Saturday, September 20, 2014

PLEASE RELEASE ME, LET ME GO


Esther Phillips “Little Esther” • Release Me • 1962



Hear “Release Me” on Early Girls Volume 3.

Up next: The Fairfield Four, Elvin Jones and Richard Davis, Las Hermanas Guerrero,
Bo Diddley and Jerome Green, Cal Tjader, Rev. Gary Davis, and Derrick and Patsy.

Friday, September 19, 2014

AIN’T IT FUNNY


Brenda Lee • Funny • 1964



“Funny” is anthologized on In the Mood for Love: Classic Ballads.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

YOU’RE SO LIKE THE LADY
WITH THE MYSTIC SMILE


Nat “King” Cole • Mona Lisa • 1950



Find “Mona Lisa” on The Very Best of Nat King Cole.

1952 LP cover: Wikipedia

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt. 1 No. 1

Blues, all shades & colors—Twenty-three faves from the past 49 years, just a drop in the proverbial bucket got a hole in it—presented in somewhat coherent fashion with an occasional nod to flow, and in two Parts. (The Subliminal Kid’s 2002 liner notes follow.)

1965 being the launch into the deep blue sea year that it was, and being fooled of course by “Act Naturally,” what better road to head down after walking subterranean homesick 4th street like a rolling stone than to Eric Von Schmidt’s dream of Blind Gary Davis in Cambridge folky get-up. That’ll get you there sure’s you born, doesn’t matter if you’re fixing to die. Some later Muddy Waters & His Guitar—Little Walter got it: “Take me wit’cha man when you go!”—and Howlin’ Wolf shivered me timbers as well as the tone arm with moonlight moanings. As if born in Chicago we rolled & rhumba’d to the odds & ends of Jimmy Reed & myriad Vee-Jay albums till it got to be 4 p.m. and a paler though tougher sound emerged wasn’t blues e-zactly but still I clung to that feedback note held interminably as aforementioned Morganfield whupped that slide back and forth and Big Crawford slung one last note out from his big bass fiddle into South Michigan recording mic.

Tom Moore having been run out of Texas disguised himself as Mr. Tom Green until slashed to bits by Johnny Shines and Lee Jackson, Mississippi not a good place to run a farm after dark: “The groundhogs be bringin’ you yo’ mail.” And Brian Jones’ death not in vain as Mick Taylor steps valiantly to the fore and sheets of tears flow crying from the space between pick & bottleneck British reserve left behind on Robert Johnson’s red & green lighted train to nowhere. Thus endeth Part One and almost ten years time before

Part Two shuffles in with a joyous so glad I got good religion post-Army late night Nashville party session and the white boys gettin’ all the way down to Lowell Fulson blues and “E” commanding those blues to give yourself just a little more time as drum rolls sax & git-tars collide with Monday morning and Fulson himself back on the county farm till Texas & Oklahoma migrate to Oakland & L.A.: Hot dogs & barbecue on the avenue OK, just stay far from Tin Pan Alley: pistol shots, two by fours, shouts of “Needed Time” ascend from the mourners bench as back in Alabama Jerry McCain holds steady. 



Bob Dylan • Baby, Let Me Follow You Down • 1962





“Baby, Let Me Follow You Down” is the second song on side B of Dylan’s first album.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 4 No. 6

Here we go again. . . .


Allen Ginsberg • Hum Bom • 1993

Monday, September 15, 2014

THE HEEBY JEEBIES LOVE
THRILL ME THROUGH AND THROUGH

“Heeby-Jeebies-Love” made its first appearance (if I remember correctly) as the flip side to a special picture sleeve 45 of “All Around the World” re-released to capitalize on that song’s appearance on the soundtrack to the 1985 kid movie The Explorers.


Little Richard • Heeby-Jeebies-Love • 1956



“Heeby-Jeebies-Love” can be found these days on Little Richard, Vol. 2: Shag on Down by the Union Hall.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES #1

No esplanations . . . except it’s not all girl groups; it’s another series startin’ up, though. . . .


Ray Charles • What Kind Of Man Are You • 1958
vocal: Mary Ann Fisher with the Raelettes



“What Kind of Man Are You” can be found on The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings, 1952–1959.

LP cover: Discos Con Mucho Polvo