NEWSLETTER #128
Rhythm & Blues, Soul & Doo Wop
Dud & Paul Bascomb -> Lee "Shot" Williams

DUD & PAUL BASCOMB
EDDIE BO
OTIS CLAY
FATS DOMINO
THE FIVE KEYS
ALAN FREED
THE HOLMES BROTHERS
THE ISLEY BROTHERS
BETTY LAVETTE
BETTYE LAVETTE
LITTLE MISS CORNSHUCKS
BIG JAY MCNEELY
JOE MORRIS
BOBBY PATTERSON
WILSON PICKETT
THE PRIME MINISTERS
THE RAVENS
MINNIE RIPPERTON
PERCY SLEDGE
THE UPSETTERS
LEE "SHOT" WILLIAMS

 

EDDIE BO Night Train 7025 New Orleans Solo Piano ● CD $16.98

 
FATS DOMINO Classics 5060 The Chronological Fats Domino, 1951-1952 ● CD $14.98

 
THE FIVE KEYS Charly 265 Dream On ● CD $13.98
Available again in limited quantities. The 5 Keys hail from Newport News, and first recorded for Aladdin and Capitol before signing with Syd Nathan's King label in 1959. The group at that time were "Dickie" Threat and Maryland Pierce, tenor leads; Ripley Ingram and Dickie Smith, tenor and baritone; plus Bernie West, bass. The Keys are best remembered for their soaring tenor leads and near-perfect harmonies. This set covers most of the group's King output (24 sides) and features the hauntingly beautiful Dream On/ Wrapped Up In A Dream/ I'll Never Stop Loving You. Session men include Gene Redd, vibes and guitar; and the great Sonny Thompson, piano. (OLN)

 
THE HOLMES BROTHERS Rounder 10588 Righteous! The Essential Collection ● CD $15.98
17 tracks, 74 min, recommended .Nothing new here, but a fine introduction to this heavily gospel-influenced blues group with brothers Wendell & Sherman Holmes & Popsy Dixon (who has a gorgeous falsetto). There's tracks from all 4 of their Rounder CDs, which besides their own gospel-blues includes interesting covers of such tunes as Fannie Mae, Jack Greene's country weeper There Goes My Everything, even The Beatles' And I Love Her! (GM)

 
THE ISLEY BROTHERS Varese 66103 Shake It Up, Baby ● CD $11.98
16 tracks, 41 min, highly recommended. Now that Ron Isley's Isley Bros have ANOTHER #1 as I write this, you'll find yourself wanting to rediscover their old stuff. But you already have all the T-Neck & Motown stuff, so now it's time to rediscover when the 3 Isleys - Ronald, Rudolph & O'Kelly, were really tearing it up for RCA (58-60) & Wand ('61-64). You know many of the tunes, which unfortunately were big hits for other people! The 2 RCA sides here are the immortal Shout (a hit for Joey Dee) & Respectable (for The Outsiders) & their Wand stuff, produced & sometimes written by legendary producer Bert Berns includes Twist & Shout (The Beatles, of course), & Nobody But Me (The Human Beinz version is currently used as a commercial). The only thing is, The Isleys cut all the other versions to shreds! And the recordings here are mostly in pristine stereo! (GM)

 
BETTY LAVETTE Art & Soul 851012 Souvenirs ● CD $16.98
18 tracks, 57 min, essential. Yes, this would be essential if all it had was the 2 singles cut at the beginning of her career ('62) for Atlantic, including the fine My Man-He's A Lovin' Man, & her 2 singles done mid-career ('72) for Atlantic including a surprising cover of Neil Young's Heart Of Gold. Yeah, they're all here & wonderful, but what makes this release noteworthy is the 1st release of one of the few "Legndary Lost Albums" in soul music, her "Child Of The 70s", recorded in Muscle Shoals 11/72. Fine fine 70s soul - no writers credits, but includes covers of Ron Davies' It Ain't Easy & Free's The Stealer! Booklet includes some great color snapshots from '64 from Betty's personal archives. (GM)

 
BETTYE LAVETTE Blues Express 10004 A Woman Like Me ● CD $14.98
12 tracks, 58 min, highly recommended. Incredible comeback, her 1st US release in over 20 years. Yes, Betty, now with an "e", gives a world class performance on this set & puts her in the big leagues. Seems that many comeback sets have the artist with minimal electronic backing (I remember reviewing a disc that had more people listed as programmers than musicians) & sub-class material. This set is mostly written & produced by Dennis Walker, who was responsible for most of Robert Cray's good material as well as some recent BB King. The band has 3 guitars, keys, rhythm & horns (the "Van Nys (sic) Horns" from The Tonight show!), including Alan Mirkatani (AKA BB Chung King) on lead, long-time Etta James guitarist Bobby Murray on rhythm & some of the final work on keys by Bettye's long-time musical director Rudy Robinson on keys (he died soon after this). Titles include Serves Him Right/ It Ain't Worth It After Awhile/ Salt On My Wounds. (GM)

 
LITTLE MISS CORNSHUCKS Classics 5059 The Chronological Little Miss Cornshucks, 1947-1951 ● CD $14.98
Although she recorded little, Little Miss Cornshucks (Mildred Cummings) is considered to have been an influence on singers like Billy Wright, Ruth Brown, Johnny Ray, Wynona Carr and LaVerne Baker. This collection of 21 tracs features all her recordings with the exception of a 1961 Chess LP. The 21 tracks here feature her with various groups and includes sides like Gonna Leave Here Walkin'/ For Old Time's Sake/ Keep Your Hands On your Heart/ In The Rain/ Waiting In Vain/ Papa Tree Top Blues/ Try A Little Tenderness, etc.

 
BIG JAY MCNEELY Classics 5058 The Chronological Big Jay McNeely, 1951-1952 ● CD $14.98
The second volume of Big Jay's recordings features all his Imperial recordings from 1951 and '52 and the first of his Federal recordings. Includes some vocals by Three Dots & A Dash with Jesse Belvin and Marvin Phillips. Includes Insect Ball/ All That Wine Is Gone/ Let's Do It/ Love From The Heart/ The Deacon Blows For Ray/ Deacon Rides Again/ Jay Walk/ Jet Fury/ The Goof, etc.

 
JOE MORRIS Classics 5057 The Chronological Joe Morris, 1946-1949 ● CD $14.98
The complete 40s recordings of the fine band led by trumpeter Joe Morris who got his start with Lionel Hampton's band. 26 tracks of mostly instrumental R&B with occasional jazz touches featuring the honking tenor of Johnny Griffin and baritone sax of Bill McLemore.

 
BOBBY PATTERSON Sundazed 11105 Soul Is My Music ● CD $17.98
40 tracks, 105 min, highly recommended. Booby was & is a longtime Texas soul man, with his best known song probably the great "How Do You Spell Love? (M-o-n-e-y)". This set has his complete recordings for Jetstar 1965-71. His 1st single was on the small Abnak label(they had The Five Americans and Jon & Robin. Jon was the owner's son & a college buddy of Bobby). The label's owner liked Bobby so much he started the Jetstar Label for him, where he spent the next six years. Bobby's specialty was novelty answer songs, so there's such greats as I'm Leroy/ I'll Take Her/ Broadway Ain't Funky No More/ My Thing Is Your Thing, as well as the previously unreleased Mama's Got A New Bag Too. Most tracks written by Patterson & featuring his band The Mustangs, who had a rare instrumental 45 that's also included here. Also includes the hits TCB Or TYA/ The Knock Out Power Of Love/ Let Them Talk, etc. (GM)

 
WILSON PICKETT Atlantic (Germany) 80796 The Sound Of Wilson Pickett ● CD $13.98
Unavailable in the USA. Reissue of classic 1967 album (Atlantic 8145) featuring 11 great tracks - Soul Dance Number Three/ I Need A Lot Of Loving Every Day/ I Found A Love, Parts 1 & 2 (a superb 1967 remake of a song he first recorded in 1962 as member of the Detroit soul group The Falcons)/ Mojo Mamma/ Something Within Me/ Love Is A Beautiful Thing, etc. In digipack with original cover and notes.

 
THE PRIME MINISTERS Night Train 7148 Read 'Em And Weep ● CD $16.98
13 tracks recorded live in 1965 by white soul-jazz group from New Orleans and previously unreleased. The band featured Jerry Jumonville on tenor and alto sax, Eddie Zip on bass and trumpet, Ronnie Barron on piano and vocals, Wayne Devilliere on organ and Freddy Staehle on drums. Includes Hot Cha/ Sac-O-Woe/ Time/ Watermelon Man/ The Peeper/ What A Difference A Day Makes and others.

 
THE RAVENS Proper Pairs 126 Birds Of A Feather ● CD $12.98
Two CD set featuring 50 tracks recorded by this popular and influential vocal group who were one of the links between the older vocal group styles of the Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots and the later more rhythm & blues oriented doo-wop group.
THE RAVENS: Always/ Be I Bumble Bee Or Not/ Begin The Beguine/ Bye Bye Baby Blues/ Calypso Song/ Careless Love/ Chloe-e/ Deep Purple/ Don't Look Now/ Everything But You/ Fool That I Am/ Gotta Find My Baby/ Honey/ Honey I Don't Want You/ I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do/ I Get All My Lovin' On A Saturday Night/ I'm Gonna Take To The Road/ I'm So Crazy For Love/ It's Too Soon To Know/ Leave My Gal Alone/ Looking For My Baby/ Lullaby/ Mahzel/ Mam'selle/ Marie/ Midnight Blues/ My Baby's Gone/ My Sugar Is So Refined/ Oh Babe/ Ol' Man River/ Out Of A Dream/ Rickey's Blues/ Rock Me All Night Long/ Searching For Love/ September Song/ Someday/ Summertime/ That Old Gang Of Mine/ The Whiffenpoof Song/ There's No Use Pretending/ Time Takes Care Of Everything/ Together/ Until The Real Thing Comes Along/ Wagon Wheels/ Walkin' With The Blues/ White Christmas/ Write Me One Sweet Letter/ You Don't Have To Drop A Heart To Break It/ You Foolish Thing/ You're Always In My Dreams

 
MINNIE RIPPERTON Varese 66311 Come TO My Garden ● CD $13.98
10 tracks, 37 min, recommended. Reissue of GRT 50001 from '70. Whie still a member of that bizarre psychedelic chamber soul group Rotary Connection, Minnie stepped to the forefront on this her 1st solo album. With songs & arrangements by the Connections's Charles Stepney & orchestration over a core group of guitarist Phil Upchurch & The Ramsey Lewis Trio (Lewis - keys, Cleveland Eaton - b, Maurice White - d, White & Stepney would soon be working together in Earth Wind & Fire). Beautiful songs, great performance, far from her overly melodramatic 70s material. Includes Les Fleur/ Whenever Wherever/ Rainy Day In Centerville, title track. (GM)

 
PERCY SLEDGE Atlantic (Germany) 80800 Take Time To Know Her ● CD $13.98
Not available in the USA. Reissue of Atlantic 8180 from 1968 featuring 12 songs by this fine and distinctive soul singer including the title song which was a #6 hit in 1968 plus the beautiful Out Of Left Field and Sudden Stop/ Spooky/ Cover Me/ It's All Wrong But It's Alright/ Beatween These Arms and others.

 
THE UPSETTERS La Cienega 702 The Upsetters ● CD $16.98
27 tracks, 64 mins, highly recommended. Fabulous collection of R&B featuring Little Richard's hot backup band the Upsetters recorded between 1954 and 1961. Richard plays piano on several cuts and takes the vocal lead on two great Fats Domino covers Every Night About This Time & I'm In Love Again. The band also backs such fine artists as Lee Diamond (actually band member Wilbur Smith), Pretty Boy (actually Don Covay), Christine Kittrell, Lester Robinson, Dee Clark (doing his best to sound like Little Richard), Chico Booth, Leonardo Carbo and Larry Birdsong. There are also eight smoking instrumental tracks featuring hot sax and guitar. Not to be confused with the great reggae band The Upsetters. (FS)

 
LEE "SHOT" WILLIAMS Famous Groove 972063 Chicago Blues & Deep Soul Legend ● CD $18.98
Fine and varied collection of blues and soul from this fine performer recorded in the 60s and 70s starting with his wonderful first single from 1962 I'm Trying/ Hello, Baby where he is accompanied by Little Mac, Freddy Robinson, Detroit Jr. and others. The rest of tracks were recorded over the next 15 years for a dozen different labels and find Lee with different bands and with different arrangers but always sounding good.

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