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Various Artists Collections - Post War New York

VARIOUS Cee-Jay 579 New York Tracks - Downhome Blues In The City, 1955-64 ● CD $16.98
23 tracks, 57 mins, highly recommended
Fine selection of New York blues though a fair amount of the tracks have been out before though not in this setting. Lots of treats for guitar fans with fine guitar led instrumentals from Fender Guitar Slim, The Charlie Lucas Combo and Roy Gaines. Several tracks feature the brilliant, distinctive guitar of Jimmy Spruill - most notably on Little Danny's ferocious Mind On Loving and Wilbert Harrison's delightful Drafted. Lee Roy Little's three sides have a commercial flavor with their vocal choruses but have a fine loping feel to them. Other artists include the Jimmy Reed flavored B. Brown & His Rockin' McVouts, Little Terry, Bobby Long, Little Marie Allen and others. Sound quality is excellent and there is a four page booklet with notes on the performers. (FS)
LITTLE MARIE ALLEN WITH CHUCK BOOKER'S BAND: Humdinger/ Oh, Oh, I'm In Love/ B. BROWN & HIS ROCKIN' MCVOUTS: Chewing Gum/ My Baby Left Me/ Rockin With "B"/ FENDER "GUITAR SLIM" AND ORCH.: Atomic Blues/ FENDER "GUITAR SLIM" & ORCH.: Tender Rock/ ROY GAINES: Gainsville/ WILBERT HARRISON: Drafted/ Kansas City Twist/ LEE ROY LITTLE: Hurry Baby Please Come Home/ WHISKEY LEE ROY LITTLE: Let Me Go Home/ LITTLE DANNY: Mind On Loving/ LITTLE TERRY: Shake Me Up Baby/ BOBBY LONG: I Need You/ Jersey City/ CHARLIE LUCAS COMBO: Jump For Joy/ Walkin'/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Anna Mae/ HAL PAIGE & THE WHALERS: After Hours Blues/ RIFF RUFFIN: Hoop and Holler/ Plain English/ DRINK SMALL & HIS GUITAR: I Love You Alberta

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fremeaux & Associes 5008 New York City Blues, 1940-1950 ● CD $32.98
Two CD set. Title is a little misleading as this is mostly country blues by Piedmont artists but the tracks were mostly recorded in New York City so it's not totally inappropriate. Whatever it's an excellent collection of mostly guitar blues recorded between 1940 and 1950 - many of the tracks are available elsewhere but there are a few making their first appearance on CD and the music is consistently superb.
GABRIEL BROWN: Blackjack Blues/ CAROLINA SLIM: Mama's Boogie/ LEROY DALLAS: I'm Going Away/ REVEREND GARY DAVIS: I'm Gonna Meet Me At The Station/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: I Think You Need A Shot/ BIG CHIEF ELLIS: Big Chief's Blues/ BLIND BOY FULLER: Good Feeling Blues/ Three Ball Blues/ LITTLE BOY FULLER: Bed Spring Blues/ Down Hearted Man/ BOY GREEN: A & B Blues/ Play My Juke-box/ LOUIS HAYES: Honey Blues/ LEADBELLY: Good Morning Mr Blues/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Key To The Highway/ My Bulldog Blues/ That's The Stuff/ STICKS MCGHEE: Baby Baby Blues/ She's Gone./ DENNIS MCMILLAN: Paper Wooden Daddy/ Woke Up This Morning/ BUDDY MOSS: I'm Sitting Here Tonight/ Unfinished Business/ SETH RICHARD: Broom Street Blues/ Gas Station Blues/ MARYLIN SCOTT: I Got What My Daddy Likes/ ALEC SEWARD: Early Morning Blues/ Late Evening Blues/ SONNY & LONNIE: South West Pacific Blues/ TARHEEL SLIM: Somebody Changed The Lock/ SONNY TERRY: Airplane Blues/ Telephone Blues/ JORDAN WEBB & SONNY TERRY: Touch It Up And Go/ JOSH WHITE: Evil Hearted Man # 1/ RALPH WILLIS: Cool That Thing/ Going To Virginia


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