Albert Ammons 1936 Alternate Takes Radio Performances and Unissued Home Recordings – Full Album

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1. Nagasaki (alt. take) – Albert Ammons
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2. Early Mornin’ Blues (alt. take) – Albert Ammons
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3. Introduction – Albert Ammons
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4. Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie (Camel Caravan Broadcast) – Albert Ammons
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5. Boogie In C (Chamber Music Society Of Lower Basin Street Broadcast) – Albert Ammons
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6. Shout For Joy (Chamber Music Society Of Lower Basin Street Broadcast) – Albert Ammons
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7. Boogie Woogie Stomp (Chamber Music Society Of Lower Basin Street Broadcast) – Albert Ammons
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8. The Boogie Rocks # 2 – Albert Ammons
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9. Funky Start Boogie – Albert Ammons
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10. Blue Blue Blues – Albert Ammons
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11. Bugle Boogie No. 2 – Albert Ammons
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12. Reveille Boogie – Albert Ammons
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13. Blues In The Groove No. 2 – Albert Ammons
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14. The Breaks No. 2 – Albert Ammons
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15. Bottom Blues No. 2 – Albert Ammons
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16. Whistlin’ Blues (Private Home Recording) – Albert Ammons
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17. I Had To Move That Thing (Private Home Recording) – Albert Ammons
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18. Dying Mother Blues – Part 1 (Private Home Recording) – Albert Ammons
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19. Dying Mother Blues – Part 2 (Private Home Recording) – Albert Ammons
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20. Swanee River Boogie (alt. take) – Albert Ammons
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21. Swanee River Boogie (2nd alt. take) – Albert Ammons
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22. I Don’t Want To See You (alt. take) – Albert Ammons
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23. Rock Of Gibraltar Blues (alt. take) – Albert Ammons
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Albert Ammons 1936 Alternate Takes Radio Performances and Unissued Home Recordings Albert Ammons, vocal, piano. Includes; Pete Johnson, piano, Joe Turner, vocal. Genres; Boogie-woogie piano, Blues piano Informative booklet notes by Axel Zwingenberger, Detailed discography.

Albert Ammons seems to be the pianist who attracts the largest number of boogie woogie fans, even today, 90 years after he was born in Chicago on March 1st, 1907. His playing had a special quality in a very personal way: his exuberant joy and endless power were counter pointed by a longing expression which gave it a blue quality all the way through. Albert’s sound in general was sweeter than either Pete Johnson’s or Meade Lux Lewis’, his piano colleagues of the Boogie Woogie Trio. His untimely death on December 3rd, 1949, at the age of just 42, added a tragic aspect, too. By the time he passed, it was still the era of 78-rpm shellacs, and his chances to record were more limited than they would have been had he lived up to the time of Hi-Fi recording.

Items of unissued material by him are especially rare collector’s stuff, and this Document Records CD contains a considerable number of such. Tracks include 2 alternative takes of the swing Nagasaki and blues-boogie Early Mornin’ Blues. Ammon’s showpiece Boogie Woogie Stomp uses melody lines in rows of thirds. In Boogie In C and Shout for Joy, a single note rumbling bass similar to Johnson’s ‘Blues On The Downbeat’ or ‘Death Ray Boogie’ is played. Blue Blue Blues is built on a similar theme to ‘Blues On My Mind’. Here we find beautiful, melodic, right hand work with some lyrical qualities and a romantic touch, complemented by nicely harmonised left hand figures in stride and rolling tenths boogie bases. For the last track on this CD, Rock of Gibraltar Blues, Albert Ammons is in the company of the original boss of the blues shouters, Big Joe Turner, with whom he had worked frequently before, especially in the combination with Pete Johnson. Joe’s voice is rich and Albert plays some slowed down boogie. More Albert Ammons recordings appear on Document BDCD-6046 http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=BDCD-6046 and DOCD-1003. http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-1003
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1. Nagasaki (alt. take) – Albert Ammons
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2. Early Mornin’ Blues (alt. take) – Albert Ammons
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3. Introduction – Albert Ammons
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4. Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie (Camel Caravan Broadcast) – Albert Ammons
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5. Boogie In C (Chamber Music Society Of Lower Basin Street Broadcast) – Albert Ammons
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6. Shout For Joy (Chamber Music Society Of Lower Basin Street Broadcast) – Albert Ammons
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7. Boogie Woogie Stomp (Chamber Music Society Of Lower Basin Street Broadcast) – Albert Ammons
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8. The Boogie Rocks # 2 – Albert Ammons
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9. Funky Start Boogie – Albert Ammons
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10. Blue Blue Blues – Albert Ammons
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11. Bugle Boogie No. 2 – Albert Ammons
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12. Reveille Boogie – Albert Ammons
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13. Blues In The Groove No. 2 – Albert Ammons
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14. The Breaks No. 2 – Albert Ammons
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15. Bottom Blues No. 2 – Albert Ammons
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16. Whistlin’ Blues (Private Home Recording) – Albert Ammons
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17. I Had To Move That Thing (Private Home Recording) – Albert Ammons
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18. Dying Mother Blues – Part 1 (Private Home Recording) – Albert Ammons
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19. Dying Mother Blues – Part 2 (Private Home Recording) – Albert Ammons
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20. Swanee River Boogie (alt. take) – Albert Ammons
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21. Swanee River Boogie (2nd alt. take) – Albert Ammons
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22. I Don’t Want To See You (alt. take) – Albert Ammons
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23. Rock Of Gibraltar Blues (alt. take) – Albert Ammons
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