Thursday, July 29, 2010

His Woman's A Black Panther

Johnny Shines- Last Night's Dream

Album Review:
"It's no wonder that this album, cut in 1968 with British blues maven Mike Vernon at the helm, works so well. When you team a rejuvenated Shines with his longtime compadres Horton, Spann, bassist Willie Dixon, and drummer Clifton James, a little blues history was bound to be made."

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One Man Band, Jesse Fuller

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"Equipped with a band full of instruments operated by various parts of his anatomy, Bay Area legend Jesse Fuller was a folk music favorite in the '50s and '60s. His infectious rhythm and gentle charm graced old folk tunes, spirituals, and blues alike. One of his inventions was a homemade foot-operated instrument called the "footdella" or "fotdella." Naturally, Fuller never needed other accompanists to back his one-man show. His best-known songs include "San Francisco Bay Blues" and "Beat It on Down the Line" (the first one covered by Janis Joplin, the second by the Grateful Dead).

Born and raised in Georgia, Jesse Fuller began playing guitar when he was a child, although he didn't pursue the instrument seriously. In his early twenties, Fuller wandered around the southern and western regions of the United States, eventually settling down in Los Angeles. While he was in Southern California he worked as a film extra, appearing in The Thief of Bagdad, East of Suez, Hearts in Dixie, and End of the World. After spending a few years in Los Angeles, Fuller moved to San Francisco. While he worked various odd jobs around the Bay Area, he played on street corners and parties.

Fuller's musical career didn't properly begin until the early '50s, when he decided to become a professional musician -- he was 55 years old at the time. Performing as a one-man band, he began to get spots on local television shows and nightclubs. However, Fuller's career didn't take off until 1954, when he wrote "San Francisco Bay Blues." The song helped him land a record contract with the independent Cavalier label, and in 1955 he recorded his first album, Folk Blues: Working on the Railroad with Jesse Fuller. The album was a success and soon he was making records for a variety of labels, including Good Time Jazz and Prestige.

In the late '50s and early '60s Jesse Fuller became one of the key figures of the blues revival, helping bring the music to a new, younger audience. Throughout the '60s and '70s he toured America and Europe, appearing at numerous blues and folk festivals, as well as countless coffeehouse gigs across the U.S. Fuller continued performing and recording until his death in 1976."

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Barrel House Man

Will Ezell- Complete Recorded Works (1927-1931)

Album Review:
"With the exception of some sessions accompanying other singers, the complete Will Ezell is on this single CD. A talented blues and boogie-woogie pianist, Ezell led four mostly instrumental solo sessions (resulting in 12 performances). In addition, his dates backing singers Marie Bradley, Ora Brown, Bertha Henderson, and Slim Tarpley are also included on this enjoyable and historic CD. Among the more rewarding selections are "Barrel House Man," "Mixed Up Rag," "Heifer Dust," "Playing the Dozen," and "Pitchin' Boogie.""

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Get It While It's Hot

Firstly, I would like everyone to know that I will continue to upload music to this blog. The music on this blog is strictly for your listening pleasure. In accordance with the laws of the U.S.A., you may not rip it to cd, distribute it, or sell it. If there are any artists, representatives of artists, or friends of artists who do not wish to see a particular album posted on this site, please inform me.

With that being said, I'd like to announce that I'm selling some compact discs, video tapes, and dvds which I no longer listen to/watch. You can find the names of the items and their respective prices below. Prices are not negotiable. Written below are detailed descriptions of the items and the condition in which you'll find them.

Hubert Sumlin- Healing Feeling
8 dollars
11 songs
Back left of jewel case has small sticker mark that is the size of a newborn kitten's fingernail (I don't know how else to describe it!)

Memphis Slim- I Am The Blues
8 dollars
14 songs
Unopened/brand new

Country Blues- The Essential
8 dollars
36 songs
Case is in very good condition, liner notes are in perfect condition, excellent value for the money

Led Zeppelin- The Song Remains The Same
8 dollars
Functions as well as any other video tape out there

Deep Purple- Bombay Calling
8 dollars
This is a Korean DVD which will play in your dvd player or computer if you live in the U.S.A., in perfect condition, 113 minutes

Rush- Permanent Waves
7 dollars
Jewel case is in very good condition, CD and liner notes are in perfect condition, part of the 'Rush Remasters' series, please help me get this out of my house!

Bruce Dickinson- The Chemical Wedding
6 dollars
Everything is in perfect condition, please get this off my hands!

T-Bone Walker- Stormy Monday (American Blues Legends Series)
7 dollars
This is live T-Bone, recorded in Europe in 1968
CD and liner notes are in perfect condition, jewel case has a separation at the top that causes case to separate when opened

The Cult- The Cult
5 dollars
Jewel case is in good condition; certainly not perfect
CD and liner notes look good as new

As you can see, I really want to get rid of a lot of this stuff. My descriptions of the items are honest. I'm not out to cheat anyone. I just want to get these items off my hands without feeling as if I wasted a million dollars on them.

If you are interested in buying anything, please let me know. Thank you!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Poet Of Brownsville

Sleepy John Estes- Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1929-1937)

Album Review:
"For those with enough interest, Document's Complete Works, Vol. 1 (1929-1937) is invaluable, offering an exhaustive overview of Sleepy John Estes' early recordings. The early to mid-'30s were the most fruitful years of Estes' long career, during which he recorded most of the best songs of his career: "The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair," "Someday Baby Blues," "Milk Cow Blues," "Drop Down Mama," and "Down South Blues." Of course, these are all available on I Ain't Gonna Be Worried No More 1929-1941, along with a more regimented set of classic performances from the late '30s. All of which leaves Complete Works, Vol. 1 (1929-1937) as a mixed blessing, more intriguing and important for serious fans than those simply wishing to get a taste of what made Sleepy John Estes great."

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Honeydrippin' Roosevelt

Roosevelt Sykes- Chicago Boogie

Album Review:
"This Delmark CD issue is taken from Roosevelt Sykes' first early-'50s recordings for the Regal label, with a few tracks taken from the early '60s, and issued by Delmark originally. Sykes was fresh from a long tenure with RCA Victor and Bluebird, and artistically hungry for the first time in at least a decade. The sides here reflect that fresh-start feel. Sykes performs here like a young lion artist who is trying to blow the doors off the joint to prove himself, rather than as a seasoned veteran. There are three different sessions here: one from March 14, 1950 (with Jump Jackson on drums), another from April 10, 1951 (with J.T. Brown on tenor sax, Ransom Knowling on bass, and Jackson on drums), and a final one from May 17, 1963 (with St. Louis Jimmy on vocals on four of the nine). This stuff is the Sykes' mother lode. Not only have none of these tracks ever appeared on CD before, nine of them are issued here for the very first time anywhere. Here is the piano-pumping, wailing singer, digging deep and having a ball on the title track, "Drivin' Wheel," "Rock It," "Green Onion Top," "44 Blues," and "West Helena Blues," with 12 others in the mix. Sound quality here is pretty much great and the sequencing is primo. This is an indispensable addition to any Roosevelt Sykes' shelf, and one hell of an introduction for novices."

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jug Jazz

Clifford Hayes- Clifford Hayes & The Dixieland Jug Blowers

Album Review:
"Jug band material in the hokum and country blues variety. This one goes about as far to the margin as any jug band ever journeyed, thanks to Clifford Hayes' violin and Earl McDonald's jug."

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Friday, July 9, 2010

I'm Gonna Ride To Your Funeral In A V8 Ford

Buddy Moss- Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1935-1941)

Album Review:
"This disc contains the Georgia Cotton Pickers songs on which Buddy Moss played on December 7, 1930. Although he is playing harmonica rather than guitar, they're necessary for any completists, and Bob's work is so closely related to Moss's music, that it's impossible to overlook any of it."

Note: This review is nonsensical, as the material on the disc was recorded well after 1930. The cover of the cd tells us that. Also, Moss seems to be playing guitar on every track.

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