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Thursday 30 April 2020

Dave Bartholomew - Shrimp And Gumbo

Side 1:
01) Snatchin' Back
02) No More Black Nights
03) Stardust
04) You Got A Time
05) That'll Get It
06) Love Is So Low Down
07) Texas Hop
08) The Ice Man

Side 2:
01) Cat Music
02) Every Night, Every Day
03) An Old Cow Hand From A Blues Band
04) Shrimp And Gumbo
05) Ivy League
06) Love No More
07) Somebody New
08) Honky Tonk Trumpet

Shrimp And Gumbo (Zippy)

The third and final Pathe Marconi collection of Dave Bartholomew's Imperial sides. There may be a couple of weaker tracks but there are some real finger poppers which demand attention, especially "The Ice Man" and "An Old Cow Hand From A Blues Band" which had me bopping round the room yesterday. "Texas Hop" is nothing like the Pee Wee Crayton classic but is nevertheless a fine instrumental outing for a lineup which includes Fats Domino.

There are informative sleeve notes by Jeff Hannusch and a discography by Kurt Mohr and Gilles Petard, so no need for me to add anything!

I found this little insert inside the sleeve (in fact two of them), and how I wish I had bought more of these releases back then -

Keep a knockin' and keep a rockin'!

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Dave Bartholomew - The Monkey

Side 1:
01) That's How You Got Killed Before
02) When The Saints Go Marching In Boogie
03) Another Mule
04) Shout, Sister, Shout
05) I Want To Be With Her
06) Would You
07) Turn Your Lamps Down Low

Side 2:
01) Lovin' You
02) Three Time Loser
03) The Monkey
04) In The Evening
05) Barrel House
06) Cinderella
07) Hard Times (The Slop)

The Monkey (Zippy)

Second of the three Dave Bartholomew LPs issued by Pathe Marconi in the 1980s. The title track is an absolute classic, while the version of  Noble Watts' "Hard Times(The Slop)" is a a cracker. Full notes by John Broven on the back cover along with a discography by Kurt Mohr. Happy listening, lockdown downloaders.

Tuesday 28 April 2020

Dave Bartholomew - Jump Children

Side 1:
01) Country Gal
02) Carnival Day
03) Ain't Gonna Do It
04) Country Boy Goes Home
05) Oh Cubanas
06) Who Drank My Beer While I Was In The Rear
07) Little Girl Sing Ding A Ling

Side 2:
01) Jump Children
02) The Shufflin' Fox
03) How Could You
04) Can't Take It No More
05) Good News
06) Yeah Yeah
07) People Are Talkin'

During the 1980s Pathe Marconi issued 3 collections of Imperial sides by Dave Bartholomew. I think they have appeared on other blogs over the years, but heck, here come my rips and scans! Bartholomew was of course a pivotal figure in New Orleans R&B as trumpeter, bandleader, song writer, producer and arranger. His work on Fats Domino's hits (writing many, producing, leading the backing band) overshadows his own recordings, which is  unfortunate to say the least.

In addition to collaborating with Fats he worked with just about anybody who was anybody in New Orleans R&B, Smiley Lewis, Shirley And Lee, The Spiders, Tommy Ridgely, Chris Kenner, Lloyd Price among others. His band was another Who's Who of New Orleans R&B, boasting musicians such as Earl Palmer, Herb Hardesty, Lee Allen, Frank Fields and Charles "Hungry" Williams.

Bartholomew spent most of his recording career with Imperial except for a brief period in the early 1950s when he left following a dispute with owner Lew Chudd. During this period he recorded "My Ding-A-Ling" which was of course later revived by Chuck Berry with worldwide success. An unreleased version recorded for Imperial when Bartholomew returned to the label is included here.

Although none of the sides in this collection were chart breakers, there's plenty of good stuff including the classic "Who Drank My Beer While I Was In The Rear" and "Ain't Gonna Do It" which was recorded by Smiley Lewis in an absolutely storming version.

The biographical sleeve notes by John Broven are a must read and full recording and discographic information is on the back cover.

Saturday 25 April 2020

Let's Dance With Earl Bostic (King LP 529 stereo)

Side 1:
01) Lover Come Back To Me
02) The Merry Widow Waltz
03) Cracked Ice
04) Song Of The Islands
05) Danube Waves
06) Wrap It Up

Side 2:
01) Blue Skies
02) Ubangi Stomp
03) Cherry Bean
04) Earl's Imagination
05) My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice
06) Liebestraum

To round off the Be Bop Wino Bostickathon of  Earl Bostic King LPs here's a 1959 re-recorded stereo version of the LP originally released as King 395-529 in December 1956.

Original 1956 version in mono

The 1956 LP consisted of tracks which had previously been released as singles, mostly in 1953 and 1954. As with the other early Earl Bostic 12 inch LPs, this one went through several re-releases. It was reissued as King 529 in 1958 with a new cover as shown below:

Between March and June 1959 Earl Bostic re-recorded every LP which he had previously issued in the King 500 series, with the exception of his last release in the series, King 597 "Alto Magic In Hi-Fi: A Dance Party With Bostic."

The albums which were re-recorded in 1959 were:

395-500   The Best Of Bostic
395-503   Earl Bostic For You
395-515   Altotude
395-525   Dance Time
395-529   Let's Dance With Earl Bostic
       547   Invitation To Dance With Bostic
       558   C'mon And Dance With Earl Bostic
       571   Bostic Rocks Hits Of The Swing Age
       583   Bostic Showcase Of Swinging Dance Hits
The first 5 LPs in the series had already been reissued in mono with the prefix 395 removed from their numbers in 1958. They also had been given new covers which were re-used on the 1959 stereo issues. 

Alternative cover for stereo issue of "Let's Dance"

With the exception of "The Merry Widow Waltz", which was recorded during sessions for LPs in the King 600 series, the tracks for the stereo version of "Let's Dance With Earl Bostic" were recorded towards the end of the re-recording sessions in June 1959. The final such session was held on June 15th when nine tracks were recorded for the stereo version of "Invitation To Dance With Bostic" (King 547).

 Recording details for "Let's Dance With Earl Bostic" (stereo):

Los Angeles, January 27th / 28th, 1959
Personnel: Earl Bostic (alto sax); Elmer Schmidt (vibraphone); Sir Charles Thompson (piano); Rene Hall and Allan Seltzer (guitars); Herb Gordy (bass); Earl Palmer (drums) -

The Merry Widow Waltz

Cincinnati, June 9th and 10th, 1959
Personnel: Earl Bostic (alto sax); Roland Johnson (vibraphone); Joe Thomas (piano); Warren Stephens and Allan Seltzer (guitars); Herb Gordy (bass); William Erskine (drums) -

Cincinnati, June 9th, 1959:

Lover Come Back To Me
Cracked Ice
Song Of The Islands
Danube Waves
Wrap It Up
Blue Skies
Ubangi Stomp

Cincinnati, June 10th, 1959:

Cherry Bean
Earl's Imagination
My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice

Sources - Bruyninckx, Billboard, The Cash Box, Both Sides Now website.

Artwork - Discogs, 3345ca, various record sales sites.

And with this post we come to the end of the Bostic King LP marathon. I'm all Bosticked out. There will be a look at Earl's pre-King work in the near future but in the meantime let's tune in to some other R&B artists. There's a loada stuff in the pipeline to keep you lockdowners a-movin' and a groovin'. Keep on truckin' everyone!

Friday 24 April 2020

Earl Bostic - Dance Time (stereo) re-ripped and re-upped

Side 1:
01) Harlem Nocturne
02) Where Or When
03) Sweet Lorraine
04) Poeme
05) You Go To My Head
06) Off Shore

Side 2:
01) The Moon Is Low
02) Ain't Misbehavin'
03) The Sheik Of Araby
04) I Hear A Rhapsody
05) Roses Of Picardy
06) Melancholy Serenade

1980s reissue on the Sing label of the stereo version of Earl Bostic's "Dance Time" album (King 525) which was issued in July / August 1959. The stereo version was recorded in March / April 1959 as follows:

Cincinnati, March 26th, 1959. Personnel: Earl Bostic (alto sax); Roland Johnson (vibraphone); Jon Thomas (piano); Allan Seltzer (guitar); Herb Gordy (bass); William Erskine (drums):
Harlem Nocturne
Where Or When
Sweet Lorraine
You Go To My Head
Off Shore
Ain't Misbehavin'
The Sheik Of Araby
I Hear A Rhapsody
Roses Of Picardy
Melancholic Serenade
Cincinnati, April 8th, 1959. Personnel: Earl Bostic (alto sax); Roland Johnson (vibraphone); Claude Jones (piano); Warren Stephens, Allan Seltzer (guitars); Herb Gordy (bass); William Erskine (drums):
The Moon Is Low
The recording details listed towards the bottom of the back cover of this Sing reissue are for the original mono version of the LP, King 395-525 which was released in 1956. It was the 4th Bostic 12 inch LP to be released and like its predecessors it consisted of singles dating back to 1951, although 4 more recently recorded sides from April 1956 were included.

All this and much more on the Earl Bostic King LP saga is revealed on the original post of this album from 2017:

Head on over to see the original covers used on the mono version plus musings on the re-recording of Earl's King 500 series LPs. You can also read of my horrified realisation that I'd been giving wrong information on previous Bostic posts.

For this post I have re-recorded and re-ripped my LP as the 2017 mp3s were rather indistinct. The sound quality on the new mp3s is audibly better, as is the clarity of the numerous clicks and crackles on this second hand (purchased in Love Music, Glasgow) slab of vinyl.

The post also includes a folder of 1950s artwork from the King issue of this collection.

One more Bostic platter to go, and it's a new one which has not been posted previously. I'm just about all Bosticked out, but I know that there are some of you out there who just can't get enough! BTW "Where Or When" from this album is my latest ear worm. Can't get it out of my head. Until the next Bostic post, my R&B chums!

Thursday 23 April 2020

Bostic Rocks Hits Of The Swing Age (re-up)

Side One:
01) Southern Fried
02) Jersey Bounce
03) Jumpin' At The Woodside
04) Tuxedo Junction
05) 720 In The Books
06) Air Mail Special

Side Two:
01) Pompton Turnpike
02) Woodchopper's Ball
03) Night Train
04) Stompin' At The Savoy
05) Honeysuckle Rose
06) No Name Jive

This is a 1980s reissue of King LP 571 which was originally issued in April 1958. Unlike earlier Bostic LPs which were compilations of old singles, the tracks for this album were especially recorded in Los Angeles on December 18th and 18th, 1957. This set the pattern for future Bostic LPs with tracks being recorded over one or two days for themed albums.

Personnel on this LP:

Earl Bostic (alto sax); Wallace Snow (vibraphone); Ernest Crawford (piano); Tony Rizzi (guitar); Hilmer J. "Tiny" Timbrell (bass); Earl Palmer (drums).

A stereo version was recorded in Cincinnati on April 6th and 7th, 1959, by different personnel. The stereo release had the same cover as the original mono release, except for a large yellow and black "stereo" label underneath "Bostic Rocks."

The original post for this LP is here:

That post included a link to Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic where a copy of the stereo version of this LP had been posted. That was the last post on the Scratchy Attic, unfortunately. The link was working in 2017, but I'm not so sure if it's still working. I tried it last night but kept running in to ads and finally gave up when potential malware came into view. The more adventurous among you may wish to attempt to navigate this hazardous maze, but I wouldn't recommend it.

The post on the Scratchy Attic is short but it does link in to comments by Lou Donaldson about Bostic on Larry Appelbaum's blog. Go to that blog, type in Earl Bostic in the searchbox, and you'll find a couple of posts where musicians comment on Bostic's formidable technical expertise on the alto sax.

For this re-up I've added a folder of original King release artwork found on the web, so reconstructors of original LPs can get to work! A couple more Bostic platters in the pipeline, then on to pastures new.

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Earl Bostic For You (King LP 395-503 and King LP 503 stereo)

Side 1:
01) Sleep
02) Moonglow
03) Velvet Sunset
04) For You
05) The Very Thought Of You
06) Linger Awhile

Side 2:
01) Cherokee
02) Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
03) Memories
04) Embraceable You
05) Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
06) Night And Day

I've altered the downloads which featured on the first posting of these mono and stereo iterations of "Earl Bostic For You." For the mono version I've used the artwork from the first issue of this LP in February 1956 as King 395-503. The music files were ripped from my copy of the 1980s Sing issue of this collection. The download includes the Sing artwork which is almost a copy of the second issue of this collection in 1958 with a front cover which featured a picture of Earl on his lonesome holding his sax in the air. This cover was also used for the stereo issue which consisted of 1959 re-recordings of the tracks.

For the stereo version I've managed to dig up improved artwork from the web, although the back cover is a "mash up" of two different versions.

The original post should be read for the recording details of the stereo version and also for the original release details of the singles which were used on the 1956 / 1958 mono LP. The recording details of these singles can be found on the back cover of the Sing issue. Original post from October 2017:


The tracklist is the same as King 395-503. The difference between the mono and stereo versions is very noticeable with different arrangements being used for the re-recordings. I know which version I prefer, in fact I would say that 395-503 may well be my favourite Bostic album as he powers through a series of abrasive versions of standards which were recorded for singles between 1950 and 1954.

Musicians on the mono version include John Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine, Tommy Turrentine, Benny Golson, Count Hastings and Blue Mitchell, all of whom made their mark in the jazz field.

By way of contrast the stereo version was recorded over a short period in 1959 by the same group of musicians which makes for a certain "sameness" about the tracks. It's well worth your while to download and compare both versions.

Elsewhere on the blog:

The original post of these albums with the lowdown on these platters that most definitely matter. The Bostic-a-thon goes on ... and on ...

With grateful thanks to the original uploaders of the LP artwork.

Sunday 19 April 2020

The Best Of Bostic (King LP 395-500) / Dance To The Best Of Bostic (King LP 500)

Side 1:
01) Flamingo
02) Always
03) Deep Purple
04) Smoke Rings
05) What, No Pearls
06) Jungle Drums

Side 2:
01) Serenade
02) I Can't Give You Anything But Love
03) Seven Steps
04) I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
05) Don't You Do It
06) Steamwhistle Jump

Side 1:
01) Flamingo
02) Always
03) Deep Purple
04) Smoke Rings
05) What, No Pearls
06) Jungle Drums

Side 2:
01) Serenade
02) I Can't Give You Anything But Love
03) Seven Steps
04) I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
05) Don't You Do It
06) Steamwhistle Jump

So before you cats 'n' kittens out there in Be Bop Wino Land start howlin' that I've posted the same damned LP twice over, no I haven't. We have reached the point I have been dreading, i.e. revisiting and re-upping a selection of the seemingly infinite number of Earl Bostic LPs released by King in the 1950s. The apparent duplication in this post is caused by the decision of King to have Bostic re-record many of his LPs in stereo in a short intensive spell of studio activity in the spring of 1959. The resulting albums were released around 1959-1960 with identical titles to their predecessor mono LPs which had been released beween 1956 and 1958.

However in this case there is a slight alteration to the title as by 1959 King had been issuing a slew of Bostic LPs which included the word "dance" in their titles, so there it is slapped across the front cover of the stereo version, just above the hot chick in her underwear who appears to be on the verge of being devoured by a flock of parrots or parakeets. At least she's having a cocktail while the ravenous birds gather above her.

In fact so overwhelming is King's attention to detail, you can take your choice from 3 different titles for this LP by looking at the front and back covers and the disc labels. The front cover also informs the buyer that the album is both monaural and in stereo, which must have been confusing. In fact it's in stereo. And also in fact this isn't the 1959 issue but a 1980s reissue.

But let us go back to 1956 when King issued its first R&B 12-inch LPs in February of that year. There had in fact been a series of R&B 10-inch LPs issued from 1953 onwards but King changed rather belatedly to the 12-inch format with the release of 4 LPs which were previewed in the 16th February issue of Billboard. Groovers could choose from the following platters -

The Best Of Bostic (King 395-500)
Tiny Bradshaw (King 395-501)
Moondust - The Bill Doggett Combo (King 395-502)
Earl Bostic For You (King 395-503)

Which now brings us to the difference between the 2 Bostic albums posted here. The track lists may be identical but the two LPs offer very different listening experiences. The 1956 LP is a compilation of previous Bostic singles recorded between 1950 and 1953 with a variety of musicians which for me makes for a more interesting listen than the March and June 1959 recordings of the stereo version which used an identical group of musicians.

The arrangements on the stereo LP are quite different from the original singles and LP, so Be Bop Winos, now is the chance to train your ear to tell the difference between the two sets of recordings. This may come in handy as various 1980s reissues often failed to differentiate, which led to some confusion on the part of Bostic fans and bloggers such as myself.

This October 2017 post of the 2 versions contains full recording and personnel details for both albums:

I know that there are quite a few Bostic fanatics out there, so stand by for more alto sax shenanigans.

Saturday 18 April 2020

Earl Bostic Blows A Fuse (re-up)

Side 1:
01) Night Train
02) 8.45 Stomp
03) That's The Groovy Thing
04) Special Delivery Stomp
05) Moonglow
06) Mambostic
07) Earl Blows A Fuse
08) Harlem Nocturne

Side 2:
01) Who Snuck The Wine In The Gravy?
02) Don't You Do It
03) Disc Jockey's Nightmare
04) Flamingo
05) Steam Whistle Jump
06) What! No Pearls
07) Tuxedo Junction
08) Seven Steps

A delayed continuation of the Earl Bostic re-ups. As you can see on previous posts there is a problem with images disappearing seemingly in a random fashion from posts going back into March. I've re-upped the images for "Sax "O" Woogie" and so far they have stayed in place. Uploading images for this post has been problematic as they quickly disappear from the image upload facility, so we'll see how this pans out.Here's hoping that the front cover which is another of those great Dave Gibson at Nozbig designs stays up, at least!

The previous post of this album, with short summary of Earl Bostic's career is here:

More Bostic on the way.

Thursday 16 April 2020

Earl Bostic - Sax "O" Boogie re-up

Side A:
01) Bostic's Jump
02) Earl's Rhumboogie
03) Hot Sauce Boss
04) 8:45 Stomp
05) Bar Fly Baby
06) Bostic's Boogie Blues
07) Blip Boogie
08) From Midnight To Dawn

Side B:
01) Swing Low Sweet Boogie
02) Nay, Nay, Go Away
03) Sugar Hill Blues
04) Choppin' It Down
05) No Name Blues
06) Way Down
07) Don't You Do It
08) Rockin' And Reelin'

Kicking off the requested Earl Bostic season of re-ups. I'll start with a couple of comps before throwing myself into the fraught matter of all those 1950s LPs and the stereo re-recordings, plus there will be a look at Bostic's wild years - the sides he recorded for Gotham before he went on to King Records and hit the formula which brought chart success and a veritable avalanche of LPs.

First off - this Oldie Blues collection has a great selection of early Bostic, mastered from 78s by the sound of it. Boptastic!

For some more details on these tracks, see this post of the LP from 2016:

 Stay slick, groovers.