Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Charlie & Joe McCoy Vol 1 1934 - 1936

9.99    9.99 New
Sorry | Temporarily Out of Stock

This album can be downloaded, fully or by individual tracks, directly from these recommended on-line retailers. Cover artwork may differ to that shown here.

Available as a download on iTunes

Available as a download on eMusic


'Kansas Joe' McCoy
Charlie McCoy
'Bill' Wilber


Charlie McCoy
01 - Candy man blues Listen
02 - Charity blues Listen
03 - Baltimore blues Listen
04 - Motherless and fatherless blues Listen

Joe McCoy
05 - Please baby Listen
06 - One in a hundred Listen
07 - One more greasing Listen
08 - The prodigal`s return Listen
09 - If I be lifted up Listen
10 - Don`t need no doctor when I come to die Listen
11 - That great love Listen
12 - Main key to heaven Listen
13 - Twenty minutes to hell (take b) Listen
14 - Dry bones in the valley Listen
15 - Highway 61 Listen
16 - My babe my babe ('Bill' Wilber, vocal) Listen
17 - Greyhound blues ('Bill' Wilber, vocal) Listen
18 - Look who`s coming down the road Listen
19 - The world is a hard place to live in Listen
20 - Something gonna happen to you Listen
21 - Well, well Listen

Papa Charlie's Boys
22 - Too long Listen
23 - Let my peaches be Listen

Charlie McCoy, vocal, mandolin; Joe McCoy, vocal, guitar.

Includes: Robert Lee McCoy, harmonica; Ransom Knowling, double bass; Harmon Ray (Peetie Wheatstraw's Buddie), vocal; Little Brother Montgomery, piano; and others.
Genres: Blues, Mississippi Blues, Swing / Blues.

Informative booklet notes by Teddy Doering.
Detailed discography.

Hallelujah Joe Ain't Preachin No More and one might add: He's swinging now ! - this could be the motto of this CD. Following the trend of the time both Charlie and Joe McCoy played from the early 1930 onwards in the swing-oriented vein of the Bluebird beat. Gone were the days of the Jackson blues style with its subtleties in the guitar playing or the delicate singing. The new style, however, had its advantages, too. The vocals had a certain shouting quality which Joe had already demonstrated in his Hallelujah Joe recordings, there is more diversity in the accompanying musicians and especially rhythmically the songs were more appealing. Joe's session from November 1935 still showed a strong Tommy Johnson influence (for example Something Gonna Happen To You, on BDCD-6019, whereas as Going Back Home Blues, on Document DOCD-5031 is a downright imitation of Johnsons famous Big Road Blues as well as Look Down The Road, an up-tempo version of the song). The new trend is clearly demonstrated by Charlie in his April 1936 session (Papa Charlie's Boys), where the (unknown) bass player provided an immensely swinging rhythmic foundation. From here it was only a short step to the addition of other rhythm instruments such as washboard or drums in the series of recordings that Joe began in 1940, where he called himself Big Joe.

Home SearchSpecials Services MP3'sArchive News Contact View Cart