Monday, February 28, 2011

Huggin' and kissin' is what I've been missin'........

I was supposed to get this post up earlier today, in fact I've been trying to post this record for a very long time. But there have been problems......

First: This record brings up a lot of memories. It's one of my dad's favorites, and I undoubtedly heard it for the first time as a kid in my grandmother's house. That's the house where I developed my fascination with records. My grandmother is now dead and very much missed. Every time I've tried to write something about this cut in the past, I've gotten bogged down in worthy, but also very messy, sentiment. Playing this record is like having an old friend visit.

Second: I have a good bit of anecdotal evidence that this record sold because of this b-side, not because of "Confessin' A Feeling" which is the cut listed as making the charts. Thus I get a little twisted-up every time I try to figure out how that could possibly be and find myself close to shouting, "Isn't it obvious, this side was the real hit!!!". I have no doubt "Confessing' A Feeling" got a lot of airplay, but apparently what people remembered at the record store were those times when DJs flipped the 45 over. And they did flip it over. Folks in Texas tell me the song was in rotation on Top 40 radio stations. My dad say's there was a time in New Orleans when you couldn't go to a party without hearing "Got'a Get My Baby Back Home" played five times in a row.

That about covers it. At least I finally got something written. Such as it is.

Derek's got "Confessin' A Feeling" posted here. Don't be confused by the different label, his is the issue distributed nationally, mine's the local pressing.

Hope ya'll enjoy the non-hit b-side [uh huh].....

Friday, February 25, 2011

Homegoing....with the Rebirth Brass Band

For some reason I can't get this to re-size. Which sucks. And it's playing very badly once on the page. Best to just follow this link.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

You don't know....

We're still getting used to the new Momma/Poppa/Baby Bear dynamic, but ya know, so far it's not nearly as big of deal as I expected. A little early to say for sure, but could be we've got ourselves a happy [as opposed to cranky] baby. She seems very good to me, which I suppose means she doesn't take after her mama at all.

Can I say I'm totally relieved the pregnancy is over? I-really-did-not-enjoy-it-one-bit. I mean, what's there to enjoy about feeling like you're mutating into a whale...complete with blubber, bristles, and the inability to walk on dry land? Personally speaking, I think it's worth beaucoup bucks to no longer have 7+ pounds pressing on my bladder or alternatively pushing against my lungs so hard that I can't breathe. Does that make me weird?

Anyway, I feel like I've been given my life back rather than had it taken away. Baby Girl, I can deal with. Feeling like total shit all the time is a whole other story. I think I did very well over the last six months not to fill this blog with insane rants about swelling feet, itching skin, or how my hair color suddenly changed to black.

Continuing in that vein, I promise to only bring up the subject of "babywearing" when absolutely necessary. Recipes for baby food and "breast pumps" are also off limits. Please take note.
Here's another pre-Stax 45 by Ruby Johnson. I'm not sure about the yellow label, most of the Neb's issues I've seen have red labels. Could be this is an early re-issue. Which doesn't really matter to me 'cause I got it ultra-cheap.

I said it the last time I posted Ruby Johnson and I still can't think of a better description of her recordings.....the girl is ferocious.

My only complaint is that I can't crank it up at the moment......

But ya'll can, right?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I don't know about ya'll out there....

A very sweet and somewhat hard to find record by Bobby LaCour. Strictly speaking it's one of three total, although there is another 45 credited to someone else on which LaCour provides minimal vocals. I've yet to find a copy of that one.

More or less my theme song at the moment. I happen to like LaCour's version better than George Jackson's original. It's a little more upbeat, the horn chart is tighter, and there are no annoying back up singers. LaCour may not have been quite the singer that Jackson was but certainly has his own special appeal. I wish he'd recorded more.

On the whole, Senator Jones' productions get little love, but in my opinion the Bobby LaCour sides are different. Notice the name John Berthelot on the label. He undoubtedly did the actual production work. Berthelot is a well respected composer/arranger/music teacher/ex-label owner who still occasionally plays jazz around New Orleans.

Hope ya'll enjoy....

Friday, February 18, 2011

How can he treat me this way....

A friend sent this along as a "birth-day" present. It's Shirley Raymond's only release. I'm not sure, but could be this side's never been comped. Google makes me think it hasn't, but I have a hard time accepting that a cut this good hasn't been re-issued somewhere, sometime.

It's not as though it's unknown. Mr. Finewine likes the tune a good bit. He's played it at least four times on his show, which given the seemingly infinite depth of that man's crates says quite a lot. But ya know, his playlists are the only online evidence I can find of it getting spins, which makes me think the 45 is a tough-ish find. Certainly I didn't have an mp3 of "What A Wedding Day" until I ripped my own.

The flip-side, "You're Gonna Miss Me", shows up here and there, but as far as I can tell never tied to comp or even a label scan. I'm thinking most or all were sourced from Sir Shambling's site where a download has been available for some time. Could be it's never been comped's just "around".

Only saying because I'm surprised. Raymond's voice is top notch, it's a seriously good record.

The the interplay of bass and drums is the thing on "What A Wedding Day". Sir Shambling suggests that John Boudreaux is on the sticks, and as far as I'm concerned Charles Mingus might as well be playing the bass [that's a very small joke]. You can read what Shambling has to say and pick up the flip-side where Raymond really shows off her pipes, here.

As a side note....the Amistad Research Center in Hartford, Conn. has put up a small exhibition called "Keeping The Music Alive" to celebrate their recent acquisition of Harold Battiste's papers. Too bad it's not closer to home, there a few items in the show I'd like to see. One of the exhibits is a copy of this 45. Since I can't find a discography, I'm taking that to mean this is first record issued on the At Last label.

Hope ya'll enjoy....

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Praise Him with stringed instruments, Part 4.

Another Sacred Steel clip, this time from the Church Of The Living God [Jewell Dominion]. It's maybe 15-20 years old [?].

Very little of what I post is foreign to me. Mostly, I didn't come to the music from outside sources, rarely feel like I'm stepping outside my own culture, and never ever approach anything I post with a sense of irony, but these Sacred Steel clips show something waaaay beyond my personal experience. I have never seen anything quite like them. I'm thinking I need to visit some of the congregations. Soon.

Just a note....

Baby Girl came in at 7 lbs 1 ounce, 19.5 inches long. She's got a full head of black hair [for the time being] with absolutely the cutest toes you ever saw in your life. More importantly, she's healthy.

I've never felt so relieved/happy in my life....

I gave her a couple of traditional family names along with a very beautiful Italian/Spanish "first" which has already been shortened by unanimous public decree into an unexpected diminutive...Anza [pronounced "ahn za", not "an za"].

You'll just have to believe me when I say I never planned to come up with a cutesy combo like "Ana and Anza" [I use the "ah" sound for the "a" as well], in fact the nickname never occurred to me at all. Blame it on my younger sis, she started it.

Anyway, we're fine. The rough stuff actually went down last week. Just took me a little longer than some to get out of the hospital.....and longer than I expected to think of something to say.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Praise Him with stringed instruments, Part 3.

There's a new group of Sacred Steel clips up on you tube. This one looks to have been recorded quite recently at the State Assembly of the House Of God [Keith Dominion] in Gary, Indiana [?]. The band kicks in after the 2 minute mark, but I don't suggest skipping over any of it.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Let's get a line sweet meat, and do the ghetto grind...

Automated Ana here.

I think being able to schedule posts is hilarious. I've yet to figure out a serious reason for having the feature. Well, except for the way I'm using it....which is of course totally serious. The fate of the entire world hinges on whether or not my silly blog runs on time. But you knew that.

Today, I've got three seriously funky instrumentals for you. All of them very high quality, not a dud in the bunch. I also don't know a thing about any of them, which makes it an easy post for me.

Hope ya'll enjoy....

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

That's what I'm talkin about....

It upsets my acute sense of aesthetics to leave my last note at the top of the page. Thus, here's a clip of James Booker I hadn't seen until recently. Possibly the only clip from one of his gigs at the Maple Leaf. As is usual with Booker, he screws around a good bit [like half the clip] before he starts to show you why the posthumous collection, "Spiders On The Keys", is the single most aptly named album ever.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Time out...

It ain't over 'til the fat lady screams, but after 8 and three quarters months I'd say the smart money is on the baby coming soon. Doncha think?

Thus, I'm gonna sign off for awhile.

Ya'll are such nice folks. Please, do me a favor and wish me luck, not so much in the comments but in your thoughts....and I do mean for real 'cause I totally need all the help I can get. No shit.

I swear, I'll pay ya back later.

I've scheduled a few surprises for the next few weeks, and am disabling comment moderation just in case I'm not around to uhmmm.....moderate.

Ya'll play nice while I'm gone.....

Sunday, February 6, 2011

You read my mind....

It's been awhile since I looked, but I think I'm pretty safe in saying there's no use in googling Henry Moore unless you're interested in British sculpture of the last century. Wish I knew more about the man, but so far I've got zip.

I think the A Fada label is out of Georgia, as is Athens [?] on which Moore had another release. Beyond that there's a 45 on Hermitage [which often leased recordings out of New Orleans], another on a tiny label out of Houma Louisiana, two others on Texas labels associated with Huey Meaux, and a split single on King.

1,2,3,4,5....6 and a half 45's to his name. This is the funkiest of the bunch.

Hope ya'll enjoy.....

Saturday, February 5, 2011

You, and a bottle of soda pop....

This is my favorite Willie Harper 45. It's so I good I can't choose one side over the other.

Take two very simple songs, add incredibly complex but in no way over-powering arrangements, then spice it all up with a slight touch of fuzzed out guitar.

I consider these two "sleepers". Took me a few listens before they caught my attention in a major way. After maybe five plays, I was hooked solid.

Friday, February 4, 2011

I hope it breaks, soon...

Another of Jessie Hill's slightly strange 45s on the Downey label out of Los Angeles. Actually, what am I saying...all Jessie Hill recordings are a little strange. I'm surprised anyone outside of New Orleans ever gave him a chance to record.

Truly a man who was what he was. My impression is that Allen Toussaint literally gave up trying to control Hill during some of their sessions together. Now, I could be very wrong about that, but I can't think of a single other artist Mr. T worked with where he allowed "live" in-studio recordings to be released as is, with no overdubs....even including bits of studio chatter. For a known control-freak, that's awfully close to admitting total defeat.

I think the word I'm looking for is, irrepressible.

Hope ya'll enjoy....