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RAY CHARLES Eagle Rock 30385 Live In France, 1961 ● DVD $14.98
Black & White, 110 mins, 26 performances, essential
What a find! Newly discovered footage of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century performing live at the Antibes Jazz Festival in July 1981 with his great band with John Hunt on trumpet, Hank Crawford on alto and David "Fathead" Newman on tenor and flute and the great Raeletts providing vocal backup. Being a jazz festival Ray and the band get to show their outstanding jazz chops on tunes like The Story/ Doodlin' and Hornful Soul but the majority of the material is rhythm & blues with Ray performing versions some of his best Atlantic and early ABC recordings. It includes Let The Good Times Roll/ Sticks And Stones/ What'd I Say/ My Bonnie/ Tell The Truth (featuring a stunning performance by Margie Hendrix)/ I Believe To My Soul/ I Wonder and others. It also includes his superb renditions of the pop ballads Georgia and Ruby which take on a new dimansion without the string section and Ray and the Raeletts do a gorgeous rendition of the country flavored With You On MY Mind - a song first recorded by one of Ray's idols Nat King Cole and never recorded commercially by Ray. The performances are drawn from four sets on four different days and so there are inevitable duplications of songs but there is enough variation in the performances so you won't get bored. Newly transferred and restored from the original 16mm footage the video and audio quality are utterly superb. A magnificent artist at the peak of his powers - truly indispensible. (FS)

HUBERT SUMLIN Vestapol 13127 Living The Blues ● DVD $24.98
87 minute documentary on the life and music of the great and innovative guitarist HUbert Sumlin who first came to the attention of blues fans with his devastating solos that began to be featured on Howlin' Wolf records in the early 60s though Hubert had been playing as a rhythm guitarist with Wolf for a lot longer. He had a unique and innovative approach that influenced many blues and rock guitarists. After Wolf's death in 1976 he had to reinvent himself as an instrumentalist, vocalist and band leader. This film features interviews with Hubert as well as with James cotton and Stevie Ray Vaughan and includes some unque archical footage from the 1964 folk festival tour of Europe. Hubert is featured performing in a variety of settings. Bonus features includes materal from the instructional video "The Guitar Of Hubert Sumlin" where he talks and demonstrates his approach to playing accompanied by a small band. In addition the DVD has a pdf file of an article Hubert wrote for Living Blues magazine "My Years With Wolf."

VARIOUS ARTISTS Facets Video 101474 Maxwell Street Blues ● DVD $28.98
56 mins, highly recommended
First DVD issue of this documentary shot in the late 1970s documenting life and music on Chicago's famed Maxwell Street. Originally started by Jewish immigrants the market soon attracted African-Americans who brought their music with them to entertain the crowds that thronged the market and the tips the musicians garnered provided a significant source of income. At one time or another many of Chicago most famous blues artists performed on Maxwell Street. By the time this documentary activity in the market was waning and most of the musicians were second stringers though still entertaining including Blind James Brewer, JOhn Henry Davis, Arvella Gray, Tenner "Playboy" Venson and others. In addition to live performances on the street the documentary also includes interviews with a number of the musicians. Though no longer around the memory and legacy of the Street will always be associated with the blues and this documentary provides an engaging snapshot of what once was. (FS)
For more live footage of Maxwell Street be sure to check out the DVD/ CD set "And This Is Free" (Shanachie 6801 - $27.98) which includes several documentaries including some incredible musical performances from 1964.



OSCAR ALEMAN EMI (Argentina) DBN 42030 Grandes Exitos, Vol. 2 ● CD $11.98
20 tracks, very highly recommended
A second collection great tracks (probably rom the 1940s). Oscar Aleman was one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century. Born in Argentina he started playing in the early 20s and performed and recorded from the mid 20s through the early 70s. His repertoire included jazz, bolero, fox-trots, tango and more! He settled in Paris in the 30s where he was considered the only rival to the great Django Reinhardt who was Aleman's good friend. Following the outbreak of World War 2 he returned to Argentina and the tracks here were recorded in Buenos Aires - presumably in the 1940s featuring a variety of material including American jazz standards (given Spanish names), Latin tunes and original compositions. Most of the tracks feature him with a small group (second guitar, violin and bass and occasional piano. The program here starts with Caminos Cazados (better known as Maleguana) and includes Bailando En Une Estrella (the American pop song Swingin' On A Star), Nunca Supe/ Besame Mucho/ Como Te Llamas (an original composition) and more. Aleman is worthy of a box set - hopefully some label will rise to the occasion. (FS)

RED ALLEN Rebel 1128 Lonesome And Blue - The Complete County Recordings ● CD $15.98 $9.98
25 tracks, 71 minutes, essential
The second in Rebel's two-disc survey of bluegrass great Red Allen's '60s output combines two albums originally on David Freeman's County label. "Bluegrass Country", recorded in December 1965 and produced by David Grisman, finds Allen working with his Kentuckians of the era: Wayne Yates on mandolin, his brother Bill on bass, and Porter Church on banjo. Fiddler Richard Greene, soon to electrify Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, augmented the session. Allen primarily covered older bluegrass and lesser-known country songs: Are You Waiting Just for Me/ Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On/ Heaven/ Summertime Is Past and Gone/ That's How I Can Count on You/ Purple Heart, and I'm On My Way Back to the Old Home, among others. This reissue includes an unreleased track, the Louvin Brothers' Seven Year Blues. All but one of these tracks make stereo debuts here. Nine months later Allen returned to New York for his second County album, "Red Allen and the Kentuckians", with Church, Dobro player Craig Wingfield, and bassist Jerry McCoury. Producer David Grisman played mandolin. Again, Allen's choices were little-known bluegrass and country songs, including We Live in Two Different Worlds/ Love Gone Cold/ Have You Come to Say Goodbye/ No Mother or Dad, and Send Me Your Address from Heaven. Allen even cut Kokomo Arnold's Milk Cow Blues, which he probably lifted from Bob Wills. A Roy Acuff song, Branded Wherever I Go, makes it first appearance here. Allen lived until 1993, but outside of an album and two singles with J.D. Crowe and a one-shot single for Robert Trout's King Bluegrass label, he never made music this good again. Jon Hartley Fox's notes detail how both County albums came together. By the way, the title of this CD is misleading. Allen cut a third County LP accompanied by old pros like Frank Wakefield and Don Stover and newcomers like Kenny Kosek. Allen was in top form and the music is quite good, but the results were probably a little too 'over the top' for David Freeman's conservative tastes. The sessions were shelved, but eventually surfaced on a Japanese LP. (DS)

THE APOLLAS Kent CDKEND 365 Absolutely Right! The Complete Tiger, Loma & Warner Brothers Recordings ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, very highly recommended
This Bay Area trio's amazing story is documented in the enclosed booklet: the tale of a West Coast girl group who were renown for their live work, but who couldn't get a break in the singles charts. From early tracks recorded as the The Lovejoys to assorted solo tracks from nominal lead singer Leola Jiles, the full gamut of the girls' mid 60's sessions are giving an airing that reveals gems like You're Absolutely Right/ Just Can't Get Enough of You/ He Ain't No Angel/ You'll Always Have Me, and Sorry Mama. Jiles amazing voice dominates these recordings and gives them their potency, much in the way Diana Ross drives the Supremes. With people like Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, and Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich-among others-supplying the material, there's no way this stuff can miss, and it doesn't. The songs run the gamut from the girl group pop of the Tiger sides (as the Lovejoys) to the more sophisticated pop of the Warner Bros. productions, none of which lose the gospel underpinnings of the girls' church backgrounds. These tracks are a real find and will give much pleasure to fans of girl group pop. (GMC)

BOB ATCHER B.A.C.M. 365 Vol. 2 - With Bonnie Blue Eyes & Randy Atcher ● CD $14.98
23 tracks, 62 min., recommended
Vol. 2 from the "Dean of the Cowboys" offers material recorded between 1939-56 on the Tiffany, Vocalion, MGM, Capital, and Columbia labels, among others. The duets are always with Bonny Blue Eyes, although three women cycled through that particular job--most notably his first wife Leotta Applegate, featured on the early cuts. The 1950 Capital release Walk Chicken Walk finds our man randomly insulting overweight women ("walk chicken walk, 'cause you're too fat to fly"), an attitude far from the more traditional sound of most of Atcher's work. Just two years before he had released versions of the decidedly unwild Barbara Allen and Red River Valley. The last two tracks are by Bob's younger brother, Randy Atcher, who turns in competent if not quite compelling performances. (JC)
BOB ATCHER: A Face I See At Evening/ Are You Sure/ Barbara Allen Pt 1/ Barbara Allen Pt 2/ Devilish Mary/ Guilty Conscience/ High And Dry/ I Can't Think Of Love Without You/ I Found My Cowgirl Sweetheart/ I Need You Baby/ I'll Be All Smiles Tonight/ Oh Darling/ Old Smokey/ Red River Valley/ She's Not My Curly Headed Baby/ The Last Letter/ Two Can Play Your Game/ Walk Chicken Walk/ When The Locust Is In Bloom/ Whisper Goodbye/ You Love Me Or You Don't Make Up Your Mind/ You Rogers The Miller/ You Waited Too Long

JAMES BOOKER JSP 8836 King Of The New Orleans Keyboard ● CD $16.98
19 tracks, 75 mins, very highly recommended
A great collection of 19 sides recorded live in Europe in the late 70s. These solo recordings (previously available on two JSP LPs and on a long unavailable CD on the Junco Partner) find this great and unique New Orleans singer and piano player in top form on a selection of blues and R&B favorites given his original treatment along with some originals. The variety of songs here would be unusual for anyone but Booker, who melds elements of classical, jazz, blues, pop, and R&B  and whatever he feels like is right at home on a selection that includes How Do You Feel/ Blues Rhapsody/ Rockin' Pneumonia/ Ain't Nobody's Business/ Harlem In Hamburg/ Ray Charles Medley/ Drown In The River/ Stormy Monday, a truly dazzling Professor Longhair medley, and a spectacular rendition of his theme song Junco Partner. Although recorded live, sound is excellent - if you are not familiar with the man's work this will give you an idea why he is so revered by music lovers. (FS)

Four CDS, 100 tracks, essential
Fabulous collection of Mississippi blues and pre blues influenced string band music performed by members of the extensive Chatmon family in various combinations including solo performances by Arminter Chatmon (aka Bo Carter) along with musical associates from the Jackson area like Walter Vincent (also Vinson & Vincson) and Charlie McCoy. This is a beautifully chosen selection of their recordings presented in approximately chronological order. Bo was the first to record using the name Bo Chatmon and the first six sides are drawn from the recordings he made between 1928 and 1930 singing and playing violin in the company of Walter Vinson and Charlie McCoy. In 1930 Walter Vinson on vocal and guitar teamed up with Lonnie Chatmon on violin to form The Mississippi Sheiks and at their first session in February 1930 they recorded two great songs that have become blues standards - Sitting On Top Of The World and Stop And Listen Blues. Subsequent recordings of the Sheiks would sometimes include Bo on guitar and vocal. Most of the rest of the set features recordings by The Sheiks or by Bo (now using the name Bo Carter) as a vocal and guitar soloist. Some people tend to dismiss Bo's solo recordings becuse he recorded a fair number of risque songs and previous reissues have often concentrated on this material even though these consisted of only fraction of his recorded repertoire. This collection redresses the balance - certainly there are some of his risque classics like My Pencil Won't Write No More/ Banana In Your Fruit Basket and the tremendous All Around Man here but we also get some superb straight country blues numbers with great guitar like Sorry Feeling Blues/ Last Go Round/ You Better Know Your Business/ Shake 'Em On Down and many others. This set also includes Bo and brother Sam accompanying the great Texas bluesman Texas Alexander on two cuts and four cuts by The Chatmon Brothers (Lonnie & Sam with Eugene Nelson on guitar) and more. A wonderfully varied collection with excellent sound and informative notes by Neil Slaven. (FS)

ALBERT COLLINS Recall 538 Deep Freeze ● CD $15.98 $8.98
2 CDs, 18 tracks, recommended
Disc one stems from an Albert Collins performance at the Fillmore West in 1969 while disc two represents another 'live' setting from the El Mocambo in 1973. Trademark instrumentals Thaw Out/ Deep Freeze/ Backstroke, and Frosty are included as well as Collins singing well on How Blue Can You Get/ Things I Used To Do, and I've Got A Mind To Travel, plus others. While this material has seen issue previously (often unauthorized), it's a nice two-disc set of the Iceman. It won't win any sound quality awards but it does represent Collins well showing him to be an exceptional performer shortly before he signed with Alligator, where he finally hit stride after years of relative obscurity. (CR)

THE DELLS Jasmine 186 Time Makes You Change, 1954-1961 ● CD $15.98
2CD, 44 tracks, highly recommended
The early years of the long serving and much loved R&B vocal are presented for your listening pleasure: tracks they cut for Chess/Checker as The El-Rays (including the flop Darling I Know), tracks representing their years on Vee Jay, and the four Jazz-flavored singles they recorded with Dinah Washington for Argo (another Chess subsidiary). The hit from this era was the immortal Oh What a Night from 1956, but Dreams of Contentment/ She's Just an Angel, and I Wanna Go Home are just as good, which may or may not be surprising considering that the group members wrote much of their own material-truly a rarity for R&B artists of any stripe in those days. Although the collection is generously sprinkled with no less than twelve previously unreleased tracks, it's the Dinah Washington/Dells cuts that snagged my interest. Considering that the two titans cut an entire album (although uncredited, the Dells appear on Dinah's 1961 "Tears & Laughter" LP) together, it seem like a cheat that we only get four songs but what we do get is indisputably great, particularly Am I Blue/ Mood Indigo, and the Dells solo turn on Jeepers Creepers. Ok, guys, how about on the next Dells collection we get the entire Washington/Dells LP, huh? Anyway, this is primo doo wop from a classic group that's still going strong today. (GMC)
THE DELLS: A Distant Love/ Am I Blue/ Baby Do/ Baby, Open Up Your Heart/ Cherry Bee/ Christine/ Come On Baby/ Dance Dance Dance/ Darling I Know/ Darling I Know (Faster Version)/ Don't Tell Nobody/ Dreams Of Contentment/ Dry Your Eyes/ Hold On To What You've Got/ I Can't Help Myself/ I Wanna Go Home/ I'm Calling/ Jeepers Creepers/ Jeepers Creepers/ Jo - Jo/ Kneel And Pray (Now I Pray)/ Mood Indigo/ Movin' On/ My Best Girl/ My Dreams/ O Bop She Bop Cubop Chebop/ Oh What A Night/ Pains In My Heart/ Rain/ Restless Days Sleepless Nights/ She's Just An Angel/ So Long/ Someone To Call Me Darling/ Swinging Teens/ Tell The World/ The Springer (At The Bandstand)/ Time Makes You Change/ Time Makes You Change (Alt Take)/ Wake The Town And Tell The People/ Wedding Day/ What You Say Baby/ Why Do You Have To Go/ You're Still In My Heart/ Zing Zing Zing

BO DUDLEY/ OSCAR COLEMAN Bo Dudley 29009 Oscar Boogie 2 ● CD $15.98 $8.98
11 tracks, 48 min., recommended
Accurate title in that, starting with the initial titular track, which owes plenty to John Lee Hooker structurally, these songs have no beginning, middle or end, as often as not. Sure, they start and stop, but it could happen anywhere. Also, BD/OC released an album called "Oscar Boogie" in 2005. Feels like crowded, smokey barroom stuff, except the playing is several cuts above usual. Having Eddie C. Campbell on lead guitar doesn't hurt. Charles Price does right by the drums too. And just to be clear, Bo Dudley is Oscar Coleman, and both of them have been recording since 1944, if you can believe the bio paragraph in the notes, and that's a big "if." More certain is the quality of music on this CD--nothing life changing or genre redefining, but pretty cool nonetheless. (JC)

DAVE EVANS Rebel 1777 Hang Out A Light For Me ● CD $15.98 $9.98
12 tracks, 42 mins, highly recommended
Dave Evans is one of the finest and most soulful singers in bluegrass and on this new album he performs a superb selection of gospel songs including old favorites like Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus/ The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn/ Take Me In A Lifeboat along with more recent compositions including several fine original songs including the title song, Who Really Cares and The Line In Between. He is accompanied by a fine group including Scottie Sparks who plays rhythm guitar and also provides excellent tenor vocals, Dan Rigsby plays mandolin and produced this album, Ray Craft/ guitar & baritone and others. (FS)

EDDIE HOLLAND Ace CDTOP2 1331 It Moves Me: The Complete Recordings, 1958-1964 ● CD $29.98
2CD, 56 tracks, highly recommended
Eddie Holland is best remembered for being one third of Holland-Dozier-Holland, the Motown writer/producers who spun gold (records) for the Supremes, the Temptations, the Four Tops, and many more. Later, after leaving the Berry Gordy hit factory, HDH generated more hits for their own Hot Wax/Invictus label via Freda Payne and the Honey Cone. But Eddie Holland was also a performer in his own right-for Mercury and United Artists, as well as Motown-and all of his singles and unreleased tracks are compiled here, many for the first time. Although his recording career was brief, a mere six years, he managed to cut some memorable songs including Jamie/ It Moves Me/ You Deserve What You Got, and What About Me. His singing style bears more than a passing resemblance to Jackie Wilson, but Eddie's got just enough personality of his own to allow one to shake off the comparison. With a beautiful booklet that contains details on every track, along with comments from the man himself, this is a classy tribute to a not-quite-lost talent. (GMC)

B.B. KING Rockbeat 3031 The Best Of RPM & Kent Recordings ● CD $23.98
Two CDs, 31 tracks, recommended
B.B. King was signed by the Bihari Brothers to RPM in 1951 and in 1958 his releases were issued on their Kent label. B.B. left to join ABC Paramount in 1962 but the Biharis had been furiously recording B.B. in his last few years with the label and continued to issue new singles by B.B. for another 10 years - many of them climbing the R&B charts. This set features 31 of his "best" recordings for these labels including all his RPM chart hits but only some of his Kent hits. If you don't have much B.B. this might be a good starting place including such classic sides as 3 O'Clock Blues/ Fine Looking Woman/ Woke Up This Morning/ You Upset Me Baby/ Every Day I Have The Blues/ Crying Won't Help You/ Sweet Little Angel/ Sweet Sixteen/ Rock Me Baby, etc. But with only 31 tracks it's not exactly great value for money. Ace Records in England, who opwn the rights to B.B.'s early catalog have done an extensive series of reissues of B.B.'s catalog and for a more extensive look at his most popular RPM & Kent recordings you might want to check out Ace CDCHD 712 ("The RPM Hits, 1951-1957" - $18.98) and Ace CDCH 760 ("The Best Of The Kent Singles" - $18.98). This set has excellent sound and informative notes by Billy Vera. With a dozen more tracks or a lower price I'd consider this an essential purchase. (FS)

THE KING SISTERS Jasmine 183 Imagination - The Blend Of Excellence ● CD $15.98
2CDs, 71 tracks
Before the decades-long TV staple "The King Family Show," there was the singing sisters' recording career; this set spotlights their years on Capitol Records (their earlier RCA Bluebird recordings are covered on "Queens of Song" (Jasmine 348 - $11.98) during the 1950's when the ladies were at their vocal peak. Included in this collection are classics like Imagination/ Deep Purple/ Take the 'A' Train/That Old Feeling/ I'll Get By, and Street of Dreams.

RUSTY LANE Crystal Ball 1122 Mystical Memories ● CD $17.98
23 tracks, 69 min., recommended
As with most releases on this label, this one lacks anything resembling information about recording dates, record labels, and session musicians. And as with most releases on this label, the recordings are clearly a mix of original 1950s and 1960s stuff and recently recorded fare. Such is the case with Rusty Lane, who first appeared in the world as Karl Zeeb. He recorded Karen and Comes The Day with the Mystics on a very early Laurie Records release, included here. Also included is Lane's rare vocal group record with the Ray Vons (Regina and Judy). Lane also released records as by Magic, including Stones In New Orleans, also included here, as is the Beach Boys-like Hot Rod City as by the Hub Caps. Darling Goodbyeis a pretty solid Buddy Holly attempt too. If that isn't enough of an enticement, the obviously latter-day efforts of Mr. Zeeb, including the bell-heavy Ding Ding Dong and the bell-ridden Girl With Bells On and the re-recording (from 2010) of Karen will not sweeten the deal. For while they do indicate a certain level of talent at his command all these years later, they are more about memory than they are about the Mystics. (JC)

LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS Jasmine 179 Tears On My Pillow - All Their Greatest Recordings ● CD $15.98
2CD, 46 tracks, highly recommended
Little Anthony & the Imperials were one of the last of the great doo wop groups, racking up hits well into the mid 60's. This two disc set is billed as "all their greatest recordings", which is something of a misnomer as it doesn't include the groups' later Teddy Randazzo produced hits (Goin' Out Of My Head/ Hurts So Bad/ I'm On the Outside Looking In). However, it does include Little Anthony's late 50's recordings with The Duponts and The Chesters, along with assorted singles and two albums recorded for End Records in 1959 and 1960 ("We're the Imperials" and "Shades of the Forties," respectively). Although the groups' only hits during this period were the aching ballad Tears On My Pillow and the dance number Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop, non hits like My Empty Room/ Please Say You Want Me/ I'm Still in Love With You, and Wishful Thinking are equally as good. As for the LPs, the first album is the typical LP of its' time: a collection of singles and filler; while the second was End's attempt at sending the group down the same mainstream pop road as at-the-time contemporaries Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. Making its first appearance on CD, "Shades of the Forties" is a collection of standards that is well executed and shows off Little Anthony's vocal prowess to great advantage. Highlights include They Say it's Wonderful/ Undecided/ All or Nothing at All, and I've Got a Crush on You. It may not exactly be doo wop, but it sure sounds great all the same. All in all, a nice package for doo wop and R&B fans alike. (GMC)
THE CHESTERS: Lift Up Your Heads/ The Fires Burn No More/ THE DUPONTS: Must Be Falling In Love/ Prove It Tonight/ Somebody/ You/ LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS: A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening/ A Prayer And A Jukebox/ All Or Nothing At All/ Bayou, Bayou Baby/ Cha Cha Henry/ Don't Get Around Much Anymore/ Dream/ Formula Of Love/ I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night/ I Cover The Waterfront/ I'll Never Smile Again/ I'm Alright/ I'm Still In Love With You/ I'm Taking A Vacation From Love/ I've Got A Crush On You/ If You Are But A Dream/ It Just Ain't Fair/ Limbo Pts 1 & 2/ Love Is A Many Splendored Thing/ My Empty Room/ Oh Yeah/ Only Sympathy/ Ooh Look A There Ain't She Pretty/ Over The Rainbow/ Please Say You Want Me/ River Path/ Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop/ So Much/ So Near And Yet So Far/ Tears On My Pillow/ That Lil O' Lovemaker Me/ The Diary/ They Say It's Wonderful/ This Love Of Mine/ Travelling Stranger/ Two People In The World/ Undecided/ What Did I Do/ When You Wish Upon A Star/ Wishful Thinking

MEMPHIS GOLD Stackhouse 1915 Pickin' In HIgh Cotton ● CD $15.98
11 Tracks, 49 min., highly recommended
Step right up. Memphis Gold (Chester Chandler's nom de blues) is back with an album of new traditional-sounding blues that deserve to be taken seriously. The title track puts one in mind of Howlin' Wolf's Smokestack Lightning, but Mr. Gold is too good for mere imitation. One listen to the fiery instrumental Back Po'ch Tennessee will prove his worth. Ditto for the haunting but brief Mississippi Flatlands. On the slow-burning Homeless Blues, the singer remarks that "If it were not for the grace of God, you'd be homeless too." Call it blues with a social conscience. Of course he also sings about biscuits on Biscuit Boogie, which is, of course, not really about biscuits, which is to say that this is the blues. Playing new traditional blues may be picking in high cotton, but Memphis Gold isn't over his head. (JC)

MERRITT BRUNIES Jazz Oracle 8066 Complete Recordings In Chicago, 1924-1926 ● CD $16.98
Excellent collection of hot white jazz recorded between 1924 and 1926 that was influenced by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and other New Orleans groups. There are 17 tracks recorded in Chicago by Merritt Brunies & His Friar's Inn Orchestra a group based on the Friars Society Orch. (later NORK) led by Merritt's brother George. This group included New Orleans born Merritt & Harry Brunies and clarinetist Volly DeFaut, a later NORK member. Unfortunately these duplicate the sides on the double CD Retrieval 79063 ($12.98). The remaining 10 tracks are from other groups that originated in New Orleans including Johnny De Droit, Papalia & His Orchestra, Brownlee's Orchestra of New Orleans, Scranton Sirens Orchestra, New Orleans Owls, Ellis Stratakos & His Jung Hotel Orchestra.

ROY NEWMAN & HIS BOYS B.A.C.M. 367 Round The World On A Dime ● CD $14.98
29 tracks, highly recommended
Great collection of sides by this Dallas based western swing band - most of it recorded recorded between 1934 & 1939 along with some radio transcriptions from the 1940s. The group, led by pianist Newman group was much influenced by jazz and sweet bands and featured the clarinet work of Holly Horton on many of these recordings as well as some of the earliest electric guitar work by Jim Boyd. The group featured other stellar musicians like fiddlers Thurmon Neal, Art Davis or Cecil Brower, steel guitar giant Bob Dunn, banjoist Walter Kirkes and others. Vocals are handled by various band members including David, Boyd, Earl Brown and others. Their material is mostly pop and jazz standards along with a few coun try songs including Tiger Rag/ Somebody Loves Me/ The Lonesome Road/ A Good Man Is Hard To Find/ Birmingham Jail/ Who Calls You Sweet Mama Now?/ Graveyard Blues, etc. Sound quality is excellent and Kevin Coffey provides his usual insightful notes. (FS)
ROY NEWMAN & HIS BOYS: A Good Man Is Hard To Find/ Barn Dance Rag/ Better Get Off Your High Horse Baby/ Birmingham Jail/ Chicken Reel/ Corrine Corrine/ Get Along Home Candy/ Graveyard Blues/ How Many Times/ I Don't Love Anyone But You/ I Used To Love You/ I've Got It/ Mexicala Rose/ Over The Santa Fe Trail/ Red River Valley/ Roll Along Jordan/ Round The World On A Dime/ Slow And Easy/ Some Of These Days/ Somebody Loves Me/ That Old White Mule Of Mine/ The Lonesome Road/ The Night That You Nestled In My Arms/ There'll Be Some Changes Made/ Tiger Rag/ We'll Meet By The Bend In The River/ When There's Tears In The Eyes Of The Potato/ When You And I Were Young Maggie/ Who Calls You Sweet Mama Now

THE PINE LEAF BOYS Valcour 012 Back Home ● CD $13.98 $9.98
16 tracks, 52 min., highly recommended
A couple of years ago, their press release said they all lived together in the same house, like the Cajun Monkees, only more serious about their musical integrity. This is dance music first and foremost, and this time out the boys throw is some songs in English along side the classic Cajun French songs they've learned on the road. Tracks include Dewey Balfa's Blues de Cajun, Johnny Allen's You're Mine Forever, Belton Richard's The Sound Of Loneliness, and a bunch of public domain numbers, including The Wedding March. One of the brightest stars in the Cajun music firmament. (JC)

JIMMY REED Charly SNAJ 728 The Essential Boss Man ● CD $24.98
3 CD set, 75 tracks, 3 hrs 25 mins, essential
Back in stock at a lower price. The most comprehensive available collection of the classic Vee-Jay recordings of Jimmy Reed who was the most popular down home bluesman of the mid to late 50s and early 60s. His lazy voice, limited but effective harmonica playing and hypnotic guitar beat have entranced generations of fans and fellow musicians. Along with B.B. King, Reed is one of the most influential bluesmen ever, and hit for hit, only King can beat him quantity-wise. His early sides for Vee Jay are wonderful; full of the relaxed guitar work, harp fills, and laid-back vocals that made him popular even among white audiences. Much credit must go to longtime guitarist Eddie Taylor and Reed's wife, Mary "Mama" Reed who whispered the lyrics into his ear. The selection here, which comprises almost two-thirds of his entire Vee-Jay output, ranges from his first session for Chance in June 1953 where he cut the superb High & Lonesome, which subsequently became Vee-Jay's first ever release, through to Knocking At My Door recorded in May 1966 and released on the Exodus label after the collapse of Vee-Jay and was Jimmy's last hit. It includes all his R&B hits including You Don't Have To Go/ Ain't That Lovin' You Baby/ I Love You Baby/ Honey Where's You Going/ Honest I Do/ I Told You Baby/ baby What You Want Me To Do/ Hush Hush/ Big Boss Man and all the rest along with fine lesser known titles like his great cover of Billy Boy Arnold's I Ain't Got You, the wonderful instrumental Odds & Ends with Jimmy's harmonica accentuated by the very effective blues violin of Remo Biondi, the much covered Take Out Some Insurance and others. In addition to his right hand man Eddie Taylor, many of Jimmie's records benefited from the spot on flexible drumming of Earl Phillips. This set includes 24 page illustrated booklet with detailed notes by Les Fancourt and full discographical details. (FS)
JIMMY REED: A String To Your Heart/ Ain't That Lovin' You, baby/ Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth/ Baby, Don't Say That No More/ Baby, What You Want Me To Do/ Baby, What's On Your Mind?/ Baby, What's Wrong/ Big Boss Man/ Blue Carnegie (Instrumental)/ Blue, Blue Water/ Boogie In The Dark/ Bright Lights, Big City/ Can't Stand To See You Go/ Caress Me Baby/ Close Together/ Cold And Lonesome/ Come On Baby/ Do The Thing/ Down In Mississippi/ Down In Virginia/ Ends And Odds (Instrumental)/ Found Joy/ Found Love/ Go On To School/ Goin' By The River (Part 1)/ Going To New York/ Good Lover/ High And Lonesome/ Hold Me Close/ Honest I Do/ Honey, Don't Let Me Go/ Honey, Where You Going?/ Hush, Hush/ I Ain't Got You/ I Don't Go For That/ I Know It's A Sin/ I Love You, Baby/ I Told You, Baby/ I Wanna Be Loved/ I Was (So) Wrong/ I'm Going Upside Your Head/ I'm Gonna Get My Baby/ I'm Gonna Ruin You/ I'm Mr Luck/ I'm Nervous/ I'm The Man Down There/ It's You, Baby/ Kind Of Lonesome/ Knockin' At Your Door/ Let's Get Together/ Little Rain/ Mixed Up/ My Bitter Seed/ My First Plea/ Odds And Ends (Instrumental)/ Please Don't/ Pretty Thing/ Shame, Shame, Shame/ She Don't Want Me No More/ Signals Of Love (Red Lights The Stop Light)/ Take Out Some Insurance/ The Sun Is Shining/ Too Much/ Up Tight/ Wear Something Green/ When Girls Do It/ When You Left Me/ When You're Doing All Right/ Where Can You Be/ You Don't Have To Go/ You Got Me Crying/ You Got Me Dizzy/ You Know You're Looking Good/ You'n That Sack/ You're Something Else

MARTY ROBBINS Jasmine 3606/7 El Paso - The Marty Robbins Story, 1952-1960 ● CD $18.98
2CD, 60 tracks, highly recommended
The country superstar's early career is well represented by this collection of 'A' and 'B' sides that show off the singer's versatility (during his career he recorded everything from honky tonk to rockabilly to Cowboy songs to Teen Pop), including I'll Go on Alone, the original version of Singing the Blues, A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation), and his big crossover Pop hit El Paso. Robbins also had a way with covers and managed to cut memorable versions of rock 'n' roll hits That's All Right/ Maybelline and Long Tall Sally, and Bacharach/David's The Story of My Life. If you want a compilation of Robbins' classic era, then this is the one to have. (GMC)
MARTY ROBBINS: A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)/ Ainít I The Lucky One/ All The World Is Lonely Now/ Ballad Of The Alamo/ Big Iron/ Billy The Kid/ Bouquet Of Roses/ Call Me Up (And Iíll Come Calling On You)/ Cap And Gown/ Cool Water/ Donít Worry/ El Paso/ Five Brothers/ Grown Up Tears/ I Canít Quit (Iíve Gone Too Far)/ I Couldnít Keep From Crying/ I Hang My Head And Cry/ Is There Any Chance/ It Looks Like Iím Just In Your Way/ Iíll Go On Alone/ Iíll Step Aside/ Iíve Got No Use For The Women/ Just Married/ Knee Deep In The Blues/ Long Gone Lonesome Blues/ Long Tall Sally/ Lovesick Blues/ Maybelline/ Mean Mama Blues/ Moaniní The Blues/ Mr Teardrop/ Nothing But Sweet Lies/ Oh How I Miss You (Since You Went Away)/ Pain And Misery/ Please Donít Blame Me/ Prairie Fire/ Pretty Mama/ Pretty Words/ Respectfully Miss Brooks/ Ride Cowboy Ride/ Running Gun/ Saddle Tramp/ San Angelo/ Shackles And Chains/ She Was Only Seventeen (He Was One Year More)/ Singing The Blues/ Sittiní In A Treehouse/ Stairway Of Love/ Streets Of Laredo/ Teenage Dream/ Tennessee Toddy/ Thatís All Right/ The Hanging Tree/ The Masterís Call/ The Same Two Lips/ The Story Of My Life/ Then I Turned And Walked Slowly Away/ This Broken Heart Of Mine/ Time Goes By/ You Donít Owe Me A Thing

THE SHEPHERD SISTERS Clarinet Cat 1002 Alone With The Shepherd Sisters ● CD $17.98
32 tracks, 77 min., recommended
The Shepherd Sisters, who were actually sisters but not actually shepherds, had their one hit in 1957 with Alone (Why Must I Be Alone) and even took part in a rock and roll tour that featured Buddy Holly. Their sound moves from the earlier McGuire Sisters-type sound to a proto-girl group sound that would be so popular in the early 1960s. They cover Heart And Soul and turn in respectable performances on Deeply/ How Softly A Heart Breaks and others, including My Lovely Love, which features Peter Marshall. And hardcore fans will appreciate the rarity of George Lorenz Promo #1 and George Lorenz Promo #2 (as sexy as the sisters ever get on tape) and the 1970's remake of Alone. But their Yea! Yea! Dixie, which attempts to freshen up Dixieland, will make listeners look away. And Rock 'N' Roll Cha Cha Cha is neither. And for those who believed the name Marvin was not musical enough to sing about, the sisters' Marvin proves them right. In all, though this is the about the only game in town for Shepherd Sisters CDs and is (as the booklet notes describe it) "a fairly complete history of one of the first successful girl groups of the Rock and Roll era." (JC)

THE SPANIELS Jasmine 181 Goodnight Sweetheart, 1953-1961 ● CD $15.98
Two CDs, 53 tracks, essential
Jasmine has certainly become THE label in doing quality reissues of classic doo wop groups and this time they turn their attention to the terrific Spaniels from Gary Indiana. The group featured the soulful lead tenor vocals of James "Pookie" Hudson considered one of the best in the business and at the other the great bass singer Gerald Gregory. They made their first recording - the ballad Baby It's You and the up-tempo Bounce for Chicago's Chance label and it was was quickly snapped up by Vee-Jay who signed the group. The group's third single for Vee-Jay was the ballad Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight which climbed the R&B charts to #5 and since has become one of the most popular doo-wop performances of all time. Severeal other R&B hits followed (all here) like Baby It's You/ You Painted A Picture/ I Know and Everyone's Laughing - the latter being ther last R&B hit and their only single to crack the pop charts. The first disc features their two Vee-Jay LPs from 1957 and 1960 which mostly consisted of singles including such great sides as The Bells Ring Out/ This Is A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening/ You Gave Me Peace Of Mind (one of my personal favorites)/ Play It Cool/ Bus Fare Home/ Heart And Soul featuring a lead vocal by Gregory where he goes so low he would give Barry White a run for his money)/ Stormy Weather/ I Lost You and others. The second disc features all the remaining single sides that were not on the LPs plus opriginally unissued sides and the single recorded for Neptune in 1961 after they left Vee-Jay. The standard here is just as high as on the first disc mixing ballads and uptempo numbers including an innovative rendition of Paul Gayton's Since I Fell For You and providing backup to Priscilla Bowman on the Brook Benton song A Rockin' Good Way which failed to click at the time but was revived a year later by Benton and Dinah Washington and became a massive R&B and pop hit. All in all, a superb release with excellent sound and informative notes by Bob Fisher. (FS)
THE SPANIELS: (Get Away Child) You Don't Move Me/ (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons/ A Rockin' Good Way/ Automobiles/ Baby Come Along With Me/ Baby It's You/ Baby It's You/ Baby Sweets/ Bounce/ Bus Fare Home/ Crazee Baby/ Dear Heart/ Do You Really/ Don'cha Go/ Doo Wah/ Everyone's Laughing/ False Love/ Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight/ Great Googly Moo/ Heart And Soul/ Here Is Why I Love You/ Hey Sister Lizzie/ House Cleaning/ I Know/ I Like It Like That/ I Lost You/ I Need Your Kisses/ I O U/ I'm Gonna Thank Him/ Jesse Mae/ Lets Make Up/ Little Joe/ Lovey Dovey Baby/ Lucinda/ Meek Man/ One-Hundred Years From Today/ People Will Say We're In Love/ Play It Cool/ Please Don't Tease/ Red Sails In The Sunset/ Since I Fell For You/ So Deep Within/ Stormy Weather/ The Bells Ring Out/ The Posse/ These Three Words/ This Is A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening/ Tina/ Trees/ Why Won't You Dance/ You Gave Me Peace Of Mind/ You Painted Pictures/ Youre Gonna Cry

ERNEST TUBB Jasmine 3614/5 THe Singer, The Writer, The Country Pioneer ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 48 tracks, highly recommended
Ernest Tubb may not have had the prettiest voice in country but he certainly knew how to sell a song and the sincerity of his performances always come through loud and clear. This double CD reissues four of his earliest albums starting with his first Decca LP "Ernest Tubb Favorites" from 1956. This contains original versions of some of E.T.'s biggest hits from the forties and early fifties, including the first and biggest, Walking The Floor Over You,. Unmarred by vocal choirs, added strings or phony stereo and the like, and also devoid of remakes; this is the purest early Tubb LP. The recordings cover the most important years of Tubb's development (his voice deepens and mellows quite dramatically from the first track to the last) and also contains the most stripped down accompanying bands he would ever use. Steel guitar is used on some cuts, but it is the steel of Jerry Byrd, not the more familiar pedal steel of Buddy Emmons from the late fifties and sixties bands. The lead guitar is not from the late omnipresent Billy Byrd, but rather is handled mostly by Jimmy Short and (on Walking The Floor) studioman Smitty Smith. In the early 40sand early 50s Ernest did a number of duets with fellow Decca artist Red Foley and the resulting 1957 LP comprises the rest of the first disc and is mostly novelty ortiented - a dozen duets on country standards, kidding around, laughing, messing with the lyrics and goofing off, with an occasional serious number to break the monotony. Strange instrumentation - steel guitar and electric organ (probably Owen Bradley). Goodnight Irene , sung straight, isn't bad however. Disc 2 comprises two LPs from 1957 and '59 and unlike the earlier LPs were not comprised of hit singles but recorded as LPs with his most famous band with the great Billy Byrd on lead guitar, Buddy Emmons on steel and Tommy Jackson on fiddle. "The Daddy Of Them All" is mostly covers of other artist's hits with great versions of Floyd Tillman's Daisy May,Jimmie Davis's I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair, Rex Griffin's My Hillbilly Baby and one of his most melancholy (and obscure) honkytonkers, There's No Fool Like a Young Fool. He also does an outstanding, bluesy version of the novelty (I Know My Baby Loves Me) In Her Own Peculiar Way.. "The Importance Of Being Ernest" is a mix of originals and covers including I'm A Long Gone Gone Daddy/ San Antonio ose/ That, My Darling Is Me/ The Next Voice You Hear/ It Makes No Difference Now, etc. If you don't have much by this great artist this is an ideal introduction. (FS/ RK)
ERNEST TUBB: All Those Yesterdays/ Daisy Mae/ Don't Trade Your Old Fashioned Sweetheart (For A Honky Tonk Queen)/ Educated Mama/ Filipino Baby/ Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)/ I Don't Blame You/ I Dreamed Of An Old Love Affair/ I Knew The Moment I Lost You/ I Know My Baby Loves Me In Her Own Peculiar Way/ I Wonder Why I Worry Over You/ I'll Always Be Glad To Take You Back/ I'm A Long Gone Daddy/ I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In/ I've Got The Blues For Mammy/ It Makes No Difference Now/ It's The Age That Makes The Difference/ Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello/ Mississippi Gal/ My Hillbilly Baby/ Rainbow At Midnight/ San Antonio Rose/ Seaman's Blues/ Slippin' Around/ Soldier's Last Letter/ That, My Darlin', Is Me/ The Next Voice You Here/ There's No Fool Like A Young Fool/ This Troubled Mind O Mine/ Till The End Of The World/ Try Me One More Time/ Walking The Floor Over You/ When A Soldier Knocks And Finds Nobody Home/ You're Breaking My Heart/ You're The Only Good Thing (That's Happened To Me)/ Your Cheatin' Heart/ Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age/ Double Datin'/ Goodnight Irene/ Hillbilly Fever No. 2/ I'm In Love With Molly/ It's The Mileage That's Slowin' Us Down/ Kentucky Waltz/ No Help Wanted No. 2/ Tennessee Border No. 2/ The Strange Little Girl/ Too Old To Cut The Mustard/ You're A Real Good Friend

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 364 Old Time Tunes And Songs Vol. 2: 1924-1952 ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, very highly recommended
Complementing BACM 340 this is another fabulous collection of old time music - most of it appearing on CD for the first time. The majority of the tracks were recorded between 1924 and 1939 along with one from 1952 - a fabulous bluegrass rendition of Blue Ridge Mountain Blues. The disc starts off in great style with a wonderful version of the venerable Golden Slippers by H.M Barnes & His Blue Ridge Ramblers - a large group with three fiddles, steel guitar, regular guitar and mandolin! Other artists include Bela Lam & His Greene County Singers (old time gospel styled Poor Little Benny), The Johnson Brothers (two songs from 1927 - one Crime Of The D'Autremont Brothers about the robbery of a Southern Pacific train ), The Allen Brothers (the most familiar name here), The Stroup Family (wonderful gospel harmonies on he topical The Man Behind The Plow), Uncle Am Stuart (71 year old fiddler recorded in 1924), The Golden Melody Boys, John I. White, Fate Norris & His Playboys (the great Johnnie Get Your Gun with a vocal by Riley Puckett and fiddle by Gid Tanner) and more. An altogether splendid collection with excellent sound and brief, but informative, notes by Tony Russell. (FS)
THE ALLEN BROTHERS: Skipping And Flying/ H M BARNES & HIS BLUE RIDGE RAMBLERS: Golden Slippers/ GWEN FOSTER: How Many Biscuits Can I Eat/ THE GOLDEN MELODY BOYS: Guitar Rag/ Way Down In Arkansas/ HINMAN & SHARP: Aunt Clara's Waltz/ Goin' On Up To Town/ THE JOHNSON BROTHERS: Alecazander/ Crime Of The D'Autremont Brothers/ BELA LAM & HIS GREENE COUNTY SINGERS: Poor Little Benny/ WADE MAINER: Blue Ridge Mountain Blues/ JOHN & EMERY MCCLUNG: Chicken/ FATE NORRIS & HIS PLAYBOYS: Johnnie Get Your Gun/ ODUS & WOODROW: I'll Remember You Love In My Prayer/ RAINY OLD TIME BAND: Engineer Frank Hawk/ THE STROUP QUARTET: The Man Behind The Plow/ UNCLE AM STUART: George Boker/ Old Granny Rattle-Trap/ THE TENNESSEE RAMBLERS: Arkansas Traveller/ The Preacher Got Drunk And Laid Down His Bible/ ERNEST THOMPSON: I Will Be Dancing With You/ JOHN I WHITE: Whoope Ti Yi Yo (Git Along Little Doggies)

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 366 Country Music Ladies Of The 1950s ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 64 min., highly recommended
This various artists release features seven women (Louise Duncan, Alvadean Coker, Margie Bowes, Harvie June Van, Helen Carter, Carolyn Bradshaw, Myrna Lorrie) who should have been household names in the 1950s but were not, except in the coolest houses. Helen Carter was, unsurprisingly, a member of the famed Carter family who gained fame in her own right as part of Mother Maybelle and The Carter Sisters, where Helen played accordion, guitar, and autoharp. (Margie Bowes covers the Helen Carter song Poor Old Heartsick Me on this collection.) And while all of the ladies here certainly deserved wider recognition based on their considerable talents, count Alvadean Coker as the gem of this set. From Bakersfield, California, Coker sang with her family before recording on her own and seems to have stayed on the west coast for most of her career. Her cuts include Insufficient Love/ We're Gonna Bop and two more. Other highlights include Louise Duncan's Already Married To You In My Heart, Margie Bowes' Are You Teasing Me, and Helen Carter's You're Right But I Wish You Were Wrong. A great set. (JC)
MARGIE BOWERS: Are You Teasing Me/ Poor Old Heartsick Me/ Violets And Cheap Perfume/ Won'tcha Come Back To Me/ CAROLYN BRADSHAW: A Man On The Loose/ HELEN CARTER: Baby Then You're Catching On/ Flower Of The Rio/ No No It's Not So/ Set The Wedding/ This Is The Night/ What's To Become Of Me Now/ You're Right But I Wish You Were Wrong/ ALVADEAN COKER: Do Dee Ooddle De Do I'm In Love/ Insufficient Love/ There's A Tear In The Eye Of The Man In The Moon/ We're Gonna Bop/ LOUISE DUNCAN: Already Married To You In My Heart/ Gossip/ Too Young To Settle Down/ Wherever You Are/ MYRNA LORRIE: Just Released/ Underway/ HARVIE JUNE VAN: Don't Offer Me The Stars/ I'm Just Not That Kind/ Mama Don't Chase My Love Away/ My Sins Of Yesterday

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 028 Britain's First Number Ones, 1945-1952 ● CD $22.98
Some time ago we listed Fantastic Voyage's three CD set of the most popular recordings in Britain between 1939 and 1945 (Fantastic Voyage 104 - $22.98). Now we've turned up this earlier release looking at the most popular recordings between 1945 and 1952. This is also a three Cd set and has 69 tracks. Although charts based on record sales did not appear until 1952 the charts this set was compiled charts published by legendary radio station Radio Luxembourg which were based on sheet music sales. Whereas earlier years showed a strong emphasis on big bands - both British and American the era here is dominated by vocalists and is dominated by American vocalists like Bing Crosby, The Ink Spots, Frank Sinatra, The Andrews Sisters, Perry Como, Jo Stafford, etc. There are also popular British vocalists and orchestras like Dorothy Squires, Lou Prager, The Skyrockets, Anne Shelton (The Forces Sweetheart), Vera Lynn and others. There's also the surprise hit by Austrian zither player Anton Karas with The Harry Lime Theme and French vocalist Jean Sablon is featured on Tell Me Marianne. Set comes with 24 page booklet with detailed notes, sheet music covers and other memorabilia.
THE ANDREWS SISTERS: Near You/ GENE AUTRY: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer/ MEL BLANC: I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat/ ISSY BONN: I'm In Love With Two Sweethearts/ TERESA BREWER: Longing For You/ Music Music Music/ HOAGY CARMICHAEL: My Resistance Is Low/ NAT KING COLE: Unforgettable/ PERRY COMO: Forever And Ever/ BILLY COTTON: The Petite Waltz/ BING CROSBY: Galway Bay/ Along The Navajo Trail/ A Gal In Calico/ Far Away Places/ It's Been A Long, Long Time/ People Will Say We're In Love/ DORIS DAY: Bewitched/ BILLY ECKSTINE: My Foolish Heart/ GRACIE FIELDS: Now Is The Hour/ GERALDO: Kentucky/ DOREEN HARRIS: Sweetheart, We'll Never Grow Old/ DAVID HUGHES: With These Hands/ PEE WEE HUNT & HIS ORCHESTRA: Twelfth Street Rag/ HUTCH: Peg O' My Heart/ THE INK SPOTS: Bless You/ To Each His Own/ BURL IVES: Lavender Blue/ BILL JOHNSON: You're Breaking My Heart/ TEDDY JOHNSON: Beloved, Be Faithful/ AL JOLSON: The Anniversary Song/ ANTON KARAS: The Harry Lime Theme (aka The Third Man Theme)/ SAMMY KAYE: An Apple Blossom Wedding/ EVELYN KNIGHT & THE JESTERS: Chickery Chick/ Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry/ KAY KYSER & HIS ORCHESTRA: On A Slow Boat To China/ MARIO LANZA: The Loveliest Night Of The Year/ ARCHIE LEWIS: In The Land Of Beginning Again/ VERA LYNN: Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart/ The Homing Waltz/ I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore/ GUY MITCHELL: There's Always Room At Our House/ VAUGHN MONROE & HIS ORCHESTRA: Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend)/ RUSS MORGAN & HIS ORCHESTRA: So Tired/ RED NICHOLS: Peg O' My Heart/ PATTI PAGE: The Tennessee Waltz/ LES PAUL & MARY FORD: Mockin' Bird Hill/ LOU PREAGER (VOCAL PAUL RICH): Cruising Down The River/ JEAN SABLON WITH TOOTS CAMARATA'S ORCHESTRA: Tell Me, Marianne/ PRIMO SCALA & HIS ACCORDION BAND (VOCAL BILLIE: The Old Lamplighter/ ANNE SHELTON: The Wedding of Lili Marlene/ DINAH SHORE: Dear Hearts And Gentle People/ Buttons And Bows/ FRANK SINATRA: All Through The Day/ Among My Souvenirs/ Five Minutes More/ THE SKYROCKETS (VOCAL CYRIL SHANE): Mary Lou/ Primrose Hill/ THE SKYROCKETS (VOCAL DOREEN LUNDY): Let It Be Soon/ BILL SNYDER & HIS ORCHESTRA: Bewitched/ DOROTHY SQUIRES: A Tree In The Meadow/ The Gypsy/ JO STAFFORD: A-round The Corner/ Goodnight Irene/ The Tennessee Waltz/ CYRIL STAPLETON & HIS ORCHESTRA: The Hop Scotch Polka/ FRANK WEIR & HIS ORCHESTRA: All Through The Day/ EVE YOUNG: (If I Knew You Were Comin') I'd've Baked A Cake/ Silver Dollar/ JIMMY YOUNG: Too Young

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 054 Girls GOne Rockin' - 75 Fabulous Femme Rockers ● CD $22.98
Three CD set with 75 tracks of female rockers from the 50s encompassing rhythm & blues, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll and bopping hillbilly. No super rarities but an excellent selection including some uncommon material with fine sound a 16 page booklet with informative notes. Among the many artists featured are Ruth Brown, Wanda Jackson, Janis Martin, Ella Mae Morse, Etta James, Nancy Dawn, The Kirby Sisters, Lorraine Ellis & The Crows, Lillian Briggs, Mabel King, Jean Shepard and many more.
ANNISTEEN ALLEN: G'wan About Your Business/ Mine, All Mine/ Wheels Of Love/ PEARL BAILEY: I Can't Rock'n'Roll To Save My Soul/ LAVERN BAKER: Jim Dandy/ Why Baby Why/ BIG MAYBELLE: Ring Dang Dilly/ BOB & LUCILLE: Eeny-Meeny-Miney-Moe/ THE BONNIE SISTERS: Cry Baby/ LILLIAN BRIGGS: Is There A Man In The House/ RUTH BROWN: As Long As I'm Moving/ Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean/ This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'/ JO-ANN CAMPBELL: Wassa Matter With You Baby/ You're Drivin' Me Mad/ WYNONA CARR: 'Til The Well Runs Dry/ Jump Jack, Jump!/ Please Mr Jailer/ MARTHA CARSON: Now Stop/ ANN CASTLE: Go Get The Shotgun Grand'pa/ JEAN CHAPEL: Welcome To The Club/ PATSY CLARK: Watcha Do To Me/ LORRIE COLLINS: Another Man Done Gone/ THE COLLINS KIDS: Rock Boppin' Baby/ THE COOKIES: Hippy Dippy Daddy/ NANCY DAWN: Glue Me Back, Jack/ JACKIE DE SHANNON (AS JACKIE DEE): Strolypso Dance/ VARETTA DILLARD: Good Gravy Baby/ Scorched/ Square Dance Rock/ LORRAINE ELLIS & THE CROWS: Perfidia/ CONNIE FRANCIS: Lipstick On Your Collar/ JOYCE GREEN: Black Cadillac/ SHIRLEY GUNTER: Crazy Little Baby/ WANDA JACKSON: Fujiyama Mama/ Rock Your Baby/ Savin' My Love/ ETTA JAMES: Baby Baby Every Night/ Tough Lover/ ELLA JOHNSON: All Right, Okay, You Win/ BUDDY JOHNSON & HIS ORCHESTRA - VOCAL ELLA JOH: Don't Shout At Me Daddy/ That's What You Gotta Do/ KAY CEE JONES: Shortnin' Bread/ THE JOYTONES: Gee What A Boy/ MABEL KING: Alabama Rock 'n' Roll/ THE KIRBY SISTERS: Red Velvet/ MARIE KNIGHT: I Thought I Told You Not To Tell Them/ THE LADELL SISTERS: Rockin' Robert/ BRENDA LEE: Letís Jump The Broomstick/ Ring-A-My-Phone/ Rock The Bop/ SANDY LEE: Ballin' Keen/ MARGARET LEWIS: Shake A Leg/ LITTLE ESTHER: I'm A Bad, Bad Girl/ BONNIE LOU: Friction Heat/ LORELEI LYNN: Rock-A-Bop/ ROSE MADDOX: Hey Little Dreamboat/ My Little Baby/ Wild Wild Young Men/ JANIS MARTIN: Billy Boy, Billy Boy/ Cracker Jack/ Good Love/ THE MILLER SISTERS: Someday You Will Pay/ ELLA MAE MORSE: Oakie Boogie/ Razzle Dazzle/ NITA, RITA & RUBY: (He Said Yeah) Baby, You're The One/ LAURA LEE PERKINS: Don't Wait Up/ BARBARA PITTMAN: Everlasting Love/ I'm Getting Better All The Time/ Sentimental Fool/ THE PLATTERS: Heís Mine/ JEAN SHEPARD: Jeopardy/ THE SUNRAYS: Love Is A Stranger/ IRMA THOMAS: (You Can Have My Husband But) Don't Mess With My Man/ MAMIE VAN DOREN: Salamander

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jookin' 18008 Jookin', Vol. 8 ● CD $16.98
27 tracks, recommended
Another fine collection of mostly rockin' R&B from the 50s and 60s. Though not as strong as some of the previous volumes (some of the performances are pretty pedestrian) there are definitely some excellent and obscure sides here including a couple of splendid instrumentals - the two part One More Time by Bowlegs and His Band and a tough rendition of Ram-Bunk-Sush from Gene The Hat. Other highlights include Louisiana vocalist Roland Stone's Preacher's Daughter - a reworking of Junco Partner, the raucous Baby Please by Jerry Thomas with a great piano solo, the outstanding If You Just Woulda Said Goodbye by Walkin' Willie with gravel voiced vocal and tough guitar and the terrific Calling All Boys by Ruby Johnson. Other artists include Clarence Williams, Eunice Eddie, Elmore Morris, Bobby Long & His Satellites, The Bill Nolan Combo, Pico Pete, Sherman Evans and others.
THE BARONS FEAT. TYRONE DOUGLAS: Who's In The Shack/ BOWLEGS & HIS BAND: One More Time, Part 1/ One More Time, Part 2/ CHUCK BROWN: Hard Times At My Door/ EARL CONNELLY: The Trust/ JOEY DEE'S: Your Love/ EUNICE & EDDIE: Tell Me To My Face/ SHERMAN EVANS WITH CRUZ ORTIZ & THE FLAMES: In My Heart/ THE FOURMOST: Why I Can't Have You/ GENE THE HAT: Ram-Bunk-Sush/ GUITAR CRUSHER: Why, Oh Why/ RUBY JOHNSON: Callin' All Boys/ SCAPPY LEE: Sweet Thing You Is/ WILLIE LOGAN & THE PLAIDS: Say That You Care/ BOBBY LONG & HIS SATELLITES: Stir It Up/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: Get Tough/ ELMORE MORRIS: Before I Turned My Back On You/ BILL NOLAN COMBO: Fanny Brown/ PICO PETE: The Horse/ JERRY RAINES: Dangerous Redhead/ ROLAND STONE: Preacher's Daughter/ RITA THOMAS & FATS GAINES BAND: Prove You Love Me Baby/ DELLA THOMAS & HOPETON JONSON ORCH.: Let It Roll (Everybody)/ JERRY THOMAS & THE RHYTHM ROCKERS: Baby Please/ THE VOWS: The Things You Do To Me/ WALKIN' WILLIE: If You Just Woulda Said Goodbye/ CLARENCE WILLIAMS: Love Me

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jookin' 18009 Jookin', Vol. 9 ● CD $16.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
This is an improvement on the slightly disappointing Vol. 8 including some hot instrumentals from Little Jesse, Johnny "Rockhouse" Green (very tough guitar) and The Rocking Capris (a nice harmonica instro). On the vocal side we have some superb tracks from cult soul man Kip Anderson, Shirley (Goodman) and Jessie (Hill), Joey Dee's (solid blues with exceptional guitar), Buddy Love, Ruby Johnson, Roland Stone (the great blues My Baby's Gone) and others. There are a number of pedestrian sides but all in all this is a fine set. (FS)
KIP ANDERSON: I Wanna' Be The Only One/ JIMMY BARNES: No Regrets/ CHUCK BROWN: Lead Me To Lover's Land/ JOEY DEE'S: I Got To Have You/ THE DELACARDOS: Hold Back The Tears/ DOTTIE & RAY: I Love You Baby/ SHERMAN EVANS WITH CRUZ ORTIZ & FLAMES: The Craze/ THE FOURMOST: Twist-A-Tast/ JOHNNY "ROCKHOUSE" GREEN & ORCH.: Green Champagne/ LEN JOHNSON: Nobody But You/ RUBY JOHNSON: Pleadin' Heart/ LITTLE JESSE: Geechi/ BOBBY LONG & HIS SATELLITES: You've Got What It Takes/ BUDDY LOVE & HIS BLUE FLAMES: I'm Leaving/ JIMMY MOORE: Crawlin'/ ELMORE MORRIS: It Seemed Like Heaven To Me/ BILL NOLAN COMBO: Twenty Four Hours/ THE ROCKING CAPRIS: Lights Out/ SHIRLEY & JESSIE: You Can't Fight Love/ LITTLE JOE STEELE: I'm So Hurt/ ROLAND STONE: My Baby's Gone/ CLIFFORD SWEET: Baby! Just What Is Wrong/ Just A Lonely Lonely Boy/ DELLA THOMAS WITH HOPETON JONSON ORCH.: If I Was A Bird/ BENNIE TURNER & THE ARMOURETTES: I Want To Know/ Morning Teardrops/ BILLY WESTON: I Need You

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 127 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Hits ● CD $11.98 $7.98
Two CD set with 40n rock 'n' roll and R&B Christmas songs from the 50s - Brenda Lee, Elvis, The Moods, Adam Faith, The Cameos, Sheb Wooley, Little Bobby Rey & His Band, Johnny Preston, The Cadillacs, etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 147 Essential Rockabilly - The Mercury Story ● CD $11.98
Two CDS, 40 tracks, very highly recommended
A particularly fine entry in this great series - Mercury really had a slew of all time classic rockabilly sides like Rockin' Daddy and Slip Slip Slippin' by Eddie Bond, Let's Get Wild by Rudy Grayzell, I Ain't Givin' Up Nopthin' by Ben Hewitt, Done Gone by George And Earl, Who Shot Sam and Maybe Little Baby by George Jones and Love Bug Crawl by Jimmy Edwards - all included here. There are also great lesser known sides from Connie Dycus, Royce Porter, Roy Moss (three great songs including updates of bluesy country songs You Don't Know My Mind and You Nearly Lose Your Mind), Don Johnston, Billy Wallace (his loping Burning The Wind with it's fine acoustic guitar work is a personal favorite), Narvel Felts and others. Not a single track is less than excellent and many are great! (FS)
EDDIE BOND: Bobbin' Bonnie/ Flip Flop Mama/ Rockin' Daddy/ Slip, Slip, Slippin' In/ JACKIE CRAY: Maybelle/ BING DAY: I Can't Help It/ CONNIE DYCUS: Rock-A-Bye Baby Rock/ JIMMY EDWARDS: Love Bug Crawl/ NARVEL FELTS: Cry Baby Cry/ GEORGE AND EARL: Done Gone/ CURTIS GORDON: Draggin'/ Mobile Alabama/ Rock, Roll, Jump & Jive/ Sitting On Top Of The World/ RUDY GRAYZELL: Let's Get Wild/ BEN HEWITT: I Ain't Givin' Up Nothin'/ I Want A New Girl Now/ My Search/ Whirlwind Blues/ You Break Me Up/ THE HI-LITERS: Dance Me To Death/ JOHNNY JAY: Sugar Doll/ DON JOHNSTON: Born To Love One Woman/ GEORGE JONES: Maybe Little Baby/ Who Shot Sam/ SLEEPY LABEEF: All The Time/ TOMMY MITCHELL: Jukebox Help Me Find My Baby/ Little Mama/ ROY MOSS: You Don't Know My Mind/ You Nearly Loose Your Mind/ You're My Big Baby Now/ ROYCE PORTER: Good Time/ JERRY RAINES: Dangerous Redhead/ DAVE DIDDLE RAY: Blue Moon Baby/ J.P. RICHARDSON: Crazy Blues/ CONWAY TWITTY: Double Talk Baby/ I Need Your Lovin'/ Maybe Baby/ BILLY WALLACE: Burning The Wind/ THOMAS WAYNE: You're The One That Done It

VARIOUS ARTISTS Vee-Tone 2010 Memphis Jukebox, Volume 1 ● CD $15.98
First in a fascinating if slightly problematic series. At first glance this is simply a great collection of classic but familiar rock 'n' roll, rockabilly and R&B sides but what sets these part from the pack is that these were apparently records that were on Elvis' private jukebox at Graceland. These 45s were given as a gift, along with many other personal items, to his friend Gary Pepper who was president of one of Elvis's first fan clubs sometime in the 1960s. Pepper's nurse (Pepper suffered from cerebral palsy) was then given (or took) the collection and offered it up for auction 2009 and dutch Elvis enthusiast Henrik Knudsen acquired the 45s. The reason for the history is to point out that as far as I can tell there were only 70 45s in the auctioned lot and I'm sure that Elvis would have had a lot more so while I believe that the recordings here were probably really on Elvis's jukebox their significance to Elvis is uncertain. Certainly we know that Elvis loved rock 'n' roll and rhythm & blues but he also loved pop music and there is no Dean Martin or Perry Como on any of these sets or any of the white gospel groups that Elvis idolized. So if ones takes some of the extravagent claims made in the publicity for this series with a grain of salt it certainly does make for fsacinating listening. This first volume includes sides by Carl Perkins, Carl McVoy, Ricky Nelson, The Champs, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, Ray Charles (I've Got A Woman which Elvis recorded), Clyde McPhatter, The Rays, The Drifters and more. Sound is fine (not actually mastered from the original singles that Elvis had) and there are very brief notes that don't address some of the issues I raised.
LAVERN BAKER: Whipper Snapper/ CHUCK BERRY: You Can't Catch Me/ JAMES BROWN & THE FAMOUS BLUE FLAMES: Try Me/ THE CHAMPS: Midnighter/ RAY CHARLES: I've Got a Woman/ THE CLEFTONES: You Baby You/ BO DIDDLEY: Who Do You Love/ THE DRIFTERS: Fools Fall In Love/ THE EL DORADOS: At My Front Door/ DALE HAWKINS: Don't Treat Me This Way/ LITTLE RICHARD: She's Got It/ LITTLE WALTER: Who/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: That's Enough For Me/ CARL MCVOY: Tootsie/ RICKY NELSON: Believe What You Say/ CARL PERKINS: Jive At Five/ THE RAYS: Daddy Cool/ RAY SHARPE: Linda Lu/ WARREN SMITH: Miss Froggie/ BIG JOE TURNER: Boogie Woogie Country Girl/ GENE VINCENT: Woman Love/ CHUCK WILIS: C.C. Rider

VARIOUS ARTISTS Vee-Tone 2011 Memphis Jukebox, Volume 2 ● CD $15.98
The second volume has 22 more great rock 'n' roll and R&B sides from Boyd Bennett & The Rockets, The Jodimars, Warren Smith, Ricky Nelson, Gene Vincent, Marty Robbins, Little Walter, Fats Domino, Piano Red, Big Joe Turner, The Clovers and more.
BOYD BENNETT & THE ROCKETS: You Upset Me Baby/ EDDIE BO: I'm Wise/ RUTH BROWN: I Wanna Do More/ THE CLOVERS: If I Could Be Loved By You/ BO DIDDLEY: I'm Bad/ FATS DOMINO: I Still Love You/ THE DRIFTERS: Hyptonized/ EDDIE FONTAINE: Cool It Baby/ BILL HALEY & THE COMETS: Hot Dog Buddy Buddy/ THE JODIMARS: Well Now Dig This/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Breathless/ LITTLE WALTER: My Babe/ THE MOONGLOWS: Most Of All/ RICKY NELSON: Waitin' In School/ CARL PERKINS: Boppin' The Blues/ PIANO RED: Rock, Baby/ WEBB PIERCE: I Ain't Never/ MARTY ROBBINS: I Can't Quit/ WARREN SMITH: Rock 'n' Roll Ruby/ THE SPIDERS: Witchcraft/ BIG JOE TURNER: Flip Flop And Fly/ GENE VINCENT: Be-Bop-A-Lula

VARIOUS ARTISTS Vee-Tone 2012 From The Ghetto ● CD $15.98
29 tracks, 71 mins, recommended
Fine collection of rocking blues and R&B mostly from the 50s and few from the 40s. Although most of the tracks here will be familiar to R&B collectors there are a number of rarely reissued sides like Jackie Wilson's goofy Etcetera, Barrett Strong's first recording from 1959 Let Rock, I Don't Care Who Knows by Harold Burrage and Promise Mr. Thomas from Varetta Dillard. Other artists include Thurston Harris, Eddie Bo, Amos Milburn, The Robins, The Spiders, Professor LOnghair, Roy Brown, Bernard Hardison, Annisteen Allen and others. Sound quality is excellent but there are no notes. (FS)
ANNISTEEN ALLEN: Fujiyama Mama/ EDDIE BO: Oh Oh/ JAMES BROWN: Chonnie On Chon/ ROY BROWN: Love Don't Love Nobody/ HAROLD BURRAGE: I Don't Care Who Knows/ WYNONA CARR: Touch And Go/ VARETTA DILLARD: Promise Mr Thomas/ BOBBY FREEMAN: Big Fat Woman/ BERNARD HARDISON: Too Much/ THURSTON HARRIS: Hey Baba Leba/ BULL MOOSE JACKSON: Nosey Joe/ LOUIS JORDAN: Rock Doc/ TINY KENNEDY: Strange Kind Of Feeling/ MARIE KNIGHT: I Thought I Told You Not To Tell Them/ THE LARKS: Rockin' In The Rocket Room/ JIMMY LIGGINS: I Ain't Drunk/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: No Good Lover/ AMOS MILBURN: Chicken Shack Boogie/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: Look What You're Doing To Me/ PIANO RED: Big Rock Joe From Kokomo/ THE ROBINS: Double Crossin' Baby/ THE SLY FOX: I'm Tired Of Beggin'/ THE SPIDERS: I'm Slippin' In/ BARRETT STRONG: Let's Rock/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: Up Above My Head/ SARAH VAUGHAN: Smooth Operator/ THE VIDEOS: Trickle Trickle/ JACKIE WILSON: Etcetera/ YOUNG JESSIE: Shuffle In The Gravel

VARIOUS ARTISTS Vee-Tone 2014 Memphis Jukebox, Volume 3 ● CD $15.98
The third volume has two bonus tracks - Jerry Lee Lewis's Breathless and Down The Line actually mastered from the 45 that was on Elvis's jukebox. Other artists featured include Brook Benton, Vikki Nelson, Fats Domino, Red Prysock, Chuck Berry, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, The El Dorados, James Brown, The Spiders, Billy Lee Riley, Cleveland Crochet, etc. Do these recordings provide an insight into what Elvis was listening while he appearing in schlocky movies? Maybe! One other point. The notes in the CD state that the records were given to Pepper in the 1970s while the auction house catalog indicates they are from the 1960s which puts a somewhat different spin on the collection than the notes would imply.
BROOK BENTON: Hurtin' Inside/ CHUCK BERRY: Little Queenie/ JAMES BROWN: Think/ EUGENE CHURCH: Pretty Girls Everywhere/ CLEVELAND CROCHET: Sugar Bee/ ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: Mean Old 'Frisco Blues/ THE DIAMONDS: The Stroll/ FATS DOMINO: I Can't Go On/ THE EL DORADOS: I'll Be Forever Loving You/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Dusty Road/ THE JIVERS: Little Mama/ BUDDY JOHNSON: I Don't Want Nobody/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Breathless/ Down The Line/ VIKKI NELSON: Bright and Early/ PIANO RED: She Knocks Me Out/ RED PRYSOCK: Short Circuit/ CHARLIE RICH: Gonna Be Waitin'/ BILLY LEE RILEY: Flying Saucers Rock 'n' Roll/ RAY SHARPE: Monkey's Uncle/ WARREN SMITH: Ubangi Stomp/ THE SPIDERS: Is It True/ BIG JOE TURNER: Rock A While/ OTIS WILLIAMS: That's Your Mistake

VARIOUS ARTISTS Vee-Tone 2015 Screaming Gospel Holy Rollers, 1951-1960 ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Exciting new collection of black gospel with an emphasis on the more extroverted screaming and church wrecking performances. Most tracks are making their first appearance on CD and the set includes preachers, quartets and soloist. It starts off with the totally uninhibited performance of Don't You Know Me Thomas by Reverend Crum & His Mighty Gospel Keys and continues as it started with sides by Rev. Gatemouth Moore & His Gospel Singers, The Famous Ward Singers (I'm So Glad from 1957 with soaring steel guitar), The Davis Sisters, The Gospel Chordettes, Hightower Brothers, Marie Knight (the fabulous I Put My Trust In Thee from 1956 with hot guitar from MIckey Baker!), The Drinkard Singers, The Stars Of Faith, Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi with Archie Brownlee, The Grace Gospel Singers and more. All the tracks are great but it would have been nice to have a few lower key numbers as after a while listening to this level of energy is exhausting. Still, you don't have to listen to it all at once! Sound quality is superb and there are enthusiastic notes from Mark Lamarr (who compiled this collection) and full discographical info. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Vee-Tone 2016 Screaming Gospel Holy Rollers, Vol. 2 : 1952-1960 ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended
Another great collection of no holds barred gospel shouting and screaming. Apart from the familiar and fabulous Two Wings by singer/ guitarist Utah Smith most of these sides are new to CD. It opens and closes with two frantic cuts from the powerful quartet The Voices Of Jordan and includes sides by mostly obscure but superb artists including The Grace Gospel Singers, Hightower Brothers, The Joy Harmonizers, Marion Williams (her Packin' Up has some whooping that makes Little Richard seem like an amateur), Marie Knight (another great cut from her rare Mercury LP with stunning guitar by Mickey Baker), The Kingdom Bound Singers, Swan Silvertones (He Won't Deny Me - one of those songs that starts gently and builds up slowly to a rousing climax), The Famous Davis Sisters, The Soul Seekers, The Radio Four (the absolutely stunning Blood Done Signed My Name) and more. Superb sound, brief notes and full discographical details. (FS)

KITTY WELLS Jasmine 3612/3 The Queen Of Honky Tonk Angels - Four Original Albums ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 48 tracks, essential
 With her seminal hit It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels in 1952, Kitty Wells paved the road for other female country singers, including Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette, and provided inspiration to others like Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt. This compilation contains four of her best Decca albums: the groundbreaking "Country Hit Parade" (1956), "Dust on the Bible" (1959), "Seasons of My Heart" (1960), and Kitty's Choice (1960). With three out of the four titles new to CD, that alone should make this disc a good purchase, but that doesn't take into account the beauty of these songs. Kitty's pure voice and the subtle but effective arrangements on "Country Hit Parade" (not to mention the proto-feminist lyrics on many of the songs) made it the female country singer template for years to come. "Dust on the Bible" is an engaging set of country gospel, while Seasons of My Heart's country balladry and Kitty's Choice's playful contemporary covers (of songs like Your Cheatin' Heart/ Sugartime, and Tennessee Waltz) are further testaments to the lady's talents. Kitty Wells was a country music pioneer and this collection of some of her best work hits the spot in all the important ways. (GMC)
KITTY WELLS: (Iíve Got My) One-Way Ticket To The Sky/ Amigoís Guitar/ Beautiful Brown Eyes/ Bonaparteís Retreat/ Cheatinís A Sin/ Dark Moon/ Dust On The Bible/ Fickle Fun/ Half As Much/ He Will Set Your Fields On Fire/ I Donít Claim To Be An Angel/ I Dreamed I Searched Heaven For You/ I Heard My Saviour Call/ I Need The Prayers/ If I Had The Right To Do You Wrong/ It Wasnít God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels/ Iíll Be All Smiles Tonight/ Iím Too Lonely To Smile/ Iíve Kissed You My Last Time/ Jambalaya (On The Bayou)/ Jealous Heart/ Let Me Help You Forget/ Lonely Is A Word/ Lonesome Valley/ Lord Iím Coming Home/ Makiní Believe/ Matthew Twenty-Four/ Most Of All/ My Happiness/ My Loved Ones Are Waiting For Me/ Paying For That Back Street Affair/ Release Me/ Searching For A Soldierís Grave/ Seasons Of My Heart/ Send Me The Pillow You Dream On/ Seven Lonely Days/ Sugartime/ Tennessee Waltz/ The Great Speckled Bird/ The Hands Youíre Holding Now/ The Only One I Ever Loved I Lost/ The Other Cheek/ The Things I Might Have Been/ Thereís Poison In Your Heart/ We Buried Her Beneath The Willows/ When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain/ Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On/ Your Cheatiní Heart

MARY LOU WILLIAMS Smithsonian Folkways 40816 Black Christ Of The Andes ● CD $15.98 $9.98
14 tracks, 52 min, highly recommended
Reissue of this legendary LP that Williams released on her own Mary label in '64, then reissued as Folkways 2843. In the late 50s-early 60s, this incredible pianist/composer/arranger embraced & studied Roman Catholicism & stayed away from the music world. This was her return. Starting off with a chorale St. Martin De Porres, who was a former slave that was canonized in '62, with just minimal piano & the voices of The Ray Charles Singers (no, not the late Genius - this is the very White group that had a huge 60s hit with Love Me With All Of Your Heart!), this is a mixed bag of choral music (another, The Devil, also is just Mary Lou with The Singers); two more, Anima Christi & Praise The Lord, have full band with vocals by Jimmy Mitchell leading The George Gordon Singers) as well as piano trios, many with the great MJQ bassist Percy Heath, & a solo piano version of There's A Fungus Among Us. The two band sides include Larry Gales, Grant Green & Budd Johnson. Includes four previously unissued trio numbers with Heath, & 30 page booklet. (GM)


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