( Advanced Search )  


Jackie & The Starlites -> The Jesters


JACKIE & THE STARLITES Collectables 5079 Meet The Bopchords ● CD $11.98

THE JACKS Ace CDCHD 535 Why Don't You Write Me ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 69 min., essential
Available again at a lower price. The companion disc to The Cadets Meet the Jacks is a winner from start to finish. The Cadets/Jacks were one of the premier groups of the 50's. With a lineup that included Aaron Collins, chief songwriter and brother to the Teen Queens (see below), future soul star Ted Taylor, and bass singer extraordinaire Dub Jones, they certainly had more talent than most of their competition. And the mostly ballad material here attests to that. Highlights include the title cut, plus Away, So Wrong, Let's Make Up, Why Did I Fall in Love, and This Empty Heart. Not only do the two discs include all of their 45 rpm and lp cuts recorded under either the Jacks' or the Cadets' name, this one also includes both sides of the very rare MJC 45 on which Jacks lead Willie Davis moonlighted My Reckless Heart and They Turned the Party Out Down at Bessie's House. A great program put together with Ace's usual good taste, featuring a particularly nice cover design, fine sound quality, and informed liner notes by Jim Dawson. A must buy. (DH)

CHUCK JACKSON Collectables 2922 The Best Of Chuck Jackson ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
From 1961 to 1967, Chuck Jackson sang some of the most innovative and memorable R&B songs in an era that didn't lack for innovative or memorable soul stylists. With people like Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Leiber and Stoller, Goffin and King, and Luther Dixon, among others, providing the material, Jackson had to deliver the goods vocally and he often more than rose to the occasion: his original version of Leiber and Stoller's I Keep Forgettin' was so far ahead of its time that it took until 1982 for it to become a hit for Michael McDonald (although his arrangement isn't nearly as idiosyncratic as this one). Although Any Day Now, from the pens of Bacharach and Bob Hilliard, was Jackson's biggest hit in 1962, he delivered beautifully modulated performances on Beg Me / I Wake Up Crying / Make the Night a Little Longer, and, especially, the oft-covered Bacharach/David classic I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself. These recordings for Wand Records are the cornerstone of Jackson's career, and this collection showcases them, and him, to the fullest. (GMC)
CHUCK JACKSON: (It Never Happens) In Real Life/ Any Day Now/ Any Other Way/ Beg Me/ Blue Holiday/ Candy/ Don't Believe Him Donna/ Getting Ready For The Heartbreak/ Hold On I'm Coming (With Maxine Brown)/ Human/ I Don't Want To Cry/ I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself/ I Keep Forgettin'/ I Wake Up Crying/ Just Once/ Make The Night A Little Longer/ Shame On Me/ Since I Don't Have You/ Something You Got (With Maxine Brown)/ Tears Of Joy/ Tell Him I'm Not Home/ The Breaking Point/ The Same Old Story/ Whatcha Gonna Say Tomorrow/ Where Do I Go From Here

CHUCK JACKSON Collectables 5115 Golden Classics ● CD $11.98
Jackson had a string of hits for Scepter's subsidiary label Wand between 1961-67, and the 12 tracks here are from that period, including his biggest hits Any Day Now/ I Don't Want To Cry. It's unfortunate that Something You Got is missing though, especially given the inclusion of non-hits like I'm Your Man/ I Keep Forgettin'. Jackson's throaty baritone sounds best on uptempo numbers like The Breaking Point, and it's too bad that Wand kept wrapping it up with with strings. Still, songs like the unsympathetic Beg Me and the horn-punched Any Other Way make everything better than all right. Other songs include Since I Don't Have You/ Hand It Over/ I Wake Up Crying/ Make The Night A Little Longer/ Tell Him I'm Not Home. (JC)

CHUCK JACKSON Kent CDKEND 107 I Don't Want To Cry/ Any Day Now ● CD $18.98
14 tracks, 64 min., recommended
Good idea. Chuck's first two Wand LPs on one CD with the original liner notes and cover art reproduced. Not as many hits as some might like, but a lot of these songs are pretty good and don't get reissued very often. A cursory inspection of song titles on I Don't Want To Cry reveals that all one dozen are about tears. How clever. Many feature the ex-Del-Viking sounding more like Brook Benton backed by a big band than the man who would one day shout his way through Beg Me. Any Day Now is a more satisfying album if only because the songs are better, and the arrangements, while still a bit much, are more suited to Jackson's rough and ready baritone. Soulful pop music. All in all, a bargain, but get the greatest hits first. (JC)

CHUCK JACKSON Kent CDKEND 110 Encore/ Mr. Everything ● CD $18.98
Two Wand LPs on one CD.

CHUCK JACKSON Kent CDKEND 935 Good Things ● CD $18.98
Fine set of 24 of his best recordings made for Wand between 1961 & '65. It includes his biggest hit Any Day Now plus other hits like I Don't Want To Cry/ I Wake Up Crying/ Any Other Way/ Beg Me and others including the original version of I Keep Forgetting which was covered by David Bowie note for note. It also includes several cuts that were not originally but surfaced on a Kent LP a few years ago and a couple of never before issued titles - Where Do I Go From Here/ What's With This Loneliness. Excellent sound and nice 8 page booklet with informative notes and good photos.

CHUCK JACKSON & MAXINE BROWN Kent CDKEND 241 Saying Something/ Hold On, We're Coming ● CD $16.98
Chuck and Maxine's two mid 60s duet albums on one CD plus four bonus solo sides by Chuck - three making their first appearance on CD.

CHUCK JACKSON Kent CDKEND 247 Tribute To Rhythm & Blues CD $18.98
A collection of covers from the versatile Jackson featuring his distinctive take on songs made famous by Sam & dave, Lee Dorsey, Maxine Brown, The Ikettes, Theola Kilgore and others.

CHUCK JACKSON Kent CDKEND 254 Chuck Jackson On Tour/ Dedicated To the King CD $18.98
21 tracks, 61 min., highly recommended
In which the soul department at Kent Records re-releases two hard-to-find Chuck Jackson LPs: "On Tour" (Wand LP 658, 1964) and "Dedicated To The King!!" (Wand LP 680, 1967). The live one is a solid set with Chuck pleasing the people (if the screaming girls are any indication) on such surefire material as covers of Ben E. King's Stand By Me and James Brown's Please, Please, Please, as well as his own hits Beg Me, I Don't Want To Cry, I Wake Up Crying. The reason to get this, though, is the Elvis tribute album -- and not because it's an Elvis tribute album. Jackson turns his considerable talents to top notch material with results that reflect the greatness of both without aping the Elvis versions. His Crying In The Chapel is wonderful, and Jackson's take on Don't is even better. (JC)

CHUCK JACKSON Varese Vintage VSD 5777 The Very Best Of Chuck Jackson, 1961-1967 ● CD $11.98
16 tracks - I Don't Want To Cry/ Any Day Now/ Getting Ready For The Heratbreak/ Tears Of Joy/ Hand It Over/ Somebody New/ I Need You/ Something You Got (with Maxine Brown)/Shame On Me, etc.

DEON JACKSON Collectables 5106 Golden Classics ● CD $10.98
12 Carla sides done in Detroit for famed producer Ollie McLaughlin. Includes his huge hit Love Makes The World Go Round along with Love Takes A Long Time Growing/ Ooh Baby/ S.O.S./ I Can't Go On

GEORGE JACKSON Grapevine Soul 3003 In Muscle Shoals CD $19.98
20 tracks, 67 min., highly recommended
Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, Alabama, between 1977-81 as demos for other singers, these fine George Jackson sides are polished and finished pieces of soul, despite the "demo" designation. And although the horns are missing, the backing musicians, including ex-Fame studio fixtures Jimmy Johnson (gtr.), David Hood (b.), Roger Hawkins (dm.), and Barry Beckett (keys) manage a full sound. And while some of these Jackson originals were never recorded by anyone else (including the hit-waiting-to-happen It Takes A Storm To Make A Rainbow), others were hits for the likes of The Staple Singers (Unlock Your Mind), Z.Z. Hill (Cheatin' In The Next Room), and O.V. Wright (I Don't Do Windows, a more-or-less mysterious song of sexual taboo). Aside from the obvious historical interest to soul fans that these sides hold, Jackson has a pretty decent voice in his own right. Another welcome release from the English Grapevine label. (JC)

GEORGE JACKSON Grapevine 3026 What Would Your Mama Say ● CD $19.98
22 tracks, 73 min., essential
Jackson signed with Malaco in 1982 as the house songwriter for Denise LaSalle, Latimore, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Bland, Tyrone Davis, and others. And as luck would have it, Malaco eventually bought Muscle Shoals Sound, where Jackson used to be the house pen. So when Grapevine licensed the Malaco material they gained access to a wealth of demonstration tapes Jackson had recorded to promote his songs in hopes of their being covered. The earlier CD, George Jackson In Muscle Shoals, featured 20 songs from that cache, and this disc sports another 22 of no less quality than their brethren. Mostly, Jackson is backed by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (Jimmy Johnson on guitar, Barry Beckett on Keys, David Hood on bass, Roger Hawkins on drums), perhaps the best in the business at the time. Jackson's sometimes Sam Cooke-influenced vocals are pleasing enough, to be sure, but the songs themselves are the stars here. Great lost soul rediscovered. (JC)

J.J. JACKSON Calla 1101 Sings But It's Alright ● CD $18.98
24 track collection including But It's Alright/ I Dig Girls/ 'Til Love Goes Out Of Style/ Four Walls/ A Change Is Gonna Come/ The Stones That I Throw/ Love Is A Hurting Thing, etc.

JERRY JACKSON Bear Family BCD 15481 Shrimp Boats A-Comin', There's Dancin' Tonight ● CD $21.98
It seems that we have finally outdone ourselves in the tireless crusade to search out obscure reissues - no one here seems to know anything about the black crooner who recorded for Kapp and Columbia in the early 60's. Who is this mysterious character? Bear Family puts it pretty bluntly in their liner notes - "Hardly a household name at any time during his brief secular career, Jerry Jackson straddled an uneasy line between black and then-current pop music." His version of It Hurts Me inspired Elvis Presley's later version, and a few of these cuts feature the Four Seasons as backup singers. The music is actually pretty good, although each producer he had (and there were 6 different ones in charge of the 24 tunes here) put him in a different "bag" ranging from saccharine Drifters-type arrangements to peppy Jackie Wilson settings, a little Brook Benton and even some James Brown-styled grooves. (MB)

WALTER JACKSON Kent CDKEND 266 Welcome Home - The Okeh Recordings, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
19 tracks, 59 min., very highly recommended
Reissued (with 7 bonus tracks, 3 previously unreleased) on CD for the first time, Jackson's second Okeh LP (originally OKS 14108 from 1965) finds the Chicago master of smooth soul tackling tin pan ally standards, soul, and pop with typically stunning results. His rendering of My Funny Valentine manages to be so sublime that even the excessive strings cannot sully its greatness. Jackson's take on Moon River is equally gorgeous. His covers of Dylan (Blowin' In The Wind) and Pete Seeger (Where Have All The Flowers Gone) are impressive if not really his cup of tea. The Van McCoy tunes, however, are among the brightest notes on an album that already burns at 1000 watts. It's the voice. Jackson could sing anything. Anything. This is the second of three releases from Kent, which is reissuing all Jackson's Columbia, Okeh, and Epic material. Excellent booklet notes. (JC)

THE JAGUARS Collectables 6288 The Way You Look Tonight - The Very Best Og The Jaguars ● CD $13.98
17 tracks from this highly regarded central Los Angeles, racially mixed quartet whose mid 50's Aardell singles fetch astronomical prices. The tracks here are a mixture of memorable ballads and less interesting jump novelties or avergae pop oriented compositions. However, standouts like The Way You Look Tonight, Moonlight And You and I Wanted You make this reissue a worthwhile proposition. (OLN/FS)

ETTA JAMES Ace CDCH 210 R&B Dynamite ● CD $18.98

ETTA JAMES Ace CDCHM 680 Hickory Dickory Dock ● CD $12.98
Budget price reissue of 22 classic tracks recorded for Kent and Modern between 1955 and '58. The most comprehensive collection of Etta's Kent/ Modern material. Includes the originally unissued issued Be My Lovey Dovey from the same '54 session that produced her biggest hit Roll With Me Henry (The Wallflower). The earliest session has backing by The Johnny Otis Orch., and a 1957 date was recorded in New Orleans. The rest was done in L.A. wit Maxwell Davis' band. Good Rockin' Daddy plus Tough Lover/ W-O-M-A-N/ Hey Henry , etc. (GM)
ETTA JAMES: Baby, Baby, Every Night/ Be My Lovey Dovey/ Doin' Something Crazy/ Good Rockin' Daddy/ Hey Henry/ Hickory Dickory Dock/ How Big A Fool/ I Hope You're Satisfied/ I'm A Fool/ Market Place/ My One And Only/ Nobody Loves You (like Me)/ Strange Things Happening/ Sunshine Of Love/ Tears Of Joy/ That's All/ The Pick Up/ The Wallflower (dance With Me Henry)/ Tough Lover/ W-o-m-a-n/ We're In Love/ You Know What I Mean

ETTA JAMES Ace CDCM2 1085 The Complete Modern And Kent Recordings CD $22.98
Two CD set with 42 tracks by this wonderful vocalist featuring at least one take of every songs she recorded for Modern and Kent between 1954 and 1958 along with nine choice alternate takes. Classic R&B recorded in Los Angeles and New Orleans featuring top local musicians.

ETTA JAMES Chess CHD 9184 Rocks The House ● CD $9.98
Originally released as Argo LP 4032, Rocks The House was recorded at The New Era Club in Nashville on September 27 & 28, 1963, directly following a period of chart success she has never equaled. Although James is a great ballad singer, this show documents her ability to tear the club up with one uptempo R&B tune after another. She wraps her powerful vocal chords around Ray Charles' What'd I Say, Jessie Hill's Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Jimmy Reed's Baby What You Want Me To Do and 7 others. The last three songs - including the album's only ballad All I Could Do Is Cry - are previously unreleased CD bonus tracks from the same show. A welcome addition to the recent Etta James compilation albums. (JC)

ETTA JAMES Chess CHD2 9341 The Essential Etta James ● CD $31.98
44 tracks, two hours, 14 minutes. Recommended. A compilation from all the labels blues-R&B belter James has recorded for would be an essential collector's item, because she has had many creative peaks since Johnny Otis discovered the shy teenager when she auditioned in her San Francisco bathroom and recorded Roll with Me Henry. If one doesn't already have her Tell Mama album and a few others from the Chess-Argo years (1960-1973), this two-CD set is definitely essential. James' voice is so overpowering (the remastered sound is an improvement on previously available reissues), it's easy to see how she influenced a generation of soul belters and rockers, from Janis Joplin to Aretha Franklin. Included here are some jazzy dates, some ballads, and some real treasures, such as a duet with Harvey Fuqua on If I Can't Have You, or her 1973 versions of some Randy Newman songs. In between are the important cuts, I'd Rather Go Blind, Tell Mama, as well as a couple of duets with Sugar Pie DeSanto. ( LK)

ETTA JAMES Chess CHD 9363 Come A Little Closer ● CD $6.98
12 tracks, 43 min, recommended Reissue of Chess 60029 from '73. When this was done, Chess had been bought out by GRT & Etta was in a lock-down drug rehab. With producer Gabe Meckler Etta still came up with something funky on this, her last Chess LP. Includes the R&B hit Out On The Street Again, which is also heard here in its 45 edit. Also as Meckler was producer of Steppenwolf, there's 2 songs here identified with them - Power Play & Don Covay's Sookie Sookie. Plus as her last hit had been with Randy Newman's You Can Keep Your Hat On, on this set she does Randy's Let's Burn Down The Cornfield. There's a CD bonus of the previously non-LP Lovin' Arms (GM)

ETTA JAMES Chess 12017 At Last ● CD $9.98
14 tracks, 41 mins, recommended
Reissue of Argo 4003 from 1960 with 4 bonus cuts. After 5 hitless years, Etta signed to the Chess subsidiary and immediately scored 4 Smash R&B hits - All I Could Do Was Cry/ My Dearest Darling/ At Last/ Trust In Me, all included here along with such standards as A Sunday Kind Of Love & Stormy Weather. Backing is by The Riley Hampton Orch., which skirts the line between rocking R&B band with booting sax and white pop band with strings, flutes & vocal chorus but Etta's vocals are as soulful as can be. The bonus cuts feature all her four of her duets with Harvey Fuqua from the same sessions. (GM/FS)

ETTA JAMES Chess 112 518 Tell Mama ● CD $13.98
Reissue of Etta's classic 1968 Cadet album with 10 bonus cuts (three previously unreleased) comprising the rest of her 1968 sessions in Muscle Shoals.

ETTA JAMES Elektra 61347 The Right Time ● CD $8.98
The latest offering (copyright 1992) from the bountifully talented Miss James is fine and dandy indeed. She carries her 54 years with an authority that shows in every track she lays down. And having had the services of the revered veteran Jerry Wexler as her producer clearly did no harm either. From the sardonic put down of a sub-par lover in Wet Match and the splendid meshing of talents in her duet with Stevie Winwood on Give It Up to the potent affirmation of Love and Happiness, Etta shows that Johnny Otis' teenaged discovery of the 50's has arrived in the 90's with a vengeance. As she modestly puts it in the liner notes: "I feel like I expressed myself." That she does - in 11 well-chosen cuts, 45 minutes of crystal clear stereophonic blues. Exuberant liner notes and four righteous photos. (DH)

ETTA JAMES Hip-O 08127-02 Gold ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 36 tracks, 116 mins, highly recommended
There have certainly been a lot of Etta James collections that have come out over the years, but this is a particularly nice one. Of the collections that are currently available, "The Essential Etta James" that came out about 14 years ago can compete with this one. That CD has more tracks, but this CD has better tracks, starting off with a few numbers from her early period under the wing of Johnny Otis, including her big hit Dance With Me Henry (I hate calling it The Wallflower). After that it goes through the best of her Argo/ Cadet/ Chess greats spanning 1960 - 1974: All I Could Do Is Cry/ At Last/ Stop The Wedding/ Tell Mama/ Pushover/ I'd Rather Go Blind, so many great tracks! Then rounded out with a handful of tracks from the last 30 years. Some of those are great, some not so. I love her doing Elmore James' The Sky Is Crying, but I can really do without the Eagles cover. So basically you get 97% essential listening and about 3% to skip though. Nice pleasing looking with fine notes and lots of pictures of the cutest Blues singer ever. (JM)

ETTA JAMES Island 842 926-2 Stickin' to My Guns ● CD $9.98
Etta is still going strong, after 35 years in the music business. Long ago she proved herself one of the finest singers of whatever type of song she chooses to sing, be it rhythm & blues, ballad, or rock. Rooted in gospel, her status at the top of the R&B heap cannot be challenged. Stickin' to My Guns is just what she does here, without concession to fashion (save for the unnecessary but not unsuccessful appearance by rapper Def Jef on one track, Get Funky.) Etta is in top form; the backing band is first rate, including musicians from the Muscle Shoal and Hi Records crew. The production has a modern blues/ rock sheen, with drums a bit forward in the mix, but the band is funky and totally sympathetic to Etta's cause. Few singers (if any) rock this hard or sing with this much authority and conviction in the '90s. Highlights include Beware and Love to Burn. (RS)

ETTA JAMES Private 82128 Time After Time ● CD $6.98

ETTA JAMES Private 82140 Love's Been Rough On Me ● CD $15.98

ETTA JAMES & THE ROOTS BAND RCA 11633 Burnin' Down The House ● CD $9.98
12 tracks, 73 min, highly recommended
Wonderful live set, with each tune giving the band & Etta time to stretch out. The band is great, with her sons as the rhythm section, 2 guitars, the great Mike Finnegan on organ & a 5 piece horn section! Recorded at the House Of Blues 12/01, the setlist includes some of Etta's classics including I'd Rather Go Blind & All The Way Down, cover tunes that Etta's made her own through the years ranging from Glenn Miller Orch's That's All, Kiki Dee's Sugar On The Floor, & Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild (heard in a medley with I Just Want To Make Love To You) to Randy Newman's You Can Leave Your Hat On, Ann Peeble's Come To Mama & Mable Johns' Your Good Thing Is About To End. A highlight here is a medley of 2 Al Green tunes, Love & Happiness & Take Me To The River with My Funny Valentine. And no, the Talking Heads song mentioned in the title is NOT on the disc! (GM)

ETTA JAMES & "CLEANHEAD" VINSON Fantasy 9647 Blues In The Night Vol. 1: The Early Show ● CD $14.98
Recorded live and digital in 1986 at Marla's Memory Lane Supper Club in L.A. Backup by Red Holloway, Jack McDuff and Shuggie Otis on Kidney Stew, Misty, Something's Got A Hold On Me and 6 more.

ETTA JAMES & "CLEANHEAD" VINSON Fantasy 9655 The Late Show ● CD $14.98
CD-only companion volume to the previously available "Early Show" release, recorded live with Etta, Cleanhead, Jack McDuff, Shuggie Otis and others at Marla's Memory Lane Supper Club in L.A. 10 songs, including Cleanhead Blues, Cherry Red, Baby What You Want Me To Do?, Sweet Little Angel, I'd Rather Go Blind.

THE JARMELS Collectables 5044 14 Golden Classics ● CD $11.98
In the early 60s, one of the most influential sounds was that of The Drifters & their use of Brazillian baion rhythms. Many groups scored big hits with the Drifters' sound, one of the biggest being The Jarmels' A Little Bit Of Soap. This set has 14 great Laurie recordings 1961-64, with lead vocals by Nathaniel Ruff. Includes their 1st recording, Little Lonely One + Red Sails In The Sunset/ The Way You Look Tonight

THE JAYHAWKS Flash 109 Stranded In The Jungle ● CD $18.98
25 tracks featuring this fine West Coast group best known for the original version of the classic novelty Stranded In The Jungle which was a hit for them and an even bigger hit for the Cadets. That song is included here, of course, as well as 50 second snatch of a rehearsal for it. It also includes other novelty songs and ballads, some issued as by The Vibes, as well as vocal backup to Danny Tyrell & Sonny Knight plus providing vocal interjections on Earl Palmer's great instrumental Johnny's House Party, Parts 1 &2.
THE JAYHAWKS: Betty Brown/ Counting My Teardrops/ Counting My Teardrops (unrel)/ Don't Mind Dying/ Eat Your Mush And Hush/ Everyone Should Know/ I Wish The World Owed Me A Living/ Johnnies House Party Part 1/ Johnnies House Party Part 2/ Let The Old Folks Talk/ Let's Walk Let's Talk/ Lipstick Kisses/ Love Train/ Misunderstanding/ My Only Darling/ New Love/ Start The Fire/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Stranded In The Jungle (rehearsal Fragment)/ The Creature From Outer Space/ The Devil's Cousin/ The Devil's Cousin (unrel)/ What's Her Name/ You Are/ You're Only Seventeen

THE JELLY BEANS Collectables 5740 And Friends ● CD $11.98
18 tracks, 48 minutes, recommended A fine selection from Leiber & Stoller's Red Bird label from approx 64-'65. The Jelly Beans had some great tunes, mostly written by Barry & Greenwich, including I Wanna Love Him So Bad/ The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget & Baby Be Mine, but never had an LP. This set collects 10 classics along with several hard to find singles from Red Bird & subsidiaries, several of which are better known for their British Invasion covers, The Jelly Beans' Doo Wah Diddy (Manfred Mann), Evie Sands, I Can't Let Go (The Hollies), & Bessie Banks gorgeous Go Now (Moody Blues), along with tracks by The Butterflies (actually Ellie Greenwich), the Charmettes, & the Ad Lib's great Boy From new York City. Points taken off for Collectibles' typically poor packaging, including no writer's credits or discographical info. (GM)

BILL JENNINGS Collectables 5338 Stompin' With Bill ● CD $11.98

THE JESTERS Collectables 5036 The Best Of The Jesters ● CD $11.98
14 tracks including The Wind/ I'm Falling In Love/ Uncle Henry's Basement/ Please Let Me Love You/ Love No One But You/ Now That You're Gone/ I Laughed, etc.


    Back To R&B Index

Roots & Rhythm
P.O. Box 837
El Cerrito, CA 94530 USA
Toll Free Order Line : 888-ROOTS-66

© 2017 Roots & Rhythm. No part of this site may be reproduced without written permission