Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Masterful re-mastering of record
Arthur Shuey | Wilmington, NC USA | 01/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
Tired of Wandering
OBCCD-593-2 (Bluesville 1021)
John Lee Hooker voice with Lowell Fulsom guitar. Plus King Curtis in the backing band. Plus the addition to your music collection of a masterful re-mastering of a record that might be as sought after and classic as anything Sonny Boy Williamson II or Muddy Waters ever released had Arbee Stidham's lifespan been different or had he ever been picked up by a truly aggressive label.
Stidham(1917-1968), an Arkansas-born, Chicago-based singer-guitarist hit the top of Billboard's "race" chart in 1948 with his RCA Victor recording of "My Heart Belongs to You" and recorded prolifically over the next two decades for a variety of labels. If his basic tempo repertoire was somewhat limited, it was no more so than those of most of his peers were and, again, this record features King Curtis in the backing band.
King Curtis was an excellent studio partner for Arbee Stidham on Tired of Wandering. Their solos throughout the November 1960 recording session shared the traits of brevity, appropriateness and exhibition of breathtaking tone. The rhythm section was an interesting mix of blues and jazz players that worked well together, freeing up the front line to project the songs' messages effectively throughout the record.
Fantasy Records, an umbrella organization for several defunct labels that we would miss terribly if their catalogs were wholly inaccessible, takes chances when they re-master and re-release records by relatively obscure artists like Arbee Stidham just because they were good records. Let us hope that enough people buy these reissues to keep Fantasy's strategy viable."