LATEST ADDITIONS  January, 2012

 

 

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THOMAS MAUPIN Dust-To-Digital DVD 14 Let Your Feet Do The Talkin' ● DVD $19.98
DVD, 27 min plus extras, very highly recommended
Stewart Copeland directed this uplifting documentary on American buck dancing legend Thomas Maupin. (Buck dancing is a form of clog dancing that emphasizes the downbeat and looks and sounds like a cousin of tap.) The film follows Maupin as he performs at the West Virginia Folk Festival and as he accepts the Trailblazer award at the Uncle Dave Macon Days festival. But the most moving footage, so to speak, is that between Maupin's grandson Daniel, who, despite the challenge of Cerebral Palsey, plays the banjo in the "songster" tradition, to which his grandfather belongs. The two become devoted to each other and even perform together onstage. The "Special Features" are uncharacteristically worthwhile, and include a 45-minute dance workshop given by Maupin at the Uncle Dave Macon Days festival; a 1947 documentary film about the origin of the banjo in American folk music, To Hear Your Banjo Play, written by Alan Lomax and narrated by Pete Seeger, featuring Woodie Guthrie, Sonny Terry and others: a 5-minute film by Copeland called Jennifer, about his mother; and more. Excellent. (JC)

 

COMPACT DISCS

 
LITTLE JOE AYERS Devil Down 005 Backatchya ● CD $13.98
13 tracks, recommended
Little Joe Ayers is a fine singer and guitarist born in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He worked as guitarist and bassist with Junior Kimbrough's band for 30 years up until Kimbrough's death in 1988 and, since then, performs only occasionally. He is an excellent performer in the Mississippi Hill Country style accompanying his powsrful voice with hypnotic acoustic guitar riffs as well as some single string picking. His songs are a mix of originals as well as old Mississippi favorites - all grounded in the traditional Mississippi blues idiom. Although not as compelling as his former associates Junior Kimbrough or R.L. Burnside he is certainly a worthwhile artist and it's nice to know that someone is still continuing the tradition unencumbered by flashy production. (FS)

 
RAY BAILEY Tondef 201201 Cruisin' For A Bluesin' ● CD $13.98
First album in many years by Los Angeles singer/ guitarist Bailey who looked to have a bright future in the early 1990s but was sidetracked by personal problems. On this new album he does ten original songs plus a cover of the St. Louis Jimmy classic Going Down Slow. Bailey is a powerful singer and an energetic guitarist and is mostly accompanied by just bass and drums with keyboards on a few tracks and harmonica on one.

 
CHUCK BERRY Bear Family BCD 17139 Rocks! ● CD $24.98
32 tracks, 80 mins, essential
Over the last couple of years there have been several high-end collections of Chuck Berry's legendary Chess back catalog, issued by Hip-O Select Records, that feature alternate takes and outtakes galore that would keep collectors and dedicated fans happy for hours. This latest compilation, conversely, is aimed strictly at listeners who simply desire to own the man's greatest songs in the best and most cost effective package possible. Those of you already familiar with Bear Family's Rocks series of CDs know what to expect: a superb booklet of liner notes and thorough discography of the songs, and excellent re-mastered sound. What more do you need to know? In chronological order from 1955's Maybellene to 1965's Dear Dad, every hit and popular track is presented in pristine audio fidelity. If you only want one Chuck Berry classics collection, then this is the one to buy. (GMC)
CHUCK BERRY: Almost Grown/ Around & Around/ Back In The U.S.A./ Beautiful Delilah/ Betty Jean/ Brown Eyed Handsome Man/ Bye Bye Johnny/ Carol/ Dear Dad/ Go-Go-Go/ Jaguar And Thunderbird/ Johnny B. Goode/ Let It Rock/ Little Queenie/ Maybellene/ Memphis, Tennessee/ Nadine (Is It You?)/ No Money Down/ No Particular Place To Go/ Oh Baby Doll/ Promised Land/ Reelin' And Rocking/ Rock And Roll Music/ Roll Over Beethoven/ Run Rudolph Run/ School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)/ Sweet Little Rock And Roller/ Sweet Little Sixteen/ Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)/ Too Much Monkey Business/ You Can't Catch Me/ You Never Can Tell

 
BIG PETE Delta Groove 149 Choice Cuts ● CD $15.98
13 tracks, 56 min., very highly recommended
It would be a huge mistake to assume that the Netherland's own Pieter van der Pluijm (otherwise known as Big Pete), is just another technically proficient but passionless performer of American blues standards. On his American solo debut album, Big Pete offers convincing evidence that he's one of the most exciting bluesman standing. His exuberance and youth push through every track in his harp work and his vocals. And even though the cover sells the album by mentioning the cavalcade of guest musicians, including Kid Ramos, Kim Wilson, Rusty Zinn, Paul Oscher, and other first tear blues performers, Big Pete is the show, and a hell of a show at that. Tracks such as Don't Start Crying Now and Act Like You Love Me are so hot they practically glow in the dark. "Choice Cuts" may well be remembered as the best new blues album of 2011. (JC)

 
BILL BOYD & HIS COWBOY RAMBLERS B.A.C.M. 362 Vol. 2 - When The Sun Goes Down ● CD $14.98
Complementing BACM 049 this is another superb collection of western swing along with some cowboy music and sentimental songs by one of the most popular and most prolific bands. 26 tracks featuring such musical talents as Jesse Ashlock, Lefty Perkins, Cecil Brower, J. R. Chatwell, Knocky Parker, Marvin Montgomery and others they perform songs like On Top Of The Hill/ Pussy, Pussy, Pussy/ Tumblin' Tumbleweeds/ When The Sun Goes Down/ You're Laughin' Up Your Sleeve/ New Six Or Seven Times/ Sweethearts Or Strangers/ Hold On Little Dogies Hold On/ Blues When It Rains and more including an excellent Haywire Mac McClintock medley.
BILL BOYD: Big Rock Candy Mountain/ Blues When It Rains/ Cemetery Sal/ Come Easy Go Easy/ Gotta See Mama Every Night/ Hobo's Paradise/ Hold On Little Doges Hold On/ I Saw Your Face In The Moon/ If I Can Count On You/ Lost Wagon/ Must I Hesitate/ My Ball And Chain/ New Six Or Seven Times/ On Top Of The Hill/ Pretty Little Dream Girl/ Pussy Pussy Pussy/ Sister Lucy Lee/ Sweethearts Or Strangers/ That Makes Me Give In/ The Train Song/ They Go Goo-Goo-Goo-Ga-Ga-Goofy Over Gobs/ Tumblin' Tumbleweeds/ Watching The World Go By/ When The Sun Goes Down/ Without A Woman's Love/ Yes You Do/ You're Laughin' Up Your Sleeve

 
SONNY BURGESS Stomper Time STCD 27 Everybody's Rocking Again ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, highly recommended
Excellent collection of rockabilly from Sun legend Sonny Burgess combining self produced recordings made at Wayne Raney's studio in 1959 and 1960 along with sides produced in England and Arkansas by Dave Travis in 1985. Sonny was among the major talents to emerge from Sun even though he never was able to crack the charts. He was a superb singer and an outstanding and underrated guitarist and wrote much of his own material. While the recordings here lack the magic of those Sun sides they find Sonny's prowess undiminished. There are some remakes of his Sun classics along with new material and covers of R&B favorites. The early sides find him accompanied by his original band with Joe Lewis on guitar and Bobby Crafford on drums. The later sides find him accompanied by a solid British band. Songs include We Wanna Boogie/ Down At Big Mary's House/ Get On The Right Track/ Sunrock Boogie/ Hootchie Kootchie/ Louisiana Lady/ Hello Memphis, etc. A splendid collection of material originally issued on long out of print LPs. (FS)

 
THE CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS Retrieval 79067 The Hottest Of The California Ramblers At Edison ● CD $15.98
18 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended
The California Ramblers were actually from New York and were a very fluid group with most of the white elite of NY jazz participating at one time or another. They recorded for many labels as The California Ramblers as well as under a variety of pseudonyms but this collection is devoted to sides recorded as The California Ramblers for the Edison record company between 1925 and 1928. The personnel varies from session to session and includes appearances from musicians like Red Nichols, The Dorsey Brothers, Adrian RolliniFud Livingston, Roy Johnston, Mickey Bloom and others. There are several vocals including one by Vernon Dalhart and one by Arthur Fields. Edison was a pioneer in long playing records and many of the tunes here are close to four minutes long and in a few cases, longer! A splendid collection of hot white jazz with superb sound and a great 32 page booklet with extensive notes, rare photos and full discographical info. (FS)

 
ARTHUR CONLEY Kent CDKEND 358 I'm Living Good - The Soul Of Arthur Conley, 1964-1974 ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 68 mins, very highly recommended
Sometimes an artist is remembered for as a one hit wonder; such a man was Soul singer Arthur Conley, who hit big with Sweet Soul Music in 1967. But Conley was much more than that uptempo number, and he actually excelled on ballads. This collection of B-Sides, album tracks, and non-album 45s is a salute to Conley's artistry, his debt to both Sam Cooke and his mentor Otis Redding, and a valentine to Northern Soul and Southern Soul fans alike. There are many rarities here for collectors, such as the original versions of Where You Lead Me and I'm a Stranger (aka I'm a Lonely Stranger) from 1964, which Conley re-cut for Redding's short-lived label Jotis, in 1965; I Want Your Love, which went unheard until it was found for a 1988 Japanese LP; and Stop Knocking a gem from 1974 that was buried on a Capricorn Records sampler. Make no mistake, this material-from his pre-fame years as well as the years he spent recording for Atco and Capricorn-is magnificent. From the lovely Put Our Love Together to the bouncy Take a Step and the touching Otis tribute Otis Sleep On, none of these songs put a foot wrong; this is a necessary edition to any serious Soul music library. (GMC)

 
CLIFF "UKULELE IKE" EDWARDS Retrieval 79068 Fascinating Rhythm, 1922-1935 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 48 tracks, highly recommended
A short time ago there was very little available of the highly popular performer Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards and we now have two in the space of three months! There is very little duplication with the superb Upbeat Jazz compilation issued a while back (Upbeat Jazz 228 - $19.98) and this is even better value for money. On this superb collection he croons a selection of popular songs, risque songs and novelty titles. The material here, recorded between 1922 and 1935 is mostly drawn from commercial recordings including several unissued titles. On many tracks he accompanies himself with lively ukulele work and on some tracks does some of his unique scat singing making his voice sound like a kazoo! The tracks are either solo or find him accompanied by small groups featuring musicians like Red Nichols, Miff Mole, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Dick McDonaough and others. The tracks are presented in chronological order startiung with a 1922 track with Cliff as a member of Ladd's Black Aces and ends with two tracks from 1935 with Cliff accompanied by the male vocal quartet The Four Blackbirds. Sound quality is superb and the 28 page booklet has extensive notes by Chris Ellis, photos and full discographical info. (FS)

 
THE EL SIERROS/ THE YOUNG ONES Crystal Ball 1119 The El-Sierros Meet The Young Ones ● CD $17.98
32 tracks, recommended
Fine collection of mostly acapella sides from two of the groups that were active in the mid 60s when several artists and labels (mostly based around New York) were trying to revive the much loved "street corner sound." Most of the sides here were recorded for Irving "Slim" Rose's Time Square or Joe Schulman's Yussels label. Most of the tracks here are acapella with a few featuring small group accompaniments. The material is mostly versions of doo-wop songs from the classic era along with pop standards given the doo-wop treatment. Includes Daddy's Coming Home/ Pretty Little Girl/ Picture Of Love/ Glory Of Love/ This Is The Nite/ Whehn I Fall In Love/ To Make A Long Story Short/ Gloria/ This Is My Love/ Marie, etc. These sides won't make you forget the great groups of the 50s but do make for pleasing listening. (FS)

 
JIM FORD Bear Family BCD 17257 Demolition Expert - Rare Acoustic Demos ● CD $21.98
30 tracks, 78 mins, recommended
Cult Country/roots rocker Jim Ford has been well served by Bear Family; they have tirelessly compiled his material into loving compilations that have illustrated his artistry, preserved his status as an unsung genius, and demonstrated his influence on Britain's Pub Rock community. This latest set contains acoustic demos recorded at home; without knowing the context or time frame of these recordings, they can only be taken at face value as a glimpse into Ford's songwriting psyche and creative motivations. There's an off-the-cuff homey quality to this assortment of Country covers and originals that is very inviting; it's too bad there's no proper documentation of these recordings, as it would be worthwhile to know exactly when they were recorded (the early 70's is the assumed timeframe) and the identities of the other vocalists. No matter, for Ford die-hards, this CD is indispensible, while listeners new to the Jim Ford experience should start with Bear Family's "The Sounds of Our Time" (Bear Family 16777) CD before coming here. (GMC)

 
BILLY GRAY Cactus BGCD 1 Hillbilly Stars Of Decca Records - Billy Gray ● CD $15.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
This one's been out a while but hasn't been listed before. Gray was a fine singer, songwriter and guitarist from Texas. He recorded a handful of sides in 1947 but it wasn't until he signed with Decca in 1954 that he recorded regularly. In the early-mid 50s Billy was leader of Hank Thompson's band and helped write some of Hank's songs. The material here was recorded between 1954 and 1960 - mostly from Decca but also including a couple of sides recorded for Longhorn. Billy was a fine singer and the material ranges from honky tonk weepers to up-tempo western swing flavored numbers including his hot Tennessee Toddy which is a favorite of rockabilly collectors. Nine of the cuts here are jazzy instrumentals and I assume the fine electric guitar work is by Billy himself. Fine sounds but no notes. (FS)

 
THE ILLUSIONS Axtel 1001 Now You See Them, Now You Don't ● CD $17.98
26 tracks of white doo-wop featuring the fine Philadelphia group The Illusions and various offshoots in the 50s and 60s. The group had a local hit with their soulful midtempo Hey Boy and this collections features ballads and mid tempo numbers along with a few more soul oriented efforts. The group recorded for several small labels and this set also includes six previously unissued songs and two acapella demos plus tracks featuring the group's principle lead singer Freddy Faulkner.

 
GEORGE JONES Raven 343 We Can Make It/ I Wanta Sing + Bonus Tracks ● CD $21.98
28 tracks, 77 mins, recommended
Re-issued on CD for the first time are these two GJ albums from the 70's; 1972's "We Can Make It" - his first LP for Epic Records - is a semi-concept album built around his feelings of joy from his marriage to Tammy Wynette; songs like the title track, I'll Take You to My World/ She's All I Got, and Loving You Could Never Be BetterOld King Kong, and They've Got Millions in Milwaukee will attest. In between the two LP tracks, lies six bonus tracks-recorded between 1973 and 1976-that attempts to fill in the stylistic gaps between the two albums. Of these, the keepers are "That Singing Friend of Mine", "Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You)", and "Borrowed Angel". Although neither of these albums are pivotal in Jones' career, both are welcome additions to his CD catalog and worth checking out for fans. (GMC)

 
THE LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS B.A.C.M. 363 Vol. 2 - Roll Up The Carpet ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
A great collection of early sides (1933 to 1939) by this popular Western Swing band when they were in their prime featuring the talents of pianist Knocky Parker, banjoist Marvin Montgomery, fiddler Cliff Gross, pioneering electric guitarist Zeke Campbell and various others. Vocalists include Leon Huff, Dick Reinhart and others. Though later recordings showed a propensity towards more pop flavored material most of the sides here are fine Western Swing with excellent vocals and instrumental work - Dusky Stevedore/ I Had Someone Else Before I Met You/ I'm A Ding Dong Daddy/ Memories Of Jimmie Rodgers/ My Million Dollar Smile, etc. (FS)
THE LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS: Dusty Steveador/ Happy Cowboy/ Horsie Keep Your Tail Up/ I Had Someone Else Before I Met You/ I'll Get Mine/ I'm A Ding Dong Daddy/ It's Funny What Love Will Make You Do/ Memories Of Jimmie Rodgers/ My Mary/ My Million Dollar Smile/ My Pretty Quadroon/ Oh Baby Blues You Won't Have To Mama At All/ Please Come Back To Me/ Prairie Lullaby/ Ragtime Anne/ Rochester Schottische/ Roll Up The Carpet/ She's Still That Ole Sweetheart Of Mine/ Snow Deer/ There's A Little Grey Mother Dreaming/ Thousand Mile Blues/ Waitin' For The Robert E Lee/ Weary Blues/ Your Own Sweet Darling Wife

 
BONNIE LOU GVC 1004 Friction Heat (1953-58) ● CD $11.98
32 tracks, 77 mins, highly recommended
Bonnie Lou was one of the early movers of female rockabilly, who never became as well known as she should have because she lived and worked in Cincinnati, not exactly the center of the (Country) music business. But Bonnie Lou deserves your attention if only for the songs Tennessee Wig Walk, Seven Lonely Days (both Country Top 10 hits in 1953), and Daddy-O, a Top 20 hit in 1955, all recorded for King Records. This collection contains all of her singles recorded for King and Fraternity, who signed her in 1958, and they display a cheeky liveliness that is positively infectious, whether it's a cover of LaVern Baker's Tweedle Dee, Sheb Wooley's Don't Stop Kissing Me Goodnight or Murry Wilson's Two Step Side Step. While not as hardcore as Wanda Jackson, Bonnie Lou did leave a mark and she's been covered by the likes of Patsy Cline and k d lang. That's not a bad legacy for a recording career that only lasted five years, and if that's not enough, the CD's final track, Friction Heat, practically jumps out through the speakers. That song alone is worth the price of admission. (GMC)
BONNIE LOU: Bo Weevil/ Daddy-O/ Dancing In My Socks/ Darling, Why?/ Don't Stop Kissing Me Goodnight/ Drop Me A Line/ Finger Of Suspicion/ Friction Heat./ Hand-Me-Down Heart/ Have You Ever Been Lonely?/ Huckleberry Pie/ I Want You/ Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)/ Kit ‘N' Kaboodle/ La Dee Dah (Duet With Rusty York)/ Little Miss Bobby Sox/ Lonesome Lover/ Miss The Love I've Been Dreaming Of/ No Heart At All/ No One/ No One Ever Lost More/ Old, Faithful And True Love/ One Track Love/ Please Don't Laugh When I Cry/ Seven Lonely Days/ Tennessee Wig Walk/ The Barnyard Hop/ Train Whistle Blues/ Tweedle Dee/ Two Step - Side Step/ Wait For Me, Darling/ Welcome Mat

 
BONNIE MCCOY Arcola 1009 A Child Of The Blues ● CD $16.98
18 tracks, 66 mins, recommended
Bonnie McCoy has quite a lineage! She is the daughter of superb St. Louis country blues singer George McCoy who, together with his sister Ethel made some superb recordings in the 1960s and 70s which are sadly unavailable. George and Ethel were the nephew and niece of Joe & Charlie McCoy so were related, by marriage, to Memphis Minnie! Bonnie started singing with her father and aunt in the late 1970s as a teenager but never pursued a musical career further until now. Arcola owner Bob West of Arcola contacted Bonnie who came to Seattle and recorded two sessions in May, 2011. Bonnie is a pleasing vocalist thogh lacking the raw intensity of her aunt and uncle. Most of the repertoire comes from them along with a couple of originals. Nine of the tracks find her accompanied by a small group of Seattle musicians (guitars, piano & drums) and are pleasant enough but the group settings don't really play to her strengths as a vocalist. There are also two cuts with just Bob West on acoustic guitar which are much more effective and include a version of the gorgeous Bessie Tucker song Penitentiary Blues which was a favorite of her aunt. The remaining seven tracks were recorded in 1979 and features George McCoy on vocals and guitar on most of the tracks and I must confess that these are my favorite tracks on this CD - George was a lovely mournful singer and a solid guitarist. 18 year old Bonnie does a vocal on Bumble Bee and the two of them do a medley of songs that Ethel sang as a tribute to her (she was sick in the hospital at the time). So this is a bit of a mixed bag though certainly worth a listen. (FS)

 
HANK MIZELL Gusto 2246 Jungle Rock ● CD $7.98
17 tracks, 39 mins, recommended
Hank Mizell was a minor rockabilly artist who's claim to fame is the song Jungle Rock, which went unnoticed when released in 1958 and again when released in 1959. It wasn't until 1976 that the song became a hit in Europe, and that seems to be the sole reason for the existence of this collection of Mizell's songs. Although these songs mostly seem to adhere to the same minor key shuffle, they are not without some charm-notably, Rumble in the Jungle/ Rockin' Goodnight/ Monkey Hop, and Jungle Rock itself. And just when single-mindedness of Mizell's vision kicks in, he shifts gears with Country laments like Teenage Runaway/ Till the Day I Die, and We're Drifting Too Far (From the Shore of Love) (which actually comes off as more folk than Country). There isn't anything especially mind-blowing here, but there's some pleasant Country balladry that goes down really easy. (GMC)

 
JELLY ROLL MORTON Jazz Oracle 8065 Jelly Roll Morton Rarities, 1923-1930 ● CD $17.98
26 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
Although everything the great pianist Jelly Roll Morton recorded has been reissued at one time or another this disc features 26 of his rarest recordings - most not available on currently available reissues and those that are are in superior sound. It includes sides from 1923 and '24 with various groups originally issued on Paramount, OKeh, Carnival and Autograph. There are two superb duets with cornet giant King Oliver from 1924 and accompaniments to blues vocalists Edmonia Henderson, Lizzie Miles and the astonishing Miss Billie Young and more. A treasure trove of Morton rarities with superb sound and extensive documentation. (FS)

 
BUCK OWENS Rockbeat 3028 Bound For Bakersfield, 1953-1956 Complete Pre-Capitol ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 49 mins, highly recommended
Before Buck Owens found fame and fortune with Capitol Records, he paid his dues on these early recordings-some cut for the obscure Pep label and others that were demos that were released later after Buck hit it big. These tracks, cut in Los Angeles and Bakersfield recording studios, are raw and vibrant and show Buck's chops being honed into the powerhouse he would later become. His commercial sheen and "It" factor are present on Down on the Corner of Love/ The House Down the Block/ Right After the Dance/ Hot Dog, and Rhythm and Booze. This is the first complete reissue of these important recordings with alternate takes and studio chatter. Anyone who's a fan of Buck Owens needs to pick up a copy of this important (and sanctioned by the Owens family) release. (GMC)

 
WAYNE RANEY Gusto 2228 Why Don't You Haul Off And LOve Me ● CD $8.98
Gusto recently issued a collection of gospel songs by this great country singer and harmonica player and now comes up with 20 of his secular sides from the 40s and early 50s including his #1 country hit Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me as well as his hits Lost John Boogie and Jack And Jill Boogie along with other fine sides like Green Valley Waltz/ You Are My Brothers/ Cold, Cold Snow/ Country Express/ Gone With The Wind In The Morning/ Lilac Bouquet, etc.
WAYNE RANEY: Burning Your Love Letters/ Can Your Hossie Do The Dog/ Cold, Cold Snow/ Country Express/ Fox Chase/ Gone With The Wind This Morning/ Green Valley Waltz (Inst.)/ I Ain't Nothing But A Tom Cat's Kitten/ I Had My Fingers Crossed/ I Want A Home In Dixie/ If You Never Slip Around/ Jack And Jill Boogie/ Lilac Bouquet/ Lost John Boogie/ Real Hot Boogie/ The Roosters Are Crowing/ Walking With The Blues Tonight/ Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me/ You Are My Brother/ You Better Treat Your Man Right

 
JACK RIVERS B.A.C.M. 361 Vol. 2 - Navy Hot Rod ● CD $14.98
The second volume of this fine West Coast singer and guitarist is devoted to his commercial recordings made for a variety of labels between 1946 and 1951. The previous issue (BAC 150) featured songs from radio transcriptions plus a radio show. Jack is featured in a variety of settings including sides with the fine Western group Andy Parker & The Plainsmen, jazz pianist Billy Taylor, fiddler Neil LeVang and others. The earlier sides are pretty straight ahead Western performances but the later add a more jazzy Western Swing approach and a number give Jack a chance to show off his impressive electric guitar chops.
JACK RIVERS: A Year Of City Living/ At Least A Million Tears/ Blue Blue Eyes/ Detour/ Galloping Guitar/ Get On The Happy Side Of Living/ I Found Somebody New/ If You Could Only Be Mine/ Jelly Bean Rag/ Lorelei/ Moon Over Montana/ My Baby Don't Love/ My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time/ Navy Hot Rod/ One Woman Man/ Osbourne Boogie/ Playing Games With Me/ Rosetta/ Sargent's Stomp/ Shane Shame On Jolie Blon/ Slowly I'm Walking The Dog/ Summer Or Winter/ Sweet Sue/ The Wild Guitar/ Were You There/ What It Means To Be Blue/ You Can't Break The Chains Of Love

 
DENNIS STROUGHMATT Swallow 6195 The Gambler's Fiddle ● CD $16.98
Not a new release but not listed before. A lovely collection of old French Creole fiddle tunes and ballads from Old Upper Louisiana featuring the superb fiddle playing and vocals of Stroughmatt with guitar, spoons, triangle and mandolin accompaniments.

 
LONNIE & THE CAROLLONS/ THE DEANS Crystal Ball 1120 Lonnie & The Carollons Meet The Deans ● CD $17.98
Early 60s recordings of two fine white groups from Brooklyn, NY. Most of the recordings were made for Irving Spice's Mohawk label but there are also a couple of sides by The Deans recorded for Laurie along with five previously unissued titles by them. There are also three solo sides (one previously unissued) by Lonnie (Irving Brosky) and one by Carollons member Eric Nathanson as Ricky Reynolds. Many of the tracks here are making their first appearance on CD.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1322 Further Mellow Cats 'n' Kittens, 1946-1951 ● CD $18.98
The fifth volume of rare and unissued West Coast blues and R&B recorded for the Modern group of labels in the 40s and early 50s is another stellar collection of 25 sides. Most of them are appearing on CD for the first time and nine tracks are previously unissued. Includes sides by Luke Jones & His Orch., Goree Carter (issued by Modern as Gory Carter), Three Bits Of Rhythm, Red Mack, Jimmy Witherspoon (the previously unissued risque Calypso flavored Hotel), Jim Wynn & His Orch., Ramp Davis, Effie Smith, The Herb Fisher Trio, Bebopper Lulu (an unidentified female vocalist given her name by the folks at Ace presumably from her skills as a scat singer) and others. Usual superb sound and informative liner notes.
JOHNNY ALSTON & HIS ORCHESTRA (VOCAL: JEANNE DE: Everything Will Be Alright/ IRA AMOS: Blue And Disgusted/ I Was Too Blind To See/ BEBOPPER LULU & HER ORCHESTRA: Mellow Scat/ HADDA BROOKS & HER TRIO: Why Did You Say We're Through/ GORY CARTER: Four O'clock In The Morning/ Seven Days/ RAMP DAVIS: Baby Sue (Aka Mary Sue)/ THE HERB FISHER TRIO: Don't Want Nobody Else/ Wine, Wine, Wine/ FELIX GROSS & HIS ORCHESTRA: Forever On My Mind/ Mary You Are Mine Pts 1 & 2/ DUKE HENDERSON: In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down/ Trouble In Mind/ P.K. JOHNSON: Sunset Romp/ LUKE JONES & HIS ORCHESTRA: Jump Me Some Boogie/ Rompin' The Boogie/ RED MACK WITH LUKE JONES & HIS ORCHESTRA: Mean Ole Frisco/ Worried Life Blues/ AUSTIN MCCOY: Happy Pay Day Pt 1/ TEDDY BUNN WITH THE HOOTIE MCSHANN TRIO: In The Oven/ EFFIE SMITH: Be On Your Merry Way/ THREE BITS OF RHYTHM: The Man That Comes To My House/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Motel/ JIM WYNN & HIS ORCHESTRA (VOCAL: SNAKE SIMS): Cold Blooded Boogie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS AP Music 970 Jukebox Favorites - The Best Of Early R&B ● CD $18.98
4 CD, 80 tracks, highly recommended
No frills (no liner notes, tracks not in any particular order) collection of classic 50's blues and R&B tunes by everyone from Johnny Ace and Jackie Wilson to Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker. There's nothing here that can't be had elsewhere, but there is no denying the quality of the music and the sound is great. One of a series of four collections of "Jukebox Favorites" (the others cover Rock & Roll, Doo-Wop, and the Blues), this is a set for people who don't otherwise own the songs already and want them in a convenient package. (GMC)
JOHNNY ACE: Pledging My Love/ The Clock/ LAVERN BAKER: Jim Dandy/ Shake A Hand/ Soul On Fire/ HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS: Annie Had A Baby/ Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go/ JESSE BELVIN: Goodnight My Love/ BROOK BENTON: Kiddio/ THE BOBBETTES: Mr Lee/ HADDA BROOKS: Jump Back Honey/ BUSTER BROWN: Fanny Mae/ JAMES BROWN: Please Please Please/ ROY BROWN: Rock A Bye Baby/ RUTH BROWN: Lucky Lips/ Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean/ JERRY BUTLER: He Will Break Your Heart/ For Your Precious Love/ RAY CHARLES: A Fool For You/ I Got A Woman/ What'd I Say (parts 1 & 2)/ DEE CLARK: Nobody But You/ Raindrops/ THE CLOVERS: Devil Or Angel/ THE COASTERS: Poison Ivy/ SAM COOKE: I'll Come Running Back To You/ You Send Me/ LARRY DARNELL: For You My Love/ BILL DOGGETT: Honky Tonk Pt 1/ FATS DOMINO: All By Myself/ I Want To Walk You Home/ THE DRIFTERS: Adorable/ This Magic Moment/ TOMMY EDWARDS: It's All In The Game/ THE FIVE ROYALES: Baby Don't Do It/ WADE FLEMMONS: What's Happening/ JIMMY FORREST: Night Train/ ROSCOE GORDON: Just A Little Bit/ WILBERT HARRISON: Kansas City/ CLARENCE "FROGMAN" HENRY: But I Do/ JESSE HILL: Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part One)/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: Since I Met You Baby/ THE IMPRESSIONS: Gypsy Woman/ ETTA JAMES: Tough Lover/ Spoonful/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Let Them Talk/ Sleep/ JO JONES: You Talk Too Much/ ERNIE K-DOE: A Certain Girl/ Mother-in-Law/ BEN E. KING: Spanish Harlem/ Stand By Me/ GLADYS KNIGHT: Every Beat Of My Heart/ JOE LIGGINS & HIS HONEYDRIPPERS: Pink Champagne/ WILLIE MABON: I'm Mad/ PERCY MAYFIELD: Are You Out There/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Lovey Dovey/ Since You've Been Gone/ Honey Love/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: Love Is Strange/ AMOS MILBURN: Bewildered/ AARON NEVILLE: Over You/ JOHNNY OTIS: Mumblin' Mosie/ LLOYD PRICE: Lawdy Miss Clawdy/ Question/ Stagger Lee/ TOMMY RIDGELY & HIS BAND: Jam Up/ HAL SINGER: Cornbread/ BIG JOE TURNER: Corrine Corinna/ Flip Flop & Fly/ Honey Hush/ SAMMY TURNER: Always/ BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES: Have Mercy Baby/ Sixty Minute Man/ BABY WASHINGTON: Work Out/ DINAH WASHINGTON & BROOK BENTON: A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love)/ LARRY WILLIAMS: You Bug Me/ CHUCK WILLIS: C.C. Rider/ JACKIE WILSON: Doggin' Around/ Lonely Teardrops

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalo Bop 55147 Rockabilly Boogie ● CD $21.98
28 tracks, highly recommended
An excellent entry in this long running with quite a few tracks making their first appearance on CD. A mix of rockabilly and rocking country (mostly the latter) featuring such little known names as Dale Davis (the great Crazy Little Guitar Man with hot guitar), The Starlighters (a cover of Murray Kellum's Long Tall Texan), Riley Walker (a fine country boogie with a wonderful title - Uranium Miner's Boogie), Lonnie Mullins, Bill Chambers (the fine bluesy country tune She's Treating Me Bad), Charlie Conrad, Gene Stacks, Floyd McDaniel, Danny & Audrey Harrison (with the song which is more country than rockabilly!), Hugh Friar, The Carpenter Brothers (the fabulous Don'ty Cry Little Darling which is almost worth the price of admission), Cliff Crofford, etc. Excellent sound and booklet has some artist photos and label shots. (FS)
BUDDY BARNETT TRIO: Bunnybop/ AL BOWERS & THE TOPHANDS: Mathew Rock/ KENNY BROWN: Throw A Little Wood On The Fire/ THE CARPENTER BROS: Don't Cry Little Darling/ BILL CHAMBERS: She's Treatin' Me Bad/ CHARLIE CONRAD: Dizzy Love/ Night Club Blues/ CLIFF CROFFORD: A Night For Love/ There Ain't Nothing Happing/ WAYNE CROSS: Stranger In Black/ DALE DAVIS: Crazy Little Guitar Man/ LINBURGH DEAVERS: Miss Me Now/ HUGH FRIAR: Empty Arms/ CURLEY GRIFFIN: I've Seen It All/ JERRY HANSON: When I Was A Little Boy/ DANNY & AUDREY HARRISON: Rockabilly Boogie/ CHUCK HARROD: Crawdad Song/ CHUCK JOYCE: Lets Rock/ FLOYD MCDANIEL: I Like To Go/ HARLOD MORRISON: I Gotta Have Her/ LONNIE MULLINS: It Was You/ BUDDY PHILLIPS: River Boat Blues/ RALPH PRUITT: Louise/ CHUCK RIVERS: But What The Heck/ GENE STACKS: I Know (My Baby Loves Me)/ THE STARLIGHTERS: The Long Tall Texan/ RILEY WALKER: Uranium Miner's Boogie/ JOHN WATSON: Gettin Right

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalo Bop 55149 Rumble Rock ● CD $21.98
Another fine collection of 28 rockabilly and rock 'n' roll cuts - many making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by Buddy Miller, Ronnie Wilson, Kenny Owens, Ron Berry, Stan Gunn, Smilin' Jack Belveal, Telli W. Mills, Bobby Lowell & The Rock-A-Boogie Boys, Gilbert Headley, Sonny Geno and others.
ROY BARRAN: Tom Tom Rock/ SMILIN' JACK BELVEAL: I Ain't Nothing But A Houndog/ RON BERRY: I Want You/ My Only You/ DOUG BOWMAN: Al's State Line/ BOB CALLAWAY: Tick Tock/ RAY CLARK: Little Betty Twist/ SKIP CODY: Feets To Big (Alt.)/ DANNY DIAMOND: Rhythm In My Bones/ ARTIE DILLON: In My Teens/ J. ELVIN: Charlotte/ THE FIVE SPARKS: Little Bo Peep/ SONNY GENO: Rumble Rock/ STAN GUNN: Baby Sitter Boogie/ GILBERT HEADLEY: I Tried To Be Fair/ BUDDY KAY: The Unlucky Lover/ BOBBY LOWELL: Um Baby, Baby/ HAROLD MCKINNON: Little Jump Joint/ You Don't Love Me Baby/ BUDDY MILLER: Honey Baby/ TELLI W. MILS: Ain't Goin' Home/ THE NITE ROCKERS: Little Mama/ KENNY OWENS: Frog Man Hop/ ROYCE PORTER: Good Time/ RALPH ROBBINS & ROCKIT'S: Don't Stop Don't Stop/ THE ROCK'N RAVENS: Hot Snatch/ THE ROCK'N REBS: Grandpa Rock/ RONNIE WILSON: You Love That Guitar Better

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dee-Jay Jamboree 55120 Teen Scene! Vol. 8 ● CD $21.98
28 tracks, recommended Another volume in the Teen Scene series with more obscure and semi-obscure rock 'n roll, rockabilly, and Doo Wop songs from the 50's and 60's including Junior Shank and the Jesters Locked Out, Sonny Geno's You Tear Me Up, Willie Zango's Nancy Jane, Allen Page's I Wish You Were Wishing, Clyde Stacy's So Shy, and Bobby Comstock's Do That Little Thing among others. (GMC)
THE BLUE TEMPOS: Rock and Roll Rhythm/ BOB & DENNY: Hush Hush Little Baby/ BOOBIS & BOBBY: Emma-Lee/ MARC CAVELL: School Day Romance/ WAYNE COCHRAN: Funny Feeling/ BOBBY COMSTOCK & COUNTS: Do That Little Thing/ THE CREWNECKS: I'll Never Forget You/ DON & NEAL: One Kiss From You/ THE DUAL TONES: Bubble-Gum Bop!/ DOUG FRANKLIN & THE BLUENOTES: My Lucky Love/ SONNY GENO & THE CUT UPS: You Tear Me Up!/ JOHNNY GIBSON: Club For Broken Hearts/ JACK GILLEN & THE INTERNATIONALS: Don't Treat Me This Way/ KENNETH HAGLER: Your Love's So Hard To Understand/ BILLY HAMBLET: Everyday/ Woe Me/ CHUCK HARROD & ANTEATERS: You'll Always Remember/ THE NITE ROCKERS: Waitin' At the Bus Station/ ALLEN PAGE: I Wish You Were Whishing/ ROYCE PORTER: Lookin'/ Beach of Love/ JOEY PRESTON: Pretty Little Girl/ GENE PRINCETON & HIS PLAIDS: Deana Jo/ EDDIE RINGO: Teardrops On My Letter/ JUNIOR SHANK & THE JESTERS: Locked Out/ CLYDE STACY: So Shy/ BUDDY WHITE & THE KNIGHTS: Betty Jean/ WILLIE ZANGO: Nancy Jane

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5643 Rare Country Blues, Vol. 4 : 1929-1953 ● CD $15.98 $11.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Most of the artists here sound a bit too urbane to be considered "country blues" but the best cuts here are superb examples of country blues. The best cuts open and close this CD. It begins with four cuts from 1929 by a St. Louis singer and guitarist with the delightful name of Papa Egg Shell (real name Lawrence Casey). He was a superb singer and a flowing lyrical guitarist. His two part I'm Going Up The Country is based on Jim Jackson's blues hit Kansas City Blues with original lyrics. The disc ends with two lovely tracks from 1953 by singer/ guitarist Robert Lee Westmoreland - an enigmatic performer with two fine sides recorded for the obscure Trepur label. Troy Ferguson appears to be a piano and guitar player - his piano blues College Blues is fine, the two guitar based blues are relatively undistinguished hokum numbers. Pere Dickson and Archie Lewis are pretty dull performers. This disc also features the only recordings under his own name by fine singer and guitarist Willie B. James who is best known for his frequent appearance as an accompanying musician on recordings Bumble Bee Slim, Lee Green, Curtis Jones, Monkey Joe, Red Nelson and others. There are 10 tracks by singer/ piano player Frank Tannehill recorded between 1937 and 1941 - most with guitar and drum accompaniment. Tannehill is a fairly pedestrian performer though his performances are not without interest and certainly worth a listen. All in all, a decent album which is elevated to highly recommended status by the performances of Papa Egg Shell and Robert Lee Westmoreland. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital 23 I Have My LIberty - Gospel Sounds From Accra, Ghana ● CD $14.98
Exciting collection of gospel music recorded in churches in Accra in Ghana in 2008 - mostly by female groups accompanied by small groups featuring electric guitars and drums.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77148 Ukrainian & Lemko String Bands In America ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 98 tracks, very highly recommended
Another fabulous collection of ethnic music courtesy of JSP and compiler Chris King. This one is devoted to music made in America by Ukrainians and Lemkos - the latter from a disputed region in the Northern Carpathian mountains. Until the mid 1920 most recorded Ukrainian music, though popular among immigrants to America, tended to be conventional and overly polished recordings of popular songs. In the mid 1920s mountain fiddler Paul Humeniuk started recording and after that there was a flood of recordings of traditional music performed in traditional style and this collections features recordings made between 1926 and 1933.. Much of is lively and rhythmic dance music, an integral part of weddings and other ceremonial occasions featuring instruments like fiddle, guitar, mandolin, cymbalom and other instruments. Several numbers feature full ensembles including brass instruments; not surprisingly these are quite reminiscent of traditional Klezmer music. About half the tracks are vocal including a remarkable six part skit featuring two of the most popular Ukrainian performers of the late 20s and early 30 Ewgen Zhukowsky and Nasza Roza - this skit Na Widwidyny Do Kraju translates a "A Trip Back Home" and expresses the feelings of homesickness that most immigrants felt. The selection is varied and exciting throughout and the sound quality is superb. The only disappointment is that, in keeping wit JSPs policy the notes are far too brief consisting of a brief commentary in the four page booklet that comes with each CD - a release this important deserves a hefty booklet with extensive notes. It does have full discographical details, where known. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 364 Masterpieces Of Modern Soul, Vol. 3 ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
Third volume in the rare 70's soul series mixes name artists (Candi Staton, Tommy Tate, Barbara Brown) with unknowns just like the previous two entries (Kent 222 and Kent 310). The only odd-ball is a Dave Hamilton production from 1984 (I Don't Play Games by Nightchill); otherwise this is the usual assortment of ballads and dance floor-fillers. Collectors will savor tracks from The Hesitations (Go Away), Gloria Lucas (You Won't Be True), Rose Batiste (The Feeling is Gone, co-written and co-produced by Swamp Dogg), Tommy Tate (the super rare If You Got to Love Somebody), and Darondo (Didn't I). The spotlight tracks are more subtle than usual, but that shouldn't diminish the listening experience; just chalk this up as another winner from Kent. (GMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Malt Shop 1001 Doo Wop Buffet, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
25 track collection of doo-wop rarities from the 50s and early 60s including a number that are making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by The Cresents (a nice uptempo rendition of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes), The Ambassadors, Ripples, Castelles, Paradons (the superb I Had A Dream making its first appearance on CD), The Carousels, Sonny Vito & The Fabulous 4, The Premiers, Mickey Tillman & Group, The Uniques, Voices Five (aka The Chanters), Michael Zara & The Compliments and others.
THE MASTERS: Look Out/ THE AMBASSADORS: Oh Nancy/ THE BEAU-JIVES: I'll Never Be the Same/ THE CAROUSELS: Fading Away/ THE CASTELLES: Teardrops/ THE CRESCENTS: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes/ THE FIVE CLASSICS: Love Me/ DENISE GERMAIN & THE DELMONICOS: I'm Fed Up/ JACKIE LLOYD WITH KENNY VANCE & THE HARBOR-LIGH: Warm Love/ THE MATADORS: Ace of Hearts/ THE MELLODEERS: Born to Be Mine/ THE METRONOMES: Tears, Tears, Tears/ TONY MORA & THE DU-WELLS: I Can't Believe/ THE PARADONS: I Had a Dream/ THE PREMIERS: Valerie/ EDDIE RAMBEAU & 4-EVERS: Come Closer/ THE RANNELS: Blue Island/ THE REVALONS: This is the Moment/ THE RIPPLES: Please Let Me Love You/ THE STARLETS: Where is My Love Tonight/ MICKEY TILLMAN & GROUP: I Have Chosen You/ THE UNIQUES: Come Marry Me/ SONNY VITO & THE FABULOUS 4: I Remember the Night/ THE VOICES FIVE (AKA THE CHANTERS): For Sentimental Reasons/ MICHAEL ZARA & THE COMPLIMENTS: Angels of Mercy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 0005 Rare Grooves, Volume 5 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 63 mins, highly recommended
Another excellent selection of rocking blues and R&B from the Groove label. Apart from a few duds (The Gypsies, Bobby & Melvin) most of it is very fine including two superb sides by the obscure Emmett Hobson with tough guitar (probably Mickey Baker), another outstanding track by the underrated Bertice Reading and the raucous I'm Gonna Keep My Good Eye On You from Mr. Bear (Teddy McRae). Other artists include The Coronets, Jack Dupree, Big Connie, Roy "Mr. Guitar" Gaines (two great sides showing how he got his nickname), Peppermint Harris and others. (FS)
ANNIE ALFORD: It's Heavenly/ BIG CONNIE: Wait Till Next Week, Baby/ OSCAR BLACK: Into Each Heart (Some Tears Must Fall)/ Ain't Nobody Home But Me/ BOBBY & MELVIN: She's Got Eyes (Roly-Poly Eyes)/ LITTLE TOMMY BROWN WITH THE FOUR STUDENTS: The Thrill Is Gone/ THE CORONETS: Crime Doesn't Pay/ The Bible Tells Me So/ THE DAPPERS: That's All, That's All, That's All/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Shake Baby Shake/ JACK DUPREE: When I Got Married/ ROY "MR. GUITAR" GAINES: De Dat De Dum Dum/ Right Now Baby/ BIG JOHN GREER WITH THE FOUR STUDENTS: A Man And A Woman/ THE GYPSIES: I'm Good To You Baby/ One-Two-Three-Go/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: Need Your Lovin'/ EMMETT HOBSON: Mattie Bee/ Where Is Joe?/ MR. BEAR & HIS BEARCATS: I'm Gonna Keep My Good Eye On You/ VIKKI NELSON: Like A Baby/ KENNETH RANKINS: Needing You/ BERTICE READING: Sweet Goody/ THE TWO SWEETHEARTS: True Love Is Missing

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 142 Essential Rockabilly - The Capitol Story ● CD $11.98
Another fine double CD collection featuring rockabilly, rockin' country and rock & roll - this time drawn from the Capitol label featuring sides from Kenny Loran, Simon Crum (Ferlin Huskey's alter ego), The Charlie Bop TRio, Wanda Jackson, Jack Scott, Gene Vincent, Bob Luman, Jerry Reed, Rudy Gray, Hank Thompson, Johnny Fallin, Dub Dickerson and others.
BILLY ADAMS: Peggys Party/ CHARLIE BOP TRIO: Mr Big Feet/ TOMMY COLLINS: Black Cat/ SIMON CRUM: Bop Cat Bop/ Stand Up Sit Down Shut Your Mouth/ DUB DICKERSON: My Gal Gertie/ JOHNNY FALLIN: Party Kiss/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Smokey Mountain Boogie/ RUDY GRAY: You Better Believe It/ Theres Gonna Be A Ball/ JIMMY HEAP: Go Ahead On/ Sebbin Come Elebbin/ FERLIN HUSKY: Wang Dang Doo/ WANDA JACKSON: Baby Loves Him/ Honey Bop/ Hot Dog That Made Him Mad/ Rock Your Baby/ KENNY LORAN: I Chickened Out/ BOBBY LOUIS: Cell of Love/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: Red Hen Hop/ BOB LUMAN: Try Me/ ROSE MADDOX: My Little Baby/ SKEETS MCDONALD: Heartbreakin Mama/ You Oughta See Grandma Rock/ MERRILL MOORE: Rock Rockol/ BOBBY NORRIS: I Went Rockin/ JERRY REED: Mister Whizz/ When I Found You/ DEL REEVES: Baby I Love You/ TOMMY SANDS: The Worryin Kind/ JACK SCOTT: One of These Days/ Strange Desire/ JEAN SHEPARD: Jeopardy/ HANK THOMPSON: Rockin In The Congo/ GENE VINCENT: B I Bickey Bi Bo Bo Go/ Lotta Lovin/ Race With The Devil/ Woman Love/ FARON YOUNG: Honey Stop/ I Cant Dance

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Satellite 01 Satellite Fever & The Asiatic Flu ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
A great collection of rock 'n' roll and R&B on two highly topical subjects in the late 50s - space travel and Asian flu. Paul Perryman opens the proceedings by combining both in his hot Satellite Fever - Asiatic Flu and Timmie Rodgers channels Chuck Berry for his take me to your leader. Johnny Greco give us some doo-wop on Rocket Ride as do the Equadors on Sputnik Dance. Bluesman Roosevelt Sykes started his career in the 1920s but is bang up to date with his rocket Sputnik Baby which also mentions "asiatic flu" in passing and features the great Joe Willie Wilkins on guitar. Of course medically obsessed Huey Smith & The Clowns are here with the improbably titled Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas & Sinus Blues. There's more from the likes of LIl Randolph, The Spacemen, Ebe Sneezer (with Asiatic Flu of course), The Ravens, Gene & Al and others. (FS)
BOB & GERRY: Ghost Satellite/ ALLEN BRADLEY QUINTET: Space Race/ THE EQUADORS: Sputnik Dance/ LEON EVANS: Satellite Beep Bop/ GENE & AL: Able & Baker/ JOHNNY GRECO: Rocket Ride/ JIMMIE HASKELL: Asteroid Hop/ THE MONITORS: Rock & Roll Fever/ GLENN MOONEY: Beep Alonia/ BUEL MOORE & THE GARNETS: Sputnik #3/ DANNY OVERBEA: Space Time/ JACK OWENS: Martian Love Call (A Hand Jive)/ PAUL PERRYMAN: Satellite Fever-Asiatic Flu/ LIL RANDOLPH: Satellite Love/ THE RAVENS: Hole In The Middle Of The Moon/ BOB ROBAIN: Rocket To The Moon/ TIMMIE ROGERS: Take Me To Your Leader/ RAY SAWYER: Rockin’ Satellite/ HUEY SMITH: Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas & Sinus Blues/ EBE SNEEZER: Asiatic Flu/ THE SPACE MEN: Martian Chant/ THE SPACEMEN: Blast Off/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Sputnik Baby/ LITTLE ERNEST TUCKER: Gonna Get Me A Satellite/ MARTY WILSON & THE STRAT- O-LITES: Super Sonic

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Smith & Co. 2441 Great British Skiffle, Vol. 5 - Just About As Good As I ● CD $16.98
2 CDs, 59 tracks, 2 hours 14 min., highly recommended
Skiffle saw its heyday in England in the late 1950s, when it influenced reached across much of the popular music scene. This collection features folk, gospel, rockabilly, country, blues, and jazz (recorded between 1948-1960) all reimagined through the filter of skiffle, complete with kazoos, washboards, and other improvised instruments that helped to define the form. The King of Skiffle, Lonnie Donegan contributes an oddly upbeat version of the classic American song John Henry and Bob Cort takes on Woody Guthrie's This Land Is Your Land, with British locations and landmarks substituted for the American originals. Also of note is the oddly upbeat version of Mary Don't You Weep by the Lea Valley Skiffle Group, and the Human Orchestra-esque treatment of the chestnut I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate by the Original London Blue Blowers. But the best track here, He's Solid Gone, belongs to Nancy Whiskey and her Skifflers, who apparently didn't record much. Fans of the form and especially those of Vol. 4 have much to be happy about. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Trailer-Park 10 Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands, Vol. 10 ● CD $15.98
31 tracks, 78 mins, recommended
The 10th and, apparently final volume in this excellent series featuring off the wall thematic recordings. This volume has quite a few songs about crime and prison with tracks from Billy Barton, Jimmie Piper, Danny Dill (the grim He's Biding His Time about a prisoner expecting to be murdered by another prisoner), Hoagy Carmichael (yes - the legendary jazz and pop songwriter with a cover of Johnny Cash's I Walk The Line!), Bill Anderson and others. There are songs about drinking (Connie Hall, Doug LaValley), death (Bob Fryfogle), laughing (Yodelin' Shorty) and more oddities. The disc and series end on a low note with an unknown artists doing the Burp Concerto about which the less said the better. (FS)
BAILEY ANDERSON: Folsom Prison Blues/ BILL ANDERSON: Dead Or Alive/ KEITH ANDERSON: Locked Up Again/ JOHN ASHLEY: The Net/ BILLY BARTON: Wanted Man/ GLORIA BECKER: Sixteen Pounds/ BIG DADDY: Daniel Webster & The Devil/ EARL BROOKS: Thirteen Minutes/ CHARLES (SHORTY) BROWN: One Gallus Brown/ BILL CARLISLE: Doctor R.D./ HOAGY CARMICHAEL: I Walk The Line/ JOEY DELTON: Slippin' Slidin' & Fightin'/ DANNY DILL: He's Biding His Time/ BUD FREEMAN: Please Tell The World (A Message From The Grave)/ BOB FRYFOGLE: Six Feet Under/ FORREST GREEN & THE RANGERS: Poverty/ LALO GUERRERO: Pancho Lopez/ CONNIE HALL: The Bottle Or Me/ ROD HART & THE NASHVILE ADDIX: Blind Viet Nam Vet/ LONNIE HOLT: Overton Hanging/ DOUG LAVALLEY: 190 More Days/ LINDA LEIGH: The Scent/ BART MATTSON: Love Slave/ JIM NESBITT: Please Mr. Kennedy/ RAY PHILLIPS: Twenty Cigarettes/ JIMMIE PIPER: Bonfire/ CARL SHOOK: Broadcaster's Prayer-W.S.L.M./ RAY STONE: Twenty One Men/ JOE SUBWAY: How To Sell Stereo/ UNKNOWN ARTIST: Burp Concerto/ YODELIN' SHORTY: The Crazy Laughing Blues

 
T-BONE WALKER Sunny Side 3044 Good Feelin' ● CD $15.98
12 tracks, 40 mins, highly recommended
Reissue of T-Bone's superb 1970 Grammy winning album originally issued on Polydor. At the time he was practically ignored in his home country and spent a lot of time in Europe where he received the attention he deserved. This was recorded in 1968 in Paris with some of France's top musicians plus legendary Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango. T-Bone revisits some of his old favorites along with some newer songs and producer Robin Hemmingway creaed a sound that was faithful to T-Bone's roots but with a gentle updating that included some funk elements. T-Bone is in superb form throughout with great vocals and lots of his distinctive guitar work. Some of T-Bone's later recordings are marred by less than stellar backup or arrangements but this one is truly classy productiomn that succeeds on every level. (FS)

 
WASHBOARD SAM Document DOCD 5177 Complete Chronological Recordings, Vol. 7 (1942-49) ● CD $15.98 $10.98
24 tracks, 72 min., recommended
The last volume in the series devoted to this important bluesman. This disc closes out Sam's days with Bluebird/RCA, from the last few tracks in his mid-1942 session, through a four and half year recording hiatus, to his three 1947 and two 1949 sessions. Accompanists here include Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, Willie Dixon, J. T. Brown, "Sax" Mallard, Bob Call, Ransom Knowling, and Eddie "Sugarman" Penigar. The return of horns to the back up group moves most of these numbers back into the city blues category. Highlights include Down South Woman Blues/ You Can't Make the Grade/ Soap and Water Blues/ No Special Rider/ Dollar Is Your Best Friend, and No. 1 Drunkard. Sam would next record for Chess in 1953. Fine notes and sound quality, with a cover photo of Sam, Big Bill, Roosevelt Sykes, and Victor talent scout Lester Melrose. (DH)

 

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