LATEST ADDITIONS  07/26/2015

COMPACT DISCS
KENNY ARNOTT

HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS
EARL BOSTIC
EDDIE BOYD
BILLY BRIGGS
BUMBLE BEE SLIM
THE CADETS & THE JACKS
RAY CHARLES
JUDY CLAY/ VEDA BROWN
DON COVAY
KING CURTIS
DANNY DILL
RAMBLIN' JIMMIE DOLAN
CECIL GANT
CLARENCE "FROGMAN" HENRY

THE ISLEY BROTHERS
MERLE KILGORE
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS
THE KNIGHT BROTHERS
THE LOUVIN BROTHERS
MALINKY
LES PAUL & MARY FORD
PUCHO & HIS LATIN SOUL BROTHERS
TOMMY RIDGLEY/ BOBBY MITCHELL
THE SONICS
THE STAPLE SINGERS
WARREN STORM
THE SWAN SILVERTONES
JOE TEX
HOCIEL THOMAS/ BERTHA "CHIPPIE" HILL
VARIOUS ARTISTS
CURLEY WILLIAMS & HIS GEORGIA PEACH PICKERS
DANNY WOLFE

 

 
Since our Second Time Around listings are so popular this list includes some great releases which have been out for a while but you may have missed them the first time we listed them.To avoid you getting possible duplicates we have added  asterisks (**) after these particular titles. We have also included some choice sale items.

COMPACT DISCS

KENNY ARNOTT B.A.C.M. 487 The Singing Wanderer ● CD $14.98
28 songs from the mid/ late 50s by this fine Australian country singer - most of them featuring Kenny only accompanied by his own guitar. It includes a mixture of originals and covers of American and Australian country favorites - The Black Sheep/ Marianne/ Jamaica Farewell/ Pan American/ A Pub With No Beer/ The Singing Wanderer, etc
KENNY ARNOTT: A Fool Such As I/ Blue Velvet Band/ Butterfly/ Can I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister/ Caribbean/ Crime Does Not Pay/ Fatal Derby/ Fighting The Sands Of Time/ Foggy Foggy Dew/ Frankie & Johnny/ Golden Rocket/ I Believe/ Jamaica Farewell/ Letter Edged In Black/ Little Band Of Gold/ Marianne/ Mother Queen Of My Heart/ Mother's Old Red Shawl/ Pan American/ Pub With One Beer/ Soldier's Last Letter/ Suvler Bay/ The Black Sheep/ The Drover's Dream/ The Singing Wanderer/ Tom Dooley/ Whispering Hope/ Yellow Rose Of Texas/ Young Love

 
HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS Hoodoo Records 263438 The One & Only/ Spotlight On Hank Ballard** ● CD $11.98
28 tracks, highly recommended
Now available at a lower price. Led by Hank's soaring gospel-tinged vocals, The Midnighters were the kind of group that could stand you short hairs on end even on what looks at first to be LP filler. This great collection features sides cut between 1959 and '62 and although there are few hits here the musical standard is astonishingly high ranging from the rocking Sugaree to the soulful doowop style soul ballad I'll Keep You Happy. On all the tracks Ballard gives his all with superb vocal backup by the rest of The Midnighters and accompaniment from a tough band with great guitar work from Billy Davis or Mickey Baker. Almost all the songs are Ballard originals including great sides like Cute Little Ways (a follow up to his hit Sexy Ways)/ So Good To Be Home/ She's Got A Whole Lot Of Soul/ Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go/ Goodbye - So Long/ The Hoochie Coochie Coo/ I'm Sick Of You and others. His one R&B cover is a stellar rendition of Kansas City and he also does fine versions of the pop standards Mona LIsa and Summertime. Sound quality is superb and there is a 16 page full color booklet with detailed notes, great photos and various ephemera. About a dozen cuts duplicate Jasmine 568 which leaves more than enough to make this worthwhile. (FS)

 
EARL BOSTIC Acrobat 3131 The Earl Bostic Collection, 1939-1959 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Tulsa born altoist Earl Bostic, veteran of many territory bands, died in 1963 leaving behind a wealth of jazz, R&B and Latin-flavored recordings. This excellent collection provides a fine overview of his career starting in 1939 when he was a sideman in Lionel Hampton's Orchestra and then on to work with the Hot Lips Page, Buck Ram and Rex Stewart bands. He formed his own band in 1945 and signed with Gotham Records where he recorded a range of instrumentals that straddled the line between jazz and R&B and in 1948 he had his first chart hit with a sultry rendition of the standard Temptation featuring the tenor sax lead of Ted Barnett. In 1948 he signed with King Records who also acquired his Gotham masters and reissued them. Over the next ten plus years he recorded a slew of singles and LPs for the label and although he only charted again with two tracks Sleep and Flamingo he remained consistently popular with the African-American audience. The tenor sax leads on these recordings included such giants as Lowell "Count" Hastings, John Coltrane (on two tracks including a gorgeous rendition of Fats Waller's Ain't Misbehavin'), Benny Golson and others and other musicians on these sessions included Jaki Byard, Gene Redd, Rene Hall, Blue Mitchell, Barney Kessell, Earl Palmer and others. Instrumental R&B at its best with generally excellent sound accompanied by a 20 page booklet with informative notes by Paul Watts and full discographical info. (FS)
EARL BOSTIC & HIS ORCHESTRA: 8.45 Stomp/ Ain't Misbehavin'/ All The Things You Are/ Apollo Theater Jump/ Artistry By Bostic/ Blue Moon/ Blue Skies/ Bostic's Boogie Blues (Smoke Rings)/ Cherokee/ Choppin' it Down/ Cracked Ice/ Cuttin' Out/ Don't You Do It/ Ducky/ Earl's Imagination/ Flamingo/ From Midnight Till Dawn/ Goodnight Sweetheart/ Harlem Nocturne/ Hot Sauce Boss/ Hurricane Blues/ Jungle Drums/ Let's Ball Tonight Pt. 1/ Liebestraum/ Liza/ Moonglow/ Serenade/ Sleep/ Special Delivery Stomp/ Steam Whistle Jump/ Stompin' at the Savoy/ Temptation/ That's The Groovy Thing Pt. 1/ The Major And Minor/ The Man I Love/ Tiger Rag/ Up There In Orbit/ Watch Where You Walk Boy/ Wee-Gee-Board/ Where Or When/ You Go To My Head/ LIONEL HAMPTON & HIS ORCHESTRA: All On/ Haven't Named It Yet/ HOT LIPS PAGE BAND: Birmingham Boogie/ Double Trouble Blues/ Texas And Pacific/ You Need Coachin'/ BUCK RAM'S ALL STARS: Ram Session/ REX STEWART & HIS ORCHESTRA: Shady Side Of The Street

 
EDDIE BOYD Mojo 2167 Vacation From The Blues: 1957-1964 Recordings ● CD $16.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
About a year ago Jasmine issued a two CD set (Jasmine 3039 - $18.98) by the superb Chicago singer, piano player and songwriter which provided an overview of career through 1959 including many of his classic Chess recordings along with some earlier and later recordings. This one is devoted exclusively to the recordings he made after he left Chess in 1956 and while eight tracks overlap with the Jasmine, most of the tracks here are new to CD and includes tracks recorded for J.O.B, Oriole, Bea & Baby, Keyhole, Mojo, LaSalle, Art-Tone, Push, Palos and an E.P. specifically recorded for the English market and issued on the Esquire label. Eddie is consistently fine on these recordings - he redoes a few of his Chess recordings but most of the tracks are new originals showing his typical wit and intelligence. Most of the sides were recorded in Chicago with small groups which includes superb guitar work from Eddie King, Robert Jr. Lockwood and the underrated Eugene Pierson - there is also one session cut in Memphis with Sammy Lawhorn on guitar and the tenor sax of Rico Collins. Four sides were recorded in Oakland, California - two featuring guitarist Lafayette Thomas. A superb set with excellent sound and full discographi8cal data. (FS)
EDDIE BOYD: 24 Hours Of Fear (Oriole 1316)/ All The Way (Key Hole 114)/ Blue Monday Blues (Bea & Baby 107)/ Come Home! (Bea & Baby 108)/ Come On (Push 1050)/ Coming Home (Art-Tone 832)/ Early Grave (Palos 1206)/ Empty Arms (Palos 1206)/ Five Long Years (Esquire Ep-247)/ Five Long Years (Oriole 1316)/ Her Picture In The Frame (Esquire Ep-247)/ I Cry (La Salle 503)/ I Love You (J.O.B. 1114)/ I'm Comin' Home (Bea & Baby 101)/ It's Too Bad (Mojo 2167)/ Nothing But Trouble (Esquire Ep-247)/ Operator (Art-Tone 832)/ Save Her Doctor (J.O.B. 1114)/ Stroller (Esquire Ep-247)/ Ten-To-One (Push 1050)/ Thank You Baby (Bea & Baby 101)/ The Blues Is Here To Stay (Bea & Baby 107)/ Vacation From The Blues (La Salle 503)/ Vacation From The Blues (Mojo 2167)/ Where You Belong (Key Hole 114)/ You Got To Reap! (Bea & Baby 108)

 
BILLY BRIGGS B.A.C.M. 489 Chew Tobacco Rag ● CD $14.98
Billy Briggs was a singer, songwriter and steel guitarist best known for his novelty songs including the title song which has been covered by a number of artists. This CD features 27 recordings made for the Imperial label between 1949 and 1953 - mainly up-tempo novelties, many jazz-tinged with just guitar, steel and bass. Includes Waitress Blues/ Chew Tobacco Rag/ Also Someone Else/ Amarillo Rose/ Chew Tobacco Rag No. 2/ Alarm Clock Boogie, etc.
BILLY BRIGGS: Alarm Clock Boogie/ Also Someone Else/ Amarillo Rose/ Chew Tobacco Rag/ Chew Tobacco Rag No.2/ Coffee Sippin' Blues/ Coyote Song/ Dip Snuff Stomp/ Female Shuffle/ Freckle Face - Snaggle Tooth Gal/ Full-Blooded Texan/ Handkerchief Full Of Tears/ Honky Tonk Baby/ I'm Gonna Get Me A Bottle/ It's A Crime/ Mid-Nite Dreams/ North Pole Boogie/ On A Country Road/ On Top Of Pikes Peak/ Send Me Some Love/ Sweet Sweetheart/ Tell Your Ma And Pa/ Texaco New Mexico Joe/ The Battery To My Heart/ The Grandest Thing On Earth/ The Sissy Song/ The Waltz You Didn't Save For Me/ Waitress Blues

 
BUMBLE BEE SLIM Document DOCD 5264 Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, Vol 4 ● CD $15.98 $10.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Fine collection of tracks by this very popular and prolific performer recorded between April and July 1935. Although not an intense performer his approach is a most engaging one, obviously inspired by Leroy Carr, and he is accompanied by some of the best musicians Chicago had to offer including Jimmie Gordon, Black Bob or Myrtle Jenkins on piano and Charlie McCoy, Big Bill Broonzy or Scrapper Blackwell on guitar. He was also sang a fine selection of songs which includes an excellent and touching tribute to Leroy Carr The Death Of Leroy Carr with Leroy's old partner Scrapper Blackwell providing some beautifully plangent guitar licks plus the topical Policy Dream Blues, the fine two part I Keep On Drinking, the risque Lemon Squuezing Blues and a cover of Carr's When The Sun Goes Down (here twice - once for Decca and once for Vocalion!). Some of the tracks are from rough 78s but sound is generally excellent. (FS)
BUMBLE BEE SLIM: Can't You Trust Me No More?/ Cold Blooded Murder - No. 2/ Fattenin' Frogs For Snakes/ Feather Bed Blues/ Hey Lawdy Mama/ I Done Lost My Baby/ I Keep On Drinking - Part 1/ I Keep On Drinking - Part 2/ I'm Needing Someone/ If The Blues Was Whiskey/ Lemon Squeezing Blues/ Mean Bloody Murder Blues/ Policy Dream Blues/ Right From Wrong/ Sail On Little Girl - No. 3/ Sail On Sail On Blues/ Smoky Mountain Blues/ Sometimes Blues/ Steady Roll Mama Blues/ The Death Of Leroy Carr/ Walking And Drifting Blues/ What's Wrong?/ When The Sun Goes Down/ When The Sun Goes Down/ Where Was You Last Night?

 
THE CADETS & THE JACKS Acrobat 3132 The Complete Releases, 1955-1957 ● CD $16.98
2 CD, 52 tracks, very highly recommended
Among doo wop fans, the Cadets (and as its' alter-ego the Jacks) have long loomed large, and appropriately enough, have been the subject of two well put together Ace compilations (Ace 534 and 535 - $18.98). Acrobat, however, has upped the ante by attempting to put all of the groups' recordings in one 2CD set. NB, the title is a bit of a misnomer since a close look at the Ace CDs will reveal at least three tracks not present on this collection. Nonetheless, these two CDs will satisfy not only those new to the world of this particular doo wop saga, but to owners of the Ace CDs as well since it includes several tracks not on the Ace sets. For the novice, all of the best songs by both groups are on board: Away/ Stranded in the Jungle/ Let's Make Up/ So WrongThis Empty Heart/ Annie Met Henry, and Dancin' Dan. For the doo wop diehards: the set includes four tracks cut with Richard Berry for Flair Records in 1955, two tracks cut with Young Jessie for Modern Records in 1955, and four tracks cut with Donna Hightower for RPM Records in 1955. So, with something for everyone, this collection might have to be considered-caveats notwithstanding-the last word on this doo wop double act. (GMC)
THE CADETS: Annie Met Henry/ Baby Ya Know/ Bob-O-Link/ Church Bells May Ring/ Dancin' Dan/ Do You Wanna Rock/ Don't Be Angry/ Fine Lookin' Baby/ Fools Rush In/ Hands Across The Table/ Heartbreak Hotel/ Heaven Help Me/ I'll Be Spinning/ I Cry/ I Got Loaded/ I Want You/ If It Is Wrong/ Let's Rock And Roll/ Love Bandit/ Love Can Do Most Anything/ Ring Chimes/ Rollin' Stone/ Since You/ So Will I/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Wiggie Waggie Woo/ You Belong To Me/ THE JACKS: Away/ Dream A Little Longer/ How Soon/ I'm Confessin'/ Let's Make Up/ My Clumsy Heart/ My Darling/ Since My Baby's Been Gone/ Smack Dab In The Middle/ So Wrong/ Sugar Baby/ This Empty Heart/ Why Did I Fall In Love/ Why Don't You Write Me'/ RICHARD BERRY WITH THE CADETS: God Gave Me You/ Don't Cha Go/ RICHARD BERRY & THE DREAMERS: Jelly Roll/ Together/ AARON COLLINS & THE CADETS: Pretty Evey/ Rum Jamaica Rum/ DONNA HIGHTOWER WITH THE JACKS: Love Me Again/ Dog Gone It/ PRENTICE MORELAND & THE CADETS: Memories Of You/ YOUNG JESSIE WITH THE CADETS: Mary Lou/ Don't Think I Will

 
RAY CHARLES Atlantic (Germany) 81731 The Great Ray Charles ● CD $11.98 $9.98
14 tracks, 66 mins, highly recommended
With all of the amazing Rhythm & Blues that Ray Charles did (not to mention Country,) it's easy to overlook how great a Jazz musician he was. Although he never had as distinctive a style when playing Jazz as he would elsewhere in his career, he made a number of quality recordings in the Jazz vein, much of which is here on this CD. This all-instrumental collection, originally issued by Atlantic in 1957, with Charles on piano accompanied only by bass and drum is definitely a must for his fans and I think something most Jazz fans would enjoy. You get his renditions of classics like Music Music Music/ Ain't Misbehavin', and Horace Silver's Doodlin', which are all good; then there're also some great Ray Charles compositions Dawn Ray/ Hornful Soul/ Joy Ride, etc. (JM)

 
RAY CHARLES Enlightenment 9015 In The 50s ● CD $14.98
3 CDs, 84 tracks, essential (for the music)/ recommended (for the package)
This box set is actually two separate album releases in one package; the compilations "Rhythm and Blues" (issued 2006) and The Soul Explosion (2010). Each collection covers Ray's musical evolution during the years 1949 to 1960. Starting with his first recordings cut with The Maxim Trio, Rhythm and Blues covers the Down Beat/Swingtime Records years in Los Angeles, Ray's subsequent move to Atlantic Records, after Down Beat sold his contract to Ahmet Ertegun in 1952, where he began to blossom into the R&B powerhouse we know and love. Although it crosses songs with "Rhythm and Blues" (both contain key tracks from 1954, i.e. I Got a Woman/ Greenbacks, and Come Back Baby), "The Soul Explosion" continues Ray's story with seminal slices of R&B like Lonely Avenue/ Night Time Is the Right Time/ Leave My Woman Alone, and What'd I Say (Parts 1 & 2). There's nothing on these CDs that hasn't been issued before, but as an overview of Ray Charles' experimentally fertile and, ultimately successfully fruitful first decade, all wrapped up into a cheap convenient package, one could do worse. (GMC)

 
JUDY CLAY/ VEDA BROWN Kent CDKEND 302 The Stax Solo Recordings** ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
A Kent two-fer featuring two dynamite ladies of Soul: Judy Clay--best known chart-wise for her hit duet with William Bell Private Number and for her groundbreaking mid 60's duets with Billy Vera - and Veda Brown a little-known early 70's vocalist who recorded the original versions of (If Loving You is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right and I'll Be Your Shelter (in Time of Storm), both hits for Luther Ingram. This collection includes all of Brown's Stax singles-featuring her near-hit, 1973's Short Stopping - and unreleased demos, including the Ingram cuts. Brown has a powerful, gospel trained voice and she doesn't disappoint on I Know it's Not Right (To Be in Love With a Married Man) -her answer song to Ingram's hit-and her version of Joe Tex's Take It Off Her (And Put it On Me).She may have only cut a handful of singles, but she certainly made the most of her time in Stax's studios; now if they had only spent more time promoting Brown, she wouldn't be the footnote that she is today. As for Clay, these recordings represent the dollop of tracks that she cut while under contract to Stax (as opposed to being a Stax "loan-out" to Atlantic) for nine months in 1968: two singles, all produced (and written by, save for one) by Isaac Hayes and David Porter. The singles, Remove These Clouds/ Bed of Roses and It Ain't Long Enough/ Give Love To Save Love (which Judy sings the hell out of), are compelling listening, but it's the show-stopping Hayes/Porter ballad It's Me (making it's first appearance on CD) that's worth the price admission. The previously unissued songs by Clay include her original solo version of My Baby Specializes, which she had "recorded" (read the liner notes for the whole tale) with William Bell. As long as Kent continues to mine the great Soul vaults of Stax and every other Southern R&B label, we can be thankful for gold like these songs. (GMC)

 
DON COVAY Jasmine 934 Rockin' and Doowoppin' - The Early Years ● CD $14.98
29 tracks, highly recommended
 Don Covay is remembered today more for his songwriting skills - Mercy, Mercy/ See Saw/ Chain of Fools, and Pony Time among others - than his own recordings. Before beginning his second go-round with Atlantic Records in 1964, which cemented his artistic reputation, Covay did his musical apprenticeship as a doo wop vocalist with the Rainbows, a Little Richard impersonator as Pretty Boy, and the beginnings of his own singular musical voice under his own name and as Don Covay & the Goodtimers. It's these earlier works, recorded between 1956 and 1962, that are comprehensively documented for the first time on this CD. The Rainbows' sides are decent doo wop, with the sprightly Minnie the best of the bunch. As Pretty Boy, Covay brings on the rock 'n' roll on Bip Bop Bip and Paper Dollar, while Richard Penniman is well and truly channeled on Switchin' in the Kitchen and Rockin' the Mule. But it's under Covay's real name that he cut the ultimate Little Richard tribute; his version of Richard's Ooh My Soul is legendary in collector's circles and rocks harder than the original in my opinion. As for the rest, it's hit and miss as Covay tries out rock 'n' roll (Believe it or Not), Coasters-style novelty (Beauty and the Beast), Drifters-style ballads (Cause I Love You), and dance numbers (Pony Time/ It's Twistin' Time) across five different labels (Sue, Big Top, Arnold, Columbia/Epic, Cameo) trying to find his niche. As an evolutionary exercise, this collection demonstrates Don Covay's growth as a songwriter, showing his ability to write both silly (Shake With the Shake) and serious (See About Me). And any chance to hear the roots of one of the key mover and shakers of 60's soul should not be taken for granted. (GMC)
DON COVAY: Beauty And The Beast/ Believe It Or Not/ Betty Jean/ Cause I Love You/ Every Which A Way/ Hey There/ I'm Coming Down With The Blues/ One Little Boy Had Money/ Ooh My Soul/ Shake With The Shake/ The Popeye Waddle/ DON 'PRETTY BOY' COVAY: I'm Lonely Too/ Standing In The Doorway/ DON COVAY & THE GOODTIMERS: (Where Are You) Now That I Need You/ Hand Jive Workout/ Love Boat/ Pony Time/ See About Me/ Teen Life Swag/ THE GOODTIMERS: It's Twistin' Time/ Twistin' Train/ PRETTY BOY: Bip Bop Bip/ Paper Dollar/ Rockin' The Mule/ Switchin' In The Kitchen/ THE RAINBOWS: Minnie/ Shirley/ Stay/ They Say

 
KING CURTIS Hoodoo 263430 Trouble In Mind/ It's Party Time Plus .. ● CD $13.98
25 tracks, very highly recommended
Two great albums from 1961 from the tenor sax giant along with four bonus tracks from singles. "Trouble" is a bit of a surprise as it features Curtis as a blues singer on eight of the ten tracks - and a fine one at that too with an expressive style that brings to mind Ray Charles. He is joined by a solid band with Al Casey & Mac Pierce on guitars, Paul Griffin on piano and others. Most of the songs are blues favorites ("Trouble In Mind/ Bad, Bad Whiskey/ Ain't Nobody's Business", etc) along with a couple of fine originals. The remaining tracks are typically fine instrumentals. "It's Party Time" is all instrumental with a band that includes Sam "the Man" Taylor, Billy Butler, Jimmy Lewis, etc. Curtis wails up a storm here on a party album that must have livened up many a teenager's rec room in the 60's. There's a few slower numbers here but mostly it's dance music for the hyperactive generation with the King blowin' for all his worth. On Hot Saxes, Curtis and Taylor engage in an old fashioned cuttin' session and the result is honking heaven. The four bonus cuts provide the icing on an already tasty cake with the country flavored tune The Lone Prairie featuring hot solos from Curtis and guitarist Jimmy Spruill and The Fly & The Peppermint Twist have tough vocals from Don Covay. Superb sound and the 16 page booklet features the original album liner notes, new notes, photos, label shots and full discographical data. All this for only $11.98. (FS)

 
DANNY DILL B.A.C.M. 488 LOng Black Veil ● CD $14.98
Fine honky tonk singer and songwriter who wrote the much covered classic title song. This collection features 27 tracks recorded between the late 40 and early 60s including My Loss Is Another Man's Gain/ There's A Raibow In Your Tears/ Wichita Town/ ark As A Dungeon/ LOng Black Veil, etc.
DANNY DILL: Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie/ Come In Out Of The Rain/ Dark As A Dungeon/ Dime A Dozen/ Esther/ Geisha Sweetheart/ I'Ist Laughed/ I'm In Love Up To My Ears/ Iím Hungry For Your Loviní/ Long Black Veil/ Mississippi Gambler/ My Girl And His Girl/ My Loss Is Another Man's Gain/ Partners/ Satan's Child/ Streets Of Laredo/ Tanglefoot Brown/ The Eyes Of Death/ The Ghost Of Indian Joe/ The Land Of Beginning Again/ The Old Courthouse/ The World's Richest Jackass/ There's A Rainbow In Your Tears/ There's A Time/ Where The Sad People Are/ Who Rides With Billy/ Who'll Go And Tell Him/ Wichita Town

 
RAMBLIN' JIMMIE DOLAN B.A.C.M. 491 One True Heart ● CD $14.98
28 tracks, highly recommended
Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan was an excellent country singer from Southern California who had a big following in the area thanks to his regular radio show. He recorded quite extensively for Capitol Records but only had one hit - his cover of Arkie Shibley's Hot Rod Race (not included here). This collection includes recordings date from his debut for Four Star in 1946 throguh recordings for Modern, Crystal and Capitol. Although not a Western Swing vocalist he was often accompanied by instrumentalists who had cut their teeth in Western Swing bands like Porky Freeman, Tex Atchison, Cmaeron Hill, Noel Boggs, Speedy West and others - and his recordings have a jazzy swinging feel to the accompaniments. There are some fine songs here including Sooner Song/ Why I'm Wondering Now/ You Will Have To Pay/ Got My Heart Set On You/ I've Got The Craziest Feeling and more. His single release on Crystal is unique featuring Jimmie only accompanied by his own acoustic guitar - one side is a version of the old Western favorite Red River Valley and the other is a commercial for his radio sponser Roy Lan Tailors. A very enjoyable set. (FS)
RAMBLIN' JIMMIE DOLAN: A Sailor's Letter/ Got My Heart Set On You/ I Always Play A Losing Hand/ I Can't Run Away/ I'd Rather Be Living Alone/ I'll Make Believe/ I've Got The Craziest Feeling/ Iíll Hate Myself Tomorrow For Loving You Tonight/ Memories & Heartaches/ One True Heart/ Red River Valley/ Roy Land's Theme Song/ Rubber Ball Heart/ Sailor's Blues/ Shadow Of Your Love/ Sooner Song/ Spanish Bells (Instr.)/ Spider & The Fly/ Stingy/ The Memory Of Your Last Goodbye/ There's A Blue Sky Way Out Yonder/ Tradewinds Never Lie/ What's Another Broken Heart/ When Love Isn't There/ Why I'm Wondering Now/ You Don't Love Me But I'll Always Care/ You Will Have To Pay/ You'll Be Crawling Home To me

 
CECIL GANT Acrobat 3128 The Cecil Gant Collection, 1944-1951 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 52 tracks, highly recommended
An excellent introduction to the work of this versatile and talented performer. Cecil's best known for his 1944 No. 1 hit - the blues ballad I Wonder which has been covered by dozens of artists from Ray Charles to Brenda Lee to Tony Bennett. There was a whole lot more to Gant who recorded nearly 150 titles between 1944 and 1951 including half a dozen more R&B hits which are all included here. He was a fine and immensely appealing vocalist and a superb piano player. There are many great boogie instrumentals here in the grand tradition of Albert Ammons or Pete Johnson (Cecil's Boogie/ Rhumba Boogie Woogie/ Killer Diller Boogie/ Screwy Boogie/ Hogans Alley, etc). There are more gentle blues ballads (I'll Remember You/ The Grass Is Getting Greener, etc), straight blues (I'm Tired/ Blues In L.A./ Another Day, Another Dollar, etc), jazzy jive numbers that bring to mind Fats Waller (When I Wanted You/ Hit That Jive Jack/ Loose As A Goose) and more. Most of the tracks are just Cecil with his piano or with a rhythm section - a few tracks feature unknown horn players and on Little Baby, You're Running Wild he is joined by legendary steel guitarist Casey Bill Weldon. Sound quality is generally fine though there are occasional volume variations between tracks. Booklet has informative notes by Paul Watts but no discographical info. Once you become a confirmed Gantophile you might want to check out Blue Moon's seven volume series reissuing his entire recorded output (Blue Moon 6022, 6023, 6029, 6039, 6047, 6051 and 6052). These are $22.98 each and availability tends to be erratic. (FS)
CECIL GANT: Anna Mae/ Another Day Another Dollar/ Blues In LA/ Boogie Blues/ Boogie Woogie Baby/ Boozie Boogie/ Bullet Boogie/ Cecil Knows Better Now/ Cecil's Boogie/ Cecil's Jam Session/ Cecil's Mop Mop/ Cindy Lou/ Deal Yourself Another Hand/ Don't You Worry/ Grass Is Getting Greener/ Hello Santa Claus/ Hit That Jive Jack/ Hogan's Alley/ I Ain't Gonna Cry No More/ I Gotta Gal/ I Wonder/ I'll Remember You/ I'm A Good Man But A Poor Man/ I'm Tired/ If It's True/ It Ain't Gonna Be Like That/ It's All Over Darlin'/ Jam Jam Blues/ Jump Jack Jump/ Killer Diller Boogie/ Lightning Blues/ Little Baby You're Running Wild/ Loose As A Goose/ Midnight On Central Avenue/ Nashville Jumps/ Owl Stew/ Playing Myself The Blues/ Rhumba Boogie Woogie/ Rock Little Baby/ Screwy Boogie/ Shotgun Boogie/ Sloppy Joe's/ Soft And Mellow/ Special Delivery/ That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch/ Time Will Tell/ Train Time Blues/ Wake Up Cecil Wake Up/ We're Gonna Rock (as Gunter Lee Carr)/ What's On Your Worried Mind/ What's The Matter/ When I Wanted You

 
CLARENCE "FROGMAN" HENRY Ace CDLUX 015 Baby Ain't That Love ● CD $24.98
28 tracks, highly recommended
1500 copy limited edition. Clarence Henry is best known for the handful of hits he had for Argo in the late 50s and early 60s but Clarence's career was far from over after Argo dropped him in 1964 and recorded for a number of labels in subsequent years though further hits eluded him. This superb collection features recordings made between 1964 and 1974 - many of them produced by the legendary Huey Meaux for Parrot and American Pla-Boy in Texas studios along with a session for Dial recorded in Nashville in 1966. Although the recordings here were cut in Texas and Nashville they have a New Orleans feel thanks to Clarence's warm vocals and fine arrangements. About half the tracks here were not originally issued and eight have never been issued before. Two of the previously unissued sides are among the best here - the loping Savin' My Love For You and a beautiful soulful rendition of Brook Benton's Looking Back Other highlights include superb renditions of three songs written by the brilliant and troubled Jimmy Donley, the rights to which he sold to Huey Meaux for money to buy booze and drugs - Think It Over/ Cajun Honey and Baby, Ain't That Love. He also does a fine New Orleans style rendition of the country standard heartaches By The Number, a lovely version of the pop-rock ballad This Time which is far better than the hit version by Troy Shondell and a superb deep soul ballad You Can Have Her. But just about every track is worthwhile and this CD is pretty much very enjoyable from beginning to end though some of the 1974 tracks are not too strong. (FS)

 
THE ISLEY BROTHERS Hoodoo Records 263440 Twist & Shout+** ● CD $13.98
27 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
Now available at a lower price. Is there any more underrated act out there than the Isley Brothers? Everyone from the Beatles to Salt 'N' Pepa had hits covering the Isleys. Lulu had one of her biggest hits covering Shout, and Public Enemy's signature song Fight The Power is largely based on The Isley's mid 1970s hit; but, how many Isley Brothers albums do you own? If you need a starting point, then this is a great one. This CD re-issues in its entirety the groups superlative 1962 album plus 15 bonus tracks from the same era. Of course, their giant hit Twist & Shout kicks everything off, and due to the nature of the music business of the time, there are a few Twist & Shout rip offs including Let's Twist Again and Surf And Twist, but both the original album tracks and bonus cuts are full of fantastic material. Some highlights include my favorite track I Say Love a frantic track that must have driven them crazy on the dance floor, Rubber Leg Twist/ The Snake/ Twistin' With Linda/ I'm Laughing To Keep From Crying, and many more. Major credit should also be given to the backing band on these tracks, they are smokin' hot and feature some of the craziest sax playing of the era from the great King Curtis. (JM)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Dont Be Jealous/ Dont You Feel/ Everybodys Gonna Rock and Roll/ Hold on Baby/ I Say Love/ Im Gonna Knock on Your Door/ Im Laughing to Keep From Crying/ Lets Twist Again/ Never Leave Me Baby/ Open Up Your Heart/ Respectable/ Right Now/ Ring-a-Ling-a-Ling (Let the Wedding Bells Ring)/ Rockin McDonald/ Rubber Leg Twist/ Spanish Twist/ Surf and Shout/ Tell Me Who/ The Drag/ The Snake/ The Wah Watusi/ Time After Time/ Twist and Shout/ Twistin with Linda/ Whatcha Gonna Do?/ Yes, Indeed/ You Better Come Home

 
MERLE KILGORE B.A.C.M. 490 Johnny Reb ● CD $14.98
28 tracks recommended
Merle is best known as a songwriter having composed several big hits including Wolverton Mountain/ Ring Of Fire and Johnny Reb but was also an appealing singer with a warm baritone voice. Arrangements tend to be on the pop country end of the spectrum but Kilgore's vocals are excellent. Includes Just Another Song Now/ Whiskey Road/ Dear Mama/ Thirteen Miles From The Tennessee Line/ Johnny Reb/ Turn You Radio On, etc. Almost all the songs are original Kilgore compositions.
MERLE KILGORE: Pinball Machine/ Baby Rocked Her Dolly/ Campin' In Canaan Land/ Daddy's Place/ Dear Mama/ Death Of Abe Lincoln/ Five Miles Down The Road/ Getting Old Before My Time/ Go On Bruce/ I Am/ I Take A Trip To The Moon/ It Ain't Much But It's Home/ It Can't Rain All The Time/ It'll Be My First Time/ Jimmie Bring Sunshine/ Johnny Reb/ Just Another Song Now/ Just Before The Battle/ Love Has Made You Beautiful/ More And More/ Old Smokey/ Picture At St Helene/ Seasons Of My Heart/ Seeing Double Feeling Single/ Thirteen Miles From The Tennessee Line/ Turn Your Radio On/ When It Rains The Blues On You/ Whiskey Road

 
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS Acrobat 3050 Letter Full Of Tears ● CD $18.98 $10.98
2 CDs, 47 tracks, 124 mins, highly recommended
This double CD rounds up all of the possible tracks that Gladys Knight & The Pips released in their Pre-Motown career and super stardom, represents work done for labels Fury, Vee-Jay, Everlast, Springboard, Maxx, and more, and documents the evolution of their classic sound. Gladys Knight & The Pips were certainly fantastic long before they hit Motown and although they weren't smashes, this collection has all of their first songs to start making the charts and making the group a name. Giving Up/ Who Knows/ Lovers Always Forgive/ Either Way I Love You/ Stop And Get A hold Of Myself/ Baby It's You/ Queen Of Tears/ Every Beat Of My Heart, and a lot more greats that Soul fans will eat up. This also has the interesting side note of representing some of the early successes Van McCoy would have as a writer, with six of his compositions represented here, alongside the works of Johnny Otis, Jesse Belvin, Bob Elgin, Richard Gottehrer, and of course Knight & co themselves. (JM)

 
THE KNIGHT BROTHERS RPM 279 Temptation** ● CD $19.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
First ever CD issue of this duo's 1963-68 Checker and Mercury sides including some that were issued as by The Carltons. Like The Righteous Brothers, this duo was unrelated, consisting of Richard Dunbar & James Diggs who sang with the Starfire group that recorded for Decca & Atomic. The duo was a close harmony deep soul team, even more gospel influenced than Sam & Dave. Except for a few exceptions, most notably a great cover of The Everly Brothers' All I Have To Do Is Dream, the tunes are all written by Diggs including the fantastic Temptation 'Bout To get Me, which their only hit, plus Margaret/ Second Hand Lover/ City Life/ Easy Livin'/ Later Than You Think/ Sinking Low/ The Hand Of Faith and more. Includes eight page booklet with notes by British soul expert Clive Richardson. (GM/ FS)

 
THE LOUVIN BROTHERS Enlightenment 9020 Complete Recorded Works ● CD $19.98
6 CDs, 143 tracks, 379 mins, highly recommended (with reservations)
Well, this isn't exactly the Louvin's Complete Recorded Works 1952-62, it doesn't have their 1955 single When I Stop Dreaming, or their first #1 single I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby, and probably many other single tracks, but it does compile all twelve albums that they put out during those years. Their self titled first album on MGM and the other 11 on Capitol, including landmark LPs "Tragic Songs of Life," "Ira and Charlie," and the legendary and rather notorious "Satan Is Real." This set is a rather Spartan affair, with liner notes lifted straight from Wikipedia, but it is also the biggest set of great Louvin Brothers tracks that you will find outside of a $140 Bear Family box set. Out of the 143 tracks, there's probably about 75 great ones, and about 60 really good ones, with many of the albums featured being essential in their own right. (JM)

 
MALINKY Malinky Music 001 Far Better Days ● CD $21.98
11 tracks, very highly recommended
Malinky are the finest group in Scotland performing traditional music and this, their first album in four years, may be their best yet. The integration of vocals and instrumental accompaniments is positively magical. Fiona Hunter who is lead vocalist on half the tracks and also plays cello is a truly stunning singer whose tone and intensity are simply breathtaking - her vocals on the tragic Bonnie Hoose O Airlie are truly spine chilling. The group's leader Steve Byrne is no slouch as singer too and is featured as lead on several tracks as well as playing bouzouki, guitar, jew's harp. and harmonica. Mark Dunlop who plays whistles, flute and bodhran takes does two fine vocals. Apart from The Wild Geese which is a 1915 poem, all the songs are traditional and while some might seem familiar the group gives them all their own distinctive touch but without obscuring the importance of the lyrics. For the well known Two Sisters they have translated a Norwegian version of the song and on My Son David they introduce some group harmonies which are not common in Scottish folk music but are stunningly effective. This disc is a real gem and, if you buy only one folk record this year, this should be the one. (FS)

 
LES PAUL & MARY FORD Acrobat 3130 The Complete U.S. and U.K. Hits ● CD $16.98
2 CDs, 55 tracks, 133 mins, highly recommended
This collection starts out with recordings that feature Les Paul using his stunning talents backing up the likes of Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, but the bulk of this is Les Paul & Mary Ford and their own unique sparkling pop recordings starting in 1948. You get their big hits like Tennessee Waltz/ Mockin' Bird Hill/ How High the Moon/ Bye Bye Blues/ I'm Sitting on Top of the World/ Vaya Con Dios/ I'm a Fool to Care, etc. Many of my favorites are, of course, the instrumentals, like Brazil/ Nola/ Little Rock Getaway/ Tiger Rag, and Whispering, which showcase not only Paul's innovative playing, but the inventiveness that he accomplished in the studio. This collection features absolutely fantastic sound throughout; you can really give your stereo system a good workout. Also includes deep, detailed liner notes. I know there will be a segment of you out there that will find a lot of this too dated, or cheesy, but personally, I can't get enough of them. Fans should also check out YouTube for a wealth of quality clips from their "Les Paul & Mary Ford At Home" T.V. show from the 1950s, including great bits that feature Mary Ford showing off her own guitar talents. (JM)
LES PAUL & MARY FORD: Amukiriki (The Lord Willing)/ Auctioneer/ Brazil/ Bye Bye Blues/ Carioca/ Cimarron (Roll On)/ Cinco Robles (Five Oaks)/ Don'cha Hear Them Bells/ Goofus/ How High the Moon/ Humming Bird/ I Really Don't Want to Know/ I Wish I Had Never Seen Sunshine/ I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)/ I'm Sitting on Top of the World/ I'm a Fool to Care/ In the Good Old Summertime/ It's Been A Long Long Time/ It's Been A Long, Long Time/ Jazz Me Blues/ Jealous Heart/ Jingle Bells/ Johnny (Is the Boy for Me)/ Josephine/ Jura (I Swear I Love You)/ Just One More Chance/ Lady of Spain/ Little Rock Getaway/ Lover/ Mack the Knife (Moritat)/ Magic Melody/ Mandolino/ Meet Mister Callaghan/ Mockin' Bird Hill/ My Baby's Coming Home/ No Letter Today/ Nola/ Nuevo Laredo/ Put A Ring On My Finger/ Rumors Are Flying/ Sleep/ Smoke Rings/ Someday Sweetheart/ Song In Blue/ South/ Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me/ Tennessee Waltz/ Texas Lady/ The Kangaroo/ The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise/ Tiger Rag/ Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)/ What is This Thing Called Love'/ Whispering/ Whither Thou Goest

 
PUCHO & HIS LATIN SOUL BROTHERS BGP CDBGPD 047 Heat/ Jungle Fire** ● CD $18.98
14 tracks, 73 minutes, highly recommended Although Henry "Pucho" Brown was born in Harlem and grew up listening to rhythm and blues, he was also taken with the latin sounds emanating from nearby Spanish Harlem. Inspired by Tito Puente, he took up the timbales and got in on the ground floor of latin soul, an infectiously danceable mixture of African-American soul and jazz and latin musical styles. He recorded seven excellent LPs for Prestige in the 1960's. This music returned and was much sampled in the 1990's as acid jazz and made Pucho a star once again, first in Britain and then in the U.S. This CD presents two of those fine 1960's Prestige albums. (JV)

 
TOMMY RIDGLEY/ BOBBY MITCHELL Ace CDCHD 1446 In The Same Old Way ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
In Ace's continuing saga of Joe Ruffino's family of New Orleans record labels, the spotlight is now shed on Tommy Ridgley and Bobby Mitchell. Ridgley was the third of Ruffino's main artists (the other two were Johnny Adams and Eddie Bo, both already recipients of their own Ace collections), having come to Ruffino's attention in 1960 after having already cut sides for Imperial, Atlantic and Herald. Like Ric and Ron's other strong artists, Ridgley's singles didn't get much recognition beyond the New Orleans area (Ruffino never managed nationwide distribution for his labels) but had the right stuff for wider acclaim given the chance. Should I Ever Love Again/ In the Same Old Way/ My Ordinary Girl/ Heavenly and Honest I Do (the latter two possibly produced by Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack) all have the pop sheen of any Brill Building hit of the time, and sound as good now as I'm sure they did then. Heavenly and Honest I Do, in particular, are as sophisticated as any Bacharach and David song from the same era. Ridgley was such a giant that he influenced Bobby Mitchell, who was ten years younger than the former. Unlike Ridgley, Mitchell had managed a national R&B hit with Try Rock and Roll for Imperial in 1956, but he couldn't sustain the chart momentum and Imperial discouraged his album recording ambitions. Finally, Mitchell signed with the short lived Sho-Biz label, for which he cut the one-off Well I Done Got Over It b/w Just Say You Love Me. From there Mitchell signed with Ron Records and gave them two choice pieces of early soul for A Sides - Send Me Your Picture and There's Only One of You - which like everything else issued by Ric/Ron did little business outside the Crescent City. While these Ruffino recordings represent the highlight of Tommy Ridgley's recording career, the handful of sides Bobby Mitchell cut for Ron only represent a fraction of his recording legacy; regardless, this collection of both men's Ric/Ron work is a worthy addition to any R&B/soul fan's music library. (GMC)

 
THE SONICS Big Beat CDWIKD 115 Psycho-Sonic** ● CD $18.98
29 tracks, 73 minutes, essential
The Sonics, from Tacoma, Washington, were arguably the punkiest of all of the 60's punk bands. Formed in 1963, they could also be said to have originated the genre. Led by the manic guitar noise of Larry Parypa and the voice from hell, Jerry Roslie, the Sonics set a standard for raw rockin' that bands still use today as a measure of coolness. Like most bands of the era they did lots of cover versions of rock and soul tunes like Walking The Dog/ Money/ Jenny Jenny/ Keep A Knockin' , etc. They also covered Dirty Robber by their neighbors, the Wailers and that other North West standard Louie Louie . This would be enough to make them a great band but they also came up with 5 absolute garage classics - Witch/ Boss Hoss/ Psycho/ Strychnine/ Cinderella - all filled to the brim with bristling guitar, pounding drums and Roslie's blowtorch vocals and screams. Every song mentioned above is here plus much more including an alternate of Witch and lives versions of Psycho & Witch (AE)

 
THE STAPLE SINGERS Soul Jam 600810 Swing Low Sweet Chariot/ Uncloudy Day Plus** ● CD $13.98
27 tracks, 70 mins, essential
Now available at a much lower price. With the Recall release of The Staple Singers out of print this is the best and most comprehensive reissue of the classic Vee-Jay recordings made by The Staple Singers between 1955 and 1961 and this release has superior sound to the Recall release. This family group recorded some of the most moving and powerful gospel music in this period. Lead vocals are taken by dad Roebuck Staples or daughter Mavis with her magnificent spine chilling emotion charged contralto with glorious harmonies from Cleotha and Pervis. It's astonishing to reliase that Mavis was a teenager when many of these recordings were made.. In some cases, as on the the incredible I Had A Dream both Roebuck and Mavis take lead. Instrumental accompaniment is mostly just Roebuck playing spine-chilling Delta blues riffs on vibrato laden electric guitar and occasional discreet drums. Material is a mix of gospel favorites (I'm So Glad/ Good News/ Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/ Will The Circle Be Unbroken, etc) and original songs by Roebuck (Each Day/ Don't KNock/ Let Me Ride/ Low Is The Way, etc.). It also includes their original recording of Roebuck's This May Be The Last Time which was reworked as a rock song by The Rolling Stones. It's impossible to pick favorites as every track is a gem and belongs in every gospel lover's collection. None of their post Vee-Jay recordings for Riverside, STax & Epic come anywhere close to the soul masterpieces here. Sound quality is possibly the best I've heard on these recordings and the set comes with a 16 page booklet with new notes plus original LP notes plus photos and label shots. (FS)

 
WARREN STORM Ace CDTOP2 1441 The Bad Times Make The Good Times - Texas Recordings ● CD $26.98
Two CDs, 44 tracks, strongly recommended
Warren Storm was one of Louisiana's finest swamp pop singers and this two CD set features recordings he made for the legendary Texas producer Huey Meaux between 1964 and 1986. Warren, who is also a superb drummer, started recording for Jay Miller's Nasco label in 1958 and on many of his recordings for Miller he sounded like a Fats Domino imitator. By the time of these recordings he found his own voice and a very fine and expressive one it is. The selection is a mixture of new songs, R&B, rock 'n' roll and country favorites - all given a soulful swamp feel. Among the highlights are a superb blue eyed soul rendition of the country oldie Tennessee Waltz, fine covers of R&B classics Love Me Cherry/ But I Do and Blue Monday the latter shows just how far he's come since his days of imitating Domino. There are terrific versions of Bobby Charles's Love Rules The Heart and Jimmy Donley's Think It Over and a bunch more goodies. Unfortunately there are also some forgettable novelty songs and tracks with trite arrangements. A 30 track single CD of the best tracks here would be a killer. (FS)

 
THE SWAN SILVERTONES Rockbeat 3304 Amen Amen Amen - The Essential Collection ● CD $12.98
26 tracks, 73 mins, highly recommended
The Swan Silvertones are certainly one of the all-time great Gospel groups, and one of the most influential; every music fan should own a collection of their work and this is a fine one to have. This collection features classic tracks recorded by The Swan Silvertones in the 1950s to early 1960s for the Specialty and then for the Vee-Jay record labels. The Specialty tracks tend to be a bit more rollicking, with many of the Vee-Jay ones being noticeably smoother and including the group's biggest chart success: Oh Mary Don't You Weep. All tracks feature the indomitable talent of lead tenor (Rev.) Claude Jeter, plus the great Paul Owens on all tracks, and the wonderful baritone Solomon Womack on the Specialty tracks. Highlights include Milky White Way/ At The Cross/ Amazing Grace/ Sinner Man, and many more. Produced by the great music historian, photographer and archivist Michael Ochs. (JM)
Amazing Grace/ At The Cross/ Brighter Day Ahead/ Bye and Bye/ Get Right With God/ He Won't Deny Me/ How I Got Over/ I'm Coming Home/ Is God Satisfied With Me/ Jesus Is A Friend/ Jesus Remembers/ Let's Go/ Milky White Way/ Move Somewhere/ My Rock/ Oh Mary Don't You Weep/ Saviour, Pass Me Not/ Seek Seek/ Singin' In My Soul/ Sinner Man/ Take The Lord With You/ The Day Will Surely Come/ The Lord's Prayer/ Trouble In My Way/ Whats The Matter Now/ Why I Love Him So

 
JOE TEX Jasmine 805 Yum Yum Yum ● CD $18.98
2 CD, 40 tracks, highly recommended
This newest collection of Joe Tex's early recordings does more or less duplicate the track listing for an early Ace compilation ("Get Way Back," Ace 1197 - $18.98); for the first CD at least. The second disc is where this set earns its' reason to exist, as it contains Tex's work for the Anna and Jaylynne labels along with a couple of unissued Ace tracks and early Dial singles. All I Could Do Was Cry, Joe's first Anna recording, was also his brush with the charts in 1960. The song is also notable for introducing Joe's "rapping" style with a long spoken word add on to the original song, a device that would become commonplace on his later 60s sides. Joe's answer to Jerry Butler's He Will Break Your Heart, I'll Never Break Your Heart, uses the same formula amusing effect. His final Anna single is the dynamite pairing of hot R&B shouter Ain't I a Mess and the less rowdy Baby You're Right. Following his Anna stint, Joe cut the country-ish Wicked Woman and Goodbye My Love as a one-off for Jaylynne before signing with the label that would be his home for the next decade or so Dial. His initial Dial singles are here, none of which made any impression. It wasn't until Dial switched to Atlantic Records for distribution that Joe finally hit pay dirt Hold What You Got in 1964. Although his King and Ace recordings are readily available on another collection, this set has the advantage of compiling virtually all of Joe Tex's first recordings in one place, and for anyone that doesn't have the Ace compilation, this is a first class purchase for anyone who wants to know where it all began for the man who loved his woman skinny legs and all. (GMC)

 
HOCIEL THOMAS/ BERTHA "CHIPPIE" HILL American Music 72 With Mutt Carey & Lee Collins** ● CD $14.98
15 tracks, 44 mins, highly recommended
This CD has been marketed as a jazz CD with trumpeters Mutt Carey and Lee Collins listed in catalogs and prominently on the album covers with blues singers Hociel Thomas and Bertha "Chippie" Hill listed in very small print. With all due respect to Carey and Collins who are superb musicians their function here is as accompanying musicians and the original Circle 78s from which most of these tracks are from correctly listed the vocalists. The recordings here are all from 1946 with the first six featuring vocal and piano by Hociel Thomas accompanied by Carey. Hociel was the sister of legendary Texas piano player Hersel Thomas who accompanied her on her 20s recordings. Hociel presumably learned to play from her brother since she backs or powerful moaning vocals with fine piano playing and her instrumental Tebo's Texas Boogie is a real joy. Bertha "Chippie" Hill from South Carolina was another splendid singer who started her career in the 20s and these 1946 sides find her in strong voice on a selection of blues standards like Trouble In Mind/ Careless Love and Nobody Loves You When You're Down And Out accompanied by a small group with Lovie Austin or J.H. Shayne on piano, Johnny Lindsay on bass, Lee Collins/ trumpet and Baby Dodds/ drums. A very fine album that deserves to be better known among blues enthusiasts. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 878 The Early Jin Singles - Southland Rock 'n' Roll** ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific collection of rock 'n' roll and swamp pop recorded for Floyd Soileau's Jin label between 1958 and 1961. Includes Doug Ardoin & The Boogie Kings, Rob & The Rhythm Aces, Red Smiley & The Vel-Tones, Steve Rollins & The Continentals, Al Chase & The Midnites, Rockin' Sidney & His All Stars, Phil Bo, The Del-Cords, Chuck Martin & The Honeydrippers, Rockin' Dave Allen & The Thunderbirds, Johnnie Allan, Mary McCoy, Jivin' Gene & The Jokers and others.. Booklet includes comments on the artists and tracks by Floyd Soileau himself. (FS)
JOHNNIE ALLAN: Crying Over You/ ROCKIN' DAVE ALLEN: Give Me One More Chance/ Can't Stand To See You Go/ DOUG ARDOIN & THE BOOGIE KINGS: Southland/ ROD BERNARD: This Should Go On Forever/ PHIL BO: Don't Take It So Hard/ She Wears My Ring/ Tough/ AL CHASE & THE MIDNITES: Lubby Lou/ THE DEL-CHORDS: Help Me/ Say That You Love Me/ TIBBY EDWARDS: Forever Is A Long Long Time/ JIVIN' GENE & THE JOKERS: Going Out With The Tide/ Up Up And Away/ GENE KING: Little Cajun Girl/ CHUCK MARTIN & THE HONEY DRIPPERS: As Long As I Have You/ Oh Susanna/ LEE MARTIN & THE VIKINGS: I Lost Again/ MARY MCCOY: Double Trouble/ Deep Elem Blues/ PRINCE CHARLES & THE ROCKIN' KINGS: Cheryl Ann/ ROB & THE RHYTHM ACES FEATURING BRYAN EV: You've Gone Too Far/ ROCKIN' SIDNEY & HIS ALL-STARS: My Little Girl/ STEVE ROLLINS & THE CONTINENTALS: Crying Over You/ Forgive Me/ RED SMILEY & THE VEL-TONES: Jailbird/ Lover Blues/ Once Again/ Take A Ride/ GLEN WELLS & THE BLENDS: Lesson In Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 880 Great Googa Mooga!** ● CD $18.98
27 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
I can do no better than quote the publicity material on this "The Keats versus Dylan (Thomas) argument is finally put to rest, as 26 intellectual giants battle it out in a titanic struggle to be the first to solve the fundamental problem of Art, Life, the Universe and Everything". In other words we have here a collection of rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll recordings which answer these questions in their title such as Heeby Jeebies by Larry Williams, Great Googa Mooga by Tom & Jerrio, Bip Bop Bip by Pretty Boy, Um Bow Wow by The Bobbettes, Ting Ting Boom Scat by Jonesy's Combo, Du-Bi-A-Do by The Falcons and other gems. Quite a few tracks have been out before but not in this context and a number are making their first appearance on CD and their are several unissued alternate takes. Sound quality, as usual for Ace is unbeatable and 20 page booklet has extensive notes by Brian "What Me Wooga?" Nevill and great photos. (FS)
LAVERN BAKER: Voodoo Voodoo/ RICHARD BERRY: Yama Yama Pretty Mama/ BLUES WOMAN: Voo It Voo It/ THE BOBBETTES: Um Bow Wow/ BILLY BYRD & HIS PENGUINS: Boom Pacha/ THE CHIPS: Rubber Biscuit/ DOLLY COOPER: Ay La Bah/ DON & DEWEY: Bim Bam/ THE FALCONS: Du Bi A Do/ JESSIE HILL: Ooh Poo Pah Doo/ JONESY'S COMBO: Ting Ting Boom Scat/ LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS: Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop/ THE MAGICTONES: Good Googa Mooga/ ARTHUR LEE MAYE & THE CROWNS: Oochie Pachie/ THE PENGUINS: Ookey Ook/ MARVIN PHILLIPS: Mamo Mamo/ PRETTY BOY: Bip Bop Bip/ THE RIVINGTONS: Mama Oom Mow Mow/ THE SAVOYS: Yacka Hoom Boom/ TOM & JERRIO: Great Googa Mooga/ LARRY WILLIAMS: Heebie Jeebies

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 884 Surefire Hits On Central - The South Central R&B Scene** ● CD $18.98
First in a new series paying tribute to the blues and R&B scene in Los Angeles in the late 40s and early 50s which was focused on Central avenue. The 26 track collection features many hits and includes sides by Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roy Milton & His Solid Senders, Little ESther, Jimmy Grissom, Chuck Higgins, Gene & Eunice, Little Caesar, Jesse Belvin, Richard Berry, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Joe Houston, Young Jessie & many more.
JESSE BELVIN: Dream Girl/ RICHARD BERRY: Get Out Of The Car/ HADDA BROOKS: Out Of The Blue/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Blues After Hours/ FLOYD DIXON TRIO: Dallas Blues/ ERNIE FREEMAN COMBO: Jivin' Around (part 1)/ GENE & EUNICE: Ko Ko Mo (i Love You So)/ JIMMY GRISSOM & THE RED CALLENDER SEXTET: Once There Lived A Fool/ ROY HAWKINS: Why Do Everything Happen To Me/ CHUCK HIGGINS COMBO: Pachuko Hop/ JOE HOUSTON: All Night Long/ ETTA JAMES & THE PEACHES: Wallflower (dance With Me Henry)/ JOE LIGGINS & HIS HONEYDRIPPERS: Honeydripper/ LITTLE CAESAR: Goodbye Baby/ 'LITTLE' WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: It's Midnight (no Place To Go)/ 'BIG' JAY MCNEELY: Deacon's Hop/ THE MEADOWLARKS: Heaven And Paradise/ THE MEDALLIONS: Letter/ ROY MILTON & HIS SOLID SENDERS: Hucklebuck/ JOHNNY MOORE TRIO & CHARLES BROWN: You Won't Let Me Go/ JOHNNY OTIS QUINTETTE: Double Crossing Blues/ THE PENGUINS: Ookey Ook/ GENE PHILLIPS: Stinkin' Drunk/ JOHNNY "GUITAR" WATSON: Three Hours Past Midnight/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Who's Been Jiving You/ YOUNG JESSIE: Mary Lou

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Airline 57818 Star Talent Records Story ● CD $14.98
16 tracks, strongly recommended
Dallas businessman Jesse Ericksen's Talent and Star Talent labels were a short lived endeavour (1949-1950) and had a small output but is important in blues history as it was the first label to issue recordings by two major figures Rufus Thomas and Professor Longhair. The Thomas sides were recorded live and are fine urban blues though if you didn't know you probably wouldn't identify them as by Rufus. The four sides by Longahir (as by Professor Longhair and his Shuffling Hungarians!) feature his first versions of songs that were to become forver associated with him - Mardi Gras In New Orleans and She Ain't Got No More. There are two fine tracks by obscure urban bluesman Cha Cha Hogan who didn't record again until the late 1960s. The remaining eight tracks are superb Texas country blues including four songs by the outstanding singer and guitarist Willie Lane. Lane had worked with J.T. "Funny Papa" Smith in the 1930s and his songs show the influence of Smith. Rattlesnake Cooper was another superb singer and guitarist who is accompanied by the fine piano of Sonny Boy Davis and who accomapnies Davis on his two fin cuts. Tee country blues cuts here show n evidence of being influenced by post war styles and could have easily been recorded 15 years earlier. The labels also issued a dozen or so hillbilly sides so calling this the Star Talent Story is not really accurate. Still, it's a great set with informative notes by Bill Dahl. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalo Bop 55005 Hot Rod Gang** ● CD $21.98
30 tracks, 70 minutes, essential
The deal here is hot rods - cars, racing, cruising, etc. In the car crazy 50's there were tons of these recorded usually starting off with the sound of an engine revving up. Old favorites include Howie Stange's This Old Bomb Of Mine , Pat Davis' lament about stolen Spinner Hub Caps , Richie Deran's classic Girl And A Hot Rod , Jimmy Carroll's pounder Big Green Car , William Penix's Dig That Crazy Driver and of course Bob Williams' famous Hot Rod Race . There are also a bunch of obscure but fine tunes dug up for this compilation like Hot Rod by the Berry Brothers, Full Racing Cam by Eddie Ringo, Hot Rod Baby by Rocky Davis, Hot Rod Boogie by Howard Brady just to name a few. One worth a special mention is Long John's Flagpole Rock by Long John Roller about a guy sitting on a flagpole trying to win a car. (AE)
WOODY BALL: Robin Hood & His '56 Ford/ WALT BENTON: Big Wheel/ THE BERRY BROTHERS: Hot Rod/ HOWARD W BRADY: Hot Rod boogie/ CHUCK BROOKS: Spinning My Wheels/ BUCKY & THE PREMIAIRES: Cruisin'/ RAY BURDEN: Hot-rodder's Dream/ JIMMY CARROLL: Big Green Car/ PETE CIOLINO: Daddy Joe/ CONNY & THE BELLHOPS: Shot Rod/ PAT DAVIS: Spinner Hub Caps/ ROCKY DAVIS: Hot Rod Baby/ RITCHIE DERAN: Girl And A Hot Rod/ THE EXPORTS: Car Hop/ MIKE FERN: Brake Jake/ BOBBY FRY: Highway Robbery/ JAMES GALLAGHER: Ford & Shaker/ JAN & ARNIE: Gas Money/ BURT KEYES: Stop jivin' Start Drivin'/ BILL LEMMONS: Lorene/ TURNER MOORE: I'll Be Leaving You/ WILLIAM PENIX: Dig That Crazy driver/ EDDIE RINGO: Full Racing Cam/ LONG JOHN ROLLER: Long John's Flagpole Rock/ HOWIE STRANGE: This Old Bomb Of Mine/ BOBBY VERNE: Red hot car/ J W WARDEN: Sidewalk Rock & Roll/ RICK WEST: Cop Car/ BOB WILLIAMS: Hot rod race/ JERRY WOODARD: Speedway rock

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital 042 Don't Think I've Forgotten - Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll ● CD $13.98
20 tracks, 69 mins, highly recommended
"Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock And Roll" is a film documentary about the Cambodian Rock & Roll / Pop scene of the 1960s through early 1970s and it's utter devastation at the hands of the Khmer Rouge starting in 1975. It looks to be a fascinating, heartbreaking documentary that I definitely want to see. For now, we have this great soundtrack, a collections of songs that are all featured in the film. This compilation is a bit of a mixed bag that covers a lot of ground, so I can imagine some people who like the Rock & Roll songs on here won't like some of the Poppier tracks (or, in the case of the first track, sung by a choir), but it certainly is interesting throughout. Some of my favorite tracks are B.C.K. (an ethereal instrumental with great twangy guitars by Baksey Cham Krong), the borderline Garage Punk of Don't Be Angry by Ros Serey Sother, and Dance A Go Go a groovy track by the groovy Sinn Sisamouth, one of the big stars of the day and a key figure on the compilation with five tracks featured. CD comes with deep notes full of a lot of pictures from the glory days, as well as many reproductions hyper-colorful record sleeves. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS El Toro R&B 124 Yield To Temptation: The Early Works of The Temptations ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
The Temptations became one of Motown's premiere acts, beginning in 1964, thanks to a string of incomparable singles, starting with The Way You Do the Things You Do/ My Girl/ Get Ready and more. However, by that time the group had already been knocking around Detroit, in one form or another, since 1959 and this collection endeavors to show us what the group members sounded like during this pre-fame era. From the first Temptations singles issued on Berry Gordy's Miracle imprint in 1961 (with the first line-up of: Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams, and Elbridge "Al" Bryant) to doo wop sides by the Voice Masters (featuring Tempts bass singer Melvin Franklin) released by Anna Records (founded by Berry's sisters, Gwen and Anna), the CD gives a fair representation of those early years. There is much to pique the interest of R&B fanatics: David Ruffin solo singles cut between 1960 and 1962 for Anna and Check-Mate, with Knock You Out (With Love) a standout; the vocal group stylings of The Distants, which included Williams, Franklin, and Bryant; and the one-off single from The Pirates (aka the Temptations) cut for Mel-O-Dy in 1962. Sure, this stuff is your basic doo wop/vocal group/imitation Sam Cooke; sounds that were typical of the time. But hearing the Temptations pre-David Ruffin, when they were still known as "The Hitless Temptations", is a rewarding and fascinating experience. (GMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 808 Bayou Two-Step - Cajun Hits From Louisiana, 1929-1962 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 51 tracks, highly recommended
A terrific introduction to that great Louisiana musical style - Cajun music. In spite of the subtitle only two tracks are from prior to 1949 - one by the great accordion pioneer Joseph and one by his accompanying group Breaux Freres. The rest covers the period 1949 and 1962 and features some of the greatest exponents of the genre with mournful vocals, sawing fiddles, churning accordions and soaring steel guitars. It includes five songs from Nathan Abshire - possibly the greatest of all postwar Cajun musicians - including the original 1949 recording of his classic Pine Grove Blues. Among the other legendary artists here are Harry Choates, Shuk Richard & His Louisiana Aces, Lawrence Walker, Adam Hebert, Cleveland Crochet, Joel Sonnier (at the age of 13!), Austin Pitre, D.L. Menard and others. Cajun music is some of the most infectious music on Earth and if you don't have much then this is the perfect place to start. I "garontee" you'll enjoy this! (FS)
NATHAN ABSHIRE: La Cucaracha (Boora Rhumba)/ Mama Rosin/ Pine Grove Blues/ French Blues/ Jolie, Petite Juliette/ New Orleans Waltz/ SANDY AUSTIN, THE FABULOUS FRENCHMAN & HIS CAJ: Scrambled Eggs/ MAURICE BARZAS & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS: Mamou Hot Step/ BREAUX FRERES: La Valse Des Yeux Bleu (Blue Eyes Waltz)/ LEROY BROUSSARD: Cafť Chaud/ La Valse De Pauvre Garconnet/ SIDNEY BROWN: Font Kee-Lot Two Step/ La Valse De Love Lane/ Sha Ba-Ba (Chere Bebe)/ THE CAJUN TRIO: Cajun Twist/ HARRY CHOATES & HIS FIDDLE: Valse De Lake Charles/ LOUIS CORMIER & THE MOONLITE PLAYBOYS: Drunkard's Blues/ CLEVELAND CROCHET: Midnight Blues/ Sweet Thing/ Sugar Bee/ ELISE DESHOTEL & THE LOUISIANA RHYTHMAIRES: Le Two Step De Ville Platte/ AMAR DEVILLIER & HIS LOUISIANA JAMBALEERS: Durald Two Step/ JOE FALCON W/ THE BREAUX BROTHERS: Osson/ J. B. FUSILIER & HIS ACCORDION: Faut Pas Qu' Tu M'oublies/ T'es Trop Jeune Pour Toi T'marier (Too Young To Marry)/ ADAM HERBERT & THE COUNTRY PLAYBOYS: Donnez-Moi Colinda (Give Me Colinda)/ For The Last Time/ I'd Like To Know/ North Side Door/ IRY LE JUNE: Durald Waltz/ FLOYD LEBLANC & HIS FRENCH FIDDLE: Breaux Bridge Waltz/ You Mustn't Cry/ D. L. MENARD W/ BADEAUX & THE LOUISIANA ACES: The Back Door/ Valse De Jolly Rogers/ BUCK MOUHART 'THE FLYING CAJUN': Cajun Land Twist/ AUSTIN PITRE & THE EVANGELINE PLAYBOYS: Opelousas Waltz/ Two Step A Tante Adele/ Two Step De Bayou Teche/ SHUK RICHARD & HIS LOUISIANA ACES: Le Cote Farouche De La Vic/ Madam Entelle Two Step/ ALDUS ROGER & THE LAFAYETTE PLAYBOYS: Cajun Special/ Valse A Alida/ JOEL SONNIER & HIS FRENCH ACCORDIAN & DUSON P: Tee Yeaux Bleu/ JAY STUTES & ALL THE SUGAR BEES: Coming Home/ THE TEXAS MELODY BOYS: Ain't No More/ Old Time Waltz/ LINUS TOUCHET: Clover Club Special/ New Love Bridge Waltz/ LAWRENCE WALKER: Les Bon Temps/ Midnight Waltz/ Ton Papa Ta Mama Ma Sta Da All (Your Mom And Dad Threw Me Out)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 429 Pied Piper - Follow Your Soul ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
In 2013, we were first introduced to Detroit production company Pied Piper and it's artists via the Kent collection, "Pied Piper Presents a New Concept in Detroit Soul" (Kent 389 - $18.98)); this CD is the follow up compilation, containing more sides from September Jones, Nancy Wilcox (her He'll Be Leaving You is one of the standout tracks), Lorraine Chandler, The Metros, and Freddy Butler. As on the first set, some of these tracks were originally issued on RCA, Kapp, Karate, and Giant (Pied Piper's own label co-owned by mastermind Shelley Haims and musician/songwriter Jack Ashford), while others are newly mined from the vaults. These tracks are fine examples of mid 60's Detroit R&B - generally a better bunch than the first collection, surprisingly - with Butler's They Say I'm Afraid (Of Losing You), Harry Gates' Love Will Find a Way, Jones' You Better Know Why, Mikki Farrow's Set My Heart at Ease, the Metros' You Don't Know Me Do You, and the Hesitations' That's What Love Is leading the quality pack. It's now a well known fact that Detroit R&B during the 60's didn't begin and end with Motown; and here's yet more undeniable examples of the fertile underground scene that fed the various clubs, dive bars, and auditoriums of the Motor City. (GMC)
FREDDY BUTLER: Give Me Lots Of Lovin'/ They Say I'm Afraid (Of Losing You)/ THE CAVALIERS: Ooh It Hurts Me (Alternate Version)/ Without Someone To Tell Me/ LORRAINE CHANDLER: Lost Without You/ What Can I Do/ You Only Live Twice (Alt)/ THE DYNAMICS: I Need Your Love/ MIKKI FARROW: Set My Heart At Ease/ HARRY GATES: Love Will Find A Way/ THE HESITATIONS: That's What Love Is/ Wait A Minute/ TONY HESTER: Watch Yourself/ SEPTEMBER JONES: No More Love/ Voo Doo Madamoiselle/ You Better Know Why/ THE METROS: It's Right Now/ You Don't Know Me Do You/ THE PIED PIPER PLAYERS: Hold To My Baby/ Love Sick/ SHARON SCOTT: Could It Be You/ SAM E. SOLO: Love Is Not A Game/ NANCY WILCOX: He'll Be Leaving You/ More Than A Memory

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Nehi NEH3X 1 My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean - British Songs In The US ● CD $32.98
Three CDs , 75 tracks, very highly recommended
A fabulous and most welcome collection of, mostly, old time country music from 1920s that have their origins in songs brought over by settlers and immigrants from the British Isles. These includes ballads dating back as far as the 16th century, broadsides from the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries, music hall songs from the late 19th and early 20th century and more. When the songs arrived in the USA they became part of the "folk process" being changed to reflect the circumstances and location of the performers and in some cases there are hundreds of different variants on any given song. Those that made it on to commercial recordings, as is the case here, would face the limitation of the 3 minute playing time of a 78 record and so ballads that might have 20 verses would be compressed into two or three verses. This set gives us several versions of Pretty Polly (John Hammond, Dock Boggs and B.F. Shelton) which has its origins in a mid 18th century song "The Gosport Tragedy or The Perjured Ship's Carpenter." Charlie Poole's The Highwayman is based on Child Ballad 95 ("The Maid Freed From The Gallows") which is also the basis for Lead Belly's Gallis Pole which is also here. Chubby Parker's King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O is derived from "Froggie Went A Courtin'" which dates from 1580. There is so much more here to entertain and elucidate and thanks to the insightful notes by Steve Roud you can understand the origins of the songs which makes listening to them an even more joyful experience. (FS)
CLARENCE ASHLEY: The Coo Coo Bird/ The House Carpenter/ BLIND BLAKE: Champagne Charlie's My Name/ THE BLUE SKY BOYS: Mary Of The Wild Moore/ DOCK BOGGS: Pretty Polly/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Keep Your Hands Off Her/ MORRIS BROWN QUARTET: Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes/ CLIFF CARLISLE: Black Jack David/ THE CAROLINA BUDDIES: In A Cottage By The Sea/ THE CAROLINA TAR HEELS: Can't You Remember When Your Heart Was Mine?/ Rude And Rambling Man/ FIDDLIN' JOHN CARSON: The Boston Burglar/ THE CARSON BROTHERS & SPRINKLE: The Old Miller's Will/ THE CARTER FAMILY: Black Jack David/ Can The Circle Be Unbroken (By And By)/ I Have No One To Love Me (But The Sailor In The Deep Blue Sea)/ I Will Never Marry/ Sinking In The Lonesome Sea/ The Wave On The Sea/ THE COON CREEK GIRLS: Pretty Polly/ DARBY & TARLTON: Columbus Stockade Blues/ BLIND WILLIE DAVIS: Rock Of Ages/ THE DIXON BROTHERS: Story Of George Collins/ GRAYSON & WHITTER: Handsome Molly/ Rose Conley/ Where Are You Going Alice?/ I. G. GREER: Sweet William And Fair Ellen Pt. 1/ Sweet William And Fair Ellen Pt. 2/ JOHN HAMMOND: Purty Polly/ KELLY HARRELL: Cave Love Has Gained The Day/ O! Molly Dear Go Ask Your Mother/ ROY HARVEY: George Collins/ DAW HENSON: Lady Margaret And Sweet William/ FRANK HUTCHISON: Wild Hogs In The Red Brush/ EARL JOHNSON: Three Nights Experience/ COLEY JONES: Drunken Special/ DICK JUSTICE: Henry Lee/ BUELL KAZEE: Lady Gay/ The Butcher's Boy/ BRADLEY KINCAID: Barbara Allen/ LEADBELLY: The Gallis Pole/ THE LEAKE COUNTY REVELERS: Molly Put The Kettle On/ My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean/ FRANK LUTHER: Barbara Allen/ UNCLE DAVE MACON: The Girl I Left Behind Me/ WADE MAINER: Ramblin' Boy/ ASA MARTIN: Crawling And Creeping/ SAM MCGHEE: As Willie And Mary Strolled By The Seashore/ BLIND WILLIE MCTELL: Amazing Grace/ BILL MONROE: Footprints In The Snow/ BYRD MOORE & HIS HOT SHOTS: Three Men Went A- Hunting/ NELSTONE'S HAWAIIANS: Fatal Flower Garden/ THE NEW ARKANSAS TRAVELLERS: Handy Man/ I Tickled 'Em/ THE OAKS FAMILY: Wake Up, You Drowsy Sleeper/ CHUBBY PARKER: King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki- Me- O/ CHARLIE PARKER & MACK WOOLBRIGHT: Will The Weaver/ CHARLIE POOLE: He Rambled/ My Gypsy Girl/ The Highwayman/ RILEY PUCKETT: The Boston Burglar/ BILL & BELLE REED: The Old Lady & The Devil/ RUTHERFORD & FOSTER: Storms May Rule The Ocean/ B. F. SHELTON: Pretty Polly/ BILL SHEPARD: Aunt Jane Blues/ PETE STEELE: Pretty Polly/ ERNEST V. STONEMAN: Down On The Banks Of The Ohio/ THE STONEMAN FAMILY: The Spanish Merchant's Daughter/ GID TANNER: Devilish Mary/ It's A Long Way To Tipperary/ Old Mcdonald Had A Farm/ JIMMIE TARLTON: Lowe Bonnie/ TAYLOR'S KENTUCKY BOYS: Maxwell Girl/ WILMER WATTS & HIS LONELY EAGLES: Sleepy Desert/ FESS WILLIAMS: Gambler's Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS RPM Retro 837 `Shiverin' And Shakin - Challenge Records, Vol. 1, 1958-1965** ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 62 mins, highly recommended
Challenge records was home to all kinds of primitive Rock 'N' Roll, with so much hot wax they could have been a candle factory. Their roster was full of artists that are total heroes of mine, like Kip Tyler & His Flips, Big Al Downing, The Champs, and The Rhythm Rockers. Halloween alert! Many tracks on here that will be perfect for your All Hollows Evenings: Mogul Monster by The Rangers, Tarantula by Bob Regan, Vampira, by Bobby Bare (!), and Experiment in Terror by The Champs, not to mention just plain wild and wooly tracks like Buzzzzzzz Jimmy Gordon, The Whip The Originals, Shiverin' and Shakin' Dean Beard, and Rock Roma Rock it by Scatman Crothers. For you instrumental fans, the ratio of vocals to non is about 50/50. No surprise, Kim Fowley had his maniacal mitts on many of these musical marvels, so appropriately Alec Palao includes a good-sized interview with Fowley in his astute liner notes. (JM)
JERRY ARNOLD: Little Boy Blue/ BOBBY BARE: Vampira/ DEAN BEARD: Shiverin & Shakin/ THE CHAMPS: Experiment In Terror/ Subway/ KIMBALL COBURN: My Little Girl/ SCAT MAN CROTHERS: Rock Roma Rock It/ DONDI: Buzz Buzz Buzz/ AL DOWNING WITH THE POE KATS: Down On The Farm/ Oh Babe/ HUELYN DUVALL: Three Months To Kill/ THE FOUR TEENS: Go Little Go Cat/ JIMMY GORDON: Buzzzzzz/ JIM AND ROD: Didn't It Rock/ BOBBY MILANO: Life Begins At Four O Clock/ GENE MOLES: Burnin Rubber/ THE ORIGINALS: The Whip/ THE RANGERS: Mogul Monster/ Reputation/ BOB REGAN: Tarantula/ THE RHYTHM ROCKERS: Rendezvous Stomp/ THE RIPTIDES: Machine Gun/ THE SNOWMEN: Ski Storm (part One)/ WYNN STEWART: Come On/ KIP TYLER & HIS FLIPS: Jungle Hop/ Ooh Yeah Baby/ Wail Man Wail/ GEORGE WESTON: Too Good To Be True

 
CURLEY WILLIAMS & HIS GEORGIA PEACH PICKERS Bear Family BCD 16326 Just A-Pickin' And A Singin'** ● CD $21.98
25 tracks, 67 minutes, highly recommended
Long overdue for rediscovery, Curley Williams and His Georgia Peach Pickers was a versatile showband with a style that typifies late '40s country music - something similar to the California bands in all those 'B' westerns, but without an accordion. Like Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys, they weren't exactly Western swing, not really honky-tonk and certainly not hillbilly. Like the established Western swing bands, it drew upon rotating singers, including Williams, pianist Joe Pope and steel guitarist Boots Harris. Despite stints on the Grand Ole Opry and the Louisiana Hayride, not to mention three years in southern California, the Peach Pickers never enjoyed King's success. In fact, other performers had more chart action with Williams's material than Williams did: Hank Williams (no relation) and Rosemary Clooney with Half As Much; Red Foley with Mississippi. Other musicians even picked up on the band's instrumentals; Jerry Byrd covered Harris's Georgia Steel Guitar. This Bear Family collection covers Williams's recording career from February 1945 to December 1947, including his first eight Columbia releases and eight unissued titles. It also includes a fragmentary demo of Curley Williams and Hank Williams singing Time Has Proven I Was Wrong. Although Williams's best-known songs were still to come, this CD is the stronger of Bear Family's two sets. Besides Georgia Steel Guitar, highlights include Joe Pope's Leave Me Alone with the Blues and Blue Melody. It also benefits from Kevin Coffey's notes, which cover the band's history in fuller detail than Wayne Daniel's efforts in the second volume. Note that this collection duplicates eight tracks on Cattle's Williams anthology, Swing and Boogie Time (CCD 257), but the sound and production quality here is a quantum leap over that earlier set. (DS)
CURLEY WILLIAMS: At The End Of Each Day/ Because I Believed What You Said/ Blue Melody/ Georgia Anne From Georgia/ Georgia Boogie/ Georgia Polka/ Georgia Steel Guitar/ Georgiana Moon/ Grandma's Turned Over Again/ I Lost My World (When I Lost You)/ I See A Change In You/ I've Lived, Loved And Learned/ If I Had It To Do Over Again/ If I Knew Then What I Know Now/ Jealous Lady/ Just A-Pickin' And A-Singin'/ Leave Me Alone With The Blues/ One Sided Affair/ Southern Belle (From Nashville, Tennessee)/ Take It Or Leave It, Dear/ There Is No Love To Die/ There's A New Blue Eyed Angel (In Heaven)/ Time Has Proven I Was Wrong (& Hank Williams)/ Woe Is Me/ You Can't Brush Me Off

 
DANNY WOLFE El Toro 1057 And Friends ... Let's Flat Get It ● CD $18.98 $13.98
33 tracks, 72 mins, recommended
Texas songwriter Danny Wolfe thrived in the years from 1955 - 1966 excelling in writing Rockabilly songs, most notably for Gene Vincent's classic Capitol Records releases. This collection features three of the great Gene Vincent recordings: Pretty, Pretty Baby/ Gonna Back Up, and Double Talkin' Baby, as well as good tracks by Tooter Boatman, Carl Smith, Mac Wiseman, John D. Loudermilk, Huelyn Duval, and many more. Loudermilk's Susie's House being amongst the best tracks here, not to mention pretty rare. Wolfe's most famous composition has to be Fools' Hall Of Fame and you get great versions of that as well from no less than Rudy Richardson, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash. Also featured are about half a dozen tracks with Danny Wolfe himself tackling his own compositions, which unfortunately are some of the weakest tracks on the CD; oh well, he did just fine on the writing royalties. Deep notes tell old Wolfie's whole musical story. (JM)

 

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