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Stompin' Records

PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:50 pm
by Alan Balfour
At the weekend I had a blitz of playing vinyl. One of these was a 1996 LP (yep) The Country Blues. Tucked inside the sleeve was this. The "out of work actor" went on to make a name for himself in a Spain based soap, and never looked back.

Various Artists
Stompin' 20 (vinyl)

LEROY DALLAS: Jump Little Children Jump; JUKE BOY BARNER: Work With Me Baby; SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Bring Me Another Half A Pint; JESSE THOMAS: Another Friend Like Me; LITTLE SAM DAVIS: Goin' To New Orleans; HARMONICA 'BLUES KING' HARRIS: Blues King Mambo/Need You Pretty Baby For My Own; EDDIE BURNS: Hello Miss Jessie Lee; J AND J DEUCES: Little Woman Blues; JOE WILLIAMS: Stack O' Dollars; SOLDIER BOY HOUSTON: Hug Me Baby; L.C. GREEN: When The Sun Is Shining; SLEEPY JOE: Mama Mama Blues; JOE HILL LUOIS (sic) HENRY SMITH: Good Rockin' Mama; SNOOKY PRYOR: Boogie Twist

About ten years ago, just as CDs were becoming acceptable to the blues fraternity, I came across an out of work actor in Dobell's record shop (let's call him Young Jesse to maintain his anonymity) who was earnestly cross examining Les Fancourt as to what was considered to be the most "stompingest" blues and R&B records. I got drawn into this discussion and was amazed by the enthusiasm with which Young Jesse propounded his belief that blues/R&B fans would always buy "stomping compilations" regardless of format.

To this day I still don't understand what "stompin' music" is, or who buys it on vinyl, but this is the twentieth compilation in the series so there must be a market, however limited. I would guess that most readers will possess the majority of the tracks contained herein but for the novice this album is a wonderful starting place for an overview of post-war "country blues" (the term I use advisedly). The album shows inestimable good taste both in selection and programming, providing examples of some of the rural blues styles that could still be found in major cities like Dallas, Chicago, Detroit etc. with the consummate performances of Jesse Thomas, Little Sam Davis and Joe Hill Louis worth the price of the album alone! Who are J And J Deuces? The compiler admits he doesn't know. They are most definitely singing a blues (vocal, piano and guitar) and the sleeve note tell us that the label bears a New Jersey address (but doesn't inform us of the name or its flip side). It may have been recorded in 1965 which leads this cynic to speculate that J And J Deuces were an act who just happened to record a blues rather than being blues singers per se; hence their escaping the discographical dragnet for all these years! If I'm wrong in this assumption please tell me because they're intriguing!

I'm reliably informed that since the advent of the compact disc in 1984, there exists now a generation of blues/R&B fans who have never bought LPs and don't possess the equipment to play them. All I can say is that, as far as this compilation goes, they're missing out on some damned fine blues (country or otherwise). To the rest of you - dust off your turntables and enjoy a well earned "stomp 'em down to the bricks" (with apologies to Henry Brown). Alan Balfour (Blues & Rhythm 109, May 1996)

Re: Stompin' Records

PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:56 pm
by john poole
Thank you Alan. The link didn't work for me for some reason, not sure if this will be any better

I don't remember seeing any of the Stompin' LPs recently, but some of the CDs are still around, reduced locally, if I remember correctly, to £4 each.

Re: Stompin' Records

PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:14 pm
by Alan Balfour
john poole wrote:Thank you Alan. The link didn't work for me for some reason....
Sorry folk, I accidentally made the link bold which, for some reason, invalidated it. Removed it from my post.

Re: Stompin' Records

PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:49 pm
by AndyM
Young Jesse from the Spain-based soap.... I've taught his daughter (well, lectured at her).