LATEST ADDITIONS  12/30/2014

DVDS
VARIOUS ARTISTS


COMPACT DISCS
JOHNNY ADAMS

LES "CARROT TOP" ANDERSON
JAMES BOOKER
CLARENCE CARTER
WILMA LEE & STONEY COOPER
BO DIDDLEY
RED FOLEY
LOWELL FULSON
SLIM GAILLARD & HIS FRIENDS
ADELAIDE HALL
LINDA JONES
ALBERT KING

BO KIRKLAND & RUTH DAVIS
LEAD BELLY
MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS
ANDY PARKER & THE PLAINSMEN
LOUIS PRIMA
SAM & DAVE
THE SHANGRI-LAS
SIR CHARLES THOMPSON
SONNY TIL & THE ORIOLES
ERNEST TUBB
BIG JOE TURNER/ EDDIE "CLEANHEAD" VINSON
VARIOUS ARTISTS
DINAH WASHINGTON
JIMMY WITHERSPOON
BILL WOODS & HIS ORANGE BLOSSOM PLAYBOYS

 

 
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.
 

DVDS


VARIOUS ARTISTS Vestapol DVD 13003 Legends Of Country Blues Guitar** ● DVD $22.98
17 performances, 58 minutes, color/ black & white, essential
Phenomenal collection of rare clips featuring some of the greatest country bluesmen. Among the highlights are a set of five performances by Big Bill Broonzy. No real details are give other than they are from the 50s - although quality is unexceptional and most of the performances cut off half way, the performances are stunning featuring some truly outstanding guitar work from Bill. If you think that Bill turned "folky" by the 50s you are in for a pleasant surprise. Son House is at his most intense and ferocious on a version of his classic Death Letter Blues. Gary Davis is dazzling, both vocally and instrumentally on the long Children Of Zion, and even Pete Seeger's attempt at banjo backup on the last few choruses of the song don't diminish the beauty and excitement of this performance. Robert Pete Williams, that most idiosyncratic of country bluesmen, is in top form on Mamie. The most recent performance here is a 1986 TV clip of Henry Townsend doing Cairo Blues - a song from the repertoire of his St. Louis buddy Henry Spaulding and shows that Townsend had lost little of his skills since he first recorded in the 20s. Other performances feature Mance Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Josh White, Brownie McGhee and more from House and Davis. Some truly stunning performances. My only quibble is that there is little detailed information on the origin of these performances, (the Broonzy is of particular interest) and several of the songs are mistitled. Still a small price to pay for some real magic. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Vestapol DVD 13004 Legends Of Traditional Fingerstyle Guitar** ● DVD $22.98
21 performances, 58 mins, color/ black & white, highly recommended
A terrific collection of traditional songs and tunes performed by 9 performers - black and white. The common link to al the performances is the strong blues element throughout. Merle Travis displays his influential picking style on 3 songs from 1951 Snader transcriptions. Sam McGee was an influential performer from an earlier generation and he and brother Kirk are in fine form on 3 tunes from the Wilburn Brothers TV shows including a tremendous version of Railroad Blues that Sam had previously recorded more than 30 year earlier. Roscoe Holcomb may not be the most impressive guitarist here but was an incredible singer and his Poor Wayfaring Stranger is truly spine chilling. Elizabeth Cotten demonstrates her unique style on four performances including her trademark song Freight Train. Doc Watson is in stunning form on two solo performances from 1966 and there are 3 fine performances from 1980 where he is joined by son Merle and bassist Michael Coleman. Merle contributes some nice slide lick on Mississippi John Hurts Got The Blues, Cant Be Satisfied. Also featured are Mance Lipscomb, Josh White, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry and Rev. Gary Davis (with harmonica accompaniment by Larry Johnson). Another most worthwhile addition to your video library. (FS)

 

COMPACT DISCS


JOHNNY ADAMS RPM 219 Released ... A memorial Album** ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Fine set of 24 tunes by this outstanding New Orleans singer - this is a mixed bag of soul, R&B, blues & ballads recorded between 1968 and 1983 for Shelby Singleton's SSS label and for New Orleans entrepreneur Senator Jones and issued on a variety of labels. Lots of classic sides including his great hits Release Me and Reconsider Me, the searing soul ballads If I Could See You One More Time and Real Live Livin' Hurtin' Man and other winners like In A Moment Of Weakness/ I Want To Walk Through This Life With You/ South Side Of Soul Street/ Proud Woman/ How Can I Prove I Love You and more. Fold out booklet has informative notes by British soul authority Clive Richardson, photos and more. (FS)

 
LES "CARROT TOP" ANDERSON B.A.C.M. 470 My Baby Buckaroo ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, 73 mins, strongly recommended
Les Anderson was originally from Arkansas and gained some renown as a steel guitarist working in the bands of Johnny Lee Wills and Bob Wills in the early and mid 40s and started his career as a solo artist and gathered a fine band which at times included Noel Boggs on steel guitar and Jimmy Wyble on electric guitar. Les was a fine vocalist and sings a variety of material with a western flavor ranging from sentimental ballads to lively western swing numbers. There are twenty tracks from commercial recordings and eight from radio transcriptions. Songs include Song Of The Lonesome Prairie/ This Is Southland/ He's Just A Hobo/ New Panhandle Rag/ I Was Sorta Wonderin'/ My Baby Buckaroo/ The Prisoner Of Love/ Rosetta and more. Sound quality on the comercial recordings is excellent - the radio transcriptions are rather muffled. Includes detailed notes from Kevin Coffey. (FS)
LES 'CARROT TOP' ANDERSON: And I Shook/ Blue Light Boogie/ Dimples Or Dumplings/ He's Just A Hobo/ I Was Sorta Wonderin'/ I've Got No Worries/ Just Like Two Drops Of Water/ Las Vegas Nevada/ My Baby Buckaroo (1)/ My Baby Buckaroo (2)/ New Panhandle Rag/ Queen Of The Saddle/ Rosetta/ Sad But True/ She's Dynamite In Blue Jeans/ Song Of The Lonesome PrairIe/ Stardust/ Storeroom In My Mind/ Sun Sets Gold/ T-U-Tucky-Ty/ Tennessee Moon/ Texas Playboy Rag/ The Prisoner Of Love/ This Is Southland/ Trouble Then Satisfaction/ What A Collision/ What A Wreck/ What's The Matter With The Mill

 
JAMES BOOKER Rockbeat 3277 Gonzo - James Booker Live - 1976 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 37 tracks, 151 mins, essential
We've been waiting almost 40 years to hear these recordings which may very well be the very best recordings ever made (live or studio) of this idiosyncratic and troubled genius. Before taking exception to the superlative too quickly, give this collection of solo performances an ear. He explores his influences, from Chopin to Meade "Lux" Lewis to Professor Longhair to Ray Charles to James Booker, Sr. , his father. The cream of this set are 26 tracks recorded live in Hamburg, Germany in October and November 1976 find him at the very peak of his powers with truly dazzling piano playing that, at times, sounds like he must have third hand hidden away somewhere. It includes some of his trademark songs like One Hellevu Nerve/ Junco Partner/ Classified/ Please Send Me Someone To Love and others and although a cliche the saying "he never plays the same song the same way twice" is undisputedly true in Booker's case - his first version her of Junko Partner is 4:33 and the second is 7:12!. There are also less familiar Booker originals like Slowly But Surely/ Too Much Blues/ Ora (a lovely instrumental tribute to his mother)/ Am I Getting Through To You and others. And then there are the covers - a mix of blues, R&B and pop that will have your head spinning. Booker was probably the only pianist who could add classical elements to Sixty MInute Man and make it work. He does songs from the repertoire of Ray Charles, Little Willie John, Fats Domino, The Impressions and others. His playing on the old Brazilian favorite Tico Tico is truly spellbinding. Sound quality on these live performances is stunning. But wait, there's more! It includes eight unissued tracks recorded for the BBC at Maida Vale in 1978. Though sound quality isn't as good, Booker is still in excellent form, though not quite compelling as on the earlier recordings, on a selection including a few of his own songs along with several R&B favorites like Rockin' Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu/ Tipitina/ Hound Dog and others. The set ends with three of the instrumental cuts Booker recorded for Peacock in the early 1960s featuring him on organ with a small group including his only hit Gonzo. The set include and eight page booklet with superb notes from Mark Humphrey telling the Booker story and discussing tracks on the set. (FS)

 
CLARENCE CARTER Atlantic (Japan) 79703 Testifyin' ● CD $10.98
11 tracks, highly recommended
Without a doubt, this Clarence Carter album (his 3rd) is the best he recorded at Rick Hall's Fame Studios. Ten of the 11 tracks were recorded in 1969 (2 in January, 8 in May). The hits are here, including Snatching It Back (#4 R&B), Doin' Our Thing (#9 R&B, with Barry Beckett on piano), The Feeling Is Right (#9 R&B) but it's the b-sides/album tracks like You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure, Instant Reaction (ala Otis Redding's Satisfaction), Soul Deep (cover of a Box Top hit), Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street) and I Smell A Rat (with a very subdued, waydown in the mix Candi Staton helping out her husband!) that makes this album hold up after 44 years. (EL)

 
WILMA LEE & STONEY COOPER Righteous PSALM 23:26 Heartbreak Street ● CD $16.98 $11.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific collection of sides recorded for Roy Acuff's Hickory label in the early 60s by this superb duo accompanied by their group The Clinch Mountain Clan. Wilma Lee is one of the greatest of all female country singers with a wonderful emotion laden and expressive voice that is spellbinding - her singing raises the hair on the back of my neck. Stoney is also a good singer and together they produce some fine harmonies. Their sound neatly straddles the line between bluegrass and honky tonk country using fiddle and banjo alongside electric and steel guitars and drums. The material is a mixture of sacred and secular including songs like Heartbreak Street/ I'm Reading Your Letter Again/ On The Evening Train/ At The First Fall Of Snow/ The Black Sheep Returned To The Fold/ X Marks The Spot/ It's Just As Well/ This Thing Called Man, etc. There is no duplication with now deleted collection on Varese which featured some of the best of their Hickory material including their hits on that label. Though not as strong as that collection this is most worthwhile. Although it seems, from the brief notes, that the purpose of this collection is to hip fans of Gram Parsons, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and late 60's Byrds to the people who influenced them, that fact shouldn't be held against it. (FS)

 
BO DIDDLEY Ace CDCH 396 Bo's Blues** ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, 63 minutes, highly recommended
Bo knows rock'n'roll but Bo also knows the blues. Like all of the Chess crew Bo had a strong blues background, after all he was from Mississippi. Rock 'n' rollers dug his "shave and a haircut" beat and probably never bothered to flip over those Checker 45's to hear the 'B' side blues tunes. This collection brings together the blueiest of those tunes, but there's no mistaking Bo's blues from the bulk of Chicago blues. He lays it on hot 'n' heavy with lots of humor and upbeat intensity. Includes such cuts as the much covered Before You Accuse, Down Home Special, the great blues violin instrumental The Clock Strikes Twelve plusTwo Flies/ 500% More Man/ Blues, Blues/ Live My Life/ Call Me , etc.. (AE)
BO DIDDLEY: 500% More Man/ Before You Accuse Me/ Blues Blues/ Bo's Blues/ Bring It To Jerome/ Cops And Robbers/ Diddy Wah Diddy/ Down Home Special/ Heart-o-matic Love/ I'm A Man/ I'm Bad/ I'm Looking For A Woman/ Little Girl/ Live My Life/ Pretty Thing/ Run Diddley Daddy/ She's Fine, She's Mine/ The Clock Strikes Twelve/ Two Flies/ Who Do You Love?/ You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover/ You Don't Love Me

 
RED FOLEY Acrobat ACTRCD 9046 The Complete US Country Hits, 1944-1959 ● CD $19.98
Three CDs, 62 tracks, highly recommended
Red Foley was one of the most popular artists of the 1940s and '50s hardly ever leaving the country charts and racking up ten number ones. He was a versatile artist and was equally popular doing honky tonk, country boogie, country gospel, blues, talking blue and country pop and all of these facets of his career are featured here. It opens with the patriotic war song Smoke On The Water and continues on with songs like his fine 1944 version of Bob Wills's Hang Your Head In Shame, his parody of Jole Blon as New Jole Blon and Tim Spencer's elegant ballad Careless Kisses. Three of his best and most successful hillbilly boogies, I>Freight Train Boogie (1947), Tennessee Saturday Night (1947) and Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy (1950) are here, as are two of his most powerful gospel performances, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, and Peace In The Valley,, the first million selling country gospel song and the song he sang at Hank Williams' funeral. Alabama Jubilee shows off his pop singing skills, and his blues singing shines on the long-underrated Boudleaux Bryant-Chet Atkins blues Midnight (a 1952 #1 for Red) featuring Chet and Grady on lead guitars and he does a respectable cover of Faye Adams' R&B hit Shake A Hand. His vocal version of Hank Garland's instrumental Sugarfoot Rag features Garland soloing on guitar. There are half a dozen duets with Ernest Tubb including the delightful Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age and the chart topping version of Leadbelly's Good night Irene. There are lots more treasures here along with few soporific duds but the later are few and far between. Sound quality are excellent and there are informative notes and full discographical details. (FS)
RED FOLEY: (There'll Be) Peace In the Valley (For Me)/ A Satisfied Mind/ Alabama Jubilee/ As Far As I'm Concerned/ As Long As I Live/ At Mail Call Today/ Birmingham Bounce/ Blues In My Heart/ Candy Kisses/ Careless Kisses/ Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy/ Choc'late Ice Cream Cone/ Cincinnati Dancing Pig/ Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age/ Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes/ Freight Train Boogie/ Goodnight Irene/ Hang Your Head In Shame/ Harriet/ Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?/ Hearts Of Stone/ Hillbilly Fever No.2/ Hobo Boogie/ Hot Rod Race/ Hot Toddy/ I Gotta Have My Baby Back/ I'll Never Let You Worry My Mind/ I'm A Stranger In My Home/ I'm Throwing Rice (At The Girl I Love)/ Jilted/ Just A Closer Walk With Thee/ Make Believe ('Til We Can Make It Come True)/ Midnight/ Milk Bucket Boogie/ Mississippi/ My Heart Cries For You/ Never Trust A Woman/ New Jolie Blonde (New Pretty Blonde)/ No Help Wanted No.2/ No One But You/ One By One/ Our Lady Of Fatima/ Put Christ Back Into Christmas/ Salty Dog Rag/ Shake A Hand/ Shame On You/ Slaves Of A Hopeless Love Affair/ Smoke On The Water/ Steal Away/ Sugarfoot Rag/ Sunday Down In Tennessee/ Tennessee Border/ Tennessee Border No.2/ Tennessee Polka/ Tennessee Saturday Night/ That's How Much I Love You/ The Strange Little Girl/ There's A Blue Star Shining Bright (In a Window Tonight)/ Too Old To Cut The Mustard/ Travelin' Man/ Two Cents, Three Eggs And A Postcard/ You And Me

 
LOWELL FULSON Ace CDCHD 339 Tramp/ Soul ● CD $18.98 $14.98
24 tracks, 75 min., strongly recommended
CD reissue of two Kent LP's, both shining examples of Fulsom's soulful California blues approach. Emphasizing stripped-down arrangements, sparse instrumentation and laid-back, funky beats, Fulsom's music remained true to its Southern roots while gaining him a lot of popularity in the mid-60's. As is typical of many artists, Lowell spent a little too much time making formula re-creations of his successes (his hit Black Night appears twice, along with many loping groove clones), but his smoky voice and striking imagery keep the interest high. (MB)
LOWELL FULSON: Ask At Any Door In Town/ Back Door Key/ Black Nights/ Black Nights (Alt version)/ Blues Around Midnight/ Change Your Ways/ Everytime It Rains/ Get Your Game Up Tight/ Goin' Home/ Hustler's Game/ I'm Sinking/ Just One More Time/ Little Angel/ Lonely Day/ My Aching Back/ No Hard Feelings/ Pico/ Shattered Dreams/ Sitting Here Thinking/ Talkin' Woman/ Too Many Drivers/ Tramp/ Two Way Wishing/ Year Of '29

 
SLIM GAILLARD & HIS FRIENDS Hep 28 The Voutest** ● CD $15.98
More inspired lunacy and fine jazz from Slim Gaillard and his regular partner in crime Bam Brown recorded live at Billy Berg's Club in Hollywood in the summer of 1946. Apart from drummer Leo Watson, most of the rest of the personnel is unknown but includes some fine sax players. The bill was shared one night with the mysterious group Two Majors & A Minor featuring an unknown bass player and guitarist plus the jazz fiddle of "Papa" John Creach. Includes Body And Soul/ Yep Roc Heresay/ Gaillard Special No. 1/ Dynamite/ Take The A Train/ September In The Rain/ Ya Ha Ha/ Eastwood Voutwood, etc.

 
ADELAIDE HALL Acrobat 3087 The Adelaide Hall Collection ● CD $16.98 $12.98
Two CD set with 53 tracks by this popular African-American vocalist ranging from here early recordings in the late 20s and 30s with Duke Ellington & His Orch and The Mills Blue Rhythm Band to cabaret songs, pop and songs from shows all the way up to 1960.

 
LINDA JONES Real Gone 321 Complete Atco-Loma-Warner Brothers Recordings ● CD $19.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
The music world is full of singers who remain unsung; some were simply too idiosyncratic for the mainstream, some simply died too young. Linda Jones, a powerhouse R&B singer from New Jersey, was one of the latter. Just 28 when she passed away in 1972, she had already amassed some 40-odd recordings for assorted labels, twenty-one of which are collected here. Discovered in 1964 by producer/songwriter George Kerr (who also produced all the tracks included here), Jones brought her powerhouse vocals to cuts like Give My Love a Try/ Take the Boy Out of the Country/ Seeing is Believing, and Hypnotized, which was her lone hit in 1967. Jones was still performing live and recording for Sylvia Robinson's All Platinum label when she passed away, and there is no telling how far she might have went had she lived. Thankfully, we have these magnificent recordings to remind us of what was and what could have been. (GMC)

 
ALBERT KING Atlantic (Japan) 79707 King Of The Blues Guitar ● CD $10.98
17 tracks, essential
Reissue of Atlantic 8213 with six bonus tracks for a total of 17 high-voltage cuts. This is the cream of the crop of Albert's early Stax recordings. Many of these mid-60's numbers, like Laundromat Blues/ Oh Pretty Woman/ Crosscut Saw/ Born Under A Bad Sign were big R&B hits are all time electric blues classics. The rest, especially - Personal Manager/ I Almost Lost My Mind/ As The Years Go Passing By/ Cold Feet/ You're Gonna Need Me are not far behind. If you want only one Albert King album this is probably the one to get. (FS)

 
BO KIRKLAND & RUTH DAVIS Kent CDKEND 425 You're Gonna Get Next To Me - Complete Claridge Recordings ● CD $18.98
16 tracks, recommended
Bo Kirkland (aka Mike James Kirkland) and Ruth Davis might be two obscure names from the Los Angeles R&B scene of the 70's, but UK punters will have fond memories of their 1977 hit You're Gonna Get Next to Me, which burned up the clubs and charts. After struggling in the R&B wilderness for the better part of a decade, Kirkland landed at Frank Slay's Claridge label in 1975 and Davis soon after. They were brought together initially as a way of boosting Davis' profile, with their first pairing-a remake of Freddie Hart's Easy Loving - a respectable R&B chart hit in March 1976. The latter's success insured that the duo's solo careers were put on hold, and this collection contains their entire Claridge output, both together and solo. Listening to Kirkland and Davis' solo tracks, it's clear that he had the more promising future as a solo artist and that their pairing was the best thing to happen to Davis. Indeed, Sure Got a Thing For You b/w Grandfather Clock was a sizable West Coast hit for Kirkland in his first outing for the label. On the other hand, a kind of magic was achieved when Kirkland and Davis sang together on songs like Can You Feel It/ Easy Loving/ We Got the Recipe, and Train of Desire. Although later singles - Loving Arms and Stay By My Side - veered a bit too much into Disco territory, the vocal performances are still first rate. Bo and Ruth finally went their separate ways in 1978, after which Davis cut the tepid Lost in a Love Zone. Their time together might have been brief, but Bo and Ruth managed a handful of great tracks which this compilation brings us for the first time. (GMC)

 
LEAD BELLY JSP JSPCD 77176 Vol. 2: Selected Sides, 1934-1948 ● CD $28.98 $21.98
Complementing JSP 7764 this is another fine and varied selection by this master songster and 12 string guitarist. The material ranges from 1934 field recordings made when he was a prisoner in Angola to recordings made at a house party in Minneapolis in 1948.

 
MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS Wolf 120.830 Pure Magic ● CD $16.98
14 tracks, highly recommended
Magic Slim (Morris Holt) who died in 2012 was true giant on the Chicago blues scene. He could always be relied upon to turn in a solid , stripped down, no nonsense set of West Side Chicago blues with his powerful voice, gritty powerhouse guitar and solid accompaniment from his band The Teardrops. He rarely varied his style and in spite of recording almost 30 albums he was rarely boring. He had fine songs of his of his own as well as an enormous repertoire of other artists songs that he always made uniquely his own and, as a result, his music always sounded fresh. This album is no exception featuring live recordings cut in Austria between 1992 and 1995 with his Teardrops of the time - John Primer on second guitar, his brother Nick Holt on bass who had been with his since his first recordings and Earl Howell on drums. I believe most of these tracks are previously unissued outtakes from the various live albums Slim recorded for Wolf and being outtakes may not always catch Slim at his peak but Magic Slim outtakes can still be exceptional as he shows on the incendiary treatment of Willie Dixon's doomy Spider In My Stew with one of those guitar solos by Slim that will knock you back in your seat! Other strong tracks include Slim hard driving version of his own See What You're Doin' To Me, a ferocious version of Artie White's soul Blues Jimmie and Albert King's Going To California. But there isn't a bad tracks here even if some don't feature slim at his peak. (FS)

 
ANDY PARKER & THE PLAINSMEN B.A.C.M. 469 Vol. 3: Down The Trail - Selections From Transcriptions ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, strongly recommended
The third volume by this fine western harmony group who are considered second only to The Sons Of The Pioneers. With accompaniments including Harry Sims on fiddle and George Bamby on accordion they perform a a varied selection of material including some original songs, songs originated by the Sons Of The Pioneers and songs from Hank Snow, Cindy Walker, Dwight Butcher and others. Sound is excellent and there are interesting notes from Andy's son Joe. (FS)
ANDY PARKER & THE PLAINSMEN: Along The Colorado Trail/ At The Rainbow's End/ Bachelor Button/ Call Of The Rollin' Plains - Closing Theme/ Call Of The Rollin' Plains - Opening Theme/ Dawn Is On The Desert/ Down The Trail/ Empty Saddles/ Everyday Is Sunday/ Find 'Em Fool 'Em (Forget All About 'Em)/ Goodbye To Old Mexico/ Here Dem Bells/ Hora Staccato (instro)/ Hubbin' It/ Jesusita (En Chihuahua)(instro)/ Love Song Of Old San Antoine/ Love Song Of The Waterfall/ Mary Mary Quite Contrary/ Mellow Mountain Moon/ Out On The Open Range/ Perky Deddle Di Do/ Skyball Paint/ Song Of The Bandit/ Steamboat Bill/ Toodle-Um-Bo/ Trail Drivin'/ Tumbleweed Trail/ Twilight On The Trail/ Wabash Cannonball/ When The Bloom Is On The Sage

 
LOUIS PRIMA Acrobat 321 Louis Prima On The Radio ● CD $10.98 $6.98
27 tracks, 68 mins, highly recommended
The mighty Louis Prima ruled the smoky Vegas nightclubs, but could also shine for the family friendly show on the radio as we can witness in these early '50s radio transcriptions reissued on CD for the first time. Features usual Prima power players Keely Smith on vocals and Sam Butera wailin' on the sax. Chock full of boogie and swing, you are treated to great renditions of Way Down Yonder In New Orleans/ Oh! Marie/ Robin Hood/ Stump Jump Rag/ Buena Sera/ Canal Street Blues and many, many more. Extensive liner notes, fantastic sound, and a party going on in your CD player: you can't miss. (JM)

 
SAM & DAVE Atlantic (Japan) 79620 Soul Men ● CD $10.98
11 tracks, highly recommended
A straight reissue of Stax 275 originally released in 1967, this album contains the duo's biggest hit Soul Man--#1 R&B, #2 Pop--as well as 10 other slices of sonorous soul. Among the best offerings here are the moving ballads Just Keep Holding On/ I've Seen What Loneliness Can Do, which rivals the pair's better known When Something Is Wrong With My Baby for pure emotion. Other knockouts include the horn-laden The Good Runs The Bad Way/ Don't Knock It, written by producers Issac Hayes and David Porter, and the Steve Cropper composition Broke Down Piece Of Man. The lyric of the oxymoronic Rich Kind Of Poverty - yes, it's a love song - sounds a wee forced, and I'm With You is filler, both of which would mean less if the album didn't clock in at under 30 minutes. Is it worth it? No question. (JC)

 
THE SHANGRI-LAS RPM 506 Myrmidons Of Melodrama** ● CD $14.98
32 tracks, 79 mins, highly recommended
According to the dictionary a myrmidon is an unquestioning follower so I'm not sure I understand the context here but it makes for an impressive title. The Shangri-Las were one of the top girl groups of the 60s featuring the exciting lead vocals of Mary Weiss, the Spectorish flavored productions of George Shadow Morton and the wonderful melodramatic stories of teen angst - often from the pens of Morton and Brill Building stalwarts Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. All their hits are here including the classics Leader Of The Pack/ Remember Walking In The Sand/ Give Him A Great Big Kiss/ I Can Never Go Home Anymore/ He CRied and others as well as obscure B-sides, LP tracks and both sides of their first single for Smash in 1963. Several tracks are presented in stereo for the first time and the set ends with four brief radio spots - two advertising Revlon makeup and two with Mary giving tips on gift receiving and dating courtesy! Includes fold out booklet with 4,800 word essay by Mick Patrick along with photos and other memorabilia. (FS)
THE SHANGRI LAS: Remember (Walking In The Sand) (STEREO) / Its Easier to Cry / Leader Of The Pack (STEREO) / What Is Love ? / Give Him A Great Big Kiss (STEREO) / Out In The Streets / The Boy / Give Us Your Blessings / Heaven Only Knows / Right Now And Not Later / Train From Kansas City / Never Again / I'm Blue / Whats A Girl Supposed To Do / The Dum Dum Ditty / You Cheated, You Lied / I Can Never Go Home Anymore (STEREO) / Bull Dog / Long Live Our Love / Sophisticated Boom Boom / He Cried / Dressed In Black / Past Present & Future / Love You More Than Yesterday / Paradise / Give Him A Great Big Kiss (Alt. Take) / Simon Says (debut single never on CD) / Simon Speaks (debut single never on CD) / Radio Spot #1 How Pretty Can You Get / / Radio Spot #2 Revlon Endorsement / / Radio Spot #3 Good Taste Tip / / Radio Spot #4 Dating Courtesy Tip

 
SIR CHARLES THOMPSON Delmark DD 450 Takin' Off** ● CD $11.98
17 tracks, highly recommended
This Apollo label acquisition features bebop pianist Sir Charles Thompson fronting 3 very different mid-40's sessions. The first date showcases a front line of Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon and Buck Clayton, resulting in 4 sides of effortless early bop and blues with a loose, impromptu feel. The next recordings rely more on Sir Charles' piano; not coincidentally, the band appears sharper and more rehearsed as it blows ballads and cool blues. The third session is a bit more eclectic, with some boogie woogie and JATP-style riffing, but retains a big band feel and sound. Unissued cuts and previously unreleased alternate takes included. Highly recommended. (PL)

 
SONNY TIL & THE ORIOLES Uptown Jazz 2777 Live In Chicago, 1951 ● CD $15.98
14 tracks, highly recommended
What an amazing find! A previously unissued live performance by the great pioneering vocal group The Orioles featuring the soulful lead of Sonny Til when they were at their peak. The recording was made at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Chicago in May 1951. This was probably not a regular kind of venue for them and the audience couldn't be less enthusiastic but after tentative start they really find their groove by the time they get to their big hit It's Too Soon and it's uphill from there. Accompanied by only the guitar of Ralph "Oopie" Williams they perform a mix of their own favorites (It's Too Soon To Know/ What Are You Doing New Year's Eve/ Barbra Lee/ You Are My First Love, etc.) as well as a few songs not recorded by them (Ooh! Look-A -There Ain't She Pretty/ I've Got A Gal 65 and I'm Just 23, etc.). Considering the age of these recordings, the sound quality is amazing. The set comes with a terrific 44 page booklet with notes from R&B experts Marv Goldberg and Dave Penny along with a heap of photos, label shots and ads. A fine and important release. (FS)

 
ERNEST TUBB Proper BOX 54 The Texas Troubadour ● CD $26.98 $21.98
4 discs,100 tracks, essential
Wonderful box set by the man who introduced the electric guitar to country music & helped start Honky Tonk. With 90 hits in 50 years, the man had staying power! This set contains the majority of his recordings from 1940-52, all done for Decca, as well as his '36 Bluebird recording The Last Thoughts Of Jimmie Rodgers. Unlike most of the Proper Boxes, this isn't programmed chronologically. The 1st 2 discs are subtitled "The Hits Vol 1 & 2," with 50 hits including Walking The Floor Over You/ Filipino Baby/ Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)/ Blue Christmas/ I Love You Because/ (Remember Me) I'm The One Who Loves You, etc. The 3rd disc is subtitled "Tubb The Songwriter" & includes such great tunes as I Know What It Means To Be Lonely/ I'll Get Along Some How/ I'll Never Cry Over You. The final disc is subtitled "Writer's Galore" & includes his versions of classics like The Old Rugged Cross, Hank Thompson's A Lonely Heart Knows, T Texas Tyler's You Were Only Teasing Me & Bill Monroe's Kentucky Waltz. Then of course there's his hit duets with Red Foley including Hillbilly Fever & the #1 Irene Goodnight & even Don't Rob Another Man's Castle with his Decca labelmates The Andrews Sisters. And from '46 on, backing is by his Texas Troubadors which included such greats as Jerry Byrd, Grady Martin & Zeke Turner. With fact & pic filled 48 page booklet. (GM)
ERNEST TUBB: (remember Me) Im The One Who Loves You/ A Lonely Heart Knows/ Answer To Walking The Floor Over You/ Are You Waiting Just For Me/ Blue Christmas/ Blue Eyed Elaine/ Careless Darlin/ Daddy When Is Mommy Coming Home/ Dont Be Ashamed Of Your Age/ Dont Brush Them On Me/ Dont Look Now (but Your Broken Heart Is Showing)/ Dont Rob Another Mans Castle/ Dont Stay Too Long/ Dont Trifle On Your Sweetheart/ Driftwood On The River/ Drivin Nails In My Coffin/ Farther Along/ Filipino Baby/ First Year Blues/ Forever Is Ending Today/ Fort Worth Jail/ Fortunes In Memories/ G I R L Spells Trouble/ Give Me A Little Old Fashioned Love/ Goodnight Irene/ Have You Ever Been Lonely (have You Ever Been Blue)/ Headin Down The Wrong Highway/ Hey La La/ Hillbilly Fever No 2/ I Aint Goin Honky Tonkin Anymore/ I Know What It Means To Be Lonely/ I Love You Because/ Ill Always Be Glad To Take You Back/ Ill Get Along Somehow/ Ill Never Cry Over You/ Ill Step Aside/ Ill Take A Back Seat For You/ Im Biting My Fingernails And Thinking Of You/ Im Free At Last/ Im Free From The Chain Gang Now/ Im Missing You/ Im With The Crowd But So Alone/ Im Wondering How/ Its Been So Long Darling/ Ive Really Learned A Lot/ Keep My Memry In Your Heart/ Kentucky Waltz/ Lets Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello/ Letters Have No Arms/ Mean Mama Blues/ Missing In Action/ My Baby And My Wife/ My Filipino Rose/ My Mother Must Have Been A Girl Like You/ My Tennessee Baby/ Our Babys Book/ Please Remember Me/ Rainbow At Midnight/ Seamans Blues/ Should I Come Back Home To You/ Slippin Around/ So Round So Firm So Fully Packed/ Soldiers Last Letter/ Somebody Loves You/ Somebodys Stolen My Honey/ Stand By Me/ Swell San Angelo/ Tennessee Border No 2/ Texas Vs Kentucky/ That Wild And Wickedlook In Your Eye/ The Last Thoughts Of Jimmie Rodgers/ The Lovebug Itch/ The Old Rugged Cross/ The Strange Little Girl/ The Wonderful City/ Theres A Little Bit Of Everything In Texas/ Theres Gonna Be Some Changes Made Around Here/ Theres Nothing On My Mind/ Throw Your Love My Way/ Till The End Of The World/ Time After Time/ Tomorrow Never Comes/ Too Old To Cut The Mustard/ Try Me One More Time/ Unfaithful One/ Waiting For A Train/ Walking The Floor Over You/ Warm Red Wine/ Wasting My Life Away/ What A Friend We Have In Jesus/ When I Take My Vacation In The Sky/ When The World Has Turned You Down/ White Christmas/ Wondering If Youre Wondering Too/ Yesterdays Tears/ You Hit The Nail Right On The Head/ You Nearly Lose Your Mind/ You Were Only Teasing Me/ Youll Want Me Back (but I Wont Care)

 
BIG JOE TURNER/ EDDIE "CLEANHEAD" VINSON Rockbeat 3283 with Roomful Of Blues ● CD $12.98
17 tracks, strongly recommended
This reissues two LPs recorded for Muse in 1982  and '83 featuring two great blues shouters accompanied by one of the top R&B bands of the time featuring a tight group of horns and fine rhythm section with Ronnie Earl providing tasteful guitar. Big Joe was in poor health at the time and his performances are not terribly strong which is sad since at one time he was the most powerful of all blues shouters. Still he puts in valiant effort on songs like Crawdad Hole/ I Want A Little Girl/ I Know You Love Me and Roomful do an excellent job. Considering the fact that the album was the brain child of Doc Pomus who hoped the album would help raise money to help Big JOe with his health care expenses the release is to be commended. The Eddie Vinson tracks find him in fine form on a mostly instrumental set demonstrating his talents on the alto sax on a slecetion of jazz and R&B tunes. He also has three vocals including the delightful Past Sixty Blues. Accompanying booklet has notes by original producer Bob Porter along with a new introduction from Joel Dorn. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 334 Dig These Blues - The Legendary Dig Masters ● CD $18.98 $14.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Johnny Otis' legendary but short lived Dig Label began as Ultra Records in 1955. The first Ultra release was the rollicking If You Ever Get Lonesome by Roy "Happy" Easter with Preston Love & His Orchestra (actually Otis' group). This release is included here, as is Moose John's Talkin' 'Bout Me/ Wrong Doin' Woman, originally Ultra 102. The Cats From Fresno, one of the Dig label's best, are represented by 4 excellent cuts (Dig 138 & 142), the best being the driving You Ain't Too Old featuring Al Simmons' vocals. Other hard, jagged blues are pumped out by obscure but talented artists like Larry Waters, Sailor Boy, T W Sams, Hozay, Little Billy Robbins, and others. Sugarcane Harris (half of Don & Dewey) sings Elim Stole My Baby/ They Say You Never Can Miss, originally released in 1960 on Otis' Eldo label. Sound quality is very good since the original masters were used as the source on most of these. 22 songs in all, good liner notes, rare music. Why wait? (JC)
ROY "HAPPY" EASTER WITH PRESTON LOVE & HIS ORCHESTRA: If You Ever Get Lonesome/ SLIM GREEN & THE CATS FROM FRESNO: My Woman Done Quit Me/ HOZAY: Going Back To The Plow/ I've Got An Expensive Woman/ SIDNEY MAIDEN, SLIM GREEN & THE CATS FROM FRESN: Hand Me Down Baby/ ABE MOORE AND ORCHESTRA: Moore Boogie/ S And J/ MOOSE JOHN: Talkin' 'bout Me/ Wrong Doin' Woman/ JIMMY NOLAN: Come On Home/ LITTLE BILLY ROBBINS: Singing The Blues/ BILLY ROBBINS WITH JOHNNY OTIS ORCHESTRA: Bring Her Back To Me/ SAILOR BOY: Country Home/ What Have I Done Wrong (Part 1)/ What Have I Done Wrong (Part 2)/ T W SAMS: Springtime Blues/ AL SIMMONS WITH SLIM GREEN & THE CATS FROM: Old Folks' Boogie/ You Ain't Too Old/ SUGARCANE AND HIS VIOLIN: Elim Stole My Baby (Boo Hoo)/ They Say You Never Can Miss/ LARRY WATERS: Don't Tell Me That You Love Me/ Full Grown Woman

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 850 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Volume 10 ● CD $18.98 $14.98
30 hot 100 hits from the pre-Beatles era, immaculately remastered from the best possible sources and including a fully illustrated 28 page booklet. This one includes sides by The Rinky Dinks, The Coasters, Lloyd Price, The Bobbettes, Royal Teens, Curtis Lee, Paul Gayten, Donnie Elbert, Rod Bernard, Jerry Butler & The Impressions, Titus Turner, The 5 Royales, Chords, Charms, Clarence "Frogman" Henry and more.
ROD BERNARD: This Should Go On Forever/ CHUCK BERRY: Maybellene/ THE BOBBETTES: I Shot Mr Lee/ JERRY BUTLER AND THE IMPRESSIONS: For Your Precious Love/ THE CHARMS: Hearts Of Stone/ THE CHORDS: Sh-Boom/ THE CLEFTONES: Little Girl Of Mine/ THE COASTERS: Searchin'/ THE CUES: Why/ LEE DORSEY: Ya Ya/ DONNIE ELBERT: What Can I Do/ THE FIVE ROYALES: Dedicated To The One I Love/ PAUL GAYTEN: The Hunch/ ROY HAMILTON: You Can Have Her/ CLARENCE "FROGMAN" HENRY: Ain't Got No Home/ CURTIS LEE: Under The Moon Of Love/ CARL MANN: Mona Lisa/ JANIS MARTIN: Will You, Willyum/ SAMMY MASTERS: Rockin' Red Wing/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: A Lover's Question/ RICKY NELSON: Stood Up/ ROY ORBISON: Ooby Dooby/ LLOYD PRICE: Just Because/ THE RINKY DINKS FEATURING BOBBY DARIN: Early In The Morning/ THE ROYAL TEENS: Believe Me/ THE SCHOOLBOYS: Shirley/ SONNY SPENCER: Gilee/ TITUS TURNER: We Told You Not To Marry/ THE VOLUMES: I Love You/ RUSTY YORK: Sugaree

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Arhoolie 376 San Antonio Conjuntos In The 1950s** ● CD $13.98
28 tracks, 72 min, essential
Wonderful cantina music from San Antonio's finest conjuntos, recorded from 1948-57 for Hymie Wolf's Rio label, whose storefront operation never had many big hits, but who knew how to translate the vigor and joy of the honky tonk to record. From the first blast of Conjunto Alamo's raucous La Ratita, the fun begins with older performers, like corridista Pedro Rocha, accordionist Jesus Casiano, and Juanita & Maria Mendoza updating their styles to compete with hot newcomers like Valerio Longorio, Tony De La Rosa, Trio San Antonio, Los Pavos Reales, & Los Caminantes with Flaco Jimenez, all making some of their first records. To the corridas, polkas, boleros, & rancheras, were added the sounds of early rock, as Armando Almendarez's version of Clifton Chenier's Boppin' The Rock, and of the pachucos, as in Los Chavalitos' putdown of Las Gueras de Califas (the Blondes of California). Great notes, pix & great fun. (JMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Bonnet 100 Blue Bonnet Swing: Texas Dance Hall Music, 1947-1951 ● CD $22.98
28 tracks, very highly recommended
Very limited availability on this one. Superb collection of western swing, hillbilly bop and hillbilly boogie mostly recorded for Herb Rippa's Blue Bonnet label out of Dallas, Texas along with a couple of Hank Thompson's first recordings for the Globe label. Singer/ steel guitarist Tiny Colbert is featured on half a dozen songs including the hot Bumble Bee Boogie which opens the set and great versions of two blues standards Outskirts of Town and New Joe Turner Blues. Colbert is featured on steel on three excellent cuts from Eddie Miller and His Oklahomans. Another outstanding artist is Dick Dyson & The Blue Bonnet Boys who is featured on four tracks with a superb including Bob Wills alumnus Al Stricklin on piano. Other artists including Sheb Wooley (from his second recording session in 1947), Buster, Stoney & The Buckaroos, Jesse James (the storming instrumental Piano Pete's Boogie featuring pianist Pete Moore), Gayle Bernard and others. Most of these were previously issued on long out of print CDs on Collectables and Krazy Kat but if you missed those this is indispensible material. Excellent sound but no notes. (FS)
GAYLE BERNARD: Oh, Brother/ BUSTER, STONEY & THE BUCKAROOS: Daisy Mae/ TINY COLBERT: Bumble Bee Boogie/ Holes in My Soles/ I Wish You Felt the Way I Do/ New Joe Turner Blues/ Outskirts of Town/ Stand in Line and Take Your Turn/ DICK DYSON: Hall Billy Boogie/ It's a Shame/ Salty Dog Blues/ You Waited Too Long Blues/ BILL GRUBBS: My Gal Alice/ SONNY HALL: Better Make Up Your Mind/ CHUCK HARDING: Leap Year Blues/ Talking the Blues/ JESSE JAMES: Fiddle Swing/ Piano Pete's Boogie/ THE LONESTAR PLAYBOYS: Steel Guitar Bounce/ THE LOUISIANA RAMBLERS: My Troubled Mind/ EDDIE MILLER: Cabdriver's Blues/ Don't Break My Heart Anymore/ I Love You Honey/ CHESTER ODOM: That's All/ HANK THOMPSON: California Woman/ My Starry-Eyed Texas Gal/ LLOYD WEAVER: Virginia (from West Virginia)/ SHEB WOOLEY: Peeping Through the Keyhole

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Chief 7700 The Best Of Allstar Records ● CD $22.98
Limited quantities on this one. 25 track collection of sides recorded between 1953 and 964 from this Houston based label. A mix of country and rock 'n' roll including Red Mansel, Earl Aycock, Eddie Noack, Daniel James, Tommy Trent, Link Davis, Don Chathey and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Delmark 624 Chicago Ain't Nothin' But A Blues Band ● CD $14.98 $10.98
A completely revamped version of the LP with the same number of name - two tracks were dropped and 13 were added! A fine collection of Chicago blues recorded for the Rev. H.H. Harrington's Atomic-H label in the late 50s and early 60s including rare songs and unissued tracks - Sunnyland Slim, Eddy Clearwater, Morris Pejoe, Henry Gray, Jo Jo Williams, Johnny Rogers, Little Mack Simmons, George & His House Rockers, Harmonica George and an unknown performer who acquits himself well on the minor key Why Did We have To Part?
EDDY CLEARWATER: A Minor Cha-cha/ Boogie Woogie Baby/ Hillbilly Blues/ I Don't Know Why/ Jumpin' At Charley's/ Neckbones Everyday/ GEORGE & HIS HOUSE ROCKERS: Morning Love Blues/ You Know You Don't Want Me/ HENRY GRAY: How Can You Do It?/ HARMONICA GEORGE: Sad And Blue/ Sputnik Music/ MORRIS PEJOE: Baby I'm Lonely/ Let's Get High/ JOHNNY ROGERS: I Am A Lucky Lucky Man/ LITTLE MACK SIMMONS: Blues For Atomic-h/ SUNNYLAND SLIM: Everything's Gonna Be All Right/ Recession Blues/ UNKNOWN: Why Did We Have To Part?/ JO JO WILLIAMS: All Pretty Women/ Davy Crockett's Jingle Bells/ Rock 'n' Roll Boogie/ Women's World/ You Can't Live In This Big World By Yourself

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS DeLuxe 1002 DeLuxe Records - The R&B Years, Vol. 3 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
The third collection of jump blues recorded for New Jersey's DeLuxe label is another winner. DeLuxe was one of the first labels to tap into the vibrant New Orleans music scene and the majority of the tracks here are from there. The earliest of the New Orleans cuts are from 1947 including 11 cuts by Paul Gayten and his Trio including two featuring the excellent vocals of Annie Laurie and some featuring striking guitar work from the obscure Jack Scott. Although most of these cuts are standard urban blues with none of the trademark New Orleans sound his Hey, Little Girls certainly is and was revived years later by Professor Longhair. From these 1947 sessions also come two intriguing tracks from duo Lolly-Pop Jones and Ethel Morris with a delightful back and forth repartee. Other New Orleans tracks from 1949 are more obviously from New Orleans with tight horn sessions including some of the earliest sides from Dave Bartholomew who became one of the most important people in the New Orleans scene of the 1950s. Other artists in the set includes The Johnson Brothers Combo (more fine New Orleans R&B), Fats Noel Little Miss Cornshucks and more. Sound is generally excellent though a few of the rarer tracks are from worn 78s. Another winner in this series. (FS)
DAVE BARTHOLOMEW & HIS ORCH.: Country Boy/ Girt Town/ High Society Blues/ Mr. Fool/ PAUL GAYTEN & BAND: Gayten's Nightmare/ Hard To Go Through Life Alone/ Hey, Little Girl/ PAUL GAYTEN & HIS TRIO: It's Wonderful/ PAUL GAYTEN & TRIO: Back Trackin'/ I'm Glad For Your Sake (But I'm Sorry For Mine)/ That Ain't No Lie/ Trust In Me/ Women These Days/ THE JOHNSON BROTHERS COMBO (RAYMOND JOHNSON,: Mello Mama/ THE JOHNSON BROTHERS COMBO: Our Boogie/ LOLLY-POP JONES & ETHEL MORRIS: Aviator Papa/ ANNIE LAURIE WITH PAUL GAYTEN TRIO: Lonely Blues/ ANNIE LAURIE WITH PAUL GAYTEN & HIS TRIO: Since I Fell For You/ LITTLE MISS CORNSHUCKS & THE BLENDERS: You Don't Love Me/ LOLLY-POP JONES & ETHEL MORRIS: What's On Your Mind/ FATS NOEL: Feelin' The Blues/ Ride Daddy Ride/ ROOSEVELT WARDELL: Ain't It A Sin/ You Just Had To Go Away

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5562 Carolina Gospel, Vol. 2 : 1936-1939 ● CD $15.98 $10.98
20 tracks, highly recommended
Excellent collection featuring three very different quartets from the Carolinas. The Bright Moon Quartet who have 8 tracks are exceptionally fine with beautiful lead and bass vocals from Chester Clark and John Wardell, respectively and beautiful interweaving among the four voices. The quality of the singing and the arrangements put them in the front rank of pre-war quartets. The Capitol City Four are less impressive but nevertheless have strong singing and tight harmonies on their six songs. The Moore Spiritual Singers have an interesting and rather idiosyncratic style which includes interesting rhyming spoken breaks in their songs - sort of mini-raps! Unfortunately, they use the exact same arrangement on every song. Sound is generally very good and the set has notes from gospel expert Ray Funk. (FS)
THE BRIGHT MOON QUARTET: Dying Gambler (o Save Me Lord)/ Good News, The Chariot Is Coming/ I See The Sign Of Judgement/ Is Your Name Signed Down?/ Lord Send Thee/ Lord, I'm Goin' Through/ You Can't Go Wrong And Get By/ You're Going To Need That Pure Religion/ THE CAPITOL CITY FOUR: Be Ready When He Comes/ Climbing Up All Day/ Fire Down Yonder/ Leanin' On The Lord/ Let The Church Roll On/ That's What's The Matter With The Church/ MOORE SPIRITUAL SINGERS: Hezekiah/ Moses/ Nicodemus/ Noah/ Satan/ The Kings

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Document 32-20-21 Blues, Blues Christmas, Vol. 4: 1925-1962 ● CD $19.98
Two CDs, 40 tracks, strongly recommended
Only two copies in stock and our suppliers have run out of stock and won't have any more until next Christmas. Yes I know it's bit late for this year's Christmas but this is an entertaining collection that's worth listening at any time of the year. It seems that the well of actual blues songs about Christmas is beginning to dry as the majority of songs here are in other genres but it's all immensely entertaining. Of course we have blues (Charles Brown, Peetie Wheatstraw, Little T-Bone, etc.) but we also have doo-wop (The Drifters, Marvin & Johnny, The Qualities, etc.), jazz (Clarence Williams Blue Five), gospel (The Victiry Five, The Ward Singers, etc.), country (Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, Bob Wills, The Dixon Brothers, etc) and even calypso (Sam Manning, Mighty Spoiler, Lord Executor, etc.) Lots of fun but remember we only have two copies until next year! (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Enlightenment 9017 Century Of The Blues - Definitive Country Blues Collect ● CD $14.98
Four CDs, 100 tracks, a nice introduction for a beginner
Apart from the fact that not all this set is country blues (Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Alberta Hunter, etc) and some of the artists are misidentified on the track listing this is a nice introduction to country blues from the 1920s and 30s along with some more urban recordings from the 40s and early 50s and if you don't have much in the way of early blues recordings this gives you a pretty broad spectrum of pre war artists including Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, Robert Johnson, The Mississippi Sheiks, Henry Thomas, Leadbelly, Blind Blake, Blind Willie McTell, Sleepy John Estes, Furry Lewis, Memphis Minnie and many more. In addition to the flaws mentioned above there are also no notes but at the price it might be worth adding to your collection or giving as a gift to someone you'd like to introduce to the music. Sound quality is decent. (FS)
TEXAS ALEXANDER: Penitentiary Moan Blues/ PINK ANDERSON: Every Day In The Week Blues/ ED ANDREWS: Barrelhouse Blues/ KOKOMO ARNOLD: Old Original Kokomo Blues/ SCRAPPER BLACKWELL: Kokomo Blues/ BLIND BLAKE: Diddie Wa Diddie/ LUCILLE BOGAN: Black Angel Blues/ ISHMAN BRACEY: Left Alone Blues/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Key To The Highway/ WILLIE BROWN: Future Blues/ GUS CANNON: Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home/ LEROY CARR: How Long, How Long Blues/ PETER CHATMAN: Blues At Midnight/ SAM COLLINS: Yellow Dog Blues/ FLOYD COUNCIL: Runaway Man Blues/ IDA COX: Mister Man, Pt. 1/ ARTHUR CRUDUP: That's All Right/ COW COW DAVENPORT: Cow Cow Blues/ REV. GARY DAVIS: Twelve Gates To The City/ AMOS EASTON: Bricks In My Pillow/ DAVID "HONEYBOY" EDWARDS: Wind Howlin' Blues/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: Divin' Duck Blues/ BLIND BOY FULLER: I Want Some Of Your Pie/ LOWELL FULSON FULSON: Everyday I Have The Blues/ JAZZ GILLIUM: Jockey Blues/ WILLIAM HARRIS: Bull Frog Blues/ ROBERT HICKS: Motherless Chile Blues/ ROBERT HIGHTHAWK: Prowling Nighhawk/ KING SOLOMON HILL: The Gone Dead Train/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Boogie Chillen'/ SOL HOOPII: Farewell Blues/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Katie Mae/ SON HOUSE: My Black Mama, Pt. 1/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Moanin' At Midnight/ ALBERTA HUNTER: Downhearted Blues/ MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: Stack O'Lee Blues/ CHARLIE "PAPA" JACKSON: Maxwell Street Blues/ ELMORE JAMES: Dust My Broom/ SKIP JAMES: Devil Got My Woman/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Matchbox Blues/ BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON: It's Nobody's Fault But Mine/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Woke Up With The Blues In My Fingers/ LOUISE JOHNSON: Long Ways From Home/ ROBERT JOHNSON: Kind Hearted Woman Blues/ Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)/ TOMMY JOHNSON: Canned Heat/ B.B. KING: B.B. Boogie/ Three O'Clock Blues/ LEADBELLY: Gallis Pole/ FURRY LEWIS: Rock Island Blues/ CHARLEY LINCOLN: Jealous Hearted Blues/ LITTLE WALTER: Evans Shuffle/ ROBERT LOCKWOOD JR: Little Boy Blue/ CRIPPLE CLARENCE LOFTON: Strut That Thing/ TOMMY MCCLENNAN: Bottle It Up And Go/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Big Legged Woman/ BLIND WILLIE MCTELL: Mama T'Aint Long Fo' Day/ MEMPHIS JUG BAND: He's In The Jailhouse Now/ MEMPHIS MINNIE & KANSAS JOE: When The Levee Breaks/ BIG MACEO MERRIWEATHER: Worried Life Blues/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Me And My Chauffur/ THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: Sittin' On Top of the World/ HAMBONE WILLIE NEWBERN: Rollin' And Tumblin' Blues/ CHARLEY PATTON: Mississippi Boweavil Blues/ ROBERT PETWAY: Catfish Blues/ MA RAINEY: See See Rider/ BLIND JOE REYNOLDS: Outside Woman Blues/ JIMMY RODGERS: Mule Skinner Blues/ ALLEN SHAW: Moanin' The Blues/ JOHNNY SHINES: Ramblin'/ BESSIE SMITH: Careless Love Blues/ CLARA SMITH: Whip It To A Jelly/ MAMIE SMITH: Goin' Crazy With The Blues/ VICTORIA SPIVEY: Murder In The First Degree/ FRANK STOKES: What's The Matter Blues/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: The Honeydripper/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: This Train/ SAM THEARD: You Can't Get That Stuff No More/ HENRY THOMAS: Bulldoze Blues/ Ground Hog Blue/ HENRY TOWNSEND: Poor Man Blues/ B.K. TURNER: Black Ace/ T-BONE WALKER: Call It Stormy Monday/ Mean Old World/ SIPPIE WALLACE: I'm A Mighty Tight Woman/ WASHBOARD SAM: Mama Don't Allow No. 2/ MUDDY WATERS: Country Blues/ Gypsy Woman/ I Be's Troubled/ CURLEY WEAVER: No No Blues/ SYLVESTER WEAVER: Guitar Rag/ CASEY BILL WELDON: Guitar Swing/ PEETIE WHEATSTRAW: Gangster's Blues/ BUKKA WHITE: Shake' Em On Down/ ROBERT WILKINS: That's No Way To Get Along/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Baby Please Don't Go/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Good Morning Little School Girl/ Eyesight To The Blind/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Ain't Nobody's Business/ OSCAR WOODS: Evil Hearted Woman Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 094 The Sisters Anthology - A Celebration Of Four Decades** ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 38 tracks, 1 hour 41 min., highly recommended
A four-decade tour of singing sister genre in more-or-less chronological order, beginning with a 1924 version of Red Hot Mama by the Bronx Sisters. Disc 1 (1924-1946) rarely fails to delight with its mix of familiar acts (e.g., The Andrew Sisters singing the classic Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and the Fontane Sisters wonderful Linger In My Arms A Little Longer) and the obscure curiosities, such as The Gumm Sisters' Where The Butterflies Kiss The Buttercups Goodnight, which might be too cute by half were it not for the presence of the very young Judy Garland. The Ponce Sisters' Fit As A Fiddle, which features the playing of Jimmy Dorsey, could hardly be better. And if listening to the Andrews Sisters don Jamaican accents for their version of Rum And Coca-Cola doesn't make you smile for one reason or another, you may be unwell. Disc 2 (1947-1959) continues the trend, even as the form develops. Highlights include the Clooney Sisters (featuring Rosemary, of course), the Carter Sisters (yes, from that Carter family), featuring Chet Atkins on guitar, and the Dinning Sisters charmer, Buttons And Bows. For obscurity, there's the Clark Sisters singing Take The "A" Train. Informative booklet notes, 32 different sister acts, and excellent sound throughout make this a must-have. The only slight quibble is in the short running time--it could have been a lot longer. (JC)
THE ANDREWS SISTERS: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy/ Rum And Coca Cola/ THE BARRY SISTERS: My Yiddishe Momme/ THE BELL SISTERS: Wheel Of Fortune/ THE BONNIE SISTERS: Cry Baby/ THE BOSWELL SISTERS: Forty-Second Street/ Object Of My Affection, The/ THE BROX SISTERS: Red Hot Mama/ THE CARTER SISTERS & CHET ATKINS: I Don't Believe Them At All/ THE CLARK SISTERS: Take The 'A' Train/ THE CLOONEY SISTERS: Euphoria/ THE DE CASTRO SISTERS: Teach Me Tonight/ THE DEJOHN SISTERS: My Baby Don't Love Me No More/ THE DEMARCO SISTERS: California Sunbeam/ Dinah/ THE DI MARA SISTERS: Tea For Two/ THE DINNING SISTERS: Buttons And Bows/ THE DUNCAN SISTERS: I'm Following You/ THE FONTAINE SISTERS: Linger In My Arms A Little Longer Baby/ THE FONTANE SISTERS: Missouri Waltz/ THE GUMM SISTERS: Where The Butterflies Kiss The Buttercups Goodnight/ THE KELLER SISTERS & LYNCH: Sunday/ THE KING SISTERS: Deep Purple/ Stardust/ THE LENNON SISTERS: Tonight You Belong To Me/ THE LEWIS SISTERS: S'Wonderful/ THE MCGUIRE SISTERS: Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight/ Sincerely/ THE MOYLAN SISTERS: Danny Boy/ Someone's In The Kitchen With Dinah/ THE PARIS SISTERS: Baby Honey Baby/ PATIENCE & PRUDENCE: Tonight You Belong To Me/ THE PETERS SISTERS: Basin Street Blues/ THE PICKENS SISTERS: Many Moons Ago/ THE PONCE SISTERS: Fit As A Fiddle/ THE STAFFORD SISTERS: Cross Patch/ THE TRIX SISTERS: Pickin' Cotton/ THE WILLIAMS SISTERS: He's The Last Word

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Goldies 25639 The Greenwich Village Folk Scene ● CD $17.98
3 CDs, 73 tracks, 218 mins, almost highly recommended
Much like the Greenwich Village Folk scene of the early 1960s itself, there are some great tracks, some mediocre tracks, and much that falls somewhere in-between. If you took all of the best tracks on this compilation it would have made an excellent 2 CD set, but instead it is a more expansive and inclusive set with a few clunkers. Also, I don't think Odetta, Theodore Bikel, Joan Baez, and Pete Seeger hold up much, so if you like them you will probably like this more than I did. Highlights include Bob Dylan doing House Of The Rising Sun and Talkin' New York, Dave Van Ronk with Dink's Song and He Was A Friend Of Mine, and many great tracks by the likes of Doc Watson, Big Bill Broonzy, Rambling Jack Elliot, Woody Guthrie, Ed McCurdy, Brownie McGhee, and others. However you slice this, this set certainly helps tell the story of one of the most important musical scenes of the 20th century and there are a few dozen tracks here that every Folk music fan should have in their collection. (JM)
THE ALMANAC SINGERS: I Don't Want Your Million, Mister/ JOAN BAEZ: Silver Dagger/ Wagoner's Lad/ HARRY BELAFONTE: Cotton Fields/ John Henry/ THEODORE BIKEL: One Sunday Morning/ The Rising Of The Moon/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Black, Brown And White/ THE CLANCY BROTHERS & TOMMY MAKEM: Shoals Of Herring/ The Parting Glass/ PAUL CLAYTON: Durango Jail/ Who's Gonna Buy You Ribbons (When I'm Gone)/ JUDY COLLINS: Bonnie Ship The Diamond/ Crow On The Cradle/ ERIK DARLING: Swannanoa Tunnel/ REV. GARY DAVIS: Let Us Get Together/ BONNIE DOBSON: Morning Dew (Live)/ BOB DYLAN: House Of The Rising Sun/ Talkin' New York/ RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT: Candy Man/ New York Town/ JOSE FELICIANO: Mule Skinner Blues (Live)/ BOB GIBSON: Copper Kettle/ Springhill Mine Disaster/ THE GREENBRIAR BOYS: Stewball/ We Shall Not Be Moved/ WOODY GUTHRIE: Pastures Of Plenty/ Pretty Boy Floyd/ CAROLYN HESTER: Go Way From My Window/ CISCO HOUSTON: I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore/ IAN & SYLVIA: Rocks And Gravel/ Un Canadien Errant/ THE JOURNEYMEN: 500 Miles/ Fenario/ THE KINGSTON TRIO: A Worried Man/ Where Have All The Flowers Gone/ THE KOSSOY SISTERS: I'll Fly Away/ PETER LAFARGE: Iron Mountain/ GORDON LIGHTFOOT WITH TERRY WHELAN: Dark As A Dungeon/ Sinnerman (Live)/ THE LIMELITERS: Malaguena Salerosa/ MIRIAM MAKEBA: Mbube (Wimoweh)/ ED MCCURDY: Barbara Allen/ Josie/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Pallet On The Floor/ CHAD MITCHELL TRIO: Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream (Live)/ THE NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: Don't Let Your Deal Go Down/ When First Unto This Country/ ODETTA: Another Man Done Gone/ The Midnight Special/ PETER, PAUL & MARY: Early In The Morning/ If I Had A Hammer/ SUSAN REED: Molly Malone/ JEAN RITCHIE: Nottamun Town/ The Cambric Shirt/ THE ROOFTOP SINGERS: Walk Right In/ PEGGY SEEGER: The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face/ PETE SEEGER: Darling Corey/ We Shall Overcome (Live)/ NINA SIMONE: Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair (Live)/ THE TARRIERS: The Banana Boat Song/ DAVE VAN RONK: Dink's Song/ He Was A Friend Of Mine/ ERIC VON SCHMIDT & ROLF CAHN: Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out/ Wasn't That A Mighty Storm/ JACKIE WASHINGTON: Soon I Will Be Done/ DOC WATSON: Tom Dooley (Live)/ Worried Blues (Live)/ THE WEAVERS: Goodnight Irene/ HEDY WEST: Pretty Polly/ JOSH WHITE: Delia's Gone/ Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed/ GLENN YARBROUGH: Poor Boy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Harmless BACKB 028 Backbeats - Mod Life Crisis: 60s Mod Anthems For The In Crowd ● CD $11.98 $8.98
27 tracks, 68 mins, essential
Here's more proof that those Englanders back in the 1960's sure knew how to find out all of our cool music, often times gems that went unappreciated on this side of the Atlantic. Whether they are making a bigger fuss over great artists that didn't get as big as they should of here, like Sugar Pie Desanto Do The Whoopie, Willie Mitchell Everything "Is Gonna Be Alright, or Young Holt Trio Wack Wack, or making our one hit wonders that much more wondrous like Barefootin' by Robert Parker, I Spy For The F.B.I. by Jamo Thomas & His Party Brothers Orchestra, and Oh How Happy by The Shades of Blue, to just plain finding irresistible oddball tracks like Little Hank Mr. Bang Bang Man, probably the best thing those limey hipsters did was give great American artists a longer life-line. Much to our shame, Gene Vincent & Eddie Cochran were still treated like kings in the U.K. after they were yesterday's news here. They aren't featured here but Little Richard, Barrett Strong, Bill Black's Combo, and even Jackie Wilson with Count Basie all have quality cuts on this fine collection. Best of all, this CD is simply one great track from start to finish and one that I guarantee your friends will compliment you on when they hear you playing it. (JM)
BARBARA ACKLIN: Just Ain't No Love/ BILL BLACK'S COMBO: Turn On Your Lovelight/ SUGAR PIE DESANTO: Do the Whoopie/ THE DU-ETTES: Every Beat Of My Heart/ BETTY EVERETT: Getting Mighty Crowded/ WADE FLEMMONS: That Other Place/ FRANK FROST: My Back Scratcher/ GENE & AL'S SPACEMEN: Mercy/ THE INCREDIBLES: There's Nothing Else To Say/ JOHNNY JONES & THE KING CASUALS: Soul Poppin'/ LITTLE HANK: Mr Bang Bang Man/ LITTLE RICHARD: Baby Just Tear Off My Clothes/ TOUSSAINT MCCALL: Shimmy/ KIM MELVIN: Doing the Popcorn/ WILLIE MITCHELL: Everything's Gonna Be Alright/ TOMMY NEAL: Going To A Happening/ ROBERT PARKER: Barefootin'/ Let's Go Baby (Where the Action Is)/ BILLY PRESTON: I Am Coming Through/ BANNY PRICE: Monkey See/ THE RUBAIYATS: Omar Khayyam/ SHADES OF BLUE: Oh How Happy/ THE SHARPEES: Tired Of Being Lonely/ BARRETT STRONG: Make Up Your Mind/ JAMO THOMAS & HIS PARTY BROS: I Spy (For The FBI)/ JACKIE WILSON & COUNT BASIE: Uptight/ YOUNG HOLT TRIO: Wack Wack

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Not Now 559 That Cat Was Clean ● CD $11.98
2 CDs, 40 tracks, 142 mins, highly recommended
It's great to listen to a collection like this that is just so damn cool from beginning to end. A collection full of guys (and a couple ladies) who could were berets and turtlenecks and not look stupid. It's just one hep tune after another. The compilation starts off with Dr Horse doing Jack, That Cat Was Clean, which could easily be the theme of the collection. From Lou Donaldson doing Nice 'N' Greasy, to Ray Charles and One Mint Julep, to Mose Allison with The Seventh Son, - man, these cats are clean! Like Rufus Thomas at Wattstax in bright pink shorts, it's all funky and spotless. It's also heavy with cool instrumentals with tough tracks by Jimmy Smith, The Mar-Keys, The Triumphs, Ramsey Lewis Trio, and even a little Tito Puente. A good time will be had by all that pick this one up. (JM)
MOSE ALLISON: Baby, Please Don't Go/ The Seventh Son/ BOOKER T. & THE MG'S: I Got A Woman/ You Can't Sit Down/ OSCAR BROWN, JR.: Sixteen Tons/ PAUL BRYANT: The Blues Message (Feat. Curtis Amy)/ RAY CHARLES: At The Club/ One Mint Julep/ Sticks And Stones/ KING CURTIS: Fever/ LOU DONALDSON: Nice 'N' Greasy/ DR. HORSE: Jack, That Cat Was Clean/ Salt Pork West Virginia/ RICHARD GROOVE HOLMES: Hallelujah, I Love Her So/ RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO: Black Eye Peas/ John Henry/ HERBIE MANN: Right Now/ One Note Samba/ THE MAR-KEYS: Last Night/ Sack O' Woe/ JIMMY MCGRIFF: That's The Way I Feel/ MARK MURPHY: Love/ GINO PARKS: Fire/ Same Thing/ TITO PUENTE: Mambo Tipico/ GOOGIE RENE: The Slide Part 1/ JOE SCOTT & BOBBY BLAND: Ain't That Lovin' You/ THE SHIRELLES: Ooh Poo Pah Doo/ NINA SIMONE: Love Me Or Leave/ Mood Indigo/ JIMMY SMITH: Back At The Chicken Shack/ One O'Clock Jump/ JOHNNY "HAMMOND" SMITH: Neckbones (Feat. Willis Jackson)/ Y'all (Feat. Willis Jackson)/ THE TRIUMPHS: Burnt Biscuits/ PHIL UPCHURCH COMBO: You Can't Sit Down (Part 1 & 2)/ SARAH VAUGHAN: Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)/ JUNIOR WALKER & THE ALL STARS: Cleo's Mood/ Twist Lackawanna/ BABY FACE WILLETTE QUARTET: Face To Face

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rockbeat 3273B Tulare Dust - Expanded Edition ● CD $17.98
2 CDs, 36 tracks, 118 mins, essential
This collection originally came out at a time (1994) when there was a glut of tribute albums. It stood head and shoulders above the rest then, and is often sited as one of the key releases that kicked off the Americana movement. Of course, all the artists involved had great material to work with. Merle Haggard is a great songwriter and an astute chronicler of American life. Certainly the singer-songwriters represented here deeply felt the stories in Merle's songs, because so many of them put up so many fantastic performances. Some of my favorites on here include Tom Russell doing Tulare Dust/ They're Tearing The Labor Camps Down, Iris Dement - Big City, Rosie Flores - My Own Kind Of Hat, and Dave Alvin - Kern River. The second CD includes a high-energy live show from the time of the original release where most of the artists on the tribute album performed 2 songs each, one of Merle's and one of their own, with Dave Alvin and Tom Russell emceeing. Again, another great bunch of tunes with fun performances that fans of Americana/ Alt. Country, or whatever you want to call it, will love. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS RPM 274 Girls Go Zonk** ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, 54 mins, highly recommended
Girl group aficionados, look out! RPM records, the same fine label that put out the definitive Shangri-las compilation a couple of years back (RPM 506), also strikes gold with this bounty of bodacious beauties and boundary breakers. From the first track, Do The Zonk by Donna Loren, to the last, Egyptian Shumba (Alternate Version) by The Tammys, this CD is pure entertainment. Great rare tracks by The Girls, The Honeys, The Murmaids, Pandoras and many more. Highlights for me included the title track, Dynamite by Diane Renay and the rock 'n' roll version of Theme From Mission Impossible by The Kane Triplets - WOW! Swell fold out booklet has in depth info on each of the artists on the comp. (JM)
DEBBIE BURTON: Next Day/ JAMIE CARTER: Boy with the Way/ MARGIE DAY: Tell Me in the Sunlight/ ROBERTA DAY: Someday/ THE DYNELLS: Just a Face in the Crowd/ THE GIRLS: Chico's Girl/ THE HONEYS: One You Can't Have/ THE KANE TRIPLETS: Mission Impossible (Theme)/ DONNA LOREN: So, Do the Zonk/ SHARON MARIE: Run-Around Lover/ DARLENE MCCREA: Don't Worry Baby/ THE MURMAIDS: Paper Sun/ THE PANDORAS: Games/ DIANE RENAY: Dynamite/ THE SATISFACTIONS: Daddy You Just Gotta Let Him In/ PATTI SEYMOUR: Silencers/ VERDELLE SMITH: Tar and Cement/ THE STARLETS: You Don't Love Me/ JOSEPHINE SUNDAY: You Won't Even Know Her Name/ THE TAMMYS: Egyptian Shumba (Alternate)/ THE TWILETTES: Where's My Baby/ THE VICTORIANS: You're Invited to a Party

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Stomper Time 33 Hot Rockin' Music From Memphis, Vol. 2: Santo Records ● CD $18.98
34 tracks, 79 mins, highly recommended
The Santo Recording Company was one of those other great record labels out of Memphis, one that didn't have the hits, but still put out a lot of cool records. There were enough cool tracks to warrant a second compilation. There are tracks here by artists you probably know like Ace Cannon - Big Shot/ Sugar Blues, and Bobby Lee Trammell - Hi-Ho Silver/ Come On Baby and Arkansas Stomp (2 versions) etc. Then there's Wayne McGinnis who not only ran the label, but put out some cool tracks of his own like Lonesome Rhythm Blues and Rock Roll And Rhythm. Thomas Wayne (Perkins) was not only Luther Perkins' brother, but a hot Rockabilly artist in his own right, and had no less then Chips Moman and Scotty Moore play in his band at one time or another. Then probably the most interesting tracks here come from a Memphis cat you don't think of on this type of Memphis label, a young Isaac Hayes is here with one great song Sweet Temptation and one o.k. song Laura. Hayes was certainly an artist still developing his craft at this point, but there was definitely something there already. My favorite tracks on the whole compilation though have to be the somewhat unhinged I Can't Sit Still by Misty Bonner, a truly unique Rockabilly vocal performance, and the totally unhinged, proto Garage Rock of Mayonnaise Man by Bobby Lee Trammell. Deep notes tell the whole story, the sound is great, and fans of hot rockin' Memphis music should not pass this one by, not every track hits it out of the park, but the cool far outweighs the not so cool. (JM)
MISTY BONNER: I Can't Sit Still/ Watch Me Do The Twist/ ACE CANNON: .38 Special/ Big Shot/ Sugar Blues/ TROY DODDS: Down In Tennessee/ HAROLD DORMAN: Ain't Gonna Change/ Mountain Of Love/ FORREST GREEN: Let's Keep Our Secrets/ Walking With My Memories/ ISAAC HAYES: Laura/ Sweet Temptation/ THE HOLIDAY TRIO: Dark Valley/ Desperate/ HANK MANCE & THE BLUES FACULTY: Candy/ WAYNE MCGINNIS: Lonesome Rhythm Blues/ Rock Roll & Rhythm/ SYLVIA MOBLEY: All By Myself/ DARRELL TATUM: Railroad Rock/ WAYNE TOOMBS: Working Man/ BOBBY LEE TRAMMELL: Arkansas Stomp/ Arkansas Twist/ Come On Baby/ Don't You Know I Love You/ Hi-ho Silver/ I Need Love/ If You Ever Get It Once/ It's All Your Fault/ Mayonnaise Man/ THOMAS WAYNE: Gonna Be Waiting/ No More No More/ THE RED WEST COMBO: My Babe/ RED WILLIAMS: I'm Losing You/ Love's Not Worth It

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Topic TSCD 464 Blow The Man Down - Sea Songs And Shanties** ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 60 min, highly recommended
Thanks to the extended playing time of the compact disc, this album is a reissue of the English folk label's treasured 1964 "Farewell Nancy" compilation, with nearly another album's worth of songs added. The songs are delivered mostly a cappella with occasional fiddle and concertina, sometimes solo voice, at others with groups of singers that form both a wonderful, robust collection of work songs of seafarers, and a good cross-section of English folk singers of the sixties. A.L. Lloyd, Ewan MacColl, Louis Killen, Ian Campbell, Cyril Tawney, The Watersons and others sing everything from Lovely Nancy and Cod Banging, to The Ship in Distress/ Row Bullies Row and Blow the Man Down. (LK)

 
DINAH WASHINGTON Fantastic Voyage 210 Original Queen Of Soul - THree Decades Of Artistry ● CD $22.98
Three CDs, 80 tracks, highly recommended Dinah Washington was a magnificent and incredibly versatile singer who was equally comfortable singing blues, R&B, jazz, pop and even country. This superb collection compiled by R&B and soul expert Clive Richardson, traces Dinah's career from her first commercial recording - the wonderful Evil Gal Blues recorded in December 1943 accompanied by Arnett Cobb, Lionel Hampton, Milt Buckner and others on through to her July, 1962 recording of It's A Mean Old World with the majority of the sides recorded for Mercury which was home to Dinah's music from 1946 to 1961 and where she had a slew of hits including West Side Baby/ You Satisfy/ It Isn't Fair/ I Don't Hurt Anymore/ What A Difference A Day Made/ and September In The Rain which are included here along with other hits and many equally fine non hits. It includes many of her great blues recordings like Blues For A Day/ Salty Papa Blues/ Good Daddy Blues/ Trouble In Mind/ New Blowtop Blues/ Backwater Blues and, of course, Big Long Sliding Thing (about a trombone, of course). It includes her wonderful jazz inspired versions of two Hank Williams songs Cold, Cold Heart. It also includes her two #1 hits with Brook Benton - Baby (You've Got What It Takes) and A Rockin' Good Way and much more. Through the mid 50s most of her recordings were with jazz groups like Lionel Hampton's Orch., Lucky Thompson's All Stars, Cootie Williams Orch., The Jimmy Cobb Orch. and others. By the mid 50s many of her recordings started featured string arrangements but she also made sides with smaller groups like the Eddie Chamblee Orch. including six superb tracks from the album "Dinah Sings Bessie Smith." In general, the compiler, has tried to focus mostly on performances without strings which is fine with me though perhaps not a totally representative cross section of her recordings. Still, Dinah was so prolific that it's not surprising that any compiler's preferences would be bound to show and, from my point of view, makes this a stronger collection than it might otherwise be. Sound quality is superb and the 20 page illustrated booklet includes an informative essay by
DINAH WASHINGTON: A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love) [with Brook Benton)]/ After You'Ve Gone/ All Or Nothing/ Am I Really Sorry/ And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine/ Baby (You've Got What It Takes) [with Brook Benton]/ Baby Get Lost/ Backwater Blues/ Big Deal/ Big Long Slidin' Thing/ Blues For A Day/ Careless Love/ Chewin' Woman Blues/ Cold, Cold Heart/ Coquette/ Daybreak/ Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me/ Double Dealing Daddy/ Dream/ Everybody Loves My Baby/ Evil Gal Blues/ Feel Like I Wanna Cry/ Fine Fat Daddy/ Forgotten/ Good Daddy Blues/ Good Morning, Heartache/ Goodbye/ Half As Much/ Harbor Lights/ I Could Have Told You/ I Cried For You/ I Don't Hurt Anymore/ I Only Know/ I Want To Cry/ I'Ll Close My Eyes (Emarcy Recording)/ I'll Close My Eyes [roulette Recording]/ I'll Never Be Free/ I'll Never Kiss You Goodbye/ I'll Wait/ If You Don't Believe I'M Leaving (Count The Days I'M Gone)/ It Isn't Fair/ It's A Mean Old Man's World/ It's Too Soon To Know/ Mad About The Boy/ Make Me A Present Of You/ Me And My Gin/ Mean And Evil Blues/ Mellow Mama Blues/ Million Dollar Smile/ More Than You Know/ My Ideal/ My Song/ New Blowtop Blues/ No Love, No Nothin'/ Pillow Blues/ Record Ban Blues/ Red Sails In The Sunset/ Resolution Blues/ Salty Papa Blues/ Say It Isn't So/ September In The Rain/ Shoo Baby/ Softly (Baby)/ Tears To Burn/ Tell Love Hello/ That's My Desire/ They Didn't Believe Me/ Trombone Butter/ Trouble In Mind/ Unforgettable/ Walkin' And Talkin' (And Crying My Blues Away)/ West Side Baby/ What A Diff'rence A Day Makes/ When A Woman Loves A Man/ Wise Woman Blues/ You Don't Know What Love Is/ You Let My Love Get Cold/ You Satisfy/ You're Crying

 
JIMMY WITHERSPOON Original Blues Classics 575 Some Of My Best Friends Are The Blues ● CD $11.98 $6.98
Reissue of Prestige 7356. 12 tracks drawn from two sessions recorded in Sweden during a 1964 tour. One session features Spoon with a big band and the other with strings and chorus. He Performs a mixture of blues, R&B, pop and a folk tunes - Some Of My Best Friends' Are The Blues/ I Wanna Be Around/ Who's Sorry Now/ Happy Blues/ One Last Chance, etc.

 
BILL WOODS & HIS ORANGE BLOSSOM PLAYBOYS Bakersfield 100 Bill Woods From Bakersfield ● CD $22.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
Limited quantities on this one. Bill Woods may not be a familiar name but he played an important role in the development of the country scene in Bakersfield. Artists like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard got their start working with Bill's band The Orange Blossom Playboys and through his contacts at Capitol Records helped artists like Tommy Collins, Dallas Frazier and Jean Shepard get signed by the label. The first 19 tracks feature Bill's band with various different vocalists, including himself, or feature Bill in the backing band on guitar or piano. The material includes early Western Swing sides, hillbilly bop, rock & roll, rockabilly and mainstream country - some of the hotter rockabilly sides feature great guitar from Buck Owens. It also includes his version of Truck Driving Man which was a local hit. The last two tracks features Red Simpson's tribute to Bill Bill Woods From Bakersfield - one by Simpson himself and the other by Merle Haggard. Sound is excellent but there are no notes. (FS)

 

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