Monday, 20 April 2015

Savin' Those Sounds - Blues On 78 (re-up)




Side One
1. Rockin' With Red - Piano Red
2. Possum Hunt - Smokey Hogg
3. Off The Wall - Little Walter
4. Don't Start Me Talking - Sonny Boy Williamson
5. Boogie Chillen' - John Lee Hooker
6. Honey Honey Blues - Lightnin' Hopkins
7. Walking The Blues - Willie Dixon

Side Two
1. If You're Mine - Willie Dixon
2. Tell Me Mama - Little Walter
3. Sally Mae - John Lee Hooker
4. Moonrise Blues - Lightnin' Hopkins
5. Red's Boogie - Piano Red
6. Let's Get Together And Drink Some Gin - Smokey Hogg
7. All My Love In Vain - Sonny Boy Williamson

Ripped from shellac at 128 kbps by El Enmascarado

New download link:


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NEW NEW download link with no password:

http://www12.zippyshare.com/v/thsW6mgP/file.html

Original post (November 2011):


This re-up of the blues "LP" compiled from El Enmascarado's rips from shellac 78 rpm discs represents the last-but-one stage in the recovery of the posts featuring the "mp3s from 78s" sent in by The Masked One. At present the "latest news" section in the blog sidebar contains the complete list of posts of these 1940s/50s 10 inch shellac discs, all of which have had new streaming audio installed following the collapse of Divshare.

Of course this will soon no longer be "latest news" and therefore I am presently constructing a new page which will list links to all the 78 posts plus links to the downloadable compilations of these rare discs. It will be a "one stop shop" for this unforgettable series of glimpses into R&B history.

The demise of Divshare has been a heavy blow to the blog as its streaming audio widget was on many posts. I've prioritized El Enmascarado's rips for new streaming audio, just as I prioritized the Joan Selects series for re-ups following the final disintegration of Rapidshare. I feel that this is only fair as both Joan and The Masked One put in a tremendous amount of work to bring rare sounds to Be Bop Wino.

Re-ups have dominated the blog for months now, but I hope to post some new stuff soon. One thing I noticed while uploading the 78 rpm singles to Box, was that in general they had more audio presence than rips from 1980s reissue vinyl. This was especially noticeable when listening to Sonny Boy Williamson's "Don't Start Me Talking" / "All My Love In Vain". The 78 version just had so much more whomp than the mp3s I had of these tracks from a 1980s "Chess Masters" 2LP set. And this was the despite the fact that the vinyl rips were at a much higher bit rate.

There's much talk these days of a vinyl revival, but c'mon folks, let's get back to shellac! That's where the action is!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Skid Row - Roy Milton (King 5069)




Recorded in Los Angeles, February 27th 1957. B Side of Roy's cover of "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu". Released in mid-July 1957.

Personnel (probably): Walter Williams (trumpet); Harvey Braxton (alto sax); Cliff Solomon (tenor sax); Oscar Estelle (baritone sax); Emmanuel Kennebrew (piano); Johnny Rogers (guitar); Lawrence Kato (bass) Roy Milton (drums).

Billboard review, 22nd July 1957: "Fine blues instrumental with a lot of mood and feeling, and a modified Yancey bass in the arrangement. Satisfying wax for the savants."

Ask and ye shall be given ... I must thank Corky who answered a request on the blog for this rare Roy Milton B side. As he said in his email "the disc was pretty trashed" but he has done a stand up job in removing the scratches, plus he has also supplied a label scan. Many thanks, sir.

The Billboard review sums up the record quite nicely - a moody bluesy instro with nice solos on guitar and alto and tenor saxes. The writer credits are to Roy Milton, trumpeter Walter Williams, tenor sax man Cliff Solomon and baritone sax player Oscar Estelle, so this may well be a little something cooked up during the recording session. Only one other side resulted from this particular session - "I'm Grateful" (King 5035) which featured a vocal by Roy.

You can download "Skid Row" (320 kbps mp3) plus label scan from here:

http://www89.zippyshare.com/v/Any90yMo/file.html

Grab it and add it to your download of "The Later Roy Milton" which is doubtless featuring strongly on all your current playlists. Have fun, folks, and thanks again Corky.


Monday, 6 April 2015

Todd Rhodes - Dance Music That Hits the Spot!





Side One:
1. Blues For The Red Boy
2. Pot Likker
3. Teardrops
4. Beet Patch
5. Blue Autumn
6. Specks
7. Echoes
8. Chicken Strut

Side Two:
1. Bell Boy Boogie
2. Rocket 69
3. Feathers
4. Thunderbolt Boogie
5. Red Boy Is Back
6. Snuff Dipper
7. Silver Sunset
8. Gin Gin Gin

I guess this should count as a re-up as I originally posted this LP back in October 2007 in the very earliest days of Be Bop Wino. This time round I've included brand new cover and label scans, so you now get the complete front and back covers for the very first time. In my view that makes it a kind of new post!

This is a 1980s reissue of King LP 658, originally issued in August 1959. The music spans the entirety of Todd's recording career with "Bell Boy Boogie" originating from his very first session with Sensation in July 1947 and "Silver Sunset", "Specks" aka "Space", "Echoes" and "Chicken Strut" being the complete last session for King in July, 1954.

Todd Rhodes was a native of Kentucky (born 1900), a trained musician who attended the Springfield School of Music (Ohio) and a big band veteran who played piano with McKinney's Cotton Pickers in the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1940s he settled in Detroit and led small bands which played around the many clubs in that city.

His first recording contract was with local label Sensation and his records were simultaneously released on the Chicago label Vitacoustic for national distribution. Before 1947 was out, Vitacoustic had gone belly up and a new national distribution deal was arranged with King Records. Detroit issues were still put out on Sensation but tension between the two companies led to a legal dispute which was won by King in 1951. From then on, all Todd Rhodes releases were exclusively through King who also bought out all existing Sensation masters. The information on the back cover of this LP only lists King release numbers.

The full story of Todd's early career is told in the notes to the excellent Ace CD "Blues For The Red Boy - The Early Sensation Recordings" CDCHD 856.



This is a CD I can highly recommend. It has superb sound quality (being from original masters) and gives a marvelous insight into the versatility  of the Todd Rhodes band - capable of sounding equally good on boppers, lush jazzers, boogies, blues and even occasional reworkings of classical pieces! If ever a jump band lived up to the title of "little big band", it was the Todd Rhodes outfit.

The "Dance Music That Hits the Spot!" LP can't match the CD for sound quality. In fact this release sounds like echo has been added to most of the tracks. It's still a cracking jump collection. The boogies are especially powerful and let's not forget that "Blues For The Red Boy" was chosen by Alan Freed as the introductory theme to his first "rock 'n 'roll" radio show in Cleveland.

Todd was credited with starting the career of Lavern Baker and also being an important influence on the career of Johnnie Ray as he worked with them both at Detroit's Flame Show Bar. He also backed Wynonie Harris on two sessions for King in July 1951 and January 1952, including a couple of memorably raunchy releases in "Lovin' Machine" and "Keep On Churnin' (Till The Butter Comes)".

Download from here:

http://www13.zippyshare.com/v/c6kK6Jup/file.html


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Later Roy Milton (re-up)

Re-upped by request, this time with a front cover! Original post here:


New download link:


From the original post:

Although Roy Milton’s chart career ended in 1952, his recording career rolled on. As the sound of rhythm & blues changed and rock ‘n’ roll loomed on the horizon, Roy’s records got tougher and bluesier. His last recordings for Specialty were made in 1953, with some of this material being released through 1954 and 1955. “Baby Don’t Do That To Me” and “Tell It Like It Is” were recorded for Specialty in April 1953 and released in February 1955 and October 1954, respectively.

Walter “Dootsie” Williams, the owner of DooTone Records and a former trumpeter with Roy’s band The Solid Senders, signed Roy to his label in 1955. There was only one recording session  for Dootone, in October 1955 which produced a few classic rockin’ numbers, especially “You Got Me Reelin’ & Rockin’”. “Fools Are Getting Scarcer” and “I Can’t Go On” are also from this session.

In October 1956 Roy recorded a session for King Records in Cincinnati. The hip stomper “One Zippy Zam” which includes terrific electric guitar from Johnny Rogers is from this session. “A Brand New Thrill” and “Jeeps Blues” are from Roy’s final session for King in July 1957. Thereafter there was no more recording by Roy until 1960 when he started making discs for a series of small obscure labels through to 1964. “Driveway Blues” and “I’m Forgetting About You” were recorded in Los Angeles for the Thunderbird label in 1962.

Many thanks to Joan for some obscure vinyl rips and label shots!

Ripped (mostly) from vinyl (except the Specialty sides) at hugely varying bitrates.

1. Baby, Don't Do That To Me (Specialty 545)
2. Tell It Like It Is (Specialty 538)
3. Fools Are Getting Scarcer (Dootone 363)
4. I Can't Go On (Dootone 363)
5. You Got Me Reelin' & Rockin' (Dootone 369)
6. One Zippy Zam (King 4993)
7. A Brand New Thrill (King 5074)
8. Jeep's Blues (King 5074)
9. Driveway Blues (Thunderbird 104)
10. I'm Forgetting About You (Thunderbird 104)







An appeal - there was a request a few weeks ago for a source for Roy Milton's King recording "Skid Row." Does anyone have a copy they could share?

Monday, 30 March 2015

Count Basie & His Orchestra - Swingin' The Blues (re-up)


These classic recordings for Decca were cut between July 1937 and February 1939. The band line-up included the twin tenor sax threat of Lester Young and Herschel Evans, and of course the All American Rhythm Section of Freddy Green (guitar), Walter Page (bass), Jo Jones (drums) and the Count himself on piano. There’s a tremendous blues shouting performance by Jimmy Rushing on the classic “Sent ForYou Yesterday” which is a number I just can’t get out of my head at present.

“Jive at Five” and “Lady Be Good” were recorded on the third of February 1939, just five days before Herschel Evans died of a heart condition. On these tracks Chu Berry deputized for the ailing Herschel. Berry himself was to die in an automobile accident just two years later.

The tracks were ripped from a cassette issued in 1984 by Charly Records. Inlay card with notes is included in the download.

Ripped at 320 kbps

1. Swinging The Blues
2. John's Idea
3. Blue & Sentimental
4. Texas Shuffle
5. Panassie Stomp
6. Sent For You Yesterday
7. You Can Depend On Me
8. Every Tub
9. Jumpin' At The Woodside
10. Time Out
11. Jive At Five
12. Oh Lady Be Good
13. Shorty George
14. Out The Window
15. Topsy
16. Doggin' Around

New download link:


The original post from 2008 is here:


Re-uploaded at the request of a Be Bop Wino fan!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Joan Spins Again - Volume 4 (re-up)


 01 - The Kings - Come On Little Baby - 1958 - Jalo 203
 02 - The Sophomores - Every Night About This Time - 1956 - Dawn 216
 03 - The Cufflinks -  It's Too Late Now 1957  Dooto 422
 04 - The Dundees - Never - 1954  Space 201
 05 - The Carnations - Tree In The Meadow  1952 Derby 789
 06 - The Serenaders - Tomorrow Night  - 1952 JVB 2001  
 07 - The Delmonicos - Until You - 1964  Musictone 6122
 08 - The Tornadoes - 4 O'Clock In The Morning -  1956 - Chess 1649
 09 - The Five Scalders - Girl Friend - 1956 Drummond 4-3001
 10 - The Haven Knights - Why Go On Pretending - 1957 Atlas 1092
 11 - The Velvet Angels - I'm In Love - 1964 Medieval 201 (The Diablos, acapella)
 12 - The Roomates - Here Am I Broken Hearted - Unreleased
 13 - The Invictas - Nellie - 1959  Jack Bee 1003
 14 - The Tantones - I Love You Really I Do - 1956 Lamp 2002
 15 - The Marigolds - Juke Box Rock 'n' Roll - 1956 Excello 2091 
 16 - The Rogues - I've Been Dreamin - 1958 - Old Town 1056
 17 - The Masters - Crying My Heart Out - 1958 Le Sage 713
 18 - The Rannels -  Blue Island - 1963 Boss 2122

Please note - track 12 "Here Am I Broken Hearted" by The Roomates is in fact a modern recording by a doowop revival group. The original was by The Four J's out of Philly. You can access that excellent record by searching on YouTube. The Roomates version is acapella and I can see why Joan may have thought it was a demo. Very nice vocals by the Roomates! I'd thought of replacing it with the original but in the end I re-upped the comp as originally presented by Joan way back in 2012.

Your new download link is here:


Original post is here:


That brings us to the end of Joan's comps (for now!?). Thanks for this doowop education Joan. It was certainly an eye opener for me and I'm sure for many other people.

If you've been searching through old Be Bop Wino posts which feature the Divshare music widget you'll be aware that there have been playback problems for weeks now. Divshare have been very uncommunicative about the nature of the problems on their website. It appears that they may be moving towards a new "business model" and may also be suffering from self inflicted "technical issues." I am now investigating an alternative music widget service.

Like the way-going of Rapidshare, the Divshare problems have been a pretty heavy blow to Be Bop Wino. In particular, the many posts featuring the 78 rpm rips of El Enmascarado have been rendered "silent." If my trial of an alternative service proves successful, the Masked One's posts will be the first to be re-upped.

Lastly, my apologies for the lack of posts over the last 2 weeks. I had to swot for my exams. I may have retired at the end of last August but I made the mad decision to go back to university to study German and Italian. You're never too old to learn!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Joan Spins Again - Volume 3 (re-up)


1 - The Duponts - Must Be Falling In Love  Winley 212 / Savoy 1552 (1958) (F/b Little Anthony Gourdine)
2 - The Carnations - The Angels Sent You To Me  Savoy 1172 (1955)
3 - The V-8s - Pretty Girl  Most 711 (1959)
4 - The Orients - Shouldn't I  Laurie 3232  (1964)
5 - The Hi-Liters  - Feelin' Allright This Morning Vee Jay (Unreleased) (1958)   
6 - The Centenniels - The Wayward Wind  Dot 16180  (1961)
7 - The Concords - You Can't Stay Here  Harlem 2332  (1955)
8 - The Calvaes - Anna Morcora   Checker 928  (1959) (F/b Oscar Boyd)
9 - The Five Embers - Love Tears  Gem 227  (1955)
10 - The King Odum Four - All Of Me   Derby 
11 - The Gentlemen - Baby Don't Go  Apollo 470  (1954)
12 - The Thrillers - 'Lizabeth  Herald 432  (1954)
13 - Little June and the Januarys - Hello  Salem 188  (1959)
14 - The Masterkeys - Mr. Blues Abbey 2017   
15 - The Impalas - Why  Corvet 1017  (1958)
16 - The Invictas - Gone So Long  Jack Bee 1003  (1959)
17 - The Five Stars - Sweet Names Note (1956)  
18 - The Four Buddies - Sweet Tooth For My Baby  Savoy 866  (1952)

Your new download link for Joan Spins Again Volume 3:


The original post is here:


With thanks to Joan K.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Joan Spins Again - Volume 2 (re-up)


These re-up requests are in the pipeline - Volumes 3 and 4 of Joan Spins Again, Count Basie - Swingin' The Blues, Roy Milton - The Later Roy Milton, Todd Rhodes - Dance Music That Hits The Spot.

There's a request from Mike Britcom for any info on a source for the Roy Milton track "Skid Row." This was an instrumental which was originally released in 1957 as the B side of Roy's version of "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" (King 5069). Can anyone out there help?

Back to Joan Spins Again Volume 2. Here are the tracks -

1 - The Twilighters - Half Angel  MGM 55014 1955
2 - The Caverliers - Dynaflow   Atlas 1031 1954
3 - The Demens - The Greatest of Them All  Teenage 1008 1957
4 - The Five Bells - Please Remember My Heart   Stolper 100
5 - The Mello-Drops - I Want Your Love Imperial Unreleased
6 - The Crystals - Squeeze Me Baby   Luna 101 1954
7 - The Gazelles - Pretty Baby, Baby   Gotham 315 1956
8 - The Five Hollywood Blue Jays - So Worried  Recorded In Hollywood 185 1951
9 - The Hornets - Crying Over You   Flash 125  1957
10 - The Billy Dawn Quartet - You Will Always Find Me True Firefly 332  
11 - The Gems - The Darkest Night   Drexel 909 1956
12 - The Love Notes - Treat Me Right   
13 - The Dukes - COme On And Rock    Imperial (Unreleased)
14 - The Shadows - Bop-Alena    Delta 1509  1958
15 - The Belvederes - We Two   Baton 217 1955
16 - The True-Tones - Why Oh Why   
17 - The Bombers - Two Time Heart   Orpheus 1105  1956
18 - The Marylanders - Good Old 99   Jubilee 5114  1953

Your new download link:


The original post is here:


Some good stuff on this volume! Thanks Joan!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Joan Spins Again - Volume 1 (re-up)


In response to a request, here is a re-up of "Joan Selects - Volume 1". The remaining three volumes will be re-upped later in the week.

This second series of compilations by Joan consisted of short LP length selections of vintage R&B. There are just 18 tracks here, but, hey, they're all killer, etc. I would like to state here and now that "535" by The Dreamers is one humungous piece of rockin' rhythm 'n' blues. Download and hear for yourselves!

The original post with label shots, etc can be read here:


And here is your new download link:


Tracklist:

01 The Flamingos - Get With It - Parrot 811 1955
02 The Derbys - Night After Night - Mercury 71437  1957
03 The Sonnets - Angel Of My Dreams - Lane 501  March 1958
04 The Winners - Can This Be Love - Rainbow 331  1956
05 The Dreamers - 535 - Grand 131  1955
06 The L' Cap-Tans - The Bells Ring Out - Hollywood 1092  1958
07 The Scale-Tones - Dreamin and Dreamin - Jay-Dee 810 1956
08 The Senders - I Dream Of You Night After Night - Kent 320 1959
09 The Hollyhocks - You For Me  - Nasco 6001 1957
10 The Castros - Is It Right - Lasso 502 1959
11 The Thrills - Ain't Got The Money To Pay For This Drink - JAB 103 June 1956
12 The Radars - You Belong To Me - Abbey 3025
13 The Goldentones - Little Island Girl - Hush 101  1959
14 The Swallows - Will You Be Mine - King 4458  1951
15 The Corsairs - Rock, Lilly, Rock - Hytone 110 1958 
16 The Radiants - Joyce - Chess Demo, unreleased 1962
17 The Native Boys - Native Girl - Modern 939 1954
18 The Wrens - What Makes You Do The Things You Do - Rama 184 1955

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Maxwell Davis And His Tenor Sax (re-up)


This is the final LP in the Aladdin "... and His Tenor Sax" series. As with the previous LPs in this series, "Maxwell Davis And His Tenor Sax" underwent various changes, first appearing as a 10" album in 1954, then a 12" album in 1956 and then re-appearing on the Score budget label with a new title, "Blue Tango", in 1957. This is an extended 1980s release on the UK / Danish Official label.

The full story of the various incarnations of this LP, along with an outline of the career of Maxwell Davis can be read on the original post here:


Your new download link is here:


Tracklist:

Side 1:
1. Blue Tango
2. Popsicle
3. Blue Shuffle
4. Glory Of Love
5. Hey, Good Lookin'
6. Joe Louis Story Theme
7. Gomain Nasai (Forgive Me)
8. Ooh!

Side 2:
1. Hey Boy
2. C'est Si Bon
3. Look Sharp
4. Strange Sensation
5. Kiss Me Again
6. Hot Point
7. No Other Love
8. Charmaine