Since our Second Time Around listings are so popular this list includes some great releases which have been out for a while but you may have missed them the first time we listed them.To avoid you getting possible duplicates we have added  asterisks (**) after these particular titles.


CLASSIC BLUES ARTWORK FROM THE 1920S - 2018 CALENDAR        Blues Images 218 ● CD $21.98
Calendar plus 24 track CD, essential
Ace record collector John Tefteller strikes again. Here is his latest calendar / CD collection drawing on incredibly rare recordings and artwork from his collection with the recordings remastered using the techniques developed for the "American Epic" TV series resulting in music that has an astonishing depth and clarity. The disc opens with one of my favorite Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe tracks "Frisco Train" which is complemented in the calendar with an ad featuring a wonderful early photo of the two. There are tracks here (illustrated in the calendar) by Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake, Tommy Johnson (the sublime Slidin' Delta) and The Beale Street Sheiks taken from Paramount 78s which are notorious for their bad sound quality - here they almost sound like freshly minted Columbias. Other artists featured in full page (12"x12") ads include Tampa Red & Georgia Tom, Blind Willie Johnson, Johnnie Temple (his gorgeous reworking of Skip James Devil Got My Woman), The Mississippi Moaner (a previously unpublished photo!) and Rev. Steamboat Bill's Revival Singers. The 32 page calendar also includes small reproductions of other ads, sample song lyrics, brief biographies and birth and death dates for many blues artists. The CD includes both sides of a newly discovered 78 by The Memphis Jug Band, the flip of sides from the calendar by Tommy Johnson, Charley Patton, Blind Lemon, Johnnie Temple & Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie along with great and rare sides by "Hi" Henry Brown and Sam Butler (Boll Weavil Jackson). I've said it before and I'll say it again - John Tefteller is a real hero in making available to the world so much great music and artwork. We might never have known about these treasures it weren't for his willingness to unselfishly share his finds and I know, for fact, that he isn't doing it for the money. Thanks John! (FS)
THE BEALE STREET SHEIKS: Wasnít That Dogginí Me/ BLIND BLAKE: Hard Road Blues/ "HI" HENRY BROWN: Brown Skin Angel/ Hospital Blues/ SAM BUTLER AKA BO WEAVIL JACKSON: The Devil And My Brown/ You Canít Keep No Brown/ BERTHA HENDERSON WITH BLIND BLAKE: Lead Hearted Blues/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Weary Dogs Blues/ Hot Dogs/ BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON: God Moves On The Water/ TOMMY JOHNSON: I Wonder To Myself/ Slidiní Delta/ JAB JONES AND THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND: My Love Is Cold/ Poor Jab Blues/ KANSAS JOE & MEMPHIS MINNIE: Frisco Town/ KANSAS JOE AND MEMPHIS MINNIE: Goiní Back To Texas/ THE MISSISSIPPI MOANER: Itís Cold In China Blues/ CHARLEY NICKERSON & THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND: Going Back To Memphis/ CHARLEY PATTON: Mississippi Boweavil Blues/ Screaminí And Holleriní The Blues/ REV. STEAMBOAT BILLíS REVIVAL SINGERS: Happy As The Day Is Long/ TAMPA RED & GEORGIA TOM: Strewiní Your Mess/ JOHNNIE (GEECHIE) TEMPLE: Jacksonville Blues/ The Evil Devil Blues



JERRY LEE LEWIS Time Life 19406 Greatest Live Performances Of The '50s, '60s and '70s** ● DVD $19.98
13 songs, 71 mins, black & white/ color, very highly recommended
A great selection of (mostly) live performances by The Killer drawn from TV shows broadcast in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The opening performance is the highlight of this DVD featuring a wonderfully demented performance of Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On from his first TV performance on the Steve Allen Show in July 1957 which is worth the price of admission. This is followed by two (rather badly) lip-synched performances from Dewey Phillips Pop Shop in December of the same year and a fine, if relatively tame performance of Breathless from the Dick Clark show in February, 1958. Skip ahead to 1964 and a great 30 minute show from British TV with Jerry Lee in fine form on a collection of six rockers and country songs ending with a storming version of Whole Lotta Shakin'. Excerpts of this have appeared elsewhere but I believe this is the first time it has been reissued in its entirety. From the 70s with Jerry Lee back on top as country singer we have three performances from Ralph Emery's "Country Goes Pop" TV show ending with Jerry Lee duetting on vocals and pianos with his cousin Mickey Gilley on a medley of pop and R&B songs including a hot version of Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee and a killer rendition of Lewis Boogie. Bonus features include a fascinating 20 minute interview with Jerry Lee at the original Sun studios where he discusses his early years as well a trailer for the 1958 movie "High School Confidential" where Jerry Lee performed the theme song. (FS)

FATS WALLER Screen Edge 56 This Joint Is Jumping** ● DVD $13.98
Black & white/ color, 52 mins, highly recommended
Delightful documentary on the life and music of the great Fats Waller includes narration by his son Maurice Waller as well as fellow musicians like Eddie Barefield, Marshall Royal, Sammy Price and others including the widow of Andy Razaf who had helped write the lyrics to some of Fats's most famous numbers. Includes a dozen musical excerpts from Fats - some from records but mostly from film clips including Do Me A Favor/ Got Religion In My Soul/ I'm Livin' In A Great Big Way/ The Joint Is Jumpin'/ Honeysuckle Rose/ Your Feet's Too Big/ Handful Of Keys/ Ain't Misbehavin' and more. An entertaining and informative production with excellent video and sound quality on the vintage film clips (FS)



SIDNEY BECHET Masters Of Music 545508 Essential Original Albums ● CD $28.98
Three CD set reissuing six LPs by this giant of traditional jazz and master of the clarinet and soprano sax. The first CD reissues the two volumes of "Genius Of Soprano Sax" which mostly featured recordings made in the U.S. between 1932 and 1941 from various sessions in the company of musicians like Tommy Ladnier, Rex Stewart, Charlie Shavers, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, Zutty Singleton and others along with a live recording made in Paris in 1952 with Claude Luter & his Orchestra of one of his most beloved tunes Petite Fleur. In 1950 he settled in Paris where his music received much greater appreciation than in his home country and the rest of the recordings here were made in France or Belgium. The second CD includes "Sidney Bechet - Martial Solal" where he duets with the French pianist accompanied by bass and drums and "New Orleans In Paris" featuring 1952 recordings made in Paris with Lil Hardin Armstrong and Zutty Singleton. The third CD includes "Brussels 1958" which also features him with a group of visiting American jazzmen along with Sarah Vaughan on vocals and finally the LP "Bechet Souveniers" recorded in Paris in 1952 with French clarinetist Claude Luter with Andre Reweliotty's MImosa Jazzband. Consistently fine music throughout with superb sound and a 20 page booklet with notes, photos and full discographical info. (FS)

EDDIE BO Ace CDCHD 1429 Baby I'm Wise - The Complete Ric Singles, 1959-1962 ● CD $18.98 $11.98
22 tracks, very highly recommended
Following on the heels of their excellent Johnny Adams collection (Ace 1424), comes this companion set of singles from the Ric and Ron labels' other stalwart artist, Eddie Bo. Eddie had knocked around with a couple of labels-including Apollo and Chess-before Ric head honcho Joe Ruffino snapped him up in 1959. A songwriter as well as performer (he penned Etta James' hit My Dearest Darling), Eddie had nine singles of his own material (often credited under a pseudonym) released during his time with Ric and none were more than regional New Orleans hits. And that's a shame since the likes of You Got Your Mojo Working/ Warm Daddy/ It Must Be Love, and his best known track Check Mr. Popeye, are the kind of songs that give the Crescent City its' stellar musical reputation. All nine of Eddie's 45s are here, plus four originally unissued masters making their debut on CD-of which Nothing Without You/ I'll Do Anything For You, and Ain't You Ashamed are the keepers. After his three years with Ric, Eddie, like Johnny Adams, drifted from label to label for the next three decades; however, it's these 22 sides that cement his status as one of New Orleans finest. (GMC)

THE BOSWELL SISTERS Acrobat 3208 Collection, 1925-1936 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, strongly recommended
Apart from the Storyville box set (not currently available) this is the most in depth retrospective of recordings made by Connie, Helvetia (Vet) and Martha Boswell - The Boswell Sisters. As popular harmony groups in the 30s go, The Boswells were the best, hippest and most influential, with fantastic three-part arrangements and swinging accompaniments - often by The Dorsey Brothers with guitarist Eddie Lang and violinist Joe Venuti frequently present. This superb collection opens with their first recording made for Victor in 1925 where the group sounds very immature and sound quality is marred by overuse of digital noise reduction. The story then picks up with the much more mature sisters in 1930 recording for OKeh, then Brunswick, where they made most of their recordings. It includes their 1933 recording of Rock And Roll - possibly the first song with that title. Other great tracks include It's The Girl/ Heebie Jeebies/ Was That The Human Thing To Do?/ Got The South In My Soul/ It Don't Mean A Thing If It Aint Got That Swing/ Louisiana Hayride/ Sophisticated Lady/ That's How Rhythm Was Born/ Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Day/ Alexander's Ragtime Band and many others. More than 80 years after they recorded the music of the Boswells sounds fresh and contemporary. Apart from the first tracks, the sound is excellent and the 20 page booklet has informative notes by Paul Watts and full discographical info. (FS)

BIG BILL BROONZY Soul Jam 60085 The Blues/ Big Bill's Blues ● CD $13.98 $10.98
22 tracks, 78 mins, strongly recommended
This excellent release reissue features two LPs originally issued in 1958, presumably, in the wake of his death that year. "The Blues" (Mercury 36137) features 12 sides issued on Mercury 78s in 1951. Eight of the tracks feature just Bill and his guitar accompanied by bassist Ransom Knowling and features superb singing and spectacular guitar playing from Bill on songs like Walkin' The Lonesome Road/ Hey, Hey/ Stump Blues and others. The remaining four Mercury sides features him with a small band with two saxes and are very much in the style he had been playing in throughout the 1940s. "Big Bill's Blues" (Columbia WL 111) features 10 songs recorded in Holland in 1956 and features Bill solo and in fine form on songs mostly familiar from his repertoire of the time - Trouble In Mind/ See See Rider/ When I've Been Drinkin' as well as few less common titles like Bossie Woman and Texas Tornado. Bill gives introductions to a number of the songs which make the performances even more appealing. Booklet has original notes, new notes and loads of illustrations. (FS)

ANITA CARTER Omni 123 Songbird** ● CD $17.98
28 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
She's June's sister, Maybelle's daughter, and her brother-in-law Johnny referred to her as "The Greatest Female Country Singer of Them All!" Anita Carter was a bit over-shadowed by having so many great talents in her family, but that didn't stop her from recording a deep catalog of fantastic Country music. This collection features Anita the songbird in fine solo performance, part of group harmony with the Carter Family, and in duet with none other than Waylon Jennings for several quality tracks. Anita Carter certainly was a great talent with a gorgeous voice, and so many of these tracks are winners that I'm surprised we haven't seen similar collections come out over the years. I'm hoping that a lot of people check this collection out, I love it and think that a lot of Country fans will as well. There is definitely a soft and gentle '60s vibe that is consistent throughout, making for some beautiful, peaceful music. Anita does cut it up on occasion, still sounding like an angel at her rowdiest, though. On this along with a fine variety of Country, you even get an impressive take on Otis Redding's I've Been Loving You Too Long. If that's not enough to sell you, yes, Johnny Cash is on one cut, the achingly beautiful maternal tribute A Song To Mama features J.C. with Anita and the later day Carter Family. (JM)

THE CARTER SISTERS Country Routes 35 And Mother Maybelle With Chet Atkins** ● CD $16.98
39 tracks, 75 minutes, essential
Finally - a first-rate collection of eight RadiOzark shows by one of the premier show bands from country music radio's golden age! The Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle with Chet Atkins recorded more than three dozen, fifteen-minute open-ended transcriptions about 1949 or 1950 that were sold to small Southern radio stations. Spunky June Carter was the band's focal figure, singing many leads and bantering with veteran announcer Joe Slattery. Younger sisters Helen (playing accordion) and the angelic Anita (playing bass) also had solo turns, while matriarch Maybelle was often spotlighted on a Carter Family classic. Atkins delivers a dazzling guitar or fiddle solo on each show plus an occasional vocal. The group's blend and range is impressive, shifting from gospel and pop standards to contemporary country and western hits and novelties. Its joyous, spontaneous music couldn't be further removed from that of the original Carter Family, the comparatively few commercial records the group did about this time or the lackluster sides Maybelle and her daughters (not to mention Atkins) made through the 1960s. Transfers were sourced from pristine 16" discs recorded late in the series' run; the brief, uncredited liner notes offer little of value or insight. (Slattery's participation confirms that these ETs were cut in Springfield, Missouri - not Nashville as stated here.) Some themes and superfluous chatter were deleted to create a more listenable disc. Truly a wonderful, welcome release. (DS)

SHIRLEY COLLINS & THE ALBION COUNTRY BAND Talking Elephant 357 No Roses ● CD $17.98
9 tracks, essential
This classic album has been reissued a number of times and is now available in a newly remastered version on Talking Elephant. Shirley with her fragile, vulnerable and breathy vocal style is the quintessential interpreter of English traditional song. In spite of her abiding commitment to tradition she is not afraid to experiment with musical arrangements and this, her first venture into folk-rock, is one of the high points of her career and one of the greatest folk albums of the 70s. Recorded in 1971 under the direction of he then husband Ashley Hutchings and Sandy Robertson, Shirley is accompanied by a veritable who's who of British folk and folk-rock musicians including Richard Thompson/ guitars, Dave Mattacks/ drums & percussion, Roger Powell/ drums, Lol Coxhill/ alto sax, Dave Bland/ concertina & hammered dulcimer, John Kirkptarick/ accordion, Nic Jones/ fiddle, Colin Ross/ Northumbrian pipes, Francis Baines/ hurdy gurdy, Trevor Crizer/ Jews harp and others. There are also vocals harmonies by Maddy Prior, Nic Jones, Royston Wood, Mike Waterston and more! The songs are an impeccable selection and includes Claudy Banks/ Banks Of The Bann/ Murder Of Maria Martin (some very imaginative arrangements on this one) Van Dieman's Land/ The White Hare/ Poor Murdered Woman and others. Transfer to compact disc is excellent and set comes with a booklet with commentary on each of the songs. Essential listening ! (FS)

JIMMIE DAVIS Acrobat 3093 The Jimmie Davis Collection, 1929-47** ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 53 tracks, highly recommended
Excellent cross section of recordings by this poplar and influential performer who used his musical talents to help in his successful bid to become governor of Louisiana in 1944. His early sides from 1929 to 1934 featured on disc one and the first part of disc 2 find him as a singer steeped in the blues and influenced by Rogers but unlike Rodgers was fond of bawdy and double entendre songs like She's A Hum Dum Dinger/ Bearcat Mama From Horner's Corner/ Pea Pickin' Papa/ Sewing Machine BLues and, of course, Tomcat And Pussy Blues as long as plenty of less salacious material. He is usually accompanied by guitar and steel guitar - a couple of these feature the great African-American slide guitarist Oscar Woods. By 1936 he had abandoned his wicked ways and started recording more standard country fare accompanied by larger groups and are excellent with fine steel guitar from Charles Mitchell, Bill Harper on fiddle and others. In 1940 he recorded the song You Are My Sunshine - one of the most popular of all country and popular songs and it was a massive hit and was used by Davis as promotion during his gubanatorial run and eventually became the state song of Louisiana. Though credited to Davis and Charles Mitchell it was originally recorded by The Rice Brothers a year earlier and Davis bought the rights from them. Overall an excellent and varied collection that avoids most of Davis's more sentimental songs. Excellent sound with informative notes and full discographical information. (FS)
JIMMIE DAVIS: 1982 Blues/ A Woman's Blues/ Alimony Blues/ Arabella Blues/ Bang Bang/ Bearcat Mama From Horner's Corner/ Davis Limited/ Davis' Salty Dog/ Do You Ever Think Of Me/ Down At End Of Memory Lane/ Easy Rider Blues/ Get On Board Aunt Susan/ Good Time Papa Blues/ Goodbye Old Booze/ High Behind Blues/ Home Town Blues/ I Hung My Head And Cried/ I Just Dropped In/ I'm Gonna Write Myself A Letter/ In My Cabin Tonight/ Just A Girl That Men Forget/ Keyhole In The Door/ Lonely Hobo/ Market House Blues/ Midnight Blues/ My Mary/ Nobody's Darlin' But Mine/ Old Timer (with Charles Mitchell's Orchestra)/ Organ Grinder Blues/ Out Of Town Blues/ Pea Pickin' Papa/ Penitentiary Blues/ Pi-Rootin' Around/ Prisoner's Song/ Red Nightgown Blues/ Ridin' Down The Arizona Trail/ Rockin' Blues/ Saturday Night Stroll/ Sewing Machine Blues/ She Left A Runnin' Like A Sewing Machine/ She's A Hum Hum Dinger/ She's A Hum Hum Dinger (From Dingersville)/ Shirt Tail Blues/ Sweet Lorene/ That's Why I'm Nobody's Darling/ The Last Letter/ The Shotgun Wedding/ There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder/ There's Evil In Ye Children/ Tomcat And Pussy Blues/ Wampus Kitty Mama/ When A Boy From The Mountain/ You Are My Sunshine

THE DRUIDS Talking Elephant 259 Burnt Offering ● CD $17.98
18 tracks, highly recommended
A most welcome reissue of this hard to find LP, originally issued in 1971. The Druids were a quintet of singers and instrumentalists from Derbyshire who formed as The Druids in 1969 and after recording three albums for Argo, disbanded in 1973 with several of their members continuing working on the folk scene. Most of the lead vocals are by Keith Kendrick or John Adams with fine harmonies from the rest of the group with a few tracks sung acapella. Musical accompaniments include guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, fiddle and accordion. They perform a fine selection of mostly traditional songs - often fairly obscure titles. Among the highlights are their acapella Boar's Head Carol recorded several year before the "hit" Steeleye Span version. Other particularly nice performances include the lively The Trooper And His Horse, a different than usual version of Cuckooo's Nest, the acapella The Farmer's Three Sons and the powerful Gabriel John. Sound quality is superb and the booklet has original notes with information on all the songs along with new notes from former member Keith Kendrick. The album cover features a gripping color painting from the 18th century of a "wicker man" which was to become well known when used as the basis of the movie of that name a couple of years later. (FS)

JOE ELY Rack'em 007 Panhandle Rambler ● CD $17.98 $13.98
12 tracks, 45 mins, highly recommended
Hey, what do you know: Joe Ely has put out another fantastic album, something that should be no surprise to his fans. On this new outing, Ely has a new batch of cool songs that he wrote, like Wounded Creek/ Coyotes Are Howlin'/ Southern Eyes, and the moody and mysterious Four 'ol Blokes. Pair those originals with fine covers of those long-time Texas co-conspirators: Guy Clark's Magdalene, and When The Night Are Cold by Butch Hancock. On top of that, you get a mess of great musicians backing up Ely throughout, and a production sound that I have to call simply beautiful. (JM)

ESQUERITA/ ESKEW REEDER Jasmine 982 Wildcat Shakeout: Full Tilt Rock & Roll, 1958-1962 ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 58 mins, very highly recommended
Esquerita, Eskew Reeder, Magnificent Malochi, no matter what he called himself, he was a hell of a talent. If you know anything about Mr. S.Q. Reeder Esq., you know that he was a huge influence on Little Richard, but he was so much more than that. He was a fantastic Blues singer, a sizzling piano player, and the performer and / or writer of some of the wildest Rock & Roll ever recorded. This CD collects his 1959 self titled LP on Capitol in its entirety, his first three singles on Capitol A & B sides, both sides of a great Paul Peek 45 with Esquerita accompaniment, plus both sides of two great 1962 singles on Minit (as Eskew Reeder.) Highlights include: Why Did It Take You So Long/ She Left Me Crying/ Believe Me When I Say Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay/ Hey Miss Lucy, the sublime Esquerita And The Voola , the vicious Laid Off, his wonderful instrumental take on Green Door, which was a bit of a regional Jukebox hit in its day, and many more. Collection has fantastic sound throughout, and comes with quality liner notes from Bob Fisher. (JM)

GEORGE JONES Southern Routes 2502 Sings White Lightning and 29 Other Favorites ● CD $14.98  $11.98
30 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
This collection gives you 30 tracks from the first great years of the Possum from 1953 - 1961, with recordings done for the Starday, Dixie, and Mercury labels. Starting with Jones' 1959 LP "White Lightning and Other Favorites" in it's entirety, which features the title track, his breakthrough hit as well as a fine mix of Honky Tonk shack shakers like That's The Way I Feel, and Give Away Girl, somber ballads like Life To Go, duets with Jeanette Hicks - I'm With The Wrong One, and Virginia Spurlock - Flame in My Heart, and a couple good Sunday morning tracks - (I'm A) Wandering Soul, and Jesus Wants Me. From there you get 18 bonus tracks featuring great cuts like What Am I Worth/ I'm A One Woman Man/ I'm Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down/ Sparkling Brown Eyes, and the horribly spelled follow up to White Lightning - Revenooer Man. You don't get Jones' rich baritone on a couple tracks due to some obvious speeding up of the recordings, but fast or slow George Jones was usually fantastic and certainly shines bright throughout all of these early tracks. (JM)
GEORGE JONES: (I'm A )Wandering Soul/ Any Old Time/ Color Of The Blues/ Don't Do This To Me/ Flame In My Heart (Featuring Virginia Spurlock)/ Give-Away Girl/ How Come It/ I Take The Chance (featuring Jeanette Hicks)/ I'm A One Woman Man/ I'm Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down/ I'm With The Wrong One (featuring Jeanette Hicks)/ Jesus Wants Me/ Just Little Boy Blue/ Life To Go/ My Sweet Imogene/ No Use To Cry/ Nothing Can Stop Me/ One Is A Lonely Number/ Revenooer Man/ Run Boy/ Settle Down/ Sparkling Brown Eyes/ Sweet Dreams/ That's The Way I Feel/ What Am I Worth/ What's Wrong With You/ White Lightning/ You All Goodnight/ You're Back Again/ You're In My Heart

B.B. KING Ace CDCHD 1150 The Best Of The Early Years ● CD $18.98 $11.98
25 tracks, 76 mins, essential
Always great to hear the young, hungry B.B. King, one still feeling out his place in music and experimenting with different sounds. So here you get (of course) some raw blues, but also some Jump Blues, R&B and Boogie, all of which landed heavy play in the jukeboxes of the day. Majority of tracks are from the 1950's to early 1960's with only one track as late as 1971. Starts with some of his earliest tracks recorded for the Bihari Brothers and their Modern record label, like the fantastic B.B.s Boogie (1950) and She's Dynamite (1951), which were both recorded at Sam Phillips' legendary Union Avenue studio. There's also his reworking of Blues classic Bottle Up and Go, presented here as Shake it Up and Go which would prove to be a big hit for King. Then there's the original recording of B.B.`s standard Woke Up This Morning, the Maxwell Davis arranged You Upset Me, classics like Everyday I Have The Blues/ Early In The Morning/ Catfish Blues/ Sweet Sixteen, on and on. So many great tracks! There's even a Lee Hazelwood number and a version of Why I Sing The Blues which is a unique take from original masters that is exclusive to this compilation. Only a handful of tracks on this are duplicated on the Classics BB King "1949 - 1952", the Ace would be coming off of master tapes and has superior sound quality as well as presentation. Superb. But I'm sure that's not a surprise considering the man and the era we are dealing with. (JM)
B.B. KING: 3 O'Clock Blues/ B.B. Boogie/ Bad Case Of Love/ Blues Stay Away From Me/ Catfish Blues (aka Fishin' After Me)/ Days Of Old/ Don't Look Now, But I've Got The Blues/ Downhearted aka How Blue Can You Get?/ Early In The Morning/ Every Day I Have The Blues/ Five Long Years/ I'll Survive/ Mean Old Frisco/ Please Love Me/ Rock Me Baby/ Shake It Up And Go/ She's Dynamite/ Sweet Little Angel/ Sweet Sixteen Pts 1 & 2/ Ten Long Years/ That Evil Child/ When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer/ Why I Sing The Blues/ Woke Up This Morning/ You Upset Me Baby

KING CURTIS Enlightenment 9126 His First Eight Classic Albums - Plus Singles ● CD $14.98
Four CDs, 96 tracks, strongly recommended
King Curtis was a giant of the tenor sax whose life was cut short at the age of 37 in 1971 when he was murdered by a drug dealer. Between 1952 and his untimely death he was incredibly prolific - recording several hundred titles under his own name as well as playing on hundreds of sessions. This collection features eight of his early LPs (not the the first eight as the title suggests) along with about 15 tracks issued on singles. Albums include "Have Tenor Sax Will Blow" (Atco, 1959) which is a solid collection of R&B instrumentals, "Azure" (Everest, 1960) is a collection of mostly pop stanadrds with lush arrangements including strings, "Soul Meeting" Prestige, 1960) is a funk jazz outing with Nat Adderly and Wynton Kelly, "The New Scene of King Curtis" (New Jazz, 1960) features the same line up on a bop flavored selection, "Old Gold" (Tru-Sound, 1961) is more fine R&B with Curtis working through a selection of older pop and &B hits, "Trouble In Mind" (Tru-Sound, 1961) is a more blues flavored selection with Curtis singing and playing blues guitar on several cuts - fine vocals, clearly influenced by Ray Charles, "Country Soul" (Capitol, 1962) features Curtis doing R&B versions of mostly country standrdas including a couple of vocals and, finally, "Soul Twist" (Enjoy, 1962) which included his first chart hit with the title tune. Like the LPs, the tracks from singles cover a broad spectrum of Curtis's abilities. Sound is excellent and there are brief notes but lack of any discographical information is a real drawback - suffice to say that he was joined by some of New York's top session musicians like Al Casey, Jimmy Lewis, Noble "Thin Man" Watts, Jimmy Spruill, Belton Evans, Jack McDuff, Billy Butler, Ernie Hayes, Taft Jordan and many more. Some of the material here is a bit tepid but there is a lot that is really excellent. (FS)

26 tracks, 76 mins, highly recommended Superb collection of black gospel recorded between 1958 and 1979 - half the tracks are by the group the Golden Stars Quartet featuring the fine leads of Alphonso Devlin or Norris Turner and the remainder features solo recordings made by Turner with small group instrumental support and usually a female vocal group engaging in call and response with him. About 2/3 of the songs are original compositions with the rest being fine renditions of traditional gospel favorites like What A Friend We Have In Jesus/ When They Ring The Golden Bells and others. Turner is a powerful and expressive vocalist and several of his songs have a topical edge like Lord Have Mercy On The People Of This World and Let's Get Together With The Lord. Includes 12 page booklet with detailed notes by Per Notini. (FS)

THE PARKER FAMILY B.A.C.M. 569 Country & Bluegrass Gospel ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, strongly recommended
 Country gospel music is often a family affair and the Parker Family is another fine example of this. Charles & Eleonora Parker began their career as a hillbilly duo in the 1940s but turned to county gospel in the late 50s when they were joined by their daughters Conizene and Rexana. The tracks here were recorded in 1961 and includes solo tracks by Charles and Eleonora, duets and family vocals. Singing is nice and soulful and the accompaniment is mostly a blend of electric and acoustic guitars with occasional mandolin or banjo added. Songs are a mixture of originals and old favorites. (FS)

LOUIS PRIMA Acrobat 321 Louis Prima On The Radio ● CD $10.98 $6.98
27 tracks, 68 mins, highly recommended
The mighty Louis Prima ruled the smoky Vegas nightclubs, but could also shine for the family friendly show on the radio as we can witness in these early '50s radio transcriptions reissued on CD for the first time. Features usual Prima power players Keely Smith on vocals and Sam Butera wailin' on the sax. Chock full of boogie and swing, you are treated to great renditions of Way Down Yonder In New Orleans/ Oh! Marie/ Robin Hood/ Stump Jump Rag/ Buena Sera/ Canal Street Blues and many, many more. Extensive liner notes, fantastic sound, and a party going on in your CD player: you can't miss. (JM)

JOHNNIE RAY Acrobat 7115 The Singles Collection As & Bs, 1951-1961 ● CD $24.98
Four CD set featuring both sides of all the singles issued in the USA and UK by this unique vocalist whose emotion drenched style and blues and jazz influences was a precursor to rock 'n' roll. His first Columbia recording Whiskey & Gin was strongly marketed to the African-American market and his next Cry backed with The Little White Cloud That Cried topped the pop and R&B charts. This set includes all his hits - some which only charted in the U.K. where he had an enormous following - Please Mr Sun/ Walkin' My Baby Back Home/ All Of Me/ Faith Can MOve Mountains/ Ma Says, Pa Says (with Doris Day)/With These Hands/ All I Do Is Dream Of You/ You'd Be Surprised/ Such A Night (a cover of The Drifters hit which was later recorded by Elvis)/ Hernandos' Hideaway/ As Time Goes By/ Who's Sorry Now/ Just Walkin' In THe Rain/ Good Eevening Friends/ Up Until Now and many others. Although the hits started to dry up in the late 50s he continued to be a popular live performer on both sides of the Atlantic. Ray's contributions to popular music in the 1950s were substantial. The set comes with a 36 page booklet with extensive notes and discographical information.

BABE STOVALL Arcola 1005 The Old Ace - Mississippi Blues & Religious Songs** ● CD $15.98
15 tracks, 50 mins, very highly recommended
A most welcome release - the first ever CD release of fine New Orleans singer/ guitarist Babe Stovall. Babe was originally from Mississippi where he was born in 1907 and started playing music when 8 years old. He performed with his eight older brothers - all of whom played music. In his 20s he met legendary Mississippi bluesman Tommy Johnson and learned from him. He never become a full time musician though by the time he moved to New Orleans in the early 60s it became his primary source of income. Babe was more of a songster than a straight bluesman and played a wide variety of material drawing on both black and white musical traditions. He was a powerful singer with gruff voice and played some fine guitar usually on a steel bodied National. The recordings here were made by Bob West in 1968 and find Babe in fine form on a collection of mostly traditional blues and gospel songs including Good Morning Blues/ Going To Wear You Off My Mind/ Baby let Me Follow You Down/ Will The Circle Be Unbroken?/ Dirty Mistreater/ God's Word Shall Never Pass Away and others including a particularly nice version of Tommy Johnson's Big Road Blues which he neatly segues into a superb version of Careless Love. The disc ends with a couple of spoken word tracks where Babe talks about his family and playing music in New Orleans. Babe was recorded quite often between the late 50s and late 60s and it would sure be nice if some of those recordings were also to find their way on to CD. Includes 12 page booklet wqith some great photos and informative notes by David Evans who knew Babe well. An exemplarary and important release. (FS)

JAMES TALLEY Cimarron 1001 Go No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got A Lot** ● CD $15.98
2 CDs, 13 tracks, 33 min. (plus a 56 min. interview disc), essential
Recorded by Talley in 1973 and released originally on his own label in a quantity of 1000 copies, "Got No Bread" sold poorly out of Talley's car trunk until Capitol Records picked it up (for $5000) and issued it in 1975 (as Capitol LP #ST 11416). Then the LP received the critical acclaim it so richly deserved and opened a few doors for its creator. This reissue features a second disc containing an interview with Talley that was originally released only to radio stations to promote Capitol's release of the LP. A true classic, "Got No Bread" sounds as fresh today as it did 30 years ago, devoid as it is of the cliches that made Nashville what it is. The music is as honest and heartfelt as could be imagined; the sound would come to be dubbed "Americana," but its working-class folk and country influences are not just put on but flow from Talley's life and times. The album was conceived of as a unified whole, not a series of singles, thus their are no weak songs, no filler. Talley wrote the booklet notes, which include his life story, lyrics, and details about the recording of the LP that only he would know. (He mentions, for example, one young unknown guitarist named John Hiatt wandering into the session to see what was going on who ended up playing the lead acoustic part on No Opener Needed. A model of a reissue. (JC)

GORDON TERRY B.A.C.M. 571 Orange Blossom Special ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, strongly recommended
Gordon Terry was a fine singer and fiddler who, over the years, played fiddle with Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and many others as well as recording vocals and instrumentals under his own name. 18 of the tracks here were recorded for Cadence in 1957 and show his vocal skills on honky tonk ballads like I Lost Her as well as rockers like If You Don't Know It. Nine of the Cadence side are from an unissued, all instrumental session of mostly country and bluegrass standards, where Terry's superb fiddle is joined by Hank Garland playing some hot guitar and Benny Martin on second fiddle. The remaining eight tracks on the CD are from an all gospel vocal session recorded for Diplomat in 1963 with Terry doing relatively tame renditions of old favorites like I'll Fly Away/ A Little Talk With Jesus/ Precious Memories and others. (FS)
GORDON TERRY: Uncle Penn (Instr.)/ A Little Talk With Jesus/ Black Mountain Rag (Instr.)/ Do Lord/ Golden Slippers (Instr.)/ I Lost Her/ I Saw The Light/ I'll Fly Away/ If You Don't Know It/ Jambalaya (Instr.)/ Johnson's Old Grey Mule/ Listen To The Mocking Bird (Instr.)/ Old Fiddler (Instr.)/ Orange Blossom Special (Instr.)/ Precious Memories/ Queen Of The Seasons/ Run Little Joey/ Sally Gooden (Instr.)/ Service With A Smile/ Singing The Blues (Instr.)/ Smoky Mountain Rag (Instr.)/ Take My Hand Precious Lord/ Wabash Cannonball (Instr.)/ What A Friend We Have In Jesus/ Where Could I Go But To The Lord/ Wild Honey

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1392 Come Spy With Us ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 62 mins, highly recommended
Here's a hip compilation dedicated to music full of intrigue, drama, and mystery: Spy movie and TV themes of the swingin' sixties. Impressively, Ace manages to deliver a jam packed selection of 25 spy songs while only using two that are related to James Bond - Dusty Springfield's exquisite hit The Look of Love from "Casino Royale," and Johnny and the Hurricanes' rip snortin' take on the James Bond Theme. You even get Shirley Bassey, but she's singing the theme to the relatively obscure U.K. action flick The Liquidator. You get some familiar sounds done by different hipsters like The Theme from Get Smart done by Bob Crane, His Drums, and Orchestra, and Bye, Bye (The Theme To Peter Gunn) sung (who knew it had lyrics) by no less than Sarah Vaughan. Other fun tracks included are; The Walker Brothers - Deadlier Than The Male, Astrud Gilberto - Who Needs Forever (Theme From The Deadly Affair), Nancy Sinatra's groovy The Last Of The Secret Agents, the downright ridiculous, but I do love it Dr Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine by The Supremes, and then of course you have to have The Challengers - Theme From The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Lalo Schifrin & His Orchestra's Mission: Impossible. This and much more is in store for you, should you decide to accept this mission. (JM)
DON ADAMS: Get Smart/ JOHN BARRY AND HIS ORCHESTRA: A Man Alone/ SHIRLEY BASSEY: The Liquidator/ AL CAIOLA: Secret Agent Man/ VIKKI CARR: The Silencers/ THE CHALLENGERS: Theme From The Man From U.N.C.L.E/ BRIAN FAHEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA: High Wire/ ASTRUD GILBERTO: Who Needs Forever/ JOHNNY AND THE HURRICANES: The James Bond Theme/ WYNTON KELLY: Burke's Law Theme/ CLEO LAINE & RAY ELLINGTON: We Should've/ SUSAN MAUGHAN: Where The Bullets Fly/ MATT MONRO: Wednesday's Child/ RED PRICE AND HIS COMBO: Danger Man/ SMOKEY ROBINSON AND THE MIRACLES: Come Spy With Me/ LALO SCHIFRIN AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Mission: Impossible/ ROLAND SHAW AND HIS ORCHESTRA: I Spy/ NANCY SINATRA: The Last Of The Secret Agents/ JIMMY SMITH: Theme From Where The Spies Are/ DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: The Look Of Love/ BILLY STRANGE: Our Man Flint/ THE SUPREMES: Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine/ SARAH VAUGHAN: Bye Bye (Theme From Peter Gunn)/ THE VENTURES: Arabesque/ THE WALKER BROTHERS: Deadlier Than The Male

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1505 Sounds Of The Unexpected ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 59 mins, very highly recommended
This is the final compilation put together by 30+ year Rock On/Ace vet and record collector extraordinaire Vicki Fox, who was gathering this all up when she passed last year. Roger Armstrong and Tony Berrington from Ace finished it up as a tribute to her, with the likes of Spider Stacy, Alec Palao, Ian Saddler, and many others helping fill out the excellent liner notes. There are 24 wild and wonderful instrumentals ranging from the Reggae of Long Sentence By The Upsetters, to the hazy Jazz of Caravan by Gabor Szabo, from the Exotica take on Miserlou by Martin Denny, to actual Surf Rockers The Ventures with Zocko. Such varied tracks as Savage Girl by Felix & His Fabulous Cats, the surprisingly cool Flameout by The 101 Strings, the unsurprising cool of Bo Diddley with Aztec, It's Karate Time by Travis Wammack, and near and dear to my heart - Music To Watch Space Girls By by Leonard Nimoy! This is exactly the kind of compilation that I love, and no one does it better than Ace. I did not know Vicki Fox, but she certainly seemed cool, and I for one will raise a glass to her whenever I listen to this one! (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1506 Bluesin' BY The Bayou - Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry ● CD $16.98
28 tracks, very highly recommended
Another great collection of down home Louisiana blues - much of it from the vaults of Jay Miller. There are eight previously unissued songs or alternate takes and many of the others were only previously available on the wonderful Flyright LP series of LPs from the 1980s. The title song and its flip A Thing You Gotta Face by Polka Dot Slim (Vince Monroe) are wonderful intense down home sides recorded in New Orleans for Instant in 1964. There are four great, originally unissued, sides by the deepest of the swamp blues singers Lightnin' Slim accompanied by the superb Lazy Lester on harmonica who is featured here on an unissued alternate take of his classic I'm A LOver, Not A Fighter. More gems from the Jay Miller vaults include sides by Leroy Washington, Ramblin' Hi Harris, Honey Boy Allen, Slim Harpo, Jimmy Anderson, Jake Jackson (acouple of fine, very spare sounding, sides) and a fine track by a totally unknown artist. Other contributors to this set include Mercy Baby, Joe Richards, Barbara Lynn (a terrific and atypical 1970 recordings of Lazy Lester's Sugar Coated Love), Clarence Garlow and others. Usual high quality production with great sound and informative notes from Ian Saddler. (FS)
JIMMY ANDERSON & THE JOY JUMPERS: Angel Please/ BIG WALTER: If the Blues Was Money/ BOOZOO CHAVIS: Hamburgers & Popcorn/ Tee Black/ COOKIE & THE CUPCAKES: In the Evening/ T B FISHER: Don't Change Your Mind/ CLARENCE GARLOW: Make Me Cry/ SLIM HARPO: Cigarettes/ RAMBLIN' HI HARRIS: Baby, Baby, Baby/ I Haven't Got a Home/ JAKE JACKSON: Life Gets Hard/ Somebody Tell Me/ LAZY LESTER: I'm a Lover Not a Fighter (Take 6)/ LIGHTNIN' SLIM: Hoodoo Man/ I Don't Know/ I Hate to Leave You Baby/ Little Girl Blues (Take 3) Aka the Blues and My Woman/ BARBARA LYNN: Sugar Coated Love/ MERCY BABY: Pleadin'/ 'HONEY BOY' ALLEN PIERRE: Better Start Doin' It/ POLKA DOT SLIM: A Thing You Gotta Face/ Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry/ JOE RICHARDS: Dreaming, Dreaming/ AL SMITH: I Love Her So/ If I Don't See You/ Still in Love with You/ UNKNOWN: I'm Gonna Find My Baby/ LEROY WASHINGTON: I've Been in This Prison (Take 3)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1508 Take What You Need - UK Covers Of Bob Dylan Songs, 1964 ● CD $16.98
22 tracks, 75 mins, highly recommended
There are certainly no shortage of Bob Dylan covers out there, but it is nice to get a focused batch like this, featuring ye olde Englanders' take on the Bard of Bleecker Street (or is it the Marlowe of Minnesota.) This starts off with the rollicking Country Rock of The (pre Pink) Fairies Don't Think Twice, It's All Right, then heads into the overly earnest, and not too un-Joan Baez-like take on Blowin' In The Wind by Marianne Faithfull, you can tell right away that this will be an interesting and diverse trip that we are embarking on. After Faithfull, the next couple tracks are pretty hokey, but don't give up hope; by track five things really get rolling with Manfred Mann's other great Dylan cover If You Gotta Go, Go Now (their quintessential take on Quinn the Eskimo isn't featured here and that's fine, this is mostly a deeper dig than that). Other highlights include; The Cops And Robbers - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue, not as good as Them's version, but few things are (guess that will be on the Irish volume), Chad and Jeremy's surprisingly good take on Mr. Tambourine Man, Alex Campbell's lusty performance of Tom Thumb's Blues, and The Alan Price Set's lovely To Ramona. The sentimental favorite though, has to be the late great Joe Cocker's classic version of Just like a Woman. Ace does a beautiful job on the sound and packaging, with deep and entertaining liner notes, as usual. (JM)
THE ALAN BOWN: All Along the Watchtower/ THE ALAN PRICE SET: To Ramona/ CLIFF AUNGIER: Down Along the Cove/ BOZ: I Shall Be Released/ ALEX CAMPBELL: Tom Thumb's Blues/ CHAD & JEREMY: Mr. Tambourine Man/ JOE COCKER: Just Like a Woman/ THE COPS 'N ROBBERS: It's All Over Now Baby Blue/ COUNTRY FEVER: Tears of Rage/ JULIE DRISCOLL + BRIAN AUGER & THE TRINITY: I Am a Lonesome Hobo/ THE FACTOTUMS: Absolutely Sweet Marie/ THE FAIRIES: Don't Think Twice, It's All Right/ FAIRPORT CONVENTION: I'll Keep It with Mine/ MARIANNE FAITHFULL: Blowin' in the Wind/ JULIE FELIX: One Too Many Mornings/ NOEL HARRISON: Love Minus Zero/ THE IAN CAMPBELL FOLK GROUP: The Times They Are a Changin'/ MANFRED MANN: If You Gotta Go, Go Now/ THE MIXED BAG: Million Dollar Bash/ THE PICADILLY LINE: Visions of Johanna/ SANDIE SHAW: Lay Lady Lay/ THE THREE CITY FOUR: Oxford Town

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 492 Custom Made Gospel, Vol. 2 ● CD $14.98 $11.98
27 tracks, strongly recommended
Another excellent collection of country gospel drawn from Starday's custom series. Heartfelt singing and simple arrangements make for compelling performances. There's some bluegrass gospel from The Huntsinger Brothers & Jim Shumate and Delmer Sexton & The Rone County Boys, group family harmonies from The Happy Jubilee Quartet and A.L. Phipps Family (the latter are particularly fine), duets from The Goad Sisters and The Reece Sisters and more including the lovely The Bood That Stained That Old Rugged Cross featuring vocalist Roy Huskins only accompanied by soulful electric guitar that is very effective. It includes notes by Phillip Tricker but, unfortunately practicallky nothing is known about most of the performers. (FS)
THE CAROLINA GOSPELERS: In A Simple Country Church/ THE COFFEY FAMILY: They're Building On Sand/ THE GOAD SISTERS: Cabin On The Hill/ The Return Of The Prodical (sic)/ THE HAPPY JUBILEE QUARTET: I'll Trust In The Lord/ No Sin In Heaven/ Singing In That Promised Land/ The End Of Our Journey/ THE HUNTSINGER BROS & JIM SHUMATE: Mansions Eternal/ Old Country Baptizing (Down At The Creek)/ ROY HUSKINS: The Blood That Stained The Old Rugged Cross/ A.L. PHIPPS FAMILY: A Soul Winner For Jesus/ Glad Reunion Day/ Some Sweet Day/ THE REECE SISTERS: Known Only To Him/ Let Your Light Shine/ Stand By Me/ Wings Of A Dove/ DELMER SEXTON & THE RONE COUNTY BOYS: I Will Not Be Denied/ DELMER SEXTON & THE RONE COUNTRY BOYS: Looking For An Old Fashioned Church/ WINSTON SHELTON & COUNTRY GOSPEL SINGERS: From Bethlehem To Calvery/ I'm Not A Poor Man/ DALLAS & DELLA STAMPER: Brother That's Charity/ DALLAS STAMPER & SPIRITUAL RHYTHMETTE BOYS: I'm Going To Heaven When I Die/ ELSIE WARREN: I Love My Jesus/ RAY WOLFE & THE TRAIL BLAZERS: Birds Of The Air/ The Silver Chalice

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 570 Rare Country Music on The Lucky Label ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, strongly recommended
Excellent collection of honky tonk country plus some country boogie and rockabilly recorded for the Cincinatti based Lucky label between 1958 and 1960 comprising, I believe, the complete recordings on this label. There are six excellent tracks by Bill "Zekie" Browning (not to be confused with the Bill Browning who recorded the great Wash Machine Boogie) including two fine rocking instrumentals featuring his band The Dynamics. Orangie Hubbard is featured on two fine rockabilly cuts and there is more fine rockabilly from Nelson Young, Bill Watkins (the intriguing Missed The Workhouse) and Rudy Thacker who hedged their bets by having a country song on the other side. Other artists include Bobby Grove, Joe "Cannonball" Lewis, "Pal" Brady and others. Sound is excellent and there are informative notes by Phil Tricker. (FS)
PAL BRADY: Love (Is Just That Way)/ When You're Gone/ BILL "ZEKIE" BROWNING: I'll Pay You Back/ ZEKIE BROWNING: Bad Case Of The Blues/ What Else Could You Do/ BILL "ZEKIE" BROWNING & DON BOONE: Breaking Hearts/ ZEKIE BROWNING & THE DYNAMICS: Creepin' And Crawlin' (Instr.)/ Spinning Wheel Rock (Instr.)/ BOBBY GROVE: Be Still, My Heart/ Jealous Dreams/ DWIGHT HILL: Blue Waltz/ Cryin'/ ORANGIE HUBBARD: Is She Sore/ Look What I Found/ JAY CEE LEWIS (JOE CANNONBALL LEWIS): Today Is Tomorrow/ Waltz Of The Ozarks/ BILLY MARTIN: Angel/ If It's Lovin' That You Want/ RUDY THACKER & THE STRINGBUSTERS V. LARRY DAL: Black Train/ The Dream/ BILL WATKINS: Missed The Workhouse/ Time Will Make You Pay/ MAC WHITE (THE SINGING SWITCHMAN): A Gamblers Life/ One Heart (Has Been Broken In two)/ NELSON YOUNG: I'm Falling In Love/ Rock Old Sputnik

VARIOUS ARTISTS Black Cats 121 It's A Southern Soul Thing, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
20 tracks, recommended
Second volume of Soul from the Deep South courtesy of Black Cats Records includes tasty tidbits from Minnie Epperson (the straightforward Grab Your Clothes [And Get On Out]), Acklin Brothers' (a smooth I Want My Baby), Merle Spears (It's Just a Matter of Time), and Benny Spellman's I'll Never Leave You just to name but a few. There's liner notes containing some info on the artists-although some should be well known to fans, e.g. Spellman, the Mar-Keys, Joe Haywood, Roy Lee Johnson, Alvin Robinson -- but nothing to indicate what time frame these tracks come from; many sound like they are from the late 60's/early '70s, however. Still, one can't argue with quality tunes like the Mar-Keys' funky Black, Robinson's Empty Talk, John Roberts' Cold Hearted Woman, and Alder Ray's provocative Just Because the Package Has Been Unwrapped. Bottom line, if you have the first volume, buying the second should be a no-brainer. (GMC)
THE ACKLIN BROTHERS: I Want My Baby/ JOHNNY BRAGG: Hurt And Lonely/ LEE BYNEM: Two Warm Bodies/ CHARNISSA: I Can Feel My Love Comin' Down/ MINNIE EPPERSON: Grab Your Clothes (And Get On Out)/ ART GRAYSON: Be Ever Mine/ JOE HAYWOOD: Say You Will/ ROY LEE JOHNSON: Just In Time For The Wedding/ BARRY JONES: I'm The Great Lover/ THE MAR-KEYS: Black/ TYRONE MCCOLLUM: I Don't Want To Cry/ ALDER RAY: Just Because The Package Has Been Unwrapped/ JOHN ROBERTS: Cold Hearted Woman/ ALVIN ROBINSON: Empty Talk/ ERNIE SHELBY: Carry Me/ MERLE SPEARS: It's Just A Matter Of Time/ BENNY SPELLMAN: I'll Never Leave You/ GENE TAYLOR: Don't Go Away/ DANNY WHITE: I'm Dedicating My Life/ DICKY WILLIAMS: I'll Be Standing By

VARIOUS ARTISTS Heritage 45 Boogu Yagga Gal** ● CD $16.98
22 tracks, 68 mins, highly recommended
Wonderful reissue of recordings from the 50s featuring Jamaican mento music. Mento is a dance style that like much Caribbean music draws on both African and European influences. It has some similarities to Trinidadian calypso but is a distinctly Jamaican musical form. The songs, like calypso, deal with topical events, philosophical observations and, of course, the joys and tribulations of love. Instrumental accompaniments are by small groups featuring instrumentation which includes fife, banjo, guitar, maracas, rumba box (a form of bass thumb piano), violin, bamboo clarinet and more. There are some wonderful singers here including Count Lasher, Lord Lebby, the particularly fine E. Bedasse and Lord Power. At times one can hear hints of the forthcoming ska music which was become popular in the early 60s. Sound quality is generally excellent though some of the original recordings have distortion which cannot be eliminated. 28 page booklet has informative notes by Richard Noblett and transcripts of the lyrics. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Imperial 5003 Imperial Records - The R&B Years, Vol. 3 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 68 mins, highly recommended
Another splendid selection of mostly urban blues recorded for the Imperial label between 1950 and 1953 including many tracks making their first appearance on CD. The set opens in rollicking form with one of those entertaining paens to food from Ernie Andrews with the fine Pork Chops And Mustard Greens accompanied by a tough band. This is followed by the first of four tracks from underrated singer and trumpet player Monte Easter. Easter was the subject of two CDs on the Blue Moon label of his complete recordings - long out of print they are worth looking out for. The great Texas born singer and piano player Mercy Dee is featured on two superb sides with funky guitar from Slim Green. Herb Fisher is a fine vocalist who does updates of two songs originally made famous by Lil - In The Dark and Why Don't You Do Right. The totally obscure Eddie Johnson is a superb vocalist and is featured on four tracks (his complete recorded output) accompanied by a strong band led by the great tenor saxist/ arranger Maxwell Davis. Other artists include John Tripp, Cecil Gant, Duke Henderson and more. Excellent sound and booklet has discographical info. (FS)
ERNIE ANDREWS & HIS ORCH.: Forget About The Whole Affair/ Pork Chops And Mustard Greens/ MONTE EASTER: Sweet Lovin' Woman/ Thomas Avenue Blues/ I Was Mad/ What's The Use/ HERB FISHER: In The Dark/ Why Don't You Do Right/ CECIL GANT: Blues By Cecil/ DUKE HENDERSON WITH MONROE TUCKER ORCH.: Kinfolks/ EDDIE JOHNSON: Mr. Juice Head/ Troubled Woman/ Corn Licker Blues/ Plowboy Blues/ LITTLE BUBBER WITH LLOYD LAMBERT BAND: Come Back Baby/ High Class Woman/ MERCY DEE: All Over/ Homely Baby/ ALONZO STEWART: I Love You/ Tell Me, Mother Alonzo/ JOHN TRIPP (5190): Nobody's Woman/ MONROE TUCKER & HIS ORCH. (VCL DUKE HENDERSON): Live My Own Life, Parts 1 & 2/ MARY WALLACE WITH ORCH.: I'm Hunched/ Real Fine Daddy Mary

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 943 Monsters, Vampires, Voodoos & Spooks ● CD $14.98
33 tracks, 80 mins, very highly recommended
So it looks like Jasmine records want to put out the definitive Halloween compilation and they have come real close to pulling it off. All of the tracks are from the 1950s and early 1960s: there are a handful of the coolest of the big hit records, the best rockin' tracks that get compiled a decent amount, plus a handful of real rarities, all sounding great. So this starts with The Monster Mash, basically because they have to, and also features The Purple People Eater, Zacherle's (R.I.P.) Dinner With Drac, Bo Diddley - Bo Meets The Monster, etc. You get Screamin' Lord Sutch, but it's his sinister Til The Following Night, and instead of I Put A Spell on You, you get both Little Demon and Alligator Wine from the mighty Screamin Jay Hawkins. If that wasn't enough screamin' madmen for you, you even get the Screaming Wildman (look him up, you won't be disappointed) Carl Bonafede with Were Wolf. The real highlights for this CD include the 1959 U.K. rarity by Sharkey Todd And The Monsters - The Horror Show -plus other rarities like The Keytones wonderful I Was A Teenage Monster, Leroy Bowman And The Arrows - Graveyard, the rockabilly gem Nightmare Hop by Earl Patterson with The Darts, and Jimmy Dee & The Meteors give you the thrilling Monster Hop - dig that glistening guitar work daddy-o. One of the rarest and the best tracks here has to be the killer instrumental Graveyard Giggle by Frank N. Stein And The Tombstones, which, like the two previously mentioned tracks, I have never seen on a compilation before. I also love the ghoulish lounge of I Dig You Baby by Bob McFadden & Dor, and I think you will too. All of those plus many more terrific terrors from the likes of Kip Tyler, The Hollywood Flames, Johnny Fuller, The Spooks, Bert Convy(!), LaVern Baker, The Castle Kings, Jackie Morningstar, etc. So "Stay Sick," "Watch Horror Films," "Keep America Strong!," and "Goodnight, whatever you are." (JM)
JOHN ZACHERLE THE COOL GHOUL: Dinner with Drac/ LAVERN BAKER: Voodoo Voodoo/ THE BIG BOPPER: Purple People Eater Meets Witch Doctor/ CARL BONAFEDE: Were Wolf/ LEROY BOWMAN & THE ARROWS: Graveyard/ CARLOS CASAL, JR: Don't Meet Mr. Frankenstein/ THE CASTLE KINGS: You Can Get Him, Frankenstein/ BERT CONVY: The Monsters Hop/ JIMMY DEE & THE METEORS: The Monster Hop/ BO DIDDLEY: Bo Meets the Monster/ THE FRANTICS: Werewolf/ JOHNNY FULLER: Haunted House/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: Little Demon/ SCREAMING JAY HAWKINS: Alligator Wine/ THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES: Frankenstein's Den/ JACK & JIM: Midnight Monsters Hop/ CRIS KEVIN: Haunted House/ THE KEYTONES: I Was a Teenage Monster/ BOB MCFADDEN: Frankie & Igor at a Rock and Roll Party/ I Dig You Baby/ JACKIE MORNINGSTAR: Rockin' in the Graveyard/ EARL PATTERSON WITH THE DARTS: Nightmare Hop/ BOBBY (BORIS) PICKETT & THE CRYPT KICKERS: Monster Mash/ BOBBY PLEASE & THE PLEASERS: The Monster/ THE SPOOKS: The Spook Walks/ FRANK N. STEIN & THE TOMBSTONES: Graveyard Giggle/ SCOTTIE STUART: Nightmare/ SCREAMING LORD SUTCH & THE SAVAGES: Til the Following Night/ EDDIE THOMAS: Frankenstein Rock/ SHARKEY TODD & THE MONSTERS: Horror Show/ KIP TYLER: She's My Witch/ ROD WILLIS: The Cat/ SHEB WOOLEY: Purple People Eater

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3063 Christmas 'Round The Jukebox ● CD $14.98
Only two months to go - it's time to get ready for Christmas and here is a fine collection of blues, R&B and doo-wop Christmas songs. No suprises here if you have a few similarly themed collection but, if not, this is a solid set of classic tracks - Run Rudolph Run by CHuck Berry, Please Come Home For Christmas by Charles Brown, White Christmas by The Ravens, Boogie Woogie Santa Claus by Mabel Scott and 23 more from Joe Turner, The Drifters, The Moonglows, JImmy MccRacklin, Jimmy Liggins, Lowell Fulson and more.
CHUCK BERRY: Run Rudolph Run/ CHARLES BROWN: Merry Christmas Baby/ Please Come Home For Christmas/ THE CADILLACS: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer/ THE DOMINOES: Christmas In Heaven/ THE DRIFTERS: White Christmas/ THE FALCONS: Can This Be Christmas/ THE FIVE KEYS: Its Christmas Time/ LOWELL FULSON: Lonesome Christmas (Part 1)/ Lonesome Christmas (Part 2)/ CECIL GANT: Hello Santa Claus/ BIG JOHN GREER: We Want To See Santa Do The Mambo/ THE HARMONY GRITS: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ LOUIS JORDAN: May Every Day Be Christmas/ B.B. KING: Christmas Celebration/ JIMMY LIGGINS: I Want My Baby For Christmas/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: Christmas Time/ AMOS MILBURN: Letís Make Christmas Merry Baby/ ROY MILTON: Christmas Time Blues/ THE MOONGLOWS: Hey Santa Claus/ JOHNNY MOOREíS THREE BLAZERS: Christmas Eve Baby/ THE ORIOLES: (Itís Gonna Be) Lonely Christmas/ THE RAVENS: Silent Night/ White Christmas/ MABEL SCOTT: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus/ JOE TURNER: Christmas Date Boogie/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: How I Hate To See Christmas Come Around

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 466 Nothing But A House Party: The Birth Of The Philly Sound ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, very highly recommended
As a breeding ground of music talent, Philadelphia has unimpeachable R&B credentials; from 50's doo wop to Gamble and Huff's domination of 70's soul via their Philadelphia International label, Philadelphia's contributions to American R&B music are undisputedly important and influential. This new collection from Kent seeks to spotlight the grey period between Cameo-Parkway's run of hits from the likes of Dee Dee Sharp, the Orlons, and Chubby Checker and the beginnings of the Philly International empire. As the liner notes contend, the songs from this era constitute THE Philly Sound as men like Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Thom Bell created timeless and recognizable music, while, in 1968, Cameo-Parkway's former chief engineer, Joe Tarsia, opened the studio that would facilitate the boom to come: Sigma Sound. There's quite a few familiar names here - The Delfonics, Jerry Butler, The Intruders-and some lesser known names for the hard-core R&B fan: Cliff Nobles (represented by Love is All Right, which is basically the vocal version of his '68 hit instrumental The Horse), The Show Stoppers (delivering hard driving opener Ain't Nothing But a House Party), Brenda & the Tabulations (the gorgeous That's the Price You Have to Pay), Lou Jackson (his inspiring Peace to You Brother), and Archie Bell & the Drells (sounding very different their Tighten' Up period on My Balloon's Going Up). In addition to appearances by Thom Bell and Gamble & Huff as producer/writers/arrangers (The Delfonics' You've Been Untrue for the former, Jerry Butler's Never Give You Up and Freddie Scott's (You) Got What I Need for the latter), other Philly scene movers and shakers show up in major and minor roles: 1-2-3 hit-maker Len Barry contributes songwriting to George Tindley's It's All Over But the Shouting and Executive Suite's sublime Christine (along with Daryl Hall, later of Hall & Oates) and gets a track of his own, Girl You're Too Young; the ubiquitous Van McCoy masterminding Oscar Weathers' Your Fool Still Loves You and Jimmy Bishop (of early Philly label Arctic) producer of Barbara Mason's You Better Stop It and The Ambassadors' Ain't Got the Love of One Girl (On My Mind). The Kent compilers have outdone themselves this time: for this collection they have dug up a wealth of fine Philly soul that should be enjoyed by R&B fans of all kinds. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Old Hat 1004 Down In The Basement - Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove** ● CD $17.98
24 tracks, 73 mins, essential
Fabulous collection of rare 78s from the 20s and 30s drawn from the collection of one of the most diligent and knowledgeable collectors in the country Joe Bussard. The 24 tracks here encompass blues, old time country, jazz and one Cajun title. Many of these tracks have been reissued before but the combination of excellent quality 78s and a superb remastering job by Christopher King makes them sound better than ever. Artists include The Stripling Brothers, Luis Russell & His Orchestra, Weems String Band, A.A. Gray & Seven Foot Dilly, Charley Jordan, The Sweet Brothers & Ernest Stoneman, Bessie Brown, Soileau and Robin, Uncle Dave Macon, Fields Ward & The Grayson County railsplitters, The Down Home Boys, Gitfiddle Jim and others. Includes incredible 72 page booklet with pictures of all the 78s, pictures of some of the artists, pictures of Joe and Joe's cat! It features notes and discographical details on all the tracks as well as anecdotes by Joe about how he acquired the records and lots of other interesting stories. A bit of an ego trip but loads of fun and the music is unbeatable! (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rivermont 1166 Dancing The Devil Away - Hot Dance Music On Edison Diamond Discs ● CD $16.98
21 tracks, 80 mins, strongly recommended
Delightful collection of hot dance music recorded between 1923 and 1928 and issued by Edison on their unique 1/4" thick Diamond Discs which, unlike most 78s of the time, were cut vertically and not laterally like every other company which would cause much consternation to later collectors who couldn't play them on a regular 78 rpm turntable. Fortunately techniques were developed that could play these discs. One of the advantages of these discs is that they played longer than other 78s and most of the tracks on this collection are around 4 minutes long. There are fine performances here by Chrlie Kerr's Orchestra (with Eddie Lang on banjo), Polla's Clover Gardens Orchestra, Sam Lanin & His Orchestra, The California Ramblers (issued as by The Golden Gate Orchestra), Phil Napoleon and His Orch., Al Lynn's Music Masters and others. Sound quality is superb, thanks to remastering by Nick Dellow, who does such sterling work on Frog CDs and the 32 page booklet has extensive notes by vintage records expert Mark Berresford along with rare photos, label shots and other ephemera. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Titanic 44208 Deep Soul Discoveries, Vol. 8 ● CD $16.98
20 tracks, highly recommended
The latest volume in Titanic's long running series of obscure R&B digs up cuts from little-known artists like Ennis Jacobs, Richard Marks, and Clifton Walker-all three of whom kick off the disc with killer cuts, Letter of Regret, Speak Now, and I Don't Know Why, respectively. Elsewhere, Miriam Makeba delivers a powerful anti-drug song, Quit It (although how Makeba qualifies as "deep soul" is a mystery), Mavis Staples sounds tame on Sam Cooke's You Send Me, and Jimmy Soul (of If You Wanna Be Happy fame) surprises on the bluesy I Can't Hold Out Any Longer, and R&B legend (in Britain anyway) J.J. Barnes wows on If You Move, I'll Fall. Like Barnes, Texas bluesman Oscar Perry is revered on Britain's Northern Soul circuit and one listen to The Rest of My Life explains why. Another hidden gem is Homer Banks' (one of Stax Records key songwriters during the 60's) Up to My Neck in Love, while the mysterious Jaibi bats a home run with You Got Me. Since there's no liner notes of any kind, it's hard to tell when these songs were recorded, although many have either a 60's or 70's feel to them. However what CDs like this lack in annotation they make up with bringing to the world music we wouldn't otherwise have been able to hear. (GMC)
BUDDY ACE: I Kicked The Habit/ JOHNNY ACEY: Forevermore/ HOMER BANKS: Up To My Neck In Love/ J.J. BARNES: If You Move I'll Fall/ BROTHERS OF SOUL: The Love I Found In You/ LARRY DAVIS: The Years Go Passing By/ WILLIE FEASTER & HIS MAGNIFICENT SIX: Don't Be Kissed By A Fool/ BETTY HARRIS: What Did I Do Wrong/ ENNIS JACOBS: Letter Of Regret/ JAIBI: You Got Me/ LITTLE CHARLES: Give Me A Chance/ MIRIAM MAKEBA: Quit It/ RICHARD MARKS: Speak Now/ DEREK MARTIN: Count To Ten/ OSCAR PERRY: The Rest Of My Life/ ROBERTA & THE SISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: Hold On To What You Got/ MCKINLEY SANDIFER: Sweet Little Woman/ JIMMY SOUL: I Can't Hold Out Any Longer/ MAVIS STAPLES: You Send Me/ CLIFTON WALKER: I Don't Know Why

VARIOUS ARTISTS Wienerworld 5100 Down Home Blues - Chicago Fine Boogie ● CD $47.98
Five CDs, 134 tracks, essential
Like many other blues fans my first love was Chicago down home blues from the late 40s and 50s and though my tastes have expanded since then I have never lost my love of blues from the Windy City. Although there were urban blues artists in that city it's that down home sound with one or two guitars and various combinations of harmonica, piano, bass and drums that was the most prominent and is the focus of this magnificent collection. Compiled by Mike Rowe, author of the pioneering study of Chicago blues called, unsurprisingly, "Chicago Blues" the music incorporates music from the most famous names like Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James and others along with a host of lesser known and very obscure performers. With so many reissues of Chicago blues it's well nigh impossible not to duplicate previous issues so the compilers have tried to focus on lesser known tracks and alternate takes of tracks by many of the performers along with tracks that were only available on long out of print reissues. There is no duplication with the previous compilation of down home Chicago blues also compiled by Mike Rowe for the Boulevard label (not currently available). There are two previously unreissued tracks by the totally obscure Gray Haired Bill taken from unissued acetates - superb singing with fine down home guitar and a slightly incongruous sax. The tracks are arranged approximately chronologically opening with James McCain's two sides recorded in 1945 for J. Mayo Williams which show the influence of John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson in his harmonica playing and end with the uptown sounds of Eddie Boyd on his classic Five Long Years and 24 Hours OF Fear from 1958. Along the way we hear (in addition to the aforementioned artists) Bluesboy Bill (a lovely country blues rendition of Take A Little Walk With Me complete with luminous Robert Johnson inspired guitar licks), Jimmy Rogers (six gorgeous tracks include his originally unissued Little Store Blues recorded for Maxwell Street Radio for their short lived Ora Nelle label in 1947), Johnny Temple (dynamic country blues - also an unissued Ora Nelle track), Sunnyland Slim, Robert Nighthawk Mildred White (with Pete Franklin on guitar), Baby Face Leroy (one of the finest vocalists to emerge from Chicago who didn't record nearly enough), Floyd Jones, Memphis Minnie (an originally unissued Checker recording from 1952 and an astonishingly rare J.O.B. side)), Blue Smitty, Homesick James, J.B. Lenoir, Sonny Boy Williamson, Dusty Brown, John Brim, Big Joe Williams and many more. The copiously illustrated 88 page booklet has an extensive essay by Mike giving us historical perspective along with information on the careers of the performers. Beautifully packaged in a slipcase and with excellent sound, this is an indispensible package, even if you already have most of the tracks. (FS)
BILLY BOY ARNOLD: Hello Stranger/ I Aint Got No Money/ Sweet On You Baby/ You Got To Love Me/ BABY FACE LEROY: Blues Is Killin Me/ Late Hours At Midnight/ My Head Cant Rest Anymore/ Take A Little Walk With Me/ BIG MACEO: Just Tell Me Baby/ One Sunday Morning/ BIRMINGHAM JR.: Birmingham Late Hours/ Youre Too Bad/ BLUE SMITTY: Crying/ Date Bait/ BLUESBOY BILL: Come On Babe/ EDDIE BOYD: 24 Hours Of Fear/ Five Long Years/ JOHN BRIM: Go Away/ I Would Hate To See You Go/ Ice Cream Man/ Lifetime Baby/ That Aint Right/ You Got Me Where You Want Me/ DUSTY BROWN: He Don't Love You/ Rusty Dusty/ Yes Shes Gone/ DELTA JOE (SUNNYLAND SLIM): Roll Tumble And Slip/ Train Time/ PETE FRANKIN: Casey Brown Blues/ PETE FRANKLIN: Down Behind The Rise/ HENRY GRAY: I Declare That Aint Right/ Matchbox Blues/ GRAY HAIRED BILL: Gertrude/ Im A Hard Working Man/ HOMESICK JAMES: Homesick/ Whiskey Headed Woman/ HOWLIN WOLF: Bluebird/ Break Of Day/ Howling Wolf Boogie/ You Gonna Wreck My Life/ You Ought To Know/ J.B. HUTTO: Price Of Love/ ELMORE JAMES: Coming Home/ It Hurts Me Too/ My Best Friend/ She Just Wont Do Right/ The Twelve Year Old Boy/ Whose Muddy Shoes/ FLOYD JONES: Dark Road/ Keep What You Got/ Overseas/ Playhouse/ Stockyard Blues/ ALBERT KING: Little Boy Blue/ Sweet Woman/ LAZY BILL: I Cant Sleep, I Cant Eat/ My Babys Gone/ J.B. LENOIR: Eisenhower Blues/ Lets Roll/ Slow Down Woman/ The Mojo/ LITTLE WALTER: Blue Baby/ Blue Midnight/ Cant Hold Out Much Longer/ I Just Keep Loving Her/ I Want My Baby/ Ive Got To Find My Baby/ Juke/ Ora Nelle Blues/ JAMES MCCAIN: Good Morning Mr Roosevelt/ I Got To Check Up On My Baby/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Conjur Man/ Kissing In The Dark/ MUDDY WATERS: All Night Long/ Burying Ground Blues/ Hard Day Blues/ I Cant Be Satisfied/ Jitterbug Blues/ Last Time I Fool Around With You/ Long Distance Call/ Rollin Stone/ You Gonna Need My Help/ ROBERT NIGHTHAWK: Down The Line/ THE NIGHTHAWKS: Black Angel Blues/ She Knows How To Love A Man/ SNOOKY PRYOR: Fine Boogie/ Judgement Day/ Someone To Love Me/ You Tried To Ruin Me Baby/ JIMMY REED: Come On Baby/ Do The Thing/ Its You Baby/ When You Left Me/ You Dont Have To Go/ You Upset My Mind/ JIMMY ROGERS: Act Like You Love Me/ Little Store Blues/ Ludella/ Mistreated Baby/ Whats The Matter/ Youre The One/ JOHN SELLERS: Let Me Be Your Sidetrack/ JOHNNY SHINES: Aint Doing No Good/ Evening Shuffle/ Ramblin/ Tennessee Woman Blues/ WILLIE LONG TIME SMITH: I Love You Baby Boogie/ My Buddy Doctor Clayton/ OTIS SPANN: Im In Love With You Baby/ Im Leaving You/ BIG BOY SPIRES: Rhythm Rock Boogie/ Someday Little Darling/ Tired Of Being Mistreated/ ST LOUIS JIMMY: Florida Hurricane/ SUNNYLAND SLIM: Be My Baby/ I Done You Wrong/ Trouble Of My Own/ Worried About My Baby/ JOHNNY TEMPLE: Olds "98" Blues/ MILDRED WHITE: Cutting Out On Me/ Kind Hearted Woman/ JOHNNY WILLIAMS: Fat Mouth/ Silver Haired Woman/ PO JOE WILLIAMS: Eula Mae/ Kings Highway/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Dont Lose Your Eye/ Dont Start Me Talking/ I Know What Love Is All About/ I Wonder Why/ The Key To Your Door/ Work With Me/ You Killing Me/ JOHNNY YOUNG: Money Taking Woman

VARIOUS ARTISTS Wrasse 349 Zaire '74 - The African Artists ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 34 tracks, 111 mins, strongly recommended
The October 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, "The Rumble in the Jungle," might now just be the most famous boxing match ever. Norman Mailer covered it for Playboy magazine; the documentary about the fight and all of the festivities and drama surrounding it, "When We Were Kings," won an Oscar; and the music from the festival has been widely released. That is, the music from the American Blues and soul artists, and Latin artists like the Fania All Stars, with smatterings of the African performers; mostly Mariam Makeba, has been widely released. This double CD focuses for the first time on the performances from the African acts. CD 1 features solid, if not terribly engaging, performances from Tabu Ley Rochereau and Afrisa, Abumba Masekini, and Abeti. Things really get fired up on disc 2 though, with 11 fantastic, high energy tracks from Franco and T.P. O.K. Jazz, then four songs from Mariam Makeba in all of her glory. Makeba certainly stole the show in the film; this includes that dazzling performance in full. Disc 2 ends with four fine tracks by Orchestre Stukas, plus the end of festivities with the Pembe Dance Troupe and their Pembe Dance Song. One of the interesting aspects of these performances was that almost all of them start with a Mobutu Praise Song, for Zaire's (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) then-Dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. Moments like those, plus the liner notes that not only tell the story of the event, but provide in depth remembrances from Hugh Masekela and festival promoter Stewart Levine, make for an excellent historical document. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Yeaah 14 Rockabilly Rarities, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98
32 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
A great collection of 50s rockabilly. Most of the tracks are rare and obscure and, most importantly, very good. You may have heard such classics as Hank Swatley's super hot version of Jack Guthrie's Oakie Boogie or Sonee Wests two sided monster Sweet Rockin' Baby and Rock-Ola Ruby but there are tracks here to get even the most knowledgeable rockabilly collector drooling like Jim Floey & The Big Beats bluesy, country flavored Goodbye Train or Jimmy Stewart & The Nigh Hawks Nuthin' But A Nuthin' which features a great piano break and a great guitar break! Talkin' about guitar's - dig the guitar on Jimmy Grubbs' Let's Rock Tonite or Orangie Ray Hubbard's Sweet Love. But I needn't go on - there's not a dud in sight! Unlike many similar collections there's an eight page booklet with informative notes. This collection was also issued on the Lost Gold label as "Rockabilly Classics Vol. 3" but like this version is also out of print. Unfortunately we can't get any other volumes in this great series. (FS)
HAROLD ALLEN: I Need Some Lovin'/ LLOYD ARNOLD: Hang Out/ JIM BILLINGTON: Love Bug Crawl/ PAUL CARNES: I'm A Mean, Mean Daddy/ SONNY COLE & THE RHYTHM ROAMERS: Robinson Crusoe Bop/ BILL DAVENPORT & CIRCLE D RANCH HANDS: Rock And Roll With Mom And Dad/ DEACON & THE ROCK 'N' ROLLERS: Rock On The Moon/ ELROY DIETZEL & THE RHYTHM BANDITS: Rockin' Bones/ DANNY DILL: I'm Hungry For Your Lovin'/ LARRY DONN: Honey-bun/ JIM FLOEY & THE BIG BEATS: Goodbye Train/ GENE GOZA & THE DAMANGOS: Gosmody Whatabody/ JIMMY GRUBBS & HIS MUSIC MAKERS: Let's Rock Tonite/ REX HALE & HIS RHYTHM MASTERS: Down At Big Mama's House/ BEN HALL & THE COUNTRY DRIFTERS: Moo Mama/ BOB HICKS & THE FENDERS: Rock, Baby, Rock/ ORANGIE RAY HUBBARD: Sweet Love/ MEL MCGONNIGLE: Rattle Shakin' Mama/ J. MIKEL & THE FENDERS: Sweetest Thing/ CARL MILLER: Rhythm Guitar/ DAVID RAY: Lonesome Baby Blues/ DICK SEATON & THE MAD LADS: Juke Box Rock/ SPECK & DOYLE: Music To My Ear/ ANDY STARR & THE CASINOS: Just A-walkin/ JIMMY STEWART & THE NIGHTHAWKS: Nuthin' But A Nuthin'/ HANK SWATLEY: Oakie Boogie/ AL SWEARR: I Hate Myself/ DALE VAUGHAN & HIS STARNOTES: How Can You Be Mean To Me/ SONEE WEST: Rock-ola Ruby/ Sweet Rockin' Baby/ THE WHITECAPS: Rock 'n' Roll Saddles/ JIMMY WITTER & THE SHADOWS: If You Love My Woman

FATS WALLER Tai Ping Records 102 On The Air - 1938 Broadcasts ● CD $18.98
Three live broadcasts featuring the one and only Fats Waller. Two of then - an NBC Broadcast from July, 1938 and a Yacht Club Broadcast from October feature him accompanied by his Rhythm with Herman Autrey / trumpet, Al Casey/ guitar and others on a diverse selection of material with only one duplication - Ain't Misbehavin'/ I Had To Do It/ Hold My Hand/ Monday Mornin'/ African Ripples/ Some Of These Days/ Yacht Club Swing etc. The third is a transatlantic broadcast from London in September with Fats playing piano or pipe organ and sharing vocals with Adelaide Hall. Although these broadcasts have been reissued before there are several previously unissued performances and the radio transcriptions have been newly remastered for best possible sound. The CD includes four bonus tracks - three from rare vinyl test pressings and one from a V-Disc made shortly before his death.


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