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La Salle Chicago Blues Recordings -> Wrapped In My Baby

VARIOUS Wolf 120.297 La Salle Chicago Blues Recordings, Vol 2 ● CD $14.98
14 tracks, 35 mins, good Entertaining collection of Chicago blues recorded for Jump Jackson's La Salle label between 1959 and 1970. Eddie Clearwater has a varied quartet of tunes including his obligatory Chuck Berry impersonation on Cool Clear Water. Sy Perry has the solid West Side feel of a Magic Sam on his two songs but is out of tune! Eddie Boyd is as always fine and I Cry has some nice biting guitar from Euegen Pearson. The set also includes Little Mac, Sunnyland Slim, Little Wolf Jr., Wilbur "Hi-Fi" White and the man himself Jump Jackson. Many of the tracks were apparently recorded in Jumps' garage and they sound like it. Being a Wolf release you have only yourself to blame if you try to read the liner notes. (FS)
EDDIE BOYD: I Cry/ Vacation From The Blues/ EDDIE CLEARWATER: Ain't That A Shame/ Baby Please/ Cool Clear Water/ Dancin' Time/ JUMP JACKSON: Midnight Shuffle/ LITTLE WOLF JR.: Inflation Blues/ SY PERRY: I Don't Understand You, Baby/ I Really Don't Have The Blues/ LITTLE MAC SIMMONS: Broken Heart/ Driving Wheel/ SUNNYLAND SLIM: Something Is Going Wrong/ WILBUR "HI-FI" WHITE: Don't Look Now

VARIOUS Alligator 7701 Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 1 ● CD $15.98
Alligator has wisely taken their six record series of 1970's Chicago blues recordings and transferred them to four maximum-length CD's/ cassettes. The first installment features The Jimmy Johnson Blues Band, Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang (Howlin' Wolf alumni, including Hubert Sumlin), Left Hand Frank & His Blues Band (with Dimestore Fred and Pocketwatch Paul), and Carey Bell's Blues Harp Band. 17 cuts. (MB)

VARIOUS Alligator 7702 Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 2 ● CD $15.98
The second chapter of Alligator's contemporary Chicago blues legends series includes The Lonnie Brooks Blues Band, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, and Pinetop Perkins (with the Muddy Waters band - Sammy Lawhorn, Luther Johnson Jr., Calvin Jones and Willie Smith). 16 selections. (MB)

VARIOUS Alligator 7703 Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 3 ● CD $15.98
A.C. Reed & The Spark Plugs, Scotty & The Rib Tips, Lovie Lee with Carey Bell, Lacy Gibson, and The Sons Of Blues (Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell et. al.) are heard on this third volume of 70's Chicago blues veterans. 19 cuts. (MB)

VARIOUS Alligator 7704 Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 4 ● CD $15.98
The fourth and final offering in Alligator's revamped contemporary Chicago blues array issues Detroit Junior, Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (with fellow Muddy sidemen Pinetop Perkins, Calvin Jones and Willie Smith), Queen Sylvia Embry, Big Leon Brooks' Blues Harp Band (with Louis Myers and Pinetop Perkins) and Andrew Brown. 19 numbers. (MB)

VARIOUS Earwig 4902 Old Friends ● CD $14.98

VARIOUS Relic 7016 Parrot/ Blue Lake #2 - Cool Playing Blues ● CD $14.98
Complementing Relic CD 7015, this is another excursion into the vaults of the Parrot & Blue Lake labels - this time focusing on urban stylings, and also including a healthy dose of previously unissued material. There are four tracks by the brilliant Jody Williams - a fine singer and outstanding guitarist who, though little known, was an influential figure on the Chicago scene in the 50s. His previously unissued Groan My Blues Away is his only known slide guitar on record. There are two tracks by excellent T-Bone flavored singer/ guitarist L.C. McKinley who also accompanies Curtis Jones on his last commercial recordings. St. Louis Jimmy is also represented here by his last commercial recordings, including a version of his most famous song Going Down Slow. Jazzy blues shouter JoJo Adams has two tracks and the collection is rounded out by three previously unissued tracks from the dean of Chicago sax players J.T. Brown. Excellent sound and informative notes by the indefatigable Dick Shurman. Same as Relic LP 8025. (FS)
JO JO ADAMS: Call My Baby/ NATURE BOY BROWN: Blue Blues Boogie/ I'm Wise/ Lookout/ CURTIS JONES: Cool Playing Blues/ Wrong Blues/ LITTLE PAPA JO: Easy Lovin'/ Looking For My Baby/ L.C. MCKINLEY: Rosalie Blues/ ST. LOUIS JIMMY: Going Down Slow/ Murder In The First Degree/ JODY WILLIAMS: Groan My Blues Away/ I Feel So All Alone

VARIOUS Delmark 618 Sweet Home Chicago ● CD $11.98
11 tracks, 33 mins, recommended Nice collection of sides recorded for Delmark between 1966 and '68. Highlights are the two tough sides by the always great Magic Sam - That's Why I'm Crying/ Bad Luck Blues. Sam also accompanies saxophonist Eddie Shaw on two fine instrumentals. Luther Allison makes his recording debut with two B.B. King flavored cuts with spooky Hawaiian guitar work from Fred Roulette. Louis Myers plays fine harp on Top Of The Harp and there are worthwhile cuts by Big Mojo and Lucky Lopez with The Jazz Prophets. (FS)

VARIOUS Chess CHD 31262 The Blues, Vol 1 ● CD $11.98
CD issue of Chess 9253 - 12 tracks by Sonny Boy Williamson, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Lowell Fulson, Little Walter, Muddy waters, etc.
CHUCK BERRY: Worried Life Blues/ LOWELL FULSON: Reconsider Baby/ BUDDY GUY: First Time I Met The Blues/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Walkin' The Boogie/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Smokestack Lightning/ Spoonful/ LITTLE WALTER: Juke/ My Babe/ MUDDY WATERS: Hoochie Coochie Man/ Just Make Love To Me/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Don't Start Me To Talkin'/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: When The Lights Go Out

VARIOUS Alligator 7707 The New Bluebloods ● CD $13.98
Essentially this is the most recent Alligator sampler, although not at a budget price. Focuses on "new" talent like Valerie Wellington, Donald Kinsey, Lil' Ed and 7 more, one cut from each.

VARIOUS Delmark 690 Women Of Blue Chicago ● CD $11.98
11 Tracks, 56 min., very good This is sort of a sampler for the Delmark label's female artists. What you've got is two songs each by Big Time Sarah, Shirley Johnson, Bonnie Lee, Karen Carroll and Lynne Jordan as well as one cut by Katherine Davis. It's Chicago blues by ladies who are out there doing it at the clubs known as Blue Chicago. The highlight of the CD is Karen Caroll's version of Vicksburg Blues. Seven of the tracks are on releases by the individual artists with the other four songs only available on this CD. (RS)

VARIOUS Delmark 716 Wrapped In My Baby ● CD $11.98
1954/55 Chicago blues recordings cut in the basement of producer Al Smith by Morris Pejoe, Arthur "Big Boy" Spires and Willy "Big Eyes" Smith.


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