Wednesday, August 8, 2018

VA - Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues ~ The Definitive Collection Part 1: Beginnings 1939-1954 (2011)


Blues | Mp3 320 kbps | 3 CD | 559 Mb

Bear Family's Electric Blues history Plug It In! Turn It Up! may not seem quite as ambitious as some of their projects, but that's only because it arrives in four volumes of three CDs, not a hulking 12-disc, 12X12 box complete with a hardcover book. Taken on its own terms, it is a pretty impressive chronicle of electrified blues from its infancy to its prime. Here in the first volume, the spotlight shines on its birth, opening up with a cut from Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy, a 1939 side called "Floyd's Guitar Blues" featuring a solo by Floyd Smith, and running to 1954, when the jumping, hard-charged sound started to break into the big time. Wisely, Bear Family is happy to repeat artists -- there is no way to limit yourself to just one T-Bone Walker or Muddy Waters song, after all -- and they bend the rules ever so slightly, letting in sides by R&B singers like Fats Domino and Ray Charles, artists who aren't always strictly classified as electric blues but certainly fit this wide definition. Roughly speaking, the first disc here is devoted to the swinging, jumping sounds of the '40s and '50s, with the second finding the rawer, nastier sounds starting to sneak in (Jackie Brenston's 'Rocket '88'," Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years," Elmore James' "Dust My Broom," and Little Walter's "Juke" pop up here), and the third concluding with the rise of overdriven Chicago blues and boogie, with Jimmy Reed rubbing shoulders with Wynonie Harris. Perhaps there are some seminal sides from these 15 minutes -- almost certainly there are -- but this first volume of Plug it In! Turn It Up! tells its story expertly and, best of all, it sounds like a party as it does so.

CD 1
1. Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds Of Joy - Floyd's Guitar Blues (3:08)
2. T-Bone Walker - Mean Old World (2:54)
3. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Strange Things Happening Every Day (2:47)
4. Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - Drifting Blues (3:13)
5. Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five - Ain't That Just Like A Woman (2:52)
6. Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - That's All Right (2:54)
7. Lightnin' Hopkins - Let Me Play With Your Poodle (2:32)
8. T-Bone Walker - Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad) (3:02)
9. Sonny Boy Williamson - Better Cut That Out (2:59)
10. Big Bill (Broonzy) & His Rythm Band - Ramblin' Bill (2:54)
11. Muddy Waters - I Can't Be Satisfied (2:42)
12. John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillen (3:08)
13. Pee Wee Crayton - Blues After Hours (3:03)
14. Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Mary Is Fine (2:42)
15. Stick McGhee and His Buddies - Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (3:15)
16. Little Willie Littlefield - Hit The Road (2:52)
17. Jimmy Witherspoon - Who's Been Jivin' You (2:38)
18. The Nighthawks (Robert Nighthawk) - Black Angel Blues (Sweet Black Angel) (3:03)
19. Baby Boy Warren - My Special Friend Blues (2:37)
20. Lowell Fulson - Every Day I Have The Blues (Lonely Heart Blues) (2:32)
21. Goree Carter and His Hepcats - Rock Awhile (2:42)
22. Clanrence Garlow - Bon Ton Roula (3:10)
23. Baby Face Leroy Trio - Rollin' And Tumblin' Part 1 (2:50)
24. Gene Phillips with Jack McVea Orchestra - Slippin' And Slidin' (2:27)
25. Jimmy McCracklin - Rockin' All Day (aka Rockin' and Reelin') (2:41)
26. Roy Brown and His Mighty Mighty Men - Love Don't Love Nobody (2:41)

CD 2
1. Jimmy Rogers - That's All Right (2:48)
2. Tampa Red - Midnight Boogie (2:50)
3. Charles Brown - Black Night (3:08)
4. Cecil Gant - Rock Little Baby (3:08)
5. Lonnie Johnson - Why Should I Cry (2:47)
6. Jackie Brenston - Rocket '88' (2:49)
7. Howlin' Wolf - How Many More Years (2:43)
8. James 'Wide Mouth' Brown - Boogie Woogie Nighthawk (2:20)
9. Floyd Dixon - Baby Let's Go Down To The Woods (3:16)
10. Robert Nighthawk - Kansas City Blues (2:36)
11. Sonny Boy Williamson - Pontiac Blues (2:41)
12. Elmore James - Dust My Broom (2:46)
13. John Lee Hooker - I'm In The Mood (3:07)
14. T-Bone Walker - Cold Cold Feeling (3:11)
15. Boyd Gilmore - Ramblin' On My Mind (2:48)
16. Sunny Blair - Please Send My Bany Back (2:18)
17. Fats Domino - Trust In Me (2:50)
18. Little Walter - Juke (2:44)
19. Memphis Minnie - Me And My Chauffeur Blues (2:52)
20. Eddie Boyd - Five Long Years (2:40)
21. Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson - Lonesome Train (2:23)
22. Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton - Hound Dog (2:50)
23. Pete 'Guitar' Lewis - Chocolate Pork Chop Man (2:52)
24. B.B. King - Woke Up This Morning (2:57)
25. Johnny Shines - Evening Sun (2:30)
26. Snooky Pryor - Cryin' Shame (2:51)

CD 3
1. Chuck Norris - Messin' Up (2:42)
2. B.B. King - Please Love Me (2:50)
3. Danny Overbea - Forty Cups Of Coffee (3:10)
4. John Brim - Ice Cream Man (2:47)
5. Ray Charles - Losing Hand (3:12)
6. Joe Hill Louis - Hydramatic Woman (2:32)
7. Little Junior's Blue Flames - Feelin' Good (2:57)
8. Amos Milburn - One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer (3:14)
9. Rufus Thomas, Jr. - Tiger Man (2:49)
10. Little Walter - Blues With A Feeling (3:06)
11. Lil' Son Jackson - Piggly Wiggly (2:23)
12. Joe Turner - TV Mama (2:48)
13. Guitar Slim - The Things That I Used To Do (3:01)
14. Champion Jack Dupree - Shim Sham Shimmy (2:43)
15. Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Dirty Work At The Crossroad (2:49)
16. Jimmy Reed - You Don't Have To Go (3:05)
17. Muddy Waters - I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (2:51)
18. Jimmy Rogers - Sloppy Drunk (3:02)
19. Wynonie Harris - Shake That Thing (2:16)
20. Papa Lightfoot - Wine, Women, Whiskey (2:12)
21. Pat Hare - I'm Gonny Murder My Baby (2:55)
22. J.B. Hutto - Pet Cream Man (2:28)
23. Lowell Fulson - Reconsider Baby (3:10)
24. Lafayette Thomas - Don't Have To Worry (2:41)
25. Dr. Ross - The Boogie Disease (2:33)


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