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St. Louis Blues Revue: The Classic Bobbin Sessions

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Although St. Louis had a sizable R&B scene in the 1950s, it wasn't nearly as well represented on vinyl as those of Chicago and Memphis. The Bobbin label was one of the few small St. Louis-based R&B labels, and this compilation presents 29 sides that were recorded for the label in the late '50s and early '60s. These were mostly in a jazzy jump blues style that, while accomplished, was becoming outdated even then. Little Milton has about half the cuts (including two previously unreleased ones), and his contributions were heavily flavored by right-hand man Oliver Sain, the saxophonist who played in his band and helped write much of his material. Sain's presence is also felt strongly on the four early sides by Fontella Bass, which are much bluesier than what she would record for Chess shortly afterwards. Filling out the anthology are six sides by blues journeymen Clayton Love, a couple by harmonica player Walter Westbrook, and a couple of instrumentals by Oliver Sain and his orchestra. The material on this disc is pretty average on the whole; its chief importance is as a document of the under-recorded St. Louis blues community.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 02:17
2 02:09
3 02:14
4 02:45
5 02:12
6 02:37
7 02:39
8 02:40
9 02:53
10 02:40
11 02:34
12
02:24
13
02:33
14 02:57
15 03:01
16 02:36
17 03:13
18 02:12
19 02:28
20 01:58
21 02:40
22 02:54
23 02:37
24 02:05
25 02:05
26 02:48
27 02:10
28 02:49
29 02:23
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