Hipster's Holiday is a special favorite this time of the year! Some obscure Christmas tunes here:
1. Louis Armstrong & The Commanders-Cool Yule (1952) 2. The Marquees-Santa Done Got Hip (1959) 3. Eartha Kitt- Santa Baby(1953) 4. Leo Watson- Jingle Bells (1946) 5. Lambert,Hendricks & Ross-Deck Us All With Boston Charlie(1961) 6. Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers- Dig That Crazy Santa Claus (1954) 7. Mable Scott-Boogie Woogie Santa Claus (1948) 8. Miles Davis- Blue X-Mas(To Whom It May Concern) (1962) 9. The Tim Fuller Experience- Silent Night (1989) 10. Louis Armstrong & The Commanders- Zat You,Santa Claus (1953) 11. Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra- Merry Christmas Baby (1950) 12. Big John Greer- We Want To See Santa Do The Mambo(1954) 13. Pearl Bailey- Five Pound Box Of Money (1958) 14. Babs Gonzales- Be-Bop Santa Claus (1955) 15. Lena Horne- Jingle All The Way (1966) 16. Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends- Christmas Spirit (1947) 17. Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars- Christmas Night In Harlem (1955) 18. The Coolbreezers- Hello Mr. New Year (1957)
Classic Christmas music on this hard to find disc! Happy Holidays From Mojo Repair Shop! Thanks for a wonderful year of music sharing,and a Special Thank You to all of the other wonderful Bloggers! 1.Bing Crosby-White Christmas (1942) 2.Vaughan Monroe- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (1945) 3. Gene Autry- Rudolph,The Red Nosed Reindeer (1949) 4. Nat "King"Cole-The Christmas Song (1946) 5. Spike Jones/City Slickers-All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)(1948) 6.Jimmy Boyd- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus(1962) 7.The Andrews Sisters & Guy Lombardo-Christmas Island(1946) 8.Bing Crosby-Silent Night(1935) 9.Gene Autry-Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)(1947) 10.Eartha Kitt- Santa Baby (1953)
I'm having computer problems. I know it's time to upgrade to a better computer.I think my power supply isdying and I have to replace it,I thought it was a virus,because the computer was acting "funny". So,the top picture is my old computer,and the second picture will be my new "media center" that includes a handy cassette built in to the keyboard to make better music posts.I guess you can't have 4 hard drives,an ipod,and a toaster attached all at once. Oops. Maybe Santa will bring me another computer that works. But I don't know if I was a good blogger or not. Stay tuned for more cool music soon, I promise!
The final two discs,numbers 5 & 6 and one of the greatest blues songwriters ever.He actually blurs the line between old fashioned blues (Southern Delta style transplanted to Chicago urban blues) and rhythm & blues.He sets the standard when he sang Bright Lights,Big City.Reed's guitar playing, singing and songwriting (a triple threat) inspired a lot of the earliest The Rolling Stones,The Animals, and countless other British Invasion bands, and reminded Americans how important their blues artists were and still are.What a wealth of music,made in America.
Disc 5- 1.I'll Change My Style 2.Let's Get Together 3. In The Morning 4.You can't Hide 5.Back Home At Noon 6.Lookin' For You Baby 7.Kansas City Baby 8. Oh John 9.Shame Shame Shame 10.Cold And Lonesome 11.There'll Be A Day 12.Ain't No Big Deal 13.Mary Mary 14.Upside The Wall 15.Baby's So Sweet 16.I'm Gonna Help You 17.Up Tight 18.Mixed Up 19.I'm Trying To Please You 20.Five Years Long 21.See See Rider 22.Outskirts Of Town 23.Trouble In Mind
In the tradition of all of these fabulous Charly box sets,disc 6 the last disc has studio outtakes, "working songs",studio chatter, slow and faster versions,"mistakes"according to Jimmy.Not found on any other disc sets,and so,get 'em here... Disc 6- 1.The Comeback 2.How Long Blues 3.Roll 'Em Pete 4.Cherry Red 5. Wee Wee Baby 6.St. Louis Blues 7.Worried Life Blues 8.Blues For 12 Strings 9. New Chicago Blues 10.Wear Something Green 11.Help Yourself 12.Heading For A Fall 13.Going Fishing 14. Left Handed Woman 15.I Wanna Be Loved(Crazy Love) 16.Fifteen Years 17.A New Leaf 18.When You're Doing All Right 19.I'm Going Upside Your Head 20.The Devil's Shoestring 21.You've Got Me Waiting 22.I'm The Man Down There 23.When Girls Do It 24.Don't Think I'm Through
Jimmy Reed needs no introduction,he is covered by a lot of blues artists,and rock artists the world over. All of his best songs are in this series. Disc 3 - 1.You'n That Sack 2.Going To New York 3.I Told You Baby 4.Take Out Some Insurance 5.I'm Nervous 6.You Know I Love You 7.Baby,What You Want Me To Do 8.Goin' By The River 1 9.Goin' By The River 2 10.Where Can You Be 11.Hush Hush 12.I Was So Wrong 13.Blue Blue Water 14.Please Don't 15.Found Love 16.You Gonna Need My Help 17.Hold Me Close 18.Come Love 19.Big Boss Man 20.Meet Me 21.I Got The Blues 22.Sugar Sugar 23.Got Me Chasing You
Disc 4 - 1.Down The Road 2.Want To Be With You Baby 3.Jimmy's Rock 4.Tell The World I Do 5. You're My Baby 6.Ain't Gonna Cry No More 7.Close Together 8.You Know You're Looking Good 9.Laughing At The Blues 10.I'm A Love You 11.Kind Of Lonesome 12.Found Joy 13.Tell Me You Love Me 14.Bright Lights 15.Baby,What's Wrong 16.Aw Shucks,Hush Your Mouth 17.I'm Mr. Luck 18.Blue Carnegie 19.Take It Slow 20.Good Lover 21.Down In Mississippi 22.Too Much
Here I am again,after taking some much needed time off from blogging,doing other things. I found another vital box of music in my collection that needs to be heard. This particular set is 6 discs with 139 tracks of happening music. I hope to bring more of this kind of music later, I also have some Little Walter,John Lee Hooker, and Earl Hooker(John Lee's cousin),some Skip James discs, I don't know what else,but if you like that kind of stuff, you'd better stayed tuned. I'm on a blues kick, and have been for a while, and maybe I will go back to posting rockabilly and other things in the future. I'm just into this right now....okay? Jimmy Reed The Vee-Jay Years is another Charley series box set, so if you understand what that means it's a giant set,sounds better than anything, and it's as complete as you're going to set. "Charley NEVER releases any crap" is what I say,and you can quote me. This is where it's at, hipsters,there's a lot of bands who covered Jimmy Reed,and when you listen to this set you will know why. Here's Disc One: 1.High And Lonesome 2.Jimmy's Boogie 3.I Found My Baby 4.Roll And Rhumba 5.You Don't Have To Go 6.Boogie In The Park 7.Shoot My Baby 8.Rockin' With Reed 9.You Upset My Mind 10.I'm Gonna Ruin You 11. Pretty Thing 12.I Ain't Got You 13.She Don't Want Me No More 14.Come On Baby 15.I Don't Go For That 16.Baby,Don't Say That No More 17.Ain't That Lovin' You Baby 18.Can't Stand To See You Go 19.When You Left Me 20.I Love You Baby 21.My First Plea 22.You Got Me Dizzy 23.Honey,Don't Let Me Go 24.Untitled Instrumental This all includes scans of front,back @320
Jimmy Reed Disc 1 Disc Two: 1.It's You Baby 2.Honey,Where Are You Going 3.Do The Thing 4.Little Rain 5.Signals Of Love 6.The Sun Is Shining 7.Baby,What's On Your Mind 8.Honest I Do 9.State Street Boogie 10.Odds And Ends 11.My Bitter Seed 12.Ends And Odds 13.My Baby(Down In Virginia) 14.You're Something Else 15.A String To Your Heart 16.Go On To School 17.You Got My Crying 18.The Moon Is Rising 19.Down In Virginia 20.I'm Gonna Get My Baby 21.I Wanna Be Loved 22.Caress My Baby 23.I Know It's A Sin
These Ghoulish Things Ace Records Horror Special. Queasy listening from the vaults- 25 Horrible hit picks from the ghoul-den age of Rock 'n' Roll. I especially love the Bobby"Boris" Pickett radio station vintage ads, and the super rare Allan Sherman "My Son,The Vampire". Be afraid- be very afraid!
Monster Bop- Rock 'n' Roll and Rockabilly Halloween music is a regular favorite here,so let's share it with everyone.My favorite time of the year,who doesn't love this silly music? Some of these songs are also featured on many other compilations. Complete with scans,glow in the dark ring,vampire teeth, and plastic skull.... 1. Jackie Morningstar- Rockin' In The Graveyard 2. Carl Bonafede- Were Wolf 3. Jerry Coulston- Caveman Hop 4. Rod Willis-The Cat 5. Jack & Jim- Midnight Monsters Hop 6. Scottie Stuart- Nightmare 7. Leroy Bowman- Graveyard 8. Mack Allen Smith- The Skeleton Fight 9. Jimmy Dee- The Monster Hop 10. Carl Bonafede- Story That's True 11. Bert Convey- The Gorilla 12. Joe Wallace- Leopard Man 13. Earl Patterson- Nightmare Hop 14. Bobby Please- The Monster 15. The Phantom Five- Graveyard 16. Tommy Roe- Caveman 17. The Daylighters- Mad House Stomp 18. Jim Burgett- Jekyll & Hyde 19. Chris Kevin- Haunted House 20. Mike Fern- The Head Hunters 21. Round Robin- I'm The Wolf Man 22. The Hollywood Flames- Frankenstein's Den 23. Bert Convey- The Monster Hop 24. Carlos Casal Jr.- Don't Meet Mr. Frankenstein 25. The Keytones- I Was A Teenage Monster 26. The Castle Kings- You Can Get Him Frankenstein 27. Joe Johnson- The Gila Monster 28. Eddie Thomas- Frankenstein Rock 29. Randy Luck- I Was A Teen-Age Cave Man 30. Ivan- Frankie Frankenstein
Here's the last disc,almost forgot there's nine discs total! This one is special special- all alternate takes of some of Muddy's best songs. These are all mostly vintage tunes.
Disc 9: 1.Rollin' Stone 2.All Night Long 3.She's All Right 4.Baby,Please Don't Go 5.I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man 6. Take The Bitter With The Sweet 7.Take The Bitter With The Sweet 8.She's Into Something 9. Recipe For Love 10.Woman Wanted (8 Takes) 11.Read Way Back (9 Takes including backing track) 12.You Shook Me 13.Elevate Me Mama 14.You Don't Have To Go. Just fucking awesome music,you will probably be listening to this disc over and over,like a nut,like me. It packs the most punch...it's otherworldly. It's hoodoo voodoo. Just listen to the Woman Wanted 8 takes-there's some pretty amazing guitar playing,and these were thrown away! (See take 3) One of those Chess brothers complains he's popping into the mic.Well it's all live in the studio, everyone's doing it live all together.It's great to hear studio chatter it's always funny, to hear them swearing,trying to make a record! One of the takes Muddy says he forgets what he's doing,all while he's playing these incredible guitar runs...he forgets? He must've done this stuff in his sleep he's so natural about it.I'm just not so sure about Muddy's Recipe For Love,I'm thinking mine is more nine disc box sets of more music huh? Another recipe for love would be that Chess Records releases more outtakes and tracks they're sitting on!
Discs seven and eight good music fans: pretty much a lot of the songs appear on the Folksinger album from disc seven. Disc eight really gets moving with some faster blues numbers are probably younger players with Muddy, that are spirited,I'm totally digging the tune My Dog Can't Bark,too bad they didn't keep the song going,it gets pretty interesting,then fades out. I also like the tunes Put Me In Your Layaway Plan, Hard Loser,Find Yourself Another Fool, Kinfolk Blues,and other standard shouters / blues wailers. I'm apt to stay away from the 1968 horn tracks, like Going Back To Memphis, and the country fried Corine,Corina. It just doesn't sound like he's into the groove,man. Oh well,there's still plenty o music for everyone here whatever your thing is.
Disc 7: 1. Elevate Me Mama 2.So Glad I'm Living 3.My Love Strikes Like Lightning 4.Early In The Morning 5.One More Mile 6. 12.Highway 7.You Don't Have To Go 8.Things I Used To Do 9.Wee Wee Baby 10.Sitting And Thinking 11.Clouds In My Heart 12.Got My Mojo Working 13.She's 19 Years Old 14.My Home Is the Delta 15.Long Distance 16.My Captain 17.Good Morning Little Schoolgirl 18.You Gonna Need My Help 19.Cold Weather Blues 20.Big Leg Woman 21.Country Boy 22.Feel Like Going Home
Disc 8: 1.The Same Thing 2.You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had 3.My John The Conquer Root 4.Short Dress Woman 5.Put Me In Your Lay Away 6.My Dog Can't Bark 7.I Got A Rich Man's Woman 8.Making Friends 9.Betty And Dupree 10.Trouble 11.Black Night 12.Trouble In Mind 13.Take My Advice 14.Hard Loser 15.Going Back To Memphis 16.Piney Brown Blues 17.Sweet Little Angel 18.Corine,Corina 19.It's All Over 20.County Jail 21.Two Steps Forward 22.Blind Man 23.Find Yourself Another Fool 24.Kinfolk's Blues 25.Birdnest On The Ground 26.When The Eagle Flies Muddy Waters 7
Discs five and six,coming at ya! Even if you're not in the mood for Muddy's blues,make sure you listen to this series. Otherwise,you are shortchanging your bad self,and you're missing out on great music. Disc 5: 1. Lonesome Road Blues 2. Moppers Blues 3. Take The Bitter With The Sweet 4. She's Into Something 5. Southbound Train 6. Just A Dream 7. I Feel So Good 8. Hey Hey 9. Love Affair 10. Recipe For Love 11. Baby I Done Got Wise 12. Tell Me Baby 13. When I Get To Thinking 14. Double Trouble 15. Woman Wanted 16. Read Way Back 17. I'm Your Doctor 18. Deep Down In My Heart 19. Tiger In Your Tank 20. Soon Forgotten 21. Meanest Woman 22. I Got My Brand On You Disc 6: (Live tracks 1-9 Incredible sound! Fine playing!) 1. I Got My Brand On You 2. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man 3. Baby,Please Don't Go 4. Soon Forgotten 5. Tiger In Your Tank 6. I Feel So Good 7. Got My Mojo Working 8. Got My Mojo Working Part 2 9. Goodbye Newport Blues 10. Real Love 11. Lonesome Room Blues 12. Messin' With The Man 13. Going Home 14. Down By The Deep Blue Sea 15. Muddy Waters Twist 16. Tough Times 17. You Shook Me 18. You Need Love 19. Little Brown Bird 20. Five Long Years 21. Brown Skin Woman 22. Twenty Four Hours 23. Coming Round The Mountain 24. Let Me Hang Around Muddy Waters 5
Discs 3 & 4 have 22 and 26 tracks and sound better than any other Muddy Waters CD's I have heard so get 'em while you can. A large amount of songs in this series are written by: Muddy, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Bill Broonzy, and Sonny Boy Williamson. I'm going to let the music speak for itself. Disc 3 tracks: 1.Flood 2. My Life Is Ruined 3. She's All Right 4. Sad Sad Day 5. Turn The Lamp Down Low(Baby Please Don't Go) 6. Loving Man 7. Blow Wind Blow 8. Mad Love (I Want You To Love Me) 9. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man 10. She's So Pretty 11. I Just Want To Make Love To You 12. Oh Yeh 13. I'm Ready 14. Smokestack Lightning 15. I Don't Know Why 16. I'm A Natural Born Lover 17. Ooh Wee 18. This Pain 19. Young Fashioned Ways 20. I Want To Be Loved 21. My Eyes(Keep Me In Trouble) 22. Mannish Boy 23. I Got To Find My Baby 24. Sugar Sweet 25. Trouble No More 26. Clouds In My Heart.
Disc 4 tracks: 1. Forty Days And Forty Nights 2. All Aboard 3. Just To Be With You 4. Don't Go No Further 5. Diamonds At Your Feet 6. I Live The Life I Love,I Love The Life I Live 7. Rock Me 8. Look What You Done 9. Got My Mojo Working 10. Good News 11. Evil 12. Come Home Baby,I Wish You Would 13. Let Me Hang Around 14. I Won't Go On 15. She's Got It 16. Born Lover 17. She's 19 Years Old 18. Close To You 19. Walkin' Thru The Park 20. Blues Before Sunrise 21. Mean Mistreater 22. Crawlin' Kingsnake Complete with artwork: back scans, front covers. The titles alone should move you.
You can't have Howlin' Wolf without Muddy Waters, so I'm also going to post this whole series here on this blog.The way things are going, maybe blogger might not last much longer,(no don't freak out,just be wary of it) and if you enjoy music as much as I do, it's best to post the things that matter and mean something to you,so that's why I'm veering off into the blues lately. Plus I like listening to it, and find it more creative than today's latest rehashed shit rock coming over the speakers. I'm certain even the artists today wish they had a shred of this man's talent. And for you people who think I'm living in the past,well,I think it's a better place than right nowsville. This ain't no nostalgia trip,this is real music to bite into. And if you're smart,you're gonna pick this up,listen to it, and see for yourself why I think it's great! So much rock & roll and punk comes from the blues. It's honest and real. It's made by people who didn't take music lessons,and they just kept making music,even though it was not popular or widely accepted. When Motown began churning out big city hits, and more polished records for urban blacks, music made for and made by black people everyone abandoned this form of countrified blues.Even though people in Chicago dug it, the new sound was Motown and guys like Muddy had a rough time getting people to buy his records after that. I'm glad the Stones came along and reminded people where the real blues rock came from. I'm glad that Chuck Berry came along and saved Chess records from going down.Chuck's records were more modern, and easily more marketable to radio,they sold well making Muddy able to still record even though his kind of music was on the way out. Muddy Waters 1
The lasts discs- volumes 6 & 7 contain 18 and 24 more tracks each. Gotta have more Wolf, never can get enough. There's some amazing outtakes, on these last disc. I'm talking about disc 7. There's You Gonna Wreck My Life (Alternate Take), Moaning For My Baby (3-4 takes), I've Been Abused (Takes 5-7) Howlin' For My Darlin' (Takes 1-7), and the best stuff is Mr. Airplane Man (Takes 1-2) The Wolf messes up the lyrics, and the engineer, probably Leonard Chess starts telling him,Ah...Wolf...the airplane flies he doesn't sail...motherfucker"...Clearly Wolf just had done a long session, and maybe screwed up a line... usually they recorded long ass sessions, to get the feeling right. All recorded live, why bother adding anything,it's warts and all,and beautiful the way it is. The music,it's spine tingling, it's ferocious, how do you top this? I love the howls, and falsetto echoing howls.This is a cool series of discs and I'm glad I could share them with you. I'm not sure what I'm gonna post next, this series of discs has got a hold on my ears. I might start going through more blues discs, and well, I don't know, find another band to obsess about, like usual. Howlin' Wolf 6
Disc 4 & 5 feature 24 and 25 more songs to wet your whistle. Some of the best songs Willie Dixon ever wrote are on disc 5. And disc 4 is mostly Chester Burnett or Howlin' Wolf's written songs. How can you compare? You can't compare "I Asked For Water" to "Down In The Bottom", they're both equally great. One particular song was written by both Burnett and Dixon and that is "Howlin' For My Darling". Again, they are all strong songs, even the ones,that aren't blues ready classics are still better than many other blues artists best works. Maybe it's the delivery, and the emotional content. You bet it is. Sam Phillips "When I heard Howlin' Wolf, I said,This is for me. This is where the soul of a man never dies!" Then Wolf came over to the studio...he was six foot six, with the biggest feet I've ever seen...He would sit there with two feet planted wide apart,playing nothing but the French harp, and I tell you, the greatest show you could see to this day would be Chester Burnett in my studio". The first session at Sun Records was held on May 14th or in July of 1951,with the Wolf, Willie Johnson, and Willie Steele (Ike Turner added his energetic style on piano on "How Many More Years") There was no attempt to tone down the powerful sound of the band,indeed the first results encapsulate the Wolf's sound: the eerie moans and howls,the rasping and menacing voice,the consistent lyrical theme of being cheated and abused,all fueled by aggressive harp and guitar playing. The results were new,exciting and immediate. I give you, both discs 4 and 5, it's the mostest daddy-o. Howlin' Wolf 4
Discs 2 and 3 have 21 and 20 tracks each, and MANY songs you never heard before. A lot of tracks are alternate takes,and many songs are never played on the radio-EVER! So there's a wealth of music that is begging to be loved by you. My favorite song must be Forty-Four. I'm not really so sure what the song means,but it lumbers along,and I think he's singing about carrying a gun,to do some harm. He wears this gun so long,it made his shoulder sore. I think that's what he's singing, but I guess the lyrics don't mean that much for me,I like the melody and the stomping and the piano,which takes an active role in this song. It's menacing. I also like the Wolf's fine fine harmonica playing. I like the guitar, I like the stomp.I like the drumming. Nobody plays this song on the radio?! What's wrong with you? I'm guessing if some opened minded blues DJ played it, listeners would call and ask about this song,and love it. If you love this band, and Howlin' Wolf's music, I urge you to read a book called Moaning At Midnight-The Life And Times Of Howlin' Wolf By James Segrest & Mark Hoffman. It's a complete biography of an amazing guy. It's a fantastic book. From the Introduction: "He was one of a kind.Nobody I heard before him or after him had that fantastic delivery-that certain something in his voice that seemed like a sword that'd pierce your soul when he'd sing. Wolf was already a great singer and musician when I first met him. To my mind, he's one of the greatest ever.We'll never see another like him." -B.B. King Go ahead and pierce your soul here. Howlin' Wolf 2
Howlin' Wolf born Chester Burnett June 10,1910 - January 10th,1976. He's one of my favorite musicians,and singers,ever! This is from the series on Charly Records, and is very hard to find, and worth tracking down, simply because it's so full of music, it's hypnotizing, it's emotional,it's the greatest blues recordings,made from an amazing man. I'm not the only person who feels this way...So recollected Robert Palmer on seeing Howlin' wolf perform in 1965,but that was only the beginning: "The signal to finish (the show)led to a grand finale of Wolf feigning an exit,and suddenly making a flying leap for the curtain at the side of the stage. Holding the microphone under his beefy right arm and singing into it all the while,he began climbing up the curtain,until he was perched far above the stage,the thick curtain threatening to rip...then he loosened his grip ...slid right back down...hit the stage,cut off the tune,and stalked away,to the most ecstatic cheers of the evening. He was 55 years old". I wish I could have seen that!!! As if the singing and playing didn't slay you, the climbing the curtain surely made you shit your pants, what a showman! Well, while you listen to this disc,please think of that image.This is a powerful performer, and they don't make 'em like this anymore. Howlin' Wolf 1
The final three discs to this set. I wasn't trying to keep it from the fans, just busy doing other musical things. Trust me, I'd never keep you from Chuck Berry,he's just too cool! Well, the last remaining discs here have 14 tracks,16 and 24 per disc, and are just as important of any of the other discs! Now, you are a hipster. Don't forget Chuck inspired The Beatles, The Stones, and The Beach Boys, and untold thousands more musicians, and then all of the non musicians who are just fans! He's in a class all by himself! Chuck 7
Discs Five & Six today, with 25 and 27 tracks each. Still a couple of cool hits and a lot less known tracks from the 1950's, and some from the early 60's to mid 60's.This is perhaps the more less known music: My Mustang Ford, Merrily We Rock & Roll, She Once Was Mine, Ain't That Just Like A Woman, Lonely School Days, I'm A Rocker, No Particular Place To Go, Chuck's Beat, I Want To Be Your Driver, and it's strong as ever with that Chuck Berry patented riff all throughout. It's also some excitable, happy music, the song Butterscotch is a serious guitar workout,instrumental not to be missed. A lot of these 60's tracks have the same themes in them from the vintage 50's Chuck, but they never seem to sound too dated. After It Over is a slow blues instrumental number that really shows his guitar playing off. Everyday We Rock & Roll is yet another guitar riff-fest. Chuck 5