Tampa Red & Georgia Tom – Music Making In Chicago 1928 – 1935 – 4CD
Hudson ‘Tampa Red' Whittaker and Thomas 'Georgia Tom' Dorsey were significant contributors to the emergence of Chicago as the focal point for the urbanisation of blues music in the 1930s.
In these years the city was acting as a magnet for significant numbers of black people looking to escape the hardships of the rural life in the south, and inevitably they were looking for Chicago to offer a version of the musical fulfilment they had left behind.
Tampa Red was an early slide guitar pioneer with a gift for writing songs that were more inventive and lyrical than the standard blues compositions of the day. This gift helps explain why he is remembered today not only for his own recordings but also for the blues standards that carry his name - including It Hurts Me Too, Crying Won't Help and Black Angel Blues (the prototype for what became Sweet Little Angel). Georgia Tom was a talented blues pianist who later renounced blues altogether, embraced the church and went on to a considerable gospel career as Thomas A Dorsey.
Reading Neil Slaven's studiously-researched and well-written notes, the two of them must have been a peculiar pair. They seemed to have little in common beyond the shared intelligence to see the emerging opportunities of the move from the country to the city and its impact on the musical tastes and demands of a growing black community in Chicago. Together and separately they achieved commercial success and influence in the evolution of Chicago blues unrivalled at the time.
Many of the sides they created in these years are included here, separately and together and with the involvement of a host of others (most notably singer Frankie Jaxon). Either under their own names or as bands such as The Hokum Boys, Tampa Red's Hokum Jazz Band and The Black Hillbillies, they recorded loads of great blues, hokum and novelty songs that sound just as wonderful today as they must have then. Most notably they were popular for their risqué lyrics and love of a good time - such as the wonderful It's Tight Like That, What Is That Tastes Like Gravy, You Can't Get That Stuff No More, You Rascal You and loads more.
Another superlative set from JSP, a comprehensive 100 tracks guaranteed to entertain from start to finish.
1. Through Train Blues - 2:47 2. Lonesome Man Blues - 3:01 3. Grievin' Me Blues - 2:53 4. It's Tight Like That - 3:04 5. It's Red Hot - - 3:10 6. Too Black Bad - 3:11 7. Good Gordon Gin - 2:51 8. Down the Alley - 3:15 9. Long Ago Blues - 2:50 10. It's Tight Like That - 2:47 11. How Long How Long Blues - 3:14 12. You Can't Come In - 3:06 13. It's Tight Like That, Pt. 2 - 2:42 14. Selling That Stuff - 2:52 15. Beedle Um Bum - 2:49 16. Juicy Lemon Blues - 3:05 17. Chicago Moan Blues - 3:10 18. Strange Woman Blues - 2:35 19. Jelly Whippin' Blues - 3:11 20. Uncle Bud (Dog-Gone Him) - 2:40 21. Train Time Blues - 3:31 22. How Long, How Long Blues - 3:06 23. It's Tight Like That - 2:49 24. Sho' is Hot - 3:13 25. Mess, Katie, Mess - 2:59
1. Boot It Boy - 2:59 2. My Daddy Rocks Me - 3:32 3. Givin' It Away - 3:07 4. What You Gonna Do - 2:54 5. It's So Nice - 3:19 6. Voice of the Blues - 3:02 7. The Duck's Yas-Yas-Yas - 2:55 8. Pat That Bread - 2:40 9. What is That Tastes Like Gravy - 2:50 10. You Better Tighten Up On It - 2:47 11. Prison Bound Blues (Guitar Solo) - 3:29 12. You Got To Reap What You Sow (Guitar Solo) - 3:19 13. I Wonder Where My Easy Rider's Gone - 2:48 14. Come On Mama, Do That Dance - 2:50 15. Friendless Blues - 3:08 16. Pig Meat Papa - 3:00 17. Hear Me Beefin' At You - 2:57 18. Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Here - 3:14 19. Saturday Night Scrontch - 3:15 20. Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Here - 2:56 21. Strewin' Your Mess - 2:51 22. Dying Mercy Blues - 3:10 23. Whiskey Drinkin' Blues - 3:14 24. Doggin' Me Around Blues - 3:07 25. Worried Man Blues - 3:19
1. Tomorrow Blues - 3:01 2. Billie the Grinder - 2:45 3. Blue Moanin' Blues - 2:45 4. Kunjine Baby - 3:07 5. That Stuff You Sell - 2:20 6. Station Time Blues - 3:05 7. Moanin' Heart Blues - 2:51 8. Chicago Moan Blues - 3:18 9. Black Hearted Blues - 3:01 10. But They Got It Fixed Right On - 2:57 11. Corrine Corrina, Pt. 2 - 2:45 12. The Dirty Dozen, Pt. 2 - 3:16 13. I.C. Moan Blues - 3:01 14. Cryin' Shame Blues - 3:07 15. You Rascal You, Pt. 1 - 3:13 16. You Rascal You - 2:56 17. She Can Love So Good - 3:17 18. Bear Cat's Kitten - 2:48 19. Unhappy Blues - 2:56 20. Jealous Hearted Mama Blues - 2:58 21. They Call It Boogie Woogie - 2:29 22. Toogaloo Blues - 2:57 23. Jinx Doctor Blues - 3:07 24. Boogie Woogie Dance - 3:13 25. Bumble Bee Blues - 3:28
1. New Strangers Blues - 3:07 2. Georgia Hound Blues - 3:11 3. Things 'Bout Coming My Way - 3:30 4. Cotton Seed Blues - 2:56 5. Stop and Listen Blues - 2:56 6. Down In Spirit Blues - 2:59 7. Mama Don't Leave Me Here - 3:11 8. Please Mister Blues - 2:56 9. No Matter How She Done It - 3:18 10. Reckless Man Blues - 2:51 11. Don't Leave Me Here - 2:45 12. Dead Cats On the Line - 2:48 13. You Can't Get That Stuff No More - 2:51 14. Things 'Bout Coming My Way, Pt. 2 - 3:14 15. Turpentine Blues - 3:22 16. Western Bound Blues - 3:19 17. I'll Kill Your Soul (and Dare Your Spirit To Move) - 2:58 18. If I Let You Get Away With It (You'll Do It All the Time) - 3:23 19. I'll Find My Way - 3:13 20. You've Got To Do Better - 3:10 21. Kingfish Blues - 3:08 22. That Stuff is Here - 3:23 23. Black Angel Blues - 3:27 24. Things 'Bout Coming My Way - 3:15 25. Denver Blues - 2:56
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