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NEWSLETTER #138
Rhythm & Blues, Soul & Doo-Wop
Various Artists
 

 

 

NEW DVDS

 
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted all DVDs offered are in NTSC format which means that they will not play on a European DVD players unless you have a multiple format player.
 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family 20129 The !!! Beat, Vol. 04 : Shows 14-17 ● DVD $31.98
The last three volumes of this great series devoted to this groundbreaking TV show that aired over Southern TV stations in 1966 featuring well known and obscure blues, R&B and soul performers are now available. Show #15 on this disc is mostly devoted to the great R&B pioneer Louis Jordan & His Tympany who after more than 30 years could still knock 'em dead. Other artists on this volume include FReddie King, Maurice & The Radiants, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Lattimore Brown, Gwen Davis, Joe Simon and others including the great house band featuring guitarists Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Johnny Jones who do some great instrumentals including a sensational version of Dave Brubeck's Take Five.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family 20130 The !!! Beat, Vol. 05 : Shows 18-21 ● DVD $31.98
Among the artists on these four shows are Chuck Bernard, Robert Parker, Jamo Thomas, Freddie King (doing Papa's Got A Brand New Bag!), Lou Rawls, Z.Z. Hill, Rodge Martin, Earl Gaines, Bobby Hebb, Jimmy Church and more.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family 20131 The !!! Beat, Vol. 06 : Shows 22-26 ● DVD $31.98
The five final shows including one featuring Willie Mitchell and various Hi artists like Big Amos and Don Bryant and the final show featuring Otis Redding and various Stax/ Atlantic artists like Percy Sledge, The Bar-Kays and Sam & Dave. Artists on the other show include Johnny Lorand, Bobby Hebb, Earl Gaines, Joe Simon, Freddi King, Little Milton and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Storyville Films 16002 Harlem Roots, Vol. 3 - Rhythm In Harmony ● DVD $9.98
A collection of 20 shorts taken from "soundies" filmed between 1941 and 1945 focussing on vocal group harmony including songs by The Mills Brothers, Delta Rhythm Boys, Deep River Boys, Charioteers and Jubalaires.

 
 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1048 Hunky Dory - King Vocal Groups, Vol. 3 ● CD $18.98
Another great collection of doo-wop from the vaults of King and affiliated labels features 24 rare tracks including six previously unissued titles.
THE BLUE CHIPS: Appointment With Love/ Come Back/ THE BUCKEYES: Begging You Please/ Since I Fell For You/ THE CHANTERS: At My Door/ THE CHECKERS: A Friend In Need (*)/ THE DIKES: Don't Leave Poor Me/ Light Me Up/ GEORGIE DORN & GROUP: Angel In The Sky/ Too Late For School/ BOBBY FREEMAN & GROUP: Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight (*)/ THE GUYTONES: Hunky Dory/ Lovers And Losers (*)/ THE LAMPLIGHTERS: Tell It To Me/ THE MAGIC-TONES: How Can You Treat Me This Way/ When I Kneel Down To Pray/ KENNY MARTIN & GROUP: Darling, Please Be Mine/ THE MIDNIGHTERS: Why Are We Apart/ THE MYSTICS: Humpty Dumpty (had A Great Fall) (*)/ Stars In The Sky (*)/ THE ROYALS (AKA THE MIDNIGHTERS): Every Beat Of My Heart (*)/ CATHY RYAN & THE ADMIRALS: It's A Sad Sad Feeling/ THE STRANGERS: Drop Down To My Place/ Hoping You'll Understand

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 4197 R&B Jukebox Hits - 1953, Vol. 1 ● CD $13.98
25 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended
Unlike similarly themed anthologies this disc actually presents the biggest R&B hits (based on chart positions) that hit the charts between January and May of 1953 presented in chronological order of appearance. Includes Baby Don't Do It by the Five Royales, Cross My Heart by Johnny Ace, The Bells by Billy Ward & The Dominoes, (Mama) he Treats Your Daughter Mean by Ruth Brown plus sides by Amos Milburn, Danny Overbea, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, Fats Domino, Little Walter, Rufus Thomas, Chuck Willis, The Vocaleers and more. Includes 12 page illustrated booklet with notes on each performance. (FS)
JOHNNY ACE: Cross My Heart/ ANNISTEEN ALLEN: Baby I'm Doing It/ BIG MAYBELLE: Gabbin' Blues/ EDDIE BOYD: 24 Hours/ TINY BRADSHAW: Soft/ RUTH BROWN: (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean/ THE CLOVERS: Crawlin'/ NAT "KING" COLE: Pretend/ FATS DOMINO: Going To The River/ THE DU-DROPPERS: I Wanna Know/ THE FIVE ROYALES: Baby Don't Do It/ Crazy, Crazy, Crazy/ Help Me Somebody/ LITTLE WALTER: Mean Old World/ Off The Wall/ Tell Me Mama/ WILLIE MABON: I'm Mad/ AMOS MILBURN: Let Me Go Home Whiskey/ DANNY OVERBEA & HIS COMBO: Train, Train, Train/ RUFUS THOMAS: Bearcat (the Answer To The Hound Dog)/ WILLIE MAE "BIG MAMA" THORNTON: Hound Dog/ THE VOCALEERS: Is It A Dream/ BILLY WARD & HIS DOMINOES: Pedal Pushin' Papa/ The Bells/ CHUCK WILLIS: Going To The River

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS BGP 168 Southern Funkin' - Louisiana Funk & Soul, 1967-1979 ● CD $18.98
A collection of rare Louisiana funk and soul recorded between 1967 and 1979. Includes Tabby Thomas's rare One Day recorded recorded for Soul International in 1972 plus sides by Eddie "G" Giles, Abraham & The Casanovas, Camille "Lil" Bob, Freddie Love, The African Music Machine, Johnny Truit, Katie Webster, Donnie Jacobs, Ernest Thomas, Bill Parker, "Count" Rockin' Sidney and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Central 2602 The Best Of Central Records ● CD $16.98
Fine collection of 16 doo-wop and solo R&B vocals and one rocking R&B instrumental from the mid 50s. According to "The R&B Indies" there were two New York labels with this name - one active 1953/54 and one from 1956/57 and this compilation appears to be drawn from both of them. Includes sides by The Laddins, Excels, Gloria Lynn, Patti Jerome, The Charmers, Georgia Lane, Emmett Hobson & Raga Muffin, The Pretenders and Maurice Simon. Most of the doo-wop sides have been out on CD before but most of the solo R&B artists are new to CD.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly SNAJ 730 The Fire & Fury Story ● CD $32.98
Expanded version of Charly CD LAB 102. A three CD set with 89 tracks and a 48 page booklet devoted to the music produced for New York entrepreneur Bobby Robinson's Fire, Fury, Red Robin, Everlast and other affiliated labels. Robinson was one of the first African-American record company owners and was responsible for producing many fine and important recordings in the 50s and early 60s. The first disc of 30 cuts is mostly doo-wop with cuts from The Mello Moods, Vocaleers, Topps, Channels, Louis Lymon & The Teenchords, The Federals, The Empires and others. The other two discs features blues and rhythm & blues from Wilbert Harrison, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford, Wild Jimmy Spruill, King Custis, Tarheel Slim, Dr. Horse, Mary Ann Fisher, Lee Dorsey, Elmore James, Sammy Myers, Champion Jack Dupree, Arthur Crudup, Tiny Grimes, Sonny terry and others. The sound quality is satisfactory and the copiously illustrated booklet has background on Robinson and his career and information on each of the performances.
JOHNNY ACEY: I Go Into Orbit/ What Am I Going To Do/ MARY B: Something For You Baby/ ALLEN BAUM: My Kind Of Woman/ CHUCK BRADFORD: You're Going To Miss Me/ ROCKIN' BRADLEY: I Have News For You/ BUSTER BROWN: Dr Brown/ Fannie Mae/ Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (my Baby)/ Sugar Babe/ THE CHANNELS: My Lovin' Baby/ The Closer You Are/ The Gleam In Your Eye/ LES COOPER & THE SOUL ROCKERS: Wiggle Wobble/ ARTHUR CRUDUP: Mean Ole Frisco/ Rock Me Mama/ That's All Right/ KING CURTIS: Twistin' With The King/ Soul Twist/ LARRY DALE: Rock A While/ LEE DORSEY: Do Re Mi/ Hoodlum Joe/ Ya Ya/ DR. HORSE: Jack That Cat Was Clean/ Salt Pork West Virginia/ THE DU MAURIERS: All Night Long/ Baby I Love You/ THE DU-DROPPERS: Can't Do Sixty, No More/ Go Back/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Shake Baby Shake/ Shim Sham Shimmy/ Stumbling Block Blues/ THE EMPIRES: Linda/ Whispering Heart/ THE FEDERALS: While Our Hearts Are Young/ You Gotta Love Me Baby/ MARY ANN FISHER: Put On My Shoes/ DON GARDNER & DEE DEE FORD: Don't You Worry/ I Need Your Lovin'/ TINY GRIMES: Juicy Fruit/ WILBERT HARRISON: Kansas City/ Let's Stick Together/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Mojo Hand/ JACKIE & THE STARLIGHTS: Valerie/ ELMORE JAMES: It Hurts Me/ Look On Yonder Wall/ Shake Your Moneymaker/ Something Inside Me/ Sunnyland Train/ The Sky Is Crying/ GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: Every Beat Of My Heart/ Letter Full Of Tears/ THE KODOKS: Little Girl, Little Boy/ Oh Gosh Oh Gee/ Runaround Baby/ THE MORRIS LANE BAND: Bobby's Boogie/ LOUIS LYMON & THE TEENCHORDS: Honey-honey/ Lydia/ BOBBY MARCHAN: All In My Mind/ There Is Something On Your Mind/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Don't Dog Your Woman/ THE MELLO MOODS: How Could You/ SAMMY MYERS: Sad Sad Lonesome Day/ You Don't Have To Go/ RED PRYSOCK: Wiggles/ THE RAINBOWS: Mary Lee/ BOBBY RIVIERA & THE HEMLOCKS: Cora Lee/ THE SCARLETS: Indian Fever/ THE SCARLETTS: Dear One/ THE SEQUINS: Why Can't You Treat Me Right/ JIMMY SPRUILL: Honky Tonk Huckle Buck/ WILD JIMMY SPRUILL: Kansas City March/ TARHEEL SLIM & LITTLE ANNIE: Don't Ever Leave Me/ Lock Me In Your Heart/ TARHEEL SLIM & LITTLE ANN: Much Too Late/ TARHEEL SLIM: No. 9 Train/ Wildcat Tamer/ SONNY TERRY: Doggin' My Heart Around/ Harmonica Hop/ THE TOPPS: What Do You Do/ TITUS TURNER: Bow-wow/ THE UPSETTERS: Jay Walking/ THE VOCALEERS: Angel Face/ Is It A Dream/ NOBLE WATTS: Jookin'/ Go Away Mr Blues/ THE WHIRLERS: Magic Mirror/ MIGHTY JOE YOUNG: Empty Arms/ Why Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly SNAJ 731 The Instant Minit Story ● CD $32.98
Expanded version of Charly CDLAB 101 this three Cd set features 89 tracks of great New Orleans R&B and rock 'n' roll recorded for Joe Banashak's Minit and Instant labels (and various subsidiaries) in the 60s. With Alan Toussaint on board as producer and songwriter the result was some of the biggest New Orleans hits of the 60s. Includes sides by Jessie Hill, The Showmen, Roy Montrell, Benny Spellman, Art Neville, Joe (Mr. G) August, Chris Kenner, Ernie K. Doe, Lee Diamond, Eddie Bo, Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville, Eskew Reeder and many more. Includes 40 page illustartaed booklet with notes on all the performers.
ALLEN & ALLEN: Beverly Baby/ JOE (MR G) AUGUST: Everything Happens At Night/ EDGAR BLANCHARD & THE PRINCE ROYALS: I'm Gone And That's All/ Keep My Pockets Clean/ Tight Like That/ EDGAR BLANDCHARD: Somebody's Doin' Me Wrong/ EDDIE BO: (oo Wee, Baby) What You Gonna Do/ Fence Of Love/ I Just Keep Rollin'/ S.g.b. (stone Graveyard Business)/ Lover And A Friend/ CHICK CARBO: Inthe Night/ Run Henry/ LARRY DARNELL: Stomp Down Soul/ THE DEL ROYALS: Who Will Be The One/ THE DEL-ROYALS: Always Naggin'/ LEE DIAMOND: It Won't Be Me/ Please Don't Leave Me/ DIAMOND JOE: Moanin' And Screamin' Parts 1 & 2/ ERNIE K DOE: Mother-in-law/ LEE DORSEY: Lottie Mo/ THE FABULETTES: If It Wasn't For Girls/ CHINA FLAIR: Rockin' Way/ BARBARA GEORGE: Something You Got/ WILLIE HARPER: Grumblin', Fussin',nag Nag/ New Kind Of Love/ JESSIE HILL: Oogsey Moo/ Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Parts 1 & 2/ The Pot's On Strike/ Why Holler/ ELDRIDGE HOLMES: The Sooner You Realise/ THE HUEYS: Coo Coo Over You/ THE HUMDINGERS: For You My Darling/ Skinny Mcginny/ MATTHEW JACOBS: (if I Only A) Chance For Your Love/ Loaded Down/ ERNIE K-DOE: A Certain Girl/ I Cried My Last Tear/ Popeye Joe/ T'ain't It The Truth/ Te-ta-te-ta-ta/ There's A Will, There's A Way/ SAX KARI: Dream Girl/ CHRIS KENNER: (big Hunk O' Woman) Come Back And See/ Anybody Here Seen My Baby?/ I Like It Like That/ Land Of 1,000 Dances/ Mini Skirts And Soul/ My Wife/ Something You Got/ EDDIE LANG: I'm Gonna Make You Eat Those Words/ Souling/ The Sad One/ RAYMOND LEWIS: I'm Gonna Put Some Hurt On You/ LITTLE BUCK: Whisper My Name/ AL MICHAEL: Creole Baby/ Jump And Shout/ ROY MONTRELL: Mudd/ OLIVER MORGAN: The La La Man/ AARON NEVILLE: Over You/ Reality (even Though)/ Show Me The Way/ ART NEVILLE: All These Things/ Hook, Line And Striker/ House On The Hill (rock N Roll Hootenanny)/ THE NIGHT HAWKS: Rockin' With The Hawks/ THE PITTER PATS: Nervous Condition/ POLKA DOT SLIM: Ain't Hungry, Ain't Broke/ ESKEW REEDER: Green Door/ I Waited Too Long/ No Never Again/ The Flu/ ROGER & THE GYPSIES: Pass The Hatchet/ RUBY & THE PEARLS: Boys/ THE SHOWMEN: 39-21-46 Shape/ It Will Stand/ True Fine Mama/ The Owl Sees You/ BENNY SPELLMAN: 10-4/ Fortune Teller/ Lipstick Traces (on A Cigarette)/ THE STOKES: Whipped Cream/ DOYLE TEMPLET: Betty Jane/ IRMA THOMAS: It's Raining/ It's Too Soon To Know/ Ruler Of My Heart/ You Love Is True (demo)/ ALLEN TOUSSAINT (& THE STOKES): Poor Boy Got To Move/ ALLEN TOUSSAINT & THE STOKES: The Fat Cat

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Christy 101 The Best Of Christy Records ● CD $17.98
A collection of 27 mostly doo-wop tracks from the mid/ late 50s recorded for the Northern California based Christy label. Highlights are eight fine sides by The Jades and four by Bobby KLint with vocal accompaniment from the Jades. His Rock Me The Blues is particularly nice with very fine guitar. Other artists include The Strangers (including the novelty Crab Louis), Tony Padua & The Cruisers, the incredibly awful Joey Berlin, Cecil Morse & The Franciscans, The Savoys and The McMillin Brothers.
JOEY BERLIN: Beverly Angel/ Just You Andi And Love/ With Hope In My Heart/ THE JADES: Applesauce/ Big Beach Party/ Blue Memories/ Don't Be A Fool/ Friday Night With My Baby/ Look For A Lie/ Oh Why/ Tell Me Pretty Baby/ BOBBY KLINT: Lovely Lady/ Moana/ Pretend/ Rock Me The Blues/ THE MCMILLIN BROTHERS: Let It Be Me/ Satisfied/ CECIL MORSE & FRANCISCANS: Don't Think I'll Like Tomorrow/ King Of The Fools/ TONY PAUDA & THE CRUISERS: Barbara Ann/ JOEY POWELL: Lidid/ THE SAVOYS: You Heartless One/ You're The Beating Of My Heart/ THE STRANGERS: A Song About J-u-d-y/ Crab Louis/ Lord Will Always Welcome You/ We're In Love, We're In Love, We're In Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Crystal Ball 1061 Rarest Of The Rare, Vol. 11 ● CD $17.98
25 vocal group rarities. According to the cover over 90% of the tracks are new to CD and the set includes 5 previously unreleased sides.
CHARLIE ALLEN: Sweetie Pie/ THE AVALONS: Picture of You/ THE BEAU-JIVES: Mr Sandman/ RON BENNET: Dingle Dangle Doll/ BILLY BROWN & THE BALLARDS: Why Baby Why/ THE CONTINENTALS: Don't Leave Me/ THE CYMBALS: My Darling/ BOBBY DOBSON & THE DELTAS: Diamonds and Pearls/ THE GARY MICKS: Johnny Dollar/ THE GOOD GUYS: Dom-De-Dom/ THE JACK-O-LANTERNS: The Great Pumpkin/ THE KENTS: Go Astray (prev. unrel.)/ Your Graduation (prev. unrel.)/ LITTLE JAN & THE RADIANTS: Heart and Soul/ THE MONTEREYS: Darlin/ THE PERFECTIONS: No More Love For You/ LEON PETERSON & THE MEL-O-DEES: This Creation/ ANNA RAYE: Will You Be There/ DARRYL RHOADES: Burgers From Heaven/ RICH & THE ROYS: My Heart (prev. unrel.)/ The Way You Look Tonight (prev. unrel.)/ THE TORPEDOS: My Little Angel/ THE TRAMPS: No Hope (prev. unrel.)/ THE VEL-VETTES: I'd Like To Know/ ROBERTA WATSON & THE CALENDARS: Dear Donnie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dee-Jay Jamboree 55111 Explosive Doowops, Vol 13 ● CD $17.98
First album in a while in this series features 26 tracks of obscure doo-wop from the 50s and early 60s - most of them making their first appearance on CD.  Includes 12 page booklet with artist photos and label shots.
M.R. BASEMAN & THE SYMBOLS: Rip Van Winkle/ JOHNNY BLAKE & THE CLIPPERS: Bella-marie/ THE CYCLONES: Say What?/ THE EL DOMINGOS: Lucky Me I'm In Love/ JERRY EVANS & THE OFF KEYS: Oh Little Girl/ THE FIVE EMBERS: I'm Free/ FLASH & THE MEMPHIS CASUALS: I Promise To Remember/ JIMMY GALE QUARTET: School Is Over/ THE GALES: Baby Come Home/ STEVE GIBSON & THE RED CAPS: It's Love/ THE HIDE-A-WAYS: I'm Coming Home/ THE INTERIORS: Love You Some More/ THE JO-VALS: I Want You (to Be My Girl)/ RONNIE JONES & THE CLASSMATES: My Baby Cries/ RONNIE MADISON & GROUP: Here I Stand/ THE MONTEREYS: So Deep/ THE ORIGINALES: Bandstand Sound/ THE PARAMONTS: When I Dream/ THE RENDEZVOUS: It Breaks My Heart/ S & H SCAMPS: Sassy/ THE SAVOYS: Oh Gee Oh Gosh/ THE SONNETS: Oh, Judy/ THE TRIDELS: Land Of Love/ THE UNIQUES: It's Got To Come From Your Heart/ THE VISIONS: Tell Me You're Mine/ SONNY VITO & THE FOUR JS: Put 'em Down Joe

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS DRCD 0555 The Best Of Derby Records, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
The first of three volumes presenting up tempo blues, R&B and vocal group sounds from the New York based Derby label recorded between 1949 and 1952. Tenor sax giant Freddie Mitchell who later went on to lead Alan Freed's band is featured prominently with his own orchestra and accompanying various vocalists. This volume has 26 tracks from Sammy Cotton, Freddie Mitchell, The Four Fellows, The Majors, Cootie Williams (his great cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford's Shotgun Boogie), The Carnations, Jimmy Preston, Doc Pomus, The King Odom Quartet and others.
JOE BLACK ORCH.: The Mainliner/ HONEY BROWN: Rockin and Jumpin/ THE CARNATIONS: Clown of the Masquerade/ Tree in the Meadow/ SAMMY COTTON: We're Gonna Ball This Morning/ SARA DEAN: I Got Your Boogie/ JACK DUPREE: Drinking Little Woman/ BILLY FAIR: Boogie In the Morning/ THE FOUR FELLOWS: Bend in the River/ I Tried/ WILLIE HUNTER: Willie's Blues/ THE JAMES QUINTET: Paws in the Kitchen/ THE MAJORS: At Last/ Laughing On the Outside/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: All Night Party/ FREDDIE MITCHELL: Mama Inez/ Mary Ann/ Hog Head/ Jersey Bounce/ KING ODOM QUARTET: Lover Come Back To Me/ DOC POMUS: Kiss My Wrist/ Traveling Doc/ JIMMY PRESTON: Oh Babe/ Rock Roll Roll/ CEDRICK WALLACE: Flying Star Boogie/ COOTIE WILLIAMS: Shotgun Boogie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS DRCD 0556 The Best Of Derby Records, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
26 more fine sides from Freddie Mitchell, Eunice Davis, Cootie Williams (this time covering Divorec Me C.O.D.), The King Odom Quartet, Champion Jack Dupree, Willie Hunter, The Majors, Honey Brown, Walter "Sandman" Howard, etc.
JOE BLACK ORCH.: The Beetle/ HONEY BROWN: Lonesome and Mistreated/ SAMMY COTTON: Here Comes the Pain/ EUNICE DAVIS: Long Lean Daddy/ Rock Little Daddy/ JACK DUPREE: Baby You Say You Love Me/ BILLY FAIR: I'll Be True To You/ BOB FERGUSON: Hard Lovin Woman/ WALTER "SANDMAN" HOWARD: Cuttin Out/ WILLIE HUNTER: I'm In Love With You Baby/ THE IMPERIALS: Hard Working Woman/ THE MAJORS: Come On Up To My Room/ You Ran Away With My Heart/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: I'm Gonna Move Across the River/ BOB MITCHELL: Red Beans and Rice/ FREDDIE MITCHELL: Hot Ice/ Madera Hop/ Moondog Boogie/ National Emblem March/ KING ODOM QUARTET: All of Me/ My Heart Cried For You/ JIMMY PRESTON: Front Door Blues/ My Baby Done Left Me/ Stop That baby/ COOTIE WILLIAMS: Beauty Parade Boogie/ Divorce Me C.O.D.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS DRCD 0557 The Best Of Derby Records, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98
26 more on the final volume including Freddie Mitchell, The King Odom Quartet, Bobby Harris, Sammy Cotton, Brownie McGhee, Big Dale Scott, Champion Jack Dupree, The King Odom Quartet, etc.
SAMMY COTTON: Back Bitin'/ EUNICE DAVIS: Evening Train/ I'm A Wild West Woman/ JACK DUPREE: The Woman I Love/ BOB FERGUSON: Wine Head/ BOBBY HARRIS: Up and Down the Hill/ WALTER "SANDMAN" HOWARD: Willow Tree Blues/ THE IMPERIALS: Why Did You Leave Me/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Sleepless Nights/ BOB MITCHELL: My Girl Wants A Millionaire/ FREDDIE MITCHELL: Cold Heat/ Home Sweet Home/ Indiana Express/ Louise/ Pony Express/ Roll 'em Boogie/ Summertime Boogie/ Wedding March/ KING ODOM QUARTET: I'm Glad I Made You Cry/ Rain is the Teardrops of Angels/ What A Wonderful Feeling/ JAMES QUINTET: I'm Just a Fool/ BIG DALE SCOTT: Bewitched/ Body & Soul/ CEDRICK WALLACE: Walking Holmes/ JIMMY WILLIAMS: Rock With It Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dynamite 4001 Dynamite Group Sounds - Cover Versions, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
25 tracks featuring cover versions of doo-wop songs including both familiar and obscure titles. Includes Sh-Boom by Arthur Lee Maye & The Jayos, Honey Love by Billy Storm & Group, Maybe by Bobby Pedrick & Group, When You Dance by Glen Madison & The Delcos plus sides by The Spinners, Gems, Vilons, Johnny Flamingo & Group, Otis Williams & The Charms. The original recordings are from the 50s and early 60s - the cover versions range from the 50s to 1990.
THE ACADEMICS: Darla My Darlin/ THE ARTISTS: A Thousand Miles Away/ THE CUPIDS: Troubles Not At End/ THE DEEP RIVER BOYS: Rock-a-beatin Boogie/ JOHNNY FLAMINGO & GROUP: You're Mine/ THE GEMS: Teardrops Are Falling/ WILLIE GREENE & THE HARRISONTONES: I Really Love You/ THE HI-LITES: Maybe You'll Be There/ THE JOKERS: Whisper (you Love Me)/ LOS 5: Wonderful Wonderful/ GLEN MADISON & THE DELCOS: When You Dance/ ARTHUR LEE MAYE & THE JAYOS: Sh-boom/ ARTHUE LEE MAYE & THE JAYOS: Sincerely/ NEW EDITION: Since I Don't Have You/ BOBBY PEDRICK & GROUP: Maybe/ THE PLATTERS: Sweet Sixteen/ THE SOFTONES: Can't Help Falling In Love/ THE SPINNERS: Dream/ BILLY STORM & GROUP: A Kiss From Your Lips/ Honey Love/ THE TEENERS: I Want You To Be My Girl/ NICK THOMAS & THE TOPPERS: Once Upon A Time/ THE VIBRATIONS: Stardust/ THE VILONS: Wish She Was Mine/ OTIS WILLIAMS & THE CHARMS: Creation Of Love/ United

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Funky Delicacies 011 Funky Funky New Orleans ● CD $15.98
14 tracks, 50 min., highly recommended
A collection of high octane, superfunk recorded in the land of Mardi Gras between 1969-1975, which will forever be known as the golden age of extreme funkifacation. If Eddie Bo doesn't get your blood and muscle moving, check your big toe for a white tag. Songs such as Louisiana Homegrown's Chiller are literally too funky for words, while others, including Chuck Cornish's Ali; Funky Thing (about the boxer) and Sonny Jones' Lighten Up, find the occasional vocal poking through the bass thump. The best track might just be If It's Good To Ya, It's Good For Ya (an Eddie Bo classic), in all its previously-unreleased extended-mix greatness. Louisiana Homegrown's two cuts are previously unreleased as well, as are The Scram Band's Don't Change Nothin' and I've Got Reasons. And while Jimmy Hicks' answer song I'm Mr. Big Stuff rides in a similar groove as the original Jean Knight classic, it doesn't touch it for attitude. Send more Eddie Bo. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Funky Delicacies 018 Funky Funky New Orleans 2 ● CD $15.98
18 tracks, 67 min., highly recommended
Even better than volume one, with more songs and greater diversity of style, FFNO2 features small combos such as Leroy Clofer & Company, whose Mr. Big Man sounds as if it were recorded in a Buick, as well as groups like the Dome City Rock Orchestra--their Quiet Village (Parts 1 & 2) sound like the forgotten theme song to "Shaft Goes To Studio 54". Count Ernie (Vincent) and the Top Notes' Things Are Better and Gary Brown and Soul Machine 2's Get Down Parts I & II among the finest funk examples. Eddie Bo is represented by the James Brown-like Sissy Walk and by Inell Young's The Next Ball Game, which Bo arranged. Trick Bag turns out a pair of excellent sides with their horn-soaked instrumental Dull Knifin' and Tennessee Waltz, featuring the vocal assurance of Luther Kent. Other highlights include Git-It by Sam & The Soul Machine, the slightly didactic Thief by Enticers, and Richard Caiton's Take A Hold Brother & Sister, featuring a vocal that is an appeal for togetherness and some cool bass work. This release might just make your CD player sweat. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Funky Delicacies 057 Funky Funky New Orleans 3 ● CD $15.98
17 tracks, 54 min., highly recommended
You've just got to admire Wardell Quezerque for having produced the Jean Knight hit Mr. Big Stuff (not included) and the answer song to it (That's Who I Think I Am) I'm Mr. Big Stuff (included) by the Wardell Quezerque Band. This is the third time around for small-time funksters in the Big Easy (cut between 1967-74) and includes such obscurities as the minimalist I'm Your Sex Machine by Unknown Male Singer, who also contributes Freakenstein--both previously unreleased. Carl Marshall & Sound Dimension offer up some Neville-esque second-line strut with Mardi Gras Party, originally on the Big Mama label. Burnt Toast & Coffee's Give Your Love To Me is previously unreleased and a bit shaky, but their I Love You Girl, Parts 1 & 2 redeems them. Other reasons not to let this slip away include Bobby McLaughlin's jazzy-funk workout Funky Birthday which would replace Happy Birthday at all such parties from now on if there were any justice in the world. Reuben Bell's Superjock is a nicely realized if predictable piece of funkiness. The Barons Love Power, "released here for the first time from the original master tapes," is built like a Hummer but gets better mileage. And count the Eddie Bo-produced Goody Man by Walter "Wolfman" Washington & The Soul Powers among the coolest cuts. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Grapevine Soul GVCD 3009 William Bell Presents Atlanta Soul - Peachtree Records ● CD $19.98
20 tracks, 57 min., essential
The Peachtree label (started by William Bell and his manager Henry Wynn) existed between 1968-71 and has acquired near mythical associations among soul 45 collectors because of the high quality of music and the scarcity of available copies. This welcome collection represents thousands of dollars in vinyl. The Four Dynamics' Things That A Lady Ain't Supposed To Do b/w That's What Girls Are Made For (Peachtree 129) is probably the rarest, though as Emory And The Dynamics their Let's Take A Look At Our Love b/w It Sure Would be Nice (Peachtree 107) isn't far behind. All four tracks are here, as is the northern soul classic by James Fountain Seven Day Lover. The label's biggest seller and, arguably greatest talent, Mitty Collier, is represented by four cuts, including the stunner Share What You Got. The CD offers nearly half the label's output, including Susie Rainy's You Hurt So Good, issued as a vanity record. Most tracks have never been on CD or anywhere else since their initial release. Gorgeous George's foray into deep soul It's Not A Hurting Thing is previously unreleased. Informative booklet notes but unfortunately no discography. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS IRCD 006 Rare Doo-Wops Of Infinity Records ● CD $18.98
Fine collection of early 60s doo-wop, R&B and girl group sounds from this small West Coast label. Includes The Electras, The Younghearts, Shad Printer, Penny Rae, Billy Storm (a very fine version of Since I Fell For You wounding like Jackie Wilson), Betty Turner, The Younghearts, The Ring A Dings (the hot rocking two part Snacky Poo), etc.
THE CHERIOS: Ding Dong Honeymoon/ Where Are You Tonight?/ THE DEBS: Dreamboat/ The Mask/ THE ELECTRAS: Boo Babe/ Ten Steps To Love/ The Stomp/ You Lied/ SHAD PRINDER: Here Goes A Fool/ Willow Tree/ PENNY RAE: Chugga Lugga Choo Choo/ Shame Shame Shame/ THE RING-A-DINGS: Snacky Poo/ Snacky-Poo Part 2/ RAY SMITH: Turn on the Moonlight/ BILLY STORM: Since I Fell For You/ BETTY TURNER: I Believe In You/ Life Is Like the River/ Stay Away From Jim/ Yo Yo Love/ THE YOUNGHEARTS: Do Not Forsake Me/ Unwelcomed Guest

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent 237 Mirwood Soul Story ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 61 min., highly recommended
These two dozen up-tempo dance floor stompers produced for Mirwood between 1965-68 ought to keep the Northern Soul fanatics on their feet for at least another hour. Bobby Garrett breaks the land speed record on My Little Girl with the seemingly obligatory, Motown-derived tambourine beating throughout. Jimmy Thomas' beater Where There's A Will features sole burning rhythm and frenetic horns going off in the background like fireworks. Girl Group aficionados will drool over The Belles' Words Can't Explain, The Mirettes' (formerly The Ikettes) Van McCoy-produced Now That I Found You Baby, and The Darlettes' Lost. Without any ballads for a break, just listening to this set is tiring. The closest thing to a slow song is the duet Whether It's Right Or Wrong by Jackie Lee & Delores Hall, which, as it happens, is the finest soul song here and perhaps the best vocal performance on the label. Contains wonderfully informative booklet notes by Adrian Croasdell, who claims that Vol. 2 will be out in 2006 and include a label discography. (JC)
THE BELLES: Don't Pretend/ Words Can't Explain/ BOB AND EARL: Baby, Your Time Is My Time/ EARL COSBY: Ooh Honey Baby/ THE DARLETTES: Lost/ BOBBY GARRETT: I Can't Get Away/ Keep It Coming/ My Little Girl/ CURTIS LEE: Is She In Your Town/ JACKIE LEE: Anything You Want, Any Way You Want/ Do The Temptation Walk/ Oh My Darlin'/ Whether It's Right Or Wrong/ THE MIRETTES: Now That I've Found You Baby/ Your Kind Ain't No Good/ THE OLYMPICS: Baby, Do The Philly Dog/ I'll Do A Little Bit More/ The Same Old Thing/ THE PERFORMERS: I Can't Stop You/ Set Me Free/ THE SHEPPARDS: Stubborn Heart/ RICHARD TEMPLE: That Beatin' Rhythm/ JIMMY THOMAS: Just Tryin' To Please You/ Where There's A Will

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 245 Does Anybody KNow I'm Here ● CD $18.98
Complementing Kent 226 this is another fine collection of soul songs commenting on the Vietnam war - 23 tracks in all.
J. W. ALEXANDER: Keep A Light In The Window Until I Come Home/ WILLIAM BELL: Soldier's Goodbye/ ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS: A Soldier's Prayer 1967/ BROTHERS OF SOUL: Wait For Me/ ROY C: Open Letter To The President/ THE CHARMELS: Please Uncle Sam (send Back My Man)/ THE DELLS: Does Anybody Know I'm Here?/ INEZ & CHARLIE FOXX: Vaya Con Dios/fellows In Vietnam: Fellows In Vietnam/ FUNKADELIC: March To The Witch's Castle/ MARVIN GAYE: Soldier's Plea/ THELMA HOUSTON: Don't Cry My Soldier Boy/ THE IMPRESSIONS: Don't Cry My Love/ TONY MASON: Take Good Care/ THE MASTERS OF SOUL: Please Wait For Me (my Darling)/ BILL MOSS & THE CELESTIALS: Welcome The Boys Back Home/ MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS: I Should Be Proud/ KING SOLOMON: Please Mr President/ THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS: Am I Ever Gonna See My Baby Again?/ THE TEMPTATIONS: War/ JOE TEX: I Can't See You No More (when Johnny Comes Marching Home)/ MELVERINE THOMAS: A Letter From My Son/ THE VELVELETTES: Your Heart Belongs To Me/ WATSON AND THE SHERLOCKS: Standing On The Corner

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 248 Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities 2 ● CD $18.98
24 hard to find titles.
THE ANGELS: You Got What You Want/ THE ATHENS ROGUES: She Could Love Me/ CARL BURNETT & THE HUSTLERS: Jerk Baby Jerk/ BILL BUSH: I'm Waiting/ EDDIE CAMPBELL: Contagious Love/ THE CHARMELS: Sea Shells/ JANICE CHRISTIAN WITH JOHNNY & THE CHARMERS: Just A Bad Thing/ THE EXTREMES: How I Need Your Love/ THE FASHIONETTES: Losin' Control/ GINO: It's Only A Paper Moon/ JIMMY "BO" HORNE: I Can't Speak/ WILLIAM HUNT: Would You Believe/ HERBERT HUNTER: Love Has Taken Over Me/ DENITA JAMES: Wild Side/ TY KARIM: You Just Don't Know/ BILLY KEEN: I Finally Got Wise/ THE MAGICIANS: (just A Little) Faith And Understanding/ PEGGY PAXTON: It Ain't What I Do (it's The Way I Do It)/ JOE TEX: I Wanna Be Free/ THE VOICE MASTERS: Two Lovers/ JACKIE WASHINGTON: Why Won't They Let Me Be/ JENNIFER WELLS: Dining In Chinatown/ DANNY WHITE: Miss Fine Miss Fine/ LOUISE WHITNEY: Gotta Keep On

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 250 The Return Of Mod Jazz ● CD $18.98
24 sides of soulful jazz and jazzy soul including two previously unissued sides.
THE AFRO BLUES QUINTET PLUS ONE: Liberation/ MOSE ALLISON TRIO: I Love The Life I Live/ CLARENCE ARMSTRONG: Beaver/ THE GEORGE BENSON QUARTET: Summertime/ OSCAR BROWN JR: Humdrum Blues/ RAY BRYANT COMBO: Sack O' Woe/ THE DAVE DAVANI FOUR: Top Of The Pops/ BILL DOGGETT: Twenty Five Miles/ LEON HAYWOOD: Ray's Theme/ THE HIDEAWAYS: Hide Out/ RED HOLLOWAY: Monkey Sho' Can Talk/ HANK JACOBS: East Side/ GENE MCDANIELS: Sweet Lover No More/ BUDDY MCKNIGHT: Everytime Pt 2/ JOHNNY OTIS: Banana Peels/ BILLIE POOLE WITH THE JUNIOR MANCE TRIO: Them Blues/ PUCHO & HIS LATIN SOUL BROTHERS: Canteloupe Island/ THE GOOGIE RENE COMBO: Wild Bird/ KENNY RICE AND LEO'S FIVE: Hold It/ MONGO SANTAMARIA: El Pussy Cat/ JOE SWIFT'S INTERNATIONALS: Bell Bottoms/ THE SWINGIN' TOMATOES: Get It/ TIMMY THOMAS: Have Some Boogaloo/ THE TKO'S: Getting Into Something

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Magic Rabbit 3012 The Kiddie Sound - "So Young", Vol. 12 ● CD $17.98
Another three volumes in this fine and popular series of teen doo-wop. Like the previous volumes each one starts with a different version of Why Do Fools Fall In Love and with a total of 30 tracks. This volume includes 18 songs on CD for the first time including two previously unissued.
WAYNE ANTHONY: Little Miss Lonely/ BECKY LEE BECK: Oh Please/ JIMMY CASTOR & THE JUNIORS: Without Your Love (pre unrel)/ THE CHANTERS: Row Your Boat/ THE COEDS: Time After Time/ THE COMBINATIONS: Pretty Boy/ LITTLE BECKY COOK & THE RAGMOPS: God Bless This Moment/ THE CRYSTALETTES: Please Stay Away/ NICK D'ALESSANDRO: I'm So Young/ THE DESIRES: Set Me Free/ THE DIAL TONES: Rock All Night/ DINO & THE DIPLOMATS: Hushabye My Love (pre unrel, alt ver)/ THE DOWNBEATS: My Girl/ THE ESSEX: Why Do Fools Fall In Love/ THE FIVE EMBERS: Love Birds/ THE HARMONAIRES: Come Back/ THE HEARTBREAKERS: My Love/ RONNIE JONES & THE CLASSMATES: Teenage Rock/ THE KODAKS: Look Up to the Sky/ LITTLE LINDA: Don't Take Your Love From Me/ LITTLE LISA: Hang On Bill/ LITTLE RAY: Come Baby Dance/ LITTLE TONY & THE HAWKS: Do What You Did/ LEWIS LYMON & THE TEENCHORDS: Lydia/ DONNY OSMOND: When I Fall In Love/ THE RIPPLES: Cowgirls to Boys/ TOMMY TOMORROW & THE YESTERDAYS: You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover (pre unrel)/ THE UNISONS: Losers Seem to Know/ LINDA YELARDY: Can't You See/ YOUNG JACKONS: Under the Boardwalk

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Magic Rabbit 3013 The Kiddie Sound - "So Young", Vol. 13 ● CD $17.98
30 more tracks - 21 on CD for the first time - 3 previously unissued.
FRANKIE ANTHONY: I'm a New Personality/ WAYNE ANTHONY: You Ain't Wrapped Too Tight/ LITTLE SHIRLEY CAPRI: Your Picture Neath My Pillow (prev unrel)/ JIMMY CASTOR & THE JUNIORS: I Promise/ THE CHANTERS: Angel Darling/ THE CO-EDS: To Be Or Not To Be/ THE COLLEGIANS: Zoom Zoom Zoom/ THE CRYSTALETTES: Shy Guy/ THE DIAL TONES: Ring A Ding Ding/ THE DISTINCTIONS: Token of Love/ DONNIE & THE DISCHORDS: Why Do Fools Fall In Love (prev unrel)/ THE EMPIRES: Please Tell Me Darling/ THE HEARTBREAKERS: Without A Cause/ LINDERELLA: I Don't Want To Walk Without You/ LITTLE BUDDY: Love Me Shirley Lee/ LITTLE EDITH: I Believe In You/ LITTLE JAN & THE RADIANTS: If You Love Me/ LITTLE LISA: Puppet On a String/ LITTLE RALPHIE MOLINA: Homework/ DONNY OSMOND: Are You Lonesome Tonight/ JIMMY PEMBERTON: That's What You Think/ LITTLE DANNY PESCE & THE PESCES: I Love Mom & Dad (prev unrel)/ RIPPLE WAVES & MICHAEL: Let Me Carry Your School Books/ THE SUGAR BUNS: Pajama Party/ JIMMY TAYLOR & THE TIKI-TURBANS: The Way of Love/ THE TEEN KINGS: That's A Teenage Love/ THE UNISONS: As I Walk Down the Street/ THE VARNELLS: Strut Time/ BABE WAYNE: There'll Bever Be Kissing Time/ THE YOUNG TONES: Come On Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Magic Rabbit 3014 The Kiddie Sound - "So Young", Vol. 14 ● CD $17.98
Includes 15 songs on CD for the first time, 3 previously unreleased.
FRANKIE ANTHONY: Little Girls Have Big Ears/ WAYNE ANTHONY: A Thousand Miles Away/ BOBBY & BENGALS: No Parking/ BOBBY & THE COUNTS: Too Young/ CARL CARLTON: So What/ CLAUDINE CLARK: The Get Set Song/ DOO WOP DOT COM: Why Do Fools Fall In Love (prev unrel)/ GWEN EDWARDS & CO-EDS: Love You Baby All the Time/ THE FEDERALS: While Our Hearts Are Young/ LITTLE JIMMY GANDY: Cool 13/ LEMMIE B. GOOD: Mother May I/ BUZZY KING: Your Picture/ LITTLE LAMBSIE PENN: Painted Lips and Pig Tails/ LINDERELLA: All Cried Out/ LITTLE FRANKIE: The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget/ LITTLE RICHIE & THE RICONS: Shank (prev unrel)/ LONNIE & CRISIS: Santa Town USA/ BOBBY MAXELL & EXPLOTS: Stay With Me/ LITTLE RALPHIE MOLENA: Rock-n-Roll the Vowels/ MIGUEL POVENTUD: My Amanda (Diana)/ ROBBIE REED & TONY DANO: Love Is Bubble Gum/ THE STUDENTS: Mommy and Daddy/ FAITH TAYLOR & THE SWEET TEENS: Your Candy Kisses/ THE TELLERS: I Wanna Run To You/ MICKEY TOLICER & CAPITOLS: Millie/ TONY & THE TWILIGHTERS: Be My Girl/ THE UNIQUE TEENS: Jeannie/ THE UNISONS: I'll Always Be Waiting (prev unrel)/ THE VESTELLS: Come Home/ THE YOUNG LADS: I'm In Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Manteca 235 It Came From Memphis - The Legendary Sounds Of Memphis ● CD $19.98
Two CD set featuring 39 tracks of Memphis music ranging from 1927 (Gus Cannon's Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home) to 2004 (The Country Soul Revue doing I'm Only Human). Along the way we hear blues, R&B, soul, rockabilly, country gospel, folk, blues rock, rock and more from Mose Vinson, The Mar-Keys, North Mississippi All Stars, Elder Beck (the amazing two part Rock And Roll Sermon), The Million Dollar Quartet, Syl Johnson, Sid Selvidge, Booker T. & The MG's, The Bo-Keys, The Country Rockers, The Memphis Jug Band, The Tearjerkers, Donnie Fritts with Lucina Williams, Bobby Rush and others. Compiled and annotate by Robert Gordon who wrote the book with the same name.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS MRCD 100 The Best Doo-Wops Of Madison, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
First of two volumes featuring recordings made for this New York based label in the early/ mid 60s. 25 tracks.
THE FRECKLES: Freckle Face/ Little Star/ NINO & EBB TIDES: Jukebox Saturday Night/ NINO & THE EBB TIDES: (someday) I'll Fall In Love/ Don't Run Away/ Those Oldies But Goodies/ THE PERRIS: Ballad Of A Happy Heart/ Jerilee/ JIMMY RAND: Peggy Peggy/ The Only Girl In My Life/ THE SINGING BELLES: High Noon/ THE TASSELS: My Guy & I/ To A Soldier Boy/ To A Young Lover/ THE TASSLES: The Boy For Me/ TICO & THE TRIUMPHS: Motorcycle/ TICO & TRIUMPHS: I Don't Believe Them/ THE UNTOUCHABLES: Do Your Best/ Everybody's Laughing/ Goodnight Sweetheart/ New Fad/ Poor Boy Needs A Preacher/ Raising Sugar Cane/ Sixty Minute Man/ Vickie Lee

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS MRCD 200 The Best Doo-Wops Of Madison, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
25 tracks.
HUGH BARRETT & THE VICTORS: Got The Bull By The Horns/ There Is A Fungus Among Us/ THE BELL NOTES: Friendly Star/ Real Wild Child/ Shortnin Bread/ To Each His Own/ BUDDY CLINTON: Joanies Forever/ Take Me To Your Leader/ DANTE & EVERGREENS: Time Machine/ DANTE & THE EVERGREENS: (gotta Be) The Right Time/ Alley Oop/ Da Doo/ Dream Land/ Think Sweet Thoughts/ What Are You Doing New Years Eve/ Yeah Baby/ EDDIE DELMAR: Blanche/ Love Bells/ MISS FRANKIE NOLAN: A Week From Sunday/ Say No More/ THE SINGING BELLES: Oh Happy Day/ Someone Love You Joe/ The Empty Mailbox/ GARY STITES: Honey Girl/ Little Lovely One

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Neil 100 The Best Of Neil Records ● CD $17.98
Only 14 tracks on this collection but that seems to be the entire output of this tiny New York based label that was active in 1956 & '57. Mostly good black doo-wop from The Monarchs, The Young Lads, Jimmy Williams and Bobby Williams plus two tracks from R&B singer Dorian Burton.
DORIAN BURTON: I Want You/ One Little Kiss/ THE KINGSMEN: One Foolish Mistake/ Stranded Love/ THE MONARCHS: Always Be Faithful/ How Are You/ In My Younger Days/ Pretty Little Girl/ BOBBY PIERCE: I Met A Stranger/ I've Tried/ JIMMY WILLIAMS: I Knew/ Love Only Me/ THE YOUNG LADS: I'm In Love/ Moonlight

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Piggy 505 Down Memory Lane, Vol. 5 ● CD $17.98
According to the cover 85% of these tracks are new to CD. 25 fine rarities, mostly from 50s and early 60s, from The Catalinas, Originals, Riffs (the great Little Girl), Edsels, Classmen, Mike Donato & The Fridells, Memory Lane, The Motivations (the previously unissued Zoom, Zoom, Zoom), The Fruit Gum Co., The Monterays and more.
THE ANGELS: Irresistable/ CAMILLE BROWN & THE ANGELENOS: Angels In Heaven/ THE BUDDIES: Give Me Your Love/ THE CARMEL SISTERS & SAFARIS: Joey's Comin Home/ THE CATALINAS: Marlene/ THE CLASSMEN: I Won't Cry/ JOEY DELL & THE CORVETS: Only Last Night/ MIKE DONATO & FRIDELLS: Dora/ THE EDSELS: Shake Shake Sherry/ CAROL FLEMING & GROUP: Your Tender Kiss/ FRUIT GUM CO: When We Get Married/ THE GENIES: No More Knockin/ JIMMY HIGGINS & THE MAGNIFICENTS: Upon The Mountain/ THE KEYNOTERS: Come Back Home/ LINDA LAWRENCE & THE EPICS: A Tear For Tommy/ LITTLE HENRY: What Have I Done Wrong/ THE MAJORS: Your Life Begins (at Sweet Sixteen)/ MEMORY LANE: The Night/ THE MONTELS: That's Alright With Me/ THE MONTERAYS: Goodbye My Love/ THE MOTIVATIONS: Zoom Zoom Zoom (prev. Unreleased)/ THE ORIGINALS: Gimme A Little Kiss/ THE RIFFS: Little Girl/ THE TREASURES: I Walk With An Angel/ YESTERDAY'S NEWS: Countdown To Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Piggy 506 Down Memory Lane, Vol. 6 ● CD $17.98
Although it doesn't say so the majority of the 25 tracks here are new to CD.
THE BLAZONS: Little Girl/ THE CARMEL SISTERS & THE SAFARIS: The Rumor/ THE CHANTS: Respectable (alt 20th Century Version)/ DAVE T & THE DEL RAYS: Lorraine/ THE DEL RIOS: There's A Love/ DINO & THE DIPLOMATS: Such A Fool For You/ THE DINOS: Twistin Irene/ LEON EVANS COMBO (FEAT LAURA LYNN): Let The Past (prove That I Love You )/ THE HOLIDAYS: Big Brown Eyes/ SHERON IVY & THE DREAM LOVERS: I Need You/ LINDA LAWRENCE & THE EPICS: At This Stage Of The Game/ THE MAJORS: Which Way Did She Go/ THE MATADORS: Let Me Dream/ THE MELO-D'S: A Thousand Stars/ MIKE & THE JAYS: Dingle Dangle Doll/ THE MOTIVATIONS: So Much In Love (prev. Unreleased)/ THE NEPTUNES: Make A Memory/ THE PASSIONS: Running Out Of Tears/ THE REFLECTIONS: Maybe Tomorrow/ THE RIFFS: Tell Tale Friends/ THE SECRETS: No Matter What You Do To Me/ THE SPOTLYTERS: Release Me/ ADAM TAYLOR: Yvonne/ THE VALIANTS: My Angel

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS R.O.A.D. 43 Music City Blues & Soul 1960s ● CD $15.98
20 tracks, 54 min, highly recommended
Red Wortham had worked in the Memphis recording scene since the 40s, discovering such artists as The Prisonaires, Gene Allison, Larry Birdsong, & Shy Guy Douglas. In the early 60s he revived the 40s Bullet label for deep soul, R&B & swamp pop. He also started Sur-Speed as a "sister" label. This set has some great tracks, both released & unreleased, & includes tracks by Douglas (Stone Doin' Alright), Birdsong (Somebody Help Me), as well as the Prisonaires' lead singer Johnny Bragg (the unreleased Walk Tall), Gene Allison's brother Levert Allison, (currently lead singer in The Dixie Travellers), & Robert Garrett, who tried to follow up his '62 Excello hit Quit My Drinkin' with the never released I Don't Want To Be Sober! (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS R.O.A.D. 44 Nashville's Got The Beat ● CD $15.98
20 tracks, 58 min, highly recommended
Great obscure Nashville soul with some Muscle Shoals thrown in. The great Nashville R&B DJ Hoss Allen formed Rogana Productions in '65 to farm out material to other labels. The artists are mainly obscure, though many can be seen on DVD on Bear Family's recent issue of Allen's TV show The !!! Beat. The tunes were done at either the King/Starday Memphis Studios, where Allen had his offices, or down at Muscle Sholas. For the Memphis sessions, the backing band was Johnny Jones & The Imperial 7, who was the house band on The !!! Beat, & included Larry Lee on rhythm guitar & Billy Cox on bass, both of whom would later play with Jimi Hendrix. Includes great tracks with a lot of deep soul from such artists as Rodge Martin, whose material was released on Bragg, Earl Gaines, Art Grayson, both of whom were released on HBR, with Gaines actually getting some airplay, as well as a few acts which were released on the local Excello label as well as Hollywood & Creative Workshop labels. Uniform excellence! (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Saxony 103 Saxony Records Vaults ● CD $19.98
Two CD set with 55 tracks recorded between 1961 and 1967 for the small Saxony label based in Cincinnati and run by producer George "Bud" Reneau and songwriter Paul Trefzger. A mix of doo-wop, R&B, rock 'n' roll and girl group sounds including Rollie Willis & The Contenders, The Teardrops, The Ditalians, The Cabarets, The Teddy Boys, Tommy Liss & The Matadors, Tom Dooley, Skipper Ryle, The Tin Men, Tommy Lysaght and others. Includes 16 page illustrated booklet with notes on all the songs and artists.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Soul Time 105 Soul Vocal Group Delights, Vol. 5 - Lover's Choice ● CD $18.98
22 soul vocal group ballads from the 60s and early 70s - The Admirations, Vibrations, Ruby & The Romantics, Eric & The Vikings, The Vandals, Montclairs, Odds & Ends, Impressions, Persians, Brass connection, Manhattans, Cannibal & The Headhunters and more. Minimal packaging.
THE ADMIRATIONS: Moonlight/ THE BALLADS: Baby I'm For Real/ BARBARA & THE BROWNS: I Don't Want To Have To/ BLOODSTONE: Give Me Your Heart/ BRASS CONNECTION: Sweet As Sugar/ THE BROADWAYS: Are You Telling Me Goodbye/ CANNIBAL & THE HEADHUNTERS: Please Baby Please/ COURTSHIP: It's The Same Old Love Song/ DYKE & THE BLAZERS: I'm So All Alone/ ERIC & THE VIKINGS: Vibrations/ THE IMPRESSIONS: Never Could Be You/ THE MANHATTANS: The Picture Became Quite Clear/ THE MONTCLAIRS: I'm Calling You/ THE NOTATIONS: I've Been Trying/ ODDS & ENDS: Talk That Talk/ THE O’JAYS: Ooh Baby You Move Me/ THE PERSIANS: Here It Comes/ RUBY & THE ROMANTICS: My Summer Love/ SISTER SLEDGE: The Weatherman/ THE VANDALS: Stay And Wait For You/ THE VIBRATIONS: If You Only Knew/ THE WEBS: Keep Your Love Strong

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Stateside 474 446-2 Soul Of Sue Records - New York City ● CD $11.98
Fine collection featuring 27 soul and R&B cuts recorded for Juggy Murray's Sue label and it's various subsidiaries between 1960 and 1966. Includes familiar hits like Ike & Tina's A Fool In Love, Inez & Charlie Foxx's Mockingbird and Baby Washington's That's How Heartaches Are Made along with fine lesser known tracks like Ikette Eloise Carter' s My Man Rockhead, Jackie Brenston's You Ain't The One, the gorgeous deep soul ballad If You've Ever Loved Someone and others. Also includes The Blenders, Barbara George, Jimmy McGriff, Prince La La, Ocie Smith, The Soul Sisters, Billy Prophet, The Poets, The Magnificent Seven and others. Excellent sound and 12 page illustarted booklet has informative notes by Libby Jones.
THE BLENDERS: Graveyard/ JACKIE BRENSTON & HIS DELTA CATS: You Ain't The One/ TINA BRITT: The Real Thing/ ELOISE CARTER: My Man Rockhead/ KING COLEMAN: Let's Shimmy/ INEZ FOXX AND CHARLIE FOXX: Hurt By Love/ Mockingbird/ BARBARA GEORGE: I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)/ You Talk About Love/ THE HOCKADAYS: Hold On Baby/ PRINCE LA LA: Come Back To Me/ THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: She's Called A Woman/ DEREK MARTIN: Don't Put Me Down Like This/ JIMMY MCGRIFF: I've Got A Woman (Part 1)/ SANDRA PHILLIPS: World Without Sunshine/ THE POETS: So Young (And So Innocent)/ BILLY PROPHET: What Can I Do/ OCIE SMITH: Everybody But Me/ THE SOUL SISTERS: Good Time Tonight/ Think About The Good Times/ IKE TURNER: The New Breed/ IKE AND TINA TURNER: A Fool In Love/ Stagger Lee And Billy/ Worried And Hurtin' Inside/ BABY WASHINGTON: That's How Heartaches Are Made/ JUSTINE WASHINGTON: I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby/ JEAN WELLS: If You've Ever Loved Someone

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS TCF 410 Doo-Wops Of 20th Fox, Vol. #1 ● CD $17.98
25 West Coast doo-wops from the late 50s and early 60s.
THE CARRIBEANS: Keep Her By My Side/ THE CATALINAS: Sweethearts/ Unchained Melody/ THE CHANTS: Respectable/ THE DELTONES: Framed/ I Never Knew/ THE DESIRES: I Don't Know Why/ Longing/ THE EMOTIONS: A Story Untold/ Boomerang/ Everytime/ I Love You Madly/ SHANE FENTON: Don't Do That/ I Know/ I'll Know/ THE HOLLYWOOD SAXONS: Everyday's A Holiday/ L.a. Lover/ THE IMPALAS: Last Night I Saw A Girl/ There Is Nothing Like A Dame/ JIM MITCHUM: Lonely Birthday/ Oh What A Wonderful Feeling/ TEX & THE CHEX: Beach Party/ Love Me Now/ THE VOYAGERS: I Feel Like Singing/ Time Keeper Of My Heart

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS TCF 411 Doo-Wops Of 20th Fox, Vol. #2 ● CD $17.98
25 more.
RICHARD BARRETT: Lovely One/ The Snake And The Bookworm/ LINDA BOWE: Breaking In A Brand New Heart/ My Last Affair/ THE CORVETS: Only Last Night/ Shark In The Park/ THE EMOTIONS: Heartstrings/ Little Miss Blue/ One Life One Love One You/ Rainbow/ JASON GRANT: House Of Cards/ It Doesn't Matter/ THE LOCOS: Oh Yes Indeed I Do/ Professor Loco/ THE MAJESTICS: Lone Stranger/ Sweet One/ FREDDIE MEAD & THE CALENDERS: Just Give Her My Love/ Mepri Stomp/ THE ROYAL JACKS: I'm In Love Again/ The Big Ring/ THE SILHOUETTES: Bull Frog/ Never/ THE SNAPPERS: Big Bill/ If There Were/ JIMMY SOUL & THE CHANTS: I Wish I Could Dance

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Tetra 4444 The Best Of Tetra Records ● CD $17.50
16 varied tracks from this small New York label recorded in 1956 and 1957. The first eight tracks are doo-wop sides by The Playboys, SEniors and Neons. There are two R&B instrumental tracks from Good Buddy (aka Buddy Lucas) and six fine rockabilly sides by Joe D. Gibson and Bill Flagg. Interestingly Gibson does a version of Jimmie Rodgers' Mule Skinner Blues which he calls Good Morning Captain which is very similar to the version that was a hit for The Fendermen a couple of years later.
BILL FLAGG: A Good Woman's Leaving/ Go Cat Go/ Guitar Rock/ I'm So Lonely/ JOE D. GIBSON: 21 Years/ Good Morning Captain/ GOOD BUDDY: Rockin' With The Duke/ The Kents Rock/ THE NEONS: Angel Face/ Kiss Me Quickly/ My Chickadee/ Road To Romance/ THE PLAYBOYS: One Question/ So Good/ THE SENIORS: Evening Shadows Falling/ I've Got Pleanty Of Love

 

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