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K-Doe, Ernie - A Real Mother-in-Law for Ya
(Westside WESA-915 UK-02 275:-)

Since his big hit was "Mother-In-Law," a funny song that could easily be perceived as a novelty, Ernest Kador Jr is often dismissed when it comes to the top rank of New Orleans R&B singers. That's an inaccurate assessment, as this delightful compilation proves. Part of the reason, of course, is that these are the Toussaint sessions, and Allen Toussaint is the king of late-'50s and -'60s New Orleans R&B, not only writing classics like "Mother-in-Law," but producing sessions that had precisely the right combination of rolling rhythms, horns, mellow funk, pianos, and warm vocals from the friendly, skilled Ernie K-Doe. He didn't have as rich a selection of material as, say, Fats Domino or Lee Dorsey, but he was at the top tier of the second tier, as this compulsively listenable 29-track collection proves.
Muddy Waters - The Chess Box
(Chess CHD3-80002 US-89 300:-)

72 classic performances by perhaps the greatest bluesman ever! Covering a quarter century on Chess Records, the recordings are sequenced as recorded and are digitally remastered from the original masters or original Chess 78rpm singles.

Twenty-three of the tracks are rare, included 10 previously unreleased. Includes a 32 page booklet.
Smith, Bessie - Complete Recordings, vol 2
(Columbia C2K-47471 US-91 175:-)

Nicknamed the "Empress of the Blues", Bessie Smith was considered by many to be the greatest blues singer of all time. She was also a successful vaudeville entertainer who became the highest paid African-American performer of the roaring twenties.
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