Territory Singers, Vol. 2 (1928-30)

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The complete output of eight different singers is reissued on this single CD. The music was recorded in Dallas, Atlanta, Memphis, Richmond, Indiana, and Grafton, WI, with the personnel sometimes overlapping. Ollie Ross and Hattie Burleson both recorded on the same day in 1928 with similar personnel that includes either Don Albert or Willie Long on trumpet. Ross is decent but Burleson is powerful and fortunately she received a second chance, recording three additional numbers with just the backing of a pianist in 1930. Also from Dallas was Jewell Nelson who is heard on two songs. The biggest find of this CD is Cleo Gibson, an Atlanta singer who on "Nothing But Blues" and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The complete output of eight different singers is reissued on this single CD. The music was recorded in Dallas, Atlanta, Memphis, Richmond, Indiana, and Grafton, WI, with the personnel sometimes overlapping. Ollie Ross and Hattie Burleson both recorded on the same day in 1928 with similar personnel that includes either Don Albert or Willie Long on trumpet. Ross is decent but Burleson is powerful and fortunately she received a second chance, recording three additional numbers with just the backing of a pianist in 1930. Also from Dallas was Jewell Nelson who is heard on two songs. The biggest find of this CD is Cleo Gibson, an Atlanta singer who on "Nothing But Blues" and especially "I've Got Ford Movements in My Hips," sounds like a dead ringer for Bessie Smith. Trumpeter Henry Mason is a strong asset on her two numbers. Nothing at all is known about Cleo Gibson and one can only wonder why she was not given another opportunity to record. David Pearson also has Henry Mason in his backup group but is less memorable, as is Mel Parker. Trumpeter Syd Valentine and his Patent Leather Kids, a trio that recorded some hot instrumentals, are heard behind the inflexible singer Horace Smith and the preferred Hattie Snow. Overall, this CD is a mixed bag with no shortage of rarities.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/1996
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 788518547124
  • Catalog Number: 5471

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Broad Road Blues - Ollie Ross (2:55)
  2. 2 Ox-Meat Blues - Ollie Ross (2:52)
  3. 3 Ox-Meat Blues - Ollie Ross (2:48)
  4. 4 Jim Nappy - Hattie Burleson (2:34)
  5. 5 Bye Bye Baby - Hattie Burleson (2:51)
  6. 6 Superstitious Blues - Hattie Burleson (3:05)
  7. 7 Sadie's Servant Room Blues - Hattie Burleson (2:46)
  8. 8 Clearin' House Blues - Hattie Burleson (2:45)
  9. 9 High Five Blues - Hattie Burleson (3:02)
  10. 10 Dead Lover Blues - Hattie Burleson (2:39)
  11. 11 Jet Black Snake Blues @@Jewell Nelson (3:11)
  12. 12 Beating Me Blues @@Jewell Nelson (3:34)
  13. 13 I've Got Ford Movements in My Hips - Cleo Gibson (3:30)
  14. 14 Nothing But Blues - Cleo Gibson (3:08)
  15. 15 Friendless Blues @@David Pearson (3:07)
  16. 16 [Untitled Track] @@David Pearson (3:27)
  17. 17 Undertaker Blues - Mel Parker (2:58)
  18. 18 Thrill Me - Mel Parker (3:17)
  19. 19 Mother-In-Law Blues - Horace Smith (2:59)
  20. 20 Love Is Dead - Horace Smith (2:58)
  21. 21 Goin' Away and Leavin' My Baby - Horace Smith (3:02)
  22. 22 Clickety-Clack Blues - Horace Smith (2:50)
  23. 23 Make That Gravel Fly - Hattie Snow (2:50)
  24. 24 Don't Say Goodbye - Hattie Snow (3:12)
  25. 25 Daddy, What Are You Going to Do - Hattie Snow (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Dixon Tuba, Double Bass
Coley Jones Guitar
Henry Mason Trumpet
Sam Sims Bass, Drums
Nathan Williams Cornet
Paul Anthony George Banjo
Nathaniel Williams Cornet
Don Albert Trumpet
John H. Braggs Banjo, Guitar
J. Neal Montgomery Piano
Douglas Williams Clarinet
John Smith Guitar
Cleo Gibson Vocals
Slick Helms Piano
Syd Valentine Trumpet
Hattie Burleson Vocals
Willie Long Trumpet
John-Alex Mason Trumpet
Mel Parker Guitar, Vocals
Leroy Williams Trumpet
Edgar Brown Piano
Paul George Banjo
Horace Smith Vocals
Hattie Snow Vocals
Ollie Ross Vocals
Technical Credits
Cleo Gibson Composer
Hattie Burleson Composer
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