New Arrivals, Restocks, & Reduced - autumn 2014

** A feature on north Mississippi fife and drum musician Willie Hurt is new to the Articles section, and includes an interview, audio, video, etc.



** Also, all orders that total at least $50 and/or include Rev. Charlie Jackson's Lord You're So Good: Live Recordings, Vol. 2 ship free in the US, $5 off international, through Friday, November 21.
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Joshua Abrams
Natural Information
Eremite
CD
$16

"Bassist & composer Joshua Abrams has been in the thick of Chicago's vibrant music scene for fifteen years, playing & recording as leader & sideman in projects across the genres. He co-founded the 'back porch minimalist' band Town & Country, & with Matana Roberts & Chad Taylor the trio Sticks & Stones.  He has released four records under his own name as well as two under the moniker 'reminder' that navigate the realms of jazz & improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, beatmaking, minimalism and field recordings.

"Natural Information, Abrams' 1st record for Eremite, is another fascinating entry in a solo discography of recordings that gather aesthetic input from all over the map into vivid personal statements. At the heart of Natural Information is the guimbri, a three-stringed animal hide bass traditionally used by the Gnawa of north Africa in healing ceremonies. Combining solo, trio & quartet formats with adroit use of sampling techniques Abrams creates intricate psychedelic environments that join the hypnotic character of Gnawa guimbri music to more contemporary musics & methodologies. Brown Rice era Don Cherry, Sandy Bull's 'Blend' recordings & Can's 'magic' albums are super-heavy but in this case earned & appropriate historical reference points.

"CD edition presented in a high gloss Stoughton miniaturized gatefold sleeve with 20 minutes of previously unreleased additional material." - Eremite. Hear some of A Lucky Stone

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Joshua Abrams
Represencing
Eremite
CD
$16

"Represencing is the second installment of the Joshua Abrams sound world introduced on his 2010 Eremite album Natural Information.  Recorded at home in Chicago summer of 2011, Abrams again organizes small group statements around the resonant grooves of the North African ceremonial instrument the guimbri with a unique & broadly assimilative compositional voice.  Sources from traditional musics to minimalism, jazz to krautrock, animate Represencing, but Abrams is always grounded in the solidity of true working musicianship & he proves himself an artist fluent not just in styles but traditions.  Abrams' guest musicians embrace his polyglot approach.  Goaded (the guimbri is partly constructed from animal-hide) by Abrams to focus on a particular facet of their musical vocabularies, Jeff Parker & Emmett Kelly appear as finely contrasting rhythm guitarists, Michael Zerang gets virtuosic on a tambourine & David Boykin devotes himself to altissimo long-tones & circular breathing.  Others perform more structural roles, such as Jason Stein's bass clarinet, or, as with Nicole Mitchell's diaphanous choir of flute parts, function as landscape.  The Moondog-influenced ‘Sungazer’ is an aria for Tomeka Reid's spirited cello.  Throughout the album gong rhythms, synthesizer ‘sub’ bass, harmonium & organ return as unifying coloristic elements.  Abrams likens the overall concept to ‘entering a forest from different directions,’ & cites the AACM, Sandy Bull's duets with Billy Higgins, Don Cherry, Arnold Dreyblatt, Hamza el Din, Popul Vuh, & Pharaoh Sanders as inspirations."

"The CD edition of Represencing is presented in a matte Stoughton miniaturized 'lazerdisc' sleeve with 25 minutes of previously unreleased additional material." – Eremite. Hear some of Represencing

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Jim Bunkley
Vol. 17 of the George Mitchell Collection
Fat Possum
33 1/3 rpm 7" EP
$3

I like Jim Bunkley's style. When he uses the bottleneck on "Oh Red #2", he has a very physical and exciting approach, seemingly winging it even when he's probably not. He sings about Them Greasy Greens in a way that suggests he's done this at a thousand parties but everyone still gets a kick out of it, him included. He's also effective at quieter, more measured blues, as on "Jack of Diamonds".

"Jim Bunkley lived in a small tar-papered house he bragged was his own, in Geneva, Georgia, his birthplace. He was 'eight years old when they took the census in 1920.' It was about that time he made friends with the guitar. 'When I was about eight, my brother had one, and me and my nine year-old sister used to play it. Us couldn't hold it. Had it hanging up 'side of the wall and we'd get up on a chair and play it. Everyone in my family could play - we had five boys and four girls.'

"When he 'got up in age,' Bunkley was about the best known musician around Talbot County. He recalled the many times he walked away with prizes offered at a theater in nearby Junction City. 'I was rough then,' he said. 'I had on a great big ole cowboy hat and I got up there on the stage and cracked a whole lot of jokes and then played. I win all that money, too.'" - George Mitchell

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Earl Cross, Muhammad Ali, Rashied Al Akbar, Idris Ackamoor
Ascent of the Nether Creatures
NoBusiness Records
LP
$25

Excellent & previously unreleased live session that features Earl Cross (who was recorded far too infrequently), Idris Ackamoor of The Pyramids & many other projects, the legendary Muhammad Ali on drums, and bassist Rashied Al Akbar, about whom I unfortunately know nothing other than he held his own in this heavy company. Limited edition of 300 copies, recorded in the Netherlands on July 12, 1980. Hear some of Ascent of the Nether Creatures. See Roy Morris' Homeboy Music site for much more about Earl Cross: http://www.homeboy-music.co.uk/#cross

Earl Cross: trumpet
Idris Ackamoor: alto & tenor saxophone
Rashied Al Akbar: bass
Muhammad Ali: drums

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Arthur Crudup
She's My Baby / The Moon is Rising
Louis Records
45rpm 7"
$8

Two previously unissued 1952 recordings by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, mastered directly from the original acetate that was for Champion Records of Jackson, Mississippi. Swinging rocker on the a-side, with a tough, after hours slower number on the flip. Not available elsewhere, includes a postcard / promo photo.  Another real nice release from Louis Records out of the UK. Hear some of She's My Baby.

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Robert Diggs
Vol. 23 of the George Mitchell Collection
Fat Possum
33 1/3 rpm 7" EP
$5

Robert Diggs was a melodic and expressive harmonica player from Friars Point, Mississippi. A highlight of this four-song EP is a particularly lovely take on the Someday Baby Blues, one of my favorite tunes. Sometimes all you really need is a harmonica, a voice, and a foot to stomp with.

"Robert Diggs [lived] in Friars Point, an isolated town with a sluggish atmosphere in the heart of the Delta. He started blowing harmonica when he was only six years old. Diggs and his sister, both blind, traveled throughout the south in their youth playing harmonicas together. Since he has rarely been accompanied by guitar, Diggs is unusually talented in blending his harmonica and voice into one." - George Mitchell

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Jessie Clarence Gorman
Vol. 32 of the George Mitchell Collection
Fat Possum
33 1/3 rpm 7" EP
$5

Fat Possum's reissue series of George Mitchell's classic recordings is such an embarrassment of riches that it's easy to take it for granted and almost be overwhelmed by it. So many records, so many of them by relative unknowns. Well, let me tell you, if you wanted to hear this music a few years ago, that meant you'd be scrolling through countless copies of George Mitchell's Black and White Minstrels records on Ebay, hoping to stumble upon the real deal. And if you did find one, it would be typical for a used copy of, say, Georgia Blues Today or that Fred McDowell & Johnny Woods record to go for ~$50. Trust me, times are better now.

Which brings us to Jessie Clarence Gorman. Who's he? Born in 1928 in Talbotton, Georgia, his older brother taught young JC to play the guitar when he was nine years old. He played the old blues numbers when he was a young man, but later gave it up for rock 'n' roll. By the time Gorman and Mitchell made their acquaintance in Thomaston, Georgia in the spring of 1969, Gorman said that he didn't remember all those old songs too well. Be that as it may, he was able to deliver a superb "John Henry" on the electric guitar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgMe5wpW5U0) and two versions of "Going up to the Country" on the acoustic. Short and sweet.

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Green Glass
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Oakhill Records
LP
$14

Green Glass is the third solo LP by Zachary Hay, who has previously released albums under the names Bronze Horse and the Dove Azima.  He continues to develop an intriguing exploratory solo (mostly) guitar concept/approach, crafting music that can start off barely there, almost as if becoming acquainted with an unfamiliar tuning to the instrument, then lock into focus for a while before trailing off again, coming across like improvised private ruminations that come to life at their own pace. Privately pressed in a numbered edition of 317, on 180-gram vinyl.  Hear a bit: Track 2, excerpt

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Big Boy Henry
I'm Not Lying This Time
Swingmaster
LP
$14

Richard “Big Boy” Henry (1921-2004) was a North Carolina blues singer & guitarist who came up listening to Blind Boy Fuller, Buddy Moss, and others.  In his early years he traveled throughout the southeast on commercial fishing boats, where he would sing shanty songs with his co-workers.  The circumstances under which these 1947 & 1952 recordings were made is unclear, but the notes mention that Henry would sometimes pre-record his radio program in the back room of a record store in New Bern, NC, so perhaps that’s the source. His solo acoustic blues ranges from lively to ruminative, and for my money it’s the two longer, deep, and moaning recordings from ’52 that hit hardest, perhaps showing a John Lee Hooker influence. Hear some of Trying to Get Back Home.

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Lightnin' Hopkins
Hopkins Sky Hop / Early Mornin' Boogie
Herald
45rpm 7"
$7

Lightnin' Hopkins' discography can be tough to navigate, but a good rule of thumb is that his records on Herald are often particularly strong. This recent reissue pairs two of his most raucous sides for the label: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCI4dFciWiE / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhpEmdQrIN8

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Rev. Charlie Jackson
Wrapped Up in Jesus / Lord You're So Good
Jackson Records
45rpm 7"
$24

Original copies of this very scarce 45, privately pressed by Rev. Charlie Jackson on his own Jackson Records imprint in the 1970s.

Regular 50 Miles readers/visitors may well have noticed that Rev. Charlie Jackson’s raw, bluesy gospel is a big favorite of mine.  Born in 1932 just outside of McComb, Mississippi, he took up the electric guitar as a young man and started out playing the blues.  Soon afterwards, he gave up the blues to serve the Lord.  He developed a highly potent style and often played on church programs with the legendary Rev. Utah Smith.  He subsequently recorded a string of incredible and legendary 45s for Booker Records out of New Orleans.

After the Booker material went out-of-print, Rev. Jackson took matters into his own hands and started his own private press label, Jackson Records, in the late ‘70s.  This 45 is Jackson 101 and it features a re-recording of “Wrapped Up and Tangled Up in Jesus,” one of his most popular numbers that had been previously released on Booker, backed by the previously unrecorded “Lord You’re So Good,” a deep and measured ballad.

This version of “Wrapped Up…” has not been reissued in any form.  Since Rev. Jackson sold these records exclusively at church services, they never entered the marketplace and therefore didn’t receive any other distribution.

Each side plays with relatively low but steady background crackle as well as the occasional pop which decreases in frequency a bit as the side progresses, probably reflection on the quality of the pressing.  Generally speaking, these are quite clean copies, but there may be occasional minor idiosyncrasies in label and vinyl.  Limited stock.

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Sunny Murray
Big Chief
Eremite
LP
$24

“Examples on record of Sunny Murray’s enduring originality & influence as a drummer are many, but very few recordings demonstrate his strikingly unusual voice as a band leader & composer. None do so more spectacularly than his 1969 album Big Chief. Unfortunately it’s been a sick collector's item since long before Ebay. So it is with great pride & satisfaction that Eremite returns to our friends in the human clan this long unavailable masterpiece. The group assembled for this Parisian studio date includes musicians from France, South Africa, Jamaica, & the USA, & the huge sweeping sound they conjure while absolutely NAILING Murray’s highly irregular compositional structures is as thrilling as free jazz gets. Hart le Roy Bibbs appears once only in a wildly memorable turn. Everywhere & thru-out, Murray uses the instrumentation’s orchestral range to explore his fascination with the far extremes of the frequency range. Prepare your hearing for searing high-end burn! The record resolves beautifully in a performance of ‘This Nearly was Mine’ that manages to be both otherworldly & poignant. (Hear it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RZqShm6goE)

“Not only is Big Chief one of Murray’s great achievements, it’s one of the truly special recordings in free jazz history. Seriously. There is no greater love. The music was fastidiously remastered from the best available sources by Mike King, pressed on premium HQ-180 gram vinyl by RTI, & presented in a heavyweight Stoughton replica sleeve in an edition of 600. PROJECT PRODUCED WITH THE ARTIST'S FULL PERMISSION & COOPERATION.” - Eremite

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Rev. Louis Overstreet
Blessings of All Kinds / Black But Proud
Little Axe Records
45rpm 7"
$6

"Taken from Reverend Overstreet's privately released 45s. Raucous guitar work and great gospel energy from one of the most renowned guitar evangelists along with Utah Smith and Charlie Jackson. This record features Blessings of All Kinds b/w Black But Proud. Originally recorded in the 1970s and released in tiny runs on the Overstreet and Loadstone record labels. Limited edition of 500." - Little Axe Records. Back in stock! Hear some of Blessings of All Kinds.

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William Parker
Conversations
Rogue Art
book, 455 pages, plus CD
$35

Restocked; lower price!  William Parker has long taken an active role in the presentation of his own art (self-produced records/CDs, concerts, festivals, publications) and that of others.  That initiative continues with this major work, an anthology of musician-to-musician interviews in the lineage of Arthur Taylor’s seminal “Notes and Tones”.  Approximately 12 years in the making, “Conversations” has hallmarks of being a very personal project, spotlighting many musicians who are largely unknown to even avid fans of the music but very much a part of its secret history. 

On a personal note, it was an honor to first publish a version of the Louis Moholo interview found in “Conversations” in 50 Miles of Elbow Room issue #2 and to do the initial transcriptions for the majority of these interviews.

“During the last 10 years, William Parker interviewed 32 of his friends and colleagues, musicians and artists. In addition to the 32 interviews, edited by Ed Hazell, the book contains photographs by Jacques Bisceglia and a CD with excerpts of the interviews and great William Parker bass solos.” – RogueArt

Interviewees: Fred Anderson, Billy Bang, Han Bennink, Jacques Bisceglia, Dave Burrell, Roy Campbell, Cooper-Moore, Wilbert de Joode, John Edwards, Ge Gan-Ru, Charles Gayle, Alan Glover a.k.a. Juice, Milford Graves, Clyde Kerr, Joelle Leandre, Frank Lowe, Nicole Mitchell, Louis Moholo, Joe Morris, Sunny Murray, Sainkho Namtchylak, Jalalu Kalvert Nelson, Patricia Nicholson, Carl Lombard a.k.a. Pelikan, Walter Perkins, Richard Rodriguez, Paul Rogers, Alan Silva, Warren Smith, Oluyemi Thomas, Henry P. Warner, and Mark Whitecage

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Cleve Pozar
Cleve Solo Percussion
CSP
LP
$60

Born Robert F. Pozar in 1941, Cleve Pozar is a percussionist and composer who is schooled in a wide array of musical styles, including Afro-Cuban, Latin, jazz, free improvisation, classical, avant-garde, funk, country, polka, and more.  During the 1960s, he participated in a couple of the seminal events in free jazz and avant-garde classical music: with Bill Dixon at the October Revolution in Jazz and with Eric Dolphy, Gordon Mumma, Robert Ashley, and many others at the ONCE Festivals in Ann Arbor. Early entries in his discography include Bob James’ “Bold Conceptions” and “Explosions,” and Bill Dixon’s “Intents and Purposes”.  Dixon also produced Pozar’s first album as a leader, “Good Golly Miss Nancy,” released by Savoy in 1967.

Cleve brought this diverse background and a wide-open mind to his study of different musical modes, which he worked out using a heap of percussion instruments, an Echoplex, organ, and plenty enough other gear to fill a 14-foot van to capacity.  Eventually, these songs took shape into becoming an album, Cleve Solo Percussion, privately pressed by Pozar in 1974.  In a nutshell, calling it “Solo Percussion” is quite an understatement.  From his liner notes:  “The third movement is distorted guitar harmonics which were looped, live bicycle wheel and four tom-tom rims and Echoplexed double bass drums” and  “In place of the rest of the drum set I use two ratchets, Indian bells, two wood blocks and solenoid-activated gongs, which I play with my feet”.  Got all that? And he would do this at gigs.

The dedication, ingenuity, and self-sufficient mindset that Cleve dedicated to this project made a significant impact on Cooper-Moore, who, like Cleve, was living in the Boston area at that time.  He still often quotes Cleve, “With the tools and a good library, you can do anything any other man can do.”

Unfortunately, most other folks weren’t quite as ready for this in those days and the record came and went with few sales.  Over time, however, it slowly established a reputation as a rare and singular document.  I’ve played this record to listeners from a wide variety of backgrounds and the response is almost always: “wow.”   It has all the idiosyncratic, visionary gusto you could want from a private-press record (or any record, really).

It’s a pleasure to offer original copies of this LP via a direct arrangement with Cleve.  The covers are quite clean, though there may be light wear.  There’s a bit of storage warp on some copies, so I will do a quick play-check before shipping.  Hear a couple clips: Echo Afrika & Magistrate Lousvart

Read plenty more about this album via this October 2008 interview with Cleve, here. And here is a trailer for a documentary in progress about Cleve: http://vimeo.com/38011368

Last copies!

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Cliff Scott
Vol. 24 of the George Mitchell Collection
Fat Possum
33 1/3 rpm 7" EP
$5

Cliff Scott lived (lives?) in Dranesville, Georgia, and learned a good deal about music from his neighbor Dixon Hunt. Approximately 40 years old in when these four tunes were recorded on March 24, 1969, Scott shows himself to be skilled at deep bottleneck blues, more easygoing, steady rolling tunes, and percussive, danceable instrumentals. Woke Up this Morning has a bit of the same feel as Muddy Waters' plantation recordings, minus Muddy's big-city visions.

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Elder Utah Smith
I Got Two Wings
CaseQuarter
book, 128 pages, plus CD
$15

"Despite waxing three of the hottest electric guitar records of the pre-Rock and Roll years, almost nothing has been known about the life of the sanctified electric guitar preacher the Elder Utah Smith. African-American music scholar Lynn Abbott's years of research has produced a remarkable biographical study finally shining a light onto the preaching, healing, and guitar playing ministry of this path breaking performer. I Got Two Wings firmly places Utah Smith within the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) tradition along with such COGIC contemporaries as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Elder David Curry, and Rev. F. W. McGee. Filled with fascinating anecdotes and first hand remembrances and testimonies, I Got Two Wings also features many rare and unpublished photographs and an 18-track CD. The music CD includes 5 previously unknown Utah Smith songs along with relevant performances by Tharpe, Curry, McGee and two rocking, sanctified performances by Utah Smith's daughter, Sister Sarah James and the Sanctified Six." - CaseQuarter

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James "Son" Thomas
Gateway to the Delta
Rustron Records
LP
$20

Original sealed copies of this obscure late-80s release from celebrated blues singer and folk artist James “Son” Thomas. Thomas generally brought the heavy gravitas when being photographed (especially when pictured with his sculptures of skulls that sometimes included real human teeth), but his music at times also had a sly playfulness to it. This is a quite nice and varied acoustic set, warm and lived-in, with Thomas being accompanied by Walter Liniger on harmonica for around half of the songs. Especially nice versions of It Hurts Me Too and After the War. Released on Rustron Records, out of Holly Springs, Mississippi. These flew out of here last time, found a few more. 

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Various Artists
Live at the Bootleggers
Sutro Park
LP
$18

“Recorded live at a bootlegger’s homebase in Fayette County, Tennessee, in 1971 at the behest of Lattie Murrell, whom Bengt Olsson and Bill Barth had tracked down to document. Besides Murrell, Barth and William Floyd Davis, the contributors to this record just happened to be spellin’ with the same bootlegger that evening; they are unknown voices, arising with glory from the soak of moonshine, and then fading back into obscurity.” - Sutro Park. Hear a couple from Lattie Murrell: When a Gal Cross the Bottom / Howlin' in the Moonlight, and from the Bootleggers: Getting That Stuff and Bottle Up and Go.

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Pete Whelan
78 Quarterly - Issue No. 3
78 Quarterly
book, 76 pages
$12

Published in 1988. Front and back covers are clean. Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages. Feature articles:
“Paramount, Part 1: The Anatomy of a ‘Race’ Label” by Stephen Calt
“Trev Benwell: ‘Man and Legend’” by Russ Shor
“Polk Miller and the Old South Quartette” by Doug Seroff
“Collecting Ethnic” by Dick Spottswood
“’Big Foot’ William Harris” by Gayle Dean Wardlow
“Gennett-Champion Blues: Richmond, Indiana (1923-1934), Part 1” by Tom Tsotsi
“The Rarest 78s (A-B)”
“A White Man’s Integrity” by Stephen Calt (interview with Skip James)

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Pete Whelan
78 Quarterly - Issue No. 4
78 Quarterly
book, 96 pages
$18/$14; see below

Highly desirable issue of 78 Quarterly that features R. Crumb's illustration of Robert Johnson on the cover, and interview with the great music historian Frederic Ramsey, Jr., tales of Paramount Records, and more.

Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Back covers show slight rubbing; front covers cleaner.  I've also got a couple copies that show a bit more wear such as staining to the outer edges of the pages that are $14.  Please specify your preference. 

Feature articles:
“Paramount, Part 2: The Anatomy of a ‘Race’ Label” by Stephen Calt
“Fred Ramsey Speaks Out!” an interview by Pete Whelan
“Robert Johnson” by Stephen Calt and Gayle Dean Wardlow
“The Idioms of Robert Johnson” by Stephen Calt
“Remembering Big Joe” by Henry Renard (subtitled “The life and times of Big Joe Clauberg and his Jazz Record Center – New York’s famous [and bizarre] hangout for collectors, celebrities, musicians, alcoholics, and hobos…”)
“Paramounts in the Belfry…” by Bob Hilbert
“Gennett-Champion Blues: Richmond, Indiana (1923-1934), Part 2” by Tom Tsotsi
“The Rarest 78s (C-D)”
“Postscript to the McKune Story…” by Bernard Klatzko

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Pete Whelan
78 Quarterly - Issue No. 5
78 Quarterly
book, 96 pages
$12

Published in 1990. Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Front and back covers show slight rubbing.  Features include:

"The Buying and Selling of Paramounts, Part 3" by Stephen Calt and Gayle Dean Wardlow
"Rarest 78s (F to G)"
"Louie Bluie, Part 1" by Terry Zwigoff
"100 Years from Today" by Doug Seroff
"When the Wolf Knocked on Victor's Door" by Dick Spottswood
"Gennett / Champion Blues, Part 3" by Tom Tsotsi
"Portrait of a Blues Singer" (Skip James) by Stephen Calt
"Six Who Made Recorded History" by Gayle Dean Wardlow

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Pete Whelan
78 Quarterly - Issue No. 6
78 Quarterly
book, 96 pages
$12

Published ~1990.  Schlitz Jug Band on the cover.  Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Front and back covers show slight rubbing.  Features include:
“Paramount Part IV: The Advent of Arthur Laibly” by Stephen Calt and Gayle Dean Wardlow
“The Rarest 78s (H-I-Ja)”
“Louie Bluie, Part 2” by Terry Zwigoff
“100 Years from Today: A Survey of Afro-American Music in 1890 as Recorded by the Black Community Press” by Doug Seroff, Lynn Abbott, and Ray Funk
“The Myth of Rock and Roll” by Stephen Calt
“Booker White on Bullet Williams” by Cal Stephens
“Gennett-Champion Blues: Richmond, Indiana (1923-1934), Part 4” by Tom Tsotsi

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Pete Whelan
78 Quarterly - Issue No. 8
78 Quarterly
book, 96 pages
$8

Frank Stokes on the cover. No publishing date listed, but presumably this is from the early-mid 1990s. Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Front and back covers show more significant wear, so a reduced price on this one.  Featured articles:
“H. C. Speir (1895-1972)” by Gayle Dean Wardlow
“Gennett Records: Capturing America’s Musical Grassroots” by Rick Kennedy
“Portrait of a Blues Singer, Part 6” by Stephen Calt (excerpt from Calt’s book on Skip James)
“The Rarest 78s (L-M-N)”
“Southern Echoes” by Tony Russell
“Gennett-Champion Blues: Richmond, Indiana (1923-1934), Part 5” by Tom Tsotsi
“Sweet Mattie Dorsey: Been Here, but She’s Gone” by Doug Seroff and Lynn Abbott
“Foolishness Rag: The Perception of Ragtime in Europe” by Rainer E. Lotz
“The Earliest Boogie Woogie” by E. S. Virgo
“American Ragtime Performers in Britain” by Mark Berresford

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Pete Whelan
78 Quarterly - Issue No. 9
78 Quarterly
book, 96 pages
$12

Henry Sims and Muddy Waters on the cover. No publishing date listed, maybe from the mid 1990s? Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Back cover shows rubbing.  Featured articles:
Frederic Ramsey Jr. obituary
“Henry ‘Son’ Sims” by Gayle Dean Wardlow
“The Rarest 78s (O-P-Q)”
“Clarence M. Jones (1889-1949): Almost Forgotten (But Not Quite)” by Rick Kennedy
“Black Music in the White City: African-Americans at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition” by Doug Seroff and Lynn Abbott
“Take My Picture, Make it in a Frame: The Wiley Barner Story” by Don Kent
“The Paramount L Master Series” by Max Vreede and Guido Van Rijn
“A Portfolio of Fake Paramount Ads” by Tony Mostrom
“Southern Echoes Part 2” by Tony Russell
“100 Years from Today: A Survey of African-American Music in 1892 and 1893 as Recorded in the Black Community Press” by Doug Seroff and Lynn Abbott
Book reviews, including of “I’d Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues” by Stephen Calt.

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Pete Whelan
78 Quarterly - Issue No. 10
78 Quarterly
book, 144 pages
$12

Published mid-late ‘90s? Saucy old-time ladies on the cover.  Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Front and back covers show slight rubbing. Features include:

"E. Belfield Spriggins: First Man of Jazzology" by Lynn Abbott
"The Rarest 78s (R thru S)"
"The Most Complete Biography of Johnny Dodds" by Bernard Klatzko
"Lonnie Johnson Goes to Cincinnati" by Gary Fortine
"The Broadway 5000 Series" by Rolf Von Arx
"Lost Man Blues: Who Was Sugar Underwood?" by Jim Lyons
"The Origins of Ragtime" by Doug Seroff and Lynn Abbott

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Pete Whelan
78 Quarterly - Issue No. 11
78 Quarterly
book, 128 pages
$12

Contains a very extensive Black Patti cover story (82 pages!). Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Front and back covers show more significant rubbing and wear, the print treatment used on the cover seemingly making them susceptible to sticking to one another when stacked.  Featured articles:
“Black Patti” by Tom Tsotsi and Pete Whelan, with Joe Bussard, Matt Mintzell, and Rolf von Arx
“The Rarest 78s (T thru V)”
Bernard Klatszko obituary
“A Glimpse at the Golden Years of Ida Cox” by Rolf von Arx, with numerous clippings from The Chicago Defender
“Sis Quander – Duke Ellington’s First Vocalist?” by Kip Lornell and Rohulamin Quander

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Pete Whelan
78 Quarterly - Issue No. 12
78 Quarterly
book, 116 pages
$12

Features an incredible Paramount Records cover story.  Perfect-bound (no staple trouble!), clean covers.  Featured articles:
“Gold in Grafton!  Long lost Paramount photos, artwork, 78s surface after 70 years!” by John Tefteller
“Ma Rainey and Her Jazz Hounds – 1917/1922/1931” by Jim Prohaska
“Try Me One More Time – Marshall Owens Spiced with a Bit of Curry” by Alex van der Tuuk
“Bayless?  Bailey? – A Rose By Another Name” by Christopher C. King
“Gennett’s Mystery Label: The Superior 300 Series” by Tom Tsotsi
“The Rarest 78s (W thru Z)”

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Bukka White
Bukka's Jitterbug Swing / Good Gin Blues
Okeh
45rpm 7"
$7

Reissue of 2 of Bukka White's great sides recorded for Okeh in 1940, with Washboard Sam joining in as an accompanist.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzX-cYGek24

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Johnny Young
Slam Hammer / Wild, Wild Woman
Arhoolie
45rpm 7"
$8

Double-barrelled electric blues 45 from Johnny Young c.1965, with a hot band that includes Otis Spann on piano and James Cotton on harmonica.  Hear both sides: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aU3-LL8I7o and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66aKgVFmysQ .