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CLASSIC BLUES ARTWORK FROM THE 1920S - 2018 CALENDAR

BOOKS & MAGAZINES
Edouard-Leon-Scott De Martinville
UGLY THINGS #46

DVDS
RICHARD THOMPSON
VARIOUS ARTISTS

SEASONAL SPECIALITIES
VARIOUS ARTISTS

COMPACT DISCS
LEE ALLEN
BUMBLE BEE SLIM
MARTIN CARTHY
LONNIE DONEGAN
ROBIN DRANSFIELD
DUKE ELLINGTON
JIMMIE GORDON
 

THE GRIFFIN BROTHERS
BUDDY GUY
JOHNNY HORTON

BIG WALTER HORTON & FRIENDS
HELEN HUMES
MAHALIA JACKSON
FRANKIE "HALF PINT" JAXON
WAYNE JOHNSTON & HIS BLUEBONNET PLAYBOYS
CURTIS JONES
TOMMY LADNIER
WILSON PICKETT
DELLA REESE
JIMMY ROGERS
THE ROYAL JESTERS
LEON "PAPPY SELPH & HIS BLUE RIDGE PLAYBOYS
JACKIE SHANE
SMOKY BABE
CANDI STATON
ROOSEVELT SYKES
VARIOUS ARTISTS
CHARLES WALKER
FOREE "GUITAR" WELLS
LARRY WILLIAMS

 

 
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.
 

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CLASSIC BLUES ARTWORK FROM THE 1920S - 2018 CALENDAR        Blues Images 218 ● CD $21.98
Calendar plus 24 track CD, essential
Ace record collector John Tefteller strikes again. Here is his latest calendar / CD collection drawing on incredibly rare recordings and artwork from his collection with the recordings remastered using the techniques developed for the "American Epic" TV series resulting in music that has an astonishing depth and clarity. The disc opens with one of my favorite Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe tracks "Frisco Train" which is complemented in the calendar with an ad featuring a wonderful early photo of the two. There are tracks here (illustrated in the calendar) by Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake, Tommy Johnson (the sublime Slidin' Delta) and The Beale Street Sheiks taken from Paramount 78s which are notorious for their bad sound quality - here they almost sound like freshly minted Columbias. Other artists featured in full page (12"x12") ads include Tampa Red & Georgia Tom, Blind Willie Johnson, Johnnie Temple (his gorgeous reworking of Skip James Devil Got My Woman), The Mississippi Moaner (a previously unpublished photo!) and Rev. Steamboat Bill's Revival Singers. The 32 page calendar also includes small reproductions of other ads, sample song lyrics, brief biographies and birth and death dates for many blues artists. The CD includes both sides of a newly discovered 78 by The Memphis Jug Band, the flip of sides from the calendar by Tommy Johnson, Charley Patton, Blind Lemon, Johnnie Temple & Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie along with great and rare sides by "Hi" Henry Brown and Sam Butler (Boll Weavil Jackson). I've said it before and I'll say it again - John Tefteller is a real hero in making available to the world so much great music and artwork. We might never have known about these treasures it weren't for his willingness to unselfishly share his finds and I know, for fact, that he isn't doing it for the money. Thanks John! (FS)
Counts as five CDs for shipping.
THE BEALE STREET SHEIKS: Wasn’t That Doggin’ Me/ BLIND BLAKE: Hard Road Blues/ "HI" HENRY BROWN: Brown Skin Angel/ Hospital Blues/ SAM BUTLER AKA BO WEAVIL JACKSON: The Devil And My Brown/ You Can’t Keep No Brown/ BERTHA HENDERSON WITH BLIND BLAKE: Lead Hearted Blues/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Weary Dogs Blues/ Hot Dogs/ BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON: God Moves On The Water/ TOMMY JOHNSON: I Wonder To Myself/ Slidin’ Delta/ JAB JONES AND THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND: My Love Is Cold/ Poor Jab Blues/ KANSAS JOE & MEMPHIS MINNIE: Frisco Town/ KANSAS JOE AND MEMPHIS MINNIE: Goin’ Back To Texas/ THE MISSISSIPPI MOANER: It’s Cold In China Blues/ CHARLEY NICKERSON & THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND: Going Back To Memphis/ CHARLEY PATTON: Mississippi Boweavil Blues/ Screamin’ And Hollerin’ The Blues/ REV. STEAMBOAT BILL’S REVIVAL SINGERS: Happy As The Day Is Long/ TAMPA RED & GEORGIA TOM: Strewin’ Your Mess/ JOHNNIE (GEECHIE) TEMPLE: Jacksonville Blues/ The Evil Devil Blues

 

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UGLY THINGS #46   ● BOOK $9.98
152 pages / perfect bound / full-color glossy cover, highly recommended
As usual, there is a whole lot to dig about the latest issue of Ugly Things: Dig The Equals, one of the most criminally under-rated bands of the late 1960s; dig The Byrds; Dig The Balloon Farm; dig a wicked cool interview with the late, great Captain Beefheart; dig Harvey Kubernik on Dylan's John Wesley Harding album; dig Lenny Kaye talking about tracks that were rejected for the original Nuggetts compilation; dig Simon Stokes; dig the pre-Dictators band Total Crudd; dig the occult groovy-ness of Geof Crozier; dig the ongoing adventures of the Flamin' Groovies as chronicled by Cyril Jordon; dig the deep batch record and book reviews, and much, much more--can you dig it? Counts as four CDs for shipping.

 
Edouard-Leon-Scott De Martinville Inventor of Sound Recording - A Bicentenniel Tribute ● BOOK $21.98
48 pages, plus 7 track flexi 7", recommended for history buffs
This is mostly for the historical text. If you play the flexi 7" more than once, I would be surprised, but the accompanying booklet is rather interesting. This tells the story of the earliest of sound recordings, and the various marvelous contraptions used to play them, like The Scott-Koenig Phonoautograph. The tracks on the flexi are interesting, but make Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music sound like Rhapsody in Blue. Booklet features many great old pictures, reproductions of original equipment, notes, and other historical artifacts. Counts as two CDs for shipping. (JM)

 

DVDS

 
RICHARD THOMPSON Made In Germany 90772 Live At Rockpalast ● DVD $24.98
2 DVDs/ 3 CDs - 116 mins + 73 mins, very highly recommended
Richard Thompson may not be a superstar to the general public but among critics and his fans he is a deity. Quietly working away at crafting brilliant, intelligent and moving songs he is also one of the finest guitar players on the planet and a pretty damn good singer too. He also is able to gather round himself some of the best musicians in the business as is evident on these two shows recorded for German television. The first, recorded in December 1983 at small hall in Hamburg find him and his band performing for almost two hours! He is joined by former Fairport Convention bandmates Simon Nicol on guitar (a weird corn flakes box guitar that has to be seen to be believed), Dave Pegg on bass and Dave Mattacks on drums with Alan Dunn on accordion and Pete Zorn and Pete Thomas on saxes. This was part of a tour to promote his first solo album since his split with his wife Linda, "Hand of Kindness," and many of the songs are from that album ranging from the lively Cajun flavored rocker Two Left Feet (with some fun dance moves by the band members) to the melancholy and wistful How I Wanted To and, believe me, nobody does melancholy and wistful better than Richard! Other great songs from the album include The Wrong Heartbeat/ Tear Stained Letter and Man In Need. The set also includes several superb songs from the last album Richard did with Linda "Shoot Out The Lights" including a particularly powerful rendition of the title song with dazzling guitar work from Richard. After the first 14 songs the band is called back for three encores which includes more songs from "Hand of Kindness" plus some lively versions of several 50s rock 'n' roll standards. A terrific show, only marred by somewhat less than spectacular sound. It's not bad but lacking a certain amount of presence. Six weeks later the band appeared at the yearly music industry convention MIDEM held in Cannes, France with Dave Pegg and Dave Mattacks replaced by Rory McFarlane and Gerry Conway. They are now on a bigger stage with a bigger audience and the performance is even better than the first - the sound quality is much better and the band seems tighter and more energized. The 14 songs are the same 14 songs that opened the first show but if you think this is just a repeat of the first show you'd be mistaken, the basic songs are the same but the arrangements and solos are different enough that it's almost like a completely different show. The three CDs are the audio portions of the show so if you don't have your DVD player handy, you can at least listen to it. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Vestapol 13129 Legendary Country Blues Guitarists** ● DVD $24.98
33 tracks, 115 mins, essential
Wow! Almost two hours of previously unissued performances by some great country blues artists. It opens with an amazing clip from 1958 of Charlie Burse and Will Shade performing on Beale Street and ends with a 1968 performance by Son House accompanied by Buddy Guy. Along the way we see performances by Big Bill Broonzy, Son House, Skip James, Bukka White (accompanied by Skip James on one cut!), Blind Gary Davis (a 10 minute documentary with three songs), Sam Chatmon and Mance Lipscomb. There are also some fine performances by blues artists who I don't believe have appeared o any other videos - Ralph Willis with Washboard Pete Sanders (on stage and on the street), Henry Johnson (only one track but it's a total killer) and Willie Trice. And then there are two superb gospel songs (one incomplete) by an unknown singer and guitarist who I think is probably Blind Connie Williams. A delight from start to finish and absolutely indispensible. (FS)

 

SEASONAL SPECIALTIES - COMPACT DISCS

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Contrast 1225 Christmas In Jail (Ain't That A Pain) ● CD $13.98
Two CD set with 42 tracks. Mostly blues along with some gospel and jazz from the 20s through early 40s including several sides that rarely make it onto these kind of collections.. Includes the classic title song by Leroy Carr plus Santa Claus Blues by Eva Taylor, The Wrong Way To Celebrate Christmas by Rev. Edwards Clayborn, Christmas & New Year Blues by Tampa Red, Gine For Christmas by Lionel Hampton plus sides by Bessie Smith, Elzadie Robinson, Benny Goodman Orch., Kansas City Kitty, BUmble Bee Slim, Jack Teagarden, Bo Carter and many more.
ALPHABETICAL FOUR: Go Where I Send Thee/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG: Santa Claus Blues/ COUNT BASIE ORCH WITH JIMMY RUSHING: Good Morning Blues (1st take)/ BLACK ACE: Christmas Time (Beggin' Santa Claus)/ BLIND BLAKE: Lonesome Christmas Blues/ BUMBLE BEE SLIM: Christmas And No Santa Claus/ Santa Claus Bring Me A New Woman/ BUTTERBEANS & SUSIE: Papa Ain't No Santa Claus (Mama Ain't No Christmas Tree)/ LEROY CARR: Christmas In Jail (Ain't That A Pain)/ BO CARTER: Santa Claus/ EDWARD W. CLAYBORN (GUITAR EVANGELIST): The Wrong Way To Celebrate Xmas/ WALTER DAVIS: New Santa Claus/ BENNY GOODMAN ORCH: Jingle Bells/ LIONEL HAMPTON ORCH: Gin For Christmas/ MARY HARRIS: Happy New Year Blues/ No Christmas Blues/ THE HEAVENLY GOSPEL SINGERS: When Was Jesus Born (Last Month Of The Year)/ BERTHA “CHIPPIE™ HILL: Christmas Man Blues/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Christmas Eve Blues/ Happy New Year Blues/ CHARLEY JORDON: Christmas, Christmas Blues/ KANSAS CITY KITTY WITH GEORGIA TOM: Christmas Mornin' Blues/ LEAD BELLY: The Christmas Song/ LEADBELLY: Christmas At Midnight/ VERDI LEE WITH CHARLEY JORDAN: Christmas Tree Blues/ SAM MANNING WITH THE MELODETTES & THE FELIX: Looking For Me Santa Claus/ TAMPA RED: Christmas & New Year's Blues/ ELZADIE ROBINSON: Santa Claus Crave/ SLIM SEWARD & FAT BOY HAYES: Christmas Time Blues/ BESSIE SMITH: At The Christmas Ball/ VICTORIA SPIVEY: Ain't Gonna Let You See My Santa Claus/ Christmas Mornin' Blues/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Let Me Hang Your Stockings In Your Christmas Tree/ EVA TAYLOR WITH CLARENCE WILLIAMS BLUE FIVE: Santa Claus Blues/ JACK TEAGARDEN & JOHNNY MERCER: Christmas Night In Harlem/ FATS WALLER: Swingin' Them Jingle Bells/ OZIE WARE W: DUKE ELLINGTON’S HOT FIVE: Santa Claus, Bring My Man Back/ MICHEL WARLOP: Christmas Swing/ CASEY BILL WELDON: Christmas Time Blues/ PEETIE WHEATSTRAW: Santa Claus Blues/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Christmas Morning Blues/ CLARENCE WILLIAMS’ TRIO WITH EVA TAYLOR: Santa Claus Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Contrast 1226 We Free Kings ● CD $10.98
19 jazz interpretations of Christmas from the 1940s and 50s including White Christmas by Charlie Parker Quintet, The Christmas Song by Charlie Ferguson Orch., We Free Kings by Roland Kirk Quartet plus Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Bill Evans and more.
CHET BAKER QUARTET: Winter Wonderland/ PAUL BLEY TRIO: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET: Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town/ JOHN COLTRANE: Greensleeves/ EDDIE “LOCKJAW™ DAVIS: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ The Christmas Song/ MILES DAVIS: Blue Christmas (To Whom It May Concern)/ DUKE ELLINGTON: Jingle Bells/ BILL EVANS: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ CHARLIE FERGUSON ORCH. W: MELLO-MOODS: The Christmas Song/ RED GARLAND TRIO: Winter Wonderland/ HERB GELLER QUARTET: Sleigh Ride/ LIONEL HAMPTON: White Christmas/ COLEMAN HAWKINS: Greensleeves/ RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO: Here Comes Santa Claus/ CHARLIE PARKER QUINTET: White Christmas (live)/ PONY POINDEXTER: Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer/ ROLAND KIRK QUARTET: We Free Kings/ BILL SMITH QUARTET: Greensleeves

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Contrast 1227 Santa Claus Is From The South ● CD $10.98
A country and bluegrass Christmas with 29 tracks from the 40s and 50s including Santa Is On His Way by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, You're The Angel On My Christmas Tree by Faron Young, North Pole Boogie by Billy Briggs and more from Jimmy Dickens, LOnzo & Oscar, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Hylo Brown and many more
BILLY BRIGGS: North Pole Boogie/ HYLO BROWN: Christmas In The Hills/ COWBOY COPAS: Jingle Bells/ JIMMY DICKENS: Barefooted Little Cowboy/ No Place Like Home On Christmas/ JIM EANES & THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY BOY: Christmas Doll/ TERRY FELL: We Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo/ HOMER & JETHRO: Santy's Movin' On/ JOHNNY HORTON: They Shined Up Rudolph's Nose/ GEORGE JONES: New Baby For Christmas/ LONZO & OSCAR: Jangle Bells/ BENNY MARTIN: Santa Claus Is From The South/ JIMMY MARTIN: Old Fashioned Christmas/ COY MCDANIEL & SMOKEY WARREN: Christmas Choo Choo Train/ BILL MONROE: Christmas Time's A-Coming/ THE PRAIRIE RAMBLERS: Cowboy Santa Claus/ RENO & SMILEY: Christmas Doll/ KENNY ROBERTS: Christmas Roses/ The Christmas Cannon Ball/ TOMMY SCOTT: Santa Claus Shuffle/ HANK SNOW: Blue Christmas/ Reindeer Boogie/ THE STANLEY BROTHERS: Christmas Time Is Near/ ERNEST TUBB: I'll Be Walkin' The Floor This Christmas/ KITTY WELLS: Christmas Ain't Like Christmas Anymore/ BOB WILLIS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Santa Is On His Way/ FARON YOUNG: I'm Gonna Tell Santa On You/ You're The Angel On My Christmas Tree/ NELSON YOUNG: Christmas Time Is Near

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Contrast 1228 Boogie Woogie Santa Claus ● CD $10.98
26 blues, gospel and doo-wop Christmas songs from the 1940s and 50s including Merry Christmas Baby by Charles Brown, Santa Claus Blues by Champion Jack Dupree, Xmas Blues by Harmon Ray plus Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Turner, Sons Of Heaven, Felix Gross and more.
BOLL WEEVIL: Christmas Time Blues/ CHARLES BROWN WITH JOHNNY MOORE’S THREE BLAZERS: (Original) Merry Christmas, Baby/ HARRY CRAFTON: Bring That Cadillac Back/ THE DIXIE HUMMING BIRDS: The Holy Baby/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Santa Claus Blues/ FELIX GROSS: Love For Christmas/ SMOKEY HOGG: My Christmas Baby/ New Year's Eve Blues/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Christmas Time Blues/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Happy New Year Darling/ JULIA LEE: Christmas Spirits/ LITTLE T-BONE (GOREE CARTER): Christmas Time/ AMOS MILBURN: Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby/ ROY MILTON: New Year's Resolution/ GATEMOUTH MOORE: Christmas Blues/ THE ORIOLES: (It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas/ JOHNNY OTIS: Happy New Year, Baby/ THE RAVENS: White Christmas/ HARMON RAY: Xmas Blues/ MABEL SCOTT: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus/ SONS OF HEAVEN (SELAH JUBILEE SINGERS): When Was Jesus Born/ J.B. SUMMERS: I Want A Present For Christmas/ JOE TURNER WITH PETE JOHNSON: Christmas Date Boogie/ WASHBOARD PETE (RALPH WILLIS): Christmas Blues/ LEO WATSON: Jingle Bells/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: How I Hate To See Christmas Come Around

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Contrast 1229 Mr. Santa's Boogie ● CD $10.98
26 more blues, gospel and doo-wop Christmas songs from the 40s and 50s - Far Away Blues (Xmas Blues by Johnny Otis & His Orch., Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues by Sonny Boy Williamson, Merry Xmas by Little Willie Littlefield plus The Fairfield Four, Larry Darnell, Jimmy Liggins, Floyd Dixon, The Victory Five, etc.
GLADYS BENTLEY WITH DEXTER GORDON: Jingle Jangle Jump/ THELMA COOPER: I Need A Man/ LARRY DARNELL: Christmas Blues/ FLOYD DIXON WITH JOHNNY MOORE’S THREE BLAZERS: Empty Stocking Blues/ THE FAIRFIELD FOUR: No Room At The Inn/ THE FIVE KEYS: It's Christmas Time/ LOWELL FULSON: Lonesome Christmas Pt.1/ CECIL GANT: Hello Santa Claus/ LIGHTENING HOPKINS: Merry Christmas/ THE LARKS: All I Want For Christmas/ JIMMY LIGGINS: I Want My Baby For Christmas/ LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: Merry Xmas/ THE MARSHALL BROTHERS: Mr. Santa's Boogie/ ROY MILTON: Christmas Time Blues/ THE MOONGLOWS: Hey Santa Claus/ THE NIC NACS (ROBINS): Gonna Have A Merry Xmas/ THE ORIOLES: Oh Holy Night/ What Are You Doing New Year's Eve/ JOHNNY OTIS ORCH. WITH LITTLE ESTHER & MEL WAL: Far Away Blues (Xmas Blues)/ SONNY PARKER WITH LIONEL HAMPTON: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus/ Merry Christmas Baby/ SUGAR CHILE ROBINSON: Christmas Boogie/ JESSE THOMAS: Christmas Celebration/ TITUS TURNER: Christmas Morning/ THE VICTORY FIVE: Children Go Where I Send Thee/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Contrast 1230 Dig That Crazy Santa Claus ● CD $10.98
26 tracks from the 1940s and 50s - blues, gospel, doo-wop and some jazz including the title song by Oscar McLollie plus We Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo by Big John Greer, I'll Be Home For Christmas by The Pilgrim Travelers, Watch Them Resolutions by Babs Gonzales plus The Cadillacs, Jimmy Butler, Big Bud, The Chosen Gospel Singers with Lou Rawls and more.
JESSE BELVIN: I Want You With Me Christmas/ BIG BUD: Rock Around The Christmas Tree/ JIMMY BUTLER: Trim Your Tree/ THE CADILLACS: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer/ THE CASTELLES: It's Christmas Time/ BABS GONZALES: Be Bop Santa Claus/ Watch Them Resolutions/ BIG JOHN GREER: Wait ‘Til After Christmas/ We Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo/ THE HEARTBEATS: (Did You Have A Ball) On New Year's Eve (acapella)/ THE HEPSTERS: Rockin' & Rollin With Santa Claus/ LIGHTNING HOPKINS: Happy New Year/ BILL LACEY WITH LIL ARMSTRONG: Cowboy Santa Claus/ OSCAR MCLOLLIE: Dig That Crazy Santa Claus/ CLYDE MCPHATTER & THE DRIFTERS: White Christmas/ THE MOONGLOWS: Just A Lonely Christmas/ PHIL MOORE: Blink Before Christmas/ Chincy Old Scrooge/ THE PENGUINS: A Christmas Prayer/ THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS: I'll Be Home For Christmas/ LOU RAWLS & THE CHOSEN GOSPEL SINGERS: No Room In The Hotel/ THE SABERS: A Cool, Cool Christmas/ THE VALENTINES: Christmas Prayer/ THE VOICES (THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES): Santa Claus Baby/ Santa Claus Boogie/ JACKIE WILSON & THE DOMINOES: Christmas In Heaven

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Contrast 1231 Blues For Christmas ● CD $10.98
The final volume devoted to blues, gospel and doo-wop songs about Christmas has 25 tracks including Rock and Roll Santa Calus by Huey Smith & The Clown, Santa by Lightnin' Hopkins,Go Tell It On A Mounatin by Marion Williams plus The Blue Notes, Babs Gonzales, Charles Brown, Freddy KIng and more.
CHUCK BERRY: Merry Christmas Baby/ Run Rudolph Run/ THE BLUE NOTES: Oh Holy Night/ CHARLES BROWN: Please Come Home For Christmas/ EDDIE FLOYD & THE FALCONS: Can This Be Christmas/ THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET: White Christmas/ BABS GONZALES: Rock & Roll Santa Claus/ THE HEARTBEATS: After New Years Eve/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Blues For Christmas/ LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS: Santa/ SKIP JACKSON & THE SHANTONS: The Christmas Song/ B.B. KING: Christmas Celebration/ FREDDY KING: Christmas Tears/ LA FETS & KITTY: Christmas Letter/ MARVIN & JOHNNY: It's Christmas Time/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: Christmas Time Pt.1/ AMOS MILBURN: Christmas Comes But Once A Year/ HUEY SMITH & THE CLOWNS: All I Want For Christmas/ Rock & Roll Santa Claus/ Twas The Night Before Christmas/ THE SWAN SILVERTONES: Great Day In December/ MARION WILLIAMS: Go Tell It On The Mountain/ When Was Jesus Born/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Santa Claus/ THE YOUNGSTERS: Christmas In Jail

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Contrast 1232 Mr. Santa Claus (Bring Me My Baby) ● CD $10.98
The final volume features 28 R&B and soul sides from the late 50s and early 60s including Gee Whiz (It's Christmas) by Carla Thomas, Santa Claus Is Coming by The Midnighters, Merry Christmas Darling (And A Happy New Year) by The Uniques plus Jan Bradley, Johnny Flamingo, Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles, The Miracles and more.
JAN BRADLEY: Christmas Time/ CHARLES BROWN: Christmas Blues/ THE CRYSTALS: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ JOHNNY FLAMINGO: Drive Slow/ BIG DEE IRWIN & LITTLE EVA: I Wish You A Merry Christmas/ The Christmas Song/ THE JAYNELLS: I'll Stay Home (New Years Eve)/ PATTI LABELLE & THE BLUE BELLES: Silent Night/ DARLENE LOVE: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)/ White Christmas/ THE MARCELS: Don't Cry For Me This Xmas/ NATHANIEL MAYER & THE FABULOUS TWILIGHTS: Mr. Santa Claus (Bring Me My Baby)/ GENE MCDANIELS: Christmas Greeting/ New Year Greeting/ THE MIDNIGHTERS: Christmas Time For Everybody But Me/ Santa Claus Is Coming/ THE MIRACLES: Christmas Everyday/ The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)/ POPPA HOP: Merry Christmas Darling/ THE RONETTES: Sleigh Ride/ JACK SCOTT: There's Trouble Brewin'/ THE SHIRELLES: Blue Holiday/ THE STAPLE SINGERS: The Last Month Of The Year/ THE SWAN SILVERTONES: Go Tell It On The Mountain/ CARLA THOMAS: All I Want For Christmas Is You/ Gee Whiz, It's Christmas/ THE UNIQUES: Merry Christmas Darling (And A Happy New Too!)/ KIM WESTON: Wish You A Merry Christmas

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 955 A Rock and Roll Christmas Party ● CD $14.98
30 tracks to keep you rockin' and rollin' through Christmas with Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee, Santa Claus Is Watching You by Ray Stevens, Twistin' Bells by Santa & Johnny, Yulesville by Edd "Kookie" Byrnes plus sides from Elvis, The Del Vettes, Bobby Vee, Jo Anne Campbell, The Heartbeats and more.
EDD 'KOOKIE' BYRNES: Yulesville/ JO ANNE CAMPBELL: Happy New Year Baby/ THE DEL VETTS: I Want A Boy For Christmas/ THE HEARTBEATS: After New Year's Eve/ BOBBY HELMS: Jingle Bell Rock/ RON HOLDEN & THE THUNDERBIRDS: Who Said There Ain't No Santa Claus/ JOHNNY HORTON: They Shined Up Rudolph's Nose/ BRENDA LEE: I'm Gonna Lasso Santa/ Papa Noel/ Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree/ FRANKIE LYMON: It's Christmas Time Once Again/ THE MARCELS: Merry Twistmas/ THE MARQUEES: Christmas In The Congo/ THE MARTELLS: Rockin' Santa Claus/ THE ORIOLES: What Are You Doing New Year's Eve/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Blue Christmas/ Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)/ Santa Claus Is Back In Town/ White Christmas/ JOHNNY PRESTON: (I Want A) Rock And Roll Guitar/ SANTO AND JOHNNY: Twistin' Bells/ HUEY 'PIANO' SMITH & THE CLOWNS: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas/ Doing The Santa Claus/ Rock And Roll Santa/ HANK SNOW: Reindeer Boogie/ DODIE STEVENS: Merry, Merry Christmas Baby/ RAY STEVENS: Santa Claus Is Watching You/ ERNEST TUBB: Ill Be Walking The Floor This Christmas/ BOBBY VEE: A Not So Merry Christmas/ THE YOUNGSTERS: Christmas In Jail

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Richard Weize Archives 12560 A Rootin' Tootin' Santa - A Hillbilly Christmas ● CD $24.98
Richard Weize Archives is a new label from Richard Weize, founder of the world acclaimed Bear Family label and this release adheres to the ultra high standards set by Bear Family with magnificent sound and in depth documentation. This CD features 30 country Christmas songs ranging from 1940 through 1962 and including old favorites like Christmas Time's A-Coming by Bill Monroe and Blue Christmas by Ernest Tubb to obscurities like Santa Claus Boogie by The Ridge Runners and Come On Baby, It's Christmas by Sandy Center. It also includes sides by Tennessee Ernie Ford, Wesley Tuttle, Jimmy Heap, Billy Briggs, George Jones, Edddie Cletro, Bill Haley, Red Foley and more. The 52 page booklet includes a discussion of each song with full discographical details along with rare photos and memorabilia.
GENE AUTRY: Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer/ BILLY BRIGGS WITH STRING BAND: North Pole Boogie/ SANDY CENTER: Come On Baby, It's Christmas/ EDDIE CLETRO WITH THE FRONTIERSMEN: Give Me An Old Fashioned Christmas/ THE DAVIS SISTERS: Christmas Boogie/ TERRY FELL: Let's Stay Together Till After Christmas/ RED FOLEY: Here Comes Santa Claus/ Our Christmas Waltz/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: A Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus/ Christmas Dinner/ BILL HALEY: A Year Ago This Christmas/ I Don't Want To Be Alone This Christmas/ JIMMY HEAP: My Angel Isn't On My Christmas Tree/ SONNY JAMES: Christmas In My Hometown/ I Forgot To Remember Santa Claus/ GEORGE JONES: Lonely Christmas Call/ Maybe Next Christmas/ My Mom And Santa Claus/ New Baby For Christmas/ BILL MONROE: Christmas Time's A-Comin'/ THE RIDGE RUNNERS: Santa Claus Boogie/ ROY ROGERS: Silent Night, Holy Night/ ERNEST TUBB: Blue Christmas/ I'll Be Walking The Floor This Christmas/ Lonely Christmas Eve/ White Christmas/ WESLEY TUTTLE: Christmas Carol By The Old Corral/ BOB WILLS: When It's Christmas On The Range/ FARON YOUNG: I'm Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You/ You're The Angel On My Christmas Tree

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Richard Weize Archives 12561 Boogie Woogie Santa Claus - An R&B Christmas ● CD $24.98
This new one from Richard Weize Archives gives us a selection of familiar and obscure blues and R&B Christmas songs from the 40s and 50s including Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry, Christmas Morning by Titus Turner, Silent Night by Huey "Piano"Smith and The Clowns, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by The Harmony Grits plus sides by Little Willie Littlefield, Solomon Burke, Big Bud, Jimmy McCracklin, Jesse Thomas, The Cadillacs, Cecil Gant, JImmy Liggins and more. Includes 72 page booklet.
CHUCK BERRY: Merry Christmas Baby/ Run Rudolph Run/ BIG BUD: Rock Around The Christmas Tree/ CHARLES BROWN: Christmas Finds Me Oh So Sad/ SOLOMON BURKE: Christmas Presents/ JIMMY BUTLER: Trim Your Tree/ THE CADILLACS: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer/ THE DRIFTERS: White Christmas/ THE FIVE KEYS: It's Christmas Time/ LOWELL FULSON: Lonesome Christmas (Part 1)/ CECIL GANT: Hello Santa Claus/ THE HARMONY GRITS: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ ALEX HARVEY: The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot/ WILLIE JOHN & THE THREE LADS AND A LASS: Mommy What Happened To Our Christmas Tree/ JIMMY LIGGINS AND HIS DROPS OF JOY: I Want My Baby For Christmas/ LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: Merry Xmas/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: Christmas Time (Part 1)/ OSCAR MCLOLLIE AND HIS HONEY JUMPERS: Dig That Crazy Santa Claus/ AMOS MILBURN: Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby/ ROY MILTON AND HIS SOLID SENDERS: Christmas Time Blues/ THE MOONGLOWS: Hey Santa Claus/ JOHNNY MOORE'S BLAZERS WITH FRANKIE ERVIN: Christmas Eve Baby/ THE ORIOLES: (It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas/ THE PENGUINS: Jingle Jangle/ MABEL SCOTT: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus/ HUEY (PIANO) SMITH AND THE CLOWNS: Silent Night/ JESSE THOMAS: Christmas Celebration/ TITUS TURNER: Christmas Morning/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around

 
 

COMPACT DISCS

 
LEE ALLEN Acrobat 4267 Walkin' With Mr. Lee ● CD $13.98 $9.98
23 tracks, strongly recommended
A fine collection of mostly instrumental New Orleans R&B featuring legendary tenor sax player Lee Allen who worked with just about everybody in New Orleans in the 50s and 60s. Joined by fellow New Orlenians Allen Toussaint, Edgar Blanchard, Justin Adams and others recorded a number of excellent tracks for the New York based Ember Records in 1957 and '58 which resulted in two minor hits Walkin' With Mr Lee and Tic Toc which are featured here along with 14 other fine sides recorded for Ember, two cuts backing vocalist Ernie K. Doe, three sides recorded for Savoy in 1954 but not originally issued and three sides recorded for Aladdin in 1956, one not originally issued. Fine music with excellent sound and informative notes by Bob Fisher. (FS)

 
BUMBLE BEE SLIM Document DOCD 5266 Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, Vol. 6 ● CD $15.98 $10.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Another splendid collection of sides from this fine and underappreciated blues singer based in Chicago. Although there is not a lot of variation in his approach Slim's voice is very appealing and his lyrics are interesting and compelling. The tracks here were all recorded between February and August 1936. The first two sides find him in the company of Peetie Wheastraw who plays piano on Slim's version of the old favorite Meet Me In The Bottom and jives, jokes and sings with Slim on No Good Woman. There are two cuts with effective trombone and clarinet backing and then the rest features him with piano and guitar - eight of them features the superb Myrtle Jenkins and the rest feature another outstanding pianist, Honey Hill. Sound quality is mostly excellent and there are informative notes by Jerry Zoltan. (FS)
BUMBLE BEE SLIM: Any Time A Night/ Back In Jail Again/ Buggie Bed/ Christmas And No Santa Claus/ Cry On! Cry On!/ Ease Me Down/ Fast Life Blues/ Funny Feelin'/ Hard Driving Man/ Honest Confession/ Lady Friend/ Letter Writing/ Meet Me In The Bottom (hey Lawdy Mama)/ Must I Keep On Crying/ New Big 80 Blues/ New Bricks In My Pillow/ New How Long How Long/ New Policy Dream Blues/ No Good Woman (fighting Blues)/ Rock Hearted Woman/ Upside Down/ Wet Clothes Blues/ When I Get My Money/ When The Music Sounds Good (take 2)

 
MARTIN CARTHY Talking Elephant 383 Shearwater ● CD $17.98
9 tracks, 41 mins, essential
Back in print on a new label. This was Martin's seventh solo album (recorded in 1971) and his first after leaving Steeleye Span and is certainly among the finest of a career full of outstanding recordings. Martin's singing has strengthened and his guitar playing is more assured and imaginative with greater use of alternative tunings. He is also having a greater creative input into the mostly traditional repertoire - sometimes using different and better tunes than the original ones and reconstructing lyrics for fragmentary songs. The latter comes to the fore in the incredible Famous Flower Of Serving Men - a nine minute story of murder, magic and revenge with fierce vocal and incredibly effective guitar. This is one of Martin's greatest ever performances and a bona fide masterpiece. Other songs here include I Was A Young Man/ Handsome Polly-O/ He Called For A Candle/ Lord Randall/ Betsy Bell & Mary Gray (the last a superb duet with Maddy Prior) and others. Sound quality is superb but it's a shame they didn't bother to include any notes. (FS)

 
LONNIE DONEGAN Acrobat ACTRCD 9013 Midnight Special ● CD $28.98 $13.98
Three CD set with 73 tracks providing the most extensive survey of the early career of Britain's best and most popular exponent of "skiffle." This distinctively British genre blended American blues, folk and jazz with a driving rhythm. This set opens with live recordings when Lonnie was singing and playing banjo with Ken Colyer's and Chris Barber's jazz bands, proceeds through to his breakthrough 1955 hit - his rendition of Leadbelly's Rock Island Line and on through his string of hits between 1955 and '57 (Lost John/ Bring A Little Walter Sylvie/ Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O/ Cumberland Gap etc.) along with singles, EP and LP tracks, rarities, live performances and radio broadcasts. Includes 52 page booklet with extensive documentation of Lonnie's career.
LONNIE DONEGAN: (In The Evening) When The Sun Goes Down (Radio Broadcast)/ Black Girl (Donegan On Stage Outtake)/ Bring A Little Water, Sylvie/ Bring A Little Water, Sylvie (Radio Broadcast)/ Brother Moses Smote The Water (Donegan On Stage Outtake)/ Bury My Body/ Cumberland Gap/ Cumberland Gap (Radio Broadcast)/ Dead Or Alive/ Diggin' My Potatoes/ Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O/ Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O (Radio Broadcast)/ Ella Speed (Donegan On Stage Outtake)/ Frankie And Johnny/ Gamblin' Man/ Glory/ Glory (False Start) (Donegan On Stage Outtake)/ Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad (Radio Broadcast - Voc: Dickie Bishop)/ Ham'n'eggs/ Hard Time Blues (Live)/ Hard Travellin' (Unissued)/ Harmonica Blues (Unissued - Harmonica: Chris Barber)/ How Long, How Long Blues/ I Shall Not Be Moved/ I'm A Ramblin' Man/ I'm Alabammy Bound/ I'm Alabammy Bound (Radio Broadcast)/ I'm Just A Rolling Stone/ I've Got Rocks In My Bed (Unissued)/ Jack O'diamonds/ John Henry/ John Henry (Radio Session)/ Leavin' Blues (Live)/ Lost John/ Lost John (Radio Broadcast)/ Love Is Strange/ Midnight Special/ Midnight Special (Live - Voc: Ken Colyer)/ Midnight Special (Radio Broadcast)/ Midnight Special (Radio Session - Voc: Ken Colyer)/ Mule Skinner Blues/ My Dixie Darling/ New Buryin' Ground/ Nobody Loves Like An Irishman/ Nobody's Child/ Nobody's Child (Live)/ Nobody's Child (Unissued)/ Ol' Riley/ Old Hannah (Go Down Old Hannah)/ On A Christmas Day/ On A Monday/ On A Monday (Radio Broadcast)/ Over In The New Burying Ground (Live)/ Precious Lord, Lead Me On (Live)/ Precious Memories (Donegan On Stage Outtake - Voc: Dickie Bishop)/ Puttin' On The Style/ Railroad Bill/ Railroad Bill (Radio Broadcast)/ Rock Island Line/ Rock Island Line (Unissued)/ Stackalee (Stack O'lee) (Voc: Dickie Bishop)/ Stewball/ Take My Hand, Precious Lord/ The Ballad Of Jesse James (Voc: Dickie Bishop)/ The Grand Coulee Dam/ The Passing Stranger/ Wabash Cannonball/ Wabash Cannonball (Unissued)/ When I Move To The Sky (Radio Broadcast - Voc: Ottilie Patterson)/ When The Sun Goes Down/ Worried Man Blues (Vocal: Dickie Bishop)/ Wreck Of The Old '97/ You Don't Know My Mind (Live)

 
ROBIN DRANSFIELD Hux 097 A Lighter Touch** ● CD $19.98
Two CDs, 25 tracks, very highly recommended
Fabulous two CD set featuring this brilliant English folk singer and guitarist best known for his work with his brother Barry in the 70s. They recorded some fabulous albums together, made a stab at folk rock, recorded solo albums and separated in the early 80s and pursued other occupations though usually involved with music. The first CD here is a reissue of Robin's only solo LP "Tidewave" issued by Topic in 1980 though recorded over a period of several years. The album is a fabulous mixture of traditional and contemporary songs with beautiful melodic vocals from Robin along with brilliant guitar work. He is joined by several other musicians on various tracks including brother Barry on cello, Christian Gourhan who plays hurdy gurdy on the eerie Cutty Wren, Lea Nicholson on concertina, Chris Stearn on bass trombone and euphonium whose creation of a brass section on Robin's spine chilling rendition of Spencer The Rover is possibly the highlight of the album and alone worth the price. The second disc features a never before issued live solo set by Robin from 1972 and features superb performances of traditional and contemporary songs drawn from his two albums with Barry and his, yet to be recorded solo album. Songs include Faithful Johnny/ Cold Blow & A Rainy Night/ Still He Sings/ Adam & The Beasts/ The Rigs O'Rye/ Tidewave and others. Although there is occasional flutter on the 35 year old tape the sound quality is generally excellent and is a valuable addition to Robin's all too small discography. The set includes a 20 page booklet with autobiographical notes from Robin, great vintage photos including one from 1962 wen Robin was in a bluegrass band and notes on all the songs. An indispensible release. (FS)

 
DUKE ELLINGTON Acrobat 179 In Small Bands ● CD $10.98 $7.98
25 tracks, 73 min, highly recommended Sometimes I think my favorite music of all time is small group 30s jazz. And as my fave band is Duke Ellington's, what could be better than a small group with Duke at the keys? This features bands led by 4 of his great soloists - Rex Stewart with his 52nd St. Stompers (Tea & Trumpets), His Big 7 (Digga Digga Doo),& His Orch. (Subtle Slough AKA Just Squeeze Me) Cootie Williams & His Rug-Cutters (Delta Mood), Barney Bigard Orch (C Blues), & of course, the master, Johnny Hodges Orch. (The Jeep Is Jumpin/ Squatty Roo/ Things Ain't What They Used To Be). Recorded 1938-41 with the Duke's crew as sidemen, including Jimmy Blanton, Ben Webster, Tricky Sam Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Harry Carney etc. (GM)

 
JIMMIE GORDON Document DOCD 5650 Complete Recordings, Vol. 3, 1939-1946 ● CD $15.98 $9.98
23 more fine sides by this underrated performer completing the reissue of all his recordings. Features small jazzy groups with Frankie Newton, Sam Price, Buster Bennett, Sid Catlett and others.
JIMMIE GORDON: (roll 'em Dorothy)/ Actions Speak Louder Than Words/ Beer Drinking Woman/ Boogie Woogie Blues/ Daddy Bear Blues/ Delhia/ Do That Thing/ Ease It To Me/ Fast Life/ Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter/ Henpecked Man/ I'm Gonna Cut Out/ If The Walls Could Talk/ It Ain't Like That No More/ Jumpin' At The Club Blue Flame/ L & N Blues/ Let 'em Jump For Joy/ Lookin' For The Blues/ Nobody Knows The Trouble I See/ Rock That Boogie/ St. Peter Blues/ The Boogie Man/ The Mojo Blues/ Trigger Slim Blues

 
THE GRIFFIN BROTHERS Acrobat ACRCD 209 Blues With A Beat ● CD $10.98 $7.98
23 tracks, 64 mins, highly recommended
Terrific collection of jumping R&B and blues recorded in the early 50s by this outstanding combo from the Washington D.C. area. This Buddy Johnson/ Louis Jordan inspired outfit fronted two superb vocalists, Margie Day (heard here singing her classic version of Little Red Rooster and her lowdown I'm Gonna Jump In the River) and Tommy Brown who is thought to have reinvented the crying blues on Weepin' & Cryin'. The album includes several dynamite instrumentals that'll rock your socks off! Excellent sound and informative notes by Dave Penny. (FS)
THE GRIFFIN BROTHERS: Ace In The Hole/ Blues All Alone/ Blues With A Beat/ Comin'home/ Double Faced Deacon/ Griff's Boogie/ Hot Pepper/ House Near The Railroad Track/ I Wanna Go Back/ I'll Get A Deal/ I'm Gonna Jump In The River/ It'd Surprise You/ Little Red Rooster/ One Steady Baby/ Pretty Baby/ Sadie Green/ Shuffle Bug/ Stormy Night/ Stubborn As A Mule/ The Clock Song (let Your Pendulum Swing)/ The Teaser/ Tra La La/ Weepin' And Cryin'

 
BUDDY GUY Chess (Europe) 10397 The Complete Chess Studio Recordings, Vol. 1** ● CD $10.98
22 tracks, 68 mins, essential
This is the first disc from Chess 9337 originally issued in 1992. This first volume features his first 22 recordings cut for that label between March, 1960 and August, 1963 in chronological order and are certainly my favorite Buddy Guy recordings. Intense heartfelt vocals and searing, imaginative guitar with accompaniments by great Chicago sidemen like Jarrett Gibson/ts, Donald Hankins/ bs, Little Brother Montgomery/ p, Fred Below/ d, Otis Spann/ p, Junior Wells/ hca, Bob Neely/ ts, Abb Locke/ ts and others. Includes such all time classics as Broken Hearted Blues/ First Time I Met the Blues/ I Got A Strange Feeling/ Ten Years Ago/ Stone Crazy (the fabulous extended 7 minute version)/I Found A True Love/ Hard But It's Fair/ When My Left Eye Jumps/ The Treasure Untold, etc. (FS)
BUDDY GUY: $100 Bill/ American Bandstand (aka American Bandstand Thing)/ Baby (Baby, Baby, Baby)/ Broken Hearted Blues/ Buddy's Boogie/ First Time I Met the Blues/ Gully Hully/ Hard But It's Fair/ I Found a True Love/ I Got My Eyes On You/ I Got a Strange Feeling/ Let Me Love You Baby (Single Version)/ My Love is Real/ No Lie/ Skippin'/ Slop Around/ Stone Crazy/ Ten Years Ago/ That's It/ Treasure Untold, The/ Watch Yourself/ When My Left Eye Jumps

 
JOHNNY HORTON Acrobat 3209 Singles Collection ● CD $16.98
2 CDs, 60 tracks, 148 mins, very highly recommended
Oh, how we could use a Country artist like Johnny Horton nowadays. He was a huge talent that made a joyful noise; he could Honky-Tonk with the best of them, and made American history more fun than any High School teacher ever could. Horton died in 1960 at the height of his success, so unfortunately we were probably robbed of a lot of fantastic music yet to come. This collection is packed tight with great recordings. All of his hits are here like; I'm A One-Woman Man/ When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)/ The Battle Of New Orleans/ Johnny Reb/ Sink the Bismarck/ North To Alaska, etc. Other highlights include the proto-Rockabilly I'm Coming Home/ Lover's Rock, and Let's Take The Long Way Home, as well as his breakout hit Honky Tonk Man" - also the breakout hit thirty years later for Dwight Yoakam - Whispering Pines/ Sal's Got A Sugar Lip, and much, much, more. Act now and you can have his They Shined up Rudolph's Nose all cued up for your Christmas festivities. (JM)

 
BIG WALTER HORTON & FRIENDS Topcat 7082 Bocce Boogie** ● CD $14.98
15 tracks, highly recommended
Superb live set recorded at the Bocce club in Rhode Island in 1978. Big Walter was one of the greatest blues harmonica players of all time and here he is joined by his frequent playing companions at the time - Johnny Nicholas/ vocals & guitar, Ronnie Earl/ guitar, Ted Harvey/ drums and others. Walter takes the vocal or instrumental lead on nine of the tracks featuring his rich and distinctive horn like harmonica work and show why his playing is idolized by generations of harmonica players. He also provides fine accompaniments to Sugar Ray Norcia and Johnny Nicholas on their solo outings. Tunes include Every Day I have The Blues/ Trouble In Mind/ My Babe (I think this is the only recording of Horton performing the theme song of his leading rival Little Walter)/ That's Why I'm Cryin'/ La Cucaracha/ Baby Please Don't Go/ Little Bitty Girl and others. These recordings were made on a portable tape recorder with one mike so sound quality is not outstanding but the music more than makes up for it. Horton was so good you just can't have too much of him. (FS)

 
HELEN HUMES Acrobat 3213 The Helen Humes Collection, 1927-1962 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 49 tracks, highly recommended
Excellent retrospective of this versatile singer who was equally at home singing blues or jazz. It opens with a couple of blues sides from 1927, when she was 14, including the great Garlic Blues with lovely guitar accompaniments from Sylvester Weaver & Walter Beasley. We then jump to 1937 and for the next few years find here singing with the bands of Harry James and Count Basie - in the latter case replacing the recently departed Billie Holiday. She sings a selection of mostly jazz songs along with a number of fine blues numbers. In the early 40s she became part of the emerging R&B trend recording with Pete Brown & His Band, The Bill Dogget Octet, Buck Clayton All Stars and others. It includes her 1946 hit Be-Baba-Leba and her 1950 hit Million Dollar Secret. In the 1950s she mostly recorded with jazz groups performing a mix of jazz, blues and pop songs. In 1962 she was part of the first Folk Blues Festival and the set ends with two songs recorded live from that show where she is accompanies by Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Willie Dixon and Jump Jackson. A splendid and diverse selection with excellent sound and accompanying booklet with informative notes and full discographical data. (FS)

 
MAHALIA JACKSON Disky 902021 This Is Gold** ● CD $15.98
3 CDs, 60 tracks, highly recommended
Budget priced three CD set featuring 60 of Mahalia's great recordings for Apollo made between 1946 and 1954. By the time Mahalia Jackson recorded for Apollo Records, she was nearly 35 years old and was at her prime - full-throated and very confident. These recordings feature wonderful syncopated rhythms (usually played by her longtime accompanist, pianist Mildred Falls). This was especially the case with her recordings with Falls and blind organist Herbert James Francis, which include the two part Move On Up A Little Higher ('47)/ I Can Put My Trust In Jesus ('49), and her version of the Robert Anderson masterpiece, Prayer Changes Things ('49). Black Harmony fans should also take note, as she's accompanied by The Southern Harmonaires (aka Eugene Mumford & The Larks) on He's My Light, In The Upper Room (with David McNeil handling the bass vocal bridge), and Said He Would (where McNeil recreates a 'human mouth' bass sound). The Melody Echoes were also used on Beautiful Tomorrow and I Believe and Consider Me. Now that the Westside three CD set is gone this is the most comprehensive reissue of Mahalia's Apollo sides and although the sound is not as good as the Westside and there are no notes this is indispensable for any gospel collection. (EL/FS)

 
FRANKIE "HALF PINT" JAXON Story Of Blues 3533 The Remaining Titles, 1927-40 ● CD $13.98 $8.98
19 tracks, highly recommended Originally issued as a Blues Document LP. There's nobody else quite like Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon - a distinctive high pitched singer who performs a mixture of risque and novelty songs with a verve and enthusiasm that brings new meaning to the word "hokum". This is a great collection of tracks - although titled "The Remaining Titles" don't think for one minute that these are cast offs - these are as good as most of the other reissues of his recordings. The recordings are from a number of different sessions with varied personnell ranging from solo piano to large jazz flavored band. Included are 5 songs that were not originally issued including a riotous version of Georgia Tom's risque Operation Blues, a distinctive treatment of Mama Don't Allow and the weird Mortgage Blues. Accompanying musicians include Tampa Red, Georgia Tom Dorsey, Preston Jackson, Banjo Ikey Robinson, Punch Miller and others. (FS)

 
WAYNE JOHNSTON & HIS BLUEBONNET PLAYBOYS B.A.C.M. 573 Live Radio & TV Broadcasts ● CD $14.98
A fine band, although little known outside West Texas and Southern New Mexico, where they were established performers on the dance band circuit and through their radio and TV live performances. Johnson was a big fan of Western Swing from childhood on, becoming an accomplished steel player. After war service and a stint as a DJ he joined the established Bluebonnet Playboys band in 1952. These live recordings from the mid 50d show the band in good form, with various vocalists including long time member Lindsey Smith and guest vocalists Floyd Tillman and Red Brown. Nice mix of songs, Western Swing standards, popular country songs of the day - and from 1956 - a curious jazzy version of See You Later Alligator!
1. RADIO SHOW # 1 MAY 1955: Theme (Texas Playboy Rag)/ Home In San Antone/ You're Not Mine Anymore/ Blue Bonnet Rag/ Spanish Two-Step/ There'll Be No Teardrop Tonight/ Down Yonder/ 2. RADIO SHOW # 2 MAY 1955: No One For Me/ Loose Talk/ Milk Cow Blues/ Please don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone/ 3. RADIO SHOW # 3 (EXCERPTS) 1955-56: Wesphalia Waltz/ Milk Cow Blues/ Twinkle Twinkle Little Star/ 4. TELEVISION SHOW EXCERPTS # 1 1955: No One For Me/ Mr. Sandman/ Wednesday Night Waltz/ Rosetta/ Who At My Door Is Standing/ I Knew The Moment I Lost You/ That's All I Want From You/ 5. TELEVISION SHOW EXCERPT # 2: See You Later Alligator/ 6. TELEVISION SHOW EXCERPT # 3. Bye Bye Blues/ Fat Boy Rag/ 7. TELEVISION SHOW EXCERPT # 4: Two More Years/ 8. TELEVISION SHOW EXCERPT # 5: Charmaine/ I Don't Hurt Anymore

 
CURTIS JONES BGO BGOCD 912 In London ● CD $17.98 $11.98
14 tracks, recommended
Curtis Jones was an excellent and distinctive singer and a very fine blues songwriter as well as a fine piano player who was the originator of the songs Tin Pan Alley/ Lonesome Bedroom Blues and Decoration Day Blues. Curtis started recording in the late 30s and recorded fairly regularly on and off until his death in Munich, Germany in 1971. Curtis visited Europe in 1962 and decided to make his home there and these sides were cut in London in 1963 and 12 were issued on a 1964 Decca album with the other two issued on a compilation. He was accompanied on some cuts by a small group with Alexis Korner(gtr), Jack Fallon(b), and Eddie Taylor(d). Jones does a mixture of lively boogies, some remakes of his 30's recordings, new original songs plus songs from the repertoire of Joe Liggins, Elmore James and Percy Mayfield. The group featured provide firm support for Curtis's singing and piano. Two cuts feature Curtis accompanyng himself on guitar and his playing is tasteful and effective. Booklet includes original in depth notes by Paul Oliver along with an update by Tony Russell. (FS)

 
TOMMY LADNIER Fabulous 2061 The Tommy Ladnier Collection, 1923-1939 ● CD $9.98 $7.98
Two CDs, 47 tracks, strongly recommended
Although Tommy Ladnier may not be a familiar name - he only recorded a few sides as a leader - he was a superb New Orleans trumpeter and cornestist - said by some to be second only Louis Armstrong. This set opens up with him a member of Ollie Powers' Harmony Syncopaters on Play That Thing. He then joined the great group led by pianist LOvie Austin as member of her Blues Serenaders along with clarinetist Jimmy O'Bryant and in addition to their instrumental are also featured accompanying blues singers Ida Cox, Edmonia Henderson (her Black Man Blues is a real gem), Ma Rainey & Priscilla Stewart. Between 1926 and '32 he was in The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, The Dixie Stompers, Noble Sissle and His Orch., and The New Orleans Feetwarmers. He was largely absent from recording during the mid 30s but in 1938 he worked with Mezz Mezzrow & His Orch., his own orchestra (with Mezzrow, Sidney Bechet, Teddy Bunn and others), the Mezzrow/ Ladnier Quintet and in January, 1939 appeared at the Spirituals To Swing Concert with J.P. Johnson & His Hep Cats accompanying blues singer Rosetta Crawford. These were to be his last recordings as he died four months later of a heart attack at the early age of 39. A fine collection marred only by rough sound on some of the earliest sides. Includes informative notes and discographical details. (FS)

 
WILSON PICKETT Kent CDTOP 467 Sings Bobby Womack ● CD $17.98
20 tracks, 55 mins, highly recommended
I have to admit that Wilson Pickett is one of those artists who, in their prime, I could listen to them sing the phone book. Combine Pickett's styling with the work of a great songwriter like Bobby Womack, plus the fact that Womack adds his choice guitar playing on many of the tracks, and you have the makings for a fantastic collection. All of these tracks were recorded for Atlantic records from 1966-1969, and released as LP or singles tracks. Highlights include the beautiful rendition of I'm In Love/ I Found the One/ I'm a Midnight Mover/ People Make the World (What it is)/ It's a Groove, and the moving I've Come A Long Way which showcases some of Bobby Womack's best guitar work. Bonus tracks feature Pickett doing a passionate version of Sam Cooke's Bring it on Home to Me, plus two great Bobby Womack recordings from 1967. (JM)

 
DELLA REESE Acrobat 3172 Single Collection, 1955-1962 ● CD $16.98
2 CDs, 55 tracks, 145 mins, strongly recommended
Of all of the artists that we have lost recently, I feel that Della Reese's passing got far less attention than it deserved. Seems like if people knew her, they just knew her as an actress, not as the powerhouse vocalist that she started out as; so, this collection shows up just in time to shine some light on her fine singing career. Although Reese would start in Gospel, performing it off and on for the rest of her life, and eventually becoming an ordained minister, this collection mostly focuses on her Jazz, Pop, and Rhythm & Blues singles from the first seven years of her recording career. Her biggest songs are included: And That Reminds Me/ Don't You Know?/ Not One Minute More/ Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You) , as well as many other fine performances of classics like One For My Baby/ My Melancholy Baby, and The Lady Is A Tramp. Two fine Gospel tracks Ninety-Nine and A Half Won't Do, and You Don't Know How Blessed You Are with The Meditation Singers are included as well, so you do get an example of her considerable talent with religious material. (JM)
DELLA REESE: A Far Far Better Thing/ And Now/ And That Reminds Me/ As Long As He Needs Me/ Blow Out The Sun/ By Love Possessed/ C'mon C'mon/ Daybreak Serenade/ Don't You Know/ Everyday/ Fine Sugar/ Gone/ Headin' Home/ Here's That Rainy Day/ How About You/ How Can You Lose What 'Cha Never Had/ How Can You Not Believe Me/ I Cried for You/ I Love You So Much It Hurts/ I Only Want To Love You/ I Possess/ I've Got A Feelin' You're Foolin'/ I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm/ If Not for You/ In the Meantime/ In the Still of the Night/ It Makes No Difference Now/ Kiss My Love Goodbye/ My Dreams End At Dawn/ My Melacholy Baby/ Ninety-Nine And A Half Won't Do/ Not One Minute More/ Once Upon A Dream/ One for My Baby/ Rome Adventure/ Sermonette/ Soldier Won't You Marry Me/ Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)/ The Lady Is A Tramp/ The More I See You/ The Most Beautiful Words/ The Touch Of Your Lips/ There's No Two Ways About It/ There's Nothin' Like A Boy/ Time After Time/ Time Was/ When I Grow Too Old To Dream/ Wishing (I Wish)/ Won'cha Come Home, Bill Bailey/ Years from Now/ You Don't Know How Blessed You Are/ You Gotta Love Everybody/ You Mean All The World To Me/ You're Just In Love/ You're My Love

 
JIMMY ROGERS Chess (Europe) 10399 The Complete Chess Recordings, Vol. 1** ● CD $10.98
25 tracks, essential
The first volume of the complete Chess recordings of this great Chicago bluesman cut between August, 1950 and October, 1956. With his warm, mellifluous vocals and melodic guitar he was one of the most outstanding performers to emerge from the Muddy Waters Band in the 50s. His recordings often featured fellow Muddy Waters band members like Little Walter, Big Crawford, Elgin Evans, Willie Dixon, Otis Spann and others but there were also some remarkable tracks with other musicians. These includes 9 tracks from 1951 & '52 featuring the incredible and underrated piano work of Eddie Ware - a mystery man who I would like to know more about. Two of these feature some amazing guitar by Little Walter - yes, Little Walter on guitar! Other musicians who pop up include J.T. Brown, Henry Gray, Odie Payne, Walter Horton, and other Chicago masters who contribute to the incredibly tight ensemble playing. There is just one classic song after another - That's All Right/ Ludella/ Today, Today Blues/ The World's In A Tangle/ Money, Marbles & Chalk/ Chance To Love (some stunning harp from Little Walter on this)/ Back Door Friend/ Out On The Road/ Chicago Bound/ Sloppy Drunk and more. Several of the songs were not originally issued on 78s but are as good as the issued sides. If you missed the original 1997 double set don't miss this! (FS)
JIMMY ROGERS: Act Like You Love Me/ Back Door Friend/ Blues All Day Long (Blues Leave Me Alone)/ Chance To Love/ Chicago Bound/ Crying Shame/ Goin' Away Baby/ Hard Working Man/ I Used To Have A Woman/ If It Ain't Me (Who Are You Thinking Of)/ Left Me With A Broken Heart/ Ludella/ Mistreated Baby/ Money, Marbles And Chalk/ My Little Machine/ Out On The Road/ She Loves Another Man/ Sloppy Drunk/ That's All Right/ The Last Time/ The World's In A Tangle/ Today, Today Blues/ What's The Matter/ You're The One (Chess 1616)/ You're The One (First Version)

 
THE ROYAL JESTERS Numero 62 English Oldies ● CD $17.98
28 tracks, 76 mins, strongly recommended
The Royal Jesters are one of those obscure bands--whose original 45s go for small fortunes online--that Numero loves to do comprehensive collections for. Starting as a group of Chicano teens from San Antonio playing Doo-Wop/ Rock & Roll, they evolve into a pretty decent Soul band, all the time with a certain Tex-Mex influence. "English Oldies" refers to oldies sung in English that certain borders stations would mix in with their regular Hispanic (Mariachi etc.) music. Kind of reminds me, at first, of early Doug Sahm recordings, with a heavier Motown influence. Then they get heavy into The Impressions while having a pretty crazy organ player that, at times, seems like he should be playing at a pizza parlor. (JM)

 
LEON "PAPPY SELPH & HIS BLUE RIDGE PLAYBOYS B.A.C.M. 572 S Recorded 1936-1941 ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
A most welcome reissue - the first full length CD devoted to the excellent Texas Western Swing band led by fiddler Leon "Pappy" Self. His band included feature country stars Floyd Tillman, who plays guitar on some tracks and sings on four and Moon Mullican who plays piano and sings on two songs. Most of the other songs are by Selph himself who was a very pleasing vocalist. The great steel guitarist Bob Dunn appears on a couple of cuts and other musicians include Chuck Keeshan/ gtr, Herman Standler/ elec gtr, Hezzie Bryant/ bass, Leo Raley/ mandolin and others. The group had a loose swinging style and many of the tracks were written by Selph or various members of his band. Generally excellent sound and booklet includes microscopic, in depth, notes by Kevin Coffey. (FS)
LEON SELPH & HIS BLUE RIDGE PLAYBOYS: Keep Your Nose Out Of Daddy's Business/ Ain't You Kinda Sorry Now/ Anything/ Blue Monday/ Can't Nobody Truck Like Me/ Daisy Mae/ Florene/ Georgia Pines/ Gimmie My Dime Back/ How Can I Help It/ I'm Just A Country Boy/ I'm No Good On Earth/ I'm Sorry I Ever Met You/ Just Forget/ Lovin' And Leavin/ My Precious Baby Girl/ Natcherly/ Nobody But Me/ Rhythm In The Air/ Scram/ Swing Baby Swing/ Take Me Back To West Texas Again/ Texas take Off/ That Old Fashioned Way/ Two More Years And I'll Be Free/ You're As Pretty As A Picture

 
JACKIE SHANE Numero 067 Any Other Way ● CD $25.98
2 CD, 23 tracks, highly recommended
With Transgender people currently making news - in entertainment and politics - it seems fitting that the gang at Numero has brought us a collection of music by a pioneering Transgender artist. Born in Nashville, Jackie worked as a session musician for Excello in the late 50's before ending up in Canada in 1959. All through the 60's, Shane performed in Canada and select U.S. cities (Boston, Washington D.C.) openly gay the whole time and dressed a woman most of the time. The two discs here are divided into studio tracks and live tracks. The studio cuts (all of her 45s) were recorded in the early and mid 60's and come across as very amateurish, but somewhat compelling at the same time. There is a definite cabaret feel to songs like In My Tenement and You Are My Sunshine, the cover of Barrett Strong's Money is even quirkier than the one by the Flying Lizards from the 80's. Shane is not the greatest singer-channeling, alternately, Little Richard and Tina Turner-and I suspect that she was one of those performers that was all about the visual and live shows were mostly likely where she thrived. This theory is borne out on the live disc that was recorded in Toronto at The Sapphire Tavern in July 1967; Shane is clearly in her element, giving her all on Knock on Wood and Don't Play That Song, doing a wild extended monologue during Money, and giving a rough but impassioned reading of Raindrops. The enclosed 80 page book, by soul expert Rob Bowman, gives full detail to Shane's story-including a bizarre kidnapping she endured-and makes for fascinating reading. Jackie Shane may not have been the greatest vocalist ever, but she was a pioneer in her way and this set is a fitting tribute to someone who lived their life as they saw fit at time when it was extremely dangerous for someone who was gay and Black. (GMC)

 
SMOKY BABE Arhoolie 548 Way Back In The Country Blues - The Lost Dr. Oster Recordings** ● CD $13.98
17 tracks, 53 mins, essential
The best blues release of 2014. Previously unissued recordings of this superb Louisiana country bluesman recorded by Harry Oster in 1960 and '61 and only recently discovered. Smoky (real name Robert Brown) was recorded by Oster many times and up to now only two LPs worth of his recordings have been issued and the recordings are just as good as the previously issued ones. Babe was originally from Mississippi and was a superb singer with a rich dark voice and an exciting rhythmic guitar player and, evidently, had an extensive repertoire. His songs often derive from familiar traditional songs but Babe takes them in very different directions adding verses, some drawn from the vast wealth of "floating" verses while others seem to be drawn from personal experience. Songs like Boss Man Blues and the tremendous On Mr. Walter's Farm seem to draw on personal experience. On What's Wrong With You we hear the only example of his playing slide guitar and excellent it is too. Coming as a bit of a surprise is his version of Robert Johnson's Terraplane Blues which has the same lyrics as Johnson's version. This was before Johnson was a household name so Babe must have heard the original 78 or heard Johnson himself - intriguing! A superb collection with excellent notes from Adam Machado. (FS)

 
CANDI STATON Kent CDKEND 353 Evidence - Complete Fame Masters** ● CD $22.98
Two CDs, 48 tracks, essential
Some of the greatest Southern soul of the late 60s/ early 70s is finally available on CD in its entirety on this two CD set with 48 tracks. Candi Staton is a truly great singer with a soaring, emotion drenched voice that reveals her gospel roots - I'd put her up there with Aretha Franklin & Irma Thomas. Linking up with producer Rick Hall in 1969 she recorded a series of stunning singles over the next four years at his justifiably acclaimed Fame studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Accompanied by some great studio musicians she recorded songs written by staff writers like George Jackson, her husband Clarence Carter, covers of country and R&B songs as well as some composed or co-composed by Candi herself. This two CD set - the first of Kent's reissues from the legendary Fame catalog includes all the tracks that were on the Honest Jon's CD of some years back along with 22 tracks that have never been on CD before - 12 of them previously unreleased including her last session from 1974 which was thought lost. Among the highlights is the stupendous I'm Just A Prisoner, one of my all time favorites with it's great Roebuck Staples style tremolo guitar from Joe South and the deliciously effective key change. Other standouts includes her first hit I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart, a great cover of the country song Stand By Your Man which changes the whole mood of the song, the powerful Evidence and a gorgeous cover of the O.V. Wright/ Otis Redding classic That's How Strong My Love Is that equals the originals in emotional intensity. The unissued songs are up to the high standard of the issued material and her rendition of the Ann Peebles song Trouble, Heartaches And Sadness is particularly fine. Includes illustrated 20 page booklet with extensive notes by Dean Rudland. (FS)
CANDI STATON: Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man/ Are You Just Building Me Up/ Blackmail/ Darling You're All That I Had/ Do It In The Name Of Love/ Do Right Woman/ Do Your Duty/ Evidence/ For You/ Freedom Is Just Beyond The Door/ Get It When I Want It/ He Called Me Baby/ Heart On A String/ How Can I Put Out The Flame (When You Keep The Fire Burning)/ I Gave A Little And Lost A Lot/ I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart (Than A Young Man's Fool)/ I'll Be Here/ I'll Drop Everything And Come Running/ I'm Gonna Hold On (To What I Got This Time)/ I'm Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin')/ In The Ghetto/ It's Not Love/ Jolene/ Love Chain/ Lovin The Easy Way/ Lovin' You Lovin' Me/ Mr And Mrs Untrue/ Never In Public/ One More Hurt/ Slipping Away/ Someone You Use/ Something's Burning/ Spread Your Love On Me/ Stand By Your Man/ Sure As Sin/ Sweet Feeling/ Sweet Feeling (Old Time Feeling)/ That's How Strong My Love Is/ The Best Thing You Ever Had/ The Thanks I Get For Loving You/ To Hear You Say You're Mine/ Too Hurt Too Cry/ Trouble, Heartaches And Sadness/ Wanted: Lover/ We Had It All/ What Would Become Of Me/ Where Were You/ You Don't Love Me No More

 
ROOSEVELT SYKES Original Blues Classics OBCCD 557 The Honeydripper ● CD $12.98 $8.98
9 tracks, 35 min, highly recommended
This is a real forgotten gem, originally Bluesville 1014. Sykes, who began his career on Okeh in the late 20's, was a pre-war piano professor who scored big with The Honeydripper. This early 60's session perfectly bridges the gap between classic piano blues and the R&B era, with no-nonsense accompaniment by tenor sax star King Curtis and a solid organ, bass and drums trio. Sykes and Co. lead off with the unrestrained blues shouter Miss Ida B., and roar through Jailbait/ Satellite Baby/ Pocketful Of Money. Roosevelt takes a couple solo numbers, contributes hard-edged vocals and anchors every cut, leaving plenty of room for the most stripped-down and satisfying King Curtis solos on wax. 9 cuts - a real winner! (MB)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 7116 America's Greatest Hits, 1943 ● CD $24.98
4 CDs, 98 tracks, 294 mins, highly recommended for sentimental reasons
Continuing Acrobat's exhaustive coverage of the American pop charts, you get all but one of the "Billboard Best Sellers Top 10 of 1943," plus many that only hit the top 20. This collection is chock full of exactly what you think: Big Band Swing, dreamy crooners, patriotic calls to arm, sentimental serenades, some boogie woogie, an occasional Polka, and White Christmas. Kay Kyser, Johnny Mercer, Xavier Cugat, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Harry James, The Ink Spots, Ethel Merman, Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Nat King Cole Trio, Woody Herman, etc., doing That Old Black Magic/ People Will Say We Are In Love/ As Time Goes By/ Move It On Over/ Moonlight Becomes You/ You'll Never Know/ Let's Get Lost/ Don't Get Around Much Anymore/ The Fuddy Duddy Watch Maker, and so on. CD one ends with a rare treat: Fat Meat is Good Meat by Jimmy Lyttle and his All Star Seven featuring a relatively new Savannah Churchill. Some of my other favs include Mission To Moscow by Benny Goodman, I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City by Johnny Mercer, Pistol Packin' Mama by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters, Murder He Says by Dinah Shore, and Shoo-Shoo Baby by Ella Mae Morse, and also by The Andrews Sisters. Prize for best 1940s, off to fight in WW2, lyric goes to In My Arms by Dick Haymes & The Song Spinners with the line "You can keep your knittin' and pearlin'/ If I'ma gonna go to Berlin/ Give me a girl in my arms tonight." I'm not sure, but it seems like the liner notes on these are getting more extensive, with full recording info and at least a small paragraph for each of the 98 tracks. (JM)
THE ANDREWS SISTERS: Shoo-Shoo Baby/ CHARLIE BARNET ORCH WITH FRANCES WAYNE: That Old Black Magic/ COUNT BASIE & HIS ORCH. WITH LYNNE SHERMAN: All Of Me/ PERRY COMO: Goodbye Sue/ BING CROSBY: Constantly/ I'll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams)/ Moonlight Becomes You/ White Christmas/ BOB CROSBY & HIS ORCH.: Blue Surreal/ BING CROSBY & THE ANDREWS SISTERS: Pistol Packin' Mama/ BING CROSBY & TRUDY ERWIN WITH THE SPORTSMEN: Oh What A Beautiful Mornin'/ People Will Say We're In Love/ BING CROSBY WITH THE KEN DARBY SINGERS: If You Please/ Sunday Monday Or Always/ XAVIER CUGAT & HIS WALDORF ASTORIA ORCH: Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil)/ AL DEXTER & HIS TROOPERS: Pistol Packin' Mama/ JIMMY DORSEY & HIS ORCH. WITH BOB EBERLY: Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil)/ Let's Get Lost/ JIMMY DORSEY & HIS ORCH. WITH KITTY KALLEN: They're Either Too Young Or Too Old/ TOMMY DORSEY & HIS ORCH. WITH FRANK SINATRA: In The Blue Of Evening/ In The Blue of The Evening/ It's Always You/ TOMMY DORSEY & HIS. ORCH: Boogie Woogie/ TOMMY DORSEY WITH FRANK SINATRA & THE PIED PIP: It Started All Over Again/ DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS FAMOUS ORCH.: Don't Get Around Much Anymore/ DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS FAMOUS ORCHESTRA: Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Never No Lament"/ SHEP FIELDS & HIS NEW MUSIC WITH RALPH YOUNG: Please Think Of Me/ THE FOUR VAGABONDS: Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer/ JUDY GARLAND & GENE KELLY: For Me And My Gal/ BENNY GOODMAN & HIS ORCH.: Mission To Moscow/ BENNY GOODMAN & HIS. ORCH. WITH HELEN FORREST: Taking A Chance On Love/ BENNY GOODMAN ORCH. WITH PEGGY LEE: Why Don't You Do Right/ GLEN GRAY & HIS CASA LOMA ORCH. WITH KENNY SA: Don't Get Around Much Anymore/ GLEN GRAY & THE CASA LOMA ORCH. WITH EUGENIE: My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart)/ ERSKINE HAWKINS & HIS ORCH. WITH JIMMY MITCHELL: Don't Cry Baby/ DICK HAYMES: I Heard You Cried Last Night (And So Did I)/ I Never Mention Your Name (Oh No)/ In My Arms/ It Can't Be Wrong/ Put Your Arms Around Me Honey/ Wait For Me Mary/ You'll Never Know/ HORACE HEIDT & HIS MUSICAL KNIGHTS WITH CHARLES: That Old Black Magic/ WOODY HERMAN: Four Or Five Times/ THE INK SPOTS: Don't Get Around Much Anymore/ HARRY JAMES & HIS ORCH.: Prince Charming/ Velvet Moon/ I Heard You Cried Last Night/ I've Heard That Song Before/ DICK JURGENS & HIS ORCH. WITH HARRY COOL: (As Long As You're Not In Love With Anyone Else) Why Don't You F/ You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To/ SAMMY KAYE & HIS ORCH. WITH THE THREE KNIGHTS: Taking A Chance On Love/ SAMMY KAYE & HIS ORCH. WITH NANCY NORMAN: There Will Never Be Another You/ WILLIE KELLY & HIS ORCH.: Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer/ You'll Never Know/ THE KING COLE TRIO: All For You/ DICK KUHN & HIS ORCH.: Put Your Arms Around Me Honey (I Never Knew Any Girl Like You)/ KAY KYSER & HIS ORCH.: Can't Get Out Of This Mood/ Let's Get Lost/ Pushin' Sand/ Moonlight Mood/ The Fuddy Duddy Watchmaker/ The Fuddy Duddy Watchmaker/ GUY LOMBARDO & HIS ROYAL CANDIANS: For Me And My Gal/ JOHNNY LONG ORCHESTRA WITH BOB HOUSTON & HELEN: Why Don't You Fall In Love With Me/ JIMMY LYTELL & HIS ALL STAR SEVEN WITH SAVANNA: Fat Meat Is Good Meat/ FREDDY MARTIN & HIS ORCH.: (Theme from the) Warsaw Concerto/ A Touch Of Texas/ RAY MCKINLEY & HIS ORCH. WITH IMOGENE LYNN: Big Boy/ JOHNNY MERCER WITH FREDDIE SLACK & HIS ORCH.: I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City/ ETHEL MERMAN: Move It Over/ GLENN MILLER & HIS ORCH. WITH RAY EBERLE: Blue Rain/ GLENN MILLER & HIS ORCH. WITH THE MODERNAIRES: Moonlight Mood/ GLENN MILLER & HIS ORCH. WITH SKIP NELSON & TH: That Old Black Magic/ ALLEN MILLER & HIS ORCHESTRA: It Can't Be Wrong/ GLENN MILLER ORCH.: Rhapsody In Blue/ LUCKY MILLINDER & HIS ORCH. WITH TREVOR BACON: When The Lights Go On Again (All Over The World)/ THE MILLS BROTHERS: Paper Doll/ VAUGHN MONROE & HIS. ORCH. WITH THE FOUR LEE SI: Let's Get Lost/ ELLA MAE MORSE: Shoo-Shoo Baby/ ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST: Oklahoma/ JACQUES RENARD: As Time Goes By/ DINAH SHORE: (As Long As You're Not In Love With Anyone Else) Why Don't You Fall In Love/ Murder, He Says/ You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To/ FRANK SINATRA: Night And Day/ Close To You/ People Will Say We're In Love/ Oh What A Beautiful Mornin'/ All Or Nothing At All/ All Or Nothing At All/ You'll Never Know/ SIX HITS AND A MISS: You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To/ FREDDIE SLACK & HIS ORCH WITH ELLA MAE MORSE: Get On Board, Little Chillun/ FREDDIE SLACK & HIS ORCH. WITH MARGGGARET WHITIN: That Old Black Magic/ FREDDIE SLACK & HIS. ORCH: Riffette/ THE SONG SPINNERS: Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer/ Johnnie Zero/ Johnny Zero/ RUDY VALLEE: As Time Goes By/ JIMMY WAKELY: There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 7117 The Greatest Country Hits Of 1950 ● CD $24.98
Four CDs, 100 tracks, strongly recommended
Another great collection of country music - this time featuring 100 of the most popular country songs of 1950. This year the charts were dominated by the likes of Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, "Little" Jimmy Dickens and Hank Snow. It was the year that Lefty Frizzell first made the charts with his classic If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time and I LOve You A THousand Ways. Leon Payne had one of the biggest hits of the year with his classic I Love You Because - the first and only time this talented singer and songwriter would make the charts. Other popular artists this year included Gene Autry, Floyd Tillman, Bob Wills, Johnny Bond, Jimmy Wakely and others and several pop singers tried their hand at country with some success like Margaret Whiting, Kay Starr and Patti Page. Lots of fine music - sound quality is generally excellent though a few tracks are from pretty rough sources. Includes 36 page booklet with an introductory essay and track by track annotation. (FS)
EDDY ARNOLD: A Prison Without Walls/ C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S/ Cuddle Buggin' Baby/ Enclosed, One Broken Heart/ I'm Throwing Rice At The Girl I Love/ Little Angel With The Dirty Face/ Mama And Daddy Broke My Heart/ Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me/ The Lovebug Itch/ There's No Wings On My Angel/ Why Should I Cry/ Will Santa Come To Shanty Town/ GENE AUTRY: Frosty The Snowman/ Here Comes Santa Claus/ Peter Cottontail/ Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer/ JOHNNY BOND: Love Song In 32 Bars/ ELTON BRITT & ROSALIE ALLEN: Quicksilver/ LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS: A-Sleeping At The Foot Of The Bed/ Hillbilly Fever/ RED FOLEY: Birmingham Bounce/ Careless Kisses/ Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy/ Choc'late Ice Cream Cone/ Cincinnati Dancing Pig/ I Gotta Have My Baby Back/ Just A Closer Walk With Thee/ Mississippi/ Our Lady Of Fatima/ Steal Away/ Sugarfoot Rag/ Sunday Down In Tennessee/ Goodnight Irene/ Tennessee Border No. 2/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Anticipation Blues/ Mule Train/ Shotgun Boogie/ The Cry Of The Wild Goose/ LEFTY FRIZZELL: I Love You A Thousand Ways/ If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time/ STUART HAMBLEN: (Remember Me) I'm The One Who Loves You/ I Won't Go Hunting, Jake) But I'll Go Chasin' Women/ PEE WEE KING: Bonaparte's Retreat/ RED KIRK: Lose Your Blues/ BUD MESSNER: Slippin' Around With Jole Blon/ GEORGE MORGAN: Cry Baby Heart/ I Love Everything About You/ PATTI PAGE: Tennessee Waltz/ LEON PAYNE: I Love You Because/ THE PINETOPPERS: Mockingbird Hill/ CACTUS PRYOR: Cry Of The Dying Duck In A Thunderstorm/ TEX RITTER: Daddy's Last Letter/ KENNY ROBERTS: Choc'late Ice Cream Cone/ TEXAS JIM ROBERTSON & THE PANHANDLE PUNCHERS: Slipping Around/ ROY ROGERS: Stampede/ ARKIE SHIBLEY & HIS MOUNTAIN DEW BOYS: Hot Rod Race/ MERVIN SHINER: Peter Cottontail/ Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me/ JACK SHOOK & DOTTIE DILLARD: Blues Stay Away From Me/ HANK SNOW: I'm Moving On/ Golden Rocket/ KAY STARR & TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own/ I'll Never Be Free/ HANK THOMPSON & HIS BRAZOS VALLEY BOYS: Whoa Sailor/ THE THREE SUNS WITH ELTON BRITT & ROSALIE AL: Beyond The Sunset/ FLOYD TILLMAN: I Gotta Have My Baby Back/ ERNEST TUBB: (Remember Me) I'm The One Who Loves You/ Blue Christmas/ Give Me A Little Old Fashioned Love/ I Love You Because/ I'll Take A Back Seat For You/ Letters Have No Arms/ Throw Your Love Away/ Unfaithful One/ White Christmas/ You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry/ Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age/ Hillbilly Fever No. 2/ JIMMY WAKELY: Mona Lisa/ Peter Cottontail/ MARGARET WHITING & JIMMY WAKELY: A Bushel And A Peck/ Broken Down Merry Go Round/ I'll Never Slip Around Again/ Let's Go To Church (Next Sunday Morning)/ Slipping Around/ The Gods Were Angry With Me/ HANK WILLIAMS: I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Livin'/ Long Gone Lonesome Blues/ Lovesick Blues/ Moanin' The Blues/ My Bucket's Got A Hole In It/ My Son Calls Another Man Daddy/ Nobody's Lonesome For Me/ They'll Never Take Her Love Away From Me/ Why Don't You Love Me/ Why Should We Try Anymore/ BOB WILLS: Faded Love/ Ida Red Likes The Boogie/ JOHNNIE LEE WILLS: Peter Cottontail/ Rag Mop

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Archeophone 9014 The Phonographic Yearbook - 1914: Talk of Your Scand'lo ● CD $14.98
28 tracks, highly recommended
Another fine collection from Archeophone featuring some of the most popular songs of the early years of the 20th century - this time the focux is the year 1909 - the year William Howard Taft assumed the presidency and the most popular catch phrase of the year was "Oh You Kid!" which is featured here in the song I Love, I Love My Wife, But Oh You Kid by Arthur Collins. This year saw the first recording of such long lived popular songs as Shine On, Harvest Moon by Miss Walton and Mr. McDonough, Yip I Adee I Aye by Broadway superstar Blanche Ring and the ever popular Henry Burr brings us I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now. OTher performers include Miss Stevenson & Mr. Stanley, Harold Jarvis, Billy Murray (the goofy My Cousin Caruso), Sousa's Band, the legendary Scottish comedian Harry Lauder, Columbia Quarttete, Ada Jones, Ed Morton (Irving Berlin's Wild Cherry Rag which sounds like a precursor to Berlin's 1911 classic Alexander's Ragtime Band), The Haydn Quartet, and others. As always for Archeophone the sound quality on these 110 year old recordings is astonishing and the 24 page booklet has a background essay on the events of the year along with detailed information on each performance along with photos, label shots and other ephemera. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 574 Panhandle Shuffle ● CD $14.98
This CD covers late 1940s/early 1950s recordings from small record labels based in West Texas and the Texas Panhandle, an area of Texas which although sparsely populated has always had a vibrant and lively music scene. Artists featured include the fine steel guitarist and vocalist Billy Briggs and his group, legendary guitarist Bill Carson (the man whom Leo Fender designed the Stratocaster guitar for) with some dazzling fret work, Tommy Elliot & The Line Riders, Leroy Jenkins and others.
GENE ARMSTRONG & WEST TEXAS NITEHAWKS: You're Gonna Be Sorry/ BILLY BRIGGS & HIS X.I.T. BOYS: Autograph Your Photograph/ Down In Old New Orleans/ Panhandle Shuffle/ Pretty Baby Boogie/ X.I.T. Song (Slower version)/ X.I.T. Song (Version 1)/ Yodeling Song/ BILL CARSON: Brother Don't Go Near That Altar/ Our Baby Boy/ TOMMY ELLIOTT & THE LINE RIDERS: Feed Me Corn And Watch Me Grow/ Punkin Center/ Same Dog Bit Me/ Sold Out Doc (I Done Took My Sign Board Down)/ LEROY JENKINS: The Girl On Page 83/ Why Don't You Get On The Woo Wagon with Me/ TROY JORDAN & HIS CROSS-B-BOYS: Who Flung That Mater/ Don't Cry On My Shoulder/ Too Many Kinfolks/ BUDDY KENDRICK: Anything Can Happen/ I Found The Key To Happiness/ WINK LEWIS & BUZ BUSBY BAND: Low Ball Blues/ Stand Still/ KEITH LOYD & SONS OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Engagement Ring/ Get That Chip Off Your Shoulder/ My Western Union Baby/ MARSHALL WARDER: Money/ PETE WELBORN & TOP OF TEXAS COWBOYS: Dig Dig Digen (After Somebody's Gold)/ PETE WILBORN & ALLENDER & THE X.I.T. BAND: Susie Q

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17370 At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight ● CD $279.98
Due mid December. The Louisiana Hayride held every week at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana between 1948 and 1960 was the most popular country radio show after the Grand Ole Opry and with it's less restrictive format meant it got to feature many lesser known artists in addition to the big stars.
Over the years there have been a number of reissues of some of the existing recordings from this show but now along comes Bear Family to do it right with this amazing 20 CD set featuring 529 live recordings plus 11 live recorded transcriptions and 19 regular studio recordings. A total of 167 different artists are featured including Hank Williams (never reissued before titles), Elvis Presley, Johnny Horton, Webb Pierce, Faron Young, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Rose Maddox, Frankie Miller, Cousin Emmy, June Carter, Roy Acuff, the Bailes Brothers Oklahoma Wranglers, Norma Jean, the Browns, the Carlisles, the Louvin Brothers, James O'Gwynn, Curley Williams, Red Sovine, Betty Amos, Harmie Smith, Buddy Attaway, Margie Singleton, Tony Douglas, Jack Ford, Werly Fairburn, Jeanette Hicks, Goldie Hill, Tibby Edwards and many more. Full track listing can be found on our web site. A considerable amount of research has gone into this set and an effort has been made to present the recordings in chronological order and we get to hear occasional introductions, commercials, flubs and more.
Complementing the set is a 224 page LP sized hard cover book with hundreds of rare photos discussing the history of the show and full details of all the performances. Bear Family has issued many great box sets over the years but this will surely be one of their greatest.
Counts as 40 regular CDs for shipping.

Full track listing here

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Blaze 106 Modernizing The Blues ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Ace Records have been doing a magnificent job reissuing blues and R&B from the Modern group of labels (Modern, RPM, Flair, etc.) but, by no means, all the good stuff, as this superb collection eloquently shows. The starts with 10 tracks from the excellent, and mostly instrumental, jump blues band of alto saxist Will Rowland recorded between 1946 and '49. Some superb instrumental work from this tight band which also includes Johnny Randolph on tenor , Frank White on piano, Chuck Norris on guitar and others. Mostly medium and uptempo numbers including several fine boogies. The excellent Numa Lee Davis is featured as vocalist on the blues Mean Old Love (a variation on Mean Old World) and an unknown male vocalist does the vocal honors on . Memphis Eddie Pee is a superb vocalist who is featured on eight tracks. He sounds very much like he was recently transplanted from the South - his first two cuts here from 1948 were recorded for the small Roy Milton owned Foto label and feature this obscure artist accompanied by guitar, bass & drums. The rest of his cuts are from 1950 and include a fine horn section and such splendid songs as Lonesome Change/ Highway 61/ Baby Love. The set is rounded out by two tracks each by Gene Parrish, Eddie Townsend (two mournful minor key blues) and Earl Curry & His Orch. Consistently fine music with superb sound and booklet with discographical data and label shots. (FS)
EARL CURRY & HIS ORCH.: I Want Your Lovin'/ One Whole Year Baby/ MEMPHIS EDDIE: Baby Lou/ Good Time Woman/ Highway 61/ Lonesome Change/ Real Fine Girl/ Velma Lee/ Hep Chick/ Trouble Blues/ GENE PARRISH: Gone Awhile Blues/ Left Behind Blues/ WILL ROWLAND & HIS ORCH.: Hot Cat Fish (Parts 1 & 2)/ I Want To Leave You Baby/ Jump, Boogie, Jump/ Laundry Tag/ M & W Blues/ Mean Old Love/ Roland's Idea/ Shuffle Boogie/ Shuffling Boogie/ Symphonic Boogie/ EDDIE TOWNES & HIS ORCH.: On The Bottom/ Trials And Tribulations

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Buda 82951-2 Ethiopiques, Vol. 1 - Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian** ● CD $15.98
17 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended
The first volume in this exciting and long running series (they are now up to Volume 30!) documenting popular Ethiopian music - mostly from the 1960s and 70s. This first volume features wonderfully exotic and exciting music recorded between 1969 and 1975 that has rarely been heard in the West. The music is a mesmerizing blend of the old and the new and features some of Ethiopia's finest singers with intensely emotional vocal style and distinctively Ethiopian warble. They are accompanied by hard-charging bands with wailing horns, swirling keyboards, and stuttering rhythms. The fascinating 28 page booklet has notes in French and English about the music, the musicians and the political climate out of which they emerged. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly SNAJ 702 Gems From Treasure Isle ● CD $29.98 $14.98
Three CD set in small box featuring 54 tracks of classic ska and rock steady from the catalog of the famed Treasure Isle label run by the legendary Duke Reid. Includes the original version of The Tide Is High by The Paragons (later a big hit for Blondie), Phyllis Dillon's reworking of the pop standard Perfidia and the Alton Ellis anthem Rock Steady plus sides by The Skatalites & Margarita, Eric Morris, Baba Brooks, Shenley Duffus, Tommy McCook, Joya Landis (a great cover of the R&B hit Kansas City), The Three Tops, The Termites, The Ethiopians, The Techniques, The Melodians, U.Roy and others. Includes 20 page illustrated booklet.
BABA BROOKS: Twilight Zone/ THE CONQUERORS: I Fell In Love/ DEREK & PATSY: Housewife's Choice/ PHYLLIS DILLON: Don't Stay Away/ Don't Touch Me Tomato/ Perfidia/ Rock Steady/ DON DRUMMOND: Corner Stone/ Street Corner/ SHENLEY DUFFUS: Rukumbine/ ALTON ELLIS: Baby I Love You/ Chatty Chatty People/ Cry Tough/ I Can't Stand It/ Remember That Sunday/ Willow Tree/ Rock Steady/ THE ETHIOPIANS: Conditions Bad A Yard/ JUSTIN HINDS & THE DOMINOES: Save A Bread/ THE JAMAICANS: Dedicated To You/ JOYA LANDIS: Kansas City/ THE MAYTALS: John James/ TOMMY MCCOOK: Flying Home/ Starry Night/ Strolling In/ FREDDIE MCKAY: Love Is A Treasure/ THE MELODIANS: Hey Girl/ You Don't Need Me/ ERIC MORRIS: Penny Reel/ THE PARAGONS: Maybe Someday/ Mercy Mercy/ My Best Girl/ On The Beach/ Only A Smile/ Tide Is High/ Wear You To The Ball/ KEN PARKER: True True True/ DUKE REID'S GROUP: Rude Boy/ Soul Style/ THE SENSATIONS: Those Guys/ THE SKATALITES & DON DRUMMOND: Eastern Standard Time/ THE SKATALITES & MARGARITA: Woman A Come/ VIC TAYLOR: Heartaches/ THE TECHNIQUES: Drink Wine/ How I Wish It Would Rain/ My Girl/ Queen Majesty/ Travelling Man/ You Don't Care/ THE TERMITES: Love Up, Kiss Up/ THE THREE TOPS: Do It Right/ It's Raining/ U. ROY: Midnight Hour/ Rock Away

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Chess (Europe) 10398 Chess Blues Guitar : Two Decades Of Killer Fretwork** ● CD $10.98
23 tracks, highly recommended
The first disc of Chess 9393 surveying some of the great blues guitarists who recorded or Chess and affiliated labels between 1949 and 1969 including rare and unissued sides. This first disc covers the period 1949 through 1958. It opens with Robert Nighthawk's slide guitar masterpiece Anna Lee and includes sides from Johnny Shines, John Lee Hooker (an alternate of Walkin' The Boogie without the overdubbed speeded up guitar), Morris Pejoe, John Brim, Eddie Boyd (with Robert Lockwood on guitar), Howlin' Wolf (the great Willie Johnson on guitar), J.B. Lenoir, Bo Diddley, Jody Williams (two tracks including the originally unissued What KInd Of Gal Is That?), Lafayette Thomas and more. Sidemen on these sessions is a who's who of great Chicago musicians including Little Walter, Big Crawford, Henry Gray, Elgin Evans, Louis Myers, Ernest Cotton, Eddie Chamblee, Lafayette Leake and others. (FS)
CHUCK BERRY: Guitar Boogie/ BLUE SMITTY & HIS STRING MEN: Date Bait/ EDDIE BOYD: Just a Fool/ JOHN BRIM: It Was a Dream/ BO DIDDLEY: Who Do You Love?/ LOWELL FULSON: Reconsider Baby/ Rollin' Blues/ EARL HOOKER: Frog Hop/ Guitar Rumba/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Walkin' the Boogie (alternate take)/ HOWLIN' WOLF: I've Got a Woman/ J.B. LENOIR: Give Me One More Shot/ JOE HILL LOUIS: When I Am Gone (Treat Me Mean and Evil)/ ROBERT NIGHTHAWK: Anna Lee/ DANNY OVERBEA: Forty Cups of Coffee/ MORRIS PEJOE: Tired of Crying over You/ JIMMY ROGERS: That's All Right/ JOHNNY SHINES: So Glad I Found You/ LAFAYETTE THOMAS: Old Memories/ MUDDY WATERS: Loving Man/ Sad, Sad Day/ JODY WILLIAMS: Lucky Lou/ What Kind of Gal Is That?

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Excelsior 501 Excelsior Blues & Boogie, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
Just arrived. 24 tracks collection of jump blues and R&B recorded for the Excelsior label, run by West Coast entrepreneur Otis Rene, between 1945 and '47. It includes a fine instrumental from jazz/ blues violinist Johnny Creach and his group who also accompany vocalist Helen Andrews. There are three sides by jivey group The Flennoy Trio including the topical Induction Blues as well as tracks from the Buddy Banks Sextet, Duke Henderson (fine blues shouter strongly influenced by Big Joe Turner), Hollywood Four Blazes, JImmy McCracklin, Gladys Bentley and others.
HELEN ANDREWS WITH JOHNNY CREACH TRIO: Black World Blues/ Cotton And Corn Blues/ BUDDY BANKS SEXTET: Name It And Claim It/ GLADYS BENTLEY QUINTETTE: Give It Up/ DAVID BLUNSTON: Blunston's Boogie/ JOHNNY CREACH'S MAJOR AND MINORS: Boogie Woogie On The Strings/ FLENNOY TRIO: Somebody's Got To Go, Mr. Jones/ T-W Boogie/ BABY FLENNOY TRIO: I Ain't Mad At You Pretty/ FLENNOY TRIO (VCL TINA DIXON): E-Bob-O-Lee-Bob/ DUKE HENDERSON WITH KING PERRY'S ORCH.: 18th And Vine Street Blues/ Leona's Boogie/ San Quentin Quail/ HOLLYWOOD'S FOUR BLAZES: The Big Leg Mama's Fine/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: You Deceived Me Memphis/ WES PRINCE & HIS RHYTHM PRINCES (VCL. HAL GR: Dog-House Blues/ TIMMIE ROGERS QUINTETTE: Daddy-O/ TIMMIE ROGERS WITH AL "STOMP" RUSSELL TRIO: Drop Another Nickel In The Juke Box/ AL RUSSELL TRIO: Cement Mixe/ AL RUSSELL TRIO: I Must Forget About You/ AL "STOMP" RUSSELL TRIO (VCL "DOC BASSO"): Say What You Mean/ LUCKY THOMPSON ALL-STARS: Why Not/ No-Good Man Blues/ FLENNOY TRIO: The Induction Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 073 Constant Sorrow: Bluegrass FRom Root To Flower ● CD $22.98 $12.98
3 CDs, 76 tracks, 205 mins, very highly recommended
This wonderful compilation that covers the first 30 years or so of Bluegrass/ Old Timey music is a sequel to the "Bluegrass Big Three" compilation that Fantastic Voyage put out earlier, that takes a deeper dive into the mountain music that we here at Roots love so much. This CD set starts off in 1931 (even though the collection goes as far back as 1925,) with I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow by Emry Arthur, then going all the way up to 1959 with The Stanley Brothers doing their much more famous version of I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow. Broken down into three basic eras with CD1 covering 1925-1940, CD2 covering 1940-1955, and then CD3 covers all of the decade of the 1950s, arguably the most successful decade for Bluegrass records. Heavy hitters on the first CD include Uncle Dave Macon, G.B. Grayson & Henry Whitter, J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers, and Wade Mainer, who all get multiple tracks, as well as my favorite Bill Carlisle (and of course his brother Cliff.) Special mention should go to the gorgeous Carolina Stompdown by Aiken County String Band. It should be no surprise that Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys steal the show on CD2 with no less than six great tracks including Dog House Blues/ Cryin' Holy Unto my Lord, and Back Up and Push. The Stanley Brothers take the overall prize though with four tracks on CD2 and five on CD3. Other highlights throughout the collection include Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers with Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues, The Rouse Brothers fabulous 1939 take of Orange Blossom Special, Hobo Jack Adkins with Going Back To old Kentucky, Let Me Be Your Salty Dog by The Morris Brothers, I'll Fly Away by Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Dirty Dishes Blues by The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, and many, many more. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Finbarr 21 The Finbarr Rock 'n' Roll Party, Vol. 6 ● CD $12.98
24 tracks, 55 mins, very highly recommended
Here is another exciting installment in the Finbarr Rock 'N' Roll Party series, a series that I love dearly, and have raved about on five previous occasions. Some of the tracks that moved me the most this round are Eddie Fontaine's rocker Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves on the trees), Tom and the Tornados featuring a 14 year old Tommy James waaaaay before the Shondells with Long Pony Tail, Tiny Tim & The Tornados (no affiliation with Tom) also deliver some sweet Rock n' Roll with a heavy Carl Perkins influence on Teenage Lover. Then there's the creepy classic Crazy Date by The Crazy Teens, Bobby Freeman's greatest effort Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes, the whacked out Steady With Betty by Benny Joy, and the mighty Rock 'N' Roll Guitar by Johnny Knight, truly a low-fi masterpiece. Bigger names like Lloyd Price, Larry Williams, Dale Hawkins, and Wynona Carr help round out the collection. William's Dizzy Miss Lizzy is certainly a famous track, but the rest deliver lesser-known cuts from their catalogs. Aside from Jerry Wallace's rather sappy With This Ring, every track on here is a stone cold gasser. (JM)
FREDDIE BELL & THE BELL BOYS: Take The First Train Out Of Town/ BOBBIE BRYANT: Piano Nellie/ WYNONA CARR: Ding Dong Daddy/ Touch And Go/ BILLY CLARK: I Know Why/ BUZZ CLIFFORD: Pididdle (The Car With One Light)/ THE CRAZY TEENS: Crazy Date/ RICHIE DERAN & THE NEW TONES: A Girl And A Hot Rod/ WERLY FAIRBURN: Telephone Baby/ EDDIE FONTAINE: Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Tree)/ BOBBY FREEMAN: Betty Lou Got a New Pair Of Shoes/ BOB GALLION: Baby, Love Me/ DALE HAWKINS: Little Pig/ BENNY JOY: Steady With Betty/ JOHNNY KNIGHT: Rock 'N' Roll Guitar/ GRADY LEWIS & THE STARLIGHTERS: Rompin' Stompin'/ JIMMY LLOYD: Got A Rocket In My Pocket/ Where The Rio De Rosa Flows/ DANNY MAYO: Pretty Baby Rock/ LLOYD PRICE: Such A Mess/ TINY TIM & HIS TORNADOS: Teenage Lover/ TOM & THE TORNADOS: Long Pony Tail/ JERRY WALLACE: With This Ring/ LARRY WILLIAMS: Dizzy Miss Lizzy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Richard Weize Archives 12554 Play The Music Louder - 4 Star Boogies & Jumpin' Hillbilly ● CD $24.98
25 track collection of hillbilly boogie and uptempo country recorded for the legendary Four Star label between 1947 and 1955, many making their first appearance on CD, including sides by Kelly Wetsr & His Friendly Country Boys, Tex Ferguson with The Arkansas Valley Boys, Jack Grant & His 7-V-4 Ranch Boys, Jesse James, Don Churchill & His Texas Mavericks, R.D. Hendon & His Western Jamboree Cowboys, Tommy Scott & His Ramblers, Billy Jack Wills & His Western Swing Band, Jerry Jericho and more. Includes 64 page booklet with detailed notes from Kevin Coffey along with rare photos and memorabilia.
THE ARMSTRONG TWINS: Alabama Baby/ DON CHURCHILL & HIS TEXAS MAVERICKS: Cadillac Blues/ TEX FERGUSON WITH ARKANSAS VALLEY BOYS: Kentucky Saturday Night/ JACK GRANT & HIS 7-V-4 RANCH BOYS: The Crawdad Hole/ PETE GRAVES & HIS BUNKHOUSE BUDDIES: Bunkhouse Boogie/ CLAUDIE HAM: Fisherman's Blues/ R. D. HENDON & HIS WESTERN JAMBOREE COWBOYS (V: Music Making Mama From Memphis/ JERRY IRBY & HIS TEXAS RANCHERS: Buy Me A Bottle Of Beer/ JERRY IRBY & THE RANCHERS: First Time I Saw That Gal/ JESSE JAMES: Jesse James Boogie/ JERRY JERICHO: Who's Kidding Who/ SMILING JERRY JERICHO: Boogie Woogie Dance/ TOMMY KIZZIAH & HIS WEST COAST RAMBLERS: Long Tom Boogie/ Rambler's Boogie/ OWEN PERRY: Pickin' 'Em Up/ TOMMY SCOTT & HIS RAMBLERS (VOCAL: TEX HARPER): Dance With Her Henry/ Jumpin' From Six To Six/ JIMMY SHORT & THE SILVER SADDLE RANCH BOYS: Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby/ DRIFTING JOHNNY SMITH WITH BILLY MOSES & HIS RHYTHM RANG: Service Station Blues/ BILL TUTT: Sixty Days/ KELLY WEST & HIS FRIENDLY COUNTRY BOYS: Drive Slow Baby/ Grandpa Boogie/ DON WHITNEY: Red Hot Boogie/ THEODORE WILBURN WITH THE WILBURN FAMILY: Down In Dixie/ BILLY JACK WILLS & HIS WESTERN SWING BAND: Tobacco Chewing Boogie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Smith & Co. 2485 Teenage Dreams, Teenage Angst ● CD $16.98 $11.98
2 CDs, 60 tracks, 148 mins, highly recommended
If you are above a certain age--and to be honest, if you are reading this you probably are, as am I--there are songs that are just part of your DNA. You already know the words to over half of the songs here. A few more will sound pretty familiar, and then most of the rest are deeper cuts, in the same vein, that only the hardcore collectors will really know. You get two of Ricky Nelson's greatest Poor Little Fool, and Lonesome Town, Johnny Burnette's two biggest solo hits Dreamin', and You're Sixteen, The Crickets with When You Ask About Love and Buddy Holly with Listen To Me, Ral Donner's two biggest hits, two of the Everly Brothers biggest, and so on. Plus gems like Robin Luke's dreamy Susie Darlin, Conway Twitty's epic It's Only Make Believe, The Fleetwoods with Mr. Blue, Charlie Gracie's signature tune Butterfly, Julie London's steamy Cry Me A River, and ethereal instrumental classics Sleepwalk by Santo & Johnny, and Last Date by Floyd Cramer. There's even a pretty cool Elvis song that I don't remember hearing before The Girl of My Best Friend. There are a few artists that I am not too hot on here like Neil Sedaka, Paul Anka, and of course Pat Boone, but I don't mind them here because they fit the overall mood. (JM)
PAUL ANKA: Diana/ I Love You Baby/ PAT BOONE: I'll Be Home/ Love Letters in the Sand/ JOHNNY BURNETTE: Dreamin'/ You're Sixteen/ FLOYD CRAMER: Last Date/ THE CRESTS: Sixteen Candles/ THE CRICKETS: When You Ask About Love/ BOBBY DARIN: Dream Lover/ DION: Runaround Sue/ A Teenager in Love/ RAL DONNER: Please Don't Go/ You Don't Know What You've Got/ DUANE EDDY: Because They're Young/ PAUL EVANS: Hushabye Little Guitar/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: All I Have to Do Is Dream/ Let It Be Me/ JOHNNY FERGUSON: Angela Jones/ THE FLEETWOODS: Come Softly to Me/ Mr. Blues/ CONNIE FRANCIS: Carolina Moon/ Who's Sorry Now/ CHARLIE GRACIE: Butterfly/ I Love You So Much It Hurts/ BUDDY HOLLY: Listen to Me/ SONNY JAMES: Young Love/ THE KALIN TWINS: When You Ask About Love/ JERRY KELLER: Here Comes Summer/ BUDDY KNOX: Hula Love/ BRENDA LEE: Emotions/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: I'll Make It All Up to You/ JULIE LONDON: Cry Me a River/ ROBIN LUKE: Susie Darlin'/ BOB LUMAN: Dreamy Doll/ RICKY NELSON: Lonesome Town/ Poor Little Fool/ ROY ORBISON: Blue Angel/ Only the Lonely/ RAY PETERSON: Corinne Corrina/ Tell Laura I Love Her/ THE PONI TAILS: Born Too Late/ ELVIS PRESLEY: How's the World Treating You/ The Girl of My Best Friend/ SANTO AND JOHNNY: Sleepwalk/ JACK SCOTT: My True Love/ What in the World's Come Over You/ NEIL SEDAKA: Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen/ Oh Carol/ DEL SHANNON: Runaway/ TROY SHONDELL: This Time/ THE SKYLINERS: Since I Don't Have You/ THE TEDDY BEARS: to Know Him Is to Love Him/ JOHNNY TILLOTSON: Poetry in Motion/ CONWAY TWITTY: Heavenly/ It's Only Make Believe/ RITCHIE VALENS: Donna/ BOBBY VEE: Devil or Angel/ More Than I Can Say

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Stompertime 31 Rockin' Rhthm 'n' Blues From Memphis** ● CD $17.98
32 tracks, 79 mins, very highly recommended
Fabulous collection of blues, R&B and a bit of bluesy rock n' roll recorded for Ruben Cherry's Home Of The Blues and subsidiaries between 1960 and 1962. Cherry had opened his Home Of The Blues record shop on Beale Street in Memphis in 1946 and became a valued establishment for both local African-American and white clientele. Elvis and Johnny Burnette frequently did their shopping there. When he decided to get into record production he had some of the best artists in the South to draw on. He brought on up and coming bandleader Willie Mitchell as producer and house band and much of Mitchell's solo work for the label and other local labels has been reissues has been reissued on the highly recommended Stompertime 26 ($17.98). Mitchell's band includes such stellar musicians as Al Jackson and Lewis Steinberg who would go on to become members of the Stax house band and a young guitarist named Sammy Lawhorn who a few years later would settle in Chicago and lead the Muddy Waters Band. Early signings to the label features two artists who had previously recorded for KIng - the great blues shouter Roy Brown and one of the greatest of the doo-wop vocal groups The Five Royales both of whom have several fine sides here (the Five Royales complete HOB recordings along with other sides is available on Ace 1055 - $18.98). Other fine urban blues/ R&B artists here include Dave Dixon, Larry Birdsong, The Aristocrats, Gene "Bowlegs" Miller and others. Although most of the sides are citified urban blues there are some more down home sides from Mississippi singer/ guitarist Woodrow Adams and Willie Cobbs - the later featured on the first recording of his much covered You Don't Love Me. This and the flip You're So Hard To Please feature some spectacular guitar wok from Lawhorn. Sun rockabilly giant Billy Lee Riley shows up with two R&B flavored titles including an excellent cover of Big Joe Turner's Flip, Flop & Fly. Sound quality is superb and together with an informative 16 page booklet and full discographical data makes this an indispensible release. (FS)
BILLY ADAMS: Big M/ Had The Blues (Twist)/ WOODROW ADAMS: Don't You Know I Love You/ Something On My Mind/ THE ARISTOCRATS: Don't Go/ LARRY BIRDSONG: Continental Time/ I'll Let Nothing Separate Me From Your Love/ Little Schoolgirl/ ROY BROWN: Rock'n'roll Jamboree/ Rocking All The Time/ Oh So Wonderful/ CLEANHEAD COOTSIE: Big Legs/ Freddy The Freeloader/ WILLIE COBBS: You Don't Love Me/ You're So Hard To Please/ DAVE DIXON: Hey Hey Pretty Baby/ You Satisfy/ JIMMY DOTSON: Feel Alright/ THE FIVE ROYALES: I Got To Know/ Not Going To Cry/ She Did Me Wrong/ Talk About My Woman/ They Don't Know/ CHARLES JAMES: One Mint Julep/ Thief In The Night/ SAMMY LAWHORN: The Home Of The Blues/ GENE "BOWLEGS" MILLER: One More Time Part 1/ WILLIE MITCHELL: Hokin'/ One Mint Julep/ Stroll/ BILLY LEE RILEY: Flip Flop And Fly/ Teenage Letter

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Topic TICD 001 The Real Sound of Folk Music ● CD $11.98
Two CDs, 28 tracks, highly recommended
A sampler of recordings from the oldest still active independent record label in the world. Originally formed in 1939 by the Workers Music Association, by 1960 it had abandoned its connections with the Worker's Music Association and became a commercial endeavour recording many traditional folk performers as well as issuing recordings by performers from the burgeoning "folk revival." This splendid compilation is devoted to a small selection of some of the finest recordings by leading lights of the folk revival recorded between 1962 and 2016 and includes sides by Dick Gaughan, Davy Graham (his wildly influential Angi), Martin Simpson, Pentangle (a recording from their 2008 reunion), Martin Carthy, Ewan MacColl, Silly Sisters (June Tabor & Maddy Prior), Brass Monkey, Vin Garbutt, Mike Waterson (probably the best version of Tamlyn

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS World Music Network 1174 Rough Guide To Yodelling** ● CD $14.98
18 tracks, 63 mins, highly recommended
Delightful and varied collection exploring the wide variety of yodeling throughout the world and in a variety of different contexts. In addition to the expected America country and SWiss yodeling we also hear yodeling from Hawaii, Bollywood, Mexico, Mongolia, Africa and a variety of blends of cross-cultural and avant garde yodeling. Artists include Cathy Fink (a children's song teaching how to yodel), Christine Lautenberg, Shelley Hirsch & David Weinstein, The Ho'op'i Brothers, Kishore Kumar, Carolina Cotton, Gillian Welch, Kenny Roberts, Ed Sanders, Baka Beyond and more. Includes booklet with extensive notes by Bart Plantenga, author of the book length study of yodeling ""Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History Of Yodeling Around The World." (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Yep Roc 2498 Swampland Jewels ● CD $15.98
19 tracks, 47 mins, recommended
Enjoyable collection of Louisiana music drawn from the catalog of the Goldband label. Most of it is Cajun music including fine sides from Shorty LeBlanc, Sidney, Joe Bonsall, Leroy Broussard (particularly fine with a great aching vocal), Geno Thibodeaux (also exceptional) and others. There are also a couple of Zydeco tracks from Boozoo Chavis including his local hit Paper In Show and two tracks of Cajun rock 'n' roll from Cleveland Crochet & Jay Stutes including their much reissued Sugar Pie. The package is rounded out by the bluesy rocker Yard Dog from Louisiana rockabilly favorite Al Ferrier. 12 page booklet includes notes on the artists and some photos. Not an exceptional release but most enjoyable. (FS)
JOE BONSALL: Creole Song/ La Cuca Rochman/ Pauve Hobo (Poor Hobo)/ LEROY BROUSSARD: La Valse de Bo Sparkle/ Lemonade Song/ SIDNEY BROWN AND JO-EL SONNIER: Fee Fee Poncho/ My Girl of the Village/ BOOZOO CHAVIS: Paper In My Shoe/ Telephone Won't Ring/ CLEVELAND CROCHET AND JAY STUTES: Good Morning Blues/ Sugar Bee/ AL FERRIER: Yard Dog/ HERMAN GUIEE: Bon Ton Roula/ PEE WEE KERSHAW: You're So Fine/ SHORTY LEBLANC: Boss Cajun/ My Little Cabbage/ JO-EL SONNIER: My Blue Letter/ Mois Cinquantas Sous (My Fifty Cents)/ GENO THIBODEAUX AND ROBERT BERTRAND: Always There

 
CHARLES WALKER Zane 1019 Number By Heart** ● CD $18.98
13 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
Superb 2003 album of deep soul from veteran Nashville vocalist who has been plying his craft since the late 50s. There are ten new songs from various writers along with three carefully chosen covers. Walker's vocals are powerful and expressive and production by the talented Fred James is outstanding with horn driven instrumental work and soulful vocal backup. Among the highlights are the wrenching title song co-written by Walker, the hard driving One Man's Poison and a beautiful cover of Percy Sledge's It Tears Me Up written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham but it's all truly fine - not a dud in sight. (FS)

 
FOREE "GUITAR" WELLS Stackhouse 1912 It's A New Day Brother** ● CD $15.98
13 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
Better late than never for this superb example of contemporary blues. Recorded in 1992 and 1994 its release was put on hold by Wells death in 1997 and then the original label it was due to come out on was sold and it's subsequent demise left this album in limbo. Wells had a lengthy musical pedigree working in the vital Memphis blues scene in the 50s and then becoming a session man in Nashville in the 60s before settling down in Louisville, Kentucky. Foree had it all - a great voice, some superb original songs and a tremendous guitar style full of originality and imagination that grabs you and doesn't let go. His band The Walnut Street Blues Band is also superb - tight and focussed with some fine horn work. It may be 25 years old but this is truly exciting contemporary blues. (FS)

 
LARRY WILLIAMS Acrobat 4394 The Complete Releases, 1957-1964 ● CD $16.98
32 tracks, 71 mins, essential
And the award for the most under appreciated Rock & Roller goes to. the great Larry Williams! He was Lloyd Price's cousin and Little Richard's best friend, and the Beatles covered three of his songs while the Rolling Stones covered another, but probably due to his sordid and sad later life, Larry Williams never seemed to get the credit he was due as a Rhythm & Blues giant and Rock & Roll pioneer. Can I interest you in classics like Dizzy, Miss Lizzy/ Short Fat Fannie/ Bony Moronie/ Bad Boy, and Slow Down? How about wild tracks like You Bug Me Baby/ She Said Yeah, and Ting a Ling? You know Lloyd Price's great Just Because? Well, Larry Williams did it better, and it's here as well (his cover of Lawdy Miss Clawdy is pretty spectacular as well, and it's here too). This CD is 100% killer and 0% filler! (JM)

 

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