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ELDER J.E. BURCH/ REV. BEAUMONT Document DOCD 5329 Complete Recorded Works, 1927-1929 ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, 72 min., good With Burch you get sermons from a Sanctified preacher and singing with bass, guitar, snare drum, tambourine(s), and female accompaniment, all recorded during one October day in 1927. As is common with preachers recorded in the period, nothing is known of Burch; he may even have been white. He preaches and sings with urgency, always slightly out of control, seemingly as concerned with cleanliness as godliness, seeing them as one and the same. An older style of sermon is represented by Rev. Beaumont, aka Rev. Johnson, aka Rev. Walsh, who mis-cites his Biblical references as often as not. Beaumont's sermons feature familiar Bible stories of Noah and Lazarus and such. As with Burch, a total lack of biographical info is made up for somewhat by excellent booklet notes from David Evans. Interesting, though not for all ears. (JC)

 
DAN BURLEY Wolf WBJ 008 South Side Shake 1945-1951 ● CD $14.98
23 tracks, 76 mins, recommended. Lexington-born "State St. Yancey Style" pianist Dan Burley's career started in the 30's, but his known recordings date back to 1945 (A Suite In 4 Comfortable Quarters with Leonard Feather and Tiny Grimes on Continental Records). Burley also worked as sports and entertainment writer for a number of major tabloids. His music, a mixture of boogie and stride spiced with Harlem swing, became a part of the shuffling-jive that preceded the birth of R&B. CD includes extremely rare recordings made between 1945 and 1951 for Continental, Circle, Exclusive, and Arkay featuring such notables as Lionel Hampton, Hot Lips Page, Tyree Glenn, Baby Dodds, Pops Foster, Brownie & Sticks McGhee. Fine vocal rendition of They Raided The Joint by Vanita Smythe. Booklet contains rare pics, clippings, articles, painstakingly detailed biography, discography, plus extracts from Burley's "Jiver's Bible". Also includes soundtrack and broadcast material, plus a Soundie transcription - all extremely fine barrelhouse-inspired piano. (OLN)

 
DAN BURLEY/ BROWNIE & STICKS MCGEE Southland 9 Circle Blues SEssion ● CD $13.98
17 tracks, highly recommended Not a new release but one we havn't reviewed before. Features 17 tracks recorded for Rudi Blesh's Circle label in June, 1946 - 8 previously unissued. 11 tracks feature vocalist/ piano player/ author/ journalist Dan Burley accompenied by his Skiffle Boys (Brownie McGee, Sticks McGee and Pops Foster). Burley was a fine and expressive singer and piano player who was influenced by the great Hersal Thomas whom he dedicates one of his tunes to. 6 of the tracks are by the McGee brothers and are particularly nice with great interplay between the two guitars, Brownie sings on four of them, Sticks on one and they do an excellent instrumental Tennessee Shuffle. (FS)

 
REV. J.C. BURNETT Document DOCD 5557 Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1, 1926-1927 ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, 67 mins, recommended First of two volumes featuring the recordings of this outstanding and very popular preacher. Most of the performances start off with an excerpt from a long meter hymn by Burnett and Sisters Ethel Garinger and Odette Jackson and then moves into Burnett's exposition of a biblical text which he builds into a ferocious and almost incoherent climax urged on by ths shouts and declamations of the sisters. A couple of the performances are simply hyms sung with little or no preaching. They are usually joined on piano or organ by Porter Garinger and one session features organ accompaniment by Fats Waller! This set includes his most famous recording The Downfall Of Nebuchadnezzer plus others like Drive And Go Forward/ Hebrew Children In The Fiery Furnace/ Daniel In The Lion's Den/ It's You Turn Now But My Time After Awhile and others including the particularly powerful I Will Stay here And Send The News To Town. Generally excellent sound plus informative notes by Chris Smith. (FS)

 
REV. J.C. BURNETT Document DOCD 5558 Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2, 1927-1945 ● CD $14.98
 

 

EDDIE BURNS BLUES BAND Evidence 26024 Detroit ● CD $12.98
11 tracks, good. Reissue of Blue Suit 103 by this legend of Motor City blues.

 
JIMMY BURNS Delmark 694 Leaving Here Walking ● CD $14.98
 

 
JIMMY BURNS Delmark 730 Night Time Again ● CD $14.98
 

 
R.L. BURNSIDE Fat Possum 80301 Mr. Wizard ● CD $13.98
R.L. BURNSIDE: Alice Mae/ Georgia Women/ Highway 7/ Out on the Road/ Over the Hill/ Rollin' & Tumblin'/ Snake Drive/ Tribute to Fred/ You Gotta Move

 
R.L. BURNSIDE Fat Possum 80307 Too Bad Jim ● CD $13.98
10 tracks, 41 mins, highly recommended  R.L. Burnside may not have too much original material and may not be a guitar virtuoso but he certainly lays done some of the funkiest low down blues you are likely to hear in the 90s. Drawing on traditional Mississippi songs (Shake 'Em On Down/ Old Black Mattie/ Going Down South) plus songs from John Lee Hooker (When My First Wife Left Me), Lightnin' Hopkins (Short Haired Woman/ .44 Pistol and others he accompanies his rough hewn vocals with wonderfully nasty sounding electric guitar, sometimes playing slide. Most cuts feature solid accompaniments from drummer Calvin Jackson and guitarist Kenny Brown who really help kick things along. Kudos to producer Robert Palmer for doing such a great job in capturing the real essence of down home blues and providing some illuminating liner notes though his references to chaos theory may be a little over the top! (FS)
R.L. BURNSIDE: .44 Pistol/ Death Bell Blues/ Fireman Ring The Bell/ Goin' Down South/ Miss Glory B./ Old Black Mattie/ Peaches/ Shake 'Em On Down/ Short-Haired Woman/ When My First Wife Left Me

 
R.L. BURNSIDE Fat Possum 80317 Come On In ● CD $13.98
 

 
R.L. BURNSIDE Genes 9917 My Black Name A-Ringin' ● CD $14.98
Previously unissued recordings from 1969 - some with Red Ramsey/ harmonica and/or guitarist Jesse Vortis.

 
R.L. BURNSIDE High Water/HMG 6501 Sound Machine Groove ● CD $13.98
Reissue of 1980 album originally on the French Vogue label plus 3 previously unissued cuts from this currently much in demand Mississippi bluesman accompanied by his sons Joseph & Daniel on guitars and bass plus Calvin Jackson on drums.

 
R.L. BURNSIDE Matador 214 Ass Pocket Full Of Whiskey ● CD $16.98
New album features Mississippi bluesman accompanied by blues-rock band The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

 
R.L. BURNSIDE M.C. Records 34 Acoustic Stories ● CD $13.98
All acoustic album by this very popular Delta stylist.

 
RURAL L. BURNSIDE Arion 60397 Mississippi Blues ● CD $15.98
11 tracks, 39 mins, very good Enjoyable set of performances - mostly recorded live in France in 1983. Most of the songs are versions of traditional Mississippi pieces like Poor Black Mattie/ Rolling and Tumbling, etc. along with some Lightnin' Hopkins songs. Burnside sings well and plays some good acoustic guitar but the record suffers from overly familiar material and a very restrained approach. (FS)

 
CHARLIE BURSE/ JIMMY DEBERRY Old Tramp 02 Complete Recordings, 1939 ● CD $19.98
 

 
ARON BURTON Delmark 727 Good News To You ● CD $14.98
Newest by Chicago blues singer/bassist with his brother Larry, Billy Branch, Lester Davenport and others.

 
ARON BURTON Earwig 4927 Past, Present & Future ● CD $14.98
 

 
ARON BURTON Earwig 4935 Live! ● CD $14.98
13 tracks recorded live in early 1995 by bassist Burton who also contributes some vocals. The rest of the band includes Michael Dodson, Lester Davenport and others. Mostly old favorites like Little Red Rooster/ Fever/ River's Invitation/ Hoochie Coochie Man, etc.

 
W.E. "BUDDY" BURTON/ ED HUDSON RST Records JPCD 1511 Chicago South Side Blues & Jazz ● CD $16.98
 

 
GEORGE "WILD CHILD" BUTLER Black Magic 9015 Keep On Doing What You're Doing ● CD $16.98
Reissue of Butler's rare 1970 Mercury album recorded in November, 1969 with a band which included Jimmy Dawkins, Lafayette Leake, Mighty Joe Young and others. Having now had a chance to hear this I think it is justifiably rare. In spite of the impressive line-up it is a rather apathetic effort with unexceptional vocals and harp playing and sloppy accompaniments. The chief problem seems to be a lack of cohesiveness which points to inadequate rehearsal and/or poor direction by the producers. If you are thinking of laying out big bucks for the LP you might want to think again! (FS)

 
GEORGE "WILD CHILD" BUTLER Bullseye Blues 9518 These Mean Old Blues ● CD $14.98
Despite past praise from bluesmen like Willie Dixon and Lightnin' Hopkins, George "Wild Child" Butler has largely escaped public notice. Butler has been recording since the mid-sixties when he cut a few sides for the Shaw label and many more for Shreveport-based Jewel Records. But during his lengthy career, he has made only two previous albums (in 1969 and 1976). These Mean Old Blues is a strong, strong set of 11 originals, featuring Butler's tremendous country-style harmonica (just listen to Walkin' The Little Girl Home!) and rugged vocals. Songs like Crack House Woman show Howlin' Wolf's influence, and mix traditional blues with a timely lyric. Likewise, the slow blues It's A Pity makes reference to the Gulf War, among other things. His harmonica style is reminiscent of Sonny Boy Williamson #2 and Hammie Nixon, without being derivative. Recommended. [JC]

 
GEORGE "WILD CHILD" BUTLER Bullseye Blues 9539 Stranger ● CD $14.98
 

 
GEORGE "WILD CHILD" BUTLER M.C. Records 36 Lickin' Gravy ● CD $14.98
Reissue of album originally issued on Roots in 1976 and then reissued on Rooster Blues in 1986 with overdubs and now on CD for the first time.

 
THE BUTLER TWINS JSP 257 Not Gonna Worry About Tomorrow ● CD $14.98
Detroit based blues duo.

 
THE BUTLER TWINS JSP 268 Pursue Your Dreams ● CD $14.98
 

 
BUTTERBEANS AND SUSIE Document DOCD 5544 Complete Recorded Works 1924-1927: Vol 1 - 1924/25 ● CD $14.98
 

 
BUTTERBEANS AND SUSIE Document DOCD 5545 Complete Recorded Works 1924-1927: Vol 2 - 1926/27 ● CD $14.98
 

 
PAUL BUTTERFIELD Rhino 70877 Paul Butterfield's Better Days ● CD $11.98
Reissue of Bearsville 2119 from 1973. The best of the lot. After breaking up the Blues Band, Butter headed to Woodstock and formed this all-star band, kind of a folkie version of the Blues Band, with Amos Garrett, Geoff Muldaur, Ronnie Barron, with Billy Rich & Chris Parker on bass & drums. Technically, the band is incredible but the LP seems to snooze, aided by the inclusion of such war horses as Baby Please Don't Go , (New) Walkin' Blues/ Nobody's Fault But Mine & Please Send Me Someone To Love . Vocals by Butter, Geoff & Ronnie, guests include Maria Muldaur and a 5 piece Howard Johnson-led horn section with old Blues Band mates Gene Dinwiddie & David Sanborn. (GM)

 
PAUL BUTTERFIELD Rhino 70878 It All Comes Back ● CD $11.98
Reissue of Bearsville 2170 from 1974. After a promising start with a blazing version of Smokey Hogg's Too Many Drivers , it goes downhill rather quickly. The overdone blues standards are replaced by new material written by Butter, Barron & Bobby Charles, with lots of not really successful funk and New Orleans R&B experiments, the best being the Barron-Dr. John-penned Louisiana Flood . Most songs, especially the ones with vocal chorus, sound real dated. Also includes a bad version of Mose Allison's If You Live (GM)

 
PAUL BUTTERFIELD Rhino/ Elektra 73505 The Original Lost Elektra Sessions ● CD $15.98
19 previously unissued sides including his first recordings from 1964 that were originally intended to be his first album and outtakes from the 1965 session that resulted in their first official release.
PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND: Ain't No Need To Go No Further/ Everything's Gonna Be All Right/ Goin' Down Slow/ Good Morning Little School Girl/ Hate To See You Go/ Help Me/ It Hurts Me Too/ Just To Be With You/ Love Her With A Feeling/ Lovin' Cup/ Mellow Down Easy/ Nut Popper #1/ Our Love Is Driftin'/ Piney Brown Blues/ Poor Boy/ Rock Me/ Spoonful/ Take Me Back Baby/ That's All Right

 
THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND Elektra 7294 The Paul Butterfield Blues Band ● CD $11.98
CD issue of Elektra 7294 from 1965. When every other white kid played the blues as loud rock'n'roll or reverential folk, Butterfield had the first major white fronted powerful Chicago blues band, a move that would spark the great late 60s Blues Revival. Butter originally had U of Chi buddy Elvin Bishop on guitar, with Howlin' Wolf rhythm Jerome Arnold & Sam Lay. Added Naftalin, & to round out the recording, future legend Mike Bloomfield. These recordings still sound fresh & alive, & incl the classic Nick Gravinites tune Born In Chicago, Elmore James' Shake Your Moneymaker & Look Over Yonders Wall, Little Walter's Mellow Down Easy/ Blues With A Feeling/ Last Night, & originals Screamin' & Thank You Mr. Poobah (GM)
PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND: Blues With A Feeling/ Born In Chicago/ I Got My Mojo Working/ Last Night/ Look Over Yonders Wall/ Mellow Down Easy/ Mystery Train/ Our Love Is Drifting/ Screamin'/ Shake Your Money-maker/ Thank You Mr. Poobah

 
THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND Elektra 7315 East West ● CD $11.98
CD issue of the 1966 classic. If Butter's 1st LP was to be a classic in white & electric blues, he transcended that by his 2nd LP, with the same lineup except drummer Billy Davenport replacing Sam Lay. The Blues covers are down to a minimum, incl Walkin' Blues & Two Trains Running (AKA Still A Fool), along with covers of Lee Dorsey's Get Out Of My Life Woman, even The Monkees' Mary Mary. But what really set this apart are the two long tracks, a hard harp workout on Cannonball Adderly's Work Song, & the 13 minute title track that experimented in modal playing & turned Mike Bloomfield into a Superstar. (GM)
PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND: All These Blues/ East-West/ Get out of my Life, Woman/ I Got a Mind to Give Up Living/ Mary, Mary/ Never Say No/ Two Trains Running/ Walkin'Blues/ Work Song

 
THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND Elektra 74015 The Resurrection Of Pigboy Crabshaw ● CD $11.98
CD reissue of the original album with Pity The Fool, Born Under A Bad Sign, Drivin' Wheel, Tollin' Bells, 9 in all. A must for Butterfield fans.
PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND: Born Under a Bad Sign/ Double Trouble/ Driftin' and Driftin'/ Drivin' Wheel/ Droppin' Out/ One More Heartache/ Pity the Fool/ Run Out of Time/ Tollin' Bells

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