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MISS ANGEL Electro-Fi 3389 That's The Way I Tumble ● CD $15.98
11 tracks, 48 minutes, excellent
Previously heard on Mel Brown's "Neck Bones & Caviar" disc, Mississippi-born Miss Angel steps forward on her first solo outing, and justifiably, Mel and his Homewreckers provide the backing throughout. Whether chugging through the shuffling Country Man, a funky That's The Way I Tumble, or the strutting 747 Blues, Angel's vocals are powerful and completely unaffected, if at times a bit unpolished and under-developed. Her power and conviction prove stronger on the 'live' and driving Hipshake with the rest of the album being a well-produced studio effort. Brown's stirring guitar proves a perfect foil from beginning to end while the small band locks into the grooves without missing a beat. (CR)

WARREN STORM & THE BLUES ROCKERS St. George 7709 Dust My Blues ● CD $14.98
14 tracks, 43 min., recommended
Born Warren Schexnider, Mr. Storm established himself as a leading progenitor of Louisiana swamp pop in the 1950s and '60s. In LA where he soaked up his eclectic musical approach, Storm paid the rent as an in-demand session drummer. "Dust My Blues" features Cajun and rockabilly tunes but is decidedly blues heavy. Storm drums and sings his way back in time, covering such favorites as Honey Hush, If You Need Me, Slim Harpo's Rainin' In My Heart, and others. Yet for all that it doesn't sound like a man trying to recapture his musical youth so much as a man who is still genuinely in love with the music. Storm and the aptly named Blues Rockers know how to create a disturbance in the atmosphere, thanks in part to the spirited guitar work of Studebaker John and Rockin' Billy Harnden. Pull up a dance floor. (JC)

THE SWANEE QUINTET MCA 21098 Take The Lord With You ● CD $8.98
Back in stock. 10 of this fine group's Nashboro recordings - Take The Lord With You/ That's The Spirit/ Sit Down Servant/ Holy Ghost Got Me/ How I Got Over, etc.

FINIS TASBY Electro-Fi 3390 What My Blues Are All About ● CD $15.98
12 tracks. 64 minutes, recommended
Pretty much under-the-radar until the last few years, Finis Tasby is showing himself as a force to be reckoned with, and this new disc amply displays his rich and soulful voice as well as his powerful songwriting. Four of the twelve tracks are sizzling covers (Baby Please/ Mean Old World/ I Don't Want No Woman /Ugly Woman Blues) with the balance consisting of creatively potent originals. The swamp feel of Back In Love Again and the grinding Blues From Down Under are just two of many highlights. Guitar is supplied by Mel Brown on a few (plus a few more on keyboard) and relative newcomer Enrico Crivellaro (who proves he's no slouch either) while David Rotundo's harp is very effective with a thick, overdriven approach. Tasby is a joy to listen to, and whether on his own or making appearances with The Mannish Boys (among others), his hearty style is completely satisfying - especially so on "What My Blues Are All About." (CR)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1057 The Modern Downhome Blues Sessions, Vol. 4 ● CD $18.98
The fourth volume in this great series is a real treat for country blues lovers - apart from four tracks by Texas pianist Alexander Moore (accompanied by guitarist Smokey Hogg) the rest is all guitar accompanied country blues. Some of it by real mystery men and all of it great. Includes Jesse Thomas, Pine Top Slim, Leroy Simpson (with Lane Hardin/ guitar), Lane Hardin (aka Arkansas Johnny Todd, Big Bill Dotson,, Little Son Jackson and Big Charley Bradix. The CD includes six previously unissued songs or alternate takes. Jim O'Neal's in depth liner notes helps lift the veil on some of the mysteries here.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Arhoolie 510 Blues With A Message ● CD $12.98
Excellent collection of 18 tracks from the Arhoolie catalog featuring blues songs with a topical message including I Have To Paint My Face by Sam Chatmon, Tom Moore's Farm by Mance Lipscomb, Levee Camp Blues by Fred McDowell, Little Soldier Boy by Doctor Ross, Depression Blues by Herman E. Johnson, It's EWnough by Juke Boy Bonner and others including the beautiful and moving 1919 Influenza Blues by Essie Jenkins which is making its first appearance on CD. Includes 20 page booklet with detailed notes by Paul Oliver's whose pioneering book Blues Fell This Morning was the first in depth look at the meaning and content of the blues.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Moon 6049 Juke Box R&B 1945-1946 ● CD $16.98
25 tracks of Los Angeles jump blues and R&B featuring the complete recordings of Johnny Alston & His Orchestra, Cal Lucas & His Orch., Sylvester Scott & His Orch and Ollie Jackson & His Band. Some obscure but fine artists with excellent sound.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Boulevard 1011 The R&B Years - 1954 ● CD $29.98
Another great collection featuring 100 blues, R&B and doo-wop titles issued in 1954 including hits and lesser known sides. About 25% of the tracks are duplicated on Indigo 2565.  Generally excellent sound and set comes with 8-page fold out booklet with notes by Roy Bainton.
JOHNNY ACE: Never Let Me Go/ FAYE ADAMS: It Hurts Me To My Heart/ LAVERN BAKER: Tweedle Dee/ DAVE BARTHOLOMEW: Jump Children/ JIMMY BINKLEY: Wine, Wine, Wine/ OTIS BLACKWELL: Oh! What A Babe!/ TINY BRADSHAW: Overflow/ CHARLES BROWN: I Want To Fool Around With You/ CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN: Midnight Hour/ Okie Dokie Stomp/ NAPPY BROWN: That Man/ ROY BROWN: Black Diamond/ Bootleggin' Baby/ RUTH BROWN: Love Contest/ Mambo Baby/ Oh What A Dream/ RAY CHARLES: Don't You Know/ It Should've Been Me/ THE CHARMS: Hearts Of Stone/ THE CHORDS: Sh-boom (life Could Be A Dream)/ THE CLOVERS: I've Got My Eyes On You/ Little Mama/ Lovey Dovey/ Your Cash Ain't Nothing But Trash/ SUGAR BOY CRAWFORD: Jock-a-mo/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Do Unto Others/ You Know Yeah/ EARL CURRY: One Whole Year Baby/ LARRY DALE: You Better Heed My Warning/ MARGIE DAY: Take Out Your False Teeth Baby/ VARETTA DILLARD: Send Me Some Money/ FATS DOMINO: Something's Wrong/ You Done Me Wrong/ THE DOMINOES: My Baby's 3-d/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Rub A Little Boogie/ Shim Sham Shimmy/ THE EAGLES: Trying To Get To You/ WILLIE EGANS: It's A Shame/ BILLY EMERSON: The Woodchuck/ THE FIVE ROYALES: Cry Some More/ THE FLAIRS: Love Me Girl/ JOHNNY FULLER: Hard Times/ LOWELL FULSON: Reconsider Baby/ MIKE GORDON: Why Don't You Do Right?/ You Got To Give/ BIG JOHN GREER: Bottle It Up And Go/ TINY GRIMES: Juicy Fruit/ GUITAR SLIM: Later For You Baby/ The Story Of My Life/ The Things That I Used To Do/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Baby Let's Play House/ SHIRLEY GUNTER: Oop Shoop/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Keep-a-'talkin/ JOE HOUSTON: All Night Long/ ELMORE JAMES: Make My Dreams Come True/ BUDDY JOHNSON: I'm Just Your Fool/ A Pretty Girl (a Cadillac And Some Money)/ LITTLE JOHNNIE JONES: Hoy Hoy/ B.B. KING: Bye! Bye! Baby/ Everything I Do Is Wrong/ You Upset Me Baby/ EARL KING: A Mother's Love/ J.B. LENORE: Eisenhower Blues/ SMILEY LEWIS: Blue Monday/ Down The Road/ LITTLE MILTON: Beggin' My Baby/ WILLIE MABON: Poison Ivy/ Would You Baby/ PERCY MAYFIELD: I Need Love So Bad/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: Blues Blasters Boogie/ CLYDE MCPHATER & THE DRIFTERS: Honey Love/ CLYDE MCPHATTER & THE DRIFTERS: Such A Night/ THE MEDALLIONS: Buick '59/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Call Before You Go/ THE MIDNIGHTERS: Annie Had A Baby/ Sexy Ways/ AMOS MILBURN: Baby You Thrill Me/ Good, Good Whiskey/ Milk And Water/ THE MOONGLOWS: Sincerely/ THE PENGUINS: Earth Angel (will You Be Mine)/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: Tipitina/ RED PRYSOCK: Jump Red Jump/ LULA REED: Watch Dog/ LITTLE RICHARD WITH THE TEMPO TOPPERS: Rice, Red Beans And Turnip Greens/ TOMMY RIDGLEY: Jam Up/ THE ROBINS: Riot In Cell Block No.9/ THE ROYALS: Work With Me Annie/ BIG MAMA THORNTON: I Smell A Rat/ THE TRENIERS: Rock A Beatin' Boogie/ JOE TURNER: Shake Rattle And Roll/ Tv Mama/ Well, All Right/ T-BONE WALKER: Love Is Just A Gamble/ Pony Tail/ DINAH WASHINGTON: Big Long Slidin' Thing/ YOUNG JOHN WATSON: Space Guitar/ CHUCK WILLIS: I Feel So Bad/ You're Still My Baby/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: I Can Make It With You (big Daddy)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Boulevard Vintage 1013 The R&B Years 1947 ● CD $29.98
A particularly welcome entry in this series as recordings from 1947 haven't been explored in much depth in other thematic anthologies and this includes some hard to find sides as well as some tracks that have not appeared on CD before. It includes some of the R&B hits from 1947 as well as lots of obscure sides. Among the many artists featured are Amos Milburn, Eddie Vinson, Buddy Banks, Redd Foxx, Jack McVea (his classic Open The Door Richard! of course), Roy Milton, Jesse Price, Cecil Gant, Tiny Bradshaw, Buddy Johnson, Illinois Jacquet, Erskine Hawkins, The Five Blazers, Big Three Trio, Memphis Jimmy, Helen Humes (the great Jet Propelled Papa), Sherman Williams, Cousin Joe, Nellie Lutcher, Joe Liggins, The Chicago All Stars, Louis Jordan, Marion Abernathy, Jimmie Gordon, Julia Lee, Charles bRown, T-Bone Walker, Hot Lips Page, Gene Phillips, Floyd Smith and many more. 100 tracks in all.
MARION ABERNATHY: You Ain't Got Nothing For Me/ JO JO ADAMS WITH TOM ARCHIA: Drinkin' Blues/ ANNISTEEN ALLEN WITH LUCKY MILLINDER: Let It Roll/ ALBERT AMMONS: Swanee River Boogie/ TOM ARCHIA: Fishin' Pole/ BABY DEE WITH BILL CAMPBELL: Look What Baby's Got For You/ BUDDY BANKS: Banks' Boogie/ DAVE BARTHOLOMEW: She's Got Great Big Eyes/ COUNT BASIE ORCH. WITH TAPS MILLER: I Ain't Mad At You/ BUSTER BENNETT: Signifying Woman/ CLYDE BERNHARDT: Is It's Any News To You/ THE BIG THREE TRIO: Money Tree Blues/ FIVE BLAZERS: Chicago Boogie/ TINY BRADSHAW: Take The Hands Off The Clock/ HADDA BROOKS: That's My Desire/ CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN: Gatemouth Boogie/ ROY BROWN: Good Rockin' Tonight/ Special Lesson No.1/ WALTER BROWN: Gonna Open Up A Business/ CHARLES BROWN WITH JOHNNY MOORE'S BLAZERS: Changeable Woman Blues/ Merry Christmas Baby/ New Orleans Blues/ CHRISTINE CHATMAN: The Boogie Woogie Girl/ THE CHICAGO ALL STARS: Green Light/ COUSIN JOE: Box Car Shorty and Peter Blue/ BILL CROSBY: Hip Chick Blues/ DICK DAVIS: Memphis Train/ REDD FOXX: Shame On You/ LOWELL FULSON: Jelly Jelly/ CECIL GANT: Boozie Boogie/ PAUL GAYTEN: Your Hands Ain't Clean/ JIMMIE GORDON: Jumpin' At The Club Blue Flame/ LIL GREEN: I Want A Good Man Bad/ RUDY GREENE: Buzzard Pie/ TINY GRIMES: Tiny's Boogie Woogie/ JIMMY GRISSOM WITH THE BLENDERS: Big Fine Baby/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Mr Blues Jumped A Rabbit/ Young And Wild/ ERSKINE HAWKINS: Hawk's Boogie/ DUKE HENDERSON: 18th and Vine Street Boogie/ CAMILLE HOWARD: Thrill Me/ Camille's Boogie/ HELEN HUMES: Jet Propelled Papa/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: High Cost Low Pay Blues/ JUMP JACKSON WITH BENNY KELLY: Hey Pretty Mama/ ILLINOIS JACQUET: Blow Illinois Blow/ BUDDY JOHNSON: Hey Sweet Potato/ ALBENNIE JONES: Papa Tree Top Blues/ LUKE JONES: She's My Baby/ LOUIS JORDAN: Boogie Woogie Blues Plate/ Early In The Morning/ I Know What You're Puttin' Down/ Jack You're Dead/ Look Out/ Texas & Pacific/ JULIE LEE: Opportunity Knocks/ DICK LEWIS: Tornado/ JOE LIGGINS: Blow Mr Jackson/ JOE LUTCHER: Blues For Sale/ Rockin' Boogie/ NELLIE LUTCHER: He's A Real Gone Guy/ Hurry On Down/ JAY MCSHANN WITH JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Bar Fly Blues/ JACK MCVEA: Open The Door Richard!/ Two Timin' Baby/ MEMPHIS JIMMY: Jimmy's Jump/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Life Is Like That/ Rockin' The House/ AMOS MILBURN: Down The Road Apiece/ Money Hustlin' Woman/ ROY MILTON: Red Light/ True Blues/ GATEMOUTH MOORE: Love Doctor Blues/ HOT LIPS PAGE: Walking In A Daze/ KING PERRY: Kilroy Was Here/ GENE PHILLIPS: Big Fat Mama/ Rock Bottom/ KING PORTER: Bump's Boogie/ JESSE PRICE: You Can't Take It With You/ THE RAVEN: Ol' Man River/ TODD RHODES: Bell Boy Boogie/ JIMMY RUSHING: Good Morning Blues/ CLARENCE SAMUELS: Boogie Woogie Blues/ FLOYD SMITH: Floyd's Guitar Blues/ GEECHIE SMITH: And I Wants To Thank Ya'/ JESSE STONE: An Ace In The Hole/ JOE SWIFT WITH JOHNNY OTIS ORCH.: Good Boogie Googie/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Bobby Sox Blues/ RABON TARRANT: Blues With A Feeling/ THE TRENIER TWINS: Hey Sister Lucy!/ JOE TURNER: Miss Brown Blues/ EDDIE VINSON: Bonus Pay/ Kidney Stew Blues/ Old Maid Boogie/ T-BONE WALKER: Hard Pain Blues/ I Know Your Wig Is Gone/ DINAH WASHINGTON WITH LIONEL HAMPTON: Blow Top Blues/ CROWN PRINCE WATERFORD: Undercover Blues/ PAUL WILLIAMS: Hastings Street Bounce/ SHERMAN WILLIAMS: Baby, Don't You Want To Go

VARIOUS ARTISTS Buzzola 001 Reefer Madness - A Collection Of Vintage Drug Songs ● CD $15.98
Another one of those delightful thematic anthologies with wonderfully entertaining graphics and informative and tongue in cheek in notes. If you can't guess, the theme of this collection is that eveil weed marijuana with 18 blues and jazz tracks on the subject including Dope Head Blues by Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson on guitar), Kicking The Gong Around by Cab Calloway, Texas Tea Party by Jack Teagarden, Take A Whiff On Me by Leadbelly, When I get Low, I Get High by Ella Fitzgerald, I'm Feeling High And Happy by Helen Ward, Jack, I'm Mellow by Trixie Smith and more. Most of the tracks have been reissued before on similar collections but the overall production on this one is a real plus.
BARNEY BIGARD: Sweet Marijuana Brown/ CAB CALLOWAY: Kickin' The Gong Around/ Minnie The Moocher/ ELLA FITZGERALD (WITH CHICK WEBB): Wacky Dust/ When I Get Low, I Get High/ LIL GREEN: Knockin' Myself Out/ JERRY KRUGER (WITH COOTIE WILLIAMS): Ol' Man River (Smoke A Little Tea)/ LEADBELLY: Take A Whiff On Me/ JULIA LEE: Lotus Blossom (Sweet Marijuana)/ FRANKIE NEWTON: Onyx Hop/ DON REDMAN: Reefer Man/ BESSIE SMITH: Gimme A Pigfoot (Gimme A Reefer)/ STUFF SMITH: Here Comes The Man With The Jive/ TRIXIE SMITH: Jack, I'm Mellow/ VICTORIA SPIVEY: Dope Head Blues/ JACK TEAGARDEN (WITH BENNY GOODMAN): Texas Tea Party/ FATS WALLER: The Reefer Song (If You're A Viper)/ HELEN WARD (WITH GENE KRUPA): I'm Feeling High & Happy

VARIOUS ARTISTS Buzzola 009 Junkers, Jivers & Coke Fiends ● CD $15.98
Another collection of 18 drug songs including Cocaine Habit Blues by The Memphis Jug Band, Cocaine Blues by Luke Jordan, Canned Heat Blues by Tommy Johnson (not really drugs but a great song), Killin' Jive by The Cats & The Fiddle, Reefer Head Woman by Jazz Gillum, Cocain by Dick Justice plus tracks by Charley Patton, The Harlem Hamfats, Louis Jordan, Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart, Buster Bailey, Cab Calloway and others.
BUSTER BAILEY: Light Up/ "HI" HENRY BROWN: Skin Man Blues/ CAB CALLOWAY: The Man From Harlem/ THE CATS & THE FIDDLE: Killin' Jive/ SLIM GAILLARD & SLAM STEWART: Dopey Joe/ JAZZ GILLUM: Reefer Head Woman/ THE HARLEM HAMFATS: The Weed Smoker's Dream/ FRANKIE "HALF PINT" JAXON: Jive Man Blues/ TOMMY JOHNSON: Canned Heat Blues/ CHARLEY JORDAN: Spoonful Blues/ LOUIS JORDAN: Junco Partner/ LUKE JORDAN: Cocaine Blues/ DICK JUSTICE: Cocaine/ ANDY KIRK & HIS TWELVE CLOUDS OF JOY: All The Jive Is Gone/ THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND: Cocaine Habit Blues/ CHARLEY PATTON: Spoonful Blues/ BUCK WASHINGTON: Save The Roach For Me/ CLARENCE WILLIAMS: Jerry The Junker

VARIOUS ARTISTS Buzzola 010 Space Guitar & Deathray Boogie ● CD $15.98
A collection of 18 blues, R&B, jazz and country songs and instrumentals recorded between 1930 and 1954 with a science fiction theme though they cheat a bit by including three songs about cars and one about a train with "Rocket" in the name. Includes Flying Saucer Boogie by Eddie Cletro, Two Little Men In A Flying Saucer by Ella Fitzgerald, Space Guitar by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Rockin With The Rockets by Harlan Leonard & The Rockets, Radar Blues by Big Joe Turner, Rocket 88 by Bill Haley & The Saddlemen, etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Buzzola 011 Ride Daddy Ride, Vintage Songs About Sex, 1927-1953 ● CD $15.98
18 songs from every blues man and blues fan's favorite subject. Lots of familiar stuff but as always Buzzola's packaging is very cool. Includes the title song by Fats Noel plus You Put It In, I'll Take It Out by Papa Charlie Jackson, Poon Tang by The Treniers, It Must Be Jelly 'Cos You Know) Jam Don't Shake from female impersonator Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon, Let Me Ride In Your Little Automobile by Lowell Fulson, Sit Right On It by Johnny Temple and additoional naughtiness from Bullmoose Jackson, Blind Boy Fuller, Bo Carter (of course), The Hokum Boys and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Buzzola 012 Outside The Law ● CD $15.98
18 songs of gangsters, racketeers and the Feds recorded between 1922 and 1947. Mostly blues with the occasional jazz or hillbilly number.
BLIND BLAKE: Police Dog Blues/ BO CARTER: The Law Gonna Step On You/ THE CATS & THE FIDDLE: Gang Busters/ SLIM GAILLARD & SLAM STEWART: A Tip On The Numbers/ LEE GREEN: Bad Man Napper/ THE HICKORY NUTS: Louisville Burglar/ DARBY HICKS: Court Room Blues/ HELEN HUMES: They Raided The Joint/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Racketeer Blues/ FURRY LEWIS: Judge Harsh Blues/ ROBERT LEE MCCOY: G-Man/ JACK RANGER: Thievin' Blues/ EDITH SMITH: Rules And Regulations, Signed Razor Jim/ WILLIE WALKER: Dupree Blues/ BARRELHOUSE WENCH: Dyin' Pickpocket Blues/ PEETIE WHEATSTRAW: Gangster Blues/ Police Station/ BUKKA WHITE: District Attorney Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Champion 501 Hot Fish ● CD $16.98
Fine collection of jump blues from Southern bands recorded in the early 50s including sides by The Joe Dyson Orch., Sherman "Blues" Johnson & His Clouds Of Joy, Clarence Jolly, Rufus Beacham & His Tempo Toppers, Roy Gaines (his frequently reissued first side Loud Mouth Lucy), Manzy Harris Orch., Harold Young, Ray Charles and others. About 60% of the tracks are new to CD. Sound is fine and booklet has notes on the performers.
RUFUS BEACHAM: My Baby And Me/ Do You Know How To Boogie/ Roly-poly/ RAY CHARLES: I Can't Do No More/ JOE DYSON ORCH.: Merc-o-matic Boogie/ ROY GAINES: I'm Setting You Free/ Loud Mouth Lucy/ MANZY HARRIS ORCH: Crawlin' Around/ You're Gonna Know/ SHERMAN "BLUES" JOHNSON & HIS CLOUDS OF JOY: Hot Fish/ Pretty Baby Blues/ Sugar Mama/ CLARENCE JOLLY: Baby Take A Look At Me/ Every Man's Blues/ I Need You Baby/ You'd Better Change Your Ways/ SONNY JONES: My Baby's Crying/ WALLY MERCER: Don't Wait Until Tomorrow/ Looped/ Yellow Hornet/ JIMMY SWAN: Hey Now Baby, Hey/ Laughing, Laughing Blues/ HAROLD YOUNG: I Love You For Myself/ You're Gonna Miss Me Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Severn 034 Chicago Blues Harmonica Project - Diamonds In The Rough ● CD $15.98
12 tracks, highly recommended
Many think the lengthy rein of top-shelf harp players in the Windy City have moved aside for guitar-oriented blues, but the half-dozen dazzlers on the "Chicago Blues Harmonica Project " have another idea. Young guns in the form of Russ Green and Omar Coleman stand forth carrying on the tradition (with very creative and over-amplified blowing) while Larry Cox and the previously unrecorded Little Addison offer gripping performances as well. Harmonica Khan #1 (who sadly passed on before this was issued) recalls the bustling days of Maxwell Street with solo offerings of Baby What You Want Me To Do and Next Time You See Me (accompanying himself with tap dancing and bones) and Dusty Brown makes a triumphant return with his old Parrot classic He Don't Love You plus a fine cover of Little Walter's I Got To Go. Hopefully, Severn (or another solid blues label) will make it a point to record this sort of thing again in the very near future. Masterful stuff! (CR)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Shanachie 6064 When Gospel Was Gospel ● CD $15.98
Fabulous collection of gospel from the late 40s to the early 60s including both solo performers and groups. Many tracks are issued here on CD for the first time and 8 tracks are previously unissued. Compiled and annotated by the country's leading gospel authority Anthony Heilbut.
QUEEN C. ANDERSON: I Never Heard Of A City-these Are They/ ROBERT ANDERSON: Jesus/ THE ANGELIC GOSPEL SINGERS & DIXIE HUMMINGBI: Standing On The Highway/ PROFESSOR ALEX BRADFORD: Leak In The Building/ J. ROBERT BRADLEY: Amazing Grace/ DOROTHY LOVE COATES & THE ORIGINAL GOSPEL HARMONETTES: Dot's Testimony/ You Better Run/ MADAME EDNA GALLMON COOKE & THE RADIO FOUR: Walk Through The Valley/ THE DAVIS SISTERS: Jesus Steps Right In/ Too Close To Heaven/ PROFESSOR J. EARLE HINES: Look For Me In Heaven/ MAHALIA JACKSON: Mahalia Moans/ Power Of The Holy Ghost/ THE ROBERTA MARTIN SINGERS: The Old Ship Of Zion/ Yield Not To Temptation/ BROTHER JOE MAY: Mercy Lord/ You're Gonna Need Him/ THE SENSATIONAL NIGHTINGALES: How About You/ Sinner Man/ THE SOUL STIRRERS: His Eye Is On The Sparrow/ The Lord Will Make A Way/ SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS QUARTET: Here Am I Send Me/ THE SWAN SILVERTONES: Thank You Jesus-i Have A Friend/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE & MARIE KNIGHT: Beams Of Heaven/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE & THE DEPENDABLE BOYS: Little Boy, How Old Are You/ CLARA WARD & THE WARD SINGERS: Leave It There/ Time Is Winding Up/ MARION WILLIAMS: Traveling Shoes

VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.926 Louisiana Swamp Blues, Vol. 5 - 40 Years Of La. Blues ● CD $15.98
Enjoyable collection of down home Louisiana blues recorded 1990/91 featuring several generations of Louisiana bluesmen. Includes Larry Garner, Cora Jefferson, Tabby Thomas, Tootsie, Rudi Richard and Silas Hogan. 12 tracks in all.

BIG JOE WILLIAMS Sonet 986 925-2 The Sonet Blues Story ● CD $13.98
Reissue of 1972 album originally issued on the Swedish Sonet label and subsequently in the USA on GNP. This new CD issue has been 24-bit remastered and features five previously unissued bonus sides. Big Joe and his trusty nine-string are in top form on songs like Black Gal You're Sure Looking Warm/ Little Annie Mae/ Hang It Up On The Wall/ This Heavy Stuff Of Mine/ Big fat Mama/ Jefferson And Franklin Blues/ They Stopped Me At the Border and others. Includes booklet with original and new notes by producer Samuel Charters. There's no shortage of Big Joe CDs available but another one this good is most welcome.

MARION WILLIAMS Shanachie 6063 Remember Me ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, 74 mins, essential
A stunning collection of 24 tracks by one of the greatest gospel singers of the second half of the 20th century recorded between 1968 and 1992 when she was still at the peak of her powers. Compiled by Marion's friend Anthony Heilbut who also produced most of these sides half the tracks are drawn from out of print Spirit Feel and Shanachie albums and the rest are previously unissued. There are some stupendous performances including the church wrecking opening How I Got Over, the powerful rendition of Take My Hand, Precious Lord with introductory naration by its' compser Thomas A Dorsey, a truly spine chilling rendition of City Called Heaven, the politically charged, blues flavored Bad News, Bad Times and the sublime The Day Is Passed And Gone which appropriately ends the set. Arrangements are varied including acapella performances, solo piano accompaniment or small groups - some featuring the bluesy guitar of Jonathan Dubose. A number of the tracks were recorded live in front of an enthusiastic church audience. Throughout, Marion's glorious voice is front and center. Includes 12 page booklet with extensive notes by Heilbut. (FS)


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