Lonnie Johnson The Complete Recorded Works, Volume 4: 1928-1929
- Released: June 3, 2002
- Label: Document
- 1.I'm So Tired of Lying All Alone
- 2.Way Down That Lonesome Road
- 3.Crowing Rooster Blues
- 4.Broken Levee Blues
- 5.Wrong Woman Blues
- 6.New Black Snake Blues, Pt. 1
- 7.New Black Snake Blues, Pt. 2
- 8.Toothache Blues, Pt. 1
- 9.Furniture Man Blues, Pt. 1
- 10.Furniture Man Blues, Pt. 2
- 11.Toothache Blues, Pt. 2
- 12.When You Fall for Some One That's Not Your Own
- 13.Careless Love
- 14.Two-Tone Stomp
- 15.Have to Change Keys (To Play These Blues)
- 16.It Feels So Good, Pt. 1
- 17.It Feels So Good, Pt. 2
- 18.I Want a Little Some O' That What You Got
- 19.Death Is on Your Track
- 20.Jet Black Blues
- 21.Blue Blood Blues
- 22.Guitar Blues
- 23.A Handful of Riffs
- 24.Blue Guitars
Personnel includes: Lonnie Johnson (vocals, guitar); Victoria Spivey (vocals, piano); Hoagy Carmichael, Spencer Williams, Jimmy Foster (vocals); Blind Willie Dunn [Eddie Lang] (guitar); King Oliver (cornet); J.C. Johnson (piano).
Recorded in San Antonio, Texas and New York, New York in 1928-29. Includes liner notes by Chris Smith.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Lonnie Johnson (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, accordion, piano, harmonium); Raymond Boyd (vocals, accordion); Victoria Spivey (vocals, piano); Hoagy Carmichael (vocals, percussion); Helen Humes, Jimmy Foster, Joe Brown , Spencer Williams (vocals); James P. Johnson & His Orchestra, James Johnson (guitar, violin); Eddie Lang, Blind Willie Dunn (guitar); Jimmy Jordan (alto saxophone); King Oliver (cornet); Clarence Williams, J.C. Johnson , Fred Longshaw, Jack Erby, Deloise Searcy, John Erby (piano).
Liner Note Author: Chris Smith .
Recording information: New York, NY (03/09/1928-05/08/1929); NY, NY (03/09/1928-05/08/1929); San Antonio, TX (03/09/1928-05/08/1929); St. Louis, MO (03/09/1928-05/08/1929); New York, NY (08/13/1926-08/12/1927); NY, NY (08/13/1926-08/12/1927); San Antonio, TX (08/13/1926-08/12/1927); St. Louis, MO (08/13/1926-08/12/1927).
The period of time covered in the fourth of seven Lonnie Johnson Document CDs found the guitarist/singer being well-featured as a leader in many settings. He is heard on three two-part double-entendre performances with singer Victoria Spivey ("New Black Snake Blues," "Toothache Blues," and "Furniture Man Blues"); on five guitar duets with the great Eddie Lang (during which Lang was billed as Blind Willie Dunn); in a vocal duet with Spencer Williams; on the two-part "It Feels So Good" with Lang, King Oliver, and Hoagy Carmichael; as part of Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four; and as a solo blues performer. Everything works. Considering that this is a strictly chronological release, the music is consistently rewarding, making this one of the key Lonnie Johnson CDs to pick up. ~ Scott Yanow
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