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1937-1940, Vol. 2
1937-1940, Vol. 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Worthwhile And Cost Effective Way To Get The Best Big Bill Broonzy Recordings From 1937-1940, Oct. 28 2014
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This review is from: 1937-1940, Vol. 2 (Audio CD)
This is a 4 CD set from JSP Records containing 101 Big Bill Broonzy sides recorded between 1937 and 1940. The sound quality is very good for recordings from this era.

From these recordings, it is very obvious why Big Bill Broonzy was considered one of the leading musicians in American blues at the time and is considered one of the greats in blues history. All these recordings stand the test of time and it is easy to see why major musicians like Pete Townshend of The Who consider Big Bill Broonzy one of the major influences on later blues players.

If you're a blues fan, Big Bill Broonzy is one of the major figures in blues history that you need in your music collection. This set is a very cost effective way of getting Broonzy's best recordings from 1937-1940.

Little Labels - Big Sound: Small Record Companies and the Rise of American Music
Little Labels - Big Sound: Small Record Companies and the Rise of American Music
by Rick Kennedy
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Short But Very Informative Book - Should Appeal To Anyone Interested In Music History, Oct. 28 2014
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This is a short (198 pages including index and footnotes) but very informative book about ten small record labels that had a major influence on American popular music.

The labels included here are: Gennett (among others, the first KIng Oliver - Louis Armstrong recordings, Bix Beiderbeck, Hoagy Carmichael, some important Charley Patton and Blind Lemon Jefferson recordings for Paramount Records); Paramount Records (among others, Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Skip James); Dial Records (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and other pioneering bebop jazz musicians); King Records (R&B artists like James Brown, country artists like Granpa Jones and Merle Travis, among others); Duke Records (Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Ace, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Bobby "Blue" Bland, among others); Sun Records (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, among others); Riverside (Cannonball Adderley, Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Thelonius Monk and other major jazz players); Ace Records (Dr. John, Huey "Piano" Smith, Frankie Ford); Monument Records (Roy Orbison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson); Delmark (Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Otis Rush and many others).

The chapters are short but informative. For anyone interested in music history, this is a very good book at a reasonable price (currently about $11).

The Undocumented Mark Steyn
The Undocumented Mark Steyn
by Mark Steyn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.62
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Collection Of Mark Steyn Articles Covering About 20 Years Of Steyn, Oct. 23 2014
I recently heard Mark Steyn on an American talk radio show describing this book as a "greatest hits collection."

That's actually a good way of describing it. The book is a collection of Mark Steyn columns from the 1990s to the present day, arranged by topic. It's all vintage Mark Steyn.

Any Mark Steyn fan - and I'm one - would find this a worthwhile book.

If you're not familiar with Mark Steyn, he's one of the best conservative writers on the scene. If politics interests you, Mark Steyn is a writer you should read regularly. This book would be a great introduction to his work over the last 20 years.

Apart from the fact that it's all great Steyn material, this book is worth buying as a way to support Mark Steyn in defending the lawsuit filed against him by the odious Dr. Michael Mann, who is seeking to shut down the free speech rights of anyone who criticizes or questions Mann's views on global warming or, perhaps more to the point, criticizes or questions Dr. Michael Mann.

Even if I wasn't a long time Mark Steyn fan, I'd have bought the book to support Mark Steyn in defending himself against Dr. Mann's lawsuit.

Return Of The Stuff That Dream
Return Of The Stuff That Dream
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 2 CD Collection Of Blues And Country Recordings From The 1920s and Early 1930s, Oct. 22 2014
This is the second volume in a two volume (so far) series from Yazoo Records. Volume 1 is titled Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

This is another very good collection of 1920s and early 1930s American music, taken from old 78 rpm records. It's pretty evenly divided between blues and country recordings.

This is a 2 CD set and the full storage capacity of each CD (about 75 minutes playing time) has been utilized.

The sound is good for music of that era. I see a few reviewers are complaining about background noise in some of these recordings. I don't see that as a major problem here; there is noise reduction technology readily available but it tends to cut out some of the high frequencies, so using it is frequently a trade off, I have no problem with the sound on this collection; it sounds good for recordings of this era taken from old 78 records. The only criticism I have regarding sound quality is with one track on which the sound of the stylus being placed on the start of the record is audible and has not been edited out. But I can live with that.

One suggestion for Yazoo Records when compiling the next set in this series: keep it restricted to rarities. On this one, Yazoo included recordings by artists like Charlie Patton, Tommy Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson and Furry Lewis which are readily available on CD. Material like Hambone Willie Newbern doing Roll And Tumble Blues (later covered by Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and others as Rolling And Tumbling) is far more obscure and hard to get so keep the next collection focused on these more obscure recordings.

Overall, a worthwhile collection for anyone who likes blues and country music from the 1920s and 1930 or who has an interest in music history.

Bo Carter And The Mississippi
Bo Carter And The Mississippi
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 4 CD Collection Of Bo Carter And The Mississippi Sheiks, Oct. 20 2014
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This is a very good 4 CD set from JSP Records.

It has all the essential Bo Carter recordings, all the best Mississippi Sheiks recordings and some Charlie McCoy tracks.

The sound is good for music from this era and the price is reasonable; this 4 CD set is roughly the same price as some other record companies are charging for a single CD.

If you're looking for Mississippi Sheiks and/or Bo Carter recordings, this one is a good, cost effective choice.

Rockin' This House
Rockin' This House
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good 4 CD Compilation Of Three Leading BLues Piano Players Of The Late 1940s and Early 1950s, Oct. 17 2014
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This is a 4 CD box set from JSP Records featuring 104 tracks of piano based blues recorded in Chicago between 1946 and 1953.

The first two CDs are all material with Memphis Slim as band leader. Memphis Slim is probably not as well known today as he deserves to be, but he one of the leading Chicago blues players of the late 1940s and 1950s. It's all very good material and the sound is quite good.

The third CD is half Memphis Slim and half Roosevelt Sykes. If you're not familiar with Roosevelt Sykes, he was one of the blues piano greats, with a career stretching from the 1920s until his death in early 1980s. The Roosevelt Sykes material here is good, although the sound is not as good as other Roosevelt Sykes recordings from the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The fourth CD is all Eddie Boyd, another leading Chicago based blues piano player of the period. very good material and the sound is good.

Overall, a very worthwhile compilation for anyone interested in blues piano.

I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy
I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy
by Bob Riesman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.63
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Biography Of Big Bill Broonzy, Oct. 16 2014
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This is a very good biography of blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.

It's well researched, well written and informative. It also has a few useful appendices, including a discography of recommended Big Bill Broonzy recordings.

Overall, a worthwhile book if you're interested in blues history in general or Big Bill Broonzy in particular.

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle
Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle
by Dan Senor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.68
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Informative Book About The Factors Responsible For Israel Having Developed A Successful Technology Sector, Oct. 16 2014
This is a very interesting book on Israel's high tech sector, the factors responsible for its success and the reasons Israel has been able to develop a thriving high technology sector while its neighbours have not.

It's an easy read but a very thought provoking and informative one.

This book is well worth reading for anyone interested in economics, business, technology, the Middle East, Israel, the Arab-Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 2 CD Collection of Jimmy Reed Material From The 1950s and 1960s, Oct. 15 2014
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Jimmy Reed was a great, but under rated, R&B musician of the 1950s and 1960s.

He is not as well known today as he should be. Apart from putting out some great R&B, he was a major influence on many later musicians, including Mick Jagger, who tried to emulate JImmy Reed's vocals. Reed also played guitar and harmonica.

This 2 CD set is a very good collection of JImmy Reed material from the 1950s and 1960s. The sound is good and it includes many of Reed's best known recordings.

For any R&B fan not familiar with Jimmy Reed, this 2 CD set would be a great introduction.

V1-45 George Mitchell Collecti
V1-45 George Mitchell Collecti
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sampler of George Mitchell's 1960s Field Recordings In Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Chicago, Oct. 14 2014
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This 7 CD set is a very worthwhile purchase for blues fans. It's basically a sampler of the field recordings made by George Mitchell in Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi. Alabama and Chicago in 1967 and there's some great material here.

For those unfamiliar with George Mitchell, he was a young blues fan in the 1960s who set out to follow in the footsteps of John and Alan Lomax, Sam Charters and a few others who had gone out to make field recordings of musicians. In 1967, Mitchell took the cheapest tape recorder he could find, a Wollensack ($168 with a microphone) and sought out blues musicians willing to record for him.

The results were great. He recorded some known names like Will Shade (who had led the Memphis Jug Band in the 1920s and 30s), Buddy Moss, Houston Stackhouse, Furry Lewis, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Nighthawk (Mitchell made the last known recordings of Robert Nighthawk), Big Joe Williams, Sleepy John Estes, Joe Callicott (who had recorded some classic sides with Garfield Akers at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis in 1930).

Mitchell also discovered some then unknown musicians who became well known in blues circles. Mitchell considered his best discoveries to be Cecil Barfield in Plains, Georgia in 1976 and R.L. Burnside in Holly Springs, Mississippi. But there were other unknown musicians Mitchell discovered and recorded, including Othar Turner, Napolian Strickland and Jesse Mae Hemphill, who now all have commemorative markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail but were unknown before George Mitchell first recorded them in 1967.

Given that Mitchell used inexpensive recording gear, the sound on these tracks is surprisingly good. Treat this 7 CD set as a sampler of George Mitchell's 1960s field recordings. There are a few sample tracks of each artist here. If you find an artist you particularly like on this sampler set, there are more complete single CD recordings of that artist available on Amazon through Fat Possum Records, which releases this George Mitchell material.

Overall, a very worthwhile 7CD set for anyone interested in the blues.

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