Saturday, August 03, 2013

I’m gonna carry my old shotgun,
believe I’ll take along my 44

Buddy Chiles • Mistreated Blues • 1949


  1. This posting reminded me that I owned two or possibly three of these albums. This one and unless my memory is playing tricks on me, Detroit Blues. I'll have to wait until you jog my memory by posting a song from the mysterious third LP.

    I bought them at Sam the Record Man, at the time, one of the greatest record stores in the world. Here's a tip of the hat to Sam Sniderman and his long-gone musical treasure house. For me, there's no joy in shopping for records online. It doesn't even come close to approaching the experience or adventure of music prospecting in those days.

    1. Oh, yes, back in the day these were great "starter" albums, not that they were in any way blues "lite." There were four LPs of regional material: BC-8 Chicago Blues–The Early 1950's; BC-12 Detroit Blues–The Early 1950s; BC-15 Memphis and The Delta–1950s; BC-16 Texas Blues–The Early ’50s and kind of a summing up with BC-23 Juke Joint Blues. The Chicago set was my introduction to the wild and scary "Rollin' and Tumblin' two-parter by Baby Face Leroy, and the other sets were my intro to Baby Boy Warren with Sonny Boy Williamson on harp, Elmore James' most unhinged version of "Dust My Broom" entitled "Please Find My Baby," Smokey Hogg's "Penitentiary Blues," along with today's Buddy Chiles number and Mance Lipscomb's "anonymous" version of "Tom Moore's Farm." Great foundational stuff, and all of them containing songs that I still listen to with delight today. If you want to see full track listings of the Blues Classics series, have a look at Sefan Wirz's American Music website:

      Just did a quick Wikipedia look at their entry on Sam the Record Man; sounds kind of like a Canadian version of Tower Records. . . .

  2. "The store was also known for its deep catalogue, eclectic selection of imported recordings, time specials, and ever-changing stock of deleted or cut out stock."

    Sam's wasn't nearly as fancy as Tower Records. The above is the most important part of that whole Wikipedia article. It was a dusty treasure trove and actually carried many of the Bear Family box sets and they would order anything else in for you.

    I so miss that store!

    ("Juke Joint Blues" was the third LP that I had back in the day. Didn't own "Chicago Blues", but if I had found it I would have flipped at the time over Baby Face Leroy et al.)

    1. Juke Joint Blues, another true classic with lots of goodies on it. The cover photo is unbelievable, you'd think once the joint got jumpin' the whole place would just collapse! My favorite L. C. Williams is on here, "The Lazy J," plus Dr. Hepcat, Sonny Terry's "Harmonica Train," and more. . . .

      And the Chicago Blues LP is just terrific. A true primer of fabulous postwar non-Chess Chicago blues.