Collectors’ Corner (MP3 Downloads) • Some February Finds – Victor Jazz and Blues Classics on Vinyl
Several favorites from a nice batch of c. 1960-1970s RCA blank-labeled vinyl pressings from the original Victor stampers. These were made in very small quantities, often in conjunction with reissue programs or for other special purposes, and were not intended for sale. As a result, they rarely turn up in general circulation (as these did, much to our surprise, at a recent estate sale). They are not true “test pressings — although many dealers represent them as such — but are still highly desirable because of their limited availability and superior surfaces. Enjoy!
MEMPHIS JUG BAND: He’s in the Jail House Now
Memphis Auditorium: November 21, 1930
BVE 62990 – 2 (original issue Victor 23256)
MEMPHIS JUG BAND (Memphis Minnie [McCoy], vocal): Bumble Bee Blues
Memphis Auditorium: May 26, 1930
BVE 59993 – 2 (original issue Victor V-38599)
LOUIS DUMAINE’S JAZZOLA EIGHT (Leonard Mitchell, vocal): Franklin Street Blues
New Orleans: March 7, 1927
BVE 37979 – 1 (original issue Victor 20580)
THE MISSOURIANS: Ozark Mountain Blues
New York: June 3, 1929
BVE 53803 -2 (original issue Victor V-38071)
THOMAS [FATS] WALLER: Messin’ Around with the Blues
Camden, NJ (Church studio): January 14, 1927
BVE 37361 – 3 (original issue Victor 20655)
CHARLIE JOHNSON & HIS PARADISE BAND: The Rock [issued as “The Boy in the Boat”]
New York: September 19, 1928
BVE 47531 – 1 (alternate take; original issue in 1939 on Bluebird B-10248)
Discographical data are from the original Victor files, courtesy of John Bolig.
MEMPHIS JUG BAND (Will Shade, vocal) : Sometimes I
Think I Love You
Victor Laboratory, Chicago: June 9, 1927
Released: September 16, 1927 — Deleted 1929
Victor 20809 (mx. BVE 38657 – 1) Not designated as a race release in the Victor files.
MEMPHIS JUG BAND (Vol Stevens, vocal): Coal Oil Blues
Memphis Auditorium: February 13, 1928
Released: May 4, 1928 — Deleted: 1930
Victor 21278 (mx. BVE 41888 – 2) Designated as a race release in the Victor files. From a tape transfer supplied by the late Mike Stewart.
MEMPHIS JUG BAND (as “Carolina Peanut Boys”; Charlie Nickerson, vocal): You Got Me Rollin’
Memphis Auditorium: November 28, 1930
Released: June 19, 1931 — Deletion date unlisted
Victor 23274 (mx. BVE 64741 – 2) The band’s identity is confirmed in the Victor ledger. From a tape transfer supplied by the late Mike Stewart.
MEMPHIS JUG BAND: Jazbo Stomp
Chicago: November 6, 1934
Mx. C 782 – 2 (commercially issued on Okeh 8955) From a c. 1960s blank-labeled vinyl pressing from the original stamper
MEMPHIS JUG BAND (Will Shade and Charlie Burse, vocal):
Little Green Slippers
Chicago: November 7, 1934
Mx. C 784 – 1 (commercially issued on Okeh 8966/ Vocalion 03050) From a c. 1960s blank-labeled vinyl pressing from the original stamper.