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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Big Bee Bishop

Nuel "Big Bee" Bishop and the Oeb Mohawks - I Told a Lie (Big Bee BBS-501), 1967

The guitar and the overall sound of "I Told a Lie" always reminds a bit of Sleepy LaBeef's Wayside version of "Lonely." Compare it, I just want to know if anyone feels the same.

I have not much to say about this record. The flip side, "I Guess I'll Always Be a Fool for You," was written by "Mr. and Mrs. Nuel James Bishop" and copyrighted on June 20, 1967 (according to the "Catalog of Copryright Entries"). I guess the guy who choose a silver font on a light blue colored label didn't exactly know what he was doing. There was also a different pressing with a bright red yellow label and green print ot it, which made it much more readable.

I believe this disc to be one of Wayne Raney's Rimrock custom pressings, judging from the facts 1.) that it was an Arkansas based label and 2.) that the catalogue number is BBS-501. Rimrock custom pressings used to carry numbers created after the same pattern: Two or three letters (label name + S) and a two or three digit number. In addition, the dead wax bears the Nashville Matrix stamper and Rimrock's account number at Nashville Matrix, #88 (Rimrock used metal parts from them for the pressing plant). Oddly, also a Columbia custom code can be found in the dead wax. Conclusion: Raney sent the tapes to Columbia to master them but did press the record with his own plant? Comments on this?

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