Wednesday, July 31, 2013

God's Pocket Jukebox - #3 - Lowell Fulson - Mama Won't You Jump With Me (1951)

We've covered this fine blues artist in more detail before and couldn't avoid fitting him into the compilation, his records are just too good not to be heard regularly. Here's one of his Swing Time recordings, with what could be Lloyd Glenn or Ray Charles on piano - either is good.

Monday, July 29, 2013

God's Pocket Jukebox - #1 - Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns - Rockin Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu (1957)

In 1982, New Musical Express gave away a compilation tape they called "Pocket Jukebox". The tape featured 18 R&B tunes culled from a variety of early 1980s reissue albums on Charly Records, a London based independent label with a wonderful catalog of great post war American recordings. As they said on the cover, it was "one long party of rhythm 'n' blue delights, soul, swing and jump". It got played incessantly in our tape machines, in and out of the car, and helped set us off on the never ending quest to find more of the same. No doubt this was true for many others too.

31 years later, we bring our own Pocket Jukebox into the world. We have kept true to the spirit and flavour of the original and feature tunes that hold their own with the NME selections.

This New Orleans classic from Huey "Piano" Smith (with Bobby Marchan on vocals) has few equals anywhere, in any genre. An obvious tune to start off the compilation.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Happy Trails - The Louisiana Five Jazz Orchestra - The Alcoholic Blues (1919)

If you've been taking the featured CD too literally this month, here's a reminder of where too much time spent in the pub can take you...great tune though.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Featured Album - Drunk - 100 Smashed Hits (Part Four)

Final selection of drinking tunes from the last CD in the 4CD set we have covered this month.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Midnight Hour #16 - Crying Time Again

Earlier this month we added another 60 minutes of tunes to Mixcloud, again following a theme taken from this month's Aural Massage, click here to feel miserable in the company of: Pat Kelly, Brenda Holloway, Lefty Frizzell, Joe Simon, Jimmy C. Newman, Tony Joe White, Don Covay and the late, great Bobby Bland, amongst others...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Gospel Slot - Washington Phillips - Denomination Blues (1927)

This haunting blues from the Texan gospel artist and a version of the tune from Sister Rosetta Tharpe make for a heavenly pairing this month.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Featured Artists - The Clovers (Part Two)

Second set of tunes from the R&B group we are covering this month.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Featured Album - Drunk - 100 Smashed Hits (Part Two)

More from the CD set, this time from disc 2

Live Session - UK Latitude Festival - 2013 - Update

Seems like there's been a late line up change for the God's Jukebox Latitude slot later this month. Added to the guest list are Dave Barker and Little George Sueref (who we first came across playing harp with Big Joe's Blues Kings in west London 25 years ago). Lack of Afro and Hannah Williams seem to have been removed from the set.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Live Session - Alabama 3

This London based group recorded a God's Jukebox session in 2010. They're out and about performing acoustic sets this summer, which we imagine will sound something like the tunes below.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Featured Artists - The Clovers (Part One)

In his excellent book "Unsung Heroes of Rock'n'Roll", Nick Tosches describes this R&B vocal group (formed in Washington DC in 1947) as "the first of the traditionally borne vocal groups to make the leap across the Jordan to the chicken shack that transcends all knowing". Like so many others, The Clovers were able to make that leap thanks to Atlantic Records, where their first record hit big in 1951. For the next 5 years came a flurry of thrilling "chicken shack" tunes and we take great delight in bringing a fair few of these gems to you this month, as chronologically as we can get.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Featured Album - Drunk - 100 Smashed Hits (Part One)

This set, released last September by Proper, promises to be "the most comprehensive tribute to the tipple in the marketplace". There are plenty of other such compilations out there, but this seems to us to be as good as any, so we're covering each of the 4 CD's this month in our usual way, starting with the selection below from CD1...

Monday, July 1, 2013

Aural Massage - Charlie Louvin - See The Big Man Cry (1965)

Recorded for Capitol two years after the Louvin Brothers went their separate ways, this tune has a swaggering shuffle and an economical  lyric that conveys the intended message in less than 3 minutes. Let that be a lesson to us all...