Various – Juke Joints 3 – 4CD
Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim, Jerry McCain, Jimmy Rogers, Smokey Hogg, Eddie Taylor, Johnny Beck, Pete McKinley, Eddie Kirkland, John Lee Hooker, J.D. Edwards, Willie Nix, Dan Pickett, Homesick James, Big Joe Williams, Boogie Bill Webb, Earl Hooker, Luther Stoneham, Lost John Hunter, Big Boy Spires, Country Jim, Pinetop Slim, Jimmy Reed, Leroy Johnson, L.C. Greene, Manny Nicholls, Little Sam Davis & loads more.
Among the JSP box sets, the biggest sellers have been JSP7796 and JSP4213 - the first and second volumes in this sensational series of down home blues as heard in the side-of road juke joints, out-of-the way taverns and other establishments that black Americans frequented in pursuit of entertainment, refreshment and various forms of human companionship.
Now we can all now rejoice as Volume 3 has arrived - a further 104 rough-hewn examples of tough, down-and-dirty (and, almost by definition) great blues and rhythm and blues tracks from the golden age of the late'40s and early ‘50s when blues singers and musicians were grappling with the extra dynamics brought to their sounds by electrification and amplification. For some, this was just a useful tool to make their existing sound louder, for others it offered the opportunity to create a whole different context altogether to play their blues.
The vibrancy and urgency of recordings from these times still excites - from the opening salvo of Slim Harpo's I'm A King Bee right through to an aptly-titled closer, Boogie by Boogie Bill Webb. In between, you get plenty of artists exploring the potential of the new amplified sound (Ludella by Jimmy Rogers, with Muddy and Little Walter beavering away in support, being a prime example), while others - such as the great but lugubrious Lightnin' Slim - were content to stay within the musical tradition they knew, albeit now playing a bit louder.
As with the previous volumes, you get familiar names and classic tracks, interspersed with amazing new finds rarely (or ever) heard before. Having just found out of the recent passing of Jerry McCain, it was great to have here both his stonking harmonica on the instrumental Steady and his original version of She's Tough (if you recall the Fabulous Thunderbirds version of this track on their debut album you will want to hear Jerry's original).
So, its another big thanks to JSP (and compiler Neil Slaven who also contributes entertaining and informative notes) for another magnificent set in a seriously great series. Let's just hope Volume 4 is in the pipeline!
Slim Harpo: 1. I'm a King Bee - 3:05 Hop Wilson: 2. My Woman Has a Black Cat Bone - 2:24 Jerry McCain: 3. Steady - 2:09 Homesick James Williamson: 4. Late Hours at Midnight - 2:21 Jimmy Rogers: 5. Ludella - 1:59 Pete McKinley: 6. Sail on, Little Girl - 2:45 Wright Holmes: 7. Alley Special - 2:56 Boy Green: 8. Play My Juke Box - 2:54 Dan Pickett: 9. Chicago Blues - 3:14 David Wylie: 10. Shackles Round My Body - 2:43 Manny Nicholls: 11. Throw a Little Boogie - 2:50 Country Jim: 12. Dial 110 Blues - 3:13 Arthur "Big Boy" Spires: 13. About to Lose My Mind - 2:32 Honeyboy: 14. You Better Move on Away from Here - 2:12 Pine Top Slim: 15. Applejack Boogie - 2:39 Willie Nix: 16. Seems Like a Million Years [Tk 1] - 2:49 Chicago Sunny Boy: 17. Western Union Man - 3:04 Johnny Williams: 18. Silver Haired Woman - 2:43 Lazy Bill Lucas: 19. She Got Me Walkin' - 3:03 Big Joe Williams: 20. Ride My New Car with Me - 3:18 Earl Hooker: 21. After Hours - 2:49 Little Sammy Davis: 22. 1958 Blues - 2:19 Lightnin' Slim: 23. Bad Feeling Blues [Alt] - 2:54 Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson: 24. Feel So Worried [Tk 2] - 2:23 Smokey Hogg: 25. I Want a Roller - 2:51 John Brim: 26. Gary Stomp - 2:51
Houston Boines: 1. Operator Blues [Tk 3] - 2:33 John Lee Hooker: 2. My Baby Left Me - 2:50 Little Milton: 3. Lookin' for My Baby [Tk 5] - 2:23 Eddie Taylor: 4. I'm Gonna Love You - 1:58 The Sugarman: 5. She's Gone with the Wind - 2:01 Big Joe Williams: 6. Eula Mae - 2:45 Pete McKinley: 7. Ardelle - 2:51 D.C. Washington: 8. Happy Home Blues - 3:04 Slim Harpo: 9. I've Got Love If You Want It - 2:48 Jimmy Rogers: 10. That's All Right - 2:26 Robert Lee Westmoreland: 11. Hello Central, Please Give Me 209 - 2:11 J.D. Edwards: 12. Crying - 2:35 Eddie Kirkland: 13. I'll Move You - 2:40 Hank Kilroy: 14. Awful Shame - 3:07 J.D. Horton: 15. Cadillac Blues - 2:39 Country Jim: 16. Hollywood Boogie - 2:47 Hop Wilson: 17. Chicken Stuff - 2:02 Sunny James: 18. Please Mam Forgive Me - 2:41 Smokey Hogg: 19. You Better Watch That Jive - 2:09 Manny Nicholls: 20. Walking Talking Blues - 2:38 Johnny Beck: 21. Locked in Jail Blues - 2:25 Stick Horse Hammond: 22. Highway 51 - 2:55 Buddy Chiles: 23. Jet Black Woman - 2:27 Lazy Bill Lucas: 24. I Had a Dream - 2:59 Clarence London: 25. Got a Letter This Morning - 2:18 Junior Blackmon: 26. Down South - 2:18
Jerry McCain: 1. She's Tough - 2:28 Willie Nix: 2. Baker Shop Boogie [Tk 1] - 2:27 Leslie Louis: 3. Ridin' Home - 2:20 Country Jim: 4. Sad and Lonely - 2:29 Smokey Hogg: 5. Crawdad - 2:21 Manny Nicholls: 6. No One to Love Me - 2:45 Slim Harpo: 7. Wonderin' and Worryin' - 2:11 Lightnin' Slim: 8. Lightnin' Slim Boogie - 2:40 Boy Green: 9. A & B Blues - 2:55 Homesick James Williamson: 10. Homesick Blues - 3:07 Johnny Williams: 11. Fat Mouth - 2:36 Dan Pickett: 12. Number Writer - 2:09 Big Joe Williams: 13. King's Highway - 2:22 Pine Top Slim: 14. John Henry - 2:54 Earl Hooker: 15. Jammin' - 2:16 Nat Terry: 16. Take It Easy - 3:28 Silver Cooks: 17. Mr. Ticket Agent - 2:37 Arthur "Big Boy" Spires: 18. Which One Do I Love - 2:53 L.C. Greene: 19. Little School Girl - 2:18 Sunny James: 20. Excuse Me Baby - 2:37 Honeyboy: 21. Have You a Match - 2:04 Little Sammy Davis: 22. Goin' to New Orleans - 2:38 Clarence London: 23. Want to Boogie-Woogie - 2:12 Bill "Boogie Bill" Webb: 24. Love Me Mama - 2:41 Leroy Johnson: 25. Log House on the Hill - 2:52 Eddie Taylor: 26. You'll Always Have a Home - 2:32
Jimmy Reed: 1. Jimmie's Boogie - 2:46 Big Joe Williams: 2. Rather Be Sloppy Drunk - 3:24 Houston Boines: 3. G-Man Blues - 2:32 Leroy Johnson: 4. No One to Love Me - 2:41 Lost John Hunter: 5. Y M & V Blues - 3:03 Luther Stoneham: 6. Sittin' Here Wonderin' - 3:36 Slim Harpo: 7. Strange Love - 2:10 Smokey Hogg: 8. Size 4 Shoe - 2:44 Jimmy Rogers: 9. I'm in Love - 2:32 Johnny Beck: 10. You Gotta Lay Down Mama - 2:36 Bill Simpson: 11. Jelly Roll Man - 3:00 J.D. Edwards: 12. Cold in the Evening - 2:54 Buddy Chiles: 13. Mistreated Blues - 2:38 Lazy Bill Lucas: 14. My Baby's Gone - 2:44 Manny Nicholls: 15. Forgive Me - 2:51 Leslie Louis: 16. Don't Do It Again - 2:29 Country Jim: 17. Good Lookin' Woman - 2:30 Clarence London: 18. Goin' Back to Mama - 3:13 Stick Horse Hammond: 19. Truck 'Em on Down - 2:39 Willie Baker: 20. Goin' Back Home Today - 2:47 Pine Bluff Pete: 21. Uncle Sam Blues - 3:08 Hank Kilroy: 22. Harlem Women - 2:42 Pete McKinley: 23. Don't Want Me Blues - 3:03 Hop Wilson: 24. Broke and Hungry - 2:42 Nat Terry: 25. I Don't Know Why - 3:01 Bill "Boogie Bill" Webb: 26. Boogie - 2:36
1. AllMusic - Steve Leggett
Four discs of ragged, rocking blues and R&B that might have blasted from a jukebox in the 1950s South, this generous set features both familiar names and not-so-familiar names, and that's part of the fun of it. From the first track on the first disc, Slim Harpo's classic Excello Records side "I'm a King Bee," Juke Joints roars into life and never lets up. Welcome to Saturday night.
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