Personnel: Roosevelt Sykes (vocals, piano); St. Louis Bessie (vocals, accordion); Willie Kelly, Dobby Bragg (vocals, piano); Henry Townsend (guitar).
Liner Note Author: Chris Smith .
Recording information: 1930-1931.
Part of the most ambitious series of Roosevelt Sykes reissues ever undertaken, Document's Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1930-1931) features 24 tracks of prime blues piano, everything Sykes recorded during the year-long period between June of 1930 and June of 1931. Though there aren't as many classic tracks here as on other volumes, there are highlights: a remake of one of his more famous sides, this time called "Kelly's 44 Blues," and a couple of risqu‚ titles ("Nasty but It's Clean," "Big Time Woman"). That's enough to make it of interest to completists and serious fans, though the long running time, chronological sequencing, and poor fidelity could make for difficult listening. ~ Thom Owens
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