The Chicago Blues Box




The brief and dazzling life of MCM Records was a labor of love that captured many treasurable live performances from the last flowering of the classic Chicago Blues age. A young French woman Marcelle Chailleux Morgantini was married to Jacques Morgantini who changed her life into American jazz and blues.

Guitarist Jimmy Dawkins was a good friend and helped them in Chicago to meet and hear the many good blues musicians that played at the different clubs in Chicago. Marcelle returned from her Chicago pilgrimage filled with excitement. Says Jacques Morgantini: It was the year of Marcelle’s 50th birthday and she came into some money from her family. She said to me, “I do not want an expensive coat or jewels – I want to go to Chicago to record the blues. She knew that it could only be done if she had her own record label and complete artistic control. Marcelle made three trips to Chicago in 1975,1976 and 1977 and arrived with her Nagra machine, a small mixing desk and a selection of microphones.

She recorded live: Magic Slim, Big Mojo Elem,John Littlejohn, Eddie Clearwater,Eddie Taylor, Bobby King,Jimmy Johnson, Luther Johnson Jr.,Willie Kent, James Lyons,Hip Lankchan,Big Vocie Odom,Bluebloos McMahon, Joe Carter and Jimmy Dawkins at “Ma Bea’s”, “Golden Slipper”, “Queen Bea’s”, and “Big Duke’s”, on Chicago west and south side. Many of the blues musicians had not recorded before and can only been found on the Storyville label that issued all the recordings on CD’s. She was at the right place at the right time.

CD1: Magic SLim, Alabama Junior Pettis, Nick Holt, Douglas Holt – Recording date Nov. 1976

CD2: Big Mojo Elem, Willie James Lyon, Wayne Bennett, Freddy Below – Recording date Oct. 1977/John Littlejohn, Larry Burton, Aaron Burton, Candy Utah – Recording date Nov. 1976

CD3: Eddie Clearwater, Jimmy Dawkins, Sylvester Boines, Freddy Belov – Recording date Nov. 1976/Eddie Taylor, Lacy Gibson, Hayes Ware, Freddy Below – Recording date Oct. 1977

CD4: Bobby King, Leonard Gill, Harry Mitchum, Bill Warren, Muddy Waters Jr. – Recording date Oct. 1975

CD5: Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Dawkins, Sylvester Boines, Tyrone Centuray, Andrew Odom – Recording date Oct. 1975/Luther Johnson Jr., Willie James Lyons, Willie Kent, Tyrone Centuray – Recording date Oct. 1975/Willie Kent, Willie James Lyons, Big ‘Guitar’ Red, Tyrone Centuray – Recording date Oct. 1975

CD6: Jimmy Dawkins, Richard Kirch, Sylvester Boines, Tyrone Centuray – Recording date Nov. 1976/Hip Lankchan, Jimmy Miller, Ernest Gatewood, Tyrone Centuray – Recording date Nov. 1976/Jimmy Johnson, David Matthews, Ike Anderson, Dino Neal – Recording date Oct. 1977/Alabama Junior Pettis, Magic Slim, Nick Holt, Douglas Holt – Recording date Nov. 1976

CD7: Andrew Odom, Jimmy Dawkins, Jimmy Johnson, Sylvester Boines, Tyrone Centuray, Carey Bell – Recording date Oct. 1976

CD8: Andrew MacMahon, John Littlejohn, Jimmy Dawkins, Larry Burton, Candy Utah – Recording date Nov. 1976

That’s All Right
Slim’s Bump
Three Ways to Skin a Cat
Going Down Slow
Black Nights
Born in Missouri
Let Me Love You
The Things I Used To Do
That Ain’t Right
Thrill Is Gone
Honest I Do
Nineteen Years Old
Born On a Bad Sign
Please Love Me
Drowning On Dry Land
Every Night and Every Day
Red Light
Mojo Boogie
Living in Paradise
Twelve Years Old Boy
Every Night and Every Day
Long Meter Stomp
Reconsider Baby
Let’s Jam
I Came Up the Hard Way
Black Night
Chicago Dailey Blues
Hoochie Coochie Man
Jackson Town Blues
Train Fare Home
Route 66
Rock Me Baby
Blues for Luc
The Things I Used to Do
Reconsider Baby
My Babe
Everyday I Have The Blues
The Chaser
Sweet Home Chicago
Bad Luck
Old Folks Boogie
Stormy Monday Blues
Hoochie Coochie Man
Everything Gonna Be Alright
So Many Roads
Crosscut Saw
Can You Use a Man Like Me?
Ma BEa’s Rock
Feel So Bad
I Believe My Time Ain’t Long Enough
All Your Love
You Gotta Have Soul
Little Red Rooster
Nineteen Years Old
What Will Tomorrow Bring?
Got a Mind to Travel
I Got to Be Crazy
Got Papers On You Baby
Welfare Line
You Don’t Love Me
Come Back Baby
I Got Wise
Millionaire Blues
Hip’s Jam
All RIght the Way You Do
Sweet Home Chicago
Cross Road Blues
Blue Shadow Falling
Little by Little
I Want Some
Hide Away
Going to California
I Don’t Know
Thrill Is Gone
Stormy Monday Blues
All for Business
Rock Me Baby
Wonder Why
Sitting Here Wondering
I Can’t Go On the Way
I Want To Know
I’ve Been Mistreated

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