Rhythm & Blues, Soul & Doo-Wop - New Releases: March -> December 2011 - Various Artists

 

New Releases: March -> December 2011
Rhythm & Blues, Soul & Doo-Wop
Various Artists

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDLUX 005 Bandera Doo Wop ● CD $24.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
Another in Ace's series of limited edition reissues (1,500 copies total) - this one features black doo wop recorded for the Chicago based Bandera label in the late 50s and early 60s. It includes 10 previously unissued sides and most of the rest are appearing for the first time on a legitimate CD. The label is legendary for having originally recorded the classic For Your Precious Love in 1959 which was immediately snapped up by Vee-Jay and became a massive hit. This CD includes nine tracks by the group from a rehersal session which includes their first recording of that songs as well as two versions of the song that became the flip Sweet Was The Wine. Although lacking the majestic status of the issued versions these provide fascinating insight into the creative process. The session also includes a version of the song Shorty's Got To Go which the group later cut for Bandera with Curtis Mayfield as lead after Jerry Butler had been signed as a solo artist by Vee-Jay. The other songs from this session are also fine though not up to the standard of the classics. The other groups featured here are also excellent including The Diatones, The Epics, Kirk Taylor & The Majestics and others and there are several unissued tracks by them. Superb sound and detailed 16 page booklet. (FS) APPEND

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace ABOXCD 11 The Music City Story ● CD $41.98
Three CDs, 78 tracks, 203 mins, highly recommended
Terrific collection of blues, R&B, doo-wop and soul recorded for the legendary Music City label run out of Berkeley, California by entrepreneur Ray Dobard between 1953 and 1975. This label has been cherished for decades by a small hardcore of R&B, vocal group and, latterly, soul fanatics. Based on the available evidence - 50-odd 45 and 78rpm releases - and a lot of hearsay and rumour, many have spent hours fantasizing about the purported riches in the possession of its famously protective, zealous owner. Ace have finally acquired the rights to the catalog and are about to unleash a treasure trove of issued and previously unissued material. Dobard had only a couple of minor hits - the 4 Deuces' doo-wop classic W-P-L-J and guitarist Johnny Heartsman's raucous Johnny's House Party - but he kept the tape machine running pretty much constantly for much of his quarter-century in the business and more than half the tracks on this fabulous collection are previously unissued. Amongst the set's 78 tracks are names familiar to doo wop and blues collectors - the Crescendos, Gaylarks, Rovers, 5 Lyrics, Alvin Smith etc - while behind several others lurk famous names (James Brown, Lou Rawls) or others soon to be famous (Sugar Pie DeSanto, members of Sly & the Family Stone). From the raucous jump blues of Del Graham's Your Money Ain't Long Enough to the hip street soul of Darondo, the breadth of genres represented is extensive, but the overall emphasis in "The Music City Story" is upon the black vocal group, be it 50s, 60s or 70s vintage. Among the many artists featured here are Sidney Grande, Mr. Undertaker, Gloria Jean, The Golden West Singers, Jimmy Nelson, Lord Luther, The Marcels, Pee Wee Kingsley, Five Crystels, Jimmy Raney, Little Willie Littlefield (a previously unknown recording by this West Coast blues legend), Vermettya Royster with James Brown's Band, Jackie Day, The Fantastics and many more including an unknown duo covering Etta James' hit The Wallflower. In addition there are several fascinating radio spots. Compiled by West Coast music expert Alec Palao who provides 42 pages of notes on the label and the artists with many photos - some in full color and a full listing of all titles that were issued on Music City and it's affiliated labels. And this set is just the beginning, future Ace releases from the Music City label will be devoted to specific artists and genres and I, for one, can't wait! (FS)
THE 3 HONEYDROPS: Rockin’ Satellite/ THE 4 DEUCES: W-P-L-J/ THE BALLADS: Loving You Isn’t Enough/ AL BENNETT WITH THE COUNTRY TRAVELLERS: Bury Me In The South/ JOE BLACKWELL & THE INDIVIDUALS: Beverly My Darling/ BOB & JESSIE: Church On The Hill/ WANDA BURT: Feeling Fine, Feeling Good/ Scheming/ THE CRESCENDOS: My Heart’s Desire/ DARONDO: Didn’t I/ JACKIE DAY: Don’t Fence Me In/ THE DERBYS: Lonely One/ THE DREAMERS: Crossing The River/ LEE DURRELL & THE TAMARAS: You Gave Me Love/ JASPER EVANS: Wrong Doing Woman/ THE FANTASTICS: I’m Waiting/ THE FIDELS: Love Me Tender/ THE FIVE CAMPBELLS: Morrine/ THE FIVE CRYSTALS: Heaven’s Own Choir/ THE FIVE LYRICS: I’m A Workin’ Man/ THE FIVE SWANS: Lil Tipa-Tina/ THE FOUR RIVERS: Nature Boy/ THE FRANCISCANS: Ocean Of Love/ THE GAYLARKS: Tell Me, Darling/ THE GAYTEENS: Ding Dong/ JOHNNY GEORGE: Music City Hop/ GOLDEN BOY WITH CHICK MORRIS & HIS BAND: Keep Me Satisfied, Baby/ THE GOLDEN WEST SINGERS: This Wicked Race/ DEL GRAHAM WITH QUE MARTYN’S ORCHESTRA: Your Money Ain’t Long Enough/ SIDNEY GRANDE: Guitar Blues/ AL JOSEPH HARRIS WITH CHICK MORRIS & HIS BAND: A Prayer/ JOHNNY HEARTSMAN: Johnny’s Stomp (Early Version)/ Johnny’s House Party (Pts 1 & 2)/ THE HEAVENLY TONES: He’s All Right/ THE HOLIDAYS: Station L-O-V-E/ THE ITALICS: I Feel So Blue/ THE KLIXS: Elaine/ GENE LEE & THE BLUES ROCKERS: Gonna Blow Out The Lamp/ LITTLE LYNN: I Walk In Circles/ LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: Love You All Night Long/ LORD LUTHER: Just One More Chance/ KARY LYNN: Dynamite/ THE MARCELS: Indian Jane/ JOHNNIE MARIE THORNE: I Can’t Take Any More/ ROBBIE MELDANO: I Need You Baby/ THE MIDNIGHTS: Annie Pulled A Hum-Bug/ WILLIE MOORE: The Slopp/ THE MUSIC CITY ALL STARS: Do The Philly/ THE MUSIC CITY SOUL BROTHERS: Something In My Eye/ THE MUSIC CITY SWINGERS: Passing Thru Music City/ JIMMY NELSON: The Wheel/ THE NIGHTCAPS: Mirage/ THE PAGANS: Lover’s Plea/ PEE WEE & SUGAR PIE: Flippin’ & A-Floppin’/ THE PERFORMERS: Farewell Goodbye My Love/ GLORIA JEAN PITTS: I Don’t Stand No Quittin’/ THE POWELL BROTHERS: You Are My Lover Girl/ LEON PRYOR: From The Bottom Of My Heart/ JIMMY RANEY: Blues All Around My Bed/ LOU RAWLS: Too Late To Cry/ THE ROVERS: Ichi Bon Tami-Dachi/ VERMETTYA ROYSTER WITH JAMES BROWN’S BAND: All Around The World/ THE SATELLITE BAND: Party At Vern’s/ ALVIN SMITH: On My Way/ THE SOUL BROTHERS: She’s Coming Back/ THE SOUL SENSATIONS: A Man That Is Not Free/ THE SWINGIN’ BROTHERS: What To Do/ THE TEAR DROP TEARS: When We Get Married (Part 2)/ THE THREE DONS & DONNA: Jerry/ THE TWILIGHTERS: Late Last Night/ THE TWO THINGS IN ONE: Stop Telling Me/ MR. UNDERTAKER: Here Lies My Love/ UNKNOWN MALE & FEMALE DUET: The Wallflower/ WALLY & THERESA: Are You My Boyfriend/ D’VONYA WHITE: The Kasavubu Waltz

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1284 Sweet Inspiration - The Songs Of Dan Penn & Spooner Old ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 67 mins, highly recommended
To fans of Southern Soul, the names of songwriters Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham are revered as premiere soul men. As producers/songwriters, only Isaac Hayes and David Porter are arguably more important in the history of Southern Soul music, and it's fitting that these two men should get their own volume in Ace's Songwriter series of CDs. So many classic songs- I'm Your Puppet/ Sweet Inspiration/ Take Me (Just As I Am)/ I Met Her In Church/ Cry Like a Baby, and more-and they're here, but not necessarily in the versions you're most familiar with. But that's ok, where else can you hear Dionne Warwick wrap her inimitable voice around I'm Your Puppet or Arthur Alexander rip through Cry Like a Baby? Artists ranging from Percy Sledge to Charlie Rich, from Tony Joe White to the Box Tops are represented here, all benefiting from the singular brilliance of these two men. Dan and Spooner always wrote from the heart, and often the artists conveyed that spirit in their performances: just check out Charlie Rich's heartbreaking version of A Woman Left Lonely or Solomon Burke's take of Take Me - so full of truth and pain-as evidence. For Southern Soul songwriting at its best during the years 1965 to 1971, look no further than Penn and Oldham, and this compilation certainly gives them their due. (GMC)
ARTHUR ALEXANDER: Cry Like A Baby/ TONY BORDERS: I Met Her In Church/ THE BOX TOPS: Everything I Am/ SOLOMON BURKE: Take Me (Just As I Am)/ JAMES CARR: Let It Happen (Alternate Take)/ ARTHUR CONLEY: In The Same Old Way/ ART FREEMAN: Slippin' Around/ ETTA JAMES: I Worship The Ground You Walk On/ PATTI LABELLE & THE BLUEBELLES: Dreamer/ BARBARA LYNN: He Ain't Gonna Do Right/ RONNIE MILSAP: Denver/ JEANNE NEWMAN: It Tears Me Up/ THE OVATIONS: I'm Living Good (Version 2)/ SANDY POSEY: Are You Never Coming Home/ CHARLIE RICH: A Woman Left Lonely/ TOMMY ROE: Wish You Didn't Have To Go/ JOE SIMON: Let's Do It Over/ PERCY SLEDGE: Out Of Left Field/ THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS: Sweet Inspiration/ TED TAYLOR: Feed The Flame/ IRMA THOMAS: Good Things Don't Come Easy/ THE WALLACE BROTHERS: I Need Someone/ DIONNE WARWICK: I'm Your Puppet/ TONY JOE WHITE: Watching The Trains Go By

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1297 The Ace (USA) Story, Volume 3 ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 55 mins, essential
Don't look now, but here comes the third CD chronicling the saga of Jackson, Mississippi label Ace Records. As has been noted from past reviews, these CDs are reissues (with generous bonus tracks) of the original Ace Story vinyl LPs from the 80's, which sought to document the activities of the label over the period 1954 to 1964. If you have the first two CDs (or the original vinyl), then buying this installment is a no-brainer. However, if non-believers need convincing, then so be it. Can anyone possibly resist the harmonica stylings of Sonny Boy Williamson on Boppin' With Sonny, Alvin "Red" Tyler's sax on Snake Eyes, Albert Scott on I'm So Glad You're Mine, Bobby Marchan on Don't Take Your Love From Me, or Jerry McCain's She's Tough? And that's only tracks from the original LP; the bonus tracks are pretty hot too, especially Marchan's Loberta, Earl King's Darling Honey Angel Child, The Emeralds' Kneel at Your Throne, and Frankie Lee Sims' What Will Lucy Do. Are you non-believers convinced yet? Look, all R&B fans need this compilation (along with the first two) period. (GMC)
THE BLUE DOTS: Saturday Night Fish Fry/ THE EMERALDS: I Kneel At Your Throne/ FRANKIE FORD: Cheatin' Woman/ JUNIOR GORDON: My Love For You/ EARL KING: Darling Honey Angel Child/ HARRY LEE: You Don't Know/ BOBBY MARCHAN: Don't Take Your Love From Me/ Loberta/ JERRY MCCAIN: She's Tough/ Steady/ MERCY BABY: Marked Deck/ Rock 'N' Roll Baby/ MAC REBENNACK: Foolish Little Girl/ Sahara/ ALBERT SCOTT: I'm So Glad You're Mine/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: What Will Lucy Do?/ HUEY "PIANO" SMITH: Everybody's Whalin'/ For Cryin' Out Loud/ Little Liza Jane/ Somebody Told It/ THE SUPREMES: Don't Leave Me Here To Cry/ JOE TEX: Cut It Out/ ALVIN "RED" TYLER: Snake Eyes/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Boppin' With Sonny

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1300 Come Together - Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
There can be little doubt that John Lennon and Paul McCartney are among the most covered songwriters of all time, with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Joe Cocker taking a crack at their large catalog of exceptional songs. And the R&B world was no exception, as this fascinating compilation demonstrates; with recordings from as early as 1965 to as late as 1976, it's obvious that the Beatles' main songwriters caught on early with the Soul crowd and the honeymoon didn't end with the 60's. The range of performers is impressive, from Beatle influences returning the favor (Little Richard rocking out I Saw Her Standing There and Fats Domino's surprising turn on Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey) to contemporaries recognizing good songwriting when they saw it (Aretha Franklin's sublime Let It Be; Otis Redding testifying on Day Tripper). Most imaginative covers: Gene Chandler's Eleanor Rigby, The Vibrations' And I Love Her, Chairmen of the Board's Come Together, Junior Parker's Lady Madonna, and Lowell Fulson's Why Don't We Do it in the Road. Most soulful versions go to Linda Jones' torchy Yesterday, Donald Height's Don't Let Me Down, and the Rev. Al Green's I Want to Hold Your Hand. All 'n' all, an excellent collection and here's hoping for a volume two. (GMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1303 The Big Beat - The Dave Bartholomew Songbook ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 61 mins, very highly recommended
Those of you who own The Cosimo Matassa Story box set (Proper Box 129) should already be familiar with Dave Bartholomew. For newcomers, briefly, he is a renown New Orleans bandleader-producer-performer-songwriter who did plenty for Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, and Smiley Lewis. Not to be confused with The Big Beat of Dave Bartholomew: 20 of His Milestone Productions 1949-1960, a 2002 release from EMI, this collection brings together 25 of his best known compositions performed by assorted artists from the 50's, 60's and 70's. In some cases, the song is by the original performer (Domino's The Fat Man; Shirley & Lee's I'm Gone, Smiley Lewis' Down the Road), while other tracks are inspired cover versions, like Annie Laurie's 3 x 7 = 21, The Pelicans' Ain't Gonna Do It, Johnny Burnette Trio's All By Myself, Buddy Holly's Valley of Tears, and Roy Brown's Let the Four Winds Blow. And that's just for starters! There's comedy (Larry Storch ribbing his way through I'm Walkin'), country (Brenda Lee strolling through Walking to New Orleans), proto-reggae (Neville Grant's Sick and Tired), and folk-blues (Tom Rush getting down and dirty on I'm in Love Again) -talk about variety! Even Elvis, Jerry Lee, and Little Richard (incognito with The Upsetters on Every Night About This Time) put in appearances. And to finish off, the set closes with the ultimate rock and roll cover of a Bartholomew song: Dave Edmunds' mad, retro-rockabilly take on I Hear You Knocking from 1970. Seldom has a compilation displayed the durability of a songwriter as well as this one has. Don't miss this one. (GMC)
DAVE BARTHOLOMEW: The Monkey/ My Ding A Ling/ ROY BROWN: Let The Four Winds Blow/ THE JOHNNY BURNETTE TRIO: All By Myself/ BOBBY CHARLES: Before I Grow Too Old/ THE DEL VIKINGS: The Big Beat/ FATS DOMINO: The Fat Man/ DAVE EDMUNDS: I Hear You Knockin'/ GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES: Blue Monday/ NEVILLE GRANT: Sick And Tired/ BUDDY HOLLY: Valley Of Tears/ MERLE KILGORE: Please Please Please/ ANNIE LAURIE: 3 X 7 = 21/ BRENDA LEE: Walking To New Orleans/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: My Girl Josephine (Hello Joesphine)/ SMILEY LEWIS: Down The Road/ TAMI LYNN: One Night Of Sin/ BOBBY MITCHELL AND THE TOPPERS: I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday/ THE PELICANS (AKA THE KIDDS): Ain't Gonna Do It/ KEITH POWELL: It Keeps Rainin'/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Witchcraft/ TOM RUSH: I'm In Love Again/ SHIRLEY & LEE: I'm Gone/ LARRY STORCH: I'm Walkin'/ THE UPSETTERS FEATURING LITTLE RICHARD: Every Night About This Time/ CHUCK WILLIS: Going To The River

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Brunswick 33020 Lost Soul, Vol. 1 ● CD $12.98
15 tracks, 39 mins, recommended
Although this collection has a picture of the mighty Little Richard screaming his lungs out on the front, that isn't exactly what you'll be hearing inside. This is definitely a sixties Soul affair, with fine, fine, superfine tracks like Your Love Controls My World by Johnny Williams, and Do The Whoopie by the one and only Sugar Pie DeSanto. Culling some of the lesser known and more obscure tracks from Brunswick records and subsidiaries in their R&B & Soul prime years from the mid '60s to mid '70s and telling you the stories behind them (excellent notes.) You do get some Temptations and Four Tops wannabes, Billy Butler's Come On Over To My Side comes to mind, but overall the tracks on here are pretty fresh. Other stand out tracks would be Otis Leavill's sweet sounding You Bring Out The Good In Me, Johnny Jones & The King Casuals' funky blues Chip Off The Old Block, and Major Lance's take on Do The Tighten Up. Overall great stuff, I would give it a "highly recommended" if they would have just put both of these volumes on one CD, seems like a pretty paltry portion per CD considering the amount of material that they have to pull from. Oh yeah, the Little Richard track Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes is pretty special. (JM)
THE ADMIRATIONS: Lonely Street/ THE ARTISTICS: You Left Me/ B.W. & THE NEXT EDITION: Stay With Me Baby/ BILLY BUTLER: Come Over To My Side/ LEE CHARLES: Wrong Number/ SUGAR PIE DESANTO: Do The Whoopie/ JOHNNY JONES & THE KING CASUALS: Chip Off The Old Block/ MAJOR LANCE: Do The Tighten Up/ OTIS LEAVILL: You Brought Out The Good In Me/ LITTLE RICHARD: Baby Don t You Tear My Clothes/ SIDNEY JOE QUALLS: Where The Lilies Grow/ ROCKY ROBERTS & THE AIREDALES: Tell Me/ FLOYD SMITH: Getting Nowhere Fast/ MARVIN SMITH: Hold On/ JOHNNY WILLIAMS: Your Love Controls My World

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Brunswick 33021 Lost Soul, Vol. 2 ● CD $12.98
15 tracks, 39 mins, recommended
Volume Two features Isaac Hayes on the front and includes his very out of character Sweet Temptation, a track I am still not too sure about, so you will have to judge for yourself. More raiding of Chicago's Brunswick records vault that includes lots of good, tracks: Johnny Williams is right on the money again with Just A Little Misunderstanding, then there's Baby It's Time by Marshall & The Chi-Lites, Easy Evil by Walter Jackson, and Since You Been Gone by Major Lance. Special mention for The Emperors Karate Boogaloo not necessarily a great song, but one that will be enjoyed nonetheless. Little Richard hits it a little harder on this volume, with the excellent Try Some Of Mine. (JM)
BILLY BUTLER: Burning Touch Of Love/ THE EMPERORS: Karate Boogaloo/ ISAAC HAYES: Sweet Temptation/ WALTER JACKSON: Easy Evil/ JOHNNY JONES & THE KING CASUALS: It's Gonna Be Good/ OTIS LEAVILL: Baby (Why Can't You Hear Me)/ LITTLE RICHARD: Try Some Of Mine/ MAJOR LANCE: Since You ve Been Gone/ MARSHALL & THE CHI-LITES: Baby It's Time/ EDDIE MCLOYD: Once You Fall In Love/ SIDNEY JOE QUALLS: How Can You Say Goodbye/ BOBBY REED: You Are/ MARVIN SMITH: I Want Something To Remember You By/ WALES WALLACE: Talk A Little Louder/ JOHNNY WILLIAMS: Just A Little Misunderstanding

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly SNAP 268 Go Girls With The Girls From Red Bird ● CD $13.98
30 tracks, 75 mins, very highly recommended
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller weren't just among the greatest songwriters/producers of their generation; they were also record label moguls. Red Bird/Blue Cat was their early/mid 60's company (which also included subsidiaries Daisy and Tiger); Red Bird covered the then-popular "girl group" market, while Blue Cat was their blues vanity label (although a few girl group came out on that imprint as well). Although the most famous and successful artists in the Red Bird stable were the Shangri Las, the imprint managed to generate quite a bit of additional chart action through the likes of The Ad-Libs, Bessie Banks, The Dixie Cups, and The Jelly Beans. In 2001, Charly Records issued the definitive Red Bird collection, the 3 CD "The Red Bird Story" (Charly 733 - $24.98), but this single disc set compiling the ladies of Red Bird makes for a nice (and cheaper) taster. The above named artists are all represented-not to be missed is Banks' original version of Go Now, hit covered by The Moody Blues-as well some tracks by the criminally underrated Evie Sands (her I Can't Let Go was covered by the Hollies and Linda Ronstadt, but neither could touch her version) and Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne's just as talented sister), and songwriter Ellie Greenwich, who kills on You Don't Know. And there's plenty of goodness here from little-knowns like Roddie Joy, Linda Jones, The Butterflys, Leola & the Lovejoys, and The Love Joys. With Greenwich and then-husband Jeff Barry and Shadow Morton taking care of studio business, Red Bird produced some of the best girl group pop ever. And this collection proves it. (GMC)
THE AD LIBS: The Boy From New York City/ BESSIE BANKS: Go Now/ It Sounds Like My Baby/ THE BOUQUETS: Welcome To My Heart/ THE BUTTERFLYS: Good Night, Baby/ I Wonder/ THE DIXIE CUPS: Chapel Of Love/ I'm Gonna Get You Yet/ Iko, Iko/ THE GOODIES: Sophisticated Boom Boom/ ELLIE GREENWICH: Baby/ You Don't Know/ THE JELLYBEANS: Baby, Be Mine/ I Wanna Love Him So Bad/ LINDA JONES: Fugitive From Love/ You Hit Me Like T.N.T./ RODDIE JOY: Come Back Baby/ Love Hit Me With A Wallop/ LEOLA & THE LOVEJOYS: He Ain't No Angel/ THE LOVEJOYS: It's Mighty Nice/ Payin' (For The Wrong I Done)/ CHI CHI MCCAULEY: I Know He Loves Me/ DIDI NOEL: Let The Music Play/ CATHY SAINT: Big Bad World/ Mr. Heartbreak/ EVIE SANDS: I Can't Let Go/ Run Home To Your Mama/ THE SHANGRI-LAS: Leader Of The Pack/ Remember (Walking In The Sand)/ DEE DEE WARWICK: Don't Think My Baby's Coming Back

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Chrome Dreams 5040 The Zombie Horror CD Collection ● CD $15.98
30 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
Here's a great Horror/monster themed collection with a wider range of tunes than your average spooky collection. From Jazz and Calypso to Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues, this fright fest is pretty much one great tune after another, with many lesser or never compiled tunes. Features two of my favorite all-time R&B horror tunes, both amazingly by The Johnson Brothers Zombie Lou, and Casting A Spell. Fats Waller, Bill Doggett, Bobby Bare, Hollywood Flames, Monotones, Duponts, Del Vikings, etc., meet Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula, and Hoodoo men, Witch doctors, Zombies (lots) and many more! All tracks recorded before 1960! Note - track 24 is listed as Hoo-Doo Say by The Sly Fox but is actually Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston - I suspect that all copies are that way. (JM)
BOBBY BARE: Vampira/ THE BIG BOPPER: Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor/ LEROY BOWMAN: The Graveyard/ CHAINO: Voodoo/ BERT CONVY: Monster Hop/ THE CREW NECKS: Rockin’ Zombie/ ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: Hoodoo Lady Blues/ THE DEL-VIKINGS: The Voodoo Man/ ELROY DIETZEL: Rock N Bones/ BILL DOGGETT: Monster Party/ THE DUPONTS: Screamin Ball (At Dracula Hall)/ BILLY GAYLE: The Night Howler/ THE HARLEM WILDCATS: Zombie/ SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS: Little Demon/ THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES: Frankensteins Den/ JACK & JIM: Midnight Monsters Hop/ THE JOHNSON BROTHERS: Casting A Spell/ Zombie Lou/ KING FLASH AND THE CALYPSO CARNIVAL: Zombie Jamboree/ BOB MCFADDEN & DOR: I Dig You Baby/ THE MONOTONES: Legend Of Sleepy Hollow/ Zombi/ JACKIE MORNINGSTAR: Rockin’ In The Graveyard/ BOBBY PLEASE & THE PLEASERS: The Monster/ SLY FOX: Hoo-Doo Say/ SMILEY SMITH: Voodoo Women/ THE SWINGIN’ PHILLIES: Frankenstein’s Party/ BILLY TAYLOR: Wombie Zombie/ JOHNNIE TEMPLE: Hoodoo Women/ FATS WALLER: Abercrombie Had A Zombie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dialtone 009 Texas Soul Sisters ● CD $14.98
13 tracks, 53 min, excellent
Fine collection of blues & 60s-type soul from four little-known Texas singers. A couple have been around for quite awhile. Lavelle White recorded for Duke in the 50s & early 60s, then after 30 years of being out of the public eye, reemerged in '94 on the Antone's label. Gloria Edwards recorded for the legendary Huey Meaux for Crazy Cajun & sang with the likes of Clifton Chenier & Johnny Copland. Glenda Hargis has been singing with her brother, bluesman Matthew Robinson. Then there's the mostly unknown Miss Candy AKA Amanda Kannerson. All are backed with solid lineup of guitar, organ, bass & drums, with Gloria adding a trumpet & Glenda, besides having Robinson on guitar has trumpet & sax. Also interesting is that most of the tunes are originals, including I'm Your Hoochie Mama/ Miss Candy's Groove/ H-Town. and others (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Duke 401 The Duke Of Soul, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
The first of three new CDs featuring R&B amd soul recordings made in the 60s and early 70s for the great Texas family of labels including Duke, Peacock, Backbeat and Sureshot - many of them making their first appearance on CD. This first volume includes sides by Ernie K-Doe, The Commands, Miss LaVell, Buddy Ace, Al "TNT" Braggs, Shirley Lawson, Joe Hinton, Bobby Conerly, etc. Includes booklet with brief notes on the artists.
BUDDY ACE: I'm Counting On You/ BOBBY BLAND: Yum Yum Tree/ AL "TNT" BRAGGS: That's All A Part Of Loving You/ THE C AND C BOYS: My Life/ MELVIN CARTER: Tired Of Being Fooled By You/ THE CHAINS: I Can Learn/ THE COMMANDS: No Time For You/ BOBBY CONERLY: A Whole Lot Of Soul Is Gone/ RHONDA DAVIS: Can You Remember/ THE FANATICS: You're Moving Too Fast/ JOE HINTON: Better To Give Than Receive/ THE INSIGHTS: Love And Peace Of Mind/ ERNIE K-DOE: Boomerang/ Love Me Like I Wanta/ My Mother-In-Law (Is In My Hair Again)/ BUDDY LAMP: Hen Pecked/ MISS LAVELL: Everybody's Got Somebody/ The Best Part Of Me/ SHIRLEY LAWSON: One More Chance/ THE MUSTANGS: A Change/ JOHN ROBERTS: Sockin' 1-2-3-4/ OTIS RUSH: Homework/ JEANETTE WILLIAMS: Stuff/ O.V. WRIGHT: Love The Way You Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Duke 402 The Duke Of Soul, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
The second volume includes Chuck McLean, Norma Rudd, Clarence green & The Rhythmaires, Bobby Bland, Bobby Williams, Bud Harper, Masters Of Soul, Joe Hinton and more.
BUDDY ACE: Something For These Blues/ BOBBY BLAND: Call On Me/ AL "TNT" BRAGGS: Take A Look At Me/ MELVIN CARTER: Something Reminds Me/ THE COMMANDS: Hey It's Love/ JAMES DAVIS: Blue Monday/ CLARENCE GREEN & THE RHYTHMAIRES: What Happened To Us/ BUD HARPER: Wherever You Were/ JOE HINTON: I'm Waiting/ ERNIE K-DOE: Gotta Pack My Bag/ I'll Make Everything Be Alright/ Little Bit Of Everything/ EMORISE KELLEY: The Biggest Fool/ MISS LAVELL: Tide Of Love/ MR. LEE & THE CHEROKEES: Come Closer/ MASTERS OF SOUL: I Hate You (In The Daytime And Love You At Night)/ CHUCK MCLEAN: My Lover's Vow/ JUNIOR PARKER: Wait For Another Day/ REUBEN & THE CHAINS: Hey Girl/ JOHN ROBERTS: Be My Baby/ NORMA RUDD: He's Mine/ Something Keeps Telling Me/ JEAN STANBACK: If I Ever Needed Love/ BOBBY WILLIAMS: You Waited Too Long

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Duke 403 The Duke Of Soul, Vol. 3 ● CD $16.98
The third volume includes Little Mr. Lee & The Cherokees, O.V. Wright, Buddy Lamp, The Bell Brothers, Willie Mays, Reuben & The Chains, Al Braggs, The Fanatics, etc.
BUDDY ACE: Jump Up And Shout/ THE BELL BROTHERS: Tell Him No/ AL BRAGGS: Cigarettes And Coffee/ THE C AND C BOYS: It's All Over Now/ THE FANATICS: Dancing To The Shotgun/ HOT CHOCOLATE: Keep My Baby Cool/ ERNIE K-DOE: Dancin' Man/ I'm Sorry/ Trying To Make You Love Me/ BUDDY LAMP: If You See Kate/ THE LAMP SISTERS: Sweet Daddy Soul/ Today Will Be Yesterday, Tomorrow/ LITTLE MR. LEE & THE CHEROKEES: Party Time/ WILLIE MAYS: If You Love Me/ JIMMY OUTLER: It's All Over/ JUNIOR PARKER: It's A Pity/ THE PASSIONS: Man About Town/ REUBEN & THE CHAINS: Ain't You Gonna Love Me/ Answer These Questions/ LISA RICHARDS: Mean Old World/ JOHN ROBERTS & HIS HURRICANES: Cold Hearted Woman/ SUGAR BOY & THE SUGAR LUMPS: Mamma Won't You Turn Me Loose/ JEANETTE WILLIAMS: Something's Got A Hold On Me/ O.V. WRIGHT: Why Not Give Me A Chance

 
 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage FVTD 059 Savvy Sugar - The Pure Essence Of West Coast Rock &Roll ● CD $21.98
3 CDs, 75 tracks, 174 mins, highly recommended
The theme that ties these seemingly disparate artists together (apart from the "rock & roll" catch-all) is the fact the all of the tracks were cut in Los Angeles recording studios with the same five musicians-Plas Johnson on sax, Ray Johnson on piano, Earl Palmer on drums, Rene Hall on guitar, Red Callender on upright bass-usually providing the backing. So what we get is an interesting-and entertaining-collection of tracks cut for both local labels (Specialty, Modern, Capitol, Aladdin, Warner Bros.) and out of town companies like Atlantic and Dot. Covering the period between 1956 and 1959, the compilation includes everyone from Fats Domino (proving that he didn't always record in New Orleans), Larry Williams, and Nat "King" Cole to Gene Vincent, Dorsey Burnette, and Ricky Nelson. Each disc appears to have a loose "theme": disc one includes "the toast of the coast", which would imply the best West Coast artists are being featured; if that's true then what's Fat Domino doing on this disc? Any way, tracks from Earl Bostic, Bobby Day, Milton Trenier, and Wynona Carr don't disappoint. Disc two is titled "Rockville USA" after the Turks track that kicks things off; while cuts do indeed "rock"-the Cadets' I Want You, the Blossoms' Move On, the Hollywood Flames' Crazy - I'm not sure the Platters You'll Never, Never Know could be said to "rock". No matter, the disc does generate appropriate heat, climaxing with Johnny Otis & the Jayos' Tough Enough. Disc three, "Cool Californians", is what the compliers consider to be the cream of California 50's rock. Although Annette's inclusion is questionable (although Tall Paul was a legitimate hit), how can you go wrong with Vincent, Burnette, Nelson, Eddie Cochran, the Champs, and more Johnny Otis? Yeah, there's some Hollywood rock here - Edd Byrnes and Scott Engel, anyone? - but there's also Jerry Fuller, Louis Prima, and Sam Butera too, so things even out pretty well. The liner notes explain the origins of the tracks-some were cut for movies, others for the usual exploitation purposes. Whatever, the background stories make for informative reading, and this compilation, another winner from the gang at Fantastic Voyage, gets a big thumbs up. (GMC)
MARIE ADAMS & THE THREE TONS OF JOY: Loop De Loop/ ANNETTE: Tall Paul/ IRVING ASHBY: Guitar Rock/ BABBETTE BAIN: That's It/ BARBARA & THE BOYS: Hootie Sapperticker/ RICHARD BERRY: Besame Mucho/ THE BLOSSOMS: Move On/ EARL BOSTIC: Two O'Clock Jump/ BOOTS BROWN: (Let's Go To) Strollsville/ DORSEY BURNETTE: Bertha Lou/ SAM BUTERA: Twinkle In Your Eye/ EDD BYRNES: Kookie's Mad Pad/ THE BYSTANDERS: Yellow, Mellow Hardtop/ THE CADETS: I Want You/ WYNONA CARR: Should I Ever Love Again?/ THE CHAMPS: Double Eagle Rock/ EUGENE CHURCH: Don't Stop Loving Me/ SANFORD CLARK: Modern Romance/ THE COASTERS: Sweet Georgia Brown/ EDDIE COCHRAN: Teenage Heaven/ NAT "KING" COLE: Blue Moon/ THE COO-COO RACHAS: Track Down/ DANNY BOY: Don't Go Baby/ BOBBY DAY: Gotta New Girl/ FLOYD DIXON: Rita/ FATS DOMINO: No, No/ DON & DEWEY: Farmer John/ AGGIE DUKES: John John/ SCOTT ENGEL: The Livin' End/ THE FIVE MASKS: Polly Molly/ JERRY FULLER: Tennessee Waltz/ GENE & EUNICE: Ah! Ah!/ JENNELL HAWKINS & THE LOCKETTES: The Mess Around/ THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES: Crazy/ BEN HUGHES: Sack/ DIMPLES JACKSON: Ring-A-Ling/ RODDY JACKSON: I've Got My Sights On Someone New/ ETTA JAMES: Sunshine Of Love/ JAN & ARNIE: The Beat That Can't Be Beat/ JEANETTE & DECKY: Crazy With You/ THE RAY JOHNSON COMBO: Wanna, Wanna, Wanna, Wanna/ DON JULIAN & THE MEADOWLARKS: Boogie Woogie Teenage/ THE KENTS: I Found My Girl/ CURTIS LEE: Pure Love/ THE LOCKETTES: Puddin' Pie/ DICK LORY: Cool It Baby/ THE MAHARAJAHS: Sweet Loretta/ GENE MOORE & THE METRONOMES: She's Gone/ RICKY NELSON: My Babe/ BOBBY NORRIS: I Went Rockin'/ JOHNNY OTIS: All I Want Is Your Love/ Tough Enough/ THE PLATTERS: You'll Never, Never Know/ LOUIS PRIMA: Whistle Stop/ DON RALKE: Four Paces East/ JODY REYNOLDS: Tight Capris/ THE ROBINS: Every Night/ THE ROMANCERS: House Cat/ RONNIE & ROY: Get Up And Let's Dance/ TOMMY SANDS: Little Mama/ THE SIX TEENS: Why Do I Go to School/ THE SOUVENIRS: Alene, Sweet Little Texas Queen/ ROY TANN: Hey Sugar/ THE TEEN QUEENS: I Miss You/ THE TITANS: Can It Be/ TONY & JOE: Where Can You Be/ THE TRAMPS: You're A Square/ MILT TRENIER: Gonna Catch Me A Rat/ ANITA TUCKER: Hop, Skip And Jump/ THE TURKS: Rockville USA/ GENE VINCENT: Somebody Help Me/ T-BONE WALKER: Two Bones And A Pick/ LARRY WILLIAMS: I Can't Stop Loving You/ YOUNG JESSIE: Mary Lou/ BEN ZEPPA & THE ZEPHYRS: Baby - I Need (Ting-A-Ling)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 81 Soul Breakout '60 ● CD $19.98
Another entry in Fantastic Voyage's series of mid-century R&B collections, this two CD set with 60 tracks gives us the highlights of the year 1960. The year was a transitional one, as the likes of Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, and Ray Charles exerted their influence over the male singers of the time; Motown took baby steps with Barrett Strong, Marv Johnson, Mary Wells, and the Miracles; James Brown started becoming a dominant force to be reckoned with; the Shirelles led the girl group charge and showed everyone how to do it; and Brook Benton and Jerry Butler had their first go-arounds as R&B heartthrobs. All of these people are represented on this peerless collection of U.S. chart hits, along with Etta James, the Drifters, Ike & Tina Turner, Maxine Brown, Ben E. King, The Falcons, and many more.
BROOK BENTON: Kiddio/ The Same One/ The Ties That Bind/ BOBBY BLAND: Cry Cry Cry/ Lead Me On/ THE BOBBETTES: Dance With Me Georgie/ JAMES BROWN: The Bells/ MAXINE BROWN: All In My Mind/ JAMES BROWN & THE FAMOUS FLAMES: I'll Go Crazy/ Think/ This Old Heart/ You've Got The Power/ JERRY BUTLER: A Lonely Soldier/ He Will Break Your Heart/ RAY CHARLES: Sticks And Stones/ Tell The Truth/ SAM COOKE: Chain Gang/ No One (Can Ever Take Your Place)/ Sad Mood/ Teenage Sonata/ Wonderful World/ SUGAR PIE DESANTO: I Want To Know/ THE DRIFTERS: I Count The Tears/ Lonely Winds/ Save The Last Dance For Me/ This Magic Moment/ THE FALCONS: The Teacher/ THE FLAMINGOS: Nobody Loves Me Like You/ ARETHA FRANKLIN: Today I Sing The Blues/ BOBBY FREEMAN: (I Do The) Shimmy Shimmy/ TY HUNTER & THE VOICE MASTERS: Everything About You/ ETTA JAMES: All I Could Do Was Cry/ MARV JOHNSON: (You've Got To) Move Two Mountains/ Ain't Gonna Be That Way/ All The Love I've Got/ I Love The Way You Love/ BEN E. KING: First Taste Of Love/ Spanish Harlem/ BOBBY MARCHAN: There's Something On Your Mind (Part 2)/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Ta Ta/ LENNY MILES: Don't Believe Him, Donna/ THE MIRACLES (FEATURING BILL "SMOKEY" ROBINS: Shop Around/ THE SHIRELLES: Tonight's The Night/ Will You Love Me Tomorrow/ SHIRLEY & LEE: I've Been Loved Before/ BARRETT STRONG: Money (That's What I Want)/ TED TAYLOR: Look Out/ IRMA THOMAS: (You Can Have My Husband But) Don't Mess With My Man/ ED TOWNSEND WITH THE TOWNSMEN: Stay With Me (A Little While Longer)/ IKE & TINA TURNER: A Fool In Love/ I Idolize You/ BABY WASHINGTON: Work Out/ DINAH WASHINGTON & BROOK BENTON: A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love)/ Baby (You've Got What It Takes)/ MARY WELLS: Bye Bye Baby/ THE WHEELS: Clap Your Hands (Part 1)/ JACKIE WILSON: A Woman, A Lover, A Friend/ Am I The Man/ Doggin' Around/ Talk That Talk

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 083 R&B Spotlight '60 ● CD $19.98
The companion to Soul Breakout '60 (Fantastic Voyage 81 - $19.98), this collection shows a different side to post-Rock 'n' Roll R&B, covering everything from dance-craze mania (Chubby Checker's The Hucklebuck and The Twist; (Do the) Mashed Potatoes by Nat Kendrick & the Swans; The Madison from Al Brown's Tunetoppers) and novelty jive (The Hollywood Argyles - Alley-Oop; The Coasters - Run Red Run) to New Orleans groove (Fats Domino, Jessie Hill, Aaron Neville) and still-holding-on-by-the-skin-of-its-teeth Doo-Wop (The Spaniels, The Five Satins, Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs, The Platters, Little Anthony & the Imperials). Plus there's party music from Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley, girl power from Lavern Baker and Ruth Brown, and blues from Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, and Rosco Gordon. Truly a "something for everyone" collection, and each one a hit.
LAVERN BAKER: Bumble Bee/ Shadows Of Love/ Shake A Hand/ Wheel Of Fortune/ HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS: Finger Poppin' Time/ Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go/ The Coffee Grind/ CHUCK BERRY: Jaguar And Thunderbird/ Let It Rock/ Too Pooped To Pop Casey/ THE BLUE NOTES: My Hero/ GARY (U.S.) BONDS: New Orleans/ JAMES BOOKER: Gonzo/ BUSTER BROWN: Fannie Mae/ RUTH BROWN: Don't Deceive Me/ AL BROWN'S TUNETOPPERS FEAT. COOKIE BROWN: The Madison/ CHUBBY CHECKER: The Hucklebuck/ The Twist/ DEE CLARK: How About That/ You're Looking Good/ THE COASTERS: Besame Mucho (Part 1)/ Run Red Run/ Shoppin' For Clothes/ Wake Me, Shake Me/ What About Us/ BO DIDDLEY: Crawdad/ Road Runner/ FATS DOMINO: My Girl Josephine/ Walking To New Orleans/ ETTA & HARVEY: If I Can't Have You/ Spoonful/ THE FIVE SATINS: I'll Be Seeing You/ WADE FLEMONS: Easy Lovin'/ What's Happening/ ROSCO GORDON: Just A Little Bit/ BOBBY HENDRICKS: Psycho/ JESSIE HILL: Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 1)/ THE HOLLYWOOD ARGYLES: Alley-Oop/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: No Shoes/ ELMORE JAMES & HIS BROOMDUSTERS: The Sky Is Crying/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me)/ Let Them Talk/ Sleep/ JIMMY JONES: Good Timin'/ Handy Man/ JOE JONES: You Talk Too Much/ NAT KENDRICK & THE SWANS: (Do The) Mashed Potatoes (Part 1)/ LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS: My Empty Room/ Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: What Would I Do/ AARON NEVILLE: Over You/ THE OLYMPICS: Big Boy Pete/ JOHNNY OTIS SHOW: Mumblin' Mosie/ THE PLATTERS: Harbor Lights/ LLOYD PRICE: Question/ JIMMY REED: Baby What You Want Me To Do/ THE SPANIELS: I Know/ JOE TURNER: Honey Hush/ My Little Honey Dripper/ MAURICE WILLIAMS & THE ZODIACS: Stay

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 84 Rockin' Rollin' Weddin' ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
Entertaining collection of R&B and rock 'n' roll songs from the 50s on the subject of marriage compiled by renowned British DJ Mark Lamarr. Alongside obvious choices like Big Bopper's Wedding by Big Bopper, Church Bells May Ring by The Willows and Peggy Sue Got Married by Buddy Holly there are lesser known items like Rock-A-Little Lucy by The Four Scores, We're Getting Married by The Whispers and the great Lone Ranger Gonna Get Married by Jimmy Johnson. Also includes sides by Roy BRown, LaVern Baker, Johnny Angel (aka Jimmy Lee Fautheree), Dean & Jean, Terry Noland, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, The Heratbeats, Big Miller & The FIve Pennies, The Orchids and more. Lots of fun with excellent sound and informative notes on the performances by Lamarr. (FS)
JOHNNY ANGEL: Teen-Age Wedding/ LAVERN BAKER: Jim Dandy Got Married/ BIG BOPPER: Big Bopper's Wedding/ ROY BROWN: Caldonia's Wedding Day/ Fannie Brown Got Married/ DEAN & JEAN: We're Gonna Get Married/ THE ETERNALS: Babalu's Wedding Day/ THE FIVE SATINS: To The Aisle/ THE FOUR SCORES: Rock-A-Little Lucy/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Married Women - Stay Married/ THE HEARTBEATS: Wedding Bells/ BUDDY HOLLY: Peggy Sue Got Married/ JIMMY JOHNSON: Lone Ranger Gonna Get Married/ THE MIDNIGHTERS: Rock And Roll Wedding/ BIG MILLER WITH THE FIVE PENNIES: All Is Well/ FREDDIE MITCHELL & HIS ORCHESTRA: Wedding March/ RUDY MOORE: Ring A Ling Dong/ TERRY NOLAND: Come Marry Me/ THE ORCHIDS: Newly Wed/ JOHNNY OTIS’ CONGREGATION: Wedding Boogie/ THE QUIN-TONES: Down The Aisle Of Love/ TINY TIM & THE HITS: Wedding Bells/ THE WHISPERS: We're Getting Married/ THE WILLOWS: Church Bells May Ring

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 087 Jumping The Shuffle Blues - Jamaican Sound System Class ● CD $21.98
3 CDs, 88 tracks, 3 hours 53 min., very highly recommended
Not a collection of early R&B recordings from Jamaica, rather a compilation of the most influential American R&B songs heard in Jamaica between 1946-1960, before the birth of Ska and Reggae. The relative influence is apparently based on whether or not the songs were played on U.S. radio stations that were picked up in Jamaica and on whether the most popular sound system operators played the songs in their clubs. Disc three is titled "My Boy Lollypop: The Big Three Take Over" and the trio referred to is Coxsone Downbeat (as he was known then), Duke Reid, and King Edwards. Those interested in the history of Jamaican music will appreciate the booklet's notes on the development of the sound system and related matters, but for anyone interested in jump blues, shuffle blues and R&B of the period will likely find this set irresistible. A lot of the tracks are not those usually found on compilations. Artists include Teddy Brannon, The Harold Land All Stars, James Wayne, Joe Liggins, Felix Gross, Zuzu Bollin, Lynn Hope, Jewel King, Melvin Daniels, Mike Gordon, Amos Milburn, Calvin Boze, Jimmie Lee, Hal Paige, Roy Wright, and many others. Guys like Duke Reid made more money if they had a cool record that no one else could locate, so obscurity and quality both mattered, and this set is a solid pleasure from first to last. The sound is good, the running time long. Jump in. (JC)
JOHNNY ACE: Pledging My Love/ JOHNNY ADAMS: I Won't Cry/ GENE AMMONS & HIS ORCHESTRA: Jug Head Ramble/ ARCHIBALD: Stack-A-Lee (Parts 1 & 2)/ DOC BAGBY: Dumplin's/ You're So Delightful/ DAVE BARTHOLOMEW: Country Gal/ The Shufflin' Fox/ PAUL BASCOMB & HIS BAND: Mumbles Blues/ BIG MAYBELLE: I Don't Want To Cry/ ZUZU BOLLIN: Why Don't You Eat Where You Slept Last Night/ THE BOP-A-LOOS: South Parkway Mambo/ CALVIN BOZE & HIS ALL STARS: Safronia B/ TEDDY BRANNON & HIS ORCHESTRA: Mixon With Dixon/ JACKIE BRENSTON & HIS DELTA CATS: Independent Woman/ ROY BROWN: Train Time Blues/ EDDIE CHAMBLEE: La! La! La! Lady/ Every Shut Eye Ain't Sleep (aka Learn)/ THE CHARMS: Ling, Ting, Tong/ GENE COY & HIS KILLER DILLERS: Killer Diller/ EARL CURRY: One Whole Year Baby/ MELVIN DANIELS WITH THE KING CURTIS ORCHESTRA: No More Crying On My Pillow/ BOBBY DAY: Over And Over/ MARGIE DAY & THE GRIFFIN BROTHERS ORCHESTRA: Bonaparte's Retreat/ FLOYD DIXON & HIS BAND: Hey Bartender/ BILL DOGGETT: Quaker City/ FATS DOMINO: I'm In The Mood For Love/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Drunk Again/ DONNIE ELBERT: Have I Sinned/ Will You Ever Be Mine/ LOWELL FULSON: Guitar Shuffle/ BARBIE GAYE: My Boy Lollypop/ GENE & EUNICE: Ko Ko Mo/ CHARLIE GONZALEZ: I'm Free/ ROSCO GORDON: No More Doggin'/ Too Many Women/ MIKE GORDON & THE EL TEMPOS: Why Don't You Do Right/ THE GRIFFIN BROTHERS: Riffin' With Griffin/ Stubborn As A Mule/ FELIX GROSS: What's Your Style, Baby/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Bloodshot Eyes/ CLARENCE “FROG MAN™ HENRY: Ain't Got No Home/ LYNN HOPE & HIS ORCHESTRA: Hope, Skip, And Jump/ LI’L SON JACKSON: Get High Everybody/ WILLIS JACKSON & HIS ORCHESTRA: Later For The 'Gator/ ETTA JAMES: The Pick Up/ LOUIS JORDAN & HIS TYMPANY FIVE: Reet Petite And Gone/ Salt Pork, West Virginia/ B.B. KING: You Upset Me Baby/ JEWEL KING: 3 x 7 = 21/ SONNY KNIGHT: Confidential/ But Officer/ LLOYD LAMBERT & HIS BAND: Heavy Sugar/ THE HAROLD LAND ALL STARS: San Diego Bounce/ JIMMIE LEE WITH JAY FRANKS & HIS ROCKETS OF RHY: Blue And Lonesome/ SMILEY LEWIS: Little Fernandez/ Real Gone Lover/ Someday, You'll Want Me/ JIMMY LIGGINS: Drunk/ JOE LIGGINS & HIS HONEYDRIPPERS: Drippers' Boogie, Parts 1 & 2/ Little Joe's Boogie/ LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: KC Lovin' (aka Kansas City)/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: Blues Blasters' Boogie/ Looking For A Woman/ OSCAR MCLOLLIE & HIS HONEYJUMPERS: Convicted/ BIG JAY MCNEELY & BAND: There Is Something On Your Mind/ BIG JAY MCNEELY & HIS ORCHESTRA: Big Jay Shuffle/ JACK MCVEA & HIS ORCHESTRA: Two Timin' Baby/ AMOS MILBURN: One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer/ HAL PAIGE & HIS BAND: Drive It Home/ KING PERRY & HIS SEXTET: Goin' To California Blues/ GENE PHILLIPS & HIS RHYTHM ACES: Rock Bottom/ LLOYD PRICE: Lawdy Miss Clawdy/ THE RAY-O-VACS: My Baby's Gone/ TODD RHODES: Page Boy Shuffle/ SHIRLEY & LEE: Feel So Good/ I'm Gone/ LLOYD TROTMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA: Trottin' In/ T-BONE WALKER: T-Bone Shuffle/ The Hustle Is On/ JAMES WAYNE: Tend To Your Business/ LARRY WILLIAMS: High School Dance/ LESTER WILLIAMS: I Can't Lose With The Stuff I Use/ Brand New Baby/ ROY WRIGHT: You Promised

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 131 Heavy Sugar - Second Spoonful: More Pure Essence Of New Orleans ● CD $22.98
3CD, 75 tracks, very highly recommended
The follow up volume to the first "Heavy Sugar" compilation (Fantastic Voyage 51 - $22.98), dishes up more tasty slabs of Nawlins R&B from the likes of Little Richard (the movie soundtrack version of "The Girl Can't Help It", oh yeah), Huey "Piano" Smith, Frankie Ford, Lee Allen, Bobby Charles, Charles Brown, Fats Domino, Wynona Carr, Professor Longhair, Smiley Lewis, Bobby Marchan, Amos Milburn, and more. As usual with these collections, the discs are given names: disc one is "cat walk", disc two is "shake shake", and disc three is "top notch grade A"; each name refers to a song on the disc and gives a general idea of what to expect, but don't let any abstract thought get in the way of enjoying some prime cuts. This set digs deeper into the talent from obscure labels like Rustone, Pontchartrain, Athens, Winner, and Spinett, resulting in tracks like Preacher's Daughter from Roland Stone, Alonzo Stewart's I Get the Blues When It Rains, Willie West's A Man Like Me, Top Notch Grade A by Al Reed, and Chris Kenner's Don't Make No Noise which he cut for Pontchartrain after leaving Imperial. The tracks date from 1954 to 1960 (except for Roy Brown's 1947 recording of Good Rocking Tonight, which the compilers kindly included to illustrate the roots of rock 'n' roll), the first golden age of R&B (in my humble opinion), and the songs collected here do not disappoint. If you have the first Heavy Sugar, you owe it to yourself to get this second helping, and if you don't have either, then now is a good time for catching up. (GMC)
LEE ALLEN: Cat Walk/ ARTHUR & BOOKER: You're Near Me/ JIMMY BEASLEY: Good Lovin/ Little Coquette/ She's Good To Me/ LARRY BIRDSONG: I'm Pleading Just for You/ EDDIE BO: Every Dog Got Its Day/ We Like Mambo/ CHARLES BROWN: It's A Sin To Tell A Lie/ ROY BROWN: Good Rocking Tonight/ JO-ANN CAMPBELL: Funny Thing/ LENNY CAPELLO & THE DOTS: Tootles/ WYNONA CARR: I'm Mad At You/ BOBBY CHARLES: Why Can't You/ DEE CLARK & THE ORIGINAL LITTLE RICHARD BAND: Oh Little Girl/ COLLAY & THE SATELLITES: Little Girl Next Door/ JAMES "SUGAR BOY" CRAWFORD: Morning Star/ She's Gotta Wobble When She Walks/ You have Me Love/ ERNIE K. DOE: Make You Love Me/ FATS DOMINO: Don't You Know I Love You/ Tell Me That You Love Me/ When I See You/ FRANKIE FORD: The Groom/ Watchdog/ You Talk Too Much/ JOHNNY FULLER: Sister Jenny/ PAUL GAYTEN: Tickle Toe/ Mule Face/ THE HAWKS: School Girl/ CLARENCE HENRY: Just My Baby And Me/ CLARENCE "FROGMAN" HENRY: I'm In Love/ JESSIE HILL: High Head Blues/ Scoop Scoobie Doobie/ MATTHEW JACOBS: Loaded Down/ AL JOHNSON: Carnival Time/ CHRIS KENNER: Don't Make No Noise/ You Can't Beat Uncle Sam/ EARL KING: Funny Face/ SMILEY LEWIS: Can't Stop Loving You/ I Shall Not Be Moved/ Lil Liza Jane/ LI'L MILLET: Rock Around The Clock/ LITTLE RICHARD: All Night Long/ Can't Believe You Wanna Leave/ The Girl Can t Help It (soundtrack version)/ BOBBY LONERO: Little Bit/ JOHNNY LOVE & HIS ORCHESTRA: Chills And Fever/ BOBBY MARCHAN: Quit My Job/ Snoopin' And Accusin'/ PAUL MARVIN: Hurry Up/ AMOS MILBURN: Shake Shake/ THE MONITORS: Candy Coated Kisses/ BIG BOY MYLES: She s So Fine/ AARON NEVILLE: Get Out Of My Life/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand/ Go To The Mardi Gras/ If I Only Knew/ AL REED: Top Notch Grade A/ TOMMY RIDGLEY: Jam Up/ HUEY SMITH & HIS CLOWNS: Just A Lonely Clown/ HUEY "PIANO" SMITH & HIS CLOWNS: Beatnik Blues/ For Cryin' Out Loud/ CALVIN SPEARS: Baby Come On Home/ BENNY SPELLMAN: Ammerette/ THE SPIDERS WITH CHUCK CARBO: Honey Bee/ ALONZO STEWART: I Get The Blues When It Rains/ ROLAND STONE: Preacher's Daughter/ BILLY TATE: Single Life/ IRMA THOMAS: A Good Man/ BILLY TIRCUIT: Crazy Green Lizard/ AL TOUSAN: Chico/ THE UPSETTERS: Jaywalking/ WILLIE WEST: A Man Like Me/ LESTER WILLIAMS: McDonald s Daughter

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fire 101 N.Y. On Fire, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 64 mins, very highly recommended
A most welcome release featuring a great selection of New York blues, R&B, gospel and doo-wop recorded for Bobby & Danny Robinson's stable of labels in the 50s and 60s. Bobby Robinson, who died earlier this year, was one of the great and important African-American independent record producers who, together with his brother Danny, launched a number of record labels (Fire, Fury, Everlast, Holiday, etc.) and chalked up a number of big R&B hits. A number of reissues of their recordings have been made over the years but these reissues seem to recycle the same 40 or 50 singles. But the brothers made much more great music that hasn't been reissued and this is the first disc in a series to help rectify that situation with about 2/3 of the tracks new to CD. Sure there are a few familiar titles (Charles Walker Slop by Charles Walker, Scratch n' Twist by Wild Jimmy Spruill, etc.) but it's the more obscure titles that will be of most appeal to collectors and most of it is very good indeed including the ferocious hard rocking opener Can't Stop Movin' by Johnny Chef (aka Johnny Acey), Riff Ruffin's reworking of The Hucklebuck as Hucklebuck Scratch with fret melting guitar (Jimmy Spruill? Larrry Dale? Mickey Baker?), two gorgeous gospel sides from The Southwinds, Curtis Carrington's incredibly soulful rendition of the oldie You Are My Sunshine with some great sax work which sounds like King Curtis. Other goodies come courtesy of Helen Bryant, Hal Paige & The Whalers (the intense gospelly blues Don't Have To Cry No More), The Gay Poppers, Harry Lewis & Orch. (the fine two part instrumental Night Stroll), Lee Roy Little (a great rendition of Amos Milburn's Let Me Go Home Whiskey with that rhythm that was to influence ska music in Jamaica) and others. Excellent sound and booklet has introductory notes on Bobby's career to be continued on Volume 2. (FS)
JUNE BATEMAN: Believe Me, Darling/ JUNE BATEMON: Need Your Love/ BOBBY & BUDDY: I Cried/ What's The Word Thunderbird/ HELEN BRYANT: That's A Promise/ CURTIS CARRINGTON: I'm Gonna Catch You (Cuttin' Out On Me)/ You Are My Sunshine/ JOHNNY CHEF: Can't Stop Moving/ BOBBY DUNN: Laughing/ THE GAY POPPERS: I Want To Know/ I've Got It/ BETTY JAMES: Help Me To Find My Love/ HARRY LEWIS & ORCH.: Night Stroll, Part 1/ Night Stroll, Part 2/ CLARENCE "JUNIOR" LEWIS WITH SAMMY LOWE'S ALL-STARS: Lost Everything/ Your Heart Must Be Made Of Stone/ LEE ROY LITTLE: Let Me Go Home, Whiskey/ HAL PAIGE & THE WHALERS: Don't Have To Cry No More/ ROCKIN' BRADLEY: Lookout/ RIFF RUFFIN: Hucklebuck Scratch/ THE SOUTHWINDS: Build Me A Cabin/ They Call Me Crazy/ WILD JIMMY SPRUILL: Scratch N' Twist/ CHARLES WALKER & BAND: Charles Walker Slop/ MIGHTY JOE YOUNG WITH LEFTY BATES ORCH.: Why Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fire 102 N.Y. On Fire, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 62 mins, recommended
Though this one is not as strong as the first volume this is another fine collection of New York R&B plus some blues R&B and gospel recorded for the Fire, Fury, Everlast, Vest and Fountainhead labels - most new to CD. It includes sides by Billy Lewis (powerful falsetto vocals), Riff Ruffin, The Quincette Sisters (a rather dull gospel group), June Bateman (hard driving R&B), Bobby Roach & His Combo (nice instrumental), Gil Hamilton, Clarence (Junior) Lewis, Bobby Long, Charles Walker (a fine rendition of Little Walter's It Ain't Right (with Buster Brown on harp and Jimmy Spruill/ guitar), Helen Bryant, Jimmy Spruill (Jumping In issued as by Jimmy Spurill with hot sax but no guitar!) and others. Excellent sound and notes include biographies of several of the artists on the two volumes. (FS)
JUNE BATEMAN: Come On Little Boy/ Yes I Will/ HELEN BRYANT: I've Learned My Lesson/ DELMAR: Depending On You/ Lizzie Mae/ BOBBY DUNN: Telegram From My Baby/ THE GAY POPPERS: Please Mr. Cupid/ You Got Me Up Tight/ GIL HAMILTON: Much Obliged/ Pretty Baby (Come Back To Me)/ BILLY LEWIS: Tell All The World About You/ CLARENCE (JUNIOR) LEWIS: Cupid's Little Helper/ Half A Heart/ BOBBY LONG: Jersey City/ The Pleasure Is All Mine/ IKE NESBITT: I'm Lonely/ THE QUINCETTE SINGERS: Swing Low/ LITTLE BOBBY ROACH & HIS COMBO: Mush/ TYRON ROWE: I'm A Go'fer/ RIFF RUFFIN: Dig That Rock And Roll/ QUINCETTE SINGERS: I Want To Be Ready/ BUDDY SKIPPER: Baby Please/ Don't Be A Shame (To Call My Name)/ JAMES SPURILL & BAND: Jumping In/ CHARLES WALKER & BAND: It Ain't Right

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Great American Music 231 The Fire/ Fury Doo Wop Story ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 40 tracks, 100 mins, highly recommended
This is the companion piece of sorts to the "Fire/ Fury Rhythm & Blues" collection that came out recently, with both collections well worth picking up. This features great early tracks by Gladys Knight & The Pips (Every Beat Of My Heart/ Letter Full Of Tears, and Darling - -credited to just The Pips), plus fantastic songs by The Kodaks (Teenager's Dream/ Oh Gee Oh Gosh/ My Baby and Me, and more), the Channels (Bye Bye Baby/ The Girl Next Door/My Heart Is Sad.), The Starlites, Du Mauriers, Federals, Little Bobby Rivera & The Hemlocks, The Scarlets, Lewis Lymon (Frankie's little brother) & The Teenchords, and many more fine Doo Wop acts. All recordings here were done for the Fire & Fury record labels in the late 1950s to early 1960s. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Gusto 2164 R&B Hipshakers - Teach Me To Monkey & 19 Others ● CD $9.98
20 tracks, 53 mins, highly recommended
This was a highly recommended collection when it originally came out priced around $20 on the import Vampisoul label, now it's priced around $10 and all the more appealing. This compiles a whole mess of fantastic, rare and wild Rhythm & Blues and Soul from the heady years of 1956 to 1967 recorded for King & Federal. All tracks selected by WFMU Disk Jockey Mr. Fine Wine, a cat who definitely knows his stuff and someone who currently has the third best show on the legendary radio station. Gibble Gobble by Willie Wright & His Sparklers, My Nerves by the great Little Willie John, Posin' by Johnny Guitar Watson, Where You At Jack by Little Mummy, and many, many more moments of joy are here waiting for you. Other artists include Hank Ballard, Freddy King, Willie Dixon, Eddie Kirk, just to name a few of the heavy hitters featured on this disk. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Harmless BACKB 019 Backbeats - I Get My Groove - Crossover Soul From The Deep South ● CD $11.98
26 tracks, 76 mins, highly recommended
Another fine release in the budget priced "Backbeats" series. This volume includes recordings from the so-called "crossover" era, i.e. the late 60's/early '70s, that come largely from Willie Mitchell's Hi Records, Stan Lewis' Jewel/Paula operation, and Huey Meaux's Crazy Cajun setup. The single was still the dominant method of music dissemination during this time, so it's appropriate that most of the tracks here are the original 7" singles. The Hi tracks are indisputably the highlights here: Syl Johnson's We Did It, Imported Moods' What Have You Done With My Heart, Al Green's I Tried to Tell Myself, and Jean Plum's Here I Go Again to name just a few. That said, the Paula and Crazy Cajun cuts are no pikers either: Montclairs' I Need You More Than Ever and Bobby Patterson's Everything Good to You (Don't Have to Be Good For You) are prime examples from the former, while Gloria Edwards' Don't Mess With My Man and Oscar Perry's Let Me Grow Old With You represent the latter. All in all, the compilation is a solid one. (GMC)
FONTELLA BASS: Now That I've Found A Good Thing/ BOBO MR. SOUL: Hitch-Hike To Heartbreak Road/ PAT BROWN: Love On Loan/ OTIS CLAY: Brand New Thing/ GLORIA EDWARDS: Don't Mess With My Man/ JAMES FRY: Still Around/ AL GREEN: I Tried To Tell Myself/ IMPORTED MOODS: What Have You Done With My Heart/ SYL JOHNSON: We Did It/ RONNIE LOVEJOY: You Got To Know/ BARBARA LYNN: Nice And Easy/ BOBBY MCCLURE: Was It Something I Said/ EDDIE MCGEE: What Made You Change Your Mind?/ PHILLIP MITCHELL: Little Things/ THE MONTCLAIRS: I Need You More Than Ever/ BOBBY PATTERSON: Everything Good T You (Don't Have To Be Good For You)/ I Get My Groove From You/ THE PATTERSON TWINS: Looking For A Lover/ ANN PEEBLES: I Didn't Take Your Man/ If This Is Heaven/ OSCAR PERRY: Let Me Grow Old With You/ JEAN PLUM: Here I Go Again/ Look At The Boy/ HENRY SHED: Something's Drastically Wrong/ LITTLE JOHNNY TAYLOR: How Are You Fixed For Love/ TED TAYLOR: I Want To Be A Part Of You Girl

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 169 Doo-Wop The Greatest Hits, 1957-1960 ● CD $18.98
Two CDS, 54 tracks, recommended
Complementing Jasmine 507 ("Doo-Wop The Greatest Hits, 1954-1958" - $15.98) this presents some of the most popular doo-wop tunes during this period. In the earlier disc all the sides had made the R&B top ten and many crossed over into the pop charts. By 1957 doowop was part of the mainstream pop and rock 'n' roll scene and many of the groups having success were white and as was the case with so much black music the music was often watered down with strings and sometimes big band arrangements and most of the tracks on this set made the pop charts with only about a third cracking the R&B charts. There was still a lot of great doowop being recorded in this period but the best of them didn't always make the charts - R&B or pop. Still there are lots of great sides here from the likes of The Dominoes, Drifters (two groups where the addition of strings really worked), Fiestas, Cadillacs, Flamingos, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, Dion & The Belmonts, The Miracles and others. Not as exciting as the first volume but still worthwhile. (FS)
HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS: Finger Poppin' Time/ THE BLUENOTES: My Hero/ THE CADILLACS: Peek A Boo/ THE CAPRIS: There's A Moon Out Tonight/ THE CELLOS: Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am The Japanese Sandman)/ THE CHARTS: Desiree/ THE CHIMES: Once In A While/ THE COASTERS: Poison Ivy/ THE CRESTS: 16 Candles/ Six Nights A Week/ DION AND THE BELMONTS: In The Still Of The Night/ When You Wish Upon A Star/ Where Or When/ THE DOMINOS: Deep Purple/ Stardust/ THE DRIFTERS: Dance With Me/ I Count The Tears/ Save The Last Dance For Me/ There Goes My Baby/ This Magic Moment/ THE DUBS: Chapel Of Dreams/ THE ETERNALS: Rockin' In The Jungle/ THE FALCONS: You're So Fine/ THE FIDELITY'S: The Things I Love/ THE FIESTAS: So Fine/ THE FIREFLIES: You Were Mine/ THE FIVE SATINS: I'll Be Seeing You/ THE FLAMINGOS: I Only Have Eyes For You/ Mio Amore/ Nobody Loves Me Like You/ THE GENIES: Who's That Knocking/ THE IMPALAS: Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)/ THE JESTERS: So Strange/ The Wind/ LITTLE ANTHONY AND THE IMPERIALS: Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop/ THE MIRACLES: Shop Around/ THE OLYMPICS: Baby Hully Gully/ THE PARADONS: Diamonds And Pearls/ THE PASSIONS: I Only Want You/ THE PENTAGONS: To Be Loved (Forever)/ THE RIVIERAS: Count Every Star/ Moonlight Serenade/ Since I Made You Cry/ THE SAFARIS: Image Of A Girl/ THE SHELLS: Baby O Baby/ SKIP AND FLIP: Cherry Pie/ THE SKYLINERS: Since I Don't Have You/ This I Swear/ THE SPANIELS: Everyone's Laughing/ THE TEMPOS: See You In September/ THE TEMPTATIONS: Barbara/ THE VAN DYKES: Gift Of Love/ THE VELOURS: Can I Come Over Tonight/ MAURICE WILLIAMS AND THE ZODIACS: Stay

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 507 Doo-Wop The Greatest Hits, 1954-1958 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
A perfect introduction to the joy of doo-wop featuring nothing but hits cut between 1954 and 1958. All the tracks made the R&B top ten and many crossed over into the pop charts. Just One classic after another starting with Sh-Boom by The Chords and ending with For Your Precious Love by Jerry Butler & The Impressions. Along the way we hear Earth Angel by The Penguins, When You Dance by The Turbans, Soldier Boy by The Four Fellows, At My Front Door by The El Dorados plus more ballads and rockers from The Cadillacs, Cleftones, Five Satins, Del Vikings, Jive Bombers, Lee Andrews & The Hearts and many more. Even if you have substantial doo-wop collection this is one of those collections that you can listen to from beginning to end. (FS)
LEE ANDREWS AND THE HEARTS: Teardrops/ JERRY BUTLER AND THE IMPRESSIONS: For Your Precious Love/ THE CADILLACS: Speedo/ THE CARDINALS: The Door Is Still Open/ THE CHANTELS: Maybe/ THE CHORDS: Sh-Boom/ THE CLEFTONES: Little Girl Of Mine/ THE CLOVERS: Blue Velvet/ Devil Or Angel/ THE CROWS: Gee/ THE DANDERLIERS: Chop Chop Boom/ THE DANLEERS: One Summer Night/ THE DEL VIKINGS: Come Go With Me/ THE DELLS: Oh What A Nite/ THE DRIFTERS: Ruby Baby/ THE DUBS: Could This Be Magic/ THE EL DORADOS: At My Front Door/ THE FIVE KEYS: Close Your Eyes/ Ling Ting Tong/ THE FIVE SATINS: In The Still Of The Night/ To The Aisle/ THE FLAMINGOS: I'll Be Home/ THE FOUR FELLOWS: Soldier Boy/ HARVEY AND THE MOONGLOWS: Ten Commandments Of Love/ THE HEARTBEATS: A Thousand Miles Away/ THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES: Buzz Buzz Buzz/ THE JESTERS: The Plea/ THE JIVE BOMBERS: Bad Boy/ LITTLE ANTHONY AND THE IMPERIALS: Tears On My Pillow/ FRANKIE LYMON AND THE TEENAGERS: I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent/ THE MONOTONES: Book Of Love/ THE MOONGLOWS: Most Of All/ Please Send Me Someone To Love/ Sincerely/ THE NUTMEGS: Ship Of Love/ Story Untold/ THE OLYMPICS: Western Movies/ THE PASTELS: Been So Long/ THE PENGUINS: Earth Angel/ THE RAYS: Silhouettes/ ROBERT AND JOHNNY: We Belong Together/ THE SILHOUETTES: Get A Job/ THE SPANIELS: Everyone's Laughing/ Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight/ THE SPIDERS: Witchcraft/ THE TEENAGERS: Why Do Fools Fall In Love/ THE TUNEWEAVERS: Happy Happy Birthday Baby/ THE TURBANS: When You Dance/ THE WILLOWS: Church Bells May Ring/ THE WRENS: Come Back My Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 598 The Shirelles And The Evolution Of The Girl Group Sound ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Like other sub-genres of rock 'n' roll, Girl Group pop did not emerge from a vacuum, and the mission of this collection is to illustrate its roots. From the Enchanters in 1952 to the Primettes (aka the Supremes) in 1960, the CD traces the evolution of the girl group sound chronologically culminating, with the last 12 songs, from the Shirelles first LP "Tonight's the Night" (1960). Although the compilers assume that the Shirelles were the quintessential girl group (i.e. the most successful), it could be argued that the group that really set the girl group standard was the Chantels, who hit with Maybe in 1957. However one chooses to view history, there's no denying that appears to be a pretty clear line from the early 50's R&B of the Enchanters and Shirley Gunter and the Queens to the more sophisticated hits of the Shirelles. Along the way we get early tracks from later hitmakers like the Cookies, the Jaynettes, and the Crystals, and cuts from cult favorites the Hearts. Just to prove that pop was certainly part of the equation, there's the lovers laments of the Teen Queens and the Poni Tails to remind us that girl group music would be nothing without a broken heart. While I question the need for including the entire Shirelles LP (Ace already did an excellent job with that material), it's cool to have some rare music-the Pre Teens, the Joytones, the Chordettes, the Sweet Teens, the Rosebuds etc.-in one place. All you lovers of girl group pop don't want to miss this collection. (GMC)
THE BOBBETTES: Don’t Say Goodnight/ I Shot Mr.Lee/ Untrue Love/ THE CHANTELS: Every Night (I Pray)/ He’s Gone/ I Love You So/ Maybe/ THE CHIFFONS: Tonight’s The Night/ THE CHORDETTES: Born To Be With You/ THE CLICKETTES: To Be A Part Of You/ THE COOKIES: In Paradise/ THE CRYSTALS: I Do Believe/ I Love My Baby/ THE DELICATES: Ronnie Is My Lover/ THE DREAMERS: Since You’ve Been Gone/ THE ENCHANTERS: Housewife Blues/ How Could You/ I’ve Lost/ Today Is Your Birthday/ SHIRLEY GUNTER AND THE QUEENS: It’s You/ Oop Shoop/ THE HEARTS: All My Love Belongs To You/ Disappointed Bride/ THE JAY NETTS: I Wanted To Be Free/ THE JOYTONES: All My Love Belongs To You/ My Foolish Heart/ THE PONI TAILS: Born Too Late/ THE PRE TEENS: What Makes Me Love You Like I Do/ THE PRIMETTES (SUPREMES): Pretty Baby/ Tears Of Sorrow/ THE QUIN-TONES: Down The Aisle Of Love/ THE ROLLETTES: Kiss Me Benny/ THE ROSEBUDS: Dearest Darling/ THE SHIRELLES: Boys/ Dedicated To The One I Love/ Doin’ The Ronde/ Johnny On My Mind/ Lower The Flame/ Oh, What A Waste Of Love/ The Dance Is Over/ Tonight At The Prom/ Tonight’s The Night/ Unlucky/ Will You Love Me Tomorrow/ You Don’t Want My Love/ THE STARLETS: P.S. I Love You/ THE SWEET TEENS: With This Ring/ THE TASSELS: To A Soldier Boy/ THE TEEN QUEENS: Eddie My Love/ There Is Nothing On My Mind Pts 1& 2

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 685 The Human Orchestra ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, 137 mins, essential
Fantastic collection of black vocal group singing from the pre-doowop era. "The Human Orchestra" refers to a groundbreaking 1985 LP on the Swedish Clanka Lanka Orchestra which was probably the first extended reissue of these styles with particular emphasis on performances where the vocal group members would often emulate the sound of brass instruments with amazing and uncanny results. The first 16 tracks on this collection reissues the tracks that were on that album and the rest of disc 1 features nine more performances in the same style. The second disc features 25 more tracks of early vocal group singing but not necesarilly emphasizing the "human orchestra' aspect. The recordings made between 1932 and '47 feature spectacular harmonies with sparse backing (often just guitar and sometimes with additional string instruments). There are a number of compilations of pre rock 'n' roll vocal group harmonis but this is the best. It opens with the amazing Mr. Ghost Goes To Town by The Five Jones Boys who impersonate a whole orchestra with their voices and ends with the superb Ooh Look A There Ain't She Pretty by The Charioteers which becamse very popular in England in 2007 when it was used on TV commercial. Other artists include The Golden Gate Quartet, Norfolk Jazz Quartet, The Five Breezes (a superb group featuring a young Willie Dixon and the great guitar of Leonard Caston), The Three Keys, Ink Spots, Cabineers, Four Blues, Quintones, Cats And The Fiddle, Three Sharps And A Flat, Four Vagabonds and many more. A mix of blues, novelty jive, jazz and pop songs. Excellent sound and three pages of brief, but informative, notes though I would have been happier with a big thick booklet since the music deserves it, but I shouldn't be greedy. (FS)
THE CABINEERS: Let the Party Go On/ Sweet Louise/ THE CATS AND THE FIDDLE: I Miss You So/ I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water/ Nuts to You/ That's On Jack That's On/ THE CHARIOTEERS: Ooh Look a There Ain't She Pretty/ THE FIVE BREEZES: Just a Jitterbug/ Minute and Hour Blues/ My Buddy Blues/ Return, Gal of Mine/ THE FIVE JINKS: Dirt Dishing Daisy/ Za Zu Swing/ THE FIVE JONES BOYS: Mr. Ghost Goes to Town/ THE FOUR BLACKBIRDDS: Dixie Rhythm/ THE FOUR BLUES: Jitterbug Sadie/ THE FOUR CLEFS: I Like Pie, I Like Cake/ The Jive is Jumpin'/ THE FOUR SOUTHERN SINGERS: hambone Am Sweet/ THE FOUR VAGABONDS: Comin in on a Wing and a Prayer/ Hit That Five jack/ Murder He Says/ Rosie the Riveter/ THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET: My Walking Stick/ THE INK SPOTS: Swingin' on the Strings/ THE JONES BOYS SING BAND: Pickin' a Rib/ it's Sleepy Time in Hawaii/ THE LEWIS BRONZEVILLE FIVE: Oh! Mabel Oh!/ THE MILLS BROTHERS: Jungle Fever/ THE MISSISSIPPI MUD MASHERS: Moonglow/ THE NORFOLK JAZZ QUARTET: Suntan Baby Brown/ THE QUINTONES: Fool That I Am/ My Sugar Walks Down the Street/ ROLLIN' SMITH'S RASCALS: Kickin' the Gong Around/ THE THE CARIOTEERS: Way Down Yonder in New Orleans/ THE THREE BARONS: Milk Shake Stand/ THE THREE KEYS: Basin Street Blues/ Fit as a Fiddle/ Heebie Jeebies/ Somebody Loses, Somebody Wins/ Somebody Stole Gabriels Horn/ That Doggone Dog of Mine/ Wah Dee Dah/ THE THREE PEPPERS: Love Grows on the White Oak Tree/ Swing Out Uncle Wilson/ Swingin' at the Cotton Club/ THREE SHARPS & A FLAT: That's the Rhythm/ THREE SHARPS & FLATS: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You/ THREE SHARPS AND A FLAT: I'm Through/ THE THREE SHARPS AND A FLAT: Swinging at the Candy Store

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jazzman 018 Carolina Funk ● CD $17.98
22 tracks, 59 min., recommended
The subtitle is "Funk 45s From The Atlantic Coast: 21 Rare And Unreleased Cuts." Some, one suspects, were unreleased for a reason. Sometimes the reason was poor sound or weak production. On Roy Roberts' previously unreleased You Ain't Miss It the vocals are mixed so low you trip over them. Sometimes the song is only a fragment. Sometimes the horns sound like they might not be quite in tune. Redemption comes in the form of wild and chaotic (in a good way) tracks such as Super Good (as opposed to JB's Super Bad?) by Dynamite Singletary, which opens with James Brown-esque grunts and vocals. It comes on the slightly militant call of "Soul Power-Black Power" that graces the Soul Impossibles' Interpretation - Soul Power No. 1 which mixes steel tough sound with the refreshingly positive message of "school and education" over "fighting in the streets." It shows itself in the fiery, bullet-proof instrumental The Road by Communicators & Black Experience Band and on the superfine Funky Soul Brother as realized by The Soul Drifters. And just when things are looking up, another James Brown wannabe turns out an amateurish mess. It runs about fifty-fifty. Informative notes and enough goes right to make it all worthwhile. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent KENTBOX 12 The Fame Studios Story, 1961-1973: Home Of The Muscle ● CD $44.98
3 CD set with 75 tracks. The FAME Studios Story 1961-1973 is an exhaustive three CD set derived from two years' worth of excavations by the Ace team at the vaults of the legendary FAME studio where so many great soul and pop hits were recorded. It's an open-minded, celebratory overview that, across 75 tracks, spotlights both artists and records that are either acknowledged greats, or lesser known - yet no less worthy - entries in the lexicon of soul. The line-up is a virtual Who's Who of 60s soul, and includes Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Arthur Conley, Irma Thomas, Joe Tex, Joe Simon, Lou Rawls, Spencer Wiggins and Otis Clay. Deep soul fans will recognize names such as The Blues Busters, Billy Young, Maurice & Mac, Willie Hightower, Bettye Swann, James Govan and many, many others. Special attention is paid to those acts closely associated with the Fame label - Candi Staton, Jimmy Hughes and Clarence Carter - as well as its inestimable stable of writers, producers and players, including Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, George Jackson and the Fame Gang. And the programme also includes several of the notable pop hits recorded at the studio by the Osmonds, Tommy Roe and Bobbie Gentry, as well as more obscure recordings by the Del Rays, Mark V and Terry & The Chain Reaction. Over a third of the contents of The FAME Studio Story 1961-1973 are new to CD, and of those, over a dozen tracks are fully unissued - including previously unheard rarities by Otis Redding and Arthur Alexander. The heavily-illustrated package with an 84 page hardbound full color book comes laden with two informative essays and extensive notes on every track, all of which are based upon fresh interviews with many of the principals involved.
*= unissued ARTHUR ALEXANDER: I Hope They Get Their Eyes Full/ You Better Move On/ KIP ANDERSON: Without A Woman/ JAMES BARNETT: Keep On Talking/ BEN & SPENCE: Thief In The Night/ THE BLUES BUSTERS: Don't Lose Your Good Thing/ BROTHERS UNLIMITED: Take Me Back/ LINDA CARR: Everytime/ CLARENCE CARTER: Patches/ Put On Your Shoes And Walk/ Slip Away (Demo)*/ Snatchin' It Back/ CLARENCE & CALVIN: Thread The Needle (Unedited Version)*/ OTIS CLAY: Do Right Woman, Do Right Man/ MITTY COLLIER: Take Me Just As I Am*/ ARTHUR CONLEY: I Can't Stop (No, No, No)/ Sweet Soul Music/ JUNE CONQUEST: Almost Persuaded/ DON COVAY & THE GOOD TIMERS: You Put Something On Me/ DAVID & THE GIANTS: Ten Miles High/ THE DEL-RAYS: Fortune Teller/ THE ENTERTAINERS: Too Much/ THE FAME GANG: Grits And Gravy/ ARETHA FRANKLIN: I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)/ ART FREEMAN: Slippin' Around With You/ LOWELL FULSON: Lady In The Rain/ BOBBIE GENTRY: Fancy/ JAMES GILREATH: Why Not Tonight*/ JAMES GOVAN: Wanted: Lover (No Experience Necessary)/ JEANIE GREENE: Don't Make Me Hate Loving You*/ WILLIE HIGHTOWER: Back Road Into Town/ Walk A Mile In My Shoes/ JIMMY HUGHES: Neighbor, Neighbor/ Steal Away/ GEORGE JACKSON: Double Lovin' (demo)*/ Find 'em, Fool 'em And Forget 'em/ Search Your Heart/ ETTA JAMES: I Got You Babe/ Tell Mama/ LAURA LEE: As Long As I Got You/ LITTLE RICHARD: Greenwood, Mississippi/ BOBBY MARCHAN: Funny Style/ THE MARK 5: Night Rumble/ MAURICE & MAC: Why Don't You Try Me/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues/ BOBBY MOORE & THE RHYTHM ACES: Searching For My Love/ THE OSMONDS: One Bad Apple/ DAN PENN: Let Them Talk/ BARBARA PERRY: A Man Is A Mean, Mean Thing (Alternate Take)*/ WILSON PICKETT: Hey Jude/ Land Of 1000 Dances/ JAMES & BOBBY PURIFY: I'm Your Puppet/ LOU RAWLS: Bring It On Home To Me/ OTIS REDDING: You Left The Water Running (unedited)*/ ROSCOE ROBINSON: What Color Is Love/ TOMMY ROE: Everybody/ JOE SIMON: Let's Do It Over/ GEORGE SOULE: Get Involved/ SPOONER & THE SPOONS: Wish You Didn't Have To Go/ SPOONER'S CROWD: Two In The Morning/ CANDI STATON: I'm Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin')/ The Thanks I Get For Lovin' You/ BETTYE SWANN: I Can't Let You Break My Heart/ THE TAMS: Laugh It Off/ TED TAYLOR: Miss You So/ TERRY & THE CHAIN REACTION: Keep Your Cool/ JOE TEX: Hold What You've Got/ IRMA THOMAS: Cheater Man/ UNKNOWN FEMALE: Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man*/ THE WALLACE BROTHERS: I Stayed Away Too Long/ TRAVIS WAMMACK: You Better Move On/ SPENCER WIGGINS: I'd Rather Go Blind/ Once In A While (Is Better Than Never At All)/ TERRY WOODFORD: Gonna Make You Say Yeah/ BILLY YOUNG: Feed The Flame

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 347 Manhattan Soul - Scepter, Wand & Musicor ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
Here we have another of Kent Record's stellar label compilations; this time spotlighting New York labels Scepter/Wand and Musicor. According to the liner notes, these labels were lumped together on this CD because they shared many similarities, not least of which were the talents of songwriter/producer Luther Dixon. With tracks spanning the years 1962 to 1973, the CD pays apt tribute to the labels and exposes the Kent folks' penchant for including obscure artists and/or songs on their compilations. And this is not a bad thing because we get to hear some groovy stuff that would otherwise rot in the vaults-Dan & the Clean Cuts' Walking With Pride, J.B. Troy's Live On, or Betty Moorer's Speed Up for example. Oh there's the usual sprinkling of "name" artists caught on the way up (or down) in their careers too: Maxine Brown, The Platters, Johnny Maestro & the Crests, The Shirelles, and The Toys to name a few. And the Knight, Maestro, and Shirelles (really a demo recording) tracks are particularly noteworthy and not to be missed. The set finishes off with the exquisite So Help Me Woman by George Tindley and reinforces the fact that the guys and gals at Kent have done it again. (GMC)
ANN BAILEY: Sweeping Your Dirt Under My Rug/ MAXINE BROWN: I Want A Guarantee/ THE BUCKEYE POLITICIANS: Girl I Could Love You More/ DAN & THE CLEAN CUTS: Walking With Pride/ THE FABULOUS DENOS: Diamond Ring/ JERRY FISCHER & THE NIGHTBEATS: I've Got To Find Someone To Love Me/ DOUGLAS 'JOCKO' HENDERSON: Blast Off To Love/ HELEN HENRY: A Little Bit Of Heartbreak/ MARIE KNIGHT: That's No Way To Treat A Girl/ DIANE LEWIS: Without Your Love/ JOHNNY MAESTRO & THE CRESTS: Afraid Of Love/ JACKIE MOORE: Same Change, The/ BETTY MOORER: Speed Up/ WINFIELD PARKER: Will There Ever Be Another Love For Me/ PATTI JO: Ain't No Love Lost/ THE PLATTERS: I Love You 1000 Times/ PORGY & THE MONARCHS: It's A Dream I've Always Had (a.k.a. Hey Girl)/ THE SHIRELLES: One Time Too Many/ THE TABS: Take My Love Along With You/ LEE THOMAS: Millionaire/ GEORGE TINDLEY: So Help Me Woman/ ED TOWNSEND: Stick By Me/ THE TOYS: You Got It Baby/ J.B. TROY: Live On

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 349 Northern Soul's Guilty Secrets ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 64 mins, highly recommended
Like any so-called music scene, Northern Soul has been subject to the question of what does and doesn't constitute Northern Soul. Different people have different notions of what is a true Northern Soul song; some say that only up-tempo R&B make by black people count, while others maintain that anything that you can dance to-black or white, pop or R&B-is fair game. While the controversy rages on, this CD spotlights some of those "grey area" records and, on the basis of the line up, it's easy to see what people of a certain mind set were complaining about; for on this disc is a smorgasbord of styles and artists: everything from proto-disco (Barnaby Bye's Can't Live This Way), garage rock (the Seeds Pushin' Too Hard!), and mid-60's pop (The Newbeats' Run Baby Run) to soulful white boys (Len Barry, John Fred) is touched upon. Although there are a few songs that might make you go "what the hell" (Bobby Goldsboro!), nothing sucks and all the songs here were actually played by Northern Soul DJs and were "hits" with the crowds to varying degrees. And the songs (for the most part) fit the "obscurity" criteria needed to be a Northern Soul record, but whether or not one takes to Rodger Collins' You Sexy Sugar Plum or Garland Green's Bumpin' and Stompin' is purely a matter of taste. Regardless, one can definitely say that the mid to late 60's and early 70's tracks on this CD give a whole new perspective on the British Northern Soul scene. And don't miss the one transcendent moment: Kiki Dee's absolutely gorgeous On a Magic Carpet Ride. Yes, it's that good. (GMC)
BABE RUTH: Elusive/ LEN BARRY: I Struck It Rich/ THE BURNING BUSH: Keeps On Burning/ BARNABY BYE: Can't Live This Way/ RODGER COLLINS: You Sexy Sugar Plum (But I Like It)/ ANN D'ANDREA: Don't Stop Looking/ DAVID & THE GIANTS: Ten Miles High/ KIKI DEE: On A Magic Carpet Ride/ RAL DONNER: Don't Let It Slip Away/ FLOWER SHOPPE: You've Come A Long Way Baby/ JOHN FRED: Hey Hey Bunny/ BOBBY GOLDSBORO: It's Too Late/ GARLAND GREEN: Bumpin' And Stompin'/ JEANETTE HARPER: Put Me In Your Pocket/ JUDY HARRIS: You Touched Me/ JAY & THE AMERICANS: Livin' Above Your Head/ KEITH: Daylight Saving Time/ BOBBI LYNN: Jump Back In The Arms Of Love/ THE NEWBEATS: Run Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)/ THE RUMBLERS: Soulful Jerk/ MARY SAENZ: Would She Do That For You/ THE SPYDERS: I Can Take Care Of Myself/ TWO OF CLUBS: Walk Tall/ JOHNNIE VANNELLI: Seven Days Of Loving You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kitty 501 Over The Mountain, Across The Sea ● CD $17.98
25 tracks, 68 min., good
The subtitle says much: "The influence of Doowop and Teen Music in countries outside of the USA," which seems to imply that there are other countries inside the USA. Texas, perhaps. And if ever some informative booklet notes were called for, this is the time. And so there are no notes at all. No recording dates. No country of origin. Squat. At any rate, tracks such as Gerard Joling's Doo-Wop Days reek of the kind of nostalgia that destroys the thing it loves rather than honoring it. And are listeners to assume that the Tony Visconti of I Remember Brooklyn is the producer of David Bowie fame? Either way, the song is only marginal, as is much of this material. The a cappella performance of The Five Voices is nice without being compelling, and that's the pattern. Other artists include Beano, The Rubetts, The Telegrams, The Boppers, Wess And The Airedales, Telephone Bill And The Smooth Operators, Ola And The Janglers, The Fi-Tunes, The Minarets, Tats Yamashita, and more. Some pleasant performances here, many no doubt very rare, but little that gets the blood stirring or the heart throbbing or, even, the foot tapping. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Night Train 7013 Swing Time Jive ● CD $13.98
Back in stock. A fine collection devoted to the more light hearted side of blues, R&B and jazz with a selection of lively and hip numbers from the vaults of Swingtime featuring The Red Saunders Band, Joe Pullum, Pete Peterson, Joe Swift with Johnny Otis Band, Floyd Dixon, Earl Jackson, Charles Brown, Ray Charles and others. With titles like Legs Gettin' Bigger And Bigger/ Gal With A Whole Lotta Loot/ Alligator Meat/ Take Out The Squeal and Bippety Be Bop Pony you know you're in for a good time.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Numero 039 Eccentric Soul - The Nickel & Penny Labels ● CD $19.98
24 tracks, 69 mins, highly recommended
It's been a while since the gang at Numero has unleashed one of their obscure American R&B compilations on an unsuspecting world, but here it is and this time the spotlight is on Chicago labels Nickel and Penny. The mastermind behind the labels-and most of these sides-was Chicago DJ Richard Pegue, who acted as writer, arranger and producer. The obscurity of these 60's and 70's recordings is partly due to the fact that they went out of print weeks after being released. These tracks are basically slices of sweet soul that sound pleasant to the ear and are as well crafted as anything else from that time frame. The top artists appear to have been Jerry Townes, the Norvells, and Little Ben & the Cheers, who all impress on their respective songs (Townes' Just Say the Word and Never More; Why Do You Want to Make Me Sad by the Norvells; and Little Ben's Mighty, Mighty Lover and I'm Gonna Get Even With You). Other artists of note include Voices, Halleluiah Chorus, and South Shore Commission. As with all of Numero's compilations, this one is packaged beautifully and contains a booklet that gives the lowdown on Pegue's story. If you're a fan of rare Chicago soul then this is the CD for you. (GMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Numero 35 Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio ● CD $42.98
Another amazing production from this adventurous label. A three CD set featuring 57 tracks recorded for the long lived Boddie Recording Company of Cleveland that was the longest lived operation of its kind in Cleveland. The 57 tracks on these three CDs represent the best of the Boddies' in-house Soul Kitchen, Luau, and Bounty labels, which released an unspoiled treasure trove of kitchen-sink eccentric soul, fuzzbox funk, shoestring doo-wop, and haunted, eerily hook-laden spirituals. Enclosed inside is a mountain of office-styled ephemera: two massive booklets brimming with detail on the Boddies and their artists; extensive notes and scores of unpublished photos; a complete detailed discography folio; reproduced fliers; and a Boddie greeting card--all rendered with the handcrafted charm that was the Boddie hallmark. Call it a self-contained record industry crammed into one box. Counts as four CDs for shipping purposes.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Okeh 8001 OKeh Doo-Wop Groups, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
30 tracks, highly recommended
A terrific collection of black doo-wop recorded for Columbia's R&B subsidiary OKeh between 1951 and 1960. It opens with the label's biggest doo-wop hit - the great Peanuts from 1957 by Little Joe & The Thrillers featuring the intense falsetto vocals of Joe Cook, superb harmonies and some electrifying guitar work (Mickey Baker?). There are three other cuts by this group including a superb cover of The Zodiacs Stay and the incredibly soulful This I Know. The Sandmen were a fine group singing in an older style and featuring the lead vocals of Benny Peay who would later become better known as Brook Benton. The group is featured on one side by themselves as well as accompanying the great Chuck Willis on two cuts. Another future star Marvin Gaye is featured on The Marquees only record - the rocking Somebody To Love/ Wyatt Earp from 1957. The long lived Ravens are featured on two fine sides and there are lots more goodies from The Tune Timers, Al Russell & The Do Re Mi Trio, The Schoolboys, Sammy Cotton & Group (the hot blues Give Me One More Drink), The Mello Tones (actually a fine gospel group), The Eventuals (emulating The Coasters on Charlie Chan) and more. There are no notes but sound quality is generally superb. (FS)
ARNETT COBB & GROUP: Someone to Watch Over Me/ SAMMY COTTON & GROUP: Give Me One More Drink/ Lead On Baby/ THE DOLLS: In Love/ THE EVENTUALS: Charlie Chan/ THE FIVE SCAMPS: With All My Heart/ THE GAYNELLS: Uh Huh/ LITTLE JOE & THE THRILLERS: Lilly Lou/ Peanuts/ This I Know/ LITTLE JOE & THRILLERS: Stay/ THE MARQUEES: Hey Little School Girl/ Wyatt Earp/ THE MELLO TONES: Cool by the River Bank/ CHRIS POWELL & THE BLUE FLAMES: Blue Boy/ I Come From Jamaica/ THE RAVENS: I Get All My Lovin' On Saturday Night/ Mam'sell/ AL RUSSELL & THE DO RE ME TRIO: May That Day Never Come/ THE SANDMEN: Somebody To Love/ THE SCHOOLBOYS: Ding A Ling Coo Coo Mop/ Pearl/ THE SMOOTHTONES: Little Cupid/ THE SUGAR TONES: Sun Shines Once Again/ THE SUGARTONES: Today Is Your Birthday/ TINY & TIM: Love at First Sight/ THE TUNE TIMERS: What Have I Got To Dream About/ CHUCK WILLIS & GROUP: Lawdy Miss Mary/ CHUCK WILLIS & THE SANDMEN: Charged With Cheating/ I Can Tell

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Okeh 8002 OKeh Doo-Wop Groups, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
30 tracks, recommended
Though not as strong as the first volume this is another fine set of doo-wop from the OKeh label including three more excellent sides from LIttle Joe & The Thrillers and three from fine teen group The Schoolboys. There's only one track from female group The Dolls but it's superb and there are also fine sides from The Litterbugs, The Troys, Howie & The Sapphires, Chris Powell & The Blue Flames, The Ravens, The Smoothtones and others. On the other hand the tracks by The Tune Timers, Brook Benton & The Sandmen and La vern Ray & The Ray Tomes are more pop than R&B flavored and the cuts by Big John's Buzzards are R&B but not very good. Not as impressive as the first volume this is till worthwhile. (FS)
BROOK BENTON & SANDMEN: Don/ BIG JOHN'S BUZZARDS: Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash/ THE BUDDIES: The Castle Of Love/ ARNETT COBB & GROUP: Linger Awhile/ SAMMY COTTON & GROUP: I Live the Life I Love/ You're the Kind of Woman/ THE DOLLS: Please Come Home/ THE HI LITES: Zanzee/ HOWIE & THE SAPPHIRES: More Than the Day Before/ Rocking Horse/ THE LITTERBUGS: Valarie/ LITTLE JOE & THE THRILLERS: Goodnight Little Girl/ Run Little Girl/ The Echoes Keep Calling Me/ CHRIS POWELL & BLUE FLAMES: The Masquerade Is Over/ CHRIS POWELL & THE BLUE FLAMES: Ida Red/ THE RAVENS: That Old Gang of Mine/ LA VERN RAY & THE RAY TONES: I'm In Love Again/ I've Got That Feeling/ AL RUSSELL & THE DO RE MI TRIO: How Can You Say You Love Me/ THE SCHOOLBOYS: I Am Old Enough/ Please Say You Want Me/ Shirley/ THE SHEPPARDS: Walkin'/ THE SMOOTHTONES: Don't Keep Our Love Hidden In the Dark/ THE SUGARTONES: The Sun Shines Once Again/ TINY & TIM: Bop A Diddy Do/ THE TROYS: The Cling/ THE TUNE TIMERS: Thinking

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS OKeh 8003 OKeh Doo-Wop Groups, Volume 3 ● CD $17.98
30 tracks, highly recommended
After a slightly disappointing Volume 2 the third volume of vocal group sounds from the OKeh label is almost up to the standard of Volume 1 with 30 tracks recorded between 1951 and 1963 ranging from the pre-doowop stylings of The Ravens to the gorgeous proto soul stylings of The Sheppards. There are two great early sides from 1957 by BIlly Stewart who was discovered by Bo Diddley and his cuts feature vocal backup by The Marquees and guitar by Bo. Other artists include The Hi Lites (the lovely ballad I Found A Love), Little Joe & The Thrillers (the hard driving I'll Never Let You Go), Chris Powell & The Blue Flames, The Sandmen (featuring a young Brook Benton), The Shufflers, Royals, Chuck Willis (the superb I've Been Treated Wrong Too LOng with vocal group backup from the Royals), Duke Stevens And Group, Billy La Mont, etc. Another splendid collection with excellent sound. (FS)
THE BUDDIES: Give Me Your Love/ THE FLINTS: People Say/ THE GAYNELLS: Chubby/ THE HI LITES: I Found A Love/ BILLY LAMONT: Now Darling/ THE LITTERBUGS: Charlypso/ LITTLE JOE & THE THRILLERS: Give Me All Of Your Love/ I'll Never Let You Go/ CHRIS POWELL & THE BLUE FLAMES: Darn That Dream/ October Twilight/ THE RAVENS: Calypso Blues/ Everything But You/ The Whiffenpoof Song/ THE ROYALS: Dreams of You/ Gas Happy Mama/ If You Love Me/ THE SANDMEN: When I Grow Too Old To Dream/ THE SCHOOLBOYS: Carol/ Mary/ THE SHEPPARDS: Pretend You're Still Mine/ THE SHUFFLERS: Loving On My Mind/ There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With That/ DUKE STEVENS & GROUP: Yeah Yeah/ DUKE STEVENS AND GROUP: Won't You Say Yes/ BILLY STEWART & THE MARQUEES: Baby You're My Only Love/ Billy's Heartache/ THE SUGAR TONES: Wishing/ Your Fool Again/ THE TROYS: Ding A Ling/ CHUCK WILLIS & THE ROYALS: I've Been Treated Wrong Too Long

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Outta Sight 19 The Northern Soul Of Jewel-Paula-Ronn ● CD $23.98
A collection of 22 upbeat R&B, Northern and Modern soul tracks recorded for Louisiana entrepreneur Stan Lewis's Jewel, Ronn and Paula labels. Tracks were recorded between 1965 and 1976 and includes sides by Billy Joe Young, The Objectives, Cliff Wagner, Peppermint Harris, Little Charles, The Montclairs, Tommie Young, Jay Jay Taylor and others. Includes 12 page booklet with detailed notes.
BILL BUSH: I'm Waiting/ THE CARTER BROTHERS: (She's So Fine) So Glad She's Mine/ THE EL DORADOS: Since You Came Into My Life/ OLA V. HARPER: I Wanna Weep/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: Wait Until It Happens To You/ SHAY HOLIDAY: Fight Fire With Fire/ MIKI HONEYCUTT: Sugar Coated Words/ BILLY KEENE: Wishing And Hoping/ LITTLE CHARLES: Guess I'll Have To Take What's Left/ TOUSSAINT MCCALL: I'm Undecided/ THE MONTCLAIRS: Hung Up On Your Love/ THE OBJECTIVES: Love Went Away/ BOBBY PATTERSON: Everything Good To You (Don't Have To Be Good For You)/ PEGGY PAXTON: It Ain't What You Do/ ISAAC TAYLOR: I'm Tired Of These Changes/ JAY JAY TAYLOR: I'm Not Tired Yet/ THE UNIQUES FEATURING JOE STAMPLEY: Not Too Long Ago/ CLIFF WAGNER: Exception To The Rule/ BARBARA WEST: Congratulations Baby/ I'm A Fool For You Baby/ BILLY JOE YOUNG: Got You On My Mind Again/ TOMMIE YOUNG: Hit And Run Lover

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Outta Sight 023 The Northern Soul Of Vee-Jay ● CD $23.98
27 tracks of Chicago soul drawn from the vaults of one of the city's premiere label - Vee-Jay. Recorded between 1962 and 1966 this is a mix of classics and obscurities from the likes of Fred Hughes, The Ballads, TThe Rubies, Jerry Butler, The King-Pins, Moss Tolbert, Melinda Marx, Billy Preston, Gene Chandler and others. Attractively pacakged in a slip case with detailed booklet.
THE BALLADS: I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes)/ JERRY BUTLER: I'm the One/ Just A Little Bit/ YVONNE CARROLL: Please Don't Go/ GENE CHANDLER: Check Yourself/ THE DELLS: Hey Sugar (Don't Get Serious)/ THE DONTELLS: In Your Heart (You Know I'm Right)/ BETTY EVERETT: Getting Mighty Crowded/ Too Hot To Hold/ Trouble Over The Weekend/ WADE FLEMONS: I Came Running (Back From The Party)/ I Can't Get Away From Your Love/ That Other Place/ FRED HUGHES: Don't Let Me Down/ I Keep Tryin'/ Oo Wee Baby, I Love You/ You Can't Take It Away/ THE KING-PINS: A Lucky Guy/ MELINDA MARX: What/ THE PIPS: A Love Like Mine/ BILLY PRESTON: Billy's Bag/ THE RIVINGTONS: I Love You Always/ Years Of Tears/ THE RUBIES: A Spanish Boy/ Deeper/ BARRETT STRONG: Gonna Take A Journey/ MOSS TOLBERT: Money In My Pocket

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Outta Sight 027 The Northern Soul Of Miami ● CD $23.98
A collection of 24 upbeat rare soul sides from the vaults of legendary Florida producer Henry Stone. Tracks are drawn from his many labels like Cat, Alston, Dade and others. Artists include Little Beaver, J.P. Robinson, Jimmie Bo Horne, The Twans, William Howard, Jackey Beavers, Lew Kirton, Wizdom, etc.
JACKEY BEAVERS: Trying To Get Back To You Girl (Pt.1)/ ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS: Ain't Nothing For A Man In Love/ SNOOPY DEAN: Shake 'N' Bump/ JIMMIE BO HORNE: I Can't Speak/ If You Want My Love/ WILLIAM HOWARD: Come To Me/ CHARLES JOHNSON: Never Had A Love So Good/ LEW KIRTON: Heaven In The Afternoon/ BENNY LATIMORE: I'm A Believer/ LITTLE BEAVER: Listen To My Heartbeat/ PURPLE MUNDI: Stop Hurting Me Baby/ PAULETTE REEVES: Jazz Freak/ CLARENCE REID: Fools Are Not Born (They Are Made)/ Push A Little Harder/ J P ROBINSON: Our Day Is Here/ AUDREY ROYAL AND THE REID SINGERS: Come On Playboy/ THE TWANS: I Can't See Him Again/ UNIVERSAL LOVE: It's You Girl/ JERRY WASHINGTON: Don't Waste My Time/ WILD HONEY: At The Top Of The Stairs/ WILDFLOWER: Sugar Baby/ WIZDOM: I'm So In Love With You/ BETTY WRIGHT: If You Love Me Like You Say You Love Me/ Love Don't Grow On A Love Tree

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rhythm And Blues 010 Rumba Blues - How Latin Music Changed Rhythm & Blues ● CD $15.98
26 tracks, 73 min., very highly recommended
That music lovers had control over this project becomes clear when listeners notice that the tracks are not in chronological order. Instead they are organized by location, that is East Coast, New Orleans, West Coast, and such. Makes some sense since musical influence was a function of place more than a function of time, at least in the short run. The influence of the Rumba (or Rhumba, as the Americans would have it) is clear throughout this collection, and yet a casual listener might not notice it. All of which is just to say that the songs and performances sparkle on their own power and considering them in the context of the rumba makes for an even more enlightening experience. Ask someone what I Can't Be Satisfied by Muddy Waters has in common with Early In The Morning by Louis Jordan And His Timpani Five and with My Baby's Gone by The Ray-O-Vacs and few will come up with Rumba for an answer. Other tracks include Heartbreaker by Ray Charles, Hound Dog by Big Mama Thornton, Woke Up This Morning by B.B. King, Tell Me Pretty Baby by Lloyd Price, That's Your Last Boogie by Joe Swift With Johnny Otis Orchestra, and more. Every song has accompanying booklet notes, photos, label and session info, dates, and more. High marks all around. (JC)
DAVE BARTHOLOMEW: Country Boy/ RAY CHARLES: Heartbreaker/ SUGAR BOY CRAWFORD: Jock-O-Mo/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Daybreak/ FATS DOMINO: Mardi Gras In New Orleans/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Mexican Reminiscences/ LOWELL FULSON: Back Home Blues/ CLARENCE GARLOW: Bon Ton Roula/ LLOYD GLENN: Cuba Doll/ EDGAR HAYES: Fat Meat 'n' Greens/ LOUIS JORDAN AND HIS TIMPANI FIVE: Early In The Morning/ B.B. KING: Woke Up This Morning/ KID KING’S COMBO: Banana Split/ JOHNNY OTIS ORCHESTRA: Mambo Boogie/ CHRIS POWELL’S FIVE BLUE FLAMES: I Come From Jamaica/ LLOYD PRICE: Tell Me Pretty Baby/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: Hey Now Baby/ THE RAY-O-VACS: My Baby’s Gone/ JIMMY REED: Roll And Rumba/ JOE SWIFT WITH JOHNNY OTIS ORCHESTRA: That’s Your Last Boogie/ SONNY THOMPSON: Jumping With The Rhumba/ BIG MAMA THORNTON: Hound Dog/ SKEETS TOLBERT: Rhumba Blues/ T-BONE WALKER WITH LES HITE ORCHESTRA: T-Bone Blues/ MUDDY WATERS: I Can’t Be Satisfied/ BILLY WRIGHT: Hey Little Girl

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sparkletone 91002 Laurie Vocal Groups - Lost Masters & Hidden Treasures 2 ● CD $17.98
Volume 1 in this series (Sparkletone 99003) came out in 1995! Now here are four more volumes featuring rare recordings from the Laurie label and its subsidiaries Rust, Versatile and Providence - many making their first appearance on CD. The 27 tracks here features recordings ranging from the late 50 to late 60s and mostly features East Coast white vocal groups and with many of them from the 60s there is a noted pop flavor to manyof the recordings. Artists on this volume includes The Dean, Spiedels, Cashmeres, Alteers, Dean Barlow, Cla Raye & The Class-airs, Bobby & Terri, The Cardboard Zepellin, Bobby Loye Jr., etc. Sound quality is excellent and booklet has brief notes on some of he artists.
THE ALTEERS: Keep Laughing/ DEAN BARLOW: Don't Let Them Take My Baby/ CARL BELL & THE NOVARS: Open House In Your Heart/ BOBBY & TERRI: You Killed A Thrill In My Heart/ CARDBOARD ZEPPELIN: City Lights/ THE CASHMERES: A Very Special Birthday/ THE COUSINS: Everlovin'(Baby Mine)/ THE DAYLIGHTS: A Tear Fell From My Eyes/ THE DEANS: Little White Gardenia/ THE DEL-RONS: Leave Us Alone/ THE IMPERIAL GENTS: Little Darlin'/ BILLY JAMES & THE STENOTONES: Phyllis/ THE JAY WALKERS: Love At First Sight/ ANN KING: Tears On My Pillow/ RUSTY LANE: Darling Goodbye/ LEE & THE LEOPARDS: Come Into My Palace/ BOBBY LOYE JR.: Another Mr. Blue/ THE OPALS: No No Never Again/ CARL RAYE & THE CLASS-AIRES: Lovely Lies/ ED READ: Charm Bracelet/ RENDEZVOUS: Take A Break/ AL ROMEO: Moonlight Becomes You/ GEORGE SMITH: Pretty Little Girl/ THE SPIEDELS: That;s What I Get/ JOE TEDORA: Why Does My Baby Cry/ LARRY WEISS: MaryAnna/ THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD: The Secret

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sparkletone 91003 Laurie Vocal Groups - Lost Masters & Hidden Treasures 3 ● CD $17.98
27 more sides, 1958-1968, from The Four Epics, The Leverett Sisters, Kestrels, Alteers, Frank Fleming, The Flametts, Dee And Zee, Joe Ravel, Billy Vera & The Contrasts, Cal Raye And The Class-Airs (actually The Belmonts) and others.
THE ALTEERS: Words Can't Explain/ MARIE ANTOINETTE: He's My Dream Boy/ BILL BAKER: Just To Be Near You/ CARL BELL & THE NOVARS: Birth Of The Beat/ DALE BROOKS: Army Green/ THE CHARMERS: I Cried/ THE COUSINS: Walking Down That Lonely Road/ DEE & ZEE: The Slurp/ GLORIA DENNIS: Richie/ THE FLAMETTES: You You You/ FRANK FLEMING: All By Myself/ THE FOUR EPICS: How I Wish I Were Single Again/ BILLY JAMES & THE STENOTONES: My Prayer/ THE JAY WALKERS: Oh Babe/ THE KESTRELS: There Comes A Time/ LEE & THE LEOPARDS: Trying To Make It/ THE LEVERETT SISTERS: Stop, Think It Over/ BOBBY LOYE JR.: I'm Startin' Tonight/ THE MARVELS: So Young So Sweet/ JOE RAVEL: The House Of Cool/ CARL RAYE & THE CLASS-AIRES(THE BELMONTS): We Belong Together/ RENDEZVOUS: It Breaks My Heart/ GEORGE SMITH: Born Again/ THE SUNSHINES: Love Truth & Fantasy/ THE UNISONS: Til There Was You/ BILLY VERA & THE CONTRASTS: All My Love/ THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD: My Little Donna

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sparkletone 91004 Laurie Vocal Groups - Lost Masters & Hidden Treasures 4 ● CD $17.98
27 more from The Modern Ink Spots, Spiedels, Kestrels, Del-Rios, Frank Fleming, Karl Hammell, Jr., The Cashmeres, Jimmy Curtiss & The Regents, The Unisons, etc.
BILL BAKER & THE DEL SATINS: I Wanna Know/ RONNIE BAKER & THE DELTONES: I Wanna Be Loved/ THE CASHMERES: Papa Said/ THE CHARMERS: My Kind Of Love/ FRANKLYN CIRCLE: Midnight Magic Man/ JIMMY CURTISS: Gone But Not Forgotten/ The Girl From Land Of 1000 Dances/ RUSS DAMON: Heaven Sent/ BARRY DARVELL: These Wedding Bells/ THE DAYLIGHTS: Billy Is The Boy/ FRANK FLEMING: School Bells/ KARL HAMMEL JR.: Cloudy Crystal Ball/ ROY JONES & THE SHELLS: Made For Lovers/ THE KESTRELS: In The Chapel In The Moonlight/ THE MODERN INK SPOTS: Spotlight Dance/ THE MONTCLAIRS: A Broken Promise/ THE MOTIONS: Make Me Your Love/ RICKY NORTH: The Angels Bring Me Dreams/ BOBBY SHAFTO: She's My Girl/ THE SPIEDELS: Dream Girl/ THE SUNSHINES: Baby Baby Baby/ LYNN TERRY: When You Walk In The Room/ DEL-RIOS THE: Valerie/ AL TIENNO: Getting Nowhere With My Baby/ THE UNISONS: I'll Always Be Waiting/ THE VELVETEENS: I Thank You/ THE WHISPERS: Here Comes Summer

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sparkletone 91005 Laurie Vocal Groups - Lost Masters & Hidden Treasures 5 ● CD $17.98
The final volume (for now) features another 27 tracks from 1959 through 1971 - Evolution, The Charmers, Essents, Svenne & Lotta, Steve Reynolds, The Junior Five, Carl Spencer, Frank Cherval, Nicky Como, etc.
GENE ANDREWS: Linda Linda/ LEIGH BELL & THE CHIMES: Eternally/ THE CHARMERS: Johnny/ FRANK CHERVAL: Carnival Girl/ NICKY COMO: Look For A Star/ HARRY DEAL & THE GALAXIES: I Feel Good All Over/ TERRI DEAN: Adonis/ THE ESSENTS: Barbara/ EVOLUTION: Sing Me A Song/ SHANE FENTON & THE FENTONES: I'll Know/ THE IN-BETWEEN SET: Walkin' In The Rain/ THE JO-VALS: Sometimes I'm Happy/ THE JUNIOR FIVE: On My Birthday/ JOHNNY KAPP: Why Did It Have To Change/ LARRY & THE STANDARDS: My Lucky Night/ JAMIE LYONS GROUP: Stoney/ THE MUSIC EXPLOSION: What's Your Name/ PENNY & THE SECRETS: I Didn't Want To Know/ POOH & THE HEFFALUMPHS: Lady Godiva/ RONNIE PREMIERE: So Loved Am I/ STEVE REYNOLDS: High School Yearbook/ THE RIELS: Paul/ THE SHAPES OF THINGS: Last Night Wasn't There/ L. SHORT: Still/ CARL SPENCER: Cover Girl/ SVENNE & LOTTA: Sandy/ AL TIENNO: Benny Sent Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sub Rosa 325 Dr. Boogie Presents Bear Traces - Nuggets From Bob's Basement ● CD $17.98
32 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
The Bob referred to in the title is legendary Canned Heat front man and notorious record collector Bob Hite, whose epic record collection has fed a number of excellent compilations over the last few years. These collections are a fine brew of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Jump Blues, etc. taken from rare 78s. All are excellent and well worth picking up, this one is probably my favorite so far. Lenny Dee Plantation Boogie, Red Prysock Chop Suey, Preston Love Ali Baba's Boogies, Nappy Brown Love Baby, H Bomb Ferguson Bookie's Blues, and many more excellent tracks are here, sounding fantastic. Among the things on this collection that you definitely won't hear on any other are the exceedingly rare dirty blues of Taps Miller and his Manneke Pis Boogie, and the fascination last track, which is Hite himself, talking about record collecting. Considering the source material, you might expect some diminished sound quality at times, but what there is on this is barely noticeable and this sounds great throughout. (JM)
PROFESSOR ALEX BRADFORD: What Did John Do?/ NAPPY BROWN: Love Baby/ WAYMON BROWN: Barefoot Susie/ BIRD COLLINS: We Like Mambo/ CHRIS COLUMBO & HIS SWINGIN GENTLEMEN: Oh Yeah Part One/ JULIAN DASH SEPTET: Dashin' In/ LENNY DEE: Plantation Boogie/ THE DIAMONDS: Ka Ding Dong/ H. BOMB FERGUSON: Bookie's Blues/ JIMMY FORREST: Hey Mrs. Jones/ PAUL GAYTEN: Drivin' Home Part One/ MIKE GORDON & THE EL TEMPOS: Why Don't You Do Right/ RUFUS GORE: Big Ends/ JOHNNIE "THE GASH" GRAY: Tequila/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Greyhound/ BOB HITE: Bob Talks About 78's/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Move On Out Boogie/ MUVVA "GUITAR" HUBBARD: Congo Mombo/ GEORGE JACKSON: Hold Me/ KID KING'S COMBO: Mambino/ JOE LIGGINS & THE HONEYDRIPPERS: Dripper's Boogie/ PRESTON LOVE: Ali Baba's Boogies/ WILLARD MCDANIEL: Baby Be Good/ TAPS MILLER: Manneke-Pis Boogie/ THE CHUCK MILLER TRIO: Hopahula Boogie/ DANNY OVERBEA & HIS COMBO: Train Train Train/ RED PRYSOCK: Chop Suey/ THE RAVENS: Rooster/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Don't Take It Out On Me/ HUEY "PIANO" SMITH: We Like Mambo/ PAUL WILLIAMS & THE HUCKLEBUCKERS SINNERS: Hop Part One/ RALPH WILSON QUINTET: Roy's Boogie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sunrise 001 Looking Back - The Jamaican Chart Hits Of 1958 & 1959 ● CD $25.98
2 CDs, 59 tracks, 156 min, highly recommended
One thing that can certainly be said about the Jamaican people of the 1950s is that they had fantastic taste in music and had no problem making what was an obscure lower charting in the U.S., a big chart hit in their own country. Certain artists like Lloyd Price, The Platters, and especially Fats Domino, were really latched onto by the Jamaican music fans, but the depth of the music here goes far deeper than that. There's lots of great R&B, R&R, Jazz, with some doses of Calypso thrown in as well. Rosco Gordon, The Drifters, Lee Andrews, Wilbert Harrison, Earl Grant, The Three Playmates, Mighty Sparrow, Professor Longhair, Louis Jordan, plus lots more. Very cool collection. (JM)
LAUREL AITKEN: Come Back Jeannie/ Nightfall In Zion (Aka Roll River Jordan)/ Sweet Chariot/ Boogie Rock/ LEE ANDREWS & THE HEARTS: It's Me (Aka Whap Whap)/ HARRY BELAFONTE: Island In The Sun/ THE BOBBETTES: Mr Lee/ FITZ-VAUGHN BRYAN'S ORCHESTRA WITH VOCALS BY KENTRIC: Evening News/ JIMMY CLANTON: Just A Dream/ THE COASTERS: Charlie Brown/ NAT "KING" COLE: Looking Back/ SAM COOKE: You Send Me/ THE CYRIL X. DIAZ & HIS ORCHESTRA: Tabu/ BILL DOGGETT: Honky Tonk, Part 1/ FATS DOMINO: Be My Guest/ Sick And Tired/ THE DRIFTERS: There Goes My Baby/ WADE FLEMONS: Here I Stand/ FRANKIE FORD: Sea Cruise/ ERNIE FREEMAN: Dumplin's/ Live It Up (Aka Beardman Shuffle)/ GENE & EUNICE: The Vow/ THE GONE ALL STARS: 7-11 (Aka Mambo No. 5)/ ROSCO GORDON: No More Doggin'/ EARL GRANT: Evening Rain/ The End/ WILBERT HARRISON: Kansas City/ THE HAWKS: I-Yi/ BILLY HOPE & THE BAD MEN: Riding West/ THE IMPERIALS: Tears On My Pillow/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Fever/ JOHNNY & THE HURRICANES: Red River Rock/ LOUIS JORDAN & HIS TYMPANY FIVE: G. I. Jive/ Show Me How (You Milk The Cow)/ LORD TANAMO: Sweet Dreaming/ MILSON LUCE: Don't Break Your Promise/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: The Walk/ OSCAR MCLOLLIE: Hey Girl, Hey Boy/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Rock And Cry/ THE MIGHTY SPARROW: Dear Sparrow/ COUNT OWEN: Island In The Sun/ Hool-A-Hoop Calypso/ HAL PAIGE & THE WHALERS: Going Back To My Hometown/ THE PLATTERS: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/ Twilight Time/ PEREZ PRADO & HIS ORCHESTRA: Guaglione/ LLOYD PRICE: Personality/ Stagger Lee/ LOUIS PRIMA: Buona Sera/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: No Buts, No Maybes/ THE RAYS: Silhouettes/ LITTLE JIMMY SCOTT: I May Never (See My Baby Anymore)/ HUEY "PIANO" SMITH: Little Chickee Wha Wha/ HUEY (PIANO) SMITH & THE CLOWNS: High Blood Pressure/ TERRY & JERRY: People Are Doing It Everyday/ THE THREE PLAYMATES: Sugah Wooga/ LARRY WILLIAMS: High School Dance/ CHUCK WILLIS: C.C. Rider/ JACKIE WILSON: That's Why (I Love You So)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Winley 3063 Winley Records Presents Doo Wop ● CD $13.98
28 tracks, 69 min., highly recommended
Between 1957-63, Paul Winley released roughly 50 singles on his small, independent Winley Records label and managed to keep the quality at a consistently high level overall. As expected, The Paragons (8 cuts) and The Jesters (6 cuts) are heavily represented here, but, as good as they are, some of the lesser known groups shine more brightly. The Quinns Oh Starlight is as impressive as their Hong Kong is culturally awkward. Charlie White's Dearest To Me and Nobody's Fault But Mine are both keepers, as are both tracks (You and Must Be Fallin' In Love) by Little Anthony & The Duponts. Sound quality is generally quite good, although no notes are provided. (Note: This release is essentially a reissue of the long out-of-print CD on Relic Records Golden Era Of Doo Wops: Winley Records, Relic 7070.) (JC)

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