Drink Up – Light Up!

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 15 Oct 2012

'Fun collection of vintage jazz and blues' 4/5 Record Collector

'Really enjoyable... definitely one to get if you bought Jazz Noire' Blues & Rhythm


CAT No: FVDD148 UPC TEXT: 5055311001487

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Jazz Noire Tales Of Dope, Booze & Sleaze – Fantastic Voyage follows 2011’s hugely-successful Jazz Noire collection by letting the same team return to those sleazy dives and bars, this time homing in on the dope, drink and dubious characters to provide a vivid picture of high-seeking low life between the 1930s and 1950s.

The music on Drink Up – Light Up! evokes that time when orchestras swelled, brass sections exploded like fireworks and blues dripped off piano keys onto booze- and tear-stained barroom floors, staggering cast including names like the Reefer Man and Snuff Dippin’ Mama, but the themes are just as relevant to today’s recession-hit climate: the desire to escape by getting high (and the often unfavourable repercussions on relationships). Whether it’s Sam Price commanding ‘Lead Me Daddy, Straight To The Bar’, Buddy Banks confessing ‘I Need It Bad (Groove Juice)’ or the Four Clefs’ getting philosophical on ‘When I’m Low I Get High’, the selection straddles the whole spectrum of substance-fuelled whoopee, the up- and downsides. Springing out of Prohibition and the Depression, the set also provides a fascinating glimpse of street life during that period, up to the Korean War, from domestic scenarios to dope slang, quite apart from the providing a sublimely evocative listening experience.

Along with his usual knowledgeable annotation, compiler Dave Penny repeats Jazz Noire’s scene-setting movie themes and finales with Wild Weed, Reefer Madness, D.O.A. and The Man With The Golden Arm, the 51 tracks locked between including names such as Sarah Vaughan, Cab Calloway, Stuff Smith, Dinah Washington, Cee Pee Johnson, Billy Valentine, Hot Lips Page, Jay McShann, Cootie Williams, Wardell Gray, Bull Moose Jackson, Pee Wee Crayton, Doc Pomus, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Jimmy McCracklin, Joe Liggins, Earl Bostic and Godfather of Booze Wynonie Harris, plus many more taking their shots from all angles. All told, just the ticket after a summer of Lycra-clad Olympic water-wielders!



  1. Wild Weed (1949 film intro) (Raoul Kraushaar)
  2. You Go To My Head (Sarah Vaughan)
  3. When I’m Low, I Get High (The Four Clefs)
  4. The Man From Harlem (Cab Calloway)
  5. Lead Me, Daddy, Straight To The Bar (Sam Price)
  6. That Cat Is High (The Ink Spots)
  7. Here Comes The Man With The Jive (Stuff Smith)
  8. The G Man Got The T Man (Cee Pee Johnson)
  9. I Need It Bad (Groove Juice) (Buddy Banks)
  10. Juice Head Man Of Mine (Dinah Washington)
  11. Beer Drinkin’ Baby (Billy Valentine)
  12. Jive I Like (Pearl Traylor)
  13. Green Gin (Ernie Andrews)
  14. Thirsty Mama Blues (Hot Lips Page)
  15. Killin’ Jive (The Cats and The Fiddle)
  16. Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs Murphy’s Ovaltine (Harry The Hipster Gibson)
  17. Reefer Man (Cab Calloway)
  18. Wine-O (Jack McVea)
  19. Snuff Dippin’ Mama (Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers)
  20. Buy Me Some Juice (Blue Lu Barker)
  21. Sweet Marijuana Brown (Barney Bigard)
  22. Reefer Head Woman (Buster Bennett )
  23. Hootie’s Ignorant Oil (Jay McShann)
  24. When I’m In My Tea (Jo Jo Adams)
  25. Juice Head Baby (Cootie Williams)
  26. Stoned (Wardell Gray)
  27. Reefer Madness (1936 film close) (Abe Meyer)


  1. D.O.A. (1950 film intro) (Dimitri Tiomkin)
  2. Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well? (Doc Wheeler)
  3. Bar Fly Blues (Jay McShann)
  4. I Know Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well! (Bull Moose Jackson)
  5. Stinkin’ Drunk (Gene Phillips)
  6. Win-o (Pee Wee Crayton)
  7. My Good Pott (Doc Pomus)
  8. No Wine, No Women (Mr Google Eyes)
  9. Drink Up - Light Up (Nelson Alexander)
  10. Stinkin’ From Drinkin’ (Calvin Boze)
  11. Joy Juice (Dinah Washington)
  12. Sloppy Drunk (Walter Brown)
  13. Knockin’ Myself Out (Helen Humes)
  14. Sneaky Pete (Bull Moose Jackson)
  15. When I Get Drunk (Eddie Cleanhead Vinson)
  16. I Should O’ Been Thinkin’ Instead Of Drinkin’ (Cootie Williams)
  17. Port Wine Blues (Gene Honey Bear Sedric)
  18. Goofy Dust Blues (Little Willie Littlefield)
  19. Rock And Rye (Jimmy McCracklin)
  20. Whiskey Blues (aka Downfall Blues) (Tom Archia)
  21. Whiskey, Gin And Wine (Joe Liggins)
  22. Serve Another Round (The Five Keys)
  23. Drinking Blues (Wynonie Harris)
  24. Red, Red Wine (Milt Buckner)
  25. I Got Loaded (Earl Bostic)
  26. Vaccinate Me, Baby (King Perry)
  27. D.O.A. (The Fisherman sequence, 1950 film) (Maxwell Davis
  28. The Man With The Golden Arm (1955 film intro) (Elmer Bernstein)