CD The Beale Street Sheiks (CD 1154197), Audio Other
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The Beale Street Sheiks

  • 1. You Shall
    2. It's a Good Thing
    3. Sweet to Mama
    4. Half Cup of Tea
    5. Beale Town Bound
    6. Last Go Round
    7. Jazzin' the Blues
    8. You Shall
    9. It's a Good Thing
    10. Mr. Crump Don't Like It
    11. Chicken You Can Roost Behind the Moon
    12. Blues in "D"
    13. Ain't Goin' to Do Like I Used to Do
    14. Hunting Blues
    15. Rockin' on the Hill Blues
    16. Fillin' in Blues, Pt. 1
    17. Fillin' in Blues, Pt. 1 - 2
    18. Wasn't That Doggin' Me
    19. Jumpin' on the Hill
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5012

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Parth

    Stokes & Sane are also known as The Beale Street Sheiks.
    Personnel: Frank Stokes (vocals, guitar); Dan Sane (guitar).
    Liner Note Author: Chris Frazer Smith.
    Recording information: 08/1927-03/1929.
    Forget the shaky sound and noise on some of the tracks, and the slightly sketchy notes, and the fact that some tracks on this supposedly "complete" collection are missing -- these are Paramount recordings, and we're lucky to have what we do, as good as it does sound. What's here are 19 songs cut by Frank Stokes and Dan Sane between August of 1927 and March of 1929. Included are lyrics on numbers like "You Shall" (in two different versions, either one worth the price of the disc) that constitute historical artifacts, going back to the era of slavery; topical songs like "Mr. Crump Don't Like It," that tell of Memphis's life and death as a blues Mecca; and infectiously catchy pieces like the sly, witty, supposedly anti-prostitution pieces like "It's a Good Thing" (also in two different versions). At their best, which is most of this CD, they had an appeal that transcended the decades -- the interweaving of the two guitars is about as tight as anything in blues, the rhythms are catchy, and the vocal phrasing by Stokes is delicious. ~ Bruce Eder

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