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BULLETIN - September 2010
Rhythm & Blues, Soul & Doo-Wop
The Ad-Libs -> Various Artists

 

NEW COMPACT DISCS



THE AD-LIBS Passion 1001 I Don't Need No Fortune Teller ● CD $17.98
29 tracks, 77 mins, highly recommended
Terrific collection of doo-wop, girl group sounds and soul from this fine group from New Jersey best known for their big hit in 1965 with irresistibly catchy girl group classic The Boy From New York City. But there was much more to the group. Originally a male quartet, they started as the Arabians in 1960, then changed their name to The Creators and recorded a couple of fine doo-wop singles and three of those tracks are featured here. In 1964 they reorganized and added female vocalist Marry Anne Thomas and immediately hit with Boy. Unfortunately subsequent recordings, good as they were, flopped and they drifted from label to label gradually transitioning into a soul group and had a minor hit in '69 with Giving Up and continued performing and recording into the 80s. This disc features almost all their 1960s recordings and in addition to Thomas a number of the cuts feature leads by an unidentified male vocalist (possibly Hugh Harris) including the beautiful soul doo-wop ballad Human. Definiotely worth a listen. (FS)
THE AD LIBS: Ask Anybody/ Bottom of Soul/ Boy From New York City (stereo)/ Dance With Me Children/ Don't Ever Leave Me/ Down Home Girl/ Every Boy and Girl/ Giving Up/ He Ain't No Angel (stereo)/ Human/ I Don't Need No Fortune Teller/ If She Wants Him/ Johnny My Boy/ Kicked Around/ Know All About Me/ Love Me/ New York in the Dark/ Nothing Worse Than Being Alone/ On the Corner/ Ooh Wee Oh Me Oh My/ Show A Little Appreciation/ Spring and Summer/ The Slime/ Think of Me/ You're In Love/ You're Just a Rolling Stone/ THE CREATORS: I Stayed Home New Year's Eve/ Shombadoo/ Yeah, He's Got It

 
BILL BAKER Parnaso 1500 And His Groups ● CD $17.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
Superb collection of doo-wop featuring the sweet and soulful lead vocals of Bill Baker who started his career by replacing Fred Parris in the Five Satins when Parris was drafted in 1957 and was lead with the group through 1959 and sang the lead on their massive hit To The Aisle. After leaving the Satins, Baker recorded with several other groups and this collection features his leads with The Five Satins, Chestnuts, De Satins, David & Goliath, The Buddies and even an unknown group. Although he never had another hit his singing is superb throughout even though some of the songs are fairly lightweight. Good sound and notes consisting of Baker's obituary - he died in 1994. (FS)
THE BABY DOLLS: Another Sleepless Night/ It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream/ THE BUDDIES: Hully Gully Mama/ Must be True Love/ THE CHESTNUTS: Chit Chat/ Tell Me Little Darling/ Won't You Tell Me My Heart/ Wonderful Girl/ DAVID AND GOLIATH: I'm Still Loving You/ Like Strangers/ THE DEL SATINS: I Wanna Know/ Just to Be Near You/ To The Aisle/ THE DEL-SATINS: Is it a Dream/ THE FIVE SATINS: A Million to One/ In the Still of the Night/ Love With No Love in Return/ Our Anniversary/ Teenager Triangle/ That's Love/ To The Aisle/ Why Does Summer Have to End?/ UNKNOWN: Bleeding Hearts/ Thank Heaven/ The Price of Love/ There's a Small Hotel

 
BIG MAYBELLE Rojac/ Traffic 9925 Got A Brand New Bag - The Pure Soul Of Big Maybelle ● CD $16.98
12 tracks, 29 min., recommended
Big Maybelle was the real deal and even though she made her Rojac recordings after her heyday, she still had plenty of fire and soul in her gravelly voice. What she didn't have was someone picking suitable material and providing suitable arrangements, so that even though her cover of ? & The Mysterians 96 Tears works (it was her last appearance on the charts), her version of Mellow Yellow is a disaster. And then she sings Cabaret, and, it isn't her fault, but few songs could seem more out of place. Coming On Strong works well enough, and would even make the Northern soulsters drool a bit, but following it with Egg Planet That Ate Chicago seems like a cruel joke on everyone. Her cover of Eleanor Rigby is passable, but not really her cup of tea. This straight reissue of Rojak LP 522 from 1967 comes in a cool mini LP cardboard sleeve and is worthwhile for that and for the few worthwhile cuts, including Turn The World Around The Other Way/ 96 Tears/ Love Is A Hurtin' Thing/ Coming On Strong, and even That's Life. But that's it. (JC)

 
FATS DOMINO CSP Records 1047 The First King Of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
32 tracks, 76 mins, highly recommended
First of two albums to reissue all of Fats's recordings for ABC/Paramount in 1963 and '64. Although not as good as his earlier Imperial recordings due to the overrabundance of strings and vocal choruses Fats's singing is still superb with his warm Creole tones able to make any song sound good and his band included top N.O. musicians like Roy Montrell and Herb Hardesty. There are a lot of fine new songs by Fats like the great blues Gotta Get A Job with interesting steel guitar, the romping There Goes My Heart Again (his first ABC hit) and When I'm Walking (Let Me Walk), the great instrumental Fats On Fire and others. He does fine remakes of a few his old Imperial classics like The Fat Man and Valley Of Tears, puts his own distinctive stamp on pop and country standards like Red Sails In The Sunset/ I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire and I'm A Fool To Care and does a really soulful version of Elvis's Love Me which is somewhat marred by an electronic keyboard. With 32 tracks this is great value and comes with brief but informative notes by New Orleans music historian Jeff Hannusch. (FS)

 
FATS DOMINO CSP Records 1048 The First King Of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
27 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
The first 16 tracks on this volume features the rest of Fats's 1963/64 ABC Paramount recordings. It includes several more excellent originals like (I Met) The Girl I'm Gonna Marry/ Lazy Lady and That Certain Someone, a great version of the blues standard Why Don't You Do Right, a terrific cover of Chris Kenner's Something You Got and more Dominoized version of pop and country standards (Goodnight Sweetheart/ Who Cares/ Sally Was Good Old Girl). The remaining 11 tracks are from a self produced 1978 session that was issued on LP as "Sleeping On The Job." Most of the songs are Domino originals and includes some fine songs like If I Get Rich/ Shame On You and Just Can't Get New Orleans (off My Mind) - unfortunately the arrangements are marred by the presence of synthesizer and wah-wah guitar. The tracks where these acoutrements butt out are the best and the last track - the pounding Something About You Baby with hot piano by Fats is worth the price of admission! (FS)

 
ROOSEVELT GRIER Cat King Cole 1017 Welcome To The Club ● CD $17.98
27 tracks, 72 min., highly recommended
Football star, movie actor, beer salesman, body guard, needle pointer, and, yes, musical superstar. Well, not superstar exactly, but accomplished soul singer. It would be easy to make fun of Grier, if only because he was such a big part of the movie The Man With Two Heads (one head was Grier's, the other belonged to Ray Milland), a classically bad flick. The booklet notes are brief and point out that Pam Grier is Roosevelt's cousin, and that he was a defensive end on the Rams in the 1960's. Sadly missing is any session info, recording dates, record label info or anything useful. But while Grier is an easy target of fun, his recordings deserve to be taken seriously. The guy can sing and does a better-than-respectable job of Sincerely/ Moonlight In Vermont/ Spanish Harlem/ Up On The Roof, and a bunch more. And he doesn't need to use tone correction on his voice either. This release collects the vast majority of Grier's catalog, misses a few 45 rpms worth having, but includes many rare sides that are not likely to turn up anywhere else anytime soon. Find out why his records change hands for big money in Northern soul circles. Surprisingly good. (JC)

 
JIMMY HUGHES Kent CDKEND 341 Something Extra Special - The Complete Volt Recordings ● CD $18.98
27 tracks, 79 mins, essential
The third CD in Kent's re-issue of soul crooner Hughes' entire catalogue concludes with the sides cut during his three years recording for Stax's sister label Volt. Initially signed to Stax with the intention of capitalizing on his hit making tenure at Fame, the failure of Hughes' first couple of singles-not to mention the concurrent success of Johnnie Taylor and a solo Isaac Hayes-pretty much cosigned Jimmy's career to the scrap heap as the company gave him less and less attention. That's a major shame because, as this CD proves, Hughes still had what it took to be a great recording artist. The first half of the disc is comprised of Hughes' sole album for Volt, "Something Special," which was made up of singles and B-sides, while the second half features mostly tracks that remained in the can for three decades. Stax had hoped that Hughes would become their new Otis Redding (following the latter's death), which didn't happen but not because the talent wasn't there: whether it's ballads (I'm So Glad/ Lay it On the Line) or uptempo groovers (Sweet Things You Do) Jimmy did Otis proud and the hits should have come. The first 11 tracks comprise the LP; the rest of the cuts are highlighted by potential singles like I Was Close At Hand and Leave Us Alone, as well as six numbers cut with Willie Mitchell producing that heavily echoed the style which Mitchell would use to make Al Green a household name and a wealthy man. Listening to the unreleased stuff is fascinating and frustrating at the same time; fascinating, because there's not a bad song in the bunch, and frustrating because the hits would probably have returned if the bosses at Stax hadn't given up the ghost so quickly. Of course, we'll never know for sure, but at least we have these final recordings to savor-since Hughes retired from the music business after his contract ran out in 1971-from a singer who was up there with Redding, Green, and Taylor. (GMC)

 
FRANKIE LYMON & THE TEENAGERS Jasmine 567 Their Greatest Recordings ● CD $15.98
Two CDs, 57 tracks, highly recommended
Another great vocal group gets the Jasmine treatment - this time Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers. Short-lived (they were only together for 18 months) they were highly influential (notably on Motown and many of its stars, especially Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5). Lymon had the voice of an angel and justifiably so became the first teen age pop star (at 13!). The first disc features the group's LP "The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon" plus all their singles and includes all their hits - Why Do Fools Fall in Love/ I Want You to Be My Girl and Goody Goody - are here, but so are worthy tracks like I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent and ABC's of Love. The second disc features solo sides by Lymon after the group split including his LP of rock 'n' roll covers "Rock & Roll With Frankie Lymon" along with all his solo singles through 1959 - none of which charted, good as some of them were - My Girl/ Thumb Thumb/ Mama Don't Allow It/ No Matter What You've Done, etc. (FS)

 
CLYDE MCPHATTER Hip-O Select 14233-02 Lover Please - The Complete MGM & Mercury Singles ● CD $29.98
Clyde McPhatter was one of the most popular and influential R&B singers of the 50s and early 60s. Not only did he have a string of hits, starting as a lead singer for The Dominoes and Drifters, before going solo his style was to influence artists from Frankie Lymon to Smokey Robinson to Garry "U.S." Bonds to Aaron Neville and many others. This limited edition (5,000 copies) two CD set is the first in depth CD representation of his recording career between 1959 and 1965 featuring all the singles issued on MGM and Mercury. It includes his biggest pop hit (Lover Please), his top 25 take on Little Bitty Pretty Ones, his final top ten hits (Ta Ta and Deep In The Heart Of Harlem), his versions of classics like (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over and The Glory Of Love, plus songs penned by Brook Benton, Otis Blackwell, Charles Singleton, Neil Sedaka and Clyde himself. Handsomely packaged in a gatefold digipack it includes extensive notes by Bill Dahl, song by song credits, and period photos and memorabilia.

 
IKE & TINA TURNER BGO BGOCD 942 Come Together/ 'Nuff Said ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, highly recommended
Two excellent Ike & Tina LPs from 1970 and '71 issued on Liberty and United Artists find the duo in fine form on a collection of R&B, soul and black rock. "Come Together" is mostly drawn from singles including their hit versions of The Beatles title song and Sly & The Family Stone's I Want To Take You Higher. It also includes their superb cover of The Rolling Stones Honky Tonk Woman with most of the rest being compositions by Ike. "'Nuff Said" was a full studio album and mostly features songs co-composed by Ike and has a black rock feel showing the influence of Sly & The Family Stone. The two part title song is a blues-rock instrumental workout. Ike & Tina are accompanied by the great Kings Of Rhythm (renamed Family Vibes for the second album) with vocal backups from The Ikettes. Some of the tracks on these albums are a bit more rock flavored than I care for but these are solid performances throughout. Newly remastered and with extensively annotated booklet. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly SNADCD 661 Sehorn's Soul Farm - 50 New Orleans Soul Classics ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Superb set of New Orleans R&B recorded for Marshall Sehorn and Allen Toussaint's Sansu, Deesu and Tou-Sea labels between 1965 and 1968 including a number of tracks not originally issued. This is an expanded version of two LPs issued on Charly in the 1980s expnading the original 32 tracks to 50. The material ranges from the loping second line R&B of Warren Lee's Star Revue to the deep soul of John Williams' Blues Tears And Sorrow. The presence of the genius of Allen Toussaint is everywhere - he produced and arranged all the tracks, wrote more than half of them and plays piano on many of them. This results in a certain similarity in sound of the performances but fortunately Toussaint is so talented and versatile that this is only a minor drawback. The set includes familiar names like Lee Dorsey, The Meters, Betty Harris and Earl King along with lesser known but outstanding artists like Eldridge Holmes, Curly Moore, Willie Harper, Diamond Joe and others. Includes 12 page booklet with notes on all the performers. (FS
ZILLA MAYES: I Love You Still/ DIAMOND JOE: Don't Set Me Back/ Gossip Gossip/ How To Pick A Winner/ Look Way Back/ LEE DORSEY: Get Out My Life, Woman/ Ride Your Pony/ SONNY FISHER: Oh Love This Is Sonny/ WILLIE HARPER: Here Come The Hurt Again/ I Don't Need You Anymore/ That's What You Need/ Why You Wanna Do It/ BETTY HARRIS: I'm Evil Tonight/ Mean Man/ JOE HAYWOOD: Let's Make It/ Sadie Mae/ ELDRIDGE HOLMES: A Love Problem/ An Open Letter (To My Love)/ Cheatin' Woman/ Love Affair/ Lovely Woman/ IRONING BOARD SAM: Man Of The Street/ ERNIE K. DOE: Hotcha Mama/ I Can't Believe She Gave It All To Me/ Let Me Love You/ You Got To Love Me/ ERNIE K.DOE: You Lie So Much/ EARL KING: A Mothers Love/ All My Love (All My Love/ This Is What I Call Livin'/ WARREN LEE: A Lady/ Climb The Ladder/ Just Like A Woman/ Star Revue/ Underdog Backstreet/ ZILLA MAYES: All I Want Is You/ THE METERS: Chicken Strut/ Cissy Strut/ CURLEY MOORE: Don't Pity Me/ CURLY MOORE: Get Low Down/ Goodbye/ AARON NEVILLE: Hercules/ Struttin' On Sunday/ BENNY SPELLMAN: Sinner Girl/ WILLIE WEST: Baby, Baby I Love You/ Did You Have Fun/ Fair Child/ Keep You Mine/ DANNY WHITE: Natural Soul Brother/ JOHN WILLIAMS: Blues Tears And Sorrow

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 063 Mambo In The Mainstream ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 64 mins, highly recommended
The mambo developed in Cuba in the 1940s grafting a distinctive syncopated rhythm pattern on to the traditional danzon. Perez Prado popularized the style in the mid 40s in Latin America and it eventually arrived in New York in the late 40s and by the mid 50s had become a national rage. This compilation presents a broad spectrum of musicians singing about the mambo and using the style as a basis for songs crossing a wide range of genres including R&B (Ivory Joe Hunter, Earl Bostic, The Dootones, Ruth Brown, Johnny Otis, etc), rock 'n' roll (Bill Haley & The Comets, Bobby Freeman, Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio, etc.), pop (Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Earl Grant, etc.) and jazz (Cal Tjader) and the set ends with a track from the mambo king himself Perez Prado. A couple of years ago El Toro put a mambo themed collection ("Ay Si! Si!" - El Toro 113 - $18.98) but that collection was exclusively R&B oriented. This one is more expansive though it does have a couple of duplications with the El Toro but not enough to worry about. Sound is excellent and 16 page booklet has extensive notes. (FS)
LAVERN BAKER: Mine All Mine/ EARL BOSTIC: Mambostic/ RUTH BROWN: Mambo Baby/ JOHNNY BURNETTE & THE ROCK 'N' ROLL TRIO: Lonesome Tears In My Eyes/ ROSEMARY CLOONEY: Mambo Italiano/ PERRY COMO: Papa Loves Mambo/ THE DOOTONES: Ay Si Si Mambo/ THE DRIFTERS FEATURING CLYDE MCPHATTER: Honey Love/ BOBBY FREEMAN: Do You Want To Dance/ EARL GRANT: House Of Bamboo/ BILL HALEY: Mambo Rock/ WYNONIE HARRIS: All She Wants To Do Is Mambo/ JOHNNY HORTON: Lover's Rock/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: I Got To Learn To Do The Mambo/ JANIS MARTIN: Love Me, Love/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: Se De Boom Run Dun/ VAUGHN MONROE: They Were Doin' The Mambo/ JOHNNY OTIS ORCHESTRA: Mambo Boogie/ THE PLATTERS: Shake It Up Mambo/ PEREZ PRADO: Mambo Jambo (aka Que Rico El Mambo)/ LOUIS PRIMA: Fever/ THE ROBINS: Loop De Loop Mambo/ Out Of The Picture/ CAL TJADER: Mamblues/ OTIS WILLIAMS & THE CHARMS: Mambo Sh-Mambo

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fishy 1003 Rarest Of The Rare Soul Harmony, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98
25 tracks - The Malibu's, The Freedom Machine, The Chaparrels, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 338 Northern Soul's Classiest Rraities, Vol. 4 ● CD $18.98
24 varying but excellent soul sounds, from the mid 60s through early 70s, for dancers and connoisseurs everywhere. It's the first time on CD for most of these elusive rarities - several of which only exist as 45s in single figure quantities. Current monsters include Rudy Love & Co's tough Suffering Wrath, Jesse Davis' instrumental take on Sherlie Matthews' classic stomper Hang On In There, the Tiaras' Loves Made A Connection and Darrow Fletcher with his Detroit-produced gem What Good Am I. Northern staples from Troy Dodds, Brenton Wood, Jerry Ganey and the Hytones give the CD some recognisable quality among the relatively unknown titles that are going to be enjoyed for the first time by many collectors.
THE ANTELLECTS: Love Slave/ THE CHEQUES: Deeper/ THE CREATIONS: A Dream/ JESSE DAVIS: There's No Room For Me/ MELVIN DAVIS: It's No News/ JESSE DAVIS BAND: Hang On In There/ BOBBIE DEE: I Don't Love You/ TROY DODDS: Try My Love/ DARROW FLETCHER: What Good Am I Without You/ JERRY GANEY: Just A Fool/ DAN GREER: Hook Line And Sinker/ THE GYPSIES: Diamonds, Rubies, Gold And Fame/ JIMMY HOLIDAY: I've Been Done Wrong/ THE HY-TONES: You Don't Even Know My Name/ THE INCONQUERABLES: Wait For Me/ JESSE JAMES: Are You Gonna Leave Me/ LORD LUTHER: My Mistake/ RUDY LOVE & CO: Suffering Wrath/ SAM NESBITT: Black Mother Goose/ ELEANOR RIGBY: Queen Of Losers/ SALT & PEPPER: A Man Of My Word/ THE TIARA'S: Love's Made A Connection/ WENDELL WATTS: Kiss A Good Thing Goodbye/ BRENTON WOOD: Cross The Bridge

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 50-008 RCA Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 3 ● CD $16.98
22 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
More fine black music recorded for RCA in the late 40s including jump blues, R&B, vocal group sounds and, this time, a couple of gospel tunes featuring the obscure but excellent Starlight Spiritual SIngers and one of the earliest recordings of the Original Gospel Harmonettes. Artists featured include Erskine Hawkins Orch. (the jumpin' instrumental Cornbread), The Robins, Terry Timmons (superb underrated female vocalist), Jimmy Lewis (the hot Cherry Wine with hot guitar - Mickey Baker?), Billy Bunn & His Buddies, Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (two tracks - one with a vocal by Lee Barnes who does an uncanny impression of Nat King Cole), Bob Williams (his 1951 recording of On A Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor which, I think, predates the country recordings of this song), The Four Clefs (a small group with the fine mid-tempo intrumental Dig These Blues featuring a steel guitar solo) and others. EXcellent sound - no notes. (FS)
OTIS BLACKWELL: Please Help Me Find My Way Home/ BILLY BUNN & HIS BUDDIES: I'm Afraid/ THE DEEP RIVER BOYS WITH HOWARD BIGGS ORCH.: Oo-Shoo-Be-Do-Be/ THE FOUR CLEFS: Dig These Blues/ GENE GILBEAUX & HIS ORCH. (VCL. BIXIE CRAWFOR: I've Got What It Takes/ BIG JOHN GREER: Cheatin'/ ERSKINE HAWKINS & HIS ORCH.: Cornbread/ THE HEARTBREAKERS: It's O.K. With Me/ There Is Time/ JIMMY LEWIS: Cherry Wine/ BLOW TOP LYNN & HIS HOUSE ROCKERS (VCL. MELVIN SM: Come Back My Darlin'/ Homesick Blues/ JOHNNY MOORE'S THREE BLAZERS (VCL. LEE BARNES): A New Shade Of Blues/ This Is One Time, Baby (You Ain't Gonna Two-Time Me)/ THE ORIGINAL GOSPEL HARMONETTES: No, No, Nothing Can Change Me/ THE ROBINS: Let's Go To The Dance/ Oh Why/ THE STARLIGHT SPIRITUAL SINGERS: Step By Step/ TERRY TIMMONS: Got Nobody To Love/ The Same Old Thrill/ BOB WILLIAMS: On A Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor/ MICKI WILLIAMS WITH HOWARD BIGGS ORCH.: My Kind Of Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 50-009 RCA Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 4 ● CD $16.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Another splendid collection opening with the fine instrumental Cruisin' by Benny Carter & His Orch. and including tracks by The Robins (their fine Ten Days In Jail has a feel like some of their later recordings as The Coasters), The Five Trumpets (excellent gospel quartet with a version of the standard Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around), Terry Timmons (the great He's The Best In The Business), Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, Erskine Hawkins & His Orch. (a fine big band cover of Pee Wee Crayton's Texas Hop), Rene Hall Orch. (with obscure but fine blues shouter Courtland Carter on the humorous Seen Better Days), Erskine Hawkins & His ORch. (a vocal version of Tuxedo Junction with The Deep River Boys) and more. (FS)
BILLY BUNN & HIS BUDDIES: I Need A Shoulder To Cry On/ BENNY CARTER & HIS ORCH.: Cruisin'/ THE FIVE TRUMPETS: Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around/ GENE GILBEAUX & HIS ORCH. (VCL. CHOO CHOO TRA: Gold Ain't Everything/ BIG JOHN GREER: Got You On My Mind/ RENE HALL ORCH. (VCL. COURTLAND CARTER): Seen Better Days/ ERSKINE HAWKINS & HIS ORCH.: Texas Hop/ Tuxedo Junction/ THE JACKSON BROTHERS: I'm The Biggest Fool/ JOHNNY MOORE'S THREE BLAZERS (VCL. BILLY VALENT: Rock With It/ GENE PARRISH: Baby's On My Mind/ EDDIE "SUGARMAN" PENIGAR (VCL. LITTLE MISS SHARECROPPER): Easy Baby/ THE ROBINS: How Would You Know/ Ten Days In Jail/ MELVIN SMITH: Baby I'll Be There/ Six Times Six/ THE STARLIGHT SPIRITUAL SINGERS: Can You Tell?/ DOSSIE TERRY: Twenty-Four Years/ TERRY TIMMONS: He's The Best In The Business/ Mr. Low Love/ RUDY TRAYLOR & HIS ORCH. & THE TRAYLORS: Green Light/ MICKI WILLIAMS WITH HOWARD BIGGS ORCH.: How Do You Feel About Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Superbird 025 Hoss Allen's The!!!! Beat - 1966 Rhythm & Blue Revue ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 57 mins, highly recommended
A few years back the Bear Family company did a wonderful job of putting out all of "The!!!! Beat" shows out in a series of DVDs (Three volumes - $29.98 each). All of those DVDs are certainly must-see viewing, but if you are looking for something a bit more affordable, or have those and want a CD of the music as well, than this will be perfect for you. The awkwardly named "The!!!! Beat" show was one of those rare shows barely known outside of the Southern U.S. in its time, and legendary ever since. This was a program that showcased live performances from a slew of fantastic Blues, Rhythm & Blues and Soul artists. Airing on Southern T.V. stations in the mid '60s, Hoss Allen's "The!!!! Beat" was nothing short of revolutionary. Allen was a disk jockey, promoter, record label owner, manager and so on, who had an idea for doing an all music show in the style of the Porter Wagoner and other popular shows of the time, but with artists out of the Rhythm & Blues world. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown would end up leading the studio band (The Beat Boys) on their own numbers as well as backing up other artists. Although some artists would lip-synch, most would perform live, with fabulous results. This collection gathers up some of the best live performances from the show's run. There are a handful of great instrumental performances from The Beat Boys, along with killer tracks by The Mighty Hannibal, Lattimore Brown, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Earl Gaines, and many more. I'm hoping that this is the first of many volumes to come; there are still plenty more great tracks that they didn't get to yet from "The!!!! Beat's" vault. (JM)

 

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