Blind Boy Fuller, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
JSP's second four-CD box set dedicated to the memory of eastern bluesman Blind Boy Fuller opens with his final recordings. The rest of this portable archive is packed with blues and hokum by individuals who lived and worked in the same eastern seaboard region, actually collaborated with Fuller, or performed in a style comparable to his. This is quite similar to how JSP constructed their Lightnin' Hopkins and Sonny Boy Williamson sets. Fuller, whose given name was Fulton Allen, cut approximately 137 sides during a five-year period beginning in 1935. JSP's preceding volume is the ideal tool for appreciating and understanding this celebrated Piedmont-style blues musician, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
JSP's second four-CD box set dedicated to the memory of eastern bluesman Blind Boy Fuller opens with his final recordings. The rest of this portable archive is packed with blues and hokum by individuals who lived and worked in the same eastern seaboard region, actually collaborated with Fuller, or performed in a style comparable to his. This is quite similar to how JSP constructed their Lightnin' Hopkins and Sonny Boy Williamson sets. Fuller, whose given name was Fulton Allen, cut approximately 137 sides during a five-year period beginning in 1935. JSP's preceding volume is the ideal tool for appreciating and understanding this celebrated Piedmont-style blues musician, whose greatest claim to fame is the ever-popular "Trucking My Blues Away." Volume 2 is a strong sequel, and its 37 Fuller tracks date from 1939 and 1940. Several of the men whose works make up the remainder of the collection may be heard on Fuller's earlier recordings. Blind Gary Davis is believed to have sat in on some of the sessions headed by singer and washboard percussionist Bull City Red, who was christened George Washington and sometimes recorded simply as Oh Red. Like Davis, Red felt compelled to straddle the artificially imposed delineation between sacred and secular by singing both blues and gospel. Thirteen of his records are reproduced here. On six of these, he and two others are identified as Brother George & His Sanctified Singers. The instantly recognizable harmonica player on these and other sides throughout both of JSP's Fuller box sets was none other than Sonny Terry. There are also cameo appearances by Curley Weaver and Washboard Sam. The third disc in the set is mostly devoted to records waxed in Charlotte, North Carolina during the late '30s by three little-known musicians. Cedar Creek Sheik was the performing alias of Philip McCutcheon, who was born in Andrews South Carolina in 1910. His hillbilly-sounding vocals still cause consternation among British music historians who are obsessed with his exact skin pigmentation and ethnic origins. Of the ten sides he cut for Bluebird in Charlotte, North Carolina in June 1936, the real gem is "Buy It from the Poultry Man," which has a vocal chorus consisting of the words "cock for sale." In his informative liner notes, Neil Slaven refers to this amazing little opus as a "single entendre" song. The naughty template for the tune was a staple among barrelhouse entertainers, and within weeks of this recording, Stella Johnson used her own variant on a record of "Hot Nuts Swing" backed by Dorothy Scott's Rhythm Boys (see Document 5327, Blue Ladies 1934-1941). The formula would be revisited years later with a vengeance by the African-American fraternity band Doug Clark & the Hot Nuts. Four sides by singing guitarist Sonny Jones were made in Memphis in mid-July 1939 with Sonny Terry and Oh Red. Jones hailed from Wilson, North Carolina and is believed to have provided backup for Fuller during the same visit to Memphis. The remaining artists heard on this collection include Floyd Council, who was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1911, as well as Willie ("Welly") Trice and his brother Richard "Rich" Trice, who were born in Hillsborough, North Carolina in 1910 and 1917, respectively. Posterity can thank the white men overseeing the recording sessions for Council's nickname "Dipper Boy," as well as the younger Trice's tacked-on moniker "Little Boy Fuller." Additionally, on his December 1937 recordings, Council was billed as "The Devil's Daddy-In-Law" in a record company director's attempt to tap into the Peetie Wheatstraw market. Frank Edwards is believed to have been born in Washington, Georgia in 1909. Recorded in May 1941, his "We Got to Get Together" takes pot shots at Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. This set's concluding sides, cut for the Regal label in Linden, New Jersey during August 1949, are performed by one Dennis McMillon. His best tune, "I'm a Paper Wooden Daddy," seems to trace directly back to Blind Boy Fuller's first recording, "I'm a Rattlesnakin' Daddy."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2006
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065777227
  • Catalog Number: 7772
  • Sales rank: 184,284

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Don't Care How Long - Sonny Terry (3:06)
  2. 2 You've Got Something There - Sonny Terry (2:47)
  3. 3 Baby Quit Your Low Down Ways - Sonny Terry (2:33)
  4. 4 Baby Quit Your Low Down Ways - Sonny Terry (2:50)
  5. 5 It Doesn't Matter Baby - Sonny Terry (2:51)
  6. 6 Black Bottom Blues - Sonny Terry (2:31)
  7. 7 I Crave My Pigmeat - Sonny Terry (2:49)
  8. 8 Big Leg Woman Gets My Pay - Sonny Terry (2:45)
  9. 9 I'm a Stranger Here - Sonny Terry (2:55)
  10. 10 Red's Got the Piccolo Blues - Sonny Terry (0:57)
  11. 11 I Want Some of Your Pie - Sonny Terry (2:45)
  12. 12 Jivin' Big Bill Blues - Sonny Terry (2:54)
  13. 13 Woman You Better Wake Up - Sonny Terry (2:54)
  14. 14 Step It Up and Go - Sonny Terry (2:58)
  15. 15 Worn out Engine Blues - Sonny Terry (3:03)
  16. 16 Blue and Worried Man - Sonny Terry (2:49)
  17. 17 Passenger Train Woman - Sonny Terry (2:47)
  18. 18 Shake It Baby - Sonny Terry (2:50)
  19. 19 Somebody's Been Talkin' - Sonny Terry (2:49)
  20. 20 Three Ball Blues - Sonny Terry (2:55)
  21. 21 Little Woman You're So Sweet - Sonny Terry (2:46)
  22. 22 Good Feeling Blues - Sonny Terry (2:40)
  23. 23 You Can't Hide from the Lord - Sonny Terry (2:57)
  24. 24 Twelve Gates to the City - Sonny Terry (2:43)
  25. 25 Crooked Woman Blues - Sonny Terry (2:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Don't Want No Skinny Woman - Sonny Terry (2:48)
  2. 2 Bus Rider Blues - Sonny Terry (2:43)
  3. 3 You Got to Have Your Dollar - Sonny Terry (2:43)
  4. 4 Lost Lover Blues - Sonny Terry (2:46)
  5. 5 Thousand Woman Blues - Sonny Terry (2:46)
  6. 6 Bye Bye Baby - Sonny Terry (3:00)
  7. 7 When You Are Gone - Sonny Terry (2:47)
  8. 8 No Stranger Now - Sonny Terry (2:56)
  9. 9 Must Have Been My Jesus - Sonny Terry (2:56)
  10. 10 Jesus Is a Holy Man - Sonny Terry (2:49)
  11. 11 Precious Lord - Sonny Terry (2:48)
  12. 12 Night Rambling Woman - Sonny Terry (2:48)
  13. 13 Now I'm Talking About You (3:06)
  14. 14 I Saw the Light (3:05)
  15. 15 Richmond Blues (3:17)
  16. 16 I Won't Be Dogged Around (3:11)
  17. 17 Pick and Shovel Blues (3:14)
  18. 18 Black Woman & Poison Blues (3:03)
  19. 19 Mississippi River (3:10)
  20. 20 Have You Decided (Which Way to Go) (2:36)
  21. 21 I See the Sign of Judgement (2:37)
  22. 22 Everybody Wants to Know How I Die (2:39)
  23. 23 I Feel Like Shoutin' (2:42)
  24. 24 Jesus Touched Me (2:44)
  25. 25 Talkin' with Jesus (2:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ford V-8 (2:50)
  2. 2 Watch the Fords Go By (3:13)
  3. 3 Mary Had a Little Lamb (2:44)
  4. 4 She's Totin' Something Good (3:07)
  5. 5 What a Pity (2:38)
  6. 6 I Believe Somebody's Been Ridin' My Mule (3:00)
  7. 7 Don't Use That Stuff (2:35)
  8. 8 Buy It from a Poultry Man (2:44)
  9. 9 Don't Credit My Stuff (2:50)
  10. 10 Jimmy Shut His Store Doors (2:44)
  11. 11 No Use of Worryin' - "Roosevelt" Antrim (3:27)
  12. 12 Complaint to Make - "Roosevelt" Antrim (3:26)
  13. 13 I Guess You're Satisfied - "Roosevelt" Antrim (2:46)
  14. 14 Station Boy Blues - "Roosevelt" Antrim (3:04)
  15. 15 Dago Blues (2:26)
  16. 16 Red River Blues (2:54)
  17. 17 Who's That Knockin' at My Door (2:44)
  18. 18 Somebody Stole My Jane (2:58)
  19. 19 Travelin' Man (2:57)
  20. 20 Preacher and the Bear (2:05)
  21. 21 Won't Somebody Pacify My Mind (2:50)
  22. 22 I'm Pretty Good at It (2:49)
  23. 23 Love Me with a Feeling (2:50)
  24. 24 Dough Roller (2:34)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Runaway Man Blues (2:53)
  2. 2 I'm Grievin' & I'm Worryin' (2:45)
  3. 3 Don't Want No Hungry Woman (2:45)
  4. 4 Working Man Blues (3:03)
  5. 5 Poor and Ain't Got a Dime (3:01)
  6. 6 Lookin' for My Baby (2:57)
  7. 7 Come on in Here Mama - Welly Trice (3:14)
  8. 8 Let Her Go God Bless Her - Welly Trice (3:11)
  9. 9 Come on Baby - Richard Trice (2:50)
  10. 10 Trembling Bed Springs - Richard Trice (2:47)
  11. 11 Shake Your Stuff - Richard Trice (2:39)
  12. 12 Lazy Bug Blues - Richard Trice (2:18)
  13. 13 Bed Spring Blues - Richard Trice (2:46)
  14. 14 Pack It Up and Go - Richard Trice (2:44)
  15. 15 Blood Red River Blues - Richard Trice (2:34)
  16. 16 Down-Hearted Man - Richard Trice (2:45)
  17. 17 Sweet Man Blues - Frank Edwards (2:48)
  18. 18 Three Women Blues - Frank Edwards (2:58)
  19. 19 Terraplane Blues - Frank Edwards (2:46)
  20. 20 We Got to Get Together - Frank Edwards (2:35)
  21. 21 Love My Baby - Frank Edwards (2:39)
  22. 22 Gotta Get Together - Frank Edwards (2:11)
  23. 23 Woke Up One Morning (2:39)
  24. 24 Poor Little Angel Girl (2:48)
  25. 25 Paper Wooden Daddy (2:34)
  26. 26 Goin' Back Home (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blind Boy Fuller Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Curley Weaver Guitar
Blind Gary Davis Guitar
Bull City Red Washboard
Floyd "Dipper Boy" Council Guitar, Vocals
Washboard Sam Washboard
Sonny Terry Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Sonny Jones Guitar, Vocals
Richard Trice Guitar, Vocals
George "Bull City Red" Washington Vocals, Washboard
Dennis McMillon Guitar, Vocals
Virgil Childers Guitar, Vocals
Welly Trice Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Neil Slaven Liner Notes
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