(1996/Classics Records) 20 tracks - By the end of 1945, Slim Gaillard had become one of the most popular musical attractions in the Los Angeles area. In December of that year, he seems to have practically lived in the recording studios, quite apart from making his regular night-club appearances. All 20 tracks on this CD were recorded within that single month for a bewildering variety of tiny labels.
(1995 ´Antone´s´) (56:32/10) Bislang unveröffentlichte Aufnahmen, die im Rahmen der Festwoche 1990 aus Anlaß des 20-jährigen Bestehens des ´Antone´s Nightclubs´ in Austin entstanden. Vom Material her die übliche Chicagoblues-Routine; von der Qualität des Auftritts her allerdings ´erste Sahne´. Pinetop ist mit 82 Jahren in guter Verfassung, und die Namen der Kollegen sprechen für sich / previously unreleased live recordings from the ´Antone´s Nightclub´ in Austin, Texas. Pinetop´s in good shape, and the back-up musicians are first class. But, please don´t expect anything but well-known tunes. The performance is excellent, though. PINETOP PERKINS - pno/voc, KIM WILSON - hca, RUSTY ZINN - gtr, KAZ KAZANOFF - ten, CALVIN JONES - bass, WILLIE SMITH - drums.
(2017/Stag-O-Lee) 12 Tracks - First of two 10”-es called Sicksville. Watch out for volume 2 as well as for two volumes of it’s sister compilation Coolsville. Compiled by Stay Sick! - a gruesome twosome of Deejays from the nightclubs of Brighton, UK. Established in 2008, they continue to spin the best dancing music from surf to soul, oddball R&B to filthy rock’n’roll, garage to punk, 7 inches at a time. Their vinyl addiction has meant they have amassed a large collection of sleazy and greasy rock n roll from the fifties & sixties including Tarantino surf, proto-soul stompers, swingin´ rhythm and blues and twistin´ tittyshakers. Get ready for the DJ to drop some slop. Greasy battered platters of wax, with honkin’ saxes and hammond organs blasting outta the speakers like there’s no tomorrow. Hit the go-go cage for some tittyshakers to whip, whop, wobble and grind to. If you like Sicksville, then come and visit it´s twin town, Coolsville. This sister series is a bit more laid back and strictly for bongo beating Beatniks. So cooool it´s frozen. It´s solid gone. Sleazy fingerclickers, smouldering sax-ladden instros and oddball rock´n´roll play out of every groove. Dig the craaazy vibrations, the swingin´ beat. So flip ya wig, snap the whip and make the trip...to Coolsville!
(2017/Stag-O-Lee) 12 tracks - First of two 10-inches called Coolsville. Watch out for volume 2 as well as for two volumes of it’s sister compilation Sicksville (Vol. 1 already out!). Compiled by Stay Sick! - a gruesome twosome of Deejays from the nightclubs of Brighton, UK. Established in 2008, they continue to spin the best dancing music from surf to soul, oddball R&B to filthy rock’n’roll, garage to punk, 7 inches at a time. Their vinyl addiction has meant they have amassed a large collection of sleazy and greasy rock n roll from the fifties & sixties including Tarantino surf, proto-soul stompers, swingin´ rhythm and blues and twistin´ tittyshakers. Coolsville is a far out selection of moody las vegas grind surfstrumentals and oddball beatnik records from the ´50s and ´60s. The first side of this platter of wax is full of mean instros for wild cats of the urban jungle. On the flipside, brother, do we have some solid gone finger clickers for you to swing and sway to. Bongo-laden beats that you’ll dig the most, daddio. This is the righteous stuff for all you jive talkin’ jazzbos and beatniks.
(2017/Premium Cool) 9 tracks - 180gm vinyl LP pressing. In 1970 Womack and manager Ed Wright decided to capitalize on his new-found solo visibility by capturing an in-person performance at a Los Angeles nightclub. The Womack ´´Live´´ was the result, a compelling, cathartic session where, as the original liner notes attest, Womack ´´held church,´´ agonizing, pleading, exhorting and testifying to a crowd fully in rapture to him. As well as extended jams on album material like ´How I Miss You Baby,´ the playlist featured killer versions of ´Something´ and ´Everybody´s Talkin´ and some outrageous stage patter. All in all, it´s an incredible recital capturing Bobby Womack in his prime, and even comes with an uncredited appearance from Percy Mayfield. - ´On Saturday night, in Hollywood, California — a monster was born! A living, breathing monster! On this night a recording was made. The artist? Bobby Womack! The monster-A collection of 9 songs, recorded live and in full color. Bobby held church that night and for all of those present, before they left, I know they felt the spirit moving into their bodies and rocking them with a whole lotto´ soul.´ (Bill Crite)
(1966 ´Arhoolie´) (63:49/17) Vielleicht die beste Aufnahmesession von Big Mama Thornton. In jenen Tagen spielte Muddy mit seiner Band in San Francisco, und Produzent Chris Strachwitz fragte, ob er vielleicht Lust habe, Big Mama im Studio zu begleiten. Ohne Probe ging´s an die Aufnahmen. Unglaublich. ´Arhoolie´ hat noch einmal sieben unveröffentlichte Fassungen und Songs ausgegraben. Ein wunderschönes Album, nicht nur für Freunde des Blues aus Chicago / This may well be her best recording session. Muddy Waters´ band was playing in a San Francisco nightclub when producer Chris Strachwitz was looking for the right band to accompany Big Mama on her forthcoming record. Muddy agreed, and without any rehearsals they started to record. Amazing. Arhoolie has found seven previously unissued sides and alternate takes in its vaults. This is a wonderful record, a treat not only for the fans of classic style Chicago blues. BIG MAMA THORNTON - voc, MUDDY WATERS - gtr, OTIS SPANN - pno, JAMES COTTON - hca, SAMMY LAWHORN - gtr, LUTHER JOHNSON - bass, OTIS CLAY - drums.
(2002/Big Nickel) Paperback, 21x27 cm, 188 pages, complete illustrated. - Each volume by year (1950 to 1959) provides a month-by-month survey of the key articles, news stories, feature columns and record releases in a given year during Rhythm and Blues´ most vital and musically significant era. Hundreds of authentic illustrations include graphic reproductions of vintage record company advertisements and artist publicity photographs. A comprehensive index enables readers to locate specific mentions of record artists, disc jockeys and talent managers in the Rhythm and Blues field, as well as music companies, nightclubs, theatres, and radio stations who helped promote this historically important music form into the American cultural mainstream; an invaluable aid to the serious researcher looking for primary source information. (These books are now out-of-print).