Various Artists – Blue 88s: Unreleased Piano Blues Gems 1938-1942 (Vinyl LP)


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*This is a Vinyl LP*

Release Date:  2017

Label:  Hi Horse Records


Track List

Side A

A1. Curtis Jones – My Blues Is Risin’ 2:46
A2. Willie “Boodle It” Right – Xmas Blues 2:44
A3. Curtis Jones – Levee Side Blues 3:01
A4. Poor Boy Burke – Your Loving Ways 2:55
A5. Poor Boy Burke – Bad Condition Blues 2:51
A6. Roosevelt Sykes – Mellow Queen Swing 2:35
A7. Roosevelt Sykes – Floating Power Blues 2:44
A8. Roosevelt Sykes – Make Up Your Mind 2:58

Side B

B1. Roosevelt Sykes – Training Camp Blues 2:51
B2. Roosevelt Sykes – Back Biting Snitchers 2:39
B3. Roosevelt Sykes – You Got to Run Me Down 2:39
B4. Roosevelt Sykes – From the Cradle to the Grave 2:45
B5. Roosevelt Sykes – Motherless Child 2:58
B6. Roosevelt Sykes – Sugar Babe Blues 2:48
B7. Roosevelt Sykes – The World Is Upside Down 2:54
B8. Roosevelt Sykes – I Got You Figured Out 2:55
B9. Roosevelt Sykes – You Done Got Hip 2:35



Hi Horse Records is proud to present the first in a projected series of unreleased tracks from the same sources: Blue 88s is an amazing collection of piano blues recorded between 1938-1942 for the Columbia and Okeh labels. 15 of the 17 tracks are previously unreleased gems that showcase some of the premier blues pianists and vocalists of the era: Curtis Jones, Roosevelt Sykes, Willie ‘Boodle It’ Right and Poor Boy Burke. Includes a 20 page booklet with a detailed essay by Mark Humphrey on the history and popularity of the piano, and blues pianists in particular, plus the lyrics to all the songs. The legendary Roosevelt Sykes a.k.a. ‘The Honeydripper’ is represented on this compilation with 12 tracks, 10 of them previously unissued while Curtis Jones and Poor Boy Burke have 2 each while Willie ‘Boodle It’ Right has 1. Nimble fingers, knowing voices and earthy lyrics abound on this collection. Blues is to music what salt is to food – Roosevelt Sykes

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