Morris Pejoe / Arthur “Big Boy” Spires – Wrapped In My Baby
Delmark DD 716 (1998) [United Series]
Chicago’s prestigious Universal Studios was the site for the vast majority of recording sessions held by United Records there were a few exceptions. The two United sessions on this album were done in the basement digs of producer Al Smith. Guitarist Morris Pejoe’s sound was distinguished by the bouncy rhythmic feel of his native Louisiana and a blasting Texas-tinged guitar style. Pejoe made his first recordings for Checker (Chess’ subsidiary). His Gulf Coast approach was a rarity around Chicago, but guitarist Arthur “Big Boy” Spires’s Delta-driven sound was tailor-made for the city’s blues mainstream. Born in Mississippi, Spires also made his debut on Checker. After listening to this motherlode of vintage Chicago blues — all of it unissued prior to its original Delmark vinyl unearthing — you’ll be inclined to agree that Bob Dylan’s fabled “basement tapes” now have some stiff competition!