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BULLETIN - October 2008
Blues & Gospel
Various Artists



VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 334 Dig These Blues - The Legendary Dig Masters ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Back in print by popular demand. 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 1194 The Downhome Blues Sessions, Vol. 5 - Back In The Alley ● CD $18.98
After a long wait this fantastic series returns with a fifth volume - this time moving from the Deep South to California featuring 26 great down home sides from the Bay Area recorded between 1949 and 1954 for the Modern group of labels along with a few tracks from the Money label. Includes sides by Johnny Fuller, Walter Robertson, James Reed, Jimmy McCracklin, Lowell Fulson and Roy Hawkins. Includes seven previously unissued alternate takes. Includes 16 page booklet with extensive notes by Dave Sax.
JOHNNY FULLER: Back Home/ Buddy/ Hard Times/ I Walk All Night/ It's Your Life/ Johnny's Low Down Blues/ Prowling Blues/ LOWELL FULSON: I'm Prison Bound/ My Baby Left Me/ ROY HAWKINS: Just A Poor Boy (take 2)*/ You Had A Good Man (take 1)*/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: Beer Drinkin' Woman (take 4)*/ I Think My Time Is Here (take 1)*/ I'll Get A Break Someday (take 7)*/ Josephine (take 6)*/ JAMES REED: Couldn't Be A Dream (take 1)/ Dr. Brown/ Dr. Brown (alternate Take)*/ End, The/ My Love Is Real/ My Mama Told Me/ Oh People/ This Is The End/ You Better Hold Me/ WALTER ROBINSON: I've Done Everything I Can/ Sputtering Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 4037 Bob Geddins' Cava-Tone Records Story ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, 70 mins, essential
Complementing Acrobat 9012 ("Bob Geddins' Big Town Record Story" - 3 CDs - $24.98) this is another superb collection of West Coast blues and gospel produced by the brilliant African-American entrepreneur Bob Geddins. This volume features most of the recordings made for his Cava-Tone label which he operated from 1946 through 1948 producing some sensational music - quite a bit of it ending up reissued on other Geddins labels as well as other West Coast labels like Gilt Edge, Aladdin and RPM. It features two of Lowell FUlson's earliest recordings with Lowell and his country blues guitar accompanied only by his brother Martin. There are several sides featuring the brilliant West Coast blues singer Jimmy Wilson including a great rendition of Nobody's Business with an amazing narration from bass singer Elbrige Vann who also takes the lead on an unexpected rendition of Ghost Riders In The Sky. Wilson is also featured as lead vocalist on two of the four cuts by the superb gospel group The Rising Star Gospel Singers. Geddins was very fond of slow, doom laden blues and there are some great examples here from Jimmy McCracklin, Ulysses James, Emery Franklin, Roy Hawkins and The West Side Trio - the latter's So Tired I Could Cry will sound very familiar to Otis Rush fans. For blues guitar lovers you'll hear some great backup work on these tracks from Ulysses James (a little known but outstanding musician), Robert Kelton and Lafayette Thomas! About the only weak part of this set are the rather lame cuts by Saunders King - three are dull pop ballads and the fourth is a silly jive number that doesn't really go anywhere. Otherwise this is a great set with excellent sound and detailed notes from Opal Louis Nations. Next up on the menu is a CD of Geddins's Irma label due in about a month. (FS)
LOWELL FULSON: Lonesome Blues/ My Baby Left Me/ Prison Bound/ Stormin' And Rainin'/ BOB GEDDINS CAVALIERS: Ghost Riders/ Nobody's Business/ ROY HAWKINS: Ain't No Fault Of Mine/ They Raided The Joint/ ULYSSES JAMES: Poor Boy/ SAUNDERS KING: Big Fat Butterfly/ Nobody Wants Me/ September Song/ When Your Lover Has Gone/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: Bad Luck And Trouble/ Jimmy's Blues/ Railroad Blues/ THE RISING STAR GOSPEL SINGERS: Brother Moses/ I Trust In God/ Telephone Line/ While The Blood Is Running Warm In Your Veins/ THE WEST SIDE TRIO: So Tired I Could Cry/ West Side Jump/ JIMMY WILSON: Mistake In Life/ It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bellaphon CDLR 713024 Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 2: Blues On Highway 61 ● CD $14.98
11 tracks, highly recommended
A fine and varied collection of Mississippi country blues featuring artists based in the same region of Mississippi just off famed Highway 61. The main artists are James "Son" Thomas and Sam Chatmon. The former performs traditional style blues accompanying himself on electric guitar - sometimes with a slide and, on one track is accompanied by the rhythmic accompaniment of a broom being swept. Sam Chatmon was the surviving member of the Mississippi Sheiks and his repertoire ranges from a gorgeous version of Stop & Listen to a country blues version of Lowell Fulson's Black Night. Other artists are represented by single tracks - Walter Brown, Joe Cooper and Eddie Cusic and are all fine. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bellaphon 726321 American Folk Blues Festival, 1962/1963/1964 ● CD $21.98
Three CD set, 34 tracks, highly recommended
Available again. The Annual American Folk Blues Festival (AFBF) tours (1962-1971) were the first efforts to introduce a cross section of engaging blues performers to European audiences. A balance was kept between singers, guitarists, pianists and country/ Chicago blues. This three CD set features recordings made in 1962, '63 & '64 with one disc featured for each year. 1962 featured Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGHee, John Lee Hooker and Shakey Jake performing in various combinations. In 1963 we had a "house band" of Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Willie Dixon & Bill Stpeney who accompanied Memphis Slim, Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Spann and Muddy Waters as well as performing on their own. There are also performances from Victoria Spivey, Big Joe Williams and Lonnie Johnson. In 1964 the house band role was in the hands of Hubert Sumlin, Willie Dixon & Clifton James who accompanied Sonny Boy Williamson, Sunnyland Slim, Sugar Pie Desanto and Howlin' Wolf plus we have solo performances from Lightnin' Hopkins, Sleepy John Estes and John Henry Barbee. All in all a terrific qand varied selection blues, beautifully recorded. If you have Evidence 26100 ($59.98) you have all this and a lot more but this is an inexpensive introduction to these wonderful recordings. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 223006 Boogie Woogie ● CD $19.98
Available again after being out of print for a while. 10 CD s in a box with 200 tracks of boogie woogie. Mostly piano boogie along with some piano rags, big band titles and country boogie. There are no notes whatsoever but the material ranges from the 20s to early 50s and includes all your favorites and more including Albert Ammons, Turner Parrish, James P. Johnson. Roosevelt Sykes, Leroy Garnett, Cow Cow Davenport, Big Maceo, Bob Zurke, Little Brother Montgomery,  Clifford Blivens, Will Bradley, Henry Brown, Mary Lou Williams, Woody herman, Derryck Sampson, Gene Rodgers, Jack McVea, Jimmy Grissom, Mabel Scott, Sammy Price, Monkey Joe Coleman, Sammy Benskin, Art Tatum, Artie Shaw, Freddie Slack, Speckled Red, Big Joe Turner, Lightnin' Hopkins, Marylin Scott, Honey Hill, Oscar Peterson, Lizzie Baker and many more. Sound quality could be better - a bit too much digital noise reduction is evident on some cuts but at the price it can't be beat.
ALBERT AMMONS: Albert's Special Boogie Woogie/ Bass Goin' Crazy/ Boogie Woogie Blues/ Boogie Woogie Stomp/ Chicago In My Mind/ Jammin' The Boogie/ Mecca Flat Blues/ Shoot For Joy/ Suitcase Blues/ Woo Woo/ Twos & Fews/ Footpedal Boogie/ Movin' The Boogie/ Sixth Avenue Express/ LIL ARMSTRONG: Rock It/ CHARLES AVERY: Dearborn Street Breakdown/ LIZZIE BAKER: It Was So Good/ COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA: Wiggle The Woogie/ SAMMY BENSKIN: The World Is Waiting For The Sunr/ BIG MACEO: Chicago Breakdown/ Detroit Jump/ Kidman Blues/ Texas Stomp/ THE BIG THREE TRIO: The Big Three Boogie/ CLIFFORD BLIVENS: Junie Flip/ JIMMY BLYTHE: Boogie Woogie Blues/ Chicago Stomp/ Society Blues/ WILL BRADLEY: Down The Road Apiece/ Five O'clock Whistle/ Rock A Bye The Boogie/ The Booglie Wooglie Piggy/ Three Ring Ragout/ Quicksilver Boogie/ HADA BROOKS: At The Band Box/ HADDA BROOKS: Hungarian Rhapsody In Boogie/ CLEO BROWN: The Boogie Woogie/ HENRY BROWN: Deep Morgan Boogie/ MILT BUCKNER: Fat Stuff Boogie/ LEROY CARR: Barrelhouse Woman No. 2/ LARRY CLINTON: Boogie Woogie Blues/ MONKEY JOE COLEMAN: Gonna Beat It To Memphis/ SPADE COOLEY: Big Chief Boogie/ BOB CROSBY: Brass Boogie Part One/ Brass Boogie Part One/ COW COW DAVENPORT: 5th Street Blues/ Cow Cow Blues/ Hurry & Bring It On Home/ Slum Gullion Stomp/ State Street Jive/ AL DEXTER: New Broom Boogie/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Junker Blues/ Rub A Little With A Boogie/ RENE FAURE: At The Honky Tonk/ LEMUEL FOWLER: Down & Out Blues/ ERROLL GARNER: Boogie Woogie Boogie/ LEROY GARNETT: Chain 'em Down/ BENNY GOODMAN ORCHESTRA: Roll 'em Boogie/ JOHNNY GRIFFIN: Chuck A Boogie/ Marchin' Boogie/ JIMMY GRISSOM: Frank Bull's Boogie/ LIONEL HAMPTON: Boogie For Two Fingers/ Central Avenue Breakdown/ Hampton's Walking Boogie/ THE HARLEM HAMFATS: We Gonna Pitch A Boogie Woogie/ ERSKINE HAWKINS: Gabriel Meets The Duke/ WOODY HERMAN: At The Woodchopper's Ball/ Beat Me Daddy/ EDDIE HEYWOOD: At The Downtown Cafe/ HONEY HILL: The Boogie Woogie/ EARL HINES: The Father's Gateway/ ART HODES: Funny Feathers/ Ross Tavern Boogie/ South Side Shuffle/ LAVERNE HOLT: Mister Black Man/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Lightnin' Boogie/ LENA HORNE: Brazilian Boogie/ CAMILLE HOWARD: When I Grew Too Old/ CLIFTON JACKSON & HIS VILLAGE CATS: Cliffs Boogi/ HARRY JAMES WITH PETE JOHNSON: Boo Woo/ CLARENCE JOHNSON: Gulf Coast Blues/ JAMES P. JOHNSON: Birmingham Blues/ Harlem Chocolate Babies/ PETE JOHNSON: Climbin' & Screamin'/ Death Ray Boogie/ Let 'em Jump/ Shuffle Boogie/ Swanee River Boogie/ The Dive Bomber Boogie/ Vine Street Blues/ Cuttin' The Boogie/ Pine Creek/ Roll 'em Pete/ LUKE JONES: Jump The Boogie Woogie/ LOUIS JORDAN: Choo Choo Ch' Boogie/ WILLIE KELLY: Give Me Your Change/ KING PORTER: Chitlin' Ball/ GENE KRUPA: Thanks For The Boogie Ride/ MEADE LUX LEWIS: Bass On Top/ Bearcat Crawl/ Glendale Glide/ Honky Tonk Train Blues/ Lux's Boogie/ Randini's Boogie/ Whistlin' Blues/ JIMMY LIGGINS: Missisippi Boogie/ JOE LIGGINS: Dripper's Boogie/ CLARENCE LOFTON: In The Morning/ Streamline Train/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: Professor Long Hairs Boogie/ ABE LYMAN: Horse 'n' Boogie/ MADONNA MARTIN: Rattlesnakin' Boogie/ RAY MCKINLEY: Chicken Gumboogie/ BIG JAY MCNEELY: Just Crazy/ Willie The Cool Cat/ JACK MCVEA: Bartender Boogie/ Frantic Boogie/ LUCKY MILLINDER: Bongo Boogie/ ROY MILTON: Boogie Woogie Baby/ FREDDIE MITCHELL: On The Fishmarket/ LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY: Crescent City Blues/ Parrish Street Jive/ Shrevport Blues/ ELLA MAE MORSE: Cow Cow Boogie/ RED NELSON: Strut That Thing/ ROMEO NELSON: Getting Dirty/ Head Rag Hop/ RED NICHOLS: Overnight Hop/ JOHN OSCAR: Whoopee Mama Blues/ TURNER PARRISH: Fives/ OSCAR PETERSON: Oscar's Boogie/ Oscar Plays The Boogie/ TEDDY POWELL: Straight Eight Boogie/ JESSE PRICE: Blue Book Boogie/ SAM PRICE: Eifel Tower Boogie/ SAMMY PRICE: Barefoot Boogie/ Bernie's Boogie/ Boogie With Riffs/ Goin' Back Home/ My Blue Heaven/ Stormy Weather/ Trouble In Mind/ Untitled Boogie Woogie/ TAMPA RED WITH BIG MACEO: Let Me Play With Your Poodle/ EVERETT ROBBINS: Hard Luck Blues/ GENE RODGERS: G R Boogie/ WALTER ROLAND: Jookit Jookit/ DERRYCK SAMPSON: Boogie Woogie Express/ DERYCK SAMPSON: Boogie Express/ MABEL SCOTT: Elevator Boogie/ MARYLIN SCOTT: Beer Bottle Boogie/ RAYMOND SCOTT: Eight Letters/ ARTIE SHAW: Meade Lux Special/ FREDDIE SLACK: Beatin' With Chopsticks/ Down The Road/ Pig Foot Pete/ Rockin' The Boogie/ Small Batch O' Nod/ PINETOP SMITH: I'm Sober Now/ Jump Steady Blues/ Pinetops Boogie Woogie/ TAB SMITH: Joogie Boogie/ SPECKLED RED: Jim Jackson's Jamboree/ St. Louis Stomp/ The Dirty Dozen/ The Dirty Dozen No. 2/ Wilkins Street Stomp/ JOE SULLIVAN: Boogie Woogie Maxixe/ RALPH SUTTON: Boogie Joys/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: 44 Blues/ You So Dumb/ TAMPA RED: Boogie Woogie Dance/ ART TATUM: Aunt Hagar's Blues/ Tatum Pole Boogie/ MONTANA TAYLOR: Detroit Rocks/ Indiana Avenue Stomp/ HERSAL THOMAS: The Fives/ BIG JOE TURNER: Rocket Boogie/ T-BONE WALKER: Sail On/ WESLEY WALLACE: Number 29/ BEVERLEY WHITE: Don't Stop Now/ If Things Don't Get Better/ CLARENCE WILLIAMS: Papa De Da Da/ Sugar Blues/ CURLEY WILLIAMS: Georgia Boogie Woogie/ MARY LOU WILLIAMS: Mary's Boogie Woogie/ BILLY WRIGHT: Married Woman's Boogie/ JIM WYNN: Rock Boogie Woogie/ JIMMY YANCEY: 35th & Dearborn/ Crying In My Sleep/ P.l.k. Special/ South Side Stuff/ State Street Special/ Tell 'em About Me/ The Mellow Blues/ White Sox Stomp/ Yance's Buggle Call/ Yancey Special/ BOB ZURKE: Gin Mill Blues/ Rhumboogie

VARIOUS ARTISTS Essential Media 11012 Blues Gold ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 36 tracks, highly recommended
Essential Media seems to be the reincarnation of the label formerly known as Empire Musikwerks and they seem to be reissuing and repackaging releases originally on that label. This is a fine collection of blues, mostly from the 50s and including West Coast blues, East Coast blues, Chicago blues and more - mostly drawn from independent labels like Chart, Parrot, Atlas, Vista, Tradition and others. As far as I can tell these were all previously reissued on Empire Musikwerks or other labels but if you don't already have them there is some great music here from well known and obscure artists including Lightning Hopkins, Hattie Green, Albert King, Mae Mercer, Etta Baker, Louisiana Red, Leadbelly, Johnny Perry Orch., Snooky Pryor, Henry Gray, Little Beaver, Charlie Walker and others. Excellent sound and informative notes in tiny print. (FS)
THE ARISTOCATS: Blues After Hours/ ETTA BAKER: One Dime Blues/ JOHN BRIM: Gary Stomp/ Tough Times/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Hollerin' and Cryin' The Blues/ PINEY BROWN: You Made Me This Way/ EMMET DAVIS: Woke Up This Morning/ LITTLE SAM DAVIS: Going to New Orleans/ WILLIE EGAN: Wow Wow/ H-BOMB FERGUSON: Rock H-Bomb, Rock/ LITTLE WILLIE FOSTER: Four Day Jump/ LOWELL FULSOM: Jukebox Shuffle/ HENRY GRAY: Watch Yourself/ HATTIE GREEN: Pawn Shop Blues/ HARMONICA SLIM: Drop Anchor/ EARL HOOKER: On The Hook/ LIGHTNING HOPKINS: Walkin' The Streets/ ALBERT KING: Bad Luck Blues/ LEADBELLY: Bourgeois Blues/ J.B. LENOIR: Mama Talk To Your Daughter/ LITTLE BEAVER: Love & Affection/ LITTLE PAPA JOE (JODY WILLIAMS): Lookin' For My Baby/ LOUISIANA RED: I Done Woke Up/ MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL: Good Morning Little Schoolgirl/ MAE MERCER: Great Googa Mooga/ JOHNNY PERRY ORCH. FEATURING IDA HAYMES: Lonely Heart Blues/ SNOOKY PRYOR: Crosstown Blues/ JIMMY RUSHING: Clothes Pin Blues/ CHARLIE SINGLETON: Jivin' With Doctor Jive/ ST. LOUIS JIMMY: Murder in The First Degree/ SUNNYLAND SLIM: The Devil is A Busy Man/ SONNY TERRY: Cornbread Meat & Molasses/ CHARLIE WALKER: Downhearted Blues/ MOJO WATSON: You Know You Don't Want Me/ JOSH WHITE: Evil Hearted Me/ JOE WILLIAMS: In The Evening

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77109 Ain't Times Hard - Political & Social Commentary In The ● CD $28.98
Four CD set with 100 tracks recorded between the 1920s and 1950s on the subject of hard times and the response to it and even though this programmed some months ago seems highly appropriate to the situation the country finds itself in. Then, as now, the working class and African Americans in particular were the hardest hit by downturns in the economy, natural disasters and shortage of work and used the creative medium of the blues to express their feelings. This collection ranges from Blind Blake's No Dough Blues to Leroy Carr's D e pression Blues to Big Joe Williams' Providence Help The Poor People to Jack McVea's Inflation Blues and much, much more.
BARBECUE BOB: Bad Time Blues/ BLACK IVORY KING: Working For The P.W.A./ SCRAPPER BLACKWELL: Down And Out Blues/ Hard Time Blues/ BLIND BLAKE: No Dough Blues/ BARBECUE BOB: We Sure Got Hard Times/ LUCILLE BOGAN: Red Cross Man/ SON BONDS: Old Bachelor Blues/ JOHN BRIM: Tough Times/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Starvation Blues/ Unemployment Stomp/ W.P.A. Blues/ CLARENCE 'GATEMOUTH' BROWN: Depression Blues/ BUMBLE BEE SLIM: Chain Gang Bound/ Hobo Jungle Blues/ When I Get My Money/ BOB CAMPBELL: Starvation Farm Blues/ GENE CAMPBELL: Levee Camp Man Blues/ LEROY CARR: Hard Times Done Drove Me To Drink/ The Depression Blues/ ANDY CHATMAN: Hard Times On Me Blues/ COUSIN JOE: Post-War Future Blues/ GEORGE CURRY: Back In My Cell Again/ BLIND TEDDY DARBY: Meat And Bread Blues/ WALTER DAVIS: Red Cross Blues/ TOM DICKSON: Labor Blues/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Warehouse Man Blues/ CARRIE EDWARDS: Hard Time Blues/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: Government Money/ Hobo Jungle Blues/ ALFRED FIELDS: '29 Blues/ CALVIN FRAZIER: Welfare Blues/ GENE GILMORE: Charity Blues/ JIMMIE GORDON: Don't Take Away My P.W.A./ GUITAR SLIM & JELLY BELLY: Keep Straight Blues/ Working Man Blues/ LANE HARDIN: Hard Time Blues/ KING SOLOMON HILL: Times Has Done Got So Hard/ SMOKEY HOGG: Hard Times/ Unemployment Blues/ TONY HOLLINS: Stamp Blues/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Strike Blues/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: High Cost Low Pay Blues/ Reconversion Blues/ J.B. HUTTO: Things Are So Slow/ FRANK 'SPRINGBACK' JAMES: New Red Cross Blues/ ALEC JOHNSON: Miss Meal Cramp Blues/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Four-O-Three Blues/ Hard Times Ain't Gone No Where/ FLOYD JONES: Ain't Times Hard/ Stockyard Blues/ CHARLEY JORDAN: Days Of The Weeks Blues/ Starvation Blues/ Tough Times Blues/ JACK KELLY: R.F.C. Blues/ J.B. LENOIR: Eisenhower Blues/ CARL MARTIN: I'm Gonna Have My Fun/ Let's Have A Good Deal/ CHARLIE MCCOY: Charity Blues/ Northern Starvers Are Returning Home/ ROBERT LEE MCCOY: I Have Spent My Bonus/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: The Panic's On/ FRED MCMULLEN: Dekalb Chain Gang/ JACK MCVEA: Inflation Blues/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Nothing In Rambling/ Sylvester And His Mule Blues/ THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: Sales Tax/ BUDDY MOSS: Hard Time Blues/ RED NELSON: Relief Blues/ When The Soldiers Get Their Bonus/ HAMBONE WILLIE NEWBERN: Shelby County Workhouse Blues/ SAMPSON PITTMAN: Welfare Blues/ JOE PULLUM: Bonus Blues/ YANK RACHELL: Hobo Blues/ TAMPA RED: Turpentine Blues/ WALTER ROLAND: C.W.A. Blues/ Red Cross Blues/ Red Cross Blues No.2/ SONNY SCOTT: Coal Mountain Blues/ OLLIE SHEPARD: Hard Times Is On Me/ WILLIE 'LONG TIME' SMITH: Homeless Blues/ CHARLEY SPAND: Hard Time Blues/ SPECKLED RED: Welfare Blues/ JOE STONE: It's Hard Time/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Living In A Different World/ Sunny Road/ SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGHEE: Red Cross Store Blues/ BIG MAMA THORNTON: Cotton Picking Blues/ EDDIE VINSON: Bonus Pay/ Luxury Tax Blues/ WASHBOARD SAM: C.C.C. Blues/ CASEY BILL WELDON: W.P.A. Blues/ PEETIE WHEATSTRAW: 304 Blues/ Jungle Man Blues/ When I Get My Bonus/ Working On The Project/ JOSHUA WHITE: Welfare Blues/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Providence Help The Poor People/ L.C. WILLIAMS: Strike Blues/ JIM WYNN: Shipyard Woman

VARIOUS ARTISTS Primo 6022 Drinkin' TNT And Smokin' Dynamite ● CD $10.98
2 CDs, 40 tracks, 118 mins, highly recommended
A whole mess of songs about doin' stuff that ain't necessarily so good for you. You get the drinkers, jivers, and junkers doing their thing. From Barrelhouse Blues and Big Band Swing tunes, to Rhythm & Blues and Proto-Doo-Wop like The Clovers One Mint Julep, folks from all kinds of music are doin' it. A lot of the usual suspects - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson with Juice Head Baby, Cab Calloway, Amos Milburn, Peppermint Harris with I Got Loaded, Stick Mcghee, Wynonie Harris, Big Joe Turner, etc, etc, amen. You also get some of the more respectful type of folks slumming by like Nat King Cole doing Scotchin' With The Soda, Ella Fitzgerald and her Wacky Dust, and Kitty Wells Death at the Bar. Aside from Ms. Wells the bulk of this collection is not Country, but Blues, R&B, and Jazz. Lil Green's Knockin' Myself Out, Marvin Phillips' Wine Woogie, La Melle Price's Get High, and The Mississippi Jook Band's Hittin' The Bottle Stomp are but a few of the rarer gems that you will find on this great collection. Special mention for Tommy Johnson's Canned Heat Blues, for chronicling probably the most dangerous way to get lit up (pun intended.) Handsomely packaged, with a smattering of liner notes and fantastic sound. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rhino Handmade 7737 Atlantic Blues ● CD $99.98
Four CD, limited edition (3,000 numbered copies) LP sized box sets with 80 tracks of blues drawn from the vaults of Atlantic and recorded between 1949 and 1970 ranging from the spare country blues of Lawyer Houston to the jazzy blues of Al Hibbler, from the piano blues of Little Brother Montgomery to the raucous New Orleans sounds of Professor Longhair and all points in between. Includes sides by Barrelhouse Sammy (aka Blind Willie McTell), Harry Van Walls, Stick McGhee, JImmy Yancey, Joe MOrris Blues Cavalcade, Joe Turner, Choker Campbell, Little Johnny Jones, T-Bone Walker , Chuck Willis, LaVern Baker, Guitar Slim, Aretha Franklin, Otis Rush and more. Includes LP sized booklet with notes by Billy Vera.
LAVERN BAKER: Empty Bed Blues/ Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out/ Preaching The Blues/ BARRELHOUSE SAMMY (BLIND WILLIE MCTELL): Last Dime Blues/ The Razor Ball/ ROY "BALDHEAD" BYRD (PROFESSOR LONGHAIR): Mardi Gras In New Orleans/ CHOKER CAMPBELL: Last Call For Whiskey/ RAY CHARLES: Feelin' Sad/ Losing Hand/ Two Years Of Torture/ Worried Life Blues/ FLOYD DIXON: Floyd's Blues/ Hey Bartender/ Roll Baby Roll/ When I Get Lucky/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Junker's Blues/ Nasty Boogie/ ARETHA FRANKLIN: Going Down Slow/ River's Invitation/ Today I Sing The Blues/ LIL GREEN: Every Time/ I've Got That Feelin'/ GUITAR SLIM: Along About Midnight/ Down Through The Years/ My Time Is Expensive/ AL HIBBLER: After The Lights Go Down Low/ LAWYER HOUSTON: Dallas Bebop Blues/ SOLDIER BOY HOUSTON: In The Army Since 1941/ LITTLE JOHNNY JONES: Chicago Blues/ Hoy Hoy/ Wait Baby/ FREDDIE KING: I Don't Know/ Play It Cool/ LEADBELLY: Goodnight Irene/ JIMMY LEWIS: Let's Get Together And Make Some Love/ JIMMY "BABY FACE" LEWIS: I'm So Good To You (pretty Baby)/ JIMMY 'BABY FACE' LEWIS: All Night Lover Blues/ STICK MCGHEE: Drank Up All The Wine Last Night/ Drinkin' Wine Spo-dee-o-dee/ House Warmin' Boogie/ Let's Do It/ LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY: Talkin' Boogie/ Vicksburg Blues '51/ JOE MORRIS BLUES CAVALCADE: Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere/ Jump, Everybody, Jump/ Rock Me Daddy/ Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!/ CHUCK NORRIS: Messin' Up/ HAL PAIGE: Big Foot May/ ESTHER PHILLIPS: Cherry Red/ Confessin' The Blues/ I'm Gettin' 'long Alright/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: Hey Now Baby/ She Walks Right In/ Tipitina/ Who's Been Fooling You/ JIMMY RICKS: Romance In The Dark/ Trouble In Mind/ OTIS RUSH: My Love For You Will Never Die/ JOE TURNER: Bump Miss Susie/ Chains Of Love/ In The Evening/ Oke-she-moke-she-pop/ Piney Brown Blues/ Roll 'em Pete/ Sweet Sixteen/ Tv Mama/ ODELLE TURNER: Alarm Clock Boogie/ HARRY VAN WALLS: Tee-nah-nah/ T-BONE WALKER: Call It Stormy Monday/ Papa Ain't Salty/ Play On Little Girl/ T-bone Blues/ T-bone Blues Special/ CHUCK WILLIS: It's Too Late/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Ain't Nobody's Business/ How Long Blues/ JIMMY YANCEY: Yancey Special/ JIMMY & MAMA YANCEY: Monkey Woman Blues/ Santa Fe Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Saga Blues 982 077-6 From Gospel To Soul - When The Church Hit The Charts ● CD $13.98
24 tracks, 67 mins, highly recommended
Here we have a fantastic collection that illustrates the foundation of Gospel and then some prime examples of how R&B/Soul artists built on it. Right smack dab in the middle of this collection you have Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers - Jesus Gave Me Water from 1961, which illustrates the transition perfectly, where one of the greatest Gospel singers of all time is on the cusp of being one of the greatest Soul singers (some would argue the greatest) of all time. On the gospel side of things, there are fantastic tracks like Sister Rosetta Tharpe How Far From God, Sister Wynona Carr The Ball Game, Rev. Anderson Johnson God Don't Like It, plus the Selah Singers, Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi, Dixie Hummingbirds, etc. For the "Sanctified Soul" we get such winners as Roy Brown's Love Don't Love Nobody, Bobby 'Blue' Bland with Ike Turner Drifting, Little Richard Ain't That Good News, Ray Charles Feelin' Sad, not to mention Faye Adams, LaVerne Baker, the Dominos, Du-Droppers, and Spiders, to name a few. There's not a bad cut on here and the sound is superb. (JM)
FAYE ADAMS: Shake a Hand/ LAVERN BAKER: Soul on Fire/ BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND: Drifting/ PROF. ALEX BRADFORD: Too Close to Heaven/ ROY BROWN: Love Don't Love Nobody/ SISTER WYNONA CARR: Ball Game/ RAY CHARLES: Feelin' Sad/ THE DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS: Trouble in My Way/ THE DOMINOES: That's What You're Doing to Me/ THE DU-DROPPERS: Somebody Work on My Baby's Mind/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF MISSISSIPPI: Our Father/ THE FIVE ROYALES: Baby Don't Do It/ MAHALIA JACKSON: Dig a Little Deeper/ REV. ANDERSON JOHNSON: God Don't Like It/ MARIE KNIGHT: I Thank You Jesus/ LITTLE RICHARD: Ain't That Good News/ BROTHER JOE MAY: Search Me Lord/ GATEMOUTH MOORE: Highway 61blues/ THE SELAH SINGERS: Down Here I've Done My Best/ THE SOUL STIRRERS: Jesus Gave Me Water/ THE SPIDERS: I Didn't Want to Do It/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: How Far From God/ THE TRUMPETEERS: Milky White Way/ DINAH WASHINGTON: Good Daddy Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian Folkways 40196 Classic Piano Blues From Smithsonian Folkways ● CD $11.98
20 tracks, highly recommended
Another one of those fine low priced recordings drawing on the great wealth of music recorded for the Folkways label. This one is devoted to piano blues featuring recordings ranging from the 40s through the 90s with the majority from the 60s and most appearing on CD for the firs time. The set opens strong with Memphis Slim in top form on his Dedication TO Pete Johnson with top notch guitar support from Matt Murphy. Slim also backs Jazz Gillum on a version of his most famous song Key To The Highway. James P. Johnson is featured on two cuts - one backing W.C. Handy's daughter Katherine Handy Lewis as well as doing a rare vocal of his own on Hesitation Blues. Other artists include Speckled Red, Meade "Lux" Lewis, Big Chief Ellis (a never before issued version of his themne song Dices Blues), Sammy Price, Little Brother Montgomery, Henry Townsend ( a stunning rendition of Roosevelt Sykes's All My Money Gone frokm 1976), Champion Jack Dupree and others. Superb sound and full documentation. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sony Special 724585 The Slide Guitar: Bottles, Knives & Steel, Vol. 1 ● CD $6.98
19 tracks, essential
Budget priced reissue of Columbia 46218 originally issued in 1990. The sound of the slide guitar is one of the most haunting and evocative in the blues and this collection features some of the finest exponents of the style. There are two tracks by the wonderful Sylvester Weaver & Walter Beasley including their lovely slide guitar duet Bottleneck Blues. Weaver also does a solo on Guitar Rag which was later adapted by country steel guitarist Leon Mcauliffe into the most popular slide guitar tune of all time Steel Guitar Rag. There are two cuts by the magnificent gospel singer/ guitarist Blind Willie Johnson including his utterly spine chilling Dark Was The Night. There are also tracks by Barbecue Bob, Ruth Willis with Blind Willie McTell, Tampa Red & Georgia Tom, Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Casey Bill Weldon (a previously unissued track), Bukka White and rare slide guitar outings by Blind Boy Fuller and Leadbelly. from the post war era there is the lovely 1953 recording of gospel singer/ guitarist Sister O.M. terrell and a track from Son House's 1965 Columbia LP. Detailed and interesing notes by Richard Spottswood. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sub Rosa 279 Dr. Boogie Presents Shim Sham Shimmy ● CD $15.98
30 tracks, 63 mins, highly recommended
Sub Rosa is a fascinating record label. For years they have put out all kinds of interesting Electronic, Avant-garde Classical, and spoken word CDs; now, all of a sudden, they have put out three brilliant Blues CDs with all kinds of rare stuff on them. This particular brilliant compilation features thirty tracks of real deep (and in many cases real rare) juke joint blues and boogie - several making their first appearance on CD. This collection comes roaring out of the gate with the title cut by none other than Champion Jack Dupree and then serves up a smorgasbord of fantastic tracks. From pretty well known artists like Albert Collins, Joe Hill Louis, Doctor Ross, to obscure artists like Ramblin' Hi Harris - I Haven't Got A Home, Wright Holmes - his amazing Good Road Blues, Haskel Sadler - Do Right Mind, and many more. You also get Cecil Gant incognito as Gunter Lee Carr rolling out the fine We're Gonna Rock, along with more killer stuff like the rather notorious Pat Hare with Bonus Pay, and the not-so-subtle Slim Gallaird's Fuck Off in all its odd, Jazzy barnyard glory. Eddie Snow's I'm Off That Stuff, Willie Egan's Can't Understand It, Morris Pejoe's Screamin and Cryin, Lonnie Johnson's Can't Sleep Anymore, and so much more magic captured in this little piece of plastic, like so much lightning (or at least moonshine) in a bottle. All tracks recorded between 1945 - 50 and all are guaranteed dynamite. (JM)
BIG JOHN & THE DALLAS PLAYBOYS: Sent For You Yesterday/ B. BROWN & THE MCVOUTS: Good Woman Blues/ GUNTER LEE CARR (CECIL GANT): We're Gonna Rock/ ALBERT COLLINS & THE RHYTHM ROCKERS: Freeze/ LARRY DALE: You Better Heed My Warning/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Shim Sham Shimmy/ WILLIE EGAN: Can't Understand It/ SLIM GAILLARD: Fuck Off/ GUITAR SLIM GREEN: Shake Em Up/ PAT HARE: Bonus Pay/ BLUE CHARLIE HARRIS: I'm Gonna Kill That Hen/ RAMBLIN' HI HARRIS: I Haven't Got A Home/ W. HARRIS: Low Down Dirty Shame/ WRIGHT HOLMES: Good Road Blues/ HOMESICK JAMES: Dirty Rat/ JAKE JACKSON: Life Get's Hard/ BOBO JENKINS: Nothing But Love/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Can't Sleep Anymore/ BOB KELLY: Malinda/ PAPA GEORGE LIGHTFOOT: P.l. Blues/ CLARENCE LOCKSLEY: Crowley Blues/ JOE HILL LOUIS: She's Taking All My Money/ SAM MYERS: Rhythm With Me/ MORRIS PEJOE: Sreamin 'n' Cryin/ DOCTOR ROSS: Texas Hop/ HASKELL SADLER: Do Right Mind/ CHARLES SHEFFIELD: Isabella/ EDDIE SNOW: I'm Off That Stuff/ BABY BOY WARREN: Santa Fee/ MOSES WILLIAMS: Which Way Did My Baby Go


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