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King Of The Bottleneck Guitar 1934-1937 - Kokomo Arnold

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Genre: Blues / Artist: Kokomo Arnold / Audio CD released 1992-11-01 at Black & Blue

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      09.02.2010 15:49
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      Enjoyable album

      Whilst I haven't listened to all of blues legend Kokomo Arnold's songs, I'm fairly convinced that this compilation of tunes from 1934 to 37 covers the majority of his good work. By the time James Arnold released his single "Old Original Kokomo Blues" - a song about coffee where he gained the name Kokomo Arnold, he'd already been playing guitar and singing as a part-time job for the best part of a decade in Buffalo and Pittsburgh, he moved south briefly releasing to tracks but it was only in Chicago where his career really began to kick off though.

      Kokomo Arnold has a distinctly high voice which sounds a bit ridiculous at times but gives some of his songs a bit of an edge, he's a pretty awesome slide guitarist and despite never having that much success (he left the music industry fairly early and became a factory worker), the famous Milk Cow Blues was covered by numerous artists including Elvis Presley on The Sun Sessions, it would be foolish to say that Kokomo Arnold didn't have any effect on future musicians.

      The guitar playing is enjoyable on this album, the lyrics fairly straight-forward blues and there's not really any tracks which stand out, perhaps the reason he never enjoyed that much success but it's an interesting and enjoyable listen anyway and worth having in your record collection if you like the blues.

      1 Milk Cow Blues
      2 Old Original Kokomo Blues
      3 Back To The Woods
      4 Sagefield Woman Blues
      5 Old Black Cat Blues (Jinx Blues)
      6 Sissy Man Blues
      7 Front Door Blues
      8 Back Door Blues
      9 Twelves (Dirty Dozen)
      10 Biscuit Roller Blues
      11 Chain Gang Blues
      12 How Long Blues
      13 Bo Weevil
      14 Busy Bootin'
      15 Policy Wheel Blues
      16 Milk Cow Blues No 4
      17 Model T Woman Blues
      18 I'll Be Up Someday
      19 Mr Charlie
      20 Back Fence Picket Blues
      21 Wild Water Blues
      22 Red Beans And Rice
      23 Buddie Brown Blues (Rolling Time)

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Milk Cow Blues
    2 Old Original Kokomo Blues
    3 Back To The Woods
    4 Sagefield Woman Blues
    5 Old Black Cat Blues (Jinx Blues)
    6 Sissy Man Blues
    7 Front Door Blues
    8 Back Door Blues
    9 Twelves (Dirty Dozen)
    10 Biscuit Roller Blues
    11 Chain Gang Blues
    12 How Long Blues
    13 Bo Weevil
    14 Busy Bootin'
    15 Policy Wheel Blues
    16 Milk Cow Blues No 4
    17 Model T Woman Blues
    18 I'll Be Up Someday
    19 Mr Charlie
    20 Back Fence Picket Blues
    21 Wild Water Blues
    22 Red Beans And Rice
    23 Buddie Brown Blues (Rolling Time)