Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Featured: Four from Yazoo

Kokomo Arnold and Casey Bill Weldon, Bottleneck Guitar Trendsetters Of The 1930's

180 gram exact repro reissue of this Yazoo's collection of these two blues guitarists, originally released in 1975. "Kokomo Arnold and Casey Bill Weldon were two of the most popular and original-sounding bottleneck guitarists of the Thirties, a generally dismal period for blues recording. In terms of contemporary appeal (the only yardstick that mattered to blues men themselves) they far outstripped Robert Johnson, Bukka White, and other bottleneck artists of the era.... Arnold, a left-handed guitarist, confronts the listener as one of the zaniest, most manic guitarists ever recorded; Weldon's work is an outright rejection of traditional blues harmony, and invites comparison to Western swing."

The Hokum Boys, You Can't Get Enough Of That Stuff

180 gram vinyl. Features cover art by Robert Crumb. A collection of recordings from a number of "Hokum" groups, mostly from the 1920s. "...the Hokum Boys were less an actual group and more of a term that race labels could use to market ensemble recordings of material with salacious lyrics that were filled with sexual double entendre and references to vice." --Record-Fiend

Blind Willie McTell, The Early Years 1927-1933

180 gram exact repro reissue of Yazoo's 1968 compilation of rare 78 rpm recordings from Blind Willie McTell. A record that put Yazoo on the map as an essential archival label of roots music. The very best of the magnificent Willie Samuel McTell -- aka Blind Willie aka Hot Shot Willie aka Georgia Bill -- exploring spiritual, ragtime, hillbilly, and above all, the blues.

Please Warm My Weiner (Old Time Hokum Blues)

180 gram reissue of Yazoo's scholarly 1974 collection of "bawdy and vaudeville-inspired" songs from the '20s and '30s. Classic Robert Crumb cover art. Artists: Whistling Bob Howe & Frankie Griggs, Tommie Bradley & James Cole, Buddie Burton, Georgia Tom & Tampa Red, Rufus & Ben Quillian, Hokum Boys, Papa Charlie Jackson, Butterbeans & Susie, Robert & Charlie Hicks, Yazoo All Stars, Memphis Minnie, Leola B. Wilson & Kid Wesley Wilson and Bo Carter.

These LPs and many more can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday

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