Honk For Texas

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Review Text This four-disc set is a kind of curiosity. Honk for Texas features Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, alright, but only for three of the four discs. The last one features Jim Wynn. Wynn is featured on four tracks on the last Vinson disc from sessions in 1945, but that's the only link, other than Honk for Texas, of course. Neil Slaven's liner notes take care of the explanation inside the package, and it's perhaps that Wynn isn't well-known enough to sell records on his own -- though to collectors who already have the Vinson material, this would be ideal. And who but collectors would be interested? In any case, the sides collected on this box are from 1945 -- when Vinson was playing with the Cootie Williams Orchestra, and first led his own groups -- to 1952, at the end of his run of big bands. The material has been remastered and sounds fine, though there is a serious question as far as where royalties on this stuff are paid -- and that the artists and their estates are not, given the leniency of British public domain laws. The bottom line is that Vinson's notoriety -- as the most popular of all the alto players to come out of the Lone Star State -- allowed him his pick of fine musicians, and he had them, from Earl Van Riper (who was to become a Motown studio ace), Clark Terry, and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis in the 1940s to Slide Hampton and Charlie Rouse in the 1950s, and a ton of fine players in between; it would have been unthinkable for Vinson to make substandard sides. Three of these four discs offer incredible jump blues, smoking swing, and burning R&B evidence. ~ Thom Jurek

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. When My Baby Left Me - 3:41
  2. 2. Cherry Red Blues - 3:11
  3. 3. Things Ain't What They Used to Be - 3:19
  4. 4. Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby - 3:48
  5. 5. Somebody's Got to Go - 3:21
  6. 6. Juice Head Baby - 3:08
  7. 7. When My Baby Left Me - 3:55
  8. 8. Mr. Cleanhead Steps Out - 3:14
  9. 9. It's a Groovy Affair - 3:59
  10. 10. I've Been So Good - 3:59
  11. 11. Juice Head Baby - 3:13
  12. 12. Br'er Rabbit - 3:45
  13. 13. Boogie Woogie Holiday - 3:57
  14. 14. Too Many Women Blues - 3:44
  15. 15. I Like to Be Home Blues - 3:43
  16. 16. Three O'Clock in the Morning - 4:52
  17. 17. Cherry Red Blues - 3:48
  18. 18. Somebody's Got to Go - 3:55
  19. 19. Too Many Women Blues - 3:41
  20. 20. Just a Dream - 3:54
  21. 21. Cleanhead Blues - 3:48
  22. 22. When a Woman Loves Her Juice - 3:58
  23. 23. Kidney Stew Blues - 3:00
  24. 24. King for a Day Blues - 3:06
  25. 25. Old Maid Boogie - 3:47

CD: 2

  1. 26. Gonna Send You Back Where I Got You From - 3:45
  2. 27. Lazy Gal - 3:49
  3. 28. Bonus Pay - 3:53
  4. 29. Luxury Tax Blues - 3:03
  5. 30. Railroad Porter's Blues - 3:48
  6. 31. Gonna Send You Back Where I Got You From - 2:26
  7. 32. When I Get Drunk - 3:43
  8. 33. Oil Man Blues - 3:49
  9. 34. Ever-Ready Blues - 3:44
  10. 35. Wrong Girl Blues - 3:55
  11. 36. Wandering Mind Blues - 2:27
  12. 37. Have You Ever Missed Your Baby - 3:48
  13. 38. Some Women Do - 2:25
  14. 39. Alimony Blues - 2:26
  15. 40. High Class Baby - 3:03
  16. 41. I Took the Front Door In (I Took the Backdoor Out) - 3:53
  17. 42. Friday Fish - 3:56
  18. 43. Shavetail - 3:05
  19. 44. Ashes on My Pillow - 3:37
  20. 45. I'm Gonna Wind Your Clock - 3:00
  21. 46. Wineola - 3:34
  22. 47. Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Red - 3:42
  23. 48. Eddie's Bounce - 3:39
  24. 49. I'm Weak but Willing - 3:38
  25. 50. Featherbed Mama - 3:04
  26. 51. No Good Woman Blues - 3:52

CD: 3

  1. 52. Bald Headed Blues - 3:35
  2. 53. I Trusted You Baby (But You Double Crossed Me) - 3:46
  3. 54. Peas and Rice - 3:47
  4. 55. Big Mouth Gal - 3:37
  5. 56. My Big Brass Bed Is Gone - 3:45
  6. 57. Queen Bee Blues - 3:45
  7. 58. If You Don't Think I'm Sinking (Look What a Hole I'm In) - 3:51
  8. 59. Jump and Grunt - 3:57
  9. 60. Rainy Mornin' Blues - 3:08
  10. 61. Home Boy - 3:49
  11. 62. People on My Party Line - 3:41
  12. 63. Time After Time - 3:49
  13. 64. Lonesome Train - 2:23
  14. 65. Person to Person - 2:15
  15. 66. I Need You (Tonight) - 3:35
  16. 67. Good Bread Alley - 3:37
  17. 68. Buzz Buzz Buzz - 2:26
  18. 69. I Want a Little Girl - 3:05
  19. 70. I Don't Want to Cry Anymore - 3:22
  20. 71. Shipyard Woman - 3:58
  21. 72. Cherry Red - 3:59
  22. 73. Rock Boogie - 3:47
  23. 74. Deed I Do - 3:34
  24. 75. Ee-Bobaliba - 3:17
  25. 76. Butter for My Roll - 3:14
  26. 77. Juke Box Jump the Blues - 3:03

CD: 4

  1. 78. Gal - 3:01
  2. 79. Lost Woman Blues - 3:09
  3. 80. In a Rhapsody in Minor - 3:41
  4. 81. Jelly Kelly Blues - 3:44
  5. 82. Buzz Me Baby - 3:04
  6. 83. Winnin' with Wynn - 3:03
  7. 84. Wynn's Boogie - 3:08
  8. 85. Organ Grinder's Song - 3:58
  9. 86. Get Yourself in Line - 3:09
  10. 87. Just in Case You Change Your Mind - 3:11
  11. 88. Fat Meat - 3:33
  12. 89. Put Me Down Blues - 3:33
  13. 90. Muffle Joe Shuffle - 3:37
  14. 91. Cold Blooded Boogie - 3:46
  15. 92. P.S. I Love You - 3:05
  16. 93. J.W. Bop - 2:29
  17. 94. Blow Wynn Blow - 2:10
  18. 95. Farewell Baby - 3:01
  19. 96. Goofin' Off - 2:11
  20. 97. Strange Love - 3:14
  21. 98. West Coast Lover - 3:42
  22. 99. Dog House Blues - 3:01
  23. 100. Hollywood Stampede - 3:45
  24. 101. Snug as a Bug in a Rug - 3:31
  25. 102. Down to the Ocean - 3:38
  26. 103. I'm the Boss - 3:47

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2/21/06 

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