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Down in the Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78s

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Joe Bussard is a veteran record collector owning over 25,000 78s and disc jockey who delights in sharing his recorded treasures with others. This CD allows one the opportunity to hear some of his favorite recordings, many of which are rarities. The 24 selections include country blues, 1920s good-time music, a few jazz performances the most common of the recordings, early country music, string bands, and several unclassifiable numbers. Long "Cleve" Reed's "Original Stack O'Lee Blues" is heard from its only existing copy. Ranging from Big Bill Broonzy and Luis Russell's jazz band to Gene Autry and Gitfiddle Jim, this is a valuable set that is quite enjoyable from start to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Joe Bussard is a veteran record collector owning over 25,000 78s and disc jockey who delights in sharing his recorded treasures with others. This CD allows one the opportunity to hear some of his favorite recordings, many of which are rarities. The 24 selections include country blues, 1920s good-time music, a few jazz performances the most common of the recordings, early country music, string bands, and several unclassifiable numbers. Long "Cleve" Reed's "Original Stack O'Lee Blues" is heard from its only existing copy. Ranging from Big Bill Broonzy and Luis Russell's jazz band to Gene Autry and Gitfiddle Jim, this is a valuable set that is quite enjoyable from start to finish. Bussard's enthusiasm for early music is felt throughout the extensive liner notes, which tell tales of his life as a record collector. This single CD hopefully there will be more is highly recommended to those wondering what the excitement is to pre-swing music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • Label: Old Hat Ent.
  • UPC: 670725200421
  • Catalog Number: 1004
  • Sales rank: 63,493

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Lost Child (3:05)
  2. 2 How You Want It Done? (2:51)
  3. 3 The (New) Call of the Freaks (3:13)
  4. 4 The School House Fire (3:13)
  5. 5 Greenback Dollar (3:11)
  6. 6 You Got to Go Down - Blind Gary (3:20)
  7. 7 The Old Ark's a Moving - Seven-Foot Dilly (2:59)
  8. 8 Runnin' Wild - James Cole's Washboard Four (2:58)
  9. 9 Keep It Clean (2:49)
  10. 10 Get the "L" on Down the Road - Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band (2:58)
  11. 11 I Got a Bulldog (2:51)
  12. 12 Old Hen Cackle - Coleman & Harper (2:43)
  13. 13 Song from a Cotton Field - Bessie Brown (2:45)
  14. 14 Atlanta Bound (2:49)
  15. 15 Easy Rider Blues - Soileau & Robin (2:56)
  16. 16 Hot Lips - Bill Brown & His Brownies (2:50)
  17. 17 Uncle Dave's Beloved Solo (3:05)
  18. 18 Hastings Street - Blind Blake-Charlie Spand (3:15)
  19. 19 Ain't That Trouble in Mind - Field Ward & The Grayson County Railsplitters (2:59)
  20. 20 Give the World a Smile - Corley Family (3:10)
  21. 21 Original Stack O'Lee Blues - Long "Cleve" Reed (2:43)
  22. 22 Hot Town (3:10)
  23. 23 Paddlin' Blues - Gitfiddle Jim (3:20)
  24. 24 Plow Boy Hop - Grinnell Giggers (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kokomo Arnold Guitar, Vocals, Guitar, Vocals
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar, Vocals
Georgia Tom Piano, Vocals
Gene Autry Guitar, Vocals, yodeling
Uncle Dave Macon Banjo, Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet, Vocals
Paul Barbarin Drums, Vibes
Bill Coleman Trumpet
Albert Nicholas Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Rex Stewart Trumpet
Luis Russell Piano
Charlie Johnson Trumpet
Louis Metcalf Vocals
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Fields Ward Guitar, Vocals
Roy Smeck Banjo
Ernest V. Stoneman Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Blind Gary Davis Guitar, Vocals
Blind Blake Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Charlie Spand Piano
Jimmy Arnold Guitar, Vocals
Arthur Blake Guitar, Spoken Word
Dorsey M. Dixon Guitar, Vocals
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Pops Foster Bass, String Bass
Porter Grainger Piano
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone, Vocals
Teddy Hill Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Holiday Banjo
Charlie Holmes Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ralph James Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Johnson String Bass
Charley Jordan Guitar, Vocals
Arthur McClain Guitar, Mandolin, Track Performer
Long "Cleve" Reed Guitar, Vocals
Kenneth Roane Trumpet
Sunny Wilson Guitar
Perry Smith Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Green Trombone
Henry Duncan Piano
Will Johnson Banjo, Guitar
Lockwood Lewis Alto Saxophone
Bessie Brown Vocals
Howard Dixon Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Slide Guitar
Uncle Eck Dunford Violin
Charlie Stripling Violin
Ira Stripling Guitar
John Dilleshaw Guitar, Vocals
Tommie Bradley Guitar
Leo Soileau Violin, Vocals
Bobby Stark Trumpet
Harvey Boone Clarinet
Andy Pendleton Banjo
Ralph Bedell Drums
Del Thomas Tuba
Fess Williams Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Moise Robin Accordion
Felix Gregory Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Johnson & His Orchestra Trumpet
A.A. Gray Vocals
Billy Hicks Trumpet
Henry Allen & His New York Orchestra Trumpet, Vocals
Joe Evans & Arthur McClain Guitar, Mandolin, 12-string Guitar, Track Performer
A. Gray Vocals
James Cole & His Washboard Band Violin
Bill Brown Trombone
Tom Dorsey Piano, Vocals
Bill Brown & His Brownies Trombone
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon & His Hot Shots Vocals
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon & Punches Delegates of Pleasure Vocals
Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band Bass, String Bass
Gary "Biscuit" Davis Guitar, Vocals
George De Leon Tuba
Odie Blackwell Banjo
Bill Caine Piano
Emanuel Casamore Tuba, Ampeg Baby Bass
Alvin Conder Banjo, Vocals
Corley Family Vocals
Eddie Dimmitt Mandolin
Grover Grant Guitar
Harvey Hull Vocals
Melvin Paul Mandolin
Ben Tinnon Violin
Oliver Tines Drums
Bill Brown Jr. Trombone
George Temple Trumpet
Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer
Uncle Dave Macon Composer
Henry Busse Composer
Django Reinhardt Composer
Luis Russell Director
Charlie Spand Composer
Bob Coltman Contributor
Kenneth Roane Arranger
Joe Bussard Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Harris Wray Concept
Del Thomas Brass Band
Fess Williams Composer, Director
Benny Davis Composer
Henry Lange Composer
Jerry Marcum Contributor
Marshall Wyatt Producer, Liner Notes
Christopher [1] C. King Remastering
Bill Brown Director
Emanuel Casamore Brass Band
Bill Brown Jr. Director
Joan S. Sommer Composer
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