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Monday, 26 November 2018

Sun Records Harmonica Classics

Side A:
01. Easy - Jimmy & Walter
02. West Winds Are Blowing - Walter Horton
03. In The Mood - Walter Horton
04. Jukebox Boogie (Take 1) - Doctor Ross
05. Country Clown - Doctor Ross
06. Jukebox Boogie - Doctor Ross
07. Downtown Boogie - Doctor Ross

Side B:
01. Wolf Call Boogie - Hot Shot Love
02. Harmonica Jam - Hot Shot Love
03. Wolf Call Boogie (Take 3) - Hot Shot Love
04. So Long, Baby Goodbye - Sammy Lewis-Willie Johnson Combo
05. Keep Your Arms Around Me Mama - Joe Hill Louis
06. Got Me A New Woman - Joe Hill Louis
07. She May Be Yours (But She Comes To See Me Sometime) - Joe Hill Louis

And so our Be Bop Wino Blues Tour USA staggers into Memphis, Tennessee, or to be precise Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Avenue. This record contains exactly what it says on the front cover - a load of primo harmonica blues recorded between 1951 and 1955. The very detailed sleevenotes by Colin Escott have it covered, including the session details, so all that remains for me to do is to state that this album is top notch roughhouse blues and to add the release dates of the tracks on this LP which actually made it to the record shops.

Side A:

Track 1 - "Easy" - released on Sun 180 in March 1953. Easy / Before Long - Jimmy & Walter.

Track 6 - "Jukebox Boogie" - released on Sun 212 in November 1954. The Boogie Disease / Jukebox Boogie - Doctor Ross.

Side B:

Tracks 1 and 2 - both released on Sun 196 in February 1954. Wolf Call Boogie / Harmonica Jam - Hot Shot Love.

Track 7 - "She May Be Yours" - released on Sun 178 in January 1953. We All Gotta Go Sometime / She May Be Yours (But She Comes To See Me Sometime) - Joe Hill Louis.

Elsewhere on the blog - more "ragged but right" blues from the Sun Studio can be found in these two posts -

I've added new Mega links to both these posts. "The Blues Came Down ..." is the perfect companion volume to "Sun Records Harmonica Classics" but if you haven't done so already you've just gotta download both these LPs for more of that crazy Memphis blues beat. We'll be sticking around Union Avenue for our next post with more blues sounds from Sam Phillips coming up. There's some crazy kid with the unlikely name of Elvis hanging around the studio ... wants to make a record ...


Uncle Gil said...

Great! Thanks!
Your job is always of quality!!!

boogiewoody said...

Thank you, Uncle Gil! A pleasure to hear from you.


Bob Mac said...

Thanks for this one BW. I was surprised not to find this already listed in my Sun/Blues collection, so much appreciated. And agree it's a pleasure to hear from Uncle Gil. My collections of Rockabilly/Hillbilly/Country has come to an abrupt halt since we lost his fine blog...Uncle Gil you are missed by many of us.

boogiewoody said...

Cheers Bob. Yes, I miss Uncle Gil too. I understand his need to take a break from blogging after recent events. Enjoy your rest, mon Oncle.