1976 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30102 mono
SUN - THE ROOTS OF ROCK - VOLUME 2 - SAM'S BLUES
16-track vinyl LP compilation of recordings
from the legendary Sun Record label, whose story is the story of rock n roll, with previously unissued songs by Howlin' Wolf, Little Milton and Houston Boines, front laminated picture sleeve.
When Sam Phillips opened the doors of his Memphis Recording and Sound Service
in January 1950, it was in the belief that the surrounding area would reveal many talented blues singers whom he could record, and whose recordings would appeal to the large urban markets for 'race' or rhythm
and blues music.
During the succeeding years he
recorded most of the talented musicians and singers in Memphis the first and most successful was B.B. King, and later Sam Scored hits with Jackie Brenston and Rufus Thomas. At this time, Phillips became increasingly
aware that the most successful, almost legendary, local artist was performing over radio KWEM across the river in West Memphis. He was known as the Howlin' Wolf, and Phillips heard that behind the powerful voice
on the airwaves was a large man, known for his intense, mysterious character, sometimes referred to as evil.
The Wolf seemed an ideal artist to record, and soon Ike Turner brought him to Phillips' studio. His first release in 1951, ''How Many More Years'', bore out Phillips'
hopes be becoming a top selling rhythm and blues record.
Born Chester Burnett near Aberdeen, Mississippi on June 10, 1910, Wolf had only recently moved to the Memphis area. He had become to West Memphis, Arkansas in 1948 and formed a band which gained
a regular spot on radio KWEM in 1949. Wolf had only then at the age of 38, become a professional musician and disc jockey but his music went way back into the Delta traditions. He met blues legend Charley Patton
in 1928 and first learned guitar at that time. He was basically a farmer, but he moved into Arkansas during the thirties and thereafter travelled those states extensively and he knew most of the best musicians,
the likes of Rice Miller who taught him to play harmonica.
By the West Memphis era, which lasted until late 1952 when he moved to Chicago, Wolf had begun to play electric guitar with a band comprising Pat Hare, Matt Murphy, Junior Parker, Bill Johnson and
Willie Steele. Like the band featured on this album, the band was modern in its loose, jazz-like construction but was heavily imbued with country blues tradition. The guitarists, like Willie Johnson here, were
capable of strong, almost violent, improvisation while the piano drew the strong drumbeat along behind Wolf's unique, howling, powerful vocal and his harmonica work.
The titles on this album are a tribute to the developed style Wolf had perfected for, though previously unissued,
they match the sides that were hit singles in the fifties. From Wolf originals like ''Howlin' For My Baby'', also known as ''The Wolf's At Your Door'', to John Lee Williamson's ''Decoration Day'', the music of
the Delta, traditional and contemporary, came together in these priceless Sam Phillips recordings.
The name of Little Milton is as well-known today as that of Wolf, for Milton has adapted successfully to subsequent rhythm and blues and soul stylings. During the early fifties, though, he was a far more anonymous
figure. Yet his adaptability was even then evident. When he recorded for Sam Phillips in 1953, another find of Ike Turner, he had already recorded as a session man for Trumpet in Jackson, Mississippi and he displayed a readiness to record in approximations
of virtually any blues style.
Thus, on this album,
Milton can be said to be copying B.B. King and Fats Domino, among others, but looking back, he doesn't lose all identity. His vocal and guitar work on these sides is uniformly excellent, if not outstandingly innovative, and he was only nineteen years old at
the time. Born James Campbell on September 7, 1934 near Inverness, Mississippi, he was discovered by Ike Turner in Greenville with his band the Playmates Of Rhythm. Ike is added to the band on piano, and Sam Phillips captured on tape the band's current repertoire.
Phillips was a first class session egineer and these recordings, like those of Wolf, extract everything from the sessions. Some credit as an arranger is due to Ike Turner, and his association with Sun is continued on Volume Three, ''Delta Rhythm Kings''.
All recordings were made at the Memphis Recording Service and the
Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.
recorded at the Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, except Side 1 track 8 recorded at 639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, and Side 2 track 3 recorded at Fernwood Drive, Memphis, Tennessee, and Side 2 track 8 recorded Sam Phillips Recording
Studio, 319 Seventh Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee.
Howlin' For My Baby (Howlin' Wolf)
California Blues (Howlin'
California Boogie (Howlin' Wolf)
C.V. Wine Blues (Howlin' Wolf)
My Troubles And Me (Howlin' Wolf)
Look-A-Here (Howlin' Wolf)
Decoration Day (Howlin' Wolf)
That's All Right (Howlin' Wolf)
Original Sun Recordings
I Love My Baby (Little Milton)
Rode That Train All Night
Long (Little Milton)
Lonesome For My Baby (Little Milton)
Would Help Me (Little Milton)
Somebody Told Me (Little Milton)
Wild Blues (Little Milton)
Beggin' My Baby (Little Milton)
Business On (Houston Boines)
Original Sun Recordings
Sun - The Roots Of Rock - Volume 2 - Sam's Blues