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Document Shortcuts Vol. 3 - My Babe

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01
Where Did You Stay Last Night?
Artist: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
2:47
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I Got What My Daddy Likes
Artist: Marylin Scott & Her Guitar
2:38
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Mellow Chick Swing
Artist: Sonny Boy Williamson
2:33
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My Baby Ooo
Artist: One String Sam
3:03
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Stand By The Bedside Of A Neighbor
Artist: Norfolk Jazz Quartet
2:32
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Gonna Die With My Hammer In My Hand
Artist: Williamson Brothers & Curry
3:22
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Jambooger Blues
Artist: Barbecue Bob
3:14
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Black Snake Blues
Artist: Peter Cleighton
2:50
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Everybody Talkin' 'Bout Heaven Ain't Goin' There
Artist: Professor Hull's Anthems Of Joy
2:42
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Hamfat Swing
Artist: Harlem Hamfats
2:57
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Blaze Face Cow
Artist: Jazzbo Tommy & His Lowlanders
2:34
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Kind Hearted Blues
Artist: Andrew "Smokey" Hogg
2:36
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Harmonica & Washboard Breakdown
Artist: Sonny Terry
2:35
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Ground Hog Blues
Artist: Ramblin' Blues
2:51
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How You Want It Done?
Artist: Big Bill Broonzy
2:51
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New Talking Blues
Artist: Hershcel Brown
3:17
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Wild Man Stomp
Artist: Memphis Night Hawks
2:37
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Hard Time Blues
Artist: Ida Cox & Her All Star Band
2:57
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Chicago Blues
Artist: The Four Blazes
5:47
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So Glad I Found You
Artist: Shoe Shine Johnny (Johnny Shines)
2:23
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Total Tracks: 20   Total Length: 59:06

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Document Records has released some 900 titles over the years, giving the label the world’s largest in print catalog of vintage American roots music, and its archival reach encompasses rare 78s and field recordings from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in all avenues of music, including blues, jazz, country, and gospel, as well as several hybrids that defy classification. As a historical source, no label, not even Smithsonian Folkways, has done a more thorough job of tracing the early roots and branches of American vernacular music and making it available in affordable editions. Which is why the label’s new Shortcuts sampler series is such a great idea, since it allows listeners a budget-minded peak into Document’s vast backlist. My Babe is the third in this series, and it yields several neglected gems, including Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s proto-rock & roll rave-up “Where Did You Stay Last Night?,” recorded in 1951, and the Norfolk Jazz Quartet’s assured and unaccompanied “Stand By the Bedside of a Neighbor,” recorded in North Carolina in 1938. The eerie, primal sound of One String Sam playing what used to be called a diddley bow on “My Baby Ooo,” recorded in Detroit in 1956, is another highlight, as is the equally bizarre “Blaze Face Cow” by Jazzbo Tommy & His Lowlanders, recorded in Arkansas in 1937. Jazzbo Tommy, in this case, was Tommy Settlers, and his kazoo playing simply defies both gravity and reason. It may be true, as some say, that it has all been said, sung, and shouted a thousand times over, but the kinds of 78s that Document assembles in its collections prove that, no matter what, you haven’t heard it all. – Steve Leggett

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