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Razlog što tek sada pišem o izdanju "Bea & Baby Records - The Definitive Collection" samo je jedan: naime, treba se vrlo pomno i ozbiljno pristupiti preslušavanju materijala koje nam nudi ovo četverostruko izdanje, koje je 16. kolovoza prošle godine objavila Earwig Music a globalno radijski promovira memfiška Blind Raccoon.

Unaprijed se ispričavam, ali to je doista veliki i vrlo ozbiljan izdavački potez Earwig Music, koji je zapravo svojevrsna refleksija na povijesne izdavačke kuće chicago bluesa i R&B-ja. Chess, Vee-Jay, Brunswick i Delmark odmah nam prvo padnu na pamet, ali vjerojatno malo ljudi zna za nezavisnu izdavačku kuću Bea & Baby Records. Ovakve izdavačke kuće snažno su pratile crnačku glazbenu scenu i pri tome su nevjerojatno čvrsto i direktno "gurale" glazbenike koji su za njih snimali.

Mislim da je na kraju priče baš ova izdavačka kuća postala najbolja kada su u pitanju tzv. "indie" izdanja. Istu je osnovao čikaški poduzetnik Narvel „Cadillac Baby“ Eatmon: Bea & Baby Records, zajedno s podružnicama (Key, Keyhole, Miss i Ronald), a svi su se istaknuli impresivnim izborom izdanja bluesa, gospela, doo-wopa, soul, hip-hopa u razdoblju od 1959. do 1989.

Čarobnjak klavira Sunnyland Slim, majstor usnjaka James Cotton, Earl Hooker, Hound Dog Taylor, R&B legenda Andre William, zvučni blues duo Sleepy John Estes & Hammie
Nixon, samo su neka od onih zvučnih imena bluesa. Ova kompilacija također ukazuje i na brojne dobro cijenjene, ali manje poznate blues glazbenike, kao što su Detroit Junior, Little Mack (Little Mac i St. Louis Mac) Simmons, Homesick James, Eddie Boyd, L.C. McKinley i Bobby Saxton (pjevač najvećeg hita Bea & Baby-a, "Trying to Make a Living"). No, naravno, to nije sve: uz glazbeni set ide i knjiga s 128 stranica ispunjena s puno arhivskih dokumenata i fotografija.

Cijelom projektu veliki obol dali su suosnivač časopisa Living Blues Magazine i Blues Hall of Fame, Jim O'Neal, povjesničar i urednik Gospel Music Magazine Robert Marovich, te Bill Dahl i sam vlasnik Earwig Music Michael Robert Frank.

Kompilacije poput ove treba postaviti u skladu s očekivanjima i naravno da audiofilski nije sve savršeno, ali to se može očekivati ​​sa snimkama poput ovih, koje su se našle na ovom izdanju. Na kraju svima vama, koji slušate blues samo potvrda da je ovo doista raritetna kompilacija, čiji sadržaj kroz četiri CD-a daje nevjerojatan povjesni dokument, dok je ono što nosi svojim glazbenim sadržajem potpuno nova i drugačija priča. Tako nešto se ne može kupiti, to se jednostavno mora imati u sebi.

PREPORUKA:
Earwig Records je uložio puno ljubavi i brige u ovo izdanje koje uključuje četiri CD-a te knjiga sa 128 stranica u tvrdom uvezu, ispunjenom informacijama o snimanju, pričama o umjetnicima, fotografijama i drugim uspomenama. Ovim izdanjem odaje se počast tako malim nezavisnim izdavačkim kućama pa je cijela priča tim impresivnija, obzirom na svoj ponuđeni glazbeni sadržaj.

Ako ste poklonik bluesa, R'n'B-ja, Doo Wopa i ranog Rock 'n' Rolla, vjerojatno želite poslušati ovu retrospektivu, istinski povijesno–glazbeni dokument. Drugim riječima: ova je kolekcija obavezna za svakog ozbiljnog blues slušatelja, a s druge pak strane, ona definitivno može biti standard u načinu kako se pripremaju deluxe box setovi!

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Disc 1 – 25 Tracks/73:59

1.Cadillac Baby
Welcome To Cadillac Baby's Show Lounge

2.Eddie Boyd
I'm Commin' Home

3.Eddie Boyd
Thank You Baby

4.L C McKinley
Nitwit

5.L C McKinley
Sharpest Man in Town

6.the Daylighters
Mad House Jump

7.the Daylighters
You're Breaking My Heart

8.11 Year Old Faith Taylor and the Sweet Teens
I Need Him to Love Me

9.11 Year Old Faith Taylor and the Sweet Teens
I Love You Darling

10.Bobby Saxton
Trying to Make a Living

11.Earl Hooker
Dynamite

12.Cadillac Baby
The Legend of Cadillac Baby

13.Eddie Boyd
Blue Monday Blues

14.Eddie Boyd
The Blues Is Here to Stay

15.Eddie Boyd
Come Home!

16.Eddie Boyd
You Got to Reap!

17.Little Mac
Times Are Getting Tougher

18.Little Mac
Don't Come Back

19.T Valentine
Little Lu-Lu Frog

20.T Valentine
Teen-Age Jump

21.Cadillac Baby
How Detroit Junior Got Famous

22.Detroit Junior
Money Tree

23.Detroit Junior
So Unhappy

24.Eddie Boyd & the Daylighters
Come on Home

25.Eddie Boyd & the Daylighters
Reap What You Sow

Disc 2 – 27 Tracks/71:44

01
Hound Dog Taylor
My Baby Is Coming Home

02
Hound Dog Taylor
Take Five

03
St Louis Mac
You Mistreated Me

04
St Louis Mac
Broken Heart

05
Phil Sampson
It's So Hard

06
Singing Sam Featuring Phil Sampson
Sampson

07
Singing Sam
My Story

08
Singing Sam
Calvins Reserve _

09
Sunnyland Slim
Worried About My Baby

10
Sunnyland Slim
Drinkin' and Clownin'

11
Eddie Boyd
All the Way

12
Eddie Boyd
Where You Belong

13
Cadillac Baby
Cadillac Baby Gets Into the Record Business

14
Lee Jackson
Please Baby

15
Lee Jackson
Juanita

16
Andre Williams
Please Give Me a Chance

17
Andre Williams
I Still Love You

18
Little Mac
I'm Your Fool

19
Little Mac
Let Hootenanny Blues (Out of Jail)

20
James Cotton
One More Mile

21
James Cotton
There Must Be a Panic on

22
Kirk Taylor and the Velvets
Your Love

23
Kirk Taylor and the Velvets
This World

24
Tall Paul Hankins and the Hudson Brothers
Joe's House Rent Party Part I

25
Tall Paul Hankins and the Hudson Brothers
Joe's House Rent Party Part II

26
It's You I'm Going to Miss
Willie Hudson & Tall Paul Hankins

27
Red Lips
Willie Hudson

Disc 3 – 24 Tracks/72:11

01
The Christmas Song
Lee Jackson, The Cadillac Baby Specials

02
Santa Came Home Drunk
Clyde Lasley, The Cadillac Baby Specials

03
One More Chance
The Chances, Darla-Moira Sharonne

04
It Takes More Than Love Alone
The Chances, Darla-Moira Sharonne

05
Mother-In-Law
Little Mac Simmons & The Hipps

06
Woman, Help Me
Little Mac Simmons & The Hipps

07
The Sky Is Crying
Little Mac Simmons

08
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
Little Mac Simmons

09
Trouble No More
Little Mac Simmons

10
I'm Tore Down
Little Mac Simmons

11
I Love My Man
Alrlelan Brown

12
Hello Baby
Alrlelan Brown

13
House Rock
Sunnyland Slim

14
She Got That Jive
Sunnyland Slim

15
Little Girl
Sunnyland Slim

16
Too Late to Pray
Sunnyland Slim

17
I Done You Wrong
Sunnyland Slim

18
My Baby's Gone
Homesick James

19
My Kind of Woman
Homesick James

20
Homesick Sunnyland Special
Homesick James

21
Lost in the Jungle
Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon

22
Special Agent
Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon

23
Worried All the Time
Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon

24
Potato Diggin' Man
Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon

Disc 4 – 25 Tracks/71:13

01
Somebody Changed The Look
Willie Williams

02
38 Woman Blues
Willie Williams

03
Raise Your Window Baby
Unknown Blues Band

04
jUMP tHIS mORNING
Unknown Blues Band

05
7402
3D

06
Here We Go Chi-Town
3D

07
Just In Case That You Got A Case
Clyde Lasley (possibly)

08
I Bet I Don't Die Tired
Clyde Lasley with Unknown Actors (possibly) (possibly)

09
The Preacher, The Deacon And A Razor
Clyde Lasley with Unknown Actors (possibly) (possibly)

10
Cadillac Baby Passed So Fast
Sleepy John Estes & Hammie Nixon

11
Worried By My Mind
Sleepy John Estes & Hammie Nixon

12
Spirit Don't Leave Me
Sleepy John Estes & Hammie Nixon

13
Lay My Burdon Down
13Lay My Burdon Down

14
I Did A Lot Of Spiritual Records
Cadillac Baby

15
Search Me Lord
The Gloryaires

16
Now Lord Don't Drive Me Away
The Gloryaires

17
Holy Place
Eddie Dean & The Biblical Aires

18
God Has Prepared
Eddie Dean & The Biblical Aires

19
He's A God
The Norfolk Singers

20
Testimonial
The Norfolk Singers

21
Witness There Too
The Pilgrim Harmonizers

22
Over The Hill
The Pilgrim Harmonizers

23
Climbing High Mountans
Samuel Patterson

24
Judgement Day
Samuel Patterson

25
Blues Is My Soul
Cadillac Baby

(Earwig Music / Blind Raccoon)

Yours bluesy,
Mladen Loncar - Mike