LATEST ADDITIONS  12/15/2015


BOOKS & MAGAZINES
FROG BLUES & JAZZ ANNUAL NO. 2
FROG BLUES & JAZZ ANNUAL NO. 3
FROG BLUES & JAZZ ANNUAL NO. 4

COMPACT DISCS
THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN BOYS

ANNE BRIGGS
THE CHARLES RIVER BOYS
SANFORD CLARK
KING CURTIS
JOE ELY
THE FIVE SATINS
LUD GLUSKIN
HAWKSHAW HAWKINS
GOLDIE HILL
ROSCOE HOLCOMB
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS

JAMES P. JOHNSON
JOHNNY JONES
ALBERT KING
JERRY LEE LEWIS
THE LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS
THE MURMAIDS
ROY NEWMAN & HIS BOYS
RAY PRICE
JOSEPH C. SMITH'S ORCHESTRA
SONS OF THE PIONEERS
THE STAPLE SINGERS
BARRETT STRONG
MEL TORME
VARIOUS ARTISTS
PORTER WAGONER
MUDDY WATERS
FRANK WELLING & JOHN MCGHEE

 

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

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FROG BLUES & JAZZ ANNUAL NO. 2 : The Musicians, The Records & The Music Of The 78 Era ● BOOK $57.98
Paper, 178 pages + 26 track CD, counts as six CDS for shipping, very highly recommended
By popular demand are now able to offer the second, third and fourth volumes of these gorgeous and important books for all lovers of Blues & Jazz music from the era of the 78 recordS.It includes articles by such notable experts as Mark Berresford ("The Creole Band"), Alex van Der Tuuk ("Blind Joe Taggart"), Paul Swinton ("Chicago Tidbits" and "Edmonia Henderson"), Russel Shor ("From The Islands To The Delta: The Steel Guitar Story"), Michael Rader & K.B. Rau ("From The Shadows: The Re-Emergence Of Carlo Jari"), Terry Heath ("The Truth About Robertson"), Chris Hillman ("Dallas Rag Bag"), Bruce Bastin ("Stan Atkins") and many more. Softbound 8.5"x12"printed on on glossy paper with many discographies and over 180 photographs & illustrations, many previously unpublished including full color label shots and advertisements. Book comes with a complimentary 26 track CD that includes many classic recordings as well as previously unissued rarities, test pressings & field recordings plus alternative takes by some of the greatest (and obscure) Blues & Jazz artists of the 20s and 30s including many of the artists discussed in the text. Includes King OLiver Orchestra, Sidney Bechet, Memphis Jug Band, Blind Joe Taggart, Walter Barnes Royal Creolians, Erskine Tate's Vendome Orch., Ed Bell, Omer Simeon, Bert Johnson, Stan Atkins Band, Jazz Gillum and others. Sound quality is stunning thanks to a superb remastering job by Nick Dellow. A beautiful production from a label that is noted for the quality of its CD releases. (FS)
STAN ATKINS' BAND: Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet/ WALTER BARNES ROYAL CREOLIANS: Third Rail/ SIDNEY BECHET: High Society/ ED BELL: Starvation Blues/ MARIE CAHILL: Dallas Blues/ CASEY BILL: Round & Round/ COOKIE'S GINGERSNAPS: Messin' Around/ PIERRE DE CAILLAUX: Chinese Memories/ TROY FLOYD PLAZA HOTEL ORCHESTRA: Wabash Blues/ JAZZ GILLUM: Key to the Highway/ EDMONIA HENDERSON: Nobody Else Will Do/ JIM & BOB: Sweet Georgia Brown/ BERT JOHNSON: Nasty but Nice/ BUNK JOHNSON: Demo of Buddy Bolden's trumpet style/ ROBERT JOHNSON: Cross Road Blues/ KANUI & LULA: Tomi Tomi/ FRANK MELROSE: Whoopee Stomp/ THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND: K C Moan/ JELLY ROLL MORTON: Sidewalk Blues/ KING OLIVER ORCHESTRA: My Good Man Sam/ SAMMY PRICE & HIS FOUR QUARTERS: Blue Rhythm Stomp/ THE SAVOY BEARCATS: Senegalese Stomp/ OMER SIMEON: Beau-Koo Jack/ THE STATE STREET STOMPERS: Panama Blues/ BLIND JOEL TAGGART: Precious Lord/ ERSKINE TATE VENDOME ORCHESTRA: Chinaman Blues

 
FROG BLUES & JAZZ ANNUAL NO. 3: The Musicians, The Records & The Music Of The 78 Era ● BOOK $57.98
Paper, 178 pages + 25 track CD, counts as six CDS for shipping, very highly recommended
The third volume is another beauty with articles by Marshall Wyatt ("Violin Sing The Blues For Me"), Bob Groom ("Big Bill & The Texas Blues"), Max Haymes ("Bring Me Flowers While I'm Living - Conflicting Reports On The Death of Peetie Wheatstraw"), Rob Ford ("Roberta Dudley: A Life In Music & Films"), Richard Rains ("Freddie Keppard on Record - Or Not"), Michael Hortig ("Unfinished Boogie - The Life Of Texas Pianist Wilson "Thunder" Smith), Gayle Dean Wardlow ("Ernie Oertle: San Antonio Bound"), Joel O'Sickey ("Duke Ellington & The Washingtonians") and much more including discographies and over 200 photos and illustrations. The bonus CD features 25 tracks from Jasper Taylor & His State Street Boys, The Washingtonians, Lottie Kimbrough & Winston Holmes, The South Memphis Jug Band, Freddie Keppard's Jazz Cardinals, The Down Home Boys, Cow Cow Davenport & Ivy Smith, Lead Belly and many more. Another truly classy production. (FS)
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS HOT SEVEN: Potato Head Blues/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCHESTRA: Knockin' a Jug/ BIG BILL BROONZY: San Antonio Blues/ CHARLIE BURSE & HIS MEMPHIS MUDCATS: Beale Street Blues/ LEE COLLINS & THE HANGOVER ALL STARS: I Found a New Baby/ DOC COOK & HIS ORCHESTRA: Hot Tamale Man/ COW COW & CONGREGATION: Do You Call That Religion?/ COW COW DAVENPORT: Alabama Strut/ ROBERTA DUDLEY: Krooked Blues/ MOANIN’ BERNICE EDWARDS: Low Down Dirty Shame Blues/ THE HOKUM TRIO: You Do It/ TOMMY JOHNSON: Canned Heat Blues/ FREDDY KEPPARD'S JAZZ CARDINALS: Salty Dog #2/ LOTTIE KIMBOROUGH & WINSTON HOLMES: Lost Lover Blues/ Wayward Girl Blues/ LEADBELLY: Mississippi River/ JULIA LEE: Won’t You Come Over to My House?/ POOR BOY LOFTON: Dark Road Blues/ FATE MARABLE’S SOCIETY SYNCOPATERS: Pianoflage/ JELLY ROLL MORTON & HIS RED HOT PEPPERS: Sidewalk Blues #2/ WILSON "THUNDER" SMITH: Mr Freddie’s Blues/ SOUTH MEMPHIS JUG BAND: Doctor Medicine/ JASPER TAYLOR & HIS STATE STREET BOYS: Stomp Time Blues/ THE WASHINGTONIANS: Choo Choo/ RUTH WILLIS: Experience Blues

 
FROG BLUES & JAZZ ANNUAL NO. 4 The Musicians, The Records & The Music Of The 78 Era ● BOOK $57.98
Paper, 180 pages + 27 track CD, counts as six CDS for shipping, very highly recommended
The most recent volume in this incredible series is another gem with articles by Nick Dellow ("Amongst The Hellish Noise Of A Jazz Band - Montmartre In The 1920s"), Bob Eagle ("Mae Glover:I Ain't Giving Nobody None" and "Willie Brown Revisited"), Michael Hortig ("Meade's Last Ride"), Richard Rains ("A Closer Listen To Roy Palmer"), William Desjardins ("American Roots Artworks"), Stephen Taylor ("Fats Waller's Silk Tie"), Bruce Bastin ("The Atlanta Blues Scene"), L. Partington ("Two Notes on Jimmy Noone") and much much more including discographies and hundreds of photos and other illustrations. The 27 track CD features sides by The Alabama Washboard Stompers, Piron's New Orleans Orchestra, Blind Blake, Bessie Smith, Gus Cannon, Fats Waller, Willie Brown, The New Orleas Feetwarmers and many more. Another indispensible addition to the library of every lover of blues and jazz from the 78 rpm era. (FS)
ALABAMA WASHBOARD STOMPERS: Pig Meat Stomp/ BLIND BLAKE: Seaboard Stomp/ BOB & ROY THE: Trombone Slide/ WILLIE BROWN: Make Me Down a Pallet on Your Floor/ GUS CANNON: Feather Bed/ MAE GLOVER: I Ain’t Givin’ Nobody None/ SON HOUSE: Shetland Pony Blues/ MEADE LUX LEWIS: Unknown Blues #1/ Unknown Blues #2/ BLIND WILLIE MCTELL: Love Making Mama #2/ JELLY ROLL MORTON & HIS RED HOT PEPPERS: Little Laurence #2/ NEW ORLEANS FEETWARMERS: Maple Leaf Rag/ KING OLIVER & HIS DIXIE SYNCOPTORS: Deep Henderson/ PIRON’S NEW ORLEANS ORCHESTRA: Bouncing Around/ RUSSELL’S HOT SIX: 29th & Dearborn/ BESSIE SMITH: Frosty Mornin’ Blues/ St Louis Gal #1/ CLARA SMITH: Done Sold My Soul to the Devil/ TAMPA RED: The Duck Yas Yas #B/ TARTER AND GAY: Unknown Blues/ LOUISE VANT: Do Right Blues/ FATS WALLER: Crazy ‘Bout My Baby/ It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie/ Until the Real Thing Comes Along/ DIXIE WASHBOARD BAND: Gimme Blues/ WASHBOARD SERENADERS: Tappin’ the Time Away/ CURLEY WEAVER: No No Blues

 
 

COMPACT DISCS

 
THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN BOYS B.A.C.M. 501 Bluegrass With A Beat ● CD $14.98
27 tracks from 1962/ 63 from slick bluegrass group with Kelso Herston, Jerry Kennedy and Ray Edenton. Mostly bluegrass favorites like Jimmie Brown The Newsboy/ Lonsome Road Road Blues/ Kentucky Waltz/ Footprints In The Snow, etc.
THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN BOYS: Angel Band/ Arkansas Traveler/ Before I Met You/ Birmingham Jail/ Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ Boil Them Cabbage Down/ Do Remember Me/ Flint Hill Special/ Foggy Mountain Breakdown/ Footprints In The Snow/ Home Sweet Home/ I'm Crying My Heart Out Over You/ I'm Sitting On Top Of The World/ If I Had A Hammer/ Jimmy Brown The Newsboy/ John Henry/ Just Because/ Kentucky Waltz/ Lonesome Road Blues/ Old Mountain Dew/ Red River Valley/ Rocky Road Blues/ Roving Gambler/ Sour Wood Mountain/ Sugarfoot Rag/ Train 45/ Under The Double Eagle

 
ANNE BRIGGS Topic TSCD 504 A Collection** ● CD $14.98
20 tracks, essential
So what is all the fuss about Anne Briggs ? You may ask. Well she is one of the very finest singers to have emerged from the British folk revival in the 60s as well as being an influence on singers as diverse as June Tabor and Christy Moore. Many of the songs she recorded would later be taken up by many other singers. The 20 tracks on this magnificent compact disc features all the recordings she made for Topic between 1963 and 1971 including her full length album, an extended play and tracks from two collections. Her singing is spine chilling - on the surface simple and gentle but full of the kind of subtle decoration that is more familiar in the singing of Irish singers. Most of the songs are unaccompanied but a few feature her on guitar or bouzouki or with Johnny Moynihan on bouzouki. She and Moynihan were responsible for introducing this Greek instrument to the British Isles folk scene. The material is stunning including a version of Young Tambling that never fails to raise the hairs on the back of my neck. Other songs include The Recruited Collier/ Lowlands/ Polly Vaughan/ Gathering Rushes/ The Stonecutter Boy/ Blackwater Side/ Willie O'Winsbury/ Thorneymoor Woods/ Reynardine/ My Bonny Lad and others. It also includes a couple of excellent original songs which pointed the direction to her next recordings - an album for CBS which was an unsuccessful and disheartening experience for Anne and led to her abandoning music - a great loss to the folk world. Complete with informative notes this is essential for anyone who loves traditional English folk. (FS)

 
THE CHARLES RIVER BOYS B.A.C.M. 503 Goin' To Georgia ● CD $14.98
Excellent 29 track collection of traditional style bluegrass by trio of students from Harvard University recorded in 1962 including all of their rare Folklore LP plus 11 sides cut for Prestige.
THE CHARLES RIVER VALLEY BOYS: Auctioneer/ Away Out On The Mountain/ Bringing In The Georgia Mail/ Burglar Man/ Cold Penitentiary Blues/ Crazy Creek/ Down By The Seashore/ Easy Winner/ Flop Eared Mule/ Flying Saucers/ Foggy Foggy Dew/ Front Porch Backstep/ Glen's Chimes/ Goin' To Georgia/ Leaving Home/ Let It Fall/ Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie/ Oh Me Oh My/ Old Reuben/ Pig Town Fling/ Rocky Island/ Solid Gone/ The Cuckoo/ Victim Of The Tomb/ Waiting For A Train/ White Dove/ Whoa Mule/ Wildwood Flower/ You Ain't Talkin' To Me

 
SANFORD CLARK Jasmine 3663 Son of A Gun: Anthology, 1956-1962 ● CD $14.98
A West Coast rock 'n' roll legend thanks to The Fool, his 1956 breakthrough hit, Clark and his producer Lee Hazelwood created a potent rockabilly sound that is fully demonstrated on this collection of all of his singles, recorded variously for Dot, Jamie, Trey, and Project between 1956 and 1962. In addition, several of these recordings have never been released on CD, including the original recording of The Girl on Death Row (featuring backing by Duane Eddy).
SANFORD CLARK: A Cheat/ A Cross Eyed Alley Cat/ Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens/ Bad Luck/ Darling Dear/ Don't Care/ Don't Cry/ Give The Boy Love/ Go On Home/ Guess It's Love/ I Can't Help It/ It Hurts Me, Too/ Lonesome For A Letter/ Lou Be Doo/ Love Charms/ Modern Romance/ My Jealousy/ New Kind Of Fool/ Nine Pound Hammer/ Ooo Baby/ Pledging My Love/ Run, Boy, Run/ Sing 'Em Some Blues/ Son Of A Gun/ Still As The Night/ Swanee River Rock/ Tennessee Walk/ That's The Way I Feel (Oo Wee)/ The Fool/ The Girl On Death Row/ The Glory Of Love/ The Man Who Made An Angel Cry/ Travellin' Man/ Usta Be My Baby

 
KING CURTIS Real Gone 413 The Complete Atco Singles ● CD $43.98
Three CD set with 66 tracks featuring both sides of every single released by Atco between 1965 and 1971 including one single that was planned but never issued. Includes hits like Spanish Harlem/ Jumpback/ Memphis Soul Stew/ I Was Made To Love Her/ Instant Groove/ Get Ready and many more. All but one track remastered from original master tapes. Includes booklet with notes by Randy Poe - head of Leiber & Stoller Music Publishing.

 
JOE ELY Rack'em 007 Panhandle Rambler ● CD $17.98
12 tracks, 45 mins, highly recommended
Hey, what do you know: Joe Ely has put out another fantastic album, something that should be no surprise to his fans. On this new outing, Ely has a new batch of cool songs that he wrote, like Wounded Creek/ Coyotes Are Howlin'/ Southern Eyes, and the moody and mysterious Four 'ol Blokes. Pair those originals with fine covers of those long-time Texas co-conspirators: Guy Clark's Magdalene, and When The Night Are Cold by Butch Hancock. On top of that, you get a mess of great musicians backing up Ely throughout, and a production sound that I have to call simply beautiful. (JM)

 
THE FIVE SATINS Acrobat 3144 The Complete Releases, 1954-1962 ● CD $16.98
Two CD set featuring all the singles issued by this outstanding doo wop group. It includes their earliest sides as The Scarlets recorded for Bobby Robinson's Red Robin label before changing their name to The Five Satins and recording for Standord, Ember, Klik, First, Cub, United Artists and Chancellor. Includes 12 page booklet with detailed notes by Paul Watts.

 
LUD GLUSKIN Jazz Oracle 8045 1924-1933** ● CD $28.98
2 discs, 48 tracks, highly recommended
Some of the very earliest hot jazz from Europe. American Gluskin was drummer in Paul Whiteman's Orch when they toured Europe, & he decided to stay. The set, from this first in a proposed series of Euro-Jazz, starts with Lud recording in Austria with Paul Gason Orch in'24, Austria's 1st jazz recordings. After awhile he hooked up with a US band transplanted to Paris, The Playboys heard here in a hot Ain't She Sweet with awful vocals done for Pathe' in '27. Now part of Gluskin's Orch, along with some French musicians, started a long series of recordings done in France for Pathe', then to Berlin for a very rare '29 Homocord coupling along with some for Ultraphon, Tri Eregon (VERY rare film recordings) & Deutsche Grammophon/ Polydor, then back to Pathe. Musicians of note include Eddie Ritten on trumpet, former Original Dixieland Jazz Band trombonist Emile Christian, Gene Prendergast on reeds. Tunes include Clarinet Marmalade/ Whiteman Stomp/ Milenberg Joys/ Doin' The New Low Down. Booklet with exhaustive liner notes, pics, info. (GM)

 
HAWKSHAW HAWKINS Jasmine 3667 The Hawk - Singles Collection ● CD $14.98
Introduction to the recordings of this country baritone crooner with 27 tracks recorded between 1947 and 1953 including hits like Slowpoke/ Doghouse Boogie/ I'm Waiting Just For You and more.
HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: A Heartache To Recall/ All Because Of My Jealous Heart/ Barbara Allen/ Blue Skies In Your Eyes/ Doghouse Boogie/ Got You On My Mind/ I Can't Tell My Broken Heart A Lie/ I Hate Myself/ I Hope You're Cryin' Too/ I Love The Way You Say Goodnight/ I Wasted A Nickel/ I'm Kissing Your Picture Counting Tears/ I'm Waiting Just For You/ Kaw-Liga/ Life Lost Its Colour/ Loaded With Love/ Picking Sweethearts/ Shotgun Boogie/ Slow Poke/ Somebody Lied/ Sunny Side Of The Mountain/ Tangled Heart/ Teardrops From My Eyes/ The Longer We're Together/ Two Roads/ Unwanted/ Would You Like To Have A Broken Heart

 
GOLDIE HILL Jasmine 3669 The Golden Hillbilly ● CD $14.98
24 track collection from this fine female honky tonk singer comprising her first and third LPs issued by Decca in 1960 and 1962. A mix of new songs and covers including It's A Lovely, Lovely World/ I Slipped Off My Wedding Ring/ Driftwood On The River/ It's Here To Stay/ I've Got A New Heartache/ Four Walls/ According To My Hear, etc.
GOLDIE HILL: According To My Heart/ As Far As I'm Concerned/ Don't Just Stand There (When You Feel Like You're In Love)/ Driftwood On The River/ Four Walls/ Half A Mind/ Honky Tonk Music/ How's The World Treating You?/ I Don't Hurt Any More/ I Slipped Off My Wedding Ring/ I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)/ I've Got A New Heartache/ It's A Lovely, Lovely World/ It's Here To Stay/ It's Lonely (On My Side Of The Sea)/ Live For Tomorrow/ Living Alone/ Many Lies Ago/ Missing Lovin', Missing Livin', Missing You/ Twice As Blue/ What's Happened To Us/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ You're Looking For An Angel/ Your Love Came Into My Heart

 
ROSCOE HOLCOMB Tompkins Square 5210 San Diego State Folk Festival, 1972 ● CD $14.98
One of the greatest old time country music discoveries recorded live at the San Diego Folk Festival in 1972. Eight songs including OLd Smoky/ Black-Eyed Susie/ Graveyard Blues/ Single Girl and others. Includes notes from festival producer Lou Curtiss and folklorist John Cohen. Hopefully this will be the first of many reissues drawn from Curtiss's archive of thousands of hours of live music from the San Diego Folk Festival and other events around the San Diego area.

 
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS Cicadelic 41169 Shootin' Fire ● CD $18.98
20 tracks by Lightnin' recorded for the infamous Roy Ames - 18 from 1969 and two from 1961. Lightnin' is accompanied by piano, bass and drums. Some of these tracks were previously reissued with bass and drums mixed too high and use of excessive reverb. For this release Cicadelic have remixed the original four track tapes for a more natural sound and have also turned up several previously unissued titles.

 
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS & BILLY BIZOR Cicadelic 6869 Wake Up The Dead ● CD $26.98
This two CD set features more sides from the April 1969 session by Lightnin' featured on Cicadelic 41169 including nine minutes of outtakes of Mojo Hand. It also includes a 12 track session from June 1968 with Lightnin' accompanied by harmonica player Billy Bizor and pianist Elmore Nixon and 18 tracks by Bizor including some with Lightnin' on guitar and others with various groups and six with Bizor accompanied by guitarist Clarence Holliman and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn.

 
JAMES P. JOHNSON Fabulous 2052 The James P. Johnson Collection, 1921-1949 ● CD $9.98
Two CD set with 47 tracks. A retrospective of this great musician who was one of the pioneers of the "stride" style and whose playing influenced many subsequent musicians - most notably Fats Waller. This set includes piano solos, accompaniments to blues and jazz singers Sadie Jackson, Bessie Smith, Rosa Henderson and others and performances with various groups inclding his own band, Edmond Hall's Blue Note Jazzmen, Sidney Bechet & His Circle Seven and others.

 
JOHNNY JONES JSP JSPCD 4245 Doin' The Best I Can - A Chicago Pianist About Town ● CD $23.98
Two CDs, 53 tracks, great music but what's the point?
Johnny Jones was an absolutely superb singer and piano player. He only recorded a handful of tracks under his own name but his stellar piano work can be heard on recordings by Tampa Red, Elmore James, Junior Wells and others. As a retrospective of his recordings how can JSP possibly leave off the two sides he recorded under his own name for Aristocrat in 1949 - possibly his finest - or the three tracks from the same session where he accompanies Muddy Waters? There's nothing wrong with the music here - all of it available elsewhere - but without those key tracks there is no real raison d'etre for this release. (FS)
BIG MACEO: Big City Blues/ Do You Remember/ Just Tell Me Baby/ One Sunday Morning/ J.T. BROWN: Dumb Woman Blues/ Kickin The Blues Around/ Round House Boogie/ Saxony Boogie/ ELMORE JAMES: 1839 Blues/ Baby What's Wrong/ Can t Stop Lovin/ Coming Home/ Dark And Dreary/ Early In The Morning/ Elmore's Contribution To Jazz/ Hawaiian Boogie/ I Believe/ I Held My Baby Last Night/ It Hurts Me Too/ Knocking At Your Door/ Make A Little Love/ Make My Dreams Come True/ Sho Nuff I Do/ Sinful Woman/ Strange Kinda Feelin/ The Twelve Year Old Boy/ LITTLE JOHNNY JONES: Chicago Blues/ Doin The Best I Can/ Hoy, Hoy/ I May Be Wrong/ Sweet Little Woman/ Wait Baby/ TAMPA RED: All Mixed Up Over You/ Come On If You re Coming/ I Miss My Lovin Blues/ I ll Find My Way/ It's Too Late Now/ Look A-There, Look A-There/ Midnight Boogie/ Please Try To See It My Way/ She's A Cool Operator/ Since My Baby's Been Gone/ So Much Trouble/ True Love/ JOE TURNER: Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop/ T V Mama/ Ti-Ri-Lee/ JUNIOR WELLS: Cut That Out/ Eagle Rock/ Hoodoo Man/ Junior's Wail/ Tomorrow Night/ Ways Like An Angel

 
ALBERT KING Rockbeat 3324 Live At The Fabulous Forum, 1972 ● CD $13.98
8 tracks, 44 mins, highly recommended
"If you don't dig the Blues, you got a hole in your soul" - Albert King. On this you get the mighty Albert King live and in his prime. Sound is fantastic throughout, with King's stunning guitar work and soulful vocals roaring out front and center as they should be. The whole performance here is a highlight, but if I have to choose, I would say my favorite tracks are I'll Play The Blues For You/ Angel Of Mercy, a cover of Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man, and an epic cover of T-Bone Walker's Stormy Monday. The horn section on Watermelon Man is a bit buried in the mix, but otherwise everything sounds just fine. Cover artwork done by William Stout, a favorite of mine, original known for his fantastic bootleg album cover art in the 1970s. (JM)

 
JERRY LEE LEWIS Bear Family BCD 17254 Jerry Lee Lewis At Sun Records: The Collected Works ● CD $389.98
The ultimate collection of recordings made by one of the great original rock 'n' rollers recorded for Sun Records between 1956 and 1963. This mammoth 18 CD set features every surviving take of every song Jerry Lee recorded - 623 tracks in all including more than 100 previously unissued takes and including numerous clips of studio chat. All mono versions! All stereo versions! All original Sun era overdubs! Housed in a 12" x 12" box the set includes two comprehensive LP sized hardbound books, totalling over 300 pages, one with the discography and commentary, and another of photos, many of them previously unpublished! This set clocks in at nine pounds (!) and is equivalent to 36 CDs for shipping purposes.

 
THE LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS Krazy Kat 37 1936-1941** ● CD $16.98
26 tracks, very highly recommended
Terrific collection of sides from this superb Western Swing band recorded between 1936 and 1941 including eight previously unissued titles including an unexpected version of the "suicide song" Gloomy Sunday - has any other country group ever done this song? The rest is a more expected collection of hot jazzy titles with hot musicianship and bluesy vocals. The set also includes a fantastic version of Tiger Rag from a 1936 movie with Kenneth Pitts fiddling like a man possesed and Bert Dodson slapping the living daylights out of his string bass. Other tracks include I'm A Ding Dong Daddy/ Stay Our Of The South/ Sittin On Top Of The World (a fine rendition of the Mississippi Sheiks song with great bluesy electric guitar work from Zeke Campbell)/ Clarinet Marmalade/ Foot Warmer/ Mama Gets What She Wants/ Green Valley TRot/ Zip Zip Zipper/ Can't Ease My Evil Mind. Sound is excellent and 12 page booklet has notes from Western Swing expert Kevin Coffey based on original interviews with band members. (FS)

 
THE MURMAIDS Ace CDTOP 1459 A Few Of The Things We Love - The Chattahoochee Recordi ● CD $21.98
21 track collection featuring all the recordings made between 1963 and 1965 by this Hollywood teen girl group who had a big hit with the wistful teen ballad Popsicles and Icicles (a personal guilty pleasure). Includes one track with lead vocal by Jackie DeShannon.

 
ROY NEWMAN & HIS BOYS B.A.C.M. 367 Round The World On A Dime** ● CD $14.98
29 tracks, highly recommended
Great collection of sides by this Dallas based western swing band - most of it recorded recorded between 1934 & 1939 along with some radio transcriptions from the 1940s. The group, led by pianist Newman group was much influenced by jazz and sweet bands and featured the clarinet work of Holly Horton on many of these recordings as well as some of the earliest electric guitar work by Jim Boyd. The group featured other stellar musicians like fiddlers Thurmon Neal, Art Davis or Cecil Brower, steel guitar giant Bob Dunn, banjoist Walter Kirkes and others. Vocals are handled by various band members including David, Boyd, Earl Brown and others. Their material is mostly pop and jazz standards along with a few coun try songs including Tiger Rag/ Somebody Loves Me/ The Lonesome Road/ A Good Man Is Hard To Find/ Birmingham Jail/ Who Calls You Sweet Mama Now?/ Graveyard Blues, etc. Sound quality is excellent and Kevin Coffey provides his usual insightful notes. (FS)
ROY NEWMAN & HIS BOYS: A Good Man Is Hard To Find/ Barn Dance Rag/ Better Get Off Your High Horse Baby/ Birmingham Jail/ Chicken Reel/ Corrine Corrine/ Get Along Home Candy/ Graveyard Blues/ How Many Times/ I Don't Love Anyone But You/ I Used To Love You/ I've Got It/ Mexicala Rose/ Over The Santa Fe Trail/ Red River Valley/ Roll Along Jordan/ Round The World On A Dime/ Slow And Easy/ Some Of These Days/ Somebody Loves Me/ That Old White Mule Of Mine/ The Lonesome Road/ The Night That You Nestled In My Arms/ There'll Be Some Changes Made/ Tiger Rag/ We'll Meet By The Bend In The River/ When There's Tears In The Eyes Of The Potato/ When You And I Were Young Maggie/ Who Calls You Sweet Mama Now

 
RAY PRICE Jasmine 3672/3 The Early Album Collection Plus Bonus Hits ● CD $19.98
One of the greatest honky-tonk singers until he turned to lush pop arrangements in the 1960s, Ray Price was one of the legends of country music. Just as comfortable singing ballads or western swing or up tempo rockers, Price could do it all. This 2 disc CD contains his first three studio albums - "Ray Price Sings Heart Songs" (1957), "Talk To Your Heart" (1958), and "San Antonio Rose" (1962) - as well as his 1961 greatest hits album and ten bonus tracks that were all Top 10 chart hits. 58 tracks in all.
RAY PRICE: A Maiden's Prayer/ Blues Stay Away From Me/ Bubbles In My Beer/ City Lights/ Crazy Arms/ Curtain In The Window/ Deep Water/ Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes/ Driftwood On The River/ Faded Love/ Hang Your Head In Shame/ Heartaches By The Number/ Home In San Antone/ I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)/ I Gotta Have My Baby Back/ I Love You Because/ I Love You So Much (It Hurts)/ I Saw My Castles Fall Today/ I Told You So/ I Wish I Could Fall In Love Today/ I'll Be There (When You Get Lonely)/ I'll Be There If You Ever Want Me/ I'll Keep On Loving You/ I'll Sail My Ship Alone/ I'm Tired/ I've Got A New Heartache/ Ice Cold Heart/ If You Don't Somebody Else Will/ Invitation To The Blues/ Let Me Talk To You/ Letters Have No Arms/ Mansion On The Hill/ Many Tears Ago/ My Confession/ My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You/ One More Time/ Pins And Needles (In My Heart)/ Please Don't Leave Me/ Release Me/ Remember Me (I'm The One Who Loves You)/ Roly Poly/ Run Boy/ Same Old Me/ San Antonio Rose/ Talk To Your Heart (1952 Version)/ Talk To Your Heart (1958 Version)/ That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome/ The Kind Of Love I Can't Forget/ There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight/ Time Changes Everything/ Under Your Spell Again/ Wasted Words/ Who'll Be The First/ Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now/ Wondering/ You Don't Care What Happens To Me/ You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care)/ You Done Me Wrong

 
JOSEPH C. SMITH'S ORCHESTRA Archephone 6009 Songs Of The Night ● CD $28.98
Two CD set with 47 tracks recorded between 1916 and 1925 by one of the most popular and imaginative dance bands to emerge during the 1910s.

 
SONS OF THE PIONEERS Jasmine 3692 The Lure of Tumbleweed Trails ● CD $14.98
For eight decades, the Sons of the Pioneers were the preeminent exponents of the western ballad and "cowboy songs". Following releases of earlier performances - "Memories of the Lucky Ranch" (Jasmine 3528 - $14.98) and "Let's Go West" (Jasmine 3602/3 - two CD set - $19.98)-comes this set which concentrates on the group's early 60's career by presenting the albums "Lure of the West" (1961) and "Tumbleweed Trail" (1962). These albums are hard to find and a welcome addition to CD.
SONS OF THE PIONEERS: A Cowboy Has To Sing/ Along The Navajo Trail/ Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie/ Chant Of The Plains (I Need You)/ Cimarron (Roll On)/ Cowboy's Lament/ El Paso/ Hills Of Old Wyomin'/ My Adobe Hacienda/ Pecos Bill/ Ragtime Cowboy Joe/ Saddle Up/ Silver On The Sage/ Song Of The Pioneers/ Song Of The Trail/ Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle/ The Cattle Call/ The Lillies Grow High/ There's A Gold Mine In The Sky/ There's A Home In Wyomin'/ Tumbleweed Trail/ Wanderers/ When The Bloom Is On The Sage/ Yippi-Yi, Yippi-Yo

 
THE STAPLE SINGERS Stax 36969 Faith & Grace ● CD $59.98
Four CDs plus one 7" single retrospective of this great gospel/ soul group embracing their career from 1953 to 1973. From their first, very rare, single issued on the Royal label in 1953 which is featured here on the 7" single and including a wonderful selection of their recordings for Gospel, Vee-Jay, Riverside, D-Town, Epic, Stax and Warner Brothers as well as a song from their appearance at The Newport Folk Festival in 1964. Their music moves from straight gospel to more secular material though often with a gospel feel through to straight ahead soul music. 82 tracks in all including two previously unissued tracks one from Vee-Jay and one from Riverside. The CDs and single are bound in a 7.5"x7.5" hardbound book with a 56 page booklet with notes by Opal Louis Nations along with photos and label shots and full discographical details.

 
BARRETT STRONG Spectrum 980 777 The Complete Motown Collection** ● CD $11.98
22 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
Available again. Barrett Strong is usually only remembered for his R&B classic Money (That's What I Want) recorded for Berry Gordy's fledgling Tamla label in 1960 and the company's first number one hit. Although he never repeated that success this collection shows that he was far from a one hit wonder and features a fine collection of mid tempo burning R&B and soulful ballads written by the likes of Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy and Strong himself. 10 of the tracks are previously unissued and are every bit as good as the issued sides. In addition to Money and the gorgeous flipside Oh, I Apologize this set also includes You Knows What To Do/ Whirlwind/ You've Got What It Takes (a fine cover of the Marv Johnson hit)/ Misery/ Do The Very Best You Can/ Actions Speak Louder Than Words/ Who's Taking My Place/ Sugar Daddy/ You're Too Young and more. (FS)

 
MEL TORME Proper BOX 73 Jazz And Velvet ● CD $25.98 $18.98
4 discs, 96 tracks, very highly recommended
Wonderful selection of the early career of The Velvet Fog. The set starts out with his recordings with his modern vocal group The Mel-Tones, which had future arranger Les Baxter, recording for Musicraft by themselves & with label-mate Artie Shaw, including the classic What Is This Thing Called Love. Disc 2 features mostly rare MacGregor Radio Transcriptions. Disc 3 is loaded with rarities - as there was a recording ban in '48, this set is loaded with 1948 tunes taken from Mel's radio program. Mel started the ban on Musicraft, but as it ended he was soon over to Coral which ends disc 3 & fills disc 4. Here's Mel at his scattin' best, with hits Stompin' At The Savoy & The Old Master Painter, duets with Peggy Lee & session backed by the Red Norvo Trio with Charlie Mingus on bass & Tal Farlow on guitar. Complete with 44 page booklet. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1276 Red Bluejeans & Checkerboard Socks** ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 53 mins, highly recommended
Occasionally, U.K. Ace Records puts together thematic compilations of songs from a certain genre or songs that contain the same or similar subject matter; these type of collections are usually lots of fun, and this one is no exception. The subject this time is the clothing styles worn by the fashionable teens of the 1950's; but really, this CD seems more like an excuse to bring together a sprightly sampling of mid to late 50's rockabilly and R&B, much in the vein of Buffalo Bop's series of rock 'n' roll discs. From skirts (Gene Summers' Straight Skirt) to pants, both male (Eddie Cochran's Pink Peg Slacks) and female (Jody Reynolds' Tight Capris) to socks and shoes (Joe Bennett's Penny Loafers and Bobby Socks) to sun glasses (Sun Glasses by the Shades, natch), no wearable object is left unexplored. Even how the clothes are cleaned (Wash Machine Boogie from the Echo Valley Boys) is tackled; talk about being thorough! Let's not forget clothes shopping with Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew's great Clothes Line (Wrap It Up) from 1956 which Leiber & Stoller reworked as Shopping For Clothes which was a hit for The Coasters in 1960. Don't come to this CD expecting anything profound or of national importance; just dig some groovy, funky, and very "stylish" rock 'n' roll. And, really, how can anyone go wrong with The Clovers gliding through Blue Velvet? (GMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1454 The Birth Of Surf, Vol. 3 ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 61 mins, essential for instrumental and surf fans
These great collections follow a formula of featuring instrumental songs that influenced the Surf scene, plus the hits, B-sides, and obscure tracks that came out of that scene in the 1960s. So, that means a whole lot of great music to choose from. This volume is solid cool from start to finish with no bum tracks, so listing the best tracks would be ridiculous, but some of my personal favorites on here are Flaming Guitar by Billy Mure, Machine Gun by The Riptides, Vesuvius by The Sentinals, Bonzai by The Baymen, and Take 7 by The Novas - a stunning Surf B-side to their massive Garage nugget The Crusher. The peope behind these collections also do the "Pipeline" Surf music fanzine. Their depth of knowledge and commitment to the music comes through in the liner notes, which feature such deep cuts as how The Beachcombers main man Richard Allen Podolor waited six months to get the first gold top Les Paul shipped to the west coast, the one he used on their killer track Lone Survivor, and how John Anderson from the Baymen filled in on bass for a show with a group called The Crossfires, who offered him a permanent gig that he turned down; Anderson has been kicking himself pretty much ever since The Crossfires changed their name to The Turtles. All that and much more await you on this gem. (JM)
THE ASTRONAUTS: Surf Party/ THE AVENGERS VI: Heartbeat/ THE BAYMEN: Bonzai/ THE BEACHCOMBERS: Lone Survivor/ THE CHANTAYS: Scotch High's/ THE CHARADES BAND: Christina/ DICK DALE & THE DEL-TONES: The Victor/ THE DE-FENDERS: More Surf/ THE GENTEELS: The Force Of Gravity/ JOHNNY & THE HURRICANES: Sheba/ BUDDY LEE & THE SATELLITES: Countdown/ MARRELL'S MARAUDERS: The Marauder/ BILLY MURE: Flaming Guitar/ DAVE MYERS & THE SURFTONES: Gear!/ THE NEW DIMENSIONS: Failsafe/ THE NOVAS: Take 7/ THE ORIGINAL SURFARIS: Moment Of Truth/ THE PYRAMIDS: Pressure/ THE RIP TIDES: Machine Gun/ THE RONDELS: On The Run/ THE RUMBLERS: Boss/ THE SENTINALS: Vesuvius/ THE SURFARIS: Storm Surf/ THE TORQUETTS: Bacardi/ THE TREASURES: Minor Chaos/ THE VELVETONES: Static

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Archeophone 1001 Real Ragtime - Disc Recordings From Its Heyday** ● CD $14.98
28 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
When you think of ragtime these days, you think of quaint piano solos. Interestingly, the 28 tracks here do not have ANY piano solos - they were recorded out of not wanting to compete with the player piano/piano roll industry! Instead, we have banjos (solo, duets & with band accompaniment), cornets, military bands, accordions, even xylophone. The recordings were done between 1898 (the banjo duo Joseph P Cullen & William G. Collins' Berkeley March) to 1919 (banjo virtuoso, & a star of this set Fred Van Eps' Silver Heels One-Step). Also heard are (John Philip) Sousa's band, The Victor Military Band, banjo master Vess L. Ossman & singers The American Quartet. Includes early compositions by George M. Cohan - Rag Baby, & Irving Berlin - The International Rag.. Mostly highly listenable, though the turn of the century tracks are a little rough. 20 page booklet includes notes on ragtime in general, the artists featured and the individual performances. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Arhoolie 367 Ballads & Corridos, 1949-1975** ● CD $13.98
22 tracks, 69 min., highly recommended
Anyone with even a passing interest in narco-corridos or Mexican / Mexican-American history should be drawn to this excellent Arhoolie release. The celebration of famous and infamous figures of Mexico via song is carefully traced and examined here by Professor James Nicolopulos in his scholarly and fascinating booklet notes. (The transcriptions and translations of the songs are included on the CD.) Subject matter includes local violent criminals, the Kennedy assassination, Martin Luther King's assassination, the death of Caryl Chessman in San Quentin's gas chamber, striking farm workers, and much more. One of the more curious additions comes from Los Magnifikos (written by Arnaldo & Rafael Ramirez) which takes as its subject the kidnapping of Patty Hearst. It is apparently drawn from an entire LP of Hearst corridos. Artists include Juanita y Maria Mendoza, Los Nortenos de Teran, Los Desveladores, Meme y Lupe Cardenas, Los Bravos de Matamoros, Los Oros del Valle, Dueto Reynosa, and many others. Sound quality is uniformly fine. An interesting find! (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 357 4 Star Roundup, Volume 2** ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Complementing B.A.C.M. 110 this is another fine collection of tracks recorded in the 40s and 50s for Bill McCall's 4 Star label - an important West Coast independent that launched the careers of such well known country artists as Ferlin Husky, Webb Pierce, Patsy Cline others. Most of the artists here are pretty obscure but McCall obviously had an ear for talent as many of the artists here are excellent performers. Artists include Don Whitney, Paul Westmoreland, Jimmy Short (Ernest Tubb's guitarist with a terrific rendition of Rex Griffin's Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby that probably provided the template for Carl Perkins' rockabilly version), Hal Hart, Alan Moore (splendid honky tonk singer), Merl LIndsay (lightweight but fine western swing), William Moore (fine hillbilly gospel), Paul Steen ( aterrific rendition of Karl & Harty's Don't Monkey Around With My Widder with some hot and almost rockabilly styled guitar), Paul Thibodeaux (a fine Cajun French rendition of the country standard Just Because), Jack Tucker, Stuart Hamblen (probably the best known artist here), Morris MIlls and others. Sound is generally excellent and their are brief notes on most of the artists by Dave Penny. (FS)
THE 4 STAR COUNTRY BOYS: Drive Slowly Baby/ DOC DENNING & THE 4 STAR RANGERS: I Should Have Known/ GLENELL & JONELL (THE MCQUAIG TWINS): No Time/ CLAUDE HAM: Moonlight Over Blue Water/ STUART HAMBLEN & HIS LUCKY STARS: Bluebonnets For Her Golden Hair/ HAL HART: Than Suffer Jealousy/ R. D. HENDON & THE WESTERN JAMBOREE COWBOYS: I Can't Run Away/ WADE HOLMES & HIS BAND: You're Too Tired For Me/ BILLY HUGHES: Echoes Of The Trail/ COUSIN FORD LEWIS: I'll Paint Your Picture In My Memory/ MERL LINDSAY & OKLAHOMA NIGHT RIDERS: Gotta Little Red Wagon/ MORRIS MILLS & THE RITHUMAKERS: Don't Walk Upon My Broken Heart/ WILLIAM MOORE & THE COUNTRY COUSINS: Bugle Call From Heaven/ ALAN MOORE & THE MOUNTAINEERS: It's A Blue Monday/ JIMMY SHORT & SILVER SADDLE RANCH BOYS: Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby/ PAUL STEEN & THE CAROLINA DRIFTERS: Don't Monkey Around With My Widder/ BILL TAYLOR & LUCKY WHITE & THE BAND: Yo Yo Heart/ PAL THIBDODEAUX: Just Because/ FRED THORNTON & SONS OF THE GOLDEN WEST: I Know You're Trying To Hide A Boken Heart/ JACK TUCKER & THE OKLAHOMA PLAYBOYS: To Blue To Cry/ AL VAUGHAN: You Are The One/ HUB WAGONER & RHYTHM RANCH BOYS: Things Are Different Now/ PAUL WESTMORELAND: Howl And Prowl/ DON WHITNEY: Riverside Rag/ SLIM WILLIAMS: Dying Before My Time

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 504 Canadian Country Vol. 4 - The Aragon Label ● CD $14.98
More fine country music from North of the border - this time featuring a selection of 23 sides recorded for the Aragon label in the mid 50s. Includes Dixie Bill Hilton, Guido D'Amico, Big John Ford, Art Grant, Evan Kemp and others.
CURLY CROWE: Mountaineer/ GUIDO D'AMICO: Secret Love/ Yes I Do/ Froggy Song/ STU DAVIS: I Looked For Love/ I Went To Your Wedding/ BIG JOHN FORD: I Called Her Name/ ANDY FRASER: Somewhere There's A Someone/ ART GRANT: Driftwood On The River/ RUDY HAYDEN: Blue Steel/ DIXIE BILL HILTON & THE CALGARY RANGE RIDERS: Don't Be Blue Linda Lou/ EVAN KEMP: Tonight In The Twilight/ RAY LITTLE: Standin' In The Rain/ JIMMY MORRIS: My Wife My Life/ DON MURPHY: Down Lily Valley/ TEX AND DEANNA PEDERSON: The Morning After/ FERN AND BOB REGAN: I Will Never Hold Another/ BUDDY REYNOLDS: Angel In Disguise/ THE RHYTHM PALS: My Chapel In The Pines/ Two Hearts Forever/ PETE STOLTZ: Calgary Waltz/ CURLY SWITZER: High On Grouse Mountain/ BOB TWEEDY: If The Moon Could Talk

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Boulevard Vintage 1033 Down Home Blues Classics, 1943-1953 ● CD $21.98
Four CDs, 100 tracks, highly recommended
Back in print with a new number and new packaging but same great music. A great collection of country and small group blues. There are a lot of familiar names here but also many obscure but fine artists. Although most of the tracks have been out on CD before some are on out of print or expensive compilations and a few have not been on CD before (at least when the set was first released). Each disc covers a different region - disc is devoted to Texas and is mostly vocal and guitar country blues and includes sides by Thunder Smith, L.C. Williams (with Lightnin' Hopkins on guitar), Sonny Boy Johnson, Lee Hunter, Leroy Johnson, Charley Bradix, Alexander Moore, Lightnin' Hopkins, Luther Stoneham and others. The second disc embraces Chicago & Detroit and most of the artistshere will be familiar - Floyd Jones, Big Maceo, Muddy Waters, Robert Nighthawk, Little Walter, Johny Shines, etc but there's also a few tasty obscurities like Walter Mitchell, Tony Hollins, Morris Pejoe, Robert Henry, L.C. Greene and others. Disc three is devoted to Memphis, Mississippi and Louisiana and includes Big Joe Williams, Silver Cooks, Stick Horse Hammond (the great Too Late Baby which I'm pretty sure is making its first appearance on CD here), J.D. Horton, Luther Huff, Bobo Thomas, Chicago Sunny Boy, Willie LOve, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and others. Disc four features New York and the East Coast States and includes Skoodle-Dum-Doo & Sheffield, Ralph Willis, Pinetop Slim, Leroy Dalls, Curley Weaver, John Tinsley & Fred Holland, Duke Bayou (Champion Jack Dupree), Sonny Terry, Square Walton and others. Sound quality is superb and the set comes with a 24 page booklet with notes by Neil Slaven. A lot of great music at an unbeatable price. (FS)
WILLIE BAKER: Rumors About My Baby/ DUKE BAYOU: Rub A Little Boogie/ JOHNNY BECK: Locked In Jail Blues/ BIG MACEO: Big City Blues/ EDGAR BLANCHARD: Creole Gal Blues/ BLUE SMITTY: Sad Story/ THE BLUES BOYS: Worried Man Blues/ CHARLEY BRADIX: Wee Wee Hours/ JOHN BRIM: It Was A Dream/ GABRIEL BROWN: Black Jack Blues/ EDDIE BURNS: Notoriety Woman/ CHICAGO SUNNY BOY: Western Union Man/ BUDDY CHILES: Mistreated Blues/ SILVER COOKS: Mr Ticket Agent/ RATTLESNAKE COOPER: Rattlesnake Blues/ ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: Make A Little Love/ LEROY DALLAS: Your Sweet Man Blues/ LITTLE SAM DAVIS: Goin' To New Orleans/ JIMMY DEBARRY: Take A Little Chance/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Shake Baby Shake/ J.D. EDWARDS: Hobo/ BIG BOY ELLIS: She's Gone/ LEROY ERVIN: Rock Island Blues/ ROCKY FULLER: Soon One Morning/ L.C. GREENE: Little School Girl/ STICK HORSE HAMMOND: Too Late Baby/ ROBERT HENRY: Something's Wrong With My Lovin' Machine/ DR. HEPCAT: Hattie Green/ HARVEY HILL JR.: She Fool Me/ TONY HOLLINS: Crawlin' King Snake/ WRIGHT HOLMES: Alley Special/ EARL HOOKER: Sweet Angel/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: I Am The Boogie Man/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Give Me Central 209/ J.D. HORTON: Cadillac Blues/ SOLDIER BOY HOUSTON: Western Rider Blues/ HOWLIN' WOLF: How Many Years/ LUTHER HUFF: 1951 Blues/ PEE WEE HUGHES: Country Boy Blues/ LEE HUNTER: Back To Sante Fe/ LOST JOHN HUNTER: Schoolboy/ LIL' SON JACKSON: Gambling Blues/ ELMORE JAMES: Dust My Broom/ JESSE JAMES: Forgive Me Blues/ JIMMY & WALTER: Easy/ LEROY JOHNSON: No One To Love Me/ SONNY BOY JOHNSON: Quinsella/ EDDIE "GUITAR SLIM" JONES: New Arrival/ FLOYD JONES: Hard Times/ HANK KILROY: Awful Shame/ WILLIE LANE: Too Many Woman Blues/ LAZY SLIM JIM: Wine Head Baby/ JOHN LEE: Blind's Blues/ TOMMY LEE: Highway 80 Blues/ J.B. LENOIR: I'll Die Tryin'/ PAPA LIGHTFOOT: After Awhile/ LITTLE DAVID: Shackles Round My Body/ LITTLE HUDSON: Looking For A Woman/ LITTLE WALTER: Mean Old World/ CLARENCE LONDON: Going Home To Mama/ WILLIE LOVE: Seventy Four Blues/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: So Much Trouble/ STICKS MCGHEE: Blues Mixture/ DAVID "PETE" MCKINLEY: Ardelle/ DENNIS MCMILLAN: Poor Little Angel/ BLIND WILLIE MCTELL: Broke Down Engine/ WALTER MITCHELL: Stop Messing Around/ ALEXANDER MOORE: Neglected Woman/ MR HONEY: Build Myself A Cave/ MANNY NICOLS: Throw A Little Boogie/ ROBERT NIGHTHAWK: Crying Won't Help You/ MONISTER PARKER: Black Snake Blues/ MORRIS PEJOE: Tired of Crying Over You/ DAN PICKETT: Number Writer/ PINETOP SLIM: Applejack Boogie/ DOUG QUATTLEBAUM: Lizzie Lou/ JIMMY REED: High And Lonesome/ ROBERT RICHARD: Cadillac Woman/ JIMMY ROGERS: The Last Time/ MARYLYN SCOTT: I Got What My Daddy Likes/ JOHNNY SHINES: Brutal Hearted Woman/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Cross Country Blues/ SKOOKLE-DUM-DO & SHEFFIELD: Broome Street Blues/ THUNDER SMITH: Little Mama Boogie/ SNOOKY & MOODY: Boogie/ LUTHER STONEHAM: Sittin' Here Wonderin'/ NAT TERRY: Take It Easy/ SONNY TERRY: Baby, Let's Have Some Fun/ ANDY THOMAS: Angel Chile/ BOBO THOMAS: Catfish Blues/ JOHN TINSLEY & FRED HOLLAND: Keep Your Hands Off Her/ SQUARE WALTON: Gimme Your Bankroll/ BABY BOY WARREN: Please Don't Think I'm Nosey/ MUDDY WATERS: Rolling Stone/ CURLEY WEAVER: Ticket Agent/ JUNIOR WELLS: Cut That Out/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: She's A Married Woman/ L.C. WILLIAMS: Hole In The Wall/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Eyesight To The Blind/ RALPH WILLS: Income Tax Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS County 6001 Legends of Old Time Music ● CD $57.98
From the 1960s through the 1980s, Dave Freeman's County record label issued many LPs featuring some of the greatest old time and bluegrass singers and musicians. Some were later issued on CD but many were not and this four CD set with 113 tracks features a selection drawn from this treasure. Collected by researchers like Charlie Faurot, Rich Nevins, Barr Poss and others this set features recordings by Wade Ward, E.C. Ball, Gaither Carlton, Fred Cockerham, Tommy Jarrell, Lily Mae Ledford, Joe and Jeanette Carter, Clyde Davenport and many others. Most tracks have not been on CD before and several tracks are previously unissued in any form. Packaged in a 12"x12" box it includes a 28 page booklet with notes by Kinney Rorer.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Duke 103 Robey's R&B Dukes ● CD $16.98
24 track collection of blues and R&B from the early years of Don Robey's legendary Duke label. Includes sides recorded between 1952 and 1954 by Earl Forest with and without The Beale Streeters (who dominates the set with 14 tracks), Bill Fort's Orch., Long John Hunter, Lester Williams, Joe "Mr. Google" August and Junior Ryder.
MR. GOGGLE EYES AUGUST WITH J. OTIS BAND: O What A Fool/ Play The Game/ EARL FOREST: Got A Feeling/ I'm Your Boy/ Keep That Monkey Off Me/ My Kind Of Girl/ Oh, Why/ Out On A Party/ Ohh Ohh Wee/ Your Kind Of Love/ Baby, Baby/ Fifty-Three/ Last Night's Dream/ Pretty Bessie/ Rock The Bottle/ Whoopin' And Hollerin'/ BILL FORT'S ORCH.: Gatemouth's Ghost/ LONG JOHN & ORCH.: Crazy Girl/ JUNIOR RYDER WITH JOHNNY OTIS ORCH.: Don't Tell Nobody/ Every Star I See/ LESTER WILLIAMS & HIS ORCH.: Crazy 'Bout You Baby/ Don't Take Your Love From Me/ Good Lovin' Baby/ Let's Do It

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 079 Mark Lamarr's Rhythm & Blues Christmas ● CD $14.98 $8.98
A collection of 25 rhythm & blues, doowop, jazz and blues Christmas songs selected by British DJ Mark Lamarr. Includes Hey, Santa Claus by The Moonglows, Sleigh Ride by Lloyd Glenn, How I Hate To See Christmas Come Around by Jimmy Witherspoon, I Want A Man by Thelma Cooper, Love For Christmas by Felix Gross, Boogie Woogie Santa Claus by Mabel Scott, Merry Christmas Baby by Lionel Hampton plus more from Joe Turner, Titus Turner, The Ravens, Harry Crafton, Louis Armstrong and more.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fremeaux 5614 American Folk Blues Festival - Live In Paris, 1962 ● CD $39.98
Three CD set with 48 tracks featuring previously unissued live performances drawn from shows held by the legendary American Folk Blues Festival in Paris in 1962. It includes performances by Memphis Slim, John Lee Hooker, Shakey Jake, Willie Dixon, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Helen Humes.
MEMPHIS SLIM: Festival Introduction/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: I'm In The Mood/ Let's Make It Baby/ I Don't Want To Lose You/ Money/ The Right Time/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Introduction/ Band Indroduction/ MEMPHIS SLIM, WILLIE DIXON & JUMP JACKSON: Rockin' The House/ SHAKEY JAKE, MEMPHIS SLIM, WILLIE DIXON & JUMP JACKSON: Hey Baby/ Call Me When You Need Me/ Jake's Blues/ WILLIE DIXON: Talking about the blues/ MEMPHIS SLIM, WILLIE DIXON & JUMP JACKSON: Nervous/ I Just Want Make Love To You/ Baby Please Don't Go/ Pinetop's Boogie Woogie/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Hugues Panassi‚, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Introduction/ SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGHEE - I'm A Stranger/ Talkin' To Harmonica Blues/ Born And Livin' With The Blues/ Baby, I Got My Eye On You/ John Henry/ T-BONE WALKER, MEMPHIS SLIM, WILLIE DIXON & JUMP JACKSON: Woman You Must Be Crazy/ My Old Time Used To Be/ Call Me Stormy Monday/ You Don't Love Me/ T-BONE WALKER: T-Bone talks to the booers/ HELEN HUMES, T-BONE WALKER, MEMPHIS SLIM, WILLIE DIXON, JUMP JACKSON: Money Honey/ HELEN HUMES, T-BONE WALKER, DAVOR KAIFESH, WILLIE DIXON & JUMP JACKSON: Baby Won't You Please Come Home/ Kansas City/ Saint Louis Blues/ Million Dollar Secret/ ENSEMBLE: Medley/ MEMPHIS SLIM: John Lee Hooker Introduction/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Everyday/ Let's Make It Baby/ The Right Time/ It's My Own Fault/ Money/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Band introduction/ MEMPHIS SLIM, WILLIE DIXON & JUMP JACKSON: Rockin' The House/ T-BONE WALKER, MEMPHIS SLIM, WILLIE DIXON, JUMP JACKSON: Moanin'/ HELEN HUMES, T-BONE WALKER, MEMPHIS SLIM, WILLIE DIXON & JUMP JACKSON: Money Honey/ HELEN HUMES, T-BONE WALKER, DAVOR KAIFESH, WILLIE DIXON, JUMP JACKSON: Baby Won't You Please Come Home/ Kansas City/ Married Man Blues/ ENSEMBLE: Medley 2

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 813 Going Home - The Road To Soul ● CD $19.98
Two CD set with 64 tracks from the late 50s and early 60s recorded in Memphis and presaging the birth of soul. There's a heavy emphasis on Stax artists and the set includes sides by The Veltones, Don Hines, Barbara Perry, William Bell, Joe Perkins, Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Jeb Stuart and many more.
WILLIAM BELL: Any Other Way/ Formula Of Love/ Please Help Me I'm Falling/ You Don't Miss Your Water/ LARRY BIRDSONG: I Can't Keep From Crying/ I'll Let Nothing Separate Me/ ROY BROWN: Sugar Baby/ KENNY CAIN & DAVID PORTER: Practice Makes Perfect/ Words Can Never Say/ THE CANES: I'll Never Give Her Up/ Why Should I Suffer With The Blues/ THE CHIPS: As You Can See/ You Make Me Feel So Good/ WILLIE COBBS: You Don't Love Me/ PRINCE CONLEY: All The Way/ I'm Going Home/ THE DEL RIOS: Just Across The Street/ There's A Love/ DAVE DIXON: Hey, Hey Pretty Baby/ JIMMY DOTSON: Search No More/ THE FIVE ROYALES: Catch That Teardrop/ Please Please Please/ Too Much In Need/ ISAAC HAYES: C.C. Rider/ Laura We're On Our Last Go Round/ DON HINES: Baby Tell It Like It Is/ I'm So Glad/ GEORGE JACKSON & LOUIE PALMER: Don't Leave Me/ Have I Been Untrue I Don't Care/ How Do You Quit Drinking Wine/ I Don't Care/ CHARLES JAMES: One Mint Julep/ Please Wait/ Rockin' Chair/ Thief In The Night/ THE LYRICS: Crying Over You/ MAXINE & STINSON: Forget About (The Heartaches)/ GENE "BOWLEGS" MILLER: Hunky Twist/ One More Time Pt 1/ WILLIE MITCHELL: Drippin'/ The Crawl (Part 1)/ The Crawl (Part 2)/ FREDDIE NORTH: Don't Make Me Cry/ Someday She'll Come Along/ JOE PERKINS: I'm Not Gonna Leave/ Until You Were Gone/ BARBARA PERRY: Bobby Is A Bad, Bad Boy/ White Satin/ OTIS REDDING: Hey Hey Baby/ These Arms Of Mine/ LEE ROYE: Skoobie Doo/ Thank You For Calling/ RUFUS & FRIEND: I Didn't Believe/ JEB STUART: I Ain't Never/ Jeannie, Jeannie/ Little Miss Love/ Must I Keep On Waiting/ CARLA THOMAS: A Love Of My Own/ RUFUS THOMAS: Can't Ever Let You Go/ It's Aw-Rite/ THE TONETTES: No Tears/ Please Don't Go/ THE VELTONES: Fool In Love/ Someday

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3676/7 A Country Christmas ● CD $19.98
Two CD set with 61 tracks (!) featuring many of the country greats of the 40s celebrating Christmas with country renditions of Christmas favorites along with new songs celenrating the season - George Jones, Bobby Helms, Tex Ritter, Martha Carson, Faron Young, Gene Autry, Eddy Arnold, Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, Dallas Frazier, Roy Rogers and many more.
EDDY ARNOLD: C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S/ Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town/ White Christmas/ Will Santy Come To Shanty Town?/ GENE AUTRY: An Old-Fashioned Tree/ Here Comes Santa Claus/ One Solitary Life/ Thirty-Two Feet And Eight Little Tails/ Up On The Housetop/ MOLLY BEE: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/ Willy Claus (Little Son Of Santa Claus)/ MARTHA CARSON: Christmas Is A Time/ Peace On Earth (At Christmas Time)/ JIMMY DEAN: Little Sandy Sleighfoot & Christmas Greeting/ When They Ring Those Golden Bells/ LOU DINNING: Blue December/ THE DINNING SISTERS & BOB ATCHER: Blue Christmas/ Christmas Island/ DALE EVANS: The Light Of The World Is Jesus/ RED FOLEY & ANITA KERR SINGERS: My Friend/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Christmas Dinner/ He's A Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus/ Jingle-O-The-Brownie/ Little Klinker/ DALLAS FRAZIER & JOE 'FINGERS' CARR: Jingle Bells/ Jingle-O-The-Brownie/ My Birthday Comes On Christmas/ Up On The Housetop/ RAY HANEY: Story Of A Christmas Tree/ The Picture On The Christmas Card/ BOBBY HELMS & ANITA KERR SINGERS: Captain Santa Claus/ Jingle Bell Rock/ GEORGE JONES: Maybe Next Christmas/ New Baby For Christmas/ Lonely Christmas/ My Mom And Santa Claus/ PATTI PAGE: Where Did My Snowman Go? & Christmas Greeting/ TEX RITTER: He Was A Man/ It Came Upon A Midnight Clear/ ROY ROGERS: Near To The Heart Of God/ 'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Part 1)/ 'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Part 2)/ ERNEST TUBB: I'll Be Walking The Floor This Christmas/ Lonely Christmas Eve/ Blue Snowflakes/ Merry Texas Christmas, You All/ JIMMY WAKELY: That's Santa Claus/ KITTY WELLS: Away In A Manger/ Blue Christmas/ C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S/ Christmas Ain't Like Christmas Anymore/ Dasher With A Light Upon His Tail/ Ole Kris Kringle/ Santa's On His Way/ Silent Night, Holy Night/ MARGARET WHITING & JIMMY WAKELY: Christmas Candy/ Silver Bells/ Star Of Hope/ FARON YOUNG: I'm Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You/ You're An Angel On My Christmas Tree/ The Shrine Of St. Cecelia

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent KENTBOX 18 Back To The River ● CD $47.98
A sequel to Kent's great three CD set "Take Me To The River" this set continues to tell the story of Southern soul from three different perspectives. Disc one features recordings made in Muscle Shoals and Memphis - focusing on artists not native to the area - Solomon Burke, Judy Clay & William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Mary Wells, Rudolph Taylor and others. Disc two covers the wider region of the South including Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other locations and features sides by Joe Tex, C.P. Love, Esther Phillips, Count Willie, Stanley Winston and more. Disc three focuses on the influence that Southern soul had in the northern cities with contributions from Freddie Scott, Jimmy Lewis, Clay Hammond, Marion James and others. In among the familiar names are some great obscurities - some of them extremely rare. Set is housed in a sturdy 5.5" x 5.5" box along with a 64 page booklet packed with illustrations and a 17,000 word commentary.
JOHNNY ADAMS: (Sometimes) A Man Will Shed A Few Tears Too/ NA ALLEN: Everytime It Rains (aka Teardrops From My Eyes)/ SAM BAKER: Sugarman (Extended Version)/ FONTELLA BASS: I Want Everyone To Know/ REUBEN BELL: Asking For The Truth/ BROOK BENTON: Rainy Night In Georgia/ MARION BLACK: Go On Fool (Extended Version)/ BOBBY BLAND: A Touch Of The Blues/ JIMMY BRASWELL: Home For The Summer/ SOLOMON BURKE: I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)/ ROY C: I Found A Man In My Bed/ CLARENCE CARTER: She Ain't Gonna Do Right/ MELVIN CARTER: I've Got Memories (Demo)/ OTIS CLAY: That's How It Is (When You're In Love)/ JUDY CLAY AND WILLIAM BELL: Private Number (Extended Version)/ BILL CODAY: You're Gonna Want Me/ DON COVAY: You're Good For Me/ CHARLES CRAWFORD: A Sad Sad Song/ SAM DEES: Easier To Say Than Do/ STEVE DIXON: Depend On Me/ EDDIE FLOYD: I Got Everything I Need/ ARETHA FRANKLIN: Ain't No Way/ JOHN FRED AND HIS PLAYBOYS: Loves Come In Time/ THE FULLER BROTHERS: (I Want Her) By My Side/ AL GARDNER: Just A Touch Of Your Hand/ JOEY GILMORE: Somebody Done Took My Baby And Gone/ JEANIE GREENE: Sure As Sin/ GROUND HOG: Going Back Home/ CLAY HAMMOND: Take Your Time/ WILLIE HIGHTOWER: Don't Blame Me/ Z.Z. HILL: Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes/ DON HOLLINGER: You Got Everything I Need/ DELLA HUMPHREY: Your Love Is All I Need/ MABLE JOHN: Problems/ BETTY LAVETTE: Nearer To You/ JIMMY LEWIS: The Girls From Texas (Extended Version)/ LITTLE BEAVER: Do Right Man/ LITTLE BUSTER: Lookin' For A Home/ LITTLE RICHARD: I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me Parts 1 & 2/ BILL LOCKE: Someone To Take Your Place/ C.P. LOVE: I Found All These Things/ BARBARA MASON: Shackin' Up/ TOUSSAINT MCCALL: Nothing Takes The Place Of You/ JOE MEDWICK: Nearer To You/ LEE MOSES: If Loving You Is A Crime (I'll Always Be Guilty)/ AARON NEVILLE: Tell It Like It Is/ GEORGE PERKINS: How Sweet It Would Be/ JOE PERKINS: Think I'll Go Somewhere And Cry Myself To Sleep/ ESTHER PHILLIPS: I'm In Love/ OTIS REDDING: Free Me (Take 1)/ BOBBY RUSH: Mary Jane/ FREDDIE SCOTT: Cry To Me/ BILLY SHA-RAE: I Found The One/ DEE DEE SHARP: This Love Won't Run Out/ JOE SIMON: Message From Maria/ HELENE SMITH: A Woman Will Do Wrong/ THE SOUL BROTHERS SIX: What Can You Do When You Ain't Got Nobody?/ THE SOUL CHILDREN: Yesterday/ WARREN STORM: Daydreaming/ BETTYE SWANN: I'm Just Living A Lie/ RUDOLPH TAYLOR: What's That You Got/ TERRIE & JOY LAROY WITH THE BILL PARKER: Without Love What Would Life Be/ JOE TEX: The Only Girl (I've Ever Loved)/ JOE VALENTINE: I Can't Stand To See You Go/ GLORIA WALKER AND THE CHEVELLES: Please Don't Desert Me Baby/ ELLA WASHINGTON: Too Weak To Fight (Extended Version)/ OSCAR WEATHERS: You Wants To Play/ MARY WELLS: I Found What I Wanted/ BARBARA WEST: Give Me Back The Man I Love/ COUNT WILLIE WITH LRL AND THE DUKES: I've Got To Tell You/ TIMMY WILLIS: Easy As Saying 1-2-3/ JOE WILSON: You Need Me/ STANLEY WINSTON: No More Ghettos In America/ O.V. WRIGHT: I've Been Searching/ LESTER YOUNG: Stop

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 441 South Texas Rhythm 'n' Soul Revue ● CD $18.98
A second collection of R&B and soul drawn from recordings produced by Huey Meaux and mostly issued on the plethora of small labels he ran along with several previously unissued tracks. Includes sides by The Traits, Warren Storm, Jean Knight, Jackie Paine, Lee Maye, Big Sam, Prince Charles, Johnny Adams and many more.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Li-Jan 09 Thank You Again Otis! ● CD $16.98
Complementing Li-Jan 08 ("Thank You Otis" - $16.98) this is a second collection of 20 recordings showing the massive influence of Otis Redding. It includes artists doing Otis's songs and artists whose performances are very much in the Otis style. Includes sides by Ike Lovely, Patti Drew, , Joe Dossett, Odell Knight, Billy Young, Johnny Soul, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rebel REB 4000 Rebel Records : 35 Years Of The Best In Bluegrass** ● CD $44.98
4 CDs, 105 tracks, 304 mins, highly recommended
This fabulous box set documents over a third of a century of the cutting edge of bluegrass, Rebel style! The occasion is the 35th anniversary of the founding of Rebel Records and it's an impressive testimonial to the work of the labels co-founder and eventual owner, Dick Freeland. The label began as a regional operation focusing on the active bluegrass scene in the Washington DC-Baltimore area. Mountain music has always been highly popular here because of the many migrants from the southern Appalachians who settled there looking for a better life. Rebel came on the scene in 1960, at a time when bluegrass music was at a crossroads. Rock and roll had led to the near disappearance of country music as a market force, and the folk revival which led to a resurgence of interest in traditional music was not yet underway. Before Rebel, bluegrass music was a minor interest of major labels who focused on their country music efforts. Rebel was the first label to be devoted exclusively to bluegrass and has always been run by and for people who really love the music. Longtime Rebel listeners and newcomers alike will find much to like here. The set contains a number of familiar (and classic) tracks, but it's the wealth of lesser known artists and material that make this a real treasure! A fine booklet of Bear Family quality provides historical perspective as well as detailed information about every cut. The set is arranged in chronological order and the first disk covers the early days of the label, from 1962 to 1971. Things get off to a rousing start with Rebel's first single featuring Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys with "The Children are Cryin'". This tune and the music that follow are among the most exciting and enjoyable tracks in the collection because of their relative obscurity and raw energy. Check out Charlie Tomlinson and Billy Baker singing "I Could Change Your Mind" and Peter Pike's soul stirring version of "In the Pines" This last cut features the late John Duffey playing both mandolin and dobro. Speaking of the mandolin, Buzz Bushy really burns it up on the instrumental tour de force, "Mandolin Twist". Duffey's back with the Country Gentlemen on "Bringing Mary Home" and "Amelia Earhart". In some of the strongest material on the disk, Cliff Waldron and the New Shades of Grass sing "Four Strong Winds", "Ice Covered Britches", and 2 other great tunes all featuring Mike Auldridge in his pre Seldom Scene days on dobro. Disk Two chronicles the years 1972 through 1977 and features some of the super stars of the Rebel catalogue. Ralph Stanley performs "Maple on the Hill" with one of his hottest bands featuring one of his best vocal partners, Roy Lee Centers. The Seldom Scene is represented by several of their greatest recordings including "I Know You Rider" and the classic "Wait a Minute". Del McCoury checks in with a crackling version of "Cold Rain and Snow" and the hitherto unissued "Collect Call On Christmas". Some of the real treats here are examples of early work by artists who later made a name for themselves. Tony Rice sings and plays stunning guitar on several cuts, backed by members of the Seldom Scene and, on one cut, by Ricky Skaggs on fiddle. Skaggs is back on a hot instrumental "Hook and Line" and the ridiculously overdubbed "21 Fiddle Salute"! The disk is rounded out with more fine picking from the Goins Brothers and Southbound and some fabulous fiddling by Buck Ryan. Ralph Stanley is back to open Disc three (1977-1987) with "Traveling the Highway Home". From a never issued 2-LP set the Marshall Family is heard harmonizing beautifully on "The God that Never Fails". More fantastic gospel harmonizing by the Easter Brothers follows, with "They're Holding Up the Ladder". Dave Evans, an under rated artist, performs a spine tingling version of Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty and his own, "One Loaf of Bread". Mike Auldridge, who is all over this set, is back with Lost and Found and more outstanding examples of picking and singing, followed by the McPeak Brothers singing the gorgeous tune, "Lost River". Larry Sparks, Jethro Burns & Red Rector, and Bill Harrell are also here, there's just way too much great music to name it all! Disc four brings us up to the present with examples of Rebel's current stable of hot best selling artists. Lonesome River Band, IIIrd Time Out, Lou Reid & Terry Baucom, Richard Greene and Blue Highway are all here. Bluegrass fans will probably be most familiar with this material, but still much will be new. Rhoda Vincent's contribution is closer to Nashville than the hills of Virginia, but she sure sounds sweet on Harlan Howard's "Deepening Snow"! Randall Hylton turns in impressive fingerpicked guitar with "The Bells of St. Mary's" Fine selections from the Gillis Brothers, Traditional Grass, David Parmley, and Charlie Sizemore round out the disk. (DP)

 
PORTER WAGONER Jasmine 3674/5 The First Ten Years, 1952-1962 ● CD $19.98
Best known to many for his series of duets with Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner was much more than a solid duet partner. A major force in country music from 1955 right through into the 80's, he placed over 80 singles on the Billboard charts. Featured on this collection are his first two albums - "Satisfied Mind" (1956) and "A Slice of Life" (1962) - on the first disc and twenty-nine chart singles on the second. 53 great early sides in all.
PORTER WAGONER: A Satisfied Mind/ Ain't It Awful/ An Angel Made Of Ice/ An Old Log Cabin For Sale/ Be Glad You Ain't Me/ Born To Lose/ Bringin' Home The Bacon/ Cold Dark Waters/ Company's Comin'/ Cryin' Loud/ Don't Play That Song/ Eat Drink And Be Merry (Tomorrow You'll Cry)/ Everything She Touches Gets The Blues/ Falling Again/ Good Mornin' Neighbour/ Haven't You Heard/ Headin For A Weddin'/ How Can I Refuse Him Now/ I Gotta Find Someone (Who Loves Like I Do)/ I Guess I'm Crazy (For Loving You)/ I Like Girls/ I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name/ I Went Out Of My Way/ I Wonder Where You Are Tonight/ I'm Stepping Out Tonight/ I've Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand/ I've Known You From Somewhere/ Itchin' For My Baby/ Ivory Tower/ Let's Squiggle/ Living In The Past/ Love At First Sight/ Me And Fred And Joe And Bill/ Midnight/ Misery Loves Company/ My Bonfire/ My Name Is Mud/ One Way Ticket To The Blues/ Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind/ Payday/ Settin' The Woods On Fire/ Sugarfoot Rag/ Take Good Care Of Her/ Tell Her Lies And Feed Her Candy/ Tennessee Border/ That's It/ The Girl Who Didn't Need Love/ Tricks Of The Trade/ Trying To Forget The Blues/ Uncle Pen/ What Would You Do (If Jesus Came To Your House)/ Who Will He Be/ Your Old Love Letters

 
MUDDY WATERS Blind Pig 5054 Recorded Live - The Lost Tapes** ● CD $16.98
11 tracks +, 53 mins +, highly recommended
Muddy, in top form, recorded live at Washington and Oregon Universities in 1971 with his great band of the era (George Smith, Pinetop Perkins, Sammy Lawhorn, Pee Wee Madison, Calvin Jones and Willie Smith). The material is all familiar (Honey Bee/ Walking Thru The Park/ Just To Be With You/ Long Distance Call/ Crawlin' Kingsnake, etc) but Muddy does very fine versions - lacking the overindulgent histrionics of some of his later performances. The reason for the "+" on the tracks and times above is because if you have a computer with Windows 95 or 98 and a CD-ROM drive there is bonus video material - an interview conducted in a car which is marred by lack of knowledge on the part of the interviewer and a video of Long Distance Call. More video performances from these sessions are available on Vestapol 13085 "Muddy Waters In Concert, 1971" ($22.98) (FS)
MUDDY WATERS: Crawlin' Kingsnake/ Got My Mojo Working/ Honey Bee/ Hoochie Coochie Man/ Just To Be With You/ Long Distance Call/ Mannish Boy/ Muddy's Introduction To '19 Years Old'/ She's 19 Years Old/ Trouble No More/ Walking Thru The Park

 
FRANK WELLING & JOHN MCGHEE B.A.C.M. 505 I Wants My Lulu ● CD $14.98
24 tracks recorded between 1928 and 1931 by this popular and prolific duo featuring Welling on steel and standard guitar and McGhee on guitar and harmonica. Both sing - some solo and some as duets. A varied collection of songs with an emphasis on sentimental and gospel songs along with the occasional ballad and novelty song.
WELLING & MCGHEE: A Flower From My Angel Mother's Grave/ Beech Fork Special/ Don't Grieve Your Mother/ Hard Luck Jim/ Hatfield-McCoy Feud/ I Am Resolved/ I Wants My Lulu/ I'm Free Again/ In A Lonely Village Churchyard/ In The Garden/ Life Ain't Worth Livin' When You're Broke/ Old Kentucky Dew/ Picture On The Wall/ Praise The Lord It's So/ Shouting Hallelujah All the way/ Sweeping Through the Gates/ Sweet Adeline At The Still/ Sweet Hour Of Prayer/ The Beautiful Garden Of Prayer/ The Haven Of Rest/ The Maple On The Hill/ The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago/ There Is Sunshine In My Soul/ Where Is My Mama

 

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