(1994) Bloodstains On The Wall: Country Blues From Specialty

Various Artists

... read moreSouthern country blues is hardly the first style that one associates with Specialty Records, which was much better known for jump blues, gospel, early R&B, and early rock & roll (most notably, Little Richard). But in fact, Art Rupe's label did dabble in country blues, and Bloodstains on the Wall...

01:05′:45″ 25 Songs

1
Bloodstains On The Wall
Various Artists
2:56
2
You Better Move Away From Here
Various Artists
2:09
3
Have You A Match
Various Artists
2:01
4
Uncle Sam Blues
Various Artists
3:06
5
A Woman Acts Funny
Various Artists
3:04
6
Goin' Back To Mama
Various Artists
3:10
7
Got A Letter This Morning
Various Artists
2:15
8
Want To Boogie-Woogie
Various Artists
2:09
9
Ride My New Car With Me
Various Artists
3:15
10
Rather Be Sloppy Drink
Various Artists
3:23
11
Dial 110 Blues
Various Artists
3:10
12
Hollywood Boogie
Various Artists
2:45
13
One Thing My Baby Likes
Various Artists
2:14
14
Stormin' And Rainin'
Various Artists
2:58
15
I Ate The Wrong Part
Various Artists
1:57
16
What A Mistake
Various Artists
2:11
17
Mean And Evil
Various Artists
2:14
18
Cold Love
Various Artists
2:49
19
Black Snake Blues
Various Artists
2:38
20
Cryin' For My Baby
Various Artists
2:24
21
Looka Here Boy
Various Artists
2:12
22
Whistling Blues
Various Artists
2:36
23
Don't Want Me Blues
Various Artists
3:01
24
David's Boogie
Various Artists
2:26
25
Sail On Little Girl
Various Artists
2:42
Released 01 January 1994, This Compilation ℗ 1994 Specialty Records, Inc./Fantasy, Inc

Review

Southern country blues is hardly the first style that one associates with Specialty Records, which was much better known for jump blues, gospel, early R&B, and early rock & roll (most notably, Little Richard). But in fact, Art Rupe's label did dabble in country blues, and Bloodstains on the Wall focuses on some of the country blues that Specialty recorded in Los Angeles and Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1952-1953. The best-known artist on this collection is Big Joe Williams (not to be confused with jazz singer Joe Williams), who is at his rawest on "Ride My New Car with Me," and Lucille Bogan's "Rather Be Sloppy Drunk." But most of the artists heard on the CD -- including Little Temple, Country Jim Bledsoe, Pete McKinley and Clarence London -- are undeniably obscure. Pine Bluff Pete, in fact, is so obscure that when Billy Vera wrote the liner notes for the collection in 1994, he was unable to find out his real name or learn anything about his background. The title song, meanwhile, was a minor hit for Frank "Honeyboy" Patt, whose "Bloodstains on the Wall" single sold about 50,000 copies, according to Vera. (Born in Fostoria, Alabama on Sep. 1, 1928, Patt shouldn't be confused with Mississippi Delta bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards). Generally decent and occasionally excellent, this album isn't for casual blues fans but is worth picking up if you're a serious blues collector. ~ Alex Henderson