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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" -MANCE LIPSCOMB - "THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY" FEATURING THE ALBUM "TROUBLE IN MIND" BY MANCE LIPSCOMB IN HIGH DEF WITH NARRATIVE - EPISODE # 60 -THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS TREASURES

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL” -MANCE LIPSCOMB – “THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORYFEATURING THE ALBUM “TROUBLE IN MINDBY MANCE LIPSCOMB IN HIGH DEF WITH NARRATIVEEPISODE # 60 -THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS TREASURES!

“THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY

TROUBLE IN MIND by Mance Lipscomb (Reprise, 1961)

This cartridge is a study in contradiction and juxtaposition: it’s a 1961 recording of an old blues man, put out by Reprise, Frank Sinatra’s label, packaged in a groovy yellow shell, with a slyly psychedelic label. This is traditional acoustic blues picked on a single 12 string by a patriarch of the style, who had only first recorded the year before, at the age of 65.

Beau de Glen Lipscomb lived his whole life in Novasota, Texas, taking the name “Mance” (which is short for “Emancipation”). He played primarily around his tenant farm for Saturday Night Suppers until two guys, Houston folklorist Mack McCormack, and Chris Strachwitz, the Arhoolie label owner from the Bay Area, came down to record him. This was during that Folk Revival Boom period, when all the young people were flocking to festivals to hear the aging originators before they all died out. The guys brought Mance to Berkeley where he played for 41,000 of them – that’s a long way from those Novasota suppers.

After that, Mance made up for lost time – by 1971 Les Blank had made a documentary about him (A Well Spent Life), and he published his autobiography “I Say Me for a Parable”. He was a master who eschewed the limelight – early on he had passed on an offer to tour with Jimmie Rogers because he just wanted to stay close to home. But, as this tape attests, he was one of the all time greats. His ‘dead thumb” picking style where he keeps rock solid time with the thumb while dancing delicate melodies on the top, juxtaposed with a relaxed, mellow singing technique makes his renditions of Boll Weevil, Careless Love, and the title track seductively magnetic.

I don’t remember how or why this tape came into my life, but I’m grateful.

1 Captain, Captain [Take 2] 2 Careless Love [Take 2] 3 When Death Come Creeping in Your Room (Run, Sinner, Run) [Take 1] 4 Alabama Bound [Take 2] 5 Buck Dance Take 2 6 Night Time Is the Right Time [Take 1] 7 Rocks and Gravel Makes a Solid Road [Take 6] 8 Johnnie Take a One on Me [Take 2] 9 Motherless Children [Take 2] 10 Which-A-Way Do Red River Run [Take 2] 11 Trouble in Mind [Take 1] 12 Ballad of the Boll Weevil [Take 10] 13 Boogie in ‘A’ Take 1[Instrumental] 14 Hattie Green Take 2 15 Bumble Bee Blues Take 6 16 Shine on Harvest Moon Take 1 17 Cocaine Done Kill My Baby Take 2 18 Hey Lawdy Mama Take 1 19 Is You Gonna Quit Me Baby Take 1 20 Frankie Was a Good Woman Take 3 21 You Gonna Look Like a Monkey Take 5 22 Black Gal Take 1 23 Casey Jones Take 1 24 After Hours Take 1[Instrumental] 25 Angel Child Take 2


By Rich Buckland 06/05/2022 07:11 PM

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