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FENDER The Golden Age 1946-1970 by Martin Kelly, Paul Kelly & Terry Foster ● BOOK $29.98
Hardcover 288 pages, highly recommended, counts as 15 CDs for shipping
The first electric guitar that I got as a teenager was a cheap Japanese Fender knock-off, the Bass with which I have recorded on at least two albums and have been using for the last 12 years or so is a vintage Fender P-Bass, and when I went to get a guitar for my own teenage daughter, I got her--guess what?--a genuine Fender (3/4) guitar. Seems like I have spent most of my life lusting after some Telecaster, Stratocaster, etc., and I don't think I am anywhere near alone in the matter. This beautifully constructed book tells the story, accompanied by a plethora of fantastic photography, of probably the most iconic of American instruments, the mighty Fender guitar in the years where it went from a prototype to being an integral ingredient of popular music worldwide. From the pedal steel guitars that electrified the Honky Tonks to the Stratocasters that Hendrix closed Woodstock with, the Fender guitar has led a Hell of a life and this tome captures a lot of that magic. From mandolins to Jazzmasters, electric, acoustics, basses, amps, etc., the history of all of Fender's varied products is covered. There is so much great info and fabulous photos in this book, even the most casual of guitar enthusiast will have trouble putting it down. (JM)



DOC WATSON Vestapol DVD 13023 Rare Performances, 1963-1981 (60 mins) ● DVD $23.98 $19.98
60 min., highly recommended
A solid look at the film footage available of this country/folk giant in performance. The program opens with a grainy, black and white look at the Hootenanny television series in 1963, with Doc singing Deep River to his own accompaniment. Subsequent early installments include Nine Pound Hammer and St. James Hospital, both filmed with minimal audiences in 1967, and Shady Grove and Black Mountain Rag, filmed in Los Angeles in 1970. But the heart of the program from both a visual and an aural point of view, are the nine numbers taken from a 1978 Austin City Limits program, with son Merle and other sympathetic friends performing Way Downtown, Lonesome Road, I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, and Tennessee Stud before a warmly enthusiastic audience. Well worth seeing. (DH)



BILLY BOY ARNOLD Electro-Fi 3430 Billy Boy Arnold Sings Big Bill Broonzy ● CD $16.98
15 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
Following on from Billy Boy's 2008 tribute to his mentor Sonny Boy Williamson (Electro-Fi 3405 - $16.98) here he gives us another tribute to an important Chicago bluesman who was an inspiration to Billy Boy and many other Chicago blues artists in the 40s and 50s. At 75 years old Billy Boy sound great with warm expressive vocals and fine acoustic harmonica playing. He is mostly accompanied by the superb acoustic guitar of Eric Noden with other musicians contributing occasional electric guitar, mandolin, acoustic bass, percussion and clarinet. One of Big Bill's most appealing qualities was the appealing swing in his music and Billy Boy and his cohorts manage to capture that feel very nicely on tunes like Goin' Back To Arkansas/ Key To The Highway/ Willie Mae Blues/ I Want You By My Side and others. A real delight! (FS)

BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND Universal (UK) 531 142-1 The Best Of Bobby "Blue" Bland ● CD $13.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Superb, modestly priced, compilation of some of the most popular recordings of this great soul/ blues singer recorded for Duke, Dunhill and ABC between 1957 and 1974. All the sides here reached the R&B charts - three of them the coveted #1 spot - Farther Up The Road/ I Pity The Fool and That's The Way Love. Lots of other gems like Povberty/ Stormy Monday Blues/ Chains Of Love/ Little Boy Blue/ Don't Cry No More/ Yield Not To Temptation/ Sometimes You Gotta Cry A Little/ Ain't Doin' Too Bad, etc. By mixing earlier and later recordings one can see that though the arrangements may have changed over the years Bobby's approach remained the same - effortly switching between searing intensity and gentle pleading. If you don't have much by this great artist this is a good place to start. (FS)
BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND: Ain't Doin' Too Bad, Part 1/ Ain't Nothing You Can Do/ Ain't That Lovin' You/ Black Night/ Blind Man/ Call On Me/ Chains Of Love/ Cry, Cry, Cry/ Don't Cry No More/ Farther Up The Road/ I Pity The Fool/ I Wouldn't Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me)/ I'll Take Care Of You/ I'm Not Ashamed/ I'm Too Far Gone (To Turn Around)/ Lead Me On/ Little Boy Blue/ Poverty/ Share Your Love With Me/ Sometimes You Gotta Cry A Little/ Stormy Monday Blues/ That's The Way Love Is/ The Feeling Is Gone/ Turn On Your Love Light/ Who Will The Next Fool Be?/ Yield Not To Temptation/ Yolanda

LUCILLE BOGAN (BESSIE JACKSON) Blues Documents BDCD 6037 Complete Chronological Recordings, Vol. 2 (1930-33) ● CD $15.98
22 tracks, 65 min., essential
Available again. Volume 1 showed an artist developing from an average vaudeville performer into one of the most soulful and expressive of blues vocalists. This volume features the fully developed singer with a powerful expressive vocal and a repertoire of mostly original and very powerful songs - dealing in a graphic way with subjects like sex, prostitution, drinking and violence. The first 8 tracks were recorded in 1930 with Charles Avery on piano and includes the first recordings of three songs that were to become blues standards Tricks Ain't Walking No More/ Sloppy Drunk Blues and Black Angel Blues (later to become reworked as Sweet Black Angel). During the depression, when there was very little recording, some of Lucille's recordings were reissued as by Bessie Jackson and when she returned to the studio she had adopted the name of Bessie Jackson which was to be used on all her future recordings. She was also joined by the incredible piano player Walter Roland who was to appear on all the rest of her recordings. Roland, from Alabama, was a superb singer and a truly sublime piano player whose playing perfectly accentuated the mournful vocals of Lucille - the empathy between the two is a joy to hear. Some magnificent performances emerged including Red Cross Man/ Forty-Two Hundred Blues/ House Top Blues/ Groceries On The Shelf/ Roll And Rattler/ Mean Tiwster/ New Muscle Shoals Blues and more. A few tracks are from noisy 78s but generally sound is fine. When it comes to deep blues there are very few artists who go as deep as Lucille - her singing sends frequent shivers down my spine - I can't recommend this highly enough. (FS)

JOHNNY CASH Charly SNAJ 741 The Complete Sun Masters ● CD $17.98
Three CDS, 100 tracks, 3 hrs 45 mins, essential
Back in stock at a lower price. The most comprehensive overview of the Sun recordings of one of the greatest country artists of the 20th century. Together with The Tennessee Two (Luther Perkins/ guitar and Marshall Grant/ string bass) they overcame their technical limitations to give Cash what turned out to be one of the most distinctive styles in country music and turned out one timless classic after another. This set features both sides of every single issued by Sun during Johnny's tenure at Sun (1954-1958) as well as singles issued after he left the label to join Columbia plus tracks found after the label was acquired by Shelby Singleton in 1969. A number of his hits were overdubbed with additional instrumentation and choruses when issued on LP and this set includes both the original and overdubbed versions. It includes undubbed versions that were originally only issued in overdubbed form and the undubbed versions are almost inevitably more exciting. It also includes the best of the alternate takes available, demos, studio chatter and a couple of performances that only exist in incomplete form. The performances have been sequenced for enjoyment rather discographical purposes and comes with a 36 page booklet with biographical info and a discussion of every track. (FS)
JOHNNY CASH: Always Alone/ Ballad Of A Teenage Queen/ Ballad Of A Teenage Queen (alternate version)/ Belshazar (overdubbed)/ Belshazar (undubbed)/ Big River/ Big River (alternate with false start)/ Blue Train/ Born To Lose/ Brakeman's Blues (incomplete)/ Cold Cold Heart/ Come In Stranger/ Country Boy/ Country Boy (demo)/ Cry Cry Cry/ Cry Cry Cry (alternate version)/ Doin' My Time/ Doin' My Time (1) (alternate version)/ Don't Make Me Go/ Don't Make Me Go (alternate version)/ Down The Street To 301/ Down The Street To 301 (alternative version)/ Folsom Prison Blues/ Folsom Prison Blues (alternate version)/ Folsom Prison Blues (overdubbed)/ Fool's Hall Of Fame/ Get Rhythm/ Get Rhythm (microphone check)/ Give My Love To Rose (overdubbed)/ Give My Love To Rose (undubbed)/ Goodbye Litle Darlin'/ Goodnight Irene (overdubbed)/ Goodnight Irene (undubbed)/ Guess Things Happen That Way/ Hey Good Lookin'/ Hey Good Lookin' (undubbed)/ Hey Porter/ Home Of The Blues/ I Can't Help I (If I'm Still In Love With You)/ I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) (undubbed)/ I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You/ I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You (undubbed)/ I Couldn't Keep From Crying/ I Forgot To Remember To Forget/ I Forgot To Remember To Forget (incomplete alternate version)/ I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow/ I Just Thought You'd Like To Know/ I Just Thought You'd Like To Know (undubbed)/ I Love You Because/ I Love You Because (undubbed)/ I Walk The Line/ I Walk The Line (alternate version)/ I Walk The Line (overdubbed)/ I Was There When It Happened/ I Was There When It Happened (alternate version)/ If The Good Lord's Willing/ If The Good Lord's Willing (alternate version)/ It's Just About Time/ It's Just About Time (alternate version)/ Katy Too/ Leave That Junk Alone (demo)/ Life Goes On/ Luther Played The Boogie/ Mean Eyed Cat/ My Treasure/ My Treasure (alternate version)/ New Mexico (overdubbed)/ New Mexico (undubbed)/ Next In Line/ Next In Line (overdubbed)/ Oh Lonesome Me/ One More Ride (incomplete)/ Port Of Lonely Hearts/ Remember Me (I'm The One Who Loves You)/ Rock 'n' Roll Ruby (demo)/ Rock Island Line/ So Doggone Lonesome/ Story Of A Broken Heart/ Story Of A Broken Heart (alternate version with false start and studio chat/ Straight A's In Love/ Sugartime/ Sugartime (alternate version)/ Thanks A Lot/ There You Go/ Train Of Love/ Two Timin' Woman/ Two Timin' Woman (alternate version)/ Ways Of A Woman In Love/ Wide Open Road (demo)/ Wide Open Road (original)/ Wide Open Road (re-recording)/ Wreck Of The Old '97/ Wreck Of The Old '97/ You Tell Me/ You Win Again/ You Win Again (undubbed)/ You're My Baby/ You're My Baby (undubbed)/ You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven/ You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven (undubbed)

JERRY COLE Ace CDCHD 1328 Psychedelic Guitars ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 72 min, recommended
This collection celebrates the magic fingers and crafty recordings of guitar virtuoso Jerry Cole. Under he auspices of groups with names like The Generation Gap, The Projection Company, T Swift and The Electric Bag, etc., Cole made a whole mess of groovy (mostly) instrumentals. On these recordings Cole comes across as a blend of Dick Dale and Jimi Hendrix, the later of which is referenced repeatedly whether through actual covers like Are You Experienced, or on tunes like Our Man Hendrix, and Strange Shadows. Needless to say there are Psychedelic sounds a plenty here, making this CD a celebration of the 1960's and all of its musical innovations and excesses. Also features covers of The Letter, and Macarthur Park, plus a host of original compositions. Guitar aficionados and fans of the swingin' '60s will certainly enjoy. (JM)

BILL DOGGETT BGP CDBGPD 249 Honky Tonk Popcorn ● CD $18.98
18 tracks, 51 mins highly recommended
Doggett was a pianist/organist whose style was a mix of R&B, Jazz, and Blues that had a 1956 hit with the instrumental Honky Tonk. This 1969 LP, originally released on King, was issued to capitalize on the two tracks Doggett cut with James Brown producing and his band the JBs backing-a remake of Honky Tonk and Honky Tonk Popcorn; the rest of the tracks were cobbled together from recent Doggett-produced recordings. The result is a fascinating detour from Doggett's usual boogie shuffle-which he had employed since the 50's-into a blistering funk style that was in keeping with the changing times. The star of this collection, of course is Honky Tonk Popcorn; with the JBs throwing down in the background, Doggett more than holds his own on a song that's as danceable as it gets. And while the rest of the original LP tracks are not quite up to that standard, a solid groove is established-especially through After Lunch/ Mad and A Doozy - that keeps things nicely percolating along. Doggett might not have been Booker T. Jones in the organ department, but he knew how to lay down a groove and play nice with others-as demonstrated on the relentless Make Your Move. As for the bonus tracks: three songs were slated for inclusion on an album to be called "Take Your Shot," which didn't make it past the planning stage and was superseded by "Honky Tonk Popcorn." Of these, Before Lunch is the most impressive sounding like a lost Booker T. and the MGs album cut. Two other bonus tracks - Sassy B and Wet and Satisfied - will be of interest to Funkadelic fans, as these both feature guitarist Eddie Hazel and bassist Billy Nelson (who briefly left the band in a money dispute), who were in Doggett's group for a short time. Although the CD is being sold on the back of James Brown's extracurricular activities, Bill Doggett's keyboard talents and willingness to keep up with changing times, without sounding out of place, make this a winning listen. (GMC)

FATS DOMINO Ace CDCHD 1323 The Imperial Singles, Vol. 5: 1962-1964 ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 55 mins, very highly recommended
The fifth and final volume featuring all the singles recorded by the great Fats Domino for Imperial features his last 12 singles issued between 1962 and 1964. Although he no longer dominated the charts as he had previously he continued to appear in the lower rungs of the charts and produced many fine sides - many of the them written by Fats or his long time producer Dave Bartholomew. Among the highlights are great versions of I Hear You Knocking (first recorded by fellow Imperial artist Smiley Lewis in 1955), the gorgeous blues ballad Nothing New (Same Old Thing), the mid-tempo rocker Stop The Clock, Fats's distinctive Creolized rendition of the pop standard Did You Ever See A Dream Walking, an intense rendition of Charles Brown's Trouble Blues and superb treatments of three Hank Williams songs Jamabalay/ You Win Again and Your Cheating Heart but pretty much everything is great with only one track featuring intusive strings - the rest is Fats and his great band. Sound is superb and the 16 page booklet has rare photos and detailed notes. Previous volumes (Ace 597, 649, 689 & 1306) are still available for $18.98 each and if you want the ultimate Fats Imperial experience the 8 CD box set from Bear Family is still available (Bear Family 15541 - "Out Of New Orleans" - $189.98) with 222 tracks! (FS)
FATS DOMINO: Dance With Mr Domino/ Did You Ever See A Dream Walking/ Goin' Home/ Hands Across The Table/ Hum Diddy Doo/ I Can't Give You Anything But Love/ I Can't Go On This Way/ I Hear You Knocking/ Ida Jane/ Isle Of Capri/ Jambalaya (On The Bayou)/ La La/ My Heart Is Bleeding/ My Real Name/ Nothing New (Same Old Thing)/ One Night/ Stop The Clock/ Teenage Love/ Those Eyes/ Trouble Blues/ True Confession/ When I Was Young/ Won't You Come On Back/ You Always Hurt The One You Love/ You Win Again/ Your Cheatin' Heart

DUANE EDDY Bear Family BCD 15778 Twangin' From Phoenix To L.A. - The Jamie Years ● CD $149.98
5 discs, 148 tracks, 358 min, highly recommended
Back in print - available as special order only. Is this enough twang for you? Clocking in at nearly six hours, Bear Family's Duane Eddy box has got to be a twang fan's dream come true: every recording the Rebel Rouser made for Jamie, from his great hits Rebel Rouser/ Cannonball Groovin'/ Peter Gunn Theme/ Forty Miles of Bad Road/ Ramrod/ Because They're Young/ Yep/ Dixie/ Kommotion/ Some Kinda Earthquake/ Pepe, etc.) to his obscure first recordings like Soda Fountain Girl/ I Want Some Loving Baby, B-sides like Theme For Moon Children, and soundtrack work. Wow! Impressive enough yes, but how does that add up to six hours? With Bear Family's customary plethora of multiple versions, that's how, such as additional stereo mixes of the original mono hits (most appearing here for the first time), alternate takes, overdub experiments, false starts, studio chatter and whatever else the Jamie vaults had in them. The five discs are not arranged chronologically, which does save us from having to hear these multiple versions consecutively, but also makes it difficult to track Eddy's emerging style as a player (not to mention Lee Hazlewood as a producer!) at times. But that's where the amazing 84-page, hardback book comes in, which chronicles Eddy and Hazlelwood's modest beginnings at no-budget Phoenix sessions through their artistic and commercial peak. Fantasic color photos, many seen here for the first time, and complete session notes, discography, chart positions, etc. As is typical with Bear Family, quite a stunning package; so complete, in fact, it may be overkill for all but the most dedicated Eddy-philes. (GDR)

VERN GOSDIN Edsel 2120 Till The End/ Never My Love/ You've Got Somebody ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 30 racks, 94 mins, highly recommended
When we lost Vern Gosdin a couple years back, Country music lost one of its great voices. This fine collection gathers up three of Vern's albums from the late 1970's, when Vern Gosdin came out of his early retirement and got his solo career going strong, achieving some of his biggest commercial and critical success with these albums. "Till The End" features .the hits Till The End, and Mother Country Music, as well as two, great, well-charting songs, Yesterday's Gone and Hangin' On with Emmylou Harris, the later of which being a remake of the Gosdin Brothers classic. "Never My Love" features the great title track as well as J.D. Loudermilk's Break My Mind and the lovely Forget Yesterday. Janie Fricke sings fine harmony and duet on these first two albums. Finishing up the set, "You've Got Somebody" again has a fine, high charting title track, as well as stand-out tracks, like He Must Be Lovin' You Right, and Fifteen Hundred Times A Day. Some might consider these albums a bit too commercial and I say sure it's commercial, but it ranks up there with the best of the commercial Country stuff of the late 70's - '80s, the Randy Travis, Lyle Lovitt and the like and, if you are thinking along those lines, then you will like this one. (JM)

BUDDY GUY Chess (Europe) 10397 The Complete Chess Studio Recordings, Vol. 1 ● CD $10.98
22 tracks, 68 mins, essential
This is the first disc from Chess 9337 originally issued in 1992. This first volume features his first 22 recordings cut for that label between March, 1960 and August, 1963 in chronological order and are certainly my favorite Buddy Guy recordings. Intense heartfelt vocals and searing, imaginative guitar with accompaniments by great Chicago sidemen like Jarrett Gibson/ts, Donald Hankins/ bs, Little Brother Montgomery/ p, Fred Below/ d, Otis Spann/ p, Junior Wells/ hca, Bob neely/ ts, Abb Locke/ ts and others. Includes such all time classics as Broken Hearted Blues/ First Time I Met the Blues/ I Got A Strange Feeling/ Ten Years Ago/ Stone Crazy (the fabulous extended 7 minute version)/I Found A True Love/ Hard But It's Fair/ When My Left Eye Jumps/ The Treasure Untold, etc. (FS)
BUDDY GUY: $100 Bill/ American Bandstand (aka American Bandstand Thing)/ Baby (Baby, Baby, Baby)/ Broken Hearted Blues/ Buddy's Boogie/ First Time I Met the Blues/ Gully Hully/ Hard But It's Fair/ I Found a True Love/ I Got My Eyes On You/ I Got a Strange Feeling/ Let Me Love You Baby (Single Version)/ My Love is Real/ No Lie/ Skippin'/ Slop Around/ Stone Crazy/ Ten Years Ago/ That's It/ Treasure Untold, The/ Watch Yourself/ When My Left Eye Jumps

BUDDY GUY Chess (Europe) 10422 The Complete Chess Studio Recordings, Vol. 2 ● CD $10.98
25 tracks, 71 mins, very highly recommended
More superb blues by Buddy featuring all the sides recorded for Chess between August 1963 and July 1967 including a couple of originally unissued tracks and four alternate takes. Sidemen on these sessions include Jarrett Gibson, Donald Hankins, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lafayette Leake, Robert Nighthawk, Gene Barge, A.C. Reed, Phil Upchurch and others. Although not quite as strong as the first volume there are still stellar performances like his version of Tiny Powell's My Time After Awhile, Leave My Girl Alone , a wonderful reworking of Sonny Boy Williamson's Keep It To Yourself as Keep It To Myself, the Gene Barge composition Mother In Law Blues and a great update of his 1958 Artistic classic Sit And Cry The Blues. Buddy tries his hand at some funk in Buddy's Groove and there are three instrumentals including, surprisingly, the Bobby Timmons jazz standard Moanin' where Buddy dials the intensity back and plays some tasty jazz guitar. Note: The back liner only list 23 cuts but the full 25 from the original CD are here. (FS)
BUDDY GUY: Buddy's Groove/ Crazy Love (Crazy Music)/ Every Girl I See/ Goin' Home/ Going to School/ Got to Use Your Head/ I Cry and Sing the Blues/ I Didn't Know My Mother Had a Son Like Me (She Suits Me to a Tee - Alternat/ I Dig Your Wig (Unedited)/ I Suffer With the Blues/ Keep It to Myself (Aka Keep It to Yourself)/ Keep It to Myself (Alternate with Organ Overdub)/ Leave My Girl Alone/ Lip Lap Louie/ Moanin'/ Mother-In-Law Blues/ My Mother/ My Time After Awhile/ My Time After Awhile (Alternate Vocal and Mix)/ Night Flight/ She Suits Me to a T/ Too Many Ways/ Too Many Ways (Alternate with Background Vocal)/ Worried Mind

WYNONIE HARRIS Fantastic Voyage 115 Jump Mr. Blues - The Defintive Collection ● CD $19.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, 137 mins, very highly recommended
Terrific career spanning retrospective of the recordings of this great Omaha born blues shouter including all 15 of his R&B chart hits. Harris was known as a wild-living man, which would carry over to his live performances as well as his recordings, making for some of the wildest R&B to ever hit the charts. He started his career with the great Lucky Millinder band and sang on their 1945 #1 hit Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well for Decca. In 1945 he recorded for Philo accompanied by The Johnny Otis band on the great Around The Clock - an influence on Chuck Berry's later Reelin' And Rockin'. From there he moved to Apollo in 1945 where he had the first hits under his own name Wynonies Blues and Playful Baby. Over the next couple of years he recorded for Hamp-Tone, Bullet & Aladdin recording many great sides like Mr. Blues Jumped The Rabbit and his duet with Big Joe Turner on Battle Of The Blues but failed to crack the charts. In 1947 he signed with King Records where he remained for the next 10 years turning out hit after hit whether tearing it up on his own compositions like Wynonie's Blues/ Grandma Plays The Numbers/ All She Wants To Do Is Rock/ Good Morning Judge or completely owning other people's songs like Roy Brown's Good Rockin' Tonight/ Lollipop Mama, and I Want My Fanny Brown, Stick McGhee's Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee, or Louis Prima's Oh Babe. Lest we forget his salacious tracks like Sittin' On It All The Time, and I Like My Baby's Pudding, both penned by the team of Syd Nathan, Henry Bernard and Lois Mann. If that wasn't enough, Harris did a raucous cover of Hank Penny's country hit Bloodshot Eyes. After 1952 the hits dried up but Wynonie kept rocking the blues with songs like his sequel to Good Rocking Tonight - Bad News Baby (There'll Be No Rockin' Tonite plus Brownie McGhee's Christina, Fishtail Blues and others. The last two tracks here are from a 1960 session where he does two songs including a remake of Bloodshot Eyes. Excellent sound and informative notes by Neil Slaven. (FS/JM)
WYNONIE HARRIS: A Tale Of Woe/ Adam Come And Get Your Rib/ All She Wants To Do Is Rock/ Around The Clock Part 1/ Bad News Baby There'll Be No Rockin' Tonite/ Battle Of The Blues Part 1 with Joe Turner/ Big City Blues/ Bloodshot Eyes (1951)/ Bloodshot Eyes (1960)/ Bring It Back/ Christina/ Confessin' The Blues/ Drinkin Wine Spo Dee O Dee/ Drinkin' Sherry Wine/ Drinking Blues/ Fishtail Blues/ From Bad To Good Blues/ Good Mambo Tonight/ Good Morning Judge/ Good Morning Mr Blues/ Good Rockin Tonight/ Grandma Plays The Numbers/ Here Comes The Night/ Hey, Ba Ba Re Bop Part 1/ I Feel That Old Age Comin' On/ I Like My Baby's Pudding/ I Want My Fanny Brown/ In The Evenin Blues/ Keep On Churnin Till The Butter Comes/ Lollipop Mama/ Lovin' Machine/ Mama Your Daughter Done Lied On Me/ Mr Blues Is Coming To Town/ Mr Blues Jumped The Rabbit/ My Babys Barrel House/ My Playful Baby's Gone/ Oh Babe/ Playful Baby/ Rock Mr Blues/ She Just Won't Sell No More/ Sittin On It All The Time/ Sweet Lucy Brown/ That's Me Right Now/ That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch/ Triflin' Woman/ Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well/ Wine Wine Sweet Wine/ Wynonies Blues/ You Got To Get Yourself A Job, Girl/ Young Mans Blues

RAY HARRIS & FRIENDS El Toro 1042 Mississippi Rockers ● CD $18.98
33 tracks, highly recommended
Another great collection of regional rockabilly from El Toro - this time the great state of Mississippi, birthplace of Elvis and several other rockabilly greats. So it's not too surprising that around half the sides on this collection were recorded for Sun. Although most of these have been reissued several times before it's certainly nice to have all the Ray Harris and Jimmy Wages cuts in one place complete with alternate takes. Both artists are among the wildest rockabilly artists recorded for Sun - Harris had two singles issued by Sun and both sides are here along with unissued songs and alternate takes featuring Harris with a small group featuring great guitar by Wayne Cogswill. Nothing was issued on Sun by Jimmy Wages but the four songs here and two alternate takes show that he was an exceptional performer - his band is unknown but are very hot. Other Sun artists here include Gene Simmons (three songs - two originally unissued), Hayden Thompson (two great, originally unissued, songs with Roland Janes on guitar) and Glenn Honeycutt (the great unissued All Night Rock by Rold Janes. The rest of the tracks were recorded for various small Mississippi labels along with customs pressings made by Texas's Starday label and although lacking the magical imprimatur of Sun there is no shortage of great rocking from Bobby Roberts, The Hodges Brothers (originally a country group with their great), Lou Millett (another former country performer recording hot rockabilly for Johnny Vincent's Ace label), Mack Banks (two outstanding cuts recorded for his own Fame label) and others. An exceptional collection with superb sound and informative notes by Dave Penny. (FS)
MACK BANKS & HIS DRIFTING TROUBADOURS: Be-Boppin' Daddy/ You're So Dumb/ WALLY DEANE: Cool, Cool Daddy/ RAY HARRIS: Come On Little Mama/ Come On Little Mama/ Foolish Heart/ Greenback Dollar, Watch and Chain/ Greenback Dollar, Watch and Chain/ I'm Winning Now/ Lonely Wolf/ Love Dumb Baby/ Where'd You Stay Last Nite/ THE HODGES BROTHERS: I'm Gonna Rock Some Too/ DICK HOLLER & HIS ROCKETS: Uh Uh Baby/ GLENN HONEYCUTT: All Night Rock/ LOU MILLET: Just You And Me/ My Inlaws Made An Outlaw Out Of Me/ GRAY MONTGOMERY: Right Now/ RICK RICKELS AND HIS WILD GUITAR: I'm Gone/ You Gonna Go Away/ BOBBY ROBERTS WITH HIGHPOCKETS' DELTA ROCKETS: Big Sandy/ She's My Woman/ GENE SIMMONS: Crazy Woman/ Juicy Fruit/ Pop and Mama/ HAYDEN THOMPSON: Blues, Blues, Blues/ Fairlane Rock/ JIMMY WAGES: Heart Breakin' Love/ Mad Man/ Mad Man/ Miss Pearl/ Take Me/ Take Me (From This Garden Of Evil)

THE LEFT BANKE Sundazed 6276 Walk Away Renee/ Pretty Ballerina ● CD $16.98
11 tracks, 29 mins, essential
I'm pretty sure that the term "Baroque Pop" was invented to describe The Left Banke's rich, infectious, orchestral music. The group definitely took The Beatles' classical pretentions and ran with them. Although the story of the Left Banke is of the typical sort, where you have a bunch of teenagers, or just slightly older, hitting big, getting worked over by their shady, or incompetent music business handlers, soon to break up due to unrealistic pressures and inner-group squabbles and misunderstandings (see the film "That Thing You Do" for a great take on the phenomenon.) Before their 15 minutes were up, the band crafted a couple of perfect Pop singles and a pretty amazing album. The album is named after their two big hits; Walk Away Renee and Pretty Ballerina, but there are other songs almost if not just as good as those two; She May Call You Up Tonight/ I've Got Something on My Mind/ Barterers and Their Wives, and Shadows Breaking Over My Head. Not saying that the remaining tracks aren't good as well--they are, there isn't a bad song on this record and in it's entirety, it is just about perfect. Last year Sundazed records reissued this fantastic record on CD as well as 180 gram vinyl (Sundazed 5375 - $22.98), no bonus tracks, but nice packaging and excellent sound. So if you are a fan of '60s Rock & Pop and you haven't picked one up yet, you certainly should. (JM)

ROCKET MORGAN & FRIENDS El Toro 1044 Louisiana Rockers ● CD $18.98
35 tracks, highly recommended
Another great selection opening with all five singles recorded for Jay Miller's Zynn label in 1958 and '59 by the obscure Rocket Morgan along with four alternate takes. Although most of what Morgan recorded is swamp pop (which is fine with me) he did record two rockabilly classics You're Humbugging Me and Tag Along. Other rockabilly artists who trekked to Crowley to record for Miller and featured here include Tommy Strange and Pee Wee TRahan. The rest of the artists recorded for small local labels or in some cases travelled farher afield to record for Sun or Starday. Among the many fine artists here are Tommy Blake, Jeff Daniels (two particularly fine cuts), Maylon Humphries, Endom Spires (a great updating of the old country song I Wonder Where You Are Tonight), The Lonesome Drifter (his classic Eager Boy), James Wilson & The Jimmie-Cats and others. This fine collection complements El Toro's reissues of Louisiana rockers Johnny Jano (El Toro 1038 - $18.98) and Al Ferrier (El Toro 1032 - $18.98). (FS)
VINCE ANTHONY: Too Hot To Handle/ TOMMY BLAKE: $F...olding Money$/ TOMMY CASSEL: Rockin' Rock and A Rollin' Stone/ Run Along, Little Girl/ AMOS COMO & HIS TUNE TOPPERS: Hole In The Wall/ JEFF DANIELS: Daddy-O-Rock/ Hey Woman/ LARRY HART: Freight Train/ DALE HAWKINS: Don't Treat Me This Way/ HOPELESS HOMER: New Way Rockin'/ MAYLON HUMPHRIES: Weep No More/ Worried 'Bout You Baby/ THE LONESOME DRIFTER: Eager Boy/ ROCKET MORGAN: Did You Leave Something Else For Me?/ Gonna Walk You Home/ I Know It's A Sin/ Irene/ Tag Along/ Tag Along (alt. take)/ This Life I Live/ Too High A Price (To Pay For Love)/ Walkin' Home/ What Ya Gonna Do?/ What Ya' Gonna Do?/ Why Can't It Be Another Lie?/ You're Humbuggin' Me/ You're Humbuggin' Me/ JIM OERTLING & THE BAYOU BOYS: Old Moss Back/ ENDOM SPIRES: I Wonder Where You Are Tonight/ TOMMY STRANGE: Nervous and Shakin' All Over/ PEE WEE TRAHAN: Bop and Rock Tonight/ JAMES WILSON & THE JIMMIE-CATS: Wilson Blues No.1/ You Won't Know Why Til I'm Gone

JOHNNY OTIS Ace CDCHD 1326 On With The Show - The Johnny Otis Story, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 62 mins, highly recommended
January 19th of this year was truly the end of an era with the death of Johnny Otis at the age of 90. Otis was among the most important figures in the development of rhythm & blues in the 1940s and 50s and it's transition to rock 'n' roll. To do justice to all of Johnny's musical accomplishments would require a multi volume box set but this volume and it's predecessor (Ace 1312 - $18.98) provide a nice overview of his recordings and both include rarities and unissued material to appeal to the diehard collector. The previous volume ended with his biggest hit Willie & The Hand Jive in 1958 which was his first crossover hit. This volume continues more of his Capitol recordings including minor hits like Mumblin' Mosie and the great Casting My Spell where he duets with the superb Marci Lee. After being dropped by Capitol in 1959 he started recording for his own Eldo label and then moved to King and cut some fine singles without much success. From 1962 through '67 he cut no sessions of his own though continued doing some production for King. In '67 he returned to recording cutting the fine funk single Keep The Faith for Eldo. He then started recording for the Biharis Kent label with a small group including his son Shuggie on guitar who was deeply involved in blues as he had been hearing some of the great guitarists his dad worked with when he was a child. They recorded the superb album "Cold Shot" in 1968 along with the fine vocalist Delmar Evans including a return to the R&B charts with the bluesy novelty Country Girl. The great album title - a blues fiddle instrumental features his old friend Don "Sugarcane" Harris. The group also recorded an LP of updated unexpurgated African-American toasts issued under the name of Snatch & The Poontangs and one track from that album is featured. From there he moved to Epic where he recorded a couple of album and there are several cuts here from that association including Shuggie updating Otis's 1947 instrumental Midnight At The Barrelhouse. The set ends chronologically with the 1974 recording of the novelty item Jaws - his final appearance in the R&B charts. From then until ill health forced him into retirement around five years ago he continued recording and performing and usually was able to attract great musicians to the band. This disc end, appropriately, with Bye Bye Baby (Until We Meet Again). Johnny was truly a national treasure and will be missed by those many, many people whose lives he impacted. (FS)
JOHNNY OTIS: Baby I Got News For You/ Banana Peels/ Barrelhouse Blues/ Bye Bye Baby (Until We Meet Again)/ Castin' My Spell/ Cold Shot/ Cold Turkey/ Country Girl/ Crazy Country Hop/ Cuttin' Up/ Goin' Back To L.A./ Good Golly/ Hand Jive One More Time/ I Got The Walkin' Blues/ I'm With You/ Jaws/ Jelly Roll/ Johnny Otis Theme/ Keep The Faith, Baby Part Two/ Let's Live It Up/ Mumblin' Mosie/ The New Bo Diddley/ The Signifyin' Monkey/ The Watts Breakaway

DJANGO REINHARDT JSP JSPCD 970 Renown & Resistance, 1937-1943 ● CD $28.98
Five CDS, 134 tracks, very highly recommended
JSP's seventh volume devoted to documenting the recordings of the great Belgian gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Previous volumes (901, 904, 919, 953, 955 and 966 - $28.98) are still available. The period covered includes much of his work with American musicians (Eddie South, Benny Carter & His Orch., Rex Stewart & His Feetwarmers, Larry Adler, stride pianist Joe Turner and others). In 1939 while he and his long time associate Stephane Grapelly were touring England war was declared and being single Grapelly decided to stay in England while Django returned to his family in France. In spite of Nazi attitudes towards gypsies and jazz, Django was able to continue performing during the occupation playing with the leading French bands of the day with his talents undiminished by the turmoil and danger around him. As with previous volumes the recordings were remastered from best possible copies by engineering wizard Ted Kendall and sound fantastic. With this set JSP almost completes its reissue of all of Django's material. There is some material still to be reissued but not enough for a box set.

THE SHELTON BROTHERS B.A.C.M. 370 Volume 2 : Beautiful Louisiana ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 68 mins, highly recommended
Complementing B.A.C.M. 010 this is another fine and varied selection of material from this versatile duo who perform a wide range of material. The earliest sides here are from 1935 where they perform in the traditional stylings of vocals with mandolin and guitar accompaniment. They are joined by fiddler Curly Fox on a superb rendition of the Mississippi Sheiks blues standard Sittin' On Top Of The World. Subsequent sessions find them with a regular fiddle and banjo for jazzier string band stylings and subsequently with a steel guitar giving their music a western swing feel. Their repertoire is diverse including sentimental songs, bawdy comic songs, pop songs, hokum and blues. A couple of their later performances features the steel guitar of the electric steel guitar pioneer Bob Dunn and Cliff Bruner on fiddle. Songs include A Message From Home Sweet Home/ Stay In The Wagon Yard/ Those Dusty Roads/ She Gave It All Away/ Doggone Crazy Blues/ Beautiful Brown Eyes, etc. (FS)
THE SHELTON BROTHERS: A Message From Home Sweet Home/ Ain't No Use To Worry Anymore/ Beautiful Brown Eyes/ Beautiful Louisiana/ Choo Choo Blues/ Doggone Crazy Blues/ Hallellujah I'm Gonna Be Free Again/ I Don't Want You If You Don't Want Me/ I Just Can't Go/ I Just Dropped In To Say Goodbye/ I'll Be Seeing You In Dallas Alice/ I'm A Handy Man To Have Around/ Leven Miles From Leavenworth/ My Girl Friend Doesn't Like Me Anymore/ Nothin'/ Oh Monah/ She Gave It All Away/ Sittin' On Top O' The World/ Someday Baby/ Stay In The Wagon Yard/ Those Dusty Roads/ When It Rains It Really Pours/ When They Baptized Sister Lucy Lee/ With Another's Arms Around You

GEORGE SMITH & THE CHICAGO BLUES BAND BGO BGOCD 1035 Blues With A Feeling - A Tribute To Little Walter ● CD $18.98
14 tracks, recommended
Reissue of the first full length album recorded by this great West Coast harmonica player for the World Pacific label in 1968 with three bonus cuts. Most of the disc consists of George singing or playing some of the best sides recorded by the great Little Walter who had died shortly before these recordings. On this session he is accompanied by members of the Muddy Waters band who were touring the West Coast at the time with Muddy & Luther Johnson on guitars, Little Sonny Wimberly on bass and S.P. Leary on drums. Although George's performance are splendid they are close enough to the originals that one can't but help making comparisons with the originals and these performances come off second. In spite of the lineup the backup seems a bit stodgy - probably the result of too little rehearsal. The best track here is the only non Walter song West Helena Blues - a song that George had been performing for a number of years. The bonus cuts include two more Walter songs and a version of Love With A Feeling sung by Lucille at the same sessions but without George on harp. Not a bad album but not as good as it looks at first glance. (FS)

THE TUNE WRANGLERS B.A.C.M. 372 Drivin' The Dogies Along ● CD $14.98
23 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
Fine selection of western swing flavored string band music by this San Antonio group fronted by singer/ guitarist Buster Coward with hot fiddler Tom Dickey plus banjo and bass. They subsequently added jazz flavored piano and then the exciting electric steel guitar of Eddie Duncan. Their early sides from 1936 and early 1937 like They Go Wild Over Me/ They Cut Down The Old Pine Tree/ I've Got No Use For The Women and That Little Texas Town are particularly fine with a lively raucous feel to them. As the personnel changed significantly in '37 and '38 their style changed to a somewhat more sedate approach but always featuring fine vocals and musicianship. (FS)
THE TUNE WRANGLERS: A Little While Ago/ Back To Nevada/ Dixie Moon/ Dreams Of The Silver Memories OF Gold/ Drivin' The Dogies Along/ Echo Valley/ Honey Smile For Me/ I'll Never Let You Cry (instr)/ I've Got No Use For The Women/ In The Shadow Of The Pines/ It Ain't Gonna Rain No More/ Leave Me With A Smile/ Look Out For The Ghost/ Old Montana Moon/ Ride On Old Timer Ride On/ Ridin' For The Rio Grande/ Rio Pecos Rose/ Sweetest Girl In The World (My Blue Eyed Jane)/ That Little Texas Town/ They Cut Down The Old Pine Tree/ They Go Wild Over Me/ When The Sun Goes Down In Arizona/ Who'll Take Your Place When You're Gone

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1315 Fender - The Golden Age, 1950-1970 ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 66 mins, highly recommended
This collection compliments the fantastic Fender guitar book reviewed in our Books section. What we have here is a fine overview of that classic Fender sound in the hands of a variety of its greatest progenitors. From the early days of the pedal steel guitar, to the evolution of the Telecaster, to the revolution of the Stratocaster, you get Fender's history through the hands of some of is greatest players. Starting with the pedal steel, which is wonderfully represented by the likes of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys - Boot Heel Drag, and Tennessee Ernie Ford with Cliffie Stone's Band - Catfish Boogie. From there you get a wide selection of iconic artists and innovators. Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues, The Ventures - Walk, Don't Run, Dick Dale - Miserlou, The Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought The Law, Booker T. & The MGs (Steve Cropper just wouldn't sound right without a Fender) Green Onions, etc. Some of the lesser known, or at least lesser-comped tracks are what really sells this though, great cuts like Feelin' Good / Please Love Me by ke Turner, Jet Harris' killer version of Besame Mucho (dig that low end man,) Memphis Soul Stew by King Curtis, and many more. On top of all that you get a number of artists like Hank Snow, Faron Young, Barbara Mandrel, (literally) singing the praises of Fender in old radio spots. A fitting homage to a legendary instrument, one that certainly helped define the sound of American music in the 20th century. (JM)
THE BEACH BOYS: Fun, Fun, Fun/ BOOKER T & THE MGS: Green Onions/ JOHNNY CASH: Folsom Prison Blues/ THE CRICKETS: I'm Looking For Someone To Love The/ KING CURTIS & THE KINGPINS: Memphis Soul Stew/ DICK DALE & THE DEL-TONES: Miserlou/ DONOVAN: Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD WITH CLIFFIE STONE'S BAND: Catfish Boogie/ THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR: I Fought The Law/ JET HARRIS: Besame Mucho/ DALE HAWKINS: Susie-Q/ RONNIE HAWKINS & THE HAWKS: Who Do You Love?/ JAN HOWARD: Fender Radio Ad/ THE KINGSMEN: Louie Louie/ BARBARA MANDRELL: Fender Radio Ad/ WILLIE MITCHELL: Soul Serenade/ JACK NITZSCHE: The Lonely Surfer/ BUCK OWENS AND HIS BUCKAROOS: Buckaroo/ OTIS REDDING: Rock Me Baby (Rockin' And Rollin')/ OTIS RUSH: All Your Love (I Miss Loving)/ THE SHADOWS: Wonderful Land/ HANK SNOW: Fender Radio Ad/ IKE TURNER: Feelin' Good-Please Love Me/ THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Beginning To See The Light/ THE VENTURES: Walk - Don't Run/ BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Boot Heel Drag/ THE YARDBIRDS: I Ain't Got You/ FARON YOUNG: Fender Radio Ad

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1316 Rock Your Baby - 24 Red Hot Rompers For Children Of All Ages ● CD $18.98 $14.98
24 tracks, 58 mins, recommended
Are you tired of your children listening to those tired Raffi CDs and want something a little hipper to soothe their ears and expand their musical horizons, then this is the CD for you: twenty four songs chosen by BBC DJ and comedian Mark Lamarr that the discerning child (in all of us) will not be able to resist. Kicking off with Louis Jordan's rollicking Barnyard Boogie, this collection takes the listener on a journey wanders through everything from Wayne Cochran's Monkey Monkey (You Do It Like This), The Kingsmen's Jolly Green Giant, and Johnny Cash's Nasty Dan to The Carlisles' Knock Knock (You Can't Come In), and classics Clarence "Frogman" Henry's Ain't Got No Home, Shirley Ellis' The Name Game and The Newbeats' Bread and Butter. There's nothing really profound on this disc, just good clean fun for all ages. (GMC)
BLIND BLAKE & THE ROYAL VICTORIA HOTEL CALYPSO: Foolish Frog/ CAB CALLOWAY: Everybody Eats When They Come To My House/ THE CARLISLES: Knock Knock/ WAYNE CARSON: I Couldn't Spell !!*@!/ JOHNNY CASH: Nasty Dan/ WAYNE COCHRAN: Monkey Monkey (You Do It Like This)/ KING COLEMAN: The Boo Boo Song/ SONNY DAY & THE RARE BREED: Tarzan/ SHIRLEY ELLIS: The Name Game/ CLARENCE "FROGMAN" HENRY: Ain't Got No Home/ LOUIS JORDAN: Barnyard Boogie/ THE KINGSMEN: Jolly Green Giant/ SIDNEY JO(E) LEWIS (AKA HARDROCK GUNTER): Boppin To Grandfather's Clock/ LORD FLEA: Naughty Little Flea/ BOB MCFADDEN & DOR: The Mummy/ THE MIXTURES: Olive Oyl/ THE NEWBEATS: Bread And Butter/ THE PEELS: Scrooey Mooey/ KING PERRY: The Animal Song/ ROCHEE & THE SARNOS: Mexi Love Song/ SAM THE SHAM: Oh That's Good, No That's Bad/ CLIFFIE STONE: Jump Rope Boogie/ ANDRE WILLIAMS: The Greasy Chicken/ SHEB WOOLEY: Monkey Jive

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1330 Memphis Boys - The Story Of American Studios ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 66 mins, very highly recommended
In conjunction with the excellent book of the same title by Roben Jones, "Memphis Boys" tells the story of Chips Moman's American Recording Studio and the cast of characters, like Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, B.J. Thomas, Mark James, and others who made American one of the most enigmatic of all the Southern recording studios of the 1960s & 1970s. American was famous for a number of reasons: one, as a nurturing ground for acts like The Box Tops, Merrilee Rush, The Gentrys, and others. Their respective hits The Letter/ Angel of The Morning, and Keep On Dancing, all came out of American and are all featured here. The studio was also famous for labels like Atlantic, Stateside, Goldwax, etc., having their great Soul acts record there, with Solomon Burke's Shame On Me, Joe Tex's Skinny Legs and All, and Arthur Conley's Funky Street all represented, to name just a few. More than anything else by far, though, are two groundbreaking albums that were recorded at American: Dusty Springfield's "Dusty in Memphis" and Elvis Presley's return to Rock & Roll credibility "From Elvis in Memphis," (plus tracks on the follow up "From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis.") Dusty's album would solidify her standing in Rock & Roll history and would provide the massive single Son of a Preacher Man, which is featured here. Elvis' American outing would capitalize on the momentum of his "68 Comeback" T.V. special and would feature some of his last truly great songs. This collection features Elvis' recording of I'm Movin On, as well as Mark James' original recording of Suspicious Minds. On top of all that you get such killers as Shake A Tailfeather by James & Bobby Purify, You've Got My Mind Messed Up by James Carr, and so on. I could obviously keep going on about all the great recordings and stories the American Recording Studios produced, but I think you get the idea; both this CD and the book are very highly recommended indeed. Unfortunately the book is not currently available through Roots & Rhythm. (JM)
THE BOX TOPS: The Letter/ SOLOMON BURKE: Shame On Me/ JAMES CARR: You've Got My Mind Messed Up/ ARTHUR CONLEY: Funky Street/ LC COOKE: Let's Do It Over/ KING CURTIS & THE KINGPINS: Memphis Soul Stew/ THE GENTRYS: Keep On Dancing/ THE GLORIES: Dark End Of The Street/ CLAY HAMMOND: Suzy Do It Better Than You/ MARK JAMES: Suspicious Minds/ PERCY MILEM: I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me)/ DANNY O'KEEFE: Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues/ WILSON PICKETT: I'm In Love/ SANDY POSEY: Born A Woman/ ELVIS PRESLEY: I'm Movin' On/ JAMES & BOBBY PURIFY: Shake A Tail Feather/ MERRILEE RUSH: Angel Of The Morning/ JOE SIMON: Nine Pound Steel/ DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: Son-Of-A Preacher Man/ JOE TEX: Skinny Legs And All/ BJ THOMAS: I've Been Down This Road Before/ OSCAR TONEY JR: For Your Precious Love/ SPENCER WIGGINS: The Power Of A Woman/ BOBBY WOMACK: More Than I Can Stand

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acronym 1011 Texas Gospel, Volumes 8 & 9; Pay Day, 1955-1960 ● CD $19.98
To CDs, 54 tracks, very highly recommended
More superb gospel - mostly from Peacock along with a number of tracks from Peacock's parent label Duke. The Duke sides are from around 1955 and includes four sides by the superb West Coast group The Paramount Singers, two of them featuring the wonderful lead vocals of Vance "Tiny" Powell , and six splendid and obscure sides by Clara Ward and The Ward Singers. The Peacock sides are from 1959/60 and includes elevn superb sides by The Gospelaires - a group that was popular at the time but is not very well klnown today - their sides feature the gorgeous lead vocals of Robert Washington. Peacocks most well known groups - The Dixie Hummingbirds, Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi, Sensational Nightingales and Spirit Of Memphis are all here with great sides and includes the Peacock debut of the wonderful Mighty Couds Of Joy with lead vocalist Joe Ligon who were to become one of the label's most popular groups in the 1960s. Other artists includes The Sunset Travelers featuring furture soul giant O.V. Wright, The Brooklyn All Star Singers, Pilgrim Jubilee Singers and others and the set ends with a rousing sermon recorded live from Rev. W.C. Trammell. Volumes 3/4/5 and 6/7 in this great series are now out of print and since this is a limited edition too don' delay if you want this great selection of black gospel music - most of it making its first appearance on CD. (FS)
THE BALTIMORE ECHOES: Filled With The Holy Spirit/ He's A Friend Of Mine/ THE BROOKLYN ALL STAR SINGERS: Rest Awhile/ The Word Of God/ THE CHORA'LEERS: Hear My Prayer/ I've Got To Run On/ THE DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS: I Want To Feel The Holy Spirit/ Jesus Hold My Hand/ Leave Your Burdens There/ What A Friend/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF MISS.: Lord, Lord, You've Been Good To Me/ Sending Up My Timber/ THE FIVE SINGING STARS: Jesus Is Using Me/ You Can If You Will/ THE GOSPEL CONSOLATORS: Deliver Me/ Going On With Jesus/ THE GOSPELAIRES: I Didn't Know/ I'll Fly Away/ I've Got It/ If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again/ Joy, Joy, Joy/ Judgement/ Mother's Journey/ My Work Was Not In Vain/ On My Way To Heaven/ Trouble No More/ Wonderful Jesus/ SISTER BARBARA JONES & GROUP: Be Ready/ There's A City Over There/ THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY: Ain't Got Long Here/ Jesus Lead Us Safely/ THE ORIG. FIVE BLIND BOYS OF MISS.: I Call On Jesus/ Time To Think About The Lord/ THE PARAMOUNT SINGERS: Mother/ My Jesus Is All The World To Me/ Shall We Meet/ Work And Pray On/ THE PILGRIM JUBILEE SINGERS: Evening Sun/ Stretch Out/ REV. CLEOPHUS ROBINSON & SISTER JOSEPHINE JAMES: By And By/ When I Arose/ THE SENSATIONAL NIGHTINGALES: Over In Zion/ Who Is That/ THE SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS QUARTET: 'Twill Be Glory/ Doctor Jesus/ THE SUNSET TRAVELERS: Lazarus/ Move These Things/ REV. W.C. TRAMMELL: I'll Be Satisfied/ CLARA WARD: Pay Day/ Redeemed/ Time Is Winding Up/ Whosoever Will/ THE WARD SINGERS: Come On/ Were You There

VARIOUS ARTISTS Chrome Dreams 5078 The Roots Of Drone ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 37 tracks, 126 mins, highly recommended, but not for everybody
Although so many of these "Roots Of" collections ("Roots Of Rockabilly," "Roots Of Bob Dylan," etc.) are kind of getting burnt out, This collection takes on a brave new frontier: "Drone" music. Drone is a term that can be applied to a variety of music, but the Electronic, Experimental and Industrial musical movements are probably what most would consider to be using the "Drone" sound. Not being the most technically minded, I will leave it up to Wikipedia to define Drone as: "A drone effect can be achieved through a sustained sound or through repetition of a note. It most often establishes a tonality upon which the rest of the piece is built. A drone can be instrumental, vocal or both." So what are the "Roots of Drone," you might ask? Well, a lot of fantastic and esoteric music can certainly qualify. On this collection you get Blues by John Lee Hooker - Wandering Blues, and Howlin' Wolf - I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline,) Jazz from Miles Davis So What, Gospel from Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers - Come and go to That Land, and The Swan Silvertones - Trouble My Way. There's also Indian music from Ravi Shankar, Tibetan music, music from The Wam Tribe of New Guinea, Classical music, Country music, vintage experimental music by the likes of John Cage ("4:33" of silence, doesn't get more Drone than that,) and of course Sleepwalk by Santo & Johnny!! Wagner, Bo Diddley, One String Sam, Rolf Harris, the Scots Guard, Miklos Rozsa, Clarence Ashley, and many more. I found all kinds of fantastic and mind-expanding stuff on this collection, and although I certainly won't recommend it for just anybody, if you want to go on a brave musical journey, than definitely take this trip. (JM)
CLARENCE ASHLEY: The Coo-Coo Bird/ BATUTA, RUMANIA: Batuta, Rumania/ SIR THOMAS BEECHAM & THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHEST: Haydn Symphony No 104 'London' (Spiritoso)/ THE BORODIN QUARTET: Shostakovich String Quartet #4 in D, Op 83-4 Allegretto/ JOHN CAGE: 4:33/ AUSTIN COLEMAN, JOE WASHINGTON & GROUP: Good Lord (Run Old Jeremiah)/ SAM COOKE & THE SOUL STIRRERS: Come and Go To That Land/ MILES DAVIS: So What/ VEENA DHANAMMAL: Nijamarmamulan Raga Umabharanam Chro05078/ BO DIDDLEY: She's Alright/ Signifying Blues/ GEORGE FORMBY: Hindoo Man/ ROLF HARRIS: Sun Arise/ HOWLIN' WOLF: I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)/ FLOYD JONES: On the Road Again/ KHUDA BOX MANDRANI: Lero, Baluchistan/ YVES KLEIN: Monotone Symphony/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Wandering Blues/ PIPE MAJOR MACINTOSH: Pibroch o' Donald Dubh/ EFISIO MELIS: Mediana/ MONKS OF THE KUME TARSANG MONASTERY OF L: The Eternal Voice/ LOU MONTE: The Shiek Of Araby/ ONE STRING SAM: I Need A Hundred Dollars/ THE ORIGINAL UDAY SHANKAR COMPANY OF HINDU M: Raga Bhairava/ THE PIPES & DRUMS OF THE 2ND BATTALION SCOTS: Skye Boat Song/ FIDDLIN' ECK ROBERTSON: Sally Goodin/ MIKLOS ROZSA: Ben Hur/ GIACINTO SCELSI: Trio For Stings/ RAVI SHANKAR: Raga Simhendra Madhyamam/ JAMES SHORTY & VIOLA JAMES CONGREGATION: Jesus on the Main Line/ THE HARRY SIMEONE CHORALE: The Little Drummer Boy/ THE SWAN SILVERTONES: Trouble In My Way/ WAGNER: Rheingold Prelude (Conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch)/ WAM TRIBE NEW GUINEA: Live Beetle Jew's Harp/ MUDDY WATERS: Mannishi Boy/ WEBERN: Five Pieces For Orchestra (Third Movement)/ LA MONTE YOUNG: For Brass

VARIOUS ARTISTS El Toro 1053 El Mexican Rock And Roll, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
29 tracks, recommended
Complementing El Toro 1028 this is another entertaining collection devoted to the early years of rock 'n' roll in Mexico. The first volume covered the years 1955 to 1957 and this one covers 1956 to 1959. Many of the artists on the first volume were long active bands doing rock 'n' roll tunes with a big band flavor - often incorporating elements of Mexican music. On this volume we see the emergence of younger performers and the records have a more driving rock 'n' roll swing to them though the emphasis is still on larger jazzy groups than was the norm in the USA. Apart from Juan Garcia Esquivel who moved to the U.S.A. and became known as Esquivel most of the artists will be unknown in this country. Many of the songs are covers of U.S. rock 'n' roll hits like Rock Around The Clock/ See You Later Alligator/ Heartbreak Hotel/ Sh Boom, etc. and there is even a cover of The Platters' My Prayer by Los Cinco Latinos who do a nice job though sounding nothing like doo-wop. The teenage Los Lunaticos do the fascinating Elvis Perez which switches from mariachi to rock 'n' roll with the lead singer imitating The King. A thoroughly enjoyable and important collection with an excellent 8 page booklet with lots of illustrations and notes on all the artists. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 070 Let Me Tell You About The Blues - Detroit ● CD $22.98 $14.98
Three CDs, 75 tracks, highly recommended
Very limited quantities at sale price. Although Detroit had substantial African-American population in the 40s and 50s it didn't have a significant recording industry catering to that population until the arrival of Motown. Of the handful of record labels that existed only Jack Brown's Fortune label had any kind of national distribution. Other labels like JVB and Sensation were primarily local endeavors though owners Joe Von Battle and Bernie Bessman were able to achieve some degree of distribution through license deals with bigger independents - the most notable being the recordings of John Lee Hooker whose licensing deal with Modern was to lead to his subsequent success. This fine collection of 75 sides is therefore only a snapshot of what was a thriving musical scene in the 40s and 50s. The first two discs are devoted to down home and country blues and includes several of the more obscure Hooker titles plus a couple of the field recordings made in 1938 by superb country bluesmen Calvin Frazier and Sampson Pittman. There are some amazing cuts by Robert Richard and Walter Mitchell featuring two harmonicas, singer/ harmonica player Eddie Burns, singer guitarist Sylvester Cotton (including his delightfully risque Sak Relation Blues), the last recordings of Big Maceo, early sides by Louisiana Red issued as by Playboy Fuller and much more. The third disc is devoted to the urban jump blues style and includes sides by Paul Williams, T.J. Fowler, Wild Bill Moore, Maurice King & His Wolverines, Joe Weaver and His Blue Notes and others. Booklet has informative but brief notes by Neil Slaven but no discographical data. Sound quality is excellent. Most of these tracks have been out before but it's nice to have these together in a well compiled collection. (FS)
ALBERTA ADAMS: Remember/ BIG MACEO: Without You My Life Don't Mean A Thing/ Worried Life Blues No 2/ JOHN BRIM: Bus Driver/ Mean Man Blues/ Strange Man/ EDDIE BURNS: Dealing With The Devil/ Hello Miss Jessie Lee/ Where Did You Stay Last Night/ SYLVESTER COTTON: Sak-Relation Blues/ Stormy Weather Blues/ Ugly Woman Blues/ DETROIT COUNT: Hastings Street Opera (Part 1)/ Hastings Street Opera (Part 2)/ Little Tillie Willie/ ANDREW DUNHAM: Hattie Mae/ Sweet Lucy/ T.J. FOWLER: Red Hot Blues/ Say Baby Say/ T.J. Boogie/ CALVIN FRAZIER: A Double Crossing Woman/ Got Nobody To Tell My Troubles To/ Little Baby Child/ Rock House/ PLAYBOY FULLER: Gonna Play My Guitar/ Sugar Cane Highway/ L.C. GREEN: 38 Pistol Blues/ Goin' Down To The River Blues/ Hastings Street Boogie/ LENA HALL: Five Long Years/ ROBERT HENRY: Old Battle Ax/ HARVEY HILL: She Fool Me/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Henry's Swing Club/ I Do Like I Please/ I'm A Boogie Man/ I'm In The Mood/ Never Satisfied/ No More Doggin'/ JOHNNY HOWARD: Dark Night Blues/ Natural Man Blues/ SAM KELLY: Ramblin' Around Blues/ MAURICE KING & HIS WOLVERINES: I Feel So Good/ I Want A Lavender Cadillac/ EDDIE KIRKLAND: It's Time For Lovin' To Be Done/ No Shoes/ That's All Right/ THE KOOL KATS: That's The Best I Can Do For You Blues/ LITTLE MISS SHARECROPPER: I Want To Rock/ WALTER MITCHELL: Pet Milk Blues/ Stop Messin' Around/ WILD BILL MOORE: Burnt Toast/ We're Gonna Rock/ ONE STRING SAM: I Need A $100.00/ My Baby Ooo/ SLIM PICKENS: Notoriety Woman/ SAMPSON PITTMAN: Highway 61 Blues/ ROBERT RICHARD: Cadillac Woman/ Root Hog/ GIP (SANDMAN) ROBERTS: No One Monkey Goin' To Run My Show/ EMMIT SLAY: Beulah/ Looky Ploot/ HENRY SMITH: Good Rockin' Mama/ Lonesome Blues/ KITTY STEVENSON: It Ain't Right/ JAMES TAYLOR: Little Bitty Woman/ JOE VON BATTLE: Lookin' For My Woman/ BABY BOY WARREN: Chicken/ Hello Stranger/ My Special Friend Blues/ Sanafee (Not Welcome Anymore)/ WASHBOARD WILLIE: Washboard Blues (Part 1)/ JOE WEAVER & HIS BLUE NOTES: J.B. Boogie/ PAUL WILLIAMS: The Hucklebuck/ Thirty-Five-Thirty/ SONNY WILSON: The Rainy Day Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Indigo 2537 The Devil's Music ● CD $22.98 $12.98
3 CDs, 49 tracks, 181 minutes, highly recommended
We've turned up a few more copies of this fine, and much in demand, out of print set. At the beginning of 1976, a small four-man crew and Giles Oakley set off from the UK to travel the deep South, Chicago and New York, to work exclusively on a documentary that became a five-part series which aired on BBC television as The Devil's Music. This 3-CD set stands as proof of how valuable Oakley's work was. Disc one includes fascinating songs by Sam Chatmon (Stop And Listen/ Sam's Rag/ Who's Gonna Love You Tonight), Big Joe Williams (Highway 49/ Watergate Blues), and Bukka White (Aberdeen, Mississippi), as well as juke performers like Sonny Blake, Joe Willie Wilkins (Mr. Downchild is superb), and Houston Stackhouse with a fine version of the tried-and-true Mean Red Spider, then continues with Fenton Robinson and Billy Boy Arnold laying down some effective rocking Chicago style blues. Disc two contains fine outings by Good Rockin' Charles, Little Brother Montgomery, and Henry Townsend, but James Deshay is startling on a half-dozen, especially his gripping version of Crossroads, worth the price of admission for its blazing juke-joint guitar. Disc three collects eleven 'live' performances from the 1963 American Folk Blues Festival with Memphis Slim taking four slots, Sonny Boy Williamson gets five (and he's masterful on each), and Matt "Guitar" Murphy has two blistering instrumentals, including a great Taking Off. Sound quality runs from good to superb (a few of the juke-joint recordings are a somewhat muddy) and Neil Slaven's liner notes are well-done and informative. The eight-page booklet has some great photos but recording details are scant and need to be extracted from the notes. Considering almost all of the performers on this set are now gone, it does them justice by showing how vital and strong they were during these periods. A wonderful match to this would be the BBC digging out the series and transferring it to DVD... let's hope this happens! (CR)

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77154 Memphis Marvels - Memphis Gospel, 1927-1960 ● CD $28.98
Just arrived. Another great gospel collection compiled by Opal Louis Nations - this time devoted to Memphis artists or artists recorded in Memphis. Four CDs with 105 tracks. Although it includes recordings from the 1920s and 30s the majority of sides are from the 1940s and 50s and in addition to many very rare 78s it also includes some unissued songs from radio transcriptions. Artists include The Gospel Travelers, Southern Wonders, A.C. & Blind Mamie Forehand, The Sunset Travelers (with O.V. Wright), Sons Of Jehova, Spirit Of Memphis Quartet, The Silvertones, I.C. Glee Quartet, The Prisonaires, Hunki-Dori and others.
JAMES ANDERSON & THE ANDERSON HARMONEERS: Something Within Me/ QUEEN C. ANDERSON & THE BREWSTER SINGERS: Bank In The Sky/ Jesus Is The Perfect Answer/ These Are They/ QUEEN C. ANDERSON W THE BREWSTER ENSEMBLE: I Never Heard Of A City/These Are They/ THE ANGEL VOICES: Tell The Angels/ Walkin' & Talkin' With Jesus/ THE BETHEL QUARTET: Jesus, The Light Of The World/ So Glad I've Got The Stone/ THE BREWSTER SINGERS: So Glad I've Got Good Religion/ The Old Landmark/ THE BREWSTERAIRES: Bye And Bye I Will See Jesus/ Hold On/ Jasper Walls/ King's Highway/ More Of Jesus And Less Of Me/ That's Enough/ Treading The Wine Press Alone/ Wait Until My Change Comes/ When We Shall Meet Face To Face/ Where Shall I Be When That First Trumpet Sounds/ THE DIXIE NIGHTINGALES: I've Got A New Home/ In My Savior's Care/ A.C. & BLIND MAMIE FOREHAND: Honey In The Rock/ I Wouldn't Mind Dying If Dying Was All, No 1/ I Wouldn't Mind Dying If Dying Was All, No 2/ I'm So Glad Today/ THE FOUR STARS: That's Enough For Me To Know/ Way Up On High/ THE I.C. GLEE QUARTET: All My Sins Been Taken Away/ If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again/ Riding On The Seminol/ When They Ring Dem Golden Bells/ THE GOSPEL TRAVELERS: God's Chariot, Pt 1/ God's Chariot, Pt 2/ There's A Man at Your Door/ REV. W. HERBERT BREWSTER & HIS CAMP MEETING OF T: Give Me That Old Time Religion/ The Hope Of This World Is Jesus/ HUNKI-DORI: Down Home/ I Hear The Savior Calling/ Old Time Religion/ Workin' On The Building/ THE JONES BROS: Gospel Train/ THE JONES BROTHERS: Look To Jesus/ THE PRISONAIRES: Frank Clement (What About)/ Softly And Tenderly/ A Prisoner's Prayer/ THE SILVERTONES: Swing Swing/ These Bones Gonna Rise Again/ What A Beautiful City/ THE SONGBIRDS OF THE SOUTH: 99 1/2 Won't Do/ He Is Able/ Jesus Met The Woman At The Well/ Where Could I Go/ THE SONS OF JEHOVAH: High Cost Of Living/ I John Saw/ It's Me Lord/ Jesus Hear My Plea/ Jesus Hold My Hand/ On An Island/ On Calvary/ Rock My Soul In The Bosom Of Abraham/ Something Within/ Teach Me (Our Prayer)/ Teach Me Lord/ The Holy Bible/ WDIA Saturday Song/ WDIA Song/ Waiting For Me/ We Are Blessed/ What Could I Do/ Keep Me And Teach Me/ THE SOUTHERN JUBILEE SINGERS: Blessed Be The Name/ Forgive Me Lord/ He Never Left Me Alone/ There's A Man In Jerusalem/ THE SOUTHERN WONDERS: As An Eagle Stirreth Her Nest/ Come On Over Here/ Gambling Man/ How Much More Can I Bear/ I Was A Sinner/ I'll Fly Away/ Lord, Stand By Me/ More Like Jesus/ My Jesus Is All/ Thank You, Jesus/ The Chapel/ There Is Rest For The Weary/ Who Is That Knocking?/ THE SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS QUARTET: Happy In The Service Of The Lord/ How Many Times/ I'll Be Satisfied/ Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jerico and other songs - medley/ Milky White Way/ My Life Is In His Hands/ Sweet Honey In The Rock/ THE SPIRIT OF ST. JAMES: Any Way You Bless Me Lord/ I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray/ THE SUNSET TRAVELERS: I Am Building A Home/ My Number Will Be Changed/ Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down/ Yes, Yes, I've Done My Duty/ Lazarus/ Move These Things/ UNKNOWN: I'm Working On The Building

VARIOUS ARTISTS Not Now 369 The Very Best Of Burlesque ● CD $9.98
2 CDs, 50 tracks, 138 mins, highly recommended
Nearly naked girls have had quite a soundtrack over the years. This swell collection gathers up a Double-D-cups worth of the sleaziest, horniest and just plain down & dirtiest tunes that were ever bumped and grinded to. The usual suspects you would expect to hear are here, like The Stripper by David Rose, Harlem Nocturne by The Viscounts, Cherokee by Earl Bostic, Walkin' With Mr. Lee by Lee Allen, and Honky Tonk (Part 2.) by Bill Doggett, etc. Plenty of Louis Prima, Link Wray, Dizzy Gillespie, and more to swing those hips to. Lots of great surprises are peppered throughout this collection and those are what really give this CD its high recommendation. Tracks like: Satellite Baby by Roosevelt Sykes, More Bounce To The Ounce by The Lynn Hope Quintet, Do You Want It? by Julia Lee, Cab Calloway's version of The Honey Dripper, Bull Moose Jackson with Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style Again, and so on. If you don't have a good time listening to this collection, you might want to check your pulse. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Proper BOX 28 Gettin' Funky - The Birth Of New Orleans R&B ● CD $26.98 $17.98
Four CDs, 107 tracks, 294 minutes, highly recommended
Disc one is devoted to "Piano Power" containing 28 cuts from Champion Jack Dupree, Professor Longhair, and Archibald while disc two offers 26 cuts from "The Pioneers;" Dave Bartholomew, Paul Gayten, and Smiley Lewis. The third disc collects "The Hitmakers" with 28 sides from Roy Brown, Fats Domino, and Larry Darnell, where the final CD focuses on "Hip Shakin' Mamas, Crooners, and Shouters" with 25 gems from Chubby Newsome, Alma 'The Lollipop Mama' Mondy, 'Blazer Boy' Locks, Erline Harris, Jewel King, and others. From Champion Jack's early down-home style, to the uptown grace of Dave Bartholomew's band, and Professor Longhair's combining of calypso, blues, Latin, and more, the powerful horns, riffing guitars, and battered pianos tell the story of New Orleans. The set comes with a 54-page booklet loaded with solid notes, rare photos, and a full discography. Wonderful. (CR)
ARCHIBALD: Ballin' With Archie/ Crescent City Bounce/ Little Miss Muffet/ My Gal/ Shake Baby Shake/ She's Scattered Everywhere/ Stack-A-Lee, Pts. 1and2/ JOE "GOOGLE EYE" AUGUST: I Cried/ Just to Be Home With You/ DAVE BARTHOLOMEW: Ain't Gonna Do It (Rest of My Life)/ Basin Street Breakdown/ Country Boy/ Gert Town Blues/ Good Jax Boogie/ Messy Bessie/ Mr. Fool/ Nickel Wine/ Pyramid/ ROY BROWN: (The Girls In) Big Town/ Good Rockin' Tonight/ Lolly Pop Mama/ Long About Midnight/ Miss Fanny Brown/ Please Don't Go/ Rainy Waether Blues/ Ridin' High/ Rock-A-Bye-Baby/ Rockin' at Midnight/ Roy Brown Boogie/ Special Lesson, No. 1/ Woman's a Wonderful Thing/ HOSIE DWINE CRAVEN: Mercury Boogie/ LARRY DARNELL: For You My Love/ I'll Get Along Somehow Pts. 1 and 2/ Lost My Baby/ FATS DOMINO: Boogie Woogie Baby/ Brand New Baby/ Careless Love/ Detroit City Blues/ Every Night About This Time/ Hey! Fat Man/ Hey! La Bas Boogie/ Hide Away Blues/ Korea Blues/ Little Bee/ She's My Baby/ The Fat Man/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Big Time Mama/ Dupree Shake Dance/ Junker Blues/ PAUL GAYTEN: Baby, What's New?/ Backtrackin' (Dr. Daddy-O)/ Confused/ Fishtails/ I Ain't Gonna Let You In/ I'll Never Be Free/ My Rough and Ready Man/ Now That You're Gone/ You Oughta Know/ You Shouldn't/ ERLINE HARRIS: I Never Missed My Baby/ Jump and Shout/ JOHNSON BROTHERS COMBO: Mellow Woman Blues/ JEWEL KING: 3x7=21/ Don't Marry Too Soon/ I Broke My Mothr's Rule/ I'll Get By/ SMILEY LEWIS: Dirty People/ Growing Old/ If You Ever Loved a Woman/ Lowdown/ My Baby Was Right/ Slide Me Down/ Where Were You?/ JAMES "BLAZER BOY" LOCKS: Blazer Boy Blues/ New Orleans Women Blues/ ALMA "THE LOLLIPOP MAMA" MONDY: A Job for a Jockey/ Baby Get Wise/ Boogie's the Thing/ Miss Lollipop's Confession/ She Won't Leave No More/ Streetwalkin' Daddy/ CHUBBY NEWSOME: Back Bitin' Woman/ Bedroom Blues/ Chubby's Confession/ Close to Train Time/ Hip Shakin' Mama/ New Orleans Lover Man/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: Bald Head/ Been Fooling Around/ Between Night and Day (In the Wee Wee Hours)/ Boogie Woogie/ Byrd's Blues/ Hadacol Bounce/ Her Mind Is Gone/ Hey Little Girl/ Hey Now Baby/ Hey Now Baby/ Longhair Stomp/ Longhair's Blues-Rhumba/ Mardi Gras in New Orleans/ Oh Well/ Professor Longhair Blues/ She Walks Right In/ Walk Your Blues Away/ Willie Mae/ TOMMY RIDGLEY: Shrewsbury Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rhino (UK) 79757 After Hours: The Collection, 1965-1974 ● CD $37.98
3CD, 75 tracks, highly recommended
Surprisingly no frills (i.e. no liner notes) compilation of Northern Soul from the record vaults of the Atlantic, Atco, Loma, Reprise, and Warner Bros. labels cut during the years 1965 to 1974. As would be expected of a compilation created by Northern Soul DJs, there's a lot danceable music to be had here from a wide variety of artists, from all levels of music notoriety. Given the fact that the "Northern Soul" tag didn't apply to R&B records necessarily, the variety of artists is quite astonishing: everyone from The Coasters to Ella Fitzgerald, from The Marketts to Joanie Sommers. That said, there's some storming cuts from The Blossoms (That's When the Tears Start), Bobby Womack (Find Me Somebody), Esther Phillips (Catch Me I'm Falling), Hal Frazier (After Closing Time), Archie Bell and the Drells (Here I Go Again), Percy Sledge (Baby Help Me), and Darlene Love (Too Late To Say You're Sorry). And that's just for starters. The pleasures of this CD are too numerous to mention, but I will say that being able to hear early tracks from The Pointer Sisters, Sister Sledge, and The Three Degrees is definitely a treat. Some might consider three discs, with no proper notation, to be overkill, but if you're the type who can appreciate hearing later period Mary Wells and The Drifters, or Leslie Uggams doing her damnest to "rock out", then this set is for you. (GMC)
BEN AIKEN: Satisfied/ THE AMBASSADORS: Good Love Gone Bad/ THE APOLLAS: Mr. Creator/ THE ASTORS: In The Twilight Zone/ THE HARVEY AVERNE DOZEN: Think It Over/ DARRELL BANKS: Angel Baby (Don't You Ever Leave Me)/ ARCHIE BELL AND THE DRELLS: A Thousand Wonders/ Here I Go Again/ THE BIG GUYS: Hang My Head And Cry/ THE BLOSSOMS: That's When The Tears Start/ VALERIE & BOBBY CAPERS: West 4th Street/ ALICE CLARK: You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me)/ THE COASTERS: Crazy Baby/ JOHNNY COPELAND: Sufferin' City/ DAVID & RUBEN: I Love Her So Much It Hurts Me/ THE DELIGHTS ORCHESTRA: King Of The Horse/ THE DRIFTERS: You Got To Pay Your Dues/ THE DYNELLS: Call On Me/ LORRAINE ELLISON: I Got My Baby Back/ THE EMBERS: Where Did I Go Wrong/ ELLA FITZGERALD: Get Ready/ HAL FRAZIER: After Closing Time/ CARL HALL: Mean It Baby/ CAJUN HART: Got To Find A Way/ JIMMY HUGHES: Slippin' Around With You/ THE INNOCENT BYSTANDERS: Frantic Escape/ DEON JACKSON: Ooh Baby/ LINDA JONES: A Last Minute Miracle/ Just Can't Live My Life/ My Heart Needs A Break/ DELILAH KEENEBRUEW: Bright Lights/ BEN E. KING: I Can't Break The News To Myself/ PATTI LABELLE & THE BLUEBELLS: You Forgot How To Love/ LARRY LASTER: Go For Yourself/ BARBARA LEWIS: I Remember The Feeling/ LIFE: Tell Me Why/ DARLENE LOVE: Too Late To Say You're Sorry/ BARBARA LYNN: Take Your Love And Run/ This Is The Thanks I Get/ You're Losing Me/ TAMI LYNN: I'm Gonna Run Away From You/ THE MARKETTS: Stirrin' Up Some Soul/ THE MARVELLOS: Something's Burnin'/ CLIFF NOBLES: My Love Is Getting Stronger/ THE PATTERSON SINGERS: How Can You Say That Ain't Love/ AL PERKINS: Nothing Is Impossible/ ESTHER PHILLIPS: Catch Me I'm Falling/ Just Say Goodbye/ PLUS 4: Happiest Girl In The World/ THE POINTER SISTERS: Send Him Back/ THE MIKE POST COALITION: Afternoon Of The Rhino/ LOU RAGLAND: Since You Said You'd Be Mine/ ROY REDMOND: Ain't That Terrible/ VALA REEGAN & THE VALARONS: Fireman/ WENDY RENE: Bar-B-Q/ BOBBY SHEEN: Something New To Do/ SISTER SLEDGE: Love Don't Go Through No Changes On Me/ PERCY SLEDGE: Baby Help Me/ JOANIE SOMMERS: Don't Pity Me/ THE SOUL BROTHERS SIX: I'll Be Loving You/ Thank You Baby For Loving Me/ THE STOVALL SISTERS: Yes To The Lord/ WILLIE TEE: I Want Somebody (To Show Me The Way Back Home)/ THE TEEN TURBANS: We Need To Be Loved/ CHARLES THOMAS: Man With The Golden Touch/ THE THREE DEGREES: Contact/ TONY & TYRONE: Please Operator/ IKE & TINA TURNER: Somebody (Somewhere) Needs Me/ LESLIE UGGAMS: Don't You Even Care/ THE VOICE BOX: I Want It Back (Your Love)/ THE WATTS 103RD. STREET RHYTHM BAND: The Joker (On A Trip Thru The Jungle)/ MARY WELLS: Can't You See (You're Losing Me)/ Keep Me In Suspense/ BOBBY WILSON: Feels Good/ BOBBY WOMACK: Find Me Somebody

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rhythm & Blues 012 Rumba Blues - The Mambo Years ● CD $16.98
30 tracks, 75 mins, essential
If there's anything that gets a woman's hips movin' quicker than the Mambo, I'd like to know what it is. Nothing gets them swinging like that great Rumba beat and here's a collection of nothing but top notch tunes with that irresistible beat. A lot of the usual suspects are here: Smiley Lewis with One Night, Ruth Brown with Mambo Baby, Little Richard with Slippin' and Slidin', The Clovers Lovey Dovey" etc. Then there are some fantastic rarer cuts like Thirteen Women by Dickie Thompson and song that Bill Haley would sell a lot more records with, but not come close to topping. Then you have Salty Dog by Marvin Phillips, an amazing version of Baby Please Don't Go by the mighty obscure New Orleans singer Rose Mitchell with Dave Bartholomew and band backing), and John Lee Hooker even gets into the act with Mambo Chillun. plus Jimmy McCracklin, Eddie Bo, Bo Diddley, Huey "Piano" Smith, Big Maybelle, Illinois Jacquet, Clyde McPhatter, and so many more greats. Every single song on here is fantastic; I said it and I will stand by it! Comes with a super thick booklet with all kinds of notes and cool pics. If you only buy one Rhythm & Blues collection this month, make sure this is the one. (JM)
CHUCK BERRY: Drifting Heart/ EDDIE BO: Hey, Bo/ RUTH BROWN: Mambo Baby/ THE CLOVERS: Lovey Dovey/ BO DIDDLEY: Bo Diddley/ JUNIOR GORDON: Blow Wind Blow/ THE GRIFFIN BROTHERS: Griff's Mambo Bad/ GUITAR GABLE: Congo Mombo/ CHUCK HIGGINS: Dye-Ooh Mambo/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Mambo Chillun/ JOE HOUSTON: Mambo/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Evil So/ ILLINOIS JACQUET: Mambocito Mio/ ELMORE JAMES: Can't Stop Loving/ DUKE JENKINS: Mambo Blues/ SMILEY LEWIS: One Night Long/ NEIL LEWIS AND HIS QUINTET: Harlem Nocturne/ LITTLE RICHARD: Slippin' And Slidin'/ BIG MAYBELLE: New Kind Of Mambo/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: I Cried/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Thirty Days/ ROSE MITCHELL: Baby Please Don't Go/ MARVIN PHILLIPS: Salty Dog Tears/ THE PLATTERS & LINDA HAYES: Let's Babalu Me/ CHRIS POWELL & THE BLUE FLAMES: Mambo Gunch/ CANDY RIVERS & THE FALCONS: Mambo Baby To-Nite/ BOB ROUBAIN WITH CLIFFIE STONE: Here Comes The Train/ HUEY "PIANO" SMITH: We Like Mambo/ DICKIE THOMPSON: Thirteen Women/ CHUCK WILLIS: I Feel So Bad

JIMMY WITHERSPOON Jazz Beat 539 Singin' The Blues ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, 73 mins, recommended
Fine selection of sides from this great blues shouter with 20 tracks from 1958 and two from 1970. The first 12 sides reissues his complete "Singin' The Blues" album originally issued on Pacific Jazz with 'Spoon in the company of jazz giants like Gerlad Wilson or "Sweets" Edison/ tp, Teddy Edwards & Jimmy Allen/ ts, Hampton Hawes and others. There are seven cuts from the same year recorded for Constellation with a smaller group with Edwrads, pianist Paul Moer and others and the final 1958 sides is one side of his obscure Rip single. The last two cuts from 1970 were recorded for ABC with Edison, Plas Johnson, Mel Brown and others. Spoon's singing is a joy ranging from full throttle blues shouting to low key and sensitive and the bands provide superb accompaniments. The material is a mix of old favorites (When I've Been Drinking/ When The Lights Go Out/ 'Taint Nobody's Business/ Goin' To Chicago Blues, etc.) and newer songs (All That's Good/ In Blues/ Cry The Blues/ Spoon's Beep Beep Blues, etc.). Sound quality is superb and 16 page booklet features the original liner notes to the Pacific Jazz album along with new notes by Bernard Lee. (FS)


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