Various Artists – Rhythm ‘n’ Bluesin’ by the Bayou: Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies

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Release Date:  2015

Label:  Ace UK

 

Track List

1. Little Victor & His Orchestra – Papa Lou And Gran
2. Katie Webster – Hoo Wee, Sweet Daddy
3. Tabby Thomas – I’d Love To Tell
4. Lester Robertson – Pretty Woman (Take It Home To Grandma)
5. Guitar Gable – Long Way From Home
6. Anna Mae Rogers – I Called You Up Daddy
7. Mad Dog Sheffield – I Got Fever (Wicked Fever)
8. Carol Fran – Knock Knock
9. Leroy Washington – Sally Lou
10. Lionel Torrence – Rooty Tooty
11. Sad Leroy White – A Merry Christmas
12. Wonder Boy Travis – You Know Yeah
13. Lazy Lester – Tell Me Pretty Baby
14. Clifton Chenier – Hey Ma Ma
15. Eddie Williams – Ain’t Nothing Shakin’ (But Leaves On The Tree)
16. Mad Dog Sheffield – Mad Dog
17. King Karl & Guitar Gable – Mary Lou
18. Lester Robertson – Ooh Wee, Pretty Baby
19. Carol Fran – One More Chance
20. Frank Simien – Don’t Let Me Down
21. Leroy Washington – Hello Baby, What You Know
22. Katie Webster & Ashton Conroy – I Want You To Love Me
23. Katie Webster & Bobby Jay – Hey Mr. Love
24. Jimmy Dotson – I Need Your Love
25. Charles Morris – When It Rains It Really Pours
26. Leroy Washington – Baby Please Come Home
27. Clarence Garlow – I’ll Never Hold It Against You
28. Lester Robertson & The Upsetters – Take It Home To Grandma

 

Review

Ten volumes into their seemingly never-ending, always-excellent By the Bayou series, Ace returns to R&B for Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies. Like nearly all of its predecessors, this is primarily archival — i.e., there aren’t a lot of familiar names, but there are acts that have popped up on previous Bayou installments because, at this point, it’s been proven that the well is deep but not fathomless. Newly discovered cuts by unknowns can hardly be called “recycling,” and this, like its cousins, is pretty close to straight-up aural dynamite. Most of these 28 tracks come from J.D. Miller’s Crowley studio in Southern Louisiana, appearing on imprints like Flyright, Goldband, Zynn, and Rod in the late ’50s and early ’60s although this is also graced by some previously unreleased cuts and sides that popped up on previous archival comps. Some familiar rhythms and musical motifs pop up — there are echoes of other, better-known New Orleans songs, not to mention two variations of Lester Roberts’ hopping “Take It Home to Grandma” — and there’s a pretty wide variety of sounds here, too, ranging from the greasy blues of Lazy Lester and the zydeco of Clifton Chenier to rhumbas, piano boogies, relaxed shuffles, and hard-driving guitar blues. If there’s not one song that delivers a full-fledged knock-out, there are no dogs in the bunch, either: it keeps the party cooking until the early hours and, and given the nine equally good discs which have preceded Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies, that’s pretty remarkable indeed.     Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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