Sunday, 17 June 2012

STAR BLUES on 17th June 2012 at 22:00

The two weeks around Lady Blue's birthday have traditional been reserved for adventures near and far, if I am good she will indulge me in a treasure hunt for additions to our stack of music. (As this is a family show I will let you draw your own conclusions on what she will allow if I am a bad boy). In a good week I was also able to fill a few gaps in my collection of Living Blues magazines (one back number had an extended feature on the complete works of Robert Johnson AND the obituary of Stevie Ray Vaughan).  Talking of magazines, try as I might I couldn't find this new "BLUES" magazine anywhere in North Yorkshire, it was only coming homeward bound that I saw one. Even then I wasn't tempted to buy one (their view of blues looked a bit skewed with a heavy emphasis on the style purveyed by Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Jack White and Poppa Chubby)

Back to the plot. Our unearthed cornucopia of previously-loved platters shows what a rich legacy the blues offers - its much more than guitar players of different flavours, we got sparkling piano from Memphis Slim and Roosevelt Sykes, smooth -if risque - vocals from Lil Green, a clutch of surf instrumentals, harp legends like Cotton / Branch / Wells / Bell .... the list goes on.

Take Eddie Shaw. He is part of Liz Mandeville's current successful project and he is a noted player and leader in his own right with the Delmark label. Our selection from him was "Greedy Man" as far as I can remember later a hit cover by George Thorogood. Detroit Junior did piano duties for Eddie and wrote the song "Call My job" which Albert King did in 1977 and came from a lovely two-disc anthology on Rhino we bought as much for the booklet essays and memorabilia as for the top-flight axe-wifery. Roy Buchanan was implacable in appearance but brutally vicious in his playing, even as early as on his instrumental side from 1961 we slotted into our running order.

We liked the way that the Hardchargers from Belfast whipped up a storm on Muddy's piece by using washboard and Cajun backing. The Crescent City brought us Rue Boogaloo with fine featured harp playing from Andy Cornett. Both outfits nuzzled alongside established favourites like Hubert Sumlin and Etta James. I'd be interested to know what Atlantic thought of Etta's album title from 1964, "Queen of Soul", when looking for a strap line to relaunch Aretha Franklin's career?  Furthermore the new reissue of Etta's album more than set our her stall to own the throne and crown! Check out the 13 bonus tracks added to the original ten to get a measure of the good stuff that didn't make the final cut.

Our stack of music grew by Roosevelt Sykes and Memphis Slim, leaving us with the task of whittling down the choices to one song apiece. Sister Wynona Carr added a then-contemporary spin to her gospel offering and our two hours were done. Enough left over with some great new stuff for another dose next Sunday night at ten pm  - until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

Look But Don't Touch Kenny Neal 1 Walking on Fire Kenny Neal Alligator
Use Me Right Vance Kelly 8 Call Me Vance Kelly WOLF
she aint good lookin Vance Kelly 9 Call Me Vance Kelly WOLF
Gonna Move Hubert Sumlin 6 Wake Up Call Hubert Sumlin blues planet
Whatever It Takes Little BusterSoul Brothers, The 5 Right On Time Little BusterSoul Brothers, The BULLSEYE BLUES
Tell Daddy Clarence Carter 13 Hall Of Fame: Rare And Unissued Gems From The Fame Vaults Various Artists Kent
Call My Job Albert King 11 Ultimate Collection Albert King RHINO
Greedy Man Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang 1 Can't Stop Now Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang DELMARK
Rue Run Rue Boogaloo 9 Rue Boogaloo Rue Boogaloo RueBoo Records
Pretty Please Roy Buchanan 26 Teen Beat Vol.2 Various ACE
i won't do that no more Little Charlie & The NightcatsJoe Louis Walker 2 Night Vision Little Charlie & The Nightcats Alligator
Tell Me Baby U.P. Wilson 1 Boogie Boy: Texas Guitar Returns U.P. Wilson JSP
I Smell Trouble Ronnie Earl 2 Deep Blues Ronnie Earl Black Top
Bad Dream Little Milton 1 Too Much Pain Little Milton MALACO
my mellow man lil green 6 why dont you do right 1940-1942 lil green blues collection
Henry Ford Blues Roosevelt Sykes 4 Gold Mine Roosevelt Sykes DELMARK
john henry memphis slim 1 broken soul blues memphis slim bgo
moped baby link wray 13 vox - music never stops various artists vox magazine
dragnet for jesus sister wynona carr 14 vox - music never stops various artists vox magazine
can't be satisfied hardchargers 6 bumpin and grinding hardchargers -
You Can't Talk To A Fool Etta James 14 Queen OF Soul With Bonus Tracks Etta James Kent
You're Leaving Me Ollie & The Nightingales 14 Nobody Wins Stax Southern Soul 1968-1975 v a Various Artists Kent
Sittin Here Thinkin' Johnny B. Moore 3 Troubled World Johnny B. Moore  delmark
Created: 17/06/2012 23:54:47 

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