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ERNIE K-DOE AIM 1202 The Building Is Shakin' & The Walls Are Tremblin' ● CD $13.98
Recordings produced in the mid 90s by New Orleans producer/ bandleader Milton Battiste. He revives some of his old favorites as well as doing new material and throwing in a bit of funk, jazz & reggae.

 
ERNIE K-DOE Blue City 1312 Mother-In-Law ● CD $17.98
30 tracks of New Orleans R&B including two versions of his hit Mother-In-Law plus get Out Of My House/ Wanted $10,000 Reward/ Where There's A Will/ She's Waiting/ My Love For You/ Lonelyology/ Love You The Best/ A Real Man/ Mo' Money and others.

 
THE KAC-TIES Kape 5000 Greatest Hits ● CD $18.98
Fine collection of 20 tracks recorded in the early 60s by this excellent New York group including sic acapella performances and track originally issued under the name The Relations. Mostly powerful ballads along with some up-tempo and novelty items. Includes their most well known song Walkin' In The Rain (not the Prisonaires song) plus Girl In My Heart/ Oh What A Night/ Mr. Were Wolf/ Until We Two Are One/ Too Proud To Let You Know/ Let Me In Your Life/ Crowd With The Phony Tatoo/ Over The Rainbow/ The Rest Of My Life and more.

 
CHRIS KENNER Collectables 5166 I Like It Like That - Golden Classics ● CD $11.98

 
THE KEYSTONERS Starbound 501 The Complete Keystoners ● CD $18.98
18 tracks by fine Philadelphia group including original recordings from the 50s, unreleased sides that were issued in the 80s and new recordings made in the 80s for Starbound. Includes two version of their most famous song Magic Kiss plus T.V. Gal/ Sleep And Dream/ I'll Always Remember/ It's Too Soon To Know/ Gossipi/ That's Why I Dream/ I Don't Know Why and more.

 
FREDERICK KNIGHT Stax 8564 I've Been Lonely For So Long ● CD $12.98
Mr. Knight uses his fine falsetto to best effect on the title song, which made it to #8 in the R&B charts in 1972. He also plays piano, organ, drums and percussion all over this self-produced 1973 Stax reissue. The album is a little uneven at times, but there are plenty of fine songs. I Let A Chance Go By is a wonderful mid-tempo look at regret and misery. Could it be a woman making Frederick so unhappy? Possibly. The vaguely doo-wopish Now That I've Found You is also worth a play or ten. Knight can manage funky, too, as he does on Your Love's All Over Me/ Take Me On Home Witcha/ Pick 'Um Up, Put 'Um Down. His cover of Someday We'll Be Together ain't too shabby either. (JC)

 
SONNY KNIGHT Pacific 625 Confidential ● CD $18.98
Fine collection of 25 tracks recorded by this soft, melancholic singer from Los Angeles for a number of labels between 1954 and 1964. Includes his 1956 hit Confidential along with other fine sides like Dedicated To You/ Worthless & Lowdown/ So Wonderful/ Those Oldies But Goodies/ Cold, Cold Night/ But Officer/ Once In A While/ Lovesick (yes, the Hank Williams hit) and others.

 
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS Collectables 5154 Letter Full Of Tears ● CD $11.98
Early 60's sessions for Fury records - 14 sides.

 
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS Relic 7045 Letter Full Of Tears ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 67 min., recommended
It is unusual for Relic to reissue material which has surfaced several times in the past, in this case, Fury sides that have been available on Emus, Springboard, Collectables, P-Vine, etc. But this is superior production in every way, lovingly remastered from the original master tapes wherever possible and with detailed annotation. These hauntingly beautiful early 60s songs constitute some of the group's finest hours, most importantly the #1 hit from 1961 Every Beat Of My Heart (penned by Johnny Otis), and the title cut, which reached the #3 position in the same year. Every Beat also appears as an unreleased take. Plus Operator/ Morning, Noon And Night/ Guess Who?/ Queen Of Tears/ How Do You Say Goodbye? and the Pips tracks - Darlin'/ Linda. With liner notes updated from the LP issue. OLN/MB)
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: A Love Like Mine/ Before Now And After Then/ Come See About Me/ Darling/ Every Beat Of My Heart/ Every Beat Of My Heart/ Goodnight My Love/ Guess Wiho?/ How Do You Say Goodbye?/ I Can't Stand By/ I Want That Kind Of Love/ I'll Trust In You/ It Hurts Me So Bad/ Letter Full Of Tears/ Linda/ Love Call/ Morning Noon And Night/ One More Lonely Night/ Operator/ Queen Of Tears/ Room In Your Heart/ Stop Running Around/ What Shall I Do?/ What Will Become Of Me?/ You Broke Your Promise

 
THE KODAKS Relic 7037 Oh Gee Oh Gosh - Featuring Pearl McKinnon ● CD $14.98
12 tracks, 30 min., recommended. Relic Records continues to mine the rich vein of Bobby Robinson's Fury label with this release by NYC's Kodaks. Their biggest hit, the up-tempo Oh Gee, Oh Gosh, never made the national charts but should have, as should the jumpin' Runaround Baby. Lead singer, Pearl McKinnon, with a voice that bears more than a passing resemblance to Frankie Lymon's, was no slouch with a ballad either, as Kingless Castle/ Teenager's Dream admirably demonstrate. All 4 Fury singles (1957-58), a pair of alternate takes, and both sides of a '61 single from Pearl and The Deltars are included. Too bad they didn't record more. (JC)
THE KODAKS: Dance Dance Dance/ Guardian Angel/ Kingless Castle/ Little Boy And Girl/ Little Boy And Girl/ Make Believe World/ My Baby And Me/ Oh Gee Oh Gosh/ Oh Gee Oh Gosh (alt)/ Runaround Baby/ Teenager's Dream/ Teenager's Dream (alt)

 

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