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Various Artists: Bluesin' by the Bayou: I'm Not Jiving

Track List

>I'm a Lucky Lucky Man - Henry Gray (previously unreleased)
>I'm Not Jiving - Juke Boy Bonner (previously unreleased)
>Miss Fannie Brown - Lightnin' Slim (previously unreleased)
>Things Gonna Change - Slim Harpo (previously unreleased)
>I Don't Know Why - Boogie Jake (previously unreleased)
>I Told My Little Woman - Lazy Lester (previously unreleased)
>I'm a Mojo Man - Lonesome Sundown (previously unreleased)
>Oh Yeah She's Gone - Boozoo Chavis (previously unreleased)
>Everybody Calls Me Crazy - Clifton Chenier (previously unreleased)
>Don't Bring No Friend - Blue Charlie Morris (previously unreleased)
>No Use to Worry - Lonesome Sundown (previously unreleased)
>Baby Let's Burn - Jimmy Anderson (previously unreleased)
>Wild About My Baby - Slim Harpo (previously unreleased)
>(Roaches in My Kitchen) Trouble at Home Blues - Silas Hogan (previously unreleased)
>I Want to Talk to You (Baby) - Elton Anderson (previously unreleased)
>Patrol Wagon - Lazy Lester (previously unreleased)
>Early One Morning - Ramblin' Hi Harris (previously unreleased)
>She's Gone - Schoolboy Cleve (previously unreleased)
>Don't Let Her Pin That Charge on Me - Chris Kenner (previously unreleased)
>I Feel Like Calling You - Clarence Garlow (previously unreleased)
>Bye Bye Catin - Boozoo Chavis (previously unreleased)
>Night and Day My Love - Clifton Chenier (previously unreleased)
>Late Hour Blues - Henry Clement (previously unreleased)
>Sonny Boy's Cold Chills - Henry Gray (previously unreleased)
>Prove Me Guilty - Elton Anderson (previously unreleased)
>Sitting Here All Alone - Johnny Sonnier (previously unreleased)
>Prisoner's Song - Vince Monroe (previously unreleased)
>Frankie and Johnny - Jimmy Anderson (previously unreleased)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Ian Saddler.

Apart from a handful of sides clustered toward the end of the collection, almost everything on Ace's 2016 Bluesin' by the Bayou: I'm Not Jiving -- the latest in their ongoing By the Bayou series, a collection that has run so long it's hard to keep count of the volumes, although this would be the third designated as strictly "Bluesin'" -- didn't see release until many years after its recording. Some of the cuts showed up on various collectors imprints in the '70s and '80s but only a handful of the sides actually came out when they were recorded: Chris Kenner's "Don't Let Her Pin That Charge on Me," Clarence Garlow's "I Feel Like Calling You," Boozoo Chavis' "Bye Bye Catin," and Henry Clement's "Late Hour Blues," to be specific. None of these were hits, which reemphasizes that this is an archival trawl, not a treasure trove of hits, and that's the good thing about it: it's a collection of swamp blues and Slim Harpo boogies, all distinguished by their cinematic murk and gritty rhythms, the very thing that makes this seem like a time machine back to the glory days of Louisiana juke joints. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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