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Jasmine (JASMCD3043)

Mississippi Sheiks, Slim Gaillard, Bull Moose Jackson, Wynonie Harris, Julia Lee, Lucille Bogan, The Swallows, The Clovers, Bo Carter, Washboard Sam, Roy Brown, Fluffy Hunter, Lonnie Johnson, Harlem Hamfats, Lillie Mae Kirkham, Blind Boy Fuller, Napoleon Fletcher, Amos Milburn, Dinah Washington,  The Du Droppers, The Dominoes and more…

There never seems to be a shortage of available collections full of off-colour, saucy and downright filthy blues and rhythm & blues recordings and I’m sure it says something about us as a society that our appetite for this kind of stuff never seems to diminish. Or, being a pushover for a double entendre myself, maybe it is just me that it reflects badly on. I mean, I still laugh at the old Benny Hill crack that an innuendo is an Italian suppository!

Luckily, it seems as though I am not alone and plenty of others also continue to enjoy these kind of releases and this new collection is probably as good a set as has been made available in a goodly while. Starting with the classic blues stylings of the 1920s and running right through to the early rock ‘n roll and vocal R&B years of the early 1950s, these 55 tracks include plenty of choice material.

As expected, there are included a number  of serial offenders for this kind of material and it will come as no surprise to anyone that Wynonie Harris is the most prominent of these. With 6 songs alone featured here, you do have to ask what was it with this guy? Best of all is Sittin’ On It All The Time, a favourite of mine that I never tire off, but the others are as laugh-out loud funny as the titles would suggest - I Want My Fanny Brown and I Like My Baby’s Pudding among them.

Bo Carter of course makes an appearance, with his own My Pencil Won’t Write No More and as a part of the Mississippi Sheiks on a couple of other numbers. And it will come as no surprise that It Ain’t The Meat, It’s The Motion by The Swallows and Bull Moose Jackson’s Big Ten Inch are present and correct.

As well as many predictable, but still awesomely good, choices such as these, there are also many lesser known titles to enjoy afresh.

New to me, at least, Julia Lee’s My Man Stands Out, is tremendous, as is My Man O’ War by Lizzie Miles and the ebullient If It Don’t Fit Don’t Force It by Barrelhouse Annie.  And its been a while since I heard Drill Daddy Drill by Dorothy Ellis but it still stands up (oh dear, even I’m doing it now!).

Of course, you don’t need to be titillated by the verbal nudge nudge included here, the music is invariably sensational enough to enjoy in its own right. Indeed, some of the double entendres are pretty subtle and you often have to be on your mettle to fully appreciate the meaning (or double meaning) of some of the lyrics. This comment can barely said to apply to Dirty Red’s Dirty Mother Fuyer or Baby Let Me Bang Your Box by The Toppers but I’m sure you get my drift.

There is of course nothing deep and meaningful on offer here but, as a source of fun and entertainment without having to take your clothes of, this set is pretty hard to beat

Review Date: April 2015

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