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NEWSLETTER #141
Rhythm & Blues, Soul & Doo-Wop
Various Artists
 

 

 
 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACMCD 4226 R&B Jukebox Hits, 1955: Volume 1 January-April ● CD $13.98
Unlike similarly themed collections this one really does contain the hits featuring 25 songs that reached the top ten in the Billboard R&B charts between January and April of 1955 though a few actually peaked in December, 1954. The tracks are presented chronologically opening with Ling Ting Tong by The Five Keys and closing with Unchained Melody by Roy Hamilton stopping along the way to hear The Moonglows, Ray Charles, LaVern baker, Gene & Eunice, Johnny Ace, Buddy Johnson, Jimmy Reed, Joe Turner, The Hearts, Fats Domino, The Clovers and others. Includes 16 page booklet with background notes and information on all the artists.
JOHNNY ACE: Pledging My Love/ LAVERN BAKER: Tweedle Dee/ RUTH BROWN: Bye Bye Young Men/ BUDDY AND CLAUDIA: I Wanna Hug Ya Kiss Ya Squeeze Ya/ RAY CHARLES: Come Back Baby/ Iíve Got A Woman/ THE CHARMS: Two Hearts/ THE CLOVERS: Blue Velvet/ THE DANDERLIERS: Chop Chop Boom/ VARETTA DILLARD: Johnny Has Gone/ FATS DOMINO: Donít You Know/ THE FIVE KEYS: Close Your Eyes/ Ling Ting Tong/ GENE AND EUNICE: Ko Ko Mo/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Baby Letís Play House/ ROY HAMILTON: Unchained Melody/ THE HEARTS: Lonely Nights/ BUDDY JOHNSON: (Gotta Go) Upside Your Head/ LITTLE WALTER: My Babe/ THE MOONGLOWS: Sincerely/ CLYDE McPHATTER & THE DRIFTERS: Watcha Gonna Do/ THE PENGUINS: Earth Angel/ JIMMY REED: You Donít Have To Go/ THE SPIDERS: 21/ JOE TURNER: Flip Flop

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACMCD 4227 R&B Jukebox Hits, 1955: Volume 2 April-July ● CD $13.98
Another 25 winners starting in April with Don't Be Angry by Nappy Brown and ending in July with Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters and including sides by Ivory Joe Hunter, Bo Diddley, fats Domino, LaVern Baker, Gene & Eunice, Ruth Brown, The Marigolds, Louis Brooks & the Hi-Toppers, The Platters (their big crossover hit Only You), The Five Keys, Ray Charles and more.
LAVERN BAKER: Bop Ting A Ling/ Thatís All I Need/ LOUIS BROOKS AND HIS HI-TOPPERS: Itís Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)/ NAPPY BROWN: Donít Be Angry/ Pitter Patter/ RUTH BROWN: As Long As Iím Moving/ I Can See Everybodyís Baby/ THE CARDINALS: The Door Is Still Open/ RAY CHARLES: A Fool For You/ This Little Girl Of Mine/ BO DIDDLEY: Bo Diddley/ Diddley Daddy/ Iím A Man/ FATS DOMINO: Ainít It A Shame/ THE FIVE KEYS: The Verdict/ LOWELL FULSON: Loving You (Is All I Crave)/ GENE AND EUNICE: This Is My Story/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: Silly/ LITTLE WALTER: Roller Coaster/ THE MARIGOLDS: Rolliní Stone/ THE MOONGLOWS: Most Of All/ THE NUTMEGS: Story Untold/ THE PLATTERS: Only You/ MUDDY WATERS: Mannish Boy/ HOWLINí WOLF: Who Will Be Next

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Note 60946 Blue Note Plays Ray Charles ● CD $11.98
11 tracks from the Blue Note catalog featuring artists interpreting songs written by or associated with the great Ray. Includes I Got A Woman by Jimmy McGriff, This Little Girl Of Mine by Grant Green, (Night Time) Is the Right Time by Freddie Roach, Hide Nor hair by Lou Rawls plus Stanley Turrentine, Grant Green, Joe Williams and The Three Sounds. It also includes a dut by Rawls and Ray himself on That's Where It's At.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Castle CMETD 1267 The R&B Hits Of 1955 ● CD $22.98
Three CDs, 84 tracks, highly recommended
Continuing on the series begun on Indigo (which is now owned by Castle) this three CD set presents 84 great blues and R&B sides from 1955 - most of which made the Billboard R&B charts. 1955 was the year that rock 'n' roll exploded on the national scene and while black R&B singers and white hillbilly artists had ben rockin' and rollin' for years this was the year that rock'n' roll became a phenomena to horrify white American adults. Bill Haley topped the charts with Rock Around The Clock in 1955 and Elvis's Sun records were attracting attention in the South. In the meantime, New Orleans R&B singer Fats Domino who had been a regular in the R&B charts for five years found himself becoming a teen idol when his Ain't That A Shame reached the top ten in the pop charts. Fats is here along with other R&B artists who crossed over like Johnny Ace, The Penguins, Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, The Platters, Roy Hamilton and others while plenty of artists were still, at that time, only popular with a black audience like Etta James, Ray Charles (he crossed over the next year), Smiley Lewis, The Hawketts, Howlin' Wolf, The Hearts, Gene & Eunice and many more. This was also the year that white artists started appearing in the R&B charts and this set includes crossover sides by Bill Haley, Bobby Charles and Boy Bennet. Includes eight page booklet with brief notes by Neil Slaven whose comments about Unchained Melody are completely off base. (FS)
JOHNNY ACE: Anymore/ Pledging My Love/ FAYE ADAMS: You Ain't Been True To Me/ BILLY BOY ARNOLD: I Wish You Would/ LAVERN BAKER: Bop-ting-a-ling/ LAVERNE BAKER: Tweedle Dee/ COUNT BASIE: Everyday (parts 1 & 2)/ BOYD BENNETT & HIS ROCKETS: Seventeen/ CHUCK BERRY: Maybellene/ Thirty Days/ BOBBY BLAND: It's My Life/ LOUIS BROOKS & HIS HI-TOPPERS: It's Love Baby/ NAPPY BROWN: Don't Be Angry/ Pitter Patter/ RUTH BROWN: As Long As I'm Moving/ THE CADILLACS: Speedoo/ THE CARDINALS: The Door Is Still Open/ BOBBY CHARLES: Later Alligator/ RAY CHARLES: Blackjack/ I've Got A Woman/ THE CHARMS: Two Hearts/ THE CLOVERS: Nip Sip/ THE DANDERLIERS: Chop Chop Boom/ BO DIDDLEY: Bo Diddley/ Pretty Thing/ VARETTA DILLARD: Johnny Has Gone/ FATS DOMINO: All By Myself/ THE DRIFTERS: Adorable/ What'cha Gonna Do/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE WITH MR BEAR: Walking The Blues/ THE EL DORADOS: At My Front Door/ THE FIVE KEYS: Close Your Eyes/ THE FIVE ROYALES: I Ain't Getting Caught/ ERNIE FREEMAN: Jivin' Around (part 1)/ GENE & EUNICE: Ko Ko Mo (i Love You So)/ This Is My Story/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Baby Let's Play House/ BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS: (we're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock/ ROY HAMILTON: Unchained Melody/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: Cadillac Funeral/ THE HAWKETTS: Mardi Gras Mambo/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: (she Put The) Whamee On Me/ THE HEARTS: Lonely Nights/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Don't Mess With My Baby/ Forty Four/ THE JACKS: Why Don't You Write Me/ ELMORE JAMES: Dust My Blues/ ETTA JAMES: Good Rockin' Daddy/ The Wallflower/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: All Around The World/ Need Your Love So Bad/ BUDDY JOHNSON: (gotta Go) Upside Your Head/ B. B. KING: Every Day I Have The Blues/ Ten Long Years/ EARL KING: Those Lonely, Lonely Nights/ THE LAMPLIGHTERS: Hug A Little, Kiss A Little/ J. B. LENORE: Mama Talk To Your Daughter/ SMILEY LEWIS: I Hear You Knocking/ LITTLE RICHARD: Tutti Frutti/ LITTLE WALTER: My Babe/ WILLIE MABON: The Seventh Son/ THE MARIGOLDS: Rollin' Stone/ JERRY MCCAIN: Courtin' In A Cadillac/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Seven Days/ JAY MCSHANN FEATURING PRISCILLA BOWMAN: Hands Off/ THE MOONGLOWS: Most Of All/ THE NUTMEGS: A Story Untold/ THE PENGUINS: Earth Angel/ THE PLATTERS: Only You/ The Great Pretender/ JIMMY REED: You Don't Have To Go/ THE ROBINS: Smokey Joe's Cafe/ SHIRLEY & LEE: Feel So Good/ THE SPIDERS: Witchcraft/ THE TURBANS: When You Dance/ BIG JOE TURNER: Flip, Flop And Fly/ Hide And Seek/ MUDDY WATERS: I Want To Be Loved/ Mannish Boy/ JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON: Ain't It A Shame/ Hot Little Mama/ OTIS WILLIAMS' NEW GROUP: That's Your Mistake/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Don't Start Me Talkin'/ From The Bottom

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly SNAJ 734 The Sound Stage 7 Story ● CD $32.98
This 3 CD set with 78 tracks is an expanded version of Charly's two CD set devoted to this label issued about ten years ago. This features recordings produced by disk jockey turned record producer John Richbourg for the Nashville based Sound Stage Seven label between 1965 and 1977 as well as cuts from Richbourg's own 77, Sound Plus and Luna labels. A treasure trove of mostly Southern deep soul from the likes of Roscoe Shelton, Jimmy Church, Joe Simon, The Amabassadors, Sam baker, Ella Washington, Fenton Robinson, Moody Scott, The Electrifying Cashmeres, The Continental Showstoppers, Jackey Beavers, Earl Gaines, Brief Encounter, Willie Hobbs, Ann Sexton, Bobby KIng, Ella Washington and more including an amusing talking blues Mojo Blues by the great John R. himself. Includes 48 page illustrated booklet with extensive notes by Steve Bryant and Clive Anderson.
THE AMBASSADORS: There's Something On My Baby's Mind/ CHUCK ARMSTRONG: How Sweet It Is/ SAM BAKER: Hold Back Girl/ I Love You/ It's All Over/ Let Me Come On Home/ Something Tells Me/ Sometimes You Have To Cry/ Sunny/ JACKIE BEAVERS: Hey Girl/ Someone Bigger Than You Or Me/ ALDER RAY BLACK: Just Because The Package Has Been Unwrapped (doesn't Mean The Merchandise I/ BILL BRANTLEY: A Little Bit More/ BRIEF ENCOUNTER: (don't You See) I'm Crazy About You/ LATTIMORE BROWN: I Know I'm Gonna Miss You/ Otis Is Gone (part 1)/ PINEY BROWN: Nashville Wimmen/ JIMMY CHURCH: I Don‘t Care Who Knows/ Right On Time/ THE CONTINENTAL SHOWSTOPPERS: Never Set Me Free/ GEATER DAVIS: I've Got To Pay The Price/ Your Heart Is So Cold/ GWEN DAVIS: I Can't Be Your Part-time Baby/ THE ELECTRIFYING CASHMERES: What Does It Take (to Win Your Love)/ BETTY EVERETT: Hey Lucinda/ TED FORD: Please Give Me Another Chance/ EARL GAINES: Hymn Number 5/ I Can't Face It/ I'll Take Care Of You/ That's How Strong My Love Is/ You're The One/ MARGIE HENDRIX: (i Got) Your Mama's Recipe/ Don't Destroy Me/ WILLIE HOBBS: How Could My Baby Know/ Judge Of Hearts/ Where Did I Go Wrong/ BOBBY KING: What Made You Change Your Mind?/ BILLY MILLS: Easy Going Fellow/ Sad Memories/ ALLEN ORANGE: V C Blues/ JOHN R: Mojo Blues/ FENTON ROBINSON: Little Turch/ Mellow Fellow/ She's A Wiggler/ The Getaway/ The Sky Is Crying/ ROSCOE ROBINSON: I'm Burning And Yearning (for You)/ Why Are You Afraid?/ MOODY SCOTT: I'll Find My Sunshine/ ANN SEXTON: Have A Little Mercy/ I Want To Be Loved/ I'm His Wife (you're Just A Friend)/ You're Gonna Miss Me/ ROSCOE SHELTON: Easy Going Fellow/ I Know Your Heart Has Been Broken/ I'm Ready To Love You Now/ JOE SIMON: Farther On Down The Road/ Moon Walk Part 1/ Moon Walk Part 2/ Teenager's Prayer/ The Chokin' Kind/ Who's Julie/ You Keep Me Hangin' On/ Yours Love/ CHARLES SMITH: I'm Useless/ The Only Time You Say You Love Me/ Why Can't I Cry/ THE SOUL AMBASSADORS: Just Like She Said She Would/ THE TEARS OF JOY: This Is Not Your World/ THE VALENTINES: Got To Get Yourself Together/ ELLA WASHINGTON: All The Time/ Doin' The Best I Can/ He Called Me Baby/ I Can't Afford To Lose Him/ I Don't Care About Your Past/ Sit Down And Cry/ Too Weak To Fight

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Chess 9830155 Chess Soul Sisters ● CD $14.98
Fine collection of female soul recorded for Chess and affiliated labels in the 60s.  Includes 16 page illustrated booklet with extensive notes.
FONTELLA BASS: I Surrender/ Rescue Me/ BARBARA CARR: Don't Knock Love/ MITTY COLLIER: Git Out/ My Babe/ SUGAR PIE DESANTO: I Don't Wanna Fuss/ ETTA JAMES: Fire/ Seven Day Fool/ THE JAYNETTS: Sally, Go Round The Roses/ LAURA LEE: Dirty Man/ It's How You Make It Good/ JOY LOVEJOY: In Orbit/ JACKIE ROSS: Take Me For A Little While/ MARLENA SHAW: California Soul/ Liberation Conversation/ KOKO TAYLOR: Don't Mess With The Messer/ Tease Your Man/ Yes, It's Good For You/ IRMA THOMAS: Cheater Man/ We Got Something Good

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Clifton 3025B Best Of Ronnie I.'s Clifton Label ● CD $17.98
Fine collection of contemporary doo-wop featuring 20 tracks drawn from Ronnie I's Clifton label including sides by The Velours, Sandra & The Cliftonaires, Lisa & The Luvables, Ami & The Clif-Tones, Bill Baker's satins, Cindy & The Cliftonaires, The Ecsatsies, Delmonicos, The james Myers Quintet and more. I wonder why they used the same CD number as that from the Eternals - we are calling this 3025B.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Crystal Ball 1070 The Wally Zober Story, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
Subtitled "writer, producer, extraordinaire", Zober is a little known behind the scenes character who ran a number of labels in the 50s and 60s, produced a variety of artists and was a prolific songwriter. This 29 track collection features songs written and/or produced by him and includes sides by The El Domingos, Shirelles, Rendezvous (including one previously unissued track), Four Embers, Four Queens & Jack (a previously unissued cut), The Charades, Gail Keener & The Spinners, Ken Darrell & The Rockaways, Bob Bay & The Teasers, Jody Lin & The Chardes, Fabian, Al Diaco and others.
ALICIA & THE ROCKAWAYS: Why Can't I Be Loved/ BOB BAY & THE TEASERS: She's A Tease/ BOBBY BRISTOL: Marilyn/ School's Out/ THE CHARADES: Make Me Happy Baby/ Shang Lang A Ding Dong/ KEN DARRELL & THE ROCKAWAYS: Never Comin' Back/ AL DIACO: Lover's Hideaway/ THE EL DOMINGOS: Lucky Me I'm In Love/ Made In Heaven/ THE EPISODES: The Christmas Tree/ Where Is My Love/ FABIAN: Come On And Get Me/ THE FOUR EMBERS: But Beautiful/ You've Been Away Too Long/ THE FOUR QUEENS AND JACK: Hey Look At The Boy I Love (previously Unreleased)/ GAIL JENNER & THE SPINNERS: Hey Little Tear Drop/ THE KEYTONES: One Two Three/ Sweet Chariot/ JODY LIN & CHARADES: Why Is He Staying Away/ THE LOCOMOTIONS: Congratulations Baby/ RON MARSHALL: Let Me Kiss You Goodnight/ EMMY ORO & KEYTONES: Is It A Sin/ THE RENDEZVOUS: Faithfully/ THE SHIRELLES: I Want You To Be My Boyfriend/ THE SPIRALS: Lost My Heart/ My Humble Prayer

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Crystal Ball 1071 The Wally Zober Story, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
Another 29 - Sunny & The Horizons, The Rendezvous (including two previously unissued), Locomotions, en Darrell & The Rockaways, Lenny Welch,  Mike Divivo & The Sensations, Ivory Joe Hunter (a previously unissued demo) and more.
THE RENDEZVOUS: Twistin Stead Of Listenin' (previously Unreleased)/ ALICIA & THE ROCKAWAYS: I'm Not Going Steady/ NANCY CAROLE: My Joey/ The Memories We Share/ THE CHARADES: Bright Red Shiney Pants/ Let Me Love You/ THE CHIC-LETS: I Want You To Be My Boyfriend/ THE COLONIALS: Where Is My Love/ Why Didn't You Tell Me Girl/ THE CORONADOS: Little Moon/ KEN DARRELL & THE ROCKAWAYS: Faleroo/ MIKE DIVIVIO & THE SENSATIONS: Forget About Me/ THE FABULAIRES: Wedding Song/ THE FABULAIRS: Lonely Days Lonely Nights/ THE FOUR QUEENS AND JACK: As Time Goes By (previously Unreleased)/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: The Treasures I Seek (previously Unreleased Demo)/ JODY LIN & CHARADES: Oh Henry/ THE LOCOMOTIONS: Adios My Love/ Little Eva/ THE RENDEZVOUS: It Breaks My Heart/ Take A Break/ The Flip (previously Unreleased)/ THE SPINNERS: Please Stay In My Heart/ SUNNY & THE HORIZONS: Because They Told Me/ Nature's Creation/ VINCE WAYNE: I'm Sorry (i Made You Cry)/ LENNY WELCH: Congratulations Baby/ JIMMY WILDE: Bonnie Bonnie/ Crazy Eyes For You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Crystal Ball 1072 Doowopoly ● CD $17.98
A collection of 25 doo-wop rarities from the 50s and early 60s. Many of the tracks are new to CD and two tracks by The Fabulons are previously unissued.
THE BELL-TONES: My Pledge To You/ BARBARA BROWN & THE JAYNELLS: Sometimes I Wonder/ MILLIE CALHOUN: This Love Will Last Forever/ THE CRESCENDORS: Sweet Dreams/ THE CROWD: I Have Nothing At All/ LARRY DARNELL: Flame Of Love/ DAVE & THE STEREOS: Roamin' Romeo/ This Must Be Love/ THE DEBERONS: It Only Takes One/ THE FABULONS: I Only Want You (previously Unreleased)/ Rene (previously Unreleased)/ THE GOLDENAIRES: My Only Girl/ PATRICK HENRY & THE VISIONS: Go Wherever Rainbows Go/ THE LARKS: Love You So/ GLADYS PATRICK: A Letter To You/ THE SATISFACTIONS: Oh Why/ We Will Walk Together/ JERRY STONE & THE FOUR DOTS: It's Heaven/ THE TURKS: Why Did You/ THE TWYLIGHTS: I'm Gonna Try/ THE VELVATONES: Impossible/ THE VIDELS: This Years Mr New/ JOHN T. WEBSTER & ANNA: A Million Teardrops/ MORRY WILLIAMS & THE KIDS: Time Runs Out/ THE WONDERS: Summer Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop Records CWR 032 30 Great Groups! Remember These Doo-Wops... ● CD $17.98
30 vintage tunes with "Remember" in the title.
THE ATLANTICS: Remember The Night/ THE BARONS: Remember Rita/ THE BUCCANEERS: The Stars Will Remember/ THE CAMEOS: Can You Remember/ I Remember When/ THE CASTELLES: Do You Remember/ THE CHEROKEES: Remember When/ DAN ELLIS & THE ROYAL DUKES: You Won't Remember Me/ THE EMBERTONES: I Remember/ THE FABULOUS FLAMES: Do You Remember/ THE FIVE BELLS: Please Remember My Heart/ THE FIVE SATINS: Remember Me/ THE FOUR FELLOWS: Remember/ THE FOUR WINDS: Remember Last Summer/ THE FOUR XS: I'll Remember/ THE HARPTONES: I Remember/ LITTLE JERRY: I'll Always Remember/ THE LOUNGERS: Remember The Night/ RACHEL & THE ORIGINALS: I'll Always Remember/ THE RIVIERAS: A Night To Remember/ ROCKY & THE MILLIONAIRES: Remember Me/ THE SCARLETS: Remember/ THE SHUFFLES: Do You Rmemeber My Darling/ THE SINCERES: Do You Remember/ THE SKARLETTONES: Do You Remember/ THE UNIQUES: Do You Remember/ THE VELOURS: Remember/ MAURICE WILLIAMS & THE ZODIACS: I Remember/ JERRY WRIGHT & THE DOMANS: Do You Remember

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dynamite DGS 140 Dynamite Group Sounds, Vol. 40 ● CD $17.98
26 recordings 1954-1963
THE BARITONES: After School Rock/ THE BLENDAIRES: My Love Is Just For You/ THE BLENDERS: It Takes Time/ THE BRENTWOODS: Midnight Star/ THE CALVAES: Fine Girl/ THE CHARTERS: I Lost You/ THE CREATORS: Too Far To Turn Around/ THE CRESCENDOS: Finders Keepers/ BOBBY DALE & GROUP: Love Me More/ THE DE VILLES: No Money/ THE EQUADORS: Stay a Little Longer/ THE FIVE DELIGHTS: The Thought of Losing You/ THE FOSTER BROTHERS: Let's Jam/ THE GAYLARKS: Somewhere In This World/ BOBBY HALL & THE KINGS: Fire In My Heart/ THE HI-FIVES: Just a Shoulder To Cry On/ THE L'CAPTANS: The Bells Ring Out/ THE MODERN INK SPOTS: Together/ THE PLANETTS: The Magic Age of Sixteen/ THE PYRAMIDS: Deep In My Heart/ THE RE-VELS: So In Love/ THE SENORS: May I Have This Dance/ THE SENSATIONS: Don't Take Your Love/ THE TOPS: An Innocent Kiss/ THE TRINIDADS: When We're Together/ THE VOCALTONES: My Girl

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Empire Musicwerks 450 744-2 Chitlin Blues ● CD $12.98
15 track collection of contemporary soul-blues - Little Beaver, Candy Yam (aka Sax Kari), Ike & Val Woods, Snoopy Dean, Roach Thompson and Eddie Holloway.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Grapevine Soul 3001 Carolina Soul Survey - The Reflection Sound Story ● CD $19.98
We are now pleased to offer this superb British soul label at a lower price, thanks to new distribution and here is the very first issue featuring 20 tracks recorded in the 70s at Reflection Sound in Charlotte, NC. Compiled by John Anderson, this album contains 9 unissued tracks alternate takes and features an 8 page booklet with extensive notes by British soul expert John Ridley. Includes the much in demand It's Your Time To Cry by Louis King and Hello Baby by Dottie Pearson along with tracks by Arthur Freeman, Toby King, Eldridge HOlmes, Carol Humphries, The Marlboros and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jumble 1118 Boppin' ● CD $17.98
Reissue of 1960 Jubilee album with 18 bonus cuts. A fine collection of doo-wop from the early/ mid 50s by The Toppers (includes their classic Baby Let Me Bang Your Box), The Orioles, Coney Island Kids (their three abysmal tracks are the only real low points here), Deke watson & The Brown Dots, The Emanons, Marylanders, Teardrops and The Sultans. Includes quite a few tracks not available elsewhere on CD.
THE CONEY ISLAND KIDS: Moonlight Beach/ Red Light-Green Light/ We Want A Rock and Roll President/ THE EMANONS: Blue Moon/ Itty Bitty Mama/ Wish I Had My Baby/ THE MARYLANDERS: Fried Chicken/ Good Old 999/ How I Feel Without You/ I'm So All Alone/ I'm a Sentimental Fool/ Make Me Thrill Again/ Please Love Me/ THE ORIOLES: I Miss You So/ Mission of St Augustine/ Secret Love/ THE SULTANS: You Captured My Heart/ Blues at Sunrise/ Don't Be Angry/ Lemon Squeezing Daddy/ THE TEARDROPS: A Fool/ My Heart/ Oh Baby/ Oh Stop It/ Stars Are Out Tonight/ The Prayer/ THE TOPPERS: Baby Let Me Bang Your Box/ You're Laughing Cause I'm Crying/ DEKE WATSON & THE BROWN DOTS: Brown Gal/ Why Does A Drink Make You Think

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 255 Kent's Cellar Of Soul, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
26 track collection of soul sides popular on the British dance floor in the late 60s and early 70s.
BILLY BUTLER & THE CHANTERS: I Can't Work No Longer/ THE CARLTONS: Can't You Hear the Beat/ DARROW FLETCHER: The Pain Gets a Little Deeper/ TOMMY G & THE CHARMS: I Want You So Bad/ AL GREENE & THE SOUL BROTHERS: Back Up Train/ LEON HAYWOOD: It's Got To Be Mellow/ THE HOLIDAYS: I'll Love You Forever/ THE INTRIGUES: In a Moment/ J.J. JACKSON: Sho'Nuff (Got a Good Thing Goin')/ RODDIE JOY: Come Back Baby/ AL KENT: You've Got To Pay the Price/ KING GEORGE: Drive On James/ OTIS LEAVILL: Keep On Loving/ BOBBI LYNN: Earthquake/ THE OLYMPICS: Mine Exclusively/ PRINCE & PRINCESS: Ready Steady Go/ JAMES & BOBBY PURIFY: Do Unto Me/ THE SPIDELLS: Hmmm, With Feeling, Darling/ DEBBIE TAYLOR: Never Gonna Let Him Know/ JOE TEX: You Better Believe It, Baby/ THE UNIFICS: The Beginning of My End/ THE VIBRATIONS: Love In Them There Hills/ DEE DEE WARWICK: We're Doing Fine/ GENO WASHINGTON: Water/ BOBBY WELLS: Let's Copp a Groove/ TIMMY WILLIS: Mr. Soul Satisfaction

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 256 Holding The Losing Hand - Hotlanta Soul 3 ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, 74 min., highly recommended
Kent once again goes soul diving into the GRC-related labels and comes up for airtime with Moonsong, Clintone, and Aware imprints, featuring exceptionally fine southern soul from studios in Birmingham and Atlanta, cut between 1970-75. Don't be put off by the "3" in the subtitle; this is first quality material, and nothing here has ever been reissued on compact disc (legally anyway). Artists include Sam Dees, Frederick Knight, Bill Brandon, Dee Ervin, Roszetta Johnson, Delia Gartrell, King Hannibal, Jimmy Lewis, C. L. Blast, Deep Velvet, Phase Four (with an extended version of I'm So Glad), Peggy Scott, Loraine Johnson, and the surprisingly pleasing Johnny Smith Congregation. But be forewarned, this album will cause you to seek out the earlier two volumes. Go Kent! (JC)
C.L. BLAST: Fools Love/ BILL BRANDON: Doing Right Don't Wrong Nobody/ I Am Free Of Your Love/ Johnnie Mae Wright/ Stop This Merry-Go-Round/ DEEP VELVET: Hanna Mae/ SAM DEES: Claim Jumping/ Everybody's Trying To Get Over/ I Know Where You're Coming From/ DEE ERVIN: If It Wasn't For The Children/ DELIA GARTRELL: Beautiful Day (Keep Moving On)/ LORRAINE JOHNSON: Let's Make Our New Love Something Special/ ROSZETTA JOHNSON: (I Like Making That) Early Morning Love/ A Woman's Way/ Holding The Losing Hand/ Personal Woman/ KING HANNIBAL: Good Times/ I Got That Will/ FREDERICK KNIGHT: We've Got To Sing Together/ JIMMY LEWIS: That's How Long I'll Be Loving You/ PHASE FOUR: I'm So Glad (Extended Version)/ PEGGY SCOTT: Men/ JOHNNY SMITH CONGREGATION: A Better Way

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 257 Dave Hamilton's Detroit Dancers, Vol. 3 ● CD $18.98
The third volume of sides drawn from the vaults of Detroit soul producer Dave Hamilton features 24 tracks - most of them previously unissued.
THE ADDITIONS: Until The End Of Time/ SIMON BARBEE: The Wind/ THE BARRINO BROTHERS: The Bad Things (You Said To Me)/ CHARMAINE: Send My Baby Back To Me/ CHICAGO PETE: Look Up And Smile/ CHICO & BUDDY: I Donít Know What You Got/ RICHARD COOMBS: I Mean You Girl/ THE EBONETTES: Side By Side aka Just A Mistake/ THE FUTURE KIND: It Takes A Lot Of Living/ DAVE HAMILTON: Blue Vibes/ You Did (Instrumental)/ J.T. RHYTHM: I Love The Way You Do/ TOBI LARK: True True Love/ JAMES LATELY: Love, Friends & Money/ LITTLE ANN: Possession/ Sweep It Out In The Shed/ The Smile On Your Face/ What Should I Do (Alt version)/ PRISCILLA PAGE & PEPE THE POODLE: Throw The Poor Dog A Bone/ ELAYNE STARR: In the Morning (When I Rise)/ THE TOKAYS: Honest I Do/ O.C. TOLBERT: Along Came A Woman/ Goodness/ THE TOLBERT FAMILY SINGERS: Ride The Gospel Train

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 258 The U.K. Sue Story, Vol. 4 ● CD $18.98
The fourth volume in this series devoted to recordings issued by Guy Stevens on the British Sue label is a delectable pot-pourri of R&B and soul drawn from a variety of American labels.Includes a number of tracks making their first appearance on CD.
THE ANGLOS: Stepping Stone Aka You're Fooling Me/ BUSTER BROWN: Lost In A Dream/ JERRY BUTLER: I Stand Accused/ CLAUDINE CLARK: The Strength To Be Strong/ THE DORSETS: Pork Chops/ INEZ & CHARLIE FOXX: La De Da I Love You/ ROSCO GORDON: Goin' Home/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: I Put A Spell On You/ JOE HAYWOOD: Warm And Tender Love/ ALEXANDER JACKSON & THE TURNKEYS: The Whip Aka Flea Pot/ HANK JACOBS: So Far Away/ ELMORE JAMES: Knocking At Your Door/ GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: Love Call/ PATTI LABELLE & THE BLUEBELLES: Down The Aisle/ LITTLE RICHARD: Dance What You Wanna/ JIMMY MCGRIFF: 'round Midnight/ THE NATURALS: Lenny Goofed/ BOBBY PARKER: Steal Your Heart Away/ JIMMY REED: Odds And Ends/ HUEY "PIANO" SMITH & THE CLOWNS: Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu Part 1/ THE SOUL SISTERS: Good Time Tonight/ THE SPIDELLS FEATURING BILLY LOCKRIDGE: Find Out What's Happening/ TARHEEL SLIM & LITTLE ANN: You Make Me Feel So Good/ IKE & TINA TURNER: A Fool In Love/ BABY WASHINGTON: Doodlin'/ DANNY WHITE: I'm Dedicating My Life

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Latin Soul 2000 Soulful Thangs, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
21 tracks, 69 min., highly recommended
The second volume in this ongoing series (although Volume 1 came out 10 years ago, future releases are reportedly in the works) is chock full of rare soul, heavy on the ballads, including some real slow stuff, presumably from Latin soul outfits--but some of these records are too obscure to even check. Either way two things are certain: 1) many of these sides represent top notch late 1960s-early 1970s soul ballads, and 2) it would cost a small fortune to buy all these as original 45 rpm records, if you could find them. For example, Apple And The 3 Oranges True Love Will Never Die on Sagittarius Records goes for prices approaching $1000, and The Four Dynamics' Things That A Lady Ain't Supposed To Do (Peachtree 129) sells for twice that. In itself, of course, rarity means nothing, but these songs don't deserve their obscurity, especially Little Jimmy Gandy's Not Like The Others, James Dee's Jealous Over Love, The T.S.U. Tornadoes' Got To Get Through To You, Imported Moods' What Have You Done To My Heart, The Steelers' Leave It Like It Is, and Natural Four's Hangin' On To A Lie. Special mention goes to Annaraye's Will You Love My Child, which, aside from being a pretty good song, was 30 years ahead of its time lyrically, and even today would serve as a fitting theme song for most daytime talk shows. Other artists include Talisman, Duke Turner, Debonaires (some books list without the second "e"), Belita Woods, Ultimates, Emulations, Notations, Chicago Gangsters, Compacts, Unique Blend, French Coffee (featuring Rozlin), and Main Attraction. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Mictlan 2002 Chicano Soul: San Antonio's Westside Sound, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
23 tracks, 61 min., highly recommended
More wonderful soul recorded between 1961-1970 by Chicano artists in San Antonio. Most of these guys were never known outside of San Antonio, but they should have been. One of the few relatively big names here is Sunny & The Sunliners, but just about everything here is so obscure it doesn't appear in the standard reference books and price guides. This volume is ballad heavy, but the occasional mid-tempo tune (Doc and Sal's wonderful Can't Get You Off My Mind, comes to mind) breaks up the album. The doo wop influence appears on various cuts, including the Cruisers An Angel Like You, and a few tracks are drenched in Hammond B3. But if slow is the new cool, songs such as Only One by Kenny & The Kasuals, I Can't Do Enough by Entertainers, and To Each His Own by Sounds are the coolest things going. Other obscure pleasures include Spider & The Playboys (My Heart Remembers), Royal Jesters (We Go Together), Rick & The Sonics (As Time Goes By), Eptones (No One Else But You), Royal Knights (I Need You), and many others. Sound sources are wax (nice copies, at least), but with music this rare, that's life. Makes me want to drive slowly late at night. (JC)
THE CRUISERS: An Angel Like You/ DANNY & THE TEJANOS: Listen Sweet Thing/ DINO & THE DELL-TONES: Daydream/ DOC & SAL: Can't Get You Off of My Mind/ Laughing To Keep From Crying/ My Dream/ THE ENTERTAINERS: I Can't Do Enough/ THE EPTONES: Making Me Cry/ HENRY & THE KASUALS: Only One/ GEORGE JAY & THE ROCKIN' RAVENS: Say That You Love Me/ LITTLE JR. JESSE & HIS TEAR DROPS: Cry Baby/ RICK & THE SONICS: As Time Goes By/ THE ROYAL FIVE: Someone Who Carees/ THE ROYAL JESTERS: I Want You Around/ We Go Together/ THE ROYAL KNIGHTS: I Need You/ THE SOUNDS: To Each His Own/ SPIDER & THE PLAYBOYS: My Heart Remembers/ SUNNY & THE SUNLINERS: Baby I'm Lonely/ Cross My Heart/ THE THREE DUDES: Sad Little Boy/ RICKEY VEE & THE STARDUSTERS: Taint No Big Thing

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Mid Century Music MCM 1001 The Great Groups - The Lost Masters, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
24 tunes, all described as "first time on CD" though since this CD was originally issued in 1998 this is no longer the case. Includes Dion & The Belmonts (an alternate take of Teen Angel with studio chatter), The Royaltones, Playboys,Rockin' Chairs, Devotions (alternate of Snow White), Silvatones (alternate take of Chi-Wa-Waa), The Restless Hearts (with Fred Parris),  etc.
THE CADILLACS: Woe Is Me/ THE CAMEOS: New Years Eve/ THE CHARIOTS: Gloria/ THE DEL VIKINGS: Don't Be A Fool/ THE DEMENSIONS: Again/ THE DEVOTIONS: Snow White (alt.take)/ DION & BELMONTS: Teen Angel (alt.take)/ THE ETERNALS: My Girl/ NORMAN FOX & THE ROBROYS: Dream Girl/ LONNIE & THE CARROLONS: Need Your Lovin/ THE MEADOWLARKS: Pass The Gin/ THE ORIENTS: Queen Of The Angels/ THE PASSIONS: Too Many Memories/ THE PATELS: So Far Away/ THE PENGUINS: Be Mine Or Be A Fool (alt tak)/ THE PLATTERS: Hey Now/ THE PLAYBOYS: Over The Weekend/ THE RESTLESS HEARTS: No Use In Crying/ THE ROCKIN' CHAIRS: Please Mary Lou/ THE ROYALTONES: Crazy Love/ THE SHIELDS: Nature Boy/ THE SILVATONES: Chi-wa-waa (alt Take)/ THE SKYLINERS: Everyone But You/ THE SPARKLETONES: Softly

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Norton 317 Get In The Groove ● CD $14.98
18 tracks, 80 min., good
Norton Records cultivates an image of raucousness, releasing more untamed new music that all the majors put together. Part holiday R&B review, part birthday celebration for Norton Records boss man Billy Miller, this live show features Andre Williams, Nathaniel Mayer, Lonnie Youngblood, Rudy Ray Moore (a.k.a. Dolomite), King Coleman, Bettye Lavette, Barrence Whitfield, The Great Gaylord, The Mighty Hannibal, and others two days after Xmas, 2003, at Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY. Now, I enjoy screaming, ranting, and songs about genitalia as much as the next fellow, maybe more so, but the first half of this show is marred by a certain lack of substance. Mayer (backed by The Shanks) and his six and a half pack of songs (more than anyone else) marks the high point, but his always-strained voice is stretched thinner than ever. He is reintroduced for his encore as "the pimp of all pimps," although the designation seems unofficial. Lavette sounds good (as always) on her two songs, but one is the everyone-back-on-stage finale and it just isn't enough. No doubt that this show tore up the club that night, but the power doesn't always transfer to disc very well, and something necessary is lost in translation. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Numero 003 Eccentric Soul - The Bandit Label ● CD $19.98
20 tracks, 70 min., essential
The story of the Bandit label and its owner Arrow Brown is likely one of the strangest on record (pun intended). Brown apparently lived with many nubile young women in a commune or "family" or non-religious cult, depending on how you look at it. And when he wasn't demanding the sexual fidelity of his harem, he was writing, recording, and releasing some of the sweetest soul music to make its way out of Chicago in the late 1960s and '70s--all this after (?) an apparent life of crime (thus the label name). Many of the performances come from his "family." Altyrone Deno Brown (Arrow's son) began recording at age 7; local papers dubbed him Chicago's Michael Jackson, high praise at the time. Deno Brown went on to win a Tony Award for his performance in "Raisin" (a musical version of Lorraine Hansbury's play "A Raisin In The Sun"), before slipping into obscurity, as most of the artists here eventually did. The recordings collected here, never widely available outside of the Windy City, include both sides of Linda Ballintine's only Bandit 45 (Glad About That and You're A Habit Hard To Break, of which only 2 copies are known to exist. One of the soul beacons here, Johnny Davis, who turns in a powerful performance on the charger You've Got To Crawl To Me, was brutally murdered in 1973. Most cuts are by the superb Majestic Arrows, whose lineup changes, but whose gorgeous records were rarely surpassed by their more commercially successful competitors. The exceptional Love Is All I Need would by itself make this collection essential. Includes three "rehearsal" performances found on cassette tapes belonging to Tridia Brown (Arrow's daughter by his first marriage before the "family"), among them an a cappella performance of Make Yourself Over, which is wonderful. Unrelentingly good. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Popcorn 6003 Rock 'n' Roll Mamas ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
Terrific collection of 24 R&B rockers from female singers - quite a few making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by Dolores Ware, Eunice Davis, Annisteen Allen (her original 1954 recording of Fujiyama Mama made famous by Wanda Jackson), Dolly Cooper (the fabulous Big Rock Inn), Myrtle Jones, Faye Adams, Buddy & Claudia, Dolores (Baby Dee) Spriggs, Bernice Gooden, Mildred Paige, Vikki Nelson, The Harris Sisters and others. Many obscure names but the musical standard is very high with tough bands. Excellent sound but no notes. (FS)
FAYE ADAMS: I've Gotta Leave You/ MARIE ADAMS: Ain't Car Crazy/ ANNISTEEN ALLEN: Fujiyama Mama/ BABY DEE: He Ain't Mine No More/ RUTH BROWN: Hello Little Boy/ BUDDY & CLAUDIA: I Wanna Hug Ya, Kiss Ya, Squeeze Ya/ THE CHARMERS: Oh! Yes/ DOLLY COOPER: Big Rock Inn/ EUNICE DAVIS: Get Your Enjoys/ Go To Work Pretty Daddy/ BERNICE GOODEN WITH ERNIE FREEMAN ORCH: What Did I Do To You/ THE HARRIS SISTERS: Kissin Bug/ MRYTLE JONES: I'm Alone/ MYRTLE JONES: I'm Goin' Home/ VICKY LEE: Going' Back Home To Mama/ GLORIA LYNN: Cool Daddy/ VIKKI NELSON: Just One More Smile/ MILDRED PAIGE: Don't You Be Too Hasty Baby/ ROSETTA PERRY: Farewell Blues/ Get Out And Go/ DOLORES (BABY DEE) SPRIGGS: Zoom De De Ho Ho/ DOLORES WARE: Thrill-la-dill/ MAYMIE WATTS: Quicksand/ CORA WOODS: Rocks In Your Head

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Popcorn 6004 Rock 'n' Roll Mamas, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
Another excellent collection of rockin' R&B by women singers from the 50s - much of it new to CD. Includes sides by Eunice Davis, Dolores Gibson, The Blossoms, Geneva Vallier (her You Said You Had A Woman is the answer song to Ray Charles' I Got A Woman), Priscilla Bowman, Carmen Davis, Sadie Birch, Bernice Gooden & The Nuggets, Tiny Topsy (two songs including a tough cover of Lillian Offit's Miss You So), Delores Maxwell, Gloria Gunter & Group (a great answer song to Yakety Yak called Move On Out) and others.
MARIE ADAMS & JUNIOR RYDER: Boom Diddy Wa Wa/ SADIE BIRCH: The Man I crave/ THE BLOSSOMS: Little Louie/ PRISCILLA BOWMAN: A spare Man/ Yes I'm glad/ MAMIE BRADLEY: I feel like a Million/ The Patty Cake/ CARMEN DAVIS: No, no Baby/ EUNICE DAVIS: Let's have a Party/ DOLORES GIBSON: Call me, call me, call me/ Hey, Little Boy/ BERNICE GOODEN: When I go away (The uh huh Song)/ Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter (on a Teenage Date)/ BUDDY & CLAUDIA GRIFFIN: I got a Secret (I ain't gonna keep)/ GLORIA GUNTER & GROUP: Move on out/ CAMILLE HOWARD: Rock 'N' Roll Mama/ DELORES MAXWELL: My Man/ PATTI ANNE: Baby, Baby I'm in Love with you/ Shtiggy Boom/ LUCY RIVERA: IFIC/ TINY TOPSY: Miss you so/ TINY TOPSY & GROUP: Aw! Shucks baby/ GENEVA VALLIER: You said you had a Woman (I got a Woman)/ REBECCA WILLIAMS: Thing-A-Ma-Jig

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rounder 2185 A Celebration Of New Orleans Music ● CD $15.98
16 tracks, 74 minutes, highly recommended
Says here that "100% of the proceeds will be donated to Musicares Hurricane Relief 2005." The folks at Rounder culled these tracks from various Rounder releases, and the result is a wide range of some of the finest musicians ever to call New Orleans home. From an Alan Lomax recording of Jelly Roll Morton performing I'm Alabama Bound to James Booker playing Lawdy Miss Clawdy to Irma Thomas' excellent live Second Line Medley to the insane energy of Rebirth Brass Band's Do Whatcha Wanna, Pt. 3 to Professor Longhair's Cuttin' Out to the incomparable Brandford Marsalis Quartet's B's Paris Blues this collection is audio gumbo. Other artists include Aaron Neville, Johnny Adams, Eddie Bo, Dirty Dozen Brass band, Harry Connick, Jr., Wild Magnolias, Al Johnson, Davell Crawford, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Walter Wolfman Washington, and Theryl DeClouet. Great music, great cause. (JC)

 
VARIOUS Sounds Of Soul 2001 Lost Deep Soul Treasures, Vol. 5 ● CD $17.98
More rarities from the 60s and 70s - 24 tracks including Bobby Lee, Claude "Baby" Huey, Billy "Guitar" Davis, Billie Dearborn, Jimmy Richards, The Superiors Band & Their Soul Singers, Helene Smith, The Hesitations, Marcell Strong, Lou Pride, Billy Woods, Bob & Earl and others. Among the highlights are the brilliant Finding Out For Myself - a rare soul outing for West Coast bluesman Sonny Rhodes with an atypical backing featuring two guitars and only occasional sax, the searingly intense Friday's Child by Billie Dearborn and If I Could Only See by Billy Woods - a secular reworking of the gospel song If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Teenie Weenie 1026 The White Group Sound, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98
Fine collection of white doo-wop. 30 tracks from the 50s and early 60s - most of it making its first appearance on CD. Includes T Bel-Airs, Van Delles (the particularly nice Time After Time),  Saints, eddy Flores with The Regimentals, The Delatones,  The Catalina Six, etc. Includes fold out booklet with many rare label shots in full color.
JOHNNY ANGEL: Doubt/ THE BEL-AIRS: Hope and Pray/ BOB & THE DEBONAIRS: So Blue/ THE CASANOVAS: In My Land of Dreams/ THE CATALINA SIX: Would You Believe It/ THE CHARADES: Now I'll Cry/ THE CLASSIC 4: My Heart's Been Broken/ THE COSMOS: Angel Angel/ THE COUSINS: (Walking Down) That Lonely Road/ THE DELATONES: Ik-Heb-Je-Lief (I Love You)/ JOEY DELL: Only Last Night (In A Garden)/ THE EL REYS: Diamonds & Pearls/ TEDDY FLORES WITH THE REGIMENTALS: Karen My Darling/ THE FOUR GENTS: I Refuse To Try/ THE GALAXIES: Be Mine/ THE GATES: Letter To Dick Clark/ Wedding Bells Gonna Ring/ THE J BROTHERS: You're My Angel/ THE NEPTUNES: A King Without A Crown/ THE PARAMOUNTS: I Know You'll Be My Love/ NICK RENA: My Darling/ THE RHYTHM STARS: My Girl Babe/ DAVE ROBERTS: Wonderous (My Love)/ SABY & THE ORIENTALS: Little Girl/ THE SAINTS: My Only One/ SKIP: Searching For Linda/ THE TEMPEST'S: Falling Like the Rain/ THE VAN DELLES: Time After Time/ RONNIE VARE & THE INSPIRATORS: Let Me Be Your Love/ THE YOUNG LIONS: How Wrong You Are

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Teenie Weenie 1027 The White Group Sound, Vol. 4 ● CD $17.98
30 more, mostly unreissued before, rarities.
THE ARC-ANGELS: Goddess/ DON BARBER & THE DUKES: I'll Be Blue/ THE BEAU-JIVES: Brightest Star In the Sky/ THE BI-TONES: Oh How I Love You So/ BILLY & THE PATIOS: Love Is A Story/ SONNY BLOCH & CORALAIRS: Ask Me No Questions/ THE BOYS: It's Hopeless!/ THE CLIENTELLES: My Love/ THE CORVAIRS: Darlin'/ GEORGIE DEE & LADDS: I Can't Go On Like This/ THE DREAMERS: Don't Cry/ THE GATES: Summer Night Love/ THE GLENS WITH BILL PERRY: Image of Love/ JOEL GRAYSON: My True Story/ FRANK GRIECO: To Love Again/ JOHNNY HUDSON & RIPTIDES: Let's Run Away/ THE IRRIDESCENTS: I Found You/ THE J BROTHERS: When I'm Alone/ THE JAVALONS: That Is Why (I Love You)/ THE MAR-VELS: Somewhere Love Is Waiting/ MARTY & THE SYMBOLS: You're the One/ THE MONTCLAIRS: Lisa/ RAY MURRAY & THE DYNAMICS: With All My Love/ STAN NEDITCH & RELATIONS: Honestly/ THE OUTSIDERS: Rickity-Boom-Bay-Aye/ THE SUNLINERS: So In Love/ DANNY TRAVIS: Ever 'Since/ THE TRIDELS: Image Of My Love/ THE TUNES: The Lie/ LEWIS WEBER: Judy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Time Productions 102 The Vault Ultra Rare Vocal Group Sounds ● CD $17.98
24 fine rarities. Most of them have been out on CD before but this will particularly appeal to those who like slow songs since all the tracks are dreamy ballads.
THE BALLADS: Somehow/ THE CALIPHS: Darling If I Had Your Love/ THE COLUMBUS PHAROAHS: Give Me Your Love/ THE CORVAIRS: Love Her So/ THE DUBS: If I Only Had Magic/ THE EL CAPRIS: Girl Of Mine/ THE EL VENOS: Lonely Girl/ THE EMERALDS: That's The Way It's Got To Be/ THE ENSENATORS: Just Like Before/ THE FABULONS: Long Time Ago/ THE FAIRLANES: Writing This Letter/ THE FIVE PENNIES: My Heart Trembles/ THE FOUR PEARLS: Look At Me/ HAROLD & THE CASUALS: Darling, Do You Love Me/ THE LADDINS: Oh How I Hate To Go Home/ THE MAGNIFICENTS: Why Did She Go/ SMILEY MOON & THE MOONTUNES: You Don't Understand/ THE PLAYBOYS: One Question/ THE ROYAL JESTERS: My Angel Of Love/ THE SUPREMES: Just For You And I/ THE VELVETIERS: Oh Baby/ THE VIBRANAIRES: Doll Face/ THE VICTORIANS: Wedding Bells/ THE VOLTONES: If She Should Call

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Trikont 0337 Cheatin Soul (And The Southern Dream Of Freedom) ● CD $19.98
23 tracks, 78 min., very highly recommended
The German label Trikont doesn't make bad albums. From Vietnamese street musicians to gospel music to rembetika, the label watchword is eclecticism. And they also issue great various artists packages, of which this is one. Although these are all cheating songs (from various perspectives, to be sure) it would be difficult (though not impossible) to find a better soul compilation of any kind. Several tracks come from Hi Records studios, including the O.V. Wright hit A Nickel And A Nail, Ann Peebles' Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home, and Janet & The Jays' Without A Reason. Some share Jerry Williams (a.k.a. Swamp Dogg) brilliant production and song-writing chops, including Ruby Andrews' I Don't Wanna Wake Up, Sandra Phillips' Some Mother's Son, and Doris Duke's If She's Your WIfe Who Am I. Include the single by writer nonpareil George Jackson (My Desires Are getting The Best Of Me) among the nice surprises here. Same goes for Wendy Rene's After Laughter Comes Tears. A must for fans of southern soul or people who just like their music to be made out of flesh and blood. (JC)
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

 

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