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Mississippi Sheiks Vol 1 1930

Mississippi Sheiks.
Includes; Walter Vincson, vocal, guitar; Lonnie Chatman, vocal, violin; Bo Carter, vocal, guitar, violin.
 
Genres: String band, Country Blues, Mississippi blues.
 
Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.
 
From this album's booklet notes:
It wasn't until February 1930 that the Mississippi Sheiks encountered Okeh's field recording unit in Shreveport, Louisiana, some distance from their base in the Jackson, Mississippi area. Their name was made up at the recording session at the request of producer Polk Brockman, and was apparently inspired by the pop hit 'Sheik of Araby', although the word was common in black speech, thanks to Rudolph Valentino. Continued...



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Mississippi Sheiks Vol 2: 17th February to 12th June 1930

Mississippi Sheiks
Includes; Walter Vincson, vocal, guitar; Lonnie Chatman, violin.
 
Genres: String band, Mississippi blues, Country Blues.
 
Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.
 
Taken from this album's booklet notes:
In December 1930 the Sheiks were in Jackson, Mississippi, near to their home, when the Okeh field unit came by. Walter Vinson. Many of the numbers cut in are distinctly lowdown and blue. The Sheiks remade their two hits, Sitting On Top Of The World and Stop And Listen, with new lyrics as powerful as the originals, and Still I'm Travelling On was also closely related to the former title. Times Done Got Hard was about the Depression, and Unhappy Blues has a remarkable lyric about imprisonment. Honey Babe Let The Deal Go Down may have been prompted by a record company request for a version of "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues", by the white, Old-Timey artist Charlie Poole. If so, it's evident that the Sheiks weren't familiar with Poole's song, but they nevertheless produced a fine blues from the given title. She Ain't No Good, with its scurrilous comments on the alleged ways of country girls, is in the lighter vein of hokum, but Vinson was back to blues for the rest of the session. Ramrod Blues mines the Sheiks' rich vein of sexual metaphor, perhaps instigated by Bo, and Church Bell Blues, like Stop and Listen, drew its inspiration from a funeral, a topic to which Vinson returned with a frequency that seems literally morbid, but one which often evoked inspired guitar playing from him. Continued...



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Mississippi Sheiks Vol 3 1931 - 1934

Mississippi Sheiks
 
Includes; Walter Vincson, vocal, guitar; Lonnie Chatman, vocal, violin; Bo Carter, vocal, guitar, violin.
 
Genres: String Band, Mississippi Blues, Country Blues
 
Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith
Detailed discography
 
From this album's booklet notes:
The Mississippi Sheiks wrapped up their two days in Atlanta with four titles which show off Walter Vinson's guitar playing to particular advantage, as well as including some clever lyrics: When You're Sick With The Blues is hokum, but Bed Spring Poker gives an unusual warning of the dangers of sexual gambling. I've Got Blood In My Eyes For You was one of four titles from these sessions issued on Columbia, the parent company of Okeh. Around the time Columbia 14660-D was released, in June 1932, the Sheiks were recording for Paramount, which was in turn to terminate its 12/13000 race series towards the end of that year. The last two discs issued were both by the Mississippi Sheiks; all through the Depression they had been favourites with black record buyers, and it's not surprising that they were Paramount's last throw of the dice. Nor, perhaps, is it surprising that much of the session was devoted to remakes and rewrites. Inevitably, they cut further - and very fine - versions of Stop and Listen and Sitting On Top Of The World, and Don't Wake It Up (taken at a tearing speed) and Please Baby were second attempts at songs recorded in Atlanta the previous year. Shooting High Dice used the tune of W. C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues", while New Shake That Thing was a tribute to the enduring popularity of Papa Charlie Jackson's hit from 1925, given engaging new lyrics that celebrate the ability of Southerners to have fun. Continued...



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Mississippi Sheiks Vol 4 1934 - 1936

Mississippi SheiksBo Chatman (Carter), vocal, guitar; Lonnie Chatman, violin; Walter Vincson, vocal, guitar.
Chatman Brothers: Bo Chatman (Carter), vocal, guitar; Lonnie Chatman, vocal, violin; Sam Chatmon, vocal, guitar.
With contributions by Eugene Powell (Sonny Boy Nelson), guitar.
 
Genres: Mississippi Blues, Country Blues, String Bands, Blues Guitar, Blues Violin.
 
Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detaile discography.
 
From this album's booklet notes:
As discussed in the notes to DOCD-5085, Walter Vinson was replaced by Bo Carter on the first six numbers made at the Mississippi Sheiks' 26th March 1934 session; on You'll Work Down To Me Someday, however, Vinson can be clearly heard to take over on vocals and guitar, and on Somebody's Got To Help Me, which is set to his favourite "Overtime Blues" tune, he even identifies himself as "Poor Walter". After the Sheiks' ten titles, Bo Carter cut ten of his own, with Lonnie Chatmon playing fiddle on three of them.
 
The following day was less intensive, Bo making two titles and the Sheiks four. Walter Vinson is again present as a vocalist on all four songs, and his appears to be the only guitar on Lonesome Grave Took My Baby Away and Pop Skull Blues, which is a tribute to the powers of Texan whiskey. The former song is the Sheiks' last version of ‘Stop and Listen’, and not the least powerful of them. Sweet Maggie and Sales Tax were issued as by ‘Mississippi Sheiks with Bo Carter’, and Bo can be clearly heard singing and playing second guitar on both titles, which are respectively a remake of "Corrine Corrina" and a witty comment on the "three cents more" that had recently become "the Government's rule". Continued...



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