Friday, October 07, 2005

Friday, October 7, 2005 with host Jackson Buck

Well, here we first show on WMBR's "Lost & Found". A little rusty, but we got thru it without any damage. Thanks to all who called saying they enjoyed the show. It's great to know you're out there. I'll try to get the playlists posted as soon after the show as possible.

I'll be on every other Friday, so that means I'll be back on the airwaves Friday, October 21. Meanwhile, check out Christopher Vyce's first show this coming Friday.... and, of course, all the other Lost & Found DJ's....

Here's our playlist for Friday, October 7, 2005:

Artist - Song Title - Album Name - Label - (stupid comments by the DJ)
* An asterisk indicates new release

Otis, Johnny – “Cold Turkey” – The Capitol Years – Capitol – (Gonna’ use this as a theme song for a while. Otis was a performer, bandleader, radio DJ, promoter….a man of many hats and talents.)

* Mahal, Taj – “Paint My Mailbox Blue” – The Essential Taj Mahal - Sony – (36 tracks covering 4 decades….a great place to start if you don’t have anything by this multi-talented performer in your collection.)

Hammond, John – “Who Do You Love?” – Best Of The Vanguard Years – Vanguard – (Originally appeared on “So Many Roads” in 1965. Features Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica; Robbie Robertson, guitar; Levon Helm, drums; Michael Bloomfield, piano; Jimmy Lewis, bass; Garth Hudson, Hammond organ.)

Little Richard – “Rockin’ Chair” – Get Down With It – Epic Legacy – (Recorded in 1966 at Abbey Road, London, although never released.)

Animals, The with Sonny Boy Williamson – “Pontiac Blues” – The Animals with Sonny Boy Williamson - Charly – (Recorded live at the Club A Go, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England on 30 December 1963.)

Dion – “Don’t Start Me Talkin” – Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings, 1962 to 1965 – Columbia – (Dion, covering Sonny Boy Williamson?? Yep. Dion recorded some of his best material after leaving The Belmonts. He even covers Willie Dixon, Doc Pomus, in addition to this Sonny Boy tune.)

Animals, The with Sonny Boy Williamson – “I Got My Eyes On You” – The Animals with Sonny Boy Williamson – Charly - (As a young British blues band playing the clubs, The Animals studied and imitated the styles of the American blues artists. Imagine having Sonny Boy, one of your idols, sit in with and record a live album with you. Sort of like Jason Beek of American Primitive sitting in with Spider John Koerner)

McClinton, Delbert – “Lover In Demand” – The Crazy Cajun Recordings – Edsel - (Recorded in Fort Worth in the late ‘60’s. McClinton, who is purported to have given John Lennon a harmonica lesson, learned to play the instrument around 1960 while taking lessons from Sonny Boy Williamson, who also turned him on to a certain herb. He soon found himself leading the backing band for such giants as Howling Wolf, Lightning Hopkins, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Jimmy Reed, and Big Joe Turner.)

Animals, The – “I’m In Love Again” – The Story Of The Animals – BR Music Two – (Influenced by the American blues greats, these guys were major players in the initial British Invasion.)

Memphis Slim – “Chicago Rent Party” – The Folkway Years, 1959 to 1973 – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings – (One of the all-time blues piano greats. He recorded from 1939 up until the 1980’s. This track features Jump Jackson on drums.)

Cooder, Ry – “Ditty Wa Ditty” – Paradise & Lunch – Reprise – (Considered one of Cooder’s masterpiece releases (and that’s saying a lot), this album closes with this stripped-down Blind Blake tune, an acoustic guitar and piano duet with jazz legend Earl “Fatha” Hines. AMG says of this song: “….here both musicians are given plenty of room to showcase their instrumental prowess, and the results are nothing short of stunning.” I'll second that - Amen.)

Barton, Lou Ann – “Scratch My Back” – Sugar Coated Love – M.I.L. – (Texas blues leader Barton recorded these tracks with Rockola back in 1977. The CD features 10 tracks by an up and coming guitar slinger named Stevie Ray Vaughan.)

Harpo, Slim – “Scratch My Back” – Slim Harpo: The Excello Singles Anthology – Excello - (James Moore, a.k.a. Slim Harpo, was one of the main reasons for the success of Excello records and certainly was it’s biggest seller. I intended to play another track (which I did 2 songs later) but somehow the CD player reverted back to track one when I wasn’t paying attention. Oh well, it’s a great song, so let it ride Mr. DJ.)

Lester, Lazy – “I Hear You Knockin” – True Blues – Excello – (Lester hooked up with Lightnin’ Slim and was his harp player for years. This CD is from Lazy’s (do you think his friends call him Lazy?) 1966 first release and was a big swamp pop hit.)

Harpo, Slim – “Midnight Blues” – Slim Harpo: The Excello Singles Anthology – Excello – ( This is a fantastic two-CD, 44 track release that showcases the talents of the almighty Slim, who’s songs have been covered by the likes of Muddy Waters, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, The Kinks, Hank Williams Jr., The Cramps, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.)

Barton, Lou Ann – “Oh Yeah” – Sugar Coated Love – M.I.L. – (Started and ended the set with this rare CD.)

Musselwhite, Charlie – “So Many Roads, So Many Trains” – Best Of The Vanguard Years – Vanguard – (Originally from Mississippi, he moved to Memphis; then to San Francisco where his music was getting airplay on FM underground radio. After a couple of gigs at the Fillmore he decided to remain in the Bay area. To this day, he’s considered one of the best harmonica players of all times.As did the John Hammond song I played earlier in the show, this track originally appeared on “So Many Roads” in 1965. Features John Hammond; Robbie Robertson, guitar; Levon Helm, drums; Michael Bloomfield, piano; Jimmy Lewis, bass; Garth Hudson, Hammond organ.)

Scaggs, Boz – “Runnin’ Blues” – Boz Scaggs & Band – Columbia – (Forget that disco crap, this 1971 release (pre-“Lido” etc.) is a prime example of quality white boy blues and R&B released in that time period.)

Delaney & Bonnie – “Only You Know & I Know” – D&B Together (reissue with 6 bonus tracks) – Columbia – (Their cool cover of the Dave Mason tune. Delandy & Bonnie were proof that married musicians can work together….at least until the marriage unravels.)

Cale, J.J. – “Call Me The Breeze” – Anyway The Wind Blows: The Anthology – Mercury – (2-disc, 50 track CD collection by the dude who runs to his mailbox daily to collect royalty checks. This song was originally on his 1971 release “Naturally”. Some of you may recognize this as the song later covered by Lynyrd Skynyrd (note: this is probably as close to L.S. as I’ll ever get).

Cody, Commander (And His Lost Planet Airmen) – “The Boogie Man Boogie” – Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen – Warner – (Formed in Ann Arbor, MI in 1967, the band picked up and moved to San Francisco the following year. This is their first album on Warner (1975), after recording one each of the previous 4 years on Paramount.)

Raspberry, Larry (And The HighSteppers) – “Tonight” – High Steppin’ & Fancy Dancin’ – Enterprise – (Raspberry was the former leader of The Gentrys (“Keep On Dancing” fame). This band had the bad fortune to be on the Stax label. Bad fortune, you ask? Yeah, their first album was released just as Stax was going out of business. Nonetheless, Larry Raspberry & The Highsteppers remain Memphis legends and one of the better bands of the era to “almost” hit the big-time.)

Sharpe, Ray – “There’ll Come A Day” – Linda Lu – Bear Family – (Good rocker by the man who brought us “Linda Lu”. Legend has it that this black rockabilly performer once had plans to form a duo with his friend and fellow Texan, white rockabilly performer Ronnie Dawson. They were going to call themselves the Oreo Cookies. Reportedly, the idea was scrapped when the two young rockers realized that the rest of the world might not see the humor in it that they did….. Remember, this was a different era in American history.)

Lil’ Bob & The Lollipops – “I Got Loaded” – New Orleans Party Classics (various artists) – Rhino – (1966 release by this group from Lafayette, Louisiana. They were a popular R&B / frat band. Los Lobos, Sean Costello, Tab Benoit and many others have recorded versions of this fun song.)

Cookie & The Cupcakes – “I Cried” – Kings Of Swamp Pop – Ace – (This CD is a worthy tribute to the band that arguably did more than any other to popularize the South Louisiana swamp-pop sound. They are hailed as the Kings of Swamp Pop!)

Domino, Fats – “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” – New Orleans Party Classics (various artists) – Rhino – (Kind of had this New Orleans pop groove going, so why not something by the Fat Man circa 1961 covering Hank Williams?)

Lewis, Smiley – “Down The Road” – Volume II – KC Records – (He earned his place as one of the greatest New Orleans R&B artists. Production by Dave Bartholomew. Lewis scored his biggest hit in 1955 with “I Hear You Knocking.)

Pride, Lou – “Work For Love” – The Memphis/El Paso Sessions, 1970 to 1973 – Severn – (Previously unreleased, digitally re-mastered from the original analog tapes. Features tracks with the Hi Rhythm section and also the Memphis Horns. Lou Pride has been a strong voice on the Soul/Blues scene for many years.)

Local Artist Of The Week:
Pratt, Andy – “Avenging Annie” – Andy Pratt – Epic/Columbia – (This 1973 song and album received much deserved critical acclaim and plenty of radio airplay on free-form FM radio stations.)

Hicks, Dan (And His Hot Licks) – “Paycheck Blues” – Last Train To Hicksville – MCA – (One of the first groups to play at the Family Dog, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks were (and still are) one of contemporary music's true eccentrics. They mixed folk, country, call-and-response vocals, jazz phrasing, and tongue-in-cheek humor.)

*Mahal, Taj – “Big Legged Women Are Back In Style”“ – The Essential Taj Mahal – Sony – (Going out as we came in….with a track from the new collection of songs by one of our true musical treasures.)

I’ll see you again on October 21…..noon until 2:00 on WMBR-FM…..88.1 Cambridge or via the net at

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