Various Artists

Drink Up -- Light Up!

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The two-disc, 55-track overview Drink Up -- Light Up! celebrates "tales of dope, booze & sleaze" performed by classic swing and jump blues bands recorded in the '30s, '40s, and '50s. Among the standout tracks are "When I'm Low, I Get High" (the Four Clefs), "I Know Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well!" (Bull Moose Jackson), "Reefer Man" (Cab Calloway), "Stoned" (Wardell Gray), and "Drink Up -- Light Up" (Nelson Alexander). This Fantastic Voyage collection is a sufficient overview of these peculiar tunes of the era with decent sound quality. Also available as a two-disc LP.

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