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Kokomo Arnold Vol 4 1937 - 1938

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Kokomo Arnold


Kokomo Arnold
01 - Mean old twister Listen
02 - Red beans and rice Listen
03 - Set down gal Listen
04 - Big ship blues Listen
05 - Crying blues Listen
06 - Grandpa got drunk Listen
07 - Black mattie Listen
08 - Neck bone blues Listen
09 - Buddie Brown blues (rolling time) Listen
10 - Rocky road blues Listen
11 - Head cuttin` blues Listen
12 - Broke man blues Listen
13 - Back on the job Listen
14 - Shine on, moon (shine on, shine on) Listen
15 - Your ways and actions Listen
16 - Tired of runnin` from door to door Listen
17 - My well is dry Listen
18 - Midnight blues Listen
19 - Goin` down in Galilee (swing along with me) Listen
20 - Bad luck blues Listen
21 - Kid man blues Listen
22 - Something`s hot Listen

Kokomo Arnold, vocal, slide guitar.

With contributions by Peetie Wheatstraw, piano, and others...

Genres: Country Blues, Country Blues guitar, bottleneck-slide-guitar, Georgia blues, Chicago blues.
Informative booklet notes by Keith Briggs.
Detailed discography

At the time that the first records appearing on this CD were made, March 1937, Kokomo Arnold had been with Decca for two and a half years and his relationship with Mayo Williams was deteriorating. It was all to end in the following year when Kokomo decided that Williams was not dealing fairly with him and broke away from recording altogether. He had never been a committed bluesman anyway, having he felt, many other rows to hoe. Not that you would have guessed that from the quality of the recordings that he made during his last sessions; from the contemporary blues reportage of Mean Old Twister through to his final, aptly named, display piece Something’s Hot he maintained an enviable level of excellence enlivened here and there by the odd flash of brilliance. Maybe it was a reflection of his clash with Williams that many of his recordings from this period remained unissued - or maybe it was part of its cause.

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