Thursday, 28 July 2016

T-Bone Walker - Plain Ole Blues





Side 1:
01. I'm Gonna Find My Baby
02. Don't Leave Me Baby
03. No Worry Blues
04. It's A Low Down Dirty Deal
05. I'm In An Awful Mood
06. Long Skirt Baby Blues
07. Goodbye Blues
08. Plain Old Down Home Blues

Side 2:
01. That Old Feeling Is Gone
02. Midnight Blues
03. West Side Baby
04. Prison Blues
05. Dream Girl Blues
06. Long Lost Lover Blues
07. Triflin' Women Blues
08. Go Back To The One You Love

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This is the second in the 1980s Charly trilogy of LPs of Black & White masters recorded by T-Bone Walker. See T-Bone Jumps Again (re-up) and the original T-Bone Jumps Again posts for the background story to these recordings. T-Bone's Black & White sides were recorded in 1946/7 and bought by Capitol in 1949. After the first LP in the Charly series was issued, more discographic information came to light, including the original Black & White matrix numbers and subsequent Capitol matrix numbers allocated to each track, which helps pinpoint each recording to its correct recording session.

Now for the nitty gritty - all the info you could want on these tracks. We'll start off with where and when they were recorded and who was actually on them, and then we'll look at when they were first issued. 

So here we go, in chronological order:

Tracks 1, 2 and 3 on Side 1 were recorded in Hollywood, September 30th, 1946. Personnel: T-Bone Walker with Jack McVea's All Stars. T-Bone Walker (vocal, guitar); Joe "Red" Kelly (trumpet); Jack McVea (tenor sax); Tommy "Crow" Kahn (piano); Frank Clarke (bass); Rabon Tarrant (drums).

I'm Gonna Find My Baby was released on Black & White 110 (B Side of "Bobby Sox Baby") in November 1946.

No Worry Blues / Don't Leave Me Baby were released on Black & White 111 in January 1947.

Tracks 4 and 5 on Side 1 were recorded in Hollywood in December 1946. Personnel: T-Bone Walker with the Al Killian Quintet. T-Bone Walker (vocal, guitar); Al Killian (trumpet); Jack McVea (tenor sax); Tommy "The Crow" Kahn or Lloyd Glenn (piano); Frank Clarke (bass); Rabon Tarrant (drums).

It's A Lowdown Dirty Deal was released on Black & White 115 as the B Side of "Don't Give Me The Runaround" in May 1947.

I'm In An Awful Mood was released on Black & White 121 b/w "Hard Pain Blues" between May and December 1947.

Tracks 6 and 7 on Side 1 and tracks 2, 5, 6 and 7 on Side 2 were recorded in Los Angeles, November 6th, 1947. Personnel: T-Bone Walker (vocal, guitar); Teddy Buckner (trumpet); Bumps Myers (tenor sax); Willard McDaniel (piano); Billy Hadnott (bass); Oscar Lee Bradley (drums).

Dream Girl Blues and Triflin' Woman Blues remained unreleased until 1965 when they were included on a UK LP "The Blues Of T Bone Walker" on the budget mfp (Music for Pleasure) label.


Long Skirt Baby Blues / Goodbye Blues were released on Black & White 123 in January 1948.

Midnight Blues was released on Black & White 127 as the B Side of "Plain Old Down Home Blues" (track 8, Side 1) in July 1948.

Long Lost Lover Blues was released on Capitol 57-70023 as the B Side of "You're My Best Poker Hand" in July 1949.

Track 8 on Side 1 and Tracks 1, 4 and 8 on Side 2 were recorded in Los Angeles, December 16th 1947. Personnel: T-Bone Walker (vocal, guitar); Jack Trainor (trumpet); Bumps Myers (tenor sax); Willard McDaniel (piano); Billy Hadnott (bass); Oscar Lee Bradley (drums).

Plain Old Down Home Blues was released on Black & White 127 b/w "Midnight Blues" (track 2, Side 2) in July 1948.

That Old Feeling Is Gone was released on Comet T52 b/w "Description Blues", February 1949.

Prison Blues was released on Capitol 57-70012 b/w "Vacation Blues", June 1949.

Go Back To The One You Love was released on Capitol 799 as the B Side of "On Your Way Blues" in January 1950.

Recording session information from Bruyninckx and "Stormy Monday: The T-Bone Walker Story" by Helen Oakley Dance (Foreword by B.B. King), Da Capo, 1990.


2 comments:

Geoff said...

Just thought I'd mention that there is no label or recording details for "West Side Baby"

boogiewoody said...

West Side Baby - recorded December 29th 1947. Released on Comet T50, October 1948. B side was Lonesome Women Blues, an alternate take of which is on the post "The Natural Blues."

I must have been tired when I did this post!

BW