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NEWSLETTER #147
Blues & Gospel
Lurrie Bell ->
Curtis Jones + DVDS
 

 

 

NEW DVDs

   

HOWLIN' WOLF Vestapol 13099 In Concert 1970 ● DVD $24.98
Black & White, 9 songs, 60 mins, essential
Wow - it doesn't get much better than this! There is precious little live footage of the great Howlin' Wolf available so this release is a real stunner. Not only has not been out before but it captures Wolf in top form accompanied by a great band including the mind bending guitar work of Hubert Sumlin and the piano of Sunnyland Slim. Wolf howls the blues, prowls the stage like a caged animal and wails on the harmonica on classic Wolf favorites like Highway 49/ How Many More Years/ Killing Floor/ Back Door Man/Decoration Day and others. In between songs there are fascinating excerpts of an interview with Wolf and Sunnyland. Video and sound quality are excellent. A real treasure and a must have for blues lovers. (FS)

 
 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
 
BIG GEORGE BROCK Cat Head 1004 Live At Seventy Five ● CD $14.98
11 tracks, 57 min., highly recommended
Recorded at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in May 2007, Brock's third album offers up more classic-sounding blues in the tradition of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, whose influence drips from every track. He may be 75 years old, but Brock sounds like pure energy here, thanks in no small part to his intense drummer, Riley Coatie, Jr. (his father is on the guitar). The set is half originals (M Is For Mississippi), half well-chosen covers (Forty-Four Blues, Everything's Gonna Be Alright). Everything sounds gritty and greasy and just a little dangerous, just the way it should; and the album does what good live albums always do: mane you wish you were at the show. Maybe next time around. (JC)

 
JEFFERY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS Maison De Soul 1087 Keeping The Tradition Alive! ● CD $15.98
17 tracks, recommended
Excellent collection of Zydeco and Creole music featuring singer, accordionist and fiddler Jeffrey Broussard, formerly with Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hirollers. Broussard's gruff vocal style is not always the most appealing but he is a very fine accordion player with a rich and powerful style that owes more than a little to the great Clifton Chenier. His band is solid with fine guitar from D'Jalma Garnier III. Most of the songs are originals along with several from the repertoire of Boozoo Chavis. Highlight for me is the swamp pop ballad Richest Man by Texas singer/ songwriter Bill Carter which features some of Broussard's best singing and playing. (FS)

 
EDDIE C. CAMPBELL Wolf 120.816 Mind Trouble ● CD $16.98
Fine set of West Side Chicago blues featuring excellent singer/ guitarist Campbell. 15 of the tracks were recorded in Holland in 1986 and originally issued on the Double Trouble label. Eddie is accompanied by a fine band of mostly Dutch musicians plus some fine harp provided by Johnny Mars. Most of the tracks are good Campbell originals. The 16th track is from a 1977 Chicago session featuring Eddie with Lafayette Leake, Bob Stroger and Clifton james on a fine version of B.B.'s Please Love Me.

 
OTIS CLAY Echo 357 Walk A Mile In My Shoes ● CD $14.98
Chicago soul singer Clay is actually best known for the sides he cut in Memphis in the early 70's, including his Willie Mitchell-produced hit from 1972 Trying to Live My Life Without You. Since that commercial high, Clay hasn't stopped working and his latest effort is a disc of gospel songs recorded for his own Echo imprint. Featuring duets with Carla Thomas and Soul Stirrers Arthur and Leroy Crume, the album also sports covers of Joe South's immortal Walk a Mile in My Shoes, and Stevie Wonder's Love's in Need of Love Today.

 
GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN' BOOGIE Times Square 9063 Le Cowboy Creole ● CD $15.98
15 tracks, 64 min., highly recommended
On his fifth solo outing since leaving his father's employ, which is to say the John Delafose & the Eunice Playboys zydeco band, Geno mixes strong originals with traditional numbers and some classic rock. The cowboy in the title refers to the man himself and not his music, if the booklet photos are to be trusted. In fact, there's an entire page dedicated to a horse photo montage and another of Geno on the farm. But on the tractor or behind the accordion, Delafose sports the smile that one can only get by doing what one loves. His music is joyous and dance inducing, with a tip of the hat to the past (Grand Bois Waltz) and good-time originals (Everybody's Havin' Fun that offer contemporary zydeco at its finest. Delafose covers Van Morrison's Domino, Check Berry's Promised Land, the Everly Brothers' When Will I Be Loved, Clifton Chenier's Someone Told Me It Was Over, and makes them all sound like Louisiana originals written for the dance floor. Perhaps the best track is Delafose's own Tout l'Jour et Tout l'Soir, which, in spite of its she-done-me-wrong lyric, is a foot-tapping, smile-engendering good time. His cover of Lionel Richie's schmaltzy classic Easy represents a rare mistep here, not because it alone feels forced and reveals the serious limitations to Delafose's vocals, which are otherwise quite satisfying, but because nothing about the song is appropriate for the album. Maybe he lost a bet. Still, a solid album worth adding to any zydeco collection. (JC)

 
ARIZONA DRANES Document DOCD 5186 Complete Recordings In Chronological Order (1926-29) ● CD $15.98
22 tracks, 67 min., recommended
Back in print. Born blind around 1905 of mixed black and Mexican heritage, Arizona Juanita Dranes is generally regarded as the most influential gospel piano player of the twenties. In her performing, she combined a rousing barrelhouse rhythm on the piano with her own and others' sanctified singing. This collection offers her complete recorded works, solo and as a part of a vocal ensemble, including In That Day/ My Soul Is a Witness for the Lord/ Bye and Bye We're Going to See the King and Don't You Want to Go. Also included are two cuts each by the Texas Jubilee Singers and Reverend Joe Lenley, both of whom are thought to have been accompanied by Dranes, and two bonus tracks by the Southern Sanctified Singers. Sound quality varies a bit. Fine notes and artwork typical of Document. (DH)
ARIZONA DRANES: Bye And Bye We're Going To See The King/ Crucifixion/ Don't You Want To Go?/ God's Got A Crown/ He Is My Story/ I Shall Wear A Crown/ I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go/ I'm Glad My Lord Saved Me/ I'm Going Home On The Morning Train/ In That Day/ It's All Right Now/ John Said He Saw A Number/ Just Look/ Lamb's Blood Has Washed Me Clean/ My Soul Is A Witness For The Lord/ Sweet Heaven Is My Home/ REV. JOE LENLEY: Let Us Therefore Come/ Lord Who Shall Abide In Thy Tabernacle/ THE SOUTHERN SANCTIFIED SINGERS: Soon We'll Gather At The River/ Where He Leads Me I Will Follow/ THE TEXAS JUBILEE SINGERS: He's Coming Soon/ He's The Lily Of The Valley

 
HONEYBOY EDWARDS Earwig 4953 Roamin' And Ramblin' ● CD $15.98
New album from that most venerable of Mississippi bluesmen features 11 tracks recorded in 2007 when Honeyboy was 91 with Honeyboy accompanied by harmonica players Bobby Rush, Johnny "Yard Dog" Jones or Billy Branch plus other musicians. It also includes a live side from 1=2004 with Honey accompanied on harmonica by his friend and producer Michael Frank, three tracks from 1976 - one with Sugar Blue on harmonica, two from 1975 with Walter Horton and two tracks from his Library Of Congress recordings in 1942.

 
DAVID EVANS Inside Sounds 0532 Needy Time ● CD $14.98
14 tracks, 51 mins, highly recommended
David Evans is one of the nation's leading blues researchers having written extensively on country blues over the past 40 years and spent time with many of the country blues legends. He is also a fine musician in his own right and has learned well from the many great musicians he has associated with. His singing is powerful but unforced and is a splendid guitarist with a style that shows his influences without slavish imitation. His material is a mix of traditional songs, songs from the repertoire of great country bluesmen and original songs that are strongly rooted in traditional styles. Two of these are topical songs that are among the highlights here - Bring The Boys Back Home is a scathing commentary on the Iraq war and God Rode In The Windstorm uses the tune of God Moves On The Water for another powerful commentary - this time about Hurricane Katrina and the response. On the latter he is given wonderful vocal backup from Spirit Of Memphis Quartet. Arrangements are varied ranging from solo to small groups which includes, in various combinations - guitar, tambourine, harmonica, jug, violin, washboard and more. Most of the recordings are recent but there are also a few from the 60s and 70s including a version of Bottle Up And Go from 1979 where he joined by Sleepy John Estes' partner Hammie Nixon on vocal, jug & kazoo and two tracks from 1964 and '67 where is joined by Alan Wilson of Canned Heat fame. A very fine release. (FS)

 
BUDDY GUY JSP 8808 Live At The Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1979 ● CD $16.98
Newly packaged reissue of 1979 recordings made at the famed Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago. Buddy is accompanied by his regular band of the time (brother Phil on guitar, J.W. Williams/ bass, etc). Songs include Buddy' Blues, Part One/ I've Got A Right To Love My Woman/ The Things I Used To Do/ Buddy's Blues, Part 2/ Don't Answer The Doore, etc.

 
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS Proper BOX 123 Texas Thunderbolt ● CD $26.98
Another winner from Proper featuring 110 sides recorded by the king of Texas country between 1946 and 1955 - a healthy percentage of the sides he recorded during this period. Includes 48 page booklet.
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: (let Me) Play With Your Poodle/ Abilene/ Ain't It A Shame/ Ain't It A Shame/ Another Fool In Town/ Appetite Blues/ Automobile Blues/ Baby Please Don't Go/ Bad Luck And Trouble/ Bad Things On My Mind/ Beggin' You To Stay/ Black Cat/ Black Cat Bone/ Bluebird Blues/ Blues For My Cookie/ Can't Get That Woman Off My Mind/ Candy Kitchen/ Cemetery Blues/ Coffee Blues/ Contrary Mary/ Crazy 'bout My Baby/ Daddy Will Be Home One Day/ Dark And Cloudy/ Dirty House/ Disagreeable/ Don't Think 'cause Your Pretty/ Evil Hearted Woman/ Freight Train Blues/ Give Me Central/ Goin' Back And Talk To Mama/ Grievance Blues/ Grosebeck Blues/ Had A Gal Called Sal/ Happy New Year/ Have To Let You Go/ Henny Penny Blues/ Highway Blues/ Honey Babe/ I Can't Stay Here In Yourtown/ I Just Don't Care/ I'm Beggin' You/ I'm Wild About You Baby/ Ida Mae/ Jackstropper Blues/ Jake Head Boogie/ Katie Mae Blues/ Last Affair/ Life I Used To Live/ Lightnin' Special/ Lightnin's Boogie/ Lightnin's Boogie/ Lightnin's Boogie/ Little Mama Boogie/ Lonesome Dog Blues/ Lonesome Home/ Lonesome In Your Home/ Long Way From Texas/ Mad With You/ Mama's Baby Child/ Merry Christmas/ Miss Loretta/ Miss Me Blues/ Mistreater Blues/ Moanin' Blues/ Moonrise Blues/ Morning Blues/ Movin' On Out Boogie/ My Baby's Gone/ My California/ My Little Kewpie Doll/ Needed Time/ Nightmare Blues/ Nothin' But The Blues/ One Kind Favour/ One Kind Of Favour/ Picture On The Wall/ Policy Game/ Praying Ground Blues/ Racetrack Blues/ Remember Me/ Rollin' And Rollin'/ Rollin' Woman Blues/ Sad News From Korea/ Santa Fe Blues/ See See Rider/ Shine On Moon/ Short Haired Woman/ Shotgun Blues/ Sick Feeling Blues/ Sittin' Down Thinking/ So Long/ Some Day Baby/ Somebody's Got To Go/ Sugar On My Mind/ T-model Blues/ Tap Dance Boogie/ Tell It Like It Is/ That Mean Old Twister/ The War Is Over/ Tim Moore's Farm/ Unpredictable Woman/ Unsuccessful Blues/ Untrue Blues/ West Coast Blues/ What Can It Be?/ Whiskey Headed Woman/ You Caused My Heart To Weep/ You Don't Know/ You're Not Goin' To Worry My Life Anymore/ Zologo

 
FRUTELAND JACKSON Electro-Fi 3401 Tell Me What You Say ● CD $15.98
Newest from popular acoustic blues performer.

 
LIL SON JACKSON Document DOCD 5681 Volume 2: 1950-1952 Restless Blues ● CD $15.98
Second of three volumes devoted to the commercial recordings of this superb Texas country blues singer/ guitarist. Many of these tracks feature Son accompanied by other musicians ranging from just string bass to full groups with bass, piano, drums and sax which occasionally get in the way but his beautiful soulful vocals are well to the fore and the songs all have a down home sensibility. Like the first volume there is a little more high end filtering than I would like but it's not too offensive and there are no digital artifacts.

 

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