VARIOUS ARTISTS All Day Thumbsucker Revisited: The History Of Blue Thumb Records

All Day Thumbsucker Revisited: The History Of Blue Thumb Records (1970/1995)
Much Beloved Early Label Compilation

Looking back, this 1970 compilation from the short-lived Blue Thumb Records became an important entry point to many artists for myself, and probably others, too. This astounding variety of uber-cool bands and outside the box performers rivals the label roster of the equally eclectic Brothers Warner, and even surpasses the repeat listenability of WB’s groundbreaking $1/$2 Loss Leaders series, from the late 60s/early 70s. Many of these artists first entered my orbit through the original Lp release, which was bolstered in 1995 by this 2CD expansion. It’s a surprisingly consistent listen and a proven, dud-free ear opener. The name dropping below should be the only sell job you need. Consider it an E-Ticket for a day long flashback. Saw it at Amazon (HERE) for under $4, with nary a know-it-all review to be found. Read about the label’s entertaining history, below (click each page, then use your browser’s zoom function).


ONE
DAVE MASON Only You Know And I Know (4:07)
MARK-ALMOND The City
(2:55)
THE CRUSADERS Put It Where You Want It
(5:27)
LEON RUSSELL A Song For You
(4:08)
HUGH MASEKELA Stimela (Coaltrain)
(6:26)
T. REX By The Light Of A Magical Moon
(2:47)
THE POINTER SISTERS Yes We Can Can
(6:02)
PHILIP UPCHURCH Darkness Darkness
(9:15)
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND Son Of Mirror Man
(5:17)
THE AYNSLEY DUNBAR RETALIATION Sugar On The Line
(4:26)
GERRY RAFFERTY New Street Blues
(2:55)
LUIS GASCA Little Mama
(5:27)
DAN HICKS & THE HOT LICKS Canned Music
(3:33)
IKE & TINA TURNER I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
(3:55)
BEN SIDRAN Fat Jam
(3:25)
SYLVESTER AND THE HOT BAND Southern Man
(4:31)

TWO
LEON RUSSELL Delta Lady (4:07)
ALBERT COLLINS Shiver ‘n’ Shake
(2:12)
DAVE MASON Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave
(6:01)
BOSSA RIO Blackbird
(3:09)
T. REX Ride A White Swan
(2:13)
DAN HICKS & THE HOT LICKS I Scare Myself (5:37)
LOVE The Everlasting First (3:04)
JOAO DONATO The Frog (2:37)
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND Safe As Milk (5:32)
GABOR SZABO Breezin (3:11)
JOHN MAYALL Sitting On The Outside (5:54)
SUN RA Images (6:15)
GERRY RAFFERTY Can I Have My Money Back? (2:00)
THE LAST POETS Bird’s Word (6:16)
KEN NORDINE Roger (5:06)
THE CRUSADERS So Far Away (11:55)

27 Comments

  • 1
    Trustar
    April 19, 2010 - 16:58 | Permalink

    Thanks for the fine share Willard. Looks like a great array of artists on this comp.

    "Get back to the 70's boy!"

    Trustar

  • 2
    mr.screens
    April 19, 2010 - 17:36 | Permalink

    Great job – thank you!

  • 3
    Johnny Pierre
    April 19, 2010 - 18:06 | Permalink

    At one time, I had quite a few Blue Thumb releases in my record collection. Nice to see this pop up again. One Weird thing: when Dave Mason was on this label, it seemed like (after his first solo lp) he kept releasing the same songs over and over — can you shed any light on his tenue with Blue Thumb?

  • 4
    Capt. Willard
    April 19, 2010 - 18:35 | Permalink

    I can't… Alone Together was the only Mason album I ever embraced. Though, I remember his second solo album wasn't the same at all, it was the weird album he made with Mama Cass Elliot. I do know that he had a dispute with Blue Thumb over his next LP, Headkeeper, the half live/half studio one, but I don't remember why and kind of lost touch with Dave after that, myself.

  • 5
    Capt. Willard
    April 19, 2010 - 15:23 | Permalink

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  • 6
    Anonymous
    April 19, 2010 - 21:03 | Permalink

    These were great, weren't they?!

    I'm with you when it comes to Dave Mason. Alone Together was his best and was a great lp, multi colored if you could find it and the pull out package was something else.

    Never heard the short version of The City by Mark Almond…..seems something's missing listening to it though.

    Phil Upchurch, wowee. There's an early album of his they played a lot on KSAN in SF (Tom Donohue) and others, but can't remember if it was the album with this song, or another one.

    Thanks 4 the time machine! CM

  • 7
    Capt. Willard
    April 19, 2010 - 21:43 | Permalink

    Yeah… when I was listening (while writing), I got the same 'huh?' jolt on the shortened version of "The City," too. Too bad, especially considering there were plenty of longer tracks included. Can't have it all, I guess. Upchurch, The Pointers, Szabo, Masekela… lots of cool stuff to discover here. Thanks for commenting.

  • 8
    majorcurry
    April 19, 2010 - 22:08 | Permalink

    Thanks Cappy

  • 9
    nick
    April 19, 2010 - 22:58 | Permalink

    wow, thanks for this. I have a few of these lp's, but it never dawned on me until now that Sun Ra and Ike & Tina were once labelmates.

  • 10
    Art Ducko
    April 20, 2010 - 03:10 | Permalink

    Thanks, Cap, this is an excellent grab bag. However, we need more Dan Hicks! Any chance for a Hot Licks retrospective?

  • 11
    Capt. Willard
    April 20, 2010 - 03:42 | Permalink

    I used to have three of four Hicks albums on vinyl, but he was one of those guys that didn't come along with me during the CD transformation. My loss.

  • 12
    ge
    April 20, 2010 - 10:45 | Permalink

    that's why i luv astrology—-one day out of the blue it'll hit you: so-and-so [Dan Hicks ie] has gotta be a…Sagittarius!
    and he turns out to be–
    born December 9, 1941, in Little Rock, Arkansas

    an essential joviality, grin city

  • 13
    Anonymous
    April 20, 2010 - 21:16 | Permalink

    Just snagged that $2.88 copy on Amazon. Thanks for the tip!

  • 14
    Capt. Willard
    April 20, 2010 - 21:27 | Permalink

    Uh oh… gotta change the text.

  • 15
    Scott
    April 21, 2010 - 02:58 | Permalink

    Got mine for $2.88 on Amazon as well. What a deal!!! I thank you as well!

  • 16
    Eric
    April 21, 2010 - 13:19 | Permalink

    Thanks….Alone Together is one of the greatest LP's. I remember a review talking about how the needle floated across the multi-colored vinyl. Still one of my prized possessions.

  • 17
    Capt. Willard
    April 21, 2010 - 18:08 | Permalink

    Everyone I knew had one of those back in the day. Guess we all had to make due with tiny amazements before the advent of video games.

  • 18
    drfeelgoed
    April 22, 2010 - 02:45 | Permalink

    Excellent post, also many thanks for the booklet scans!

  • 19
    Miles
    April 22, 2010 - 05:53 | Permalink

    captain…

    i always thought blue thumb to be an innovative label, and after reading the booklet, it sounds like it would've been an incredible organization to be a part of. the music was well produced, the jacket designs were inventive, the graphics well thought out and appropriate to the material, and the roster broad based and impeccible. i myself was partial to the three sidran sides, both of the mark-almond releases, and the dan hicks lp's too. i never knew sun ra was on the label however. but then, he's released so many recordings for a myriad of labels that it's understandable a few would fall below the radar.

    thanks for the retrospective.

  • 20
    Mr. Jones
    April 22, 2010 - 13:38 | Permalink

    Very nice! These types of big-label samplers gave many young listeners with little money a golden key to the treasure vault. Thanks for posting these.

  • 21
    Capt. Willard
    April 22, 2010 - 13:52 | Permalink

    Hi Miles,
    Same here. A big Sidran fan, which my 70s dope smoking buddies couldn't comprehend. Truth be told, I didn't either, being that I'd never heard Mose Allison at that point.

  • 22
    April 3, 2012 - 14:26 | Permalink

    Saw Dan Hicks & Hot Licks in concert just last week – still a very droll and entertaining guy.

    Pearls Before Swine’s Tom Rapp released his last two LP’s on Blue Thumb Records, but I guess he/they must be even more obscure and underground than those mentioned above. But, for what it’s worth, Stardancer was a great album, and Sunforest also had some very fine material, notwithstanding its sonic imperfections (Aphex Aural Exciter: p’tui).

    • 23
      Willard
      April 3, 2012 - 16:03 | Permalink

      Glad Dan is still kickin’ it.

  • 24
    Anonymous
    April 4, 2012 - 22:54 | Permalink

    You’re right about this one Willard. The track selection is ace. Many thanks!

  • 25
    zappahead
    July 21, 2013 - 08:00 | Permalink

    Thanks for this ace collection of Blue Thumb artistes…something for everyone so to speak…actually there a quite a few Id never heard of before so will be good fun listening to this….cheers Willard.

  • 27
    Anonymous
    August 3, 2013 - 19:33 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. Very nice collection, and a stronger label roster than I remember. I also had a multi-colored Alone Together LP.

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