Various – Devil’s Jump – Important Indie Label Blues 1946-1957 – 4CD
This superb compilation includes no less than 20 previously unreleased tracks-all from the collection of world renowned compiler Neil Slaven.
With artists including Memphis Slim, Eddie Kirkland, Smokey Hogg, John Lee Hooker and Country Paul it is obvious we are in deep blues territory. With 20 previously unreleased tracks and much rare and previously non re-released material this will be a 'must' for both hard core collectors and more general buyers.
This latest and seriously impressive JSP box set focuses on the blues and R&B recordings of King Records, and for a brief period a sister label Queen, as conceived and run by Syd Nathan in Cincinnati. King started in the 1940s as a label intended to record and sell white hillbilly acts but Nathan quickly moved into black blues and R&B, particularly when he found it possible to quickly grow the label's roster and reach by buying up masters from other labels and contracts of other artists. While operating out of Cincinnati therefore, operations were necessarily flexible in terms of where artists were based, where they were recorded and the amount of control and scheduling Nathan had over the careers of artists signed to King.
This set presents many of the best recordings released by King, including 20 previously unreleased sides. The star turn of the recordings available to compiler Neil Slaven is clearly John Lee Hooker whose own titles for the label were recorded in the back room of Battle's Hasting Street record store in Detroit, and caught him early in his career when he was still seriously scary - driven, manic, committed and hungry. If you only know John Lee Hooker from his later years, 12 of the 100 tracks in this set are his and well worth your attention.
Other excellent rough and ragged amplified country blues sides come from other known quantities such as Smokey Hogg and Eddie Kirkland while Memphis Slim, Jimmie Gordon and Lee Brown represent a slightly more urban approach. Despite the problems with, and gaps in, the discographical detail available to Neil Slaven, the other ‘lesser known' artists come across surprisingly well; I was particularly taken with the tracks by Robert
Henry, with his effective but eccentric singing, but the notes say 'No such problem with Robert Henry - because he's a biographical zero. He was recorded in Cincinnati and could have come from anywhere'.
Still, no matter, it's the music that counts not the finer detail of who these guys are, or were. And when it comes to the music, this is another winner from JSP-just like all the others!
Lee Brown: 1. Horse Shooe Boogie - 2:57 2. Ruby Moore Blues - 2:58 Memphis Slim: 3. Little Mary - 3:11 4. Cheatin' Around - 2:53 Jimmie Gordon & His Bip Bop Band: 5. Rock That Boogie - 2:42 6. Fast Life - 2:57 Detroit Count: 7. Hastings Street Opera, Pt. 1 - 2:59 8. Hastings Street Opera, Pt. 2 - 3:23 John Lee Hooker: 9. Stomp Boogie - 3:11 10. Who's Been Jiving You - 3:10 Robert Richard: 11. Wig Wearin' Woman - 3:26 12. New York Central - 2:55 John Lee Hooker: 13. Black Man Blues - 3:34 14. Poor Joe - 3:01 Baby Boy Warren: 15. Forgive Me Darling - 2:36 16. Please Don't Think I'm Nosey - 2:33 Country Paul: 17. Since I Seen Your Smiling Face - 2:50 18. Your Picture Done Faded - 2:47 John Lee: 19. Blinds Blues - 2:23 20. Slappin' the Boogie - 2:15 Smokey Hogg: 21. Keep a-Walkin [Take 1] - 2:32 22. Keep a-Walkin [Take 2] - 2:31 23. Your Little Wagon - 2:34 Eddie Kirkland: 24. Mistreated Woman [Take 1] - 1:51 25. Mistreated Woman [Take 2] - 2:35
Jimmie Gordon & His Bip Bop Band: 1. Mistreated Blues - 2:33 2. I Ain't Like That No More - 2:49 Lee Brown: 3. New Little Girl, Little Girl - 2:39 John Lee Hooker: 4. Nightmare Blues - 2:53 5. Late Last Night - 3:03 Memphis Slim: 6. Lend Me Your Love - 2:59 7. Pacemaker Boogie - 2:47 John Lee Hooker: 8. Wandering Blues - 3:19 9. Don't Go Baby - 3:12 Memphis Slim: 10. Slim's Boogie - 2:42 11. A Letter Home - 2:36 Country Paul: 12. Ain't It Sad - 2:52 13. One More Time - 2:25 John Lee: 14. Down at the Depot - 3:22 15. Alabama Boogie - 2:52 Smokey Hogg: 16. Penny Pinchin' Mama - 2:38 17. Do It No More - 2:18 Ralph Willis: 18. Gonna Hop on Down the Line - 2:21 19. Do Right - 2:25 Robert Henry: 20. Something's Wrong with My Little Machine - 2:53 21. Old Battle Ax - 2:27 Eddie Burns: 22. Hello Miss Jessie Lee - 3:09 23. Dealing with the Devil - 2:57 Eddie Kirkland: 24. No Shoes [Take 1] - 2:48 25. No Shoes [Take 2] - 2:41
Lee Brown: 1. Low Land Blues - 2:51 2. Round the World Boogie - 2:56 Jimmie Gordon: 3. My Baby's Acting Funny - 2:45 4. It's My Time to Go - 2:44 John Lee Hooker: 5. Devil's Jump - 2:53 6. I'm Gonna Kill That Woman - 3:06 Walter Mitchell: 7. Stop Messing Around - 3:13 8. Pet Milk Blues - 3:46 John Lee Hooker: 9. Moaning Blues - 3:02 10. The Numbers - 3:12 Robert Richard: 11. Root Hog - 3:12 Smokey Hogg: 12. Gone Gone Gone - 2:14 13. Baby' Don't Leave - 2:20 Memphis Slim: 14. (Sometimes I Feel Like A) Motherless Child - 2:54 15. Life Is Like That - 2:55 John Lee: 16. Baby Blues - 3:27 17. In My Father's House - 2:20 Country Paul: 18. Mother Dear Mother - 2:46 19. Side Walk Boogie - 2:58 Robert Henry: 20. Early in the Morning - 2:39 21. Miss Anna B - 2:44 Ralph Willis: 22. Door Bell Blues - 2:31 23. Why'd You Do It - 2:32 Johnny Wright: 24. Boogie Baby - 2:34 25. '54 Blues - 2:22
Jimmie Gordon & His Bip Bop Band: 1. That Woman's a Pearl Diver - 2:53 2. Jumping at the Club Blue Flame - 2:38 Johnny Temple: 3. Chain Gang - 2:51 4. I Believe I'll Go Downtown Again - 2:54 5. Dixie Flyer - 2:51 Memphis Slim: 6. Nobody Loves Me [Alt] - 2:33 7. Midnight Jump - 2:50 Detroit Count: 8. Hastings Street Woogie Man - 3:03 9. Detroit Boogie - 2:38 John Lee Hooker: 10. Heart Trouble Blues - 3:04 11. Slim's Stomp - 3:06 Eddie Kirkland: 12. Please Don't Think I'm Nosey - 2:41 13. Time for Lovin' to Be Done - 2:51 Smokey Hogg: 14. Up and Down - 2:50 15. I Ain't Got Over It Yet - 2:41 Country Paul: 16. I'll Never Walk in Your Door - 2:50 17. Black Cat Trail - 3:05 John Lee Hooker: 18. I Came to See You Baby - 3:10 19. I'm a Boogie Man - 2:18 John Lee Hooker: 20. My Baby Left Me - 2:50 Johnny Wright: 21. I Stayed Down - 3:00 22. I Was in St,. Louis - 3:03 Kid Thomas: 23. Jivin' Mess [Take 1] - 2:38 24. The Spell [Take 3] - 2:09 25. The Wolf Pack [Take 10] - 2:36
1. AllMusic - Al Campbell
JSP's Devil's Jump compiles four CDs with 100 tracks containing a mixture of both rare and classic blues recorded between 1946-1957, on several indie blues labels of the era such as King, Deluxe, Okeh, and Jubilee. Highlighted throughout this set are 20 previously unissued recordings by Jimmie Gordon, Johnny Temple, Smokey Hogg, John Lee Hooker, Kid Thomas, Lee Brown, and Eddie Kirkland. These historic recordings have been remastered, and the majority of this material sounds decent as most JSP sets do. The liner notes are informative, listing personnel, dates, and concise history without going on ad nauseum. Since this is a budget-priced set, it is highly recommended for both the blues novice and collector.
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