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VARIOUS ARTISTS BTRCD 3000 30 Big Top Doo-Wops! Volume #1 CD $17.98
First of two CD featuring vocal group sounds from the late 50s and early 60s recorded for New York's Big Top label.
THE CORDIALS: Tug Of War/ THE DALYS: Winter Rushes On/ Without You/ THE DELWOODS: Her Mustache/ THE DOVES: Don't Turn Away From Me/ THE DREAM GIRLS: Don't Break My Heart/ Duchess Of Earl/ I Could Write A Book/ Mr. Fine/ Your Lovey Dovey Ways/ MIKE DRUMMOND: Love Affair/ MIKEE DRUMMOND: Little Lover/ THE DYNAMICS: I'm The Man/ Misery/ THE HONEYTONES: Don't Look Now, But.../ JOEY & AMBERS: Sweet Sweet Memory/ JOEY & THE AMBERS: Treasure In My Heart/ ROYAL THE JOKERS: Red Hot/ WILLIE JONES: Somewhere/ COLLEEN KAYE & SECRETS: Joey's Diamond Ring/ MARCI & THE MATES: Let Us Part For A Year/ Shall I Tell Him You're Not Here/ THE PARAKEETS: I Love You Like I Do/ I Want You Right Now/ THE ROYAL JOKERS: Hard Times/ ARLENE SMITH: He Knows I Love Him Too Much/ Love Love Love/ THE VISIONS: All Through The Night/ Secret World Of Tears/ Swingin' Wedding

VARIOUS ARTISTS BTRCD 3001 30 Big Top Doo-Wops! Volume #2 CD $17.98
30 more.
ANDREA CARROLL: It Hurts To Be Sixteen/ Why Am I So Shy/ THE CORDIALS: I Wish It Were Summer/ THE DELWOODS: Don't Put Onions On Your Hamburger/ THE DOVES: Let's Make Up/ THE DREAM GIRLS: Here Comes Baby/ I Get A Feeling My Love/ Mine All Mine/ Now He's Gone/ Wanted/ ROCKY HART: Baby You've Got It Made/ Crying/ THE HONEYTONES: I Know I Know/ WILLIE JONES: Mary/ COLLEEN KAYE & THE SECRETS: The One I Love/ KAREN LAKE: Air Mail Special Delivery/ I'd Like To Miss My Graduation/ MARCI & THE MATES: Oops There Goes Another Tear/ Suddenly We're Strangers/ AZIE MORTIMER: Lips/ Wrapped Up In A Dream/ PETE & VINNIE: Hand Clappin Time/ JOHNNY SEVEN: Once I Was Lonely/ Tell Me/ THE SHADES: Sunglasses/ SAMMY TURNER & THE TWISTERS: Sweet Annie Laurie/ Thunderbolt/ THE V.I.P.'S: Flashback/ You Pulled A Fast One/ THE VISIONS: Tell Me You're Mine

VARIOUS ARTISTS Castle PIE 081 Northern Soul Memories CD $14.98
Two CD set with 32 tunes popular at the legendary Wigan Casino.
P. P. ARNOLD: Everything's Gonna Be Alright/ J. J. BARNES: Our Love Is In The Pocket/ KENNY BERNARD: Ain't No Soul/ BOB AND EARL: My Little Girl/ DONNIE BURDOCK: Open The Door To Your Heart/ JIMMY BURNS: I Really Love You/ THE CHECKERBOARD SQUARES: Double Cookin'/ LILLIAN DUPREE: Hide And Seek/ THE EXCITERS: Reaching For The Best/ THE FASCINATIONS: Girls Are Out To Get You/ FATHER'S ANGELS: Bok To Bach/ FIVE STAIRSTEPS AND CUBIE: Stay Close To Me/ GUYS FROM UNCLE: The Spy/ CHUCK JACKSON: All Over The World/ JIMMY JAMES AND THE VAGABONDS: This Heart Of Mine/ L. J. JOHNSON: Your Magic Put A Spell On Me/ JUST BROTHERS: Sliced Tomatoes/ THE KANSAS CITY PLAYBOYS: Quittin' Time/ JASON KNIGHT: Our Love Is Getting Stronger/ ELOISE LAWS: Love Factory/ JOHN LEACH: Put That Woman Down/ JACKIE LEE: The Duck/ THE MODERN REDCAPS: Never Too Young/ PARIS: Sleepless Nights/ BOB RELF: Blowin' My Mind To Pieces/ LEE RODGERS: Sock Some Love Powder To Me/ RONNIE AND ROBIN: Sidra's Theme/ THE SHOWMEN: Our Love Will Grow/ THE SHOWSTOPPERS: Ain't Nothin' But A Houseparty/ LORRAINE SILVER: Lost Summer Love/ RICHARD TEMPLE: That Beatin' Rhythm/ EVELYN THOMAS: Weak Spot

VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly SNAX 601 Blax-Plosion CD $17.98
2 CDs, 26 tracks, 1 hour 46 min., highly recommended
The earliest cut here is The Meters' Chicken Strut from 1969, but almost all of these sides first hit wax in the 1970s when funk became a national phenomenon instead of a series of regional ones. Most of the performers here are well known, if not always for funk. And while the jazzy horn funk of Jimmy McGriff's Stump Juice is serviceable, it ain't a classic. Same goes for both cuts by The Last Poets (Delights Of The Garden and Jazzoetry). The listener is better served by Ripple's Ripplin', Maceo And All The King's Men's cover of Sly's Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again and Mag Poo, Curtis Mayfield's Short Eyes, and Joe Tex's indispensable You Said A Bad Word. Mavis Staples' atypically sexually charged Koochie Koochie Koochie anticipates to some degree the soulless and mindless disco that followed and only grazes the target, while Buddy Rich's (!) Chameleon misses altogether. But winners outnumber their mediocre brethren, and you can always pick up Maceo's CD if the funk itch still needs scratching. Here's hoping for a Ripple CD. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Crystal Ball 1053 Still Singing After All These Years CD $17.98
26 recent doowop recordings by artists and groups who have been around for a long time. Includes Frankie & The Fashions, The Dolphins, Orioles, Jimmy & The Essentials, The Regals, Tribunes, Ovations, etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Crystal Ball 1065 Rarest Of The Rare, Vol. 12 CD $17.98
24 vocal group rarities - 90% new to CD (according to the cover).

VARIOUS ARTISTS Crystal Ball 1066 Rarest Of The Rare, Vol. 13 CD $17.98
24 more rarities - mostly new to CD.
THE AVALONS: Is It The End/ THE BELL-TONES: There She Goes/ THE BING BONGS: The Cling/ THE CALVAES: Anna Macora/ THE CLOUDS: Darling I Love You/ THE CREATIONS: Mommy And Daddy/ THE CRESCENDOS: I'll Be Seeing You/ THE DEL RIOS: Alone On A Rainy Nite/ THE DESIDEROS: I Pledge My Love/ THE FOUR DATES: Teenage Neighbor/ THE FOUR PEARLS: It's Almost Tomorrow/ BILLY GALLANT: Scribbling On The Wall/ THE GOOD FELLOWS Pretty Little Girl/ EMMY LOU: I Wanna Know/ THE MAGIC NOTES: Never Again/ EDDIE RENO & THE TITANS: Snake Leg/ TIMMY REYNOLDS: Duke Of Earl/ LENNY ROCCO: Rochelle/ THE SISTERS: I'll Get Another/ JERRY STONE & THE FOUR DOTS: My Baby (she Loves Me)/ THE VIDELS: A Letter From Ann/ THE VOGUES: Nothing To Offer You/ BOB WILLIAMS & CYCLONES: You Can't Make Me Cry/ THE WONDERS: I Wonder

VARIOUS ARTISTS Crystal Ball 1067 Rarest Of The Rare, Vol. 14 CD $17.98
24 more - mostly new to CD.
BUBBA ANDERSON: Where Has My Love Gone/ TOMMY CARVER: Please Find My Love/ THE CHANTEURS: New Rockin Baby/ CHASE AND GENE: You're Everything To Me/ THE COLUMBUS PULSATIONS: The Girl Of My Dreams/ GENE DAVIS: Lost Love/ THE DECADES: Sha Boom Bang/ THE DELLORDS: In Togetherness/ RICHARD DICKSON: A Thousand Miles Away/ THE FABULOUS NU-TONES: I'm Not Worthy Of Your Love/ THE FLYERS: I Told Them/ GEORGE GREEN & THE HAMILTONS: You Are My Lonely One/ JOHNNY & DELL: There Is Love/ LITTLE FLATUS & DREAMAIRS: Buy A Van/ THE MESSENGERS: This Is How I Feel/ WODDIE ROBINSON: Please Be Mine All Mine/ THE SEQUENCE: My My My/ THE SIGNEALS: Show Me The Way/ L.C. STEELS: Come Back Betty/ LEROY TAYLOR: If I/ THE THEMES: Marnie/ THE VARNELLS: Day In Court/ THE WINDS OF NOTRE DAME: Radiation Baby/ THE ZEROES: Flossie Mae

VARIOUS ARTISTS Decca (UK) 520 049-2 The In Crowd - The Ultimate Mod Collection CD $89.98
Four CD set in 12"x6"x1 1/2" box with 48 page color booklet. 100 tracks featuring music that was popular with the British "mod" movement between 1958 and 1967. Heavily weighted towards American R&B and soul along with some of the British groups associated with the mod movement like The Who, Small Faces, etc. Mostly familiar sides along with a smattering of rarities. Includes sides by Dobie Gray,  Fontella Bass, Erma Franklin,  Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Willie Mitchell, Slim Harpo, The Skatalites, The Temptations, Bob & Earl, Willie Tee, Tammi Terrell, Little Walter, The Birds, Solomon Burke and many more. Even if you're not familiar with the mod movement, this is certainly a great compilation of music from that era.
THE ACTION: Baby You Got It/ THE ATTACK: We Don't Know/ HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS: Twist/ LEN BARRY: 1-2-3/ FONTELLA BASS: Rescue Me/ THE BIRDS: Leaving Here/ BOBBY BLAND: Ain't Doing Too Bad (parts 1-2)/ BOB & EARL: Harlem Shuffle/ GRAHAM BOND ORGANISATION: Little Girl/ BOOKER T & THE MG'S: Green Onions/ JAMES BROWN & THE FAMOUS FLAMES: I Got You (I Feel Good)/ Think/ SOLOMON BURKE: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love/ BILLY BUTLER: Right Track/ THE CAPITOLS: Cool Jerk/ CHRIS CLARK: Love's Gone Bad/ TONY CLARKE: Entertainer/ JIMMY CLIFF: King Of Kings/ THE CONTOURS: Can You Jerk Like Me/ First I Look At The Purse/ DON COVAY: See Saw/ THE CREATION: Biff Bang Pow/ SPENCER DAVIS GROUP: I'm A Man/ ERNIE K. DOE: Certain Girl/ LOU DONALDSON: Watusi Jump/ LEE DORSEY: Get Out Of My Life Woman/ THE ELGINS: Put Yourself In My Place/ GEORGIE FAME: In The Meantime/ Yeh Yeh/ CHRIS FARLOWE: Air Travel/ THE FLAMINGOS: Boogaloo Party/ THE FOUR SHELLS: Hot Dog (My Baby's Comin' Home)/ THE FOUR TOPS: Love Has Gone/ ERMA FRANKLIN: Piece Of My Heart/ REX GARVIN & THE MIGHTY CRAVERS: Sock It To 'em Jb/ MARVIN GAYE: Can I Get A Witness/ Hitch Hike/ Try It Baby/ DOBIE GRAY: The In Crowd/ SLIM HARPO: Got Love If You Want It/ WILBERT HARRISON: Kansas City/ ALAN HAVEN: Image/ THE HIGH NUMBERS: I'm The Face/ EDDIE HOLLAND: Leaving Here/ BRENDA HOLLOWAY: Every Little Bit Hurts/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: Boom Boom/ THE IMPRESSIONS: It's All Right/ Woman's Got Soul/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Twist And Shout/ ETTA JAMES: Tell Mama/ THE JAY JAY'S: Cruncher/ ANNA KING: If Somebody Told You/ RAMSEY LEWIS: The In Crowd/ Wade In The Water/ LITTLE MILTON: Who's Cheatin' Who/ LITTLE WALTER: My Babe/ SHORTY LONG: Devil With The Blue Dress On/ MAJOR LANCE: Monkey Time/ MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS: Heatwave/ THE MARVELETTES: Too Many Fish In The Sea/ GARNET MIMMS & ENCHANTERS: Cry Baby/ THE MIRACLES: Mickey's Monkey/ WILLIE MITCHELL: That Driving Beat/ ERIC MORRIS: Penny Reel/ THE O'JAYS: Lipstick Traces/ WILSON PICKETT: Don't Fight It/ THE POETS: That's The Way It's Gotta Be/ THE QUIK: Bert's Apple Crumble/ OTIS REDDING: I Can't Turn You Loose/ JIMMY REED: Shame Shame Shame/ MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS: Dancing In The Street/ SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: Going To A Go Go/ THE SHOWMEN: It Will Stand/ THE SKATALITES: Ball Of Fire/ THE SMALL FACES: All Or Nothing/ Almost Grown/ What'cha Gonna Do About It/ JIMMY SMITH: Got My Mojo Workin'/ THE SOUL SISTERS: I Can't Stand It/ EDWIN STARR: Stop Her On Sight (SOS)/ BILLY STEWART: I Do Love You/ Sitting In The Park/ BARRETT STRONG: Money (That's What I Want)/ THE SUPREMES: When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes/ WILLIE TEE: Walkin' Up A One Way Street/ TAMMI TERRELL: Come On And See Me/ IRMA THOMAS: Time Is On My Side/ DORIS TROY: What'cha Gonna Do About It/ TOMMY TUCKER: Hi Heel Sneakers/ IKE & TINA TURNER: Fingerpoppin'/ PHIL UPCHURCH COMBO: You Can't Sit Down (Parts 1-2)/ EARL VAN DYKE: All For You/ How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You/ THE VELVELETTES: Lonely Lonely Girl I Am/ JUNIOR WALKER: Tune Up/ Roadrunner/ MARY WELLS: You Beat Me To The Punch/ KIM WESTON: Helpless/ THE WHO: Anyway Anyhow Anywhere/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 223007 Rhythm & Blues CD $19.98
This very low priced 10 CD set with 200 tracks seems to be an abbreviated version of the now out of print two 15 CD sets "Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock 'n' Roll." A great collection of mostly up tempo blues, R&B and occasional doo-wop from the 40s and early 50s mixing familiar names like Jimmie Liggins, Little Walter Wynonie Harris, Tarheel Slim, Big Bill Broonzy, Big Maybelle, Lula Reed, Buddy Johnson, Lighnin' Hopkins and more with obscure artists like Pearl Reaves, Sheri Washington, Pork Chops, Nat Cool Cat, hank Moore, Jimmy Crawford, Sandra Grimes and others. Most tracks are available on other collections though a few are not available anywhere else. Sound quality is adequate though some tracks exhibit excessive digital noise reduction artifacts. Still, at this price, a few drawbacks are worth putting up with for a consistently entertaining collection and it's a good chance to get acquainted with artists you may not be familiar with.
THE 4 GATHORS: Wine O Wine/ JESSE ALLEN: Love Me Baby/ EDDIE ALSTON: I Just Can't Help It/ ELTON ANDERSON: I Love You/ JIMMY ANTHONY: Before Day In The Morning/ THE ARABIANS: Dog Wild/ LIL ARMSTRONG: Joogie Boogie/ BABY CURTIS: I Wanna/ LEE BARNES: Blues For What I Never Had/ PAUL BASCOMB: Mumbles Blues/ THE BEES: Tough Enough/ BIG MAYBELLE: Rockhouse/ BOBBY & RON: You're Mine/ JUKE BOY BONNER: Running Shoes/ EDDIE BOYD: Kilroy Won't Be Back/ BIG BILL BROONZY: Little City Woman/ B.B. BROWN: I Weep/ BUSTER BROWN: Sugar Babe/ HONEY BROWN: Rockin' & Jumpin'/ BROWN & BROOKS: Sleeping In An Ocean Of Tears/ MILT BUCKNER: Red Red Wine/ EDDIE BURNS: Hard Hearted Woman/ THE CARDINALS: Choo Choo/ WYNONA CARR: Touch & Go/ RICKY CHARLES: Hi Yo Silver/ CHARLIE & RAY: Oh Gee Oh Wee/ LEE CHRISTY: My Heart Goes Diddley Bum/ CHARLES CLARK: Hidden Charms/ EDDIE CLEARWATER: A Real Good Time/ JIMMY CRAWFORD: Till My Baby Comes Back/ ARTHUR CRUDUP: That's Alright Mama/ MARY DELOATCH: Straighten Him Out/ VARETTA DILLARD: Them Their Eyes/ FLOYD DIXON: Ooh Little Girl/ Wine Wine Wine/ JOHNNY DUKE: Oh Oh Mojo/ J.D. EDWARDS: Hobo/ ESTHER & WILLIE: Turn The Lights Down Low/ THE FAMOUS RENEGADES: Invasion/ H-BOMB FERGUSON: Rock H-bomb Rock/ FINNEY MO: Shake That Thing/ T.J. FOWLER: Tell Me What's The Matter/ JOHNNY FULLER: No More/ LOWELL FULSON: Baby Won't You Jump With Me/ Cold Hearted Woman/ Juke Box Shuffle/ G A S: Seven To Eleven/ DOC GADDY: Evil Man Blues/ GARLAND: Hello Miss Sims/ BILLY GARNER: Little Schoolgirl/ BILLY GAYLES: Do Right Baby/ GENE & EUNICE: I Gotta Go Home/ BABS GONZALES: House Rent Party/ She's Just Right For Me/ THE GOOD GUYS: Whoa Whoa/ CARRIE GRANT: Mish Mash/ RUDY GREENE: Wild Life/ JOHN GREER: Honey Why/ TONY GRIMES: Hey Now/ SANDRA GRIMMS: Hallelujah Rock & Roll/ BIG BOY GROVES: I Got A New Car/ GUITAR CRUSHER: I Got To Know/ FREDDIE HALL: She's An Upsetter/ LARRY HANNA: Good Lovin/ HARMONICA FATS: My Baby Didn't Come Home/ ERLINE HARRIS: Long Tall Papa/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: The Blues Pick On Me/ WYNONIE HARRIS: I Want My Fanny Brown/ Teardrops From My Eyes/ BILL HEYMAN: I Want My Baby/ HOMESICK JAMES: Set A Date/ EDDIE HOPE: A Fool No More/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: I'm Wild About You/ Movin' Out/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Down In The Bottom/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: I Like It/ BETTY JAMES: I'm A Little Mixed Up/ BOBO JENKINS: Tell Me Who/ DUKE JENKINS: The Duke Walks/ GEORGE JENKINS: Shufflin' Boogie/ GUS JENKINS: Slow Down/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Leave My Kitten Alone/ BUDDY JOHNSON: Walk The Chalk Line/ LEMMY JOHNSON: Eatin' & Sleepin' Blues/ HARMON JONES: Pack Your Clothes/ OLIVER JONES: What I Say/ LOUIS JORDAN: Choo Choo Ch' Boogie/ JUMPIN' JAY: Come On Home/ THE KID: Booted/ PAUL KIMBLE: That Big Fat Mama/ JEWEL KING: 3 X 7 = 21/ WILLIE KING: Big Leg Woman/ KING PERRY: Come Back Baby/ Everything's Gonna Be Alright Tonight/ SONNY KNIGHT: But Officer/ ANNIE LAURIE: My Rough & Ready Man/ JOHN LEE: Rhythm Rockin' Boogie/ MARTY LEWIS: Satisfied With My Lovin'/ JIMMY LIGGINS: I Ain't Drunk/ Talking That Talk/ FRANK LINKENBERG: Ball Of Fire/ LITTLE ESTHER: It Ain't What You Say/ LITTLE WALTER: Roller Coaster/ LONESOME SUNDOWN: Mojo Man/ BOBBY LONG: Jersey City/ LORD TENNISON: The Dance/ LOUISIANA RED: Ride On Red/ BUDDY LUCAS: Night Train/ CHERRI LYNN: You're Money Ain't No Long Enough/ HERMAN MANZY: I'm Your Rockin' Man/ TEAM MATES: Crazy Baby/ CARL MATTHEWS: Big Man/ JOE MCCOY: Hey Loretta/ Too Much Going On/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: I Wanna Make Love To You/ She Felt Too Good/ BROWNIE MCGHEE: Anna Mae/ STICK MCGHEE: One Monkey Don't Stop The Show/ WALLY MERCER: Rock Around/ MERCY BABY: Pleadin'/ AMOS MILBURN: Let Me Go Home Whiskey/ THE MILLIONAIRES: Arkansas Jane/ ROY MILTON: Milton's Boogie/ BILLY MIRANDA: Go Ahead/ MISS BAKER: You'd Better Find/ MISTER RUFFIN: Bring It On Back/ WILLIE MITCHELL: Lizzie Lou/ MODEL T. SLIM: Shake Your Boogie/ HANK MOORE: Knock Kneed Rooster/ TOMMY MOORE: Your Car Machine/ WOO WOO MOORE: Something's Wrong/ JOE MORRIS: Beans & Corn Bread/ MR. BO: I'm Leaving This Town/ MR. GOOGLE: Oh What A Fool/ MR. RAIN: Who Dat/ MR. SAD HEAD: Sad Head Blues/ SAM MYERS: You Don't Have To Go/ NAT COOL CAT: Come By Here/ JIMMIE NELSON: Great Big Hunk Of Man/ THE NITERIDERS: Looking For My Baby/ ELMO NIXON: Forgive Me Baby/ JOHNNY OTIS: Court Room Blues/ Goomp Blues/ PAPA LIGHTFOOT: Jumpin' With Jarvis/ LOUIS PAYNE: That's Allright With Me/ PORK CHOPS: Everything Is Cool/ KING PORTER: Chitlin' Ball/ JIMMY PRESTON: Oh Babe/ PRINCE CH.: Come On Home/ PEARL REAVES: You Can't Stay Here/ LULA REED: Sick & Tired/ KING RHYTHM: Killer Diller/ EDDIE RIFF: My Baby's Gone Away/ THE ROCKETS: Big Leg Mama/ BUDDY ROGERS: Mad At You/ THE ROYALS: All Night Long/ JOAN SHAW: You Drive Me Crazy/ CHARLES SHEFFIELD: It's Your Voodoo Working/ Shoo Shoo Chicken/ THE SILHOUETTES: Miss Thing/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: She Likes To Boogie Real Slow/ PIANO SLIM: Lot Of Shakin' Lot Of Jivin'/ L.J. SMITH: If It's Too Late/ SONNY & JAYCEE: You Keep On Doggin' Me/ STOMP GORDON: The Grind/ JESSE STONE: Runaway/ THE SULTANS: You Got Me Goin'/ TARHEEL SLIM: Number Nine Train/ LEON TARVER: Somebody Help Me/ DANNY TAYLOR: You Look Bad/ JOE TEX: You Upset My Home/ BLANCHIE THOMAS: You Ain't So Such A Much/ JESSE THOMAS: It's You I'm Thinking Of/ KID THOMAS: Wolf Pack/ RUFUS THOMAS: Decorate The Counter/ Easy Livin' Plan/ BIG MAMA THORNTON: You Did Me Wrong/ THE THRILLS: I Ain't Got The Money/ JOE TURNER: Long Down Dog/ Mad Blues/ My Gal's A Jockey/ Rocket Boogie 88/ Sally Zu Zazz/ Wine-o-baby/ EDDIE VINSON: Gonna Send You Back/ CHARLES WALKER: You Know It Ain't Right/ WALKIN' WILLIE: Bow Little Willie/ WASHBOARD SAM: Never Never/ SHERI WASHINGTON: Ain't Talkin' To You Baby/ MOJO WATSON: Look A There/ WEBSTER & CONROY: Baby Baby/ JUNIOR WELLS: Little By Little/ BOB WILLIAMS: Talk To Me/ CHARLES WILLIAMS: So Worried/ EARL WILLIAMS: Let's Make Love Tonight/ L.C. WILLIAMS: Shout Baby Shout/ ARTIE WILSON: Tarzan/ HOP WILSON: Chicken Stuff/ BILLY WRIGHT: Man's Brand Boogie/ JOHNNY WRIGHT: Look At That Chick

VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop Records 033 It's About Time, Volume #1 CD $17.98
From the folks who bring you doo-wop compilations with a theme comes the first of three volumes devoted to time. 25 timeless tunes in all - most previously on CD but not in this thematic setting.
BRYAN BENT & THE CUT OUTS: For Eternity/ THE CAPITOLS: Three O'clock Rock/ CARLO: Five Minutes More/ LUNA CORRAO & THE PLANETS: Once In A Lifetime/ THE DIABLOS: For Old Times Sake/ THE DREAM KINGS: More Than Yesterday Less Than Tomorrow/ THE DREAMLOVERS: Time/ THE DRIVERS: Midnight Hours/ THE EDSELS: Twenty Four Hours/ THE FABULAIRES: Lonely Days Lonely Nights/ THE FOUR CHEVELLES: Darling Forever/ THE FOUR CLEFS: Time After Time/ THE FOUR IMPERIALS: Seven Lonely Days/ BOBBY GREGORY & THE CARDINALS: Just Waiting/ THE HI TENSIONS: The Clock/ THE INNOCENTS: Tick Tock/ JOHNNY JACK: Forever And A Day/ ALICE JEAN & THE MONDELLOS: 100 Years From Today/ MARV JOHNSON: Once Upon A Time/ THE KINGLETS: Six Days A Week/ THE LEAPING FLAMES: It's Been So Long/ THE MASCOTS: I Waited So Long/ HARTSY MAYE: As The Years Go By/ PATTI ANN & THE FLAMES: Midnight/ THE STARLIGHTERS: It's Twelve O'clock

VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop Records 034 It's About Time! Volume #2 CD $17.98
25 more to set your watch by.
THE ARDELLS: Seven Lonely Nights/ CHUCK BARNETT: Seven Days Are Made For Love/ BRYAN BENT & THE CUT OUTS: Vacation Time/ THE CASHMERES: Four Lonely Nights/ THE CLOVERS: In The Morning Time/ THE CONTESSAS: It's Time For Crying/ THE COVINAS: Five Minutes More/ DEBBIE & THE DARNELLS: The Time/ THE DERBYS: Night After Night/ THE DREAMERS: Seconds/ THE FASCINATIONS: Midnight/ GLINDA HUDSON: I'll Wait/ THE HUMDINGERS: The Clock In Lover's Lane/ J.J. JACKSON & THE JACKAELS: A Lifetime From Today/ PHIL JOHNSON & THE DUVALS: Wee Small Hours/ THE MARX: One Minute More/ THE NUTONES: At Midnight/ HERB PRICE & THE DARTS: Gone Too Long/ THE RAINBOWS: Til Tomorrow/ ROCHELLE & THE CANDLES: A Long Time Ago/ RONNIE & THE MANHATTANS: Long Time No See/ TEDDY & THE CONTINENTALS: Tick Tick Tock/ VIRGIL & THE FOUR CHANELS: Waiting/ THE WANDERERS: As Time Goes By

VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop Records 035 It's About Time! Volume #3 CD $17.98
Time is running out! Only 25 left.
ANASTASIA: Seven Days A Week/ THE CALENDARS: One Week Romance/ MILLIE CALHOUN: This Love Will Last Forever/ ART 'TURK' CARAMAN: Eternity Of Love/ THE CARLOS BROTHERS: It's Time To Go/ RICHIE CHORDELL: Tick Tock/ DARNELL & THE DREAMS: The Day Before Yesterday/ THE DEL AIRES: It Took A Long Time/ DOLLY & THE DEANS: The Happiest Years/ THE ELGINS: Once Upon A Time/ THE FIVE REASONS: Three O'clock Rock/ THE FOUR BARS: Love Me Forever More/ THE FOUR CLEFS: Time After Time/ THE FOUR PEARLS: It's Almost Tomorrow/ THE FOUR SPORTSMEN: Sixty Minute Man/ THE FOUR TRUMPS: I Waited All My Life For You/ THE FOUR WINDS: Five Minutes More/ THE GATORVETTES: Midnight/ THE GEMS: Waiting/ TOMMY LISS & THE MATADORS: Times Is Tough/ THE MISFITS: Midnight Star/ THE MONOTONES: Forever Yours/ THE MONTEREYS: Five Minutes To Love You/ THE MORROCANS: Believe In Tomorrow/ THE PARAMOUNTS: Time Will Bring About A Change

VARIOUS ARTISTS F.T.R. Records 100 Chicano Soul: San Antonio's Westside Sound CD $16.98
25 tracks, 66 min., highly recommended
Perhaps the best know group here is Sunny & the Sunliners (named for lead vocalist Sunny Ozuna) who recorded on the Tear Drop, RPR, and Key-Loc' labels, to name three from San Antonio. And as the four songs here prove ( Should I Take You Home/ Put Me In Jail/ My Dream/ The One Who's Hurtin' Is You), their popularity rose from their talent. But many of the lesser-known acts here turn in first-rate performances, especially Henry & The Kasuals' cover of Forever, released on Cobra 1130 in 1956 and the reserved yet soulful stunner Don't Leave Me Baby by Dino Bazan & the Dell Tones. Dimas III with the Royal Jesters (named for lead singer Dimas Garza) offer two very strong originals: I Won't Love You Again and You've Succeeded (both sides of Clown 102). Solo artist Billy Sol's gorgeous ballad Have You Ever Told Her leaves the listener wanting to know more about the singer, but alas, no liner notes with this. Other little-known wonders worth wondering about include Little Henry & The Laveers, Joe Jama & The Royal Jesters, Spider & The Play Boys, and Danny And The Tejanos, among others. The music is steeped in the doo wop sensibilities of the late 1950s--especially the early 1960s cuts--but that's no fault. The music source is clearly vinyl (you can occasionally hear the needle drop) but at least the records sound like nice copies. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Funky Delicacies 012 Senator Jones' Funky Funky New Orleans CD $15.98
13 tracks, 45 min., recommended
This collection of non-hits from Senator Jones' stable of labels (Hep' Me, Jenmark, Super Dome, JB's, Light House) dishes up the funkiness from the well-known (Johnny Adams) to the (more-or-less) unknown (Fanoms, The Prolifics, Ray J., and almost everyone else). Jones' jazz-informed (often), full-blooded production works overtime to impress. Still, not everything here is wonderful. Kung Fu Man (Parts One & Two) which riffs on the Carl Douglas hit of similar name, never really goes where it promises, and Jones' own Sweet Thing is a bit pedestrian. Likewise Dennis Lee & The Notables attempt at starting a dance craze with Funky Penguin is admirable (if only for the thought) though unsuccessful for good reasons. But Get A Little Bit by Fantoms is so funky and cool it could kill Bobby Sherman. And Ray J's cover of Dr. John's Right Place Wrong Time funks up that which was already far from funkless. His duet with Norma Lee (Everlasting Love makes a decent single too. Any more Fanoms 45s out there? (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Grapevine Soul 3018 Talk Of The Grapevine, Vol. 1 CD $19.98
24 tracks, 67 min., highly recommended
Some of these tracks come from previous Grapevine CDs and the others come from the vinyl singles that label has released in order to temporarily satisfy the insatiable 'northern' soul scene deejays in the UK. Their vinyl lust has, thankfully, prompted the reissuing of tremendous amounts of wonderful and obscure soul from the 1960s and 1970s. No wonder then that the subtitle of this collection in "24 Northern Soul Classics." As the 'northern' soul fans demand, the obscurity level is high here, a little higher than the quality level, although there's plenty of first rate songs here, including Bobby Rich's There's A Girl Somewhere (For Me), Nathan Williams' What Price, Don Clay's Rain From The Skies, Charles Mintz's Running Back, The Servicemen's I'll Stop Loving You, The Montclairs' Hey You! Don't Fight It!, and lots more. Oddly the booklet notes discuss only three of the performers and then stop. Included is a discography of the 45s released by the Grapevine label since August 2000, although many titles have already gone out of print. Luckily, many are here. (JC)

24 tracks, 69 min., highly recommended
Ace recently acquired the New York City GWP label (named for its owner, Gerard W. Purcell, who died in 2001), and has begun soul mining, as evidenced in this worthwhile collection, which benefits from excellent sound quality, made possible by virtue of the master tapes. Recorded between 1969-71, the material here (some released, some unreleased) strikes a pleasing balance between ballads and dancers, and everything is at least pretty good. Better than that and destined to be a 'northern' hit is the strong but world-weary voice of southerner Benny Gordon on his own I've Been Down So Long, on which the singer takes complete responsibility for his own misery. Another winner not released until 2005 is Larry Banks self-penned gem Ooh It Hurts Me, arguably the best thing here, though the competition is tough and includes three superb tracks by Debbie Taylor: Let's Prove Them Wrong, Don't Let It End and Don't Nobody Mess With My My Baby, which sounds like a promise and a threat. Baltimore's The Persians shine on I Can't Take It Anymore and I Don't Know How (To Fall Out Of Love With You), as does Frankie Newsome's My Lucky Day Part 1. Betty Barney, as gritty as she is obscure, spins out You Want My Lovin' with such calculation in her voice that the answer song should have been I'm Gonna Run, but it makes for a hell of an interesting song. Other ear poppers include Milton Bennett's version of the Barbara Mason song Yes, I'm Ready, Alice Clark's Heaven's Will (Must Be Obeyed), The Devonnes' (You'd Better) Straighten Up And Fly Right, The Shaladons' Without Your Love, and a lot more. A winner. (Now if Kent will just make their booklet note font a point or two larger.) (JC)
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 252 More Perfect Harmony - Sweet Soul Harmony, 1967-1975 CD $18.98
24 tracks, 72 min., highly recommended
This ballad-heavy collection of harmony vocal group soul songs waxed between 1967-75 is the second in the series and as full of wonderful and rare music as Vol. 1 (Kent CDKEND 219) while featuring mostly different artists. This album moves between groups whose doo wop influences are prominently displayed and those whose sound would shortly morph into disco. In fact The Mylestones 1972 ballad Love Me Girl, which was produced by Johhny Otis, of all people, features a relatively gentle if annoying drum machine, an early innovation that slightly mars an otherwise solid performance. But fear not, this CD has the goods, including the opening three selections: Under The Street Lamp by Joe Bataan with Group, Yes, I'm Ready by The Hesitations, and You're Gonna Make It by The Festivals. Other highlights include Someone Else's Arms by Channel 3, the deep soul goodness of No You For Me by The Climates, Here It Comes by the always excellent The Persians, and Never Will I (Make My Baby Cry) by The Magnificent Seven. Also included are five previously unissued sides: The Magictones' Never My Love, The Determinations' That Ain't The Way, The Newcomers' Betcha' Can't Guess You, The Notations' full-length version of I'm Still Here, and The Dynamic Tints' No One Else Will Do. Good notes on all groups and songs, and even pictures of the 45 labels. (JC)

VARIOUS Night Train 2007 The Best Of Drew-Blan ● CD $23.98
Two CD set featuring 50 tracks of New Orleans R&B and rock & roll recorded for Andrew Blanco's Drew-Blan labels between 1959 and 1963. Artists featured include Jay Nelson, Peter Buck & The Dondeleers, Jimmy Dale, Wayne & The Velvetones, The Vikings, Skinny Dynamo (a Fats Domino imitator - surprise, surprise!), Charles Leman, Gilbert Giroir, Earl King, Allen Orange and The Drew-Blan All Stars. 20 of the tracks are unissued studio recordings, demos or rehearsal tapes. Some good stuff here along with some pedestrian material and it would have made a better single CD.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Norton 317 Get In The Groove CD $14.98
Live performances in Brookly, NY in 2003 featuring Nathanial Mayer, Mighty Hannibal, Andre Williams, bettye Lavette, King Coleman, Lonnie Youngblood and more.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Numero 003 Eccentric Soul - The Bandit Label CD $19.98
20 tracks from obscure Chicao soul label The Arrows, Johnny Davis, Tridia Brown and others. Plus three previously unissued rehearsal tracks.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Popcorn 6002 Soulful Kinda Ladies, Volume 1 CD $16.98
25 tracks, 67 min., highly recommended
In this case the label name is no indication of the contents, as the songs here are more R&B and bluesy than one might expect. Plenty of hard-to-find and music and obscure artists. Most know It's In His Kiss as a hit by Betty Everett, but the version here by Romana King is the original, and well worth hearing. Theola Kilgore's This Is My Prayer is so soulful that the intensely syrupy lyrics don't get in the way. A lesser performance would have required that listeners receive insulin shots. She also turns in a stunning version of The Love Of My Man. Other reasons to go on breathing include the grown-up sound of Little Helen singing The Richest Girl (Ain't Got Nothing On Me), Lula Reed's cover of the Big Maybelle favorite Gabbin' Mouth Blues, the Motownish Straighten Up by Connie Questell, and Johnnie Mae Matthews' deep ballad Worried About You, which manages its soulful goodness despite pop tendencies in the arrangement. Matthews also owns the oddest moment here with her psychoanalysis-meets-soul song The Headshrinker. Worth it. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rev-Ola 121 Chart Toppin', Doo-Woppin, Vol. 1 CD $15.98
The first of two volumes featuring some of the most popular doo-wop records of the early/ mid 50s based on the Billboard R&B charts. This volume features 28 tracks that were hits between 1950 and 1953 and although not all topped the charts, all reached the top ten and more than half the top three. Titles are presented chronologically in order of appearance and includes sides by Little Esther & The Robins, The Clovers, Four Buddies, Swallows, Four Blazes, Ravens, Five Royales, Drifters, Jesse & Marvin, The Du Droppers and more. Includes 8 page fold out booklet with extensive notes, artist photos, label shots and ads.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rev-Ola 132 Zoot Suit Riot CD $15.98
Although subtitled "Instrumental R 'n' B Smash Hits Of The 1950s" the last four tracks on this 28 track collection features vocals! Why spoil the concept? There's certainly no shortage of instrumentals they could have added! Still the first 24 tracks are all great, though they've all been out before, includes sides by Big jay McNeely, Frank "Floorshow" Culley, Roy Milton, Freddie Mitchell, Stick McGhee, Johnny Otis, Johnny Hodges, Lloyd Glenn, Little Walter, Tiny Bradshaw and others. The "bonus" tracks are vocal versions of four of the instrumentals here by Frank Sinatra, betty Carter, The Four Blazes and Three Dots & A dash.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sundazed 11154 Shake What You Brought! Soul Treasures From The SSS Int CD $16.98
20 tracks, 56 min., highly recommended
This solid collection of southern soul from Shelby Sumpter Singleton's SSS International label recorded between 1967-1971 includes familiar artists on unfamiliar material and obscure artists--some who deserve their obscurity, many who deserve better. While well-known magnetic singers include Johnny Adams (Proud Woman), Wilbert "Kansas City" Harrison (Pretty Little Woman), and Robert "Barefootin'" Parker (The Hiccup), it is the lesser-known talent that make this set particularly attractive. Perhaps the best track, Don't Talk Like That, belongs to Clarence Murray, who was better and even more obscure than his brother Mickey Murray (who has two mediocre cuts here). Peggy Scott's galvanizing solo performance (Jo Jo Benson has a solo cut here too) of You Can Never Get Something For Nothing, produced by Huey P. Mauex, will send vinyl junkies rushing to Ebay. Other performances of note include Betty Harris' hard-edged take on Allen Toussaint's There's A Break In The RoadLonely For You Baby, Bettye Lavette's convincing version of Piece Of My Heart, and Mr Jamo (a.k.a. Jamo Thomas) working up a minor sweat on Shake What You Brought With You (Part I), though it's no I Spy (For The FBI). But then what is? Extra credit for the photo of singer Clifford Curry in his Soul Ranger costume and for the one of Jo Jo Benson in a red sweater and beret, while holding, for no apparent reason, a bright red bucket. (JC)


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