Texas Blues Guitar (1994)
A 15-cut disc issued in conjunction with the song transcription book Mance Lipscomb: Texas Blues Guitar, this is a fine introduction to the Texas bluesman's work, and includes acoustic performances of "Ain't It Hard," "Motherless Children" and "You Got to ...
||Arhoolie Presents American Masters, Vol. 1: 15 Down Home Country Blues Classics (1996) |
The origins of the blues can be found in the grooves of this fine budget-priced sampler, which includes performances from Mississippi Fred McDowell ("Frisco Line"), the Black Ace ("Drink On, Little Girl"), Bukka White ("Columbus Mississippi Blues") and Big Joe ...
||Arhoolie Presents American Masters, Vol. 2: 15 Down Home Urban Blues Classics (1996) |
A collection of urban blues from various releases in Arhoolie's catalog, this album starts out with some straightforward boogie blues with Sonny Boy Williamson, then moves into proto-rock & roll with Big Mama Thornton and some stride piano from Big ...
||Arhoolie Presents American Masters, Vol. 8: 15 Piano Blues & Boogie Classics (1997)
For Volume Eight of its American Masters budget series, Arhoolie tackles the "blues piano" theme, with a crushing emphasis on the boogie-woogie styles of various Chicago, Kansas City, Texas, Louisiana, and Delta players. The pacing of this album does get ...
Texas Blues (1990)
Recorded between 1961 and 1969, Texas Blues gets to the essence of Lightnin' Hopkins' music, delivering a fine sampling of his guitar work as well as the superior sense of humor which sends cuts like "Bald Headed Woman" and "Meet ...
Memphis Charlie (1989)
The 14 performances on Memphis Charlie include some loose live sides and even a taste of slide guitar from Musselwhite. They're the work of a more mature artist than the brash kid on Stand Back. ~ All Music Guide
Recorded in ...
||Mississippi Fred Mcdowell|
You Gotta Move (1964)
Mississippi Fred McDowell, who died on July 3, 1972, was one of the last of the original delta blues artists. He is noted for his bottle-neck guitar work, which is well represented here, as are two field recordings with his ...
||Big Mama Thornton|
Ball n' Chain (1968)
Arhoolie's Ball n' Chain is a terrific collection of late-'60s recordings from Big Mama Thornton. Supported on various tracks by Lightnin' Hopkins and Larry Williams, Big Mama runs through such familiar items as "Hound Dog," "Sometimes I Have a Heartache," ...
Texas Sharecropper & Songster (1960)
Arhoolie's Texas Sharecropper & Songster is a recording made in 1960, during the blues revival. Prior to the blues revival, Mance Lipscomb was an unknown, and his discovery was one of the positive byproducts of the revival. He was a ...
||Big Joe Williams|
Shake Your Boogie (1990)
Recorded in Oakland, California in 1959; Los Gatos, California on October 5, 1960; Berkeley, California on December 14, 1969.
Arhoolie reissued two of Big Joe Williams' seminal rediscovery albums on one disc in 1990. The first, 1960's Tough Times, ranks among ...
Sky Songs, Vols. 1-2 (1990)
White's material on Sky Songs is almost wholly improvised, resulting in seven epic tracks -- powerful stuff. ~ Jason Ankeny
Contains 7 tracks recorded in 1963.
Personnel: Bukka White (vocals, guitar, piano); Big Willie Wayne (washboard); Big Willie (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Chris ...
Chicago Blues (1968)
This is an excellent '60s recording by the down-home urban singer, guitarist, and mandolinist, accompanied by Otis Spann on piano and James Cotton and Big Walter Horton on harmonicas. ~ Mark A. Humphrey
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois in 1965 & 1967.
Gold Star Sessions, Vol. 1 (1990)
The first of two discs devoted to Hopkins' extensive recording activities during the late '40s for Bill Quinn's Gold Star logo. ~ Bill Dahl
Original recordings by Bill Quinn at Gold Star Studios in Houston, Texas between 1947 and 1950.
All songs ...
||Big Joe Turner|
Tell Me Pretty Baby (1992)
The late-1940s sessions presented on TELL ME PRETTY BABY feature blues belter Big Joe Turner cutting loose in an unabashedly caddish style, with most of the 24 tracks here focused on love or, more often, lust. Many of these tunes ...
Gold Star Sessions, Vol. 2 (1991)
More wonderfully sparse ruminations by the Texas blues troubadour for Quinn's Gold Star label. Hopkins was amazingly prolific during his first few years of recording, and nearly everything he did back then has great artistic merit. ~ Bill Dahl
Original recordings ...
Hopkins Brothers: Lightnin', Joel, & John Henry (1964)
This session was an improvised country blues get-together between "Lightnin'" Hopkins and his brothers Joel and John Henry, featuring a number of solo and duo performances.
A once-in-a-lifetime meeting of the three Hopkins brothers in Waxahatchie, TX in 1964 produced this ...
Country Boy Down in New Orleans (1958)
Country Boy Down in New Orleans collects 23 tracks Snooks Eaglin recorded in the '50s. During this time, he was a street musician, playing with just one guitar or as a one-man band. On these tracks, he is accompanied by ...
||Texas Blues (1992) |
This excellent collection features eight little-known blues artists who recorded for Bill Quinn's Gold Star label in Houston. There are 27 tracks in all -- split unequally between acoustic guitar/vocal (16) and piano/vocal (11). Lil' Son Jackson is perhaps the ...
||Charles Ford / Charles Band Ford|
Charles Ford Band: With Robben, Mark & Pat Ford (1972)
Recorded after the quartet had packed it in, their sole vinyl document inevitably left much to be desired for anyone who'd witnessed their through-the-roof club appearances. Still, the expressive opener, "Blue and Lonesome," manages to create a space of its ...
Frisco Bound (1968)
A one-man band with guitar, harmonica, kazoo, and "footdella" bass, these are some of his first recordings, ca. 1955. Innocent echoes of turn-of-the-century rural America. ~ Mark A. Humphrey
Recorded in 1955 and 1967.
Solo performer: Jesse Fuller (vocals, acoustic 12-string guitar, ...
Omar Sharif returned from a two-decade recording layoff with The Raven, an impressive update of his native Texas blues style with elements of Latin and jazz. ~ Jason Ankeny
Contains 7 tracks recorded in 1972 and 10 tracks from 1991.
Personnel: Omar ...
||Mercy Dee Walton|
Troublesome Mind (1961)
Fine 16-song selection from the California-based pianist's 1961 sessions for Chris Strachwitz's Arhoolie logo. A trio of sympathetic cohorts (harpist Sidney Maiden, guitarist K.C. Douglas, and drummer Otis Cherry) give the music a rough-edged barroom feel as Dee pounds out ...
Boogie Disease (1992)
This one will make your teeth rattle. A veteran of the early-'50s Sun Studio in Memphis, Ross became known as the "one-man band," a routine gleaned from his mentor Joe Hill Louis. He plays both fine harp (out of the ...
||Country Negro Jam Sessions (1961) |
Recorded in Louisiana and Mississippi between 1959-1962. Includes liner notes by Chris Strachwitz.
The remarkable Country Negro Jam Session assembles home recordings of southwest Lousiana-based blues singers collected during the late 1950s and 1960s by musicologist Dr. Harry Oster. Fourteen cuts ...
I'm the Boss Card in Your Hand, 1937-1960 (1992)
Contains 23 tracks recorded 1937-1960. B.K. "Black Ace" Turner is a Texas bluesman performing on the Hawaiian-style lap steel guitar.
I'm the Boss Card in Your Hand, 1937-1960 stands as the definitive Black Ace collection to date -- not only does ...