Saturday, January 31, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 6


Fireballs • Torquay • 1959


Photo copyright © 2015 Brad Barrett. Used with permission.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NALIMBISI YO


Jean Kalafayi • Nalimbisi Yo •  c. 1940s


Photo of Kalafayi Jean from booklet to Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. 3.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 2


Champion Jack Dupree • Bad Blood • 1958

Champion Jack Dupree, vocal/piano; Pete Brown, alto sax; Larry Dale, guitar; Wendell Marshall, bass; Willie Jones, drums. New York, 4 February 1958

Get it: Messing with the Blues

Monday, January 26, 2015

RUMBLE

Leave it to Norton Records to dig up the nastiest sounding live recordings, demos, and unissued tracks to populate their terrific comps of true American rock’n’roll. This live version of “Rumble” was recorded in 1964 at Link Wray and the Raymen’s home away from home, the 1023 Club in Washington, D.C.



Link Wray • Rumble • 1964


“Are you ready to Rumble?!!” Link Wray’s Streets of Chicago: Missing Links Volume 4 can be found here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 2


Jesse Thomas • Meet Me Tonight • 1949

Jesse Thomas, vocal/guitar. Los Angeles, August 1949

Get it: The Modern Downhome Blues Sessions Volume 4

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 6


The Fireballs • Bulldog • 1959


Photo copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. Reproduced by permission.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I’M ON MY WAY TO CUBA


Any Old Time String Band • I’ll See You In C-U-B-A • 1978


Genny Haley, lead vocal/guitar; Kate Brislin, 2nd vocal; Suzy Rothfield Thompson, fiddle; Valerie Mindel, string bass. Berkeley, California, 1978

I Bid You Goodnight is the place to go to find “I’ll See You In C-U-B-A.”

Saturday, January 17, 2015

HOW ARE YOU? YOU ARE WELCOME!

“[In] 1938 . . . the Museum of Man led an historic expedition to various tribal regions [of Madagascar] . . . and the unparalleled recordings . . . by the Hiran’ny Tanoran’ay Ntaolo, the quintessential mpililao who made their way to a French studio [were released]. [Their music combined] an intriguing mixture of sweetness, power, and dignified grace which flowed seamlessly on songs of courtship, or songs of praise. . . . They also presented one of the more ‘ancient ritual’ folk songs, Raivo Ô . . . where the central activity concerns a mother (whose name “Raivo”, is chanted) who is about to cut her son’s hair for the first time in a sort of ceremony surrounded by a joyous throng of neighbors and friends who enjoin in the happy response.” —adapted from Pat Conte’s notes to The Music of Madagascar: Classic Traditional Recordings of the 1930s (Yazoo 7003, 1995).


Hiran’ny Tanoran’ny Ntao Lo • Raivo Ô • c. 1930s

Friday, January 16, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 2


James Reed • Roughest Place In Town (Tin Pan Alley) • 1954

James Reed, vocal/piano; Lafayette Thomas, guitar; tenor sax; bass; drums. San Francisco, March 1954

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 6


Ray Charles • What’d I Say, Part I • 1959


Ray Charles, vocals/electric piano; Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt, trumpets; David Newman, alto sax/tenor sax; Hank Crawford, baritone sax; Edgar Willis, bass; Milt Turner, drums; The Raeletts, vocal group. New York City, 
18 February 1959

Photo copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. Used with permission.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I’M SO GLAD I CAN FACE THE PEOPLE WITH A SMILE


Hop Wilson • I Feel So Glad • 1960


Hop Wilson, vocal/steel guitar; Elmore Nixon, piano; Pete Douglas, guitar; Slim Parker, bass; Ivory Lee Semien, drums. Houston, 27 October 1960

Monday, January 12, 2015

WRITE ME A FEW OF YOUR LINES

Fred McDowell, January 12, 1904–July 3, 1972


Fred McDowell • Write Me A Few Of Your Lines • 1969


Fred McDowell, vocal/guitar. Memphis, 9 June 1969

Originally unissued and available here: Mississippi Delta Blues Jam in Memphis Volume 1.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

WHEN YOU WAS A GIRL OF SEVEN,
AND I WAS A BOY OF NINE

Hudson “Tampa Red” Woodbridge, January 8, 1904–March 19, 1981


Tampa Red • When You Were a Gal of Seven • 1936


Tampa Red, vocal/guitar/kazoo; prob. Black Bob, piano; unknown, 2nd guitar; unknown, string bass. Chicago, 
1 April 1936

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

TONE THE BELL

Two-part slide guitar spectacular by Charley Patton, originally issued as by Elder J. J. Hadley.


Charley Patton • Prayer of Death - Parts 1 & 2 • 1929


Charley Patton, vocal/guitar. Richmond, Indiana, 14 June 1929

This best-ever remastering can be heard on Yazoo’s Primeval Blues, Rags, and Gospel Songs. And all the Mississippi “hits” are on The Best of Charlie Patton.

Monday, January 05, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 6


Dave Brubeck Quartet • Take Five • 1961


Dave Brubeck, piano; Paul Desmond, alto saxophone; Eugene Wright, bass; Joe Morello, drums. New York City, 
1 July 1959

Photo copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. Used with permission.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

SUNDAY SCHOOL

From the notes by Pat Conte to today’s lovely track: “In the Bulawayo province of once Southern Rhodesia . . . comes an old Unitarian hymn of adoration “Come [Thou] Fount of Every Blessing” attributed to James Wyeth in 1813. The girls, led by Lily Kumalo, sing in the Sechuana language of Bechuanaland.”


Hope Fountain Native Girls’ Choir • Indaba Yomkonto • c. 1930


More wonderful worldwide hits 1925–1948 on The Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. 3.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 2


John Lee Hooker • No Shoes • 1960

John Lee Hooker, vocal/guitar; Lefty Bates, guitar; Sylvester Hickman, bass; Jimmy Turner, drums. Chicago, 
1 March 1960

Thursday, January 01, 2015

IF DOGS RUN FREE

To each his own, it’s all unknown



Bob Dylan • If Dogs Run Free • 1970


And now for something completely the same! Coming up this month on BAK: Blind Blake, Dave Brubeck Quartet, R. L. Burnside, Ray Charles, Champion Jack Dupree, The Fireballs, Aretha Franklin, Elder J. J. Hadley, Hiran'ny Tanoran'ny Ntao Lo, John Lee Hooker, Hope Fountain Native Girls' Choir, Elmore James & His Broom Dusters, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fred McDowell, Heather Myles, James Reed, The Shangri-Las, Tampa Red, Jesse Thomas, Hop Wilson, Timi Yuro . . . and Nancy (gulp!) Sinatra. Among others.