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Blind James Campbell and His Nashville Street Band


  • 1. Have I Stayed Away Too Long?
    2. I'm Crazy About You Baby
    3. Buffalo Gal
    4. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
    5. Moon May Rise in Blood, The
    6. John Henry
    7. Baby Please Don't Go
    8. Jimmy's Blues
    9. Monkey Man Blues
    10. This Little Light of Mine
    11. Detroit Blues
    12. Beauford's Breakdown
    13. Gambling Man
    14. Sittin' Here Drinking
    15. Jam Piece (George's Boogie) - (previously unreleased)
    16. I Never Had Nothing - (previously unreleased)
    17. Do You Remember (Theme Song) - (previously unreleased)
    18. My Gal Got Evil - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
    19. Beauford's Boogie Woogie - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
    20. When the Saints Go Marching In - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
    21. I Am So Blue When It Rains - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
    22. Pick and Shovel Blues - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
    23. Detroit Jump - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 438

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Strachwitz
    EngineerChris Strachwitz

    & His Nashville Street Band.
    James Campbell's Friendly Five: James Campbell (vocals, guitar); Beauford Clay (fiddle, banjo); Bell Ray (fiddle, guitar, vocals, percussion); George Bell (trumpet); Ralph Robinson (bass horn, tuba).
    Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee between October 25, 1962 and April 14, 1963. Includes liner notes by Chris Strachwitz.
    All songs written by James Campbell.
    Personnel: Blind James Campbell (vocals, guitar); Bell Ray (vocals, guitar, fiddle, tuba); Beauford Clay (banjo, fiddle); George Bell (trumpet); Ralph Robinson (tuba, horns).
    Liner Note Author: Chris Strachwitz.
    Recording information: Nashville, TN (10/25/1962-04/14/1963).
    Photographer: Chris Strachwitz.
    Arranger: Blind James Campbell.
    On their lone release, Blind James Campbell and His Nashville Street Band serve up a singular blend of blues, jazz, old-time, skiffle and jug band music; while their material is traditional, the presentation is anything but, with a tuba taking the place of bass guitar and Campbell's gravelly voice going lower and deeper than either. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (9-10/95, pp.86-87) - "...Campbell's music was meant for entertainment not deep contemplation. The rhythms are strong and well suited for dancing, and both the arrangements and the vocals have a swinging brightness that makes them hard to resist. This roots string band music, some of the best of the post-war era, comes heartily recommended."
    The Fader (magazine) (p.153) - "Their repertoire blended jazz, hillbilly, blues, early R&B and string band music into a high-energy swing that could refocus at a moment's notice."
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