Saturday, January 17, 2015

Frits's Tapes Number 93 & 94

Tape 93:

Tape 94:

Doug Sahm ?????

Blues Busters - Busted!

An unspectacular but enjoyable album from the Memphis Blues Busters released in 1982. A mix of blues and a bit of soul that would make a great night out for anyone doing the clubs of Memphis.
Has been re-released on Cd with 3 extra tracks.


Papa George Lightfoot - Natchez Trace

Born in Natchez, Mississippi, Lightfoot recorded several sessions in his late twenties – for Peacock Records in 1949 (which were never issued), Sultan Records in 1950, Aladdin Records in 1952, and Imperial Records in 1954. After final singles for Savoy Records in 1955 and Excello Records in 1956, Lightfoot quit recording, still an obscure Southern blues harmonica player.
As interest grew in rural Delta blues in the 1960s, Lightfoot's name became more well-known, and in 1969 record producer Steve LaVere went to Lightfoot's home town of Natchez, and asked him to record again. The result was the album Natchez Trace, released on Vault Records in 1969, which brought Lightfoot briefly to the forefront of the blues revival. Rural Blues Vol. 2 followed on Liberty Records later that same year.
However, his comeback was cut short by his death in late 1971.


Willie Williams - Raw Unpolluted Soul

Drummer Willie Williams’ “Raw Unpolluted Soul” is really a blues album instead of a soul album. But they certainly got the raw and unpolluted part right.
Williams’ voice is as thick and dirty as his drumming. The members of his crew — folks such as Carey Bell, Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Taylor and Pinetop Perkins — certainly know how to get dirty, too. All 10 songs are good; “Wine Headed Woman” and “Detroit Blues” are great. ( Cahl's Juke Joint Blog)


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Toru Oki Blues Band - Featuring Albert King

Toru Oki is a Japanese blues singer who was active in the '70s and early '80s. The Bluesman was well-known in Japan.
Toru Oki Blues Band featuring Albert King was a special released on CBS/SONY label in 1981. It includes the hit song "You Really Got A Hold On Me".
"You Really Got a Hold on Me" is a song written by Smokey Robinson which became a 1962 Top-10 hit single for the Miracles on the Tamla (Motown) label.
This million-selling song received a 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
It has also been selected as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
It was covered by Toru Oki Blues Band in this LP on Side-B.
Toru Oki dedicated the song track "I Got A Mind To Give Up Living" for Michael Bloomfield (1943-1981) who passed away the same year the album was released.
As expected, Albert King guitar performance is exquisite.
Above taken from the accompanying text.
A big thank you to Bob Mac for finding it for us and for Flying Vee for requesting it.


Frits's Tapes Number 91 & 92

Tape 91:

Tape 92:

Some more 45's from Frits with a little quiz at the end of Tape 92 , name tracks 14 and 15, to kick of the year.
Thanks go to MarcD for the missing track titles: Abb Locke with Otis Rush - Cleo's Back / Blues Party (Rooster R 49) 1983

Various - Blues For Big Town

Nice collection of well known and lesser known tracks from Detroit recorded in the 50's.
John Lee Hooker, Bobo Jenkins, Eddie Burns and more.


Long Gone Miles - Country Born

Luke "Long Gone"Miles was taught and heavely influenced by Lightnin' Hopkins who was his mentor in the 50's. Luke also played on some of Lightnin's late 50's recordings.
In the 1961 he relocated to Los Angeles where he recorded this lp in 1964. He released a couple of singles in the mid 60's with a much more heavier sound.

This lp and cover have seen better days. Lots of crackling and pops but no skips.


Boogie Woogie Red - Live At The Blind Pig

A blind pig, the name originated in the United States in the 1800s, when blue laws restricted the sale of alcoholic beverages. A saloonkeeper would charge customers to see an attraction (such as an animal), and provide a "complimentary" alcoholic beverage, thus circumventing the law.It was during the years of prohibition that blind pigs were most common in the U.S.Estimates of the number of blind pigs in some major U.S. cities in the mid-1920s are:
Chicago, Illinois: 10,000
Detroit, Michigan: 15,000
New York City, New York: 30,000-100,000
The blind pig is a classic example of black market economics, and with the end of prohibition in 1933 most blind pigs had to either become legitimate establishments or close shop. Common current examples of the blind pig include the after hours club and the keg party.
A blind pig differs from a speakeasy primarily in that it was essentially a "drinking only" establishment, whereas a speakeasy frequently offered music, dancing and a wide selection of food, too.
It's also the name of the well known blues club and their record label where Boogie Woogie Red worked and recorded.