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LILLIAN BRIGGS Jasmine 282 I Want You To Be My Baby ● CD $14.98
The first-ever CD release featuring the recordings of Lillian Briggs, who was discovered by Allan Freed, and was very popular at the dawn of the 50's rock era with a string of exciting singles though only struck paydirt with her version of the title tune - a Jon Hendricks composition. She was called "The High Priestess of Rock and Roll" though her repertoire encompassed jive, bop, blues, rockabilly, ballads and swing. To top it all off, she could also play a mean trombone! In addition to her big hit this 33 track set includes It Could've Been Me/ The Only Way To Live/ The Gypsy Goofed/ Mean Words/ She Sells Seashells/ Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, etc.

 
PAUL HOWARD B.A.C.M. 436 Western Swing At The Opry ● CD $14.98
Excellent collection of Western Swing mostly recorded for Columbia and King by Grand Ole OPry artist Paul Howard between 1946 and 1950. Though Howard was not a great singer he had a hot band with twin electric guitars, steel, fiddle and bass.
PAUL HOWARD: You Left A Red Cross On My Heart/ You'll Be Sorry When I'm Gone/ Oklahoma City/ We're Not Speaking Anymore/ Someday When It's Too Late/ Love Bug Tennessee/ Somebody Else's Trouble/ Honest As The Day Is Long/ Lazy Morning/ The Fiddler With The Patch On His Pants/ Drinking All My Troubles Away/ Rootie Tootie/ There's No Room In My Heart For The Blues/ You're Never Satisfied/ Those Foolish Lies/ Cotton Picker's Special (Instr.)/ Torn Between True Love And Desire/ Twelve O'Clock Waltz/ The Boogie's Fine Tonight/ Rock Candy Heart/ You Couldn't See The Trees For The Forest/ I'm Sending My Heart For Repairs

 
JOHN JONES Westpark 87179 Rising Road ● CD $21.98
First solo album from the leader and chief creative force behind Oysterband. 12 songs - half of them traditional and half original. He is joined by fellow Oysterband members Ian Kearey and Alan Prosser along with other British folk musicians Seth Lakeman, Benji Kirkpatrick, Sophie Walsh and others. Songs include Let Me Fall/ Polly On The Shore/ Litten Tree/ Searching For Lambs/ Boy In The Window/ Newlyn Town, etc.

 
KEN & BOB Grass Skirt 1004 Escape To Jazz Island ● CD $16.98
Ken Emerson and Bob Armstrong (the latter formerly with the Cheap Suit Serenaders) bothe sing and play guitar, ukulele and steel guitar on an eclectic mixture of jazz infused island music. They perform traditional Hawaiian tunes and Tin Pan Alley favorites in a blend of new and old musical stylings. On a few cuts they are joined by David Paquette on piano and/or Elaine Hoffman on vocals.

 
LEON MCAULIFFE B.A.C.M. 438 And His Cimarron Boys ● CD $14.98
An excellent selection of vocal and instrumental tracks from ex-Bob Will steel guitarist. Many of the tracks here are from early 50s radio transcriptions and there's a lot of fine steel from Leon as well as fine fiddle work and on a couple tracks a saxophone.
LEO MCAULIFFE: Please Don't Leave Me/ Keith's Waltz (Instr.)/ My Life's Been A Pleasure/ Coon Creek Shuffle (Instr.)/ Oklahoma In The Morning/ Run Away Fiddle (Instr.)/ I Want To Be Somebody For You/ Roseland Melody (Instr.)/ Don't Take The Long Way Home/ Roadside Rag (Instr.)/ I'm Going Back To Birmingham/ Bandera Waltz (Instr.) / Heart Attacks/ Orange Blossom Special (Instr.)/ Tie Your Apron Strings Around My Heart/ Kaiser's New Tune (Instr.)/ Bitter Tears/ Walking The Floor Over You (Instr.)/ Night Life/ Foggy River (Instr.)/ That's What I Should Have Said/ Who's That/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (Instr.)/ Looking Glass/ Blue Eyes Cryin' In The Rain (Instr.)/ Ain't Gonna Hurt No More/ Detour (Instr.)/ Slippin' Around (Instr.)

 
HANK PENNY B.A.C.M. 437 A Bad Penny Always Returns ● CD $14.98
Talented and individualistic musician whose recordings spanned an amazingly diverse range: western-swing, novelty songs and even a couple of rock 'n' roll songs - this CD provides an excellent cross section of his output with an emphasis on his his western swing material.
HANK PENNY: Say Mister! Have You Met Rosie's Sister?/ I'm Wasting My Time/ Here Today And Gone Tomorrow/ I'm Not Surprised/ Open The Door Richard/ One Heart, One Love, One Life/ You Better Save It For A Rainy Day/ Ridin' On The Old Ferris Wheel/ I'm Gonna Have My Picture Took/ A Bad Penny Aways Returns/ You Played On My Piano/ Makin' Love Tennessee Style/ Sweet Mama Put Him In Low/ If I Can't Wear The Pants/ I Want To Live A Little/ I Can't Get You Out Of My Mind/ When They Ask About You/ A Letter From Home/ Southern Fried Chicken/ Rock Of Gibralter/ Texas Never Would Have Made It Without Old Tennessee/ A Night At The Copa/ Fool's Lament

 
THE RAY-O-VACS Jasmine 252 Riding High, 1949-1957 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 44 tracks, highly recommended
The Ray-Vacs were formed in the late 40s in Newark, NJ when the old guard of vocal groups was making way for younger groups like the Ravens and Orioles. Unlike many other groups all the members of the groups were fine instrumentalists (bass, piano, sax & drums) and although revered by doo-wop fans their style did involve harmonies but rather concentrated on the smooth tenor lead of Lester Harris who left in 1951 to be replaced the equally fine Herb Milner. Many of their tracks feature fine sax solos from member Leoparte "Chink" Kinney. In addition to all 36 tracks by the Ray-O-Vacs recorded between 1949 and 1957 it also features the 12 solo tracks recorded by Lester Harris in 1951 and '52. Accompanied by a solid R&B combo he does mostly uptempo renditions of pop standards and newer songs. Superb sound and informative notes from Bob Fisher. (FS)
LES HARRIS: 96 LBS/ Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life/ Amapola/ And The Bull Walked Around, Olay/ L'amour, Toujours, L'amore/ Margie/ Nobody Else But You/ Whatever You Do, Don't/ FLAP MCQUEEN & THE RAY O VACS FEATURING HERB: I Still Love You/ FLAP MCQUEEN & THE RAY-O-VACS FEATURING HERB: All About Daddy/ THE RAY-O-VACS: A Kiss In The Dark/ Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)/ Charmaine/ Darling/ Goodnight My Love/ Got Two Arms (Waiting For Me)/ Hands Across The Table/ Happy Am I/ I Ain't Gonna Be Your Fool/ I Still Love You, Baby/ I'll Always Be In Love With You/ I'm The Baby/ If You Ever Should Leave Me/ Let's/ Lonesome Lover/ My Baby's Gone/ Once Upon A Time/ Outside Of Paradise/ Ridin' High/ Sentimental Me/ She's A Real Lovin' Baby/ Someday/ Start Lovin' Me/ Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddles/ What Can I Say (After I Say I'm Sorry)/ What's Mine Is Mine/ When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano/ Why Did You Break My Heart/ You Can Depend On Me/ You Gotta Love Me Baby Too/ You Know/ Crying All Alone/ Party Time/ Wine O

 
BILLY STORM El Toro 122 THis Is The Nite ● CD $21.98
25 track collection of doo-wop, R&B and pop featuring the high tenor (sometimes falsetto) of Billy Storm recorded between 1956 and 1962. In addition to solo recordings under his own name it includes him with the doo wop groups The Chavelles. Valiants and The Esquires. It includes several sides recorded for Atlantic in 1960 produced by Phil Spector.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1390 You Talk Too Much - The Ric & Ron Story, Volume 1 ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, very highly recommended
Joe Ruffino's Ric and Ron labels were the first significant independent labels to be based in New Orleans and took advantage of the great wealth of musical talent in the Crescent City. Between 1958 and 1965 they produced about 100 singles - quite a few that have become all time favorites. Recordings were made at the famed Cosimo Matassa studio featuring the top sidemen in the city accompanying a slew of great vocalists. This first volume covers the years 1958 through 1960 and including such timeless classics as Go To The Mardi Gras by Professor Longhair, Don't Mess With My Man by Irma Thomas, Carnival Time by Al Johnson and, of course, the title song by Joe Jones. There are also fine lesser known titles from Johnny Adams, Eddie Bo, Mercy Baby, Edgar Blanchard and others. It also includes a previously unissued solo demo of Tipitina which is pretty ragged but fun as well as a demo of Johnny Adams' I Won't Cry that was previously on a Rounder set. All tracks have been remastered from original master tapes and sound fabulous and there is a 16 page illustrated boklet with notes on all the artists. (FS)
JOHNNY ADAMS: Come On/ I Won't Cry/ I Won't Cry (Demo)/ EDGAR BLANCHARD: Let's Get It/ EDDIE BO: Tlel It Like It Is/ You Got Your Mojo Working/ LENNY CAPELLO & THE DOTS: Tootles/ MARTHA CARTER: Nobody Knows (How I Feel About You)/ THE GONDOLIERS: You Call Everybody Darling/ AL JOHNSON: Carnival Time/ You Done Me Wrong/ JOE JONES: I Love You Still/ You Talk Too Much/ CHRIS KENNER: Rocket To The Moon/ EDDIE LANG: Easy Rockin'/ She's Mine, All Mine/ MERCY BABY: Don't Lie To Me/ ROBERT PARKER: All Nite Long Parts 1 & 2/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: Cuttin' Out (Hey No Baby)/ Go To The Mardi Gras/ Tipitina (Demo)/ TOMMY RIDGLEY: Let's Try And Talk It Over/ IRMA THOMAS: Don't Mess With My Man/ I May Be Wrong

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16881 Sweet Soul Music - 26 Scorching Classics From 1971 ● CD $24.98
Bear Family has now issued the final five albums in their acclaimed series documenting the history of Soul Music. These cover the years from 1970 when funk started to become ascendant to 1975 when disco was getting its start. Each volume includes a selection of the best and biggest songs of the year along with important titles that never made the charts. All tracks are remastered from original master tapes newly remastered for best possible songs and each CD comes with a 76 page booklet with track by track notes by Bill Dahla and loads of photos and memorabilia.
This volume has 26 soul gems from 1971 including Proud Mary by Ike & Tina Turner, Soul Power, Parts 1 & 2 by James Brown with The JBs, Want Ads by Honey Cone, Mr. Big Stuff by Jean Knight as well as tracks by Jackie Moore, Bill Coday, The Temptations, Beginning Of The End, Cornelius Brothers & Sister Ruth and more.
8TH DAY: She's Not Just Another Woman/ BEGINNING OF THE END: Funky Nassau, Part 1/ JAMES BROWN WITH JBíS: Soul Power Parts 1 & 2/ THE CHI-LITES: Have You Seen Her/ BILL CODAY: Get Your Lie Straight/ CORNELIUS BROTHERS & SISTER ROSE: Treat Her Like A Lady/ THE DETROIT EMERALDS: Do Me Right/ THE DRAMATICS: Watcha See/ ARETHA FRANKLIN: Rock Steady/ AL GREEN: Letís Stay Together/ HONEY CONE: Want Ads/ JEAN KNIGHT: Mr. Big Stuff/ DENISE LASALLE: Trapped By A Thing Called Love/ JACKIE MOORE: Precious, Precious/ THE PERSUADERS: Thin Line Between Love & Hate/ WILSON PICKETT: Donít Let the Green Grass Foul You/ SLY & FAMILY STONE: Family Affair/ THE STAPLE SINGERS: Respect Yourself/ JOHNNIE TAYLOR: Jodyís Got Your Girl And Gone/ THE TEMPTATIONS: Just my Imagination/ IKE & TINA TURNER: Proud Mary/ UNDISPUTED TRUTH: Smiling Faces Sometimes/ DEE DEE WARWICK: Suspicious Minds/ BILL WITHERS: Ainít No Sunshine/ BETTY WRIGHT: Clean Up Woman/ O.V. WRIGHT: A Nickel And A Nail

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16882 Sweet Soul Music - 25 Scorching Classics From 1972 ● CD $24.98
25 tracks including I Gotcha by Joe Tex, Back Stabbers by The O'Jays, Get On The Good Foot, Part 1 by James Brown, Me and Mrs Jones by Billy Paul plus tracks by Soul Children, Denise LaSalle, The Staple Singers, Luther Ingram, The Chi Lites and more.
JAMES BROWN: Get On The Good Foot, Part 1/ THE CHI LITES: Oh Girl/ OTIS CLAY: Trying To Live My Life Without You/ LYN COLLINGS: Think (About It)/ CORNELIUS BROTHERS & SISTER ROSE: Too Late To Turn Back Now/ THE DRAMATICS: In The Rain/ AL GREEN: Iím Still In Love With You/ LUTHER INGRAM: (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Donít Want To Be Right/ THE JBíS: Gimme Some More/ DENISE LASALLE: Now Run And Tell That/ LAURA LEE: Rip Off/ MAIN INGREDIENT: Everybody Plays The Fool/ MEL AND TIM: Starting All Over Again/ HAROLD MELVIN & BLUENOTES: If You Donít Know Me By Now/ THE OíJAYS: Back Stabbers/ BILLY PAUL: Me & Mrs. Jones/ BILLY PRESTON: Outa Space/ JOE SIMON: Power Of Love/ SOUL CHILDREN: Hearsay/ THE STAPLE SINGERS: Iíll Take You There/ THE STYLISTICS: Betcha By Golly, Wow/ JOE TEX: I Gotcha/ BILL WITHERS: Use Me/ BOBBY WOMACK: Womanís Gotta Have It/ BETTY WRIGHT: Baby Sitter

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16883 Sweet Soul Music - 23 Scorching Classics From 1973 ● CD $24.98
23 tracks including Pillow Talk by Sylvia, I Can't Stand The Rain by Ann Peebles, Doing It To Death by Fred Wesley & The JBs, Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye plus sides from The Spinners, O'Jays, Barry White, First Choice, The Pointer Sisters and more.
DON COVAY: I Was Checkiní Out She Was Checkiní In/ CYMANDE: Message/ FIRST CHOICE: Armed And Extremely Dangerous/ THE FOUR TOPS: Ainít No Woman (Like The One I Got)/ MARVIN GAYE: Let's Get It On/ THE INDEPENDENTS: Leaving Me/ MILLIE JACKSON: Hurts So Good/ SYL JOHNSON: Back For A Taste Of Your Love/ EDDIE KENDRICKS: Keep On Truckiní, Part 1/ GLADYS KNIGHT & PIPS: Iíve Got To Use My Imagination/ THE MANHATTANS: Thereís No Me Without You/ HAROLD MELVIN & BLUE NOTES: The Love I Lost/ NEW BIRTH: I Can Understand/ THE OíJAYS: Love Train/ ANN PEEBLES: I Can't Stand The Rain/ THE POINTER SISTERS: Yes We Can Can/ THE SPINNERS: Could It Be Iím Falling In Love?/ SYLVIA: Pillow Talk/ JOHNNIE TAYLOR: Cheaper To Keep Her/ TIMMY THOMAS: Why Canít We Live Together/ TOWER OF POWER: What Is Hip?/ FRED WESLEY & THE JBíS: Doing It To Death/ BARRY WHITE: Iím Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16884 Sweet Soul Music - 23 Scorching Classics From 1974 ● CD $24.98
This one has 23 tracks including Boogie Down by Eddie Kendricks, Lookin' For A Love by Bobby Womack, You Make Me Feel Brand New by The Sylistics, As Long As He Takes Care Of Home by Candi Staton plus tracks by Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown, George McRae, Yvonne Fair, Latimore and more.
B.T. EXPRESS: Do It/ BOBBY BLAND: I Wouldnít Treat A Dog/ BLUE MAGIC: Sideshow/ JOHNNY BRISTOL: Hang On In There Baby/ JAMES BROWN: Payback, Part 1/ SHIRLEY BROWN: Woman To Woman/ CARL CARLTON: Everlasting Love/ HUES CORPORATION: Rock The Boat/ WILLIAM DEVAUGHN: Be Thankful For What You Got/ EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Mighty Mighty/ YVONNE FAIR: Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On/ THE JACKSON 5: Dancing Machine/ EDDIE KENDRICKS: Boogie Down/ RUFUS & CHAKA KHAN: You Got The Love/ KOOL & THE GANG: Hollywood Swinging/ LATIMORE: Letís Straighten It Out/ GEORGE MCCRAE: Rock Your Baby/ THE OHIO PLAYERS: Fire/ CANDI STATON: As Long As He Takes Care Of Home/ THE STYLISTICS: You Make Me Feel Brand New/ THREE DEGREES: When Will I See You Again/ THE TYMES: You Litte Trustmaker/ BOBBY WOMACK: LookinĎ for a Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16885 Sweet Soul Music - 24 Scorching Classics From 1975 ● CD $24.98
Includes Supernatural Things, Part 1 by Ben E. King, Give The People What They Want by The O'Jays, Lady Marmalade by Labelles, Fight The Power by The Isley Brothers plus sides by The Blackbyrds, Barbara Mason, The Commodores, The Pointer Sisters and more. It ends with Boogie Fever by The Sylvers - a preview of the coming disco craze.
THE BLACKBYRDS: Walking in Rhythm/ RUFUS & CHAKA CHAN: Sweet Thing/ NATALIE COLE: This Will Be/ THE COMMODORES: Slippery When Wet/ TYRONE DAVIS: Turning Point/ EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Shining Star/ AL GREEN: Full Of Fire/ MAJOR HARRIS: Love Wonít Let Me Wait/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Fight The Power/ MILLIE JACKSON: Loving Arms/ BEN E. KING: Supernatural Thing, Part 1/ LABELLE: Lady Marmalade/ LATIMORE: Keep The Home Fires Burning/ BARBARA MASON: Shackiní Up/ VAN MCCOY & SOUL CITY SYMPHONY: The Hustle/ GWEN MCCRAE: Rockiní Chair/ THE MIRACLES: Love Machine, Part 1/ THE OHIO PLAYERS: Love Rollercoaster/ THE OíJAYS: Give The People What They Want/ PEOPLEíS CHOICE: Do It Anyway You Wanna/ THE POINTER SISTERS: How Long I Betchaí Got A Chick On The Side/ THE SYLVERS: Boogie Fever/ THE TAVARES: It Only Takes A Minute/ THE TRAMMPS: Hold Back The Night

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital 028 Longing For The Past - The 78 rpm Era In Southeast Asia ● CD $64.98
Another amazing production from Dust-To-Digital. The first in depth survey of 78 rpm recordings from Southeast Asia featuring four CDS with a total of 90 tracks of music recorded between 1905 and 1966. It includes vocal and instrumental performances from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia including and vocal and instrumental performances featuring a wide array of unique traditional South East Asian instruments as well as more familiar western instruments - dan bau (one string gourd fiddle), guitar, dannguyet (two string moon shaped lute), violin, khloy (vertical bamboo flute), dan day (three string lute), drum, kehen (Laotian predessor of the harmonica), dan nhi (two string fiddle) and many more as well as instrumental ensembles. Puting all this music, which may be unfamiliar to Western ears, is a magnificent 272 page hard cover book discussing the history of recording in the region, the individual music of each country and a track by track discussion of every performance. The book has over 250 vintage photographs, some wonderful ful color label shots and record sleeves.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Eddie's 1004 Howling On Dowling, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
Following on from Eddie's 1003 this is another superb collection of jump blues from Houston, Texas in the 1950s. 24 rare tracks - most previously unreissued on LP or CD. It includes Long John Hunter's first recording She Used Be My Woman from 1953 with some smokin' hot guitar! Other artists include Conney's Combo, Robert Ketchum, Clarence Samuels, Bill Heyman, Willie Johnson, Dug Finnell (really fine vocalist), Hubert Robinson, Will Rowland and others. Excellent sound and four page booklet with informative notes.
LEO BAXTER & ORCH.: No Longer Wanted/ No Nights Without You/ NELSON CARSON & BAND: Lost/ CONNEY'S COMBO (VCL. BABE JOHNSON): Shout It Out/ Ugly Mae/ DUG FINNELL & HIS ALL STARS: Love And Satisfaction/ Sugar Man/ BILL HEYMAN: I'm Doin' Good Now/ You'll Cry Some Too/ Please Don't Leave Me/ Repenting/ BILL JOHNSON & HIS ORCH.: Bill's Boogie/ Worried Blues/ WILLIE JOHNSON, HIS PIANO & ORCH.: Boogie In Blues/ ROBERT KETCHUM: She's Gone From Me/ Stockade/ JIMMIE LEE'S BAND (VCL. MACK EDMONSON): Bobby Sox Bop/ Club Raven/ LONG JOHN & ORCH.: She Used To Be My Woman/ HUBERT ROBERSON & ORCH.: H.R. Jumps/ WILL ROWLAND & HIS BAND: Don't Lose Your Mind/ Reefer Blues/ CLARENCE SAMUELS: Hey Joe!/ Somebody Gotta' Go

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS History Of Soul 9 Soul Chronology 3 - Save A Seat For Me ● CD $18.98
The third volume in this great series charting the development of soul from its roots in blues, R&B and gospel features 55 tracks on two CDs featuring recordings from the mid 50s from Ray Charles, Bobby "Blue" Bland, The Aladdins, Robert Anderson, The Five Ropyales, The Davis Sisters, The Original Gospel Harmonettes and many more. Comes with detailed 32 page booklet.
THE 5 ROYALES: Mine Forevermore/ THE ALADDINS: Help Me/ GENE ALLISON: You're My Baby/ ROBERT ANDERSON: Sweeter As The Days Go By/ JESSE BELVIN: Dear Heart/ BIG MAYBELLE: Ocean Of Tears/ Pitiful/ BOBBY BLUE BLAND: Farther Up The Road/ It's My Life, Baby/ JAMES BROWN: Please, Please, Please/ NAPPY BROWN: I Cried Like A Baby/ It's Really You/ SOLOMON BURKE: I'm All Alone/ THE CARAVANS: The Angels Keep Watching/ WYNONA CARR: Should I Ever Love Again?/ RAY CHARLES: Ain't That Love/ Drown In My Own Tears/ Hallelujah I Love Her So/ I've Got A Woman/ Lonely Avenue/ ANN COLE: Easy Easy Baby/ THE DAVIS SISTERS: He's My King/ Twelve Gates To The City/ THE DIABLOS: The Way You Dog Me Around/ THE DRIFTERS: Honey Bee/ I Should Have Done Right/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS: Save A Seat For Me/ THE FIVE ROYALES: Come On And Save Me/ ARETHA FRANKLIN: Never Grow Old/ While the Blood Runs Warm/ EARL GAINES: It's Love Baby/ THE GARDENIAS: Flaming Love/ BILLY GAYLES: Let's Call It A Day/ THE GUM DROPS: Natural Born Lover/ THE HIGHWAY Q.C.S: There's Something On My Mind/ LINDA HOPKINS: I Can't/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Fever/ Need Your Love So Bad/ B.B. KING: Ten Long Years/ EARL KING: Those Lonely, Lonely Nights/ MARIE KNIGHT: I Put My Trust In Thee/ LITTLE JOE AND THE THRILLERS: This I Know/ LITTLE RICHARD: Directly From My Heart/ THE ORIGINAL GOSPEL HARMONETTES NINETY NINE: Ninty Nine And A Half/ THE ORIGINAL GOSPEL HARMONETTES: That's Enough/ JIMMY SCOTT: Don't Cry Baby/ THE SENSATIONAL NIGHTINGALES: To The End/ THE SHEIKS: So Fine/ THE SILVER QUINTETTE: Sinner's Crossroads/ THE SOUL STIRRERS: The Last Mile Of The Way/ Touch The Hem Of His Garment/ Wonderful/ THE STAPLE SINGERS: Uncloudy Day/ BILLY STEWART: Billy's Blues, Part 2/ THE SWAN SILVERTONES: Jesus Brought Me/ CLARA WARD: Come On

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS History Of Soul 10 Soul Chronology 4 - Yes Indeed ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 56 tracks, very highly recommended
Another fabulous collection of blues, R&B and gospel - all sowing the seeds of what was to become known as soul music. This one features recordings from 1957 and '58 and includes familiar artists like Bobby "Blue" Bland, The Soul Stirrers, Hank Ballard, The Famous Ward Singers, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, The Swan Silvertones and others along with less well known but outstanding artists, Evelyn Freeman, The Ramblers, The Gospel Chordettes, Briant Holland, The Mighty Gospel Giants and others. Superb sound and the 32 page full color booklet explains the relevance of each track chosen to the story. (FS)
THE 5 ROYALES: Tell The Truth/ Think/ GENE ALLISON: Everything Will Be Alright/ You Can Make It If You Try/ HANK BALLARD: I'll Be Home Some Day/ EVANGELIST BALLINGER: So Glad/ BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND: I Smell Trouble/ You Got Me/ BOBBY ďBLUEô BLAND: Teach Me How To Love You/ ALEX BRADFORD: What Folks Say About Me/ JAMES BROWN: Hold My Baby's Hand/ Try Me/ NAPPY BROWN: The Right Time/ RUTH BROWN: Why Me/ HAROLD BURRAGE: Satisfied/ JERRY BUTLER: For Your Precious Love/ THE CARAVANS: The Lord Will Provide/ RAY CHARLES: (Night Time Is) The Right Time/ Talkin' 'bout You/ That's Enough/ Yes Indeed/ THE COASTERS: Young Blood/ SAM COOKE: I'll Come Running Back To You/ THE DELLS: What You Say Baby/ THE DIXIE NIGHTINGALES: I've Been Lifted/ BILL DOGGETT: Hold It/ THE DRIFTERS: Drip Drop/ THE DRINKARD SINGERS: That's Enough/ DONNIE ELBERT: What Can I Do/ BETTY EVERETT: I'll Weep No More/ THE FAMOUS WARD SINGERS: I'm So Glad/ MARY ANN FISHER: What Kind Of Man Are You/ EVELYN FREEMAN: Didn't It Rain/ THE GOSPEL CHORDETTES: I Can't Believe It/ THE GOSPEL CLEFS: Steal Away To Jesus/ THE HIGHTOWER BROTHERS: Come By Here/ BRIAN HOLLAND: Shock/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Sitting On Top Of The World/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Love, Life And Money/ Talk To Me/ Uh Uh Baby/ EARL CONNELLY KING: Every Whicha Kinda Way/ LITTLE MILTON: That Will Never Do/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Without Love/ MIGHTY GOSPEL GIANTS: Jesus Will Meet Me/ WILLIE MITCHELL: Tell It to Me Baby/ LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER: Iím Holding On/ THE RAMBLERS: Don't You Know/ CLEOPHUS ROBINSON: I Can See So Much/ THE SOUL STIRRERS: Be With Me Jesus/ Were You There?/ THE SUNSET TRAVELERS: Sit Down And Rest Awhile/ SWAN'S SILVERTONES: Oh Mary Dont You Weep/ MARION WILLIAMS: Packin' Up/ JACKIE WILSON: Come Back To Me/ Lonely Teardrops

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Li-Jan 08 Thank You Otis! ● CD $16.98
Excellent collection of deep soul showing the massive influence of Otis Redding. It includes artists doing Otis's songs like Ernie Johnson with Dreams To Remember, James Phelps with Lover's Prayer and Harvey Scales with Try A Little Tenderness as well artists whose performances are very much in the Otis style like Johnny Tipp, Third Guitar, Jimmy Holiday and others. It also includes the gospel group The Violionaires with God Has Been Good using the tune from Otis's Good To Me.
WALTER BOULIGNY: Iíll Go My Way (Soul)/ ARTHUR CONLEY: You Donít Have To See Me/ THE DEL-VONS: Gone Forever/ DONNIE ELBERT: Good To Me/ THE EXOTICS: Letís Try To Build A Love Affair/ WILLIE CHARLES GRAY: Here I Go Again/ ALLEN GREEN: Laughing At Me/ JIMMY HOLIDAY: Spread Your Love/ WILLIE JAMES: Down On My Knees/ ERNIE JOHNSON: Dreams To Remember/ OSCAR MACK: Donít Be Afraid Of Love/ RUDY MOCKABEE: Think About It/ JAMES PHELPS: My Loverís Prayer/ HARVEY SCALES: Try A Little Tenderness/ THIRD GUITAR: Donít Take Your Love From Me/ JOHNNY TIPP: Till I Met You/ THE UPSETTERS: Always In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time/ THE VIOLINAIRES: God Has Been Good/ TIMMY WILLIS: Neveruary/ EARL WRIGHT: Them Love Blues/ BILLY YOUNG: Have Pity On Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 850 Hidden Gems, Vol. 1 - Atlantic Records ● CD $16.98
Fine 24 track collection of early Atlantic recordings (1947-1949) of jump blues and R&B - most appearing on CD the first time. It includes sides by The Tiny Grimes Quintet, Manhattan Paul withe The THree Riffs, Jimmy Earle & His Earls, Frank "Floorshow" Culley & His Band (with hot boogie piano from Harry "Van" Walls), The Three Riffs (jivey vocal group), Melrose Colbert with Clifton Small Orch, and others.
MELROSE COLBERT WITH CLIFTON SMALLS ORCH.: Blues In The Dark/ Heart And Soul/ EARL COLEMAN WITH LINTON GARNER'S ALL-STARS: Don't Bring Your Troubles To Me/ I Hadn't Anyone Till You/ FRANK "FLOORSHOW" CULLEY & HIS BAND: Central Avenue Breakdown/ Rumboogie Jive/ FRANK "FLOORSHOW" CULLEY & HIS ORCH. FEATURING ARLENE "LIT: Little Miss Blues/ JIMMY EARLE & HIS EARLS OF RHYTHM: Big Red Blues/ My Love Is True/ JIMMY EARLE & THE JAZZ KINGS: Climbing Up To Heaven Blues/ THE FOUR SHARPS: Don't Ask Me Why/ TINY GRIMES QUINTET: Blue Harlem/ Boogie Woogie Barbecue/ BOB HOWARD & HIS RHYTHM: Button Up Your Overcoat/ Mo'lasses/ JIMMY "BABY-FACE" LEWIS & HIS BAND: I'm So Good To You (Pretty Baby)/ Mailman Blues/ MANHATTAN PAUL WITH THE THREE RIFFS: Hard Ridin' Mama/ I Wish I Didn't Love You So/ JOE MEDLIN & HIS ORCH. FEAT. TAB SMITH, ALTO: What More Can A Poor Fellow Do/ JOE MEDLIN & THREE RIFFS: My Last Goodbye/ THE THREE RIFFS WITH OSCAR PETTIFORD TRIO: I'll Be There/ Pluto - You Dog!/ BILLY WILLIAMS & HIS BAND: Shout 'N' Rock

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY3CD 037 Dizzy Miss Lizzy - The Specialty Story ● CD $13.98
Three CDs, 75 tracks, highly recommended
Art Rupe's Specialty label was among the most significant independent labels to emerge in the late 40s with an incredible catalog of blues, R&B, doo-wop and gospel as well as being the home to one of the greatest of the early rock 'n' roll artists - Little Richard. This collection is a survey of the label's recordings between 1954 and 1960 though gospel is given short shrift with only one track from Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers. Little Richard is featured on several along with a slew of great artists like Larry Williams, Lloyd Price, Sonny Knight, Roddy Jackson, Jesse Belvin, Guitar Slim, Don & Dewey, Earl King, Big Boy Myles, Benn Zeppa & The Zephyrs, The Pentagons and many more. (FS)
TONY ALLEN & THE CHAMPS: I/ ANGEL FACE: I Know/ JESSE BELVIN: Gone/ Love, Love of My Life/ One Little Blessing/ EDGAR BLANCHARD: Mr. Bumps/ Stepping High/ WYNONA CARR: Jump Jack, Jump!/ Should I Ever Love Again?/ Someday, Somewhere, Somehow/ Touch And Go/ CLIFTON CHENIER: Ay Tete Fee/ Boppin' The Rock/ Think It Over/ THE CHIMES: Tears On My Pillow/ SAM COOKE: Forever/ I Need You Now/ That's All I Need to Know/ DON & DEWEY: Farmer John/ Jungle Hop/ Just A Little Lovin'/ The Letter/ THE DUKES: Oh Kay/ Ooh Bop She Bop/ DAVID FORD & THE EBBTIDES: My Confession/ The Sound Of Your Voice/ VERNON GREEN & THE PHANTOMS: Sweet Breeze/ GUITAR SLIM: I Got Sumpin' For You/ Stand By Me/ Twenty-Five Lies/ RENE HALL: Flippin'/ HARPER BRINSON BAND: Harper's Return/ Harpers Express/ CHUCK HIGGINS: Broke/ Dye Ooh Mambo/ THE HOLIDAYS: Irene/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Everybody's Blues/ RODDY JACKSON: I've Got My Sights On Someone New/ NEAL JOHNSON: True to You Baby/ ERNEST KADOR: Do Baby Do/ Eternity/ EARL KING: No One But Me/ SONNY KNIGHT: My Baby Don't Want Me/ LLOYD LAMBERT: King Cotton/ VICKY LEE: Goin' Back Home To Mama/ JOE LIGGINS & THE HONEYDRIPPERS: Do You Love Me Pretty Baby?/ Whiskey, Women & Loaded Dice/ LITTLE RICHARD: Keep A Knockin'/ Long Tall Sally/ Ready Teddy/ Send Me Some Lovin'/ Tutti Frutti/ BOBBY MANDOLPH: Malinda/ MARVIN & JOHNNY: Ding Dong Baby/ Flip/ Mamo Mamo/ PERCY MAYFIELD: Baby, You're Rich/ Diggin' The Moonglow/ You Were Lyin To Me/ ROY MILTON: What Can I Do?/ ROY MONTRELL: That Mellow Saxophone/ BIG BOY MYLES: Who's Been Fooling You/ ART NEVILLE: Arabian Love Call/ Oooh-Wee Baby/ THE PENTAGONS: It's Spring Again/ LLOYD PRICE: Baby Please Come Home/ Forgive Me, Clawdy/ Oo Ee Baby/ THE TWILIGHTERS: It's True/ JOHNNY TWO-VOICE: Superman/ LARRY WILLIAMS: Dizzy Miss Lizzy/ Just Because/ Little School Girl/ You Bug Me Baby/ BENN ZEPPA & THE ZEPHYRS: Baby I Need You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY3CD 050 Chills & Fever - The Dot Records Story ● CD $13.98
Three CD set with 75 tracks. Dot was one of the more successful independents from the mid 50s to early 60s. Founded in 1950 by Randy Woods in Gallatin, Tennessee in 1950 it released a varied selection of authentic hillbilly, blues, R&B and gospel before moving to Hollywood in 1955 where the label focused on more pop oriented material. This collection features recordings from the Hollywood period (1955-1962) when their biggest star was Pat Boone who had a lot of success with his ultra white versions of black rock 'n' roll and is featured here on three cuts. Other popular pop and teen pop artists featured here include Tab Hunter, Gale Storm, Billy Vaughn & His Orch., The Hilltoppers and others. The label also put out some fine rock 'n' roll, R&B and doowop titles - often licensed from smaller labels and this set includes fine sides by Leroy Van Dyke, Arthur Alexander, Jack B. Nimble & The Quicks (the original version of Nut Rocker, subsequently a hit for B. Bumble & The Stingers), Mac Wiseman, Milt Rogers & His Orch (fine guitar led rockin' instrumental), The Paramounts, The Del Vikings (their all time classics Whispering Bells and Come Go With Me), Sanford Clark, The Shields, Jan & Arnie (with Jan Berry, later of Jan & Dean), Robin Luke and others including the totally off the wall Nervous Norvus.
ARTHUR ALEXANDER: Anna/ Where Have You Been (All My Life)/ You Better Move On/ JIMMY ANDERSON: I Wanna Boogie/ PAT BOONE: Johnny Will/ Moody River/ Speedy Gonzales/ TOMMY BOYCE: The Gypsy Song/ DORSEY BURNETTE: A Country Boy In The Army/ Rainin' In My Heart/ The Feminine Touch/ SAM BUTERA: Ton Of Bricks/ THE CENTENNIALS: The Wayward Wind/ THE CHARMAINES: Where Is The Boy Tonight/ SANFORD CLARK: A Cheat/ The Fool/ THE COMMODORES: Riding On A Train/ JOEY COSTA: Love Me Do/ JACKIE DEE: Trouble/ THE DEL-VIKINGS: Come Go With Me/ I Hear Bells (Wedding Bells)/ Whispering Bells/ DON & HIS ROSES: Leave Those Cats Alone/ THE DYNELS: Boy Friend/ THE FONTANE SISTERS: Eddie My Love/ Rock Love/ BONNIE GUITAR: Dark Moon/ THE HILLTOPPERS: Do The Bop/ Only You (And You Alone)/ JOHNNY HORTON: Plaid And Calico/ TAB HUNTER: Ninety-Nine Ways/ Young Love/ JAN & ARNIE: Gas Money/ CAROL JARVIS: Sock Hop/ KAY CEE JONES: Johnny, Johnny, Johnny/ SID KING & THE FIVE STRINGS: Hello There Rockin' Chair/ ROBERT KNIGHT: Dance Only With Me/ Free Me/ SONNY KNIGHT: Confidential/ WALLY LEWIS: White Bobby Socks/ MAX K. LIPSCOMB: Girl Next Door/ DICK LORY: Ballroom Baby/ RONNIE LOVE: Chills & Fever/ JIM LOWE: Maybellene/ The Green Door/ ROBIN LUKE: Strollin' Blues/ Susie Darlin'/ JOHNNY MADDOX: Flip Flop And Bop/ TONY MARTIN: Don't Worry/ WINK MARTINDALE: Deck Of Cards/ NED MILLER: From A Jack To A King/ JERRY NEAL: Scratchin'/ NERVOUS NORVUS: Ape Call/ JACK íB NIMBLE' & THE QUICKS: Nut Rocker/ THE PARAMOUNTS: When You Dance/ Why Do You Have To Go/ JIMMY RINGO: I Like This Kind Of Music/ FLOYD ROBINSON: Art Of Making Love/ MILT ROGERS & HIS ORCHESTRA: Let's Go Trippin'/ THE SCARLETS: Stampede/ THE SHIELDS: You Cheated/ DODIE STEVENS: I Fall To Pieces/ Pink Shoelaces/ Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight/ GALE STORM: A Teenage Prayer/ I Hear You Knocking/ NIKI SULLIVAN: It's All Over/ ROY TANN: Hot Rod Queen/ NICK TODD: At The Hop/ BILLY JOE TUCKER: Boogie Woogie Bill/ MAMIE VAN DOREN: Nobody But You/ LEROY VAN DYKE: The Auctioneer/ BILLY VAUGHN & HIS ORCHESTRA: Wheels/ RED WILLIAMS: Walkin'/ MAC WISEMAN: Step It Up And Go

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 229 Check Out Time - The Crest Recordings ● CD $11.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, recommended
The Crest label was formed in Hollywood in 1955 and lasted for seven years turning out a variety of music including hot rock 'n' roll, country, teen pop, MOR pop and even a bit of R&B. The label had it's biggest hit with the catchy country style ballad You're The Reason by Bobby Edwards - a song that has had many covers since. Tommy Dee's maudlin Three Stars - a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper. Both are included here. Crest also is notable for having issued Eddie Cochran's first solo single Skinny Jim in late 1956 though he had previously worked extensively as a session guitarist. He is heard here on his own sides as well as accompanying Bo Davis on two cuts. It also gave a start to Glen Campbell who had also worked extensively as a session guitarist - he is featured singing on a couple of pop flavored titles as well as doing the hot guitar instrumental Buzz Saw credited to The Gee Cees. Other artists include Jay Chevalier, Dick Bills (Glen Campbell's uncle with Glen on guitar), Jack Lewis, Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew (including the original of Cops & Robbers later reworked by Bo Diddley), Tony Casanova, Troy Talton, Prince Partridge (Fine R&B vocalist) and othes. (FS)
PHIL BAUGH: Bumble Twist/ DICK BILLS: Rockin' And A-Rollin'/ BOOGALOO AND HIS GALLANT CREW: Cops & Robbers/ BOOGALOO AND THE GALLANT CREW: Talk About A Party/ JIMMY BOWEN: Somebody to Love/ GLEN CAMPBELL: Miracle Of Love/ Turn Around And Look At Me/ BOBBY & TERRY CARAWAY: Ballin' Keen/ DON CARSON: Three Carburettors/ TONY CASANOVA: The Grave/ Yea! Yea! Come Another Day/ JAY CHEVALIER: Check Out Time/ THE CHROMATICS: Wild Man Wild!/ THE CLASSICS: Let Me Dream/ EDDIE COCHRAN: Half Loved/ Skinny Jim/ MARTY COOPER: Can't Walk Em Off/ BO DAVIS: Drowning All My Sorrows/ Let's Coast A while/ TOMMY DEE: Three Stars/ BOB DENTON: Pretty Little Devil/ JOHNNY DONN: What Happened Last Night/ THE EBB TONES: That's All/ BOBBY EDWARDS: You're The Reason/ FOUR YOUNG MEN: Don't Be Bashful Little Girl/ Just For Tonight/ You Been Torturing Me/ FRANK & ERNIE: Spotlight/ FREDDI & AL: Snaggle Tooth/ FREDDY & AL: Love Bug On The Loose/ THE GEE CEES: Buzz Saw/ BOBBY GRABEAU & THE TEENETTES: Back To School, Back To You/ GLEN HARRISON: Lovin' Lorene/ TOMMY LAW: Cool Juice/ JACK LEWIS: I.O.U./ BUDDY LOWE: Ummm Kiss Me Goodnight/ PRINCE PATRIDGE: Get Back/ PRINCE PATRIDGE: Don't Talk Back To Me/ TOM REEVES: Primitive Love/ HANK SANDERS: Been Gone A Long Time/ THE SCHOOLBELLES: Don't Believe Him/ ROSCOE SCULLEY: How Come My Dog Don't Bark/ BILL SKIDMORE III: Date Bait/ NORM SKYLAR: Rock 'N' Roll Blues/ VERN STOVALL: Long Black Limousine/ TOM TALL: High school love/ Stack-A-Records/ TROY TALTON: Marilyn/ SMOKI WHITFIELD: Function At The Junction/ TOM WILSON: Can You Bop?

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Retrieval 79074 Hot Dance Bands 1924-1932 Unissued On 78s ● CD $13.98
The third collection of previously unissued alternate takes and unissued titles features 24 tracks featuring some of the hottest dance bands of the 20s and early 30s. Includes sides by Waring's Pennsylvanians, Roger Wolfe Kahn & His Orch., Ted Weems & His Orch., Slim Lamar & His Southerners, Ben's Bad Boys, The Memphis Stompers, Bert Lown & His Orch., Gus Arnheim & His Cocoanut Grove Orch., Paul Whiteman & Orch. and more. Sound quality is superb and there are informative notes and full discographical details.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Revelation 5004 Black Gospel Rarities, Vol. 4 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
The fourth volume of rare black gospel and my favorite so far as this volume features recordings from the late 40s and early 50s and features tremendous obscure gospel quartets. It includes several topical songs including Korea (Fighting In A Foreign Land) by The Gospel Pilgrims, Atlantic's Tragic Monday by the magnificent Echoes Of Zion and I'm So Grateful To The N.A.A.C.P. by The Gospel PIlgrims. The great preacher Elder Beck engages in a great dialogue with "Winehead Willie" on Winehead Willie Put That Bottle Down. Other artisys include The National Harmonizers, The Royal Kings with Myrtle Miller, The Silver Leaf Quartet, Detroit Harmonettes (fantastic female quartet), The Parker Brothers Quartet Of Norfolk Va., Golden Gate Quartet (rare and excellent side from 1949), Willie Webb Singers and others. Superb sound and booklet has discographical data. (FS)
ELDER BECK: Wine Head Willie Put That Bottle Down/ MARY JOHNSON DAVIS GOSPEL SINGERS: I'm Going To Wait On The Lord/ DETROIT HARMONETTES: I Gave Up Everything/ I Need Thee/ ECHOES OF ZION: Atlanta's Tragic Monday/ Evening Sun/ EVANGELIST SISTERS (MYRTLE MILLER & ELLA: Sometimes/ FLYING CLOUDS OF DETROIT, MICHIGAN: If I Get Inside The Gate/ GOLDEN GATE QUARTETTE: Be Ready When My Jesus Comes/ Didn't It Rain/ GOSPEL CONSOLATORS: How Do Earthly Men Know/ One More River/ GOSPEL PILGRIMS: I'm So Grateful To The N.A.A.C.P./ Korea (Fightin' In A Foreign Land)/ THE NATIONAL HARMONIZERS: Death Comes Knocking/ Is Your All On The Altar?/ PARKER BROS. QUARTET OF NORFOLK, VA.: I Can't Help From Cryin' Sometimes/ The Separating Line/ ROYAL KINGS WITH MYRTLE MILLER: I Cried Holy/ SILVER LEAF QUARTET: Just A Little Talk With Jesus/ SOUTHERN STARS: Don't Give Up/ Surely God Is Able/ SISTER ESSIE MAE THOMAS & THE GOSPEL PILGRIMS: The Storm Is Passing Over/ WILLIE WEBB SINGERS: Climbing High Mountain

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sounds Of Soul 2014 Lost Deep Soul Treasures, Vol. 10 ● CD $16.98
Another splendid collection of deep soul rarities featuring 20 tracks including sides by The Cravens, Dee Dee Warwick, Freddi Waters, Billy Lamont, Don Covay, Lea Roberts, J.B. & The Vikings and others.

 
CLARA WARD & THE FAMOUS WARD SINGERS Gospel Friend 1508 In Memory Of Willa Ward-Royster ● CD $17.98
25 tracks, very highly recommended
This is the second Gospel Friend collection devoted to the great and influential Clara Ward and her group The Ward Singers (the first volume - Gospel Friend 1502 [$17.98] is still available). In addition to Clara herself the group featured her sister Willa (who died in 2012 - hence the album title) and often featuring the lead of soprano Marion Williams who was later to become a gospel superstar in her own right. The tracks are drawn from the period 1949 through 1958 including When I Get Home/ Farther On Up The Road/ Great Is The Lord/ Talk About Rain/ Swing Low Sweet Chariot/ Good News/ Come Ye Disconsolate/ Prayer Changes Things and more. Sound is superb and there are detailed notes from Robert Sacre. (FS)

 
SAM WOODING Jazz Oracle 8070 The Complete Recordings Of Sam Wooding, 1922-1931 ● CD $41.98
Three CDs, 71 tracks, highly recommended Thought not terribly well known today, bandleader Sam Wooding was an important figure in jazz history having a major role in introducing jazz to Europe and Russia.A contemporaray of Duke Ellington his earliest recordings were made in New York in 1922 - mostly accompanying blues singers Lucille Hegamin and Alberta. In 1925 he was offered a chance to take his band to Europe and over the next few years travelled throughout Europe and Russia and made recordings in Paris, Berlin and Barcelona. These incredibly rare recordings along with the 1922 ones are now all gathered together on this three CD set beautifully remastered and with a detailed 60 page booklet by leading European jazz authrity Rainer Lots with priceless rare photos and label shots. (FS)

 
LINK WRAY & THE RAYMEN GVC 2037 Rumbles, Raw-Hides, Jacks & Aces, 1956-1962 ● CD $14.98
The best and most comprehensive collection devoted to the early recordings of the great and influential rock 'n' roll guitarist LInk Wray. Two discs with 65 tracks! Disc one includes 33 of his classic sides recorded for Cadence and Epic between 1958 and 1962 - Rumble/ Swag/ Raw-Hide/ Slinky/ Rendezvous/ Jack The Ripper/ The Black Widow, etc. Disc2 is subtitled "The Collector's Link Wray: Family, Friends & Sessions" and includes Link's rare early vocal sides for Kay, his accompaniments to his brother Vernon who recorded country as Lucky Wray and rock & roll as Ray Vernon, sessions work with Marvin Rainwater and Bunker Hill and more.
CHUCK BENNETT: I Went To Your House/ BERT & RAY: Night Life/ Slow Drag/ BUNKER HILL: Hide & Go Seek (pts 1&2)/ Nobody Knows/ Red Ridin' Hood & The Wolf/ BOB DEAN & CINDY WITH THE KOUNTRY KINGS: Walk, Walk, Walkin' Blues/ THE PONIES: Stupid Pony/ MARVIN RAINWATER: Boo Hoo/ Honky Tonk In Your Heart/ I Can't Forget/ Tough Top Cat/ THE RAYMEN: Flirty Baby/ RAY VERNON: Big City After Dark/ Danger, One Way Love/ Evil Angel/ Hold It/ I'm Countin' On You/ Pretty Blue Eyes/ Roughshod/ Vendetta/ DOUG WRAY: Goose Bumps/ School Girl/ LINK WRAY: Ace Of Spades/ Ain't That Lovin' You Baby/ Alone/ Big City Stomp/ Caroline/ Comanche/ Dance Contest/ Dixie-Doodle/ El Toro/ Golden Strings/ Hand Clapper/ Hillbilly Wolf/ I Sez Baby/ Jack The Ripper/ Johnny Bom Bonny/ Lillian/ Mary Ann/ Pancho Villa/ Poppin' Popeye/ Radar/ Ramble/ Raw-Hide/ Rendezvous/ Right Turn/ Rumble/ Rumble Mambo/ Run, Chicken, Run/ Slinky/ Studio Blues/ The Black Widow/ The Outlaw/ The Stranger/ The Swag/ Tijuana/ Trail Of The Lonesome Pine/ Walkin' With Link/ LUCKY WRAY: Got Another Baby/ It's Music, She Says/ Teenage Cutie/ What'cha Say, Honey?/ THE WRAY BROTHERS: 99 Years To Go/ You're Sweeter Than Sugar

 

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