Leroy Carr is one of the writers and singers most admired by the great bluesmen of his and later periods, like Robert Lockwood, Jr. and Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, both whom continue to ply his music with great joy. The recordings from which these CDs are made are old, and, in truth, they were not what we think of as good when they were new, but Leroy's quality and range shine through. Two of the songs on this set are the same song, different versions ("How Long, How Long Blues", and "How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone"), but since it is one of his best, two takes are not unwelcome. His song "In the Evening" is sadly not in this collection but Robert Lockwood, Jr. does that song better than anyone, on "The Legend live" (catalog MC0051). Carr displays at least three styles in this set, most of which you will have heard later musicians use, and while a couple of songs are dark, a laarger amount will be new and fun, like "Papa's on the Housetop" (if you imagine a day with everything falling apart and, to top it off, your papa has retired to the roof, you have the picture). This is a great place to find out why so many good blues men admire Carr, and a great 2fer value.
To hear better versions of a few of Carr's songs, check the Lockwood CD above, and Perkins "Born in the Delta". One sad part of old recordings is they were often recorded with a single mike that doesn't let the stars come through. Lockwood and Perkins fix that, but these CDs are well worth having.