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Thursday 9 June 2016

The RCA Victor Blues & Rhythm Revue

Side 1:
01. Romance In The Dark - Lil Green
02. Why Don't You Do Right? - Lil Green
03. After Hours - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra
04. Stormy Monday Blues - Earl Hines & His Orchestra (vocal - Billy Eckstine)
05. Jelly, Jelly - Earl Hines & His Orchestra (vocal - Billy Eckstine)
06. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman - Etta Jones with J.C. Heard & His Band
07. Hot Rod - Illinois Jacquet

Side 2:
01. Dry Bones - The Delta Rhythm Boys
02. Take The 'A' Train - The Delta Rhythm Boys
03. Rock With It - Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
04. Two Guitar Boogie - Rene Hall
05. Rooming House Boogie - Cab Calloway & His Cab Jivers
06. Moanin' The Blues - Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra (vocal - Annisteen Allen)
07. Hey, Pretty Baby - Count Basie & His Orchestra (vocal - Jimmy Rushing)

Download LP 1 from here:

Side 3:
01. Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball? - Count Basie & His Orchestra
02. D'Natural Blues - Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra
03. Cole Slaw - Jesse Stone & His Orchestra
04. Butcher Boy - Mr. Sad Head
05. Reliefin' Blues - Blow-Top Lynn & His House Rockers
06. Get Rich Quick - Little Richard
07. Squeeze Me - Milt Trenier & His Solid Six

Side 4:
01. Thinkin' 'Bout My Mother - Little Richard
02. Rockin' Daddy-O - The Heartbreakers
03. All Night Baby - The Robins
04. Bam Balam - The Du Droppers
05. Boot 'Em Up - The Du Droppers
06. Open Up - King Curtis
07. Shout Parts 1 And 2 - The Isley Brothers

Download LP 2 from here:

A great 2LP compilation tracing the history of R&B from big band blues, through jump, honk, and dynamite vocal groups all the way to proto soul with The Isley Brothers. This was one of the first LPs I ripped and it was originally a very early post on Be Bop Wino, complete with terrible partial scan of the front cover. Then I lost the rips in one of the several computer crashes which have occasionally wiped out my digital music collection.

And that was that, or so I thought until just the other day when I came across an audio CD which I'd ripped from the original mp3s and so here they are again with proper scans of the whole gatefold sleeve. The good news is that there are a few more audio CDs containing digitised tracks from LPs, all of which I had presumed lost, including Charlie Parker on Savoy and Leo Parker on Gotham.

As for this set, the absolute highlights for me (out of many marvelous tracks) are the sides by Mr. Sad Head and Clyde "Blow Top" Lynn. If you dig your R&B loud and crude then the following 2 CDs on the Official label are worth chasing up:

The Jackson Brothers, Mr. Sad Head, Blow Top Lynn, Jesse Stone, Gay Grosse and others. Rousing stuff for the discerning drinker, sorry, music fan.

Even more howl 'n' honk with Big John Greer, TNT Tribble, Mr. Sad Head, Lloyd Thompson, Hot Lips Page, Arbee Stidham and others. Guaranteed to get the police banging on your door should you choose to play this disc at 3 o'clock in the morning.

No sleevenotes but nice retro style covers and several hours of the wilder side of R&B. From reviews I read when these discs came out, Volumes 1 and 2 were by far the best while Volume 3 and 4 dropped off in quality, hence my recommendation for the first 2 volumes, which were the only ones I bought.

The bad news is, they may be hard to find! In the meantime groove to the LP on this post.


12vjoe said...

This is wonderful stuff! Thanks so much from this discerning drinker!

boogiewoody said...

I'll drink to that! Hic ...

Rebecca said...

will be nice if you upload these latest 2 :-)

boogiewoody said...

Rebecca - sorry, I don't upload CDs. Mainly to avoid provoking a "takedown" which is what happened to this blog back in 2009. I'm sticking to the "vinyl only" policy in order to avoid trouble!


Rebecca said...

Thanks for answer

Dan_invader said...

OK.Vinyls are wonderful, but... what about FLAC? I think it's the best way to hear music actually. Thanks anyway. Love your blog.

boogiewoody said...

I have a slow internet connection. Uploading FLAC to zippyshare would be very difficult for me. Perhaps when we get a fast internet connection here I could go over to FLAC. I still have many of the WAV files from when I digitised these vinyl records, so a conversion to FLAC would be possible.

Anonymous said...

This looks fantastic!! A few great tracks that I know, but so many that I haven't heard before. Ta very much.

I'm glad you don't upload FLAC files. I think the sound difference is negligible to the ears of most people anyway. A few years ago when I was just dipping my toes into the blogging world, I uploaded songs in 128. Someone asked me to increase to 320, which I did. The response was overwhelming gratitude on the part of visitors, but (in my ignorance of technical matters) what I'd done was simply take the 128 file and convert it to 320 in itunes. Obviously, those listening imagined that what they were hearing was better quality sound - but it was the same old 128 file stretched out to 320.

What did I know? ;-)

boogiewoody said...

Thank you Vintage. You're probably right about sound difference on old recordings being negligible between mp3s and FLAC if they're played through a laptop or PC. I would imagine that a CD burned from FLAC would give a much better sound than one burned from mp3, especially if the mp3 is at a low bitrate. Most of the time I'm not too bothered about such differences in audio quality.

Anyway I experience enough difficulty trying to upload mp3s without making it worse by trying to upload FLACs.

I'm not sure what files I burned my RCA Victor Blues & Rhythm Review CD from. I suspect it was from the mp3s rather than the WAV file. It was all so long ago!


JohnnyDiego said...

Wave, FLAC, or mp3. What difference does it make with recordings so old, anyway? You're not going to remaster these. Do what's easiest for you and for the downloader.
Thank you for these. They sound great to me.

boogiewoody said...

Cheers Johnny. You're right - mp3 is perfectly fine for this blog.