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Roosevelt Sykes Vol. 4 (1934-1936)

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D.B.A. Blues
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Ethel Mae Blues
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Radio Broadcasting Blues
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Old Market Street Blues
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Central Limited Blues
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Heavy Stuff Blues
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Steady Grinding Blues
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D.B.A. Blues No. 2
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Dirty Mother For You
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Dirty Mother For You
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The Cannon Ball
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Jet Black Snake
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She Left Me Cold In Hand
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Driving Wheel Blues
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Barrel House Man
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Second Floor Blues
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Sister Kelly Blues
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Soft And Mellow
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Sugar Hill Blues
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Take Off Box
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The Honey Dripper
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Dirty Mother For You
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Roosevelt Sykes, Roosevelt Sykes Vol. 4 (1934-1936)
2005 | Label: Document Records / The Orchard

From Arkansas and St. Louis, Sykes came up barrelhousing in the lumber camps. His career took him to Chicago and New Orleans, with his joyful boogie woogie style evolving accordingly. A crucial rural-to-urban transition figure who stayed active into the '60s, he's unjustly overlooked today. He played with precision, right down to the jazzy fills, even though he sounded abandoned; his timing and melodic sense were impeccable, and he squeezed the most out of a… read more »

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The fourth volume in Document’s Complete Recorded Works covers Roosevelt Sykes’ career from late 1934 to mid-1936, a period during which he introduced his signature tune “Honeydripper,” along with “Soft and Mellow (Stella Blues),” the bawdy gem “Dirty Mother for You,” and a few songs with vocalists Johnnie Strauss and Arthur McKay. Most of these highlights, though, are also available on the Roosevelt Sykes (1929-1941) compilation, so casual listeners shouldn’t feel the need to spring for anything extra. – Thom Owens