A RHYTHM & BLUES CHRONOLOGY VOLUME FOUR 1947-1948 4CD

A RHYTHM & BLUES CHRONOLOGY VOLUME FOUR 1947-1948 4CD

£15.00

Includes fully illustrated booklet.

When many of these records were cut I was 4 years old and playing in the rubble of a bombed-out Hull, courtesy of the Luftwaffe. Back then, in the UK, any one of these 111 (yes, 111 even!) tracks would have given the BBC a coronary thrombosis because the nearest we got to black music was the bellowing burnt cork of Al Jolson. Following the previous R&B Anthology sets from R&B Records, I knew I’d be in for more thrills with this and I’m not disappointed, yet restricted wordage here precludes a full ecstatic overview. However – if you thought big strident in-your-face electric guitar chords arrived in the 1960s, check out 1947’s Midnight in The Barrel House by Johnny Otis. And there’s Dizzy Gillespie, Mahalia Jackson and even Hank Williams and Merle Travis. Needing wild, wanton and utterly danceable? You need Fluffy Hunter and Buddy Banks with the manic piano of Fluffy’s Debut. Disc 2 is replete with rare gems too. The sorely neglected Andrew Tibbs pre-empting Jerry Lee Lewis’s Wine Spodey-Odey by over a decade with the rousing Drinking Ink Splink. This is a magical mystery tour with Madam Ira Mae Littlejohn’s boisterous Go Devil Go and even a 1947 Muddy Waters with Gypsy Woman, contrasting nicely with the raucous front porch fiddling of Harry Choates and his Hackberry Hop. By the time you reach disc 3 you feel like you’ve drunk a half bottle of Bourbon. Amos Milburn kicks in with a rolling Chicken Shack Boogie, the sinister, dark and energetic 1948 cut of Hooker’s Boogie Chillen, Nellie Lutcher’s uplifting Fine Brown Frame and the honking saxes of The Twister by Paul Williams, the scintillating acapella harmonies of the Swan Silvertone Singers. Disc 4 boogies along just as agreeably with The Beale Street Gang’s Fat Stuff Boogie, followed by Arthur Smith’s seminal guitar hit, Guitar Boogie, there’s more 1948 Muddy Waters, a bouncy Pettin’ and Pokin’ by Louis Jordan and 20 other delights. This hefty collection curated by Nick Duckett, who also provides the entertaining liner notes, feels like stumbling into a sealed cave of musical pirate treasure; golden nuggets, jewelled crowns, dancing diamonds and rhythmic rubies. Sometimes musical history can jolt you from the terror and torpor of the present and take you to a long forgotten place of joy. That may sound like Pseud’s Corner, but these R&B Anthologies do it for me. Try it – you’ll be well rewarded. ROY BAINTON

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Disc One
1. Grandma And Grandpa Savoy 5547 1947 Baby Face Lewis
2. Li’l Dog Decca 48076 Oct 1947 Buddy Johnson
3. She’s Got Great Big Eyes Deluxe 1104 Sep 1947 Dave Bartholomew
4. Box Car Shorty And Peter Blue Decca 48045 Jul 1947 Cousin Joe
5. You Got to Run Me Down Victor 20-2405 Apr 1947 Bill ‘Jazz’ Gillum
6. Midnight In The Barrel House Excelsior 536 1947 Johnny Otis
7. Oop-Pop-A-Da Victor 20-2480 Aug 1947 Dizzy Gillespie
8. Tired Apollo 194 1947 Mahalia Jackson
9. Move It On Over MGM 10033 Apr 1947 Hank Williams
10. Fluffy’s Debut Excelsior 500 1947 Fluffy Hunter
11. Rockin’ Boogie Specialty 512 Apr 1947 Joe Lutcher
12. Late Freight Miracle 128 Sep 1947 Sonny Thompson
13. El Ritmo Century 4009 Mar 1947 Little Brother Montgomery
14. Whose Hat Is That Deluxe 3154 Oct 1947 Roy Brown
15. Turn On Your Volume Baby Deluxe 3099 Sep 1947 Smiley Lewis
16. Well Well Well Aladdin 2035 Feb 1947 The Soul Stirrers
17. Hey Lawdy Mama Modern 572 Jun 1947 Gene Phillips
18. Blue Harlem Atlantic 854 Dec 1947 Tiny Grimes
19. Okie Boogie Capitol 341 1947 Jack Guthrie
20. Elevator Baby Exclusive 35 1947 Mabel Scott
21. I Feel Like Crying Aristocrat 1103 Oct 1947 Andrew Tibbs
22. Joe’s Boogie Manor 1157 1947 Johnny Griffin
23. Gospel Boogie King 4223 1947 Lee Roy Abernathy
24. God’s Mighty Hand Manor 1051 1947 Rev. Utah Smith
25. Blues For The Red Boy King 4240 Oct 1947 Todd Rhodes
26. Earl’s Rhumboogie King 4198 1947 Earl Bostic
27. Sixteen Tons Capitol 48001 1947 Merle Travis
28. Let’s Throw A Boogie Woogie Trilon 192 Aug 1947 Lowell Fulson

Disc Two
1. Drinking Ink Splink Aristocrat 1102 Aug 1947 Andrew Tibbs
2. Louie’s Guitar Boogie Supreme 1501 Nov 1947 Jay McShann
3. One O’ Clock Jump Victor 202463 1947 The Delta Rhythm Boys
4. Baby Please Don’t Go Columbia 37945 Jul 1947 Big Joe Williams
5. I Want A Bowlegged Woman King 4189 Aug 1947 Bull Moose Jackson
6. Groovy Movie Blues Exclusive 107 1947 Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers
7. Go Devil Go Modern unissued 1947 Madam Ira Mae Littlejohn
8. All States Boogie King 4314 1947 Ivory Joe Hunter
9. Ebony Rhapsody Columbia 37573 Jun 1947 Rosetta Howard
10. Mother Fuyer Aladdin 194 1947 Dirty Red
11. Bum Mae Deluxe 1104 Sep 1947 Dave Bartholomew
12. Big Legs Modern 527 1947 Gene Phillips
13. Bell Boy Boogie King 4239 Jul 1947 Todd Rhodes
14. Swing Down Chariot Broadcast 1947 The Jubalaires
15. Signifying Monkey Bullet 275 1947 Big Three Trio
16. Razor Strap Boogie Broadcast 1947 Jack Rivers
17. Diggin My Potatoes Folkways FP 4 1947 Leadbelly
18. Salee Dame Circle J 1018 Jun 1947 James P. Johnson
19. Rock It Gotham 256 1947 Lil Armstrong
20. Choo Choo Apollo 1075 1947 The Four Vagabonds
21. Gypsy Woman Aristocrat 1302 Sep 1947 Muddy Waters
22. Puerto Vootie MGM 10231 Feb 1947 Slim Gaillard Trio
23. Long Gone Pt. 2 Miracle 126 Sep 1947 Sonny Thompson
24. Traffic Song Specialty 304 Apr 1947 Joe Lutcher
25. Hot Sauce Boss King 4204 Jul 1947 Earl Bostic
26. Ooh Looka There Ain’t She Pretty Columbia 38065 1947 The Charioteers
27. Hackberry Hop Cajun Classics 1007 1947 Harry Choates
28. Barrelhouse Stomp Excelsior 536 1947 Johnny Otis

Disc Three
1. Chicken Shack Boogie Aladdin 3014 Nov 1947 Amos Milburn
2. Mississippi Boogie Specialty 353 Nov 1948 Jimmy Liggins
3. Ain’t Nobody’s Business Pt. 1 Swing Time 263 Nov 1947 Jimmy Witherspoon
4. Wild Wig Savoy 682 Nov 1948 Big Jay McNeely
5. Boogie Chillen Modern 627 Sep 1948 John Lee Hooker
6. I’m Crazy Bout That Boogie Tru-Blu 119 May 1948 Clyde Bernhardt
7. Go Long Gotham 163 1948 The Dixieaires
8. Lowe Groovin’ Atlantic 855 Dec 1947 Joe Morris
9. Lightnin’s Boogie Imperial 5852 Feb 1948 Lightnin’ Hopkins
10. Write Me a Letter National 9038 The Ravens
11. Lost John Boogie King 719 Dec 1947 Wayne Raney
12. I Can’t Be Satisfied Aristocrat 1305 Dec 1947 Muddy Waters
13. Stop Messin’ Around JVB 75827 1948 Walter Mitchell
14. A Little Bird Told Me Supreme 1507 1948 Paula Watson
15. Good News Specialty 310 Dec 1947 The Pilgrim Travelers
16. Bull Fiddle Boogie Victor 20-3232 1948 Pee Wee King
17. Robbie Doby Boogie Savoy 5550 1948 Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
18. Parrot Bar Boogie King 4257 1948 Tina Dixon
19. Hey Little Girl DeLuxe 1138 Nov 1947 Paul Gayten
20. Texas Hop Modern D107643 Dec 1948 Pee Wee Crayton
21. Swingin’ Rhythm 206 Dec 1948 Saunders King
22. Fine Brown Frame Capitol 15032 1948 Nellie Lutcher
23. Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket Excelsior 522 1948 King Perry
24. Down On My Knees King 4344 1948 Swan Silvertone Singers
25. Superstitious Woman Modern 20-614 Oct 1947 Gene Phillips
26. The Twister Savoy 665 1948 Paul Williams
27. D’Natural Blues Victor 203351 Jan 1949 Lucky Millinder

Disc Four
1. Fat Stuff Boogie Savoy 693 Jul 1948 Beale Street Gang
2. Guitar Boogie Shuffle MGM 10293 1948 Arthur Smith
3. Hip Shakin’ Mama Deluxe 3199 Nov 1948 Chubby Newsome
4. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl Modern 574 Dec 1947 Smokey Hogg
5. Corn Bread Savoy 671 Oct 1948 Hal Singer Sextet
6. Rockin’ With Big John Sittin’ in With 510 1948 Big John Greer
7. Hogan’s Alley King 4231 Dec 1947 Cecil Gant
8. Long Tall Brown Skinned Gal Apollo 398 1948 The Four Blues
9. The Spider Atlantic 859 Dec 1947 Joe Morris
10. Bewildered Aladdin 3018 Oct 1948 Amos Milburn
11. Wait Now Excelsior 600 1948 King Perry
12. You Gonna Miss Me Aristocrat 1307 Nov 1948 Muddy Waters
13. Turtle Rock Savoy 773 Mar 1948 Paul Williams
14. Bounce Pee Wee Modern 20-719 Sep 1948 Pee Wee Crayton
15. How Sweet It Is Capitol 1948 Prof J Earle Hines
16. Ol’ Man River National 9035 1948 The Ravens
17. Red Hot Blues National 9072 1949 T.J. Fowler
18. Hop, Skip, Jump Speciality 314 Jul 1948 Roy Milton
19. We’re Gonna Rock Savoy 666 Dec 1947 Wild Bill Moore
20. Cadillac Boogie Specialty 521 Nov 1947 Jimmy Liggins
21. Milky White Way Score 5001 May 1948 The Trumpeteers
22. Pettin’ And Pokin’ Decca 24527 Dec 1947 Louis Jordan
23. Better Cut That Out Victor 20-3218 Nov 1947 John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson
24. King Size Papa Capitol 15588 Nov 1947 Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
25. Midnight Jump Miracle 125 1948 Memphis Slim
26. T-Bone Shuffle Capitol 70042 Nov 1947 T-Bone Walker
27. Deacon’s Hop Savoy 685 Dec 1948 Big Jay McNeely’s Blue Jays
28. Big Bug Boogie Exclusive 130 1948 Gene Phillips

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Weight 0.225 kg