LATEST ADDITIONS  10/02/2013

 


BOOK

THE SOUL DISCOGRAPHY, VOLUME 3: N-Z by Bob McGrath ● BOOK $110.00
750 pages, paperback
The third and final volume in this series attempting to document every soul recording made between 1960 and 1980 is now available. The date boundaries listed above are very flexible and artists whose career started in the earlier blues & R&B era are covered in their entirety as are artists whose career extended beyond 1980. Doo-wop is not included but artists who started as doo-wop artists and switched to soul are included in their entirety. In order to make the project manageable only African-American artists are featured - so no blue eyed soul. This third volume cover the letters N through Z including all the major artists (The Neville Brothers, Maceo Parker, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, The Supremes, Johnnie Taylor, Ike & Tina Turner, Bobby Womack, etc.) along with many who only released one or two singles (Robert Neal, The Poindexter Brothers, The Royal Masters, John Phillips Soul, Brock Tanner, Uncle Louie, etc.) - more than 3,000 different artists in all. Artists are listed alphabetically with session information listed chronologically including titles recorded, location, session personnel (where known) and original issue on 78, 45, cassette, LP or CD. The book is nicely laid out in a two column format on 8.5 x 11" pages. Compiled by Bob McGrath with the assistance of hundreds of researchers throughout the world this is the first such discography ever attempted and will be invaluable addition to the bookshelf of anyone who loves blues, R&B and soul.

The first two volumes are still available and their are shipping discounts for ordering more than one book. To expedite shipping the book will be shipped directly from the publisher in Canada.

Rates are as follows
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To U.S.A. : 10 days - $30.00, 3-4 days - $45.00
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CALENDAR


CLASSIC BLUES ARTWORK FROM THE 1920S - 2014 Calendar   Blues Images 214 ● CALENDAR $18.98
32 page calendar + 24 track CD, essential.
It's October and time for renowned collector John Tefteller to delve into his phenomenal collection of blues graphics and rare 78s to present another sensational calendar and CD. This calendar (the eleventh) features reproductions of original artwork for advertisements printed in African-American newspapers in the late 20s and early 30s along with some incredibly photos, mostly by the Paramount Record Company advertising their latest blues releases. This calendar features fullsize ads for records by artists like Charlie Patton, Blind Blake (an ad for Miss Emma Liza - only recently discovered on 78 and included on the CD along with its flip), E.W. Clayborn, Washboard Walter, Papa Charlie Jackson and others. It also includes wonderful, previously unpublished photos of Henry Thomas and Furry Lewis as well as a fabulous photo of Bessie Smith that has has never before been published with such clarity. The calendar also includes small reproductions of another 23 ads, sample song lyrics, brief biographies and birth and death dates for many blues artists.
The calendar itself would be easily worth $18.98 but in addition you get a 21 track CD featuring all the records advertised in the full sized ads or by the artists in the photos plus 12 bonus tracks including the flips of the Blind Blake and Washboard Walter plus sides by Jim Thompkins (his only recording Bedside Blues is an all time favorite of mine with great vocals and unique slide guitar - the version here is from a newly found copy and sounds significantly better than previous reissues), Blind Percy, Tenderfoot Edwards (from the only known copy) and others. All tracks are newly remastered by Rich Nevins from the best or only surviving copies and have never sounded better.
Also included are full color inserts to enable you to make your own Classic Blues Artwork CD with a jewel case (jewel case not included) Since these would make such a great gift if you buy five or more calendars you can get them for $16.98 each! Calendar/ CD set counts as four CDs for shipping purposes. (FS)
Note: All previously released calendars are available since the artwork never dates and the CDs are also available separately for $8.98 each.
BLIND BLAKE: Dissatisfied Blues/ Miss Emma Liza/ BLIND PERCY: Coal River Blues/ Fourteenth Street Blues/ GEORGE CARTER: Ghost Woman Blues/ Weeping Willow/ REVEREND E. W. CLAYBORN: Your Enemies Cannot Harm You (But Watch Your Close Friend)/ TENDERFOOT EDWARDS: Up On The Hill Blues/ When You Dream Of Muddy Water/ PAPA CHARLIE JACKSON: Let's Get Along/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Long, Lonesome Blues/ FURRY LEWIS: Good Looking Girl Blues/ MOTHER MCCOLLUM: Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane/ LUELLA MILLER: Rattlesnake Groan/ THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: Crackin' Them Things/ BLIND GUSSIE NESBITT: God Is Worried At Your Wicked Ways/ He's The Joy Of My Salvation/ CHARLEY PATTON: Magnolia Blues/ Mean Black Cat/ BESSIE SMITH: Blue Spirit Blues/ HENRY THOMAS: Bull Doze Blues/ JIM THOMPKINS: Bedside Blues/ WASHBOARD WALTER: Overall Cheater Blues/ She's A Long, Tall, Disconnected Mama

 

COMPACT DISCS

BILLY BOY ARNOLD Original Blues Classics OBCCD 562 More Blues On The South Side ● CD $11.98 $6.98
13 tracks, 34 min., recommended
Arnold's first full LP, produced by Sam Charters in 1963, is a journeyman effort of rockin' Chicago blues. His initial Vee Jay sides had a fair amount of impact, especially on the British scene, and this selection continues in the same peppy vein. Initially inspired by Sonny Boy Williamson I, his approach here is solidly contemporary, close to the classic Little Walter sound on many songs, similar to Otis Rush's vocal style on I Love Only You, and resembling his former boss Bo Diddley on a few rockers including Evaleena/ Get Out Of Here. The unissued Playing With The Blues closes it. (MB)
BILLY BOY ARNOLD: Billy Boy's Blues/ Evaleena/ Get Out Of Here/ Goin' By The River/ I Love Only You/ I'll Forget About You/ Oh Baby/ Playing With The Blues/ School Time/ Two Drinks Of Wine/ You Better Cut That Out/ You Don't Love Me No More/ You're My Girl

 
HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS Hoodoo Records 263438 The One & Only/ Spotlight On Hank Ballard ● CD $13.98
28 tracks, highly recommended
Led by Hank's soaring gospel-tinged vocals, The Midnighters were the kind of group that could stand you short hairs on end even on what looks at first to be LP filler. This great collection features sides cut between 1959 and '62 and although there are few hits here the musical standard is astonishingly high ranging from the rocking Sugaree to the soulful doowop style soul ballad I'll Keep You Happy. On all the tracks Ballard gives his all with superb vocal backup by the rest of The Midnighters and accompaniment from a tough band with great guitar work from Billy Davis or Mickey Baker. Almost all the songs are Ballard originals including great sides like Cute Little Ways (a follow up to his hit Sexy Ways)/ So Good To Be Home/ She's Got A Whole Lot Of Soul/ Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go/ Goodbye - So Long/ The Hoochie Coochie Coo/ I'm Sick Of You and others. His one R&B cover is a stellar rendition of Kansas City and he also does fine versions of the pop standards Mona LIsa and Summertime. Sound quality is superb and there is a 16 page full color booklet with detailed notes, great photos and various ephemera. About a dozen cuts duplicate Jasmine 568 which leaves more than enough to make this worthwhile. (FS)

 
TOMMY DUNCAN Jasmine 3585 Dog House Blues ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Not a new release but not reviewed before. The title is a little misleading as only half the tracks on this set are by Duncan - the rest feature Billy Jack Wills. In spite of this there are no complaints about the music which is solid western swing. Tommy had been vocalist with Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys from the beginnings of the band up to 1948 when conflict between Wills and Duncan resulted in Duncan being fired. Duncan was considered Wills's greatest vocalist so had no problem forming a new band and landing a record contract and this set features a dozen solo sides by Duncan featuring that relaxed but lively vocal style on a fine collection of songs from the early/ mid 1950s including a couple from his days with Wills. Musicians are unidentified but are fine. After Duncan, went through a sucession of different vocalists including his younger brother Billy Jack who is featured with Bob & The Texas Playboys on five songs from the 1950s and the set is rounded out by seven excellent sides by Billy Jack and his Western Swing Band from the 1950s. (FS)
TOMMY DUNCAN: I'll Never Worry You/ Leavin' Today/ Mirror on the Wall/ My Son My Son/ San Antonio Rose/ Sending Your Picture Back/ Somebody's Pushin'/ Time Changes Everything/ I Just Can't Take It Any More/ The Parting of the Ways/ Walkin' in the Shadow of the Blues/ Wastin' Your Life Away/ BILLY JACK WILLS: Down in Old Mexico/ Hey Lula (Hey Lu-La)/ I Don't Want to Live Alone/ Lilly Dale/ Now That We Have Said Goodbye/ Out of Gas/ Tobacco Chewing Boogie/ BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Bottle Baby Boogie/ Cadillac in Model "A"/ Dog House Blues/ I Hit the Jackpot (When I Won You)/ I've Got a New Road Under My Wheels

 
FLATT & SCRUGGS Not Now 514 The Foggy Mountain Sound Of Flatt & Scruggs ● CD $11.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, 130 mins, highly recommended
An excellent inexpensive introduction to the music of one of the greatest of all bluegrass groups featuring the soulful vocals of Lester Flatt and the groundbreaking banjo playing of Earl Scruggs whose playing led to the banjo becoming an integral part of bluegrass music. Because of The Ballad Of Jed Clampett and the inclusion of the original Foggy Mountain Breakdown in the soundtrack of "Bonnie & Clyde" (both included here), Flatt and Scruggs were world famous in the 60's and 70's. But by then, as with many innovators, their most important groundbreaking work had been done. This set concentrates on their most creative period. Many other innovators, great players and singers were members of the band. Buck "Uncle Josh" Graves set the standard on bluegrass dobro for years to come, Paul Warren, Benny Martin, Art Wooten and Chubby Wise were among the fiddle players employed by Flatt and Scruggs, and mandolinist Curly Seckler's wonderful, bellowing tenor added much of the raw country emotion to the Foggy Mountain Boys' trios and quartets. This set includes Earl's instrumental showcases Foggy Mountain Breakdown/ Earl's Breakdown/ Flint Hill Special and others. Dobroist Josh Graves shows his stuff on Shuckin' The Corn the gorgeous Carter Family song I'll Be No Man's Wife (aka I Never Will Marry) and On My Mind. Other gems include 'tis Sweet To Be Remembered/ Nine Pound Hammer/ Big Black Train/ Hear The Winds Blow/ Philadelphia Lawyer/ Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms/ Don't Get Above Your Raisin' and others. Sounds quality is excellent and there are brief notes. (FS)
LESTER FLATT & EARL SCRUGGS: 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered/ Be Ready For Tomorrow May Never Come/ Big Black Train/ Blue Ridge Cabin Home/ Bubbling In My Soul/ Cabin On The Hill/ Come Back Darling/ Dear Old Dixie/ Don't Get Above Your Raisin'/ Don't Let Your Deal Go Down/ Earl's Breakdown/ Ellen Smith/ Flint Hill Special/ Foggy Mountain Breakdown/ Foggy Mountain Rock/ George Alley's F.F.V./ Go Home/ Good Times Are Past And Gone/ Ground Speed/ Hear The Wind Blow/ I'll Be No Man's Wife/ I'm Working On A Road/ Iron Curtain/ Jimmie Brown, The News boy/ Just Ain't/ Life Of Trouble/ McKinley's Gone/ Nine Pound Hammer/ Old Salty Dog Blues/ On My Mind/ Over The Hills To The Poor house/ Philadelphia Lawyer/ Polka On A Banjo/ Pray For The Boys/ Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms/ Shuckin' The Corn/ Six White Horses/ Someone Took My Place With You/ Someone You Have Forgotten/ Sun's Gonna Shine In My Back Door Some Day/ The Ballad Of Jed Clampett/ The Legend Of The Johnson Boys/ The Old Home Town/ Thinking About You/ This Land Is Your Land/ Till The End Of The World Rolls Around/ Who Knows Right From Wrong/ Who Will Sing For me/ You Put Me On My Feet/ Your Love Is Like A Flower

 
LONNIE JOHNSON Document DOCD 5066 Complete Recordings In Chronological Order V. 4 1928-29 ● CD $15.98 $10.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
A particularly fine entry in this excellent series this one includes 24 sides recorded between March, 1928 and May, 1929. There are some brilliant solo performances including his first recording of the popular Crowing Rooster Blues, the topical Broken Levee Blues and a very affecting version of the standard Careless Love. There are some great risquť duets with Victoria Spivey, a number of his classic guitar duets with Eddie Lang and two tracks where Johnson and Lang are joined by King Oliver, J.C. Johnson and Hoagy Carmichael recording under the name of Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four. The only weak tracks are the dull hokum duets with Spencer Williams. Sound is mostly satisfactory and there are good notes by Chris Smith. (FS)
BLIND WILLIE DUNN'S GIN BOTTLE FOUR: Blue Blood Blues/ Jet Black Blues/ LONNIE JOHNSON: A Handful Of Riffs/ Blue Guitars/ Broken Levee Blues/ Careless Love/ Crowing Rooster Blues/ Death Is On Your Track (Duet with Spencer Williams)/ Furniture Man Blues - Part 1 (Duet with Victoria Spivey)/ Furniture Man Blues - Part 2 (Duet with Victoria Spivey)/ Guitar Blues/ Have to Change Keys To Play These Blues/ I Want A Little Some O'That What You Got (Duet with Jimmy Foster)/ I'm So Tired Of Living All Alone/ It Feels So Good - Part 1 (Duet with Spencer Williams)/ It Feels So Good - Part 2 (Duet with Spencer Williams)/ New Black Snake Blues - Part 1 (Duet with Victoria Spivey)/ New Black Snake Blues - Part 2 (Duet with Victoria Spivey)/ Toothache Blues - Part 1 (Duet with Victoria Spivey)/ Toothache Blues - Part 2 (Duet with Victoria Spivey)/ Two Tone Stomp/ Way Down That Lonesome Road/ When You Fall For Some One That's Not Your Own/ Wrong Woman Blues

 
ALICE MOORE/ STREAMLINE MAE Document DOCD 5291 St. Louis Women - Vol 2 ● CD $15.98 $10.98
24 tracks, 71 mins, recommended
Complementing Document 5290 this features recordings of Alice Moore from 1934 to 1937 and the 1941 recordings of St. Louis Bessie (under the pseudonym of Streamline Mae). Moore (who does 20 songs) has a high, nasal and intense vocal style with some rather idiosyncratic pronunciation which is a little tiring in large doses but there are some fine performances here and her songs tend to be above average. Her 1934 recordings (like her 1929 recordings on 5290) find her in the company of superb pianist Henry Brown and trombone player Ike Rodgers and the topical Riverside Blues features some great blues fiddle from Artie Mosby. Most of the rest of her recordings feature Peetie Wheatstraw on piano except for one where Wheatstraw plays guitar in his somewhat unusual style and piano honors are by Jimmie Gordon. Streamline Mae (who does 4 songs from 1941) is a wonderful and expressive singer, at times a bit reminiscent of Memphis Minnie, accompanied by piano (probably Horace Malcolm), guitar (probably Big Bill Broonzy) and bass. Her School Boy Blues is a fine variation on the popular Good Morning Little Schoolgirl and Romance In The Dark is a fine cover of the Lil Green hit of a year previous. Very good sound and informative notes from Chris Smith. (FS)
ALICE MOORE: Black Evil Blues/ Blue Black And Evil Blues/ Daddy Calling Mama/ Death Valley Blues/ Doggin' Man Blues/ Don't Deny Me Baby/ Hand In Hand Women/ Just A Good Girl Treated Wrong/ Just Sitting Here Wondering/ Lonesome Woman Blues/ Midnight Creepers/ New Blue Black And Evil Blues/ Push Cart Pusher/ Riverside Blues/ S.o.s. Blues (distress Blues)/ Tired Of Me Blues/ Tomorrow Blues/ Too Many Men/ Trouble Blues/ Unlucky Play Blues/ STREAMLINE MAE: Blues Blues/ Romance In The Dark/ School Boy Blues/ Streamline Blues

 
CARLA THOMAS Stax (UK) CDLUX 012 Sweet Sweetheart - The American Studios Sessions & More ● CD $23.98
23 tracks, essential
This latest addition to Ace Records' ongoing "limited edition" series of CDs (only 5000 copies pressed) deservedly puts the spotlight on legendary R&B/Soul singer Carla Thomas. Combing through the Stax Records vaults, the compilers came across a complete album that Thomas cut in 1070 with producer Chips Moman at American Studios in Memphis that was shelved after the failure of the single I Loved You Like I Love My Very Life b/w Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll) in September 1970. From the first track of the CD, a stirring cover of James Taylor's Country Road, it's apparent the world's loss in 1970 is our gain now because this collection of tracks-provisionally titled "Sweet Sweetheart" - represent the perfect marriage of singer and producer. From the inspired cover of Free's Heavy Load to Goffin & King's title track, the songs consistently hit their mark and Carla's vocals are strong throughout, especially the way she breathes new life into the Bee Gees' To Love Somebody (covered by everyone and their father) and takes the schlock out of Ray Stevens' Everything is Beautiful to expose its' gospel heart. And Moman provides sympathetic arrangements that serve the singer and the song, without going over the top. The original songs-provided by the likes of Carole Bayer (Sager) and Toni Wine among others - are also of a high standard with I'm Gettin' Closer to You and Heaven Help the Non-Believer as the obvious standouts. As if all this goodness wasn't enough, Ace has added twelve unreleased tracks that run the gamut from alternate takes (of B-A-B-Y, Good Good Lovin' and others) to a version of James Brown's Try Me and Hayes and Porter's Love Sure is Hard Sometimes. It is speculated that these bonus tracks were recorded at the Stax McLemore Avenue premises over the course of four years from late 1964 to late 1968. Although these recordings pre-date the Moman sessions, the songs don't sound too jarring next to the later material and provide a chance to hear some lost Thomas greatness. Ace has had several exceptional installments in its' "limited edition" series, but this one may just be the best one yet. Don't miss it. (GMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDTOP 1369 Sophisticated Boom Boom! The Shadow Morton Story ● CD $22.98
24 tracks, very highly recommended
George "Shadow" Morton was a 60's record producer/songwriter who's biggest claim to fame was legendary girl group The Shangri-Las. But Morton's story goes way beyond the teenage soap operas that were The Leader of the Pack and Remember (Walkin' in the Sand) (of which a previously unissued alternate version is presented here); in fact, his is a career that began with 50's vocal group and extended through psychedelia into 70's glam rock. Shadow Morton was a man of mystery and enigma, but there was nothing mysterious about his recorded works whether its' his first group The Markeys (Hot Rod), girl groups the Goodies (Sophisticated Boom Boom) and the Nu-Luvs (Take My Advice), teen prodigy Janis Ian (Society's Child), songwriter Ellie Greenwich's solo sides (Baby/ You Don't Know), or The Blues Project (Lost in the Shuffle). But for rock fans, Morton's most iconic work was with Vanilla Fudge (their six minute-plus rework of the Supremes' You Keep Me Hangin' On), Iron Butterfly (the twenty minute-plus In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida, presented here in its' 3 minute single edit), Mott the Hoople (1971's Midnight Lady), and the New York Dolls (he produced the band's second album, "Too Much Too Soon" from which two tracks have been extracted). Morton was as innovative a producer as Phil Spector, as he favored theatrical, widescreen arrangements for his creations which made them sound like mini epics whether they were 2 or 20 minutes long. Lovingly packaged with a beautifully designed 38 page booklet fully detailing his saga, this tribute to the mad genius of Shadow Morton is one of the year's best re-issues. (GMC)
THE BEATTLE-ETTES: Only Seventeen/ THE BLUES PROJECT: Lost In The Shuffle/ THE GOODIES: Sophisticated Boom Boom/ ELLIE GREENWICH: Baby/ You Don't Know/ JANIS IAN: Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)/ Too Old To Go 'Way Little Girl/ IRON BUTTERFLY: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida/ THE LONELY ONES: I Want My Girl/ THE MARKEYS FEATURING GEORGIE MORTON: Hot Rod/ SHADOW MORTON: Dressed In Black/ MOTT THE HOOPLE: Midnight Lady/ THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Puss 'N' Boots/ Stranded In The Jungle/ THE NU-LUVS: So Soft, So Warm/ Take My Advice/ THE SHAGGY BOYS: Stop The Clock/ THE SHANGRI-LAS: Give Him A Great Big Kiss/ I'll Never Learn/ Past, Present And Future/ Remember (Walkin' In The Sand)/ THE VAGRANTS: And When It's Over/ VANILLA FUDGE: Season Of The Witch, Pt 2/ You Keep Me Hangin' On

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1370 A Road Leading Home - Songs By Dan Penn ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended
Here's a follow-up to the much ballyhooed (with good reason) "Sweet Inspiration: The Songs Of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham" (Ace CDCHD 1284 - $18.98). You get a couple penned by Penn & Oldham, but for the most part this is Penn penning tunes by himself or with the likes of Chips Moman, Donnie Fritts, Rick Hall, and others. Great R&B, Souls, and Pop like: Once More With Feeling by Jeanie Fortune, Roy Hamilton's take on The Dark End Of The Street, Oh! What A Fool I've Been by The Sweet Inspirations, Cheater Man by Esther Phillips and even Penn himself with Is A Blue Bird Blue, although my favorite track on this would have to be Brenda Lee's surprisingly great version of Do Right Woman, Do Right Man. A nice thick booklet full of notes and other treats rounds out the package. (JM)
THE BLUES BUSTERS: I Can't Stop (No. No No)/ LINDA CARR: (Almost Persuaded To) Give Him One More Try/ THE DRIFTERS: Far From The Maddening Crowd/ THE ENTERTAINERS: I Tried To Tell You/ JEANIE FORTUNE: Once More With Feeling/ THE HACIENDA BROTHERS: What's Wrong With Right/ ROY HAMILTON: The Dark End Of The Street/ ALBERT KING: Like A Road Leading Home/ BRENDA LEE: Do Right Woman, Do Right Man/ LAURA LEE: Up Tight Good Man/ LINDA GAIL LEWIS: Break Up The Party/ RONNIE MILSAP: I Hate You/ BOBBY PATTERSON: Long Ago/ DAN PENN: Is A Blue Bird Blue/ ESTHER PHILLIPS: Cheater Man/ JAMES & BOBBY PURIFY: So Many Reasons/ BOBBY PURIFY (BEN MOORE): Better To Have It/ TED RODDY AND THE TEARJOINT TROUBADORS: Tearjoint/ TOMMY ROE: Come On/ PERCY SLEDGE: Rainbow Road/ THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS: Oh! What A Fool I've Been/ TED TAYLOR: Without A Woman/ IRMA THOMAS: Zero Willpower # 2/ BILLY YOUNG: You Left The Water Running

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDTOP2 1373 Beating he Petrillo Ban - Late December 1947 Modern Ses ● CD $29.98
Two CDs, 49 tracks, highly recommended
In 1947 James Petrillo head of the American Federation of Musiacins called for the second of two strikes by its members - this time to be sure its members got jobs in radio broadcasters. In order to hedge against a possible lengthy strike, record companies engaged in furiously recording as much as possible before the strike took effect on January 1, 1948 so that they would have a stockpile to draw on for records during the period of the strike. The Bihari Brothers who owned the Modern group of labels were no exception and in November and December, 1947 recorded 130 tracks across 30 sessions featuring many of its most popular artists. This excellent set features a collection of sides recorded between December 19th and 31 at a dozen different sessions. The label's most popular artist was singer/ piano player Hadda Brooks who is featured on 14 tracks accompanied by guitar, bass & drums on a selection of sultry torch ballads and one driving boogie. There are a dozen tracks from thee splendid jump band led by drummer Al "Cake" Wichard - many of them featuring vocals by the great blues shouter Jimmy Witherspoon along with a couple of vocals by another fine blues shouter Duke Henderson and a couple of instrumentals. Superb singer & guitarist is feature with his excellent band featuring Lloyd Glenn on piano and a fabulous unnamed sax player on four cuts including the Louis Jordan styled jump blues Snuff Dippin' Mama and the soulful instrumental Gene's Guitar Blues with Gene playing guitar in Hawaiian slide style. Other artists include The Ebonaires (a rather drab vocal group), The Art Shackleford (a jazzy instrumental combo featuring the excellent guitar of Shackleford), Little Willie Jackson (fine alto saxist and vocalist from the Joe Liggins band), Butch Stone & His Orch. (Excellent jump band with four songs including a lively reworking of Fats Waller's Your Feets Too Big) and Madam Ira Mae Littlejohn (fabulous gospel vocalist who sounds a little like Sister Rosetta Tharpe accompanied by piano and guitar). Superb sound, especially considering that some of the acetates used were in such bad shape that a few years ago they were virtually unplayable. 16 page booklet has informative notes by Tony Rounce, but as usual for Ace, no personnel l details. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1378 Dues Paid - The Bluestime Story ● CD $18.98
15 track, good
This is a reissue of tracks recorded for Bob Thiele's Bluestime label in 1969 after he had left ABC where he had produced a number of albums for their blues label Bluesway. He started Bluestime with intention of trying to repeat the success Bluesway had had with B.B. King but failed in the attempt. A number of the artists Thiel recorded for Bluestime he had previously worked with at Bluesway. In order to update the artist's sound he recorded most of them with L.A. studio musicians, often the same ones and imbued most of them with a boogaloo rhythm that quickly becomes tedious. There are three tracks by T-Bone Walker - on only one does he get to play lead guitar - the instrumental Tribute To B.B. KIng and on that the buzzing of blues rock guitarist Louie Shelton in the background almost ruins it. Otis Spann has two songs - except for one intro his great piano is buried in the mix. Big Joe Turner's Plastic Man is one of the better track with minimal backup, fine singing and Joe and terrific harp from George Smith. Also featured are Harmonica Slim, The Plaster Caster Blues Band (with decent harp from George), Big Mama Thornton (a previously unissued live version of Hound Dog given a boogaloo arrangement) and others. All in all an underwhelming collection. Ace has access to so much really great blues material I don't know why they bothered with this. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1379 Louisiana Saturday Night Revisited ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 75 mins, recommended
So many of the legends like Queen Ida, Rockin' Sidney, Clifton Chenier, Bobby Charles, Boozoo Chavis, etc., are all either long gone, or well into their 80s, so Cajun/ Zydeco/ Swamp Pop music can't have music going on any more, right? Well, this compilation does a great job showing that Louisiana's music is not only still alive but even thriving in some ports. On this collection you get a whole mess of studio recordings done in the last decade, from the likes of Travis Matte & The Kingpins, Ken Marvel, Jivin' Gene, Michael Hurtt & His Haunted Hearts, and many more. There are a couple bona-fide swamp stars on here with Warren Storm, and Willie Tee both making appearances (Willie Tee's track recorded shortly before his death). I'm not in love with every track on here, but I am in love with the energy and passion for the music that I hear throughout it. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acid Jazz 320 Rare Mod, Vol. 4 ● CD $18.98
16 tracks, recommended
Fourth in a series of CDs dedicated to documenting the music that emerged from England's Mod culture in the 60's, this one spotlights such Mod favorites as Gary Farr and the T-Bones (with Keith Emerson playing organ on their track Together Forever) and the Artwoods (featuring Jon Lord on a hot version of Hoochie Coochie Man). A collection of this sort wouldn't be complete without a few obscurities and this one is no exception sporting tracks by Syd's Crowd (who rock up J. Walker's Road Runner), Mountain Men, an Unknown Mod Band who deliver a smoking Hey Gyp, and the suspiciously American sounding Row Boat. Slightly better known acts are Perfumed Garden and Tomorrow's Children, who give us the primeval Cover Girl and the psychedelic LSD respectively. I haven't heard the previous volumes of this series, so I cannot attest to how much this one fits in with the rest, but I can say that, as far as this one goes, it's not a bad collection of hard to find 60's British Rock and for fans it might be worth searching out the other volumes. (GMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Angry Mom 03 Five Days Married & Other Laments ● CD $15.98
18 tracks, 57 mins, essential
Fantastic collection of music from Northern Greece recorded between 1928 and 1958. There are some slight similarities between this and the more well known rembetika but this is wilder and looser with a great sense of improvisation. Unlike rembetika which is basically the music of the city this music comes from rural villages. The recordings are about 2/3 instrumental and the rest feature some incredible vocals - sometimes solo, sometimes in duets and sometimes in breathtaking polyphony. The primary instrument used on both instrumental and vocal titles is the clarinet which is played with fervor and wild abandon. Other instruments include the cymbalom, violin and lauto (eight stringed lute). The music ranges from mid-tempo dance music (Stroto Pogonisio) to the sublime and mournful (Mirologi Arvanitiko). This is a truly spellbinding collection with excellent sound and informative, if occasionally elliptical, notes by compiler Chris King. This is a real find! (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5159 Memphis Blues (1927-1938) ● CD $15.98 $11.98
25 tracks, 75 min., very highly recommended
A superb collection of relatively obscure pre-war, Memphis-associated country blues artists. Of the 9 performers here, Hattie Hart stands out with a soulful intensity reminiscent of Lucille Bogan on I'm Missing That Thing/ I Let My Daddy Do That and 2 others cut in '34 and featuring guitar work from Willie Borum and Allen Shaw. Count both of George Torey's excellent sides, Married Woman Blues/ Lonesome Man Blues, as highlights too, with enviable guitar work and strong vocals. Pearl Dickson is another outstanding vocalist accompanied by the gorgeous twin guitar work of "Pet" and "Can" (Maylon and Richard Harney). Other blues practitioners include Sam Townsend, John Henry Barbee, Pearl Dickson, Ollie Rupert (accompanied by guitar and jews harp), Walter Rhodes (a rare example of pre war blues with accordion accompanied by "Pet" and "Can"), Charlie "Bozo" Nickerson, and Madelyn James. Fine sound and informative notes by blues scholar Kip Lornell. (JC/ FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital 031 Sorrow Come Pass Me Around ● CD $14.98
16 tracks, 42 mins, essential
Disclosure alert! I first put this album out on LP on my Advent label in the 1970s so I may be a bit prejudiced but objectively this is a fabulous album of rural gospel music recorded in Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia by David Evans in the late 1960s and early 70s. The material is incredibly varied ranging from the fife and drum band of Ephram Carter on the title song to the gospel blues of superb singer and slide guitarist Robert "Nighthawk" Johnson (how could he be bad with a name like that?!) with two songs including a stellar rendition of Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down to the solo acapella vocals of the legendary pre war bluesman Rube Lacy (as Rev. Rubin Lacey) on the incredibly powerful Talk About A Child That Do Love Jesus. The gospel song Glory Glory Hallelujah (Since I Lay My Burden Down) is among the most popular African-American gospel songs and on this album we have three versions that are cleverly sequenced so one segues into the other featuring acapella group Chester Davis & Congregation, one string guitarist Compton Jones and great bluesman Furry Lewis. There are two songs from superb New Orleans singer/ guitarist Babe Stovall and three beautiful sides from Wilard Artis "Blind Pete" Burell who with his gentle voice and sensitive electric guitar picking brings to mind the great pre-war gospel singer Washington Phillips. Other artists include Annie Lee & Oscar Crawford, Johnson's daughters accompanied by Johnson on guitar, Katie Mae Young, Eddie Lee "Mustright" Jones, Pattie Roseman and Napoleon Strickland. Great music, beautifully recorded and with detailed notes by Evans. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77168 That's All Right With Me - Juke Joints 4 ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 104 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific collection of great and rare down home and country blues recorded by, mostly obscure artists recording for obscure labels. If you have an extensive collection of reissues on Boulevard, Acrobat, Fantastic Voyage, etc. then you probably have most of the tracks here but, if not, you are in for real treat. A lot of the country blues tracks sound archaic enough that they coud have easily been recorded 15 years earlier. Willie Lane's gorgeous Howling Wolf from 1949 is very similar to J.T. "Funny Paper" Smith's 1930 recording of the same song. Among the other great artists here are The Leapfrogs, Ernest Lewis (a fabulous version of Loudella that is very different to the Jimmy Rogers version), Wright Holmes (wonderful primitive sounding Texas bluesman), Sonny Boy Johnson, Manny Nicholls, Monister Parker, John Brim (great down home Chicago blues with Sunnyland Slim & Eddie Taylor), Willie "Bo" Thomas, Detroit Slim, Little Al (the superb No Jive from Arthur Gunter's brothers), Woodrow Adams (raucous Memphis blues), James Tisdom, Frankie Lee Sims (one of his earliest recordings - with steel guitar!), Lonesome Sundown, Thunder Smith (fabulous piano blues), Little Son Willis (more great piano blues - vocals inspired by Dr. Clayton), Beverley Scott, Doug Quattlebaum (the full length version of his terrific Don't Be Funny Baby), Black Diamond, Big Son Tillis and many more. There's not a single dud her. Sound quality is excellent and there are brief notes from Neil Slaven. (FS)
WOODROW ADAMS: Last Time/ Train Is Cominí/ Train Time/ DUKE BAYOU: Thatís All Right With Me/ BLACK DIAMOND: Lonesome Blues/ BLUE CHARLIE: Donít Bring No Friend/ CHARLEY BRADIX: Boogie Like You Wanna/ JOHN BRIM: Hard Pill To Swallow/ I Love My Baby/ EDDIE BURNS: Notoriety Woman/ JOSEPH BUTLER: Texas Blues/ PERRY CAIN: All The Way From Texas/ RATTLESNAKE COOPER: I Treated You Wrong/ Lost Woman Blues/ Rattlesnake Blues/ COUSIN LEROY: Catfish/ Goiní Back Home/ Highway 41/ Waitiní At The Station/ LARRY DALE: Midnight Hours/ Please Tell Me/ SONNY BOY DAVIS: I Donít Live Here No More/ Rhythm Blues/ DETROIT SLIM: Nelly Mae/ JESSE FULLER: Mr Engineer/ BOB GADDY: I (Believe Yo Got A Sidekick)/ Operator/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Honey Babe/ JOHN HOGG: Black Snake Blues/ Worryiní Blues/ SMOKEY HOGG: Blue & Lonesome Blues/ Misery Is My Life/ TONY HOLLINS: Crawliní King Snake/ WRIGHT HOLMES: Drove From Home Blues/ LILí SON JACKSON: Freedom Train Blues/ Gone With The Wind/ SONNY BOY JOHNSON: Alright With Me/ Netta Mae/ Quinsella/ SAM KELLY: Rambliní Around Blues/ KING CHARLES: Bop Cat Stomp/ WILLIE LANE: Black Cat Rag/ Howling Wolf/ Too Many Women Blues/ L. B. LAWSON & JAMES SCOTT JR: Canít Love Me And My Money Too/ L.B. LAWSON & JAMES SCOTT JR: Flypaper Boogie/ LAZY LESTER: Bloodstains/ Tell Me Pretty Baby/ THE LEAP FROGS: Dirty Britches/ Things Gonna Change/ LEFT HAND CHARLIE: Miss My Lagnion/ Whole Lotta Drinkiní On The Block/ ERNEST LEWIS: Little Mae Belle/ Loudella/ No More Loviní/ West Coast Blues/ LIGHTNINí SLIM: Did Me Wrong Baby/ Iím Him/ Rocky Mountain Blues/ Thatís All Right/ LITTLE AL: Easy Ridiní Buggy/ No Jive/ LONESOME SUNDOWN: Leave My Money Alone/ Lonesome Whistler/ DAVID PETE MCKINLEY: Shreveport Blues/ ELMON MICKLE: Got To Get Some Money/ Lonesome Highway/ MANNY NICHOLLS: Tall Skinny Mama Blues/ Worried Life/ WILLIE NIX: Letís Take A Little Walk/ Midnight Showers Of Rain/ Riding In The Moonlight/ Truckiní Little Woman/ MONISTER PARKER: Black Snake Blues/ You Gonna Need Me/ DOUG QUATTLEBAUM: Donít Be Funny Baby/ BEVERLEY SCOTT: Shakiní The Boogie/ Southern California Blues/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Cross Country Blues/ Donít Forget Me Baby/ Home Again Blues/ Single Man Blues/ HENRY SMITH: Good Rockiní Mama/ Lonesome Blues/ THUNDER SMITH: Big Stars Are Falling/ Cruel Hearted Woman/ LUTHER STONEHAM: January 11, 1949 Blues/ THE SUGARMAN: Which Woman Do I Love/ ANDREW THOMAS: I Love My Baby/ My Baby Quit Me Blues/ LAFAYETTE THOMAS: The Thing/ Weekly Blues/ WILLIE "BO" THOMAS: I Donít Know Whatís Happening Baby/ BIG SON TILLIS: Cold Blues/ I Got A Letter/ Iím Going Upstairs/ Rocks Is My Pillow/ JAMES TISDOM: Cadillac Blues/ Feel So Good/ Last Affair Blues/ Overhaul Blues/ PHILLIP WALKER: Louisiana Walk/ Playing In The Park/ SQUARE WALTON: Fish Tail Blues/ Pepper Head Woman/ LITTLE SON WILLIS: Nothing But The Blues/ Skin And Bone/ JOHNNY WRIGHT: Up For It - Take 1

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Numero 047 Eccentric Soul - The Forte Label ● CD $18.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
Started by entrepreneur Ellis Taylor in the late 60's, Kansas City R&B label Forte became best known for its' recordings by former James Brown singer, Marva Whitney. Her three tracks here - I've Lived the Life/ Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Now, and Nothing I'd Rather Be (Than Your Weakness) - are dynamic and powerful and among the collection's high points. Other bright moments come courtesy of Gene Williams (Don't' Let Your Love Fade Away), Louis Chachere (The Hen Part 1), frat rockers The Fantasticks (Cry Night and Day), The Four Darlings (Baby Your Love is Amazing), and Tony Ashley & the Delicates (All Along I've Loved You). One of the noteworthy (or annoying, depending on your point of view) things about Forte was its' tendency to use the same music tracks for different songs (e.g. Tear Drops I'm Gonna Get You reappears as Gene Williams' Whatever You Do [Do it Good]) for reasons best known to themselves; regardless, what might be considered lazy by some people could be considered as genius by others. However one looks at, Forte was the most successful Kansas City R&B label of its time and these twenty-one cuts present it at its' best. (GMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY3CD 021 Watch Your Mouth - Gems From The Warner Brothers Vaults ● CD $13.98
3 CDs, 75 tracks, highly recommended
Like all the other major movie studios, Warner Brothers started its' own record label 1958 originally for the purpose of releasing movie soundtracks and albums from studio stars like Tab Hunter. Then Warners signed the Everly Brothers in 1960 and watched them score a number one hit with Cathy's Clown. After that, the label never looked back. The second major act was Peter, Paul & Mary, who milked the folk boom and scored with If I Had a Hammer and Lemon Tree. All of the aforementioned songs are included here, but the compilers' intention was to focus on the label's less commercially successful period. The Everly Brothers and Peter, Paul & Mary songs aside, whether or not these songs could be considered not commercial successes (and at least two-Joanie Sommers' Johnny Get Angry and Edd "Kookie" Byrnes Kookie Kookie [Lend Me Your Comb] - were) is up for debate. Regardless, there are indeed some gems scattered over the three discs. Bill Doggett, Bill Haley & His Comets, and John Buck & His Blazers all strut their stuff, while Bob Luman leads the country charge and Johnny Carroll is their Eddie Cochran/Elvis. Then there's the glorious one-shots like Troyce Key's Watch Your Mouth, Sammy Masters' Rockin' Red Wing, and Richard Berry's Walk Right in. And let's not forget the Warners stable of TV/film actors who cut a record or two; along with Hunter, we get Connie Stevens, Dorothy Provine, and Robert (Bob) Conrad! Who would have thought it? James T. West a pop singer! Most intriguing of all we get to hear early cuts from Johnny I Can See Clearly Now Nash; he hadn't found the pop reggae beat in 1961-62, but he acquits himself well on Ol' Man River and Don't Take Away Your Love. Honestly, there are all sorts of treasures to be found over these three discs, too much to talk about here, so the only thing the discerning punter can do is to check out this gold mine themselves. (GMC)
TYRONE A'SAURUS: The Monster Twist/ RICHARD BERRY: Walk Right In/ CHARLIE BLACKWELL: The Girl Of My Best Friend/ JERICHO BROWN: Look For A Star/ GENE BUA: Blue Eyed Darlin'/ Once Upon A Time/ JOHN BUCK & HIS BLAZERS: Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair/ Forbidden City/ EDD 'KOOKIE' BYRNES & CONNIE STEVENS: Kookie Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)/ CATHY CARROLL: Young Ones/ JOHNNY CARROLL: Bandstand Doll/ Sugar/ The Swing/ THE CHATEAUS: If I Didn't Care/ The Masquerade Is Over/ BOB CONRAD: Bye Bye Baby/ BILL DOGGETT: (Let's Do) The Hully Gully Twist/ Jackrabbit/ Let's Do The Continental/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Cathy's Clown/ No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile/ So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)/ Stick With Me Baby/ That's Old Fashioned/ Walk Right Back/ EDDIE FONTAINE: I'm Gonna Settle Down/ BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS: Candy Kisses/ Flip Flop And Fly/ Let The Good Times Roll Creole/ BUDDY HARMAN: Drum Twist/ TAB HUNTER: Apple Blossom Time/ I'll Never Smile Again/ Jealous Heart/ IMPAX: Baby You're My Love/ Cool Sea Breeze/ SPIKE JONES: Movie Monster Ball/ TROYCE KEY: Watch Your Mouth/ THE LETTERMEN: Two Hearts/ BOB LUMAN: Buttercup/ Let's Think About Living/ My Baby Walks All Over Me/ Oh, Lonesome Me/ The Fool/ Why, Why, Bye, Bye/ SAMMY MASTERS: Rockin' Red Wing/ THE MELO GENTS: Baby Be Mine/ JOHNNY NASH: Don't Take Away Your Love/ Ol' Man River/ THE NORTONES: Susie Jones/ THE PARADONS: Take All Of Me/ PETER, PAUL & MARY: If I Had A Hammer/ Lemon Tree/ DOROTHY PROVINE & THE CHORUS GIRLS: Bye Bye Blackbird/ DON RALKE: 77 Sunset Strip/ Teen Beat/ ROBIN ROCKET: You Hold The Key/ MIMI ROMAN: Johnny Will/ THE ROUTERS: Let's Go (Pony)/ JOHNNY SARDO: I Wanna Rock/ Late, Late, Late To School/ EARL SINKS: Little Susie Parker/ Look For Me/ JOANIE SOMMERS: I Don't Want to Walk Without You/ Johnny Get Angry/ When the Boys Get Together/ CONNIE STEVENS: Apollo/ Sixteen Reasons/ Too Young To Go Steady/ THE SWE-DANES: Georgia Camp Meeting/ CHIP TAYLOR: Here I Am/ ED TOWNSEND: Cherrigale/ Stay With Me (A Little While Longer)/ JOHNNY WALSH: Girl Machine/ JOHNNY ZORRO: Road Hog/ The Choke

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY3CD 027 Up On The Roof - Gems From The Atlantic Vaults, 1961/62 ● CD $13.98
3 CDs, 75 tracks, 185 mins, highly recommended
1961-62 aren't the best years in Atlantic Records history, but that is only because the bar is so high. There were certainly a great big mess of great records put out by Atlantic during these years, enough to make a great collection. As you can judge by the name on this one, this was a big period for The Drifters (mark 2) with such hits as Up On The Roof/ Sweets for My Sweet/ Some Kind of Wonderful/ When My Little Girl Is Smiling and Please Stay all hitting the top 40 and all featured here, plus a few from them that didn't chart as high. You also get healthy portions from Atlantic stalwarts Ruth Brown, LaVerne Baker, Ray Charles, Solomon Burke, etc. Since '61 & '62 were two of the best years for Rock & Roll instrumentals, you would expect some choice one released by the big A, and you won't be disappointed with many great cuts by The Shadows, and The Tarantulas. Then when it comes down to the lesser known gems, odd-ball covers, etc., there are plenty of those to enjoy as well, some of my favorites here are Do The Hully Gully (Part 1) by King Coleman, Stay At Home Lulu by Dale Hawkins, You Can Get Him Frankenstein by The Castle Kings, a pretty fantastic cover of Shine On Harvest Moon by The Isley Brothers, and who can resist The Lone Twister by The Lone Twister (dig those bongo man!). By and large the sound is top notch, but there are a couple rare tracks that sound a bit rough due probably to available source recording. (JM)
LAVERN BAKER: Hey Memphis/ Saved/ See See Rider/ RICHIE BARRETT: Some Other Guy/ Tricky Dicky/ RUTH BROWN: Anyone But You/ Sure 'Nuff/ SOLOMON BURKE: Cry To Me/ Down In The Valley/ Go On Back To Him/ I Really Don't Want to Know/ Just Out Of Reach/ Keep The Magic Working/ JOE BUSHKIN: Hard Candy/ GEORGIE CAMP: Jimmy Told I Lie/ THE CASTLE KINGS: Jeanette/ Loch Lomond/ You Can Get Him Frankenstein/ RAY CHARLES: Am I Blue/ Early In The Morning/ I Wonder Who/ THE CLOVERS: Drive It Home/ KING COLEMAN: Do The Hully Gully(Part 1)/ LARRY DALE: Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ BARRY DARVELL: Adam And Eve/ Lost Love/ RONNIE DIO & THE PROPHETS: Love Pains/ LONNIE DONEGAN: Beyond The Sunset/ Have A Drink On Me/ Sorry, But I'm Gonna Have to Pass/ THE DRIFTERS: PPPPPPPPPPPalliserppUp On The Roof/ Please Stay/ Some Kind Of Wonderful/ Stranger On The Shore/ Sweets For My Sweet/ When My Little Girl Is Smiling/ THE FALCONS: Darling/ RONNIE GALLANT: Shadows/ FRANK GARI: She Makes Me Wanna Dance/ DALE HAWKINS: Stay At Home Lulu/ With A Feeling/ Women/ JON E. HOLIDAY: Yes I Will Love You Tomorrow/ VIRGIL HOLMES: Ghost Train/ CARL HOLMES & THE COMMANDERS: Mashed Potatoes/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Just One More Time/ Shine On Harvest Moon/ Write To Me/ JOHNNY JENKINS: Pinetop/ JIMMY JULES: Take It Like It Comes/ BETTY LAVETT: My Man He's A Loving Man/ BARBARA LEWIS: My Heart Went Do Dat Da/ My Mama Told Me/ THE LONE TWISTER: The Lone Twister/ TOMMY MANNO: Too Good To Be True/ JERRY MATHERS: Don'tcha Cry/ DARLENE PAUL: All Of A Sudden My Heart Sings/ TOMMY RIDGLEY: Jam Up Twist/ THE SHADOWS: F.B.I./ Kon-Tiki/ Wonderful Land/ BILLY STORM: Dear One/ Honey Love/ When You Dance/ THE TARANTULAS: Black Widow/ Tarantula/ TEX & THE CHEX: I Do Love You/ CARLA THOMAS: A Love Of My Own/ I Can't Take It/ Wish Me Good Luck/ THE TOP NOTES: Always Late (Why Lead Me On)/ Hearts Of Stone/ Twist & Shout/ MEL TORMť: Comin' Home Baby/ THE VAN DYKES: King Of Fools

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY3CD 043 I Pity The Fool - The Duke Records Story ● CD $13.98
Three CDs, 60 tracks, highly recommended
James Mattis & Bill Fitzgerald founded Duke Records in Memphis in 1952 and its first issue was the raucous blues Hey Fat Girl by Roscoe Gordon (featured here). Later in the year they were joined by Don Robey, owner of Peacock Records. He bought out his partners in early 1953 and moved operations to his home town of Houston, Texas and over the next 20 years issued a wide range of African-American music, scoring many R&B hits. This fine collection features a selection recorded between 1952 and 1962 encompassing blues, R&B, doo-wop, soul and gospel. Among the many great artists here Bobby "Blue" Bland, Fenton Robinson, Peppermint Harris, Little Junior Parker, Otis Rush, Johnny Littleton & The Capistranos, The Sultans, The El Toros, Joe "Mr. Google Eyes" August, Ted Taylor, Larry Davis, Paul Perryman, The 4 Dukes, Earl Forest, Willie Mays, Clara Ward and others. A superb collection though I wish the set had extended to 75 tracks like other One Day triple sets but, at the price, it's a steal. (FS)
THE 4 DUKES: Crying In The Chapel/ BUDDY ACE: Screaming Please/ This Little Love Of Mine/ What Can I Do/ JOHNNY ACE: How Can You Be So Mean/ Pledging My Love/ Don't You Know/ MR 'GOOGLE EYES' AUGUST: Lead Us On/ MR. 'GOOGLE EYES' AUGUST: Oh Ho Doodle Lu/ BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND: Cry, Cry, Cry/ I Pity The Fool/ That's The Way Love Is/ Turn On Your Love Light/ BROOKS & BROWN: Sleeping In An Ocean Of Tears/ JOHNNY BROWN: Snake Hips/ JAMES DAVIS: I'm Gonna Tell It On You/ LARRY DAVIS: Angels In Houston/ Texas Flood/ CHUCK EDWARDS: Morning Train/ THE EL TORROS: Dance With Me/ Doop Doop A Walla Walla/ Mama's Cookin'/ FENTON & THE CASTLE ROCKERS: The Freeze/ THE FIVE JADES: Rock And Roll Molly/ EARL FOREST: Rock The Bottle/ ROSCO GORDON: Dilly Bop/ Hey Fat Girl/ Keep On Doggin'/ T-model Boogie/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: Angel Child/ MISS LAVELL: Stolen Love/ Stop These Teardrops/ Tide Of Love/ LITTLE BUCK: Let Tt Be Now/ So Fine, So Sweet/ LITTLE SONNY: I gotta Find My baby/ JOHN LITTLETON & THE CAPISTRANOS: Now Darling/ WILLIE MAYS: If You Love Me/ JOE MEDWICK: Searching In Vain/ JO ANN MITCHELL: I'll Make It Up To You/ LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER: Annie Get Your Yo-Yo/ How Long Can This Go On/ Seven Days/ Sittin' Drinkin' And Thinkin'/ PAUL PERRYMAN: Satellite Fever, Asiatic 'Flu/ Teenage Romeo/ FENTION ROBINSON: Crazy Crazy Loving/ FENTON ROBINSON: As the Years Go Passing By/ Tennessee Woman/ OTIS RUSH: Homework/ JUNIOR RYDER: Better Stop/ ST. LOUIS JIMMY: Drinkin' Woman/ THE SULTANS: Baby Don't Put Me Down/ Boppin' With The Mambo/ How Deep Is The Ocean/ If I could Tell/ TED TAYLOR: Count The Stars/ Hold Me Tight/ Since You're Home/ CLARA WARD: Time Is Winding Up

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 192 Goodbye Cruel World: The Colpix Story ● CD $11.98
2 CDs, 50 tracks, 120 mins, recommended
There's a big scoop of the mate, spawn and die Pop that made Colpix a fortune way back when, with the likes of Johnny Angel by Shelly Fabares, Lollipops And Roses by Paul Peterson, and Gidget Goes Hawaiian by James Darren, just to name a few. If that doesn't float your boat though, there are still plenty of great tracks that aren't quite so sugary. Nina Simone drops by with a great answer song to Ray Charles in Come On Back, Jack and the even cooler I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl. The Marcels are also here with their all-time great Blue Moon, plus a few other gems, You also get cool obscurities from The Ronettes, The Skyliners, Ray Campi, The Violents, and many more. (JM)
BOBBY ADAMS: I Think You Want My Girl/ Save Those Teardrops/ JIMMY BEAUMONT: Baion Rhythm/ RAY CAMPI: Hear What I Wanna Hear/ BERNADETTE CASTRO: His Lips Get Right In The Way/ Sports Car Sally/ PHIL CASTRO: Crazy Little Heartache/ JAMES DARREN: Gidget Goes Hawaiian/ Goodbye Cruel World/ Her Royal Majesty/ JIMMY DARREN: Because Theyíre Young/ SHELLEY FABARES: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do/ It Keeps Right On A-Hurtiní/ Johnny Angel/ Johnny Loves Me/ EDDIE FRIEND & THE EMPIRES: Single And Free/ Tears In My Eyes/ DON GANT: Daydream/ Sugar Love/ JERRY HANSEN: Cool Man/ KRIS JENSON: Staying Up Late/ SHIRLEY JONES: Pepe/ JERRY KNIGHT: I Wish, I Wish/ THE MARCELS: Blue Moon/ Heartaches/ Summertime/ OLIVER & THE TWISTERS: Locomotion Twist/ Mother Goose Twist/ PAUL PETERSEN: Lollipops And Roses/ She Can't Find Her Keys/ PAUL PETERSON: Little Boy Sad/ My Dad/ STU PHILLIPS: The Tease/ TEDDY RANDAZZO: Be Sure My Love/ Big Wide World/ TONY RICHARDS: Please Believe In Me/ Paper Boy/ THE RONETTES: Iím Gonna Quit While Iím Ahead/ Iím On The Wagon/ RONNIE & THE RELATIVES: I Want A Boy/ Sweet Sixteen/ NINA SIMONE: Chilly Winds Donít Blow/ Come On Back, Jack/ I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl/ THE SKYLINERS: Iíll Close My Eyes/ SANDY STEWART: I Heard You Cried Last Night/ My Colouring Book/ THE VIOLENTS: Alpens Ros/ THE VIOLETS: Moonlight Walk

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 197 Sticks And Stones - The Sue Records Story ● CD $11.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
A particularly welcome release in One Day's budget priced label survey featuring recordings made for Juggy Murray's Sue label between 1957 and 1962. The label was largely devoted to R&B and jazz and had a number of hits over the years starting with former Drifters lead vocalist Bobby Hendricks with his catchy Itchy Twitchy Feeling in 1958 but really hitting it big with Ike & Tina Turner whose 1960 recording of A Fool In Love was a big hit in the R&B and pop charts and commenced the duo's career as international stars. The set includes several other Ike & Tina tracksplus a solo track by Ike that show why left most of the singing to Tina. Sue also had a hit with the hot rod instrumental Stick Shift by the Duals - a rare example of an African-American hot rod group. There are lots of other fine artists here including Sonny Jackson (a rocking R&B rendition of Little Walter's Chicago blues classic My Babe), Don Covay, Mamie Bradley, Johnny Darrow (another interesting cover of a Chicago blues - this time Sonny Boy Williamson's Don't Start Me To Talking), Johnnie Mae Mathhews, The Night Riders, Jackie Shane (two songs including a terrific cover of Ray Charles' Sticks & Stones), The Mighty Hannibal and others. There are also a couple of tracks that were hits by jazz organist Jimmy McGriff. A well compiled collection with fine sound and informative notes. (FS)
JIMMY BARNES: If By Any Chance/ Maybe Never/ BILLY & RICKEY: Baby Doll/ MAMIE BRADLEY: I Feel Like A Million/ ELOISE CARTER: I Need You/ My Man Rock Head/ THE CHANDELIERS: Give Me Your Love/ She's A Heartbreaker/ DON COVAY: Betty Jean/ JOHNNY DARROW: Don't Start Me Talking/ Hand In Hand/ THE DUALS: Cruising/ Stick Shift/ THE FOUR JOKERS: Written In the Stars/ BARBARA GEORGE: Send For Me If You Need Some Lovin'/ The Recipe (For Perfect Fools)/ BOBBY HENDRICKS: Busy Flirtig/ Cast Your Vote/ Itchy Twitchy Feeling/ Psycho/ THE HONEY DO'S: Honey Dew/ Someone/ SONNY JACKSON: My Babe/ SAMMI LYNN: You Should Know I'm Still Your Baby/ THE MATADORS: Be Good To Me/ Pennies From Heaven/ JOHNNIE MAE MATHEWS: My Little Angel/ The Headshrinker/ JIMMY MCGRIFF: All About My Girl/ I've Got a Woman, Pt. 1/ THE MIGHTY HANNIBAL: I Need a Woman/ The Biggest Cry/ THE NIGHT RIDERS: Pretty Plaid Skirt & Long Black Sox/ St Loo/ JIMMY OLIVER ORCHESTRA: The Sneak/ THE SENORS: May I Have This Dance/ Searching For Olive Oil/ JACKIE SHANE: Any Other Way/ Sticks And Stones/ IKE & TINA TURNER: A Fool In Love/ It's Gonna Work Out Fine/ Tra La La La La/ You're My Baby/ IKE TURNER & THE KINGS OF RHYTHM: My Love/ BABY WASHINGTON: A Handful of Memories/ Hush Heart/ TOMMY WILLIAMS: Must Be Love/ MARY LOU WILLIAMS TRIO: Chunk-A-Lunk Jug Part 1/ PEARL WOODS: Keep Your Business to Yourself

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 207 Night & Day - The Jubilee Records Story, 1958-1962 ● CD $11.98
2 CDs, 40 tracks, recommended
Covering the later years of the venerable R&B label (1958-62), this collection focuses on the label's scattershot approach to recording during the post-rock 'n' roll era. Hence, we get some rockabilly (Pat Kelly), some instrumental rock (The Royaltones), some teen idol pop (Bobby Comstock), some watered down R&B (Sonny Til, The Bobbettes), some pop crooners (Pat Carter, Baker Knight), and lots of novelty records (including poet Rod McKuen's first recording). Notable tracks include two good ballads from Della Reese, Pat Kelly's two Eddie Cochran impersonations, Sylvia Robbins' sassy Frankie and Johnny, The Royaltones' propulsive Seesaw, and Dave Dudley's Johnny Cash-esque Under Cover of the Night. Sure, there's quite a bit of schlock here, but the good stuff more than makes up for the bad, and what can one say about a compilation that includes two Jim Backus novelty numbers (one of which is his immortal Delicious) except "use with caution". (GMC)
JIM BACKUS: Cave Man/ Delicious/ THE BOBBETTES: Over There/ PAT CARTER: Lyin' Ways/ Tell Me/ JORDON CHRISTOPHER: Broken Hearted Boy/ BOBBY COMSTOCK: Your Big Brown Eyes/ Bony Maronie/ DAVE DUDLEY: Under Cover Of The Night/ THE FOUR ACES: It's All Over But The Cryin'/ THE GLENWOODS: Elaine/ TONY HAVEN: What Did I Do Now/ RONNIE HAYDEN: S.O.S./ THE HOLLYHAWKS: I Cry All The Time/ PAT KELLY: Cloud 13/ Hey Doll Baby/ BAKER KNIGHT: My Heart Cries For You/ Wishing/ ROD MCKUEN: Oliver Twist Meets The Duke Of Oil/ BILLY MITCHELL: You Know I Do/ VINNIE MONTE: Mashed Potato Girl/ One Of The Guys/ THE PARAKEETS: Come Back/ Shangri La/ THE PASSIONS: (Walking Down That) Lonely Road/ One Look Is All It Took/ JACKIE RANDELL: Will You Still Be My Girl/ DELLA REESE: I Wish/ Time Was/ SYLVIA ROBBINS: Frankie And Johnny/ DON RONDO: Cuckoo Girl/ School Dance/ THE ROYAL TEENS: Short Short Twist/ THE ROYALTONES: Little Bo/ Poor Boy/ Seesaw/ SONNY TIL: Night And Day/ TEDDY VANN: River Keep Moving/ FRANK VERNA: Facime La Twist/ ROBERTA WYNN: Dream Boy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 219 Lonesome Road - The Jamie Records Story ● CD $11.98
2 CD, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Jamie Records was unique among late 50's independent labels because it had its' own distribution network, thanks to owner Harold Lipsius having the foresight to purchase Universal Distribution in 1955. Philadelphia-based Jamie also benefited from the local location of national teen age music showcase, American Bandstand. This, along with Philly's thriving R&B scene, gave Jamie a leg up on the New York/ Chicago competition. Black R&B and white vocal harmony groups co-existed comfortably on the roster as shown by a perusal of this collection's contents: Barbara Lynn, Pee Wee Crayton, Jesse Belvin, Titus Turner, and The Sharps, are examples of the former, while Billy & the Essentials, Johnny Angel & the Creations, The Velaires, and The Blackwells epitomize the latter. Jamie's lifeblood relied partially on independent production licensing deals, and one of the most fruitful was one with Lee Hazelwood. From Hazelwood, came sides by Duane Eddy (including the immortal Forty Miles of Bad Road), rockabilly singer Sanford Clark, Ray Sharpe, and the aforementioned Sharps. Other notable tidbits include early singles from Jessi Colter (under her real name, Mirriam Johnson), Anita Carter, Mac Davis, and Dick Van Dyke (a novelty record that is Burt Bacharach's first production credit). In sum, there is a nice mix of R&B, pop, and rockabilly/country to be found on this collection that it makes it worth your hard earned coin. (GMC)
TONY ALLEN & THE WONDERS: Looking For My Baby/ Loving You/ JOHNNY ANGEL & THE CREATIONS: Where's My Love/ JESSE BELVIN: Goodnight My Love/ BILLY & THE ESSENTIALS: Maybe You'll Be There/ Over The Weekend/ THE BLACKWELLS: Love Or Money/ Unchained Melody/ BOBBY BOND: Livin' Doll/ ANITA CARTER: Mama, Don't Cry At My Wedding/ SANFORD CLARK: Sing 'Em Some Blues/ Son-Of-A-Gun/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Little Bitty Things/ THE CREATIONS: The Bells/ MAC DAVIS: I'm A Poor Loser/ JOHNNY DORELLI: Love In Portofino/ DUANE EDDY: Forty Miles Of Bad Road/ Theme From Dixie/ THE FIVE CHORDS: Don't Just Stand There/ LEE HAZLEWOOD & DUANE EDDY: The Girl On Death Row/ BEN HIGGINS: A Whole Lot O' Lovin'/ THE INSPIRATIONS: Dry Your Eyes/ MIRIAM JOHNSON: Lonesome Road/ AL JONES: Too Lonely This Summer/ ROOSEVELT JONES: I Say! That's All Right/ DICK JORDAN: Some Of These Days/ THE JORDAN BROTHERS: Be Mine/ Oh Lolly/ BARBARA LYNN: You'll Lose A Good Thing/ You're Gonna Need Me/ MARVIN & JOHNNY: Tick Tock/ THE MATADORS: Listen/ THE PENTAGONS: I Wonder/ I'm In Love/ CHUCK REED: That Lucky Old Sun/ RICK & THE KEENS: Your Turn To Cry/ FLOYD ROBINSON: Mother Nature/ MARK ROBINSON: Pretty Jane/ WAYNE ROOKS: Will You Stay In Love/ RAY SHARPE: Linda Lu/ Long John/ THE SHARPS: Come On/ Have Love, Will Travel/ THE SHIEKS: Tres Chic/ THE STATESMEN: A Matter Of Who/ TITUS TURNER: Hey Doll Baby/ Pony Train/ DICK VAN DYKE: Three Wheels On My Wagon/ THE VELAIRES: Memory Tree/ Roll Over Beethoven

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Soul Jazz 263 Mirror To The Soul ● CD $35.98
2 CDs, 40 tracks, 153 mins, DVD 180 mins, very Highly Recommended
Here's a wonderful collection covering 52 years of the music, history and culture of the Caribbean. You get two CDs chock full of great music, and a DVD overflowing with fantastic short films dating all the way back to 1920. So you not only get a newsreel of Queen Elizabeth visiting the Caribbean in the 1950s, you also get a great music track by Lord Brynner covering the occasion, where (in Brynner's song) the Queen not only tours the area, but also becomes a talented Calypso singer, singing all the best songs, even some of the risquā ones. The DVD by itself would make this worth picking up. With 3 full hours of British Pathe films that range from bucolic travelogues for tourists on all the Islands have to offer, to industrial documentaries on the production of coffee, cultivation of bananas etc., to informative (if often biased) newsreels covering everything from the Queen's aforementioned visit, to the rise of Castro and overthrow of the Batista government. The Pathe Company didn't just cover the wonders of the Caribbean Isles; it also covered the reaction to said cultures on, and immigration to the British Isles. Which range from the rather tepid influence on the local produce markets etc., to the often violent racial tensions that plagued the Caribbean immigrants. On the music side of things you get the expected heavy doses of fantastic Calypso and Cuban music, early Reggae and even a track that I would say falls under Acid-Jazz, plus a lot of great, lesser covered music out of Haiti, Belize, Columbia, etc. as well as a couple from Caribbean artists working out of the U.K. On top of all of that, you get a big thick booklet with all kinds of fantastic photos and info. Overall, this is a fascinating and highly entertaining experience. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Specialty 7019 Specialty Legends Of Boogie-Woogie ● CD $15.98 $9.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
Of the legends here, Roy Milton's pianist Camille Howard has the most tracks at 8, including X-Temporaneous Boogie/ Ferocious Boogie/ Miraculous Boogie. And that ain't bad since Roy himself gets just the previously unreleased Boogie Woogie Barber Shop and Milton's Boogie. As one might expect the majority (2/3rds) are instrumentals, with vocal selections spaced to avoid any potential monotony. Among the finest numbers are the Nelson Alexander Trio's Rock That Voot, which is a lot of fun, and the previously unreleased Doin' The Boogie Woogie. Other great moments are provided by Smiling Smokey Lynn, Williard McDaniel (2 issued, 2 un), Joe Liggins, Jo Jo Jackson, and Joe Lutcher. Everything is from 1947-51. Recommended. (JC)
THE NELSON ALEXANDER TRIO: Doin' The Boogie Woogie/ Rock That Voot/ CAMILLE HOWARD: Bangin' The Boogie/ Barcarolle Boogie/ Ferocious Boogie/ Fire-ball Boogie/ Instantaneous Boogie/ Million Dollar Boogie/ Miraculous Boogie/ X-temporaneous Boogie/ JO JO JACKSON: Boogie In The Groove/ JOE LIGGINS: Boogie-woogie Lou/ JOE LUTCHER & HIS SOCIETY CATS: Rockin' Boogie/ Society Boogie/ SMILIN' SMOKEY LYNN: State Street Boogie/ WILLARD MCDANIEL: 3 a M Boogie/ Ciri-biri-bin Boogie/ Unidentified Boogie No 1/ WILLIAM MCDANIEL: Unidentified Instrumental No 1/ ROY MILTON: Boogie Woogie Barber Shop/ Milton's Boogie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Tompkins Square 2912 Let Me Play This For You - Rare Cajun Recordings ● CD $15.98
23 tracks, 69 mins, very highly recommended
A fabulous collection of great Cajun music from 1929 and '30 - much of it making its first appearance on CD. Star of the show here is singer & accordion player Angelas LeJeune who is featured here on 13 of the 16 sides he recorded in 1929 and '30. He was the great uncle of the famous Iry LeJeune and was an influence on him as well as many other musicians and many of his songs and tunes have become part of the Cajun music repertoire. On his sides his soaring vocals and dynamic accordion playing are complemented by the fiddle of Ernest Fruge and on some cuts the two are joined on fiddle by the great Dennis McGee. There are eight sides (their complete recorded output) by accordion player and vocalist Bixy Guidry with Percy BaBineaux on fiddle. The set is rounded out by a recently discovered 78 featuring singer/ guitarist Blind Uncle Gaspard. One side Baltimore Waltz is a pleasing instrumental with Delma Lachney but the other is a real eye opener - the blues Marksville Blues featuring just Gaspard almost sounds like something from a Mississippi bluesman, only the lyrics are in French - really rekable and incredibly soulful. Sound quality is superb and there are in depth notes by Ron Brown. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Tompkins Square 2967 Live At Caffe Lena ● CD $39.98
Caffe Lena was a coffeehouse founded by Lena Spencer in 1960. In the 53 years since (it's still going!) IT has featured performances by just about anyone who was anyone on the folk scene along with occasional blues, bluegrass and jazz. A small number of these shows were recorded and this three CD set with 47 tracks presents a selection of some of the best from the tapes that have surfaced. The recordings range from 1967 through 2013 and among the many artists featured here are Guy Carawan, Sleepy John Estes, The Greenbriar Boys, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Utah Phillips, Dave Van Ronk, Roy Book Binder, Arlo Guthrie, Rick Danko, Pete Seeger, Patty Larkin, Tom Chapin, Rory Block and many more. Sound quality is excellent and the thick book has extensive notes on the history of the club, the hunt for the tapes, the artists appearing here and more. There are also lots of previously unpublished photos, ads and other ephemera.
DAVID AMRAM: Little Mama/ AZTEC TWO STEP: The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty/ ROMA BARAN: Caffe Lena/ RORY BLOCK: That's No Way to Get Along/ ROY BOOK BINDER: Ain't Nobody Home but Me/ DAVID BROMBERG: The Holdup/ GREG BROWN: Flat Stuff/ GUY CARAWAN: Cripple Creek/ TOM CHAPIN: Cats in the Cradle/ MICHAEL COONEY: Thyme It Is a Precious Thing/ BARBARA DANE: Mama Yancey's Advice-Love with a Feeling/ RICK DANKO: It Makes No Difference/ SMOKE DAWSON: Devil's Dream/ RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT: Pretty Boy Floyd/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: Holy Spirit/ BILLY FAIER: Hunt the Wren/ MARY GAUTHIER: I Drink/ PAUL GEREMIA: Something's Gotta Be Arranged/ JOHN GORKA: Down in the Milltown/ THE GREENBRIAR BOYS: Hit Parade of Love/ ARLO GUTHRIE: City of New Orleans/ JOHN HERALD: Ramblin' Jack Elliott/ JOHNNY IRION: Folksong/ JACQUI AND BRIDIE: Hello Friend/ PATTY LARKIN: Island of Time/ CHRISTINE LAVIN: Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind/ TIFT MERRITT: Traveling Alone/ ANAIS MITCHELL: Wedding Song/ BILL MORRISSEY: The Last Day of the Furlough/ TOM PAXTON: Morning Again/ UTAH PHILLIPS: The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia/ BUCKY PIZZARELLI: I Like Jersey Best/ JEAN RITCHIE: West Virginia Mine Disaster/ SEAN ROWE: Old Black Dodge/ MIKE SEEGER: O Death/ PETE SEEGER: Somos El Barco (We Are the Boat)/ PATRICK SKY: Reality Is Bad Enough/ CHRIS SMITHER: Killing the Blues/ ROSALIE SORRELS: Travelin' Lady/ LENA SPENCER: Dear Little Cafe/ BILL STAINES: Sweet Wyoming Home/ HAPPY AND ARTIE TRAUM: Trials of Jonathan/ DAVE VAN RONK: Gaslight Rag/ FRANK WAKEFIELD: Will the Circle Be Unbroken/ JERRY JEFF WALKER: Mr. Bojangles/ HEDY WEST: Shady Grove/ ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS: S-A-V-E-D

 
YOUNG TRADITION Fledgling 3094 Oberlin 1968 ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 70 mins, essential
Wow, I just got over the thrill of seeing all The Young Tradition's Transatlantic recordings come out when out of the blue comes this incredible, previously unissued, live concert by the group at Oberlin College, Ohio from 1968. The first few songs from the concert concert are lost but what we have are 25 songs from the group in great form though the latter comment is probably redundant as I understand they hardly ever gave a bad performance. Most of the songs are drawn from their recordings made for Transatlantic along wth several that never made it to record like Heather's naughty Me Husband's Got No Courage In Him and Peter's even naughtier The German Musicianer. What's fascinating to hear is how strong the group starts out and continues to grow in strength so that by the time they get to Byker Hill they are ready to blow the roof off the building! The set was beautifully recorded so the individual voices come through loud and clear and the harmonies are simply spellbinding. The set comes with a handsome little booklet with affectionate notes from Leslie Berman and reminiscences from Heather Wood - the only member of the group still alive. Folk music doesn't get much better than this! (FS)

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