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Chitlin Circuit, The
Chitlin Circuit, The
by Preston Lauterbach
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 17.87
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book On The Chitlin' Circuit And The Origins Of Rock n' Roll, Aug. 19 2014
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This is a really good book on the history of the "Chitlin' Circuit," a collection of nightclubs throughout the south eastern and south central United States which featured African-American musicians and which, as the title suggests, played a major role in the development of rock n' roll.

It's a really interesting book. The author writes well and his research is very good.

If you're interested in the history and origins of modern American music, this book is a very worthwhile read.

Boat That Carries Us
Boat That Carries Us
Price: CDN$ 13.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Album From A Songwriter Who's Not Well Known But Should Be, Aug. 14 2014
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I had never heard of Peter Himmelman until I came recently across an online music video of his song Maximum Restraint, a pro-Israel, anti-Hamas song. I really liked that song so I checked Peter Himmelman on Amazon and came across this album.

I found a few sample tracks from this album (Green Mexican Dreams and 33K Feet) online (on the American Songwriter website) and I liked them, so I decided to give the album a try.

It turned out to be a really good album - 13 tracks, all of which I liked. Good music, intelligent lyrics, good production and great playing. Backing musicians include some familiar names: Jim Keltner on drums and Lee Sklar on bass. You'll find their names on many album credits.

It also turns out Peter Himmelman is Bob Dylan's son-in-law. If you like Bob Dylan, good chance you'll like Peter Himmelman's music.

Overall, a really good album. After hearing this I'll be checking out more of Peter Himmelman's work. This guy is hardly a household name, but his music is worthy of more recognition than he seems to have attained. This CD is well worth a listen. Check out the two sample tracks from this album on

Unfortunately, this album does not contain the song Maximum Restraint. Maybe it will be on his next CD.

Preachin' the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House
Preachin' the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House
by Daniel E. Beaumont
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 17.52
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Biography Of Son House, Aug. 11 2014
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Son House was an important figure in Delta blues history and this is a very good biography of Son House, along with the history of his times and his place in blues history.

If you're interested in American music history, this is a worthwhile and informative read.

B.B. King: Original Greatest Hits
B.B. King: Original Greatest Hits
Price: CDN$ 26.32
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 2CD Collection Of Early B.B. King, Circa 1953-1960, Aug. 11 2014
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I was a bit leery of this album when I first saw it listed. I was afraid is might be a collection of out takes or second rate material.

But I'm a B.B. KIng fan so I decided to check it out anyway and I was pleasantly surprised when I first played it.

This is a two CD set of early B.B. KIng material, most of it recorded between 1953 and 1960 but with a few earlier recordings from 1949-50 included. It's all first rate material and the sound is good for 1950s recordings. In the 1950s, B.B. KIng was certainly ahead of his time and these recordings all stand the test of time.

If you are a B.B. King fan or a general blues fan, this album is worth your attention. I have no problem recommending this one.

Collection 1945-55
Collection 1945-55
Price: CDN$ 19.12
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ever Wonder Where Aerosmith Got The Tune "Big Ten Inch"? Hint: The Original Is On This 2 CD Collection, Aug. 7 2014
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Bull Moose Jackson isn't well known today but he should be better known than he is. He was a very popular musician during his heyday.

You may have heard a Bull Moose Jackson number without knowing it. Aerosmith covered Jackson's "Big Ten Inch" on their 1970s album Toys In The Attic. Jackson's original version of Big Ten Inch is included in this set.

This is a 2CD collection of Bull Moose Jackson material from 1945-1955. It's all great stuff.

As a rough comparison, Jackson's music is similar to Louis Jordan's material from the same period. Listen to this album and you can hear the influence Bull Moose Jackson had on later musicians.

Bottom line: Bull Moose Jackson was one of the great players from this period. He should be known today than he is but such is the way of things with artists, musicians and writers. If you like musicians like Louis Jordan, you'll like this album.

The sound on this collection is very good for material from this era. The liner notes are decent. Overall, a worthwhile purchase.

Overall, a very worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in the development of R&B or 1950s rock n' roll, and/or anyone who likes the music of this period.

Chasin' That Devil Music - Searching for the Blues
Chasin' That Devil Music - Searching for the Blues
by Gayle Dean Wardlow
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile Collection Of Articles On Delta Blues History, Aug. 2 2014
Gayle Dean Wardlow is one of the leading researchers into the history of Delta blues. He started researching the blues in the early 1960s as a college thesis, going so far as to get a job as an exterminator in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s as a way of gaining entry into African-American neighbourhods (Wardlow is white) t pursue to his research and to seek out copies of old 78s of forgotten blues artists.

Wardlow's later research included uncovering Robert Johnson's death certificate In Leflore County, Mississippi.

This book consists of a number of articles (some previously published in other journals and magazines, others first published in this book) on a number of Delta blues artists, promoters, talent scouts and general music history. It's all interesting and worthwhile material.

If you're interested in Delta blues history, anything by Gayle Dean Wardlow is worth reading and this book is no exception. I have no problem recommending this book to any Delta blues fan.

But be sure to buy a new copy rather than a used copy. The new version includes a CD with some 120s and 130s blues songs and some interesting interviews. The CD is worth having but it's typically not found with used copies since previous owners retain the CD when they sell the book.

The Later Years 1939-1947
The Later Years 1939-1947
Price: CDN$ 30.85
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 4 CD Collection Of Sonny Boy Williamson (the first one) Recordings Between 1939-1947, July 27 2014
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Many novice blues fans are confused by the fact that there were two Sonny Boy Williamsons in blues history, both of whom were active during the 1930s and 1940s and both of whom were harp players. The second Sonny Boy Williamson (Sonny Boy Williamson II, original name Aleck "Rice" Miller) is the better known of the two. Sonny Boy II was the one featured on the original King Bisquit Time radio show from Helena, Arkansas in the early 1940s, who went on to record with Chess Records in Chicago and who later toured Europe and played with early 1960s British bands like the Yardbirds. Sonny Boy II ded in Helena, Arkansas in 1965. But Sonny Boy Williamson II didn't start recording until the early 1950s, well after these recordings were made.

This is the original Sonny Boy Williamson, whose name was later appropriated by Sonny Boy Williamson II. This 4 CD set features original sides with Sonny Boy Williamson recording as a frontman as well as sides by Yank Rachell and Big Joe Williams with Sonny Boy Williamson backing them on harp, all recorded between 1939 and 1947.

Other musicians backing Sonny Boy Williamson on this CD include Big Bill Broonzy, Willie Dixon, Washboard Sam, Big Maceo and Tampa Red.

The entire 4 CD collection is 104 tracks of first rate 1940s blues. If you're a Delta blues fan, this one is well worth adding to your collection. It's on the British label JSP Records, which typically puts out comprehensive collections of well re-mastered classic blues. This one is up to JSP's usual standard.

Highly recommended for Delta Blues fans.

W.C. Handy's Memphis Blues Band
W.C. Handy's Memphis Blues Band
Price: CDN$ 16.92
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4.0 out of 5 stars Treat This As An Historically Interesting CD For Fans of Music History And W.C. Handy, July 22 2014
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These are early recordings (circa 1917-1918) of W.C. Handy's band.

It's all interesting material but treat it as being of an historic interest for W.C. Handy fans

The sound quality is decent for material from that era, but there's a lot of surface and background noise reproduced.

Overall, some historically interesting W.C. Handy material.

You Cant Hurry God
You Cant Hurry God
Price: CDN$ 13.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Recording Of Contemporary Southern Christian Gospel Music By A Minister With A Solid Blues Pedigree, July 22 2014
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Reverend John Wilkins is the son of Reverend Robert Wilkins, who recorded some classic blues tunes in Memphis between 1928 and 1935. One of Reverend Robert Wilkins' recordings, That's No Way To get Along, was covered by the Rolling Stones on the 1968 album Beggars Banquet under the title Prodigal Son. The Reverend John Wilkins has inherited his father's musical talents.

He is currently the Pastor of Hunters Chapel Church, east of Como, Mississippi. A friend and I attended a Sunday service at Hunters Chapel during a recent trip to Mississippi. The Reverend Wilkins and his congregation extended us a warm welcome and conducted a service with a very interesting and thought provoking sermon accompanied by first rate Gospel music.

On this CD the Reverend Wilkins performs nine tunes, ranging from Gospel numbers backed by a choir (I Want You To Help Me and On The Battlefield) to covers of his father's Prodigal Son (originally titled That's No Way To Get Along before his father re-wrote the lyric and changed the title) and Mississippi Fred McDowell's You Got To Move performed by Reverend Wilkins on guitar and vocal.

Mississippi Fred McDowell was also a resident of Como, Mississippi; his song, You Got To Move, was also covered by the Rolling Stones on their 1971 album, Sticky Fingers.

Overall, a very good album of Southern Christian music which should also be of interest to secular minded blues fans.

Amazon's webpage for this CD does not included a set list, so here it is:

1./ You Can't Hurry God
2./ Jesus Will Fix It
3./ Sinner's Prayer
4./ Let The Redeemed Say So
5./ Prodigal Son (a cover of his father's composition, originally titled That's No way To Get Along, that was also covered by the Rolling Stones)
6./ You Got To Move (a cover of Mississippi Fred McDowell's song that was also covered by the Rolling Stones)
7./ I Want You To Help Me
8./ Thank You Sir
9./ On The Battlefield

Moon Is Rising
Moon Is Rising
Price: CDN$ 19.17
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Collection Of Earl Hooker Studio and Live Material From 1968 and 1969, July 19 2014
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This is a really good album of Earl Hooker material, some studio, some live, recorded in 1968 and 1969.

It's just under 79 minutes total playing time, the recorded sound is good and the music is excellent.

Earl Hooker (1930-1970) is not as well known today as his talents deserved but he was a first rate blues guitarist who was recognized as such among blues musicians of his day.

If you already know about Earl Hooker, this CD would be a very worthwhile addition to your collection. For those blues fans not familiar with Earl Hooker, this CD would be a good introduction.

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