CD Atlantic Blues 1949-1970 (CD 1174292),
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Atlantic Blues 1949-1970

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Stick McGhee
    2. Drank Up All the Wine Last Night - Stick McGhee
    3. Razor Ball, The - Barrelhouse Sammy
    4. Last Dime Blues - Barrelhouse Sammy
    5. Mardi Gras in New Orleans - Roy 'Baldhead' Boyd
    6. Hey Now Baby - Professor Longhair
    7. She Walks Right In - Professor Longhair
    8. Tee-Nah-Nah - Harry Van Walls
    9. Let's Do It - Stick McGhee
    10. House Warmin' Boogie - Stick McGhee
    11. Dallas Bebop Blues - Lawyer Houston
    12. In the Army Since 1941 - Soldier Boy Houston
    13. Goodnight Irene - Leadbelly
    14. Vicksburg Blues '51 - Little Brother Montgomery
    15. Talkin' Blues - Little Brother Montgomery
    16. Yancey Special - Jimmy Yancey
    17. Santa Fe Blues - Jimmy Yancey/Mama Yancey
    18. Monkey Woman Blues - Jimmy Yancey/Mama Yancey
    19. Worried Life Blues - Ray Charles
    20. All Night Lover Blues - Jimmy Lewis
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Jump, Everybody, Jump - Joe Morris Blues Cavalcade
    2. Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere - Joe Morris Blues Cavalcade
    3. I'm So Good to You (Pretty Baby) - Jimmy Lewis
    4. Rock Me Daddy - Joe Morris Blues Cavalcade
    5. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! - Joe Morris Blues Cavalcade
    6. Chains of Love - Joe Turner
    7. Bump Miss Susie - Joe Turner
    8. Let's Get Together and Make Some Love - Jimmy Lewis
    9. Every Time - Lillian "Lil" Green
    10. I've Got That Feeling - Lillian "Lil" Green
    11. Sweet Sixteen - Joe Turner
    12. Alarm Clock Boogie - Odelle Turner
    13. Messin' Up - Chuck Norris
    14. Losing Hand - Ray Charles
    15. Feeling Sad - Ray Charles
    16. TV Mama - Joe Turner
    17. Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop - Joe Turner
    18. Last Call for Whiskey - Choker Campbell
    19. Tipitina - Professor Longhair
    20. Who's Been Fooling You - Professor Longhair
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Big Foot May - Hal Paige
    2. In the Evening - Joe Turner
    3. Roll Baby Roll - Floyd Dixon
    4. Wait Baby - Little Johnny Jones
    5. Hoy Hoy - Little Johnny Jones
    6. Chicago Blues - Little Johnny Jones
    7. Hey Bartender - Floyd Dixon
    8. When I Get Lucky - Floyd Dixon
    9. Floyd's Blues - Floyd Dixon
    10. Papa Ain't Salty - T-Bone Walker
    11. Play on Little Girl - T-Bone Walker
    12. T-Bone Blues Special - T-Bone Walker
    13. Roll 'Em Pete - Joe Turner
    14. Piney Brown Blues - Joe Turner
    15. Down Through the Years - Guitar Slim
    16. It's Too Late - Chuck Willis
    17. Ain't Nobody's Business - Jimmy Witherspoon
    18. How Long Blues - Jimmy Witherspoon
    19. T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker
    20. Call It Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker
    0. DISC 4:
    1. After the Lights Go Down Low - Al Hibbler
    2. Empty Bed Blues - LaVern Baker
    3. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - LaVern Baker
    4. Preaching the Blues - LaVern Baker
    5. Nasty Boogie - Champion Jack Dupree
    6. Junker's Blues - Champion Jack Dupree
    7. Along About Midnight - Guitar Slim
    8. My Time Is Expensive - Guitar Slim
    9. Trouble in Mind - Jimmy Ricks
    10. Romance in the Dark - Jimmy Ricks
    11. Two Years of Torture - Ray Charles
    12. I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright - Esther Phillips
    13. Confessin' the Blues - Esther Phillips
    14. Cherry Red - Esther Phillips
    15. Going Down Slow - Aretha Franklin
    16. Today I Sing the Blues - Aretha Franklin
    17. River's Invitation - Aretha Franklin
    18. Play It Cool - Freddie King
    19. I Don't Know - Freddie King
    20. My Love for You Will Never Die - Otis Rush
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 777372

  • Credits

    This limited-edition (3000 copies) box screams old school. From its album sized packaging to the sepia toned photos, rare poster reproductions and pictures of the artists, the four-disc anthology is geared towards collectors with an eye to the past. The first of three sets (soul and vocal groups are the other two genres covered) celebrating Atlantic's 60th anniversary in 2007 is an 80-track trawl through blues rarities, obscurities and a few ringers that helped put the label on the map. Logically kicking off with the label's first hit, Sticks McGhee's "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" from 1949, the selection digs way under the radar to unearth seldom heard but rollicking sides from Barrelhouse Sammy, Harry Van Walls, Soldier Boy Houston and Jimmy "Baby Face" Lewis, and that's just disc one. Some usual suspects such as Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles and LaVern Baker also appear as the discs unfold, yet the mysterious absence of anything from the mega popular Ruth Brown is unexplained. Notes from compilation producer Billy Vera explore the artist's backgrounds, but the lack of specific track personnel on a historical set of this nature is somewhat problematic. Atlantic blues rockers such as Cream and Led Zeppelin, whose early releases would fit within the titular time span, are rightly ignored in deference to more traditional artists Freddie King and Otis Rush, despite the guitarist's releases having a minimal impact on their already established careers. Aretha Franklin, best known for her legendary soul recorded for Atlantic, also appears late in disc four with three terrific blues numbers from the late '60s. Even with such rootsy names as Leadbelly and Guitar Slim, the set veers towards the jump blues that proved so profitable to the fledgling label early on. While it's surely not meant for newcomers, this is a well compiled and produced set of important and often rousing music that aficionados of '40s and '50s blues will relish. ~ Hal Horowitz

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