Big Maybelle's got a new bag – and we like it! This tasty set was cut for the tiny Rojac label in between Maybelle's earlier years at Savoy and later albums on Brunswick – and it's got a swinging, 60s mod sort of style that's pretty darn groovy, baby! The arrangements are by Bob Gallo, and most of the tracks are 60s pop and soul standards – but Maybelle sings them with a gusty, sincere style – and brings a really great approach to the album – almost giving it the feel of some of the best Tangerine label albums from the decade. Titles include "Eggplant That Ate Chicago", "I Can't Control Myself", "Coming On Strong", "Mellow Yellow", "96 Tears", "Eleanor Rigby", and "Black Is Black". Kind of nutty, but it kind of works! (Soul, Blues)CD
(In a very cool Japanese-styled, LP-like cardboard sleeve cover!)
Mojo Buford —
Mojo Workin ... CD Metrobeat/Americana Anthropology, 1969. New Copy ...
A never-issued session from blues harmonica player Mojo Buford – a lesser-known artist born in Mississippi, schooled in Chicago, and mostly a resident of Minneapolis during his last few decades – where this session was cut in 1969! Buford's definitely got all the chops of a postwar southern bluesman heading north – and both his vocals and harmonica work are great, and recorded here in a lean, laidback way that's maybe in the spirit of some of the Bluesway or Vanguard sessions of the period – and which, like those, has some support from younger rock artists who enthusiastically the leader. One of those is guitarist Lonnie Knight – from the younger band Jokers Wild – who does a fair bit of strong solos on the set. Titles include "Blues Is A Botheration", "Help Me", "Love Without Jealousy", "Rag Picker's Blues", "Stingin Bee Blues", and "Deep Sea Diver". CD
Heavy funk from the legendary Bo Diddley – one of his amazing comeback albums from the early 70s for Chess, all of which are plenty darn great! For this set, Bo's traded in the scratchy guitar mode of his classic work for a sweeter, tighter funk-based sound – a groove that's supported strongly with electric studio arrangements from Wade Marcus – used here in very nice contrast to Diddley's rougher vocals and guitar! The style's got a bit more electric jazz touches than some of the other Chess blues funk records from the time – but the overall sound is still bound to please any funk fan – and titles include "Bite You", "Stop The Pusher", "You've Got a Lot Of Nerve", and the breakbeat classic "Hit Or Miss"! CD
Very nice work from Lowell Fulsom – strongly in the mode of his Tramp album for Kent, with a mix of blues and 60s soul, coming together in a sock-hard style that's much better than a lot of Fulsom's other work for other labels! Arrangements are by Rene Hall and Maxwell Davis – the latter of whom does a surprisingly great job on giving up a sharper edge than we remember in his other work. About half the set's straight blues, but the half that's not is nice and funky – including the "Tramp" follow-up "I'm A Drifter", a nice cover of "Funky Broadway", and the cut "Let's Go Get Stoned". Other titles include "Feel So Bad", "I Cried", "The Letter", "Tomorrow", and "Mellow Together". CD features 2 bonus tracks too – "Blues Pain" and "I Wanna Spend Christmas With You". CD