Friday, 15 July 2016

The Blues Came Down From Memphis





Side 1:
01. The Boogie Disease - Doctor Ross
02. Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton
03. Baker Shop Boogie - Willie Nix
04. Bear Cat - Rufus Thomas Jr.
05. Take A Little Chance - Jimmy DeBerry
06. Juke Box Boogie - Doctor Ross
07. I Feel So Worried - Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson Combo

Side 2:
01. If You Love Me - Little Milton
02. Time Has Made a Change - Jimmy DeBerry
03. Come Back Baby - Doctor Ross
04. So Long Baby Goodbye - Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson Combo
05. Tiger Man - Rufus Thomas Jr.
06. Seems Like A Million Years - Willie Nix
07. Chicago Breakdown - Doctor Ross

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This is a 1970s Charly reissue of an LP which originally came out on the London label in 1965. Compiled by Neil Slaven, this album must have had considerable impact on blues fans in the UK back in the 1960s. I'm too young to remember, of course. The music is what you might call "ragged but right" - produced by Sam Phillips in that little recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, for release on his own Sun label.

My only claim to blues fame is that I once shook James Cotton's hand. Kind of a tenuous connection to this LP, but there you go.

Original single releases:

Willie Nix (The Memphis Blues Boy): Baker Shop Boogie / Seems Like A Million Years - Sun 179, January 1953

Rufus "Hound Dog" Thomas Jr.: Bear Cat (The Answer To "Hound Dog") - Sun 181, March 1953

Jimmy DeBerry: Take a Little Chance / Time Has Made A Change - Sun 185, June 1953

Rufus Thomas, Jr.: Tiger Man (King Of The Jungle) - Sun 188, July 8th, 1953

Doctor Ross: Come Back Baby - Sun 193, December 24th, 1953

Little Milton: If You Love Me - Sun 200, April 15th, 1954

James Cotton: Cotton Crop Blues - Sun 206, July 1st, 1954

Doctor Ross: The Boogie Disease / Juke Box Boogie - Sun 212, November 10th, 1954

Sammy Lewis-Willie Johnson Combo: I Feel So Worried / So Long Baby Goodbye - Sun 218, April 25th, 1955

Information from "Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll" by Colin Escott with Martin Hawkins (St. Martin's Press, 1992) -


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. I bought the vinyl in '65, still have it, it was a great surprise to me and I played it constantly for some time.

Steve Wise said...

'Ragged But Right' is exactly - low-down, dirty blues. fantastic!