Saturday, 23 July 2016

Big Jim Wynn - Blow Wynn Blow (Re-up)

Side A:
01. Ee-Bobaliba
02. Buzz, Buzz, Buzz
03. I Want A Little Girl
04. Cherry Red
05. Rock Woogie
06. Shipyard Woman
07. J.W. Bop
08. In A Rhapsody In Minor

Side B:
09. Blow Wynn Blow
10. Jelly Kelly Blues
11. Fat Meat
12. Farewell Baby
13. Put Me Down Blues
14. I'm The Boss (At My House)
15. Goofin' Off
16. Down To The Ocean

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Original post (8th May, 2010) is here:

In response to a request for a re-up, here is West Coast tenor sax and baritone sax player Big Jim Wynn. The original post contains extensive background information on Big Jim as well as original release information on the tracks in this LP.

More information has come to light since the original Big Jim Wynn post regarding the origins of "Ee-Bobaliba" / "Be Baba Leba" / "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re -Bop!" See this post: Lionel Hampton - Leapin' With Lionel for information on Tina Dixon's claim to the copyright, which may conflict with Big Jim Wynn's claim to be the originator of one of R&B's biggest hits of 1945/46.

This re-up contains an improved version of one of the original label scans, plus the volume on these tracks has been boosted. And like all the re-ups, the files are now password-free.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Rock 'n' Roll (Regent MG-6015) - Re-up!

Side 1:
01. Rockin' Boy - Chuz Alfred Combo
02. Hot Rod - Hal Singer
03. Blues For Everybody - Bobby Banks Orch.
04. Playboy Hop - Rockin' Bros. Orch.
05. The Grinder - Rockin' Bros. Orch.

Side 2:
01. You Gotta Rock And Roll - Bob Oakes Orch.
02. Backbiter - T.J. Fowler
03. Wine Cooler - T.J. Fowler
04. Rooster Boogie - Paul Williams Orch.
05. Frog Hop - Hal Singer Orch.

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In response to a re-up request, here's a genuine 1950s LP which was sent in to the blog by an anonymous donor back in 2010.

A theme which has occasionally reared its head on this blog is "exploitation" and this is as fine an example of cashing in on the rock 'n' roll phenomenon as you could hope to see. The LP was issued on Regent in 1956 (probably in the second half of the year) and it consists of tracks recorded in 1954-56 as rock 'n' roll tracks, plus R&B tracks from 1951-52.

The repackaging of early 1950s and even late 1940s R&B as "rock n' roll" was a common practice of record labels as they tried to achieve sales among the burgeoning teen market of the second half of the 1950s. There have been several examples posted on this blog, including some LPs on Atlantic, and the whole "Hen Gates" saga on various budget labels. Of course the Twist craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s provided another opportunity for record companies to pitch old material at a new market. We had a fine example on this blog - A Crown LP of old Jimmy McCracklin tracks presented as "Twist" tracks. Ludicrous, but nevertheless a fine blues album!

Regent was a subsidiary label of Savoy, so they had access to a strong R&B back catalogue. Here's the deal on the contents of this LP:

01. Rockin' Boy - Chuz Alfred Combo - originally released on Savoy 1175 b/w "Rock Along." Recorded in Cincinnati, March 30th, 1955. Personnel: Ola Hansson (trombone); Chuz Alfred (tenor sax); Chuck Lee (piano, drums). Here are the Chuz Alfred Combo, the wild men of rock 'n' roll:

02. Hot Rod - Hal Singer - originally released on Savoy 1179 b/w "Rock And Roll." Recorded in NYC, October 27th, 1955. Personnel: Buddy Lucas, Hal Singer (tenor saxes); Kelly Owens (piano); Mickey Baker (guitar); Leonard Gaskin (bass); Panama Francis (drums). Hal Singer was a genuine rock 'n' roll wild man. His 1948 recording of "Corn Bread" (Savoy 671) contains every rock 'n' roll riff known to humankind.

03. Blues For Everybody - Bobby Banks Orch. - originally released by The Bobby Banks Trio on Savoy 1186 in 1956. B side of "Shangri La." Recorded in NYC, December 29th, 1955. Personnel: Henry Durant (tenor sax); Bobby Banks (organ); Jimmy Schenck (bass); Rodney "Red" Alcott (drums).

04. Playboy Hop and 05. The Grinder - Rockin' Bros. Orch. - originally released on Savoy 1144, credited to The Rocking Brothers. Recorded in October or November 1954. Location and personnel unknown. "Playboy Hop" features excellent baritone sax while "The Grinder" is a fine example of striptease sleaze. A very good disc.

06. You Gotta Rock And Roll - Bob Oakes Orch. - originally released on Regent 7502, credited to Bob Oakes and his Sultans. B side of "Church Bells May Ring." Recorded NYC, April 13th 1956. Bob Oakes (vocals) with unknown personnel. Standard "rock and roll" vocal from Bob Oakes, but the band really cooks. Great wailin' tenor sax backing.

07. Backbiter and 08. Wine Cooler - T.J. Fowler - originally released on Savoy 857. Recorded in Detroit, Michigan, July 25th, 1952. Personnel: Elliott Escoe (trumpet); Lee Gross (alto sax); Walter Cox (tenor sax); T.J. Fowler (piano); Calvin Frazier (guitar); James Murphy (bass); Clarence stamps (drums). The real deal - good early 1950s R&B instrumentals. Also on the blog - "Early Detroit R&B" by T.J. Fowler

09. Rooster Boogie - Paul Williams Orch. - unissued Savoy track. Recorded February 26th, 1951. Location unknown. Paul Williams (baritone sax) with unknown personnel.

10. Frog Hop - Hal Singer Orch. - originally released on Savoy 861 in September 1952 as B side of "Indian Love Call." Recorded in NYC, August 21st 1952. Personnel: Hal Singer and Sam "The Man" Taylor (tenor saxes); Dave McRae (alto and baritone sax); Kelly Owens (piano); Mickey Baker (guitar) plus unknown trumpet, bass and drums. A rousing end to this compilation!

The original post ended with a plea for anyone who could send in a copy of the companion LP to this compilation. In 1957 Regent issued an LP "Rock and Roll Party" (MG-6042) with tracks by Nappy Brown, Little Esther, Big Jay McNeely, T.J. Fowler, Paul Williams, The Hot Shots, Hal Singer, and Heywood Henry. Can anyone out there help? Millions of rock 'n' roll fans would be eternally grateful (as would I).

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Little Walter - Confessin' The Blues (re-up)


Side 1:
01. It Ain't Right
02. Rocker
03. I Got To Find My Baby
04. Lights Out
05. One More Chance With You
06. Crazy Legs
07. Temperature

Side 2:
01. I Got To Go
02. Crazy Mixed Up World
03. Quarter To Twelve
04. Confessin' The Blues
05. The Toddle
06. Up The Line
07. Rock Bottom
08. Mean Old Frisco

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Original post (13th August 2012):

This is a 1982 Italian re-issue of an album originally issued on Chess in 1974. The sleevenotes by Pete Welding are in Italian. Sound quality seems slightly muffled on some tracks. Your intrepid blogger, still reeling from his efforts on the Chess Masters Various Artists post, went back on the discographical trail to round up the info on these tracks.

I swore I wouldn't get involved in original release dates and dates of recording sessions and who was or wasn't present on each track, but what the heck, these are LITTLE WALTER tracks! We must do right by the man, so here's the lowdown as far as I can make it out. Sources: Bruyninckx,, notes to 2CD set "Blues With A Feeling", and even occasionally my own ears.

All tracks recorded in Chicago. Guitarist Robert Lockwood is variously listed as "Robert Lockwood Jr." and "Robert Jr. Lockwood" depending where you look. Apparently his given name was Robert Lockwood, Jr. but he was also known as Robert "Junior" Lockwood, hence the variation in different discographies.

Track details:

01. It Ain't Right - Checker 833 (B side of "Who"), February 1956. Recorded December 1955. Personnel: Little Walter (vocal, harmonica); Robert Lockwood Jr. and Luther Tucker (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass), Fred Below (drums).

02. Rocker - Checker 793, April 1954. "Little Walter and His Jukes". Recorded February 22nd, 1954. Personnel: Little Walter (harmonica); Robert Lockwood Jr. and Louis Myers (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass); Fred Below (drums).

03. I Got To Find My Baby - Checker 1013 (B side of "Just Your Fool"), May 1962. Recorded May 22nd, 1954. Personnel: Little Walter (vocal, harmonica); Louis Myers and Robert Lockwood Jr (guitars); Otis Spann (piano); Willie Dixon (bass); Fred Below (drums).

04. Lights Out - Checker 786, December 1953. "Little Walter and His Jukes." Recorded July 23rd, 1953. Personnel: Little Walter (harmonica); Louis Myers and Dave Myers (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass); Fred Below (drums).

05. One More Chance With You - Checker 838, May 1956. Recorded December 1955. Personnel: Little Walter (vocal, harmonica); Robert Lockwood Jr. and Luther Tucker (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass), Fred Below (drums).

06. Crazy Legs - Checker 986 (B side of "Crazy For My Baby"), July 1961. Recorded January 1953. Personnel: Little Walter (harmonica); Louis Myers and David Myers (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass), Fred Below (drums).

07. Temperature - Checker 867 (B side of "Boom, Boom Out Goes The Lights"), August 1957. Recorded June 20th, 1957. Personnel: Little Walter (vocal, harmonica); Robert Lockwood Jr. and Luther Tucker (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass); Fred Below (drums).

08. I Got To Go - Checker 817 (B side of "Roller Coaster"), May 1955. Recorded April 28th 1955. Personnel: Little Walter (vocal, harmonica); Robert Lockwood Jr. and Luther Tucker (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass); Fred Below (drums).

09. Crazy Mixed Up World - Checker 919 (B side of "My Baby Is Sweeter"), March 1959. Recorded February 25th 1959. Personnel: Little Walter (vocal, harmonica); Luther Tucker and Freddy Robinson (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass); George Hunter (drums).

10. Quarter To Twelve - Checker 780 (B side of "Blues With A Feeling"), September 1953. Recorded July 23rd, 1953. Personnel: Little Walter (harmonica); Jimmy Rogers and David Myers (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass); Fred Below (drums).

11. Confessin' The Blues - Checker 890 (B side of "The Toddle"), March 1958. Recorded January 1958. Personnel: Little Walter (vocal, harmonica); Luther Tucker and Jimmy Lee Robinson (guitars); Lafayette Leake (organ); Willie Dixon (bass); George Hunter or Odie Payne (drums).

12. The Toddle - Checker 890. Recording date and personnel same as per "Confessin' The Blues" except no vocal and Lafayette Leake plays piano instead of organ.

13. Up The Line - Checker 1043, April 1963. Recorded February 5th 1963. Personnel: Little Walter (vocal, harmonica); Jarrett Gibson (tenor sax), Donald Hankins (baritone sax); Billy Emerson (organ); Lafayette Leake (piano); Buddy Guy (guitar); Jack Myers (bass); Al Duncan (drums).

14. Rock Bottom - Checker 904 (B side of "Key To The Highway), September 1958. Recorded August 1958. Personnel: Little Walter (harmonica); Otis Spann (piano); Muddy Waters (slide guitar); Luther Tucker (guitar); Willie Dixon (bass); George Hunter (drums).

15. Mean Old Frisco - Checker 1117, July 1965. "Mean Ole Frisco." Recorded July 21st 1959. Personnel: Little Walter (vocal, harmonica); Otis Spann (piano); Robert Lockwood Jr. and Luther Tucker (guitars), Willie Dixon (bass); Bill Stepney (drums).

CD covers from my collection.

The Proper set is a good overview of Little Walter from his earliest recordings for the Ora Nelle label in 1947, through a couple of early tracks with Sunnyland Slim and then Jimmy Rogers, and then on to the huge hit "Juke" recorded for Chess in May 1952, with backing from the Muddy Waters band billed as Little Walter and His Night Cats. The rest of the tracks are from October 1952, March 1953 and July 1953 sessions by Little Walter and His Jukes. This line up usually consisted of Little Walter (vocal / harmonica); Louis and David Myers on guitars, Willie Dixon on bass, and Fred Below on drums. The July 1953 session had Jimmy Rogers on guitar instead of the Myers brothers. It's all good stuff!

A Proper Introduction To Little Walter: Juke. (Intro CD 2006) Compiled and annotated by Joop Visser. Digipack, 23 tracks. Published 2004.

The 2CD set "Blues With A Feeling" in the Chess Collectibles series is a wide ranging set of tracks from 1952 to 1966. There are many alternate takes (including an alternate of "Juke") and quite a few unreleased tracks in the selection, so this is by no means a comprehensive review of the chart career of Little Walter. One for those who wish to dig deep.

Blues With A Feeling - Chess Collectibles, Volume 3. (MCA Chess CHD2-9357) Compiled and produced by Andy McKaie and Mary Katherine Aldin. Two CD set, 40 tracks. Published 1995.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Various Artists - Chess Masters


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Side 1:
01. Sweet Black Angel - Robert Nighthawk
02. Walkin' Blues - Muddy Waters
03. Mad Man Blues - John Lee Hooker
04. Sad Hours - Little Walter
05. Dust My Broom - Elmore James
06. Diggin' My Potatoes - Washboard Sam

Side 2:
01. Third Degree - Eddie Boyd
02. Mama Talk To Your Daughter - J.B. Lenoir
03. I'm Ready - Muddy Waters
04. I'm Glad You Reconsidered - Lowell Fulson
05. I'm A Man - Bo Diddley
06. Walkin' By Myself - Jimmy Rogers


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Side 3:
01. I Don't Know - Sonny Boy Williamson
02. Goin' Down Slow - Little Walter
03. So Many Roads - Otis Rush
04. All Your Love - Otis Rush
05. I Got My Eyes On You - Buddy Guy
06. The First Time I Met The Blues - Buddy Guy

Side 4:
01. The Sun Is Shining - Elmore James
02. Stormy Monday Blues - Elmore James
03. Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf
04. The Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf
05. Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson
06. Feel So Bad - Little Milton

I think this PRT (Precision Records and Tapes) Chess Masters double LP came out in the early 1980s. I bought quite a few titles in this series, including double LPs of Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Lowell Fulson, Bo Diddley, and Sonny Boy Williamson, and single LPs of Chuck Berry, Bobby Charles and Willie Mabon. PRT was the successor company to Pye, which had been issuing Chess material in the UK since 1961.

As the LP cover has no information on the tracks, I did a bit of burrowing around in the Bruyninckx Discography, various LP sleeves and CD booklets, and online: Billboard (via Google Books search),, and with horrendous consequences for my sanity. But here it is, the lowdown on the original single issues of these 24 tracks, plus details of who was (perhaps) playing on these recordings. I ain't gonna do this for every album I post!

The LP set was in decent condition, but there is a bit of "juddering" on the final track by Little Milton. Apologies! Please note that the track listed on the sleeve as "Reconsider Baby" by Lowell Fulson is in fact "I'm Glad You Reconsidered" by the same artist.

Track details for LP1:

Sweet Black Angel - Robert Nighthawk. Originally released as "Black Angel Blues" by The Nighthawks on Aristocrat 2301 (B side of Annie Lee Blues), November 1949. Recorded in Chicago on July 12th, 1949. Personnel: Robert Nighthawk (vocal, guitar); Ernest Lane (piano); Willie Dixon (bass).

Walkin' Blues - Muddy Waters. Originally released on Chess 1426 (B side of "Rollin' Stone"), June 1950. Recorded in Chicago, February 1950. Personnel: Muddy Waters (vocal, guitar); Ernest "Big" Crawford (bass).

Mad Man Blues - John Lee Hooker. Originally released on Chess 1462, May 1951. Credited to "John Lee Booker and his Guitar". Recorded in Detroit, 1950. Personnel: John Lee Hooker (vocal, guitar).

Sad Hours - Little Walter. Originally released on Checker 764 (B side of "Mean Old World"), November 1952. Credited to Little Walter and his Night Caps. Recorded in Chicago, October 1952. Personnel: Little Walter (harmonica); Louis Myers and David Myers (guitars); Fred Below (drums).

Dust My Broom - Elmore James. Originally released as "She Just Won't Do Right" on Checker 777, July 1953. Recorded in Chicago, January 17th, 1953. Personnel: Elmore James (vocal, guitar); J.T. Brown (tenor sax); Johnny Jones (piano); possibly Ransom Knowling (bass); Odie Payne (drums).

Diggin' My Potatoes - Washboard Sam.  Originally released on Chess 1545 (B side of "Bright Eyes"), July 1953. Recorded in Chicago, April 1953. Personnel: Washboard Sam (vocal, washboard); Big Bill Broonzy (guitar); Ernest "Big" Crawford (bass).

Third Degree - Eddie Boyd. Originally released on Chess 1541, May 1953. Credited to "Eddie Boyd and his Chess Men." Recorded in Chicago, May 1953. Personnel: Eddie Boyd (vocal, piano); Little Sax Crowder (tenor sax); Lee Cooper (guitar), Willie Dixon (bass); Percy Walker (drums).

Mama Talk To Your Daughter - J.B. Lenoir. Originally released on Parrot 809, January 1955. Credited to J.B. Lenore. Recorded in Chicago, October 6th, 1954. Personnel: J.B. Lenoir (vocal, guitar); Lorenzo Smith (tenor sax); Joe Montgomery (piano); Al Galvin (drums).

I'm Ready - Muddy Waters. Originally released on Chess 1579, September 1954. Credited to "Muddy Waters and his Guitar." Recorded in Chicago, September 1st, 1954. Personnel: Muddy Waters (vocal); Little Walter (harmonica); Jimmy Rogers (guitar); Otis Spann (piano); Willie Dixon (bass); Fred Below (drums).

I'm Glad You Reconsidered - Lowell Fulson. Originally released on Checker 959, September 1960. Recorded in Los Angeles, June 2nd 1960. Personnel: Lowell Fulson (vocal, guitar); Earl Brown (alto sax); Louis Williams (tenor sax); Big Jim Wynn (baritone sax); Lloyd Glenn (piano); Billy Hadnott (bass); Robert "Snake" Sims (drums).

I'm A Man - Bo Diddley. Originally released on Checker 814 (B side of "Bo Diddley"), April 1955. Recorded in Chicago, March 2nd 1955. Personnel: Bo Diddley (vocal, guitar); Billy Boy Arnold (harmonica); Otis Spann (piano); Willie Dixon (bass); Clifton James (drums); Jerome Green (maracas).

Walkin' By Myself - Jimmy Rogers. Originally released on Chess 1643, January 1957. Recorded in Chicago, October 29th, 1956. Personnel: Jimmy Rogers (vocal, guitar); Walter Horton (harmonica); Otis Spann (piano); Robert Jr. Lockwood (guitar); Willie Dixon (bass); A.J. Gladney (drums).

Track details for LP2:

I Don't Know - Sonny Boy Williamson. Originally released on Checker 864 (B side of "Fattening Frogs For Snakes"), June 1957. Recorded in Chicago, February 8th 1957. Personnel: Sonny Boy Williamson (vocal, harmonica); Robert Jr. Lockwood and Luther Tucker (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass); Fred Below (drums).

Goin' Down Slow - Little Walter. Unissued Checker recording. Possibly recorded in Chicago, December 1959. Possible personnel: Little Walter (vocal, harmonica); Robert Jr. Lockwood and Luther Tucker (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass); George Hunter (drums). A different version of the same song (composed by St. Louis Jimmy Oden), retitled "I Had My Fun" and probably recorded in June 1957, was released by Little Walter on Checker 945, February 1960.

So Many Roads - Otis Rush. Originally released as "So Many Roads, So Many Trains" on Chess 1751, March 1960. Recorded in Chicago, January 1960. Personnel: Otis Rush (vocal, guitar); Bob Neely (tenor sax); Lafayette Leake (piano); Matt Murphy (electric bass); Willie Dixon (bass); Odie Payne Jr. (drums).

All Your Love - Otis Rush. Originally released on Chess LP 1538 "Door To Door" (Albert King and Otis Rush). Recorded at same session and with same personnel as "So Many Roads" January 1960. This is a re-recording of "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" by Otis Rush & His Band, Cobra 5032, released July 1959.

I Got My Eyes On You - Buddy Guy. First released on Chess 1753, April 1960. Recorded in Chicago, March 2nd 1960. Personnel: Buddy Guy (vocal, guitar); Jarrett Gibson and Bob Neely (tenor saxes); Donald Hankins (baritone sax); Little Brother Montgomery (piano); Jack Myers (electric bass), Fred Below (drums).

The First Time I Met The Blues - Buddy Guy. B side of "I Got My Eyes On You" (Chess 1753). Recorded at the same session and with the same personnel.

The Sun Is Shining - Elmore James. Alternate take of Chess 1756 (B side of "I Can't Hold Out") which was released in May, 1960. Recorded in Chicago, April 14th, 1960. Personnel: Elmore James (vocal, guitar); J.T. Brown (tenor sax); Unknown (tenor sax); Little Johnny Jones (piano); Homesick James (guitar); Henry Harris (drums).

Stormy Monday Blues - Elmore James. Unreleased as a single. First released in 1968 on Blue Horizon LP "Tough" (Elmore James and John Brim). Recorded at the same session and with the same personnel as "The Sun Is Shining", April 14th, 1960.

Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf. First released on Chess 1762, July 1960. Recorded in Chicago, June 1960. Personnel: Howlin' Wolf (vocal); Otis Spann (piano); Hubert Sumlin and Freddy Robinson (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass); Fred Below (drums).

The Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf. First released on Chess 1804, October 1961. Recorded in Chicago, May 1961. Personnel: Howlin' Wolf (vocal, guitar); Johnny Jones (piano); Hubert Sumlin (guitar); Willie Dixon (bass); Sam Lay (drums).

Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson. First released on Checker 1036, February 1963. Recorded in Chicago, January 11th, 1963. Personnel: Sonny Boy Williamson (vocal, harmonica); Lafayette Leake or Billy Emerson (organ); Matt Murphy (guitar); Milton Rector (bass); Al Duncan (drums).

Feel So Bad - Little Milton. First released as a single on Checker 1162, December 1966. Also released in December 1966 on Checker LP 3002 "Little Milton Sings Big Blues." Recorded in Chicago, June 3rd 1966. Personnel: Little Milton (vocal, guitar); Sonny Thompson (piano); Roosevelt Williams (electric bass), Maurice White or Ira Gates (drums).

Friday, 15 July 2016

The Blues Came Down From Memphis

Side 1:
01. The Boogie Disease - Doctor Ross
02. Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton
03. Baker Shop Boogie - Willie Nix
04. Bear Cat - Rufus Thomas Jr.
05. Take A Little Chance - Jimmy DeBerry
06. Juke Box Boogie - Doctor Ross
07. I Feel So Worried - Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson Combo

Side 2:
01. If You Love Me - Little Milton
02. Time Has Made a Change - Jimmy DeBerry
03. Come Back Baby - Doctor Ross
04. So Long Baby Goodbye - Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson Combo
05. Tiger Man - Rufus Thomas Jr.
06. Seems Like A Million Years - Willie Nix
07. Chicago Breakdown - Doctor Ross

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This is a 1970s Charly reissue of an LP which originally came out on the London label in 1965. Compiled by Neil Slaven, this album must have had considerable impact on blues fans in the UK back in the 1960s. I'm too young to remember, of course. The music is what you might call "ragged but right" - produced by Sam Phillips in that little recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, for release on his own Sun label.

My only claim to blues fame is that I once shook James Cotton's hand. Kind of a tenuous connection to this LP, but there you go.

Original single releases:

Willie Nix (The Memphis Blues Boy): Baker Shop Boogie / Seems Like A Million Years - Sun 179, January 1953

Rufus "Hound Dog" Thomas Jr.: Bear Cat (The Answer To "Hound Dog") - Sun 181, March 1953

Jimmy DeBerry: Take a Little Chance / Time Has Made A Change - Sun 185, June 1953

Rufus Thomas, Jr.: Tiger Man (King Of The Jungle) - Sun 188, July 8th, 1953

Doctor Ross: Come Back Baby - Sun 193, December 24th, 1953

Little Milton: If You Love Me - Sun 200, April 15th, 1954

James Cotton: Cotton Crop Blues - Sun 206, July 1st, 1954

Doctor Ross: The Boogie Disease / Juke Box Boogie - Sun 212, November 10th, 1954

Sammy Lewis-Willie Johnson Combo: I Feel So Worried / So Long Baby Goodbye - Sun 218, April 25th, 1955

Information from "Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll" by Colin Escott with Martin Hawkins (St. Martin's Press, 1992) -

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The Resurrection Of Elmore James

Side 1:
01. Hawaiian Boogie Part 1
02. Quarter Past Nine
03. Sho Nuff I Do
04. Early In The Morning
05. One More Drink
06. Strange Kinda Feeling

Side 2:
01. Make My Dreams Come True
02. Late Hours At Midnight
03. Elmo's Shuffle
04. Can't Stop Lovin'
05. Make A Little Love
06. Hawaiian Boogie Part 2

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This is the second Elmore James LP in the "Anthology Of The Blues" series originally released on Kent and subsequently reissued on United-Superior and Musidisc. As I mentioned in the previous post (The Legend Of Elmore James), the May and June 2016 issues of "Blues & Rhythm" magazine ran a two part article by Ray Templeton on this series of compilations of blues tracks originally recorded for the Bihari owned labels (Modern, Flair, RPM, Meteor) in the 1940s and 1950s.

The full list of LPs in the series (compiled by Bruce Bromberg and Frank Scott) was as follows:

The Legend Of Elmore James (Kent KST-9001)
Memphis Blues (Kent KST-9002)
California Blues (Kent KST-9003)
Deep South Blues (Kent KST- 9004)
Texas Blues (Kent KST-9005)
Detroit Blues (Kent KST-9006)
Arkansas Blues (Kent KST-9007)
Lightnin' Hopkins - A Legend In His Own Time (Kent KST-9008)
Mississippi Blues (Kent KST-9009)
The Resurrection Of Elmore James (Kent KST-9010)
B.B. King 1949-1950 (Kent KST-9011)
West Coast Blues (KST-9012)

The original Kent issues (from 1969 onwards) were in gatefold sleeves, but over here in Europe the LPs were mostly available through the French Musidisc reissues of the late 1970s which were in single sleeves. However the original front cover art was still used. They were usually to be found going cheap (around £1.99) and as I said previously, I wish I'd bagged the lot! And how often do R&B fans who were buying LPs back in the 1970s / 80s say that to themselves? "Ah, if only I'd bought ..."

In the end I only bought five of the series - the two Elmore James albums, plus "Memphis Blues", "California Blues", and "Mississippi Blues."

Elmore James was one of the first blues musicians I really got into, and like many other UK fans, this was thanks to Jeremy Spencer's interpretations of James material for the original Fleetwood Mac (THE British blues band of the late '60s). The two "Anthology Of The Blues" Elmore comps were for long among my favourite blues LPs, especially "The Resurrection Of Elmore James", which rocks relentlessly. The rocking rhythm sections, the screaming slide guitar and that unique voice sounded like nobody else. Someone (I forget who) once said that Elmore James sang like he was on the edge of a nervous breakdown. I couldn't possibly improve on that insight. 

These collections of Elmore's earliest sides for the Bihari brothers still stand out today. His 1953 recordings for Chess / Checker, late 1950's sides for Chief and early 1960's material for Bobby Robinson's labels are all excellent too, but these recordings (mostly for Flair) have a raw power which I find especially appealing. "The Resurrection Of Elmore James" in particular would waken the dead. Download and crank up the volume to eleven. Let the blues blast forth!

01. Hawaiian Boogie Part 1- unissued, Jackson, Miss. April, 1952.
02. Quarter Past Nine - unissued, Chicago early 1954.
03. Sho Nuff I Do - alternate take of Flair 1039, "Club Bizarre", Canton, Miss. March / April 1954.
04. Early In The Morning - Flair 1011, 1953.
05. One More Drink - unissued, Jackson, Miss. April 1952.
06. Strange Kinda Feeling - alternate take of Flair 1022, Chicago, August 1953.
07. Make My Dreams Come True - alternate take of Flair 1031, Chicago, August 1953.
08. Late Hours At Midnight - Flair 1062, Culver City, CA. August /September 1954.
09. Elmo's Shuffle - unissued, Chicago, January 4th 1956.
10. Can't Stop Lovin' - Flair 1014, 1953.
11. Make A Little Love - Flair 1014, 1953.
12. Hawaiian Boogie (Part 2) - Flair 1011, 1953.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Legend Of Elmore James

Side 1:
01. Wild About You Baby
02. I Held My Baby Last Night
03. Long Tall Woman
04. Where Can My Baby Be
05. I Believe
06. Sinful Woman

Side 2:
01. Canton, Mississippi Breakdown
02. 1839 Blues
03. Please Find My Baby
04. So Mean To Me
05. Hand In Hand
06. Rock My Baby Right

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"The Legend Of Elmore James" was the first LP released in the 12 disc series "Anthology Of The Blues Archive Series" on the Kent label from 1969 onwards. The series, compiled by Frank Scott and Bruce Bromberg, brought together sides recorded in the 1940s and 1950s for the Bihari Brothers owned Modern Records and its subsidiaries RPM, Flair and Meteor. These LPs were re-issued later in the 1970s on another Bihari label, United Superior. In Europe all 12 discs were released on the French label Musidisc, and it's the Musidisc edition of "The Legend Of Elmore James" which you can download from here. I bought a few of the Musidisc issues back in the 1970s / 1980s and looking back, I wish I had bought the lot! After all, I think they cost only a couple of quid each.

The May and June 2016 editions of "Blues And Rhythm" Magazine carried a 2 part article by Ray Templeton on the background to the "Anthology Of The Blues" series, and the subsequent more recent reissue on CD by Ace UK of the blues material recorded by the Biharis 60 years and more ago. 

01. Wild About You (Baby) - alternate take of Modern 983 - 1956
02. I Held My Baby Last Night - Meteor 5000 - 1953
03. Long Tall Woman - alternate take of Modern 983 - 1956
04. Where Can My Baby Be - unissued
05. I Believe - Meteor 5000 - 1953
06. Sinful Woman - Meteor 5003 - 1953
07. Canton, Mississippi Breakdown - unissued
08. 1839 Blues - Flair 1039 - 1954
09. Please Find My Baby - Flair 1022 - 1953
10. So Mean To Me - unissued
11. Hand In Hand - Flair 1031 - 1954
12. Rock My Baby Right - Flair 1048 - 1954

Scans: courtesy Joan K

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"The Best Of Elmore James - The Early Years" Ace CDCHD 583. Twenty-eight cracking tracks recorded for the Bihari Brothers' labels 1952 - 1956 plus Elmore's first record on Trumpet from 1951 - "Dust My Broom." Slashing slide guitar, rocking sax backing and soulful blues wailing. A must have.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Baby Scratch My Back / I'm Gonna Miss You - Slim Harpo (Excello 2273)

Thanks to El Enmascarado for these rips and scans from a well-used 45. Click twice on the above embedded players to hear swamp bluesman Slim Harpo (real name James Moore).

Both sides recorded in Jay Miller's studio in Crowley, Louisiana in October 1965. Personnel: Slim Harpo (vocal, harmonica); James Johnson, Rudolph Richard (guitars); Geese August (bass); Sammy Brown (drums); poss Monroe Vincent (percussion).

Excello 2273 released January 1966. Number 16 in the Billboard pop charts, March 1966. This was Slim Harpo's second pop hit, his "Rainin' In My Heart" having reached number 34 in the Billboard chart in July 1961.

After a recent sax 'n' bebop splurge on the blog, it's time to revisit the blues! I've also had a request for more doo-wop. So much music and so little time.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Gene Ammons & Leo Parker - Red Top

Side 1:
01. El Sino - Leo Parker's All Stars
02. Ineta - Leo Parker's All Stars
03. Wild Leo - Leo Parker's All Stars
04. Leaping Leo - Leo Parker's All Stars
05. Just Chips - Gene Ammons
06. Street Of Dreams - Gene Ammons
07. Good Time Blues - Gene Ammons

Side 2:
01. Travellin' Light - Gene Ammons
02. Red Top - Gene Ammons
03. Fuzzy - Gene Ammons
04. Stairway To The Stars - Gene Ammons
05. Jim Dawgs - Gene Ammons
06. Big Slam Part One - Gene Ammons
07. Big Slam Part Two - Gene Ammons

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The title of this collection is slightly misleading as none of the tracks were recorded by Gene Ammons for Savoy as the named artist. The first four tracks were recorded for Savoy in 1947 and constitute a Leo Parker session, with Gene as a sideman.

The rest of the tracks on the LP were recorded by Gene for the United label of Chicago in 1952-53. These sides were later purchased by Savoy for LP release. See the session and release details below for the facts, Jack!

Savoy renamed "Jim Dog", which became "Jim Dawgs", "The Beat", which became "Good Time Blues", and on this LP considerably altered the two-parter "Big Slam", removing the dubbed on crowd noise from the original single release, and also re-editing the material into a different form. As you can read below, your intrepid blogger acquired a considerable headache through multiple listenings of "Big Slam" in its various forms.

However, solace was found on the Red Saunders Research Foundation website where I read up on Gene Ammons' United releases. Scrolling through the site reminded me of the brilliant sax tracks released by United in the early '50s - tracks by the likes of Jimmy Forrest, Eddie Chamblee and Tab Smith as well as Gene.

Included in the download is a homemade alternative front cover for this LP - a cover which gives prominence to Leo Parker and uses a vintage photo of Gene rather than the one on the official cover.

Session and original release details:

Leo Parker Savoy session, 1947:

Side 1, tracks 1-4, recorded in Detroit, October 4th, 1947. Leo Parker's All Stars: Howard McGhee (trumpet); Gene Ammons (tenor sax); Leo Parker (baritone sax); Junior Mance (piano); Gene Wright
(bass); Charles Williams (drums)

El Sino / Wild Leo released on Savoy 912, December 1947.

Wee Dot / Leaping Leo released on Savoy 950, c 1948.

Running Water (Stan Getz) / Ineta released on Savoy 954, c 1948.

Gene Ammons United Sessions, 1952-1953:

Side 1, tracks 5-7, Side 2, track 1, recorded in Chicago, November 18th, 1952. John Coles (trumpet); Lino Murray (trombone); Gene Ammons (tenor sax); McKinley Easton (tenor sax, baritone sax); John Houston (piano); unknown (guitar); Benny Stuberville (bass); George Brown (drums)

Side 2, track 2 recorded in Chicago, April 15th, 1953. Personnel as in November 1952 session.

Side 2, tracks 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 recorded in Chicago, June 8th, 1953. Personnel as in previous two sessions.

United releases were credited to "Gene Ammons, His Golden Toned Tenor and Orchestra."

Street Of Dreams / The Beat (renamed "Good Time Blues" on Savoy releases), released on United 137, January 1953.

Red Top / Just Chips released on United 149, May 1953.

Stairway To The Stars / Jim Dog released on United 164, January 1954. On later releases "Jim Dog" was listed as "Jim Dawgs" but it is unrelated to the original track of this title by Ike Quebec on Savoy from 1947.

Big Slam Part 1 / Big Slam Part II released on United 175, April 1954. There is a difference between the two parter as presented on this LP and the original two part release on 78 rpm.

The track listed as "Big Slam Part One" on the LP has a running time of over 4 minutes 20 seconds, too long for one side of a 78 rpm single, yet well under the combined running time of the two sides of the original 78 which was well over 5 minutes.  The running time of the original 78 rpm release of "Big Slam Part 1" was 2 minutes and 35 seconds.

The track listed as "Big Slam Part Two" on the LP has a running time of 2 minutes and 35 seconds. The running time of the original 78 rpm release of "Big Slam Part II" was 2 minutes and 55 seconds.

There are two YouTube clips of the 78 rpm release, one from "cdbpx", the other from "ShellacHeaven." Comparing the LP tracks with these clips reveals that "Big Slam Part Two" on this LP seems to be the same as the original version of "Big Slam Part II."

The original 78 rpm disc has dubbed crowd noise to give the impression that it is a live recording of an onstage jam session. This probably accounts for the slightly longer running time of the 78 version of Part II. "Big Slam Part One" on the LP contains material from both the original 78 rpm sides, ending exactly the same as "Big Slam Part Two." It appears to be a shortened edit of the combined sides 1 and 2 of the 78 rpm single release.

Fuzzy / Traveling Light released on United 185, November 1954. No complications, as far as I can see!

Information sources - LP sleevenotes by Bob Porter, Bruyninckx, Billboard, The Red Saunders Research Foundation.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

The Be-Bop Boys - Boppin' A Riff

Side 1:
01. Boppin' A Riff, Parts 1 and 2
02. Fat Boy, Parts 1 and 2

Side 2:
01. Everything's Cool, Parts 1 and 2
02. Webb City, Parts 1 and 2

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Recorded in New York, September 6th, 1946. Personnel: Kenny Dorham; Fats Navarro (trumpet); Sonny Stitt (alto sax); Morris Lane (tenor sax); Eddie DeVerteuil (baritone sax); Bud Powell (piano); Al Hall (bass); Kenny Clarke (drums); Gil Fuller (arranger)

The session was credited to Fats Navarro / Gil Fuller's Modernists / The Be-Bop Boys

Release details:

01. Boppin' A Riff, Parts 1 and 2 - Savoy 588
02. Fat Boy, Parts 1 and 2 - Savoy 587
03. Everything's Cool, Parts 1 and 2 - Savoy 586
04. Webb City, Parts 1 and 2 - Savoy 585

The above four 78 rpm singles were listed in Billboard's Advance Record Releases section of 12th October 1946 as being due for release as a 4 disc set called "Be Bop Jam Session Album" (Savoy S-506). "Webb City" was later reissued as Savoy 900 and "Fat Boy" was reissued as Savoy 901. "Everything's Cool" was reissued as Savoy 941, credited to Fats Navarro.

These tracks have been reissued many times on LP and EP but with changing credited artists. For example "Fat Boy" was on "New Sounds In Modern Music - Fats Navarro" (Savoy MG 9005) issued in 1951:

"Everything's Cool" was on the 1952 Sonny Stitt LP (MG 9006) in the same series:

This is one of those "knock off" posts where a few tracks are gathered together into a home made compilation on some pretext or other. I've cobbled together a set inspired by the previous post on Morris Lane. I referred to the fact that prior to his first recording for Savoy as named artist, Lane had recorded for that label as a member of "The Be-Bop Boys" alongside some of the biggest names in bop, including Fats Navarro, Sonny Stitt and Bud Powell. Here are the four singles which resulted from that session, presented in the order in which they were recorded. Each track was split in two to fit onto a 78 rpm single, which leads to some odd sounding fade outs and fade ins.

"The Be-Bop Boys" was a generic name used by Savoy for recordings by various lineups of boppers, including bands led by Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Allen Eager and Sonny Stitt. Anyway I'm a sucker for bop, so I'm off to find my beret and bop shades, then I'm going to  dig these cool vibes! I might even grow a goatee too. Way out, daddy-o.