The Playlist • Some October Additions to the Collection
A few of this month’s new favorite finds, for your enjoyment. Always looking to acquire similar material in fine condition (true E– minimum, with exceptions made only for real rarities). You are welcome to email your lists of disposables. Please be brutally honest in your assessment of condition, and use standard VJM grading; note all defects, including grainy surfaces and any label discoloration or damage; and state your asking price (no trade offers, please).
REV. A. W. NIX & CONGREGATION: Pay Your Honest Debts (EE+)
Chicago: c. January 1930
Vocalion 1470 (mx. C 5197 – ) The take selected is not shown in the pressing, and the surviving Brunswick documentation for this period is largely missing or incomplete.
JIM JACKSON: Bootlegging Blues (EE+)
Memphis Auditorium: February 14, 1928
Unissued Victor mx. BVE 41904 – 1 (test pressing) This take is unlisted in Blues and Gospel Records (Dixon, Godrich & Rye), although it is documented in the Victor files. Take 2 was issued on Victor 21268 in April 1928.
MEMPHIS MINNIE: New Caught Me Wrong Again (E)
Chicago: June 22, 1937
Vocalion 03966 (mx. C 2056 – 1) Accompanying personnel are unlisted in the surviving American Record Corporation documentation. Blues and Gospel Records suggests Blind John Davis as the probable pianist but doesn’t hazard a guess on the bassist.
CAROLINA TAR HEELS: Shanghai in China (E+)
Charlotte NC: August 11, 1927
Victor 20941 (mx. BVE 39795 – 2) Contains racist lyrics, but an otherwise great record. Personnel per Victor ledger: Gwen Foster (vocal, guitar, harmonica); Dock Walsh (vocal, banjo). Victor’s dealer-stock tag describes this as a clarinet polka!
CARROLL DICKERSON’S SAVOY ORCHESTRA: Black Maria (EE+)
Chicago: May 25, 1928
Brunswick 3990 (mx. C 1977 – A)
RED NICHOLS & HIS FIVE PENNIES: Back Beats (E)
New York: March 3, 1927
Brunswick 3490 (mx. E 21721 – 2)
HOPI INDIAN CHANTERS (GROUP OF M. W. BILLINGSLEY):
Chant of the Snake Dance (E+)
New York: March 30, 1926
Victor 20043 (mx. BVE 35252 – 2)
Collector’s Corner (Free MP3s) • Some May 2020 Additions
Louisville Jug Band, Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe, Fletcher Henderson, Cliff Jackson, Carolina Tar Heels
Some of this month’s favorite new additions to the collection, for your entertainment. We’re always looking to purchase more records of this type, if in top condition; let us know what you have on your disposables list.
CLIFFORD HAYES’ LOUISVILLE JUG BAND (as Old Southern Jug Band): Blues, Just Blues, That’s All (E– to V++)
St. Louis: November 24, 1924
Vocalion 14958 (mx. Ch 336)
MEMPHIS MINNIE & KANSAS JOE: You Got to Move (You Ain’t Got to Move) — Part 2 (EE–)
Chicago: August 31, 1934
Decca 7038 (mx. C 9389)
BIG BILL (BROONZY): C and A Blues (E-)
Chicago: June 20, 1935
Oriole 5-12-65 (ARC mx. C 1020 – B) Probably Louis Lasky, second guitar.
FLETCHER HENDERSON & HIS ORCHESTRA: Hop Off (EE+)
Chicago: September 14, 1928
Brunswick 4119 (mx. C 2315 – A or -B) The take used is not indicated in the pressing or the Brunswick files. This recording was made just two weeks after Henderson sustained serious injuries in an auto accident in Kentucky, while on an extended tour with the band.
CLIFF JACKSON & HIS KRAZY KATS (as Tuxedo Syncopators):
Horse Feathers (V+)
New York: c. January 1930
Madison 5098 (Grey Gull mx. 3866 – A / Madison ctl. 337)
CAROLINA TAR HEELS: Shanghai in China (E–)
Charlotte, NC: August 11, 1927 Victor 20941 (mx. BVE 39795 – 3) Gwen Foster (vocal, guitar, harmonica) and Dock Walsh (vocal, banjo), per the Victor files.