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. We have also included some choice sale items.


SON HOUSE/ BUKKA WHITE Yazoo DVD 500 Masters Of Country Blues** ● DVD $19.98
Black & White, 60 mins, essential
This DVD features two giants of the Mississippi Delta blues performing live. Both artists originally recorded in the 20s and both were still in fine form when rediscovered in the 60s. House was one of the most intense and introspective of the Delta blues singers and this certainly comes over on the performances - two blues with powerful slide guitar and two unaccompanied spirituals. White was much more extrovert as a performer and this too comes over with some wonderfully effective banging on his steel bodied National guitar on the first song. On the old favorite Poor Boy he lays the guitar on his lap and plays it with a steel rod. On one song he plays piano in a wonderfully archaic barrelhouse style. Terrific! (FS)



THE ARMSTRONG TWINS Arhoolie 9046 Mandolin Boogie** ● CD $9.98
17 tracks, 45 mins, highly recommended
It's a real delight to finally have Floyd & Lloyd on CD! There were many fine brother duets in the history of country music but Floyd & Lloyd Armstrong were the only twins. Originally from Arkansas they moved to California in the 40s where they recorded a series of great 78s for the Four Star label in the late 40s and early 50s. The first 10 tracks are from this period and feature some truly dynamic performances with great rural harmonies and instrumental work spearheaded by Lloyd's driving mandolin leads and featuring FLoyd sturdy guitar accompaniment. The material ranges from the traditional gospel song Mother's Only Sleeping to the wonderful novelty song Beetle With A Boogie Beat with some truly inspired mandolin from Lloyd. Other songs from these sessions include Mandolin Boogie/ Mandolin Rag/ Sparkling Blue Eyes/ Address From Heaven and others including a beautiful version of the Stanley Brothers' It's Never Too Late. The last seven tracks are from 1979 when the brothers reunited, after a period away from music, following the release of their old recordings on Old Timey. While not as sparkling as their earlier sides there is still some fine singing and playing on songs like Eight Thirty Blues/ Just A Country Boy/ Old Three Room Shack/ Beautiful Brown Eyes and more with dobro and bass accompaniment. Booklet includes affectionate notes by Chris Strachwitz. My only complaint is that Arhoolie should have include more of the duos early sides - I think they recorded at least 20 tracks. (FS)

BROOK BENTON Jasmine 784 The Early Years, 1953-1959 ● CD $18.98
2 CD, 62 tracks, very highly recommended
A companion CD to Jasmine's earlier "The Silky Smooth Tones of Brook Benton" (Jasmine 687 - $18.98), this concentrates on his 50's period recording for Okeh, Epic, Columbia, and Vik. Although this material is absolutely worthy on its own, the first disc of this collection does contain some overlap with an earlier set on El Toro, "A Rockin' Good Way, Vol. 1" (El Toro 1050). So we have tracks from Benton's days with the Sandmen, and his solo recordings backed by the Ray Ellis, Leroy Kirkland and Quincy Jones Orchestras, along with his cuts for Clyde Otis at Vik. However, Disc Two is where things become interesting; allegedly, Benton cut over 500 demos between 1955 and 1958 for Vik/RCA, and a selection of them have been included here ranging from the rocking Ain't it Good and What a Kiss Won't Do to the aching ballads One Too Many and May I. There is never too much Brook Benton as far as I'm concerned and these rarely heard sides are a discovery worth their weight in gold. In sum, this compilation might tread over familiar turf for those among you who already have the El Toro set, but for the demo tracks alone it's worth the price of admission. (GMC)
BROOK BENTON: A Door That Is Open/ A Million Miles From Nowhere/ All My Love Belongs To You/ Anything For You/ Because You Love Me/ Bring Me Love/ Can I Help It/ Come On, Be Nice/ Crazy In Love With You/ Crinoline Skirt/ Devoted/ Give Me A Sign/ I Wanna Do Everything For You/ I'm Coming Back To You/ If Only I Had Known/ Only Your Love/ Partners For Live/ Rock 'N' Roll That Rhythm (All Nite Long)/ Sentimental Daddy-O/ Some Of My Best Friends/ Tell Me/ The Wall/ You Should Have Told Me/ You're For Me/ Your Love Alone/ ove Made Me Your Fool/ Ooh/ The Kentuckian Song/ A Lover's Question/ A New Love/ Ain't It Good/ Come Back My Love/ Come On Let's Go/ Completely/ Doggone Baby Doggone/ Don't Walk Away From Me/ Everything Will Be Alright/ I Dreamed Of A City Called Heaven/ I'll Meet You After Church Next Sunday/ I'll Never Stop Trying/ I'll Stop Anything I'm Doing/ Jesus Lover Of My Soul/ Keep Me In Mind/ Looking Back/ Mark My Word/ May I/ My Love Will Last/ Next Stop Paradise/ Ninety-Nine Percent/ Nothing In The World/ One Love Too Many/ Steppin' Out Tonight/ The Devil Is A Real Bright Boy/ The Rest Of The Way/ This Bitter Earth/ Walking Together/ What A Kiss Won't Do/ You Ain't Got Faith/ You Can't Get Away From Me/ You're Movin' Me/ THE SANDMEN: Somebody To Love/ When I Grow Too Old To Dream

BIG MAYBELLE Rojac/ Traffic 9926 Saga Of The Good Life & Hard Times** ● CD $16.98
11 tracks, highly recommended
Reissue of 1967 album cut for the tiny Rojac label by the mighty Big Maybelle. Maybelle started her recording career in 1947 and became one of the great female blues shouters. She made a seamless transition to the more soul oriented style of the 60s and this outstanding album finds her tackling a wide range of material ranging from pop and jazz standards to deep soul to tough blues. Highlights include her magnificent rendition of the Billie Holiday favorite Gloomy Sunday, the outstanding deep soul song old LOve Never Dies and the ferocious Maybelle Sings The Blues but it's all fine. Cd is packaged in a heavy cardboard LP style sleeve like many Japanese releases. (FS)

DION & THE BELMONTS Jasmine 153 Teenagers In Love, 1957-1960** ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 43 tracks, 103 mins, highly recommended
Here's a comprehensive collection of Dion & The Belmonts that includes all the hits, plus a whole bunch of tracks covering the groups original three-year recording run. This even features the first two tracks that Dion sang on when they group first were signed to the Mohawk record label; the ridiculous western themed The Chose Few and Out In Colorado which feature Dion's vocals plopped down on top of tracks by Hugo Montenegro orchestra. Things get a lot better from there, and that beautiful street corner vocal group sound that Dion & The Belmonts perfected will dominate most of the rest of the tracks. I Wonder Why/ Teen Angel/ No One Knows/ Don't Pity Me/ A Teenager In Love/ Lonely Teenager/ That's My Desire, and many, many more great tunes. (JM)

THE DOVELLS Abkco 9226 The Best Of The Dovells, 1961-1965** ● CD $13.98
21 tracks, 51 min, highly recommended
The kids in Bristol are sharp as a pistol when they do The Bristol Stomp - a song so catchy that Frank Zappa's Mothers would even cover it live! Led by Len Barry (Lenny Borisoff), the guys knew how to put out stompin'-good dance tunes. Includes the sequel Bristol Twistin' Annie/ Hully Gully Baby/ Do The New Continental & of course You Can't Sit Down. There's a bunch of great covers here from LPs, including Foot Stompin' & an incredible version of The Boss Tones' Mope-Itty Mope. Len Barry went on to a solo career (I remember reading an interview with him in Hit Parader around '65 where he said the Beatles & The Stones had horrible music, they would soon die off & his music would be in again). Len's '64 non-hit solo sides are included, but even more important is the inclusion of his huge Decca hit 1-2-3. Liner notes start off with the band getting together to play at Bill Clinton's inaugural, with Bill sitting in on sax! (GM)

STEVE EARLE Hip-o HIPD2 40006 Ain't Ever Satisfied** ● CD $25.98
2 CDs, 28 tracks, 114 mins, essential
In the mid 1980s there was a return to hard edged country and of the several artists that carried the "new traditionalist" flag, Steve Earle, might just be the most talented. Unfortunately drug problems short circuited his career for a while but he licked them and returned in the 19902 with some excellent recordings. The 28 tracks here are drawn from his four studio albums and one live album for MCA between 1986 and 1991 plus some bonus cuts drawn from various artist collections, singles and foreign releases. Earle is a superb singer and an incredible songwriter with songs that often reflect life in the rural South with a simple directness and honesty that has been rarely heard since Hank Williams. Songs like Guitar Town/ Hillbilly Highway/ My Old Friend The Blues/ I Ain't Satisfied/ Nowhere Road/ The Week Of Living Dangerously and others are destined to become standards. But Earle is not backward looking and his music incorprates a lot of rock elements, particularly in his last two MCA albums. Some songs, with their story/ song structure could be considered contemporary equivalents of the traditional ballad like Copperhead Road/ Devil's Right Hand/ Johnny Come Lately and the moving Billy Austin. Production in the hands of people like Emery Gordy Jr, Richard Bennett and Tony Brown is superb ranging from simple almost acoustic feel to heavy rock. The bonus cuts are mostly covers like Six Days On The Road and She's About A Mover - not essential but nice to have. This exemplary compilation was put together by Andy McKaie and comes with nice booklet with notes by Mary Katherine Aldin, photos and discographical details. (FS)

ESQUERITA Norton CED 202 Vintage Voola** ● CD $14.98
11 tracks, 28 mins, essential.
Eskew Reeder Jr. taught Little Richard the voola. Listen to Richard's pre (RCA & Peacock) & post (Specialty) voola recordings for evidence. Reeder taught Richard piano & phrasing and even more important, flamboyance (Richard stole his hairstyle) before being put off as being a mere Richard imitator and dying an unknown cult star in 1986 of AIDS. These 11 tracks ought to win some kinda Grammy. The Magnificent Malochi was "discovered" by Blue Cap guitarist Paul Peek and toured with Gene Vincent, who got him a Capitol contract. This disc includes an incredible Paul Peek single from '58 on NRC - Sweet Skinny Jenny/ The Rock-A-Round, which besides being Esquerita's 1st recordings, also feature Joe South & Jerry Reed on guitars, Ray Stevens on second piano (!) & some frantic sax. There are 7 tunes from acetates of Esquerita's Capitol demo session from '58, (sound's a bit rough in places) with absolutely devastating versions of Rockin' The Joint/ Oh Baby/ Please Come Home that he later recorded for Capitol plus 4 never re-recorded! As a bonus the CD includes a late 60s version of Dew Drop Inn from the Cross Tone label - a song also covered by Little Richard and ends with an interview with Little Richard talking about our hero. 16 page booklet has notes by Billy Miller and lots of rare photos, some never published before including a couple of incredible ones in full color. (GM/ FS)

THE FENDERMEN Dee-Jay Jamboree 55020 The Fendermen** ● CD $19.98
18 tracks, highly recommended
A very welcome re-ish of these guitar-blasters best stuff. Basically a two-guitar duo with no bass (occasionally adding a drummer), The Fendermen had a uniquely raw, minimalist sound; they actually made the Top 10 in '59 with their version of Jimmie Rodgers' Mule Skinner Blues. This was followed by two more singles and an album for Soma, which balanced vocal numbers like Heartbreakin' Special and Don't You Just Know It with hot instrumentals like Torture and Beach Party. You'll find all of it here, plus six bonus tracks, including the rare Dorsey Burnette-penned B-side Can't You Wait, and the original take of Don't You Just Know It with mixed-up verses. Classic early rock 'n' roll. (GDR)

BILL HALEY Bear Family BCD 16807 Bill Rocks** ● CD $24.98
31 tracks, 80 mins, essential
The best available compilation of Bill's rock 'n' roll sides drawing not only on his well known Decca recordings but also including some of the sides that he recorded for Holiday and Essex that offer incontrovertible proof of his status as a rock 'n' roll pioneer and is deserving of much greater than has gotten in recent years. The earliest recording here is his great cover of Jackie Brenston's Rocket '88' from 1951 which is rock 'n' roll in all but name and the latest is the splendid but little known Where Did You Go Last Night from 1959 with driving piano from Johnny Grande, hot honkin' sax from Rudy Pompelli and some very effective steel guitar licks from Billy Williamson. Grande and Williamson were core members of Haley's band since the early 50s. Prior to Pompelli the sax chores were handled by the excellent Joey D'Ambrosia. The excellent lead guitar work on the Decca sides was by Danny Cedrone or the tremendous Franny Beecher. Almost all the big hits are here along with several lesser known items - Rock Around The Clock/ Happy Baby/ Birth Of The Boogie/ Rock The Joint/ See You Later Alligator/ A.B.C. Boogie/ Hot Dog Buddy Buddy/ Fractured/ Don't Knock The Rock/ Skinny Minnie/ Green Tree Boogie, etc. Includes 40 page booklet with black & white and color illustrations, notes, posters, label shots and discographical details. (FS)

LIONEL HAMPTON Proper BOX 12 The Lionel Hampton Story ● CD $26.98 $18.98
Four CD set with 92 tracks documenting recordings made between 1937 and 1949 telling the story of this great vibraphonist, drummer, pianist, vocalist, bandleader, composer, arranger and showman. It includes sides with his acclaimed full orchestra as well as with smaller groups. Among the musicians and vocalists featured are Buster Bailey, Mezz Mezzrow, Johnny Hodges, Cozy Cole, Jess Stacy, Milt Hinton, Illinois Jacquet, Milt Buckner, Arnett Cobb, Dinah Washington, Bing Crosby, Charlie Shavers, Charles Mingus, Dodo Marmarosa and many more. Includes 44 page illustrated booklet.

SID KING Bear Family BCD 15535 Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight** ● CD $21.98
29 tracks, very highly recommended
29 tracker covering the career of one of the very earliest White rock'n'roll outfits. Texan Sid King started his career in 1952 doing Western Swing and Country & Western but like other teenagers of the time gradually started incorporating R&B into his sound. King and the 5 Strings really hit their stride in 1954 after signing with Columbia, cutting some of the very best rockabilly ever made, mostly at Jim Beck's Dallas studio. I Like It/ Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ Purr, Kitty, Purr/ Sag, Drag And Fall/ Let 'Er Roll/ Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight are all top notch rockabilly tunes with the classic slap bass, jive lyrics and red hot guitar work. Many songs from the next notch down are as good as many other performers' best tunes too. All of the material from the Bear Family LP 15048 is here with the addition of the fine Dot single from '59 - Hello There Rockin' Chair/ Once Upon A Time , a 1953 Starday pairing (done as the Western Melody Makers) - Who Put The Turtle In Myrtle's Girdle/ If Tears Could Cry plus five more previously unissued tunes. A super 36 page booklet is also included (AE)

BARBARA LYNN Real Gone 297 The Complete Atlantic Recordings ● CD $19.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
While R&B singer Barbara Lynn's early 60's work for Jamie Records (highlighted by her 1962 hit, You'll Lose a Good Thing) is fairly well documented, her later stint with Atlantic Records is less well known. While on Atlantic, between the years 1967 and 1972, Lynn only cut one entire album and a handful of singles, and some fans consider those tracks to be among her very best. Well, you can judge for yourselves as the entirety of this material is being released on CD for the first time. Along with her entire 1968 LP, "Here is Barbara Lynn," the compilers have included all of her singles as well as a previously unreleased track, a cover of the Box Tops' hit Soul Deep. Although Atlantic tried, they only managed a couple of modest hits - the shimmering This is the Thanks I Get and the bluesy Until Then, I'll Suffer - in 1968 and 1972, respectively. But the lack of chart action is definitely no reflection on the quality of the material; indeed, You're Losing Me/ He Ain't Gonna Do Right, and You're Gonna See a Lot More (Of My Leaving) echo the first rate performance that Atlantic got out of Dusty Springfield around the same time on "Dusty in Memphis," with Lynn giving it her all backed by some quintessential Memphis (maybe, the recording location is unknown but suspected to be Muscle Shoals or Memphis) soul. And she proved equally adept on funky numbers like I'm a One Man Woman and (Daddy Hot Stuff) You're Too Hot to Hold, both recorded toward the end of her Atlantic tenure. It's debatable if Barbara Lynn ever topped You'll Lose a Good Thing, but she continued to make worthy music right into the 70's, as this collection more than proves. (GMC)

W. LEE O'DANIEL & HIS HILLBILLY BOYS B.A.C.M. 463 Recorded 1935-1939 ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, recommended
A fine collection of sides from this important early Western Swing group formed by W. Lee O'Daniel who had previously led The Light Crust Doughboys. Most of the tracks here feature the fine lead vocals of Leon Huff with excellent instrumental work from fiddler Carroll Hubbard, steel guitarist Wilson "Lefty" Perkins and O'Daniel's son Pat on banjo. Later sides featured O'Daniel's son Mike On fiddle and Kermit Whalen on steel guitar. Tracks include Mother's Crazy Quilt/ Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia/ Keep A Light In The Mountain/ On A Chinese Honeymoon/ Mellow Mountain Moon and others. The music is consistently fine but the disc is marred by the excessive use of digital noise reduction on many of the tracks. (FS)
IDAHO CALL & BOOTS FAYE: Baby Sitter's Blues/ Cold, Cold Kisses/ Darlin' What More Can I Do/ Headin' Down The Wrong Highway/ Heartaches/ I Can't Fool My Heart/ I'll Keep On Loving You/ It's Too Late Now To Say You're Sorry/ Jilted Again/ Just Hangin' On/ Leave It To Jesus/ Lonesome Highway/ Once Your Heart Has Been Broken/ Rose Of The Alamo/ Shadow On My Heart/ The Hold Up Song (Put Your Hands Up)/ They Took The Stars Out Of Heaven/ Trouble Keeps Hanging 'Round My Door/ Trusting In Him/ You Can't Break My Heart/ You Can't Break The Chains Of Love/ You Don't Care What Happens To Me

THE RICE BROTHERS GANG B.A.C.M. 117 King Cotton Stomp** ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 70 minutes, highly recommended
During the 1920s, Atlanta's fertile old-time music community was divided into two camps. At one end: the older, tradition-minded John Carson and the Tanner Brothers. At the other: Clayton McMichen, Lowe Stokes and Hoke Rice, who could play the old tunes but were more captivated by blues, jazz and popular music. Veteran country record producers initially ignored the younger musicians' progressive repertoire, though the mid-'30s juke box revolution changed all that. The opening tracks by Hoke Rice's Hoky-Poky Boys from 1930 sound like a black hokum ensemble. In 1937 Hoke and his younger brother Paul formed The Rice Brothers Gang, a versatile showband with outstanding musicianship. Like the Hoosier Hot Shots, Rice Brothers Gang weren't really country nor jazz. Unlike that popular Midwestern act, they eschewed novelties and were definitely Southern. Hoke played electric guitar (one of the earliest in country music), with Clinton Collins on swing fiddle, Warren Sykes on hot harmonica and Ted Lewis/Johnny Hodges disciple Johnny Gorman on reeds. The personnel shifted during the next five years, but its sound remained consistent until the end; fiddler Cliff Bruner sat in on one 1941 date. Highly recommended to hot string band aficionados. (DS)
THE RICE BROTHERS GANG: Brown Mule Slide/ Down Yonder (instr.)/ Georgia Jubilee/ Girl Of My Dreams/ I Won‘t Have Any Troubles Anymore/ I‘ll Always Love You/ King Cotton Stomp (instr.)/ Linda May Polka/ Little Girl I‘m So Blue Without You/ Lovelight In The Starlight/ Mary Lou/ Nagasaki (instr.)/ Oh Susannah/ On The Sunny Side Of The Street/ Please Don‘t Stay Away/ Ridin‘ Down The Canyon/ Sally Do You Love Me/ Sugar Blues/ Sweet Someone/ Sweetheart Wait For Me/ They Cut Down The Old Pine Tree/ When It‘s Blossom Time In Old Caroline/ You Don‘t Love Me Anymore (little Darlin‘)/ You‘ve Got That Thing/ You‘ve Gotta See Your Daddy Every Night

BETTYE SWANN Astralwerks 98841 Bettye Swann** ● CD $16.98
22 tracks, 64 mins, highly recommended
Here is a collection of truly great deep soul. Bettye Swann was originally from Louisiana but recorded on the West Coast - originally for John Dolphin's Money label (reissued on Kent 197) and then between 1968 and 1970 for Capitol which is the source of these recordings. Produced by Wayne Schuler she recorded a lot of covers of country, soul and even pop songs but with her beautiful, sensitive, sweet and soulful voice and uncluttered arrangements she gives every song her own individual stamp. Includes Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)?/ Don't Touch Me (her only Capitol hit)/ Cover Me/ Sweet Dreams/ Ain't That Peculiar/ Words (yes, The Bee-Gees song!)/ Stand By Your Man/ Angel Of The Morning and more. After Capitol she recorded for Atlantic and then gave up on the music business which is certainly our loss. (FS)

DAVE TARRAS Yazoo 7001 Yiddish-American Klezmer Music 1925-1956** ● CD $15.98
23 tracks, essential
Its easy to get a little jaded about historical reissues, but you should have seen me jump on this one! Tarras was simply the top clarinet virtuoso of klezmer's golden age, and he enjoyed a lengthy and fruitful career, spending his final years as a mentor to the klezmer revivalists of the 70's and 80's. If you linger with the exhaustively researched booklet, your reading will take about as long as the maximum length disc, and you'll feel like you might have grown up with Tarras in Brooklyn! 23 selections trace his musical development through 3 decades, presenting the broad range of styles he mastered along the way in his work with traditional orchestras, singing stars, and Yiddish swing bands. Some jokey xylophone and stilted "Jewish Jazz" had me flexing my fast forward muscles the first time through, but even these grew on me as an essential part of a Yiddish who's who which includes bandleaders Abe Schwartz, Olshanetsky, and Abe Ellstein, reedsman Sammy Musiker, and singers Michi Michalesco, Aaron Lebedeff and the Bagelman (Barry) Sisters. The virtues of most tracks are as clear as Tarras' supple clarinet tones, making this one of the best overall collections of American ethnic music in a long time. Sound quality and packaging surpass Yazoo's usual high standards, and Henry Zapoznik's booklet is one of the best I've ever seen, period. (MB)

BIG JOE TURNER Fuel 62008B Night Time Is The Right Time ● CD $11.98
18 tracks, 79 mins, strongly recommended
A fine selection of the great blues shouter drawn from various recordings - live and in the studio cut between 1968 and 1981. The first four cuts were recorded for Stan Lewis's Ronn label in 1968 and finds him doing a mix of new and old songs accompanied by a solid band though the guitar player on two of the cuts is overly busy. There are two cuts recorded live in Atlanta in 1969 - his old favorite Honey Hush and one of his Ronn songs I've Been Up On The Mountain accompanied by a small group with, possibly, T-Bone Walker and Pee Wee Crayton on guitars. These tracks were originally issued on an obscure LP on the LMI label. From the same LP are five excellent studio cuts from 1974 (not 1970 as the notes state) with a small group including Jimmy Forest on sax and Rod Piazza on harmonica. The remaining seven cuts were recorded live in Los Angeles in 1981 (not 1977 as the notes state) with Joe accompanied by a fine group with tough sax playing by unknown players along with pianist Mark Naftalin and guitarist Mike Bloomfield. Joe is in fine form and sounds like he's enjoying himself on a selection of his classic songs - Shake Rattle & Roll/ Roll 'Em Pete/ Morning, Noon and Night and others. Sound quality on the live recordings is variable but generally excellent. (FS)

IKE & TINA TURNER Not Now 140 The Soul Of Ike & Tina Turner ● CD $13.98
Three CDs, 60 tracks, highly recommended, if you don't already have them
I was just looking at the Ike & Tina discography in Bob McGrath's three volume Soul Discography and was amazed to realize that between 1960 and 1977 they recorded around 500 tracks so picking a representative sampling of their work is a bit of a challenge. This collection includes a bunch of their earliest sides together recorded for Sue between 1960 and 1962 including their early big hits like A Fool In Love/ I Idolize You/ It's Gonna Work Out Fine/ Poor Fool and Tra-La-La-La then jumps to 1968 and tracks that they recorded for their own Pompeii label (some not originally issued) which yielded no hits but included fine sides like So Blue Over You/ Ain't Nobody's Business/ Shake A Tail Feather and others including the bizarre Bet Cha Can't Kiss Me (Just One Tme Baby) with its chipmunk backup vocals. In fact several titles from this period find Ike experimenting with production including some weird and ineffective synthesizer work. Finally from 1969 we have sides recorded for Blue Thumb including the chart hits I've Been Loving You Too Long/ The Hunter (the Albert King song with great guitar from Albert Collins) and Bold Soul Sister as well as most of their LP "Outta Season" which was mostly straight blues including excellent versions of Mean Old World/ Dust My Broom/ Reconsider Baby and others. The tracks are presented randomly but the Turner's were pretty consistent in their approach with leather lunged vocals from Tina and, usually, excellent instrumental backup from Ike & his band and vocal backup from the Ikettes. If you don't have much Ike & Tina this is a worthwhile sampling of their recordings. (FS)
IKE & TINA TURNER: A Fool In Love/ Ain't Nobody's Business/ Betcha Can't Kiss Me (Just One Time Baby)/ Bold Soul Sister/ Bootsie White Law/ Chances Are/ Chicken/ Crazy 'Bout You Baby/ Cussin', Cryin', & Carryin' On/ Dust My Broom/ Five Long Years/ Grumbling/ Honest I Do/ I Had A Notion/ I Idolize You/ I Smell Trouble/ I'm Fed Up/ I'm Jealous/ I'm Looking For My Mind/ I've Been Loving You Too Long/ If/ If You Want It/ It Sho' Ain't Me/ It's Gonna Work Out Fine/ Lets Get It On/ Letter From Tina/ Living For The City/ Make 'Em Wait/ Mean Old World/ Mind In A Whirl/ Mississippi Rolling Stone/ Never Been To Spain/ Poor Fool/ Puppy Love/ Push/ Reconsider Baby/ Rock Me Baby/ Rockin' And Rollin'/ Shake A Hand/ Shake A Tail Feather/ Sleepless/ So Blue Over You/ Such A Fool For You/ Sugar Sugar/ The Argument/ The Hunter/ The Way You Love Me/ Three O'Clock In The Morning/ Tina's Prayer/ Too Much Man For One Woman/ Tra La La La La/ We Need An Understanding/ You Are My Baby/ You Can't Blame Me/ You Can't Love Two/ You Got Me Running/ You Got What You Wanted/ You Should Have Treated Me Right/ You're Still My Baby/ You're Up To Something

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 289 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll** ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, very highly recommended
The first volume in this long running series. All 30 songs in this collection are pre-British Invasion era, the earliest from 1954 and the latest from 1963. The expected classics are here: The Penguins' Earth Angel, Bobby Day's Rockin' Robin, The Skyliners' Since I Don't Have You, Crests' 16 Candles and so on. But it also contains the less-often collected Sally Go Round The Roses by The Jaynetts, My True Story from The Jive Five, The Genies' Who's That Knocking, I Love How You Love Me by The Paris Sisters, and more. You get over 78 minutes of great music, without having to change 45's every other minute. Liner notes are excellent, and provide the US and UK labels, numbers and peak chart position for every cut. This is a collection put together by people who love the music, on a CD that looks like a 45! Nice touch, no? (JC)
THE CADETS: Stranded In The Jungle/ CLAUDINE CLARK: Party Lights/ THE CORSAIRS: Smoky Places/ JOHNNY CRAWFORD: Cindy's Birthday/ THE CRESTS: Sixteen Candles/ BOBBY DAY: Rockin' Robin/ THE DREAMLOVERS: When We Get Maried/ PRESTON EPPS: Bongo Rock/ THE FENDERMEN: Mule Skinner Blues/ MISS TONI FISHER: The Big Hurt/ THE GENIES: Who's That Knocking/ RON HOLDEN: Love You So/ THE INNOCENTS: Gee Whiz/ THE JARMELS: A Little Bit Of Soap/ THE JAYNETTS: Sally Go Round The Roses/ THE JIVE FIVE: My Trun Story/ THE KINGSMEN: Louie Louie/ CURTIS LEE: Pretty Little Angel Eyes/ BOBBY LEWIS: Tossin' and Turnin'/ CHRIS MONTEZ: Let's Dance/ THE PARIS SISTERS;: I Love How You Love Me/ THE PENGUINS: Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)/ RANDY & THE RAINBOWS: Denise/ ROSIE & THE ORIGINALS: Angel Baby/ THE SAFARIS: Image Of A Girl/ SKIP & FLIP: Cherry Pie/ THE SKYLINERS: Since I Don't Have You/ THE TEEN QUEENS: Eddie My Love/ LENNY WELCH: Since I Fell For You/ KATHY YOUNG WITH THE INNOCENTS: A Thousand Stars

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 445 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 2** ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 74 min., highly recommended A generous slice of mostly top 40 material recorded between 1956 and 1964, and the companion piece to the earlier issued Volume 1 of the same name (Ace 289). Featured numbers include Memphis by Lonnie Mack, You Belong To Me by the Duprees, A Million To One by Jimmy Charles, Stay by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, You By The Aquatones, I've Had It by the Bell Notes, and Buzz, Buzz, Buzz by the Hollywood Flames. The focus is clearly on the fifties. Sound quality, cover art, and notes are up to Ace's usual high standards. (DH)
THE AQUATONES: You/ THE BELL NOTES: I've Had It/ BILLY BLAND: Let The Little Girl Dance/ THE BLUE BELLES: I Sold My Heart To The Junkman/ THE CAPRIS: There's A Moon Out Tonight/ JIMMY CHARLES: A Million To One/ BOBBY COMSTOCK: Let's Stomp/ THE CRESCENDOS: Oh Julie/ KENNY DINO: Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night/ HAROLD DORMAN: Mountain Of Love/ THE DUPREES: You Belong To Me/ THE ETERNALS: Rockin' In The Jungle/ THE FIVE SATINS: In The Still Of The Night/ GABRIEL & THE ANGELS: That's Life (That's Tough)/ BARBARA GEORGE: I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)/ THE GLADIOLAS: Little Darlin'/ THE HALOS: Nag/ THE HOLLYWOOD ARGYLES: Alley Oop/ THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES: Buzz Buzz Buzz/ LONNIE MACK: Memphis/ SANDY NELSON: Teen Beat/ THE PARADONS: Diamonds And Pearls/ THE QUINTONES: Stay Aisle Of Love/ THE RIVIERAS: California Sun/ THE ROCKIN' REBELS: Wild Weekend/ THE SILHOUETTES: Get A Job/ THE VIDELS: Mister Lonely/ THE WILLOWS: Church Bells May Ring/ LINK WRAY: Rumble

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1410 Music City Vocal Groups, Vol. 2: Rock 'n' Roll It, Mambo ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
This will be of special interest to our San Francisco Bay Area customers, Music City records operated out of a storefront on Alcatraz Street in Berkeley. This is actually the second collection from Ace to cover the fantastic Music City label, the first (Ace CDTOP2 1385 - two CD set - $24.98) covered the ballads, this one, my favorite of the two, focuses on the upbeat vocal group recordings and is a wealth of fine Doo-Wop and Rhythm & Blues. Probably the most famous release that Music City put out was W-P-L-J by the 4 Deuces, you get an alternate version of that plus a great commercial spot the 4 Deuces did for Swiss Colony Wine. There's several 4 Deuces tracks here including alternate versions of well known songs and a terrific unreleased track. Quality tracks by The Klixs, The Midnights, The Rovers, The Holidays (a fantastic alternate take of Hoochi Coochi Man,) The Gaylarks, and many more, hailing from such exotic Northern California cities as Salinas and Sacramento, (but of course the best groups were from Oakland and Berkeley.) Vocal group fans will love this collection. CD includes deep liner notes by Alec Palao, accompanied by a whole mess of rare photos, record labels, etc. (JM)
THE 4 DEUCES: Down It Went/ Down It Went (As Cool Drink)/ Italian Swiss Colony Wine Spot - W-P-L-J (Version 2)/ The Goose Is Gone Aka The Nest Is Warm/ The Goose Is Gone Aka The Nest Is Warm/ What You Gonna Do?/ THE 5 CAMPBELLS: Hey Baby/ THE 5 ROVERS: Change Your Mind/ THE DIALTONES: Goofin Off/ THE EMERALDS: Yobosaya/ THE GAYLARKS: Look Into The Darkness/ Somewhere In This World/ Teenage Mambo/ THE GAYTEENS: Ding Dong/ THE GIRLS: Ooo Wee/ THE HOLIDAYS: Church Bells Will Ring/ Hoochi Coochi Man/ Wouldn't Believe/ THE KLIXS: Bye Bye Louie/ He A Woe/ It's All Over/ Oobie Doobie Baby/ THE MANDARINS: Roll On Little Mama/ THE MARCELS: Indian Jane/ THE MIDNIGHTS: Annie Pulled A Hum-Bug/ Lindy/ She Left Me/ THE ROVERS: Ichi Bon Tami Dachi/ THE SPINNERS: If You Really Want To Know/ UNKNOWN GROUP: Drive In Movie

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 110 4 Star Roundup** ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, 67 mins, highly recommended
Fine collection of 26 tracks recorded in the 40s and early 50s for Bill McCall's 4 Star label - an important West Coast independent that launched the careers of such well known country artists as Ferlin Husky, Webb Pierce, Patsy Cline others. Most of the artists here are fairly obscure though it does include a 1953 recording of Roy Clark and a fine bluegrass gospel side side by the Wilburn Family Band featuring brothers Teddy & Doyle who later had a career as The Wilburn Brothers. Also includes Texas Bill Strength, Smokey Reason, Long Tom Kiiiah (instrumental country swing with hot electric and steel guitar), Bill Carter, Pete Graves, Big Jim DeNoone (fine electric guitar instrumental), The Stewart Family (superb country gospel - they need a CD of their own), Cactus Pryor (an insane parody of Cry Of The Wild Goose called Cry Of A Dying Duck In A Thunderstorm), Doc Denning, Kenny Hardy & Jimmy Wiseman, Wally Fowler, The Miller Brothers, William Moore, Maddox Brothers & Rose and others. Excellent sound and a booklet with notes by Dave Penny. (FS)
THE ARMSTRONG TWINS (FLOYD & LLOYD): Beetle With The Boogie Beat/ BILL CARTER: A Story Book Affair/ ROY CLARK: Mysteries Of Life/ TINY COLBERT: Pretty Lady/ GENE CRABB: A Little Less/ GAIL DANIELS: Time Marches On/ DOC DENNING: Dusty Trail/ BIG JIM DENOONE: Wild Strings/ WALLY FOWLER & THE OAK RIDGE QUARTET: You Must Have That Pure Religion/ PETE GRAVES: Drowning My Sorrows/ KENNY HARDY & JIMMY WISEMAN: You Blacked My Blue Eyes Once Too Often/ LONG TOM KIZZIAH: Cotton Tail Stomp/ MADDOX BROTHERS & ROSE: Water Baby Blues/ THE MCQUAIG TWINS (GLENELL & JONELL): You Travel Your Way/ THE MILLER BROTHERS: Geronimo/ Tuning The Fiddle/ WILLIAM MOORE (VOCAL- JACK WHITE): I'll Leave All My Troubles This Side Of The Grave/ CACTUS PRYOR: Cry Of The Dying Duck In A Thunder Storm/ SMOKEY REASON: Hoot Owl Melody/ TOMMY SCOTT: Kiss And Run/ THE STEWART FAMILY: Little Community Church/ TEXAS BILL STRENGTH: I'm Doing A Peach Of A Job/ T. TEXAS TYLER: Hot Rod Roy/ THE WILBURN FAMILY: Forever Too Late/ SLIM WILLET: Shibuya/ WOODY WOODWARD: Blow Wind, Blow

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 129 The Victor Label - Classic Old Time Music** ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
Delightful and varied collection of old time music recorded for Victor between 1926 and 1930 focussing on mostly obscure but fine artists and mostly appearing on CD for the first time. Artists include Hiter Colvin, Red Patterson's Piedmont Log Rollers, Judge Sturdy's Orchestra (dance music, complete with calls), The Carolina Twins (David Fletcher and fine harmonica player Gwen Foster), The Tennesee Mountaineers (their stunning Standing On The Promises which has been reissued a couple of times before), The Johnson Brothers (fine duo with two tunes including one with black harmonica player El Watson), Mellie Dunham's Orchestra, Gwen Foster, Jilson Setters (brilliant fiddler), Mr. & Mrs J.W. Baker (fine duo with guitar, banjo and autoharp), Taylor-Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers and more. Sound quality is fine and there are very brief notes by Brian Golbey.
MR. & MRS. J. W. BAKER: On The Banks Of The Sunny Tennessee/ The Newmarket Wreck/ THE CAROLINA TWINS: Your Wagon Needs Greasing/ JACK CAWLEY'S OKLAHOMA RIDGE RUNNERS: The Dawn Waltz/ White River Stomp/ HITER COLVIN: Monroe Stomp/ MELLIE DUNHAM'S ORCHESTRA: Medley Of Reels/ Mountain Rangers/ GWEN FOSTER: Black Pine Waltz/ BILL HELMS & HIS UPSON COUNTY BAND: Roscotrillion/ THE JOHNSON BROTHERS (PAUL & CHARLES): Just A Message From Carolina/ The Soldier‘s Poor Little Boy/ DEMPSON & DENMON LEWIS: Caliope/ THE MOONSHINERS: Fulton County/ Shelby County/ RED PATTERSON'S PIEDMONT LOG ROLLERS: The White Rose/ POPE'S ARKANSAS MOUNTAINEERS: Birmingham/ JILSON SETTERS (AKA J.W. DAY): Black-eyed Susie/ Forked Deer/ JUDGE STURDY'S ORCHESTRA: Old Dan Tucker (country Dance)/ One Snowy Night (quadrille)/ TAYLOR-GRIGGS LOUISIANA MELODY MAKERS: Big Ball Uptown/ Where The Sweet Magnolias Bloom/ THE TENNESSEE MOUNTAINEERS: Standing On The Promises

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 464 Wisconsin Round-Up ● CD $14.98
28 tracks, strongly recommended
A generally excellent collection of mostly honky tonk country featuring artits from the little known country scene in Wisconsin. The only nationally known artist here is Dave Dudley who is featured on his first two sides issued in 1952 on the bizarrely named Pfau label. Nashville Blues is an excellent honky tonker, the flip is pretty bland. The only other artist who might be known to rockabilly fans is Andy Doll who is featured on three fine and varied sides. There are five tracks by Jimmie Dawson who was a superb honky tonk singer and is accompanied by an excellent group. Dawson also wrote Dave Farley's two tracks here - the terrific Her Today, Gone Tomorrow and Flat Top Boogie. Other artists here include Larry Lee & The Westernaires, Laurel & Miles (a rather dull duo with four songs), Dick Hiorns and others. Sound quality is excellent and there are informative notes from Al Turner. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17361 Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels, Vol. 1: 1966-1968 - The Blissed Out Birth Of Country Rock ● CD $34.98
2 CDs, 41 tracks, 116 mins, highly recommended
Whether you consider him a showboating dilettante or a musical genius, it's clear that Gram Parsons was the patron saint of Country Rock. His spirit permeates this collection and his recordings are sprinkled throughout, whether it's the four tracks by the obscure, but influential, International Submarine Band, or the three big Byrds tracks that he's featured on. One of the other spirits that looms large here would have to be Gene Clark. You get two fantastic tracks by Clark with The Gosdin Brothers -- the sublime Tried So Hard and the spaced out So You Say You Lost Your Baby-- as well as two cool Doug Dillard & Gene Clark cuts. This is the first volume of a projected 7 volume series that will cover the years 1966-1975. Like Bear Family's other great series "Blowing The Fuse" and "Sweet Soul Music," these look to tell the whole story of the style, so on each you will get about two thirds well known songs by major artists and great tracks by lesser known artists who nonetheless contributed to the story. You get tracks by The Byrds, The Band, Lovin' Spoonful, Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, etc. as well as tracks by The Dillards, Gosdin Brothers, Dennis Payne, Hearts & Flowers, and so on. Some artists who dabbled with Country then went in different directions, some for whom Country music was marrow deep and it would define their careers. A few of my absolute favorite tracks here might be ones that will get funny looks from some people; What Am I Doing Hanging Round by The Monkees, a song I have loved since I was about five years old and one that I think stands up right next to any of the artists here with more critical acclaim, (I don't think this is the last we will be seeing of Mike Nesmith in this series.) Then there's the three great tracks by The Everly Brothers, their late '60s work is slowly starting to get appreciated, these tracks show how very cool they still were. Colin Escott provides us with a big thick booklet of notes that just adds to his reputation as one of the best in the business at what he does. (JM)
THE BAND: I Shall Be Released/ The Weight/ THE BEAU BRUMMELS: The Loneliest Man In Town/ Turn Around/ BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD: Child's Claim To Fame/ Pay The Price/ THE BYRDS: Hickory Wind/ Old John Robertson/ One Hundred Years From Now/ Wasn't Born To Follow/ You Ain't Going Nowhere/ GENE CLARK & THE GOSDIN BROTHERS: So You Say You Lost Your Baby/ Tried So Hard/ DILLARD & CLARK: The Radio Song/ Train Leaves Here This Morning/ THE DILLARDS: Listen To The Sound/ Nobody Knows/ BOB DYLAN: I'll Be Your Baby Tonight/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Bowling Green/ I Wonder If I'll Care As Much (#2)/ I'm Movin' On/ T. For Texas/ BOBBIE GENTRY: Niki Hoeky/ Ode To Billie Joe/ THE GOSDIN BROTHERS: Tell Me/ HEARTS & FLOWERS: She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune/ INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE BAND: Blue Eyes/ Do You Know How It Feels To Be Lonesome/ Luxury Liner/ Truck Driving Man/ LOVIN' SPOONFUL: Darlin' Companion/ Nashville Cats/ Never Goin' Back/ THE MONKEES: What Am I Doing Hangin' Round/ NASHVILLE WEST: Ode To Billie/ RICK NELSON: You Just Can't Quit/ DENNIS PAYNE: The Conscience Of You/ THE SPENCERS: Make Up Your Mind/ KENNY VERNON: Ain't That A Shame/ THE YOUNGBLOODS: Grizzely Bear Aka Grizzly Bear/ Sugar Babe

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17362 Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels, Vol. 2: 1969 - The Blissed Out Birth Of Country Rock ● CD $21.98
23 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
Any compilation that has both Towns Van Zandt and Elvis Presley on it is gonna get some love from me! There's a lot to love here. You get long-hairs trying to sound like short-hairs, like the Byrds with Drug Store Truck Driving Man, short-hairs trying to sound like long-hairs, like Buck Owens with Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass, and The Band, who people with all different kinds of hair were trying to sound like. Certainly, 1969 was a heady year for Country Rock; '69 saw The Flying Burrito Brothers in full bloom and you get four of their all time best tracks here. Dylan went to Nashville and you got Lay Lady Lay. Doug Sahm re-formed the Sir Douglas Quintet in California and hit us with great cuts like Texas Me, and At The Crossroads. And back in Texas you had Kenny Rogers delivering the first of many giant Country hits to come with Ruby. Poco, and Linda Ronstadt both get a couple tracks, neither are my cup of tea, but they fit the narrative. Making up for them are great tracks by Doug Dillard & Gene Clark, and The Corvettes (produced by Mike Nesmith,) plus an cool obscure cut from The Sanland Brothers Vaccination For The Blues which has Clarence White, Gib Guilbeau, and Gene Parsons on it, three cats who would be essential to the whole Country Rock movement. Great sound, great notes, dig it. (JM)
THE BAND: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down/ Up On Cripple Creek/ THE BYRDS: Drug Store Truck Driving Man/ GLEN CAMPBELL: Galveston/ THE CORVETTES: Back Home Girl/ Level Your Senses/ DILLARD & CLARK: Through The Morning, Through The Night/ BOB DYLAN: Lay, Lady Lay/ THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS: Christine's Tune/ Hot Burrito #1/ Sin City/ Wheels/ BUCK OWENS: Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass/ POCO: Make Me Smile/ Pickin' Up The Pieces/ ELVIS PRESLEY: I'm Movin' On/ KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION: Ruby (Don't Take Your Love To Town)/ LINDA RONSTADT: Silver Threads And Golden Needles/ We Need A Whole Lot More Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll)/ THE SANLAND BROTHERS: Vaccination For The Blues/ SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET: At The Crossroads/ Texas Me/ TOWNES VAN ZANDT: Lungs

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 195 Voodoo Voodoo: Festy Fifties Females ● CD $22.98
Just arrived. Compiled by R&B and rock & roll authority Dave Penny, the 90-track 3CD set Voodoo Voodoo pays tribute to the distaff side of 1950s R&B music that would inform the rock 'n' roll explosion of the latter half of the decade, from the last shout of the 1940s big band "thrushes" such as Ella Johnson and Dinah Washington, through the fearsome vocal power of the likes of R&B trailblazers such as Big Maybelle, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker and Big Mama Thornton, to the early experiments of the mainstream pop singers such as Ella Mae Morse, Kay Starr, Peggy Lee, Lillian Briggs and Jaye P. Morgan. Includes lots of little known, but excellent artists, like Terry Timmons, Gloria Smith, Sadie Madison, Kitty Noble, Dolores Ware, Vicky Lee and others.
FAYE ADAMS: I've Gotta Leave You/ MARIE ADAMS: Ain't Car Crazy/ ANNISTEEN ALLEN: My Baby Keeps Rollin/ My Brand Of Lovin/ LAVERN BAKER: Pig Latin Blues/ Voodoo Voodoo/ BIG MAYBELLE: I've Got A Feelin/ Rock House/ That's A Pretty Good Love/ LILLIAN BRIGGS: Can't Stop/ RUTH BROWN: Smooth Operator/ Sweet Baby Of Mine/ What'd I Say?/ WYNONA CARR: Nursery Rhyme Rock/ MICKEY CHAMPION: Bam-A-Lam/ DOLLY COOPER: Ay La Bah/ Big Rock Inn/ Tell Me, Tell Me/ THELMA COOPER: Ooh, Daddy!/ EUNICE DAVIS: Get Your Enjoys/ MARGIE DAY: Just Couldn T Keep It To Myself/ Snatchin It Back/ Stubborn As A Mule/ VARETTA DILLARD: Mercy, Mr Percy/ Promise Mr Thomas/ PEARL GALLOWAY: Get Wit It/ JEANNE GAYLE: Bim Bam Baby/ BERNICE GOODEN: Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter (On A Teen-Age Date)/ LINDA HAYES: Atomic Baby/ DONNA HIGHTOWER: He's My Baby/ LINDA HOPKINS: My Loving Baby/ Rock And Roll Blues/ CAMILLE HOWARD: I Tried To Tell You/ Rock N Roll Mama/ HELEN HUMES: Woojamacooja/ You Played On My Piano/ ETTA JAMES: Market Place/ CAROL JARVIS: Little Red Rooster/ PATTI JEROME: No Mama-No Papa/ ELLA JOHNSON: Bring It Home To Me/ No More Love/ They Don's Want Me To Rock No More/ What A Day!/ MILDRED JONES: Mr Thrill/ MARIE KNIGHT: Grasshopper Baby/ LADY NELL: Don's Forget/ GEORGIA LANE: Oo-Wee, Mr Jeff (Please Be Yourself)/ PEGGY LEE: Every Night/ VICKY LEE: Goin Back Home To Mama/ LITTLE ESTHER: If It's News To You/ T'aint Whatcha Say, It's Whatcha Do/ Talkin All Out Of My Head/ LITTLE SYLVIA: Ain't Gonna Do It/ GLORIA LYNN: Cool Daddy/ SADIE MADISON: Let-Down Blues/ ZILLA MAYS: Take Your Time/ ROSE MARIE MCCOY: Dippin In My Business/ SARAH MCLAWLER: Ready, Willin And Able/ JAYE P. MORGAN: Baby, Don't Do It!/ BETTY JEAN MORRIS: Shack Daddy/ ELLA MAE MORSE: How Can You Leave A Man Like This?/ Teardrops From My Eyes/ VIKKI NELSON: Just One More Smile (One More Time)/ CHUBBY NEWSOM: When Are You Comin Home/ KITTY NOBLE: 'Till The Cows Come Home/ BUNNY PAUL: Leave My Heart Alone/ Watcha Gonna Do?/ BERTICE READING: I Gotta Know/ LULA REED: Sick And Tired/ MABEL SCOTT: Mr Fine/ Shut-Eye/ JOAN SHAW: You Drive Me Crazy/ FAY SIMMONS: Hangin Around/ GLORIA SMITH: Low Down Man/ DOLORES BABY DEE SPRIGGS: Zoom De De Ho Ho/ KAY STARR: Kay's Lament/ Night Train/ DAKOTA STATON: Don't Mean Maybe/ CARMEN TAYLOR: No More, No Less/ WILLIE MAE THORNTON: Just Like A Dog (Barking Up The Wrong Tree)/ My Man Called Me/ TERRY TIMMONS: He's The Best In The Business/ ANITA TUCKER: Hop, Skip And Jump/ JANE TURNER: Danger Blues/ DOLORES WARE: Thrill-A-Dill/ BETTYE JEAN WASHINGTON: Bettye Jean S Blues/ DINAH WASHINGTON: Don't Hold It Against Me/ New Blow-Top Blues/ PAULA WATSON: I Love To Ride/ BEVERLY WRIGHT: Shake Till I M Shook

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 204 Hoosier Daddy: Mar-Vel And The Birth Of Indiana Rockabilly ● CD $22.98
3 CDs, 105 tracks, 236 mins, highly recommended
Like most birth of Rockabilly compilations, this one starts out by giving you a healthy dose of Country Western Swing and Boogie. That's not a bad thing at all in this case because the pre-Rockabilly stuff here is by and large fantastic. Fine Country cuts by the likes of Bob Burton, Eddy Star, Sherry Lee, and a number of other artists that you probably haven't heard of, but will quickly earn your admiration. The Rockabilly doesn't start firing on all cylinders til about _ through the first CD with Herbie Duncan's rollicking Hot Lips Baby. Once it's started though, things heat up quick and soon you are getting barnburners like Little Angel also by Herbie Duncan, Saturday Night Special by Jack Bradshaw, Jerry Seifert Dirty White Bucks (And Tight Pegged Pants) which has a drum beat that gives Wipe Out a run for its money, and Moon Twist by Billy Nix. Billy Nix is actually one of the real stand-out artists on this collection, with no less than five great tracks. Other stand- outs include The Gaye Sisters who fall somewhere between the Collins Kids and The Everly Brothers, Chuck Dallis who has a handful of great cuts as well and who amazingly sounds like The Blasters on a couple of them, and Bill Sherrell who delivered fantastic cuts like Yes, No, Or Maybe, Rock On Baby, and probably the best known track on this collection Cadillac Baby. Then there's Ronnie Haig, Webb Foley, Tommy Lam, The Blankenship Brothers, Keetie & The Kats, The Jiants, and many more, who all deliver excellent tracks. Deep liner notes tell the story of the great Harry Glenn the main man behind Mar-Vel (and was a one man promotion machine on par with Stan Lee from that other Marvel,) as well as many of the artists featured. (JM)
HAROLD ALLEN: I Need Some Lovin'/ I'm Settin'You Free/ JIM ALLEY: The Great Pretender/ WALTER ARKIE BITTLE: Jitterbug Drag/ THE BLANKENSHIP BROTHERS: Hard Up Blues/ That's Why I Am Blue/ JACK BRADSHAW: Saturday Night Special/ Naughty Girls/ BOB BURTON: Tired Of Rocking/ Boogie Woogie Baby Of Mine/ AUBREY CAGLE: Be-Bop Blues/ STONEY CALHOUN: Bounce Baby Bounce/ HARRY CARTER WITH THE DIXIE RHYTHMAIRES: Jump Baby Jump/ Rhythm In My Soul/ HARRY CARTER WITH THE RHYTHMAIRES: I Don't Want You/ You Made Me Love You, Baby/ SKIP CODY: Feets Too Big (1st Version)/ Feets Too Big (2nd Version)/ CHUCK DALLIS: Come On Let's Go (1st Version)/ Come On Let's Go (2nd Version)/ Moon Twist/ So Close To Heaven/ PAT DAVIS: Spinner Hub Caps/ THE DENHAMS: Cry, Baby Cry/ HERBIE DUNCAN: That's All/ Escape/ Hot Lips Baby/ Little Angel/ RONNIE DURBIN: Ronnie's Boogie/ BILL ELKINS: You Made Me Mad (And That's Bad)/ BILL FERGUSON: Dark And Stormy/ THE FIVE STARS: Friction/ WEBB FOLEY: Bee Bop Baby/ Little Bitty Mama/ JIMMY GANZBERG: Hang-Out/ JIM GATLIN WITH LES SMITHHART & SUPER-X COWB: The Way You're Treating Me/ Would It Matter At All/ THE GAYE SISTERS, WITH REM WALL AND GREEN VA: Oh Ricky/ RONNIE HAIG: Don't You Hear Me Calling, Baby/ Hey Little Baby/ Money Is A Thing Of The Past/ Rocking With Rhythm And Blues/ BILL HALL: Let Me Love You/ Shootin'Pool/ BILLY HALL: I Need Some Lovin'/ Move Over Rover (2nd Version)/ Move Over Rover (1st Version)/ This Is The Blues/ LLOYD HARP: Slow Boogie Rock/ RALPH HODGES: Honey Talk/ BRENDA HOLLY: Crazy Little Heart/ HAROLD HUBBLE'S SPITFIRES: Let's Go Daddy-O!/ SKIPPER HUNT COMBO: Scalded/ What Am I Gonna Do/ REX JENNINGS & MID-WESTERN ALL STARS: Itchy Feet/ THE JIANTS: She's My Woman/ Tornado/ JIM JOHNSTON: Mean Woman Blues/ KEETIE AND THE KATS: That's The Way/ TOMMY LAM: Speed Limit/ SHERRY LEE & SHORTY ASHFORD WITH THE COUNTRY MU: I'm Crazy Darling/ SHERRY LEE, SIXTEEN YEAR OLD MISS COUNTRY MUSIC: Baby Honey/ BILLY LOVE: I'll Find My Way (Back To You)/ RAY LYNN: Mean, Mean Woman/ TEX NEIGHBORS: Ain't Going That Route/ Rock And Roll Dot/ Rockin'Beat/ BILLY NIX: Get With The Beat/ Moon Twist/ Perhaps/ Susie And Earl/ Your Flame Of Love/ Devoted Love/ JERRY PARSONS: Don't Need No Job/ Undecided/ JOHNNY PHELPS: Tom Katt/ DENNIS PUCKETT AND THE ROCKETS: Rockin'Teens/ BOB REED: Choctaw Boogie/ JIMMY RIDLEY: Rock A Bye Baby/ LAWSON RUDD: Shake This Town/ TED RUSSELL AND HIS RHYTHM ROCKERS: Real Cool/ JERRY SEIFERT WITH JIMMY COE ORCHESTRA: Dirty White Bucks (And Tight Pegged Pants)/ Never Baby Never/ SHORTY SERGENT: Record-Hop/ CURLEY SHELTON: Have You Seen My Baby?/ BILL SHERRELL: Cadillac Baby/ Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O/ Kool Kat/ Rock On Baby/ Yes, No, Or Maybe/ BOBBY SISCO: Go, Go, Go/ Honky Tonkin'Rhythm/ Tall, Dark & Handsome Man/ EDDIE SMALLING: Jeanie/ BASIL SMITH: Basil Smith Stomp/ EDDY STAR & HIS STAR DRIFTERS: Love Me, Love Me/ CHARLIE STEWART: Old Age And Rough Treatment/ THE THOMAS BROTHERS, MELVIN & ELVIN: Way High, Way Low/ TENNESSEE THOMPSON: Saturday Ball/ Slippin'And Slidin'/ THE VAN BROTHERS: Servant Of Love/ REM WALL & HIS GREEN VALLEY BOYS: Grown-Ups Sometimes Cry/ Heartsick And Blue/ NORMAN WITCHER: Somebody's Been Rocking My Boat/ Wake Me Up

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 207 The Last Shout! Twilight Of The Blues Shouters ● CD $22.98
Just arrived. The leather-lunged blues shouters, dominated the US nightclub stages and R&B charts from the late 1930s, before being side-lined by the bourgeoning rock 'n' roll storm in the early 1950s. Still considered a force with which to be reckoned in the US music industry of the mid-fifties, and still at the height of their vocal prowess, many of the biggest stars were granted one or two final shots to save their flagging recording careers during rock 'n' roll's heyday - this three CD set with 97 tracks explores these recordings. The first disc features later recordings of the four most popular blues shouters - Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Jimmy Witherwpoon and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson. The second disc features some of the other artists who came to prominence in the 1940s - Grant Jones, Bull Moose Jackson, Big John Greer, Timmie Rogers, H-Bomb Ferguson and others and the thirds disc features artists who come to prominece when the era of blues shouters was beginning to fade - Clarence Samuels, Jimmy Nelson, Dossie Terry, Titus Turner, Tommy Brown, etc. Comes with 20 page booklet with detailed notes by compiler Dave Penny copiously illustarted withartist photos and label shots.
JOE "MR G" AUGUST: Boogie With Calypso/ Strange Things Happening In The Dark/ ROY BROWN: Be My Love Tonight/ TOMMY BROWN: Rock Away My Blues/ Someday, Somewhere/ PINEY BROWN AND HIS BLUES TOPPERS: My Love/ Sugar In My Tea Cream In My Coffee/ EMMET DAVIS: How About It Baby/ You Changed My Night Into Day/ H-BOMB FERGUSON: Midnight Ramblin'Tonight/ No-Sackie-Sack/ REDD FOXX: Real Pretty Mama/ The Crazy House/ GREAT GATES: Jump, Jump, Jump/ STOMP GORDON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Ride, Superman, Ride/ RUDY GREEN: My Mumblin'Baby/ Teeny Weeny Baby/ Wild Life/ BIG JOHN GREER: Come Back Uncle John/ JOHN GREER: Come Back Maybelline/ WYNONIE HARRIS: A Tale Of Woe/ Big Old Country Fool/ Bloodshot Eyes/ Destination Love/ Sweet Lucy Brown/ Tell A Whale Of A Tale/ That's Me Right Now/ There's No Substitute For Love/ IVORY JOE HUNTER WITH MILT ROGERS ORCH.: Welcome Home Baby/ BULL MOOSE JACKSON: Heavyweight Baby/ Watch My Signals/ If You Ain't Lovin'You Ain't Livin'/ Wanna Hug Ya, Kiss Ya, Squeeze Ya/ GRANT JONES WITH MIKE SIMPSON ORCH.: Pinball Machine/ Soda Pop Rock/ BIG TINY KENNEDY AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Country Boy/ Strange Kind Of Feeling/ JIMMY LEWIS: Last Night I Was In Heaven/ SMILEY LEWIS: I'm Coming Down With The Blues/ JIMMY LIGGINS & HIS DROPS OF JOY ORCHESTRA: Ada From Decatur/ JIMMY LIGGINS AND HIS DROPS OF JOY ORCHESTRA: Knocked Out/ LITTLE CAESAR WITH EDDIE BEAL ORCH.: I'm Reachin'/ Who Slammed The Door/ TEDDY "MR BEAR" MCRAE & HIS ORCHESTRA: Hold Out Baby/ TEDDY "MR BEAR" MCRAE AND HIS ORCH.: Hi'Fi'Baby/ BOBBY "MR BLUES" MERRELL: I Ain't Mad At You/ I'm Gonna Set You Free/ ROY MILTON: Red Light/ JIMMY NELSON: I Sat And Cried/ Unlock The Door/ GENE PHILLIPS WITH JACK MCVEA ORCH.: I Owe Everybody/ DOC POMUS (AS DOC PALMER): Bye Baby Bye/ DOC POMUS ALL STARS: Work, Little Carrie, Work/ TIMMIE ROGERS: Take Me To Your Leader/ JIMMY RUSHING: Baby, Don't Tell On Me/ CLARENCE SAMUELS: Chicken-Hearted Woman/ OLLIE SHEPARD: My Baby Is Gone/ Say Yeah/ DOSSIE "THUNDERBIRD" TERRY: Fool Mule/ Skinny Ginny/ THE TIBBS BROTHERS: (Wake Up) Miss Rip Van Winkle/ TIC & TOC WITH HOWARD BIGGS ORCH.: I'm A Big Boy Now/ TIC AND TOC WITH HOWARD BIGGS ORCHESTRA: Jibba Jab/ THE TONE TWINS WITH JIMMY LEWIS BAND: Hey Pretty Girl/ JOE TURNER: Rock A While/ TITUS TURNER: Get On The Right Track, Baby/ Have Mercy Baby/ Hungry Man/ JOE TURNER AND HIS BLUES KINGS: Feeling Happy/ Hide And Seek/ JOE TURNER WITH CHOKER CAMPBELL ORCHESTRA: Need A Girl/ Ove Roller Coaster/ JOE TURNER WITH JESSE STONE ORCHESTRA: Teen Age Letter/ Wee Baby Blues/ EDDIE VINSON: Anxious Heart/ Big Chief Rain In The Face/ Old Man Boogie/ Suffer Fool/ Tomorrow May Never Come/ You Can't Have My Love No More/ EDDIE "CLEANHEAD" VINSON: Hold It Right There!/ That's The Way To Treat Your Woman/ CROWN PRINCE WATERFORD: Driftwood Blues/ Get Your Clothes And Let's Go/ SMOKI WHITFIELD WITH FREDDIE SIMON ORCH.: Function At The Junction/ SMOKI WHITFIELD WITH FREDDIE SIMON ORCHESTRA: Take The Hint/ EARL WILLIAMS AND HIS QUINTETTE: O Baby Please/ You Ain't Puttin'Out Nothin'But The Lights/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Endless Sleep/ I Gotta Go Home/ Teenage Party/ You Can Make It If You Try/ My Girl Ivy/ Who Baby Who?/ All Right Miss Moore/ Hen I Start To Thinking/ BILLY WRIGHT: The Question Wha'cha Gonna Do?

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 781 Doo Wop Across America - The Italian Connection - New York ● CD $18.98
2 CD, 56 tracks, very highly recommended
When one thinks of Doo Wop, it's natural that the Black vocal groups are the ones that spring to mind - The Platters, The Falcons, The Moonglows, The Five Satins et al. But there were also a multitude of white groups that formed a huge part of the Doo Wop legacy as well, and the most celebrated often came from the street corners of the Big Apple and just happened to be of Italian extraction. Jasmine's ongoing "Doo Wop Across America" series has shifted its' focus to four of the biggest New York Italian Doo Wop groups in its latest installment - Johnny Maestro and the Crests, The Regents, The Elegants, and The Mystics. Some might quibble with the inclusion of the Crests here, since their ranks included two Puerto Ricans and two African-Americans, but Maestro (ne John Mastrangelo) was one of the great Italian lead singers and the group deserves inclusion if only for the majestic 16 Candles. Maestro shows off his magnificent pipes on eleven sides with the Crests and two solo items from 1961. The rest of Disc One consists of cuts from the Regents, most famous for the original version of Barbara Ann (included here) that the Beach Boys made into a huge hit in 1966. Although the Regents only managed two hits (the aforementioned Barbara Ann and Runaround, both 1961), they still recorded some memorable songs: Liar/ I'm So Lonely/ Laura My Darling, and Lonesome Boy to name a few. Disc Two kicks off with The Elegants who began life as Pat Cordel & the Crescents - their lone single is here-but quickly hit their stride after the name change with Little Star, a massive hit in 1958. Although no more substantial hits followed, songs like Getting Dizzy/ Please Believe Me/ Goodnight, and Spiral show the group at its best. Disc Two's second half is devoted to the fourth spotlighted group the Mystics, who scored with Pomus and Shuman's Hushabye in 1959. Don't Take to the Stars and All Through the Night were worthy follow-ups that didn't click, while Adam and Eve/ So Tenderly, and Blue Star were unfairly ignored altogether. New York's most popular Italian-American group Dion & The Belmonts are not included here as their music is covered in depth on Jasmine 153 (Two CDs - $18.98 - see above). All four groups totally epitomize Doo Wop between the years 1956 and 1962, and this collection should be in any Doo Wop fan's music library. (GMC)
PAT CORDEL & THE CRESCENTS: My Tears/ Darling Come Back/ THE CRESTS: 16 Candles/ A Year Ago Tonight/ Flower Of Love/ I Remember (In The Still Of The Night)/ Isn't It Amazing/ Journey Of Love/ Model Girl/ Six Nights A Week/ Step By Step/ The Angels Listened In/ Trouble In Paradise/ THE ELEGANTS: Get Well Soon/ Getting Dizzy/ Goodnight/ Happiness/ I've Seen Everything/ Let My Prayers Be With You/ Little Boy Blue/ Little Star/ Pay Day/ Please Believe Me/ Speak Low/ Spiral/ Tiny Cloud/ True Love Affair/ JOHNNY MAESTRO: Mr. Happiness/ What A Surprise/ THE MYSTICS: Adam And Eve/ All Through The Night/ Blue Star/ Darling I Know Now/ Don't Take The Stars/ Goodbye Mister Blues/ Hushabye/ So Tenderly/ Star-Crossed Lovers/ Sunday Kind Of Love/ The White Cliffs Of Dover/ To Think Of You Again/ THE REGENTS: A Fool In Love/ Autumn Leaves/ Barbara Ann/ Don't Be A Fool/ I'm So Lonely/ Jeanette, Jeanette/ Just Cry/ Laura My Darling/ Liar/ Lonesome Boy/ Oh Baby/ Runaround/ Summertime/ Sunday Kind Of Love/ Your Love Captured Me

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77154 Memphis Marvels - Memphis Gospel, 1927-1960 ● CD $28.98 $21.98
Another great gospel collection compiled by Opal Louis Nations - this time devoted to Memphis artists or artists recorded in Memphis. Four CDs with 105 tracks. Although it includes recordings from the 1920s and 30s the majority of sides are from the 1940s and 50s and in addition to many very rare 78s it also includes some unissued songs from radio transcriptions. Artists include The Gospel Travelers, Southern Wonders, A.C. & Blind Mamie Forehand, The Sunset Travelers (with O.V. Wright), Sons Of Jehova, Spirit Of Memphis Quartet, The Silvertones, I.C. Glee Quartet, The Prisoniares, Hunki-Dor and others.
JAMES ANDERSON & THE ANDERSON HARMONEERS: Something Within Me/ QUEEN C. ANDERSON & THE BREWSTER SINGERS: Bank In The Sky/ Jesus Is The Perfect Answer/ These Are They/ QUEEN C. ANDERSON W THE BREWSTER ENSEMBLE: I Never Heard Of A City/These Are They/ THE ANGEL VOICES: Tell The Angels/ Walkin' & Talkin' With Jesus/ THE BETHEL QUARTET: Jesus, The Light Of The World/ So Glad I've Got The Stone/ THE BREWSTER SINGERS: So Glad I've Got Good Religion/ The Old Landmark/ THE BREWSTERAIRES: Bye And Bye I Will See Jesus/ Hold On/ Jasper Walls/ King's Highway/ More Of Jesus And Less Of Me/ That's Enough/ Treading The Wine Press Alone/ Wait Until My Change Comes/ When We Shall Meet Face To Face/ Where Shall I Be When That First Trumpet Sounds/ THE DIXIE NIGHTINGALES: I've Got A New Home/ In My Savior's Care/ A.C. & BLIND MAMIE FOREHAND: Honey In The Rock/ I Wouldn't Mind Dying If Dying Was All, No 1/ I Wouldn't Mind Dying If Dying Was All, No 2/ I'm So Glad Today/ THE FOUR STARS: That's Enough For Me To Know/ Way Up On High/ THE I.C. GLEE QUARTET: All My Sins Been Taken Away/ If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again/ Riding On The Seminol/ When They Ring Dem Golden Bells/ THE GOSPEL TRAVELERS: God's Chariot, Pt 1/ God's Chariot, Pt 2/ There's A Man at Your Door/ REV. W. HERBERT BREWSTER & HIS CAMP MEETING OF T: Give Me That Old Time Religion/ The Hope Of This World Is Jesus/ HUNKI-DORI: Down Home/ I Hear The Savior Calling/ Old Time Religion/ Workin' On The Building/ THE JONES BROS: Gospel Train/ THE JONES BROTHERS: Look To Jesus/ THE PRISONAIRES: Frank Clement (What About)/ Softly And Tenderly/ A Prisoner's Prayer/ THE SILVERTONES: Swing Swing/ These Bones Gonna Rise Again/ What A Beautiful City/ THE SONGBIRDS OF THE SOUTH: 99 1/2 Won't Do/ He Is Able/ Jesus Met The Woman At The Well/ Where Could I Go/ THE SONS OF JEHOVAH: High Cost Of Living/ I John Saw/ It's Me Lord/ Jesus Hear My Plea/ Jesus Hold My Hand/ On An Island/ On Calvary/ Rock My Soul In The Bosom Of Abraham/ Something Within/ Teach Me (Our Prayer)/ Teach Me Lord/ The Holy Bible/ WDIA Saturday Song/ WDIA Song/ Waiting For Me/ We Are Blessed/ What Could I Do/ Keep Me And Teach Me/ THE SOUTHERN JUBILEE SINGERS: Blessed Be The Name/ Forgive Me Lord/ He Never Left Me Alone/ There's A Man In Jerusalem/ THE SOUTHERN WONDERS: As An Eagle Stirreth Her Nest/ Come On Over Here/ Gambling Man/ How Much More Can I Bear/ I Was A Sinner/ I'll Fly Away/ Lord, Stand By Me/ More Like Jesus/ My Jesus Is All/ Thank You, Jesus/ The Chapel/ There Is Rest For The Weary/ Who Is That Knocking?/ THE SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS QUARTET: Happy In The Service Of The Lord/ How Many Times/ I'll Be Satisfied/ Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jerico and other songs - medley/ Milky White Way/ My Life Is In His Hands/ Sweet Honey In The Rock/ THE SPIRIT OF ST. JAMES: Any Way You Bless Me Lord/ I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray/ THE SUNSET TRAVELERS: I Am Building A Home/ My Number Will Be Changed/ Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down/ Yes, Yes, I've Done My Duty/ Lazarus/ Move These Things/ UNKNOWN: I'm Working On The Building

VARIOUS ARTISTS Not Now 536 Strictly Tango ● CD $11.98
Two CDs, 40 track, strongly recommended
A delightful introduction to Argentina's soulful national music - the tango. 40 tracks - mostly with vocals - recorded in the 1940s and 1950 featuring some of the leading performers of the era including Horacio Salgan, Francisco Canaro, Osvadio Pugliese, Anibal Troilo, Nelly Omar and others. Arrangements range from the archetypical "orquesta tipica" with two violins, piano, double bass and a pair of South American concertinas (the bandoneon) to large orchestras. It includes one track by Astor Piazzola whose reimagining of the music as "new tango" was highly controversial. Fine sound and brief but informative notes. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Off The Record MM 10 Cabaret Echoes - New Orleans Jazzers At Work, 1918-1927** ● CD $27.98
Two CDs, 41 music tracks + 22 interviews, essential
From the same company that brought us the definitive reissue of King Oliver's 1923 recordings comes this fabulous collection featuring 40 of the earliest and rarest recordings of New Orleans jazz all newly remastered, including speed correction, by audio engineering wizard Doug Benson resulting in unprecedented clarity. In addition to the music there are excerpts of 23 interviews from the jazz archives at Tulane University featuring some of the musicians performing on these seminal recordings. The set includes the 1922 recordings of Kid Ory's Sunshine Orchestra - the first recordings of a black New Orleans jazz band, the 1918 through 1920 recordings The Original New Orleans Jazz Band - the second New Orleans jazz band to record after the frequently reissued Original Dixieland Jazz Band, the incredibly rare sides by Willie Hightower and His Night Hawks, the great vaudeville duo Billy Mack & Mary Mack, Fate Marable's Society Syncopaters and others. The interviews are carefully sequenced to enhance rather interrupt the flow of the music with comments from Kid Ory, his daughter Babette, Johnny De Droit, Willie Hightower, Tony Parenti and others. The set includes a 60 page booklet with in depth notes by jazz historian David Sager which even includes details of the tempo for each performance plus rare photos as other memorabilia and full discographical information. Indispensible for any lover of early jazz.. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 223 The Best Of Halloween ● CD $11.98
50 tracks, 121 mins, highly recommended
We listed this last year but since the season is upon us again it makes sense to list it again. If you already have a lot of these kind of Halloween compilations (like I do), than you will probably have most of these tracks. If you aren't already well stocked, then this is a great set to pick up, with an excellent assortment and a fantastic sound quality throughout. There are a handful over overly compiled classics: Monster Mash/ Love Potion #9/ Purple People Eater/ I Put A Spell On You, etc, but they are far out-weighed by great songs that are lesser known (outside of comps like this) like Screamin' Ball (At Dracula's Hall) by The Duponts, Jekyll And Hyde by Jim Burgett, You Can Get Him Frankenstein By The Castle Kings, and She's My Witch by Kip Tyler. There's Dinner With Drac By Zacherley, which is comped a lot, but then there are 4 more Zacherley tracks that don't get heard often. Some other great tracks here that I haven't seen much or at all on CD: Igor's Party by Tony's Monstrosities, The Martian Band by The Wild Tones, and Leopard Man by Joe Wallace, and a few others. All in all, this is a great comp full of all vintage Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues that provides a whole lot of muck for your buck. (JM)
BOBBY 'BORIS' PICKETT & THE CRYPT-KICKERS: Rabian The Fiendage Idol/ THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK ORCHESTRA: Music To Be Murdered By/ JAN AMBER: The Little Martian/ THE ASTRO-NOTES: Rocket To The Moon/ THE BIG BOPPER: The Purple People Eater Meets The Witchdoctor/ BOB & JERRY: Ghost Satellite/ JIM BURGETT: Jekyll And Hyde/ PHIL CARTER: Amazon/ CARLOS CASAL & JR.: Don't Meet Mr. Frankenstein/ THE CASTLE KINGS: You Can Get Him Frankenstein/ THE CLOVERS: Love Potion No. 9/ THE COASTERS: The Shadow Knows/ BERT CONVY: The Monster Hop/ THE DAYLIGHTERS: Mad House Jump/ THE DUPONTS: Screamin' Ball (At Dracula Hall)/ CASEY GRAMS: Count Down/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: Frenzy/ I Put A Spell On You/ THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES: Frankenstein's Den/ JACK & JIM: Midnight Monsters Hop/ JOE JOHNSON: The Gila Monster/ ARCHIE KING: The Vampires/ BIG BOB KORNEGAY: At The House Of Frankenstein/ LORD LUTHER: Teenage Creature/ THE MOONTREKKERS: Night Of The Vampire/ JACKIE MORNINGSTAR: Rockin' In the Graveyard/ NERVOUS NORVOUS: The Fang/ BOBBY 'BORIS' PICKETT & THE CRYPT-KICKERS: Graveyard Shift/ Monster Mash/ Monster Mash Party/ DWIGHT PULLEN: Sunglasses After Dark/ SONNY RICHARD'S PANICS: The Voo Doo Walk (Feat. Cindy & Misty)/ LEE ROSS: The Mummy's Bracelet/ SMILEY SMITH: Voodoo Woman/ SCREAMING LORD SUTCH: 'Til The Following Night/ TARANTULA GOUL: Graveyard Rock/ TONY'S MONSTROSITIES: Igor's Party/ KIP TYLER: Jungle Hop/ She's My Witch/ JOE WALLACE: Leopard Man/ GARRY WARREN: Werewolf/ COYE WILCOX: Zippy, Hippy, Dippy/ THE WILD TONES: The Martian Band/ ROD WILLIS: The Cat/ SHEB WOOLEY: The Purple People Eater/ JOHN ZACHERLE: Dinner With Drac 1/ Gravy (With Some Cyanide)/ Let's Twist Again (Mummy Time Is Here)/ Popeye (The Gravedigger)/ The Bat

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 259 Werewolf - The Dolton Records Story ● CD $11.98
2 CDs, 40 tracks, 88 mins, highly recommended
Dolton certainly put out a lot of records in the 1960s. The Ventures alone put out at least 20 albums and 30 singles, most of which sold quite well. That kind of success can help finance a whole mess of other records by lesser known artists. Add to that The Fleetwoods two big hits - Come Softly To Me and Mr Blue - and you have yourself a thriving independent record label. This collection features both those songs from The Fleetwoods as well as two of their other best tracks. The Ventures get 4 cuts as well, including Walk Don't Run and Perfidia. The Frantics also deliver some instrumental coolness with the likes of Werewolf The Whip, and more. The Miniature Men delivery a couple famous novelties in Baby Elephant Walk and Soupy's Theme (Soupy's Shuffle,) and then there's many more quality tracks by the likes of The Echoes, Bonnie Guitar, The Five Whispers, and more. (JM)
VIC DANA: (A Girl Needs) To Love And Be Loved/ Hello, Roommate/ I Will/ The Story Behind My Tears/ JERRY DAVIS: My Very Best To You/ To Prove Our Love Is True/ THE ECHOES: Born To Be With You/ My Guiding Light/ THE FIVE WHISPERS: Midnight Sun/ Moon In The Afternoon/ THE FLEETWOODS: Come Softly To Me/ Confidential/ Graduation's Here/ Mr. Blue/ THE FOUR PEARLS: It's Almost Tomorrow/ Look At Me/ THE FRANTICS: Fog Cutter/ San Antonio Rose/ Straight Flush/ The Whip/ Werewolf/ BONNIE GUITAR: Candy Apple Red/ GARY HODGE: Not For Love Or Money/ HANK LEVINE: Portrait Of A Blonde/ LITTLE BILL & THE BLUENOTES: Bye Bye Baby/ I Love An Angel/ THE MINIATURE MEN: Baby Elephant Walk/ Soupy's Theme (Soupy's Shuffle)/ CHUCK ROBERTS: That's Whow It's Gonna Be/ Wo Wo Baby/ BRADY & GRADY SNEED: Little Bitty Heart/ JEFF TABOR: Here's Where A Broken Heart Lives/ I'm Lonesome/ THE VENTURES: Blue Moon/ Perfidia/ Ram Bunk Shush/ Walk, Don't Run/ JOHNNY VICTOR: Come To Me Johnny/ The Tears You Never Cried/ THE WANDERERS THREE: Turn Around

VARIOUS ARTISTS Proper BOX 9 Hittin' On All Six - A History Of The Jazz Guitar ● CD $26.98 $17.98
Four CDs, 94 tracks, very highly recommended
Another one of Proper's bargain priced box set spotlighting the work of 48 great jazz guitarists taking us from New Orleans era to bebop. Includes tracks by Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang, Teddy Bunn, John Trueheart, Dick McDonough, Carmen Mastren, Django Reinhardt, Eddie Durham, Bernard Addison, Freddi Green, Al Casey, Charlie Christian, Bus Etri, Oscar Moore, Tiny Grimes, Eddie Condon, Jimmy Shirley, Dave Barbour, Barney Kessel, Mary osborne, Laurindo Almeida, Jimmy Raney and many more. Excellent sound and set includes 52 page booklet with detailed notes and full discographical information. (FS)
BERNARD ADDISON: Alabamy Home/ Blues In Disguise/ OSCAR ALEMAN: I Got Rhythm/ Jeeper's Creepers/ LAURINDO ALMEIDA: Lament (lament For Guitar)/ IRVING ASHBY: Altitude/ The Spinx/ Top Hat Bop/ DAVE BARBOUR: China Boy/ I Saw Stars/ DANNY BARKER: Blood On The Moon/ GEORGE BARNES: Blue Lou/ Lover Come Back To Me/ BILLY BAUER: Subconcious-lee/ Wow/ TEDDY BUNN: Blues Without Words/ I'll Be Ready When The Great Day Comes/ I've Got The World On A String/ Summertime/ AL CASEY: Buck Jumpin'/ Esquire Bounce/ CHARLIE CHRISTIAN: Profoundly Blue/ Solo Flight/ Swing To Bop/ Till Tom Special/ Waiting For Benny/ Wholly Cats/ JOHN COLLINS: John's Delight/ EDDIE CONDON: Impromptu Ensemble No.1/ BILL DE ARANGO: Doctor Keets/ EDDIE DURHAM: Hittin' The Bottle/ I Want A Little Girl/ HERB ELLIS: All The Things You Are/ Swedish Pastry/ BUS ETRI: Blue Juice/ Reflections/ JEAN "MATLO" FERRET: Swing 42/ SLIM GAILLARD: Minuet In Vout/ BARRY GALBRAITH: Donna Lee/ ARVIN GARRISON: Night In Tunisia/ Tight And Gay/ FREDDIE GREEN: Them There Eyes/ Topsy/ TINY GRIMES: Blue Harlem/ Body And Soul/ Hot In Harlem/ AL HENDRICKSON: Shirley Steps Out/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Savoy Blues/ Steppin' On The Blues/ The Mooche/ BARNEY KESSEL: Relaxin' At Camarillo/ The Grabtown Grapple/ CARL KRESS & DICK MCDONOUGH: Heat Wave/ NAPPY LAMARE: Cajun Love Song/ EDDIE LANG: Doin' Things/ For No Reason At All In C/ Guitar Blues/ Have To Change Keys (to Play These Blues)/ Wild Cat/ LE TRIO FERRET: Gin, Gin/ BILLY MACKEL: Tempo's Boogie/ CARMEN MASTREN: If I Could Be With You/ Swingin' At That Famous Door/ DICK MCDONOUGH: Dick Bernstein Ramble/ OSCAR MOORE: Body And Soul/ Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You/ Lament In Chords/ MARY OSBORNE: Allen's Alley/ Spotlite/ REMO PALMIERI: Blues A La Red/ Stompin' At The Savoy/ LES PAUL: Bugle Call Rag/ Moten Swing/ Willie Weep For Me/ JIMMY RANEY: Extrovert/ In A Pinch/ DJANGO REINHARDT: Finesse (night Wind)/ For Sentimental Reasons/ Manoir De Mes Reves/ Nagasaki/ Nuages/ You're Driving Me Crazy/ ALLAN REUSS: The Moon Is Low/ What Is There To Say/ JIMMY SHIRLEY: Stardust/ FLOYD SMITH: Floyd's Guitar Blues/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: That's All/ JOHN TRUEHEART: Lonesome Moments/ GEORGE VAN EPS: At Sundown/ Somebody Loves Me/ EFFERGE WARE: Rockin' With The Rockets/ LEONARD WARE: Nobody In Mind/ CHUCK WAYNE: Blue Serge/ Conception

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rural Rhythm 104 Bluegrass Gospel - 40 Bluegrass Gospel Classics ● CD $9.98
Two CDs, 40 tracks, strongly recommended
Excellent budget priced collection of bluegrass gospel drawn from the extensive catalog of the Rural Rhythm - one of the longest lived independent roots music labels - founded in 1955. There is a mix of familiar and lesser known performers inncluding REd Smiley & The Bluegrass Cutups, Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers, Hylo Brown & The Timberliners, Red White & The Country Gospel Singers, J.D. Jarvis, Bobby Smith & The Boys From Shiloh, Rusty York, Lillie Mae & The Gospel Aires and others. Consistently fine performances. (FS)
THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINEERS: Back To The Cross/ Preaching, Praying, Singing/ HYLO BROWN: I Am A Pilgrim/ Methodist Pie/ Wayfaring Stranger/ Working On A Building/ THE FROSTY MOUNTAIN BOYS: Prayer Bells Of Heaven/ Wings Of A Dove/ JIM GREER: I Like To Hear Them Preach It/ THE HAPPY LAND GOSPEL SINGERS: I Feel Like Traveling On/ If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again/ Walking In The Light Of The Lord/ J.D. JARVIS: Are You Washed In The Blood/ Farther On/ LILLIMAE & THE DIXIE GOSPELAIRES: Gloryland Way/ God's Presence/ I Found The Man/ Jordan/ J.E. MAINER: Gambling On The Sabbath Day/ MAC MARTIN: This World Can't Stand Long/ RENO & HARRELL: I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ RED SMILEY: A Beautiful Life/ Driftin' Too Far From The Shore/ I'll Be No Stranger There/ Let The Church Roll On/ Living The Right Life Now/ Somebody Touched Me/ Take Me In The Lifeboat/ BOBBY SMITH: Where No One Stands Alone/ Where You Gonna Hide/ RED WHITE: Heavenly Light Is Shining On Me/ I'll Be A Friend To Jesus/ Lonely Tombs/ Voice Of My Savior/ You Go To Your Church/ MAC WISEMAN: Just Over In The Gloryland/ RUSTY YORK: Cup Of Loneliness/ Family Reunion/ Lonesome Valley

VARIOUS ARTISTS Titanic 29101 Westide Blues Rumble ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 62 tracks, strongly recommended
During the 1960s there were many small labels active in Chicago recording blues and R&B aimed at an African-American audience. Because the goal was a successful single the music had elements of the iconic sound of the 1950s along with soul, R&B, the twist and even a bit of funk. The recordings here come from labels like Friendly Five, Apex, Salem, Dawn's, Nike and others. Among the highlights here are the superb instrumental Rock Alley from session guitarist Lefty "Guitar" Bates, two cuts from Freddy Young featuring twin guitar work from Young and Eddie Taylor and the fine Ridin' In My Jaguar by session drummer Bill Warren with some fine guitar from Craig Hoskins and Freddy Young. The most represented artist here is Howling Wolf saxophonist A.C. Reed who is featured on six cuts the best being My Baby Is Fine. J.L. Smith is an excellent singer with two fine tracks accompanied by a band with Johnny "Twist" Williams and John Littlejohn on guitar and Walter Horton harp. Other artists include Oscar Boyd, Sammy Hunt & The Jaguars, Chicago Piano "C" Red, Ace St. Clair and more. Excellent sound and booklet has discographical information where know. (FS)
LEFTY (GUITAR) BATES & HIS ORCH.: Ninety Days/ Rock Alley/ OSCAR BOYD: She's My Baby/ Twist With Ossie Lee/ CHICAGO PIANO "C" RED: Miss Annie Lou/ BOBBY DAVIS: Sweet Song/ SAMMY HUNT & THE JAGUARS: One Of These Days/ The Big Change/ AL PERKINS: She's Alright/ Love Me Baby/ A.C. REED: Come On Home/ Crying Blues/ I'd Rather Fight Than Switch/ Mean Cop/ Talkin' 'Bout My Friends/ My Baby Is Fine/ J.L. SMITH: Come Dance With Me/ Tears Won't Help You Baby/ ACE ST. CLAIR: Crazy Flu/ BILL WARREN WITH JUMP JACKSON BAND: Riding In My Jaguar/ EARL WASHINGTON: The Cool Gent/ FREDDY YOUNG: Monkey Business/ Someday Baby/ YOUNG GUITAR RED: Red Hot Red

VARIOUS ARTISTS Yazoo 2013 Music of Kentucky-1927-37:vol. 1** ● CD $15.98
26 sides, 71 min, essential
Wonderful old-time music from musicians based in eastern Kentucky, recorded from 1927-37. Some were recorded in Bristol, Va. by commercial companies. The 5 lovely Holiness gospel songs of Ernest Phipps are rousing paeans to rural church life, as are Alfred Karnes 4 guitar-backed hymns. His friend B.F. Shelton contributes 3 nice ballads like Darling Cora & Pretty Polly, backed by fine banjo. Two lively string bands, John Waler's Corbin Ramblers (2), and Elmer Bird's Kentucky Ramblers (5) contribute some great breakdowns and songs like Ginseng Blues/Unfortunate Brakeman. The other selections were collected by Alan Lomax, during a 1937 trip to isolated Leslie County, near Harlan. 5 lovely, archaic fiddle tunes by W.M. Stepp round out this fine release of old-time music. Informative notes from Guthrie Meade. (JMC)
ALEX HOOD AND HIS RAILROAD BOYS: L&N Rag/ ALFRED G. KARNES: Called To The Foregn Field/ I Am Bound For The Promised Land/ We Shall All Be Reunited/ Where We'll Never Grow Old/ THE KENTUCKY RAMBLERS: Do Not Wait Till I'm Laid Beneath The Clay/ Ginseng Blues/ Glory To The Lamb/ The Unfortunate Brakeman/ With My Mother Dead And Gone/ ERNEST PHIPPS & HIS HOLINESS QUARTET: Don't Grieve After Me/ I Want To Go Where Jesus Is/ If The Light Has Gone Out Of Your Soul/ Shine On Me/ B.F. SHELTON: Darling Cora/ Oh Molly Dear/ Pretty Polly/ W.M. STEPP: Bonaparte's Retreat/ Callahan/ Silver Strand/ The Ways Of The World/ Mud Fence/ The Old Hen She Cackled/ WALKER'S CORBIN RAMBLERS: Ned Went A Fishin'/ Ruffles And Bustles

VARIOUS ARTISTS Yazoo 2014 Music Of Kentucky-1927-37:Vol. 2** ● CD $15.98
27 sides, 73 min, essential More excellent fiddle and banjo music retrieved from Alan Lomax's 1937 trip to eastern Kentucky. Excellent, modally based fiddle tunes from Luther Strong (7) contrast nicely from W.M. Stepp's numbers on vol. 1. Monroe Gevedon makes a valiant attempt at 3 ballads, while Basil May contributes a gripping Lady Of Carlisle. The rest are from commercial recordings by Emry Arthur, with 4 fine ballads backed by guitar including the original recording of I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow, and Hayes & Bill Shepherd, in 4 intense, "high-lonesome" ballads & blues with banjo and fiddle, as well as 5 jumping string band numbers by the Carver Boys and 3 banjo tunes from the fine John Hammond. An excellent start to a series which promises to make avalilable and safeguard classics of early American rural music. (JM)
EMRY ARTHUR: I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow/ Reuben Oh Reuben/ She Lied To Me/ THE CARVER BOYS: I'm Anchored In Love Divine/ Sisco Harmonica Blues/ Sleeping Lula/ The Brave Engineer/ Tim Brook/ MONROE GEVEDON: The Romish Lady/ The Two Soldiers/ Two Italians/Red Bird/ JOHN HAMMOND: Little Birdie/ My Mama Always Talked To Me/ Purty Polly/ BASIL MAY: The Lady Of Carlisle/ BILL SHEPHERD: Bound Steel Blues/Aunt Jane Blues/ HAYES SHEPHERD: Hard for Me to Love/ The Peddler & His Wife/ LUTHER STRONG: Bonaparte's Retreat/ Glory In The Meeting House/ Hickory Jack/ Nig Inch Along/ The Hog Eyed Man/ The Hog Went Through The Fence Yoke And All/ The Last Of Sizemore

VARIOUS ARTISTS Yazoo 2036 Hard Times Come Again No More, Vol. 1** ● CD $15.98
23 tracks, 71 mins, essential
It really seems that adversity often leads to the most creative artistic statements and this magnificent collection of African-American blues and white country songs about hard times is proof of that contention. Although the nationwide depression of the early 30s is at the centre of these recordings, for the inhabitants of rural areas, hardships have always been a way of life and the musicians here frequently view the crash of 1929 with a wry sense of humor. The recordings here span the period from 1924 to 1937. Every track is a powerful, moving statement including Blind Alfred Reed's magnificent How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live a song that is as relevant today as it was when it was first recorded 85 years ago, Lane Hardin's Hard Time Blues, Kelly Harrell's My Name Is John Johanna and more from Alec Johnson, Uncle Dave Macon, Elder Curry & His Congregation and others. The collection ends with The Graham Brothers lovely 1932 rendition of the Stephen Foster song that gives this album its title - a song that has achieved new popularity in the past few decades having been recorded by artists as diverse as De Dannan, Ralph Stanley, Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples. Superb sound and informative notes by Charles Wolfe and Don Kent (FS)
BARBECUE BOB: We Sure Got Hard Times/ THE BENTLEY BOYS: Down On Penny's Farm/ SCRAPPER BLACKWELL: Down And Out Blues/ SAMANTHA BUMGARNER: Georgia Blues/ FIDDLIN' JOHN CARSON: Dixie Boll Weavil/ THE COFER BROTHERS: Georgia Hobo/ EDWARD L. CRAIN: Starving To Death On A Government Claim/ ELDER CURRY & HIS CONGREGATION: Hard Times/ THE DISON BROTHERS: Weaver's Life/ THE GRAHAM BROTHERS: Hard Times Come Aagin No More/ LANE HARDIN: Hard Time Blues/ KELLY HARRELL: My Name Is John Johanna/ MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: Blue Harvest Blues/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: One Dime blues/ ALEC JOHNSON: Miss Meal Cramp Blues/ UNCLE DAVE MACON: All In Down And Out/ DAVE MCCARN: Serves 'Em Fine/ CHUBBY PARKER: See The Black Clouds/ BLIND ALFRED REED: How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live/ RUTHERFORD & FOSTER: Richmond Blues/ J.D. SHORT: It's Hard Time/ SLIM SMITH: Bread Line Blues/ ERNEST V. STONEMAN: All I Got's Gone

VARIOUS ARTISTS Yazoo 2037 Hard Times Come Again No More, Vol. 2** ● CD $15.98
23 tracks, 70 mins, essential More powerful songs of crop failures, the depression, joblessness and other circumstances of hardship. This one includes Price Of Cotton Blues by The Allen Brothers, Bad Times Blues by Barbecue Bob, Got The Farm Land Blues by The Carolina Tarheels, Providence Help The Poor People by Big Joe Williams, Cotton Mill Colic by Dave McCarn and more from Ernest Stonemen, Sleepy John Estes, The Lee Brothers, etc. (FS)
JULES ALLEN: Little Old Sod Blues/ THE ALLEN BROTHERS: Price Of Cotton Blues/ BARBECUE BOB: Bad Time Blues/ BLIND BLAKE: The Northern Starvers Are Returning Home/ THE CAROLINA TARHEELS: Got The Farm Land Blues/ BO CARTER/ WALTER VINSON: Times Is Tight Like That/ THE COFER BROTHERS: Keno The Rent Man/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: No One's Hard Up But Me/ FISHER HENDLEY: Weave Room blues/ PEG LEG HOWELL/JIM HILL: Away From Home/ EARL JOHNSON & HIS DIXIE ENTERTAINERS: I'm Satisfied/ CHARLEY JORDON: Starvation Blues/ THE LEE BROTHERS: No Dough blues/ W.A. LINDSEY/ALVIN CONDER: Boll Weavil/ UNCLE DAVE MACON/ SAM MCGEE: Wreck Of The Tennessee Gravey Train/ DAVE MCCARN: Cotton Mill Colic/ CHARLIE MCCOY/BOB CARTER: Them Good Old Times Are Coming Back Again/ THE MCGEE BROTHERS: The Tramp/ CLAYTON MCMICHEN/RILEY PUCKETT: The Arkansas Sheik/ THE RED BRUSH ROWDIES: Cotton Mill Blues/ ERNEST V. STONEMAN: Broke Down Section Hand/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Providence Help The Poor People

T-BONE WALKER Acrobat ACFCD 7503 The Ultimate Collection, 1929-1957 ● CD $25.98
Five CD set, 129 tracks, essential
T. Bone Walker was one of the greatest blues artists of the 20th Century - a brilliant singer and an innovative guitar player whose playing was to influence generations of blues guitarists to this day. He is deserving of a deluxe Bear Family style box set but until that happens this is the most comprehensive collection from his prime years featuring one take of every songs he recorded between 1929 when he cut two relatively undistinguished sides for Columbia while still in Texas through to his 1955 through 1957 sessions for Atlantic resulting in the classic LP "T-Bone Blues." After that 1929 session he traveled around Texas honing his guitar skills and becoming one of the first musicians to start using an electric guitar. He worked with several bands in the 1930s including the popular Les Hite Orchestra and in 1940 he appeared on a Varsity 78 by the band singing T-Bone Blues though the Hawaiian style guitar on this side was played by the band's regular guitarist Frank Pasley. In 1942 he got his first chance to sing and play his electric guitar on a session by popular boogie pianist Freddi Slack including the first recording of one of his most well known songs Mean Old Worl. T-Bone's guitar playing was now featuring his own distinctive techniques with lyrical single note run accentuated by his chording. It wasn't until two years later until he finally got top billing recording sessions in Chicago for Rhumboogie and Mercury accompanied by Marl Young's Orchestra including another recording of Mean Old World. In 1946 he was back on his home turf in Los Angeles and was signed for the fledgling Black & Label and under the guiding hand of Ralph Bass turned ut one classic performance after another over the next 18 months and having numerous hits on the R&B charts with songs like Bobby Sox Baby/ Call It Stormy Monday/ I'm Waiting For Your Call/ West Side Baby/ T-Bone Shuffle and others.
During this period the Black & White label was bought out by Capitol who issued many of the previously unissued masters as well as making new recordings. Some of the Black & White masters also appeared on the Comet label and several were hits. T-Bone was out of the studio in 1948 and '49 - no doubt in part because of the AFM strike but in 1950 he was signed to a new label - Imperial and over the next three and half years turned out some of his finest work even if he was unable to crack the charts again. His songs and guitar playing were more intense and endlessly creative and the bands were often bigger and the arrangements (possibly Big Jim Wynn) were stellar. Most of the sessions were cut on the West Coast though a few were cut in New Orleans with Dave Bartholomew's band of incredible musicians. Among the many classics to emerge from this period were Glamor Girl/ The Hustle Is On/ I Get So Weary/ Cold Cold Feeling/ Party Girl and others. In 1955 he joined Atlantic and cut three sessions - only a couple of singles were released were issued but most of the rest appeared on his 1959 LP "T-Bone Blues". T-Bone is in top form on these recordings with mostly smaller groups. He was relatively inactive on record for about five years though was still in great demand as a live performer and when the "blues boom" hit in the mid 60s he went on record fairly regularly - primarily LPs intended for the new white audience and continued up until shortly before his death in 1973. But nothing ever equaled the music featured on this set. Sound quality is generally excellent - the black and white material sounds a bit muffled but I think that's a problem with the recording not the remastering. The booklet has brief notes by Paul Watts and full discographical data. Every blues lover needs some T-Bone in their collection and at the low price of this collection you won't go wrong with this one. (FS)
T-BONE WALKER: Alimony Blues/ Baby Broke My Heart/ Blue Mood/ Blues For Marili/ Blues Is A Woman/ Blues Rock/ Bobby Sox Blues/ Born To Be No Good/ Bye Bye Baby/ Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday Is Just As Bad/ Cold Cold Feeling/ Come Back Baby Blues/ Description Blues/ Doin' Time/ Don't Give Me The Runaround/ Don't Leave Me Baby/ Dream Girl Blues/ Evenin' (Atlantic)/ Evening (Rhumboogie)/ Every Time/ Evil Hearted Woman/ First Love Blues/ Get These Blues Off Me/ Glamour Girl/ Go Back To The One You Love/ Goodbye Blues/ Got No Use For You/ Hard Pain Blues/ Hard Way/ Here In The Dark/ High Society/ Home Town Blues/ How Long Blues/ Hypin' Woman Blues/ I Can't Stand Being Away From You/ I Get So Weary/ I Got A Break Baby/ I Got The Blues/ I Got The Blues Again/ I Know Your Wig Has Gone/ I Miss You Baby/ I Walked Away/ I Want A Little Girl/ I Wish You Were Mine/ I'll Always Be In Love With You/ I'll Understand/ I'm About To Lose My Mind/ I'm Gonna Find My Baby/ I'm Gonna Move You Out And Get Somebody Else/ I'm In An Awful Mood/ I'm Still In Love With You/ I'm Waiting For Your Call/ Inspiration Blues/ It's A Low Down Dirty Deal/ Life Is Too Short/ Lollie Lou/ Lonesome Woman Blues/ Long Distance Blues/ Long Lost Lover Blues/ Long Skirt Baby Blues/ Look Me In The Eye/ Love Is Just A Gamble/ Mean Old World (Capitol)/ Mean Old World Blues (Rhumboogie)/ Midnight Blues/ Misfortune Blues/ My Baby Is Now On My Mind/ My Baby Left Me/ News For My Baby/ No Reason/ No Worry Blues/ On Your Way Blues/ Papa Ain't Salty/ Party Girl/ Plain Old Down Home Blues/ Play On Little Girl/ Pony Tail/ Prison Blues/ Railroad Station Blues/ Sail On Boogie/ She Had To Let Me Down/ She Is Going To Ruin me/ She's My Old Time Used To Be/ She's The No-Sleepinest Woman/ Shufflin' The Blues/ So Blue Blues/ Stormy Monday/ Street Walking Woman/ Strollin' With Bones/ Strugglin' Blues/ T-Bone Blues/ T-Bone Blues Special/ T-Bone Boogie/ T-Bone Jumps Again/ T-Bone Shuffle/ Teen Age Baby/ Tell Me What's The Reason/ That Old Feeling Is Gone/ That's Better For Me/ The Hustle Is On/ The Natural Blues/ The Sun Went Down/ The Time Seems So Long/ Through With Women/ Too Lazy/ Too Much Trouble Blues/ Travelin' Blues/ Triflin' Woman Blues/ Trinity River Blues/ Two Bones And A Pick/ Vacation Blues/ Vida Lee/ Wanderin' Heart/ Welcome Baby/ West Side Baby/ When The Sun Goes Down/ Why Not?/ Wichita Falls Blues/ Wise Man Blues/ You Don't Love Me/ You Don't Love Me Blues/ You Don't Understand/ You Just Wanted To Use Me/ You're My Best Poker Hand


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