VARIOUS ARTISTS Vestapol 13129 Legendary Country Blues Guitarists ● DVD $24.98
33 tracks, 115 mins, essential Wow! Almost two hours of previously unissued performances by some great country blues artists. It opens with an amazing clip from 1958 of Charlie Burse and Will Shade performing on Beale Street nd ends with a 1968 performance by Son House accompanied by Buddy Guy. Along the way we see performances by Big Bill Broonzy, Son House, Skip James, Bukka White (accompanied by Skip James on one cut!), Blind Gary Davis (a 10 minute documentary with three songs), Sam Chatmon and Mance Lipscomb. There are also some fine performances by blues artists who don't believe have appeared o any other videos - Ralph Willis with Washboard Pete Sanders (on stage and on the street), Henry Johnson (only one track but it's a total killer) and Willie Trice. And then there are two superb gospel songs (one incomplete) by an unknown singer and guitarist who I think is probably Blind Connie Williams. A delight from start to finish and absolutely indispensible. (FS)



HOBO JACK ADKINS & HIS KENTUCKY PALS B.A.C.M. 432 Early Bluegrass ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
A splendid collection of traditional style bluegrass from talented vocalist and songwriter Hobo Jack Adkins from Kentucky recorded between 1953 and '63 - most of the tracks appearing on CD for the first time. Jack started recording in 1953 for a number of small labels and turned in some fine sides with an excellent often including former Lonesome Pine Fiddlers banjo player Ray Goines. The first 11 tracks are from those recordings and are fine performances though a few some from sound problems - one of the tracks has too much noise reduction and a couple of others have severe distortion. In 1957 he signed for Starday and recorded for them up to 1959 and there are 10 tracks from those sessions featuring Jack with an unknown, but excellent, group of musicians with fine fiddle, mandolin & banjo. The remaining sides feature a single he recorded for his own Big A label including the excellent and topical Union Man and a brief return to Starday for a 1963 single. Apart from the few tracks with sound problems this is an excellent collection featuring fine vocals and songs (all written by Jack himself) and excellent accompaniments. (FS)
HOBO JACK ADKINS: Another Night/ Baby Tell Me Why/ Big Sandy River/ Country Boy Went To Town/ Four Little Words/ Going Back To Old Kentucky/ I Can't Be Satisfied/ I Feel So Lonesome/ I Promise You/ Just Wishing/ Kentucky Hobo/ Kentucky School Bus/ Lonesome Old Road/ Midnight Waltz/ Mountain Music/ My Girl Of Kentucky/ Now That You're Gone/ Old Man's Story/ Our Lady Of Angels/ She's My Sugar/ Talk It Over With Your Heart/ Three Words/ Union Man/ Will They Have A Resting Place/ You Have Left Me Memories

JERRY BUTLER Charly 668 The Singles ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 56 tracks, essential
Seminal R&B singer Jerry Butler's Vee-Jay solo singles-recorded between 1959 and 1966-have been collected, both As & Bs, for the first time on one 2CD package. Included are his 26 American chart hits-featuring the classics He Will Break Your Heart/ Make it Easy On Yourself/ Moon River, and For Your Precious Love - as well as his sparkling duets with Betty Everett, Let it Be Me and it's B-side Ain't That Loving You Baby, and Since I Don't Have You and it's Curtis Mayfield penned flip Just Be True. As a companion piece to Jasmine's "No End Or Time - The Early Years" (Jasmine 594 - $15.98), this set does a nice job of showcasing Butler's pre-Mercury years. And you can't go wrong with cuts as good as Strawberries/ Where's the Girl/ A Woman With Soul, and I've Been Trying, all of which shimmer with Butler's velvet vocals and sublime arrangements. No doubt about it, this set is a must for all R&B and Jerry Butler fans. (GMC)

THE PELL BROTHERS B.A.C.M. 435 Brooklyn Hillbillies ● CD $14.98
28 tracks, recommended
A nice surprise - the Pell Brothers were an Italian American duo from Brooklyn who performed country music in the style of the Louvin Brothers. They have nice harmonies and accompany themselves on acoustic and electric guitars. The recordings here are mostly from unissued acetates from the mid 50s so composers are not known but I suspect that they are originals. Some of the songs have a rock 'n roll feel showing the influence of The Everly Brothers. The performances are enjoyable though there is not a whole lot of variety in them. (FS)
 THE PELL BROTHERS: Blue Guitar/ Crazy Arms/ Dearest Love/ Dinosaur Rock/ Foolish Mistakes/ Girls Of Texas/ Happiness Called/ Happy Valley/ I Told Them All About You/ I'm Just Girl Crazy/ If I Could Only Wrap Your Kisses In Cellophane/ In The Jailhouse Now/ Journey Of Love/ Let's Rock Tonight/ My Beloved/ My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You/ Please Show Me The Way Back Home/ Rio Do Janero/ That's Where I Belong/ The Sparkle In Your Eyes/ The World Is Mine/ We Were Walkin' And A Talkin'/ What's It Like To Be In Love/ Where Has Your Little Heart Gone/ Why, This Feeling Inside/ Will You Care For Me Tomorrow/ You Treat Me Like A Fish In The Ocean/

ALEC SEWARD Fat Possum 160 Late One Saturday Evening ● CD $14.98
15 tracks, 43 mins, recommended
Alec Seward was an excellent East Coast singer and guitar who recorded some very fine sides for the African-American market in the 40s and early 50s (reissued on Arhoolie 460 [$13.98] and Delmark 755 [$14.98]). He was rediscovered during the blues boom of the 1960s and recorded a couple of albums including this one cut at a house party in 1966 and originally issued on the Blue Labor label. On these recordings Seward does fine vocals on a selection of mostly blues standards. His instrumental skills had declined over the years and his playing is a bit erratic. He is joined on several cuts by Sonny & Brownie and one cuts features washboard. An enjoyable, if not particularly compelling, set. (FS)

JUNE TABOR & OYSTERBAND Topic TSCD 585 Ragged Kingdom ● CD $15.98
12 tracks, highly recommended
23 years after their masterpiece "Freedom and Rain" the wonderful voice of June Tabor joins forces with one of Britain's finest folk rock to produce another winner. 23 years on June's voice has gotten deeper and some of the band members have changed but the magic is still there. As before the mixture is of traditional and more contemporary songs and in both they are delivered with passion and authority and the band can rock hard when occasion calls or draw back for a more subtle acoustic sound. Most of the leads are taken by June with a couple by the band's superb lead singer John Jones and on a couple they join foces to great effect - their duet on the traditional Son David is particularly effective. Of the traditional songs my favorite is probably Fountains Flowing (usually called "Our Captain Cried All Hands") which has an absolutely beautiful melody and with June singing it sends shivers down my spine. There are contemporary songs from P.J. Harvey, Joy Division and, most surprisingly, a version of the soul classic Dark End Of The Street given an acoustic arrangement John and June duetting with John providing a beautiful accordion accompaniment which also features lovely fiddle playing from Ian Telfer. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDLUX 13 Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers ● CD $22.98
26 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended
Here's a fantastic collection of rare instrumental gems, a good many of which are making their first appearance on this collection. You get big names like The Ventures with a great demo (the never before released first full band recording of their signature song) Walk Don't Run, plus prime cuts like The Spur, and Run Don't Walk, The Fireballs with the great Ain't That Rain and other tracks, and Johnny And The Hurricanes with The Psychedelic Worm, and Red River Rock '67. You also get such lizard-brained marvels as Goochy Bamba by Richie Allen, Wax Em Down by The Avantis, Ghost Train by The Swanks, and Night Creature by The Gigolos. This is just one great twangy guitar treat after another. CD comes with deep liner notes featuring rare photos, most of which I have never seen before. Run, don't walk to your phone and call us to order this baby right away, you won't be disappointed. This is a limited edition of 1500 copies.(JM)
RICHIE ALLEN: Goochy Bamba/ THE AVANTIS: Wax 'Em Down/ BILLY JOE & THE CHECKMATES: Nashville West (One More Time)/ The Drifter/ THE CHAMPS: South Of The Border/ THE EXPORTS: Car Hop/ THE FIREBALLS: Ain't That Rain/ La Pobracita/ THE GIGOLOS: Night Creature/ THE IMPACTS: Tor-Chula/ JOHNNY & THE HURRICANES: Red River Rock '67/ The Psychedelic Worm/ THE RAMRODS: Loch Lomond Rock/ THE REVELIERS: Flat Tyre/ Patch/ White Water/ THE RONDELS: Showboat/ Zombie/ THE SWANKS: Ghost Train/ THE TITANS: Crying In The Rain/ Skokiaan/ THE VENTURES: Murfreesboro/ Run Don't Walk/ Sabrosa/ The Spur (La Espuela)/ Walk Don't Run (Original demo)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDTOP2 1382 The Flair Records R&B Story ● CD $24.98
Two CD set featuring 50 blues, R&B and doo-wop tracks recorded in the 1950s for the Modern label's Flair subsidiary including tracks not previously on CD and unissued alternate takes - Little Johnny Jones, The Royal Hawk (Roy Hawkins), Elmore James, Big Duke, The Whips, Ricky & Jennell, Saunders King, Billy Gale, Ike Turner, Anna Marie, The Chimes, Richard Berry, The Carroll County Boys (with Pee Wee Crayton), The Flairs and more.
JOHNNY ACE: Midnight Hours Journey/ BLINKY ALLEN: Chop House (Take 1)/ RICHARD BERRY: Daddy Daddy/ Next Time (Take 4)/ Oh! Oh! Get Out Of The Car/ The Big Break/ Together (Take 2)/ BIG DUKE: Baby Beat It (Take 4)/ Beggin' & Pleadin' (Take 1)/ Hello Baby/ THE CARROLL COUNTY BOYS: Dizzy (Take 1)/ THE CHIMES: Love Me, Love Me, Love Me, (Take 2)/ MAT COCKRELL: Baby Please (Take 4)/ THE FLAIRS: Getting' High (Take 1)/ Let's Make With Some Love/ She Loves To Dance/ She Wants To Rock (Take 2)/ JOHNNY FULLER: Hard Times/ BILLY GALE: Night Howler/ CLARANCE "BONTON" GARLOW: Route "90"/ SHIRLEY GUNTER: Found Some Good Lovin'/ Ipsy Opsie Ooh/ Oop Shoop (Take 2)/ Send Him Back (Take 6)/ THE HUNTERS: Down At Hayden's/ ELMORE JAMES: Can't Stop Lovin'/ Dust My Blues/ Early In The Moning/ Goodbye/ Sho' Nuff I Do/ Standing At The Crossroads/ Strange Kinda Feeling/ LITTLE JOHNNY JONES: Dirty By The Dozen (Sweet Little Woman)/ SAUNDERS KING: My Close Friend (Take 1)/ Quit Hangin' Around Me/ ANNA MARIE: An Angel Cried/ MERCY DEE: Have You Ever?/ Oh, Oh, Please/ Stubborn Woman/ PEE WEE PARHAM: I've Got The Feeling/ JAMES REED: My Mama Told Me/ You Better Hold Me (Take 1)/ BOBBY RELF: Farewell/ BOBBY REY: Blue Mambo/ RICKY & JENNELL: This Time It's Real/ WALTER ROBERTSON: Sputterin' Blues/ THE ROYAL HAWK: I Wonder Why (Take 1)/ IKE TURNER: Cuban Get Away/ Loosely/ THE WHIPS: Pleadin' Heart

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1388 Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' by The Bayou - Rompin' & Stompin' ● CD $18.98
Another great collection of Louisiana blues and R&B - much of it previously unissued sides recorded for Jay Miller. Includes Tabby Thomas, Lester Robertson, Lonesome Sundown, Otis Smith, Leroy Washington, James "Sugar Boy" Crawford & His Cane Cutters, Charles Sheffield, Katie Webster & Ashton Conroy (their classic Baby, Baby), Ivory Jackson and more - 28 tracks in all with superb sound and extensive notes.
CLASSIE BALLOU: Lucille/ Oh Mama (Cajun Blues) Aka Hey Ma Ma/ BIG WALTER: San Antonio/ JAMES "SUGAR BOY" CRAWFORD & HIS CANECUTTERS: Round And Round/ CAROL FRAN: Tomorrow/ IVORY JACKSON: I'm A Country Boy/ KING KARL: Walkin' In The Park/ When I Leave Here/ LITTLE VICTOR: You Done Me Wrong/ LONESOME SUNDOWN: California Blues/ What You Wanna Do It For/ CHUCK MARTIN: Dilly Waddy/ JAY NELSON: Silly Filly Oh Baby/ JOE RICHARDS: You'd Better Change/ LESTER ROBERTSON: Schooldays Schooldays/ My Girl Across Town/ CHARLES SHEFFIELD: Boogie Children/ OTIS SMITH: You're So Good Looking/ JOHNNY SONNIER: Sad Lover/ BILLY TATE: Pray On (Pray On My Child)/ TABBY THOMAS: Teenage Queen/ Teenagers/ WONDER BOY TRAVIS: She Went Thataway/ She's Got Eyes Like A Cat/ TV SLIM: Flat Foot Sam/ LEROY WASHINGTON: Learn To Treat Me Better/ You Can't Trust Nobody/ KATIE WEBSTER & ASHTON CONROY: Baby, Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 434 Main Street Jamboree - Canadian Radio ● CD $14.98
28 tracks, strongly recommended
Excellent collection of Canadian country music featuring artists who appeared on the "Main Street Jamboree" radio show heard over radio station CHML in Hamilton, Ontario. Although little known south of the Candian border the artists are mostly excellent including BIll LOng, Slim Gordon, Peggy Joe Stewart, Madeline Bonin, Lucky Ambo and others. The music isusually medium or up-tempo with a western swing flavor and if you like yodeling you'll love Peggy Jo Stewart version of Patsy Montana's I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart. Excellent sound and informative notes from Canadian country expert Lynn Russworm who, himself, appeared on the show with his wife Laura. (FS)
CHEF ADAMS: Marilyn Has Done It Again/ Now That You're Gone/ LUCKY AMBO: Orange Blossom Special (instro)/ MADELINE BONIN: Mama Doll Song/ Watchmaker's Waltz/ You've Got The Love/ MAURICE BOYLER: Bye Bye Blues (instro)/ Happy Banjo Medley (instro)/ Hey Mr Banjo/ JEAN DOWELL: The Best Part Of Travel/ SLIM GORDON: Free And Easy/ Nobody Knows It Better Than You/ The Ungrateful Son/ Your Autograph Ma'm/ JACK KINGSTON: Maple Sugar Sweetheart/ Something In The Past/ THE LINCOLN COUNTY PEACH PICKERS: I'll Never Regret/ Just Once In A While/ BILL LONG: Blue Canadian Rockies/ Don't Roll Your Eyes At Me Baby/ Relax, Relax Relax/ Sixteen Tons/ Your Daddy Is A Railroad Man/ Blow The Whistle/ GLENN MITCHELL: Headin' Down The Wrong Highway/PEGGY JO STEWART: I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart/ Ridin'/ WALL TRAUGOTT: Waggoner Breakdown (instro)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Decca 1001 Decca Soul Diamonds ● CD $16.98
20 track collection of R&B and soul recorded for the Decca label in the 1960s and early - many tracks appearing on CD for the first time. Includes Leon Haywood, Debbie Taylor, Jackie Verdell, Clyde McPhatter, Sam & Bill, Pic & Bill, Tony Ashley and others. Includes booklet with brief notes on the artists.
TONY ASHLEY: I'll Go Crazy/ ANNA CRAIG: The Life Of The Party/ LARRY DAVIS & THE MARVELS: I've Been Loving You Too Long/ ERROL DIXON: True Love Never Runs Smooth/ THE FREE MOVEMENT: I've Found Someone Of My Own/ LEON HAYWOOD: Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday/ ELDRIDGE HOLMES: A Love Problem/ THE JIVE FIVE: If You Let Me Mak Elove To You Then Why Can't I Touch You/ LOUIS JONES: That's Cuz I Love You/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: I'll Belong To You/ THE MIGHTY HANNIBAL: The Right To Love You/ GROVER MITCHELL: Someone's Knockin' At My Door/ PIC & BILL: Sad World Without You/ RAY POLLARD: Wanderlust/ THE RAYONS: I'm Giving Up Baby/ SAM & BILL: I Feel Like Cryin'/ RAY SCOTT & THE SCOTTSMEN: I Can Get You On T.V. Baby/ DEBBIE TAYLOR: Check Yourself/ JACKIE VERDELL: Are You Ready For This/ KATIE WEBSTER: Sea Of Love

VARIOUS ARTISTS Deluxe 1001 DeLuxe Records - The R&B Years Volume 2 ● CD $16.98
A second collection of jump blues and R&b recorded for the DeLuxe label betwween 1945 and '48. 24 tracks including Bill Campbell & His Harlem Eiht, Annie Laurie with Paul Gaytn & His Trio, The Four Blues, Dave Bartholomew & His Sextette (his first recordings), Al (Stomp) Russell Trio, Little Miss Cornshucks & The Blenders and others.
DAVE BARTHOLOMEW & HIS SEXTETTE: Bum Mae/ Dave's Boogie Woogie/ She's Got Great Big Eyes (And Great Big Thighs)/ BILL CAMPBELL & HIS HARLEM EIGHT (VCL. LAURA: I Love To Ride/ BILL CAMPBELL & HIS HARLEM EIGHT (VCL. THELMA: I'm Just A Fruity Woman/ It Was So Good/ BILL CAMPBELL & HIS HARLEM EIGHT (VCL. LAURA: No One Man (Fits My Plan)/ COUSIN JOE & HIS SEXTETTE: Just As Soon As I Go Home/ THE FOUR BLUES: Chittlin's And Pigs Feet/ The Things You Want The Most Of All/ PAUL GAYTEN & HIS TRIO: In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down/ My Song While We Dance/ Peter Blue & Jasper Too/ Worried Over You/ EDDIE GORMAN: Don't Worry 'Bout Nothin'/ CECELIA KIRSCH WITH PAUL GAYTEN & HIS TRIO: They Say/ ANNIE LAURIE WITH PAUL GAYTEN & HIS TRIO: Don't Worry About Me/ Love That Man Of Mine/ LITTLE MISS CORNSHUCKS & THE BLENDERS: Cornshucks Blues/ In The Rain/ AL (STOMP) RUSSELL TRIO: Down The Road A Piece/ Shy Ann/ SHERMAN WILLIAMS & HIS SHUFFLE RHYTHM: Dusk Tide/ Reminiscing Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Duplex 1000 Jimmy Liggins Presents The Best Of Duplex Records ● CD $16.98
26 tracks, almost highly recommended
Splendid collection of rocking blues and R&B recorded for the Duplex run by R&B pioneer Jimmy Liggins on a sporadic basis between in the late 50s and 60s. Highlight of this set are the two cuts by Jesse Allen with powerful declamatory vocals and shattering vocals. These have been reissued before but if you don't have them are worth the price of admission. It also sounds like Jesse's guitar work behind the fine vocalist Bobby Williams. Sonny Boy Williams is a fine vocalist and a decent harmonica player with two fine songs. There are half a dozen tracks by Liggins himself with a smaller band than on his early Specialty sides but are fine with some dynamic guitar work (possibly Jimmy himself). Other artists include Mattie Jackson, Ervin Rucker, Screaming Jack Wilks and vocal group The Aladdins. Excellent sound and booklet has list of all Duplex releases. (FS)
THE ALADDINS: Magic Carpet/ JESSE ALLEN & HIS ORCH.: After A While/ Love, My Baby/ NOEL HALL & THE ALADDINS: A Thousand Times Every Day/ MATTIE JACKSON & THE BLUES NIGHTHAWKS ORCH.: I Want To Do It/ JIMMY LIGGINS & HIS DROPS OF JOY ORCH.: Ada From Decatur/ JIMMY LIGGINS & HIS DROPS OF JOY: Good Loving Baby/ Knocked Out/ Working Man Blues/ JIMMY LIGGINS, HIS GUITAR & ORCH.: Blues For Love/ Last Round/ ERVIN RUCKER & THE BLUES BENDERS: Hideout/ If You Have It/ ERVIN RUCKER & THE BLUES NIGHTHAWKS ORCH.: Done Done The Slop/ No More Rivers To Cross/ Searching For Love/ So Good/ Two People In Love/ ERVIN RUCKER WITH JOE LIGGINS ORCH.: Baby You Were Meant For Me/ If You Really Really Love Me/ SCREAMING JACK WILKS & HIS ORCH.: Come And Get Me/ I Still Love You/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMS: Alice Mae Blues/ Opossum Rock/ BOBBY WILLIAMS & HIS ORCH.: Goodnight My Love/ So Blue

VARIOUS ARTISTS El Toro 1045 The Original's Tattooed Lady PLus 28 Other Sizzlers ● CD $21.98
29 track collection of Michigan country music from the 50s including the complete Fortune "Tattooed Lady" LP from 1961 featuring 12 risque country songs including the title song by Skeets McDonald as well as his Birthday Cake Blues along with the very rude Song Of The Club by Boots Gilbert, She Won't Turn Over For Me by Tommy Odim and others The rest of the disc features more straight ahead country songs from the same artists as well as other Michigan artists.
CONRAD BROOKS WITH RYE'S RED RIVER BLUE YODELER: On Down The Line/ JOHNNY BUCKETT: Griddle Greasing Daddy/ Let Me Play With Your Poodle/ Griddle Greasing Daddy (original version)/ JEFF DURHAM & HIS KENTUCKY BOYS: Okee Doaks!/ DOYLE FRANKLIN & HIS RED RIVER BOYS: If The Blues Don't Kill Me/ BOOTS GILBERT: He's A Mighty Good Man/ Song Of The Club (Nite Club Song)/ Take It Or Leave It/ Man! Turn Me Loose/ ROY HALL: She Sure Can Rock Me/ Dirty Boogie/ Bed Spring Motel (23 Spring Street)/ ERNEST JOHNSON & THE WESTERN NIGHT RIDERS: She Started Teasing Me/ SKEETS MCDONALD: The Tattooed Lady/ Birthday Cake Boogie/ The Tattooed Lady (original version)/ JIMMY MYERS & HIS HAPPY HIGHWAY GANG: Ding Dong Mama From Tennessee/ Drunk Man's Wiggle/ TOMMY ODIM WITH FLOYD COMPTON'S WESTERN TROUBA: She Won't Turn Over For Me/ ROY RECTOR: Heard The Backdoor Slam/ RUFUS SCHOFFNER: Got Anything Good?/ RUFUS SHOFFNER: At The Burlesque Show/ It Always Happens To Me/ EARL & JOYCE SONGER: We're Satisfied/ THE YORK BROTHERS: Hamtramck Mama/ Highland Park Girl/ It Ain't No Good/ I Got My Eyes On You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 254 Doo Wop Across America - R&B Vocal Groups In New Orlean ● CD $18.98
A particularly nice entry in this series featuring vocal groups and R&B singers from New Orleans. Many tracks have that distinctive New Orleans R&B sound. Two CDs with 67 (!) tracks including sides by The Hawks, The Spiders, The Sha Wees, Sugar Boy & His Can Cutters, James (Sugar Boy) Crawford and The Barons.
CHUCK CARBO & THE SPIDERS: A-1 In My Heart/ Dear Mary/ Don't Pity Me/ How I Feel/ JAMES (SUGAR BOY) CRAWFORD: Barons/ Boom Boom/ Cryin' For My Baby/ Eternally Yours/ I Don't Need You/ It's Over/ My Dream My Love/ My Secret/ Once In A Lifetime/ Searching For You/ Shake The Dice/ She's Gotta Wobble When She Walks/ She's The One/ So Long, My Darling/ You Gave Me Love/ THE HAWKS: All Women Are The Same/ Candy Girl/ Good News/ I Can't See For Lookin'/ I Yi/ It Ain't That Way/ It's Too Late Now/ Joe The Grinder/ She Is All Right/ That's What You Are/ These Blues/ Why Oh Why/ BIG BOY MYLES & THE SHA WEEZ: Hickory Dickory Dock/ Just To Hold My Hand/ That Girl I Married/ Who's Been Fooling You/ THE SHA WEEZ: Early Sunday Morning/ Feeling Sad/ No One To Love Me/ You Made Me Love You/ THE SPIDERS: (3x7=21)/ (True) You Don't Love Me/ Am I The One/ Bells In My Heart/ For A Thrill/ Goodbye/ Honey Bee/ I Didn't Want To Do It/ I'll Stop Crying/ I'm Searchin'/ I'm Slipping In/ Is It True (A Little Bird Told Me)/ Lost And Bewildered (Slowly Losing My Mind)/ Mmm Mmm Baby (Hey Baby)/ She Keeps Me Wondering/ Sukey, Sukey, Sukey/ Tears Begin To Flow/ That's Enough/ That's My Desire/ That's The Way To Win My Heart/ The Real Thing/ Witchcraft/ You're The One/ You're The One/ SUGAR BOY & HIS CANE CUTTERS: Jock-A-Mo/ No More Heartache/ Oo Wee Sugar/ Overboard/ What's Wrong

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY3CD 045 Just For A Day - The Apollo Records Story ● CD $13.98
Three CDs, 75 tracks, highly recommended
Isaac & Bess Berman's Apollo label founded in New York 1944 was a major player in the African-American music scene in the 1940s and 1950s. It issued numerous blues, R&B, vocal group, jazz and gospel recordings and this excellent collection provides a nice cross section of their extensive output including many tracks not readily available elsewhere. We have blues and R&B from Jack Dupree, Wynonie Harris (some of his earliest recordings), Sunnyland Slim, Screamin' Jay Jawkins, Solomon Burke (his first recordings from 1955) and others, gospel from Mahalia Jackson and The Southern Harmonaires and lots of vocal group and doo-wop from The Chesters, Five Royales (their first recordings), The Striders (with a lovely version of Cecil Gant's I Wonder), Cellos, Nite Riders, Keynotes and others. On some of the up tempo doo-wop titles there are some hot sax and guitar solos - probably Sam "The Man" Taylor and Mickey Baker. It also includes several great early recordings by Dinah Washington accompanied by Lucky Thompson's All Stars. Sound quality is excellent and there are brief introductory notes on the label. (FS)
MEL ALBERT: Never Let Me Go/ BILLY AUSTIN & THE HEARTS: Angel Baby/ The Night Has Come/ EDDIE BO: Hey Bo/ PINEY BROWN: How About Rockin' With Me/ SOLOMON BURKE: A Picture Of You/ My Heart Is A Chapel/ They Always Say/ THE CASANOVAS: Are You For Real/ I Don't Want You To Go/ Please Be Mine/ THE CELLOS: Girlie That I Love/ The Be-Bop Mouse/ Under Your Spell/ THE CHESTERS: Lift Up Your Head/ The Fires Burn No More/ THE CLAREMONTS: Why Keep Me Dreaming/ THE DELROYS: Bermuda Shorts/ THE DOVERS: My Angel/ JACK DUPREE: Come Back Baby/ Deacon's Party/ My Baby's Comin' Back Home/ Old Woman Blues/ CHUCK EDWARDS: Just For A Day/ THE FIVE ROYALES: Courage To Love/ Six O'Clock In The Morning/ What's That/ ANN FORD: The Fool/ THE GENTLEMEN: Don't Leave Me Baby/ Something To Remember You By/ Tired Of You/ WYNONIE HARRIS: I Gotta Lyin' Woman/ She's Gone With The Wind/ Young And Wild/ BILL HARVEY & HIS ORCHESTRA: Walk Right In/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: Baptize Me In Wine/ Not Anymore/ Please Try To Understand/ MAHALIA JACKSON: Didn't It Rain/ Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen/ Said He Would/ THE KEYNOTES: Bye Bye Baby/ I Don't Know/ In The Evening/ Suddenly/ THE LARKS: Darlin'/ Honey From The Bee/ Little Side Car/ EDDIE MACK: Heart Throbbin' Blues/ THE NIGHT RIDERS: Doctor Velvet/ THE NITE RIDERS: Women And Cadillacs/ THE OPALS: My Heart's Desire/ Oh But She Did/ MIKE PEDICIN: St. James Infirmary/ DOC POMUS: Blues In The Red/ Blues Without Booze/ THE ROMEOS: I Beg You Please/ Love Me/ SMILEY SMITH: Voodoo Woman/ THE SOUTHERN HARMONAIRES: Honey In The Rock/ THE SPARKS OF RHYTHM: Don't Love You Anymore/ Handy Man/ Hurry Home/ Woman Woman Woman/ ST. LOUIS JIMMY: Mother's Day/ THE STRIDERS: I Wonder/ SUNNYLAND SLIM: Bad Times/ I'm Just A Lonesome Man/ CARMEN TAYLOR: Teen-Age Ball/ THE VOCALTONES: I'll Never Let You Go/ I'm Gonna Get That Girl/ DINAH WASHINGTON: Mellow Mama Blues/ My Voot Is Really Vout/ Pacific Coast Blues/ Rich Man's Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY3CD 051 For You Alone - THe Carlton Records Story ● CD $13.98
Three CDs, 60 tracks, highly recommended
Carlton was one of the many feisty independent labels that emerged in the mid 50s top try their hand at success. Formed by former RCA executive Joe Carlton in 1957 it struck paydirt with three very different artists - dark voiced Canadian rocker Jack Scott, wonderful all girl vocal group The Chantels and pop singer Anita Bryant. Not surprsingly the label tried their hand at a wide variety of styles including some hot rockabilly (Jesse Lee Turner and Dwight Pullen), rhythm & blues (Big Al Downing, Buddy Lucas, Marie & Rex [actually gospel singer Marie Knight & Rex Garvin] and others), doo-wop (The Impacts, Tommy Fredericks & The Hi-Notes, the post Little Anthony Imperials, The Capitols, etc), girl group sounds (Linda Powrs, The Spices), teen pop (the first recordings of Kenny Rogers, Gary Stites, Paul Evans, etc. ), novelty (Merv Griffin) and, of course, the twist (Danny Peppermint & The Jumping Jacks) and more. Not all of it is great music but there's a lot of worthwhile material here. Liner notes has some erroneous information and a much better overview of the label can be found at (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY3CD 052 Lights Out - The Dore Records Story ● CD $13.98
3 CD, 60 tracks, recommended
An offshoot of Lew Bedell and Herb Newman's Era Records (well documented on the CD "Era Northern Soul" [Kent 405 - $18.98]), Dore was created in 1958 purely for catering to the nascent rock 'n' roll market. Although the Teddy Bears (with Phil Spector) delivered one of the label's first (and best known) hits, To Know Him is To Love Him, in 1958, how successful the label was at tapping the rock 'n' roll market is open to debate. Most of the artists on this collection are obscure to most people who are not collectors; the names that stand out include Jan & Dean (who recorded their early sides, including Baby Talk, here), Billy Joe & the Checkmates (aka Ernie Freeman and friends), John & Judy (with John Walker, later of the Walker Brothers), The Raindrops, Johnny Day, and Tony Casanova. The music here is on the order of doo wop, pop, watered down rock 'n' roll, and light country; you know, the usual. Still, this set will appeal to aficionados of the label and early rock 'n' roll fans. (GMC)
THE BARITONES: After School Rock/ BILLY JOE & THE CHECKMATE: Percolator Twist/ THE BRENTWOODS: As I Live From Day To Day/ Midnight Star/ THE CAPERS: Rockin' Round The Mountain/ TONY CASANOV: Boogie Woogie Feeling/ Showdown/ CLAUDIA & THE CRYSTALS: Little Love Of Mine/ This Is Your Life/ BILLY CLIFF: Summer's End/ RONNIE COOK WITH JULIAN AND THE DIAMONDS: Doin' Time/ THE CREATORS: Too Far To Turn Around/ THE CRUISERS: Maxie's Melody/ CHRIS DARLIN: A Casual Look/ JOHNNY DAY: Lights Out/ THE DEBONAIRES: Every Once And A While/ Hold Back The Dawn/ DIMPLES: An Invitation To A Party/ THE DORIES: I Loved Him So/ Stompin' Sh-Boom/ VON GAYLES: Crazy Dance/ The Twirl/ GLEN GLEN: Goofin' Around/ DEANE HAWLE: Look For A Star/ Bossman/ Hey There/ I'll Never Be A Fool Again/ Pretty Little Mary/ Where Is My Angel/ RONNIE HEIGHT: Come Softly To Me/ JAN & DEAN: Baby Talk/ Cindy/ Clementine/ There's A Girl/ We Go Together/ White Tennis Sneakers/ JOHN & JUDY: Hideout/ Why This Feeling/ BEE GEE KAY: I Could Just Die/ DONNA LE ANNE: Fifteen Only Fifteen/ FRANKIE LEE: I've Thought About Living/ LITTLE RAY: There Is Something On Your Mind/ SHARON MASON: Eddie Can I Park In Your Lot/ BOBBY MELL: Dedication Time/ Young Lovers/ CHUCK MILES & THE STYLES: Be Mine Or Be A Fool/ CAM MORRIS: Someday/ THE PREMIERS: She Goes Oonka Chicka/ THE RAINDROPS: Love Is Like A Mountain/ Maybe/ JULIAN ROSE: The Rumour/ BILLY SAINT: Tear Down The Wall/ THE T SHIRTS: How Much/ THE TEDDY BEARS: Don't You Worry My Little Pet/ To Know Him Is To Love Him/ Wonderful Lovable You/ THE TIDES: Chicken Spaceman/ Ring A Ding Ding/ THE WHIPS: Yes Master/ THE ZANIES: The Blob

LEO WELCH Big Legal Mess 003 Sabougla Voices ● CD $14.98
10 tracks, 34 mins, highly recommended Here is a pleasant surprise - the first recordings of 81 year old former blues singer/ guitarist turned gospel singer/ guitarist from the tiny town of Sabougla in Northern Mississippi. Welch is a powerful singer and and energetic guitarist and he is accompanied by a rhythm section and, on some tracks, a duo of female singers from his home town. The songs are mostly traditional though mostly reworked so that they sound very different to the usual versions. The sound has that hypnotic North Mississippi style that Fat Possum (the company's affiliated label) is noted for. An enjoyable and worthwhile set. (FS)


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