Sunday, 19 April 2015

STAR BLUES on 19th April 2015 at 22:00 with my first ever blues record

... because yesterday was RECORD STORE DAY. In truth there's something off each of the first four vinyl blues I bought. One of my choice cuts however will have to wait: the planned Little Milton version of "Stormy Monday" wasn't playable and a plea for last minute substitute didn't come through ahead of the live show.

From the current crop we went to a Little Freddie King project which got good notices in the new Living Blues magazine, and to the last known sessions by Pops Staples from 1999: his plans were for a Staple Singers album but Mavis recently asked her producer Jeff Tweedy to strip out Pops' voice and guitar to serve as foundation to a new release called "Don't Lose This". An obvious high point is the reworking on Blind Willie Johnson's "Nobody's Fault". It's here in gloriously stark guitar-only form.

Our "eat my socks" candidate is the renowned pairing of Jimmy deBerry and Walter Horton for the instrumental "Easy" - loping guitar versus intense harp. If you hear a better performance before next Sunday's STAR BLUES, the tootsie warmers are toast.

The remenisences came thick and fast for the bulk of the remainder of the playlist. The double vinyl "Blues Jam At Chess" came from Replays in Southampton, something of a rarity on the Sire label (shame about the purple and chocolate brown sleeve). For the Jan 69 date, Mike Vernon and Marshall Chess surrounded the then lineup of Fleetwood Mac with Otis Spann, Honeyboy Edwards, Willie Dixon and the aforesaid Shakey Horton. It was the fourth blues album I bought. That was about a fortnight after I bought the "Anthology" double album on Duane Allman from Replays. I've been a massive fan of Skydog ever since.

The second blues vinyl was the "Best of Chess Blues" mentioned above - Debenhams in Southampton as I recall. One cut apiece from anyone who was anyone at Chess, including the Sonny Boy Williamson number "Your Funeral" which so impressed booklet notesmith Don Snowden. He also remarked upon the McCarthyism that prompted the raid on the offices of Parrot Records before JB Lenoir's classic was licenced to the Chess imprint. The only slight flaw to an immaculate package was the rare photo of Little Walter playing guitar (it is printed across the fold of the gatefold sleeve).

I also touched on listening to Radio Luxemburg 208 under the bed clothes and discovering Roy Buchanan. Before that I'd just bought my first blues vinyl album from Caters Record Shop on Maldon High Street. Twice a day going to school I'd walked past the unassuming shop that barely hinted at the cornucopia of treasures within. The window displays were light bulbs, wiring, heaters, electrical gubbins and bee-keeping equipment. Mrs Cater was a woman of small stature, barely able to see over the counter. Not a talkative woman but knowledgeable on almost everything. She helped me countless times, including pointing me toward "Blues World of Eric Clapton" on Decca. It had performances of John Mayall, Otis Spann and Champion Jack Dupree. Remember this was Eric at his most blues playing as if his life depended on it, he was proud to call himself a purist.

I've never knowingly bought a record because it would be valuable, as a result I've memories which are priceless. Thank you for letting me share them with you on STAR BLUES, I hope Record Store Day did the same for you and that the day rekindled some old passions or sparked newly minted classics. If you'll have me, I'll bring some more STAR BLUES to your place at 22:00 (BST) next Sunday. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

track.title track.artistsort index album.title album.artistsort label
A Fool (For Hiding My Love From You) Harold Burrage 11 Foxy R&b Various Artists ACE
Mean Red Spider Muddy Waters 6 Rollin' Stone Muddy Waters CHESS
Too Many Cooks Robert Cray 1 The Score Robert Cray CHARLY
How Can You Do It (Sunland 105) Henry Gray 8 45's Collection Prt 037 Various Artists
Chickee Wah-Wah Bobby Marchan 12 Gumbo Ya Ya: The Cosimo Matassa Story Volume 2 Various Artists PROPER
I Feel So All Alone Jody Williams 4 Chicago/ The Blues Yesterday 9 Various Artists
Nobody's Fault But Mine Pops Staples 6 Don't Lose This Pops Staples Anti
Run Here Baby, Run Little Freddie King 5 Messin' Around Tha Living Room Little Freddie King
Watch Out Fleetwood Mac 1 Blues Jam In Chicago Fleetwood Mac COLUMBIA
Easy Jimmy And Walter 8 The Sun Blues Box Sampler - Blues, R&b And Gospel Music In Memphis 1950 - 1958 Various Artists bear family / b&r magazine
Man Ain't Nothin' But A Fool Sonny TerryBrownie McGhee 2 Hometown Blues Sonny TerryBrownie McGhee MAINSTREAM
Mean Ole Gal Johnny Otis Orchestra, Vocal By Esther Jones, The 24 Blues Belles With Attitude Various Artists ACE
Have A Good Time Baby Ursula Reed 7 Old Town Blues - The Uptown Sides Various Artists ACE
Send Me A Man Alberta Hunter 11 Empty Bed Blues : Best Of The Good Time Mommas Various Artists PULSE
Mean Old World Eric Clapton And Duane Allman 4 Duane Allman Anthology Duane Allman POLYDOR
Sweet Dreams Roy Buchanan 1 Roy Buchanan // Second Album Roy Buchanan BGO
You Upset Me Baby B.B. 'Blues Boy' King & His Orchestra 11 Speak Easy - The Rpm Records Story Volume 2 1954-57 Various Artists Ace Records
Madison Blues Elmore James 9 Slidin' Various Artists CHARLY
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer John Lee Hooker 1 20th Century Masters John Lee Hooker MCA
Your Funeral And My Trail sonny boy williamson 225 Let Me Tell You About The Blues; Chicago - The Evolution Of Chicago Blues 1925-1958 Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
Nite Owl Tony Allen & The Champs 24 Jump Blues Jamaica Way: Jamaican Sound System Classics Vol. 3 Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
South Bound Train Various Artists 205 Let Me Tell You About The Blues; Chicago - The Evolution Of Chicago Blues 1925-1958 Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
Chicken Baby Boy Warren 21 Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Detroit Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
Eisenhower Blues J.B. Lenoir 16 Chicago Bound: Chess Blues, R&b And Rock 'N' Roll Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
Pretty Girls Everywhere Otis SpannEric Clapton 1 Clapton Is God: The Cream Of Early Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Castle Music Uk
Third Degree Champion Jack DupreeEric Clapton 3 Clapton Is God: The Cream Of Early Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Castle Music Uk
Bernard Jenkins John MayallEric Clapton 17 Clapton Is God: The Cream Of Early Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Castle Music Uk
t bone shuffle t-bone walker 2 Masterworks Sampler Vol. 2 Various Artists CHARLY
Created: 19/04/2015 23:55:20

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