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THE COMPLETE DECCA SESSIONS, 1954-55 - Chris Barber's Jazzband - Double CD

THE COMPLETE DECCA SESSIONS, 1954-55 - Chris Barber's Jazzband - Double CD
CD / Product Number: LACD142.

One of LAKE's biggest selling CDs ever! These are the first recordings made by the band following the split with Ken Colyer in 1954. Divided into 12 studio and 17 live numbers `The Complete Decca Sessions' have it all, and when recorded in 1954-55 Chris Barber was at a forceful stage in his trombone playing, and was lined up with faithful Pat Halcox on cornet, fluid Monty Sunshine on clarinet and exuberant Lonnie Donegan on banjo, plus the impeccable support of Jim Bray on bass and Ron Bowden on drums. It was also the time when brilliant vocalist Ottilie Patterson exploded onto the British jazz and blues scene. She dominates 5 numbers with `Weeping Willow Blues' and `Nobody Loves You' in the studio, together with live recordings of `I Hate A Man Like You', `Reckless Blues' and a particularly impressive `St. Louis Blues' which is close to the famous version by Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. There are other vocals such as the gratifying gospel number `Lord, Lord, Lord' with a combination of Chris Barber and Pat Halcox.


Disc 1: The Studio Sessions

Bobby Shaftoe
Chimes Blues
The Martinique
New Orleans Blues
Merry Down Rag
Stevedore Stomp
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
Weeping Willow Blues
Rock Island Line
John Henry
Nobody’s Child
Wabash Cannonball

Disc 2: The Live Sessions

Lord, Lord, Lord
Merry Down Blues
I’d Love It
Storyville Blues
It’s Tight Like That
Bury My Body
Diggin’ My Potatoes
Ice Cream
Oh Didn’t He Ramble
The Girls Go Crazy
I Never Knew Just What A Girl Could Do
St. Louis Blues
I Hate A Man Like You
Salutation March
Reckless Blues
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise