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Mercury Blues 'n' Rhythm Story 1945-1955

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Mercury's monster eight-disc R&B box is impressively annotated, remastered, and packaged. The original paintings of R&B artists by Matt O'Neill that grace the cover of each two-disc jewelbox are especially good. Although Mercury's slate of artists was never as big or as influential as the Atlantic R&B roster, it did include middle-level stars like T-Bone Walker, Dinah Washington, Big Bill Broonzy, Sunnyland Slim, Memphis Slim, Robert Lockwood Jr., Jay McShann, Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny Otis, and Eddie "Mr. Cleanhead" Vinson, all of whom are represented here.

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Blues 'n' Rhythm Story devotes two discs to four regions--the Midwest, Southwest, West Coast, and East Coast. Featured artists range from the acclaimed (Professor Longhair, Lightnin' Hopkins, Jay McShann, "Cleanhead" Vinson, Dinah Washington) to the wayward. Nevertheless, the overall quality is remarkably high. The 88-page booklet helps put the music in perspective. This isn't a modest investment for a collector, but it's certainly among the elite of the R&B collections yet assembled. --Steven Stolder

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It's Just The Blues - Four Jumps Of Five
  2. Bedroom Blues - Sippie Wallace
  3. Buzz Me - Sippie Wallace
  4. My Baby Left Me - T-Bone Walker
  5. Come Back To Me Baby Blues - T-Bone Walker
  6. She Is Going To Ruin Me - T-Bone Walker
  7. Joy Juice - Dinah Washington
  8. If It's Good - Julia Lee
  9. Show Me Missouri Blues - Julia Lee
  10. Dream Lucky Blues - Julia Lee
  11. Doin' The Boogie Woogie - Albert Ammons, Piano & Rhythm Kings
  12. Suitcase Blues - Albert Ammons, Piano & Rhythm Kings
  13. Tell Your Best Friend Nothing - Myra Taylor
  14. Railroad Poorter's Blues - Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson & His Orchestra
  15. Gonna Send You Where I Got You From - Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson & His Orchestra
  16. Hold That Money - Gene Ammons Sextet
  17. I'm In My Sins This Morning - Myra Taylor
  18. Booted - Dinah Washington
  19. Long John Blues - Big Bill Broonzy & His Fat Four
  20. (I'm A) Wonderin' Man - Big Bill Broonzy & His Fat Four
  21. I Love My Wiskey - Big Bill Broonzy & His Fat Four
  22. You've been Mistreating Me - Big Bill Broonzy & His Fat Four
  23. I Stay Blues All The Time - Big Bill Broonzy & His Fat Four
  24. Water Coast Blues - Big Bill Broonzy & His Fat Four
  25. Shame On You Baby - St. Louis Jimmy
  26. I'm Not Satisfied - St. Louis Jimmy S

Disc: 2

  1. Mud Kickin' Woman - Sunnyland Slim & His Sunny Boys
  2. Everytime I Get To Drinkin' - Sunnyland Slim & His Sunny Boys
  3. Train Is Comin' - Memphis Slim & His Orchestra
  4. The Question - Memphis Slim & His Orchestra
  5. I'm A Good Rockin' Daddy - Ray Snead
  6. Drivin' Me Mad - Memphis Slim & His Orchestra
  7. Never Let Me Love - Memphis Slim & His Orchestra
  8. Train Time - Memphis Slim & His Orchestra
  9. Blue Evening - Memphis Slim & His Orchestra
  10. Get Back (Black, Brown And White) - Big Bill Broonzy
  11. Willie Mae - Big Bill Broonzy
  12. I Know She Will - Big Bill Broonzy
  13. Leavin' Day - Big Bill Broonzy & His Big Little Orchestra
  14. South Bound Train - Big Bill Broonzy & His Big Little Orchestra
  15. Tomorrow - Big Bill Broonzy & His Big Little Orchestra
  16. You Changed - Big Bill Broonzy & His Big Little Orchestra
  17. (I'm Gonna) Dig Myself A Hole - Robert Jr. Lockwood & His Band
  18. Dust My Broom - Robert Jr. Lockwood & His Band
  19. Glory Of Man - Robert Jr. Lockwood & His Band
  20. My Daily Wish - Robert Jr. Lockwood & His Band
  21. No Mail Blues - Memphis Slim & His Orchestra
  22. You're Gonna Need My Help Someday - Memphis Slim & His Orchestra
  23. Ain't Nothing But A Child - Sunnyland Slim & His Trio
  24. Brown Skinned Woman - Sunnyland Slim & His Trio
  25. Hit The Road Again - Sunnyland Slim & His Trio
  26. Gin Drinkin' Baby - Sunnyland Slim & His Trio
  27. Leap Year Blues - Sax Mallard & His Orchestra

Disc: 3

  1. Garfield Avenue Boogie - Jay McShann, His Piano & Orchestra
  2. Crown Prince Blues - Jay McShann, His Piano & Orchestra
  3. Shipyard Woman Blues - Jay McShann, His Piano & Orchestra
  4. W.B. Blues - Walter Brown
  5. Sloppy Drunk - Walter Brown
  6. Lovin' A Beggar - Walter Brown
  7. Miss Lollipop's Confession - Alma ' The Lollipop Mama' Mondy
  8. Love Troubles - Alma ' The Lollipop Mama' Mondy
  9. Baby Get Wise - Alma ' The Lollipop Mama' Mondy
  10. Byrd's Blues - Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers
  11. Her Mind Is Gone - Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers
  12. Bald Head - Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers
  13. Hey Now Baby - Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers
  14. Oh Well - Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers
  15. Boogie's The Thing - George Miller & His Mid-Driffs
  16. She Won't Leave No More - Little Joe Gaines
  17. Mercury Boogie - Hoise Dwine Craven
  18. Hadacol Bounce - Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers
  19. Longhair Stomp - Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers
  20. Been Fooling Around - Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers
  21. Between The Night And Day (In The Wee Wee Hours) - Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers
  22. Street Walkin' Daddy - Alma ' The Lollipop Mama' Mondy
  23. A Job For A Jockey - Alma ' The Lollipop Mama' Mondy
  24. Still My Little Angel Child - Alma ' The Lollipop Mama' Mondy
  25. Cloudy Weather Blues - Lee Garves
  26. Sixty Years And A Day - Lee Garves

Disc: 4

  1. Papa Said Yes, Mama Said No, No, No - Lee Graves
  2. I'm From Texas - Lee Graves
  3. Sittin' Here Wonderin' - Luther Stoneham
  4. January 11, 1949 Blues - Luther Stoneham
  5. I Don't Want No Woman - L.C. 'Lightnin' Jr.' Williams
  6. Louise - L.C. 'Lightnin' Jr.' Williams
  7. I Don't Like To Travel - L.C. 'Lightnin' Jr.' Williams
  8. Miss Georgia - 'Smokey' Hogg
  9. She's Aways On My Mind - 'Smokey' Hogg
  10. Dirty Mistreater - 'Smokey' Hogg
  11. I'm Looking For My Baby - 'Smokey' Hogg
  12. (All Alone) I Sit And Cry - Violet Hall
  13. Six Foot Papa (I'm A Whole Lot Of Woman) - Violet Hall
  14. Got A Mean Woman - John Hogg
  15. Why Did You Leave Me - John Hogg
  16. Sad News From Korea - Lightnin' Hopkins
  17. Let Me Fly Your Kite - Lightnin' Hopkins
  18. Gone With The Wind - Lightnin' Hopkins
  19. She's Almost Dead - Lightnin' Hopkins
  20. (In Love With A) Married Woman Blues - Elmore 'Elmo' Nixon
  21. Playboy Blues - Elmore 'Elmo' Nixon
  22. Cave Man Blues - Elmore 'Elmo' Nixon
  23. Million Dollar Blues - Elmore 'Elmo' Nixon
  24. Ain't It A Shame - Lightnin' Hopkins
  25. Crazy 'Bout My Baby - Lightnin' Hopkins

Disc: 5

  1. Ernestine - Jay NcShann & His Sextete
  2. Roll On Katy - Jay NcShann & His Sextete
  3. VooDoo Woman Blues - Jay NcShann & His Sextete
  4. I Want A Little Girl - Jay NcShann & His Sextete
  5. Bar Fly Blues - Jay NcShann & His Sextete
  6. Please Stop Playing These Blues, Boy - Jay NcShann & His Sextete
  7. All My Geets Are Gone - Jay NcShann & His Sextete
  8. Strange Woman Blues - Jay NcShann & His Sextete
  9. Bowlegged Boogie - Vivian Greene
  10. He's The Man (He's Tall And Cool) - Vivian Greene
  11. Red Light - Vivian Greene
  12. When A Man Has The Blues - Smiley Turner
  13. Lonely Boy Blues - Smiley Turner
  14. Beer Drinking Baby - Billy Valentine
  15. What's Good For One's Good For All - Chuck Norris & His Guitar
  16. Kinda Sick, Mostly Worried - Chuck Norris & His Guitar
  17. Hey Everybody - Chuck Norris & His Guitar
  18. I'd Rather Be Like A Hermit - Frankie Ervin
  19. High School Baby - Frankie Ervin
  20. West Coast lover - Big Jim Wynn & His Band
  21. Dog House Blues - Big Jim Wynn & His Band
  22. Just Kiss Me Once (And You'll Be Back) - Meredith Howard
  23. Worrying Blues - Ike Lloyd
  24. Boogie On The 88 - Ike Lloyd
  25. I Only Want Your Love - Ike Lloyd
  26. West Coast Blues - J.D. Ewards
  27. Mama Does The Boogie (Washington Ave. Boogie) - Red Johnson & His Orchestra

Disc: 6

  1. Call OPerator 210 - Johnny Oyis & His Orchestra
  2. Baby Baby Blues - Johnny Oyis & His Orchestra
  3. Gypsy Bllues - Johnny Oyis & His Orchestra
  4. Sugar Sugar - Johnny Oyis & His Orchestra
  5. Last Mile - Johnny Oyis & His Orchestra
  6. The Candle's Burning Low - Johnny Oyis & His Orchestra
  7. The Love Bug Boogie (That's The Way It's Gonna Be) - Johnny Oyis & His Orchestra
  8. Brown Skin Butterball - Johnny Oyis & His Orchestra
  9. The Game Is Over - Johnny Oyis & His Orchestra
  10. Keep Your Hand On Your Heart - Pat Valdelar
  11. Rock Me Baby - Pat Valdelar
  12. Boogie The Blues - Ray Johnson
  13. House Of Blues - Ray Johnson
  14. I'll Never Let You Go - Ray Johnson
  15. Smilin' Blues - Ray Johnson
  16. Something's Wrong - Herbert 'Woo Woo' Moore
  17. Five Long Letters - Herbert 'Woo Woo' Moore
  18. Unlucky Man - Mel Walker
  19. My baby - Mel Walker
  20. Another Sad Night - Mel Walker
  21. Feelin' Mighty Lonesome - Mel Walker
  22. I Have Decided - Mel Walker
  23. They Were Doing The Mambo - Joe Liggins & His Orchestra
  24. Honeydrippin' Daddy - Joe Liggins & His Orchestra
  25. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah - Joe Liggins & His Orchestra
  26. In My Neighborhood - Rollee McGill
  27. Rhythm Rockin' Blues - Rollee McGill

Disc: 7

  1. Jockey Blues - Bill & The Cats 'N Jammers Three
  2. Cherry Red Blues - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson
  3. Somebody's Gotta Go - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson
  4. To Many Women Blues - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson
  5. Just A Dream - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson
  6. I Like To Be Home Blues - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson
  7. Cleanhead Blues - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson
  8. When A Woman Loves Her Juice - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson
  9. Kidney Stew Blues - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson
  10. King For A Day Blues - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson
  11. Old Maid Boogie - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson
  12. Jet Propelled Papa - Helen Humes
  13. Hey, Sister Lucy! - Trenier Twins
  14. When I Get Drunk - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson & His Orchestra
  15. Oil Man Blues - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson & His Orchestra
  16. Ever-Ready Blues - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson & His Orchestra
  17. Have You Ever Missed Your Baby - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson & His Orchestra
  18. Some Women Do - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson & His Orchestra
  19. Alimony Blues - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson & His Orchestra
  20. I Took The Front Door In (I Took The Back Door Out) - Eddie 'Mr. Cleanhead' Vinson & His Orchestra
  21. Record Ban Blues - Dinah Washington
  22. Good Daddy Blues - Dinah Washington
  23. Baby Get Lost - Dinah Washington
  24. Fine Fine Daddy - Dinah Washington
  25. Please Send Me Someone To Love - Dinah Washington
  26. Under The Viaduct (In Atlanta G.A.) - Junior Tamplin
  27. Love Is A Sin - Junior Tamplin

Disc: 8

  1. Lonely Blues - Joyce Jackson
  2. Body Rocking Daddy - Joyce Jackson
  3. Lovin' Blues - Joyce Jackson
  4. New Blowtop Blues - Dinah Washington
  5. Worry, Worry, Worry - Joe Houston
  6. Mumbles Blues - 'Manhattan' Paul Bascomb
  7. Hittin' On Me - Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra
  8. Don't Give My Good Love Away - Zilla Mays
  9. Thank You - Zilla Mays
  10. The Other Side - Zilla Mays
  11. I'm Just Your Fool - Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra
  12. Shut Your Big Mouth (Girl) - Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra
  13. Sloppy Daddy Blues - Stomp Gordon
  14. Juicy Lucy - Stomp Gordon
  15. What's Her Whimsey, Dr. Kinsey - Stomp Gordon
  16. Walk Around The Corner - Stomp Gordon
  17. Short John - Dinah Washington
  18. This Is All - Jay Hawkins
  19. What That Is - Jay Hawkins
  20. (She Put The) Wamee (On Me) - Jay Hawkins
  21. Well I Tried - Jay Hawkins
  22. Talk About Me - Jay Hawkins
  23. Sweet And Slow - Titus Turner
  24. Big John - Titus Turner
  25. All Around the World - Titus Turner
  26. Woke Up This Morning - Arthur Prysock


Product details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001EH1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,014 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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