It Came from Memphis, Vol. 2 [Birdman]

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All Music Guide - Matthew Greenwald
The second in a sparkling series of audio collage/documentaries focusing on the Delta blues, It Came from Memphis, Vol. 2 is a brilliantly conceived and executed exploration into the form. Produced directed would be a more accurate term by Robert Gordon, this release is very similar to a modern version of the famous Alan Lomax-produced filed recordings from pre-and post-World War II. The overall primitive and primeval form of the blues comes across on all of the cuts, from the unadorned, downright dirty acoustic "Boogie" by Othar Turner to Moloch's devastating version of "Smokestack Lightning." Recording the blues at its source with conceivably purposefully primitive ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Greenwald
The second in a sparkling series of audio collage/documentaries focusing on the Delta blues, It Came from Memphis, Vol. 2 is a brilliantly conceived and executed exploration into the form. Produced directed would be a more accurate term by Robert Gordon, this release is very similar to a modern version of the famous Alan Lomax-produced filed recordings from pre-and post-World War II. The overall primitive and primeval form of the blues comes across on all of the cuts, from the unadorned, downright dirty acoustic "Boogie" by Othar Turner to Moloch's devastating version of "Smokestack Lightning." Recording the blues at its source with conceivably purposefully primitive equipment, Gordon succeeds in giving the listener a virtual aural, cinematic tour of the genre as an art form in itself. The artists on the record are little-known outside of their hometown, yet the power and dynamic emotive quality of such bigger names as Waters, Burnett, Hooker, and King resides in virtually all of the cuts. The album also shows the listener how the blues influences other genres, specifically the Motown drive of "By Your Side." One of several oddball highlights here is also the scratchy 78-rpm transcription disc of "Shake Your Boogie" by Johnny Woods and Bobby Ray Watson, which, as an instrumental, is as funky as it gets. Even the surface noise sounds cool. Tav Falco's reading of "Train Kept a Rollin'" sounds eerily like an early Velvet Underground rehearsal tape. In the end, you not only get a lot of great, unknown blues music here, but you also get an education. Simply brilliant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2001
  • Label: Birdman
  • UPC: 607287003627
  • Catalog Number: 36

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come on Down to My House - Good Kid Robert (1:02)
  2. 2 Boogie - Otha Turner (4:32)
  3. 3 Smokestack Lightning - Moloch (4:34)
  4. 4 By Your Side (2:23)
  5. 5 Let Your Light Shine - Mud Boy & the Neutrons (4:17)
  6. 6 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do - Hammie Nixon, Van Zula Hunt & The Beale Street Jug (7:00)
  7. 7 Shake Your Boogie - Johnny Woods & Bobby Ray Watson (5:18)
  8. 8 Calvin's Boogie - Phineas Newborn Orchestra (3:19)
  9. 9 The Train Kept A Rollin' - Tav Falco & the Panther Burns (2:35)
  10. 10 Trip to Bandstand (2:27)
  11. 11 Memphis - Jerry Lawler (2:18)
  12. 12 You'll Do It All the Time - Jim Dickinson & the New Beale Street Sheiks (2:14)
  13. 13 Going Down Slow - Soldiers Of The Cross (5:31)
  14. 14 Family Values - Band Of One (6:21)
  15. 15 Back for More - Lawson & Four More (2:33)
  16. 16 Special Rider (5:06)
  17. 17 Bottle Up and Go - Bootleggers Quartet (3:29)
  18. 18 [Untitled Track] (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hammie Nixon Kazoo
The Insect Trust Track Performer
Moloch Track Performer
Hugh Harris Keyboards
Sid Selvidge Guitar, Vocals
Lee Baker Guitar, Vocals
Kenneth Banks Bass
Bill Barth Guitar
Jim Crosthwait Washboard
B.B. Cunningham Jr. Guitar, Vocals
James Luther Dickinson Guitar, Piano, Drums, Kazoo, Keyboards, Vocals, Steel Drums
Tav Falco Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Freeman Guitar
Joe Gray Drums
Eric Hill Synthesizer
Mrs. Van Zula Carter Hunt Vocals
Nancy Jeffries Vocals
Ross Johnson Drums
Ed Kollis Harmonica
Tommy McClure Bass
Calvin Newborn Guitar
Phineas Newborn Jr. Piano
Fred Nicholson Organ
Jerry Phillips Bass
Moses Reed Saxophone
Morris "Tarp" Tarrant Drums
Teddy Paige Bass
Bill Donati Drums
Dr. David Evans Guitar
Joe Gaston Bass
Rick Ivy Trumpet
Bobby Lawson Vocals
Joe Lee Guitar
Lisa McGaughran Guitar
Johnny Woods Harmonica, Vocals
Emory Smith Guitar
Luther Dickinson Guitar
Jerry Lawler Vocals
Randall Lyon Synthesizer, Vocals, ARP, Monochord
John Hunninen Guitar
Bob Vinisky Jug
Bobby Ray Watson Vocals
Phineas Newborn Sr. Drums
Dick Biante Drums
R.L. Boyce Guitar, Vocals
Otha Turner Vocals
Technical Credits
The Crickets Contributor
James Luther Dickinson Liner Notes, Horn Arrangements
Edwin Hubbard Horn Arrangements
Bengt Olsson Cover Photo
Tommy Dills Engineer
Bill Steber Cover Photo
Robert Gordon Liner Notes
Luther Dickinson Engineer
Randall Lyon Composer
Otha Turner Composer
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