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Goodies for all in my Christmas stocking!

12/28/2005 9:22 AM
Steve A.
Goodies for all in my Christmas stocking!
    Tower Records had the 4 cd set from JSP called "The Guitar Evangelists" and I figured I might as well use up my $5 off coupon which was expiring on Christmas Eve. This collection has one of my all-time favorite guitarists, the Reverend Utah Smith, playing 3 different versions of "Two Wings", from 1944 and 1953.  
    I had the vinyl album "In The Spirit Vol 1 & 2" for almost 40 years, and "Two Wings" was my favorite song on the two albums. Here is what JSP had to say about him:  
Just as blues got wired-up during this period so did gospel guitarists begin to experiment with amplified sounds and to deal with minor record producing companies. The 'farthest out' of these evangelical axe-men has to be Rev. Utah Smith, who was playing his eccentric, free-form style of electric guitar - with the dial wound up to distortion point- as early as 1942. A consummate showman for God, he possessed the most ferocious vocal delivery since Blind Willie Johnson and employed a long lead that enabled him to carry his axe into the congregation, chopping left and right. His theme was the overwhelming "Two Wings", which he sometimes performed with a pair of those angelic accessories strapped to his shoulder blades! Overall, the effect must have verged on the terrifying.  
    Another treat on that set was the following song from Rev. A. Johnson in July 1953. The similarities to Ray Charles' "Leave My Woman Alone" were too much to be a coincidence:  
    I spent $30 on Web Radio Recorder from Magix so that I could record the 9 hours of Christmas Blues on KZSU starting early Christmas morning at midnight. Here is one song from that marathon that is evidently a religious song from 1929:  
    I've been listening to some other stations on the web like WWOZ from New Orleans.  
    I also ran across, which sounds really good although it is only 24kbps (AFAIK they are only on the internet so they seem to know how to optimize their sound for the web):  
    They also broadcast the song title and artist name so Web Radio Recorder can separate a broadcast into individual songs. That's a great way to fill up the iPod you got for Christmas...  
Steve Ahola
12/28/2005 5:10 PM

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Vocally I hear Howlin' Wolf, I'm sure he influenced him. That guitar playing is something else, raw, the way I like it. You seem to know your S**t.  
Maybe you would know who this person is I saw on an old clip on TV. She was a gospel singer and played an SG with the strap around the neck like an acoustic. Played guitar similar to that. She could sing and play as good as anybody. I think the clip was from the mid 60's and was B&W. I forgot what show it was but it was a documentary about black music.
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12/28/2005 10:48 PM
Steve A.

    My guess would be Sister Rosetta Tharp, but I'm not sure if she was still playing in the 60's. (I tried Googling her and could not find one biography of her! :( )  
    There is a 4 cd set from England ffro ~$25 featuring most of her singles through 1948, with some really great acoustic blues guitar on many of the songs. I'm sure that she could rock out playing an electric...  
    Speaking of raunchy sounding electric guitars, they finally reissued Lightnin' Hopkins recordings for Herald from April 1954... I believe he is playing an electric guitar rather than an acoustic with a pickup. The first tune here was not originally released with the album. Although the original album "Lighnin' and The Blues" is worth over $1000, I just have the reissue from the 60's on a budget label. :(  
Moving_On_Out_Boogie.mp3 (3265912 Bytes)  
My_Little_Kewpie_Doll.mp3 (3325382 Bytes)  
Sick_Feelin_Blues.mp3 (3144468 Bytes)  
Steve Ahola
12/30/2005 9:56 AM
Steve A.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    I guess Google works a lot better if you spell the name correctly (there is an "e" on the end). I decided to organize my uploads at RapidShare with folders. To keep the "riff raff" out (we're talking about YOU, George!) I put a password on this folder:  
    The p*a*s*s*w*o*r*d is "a*m*p*a*g*e" [just remove the stars].  
    The folder for Sister Tharpe has 5 entries in alphabetical order. The order I recommend is:  
"That's All" (with her playing electric guitar)  
"This Train" (with Kenny Clarke on drums!)  
"Sit Down" (vocal and guitar)  
"Rock Daniel"  
"Shout, Sister, Shout" (co-written by Bill Doggett!)  
    "View File Info" in WinAmp for more details on each song.  
Steve Ahola
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