WHEN I LEFT HOME My Story by Buddy Guy with David Ritz ● Book $25.98
Hardback, 280 pages, counts as five CDs for shipping
Buddy Guy might not be a household name to the average Joe in the manner of John Lee Hooker or Muddy Waters, but to musicians like Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Jeff Beck he is a god among Bluesmen. Buddy was also a huge influence on both Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and he stands as a living embodiment of Chicago Blues. This engaging biography tells his story, beginning with his growing up in a sharecropping family in Louisiana and becoming entranced with the guitar and the Blues from a neighbor playing Lonnie Johnson's "Tomorrow Night". Hooker and Lightnin' Hopkins further inspired him, but it was hearing Muddy Waters' "Rollin' Stone" on a jukebox that prompted him head north for Chicago. David Ritz, famous for his Marvin Gaye biography, may be the co-writer but there's no doubt that it's Buddy's voice coming through in the pages; there is a warm, matter-of-fact tone to his storytelling that is highly inviting and sucks the reader in right away. His story-from his session days at Chess Records to his prickly partnership with Junior Wells-makes for unforgettable reading.



ALBERT AMMONS Acrobat ADDCD 3010 King Of Boogie Woogie ● CD $18.98 $12.98
Two CDs, 36 tracks, highly recommended
A splendid collection of sides by one of the greatest of all boogie pianists. Ammons had the solidest left hand in the business and was endlessly inventive with his right hand - rarely clichéd. The set opens with five gorgeous solo cuts from 1939 and the remainder is devoted to recordings made between 1945 and 1949 (the year he died) with his group The Rhythm Kings usually with guitarist Ike Perkins, bassist Israel Crosby and a number of different drummers. There are several fine vocals from Sippie Wallace, Mildred Anderson and drummer Jack Cooley. Two cuts feature his son Gene on tenor sax. The music is consistently superb but it's a shame they couldn't have added another dozen sides which would enable them to have presented a much broader picture of Albert's career. Still for the price there is enough great music here to please just about any fan of blues and boogie piano playing. (FS)

ALBERT COLLINS New West 6224 Live From Austin, Texas ● CD $18.98
CD + DVD; CD 9 tracks, (64 min.); DVD (68 min.), highly recommended
Recorded on the Austin City Limits show in 1991 (just a couple of years before Mr. Collins shuffled off this mortal coil) this live one offers as a CD and a DVD, a smart move by the folks at New West. From the first notes, the incendiary Iceman is firing on all cylinders. It's no wonder that every blues guitarist after Albert Collins appeared on the scene owes him a debt; many just copied his style wholesale. No one makes playing the blues guitar seem so effortless. It's as if the guitar is playing itself, magically expressing Collins' thoughts and emotions from moment to moment. Among the nine song set, Put The Shoe On The Other Foot stands out (pun unintended), as does Travelin' South and all seven of the other songs. Listeners may find themselves running to dust off their Albert Collins record collections and warm up the old turntable. (JC)

SANDY DENNY Island (UK) 533 842-9 Sandy ● CD $35.98
Two CDs, 33 tracks, 130 minutes, very highly recommended
About a year ago Island issued a two CD deluxe edition of Sandy Denny's first album "The North Star Grassman And The Ravens" ($34.98) and they now afforded the same treatment to her other three albums. "Sandy" may well be one of the best British folk-rock albums ever recorded. Sandy's second album after leaving Fairport Convention was stunning in 1972 and is doubly stunning 40 years later on this newly remastered double CD set. Sandy had an innate sense for traditional balladry, making old songs fresh and meaningful and writing new songs brimming with emotion and as singable as they come. On "Sandy" you get the spellbinding Listen Listen,, one of her finest original compositions, plus seven more of her haunting originals, a version of Bob Dylan's Tomorrow Is A Long Time that is one of the finest Dylan covers ever and a beautiful version of Richard Farina's Quiet Joys of Brotherhood. The band features Richard Thompson and Dave Swarbrick, Pat Donaldson and "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow as added attractions. The second disc features demos of all the songs on the original album - some with solo guitar or piano accompaniment, some with a small group. Some have a way to but many are as good, in their own, way as the final released versions and Sweet Rosemary with it's stark guitar accompaniment and Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood sung acapella with just a synthesizer drone might even be better! Other bonus features include a demo of After Halloween, a song intended for this album that never made it to a finel version, some alternate takes and mixes and the second disc ends with a never before issued live concert recorded in 1973in Denver, Colorado with Sandy doing songs from this album, her previous one and her forthcoming one. She is clearly nervous but her performances are, as always, a joy. (FS)

SANDY DENNY Island (UK) 370 028-8 Like An Old Fashioned Waltz ● CD $35.98
This is the deluxe version of Sandy's third studio album from 1973 and we haven't had a chance to listen to it yet but in addition to the original album there are demos, versions of a few of the songs without strings, alternate takes and live performances of several of the songs on the album.

SANDY DENNY Island (UK) 279 936-0 Rendezvous ● CD $35.98
The deluxe edition of Sandy's fourth an final studio album from 1977 includes the original album, demos, alternate takes and live performances.

THE DIXON BROTHERS Bear Family BCD 16817 A Blessing To People ● CD $139.98
4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 164-page hardcover book, 121 tracks. Playing time approx. 242 mins.
This massive box weighs 5 pounds and so shipping cost is equivalent to 25 regular CDs.
'Dorsey Dixon is the poet laureate of [America's] textile industry.' - Archie Green.
The definitive collection of one of the quintessential Depression-era hillbilly brother duos. A treasury of sacred, secular, and industrial songs from the Carolinas, many of them written by Dorsey M. Dixon, author of Wreck On The Highway and other country, bluegrass, and folk music standards. Features all surviving recordings by the Dixon Brothers and their affiliated groups. Together in one place for the first time! Also includes thirty-three solo recordings by Dorsey M. Dixon from 1961-1962. Between 1936 and 1938, the Dixons recorded, either together or with other partners, more than ninety selections for RCA-Victor, including such now-classic songs Weave Room Blues/ Spinning Room Blues/ Down With The Old Canoe'/ Two Little Rosebuds/ Intoxicated Rat, and I Didn't Hear Anybody Pray (aka Wreck On The Highway), plus more than two dozen previously unreleased recordings! The Dixon Brothers became one of the best-known and most popular hillbilly brother duos of the Great Depression, The meticulously restored songs on this 4-CD set comprise every surviving recording by the Dixon Brothers and their affiliated groups. The accompanying 164-page, LP-sized hardcover book contains a new biographical essay and extensive song notes by historian Patrick Huber, along with many rare and previously unpublished photographs. Also included are complete song lyrics, a detailed discography, and reproductions of the original session sheets.

THE FIVE KEYS El Toro 119 Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind - Complete Capitol Recordings ● CD $27.98
Two CDs, 56 tracks, highly recommended
A superb collection featuring all the recordings that the great vocal group The Five Keys recorded for Capitol between 1954 and 1958 along with bonus live recordings from an Alan Freed radio show and seven tracks featuring them backing jazz singer & trombonist Jack Teagarden on a selection of gospel songs. Unlike other groups with one or two lead singers, The FIve Keys had three - the smooth polished tenor of Rudy West, the soulful vocals of Dickie Smith and the bluesy tones of Maryland Pierce. With such a line up it's not surprising that they sounded great on a diverse spectrum of material. For their first half a dozen sessions their recordings were in the same mould as their earlier Aladdin recordings with the group front and center with mostly small band accompaniment and they had a string of big hits including the great rocker Ling Ting Tong and the mesmerizing ballad Close Your Eyes along with other hits like The Verdict/ "Cause You're My Lover and Gee Whittakers. Starting in June, 1956 the sound of the group changed with more extensive instrumentation and added female chorus and they chalked up their last hit with the lovely ballad Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind. Subsequent sessions found the pop influence becoming stronger with strings being added and rhythm and blues elements fading although the vocals were still soulful. The group wanted to position itself as a nightclub act so the change was not the fault of the label but the direction the group wanted to go. But they hadn't left their R&B roots entirely behind as their last couple of sessions September 1957 and February 11th found them returning to the small group accompaniments on a selection dominated by a hard driving rockers along with a couple of fine ballads. The recordings with Jack Teagarden are a curiosity with songs like Get On Board Little Childern/ This Train/ Shadrack and others given pop arrangements with the group not really having much to do. This set complements Jasmine 555 ($18.98) with some overlap - the Jasmine covers their excepional Aladdin and Groove recordings along with some of their Capitol sides. Sound is superb and there are detailed notes on each session. (FS)

THE FOUR KNIGHTS Acrobat 4030 Best Of, Volume 1 - Oh Baby! ● CD $13.98 $8.98
22 tracks, 61 min, highly recommended
According to the liner notes, this is the 1st ever "legit" released by this pre-doo wop harmony group, best known for providing backing vocals for Nat King Cole. There are few early recordings as the group was extremely popular on radio, most known for having a weekly residency on "Avalon Time" (usually listed as The Red Skelton Show - they were also on the Red Skelton Show on early TV). Their initial recordings were for Decca, but they hit their stride on Capitol - this set covers the 1st half of their stay there. With guitar strum backing & an easy Mills Bros/Ink Spots lope, the group had hits such as Sentimental Fool/ Walkin' In The Sunshine & I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You), along with fine versions of Glory Of Love/ Charmaine/ Oh Happy Day (not the Edwin Hawkins tune), Anniversary Song and others. (GM)

JIVIN' GENE & THE JOKERS Professor Money 7032 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do ● CD $16.98
28 tracks, recommended
Available again. A collections of Swamp Pop, R&B, rock 'n' roll country and pop from Gene Bourgeois and his gang. There are four versions of his most famous song, and only hit, the iconic Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - the original sparse version recorded for Jin in 1959, the Mercury hit version which is the Jin version with some discreet instrumental overdubs, a "radio mix" which appears to be a slightly edited version of the original and a 1965 version recorded for Hall. On the R&B songs he is obviously influenced strongly by Fats Domino as were so many other Louisiana swamp pop singers. (FS)

BRADLEY KINCAID JSP JSPCD 77158 A Man And His Guitar - Selected Sides, 1927-1950 ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 104 tracks, recommended
Singer/ guitarist/ songwriter Bradley Kincaid from Kentucky was an extremely popular artist with the country audience from the late 1920s through 1940s both on record and on radio. Both his parents sang and passed many of their old songs on to him and he subsequently travelled around the south collecting old songs and ballads. He started recording in 1927 and over the next seven years recorded over 120 songs - traditional American songs, mountain songs, old English ballads, novelty songs, sentimental songs and original compositions. He was responsible for resuscitating many old songs that hadn't been recorded before. This collection features around 3/4 of his early recordings along with some from the 1940s when he returned to recording. Like other artists of the era he would often record the same song for different labels so there are two or three versions of a number of songs here. Kincaid had a pleasant tenor voice but was a limited guitar player and with little variation in tempo and keys his performances can get wearing when listened to at length. Nevertheless, this is an important release by an immensely popular artist who was the first to record many songs that have become part of the standard country repertoire. Sound quality is excellent and there are informative notes by Pat Harrison. (FS)
BRADLEY KINCAID: A Paper Of Pins/ A Picture Of Life’s Other Side/ After The Ball (1)/ After The Ball (2)/ Ain’t We Crazy (1)/ Ain’t We Crazy (2)/ Angels In Heaven Know I Love You/ Barbara Allen (1)/ Barbara Allen (2)/ Billy Boy/ Blue Tail Fly/ Brush The Dust From That Old Bible/ Bury Me On The Prairie (1)/ Bury Me On The Prairie (2)/ Bury Me Out On The Prairie (3)/ Charlie Brooks/ Cindy (1)/ Cindy (2)/ Dog And Gun/ Down By The Railroad Track/ Fair Ellen/ Footprints In The Snow/ For Sale A Baby/ Four Thousand Years Ago/ Froggie Went A Courtin’/ Give My Love To Nell (1)/ Give My Love To Nell (2)/ Gooseberry Pie/ Happy Days Long Ago/ Housekeeper’s Tragedy/ Humming Bird Special/ I Could Not Call Her Mother/ I Gave My Love A Cherry/ I Loved You Better/ I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me/ I Wonder When I Shall Be Married/ In The Hills Of Old Kentucky/ In The Little Shirt That Mother Made For Me/ In The Streets Of Laredo/ I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight/ I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen/ Jimmie Rodgers’ Life/ Just Plain Folks/ Let That Mule Go Aunk! Aunk!/ Life Is Like A Mountain Railway/ Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane/ Liza Up In The ‘Simmon Tree/ Long, Long Ago/ Mammy’s Precious Baby/ Mary Wore Three Links Of Chain/ Methodist Pie (1)/ Methodist Pie (2)/ My Little Home In Tennessee/ My Mother’s Beautiful Hands/ My Rooster/ Now The Table’s Turned On You/ Old Coon Dog/ Old Joe Clark (1)/ Old Joe Clark (2)/ Old Number Three/ On Top Of Old Smoky/ Pearl Bryan/ Pretty Little Pink (1)/ Pretty Little Pink (2)/ Some Little Bug Is Goin’ To Get You Some Day/ Somewhere, Somebody’s Waiting For Me/ Sourwood Mountain (1)/ Sourwood Mountain (2)/ Sweet Betsy From Pike/ Sweet Inniscara/ Sweet Kitty Wells/ That Tumble Down Shack In Athlone/ The Blind Girl (1)/ The Blind Girl (2)/ The Blind Girl (3)/ The Death Of Jimmie Rodgers/ The Fatal Derby Day (1)/ The Fatal Derby Day (2)/ The Fatal Wedding (1)/ The Fatal Wedding (2)/ The Fatal Wedding (3)/ The First Whippoorwill Song/ The Foggy Dew/ The House Carpenter/ The Innocent Prisoner/ The Legend Of The Robin’s Red Breast/ The Little Mohee/ The Little Rosewood Casket/ The Old Wooden Rocker/ The Red River Valley (1)/ The Red River Valley (2)/ The Ship That Never Returned/ The Swapping Song/ The True And Trembling Brakeman/ The Two Sisters/ The Wreck On The C&O Road/ There’s A Red Light Ahead/ Those Precious Love Letters/ Three Wishes/ Two Little Girls In Blue/ Two Little Orphans/ When The Work’s All Done This Fall/ Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me/ Zeb Tourney’s Gal (Feud Song)

BETTE MCLAURIN Official 9137 The Masquerade Is Over ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 72 mins, recommended
Available again. This collection of singles recorded from 1951 to 1957-for Derby, Derby's off-shoot Central, Coral, Jubilee, Glory, Bon Ton, and Atco-showcases the singer, who, to all intents and purposes, was the female Johnny Mathis: a black singer who was more mainstream Pop than R&B, although McLaurin's voice is nowhere near as smooth as Mathis or even Nat Cole for that matter. In fact, it is probably the band arrangements, which are similar to 40's big band jazz, that helped cross her over into the Pop charts more than her less-than-polished vocals. Nonetheless, Bette does have a unique way with a song, and anyone who liked her track on the "Derby Story" should find something here to entertain them, including her other hits, The Masquerade is Over and My Heart Belongs to Only You (both cut with the Eddie Wilcox Orchestra). And she really knocks Old Man River out of the park! (GMC)

WES MONTGOMERY Resonance 2011 Echoes Of Indiana Avenue ● CD $16.98
9 tracks, 53 mins, highly recommended
Here is quite a find for you Wes Montgomery fans out there, as well as a great entry point for those of you who are looking to check him out. This CD provides us with newly discovered studio and live recordings from 1957-58 that feature the Jazz Guitar genius at the peak of his powers. You get wonderful renditions of Thelonious Monk's Round Midnight and Straight No Chaser, Horace Silver's Nica's Dream, Duke Ellington's Take The A Train, and Earl Garner's Misty, among others, all done in Montgomery's laid back virtuoso style. Featuring the talents of Wes' brothers Buddy and Monk, among other fabulous players, this is a top notch collection, with great sound, stunningly put together, with a beautiful design, extensive notes, and rare pictures. (JM)

THE ORLONS Real Gone 056 The Wah-Watusi/ South Street ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, recommended
Originally released by Collector's Choice in 2010, this CD contains the first two albums by Philadelphia "girl group" (despite the fact that there's also a guy in the group) The Orlons. "The Wah-Watusi" (1962) and "South Street" (1963) are typical albums from their time: that is, merely vehicles for their respective hit title tracks. The first album is nothing special, containing just OK covers of Dedicated to the One I Love/ Mashed Potato Time, and Let Me In, except for two flop singles, I'll Be True and (Happy Birthday) Mr. Twenty-One, which are actually pretty good doo wop. The covers on the second album are a bit more imaginative: giddy versions of John D. Loudermilk's Big Daddy and Slim Gaillard's Cement Mixer are clever and entertaining. Elsewhere, Don't Let Go/ Gather 'Round, and Muskrat Ramble are fun sing-a-longs. Verdict: this is good Philadelphia pop from the gang at Cameo/Parkway and if you didn't get this CD the first time around from Collector's Choice, then it's worth a purchase for the "South Street" material. (GMC)

ROYCE PORTER & FRIENDS El Toro 1054 Texas Teenage Bop ● CD $17.98
33 tracks, 77 mins, highly recommended
Another terrific collection of regional rockabilly from El Toro - this time featuring Texas recordings spearheaded by singer/ guitarist Royce Porter who is featured on nine songs - a mix of Elvis inspired rockers and Roy Orbison inspired ballads. The rockers feature some of Royce's dynamic guitar work and he also plays guitar on sides by his good friend Ray Doggett. Royce and Ray first recorded for the Spade label run by the legendary Bennie Hess and quite a few of the other tracks here are from Hess labels. Other artists include Vern Pullens (three superb tracks including his sensational updating of an old song as Mama Don't Allow No Boppin'), Johnny McAdams, Bennie Hess (his great and frequently reissued Wild Hog Hop), Donald Simpson & The Rockenettes (a nice swamp pop feel on Woeoh Baby with some hot guitar into the bargain), Darrell Rhodes (four songs including the Bo Diddleyish I Thought About You), Meredith Neal and others. Superb sound and informative notes on many of the artists. (FS)

ROOSEVELT SYKES Document DOCD 5688 Recorded Live At Webster Collecge, St. Louis, 1974 ● CD $15.98
11 tracks, recommended
This CD, originally issued as a Document LP in 1988 features this great piano bluesman recorded live at Webster College, St Louis in 1974. Roosevelt was in fine form on a selection of his old favorites including 44 Blues/ Night Time Is The Right Time/ Driving Wheel/Goin' Down Slow/ St James Infirmary Blues/ On The Sunny Side Of the Street, etc. In addition to the fine singing and playing there are charming and interesting introductions to the songs by Roosevelt. Sound is generally good. (FS)

BLIND JOE TAGGART Document DOCD 5153 Complete Chronological Recordings, Vol. 1 (1926-28) ● CD $15.98 $10.98
24 tracks, 70 min., recommended
Josh White said Taggart was the 2nd meanest man he'd ever met and not even blind...Cataracts. At any rate, Blind Joe Taggart was apparently the first "guitar evangelist" (read: religious country blues guitarist) to put his act on shellac. His early Vocalion sides are generally excellent, especially Keep On The Firing Line, but his Paramount efforts are paramount. Some of them, anyway. The notes call Goin' To Rest Where Jesus Is/ Been Listening All The Day "Two of the most intriguing recordings in the history of American folk music." Intriguing claim, that. Some secular sides recorded under pseudonyms have been included, though Blind Percy may or may not be the real (Blind) McCoy. (JC)
BLIND JOE AMOS: C &O Blues/ BLIND PERCY & HIS BLIND BAND: Coal River Blues/ Fourteenth Street Blues/ BLIND JOE TAGGART: Been Listening All The Day/ Everybody's Got To Be Tried/ God's Gonna Separate The Wheat From The Tares/ Goin' To Rest Where Jesus Is/ I Will Not Be Removed/ I Wish My Mother Was On That Train (-52)/ I Wish My Mother Was On That Train (-53)/ I'll Be Satisfied (-48)/ I'll Be Satisfied (-49)/ I've Crossed The Separation Line/ Just Beyond Jordan/ Keep On The Firing Line/ Lord Don't Drive Me Away/ Mother's Love/ Religion Is Something Within You/ Scandalous And A Shame/ Take Your Burden To The Lord (-50)/ Take Your Burden To The Lord (-51)/ The Half Ain't Never Been Told/ The Storm Is Passing Over/ There's A Hand Writing On The Wall

EDDIE TAYLOR JR. Wolf 120826 So Called Friends ● CD $16.98
15 tracks, 71 mins, recommended
Solid set of no frills Chicago blues from Eddie Jr. Ten of the 15 cuts are drawn from Eddie's four previous Wolf albums recorded between 1997 and 2007 and five are from a 2011 session. Eddie is a fine singer and guitarist and the most recent sides show a distinct maturing of both his vocals and guitar work. The earlier sides are mostly covers (Forty Four/ Pink Champagne/ Stop Breaking Down, etc.) while his more recent recordings features more original songs. He is accompanied by various groups featuring top Chicago musicians like Harmonica Hinds, brother Tim Taylor, Detroit Jr, Willie Kent and others. (FS)

JOE TEX Musical Memories 1135 His Greatest Hits ● CD $7.98
24 tracks, 76 mins, highly recommended
All of Joe Tex's biggest and best, just about right on the money except for two unfortunate omissions: Have You Ever (which was a pretty big song for Tex in 1976) and Chicken Crazy (not a hit at all, but a personal favorite of mine that I would have liked to see included). Other than those two, this is exactly what you would want and expect. You get the hard Funk of I Gotcha and You Said A Bad Word, the sweet Southern Soul of I Want To (Do Everything For You), and A Sweet Woman Like You, the Gospel infused Hold On To What You Got, and of course the all-time classics Skinny Legs and All and Show Me. This collection started a little scary with the disappointing Disco of Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman), but once you skip that first track it is a hot-buttered Soul dance party from one of the best. (JM)

MEL TILLIS B.A.C.M. 379 Honky Tonk Song ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, 71 mins, recommended
30 of Mel's earliest recordings cut for Columbia between 1957 and 1962. At this time Mel was a fine honky tonk vocalist and a brilliant songwriter. He only had a couple of hits during this time The Violet & The Rose and Finally (both included here) but had great success as a songwriter - most notably for Webb Pierce and this CD includes Mel's versions of Honky Tonk Song/ No Love Have I/ I Ain't Never/ I'm Tired/ Tupelo County Jail and others which were big hits for Webb. All but a couple of songs on this written or co-written by Mel (who wrote over 1,000 songs over his career!) including Ten Thousand Drums (a hit for Carl Smith)/ A Case Of The Blues/ Holiday For Love (a hit for Ray Price)/ Lonely Street/ Brooklyn Bridge and others. (FS)
MEL TILLIS: Aloha Means Farewell/ Bells Of San Juan/ Blue Ridge Mountain Trail/ Cowboy Serenade/ Down Where The Watermelon Grow/ Farewell To The Lone Prairie/ Gallop O'er The Hill/ Help Me Lose The Blues/ Hillbilly Town/ Home Trials/ I've Been On The Range Too Long/ It's The Desert In My Soul/ Lady Hoo I Love You/ My Cherokee Rose/ My Cross Eyed Gal/ My Old Home Town/ My Saddle Serenade/ Navajo/ Old Wagon Wheel/ Out On The Open Range/ Poor Little Rose/ Rainbow Valley/ Ride Ride Ride/ Roving Gambler/ Stars Of The Midnight Range/ There's A Round-Up Ahead For The Cowboys/ Weary Old Hills/ What Will I Tell Old Paint/ Wind Blows Free

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ADDCD 3053 The Lamp Records Story ● CD $18.98 $12.98
Two CD set, 51 tracks, highly recommended
Another terrific label oriented collection from Acrobat - this time devoted to the Lamp label - formed in 1954 as a subsidiary of Los Angeles based Aladdin Records to focus mostly on East Coast based artists. Between 1954 and '57 the label issued 29 singles so this set comprises most of the labels releases. The label was active in 1954 issuing blues, R&B and gospel recordings from Leonard Lee (one half of Shirley & Lee, recorded in New Orleans), female vocal group The Cookies (soon to move to Atlantic and eventually become The Raelettes), solo sides by Cookies member Margie Hendricks, superb gospel quartet The Skylight Singers who first recorded in the mid 40s and others. The label was inactive in 1955 but returned in 1956 with it's new 2000 series with performances aimed at the burgeoning rock 'n' roll market featuring up tempo R&B and doo-wop ballads from Sheri Washington, The Lovers (actually Tarheel Slim & Little Anne on a selection of ballads), The Sharps (fine bluesy vocal group), The Tantones, Troopers, Heart-Throbs (with a fine female lead who sounds like Little Esther), Minor Bops and others. There's one blues cut from this period from the excellent Rebecca Williams recorded in San Francisco with the Fats Gaines band including an excellent guitar player. Excellent sound and informative notes. (FS)
THE CAROLS: Keko/ My Search Is Over/ JOHNNY COOK: It's All In Your Mind/ My Dear, Dear Darling/ THE COOKIES: All Night Mambo/ Hold Me Hold Me Hold Me/ THE CUES: Forty 'Leven Different Ways/ Scoochie Scoochie/ THE DAYBREAKERS: I Wonder Why/ Up, Up And Away/ BONNIE EVANS: Good Luck To You/ Leave Your Love To Me/ THE HEART THROBS: All The Way Home/ So Glad/ MARGIE HENDRICKS: Every Time/ Good Treatment/ THE INSPIRATIONS: Don't Cry/ Indian Jane/ LEONARD LEE: Tryin' To Fool Me/ When The Sun Goes Down/ THE LOVERS: Darling It's Wonderful/ Got A Whole Lot Of Lovin'/ I Wanna Be Loved/ Let's Elope/ Tell Me/ THE MELLO-FELLOWS: Iddy Biddy Baby/ My Friend Charlie/ THE MINOR BOPS: Need You Tonight/ Want You For My Own/ CLARENCE SAMUELS: Crazy With The Heat/ Life Don't Mean A Thing/ SLIM SAUNDERS: For Me And My Girl/ No One Can Love You Like I Do/ THE SHARPS: Lock My Heart/ Our Love Is Here To Stay/ JIMMY SIMMS: Mystery Of Love/ Nobody But You/ THE SKYLIGHT SINGERS: Certainly Lord/ I'm Going Back Home/ Lord Have Mercy/ Thank You Jesus/ THE TANTONES: I Love You, Really I Do/ No Matter/ So Afraid/ Tell Me/ THE TROOPERS: Get Out/ My Resolution/ SHERI WASHINGTON: Ain't I Talkin' To You Baby/ I Got Plenty/ REBECCA WILLIAMS: Please Give Me A Match/ Take A Care Of My Heart

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACMCD 4003 Texas Blues, Vol. 1 - Houston Hotshots ● CD $13.98 $9.98
20 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended
First of three CDs featuring urban Texas blues recordings from the late 40s and early 50s. This volume is devoted to some of the early recordings made for Don Robey's Peacock label between 1949 and 1951. It includes two tracks by Memphis Slim and his band that isn't Texas blues but is a fine pair of sides and was recorded in Houston. This set features Clarence "Gatemouth" first two Peacock sides - the superb Didn't Reach My Goal and My Time Is Expensive. There are two cuts from the splendid singer/ piano player Lavada Durst (aka Dr. hepcat) including the wonderful Hattie Green. Four cuts feature the down home group the Gondoliers which included guitarist Edgar Blanchard, Tommy Ridgely on piano, harmonica player Papa Lightfoot and drummer Silver Cooks - two have vocals by Cooks and two by Blanchard. Singer/ pianist Elmore Nixon is featured on two tracks and the set also features tracks by R.B. Thibadeaux, Paul Monday, Joe "Papoose" Fritz and the outstanding Bettye Jean Washington. I believe that most of these tracks are making their first appearance on CD. Sound quality is excellent, there are brief notes and full discographical information. (FS)
EDGAR BLANCHARD AND THE GONDOLIERS: Creole Gal Blues/ She'll Be Mine After A While/ CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN: Didn't Reach My Goal/ My Time Is Expensive/ SILVER COOKS AND THE GONDOLIERS: Coming Back Home/ Mr.ticket Agent/ LAVARDA DURST: Hattie Green/ I Cried/ JOE "PAPOOSE" FRITZ AND HIS ORCHESTRA: I'm Not Suspicious,but/ Summer's Coming On/ MEMPHIS SLIM AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Mean Little Woman/ The Girl I Love/ PAUL MONDAY: Irene's Boogie/ Tired Of This Life I'm Living/ ELMORE NIXON: A Hepcats Advice/ Alabama Blues/ R.B. THIBADEAUX: New Kind Of Loving/ R.b.boogie/ BETTYE JEAN WASHINGTON: Bettye Jean Blues/ Why Oh Why Did You Let Me Go

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACMCD 4038 Bob Geddins' Irma Records Story ● CD $13.98 $10.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Another great collection of mostly West Coast blues produced by the indefatigable Bob Geddins for his Irma label in 1956/57. It opens with two sides from Texas bluesman Juke Boy Bonner who was living in the Bay Area for a short time in the mid 50s before moving back down South. These two sides, issued as by Juke Boy Barner, find him accompanied by a fine small group with Lafayette Thomas on guitar on a couple of Jimmy Reed flavored number. In the 60s and 70s he recorded for several labels, most notably Arhoolie, in a much more individualistic and creative style often with a topical flavor. There are eight sides by Jimmy McCracklin with his great band The Blues Blasters which at that time featured the superb tenor sax work of Raymond Boyd and the spectacular guitar of Lafayette Thomas who also appears on the two superb sides by Jimmy Wilson which includes a variation on his most popular song Tin Pan Alley - here it becomes Blues In The Alley. Another familiar Geddins artist is Johnny Fuller whop appears on four sides including First Stage Of The Blues where he sounds like he's impersonating Elvis. Geneva Vallier is a relatively undistinguished vocalist but her He's A Friend (Vote For Adlai Stevenson) is a fascinating topical song and she is accompanied by the fine Candyman McGuirt Band. There is some fine doo-wop from The Intervals, Starlighters and Al Smith & The Angels and the set is rounded out by two fabulous gospel sides The Golden Keys including the church-wrecking Somebody Touched Me. Excellent sound and Opal Louis Nations provides excellent notes butting these recordings into perspective. (FS)
JUKE BOY BARNER (AKA JUKE BOY BONNER): Rock With Me Baby/ Well Baby/ JOHNNY FULLER: Strange Land/ Weeping And Mourning/ First Stage Of The Blues/ No More - No More/ THE GOLDEN KEYS: One Step (Don't Wonder 'Bout Him)/ Somebody Touched Me/ THE INTERVALS WITH CHICK MORRIS' BAND: Love Me Sweet/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN & HIS BLUES BLASTERS: (My) Love For You/ Beer Tavern Girl/ Fare-well/ I Wanna Make Love To You/ I'm The One/ Savoy's Jump/ Take A Chance/ You're The One/ AL SMITH & THE ANGELS: Leavin' You Baby/ Sha-Wa-Wa/ THE STARLIGHTERS: Last Night/ Love Cry/ BIG MAMA THORNTON & THE HI-TONES: Big Mama's Coming Home/ Don't Talk Back/ GENEVA VALLIER WITH CANDYMAN MCGUIRT & HIS BAND: He's A Friend (Vote For Adlai Stevenson)/ Sunny Day/ JIMMY WILSON & HIS BLUES BLASTERS: Blues In The Alley/ Oh Red

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bronx 102 Bronx Doo-Wop Diaries - Sal Corrente Story, Part 1 ● CD $17.98
27 tracks, 65 min., recommended
Part One of the collected recordings of Sal Corrente, who sang with several groups over the years, all the while managing to avoid the responsibilities of awful success. Corrente could definitely sing, although his brand of doo wop had largely fallen out of favor even as he formed group after group. So that At The Start Of A New Romance by The Dials is a decent song, but Corrrente didn't even form the group until late 1964. By the time he formed The Johnny Law Four, Corrente's sound was updated though perhaps still a bit outdated. As Johnny Law And The Blue Coats, Corrente and company won the Ted Mack amateur hour, though with a reworking of an older song. Corrente records here with The Dials, The Sinceres, The Traces, The 1929 Depression, The Runarounds, and a few other incarnations. No real knockouts, but most cuts are pleasing if derivative. Can't blame a guy for being influenced by Dion, though. Fourteen of the tracks are previously unreleased. An interesting look at a career that was always trying to take off. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bronx 103 Bronx Doo-Wop Diaries - Sal Corrente Story, Part 2 ● CD $17.98
27 tracks, 70 min., recommended
Part Two of the Sal Corrente story offers more of the same, with recordings drawn from releases on the Philips, Cousins, EMR, Scepter, Providence and Laurie labels, recording as The Dials and The Runarounds, among others. Aside from the early Sincere's cut Joyce, of greatest interest are the tracks by The Dials, which at 13 selections make up the majority of the disc. As with the first volume, 14 of these tracks are previously unreleased, and as with volume one, the notes fail to indicate which are which, though one can guess. That said, this volume is stronger than its mate. Oddly but interestingly, Corrente recorded the same songs with different groups. Results vary, as does the sound here which ranges from pretty good to, in the case of The Sincere's song, not so wonderful (dubbed as it obviously was from somewhat worn vinyl) to, in the case of the no doubt rare a cappella version of You Made Me Cry by The Dials, unpleasant. But at least it's here. Can volume 3 be far behind? (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly 665 ... Boys Can Be Mean - Fabulous Femme Pop Gems ● CD $15.98
2 CDs, 60 tracks, 148 mins, highly recommended
Girl group records were always so informative. Not only could you learn about all the latest dances, you could learn all kinds of culturally important stuff like: The "piece of real estate where all the Hippies congregate" - On The Corner by The Ad Libs, how football works - Backfield In Motion by The Angelos, and also all about something called the Sophisticated Boom Boom - The Goodies. If you are a fan of those classic girl group records like I am, than this collection is overflowing with riches, with tons of rare and beautiful tracks. Most of the acts here you will certainly know, many of the songs you will know, but rarely will you have both. Wondrous tracks like Money (That's What I Want) by The Fabulets, Little Bell by The Dixie Cups, Love You More Than Yesterday by The Shangri-las, Do Wah Diddy by The Jelly Beans, and many, many more great cuts. Seeing as Charly owns the master tapes from so many legendary labels, you can bet that the sound on this is crisp, clear and fantastic. What are you waiting for, Summer has started, you need this roaring out of your car stereo, livening up your backyard Bar-B-Que, and spicing up you long hot Summer nights (JM)
THE AD LIBS: I'm Just A Down Home Girl/ On The Corner/ THE ANGELOS: Backfield In Motion/ Bad Motorcycle/ Just Like Taking Candy From A Baby/ THE AVONS: Just As Long As I Live/ BESSIE BANKS: It Sounds Like My Baby/ THE BOUQUETS: Ain't That Love/ Welcome To My Heart/ THE BUTTERFLYS: Gee Baby Gee/ I Wonder/ YVONNE CARROLL: Please Don't Go/ THE CLINGER SISTERS: Puppet/ TRACEY DEY: Jealous Eyes/ THE DIXIE CUPS: I'm Gonna Get You Yet/ Little Bell/ People Say/ BETTY EVERETT: Gettin' Mighty Crowded/ I Can't Hear You/ SHELLEY FABARES: I Know You'll Be There/ Lost Summer Love/ THE FABULETTES: Money (That's What I Want)/ Try The Worryin' Way/ THE GOODIES: Sophisticated Boom Boom/ The Dum Dum Ditty/ BARBARA GREEN: A Lover's Plea/ I Should Have Treated You Right/ ELLIE GREENWICH: Another Boy Like Mine/ THE HONEY BEES: No Guy/ THE INSPIRATIONS: What Am I Gonna Do With You, Hey Baby/ BARBARA JACKSON: Second Best/ THE JELLY BEANS: Do Wah Diddy/ Here She Comes/ The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget/ LINDA JONES: You Hit Me Like TNT/ RODDIE JOY: If There's Anything Else You Want/ Stop/ KELLI & THE KITTENS: Happy Town/ KAREN KELLY: Don't Let The Hurt Show Through (Hidden bonus track)/ He Passes By/ Nobody's Girl/ GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: Letter Full Of Tears/ Operator/ LEOLA & THE LOVEJOYS: Wait 'Round The Corner/ THE LOVEJOYS: Payin' For The Wrong I've Done/ CHI CHI MACAULEY: Memory Lane Without You/ LINDA MARTELL & THE ANGLOS: The Things I Do For You/ MELINDA MARX: How I Wish You Came/ THE PEARLETTES: Duchess Of Earl/ THE RUBIES: Deeper/ Spanish Boy/ CATHY SAINT: Mr Heartbreak/ EVIE SANDS: Take Me For A Little While/ You Got Me Uptight/ THE SENSATIONS: That's What You Gotta Do/ THE SHANGRI-LAS: Love You More Than Yesterday/ Right Now And Not Later/ THE SOCIETY GIRLS: S.P.C.L.G./ SUGAR & THE SPICES: Boys Can Be Mean/ THE SUNBEAMS: Sing A Song/ JUDY THOMAS: Golden Records

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5221 Country Gospel ● CD $15.98 $11.98
25 tracks, 70 min., recommended
The presumed link between these two black acts is that they both once seemed to belong in the country gospel category and even had recordings released in the hillbilly/country numbering series for the respective companies. Fair enough. But there are some significant differences as well. The Two Gospel Keys, who recorded for r&b labels such as Apollo and Red Robin Records, put out a relatively tame, country-inflected sound on their 17 tracks here, including Charity/ I Want My Crown, and Every Man Got to Lay Down and Die. But Sister O. M. Terrell positively rocks the joint with her intense vocals and Sister Rosetta Tharpe flavored guitar work. Her intense but minimal repertoire of eight recorded works, from the Playboy and Columbia labels, includes Life Is a Problem/ The Bible's Right, and I'm Going to That City. Not music to miss out on. Sound is generally good as are the brief notes. And there's a rather fuzzy cover photo of the Gospel Keys which provides the cover art. (DH)
SISTER O. M. TERRELL: God's Little Birds/ How Long/ I'm Going To That City/ Life Is A Problem/ Lord I Want You To Lead Me On/ Swing Low Sweet Chariot/ The Bible's Right/ The Gambling Man/ THE TWO GOSPEL KEYS: Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down/ Charity/ Every Man Got To Lay Down And Die/ I Can't Feel At Home In This World Anymore (alt. take)/ I Can't Tarry/ I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore/ I Don't Want To Go Down There Pt. 1/ I Don't Want To Go Down There Pt. 2/ I Love Traveling/ I Want My Crown/ Jesus Met The Woman At The Well/ Precious Lord (C-2083)/ Precious Lord (D-713)/ This Heart Of Mine/ We're Gonna Have A Good Time/ You've Got To Move (D-714)/ You've Got To Move (When The Lord Gets Ready)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5485 Atlanta, GA. Gospel, 1923-31 ● CD $15.98 $10.98
25 tracks, 76 min., recommended
This time around the indefatigable Johnny Parth, the man behind the Document label, offers a miscellany of religious groups and individuals who either lived in or recorded in Atlanta. Sound quality varies but is generally impressive given the original recording dates, and the stylistic range of the eight contributors here is considerable. On the straightforward and rather unexciting side are Swing Low Sweet Chariot by the Morehouse College Quartet, Who Was Job? by the Reverend C. D. Montgomery, and Hell is God's Chain Gang by the Reverend W. H. Gallamore. On the more harmonically and rhythmically interesting side are the recordings here by the Thankful Quartette, The Progressive Four, and the James Brothers who bemoan the lack of crap shooting on the Sabbath in Ain't It a Shame. Notes by the inimitable Ray Funk. (DH)
DEACON W.H. GALLAMORE: Hell Is God's Chain Gang/ Hide Me Over In The Rock Of Ages/ In My Dying Room/ Just Had To Tell It/ THE INDEPENDENT QUARTET: In The Bible There's A Story/ Let The Church Roll On/ THE JAMES BROTHERS QUARTET: Ain't It A Shame?/ I'm In My Saviour's Care/ THE MIDDLE GEORGIA SINGING CONVENTION: Bells Of Love/ I Am Going Home/ I Walk With Jesus/ This Song Of Love/ Walking With My King/ We'll Reap What We Sow/ REV. C. D. MONTGOMERY: Who Was Job? Part 1 (take 1)/ Who Was Job? Part 2/ MOREHOUSE COLLEGE QUARTET: Down By The Riverside/ Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/ THE PROGRESSIVE FOUR: Beautiful Land/ Ding Dong Bells/ New Name/ THE THANKFUL QUARTETTE: Goin' To Shout All Over God's Heaven/ He Took My Sins Away/ I'm Troubled Lord I'm Troubled/ Let The Church Roll On

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 175 Eh Cumpari! The Italian-American Songbook, 1951-1960 ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 52 tracks, 2 hours 26 min., recommended
Italian Americans had a huge effect on popular music in the 1950s, as this compilation ably demonstrates. Along with some singers whose inclusion is unsurprising (e.g., Al Martino, Julius La Rosa, Tony Bennett) are those who, not accidentally, are less often thought of as Italian Americans (e.g., Bobby Darin, Joni James, Bobby Rydell, Connie Francis). But while the Frank Sinatra and Louis Prima tracks are a solid pleasure, a little of Mario Lanza's semi-operatic vocals is more than enough. In fact, too many of the cuts belong to the only-mildly-pleasurable category, including the stuff by Frankie Laine, Johnny Desmond, Vic Damone, Jerry Vale, and Perry Como, who actually sounds as if he may fall asleep during his own performances. More from Dean Martin and Dion & The Belmonts would have been better. The two songs by Eydie Gorme (Too Close For Comfort and Love Me Forever) reveal her to be cooler than some of us previously realized. In all, a nice collection, if a bit heavy on the lesser crooners. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 4219 Hollywood Blues - Classic West Coast Blues, 1948-1953 ● CD $23.98
Two CDs, 53 tracks, 149 mins, essential
At first look I thought that this two CD set of West Coast down home blues was a rehash of what had been out before on Boulevard and other labels but on further inspection I found that this set includes 15 previously unissued tracks from a February 1953 and they are fabulous! These recordings were made for Dolphins of Hollywood and then bought by King Records who never issued them and here they are reissued for the first time and well worth getting this set for. There are nine sides by Soldier Boy Houston who also had some sides issued by Atlantic. He was a fabulous performer who was born in Texas and settled in Los Angeles in the early 50s. He was a superb, low key vocalist who accompanied himself with a basic but very effective churning guitar style and sang songs that often had an autobiographical theme including a couple that reflect his possible experiences in the Korean war. He sings about going to Hollywood to find his woman in two versions - one of them is incomplete and features him accompanied by two harmonicas! One of the harmonica players is thought to be Ira Taylor who performs a superb rendition of the old favorite My Little Machine and also accompanies the equally obscure Charles Lacey - a superb singer and dynamic guitar player who is featured on three outstanding songs. This amazing session is rounded out by two versions of New Orleans by James "Little" Houston who may be the older brother of Soldier Boy and is the least interesting of the artists but still worthwhile. The rest of the tracks have all been out before but some of them were on the long out of print ABM release which had apalling sound and are featured here in far superior quality including both parts of Smokey Hogg's Penitentiary Blues - probably his best performance - traditional Texas blues with fine guitar by Smokey who is not always noted for his guitar skills. Other artists include Sonny Boy Johnson (lovely vocals and harmonica in Sonny Boy #1 style), Big Son Tillis, Sidney Maiden, Black Diamond, Slim Green and others. Considering the sophistication of West Coast music some of the country blues recorded here in the 40s and early 50s are among the most archaic released in this era. Excellent sound and informative notes make this a must have collection. (FS)
BLACK DIAMOND: Lonesome Blues/ T. P. Railer/ SLIM GREEN: Baby I Love You/ Tricky Woman Blues/ R. GREEN & TURNER: Alla Blues/ Central Avenue Blues/ JOHN HOGG: Black Snake Blues/ Worryin' Blues/ SMOKEY HOGG: Penitentiary Blues/ Penitentiary Blues Part Two/ SONNY BOY HOLMES: I Got Them Blues/ TNT Woman/ Walking and Crying Blues/ JAMES "LITTLE" HOUSTON: New Orleans Blues/ New Orleans Blues Two/ SOLDIER BOY HOUSTON: At the Station Crying/ Far East Blues/ Hollywood Blues/ Hollywood Blues (Fragment)/ Leavin' Korea/ Old Hen/ Old Hen Two/ Soldier Boy Houston Blues/ Trailway Bus Station/ SONNY BOY JOHNSON: Come and Go With Me/ Desert Blues/ I'm Drinking My Last Drink/ Quinsella/ Swimming Pool Blues/ CHARLES LACY: Last Pair of Shoes/ Rampart Street Blues/ Rampart Street Blues Part Two/ SIDNEY MAIDEN: Everything I Do Is Wrong/ Hurry Hurry Baby/ ERNEST MCCLAY: Big Timing Woman/ Night Working Woman/ BEVERLY SCOTT: Brownskin Woman/ Little Girl Blues/ Shakin' The Boogie/ Southern California Blues/ IRA TAYLOR: Little Machine/ BIG SON TILLIS: I Got a Letter/ I'm Going Upstairs/ When I Get in This House Woman/ JAMES TISDOM: Last Affair Blues/ Model T Boogie/ Throw This Poor Dog a Bone/ Winehead Swing/ LITTLE SON WILLIS: Harlem Blues/ Operator Blues/ Skin and Bone/ MAC WILLIS: Howling Wolf/ Pretty Woman

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 159 The Roots Of Northern Soul ● CD $11.98
2 CDs, 40 tracks, recommended
Not sure why this set was titled "roots of Northern Soul" since the term is merely a catch-all for obscure R&B singles that certain DJs liked to play in British clubs during the late 60's and early 70's, but it would seem that these songs appear to fit that criteria. No real surprises (with the exception of the original version of Someday We'll Be Together by Johnny & Jacky, hit covered by Diana Ross & the Supremes), but a decent cross selection of Motown artists peddling lesser known work (Jimmy Ruffin, Barrett Strong, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Mary Wells, and Marv Johnson) and other well known R&B stars from the late 50's/early 60's (Jerry Butler, Fats Domino, Etta James, the Chantels, Joe Simon, Dee Clark, Little Willie John). Tracks of note: Charles Sheffield's It's Your Voodoo Workin', The Pentagons' I Wonder (if Your Love Will Ever Belong to Me), Ronnie Love's Chills & Fever, and Betty O'Brian's "She'll Be Gone". Upshot: this is a typical Northern Soul collection and, if you don't already have the tracks, is worth your time. (GMC)
THE BARONS: While The Cat's Away/ RICHARD BERRY & THE PHARAOHS: Have Love Will Travel/ BOBBY BLAND: Turn On Your Love Light/ JERRY BUTLER: I'm A Telling You/ RUSSEL BYRD: You Better Come Home/ THE CHANTELS: Well, I Told You/ DEE CLARK: Hold On/ MITTY COLLIER: I Gotta Get Away From It All/ VAN DELLOS: I Need You/ SUGAR PIE DESANTO: I Want To Know/ THE DESTINATIONS: Come On Let Me Love You/ FATS DOMINO: It Keeps Rainin'/ THE FABULOUS PLAYBOYS: Honky Tonk Woman/ FREDDIE GORMAN: The Day Will Come/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Respectable/ CHUCK JACKSON: I Don't Want To Cry/ ETTA JAMES: Seven Day Fool/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: I'm Shakin'/ JOHNNY & JACKEY: Someday We'll Be Together/ MARV JOHNSON: All The Love I've Got/ Come To Me/ THE KNOCKOUTS: Fever/ CARL LESTER & THE SHOWSTOPPERS: When You See Me Hurt/ RONNIE LOVE: Chills & Fever/ RICK LOVEJOY: Don't Leave Me Behind/ THE MARVELETTES: Way Over There/ DON MCKENZIE: Whose Heart (Are You Gonna Break Now)/ BETTY O' BRIAN: She'll Be Gone/ MIKE PEDICIN: Burnt Toast And Black Coffee/ THE PENTAGONS: I Wonder (If Your Love Will Ever Belong To Me)/ SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: Determination/ JIMMY RUFFIN: Don't Feel Sorry For Me/ CHARLES SHEFFIELD: It's Your Voodoo Workin'/ JOE SIMON: I See Your Face/ BARRETT STRONG: Misery/ TED TAYLOR: I Lost The Best Things I Ever Had/ THE TEMPTATIONS: Check Yourself/ TINY TOPSY: Just A Little Bit/ MARY WELLS: Bye Bye Baby/ Come To Me

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 164 Essential Rockabilly - The King Story ● CD $11.98
Just arrived. Another of those fine budget priced label oriented rockabilly collections - this one devoted to the King label. Two CDs with 40 tracks from Hank Mizell, Charlie Feathers, Mac Curtis, Bing Day, Wayne Carroll, Booker Lee Jr., Moon Mullican, Rusty York and others.
DELBERT BARKER: No Good Robin Hood/ BILL BEACH: Peg Pants/ You're Gonna Like Me Baby/ BOYD BENNETT: Move/ THE BLUE TONES: Oh Yeah!/ Shake Shake/ WAYNE CARROLL: Rockin' Chair Mama/ BRUCE CHANNEL: Now Or Never/ MAC CURTIS: Ain't You Treating Me Right/ Grandaddy's Rockin/ If I Had Me A Woman/ That Ain't Nothin' But Right/ BING DAY: Pony Tail Partner/ DAVE DUDLEY: Rock & Roll Nursery Rhyme/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: Bottle To The Baby/ Can't Hardly Stand It/ Everybody's Loving My Baby/ One Hand Loose/ When You Come Around/ BIG JOHN GREER: Come Back Uncle John/ TEDDY HUMPHRIES: Guitar Pickin' Fool/ BOOKER LEE JR: Rockin' Blues/ TRINI LOPEZ: Rock On/ CECIL MCNABB JR: Clock Tickin' Rhythm/ Nothing Like This/ HANK MIZZELL: Jungle Rock/ RONNIE MOLLEEN: Rockyn Up/ MOON MULLICAN: Seven Nights To Rock/ JOE PENNY: Bip A Little, Bop A Lot/ Mercy, Mercy, Percy/ JIMMY LEE PROW: You Tell Her, I Stutter/ THE ROCK BROTHERS: Livin' It Up/ BOB TEMPLE: Vim Van Vamoose/ FULLER TODD: Top Ten Rock/ WES VOIGHT: I'm Ready To Go Steady/ WES VOIGT: I'm Movin' In/ Midnight Blues/ RONNY WADE: Gotta Make Her Mine/ DONNIE WHITE: Your Kind Of Lovin'/ RUSTY YORK: Shake 'Em Up Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Proper BOX 44 The Dawn Of Doo-Wop ● CD $26.98 $19.98
Great four CD set tracing the growth of the vocal group sound from the early 40s to early 50s from the jazz and pop sounds of the Ink Spots and The Mills Brothers to the R&B and gospel flavored stylings of The Dominoes and Swallows. 100 tracks in all including sides by The Four Vagabonds, Toppers, Basin Street Boys, Ravens, Syncopaters, Trumpeteers, Swallows, Larks, Orioles, Mello-Moods, Cardinals, Five Keys, Four Blues, Robins, Treniers, Red Caps and many others. Includes 52 page illustrated booklet with extensive notes and full discographical information.
THE BASIN STREET BOYS: I Sold My Heart To The Junk Man/ Near To You/ Summertime Gal/ THE CARDINALS: I'll Always Love You/ Please Don't Leave Me/ Pretty Baby Blues/ Shouldn't I Know/ THE CLOVERS: Don't You Know I Love You/ Fool Fool Fool/ THE DEEP RIVER BOYS: That Chick's Too Young To Fry/ THE DOMINOES: Chicken Blues/ Do Something For Me/ I Am With You/ Sixty Minute Man/ That's What You're Doing To Me/ Weeping Willow Blues/ THE DOZIER BOYS: She's Gone/ THE DREAMERS: Can't Get You Off My Mind/ These Things I Miss/ THE FIVE KEYS: Hucklebuck With Jimmy/ Old Macdonald/ The Glory Of Love/ Too Late Baby/ With A Broken Heart/ THE FOUR BLUES: As Long As I Live/ Missing You/ THE FOUR ROCKETS: Loch Lomond/ THE FOUR VAGABONDS: Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer/ P.s. I Love You/ STEVE GIBSON & THE RED CAPS: Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night/ THE INK SPOTS: To Each His Own/ When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano/ You're Breaking My Heart/ BILL JOHNSON & HIS MUSICAL NOTES: Shorty's Got To Go/ THE LARKS: Coffee Cigarettes And Tears/ Darlin'/ Eyesight To The Blind/ Hey Little Girl/ How Long Must I Wait For You/ I Ain't Fattening Frogs For Snakes/ I Don't Believe In Tomorrow/ My Reverie/ Ooh - It Feels So Good/ When I Leave These Prison Walls/ THE LEWIS BRONZEVILLE FIVE: Natchez Mississippi Blues/ THE MELLO-MOODS: Where Are You/ THE MELODY MASTERS: Don't You Ever Mind Them/ THE MILLS BROTHERS: Across The Alley From The Alamo/ Paper Doll/ You Always Hurt The One You Love/ JOHNNY MOORE & THREE BLAZERS: What Does It Matter/ THE ORIOLES: Hold Me Squeeze Me/ I Miss You So/ I'd Rather Have You Under The Moon/ I'm Just A Fool In Love/ It's Too Soon To Know/ What Are You Doing New Year's Eve/ THE RAVENS: Be I Bumble Bee Or Not/ Bye Bye Baby Blues/ Careless Love/ I'm Gonna Take To The Road/ If You Didn't Mean It/ Ol' Man River/ Someday/ Together/ White Christmas/ THE RED CAPS: Just For You/ Tuscaloosa/ THE RHYTHM KINGS: Christmas Is Coming At Last/ THE RIVALS: Don't Say You're Sorry Again/ Rival Blues/ THE ROBINS: I'm Living O.k./ I'm Through/ If I Didn't Love You So/ If It's So/ Our Romance Is Over/ Rockin'/ School Girl Blues/ There's Rain In My Eyes/ Turkey Hop/ THE ROYAL SONS QUINTET: Journey's End/ THE ROYALES: Give Me One More Chance/ Too Much Of A Little Bit/ THE STRIDERS: Cool Saturday Night/ THE SULTANS: Lemon Squeezing Daddy/ You Captured My Heart/ THE SWALLOWS: Dearest/ Eternally/ It Ain't The Meat/ Roll Roll Pretty Baby/ Since You've Been Away/ Will You Be Mine/ Wishing For You/ THE SYNCOPATERS: River Stay Away From My Door/ These Are The Things I Want To Share With You/ THE TOPPERS: I'm Living For You/ In A Palace Of Stone/ THE TRENIERS: Buzz Buzz Buzz/ Go Go Go/ THE TRUMPETEERS: Milky White Way

BOBBY VEE Jasmine 187 Take Good Care OF My Baby-First 4 Albums And Hits 60-61 ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 54 tracks, highly recommended
In the so-called fallow period of rock and roll-the years between Elvis' induction into the Army and the Beatles arrival on U.S. shores-the teen idols reigned supreme on the pop charts. Bobby Vee was one of the more palatable ones, thanks to the pop savvy of his A&R man/house producer at Liberty Records, Snuff Garrett. Although he recorded quite a few covers, they were always tastefully done and don't necessarily make a listener run screaming to get the original recordings on as soon as possible. Prime example: his version of the Clovers' Devil Or Angel is sweet, harmless pop that goes down very easy. Vee's first four albums - "Bobby Sings Your Favorites" (1960), "Bobby Vee" (1961), "Bobby Vee With Strings and Things" (1961), and Hits of the Rockin' Fifties (1961)-are all presented here in their entirety, along with bonus tracks of his first two singles Suzie Baby b/w Flyin' High and What Do You Want (a U.K. No. 1 for Adam Faith) b/w My Love Loves Me, and non-LP hits Take Good Care of My Baby/ Run to Him, and Walkin' With My Angel (all written by Goffin-King). These albums have been on CD before - Beat Goes On (BGO) issued them as two-fers in the late 1990's/early 00's - but it's nice to have them all in one package, along with the non-LP singles of the time. Vee was a much bigger star in England at the time - he remains a headliner over there to this day-which explains the loving detail his material has received from their labels, and his lasting influence (for example, More Than I Can Say, a huge hit in the U.K., was hit covered by Brit Leo Sayer in 1980). Thanks to Snuff Garrett's superior arrangements and knack for picking great songs, these Bobby Vee albums-products of their era though they may be-are prime pre-Beatles pop and not to be sneered at.


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