Tuesday, June 28, 2011

...from Mark #19 - The Voices Of Jordan - It's Getting Late (1960)

I've been beavering away lately on a couple of Gospel compilations, which will hopefully be released by the end of the year. The problem I have with most Gospel comps is that the approach is always a bit dry and academic and, let's face facts, reverential. There are lots of fine one's out there but I haven't found many fun ones, if you know what I mean. 

The two volumes I've done concentrate on that screaming wild abandon in the spirit of the lord style, that I guess was a major part of a touring groups performance but it seems, proportionally at least, relatively rarely put on wax.  Like this:

The vast majority are quartet recordings like the above that haven't been on CD anywhere ever, but there were a couple that I wouldn't have been happy without including, like this, the utterly magnificent Utah Smith:

and finally, for those gospel party-timers amongst you, Reverend Kelsey and his congregation:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy Trails - Blind Boy Fuller - Weeping Willow Blues (1937)

A beautiful blues tune from Blind Boy Fuller, Weeping Willow Blues is this month's Happy Trail.

Friday, June 24, 2011

RIP - Mack Self (22/05/1930 - 14/06/2011)

News that Mack Self died earlier this month, age 81.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Featured Artist - Lefty Frizzell (Part Four)

Final offerings from the great Lefty Frizzell, a choice selection of his later recordings, and a glimpse of a younger Lefty in action on TV.  Hope you enjoyed the Lefty tunes posted this month, one of Country Musics greats.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Featured Artist - Lefty Frizzell (Part Three)

It wouldn't be right to feature Lefty Frizzell and not include any of his terrific Jimmie Rodgers covers, so here's some right here:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

...from Mark #18 - The Everly Brothers

Think of the Everly Brothers and certain aural images come to mind. Probably very pretty and beautifully crafted 50's pop songs. Which wouldn't be far wrong for that period of their career, but the Everlys recorded heavily during the non hit making mid 60's, and while their consistency may have dipped a little, their creativity was never in question. In fact most of their albums during this period contained at least one must have track. Here are a handful of favourites, showing just how wide a net they cast.  First off a classic:

though probably better known for the Who's cover version

and this versions equally noteworthy

A couple of blue eyed soul tracks worthy of the Righteous Bros,

,their unexpected tribute to Marijuana,

and finally, my favourite from this period and my favourite version of this song:

The following year they released Roots, one of the handful of influential Country Rock albums. More importantly, one of the best.  Go and search it out and find someone to explain to me why they're not more highly rated.

RIP - Carl Gardner (29/04/1928 - 12/06/2011)

Carl Gardner, singer with vocal group The Coasters, has died, aged 83.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Live Session - Barrence Whitfield, Kalakuta Millionaires, The Zizaniques

As posted last month, God's Jukebox will feature again at this years Latitude Festival on the East Coast of England in July.

Below are three further artists to be introduced by Mark Lamarr in the Film and Music Arena.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Featured Album - Trojan Presents: Mento & R&B (Part Two)

Four further tunes from this excellent Trojan compilation, released last month.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Featured Artist - Lefty Frizzell (Part Two)

Apart from Run 'Em Off and Late So Early, which are both from the mid-1950s, these next Lefty tunes below are chosen from his 1960's recordings. Still with Columbia, in 1956 he  moved from recording in his home state of Texas to Nashville. The early honky-tonk template gave way to the usual Nashville sound, but the soul in his vocals is never completely submerged, and occasionally, with top song-writers like Harlan Howard contributing, these tunes reach the heights of his early classic recordings.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Gospel Slot - The Larks - Shadrack

It seems the Larks toured with Percy Mayfield, and this gospel tune, written in the 1930's by white composer Robert MacGimsey, was certainly handed down through to Hit The Road Jack, the 1961  hit Mayfield wrote for Ray Charles.

There have been plenty of versions and in addition two others feature below.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Featured Album - Trojan Presents: Mento & R&B (Part One)

Released last month, this double CD has 40 great tunes and is part of the Trojan Presents series.

The selection below of 4 tunes from the CD will be followed by two more later this month.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Featured Artist - Lefty Frizzell (Part One)

There's few better singers in Country music (or Opera) than Lefty Frizzell and often those who could be considered so have drawn significantly from his vocal style and phrasing.  Willie Nelson  and Merle Haggard certainly come into that group, but probably not Placido Domingo.

Lefty's golden era was pre rock and roll early 50's, when he and Hank Williams "crowded every jukebox" and the four selections below are from this vintage era.

Although Nashville production did nothing to enhance his sound after this period, he made other fine recordings before he died in 1975, and in later posts this month some of the best of these will be featured.

When Lefty's warm, undulating vocal finds it's way into your soul, for 2 or 3 minutes at least, the world seems a better place.

Friday, June 3, 2011

...from Mark #17 - 6 78's

I'm not a big 78 collector, far too many disappointments getting them home cracked, but I do buy them on occasion.  Every now and again I'll dust off the pile, usually when it's getting about the size to be knocked over, and fire up the player.  Below are a handful of the tunes I enjoyed yesterday.  (Don't let anyone fool you, tunes DON'T sound better on 78).

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Aural Massage - Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac - Love That Burns (1968)

This Peter Green recording, from the album Mr Wonderful, is one of the most powerfully elegant recordings to be found on either side of whatever black/white divide there is in Blues history.  It's recorded live in the studio, and manages to create a spell binding feeling that remains after repeated listening.

"People have told me that in his early years my guitar playing influenced Peter a lot. Now that's something I take as a great compliment, but I have to tell you that I don't get it myself. When I hear Peter Green....I hear Peter Green." B.B. King