Mance Lipscomb Captain, Captain: The Texas Songster
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- Released: May 19, 1998
- Label: Arhoolie Records
- 1.Captain, Captain!
- 2.Ain't You Sorry
- 3.Night Time Is the Right Time
- 4.Mr. Tom's Rag - (guitar solo)
- 5.I Want to Do Something For You
- 6.Long Tall Girl Got Stuck on Me
- 7.Rag in "A" - (guitar solo)
- 8.Goin' up North to See My Pony Run - (previously unreleased)
- 9.Santa Fe Blues - (previously unreleased)
- 10.Frankie and Albert - (previously unreleased)
- 11.Sentimental Piece in "G" - (previously unreleased, guitar solo)
- 12.Farewell Blues
- 13.Shorty George - (previously unreleased)
- 14.Angel Child - (previously unreleased)
- 15.Black Rat - (previously unreleased)
- 16.Tom Moore's Farm - (previously unreleased, take 2)
- 17.Foggy Bottom Blues - (previously unreleased)
- 18.Heel and Toe Polka - (previously unreleased)
- 19.Going Back to Georgia - (previously unreleased)
- 20.Easy Rider Blues - (previously unreleased)
- 21.Why Did You Leave Me? - (previously unreleased)
- 22.Me and My Baby - (previously unreleased)
- 23.Mance's Talking Blues - (previously unreleased)
- 24.Segregation Done Past - (previously unreleased, story)
Recorded at Mance Lipscomb's home in Navasota, Texas in 1960 and Berkeley, California in 1966.
Liner Note Author: Chris Strachwitz.
Recording information: Berkeley, CA (06/30/1960-04/??/1966); Navasota, TX (06/30/1960-04/??/1966).
Photographers: Chris Strachwitz; Kelly Hart.
Arranger: Mance Lipscomb.
Eight of these 24 tracks come from an April 1966 session and were originally released on LP (on Arhoolie); the other 17 are previously unissued, five of them sourced from April 1966, the rest from 1960. It's entirely typical of Mance Lipscomb's output: versatile, relaxed, and samey-sounding acoustic blues with some prominent ragtime and folk influences. The 1960 material doesn't boast fidelity as strong as the 1966 takes (though it's certainly adequate), and has more of a down-home flavor; the 1966 tracks sound more innocuous and front-porch-relaxed by contrast. ~ Richie Unterberger
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