Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Whistling Alex Moore - Blues Piano Vocal And Whistling

“Alex Moore cut a small number of solo sides for Columbia and Decca (1929 and 1937) and a few accompaniments to blues singers and dropped out of sight. The story of his rediscovery, tracked down by blues researcher Paul Oliver,is movingly told in Paul's notes to this superb album. Moore had never left Dallas, where he had often played in the notorious Central Tracks district, in the honky tonks, bars and bordellos, finding similar employment in the Deep Elm, Froggy Bottom and East Side areas too.
When Oliver and Chris Strachwitz caught up with Moore in 1960, the Districts had gone, razed to the ground. But his marvelous Texas blues piano and singing remained intact, untainted by any commercialism. Indeed, he was playing and singing better than ever, as these exciting sides confirm. This is compelling stuff indeed, with thunderous boogie alternating with rolling barrelhouse blues. Alex Moore was a special singer too, conjuring up his own lyrics, often with a fine poetic feel and sense of irony listen to "Miss No Good Weed," "Pretty Woman With A Sack Dress On" and "You Say I Am A Bad Feller." "Goin' Back To Froggy Bottom" is particularly poignant.
Alex Moore had surfaced briefly in 1947, cutting eight titles in the studios of a Dallas radio station the history of these five sides is also detailed in the notes and they are included in this compilation. Sound quality on these tracks is somewhat inferior to the rest of the album but still very listenable, with Moore in fine form. Recording quality is very good for the Oliver-Strachwitz material, and playing time is exemplary.


Anonymous said...

Boredom rather than s-h-a-m-e??
Not lack of gratitude as far as I am concerned, but somehow or other a reference to Alex Moore's late 1940s session, available on an Arhoolie CD with the material also on the 77 LP (which also appeared on Arhoolie), and some but not all the tracks on the second Arhoolie... well, it migrated to your notes on this download -- which contains only the twelve tracks from the 77 LP....
After the Big Sam and the Mudcat Thomas uploads, for which I thank you very much (but belatedly, me culpa!) you could be forgiven a lot if there was a lot to forgive.
Do you want people to see that your grave is kept clean? Thanks thanks thanks comment comment comment, o wonder of real generosity.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the good LP, i have only:

Whistling Alex Moore - DOCD-5178
Whistling Alex Moore - From North Dallas To The East Side

Anonymous said...

If the previous blogger had been a little more attentive, he or she might have appreciated that the indeed very good LP just uploaded is reissued as part of FROM NORTH DALLAS TO THE EAST SIDE and is already part of his/her collection. The same material appeared on both the 77 and the Arhoolie labels because in Britain at the time imported Amderican albums were ridiculously expensive (due to tax and price maintenance).

Pete said...

Thank you so very much. It's so hard to find his recordings anywhere. He was a good friend of ours for many years.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great album!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Pete, try Amazon

Pablow said...

Any chance of a sweet sweet re-up?? Pablow xo

Anonymous said...

Here you go