The first-ever UK CD release for this fantastically
eclectic solo album by the original lead singer (and co-
founder) of the Blasters - one of only two that Phil
Alvin has made in a near 40-year career.
Originally issued in 1986 on vinyl and cassette only,
"Un-'Sung' Stories" embraces blues, R&B, big band
swing and gospel, with repertoire dating from the 1920s
through to the 1950s. It should have had commercial
success to match the original critical acclaim it
received, but the lack of an original digital release at a
time when CD was fast becoming the industry standard
audio mode, hampered its progress and reduced its
Several tracks feature the Sun Ra Arkestra and are
notable for being the very last recordings the Arkestra
made while its founder and leader was alive.
Also featured across the album are New Orleans' Dirty
Dozen Brass band and a host of guest musicians
including New Orleans R&B saxophone legend Lee
Allen, two of Alvin's fellow Blasters in Gene Taylor and
David Carroll, former Herd bass-player Gary Taylor and
Seatrain violinist Richard Greene.
An invigorating flip through the book of American
music's back pages which still sounds fresh and
vibrant more than 30 years after it was made -
guaranteed to appeal to anyone who likes or has at any
time liked Ry Cooder, Leon Redbone and their ilk, as
well as long-time Blasters fans.