He recorded a total of 68s sides - most of them between and and these are featured in their entirety on the first three CDs. Since Alexander did not play an instrument he was recorded accompanied by a variety of great musicians including guitarist Lonnie Johnson who's sophisticated guitar stylings might seem at odds with Alexander's more primitive style but actually works beautifully.
He is also accompanied by Texas rural blues artists like Little Hat Jones and Willie Reed whose complete recordings are also featured here along with other pre-war and postwar Texas country blues artists.
So there is certainly a lot of good stuff here, but it is maybe just a bit too long; this would be highly recommended if it was just the best 30 tracks out of these Four CDs, tracks, strongly recommended This appears to be a slightly condensed version of JSP which was deleted some years ago. This set provides a selection of tracks recorded between and providing a retrospective of this important and ill fated swing trumpeter who was strongly influenced by Louis Armstrong.
The material ranges from his early work as a sideman to recordings with his own band. Sound quality is superb and there are brief notes and full discographical information. This reissue brings all this material together in an attractive box set with notes by Drew Kent under the heading "The Vanished Bluesman". Certainly little is known about Blind Blake other than that he originated from Florida and may have died there shortly after his last recordings. What is beyond doubt is that he was one of the most accomplished of the pre-war guitarists, a talented composer and an amazingly consistent performer during his six years as a Paramount star.
Blake did not have the most expressive of singing voices, but somehow his relaxed delivery leaves more room to appreciate his marvelous guitar. Capable of accurate fingerpicking at lightning speed, he had a creative genius to match his technical skills, often executing brilliant arrangements most blues guitarists couldn't even have attempted.
The variety of musical settings here include Southern Rag and Police Dog Blues which provide a showcase for his fingerpicking and thumb bass work, a memorable session with clarinetist Johnny Dodds, superb accompaniments to female singers like Leola B. If this were not enough, anybody who can come up with a song title like Rumblin' and Ramblin' Boa Constrictor Blues just has to be a bit special. Sound quality is excellent.
Most of the crackles, clicks and pops in the originals have been removed, and while some of the more worn discs are still pretty rough, sound quality generally shows a marked improvement over the Document reissues. This means that great performances which were quite noisy on Document such as Detroit Bound Blues with its lovely double time passages can now be fully enjoyed.
My only quibble concerns Rope Stretchin' Blues a skillfully constructed two part blues about a condemned man contemplating his execution, which is dismissed as "maudlin stuff" in Mr.
Kent's otherwise informative booklet notes. Certainly the sequencing of this song doesn't help its appreciation.
While presenting tracks in strict chronological order as they are here is usually the best way to enjoy pre-war blues, the recording chronology means that we get Part Two, followed by Part One alternate take and finally the issued Part One. I wish JSP had been brave enough to sequence the issued takes in their proper order, but apart from this and Mr. Kent's lapse of taste this reissue is an absolute delight. This collection covers all of his commercial recordings - the 22 he cut for Fire Records between and , and four he cut for Gwenn Records in as well as six bonus sides by B.
As for the B. Unusual for the time, the group's lead singer, classically trained Arlene Smith, also wrote several of the group's songs including Maybe.
In Barrett teamed up with the group for one single and the group had another hit with the beautiful Summer's Love. Arlene Smith was one of the best vocalists of the girl group era - listen to her phrasing on Whoever You Are. Two CDs, 60 tracks, mins, essential Most extensive ever collection devoted to the 50s recordings of one of the greatest and most popular doo-wop groups of the era. The group was very versatile with the core group boasting 3 singers who could all sing lead plus the fine guitar of Bill Harris.
Harold "Hal" Lucas formed the group in the late 40's and in they signed on with Atlantic. The Clovers had the first crack at all the hippest songs and also were fortunate to be backed up by the finest sessionmen of the time like Floorshow Culley, Harry Van Walls, Gatortail Jackson, Mickey "Guitar" Baker, etc. Sound quality is excellent and their are brief, informative notes by Bob Fisher.
Indispensible for doo-wop lovers! The incredible Wilma Lee Cooper takes most of the leads with her emotion drenched soulful vocals joined by husband Stoney on fiddle and harmony vocals. They are usually accompanied by Dobro, mandolin, bass and acoustic guitar though their version of Hank Snow's Golden Rocket a rare solo by Stoney features some hot electric guitar. Traditional country doesn't get much better than this.
The music is consistently delightful and creative. Mostly instrumental with occasional vocals from fine blueswoman Elizabeth Washington, alto saxist Lockwood Lewis and a group vocal on Boodle-Am Shake. One session features the great jazz clarinetist Johnny Dodds. Superb sound thanks to John R. Davies and informative notes from Ron Geesin. The Tommy Edwards Singles Collection, An accomplished vocalist, Edwards was equally comfortable with Pop, Jazz, and Country he even cut a Country album before Ray Charles did and this compilation, with its' extensive liner notes and recording session info, shows him at his best.
NB the first three tracks on Disc One have less than perfect sound quality, probably due to worn 78s used. Carol is an excellent, soulful and strong voiced singer and Clarence is a truly exceptional guitar player.
He is fleet fingered without being flashy and his playing is full of inventive ideas - his instrumental Blabs is a real showcase for his dazzling technique. The material is a mixture of new originals plus some covers and a remake of Carol's 50s hit I Miss You So. Carter and others while Heap himself was featured on lead guitar. A fine collection with excellent sound and informative notes by Phil Tricker. Typical of Lightnin' at the time, most of the songs are improvised around familiar songs from his repertoire so you may have heard the song before but the way he goes about the performance is different.
This may not be Lightnin' at the peak of his powers but is a thoroughly enjoyable set. The Alberta Hunter Collection, Four CDs, 94 tracks, strongly recommended An excellent retrospective of this fine and popular female blues singer and songwriterwho retired from performing in the s but was rediscovered in the s and had a new and impressive career when she was in her eighties!
The second disc covers recordings from through '25 and includes more fine songs including her original compositions Mistreated Blues and Experience Blues as well as a couple of sessions in for Gennett accompanied by The Red Onion Jazz Babies which included Louis Armstrong and Sidney and were issued under the name of Josephine Beatty as she was under contract to Paramount at the time. She switched to Victor n where she cuts sides with pianist Mike Jackson and three sides with Fats Waller on pipe organ.
Alberta had a significant following in Great Britain which she had first visited in a revue in and in she recorded a session in England with the popular dance band of Jack Jackson with most of the material being pretty much straight pop.
They also recorded a number of risque songs under the name of Hartman's Heartbreakers which are not included here. The first 20 tracks feature all their issued recordings as The Washboard and the last six feature earlier Tennessee Ramblers sides. All the music is fine with excellent sound and usual high quality notes by Kevin Coffey. Includes more sides with earl Shirkey, guitar duets with Leonard Copeland and more. A charismatic baritone crooner, he helmed one of country music's most dynamic touring ensembles in the years following World War II.
If he isn't held in the same esteem today as many of his contemporaries, his early records - mostly for King - suggest why. Relying on outside songwriters, he recorded mostly forgettable ditties patterned after other singer's hits. Despite his considerable talents as a vocalist, Hawkins never developed into a distinctive stylist.
Many of the songs here sound like uninspired Eddy Arnold or George Morgan knockoffs; some are imitative of Ernest Tubb. Nor did Hawkins fare any better when he jumped to RCA Victor; again, he was given material likely rejected by the label's 'A'-list country acts.
Sharp-eared listeners will recognize some of the unidentified sidemen phoning it in. This collection largely covers to ; the sound is generally good, though some tracks were sourced from reverbed King LPs. Derek Taylor not "the" Derek Taylor penned a thumbnail bio. Hawkins had a warm honky tonk voice and is accompanied by fine small groups with electric guitar, steel guitar, rhythm guitar and sometimes fiddle - personnel varies over the sessions but includes such fine musicians as Zeke Turner, Hank Garland, Jerry Byrd, Louie Innis and others.
This set includes a couple of his hits - I Wasted A Nickel and Slow Poke - the latter dubbed from an English pressing which changed the title to "Slow Coach" which is English vernacular equivalent! The ballads are well sung and convincing. Flash: I have just downloaded Feb. Great assured Perk Williams vocals about this way of life, fine Butterball Harris steel-guitar throughout he takes two solos , and the whole band romps along on a medium pace.
A good disc. The Imperial sides are more crude and loose than the Capitols, surely polished under the direction of Ken Nelson. Heap first recorded it for Imperial in Nelson loved so much the song that he had Heap re-record it four years later for Capitol, in a more laid-out style, even with some pop overtones. Addition March 6th, : a Miz.
If you will look at earlier pictures of him, he is the Mexican fiddler player. He also is the one who named the band, The Melody Masters.
Go Ahead On [vcl Perk Williams]. Harris-Jimmy Heap. Rovin' Girl. Riches Or Rags. Just For Tonight. My First Love Affair. Butternut instr. Heap Of Boogie. Conscience I'm Guilty. Fame I'm One Of Those. Alone At The Phone. D Born To Love You. Taylor [vcl Dale McBride]. Dart Meanwhile instr. Gismo instr. Wild Side Of Life. When They Operated On Papa.