Back to the blues roots ... Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Skip James, Bukka White, Lead Belly, Ma Rainey, Arthur '"Big Boy" Crudup, Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy, Bo Carter, Sleepy John Estes, Memphis Minnie, Willie Brown, Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Big Joe Williams, Reverend Gary Davis, Robert Nighthawk, Kokomo Arnold, Peg Leg Howell, Tommy McClennan ... and many more.

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1936-1937) by Kokomo Arnold

Label: Document Records
Release Date: January 2, 1992
Releases: 1992, 1994, 2000, 2005
Recording Time: 65 minutes
Recording Date: 1936 - 1937

Styles: Acoustic Blues, Acoustic Chicago Blues, Regional Blues, Pre-War Blues

Another invaluable offering from the blues archivists at Document, Kokomo Arnold's Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1936-1937) compiles 22 performances, recorded between May 1936 and March 1937. Despite the inclusions of a few Arnold classics, including "Dark Angel" and "Wild Water Blues," the disc is a mixed blessing. The combination of a long running time, chronological sequencing, and poor fidelity make for a difficult listen. While serious blues listeners won't have a problem with any of these factors, beginners are advised to look elsewhere first.
by Thom Owens

Credits: Albert Ammons - piano; Kokomo Arnold - composer, guitar, guitar (rhythm), primary artist, vocals; Keith Briggs - liner notes; Mary Johnson - accordion, vocals; A. Moore - composer; Alice Moore - accordion, vocals; Oscar's Chicago Swingers - guest artist; Johnny Parth - compilation producer, producer; Odell Rand - clarinet; Studio Klement - remastering; Roosevelt Sykes - guest artist, piano; Sam Theard - accordion, vocals; Traditional - composer; Peetie Wheatstraw - guest artist, piano.

Tracks: 1) Grass Cutter Blues (with Alice Moore); 2) Telephone Blues (with Alice Moore); 3) Dark Angel (with Alice Moore); 4) Money Tree Man (with Alice Moore); 5) Delmar Avenue (with Signifying Mary Johnson); 6) I'm Going Fishing Too (with Alice Moore); 7) Three Men (with Alice Moore); 8) Shake That Thing; 9) Try Some Of That (with Oscar's Chicago Swingers); 10) My Gal's Been Foolin' Me (with Oscar's Chicago Swingers); 11) Running Drunk Again; 12) Coffin Blues; 13) Lonesome Road Blues; 14) Mister Charlie; 15) Backfence Picket Blues; 16) Fool Man Blues; 17) Long And Tall; 18) Salty Dog; 19) Cold Winter Blues; 20) Sister Jane Cross The Hall; 21) Wild Water Blues; 22) Laugh And Grin Blues.