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RHYTHM & BLUES, SOUL & DOO-WOP

Various Artists Collections - The Still Label
 

 

 

INTRODUCTION : This label from Holland is a fine series of CDs featuring mostly obscure up tempo R&B, black rock 'n' roll and rocking blues from the 500s the early 60s.  Each volume features 25  tracks and comes with a 4 page booklet with label shots. Sound quality is generally fine.
 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1157 All Night Rhythm & Rock CD $16.98
25 tracks, 57 mins, recommended
Excellent collection of mostly uptempo blues and R&B featuring mostly obscure but fine artists. Among the highlights are two terrific tracks by interestingly named Chicago bluesman Bo Dudley (Oscar Coleman) featuring some great steel guitar by, presumably, Freddy Roulette. There are two tracks from the excellent New Orleans singer/ guitarist Jesse Allen, two by the fine Baby Calloway, one of them instrumental, recorded in 1962 for Bay area label Bay-Tone. Also includes Eddy Jones & The Cyclones, james Carter & The Sentimentals, V. & B.B., James Wayne (I'm not sure if this is the same guy who cut Junco Partner), Havert Bennett, John Brim (two sides cut for his own BB label in the 70s), Cliff Chambers, and others. An entertaining collection. (FS)
JESSE ALLEN: After A While/ Love My Baby/ HAVERT BENNETT: Jack,you're Dead/ BABE BLOUNTT: Bobby Sox Rock/ JOHN BRIM: Movin' Out(inst.)/ You Put The Hurt On Me/ DANNY BROWN: Chewing Gun/ Standing On The Corner/ BABY CALLOWAY: Chuck Wagon (inst.)/ Midnight Blues/ CHOKER CAMPBELL: Walking On My Thin Sole Shoes/ LUCKY CARMICHAEL: I'm Comin' Home/ JAMES CARTER: Hey,baby,hey/ CLIFF CHAMBERS: Contract Of Love/ Don't Talk Back/ BO DUDLEY: Coast To Coast/ Shotgun Rider/ CHARLES EPPS: Rock With The Boogie/ Shake That Thing/ EDDY JONES: Say What ?/ R.B.(HUDMAN JR.): I'm A Roller/ ROYAL EARL: Talking Guitar Prt.1/ Talking Guitar Prt.2/ V.AND B.B.: They Just Rocking & Rolling/ JAMES WAYNE: This Little Letter

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1159 Love Blood Hound Rhythm CD $16.98
25 tracks, 58 mins, recommended
Fine collection of rocking blues, up tempo R&B and black rock 'n' roll recorded by mostly obscure artists for obscure labels in the 50s and early 60s, most of them making their first ever appearance on CD. Includes Tender Slim (the great Don't Cut Out On Me and I'm Checkin' Up with Jimmy Spruill on guitar), Big Bill Schaeffer (the silly I Hate, But I Like Popcorn with hot guitar), Clarence Samuels, Mon-Vales, Bull Moose Jackson (probably the biggest "name" with his fine and rare Watch My Signals from 1957, Bo Tolliver & His Timers, Big Charles Green, Dorian Burton, Fox Hall, The New Mason Dixons, K.C. Mojo Watson (with the ferocious title song), Jeanette "Baby" Washington, Mattie Jackson & The Nighthawks and others. Sound is generally excellent and the booklet has some mouth watering label shots. (FS)
DORIAN BURTON: Flyin' Home To My Baby/ BIG CHARLES GREEN: Rocking To The Moon To-night/ You Excite Me, Baby/ LARRY GREEN: Blues Before News (inst.)/ Long Black Train/ FOX HALL: Do The Rock And Roll/ My Baby Left Me/ LOST JOHN HUNTER: Cool Down Mama/ BULL MOOSE JACKSON: Watch My Signals/ MATTIE JACKSON & THE NIGHTHAWKS: I Want To Do It/ THE JOLLY JAX: Pony Shuffle/ HARMON "HUMP" JONES: Lookin' For My Baby/ THE MON-VALES: Cool Cat & His White Bucks/ THE NEW MASON DIXONS: Totaled/ CLAUDE ROBINSON: Cotton Pickin' Mama/ CLARENCE SAMUELS: We're Goin' To The Hop/ BIG BILL SCHAEFFER: I Hate, But I Like Popcorn/ TENDER SLIM: Don't Cut Out On Me/ I'm Checkin' Up/ BO TOLIVER & HIS TIMERS: Begging/ Farm Dell Rock (inst)/ JEANETTE (BABY) WASHINGTON: Mone On/ Too Late/ K.C. MOJO WATSON: Love Blood Hound/ BOB WILLIAMS: My Goose Is Cooked

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1160 Black Tootsie Roll CD $16.98
25 tracks, 58 mins, recommended
Another fine collection of rockin' rarities. This one includes a few cuts from the early 50s in an older jump blues style from Tippo Lite, Dave Bartholomew (his great commercial for beer Good Jax Boogie) and Preston Love. It also includes Albert & Charle's fine slide guitar instrumental Weird plus sides by Dean & Jean, Rosetta Perry, Bobby Martin, J. Mercy Baby, Bob Mackey & King Alex Band, Bobby & The Troubadours, L.D. Ludy, Shorty Billups, The Asiatics, T.C. Crumpler & Bobbie Richard & Band (a fine version of She Fooled Me which was also recorded by Billy Boy Arnold and Eddie Hope & The Mannish Boys), Carmen Davis & Ernie Freeman's Combo and others. There's also some Jamaican R&B from bluebeat pioneer Laurel Aitken - Boogie In the Bones. (FS)
LAUREN AITKEN: Boogie In The Bones/ ALBERT & CHARLES & GUS JENKINS: Weird (inst)/ THE ASIATICS: Flu-bug (inst.)/ DAVE BARTHOLOMEW: Good Jax Boogie (beer)/ SHORTIE BILLUPS: Boss Chick/ BOBBY & THE TROUBADOURS: Long Tall Sally/ RAYFIELD BROWN: Snatching Back/ MONROE CHAPMAN & BOB FENVILLE: Come Dance With Rudy/ MODEST "SHOW STOPPER" CLIFTON: Pretty Little Baby/ T.C. CRUMPLER & BOBBIE RICHARD: She Fooled Me/ T.c. Boogie (inst.)/ CARMEN DAVIS & ERNIE FREEMAN: No, No Baby/ DEAN & JEAN: Oh Yeah/ THE EGYPTIANS: Flipping Their Top/ THE FORTUNES: Runnin' (inst.)/ CHARLES KELLY/THE THREE-OF-US TRIO: Telegram/ TIPPO LITE & THE ALL STARS: Jumping This Morning/ L.D. LUDY: Tootsie Roll/ BOB MACKEY & KING ALEX BAND: Shonuff' Miss Brown/ BOBBY MARTIN: Tootsie Roll/ BIG JAY MERCER & JOE ANDERSON: Bermudas/ J. MERCY BABY: The Rock And Stomp/ EDDIE MOORE: Touch Of Your Love/ ROSETTE PERRY & MILLIARD LEE ORCH.: Farewell Blues/ BEVERLY WRIGHT & PRESTON LOVE: Kissin' Boogie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1161 Shake That Thing CD $16.98
Another entertaining collection of obscure up-tempo blues and rocking R&B from the 50s and 60s - most of it making its first appearance on CD. 26 tracks including Little Brother (not Montgomery), Dossie "Thunderbird" terry, Alexander "Mudcat" Thomas, Delmer Wilburn & The Mandals, Red Miller & Quartet, The Daps, Joe McCoy & His Real McCoys, Tony Sams & The LaLa Wilson Band, The Flashers, Babe Wayne, Everett Johnson Trio and others including two pretty good versions of It's Pony Time by an unknown artist.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1162 Screaming Black Rockin' Rhythm & Blues CD $16.98
25 tracks, 58 mins, highly recommended
Another fine collection of obscure up-tempo blues and rocking R&B from the 50s and 60s - most of it making its first appearance on CD. The opening cut How Wild Can A Woman Be by Harold "Thunderbird" Ward is probably the weakest here and I feared the worst but it picks up after that with fine sides by Robert McCoy & The FIve Sins, Richard "Popcorn" Wylie (a fine version of Barrett Strongs Money), Chris Kenner (three of his rarest sides including the down home Don't Let her Pin That Charge On Me with harmonica), Big Bob Dougherty, Elliot Shavers (the burning instrumental Down Home Blues), Freddie Hall, Cledus Harrison, Rex Garvin, Larry Emmett & The Sliders, Charlotte Cole, Lloyd Price, Baby Little & The Hardbreakers (two unissued demos) and more. Good sound. (FS)
BABY LITTLE & THE HARDBREAKERS: Baby, Baby/ Neck Bones Every Day/ CHARLOTTE COLE: Bless You Baby/ DAVE & BOB: Whoa Bessie/ BIG BOB DOUGHERTY: Teenage Flip/ Why/ LARRY EMMETT & THE SLIDERS: West Coast Blues/ REX GARVIN: Oh Yeah!/ CHUCK GREY & SANDY STANTON & THE PANICS: Push The Panic Button/ Rock And Roll Is In My Soul/ FREDDIE HALL: Little Baby's Rock/ CLEDUS HARRISON: Broke/ THE JAGUARS: Ginny Ginny/ CHRIS KENNER: Don't Let Her Pin That Charge On Me/ Don't Make No Noise/ Grandma's House/ LA RENE LA RUE: I'm Glad/ SLICK LAWRENCE: Little Mama/ ROBERT MCCOY & HIS FIVE SINS: Bye Bye Baby/ KEN MURRAY'S BLACKOUTS OF 1959: Backstage At The Blackouts/ LLOYD PRICE: Right Kind Of Girl/ ELLIOT SHAVERS & HIS BLAZERS: Down Home Blues/ HAROLD "THUNDERBIRD" WARD & THE JIMMY HILL COMBO: How Wild Can A Woman Be/ ERNIE WILLIAMS: My Pretty Baby/ RICHARD "POPCORN" WYLIE: Money

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1163 Great Black Googa-Mooga CD $16.98
Another fine collection of rocking R&B and blues from the Still label featuring 25 cuts from the 50s and 60s - most of them making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by Chuck Mann, Rudy Ray Moore & Dick Barrow Orch. (a gospel song with an R&B arrangement), Big Mack & His Shufflers, "Little Mr. Blues" George Terry (two songs including an answer song to Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean), Johnny Johnson, Charles (fine New York bluesman with great Jimmy Spruill guitar), The Escos, Sonny & The Premiers, Johnny Wright, Elmer Parker & The Light Lighters, Roy Brown (the obscure 1969 track Young Blood Twist), Jimmy "Wildman" Spruill and others.
BIG MACK & HIS SHUFFLERS: Out Of My Mind/ JOHNSON BOUDREAUX: Love Money./ ROY BROWN: Young Blood Twist/ THE ESCOS: Chick A Dee/ WILLIAMS FRENCH: Hey Hey Baby/ BILLY HOKE: Cryin And Wonderin/ JOHNNY IRVING & THE BLUE NOTES: I've Got So Many Woman/ JOHNNY JOHNSON: Great Googa Mooga/ LEROY & PREMIERS: Run Along Baby/ LITTLE MR BLUES: Mama Your Daughter Plays It Cool/ Rough And Rocky/ CHUCK MANN: Little Miss Muffet/ RUDY RAY MOORE: Take A Liitle Time To Do Right/ ELMER PARKER & THE LIGHT LIGHTERS: I Like The Way You Walk/ You Know I Love You/ ELLIOTT SHAVERS: Party Poppin, Part 2/ FAY SIMMONS: Ella Weaver/ Secret Lover/ SONNY & PREMIERS: Hey Miss Fancy/ JIMMY "WILDMAN" SPRUILL: Country Boy/ Scratchin/ DANNY "RUN JOE" TAYLOR: Makeena/ CHARLES WALKER: Charles Walker Slop/ It Aint Right/ JOHNNY WRIGHT: Gotta Heve You For Myself

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1164 No Black Money Baby CD $16.98
Another 25 cuts of rare and rocking blues and R&B from the 50s and 60s - most of it making its first appearance on CD and one track (The Whip by Doug Powell & The Valients) unissued in any form. Includes Jimmy McPhaill, Al Harrison, The Fortunes, Marie Williams, Eugene Lee, Chicago Piano "C" Red, Jon Thomas, Little Bebby & The Stereos, Tobin Matthews, Henry Yeakel & The Jones Boys, Little Clarence, etc.
BROTHER BLUES: Feather Weight Mama/ CHICAGO PIANO "C" RED: 1 Minute After Midnight/ Miss Annie Lou/ THE FORTUNES: Runnin/ OWEN GRAY: Lonely Days/ AL HARRISON: Brand New Money/ BILL HOLD & CORONAS: I Need Your Lovin Again/ AL T. JOE: You Cheated On Me/ EUGENE LEE: Money Blues/ LITTLE BOBBY & THE STEREOS: Drinkin Wine Spodie O Dee/ LITTLE CLARENCE: Come Into My Heart/ TOBIN MATTHEWS: Groanin/ Slippin And Slidin/ JIMMY MCPHAIL: Ding Dong Baby/ RED MILLER: Nobility Boogie./ LEWIS NELSON & COMBO: No Money Baby/ THE NIGHT OWL: You Shouldn't Oughta Done It/ DOUG POWELL & THE VALIENTS: The Whip (unissued)/ PEARL REAVES: I Want You To Love Me/ TEXAS RED: Comin Home/ JOE RICHARDS: You Better Change/ JON THOMAS & BAND: Rib Tips/ MARIE WILLIAMS: Cat Stratching/ Come Back To Me/ HENRY YEAKEL: Tippin In

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1165 Black Wich-A-Way Rhythm CD $16.98
25 tracks, 54 mins, recommended
Another fine 25 track collection of rare rocking blues, R&B and black rock 'n' roll from the late 40s through the early 60s - most of it making its first appearance on CD. Includes sides by Robert & Jimmy (the Coasters flavored Up Tight), Little Sonny, Charlotte Cole (the superb Ain't That Worth Something Baby), The Jets, Clifford Curry, Jr., Jimmy Shaw, The Twilighters, Floyd "Horsecollar" Williams (two fine instrumentals with hot sax and guitar), Fay Simmons, Ben Harper & The Penetrators (probably my favorite track here - a fine updating of the traditional blues Which Way Does The Blood Red River Run he calls Which-A-Way), The Y-Dells, Artie Wilson, Preacher Stephens (two tracks including the powerful Unemployment Blues). Excellent sound. (FS)
CHARLOTTE COLE: Ain't That Worth Something Baby/ THE FOSTER BROTHERS: Let's Jam/ DEWEY GUY & THE FABULOUS SIX: Crazy For You/ Kiss Kiss Kiss/ ERLINE HARRIS: Jump & Shout/ THE JETS: Feel The Same/ Tell Me/ LITTLE SONNY: I Love You Baby Till The Day I Die/ Love Shock/ THE PASSENGERS: Sand In Your Eye/ THE PENETRATORS: Which-A-Way/ BILL PERRY & BEL-AIRES: Hoppin,Boppin' & Rockin'/ ROBERT & JOHNNY: Up Tight/ JIMMY SHAW: Big Chief Hug'um An' Kiss'um/ Take A Chance On Me/ FAY SIMMONS: And The Angels Sing/ PREACHER STEVENS: Mary/ Unemployment Blues/ TIPPIE & THE CLOVERMEN: Gimme Gimme Gimme/ THE TWILIGHTERS: Hootenanny Stomp/ FLOYD "HORSECOLLAR" WILLIAMS: Horsecollar Blues/ Thru Way/ ARTIE WILSON: Marleen/ ROY WRIGHT: No Haps/ THE Y-DELLS: Sneakin' Away

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1166 All Color Weird Rhythm CD $16.98
The latest in this series of "early rare rockin' R&B recordings" is not as strong as previous collections. Unlike previous volumes which were almost exclusively black artists, this one is about 50% white artists and some of the tracks are pretty much straight ahead rock 'n' roll rather than blues or R&B and much of the R&B is unexceptional. Most of the 25 tracks here are making their first appearance on CD and Paul Crawford's I'm Your ManRooster Blues), The Barons, Ray Miller, Ray Liberto, etc. Sounds is fine and booklet includes label shots.
VINCE ANTHONY & THE BLUE NOTES: Watch My Smoke/ THE BARONS: If You Want A Little Lovin/ Jay Walk/ DOUG BOWMAN & THE ROAD RUNNERS: Al's State Line/ ROGER CALKINS & THE FABULOUS SILVER TONES: Dimples/ Hey Sally Mae/ PAUL CRAFORD & FRANK MOTLEY ORCH.: I'm Your Man/ THE HONEYCONES: Rockin In The Knees/ DONNIE JAMES & JOE HUSTON ORCH.: Walk Baby Walk/ LEONARD JAMES & ORCH.: Chicken Hop/ DAVE KIRK & THE CANDY MEN: Those Lonely Blue Night/ LORD LEBBY: One Kiss For My Baby/ RAY LIBERTO: I Want You To Love Me Tonight/ THE MAJESTIC: Riding By/ CHARLIE MCCOY: Rooster Blues/ RUSTY MCDONALD & MAXWELL DAVIS BAND: Easy Big Mama/ RAY MILLER: Number One/ TONY NICHOLAS & THE HAZELTONES: Suzie Bella/ GENE ODOM & DUSTY FLETCHER'S BAND: Love Time/ AL PITTMAN & THE MUSICAL JOCKEYS: Crazy Beat/ TRIG RICHARDS & THE JOKERS: Hollywood Cat/ RUBY ROBERSON: Rheumatism/ BUDDY SKIPPER: Smoot Smart & Sassy/ BOBBY WILLIAMS & THE NIGHTLIFTERS: Tarzan/ JOHNNY WINTER: That's What Love Does

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1167 Black Rock-Rhythm Meat ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Another fine collection of rocking blues and R&B and black rock 'n' roll with an incomprehensible title! 25 sides, most of them making their first appearance on CD, and three previously unissued. Includes Teddy Reynolds, Johnny Stewart, Jimmy Fox, The Vibrators (two fine rocking instrumentals with hot guitar), Jimmy Trotter (tough vocal and exciting guitar work), Terri Lee (superb female vocalist), The Stacattos, The Bees (fine down home blues with excellent harp), Jimmy Anthony & The Jap Curry Blazers (really!), Roosevelt Grier (football star proves to be a fine blues singer on his version of the Lil Green classic Why Don't You Do Right), Little Boyd & the Blues Bees (more down home harmonica blues), The Classics, Bob Mosley (great piano boogie), The Penguins and more. Excellent sound and four page booklet with label shots. (FS)
JIMMY ANTHONY & THE JAP CURRY BLAZERS: Eternal Thing/ THE BEES: Oh Yes/ Terror (Inst.)/ GENE BURKS: Shirley Jean/ THE CLASSICS: Elmo/ SONNY FISHBACK: Gee Baby/ You Ain't Goin'Nowhere/ JIMMY FOX: Huff N Puff/ JOE GAINES & THE ORIGINAL HI-LITES: I Wanna Go Back Home/ ROOSEVELT GRIER: Why Don't You Do Right/ JOY HAMILTON WITH THE GENE MASON SEXTET: You Got My Nose Open Baby/ TERRI LEE: I'm No Good To You/ My-My-My/ LITTLE BOYD & THE BLUES BEES: Don't Leave Me Baby/ Harmonica Rock(Inst.)/ BOB MOSLEY: Bobbie's Boogie (Inst.)/ TEDDY REYNOLDS & JOHNNY SUCCESS: Rockin' With You baby/ FAY SIMMONS: Hangin'Around/ THE STACATTO’S: Jimmy Jones/ JOHNNY STEWART: A Whole Lot Of Lovin´/ THE STEWART BROTHERS: Sleep On The Porch/ JIMMY TROTTER: Hungry And Thirsty/ THE VIBRATORS: Mad Man Shuffle(Inst.)/ Way Out (Inst.)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1168 Black Sippin' Rhythm ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 57 mins, highly recommended
Though there are a few duds this is a fine collection of up tempo blues and R&B - most of it making its first appearance on CD. Includes Cee Pee Johansen, Ben Hughes, Tommie "Blind Tom" Malone & The Bill Reese Band (a 1960 recording for legendary producer J. Mayo Williams Ebony label featuring an updated version of the traditional Cow Cow Boogie called Cow Cow Shake with 'shake calling" by Little Arch!), Mae Saint June & Brother Mack (probably another Williams production - he School days Love is another update of an old blues), BIg Eddie C. Campbell (a fine instrumental recorded for the tiny Hawaii label in 1960), The Uptowners, Wailing Bethea & The Captans (their Rockin' In The Jungle is a variation on The Signifying Monkey), Bobby Colquitt & String Bean Charles Band (two songs including the great Million Dollar Play Girl), The Trutones (a hot sax led instrumental), The Starfires, Beaulah Swan, Al Knight & The Y-Dells, Tee Tucker (actually Tommy Tucker with the grooving Rock & Roll Machine), Louise Brown (her Son-In_law is an answer to Ernie K-Doe's Mother In Law but with a different tune) and more. Excellent sound and booklet with label shots. (FS)
BIG SYL BARNES: Come On Back/ LOUISE BROWN: Son-in-law/ BOB CAMP & HIS PIXIES: Jack & Jill Boogie/ BIG EDDIE C. CAMPBELL COMBO: All Nite Part 2 (inst.)/ CHUCK COLE: My Bonny/ BOBBY COLQUITT & STRING BEAN CHARLES BAND: I'm Gone/ Million Dollar Play Girl/ JIMMY (TENDER) HART: I Dare You Baby/ SONNY HINES: Has Anybody Seen My Kitty/ BEN HUGHES: Crazy Man/ CEE PEE JOHANSEN: Got My Gun/ AL KNIGHT & THE Y-DELLS: Sneakin'back (inst.)/ TOMMIE ™BLIND TOM" MALONE & BILL REESE BAND: Cow Cow Shake/ PAT. PATTERSON: Crazy Way Of Rockin'/ Miss Meal Cramps/ BILLY RAINSFORD: Magnolia/ MAE SAINT JUNE & BROTHER MACK: School Days Love/ TONY SPADE: What's Gwyne On?/ THE STARFIRES: The Dances/ BEULAH SWAN & SY OLIVER ORCH.: Don't Steal My Heart/ THE TRUTONES: Down Below (inst.)/ TEE TUCKER: Rock & Roll Machine/ THE UPTOWNERS: The Search Is Over/ WAILING BETHEA & THE CAPTANS: Rockin ’in The Jungle/ JIMMY YOUNG: Need Your Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1169 Black Huchia Cuthia ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 57 mins, recommended
Another fine collection of rockin' blues, R&B and black rock 'n' roll. The goofy title comes from the fine blues Huchia Cuthia Lovin' Man by King Alex & The Untouchables. About half a dozen of these tracks are on other compilations - mostly in the Stompin' series and three tracks have been out before on Still! I hope our good friend Cees isn't losing it. Williams Walker and The Ray-O-Vacs and Bill Walker both do a song called Party Time - not too suprising since they are basically the same performance but the latter has been edited and had some hand claps and vocal chorus overdubbed! Still it's a fine performance(s) with hot sax and guitar. Leo Price And His Band have a couple of fine sides - the rockin' guitar and sax instrumental Quick Draw and the loping vocal Hey Now Baby. Bob Lee is obviously chanelling Screaming Jay Hawkins on his bizarre Wanted For Questioning and other artists include Texas Red & Jimmy (also on Still 1164), Manhattan Rhythm Boys (actually Champion Jack Dupree and reissued on Still 1164 as Brother Bones), Crook Jr., Clifford King (fine down home blues - his Chicken Shack Boogie is not the Amos Milburn song), Tony Allen & The Night Owls, Travis Ricks, Jimmy Lewis (his Teeange Sister is much better than you might expect), Piney Brown, Honeyboy Bryant and others. Fine sound. (FS)
TONY ALLEN & THE NIGHT OWLS: Home Wrecker/ PINEY BROWN: I‘m Traveling/ HONEYBOY BRYANT: Funny Looking Thing/ MODEST ™SHOW STOPPER" CIFTON: Pretty Little Baby/ CROOK, JR: Wiggle It Baby/ J. HARRIS & THE ARABIANS: Tired,tired,tired/ PHILIP JONES & JOHNNY "SPIDER" MARTIN ORCH: Hey, Let's Everybody Twist/ CLIFFORD KING: Chicken Shack Boogie/ I Want To Jump With You Baby/ KING ALEX & THE UNTOUCHABLES: Huchia Cuthia Lovin‘man/ BONNY LEE: Standing On The Corner/ BOB LEE & MIKE MOORE ORCH.: Wanted For Questioning/ JIMMY LEWIS: Teenage Sister/ LITTLE FREDDIE & THE RIPCORDS WITH HURRI: Straight Ahead/ FRANKIE LUCAS & RENé HALL ORCH.: I Want To Rock You Baby/ THE MANHATTAN RHYTHM BOYS: Featherweight Mama/ GUITAR TOMMY MOORE & THE 5 J’S: I Ain‘t Botherin‘nobody/ LEO PRICE & BAND: Hey Now Baby/ LEO PRICE AND BAND: Quick Draw/ TRAVIS RICKS: No Need To Cry/ SAMMY & THE FIVE NOTES: Doodle Bug Twist/ SONNY STARNS: Tangi Paho/ TEXAS RED & JIMMY WITH SAX KARI ORCH.: Comin‘home/ RANDY THOMAS & THE TWISTERS: Twistin All Night Long/ BILL WALKER: Party Time/ WILLIAMS WALKER & THE RAY-O-VACS: Party Time

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1170 Smoking The Black Rhythm Rock ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended
Another excellent entry in this series featuring 25 rockin' blues and R&B sides, some by Caucasian performers, and most of them new to CD. It opens in fine style with a excellent cover of Piano Red's She Knows How To Rock by Big Buddy K and goes on to include sides Malcolm Mims Orch. (the tough instrumental Malcolm's Boogie with fine piano, sax & guitar), Larry Purnell & The Rhythm Kings, Donnie Boyd, Stick Evans, Bonny Lee (two fine sides by this Chicago blueswoman recorded for Sunnyland Slim's Airway label with great guitar and harp), Gino Gerld, King Sid & The Four Princes, Delores Johnson (the superb and soulful Gotta Find My baby from 1962 with Ike Turner & his band), Freddie Williams & The Keynotes (two fine sides including a strong cover of Ray Sharpe's Linda Lu), Pat Patterson & Albert Stevens Orch., "Slick" Lawrence & band, Calvin (Bluelight) Ruffin and others. Very worthwhile. (FS)
THE ADVENTURERS: Another Bachelor/ Do It/ BIG BUDDY K: She Knows How To Rock/ DONNIE BOYD: Li'l Girl, Li'l Girl/ THE BOYS: Shake It Up, Pt .1/ THE EQUALOS: Patty Patty/ STICK EVANS: Look What You .../ You're The One/ GINO GERLD: Saving My Loving Just For You/ DELORES JOHNSON: Gotta Find My Baby/ KING SID & THE FOUR PRINCES: Unh Uh Baby/ "SLICK" LAWRENCE & BAND: Frankie & Johnny/ BONNY LEE: Sad & Evil Woman/ Standing On The Corner/ MALCOLM MIMS ORCH.: Malcolm's Boogie/ PAT PATTERSON & ALBERT STEVENS ORCH.: Boppin'At Midnight/ Rock an'Roll Story/ LARRY PURNELL & RHYTHM KINGS: Blow! Hamp Blow!/ BIRD ROLLINS: I Need Some Lovin'Tonight/ CALVIN (BLUELIGHT) RUFFIN: Hurry! Hurry!/ TOM TOLBERT: I Can't Cut It/ FREDDIE WILLIAMS & THE KEYNOTES: Linda-Lu/ That You Love Me Too/ CHUCK WYATT: Corina Corina/ WELTON YOUNG & JIMMY HIGHSMITH: Orch Go On

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1171 Rockin' Rhythm Very Dark ● CD $16.98
26 more obscure rockin' blues, up-tempo R&B and black rock 'n' roll from the 50s and early 60s. Although not as strong as some titles in this series there are a number of fine items here and most tracks are appearing on CD for the first time. Includes sides by Nat Robertson & The Nu Kat Band, Joe Lover,  Larry Burn & The Wans,  Roland Mitchell, Wailing Bethea & The Captans,Billy Storm,  John Smedley and others.
WAILING BETHEA & THE CAPTANS: Annie Penguin/ BROWNEN BLUE: School Girl/ LARRY BURN & THE WANS: Back To School/ THE FLATTOPS: Flattop Special/ BOBBY FOSTER: Star Above/ PAULA GRIMES & ANDY GIBSON ORCH.: It’s Happenin’ Baby/ CHARLES HARGRO & BOB FONVILLE ORCH.: Over And Over/ RUDY JACKSON: After School Baby/ JOE LOVER: Mean Ol’ Bear/ Pretty Girl Taker/ PETE MARINO: Band Mashin/ ROLAND MITCHELL: Chuck Wagon/ PHIL & MARIE: Love Doctor/ PAUL REY & WILD BILL GRAHAM ORCH.: Good News Baby/ NAT ROBERTSON & THE NU KAT BAND: Country Boy/ NAT ROBERTSON & NU KAT BAND: My Darling Please Return/ THE SEVEN BLENDS: I Lika That/ Wait A Minute/ THE SHAMANS & W.POWELL ORCH.: Shubby Dubby Doo/ MYRA SISTERS: Go On Baby,Cry On/ JOHN SMEDLEY: My Harlan County Queen/ BILLY STORM: Pitty Pat/ UNKNOWN ARTIST: Instrumental/ TROY WALKER: I’m Getting’ Hip/ WILLIE WHITE & THE BLUE MATTS: Everybody Dance/ JIMMY WILLIAMS: Big Legged Woman

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1172 That No Good Poo Pee Doo ● CD $17.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
Our good friends at Still are back which means a goofy sounding collection full of rare and rocking rhythm & blues, blues, doo-wop and black rock 'n' roll. Most of it is making it's first appearance on CD. It's hard to pick favorites as it's all good and among the artists here are Larry Ellison & The Mark IV, Eddie Clay (the fine Lorain, Lorain with hot guitar), Hayward Lee, Mike Robinson, The Capitals (a great sax and guitar instrumental Hangover), The Pleasant Valley Tune Jammers, John Little John (fine Chicago blues with slide guitar), Bill Strickland, The V-Eights, Dave "Baby" C o rtez (the fine and obscure instrumental S w ingin' With Dave), Meyer Kennedy & His Orch and others. The set ends with a bonus of Boogie Woogie by Charlie Dowman - a previously unreleased solo boogie woogie piano instrumental recorded in Canada in the late 40s. As usual sound is excellent and booklet has artist photos and rare label shots. (FS)
CHOKER CAMPBELL: Walking On My Thin Sole Shoes/ THE CAPITALS: Hangover,inst/ THE CHROMATICS & E.FREEMAN ORCH.: Who’s Fooling Who?/ EDDIE CLAY: Lorain,Lorain/ THE COCOAS: Flip Your Daddy/ DAVE 'BABY' CORTEZ: Swinging With Dave (inst)/ CHARLES DOWMAN: Boogie Woogie/ LARRY ELLISON & THE MARK 1V: Young Girls/ PEARL GALLOWAY: Get With It/ Think It Over Baby/ MARK INGRAM & ROBERT MCCOY & HIS FIVE SINS: Goodbye (inst)/ MEYER KENNEDY & HIS ORCH: Bookie's Blues/ HAYWARD LEE: Better Stop/ My Love/ ARTIE LEWIS & TERRY TYLER ORCH.: Supposin’/ JOHN LITTLEJOHN: 29 Ways/ ROBERT MCCOY & HIS FIVE SINS: Goodbye Baby/ THE PARAKEETS: Candy Bar Boogie (alternate)/ THE PLEASANT VALLEY TUNE JAMMERS: Big Foots/ MIKE ROBINSON: Lula/ Red Light/ DUKE STEVENS: I’ve Been Your Fool/ BILL STRICKLAND: The Shape You Left Me In/ THE THREE-OF-US TRIO & THE DILLARD-KELLEY OR: Telegram/ THE V-EIGHTS: Hot Water/ AUSTIN WRIGHT & CHUCK TILLMAN: Keep Me On Your Mind In 59

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1173 Transparent Rock Shake Rhythm ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended
Another great collection of incredibly obscure rocking blues and R&B from the 50s and early 60s. Some of them are so obscure that they haven't made it into any discographies. It opens in great form with Chicago bluesman Doc Bill Joseph doing I Don't Like It with hot piano from Lafayette Leake and also includes sides Gene & Wendell, Allen Thomas with some scatting R&B, Percy Welch & The House Rockers (big voiced blues shouter), The Three Tuffs (funky down home blues with what sounds like a vocal imitation of a violin in the background!), Joe Louis Johnson, Johnny Gatewood, Larry & The Rexettes (a fascinating song about World War II), Johnnie Mae Matthews, John Sowell & The Jack Olsen Orch., The Diaboligues (a great cover of the Don Gardner/ Dee Dee Ford hit I Need Your Lovin'), The Jolly Jax Trio (an R&B song about Alan Shepard's pioneer space flight!), Sweet Root & The Rockin' Whalers (fine Jimmy Reed influenced blues), Johnny Taylor & The Tabs and more. Excellent sound and booklet with label shots. (FS)
ROLAND BENNETT & ROCKIN: Tore Up/ LEE BROWN: Bobbie Town Boogie/ CALVIN & CLARENCE: I Don't Know/ GROVER CLEVELAND: Knob Knock/ THE DIABOLIQUES: I Need Your Lovin'/ HEN GATES & THE HOUSE ROCKERS: Cross Walk (inst.)/ JOHNY GATEWOOD: Love Birds/ GENE AND WENDELL: Party Time/ JOE LOUIS JOHNSON & THE COANJOS: Dance The Boomerang/ THE JOLLY JAX TRIO: Everything Is A Okay/ DOC. BILL JOSEPH & L. LEAK: I Don't Like It/ LARRY & THE REXETTES: That Ain't All/ JOANNIE MAE MATTHEWS: Ooh Wee/ EDDIE RENAE & THE TITANS: Snake Leg/ JOHN SOWELL & JACK OLSEN ORCH: Nightmares/ So Help Me Hannah/ SWEET ROOT & THE ROCKIN': Little Wheel/ JOHNNY TAYLOR & THE TABS: Dapper Dan/ ALLEN THOMAS: Blowing My Horn/ THE THREE TUFFS: A Man's A Fool/ What A Dream/ THE THREE-OF-US & D.KELLEY ORCH: Sugar Jump/ PERCY WELCH & THE HOUSE ROCKERS: Back Door Man/ PERCY WELLS & THE HOUSE ROCKERS: Nursery Rhyme Rock/ PETE WILLIS: Baby Baby Baby

 


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