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Larry Adler -> Various Artists

COMPACT DISCS
LARRY ADLER
RED ALLEN
LEE DORSEY
MERLE HAGGARD

ILLINOIS JACQUET
THE LIVELY ONES
HUBERT SUMLIN
VARIOUS ARTISTS
 

 

 
 

COMPACT DISCS

 

LARRY ADLER ABM 1289 The Golden Era Of Larry Adler ● CD $10.98 $7.98
15 tracks, probably recorded in the 30s (there's no information) by this brilliant and influential harmonica player from Baltimore. Larry, who died in 2001, was particularly popular in England where these recordings were probably made. Accompanied by small groups and orchestras Larry performs a selection of pop and jazz tunes including a couple of medleys - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/ I Won't Dance/ Lover Come Back To Me/ Body & Soul/ Stormy Weather, etc.

 
RED ALLEN Smithsonian Folkways 40127 The Folkways Years, 1964-1983 ● CD $15.98 $9.98
A 28 tracks retrospective of this brilliant bluegrass singer including his 1964 Folkways album "bluegrass" (Folkways 2408 with Frank Wakefield, Bill Keith, etc), six previously unissued tracks from the "bluegrass" sessions and ten tracks from later albums released between 1979 and 1981 with Vassar Clements, Marty StuartBuddy Griffin & others.

 
LEE DORSEY Great American Music 875 Funky As I Can Be ● CD $12.98 $9.98
16 tracks, 47 mins, highly recommended This collection was a bit of a pleasant surprise. The pleasant surprise is not that Lee Dorsey is great--he's one of the greatest singers to come out of New Orleans--but in how many fantastic tracks were on here that I didn't yet have. Starting off with a couple of Dorsey's big hits that are always on his collections: Ya Ya, and Do-Re-Mi, then veering off to fantastic early album tracks, cool radio commercials using some of his bigger hits, strong live tracks from the end of his career, and--best of all--three killer unreleased tracks from early '60s sessions that, as far as I know, are making their first appearance on this CD! An alternate take on the Allen Toussaint penned Lonelyology (For Your Love)/ You Better Tell Her, and the quintessential New Orleans funk of Oo-Na-Nay all could have been hits on their own, but for whatever reason never got released until now. Other highlights include Dorsey's take on Little Walter's My Babe, and his original version of Sneaking Sally Through The Alley, better known by the Robert Palmer version that doesn't hold a candle to Lee Dorsey's. It's really all highlights on this collection, and even the later live tracks are all fantastic; you could tell that even at his advanced age, Lee Dorsey was still bringin' the house down on his home turf of New Orleans. (JM)

 
MERLE HAGGARD Time Life 19506 The Original Outlaw ● CD $39.98 $29.98
Three CDs, 60 tracks, very highly recommended
Career retrospective of one of the greatest country music performers of the 20th century. It opens with his first hit Sing A Sad Song recorded for the small Bakersfield label Tally in 1963 and ending chronologically in 2005 with his duet with Toby Keith on Some Of Us Fly recorded for his own Hag label. The bulk of the recordings are from the period 1963 through 1986 when Hag was at his best and having the most hits. With his incredibly soulful and expressive voice and accompanied by his fabulous band The Strangers there's one classic after another Swinging Doors/ Branded Man/ Mama Tried/ Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)/ It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)/ Everybody's Had The Blues/ Things Aren't Funny Anymore/ Ramblin' Fever/ I Think I'll Just Stay here And Drink/ Big City/ Yesterday's Wine (with George Jones)/ Pancho & Lefty (with Willie Nelson)/ Are The Good Times Really Over (I Wish A Buck Was Still Silver)/ A Place To Fall Apart (with Janie Fricke) and lots more including a handful of non hits and album cuts to keep things interesting. As another measure of Hag's genius 41 of the 60 songs here were written or co-written by him - many of them becoming country standards and covered by numerous later performers. If you don't have much by Merle I can't think of a better place to start and if you wonder what all the fuss is about by the time you reach the end of this set you'll be a convert. Sound quality is stellar. Set is packaged in a an 1" x 5 1/2" book format with 36 pages of notes and black and white and color photos. (FS)
MERLE HAGGARD: (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers/ A Place to Fall Apart/ Always Wanting You/ America First/ Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)/ Big City/ Branded Man/ Carolyn/ Cherokee Maiden/ Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)/ Everybody's Had the Blues/ Going Where the Lonely Go/ Grandma Harp/ Haggard (Like I've Never Been Before)/ Hungry Eyes/ I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am/ I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink/ I Threw Away the Rose/ I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me/ I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall/ If We Make It Through December/ If We're Not Back in Love by Monday/ It's All in the Movies/ It's Been a Great Afternoon/ It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)/ Kentucky Gambler/ Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room/ Lonesome Day/ Mama Tried/ Misery and Gin/ Movin' On/ My Favorite Memory/ Natural High/ Okie from Muskogee/ Old Man from the Mountain/ Out Among the Stars/ Pancho and Lefty/ Ramblin' Fever/ Sing Me Back Home/ Sing a Sad Song/ Some of Us Fly/ Someday We'll Look Back/ Someday When Things Are Good/ Swinging Doors/ That's the Way Love Goes/ The Bottle Let Me Down/ The Fightin' Side of Me/ The Fugitive/ The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde/ The Roots of My Raising/ The Way I Am/ Things Aren't Funny Anymore/ Today, I Started Loving You Again/ Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star/ What Am I Gonna Do (With the Rest of My Life)/ When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again/ Wishing All These Old Things Were New/ Workin' Man Blues/ Yesterday's Wine/ You Take Me for Granted

 
ILLINOIS JACQUET Proper BOX 49 The Illinois Jacquet Story ● CD $28.98 $18.98
4 discs, 79 tracks, 252 min, essential
One of the first as well as one of the last of the great honking tenor players, the Cajun Jacquet got his fame in the Lionel Hampton Orch in '41-42, especially with the groundbreaking Flying Home. Moving to L.A., this set begins with 4 tracks from the 1st "Jazz At The Philharmonic" concert in '44, each one clocking in at around 10 min. & featuring an all-star aggregation including Jack McVea, Nat King Cole, JJ Johnson & Les Paul. Most of the rest of the recordings are great small group recordings for Philo/Aladdin & Apollo. However, in the mid-40s Jacquet became a star of the Count Basie Orch & while in NY did some small group stuff with Basie-ites for Savoy. Plenty of fine small-group jazz, R&B & ballads with such stalwarts as (in L.A.) Johnny Otis, Charlie Mingus, Sir Charles Thompson, Henry Coker, Bill Doggett, & his brother Russell Jacquet, &, while with Basie, such Basie-ites as Freddy Green, Joe Newman & Shadow Wilson. A notable exception is a Jacquet Orch date for Aladdin with a 17-piece orch including Miles Davis, Fats Navarro (as "Slim Romero"!) Dicky Wells, Big Nick Nicholas, even Leonard Feather! By '47 Jacquet made the majors, with a series of dates for Victor from '48-51. Ends with the beginning of his long association with Mercury/Clef (later part of Verve). This set comes with slipcase & full 40-page booklet that gives a history & song-by-song/ solo-by-solo coverage. (GM)

 
THE LIVELY ONES Del-Fi 71231 Surf Drums ● CD $13.98 $6.98
12 tracks, 32 mins, highly recommended
One of our distributors just turned up with a batch of cut-outs of Del-Fi records releases. This one is a no-frills affair, with just a straight re-print of the original LP artwork downsized for CD. That doesn't interfere with the bodacious surf sounds within, where many a sandy gem may be found. Wild Weekend/ Stoked/ Hillbilly Surfer, and Mr. Moto, to name a few of the choice cuts, plus a great splashy version of Link Wray's Rumble. If you dig your Surf Rockers with a fair amount of wailin' sax, then you will definitely dig this platter. The cover proudly proclaims them as "America's #1 surfing band," which is totally feasible for at least one summer, these guys were pretty great. (JM)

 
HUBERT SUMLIN Shout Factory 31157 Healing Feeling ● CD $11.98 $8.98
11 tracks, 44 min., highly recommended
The lead guitar on Howlin' Wolf's songs from 1953-76 (minus a one-year stint with Muddy Waters) was Sumlin's. That's all the introduction anyone should need. As this reissue of a Black Top Records album (BT-1053) originally released in 1990 (his 2nd on that label) demonstrates, Sumlin's guitar work is still as frenetic and compelling as ever, the instrumental title track being a scorching case in point. Sumlin turns in a few vocal performances, but James "Thunderbird" Davis' voice on the first cut (I Don't Want To Hear About Yours) sets the bar higher than Sumlin can reach. But it doesn't matter because his guitar is the show. Tracks include Play It Cool, Down The Dusty Road, Just Like I Treat You, Blue Shadows, and more. Another well-chosen Black Top reissue from the folks at Shout Factory. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Proper BOX 142 Steelin' It - The Steel Guitar Story ● CD $28.98 $18.98
Entertaining 100 - track history of the steel guitar in its various guises, from its Hawaiin origins to its prominent role in American Western Swing and mainstream Country music. It covers the years 1925 to 1957. The first CD features 25 examples of Hawaii's foremost exponents of the instrument, famous and obscure. The other three discs chronicle the use and development of lap steel guitar , resonator guitar , console/table steel guitar and pedal steel guitar in American Wester n Swing and mainstream Country and Rockabilly , along the way showcasing all the main acts who made the instruments such an integral part of their sound . Includes Andy Sanella, Sam Ku West, Jim & Bob - The Genial Hawaiians, Bob Dunn (accompanying Milton Brown, Modern Mountaineers and others), Leon McAuliffe, Ted Daffan, The High Flyers, Spade Cooley, Ernest Tubb, Cecil Campbell & The Tennessee Ramblers, Tiny Murphy & His Bar 69 Cowboys, Shot Jackson, Billy Walker, Charlie Feathers, Onie Wheeler, Bill Haley & His Comets and lots more.
SHELLY LEE ALLEY: I've Got the Blues #2/ Train Whistle Blues/ LES ANDERSON: And I Shook/ This Is Southland/ H.M. BARNES AND HIS BLUE RIDGE RAMBLERS: Honolulu Stomp/ JOHNNY BOND: I Won't Stand In Your Way/ John's Other Wife/ The Daughter Of Jole Blon/ BILL BOYD & HIS COWBOY RAMBLERS: Jitterbug Jive/ BILLY BRIGGS: Down In New Orleans/ Pretty Baby Boogie/ MILTON BROWN & HIS BROWNIES: Takin' Off/ CLIFF BRUNER & HIS BOYS: Kelly Swing/ CECIL CAMPBELL & THE TENNESSEE RAMBLERS: Campbell's Steel Guitar Special/ Steel Guitar Hop/ SPADE COOLEY: Boggs Boogie/ Spadella/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Texas Steel Guitar/ TED DAFFAN: Car Hop's Blues/ Weary Steel Blues/ Blue Steel Blues/ AL DEXTER: Down At The Roadside Inn/ LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS: I've Just Got To See You Once More/ BOB DUNN'S VAGABONDS: Stompin' At The Honky Tonk/ MELVIN ENDSLEY: I Ain't Getting' Nowhere With You/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: I've Been Deceived/ Peepin' Eyes/ TERRY FELL: That's The Way The Big Ball Bounces/ Wham Bam Hot Ziggity Zam/ FOUR HAWAIIAN GUITARS: Black Boy Blues/ BILL HALEY & THE COMETS: Is It True What They Say About Dixie/ THE HAWAIIAN BEACHCOMBERS: Breezy Hawaiian Melody/ JIMMY HEAP & THE MELODY MASTERS: Dessau Waltz/ THE HI-FLYERS: Juke Box Jump/ SOL HOOPII & HIS NOVELTY QUARTET: An Orange Grove In California/ SOL HOOPII & HIS NOVELTY FOUR: Iniki Malie/ SOL HOOPII & HIS NOVELTY QUARTET: Oh Lady Be Good/ LEODIE JACKSON: Double Crossin' Mama/ Steeling The Blues/ SHOT JACKSON: Steeling The Mood/ JIM & BOB - THE GENIAL HAWAIIANS: By The Waters Of Minnietonka/ Saint Louis Blues/ KALAMA'S QUARTET: Wai O Minnehaha/ KANUI & LULA: Ua Like No A like/ SAM KU WEST: Farewell Blues/ St Louis Blues/ The Memphis Blues/ MERL LINDSAY & HIS OKLAHOMA NITE RIDERS: Safety Pin Rag/ Slidin' Steel/ THE LONE STAR COWBOYS: Steel Guitar Bounce/ SEGIS LUVAUN: Wela-Ka-Hao/ ROSE MADDOX: Looky There Over There/ JOE MAPHIS: Fire On The Strings/ BUSTER MARTIN: Herbie's Steel Guitar Polka/ LEON MCAULIFFE: Steel Guitar Rag/ Take It Away Leon/ Twin Guitar Boogie/ CHARLES MITCHELL: Mean Mama Blues/ MODERN MOUNTAINEERS: Taking Off/ TAU MOE & THE ORIGINAL HAWAIIANS: Hula Blues/ Rhythm Of The Islands/ GEORGE MORGAN: Be Sure You Know/ BILL MOUNCE: I Found A New Baby/ TINY MURPHY & HIS BAR 69 BOYS: Hot Steel/ KING NAWAHI'S HAWAIIANS: Hawaiian Capers/ ROY NEWMAN: Dust Off That Old Piano/ PALAKIKO & PAALUHI: Honolulu March/ HANK PENNY: Remington Ride/ Steel Guitar Stomp/ WEBB PIERCE: I Need You Like A Hole In The Head/ MARVIN RAINWATER: Where Do We Go From Here/ SLIM RHODES: Gonna Romp And Stomp Tonight/ Uncertain Love/ ANDY SANELLA: Blues Of The Guitar/ Slidin' On The Frets/ TOMMY SARGENT: Steel Guitar Boogie/ ROY SMECK HAWAIIAN ORCH: Kalima Waltz/ ROY SMECK'S SERENADERS: Guitarese/ Limehouse Blues/ Slippery Fingers/ SONS OF DIXIE: Don't Ever Go Wrong/ SONS OF THE WEST: Panhandle Rag/ Sally's Got A Wooden Leg/ FLOYD TILLMAN: I Don't Care Anymore/ ERNEST TUBB: Don't Look Now (But Your Broken Heart Is Showing)/ So Round So Firm So Fully Packed/ WAIKIKI HAWAIIAN TRIO: My Best Girl/ BILLY WALKER: Mexican Joe/ SPEEDY WEST: Stratosphere Boogie/ Speedin' West/ ONIE WHEELER: A Beggar For Your Love/ A Booger Gonna Getcha/ HANK WILLIAMS & THE DRIFTING COWBOYS: Settin' The Woods On Fire/ BOB WILLS: Steel Guitar Stomp/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Texas Playboy Rag/ Stay A Little Longer/ FARON YOUNG: I'm Gonna Live Some Before I Die/ Shame On You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Proper BOX 143 Rockin' Memphis ● CD $28.98 $18.98
4 CDs, 118 tracks, highly recommended
We gave this a brief write-up in a newsletter, but its worth another, more expansive look. Considering this set focuses on one of the all-time great music cities in it's prime, the main question about this is whether you have this material or not; if you don't, then you need it. Disc one concentrates on the Blues and Rhythm & Blues backbone of the Memphis scene with key recordings like B.B. King's B.B. Boogie, Jackie Brenston (with Ike Turner's band) doing Rocket 88, Rufus Thomas' version of Decorate the Counter, along with his Bear Cat, and Tiger Man, Little Junior Parker's Mystery Train, as well as great tracks by Johnny Ace, Little Milton, Roscoe Gordon, Willie Nix and more. Disc two digs up the Country roots with great tracks by Slim Rhodes, Malcolm Yelvington, Charlie Feathers, Eddie Collins and more, with the certain appeal of having lesser-known tracks by well known artists like Warren Smith's Black Jack David, and Dorsey Burnett's Let's Fall in Love. Disc three takes us to when the black & white combined to make things red-hot! Featuring essential tracks by The Rock & Roll Trio, Carl Perkins, Warren Smith, Sonny Burgess, Elvis, and Johnny Cash, etc, alongside lesser known tracks by Eddie Bond, Junior Thompson, Charlie Feathers, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more. If the first three discs didn't knock you out completely disc four is another heavy dose, but this time mostly compromised of great, rarer tracks. Probably the best known track on this disk is Billy Lee Riley's Red-Hot, but it is in great company next to tracks like Carl Mann and his Kool Kats Gonna Rock and Roll Tonight, Hayden Thompson's One Broken Heart, Cliff Gleaves' Love is My Business, and Lee Carzle with Bobby Mizzel & the Le-Bows' (they are a household name right?) I'm Asking, But I'm Not Getting. All this and more plus a thick booklet packed with all kinds of obscure information. (JM)
JOHNNY ACE: Follow The Rule/ Burley Cutie/ TOMMY BLAKE: Flat Foot Sam/ EDDIE BOND & THE STOMPERS: Baby Baby Baby (What Am I Gonna Do)/ Flip Flop Mama/ I've Got A Woman/ JACKIE BRENSTON: Juiced/ My Real Gone Rocket/ Rocket 88/ EDWIN BRUCE: Rock Boppin' Baby/ BARNEY BURCHAM WITH THE MOON BEAMS: I Fell/ SONNY BURGESS: Red Headed Woman/ DORSEY BURNETTE: Let's Fall In Love/ The Devil's Queen/ JOHNNY BURNETTE TRIO: Blues Stay Away From Me/ Eager Beaver Baby/ Rockabilly Boogie/ Train Kept A Rollin'/ You're Undecided/ FREDDIE BURNS: I'm Just A Pore Unlucky Dog/ Two Piano Boogie/ STEVE CARL & THE JAGS: Curfew/ LEE CARZLE WITH BOBBY MIZZEL & LE-BOW'S: I'm Asking But I'm Not Getting/ JOHNNY CASH: I Walk The Line/ Get Rhythm/ EDDIE COLLINS: Can't Face Life Alone/ Patience Baby/ MASON DIXON: Don't Worry 'Bout Nothin'/ JACK EARLS & THE JIMBOS: Slow Down/ BILLY "THE KID" EMERSON: Move Baby Move/ Red Hot/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: Defrost Your Heart/ Get With It/ EARL FOREST & BEALE STREET RUNNERS: Pretty Bessie/ Rock The Bottle/ CLIFF GLEAVES: Love Is My Business/ ROSCO GORDON: Booted (Chess version)/ Do The Chicken (Dance With You)/ CURLEY GRIFFIN: Got Rockin' On My Mind/ LEN GRIFFIN & HIS BOYS: Spanish Rock-A-Rolla/ JIMMY HAGGETT WITH THE DAYDREAMERS: Gonna Shut You Off Baby/ HARMONICA FRANK: Step It Up And Go/ RAY HARRIS: Where'd You Stay Last Night/ BILLIE HIGH & THE FOUR RECORDERS: Wondering If You Still Care/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Howlin Wolf Boogie/ LOST JOHN HUNTER: Cool Down Mama/ HOYT JOHNSON & FOUR RECORDERS: Eenie Meenie Minie Mo/ B.B. KING: B.B. Boogie/ She's Dynamite/ DICKEY LEE & THE COLLEGIATES: Good Lovin'/ Stay True Baby/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Crazy Arms/ End Of The Road/ LITTLE JUNIOR'S BLUE FAMES: Feelin' Good/ LITTLE JUNIOR'S BLUE FLAMES: Love My Baby/ Mystery Train/ LITTLE MILTON: Beggin' My Baby/ If You Love Me Baby/ JOE HILL LOUIS: Boogie In The Park/ When I'm Gone (She Treats Me Mean And Evil)/ BILLY LOVE: Drop Top/ CARL MANN & THE KOOL KATS: Gonna Rock'n'Roll Tonight/ JIMMIE MARTIN COMBO: Red Bobby Sox/ Rock The Bop/ RAMON MAUPIN: Love Gone/ No Chance/ LLOYD MCCULLOUGH: 'Cause I Love You/ Gonna Love My Baby/ Oh Darling/ Until I Love Again/ WAYNE MCGINNIS WITH THE SWING TEENS: Lonesome Rhythm Blues/ CARL MCVOY: Tootsie/ THE MILLER SISTERS: Finders Keepers/ WILLIE NIX: Bakershop Boogie/ ROY ORBISON: Go Go Go/ ALLEN PAGE: Honeysuckle/ KENNIE PARCHMAN: Treat Me Right/ DICK PENNER: Cindy Lou/ CARL PERKINS: Dixie Fried/ EARL PETERSON: Boogie Blues/ BARBARA PITTMAN: I Need A Man/ DOUG POINDEXTER & STARLITE RAMBLERS: Now She Cares No More For Me/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Mystery Train/ SLIM RHODES: Bad Girl/ Gonna Romp And Stomp Tonight/ Hot Foot Rag/ Memphis Bounce/ Ozark Boogie/ Skunk Hollow Boogie/ BILLY RILEY & HIS LITTLE GREEN MEN: Flyin' Saucers Rock'n'Roll/ BILLY RILEY & THE LITTLE GREEN MEN: Red Hot/ Rock With Me Baby/ LOU SARGENT: Ridin' The Boogie/ RAY SCOTT & THE FOUR RECORDERS: Boppin' Wigwam Willie/ MACK SELF: Easy To Love/ Everyday/ MILLER SISTERS: Ten Cats Down/ WALTER "TANG" SMITH: Hi-Tone Mama/ WARREN SMITH: Black Jack David/ Got Love If You Want It/ So Long I'm Gone/ Ubangi Stomp/ LENDON SMITH & THE JESTERS: Woman/ BRAD SUGGS: Charcoal Suit/ HANK SWATLEY: Oakie Boogie/ JOHNNY TATE: Bop With Me Baby/ RUFUS THOMAS: Bear Cat/ Decorate The Counter/ Tiger Man (King Of The Jungle)/ HAYDEN THOMPSON: Love My Baby/ One Broken Heart/ JUNIOR THOMPSON: Raw Deal/ CARVIS TURNEY: Honky Tonk Ways/ THE VELVETONES WITH MEMPHIS RHYTHM BOYS: Real Gone Baby/ WADE & DICK & THE COLLEGE BOYS: Bop Bop Baby/ MALCOLM YELVINGTON & STAR RHYTHM BOYS: Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ Just Rollin' Along

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian Folkways 40006 Cajun Social Music ● CD $15.98 $9.98
Classic 1975 field recordings done by French fan, Gerald Dole, which catches down-home performances by such greats as Nathan Abshire and Allie Young, near the end of their recording careers, and early recordings by Marc Savoy (on fiddle & accordion), plus Sady Courville, Hector & Bessyl Duhon, and Rodney Balfa. Rough and unprettified, these are cajuns singing their music their way, for the enjoyment of it. (JMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian Folkways 40026 Dont Mourn - Organize! ● CD $15.98 $9.98
Recordings from the 1940s through 1980s featuring the songs by or about the famous labor organizer and songwriter for the IWW - Joe Hill. Includes Joe Hill (written by Phil Ochs) by Billy Bragg, Joe Hill's Ashes by Mark Levey, Joe Hill written by Alfred Hayes & Earl Robinson) by Paul Robeson, Casey Jones - The Union Scab by Pete Seeger & The Song Swappers, Joe Hill Listens To the Praying by Joe Glazer, The Tramp by Cisco houston, The White Slave by Alfred Esteban Cortez, The Rebel Girl by Hazel Dickens and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Time Life 80051 Let Freedom Sing - The Music Of The Civil Rights Movement ● CD $39.98 $25.98
3 CD, 58 tracks Time Life does it again with this essential set that chronicles-both in song, and a 40-page book with detailed commentaries, a timeline, and rare photos - one of the 20th century's greatest stories, from the darkest days of segregation through the struggles of the 1950's, the triumphs of the 1960's, and beyond. Some of the greatest blues, jazz, folk, gospel, soul, reggae, and R&B artists are featured here; everyone from Big Bill Broonzy (When Do I get To Be Called A Man?), Billie Holiday (Strange Fruit), Mahalia Jackson We Shall Overcome to Bob Dylan Blowin' In The Wind , Otis Redding A Change Is Gonna Come , Bob Marley & the Wailers (Get Up, Stand Up), The Jungle Brothers Black Is Black), and everyone in between including Brother Will Hairston's wonderful and rarely heard Alabama Bus from 1956. 70 years of historic, galvanizing, and inspiring music in one handy box set; you just can't beat it. (GMC)
DISC ONE: THE SOUTHERN SONS Go Down Moses/ BILLIE HOLIDAY Strange Fruit/ JOSH WHITE Uncle Sam Says/ THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET No Restricted Signs/ BROWNIE MCGHEE Black, Brown, And White/ THE WEAVERS Hammer Song (If I Had a Hammer)/ THE RAMPARTS Death of Emmett Till, Pts. 1-2/ BIG BILL BROONZY When Do I Get to Be Called a Man?/ BROTHER WILL HAIRSTON, Alabama Bus/ NAT KING COLE We Are Americans Too/ THE STAPLE SINGERS Why (Am I Treated So Bad)?/ THE HARMONIZING FOUR I Shall Not Be Moved/ THE BELAFONTE FOLK SINGERS, HARRY BELAFONTE Oh Freedom/ LOUISIANA RED Ride On, Red, Ride On/ NINA SIMONE Mississippi Goddam/ BOB DYLAN Blowin' in the Wind/ MAHALIA JACKSON We Shall Overcome/ PHIL OCHS Too Many Martyrs/ J.B. LENOIR Alabama Blues/ THE JUBILEE HUMMINGBIRDS Our Freedom Song/ OTIS REDDING Change Is Gonna Come DISC TWO: OSCAR BROWN, JR. Forty Acres and a Mule/ THE IMPRESSIONS People Get Ready/ THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY Nobody Can Turn Me Around/ SOLOMON BURKE I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free)/ ARETHA FRANKLIN Respect/ JOHN LEE HOOKER Motor City Is Burning/ GEORGE PERKINS & THE SILVER STARS Cryin' in the Streets, Pt. 1/ SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES Abraham, Martin, And John/ RAY SCOTT Prayer/ JAMES BROWN Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud, Pt. 1 / NICKIE LEE And Black Is Beautiful/ BILL MOSS Sock It to 'Em, Soul Brother/ B.B. KING Why I Sing the Blues, Pt. 1/ JAMES BROWN I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)/ SLY & THE FAMILY STONE Stand!/ THE TEMPTATIONS Message from a Black Man/ SYL JOHNSON Is It Because I'm Black/ SWAMP DOGG I Was Born Blue/ LEE DORSEY Yes, We Can, Pt. 1/ CURTIS MAYFIELD We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue/ BOB & MARCIA Young, Gifted, And Black DISC THREE: GIL SCOTT-HERON Revolution Will Not Be Televised/ THE CHI-LITES, (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People/ THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH Smiling Faces Sometimes/ MARVIN GAYE Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)/ AARON NEVILLE Hercules/ BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS, Get Up, Stand Up/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS Fight the Power, Pt. 1/ THE O'JAYS Give the People What They Want/ JUNGLE BROTHERS Black Is Black/ THE NEVILLE BROTHERS, SISTER ROSA Sister Rosa/ CHUCK D Pride/ SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS Unity/ SOLOMON BURKE None of Us Are Free/ THE SOJOURNERS Eyes on the Prize/ MAVIS STAPLES Down in Mississippi/ THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA Free at Last

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Varese 66382 The Sun Songbook ● CD $16.98 $5.98
18 tracks, 38 min, recommended When you have a label that was indeed a powerhouse in the 50s into the early 60s, as great as it is, there comes a time where everything's been put out. What you need is a marketing gimmick. What we have here is a disc full of tunes written by Sun artists but recorded by other Sun artists. There are a few that were actually released at the time by Sun - there's a great version of Charlie Rich's Break Up done by Ray Smith, & of course there's Billy Lee Riley's classic take on Billy "The Kid" Emmerson's Red Hot, along with Jerry Lee Lewis' version of Roy Orbison's Rock House. But most of these tunes were unreleased at the time & include a few lesser tracks as Jeb Stuart's Just Walkin' In The Rain. But what may be most interesting is some demos done by the songwriters, my fave being Johnny Cash with Little Wooly Booger (You're My Baby), along with Harold Jenkins (later known as Conway Twitty) doing Rock House, a song he wrote with Roy Orbison, & a couple by Charlie Rich. (GM)
SONNY BURGESS: Feelin' Good/ JOHNNY CASH: I Forgot to Remember to Forget/ Little Woolly Booger (You're My Baby)/ KEN COOK: Problem Child/ HAROLD JENKINS: Rock House/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Down the Line/ Ooby Dooby/ Rock & Roll Ruby/ CARL MANN: Baby I Don't Care/ Ubangi Stomp/ ROY ORBISON: You Tell Me/ CHARLIE RICH: Right Behind You Baby/ Thanks a Lot/ BILLY LEE RILEY: Red Hot/ RAY SMITH: Break Up/ JEB STUART: Just Walkin' in the Rain/ VERNON TAYLOR: Mystery Train/ HAYDEN THOMPSON: Love My Baby

 

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