Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 4


Randy Newman • You Can Leave Your Hat On • 2003

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I’M A FOOL TO C’YEH

Nobody’d blame you if at first you thought this was Fats Domino. But it’s Joseph Barrios, aka Joe Barry, with his version of Ted “Born to Lose” Daffan’s composition. Mr. Domino did record this also, in 1964. This one goes out to Hyatt Earl Moore. . . .


Joe Barry • I’m a Fool to Care • 1961



Photo from A Fool To Care: Classic Recordings 1960-1977, a good place to pick up 51 of Joe’s best, many produced originally by Huey Meaux.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

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


Derrick & Patsy • Housewife’s Choice • 1961


Label pic: discogs

Coming up to round out September, we go on a New Orleans roll with Joe Barry, Barbara Lynn, and Randy Newman. To start out October (already?) we’ve got Kansas Joe McCoy, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Barbecue Bob, and the transcendent Sammi Smith. . . .
Stay tuned.

Friday, September 26, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 1


Reverend Gary Davis • Time Is Drawing Near • 1961




“Time Is Drawing Near” can be found on Say No to the Devil.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 4


Cal Tjader • Soul Sauce (Guacha Guaro) • 1965




“Soul Sauce (Guacha Guaro)” can be found on The Golden Age Of American Popular Music: The Jazz Hits.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

YOU LOOK LIKE YOU BEEN RUN OVER
BY A UGLY MACHINE

“Say Man, Back Again” was the middle of the three Bo Diddley “dozens” records, bookended by “Say Man” and “Signifying Blues.” It was a favorite of my friends and mine back in junior high, just a bunch of white beach town teenagers goofing on the jokes and insults. When MCA first put out the Bo Diddley Chess Box in 1990 it really bugged me that they issued an alternate take of my favorite Bo Diddley record instead of the issued version. Well, all these years later, all the takes of all three songs have been reissued in original and alternate versions (I believe) on various compilations so all is well. And while I can see why Checker originally used the version they did on the single and Have Guitar Will Travel LP, this version of “Say Man, Back Again” is also pretty funny. It seems like an earlier take as the jibes and jokes don’t sound quite as well developed as they would be on the 45, but who knows. . . . It’s still a fun song and Bo and Jerome’s back-and-forths continue to crack me up 55 years later.



Bo Diddley • Say Man, Back Again [alternate take] • 1959



Bo Diddley, vocal/guitar; Jerome Green, vocal/maracas; Peggy Jones, guitar; Clifton James or Frank Kirkland, drums; Willie Dixon, double bass; Lafayette Leake, piano. Chicago, early September 1959.

The alternate and issued versions “Say Man, Back Again” can be heard on Road Runner / The Chess Masters, 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DRY BRANCH

“María Luisa and Felipa Guerrero were from South Texas and are backed here by Jimmy Morgan’s Conjunto. . . .” *


Hermanas Guerrero con el Conjunto de Jimmy Morgan • Rama Seca • 1960



*Notes, photo, and song are taken from Tejano Roots: The Women which also features more from the Guerreros, Carmen & Laura, Lydia Mendoza, and many other great female artists who recorded for the Ideal label in South Texas in the postwar years.

Monday, September 22, 2014

SUMMERTIME. . . .

Can it please finally be over? Summer, that is. Cooler weather. Fall. No Indian Summer this year, please. . . ?

Here’s one to take it out:


Elvin Jones & Richard Davis • Summertime • 1967




You can hear “Summertime” on Heavy Sounds.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MEMORIES OF MY MOTHER


The Fairfield Four • Memories (Of My Mother) • 1960



Clarence Mills, lead vocal; Rev. Sam McCrary, tenor; Willis Williams, Joe Henderson, Huey Brown, David Aron, vocals; Joe Henderson, guitar; Bobby Moore, bass; Buddy Harmon, drums. Nashville, May 1960.

Thanks to Marie at Too Darn Soulful

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

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


Get it: The Very Best of Nat King Cole

1952 LP cover: Wikipedia

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 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.”

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

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, Pt 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


Get it: The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings, 1952–1959

LP cover: Discos Con Mucho Polvo

Saturday, September 13, 2014

HOMESICK


Albert Collins • Homesick • 1962



“Homesick” can be found on The Cool Sound of Albert Collins.

Photo: Albert Collins, 1968. Photo copyright © 2014 by Brad Barrett. All rights reserved. This image may not be used in any form without written permission. This includes repostings on blogs or other websites.

Coming next week: two new series—Girl Groups Down for the Count, Brought Low by a Bad Case of the Blues and The Blues What Am, plus more in our long running Odds and Ends series, as well as songs by Little Richard, Nat King Cole, Little Esther, and Brenda Lee. . . .

Thursday, September 11, 2014

SIDEWALK BLUES


Jelly-Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers
Sidewalk Blues • 1926



Jelly Roll Morton, piano/vocal/leader; George Mitchell, cornet; Kid Ory, trombone; Omer Simeon, Barney Bigard, Darnell Howard, clarinet; Johnny St. Cyr, banjo; John Lindsay, string bass; Andrew Hilaire, drums; Marty Bloom, klaxon horn. Chicago, 21 September 1926

This version of “Sidewalk Blues” can be found on The Frog Blues & Jazz Annual No. 2. An alternate take, unissued, is on The Frog Blues & Jazz Annual No. 3.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MINGULAY BOAT SONG


Richard Thompson • Mingulay Boat Song • 2009



Album cover: BeesWeb

“Mingulay Boat Song” can be found on Live Warrior.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Monday, September 08, 2014

A DEUSA DOS ORIXÁS

A Deusa Dos Orixás = The Goddess of the Orishas


Clara Nunes • A Deusa Dos Orixás • 1975




“A Deusa Dos Orixás” can be found on O Samba: Brazil Classics 2.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

TOMI TOMI

Finally got around to availing myself of the Frog Blues & Jazz Annual (there are three issues so far). As its name implies it is a roughly “annual” production, 8.25" x 11.75", 176 pages, printed in color on heavy glossy paper, chock full of articles on prewar blues and jazz (primarily) and each issue comes with a 26 track CD containing songs that tie into the articles in the annual (natcherly), very well remastered and fun to listen to on their own without even cracking the book (though you would want to). I took the music along on a recent road trip and spent one day listening to all three volumes, heard a lot of songs new to my ears and generally just had a lot of fun with it. We’ll be featuring sides from all three volumes in the coming weeks, starting off today with “Tomi Tomi” by Kanui & Lula (nope, not blues or jazz, but related), a Hawaiian-French duo recorded in Paris. If you want to look into obtaining the Frog Blues & Jazz Annual for yourself (and you should, you should) just aim your browser to http://www.frog-records.co.uk/products/the-frog-blues-jazz-annual-no-3-musicians-records-music-of-the-78-era.



Kanui & Lula • Tomi Tomi • 1933



William Kulii Kanui, vocal/guitar. Paris, 21 June 1933

Saturday, September 06, 2014

LONESOME DAY BLUES


Lucinda Williams • Lake Charles • 2007




Stay tuned this coming week for more of your (OK, my) favorite “blues”: a little samba, cumbia, Euro-Hawaiian steel guitar, the “Mingulay Boat Song;” Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers (featuring 3 clarinets), a funky instrumental from Albert Collins . . . as well as the 100th and final installment of Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

WAKE UP OLD MAID

“Po’ Lightnin’” reprises his “Zolo Go” (“Zydeco”) from 1949 on this originally unissued 1961 cut. Lightning Hopkins, guitar, piano, or organ . . . always in good taste.


Lightning Hopkins • Wake Up Old Maid • 1961




“Wake Up Old Maid” can be found on Po’ Lightnin’.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

ORPHAN WALTZ


Floyd LeBlanc & His Magic Fiddle • Orphan Waltz • c.1949




“Orphan Waltz” can be found on Cajun Honky Tonk.

Monday, September 01, 2014

THE VICKSBURG–FORTY FOUR BLUES SAGA—Part IX

We’ve now come to the end of our little “Vicksburg–Forty Four” adventure saving, arguably, the best for last: two magnificent versions of “Vicksburg Blues” recorded 14 months apart in New Orleans by Little Brother Montgomery and both originally issued on Bluebird.


Little Brother Montgomery • Vicksburg Blues No. 2 • 1935



Little Brother • Vicksburg Blues—Part 3 • 1936