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  • Audio CD (February 10, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delmark
  • ASIN: B000004BM4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mary Jo
2. Not Any More Tears
3. Raggedy Ride
4. Mood Indigo
5. Perfect Woman
6. My Great Love Affair
7. Rug Cutter
8. Lovin' Man
9. All Night Long
10. Never Start Living
11. Snag The Britches
12. Please Send Her Back To Me
13. Night Train
14. Ella Louise
15. Stop Boogie Woogie
16. My Hat's On The Side Of My Head
17. Perfect Woman
18. Do The Do
19. Drunken Blues
20. She Needs To Be Loved
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one of the top R&B records of 1952, a tribute to the legendary woman who "went up to Alaska just to melt the snow"; the Blazes brought vitality & showmanship to the early years of R&B & became one of Chicago's hottest vocal combos

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Delmark Records should be lauded for its remarkable United Records reissue program. This series gives overdue recognition to the first successful black-owned record company, plus it allows us to rediscover Chicago musical treasures like the Four Blazes. With smooth doo-wop vocals and the colorful sax of Eddie Chamblee, the Four Blazes topped the national charts in 1952 with the irresistible single "Mary Jo." But subsequent efforts didn't fare as well, so this slick vocal combo had to settle for regional immortality with their jive-influenced R&B. Proof of the group's brilliance can be heard in the uptempo jumps "Rug Cutter" and "Raggedy Ride," a vocal version of Jimmy Forrest's "Night Train," and the sparse beauty of "My Great Love Affair." But the most outstanding cut is their four-part harmony on Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," featuring a four-measure sustained note that will send chills up your spine. --Ken Hohman

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When compiling an early 50's rock 'n' roll CD collection a group that is sure to be at risk for omission is the Four Blazes. While that era (1948-1953) in general is constantly in danger of being forgotten entirely by those chronicling rock's rise to prominence, the Four Blazes in particular seem destined for modern obscurity. While the Orioles, Ravens, Dominoes and Clovers all have something notable (be it a reknowned lead singer, legendary record label or one huge crossover hit) to keep their names afloat the Four Blazes have nothing but the music they recorded as their legacy and that music, as great as it may be, is surely never heard by most.
But here's your chance to make amends and get into heaven for your good deeds because "Mary Jo" is an excellent collection that could reverse those shameful trends of neglect if only more people would take the chance to discover it. The title track (a #1 R&B hit from '52) is what keeps their name from being completely whitewashed from the history books, a smooth uptempo ditty about a girl who left the lead singer, albeit with good memories. It has enough in common with what would eventually become known as "doo wop" to remain at least a footnote in that musical subgenre's story and completist collectors of that style will surely want to have this CD for that song alone. But to stop there would be a crime because this was a very polished and well-honed group with some superb recordings covering a wider array of styles than most vocal harmony outfits of the time.
One of the reasons for this was their experience - by 1952 when they broke onto the charts they'd already been around in one form or another for over a decade and the particular assemblage that cut these tracks had been together since 1948.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 1998
Format: Audio CD
At the same time Muddy Waters, et al, were establishing Chicago of the late 40's/early 50's as the capital of urban blues, there was another genre of black music being made on the West coast. Acts like the Johnny Otis Band, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, and Louis Jordan, to name but a few, were making a sophisticated flavor of R&B known as Jump Blues. This collection by the Four Blazes is strong proof that Chicago was involved as well. One of the first things I noticed on listening to this disc is the vocal work of Tommy Braden: smooth and mellow, he also had an edge that many crooners lacked. But he's not the only high point. The ensemble vocals, Floyd McDaniel's guitar work, and especially Paul Holt's beautifully spare drum work, are all top notch. In fact, I think every modern drummer should be forced to listen to this album: Holt uses brushes on a single small drum throughout (it might even be a cardboard box!) and accomplishes more than most players could with an entire roomful of instruments. If you like early Nat "King" Cole trio, Louis Jordan, or just want to know more about Jump Blues, this is a must-have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smokey Lynx on August 2, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Both the editorial and customer reviews are correct and to the point and this album is a hidden gem by a group of guys who were very talented. Tenor Sax master Julian Dash is the fifth Blazer appearing on only the records and a few special shows, but like Billy Preston playing with The Beatles, brings a lot to the music with him.
Any fan of The early Mills Brothers, Cats And a Fiddle , Nat Cole Trio etc. will want this for their collection. For some reason it appears titled incorrectly as Four Blazers and is tricky to locate unless you know what you're after or come across it by chance.
These recordings are from the United/States labels of the early fifties and thanks to Bob Koester of Delmark Records purchase of their masters we are able to enjoy them. I have a handful of this labels reissues from Delmark and all so far are excellent
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