Blind Boy Fuller Volume 2 (4-CD Box Set)

Blind Boy Fuller, Volume 2 (4-CD Box Set)
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  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: July 10, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Jsp Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.I Don't Care How Long
  • 2.You've Got Something There
  • 3.Baby Quit Your Low Down Ways
  • 4.Baby Quit Your Low Down Ways
  • 5.It Doesn't Matter Baby
  • 6.Black Bottom Blues
  • 7.I Crave My Pigmeat
  • 8.Big Leg Woman Gets My Pay
  • 9.I'm a Stranger Here
  • 10.Red's Got the Piccolo Blues
  • 11.I Want Some of Your Pie
  • 12.Jivin' Big Bill Blues
  • 13.Woman You Better Wake Up
  • 14.Step It up and Go
  • 15.Worn Out Engine Blues
  • 16.Blue and Worried Man
  • 17.Passenger Train Woman
  • 18.Shake It Baby
  • 19.Somebody's Been Talkin'
  • 20.Three Ball Blues
  • 21.Little Woman You're So Sweet
  • 22.Good Feeling Blues
  • 23.You Can't Hide From the Lord
  • 24.Twelve Gates to the City
  • 25.Crooked Woman Blues

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.I Don't Want No Skinny Woman
  • 2.Bus Rider Blues
  • 3.You Got to Have Your Dollar
  • 4.Lost Lover Blues
  • 5.Thousand Woman Blues
  • 6.Bye Bye Baby
  • 7.When You Are Gone
  • 8.No Stranger Now
  • 9.Must Have Been My Jesus
  • 10.Jesus Is a Holy Man
  • 11.Precious Lord
  • 12.Night Rambling Woman
  • 13.Now I'm Talking About You - (with Bull City Red)
  • 14.I Saw the Light - (with Bull City Red)
  • 15.Richmond Blues - (with Bull City Red)
  • 16.I Won't Be Dogged Around - (with Bull City Red)
  • 17.Pick and Shovel Blues - (with Bull City Red)
  • 18.Black Woman & Poison Blues - (with Bull City Red)
  • 19.Mississippi River - (with Bull City Red)
  • 20.Have You Decided (Which Way to Go) - (with Bull City Red)
  • 21.I See the Sign of Judgement - (with Bull City Red)
  • 22.Everybody Wants to Know How I Die - (with Bull City Red)
  • 23.I Feel Like Shoutin' - (with Bull City Red)
  • 24.Jesus Touched Me - (with Bull City Red)
  • 25.Talkin' With Jesus - (with Bull City Red)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Ford V-8 - (with Cedar Creek Sheik)
  • 2.Watch the Fords Go By - (with Cedar Creek Sheik)
  • 3.Mary Had a Little Lamb - (with Cedar Creek Sheik)
  • 4.She's Totin' Something Good - (with Cedar Creek Sheik)
  • 5.What a Pity - (with Cedar Creek Sheik)
  • 6.I Believe Somebody's Been Ridin' My Mule - (with Cedar Creek Sheik)
  • 7.Don't Use That Stuff - (with Cedar Creek Sheik)
  • 8.Buy It From a Poultry Man - (with Cedar Creek Sheik)
  • 9.Don't Credit My Stuff - (with Cedar Creek Sheik)
  • 10.Jimmy Shut His Store Doors - (with Cedar Creek Sheik)
  • 11.No Use of Worryin' - (with Roosevelt Antrim)
  • 12.Complaint to Make - (with Roosevelt Antrim)
  • 13.I Guess You're Satisfied - (with Roosevelt Antrim)
  • 14.Station Boy Blues - (with Roosevelt Antrim)
  • 15.Dago Blues - (with Virgil Childers)
  • 16.Red River Blues - (with Virgil Childers)
  • 17.Who's That Knockin' at My Door - (with Virgil Childers)
  • 18.Somebody Stole My Jane - (with Virgil Childers)
  • 19.Travellin' Man - (with Virgil Childers)
  • 20.Preacher and the Bear - (with Virgil Childers)
  • 21.Won't Somebody Pacify My Mind - (with Sonny Jones)
  • 22.I'm Pretty Good at It - (with Sonny Jones)
  • 23.Love Me With a Feeling - (with Sonny Jones)
  • 24.Dough Roller - (with Sonny Jones)

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Runaway Man Blues - (with Floyd Council)
  • 2.I'm Grievin' & I'm Worryin' - (with Floyd Council)
  • 3.Don't Want No Hungry Woman - (with Floyd Council)
  • 4.Working Man Blues - (with Floyd Council)
  • 5.Poor and Ain't Got a Dime - (with Floyd Council)
  • 6.Lookin' For My Baby - (with Floyd Council)
  • 7.Come on in Here Mama - (with Welly Trice)
  • 8.Let Her Go God Bless Her - (with Welly Trice)
  • 9.Come on Baby - (with Little Boy Fuller)
  • 10.Trembling Bed Springs - (with Little Boy Fuller)
  • 11.Shake Your Stuff - (with Little Boy Fuller)
  • 12.Lazy Bug Blues - (with Little Boy Fuller)
  • 13.Bed Spring Blues - (with Little Boy Fuller)
  • 14.Pack It up and Go - (with Little Boy Fuller)
  • 15.Blood Red River Blues - (with Little Boy Fuller)
  • 16.Down-Hearted Man - (with Little Boy Fuller)
  • 17.Sweet Man Blues - (with Frank Edwards)
  • 18.Three Women Blues - (with Frank Edwards)
  • 19.Terraplane Blues - (with Frank Edwards)
  • 20.We Got to Get Together - (with Frank Edwards)
  • 21.Love My Baby - (with Frank Edwards)
  • 22.Gotta Get Together - (with Frank Edwards)
  • 23.Woke up One Morning - (with Dennis McMillon)
  • 24.Poor Little Angel Girl - (with Dennis McMillon)
  • 25.Paper Wooden Daddy - (with Dennis McMillon)
  • 26.Goin' Back Home - (with Dennis McMillon)

Product Description:

Personnel: Blind Boy Fuller (vocals, guitar); Dennis McMillon, Welly Trice, Richard Trice, Sonny Jones, Virgil Childers (vocals, guitar); George "Bull City Red" Washington (vocals, washboard); Curley Weaver, Blind Gary Davis (guitar); Bull City Red (washboard); Sonny Terry (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Floyd "Dipper Boy" Council (vocals, guitar); Washboard Sam (washboard).
Liner Note Author: Neil Slaven.
JSP's second four-CD box set dedicated to the memory of eastern bluesman Blind Boy Fuller opens with his final recordings. The rest of this portable archive is packed with blues and hokum by individuals who lived and worked in the same eastern seaboard region, actually collaborated with Fuller, or performed in a style comparable to his. This is quite similar to how JSP constructed their Lightnin' Hopkins and Sonny Boy Williamson sets. Fuller, whose given name was Fulton Allen, cut approximately 137 sides during a five-year period beginning in 1935. JSP's preceding volume is the ideal tool for appreciating and understanding this celebrated Piedmont-style blues musician, whose greatest claim to fame is the ever-popular "Trucking My Blues Away." Volume 2 is a strong sequel, and its 37 Fuller tracks date from 1939 and 1940. Several of the men whose works make up the remainder of the collection may be heard on Fuller's earlier recordings. Blind Gary Davis is believed to have sat in on some of the sessions headed by singer and washboard percussionist Bull City Red, who was christened George Washington and sometimes recorded simply as Oh Red. Like Davis, Red felt compelled to straddle the artificially imposed delineation between sacred and secular by singing both blues and gospel. Thirteen of his records are reproduced here. On six of these, he and two others are identified as Brother George & His Sanctified Singers. The instantly recognizable harmonica player on these and other sides throughout both of JSP's Fuller box sets was none other than Sonny Terry. There are also cameo appearances by Curley Weaver and Washboard Sam.
The third disc in the set is mostly devoted to records waxed in Charlotte, North Carolina during the late '30s by three little-known musicians. Cedar Creek Sheik was the performing alias of Philip McCutcheon, who was born in Andrews South Carolina in 1910. His hillbilly-sounding vocals still cause consternation among British music historians who are obsessed with his exact skin pigmentation and ethnic origins. Of the ten sides he cut for Bluebird in Charlotte, North Carolina in June 1936, the real gem is "Buy It from the Poultry Man," which has a vocal chorus consisting of the words "cock for sale." In his informative liner notes, Neil Slaven refers to this amazing little opus as a "single entendre" song. The naughty template for the tune was a staple among barrelhouse entertainers, and within weeks of this recording, Stella Johnson used her own variant on a record of "Hot Nuts Swing" backed by Dorothy Scott's Rhythm Boys (see Document 5327, Blue Ladies 1934-1941). The formula would be revisited years later with a vengeance by the African-American fraternity band Doug Clark & the Hot Nuts.
Four sides by singing guitarist Sonny Jones were made in Memphis in mid-July 1939 with Sonny Terry and Oh Red. Jones hailed from Wilson, North Carolina and is believed to have provided backup for Fuller during the same visit to Memphis. The remaining artists heard on this collection include Floyd Council, who was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1911, as well as Willie ("Welly") Trice and his brother Richard "Rich" Trice, who were born in Hillsborough, North Carolina in 1910 and 1917, respectively. Posterity can thank the white men overseeing the recording sessions for Council's nickname "Dipper Boy," as well as the younger Trice's tacked-on moniker "Little Boy Fuller." Additionally, on his December 1937 recordings, Council was billed as "The Devil's Daddy-In-Law" in a record company director's attempt to tap into the Peetie Wheatstraw market. Frank Edwards is believed to have been born in Washington, Georgia in 1909. Recorded in May 1941, his "We Got to Get Together" takes pot shots at Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. This set's concluding sides, cut for the Regal label in Linden, New Jersey during August 1949, are performed by one Dennis McMillon. His best tune, "I'm a Paper Wooden Daddy," seems to trace directly back to Blind Boy Fuller's first recording, "I'm a Rattlesnakin' Daddy." ~ arwulf arwulf

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