Red River Blues

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Recorded between the mid-'50s and mid-'60s, most of this electric blues and R&B was laid down at Mira Smith's studio in Shreveport, LA, appearing on tiny labels like Ram, Jo, Clif, Speed, and Red River; a dozen of the tracks were previously unreleased. This is pretty tenuous ground for a compilation, and it should be pointed out that Smith also recorded some other styles in her studio that are not represented here; also, the disc is filled out by five cuts done elsewhere in Shreveport by Jesse Thomas in the early '60s. Nonetheless, it's a pretty fair collection of early electric Louisiana blues, TV Slim the only name likely to evince even faint recognition from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Recorded between the mid-'50s and mid-'60s, most of this electric blues and R&B was laid down at Mira Smith's studio in Shreveport, LA, appearing on tiny labels like Ram, Jo, Clif, Speed, and Red River; a dozen of the tracks were previously unreleased. This is pretty tenuous ground for a compilation, and it should be pointed out that Smith also recorded some other styles in her studio that are not represented here; also, the disc is filled out by five cuts done elsewhere in Shreveport by Jesse Thomas in the early '60s. Nonetheless, it's a pretty fair collection of early electric Louisiana blues, TV Slim the only name likely to evince even faint recognition from most collectors. Yes, there are four cuts by Sonny Boy Williamson, but this not John Lee Sonny Boy I or Rice Miller Sonny Boy II Williamson; it is, hilariously, Jeff "Sonny Boy" Williamson, yet another harmonica-playing guy using the name. He's actually one of the better performers here, although his music is derivative, with flashes of Fats Domino and Bo Diddley here and there. New Orleans R&B, indeed, is a substantial influence on several of the cuts, and the swampy Excello-released blues of Slim Harpo and the like can also be heard from time to time. TV Slim, by contrast, does primitively recorded even by mid-'50s standards blues-boogie on his 1955 Speed single, as well as the original version of the rockabilly blues "Flat Foot Sam" later recut for Chess in New Orleans. Talk about lo-fi: Chico Chism's "Romp & Stomp" instrumental sounds like it was recorded from the opposite end of a school hall. Jesse Thomas finishes things off with some pretty classy, urbane blues which sound a little like early B.B. King.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667172523
  • Catalog Number: 725

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mailman Mailman - Sonny Boy Williams (1:59)
  2. 2 Pretty Lil Thing - Sonny Boy Williams (2:30)
  3. 3 I Gotta Cry - Sonny Boy Williams (2:31)
  4. 4 You Better Sit Down - Sonny Boy Williams (2:33)
  5. 5 Lee Street Blues - June "Bug "Bailey (2:19)
  6. 6 Gimmie Gimmie - Elgie Brown (2:05)
  7. 7 Rushin' - Banny Price (2:56)
  8. 8 You'll Be Back - Elgie Brown (3:13)
  9. 9 Let Me Feel It - Elgie Brown (2:25)
  10. 10 The Fight - Eddie Williams (2:31)
  11. 11 Goin to Calif - Eddie Williams (2:39)
  12. 12 The Fight - T.V. Slim (2:53)
  13. 13 Darling Remember - T.V. Slim (2:22)
  14. 14 Flatfoot Sam - TV Slim & His Heart Breakers (2:12)
  15. 15 Darling Remember - TV Slim & His Heart Breakers (2:11)
  16. 16 Hey Pretty Baby - Sherman Johnson (2:13)
  17. 17 Something's Wrong Baby - Little Melvin Underwood (2:24)
  18. 18 Little Melvin's Gonna Move - Little Melvin Underwood (2:30)
  19. 19 Tryin ' to Make a Fool of Me - Vincent Williams (2:00)
  20. 20 Going Back to Chicago - Vincent Williams (2:42)
  21. 21 I Didn't Play No Woman for No Fool - L.C. Steels (2:16)
  22. 22 Hot Tamales & Bar-B-Que - Chico Chism & His Jetnanairs (2:21)
  23. 23 Romp & Stomp - Jerry Garland (2:14)
  24. 24 Watch Out - Jesse Thomas (2:34)
  25. 25 My Baby - Jesse Thomas (2:39)
  26. 26 Anything You Want - Jesse Thomas (1:52)
  27. 27 Guitar Riff - Jesse Thomas (3:04)
  28. 28 Everything I Do for You - Jesse Thomas (1:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chico Chism Track Performer
Jesse Thomas Track Performer
Vincent Williams Track Performer
Technical Credits
Ray Topping Liner Notes, Cover Design
Mike Rowe Cover Design
Duncan Cowell Mastering
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