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  • Please Warm My Weiner: Old Time Hokum Blues Please Warm My Weiner: Old Time Hokum Blues Quick View

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    Please Warm My Weiner: Old Time Hokum Blues

    This compilation contains Blues with rather frivolous lyrical content recorded between 1928 and 1935. Hokum is an old Vaudeville term that the New York Times once defined as a brand of fun bordering on vulgarity and quite obvious.(quoted from Stephen Calt's Barrelhouse Words. A Blues Dialect Dictionary)
    1. Whistling Bob Howe & Frankie Griggs The Coldest Stuff In Town
    2. Tommie Bradley & James Cole Adam And Eve
    3. Buddie Burton Ham Fatchet Blues Part 1
    4. Georgia Tom & Tampa Red The Alley Crap Game
    5. Rufus & Ben Quillian Satisfaction Blues
    6. Hokum Boys I Had To Give Up Gym
    7. Papa Charlie Jackson You Put It In, I'll Take It Out
    8. Butterbeans & Susie Elevator Papa, Switchboard Mama
    9. Robert & Charlie Hicks Darktown Gambling - The Crap Game
    10. Yazoo All Stars Hometown Skiffle Part 1
    11. Yazoo All Stars Hometown Skiffle Part 2
    12. Memphis Minnie Banana Man Blues
    13. Leola B. Wilson & Kid Wesley Wilson Uncle Joe
    14. Bo Carter Please Warm My Weiner
    Various Artists
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Upstairs At Eric's (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale) Upstairs At Eric's (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Upstairs At Eric's (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale)

    An 80s Landmark: Ex-Depeche Mode Member Vince Clarke and Vocalist Alison Moyet Create Synthpop Classic

    Smoky Blues Purring, Cool Jazz Vibes, Disco-Tinged Beats, and Dancefloor Minimalism Add Up to Electropop Genius

    All the Grooves Hit the Low-Frequency Targets: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI

    Includes Hits Don't Go, Situation, and Only You

    The 1980s will forever be remembered for electropop sensations, yet few, if any, are quite as sensational as Yazs Upstairs at Erics. A standard-setting mÉlange of smoky blues singing, jazzy arrangements, disco-tinged beats, and dancefloor vibes, the smash debut fits equally as well at a late-night club as it does in a living room, where the records complexity and exoticism takes listeners hostage. No wonder the 1982 landmark remains one of the decades most essential albums.

    Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this numbered limited edition Silver Label LP breathes with a decongested openness, textural richness, and tonal palette never before experienced on previous analog or digital editions. Alison Moyets inimitable vocals, such a huge part of the records appeal, are dramatically enhanced, her sensual timbre, bittersweet crooning, and knockout range now encompassing the full frequency spectrum and projecting outward in a way that traverses the flatness of the original pressings.

    Indeed, her bluesy deliveries are at once elegant and exuberant, and give collaborative partner Vince Clarke free range to construct beat architectures that encompass freewheeling disco, house music, uptempo dance, and chilled-out pop. The former Depeche Mode member also layers on elegant keyboard melodies, establishing contagious hooks and electronic-laced landscapes that preceded the techno explosion and do so with a cooler elegance. Tape loops, random field-noise dialogues, and synth-stroked bass notes add to whats nothing less than a perfect collusion of moody paranoia and soulful warmth.

    While a cousin to synth-pop LPs by the likes of the Eurythmics, Soft Cell, OMD, and Depeche Mode, Yazs Upstairs at Erics is singular for its chemistry between Moyet and Clarke and an insouciant batch of songs high on emotion, style, and substance.

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    1. Don't Go
    2. Too Pieces
    3. Bad Connection
    4. I Before E Except After C
    5. Midnight
    6. In My Room
    7. Only You
    8. Goodbye Seventies
    9. Situation
    10. Winter Kills
    11. Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)
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  • 1927-1933 The Early Years 1927-1933 The Early Years Quick View

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    1927-1933 The Early Years

    Side One

    1. Broke Down Engine Blues (1931)
    2. Mama 'Tain't Long For Day (1927)
    3. Georgia Rag (1931)
    4. Love Changing Blues (1929)
    5. Statesboro Blues (1928)
    6. Stomp Down Rider (1931)
    7. Savannah Mama (1933)

    Side Two

    8. Travelin' Blues (1929)
    9. Drive Away Blues (1929)
    10. Warm It Up To Me (1933)
    11. Three Women Blues (1928)
    12. Writing Paper Blues (1927)
    13. Southern Can Is Mine (1931)
    14. Talkin' To Myself (1930)

    Blind Willie McTell
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  • Memphis Blues 1927-1931 Memphis Blues 1927-1931 Quick View

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    Memphis Blues 1927-1931

    1. Labor Blues (1928)
    2. Frank Stokes' Dream (1929)
    3. Take Me Back (1928)
    4. Twelve Pound Daddy (1927)
    5. Black Gypsy Blues
    6. Creeper's Blues
    7. Devil In The Woodpile (1929)
    8. Turpentine Blues (1927)
    9. I Will Turn Your Money Green (1928)
    10. Judge Harsh Blues (1928)
    11. 'Frisco Town (1929)
    12. I Don't Want That Junk Outta You (1931)
    13. Noah's Blues (1928)
    14. Last Go Round (1927)
    Frank Stokes
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  • Founder Of The Delta Blues Founder Of The Delta Blues Quick View

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    Founder Of The Delta Blues

    Side One

    1. Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues (June 1929)
    2. Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues (June 1929)
    3. Down The Dirt Road Blues (June 1929)
    4. Pony Blues (June 1929)
    5. Banty Rooster Blues (June 1929)
    6. It Won't Be Long (June 1929)
    7. Tom Rushem Blues (June 1929)

    Side Two

    8. A Spoonful Blues (June 1929)
    9. Shake It And Break It (June 1929)
    10. Going To Move To Alabama (Nov. 1929)
    11. Elder Green Blues (Nov. 1929)
    12. Frankie And Albert (Nov. 1929)
    13. Some These Days I'll Be Gone (Nov. 1929)
    14. Green River Blues (Nov. 1929)

    Side Three

    15. Hammer Blues (Nov. 1929)
    16. When Your Way Gets Dark (Nov. 1929)
    17. High Water Everywhere Part I (Dec. 1929)
    18. High Water Everywhere Part II (Dec. 1929)
    19. Rattlesnake Blues (Dec. 1929)
    20. Running Wild Blues (Dec. 1929)
    21. Dry Well Blues (July 1930)

    Side Four

    22. Moon Going Down (July 1930)
    23. Bird Next Bound (July 1930)
    24. High Sheriff Blues (Jan. 30, 1934)
    25. Stone Pony Blues (Jan. 30, 1934)
    26. 34 Blues (Jan. 31, 1934)
    27. Revenue Man Blues (Jan. 31, 1934)
    28. Poor Me (Feb. 1, 1934)

    Charley Patton
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  • Mississippi Blues 1927-1941 Mississippi Blues 1927-1941 Quick View

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    Mississippi Blues 1927-1941

    Recorded between 1927-1941
    1. Harvey Hull Gang Of Brown Skin Women
    2. Henry Sims Be True Be True Blues
    3. William Harris I'm Leavin' Town
    4. Skip James Special Rider Blues
    5. Skip James Cypress Grove Blues
    6. Charley Patton Hang It On The Wall
    7. Geeshie Wiley Eagles On A Half
    8. Mattie Delaney Tallahatchie River Blues
    9. John Bird Billy Goat Blues
    10. Charley Patton Mean Black Moan
    11. Charley Patton Pea Vine Blues
    12. Bobby Grant Nappy Head Blues
    13. Son House Delta Blues
    14. Robert Johnson Dead Shrimp Blues
    Various Artists
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  • Blind Willie McTell 1927-1935 Blind Willie McTell 1927-1935 Quick View

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    Blind Willie McTell 1927-1935

    Ticket Agent Blues
    B & O Blues No. 2
    It's A Good Little Thing
    Cold Winter Day
    Kind Mama
    Experience Blues
    Southern Can Mama
    My Baby's Gone
    Painful Blues
    Razor Ball
    Stole Rider Blues
    God Don't Like It
    Scarey Day Blues
    Atanta Strut
    Blind Willie McTell
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  • You Can't Get Enough Of That Stuff You Can't Get Enough Of That Stuff Quick View

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    You Can't Get Enough Of That Stuff

    You Can't Get Enough Of That Stuff
    Gambler's Blues
    Put Your Mind On It
    Went To His Head
    We Don't Sell It Here No More
    I Was Afriad Of That Part I
    Let Me Have It
    Hokum Blues
    Pat-A-Foot Blues
    Only The Blues
    Selling That Stuff
    Ain't Goin' That Way
    It's All Gone Now
    I Was Afraid Of That Part 2
    The Hokum Boys
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  • The Virtuoso Guitar Of Scrapper Blackwell The Virtuoso Guitar Of Scrapper Blackwell Quick View

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    The Virtuoso Guitar Of Scrapper Blackwell

    Penal Farm Blues
    Trouble Blues Part I
    Trouble Blues Part II
    Blue Day Blues
    Good Woman Blues
    My Dream Blues
    Hard Time Blues
    Down in Black Bottom
    Whiskey Man Blues
    Kokomo Blues
    Down South Blues
    Back Door Blues
    Pack Up Her Trunk Blues
    Barrelhouse Woman No. 2
    Scrapper Blackwell
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  • 1928 Sessions 1928 Sessions Quick View

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    1928 Sessions

    With his warm, gentle vocals and rhythmic guitar lines, Mississippi John Hurt's recordings represent a fascinating counterpoint to what is expected of Mississippi blues. His repertoire is a mixture of narrative ballads, traditional songs and blues.
    1. Got the Blues, Can't Be Satisfied
    2. Louis Collins
    3. Blue Harvest Blues
    4. Avalon Blues
    5. Blessed Be The Name
    6. Nobody's Dirty Business
    7. Frankie
    8. Ain't No Tellin'
    9. Big Leg Blues
    10. Stack O' Lee Blues
    11. Praying On The Old Camp Ground
    12. Spike Driver Blues
    13. Candy Man Blues
    Mississippi John Hurt
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  • Praise God I'm Satisfied Praise God I'm Satisfied Quick View

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    Praise God I'm Satisfied

    Yazoo's Praise God I'm Satisfied is an excellent collection of 14 tracks Blind Willie Johnson recorded in the '30s, including such numbers as Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed, Praise God I'm Satisfied, Rain Don't Fall on Me and Jesus Is Coming Soon. These are excellent, haunting recordings, boasting some stellar guitar work, but everything that's on this disc and its companion, Sweeter as the Years Go By, is included on Columbia/Legacy's The Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson, which makes this unnecessary for any serious listener.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Jesus Make up My Dying Bed
    2. Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground)
    3. Praise God I'm Satisfied
    4. Bye and Bye I'm Goin' to See the King
    5. You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond
    6. When the War Was On
    7. God Moves on the Water
    8. I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole
    9. God Don't Never Change
    10. The Rain Don't Fall on Me
    11. Nobody's Fault But Mine
    12. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
    13. Jesus Is Coming Soon
    14. Mother's Children Have a Hard Time
    Blind Willie Johnson
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  • Harmonica Blues: Great Harmonica Performances Of The 1920s and 30s Harmonica Blues: Great Harmonica Performances Of The 1920s and 30s Quick View

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    Harmonica Blues: Great Harmonica Performances Of The 1920s and 30s

    It is not difficult to imagine why the harmonica should have been a favorite among bluesmen; its price, portability and loud volume made it ideal for them. Moreover, the harmonica was perhaps the best suited of all blues instruments to imitate and exaggerate the sound of the human voice. It could produce glissandos and vibratos that even a bottleneck guitarist would have been hard put to duplicate.
    1. Freeman Stowers - Railroad Blues (1929)
    2. State Street Boys - Crazy About You (1935)
    3. Carver Boys - Wang Wang Harmonica Blues (1929)
    4. Lee Brown - My Driving Wheel (1939)
    5. Ashley & Foster - Bay Rum Blues (1933)
    6. Robert Hill - I'm Going To Write And Tell Mother (1936)
    7. Chuck Darling - Blowin' The Blues (1930)
    8. Chuck Darline - Harmonica Rag (1930)
    9. Jaybird Coleman - Man Trouble Blues (1930)
    10. Jazz Gillum - I Want You By My Side (1936)
    11. Alfred Lewis - Friday Moan Blues (1930)
    12. Chicken Wilson & Skeeter Hinton - House Snake Blues (1928)
    13. Bobby Leecan & Robert Cooksey - Need More Blues (1926)
    14. De Ford Bailey - Davidson County Blues (1928)
    Various Artists
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  • Truckin' My Blues Away (Awaiting Repress) Truckin' My Blues Away (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Truckin' My Blues Away (Awaiting Repress)

    The most popular exponent of a Carolina style. Blind Boy fuller helped shape the 1930s blues scene and became one of the most popular East Coast bluesmen. Unlike many blues artists, Blind Boy Fuller can be completely engaging as both a party-oriented performer and a somber bluesman.
    1. Truckin' My Blues Away
    2. Untrue Blues
    3. Homesick And Lonesome Blues
    4. You Never Can Tell
    5. Mamie
    6. Jivin' Woman Blues
    7. Weeping willow
    8. Funny Feeling Blues
    9. I Crave My Pigmeat
    10. Corrine What Makes You Treat Me So?
    11. Meat Shakin' Woman
    12. Walking My Troubles Away
    13. Painful Hearted Man
    14. Sweet Honey Hole
    Blind Boy Fuller
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  • Banana In Your Fruit Basket: Red Hot Blues, 1931-36 Banana In Your Fruit Basket: Red Hot Blues, 1931-36 Quick View

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    Banana In Your Fruit Basket: Red Hot Blues, 1931-36

    Bo Carter's great lyrics, musical range and conspicuously inventive accompaniments made home one of the most commercially successful bluesmen to come out of Mississippi. His repertoire extended from pre- and rowdy blues to inspired double-entendre.
    1. Pig Meat Is What I Crave
    2. What Kind Of Scent Is This?
    3. Mashing That Thing
    4. Blue Runner Blues
    5. Howling Tom Cat Blues
    6. Don't Mash My Digger So Deep
    7. Pin In Your Cushion
    8. Ram Rod Daddy
    9. All Around Man
    10. Pussy Cat Blues
    11. My Pencil Won't Write No More
    12. Ants In My Pants
    13. Banana In Your Fruit Basket
    14. Cigarette Blues
    Bo Carter
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  • The Complete 1931 Session The Complete 1931 Session Quick View

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    The Complete 1931 Session

    Skip James estimated that he recorded 26 sides for the Paramount label in 1931, but no one has ever turned up more than the 18 songs on this LP in any form. This was the first comprehensive collection of James' early music, showcasing his piano playing as well as his skills with a guitar, and was essential listening in the 1980s. However, the collection was only partly successful on a technical level. Paramount had been notorious for using the poorest and cheapest materials in its pressings and later junked its masters. Based on surviving production 78s, the quality of this release therefore left a lot to be desired even from a historical point of view. Yazoo later upgraded and retitled the collection when better sources and transferring techniques became available (see The Complete Early Recordings of Skip James).

    -All Music Guide
    1. Devil Got My Woman
    2. If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down The Road
    3. Hard Luck Child
    4. Drunken Spree
    5. Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues
    6. Be Ready When He Comes
    7. How Long Buck
    8. I'm So Glad
    9. Cherry Ball Blues
    10. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
    11. 22-20 Blues
    12. 4 O'Clock Blues
    13. Jesus Is A MIghty Good Leader
    14. Yola My Blues Away
    15. What Am I To Do Blues
    16. Special Rider Blues
    17. Illinois Blues
    18. Cypress Grove Blues
    Skip James
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Bottleneck Guitar Trendsetters of the 1930's Bottleneck Guitar Trendsetters of the 1930's Quick View

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    Bottleneck Guitar Trendsetters of the 1930's

    Compilation of early recordings by Casey Bill Weldon and Kokomo Arnold. Cover art by Robert Crumb.
    Side A - Casey Bill Weldon
    1. You just as well let her go
    2. Go ahead, buddy
    3. Lady Doctor Blues

    4. The big boat
    5. Hitch me to your buggy and drive me like a mule
    6. You shouldn't do that
    7. Back door blues

    Side B - Kokomo Arnold
    8. The twelves (The dirty dozens)
    9. I'll be up someday
    10. Busty bootin'
    11. Sagefield woman blues
    12. Back to the woods
    13. Salty dog
    14. Feels so good

    Casey Bill Weldon & Kokomo Arnold
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  • Naptown Blues 1929-1934 Naptown Blues 1929-1934 Quick View

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    Naptown Blues 1929-1934

    Although the names of pianist Leroy Carr and guitarist Scrapper Blackwell tend to register with most prewar blues aficionados, these Indianapolis-based musicians still don't get the full respect they deserve nor is their influence on other artists sufficiently acknowledged. Much of this may have to do with the view that they were over-recorded, resulting in being taken for granted and dismissed as overly-commercial. Sure, the pair remade How Long - How Long Blues a few too many times and were also guilty of settling into more of a formulaic approach as the 1920s progressed into the 1930s, but their best sides remain among the greatest guitar-piano duets in blues history. Indeed, many of their songs have become standards of the genre, even if a lot of people don't realize that Carr and/or Blackwell wrote or were the first to record them. Perhaps the best example of their influence is the music of Robert Johnson. While other writers have endlessly rehashed the role that the styles of other Mississippi Delta blues guitarists had played in his development, it can persuasively be argued that material by Carr and Blackwell shaped Johnson's approach more than any other single source.

    Leave it to Yazoo to put together a first-rate collection of the duo's late-1920s and early-1930s material. The imaginatively-compiled Naptown Blues 1929-1934 emphasizes Carr and Blackwell's less-celebrated uptempo songs that to my non-musician ears sound insufficiently low-down to be considered blues in the traditional 12-bar sense. However one assesses these 14 tracks, they demonstrate how perfectly the musicians complemented each other and why they are the standard by which all other contemporary piano-guitar combinations are judged.

    -Record Fiend

    1. Carried Water For The Elephant
    2. Low Down Dog Blues
    3. Papa Wants A Cookie
    4. Naptown Blues
    5. Bread Baker
    6. I Keep The Blues
    7. Gettin' All Wet
    8. What More Can I Do?
    9. Longing For My Sugar
    10. Fore Day Rider
    11. How About Me?
    12. Memphis Town
    13. Hold Them Puppies
    14. Papa Wants To Knock A Jug
    Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
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  • Memphis Jug Band Memphis Jug Band Quick View

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    Memphis Jug Band

    The Memphis Jug Band is the most entertaining and historically important jug band of all time. Especially fascinating is the very wide range of American music that their repertoire covers: blues, rags, stomps, breakdowns, vaudeville, minstrel and more. They were the premier practitioner of the extremely popular Memphis style of the 1920's.
    LP 1
    1. I'll See You In The Spring, When The Birds Begin To Sing
    2. Memphis Jug Blues
    3. Cave Man Blues
    4. Gator Wobble
    5. Beale Street Mess Around
    6. Memphis Yo Yo Blues
    7. Stealin' Stealin'
    8. Lindberg Hop
    9. Fourth Street Mess Around
    10. Memphis Boy Blues
    11. Taking Your Place
    12. On The Road Again
    13. Tired Of You Driving Me
    14. Cocaine Habit Blues

    LP 2
    1. Oh Ambulance Man
    2. K.C. Moan
    3. You May Leave But This Will Bring You Back
    4. Old Folks Started It
    5. Newport News Blues-Take 1
    6. Everybody's Talking About Sadie Green
    7. Little Green Slippers
    8. Spider's Nest Blues
    9. Sometimes I Think I Love You
    10. She Stays Out All Night Long
    11. Insane Crazy Blues
    12. Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues
    13. What's The Matter?
    14. Whitewash Station Blues

    Memphis Jug Band
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  • Texas Worried Blues: The Complete Recorded Works 1927-1929 Texas Worried Blues: The Complete Recorded Works 1927-1929 Quick View

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    Texas Worried Blues: The Complete Recorded Works 1927-1929

    Henry Ragtime Texas Thomas (1876-?) was a railroading hobo from the Lone Star State whose style and repertoire were obsolete long before the first of his two recording sessions in 1927. His last recorded song, Don't Leave Me Here, a plaintive version of his Don't Ease Me In, was his bluesy take on the popular early 20th-century standard Alabama Bound and is one of many gems in this unique collection of extra-Delta country blues, rags, and medicine show or vaudeville tunes. With Thomas punctuating most of his songs by tooting on pre-harmonica quills, or panpipes, these colorful numbers offer a glimpse into a vanished world. After recording such delights as Railroadin' Some, Jonah in the Wilderness, Red River Blues, and Honey, Won't You Allow Me One More Chance?, the mysterious minstrel disappeared--unless that really was Thomas on the corner of Crawford and Capitol during Houston's winter of 1949. -Alan Greenberg
    LP 1
    1. John Henry
    2. Cottonfield Blues
    3. Arkansas
    4. The Fox and the Hounds
    5. Red River Blues
    6. The Little Red Caboose
    7. Bob McKinney
    8. Honey, Won't You Allow Me One More Chance?
    9. Run, Mollie, Run
    10. Shanty Blues
    11. Woodhouse Blues

    LP 2
    1. Jonah in the Wilderness
    2. When the Train Comes Along
    3. Bull Doze Blues
    4. Don't Ease Me In
    5. Texas Easy Street
    6. Texas Worried Blues
    7. Fishing Blues
    8. Old Country Stomp
    9. Charmin' Betsy
    10. Lovin' Babe
    11. Railroadin' Some
    12. Don't Leave Me Here

    Henry Thomas
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  • The Young Big Bill Broonzy 1928-1936 The Young Big Bill Broonzy 1928-1936 Quick View

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    The Young Big Bill Broonzy 1928-1936

    Big Bill Broonzy was one of the few country blues musicians of the '20s and '30s to find success when the music evolved into an electric, urbanized form. From his initial sides with Paramount in 1928, he followed the music's development closely. Switching to electric guitar and adding drums to his music in the late 1930s, he helped pave the way for the Chicago bluesmen that followed him. Even though his music continued to contain echoes of his rural background, Broonzy's reversion to a folk-blues style (popular amongst white audiences) in the 1950s was viewed by purists as an inauthentic stance. The truth is that experts have always had a difficult time classifying Broonzy's music. Even on the early sides collected on The Young Bill Broonzy (1928-1935), the guitarist alternates between standard 12-bar fare, brisk rag numbers, guitar and piano duets, and showcases of his flatpicking prowess. Regardless of the setting, however, one thing remains certain: Broonzy's guitar skills are superb. He was an exceptional flatpicker, capable of dazzling with rapid, single note runs. Proof is provided on I Can't Be Satisfied (with Hokum Boy Frank Brasswell on second guitar) and the classic How You Want It Done? Broonzy was also criticized for relying, more than most, on the key of C (favored by ragtime musicians), though a song like Skoodle Do Do demonstrates the guitarist's ability to construct an unconventional arrangement regardless. In addition to Brasswell, Broonzy is joined by Steel Smith (six-string banjo) and Georgia Tom Dorsey (piano) on various selections. Along with the companion set Do That Guitar Rag, this is quite simply the finest collection of Broonzy's timeless, early sides available.

    - Nathan Bush (All Music)
    1. Brownskin Shuffle
    2. Eagle Ridin' Papa
    3. Starvation Blues
    4. Long Tall Mama
    5. Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down
    6. Skoodle Do Do
    7. Banker's Blues
    8. Saturday Night Rub
    9. I Can't Be Satisfied
    10. Mississippi River Blues
    11. Hip Shakin' Strut
    12. How You Want It Done?
    13. Hokum Stomp
    14. Stove Pipe Stomp
    Big Bill Broonzy
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  • Do That Guitar Rag Do That Guitar Rag Quick View

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    Do That Guitar Rag

    This a marvelous little companion piece to Young Big Bill Broonzy (1928-35) on Yazoo. Broonzy's ragtime guitar picking is textbook in its scope, and his vocals are as warm as can be. Broonzy is at his youngest and full of pep.

    - Cub Koda (All Music)

    1. Pig Meat Strut
    2. Down in the Basement
    3. Terrible Operation Blues
    4. Big Bill Blues
    5. Leave My Man Alone
    6. Bull Cow Blues
    7. Grandma's Farm
    8. Guitar Rag
    9. Pussy Cat Blues
    10. Mr. Conductor Man
    11. Worrying You Off My Mind, Pt. 1
    12. Double Trouble Blues
    13. Skoodle Do Do
    14. C & A Blues
    Big Bill Broonzy
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  • The Original Rolling Stone The Original Rolling Stone Quick View

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    The Original Rolling Stone

    Yazoo's Original Rolling Stone is a wonderful disc containing 14 of the 17 sides Robert Wilkins recorded before the war. Wilkins was one of the great country-blues artists, and these songs -- including Rollin' Stone, That's No Way to Get Along, Jailhouse Blues and I'll Go with Her -- became legendary, not only because the songs were terrific (which they are) but also because the performances are intense and haunting.

    - Thom Owens (All Music)
    1. I'll Go with Her Blues
    2. Rolling Stone, Pt. 1
    3. Get Away Blues
    4. Alabama Blues
    5. I Do Blues
    6. Long Train Blues
    7. That's No Way to Get Along
    8. Falling Down Blues
    9. Jailhouse Blues
    10. Losin' Out Blues
    11. Rolling Stone, Pt. 2
    12. Old Jim Canan's
    13. Nashville Stonewall Blues
    14. Police Sergeant Blues
    Robert Wilkins
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  • Sweeter As The Years Go By Sweeter As The Years Go By Quick View

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    Sweeter As The Years Go By

    Blind Willie Johnson was perhaps the finest singing evangelist of all time. While the 16 tracks on this LP aren't as striking as those on the seminal Praise God I'm Satisfied, they're still invigorating and a vital part of his legacy. Johnson played acoustic rather than slide on several cuts, and didn't take flamboyant solos or add slashing counterpoint. But he demonstrated a skillful use of repetition and outstanding rhythmic and melodic skills. Johnson teamed with Willie B. Harris on several songs, and her rough, cutting voice proved an ideal match with his equally ragged sound.

    - Ron Wynn (All Music)
    1. John the Revelator
    2. You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond
    3. Let Your Light Shine on Me
    4. Everybody Ought to Treat a Stranger Right
    5. Lord, I Just Can't Keep from Crying
    6. If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down
    7. If It Had Not Been for Jesus
    8. Church, I'm Fully Saved Today
    9. The Soul of a Man
    10. I'm Gonna Run to the City of Refuge
    11. Can't Nobody Hide from God
    12. Sweeter as the Years Roll By
    13. Go With Me to That Land
    14. Trouble Will Soon Be Over
    15. Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave It There
    16. Take Your Stand
    Blind Willie Johnson
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Brooklynite Elizabeth Harper's first musical offerings appeared in the form of personal singer/songwriter fare, her airy vocals paired only with quiet strums of acoustic guitar. But having a long-held desire to make electronic music, Harper recruited producers Mark Richardson and Scott Rosenthal to assist in achieving her desired sound, and electro-pop outfit Class Actress was born. The trio wasted no time in assembling their Journal of Ardency EP, which Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor released on his Terrible Records imprint in early 2010. The five songs circulated widely, garnering acclaim and comparisons to Human League, Depeche Mode, and early Madonna at each music journal stop.

    Now settled in with the folks at Carpark, Harper and co. put forth their debut long-player, Rapprocher. The album sees her playing a similar part to Journal's playful lovelorn diva, but it pushes the EP's proto-electro revisionism into new directions. Tracks like Love Me Like You Used To and Hanging On swaddle the record's heavy disco beats in diaphanous sheets of delay, and the bouncing bass of Weekend make it a prime candidate for a feel-good summer hit. Harper remains the force that binds the songs into a cohesive statement, her winking coo darting about in the deep drums and lofty arpeggios, and her passion - backed mostly with electronics - summons thoughts of Yaz's Alison Moyet. In concurrence with the title (rapprocheris French for bring closer), the candid, sincere lyrics meld with the atmosphere, enveloping the listener into Class Actress's world of 21st century romanticism.

    1. Keep You
    2. Love Me Like You Used To
    3. Weekend
    4. Prove Me Wrong
    5. Need To Know
    6. Limousine
    7. All The Saints
    8. Bienvenue
    9. Missed
    10. Hangin On
    11. Let Me In
    Class Actress
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