MISSISSIPPI JUKE JOINT BLUES 5CD

MISSISSIPPI JUKE JOINT BLUES 5CD

£15.00 £10.00

Includes fully illustrated booklet.

Clarksdale, Mississippi: birthplace of Ike Turner, Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker and Son House and home to five taverns visited by Library of Congress researcher Lewis Wade Jones in 1941. In each of these taverns, the Chicken Shack, the Dipsie Doodle, Lucky’s, the Messenger’s Cafe, and the New Africa, a jukebox. In each jukebox, a choice of records, painstakingly listed by Jones, who figured it was worth it. And now, sitting down in the comfort of your own home, you can pull yourself a beer and listen to the sounds that a 29 year-old Muddy Waters from nearby Stovall might have heard on a night out in Clarksdale on 9th September, 1941. Thanks, Lewis!

After reading the impeccable illustrated booklet, all that’s left is to close th eyes, leaving for Clarksdale in 1941, push open the door to any tavern and slip a coin into the music box…magic! Le Pied

It’s a brilliant idea, but of course, it stands or falls by the quality of the music on offer. But it stands…boy does it stand…this is blues as pure unadulterated joy…the history crackles from the speakers and blues fans – and indeed fans of good music generally – should beat a path to this album forthwith. Jeremy Searle R2

 

This is not only a great collection of music it’s a significant historical document. A delightful and truly fascinating collection. Frank Scott Roots & Rhythm

Overall across the four discs (77 +, 76 +, 74 +, 75 + minutes each) the sound is good/bordering on very good–especially for so many recordings from several labels–recorded from 1938-1941. While the sound has been cleaned up it still has that period warmth and feel which adds to the authenticity. There’s occasional surface noise but nothing that gets in the way of enjoying the music. The 18 page booklet has details for each single–title, composer, artist, label, recording date–plus an essay reprinted from 1971 that includes pertinent information about the music/era, and a few photos of performers and other pertinent ephemera. This set is worth five “stars” not only because of the music/artists found that day, but also for the Rhythm and Blues label having the foresight and the chestnuts to release something as important as this. Blues fans looking for authentic music, the kind that patrons of those five clubs listened to using their hard earned nickels in juke boxes, as they drank with friends will find many surprises found on those juke boxes. This collection is from a two year field study of culture in the Mississippi Delta region during the summers of ’41 and ’42 in conjunction with the Archive of American Folk Song–Library of Congress & Fisk University. If you’re a deep blues fan read “Lost Delta Found” and there you’ll see one section that lists “Records on Machines in Clarksdale Amusement Places”, that lists all the songs.

Obviously this collection is the real-deal authentic music heard in that region (and no doubt other areas) in the 1940’s. There’s no guess work, no random inclusion of songs/performers that fit comfortably in the “juke joint” mould of what people may envision as from that era. Because of the authenticity of the cultural study and Jones’ work, this is one of the most important (and eye-opening) collections of music in the blues genre. Plus it makes for darn good listening. Blues fans/blues scholars will have a field day with this fine set–it upsets what many of us thought “juke joint music” was. But the juke box changed all that. It’s the music that working people heard after a day of hard work while drinking and relaxing with their friends. On all accounts this collection has to be one of the most authentic, important releases in the blues genre for 2016. Many tracks aren’t what people may think of as juke joint music, but the juke box ushered in a new era of music in taverns and local joints all across the South. But more than that–it’s just great music. Stuart Jefferson Amazon

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BONUS CD available free if you order the set from us direct

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Description

Disc One
1. Do You Call That A Buddy Louis Jordan Decca 8500 1940
2. Cool Kind Papa Ollie Shepard OKeh 6277 May 1941
3. Good Feelin’ Blues Blind Boy Fuller OKeh 6231 1940
4. God Bless The Child Billie Holiday OKeh 6270 1941
5. Wee Baby Blues Art Tatum w Big Joe Turner Decca 8526 Jan 1941
6. Vine Street Boogie Jay McShann Decca 8570 Apr 1941
7. Why Don’t You Do Right Lil Green Bluebird 8714 Apr 1941
8. Things About Coming My Way Sammy Price Decca 8557 1941
9. Boogie Woogie’s Mother-In-Law Buddy Johnson & His Band Decca 8546 Apr 1941
10. T-Bone Blues Louis Jordan Decca 8525 1940
11. Bottle It Up and Go Tommy McClennan Bluebird 8373 Nov 1939
12. Dig These Blues The Four Clefs Bluebird 8655 May 1940
13. Fine And Mellow Andy Kirk & His Clouds Of Joy Decca 3282 Jun 1941
14. There Is Something Within Me Sister Rosetta Tharpe Decca 8548 Mar 1941
15. Come Around To My House Georgia White Decca 7841 Mar 1941
16. Please Mr Johnson Buddy Johnson Decca 8507 Oct 1940
17. I Been Dealing With The Devil John ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson Bluebird 8580 May 1940
18. Come Back Baby Walter Davis Bluebird 8510 Jul 1940
19. She Belongs To Me Bill ‘Jazz’ Gillum Bluebird 8529 May 1940
20. Blue Flame Woody Herman Decca 3643 1941
21. Beer Drinking Woman Memphis Slim Bluebird 8584 Oct 1940
22. Knock Me Out Roosevelt Sykes Decca 7796 Apr 1940
23. That’s The Blues Old Man Johnny Hodges Bluebird 11117 Nov 1940
24. Getting Older Every Day Big Bill Broonzy OKeh 6116 Dec 1940
25. Goin’ to Chicago Blues Count Basie w Jimmy Rushing OKeh 6244 Apr 1941
26. Red Wagon * Buddy Jones Decca 5950 Apr 1941

Disc Two
1. Whiskey Head Tommy McClennan Bluebird 8373 Nov 1939
2. Gangster’s Blues Peetie Wheatstraw Decca 7815 Aug 1940
3. Jelly Jelly Earl Hines w Billy Eckstine Bluebird 11065 Dec 1940
4. My Mellow Man Lil Green Bluebird 8640 1940
5. Stand By Me Sister Rosetta Tharpe Decca 8548 Mar 1941
6. When I Been Drinking Big Bill Broonzy Columbia 30041 May 1941
7. 2.19 Blues Louis Armstrong Decca 25099 1940
8. Grinder Man Blues Memphis Slim Bluebird 8584 Oct 1940
9. New Please Mr. Johnson Buddy Johnson & His Band Decca 8555 May 1941
10. War Time Blues John ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson Bluebird 8580 May 1940
11. Throw This Dog A Bone Ollie Shepard OKeh 6277 May 1941
12. Key To The Highway Bill ‘Jazz’ Gillum Bluebird 8529 May 1940
13. No Place To Go Walter Davis Bluebird 8510 Jul 1940
14. Blues Part 1 Artie Shaw Victor 27411 1941
15. Blues Part 2 Artie Shaw Victor 27411 1941
16. Love Me Lil Green Bluebird 8714 Apr 1941
17. Saxa-Woogie Louis Jordan Decca 8560 Apr 1941
18. Solitude Billie Holiday OKeh 6270 1941
19. Basie Boogie Count Basie & His Orchestra OKeh 6330 1940
20. Passenger Train Woman Blind Boy Fuller OKeh 6231 1940
21. She’s In My Blood Roosevelt Sykes Decca 7796 Apr 1940
22. Just Jiving Around Sammy Price Decca 8557 1941
23. Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie Louis Jordan Decca 8525 1940
24. Yes I Got Your Woman Washboard Sam Bluebird 8599 Aug 1940
25. Chocolate Jimmie Lunceford Decca 3807 Apr 1941
26. Undecided Blues Count Basie w Jimmy Rushing OKeh 6071 1940

Disc Three
1. All That Meat & No Potatoes Fats Waller Bluebird 11102 Jan 1941
2. Julia Earl Hines w Billy Eckstine Bluebird 11199 Dec 1940
3. Mama Knows What Papa Wants Georgia White Decca 7841 Mar 1941
4. I Know How To Do It Sammy Price Decca 8566 Jun 1941
5. Do You Call That a Buddy Larry Clinton Bluebird 11058 Jan 1941
6. Just Got To Hold You Washboard Sam Bluebird 8599 Aug 1940
7. Brotherly Love (Wrong Ideas) Louis Jordan Decca 8560 Apr 1941
8. You Might Have Belonged Erskine Butterfield ** Decca 8551 1941
9. Whatcha Know Joe Jimmie Lunceford Columbia 35625 Jul 1940
10. Yes Indeed! Bing Crosby & Connie Boswell Decca 3689 1941
11. Fifteen Minute Intermission Andy Kirk & His Clouds Of Joy Decca 3282 Jun 1941
12. Buckin’ The Dice Fats Waller Bluebird 11102 Jan 1941
13. What Have I Done Lil Green Bluebird 8524 May 1940
14. Cross Your Heart Artie Shaw Victor 26763 1941
15. You Betcha My Life Count Basie & His Orchestra OKeh 6221 1940
16. I’d Be Ever So Grateful Buddy Johnson Decca 8546 Apr 1941
17. Daddy Sammy Kaye Victor 27391 Mar 1941
18. Rockin’ Chair Blues Big Bill Broonzy OKeh 6116 Dec 1940
19. l’ll Get Mine Bye and Bye Louis Armstrong Decca 3900 Mar 1941
20. I Like My Sugar Sweet Fletcher Henderson Columbia 36214 1941
21. Twenty-Four Robbers Jimmie Lunceford Decca 3718 Mar 1941
22. Tonight You Belong to Me Erskine Hawkins Bluebird 11161 Jan 1941
23. Keep Cool Fool Ella Fitzgerald Decca 3754 Mar 1941
24. We Go Well Together Cab Calloway OKeh 6341 1941
25. Until The Real Thing Comes Along The Ink Spots Decca 3958 1941

Disc Four
1. Romance In The Dark Lil Green Bluebird 8524 May 1940
2. Perdido Street Blues Louis Armstrong Decca 25099 May 1940
3. Dupree Blues Count Basie Decca 3071 Jan 1939
4. Shine On Shine On Big Bill Broonzy Columbia 30041 May 1941
5. Call Me a Taxi Four Of The Bob Cats Decca 2207 1938
6. Pompton Turnpike Louis Jordan Decca 8500 1940
7. My Blue Heaven Artie Shaw Victor 27405 Jan 1941
8. Look Out For Yourself Peetie Wheatstraw Decca 7815 Aug 1940
9. Swingmatism Jay McShann Decca 8570 Apr 1941
10. Battle Axe Jimmie Lunceford Decca 3807 Apr 1941
11. Boulder Buff Glenn Miller Bluebird 11163 May 1941
12. Down, Down, Down Count Basie & His Orchestra OKeh 6221 1940
13. Battery Bounce Art Tatum Decca 8526 Jan 1941
14. Good Queen Bess Johnny Hodges Bluebird 11117 Nov 1940
15. In There Buddy Johnson Decca 8555 May 1941
16. Let’s Go Home Fletcher Henderson Columbia 36214 1941
17. Riff Time Erskine Hawkins Bluebird 11161 Jan 1941
18. Summit Ridge Drive Artie Shaw Victor 26763 1941
19. I Hear You Talking Four Of The Bob Cats Decca 2207 Oct 1938
20. The Booglie Wooglie Piggy Glenn Miller Bluebird 11163 May 1941
21. Swing Along With Me Buddy Johnson Decca 8507 Oct 1940
22. Pan Pan Louis Jordan Decca 8537 1940
23. Taboo Larry Clinton Bluebird 11058 Jan 1941
24. Comin’ In Home Earl Hines Bluebird 11199 Dec 1940
25. Red Wagon Count Basie & His Orchestra Decca 3071 Jan 1939

BONUS DISC
1. 9:20 Special Count Basie Okeh 6244 Apr 1941
2. Misirlou Woody Herman Decca 3643 1941
3. Yes Indeed Tommy Dorsey w Sy Oliver Victor 27421 1941
4. I See a Million People Cab Calloway OKeh 6341 1941
5. I’m Falling For You Billy Eckstine w Earl Hines Bluebird 11065 1940
6. Yes Suh! Louis Armstrong Decca 3900 Mar 1941
7. I Had a Premonition Jimmie Lunceford Decca 3718 Mar 1941
8. Keep Cool Fool The Ink Spots Decca 3958 1941
9. No Nothing Ella Fitzgerald Decca 3754 Mar 1941
10. Let Me See Count Basie OKeh 6330 May 1940
11. Because Of You Erskine Butterfield Decca 8551 1941
12. Will You Still Be Mine Tommy Dorsey w Connie Haines Victor 27421 1941

13. Keep Cool Fool Erskine Hawkins Bluebird 11049 Jan 1941
14. Valetta Sammy Price Decca 8566 Jun 1941
15. Fan It Woody Herman Decca 3761 1941
16. Moonglow Artie Shaw Victor 27405 Jan 1941
17. No Use Squawkin’ Erskine Hawkins Bluebird 11049 Jan 1941
18. Please Say the Word Jimmie Lunceford Columbia 35625 Jul 1940
19. The Two Little Squirrels Louis Jordan Decca 8537 1940
20. Tuesday at Ten Count Basie OKeh 6071 Jan 1941
21. Give Your Mama One Smile Lil Green Bluebird 8640 1940
22. South Woody Herman Decca 3761 1941
23. Tea for Two Bing Crosby & Connie Boswell Decca 3689 1940
24. Maria Elena Gene Autry OKeh 6435 1941

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Weight 0.225 kg