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Roosevelt Sykes Sings the Blues
 
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Roosevelt Sykes Sings the Blues

5 Dec. 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 5 Dec. 2011
  • Release Date: 5 Dec. 2011
  • Label: Backtracks Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Backtracks Records
  • Total Length: 25:41
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  • ASIN: B006IZ4W78
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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Format: 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 CD reissue on Ace CDCHM 1132 (Barcode 02966702521) 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 (25: 45 minutes) 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. "Slave For Love" (1), "Out On A Limb" (4) and "Honey Child" (5) are Roosevelt "The Honeydripper" Sykes originals - while "Gone With The Wind" (2), "Wild Side" (3), "Never Loved Like This Before" (6), "Last Chance (7), "Casual Friend" (8), "Your Will Is Mine" (9) and "Hupe Dupe Do" (10) are co-written with JOE JOSEA.

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 `so' good. And I love that "Beale Street" artwork with its original JOE TAUBLING liner notes on the rear.

I picked up my copy from the wonderful independent record shop SISTER RAY on Berwick Street in London for a fiver. A very cool reissue in its skinny-minnie repro card sleeve...

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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