New York Blues & R&B 1947 1955 (Box) (Rmst)

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Review Text This fascinating set is really the story of two brothers, Stick McGhee and Brownie McGhee, both of whom were guitarists (Brownie being good enough to actually work regularly as a session player). Stick recorded a song he had written, "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee," in 1947 (with his brother Brownie sitting in on guitar) for J. Mayo Williams' tiny Harlem Records label. The issued record had no immediate impact, but became an unlikely underground favorite, enough so that Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Records decided to cut a remake a couple of years later. Ertegun contacted Brownie McGhee about remaking "Drinkin' Wine," unaware that Brownie's brother was the original singer on the song. A lively remake was tracked for Atlantic in 1949, again with Stick singing and Brownie adding guitar. This time the song broke big, and Decca Records, smelling cash, licensed the original Harlem cut and both versions of the song ended up on the R&B charts. This four-disc package includes both versions of the song, as well as some 40 tracks by Stick, many of which follow the booze-soaked template of "Drinkin' Wine." There are close to 50 tracks by Brownie here, too, most of them in an electric R&B vein, which was a far cry from the folk-blues material that Brownie became famous for when he was paired with harmonica wiz Sonny Terry in the late '50s. Terry also has 16 tracks here, and while there are a handful of cuts where Brownie and Sonny work together, they were essentially separate solo artists during the era covered by this anthology. Virtually everything Stick McGhee recorded is included here, as well as a good deal of Brownie McGhee's R&B material (since he was an active session musician at the time, what's here really only scratches the surface), and a small sampling of Sonny Terry as a solo artist, making this an incredibly interesting historical collection that, mostly because of the familial and professional connections between Stick, Brownie, and Sonny, has its own internal logic. ~ Steve Leggett

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - 2:19
  2. 2. Baby Baby Blues - 2:25
  3. 3. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - 3:14
  4. 4. Tall Pretty Woman - 3:09
  5. 5. Lonesome Road Blues - 3:05
  6. 6. Blue Mixture - 3:52
  7. 7. I'll Always Remember - 3:42
  8. 8. Blue and Brokenhearted - 3:51
  9. 9. My Baby's Comin' Back - 3:38
  10. 10. Drank Up All the Wine Last Night - 3:55
  11. 11. Venus Blues - 3:31
  12. 12. Southern Menu - 3:00
  13. 13. Let's Do It - 3:57
  14. 14. She's Gone Rock Away Blues - 3:45
  15. 15. House Warmin' Boogie - 3:11
  16. 16. Blue Barrelhouse - 3:38
  17. 17. One Monkey Don't Stop the Show - 3:41
  18. 18. Tennessee Waltz Blues - 3:11
  19. 19. You Gotta Have Something on the Ball - 3:55
  20. 20. Oh What a Face - 3:32
  21. 21. Wee Wee Hours, Pt. 1 - 3:41
  22. 22. Wee Wee Hours, Pt. 2 - 2:29
  23. 23. New Found Love - 3:51
  24. 24. Meet You in the Morning - 2:17
  25. 25. My Little Rose - 3:31
  26. 26. No More Reveille - 2:29

CD: 2

  1. 27. Little Things We Used to Do - 3:39
  2. 28. Blues in My Heart & Tears in My Eyes - 2:15
  3. 29. Whiskey Women and Loaded Dice - 3:38
  4. 30. Head Happy with Wine - 2:24
  5. 31. I'm Doin' All This Time (And You Put Me Down) - 3:34
  6. 32. Dealin' from the Bottom - 3:41
  7. 33. Wiggle Waggle Woo - 2:18
  8. 34. Jungle Juice - 2:23
  9. 35. Ease My Worried Mind - 3:38
  10. 36. Things Have Changed - 3:32
  11. 37. Travelin' On - 2:21
  12. 38. Help Me Baby - 2:23
  13. 39. Double Crossin' Liquor - 3:42
  14. 40. Six to Eight - 3:33
  15. 41. Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter - 3:43
  16. 42. Sad, Bad, Glad - 3:53
  17. 43. Bad Nerves - 3:44
  18. 44. Sweet Baby Blues - 2:23
  19. 45. Don't Mistreat Me - 3:37
  20. 46. Four O'Clock in the Morning - 3:49
  21. 47. Sweet Lover - 3:35
  22. 48. Brownie's New Worried Life Blues - 3:34
  23. 49. I Was Fooled - 3:37
  24. 50. Confused - 3:32
  25. 51. It Hurts Me Too - 3:32
  26. 52. Contact Me - 2:20

CD: 3

  1. 53. Yellow Moon - 2:12
  2. 54. It's Over - 3:43
  3. 55. True Blues - 3:59
  4. 56. My Consolation - 3:58
  5. 57. New Sporting Life Blues - 3:49
  6. 58. C.C. Baby - 3:45
  7. 59. You Got to Love Me Baby Too - 3:53
  8. 60. My Other Home - 3:44
  9. 61. Weeping Willow - 3:32
  10. 62. Feed Me Baby - 3:42
  11. 63. Meet You in the Morning - 3:40
  12. 64. I Feel So Good - 3:32
  13. 65. Key to the Highway - 2:16
  14. 66. Stranger's Blues - 2:24
  15. 67. Sittin' on Top of the World - 3:46
  16. 68. Mean Old Frisco - 3:36
  17. 69. Mean Old Frisco - 3:42
  18. 70. New Bad Blood Blues - 3:19
  19. 71. Lover (Ease My Worried Mind) - 3:49
  20. 72. Dissatisfied Woman - 2:27
  21. 73. Pawn Shop Blues - 3:38
  22. 74. Forgive Me - 2:19
  23. 75. C.C. Rider, Where Did She Go - 2:14
  24. 76. Heartache Blues - 3:41
  25. 77. Read Good Feelin' - 3:04
  26. 78. Letter to Lightnin' Hopkins - 3:07
  27. 79. Smiling and Crying the Blues - 3:08

CD: 4

  1. 80. I'm Gonna Move Cross the River - 3:53
  2. 81. Heart in Sorrow - 3:01
  3. 82. Dissatisfied Blues - 3:52
  4. 83. Diamond Ring - 3:18
  5. 84. Way I Feel - 3:54
  6. 85. So Much Trouble - 3:53
  7. 86. Gone Baby Gone - 3:59
  8. 87. Tell Me Baby - 3:56
  9. 88. Sittin' Pretty - 3:32
  10. 89. Bottom Blues - 3:48
  11. 90. Keys to the Highway - 3:59
  12. 91. I Have Had My Fun - 3:05
  13. 92. Airplane Blues - 3:49
  14. 93. Telephone Blues - 3:26
  15. 94. Mad Man Blues - 4:34
  16. 95. Dirty Mistreater, Don't You Know - 3:45
  17. 96. Women Is Killing Me - 3:47
  18. 97. Harmonica Train - 3:54
  19. 98. Going Down Slow - 3:23
  20. 99. Man Ain't Nothin' But a Fool - 3:05
  21. 100. Baby, Let's Have Some Fun - 2:25
  22. 101. 4 O'Clock Blues - 3:06
  23. 102. Lonesome Room - 3:57
  24. 103. No Love Blues - 3:55
  25. 104. Wine Headed Woman - 3:40
  26. 105. Bad Luck Blues - 3:18

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Release Date
3/13/07 

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