V.A. - Super Rare Electric Blues '60s Era (2014)
Terrific set of great electric blues rarities - mostly from the 60s along with some from the 50s. Includes tracks not previously reissued on CD as well as many hard to find on CD. The emphasis is on tracks featuring hot guitar and it doesn't get much hotter than Sly Williams' Boot Hill with a guitar solo that will peel the paint off your walls and the flip I Believe In A Woman is almost as tough. There are a fair number of great blues guitar instrumentals including three by Ike Turner - two of them under his alter ego of Icky Renrut. There are more instrumentals from the great New York guitarist Jimmy Spruill (one under his own name and one with The Charlie Lucas Combo), the superb and influential West Coast guitarist Lafayette (who also sings on the superb Weekly Blues), The Rocking Brothers (hot group with Johnny Guitar Watson on guitar who also appears on Floyd Dixon's Let's Go Smitty), Earl Hooker, two instrumentals from the Johnny Otis Orch. featuring stellar guitar from Pete Guitar Lewis and others. On the vocal side we have fine sides from Juke Boy Bonner, Guitar Tommy Moore, Bob Reed (a fine version of Howling Wolf's I'm Leaving You), Johnny Morisette, Willie Cobbs, Little Miss Janice (superb bluesy gospel from 14 year old vocalist accompanying herself with very funky guitar), G."Davy" Crockett, Prince Charles, Jimmy Witherspoon (his unexpected but very effective cover of the rock 'n' roll hit Endless Sleep) and lots more. Superb sound and brief introductory notes from compiler James Austin.
DISC 1: 01. Icky Renrut - Ho Ho 02. Wild Jimmy Spruill - Hard Grind 03. Juke Boy Bonner - Rock With Me Baby 04. Lafayette Thomas with Al Price Orchestra - The Thing 05. Flash Terry - She's My Baby 06. Sly Williams - I Believe In A Woman 07. Piano Slim - Squeezing 08. Guitar Tommy Moore - I Ain't Botherin' Nobody 09. The Rocking Brothers - Behind The Sun 10. Guitar Shorty - Ways Of A Man 11. Lafayette Thomas - Weekly Blues 12. Johnny Otis feat. Pete ''Guitar'' Lewis - One Nighter Blues 13. Bob Reed & His Band - I'm Leaving You 14. Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers - In The Wee Wee Hours 15. Floyd Dixon feat. Johnny ''Guitar'' Watson - Let's Go Smitty 16. Johnny Morrisette - Brick 17. Ike Turner - Cubano Jump 18. Lafayette Thomas - Lafayette's A-Coming 19. The Egyptians - Party Stomp 20. Willie Cobbs - You Don't Love Me 21. Muvva ''Guitar'' Hubbard & The Stompers - Congo Mombo 22. Little Miss Janice - Scarred Knees 23. Charlie Lucas Combo - Walkin' 24. Johnny Jones & The King Casuals - Blues For The Brothers 25. Cliff Driver & His Drivers - Changing Times
DISC 2: 01. Gus Jinkins & Orchestra - Tricky 02. John Fred & His Playboy Band - Boogie Children 03. Buddy Guy & His Band - You Sure Can't Do 04. G ''Davy'' Crockett - Did You Ever Love Somebody 05. Johnny Otis Orchestra feat. Pete ''Guitar'' Lewis - Midnight In The Barrel House 06. Sly Williams - Boot Hill 07. Buddy Guy & His Band - This Is The End 08. George Smith - All Last Night 09. Guitar Tommy Moore - Your Car Machine 10. Lafayette Thomas - Cockroach Run 11. Benny Sharp & His Orchestra - St. Louis Sunset Twist 12. Lonnie Brooks - Mr. Hot Shot 13. Prince Charles - Come On Home 14. Henry Artis & The Nitehawks - I've Got The Blues So Bad 15. Guitar Crusher feat. Jimmy Spruill Orchestra - Since My Baby Hit The Numbers 16. Earl Hooker - Wild Moments 17. Icky Renrut (vocal by Jimmy Thomas) - Jack Rabbit 18. Claude & The Hightones - High Sailing 19. Larry Dale feat. Mickey Baker & Champion Jack Dupree - Midnight Hours 20. The Poor Boys - Washboard 21. Artie Wilson - Tarzan 22. Homesick James - Set A Date 23. Mercy Baby - Pleadin' 24. Bobo Jenkins - Nothing But Love 25. Jimmy Witherspoon - Endless Sleep
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