Vol. 1 (1937 40)

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Review Text Lonnie Johnson was off records for five years during 1932-1937, working in Cleveland with Putney Dandridge, appearing on the radio, and working outside of music. In 1937, he moved to Chicago, where he returned to full-time music and began recording regularly for the Decca label. Three Document CDs cover his work of 1937-1947. This CD features Johnson as a solo blues performer (showcasing his guitar on instrumental versions of "Swing Out Rhythm" and "Got the Blues for the West End") and singing such numbers as "Flood Water Blues," "Devil's Got the Blues," and "Blue Ghost Blues." Some numbers have Johnson joined by either Roosevelt Sykes or Joshua Altheimer on piano along with a few unknown musicians. Rarely reissued, these performances are consistently excellent. ~ Scott Yanow

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Man Killing Broad - 2:28
  2. 2. Hard Times Ain't Gone No Where - 3:36
  3. 3. Flood Water Blues - 3:40
  4. 4. It Ain't What You USTA Be - 3:35
  5. 5. Swing Out Rhythm - 3:36
  6. 6. Got the Blues for the West End - 3:36
  7. 7. Something Fishy - 3:37
  8. 8. I'm Nuts over You - 3:48
  9. 9. Friendless and Blue - 3:17
  10. 10. Devil's Got the Blues - 3:54
  11. 11. I Ain't Gonna Be Your Fool - 3:57
  12. 12. Mr. Johnson's Swing - 3:45
  13. 13. New Falling Rain Blues - 3:34
  14. 14. Laplegged Drunk Again - 3:42
  15. 15. Blue Ghost Blues - 3:59
  16. 16. South Bound Backwater - 3:55
  17. 17. Why Women Go Wrong - 3:53
  18. 18. She's Only a Woman - 3:02
  19. 19. She's My Mary - 3:57
  20. 20. Nothing But a Rat - 3:53
  21. 21. Trust Your Husband - 3:58
  22. 22. Jersey Belle Blues - 3:00
  23. 23. Loveless Blues - 3:49
  24. 24. Four-O-Three Blues - 3:00
  25. 25. Be Careful - 3:03
  26. 26. I'm Just Dumb - 3:57
  27. 27. Don't Be a Fool - 3:55

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