A little something for those who enjoy listening to 4 STAR "OP" Custom pressings. I'm not quite sure what Curt is trying to do with "Candy Store", the pianist manages to weave in a few familiar phases seemingly of Scottish origin! , but there's a nice steel bridge. However, Curt seems much more comfortable on the slow side.
I hadn't planned to use anything by Lee Bell, but I had his two IMPERIAL releases out and hadn't filed them back, so I thought I'd post them both here before they slip back onto the shelf. Lee Bell is probably best known for his RCA disc "Beatin' Out The Boogie On The Mississippi Mud", his IMPERIAL releases, are from an earlier age and therefore a different style. If you'd like to read more about Lee Bell then check out Paul Vidal's web site http://web.lerelaisinternet.com/www.bigvjamboree.com/LeeBellStory.htm
This record is something of a mystery, there is no reference to it ever having been released in England, yet the label clearly states that it was "Made In England" and carries the usual blurb prohibiting public performance, broadcasting, etc. which was, and still is, printed on all UK labels. What compounds the issue further is that around the centre hole there is an embossed note "AUDIODISC - 9294 - NEW YORK - USA". I provisionally thought this was a one off, but I just spotted a copy of LONDON 16028 on ebay which also carries the "Made In England" tag!. Below is a scan of the labels, I have scanned the A side in its original colours, who ever decided to use gold print on green obviously didn't have to read the label. On the B side I have played around with the Hue to get a readable label. I'd love to hear from anyone who can explain this anomaly.
Whilst the lyrical content may have been acceptable in 1950, in today's more enlightened times some may find the lyrics leave a lot to be desired.
The Chicago based BALKAN label dates from the early Fifties; In March 1952 it was reported that the company was to be found at 1425 W. 18th Street, in Chicago. Two years later the concern had moved to Berwyn, an outer Chicago suburb. The 8000 series was the vehicle for Hillbilly material, although why it was initially designated as a Custom Series is not quite clear. Few of the releases on the label made it to the pages of BILLBOARD or similar trade publications, although the company did take out the occasional advert in the trade press. One such advert in BILLBOARD, the 19th June 1954 issue, announced the release of the labels First Hillbilly Record, Denver Duke's "When We meet Up Yonder" (BALKAN 8000)
Way back in 2010 I posted details of the three releases that Roy Hall had under the name of The Eagles on the CITATION label. Then I had only ever seen the first two of the three, I finally managed to track down a copy of that elusive third disc.
CITATION 1152 was reviewed in BILLBOARD on 27th October 1951, alas the reviewer was not very impressed.
"You're Gonna Be Sorry"
Good grade novelty ballad gets a rough-hewn rhythm rendition from a quavery voiced nasal warbler and inept small combo
"You're Still The Captain Of My Heart"
Warbler and gal duo wail through a likely waltz throbber. Like flip, material is strong, performance weak.