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THE WALLACE BROTHERS
ROBERT WARD
BILLY WARD & HIS DOMINOES
"BABY" WASHINGTON
GINO WASHINGTON
WALTER "WOLFMAN" WASHINGTON
JOHNNY "GUITAR" WATSON
NOBLE WATTS
JOE WEAVER & HIS BLUE NOTE ORCHESTRA
THE WHATNAUTS
ANDRE WILLIAMS
MEL WILLIAMS
PAUL WILLIAMS
MAURICE WILLIAMS & THE ZODIACS
OTIS WILLIAMS & THE CHARMS
CHUCK WILLIS
CHARLES WILSON
JACKIE WILSON
 

 
THE WALLACE BROTHERS Excello 3014 Lover's Prayer ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, 47 min., recommended
Out of print - limited stock. Their LP on the Sims label is one of the rarest and most valuable albums of the soul era. But if you like your soul music a bit on the raw and spontaneous side, this cousin-rather-than-brother aggregation may be right for you. They were among the very first to take advantage of the magic touch of the Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. And they even scored a reasonably good-sized hit in 1964 with the title track here. This disc reissues their entire output - their Sims singles plus 3 singles recorded for the British Sue label. It includes Love Me Like I Love You, Faith, I'll Let Nothing Separate Me, Precious Words, One Way Affair, She Loves Me Not, Stepping Stone, These Arms of Mine, and Line Between Love and Hate. It's rough-edged, gospel-influence music. (DH)

 
ROBERT WARD Delmark 741 New Role Soul ● CD $14.98
Newest from this fine soul singer and guitarist. Mostly songs by himself or his wife Roberta.

 
ROBERT WARD Relic 7094 Hot Stuff ● CD $14.98
19 tracks, 49 min., recommended
Something of a departure for the renowned keepers of the fifties vocal group flame, a fine retrospective on the roots of the Ohio Players, known in their formative days in the early 60's as Robert Ward and the Ohio Untouchables. Their forte in those days was the scorching prototype soul ballad accompanied by Ward's trademark vibrato-drenched guitar, punctuated by upbeat dance numbers such as The Swim, a concept later successfully reworked by Bobby Freeman. Standouts among these 1961 to 1967 numbers include I'm Tired, Something for Nothing, the aptly titled title track instrumental, She's My Heart's Desire, Take This Love I've Got, and Fear No Evil. Original labels include LuPine and Thelma, owned by Berry Gordy's wife. Sadly Robert Ward left the Untouchables just before they transformed themselves into the funk-driven Ohio Players. Particular thanks are due to Relic for preserving his rare early cuts. (DH)

 
BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES Collectables 2827 The Very Best Of Billy Ward & The Dominoes ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 69 mins, highly recommended
Billy Ward formed The Dominoes in 1950 out of students in his class at the Juillard School Of Music in N.Y. where Ward after graduation worked as voice coach. The original group consisted of Clyde McPhatter - lead, Charlie White - tenor, Joe Lamont - baritone, Bill Brown - bass, and Ward himself arranged and played piano. The group signed with King/Federal Records that same year and their third release 60 Minute Man skyrocketed the group to stardom. This CD contains 25 of the group's jumps, blues & ballads, including all eleven charted sides from the 1950-'53 period. Other notables include Clyde-led classics - the haunting Weeping Willow Blues, the doom-laden Bells, complete with sobbing, and the beautiful Do Something For Me with its tortured blues guitar accompaniment. In 1953 McPhatter left and his place was taken by the powerful pipes of Jackie Wilson who can be heard to good effect on the #2 hit Rags To Riches along with You Can't Keep A Good Man Down/ Until The Real Thing Comes Along and others. Sound on this collection is excellent and there are informative, if rather brief, notes by Victor Pearlin. (OLN/FS)
BILLY WARD & HIS DOMINOES: Can't Do Sixty No More/ Chicken Blues/ Christmas In Heaven/ Do Something For Me/ Give Me You/ Harbor Lights/ Have Mercy Baby/ I Am With You/ I Really Don't Want To Know/ I'd Be Satisfied/ May I Never Love Again/ No! Says My Heart/ Over The Rainbow/ Pedal Pushin' Papa/ Rags To Riches/ Sixty Minute Man/ That's What You're Doing To Me/ The Bells/ These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You/ Three Coins In The Fountain/ Until The Real Thing Comes Along/ Weeping Willow Blues/ When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano/ You Can't Keep A Good Man Down/ Yours Forever

 
BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES Famous Groove 972001 Their Greatest Hits ● CD $18.98
26 track retrospective of this great group featuring sides from the early through the late 50s. Includes the hit version of Sixty Minute Man plus an outtake of that song and others like The Bells/ These Foolish Things/ Do Something For Me/ Don't Leave Me This Way/ I'd Be Satisfied/ No Says My Heart/ Rags To Riches/ Deep Purple, etc.

 
"BABY" WASHINGTON Collectables 5040 The Best Of Baby Washington ● CD $11.98

 
"BABY" WASHINGTON Collectables 5124 That's How Heartaches Are Made ● CD $11.98

 
"BABY" WASHINGTON Collectables 8828 For Collector's Only ● CD $26.98
2 CDs, 41 tracks, 103 min recommended
 A treasure trove of early soul & R&B from this fine artist, taken from the Neptune & Sue labels. The set starts off with 15 tunes from the Neptune label ('58-61) including the hits The Time/ The Bells/ Nobody Cares). After that we get the bulk of her Sue sides from '63-'68, including her all time classic That's How Heartaches Are Made, along with Leave Me Alone/ I Can't Wait To See My Baby /Only Those In Love, as well as her rare christmas single White Christmas/ Silent Night. Sound quality of the Neptune sides is pretty flat, but improves on the Sue sides. Includes liner notes but no writers credits. (GM)

 
BABY WASHINGTON Kent CDKEND 136 The Sue Singles ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 74 minutes, recommended
The British compilation puts the Collectables edition to shame. This set has all of Baby's great Sue sides, 1962-69, with great sound, full liner notes & discographical info (the Collectables set couldn't even be bothered to put in the writers' credits!) an hour & a quarter of fine New York Uptown Soul, with all the hits & should've beens, including the classics The Clock, That's How Heartaches Are Made & Leave Me Alone, as well as the un-dubbed versions of her Sue Christmas single White Christmas/ Silent Night, later re-issued on Veep with overdubbed strings. Excellent liner notes by Robert Pruter, with pics of trade mag ads & 45 labels. (GM)
BABY WASHINGTON: A Handful Of Memories/ Careless Hands/ Doodlin'/ Either You're With Me (or Either You're Not)/ Go On/ Hey Lonely/ Hush Heart/ I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face/ I Know/ I've Got A Feeling/ It'll Never Be Over For Me/ Leave Me Alone/ Move On Drifter/ No Tears/ No Time For Pity/ Only Those In Love/ Run My Heart/ Silent Night/ Standing On The Pier/ That's How Heartaches Are Made/ The Ballad Of Bobby Dawn/ The Clock/ There He Is/ White Christmas/ Who's Gonna To Take Care Of Me/ You And The Night And The Music/ You Are What You Are/ Your Fool

 
GINO WASHINGTON Norton CED 268 Out Of This World ● CD $14.98
15 tracks, highly recommended
One-of-a-kind garage-soul fusion from Motor City legend Washington -- not the imposter who swiped his act and earned a UK following with inferior retreads. This Gino was backed by a white boy rock band, the Atlantics, who contribute some totally cheesy but often thrilling sleazy guitar riffs and backbeats. (The California equivalent would have been Brenton Wood backed by Count Five.) Not that Gino himself is any less shameless; he shouts, croons, grunts, groans, moans and does whatever else he imagines might get somebody to pay attention. The songs are sometimes bizarre: Puppet on a String is a suicide threat; Do the Frog a failed attempt to create a dance craze. Others, including the Isleyesque title track, just recycle R&B convention, although always with tremendous energy. But the best of these tracks--the loopy Gino is a Coward, the dreamy Around the Town, and I'm Coming Home, which is both a threat and a promise--have an unquenchable energy. Whatever relationship this music has to Motown acts like the Contours, its influence is ultimately felt more strongly in Detroit's long line of grungy rock groups with demented R&B ambitions (the MC5, the Stooges, early Ted Nugent). Not for the faint of heart. (DM)

 
GINO WASHINGTON Norton CED 295 Love Bandit ● CD $14.98
More great sides from this Detroit soul singer including four previously unissued.

  
WALTER "WOLFMAN" WASHINGTON Bullseye Blues 9630 On The Prowl ● CD $11.98
12 tracks, recommended. From Rounder's Bullseye Blues Basics series, here's a fine introduction to this fine New Orleans bluesman, who got his start leading the band for the late Johnny Adams. This set has selections from his 3 Rounder CDs. Most of the tunes are originals but there's some fine & interesting covers, including Otis Redding's Nobody's Fault But Mine, Johnny Taylor's Can I Change My Mind & Johnny Guitar Watson's You Can Stay But The Noise Must Go. (GM)

 
JOHNNY "GUITAR" WATSON Collectables 5491 Ain't That A Bitch ● CD $13.98
7 tracks, 35 min., recommended
Now available as a domestic release. This, the first of his 1970s DJM albums (it remained on the soul charts for over 40 weeks), represents some of his greatest successes - R&B chart hits that some critics refer to as 'disco blues' though I prefer the term 'funk blues'. His DJM recordings have proven to be very successful with fans (9 of his 20 R&B chart hits were for DJM). Released in the summer of 1976, 6 of the tracks (except I Want To Ta-Ta You, Baby) were released on singles, including 2 R&B hits with I Need It and Superman Lover. By the way, the title track Ain't That A Bitch is about social conditions, a theme he would return to. (EL)

 
NOBLE WATTS Alligator 4785 Return Of The Thin Man ● CD $14.98

 
JOE WEAVER & HIS BLUE NOTE ORCHESTRA Regency RR 124 Baby I Love You ● CD $18.98
27 tracks from the early-mid 50s featuring Detroit based R&B combo led by vocalist/ piano player Joe Weaver. Material ranges from honking instrumentals to soulful doo-wop including the classic title song. Also included are cuts by the group accompanying The Starlighters, Andre Williams & The Don Juans, The Diablos, Five Dollars and others. Sound quality on some cuts is very muddy.

 
THE WHATNAUTS Collectables 5767 Message From A Black Man ● CD $11.98
16 cuts from 70s soul group.

 
ANDRE WILLIAMS Eagle 90124 Mr. Rhythm ● CD $18.98
27 cuts.
ANDRE WILLIAMS: Andre Williams Is Moving/ Bacon Fat/ Bobby Jean/ Come On Baby/ Don't Touch/ Georgia Mae Is Moving/ Going Down To Tio Joana/ Hey Country Girl/ I Still Love You/ I Wanna Know Why/ I'm All For You/ Is It True?/ Jail Bait/ Jailhouse Blues/ Just Becaue Of A Kiss/ Just Because/ Just Want A Little Lovin'/ Mean Jean/ Mozelle/ My Last Dance With You/ My Tears/ Pass The Biscuits Please/ Pulling Time/ Put A Chain On It/ The Greasy Chicken/ Tossin' & Turnin'/ You Are My Sunshine

 
ANDRE WILLIAMS Regency RR 118 Mr. Rhythm ● CD $18.98
27 tracks, 79 min., recommended
If you like somewhat vaudevillian theatrics in your music, if you're looking for one of the roots of rap, or if you like loose mini-morality plays in your r&b, then Andre Williams and the Five Dollars (aka the Don Juans) just may be your cup of tea. There are plenty of straight ahead ballads and jumps here - for example My Tears, Georgia Mae Is Moving, I Wanna Know Why, and a version of Lloyd Price's Just Because - but an interesting minor part of the program features melodramatic lyrics spoken against bluesy background accompaniment. Such numbers include Jail Bait, the comic dance number The Greasy Chicken, Jailhouse Blues, Pulling Time, and Pass the Biscuits Please. A different performer for his era to be sure. And from a production point of view, his works are offered here with solid sound quality and brief but informative notes. (DH)

 
ANDRE WILLIAMS Revolvo 28503 Mr. Rhythm Is Back ● CD $18.98

 
ANDRE WILLIAMS Soul-Tay-Shus 6345 Rib Tips & Pig Snoots ● CD $18.98
A collection of funk flavored soul and R&B - mostly instrumental - produced by and featuring Motor City legend Andre Williams. These were recorded between 1965 and 1971 for labels like Avin, Sport & Wingate and includes some unissued tunes and alternate takes - Jivin' Around/ You Got It & I Want It/ Pearl Time/ I Heard It Through The Grapevine/ Hard Hustling/ Do It/ Loose Juice/ Black Bull/ Chicken Thighs/ Christmas Wish, etc.

 
MEL WILLIAMS Stompin' Tide 9206002 All Through The Night ● CD $18.98
30 tracks from the late 50s/ early 60s by L.A. R&B singer who was discovered by Johnny Otis in 1955. Most of these tracks are making their first ever CD performance - All Through The Night/ Fool, Fool, Fool/ Roses Never Fade/ Talk To Me/ I Cried A Million Tears/ School Girl/ You're All right Baby/ I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine/ Dream/ Don't Cry Baby/ I Got Eyes, etc.

 
PAUL WILLIAMS Blue Moon BMCD 6020 The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
First in a new series to present all the recordings of saxman/ bandleader Paul Williams. This one covers the period 1947 and '49 and includes his original no. 1 R&B hit The Hucklebuck.

 
PAUL WILLIAMS Blue Moon BMCD 6021 The Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
The second volume covers the period 1949 to 1952.

 
PAUL WILLIAMS Blue Moon BMCD 6025 The Complete Recordings, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98
27 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended
The third volume in the series devoted to the recordings of New York saxist/ bandleader Paul Williams is a dynamic collection of 27 hot blues and rocking R&B - vocals and instrumentals. It includes vocals by Connie Allen, Larry Dale, Jimmy Earl Brown, Little Willie John, Bobby Parker and Ethel Drew. Sidemen include some of New York's finest including Bobby Parker (who also vocalizes and is a brilliant and underrated guitarist), Noble Watts, Mickey Baker, Larry Dale, Belton Evans and others. Excellent sound, brief notes and full discographical information. (FS)

 
MAURICE WILLIAMS & THE ZODIACS Collectables 5021 Best Of ● CD $11.98
12 classic Herald recordings from the early 60s including their hit Stay + Always/ May I/ High Blood Pressure, etc.

 
MAURICE WILLIAMS & THE ZODIACS Collectables 7510 The Original Master Tapes Collection ● CD $13.98
23 tracks, 47 mins, highly recommended
Quintessential material by this Lancaster, South Carolina quartet. The group started as the Junior Harmonizers gospel group and the Royal Charms, then, switching to original material they signed with Excello as the Gladiolas (1956-57) before changing their name to the Zodiacs and recording briefly for Cole and Selwyn in 1960. This set picks up in late 1960 when the group signed to Al Silver's Herald label with a change in personnel (Maurice Williams - lead, Henry Gaston - tenor, Wiley Bennet - tenor, Chas Thomas - baritone, Albert Hill - bass, and Little Willie Morrow - drums) and recorded some of their jumping-est sides, many of which became regular "Beach" dance classics in the Carolinas. Prime cuts include I Remember/ Do I/ Come Along/ Someday/ Little Mama/ Come And Get It/ It's Alright and, of course, the hypnotic bestseller Stay. Essentially the same as Relic 7004 except this has two versions of Come Along (45 rpm and LP versions) (OLN)

 

MAURICE WILLIAMS & THE ZODIACS Relic 7004 Stay - The Best Of Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs ● CD $14.98
Quintessential material by this Lancaster, South Carolina quartet. The group started as the Junior Harmonizers gospel group and the Royal Charms, then, switching to original material they signed with Excello as the Gladiolas (1956-57) before changing their name to the Zodiacs and recording briefly for Cole and Selwyn in 1960. This set picks up in late 1960 when the group signed to Al Silver's Herald label with a change in personnel (Maurice Williams - lead, Henry Gaston - tenor, Wiley Bennet - tenor, Chas Thomas - baritone, Albert Hill - bass, and Little Willie Morrow - drums) and recorded some of their jumping-est sides, many of which became regular "Beach" dance classics in the Carolinas. Prime cuts include I Remember/ Do I/ Come Along/ Someday/ Little Mama/ Come And Get It/ It's Alright and the hypnotic bestseller Stay. Contains all 21 cuts from Relic LP 5017 plus the beautiful Dearest Baby which recently saw reissue on Stay LP 301, a fabulous collection of the Gladiolas and earlier Zodiacs' cuts from the 50's. (OLN)
MAURICE WILLIAMS & THE ZODIACS: Always/ But Not For Me/ Come Along/ Come And Get It/ Dearest Baby/ Do I/ Do You Believe/ Here I Stand/ High Blood Pressure/ I Got A Woman/ I Love You Baby/ I Remember/ It's Alright/ Little Mama/ Please/ Running Around/ So Fine/ Some Day/ Stay/ The Nearness Of You/ The Winds/ We're Lovers

 
OTIS WILLIAMS & THE CHARMS King Tut 711 30 Of Their Favorites ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 74 min., essential
A particularly impressive, maximum-length retrospective dedicated to one of the true journeyman vocal groups of the 50's. Led by the clear, powerful tenor of Otis Williams, the Charms put out records of consistently high quality from 1953 up into the early 60's. The program opens with the group's best known number, Hearts of Stone, then moves onto Pardon Me, In Paradise, One Kind Word from You, It's All Over, United, Two Hearts, Who Knows, Could This Be Magic, You'll Remain Forever, Whadaya Want, No Got De Woman, Burning Lips, and I'd Like to Thank You Mr. D. J. There's not a loser in the lot. This is not a disc to miss. Sound quality is impressive, as is cover art. The only drawback, a minor one - there are no liner notes at all. (DH)

 
OTIS WILLIAMS & THE CHARMS King Special KSCD 1402 Greatest Hits ● CD $8.98
8 tracks, 19 min., recommended
A budget issue from the current owner of the King Records catalog, offering a modest by solid slice of the work of this journeyman vocal group. The complete track list: Hearts of Stone, Ivory Tower, Two Hearts, Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin'), Ling Ting Tong, United, That's Your Mistake, and Oh Julie. If you dig the Charms and all you want is their biggest hits (though Oh Julie hardly fits into that category), then this short stack may just be your preferred way to go. Sound quality is excellent and the notes section virtually defines the work "minimal." (DH)

 
CHUCK WILLIS Collectables 6889 I Remember Chuck Willis/ King Of The Stroll ● CD $13.98
25 tracks, 62 mins, essential
Now that the great Razor & Tie collection from a few years ago is deleted this 25 track collection, reissuing two original Atlantic LPs is most welcome. Chuck was a great original with a very soulful voice and was a superb songwriter - all but two of the songs here were written or co-written by Chuck. He recorded many fine songs for OKeh who he joined in 1952 and had a number of R&B hits for that label. In 1956 he moved to Atlantic who sweetened his sound a little and Chuck then crossed over to the pop market having big hits in 1957 and '58 with his reworked versions of old blues favorites C.C. Rider and Betty & Dupree. Chuck's tragic death in April 1958 of peritonitis left a great void and in May of that year Atlantic released his first posthumous single - the prophetic two sider Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes and What Am I Living For. There are lots of other great titles here like the truly wonderful soul ballad It's Too Late, the powerful Juanita (with vocal backup from The Cookies and some very effective steel guitar) and lots more. Sound is good and the insert includes the original LP notes. (FS)

 
CHARLES WILSON Ecko 1032 Mr. Freak ● CD $14.98
10 tracks, 66 min, recommended "We gonna drink some whiskey/ Have some chicken wings too/ I got a few things I wanna show you". Fine Memphis smooth bluesy funk from Wilson (Little Milton's nephew!) Kind of in the same groove as Clarence Carter's "Strokin'", you can tell what this set's about just from the song titles, especially the wonderfully titled Why Should I Get Married When My Neighbor's Got A Wife along with Hoochie Bootie/ I Love The Love In You/ Why Don't We Get Together, & the opening title tune - I'm Mr. Freak/ Come & sleep with me/ I'll satisfy your needs/ I'll make you pleased" (GM)

 
JACKIE WILSON Ace CDCH 913 The Very Best of Jackie Wilson ● CD $18.98
Jackie's two biggest UK hits came in ... 1987! Thanks to puppet videos (!) Reet Petite and I Get The Sweetest Feeling both made the British charts last year. This excellent CD has 24 of Jackie's best New York and Chicago Brunswick hits from his first (Reet Petite ) through 1972's You Got Me Walking -- all the greats, mastered by Adam Skeaping -- includes my personal fave, No Pity In The Naked City , plus Higher And Higher / Lonely Teardrops / Baby Workout / I'll Be Satisfied , etc. (GM)

 
JACKIE WILSON Alvorado 6310122 Jackie Wilson At The Copa ● CD $18.98
First time reissue of complete concert recorded April 30, 1962. Jackie does mostly pop standards along with a few of his hits - Sing/ Body & Soul/ Can't Help Lovin' That Gal Of Mine/ And This My beloved/ I Love Them All/ That's Why/ A Woman, A Lover A Friend/ To Be Loved/ Lonely Teardrops/ A Perfect Day and ten more.

 

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