February 18, 2010

VA - House of Broken Hearts Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 (Mississippi Records Cassette Series)

House of Broken Hearts Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 are the first two cassettes released by Mississippi Records' ongoing and ever-engaging Cassette Series.  The label has been the source of a variety of old America, international, and punk music pressed cheaply on vinyl with album sleeves often printed on the back of leftover sleeves from other albums.  Critics of the label point to dubious licensing practices, but bootleg labels are nothing new.  Their motto is "Always - Love Over Gold" and there's no question that their meticulously culled compilations and hand-made cassettes have turned on a lot of folks to music they may not have sought out themselves.

House of Broken Hearts is a collection of "Early R&B, Doo Wop, Rockabilly & Instrumentals" which has a collectively strange and wonderful quality.  I've separated the tapes into individual tracks.  Be sure to read the liner notes from Pt. 2 to learn interesting tidbits like Charlie Feathers was an illiterate and Bo Diddley was top of his Black Studies college class.  

"Themes explored include-- The wind as a symbol of longing & loss, death, & moving on to a better day in the bye & bye."


(Check in the Comments Section for legibly printed tracklists)


P. Earl said...

 A1 - The Counts - Enchanted Sea
 A2 - Sonny Day - Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt
 A3 - The Versatones - Bila
 A4 - The Saxons - Camel Walk (Part 1)
 A5 - Vernon Green & The Phantoms - Sweet Breeze
 A6 - Noland Strong & The Diablos - The Wind
 A7 - The Vitones - The Storm (So Blue)
 A8 - Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - The Winds
 A9 - The Sound Offs - The Angry Desert
A10 - Wanda Jackson - Funnel Of Love
A11 - Maylon Humphries - Weep No More
A12 - Hasil Adkins - By The Lonesome River
 B1 - Art Neville - Arabian Love Call
 B2 - The Neptunes - House Of Heart Ache
 B3 - Roy Junior - Victim Of Circumstances
 B4 - Dee Clark - Blues, Get Off Of My Shoulder
 B5 - Buddy Knox - I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself
 B6 - Donald Woods & The Vel-Airs - Death Of An Angel
 B7 - Link Wray - Facing All The Same Tomorrows
 B8 - Slim & Ann - I Just Can’t Stay Away
 B9 - Charlie Feathers - The Man In Love
B10 - Bo Diddley - The Great Grand Father
B11 - The Chell-Mars - Roamin’ Heart

 A1 - Bunker Hill - Hide & Go See Pt.1
 A2 - Blue Gene Vincent - My Love (In Love Again)
 A3 - Joey Reynolds - Endless Sleep
 A4 - The Saxons The - Camel Walk (Part 2)
 A5 - Screamin’ Joe McNeal - Don’t Quit Me Baby
 A6 - Jackie &; The Starlights - I’m Coming Home
 A7 - Carl Perkins - Her Love Rubbed Off
 A8 - Dave "Diddle" Day - Blue Moon Baby
 A9 - Chris Jensen - Torture
A10 - Hasil Adkins - I’m Happy
A11 - Santo & Johnny - Slave Girl
A12 - Ernie K. Doe - Reapin’ What I Sow
 B1 - Bo Diddley - Down Home Special
 B2 - Dale Hawkins - Everglades
 B3 - The Ventures - Fear
 B4 - Ricky Nelson - Lonesome Town
 B5 - Jackie Lee Cochran - Georgia Lee Brown
 B6 - Tyrone Schmidling - You’re Gone I’m Left
 B7 - The Phantom - Love Me
 B8 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Hear Voices
 B9 - Peggy Lee - Is That All There Is?
B10 - Holly Golightly - There Is An End
B11 - Yma Sumac - Bonus Track (Unknown)

Ben Sandmel said...

On April11 the Historic New Orleans Collection will publish Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans, by Ben Sandmel