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THOMAS MAUPIN Dust-To-Digital DVD 14 Let Your Feet Do The Talkin' ● DVD $19.98
DVD, 27 min plus extras, very highly recommended
Stewart Copeland directed this uplifting documentary on American buck dancing legend Thomas Maupin. (Buck dancing is a form of clog dancing that emphasizes the downbeat and looks and sounds like a cousin of tap.) The film follows Maupin as he performs at the West Virginia Folk Festival and as he accepts the Trailblazer award at the Uncle Dave Macon Days festival. But the most moving footage, so to speak, is that between Maupin's grandson Daniel, who, despite the challenge of Cerebral Palsey, plays the banjo in the "songster" tradition, to which his grandfather belongs. The two become devoted to each other and even perform together onstage. The "Special Features" are uncharacteristically worthwhile, and include a 45-minute dance workshop given by Maupin at the Uncle Dave Macon Days festival; a 1947 documentary film about the origin of the banjo in American folk music, To Hear Your Banjo Play, written by Alan Lomax and narrated by Pete Seeger, featuring Woodie Guthrie, Sonny Terry and others: a 5-minute film by Copeland called Jennifer, about his mother; and more. Excellent. (JC)



CHUCK BERRY Bear Family BCD 17139 Rocks! ● CD $24.98
32 tracks, 80 mins, essential
Over the last couple of years there have been several high-end collections of Chuck Berry's legendary Chess back catalog, issued by Hip-O Select Records, that feature alternate takes and outtakes galore that would keep collectors and dedicated fans happy for hours. This latest compilation, conversely, is aimed strictly at listeners who simply desire to own the man's greatest songs in the best and most cost effective package possible. Those of you already familiar with Bear Family's Rocks series of CDs know what to expect: a superb booklet of liner notes and thorough discography of the songs, and excellent re-mastered sound. What more do you need to know? In chronological order from 1955's Maybellene to 1965's Dear Dad, every hit and popular track is presented in pristine audio fidelity. If you only want one Chuck Berry classics collection, then this is the one to buy. (GMC)
CHUCK BERRY: Almost Grown/ Around & Around/ Back In The U.S.A./ Beautiful Delilah/ Betty Jean/ Brown Eyed Handsome Man/ Bye Bye Johnny/ Carol/ Dear Dad/ Go-Go-Go/ Jaguar And Thunderbird/ Johnny B. Goode/ Let It Rock/ Little Queenie/ Maybellene/ Memphis, Tennessee/ Nadine (Is It You?)/ No Money Down/ No Particular Place To Go/ Oh Baby Doll/ Promised Land/ Reelin' And Rocking/ Rock And Roll Music/ Roll Over Beethoven/ Run Rudolph Run/ School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)/ Sweet Little Rock And Roller/ Sweet Little Sixteen/ Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)/ Too Much Monkey Business/ You Can't Catch Me/ You Never Can Tell

BIG PETE Delta Groove 149 Choice Cuts ● CD $15.98
13 tracks, 56 min., very highly recommended
It would be a huge mistake to assume that the Netherland's own Pieter van der Pluijm (otherwise known as Big Pete), is just another technically proficient but passionless performer of American blues standards. On his American solo debut album, Big Pete offers convincing evidence that he's one of the most exciting bluesman standing. His exuberance and youth push through every track in his harp work and his vocals. And even though the cover sells the album by mentioning the cavalcade of guest musicians, including Kid Ramos, Kim Wilson, Rusty Zinn, Paul Oscher, and other first tear blues performers, Big Pete is the show, and a hell of a show at that. Tracks such as Don't Start Crying Now and Act Like You Love Me are so hot they practically glow in the dark. "Choice Cuts" may well be remembered as the best new blues album of 2011. (JC)

BILL BOYD & HIS COWBOY RAMBLERS B.A.C.M. 362 Vol. 2 - When The Sun Goes Down ● CD $14.98
Complementing BACM 049 this is another superb collection of western swing along with some cowboy music and sentimental songs by one of the most popular and most prolific bands. 26 tracks featuring such musical talents as Jesse Ashlock, Lefty Perkins, Cecil Brower, J. R. Chatwell, Knocky Parker, Marvin Montgomery and others they perform songs like On Top Of The Hill/ Pussy, Pussy, Pussy/ Tumblin' Tumbleweeds/ When The Sun Goes Down/ You're Laughin' Up Your Sleeve/ New Six Or Seven Times/ Sweethearts Or Strangers/ Hold On Little Dogies Hold On/ Blues When It Rains and more including an excellent Haywire Mac McClintock medley.
BILL BOYD: Big Rock Candy Mountain/ Blues When It Rains/ Cemetery Sal/ Come Easy Go Easy/ Gotta See Mama Every Night/ Hobo's Paradise/ Hold On Little Doges Hold On/ I Saw Your Face In The Moon/ If I Can Count On You/ Lost Wagon/ Must I Hesitate/ My Ball And Chain/ New Six Or Seven Times/ On Top Of The Hill/ Pretty Little Dream Girl/ Pussy Pussy Pussy/ Sister Lucy Lee/ Sweethearts Or Strangers/ That Makes Me Give In/ The Train Song/ They Go Goo-Goo-Goo-Ga-Ga-Goofy Over Gobs/ Tumblin' Tumbleweeds/ Watching The World Go By/ When The Sun Goes Down/ Without A Woman's Love/ Yes You Do/ You're Laughin' Up Your Sleeve

THE CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS Retrieval 79067 The Hottest Of The California Ramblers At Edison ● CD $15.98
18 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended
The California Ramblers were actually from New York and were a very fluid group with most of the white elite of NY jazz participating at one time or another. They recorded for many labels as The California Ramblers as well as under a variety of pseudonyms but this collection is devoted to sides recorded as The California Ramblers for the Edison record company between 1925 and 1928. The personnel varies from session to session and includes appearances from musicians like Red Nichols, The Dorsey Brothers, Adrian RolliniFud Livingston, Roy Johnston, Mickey Bloom and others. There are several vocals including one by Vernon Dalhart and one by Arthur Fields. Edison was a pioneer in long playing records and many of the tunes here are close to four minutes long and in a few cases, longer! A splendid collection of hot white jazz with superb sound and a great 32 page booklet with extensive notes, rare photos and full discographical info. (FS)

ARTHUR CONLEY Kent CDKEND 358 I'm Living Good - The Soul Of Arthur Conley, 1964-1974 ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 68 mins, very highly recommended
Sometimes an artist is remembered for as a one hit wonder; such a man was Soul singer Arthur Conley, who hit big with Sweet Soul Music in 1967. But Conley was much more than that uptempo number, and he actually excelled on ballads. This collection of B-Sides, album tracks, and non-album 45s is a salute to Conley's artistry, his debt to both Sam Cooke and his mentor Otis Redding, and a valentine to Northern Soul and Southern Soul fans alike. There are many rarities here for collectors, such as the original versions of Where You Lead Me and I'm a Stranger (aka I'm a Lonely Stranger) from 1964, which Conley re-cut for Redding's short-lived label Jotis, in 1965; I Want Your Love, which went unheard until it was found for a 1988 Japanese LP; and Stop Knocking a gem from 1974 that was buried on a Capricorn Records sampler. Make no mistake, this material-from his pre-fame years as well as the years he spent recording for Atco and Capricorn-is magnificent. From the lovely Put Our Love Together to the bouncy Take a Step and the touching Otis tribute Otis Sleep On, none of these songs put a foot wrong; this is a necessary edition to any serious Soul music library. (GMC)

CLIFF "UKULELE IKE" EDWARDS Retrieval 79068 Fascinating Rhythm, 1922-1935 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 48 tracks, highly recommended
A short time ago there was very little available of the highly popular performer Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards and we now have two in the space of three months! There is very little duplication with the superb Upbeat Jazz compilation issued a while back (Upbeat Jazz 228 - $19.98) and this is even better value for money. On this superb collection he croons a selection of popular songs, risque songs and novelty titles. The material here, recorded between 1922 and 1935 is mostly drawn from commercial recordings including several unissued titles. On many tracks he accompanies himself with lively ukulele work and on some tracks does some of his unique scat singing making his voice sound like a kazoo! The tracks are either solo or find him accompanied by small groups featuring musicians like Red Nichols, Miff Mole, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Dick McDonaough and others. The tracks are presented in chronological order startiung with a 1922 track with Cliff as a member of Ladd's Black Aces and ends with two tracks from 1935 with Cliff accompanied by the male vocal quartet The Four Blackbirds. Sound quality is superb and the 28 page booklet has extensive notes by Chris Ellis, photos and full discographical info. (FS)

ROSIE FLORES American Beat 24892 Rosie Flores ● CD $12.98 $7.98
10 tracks, essential
Reissue of Rosie's wonderful 1987 album originally issued on Reprise. Rosie Flores was one of the great new young country singers to emerge in the late 80s. She has a marvelous voice which has the soulful sincerity of Loretta Lynn and the rockabilly urgency of Wanda Jackson. The songs are a mixture of new and old songs - some written by Rosie and her guitarist on some of these sessions James Intveld. The originals include the Latin flavored Midnight To Moonlight with accordion by David Hidalgo and the hard driving Heartbreak Train - a version which appeared on the legendary "Town South Of Bakersfield" collection. There is also a fine version of Freddie Hart's Lovin' In Vain and Carl Perkins' Turn Around plus a version of the Wanda Jackson rockabilly song I Gotta Know. Highlight of the album however is the incredible honky tonk ballad God May Forgive You (But I Won't written by the brilliant Harlan Howard. This was previously reissued on CD on Rounder with six bonus tracks which are, sadly, not included but, if you missed that release, this is one you've got to hear! (FS)

JIM FORD Bear Family BCD 17257 Demolition Expert - Rare Acoustic Demos ● CD $21.98
30 tracks, 78 mins, recommended
Cult Country/roots rocker Jim Ford has been well served by Bear Family; they have tirelessly compiled his material into loving compilations that have illustrated his artistry, preserved his status as an unsung genius, and demonstrated his influence on Britain's Pub Rock community. This latest set contains acoustic demos recorded at home; without knowing the context or time frame of these recordings, they can only be taken at face value as a glimpse into Ford's songwriting psyche and creative motivations. There's an off-the-cuff homey quality to this assortment of Country covers and originals that is very inviting; it's too bad there's no proper documentation of these recordings, as it would be worthwhile to know exactly when they were recorded (the early 70's is the assumed timeframe) and the identities of the other vocalists. No matter, for Ford die-hards, this CD is indispensible, while listeners new to the Jim Ford experience should start with Bear Family's "The Sounds of Our Time" (Bear Family 16777) CD before coming here. (GMC)

BILLY GRAY Cactus BGCD 1 Hillbilly Stars Of Decca Records - Billy Gray ● CD $15.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
This one's been out a while but hasn't been listed before. Gray was a fine singer, songwriter and guitarist from Texas. He recorded a handful of sides in 1947 but it wasn't until he signed with Decca in 1954 that he recorded regularly. In the early-mid 50s Billy was leader of Hank Thompson's band and helped write some of Hank's songs. The material here was recorded between 1954 and 1960 - mostly from Decca but also including a couple of sides recorded for Longhorn. Billy was a fine singer and the material ranges from honky tonk weepers to up-tempo western swing flavored numbers including his hot Tennessee Toddy which is a favorite of rockabilly collectors. Nine of the cuts here are jazzy instrumentals and I assume the fine electric guitar work is by Billy himself. Fine sounds but no notes. (FS)

THE ILLUSIONS Axtel 1001 Now You See Them, Now You Don't ● CD $17.98
26 tracks of white doo-wop featuring the fine Philadelphia group The Illusions and various offshoots in the 50s and 60s. The group had a local hit with their soulful midtempo Hey Boy and this collections features ballads and mid tempo numbers along with a few more soul oriented efforts. The group recorded for several small labels and this set also includes six previously unissued songs and two acapella demos plus tracks featuring the group's principle lead singer Freddy Faulkner.

DOUG QUATTLEBAUM Testament TCD 6003 If You've Ever Been Mistreated ● CD $14.98 $8.98
19 tracks, highly recommended
Previously unissued recordings from 1961 by excellent country blues singer and guitarist from Philadelphia who was discovered by Pete Welding on the street where he was warming up the crowd so he could pitch them a range of Mister Softee frozen deserts. Quattlebaum was a superb singer with a gospel inflected vocal style and an original guitarist and his material includes original songs and traditional blues, gospel and R&B songs. Includes Hard Luck Blues/ Baby, Please Don't Go/ Baby, What You Want Me To Do/ Lizzie Lou/ What'd I Say/ It's Nobody's Fault But Mine, etc. Booklet has notes by some guy named Frank Scott. (AK)

WAYNE RANEY Gusto 2228 Why Don't You Haul Off And LOve Me ● CD $8.98
Gusto recently issued a collection of gospel songs by this great country singer and harmonica player and now comes up with 20 of his secular sides from the 40s and early 50s including his #1 country hit Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me as well as his hits Lost John Boogie and Jack And Jill Boogie along with other fine sides like Green Valley Waltz/ You Are My Brothers/ Cold, Cold Snow/ Country Express/ Gone With The Wind In The Morning/ Lilac Bouquet, etc.
WAYNE RANEY: Burning Your Love Letters/ Can Your Hossie Do The Dog/ Cold, Cold Snow/ Country Express/ Fox Chase/ Gone With The Wind This Morning/ Green Valley Waltz (Inst.)/ I Ain't Nothing But A Tom Cat's Kitten/ I Had My Fingers Crossed/ I Want A Home In Dixie/ If You Never Slip Around/ Jack And Jill Boogie/ Lilac Bouquet/ Lost John Boogie/ Real Hot Boogie/ The Roosters Are Crowing/ Walking With The Blues Tonight/ Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me/ You Are My Brother/ You Better Treat Your Man Right

JACK RIVERS B.A.C.M. 361 Vol. 2 - Navy Hot Rod ● CD $14.98
The second volume of this fine West Coast singer and guitarist is devoted to his commercial recordings made for a variety of labels between 1946 and 1951. The previous issue (BAC 150) featured songs from radio transcriptions plus a radio show. Jack is featured in a variety of settings including sides with the fine Western group Andy Parker & The Plainsmen, jazz pianist Billy Taylor, fiddler Neil LeVang and others. The earlier sides are pretty straight ahead Western performances but the later add a more jazzy Western Swing approach and a number give Jack a chance to show off his impressive electric guitar chops.
JACK RIVERS: A Year Of City Living/ At Least A Million Tears/ Blue Blue Eyes/ Detour/ Galloping Guitar/ Get On The Happy Side Of Living/ I Found Somebody New/ If You Could Only Be Mine/ Jelly Bean Rag/ Lorelei/ Moon Over Montana/ My Baby Don't Love/ My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time/ Navy Hot Rod/ One Woman Man/ Osbourne Boogie/ Playing Games With Me/ Rosetta/ Sargent's Stomp/ Shane Shame On Jolie Blon/ Slowly I'm Walking The Dog/ Summer Or Winter/ Sweet Sue/ The Wild Guitar/ Were You There/ What It Means To Be Blue/ You Can't Break The Chains Of Love

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1322 Further Mellow Cats 'n' Kittens, 1946-1951 ● CD $18.98
The fifth volume of rare and unissued West Coast blues and R&B recorded for the Modern group of labels in the 40s and early 50s is another stellar collection of 25 sides. Most of them are appearing on CD for the first time and nine tracks are previously unissued. Includes sides by Luke Jones & His Orch., Goree Carter (issued by Modern as Gory Carter), Three Bits Of Rhythm, Red Mack, Jimmy Witherspoon (the previously unissued risque Calypso flavored Hotel), Jim Wynn & His Orch., Ramp Davis, Effie Smith, The Herb Fisher Trio, Bebopper Lulu (an unidentified female vocalist given her name by the folks at Ace presumably from her skills as a scat singer) and others. Usual superb sound and informative liner notes.
JOHNNY ALSTON & HIS ORCHESTRA (VOCAL: JEANNE DE: Everything Will Be Alright/ IRA AMOS: Blue And Disgusted/ I Was Too Blind To See/ BEBOPPER LULU & HER ORCHESTRA: Mellow Scat/ HADDA BROOKS & HER TRIO: Why Did You Say We're Through/ GORY CARTER: Four O'clock In The Morning/ Seven Days/ RAMP DAVIS: Baby Sue (Aka Mary Sue)/ THE HERB FISHER TRIO: Don't Want Nobody Else/ Wine, Wine, Wine/ FELIX GROSS & HIS ORCHESTRA: Forever On My Mind/ Mary You Are Mine Pts 1 & 2/ DUKE HENDERSON: In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down/ Trouble In Mind/ P.K. JOHNSON: Sunset Romp/ LUKE JONES & HIS ORCHESTRA: Jump Me Some Boogie/ Rompin' The Boogie/ RED MACK WITH LUKE JONES & HIS ORCHESTRA: Mean Ole Frisco/ Worried Life Blues/ AUSTIN MCCOY: Happy Pay Day Pt 1/ TEDDY BUNN WITH THE HOOTIE MCSHANN TRIO: In The Oven/ EFFIE SMITH: Be On Your Merry Way/ THREE BITS OF RHYTHM: The Man That Comes To My House/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Motel/ JIM WYNN & HIS ORCHESTRA (VOCAL: SNAKE SIMS): Cold Blooded Boogie

VARIOUS ARTISTS AP Music 970 Jukebox Favorites - The Best Of Early R&B ● CD $18.98
4 CD, 80 tracks, highly recommended
No frills (no liner notes, tracks not in any particular order) collection of classic 50's blues and R&B tunes by everyone from Johnny Ace and Jackie Wilson to Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker. There's nothing here that can't be had elsewhere, but there is no denying the quality of the music and the sound is great. One of a series of four collections of "Jukebox Favorites" (the others cover Rock & Roll, Doo-Wop, and the Blues), this is a set for people who don't otherwise own the songs already and want them in a convenient package. (GMC)
JOHNNY ACE: Pledging My Love/ The Clock/ LAVERN BAKER: Jim Dandy/ Shake A Hand/ Soul On Fire/ HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS: Annie Had A Baby/ Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go/ JESSE BELVIN: Goodnight My Love/ BROOK BENTON: Kiddio/ THE BOBBETTES: Mr Lee/ HADDA BROOKS: Jump Back Honey/ BUSTER BROWN: Fanny Mae/ JAMES BROWN: Please Please Please/ ROY BROWN: Rock A Bye Baby/ RUTH BROWN: Lucky Lips/ Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean/ JERRY BUTLER: He Will Break Your Heart/ For Your Precious Love/ RAY CHARLES: A Fool For You/ I Got A Woman/ What'd I Say (parts 1 & 2)/ DEE CLARK: Nobody But You/ Raindrops/ THE CLOVERS: Devil Or Angel/ THE COASTERS: Poison Ivy/ SAM COOKE: I'll Come Running Back To You/ You Send Me/ LARRY DARNELL: For You My Love/ BILL DOGGETT: Honky Tonk Pt 1/ FATS DOMINO: All By Myself/ I Want To Walk You Home/ THE DRIFTERS: Adorable/ This Magic Moment/ TOMMY EDWARDS: It's All In The Game/ THE FIVE ROYALES: Baby Don't Do It/ WADE FLEMMONS: What's Happening/ JIMMY FORREST: Night Train/ ROSCOE GORDON: Just A Little Bit/ WILBERT HARRISON: Kansas City/ CLARENCE "FROGMAN" HENRY: But I Do/ JESSE HILL: Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part One)/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: Since I Met You Baby/ THE IMPRESSIONS: Gypsy Woman/ ETTA JAMES: Tough Lover/ Spoonful/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Let Them Talk/ Sleep/ JO JONES: You Talk Too Much/ ERNIE K-DOE: A Certain Girl/ Mother-in-Law/ BEN E. KING: Spanish Harlem/ Stand By Me/ GLADYS KNIGHT: Every Beat Of My Heart/ JOE LIGGINS & HIS HONEYDRIPPERS: Pink Champagne/ WILLIE MABON: I'm Mad/ PERCY MAYFIELD: Are You Out There/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Lovey Dovey/ Since You've Been Gone/ Honey Love/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: Love Is Strange/ AMOS MILBURN: Bewildered/ AARON NEVILLE: Over You/ JOHNNY OTIS: Mumblin' Mosie/ LLOYD PRICE: Lawdy Miss Clawdy/ Question/ Stagger Lee/ TOMMY RIDGELY & HIS BAND: Jam Up/ HAL SINGER: Cornbread/ BIG JOE TURNER: Corrine Corinna/ Flip Flop & Fly/ Honey Hush/ SAMMY TURNER: Always/ BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES: Have Mercy Baby/ Sixty Minute Man/ BABY WASHINGTON: Work Out/ DINAH WASHINGTON & BROOK BENTON: A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love)/ LARRY WILLIAMS: You Bug Me/ CHUCK WILLIS: C.C. Rider/ JACKIE WILSON: Doggin' Around/ Lonely Teardrops

VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalo Bop 55147 Rockabilly Boogie ● CD $21.98
28 tracks, highly recommended
An excellent entry in this long running with quite a few tracks making their first appearance on CD. A mix of rockabilly and rocking country (mostly the latter) featuring such little known names as Dale Davis (the great Crazy Little Guitar Man with hot guitar), The Starlighters (a cover of Murray Kellum's Long Tall Texan), Riley Walker (a fine country boogie with a wonderful title - Uranium Miner's Boogie), Lonnie Mullins, Bill Chambers (the fine bluesy country tune She's Treating Me Bad), Charlie Conrad, Gene Stacks, Floyd McDaniel, Danny & Audrey Harrison (with the song which is more country than rockabilly!), Hugh Friar, The Carpenter Brothers (the fabulous Don'ty Cry Little Darling which is almost worth the price of admission), Cliff Crofford, etc. Excellent sound and booklet has some artist photos and label shots. (FS)
BUDDY BARNETT TRIO: Bunnybop/ AL BOWERS & THE TOPHANDS: Mathew Rock/ KENNY BROWN: Throw A Little Wood On The Fire/ THE CARPENTER BROS: Don't Cry Little Darling/ BILL CHAMBERS: She's Treatin' Me Bad/ CHARLIE CONRAD: Dizzy Love/ Night Club Blues/ CLIFF CROFFORD: A Night For Love/ There Ain't Nothing Happing/ WAYNE CROSS: Stranger In Black/ DALE DAVIS: Crazy Little Guitar Man/ LINBURGH DEAVERS: Miss Me Now/ HUGH FRIAR: Empty Arms/ CURLEY GRIFFIN: I've Seen It All/ JERRY HANSON: When I Was A Little Boy/ DANNY & AUDREY HARRISON: Rockabilly Boogie/ CHUCK HARROD: Crawdad Song/ CHUCK JOYCE: Lets Rock/ FLOYD MCDANIEL: I Like To Go/ HARLOD MORRISON: I Gotta Have Her/ LONNIE MULLINS: It Was You/ BUDDY PHILLIPS: River Boat Blues/ RALPH PRUITT: Louise/ CHUCK RIVERS: But What The Heck/ GENE STACKS: I Know (My Baby Loves Me)/ THE STARLIGHTERS: The Long Tall Texan/ RILEY WALKER: Uranium Miner's Boogie/ JOHN WATSON: Gettin Right

VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalo Bop 55149 Rumble Rock ● CD $21.98
Another fine collection of 28 rockabilly and rock 'n' roll cuts - many making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by Buddy Miller, Ronnie Wilson, Kenny Owens, Ron Berry, Stan Gunn, Smilin' Jack Belveal, Telli W. Mills, Bobby Lowell & The Rock-A-Boogie Boys, Gilbert Headley, Sonny Geno and others.
ROY BARRAN: Tom Tom Rock/ SMILIN' JACK BELVEAL: I Ain't Nothing But A Houndog/ RON BERRY: I Want You/ My Only You/ DOUG BOWMAN: Al's State Line/ BOB CALLAWAY: Tick Tock/ RAY CLARK: Little Betty Twist/ SKIP CODY: Feets To Big (Alt.)/ DANNY DIAMOND: Rhythm In My Bones/ ARTIE DILLON: In My Teens/ J. ELVIN: Charlotte/ THE FIVE SPARKS: Little Bo Peep/ SONNY GENO: Rumble Rock/ STAN GUNN: Baby Sitter Boogie/ GILBERT HEADLEY: I Tried To Be Fair/ BUDDY KAY: The Unlucky Lover/ BOBBY LOWELL: Um Baby, Baby/ HAROLD MCKINNON: Little Jump Joint/ You Don't Love Me Baby/ BUDDY MILLER: Honey Baby/ TELLI W. MILS: Ain't Goin' Home/ THE NITE ROCKERS: Little Mama/ KENNY OWENS: Frog Man Hop/ ROYCE PORTER: Good Time/ RALPH ROBBINS & ROCKIT'S: Don't Stop Don't Stop/ THE ROCK'N RAVENS: Hot Snatch/ THE ROCK'N REBS: Grandpa Rock/ RONNIE WILSON: You Love That Guitar Better

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector's Choice 442 Cowboy Crooners Sing Songs Of The West ● CD $25.98 $12.98
Two CD set with 40 tracks drawn from radio transcriptions including The Plainsmen, Dale Evans & The Sons Of The Pioneers, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Judy Canova, Patsy Montana, Rhubarb Red (Les Paul), Jimmie Davis, Pat Friday, Joe Randall, Tex Williams, Spade Cooley, Tommy Duncan with Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys and many more.
EDDY ARNOLD: I Have To Live And Learn/ When I Talk To Myself About You/ ELTON BRITT: Darlin' What More Can I Do?/ JUDY CANOVA: Along The Navajo Trail/ No Letter Today/ Walkin' The Floor Over You/ SPADE COOLEY: Shame On You/ GOVERNOR JIMMIE DAVIS: It Makes No Difference Now/you Are My Sunshine/ There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder/ DALE EVANS: Frankie And Johnny/ My Heart Is Down Texas Way/ PAT FRIDAY: When It's Twilight On The Trail/ THE JOHNSON SISTERS: Ridin' Down The Trail/ PLAINSMEN QUARTET: Jack O'diamonds/ PONY PLAINSMEN QUARTET: Old Saddle/ COWBOY JOE RANDALL: Gonna Build A Big Fence Around Texas/ RHUBARB RED: Down In The Little Green Valley/ Jesse James/ RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE: Cool Water/ I Cried Myself Over You/ New San Antonio Rose/ Out On The Open Range/ TEX RITTER: The Ballad Of The Bo Weevil/ ROY ROGERS: Cowboy Wedding/ Light Of Old Santa Fe/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Home On The Range/ Just A Happy Rovin' Cowboy/ Rock Me To Sleep In My Saddle/ Timber Trail/ JIMMY WAKELY: Too Late/ TEX WILLIAMS: I Don't Want To Be Free/ Let's Live A Little (before We Say Goodbye)/ JOHNNIE LEE WILLS: Down Along The Sleepy Rio Grande/ You Broke My Heart Little Darlin'/ BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Get Along Home, Cindy/ I'll Be True To The One That I Love/ My Confession/ Right Or Wrong/ Too Late

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector's Choice 629 Great Lost Elektra Singles ● CD $12.98 $8.98
10 ultra rare non-LP singles from the vaults of Elektra - a mixture of folk, blues and rock including sides by The Beefeaters (a band that included Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark & David Crosby), Judy Collins' version of Bob Dylan's I'll Keep It With Mine and the single version of Who Knows Where The Time Goes, an electric version of I Ain't Marching Anymore by Phil Ochs, a rare Paul Butterfield Blue band single plus sides by David Ackles, Eclection (the folk rock band featuring Sandy Denny's husband to be Trevor Lucas) and The Stalk-Forrest Group (who later mutated into Blue Oyster Cult).

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5643 Rare Country Blues, Vol. 4 : 1929-1953 ● CD $15.98 $11.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Most of the artists here sound a bit too urbane to be considered "country blues" but the best cuts here are superb examples of country blues. The best cuts open and close this CD. It begins with four cuts from 1929 by a St. Louis singer and guitarist with the delightful name of Papa Egg Shell (real name Lawrence Casey). He was a superb singer and a flowing lyrical guitarist. His two part I'm Going Up The Country is based on Jim Jackson's blues hit Kansas City Blues with original lyrics. The disc ends with two lovely tracks from 1953 by singer/ guitarist Robert Lee Westmoreland - an enigmatic performer with two fine sides recorded for the obscure Trepur label. Troy Ferguson appears to be a piano and guitar player - his piano blues College Blues is fine, the two guitar based blues are relatively undistinguished hokum numbers. Pere Dickson and Archie Lewis are pretty dull performers. This disc also features the only recordings under his own name by fine singer and guitarist Willie B. James who is best known for his frequent appearance as an accompanying musician on recordings Bumble Bee Slim, Lee Green, Curtis Jones, Monkey Joe, Red Nelson and others. There are 10 tracks by singer/ piano player Frank Tannehill recorded between 1937 and 1941 - most with guitar and drum accompaniment. Tannehill is a fairly pedestrian performer though his performances are not without interest and certainly worth a listen. All in all, a decent album which is elevated to highly recommended status by the performances of Papa Egg Shell and Robert Lee Westmoreland. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Famous Flames 01 The First Rock And Roll Record ● CD $26.98
3CD, 82 tracks, essential
Based on the 1992 book (now out of print and a collector's item if you can find it) "hat Was the First Rock 'N' Roll Record?" by Jim Dawson and Steve Propes, this collection, compiled by Mojo writer Dave Henderson, features 82 songs (including 37 of the original songs named in the book) that could reasonably be considered worthy of the honor. Proceeding in more or less chronological order from 1916's The Camp Meeting Jubilee (by some unknown singers) to Elvis' Heartbreak Hotel in 1956 (and touching upon artists like Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, Robert Johnson, Illinois Jacquet, the Delmore Brothers, and Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, and more along the way), this CD is a compact history lesson of music in the first half of the 20th century; music that made a lot of us who we are today. Essentially, the CD illustrates how different styles of music-western swing, hillbilly country, rhythm and blues, spirituals, and early jazz and blues-fused together with attitude, party mentality, and primitive rhythms became the true genesis of what came to be known as rock 'n' roll. Sure, you could all this information in a book (or several), but to hear it evolve over 82 tracks is much more impressive and educational. Packaged in a triple digipac with a 32 page illustrated booklet with notes by Henderson and a card with a code that will allow you to download 13 more songs from Famous Flames' web site. (GMC)
THE ANDREWS SISTERS: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy/ LAVERN BAKER: Tweedle Dee/ HANK BALLARD AND THE MIDNIGHTERS: Work With Me, Annie/ CHUCK BERRY: Maybellene/ JIMMY BLYTHE: Jimmy Blues/ THE BOSWELL SISTERS: Rock And Roll/ WILL BRADLEY: Down The Road A Piece/ JACKIE BRENSTON AND HIS DELTA CATS: Rocket '88'/ GOREE CARTER: Rock A While/ RAY CHARLES: I've Got A Woman/ Mess Around/ THE CHORDS: Sh-Boom/ THE CLOVERS: One Mint Julep/ NAT "KING" COLE: Straighten Up And Fly Right/ THE CROWS: Gee/ ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: That's All Right (Mama)/ SUNNY DAE AND THE KNIGHTS: Rock Around The Clock/ THE DELMORE BROTHERS: Hillbilly Boogie/ BO DIDDLEY: Bo Diddley/ FATS DOMINO: The Fat Man/ THE DOMINOES: 60 Minute Man/ Have Mercy Baby/ ELLA FITZGERALD: Rock It For Me/ JUDY GARLAND: The Joint Is Really Jumpin' Down At Carnegie Hall/ BENNY GOODMAN AND GENE KRUPA: Sing! Sing! Sing! (With A Swing)/ BENNY GOODMAN ORCHESTRA AND HELEN WARD: Get Rhythm In Your Feet/ CHARLIE GRACIE: Boogie Woogie Blues/ Rockin' An' Rollin'/ BLIND ROOSEVELT GRAVES: Crazy About My Baby/ HARDROCK GUNTER: Gonna Dance All Night/ BILL HALEY: Rovin' Eyes/ Crazy Man, Crazy/ Rock Around The Clock/ LIONEL HAMPTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Flying Home/ THE HARLEM HAMFATS: Oh Red!/ ERLINE 'ROCK 'N' ROLL' HARRIS: Rock And Roll Blues/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Good Rocking Tonight/ HELEN HUMES: Be Baba Leba/ JIM JACKSON: Kansas City Blues/ ILLINOIS JACQUET: Blues, Pt. 2/ ROBERT JOHNSON: Cross Road Blues/ BUDDY JONES: Rockin' Rollin' Mama/ LOUIS JORDAN AND HIS TYMPANY FIVE: Let The Good Times Roll/ Saturday Night Fish Fry/ PEE WEE KING: Ten Gallon Boogie (Original)/ JOE LIGGINS: Honeydripper/ LITTLE RICHARD: Tutti Frutti/ STICK MCGHEE: Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ CLYDE MCPHATTER AND THE DRIFTERS: Money Honey/ AMOS MILBURN: Chicken Shack Boogie/ THE MISSISSIPPI JOOK BAND: Skippy Whippy/ WILD BILL MOORE: We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll/ ELLA MAE MORSE AND FREDDIE SLACK: House Of Blue Lights/ GERTRUDE NIESEN: Rockin' The Town/ VIRGINIA O'BRIEN: Lullaby (Rock A Bye Baby)/ THE ORIOLES: Its Too Soon To Know/ CHARLEY PATTON: Going To Move To Alabama/ LES PAUL AND MARY FORD: How High The Moon/ CARL PERKINS: Blue Suede Shoes/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Heartbreak Hotel/ That's Alright Mama/ JIMMY PRESTON: Rock The Joint/ LLOYD PRICE: Lawdy Miss Clawdy/ THE ROBINS: Riot In Cell Block Number Nine/ ARKIE SHIBLEY AND HIS MOUNTAIN DEW BOYS: Hot Rod Race/ ARTHUR SMITH: Guitar Boogie/ CLARENCE "PINE TOP" SMITH: Pinetops's Boogie Woogie/ TRIXIE SMITH: My Man Rocks Me/ TAMPA RED: It's Tight Like That/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: Rock Me/ Strange Things Happening Every Day/ BIG MAMA THORNTON: Hound Dog/ BIG JOE TURNER: Roll 'Em Pete/ Shake, Rattle And Roll/ JOE TURNER: Honey Hush/ UNKNOWN: The Camp Meeting Jubilee/ T-BONE WALKER: Mean Old World/ THE WASHBOARD RHYTHM KINGS: Tiger Rag/ MUDDY WATERS: I Can't Be Satisfied/ HANK WILLIAMS: Move It On Over/ JOHN LEE WILLIAMSON: New Early In The Morning/ BOB WILLS: Ida Red

VARIOUS ARTISTS Indigo 2503 Don't Worry 'Bout The Bear ● CD $22.98 $9.98
Excellent and long out of print two CD set with 32 tracks providing an introduction to Jim Simpson's Big Bear label which recorded some of the great blues artists Simpson brought on tour of England in the 70s. Drawn from albums issued on Big Bear at the time this set features Snooky Pryor, Homesick James, Big John Wrencher, Eddie Taylor, Erwin Helfer, Whispering Smith, Lightning Slim, G.P. Jackson, Johnny Mars, Eddie Burns, Boogie Woogie Red, Billy Boy Arnold, Willie Mabon, Mickey Baker, Billy "The Kid" Emerson, Tommy Tucker, Billy "The Kid" Emerson, Charles Brown, Gene "The Mighty Flea" Connors and Cousin Joe. Accompaniment is mostly provided by top U.K. musicians like Bob Hall, Sam Mitchell Bob Brunning and others along with solo sides and other combinations - Whispering Smith & Lightnin' Slim accompany each other and one of the Dr. Ross sides finds him accompanies by Louis & Dave Mayers, Lafayette Leake and Fred Below.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jookin' 18007 Jookin' 7 ● CD $16.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Another great collection of obscure but exciting rocking blues and R&B which opens with a fiery instrumental The Boogie Woogie Twist featuring a band led by Texas bluesman Cal Valentine with tough sax and Cal adding some nice "Boogie Chillun" style riffs. The disc ends with another superb instrumental - this time from Chicago bluesman Al Perkins featuring hot guitar from Al. Most of the rest is vocals and includes contributions from Eddie Foster, Amanda Love (the gorgeous soul flavored You Keep Calling Me By Her Name), Billy Kent & The Andantes, Eddie Burns (rocking down home blues from Detroit bluesman), Harold Burrage, Oscar & Anita, Jesse Butler, Jon Thomas (another hot instrumental track Tizzy), Bobby & Sylvia (Sylvia Robinson of Mickey & Sylvia with another partner on the outrageous You Broke My Heart And I Broke Your Jaw), The Valiants, Jimmy Trotter and others. Another splendid set. (FS)
MARIE ALLEN & SONNY WARNER: Till Then/ THE ASTRO-JETS: Boom-A-Lay/ BOBBY & SYLVIA: You Broke My Heart And I Broke Your Jaw/ EDDIE BURNS: Mean And Evil (Baby)/ HAROLD BURRAGE: You K.O.'d Me/ JESSE BUTLER WITH FREDDIE & THE CONTINENTAL PL: Dancing Fever/ CURTIS BYRD & THE JOE-RAG SINGERS: Pretty Woman/ Turn Some More Lights On/ EDDIE (BIG BLUES) CARSON: Why Do You Treat Me So Bad/ EDDIE FOSTER: I'm Grown/ What You Putting Down/ BIG DADDY GREEN: Lady In Red/ BILLY KENT & THE ANDANTES: Your Love/ ART LASSITER: It's Alright/ AMANDA LOVE: You Keep Calling Me By Her Name/ CLETUS MARLAND: I'll Take Care Of You/ JOHNNIE MAE MATTHEWS: Ooh Wee/ OSCAR & ANITA: Row Row Your Boat/ What You Don't Know/ AL PERKINS: Kuz'n Bill/ THE SNAPSHOTS: That's What I Like/ JON THOMAS: Tizzy/ JIMMY TROTTER: Hungry And Thirsty (For Your Love)/ CAL VALENTINE & THE TEXAS ROCKERS: The Boogie Twist, Part 1/ THE VALIANTS: Walkin' Girl/ D.C. WASHINGTON: The Mohawk/ ROCKY WILKERSON: Right Combination

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77148 Ukrainian & Lemko String Bands In America ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 98 tracks, very highly recommended
Another fabulous collection of ethnic music courtesy of JSP and compiler Chris King. This one is devoted to music made in America by Ukrainians and Lemkos - the latter from a disputed region in the Northern Carpathian mountains. Until the mid 1920 most recorded Ukrainian music, though popular among immigrants to America, tended to be conventional and overly polished recordings of popular songs. In the mid 1920s mountain fiddler Paul Humeniuk started recording and after that there was a flood of recordings of traditional music performed in traditional style and this collections features recordings made between 1926 and 1933.. Much of is lively and rhythmic dance music, an integral part of weddings and other ceremonial occasions featuring instruments like fiddle, guitar, mandolin, cymbalom and other instruments. Several numbers feature full ensembles including brass instruments; not surprisingly these are quite reminiscent of traditional Klezmer music. About half the tracks are vocal including a remarkable six part skit featuring two of the most popular Ukrainian performers of the late 20s and early 30 Ewgen Zhukowsky and Nasza Roza - this skit Na Widwidyny Do Kraju translates a "A Trip Back Home" and expresses the feelings of homesickness that most immigrants felt. The selection is varied and exciting throughout and the sound quality is superb. The only disappointment is that, in keeping wit JSPs policy the notes are far too brief consisting of a brief commentary in the four page booklet that comes with each CD - a release this important deserves a hefty booklet with extensive notes. It does have full discographical details, where known. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 364 Masterpieces Of Modern Soul, Vol. 3 ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
Third volume in the rare 70's soul series mixes name artists (Candi Staton, Tommy Tate, Barbara Brown) with unknowns just like the previous two entries (Kent 222 and Kent 310). The only odd-ball is a Dave Hamilton production from 1984 (I Don't Play Games by Nightchill); otherwise this is the usual assortment of ballads and dance floor-fillers. Collectors will savor tracks from The Hesitations (Go Away), Gloria Lucas (You Won't Be True), Rose Batiste (The Feeling is Gone, co-written and co-produced by Swamp Dogg), Tommy Tate (the super rare If You Got to Love Somebody), and Darondo (Didn't I). The spotlight tracks are more subtle than usual, but that shouldn't diminish the listening experience; just chalk this up as another winner from Kent. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Malt Shop 1001 Doo Wop Buffet, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
25 track collection of doo-wop rarities from the 50s and early 60s including a number that are making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by The Cresents (a nice uptempo rendition of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes), The Ambassadors, Ripples, Castelles, Paradons (the superb I Had A Dream making its first appearance on CD), The Carousels, Sonny Vito & The Fabulous 4, The Premiers, Mickey Tillman & Group, The Uniques, Voices Five (aka The Chanters), Michael Zara & The Compliments and others.
THE MASTERS: Look Out/ THE AMBASSADORS: Oh Nancy/ THE BEAU-JIVES: I'll Never Be the Same/ THE CAROUSELS: Fading Away/ THE CASTELLES: Teardrops/ THE CRESCENTS: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes/ THE FIVE CLASSICS: Love Me/ DENISE GERMAIN & THE DELMONICOS: I'm Fed Up/ JACKIE LLOYD WITH KENNY VANCE & THE HARBOR-LIGH: Warm Love/ THE MATADORS: Ace of Hearts/ THE MELLODEERS: Born to Be Mine/ THE METRONOMES: Tears, Tears, Tears/ TONY MORA & THE DU-WELLS: I Can't Believe/ THE PARADONS: I Had a Dream/ THE PREMIERS: Valerie/ EDDIE RAMBEAU & 4-EVERS: Come Closer/ THE RANNELS: Blue Island/ THE REVALONS: This is the Moment/ THE RIPPLES: Please Let Me Love You/ THE STARLETS: Where is My Love Tonight/ MICKEY TILLMAN & GROUP: I Have Chosen You/ THE UNIQUES: Come Marry Me/ SONNY VITO & THE FABULOUS 4: I Remember the Night/ THE VOICES FIVE (AKA THE CHANTERS): For Sentimental Reasons/ MICHAEL ZARA & THE COMPLIMENTS: Angels of Mercy

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 142 Essential Rockabilly - The Capitol Story ● CD $11.98
Another fine double CD collection featuring rockabilly, rockin' country and rock & roll - this time drawn from the Capitol label featuring sides from Kenny Loran, Simon Crum (Ferlin Huskey's alter ego), The Charlie Bop TRio, Wanda Jackson, Jack Scott, Gene Vincent, Bob Luman, Jerry Reed, Rudy Gray, Hank Thompson, Johnny Fallin, Dub Dickerson and others.
BILLY ADAMS: Peggys Party/ CHARLIE BOP TRIO: Mr Big Feet/ TOMMY COLLINS: Black Cat/ SIMON CRUM: Bop Cat Bop/ Stand Up Sit Down Shut Your Mouth/ DUB DICKERSON: My Gal Gertie/ JOHNNY FALLIN: Party Kiss/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Smokey Mountain Boogie/ RUDY GRAY: You Better Believe It/ Theres Gonna Be A Ball/ JIMMY HEAP: Go Ahead On/ Sebbin Come Elebbin/ FERLIN HUSKY: Wang Dang Doo/ WANDA JACKSON: Baby Loves Him/ Honey Bop/ Hot Dog That Made Him Mad/ Rock Your Baby/ KENNY LORAN: I Chickened Out/ BOBBY LOUIS: Cell of Love/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: Red Hen Hop/ BOB LUMAN: Try Me/ ROSE MADDOX: My Little Baby/ SKEETS MCDONALD: Heartbreakin Mama/ You Oughta See Grandma Rock/ MERRILL MOORE: Rock Rockol/ BOBBY NORRIS: I Went Rockin/ JERRY REED: Mister Whizz/ When I Found You/ DEL REEVES: Baby I Love You/ TOMMY SANDS: The Worryin Kind/ JACK SCOTT: One of These Days/ Strange Desire/ JEAN SHEPARD: Jeopardy/ HANK THOMPSON: Rockin In The Congo/ GENE VINCENT: B I Bickey Bi Bo Bo Go/ Lotta Lovin/ Race With The Devil/ Woman Love/ FARON YOUNG: Honey Stop/ I Cant Dance

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smith & Co. 2441 Great British Skiffle, Vol. 5 - Just About As Good As I ● CD $16.98
2 CDs, 59 tracks, 2 hours 14 min., highly recommended
Skiffle saw its heyday in England in the late 1950s, when it influenced reached across much of the popular music scene. This collection features folk, gospel, rockabilly, country, blues, and jazz (recorded between 1948-1960) all reimagined through the filter of skiffle, complete with kazoos, washboards, and other improvised instruments that helped to define the form. The King of Skiffle, Lonnie Donegan contributes an oddly upbeat version of the classic American song John Henry and Bob Cort takes on Woody Guthrie's This Land Is Your Land, with British locations and landmarks substituted for the American originals. Also of note is the oddly upbeat version of Mary Don't You Weep by the Lea Valley Skiffle Group, and the Human Orchestra-esque treatment of the chestnut I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate by the Original London Blue Blowers. But the best track here, He's Solid Gone, belongs to Nancy Whiskey and her Skifflers, who apparently didn't record much. Fans of the form and especially those of Vol. 4 have much to be happy about. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Stateside 384 398-2 New Orleans - Home Of The Blues, Vol. 1 & 2 ● CD $16.98 $11.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Reissue of two LPs originally issued on Minit in 1960 and 1962 featuring classic R&B recorded for that label. It's all been out before but if you don't already have them you get six tracks by the wild Jessie Hill including his hit Ooh Poo Pah Doo, two by the warbly Aaron Neville, four by ERnie K. Doe (including, of course, his big hit Mother In Law and his non hit but sensational Tain't It The Truth, two by Lee Diamond, six by the queen of NOew Orleans oul Irma Thomas, two by Benny Spellman including his hit Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette) and its flip Fortune Teller which was covered by some group called The Rolling Stones and two by The Showmen including their paean to rock 'n' roll It Will Stand. (FS)
LEE DIAMOND: It Won't Be Me/ Please Don't Leave/ ERNIE K. DOE: Hello My Lover/ Mother-In-Law/ Tain't It The Truth/ Wanted 10,000 Reward/ JESSIE HILL: Highhead Blues/ I Need Your Love/ Ooh Poo Pah Doo Part 1/ Ooh Poo Pah Doo Part 2/ Scoop Scoobie Doobie/ Whip It On Me/ AARON NEVILLE: Every Day/ Over You/ THE SHOWMEN: Country Fool/ It Will Stand/ BENNY SPELLMAN: Fortune Teller/ Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)/ IRMA THOMAS: Cry On/ Gone/ I Did My Part/ I Done Got Over It/ It's Raining/ Ruler Of My Heart


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