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4.0 out of 5 stars 1962 Blues Album Rarity By "The Honeydripper" Given A Great Remaster, 10 July 2008
Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sings the Blues (Audio CD)
"Sings The Blues" is part of Ace Records "HIP POCKET" series - 5" card repro sleeves of rare and iconic albums from across many genres. This November 2006 re-issue replicates that ultra-rare US-only 1962 album "Sings The Blues" on Crown Records CLP 5287. It's a proper remaster from the original analogue tapes and the sound is SUPERB - loud and clear - a typically brill job done by one of Britain's truly great re-issue labels.

The band for the album consisted of:
ROOSEVELT "The Honeydripper" SYKES on Piano
OETT "Sax" MALLARD on Saxophone
WILLIE DIXON on Upright Bass
ARMAND "Jump" JACKSON on Drums

The music is slow piano-based blues with a slight New Orleans twist on some of the tracks - a sort of harder version of Fat Domino. All songs are Sykes originals, while 2, 3 and 6 to 10 are originals co-written with JOE JOSEA - who also did the liner notes on the rear sleeve. It doesn't say who played the excellent guitar work on "Gone With The Wind", "Out On A Limb" and especially "Casual Friend" - but it's all good.

I picked up my copy from the wonderful musicshop independent SISTER RAY on Berwick Street in London for a fiver.

A nice album then - nicely presented. Recommended.

PS: For other titles in the ACE RECORDS "HIP POCKET" series - see LISTMANIA in Amazon.CO.UK where I've posted a list containing all 23 titles so far.
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