Saturday, April 19, 2014

SOMETIME DURING ETERNITY


Lawrence Ferlinghetti • A Coney Island Of The Mind #5 • 1999



Photo of Lawrence Ferlinghetti from booklet to A Coney Island of the Mind (Ryko, 1999).

Friday, April 18, 2014

HAMMER RINGS


Edna Gallmon Cooke • The Hammer Rings • 1961



Many thanks to H.M.S. at Cussin’ & Carryin’ On.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES No. 79


Elvis Presley • Suspicious Minds • 1969



Photo copyright © 2014 by Brad Barrett. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HARMONICA TRAIN

So . . . you’ll have noticed that we feature a lot of cuts from Blues Classics LPs as well as from OJL and Yazoo. In the days before Yazoo started up, Blues Classics was one of the major pre- and postwar reissue labels and their releases could be found just about everywhere, no doubt due to good indie record store distribution by Bayside (or Jack’s Record Cellar, I can’t remember now). There was a period there in the mid- to late 60s when some of the greatest blues ever recorded were as easily available, at the right shops, as current pop music. So, for a beginning blues fan, what a time it was. Relatively good sound remastering, terrific selection, informative liner notes all in one package for about $3.00 a pop. How could you go wrong?


Sonny “Hootin’” Terry & His Night Owls
Harmonica Train • 1952



Sonny Terry, vocal whoops/harmonica; Bob Gaddy, piano; Brownie McGhee, guitar; Bob Harris, bass; George Wood, drums. Recorded in New York City, 1952.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I SPELL B-A-D

Bo Diddley’s fifth single for Checker, “Who Do You Love,” featured “I’m Bad” on the flip, a sort of follow-up to his first record, “I’m a Man.” “I’m Bad” has a tougher sound than its predecessor (thanks to Jody Williams’ stinging guitar) which fits the more threatening lyrics perfectly. (Note the misspelling of the title on early pressings.)


Bo Diddley • I’m Bad • 1956



Personnel: Bo Diddley, vocal/guitar; Jody Williams, guitar; Clifton James, drums; Jerome Green, maracas. Recorded in Chicago, 24 May 1956.

Label photo: 45cat

Monday, April 14, 2014

I DONE GOT HOMESICK AGAIN,
I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO

So, we’ve been around the world this past week, it’s Monday morning, and we’re back home . . . sick.


Homesick James • Homesick • 1953



James Williamson & His Trio: Homesick James, vocal/guitar; Lazy Bill Lucas, piano; Johnny Shines, guitar; Alfred Elkins, bass. Recorded in Chicago, 23 Jan 1953.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

TODA MI ALMA

“Ramiro Cavazos is one of the most soulful singers in the Norteño field and also an excellent bajo sexto player, songwriter, proprietor of the R y N label in McAllen [Texas] and record shop owner in the small town. . . . The slow waltz TODA MI ALMA is with the Banda brothers and I do not know the name of the accordionist but he is superb. The original record was overmodulated but despite such shortcomings I felt this disc had so much feeling it deserved inclusion [on the album Norteño Acordeon – Part 3].” *


Conjunto Hermanos Banda • Toda Mi Alma • c.1950s



* adapted from Chris Strachwitz’ 1978 notes to the LP Norteño Acordeon – Part 3: South Texas and Monterrey, N.L., The 1940’s and 50’s [Folklyric 9020 and amazingly still available from Arhoolie]).

Label photo from UCLA’s The Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings.