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Something's About To Change
Something's About To Change
Price: CDN$ 24.72
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Robin Trower Album, May 24 2015
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This 2015 release is another first rate Robin Trower album. For those already familiar with Trower, this album is well worth buying.

For those unfamiliar with Robin Trower, he's been around since the 1960s and first came to prominence playing lead guitar for Procul Harum. He embarked on a solo career in the early 1970s with Twice Removed From Yesterday and his best known album, Bridge of Sighs. If you're interested in checking out Trower's 1970s work, start with Bridge of Sighs.

Trower has a distinctive style influenced by blues and Jimi Hendrix and he's stuck to his own style throughout his career.

His last three albums - What Lies Beneath, Playful Heart and this new release - are all worth getting. These three albums are some of the best guitar driven material released in recent years.

This album is 12 tracks with a total playing time of just over 54 minutes.

Beale Street Dynasty: Sex Song And The Struggle For The Soul Of Memphis
Beale Street Dynasty: Sex Song And The Struggle For The Soul Of Memphis
by Preston Lauterbach
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 22.38
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Popular History of Memphis Politics and Race Relations From The Civil War to the 1940s, May 22 2015
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This is a very good popular history book about Memphis politics and race relations from the Civil War until the 1940s.

It focuses primarily of the Crump political machine which ran Memphis and the political and economic relations between the Crump machine and black community leaders like Robert Church and Robert Church Jr.

Overall, a very interesting, well researched and well written book.

Walking With Frankie Lee Sims
Walking With Frankie Lee Sims
Price: CDN$ 25.37
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good CD From A Texas Bluesman Who Should Be Much Better Known Than He Is, May 21 2015
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Frankie Lee Sims is not a well known bluesman but he should be better known than he is. He was a cousin of Lightnin' Hopkins and Johnny Winter featured a Frankie Lee Sims composition - She Likes To Boogie Real Low, a reworking of Louis Jordan's Blue Light Boogie - in his stage show for years.

This CD would be a great introduction to Frankie Lee Sims for anyone not familiar with his music.

It's about 42 minutes playing time and the sound is good.

If you like Texas blues this CD is well worth your attention.

Aristocrat Blues Story
Aristocrat Blues Story
Price: CDN$ 16.75
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not The Full Aristocrat Records Story, But A Good Sampler Of Aristocrat Records Material, May 15 2015
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This review is from: Aristocrat Blues Story (Audio CD)
This is the third of these One Day Records label compilations that I've purchased. The other two were the Duke Records Story and the Okeh Records Story.

This is a good collection of late 1940s-early 1950s recordings from Aristocrat Records, a forerunner of the much better known Chess Records label.

The best known name in the collection is Muddy Waters; four Muddy Waters tracks are included. The next best known names included here would arguably be Robert Nighthawk and Sunnyland Slim; there are four Robert Nighthawk tracks and three Sunnyland Slim tracks. The remaining tracks are from lesser known artists.

Each CD is 18 tracks - so 36 tracks total - with total playing time on each CD around 53 minutes. The sound is good and the selections are good quality blues from the period.

My only complaint is that each CD is only 53 minutes total playing time. A CD holds about 75 minutes of music so there's a fair bit of unused CD capacity which could have been utilized to include some more Aristocrat Records tracks.

But overall, a worthwhile collection of quality late 1940s-early 1950s Chicago blues.

Bononcini: Amore doppio (Serenata a tre)
Bononcini: Amore doppio (Serenata a tre)
Price: CDN$ 30.25
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good CD of Music By A Composer Who Is Not Particularly Well Known, But Should Be, May 11 2015
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Giovanni Bononcini is not a very well known composer. I had not heard of him prior to borrowing a CD of his music from my local public library about 18 months ago.

But I liked that Bononcini CD from my local public library so much that I bought my own copy from Amazon and have gradually bought three more Giovanni Bononcini CDs since then. I've rated the first three with 5 star ratings on Amazon.

This is my fourth Giovanni Bononcini CD and I'm giving it 5 stars as well.

Great music, great performances from vocalists and orchestra and well recorded. If you like Italian vocal music from this period, this Giovanni Bononcini is well worth your attention.

Sun Records 50th Anniversary
Sun Records 50th Anniversary
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection of Sun Records Classics But There Is Room On These Two CDs For More Sun Records Tracks, May 11 2015
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This is a good collection of classic Sun Records tracks, 44 tracks in all, on 2 CDs.

The sound is good and there's some great material here.

I've deducted one star because the full capacity of the CDs have not been used; one CD clocks in at about 59 minutes and the other at about 53 minutes.

CDs were designed to hold about 75 minutes of music so there's some unused capacity on both these 2 CDs which could have been used to include some more great tracks from the Sun Records' catalog.

The music that is included here is great. But the remaining storage capacity of the 2 CDs should have been used to include some more classic Sun Records tracks.

Price: CDN$ 15.37
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Sampler of Okeh Records 1950s Releases, May 9 2015
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This review is from: OKEH STORY (Audio CD)
This is second of these One Day Records collections I've bought. The first was the "Duke Records Story."

Despite the title of this set, this is definitely not the full story of Okeh Records.

Okeh Records was around in the 1920s and carried on through to the 1960s; this 2 CD set is basically a sampler of Okeh Records' 1950s releases.

There are some great tunes on this set, including I Put A Spell On You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (later covered by CCR); Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On by Big Maybelle, who recorded the song in 1955, a full two years before Jerry Lee Lewis first covered it 1957 and many other great tracks.

But having said that, there are some other tracks here that don't stand the test of time. Overall, though, a worthwhile collection of 1950s tracks released on Okeh Records. The sound is good and the full storage capacity has been used on both CDs. At the time I'm writing this, the price is reasonable - about $17.

Specialty Profiles
Specialty Profiles
Price: CDN$ 18.31
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction To Larry Williams, May 8 2015
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Specialty Records was an influential independent label in the 1950s. It released artists like Little Richard and its catalog includes many R&B standards. The label is now owned by Concord Records, which is re-releasing material from Specialty's back catalog. This is one of those re-releases.

Larry Williams was a very popular artist on Specialty Records in the 1950s. He is not as well known today as he deserves to be but that doesn't change the fact that he was quite influential. The Beatles recorded some of his songs on their early 1960s albums, including Dizzy Miss Lizzy and Bad Boy. Williams' Bony Moroney has been covered by many artists, including Johnny Winter.

This 2CD collection consists of 14 Larry Williams tracks on the first CD and a second CD with 10 bonus tracks of Specialty Records' classics.

What's here is great material, the sound is good and the price is reasonable but it doesn't come close to including all of Larry Williams' recordings for Specialty Records. IMHO that's a major limitation. The 14 tracks here clock in at just over 38 minutes total playing time, so there's plenty of room on the CD for more material.

Other, more complete, CDs of Larry Williams Specialty Records recordings (like the Specialty Records Legends CD series from Ace Records) typically have 25+ tracks. But they typically sell for over $25 and are often hard to get. My suggestion to Concord Records is to fill an entire CD with re-mastered Specialty Records' Larry Williams recordings (25 tracks would fit easily on one CD) and keep the price reasonable. I'd buy a more complete, recently re-mastered CD collection of Larry Williams.

The second CD in this set is basically a promotional teaser of 10 Specialty Records tracks from various artists, clocking in at just 26 minutes total playing time. It's great stuff, but it's basically just included as a promotional CD to entice prospective buyers to purchase more CDs of this Specialty Profiles series. It seems to be the same promotional CD in all of the Specialty Profiles releases, so once you've bought one set in the series you're just duplicating the promotional CD in any subsequent purchases.

Overall, the 14 Larry Williams recordings here are great material but they are only a basic selection of his recorded material for Specialty Records. This Specialty Profiles series would be so much better if the full storage capacity of the CD was utilized to include a more complete selection of each artists' work. But this is a good introduction to Larry Williams for anyone not familiar with his music.

The Mojo (1951-1954)
The Mojo (1951-1954)
Offered by Rarewaves-CA
Price: CDN$ 9.44
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile CD Of J.B. Lenoir's Early 1950s Recordings, May 7 2015
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This review is from: The Mojo (1951-1954) (Audio CD)
J.B. Lenoir was a very influential bluesman who never achieved the commercial success his talents deserved.

Despite his work being promoted and covered by bluesmen like Willie Dixon and John Mayall, J.B. Lenoir never received the recognition, acclaim or commercial rewards he deserved.

Born in Mississippi, he moved to Chicago at an early age and first recorded in 1951. This CD contains Lenoir's recordings from 1951-54. In the 1960s Lenoir moved to Europe. He died in 1967.

Some of Lenoir's compositions have become blues standards. Mama Talk To Your Daughter has been covered by many bands. The Mojo became a regular feature of Johnny Winter's stage act under the title Mojo Boogie. The Lenoir originals are both on this CD.

J.B. Lenoir's early 1950s recordings have been hard to get on CD in the past. This CD contains 23 Lenoir tracks from 1951-54. The sound is good for material of that era originally recorded by a small Chicago label, probably on a shoestring budget.

The CD clocks in at just over 67 minutes total playing time.

Overall, this is a very worthwhile collection of 1950s Chicago recordings from a very influential, yet often overlooked, bluesman,

Ten Years Of Hits: Singlles 1951-60 (2CD)
Ten Years Of Hits: Singlles 1951-60 (2CD)
Price: CDN$ 27.40
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Collection Of Big Joe Turner Singles Recorded For Atlantic Records - With Good Sound, May 2 2015
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This is a very good 2CD collection of Big Joe Turner recordings from 1951-1960, recorded during Turner's years with Atlantic Records.

It's on the Jasmine Records label, based in the UK, which has put out a number of very worthwhile compilations over the last few years. I've bought several of Jasmine's releases over the last year or so, including sets by Amos Milburn, Alexis Korner and this one by Big Joe Turner. All the Jasmine releases I've got so far are well done, comprehensive collections with good sound.

Big Joe Turner was one of the great blues singers and this set contains some of his best material, including many classic recordings. But bear in mind that this is just the Atlantic singles; it's not a complete collection of Big Joe Turner's recordings from Atlantic Records.

But this one is still well worth having if you're a blues fan.

I see Amazon's page for this release doesn't have the songs listed, so here they are:

CD1 - Chains of Love, After My Laughter Came Tears, The Chill Is On, Bump Miss Susie (from 1951), Sweet Sixteen, I'll Never Stop Loving You, Don't You Cry, Poor Lover's Blues, Still In Love, Baby I Still Want You (from 1952), Honey Hush, Crawdad Hole, Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop, T.V. Mama (from 1953), Shake Rattle And Roll, You Know I Love You, Well Alright, Married Woman (from 1954), Flip Flop And Fly, Ti-Ri-Lee, Hide And Seek, Midnight Cannonball, Morning Noon And Night, The Chicken And The Hawk (from 1955)

CD2 - Corrine Corrina, Boogie Woogie Country Girl, Lipstick Powder And Paint, Rock A While, Midnight Special Train (from 1956), Red Sails In The Sunset, After A While, Love Roller Coaster, World Of Trouble, I Need A Girl, Trouble In Mind, Teenage Letter, Wee Baby Blues (from 1957, Jump For Joy, Blues In The Night (from 1958), Got You On My Mind, Love On Careless Love, Tomorrow Night, Honey Hush (from 1959), Chains Of Love, My Little Honey Dripper, Sweet Sue, My Reason For Living (from 1960).

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