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NEWSLETTER #139
Rhythm & Blues, Soul & Doo-Wop
Various Artists
 

 

 
 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1071 Gaz's Rockin' Blues ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 75 mins, highly recommended
Great collection of up tempo blues and R&B, mostly drawn from the Modern group of labelsm and compiled by Gaz Mayall - son of John Mayall and owner of legendary London club "Gaz's Rockin' Blues" which is celebrating its' 25th anniversary this year. This is an expanded version of the 1981 LP of the same name including eleven tracks new to CD - six of them previously unissued songs or alternate takes. Includes Etta James, Little Booker (aka Joe Tex), Richard Berry, Long Tall Marvin, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Elmore James, Little Johnny Jones, Van Robinson, Cookie & the Cupcakes, Goree Carter (the fine previously unissued Bad Feeling), Joe "Papoose" Fritz, Freddie Simmons Quintet, Joe Hill Louis (the previously unissued Nappy Head Woman) and more. Includes 16 page, copiously illustrated booklet with notes on the history of the club and on all the songs by Gaz himself. (FS)
RICHARD BERRY: Oh! Oh! Get Out Of The Car/ Yama Yama Pretty Mama/ GOREE CARTER: Bad Feeling/ COOKIE & THE CUPCAKES: I'm Twisted/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Texas Hop/ JEANNE DEMETZ (FEAT. JOHNNY ALSTON ORCHESTRA): Calypso Daddy?/ JOE "PAPOOSE" FRITZ: Wrong Doing Woman/ CHUCK HIGGINS ORCHESTRA: The Blacksmith Blues/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Gotta Boogie/ Shake Holler And Run/ ELMORE JAMES: Strange Kinda Feeling/ ETTA JAMES: Good Rockin' Daddy/ Tough Lover/ LITTLE JOHNNY JONES & THE CHICAGO HOUND DOGS: I May Be Wrong (Boogie Woogie)/ Sweet Little Woman/ B.B. KING: She's Dynamite/ Whole Lotta' Love/ LITTLE BOOKER (AKA JOE TEX): Open The Door/ LONG TALL MARVIN: Have Mercy Miss Percy/ JOE HILL LOUIS: Nappy Head Woman/ WILD BILL MOORE WITH SCATMAN: Rock And Roll/ ROBBIN RAY: Love My Baby/ VAN ROBINSON: Come On Let's Dance/ FREDDIE SIMMONS QUINTETTE: Hollywood Bound/ PREACHER STEVENS: Whoopin' And Hollerin'/ JOE TURNER & PETE JOHNSON: Don't Talk Me To Death/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Who's Been Jivin' You/ YOUNG JESSIE & THE CADETS: Mary Lou

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHK 1079 Ace 30th Birthday Celebration - Soul & Funk ● CD $11.98
Budget priced collection of 20 tracks from the Ace catalog featuring soul and funk recorded in the 60s and 70s.
ANN ALFORD: Got To Get Me A Job/ BOBBY ANGELLE: Too Much For You/ BETTY BARNEY: Momma, Momma/ REUBEN BELL: It's Not That Easy/ JAMES CARR: Pouring Water On A Drowning Man/ THE DIPLOMATS: Here's A Heart/ JOHN EDWARDS: Careful Man/ BRENDA GEORGE: What You See Is What You're Gonna Get/ EDDIE GILES: Soul Feeling (Pt 1)/ DAVE HAMILTON: Brother Ratt/ CLAY HAMMOND: My Jealous Girl/ Z.Z. HILL: Have Mercy Someone/ THE IKETTES: I'm So Thankful/ MILLIE JACKSON: Angel In Your Arms/ JOHNNY KING & THE FATBACK BAND: Peace Love Not War/ TOBI LARK: Happiness Is Here/ MARY LOVE: Hey Stoney Face/ PHILLIP MITCHELL: I'll See You In Hell First/ THE PERSIANS: I Can't Take Any More/ BETTYE SWANN: Make Me Yours

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Central 1002 B.M.T. Special - Rhythm & Blues In New York City ● CD $18.98
Great collection of R&B and blues recorded in New York between 1952 and 1956 - most of it making its first appearance on CD.
BIG BERTHA: Little Daddy/ Love Is A Crazy Thing/ RUDY FERGUSON WITH TEACHO WILSHIRE & BAND: Cool Goofin/ STOMP GORDON: Oooh Yes/ Please Don't Pass Me By/ Tell Me Why/ EMMETT HOBSON & THE RAG MUFFINS: Looka here, Mattie Bee/ AL JACKSON: Jelly Roll/ Let's Drink Some Whiskey/ BUDDY LUCAS & HIS ORCH.: Greedy Pig/ CHERRI LYNN: Baby I'm Gone/ MARTHA MOORE: I Gets A Hard Way To Go/ Yo, Yo, Yo/ JACK "THE BEAR" PARKER: Don't You Stay Away Too Long/ One More Kiss/ GLADYS "GLAD RAGS" PATRICK: I'm Gonna Stop/ Somebody's Lyin'/ BUDDY PHILLIPS & HIS ORCH.: That I Wanna See/ URSALA REED WITH JOE MORRIS ORCH.: All Gone/ You Hurt My Pride/ THE SHY-TANS: B.M.T. Special/ CHARLIE SINGLETON & HIS ORCH.: Alligator Meat/ Elephant Rock/ CARMEN TAYLOR: The Bride Should Have Been Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly SNAJ 732 The Curtom Story - We're A Winner ● CD $32.98
Three CD, 73 track retrospective of classic Chicago soul made for labels run by the great soul singer, writer and producer Curtis Mayfield. Includes all the hits and many hard to find tracks.Includes 48 page illustrated booklet with full label history, artist biographies and track-by-track notes.
THE AMAZERS: With A Warning/ JESSE ANDERSON: I Got A Problem/ BABY HUEY: Mighty Mighty Children/ NOLAN CHANCE: I'll Never Forget You/ GENE CHANDLER: Just Be True/ DEWI CHEETUM & HOWE: Impossible Decision/ LINDA CLIFFORD: (It's Gonna Be) A Long, Long Winter/ Runaway Love/ JUNE CONQUEST: Take Care/ What's This I See/ MOSES DILLARD & TEX-TOWN DISPLAY: I've Got To Fine A Way (To Hide My Hurt) (Part 1)/ THE FASCINATIONS: Girls Are Out To Get You/ I'm So Lucky (He Loves Me)/ You'll Be Sorry/ THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS: Behind Curtains/ Come Back/ Don't Change Your Love/ Don't Waste Your Time/ I'm the One Who Loves You/ Stay Close To Me/ BOBBY FRANKLIN'S INSANITY: Bring It On Down To Me (Part 1)/ GROUND HOG: Bumpin'/ DONNY HATHAWAY & JUNE CONQUEST: I Thank You/ LEROY HUTSON: Cool Out/ I Do, I Do (Want To Make Love To You)/ It's Different/ Lucky Fellow/ So In Love With You/ Sofunkistication/ THE IMPRESSIONS: (Baby) Turn On To Me/ Ain't Got TIme/ Check Out Your Mind/ Choice Of Colorrs/ Fool For You/ Seven Years/ Sooner Or Later/ This Is My Country/ THE JONES GIRLS: If You Don't Start Nothing/ Will You Be There/ MAJOR LANCE: Must Be Love Coming Down/ Stay Away From Me (I Love You Too Much)/ LOVE'S CHILDREN: Soul Is Love/ HOLLY MAXWELL: Suffer/ CURTIS MAYFIELD: Move On Up/ Superfly/ THE MAYFIELD SINGERS: I've Been Trying/ CASH MCCALL: You Mean Everything To Me/ MYSTIQUE: Fill You Up (With Love)/ THE NATRUAL FOUR: Give This Love A Try/ THE NATURAL FOUR: Baby, Come On/ Can This Be Real/ Eddie, You Should Know Better/ Heaven Right Here On Earth/ You Bring Out The Best In Me/ THE NOTATIONS: I'm Losing/ It's Alright (This Feeling)/ Superpeople/ Think Before You Stop/ CHUCK RAY: I'll Be There/ Reconsider/ THE STAPLE SINGERS: Let's Do It Again/ New Orleans/ MAVIS STAPLES: A Piece Of The Action/ RASPUTIN STASH: The Devil Made Me Do It/ You're So Special/ THE STRIDELLS: Mix It Up/ THE SYMPHONICS: Guilty/ JAMO THOMAS & HIS PARTY ORCHESTRA: I Spy (For The FBI)/ ED TOWNSEND: How Could You Do It?/ THE TRIPLETT TWINS: Get It/ FREDDIE WATERS: I Love You, I Love You, I Love You/ FRED WESLEY: House PARty/ THE WINSTONS: Need A Replacement

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Chess (UK) 9830153 Chess Northern Soul ● CD $14.98
Fine selection of 20 cuts of soul sides popular in the British Northern Soul clubs recorded for Chess, Checker and Cadet between 1965 and 1972. Includes quite a few tracks not readily elsewhere. Has 16 page booklet with notes, photos & label shots.
FONTELLA BASS: Leave It In The Hands Of Love/ TERRY CALLIER: Look At Me Now/ Ordinary Joe/ TONY CLARKE: Landslide/ The Fugitive Kind/ THE DELLS: Make Sure/ Run For Cover/ Wear It On Our Face/ MAMIE GALORE: It Ain't Necessary/ THE GEMS: I Can't Help Myself/ THE GOSPEL CLASSICS: More Love That's What We Need/ DENISE LASALLE: A Love Reputation/ RAMSEY LEWIS: Wade In The Water/ LITTLE MILTON: More And More/ You Colored My Blues Bright/ BOBBY MCCLURE: Peak Of Love/ THE RADIANTS: Hold On/ MARLENA SHAW: Let's Wade In The Water/ TOMMY & CLEVE: Boo Ga Loo Baby/ THE VALENTINOS: Sweeter Than The Day Before

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Chess 9830154 Chess Tearjerkers ● CD $14.98
20 great heartbreaking soul ballads recorded for Chess and its subsidiaries in the mid/ late 60s. In digipack with 16 page booklet with photos, label shots and notes on all the songs.
KIP ANDERSON: Without A Woman/ FONTELLA BASS: Since I Fell For You/ You'll Never Know/ GENE CHANDLER: After The Laughter/ I Fooled You This Time/ MITTY COLLIER: Drown In My Own Tears/ I Had A Talk With My Man/ FRED HUGHES: I Can't Make It Without You/ ETTA JAMES: I'd Rather Go Blind/ Losers Weepers/ Only Time Will Tell/ THE KNIGHT BROTHERS: Temptation 'bout To Get Me/ LAURA LEE: It's Mighty Hard/ Need To Belong/ She Will Break Your Heart/ MAURICE & MAC: You Left The Water Running/ MARLENA SHAW: Nothing But Tears/ IRMA THOMAS: Somewhere Crying/ Yours Until Tomorrow/ BILLY YOUNG: Have Pity On Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Crime Dog 104 Bring Back Yesterday, Vol. 4 ● CD $17.98
Fine collection of 27 doo-wop rarities - most making their first appearance on CD. Unfortunately, almost half the tracks show evidence of excessive digital noise reduction - still some very hard to find material here. Includes Clarence Palmer & The Jive Bombers, Hannah Lee & Group, Avis & Chuck Thompson & Group, Freddy Carpenter & The Rookies, Fred Bridges & Group, The Heartbreakers, The Rolling Crew (the fine blues Crying Emma), The Chapters, Johnny Flamingo & Group, The Ravons, Bette Mclaurin and others.
3B'S & HONEY: Grieving For You/ AVIS & CHUCK: Why So/ FRED BRIDGES & GROUP: It Must Be Love/ JERRY BUTLER & GROUP: Come Back My Love/ FREDDY CARPENTER & THE ROOKIES: Take Me Back Lover/ MARTHA CARTER & GROUP: I'm Through Crying/ THE CHAPTERS: Goodbye My Love/ THE DYNAMICS: Always I Have Loved You/ If I Give My Heart To You/ JOHNNY FLAMINGO & GROUP: All Aboard/ SONNY GEORGE & GROUP: Lip Lockin'/ THE HEARTBREAKERS: Goodbye Baby/ We'reGonna Have Some Fun/ HANNAH LEE & GROUP: He Means So Much To Me/ OPHELIA MCCALL & GROUP: One Heart, One Love/ BETTE MCLAURIN: The Masquerade Is Over/ THE MELLOW KINGS: The Kiss/ CLARENCE PALMER & THE JIVE BOMBERS: Sixty Minute Man/ THE RAVONS: Everybody's Laughing At Me/ ROLLING CREW: Crying Emma/ NELLIE RUTHERFORD & GROUP: Lavender Lace/ THE STARLETS: Where Is My Love Tonight/ THE SWANS QUARTET: I'm Dressed Up To Cry/ ZOLA TAYLOR & QUEENS: Oh My Dear/ VERNITA & THE FIVE JETS: I'm Not Leaving You Alone/ THE VIBRANAIRES: Ooh I Feel So Good/ THE ZIPPERS: Pretend You're Still Mine

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Crime Dog 105 Bring Back Yesterday, Vol. 5 ● CD $17.98
A particularly nice selection of obscure doo-wop plus some R&B including many tracks making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by Ed Harris & The Blue Dots, The Raybor Voices, Johnny Otis (a very nice version of Lawdy Miss Clawdy - where from?), The Veneers (fine female group with steel guitar), The Dukays (the great Festival Of Love with lead by Gene Chandler), The Flyers, Ozzie Osborne & Group (no not that one!), The Shadows (a black version of Bop A Lena best known by white rocker Ronnie Self - is this the original?), Bird Rollins & Group, Earl King & The Unique (not the New Orleans blues singer), Yvonne Vernee & Group, Julie Stevens & The Premieres, The Bombers, Big Mama Thornton & The Hi-Tones, The Five Diamonds and more. Sound is generally fine though several tracks feature excessive digital noise reduction.
DONEL AUSTIN & THE SENSATIONAL DELLOS: That's Why I'm Dreaming/ CHARLES BAKER & GROUP: Love Will Make You Change Your Mind/ THE BOMBERS: Two Time Heart/ THE CARRIBEANS: I Knew/ THE CORVETTES: When You're In Love/ THE DUKAYS: Festival of Love/ THE FIVE DIAMONDS: I Cried and Cried/ THE FLYERS: I Told Them/ ED HARRIS & THE BLUE DOTS: All You've Gotta Do/ JOHNNY & THE THUNDERBIRDS: They Say/ EARL KING & THE UNIQUES: Mysterious/ Right Now/ ED KIRBY & GROUP: Will We Ever Meet Again/ SONNY MOORE & GROUP: A Prisoner To You/ LITTLE RICHARD MORELAND & THE PYRAMIDS: Bells In My Heart/ OZZIE OSBORNE & GROUP: Lonely Is the Night/ JOHNNY OTIS & HIS BAND: Laudy Miss Claudy/ PHIL & HARV & GROUP: Darling/ THE RAYBOR VOICES: I Need You/ BIRD ROLLINS & GROUP: You Are My Angel/ THE SHADOWS: Bob A Lena/ JULIE STEVENS & THE PREMIERS: I Don't Want To Know/ LAWRENCE STONE & GROUP: Until the Real Thing Comes Along/ LEROY TAYLOR & GROUP: If I/ BIG MAMA THORTON & THE HI-TONES: Don't Talk Back/ THE VENEERS: Believe Me/ YVONNE VERNEE & GROUP: Your Touch/ JOHNNY ZORRO & GROUP: Somebody Cares

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Crystal Ball 1054 25 Years of Discovery Vol.1 ● CD $17.98
Fine collection of 25 doo-wop sides recorded between 1957 and 1963 and not originally issued. 21 of the tracks were issued on various compilations in the last 10 years and four are new to CD.
BILLY & THE ESSENTIALS: Resolutions/ THE CONCORDS: Tonight/ THE CRESCENTS: I Need Your Lovin (unreleased)/ THE DEBONAIRS: Nita/ DONNIE & THE CHAPELLS: Jeanie/ THE EMOTIONS: When You Dance/ THE ENVOYS: Declaration of Love/ TONY EVANS & GROUP: I'm Looking Over/ THE FABULOUS FOUR: Story Untold/ THE FASCINATORS: Teenage Wedding/ THE FOUR CHEERS: Holly/ THE FOUR EPICS: The Sad One/ FRANKIE & THE DARVELS: Mr Fortune Teller/ THE GAYTUNES: Heaven Sent You/ JORDAN & THE FASCINATIONS: Baby I Need You/ THE MARVELS: Gwendolyn (unreleased)/ MARY & THE TIDES: No One Else (unreleased)/ THE NIGHTMARES: Bananas/ THE ORIENTALS: Wouldn't You Cha Cha With Me?/ THE PHAROAHS (AKA FANTASTICS): Bye Bye Baby/ THE ROULETTES: Tell Me Baby/ THE SOVEREGNS: One Little Kiss/ THE STATENS: Where Was I/ THE VANCETONES: I Don't Stand A Chance (unreleased)/ THE VISUALS: Look at the Moon

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Crystal Ball 1055 25 Years Of Discovery, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
Like the first volume all 25 tracks here were recorded between 1957 and 1963 and not originally issued on singles - 21 of them showed up on various CDs in recent years and the remaining four are new to CD.
THE CENTURYS: Time Was/ NICKY COMO & THE DEL-SATINS: Crazy Questions/ THE CORDIALS: Captive of Love/ THE CRESCENTS: Why Am I Crying?/ THE DEVOTIONS AKA (MARTY & THE SYMBOLS): Looking For My Baby/ THE DIPLOMATS: One Summer Night/ DONNIE & THE DREAMERS: Heaven Only Knows/ THE ELEGANTS: Twinkle Little Star (orig acapella Demo)/ THE ESSENTIALS: Teenage Sweetheart/ THE EXCELLENTS: The Biggest Mistake/ THE FOUR EPICS: Summertime Angel/ THE FOUR GRADUATES (AKA EARLY HAPPENINGS): Caught In A Lie/ THE INTERLUDES: Cameo/ THE JIVE CHORDS: This Is My Love/ AL KASHA & GROUP: If I Were a Magician/ THE LANES: I Wonder/ THE MARVELS: Nightmare (unreleased)/ MARY & THE TIDES: We Danced (We Made Romance) (unreleased)/ THE SAFARIS: Dream Girl/ THE SEDATES: Don't Laugh At My Dreams/ THE SERENADERS: Only Mine/ THE VANCETONES: Rain Rain Go Away (unreleased)/ THE VERDICTS: Never Never Say Goodbye (unreleased)/ THE VISUALS: Darling We're In Love/ THE VOLAIRS (AKA EARLY VOGUES): Jolyn

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Crystal Ball 1057 Rarest Of The Rare, Vol. 10 ● CD $17.98
27 vocal group rarities from the late 50s and early 60s by mostly white groups including many appearing on CD for the first time including one previously unreleased.
AKI ALEONG & GROUP: How Do I Stand With You/ ANDY & THE MARGLOWS: Symphony/ BIG DOG: Doris/ STORMY BROOKS & THE ESCAPADES: Doris/ THE CLUSTERS: Pardon My Heart/ THE DEL RIOS: Alone On a Rainy Nite/ THE DEW DROPS: No Other Guy/ THE DRAKES: Ooh Wee So Good/ THE DYNAMICS: A Hundred Million Lies/ FLORENCE & THE NIGHTINGALES: In Your Loving Care/ BO FREEMAN & GROUP: The Girl For Me/ HARRISON FREESE: Earth Angel/ PAUL GRADY & GROUP: Darlin I Understand/ JOEY & RODGE WITH THE CRYSTELES: The One I Love/ SHERRY LEE & GROUP: Unwritten Law/ LARRY LEE & THE LEESURES: Desire/ RAY MURRAY & GROUP: Warm/ THE NORVELLS: Greasy Kid Stuff/ DAVE ROSE AND THE CONTINENTALS: Take This Heart/ JOHNNY ROSS & GROUP: My Dreams Have Gone/ THE ROYAL TEENS: Day Dream (unreleased)/ THE SEDATES: Bei Nir Bist Duschon/ Girl of Mine/ THE TABS: Oops/ GINGER TIME: You Told Me A Lie/ MORRY WILLIAMS & KIDS: Time Runs Out/ THE YOUNG LIONS: How Wrong You Are

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop 026 Magic Doo-Wops - Hocus Pocus, Vol #1 ● CD $17.98
22 doo-wops on the subject of magic, voodoo, etc.
THE CAVALIERS: The Magic Age of Sixteen/ THE CELLOS: Under Your Spell/ THE CHARMS: Could This Be Magic/ TONY DELL: Magic Wand/ THE DUBS: If I Only Had Magic/ THE ENCHANTERS: Spellbound By the Moon/ THE G-CLEFS: Mr Magic Moon/ DARLA HOOD: Witch's Brew/ THE IDEALS: Magic/ THE IVIES: Voodoo/ THE KINGS FIVE: Voodoo Man/ KENNY LORAN: Magic Star/ THE MAR-VELS: Voodoo Hurt/ THE MOHAWKS: Bewitched Bothered & Bewildered/ THE MOROCCOS: The Hex/ THE NEONS: Magic Moment/ NICK & NACKS: That Old Black Magic/ THE RAYS: Magic Moon/ THE ROBINS: Magic of a Dream/ THE THEMES: The Magic of You/ THE WHIRLERS: Magic Mirror

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop 027 Magic Doo-Wops - Hocus Pocus, Vol #2 ● CD $17.98
The magic continues with 23 more songs.
THE BALLADS: This Is Magic/ THE CAVALIERS: The Magic Age of Sixteen/ THE COMIC BOOKS: Black Magic and Witchcraft/ THE DAPPERS: Spellbound/ THE DAYLIGHTERS: Magic Touch/ THE DEL VIKINGS: The Voodoo Man/ THE FLEETWOODS: Magic Star/ THE FOUR EVERS: If I Were A Magician/ THE GLEAMS: Mr Magic Moon/ THE HI-TENSIONS: A Magic Island/ THE INTERIORS: Voodoo Doll/ THE KEYSTONERS: Magic Kiss/ BETTY LAVETTE: Witchcraft In the Air/ NICKI NORTH & THE CITATIONS: Magic Eyes/ THE PREMIERS: Magic of Love/ THE ROBINS: That Old Black Magic/ THE SHADES: Voodoo Woman/ THE SILHOUETTES: Voodoo Eyes/ THE SPIDERS: Witchcraft/ MARK STEVENS & THE CHARMERS: Magic Rose/ THE VELVETS: Baby the Magic Is Gone/ THE VIBRAHARPS: It Must Be Magic/ OTIS WILLIAMS & THE CHARMS: Gypsy Rose

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop 028 Believe In These Doo-Wop Wishes ● CD $17.98
Do wishes come true? Very rarely - but that doesn't stop us and here are 30 doo wop songs on the subject.
THE CADILLACS: Wishing Well/ TONY CAPRI: Counting Wishes/ THE CASUAL CRESCENDOS: Wish That You Were Here/ THE CHAUNTEURS: Wishing Well/ THE CLIPS: Wish I DIdn't Love You So/ THE CLOVERS: Wishing For Your Love/ THE CRENSHAWS: Wishing Star/ THE CRESCENTS: When You Wish Upon A Star/ JERRY DORN: Wishing Well/ THE DRAKES: I Made A Wish/ THE DRAPERS: The Love I Wish I Had/ THE EPICS: Wishing You Were Mine/ ERIC & THE PLAZAS: I Wish/ THE FOUR EPICS: How I Wish I Was Single Again/ THE FOUR FELLOWS: I Wish I Didn't Love You So/ THE GALLAHADS: Best Wishes/ BILLY GALLANT: Thinking Hoping and Wishing/ THE GENOS: Wishful Dreaming/ THE GOLDENRODS: Wish I Was Back In School/ CORNELL GUNTHER & THE CORNELLS: Wishful Thinking/ THE KEYNOTES: Really Wish You Were Here/ RICHARD LANHAM: Wishing All the Time/ LITTLE CHICO & THE CORONDOLAYS: My Wishes/ THE MELODEERS: Wishing Is For Fools/ THE METRICS: Wishes/ MIKE & THE UTOPIANS: I Wish/ RONI POWERS: I Wish/ RICKY RICARDO: I Wish For Someone/ THE STANDARDS: When You Wish Upon A Star/ THE STRING REYS: When You Wish Upon A Star

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop 0029 Doo-Wop Destinations, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
The Doo-Wop label continues its series of thematic compilations with the first of two volumes featuring place names. About half the tracks have previously been on CD.
EUGENE BALL & THE HEARTS: California Baby/ THE COASTERS: Down In Mexico/ THE CRENSHAWS: Moonlight In Vermont/ THE DOWNBEATS: China Doll/ THE FIVE CHANCES: Nagasaki/ THE FIVE SATINS: When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano/ THE FOUR SEASONS: Bermuda/ THE GLAD RAGS: My China Doll/ PROFESSOR HAMILTON & THE SCHOOLBOYS: Juanita of Mexico/ BILLY HUHN & THE CATALINAS: Baltimore/ THE IMPACTS: Canadian Sunset/ THE MILLIONAIRES: Kansas Kapers/ THE MONTEREYS: Take Me Back to Baltimore, Part 1/ Take Me Back to Baltimore, Part 2/ THE PELICANS: Down In Mexico/ BERLIN PERRY & THE GLEAMS: Tennessee Waltz/ THE QUINS: Hong Kong/ THE ROBINS: I Love Paris/ THE ROCKY MILLIONAIRES: Frisco Sands/ THE ROYAL HOLIDAYS: Down In Mexico/ THE SHAMANS: Southern California

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop 030 Doo-Wop Destinations, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
This volume takes us to Tucson with The Neon, Arabia with the Delcos, Detroit, Michigan with Ronnie Love, Old Cape Cod with The Five Classics, Baltimore with The Drifters and other trips with The Nutmegs, Belmonts Excellents and more. About one-third of tracks have previously been on CD.
THE ADMIRATIONS: Bells of Rosa Rita/ ARTIE BANKS & TELLERS: Oriental Baby/ THE BELMONTS: Santa Margherita/ THE COASTERS: Brazil/ THE COLUMBUS PHARAOHS: China Girl/ THE DE VAURS: Boy In Mexico/ THE DELCOS: Arabia/ THE DIAL TONES: Chicago Blues/ DONNIE & THE DEL CHORDS: Transylvania Mist/ THE DRIFTERS: Baltimore/ THE EXCELLENTS: Coney Island Baby/ THE FIVE CLASSICS: Old Cape Cod/ THE HI FIVES: Hong Kong/ GUY JOEY: Philly Stomp/ HORACE LITTLE: Texas Stomp/ RONNIE LOVE: Detroit Michigan/ THE MARATHONS: Down In New Orleans/ THE MELODY MAKERS: Carolina Moon/ THE NEONS: Tucson/ THE NUTMEGS: Down In Mexico/ JIMMY RICKS & SUBURBANS: Big Man of Missouri/ THE ROCKETONES: Mexico/ THE SILVERTONES: Canadian Sunset/ HENRY STROGIN & THE CROWNS: I Love LA/ THE TIFANOS: Louisiana

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop 031 Doo-Wop Vault Of Memories ● CD $17.98
The Doo-Wop label's latest thematic compilation is on the subject of memories including Vault Of memories by The Persians, Memories by the Decoys, Make A Memory by The Neptunes, Happy Memories by The Cleftones plus sides by The Four Bars, Flamingos, Lenny Dean & the Rockin' Chairs, Donnie & the Dreamers, The Fidelities and many more.
THE BREAKERS: Balboa Memories/ CARL BURNETT & THE HUSTLERS: Sweet Memories/ NANCY CAROLE: Memories We Share/ THE CHANTELS: Memories/ THE CLEFTONES: Happy Memories/ LENNY DEAN & THE ROCKIN CHAIRS: Memories of Love/ THE DECOYS: Memories/ TOMMY DEE & THE COVINAS: Thanks for the Memories/ DONNIE & THE DREAMERS: My Memories of You/ FARREL & THE FLAMES: Dreams and Memories/ THE FIDELITIES: Memories of You/ THE FIVE CROWNS: Memories of Yesterday/ THE FLAMINGOS: My Memories of You/ THE FOUR BARS: Memories of You/ THE HALLIQUINS: Haunting Memories/ THE HARPTONES: My Memories of You/ THE HIPPIES: Memory Land/ THE KING KROONERS: Memories/ THE LEISURE LADS: A Teenage Memory/ THE MISTICS: Memories/ THE NEPTUNES: Make a Memory/ THE ONTARIOS: Memories of You/ THE PARAGONS: Just a Memory/ THE PASSIONS: Too Many Memories/ THE PERSIANS: Vault of Memories/ YOLANDA & THE NATURALS: My Memories of You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dynamite DGS 139 Dynamite Group Sounds, Vol. 39 ● CD $17.98
The latest in this fine series features 26 vocal group rarities from the 50s and early 60s - most have been on CD before but the standard here is very high.
THE BLENDAIRS: My Roseann/ THE BLUE CHIPS: Come Back/ THE CELEBRITIES: Goodnight/ THE CONCEPTS: Over the Rainbow/ THE DUVALS: You Came To Me/ THE FABULOUS FLAMES: Josephine/ THE FIVE NOTES: Park Your Love/ THE FOUR BUDDIES: Delores/ Lonely Summer/ THE GALAHADS: Why Do Fools Fall In Love/ THE GRAND PRIXS: Late Summer Love/ THE HAWKS: These Blues/ THE INTERLUDES: I Shed A Million Tears/ THE LIONS: No One/ THE LOVERS: Party Line/ GLEN MADISON & THE DELCOS: When You Dance/ THE METRONOMES: Dear Don/ THE NOBELLS: Crying Over You/ THE REBELS: No More Tears/ THE ROMANCERS: It Only Happens With You/ THE ROYAL ROBINS: How High the Moon/ THE SHEIKS: Please Don't Take Away the Girl I Love/ THE SWINGING HEARTS: You Speak of Love/ THE UNIQUES: Picture of My Baby/ MEL WILLIAMS & THE MONTCLAIRS: Stay With Me/ BENN ZEPPA & THE ZEPHYRS: A Foolish Fool

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fishy 1001 Rarest Of The Rare - Soul Harmony, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
24 tracks, 75 min., recommended
Can't dispute the claims of rarity here. Half don't show up in price guides and the ones that do would cost over $5000 if you could find nice copies of the 45s, which you can't. In that sense, this is an incredible deal. In another sense, too many of these songs are slow, syrupy ballads that have earned their obscurity. A few cuts are as good as they are rare, but too few. Heavy on male soul harmony groups, light on memorable songs. The Delvados buck the trend and go mid-tempo for a fine performance on I Gave My Heart To You, Likewise, Product Of Time's That's A Good Reason is a nice slice of wax, and the first (track #20) with female lead vocals. Two of the other gems here are also from the distaff side: Woman's I Want To Get You Back and The Pearls' Can I Call You Baby. Other rarities include Genie Man and Did You Catch Our Name by The New Creations, And Now by The Jades, Love Made It All by The Executive Branch, Fell For You by The Intellects, the mega-rare Please Don't Take Your Love by The Executive Four, and plenty more. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Funky Delicacies 0014 Funky Funky Houston ● CD $15.98
17 tracks, 51 min., highly recommended
Specifically, the funkiness here all comes from the tiny Houston label, Ovide Records, owned and operated by KCOH-AM disc jockey Skipper Lee Frazier. In his spare time, Frazier managed Archie Bell, whose single Tighten Up went #1 nationally on Atlantic Records, but it was issued on Ovide first. This album collects rare material from the Ovide vaults cut between 1967-72, including three previously unissued tracks. And while a little uneven, the performances are generally quite strong, especially Crackerjack by Americans of '72, Please Heart Don't Break by the TSU Toronados (who acted as house band for Frazier), and Get Your Point Over by Sebastian Williams. A worthy addition to the funk library. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Funky Delicacies 066 Funky Funky New Orleans 4 ● CD $15.98
17 tracks, 62 min., highly recommended
Because this funk dates to 1969-1973, the first track, Brotherhood's reading of Tom T. Hall's The Monkey That Became President, Part 1, couldn't possibly be a comment on George Dubya, which is just as well. Besides, Brotherhood's Sooky Feeling is bigger and better. Of course if you were to judge a CD by its cover, then this one's photo of a singing and dancing bikini-clad, obese black woman with a platinum blonde wig might give you pause. (The image would seem to be a nod to The Fantoms' Turn Me On ("Big fat woman/Turn me on"), which is nearly as good as their instrumental Jungle Weed.) The Brothers Two kick in C'mon And Make Me, which is the best cut, at least until Lonnie Jones' You Got To Do Better, comes along and claims that prize. It's the only thing here that feels as if it must have been a hit somewhere. But it wasn't. Jerry Byrne's I'm From The South wins the down-home reference award for the line "I like salt meat in my beans." Trick Bag's cover of Ode To Billy Joe is the only previously unreleased song, but the others are not exactly easy to turn up. Send more Lonnie Jones. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Funky Delicacies 0072 Funky Funky New Orleans 5 ● CD $15.98
17 tracks, 60 min., essential
The previously unreleased stuff here (six tracks) is only slightly more difficult to find that the rare stuff, which was originally issued on such obscure labels as Power Funksion, Steven-B, U-Solo, and Fordom, among others. But from the first cut (Sam & The Soul Machine's Gun) to the last (Dome City Orchestra's Blues For Stevie), both seeing the light of day for the first time, this album is seriously funky. Song for song it's the best in the series so far, and that goes for the sound quality too. A winner. Cool photos, but no booklet notes whatsoever. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS GC 306 Group Classics, Volume 6 ● CD $17.98
25 ultra rare doo wop sides including unreleased tracks and sides by unknown artists. Sound quality is fine but production is sloppy - a couple of the groups' names are spelled incorrectly and the sequence is mixed up and the real twelfth track is unidentified. It's a nice up tempo song that appears to be called Count On Me - by who? Also includes sides by June & The Januarys, The Debonaires, Squires, Intruders, Uniques, Swallows, Acedemics, Counts and others.
THE ACEDEMICS: I Often Wonder/ THE CARDINALS: For Awhile/ THE CASHMIRES: Train of Love (unreleased)/ THE COUNTS: Wailin Little Mama/ THE DE BONAIRES: Lanky Linda/ THE DEBONAIRES: I'm Gone/ THE DREAMLOVERS: Lucielle/ THE EL VIREOS: First Kiss/ THE FOUR ARCS: It Won't Be Very Long/ THE INTRUDERS: Calling/ JUNE & THE JANUARYS: Hello/ THE LIMELIGHTERS: Sister Sooky Comes Homes/ THE LYRES: Ship of Love/ THE MAJESTICS: Nitey Nite/ THE NOELAIRES: My Only Girl/ What Would You Do/ THE SAFFIRES: River of Tears/ THE SQUIRES: A Dream Come True/ THE SWALLOWS: Good Time Girls/ THE TUNEMASTERS: Be the One/ THE UNIQUES: How Was I To Know/ UNKNOWN GROUP (2): Count On Me/ UNKNOWN GROUP (3): Love Is A Game/ UNKNOWN GROUP (4): Three Little Pigs/ UNKNOWN GROUP (1): You Know You Were Wrong

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Henry Stone Music 25015 Miami Funk, Vol. 2 ● CD $11.98
13 tracks, 34 min., highly recommended
As they have many of the soul and funk projects on Stone's various 1960s and 1970s labels, musicians and producers Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke have left their fingerprints all over this collection. That's them on the predictably titled Funky In The Hole performing as The Blowflys. That's them recording as The Funk Bunch on Miami Funk. They wrote Screwdriver for Johnny K, and Mr. Hot Stuff for the studio-only aggregation know as The Hot Stuffs. And they take production credits on Notorious by Miami, a group that included Warren "Roach" Thompson on guitar. And that's all good because Messrs. Reid and Clarke knew exactly what they were doing and did it real damn well. So this is an excellent collection of Miami-based funk. Count Mona Lisa's raw and enervating They Don't Know as an unexpected pleasure. CD also includes cuts by Freddie Scott, Funky Nassau, Little Beaver, and more. All second volumes should be this good. But 34 minutes? (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 249 GWP-NY - TCB ● CD $18.98
24 rare and unissued soul sides recorded for George W. Purcell's GWP label in the late 60s/early 70s - all making their first appearance on CD.
LARRY BANKS: Ooh It Hurts Me/ BETTY BARNEY: You Want My Lovin/ JOAN BATES (AKA KAIBI): We Can Do It/ MILTON BENNETT: I'm Ready/ What's One More Lie/ ALICE CLARK: Heaven's Will (must Be Obeyed)/ THE DEVONNES: (you'd Better) Straighten Up And Fly Right/ LILLY FIELDS: Keep Your Love Warm/ BENNY GORDON: I've Been Down So Long/ BENNY GORSON: You Can't Stand Alone/ THE HESITATIONS: Gotta Find A Way/ Is This The Way To Treat A Girl (you Bet It Is)/ LITTLE ROSE LITTLE: He's What I Need/ THE MODETTES: Honey Man/ FRANKIE NEWSOME: My Lucky Day (part 1)/ BOBBY PENN: No Defense/ THE PERSIANS: I Can't Take It Any More/ I Don't Know How (to Fall Out Of Love With You)/ THE SHALADONS: Without Your Love/ DEBBIE TAYLOR: Don't Let It End/ Don't Nobody Mess With My Baby/ Let's Prove Them Wrong/ All That I Have

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 251 For Connoisseurs Only, Volume 2 ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 66 min., recommended
Raiding the Modern/Kent vaults once again, Kent's second volume of obscure soul singles includes a few previously unreleased tracks. And while nothing here is must-have material, almost all of it is at least worthwhile. The closest things to essential listening are Jackie Day's What Kind Of Man Are You, The Mylestones' Sexy Lady, Jimmy Bee's Wanting You, Willie Hutch's I Can't Get Enough, The Styles' I Know You Know That I Know, Brenda George's I Can't Stand It (I Can't Take It No More), Betty Bibbs Enough For Everybody, and Wayne Boykin's Gray Skies. And that ain't bad. Felice Taylor's photogenic face graces the booklet cover, and her kittenish, little-girl vocal on Captured By Your Love will either endear or annoy, depending. Also on the "of questionable enjoyment" list, The Sweethearts' No More Tears, a derivative, Motownesque romp about which Berry Gordy's legal staff might have had something to say. Uneven, as one would expect, but smooth enough to satisfy. The booklet notes help. (JC)
ARTHUR K. ADAMS: I Need You/ JOHNNY ADAMS: No In Between/ BETTY BIBBS: Enough For Everybody/ WAYNE BOYKIN: Gray?/ BRILLIANT KORNERS: Change In Me/ JACKIE DAY: What Kind Of Man Are You/ SHERWOOD FLEMING: Peace, Love & Understanding/ BRENDA GEORGE: I Can't Stand It (I Can't Take It No More)/ BILLY HARNER: Irresistible You/ JOE HAYWOOD: Let Me Whisper/ WILLIE HUTCH: I Can't Get Enough/ TRINI LOPEZ: Sinner Not A Saint/ MARY LOVE: Dance Children Dance/ THE MYLESTONES: Sexy Lady/ LEON PETERSON: My Bag/ JIMMY ROBINS: That Someone Don't Know It/ THE STYLES: I Know That You Know That I Know/ THE SWEETHEARTS: No More Tears/ FELICE TAYLOR: Captured By Your Love/ TERRY & THE TYRANTS: Say It Baby/ THE UNIVERSALS: Without Friends/ UNKOWN ACCAPELLA MALE GROUP: I Need Your Lovin' So Bad/ BILLY WATKINS: Love Line/ JOHNNY WILLIAMS: Don't Cha' Ever Forget It/ EARL WRIGHT: Them Love Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 253 Heavy Soul - Old Town Down & Dirty ● CD $18.98
Though best known for it's blues, R&B, doo-wop and pop releases, the Old Town label and it's Barry subsidiary issued some fine deep soul in the 60s and this collection features 24 of those tracks - most making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by Thelma Jones, The Flambeaus, Jesse Gee, Lester Young, Dickie Williams, Tommy Andre, Irene Reid, Peggy Scott, Frank Howard & The Commanders and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Magic Rabbit 3015 The Kiddie Sound - "So Young", Vol. 15 ● CD $17.98
This excellent series continues with another three volumes featuring teen (and occasionally pre-teen) doo-wop. As always this volume starts off with a version of Why Do Fools Fall In Love - this time a previously unreleased version by The Decoys. 30 tracks in all - 18 of them new to CD and five are unreleased. Includes tracks by Little Anthony & The Imperials, Miguel Poventud (a Spanish version of I Promise To Remember), Little Tony & The Hawks, Little Richie & The Ricons, The Del Rays, The Tren-Teens (fine lead vocalist who sounds like Arlene Smith), The Montagues, Interpreters, Kenny Husky, The Berets, Jimmy Pemberton, Krista Morton And The Crosstone (who looks to be about eight years old from the photo here), Donnie & The Chapells, etc.
LITTLE WAYNE ANTHONY: Freedom to Love/ THE BERETS: The Bells/ BOBBY & THE COUNTS: Tra La La (Iím So Happy)/ LITTLE BUDDY: Lets Make Love/ THE COMBINATIONS: About You/ THE DECOYS: Why Do Fools Fall In Love/ THE DEL RAYS: One Kiss One Smile and a Dream/ DINO & THE DIPLOMATS: I Canít Believe/ DONNIE & THE CHAPELLS: Local City/ THE GIRLFRIENDS: I Want To Be Happy/ EDDIE HODGES: Iím Gonna Knock On Your Door/ KENNY HUSKY: Mr Future/ THE INTERPRETERS: I Get the Message/ LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS: Please Say You Want Me/ LITTLE FRANKIE: Iím Not Gonna Do It/ LITTLE JAN AND THE RADIANTS: Heart and Soul/ LITTLE RAY: You Canít Hurt Me/ LITTLE RICHIE & THE RICONS: Arlene/ LITTLE TONY & THE HAWKS: Cry Cry Cry/ BOBBY MANDOLPH: This Thing Called Love/ THE MONTAGUES: School Rock/ KRISTA MORTON & THE CROSSTONES: Mommy and Daddy/ DONNIE OSMOND: Too Young/ JIMMY PEMBERTON: Rags to Riches/ MIGUEL POVENTUD: Prometo Recordarte (I Promise to Remember)/ THE SALAS BROTHERS: Leaving You/ THE TREN-TEENS: My Babys Gone/ THE UNISONS: Til There Was You/ THE VELTONES: Now/ LINDA YELARDY: My Little School Mate

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Magic Rabbit 3016 The Kiddie Sound - "So Young", Vol. 16 ● CD $17.98
30 more teen doo-wops including nine tracks on CD for the first time and three previously unissued.
BOBBY & THE IMPALAS: By the Way/ THE BOSS-TONES: Mope-Itty-Mope/ THE CAPERS: Miss You Dear/ THE CAPRIS: Oh My Darling/ CHEE CHEE AND PEPPY: My Love Will Never Fade Away/ NICK D'ALESSANDRO: I'm So Happy/ TONY DEAN: I Wear the Shoes of a Man/ DINO & THE DIPLOMATS: Hushabye My Love/ THE DUPONTS: Prove It Tonight/ THE EL PASO DRIFTERS: Close Your Eyes/ THE EMPIRES: Ride On/ EDDIE HOLMAN: Why Do Fools Fall In Love/ THE KING KROONERS: Won't You Let Me Know/ LITTLE D AND THE DELIGHTERS: A Love So Fine/ LITTLE JIMMY & THE TOPS: Puppy Love/ LITTLE JOE AND THE MORROCOS: Trouble In the Candy Shop/ THE M&M'S: There In the Night/ KRISTA MORTON & THE CROSSTONES: This Little Light/ THE NEW EDITION: Earth Angel/ THE NOBLE TONES: I'm Really Crying/ THE PRE-TEENS: Pass It On/ THE PRETENDERS: Smile/ EDDIE ROBBINS: It Was Fun/ FAITH TAYLOR & THE SWEET TEENS: Don't Worry/ THE UNIQUE TEENS: At the Ball/ THE VARNELLS: All Because/ THE YOUNG JACKSONS: My Girl/ THE YOUNG TONES: By the Candleglow/ BEN ZAPPA: Baby I Need You/ THE ZEBULONS: Falling Water

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Magic Rabbit 3017 The Kiddie Sound - "So Young", Vol. 17 ● CD $17.98
31 more teen tracks - three previously unreleased.
LITTLE GEORGE BENSON: It Should've Been Me/ CAROL BLADES: Candy Store Lullabye/ BRIDGET: Little Boy/ BUTCHIE & THE VELS: Please Tell the Angels/ THE CASTELLES: Heavenly Father/ JIMMY CASTOR: Interview/ I Know the Meaning of Love/ THE CO-ED'S (FEAT GWEN EDWARDS): I'm In Love/ DONNIE & THE CHAPELLS: Jeannie/ THE EXTREMES: That's All I Want/ THE GIRLFRIENDS: No More Tears/ THE INSPIRATIONS: Aye Yai Yai/ RICHARD LANAHAM: Dance of Love/ LITTLE JOEY & THE FLIPS: It Was Heaven/ LONNIE & THE CRISIS: The Bells in the Chapel/ FRANKIE LYMON: Sea Breeze/ FRANKIE & LEWIS LYMON: Why Do Fools Fall In Love (live)/ THE MELLO-MOODS (FEAT 14 YEAR OLD RAY WOOTEN: Where Are You/ NICKY & THE NOBLES: School Bells/ RONNIE & THE CLASSMATES: Little Girl Next Door/ RONNIE & THE HIGHLITES: Too Young/ THE SALAS BROTHERS: Darlin/ THE SCHOOLBOYS: Ding A Ling Coo Coo Mop/ THE SIX TEENS: Heaven Knows I Love You/ THE STUDENTS: My Heart Is An Open Door/ That's How I Feel/ FAITH TAYLOR & THE SWEET TEENS: I Love You Darling/ TONY & THE TWILIGHTS: Key To My Heart/ THE VAN DYKES: Come On Baby/ THE VOICES FIVE: Lover Come Back To Me/ WAYNE & THE NEWTONES: I Spy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Night Train 7115 Legendary Labels Of Louisiana - The Best Of Rustone ● CD $15.98
16 tracks - most of them recorded for the tiny Rustone label out of Houma, Louisiana in the early 60s. Six of the tracks are by fine swamp pop band Emmet & The Jades, four by soulful R&B vocalist Willie West, two by The Scotchtones including their much in demand rocker Sake Wa Dukie and two by swamp pop vocalist Bobby Jay. The last two tracks are by Jack & The Rippers - a later incarnation of Emmet & The Jades issued on the Houma label in the late 60s.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Numero 1 Eccentric Soul - The Capsoul Label ● CD $19.98
19 tracks, 60 min., essential
The Capsoul (short for Capital City Soul) label only survived for five years, only issued a dozen 45s, only pressed one LP (by the Four Mints), but has since gained legendary status in soul circles. Their secret? Founder Bill Moss released great soul songs and, unless you lived in or near the source (Columbus, Ohio), they were tough to find even when they were new. The master tapes drowned in a flood (although the sound here is quite good), and Moss destroyed his back stock one sad day. Perhaps the best known group here is the Four Mints (who still perform in Ohio). Their doo-wop inspired You're My Desire and Do You Really Love Me worked their way up the national R&B charts to #80 and #84, respectively--an amazing achievement considering the lack of distribution and promotion available to Capsoul. Marion Black's Go On Fool did even better (although on the Avco Embassy label), reaching #39 in 1971. Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr's You Can't Blame Me had regional hit power, but didn't chart. But the hands-down, put-on-your-soul-shoes best track has got to be the Kool Blues' I'm Gonna Keep On Loving You, on the short list for most underrated soul song of the '70s. The other two Kool Blues tracks shine too. The booklet notes do not include much session information, but you can't have everything. The reissue label seems as obscure as Capsoul was. May it last longer. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Popcorn 6001 Legendary Leads Of Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
24 tracks recorded between 1960 and 1964 by R&B singers who got their start singing with doo-wop groups. Most of the material is in the pop-R&B vein which is called "popcorn" in Europe.
BILLY BARNES: Until/ JIMMY BEAUMONT: Camera/ Please Send Me Someone To Love/ JIMMY BREEDLOVE: Queen Bee/ To Belong/ VARETTA DILLARD: Breaking Hearts/ Fly By Night/ BARBARA ENGLISH: I've Got A Date/ Shoo Fly/ CORNELL GUNTER: Rope Of Sand/ BOBBY GUY (AKA HOWARD GUYTON): Good Enough/ POOKIE HUDSON: Jealous Heart/ BIG DEE IRWIN: Donkey Walk/ JIMMY JONES: Mr Fix-it/ TONY MIDDLETON: Unchained Melody/ LENNY MILES: Donna's Gone/ Living Dream/ NATE NELSON: Once Again/ RAY POLLARD & THE WANDERERS: Run-run Senorita/ JOEL SCOTT (AKA JOE JONES): Here I Stand/ ED TOWNSEND: Stay With Me/ TONY WILLIAMS: Second Best/ JOHNNY WOODSON: I Want To Be Near You/ Sing Me A Song

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS RPM 211 The Toussaint Touch ● CD $16.98
22 tracks, highly recommended Great collection of New Orleans R&B and soul produced (and often written) by the talented and versatile Allen Toussaint. About half of the tracks feature sides recorded for Instant and Minit in the early/ mid 60s including big hits like Wrong Number by Aaron Neville, Fortune Teller by Benny Spellman, It's Raining by Irma Thomas, Ooh Poo Pah Doo by Jessie Hill and others. The remaining tracks were produced for the Sansu and Tou-Sea labels in the mid 60s - a collaboration between Toussaint and entrepreneur Marshall Seahorn. Although no hits resulted there are fine sides by Curly Moore, Willie West, Willie Harper, Warren Lee, Zilla Mays and others. Includes fold out booklet with notes by Clive Richardson. (FS)
CHICK CARBO: In the Night/ DIAMOND JOE: Gossip Gossip/ SONNY FISHER: Oh Love This Is Sonny/ WILLIE HARPER: Here Comes the Hurt Again/ JESSIE HILL: Ooh Poo Pah Doo/ Scoop Scoobie Doobie/ ELDRIDGE HOLMES: Lovely Woman/ ERNIE K-DOE: 'Tain't It the Truth/ A Certain Girl/ WARREN LEE: Star Revue/ ZILLA MAYES: All I Want Is You/ CURLY MOORE: Get Low Down/ AARON NEVILLE: I'm Waiting at the Station/ Wrong Number/ ART NEVILLE: All These Things/ BENNY SPELLMAN: Fortune Teller/ Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)/ THE STOKES: Whipped Cream/ IRMA THOMAS: It's Raining/ Ruler of My Heart/ WILLIE WEST: Fair Child/ JOHN WILLIAMS: Blues Tears Sorrow

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Still 1166 All Color Weird Rhythm ● CD $16.98
The latest in this series of "early rare rockin' R&B recordings" is not as strong as previous collections. Unlike previous volumes which were almost exclusively black artists, this one is about 50% white artists and some of the tracks are pretty much straight ahead rock 'n' roll rather than blues or R&B and much of the R&B is unexceptional. Most of the 25 tracks here are making their first appearance on CD, sound is fine and booklet includes label shots.
VINCE ANTHONY & THE BLUE NOTES: Watch My Smoke/ THE BARONS: If You Want A Little Lovin/ Jay Walk/ DOUG BOWMAN & THE ROAD RUNNERS: Al's State Line/ ROGER CALKINS & THE FABULOUS SILVER TONES: Dimples/ Hey Sally Mae/ PAUL CRAFORD & FRANK MOTLEY ORCH.: I'm Your Man/ THE HONEYCONES: Rockin In The Knees/ DONNIE JAMES & JOE HUSTON ORCH.: Walk Baby Walk/ LEONARD JAMES & ORCH.: Chicken Hop/ DAVE KIRK & THE CANDY MEN: Those Lonely Blue Night/ LORD LEBBY: One Kiss For My Baby/ RAY LIBERTO: I Want You To Love Me Tonight/ THE MAJESTIC: Riding By/ CHARLIE MCCOY: Rooster Blues/ RUSTY MCDONALD & MAXWELL DAVIS BAND: Easy Big Mama/ RAY MILLER: Number One/ TONY NICHOLAS & THE HAZELTONES: Suzie Bella/ GENE ODOM & DUSTY FLETCHER'S BAND: Love Time/ AL PITTMAN & THE MUSICAL JOCKEYS: Crazy Beat/ TRIG RICHARDS & THE JOKERS: Hollywood Cat/ RUBY ROBERSON: Rheumatism/ BUDDY SKIPPER: Smoot Smart & Sassy/ BOBBY WILLIAMS & THE NIGHTLIFTERS: Tarzan/ JOHNNY WINTER: That's What Love Does

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sundazed 11155 My Goodness, Yes! ● CD $16.98
20 tracks, 58 min., very highly recommended
A short-lived subsidy of Shelby S. SIngleton, Jr.'s SSS International label, Silver Fox was run by Lelan Rogers, older brother of country star Kenny Rogers. If the only 45 rpm Silver Fox had issued before it folded had been George Perkins & The Silver Stars' gospel-influenced masterpiece of understatement, Cryin' In The Streets (Part 1), it would still deserve a place in soul history. Luckily, they had Bettye Lavette on their roster too, and her four cuts here push this collection into must-have territory. The earthiness of Do Your Duty and He Made A Woman Out Of Me are classic Lavette. Other winners include So Deep In Love by the great Eddy Giles, the chicken-fried soul of "Big" Al Downing's Cornbread Row, Gloria Taylor's Grounded (Part 1) and Willie Hobbs' Yes, My Goodness, Yes, a song written by soul legends Jimmy Holiday, Jerry Butler, and Bobby Womack. Enough good stuff to excuse the slight amount of filler. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Trikont 0337 Cheatin Soul (And The Southern Dream Of Freedom) ● CD $19.98
Fabulous 23 track collection of Southern soul which includes some familiar titles and a lot of lesser known but great titles with a strong emphasis on women singers. Includes sides by Janet & The Jays, Margie Joseph, George Jackson, Earl Gaines (a post Vietnam war version of Mighty Hannibal's classic Hymn No. 5), Jerry Washington, Ann Peebles, Clarence Carter, Sandra Phillips, Margie Hendrix, O.V. Wright, Little Archie, Joe Tex and more. Includes booklet with notes in German and English.
RUBY ANDREWS: I Don't Wanna Wake Up/ BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND: I Wouldn't Treat a Dog/ Rockin in the Same Old Boat/ CLARENCE CARTER: What Was I Supposed to Do/ DORIS DUKE: If She's Your Wife Who Am I/ EARL GAINES: Hymn No 5/ MARGIE HENDRIX: Don't Destroy Me/ GEORGE JACKSON: My Desires Are Getting the Best of Me/ JANET & THE JAYS: Without a Reason/ MARGIE JOSEPH: Never Can You Be/ LITTLE ARCHIE: I Am a Carpet/ MICKEY MURRAY: East of Nowhere/ ANN PEEBLES: I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home/ SANDRA PHILLIPS: Some Mother's Son/ WENDY RENE: After Laughter Comes Tears/ ANN SEXTON: I Still Love You/ I'm His Wife (You're Just a Friend)/ JEAN STANBACK: Next Man/ JOE TEX: I Wanna Be Free/ Love You Save/ JERRY WASHINGTON: Right Here Is Where You Belong/ O.V. WRIGHT: I Don't Know Why/ Nickel and a Nail

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Varese 66674 East L.A. - Rockin' The Barrio ● CD $11.98
18 tracks, 47 min., highly recommended
A few of these songs charted nationally, but most were hits only in Los Angeles (charting on Radio KRLA and KHJ Radio), where a particular combination of soul, doo wop, and rock 'n' roll reigned supreme. The groups were Chicano or "mixed" (with Anglos and Blacks), unlike just about every other group in America at the time. This fine collection features the best of the Rampart, Linda, Gordo, and Faro labels recorded between 1962-69 and produced by Eddie Davis. Land Of 1000 Dances by Cannibal And The Headhunters is easily the best known song here, but the less often remembered This Is The Night by Larry Tamblyn and Take My Heart by The Romancers and Strange World by The Majestics show that East L.A. in the 1960s bubbled over with musical talent. The major labels didn't know what they were missing until they missed it. Other standout moments include Evil Ways by The Village Callers, Brown Baby by Willie G, Follow The Music by Cannibal And The Headhunters with The King Curtis Band, La La La La La by The Blendells, and more. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wanda 1001 Doo Wop Halloween Is A Scream ● CD $17.98
26 R&B vocal group tunes with a horror/ Halloween theme including Trick Or Treat by The Four Flops, Headless Ghost by The Nightmares, DeadIn The Ground For Good by The Newports, Mummy's Ball and other tales to send a shiver down your spine.
BILL BUCHANAN: Beware/ THE CALVANES: Horror Pictures/ THE CHOTALLS: Queen Of Halloween/ THE COMPANIONS: Dorothy-my Monster/ THE CREWNECKS: Rockin' Zombie/ THE CRYSTALAIRS: Dr Jekyll & Mrs Hyde/ DANNY & LENNY WITH HOLLYWOOD GHOULS: Monster's Love/ DENISE & DOUBLE-DATES: That Halloween Night/ THE DUPONTS: Screamin' Ball/ THE FOUR FLOPS: Trick Or Treat/ FRANKIE & THE NEWPORTS: Monster Mash/ FRANKIE & THE FASHIONS: Witch Doctor/ THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES: Frankensteins Den/ ARCHIE KING: The Vampire/ KING FLASH & CALYPSO CARNIVAL: Zombie Jamboree/ BIG BEE KORNEGAY & GROUP: At The House Of Frankenstein/ THE MAGICS: Zombie Walk/ THE NEWPORTS: I'm In The Ground For Good/ THE NIGHTMARES: Headless Ghost/ THE NU-TRENDS: Spooksville/ PETE & THE BLOODSUCKERS: My Baby Likes Scary Movies/ THE POETS: Dead/ THE REVELS: Dead Man's Stroll/ BILL RILEY: Nightmare Mash/ THE SWINGING PHILLES: Frankenstein's Party/ THE VERDICTS: Mummy's Ball/ THE ZANE BROTHERS: Dracula

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS WDIA 07208 WDIA AM 1070 - The Historu, The Music, The Legend ● CD $15.98
2 CDs, 33 tracks, 112 min., highly recommended
WDIA began in Memphis in 1947, but soon ran into financial trouble. A bold format change in 1948 not only made them the first all Black programmed radio station but the first radio station to break the million dollar mark in the mid-South. All these years later and they still garner fierce loyalty among their diverse listeners. The first disc in this set, labeled "The History," offers narration from the magic-voiced James Davis interspersed with healthy amounts of historic tape, including the WDIA sign on, vintage commercials, nonsense from Rufus Thomas, jingles, public service announcements, and much more. It's a documentary in itself. The second disc offers a baker's dozen of fine soul sides from the 1960s and beyond, though not the usual suspects. The duet with Lynn White and William Brown, Cheatin' In The Next Room, is a classic of the form. Other stand outs include You're My Joy by The Barkays, Listen With My Mind by William Bell, The More You Give by The Mad Lads, and Archie Love's Should've Been There For You. Would make a nice companion to Louis Cantor's book about WDIA, "Wheelin' On Beale," from 1992, if it's still in print. But either way, this set is winner. Fifty thousand watts of soul power, indeed. (JC)

 

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