NEWSLETTER #127
Rhythm & Blues, Soul & Doo Wop

VARIOUS ARTISTS COLLECTIONS

 

VARIOUS ARTISTS Pepto Roma 501 Dazzling Group Sounds, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
Another varied collection of doo-wop rarities - many of them making their first appearance on CD. Material ranges from the late 40s to the early 60s.
THE BISCAYNES: You've Forgotten Me/ THE BLACKHAWKS: Love Me When I'm Old/ HENRY BOOTH & THE MIDNIGHTERS: Starting From Tonight/ THE CHESSMEN: Why/ THE CLEO PATRETTES: No Other Love/ THE CONCEPTS: Heaven Sent You/ THE DELLTONES: I'm Not In Love With You/ THE DELTA RHYTHM BOYS: O Greater Love/ THE DIKES: Don't Leave Poor Me/ CRAZY EMERALDS: You're Driving Me The/ FRANKIE ERVIN & GROUP: You Hurt Me/ THE FIVE DOTS: Each Night/ THE FIVE KIDS: Carolyn/ THE FOSTER BROTHERS: Never Again/ WALTER FULLER & GROUP: Closer To My Heart/ SHIRLEY GUNTER & THE QUEENS: It's You/ BOBBIE JAMES & THE FOUR BUDDIES: I Need You So/ THE MARYLANDERS: I Really Don't Care/ BUNNY PAUL & THE HARPTONES: I'll Never Tell/ JAKE PORTER & THE EBONAIRES: Sposin/ BEATRICE REDDING & GROUP: I Wash My Hands/ BOBBY RELF & LAURELS: Tis Night/ THE SERENADERS: Gates Of Gold/ THE TEEN KINGS: That's A Teenage Love/ THE TWILIGHTERS: Eternally/ CORA WOODS & GROUP: Where Are You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Recorded In Hollywood 1001 John Dolphin's Records - Early Groups ● CD $17.98
First of two CDs devoted to Southern California doo-wop by groups recorded for entrepreneur John Dolphin's various labels. This first volume is an excellent set of sides recorded between 1950 and '56 - these earlier groups often have a bluesier feel than the later groups. There is a fair amount of duplication with other collections but the standard here is very high. Includes Maggie Hathaway & The Robins, The Robins, Hollywood Blue Jays, Hollywood Four Flames, Hollywood Flames, Marbles, Hollywood Arist-O-Kats, Eboniares and two sides by the superb gospel group The Rising Sons.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS RPM 248 Heralding The Hits ● CD $15.98
Two CD set for a single CD price featuring 50 R&B and doo-wop sides from Al Silver's Herald and Ember labels between 1953 and 1962 including hits and obscurities.
FAYE ADAMS: I'll Be True/ Your Love (has My Heart Burnin')/ LEE ALLEN: Tic Toc/ Walking With Mr Lee/ THE BOBTONES: Running After You/ THE CASHMERES: Little Dream Girl/ CHARLIE & RAY: I Love You Madly/ DAVID CLOWNEY: Soft Lights/ THE CONCORDS: I'm Satisfied With Rock 'n' Roll/ DEAN & JEAN: We're Gonna Get Married/ THE DESIRES: Cold Lonely Heart/ THE EDSELS: These Precious Words/ THE EMBERS: Paradise Hill/ THE FABULONS: Give Me Back My Ring/ THE FIVE SATINS: I'll Be Seeing You/ Love With No Love Return/ Our Anniversary/ To The Aisle/ THE FIVE WILLOWS: Baby Come A Little Closer/ THE HERALDS: Eternal Love/ BIG BOB KORNEGAY: Man In The Phone Booth (hello Baby)/ Stay With Me/ THE LOUNGERS: Wedding Bells/ THE MELLO KINGS: Chapel On The Hill/ BILLY MYLES: Honey Bee/ Joker/ THE NUTMEGS: Key To The Kingdom/ My Sweet Dreams/ Story Untold/ THE PARAMOUNTS: In A Dream/ THE PREMIERS: Diary Of Our Love/ TOMMY RIDGLEY: Come Back Baby/ Just A Memory/ When I Met My Girl/ 'LITTLE' BUTCHIE SAUNDERS: Lindy Lou/ THE SILHOUETTES: Get A Job/ I Am Lonely/ Miss Thing/ THE SMOOTHTONES: Dear Diary/ THE STARLITES: Tears Are Just For Fools/ THE SUNBEAMS: Come Back Baby/ THE THRILLERS: Please Talk To Me/ THE TURBANS: Congratulations/ Sister Sookey/ When You Dance/ THE VOCALAIRES: Dance Dance/ MAURICE WILLIAMS & THE ZODIACS: Come Along/ I Remember/ Stay/ THE WONDERS: I'll Write A Book

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS RPM 249 Birth Of Motortown ● CD $15.98
24 tracks of Detroit R&B and soul from the early 60s recorded for Robert West's Lupine and Flick labels.
THE CORVELLS: Baby Sitting/ He's So Fine/ THE FALCONS: Has It Happened To You Yet/ That's What I Aim To Do/ You Must Know I Love You/ EDDIE FLOYD: I'll Never Find Another Girl Like You/ I'm Her Yo Yo Man/ AL GARNER: Baby Won't You Change Your Mind/ Searching For My Baby/ MARV JOHNSON & THE PRIMETTES: All I Need Is You/ I'll Get Along/ BETTYE LAVETTE: Witchcraft In The Air/ You Killed My Love/ BENNY MCCAIN: I Don't Want No Part Time Love/ You're On My Mind/ THE PRIMETTES: Pretty Baby/ Tears Of Sorrow/ DON REVEL & THE PRIMETTES: Return Of Stagger Lee/ MACK RICE: Baby I'm Coming Home/ My Baby/ JOE STUBBS: Keep On Loving Me/ What's My Destiny/ BOBBY WILLIAMS: I'm Depending On You/ Tell It To My Face

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Satellite 971105 The Complete Satellite Recordings ● CD $17.98
32 tracks recorded for Jim Stewart & Estelle Axton's Satellite label in Memphis between 1959 and '61. The label's name was changed to Stax in 1962 and the rest as they say ... The material recorded for Satellite was varied and included some hot rockabilly (Don Willis, Ray Scott), dismal pop country (Fred Byler, Donna Rae), vocal group sounds (The Veltones, Charles Heinz, The Chips, Jimmy & The Spartans), rhythm & blues (Carla & Rufus, Carla Thomas, the obscure but excellent Prince Conley, Nick Charles, Barbara Stephens), instrumentals (The Mar-Keys classic Last Night) and mainstream country (Hoyt Johnson)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS SFTV 1 A Deep Dip Into Memphis Soul ● CD $17.98
21 tracks, 64 mins, highly recommended. Fabulous collection of deep soul recorded in Memphis, mostly for small local labels. Not all the artists are Memphis based but all were recorded there. Among the highlights are Spencer Wiggins terrific cover of Aretha's I Never Loved A Man as I Never Loved A Woman, Tony Ashley's searing We Must Have Love, Ben E. King's gorgeous It Ain't Fair and Jerry Minnis's melodic I'm A Northern Boy but it's all excellent. It also includes the fine Let Me Be Right I Don't Want To Be Wrong recorded by soul legend James Carr for the obscure River City label in 1978. Other artists include Rudolph Taylor, The Green Brothers, Joe Perkins, Jimmy Williams, Syl Johnson (the fine and unissued Abracadabra), Little Dooley, George Jackson, Johnny Dean and others. Sound quality is excellent and there are brief informative notes. A winner. (FS)
ROY ARLINGTON: Everybody Makes A Mistake Sometimes/ TONY ASHLEY: We Must Have Love/ BARBARA & THE BROWNS: I Don't Want To Have To Wait/ J. BLACKFOOT: I Don't Remember Loving You/ JAMES CARR: Let Me Be Right I Don't Want To Be Wrong/ JOHNNY DEAN: Don't Disconnect My Heart/ THE GREEN BROTHERS: Can't Give You Up/ ANN HODGE: Nothing But The Truth/ GEORGE JACKSON: Macking On You/ SYL JOHNSON: Abracadabra/ BEN E. KING: It Ain't Fair/ BOBBY KING: Let Me Come On Home/ LITTLE DOOLEY: Just Like A Child/ JERRY MINNIS: Northern Boy/ OLLIE NIGHTINGALE: All I Feel Is Love/ AL PERKINS: I Don't Want To Lose/ JOE PERKINS: Wrapped Up In Your Love/ RUDOLPH TAYLOR: Tell Him Tonight/ IKE & TINA TURNER: You Got Too Many Ties That Bind/ SPENCER WIGGINS: I Never Loved A Woman/ JIMMY WILLIAMS: Peace Of Mind

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Singing Hippo 5001 The Dark Ages - Our Music From The Beginning ● CD $17.98
Collection of 26 black vocal group sounds. Much of it is from the 40s and predates doo-wop but it also includes later recordings in an older style and gospel groups. Includes The Deep River Boys (including several live performances), The Southlanders, Delta Rhythm Boys, Golden Gate Quartet, Four Tunes, Four Knights, Trumpeteers and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1161 Shake That Thing ● CD $18.98
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 Tender 510 The Tender Records Story ● CD $17.98
18 tracks, 40 mins, recommended Excellent collection of 18 tracks of mostly vocal group sounds recorded between 1958 and '59 for the Los Angeles based Tender label. The labels biggest claim to fame was the big hit You Cheated by The Shields - a rare case of a black group covering an original by a white group (The Slades) and having a bigger hit. The group was formed by Jesse Belvin and their hit featured Frankie Ervin on lead vocal and also included Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Mel Williams! There are several other fine sides by The Shields including a nice cover of Nature Boy. Other artists featured include The Five Trojans, The Capris (also featuring Belvin), Shirley Gunter, Charles Trent, The G-Notes (the only low point - syrupy teen rubbish) and Theo Lane. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Woody 503 Found In The Basement, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98
24 rarities - mostly not previously on CD.
BARBARA JEAN: Don't Remind Me Of Tommy/ How Can I Forget You/ BOB & THE DELCADES: Glamour Girl/ JAN BRADLEY: Please Mr Dj/ BROOKE BURTIE & HUSH: Baby I Love You/ THELMA CARPENTER: A Teenage Prayer/ DONNA DEE & THE CLOUDS: The More I See Him/ DANNY DENVER: Image Of Love/ PAM DICKINSON: Baby Don't Treat Me This Way/ Bad Boy/ JERRY FORD: Love Will Make Your Mind Go Wild/ THE GLIDERS: No Time/ LINDA HAMILTON: You Don't Understand/ HARVEY & THE SEVEN SOUNDS: Dream Girl/ MAGNETIC TOUCH: Hurt So Bad/ THE MINITURES: Too Young/ THE ORPHANS: Devil In Her Heart (unissued)/ GEORGE PICKARD: What Did You Do With Your Old 45s?/ THE POETS: Next Door To An Angel/ ROCK-A-FIRE EXPLOSION: Heartaches/ THE STARLARKS: Dear Heart/ Those Oldies But Goodies/ THE TOWNSMEN: You're Having The Last Dance With Me/ THE VICTORIANS: Oh What A Night For Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Woody 504 Found In The Basement, Vol. 4 ● CD $17.98
24 rarities, mostly not previously on CD.
NORM ALEXANDER & SHAMROCKS: Danny Boy/ ARGIE & ARKETTS: Hey Baby/ JUNE AUGUST: What Is My Birthday/ CORWELL CAMPBELL: The Duke Of Earl/ AL CHRISTI & THE COASTERS: Fools Hall Of Fame/ THE CLASSICS: Who's That New Guy/ THE CORVAIRS: Gee Whiz/ THE DERRINGERS: (if You Cry) True Love True Love/ EL CLOD: He's Not A Rebel/ THE FOUR SPORTSMEN: Records Records Records/ THE GINGERSNAPS: The Sh-down Down Song/ JOHNNY RAY GOMEZ & THE U-WEEKS: Lonely For Love/ BOB HART: Sixteen Candles/ BARBARA JACKSON: Invitation To A Wedding/ BARBARA JACKSON: Second Best/ LARRY & MIKE: We Fell In Love/ SUSAN LEWIS: On Bended Knee/ LILA & RONNIE: My Steady/ GLORIA LYNNE: You Don't Have To Be A Tower Of Strength/ BERNADETTE PETERS: Will You Care What Happens To Me Baby/ THE ROBINS: Johnny/ THE SHARONETTES: Papa Ooh Mow Mow/ THE TOWNSMEN: The Lion Sleeps Tonight/ THE VAQUEROS: Oh So Tenderly

 

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