Various Artists Smoking Reefers & Kicking The Gong And New CD

Various Artists Smoking Reefers & Kicking The Gong And New CD

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Various Artists Smoking Reefers & Kicking The Gong And New CD

***** This is a preorder for a new release CD that is not yet released. The release date for this item is 15-07-22. This item will be shipped from our Melbourne Warehouse within 5 days of the release date *****

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Whatever it's nomenclature, entertainers have long enjoyed a "special relationship" with cannabis/marijuana, particularly musicians and singers, who've long delighted in extolling the joys of recreational drugs. This compilation deals with the leaf's early years, when it was generally referred to as "Reefer" (sometimes, "Gage", "Pot", or "Tea"), and was pretty much the exclusive domain of Jazz and Blues musicians. The oldest sides featured herein are a couple of the earliest known druggies' anthems, 'Willie the Chimney Sweeper' (an homage to smoking opium, a practice then widely known as "kicking the gong") and 'Dope Head Blues'. Some major artistes feature on this set, notably Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Champion Jack Dupree and The Ink Spots. Mind you, many of the song titles are a dead giveaway: 'Reefer Man', 'Sweet Marijuana Brown', 'Reefer Head Woman', 'Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs Murphy's Ovaltine?', 'The Reefer Song (If You're A Viper)', etc.

Disc 1 1 Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys • You'se a Viper 2 Cab Calloway & His Cotton Club Orchestra • Reefer Man 3 The Harlem Hamfats • the Weed Smoker's Dream 4 Lucille Bogan (With Tampa Red and Cow Cow Davenport) • Pot Hound Blues 5 Champion Jack Dupree • Junker's Blues 6 Ella Fitzgerald with the Chick Webb Orchestra • When I Get Low, I Get High 7 Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends • the Spinach Song (I Didn't Like It the First Time) 8 The Cats & the Fiddle • Killin' Jive 9 Clarence Williams & His Washboard Band • Jerry the Junker 10 Victoria Spivey with Lonnie Johnson • Dope Head Blues 11 Adrian Rollini & His Tap Room Gang • Got a Need for You 12 Tampa Red & the Chicago Five • I'm Gonna Get High 13 Jazz Gillum & His Jazz Boys • Reefer Head Woman 14 The Ink Spots • That Cat Is High 15 Cleo Brown • the Stuff Is Here and It's Mellow 16 Cab Calloway & His Orchestra • the Man from Harlem 17 Julia Lee & Tommy Douglas' Orchestra • Lotus Blossom (Sweet Marijuana) 18 The Barney Bigard Sextet • Sweet Marijuana Brown 19 Harry 'The Hipster' Gibson • Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine? 20 Bessie Smith • Gimme a Pigfoot (Gimme a Reefer) 21 Ernest Rodgers • Willie the Chimney Sweeper 22 Leadbelly • Take a Whiff on Me 23 Buck Washington • Save the Roach for Me 24 Ella Fitzgerald with the Chick Webb Orchestra • Wacky Dust 25 Lavern & Jackie • Think Twice (Version X) 26 Fats Waller • the Reefer Song (If You're a Viper)

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