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Roosevelt Sykes Vol 9 1947 - 1951

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Roosevelt Sykes

01 - Boogie honky tonk Listen
02 - Booze blues Listen
03 - Time wasted on you Listen
04 - Until the cows come home Listen
05 - High as a Georgia pine Listen
06 - I know how you feel Listen
07 - Candy man blues Listen
08 - Why should I cry? Listen
09 - He`s just a gravy train Listen
10 - Southern blues Listen
11 - Stop her poppa Listen
12 - My baby is gone Listen
13 - Drivin` wheel Listen
14 - Rock it Listen
15 - West Helena blues Listen
16 - Mailbox blues Listen
17 - Wintertime blues Listen
18 - Blues `n` boogie Listen
19 - Green onion top Listen
20 - Wonderin` blues Listen
21 - Dark clouds (John Brim, vocal) Listen
22 - Lonesome man blues (John Brim, vocal) Listen
23 - Going down the line (Grace Brim, vocal) Listen
24 - Leaving daddy blues (Grace Brim, vocal) Listen

Document’s ninth volume devoted to the complete chronologically reissued works of Roosevelt Sykes covers a four-year period beginning in November 1947 and combines 20 Victor, Bullet, and Regal recordings with four titles that feature Kentucky-born guitarist John Brim and his wife Grace, a convincing singer who is also heard playing drums and harmonica. A perusal of the other identified participants reveals a healthy contingent of seasoned Chicago sessionmen, including trumpeter Johnny Morton, saxophonists Bill Casimir, Walter Broadus, and Oett “Sax” Mallard; guitarists Willie Lacey and Emmanuel Sayles; bassists Ransom Knowling and J.C. Bell, as well as drummers Judge Riley, P.F. Thomas, and Armand “Jump” Jackson.

By the time he cut eight sides for Regal in 1949, Sykes had been making records for a full 20 years. Unfazed by changing patterns in pop culture, he matured with dignity by assimilating some of what was in the air and subjecting it to his well-established, straightforward approach to singing and playing the blues. What you get in this package is a fascinating prologue to his adventures in the ’50s (see volume 10) and his extraordinary comeback in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and early ‘80s. – arwulf arwulf

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