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St. Louis Blues Revue: The Classic Bobbin Sessions

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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

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 These were mostly in a jazzy jump blues style that, while accomplished, was becoming outdated even then.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 Stream
1 Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:17 Amazon
2 Fontella Bass / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:09 Amazon
3 Fontella Bass / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:14 Amazon
4 Fontella Bass / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:45 Amazon
5 Fontella Bass / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:12 Amazon
6 Clayton Love 02:37 Amazon
7 Clayton Love 02:39 Amazon
8 Clayton Love 02:40 Amazon
9 Clayton Love 02:53 Amazon
10 Clayton Love 02:40 Amazon
11 Clayton Love 02:34 Amazon
12
02:24 Amazon
13
02:33 Amazon
14 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:57 Amazon
15 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 03:01 Amazon
16 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:36 Amazon
17 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 03:13 Amazon
18 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:12 Amazon
19 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:28 Amazon
20 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 01:58 Amazon
21 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:40 Amazon
22 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:54 Amazon
23 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:37 Amazon
24 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:05 Amazon
25 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:05 Amazon
26 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:48 Amazon
27 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:10 Amazon
28 Little Milton / Oliver Sain Orchestra 02:49 Amazon
29 Oliver Sain 02:23 Amazon
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