Hear Me Howling! Blues, Ballads & Beyond

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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: 1/25/2011
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297051825
  • Catalog Number: 970518
  • Sales rank: 267,343

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hump In My Back - Jesse Fuller (2:45)
  2. 2 Brother Low Down - Jesse Fuller (2:41)
  3. 3 Berkeley's Junko Partner - Skid Band (4:03)
  4. 4 Tight Like That - Skid Band (3:38)
  5. 5 Moose March - Bob Mielke's Bearcats (3:21)
  6. 6 Highway 49 - Big Joe Williams (3:49)
  7. 7 Oakland Blues - Mary Williams (2:45)
  8. 8 Greystone (Alameda County Jail) Blues - Big Joe Williams (2:32)
  9. 9 I Know You Didn't Want Me - K.C. Douglas (2:14)
  10. 10 Night Shirt Blues - K.C. Douglas (2:07)
  11. 11 Stop Time - K.C. Douglas (1:25)
  12. 12 Hear Me Howling - K.C. Douglas (2:09)
  13. 13 Stand Alone Blues - Lonnie Johnson (3:23)
  14. 14 Brenda - Lonnie Johnson (4:11)
  15. 15 Changed the Lock On My Door - Sonny Terry (3:13)
  16. 16 Bald Eagle Train - Bukka White (11:43)
  17. 17 Tom Moore's Farm - Lightnin' Hopkins (5:11)
  18. 18 Up On Telegraph (Avenue) - Lightnin' Hopkins (3:12)
  19. 19 Lady Luck - Mercy Dee (2:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag - Country Joe & the Fish (2:58)
  2. 2 You Turned Your Back - Toni Brown (2:19)
  3. 3 How Could I Stand It - Toni Brown (2:41)
  4. 4 Don't Forget Me Love - Toni Brown (2:03)
  5. 5 Charles Giteau - Crabgrass (3:32)
  6. 6 Midnight Blues - Joy of Cooking (4:07)
  7. 7 Depression Gone From Me - T.A. Talbott (2:57)
  8. 8 Mr. Brakeman - T.A. Talbott (3:52)
  9. 9 Who's Going To Be My Man? - Debbie Green (4:21)
  10. 10 Come See - Bob Neuwirth (4:25)
  11. 11 Lady Gay - Janet Smith (3:16)
  12. 12 Talking Protest Blues - Merritt Herring (2:36)
  13. 13 Black Jack David - Alice Stuart (2:04)
  14. 14 Eventually - Perry Lederman (2:20)
  15. 15 Impressions of John Henry - Perry Lederman (6:26)
  16. 16 Deportees - Barbara Dance (5:49)
  17. 17 Big Texas (Grand Texas) - Hackberry Ramblers (3:49)
  18. 18 Jolie Blonde - Hackberry Ramblers (3:01)
  19. 19 Turtle Tail - Hackberry Ramblers (2:17)
  20. 20 The Beatles Are In Town - Fondettes (2:02)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Willie Poor Boy - Mance Lipscomb (3:24)
  2. 2 The Titanic - Mance Lipscomb (3:34)
  3. 3 Mean Boss Man - Mance Lipscomb (2:55)
  4. 4 Sugar Babe - Mance Lipscomb (3:19)
  5. 5 Working On a Building - Rev. Louis Overstreet (6:38)
  6. 6 The Old Ship of Zion - Rev. Louis Overstreet (3:39)
  7. 7 I'm a Soldier - Rev. Gary Davis (6:08)
  8. 8 Floor Sweepin' Rag - Rev. Gary Davis (5:06)
  9. 9 Courtin' Boy - Rev. Gary Davis (5:41)
  10. 10 Shake 'Em On Down - Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:10)
  11. 11 Louise - Mississippi Fred McDowell (6:05)
  12. 12 Write Me a Few of Your Lines - Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:17)
  13. 13 Low Down Dirty Things - Skip James (4:04)
  14. 14 22-20 Blues (Mr. Kress) - Skip James (3:36)
  15. 15 Sea Walking Jesus - Skip James (4:07)
  16. 16 No Special Lover - Skip James (4:57)
  17. 17 Peace In the Valley - Skip James (4:29)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong - Vern Ray (2:34)
  2. 2 The Touch of God's Hand - Vern Ray (2:59)
  3. 3 'Fore Day In the Mornin' - Big Mama Thornton (5:00)
  4. 4 Ball and Chain - Big Mama Thornton (5:34)
  5. 5 Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (4:55)
  6. 6 Monsieur Leonard - The Opelousas Playboys (3:07)
  7. 7 Chi Ca Nai - The Opelousas Playboys (2:55)
  8. 8 Bye Bye Rosa - The Opelousas Playboys (2:32)
  9. 9 Mr. Charlie - Clifton Chenier (3:21)
  10. 10 Louisiana Rock - Clifton Chenier (2:53)
  11. 11 What Am I Doing Here? - Notes from the Underground (2:19)
  12. 12 To Be a Thief - Stanley Willis (4:38)
  13. 13 Pretty Good - Dale Reamer (8:31)
  14. 14 In the Breeze - Jerry Hahn (5:38)
  15. 15 To Trane - Smiley Winters (9:20)
  16. 16 The Beauty of Isis - Sonny Simmons (6:51)
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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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