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Roosevelt Sykes, the essential DOUBLE CD

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Roosevelt Sykes

01 - 44 blues
02 - Bury that thing
03 - All my money gone blues
04 - Barrel of whiskey blues (with Stump Johnson)
05 - Boot that thing
06 - 32-20 blues
07 - Mr Carl`s blues (with Carl Rafferty)
08 - Dirty mother for you (take A)
09 - Nasty but it`s clean
10 - Mosby stomp (with Mosby & Sykes)
11 - Jet black snake
12 - The honey dripper
13 - Roll on blues
14 - Sister Kelly blues
15 - Skeet and Garrett
16 - Devil`s Island gin blues
17 - Give me your change
18 - I'm tired of being mistreated
19 - 3-6 and 9
20 - Doing the Sally long
21 - Trouble and whiskey
22 - She showed it all (with Napoleon Fletcher)
23 - Ten and four blues
24 - Sugar Hill blues
25 - We can sell that thing
26 - He treats me like a dog (with St. Louis Bessie)
27 - Kelly`s special
28 - Highway 61 blues
29 - Have you seen Ida B
30 - Knock me out
31 - Strange man blues (with Emerson Houston)
32 - 47th Street jive
33 - My baby`s playground
34 - Barrel house man .

The thirty-five sides in this collection represent the cream of the pianist Roosevelt Sykes' recordings between 1929 and 1941. Besides working for a variety of labels, Sykes used pseudonyms to avoid contractual complications. Among them, represented in this collection are; Dobby Bragg, Willie Kelly, St Louis Jimmy and most famously, The Honey Dripper, this nickname was acquired whilst he a young man because of his reputation with the ladies! Arkansas born, Roosevelt Sykes, started his recording career in New York City in the summer of 1929. 44 Blues was one of his first recordings and did much to establish his reputation. Sykes was the epitome of the urban blues pianist, as comfortable as an accompanist as he was as a solo artist. Such was his popularity that he was able to continue his recording career throughout the years of the Depression. He was one of the key artists in the development of piano blues. Roosevelt Sykes had something of a renaissance in the 60s, offering audiences the opportunity of seeing a pre-war legend, one that had never stopped performing. He continued to record and perform at concerts and festivals throughout the 70s and 80s in Europe and North America. He died in 1984. Includes informative booklet notes by Gary Atkinson.
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