Blind Boy Fuller, Vol. 2

Blind Boy Fuller, Vol. 2

by Blind Boy Fuller
     
 
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

Overview

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."

Product Details

Release Date:
08/08/2006
Label:
Jsp Records
UPC:
0788065777227
catalogNumber:
7772
Rank:
320776

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Don't Care How Long
  2. You've Got Something There
  3. Baby Quit Your Low Down Ways
  4. Baby Quit Your Low Down Ways
  5. It Doesn't Matter Baby
  6. Black Bottom Blues
  7. I Crave My Pigmeat
  8. Big Leg Woman Gets My Pay
  9. I'm a Stranger Here
  10. Red's Got the Piccolo Blues
  11. I Want Some of Your Pie
  12. Jivin' Big Bill Blues
  13. Woman You Better Wake Up
  14. Step It Up and Go
  15. Worn out Engine Blues
  16. Blue and Worried Man
  17. Passenger Train Woman
  18. Shake It Baby
  19. Somebody's Been Talkin'
  20. Three Ball Blues
  21. Little Woman You're So Sweet
  22. Good Feeling Blues
  23. You Can't Hide from the Lord
  24. Twelve Gates to the City
  25. Crooked Woman Blues

Disc 2

  1. I Don't Want No Skinny Woman
  2. Bus Rider Blues
  3. You Got to Have Your Dollar
  4. Lost Lover Blues
  5. Thousand Woman Blues
  6. Bye Bye Baby
  7. When You Are Gone
  8. No Stranger Now
  9. Must Have Been My Jesus
  10. Jesus Is a Holy Man
  11. Precious Lord
  12. Night Rambling Woman
  13. Now I'm Talking About You
  14. I Saw the Light
  15. Richmond Blues
  16. I Won't Be Dogged Around
  17. Pick and Shovel Blues
  18. Black Woman & Poison Blues
  19. Mississippi River
  20. Have You Decided (Which Way to Go)
  21. I See the Sign of Judgement
  22. Everybody Wants to Know How I Die
  23. I Feel Like Shoutin'
  24. Jesus Touched Me
  25. Talkin' with Jesus

Disc 3

  1. Ford V-8
  2. Watch the Fords Go By
  3. Mary Had a Little Lamb
  4. She's Totin' Something Good
  5. What a Pity
  6. I Believe Somebody's Been Ridin' My Mule
  7. Don't Use That Stuff
  8. Buy It from a Poultry Man
  9. Don't Credit My Stuff
  10. Jimmy Shut His Store Doors
  11. No Use of Worryin'
  12. Complaint to Make
  13. I Guess You're Satisfied
  14. Station Boy Blues
  15. Dago Blues
  16. Red River Blues
  17. Who's That Knockin' at My Door
  18. Somebody Stole My Jane
  19. Travelin' Man
  20. Preacher and the Bear
  21. Won't Somebody Pacify My Mind
  22. I'm Pretty Good at It
  23. Love Me with a Feeling
  24. Dough Roller

Disc 4

  1. Runaway Man Blues
  2. I'm Grievin' & I'm Worryin'
  3. Don't Want No Hungry Woman
  4. Working Man Blues
  5. Poor and Ain't Got a Dime
  6. Lookin' for My Baby
  7. Come on in Here Mama
  8. Let Her Go God Bless Her
  9. Come on Baby
  10. Trembling Bed Springs
  11. Shake Your Stuff
  12. Lazy Bug Blues
  13. Bed Spring Blues
  14. Pack It Up and Go
  15. Blood Red River Blues
  16. Down-Hearted Man
  17. Sweet Man Blues
  18. Three Women Blues
  19. Terraplane Blues
  20. We Got to Get Together
  21. Love My Baby
  22. Gotta Get Together
  23. Woke Up One Morning
  24. Poor Little Angel Girl
  25. Paper Wooden Daddy
  26. Goin' Back Home

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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