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New York City Blue/Rnb (2CD)
New York City Blue/Rnb (2CD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 2 CD Collection of Blues And R&B Recorded In NYC - 1949 to 1954, Jan. 18 2015
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This is a very good 2 CD collection of blues and R&B tracks recorded in New York City between 1949 and 1954.

Some of the performers are familiar names, including Big Joe Turner, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Champion Jack Dupree. Others are names I've never heard of before. But the music is all good quality throughout.

The sound is good. The liner notes are fairly basic but include all the useful information like recording dates, brief biographies of the performers etc.

Overall, a worthwhile collection.

Queen of the Delta Blues, Vol. 2
Queen of the Delta Blues, Vol. 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Collection of Memphis Minnie Recordings From 1937-1953, Jan. 17 2015
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Memphis Minnie is one of the leading names in blues history. She recorded prolifically from 1929 into the early 1950s. Memphis Minnie and Big Bill Broonzy were the two leading figures in Chicago blues in the 1930s and 1940s.

Led Zeppelin covered one of her songs, When The Levee Breaks, on the Led Zeppelin IV album.

This 5 CD set from JSP Records is Volume 2 of a 2 volume set (10 CDs total - 5 CDs in each set) of Memphis Minnie recordings. It features a complete collection (126 tracks) of Memphis Minnie's recordings from 1937-1953.

The re-mastering is good and the sound is good for recordings of this era. Liner notes are decent.

If you're interested in blues history, Memphis Minnie is an artist you should know about. This set and the first volume of these two JSP Records box sets of Memphis Minnie are both worth having.

Candy: On Savoy 1956-59
Candy: On Savoy 1956-59
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Collection From A Singer Who Should Be Better Known Than She Is Today - Recorded Between 1956-59, Jan. 7 2015
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Ce commentaire est de: Candy: On Savoy 1956-59 (Audio CD)
Big Maybelle was a singer who should be far better known than she is today.

I came across her name a few months ago, looked her up on Amazon, listened to some of the mp3 excerpts from her albums on Amazon and took a chance on her music by buying the Okeh Sessions 1952-56 CD.

That turned out to be a really good CD (I've rated it 5 stars on Amazon) so I bought this album as well.

This is also a really good album. The material Savoy Records gave Big Maybelle between 1956-59 ranged from straight up R&B to covers of jazz and older popular songs ("Great American Songbook" material but also including tracks like "I Ain't Got Nobody" which has been covered by artists from Louis Prima to David Lee Roth), as well as several tracks of W.C. Handy covers which were probably intended for an album along the lines of "Big Maybelle Sings W.C. Handy," perhaps to capitalize on the popularity of Louis Armstrong's "Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy", which was released in 1956.

Overall, a really good 2CD collection from a first rate singer who should be better known than she is today. If you like 1950s R&B, Big Maybelle is a singer who is worth your attention. So far, I've bought the Okeh Sessions CD and this one. Both are very good.

There's another Big Maybelle CD called the Rojac Sessions which contains material recorded in the 1960s. I haven't heard that one yet but, based on this one and the Okeh Session, I'll be checking it out in the future.

Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How America's Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century
Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How America's Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century
by Barry Mazor
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book - It's Not A Biography of Jimmie Rodgers; It's An Examination of the Influence of Rodgers' Music, Jan. 7 2015
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This is a very interesting book about the influence Jimmie Rodgers had on American music.

It's not a biography of Jimmie Rodgers, although it does contain a lot of information about his life. Instead, it focuses on Jimmie Rodgers music and the influence that Jimmie Rodgers' music has had on American music, musicians who were Rodgers' contemporaries and on later generations of musicians.

Overall, a very interesting book that would appeal to anyone with an interest in American music history.

War & Postwar Years 3: 1940-1951 by Broonzy, Big Bill Box set, Original recording remastered edition (2007) Audio CD
War & Postwar Years 3: 1940-1951 by Broonzy, Big Bill Box set, Original recording remastered edition (2007) Audio CD
Offered by JnP Store Canada
Price: CDN$ 52.49

5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Collection of Big Bill Broonzy Recordings From 1940-1950., Jan. 3 2015
This 4 CD set of Big Bill Broonzy recordings is Volume 3 of a 3 volume series released by JSP Records. The material on this set was recorded between 1940 and 1950. The other two volumes in the series contain material recorded between 1928-1937 and 1937-1940 respectively.

All three JSP box sets of Big Bill Broonzy are excellent and well worth the price (typically in the $30 range). JSP sets are typically comprehensive, well re-mastered and reasonably priced. This one is currently a bit overpriced ($57.84 on 3 January 2015). I bought it from Amazon for about $25 less a few months ago.

Big Bill Broonzy was one of the leading figures in blues in the 1930s and 1940s. His recordings are excellent and easily stand the test of time. This is a comprehensive collection of his work from 1940-1950. All three JSP sets of Big Bill Broonzy recordings are worth having if you're a blues fan.

But watch for the Canadian price to drop a bit from the current price of just under $58.00

The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia---and How It Died
The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia---and How It Died
by Philip Jenkins
Edition: MP3 CD
Price: CDN$ 30.23
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating History Of The Destruction Of Eastern Christianity - Through "Organized Violence" By Muslims, Jan. 2 2015
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I bought the audio book of this title and liked it so much I've ordered the print version.

Jenkins' basic argument is that there was a thriving Christian presence, and major Christian churches like the Nestorian, Syriac and Jacobite, in the Middle East, a Christian community in India started by the Apostle Thomas, and large Christian communities in places like Sri Lanka, China, Ethiopia, Nubia and modern day Iraq, all dating from the earliest days of Christianity. The Nestorian, Jacobite, Orthodox and Syrian Christian churches once rivalled or surpassed the Roman Catholic Church in authority and influence.

But virtually all of this has disappeared. Jenkins cites the major reason for the disappearance of Eastern Christianity as "organized violence" by Muslims against the Eastern Christian churches and their followers. He backs this up with persuasive evidence.

Jenkins also refutes the claims of writers like Karen Armstrong and Elaine Pagels, who have repeatedly stated that Muslim ruled societies, like Moorish Spain (Andalusia or al-Andalus), were bastions of tolerance for Christians and Jews. Not so, says Jenkins, and provides convincing evidence to support his statements.

The history Jenkins is covering here has been forgotten, ignored or overlooked by western academic historians, with a few notable exceptions like Bat Ye'or. But it's a fascinating - and tragic - history with many lessons for contemporary Western societies in dealing with many current issues, including Islamic immigration to western countries, and relations with Turkey, Iran, Syria, Iraq and other Middle Eastern and Islamic countries.

Jenkins makes a few statements I disagree with. He says, for example, that the Koran does not contain anything which incites violence against Christians, Jews or other religions. I've read the Koran and it certainly does contain some pretty obvious incitements to violence against non-Muslims.

But, overall, this is a very interesting, informative and worthwhile book.

The audiobook version is well done. The author writes well and his style adapts well to narration. The narrator has a good voice and good presentation. The only downside of the audio book is that some of the tracks seem to change in mid-sentence, so there are occasional delays in mid-sentence while the track changes. But that's a fairly minor technical issue which does not detract from the overall quality of the book.

I have a 40 minute commute to and from work and I typically spend the commute time listening to audio books. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I liked the audio book so much that I've ordered the print version as a reference book.

Cool Cool Blues
Cool Cool Blues
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very Good Collection That Should Be Marketed As A Trumpet Records Collection, Rather Than Just A Sonny Boy Williamson Album, Dec 28 2014
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Ce commentaire est de: Cool Cool Blues (Audio CD)
This is being marketed as a Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) album but it would be more accurate to call it a collection of the output of Lillian McMurray's Trumpet Records label of Jackson, Mississippi between 1951-54. Sonny Boy Williamson was the best known artist to record for Trumpet Records.

Trumpet Records was the first label to record blues greats Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) and Elmore James. This collection from JSP Records features the Trumpet Records recordings of Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James and Big Joe Williams, along with lesser known Jackson area musicians like Willie Love, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (best known for Elvis Presley's cover of Crudup's That's All Right Mama), Wally Mercer, Tiny Kennedy, Luther Huff, Bobo Thomas and Jerry McCain. Backing musicians on the sessions include Little Milton before he became a well known artist.

The re-mastering is very good. The sound is also very good, certainly better than some other releases I've heard of Sonny Boy Williamson's Trumpet Records recordings.

Overall, a very worthwhile, reasonably priced way to get the most important recordings from a very small, yet very influential, record label in American music history.

A word about Lillian McMurray. She was a meticulous and honest accountant and always made sure the artists who recorded for her were paid the royalties owed them. Her concern for her artists continued long after Trumpet Records went out of business. When Sonny Boy Williamson died, virtually penniless, in 1965, he was buried in an unmarked grave. Lillian McMurray placed the headstone that currently stands on Sonny Boy Williamson's grave, even though she was under no obligation to do so. This 4 CD collection is also a tribute to Lillian McMurray and her influence on American music.

One of These Mornings
One of These Mornings
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very Interesting Collection Of 1960s J.B. Lenoir Recordings, Dec 23 2014
Ce commentaire est de: One of These Mornings (Audio CD)
J.B. Lenoir (1929-1969) was a bluesman who began recording in Chicago in 1952. Although he was considered a "musicians' musician" Lenoir never achieved the commercial success his talents deserved. Some of his songs, like Mama Talk To Your Daughter, have become blues standards, but unfortunately that did not translate into commercial success or recognition for Lenoir.

J.B. Lenoir's recordings are often hard to get. This CD from JSP Records in the UK contains an interesting collection of J.B. Lenoir recordings. Tracks 1-7 were informally recorded at J.B. Lenoir's home in 1962 by Willie Dixon, who was a fan of Lenoir and who wanted to use these recordings as an audition tape to promote Lenoir in Europe. These tracks have Willie Dixon and Lenoir sitting around talking, with Dixon suggesting Lenoir material for J.B. Lenoir to play for the tape and Lenoir then playing the songs Dixon is suggesting. It's a really relaxed and informal session (at one point, a baby is heard crying in the background) that brought out some great playing from Lenoir.

The rest of the CD (tracks 8-16) is a mixture of studio and live recordings made by J.B. Lenoir in the 1960s. All great stuff, mostly all acoustic.

J.B. Lenoir was one of the great, yet overlooked, blues musicians of the 1950s and 1960s. His recordings can be hard to get. This CD is well worth the attention of blues fans; it features some very interesting 1960s recordings of J.B. Lenoir.

The sound is good and the performances - even the informal ones with Willie Dixon in Lenoir's living room - are first rate.

Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78s 1926-1937 (Jewel Case with 28-page booklet)
Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78s 1926-1937 (Jewel Case with 28-page booklet)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Selection Of 1920s and 1930s Music From Joe Bussard's Collection of Vintage 78s, Dec 23 2014
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For over 50 years, Joe Bussard has been preserving 1920s and 1930s music by collecting old 78 rpm records. He has one of the world's most important collections of old 78s.

This CD features 24 tracks taken from 78s in Joe Bussard's collection, all recorded between 1926-1937. It's all great material, ranging from blues to country to gospel. The digital re-mastering is well done and the sound is very good for analog to digital transfers from 78 rpm records. It includes an informative booklet with recording dates, locations, musician credits and more.

Overall, a very good collection of 1920s and 1930s music.

Apart from getting some great music, this collection is worth buying to support Joe Bussard's efforts in collecting and preserving music from this period. If you support music preservation, consider buying this CD to support Joe Bussard's significant contributions to that effort.

Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left
Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left
by David Horowitz
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Interesting Book On Strategies For Conservatives To Promote Their Ideas, Arguments and Policies, Dec 23 2014
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This is a very interesting book from one of the leading US conservative commentators.

Horowitz outlines a strategy for countering the tactics used by leftists and progressives against conservatives. Leftists, says Horowitz, have mastered the media game while conservatives have not. Leftists argue in slogans that are effective and easily understood; conservatives argue ideas and policy options which aren't easily grasped in sound bites. Leftists demonize conservatives with accusations of racism, sexism and the like; this either shuts down debate or forces conservatives to spend time defending themselves against baseless allegations rather than advancing their arguments and positions. Leftists accuse conservatives of waging a "War on Women", a "War Against the Poor" etc.; these accusations are very effective in defining or shutting down debate and conservatives do nothing to effectively counter such sloganeering.
Leftists, says Horowitz, have mastered the media; conservatives have not, leaving the left controlling the media and media reporting.

Horowitz proposes some simple, yet effective, strategies which conservatives must adopt to get their message across.

Conservatives must use the left's failures against them. As a few examples, Democrats have controlled failing US cities like Detroit for decades; constantly throw their failures back at them, says Horowitz. Democrats have controlled failing public education systems in many US cities for decades; use these obvious failures against them, says Horowitz.

Leftists have mastered the media game, says Horowitz; conservatives have not. Conservatives need to effectively master the media game, and, says Horowitz, it's not too difficult. Conservatives also need to be in the entertainment industry to counter the constant stream of leftist propaganda that passes as entertainment.

Progressives, says Horowitz, control public education and universities and use them to spread their message; conservatives need to counter this.

Horowitz offers simple, effective measures conservatives must take to effectively advance their arguments, policies and political positions. This book is aimed at US conservatives but the message is applicable to conservatives in all western countries.

Overall, a very interesting book with a message that western conservatives should heed.

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