© 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,
Tracks 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,
Side 1: Contains
1 - Howlin' For My Baby (Howlin' Wolf) (1976) (Not Originally Issued)
2 - California Blues (Howlin' Wolf) (1976) (Not Originally Issued)
3 - California Boogie
(Howlin' Wolf) (1976) (Not Originally Issued)
4 - C.V. Wine Blues (Howlin' Wolf) (1976) (Not Originally
5 - My Troubles And Me (Howlin' Wolf) (1976) (Not Originally Issued)
6 - Look-A-Here (Howlin' Wolf) (1976) (Not Originally Issued)
7 - Decoration Day (Howlin' Wolf) (1976) (Not
8 - That's All Right (Howlin' Wolf) (1976) (Not Originally Issued)
Original Sun Recordings
Side 2: Contains
1 - I Love My Baby (Little Milton) (1976) (Not Originally Issued)
2 - Rode That Train All Night Long (Little Milton) (1976) (Not Originally Issued)
3 - Lonesome
For My Baby (Little Milton) (1976) (Not Originally Issued)
4 - If Crying Would Help Me (Little Milton) (1976) (Not Originally
6 - Runnin' Wild Blues (Little Milton) (1976) (Not Originally
8 - Carry My Business On (Houston Boines) (1976) (Not Originally Issued)
Original Sun Recordings
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