Bumblebee Unlimited was a studio concept of producers/songwriters/arrangers Gregory Carmichael and Patrick Adams that merged hot disco music with sped up vocals to suggest singing bugs. One track even makes a sly reference to "Fly of the Bumblebee." The vocalists who get "bug-a-zied" include Leroy Burgess and Carmichael. Burgess is most recognizable on the bouncy "I Love You," which is similar to his work on Phreek's "Everybody Loves a Good Thing" and 'Honey Bunn." There's even a mack daddy bee on "Lady Bug," which is also represented in its 12" version. Other standouts include "Space Shuttle Ride," the thumpin' and humpin' "Love Bug," the bass epic "Funk For Days," and "Everybody Dance" – not the Chic hit – which can also be found on Star Funk, Vol. 29. You can definitely hear the roots of house music in this album that is slammin' through and through. Get stung today! Originally issued as a 1979 RCA LP, Quebec label.
The 40 tracks compiled on this two-disc set represent the entire span of pianist and singer Leroy Carr's recording career that spanned a brief seven years, from 1928-1935. The material represented here – all but one of these tracks were recorded for the Vocalion label – features accompaniment by guitarist Scrapper Blackwell on all but one selection, and Josh White on a handful as well. Carr's material here ranges from the classic piano blues of the era that spawned Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith to vaudeville and hokum tunes made popular by artists like Tampa Red and Georgia Tom. Carr's voice is the haunting thing here; it's higher and very clear, sweet almost, as evidenced by most of these sides. But there was an edge, too; one that belied a kind of pathos underneath even the most cheery material – check "Mean Mistreater Blues" or "Bread Baker." But the darker material such as "Suicide Blues" (one of six previously unissued performances), "Straight Alky Blues," or "Shinin' Pistol," is strange and eerie given Carr's smooth approach. Carr may not be the most well-known bluesman of the era, but his contribution is profound and lasting. This collection puts to shame almost all others with the exception of the multi-volume complete recordings on Document.