Here’s an idea I’ve “borrowed” from the boplicious Rockerstomp blog, where sometime back in the past Javi posted some cassettes he compiled in his rock’n’roll youth.
So it’s the Boogster’s Mixtape madness on this post. I’m clearing out Bebopwino Towers aka Chateau Despair prior to extensive and ruinously expensive renovations. From the depths of my vinyl cupboard I’ve salvaged several cases of cassette tapes, including a case of mixtapes I made up mostly between 10 and 15 years ago. There are titles like “Dig This!” (8 volumes), “The Cool and The Crazy”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Rampage” (4 volumes), “Rambunctious!”, and suchlike. Some are R&B, others are mixes of R&B, Rockabilly, Hillbilly, etc. One even includes 1930s jazz/drugs songs alongside early 1960s surf.
When I started listening to the tapes again I couldn’t remember what many of the tracks were or what albums I’d nicked them off. Then I found a bunch of tracklists, so we’re in business. I’m gonna try posting a few on the blog to see if any of you fans of good music are interested in this kind of format.
First up we have a C90 of R&B and some jazz from the Savoy and National labels. This post has Side A, and Side B will be along soon. I’ve converted each side to one long mp3 at 192 kbps. So we don’t have separate tracks. Just regard it as a low tech podcast.
Most of the tracks date from the mid to late 1940s which were the formative years of rhythm and blues. I won’t take up any more of your time with attempts at supplying info or descriptions of the music. Just let me say that there’s plenty of rootin’ and tootin’ and honkin’ and hootin’ for all you rockers and rollers and boppers and strollers out there
The tracks were taped from vinyl so not only do you get some tape hiss, you get the joyful sound of crackle and pop from the discs. Download this mp3 for some of my favourite sounds from some of my favourite labels.
Ripped from vinyl via cassette at 192 kbps. Password = greaseyspoon
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All Night Long – Johnny Otis
I Got Love For Sale – Big Joe Turner
The Twister – Paul Williams
I Ain’t Mad At You – Gatemouth Moore
Hollerin’ And Screamin’ – Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and his Be Boppers
The Milk Shake Stand – The Three Barons
Now’s The Time – Charlie Parker’s Reboppers
The Hucklebuck – Paul Williams
Double Crossing Blues – Little Esther and The Robins
T.J. Boogie – T.J. Fowler
I Keep Rollin’ On – Hot Lips Page
Smack That Mess – Clyde Hart, vocal – Joe Gregory
Rockin’ Blues – Mel Walker
Midnight Jump – Hal Singer
Red Hot Blues – T.J. Fowler
Boogie Guitar (fadeout) – Johnny Otis