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Monday, 21 September 2009
Washboard Rhythm Kings Vol. 3 (1932-1933)
01.Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia - The Rhythm Kings 02.It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - The Rhythm Kings 03.(I Would Do) Anything for You - The Rhythm Kings 04.Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn - The Rhythm Kings 05.Spider Crawl - The Rhythm Kings 06.The Scat Song - The Rhythm Kings 07.Oh! You Sweet Thing - The Rhythm Kings 08.Something's Gotta Be Done - The Rhythm Kings 09.Yes Suh! - The Rhythm Kings 10.Angeline - The Rhythm Kings 11.Old Yazoo - The Rhythm Kings 12.Gotta Be, Gotta Be Mine - The Rhythm Kings 13.Wah-Dee-Dah - The Rhythm Kings 14.Blue Drag - The Rhythm Kings 15.Syncopate Your Sins Away - The Rhythm Kings 16.I'm Getting Sentimental over You - The Rhythm Kings 17.St. Louis Blues - Washboard Rhythm Boys 18.Lazy Bones - Washboard Rhythm Boys 19.Some Of Theses Days - Washboard Rhythm Boys 20.Learn To Croon - Washboard Rhythm Boys 21.Dog And Cat - Washboard Rhythm Boys 22.I Cover The Water Front - Washboard Rhythm Boys 23.Old Man Blues - Washboard Rhythm Boys 24.Mississippi Basin - Washboard Rhythm Boys
Another 3 confusing (possibly this guy, maybe that fella!) line-ups from those Washboard Rhythm Kings. None of which were released it seems under the W.R.K. banner!! The first 6 tracks are from a session from October 1932 and another from December 1932 from the 'Rhythm Boys' (7 through 16). Tracks 18 to 24 were recorded in August 1934 under the title Washboard Rhythm Boys. The bass player on all three sessions was George 'ghost' Howell, which seems ironic, seeing as he's about the only soul on the cdthat's a known for sure to have actually been there! Regardless of who may or may have not been present, what is for definite is that the tracks recorded were incredible. The versions of 'St. Louis Blues' and 'Some Of These Days' sound almost incendiary, and the old western swing standard 'Yes Suh!' has some absolutely relentless washboard playing. Also, check out 'Blue Drag' as a fine example of the W.R.K. dropping down a gear and knocking out some right smooth melancholic jazz mastery!