Roosevelt Sykes – The Roosevelt Sykes Collection 1929-47 (3 CD Set)


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Release Date:  2014

Label:  Acrobat Music


Track List

Disc 1

1 44 Blues
2 Boot That Thing
3 Henry Ford Blues
4 Skeet And Garret
5 Roosevelt’s Blues
6 Lost All I Had Blues
7 32-20 Blues
8 3-6 & 9
9 Kelly’s Special
10 Nasty But It’s Clean
11 Highway 61 Blues
12 Big Legs Ida Blues
13 D-B-A Blues
14 Dirty Mother For You (Don’t You Know)
15 She Left Me Cold In Hand
16 Cannon Ball
17 Jet Black Snake
18 Driving Wheel blues
19 Sister Kelly Blues
20 The Honey Dripper
21 Night Time Is The Right Time
22 Little And Low
23 Monte Carlo Blues
24 Hospital, Heaven Or Hell
25 Drunken Gambler

Disc 2

1 Love Lease Blues
2 Hard Lead Pencil
3 Sad Yas Yas (You Fade Away Like Morning Dew)
4 The Road To Ruin
5 Mistake In Life
6 Night Time Is The Right Time No. 2
7 She’s Long Gone
8 The Train Is Coming (No More Baby Talk)
9 Down On My Knees
10 Have You Seen Ida B.
11 44 Blues
12 Bitter Cup Blues
13 Journey From The Germs
14 You Can’t Fix It Back
15 Get Your Bow Out (Then You Will Understand)
16 Yellow Yam Blues
17 Right Now
18 Essie Mae Blues
19 She’s Got What it Takes
20 Pistol Shootin’ Blues
21 Eight Ball Blues
22 47th Street Jive
23 Doin’ The Sally Long (Flames Of Evaporation)
24 Low As A Toad
25 Prison Gate Blues

Disc 3

1 K.M.A. Blues
2 Just Hanging Around
3 Pay Day Blues
4 15c A Day
5 Roll On Blues
6 Keep Your Hands Off Her
7 Skin And Bone Blues
8 Let The Black Have His Way
9 Third Degree Blues
10 Training Camp Blues
11 Sugar Babe Blues
12 I Wonder
13 Love Has Something To Say
14 Tender Hearted Woman Blues (I’ll Wear The Pants)
15 Don’t Push Me Around
16 Date Bait
17 Tonight
18 Living In A Different World
19 Flames Of Jive
20 Bop De Bip
21 Bobby Sox Blues
22 Walkin’ And Drinkin’
23 Mama Mama
24 Booze Blues
25 Until The Cows Come Home



Roosevelt Sykes was a hugely popular and influential exponent of the rollicking barrel-house style of blues piano playing and songwriting whose core career spanned the decades spanning WWII. Recording initially under a variety of names, and finding his greatest popularity when he adopted the soubriquet ‘The Honeydripper’, he recorded a substantial body of work variously for the Okeh, Decca and RCA Victor labels, which included classics of the genre like “The Honeydripper”, “Night Time Is The Right Time”, “44 Blues”, “Boot That Thing” and “Driving Wheel Blues”. This great value 75-track 3-CD set selects material from across those key decades of his career from his earliest recordings through to the time when he began to be overtaken by the new electric blues in the late ‘40s. It includes solo recordings along with those as a duo with a drummer, and, in the later years, with a variety of small groups in a much more R&B-flavoured style.

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