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Artist: Various Artists
Title: Blue 88s: Unreleased Piano Blues Gems 1938-1942
Format: CD
Catalog Number:19001
Barcode:725543190123 itemnumber=1000120521
Price: $16.98  (All prices include domestic shipping.)
Genre: BLUES
Release Date: 4/21/2017
Availability: In Stock
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Hi Horse Records is proud to present the first in a projected series of unreleased tracks from the same sources: Blue 88s is an amazing collection of piano blues recorded between 1938-1942 for the Columbia and Okeh labels. 15 of the 17 tracks are previously unreleased gems that showcase some of the premier blues pianists and vocalists of the era: Curtis Jones, Roosevelt Sykes, Willie "Boodle It" Right and Poor Boy Burke. Includes a 20 page booklet with a detailed essay by Mark Humphrey on the history and popularity of the piano, and blues pianists in particular, plus the lyrics to all the songs. The legendary Roosevelt Sykes a.k.a. "The Honeydripper" is represented on this compilation with 12 tracks, 10 of them previously unissued while Curtis Jones and Poor Boy Burke have 2 each while Willie "Boodle It" Right has 1. Nimble fingers, knowing voices and earthy lyrics abound on this collection. 25th Annual Living Blues Awards Winners: Best Blues Albums of 2017 Historical (Pre-war) Various Artists – Blue 88s: Unreleased Piano Blues Gems 1938–1942 – Hi Horse Records Producer of the Year (Historical Recording) Robin Cohn and Larry Cohn Various Artists – Blue 88s: Unreleased Piano Blues Gems 1938–1942 – Hi Horse Records •"Blues is to music what salt is to food" - Roosevelt Sykes

Track Listing
[2:46] My Blues Is Risin' - Curtis Jones (Recorded June 15, 1939 in Chicago)

[2:44] Xmas Blues - Willie "Boodle It" Right (Recorded Oct. 7, 1940 in Chicago)

[3:01] Levee Side Blues - Curtis Jones (Recorded Aug. 18, 1941 in Chicago)

[2:55] Your Loving Ways - Poor Boy Burke (Recorded Nov. 21, 1941 in Chicago)

[2:51] Bad Condition Blues - Poor Boy Burke (Recorded Nov. 21, 1941 in Chicago)

[2:35] Mellow Queen Swing - Roosevelt Sykes (Recorded Nov. 21, 1941 in Chicago)

[2:44] Floating Power Blues - Roosevelt Sykes (Recorded Nov. 21, 1941 in Chicago)

[2:58] Make Up Your Mind - Roosevelt Sykes (Recorded Nov. 21, 1941 in Chicago)

[2:51] Training Camp Blues - Roosevelt Sykes (Recorded Nov. 21, 1941 in Chicago)*

[2:39] Back Biting Snitchers - Roosevelt Sykes (Recorded Nov. 21, 1941 in Chicago)

[2:39] You Got To Run Me Down - Roosevelt Sykes (Recorded Nov. 21, 1941 in Chicago)

[2:45] From The Cradle To The Grave - Roosevelt Sykes (Recorded Nov. 21, 1941 in Chicago)

[2:58] Motherless Child - Roosevelt Sykes (Recorded Nov. 21, 1941 in Chicago)

[2:48] Sugar Babe Blues - Roosevelt Sykes (Recorded Apr. 16, 1942 in Chicago)*

[2:54] The World Is Upside Down - Roosevelt Sykes (Recorded Apr. 16, 1942 in Chicago)

[2:55] I Got You Figured Out - Roosevelt Sykes (Recorded Apr. 16, 1942 in Chicago)

[2:35] You Done Got Hip - Roosevelt Sykes (Recorded Apr. 16, 1942 in Chicago)

 * Previously Issued

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