The fruits of a concerted effort to convert long out-of-print rarities to digital format is something called “Midnite Blues Party.” The first volume included 45 RPM singles from the late Fifties and early Sixties, mostly soul one-offs known to afficianodos. Volume 2, from which this track from Clifford Bivens with Edgar Hayes and the Stardusters is taken, features 78 RPM records from the late Forties and early Fifties.
The clarity of the performance, recorded at a blues club in Los Angeles in 1948, is staggering. Listen to the staccato guitar lead and remember that this is at least five years before even the nascent beginnings of rock and roll. If you’ve any doubts about where the styles of guys like Clapton, Beck, Page or Vaughn were born, they should be disabused here.
The rest of the disc has some wonderfully naughty vocals by performers you’ve likely never heard of but should. I’ll add a plug for the Rhapsody-to-Go music service here. For 15 bucks a month (Windows machines only, sorry) it’s possible to stream all the music you desire, and move it to your portable (Plays For Sure) device. Sign up for one of their free trials and you can check out both volumes of Midnite Blues Party.
Midnite Blues Party – Volume Two
Rare Rhythm And Blues From The 1940’s & 1950’s
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Download “Achin Heart Boogie” (MP3, 192kbps)