Sunday, 12 July 2015

"Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou: Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies" by VARIOUS ARTISTS (2015 Ace CD Remasters) – A Review by Mark Barry...



"…Papa Lou And Gran Are At It…"

With this quality CD release - the "By The Bayou" series from one of England's premier reissue labels Ace Records now reaches double-digits (10th in the series) - and typically their latest edition is a classy inclusion in every way. Greats tunes (7 previously unreleased), rocking sound and annotation that both informs and touches the old heartstrings. Here are pretty baby swoons and mad dog howls...

UK released January 2015 - "Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou: Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies" on Ace Records CDCHD 1422 (Barcode 029667063425) fills out as follows (64:33 minutes):

1. Papa Lou And Gran - LITTLE VICTOR & HIS ORCHESTRA (1961 USA 7" single on Richland 23, A)
2. Hoo Wee, Sweet Daddy - KATIE WEBSTER (1959 USA 7" single on Zynn 505, A)
3. I'd Love To Tell - TABBY THOMAS (first appeared on the 1989 compilation LP "Hoodoo Party" on Flyright Records FLY LP 621)
4. Pretty Woman (Take It Home To Grandma) - LESTER ROBERTSON - Previously Unreleased
5. Long Way From Home - GUITAR GABLE (first appeared on the 1984 UK LP compilation "Cool Calm Collected" on Flyright Records FLY LP 599)
6. I Called You Daddy - ANNA MAE ROGERS (1954 USA 78" on Feature 3004, B-side of "If I Keep On Worrying" by Clarence Garlow)
7. I Got Fever (Wicked Fever) - MAD DOG SHEFFIELD (first appeared on the UK 1987 Various Artists LP compilation "Rockin' Jumpin' Shoutin'" on Goldband GCL-112)
8. Knock Knock - CAROL FRAN - Previously Unreleased Alternate Take of Excello 2156
9. Sally Lou - LEROY WASHINGTON - Previously Unreleased
10. Rooty Tooty - LIONEL TORRENCE (1962 USA 7" single on Zynn 1023, A)
11. A Merry Christmas - SAD LEROY WHITE (first appeared on the UK 1981 Various Artists compilation LP "Too Hot To Handle: The Legendary Jay Miller Sessions Volume 21" on Flyright Records FLY LP 570)
12. You Know Yeah - WONDER BOY TRAVIS (first appeared on the UK 1976 Various Artists Compilation LP "Tag Along: The Legendary Jay Miller Sessions Volume 1" on Flyright Records FLY LP 516)
13. Tell Me Pretty Baby - LAZY LESTER - Previously Unreleased Alternate Take of Excello 2129, A)
14. Hey Ma Ma - CLIFTON CHENIER (1961 USA 7" single on Zynn 1004, A)
15. Ain't Nothing Shaking (But The Leaves On The Tree) - EDDIE WILLIAMS - Previously Unreleased
16. Mad Dog - MAD DOG SHEFFIELD (1956 USA 7" single on Goldband 1045, A)
17. Mary Lou - KING KARL & GUITAR GABLE (first appeared on the 1984 UK LP compilation "Cool Calm Collected" on Flyright Records FLY LP 599)
18. How Wee Pretty Baby - LESTER ROBERTSON - Previously Unreleased Alternate Take of a track that first appeared on 1984 UK Various Artists compilation LP "Going To New Orleans" on Flyright FLY LP 601)
19. One More Chance - CAROL FRAN - Previously Unreleased Alternate Take of Excello 2175)
20. Don't Le Me Down - FRANK SIMIEN (1959 USA 7" single on Rod 1001, A)
21. Hello Baby, What You Know - LEROY WASHINGTON (first appeared on the 1976 UK Various Artists Compilation LP "Rock Me All Night Long" on Flyright Records FLY LP 606)
22. I Want Her To Love Me - KATE WEBSTER & ASHTON CONROY (1958 USA 7" single on Kry 100)
23. Hey Mr. Love - KATIE WEBSTER & BOBBY JAY (first appeared on the 1988 UK compilation LP "Katie Webster" on Flyright FLY LP 613)
24. I Need Your Love - JIMMY DOTSON (1960 USA 7" single on Rocko 516)
25. When It Rains It Really Pours - CHARLES MORRIS - Previously Unreleased
26. Baby Please Come Home - LEROY WASHINGTON (first appeared on the 1981 UK compilation LP "Wild Cherry: The Legendary Jay Miller Sessions Volume 25" on Flyright FLY LP 574)
27. I'll Never Hold It Against You - CLARENCE GARLOW (1954 USA 78" on Feature F-3003, A)
28. Take It Home To Grandma - LESTER ROBERTSON &THE UPSETTERS (1958 USA 7" single on Montel 1001, A)
Tracks 4, 8, 9, 13, 18, 19 and 25 are PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED (all tracks in Mono)

The 16-page booklet has liner notes by Series compiler and leading light IAN SADDLER and brilliant they are too. His comments on both CAROL FRAN and LIONEL TORRENCE are full of affection and insights that will tickle collectors everywhere. Once again resident tape-wizard/Audio Engineer NICK ROBBINS has handled the transfers and for the most part - they are great. However on the Fifties sides especially - there's no doubt that were not in Audiophile Heaven here - many of these recordings are rough and tumble even if the tapes are in good shape - so be prepared for crude recordings with a whole lot of heart and passion.

This latest volume in the "By The Bayou" series opens with an absolute R'n'B belter - the Little Richard wild pace feel of "Papa Lou And Gran" by Little Victor on the obscure Richland label - a tune guaranteed to make grandma boogie that Zimmer-frame. More fun comes in the Fats Domino roll of "Hoo Wee, Sweet Daddy" complete with a brill Sax solo about a minute in. The audio quality dips into 78"/Acetate territory for "I Called You Daddy" by Anna Mae Rogers - a pianist in Clarence Garlow's band. But I can see why Ace chose to include it - not only is it ludicrously rare - it's a great boppin' R'n'B tune that sounds like vintage Joe Turner in his Fifties Atlantic Records heyday. "Sally Lou" gets caught "in the alley" but Leroy Washington doesn't seem to mind in this excellent Fats Domino type piano-roller. Back to Saxophone boppin' in the superb call-and-answer "Rooty Tooty" - the band playing a blinder - the kind of infectious instrumental (with Vocal jabs) that would bring a morgue to life.

Your then hit with two wicked dancers - "You Know Yeah" by Wonder Boy Travis and Lazy Lester's "Tell Me Pretty Baby" (with Nathan Abshire blowing some nice Slim Harpo like Harmonica). I must admit that the poor production values of "Ain't Nothing Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Tree)" do for the song (not surprised it remained in the can) - better is the growl of Mad Dog Sheffield on "Mad Dog" where our singer is "...with two-ton Tilly...a glamour girl..."  - is it any wonder he's howling at the moon. Another wicked dancer is "Mary Lou" which starts out so Fats Domino its embarrassing but then rocks into a guitar middle-eight that is brilliant. For me one the best songs on here is a Previously Unreleased Alternate Take of "One More Chance" with the fantastic voice of Carol Fran - as lovely and lilting as R'n'B gets. Vocal genius kicks in with "When It Rains It Really Pours" - Charles Morris with a fantastic Bluesy delivery (aka Left-Hand Charlie). It ends a little like it started only this time "Take It On Home To Grandma" has a Cajun/Bayou shuffle against a bopping Little Richard Rock'n'Roll shuffle - nice.

Another winner from Ace (celebrating 40 years with 1975 to 2015) and kudos to Ian Saddler for doing such a good job...

PS: Titles to July 2015 in the Ace Records "By The Bayou" CD Series are:
1. Boppin' By The Bayou - VARIOUS (Ace CDCHD 1345)
2. Boppin' By The Bayou Again - VARIOUS (Ace CDCHD 1355)
3. Boppin' By The Bayou: More Dynamite - VARIOUS (Ace CDCHD 1380)
4. Boppin' By The Bayou: Made In The Shade - VARIOUS (Ace CDCHD 1415)
5. Boppin’ By The Bayou: Rock Me, Mama! - VARIOUS (Ace CDCHD 1443)
6. Bluesin' By The Bayou - VARIOUS (Ace CDCHD 1358)
7. Bluesin' By The Bayou: Rough 'n' Tough - VARIOUS (Ace CDCHD 1403)
8. Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou - VARIOUS (Ace CDCHD 1363)
9. Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou: Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies – VARIOUS (Ace CDCHD 1422)
10. Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou: Rompin' & Stompin' - VARIOUS (Ace CDCHD 1388)

11. Swamp Pop By The Bayou - VARIOUS (Ace CDCHD 1397)


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