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JOHNNY SAYLES
THE SCAMPS
THE SCHOOLBOYS/ THE STUDENTS
FREDDIE SCOTT
MOODY SCOTT
PEGGY SCOTT & JO JO BENSON
LITTLE JIMMY SCOTT & PAUL GAYTEN BAND
 
AL SEARS & HIS ORCHESTRA
THE SENSATIONS
THE SENTIMENTALS/ LUCKY CHARMS
THE SERENADERS
DEE DEE SHARP
THE SHELLS
ROSCOE SHELTON
SHEP & THE LIMELITES
THE SHEPPARDS
THE SHEPS
THE SHIRELLES
SHIRLEY & LEE
THE SHOWMEN

THE SAFARIS Vulture 2001 Image Of A Girl ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 60 mins, recommended
The Safaris, from LA, had a big world wide hit with the title tune but didn't go on to proverbial fame and fortune. Like most groups of the 50's they felt they were getting ripped off by the record company so they broke up. This 25 tune collection brings together Safaris tunes, done in an airy doo wop style typical of the White groups of the era. Marv Rosenberg and Richard Clasky wrote most of their own songs and Jimmy Stephens handled the lead vocals. Almost every song is about the good and bad points of teen love. The balance of the CD collects some of the related groups like The Dories (who recorded for Dore, of course), The Suddens and The Enchanters (featuring Sandy Weisman). In addition to the original title hit there's a fine 1989 remake called Image Of A Girl (Is You). (AE)

 
SAM & DAVE Collectables 7757 Double Dynamite ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, highly recommended
Reissue of Stax 712 from 1966, their third LP (the second one on Stax). The dynamic duo hit strong on a dozen classics, most written by Isaac Hayes & Dave Porter, and a couple by Booker T. Plus covers of James & Bobby Purify's I'm Your Puppet and their hit cover of The Sims Twins' Soothe Me, written by Sam Cooke, along with the hits You Got Me Hummin'/ Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody and their best ballad, the gorgeous When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (GM)

 
SAM & DAVE Collectables 7758 Soul Men ● CD $12.98
11 tracks, highly recommended
A straight reissue of Stax 275 originally released in 1967, this album contains the duo's biggest hit Soul Man--#1 R&B, #2 Pop--as well as 10 other slices of sonorous soul. Among the best offerings here are the moving ballads Just Keep Holding On/ I've Seen What Loneliness Can Do, which rivals the pair's better known When Something Is Wrong With My Baby for pure emotion. Other knockouts include the horn-laden The Good Runs The Bad Way/ Don't Knock It, written by producers Issac Hayes and David Porter, and the Steve Cropper composition Broke Down Piece Of Man. The lyric of the oxymoronic Rich Kind Of Poverty - yes, it's a love song - sounds a wee forced, and I'm With You is filler, both of which would mean less if the album didn't clock in at under 30 minutes. Is it worth it? No question. (JC)

 
SAM & DAVE Collectables 7759 I Thank You ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, highly recommended
The title track was a huge top 10 hit for Mr. Moore and Mr. Prater. But instead of being one of those albums where the hit is surrounded by filler, this reissue of Atlantic #8205 (1968) is great music surrounded by more great music. You Don't Know What You Mean To Me/ Don't Turn Your Heater Down are soul songs to write home about, and their version of Wrap It Up not only taught The Fabulous Thunderbirds how to do it, but beat Archie Bell & The Drells to the punch by 2 years. Talk To The Man/ Love Is After Me/ Ain't That A Lot Of Love and the cover of Otis Redding's These Arms Of Mine are also satisfying grooves. (JC)

 
SAM & DAVE Rhino 71871 Very Best Of ● CD $11.98
16 classic tracks including Hold On I'm Coming/ I Take What I Want/ You Got Me Humming/ When  Something Is Wrong With My Baby/ Soothe Me (live version)/ Soul Man/ Wrap It Up, etc

 
WILLIS SANDERS & THE EMBERS Castle 1005 Doo-Wop Delights ● CD $17.98
Not a new release but not listed before. 22 tracks by this New York group recorded between 1953 and 1961 including solo sides by Sanders.
WILLIS SANDERS & THE EMBERS: Couldn't Wait Any Longer/ Honey Bun/ Hungry For Your Love/ I Want To Dance/ I'll Be With You/ I'm Movin' In/ Let Me Know, Let Me Know, Let Me Know/ Loveable You/ My Dearest Darling/ My Vow To You/ Paradise Hill/ Please, Mr. Sun/ Sound Of Love/ Summertime/ Sweet Lips/ Takin' A Chance On You/ Then (I'll Stop Loving You)/ There Is No Greater Love/ There'll Be No One Else But You/ Time Out For Tears/ Wait For Me/ Your Souvenier

 
THE SAUCERS Eagle 90413B Presenting The Saucers ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 54 mins, recommended
A little while ago Eagle issued a CD by The Squires with the number 90413 - they have now issued a CD by The Saucers with the same number!! To avoid confusion we are designating this 90413B. Anyway, The Saucers were on of the few doo wop groups from Texas, a blues and R&B stronghold. Most of these sides were recorded in 1958-59 for the Felco and Kick labels out of Dallas. They are a really good Black quintet with strong, beautiful lead vocals and harmonizing on ballads, uptempo and novelty tunes. In addition to their commercial recordings this set includes eight tracks from an acapella rehearsal session and two tracks with The Saucers accompanying vocalist Eddie McCall. Oh, and in case the numbering mix up wasn't enough they mis-identify which tracks are from the rehearsal session! Good music though! (FS/AE)
EFFIE SMITH & THE SQUIRES: Champagne/ Water, Water/ You Ought To Be Ashamed/ THE SQUIRES: A Breath Of Air/ A Dream Come True/ Am I A Fool/ Beg & Steal/ Dangling With My Heart/ Do Be Do Be Wop Wop/ Don't Drop It/ Dreamy Eyes/ Earth Angel/ Every Word Of This Song/ Hearts Of Stone/ Heavenly Angel/ Let's Give Love A Try/ Ling Ting Tong/ Listen To You Heart/ Lucy Lou/ Me & My Deal/ Oh Darling/ Pledging My Love/ S'cadillac/ Shoo Doo Be Doo/ Sincerely/ Sindy/ Stingy Little Thing/ Sunday Kind Of Love/ Sweet Girl/ Venus/ Venus/ Where Are You Tonight

 
JOHNNY SAYLES Official 7777 The Story ● CD $18.98
21 tracks by bluesy Chicago soul singer.

 
THE SCAMPS Ace CDCHD 875 Red Hot! ● CD $18.98

 
THE SCHOOLBOYS/ THE STUDENTS Note 10012 Schoolboys And Students Go Back To "Doo-Wop" School ● CD $18.98
Two teen doowop group - 9 tracks by The Schoolboys and 10 by the Students.

 
FREDDIE SCOTT Collectables 5413 Sings & Sings & Sings ● CD $13.98
12 tracks from mid 60s - I Got A Woman/ If I Had A Hammer/ Where Have All The Flowers Gone/ Hey Girl/ Where Does Love Go/ Where Is The Girl, etc.

 
FREDDIE SCOTT Evangeline 4021 Brand New Man ● CD $15.98
First recordings in quite a while from this excellent New York soul singer. It was produced by Jon Tiven who also produced Wilson Pickett's comeback album and also co-wrote most of the songs. Some fine stuff though there is a strong rock sensibility present.

 
MOODY SCOTT AIM 1508 Bustin' Out Of The Ghetto ● CD $15.98
14 tracks, 48 min., very highly recommended
Soul singer Scott never saw the widespread fame he deserved in the 1960s and 1970s--an unfortunately familiar story--but this handful of sides cut for the Nashville Sound Stage 7 label (and its label mate Seventy-Seven) leaves little doubt about how talented he was. The title track is early funk with an uncommon perspective, as is A Man In Need Is A Fool. And the deep soul of I'll Find My Sunshine and A Woman's Touch both highlight Scott's powerfully expressive vocals as well as his lyrical gifts. And yes, those are the Muscle Shoals horns you hear pushing through several tracks. Another soul discovery from the vaults of Sound Stage 7. (JC)

 
PEGGY SCOTT & JO JO BENSON Collectables 6021 Lover's Holiday ● CD $13.98
24 SSS International sides - Lover's Holiday/ Blow Your Mind/ Fine As Frog Hair/ We Were Made For Each Other/ Pickin' Wild Mountain berries/ Big City Blues/ We Got Our Bag/ Soulshake, etc.

 
LITTLE JIMMY SCOTT & PAUL GAYTEN BAND Specialty SPCD 2170 Regal Records - Live In New Orleans ● CD $12.98
Jimmy's professional stage career started in the 40's with shake dancer Estelle "Caledonia" Young. In 1949, he signed with Lionel Hampton and cut his most successful record Everybody's Somebody's Fool, then in 1951 joined singer/ talent scout/ pianist/ bandleader Paul Gayten's band. Jimmy sings in a sweeping high tenor, weaving in and out of tempo with ease and grace, often in the same key and tempo. It was not until he cut for King in the late 50's that his material shifted out of the mundane. This session was recorded live in 1951 at Rip's Playhouse in New Orleans, and came from a tape found in Gayten's garage. The most exciting cut on this 9-song set is "Wildman" Sam Butera (of Louis Prima fame) honking in mortal combat with Ray Abrams on Dueling Tenors. CD also contains two other fine sax instrumentals by Abrams. (OLN)

 
AL SEARS & HIS ORCHESTRA Ocium 030 The Big Raw Tone ● CD $14.98
23 tracks, 64 mins, recommended
Similar to the now deleted Bear Family CD. A major tenor sax player of both the big band and 50's rock 'n roll eras, Sears began his professional career in the late 20's, while still in his teens. During the 30's and 40's, he lent his blues-based style of play to various jazz ensembles including Chick Webb's orchestra, Andy Kirk and his Cloud of Joy, and, after W.W. II, Duke Ellington's orchestra. In the 50's he was both a session musician and a leader of his own recording aggregations for Coral, RCA, and Herald. The 23 tracks on this disc, recorded between 1945 and 1953, are about evenly split between those tracks which still have a big band jazz feel and those which lean toward rhythm & blues, with fine performances throughout. Several of the cuts feature vocals. Highlights include Brown Boy, the forerunner of the Jive Bombers later hit retitled Bad Boy, Mag's Alley, Fo-Yah, Groove Station, and the rockin' Huffin' And Puffin'. This also includes Johnny Hodges 1951 hit Castle Rock with Sears taking the lead. Excellent sound and 16 page booklet has informative notes and full discographical info. (DH/FS)

 
THE SENSATIONS Junior 555 Let Me In (wee-ooo) ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 73 min., recommended
A particularly welcome overview of the fine career of this unusual female-lead vocal group. Fronted on most numbers by the distinctive medium soprano of Yvonne Baker, the members of the Sensations began their recording career in 1956, but didn't score a real hit until they recorded the title tune here in 1961. This disc's featured numbers, covering that time span and more, include that hit, Let Me In, plus Yes Sir That's My Baby, My Heart Cries for You, Eyes, Cry Baby Cry, Lollipop Baby, That's My Desire, Music Music Music, That's What You Gotta Do, and Twistin' the Blues. Great music, mostly uptempo, presented here with respectable sound quality, two group photos, and no notes at all. (DH)

 
THE SENTIMENTALS/ LUCKY CHARMS Spearmint 101 The Sentimentals Meet The Lucky Charms ● CD $18.98
17 tracks by The Sentimentals including I Want To Love You/ Wedding Bells/ I'll Miss These Thngs/ I Know/ I'm A Fool Always, etc and 11 by The Lucky Charms (three of them acapella) including Hey Little Schoolgirl/ Who Do You Love/ God Bless You/ Born To Be Lonely, etc.

 
THE SERENADERS J-V-B 2001 Someday We'll Meet Again ● CD $18.98
27 tracks recorded in the early/ mid 50s by fine Detrot based group including tracks released as The Royals, The Scooters and The Royal Jokers. A nice mix of bluesy rockers and soulful ballads.

 
DEE DEE SHARP Abkco 9233 The Best Of Dee Dee Sharp, 1962-1966 ● CD $12.98
24 tracks, 58 min, recommended
It's the latest. It's the greatest. The mighty voiced Dee Dee couldn't dance to save her life, but taught us about Mashed Potato Time (if the tune sounds familiar, it's cuz the tune was stolen from Please Mr. Postman, which is why there's Motown credits on it) & of course the sequel Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes). Dee Dee started doing backgrounds, but got her break when she was chosen to do a female lead to on Chubby Checker's Slow Twinstin', also heard here, as are hits Do The Bird/ Ride! (Get on your pony &)/ Wild! and Rock Me In The Cradle Of Love. Dee Dee's even given the 4 Seasons treatment on the rare b-side Deep Dark Secret which was written & produced by Bob Crewe & arranged by Charlie Calello. The last tunes here were produced by her future husband Kenny Gamble! (GM)

 
THE SHELLS Collectables 5077 Golden Classics - Baby Oh Baby ● CD $11.98
18 songs including their great hit title song..
THE SHELLS: A Toast To Your Birthday/ An Island Unknown/ Baby Oh Baby/ Baby, Walk On In/ Better Forget Him/ Deep In My Heart/ Don't Say Goodbye/ Explain It To Me/ Happy Holiday/ In the Dim Light of the Dark/ My Cherie/ My Royal Love/ On My Honor/ Pleading No More/ Pretty Little Girl/ Sipping Soda/ Sweetest One/ What's In An Angels Eyes

 
ROSCOE SHELTON Blue Label 95812 Save Me ● CD $16.98
12 tracks, 45 min., recommended
Shelton recorded gospel for Nashboro as a member of The Skylarks in 1956-57, and by 1958 followed friend Sam Cooke into the secular marketplace , recording, unlike Cooke, for the Excello label, which released an LP on him--now an extremely rare slice of vinyl, but easily obtained on CD. By 1964 he had a #25 hit on "John R" Richbourg's Sims label with Strain On My Heart (Sims 217). He switched to another Richbourg label for his next hit Easy Going Fellow (Sound Stage 7 2555) and released an LP on that label (Music In His Soul: Soul In His Music), which collected his two hits and added 10 tracks. Save Me is sort of a companion piece to the SPV Earl Gaines CD, in that this one also features outtakes and out-of-print selections from Shelton's post-1995 career (he died in 2002) mostly from the Excello Legends sessions and the Appaloosa label and demos. In fact, the Shelton-penned Someday Things Are Gonna Change, which features a duet with Gaines, is the sme recording as the one on Gaines' album. (JC)

 
ROSCOE SHELTON Excello 3007 Roscoe Shelton Sings ● CD $14.98 $9.98
25 tracks, 62 minutes, very good
Last few copies - out of print. Roscoe's best known for his mid-60s deep soul sides done for Sims & Sound Stage 7. These 25 sides are his entire output for Excello, '59 - '61, great swamp blues & soul. A dozen tunes were put out by Excello in '61 as "Roscoe Shelton Sings" (Excello 8002). These are all here, along with another 3 single sides & another 10 only released in Europe & Japan. lots of slow & mid-tempo smoochers, including Are You Sure/ Crazy Over You/ Blue & Miserably Unhappy (great!)/ I'm So Ashamed But I Didn't Know. (GM)
ROSCOE SHELTON: A Fool Wrapped Up In Love/ Are You Sure/ Baby Look What You're Doin'/ Baby, It's True Love/ Blue And Miserably Unhappy/ Crazy Over You/ I Was Wrong! Played With Love/ I'm So Ashamed, But I Didn't Know/ I'm Tellin' You Baby, That's All/ I've Been Faithful/ Is It Too Late/ It's All My Fault/ Let Me Believe In You/ Lonely Heartaches/ Miss You So/ Pleadin' For Love/ Say You Really Care/ Something's Wrong/ Think It Over/ We've Been Wrong/ Why Didn't You Tell Me/ Why Do You Worry Me.

 
SHEP & THE LIMELITES Collectables 8826 The Very Best Of - Daddy's Home ● CD $23.98
Two CD set with 39 tracks.

 
THE SHEPPARDS Collectables 5078 Island Of Love - Golden Classics ● CD $11.98

 
THE SHEPS Clifton 3026 It Was Destiny ● CD $16.98
Doo-wop group formed in the 90s and named in honor of Shep of Shep & The Limelights. On this album they perform a mostly acapella versions of some of the more obscure doo-wop songs of the 50s like The Pipes' Be Fair, The Crows' Baby Doll, The Crickets' You're Mine, The Bop Chords' Castle In The Sky, The Five Chances' Tell Me Why and others.

 
THE SHEPS Early Bird 1004 Give Your Heart For Christmas ● CD $16.98
Christmas songs doo-wop style recorded recently - much of it acapella - Christmas Puts Jingle Bells In My Heart/ Santa Claus, Santa Claus/ Your Santa Claus/ She Took the Merry Out Of My Cristmas and more.

 
THE SHIRELLES Ace CDCHD 356 The Best Of The Shirelles ● CD $18.98
One of the first and best girl groups, The Shirelles were one of the few black acts to occasionally score higher on the Pop charts than they did on the R&B charts. All of their Top 40 Scepter stuff is here, including the mandatory Tonight's The Night/ Will You Love Me Tomorrow/ Dedicated To The One I Love/ Mama Said/ Foolish Little Girl/ Soldier Boy, as well as less successful singles and a few album-only cuts - all in chronological order. The non-single Putty In Your Hands, with its "abuse me but don't refuse me" story line is as good as it is politically incorrect. Ditto for His Lips Get In The Way. Another non-single, A Girl Is Not A Girl - apparently issued originally on the Pricewise LP Hear And Now - is also a wonderful piece of pop, though writer Toni Wine's version is a little better. And surely no one has eve sung about Armageddon as sweetly as the Shirelles on Doomsday. 32 cuts! (JC)

 
SHIRLEY & LEE Ace CDCHD 751 Let The Good Times Roll ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, recommended
Shirley Goodman & Leonard Lee were a couple of kids in their mid teens, good friends living in New Orleans' 7th Ward when they would go down to Cosimo Matassa's studio & bug him to let them cut a record. When he finally was worn down, the kids recorded a tune, I'm Gone, with the backing of the usual crew in Matassa's studio, including Earl Palmer & Lee Allen. Matassa couldn't stand Shirley's screechy voice, but boss of Aladdin Records, Eddie Messner, was there & found it appealing & cute & had the kids re-cut it with Dave Bartholomew's band, resulting in a #2 R&B hit in '53! The kids, known as The "Sweethearts Of The Blues", cut a series of sides about their supposed relationship, including Shirley's Come Back To Me/ Lee's Dream/ Shirley's Back/ Marry Me, etc. '55's Feel So Good crossed them over to pop, & the title smash was a monster hit they never were able to recapture. This CD is a reissue of the rare United Artists (UK) double Legendary Masters LP from '73, with the smash I Feel Good put on the CD & Do You Mean To Hurt Me So left off. All the hits are here, along with a bunch of sides that were released for the 1st time on the '73 LP, including Korea/ Before I Go, 30 tunes in all with detailed liner notes. (GM)
SHIRLEY & LEE: A Little Word/ All I Want To Do Is Cry/ Before I Go/ Come On And Have Your Fun/ Comin' Over/ Don't Leave Me Here To Cry/ Don't You Know I Love You/ Everybody's Rockin'/ Feel So Good/ I Didn't Want You/ I Feel Good/ I'll Do It (deed I Do)/ I'll Thrill You/ I'm Gone/ Korea/ Lee's Dream/ Let The Good Times Roll/ Marry Me/ Rock All Nite/ Rockin' With The Clock/ Shirley's Back/ Shirley, Come Back To Me/ Sweethearts/ That's What I Wanna Do/ That's What I'll Do/ The Flirt/ The Reason Why/ True Love (never Dies)/ When Day Is Done/ You'd Be Thinking Of Me

 
SHIRLEY & LEE Bear Family BCD 15960 Let The Good Times Roll ● CD $99.98
4 CD set with book covering all this New Orleans' duos recordings for Aladdin, Warwick and Imperial from the period 1952-1963.

 
SHIRLEY AND LEE Collectables 5637 Legendary Masters ● CD $13.98
Another EMI reissue from Collectables. 20 track collection of Aladdin recordings from the early/ mid 50s by this popular duo from New Orleans accompanied by top New Orleans backing musicians. It includes their hits like I'm Gone/ Let the Good Times Roll/ Feel So Good/ I Feel Good and When I Saw You along with other items like Baby/ Confessin'/ Comin' Over/ Deed I Do/ I Want To Dance/ Don't You Know I Love You and others. Excellent sound and nicely packaged with booklet with detailed notes.
SHIRLEY & LEE: Comin' Over/ Confessin'/ Deed I Do/ Don't You Know I Love You/ Everybody's Rockin'/ Feel So Good/ I Feel Good/ I Want To Dance/ I'll Thrill You/ I'm Gone/ Keep On/ Lee's Dream/ Let the Good Times Roll/ Rock All Night/ Sweethearts/ Takes Money/ That's What I'll Do/ When I Saw You/ Why Did I

 
THE SHOWMEN Black Tulip 00240 It Will Stand ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 64 mins, highly recommended
The Showmen are best known for their classic rock 'n' roll anthem It Will Stand, their only hit. Listening to this collection of recordings made between 1961 and '67 it comes as a surprise that they didn't have greater success as they were exceptional. Their music has the feel of The Drifters of the period but without the overly lush arrangements. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia the group featured the distinctive and incredibly soulful lead vocals of Norman Johnson (who later went on to front Chairmen Of the Board) and great harmonies from the rest of the group. Most of their earlier sides were recorded in New Orleans so they had backing from some of the best R&B musicians in the business. Soul harmony at its finest on songs like the title song 39-21-40 Shape/ This Misery/ Country Fool/ For You, My Darling/ I Love You, Can't You See?/ I'm Coming Home/ The Wrong Girl and others. Good sound but, unfortunately, no notes. (FS)
THE SHOWMEN: 39-21-40 Shape/ Country Girl/ Fate Planned It This Way/ For You, My Darling/ For You, My Darling (demo)/ I Love You, Can't You See/ I'll Go On Loving You/ I'm Coming Home/ In Paradise/ It Will Stand/ It Will Stand (outtake)/ Let Her Fell It In Your Kiss/ Our Love Will Grow/ Please Try And Understand/ Skinny Mcginny/ Strange Girl/ Swiss Fish/ Take It, Baby/ The Honey House/ The Owl Sees You/ The Owl Sees You (demo)/ The Wrong Girl/ This Misery/ True Fine Mama/ Valley Of Love/ You're My Everything

 
THE SHOWMEN Collectables 5162 It Will Stand - Golden Classics ● CD $11.98

 

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