The Traveling Record Man: Historic Down South Recording Trips

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The bulky title of this disc was sparked by its documentation of recordings assembled by Joe Bihari of Modern Records on scouting trips through the South for talent between 1948 and 1953. Starting in 1952, the young Ike Turner also worked for Modern in this capacity. Just two of the names on this 24-track anthology are famous: Howlin' Wolf, represented by an audition acetate of "Riding in the Moonlight" first issued in 1991, and Elmore James, whose two cuts appeared on an Ace box set in 1993. Some other names -- like Smokey Hogg, Lil' Son Jackson, and Joe Hill Louis -- will catch the eyes of in-the-know blues experts, but for the most part even those with extensive ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The bulky title of this disc was sparked by its documentation of recordings assembled by Joe Bihari of Modern Records on scouting trips through the South for talent between 1948 and 1953. Starting in 1952, the young Ike Turner also worked for Modern in this capacity. Just two of the names on this 24-track anthology are famous: Howlin' Wolf, represented by an audition acetate of "Riding in the Moonlight" first issued in 1991, and Elmore James, whose two cuts appeared on an Ace box set in 1993. Some other names -- like Smokey Hogg, Lil' Son Jackson, and Joe Hill Louis -- will catch the eyes of in-the-know blues experts, but for the most part even those with extensive blues collections will be mostly or totally unfamiliar with most of the artists. This is raw, Southern, just-post-World War II blues, caught in its transition from its rural roots to something more electric and citified. Certainly it's rawer than much commercially released blues of the time, and in fact about half of it was either previously unissued, or not first issued until many years later on other specialist collections. It's not that unhoned, though, and there's decent variety within the genre, from rollicking piano blues and juke-joint harmonica-driven numbers to mournful slow tunes that sound barely off the farm. Actually Arkansas Johnny Todd's "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You" sounds like it's still on the farm. But at the other extreme, Sunny Blair's "Please Send My Baby Back Home" aka "Step Back Baby" is as well-produced and full-sounding as many a 1953 full-band electric Chicago blues single. This is not for everyone, certainly, but as a reflection of the sounds being unearthed as labels brought musicians from out-of-the-way Southern locales into the commercial world, it has considerable value. And the music is solid, if not as gripping as the best records in these styles. The fidelity is imperfect, as many of the tracks were taken from acetates or 78s, but has been cleaned up considerably by modern technology.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667181327
  • Catalog Number: 813
  • Sales rank: 281,675

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Serenade - Baby Face Turner (2:03)
  2. 2 My Sweet Woman - Driftin' Slim (2:58)
  3. 3 No Ridin' Blues - Charley Booker (2:54)
  4. 4 Numbered Days @@Big Charlie Bradix (2:34)
  5. 5 Riding in the Moonlight - Howlin' Wolf (2:39)
  6. 6 I'm Gonna Find Your Trick - Andrew "Smokey" Hogg (3:01)
  7. 7 Baby Please Don't Go @@Pinetop Slim (2:43)
  8. 8 Cairo Blues @@Lil' Son Jackson (2:00)
  9. 9 Good Morning Little Angel - Joe Hill Louis (2:42)
  10. 10 Tiny's Down Home - Tiny Webb (3:01)
  11. 11 Tomorrow I May Be Gone - Jesse Thomas (3:39)
  12. 12 Please Send My Baby Back Home (Step Back Baby) - Sunny Blair (2:19)
  13. 13 If I Lose You Woman - Alexander Herman Moore (2:40)
  14. 14 My Little Machine - Driftin' Slim (2:26)
  15. 15 My Baby's Gone - Elmore James (3:08)
  16. 16 Rockhouse @@Washboard Willie & Frazier, Calvin (3:13)
  17. 17 She Broke Up My Life (She Got Me Walking) - Joe Hill Louis (3:20)
  18. 18 Keep Away from My Baby - Joe Hill Louis (2:39)
  19. 19 Meet Me Tonight (Along the Avenue) - Jesse Thomas (2:51)
  20. 20 Lonesome Bedroom Blues - Willie Nix (2:29)
  21. 21 Talking Boogie @@Lil' Son Jackson (3:04)
  22. 22 Long Tall Woman - Elmore James (2:57)
  23. 23 You Rascal You @@Arkansas Johnny Todd (2:38)
  24. 24 Ramblin' on My Mind @@Boyd Gilmour (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Hill Louis Track Performer
Driftin' Slim Track Performer
Charley Booker Track Performer
Howlin' Wolf Track Performer
Andrew "Smokey" Hogg Track Performer
Elmore James Track Performer
Willie Nix Track Performer
Jesse Thomas Track Performer
Tiny Webb Track Performer
Alexander Herman Moore Track Performer
Baby Face Turner Track Performer
Sunny Blair Track Performer
Technical Credits
Elmore James Composer
Jesse Thomas Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson I Composer
Ted Carroll Liner Notes
Chester Burnett Composer
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