98
23 Tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
Back in print in limited quantities. As a compliment to their fabulous "Mystic Males" compilation, Pet records now presents the "Sounds of She" CD. 23 tracks of female vocal fronted studio pop psych all from the Aquarian age, featuring such fantastic acts such as The London Phogg, The Ravelles, The Enchanted Forrest, Morningstarr, The Sugar Towns, and many more. Probably the most well known artist on here would be Carolyn Hester, she is here with her Coalition doing Rise Like Phoenix. This is possibly the softest and gentlest installment of the whole series, out in perfect time for your rainy day, dream away listening. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Pet 008 Soft Sounds For Gentle People - 5** ● CD $13.98
21 tracks, 53 mins, highly recommended
Back in print in limited quantities. Here's the brand spanking new edition in the "Soft Sounds" franchise. As usual you get another wonderful smattering of obscure pop-psych gems. This is pure Topanga Canyon meets Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory and, as always, a unique musical document of an incredibly fertile time in American pop-culture history. Sure, sometimes when you listen to these collections you might feel that you are hanging out in Greg Brady's groovy bachelor pad, but that's not such a bad sounding idea to me. Killer tracks by the likes of Fraternity of Man, The Rainy Daze, Phoenix Trolley, Misty Morn, The Lollipop Fantasy, etc. you get the picture. Always remember to: "Kill The Cobra!" (JM)
THE 1ST CENTURY: Looking Down/ BENTLEY ROAD: Kill the Cobra/ THE CAPES OF GOOD HOPE: Lady Margaret/ THE CARNIVAL: The Four Seasons/ THE CHARTER MEMBERS: All the World's Kings/ THE DELICATE BALANCE: Autumn Wind/ DEVIL'S BRIGADE: Dreaming Is/ THE FLOWER POT: Gentle People/ THE FRATERNITY OF MAN: Wispy Paisley Skies/ THE JOHNNYS: Nothing Sacred/ THE LOLLIPOP FANTASY: It's a Groovy World/ MISTY MORN: Summer Sunshine/ MOUSE: Look at the Sun/ PEOPLE: Ridin' High/ THE PHOENIX TROLLEY: When Charley's Doing his Thing/ THE RAINY DAZE: Blood of Oblivion/ ROMAN CHARIOT: Five Sensations/ THE SANDALS: House of Painted Glass/ STIX & STONZ: Take a Bus/ THINGS TO COME: Hello/ WELLS AND FARGO: Mother Goose Sonata

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Pet 009 It's Zimmerman's World ... We Only Live In It** ● CD $13.98
16 tracks, 40 mins, highly recommended
Back in print in limited quantities. A far-out collection of rare mid-'60s garage and folk 45 cuts by groups that did their darndest to emulate their hero, the Beatnik Bard himself, Bob Dylan. If you dig Mouse and the Traps' Public Execution, the Trashmen's Same Lines, or David Blue's records then you'll flip for the sounds you're gonna hear here! It's Zimmerman's World features all kinds of obscure tracks. CD comes in a gatefold mini LP jacket. From the liner notes: The mercurial ascent of Bob Dylan's nasally-delivered electric-poetry from coffeehouse background noise to the voice of a Now generation grabbed a lot of folks by surprise at first. But like a shot heard round the world, it winged Byrds and Turtles alike, and pretty soon everybody wanted to go huntin'! Seemed like there was easy money to be made by monotoning paragraph-long verses over single chord strumming. For hungry musicians, the end of the rainbow now had a concrete address, streetside in the Village on what Gene Sculatti once referred to as Simulation Row.
JOHNNY CYMBAL: Breaking Your Balloon/ THE TOADS: Leaving It All Behind/ THE LOVE SOCIETY: You Know How I Feel (And Why)/ ROGER TILLSON: Nobody's Lover/ T.J. BLACK: Gotta Turn Myself On, Babe/ SAMY PHILLIP: I Wonder Freely/ DARRELL COTTON: Come Free My Mind/ BILLY EASLEY: Left Wing Cosmic Man Called John/ THE CHANGIN' TIMES: Thanks You Babe/ BOO BOO & BUNKY: Turn Around/ TOMMY BOYCE: Pretty Thing (You're Out Of Sight)/ THE BARRY GOLDBERG BLUES BAND: Blowing My Mind/ "BIG JOE" LONG: The Things You Do/ BILLY BATSON: Bring Me Ya Low Down Feelin's/ DICK CAMPBELL: The People Planners/ TERRY & THE TRIP-OUTS: High Priest Of The Camp

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Pet 010 Mystic Males, Vol. 2** ● CD $13.98
13 tracks, highly recommended
Back in print in limited quantities. The first volume of Mystic Males was easily the most popular of all of the "Soft Sounds For Gentle People" collections and has been sold out for many years. So this volume has been eagerly awaited and has proved to be well worth the wait. 13 groovy tracks from "tripped out troubadours from 1966-1973." Highlights include: Tyree Forrest - Four Robins Singing, Shalynn - Flower Song, doesn't get more gentle than ole' Shalynn, and Art Gee with Tea Gardens. This volume also comes in a fabulous vinyl edition (Pet Records 010R - $16.98),  (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wienerworld 5095 Down Home Blues - Detroit Special ● CD $36.98
Three CDs, 82 tracks, very highly recommended
Fabulous collection of down home and country blues recorded by Detroit artists between 1948 and 1961 including several previously unissued tracks as well as other tracks appearing on CD for the first time. Although Detroit had substantial African-American population in the 40s and 50s it didn't have a significant recording industry catering to that population until the arrival of Motown. Of the handful of record labels that existed only Jack Brown's Fortune label had any kind of national distribution. Other labels like JVB and Sensation were primarily local endeavors though owners Joe Von Battle and Bernie Bessman were able to achieve some degree of distribution through license deals with bigger independents - the most notable being the recordings of John Lee Hooker whose licensing deal with Modern was to lead to his subsequent success. This set features seven of Hooker's lesser known sides including the ferocious Graveyard Blues. There are a dozen cuts from the terrific Baby Boy Warren - a wonderful singer and guitarist and an impressive songwriter. Most of his cuts feature him with guitar and piano with four of them featuring the washboard of Washboard Willie - two of those also feature magnificent harmonica by Sonny Boy Williamson. There are nine cuts from the superb down home singer/ guitarist Bobo Jenkins including his classic topical Democrat Blues with harmonica by Robert Richard and the romping Nothing But Love recorded in Chicago with guitar from Willie Johnson and Eddie Taylor. The set includes all six sides issued by the superb L.C. Green featuring lovely guitar and harmonica. A real mystery is Martee Bradley credited on his incredibly rare 78 as "The Hasting Street Hillbilly" but his tracks are pure country blues - lovely music with a Piedmont feel. There are lots more great sides from John Brim, Eddie Burns, Detroit Count, Calvin Frazier, Little Sonny and others. Great music with excellent sound and a 48 page booklet with notes by Detroit blues expert MIke Rowe plus rare photos and full discographical information. (FS)
MARTEE BRADLEY: Now Iíll Have To Sing The Blues/ Winter Time Is CominĎ/ JOHN BRIM: Bus Driver/ EDDIE BURNS: Biscuit Baking Woman/ Gangster Blues/ Grieviní Blues/ Hard Hearted Woman/ Making A Fool Out Of Me/ Orange Driver/ Squeeze Me Baby/ Superstition/ The Thing To Do/ EARL CHATMAN: Loving You Baby/ DETROIT COUNT: Detroit Boogie/ Parrot Lounge/ DETROIT SLIM: Nelly Mae/ CALVIN FRAZIER: Lillie Mae (Version 1)/ Lilly Mae (Version 2)/ Lilly Mae (Version 3)/ Rockhouse/ L.C. GREEN: Come Back Sugar Mama/ Hold Me In Your Arms/ Little Machine/ Little School Girl/ Remember Way Back/ When The Sun Is Shining/ HARVEY HILL JR.: Boogie Woogie Woman/ She Fool Me/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: 609 Boogie/ Graveyard Blues/ Have Mercy On Me/ I Love To Boogie/ Miss Lorraine/ Miss Sadie Mae/ Talkiní Boogie/ BOBO JENKINS: Baby Donít You Want Me To Go (Alternate)/ Baby Donít You Want To Go/ Bad Luck And Trouble/ Democrat Blues (Democrat Man)/ Nothing But Love/ Seasick And Waterbound/ Tell Me Who/ Ten Below Zero/ Ten Below Zero (Alternate)/ BOB KELLY: Sheís My Baby/ SAM KELLY: Rambliní Around Blues/ EDDIE KIRKLAND: Done Somebody Wrong/ I Need You Baby/ Iíll Move You Baby/ Mercy Mercy/ LITTLE SONNY: Hastings Street After Hours/ Hear My Woman Calling/ I Gotta Find My Baby/ I Hear My Woman Callin (Alternate)/ Iíll Love You Baby Until The Day I Die/ Love Shock/ Love You Pretty Baby/ SLIM PICKENS: Papaís Boogie/ CLARENCE POSEY: RockinĎ Chair Boogie/ BIG JACK REYNOLDS: Pitch A Boogie Woogie/ DOCTOR ROSS: Cat Squirrel/ Industrial Boogie/ The Sunnyland/ Thirty Two Twenty/ HENRY SMITH: Dog Me Blues/ JAMES WALTON: Papa Doo/ BABY BOY WARREN: Baby Boy Blues/ Bad Lover Blues/ Chuck-A-Luck (or Chicken)/ Donít Want No Skinny Woman/ Forgive Me Darling/ I Got Lucky/ Letís Renew Our Love/ Lonesome Cabin Blues/ Mattie Mae/ My Special Friend Blues/ Nervy Woman Blues/ Please Donít Think Iím Nosey/ Santa Fe/ Somebody Put Bad Luck On Me/ Stop Breaking Down/ Taxi Driver Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Yazoo 2020 How Can I Keep From Singing, Vol. 1** ● CD $16.98
23 tracks, 69 min., essential
A dynamite two volume collection of 1920's American religious music, performed by both professional and semi-professional performers, some white, some black. Volume 1 opens with My Heart Keeps Singing by Elder Burch and Congregation, then offers Woke Up This Morning by Roosevelt Graves and brother, followed by Standing on the Promises by the Tennessee Mountaineers, Walking in Sunlight by Uncle Dave Macon and the Fruit Jar Drinkers, I'm Gonna Cross the River of Jordan by Jaybird Coleman, the delightful I Can the World About This by Laura Henton, He's Got Better Things for You by the Memphis Sanctified Singers, I Want to Go Where Jesus Is by Slim Ducket and Pig Norwood, and Bringing in the Sheaves by the Mountain Singers Male Quartette. Great, reverential music, offered here in surprisingly good sound quality and with informative but minimal notes. (DH)
ALLISON'S SACRED HARP SINGERS: Weeping Pilgrim/ REV. AND MRS. EDWARD BOONE: Will David Play His Harp For Me/ ELDER BURCH AND CONGREGATION: My Heart Keeps Singing/ REV. BURNETT: Trus Friendship/ REV. JOSEPH CALLENDER: God Leads His Dear Children Along/ REV. E.D. CAMPBELL AND CONGREGATION: Come Let Us Eat Together/ THE CAROLINA LADIES QUARTETTE: My Loved Ones Are Waiting/ JAYBIRD COLEMAN: I'm Gonna Cross The River Of Jordan/ DANILES-DEASON SACRED HARP SINGERS: Coronation/ SLIM DUCKET AND PIG NORWOOD: I Want To Go Where Jesus Is/ BLIND ROOSEVELT GRAVES: Woke Up This Morning/ REV. J.O. HANES AND CHOIR: The Great Transaction's Done/ ELDER GOLDEN HARRIS: My Christian Friends In Bonds Of Love/ LAURA HENTON: I Can Tell The World About This/ REV. H.B. JACKSON: Everytime I Feel The Spirit/ UNCLE DAVE MACON AND FRUIT JAR DRINKERS: Walking In Sunlight/ LONNIE MCINTORSH: Sleep On Mother, Sleep On/ MEMPHIS SANCTIFIED SINGERS: He's Got Better Things For You/ THE MIDDLE GEORGIA SINGING CONVENTION NO. 1: This Song Of Love/ THE MOUNTAIN SINGERS MALE QUARTETTE: Bringing In The Sheaves/ NAZARENE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH CHOIR OF: Who'll Join This Union/ WALTER SMITH AND NORMAN WOODLIEFF: It Won't Be Long Till My Grave Is Made/ THE TENNESSEE MOUNTAINEERS: Standing On The Promises

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Yazoo 2021 How Can I Keep From Singing, Vol. 2** ● CD $16.98
23 tracks, 67 min., essential
No less wonderful than the first installment in this series, Volume 2 features a similar mix of 1920's fundamentalist modal hymns, gospel quartet selections, and guitar accompanied songster numbers drawn from both the black and white communities. And all featuring solid sound quality. Program highlights include What Shall Our Answer Be by George Long and His Singers, Rock of Ages by Blind Willie Davis, He Rose Unknown by the Morris Family, the particularly rocking Memphis Flu by Elder Curry and Congregation, Will My Mother Know Me by L. V. Jones and his Virginia Singing Class, Job by the Golden Gate Quartet, There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood by the Copperhill Male Quartet, Shine on Me by the Cliff Carlisle Quartet, Thou Carest Lord by the Holy Ghost Sanctified Singers, and Goin' to Rest Where Jesus Is by Blind Joe Taggart. Powerful, eloquent music from start to finish. Not to be missed. (DH)
CLIFF CARLISLE QUARTET: Shine On Me/ SAM COLLINS: I Want To Be Like Jesus In My Heart/ COPPERHILL MALE QUARTET: There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood/ ELDER CURRY & CONGREGATION: Memphis Flu/ BLIND WILLIE DAVIS: Rock Of Ages/ REV. J.F. FOREST AND CONGREGATION: Prayer Meeting/ THE GOLDEN GATE JUBILEE QUARTET: Job/ THE HOLY GHOST SANCTIFIED SINGERS: Thou Carest Lord/ L.V. JONES AND HIS VIRGINIA SINGING CLASS: Will My Mother Know Me There/ GEORGE LONG AND HIS SINGERS: What Shall Our Answer Be/ WADE MAINER AND SONS OF THE MOUNTAINEERS: Lonely Tomb/ ED MCCONNELL AND FAMILY: My Loving Brother/ DAVID MILLER: Lonesome Valley/ THE MORRIS FAMILY: He Rose Unknown/ PACE JUBILEE SINGERS: Oh Death/ WASHINGTON PHILLIPS: Jesus Is My Friend/ MRS. L. REED AND MRS. T.A. DUNCANS: Light In The Valley/ RIDGEL'S FOUNTAIN CITIANS: Hallelujah To The Lamb/ ROSWELL SACRED HARP QUARTETTE: Weeping Mary/ SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS CHOIR: Take Thy Burden To The Lord/ SHANDS SUPERIOR JUBILEE SINGERS: Silver Slippers/ BLIND JOE TAGGART: Goin' To Rest Where Jesus Is/ BROTHERS WRIGHT AND WILLIAMS: I've Got A Home In Beulah Land

 
SLIM WHITMAN Acrobat 3170 The Slim Whitman Collection, 1951-1962 ● CD $16.98
2 CDs, 54 tracks, 143 mins, highly recommended
Slim Whitman has got to be the biggest recording artist that you never hear anybody talking about. This is a guy who put out his first record in 1949, and was still hitting the Country charts in the early 1980s, selling over 120 million records along the way. He also had one of the greatest nicknames ever: "The Smilin' Starduster." I think a lot of people think of him as being pretty hokey, but if you listen to these tracks from the first decade or so of his career, there is certainly a lot of great stuff; sure, there is a little cheese included in his whole persona, but that also has a certain charm to it. Starting off with Whitman's first Country top ten hit, the Hawaiian flavored Love Song of the Waterfall from 1952 -- his breakout year-- with 5 top hits including one of his most famous recordings, Indian Love Call. Other highlights here include Keep It A Secret/ My Heart Is Broken In Three, my favorite Slim Whitman song, the highly dramatic - North Wind/ Secret Love/ Rose Marie/ Cattle Call/ Lovesick Blues/ Vaya Con Dios, and many more. Fans of the steel guitar should especially rejoice, with steel guitar masters like Hoot Rains, Tinker Fry, Sam Hodge, and Jerry Byrd soaring throughout these recordings. (JM)
SLIM WHITMAN: A Fool Such As I/ A Lonesome Heart/ All That I'm Asking Is Sympathy/ An Amateur In Love/ Annie Laurie/ Backward, Turn Backward/ Bandera Waltz/ Beautiful Dreamer/ Blues Stay Away From Me/ Candy Kisses/ Careless Hands/ Careless Love/ Cattle Call/ China Doll/ Danny Boy/ I Never See Maggie/ I'll Never Stop Loving You/ I'll Never Take You Back Again/ I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen/ I'll Walk With God/ I'm A Fool/ In A Hundred Years Or More/ Indian Love Call/ It Sure Looks Lonesome Outside/ Just Call Me Lonesome/ Keep It A Secret/ Lord, Help Me Be As Thou/ Love Song Of The Waterfall/ Lovesick Blues/ My Heart Is Broken In Three/ North Wind/ Once In A Lifetime/ Put Your Trust In Me/ Roll On Silvery Moon/ Roll River Roll/ Rose-Marie/ Secret Love/ Serenade/ Singing Hills/ Smoke Signals/ Song Of The Old Water Wheel/ Song Of The Wild/ The Bells That Broke My Heart/ The Old Spinning Wheel/ The Wayward Wind/ Tormented/ Tumbling Tumbleweeds/ Twilla Lee/ Unchain My Heart/ Vaya Con Dios/ What Kind Of God/ When It's Springtime In The Rockies/ Wherever You Are/ Whiffenpoof Song

 
FOY WILLING & THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE B.A.C.M. 533 Volume 2 ● CD $14.98
Complementing B.A.C.M. 56 this is another fine collection of sides from one of the best western harmony groups of the 40s - mostly drawn from radio transcriptions. 32 tracks - most of them covers of country hits. Include Goin' Back To Texas/ Wagon Wheels/ Signed Sealed And Delivered/ Those Gone And Left Me Blues/ Little Mother Of The Hills/ I Hung My Head and Cried/ Live And Let Live/ Born To Lose/ Ridin' Down To Santa Fe, etc. Extensive notes from Western music expert Kevin Coffey.
FOY WILLING & THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE: Boogie Woogie Cowboy/ Born To Lose/ Ever Since My Sunshine Left Me/ Going Back To Texas/ Good Good Morning/ I Hung My Head And Cried/ I Love You So Much It Hurts/ I'll Be Thinking Of You Little Gal/ I'm Down On My Bended Knee/ I'm Weary With Worry/ In The Garden Of Tomorrow/ Little Mother Of The Hills/ Live And Let Live/ No Letter Today/ Nobody's Darlin' But Mine/ Oklahoma Hills/ Paradise Trail/ Red Grow The Roses/ Riders In The Sky/ Ridin' Down To Santa Fe/ San Antonio Rose/ Santa Catalina/ Signed Sealed And Delivered/ Song Of The Bandit/ There's A Chill On The Hill Tonight/ Those Gone And Left Me Blues/ Too Late/ Tweedle O Twill/ Wagon Wheels/ Wait For Me Mary/ Whoa Emma/ You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven

 
JOHNNY WINTER Cicadelic 6568 Byrds Cant Row Boats: The Unreleased Masters Collection ● CD $26.98
2 CDs, 36 tracks, 106 mins, very highly recommended
This release is certainly essential for Johnny Winter fans; Cicadelic Records are working from Johnny Winters' original four track half-inch masters and first generation mix down tapes, and this looks to be the first of many collections from that original source material. There have been collections of Johnny Winter's early recordings coming out since at least the 1970s and some of these recordings have been included on those, but none of those collections have ever gone this deep, and none of the ones that I have heard sounded nearly as good. Out of the 36 tracks, a whopping 20 of them are previously unreleased! On this set you get recordings done in the years 1965 to 1968. Johnny Winter tries on a lot of hats in these years before focusing in on the heavy Blues Rock that made him famous. You get a heavy Dylan influence on a track like Avocado Green, and an even heavier influence of The Byrds which among other tracks, gives us two fine covers of the Gene Clark penned The World Turns All Around Her. Winter dips into some wonderful fuzzy garage Rock on Ballad of Bertha Glutz/ Comin Up Fast, and some psychedelia on tracks like You Were Once A Man/ Birds Can't Row Boats and Livin' In The Blues. There are a few of these songs that you get multiple versions, sometimes with different names, which you would think might get a little repetitive, but Winter is so playful and inventive that each version is fresh and well worth the inclusion. This set takes you on a journey; you get to witness the evolution of a Rock & Roll hall of famer, hear all of the directions that he could have gone, see how he draws from his heroes, and witness the development of his own unique style. By the end of this set you are hearing the more familiar Johnny Winter with many great Blues tracks like Goin' Down Slow/ Kind Hearted Woman and Pneumonia Blues, plus heavy Rock tracks like Hook You. CD comes with extensive liner notes featuring session info, reproductions of contracts, correspondences, etc. (JM)

 

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