If You Take Me Back: Document Shortcuts 2 / V CD (2005)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview


Label Allegro Corporation
SKU 63957252
UPC 714298900224
UPC 14 00714298900224
Format CD
Release Date 3/8/2005
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
CatalogID 9002
Lable Name Document (USA)
Released 03/08/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00714298900224
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Frank Hutchison, Kansas Joe McCoy, Johnny Temple, Memphis Minnie, Muddy Waters, Skip James, Alonzo Scales, Carolina Slim (vocals, guitar); Rev. Lonnie Farris, Bukka White, Casey Bill Weldon (vocals, slide guitar); Fiddlin' John Carson (vocals, fiddle); Jazz Gillum (vocals, harmonica); Courtland Thomas, Calvin Dillard, Clifford Medlock, Louis Jones, Alberta Perkins, Henry Singleton, Jewel Paige, Amos Easton, Thomas Johnson (vocals); Junior Morgan, Willie James Lacey, Tiny Webb, Brownie McGhee (guitar); George Barnes (electric guitar); John Mitchell (banjo); Phebel Wright (mandolin); Robert Lee McCoy , Sonny Terry (harmonica); Garvin Bushell (clarinet, alto saxophone); Johnny Dunn (clarinet); Maurice Simon (alto saxophone); Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis (tenor saxophone); Jewell L. Grant (bass saxophone); Joe "Bledsoe" Brown (trumpet); Herb Flemming (trombone); James Clark , Jelly Roll Morton, Willard McDaniel, Blind John Davis, Bob Call, Bob Gaddy (piano); Mister Zero, Mort Perry, George Woods, Deacon McMillan, Judge Riley, Oscar Lee Bradley (drums); Amanda Sortier, Washboard Sam (washboard); Star (tambourine).
Recording information: Atlanta, GA (04/13/1927-??/??/1965); Boston, MA (04/13/1927-??/??/1965); Chicago, IL (04/13/1927-??/??/1965); Dagana, Senegal (04/13/1927-??/??/1965); Jennings, LA (04/13/1927-??/??/1965); KT (04/13/1927-??/??/1965); Los Angeles, CA (04/13/1927-??/??/1965); New York, NY (04/13/1927-??/??/1965).
Unknown Contributor Role: Thyam Sy.
Document Records has nearly 900 titles in its catalog and is easily the largest purveyor of American vernacular music, with titles featuring vintage American blues, jazz, boogie-woogie, gospel, old-timey, and country, all drawn from commercially released 78s and rare field recordings. If You Take Me Back is one of a series of samplers Document has released that allows a quick glimpse into the label's vast archive, and with tracks ranging from early country blues to stylish early jazz, it has a well-sequenced variety that is often lacking on the single-artist discs, which are predominantly archival in nature. Among the highlights here are Bukka White's classic 1940 recording of "Fixin' to Die Blues"; a rediscovered Skip James doing "Illinois Blues" at a 1964 concert in Boston; a raw, stunning field recording of Jimmy Peters & the Ring Dance Singers stomping through "Rockaway" in 1934; and the exciting gospel-blues of Rev. Lonnie Farris & the Gospel Flames on "Golden Street," recorded in 1962 and featuring some amazing electric slide guitar work from Farris. The range of styles presented here is impressive, and If You Take Me Back works both as a wonderful sampler of what Document offers and as a quick introduction to true American roots music at its finest. ~ Steve Leggett
Disc 1
1 Fixin' To Die Blues - Bukka White
2 Give It Up - Jewel Paige & Her Brown Brownies
3 Illinois Blues - Skip James
4 Lint Head Stomp - Phebel Wright
5 Rockaway - Jimmy Peters and the Ring Dance
6 Signifying Woman - Jazz Gillum
7 Golden Street - Rev. Lonnie Farris & The Gospel Flames
8 New Dirty Dozen - Memphis Minnie
9 Hard Day Blues - Muddy Waters
10 Halam Improvisation - Thyam Sy Griots
11 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down - Fiddlin' John Carson
12 Shake Boogie - Carolina Slim
13 You Need Some Loving - Johnny Dunn & His Band
14 Guitar Swing - Brown Bomber Of Swing
15 Children Go Where I Send You - Harmony Four
16 Last Scene Of The Titanic, The - Frank Hutchison
17 If You Take Me Back - Big Joe & His Washboard Band
18 Olds 98 Blues - Johnnie "Geechie" Temple
19 Lonesome Trail Blues - Amos Easton
20 She's Gone - Alonzo Scales
21 Magic Carpet - Blind John Davis
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