Roosevelt Sykes

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1934-1936)

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Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1934-1936) Review

by Thom Owens

The fourth volume in Document's Complete Recorded Works covers Roosevelt Sykes' career from late 1934 to mid-1936, a period during which he introduced his signature tune "Honeydripper," along with "Soft and Mellow (Stella Blues)," the bawdy gem "Dirty Mother for You," and a few songs with vocalists Johnnie Strauss and Arthur McKay. Most of these highlights, though, are also available on the Roosevelt Sykes (1929-1941) compilation, so casual listeners shouldn't feel the need to spring for anything extra.

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