Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Uncle Dave’s Beloved Solo


Uncle Dave Macon • Uncle Dave’s Beloved Solo • 1926



label photo: Down in the Basement, Old Hat CD -1004, 2002

6 comments:

  1. I have this CD too - the Old Hat company is one of my Top 3 reissuers! Considering this recording is 87 years old, it's really astonishingly good sound quality.

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    1. It helped that he recorded for Vocalion and not Paramount! And even though the electrical recording process was only a year or so old at this point, yes, it sounds great.

      So what are your other two reissue favorites?

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  2. My top 3 are Bear Family, Old Hat and Ace. Shanachie is pretty good too, in terms of the music, but I've never been very impressed with their liner notes.

    What about you? I'm guessing that Arhoolie would be in your top 5?

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    1. Probably something like Arhoolie (new and old) and Yazoo (despite crummy graphics, etc., still the best for sound on old stuff). I used to like Ace a lot but have lost interest in their output the last several years. And Chess . . . too bad they've dropped their Hip-O program. And Bear . . . if you're a millionaire!

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  3. I fantasize a lot about Bear's big box sets. Still, they have some nice single CDs - Country & Western Hit Parade, the 'Rocks' series, Blowing the Fuse, etc.

    I'm careful when I purchase an Ace CD now - for some weird reason, they seem to think it's desirable to use 'STEREO' instead of the original mono and I've been caught out a few times.

    I didn't know the Hip-O-Select label was discontinued. I only bought one of theirs because of the prices - The Complete Motown Singles 1964.

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    1. Hip-O Select is still going but I read that the Chess program, Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddley, etc., is dead as the guy who was doing the reissues retired and they are apparently not going to replace him. . . . Dunno if the other programs will continue or not.

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