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VARIOUS ARTISTS Idem Home Video 1055 Boogie Woogie & Rhythm & Blues ● DVD $21.98 $12.98
DVD 26 Tracks, 71 Mins, highly recommended For some reason Meade Lux Lewis is given top billing on this DVD but he only performs three numbers here for a total of about 10 minutes but they are an excellent 10 minutes. The remaining 61 minutes features many gems including four tremendous cuts by Amos Milburn, four by the outstanding but underrated pianist Maurice Rocco, four by the superb R&B vocal group The Clovers along with fine performances by Gene Rodgers, Lynn Albritton, Harry "The Hipster" Gibson, Jimmy Brown and The Larks, There are also performances by Robert Crum, Ray Sinatra & His Orch., Thelma White & Her Band and The Will Bradley Orch. which are fairly lacluster. No dates given, but these seem to be from the late 40's through the early 50's and the transfers are pretty good, both visually and aurally. (FS)

   

CALENDAR

 
CLASSIC BLUES ARTWORK FROM THE 1920S - 2014 Calendar   Blues Images 214 ● CALENDAR $18.98
32 page calendar + 24 track CD, essential.
It's October and time for renowned collector John Tefteller to delve into his phenomenal collection of blues graphics and rare 78s to present another sensational calendar and CD. This calendar (the eleventh) features reproductions of original artwork for advertisements printed in African-American newspapers in the late 20s and early 30s along with some incredibly photos, mostly by the Paramount Record Company advertising their latest blues releases. This calendar features fullsize ads for records by artists like Charlie Patton, Blind Blake (an ad for Miss Emma Liza - only recently discovered on 78 and included on the CD along with its flip), E.W. Clayborn, Washboard Walter, Papa Charlie Jackson and others. It also includes wonderful, previously unpublished photos of Henry Thomas and Furry Lewis as well as a fabulous photo of Bessie Smith that has has never before been published with such clarity. The calendar also includes small reproductions of another 23 ads, sample song lyrics, brief biographies and birth and death dates for many blues artists.
The calendar itself would be easily worth $18.98 but in addition you get a 21 track CD featuring all the records advertised in the full sized ads or by the artists in the photos plus 12 bonus tracks including the flips of the Blind Blake and Washboard Walter plus sides by Jim Thompkins (his only recording Bedside Blues is an all time favorite of mine with great vocals and unique slide guitar - the version here is from a newly found copy and sounds significantly better than previous reissues), Blind Percy, Tenderfoot Edwards (from the only known copy) and others. All tracks are newly remastered by Rich Nevins from the best or only surviving copies and have never sounded better.
Also included are full color inserts to enable you to make your own Classic Blues Artwork CD with a jewel case (jewel case not included) Since these would make such a great gift if you buy five or more calendars you can get them for $16.98 each! Calendar/ CD set counts as four CDs for shipping purposes. (FS)
Note: All previously released calendars are available since the artwork never dates and the CDs are also available separately for $8.98 each.
BLIND BLAKE: Dissatisfied Blues/ Miss Emma Liza/ BLIND PERCY: Coal River Blues/ Fourteenth Street Blues/ GEORGE CARTER: Ghost Woman Blues/ Weeping Willow/ REVEREND E. W. CLAYBORN: Your Enemies Cannot Harm You (But Watch Your Close Friend)/ TENDERFOOT EDWARDS: Up On The Hill Blues/ When You Dream Of Muddy Water/ PAPA CHARLIE JACKSON: Let's Get Along/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Long, Lonesome Blues/ FURRY LEWIS: Good Looking Girl Blues/ MOTHER MCCOLLUM: Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane/ LUELLA MILLER: Rattlesnake Groan/ THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: Crackin' Them Things/ BLIND GUSSIE NESBITT: God Is Worried At Your Wicked Ways/ He's The Joy Of My Salvation/ CHARLEY PATTON: Magnolia Blues/ Mean Black Cat/ BESSIE SMITH: Blue Spirit Blues/ HENRY THOMAS: Bull Doze Blues/ JIM THOMPKINS: Bedside Blues/ WASHBOARD WALTER: Overall Cheater Blues/ She's A Long, Tall, Disconnected Mama

 

COMPACT DISCS

 
BOOKER T. & THE MGS Stax (Europe) 34118 Time Is Tight ● CD $57.98 $47.98
3 CDs, 65 tracks, essential
European reissue of out of print 1998 U.S. release. As the Funk Brothers were to Motown, so Booker T. & the MGs were to Stax: the in-house band that accompanied all of their singers. The difference was that the Funk Brothers weren't allowed to record their own albums like Booker's gang. As early as 1962-when the group racked up their first hit Green Onions - the MGs were cutting sides and helping to shape Southern Soul music as we know it today. This three CD set pays tribute to this tight unit by including not only all of the band's big hits - Green Onions/ Hang 'em High/ Time is Tight/ Melting Pot - but also classic album tracks, rare B-sides, and a selection of the reunited group's work during the 90s. Housed in a beautiful box with a gorgeous booklet containing photos, liner notes, and full track annotation, this music-with its' taut precision and righteous funkiness-is more than given its due. In the 60s, no band was tighter or more in sync than this one, and a listen to any track here - whether the sprightly Soul Limbo, the slow burn of Hang 'em High, the unexpectedly poignant Willow Weep For Me, or the sympathetic reading of the Beatles' "Sun King" Medley - will prove the point far better than any words could. No guitarist played with more economy than Steve Cropper, no bass player was more funky yet functional than Donald "Duck" Dunn, no drummer more solid than Al Jackson, Jr., and no organist was more inventive than Booker T. Jones, and this excellent set makes the best case yet for their legacy in the rock 'n' soul pantheon. (GMC)
BOOKER T. & THE MGS: (Sittin' On) The Dock Of Bay/ (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay/ Alberts Rap/ Be My Lady/ Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy/ Behave Yourself/ Blue On Green/ Booker's Notion/ Booker's Theme/ Boot-Leg/ Born Under A Bad Sign/ Burnt Biscuits/ Can't Be Still/ Chicken Pox/ Chinese/ Expressway/ Fannie Mae/ Gotta Serve Somebody/ Green Onions/ Green Onions/ Groovin'/ Hang 'Em High/ Hang 'Em High/ Heads Or Tails/ Hip Hug-Her/ Hole In The Wall/ Home Grown/ I Can Dig It/ I've Been Loving you Too Long (To Stop Now)/ I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)/ It's Your Thing/ Jellybread/ Jonny, I Love/ Lady Madonna/ Lay Lady Lay/ MG Party/ McLemore Avenue/ Mediation/ Medley: I'm With You/I Don't Mind/Oh, Baby Don't You Weep/ Medley: Sun King-Mean Mr. Mustard, etc./ Melting Pot/ Mo' Onions/ Mrs. Robinson/ My Sweet Potato/ Never My Love/ Ode To Billie Joe/ Outrage/ Over Easy/ Pigmy/ Sarasota Sunset/ Slim Jenkins' Place/ Something/ Soul Clap '69/ Soul Dressing/ Soul Limbo/ Soul Sanctions/ Summertime/ Sunday Sermon/ Terrible Thing/ Tic-Tac-Toe/ Time Is Tight/ Time Is tight/ Willow Weep For Me/ You Don't Love Me/ You're All I Need To Get By

 
ALEX BRADFORD Specialty 7015 Rainbow In The Sky ● CD $15.98 $8.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Another welcome release in Specialty's Legends Of Gospel series, Rainbow In The Sky collects 24 riveting Bradford performances (and one studio conversation) between 1954-58. All but three of the selections - Steal Away/ It All Belongs To Him/ What Makes A Man Turn His Back On God? - are previously unreleased, including alternate takes of Bradford classics, many of which run longer than the originals. And initiates who have never heard, for example, the masterpiece Too Close To Heaven, may rest assured that in this case "alternate take" does not imply inferiority. Highlights include a duet with Bessie Griffin called Great Consolation/ Take The Lord Along With You/ I've Found Someone/ Captain Jesus and two sides with the Stone Temple Chorale. The demo of See If I Care provides a rare glimpse into Bradford's pop longings. Notes by The Gospel Sound author Anthony Heilbut. Recommended. (JC)

 
CAB CALLOWAY Mr. Music 7035 "Live At The Cafe Zanzibar" ● CD $15.98
20 tracks, recommended
Fine sides from the king of "Hi-De-Ho." The first 16 tracks were recorded live at the Cafe Zanzibar in New York in 1945 and '46 featuring Cab with his large band including Jonah Jones, Shad Collins, Tyree Glenn, Quentine Jackson, Benny Payne, Danny Barker, Milt Hinton and others on a mix of vocals and instrumentals. The vocals by Cab or Dotty Salter are often fairly bland but the instrumental work is superb and exciting. The remaining four tracks are from a 1950 radio transcription. By this time the age of big bands is over and Cab is featured with a superb sextette including Jonah Jones, Tyree Glenn, Ike Quebec and others with two fine vocals and two hot instrumentals. Sound quality is superb and booklet has informative notes and full discographical info. (FS)

 
CLARENCE CARTER Kent CDKEND 407 The Fame Singles, Vol. 2: 1970-73 ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Following up the monumental first volume of Clarence Carter's Fame Singles (Kent 376 - $18.98) was inevitable and unenviable, since the first set contained so much Southern Soul goodness that it was downright sinful. Happily, this set starts out strong with Carter's 1970 hit Patches and its lovely B-Side Say it One More Time, and continues to rack up points with Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love/ It's All in Your Mind/ Scratch My Back (And Mumble in My Ear)/ If You Can't Beat 'Em and Lonesomest Lonesome (duets with then-wife Candi Staton), and I Found Somebody New. Although Carters' own songwriting gets short shrift on this collection, his intuitive ability as an interpreter of other's material is duly noted and an important part of his legend. In sum, this second volume of Clarence Carter Fame singles is just as worthy as the first and a must-own for any Soul collector. (GMC)

 
LOWELL FULSON Rockbeat 3210 Live, June 17, 1983 At My Place ● CD $15.98
18 tracks, 56 mins, almost highly recommended
A live recording by one of the all time greats. In 1983, after almost 40 years of performing Lowell was still at the top of his game and is accompanied here by the fine band The Beaters led by Billy Vera. Lowell runs through a selection of some of his most popular songs from throughout his career (Reconsider Baby/ Too Many Drivers/ Blue Shadows/ Black Nights/ Sinners Paryer, etc) along with a handful of covers. The performances are superb though since this is obviously an audience recording, the sound quality is not great, otherwise I would have given it a higher rating. (FS)

 
BUDDY GUY Fuel 61981 This Is The Beginning ● CD $12.98
16 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific collection featuring all the recordings made by Buddy Guy prior to his joining Chess in 1960 along with recordings made in 1963 accompanying vocalist Jesse Fortune who has a vocal style very similar to Buddy's. Buddy cut four sides for the Artistic label in 1958 that show what a sensational performer he already was with great songs and superb guitar work, though, interestingly, on the ferocious This Is The End the stinging lead guitar work is actually by Ike Turner. There are also lengthy session excerpts from Buddy's second Artistic session when he recorded End and You Sure Can't Do complete with false starts, session chat and the like. His three sides recorded for Ace Records in 1957 as demos remained unissued until unearthed many years later - although showing less maturity than the Artistic sides are very fine indeed. Jesse Fortune, from Macon, Mississippi had been performing since his teens. He moved to Chicago in 1952 and played in Chicago clubs for years until Willie Dixon took him to USA in 1963 where accompanied by Buddy on guitar and Walter Horton on harp he recorded four fine sides - particularly impressive are Heavy Heartbeat and Too Many Cooks. This CD features alternate takes of three of the songs though the alternates are not terribly different. Sound quality is superb and there the usual high quality notes from Bill Dahl. (FS)

 
BRENDA HOLLOWAY Kent CDTOP 406 The Artistry Of Brenda Holloway .. With Bonus Tracks ● CD $22.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Brenda Holloway was one of Motown's "B" artists-basically anyone who wasn't Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Four Tops, or the Temptations - best known for the hit Every Little Bit Hurts and for cutting the original version of You've Made Me So Very Happy, which later became a huge hit for Blood, Sweat and Tears. Kent Records pays tribute to her by releasing this album-originally issued in the U.K. in 1968 - for the first time on CD. Compiled for the British market shortly after Holloway's departure from Motown, this album serves as an excellent primer on what made Brenda great. Vocally, Brenda falls somewhere between Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, and based on the material (not to mention the fact that she ended up re-recording several songs that Mary had already cut), it does appear that she was meant to be Wells replacement at the label. She does have a way with a ballad-as proven on the two aforementioned songs, Unchained Melody/ Hurt a Little Every Day/ I've Been Good to You/ When I'm Gone, and Too Proud to Cry. As usual with these types of compilations, it's supplemented with bonus tracks from the Motown vaults; cut between 1964 and 1968, some are remakes of Mary Wells recordings (My Smile is Just a Frown Turned Upside Down), while some had been previously assigned to other artists (Just Another Lonely Night and It's Love I Need, were supposed to be recorded by the Vandellas and the Isley Brothers, respectively), and others are just tracks that were shelved for whatever reason (The Love Line). Despite the hand-me-down feeling that we get from Brenda's career trajectory at Motown, she had quality writers providing material (Smokey Robinson and Ashford & Simpson, among others) and it she always gave it her all, as these tracks more than attest. (GMC)

 
LYNN HOPE Acrobat ACMCD 4027 Blow Lynn Blow ● CD $13.98 $9.98
Tenor saxophonist Lynn Hope was a distinctive instrumental stylist, although not a fire-breathing screamer by any means. More of a mellow balladeer, Hope's luscious tone reveals a sensuous world that rarely sinks down into the depths of corny sentimentality. This set features 23 tracks recorded for Aladdin between 1951 and 1955 drawn from original master tapes including two previously unissued sides. Includes 12 page booklet with informative notes by dave Penny and full discographical info.
LYNN HOPE: Blow Lynn Blow/ Blue Moon/ Blues For Anna Bacoa/ Blues In F/ Brazil/ Broken Hearted/ C Jam Blues/ Don't Worry 'Bout Me/ Driftin' (Going Home)/ Eleven Till Two/ Free And Easy/ Girl Of My Dreams/ Hope Skip And Jump/ Jet/ Miserlou/ Morocco/ Move It/ One More Time/ Rose Room/ Shanty Town/ She's Funny That Way/ South Of The Border/ Swing Train/ Tenderley/ Too Young/ Way You Look Tonight

 
IVORY JOE HUNTER Acrobat 4208 Jukebox Hits 1945 - 1950 ● CD $13.98 $8.98
20 tracks. Five years worth of American Jukebox / Harlem Hit parade magic from the one and only Ivory Joe Hunter. Twenty silky smooth cuts like Jealous Heart/ Blues At Sunrise/ I Like It and Bad Luck Blues. Of course this is all outsatnding material, just the hits though, no obscurites here, but still pretty essential stuff.

 
JO ANN KELLY Blues Matters! 20041 Blues & Gospel - Rare & Unreleased Recordings ● CD $21.98 $12.98
16 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
It's always a pleasure to get more rare and unissued sides from THE best British blues singer. It opens with four solo tracks recorded in Tony McPhees bedroom on a portable recorder in 1967 and originally issued on a limited edition E.P. Sound quality is a bit dodgy but Jo Ann is in fine form playing six and twelve string guitar on a selection of four fine sides including a particularly nice version of Robert Johnson's Milk Cow Blues. There are four fine sides from '68 including a great version of Son House's Walkin' Blues with fine slide work by Jo Ann and Howling Wolf's Just Like I Treat You with very effective piano work from Bob Hall. From 1970 is a lovely unissued solo performance of Sugar Babe (Ain't Got No Lovin' Now). There are four fine tracks from a live concert in 1977 with American guitarist Stefan Grossman including two where they are joined by guitarist Sammy Mitchell and the disc ends with two tracks from a 1984 live show with a largish group including a hot version of the Brenda Lee hit Sweet Nuthins. 12 page booklet includes interesting notes by Peter Moody plus rare photos including one taken at Bungies Club in London which is where I first saw Jo Ann in the 60s and was blown away by her utterly convincing renditions of Memphis Minnie songs and helped turn me into a confirmed blues addict for life! (FS)

 
BOB KING Bear Family BCD 16896 Rockin' The Jukebox - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight Pl ● CD $21.98
21 tracks, very good
Bob King was a Canadian country singer who was very popular in his homeland but is best known elsewhere for rock 'n' roll two tracks he cut for RCA Canada in 1958, Rockin' The Juke Box and Party Hop which are included here along with 19 country cuts also recorded for RCA between 1955 and '58. King was a pleasing, if not particularly compelling singer, and is accompanied by a good solid band. Included here are the original versions of Laurel Lee and Let's Make A Fair Trade, two songs he re-recorded and made into crowd favorites throughout his career. Many of the songs are King originals but he does a cover of Charlie Feathers' masterpiece Defrost Your Heart - this is probably the best performance here though not a patch on the original. Superb sound and booklet has extensive notes, photos and full discography. (FS)

 
KING FLOYD Kent CDKEND 404 I Feel Like Dynamite - The Early Chimneyville Singles ● CD $18.98 $13.98
24 tracks, recommended
Remembered primarily for the infectious 1970 hit Groove Me, King Floyd was a New Orleans soul man who was recorded and mentored by the Soul production team of Elijah Walker and Wardell Quezergue. The sides were all cut in the Jackson, Mississippi based Malaco studio that was owned and run by Mitchell Malouf and Tommy Couch; Chimneyville was the in-house label set up by the former and the latter to issue masters cut with Floyd and others, with distribution by Atlantic. The King Floyd story is an interesting one-and well covered in the CD liner notes-but it's the music that tells the tale. Quezergue's skills as an arranger/producer are amply demonstrated on What Our Love Needs/ Baby Let Me Kiss You/ Here It Is/ My Girl, and I Feel Like Dynamite. Although Floyd's voice is nothing to write home about-good, not great-Quezergue's funky tracks carry the day on the uptempo cuts, while the understated sweetening techniques buoy the ballads. All told, this CD is another fine collection of early 70's soul from a forgotten artist. (GMC)

 
THE MIRACLES Jasmine 742 With Smokey Robinson - You Can Depend On Them, 1959-62 ● CD $18.98
2 CD, 45 tracks, highly recommended
The Miracles with William "Smokey" Robinson on lead vocals became one of Berry Gordy's early successes with their third single, Shop Around, in 1960. From there, Gordy proceeded to issue three albums by the group (singles surrounded by classy filler-a Gordy trademark), which kept up their profile until they hit their stride in 1962 with You've Really Got a Hold On Me. This CD contains those first three LPs - "Hi We're the Miracles" (1961), "Cookin' With the Miracles" (1962), "I'll Try Something New" (1962) - and uncollected singles that were issued by End, Chess, and then Gordy's own Tamla label. Although, there are only two bona fide hits on this collection-the aforementioned Shop Around and You've Really Got a Hold On Me - there is much to enjoy here nonetheless. Smokey's glorious pipes soar on these songs, whether they be Robinson (alone and in collaboration with Gordy and others) originals like Who's Lovin' You/ Everybody's Got to Pay Some Dues/ What's So Good About Goodbye, and Way Over There or well chosen covers like Embraceable You. And the occasional lead turn by Claudette Rogers (at one time, Mrs. Smokey Robinson) is also worth the price of admission: He Don't Care About Me/ I've Been Good to You, and If Your Mother Only Knew. The bonus singles, by the Miracles and Ron and Bill (Smokey and fellow Miracle Ronald White), are also pretty nifty; check out Got a Job/ It/ Bad Girl, and I Need a Change for some classic R&B vocal group dynamics. The songs got more sophisticated (Ooh Baby Baby/ Tracks of My Tears) and more kinetic (Going to a Go-Go) but here's where the climb to the top began, and the journey is well worth your time. (GMC)
THE MIRACLES: 'Cause I Love You/ (I Need Some) Money/ (You Can) Depend On Me/ A Heart Like Mine/ A Love That Can Never Be/ After All/ Ain't It Baby/ All I Want (Is You)/ Bad Girl/ Broken Hearted/ Determination/ Don't Leave Me/ Embraceable You/ Everybody's Got To Pay Some Dues/ Got A Job/ Happy Landing/ He Don't Care About Me/ I Can't Believe/ I Cry/ I Love Your Baby/ I Need A Change/ I'll Try Something New/ I've Been Good To You/ I've Got You Under My Skin/ If Your Mother Only Knew/ Mama/ Mighty Good Lovin'/ Money (That's What I Want)/ My Mama Done Told Me/ On The Street Where You Live/ Shop Around/ Speak Low/ That's The Way I Feel/ The Feeling Is So Fine/ The Only One I Love/ This I Swear, I Promise/ Way Over There/ What's So Good About Goodbye/ Who's Lovin' You/ Won't You Take Me Back/ You Never Miss A Good Thing/ You Really Got A Hold On Me/ Your Love/ RON AND BILL: Don't Say Bye Bye/ It

 
BUCK OWENS Jasmine 3634/5 Under His Spell - The First Five Years, 1956-1961 ● CD $18.98 $13.98
 2CD, 44 tracks, highly recommended
Although sharing some tracks with the "Bound For Bakersfield" album (Rockbeat 3028), this CD is useful as it also contains Owen early singles and first two albums for Capitol Records. Of the Capitol singles on disc one, the rollicking Sweet Thing and I'll Take a Chance On Loving You lead the pack, followed by the duets with Rose Maddox, Loose Talk and Mental Cruelty . The first, eponymously titled initially and, then, later re-titled Under Your Spell Again after his first Top 10 hit, is chock full of Country hits like Above and Beyond the Call of Love/ Second Fiddle/ I've Got a Right to Know , and Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache) , as well as great album cuts Take Me Back Again and I'll Take a Chance on Loving You . The second LP, "Sings Harlan Howard", is exactly what the title says it is: a collection of songs composed by Owens songwriting partner Harlan Howard. Kicking off with No. 2 hit Foolin' Around , the concept seems superfluous since Owens and Howard wrote 99% of the early material, but the songs sure are good ones: the twin spin of Heartaches For a Dime and Heartaches By the Number ; the exaggerated romanticism of Keeper of the Key ; and the sprightly Pick Me Up On Your Way Down , and that's just for starters. For some reason, the disc compilers flipped the order of the LPs on Disc Two (his first album is presented second chronologically), but don't let this put you off a wonderful collection of Buck Owens during his first golden age at Capitol Records. (GMC)

 
LLOYD PRICE Jasmine 280 All Of Me - The Ultimate Albums, collection, 1961 ● CD $14.98
33 tracks, 80 mins, recommended
This collection gathers up the great Lloyd Price's two 1961 albums "Lloyd Price Sings The Million Selling Hits," and "Cookin' With Lloyd Price," as well as 9 tracks from his 1959 album "Mr. Personality" (the remaining 3 tracks from that LP appeared on the previous Jasmine CD JASCD 552, which covered Price's singles output.) I love Lloyd Price, and I definitely think that he doesn't get the credit he is due. I also don't think his career was managed as well as it could have been, and that is evidenced by much of the material that he recorded. The "Million Selling Hits" album shows that the most, with a number of songs that were popular, but just weren't right for Price. When it works, it's wonderful, like on tracks Ain't That Just Like A Woman, and The Hoochie Coochie Coo, but having him cut Drifters hits like Save The Last Dance For Me, and Spanish Harlem just doesn't work, and don't even get me started on Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. Thankfully the "Cookin"" and especially the "Mr. Personality" LPs have more tracks that fit Price's style much better. So, overall this is a mixed bag, but worth picking up, especially for fans of Lloyd Price. (JM)
LLOYD PRICE: Ain't That Just Like A Woman/ All Of Me/ At Last/ Blues In The Night/ C'est Si Bon/ Corrina, Corrina/ Deed I Do/ Dinner For One/ Frim Fram Sauce/ He Will Break Your Heart/ I Count The Tears/ I Cried For You/ I Only Have Eyes For You/ I Want You To Know/ I'll Always Be In Love With You/ Is It Really Love/ Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby/ It's Only A Paper Moon/ Mary Anne/ Once In A While/ Poppa Shun/ Rainbow Joe/ Save The Last Dance For Me/ Shop Around/ Since I Fell For You/ Spanish Harlem/ Straighten Up And Fly Right/ Summertime/ That's Why The Tears Come And Go/ The Hoochie Coochie Coo/ Time After Time/ Will You Love Me Tomorrow/ Yakety Yak - Bing Bang

 
THE RAVENS Jasmine 247 Featuring Jimmy Ricks - Bass Instincts, 1946-1955 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 55 tracks, highly recommended
A wide ranging retrospective of this great group from their earliest recordings for Hub in 1946 to their last sides for Jubilee in 1955. Led by the lead bass voice of Jimmy Ricks, The Ravens were one of the earliest & most influential of the doo-wop groups, the link between the Ink Spots & modern doo-wop. Their sublime version of White Christmas (heard here) was covered by both The Drifters & Elvis. Though they started on the Hub label in 1946, it was when they got Maithe Marshall on tenor & switched to National in 1947 that their success soared and they had hit after hit in the R&B charts, most included here, like Ol' Man River/ Send For Me If You Need Me/ Be On Your Merry Way/ I Don't Have To Ride No More and others. They were so successful that in 1948 King rereleased one of their Hub recordings Bye Bye Baby Blues and it climbed to #10 in the Charts. By 1950 the hits were drying up and the group had several personnel changes - lead tenor Maithe Marshall is gone, and Joe Van Loan is in his place - they moved to Columbia and made many fine recordings, though except for their cover of Louis Prima's which got to #25 in the pop charts, none were terribly successful. In 1951 they moved to Mercury where they updated their style with more emphasis on up tempo songs and a heavier rhythm and had their last hit in 1952 with the rocking Rock Me All Night Long. They stayed with Mercury until 1954 when they switched to Jubilee and released half a dozen excellent singles but by this time their style was considered dated and the group split with Ricks going on to have a solo career. Another splendid vocal group set from Jasmine with superb sound and informative notes. (FS)
THE RAVENS: Always/ Be On Your Merry Way/ Bye Bye Baby Blues/ Come A Little Closer/ Don't Look Now/ Don't Mention My Name/ Escortin' Or Courtin'/ Everything But You/ For You/ Gotta Find My Baby/ Green Eyes/ Happy Go Lucky Baby/ Hey Good Lookin'/ Honey/ Honey I Don't Want You/ I Don't Have To Ride No More/ I Get All My Lovin' On A Saturday Night/ I'll Be Back/ I'm Afraid Of You/ I'm Going To Paper My Walls/ I'm Gonna Take To The Road/ I've Been A Fool/ I've Got You Under My Skin/ It's Too Soon To Know/ Leave My Gal Alone/ Looking For My Baby/ Love Is No Dream/ Lullaby/ Mahzel (Means Good Luck)/ Midnight Blues/ My Baby's Gone/ My Sugar Is So Refined/ Oh Babe/ Ol' Man River/ On Chapel Hill/ Out In The Cold Again/ Out Of A Dream/ Ricky's Blues/ Rock Me All Night Long/ Rough Ridin'/ Send For Me If You Need Me/ She's Got To Go/ Silent Night/ Someday/ The Bells Of San Raquel/ Until The Real Thing Comes Along/ Walkin' My Blues Away/ Walkin' With The Blues/ White Christmas/ Who'll Be The Fool (From Now On)/ Why Did You Leave Me/ Without A Song/ Write Me A Letter/ Write Me One Sweet Letter/ You Foolish Thing

 
OTIS RUSH Fuel 2000 61548 An Introduction To Otis Rush ● CD $12.98 $8.98
14 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended
Fine collection of one of the greatest contemporary blues singers and guitarists. The first ten tracks are drawn from his classic recordings made for Cobra between 1956 and 1958 including I Can't Quit You Baby/ If You Were Mine/ Three Times A Fool/ Checking On My Baby/ Double Trouble/ All Your Love (I Miss Loving), etc. The remaining four tracks are fine live performances which are, apparently, previous unissued. There is no information on where these are from but I would presume from the 90s and find Otis in great form on it's So Hard For Me To Believ You Baby/ It's My Own faul/ Crosscut saw and, of course, his theme song All Your Love (I Miss Loving).

 
MARGIE SINGLETON Bear Family BCD 17302 Pledging My Love - Juke Box Pearls ● CD $21.98
30 tracks, recommended
Enjoyable collection of songs from vocalist Margie Singleton who had a modest amount of success in the late 50s and 60s and although her voice doesn't particularly have a country twang she was a powerful and emotional vocalist. Margie's earliest and best sides were recorded for Starday between 1957 and '59 and many of these are available on B.A.C.M. 375. In 1960 she moved to Mercury and this set features all her sides for that label recorded between 1960 and '64, including several unissued sides, and is quite a mix including an answer to Leroy Van Dyke's Walk On By, good covers of R&B songs Pledging My Love and He Will Break Your Heart, a vocal version of Joe Meek's Telstar called Magic Star and a girl group style performance on Walking Back To Happiness though most of the performances fall into the realm of pop country. It includes two duets with Faron Young. Sound is superb and the 36 page booklet has extensive notes of Margie's life and career and a discography of the performances here. (FS)

 
J.B. SUMMERS Collectables 5333 With The Blues Shouters ● CD $13.98 $7.98
14 tracks, highly recommended
Last few copies. Originally Krazy Kat LP 833. I confess. I took one look at this and I knew I'd love it - blues shouters, Tiny Grimes, Frank Motley, Gotham, great cover photos - yeah! J.B. really has the Wynonie Harris bit down pat, shoutin' out good time R&B over a blazing R&B band. He is very impressive on his 7 tunes here, backed up on different occasions by the orchestras of Grimes, Doc Bagby and Eddie Woodland. Tunes include Hey Mr. J.B./ Drinking Beer/ I Want A Present For Christmas , etc. Side two starts with one of the greatest blues shouters, Jimmy Rushing. Mr. 5x5 sings the previously unissued Ain't It Lonesome , backed by The Count Basie All Stars. Harry Crafton, Danny 'Mr. Alto' Turner, Benny Brown, Lloyd 'Fat Man' Smith and Gay Crosse all contribute to the rollicking good time. A very enjoyable collection. Super sleuth Bruce Bastin figures things out in the liner notes. (AE)

 
ALLEN TOUSSAINT Rounder 9154 Songbook ● CD $24.98
CD - 21 tracks/ DVD - 17 tracks + extras, highly recommended
Allen Toussaint is a New Orleans legend - since the late 1950s he has written hundreds of great songs - many of them hits, produced many of them and played piano on many others as well as making recordings under his own name. This delightful solo set was recorded live in New York in 2009 featuring a selection of songs from throughout his incredible career including early hits like It's Raining/ Lipstick Traces/ Get Out My Life Woman/ All These Things and more from the 70s and 80s as well as more recent songs - the later songs often describe some of the joys of pre-Katrina New Orleans - like many others, Allen was displaced by that disaster and took up residence in New York. The only track not written by him is a gorgeous instrumental rendition of the New Orleans standard St. James Infirmary. Allen is a warm engaging singer and a superb piano player. The DVD has a few less tracks than the CD but includes backstage and studio interviews as well as a studio performance of Love Of Love. This set is a joy. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1380 Boppin' On The Bayou - More Dynamite ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, very highly recommended
The third in the "Boppin' By The Bayou" series is another fabulous collection of Louisiana rock 'n' roll and rockabilly recorded in the 50s. Most of the tracks have never been on CD before and 18 of them are previously unissued in any form. The material is mostly drawn from the archives of Jay Miller and Goldband along with contributions from Viking and La Louisianne. The first three tracks by Peto Marlowe, Wiley Jeffers and Ken Linday are all previously unissued rockers from the Jay Miller archives and are as good as many of the issued titles. In an ironic twist, Miller paid little attention to his white rockers as he was concentrating his efforts at the time on black blues artists. Miller also recorded the wonderful white R&B singer Bobby Charles who is featured here on the great unissued Teenagers. Among the other fine artists here are Vince Anthony & The Blue Notes (the terrific Clarabel), Rocket Morgan, Burnell Martin (fabulous Cajun rockabilly!), Pee Wee Trahan (two unissued tracks including great rockabilly version of bluesman Lonesome Sundown's I'm A Mojo Man), Dyward Penny, Tommy Strange (nice Jerry Lee styled piano rocker), Doug Charles, Johnny Jano, Warren Storm and others. Superb sound and informative booklet. If you bought the first two you'll definitely want this one, if not, once you hear this you'll want the first two! (FS)
VINCE ANTHONY & THE BLUE NOTES: Clarabel/ JOHNNY BASS: Rocking And Reeling/ JOE BONSALL: Linda Lee (What You Do To Me)/ BOBBY CHARLES: Teenagers/ THE COASTALEERS: Do Baby Do/ AL FERRIER: Blues Stop Knockin'/ LARRY HART: Oh Nellie/ JOHNNY JANO: Oh Baby, Where Can My Baby Be/ You're The Only Girl/ WILEY JEFFERS: My Love Is True (My Love Is Just For You)/ RICK JOHNSON: Eenie Meenie Minie Mo/ KEN LINDSAY: Crazy Dreams/ PETO MARLOW & THE RHYTHM KINGS: Rock And Roll Beat/ BURNELL MARTIN: Burnell's Boogie/ ROCKET MORGAN: Gonna Walk Back Home (Walkin' Home)/ Sweet Love On My Mind-Baby Let's Play House/ SKIP MORRIS WITH DOUG CHARLES & THE BOOGIE KI: Talk To Your Daughter/ JIM OERTLING: Louisiana Gambler/ DAYWARD PENNY: I'm Coming Home/ JAY RICHARDS: Wiggle Rock/ WARREN STORM: Come Back To Me Baby/ I'm A Little Boy Looking For Love/ TOMMY STRANGE: Nervous And Shakin' All Over/ GENE TERRY & THE DOWN BEATS: Cinderella Cinderella/ MERTON THIBODEAUX: Big Basile/ PEE WEE TRAHAN: I'm A Mojo Man/ Store Bought Mama/ UNKNOWN ARTIST: I'm In Orbit

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acid Jazz 320 Rare Mod, Vol. 4 ● CD $18.98 $12.98
16 tracks, recommended
Fourth in a series of CDs dedicated to documenting the music that emerged from England's Mod culture in the 60's, this one spotlights such Mod favorites as Gary Farr and the T-Bones (with Keith Emerson playing organ on their track Together Forever) and the Artwoods (featuring Jon Lord on a hot version of Hoochie Coochie Man). A collection of this sort wouldn't be complete without a few obscurities and this one is no exception sporting tracks by Syd's Crowd (who rock up J. Walker's Road Runner), Mountain Men, an Unknown Mod Band who deliver a smoking Hey Gyp, and the suspiciously American sounding Row Boat. Slightly better known acts are Perfumed Garden and Tomorrow's Children, who give us the primeval Cover Girl and the psychedelic LSD respectively. I haven't heard the previous volumes of this series, so I cannot attest to how much this one fits in with the rest, but I can say that, as far as this one goes, it's not a bad collection of hard to find 60's British Rock and for fans it might be worth searching out the other volumes. (GMC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 428 Sleepy Hollow Ranch - Cowboys & Cowgirls ● CD $14.98 $10.98
26 tracks, recommended
Fine collection of sides recorded in the mid 40s by members of the Sleepy Hollow Ranch Gang - a group from Minnesota featuring Elmer and Pete Newman and their wives The Murray Sisters. The name comes from an amusement park that the group opened in 1940 that was to feature many top country stars in the ensuing years. The group also had a regular radio show for which they recorded transcriptions - many of which are featured here. The group had a midwest sound with nice accordion playing from Monty Rosci. Most of the vocals are by one of the brothers or the sisters as a duo. Material is mostly versions of country favorites along with a few originals. Nothing really earthshaking here but some very pleasing, well performed, music. (FS)
THE SLEEPY HOLLOW GANG: All Around For Sleepy Hollow/ Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain/ Cowboy Dad/ Dilly Dally Polka (instro)/ Do You Think It's Fair/ Don't You Cry Over Me/ Down Tumbleweed Trail/ Hobo Bill's Last Ride/ I Hang My Head And Cry/ I Was Never Nearer Heaven In My Life/ I Wonder Where You Are Tonight/ I'm Lonesome Now/ It's Hard To Say Goodbye/ Just Say So Long And Not Goodbye/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Little Green Valley/ My Blue Ridge Mountain Home/ No Vacancy/ Peach Picking Time In Georgia/ Prairie Lullaby/ Saddle You Blues To A Wild Mustang/ Sioux City Sue/ Sleepy Hollow Polka (insto)/ Wabash Cannonball/ Westward Bound/ You Never Love Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS BGP CDBGP 258 The World Needs Changing - Street Funk & Jazz Grooves ● CD $18.98 $13.98
20 tracks, 62 min., highly recommended The street funk greatly out numbers the jazz grooves on this fine release, which collects sides from such labels as Flying Dutchman, Jacklyn, Spring, Call Me, RCA, Rick Hall, Mar-Kee, Triple "8" Records, among others. Many of the tracks are funk instrumentals, including The Willard Posey Reunion's Sissy Strut-N-American Woman, Huck & The Soul Patrol's Rudypoot, and Lonnie Liston Smith's Expansions (7" edit). Sprinkled between the instrumental workouts are some jazz-inflected (with plenty of flute) numbers and a few tough-talking soul sisters such as Esther Marrow's excellent Walk Tall and Tina Bryant's Mr Perfect. The only Gil Scott-Heron track, an alternate take of Free Will doesn't do the man justice and is one of the few weak moments on an otherwise rewarding album, which comes complete with the usual informative Ace booklet notes. (JC)
HAROLD ALEXANDER: Mama Soul/ ELAINE ARMSTRONG: That's The Way It Goes/ TINA BRYANT: Mr Perfect/ CAESAR 830: See-Saw Affair/ DARROW FLETCHER: Now Is The Time For Love/ JOHNNY GRIFFITH ACC. BY BILLY SHA-RAE'S BAND: Do It (Inst)/ LITTLE EVA HARRIS: Medley: Get Ready-Uptight/ RICHARD "GROOVE" HOLMES & BRENDA JONES: This Is The Me Me (Not The You You)/ HUCK & THE SOUL PATROL: Rudypoot/ GEORGE JACKSON: Love Hijacker (Inst)/ HANK JACOBS & DON MALONE: The World Needs Changing/ LONNIE LISTON SMITH: Expansions (7'' Edit)/ ESTHER MARROW: Walk Tall/ THE ORIGINAL SOUL PATROL: Soul Patrol/ WILLARD POSEY REUNION: American Woman-Sissy Strut/ JOE SAVAGE & THE SOUL PEOPLE: All Power To The People Pt 1/ GIL SCOTT-HERON: Free Will (Alt Take 1)/ MELVIN SPARKS: Love Tones/ BOB THIELE'S EMERGENCY: Head Start/ LEON THOMAS: Just In Time To See The Sun

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly 657 Truck Stop Sweethearts - The Plantation Records Story ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 50 tracks, 140 mins, highly recommended
Shelby Singleton's Plantation Records was one of those scrappy independents that makes the history of the music business so much fun. Their biggest artist would have to have been Jeannie C. Riley, whose giant hit Harper Valley P.T.A. is here along with other quality cuts like There Never Was A Time/ Country Girl, and Roses And Thorns" Like so many indie labels of the 1960s and 70s, Plantation put out a number of novelty records, though Plantation seems to have specialized in them to a degree. You get such entertaining records as Big Fanny by Neal Ray, (Just) Blow In His Ear by David Wilkins, Groovy Grubworm by Harlow Wilcox & The Oakies, Hello, I'm Johnny Credit by Johnny Credit, the infamous CB Savage by Rod Hart, and many more. You football fans out there also have to make sure to check out The Ballad Of Archie Who? a tribute to New Orleans Saints quarterback of the time Archie Manning, who's sons have certainly gone on to eradicate the "Who" part of his name. Also features great tracks by Sleepy LaBeef, Webb Pierce, Roy Drusky, The Flatlanders, Jimmy C. Newman, Patti Page, and more. Comes with fantastic packaging, featuring extensive notes on the history of the label, plus lots of label and cover reproductions. (JM)
RUSTY ADAMS: Hippie From Mississippi/ RAY ALLEN JNR: I Honky Tonked All The Way Back Home/ CLARK BENTLEY: The Ballad Of Archie Who?/ C. COMPANY FEATURING TERRY NELSON: Battle Hymn Of Lt. Calley/ SCOTT COOPER: Sweetheart/ JOHNNY CREDIT: Hello, I`m Johnny Credit/ BEN DAVIDSON-HEWITT: Border City Call Girl/ MARCIE DICKERSON: (I Wanta Be) A Truck Driver`s Sweetheart/ ROY DRUSKY: The Last Farewell/ BARBARA EDEN: Widow Jones/ THE FLATLANDERS: Dallas/ ROBBIE HARDEN: The Service/ ROD HART: C. B. Savage/ COLONEL TEX HERRING: Sold To The Highest Bidder/ BOBBY HOOD: Come On In/ MURRAY KELLUM: Memphis Sun/ SLEEPY LABEEF: Blackland Farmer/ HANK LOCKLIN: These Arms You Push Away/ LINDA MARTELL: Bad Case Of The Blues/ Before The Next Teardrop Falls/ Color Him Father/ DEE MULLINS: Guilt Box/ Remember Bethlehem/ The Big Man/ JIMMY C. NEWMAN: Alligator Man/ Sugar Bee/ JAMES O'GWYNN: One Night Gone/ PATTI PAGE: No Aces/ On The Inside/ WEBB PIERCE: I`ve Got Leaving On My Mind/ The Good Lord Giveth (and Uncle Sam Taketh Away)/ RAY PILLOW: It Takes All Kinds Of People/ NEIL RAY: Big Fanny/ RITA REMINGTON: Don`t We Belong In Love?/ I`ve Never Been This Far Before/ JEANNIE C. RILEY: Country Girl/ Harper Valley P T A/ Oh, Singer/ Roses And Thorns/ There Never Was A Time/ JOHN WESLEY RYLES: Reconsider Me/ LOIS ANN STRUCK: Thinkin` On You/ GORDON TERRY AND THE TENNESSEE GUITARS: Orange Blossom Special/ RUFUS THIBODEAUX & THE CAJUN BRASS: Blueberry Hill/ LEROY VAN DYKE: Don`t Bite The Hand That`s Feeding You/ CHARLIE WALKER: T For Texas/ HARLOW WILCOX & THE OAKIES: Cripple Cricket/ Groovy Grubworm/ DAVID WILKINS: Just Blow In His Ear/ Put A Little Loving On Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 600067 La Yumba - The Greatest Tango Performers ● CD $28.98
10 CDs, 160 tracks, very highly recommended
A wonderful and inexpensive introduction to Argentina's national music - the soulful tango. This is a collection of vocal and instrumental tangos recorded between 1927 through 1957 usual featuring small orchestras with instrumental leads taken by the violin, bandoneon (Argentinean version of an accordion) or piano and mournful and soulful vocals. The most well known tango musician outside of Argentina is bandoneon player Astor Piazzola who reinvented the tango in the 1950s as "new tango" and the first disc on this set is devoted to Piazzola featuring his inventive reimagining of tango. The rest of the set features recordings from the 1920s through the early 40s featuring more traditional stylings and including some of most popular and influential artists. The second disc is devoted to the most popular tango vocalist of the 1930s - Carlos Gardel who with his gorgeous baritone recorded hundreds of songs in the 1930s before his tragic early death in a plane crash in 1935. The rest of the discs feature other legendary performers like Libertad Lamarque, Osvaldo Pugliese, Anibal Troilo (who was probably the leading exponent of the bandoneon before Piazzola), Francisco Fiorentino, Carlos di Sarli, Angel Vargas, Nelly Omar, Francisco Canaro and others. Sound quality is excellent but being Documents there are no notes but searches on the internet will give you information on all the artists. At this price it is an indispensible introduction to one of the world's great musical styles. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital 032 Kassidat: Raw 45s From Morocco ● CD $14.98
6 tracks, 35 mins, very highly recommended
Another superb, though too brief, collection of world music from Dust-To-Digital issued on commercial 45s. This one is devoted to a selection of recordings issued in Morocco. Morocco has a long and rich musical culture and this collection presents a selection drawn from 45s issued in the 1960s before the influence of international pop music softened the rough edges and drained away some of it's authenticity. The meagre six tracks encompass a range of styles from the beautiful opening track performed in the chaabi style by Zine Milh featuring call and response vocals between the male vocalist and female chorus with accompaniment by oud and violin to the traditional rai style by Kassidat el Hakk with declamatory vocals and accompaniment by qasba (reed flute) and bendir (frame drum) to the trance music of of Cheikh Mohamed Riffi featuring vocals accompanied by zamir (a double clarinet with wood pipes) and percussion. Apart from being too short this is a stunning collection with superb sound and a booklet with informative notes. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 169 Soul City New York ● CD $19.98 $14.98
2 CD, 60 tracks, highly recommended
Coming on the heels of "Soul City Detroit" (Fantastic Voyage 162), is this similarly themed CD except that the emphasis is on the City That Never Sleeps and it's local labels churning out great R&B: Sue, Roulette, Fire/Fury/Enjoy, Scepter/Wand, Dimension and more. And just like the earlier CD, this one also illustrates how these labels and their stars - Ike & Tina Turner and Baby Washington on Sue, Dinah Washington and Sam & Dave on Roulette, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Buster Brown on Fire, the Isley Brothers and Chuck Jackson on Wand, and Dionne Warwick and Tommy Hunt on Scepter - producers, and songwriters contributed to the changing face of 60's R&B. To hard core R&B collectors, much of this stuff is easily found in other places but the stuff that's a bit more obscure - Sam & Dave's three Roulette 45s or cuts from Linda & the Del Rios and Elmore Morris on Crackerjack, King Curtis & the Noble Knights on Enjoy, and Big Dee Irwin on Dimension - is certainly tantalizing and worth the price of admission. Regardless of whether one is familiar with these songs from other sources or not, the music is uniformly first rate and this is another excellent, well compiled and annotated collection from the gang at Fantastic Voyage. (GMC)
BUSTER BROWN: I'm Going But I'll Be Back/ Sugar Babe/ KING CURTIS: Soul Twist/ DON GARDNER AND DEE DEE FORD: Don't You Worry/ Honey Sweet/ I Need Your Loving/ Tell Me/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: I Hear Voices/ Just Don't Care/ TOMMY HUNT: And I Never Knew/ Didn't I Tell You/ I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself/ Poor Millionaire/ BIG DEE IRWIN: And Heaven Was Here/ Everybody's Got A Dance But Me/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Right Now/ The Snake/ Time After Time/ Twist And Shout/ CHUCK JACKSON: Angel Of Angels/ Any Day Now/ Everybody Needs Love/ I Keep Forgettin'/ In Between Tears/ Make The Night Just A Little Longer/ THE JOKERS: So Tight/ Whisper/ GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS: I'll Trust In You/ Operator/ LINDA AND THE DEL RIOS: Come On, Let Me Try/ ELMORE MORRIS: It Seemed Like Heaven To Me/ JAMES RAY: If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody/ You Remember The Face/ SAM AND DAVE: I Need Love/ It Feels So Nice/ Keep A Walkin'/ My Love Belongs To You/ No More Pain/ She's Alright/ SHEP AND THE LIMELITES: Daddy's Home/ Oh What A Feeling/ Our Anniversary/ Three Steps From The Altar/ Who Told The Sandman/ THE SHIRELLES: Mama Here Comes The Bride/ IKE AND TINA TURNER: If/ Mind In A Whirl/ Sleepless/ Tra La La La La/ You Can't Blame Me/ TITUS TURNER: People Sure Act Funny/ DIONNE WARWICK: Don't Make Me Over/ I Smiled Yesterday/ BABY WASHINGTON: Careless Hands/ I've Got A Feeling/ DINAH WASHINGTON: It's A Mean Old Man's World/ You're A Sweetheart/ You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You/ JACKIE WILSON: Sing (And Tell The Blues So LOng)/ I Found Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 174 Teenage Blues - Primitive Rockabilly & Hillbilly Bop ● CD $23.98
Three CDs, 101 tracks , very highly recommended
Fantastic Voyage 145 ("It's Saturday Night: Starday - Dixie Rockabilly 1955-1961" - $23.98) explored some of the great rockabilly and hillbilly bop recordings cut for the Starday and affiliated Dixie label. In addition to the artists signed by Starday the label also ran an extensive custom pressing business where artists without a recording contract could pay upfront to have the record company press a limited run of discs (usually 300), which the artist could then use to promote live appearances with local radio stations and, sometimes, sell to fans at their gigs. It was a no-risk venture for the record company as they would not lose any money if the records didn't sell, but they were in prime position to take advantage if the song, the recording or the artist began to achieve wider popularity, while the advantage for the artist in having your record custom pressed was that you were not placed at the mercy of a record company A&R man - you could keep your own style, produce the music you wanted to make and, thus, keep your musical integrity. Between 1953 and 1970 Starday manufactured over 700 of these custom pressings and because of their limited press run many of them are extremely rare today and highly prized by collectors both for their rarity and for their great music - being located in Texas Starday was surrounded by a wealth of musical talent though artists came from came from all over the country to get their recordings manufactured. Some of these titles were issued on Starday but most were issued with a label name chosen by the artist. This collection was compiled by R&B and rock 'n' roll expert Dave Penny to highlight some of the best of these recordings cut between 1955 and 1962. For many of the artists this was to be their only stab at posterity but some went on to have more extensive careers as recording artists. Among the many artists featured here are Beamon Forse, The Musical-Aires, Tommy Castle, Luke Gordon (one of the artists who made quite a few recordings - his Baby's Gone here is a gem), The Hodges Brothers (another long lived act who also recorded for Trumpet & Arhoolie!), Mack Banks (the wonderful You're So Dumb), Gene Terry & His Kool Kats, Buddy Shaw, Carl Trantham & The Rhythm All Stars, Bill Floyd, Gene Ray, Plez Gary Mann (the incredibly primitive sounding Cheer Me Up), Leroy Martin & The Rebels, Art Ontario (who also recorded as Art Buchanan), Arvel Lewis, Jeff Daniels (the classic Switch Blade Sam - Daniels was actually Luke McDaniel who previously recorded for Trumpet and Sun!), Junior Graveley & The Rock-A-Tones, Johnny Harris (the fantastic Bo Diddleyesque Tired Of Crawling, Gonna Start To Run) and many more. Great unpretentious music in superb sound with informative notes by Penny. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Federal 12001 The Best Of Federal Gospel ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, very highly recommended
Fabulous collection of gospel recorded for The King label subsidiary Federal between 1950 and '53. The most popular and prolific group here are The Four Internes, an excellent quartet who perform an updated form of the jubilee style with mostly uptempo items with small group accompaniments that is sometimes called "gospel boogie" but also perform in a more familiar quartet style on some songs. A real treat here are the first two sides recorded by Shirley Caesar in 1951 as Baby Shirley when she was 13 years old - her two songs accompanying herself on piano are excellent and it's no surprise that she went on to become one of the greatest gospel singers. A lesser known but also outstanding female vocalist is Sister Bonnie Bradford who is featured on two songs and there are two excellent sides by the female quartet Thelma Bumpess & The Royalettes. On the male sides, apart from The Four Internes we have some fine quartet singing from The L&N Gospel Singers, Florida Soul Stirrers and Golden Eagles. Great music with fine sound and full discographical details. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 405 Era Records Northern Soul ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Era Records, the brainchild of cousins Lew Bedell and Herb Newman, started out as a mainstream pop label in 1955, but entered into the R&B stakes in 1957 and had committed to Soul wholeheartedly by the mid 60's. It's no secret that English Northern Soul dee jays had unusual tastes when it came to what was and what is not considered "Northern Soul", and the music on this compilation of artists culled from the Era Records stable is no exception to the ever fluctuating ideals of Northern Soul. From the smooth Soul of Othello Robetson's So in Luv and Bruce Cloud's Meet Me at Midnight to the pop-soul of the Lovemates' Boomerang and the borderline-novelty song Sir Galahad by the Elites, the diversity is mind boggling. But none of that should affect the enjoyment of this dip into Era's vaults and delivering some choice obscurities: the Composers' You and Yours, Vince Howard's gospel tinged Stand There Mountain, Billy Watkins' The Ice-Man, and The Soul-Mates' I Get a Feeling. And if this slice of 60's R&B isn't appealing enough on its' own, the CD booklet is a gold mine of information on both the Era label and its' artists. A first rate collection for discerning R&B and Soul fans. (GMC)
JEWEL AKENS: Awaiting Ted/ MELVIN BOYD: Exit Loneliness, Enter Love/ BERNIE BYRD: A Slice Of The Pie/ BRUCE CLOUD: My Book/ CAROL CONNORS: I Wanna Know/ JESSE DAVIS: Gonna Hang On In There, Girl/ THE ELITES: Sir Galahad/ STEVE FLANAGAN: I Need To Be Loved So Bad/ I've Arrived/ BRENDA HOLLOWAY: I Ain't Gonna Take You Back/ JIMMY LEWIS: What Can I Do Now/ THE LOVEMATES: Boomerang/ TOMMY MOSELEY: Echoes In The Night/ OTHELLO ROBERTSON: Come On Home/ So In Luv/ THE SOUL-MATES: I Get A Feeling/ I Want A Boyfriend (Girlfriend)/ THE TURN AROUNDS: Ain't Nothin' Shakin'/ Run Away And Hide/ UNKNOWN ARTIST: Meet Me At Midnight/ Stand There Mountain/ The Blue Shadow/ BILLY WATKINS: Dance With Me/ The Ice Man

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Not Now 139 The Songs Of Pomus & Shuman ● CD $12.98
Three CDs, 75 tracks, highly recommended
Former Jewish blues singer Jerome "Doc" Pomus and Jewish pianist Mort Shuman teamed up in the late 50s and became one of the great songwriting duos of that period. Pomus usually wrote the lyrics while Shuman provided the melodies though occasionally the arrangement was reversed. In spite of Doc's background as a blues shouter he proved just as adept at writing songs for a teen audience as soulful R&B. This compilation concentartes on their most productive period in the late 50s and early 60s when they had such classic hits as Little Sister and Surrender by Elvis, Sweets For My Sweet and Save The Last Dance For Me by The Drifters, A Teenager In Love by Dion & The Belmonts, (You've Got) The Magic Touch by The Platters, Go Jimmy Go by Jimmy Clanton and others. It also includes some fine lesser known titles like Foxy Little Mama by Little Tony & His Brothers, Misery's Child by Richard Hayes, You Never Talked About Me by Del Shannon, Don't Fly Away by Jan & Dean, Stampede by Dany Valentino and many more. There are also some of Doc's earlier solo R&B compositions like Lonely Avenue by Ray Charles and Boogie Woogie Country Girl by Joe Turner and others. Sound quality is excellent and their are very brief notes. 14 tracks duplicate the Ace CD devoted to Pomus & Shuman issued a few years ago (Ace 1152 - $18.98) meaning that both are worthwhile since the Ace has in depth notes. (FS)
FRANKIE AVALON: Two Fools/ LAVERN BAKER: Hey Memphis/ Senor Big And Fine/ You're Teasing Me/ GARY U.S. BONDS: Seven Day Weekend/ TOMMY BRUCE & THE BRUISERS: I'm On Fire/ ANITA BRYANT: A Texan And A Girl From Mexico/ RAY CHARLES: Carryin' That Load/ Lonely Avenue/ You Be My Baby/ JIMMY CLANTON: Go,Jimmy,Go/ Wait/ BOBBY COMSTOCK & THE COUNTS: Sweet Talk/ JESS CONRAD: Rag Doll/ THE CROWNS: Kiss And Make Up/ BOBBY DARIN: (Since You're Gone) I Can't Go On/ Plain Jane/ Sorrow Tomorrow/ JAMES DARREN: Teenage Tears/ JIMMY DARREN: I Ain't Sharin' Sharon/ THE DELICATES: Little Ship/ DION: Havin' Fun/ A Teenager In Love/ I've Cried Before/ RAL DONNER: School Of Heartbreakers/ So Close To Heaven/ THE DRIFTERS: I Count The Tears/ Save The Last Dance For Me/ Sweets For My Sweet/ This Magic Moment/ FABIAN: Hound Dog Man/ Turn Me Loose/ ADAM FAITH: I'm A Man/ THE FLAMINGOS: Your Other Love/ CONNIE FRANCIS: The Tiger And The Mouse/ BILLY FURY: Angel Face/ Would You Stand By Me?/ RICHARD HAYES: Misery's Child/ ERSEL HICKEY: People Gotta Talk/ JAN & DEAN: Don't Fly Away/ BEN E. KING: Souvenir Of Mexico/ RUSTY LANE & THE MYSTICS: Comes The Day/ LITTLE TONY & HIS BROTHERS: Too Good/ LITTLE TONY AND HIS BROTHERS: Foxy Little Mama/ GENE MCDANIELS: Spanish Lace/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: My Island Of Dreams/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: Say The Word/ THE MYSTICS: Hushabye/ BOBBY PEDRICK JR.: Pajama Party/ RAY PETERSON: Teenage Heartache/ THE PLATTERS: (You've Got) The Magic Touch/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Doin'The Best I Can/ Little Sister/ Mess Of Blues/ Surrender/ CLIFF RICHARD: The Snake And The Bookworm/ BOBBY RYDELL: I Dig Girls/ DAVE SAMPSON: If You Need Me/ THE SHADES: Sun Glasses/ DEL SHANNON: (Marie's The Name Of) His Latest Flame/ Ginny In The Mirror/ You Never Talked About Me/ JIMMY SIMMONS: Too Hot To Handle/ THE SKYLINERS: Footsteps/ Happy Time/ THE TIBBS BROTHERS: (Wake Up) Miss Rip Van Winkle/ BIG JOE TURNER: Boogie Woogie Country Girl/ I Need A Girl/ JOE TURNER: Love Roller Coaster/ CONWAY TWITTY: Don't You Dare Let Me Down/ RICKY VALANCE: It's Not True/ Once Upon A Time/ DANNY VALENTINO: Music Man/ Stampede/ MARTY WILDE: It's Been Nice

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY3CD 006 Stampede! The United Artists Story 1962 ● CD $13.98 $10.98
Another of One Day's inexpensive label surveys - this one devoted to the United Artists label. The label was founded in 1957 as an offshoot of the long lived United Artists film studios with the intention of primarily releasing film soundtracks but soon spread its wings and started issuing singles in a wide variety of styles and by 1962 when all the recordings on this three CD set were made was a significant force in the record business. The label's principal forte was pop music though it also featured rock 'n' roll, R&B, doo-wop, country and folk and among the many artists here are Al Caiola, Shirley Bassey, Jeff Barry, Danny Lee, Freddy Jaye, Jay & The Americans, Nathaniel Mayer, Paul Dine, Ferris & The Wheels, Bobby Dunn, George Jones, Hoy Hudson, Joyce Davis, The Leiber-Stoller Orchestra, Marv Johnson, Rick Randell, Ted Taylor, The Highwaymen, Ferrante & Teicher, Sonny Burns and many more.
JEFF BARRY: Welcome Home/ SHIRLEY BASSEY: As Long As He Needs Me/ Climb Ev'ry Mountain/ I'll Get By/ What Kind Of Fool Am I/ What Now My Love?/ SONNY BURNS: Brick And Mortar/ AL CAIOLA: Experiment In Terror/ Stampede/ FRANKIE CALLEN: Little Cry Baby/ AL CASEY COMBO: Jivin' Around/ MAURICE CHEVALIER: Jessica/ MIKE CLIFFORD: Close To Cathy/ JOYCE DAVIS: Moments To Remember/ PAUL DINO: That's How I Miss You/ CHARLIE DRAKE: Tanglefoot/ SHELDON DUNAWAY: Mary Lou Doin'The Pop-Eye/ SHELTON DUNAWAY & THE CUP CAKES: Just One Kiss/ BOBBY DUNN: Diddle Dee Dee/ THE FALCONS: Goddess Of Angels/ You're So Fine/ FERRANTE & TEICHER: (Theme From) Lisa/ Smile/ FERRIS & THE WHEELS: He Was A Fortune Teller/ Moments Like This/ EVELYN FREEMAN: Didn't It Rain/ JACKIE FRISCO: When You Ask About Love/ EYDIE GORME: Granada/ DURWOOD HADDOCK: Big Night At My House/ THE HIGHWAYMEN: Cindy, Oh Cindy/ Whiskey In the Jar/ HOYT HUDSON: Individuality/ BURL IVES: Always/ JAY & THE AMERICANS: Dawning/ It's My Turn To Cry/ She Cried/ This Is It For Me/ Tomorrow/ Yes/ FREDDY JAYE: Thinking Of You/ BABY JEAN: If You Wanna/ MARV JOHNSON: Let Yourself Go/ Magic Mirror/ With All That's In Me/ GEORGE JONES: Beacon in the Night/ Big Fool Of The Year/ He Made Me Free/ I Saw Me/ Not What I Had in Mind/ She Thinks I Still Care/ DANNY JORDON: On The Outside Looking In/ Runaround Sue's/ STEVE LAWRENCE: Our Concerto/ DANNY LEE: Stop Calling Me Baby/ EDDY LEE: There'll Be An Angel/ THE LEIBER-STOLLER ORCHESTRA: Café Espresso/ GEOFF LOVE: The White Rose Of Athens/ JUDY LYNN: My Secret/ JOHNNY MAESTRO: Before I Loved Her/ Fifty Million Heartbeats/ RALPH MARTERIE: Lili Marlene/ NATHANIEL MAYER: Leave Me Alone/ Village Of Love/ LLOYD G. MAYERS: A Taste Of Honey/ RICK RANDELL: Dining, Dancing and Talking/ Stars/ Take My Name And Number/ TITO RODRIGUEZ: Slow Walk/ SUSIE & THE THE FOUR TRUMPETS: Starry Eyes/ TED TAYLOR: Pretending Love/ GENE THOMAS: It's Make Believe/ JUDY THOMAS: Never Say Devil Woman/ THE VERSATILE FOUR: Every Other Night/ DANNY WILLIAMS: Jeannie/ The Miracle Of You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY3CD 053 Songs From The War Years - A Celebration In Music ● CD $13.98
Three CD set of songs from the two World Wars that helped comfort the troops in battle and their loved ones at home. The majority of the songs are British songs from World War 2 though there are also songs from the first war as well as American contributions. Includes such classics as Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye by Gracie Fields, It's A Long Way To Tipperary by John McCormack, A Nightingale Sang In Berkely Square by Anne Shelton, Roll Out The Barrel by The Rex Massed Bands & Chorus, Bless 'em All by Georege Formby, Painting The Clouds With Sunshine by Jack Hylton, In The Quartermaster's Store by Tommy Handley, Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer by Ambrose & His Orchestra, Mademoiselle From Armentiers by Jack Charman and many others including, of course, We'll Meet Again by Vera Lynn - probably the most famous one of them all.
AMBROSE & HIS ORCHESTRA (WITH ANNE SHELT: Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer/ LALE ANDERSEN: Lili Marlene/ THE ANDREWS SISTERS: Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree/ Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny! Oh!/ NORA BAYES: Over There/ AL BOWLLY: Goodnight Sweetheart/ SAM BROWN: The Sun Has Got His Hat On/ JACK CHARMAN: Mademoiselle From Armentieres/ BILLY COTTON & HIS BAND: I've Got Sixpence/ Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major/ COURTLAND & JEFFRIES: Goodbye-Ee/ Oh! It's A Lovely War/ BEBE DANIELS & BEN LYON: There's A Boy Coming Home On Leave/ BETTY DRIVER WITH HARRY ROY'S ORCHESTRA: The World Will Sing Again/ HARRY FAY: How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm/ GRACIE FIELDS: Sing As We Go/ Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye/ ARTHUR FIELDS & THE PEERLESS QUARTET: Good Morning, Mr. Zip-Zip-Zip/ FLANAGAN & ALLEN: (We're Gonna Hang) The Washing On The Siegfried Line/ Down Forget-Me-Not Lane/ Run, Rabbit, Run/ GEORGE FORMBY: Bless 'Em All/ Mr Wu's An Air Raid Warden Now/ NAT GONELLA & HIS GEORGIANS: Hey Little Hen/ BINNIE HALE: A Nice Cup Of Tea/ TOMMY HANDLEY: In The Quartermaster's Stores/ CHARLES H. HART: It's Time For Every Boy To Be A Soldier/ MORTON HARVEY: I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier/ DICK HAYMES: You'll Never Know/ JACK HYLTON: Painting The Clouds With Sunshine/ THE INK SPOTS: I'll Get By/ Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees)/ AL JOLSON: I've Got My Captain Working For Me Now/ KAY KYSER & HIS ORCHESTRA: Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition/ HARRY LAUDER: The Laddies Who Fought And Won/ TED LEWIS: Roses Of Picardy/ JOE LOSS & HIS ORCHESTRA (WITH SAM BROWNE): The Spitfire Song/ VERA LYNN: Be Like The Kettle…/ The White Cliffs Of Dover/ We'll Meet Again/ Yours/ JOHN MCCORMACK: It's A Long Way To Tipperary/ Keep The Home Fires Burning/ The Sunshine Of Your Smile/ GLENN MILLER: American Patrol/ VAUGHN MONROE: When The Light Go On Again (All Over The World)/ BILL MURRAY: Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts For Soldiers/ DONALD PEERS: The Homecoming Waltz/ ALFRED PICCAVER: There'll Always Be An England/ ELLA RETFORD: Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty/ THE REX MASSED BANDS: Roll Out The Barrel/ HARRY ROY: This Is The Army, Mister Brown/ They Can't Black Out The Moon/ When They Sound The Last…/ PRIMO SCALA: Roll Me Over/ ANNE SHELTON: A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square/ I'll Be Seeing You/ ELIZABETH SPENCER AND CHARLES HART: Let The Rest Of The World Go By/ REINALD WERRENRATH: Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag/ ANNA WHEATON & JAMES HARROD: Till The Clouds Roll By

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 224 Action! The Apex Records Story ● CD $11.98
2 CD, 50 tracks, recommended
The Apex Records story goes all the way back to 1921, but the focus of this collection is on the 1960 to 1962 period of this Canadian independent label's history. Licensing material from a variety of American independent labels the range of artists here is varied with rockabilly (The Rock-A-Teens), teen pop (Bobby Vinton, Johnny Tillotson), instrumental rock (Gary Webb, The Champs, Dave "Baby" Cortez, The Black Spots), Doo Wop (The Pentagons, The Regents, Little Caesar & the Romans, The Debonaires, The Gallahads), country (Justin Tubb, Johnny Bond, Dub Dickerson, Johnny Seymour), and R&B (Lenny Welch) all making appearances over these two discs. There are artists here represented at their respective peaks (The Everly Brothers, Gene Pitney), while others were at the beginning of their careers (Jan & Dean, Paul Revere & the Raiders). Overall, this is a fine sample of just how diverse independent labels could be in those pre-Beatle rock and roll years. (GMC)
THE ADDRISI BROTHERS: Gonna See My Baby/ JOHNNY BOND: Hot Rod Lincoln/ LITTLE FRANKIE BRUNSON: You'll Never Get Away/ THE CHAMPS: Red Eye/ Too Much Tequila/ THE CLEFTONES: Deed I Do/ DAVE "BABY" CORTEZ: Fiesta/ CHARLIE DANIELS: Robot Romp/ DARWIN & THE CUPIDS: Won't You Give Me A Chance/ THE DEBONAIRES: We'll Wait/ THE DEVILLES: Searching For Love/ DUB DICKERSON: The Bottle/ KENNY DINO: Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night/ BOBBY DOMINO: Marilyn/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: When WIll I Be Loved/ THE FENDERMEN: Mule Skinner Blues/ THE FIVE SPOTS: Black Rock/ LANCE FORTUNE: Action/ THE GALLAHADS: Lonely Guy/ RONNIE HAWKINS: Southern Love/ JIM HENSON: The Countryside/ RON HOLDEN: True Love Can Be/ FAT DADDY HOLMES: Chicken Rock/ THE HOUNDS: The Hip Swing/ JAN & DEAN: Heart And Soul/ LITTLE CAESAR & THE ROMANS: Fever/ Hully Gully Again/ THE LY-DELLS: Wizard Of Love/ TRADE MARTIN: La Mer/ CHARLIE MCCOY: Cherry Berry Wine/ THE PENTAGONS: To Be Loved/ GENE PITNEY: Every Breath I Take/ Town Without Pity/ JOHNNIE RAY: In The Heart Of A Fool/ THE REGENTS: Barbara-Ann/ PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Beatnick Sticks/ THE ROCK-A-TEENS: Doggone It Baby/ CHAN ROMERO: My Little Ruby/ JOHNNY SEYMOUR: The Same Way You Came In/ THE SPARTANS: Can You Waddle/ JOHNNY TILLOTSON: Pledging My Love/ Poetry In Motion/ JUSTIN TUBB: Big Fool Of The Year/ RITCHIE VALENS: Cry, Cry, Cry/ BOBBY VINTON: I Love You The Way You Are/ GARY WEBB: Drum City/ LENNY WELCH: Darlin'/ You Don't Know Me/ GEORGE WESTON: Dead Man/ ANDY WILLIAMS: Do You Mind?

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 227 Blast Off - The Felsted Records Story, 1958-1962 ● CD $11.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
The Felsted label was originally founded in England in 1954 as a subsidiary of Decca. In 1957 it opened a U.S. office and over the next seven years issued a couple hundred singles featuring a mix of rock 'n' roll, R&B and pop. This set features a selection recorded between 1958 and 1962 including the labels two biggest hits - the fine R&B rocker Foot Stompin' by The Flares and the instrumental Asia Minor by Kokomo (actually studio pianist Jimmy Wisner). Although there are a number of pop oriented titles here there are enough really good titles here to make this a worthwhile purchase. Among the highlights here are the Jiv-A-Tones with the powerful rocker (and a personal favorite of mine) Flirty Gertie, superb doowop groups The Five Fleets (their two sides are alone worth the price of admission)! & The Castaleers, a couple of fine post Cameo sides by Charlie Gracie, Vince Maloy with his hot rocker Soda Pop which is actually a teen oriented version of the blues standard Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O Dee and two hot rockin' guitar instrumentals from Dutch band Electric Johnny & His Skyrockets. Other artists include The Spacemen, The Cordials, Mickey Michaels, Kathy Linden, Andy Anderson, Tommy Mara, The Truetones, Jimmy Ricks, The Biscaines, LaVerne Stovall, The Spotnicks (popular Swedish guitar group), Nobles C. Darby and others. An excellent and very varied set. (FS)
THE ADMIRAL TONES: Hey Hey Pretty Baby/ THE ALTECS: Recess/ ANDY ANDERSON: I-I-I Love You/ Johnny Valentine/ JOHNNY ANGEL & THE HALOS: Looking For A Fool/ THE BISCAINES: Blue Skies/ THE CAMERONS: Guardian Angel/ THE CASTALEERS: (My) Hi Fi Baby/ You're My Dream/ THE CASUALTEENS: Need You So/ THE CORDIALS: Once In A Lifetime/ THE CRYSTALS: Mary Ellen/ NOBLES C. DARBY: Goodbye, Charlie Brown/ THE DELTAIRS: Who Would Have Thought It/ THE ECHOES: Angel Of Love/ ELECTRIC JOHNNY & HIS SKYROCKETS: Black Eyes Rock/ Johnny On His Strings/ THE FIVE FLEETS: I Been Crying/ Slight Case Of Love/ THE FLARES: Foot Stomping/ Jump And Bump/ FRANK & JACK & THE NIGHTWINDS: Oh My Darling/ CHARLIE GRACIE: Makin' Whoopee/ W-Wow/ CHUCK HARPER: Summer Is Thru/ RITCHIE HART: The Great Duane/ THE JIV-A-TONES: Fire Engine Baby/ Flirty Gertie/ KOKOMO: Asia Minor/ MYRON LEE: Rona Baby/ KATHY LINDEN: Oh! Johnny, Oh! Johnny Oh!/ You'd Be Surprised/ THE MAJORS: Come Go With Me/ VINCE MALOY: Soda Pop/ TOMMY MARA: Where The Blue Of The Night/ EDNA MCGRIFF: Oh Joe!/ MICKEY MICHAELS: Koffee Shop Rock/ DAVID ORRELL: Be My Baby/ THE PARISIANS: Ambush/ JIMMY RICKS: If It Didn't Hurt So Much/ Secret Love/ THE ROOSTERS: Chicken Hop/ SALT 'N' PEPPER: High Noon/ THE SPACEMEN: Blast Off/ THE SPOTNICKS: Old Spinning Wheel/ Spotnick/ LAVERNE STOVALL: Left Behind/ THE TROJANS: Make It Up/ THE TRUETONES: Singing Waters/ D.C. WASHINGTON: The Mohawk

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 228 Strange Feeling - The Kapp Records Story, 1958-1962 ● CD $11.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, recommended
The Kapp label was formed in 1954 by Dave Kapp, brother of Jack Kapp who had founded the American branch of Decca in the 1930s. The label lasted util 1967 when Dave sold the label to MCA - this set covers the period 1958 to 1962. The emphasis of the label was on pop and pop-rock with artists like Jack Jones, Jerry Keller, Jane Morgan, Brian HYland and others but also included some pretty good rock 'n' roll from Jerry Mason (the title song), Bobby Gonzales (an interesting rendition of <Got My Mojo Working), Billy The Kid (the fine Aprin Strings which was covered by Cliff Richard), Bobby Flare, The Vel-Tones and others. With his English contacts Kapp issued sides by Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen (including his big U.K. hit Midnight In Moscow) and The Temperance Seven. Cashing in on the early 60s folk boom they issued pop folk sides from the Easy Riders and we also, some tough R&B from the superb Helen Troy and the Brook Bentonish Jerry Jackson. There is even a track from the wonderful Eartha Kitt with a typical idiosyncratic rendition of the Hebrew song Sholem. The track here by the Beach Boys is not THE Beach Boys but a rather awful East Coast novelty groups. So a very varied selection, of most interest to pop fans but with, possibly, enough to appeal to the non pop fan. (FS)
KENNY BALL & HIS JAZZMEN: March Of The Siamese Children/ Midnight In Moscow/ EDDIE BAXTER: Fortune Cookie/ THE BEACH BOYS: Bathing Beauty/ BILLY THE KID: Apron Strings/ SKIP CUNNINGHAM: Money/ SONNY DEE: I'm Not The One For You/ DICK DIXON & THE ROOMMATES: The Caterpillar Crawl/ THE EASY RIDERS: Ballad Of The Alamo/ Young In Love/ THE EMOTIONS: Echo/ PAUL EVANS: Feelin' No Pain/ BOBBY FLARE: Big Jimmy, Little Jack And Nellie/ GLENN & JERRY: Hello, A New Love/ BOBBY GONZALES: Got My Mo-Jo Working/ That Lucky Old Sun/ GARY HAINES & THE FIVE SEQUINS: Another Girl Like You/ JACK HAMMER: Little Bitty Goose Pimples/ JOE HARNELL & HIS ORCHESTRA: Fly Me To The Moon (Bossa Nova)/ BILL HAYES: Wimoweh/ ERSEL HICKEY: Teardrops At Dawn/ DAVID HILL: Living Doll/ Two Brothers/ BRIAN HYLAND: Baby Face/ Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini/ JERRY JACKSON: If I Had Only Known/ Time/ JAN & KJELD: Yes Sir That's My Baby/ KRIS JENSEN: Danny's Dream/ The Jackie Look/ JACK JONES: Lollipops And Roses/ When A Man Cries/ JIMMY JUSTICE: When My Little Girl Is Smiling/ JERRY KELLER: Here Comes Summer/ If I Had A Girl/ EARTHA KITT: Sholem/ JERRY MASON: Strange Feeling/ CARMEN MCRAE: The More I See You/ Willingly/ JANE MORGAN: Moon River/ With Open Arms/ SUSAN RAFEY: A Kiss To Remember You By/ AL RENO: Congratulations/ THE TEMPERANCE SEVEN: Pasadena/ BABS TINO: If Only For Tonight/ Too Late To Worry/ HELEN TROY: I Think I Love You/ THE VEL-TONES: Cal's Tune/ THE VIDELS: A Letter From Ann/ Streets Of Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day 230 One Of These Days - The Anna Records Story ● CD $11.98
Two CDs, 40 tracks, highly recommended
A precursor to the Tamla-Motown empire, The Anna label was formed by Berry Gordy's siters Anna & Gwen along with singer/ songwriter Billy Davis in 1958 and was eventually absorbed by Tamla-Motown in 1961. The label had only one hit but it was a monster - namely Barrett Strong's Money which reached #2 in the R&B charts and #40 pop and has become a standard recorded by hundreds of artists since. Although Barrett was never able to repeat this success as a performer he went on to a log career as successful songwriter. The label gave a start to the superb vocalist and future Temptation David Ruffin who is featured here as a solo artist and as a member of the vocal group The Voice Masters which also included Lamont Dozier who along with Brian and Eddie Holland were responsible for writing and producing dozens of Motown hits. Dozier is also featured here as a solo artist as Lamont Anthony. Joe Tex recorded a couple of superb sides for the label but his version of All I Could Do Was Cry was beaten to the charts by Etta James and his Baby You're Right by James Brown. Veteran New Orleans bandleader Paul Gayten is featured on his last recordings here with three lively instrumentals. Other artists featured include Johnny & Jacky, The Falcons, The Hill Sisters, Bob Kayli, Larry Darnell, Ruben Fort and others. Excellent sound and brief introductory notes. (FS)
LAMONT ANTHONY: Let's Talk It Over/ Popeye (The Sailor Man)/ THE CAP-TANS: I'm Afraid/ Tight Skirts And Crazy Sweaters/ LARRY DARNELL: I'll Get Along Somehow/ THE FALCONS: Just For Your Love/ This Heart Of Mine/ RUBEN FORT: I Feel It/ So Good/ PAUL GAYTEN: Beatnik Beat/ Hot Cross Buns/ The Hunch/ HERMAN GRIFFIN & THE MELLO-DEES: Do You Want To See My Baby/ THE HILL SISTERS: Advertising For Love/ Hit And Run Away Love/ TY HUNTER & THE VOICE MASTERS: Everything About You/ Everytime/ I'm Free/ Orphan Boy/ JOHNNY & JACKEY: Hoy Hoy/ Let's Go To A Movie Baby/ Lonely And Blue/ No One Else But You/ BOB KAYLI: Never More/ Peppermint (You Know What To Do)/ DAVID RUFFIN: I'm In Love/ One Of These Days/ BARRETT STRONG: Money (That's What I Want)/ Oh! I Apologize/ Yes, No, Maybe So/ You Knows What To Do/ JOE TEX: Ain't It A Mess/ All I Could Do Was Cry (Part 1)/ Baby You're Right/ I'll Never Break Your Heart (Parts 1 & 2)/ WREG TRACEY: Take Me Back (I Was Wrong)/ THE VOICE MASTERS: Hope And Pray/ Needed/ Needed (For Lovers Only)/ Oops I'm Sorry

 
YOUNG TRADITION Fledgling 3094 Oberlin 1968 ● CD $18.98 $14.98
25 tracks, 70 mins, essential
Wow, I just got over the thrill of seeing all The Young Tradition's Transatlantic recordings come out when out of the blue comes this incredible, previously unissued, live concert by the group at Oberlin College, Ohio from 1968. The first few songs from the concert concert are lost but what we have are 25 songs from the group in great form though the latter comment is probably redundant as I understand they hardly ever gave a bad performance. Most of the songs are drawn from their recordings made for Transatlantic along wth several that never made it to record like Heather's naughty Me Husband's Got No Courage In Him and Peter's even naughtier The German Musicianer. What's fascinating to hear is how strong the group starts out and continues to grow in strength so that by the time they get to Byker Hill they are ready to blow the roof off the building! The set was beautifully recorded so the individual voices come through loud and clear and the harmonies are simply spellbinding. The set comes with a handsome little booklet with affectionate notes from Leslie Berman and reminiscences from Heather Wood - the only member of the group still alive. Folk music doesn't get much better than this! (FS)

 

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