||Harlem Rock n' Blues, Vol. 1 (1991) |
In the late '40s and early '50s, Harlem was quite the scene, as saxophone bar-walkers ruled the roost. They paved the way for the rock & roll that followed, from Elvis Presley onward. This collection not only feeds on Apollo ...
||Harlem Rock n' Blues, Vol. 2 (1991) |
This second volume of original rhythm & blues tunes dovetails nicely with the first collection, and features many of the same artists. When combined, the two CDs give you a broad sampling of the lesser-known players of the era, anchored ...
||Harlem Rock n' Blues, Vol. 3 (1991) |
This continues the theme. Material that either influenced or reflected evolutionary trends in blues and R&B. ~ Ron Wynn
Personnel: Riff Rudffin, Johnny Acey, King Curtis, Noble "Thin Man" Watts, Red Prysock, Tiny Grimes, Wild Jimmy Spruill, Willis "Gator" Jackson, Brownie ...
||Deep in the Soul of Texas (1991) |
Recorded between 1963-1975. Originally released on the Home Cooking label.
Texas soul from the '60s and '70s includes some previously unissued material. ~ Niles J. Frantz
Performers include: Ernie K-Doe, Ivory Joe Hunter, O.V. Wright, The Soul Brothers, Joe Hughes, Oscar Perry, ...
||Ivory Joe Hunter|
I'm Coming Down with the Blues (1994)
Originally released on the Home Cooking label. Includes previously unreleased material.
Obscure later sides by this piano-playing balladeer. ~ Bill Dahl
||Willie Love & His Three Aces|
Trumpet Masters, Vol. 1: Lonesome World Blues (1991)
Willie Love played exciting, if sometimes unorganized piano and sang in an equally unpredictable and galvanizing fashion. This is how Mississippi juke joints sounded during the early '50s (they're not that different now). ~ Ron Wynn
Recorded between 1951 & 1953.
||Trumpet Masters, Vol. 2: She Left Me a Mule (1991) |
Recording information: Jackson, MS (01/10/1951-07/28/1952).
Personnel: Percy Huff, Luther Huff, Big Joe Williams, Bobo "Slim" Thomas (vocals, guitar); Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (vocals); Joe Willie Wilkins (guitar).
Liner Note Author: Mark Ryan.
||Red Hot Kisses: Trumpet Masters, Vol. 3 (1991) |
This collection was compiled from master recordings which are the property of The University Of Mississippi.
Be careful in regards to what is advertised, for this is not a compilation highlighting great trumpeters, but instead the Trumpet label trumpeting their roster ...
||Trumpet Masters, Vol. 4 - Crazy 'Bout That Mess: Blues From Jackson & Houston 1951 - 54. (1991) |
Full Title: Trumpet Masters, Vol. 4 - Crazy 'Bout That Mess: Blues From Jackson & Houston 1951-54.
A word of warning: these are not recordings of trumpeters. Repeat -- this is not a collection of trumpet players. Trumpet Records produced a ...
||Sonny Boy Williamson II|
Trumpet Masters, Vol. 5: From the Bottom (1991)
All songs written by Sonny Boy Williamson. This collection was compiled in part from master recordings which are the property of The University Of Mississippi.
As you would expect, Sonny Boy Williamson II's Trumpet sides were rough, raspy and combative, punctuated ...
Kansas City: His Legendary Golden Classics (1994)
After his pop smash "Kansas City," Wilbert Harrison never recorded a single to match it, the only close call being his other chart hit, the pleasantly grooving "Let's Work Together." Those songs lead off this Collectables set (the second appears ...
||Gotham Series: House Party (1990)
If honking saxophones are your thing, then this one's right up your alley. Featuring 14 slabs of greatness from Philadelphia's Gotham Records, everything here is either a sax honker or a jump blues shouter with strong saxophone backing. Tracks from ...
Jimmy Preston (1991)
Altoist Jimmy Preston is best known for his early recording of "Rock the Joint," which signaled the way toward rock & roll. That hit is not on this CD, but this disc has 14 other worthy performances (counting four alternate ...
Charlie Gonzales (1986)
Includes liner notes by Tony Burke.
Liner Note Author: Tony Burke.
||Harry "Fats" Crafton|
Harry Crafton: 1949-54 (1987)
Ever wonder what Louis Jordan might've sounded like had he been in his prime in the 50's instead of the early '40s? This 14-song CD answers that question. It's as fun and entertaining as anything of Jordan's, and it's a ...
Thelma Cooper/Daisy Mae & Her Hepcats (1981)
Includes liner notes by Bruce Bastin.
Liner Note Author: Bruce Bastin.
Rock the Joint, Vol. 2 (1991)
Saxman Preston waxed one of the first legitimately traceable rock & roll singles with his scorching jumper "Rock the Joint" for Philadelphia-based Gotham Records in 1949. It's here, along with his inexorably swinging "Hucklebuck Daddy," "Messin' with Preston," and "They ...
Sparrow's Flight (1991)
Johnny Sparrow's sides for the Gotham label, including six previously unreleased numbers and six previously unissued outtakes. "Sparrow's Flight" isn't here, although "Sparrow's Flight No. 2" is on hand. "Sparrow In the Barrel," which he'd originally cut for National and ...
||Philadelphia Boogie (1991) |
Collectables' Philadelphia Boogie has nothing to do with the city; rather, the title comes from one of the songs contained within. The tracks on the collection are by artists from all over the U.S. and were released during the '40s ...
||Long Gone Daddy (1991) |
This is the kind of rare country & Western swing material that might be too obscure even for Bear Family to touch -- the 14 songs here include several previously unissued tracks, and all are drawn from the archive of ...
||Swing Dance Special (1999) |
Track Listing: Jitterbug Jump; Sparrow in the Barrell; Hey Now; Stompin' With Bill; Flat Foot Floogee; Woody; Movin' Out Today; Lotsa Poppa; Hi-Yo Silver; She's Got a Mule Kick; Hey Everybody; I Ain't Mad at You; Bow Wow Wow; Rockin' ...
Best of Little Eva (1988)
Collectables' The Best of Little Eva features her smash "The Loco-Motion," her follow-up hits "Keep Your Hands off My Baby" and "Let's Turkey Trot," as well as less-distinctive songs that are enjoyable but don't play to her strengths in the ...
||Buddy & Ella Johnson / Buddy Johnson|
Go Ahead and Rock and Roll (1958)
Buddy Johnson was one of the top R&B bandleaders and composers in the '50s, as well as being an above-average vocalist. This was prototype '50s material, an era when swing-derived R&B was being mixed with country and gospel and rock ...
Friend of Mine (1976)
Long unavailable, FRIEND OF MINE was originally recorded in 1976, and represents the Chicago bluesman's stylish mix of blues and soul. Little Milton is in fine fettle, both as a singer and as a smooth-fingered guitarist, and is backed by ...
Me for You, You for Me: The Glades Masters (1993)
More elaborately produced than its predecessor, Little Milton's second and final album for TK Records' Glades imprint is a profoundly impressive release, chock-full of good and great songs and a sound that somehow effortlessly embraces both lean, bluesy guitar and ...