Pee Wee Crayton / L.C. McKinley / Bobby Parker

Vee Jay Screaming Blues Guitar

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The title of this collection, Vee Jay Screaming Blues Guitar, is a little deceptive, since Pee Wee Crayton, Bobby Parker, and L.G. McKinley, the trio of guitarists and singers represented here by sides they recorded for Chicago's Vee Jay Records in the mid- to late '50s, were all more or less cut from the T-Bone Walker mold as players, with styles that were more elegant than screaming, and what's here falls more to the smooth side of jump blues and early R&B than it does to straight blues. That said, there are some delightful tracks here, including two versions of Crayton's "The Telephone Is Ringing," his very impressive "I Found My Peace of Mind" (why this wasn't a huge hit at the time is a pure mystery), Bobby Parker's sad and slightly eerie "Blues Get Off My Shoulder," and McKinley's derivative but still pleasing "I'm So Satisfied." While nothing here rewrites the history of blues or R&B, all three of these artists deserve more attention than they've gotten over the years.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:54
2 3:14
3 2:43
4 2:52
5 3:06
6 2:27
7 3:03
8 2:23
9 2:23
10 2:37
11 3:09
12 2:42
13 2:59
14 3:09
15 2:43
16 2:51
17 2:54
18 2:44
19 2:58
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