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Mary Jo


  • 1. Mary Jo
    2. Not Any More Tears
    3. Raggedy Ride - (previously unreleased)
    4. Mood Indigo
    5. Perfect Woman
    6. My Great Love Affair
    7. Rug Cutter
    8. Lovin' Man - (previously unreleased)
    9. All Night Long
    10. Never Start Living - (previously unreleased)
    11. Snag the Britches - (previously unreleased)
    12. Please Send Her Back to Me
    13. Night Train
    14. Ella Louise
    15. Stop Boogie Woogie
    16. My Hat's on the Side of My Head
    17. Perfect Woman - (previously unreleased)
    18. Do the Do
    19. Drunken Blues - (previously unreleased)
    20. She Needs to Be Loved
    21. Women, Women - (previously unreleased)
    22. Did You Ever See a Monkey Play a Fiddle
    23. Done Got Over
    24. Don't Lose Your Cool - (previously unreleased)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CD DE 704

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert G. Koester; Scott Dirks
    Engineer

    Four Blazes: Floyd McDaniel, William "Shorty" Hill (vocals, guitar); Tommy Braden (vocals, bass); Paul Lindsley "Jelly" Hold (vocals, drums).
    Additional personnel: Eddie Chamblee (tenor saxophone).
    Recorded between 1952 and 1954. Includes liner notes by Peter Grendysa.
    This is part of Delmark's United Master Series.
    Personnel: The Four Blazes (vocals); Floyd McDaniel, William "Shorty" Hill (vocals, guitar); Paul Linsley "Jelly" Holt (vocals, drums); Tommy Braden (vocals); Eddie Chamblee (tenor saxophone).
    Liner Note Author: Peter Grendysa.
    Recording information: 01/04/1952-04/13/1954.
    Considering the nostalgic significance now given to even the most obscure R&B acts of the '40s and '50s, it's surprising that the Four Blazes remain virtually unknown to modern listeners. Suave, danceable, and impeccably played, many of the songs on Mary Jo are on par with the best records of the day, and the stunning sound quality belies their early-'50s recording date. Lead singer Tommy Braden sounds like a tonier Wynonie Harris, able to perform racy R&B material and sympathetic ballads equally well. The only real argument that can be leveled against the group is that they rarely stray from the sensible bop of the title track, but since their sound owes as much to the Ink Spots as the Dominoes, this only makes sense, and the exotic cadence of "All Night Long" and the later cuts, with their snapping, T-Bone Walker-style lead guitar, manage to break the mold. ~ Jim Smith

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