B I G   B E A R   R E C O R D S
Big Bear
Records

discography
Record label founded and run by Jim Simpson

This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
All I know about the resp. artist's / label's musical output is shown on this page. To purchase out-of-print records I recommend an ebay, gemm or google search. And - sorry for that - I have not the time to answer any e-mails asking me about further information, let alone duplicating out-of-print recordings I happen to own.

Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

#
year of
release
titlenotes
7 inch 45 rpm
OURS 1
(1974)
Mickey Baker

- I'll Always Be In Love With You
- Diggin' In My Potatoes


Big Bear OURS 1
OURS 2
(1976)
Cousin Joe

- Lipstick Traces
- I Can't Lose With The Stuff I Use


Big Bear OURS 2
OURS 3
(1976)
Muscles

- Space Party
- Scuttling




Big Bear OURS 3
OURS 4
(1976)
Cousin Joe

- You Talk Too Much
- How Come My Dog Don't Bark


Big Bear OURS 4
OURS 5
(1976)
Muscles

- Make Me Happy
- Do It Good


Big Bear OURS 5
OURS 6
(7/1976)
Muscles

- Jungle Strut
- Muscle Hustle


Big Bear OURS 6
BB 1
(11/1976)
Bobby Dazzler

- Dance Dance Dance
- Easy Lovin' Lady


Big Bear BB 1

= Polydor BF 18610

BB 2
(11/1976)
Cousin Joe

- I'm Cousin Joe from New Orleans
- Barefoot Boy


Big Bear BB 2


= Big Bear / Intercord
INT 111.401 (1977)

BB 3
(11/1976)
The Mighty Flea

- Boogie Down (Wit' The Boogie Man) (instr)
- Night Flight (instr)

rec. ???; Gene 'Mighty Flea' Connors, tromb, sp; ???



Big Bear BB 3
BB 4
(1/1977)
Hank C. Burnette

- Hank's Guitar Boogie Special
- Pink & Black

- Here Comes That Train
- Fury


Big Bear BB 4
BB 5
(1/1977)
Muscles

- Love Is All I've Got
- I'm Gonna Synthesize You


Big Bear BB 5

Man at Work !!!
BB 14
(7/1978)
Cousin Joe

- You're Never Too Old To Boogie
- Hannah From Savannah


Big Bear BB 14
LPs /CDs
1
(1974)
The American Blues Legends '74

Big John Wrencher
- Big Johns Boogie
- I'm A Roots Man
Cousin Joe
- I Can't Lose With The Stuff I Use
- Problems
Doctor Ross
- It Seems Like A Dream
- On My Way To School

Eddie "Playboy" Taylor
- I Used To Have Some Friends
- I Know My Baby
G.P. Jackson
- 12th Street Boogie
- Letter Dressed In Red
- Leavin' Kansas City
Cousin Joe
- Blues Legends

rec. & mixed February & March 1974 at Chalk Farm Studios, London, England; prod. by Jim Simpson



Munich BM 150 202


= Big Bear BEAR 1

= Big Bear BM 150 202 (NL?)

2 CD set

(=) Big Bear/Indigo CD 2527
(2002) "American Blues
Legends '73/'74"

2
(1974)
Doctor Ross: The Harmonica Boss

- Boogie Disease No. 2
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Harmonica Boogie
- Decoration Day
- How Much More Long
- Don't Worry About The Bear

- That's All Right Mama
- Blues In The Night
- Do The Boogie Woogie #
- Rockin' After Midnight
- Ethel Mae
- San Francisco Breakdown

rec. Novmber 1972 live at Chalk Farm, London; Doctor Ross, voc, g, hca; # Bob Hall, p; prod. by Jim Simpson

Doctor Ross discography




Munich BM 150 201


= Big Bear BEAR 2

= Big Bear / Intercord
INT 146.403 (D)


= Big Bear / Carosello BRP
2013 (1982) "Blues Project"

3
(1974)
Cousin Joe: Gospel-Wailing Jazz-Playing Rock'n'Rolling Soul-Shouting Tap-Dancing Blues Man from New Orleans

- When A Woman Loves A Man
- Checkin' Out
- Touch Me
- I Got News For You
- Too Late To Turn Back Now
- Lipstick Traces

- Railroad Avenue
- You Talk Too Much
- Barefoot Boy
- How Come My Dog Don't Bark?
- Night Life
notes by Tony Cummings



Big Bear BEAR 3
4
(1974)
Big John Wrencher
Big John's Boogie


- Honeydripper
- Third Degree
- Now, Darling
- Where Did You Stay Last Night?
- Trouble Makin' Woman

- Lonesome In My Cabin
- How Many More Years?
- Come On Over
- Telephone Blues
- Runnin' Wild

CD bonus tracks (from Big Bear BEAR 1):
- Big John's Boogie #
- I'm A Root Man #

rec. between February and April 1974 at Chalk Farm Studios, London, England; Big John Wrencher, voc, hca; Eddie Taylor, g; Bob Hall, p; Bob Brunning, b (on bonus tracks); Pete York, dr,; prod. by Jim Simpson

Big John Wrencher discography

notes by Mike Leadbitter



Big Bear BEAR 4

= Intercord INT 146.402
(G 1979)

original notes
by Mike Leadbitter
+ notes by Jim Simpson

(=) Castle CMRCD 649
(2003) "Big John's Boogie
Plus"

read liner notes
at www.fleetwoodmac.net/

= Sanctuary CAS 36183 (US?)

5
(1975)
Mickey Baker: Take A Look Inside

- Make Your Bed Up Mama
- Don't Doubt Me
- Take A Look Inside
- Blues Fell This Morning
- Diggin' In My Potatoes
- Playing With Danger #

- I'll Always Be In Love With You #
- She Brings Out The Animal
- New York, New York
- Tight Ropes & Bumpy Roads
- Bewildered

Mickey Baker, voc, g; Willie Mabon, p, hca; Dan Armstrong, b (except #); # Pete Morgan, b; Peter York, dr

Big Bear BEAR 5


= Big Bear / Intercord
INT 146.408 (G 1979)

6
(1975)
Eddie Playboy Taylor & The Blueshounds: Ready For Eddie

- I'm a Country Boy
- Seems Like a Million Years
- Gamblin' Man
- After Hours
- Sloppy Drunk
- Ready for Eddie

- You Don't Love Me
- Too Late to Cry
- You'll Always Have A Home
- Playboy Boogie
- My Little Machine
- Crosscut Saw

CD bonus tracks:
- I Used To Have Some Friends
- I Know My Baby

rec. & mixed during February/March/April 1974 at Chalk Farm Studios, London; Eddie Taylor, voc, g; Roger Hill, g; Bob Hall, p; Bob Brunning, b; Graham Gallery, b; Pete York, dr; prod. by Jim Simpson



Munich BM 150 203


= Big Bear BEAR 6


= Big Bear / Intercord
INT 146.407 (G 1979)


= Castle Music CMRCD 629
(UK 2002)

= Castle-Sanctuary 81256
(UK 2003)

= Castle-Sanctuary 2 36152
(UK 2005)

7
(1975)
Eddie Guitar Burns
Detroit Blackbottom


- Do It If You Wanna
- I'm Going - But I'll Be Back
- Detroit Blackbottom
- Every Jug Stands On Its Own
- I Wanna Trade With You

- I've Got A Lot Of Respect
- Bull Head - Go Ahead Angie
- Toni Louise
- Mississippi County Farm
- Pee Pa Pobble

rec. during November 1972 at Chalk Farm Studios, London; Eddie Burns, voc, hca, g; Bob Hall, p; Roger Hill, g; Bob Wilson, b; Pete York, dr (The Bloodhounds); horn arrangements by Mickey Baker; prod. by Jim Simpson

Eddie Burns discography




Big Bear BEAR 7

Promo ad for Eddie Burns' January/February 1976 UK tour
8
(1975)
American Blues Legends 75

Eddie "Guitar" Burns
- Biscuit Bakin' Mama
- Bury Me Back In The USA
Billy Boy Arnold
- I Wish You Would
- Sugar Mama
Tommy Tucker
- Alimony
- Hard Luck Blues

Homesick James
- If I Could Live My Life All Over Again
- Baby Please Set A Date
Little Joe Blue
- A Fool Is What You Want
- Five Long Years
Lonesome Jimmie Lee Robinson
- Chicken Head
- Mean Mistreater
American Blues Legends '75
- Got My Mojo Working

rec. May 5 & 6, 1975 live at the Club 100, London, UK; prod. by Jim Simpson



Big Bear BEAR 8

=? Apolo J&B-6007

9
(1975)
Willie Mabon: The Comeback

- Klickety Clock
- Lonely Blues
- Come On Baby
- Keep My Lover With Me
- Shake That Thing
- I Still Don't Know

- The Comeback
- I Don't Know
- My Baby Won't Write To Me
- Boogie Woogie Special
- I'm Hungry
- I'll Keep On Hurtin' #

rec. & mixed January - March 1973 at Chalk Farm Studios, London, England; Willie Mabon, voc, p, hca; Mickey Baker, g; # Colin Smith, tpt, # Johnny Barnes, bs; Dan Armstrong, b; Pete York, dr; Dyan Birch, Frank Collins, Paddie McHugh of "Kokomo", backing voc; prod. by Jim Simpson

Willie Mabon discography

notes by Tony Cummings



Big Bear BEAR 9
10
(1975)
Home Sweet Homesick James

- Highway 51
- Lonesome Train
- Dust My Broom
- Kissing In The Dark
- Sweet Home Chicago
- Mailman

- Shake Your Moneymaker
- Dust My Broom
- Worried About My Baby
- Got To Move
- Tin Pan Alley
- Careless Love

Homesick James, voc, g; Bob Brunning, b; Bob Hall, p; John Hunt, b; (Lonesome) Jimmy/Jimmie Lee Robinson, b; Pete York, dr

Homesick James discography




Big Bear BEAR 10




= Big Bear 81004 (Fr 1981)

2 CD set

(=) Castle Music
CMDDD712 (2003)

11
(1976)
Erwin Helfer: Boogie Piano Chicago Style

- Hallucinating
- Rubbish Boogie
- Rodez Stomp
- Inside
- Sneaky Pete
- Homage to AA and PJ

- Dirty Dozens
- Thin & Thirty
- Big Joe
- Fat City
- 4 O´Clock Blues
- Oysters




Big Bear BEAR 11

= Big Bear / Intercord
INT 146.401


= Big Bear / Carosello BRP
2003 (1982) "Blues Project"

12
(1976)
Johnny Mars and the Oakland Boogie

- I've Been Down So Long
- Nine Below Zero
- Rocket 88
- Call Me
- Love Is A Wonderful Thing

- Honey Bee
- Blue Midnight
- Cruisin'
- If I Had A Woman
- My Dog Can't Bark

Johnny Mars, voc, hca; Bruce Langsman, g; Pat Grover, g; Bob Hall, p, mandolin; Paul Riley, b; John Hunt, dr



Big Bear BEAR 12

= Big Bear / Intercord
INT 146.405 (G 1979)

= Apolo (?) 6006

13
(19??)
Clark Terry's Big Band: Live On 57th Street

- Dirty Old Man
- On The Trail
- Fading Fleur
- Hymn For Kim

- Take The "A" Train
- Shell Game
- Here's That Rainy Day
- Rock Skipping At The Blue Note

rec. 1969

Big Bear BEAR 13
14
(1974)
Snooky Prior [sic]: Shake Your Boogie

- Shake Your Boogie
- Bottle Up & Go
- You Don't Know My Name
- Bluebird Blues
- Can't Love Me & Homesick Too

- Baby Left Me A Mule To Ride
- Jump & Shout
- Gonna Have A Good Time
- So Sweet
- Crazy 'bout You

Snooky Pryor discography

Big Bear BEAR 14


= Big Bear / Intercord
INT 146.406 (G)


= Big Bear / Carosello BRP
2033 (1982) "Blues Project"

2 CD set

(=) Castle Music
CMDDD712 (2003)

15
(1974)
Doctor Ross: Jivin' The Blues

- Blues For Illinois
- Reconsider Baby *
- Jivin' The Blues
- I'm A Mannish Boy
- Step Back Woman #

- Big Boat
- Harley Street Special *
- That's All Right Mama
- Come On & Shake Your Boogie #
- Stop Crying #

rec. at Chalk Farm Studios, London; prod. by Jim Simpson
* with Bob Hall, p; # with The Blueshounds (Bob Hall, p; Pat Grover, g; Bob Brunning, b; John Hunt, dr)

Doctor Ross discography

Big Bear BEAR 15




= Big Bear / Intercord
INT 146.409 (1979)

16
(197?)
Eddie 'Guitar' Burns
Bottle Up And Go


- She's In L.A
- Bottle Up & Go #
- Cross Your Heart
- Detroit Women (Lookey Here Babe) #
- Bad Bad Whisky

- Kansas City
- Whisky Headed Woman #
- Your Daddy Ain't Foolin'
- Vicksburg Blues #
- I Call It Love

rec. 1972 at Chalk Farm Studios, London; Eddie Burns, voc, g. hca (# solo); Pat Grover, g; Bob Hall, Erwin Helfer, p; Dave Gally, Jim Jewell, saxes; Bob Brunning, b; John Hunt, dr; prod. by Jim Simpson

Eddie Burns discography

notes by Mike Leadbitter





Action ACMP 100
(UK 1972)
[B&C subsidiary]

= Big Bear BEAR 16

17
(197?)
Johnny Mars: Blues From Mars

- Rocket 88
- Off The Wall
- It's My Own Fault
- Me And Piney Brown
- My Dream (Blues In My Sleep)
- Don't Start Me To Talking

- Bring It On Home
- Break It Up
- Back Track
- Aw Baby
- Meet Me In The Alley #

rec. May 1972 at Chalk Farm Studios, London; Johnny Mars, voc, hca; Bob Brunning, b; Pat Grover, g; Bob Hall, mandolin, p; John Hunt, dr; # Boogie Woogie Red (Vernon Harrison), voc; # Baby Boy Warren, voc; prod. by Jim Simpson
"Big Bear Two"

notes by Mike Leadbitter



Polydor 2460 168 (1972)

= Big Bear BEAR 17

18
(197?)
Doctor Ross Live At Montreux

- Doctor Ross Rockin'
- Freight Train
- Mama Blues
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- General Motors Blues

- Got Something To Tell You #
- Hobo Blues #
- Let's Boogie All Night Long #
- Honey Bee Blues #
- My Airplane Chick #

rec. live at Montreux, Switzerland, June 18, 1972; # with Louis Myers, g; Lafayette Leake, p; Dave Myers, b

Doctor Ross discography

"Big Bear One"

notes by Jerry Gilbert



Polydor 2460 169 (1972)

= Big Bear 18 (197?)

19
(1973)
The Mighty Flea: Let The Good Times Roll

- Let The Good Times Roll
- Honky Tonk
- Tain't Nobody's Buziness If I Do #
- Charley Stone
- Bloodshot Eyes

- Hi-Heel Sneakers
- Goin' To L.A.
- Let's Go Get Stoned
- The Chocolate Cowboy Rides Again
- GM Blues

rec. August 24/25, 1972 at Central Sound Recording Studios, London; Gene 'Mighty Flea' Connors, voc, tromb; Mickey Baker, g; Mike Burney, ts; Bob Hall, p; Roger Hill, b, # g; Pete York, dr; prod. by Jim Simpson
"Big Bear Three"

notes by Jim Simpson



Polydor 2460 185 (1972)


= Big Bear BEAR 19

20
(197?)
American Blues Legends '73

Boogie Woogie Red
- Viper Song
- After Hours
- Red's Boogie
Snooky Pryor
- Dangerous Woman
- Sloppy Drunk
Homesick James
- Tin Pan Alley
- Dust My Broom

Washboard Willie
- I Feel So Fine
- Kansas City
Red & Mose
- Sassy
Whispering Smith
- Take Me Back Baby
Lightnin' Slim
- Love Bug
- Walking In The Park
"Big Bear Four"




Polydor 2460 186 (1973)

= Big Bear BEAR 20

2 CD set

(=) Big Bear/Indigo CD 2527
(2002) "American Blues
Legends '73/'74"

21
(19??)
Homesick James & Snooky Pryor

- Crossroads (Homesick James)
- Nothin' But Trouble (Snooky Pryor)
- Shake Your Money Maker (Homesick James) #
- Cross Town (Snooky Pryor)
- Careless Love (Homesick James)
- After You There Won't be Nobody Else (Snooky Pryor)

- The Woman I Love (Homesick James)
- I Feel Alright (Snooky Pryor)
- Drivin' Dog (Homesick James)
- She Knows How To Love Me (Snooky Pryor)
- Homesick Blues Again (Homesick James)

rec. at Chalk Farm Studios March 3, 1973; # rec. February 21, 1973; ; Homesick James, voc, g; Snooky Pryor, voc, hca; Bob Brunning, b; John Hunt, dr; Bob Hall, p; prod. by Jim Simpson

Homesick James discography

Snooky Pryor discography






Caroline C 1502 (UK 1973)
[Virgin Records subsidiary]

= Big Bear BEAR 21


= Big Bear / Intercord
INT 146.404 (G 1979)




= Big Bear / Carosello BRP
2002 (1981) "Blues Project"

2 CD set

(=) Castle Music
CMDDD712 (2003)

22
(19??)



Big Bear BEAR 22
[never issued?]
23
(1979)
American Blues Legends 79   @ spotify

Eddie C. Campbell
- Love With You Baby
- Lock What You Done
Chico Chism
- High Rise Blues
- 480 Pounds
Good Rockin' Charles
- I Wish I Had Somebody
- I'm Goin' Home Where Women Got Meat On Their Bones

Billy 'The Kid' Emerson
- Buzzard Luck
- Conjured
Little Smokey Smothers
- Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong
- All Your Love
Lester Davenport
- I'm Tryin'
- No Peace

rec. August 1979 at Odyssey Studios, Chicago, IL; Eddie C. Campbell, voc, g; Chico Chism, voc, dr; Good Rockin' Charles, voc, hca; Billy 'The Kid' Emerson, voc, p, org; Lester Davenport, voc, dr, b, hca; Little Smokey Smothers, voc, g; Jimmy Dawkins, g; Willie Black, b; prod. by Jim Simpson

Big Bear BEAR 23




= Big Bear / Intercord
INT 146.410

= Carosello BEAR 1
(It 1979)

24
(197?)
Muscles

- People
- Music Is Our Message
- Love Is All I've Got
- Muscle Hustle
- I'm Gonna Synthezise You

- Love Fire
- No Smoke Without Fire
- Jungle Strut
- Love Is You

Stuart Scott, voc, g, perc; Richard Ford, voc, b, perc; Steve James, voc, dr, perc; Geoff Brown, voc, p, moog, clav, perc; Ellie Hope, voc; Ruby James, voc; prod. by Jim Simpson

= Big Bear BB 1001 (1976)


Big Bear BEAR 24 (197?)

= Big Bear / Intercord
INT 161.400 (G 1979)

25
(1980)
Claude Williams' Kansas City Giants

- One For The Count
- Kansas City
- The Fiddler
- Teach Me Tonight
- A Little Bit Of Country

- 51st & Swope
- Them There Eyes
- That Certain Someone
- Texicana
- A Hundred Years From Today

rec. August 1979 at Master Sound Studios, Kansas City, Missouri; Claude 'Fiddler' Williams, violin; Frank Smith, p; Gerry Leonard, b; Richard Ross, dr, voc

Big Bear BEAR 25
BRUM 1
(1980)
Brum Beat - Live At The Barrel Organ!

Bright Eyes
- The Lonely Ones
- Casablanca
The Lazers
- Headache
- Rivet
Willy & The Poorboys
- My Babe
- Hoy Hoy Hoy

The Quads

- When Everything's Said And Done
- Wonders Never Cease
Rockers
- It Takes a Thief
Speed Limit
- Alright On the Night
- CJ


Dansette Damage
- All Little Girls Taste The Same
- Invaders Dansette Damage
Mayday
- Moving In Time
- Standing On The Edge Of The World
Dangerous Girls
- Demolition
Playthings
- Sally Daydream

The Thrillers
- To The Top
- Breakout
Spoonfull
- On Your Tail
- Nine 'Till Five
Eclipse
- Enjoy Yourself

rec. 1980 live
 
gatefold DLP



Big Bear BRUM 1


= Gira (Portugese)

26
(1985)
M and B Jam Session Volume 1


Humphrey Lyttelton, tp; Digby Fairweather, tp; Roy Williams, tromb; Roy Crimmins, tromb; Bruce Turner, as; Dick Morrissey, ts; Randy Colville, cl; Dave Shepherd, cl; Mick Pyne, p; Jim Douglas, g; Harvey Weston, b; Johnny Richardson, dr

Big Bear BEAR 26
27
(1988)
Mitchells and Butler's Britsh Jazz Award 1987


Humphrey Lyttelton, Roy Williams, Brian Lemon, Dave Green and more

Big Bear BEAR 27
 
see Bear Music Group back catalogue for # 28 ff.

 

 

 

 

158.600
(1977)
The Blues Vol. 1

BB King - Rock Me Baby
Buster Brown - Fannie Mae
Big Bill Broonzy - Carelss Love
Memphis Slim - Along Time Baby
Sllim Harpo - Baby Scratch My Back

Lightning Hopkins - Mojo Hand
Elmore James - It Hurts Me Too
Jimmy Reed - Caress Me Baby
Arthur Crudup - Mean Ol Frisco
Jimmy Reed - Baby What You Want Me To Do


John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom
Elmore James - Mean Mistreatin Mama
John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillun
Arthur Crudup - So Glad You're Mine
Lightin Hopkins - Have You Ever Loved A Woman

Big Bill Broonzy - Take This Ole Hammer
Memphis Slim - Driving Wheel
Elmore James - Dust My Broom
John Lee Hooker - Crawlin King Snake
Jimmy Reed - Big Boss Man
DLP

Intercord INT 158.600
158.601
(1977?)
The Blues Vol. 2

Lightnin' Hopkins - Worried Life Blues'
Elmore James - Bleeding Heart
Arthur Crudup - Look On Yonder Wall
John Lee Hooker - Little Wheel
Jimmy Reed - I Wanna Be Loved

Memphis Slim - Lend Me Your Love
Big Bill Broonzy - Somebody's Gotta Go
Lightnin' Hopkins - Walkin' Blues
Elmore James - The Sky Is Crying
Arthur Crudup - Rock Me Mama


John Lee Hooker - I'm In The Mood
Jimmy Reed - Bright Lights Big City
Memphis Slim - Sassy Mae
Big Bill Broonzy - Rock Me Baby
Lightnin' Hopkins - Baby Please Don't Go

Elmore James - Rollin' And Tumblin'
Arthur Crudup - Coal Black Mare
John Lee Hooker - Send Me Your Pillow
Jimmy Reed Things - Ain't What They Used To Be
Memphis Slim - Ramble This Highway
DLP

Intercord INT 158.601
BDUB1
(1978)
The Blues Vol. 3   1972-75

Eddie Playboy Taylor
- Playboy Boogie
Mickey Baker
- Take A Look Inside
Eddie Guitar Burns
- Mississippi County Farm
Washboard Willie
- Kansas City
Homesick James & Snooky Pryor
- Shake Your Money Maker
Doctor Ross
- Freight Train

Boogie Woogie Red
- Red's Boogie
Eddie Guitar Burns
- I'm Going - But I'll Be Back
Johnny Mars
- Rocket 88
Tommy Tucker
- Alimony
Cousin Joe From New Orleans
- Blues Legends '74
Eddie Guitar Burns
- Biscuit Bakin' Mama


Eddie Guitar Burns
- I Wanna Trade With You
Eddie Playboy Taylor
- My Little Machine
Homesick James
- Lonesome Train
Mickey Baker
- Blues Fell This Morning
Whispering Smith
- Take Me Back Baby
Doctor Ross
- Doctor Ross Rockin'

Cousin Joe From New Orleans
- I'm Cousin Joe From New Orleans
Eddie Playboy Taylor
- Ready For Eddie
Johnny Mars
- If I Had A Woman
Eddie Guitar Burns
- Do It If You Wanna
Mickey Baker
- I'll Always Be In Love With You
Boogie Woogie Red
- Viper Song

Big Bear BDUB 1

DLP

Big Bear / Intercord
INT 156.400

BDUB2
(1978)
The Blues Vol. 4   1975-77

Johnny Mars
- I've Been Down So Long
Eddie Guitar Burns
- Every Jug Stands On It's Own Bottom
Billy Boy Arnold
- I Wish You Would
Little Joe Blue
- A Fool Is What You Want
Lonesome Jimmy Lee Robinson
- Chicken Head
Eddie Playboy Taylor
- Seems Like A Million Years

Eddie Playboy Taylor
- Gamblin' Man
Mickey Baker
- Make Your Bed Up Mama
Big John Wrencher
- I'm A Root Man
Cousin Joe from New Orleans
- I Can't Loose With The Stuff I Use
George G.P. Jackson
- A Letter Dressed In Red
- Leavin' Kansas City


Mickey Baker
- New York New York
Doctor Ross
- Hazel
Snooky Pryor
- Dangerous Woman
Washboard Willie
- I Feel So Fine
Johnny Mars
- Blue Midnight
Snooky Pryor
- Sloppy Drunk

Cousin Joe from New Orleans
- You're Never Too Old To Boogie
Homesick James
- Crossroads
Tommy Tucker
- Hard Luck Blues
Eddie Guitar Burns
- Bury Me Back In The USA
Boogie Woogie Red - After Hours
Red & Mose (Boogie Woogie Red & Whispering Smith)
- Sassy
Big Bear BDUB 2

DLP

Big Bear / Intercord
INT 156.401

156.402
(1978)
The Blues Vol. 5  

James Booker
- Stormy Monday
- United Our Thing Will Stand
Memphis Slim
- Ballin' The Jack
Eddie Playboy Taylor
- I'm A Country Boy
Mickey Baker
- Diggin' In My Potatoes
- She Brings Out The Animal

Little Brother Montgomery
- Buddy Bolden's Blues
- I Keep Drinking
Snooky Pryor
- Baby Left Me A Mule To Ride
Sonny Terry & Brownie Mcghee
- Rockin' And Whoopin'
- Talking Harmonica Blues
Homesick James & Snooky Pryor
- Homesick Blues Again


Johnny Mars
- My Dog Can't Bark
Eddie Playboy Taylor & The Blueshounds
- Too Late To Cry
Snooky Pryor
- Shake Your Boogie
Doctor Ross
- Blues For Illinois
- Step Back Woman
John Lee Hooker
- Storming On The Deep Blue Sea

Big John Wrencher
- Trouble Makin' Women
Piano Red
- Everyday I Have The Blues
Alexis Korner & Memphis Slim
- I'm Going To Kansas City
- We're Just Two Of The Same Old Kind
Lightnin' Hopkins
- Good Times
Cousin Joe
- Too Late To Turn Back Now
DLP

Big Bear / Intercord
INT 156.402
Indigo
IGOXDCD
2503
(2002)
Don't Worry 'bout The Bear

disc 1
- Shake Your Boogie - Snooky Pryor
- After You There Won't Be Nobody Else - Snooky Pryor
- Crossroads - Homesick James
- Highway 51 - Homesick James
- Honeydripper - Big John Wrencher
- Seems Like A Million Years - Eddie "Playboy" Taylor
- Ready For Eddie - Eddie "Playboy" Taylor
- Don't Worry 'Bout the Bear - Doctor Ross
- I'm A Mannish Boy - Doctor Ross
- Got Something To Tell You [live] - Doctor Ross, Chicago Aces
- Sneaky Pete - Erwin Helfer
- Homage To AA And PJ - Erwin Helfer, Bob Hall
- Texas Flood - Whispering Smith
- Walkin' In The Park - Lightnin' Slim
- 12th Street Boogie - G.P. Jackson
- Meet Me In The Alley - Johnny Mars, Boogie Woogie Red & Baby Boy Warren

disc 2
- She's In L.A. - Eddie "Guitar" Burns
- Do It If You Wanna - Eddie "Guitar" Burns
- Viper Song - Boogie Woogie Red
- I Wish You Would - Billy Boy Arnold
- It's My Own Fault - Johnny Mars
- I've Been Down So Long - Johnny Mars
- Klickety Klock - Willie Mabon
- Blues Fell This Morning - Mickey Baker
- I'll Always Be In Love With You - Mickey Baker
- Alimony - Tommy Tucker
- Buzzard Luck - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
- Blues For My Baby - Charles Brown
- So Tired - Gene "The Mighty Flea" Connors
- Let The Good Times Roll - Gene "The Mighty Flea" Connors
- Honky Tonk - Gene "The Mighty Flea" Connors
- When A Woman Loves A Man - Cousin Joe
2 CD set
notes by Jim Simpson

Indigo IGOXDCD 2503 (UK)
(Big Bear Blues Heritage
series)


= Sanctuary CD 81268 (2003)


= Castle CD 36170 (US 2005)

Indigo
IGOXDCD
2527
(2002)
American Blues Legends '73/'74

disc 1:
Boogie Woogie Red
- Viper Song
- After Hours
- Red's Boogie
Snooky Pryor
- Dangerous Woman
- Sloppy Drunk
- Bottle Up And Go #
- Shake Your Moneymaker #
Homesick James
- Tin Pan Alley
- Dust My Broom

Washboard Willie
- I Feel So Fine
- Kansas City
Red & Mose
- Sassy
Whispering Smith
- Take Me Back Baby
Lightnin' Slim
- Love Bug
- Walking In The Park

disc 2:
Big John Wrencher
- Big Johns Boogie
- I'm A Roots Man
- How Many More Years #
Cousin Joe Pleasant
- I Can't Lose With The Stuff I Use
- Problems
Doctor Ross
- It Seems Like A Dream
- On My Way To School
- Boogie Disease No. 2 #
Eddie "Playboy" Taylor
- I Used To Have Some Friends
- I Know My Baby
- You Don't Love Me #
G.P. Jackson
- 12th Street Boogie
- Letter Dressed In Red
- Leavin' Kansas City
Cousin Joe Pleasant
- Railroad Avenue #
- Blues Legends

# CD bonus tracks
Polydor 2460 186
= Big Bear BEAR 20
Munich BM 150 202
= Big Bear BEAR 1

2 CD set

Big Bear / Indigo CD 2527
(Big Bear Blues Heritage
series)

Castle Music
CMDDD712
(2003)
Homesick James & Snooky Pryor:
Big Bear Sessions


Snooky Pryor
- Highway 51 #
- Lonesome Train #
- Homesick's Original Dust My Broom #
- Kissing In The Dark #
- Crossroads (ft. Snooky Pryor) []
- Shake Your Moneymaker #
- Careless Love #
- Tin Pan Alley #
- Dust My Broom #
- The Woman I Love (ft. Snooky Pryor) []
- Driven Dog (ft. Snooky Pryor) []
- Homesick Blues Again (ft. Snooky Pryor) []
- If I Could Live My Life All Over (live) (bonus track)
- Baby Please Set A Date (live) (bonus track)
- Shake Your Moneymaker (live) []
- Dust My Broom (live) []
- Worried About My Baby (live) #
- Gotta Move - Can't Stay Here No More (live) #
- Careless Love (live)
- Tin Pan Alley (live)

Homesick James
- Shake Your Boogie *
- Bottle Up & Go *
- You Don't Know My Name *
- Bluebird Blues *
- Can't Love Me & Homesick Too *
- Baby Left Me A Mule To Ride *
- Jump & Shout *
- Gonna Have A Good Time *
- So Sweet *
- Crazy Bout You *
- Nothin' But Trouble []
- Cross Town []
- After You There Won't Be Nobody Else []
- I Feel Alright []
- She Knows How To Love Me []
- Dangerous Woman (bonus track)
- Sloppy Drunk (bonus track)
- Sweet Home Chicago #
- Mailman #

combines # 'Home Sweet Homesick James', * 'Shake Your Boogie' and [] 'Homesick James & Snooky Pryor' albums plus 4 bonus tracks (American Blues Legends '73 & '75)

Homesick James discography

Snooky Pryor discography

2 CD set





Castle Music CMDDD712

= Sanctuary CD 81298

= Cascavelle CD 236075
(Sw 2005)



Additional information appreciated !!!

 

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- http://www.45cat.com/record/bigbear
- http://www.7tt77.co.uk/BIG_BEAR.html
- http://www.georgwa.demon.co.uk/action_records.htm
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

thanks to Alan Balfour, Rob Ford and Görgen Antonsson for additional info / scans

 

original releases in chronological order re-releases
1972 Eddie 'Guitar' Burns: Bottle Up And Go Action ACMP 100 BEAR 16    
1972 Johnny Mars: Blues From Mars Polydor 2460 168 BEAR 17    
1972 Doctor Ross Live At Montreux Polydor 2460 169 BEAR 18    
1972 The Mighty Flea: Let The Good Times Roll Polydor 2460 185 BEAR 19    
1973 American Blues Legends '73 Polydor 2460 186 BEAR 20    
1973 Homesick James & Snooky Pryor Caroline C 1502 BEAR 21 INT 146.404 BRP 2002
1974 Doctor Ross: The Harmonica Boss Munich 150 201 BEAR 2 INT 146.403 BRP 2013
1974 American Blues Legends '74 Munich 150 202 BEAR 1    
1974 Eddie Playboy Taylor: Ready For Eddie Munich 150 203 BEAR 6 INT 146.407  
1974 Cousin Joe: Gospel-Wailing ... Blues Man from New Orleans BEAR 3      
1974 Big John Wrencher: Big John's Boogie BEAR 4   INT 146.402  
1975 Mickey Baker: Take A Look Inside BEAR 5   INT 146.408  
1975 Eddie Guitar Burns: Detroit Blackbottom BEAR 7      
1975 American Blues Legends '75 BEAR 8      
1975 Willie Mabon: The Comeback BEAR 9      
1975 Home Sweet Homesick James BEAR 10     81004 (Fr)
1976 Erwin Helfer: Boogie Piano Chicago Style BEAR 11   INT 146.401 BRP 2003
1976 Johnny Mars and the Oakland Boogie BEAR 12   INT 146.405  
1976 Clark Terry's Big Band Live On 57th Street BEAR 13      
1976 Snooky Prior: Shake Your Boogie BEAR 14   INT 146.406 BRP 2033
1976 Doctor Ross: Jivin' The Blues BEAR 15   INT 146.409  
1976 Muscles BB 1001 BEAR 24 INT 161.400  
197? ??? [ever issued?] BEAR 22      
1979 American Blues Legends '79 BEAR 23   INT 146.410  
1980 Claude 'Fiddler' Williams: Kansas City Giants BEAR 25      
1980 Brum Beat - Live At The Barrel Organ! BRUM 1      
1985 M and B Jam Session Volume 1 BEAR 26      
1988 Mitchells and Butler's Britsh Jazz Award 1987 BEAR 27      

 

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1973 Big Bear catalogue ("marketed by polydor")

(scan courtesy Alan Balfour)

 

Big Bear Music Group

 

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