Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The A. Denison Sessions of 1941

From: Shorpy

This well-known photograph of Vickburg, Mississippi in 1938 (of the Savoy Barber Shop) by Walker Evans is the closest we will ever come to a definitive site verification of the 1941 Coney Wilkins solo recording sessions (for Arlen Denison) that reemerged in 2005.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Benny Salter (on the right with his first guitar: a red '56 Fender Stratocaster — in this photo it looks lighter than a red guitar would appear in a black-and-white photograph) fronting the Detroit band The Meteors before heading to the U.K. (around 1960) to form The Tupelos. For the gutsy, landmark solo work on The Tupelos 1965 mega-hit "White Tail Deer" Benny used a 1954 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Following on the heels of their single "White Tail Deer" (a mega-hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1965) Decca released the eponymous album WHITE TAIL DEER in early 1966. Although it was The Tupelos' second LP for the domestic market in the UK, it was marketed as a debut album to the rest of the world. Decca decided to issue the US version for export to the rest of Europe while still pressing it in UK.
     The best way to distinguish the two pressings is to check the catalogue number in the bottom left corner of the album cover. it reads as FV91 = 83-55 for the export version (see illus.): the "=" symbol was a misprint; it should have been a dash.
     On the record itself, the lineup of songs is different on the US/European LP. Decca wanted to ensure that the follow-up hit from the Summer of 1966, the bluesy, proto-metal, "Makes Me Wanna' Be" would be prominently featured as the first cut on the B side.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Arlen Denison - Berlin

From: Berlin Cabaret - Jazz and Joy in Weimar Germany (1973, Photoplatz-Pendulum)