Hear Me Howling! Blues, Ballads & Beyond

Hear Me Howling! Blues, Ballads & Beyond

     
 

Hear Me Howling! is an anthology of recordings made by Chris Strachwitz in the San Francisco Bay Area between 1954 and 1971 in the early days of his Arhoolie record label. Arranged chronologically over four discs and 72 tracks, and packaged with a 136-page hardcover book, these sides (many of them previously unreleased) were…  See more details below

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Hear Me Howling! is an anthology of recordings made by Chris Strachwitz in the San Francisco Bay Area between 1954 and 1971 in the early days of his Arhoolie record label. Arranged chronologically over four discs and 72 tracks, and packaged with a 136-page hardcover book, these sides (many of them previously unreleased) were recorded at coffeehouses, festivals, and living rooms, and sometimes in professional studios, and they reveal an intimate history of what has come to be seen as the Bay Area folk and blues revival. That alone makes this set a valuable historical archive, but the music itself is wonderful too, and includes rare performances by Lonnie Johnson ("Stand Alone Blues"), Bukka White ("Bald Eagle Train"), Lightnin' Hopkins ("Tom Moore's Farm"), Barbara Dane ("Deportees"), Fred McDowell ("Shake 'Em on Down"), Skip James ("Peace in the Valley"), and Big Mama Thornton ("Hound Dog"), among many others. It captures a time. It also poses the template that Strachwitz would follow with his Arhoolie label, presenting and preserving roots music in an onrushing world where pop trends were being brought up and tossed off like so much confetti. Music needs community to survive in good health. This delightful set documents such a community.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2011
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297051825
catalogNumber:
970518
Rank:
330115

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hump In My Back  - Jesse Fuller
  2. Brother Low Down  - Jesse Fuller
  3. Berkeley's Junko Partner  -  Skid Band
  4. Tight Like That  -  Skid Band
  5. Moose March  -  Bob Mielke's Bearcats
  6. Highway 49  - Big Joe Williams
  7. Oakland Blues  - Mary Williams
  8. Greystone (Alameda County Jail) Blues  - Big Joe Williams
  9. I Know You Didn't Want Me  - K.C. Douglas
  10. Night Shirt Blues  - K.C. Douglas
  11. Stop Time  - K.C. Douglas
  12. Hear Me Howling  - K.C. Douglas
  13. Stand Alone Blues  - Lonnie Johnson
  14. Brenda  - Lonnie Johnson
  15. Changed the Lock On My Door  - Sonny Terry
  16. Bald Eagle Train  - Bukka White
  17. Tom Moore's Farm  - Lightnin' Hopkins
  18. Up On Telegraph (Avenue)  - Lightnin' Hopkins
  19. Lady Luck  - Mercy Dee

Disc 2

  1. I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag  -  Country Joe & the Fish
  2. You Turned Your Back  - Toni Brown
  3. How Could I Stand It  - Toni Brown
  4. Don't Forget Me Love  - Toni Brown
  5. Charles Giteau  -  Crabgrass
  6. Midnight Blues  -  Joy of Cooking
  7. Depression Gone From Me  - T.A. Talbott
  8. Mr. Brakeman  - T.A. Talbott
  9. Who's Going To Be My Man?  - Debbie Green
  10. Come See  - Bob Neuwirth
  11. Lady Gay  - Janet Smith
  12. Talking Protest Blues  - Merritt Herring
  13. Black Jack David  - Alice Stuart
  14. Eventually  - Perry Lederman
  15. Impressions of John Henry  - Perry Lederman
  16. Deportees  - Barbara Dance
  17. Big Texas (Grand Texas)  -  Hackberry Ramblers
  18. Jolie Blonde  -  Hackberry Ramblers
  19. Turtle Tail  -  Hackberry Ramblers
  20. The Beatles Are In Town  -  Fondettes

Disc 3

  1. Willie Poor Boy  - Mance Lipscomb
  2. The Titanic  - Mance Lipscomb
  3. Mean Boss Man  - Mance Lipscomb
  4. Sugar Babe  - Mance Lipscomb
  5. Working On a Building  - Rev. Louis Overstreet
  6. The Old Ship of Zion  - Rev. Louis Overstreet
  7. I'm a Soldier  - Rev. Gary Davis
  8. Floor Sweepin' Rag  - Rev. Gary Davis
  9. Courtin' Boy  - Rev. Gary Davis
  10. Shake 'Em On Down  - Mississippi Fred McDowell
  11. Louise  - Mississippi Fred McDowell
  12. Write Me a Few of Your Lines  - Mississippi Fred McDowell
  13. Low Down Dirty Things  - Skip James
  14. 22-20 Blues (Mr. Kress)  - Skip James
  15. Sea Walking Jesus  - Skip James
  16. No Special Lover  - Skip James
  17. Peace In the Valley  - Skip James

Disc 4

  1. Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong  - Vern Ray
  2. The Touch of God's Hand  - Vern Ray
  3. 'Fore Day In the Mornin'  - Big Mama Thornton
  4. Ball and Chain  - Big Mama Thornton
  5. Hound Dog  - Big Mama Thornton
  6. Monsieur Leonard  -  Opelousas Playboys
  7. Chi Ca Nai  -  Opelousas Playboys
  8. Bye Bye Rosa  -  Opelousas Playboys
  9. Mr. Charlie  - Clifton Chenier
  10. Louisiana Rock  - Clifton Chenier
  11. What Am I Doing Here?  -  Notes from the Underground
  12. To Be a Thief  - Stanley Willis
  13. Pretty Good  - Dale Reamer
  14. In the Breeze  - Jerry Hahn
  15. To Trane  - Smiley Winters
  16. The Beauty of Isis  - Sonny Simmons

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bukka White   Guitar,Vocals
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Ron McClure   Bass
Sonny Simmons   Alto Saxophone
Bert Wilson   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Smiley Winters   Drums
Jerry Hahn   Guitar
Barry Melton   Guitar
Eddie Marshall   Drums
Chris Amberger   Bass
Mike Beardslee   Vocals
Otis Cherry   Drums
Francis Clay   Drums
K.C. Douglas   Guitar,Vocals
Noel Jewkes   Flute
Sidney Maiden   Harmonica
Country Joe McDonald   Guitar,Vocals
Mayne Smith   Dobro
Michael White   Violin
Bruce Bratton   Vocals,Washtub Bass
Bill Steele   Washtub Bass
Wayne Pope   Washboard
John Semien   Accordion,Vocals
Mercy Dee   Piano,Vocals
Toni Brown   Guitar,Vocals
George Hurst   Piano
T.A. Talbott   Harmonica
David Wilson   Leader
Clarence Van Hook   Vocals
Carl Schrager   Kazoo,Washboard
Ben Guillory   Fiddle,Vocals
Kenny Jenkins   Bass
Justin Pope   Guitar,Vocals
George Broussard   Drums
Robin Young   Piano
Rahim Roach   Alto
Peter Montalbano   Trumpet
Pete Berg   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Jesse Fuller   Composer
Lonnie Johnson   Composer
Mance Lipscomb   Composer
Lester Flatt   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Clifton Chenier   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Bert Wilson   Composer
Jerry Hahn   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Sam Hopkins   Composer
Mercy Dee Walton   Composer
K.C. Douglas   Composer
Fred Sokolow   Composer,Photo Courtesy
Mike Stoller   Composer
Chris Strachwitz   Producer,Engineer,Recording Producer
Mary Williams   Composer
Bruce Bratton   Arranger,Composer
Terry Saunders   Composer
Joe Lee Williams   Composer
John Semien   Composer
Stanley Willis   Composer
John Seabury   Cover Art
Hazel Houser   Composer
Toni Brown   Composer
Haley Ausserer   Copy Editing
Adam Machado   Writer,Text
Joe McDonald   Composer
J. James   Composer
F. McDowell   Composer
S. Simmons   Composer
W. M. Thornton   Composer
Booker White   Composer
Perry Lederman   Composer
Merritt Herring   Composer
Janet Smith   Arranger
T.A. Talbott   Composer
Ben Guillory   Composer
Justin Pope   Arranger
Gary Davis   Composer
E.D. James   Composer
Norma Johnson   Composer

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