Bobby Radcliff - Early In The Morning
I copied this Bobby Radcliff album to cassette from the record collection of my friend John Ticktin way back in 1986. Bobby and John, both blues guitar players, hail from Bethesda, MD, where I stayed for a spell.
I never labeled the cassette, which made it difficult to identify in the pools of cassettes that slid around the interior of my Alfa Romeo Milano. Once I found it, I would play the song “Early In The Morning” (Sonny Boy Williamson) over and over, fast-forwarding and fast-reversing, again and again, driving along and singing out at the top of my lungs. I swear I listened to that song a thousand times.
Fast-forward to 2008. My brother Bruce decided to part with his record album collection, and awarded them to me. My parents, on a visit to Seattle, delivered them; I placed them, without perusal, into my condo’s storage unit.
Last week I reconfigured my stereo system, having recently purchased a new Rega P2 turntable, and naturally retrieved my records, and Bruce’s records, from storage. It turns out that Bruce, who lived with me for a summer during college in Washington, DC, heard me play that cassette, and dug the groove enough to search out and purchase this rare vinyl copy in a Chicago record store.
Thanks, Bruce, for this, and all the great blues, rock and roll, and
punk records you bequeathed me – many of which I already had but are, for
various reasons, in unplayable condition.
It’s great to hear this album again, as if for the first time.
1985 A-Okay Records