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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.