Friday, 5 June 2015

Roy Milton - Early In The Morning / Bless Your Heart (Warwick M 549)

Recorded in 1960. Released in May 1960. Probable personnel: Roy Milton (vocal) accompanied by possibly Vernon "Jake" Porter (cornet); John "Streamline" Ewing (trombone) Jackie Kelso (alto sax); Jack McVea (tenor sax); John Creach (violin); Robbin Webb (piano); unknown (organ); Billy Hadnott (bass); Oscar Bradley Jr. (drums); female vocal group (The Tiaras?) on "Bless Your Heart"

Billboard review, 20th May 1960:

"Early In The Morning - Here's a tune written by Milton himself and it's done to an old-style big band arrangement. Milton sounds good on the blues message, however."

"Bless Your Heart - Here's a fine tune sung in hip style by Milton, the blues singer. Fem chorus and a slightly swinging violin add interest. This can get spins because of its offbeat touches."

Releases: Lou Wa 1002 in 1960; Warwick M 549 in 1960; Sue (UK) WI - 4021 in 1966, but wrongly attributed to Little Milton. "Early In The Morning" was originally recorded by Roy Milton in 1953 and released on Specialty 464 (B Side was "Let Me Give You All My Love").

Once more we have Corky to thank for another Roy Milton single from late in his career. "Early In The Morning" (not to be confused with the Louis Jordan song with the same title) is a good blues which grows on you after a few plays. Roy originally recorded this tune for Specialty back in 1953. You can hear the original version on YouTube by clicking on this link:

The original version was posted by RPMmanToledo Ohio. He has a whole load of rips from 78 rpm discs and his posts are well worth checking out. The contrast between the two versions of "Early In The Morning" is interesting especially as the 1953 cut has some neat guitar licks.

The Sue Records issue features in this post on Paul's Sue Records UK blog -

There's a label shot complete with the mistaken attribution of the disc to Little Milton!

"Bless Your Heart" is a rather more sentimental offering complete with violin played by Papa John Creach. Sounds ominous, but it works out OK!

Many thanks to Corky for ripping the sound files from the original Warwick 45 rpm and also for the label shots. There's a couple more late Roy Milton tracks in the pipeline! Stay tuned, fellow hipsters.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

B.B. King - Live On Stage (United 7736)

Originally released on Kent 5015 in 1965. Chitlin' circuit atmosphere, rough as heck, possibly the best ever "live" (!?!) blues set on LP. Released before B.B. broke into the blues-rock market. I don't think this one has ever made it to CD. Bought in the much missed 23rd Precinct record shop in Glasgow in the early 70s.

They played 2 hours solid B.B. tracks tonight in the Scotia Bar in Glasgow. I doubt if anyone else could have inspired such a tribute.

This is one long mp3 ripped earlier tonight. No separate tracks but here's the set list:

Please Love Me - Every Day I Have The Blues - Sweet Sixteen - 3 O'Clock Blues - Rock Me Baby - Sweet Little Angel - Baby Look at Me - Woke Up this Morning - You Upset Me Baby - I've Got A Right To Love My Baby - Let Me Love You.

I assume (!?!) it is a "bona fide" live recording. (Edit - it isn't! See comments below) With these budget Modern / RPM and subsidiary label LPs you just never know! No matter, this is one smokin' set. Download, play and raise a glass of beer to the memory of the great man.

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Bull Moose Jackson - Two Re-Ups

In answer to a request for a re-up of the Bull Moose Jackson LP "Moose On The Loose" on Saxophonograph, here are re-ups of both Bull Moose LPs which I originally uploaded in 2011 and 2009 respectively: "Moose On The Loose" and "Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style Again."

Moose On The Loose:

Side A:
1. Chittlin' Switch (Lucky Millinder and his Orchestra)
2. Hold Him Joe
3. We Ain't Got Nothin'
4. Just In Case You Change Your Mind
5. Jammin' And Jumpin'
6. Bad Man Jackson, That's Me
7. Moose On The Loose
8. Sometimes I Wonder

Side B:
1. Houston Texas Gal
2. Moosey
3. We Can Talk Some Trash
4. Oh John
5. End This Misery
6. Bearcat Blues
7. Big Ten-Inch Record
8. Hodge-Podge

New download link:

Original post is here:

Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style Again:

Side A:
1. I Know Who Threw The Whiskey (In The Well)
2. Bull Moose Jackson Blues
3. Sneaky Pete
4. Cleveland Ohio Blues
5. Fare Thee Well, Deacon Jones
6. Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
7. Miss Lucy
8. Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide

Side B:
1. Memphis Gal
2. Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me
3. Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style Again
4. Cherokee Boogie (Eh-Oh-Aleena)
5. Nosey Joe
6. Bootsie
7. I Wanna Hug Ya, Kiss Ya, Squeeze Ya
8. Watch My Signals

New download link:

Original post:

Check out the original posts for much more info on Bull Moose, the LPs, and loadsa label scans.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

New Blog Page - El Enmascarado's 78 rpm Rips Plus Comps

The Masked One's record room - where vinyl and shellac rule

I've finally (!) finished constructing the new blog page dedicated to El Enmascarado's rips from original 78 rpm shellac discs. On the page you'll find links to every post featuring these rips. On these posts you'll find links to streaming audio of both sides of each disc. I've replaced all the audio links to the accursed Divshare with new links to Box.

At the bottom of the page you'll find download links and details of the compilation "LPs" in which the 78s have been gathered together. Some months ago I was amused to find some of these comps turning up for sale on some music download services. Get 'em for free here, on the site where they were created!

New page link: 

There is also a link on the Page List section at the top of the blog sidebar.

Check it out! I've taken the liberty of adding short, pithy summaries of each 78 rpm disc in the style of the old Norton Records mail order catalogues I used get sent from the States. Brief and to the point I hope! One reason for the delay in updating the blog recently is that I have rediscovered my old copies of the incredible "Kicks!" magazine, which was the precursor to the whole Norton Records shebang. Rereading that stuff has fried my brain again, just as it did about 15 years ago when one of my workmates turned me on to the words of wisdom penned by Billy Miller, Miriam Linna and their Kickster cohorts.

There was no option but to open up a new library (called "Kicks", of course) on my laptop music player of choice (MusicBee) and rip  and upload piles of CDs of rockabilly, surf instros, teenbeat instros, greasy rhythm 'n' blues, and general late 50s - early 60s mayhem. Then I turned on Auto DJ and 5 days later here I still am, slumped in the old homestead while the laptop blares out through the HiFi. Luke McDaniels is playing right now, to be followed by somebody called The Crazy Teens (off of "Sin Alley"!) and then Joe Hill Louis. Oh and Elvis is coming up soon with "Money Honey." This could go on forever ... Aw hell, now it's Gentleman Jim and The Horsemen with "Soul Searchin'" - Help! Somebody get me outta here!

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:

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:

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:

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!