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Curtis Jones - The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2008)

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Curtis Jones - The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2008)

Curtis Jones - The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 450 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Piano Blues | Label: Blue Horizon/Columbia | # 88697224742 | Time: 01:11:27

2008 release, a collection of tracks cut by the veteran bluesman in the '60s for the UK Blues label Blue Horizon. Like many other often forgotten Blues artists of the '20s and '30s, Jones began his recording career in the late '30s, but it wasn't until three decades later that he began to enjoy success in Europe. These recordings are a testament to his many talents. 21 tracks, including previously unreleased takes, are a testament to his talents.

Curtis Jones' sole album "Now Resident In Europe" for the now legendary UK Blue Horizon label was first issued in the autumn of 1968 and has always been a hard-to-find and sought-after blues rarity. This February 2008 single CD is based around that release.

Here's the breakdown:

Tracks 1 to 9 make up the original running order of the album "Now Resident In Europe" (Blue Horizon 7-63207)
Tracks 10 to 21 are previously unreleased outtakes and alternate versions from the album sessions

The entire album, including all the previously unreleased material was recorded at one mammoth session in the Tony Pike Studios, Putney in London on the 2nd of July 1968.

The band consisted of:
CURTIS JONES - Vocal, Piano and Guitar
BRIAN BROCKLEHURST - Upright Bass
DOUGIE WRIGHT - Drums

Tracks 1 to 8:
"You Don't Have To Go", "I Wanna Be Your Slave", "Cherie" and "Gee, Pretty Baby" feature all three in the Curtis Jones Band
"Morocco Blues" and "Jane" feature Curtis Jones on Guitar and Vocal only
"Please Believe Me" and "Let Your Hair Down" feature Curtis Jones on Piano and Vocal only

Track 9 and 18 are an interview conducted by Mike Vernon (Blue Horizon's principal producer and founder) with the American Blues man on the day of recording, 2 July 1968 and make for staggering listening… (track 18 is in fact the previously unreleased continuation of track 9).

Tracks 10 to 21:
"Soul Brother Blues", "Morocco Blues (Take 2)", "Jane (Take 1)" and "Blues On The Scene" feature Curtis on Guitar and Vocal only
"Dryborough Drive", "You Don't Have To Go" and "I Want You To Be My Slave" feature all three in the Curtis Jones Band
"Let Your Hair Down (Take 2)" feature Curtis Jones on Piano and Vocal only

With only 9 tracks on the original LP (one of which is an interview tagged on at the end of Side 2), presented on it's lonesome on CD, the album would have made for a fairly tread bare listen. But the excellent fully-finished quality of the 11 extra songs changes the whole listening experience into something far more exciting.

The session must have been all business, because only one song out of the 19 presented here, "Blues On The Street" contains the barest amount of studio chatter - the other 18 have no false starts, no breaks - just the finished recording (the box tells you which take and version was used). Although his chosen instrument was the piano, I actually find the six guitar/vocal only tracks on this release to be superb - and because of their Robert Johnson sparseness - all the more emotive. The remaster on them is also crystal clear and adds huge presence to the listen. Speaking of tapes, it's noticeable, however, that there's `crackle' on some of these tracks, but it's only fleeting and not too detracting. The three takes of "Dryborough Drive" are all instrumentals.

Curtis Jones' life reads like a movie script. Illiterate and broke for most of his formative years (and some decades after too), Jones not only loved his blues music, but knew about the pain contained within it. With his grandparents before him literally being slaves, he was born in Naples, Texas in 1905 into a family of six. But he lost his mum when he just 18 months old. A little over a year later, Curtis contracted small pox, which was a killer disease back then. His father, Willis Jones, happened to overhear a conversation about plans to `remove' his entire family that night regardless of the cost to the seven children. Luckily, he evacuated them in time, but the threat turned out to be true; local white farmers, who feared a spread of the disease to their children, did burn out their shack of a home that night, thinking they were all still in there! The whole Jones family camped out that cold evening in the woods a few miles away for safety. But although he was wrapped up for warmth, Curtis was almost lost to a snowdrift. His father frantically searched for his lost child and luckily found him the next day. The family relocated, but poverty stayed with them ever after. Curtis then spent the next few years playing a local church organ and developing calluses on his fingers from endless guitar playing. In his early teens, tired of the sharecropping farms and the dead-end future they held, he took to the freight trains and ended up in Dallas where he eked out a living playing boogie-woogie in gambling houses and Negro juke joints. Much later, he makes his way to England where the British blues boom is happening…and Mike Vernon, who was barely working for Decca a year at the time, got the opportunity to produce Curtis. The resulting album was "Curtis Jones In London" issued on Decca LK 4587 in 1964 (the title of the `follow up' album "Now Resident In Europe" refers back to the "In London" record).

The music could be described as piano based boogie-woogie blues, his voice a cross between Sonny Boy Williamson and maybe a little hint of Smiley Lewis and Robert Johnson. He also wrote all the songs and they're impressive too. "Gee, Pretty Baby" is as infectious a song as you're ever likely to hear - Louis Jordan infectious - great!

In a long line of goodies, this is yet another great outing from Blue Horizon with superb liner notes, great remastered music and all of it wrapped up in a classy card-wrap outer. (Apparently, there are 4 boxes of tapes from the sessions unaccounted for in the archives - so maybe when they're found - we'll get a volume 2 at a future date.)

Curtis Jones died in Germany in 1971 and was buried in a `Sozialgrab' - a pauper's grave. So crushingly sad - RIP you lovely man. Hopefully this release will spread the news and make Curtis Jones better known and more revered. A beautiful and brave release.

Review by Mark Barry (Top Contributor), Amazon.com

Curtis Jones - The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2008)



Tracklist:

01. You Don't Have To Go (3:43)
02. I Want To Be Your Slave (4:58)
03. Morocco Blues (2:58)
04. Cherie (3:28)
05. Please Believe Me (3:50)
06. Gee, Pretty Baby (4:11)
07. Let Your Hair Down (2:26)
08. Jane (2:50)
09. Born In Naples, Texas [interview] (1:50)
10. Soul Brother Blues (3:05)
11. Dryburgh Drive (2:41)
12. You Don't Have To Go (3:39)
13. I Want To Be Your Slave (5:58)
14. I Want To Be Your Slave (4:55)
15. Morocco Blues (2:57)
16. Let Your Hair Down (2:31)
17. Jane (3:49)
18. Born In Naples, Texas [interview] (1:20)
19. Blues On The Scene (4:17)
20. Dryburgh Drive (3:41)
21. Dryburgh Drive (2:22)


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Curtis Jones / The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions

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DR11 0.00 dB -13.17 dB 4:58 02-I Want To Be Your Slave
DR12 0.00 dB -15.04 dB 2:58 03-Morocco Blues
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Number of tracks: 21
Official DR value: DR10

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Curtis Jones - The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2008)

Curtis Jones - The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2008)

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