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RUFUS THOMAS Blue City 1320 The Early Years ● CD $17.98
17 tracks, 57 minutes, recommended
This is a collection of fantastic early tracks, recorded long before Rufus or his monkey ever went Walking the Dog. Nope, back then it was all beer, broads, boogie and big game cats. Much more Jump Blues, than the R&B of later years. This is all pre-Stax records, with fantastic gems like his first recording from 1951 on the Star Talent label, and material that was originally put out under the moniker Mr. Swing. The material on here is essential, although the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. The sound is solid, but it's another one without any liner notes or anything worthy of note. There are a parcel of tracks on this that I am pretty sure aren't available anywhere else right now, including all of the tracks from his Meteor and Sun singles, so I'll be getting a copy of this until something better comes around. (JM)
RUFUS THOMAS: Bear Cat/ Beer Bottle Boogie/ Crazy 'bout You Baby/ Decorate The Counter/ Easy Living Plan/ Gonna Bring My Baby Back/ I'll Be A Good Boy/ I'm So Worried/ I'm Steady Holing On/ Juanita/ Married Woman/ Night Workin' Blues/ No More Doggin' Around/ Save That Money/ Tiger Man/ Walking In The Rain/ Why Did You Dee Gee?

TINY TOPSY Rock 'n' Rhythm 03 ... And Friends ● CD $17.98
32 tracks, 79 mins, highly recommended
Superb, though confusing, compilation of big & brassy R&B mamas. First 13 lucky tracks are by the mighty Tiny Topsy (her complete recordings), a huge-voiced mystery woman (Bernice Williams?), from Chicago who performed from the mid '40s to mid '60s. This includes great songs of hers After Marriage Blues/ Working On Me Baby/ Ring Around My Finger/ Western Rock 'n' Roll/ Cha Cha Sue, and more. Tracks are compiled from her work for the Federal, Argo and King labels from 1957-1963. The remaining tracks are rounded out with friends? Contemporaries? How 'bout a bunch of other legendary R&B women who sound great on the same CD? Classic cuts by Big Maybelle, Shirley Gunter, Jeanette Baker, Etta James, Lil Bryant, Rosetta Perry and many more, with most of these tracks from the same basic era as Tiny's. No notes, recording info, etc. in the packaging, but some nice label reproductions and photos. (JM)

ALLEN TOUSSAINT Water 176 Life, Love And Faith ● CD $15.98
Reissue of 1972 Reprise album features Toussaint backed by a sizable New Orleans studio cast including The Meters, and Red Tyler. 12 cuts - Victims Of The Darkness/ Goin' Down/ Out Of The City/ Soul Sister/ Fingers And Toes/ Gone Too Far/ Electricity and more.

ALLEN TOUSSAINT Water 177 Southern Nights ● CD $15.98
CD reissue of his 1975 Reprise LP - ten beautiful cuts which flow like an extended suite, featuring Toussaint's grand piano chordings backed by The Meters and a 7-piece horn section. The title track became a big hit for Glen Campbell, and What Do You Want The Girl To Do has often been covered. Plus Last Train/ Worldwide/ Back In Baby's Arms/ Country John/ Basic Lady/ You Will Not Lose/ When The Party's Over/ Cruel Way To Go Down. (MB)

DORIS TROY Collectables 6719 Sings Just One Look & Other Memorable Selections ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, recommended
The reissue of Atlantic LP 8088 from 1964 by Doris Higgensen, who began her climb to musical fame as an usherette at New York's famed Apollo Theater. She next worked as a songwriter, demo singer, and background singer. Her demo of her own song, Just One Look, was rejected by Sue Records but wisely picked up by Atlantic, and though she never scored another real hit, the quality is her output while with that venerable label is solid. In addition to the classic title track we also have What'cha Gonna Do About It/ Lazy Days (When Are You Coming Home)/ Draw Me Closer/ Be Sure/ Stormy Weather and more. (DH)

BIG JOE TURNER Rev-Ola 158 Flip, Flop And Fly, 1951-1955 ● CD $15.98
27 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
Although Big Joe Turner had been recording since the 30s it wasn't until the the 1950s that he achieved his greatest success with hit after hit in the R&B charts and eventually crossing over into the pop charts and achieving some success as a rock 'n' roll star when he was in his 40s. This set includes some of his best and most popular sides from the period 1951 and 1955. Most of the sessions were cut in New York with top New York session musicians like Harry Van Walls, Budd Johnson, Joe Morris and others plus a couple of sessions in New Orleans with N.O. musicians and a couple in Chicago where he was joined by Elmore James, Johnny Jones and J.T. Brown. Every track here is a classic - Shake, Rattle & Roll/ T.V. Mama/ Morning, Noon And Night/ Flip, Flop & Fly/ Boogie Woogie Country Girl/ You Know I Love You/ Bump Miss Susie/ Chains Of Love/ Midnight Cannonball/ Sweet Sixteen/ Poor Lover's Blues/ baby I Still Want You/ Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop (two very different versions)/ Honey Hush/ Well, All Right, etc. Includes eight page booklet with informative notes by dave Penny plus photos, ads and label shots. If you don't already have this classic material this set is indispensible. (FS)
BIG JOE TURNER: After My Laughter Came Tears/ Baby I Still Want You/ Boogie Woogie Country Girl/ Bump Miss Susie/ Chains Of Love/ Chicken And The Hawk/ Chill Is On/ Crawdad Hole/ Don't You Cry/ Flip, Flop And Fly/ Hide And Seek/ Honey Hush/ I'll Never Stop Loving You/ In The Evening (when The Sun Goes Down)/ Married Woman/ Midnight Cannonball/ Morning, Noon And Night/ Oke-she-moke-she-pop [chicago Version]/ Oke-she-moke-she-pop [new Orleans Version][version]/ Poor Lover's Blues/ Shake, Rattle And Roll/ Still In Love/ Sweet Sixteen/ T V Mama/ Ti-ri-lee/ Well, All Right/ You Know I Love You So

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1119 A Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party ● CD $16.98
26 track collection of mostly uptempo R&B and blues from the Modern group of labels. This is based on the original Crown LP (it's first 12" LP) plus tracks from the second version of the LP which had a different line up plus seven more tracks in a similar vein. Most of the tracks have been out on previous Ace CDs but there are several making their first appearance here and it also includes previously unissued alternate takes from Long Tall Marvin and Richard Berry.
JOHNNY ALLEN: Sunday Meetin Rock/ JIMMY BEASLEY: Don't Feel Sorry For Me/ I Want My Baby (yea Yea Yea Yea Yea)/ JESSE BELVIN: By My Side/ RICHARD BERRY: Mad About You (take 2)/ THE CADETS: Church Bells May Ring/ Don't Be Angry/ Heartbreak Hotel/ DOLLY COOPER: Ay La Bah/ MAXWELL DAVIS & HIS ORCHESTRA: Cool Diggin/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: Bye Bye Fare Thee Well/ JOE HOUSTON: All Night Long/ THE JACKS: How Soon/ B.B. KING: Bad Case Of Love/ EDDY LANG: Come On Home/ LITTLE CLYDIE & THE TEENS: A Casual Look/ LONG TALL MARVIN: Have Mercy Miss Percy (take 3)/ MARVIN & JOHNNY: Cherry Pie/ Ko Ko Mo (i Love You So)/ OSCAR MCLOLLIE: Convicted/ VIDO MUSSO SEXTET: Vido's Boogie Aka Rock'n'roll Boogie/ ROBBIE ROBINSON: Go Robbie Go/ THE TEEN QUEENS: Eddie My Love/ JOE TURNER: Roll 'em Pete (i Got A Girl Who Lives On A Hill)/ ARTIE WILSON: That's My Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16816 Eat To The Beat ● CD $24.98
28 Tracks, 78 minutes, highly recommended
There have certainly been a lot of "Dirty Blues" compilations over the years, but certainly Bear Family do a much better job than most, with a gorgeous package and a massive 92-page booklet. A lot of the usual suspects are here - Screamin' Jay Hawkins Bite It, The Dominoes Sixty Minute Man, Bullmoose Jackson Big Ten-inch Record, etc. Then there are gems like Jackie Wilson and LaVern Baker' X-rated alternate take of Think Twice, Johnny Otis (with a fourteen year old Shuggy Otis on guitar) recording incognito as Snatch & The Poontangs doing the masterfully odd and raunchy Two-Time Slim and the soaring vocal harmonies of The Clovers Rotten Cocksucker's Ball, that have been previously featured on Zu-Zazz records compilation "IF IT AIN'T A HIT, I'LL EAT MY...BABY." These are all great tracks if you don't have them, but if you do there is still plenty of good reasons to pick this up, for instance - Dirty Red's Mother Fuyer, Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends wonderful Don't Come Too Soon, Crown Prince Waterford's Move Your Hand, Baby and at least 7 other great hard to find tracks. All in all in my opinion this is the most definitive "Dirty Blues" collection available so far. (JM)
THE '5' ROYALES: Laundromat Blues/ ANNISTEEN ALLEN: I Wanta Man (Who's Gonna Do Right)/ TOM ARCHIA: Fishin' Pole/ DAVE BARTHOLOMEW & HIS ORCH.: My Ding-A-Ling/ THE BLENDERS: Don't Fuck Around With Love/ BOOZOO CHAVIS: L.A. Women Love Uncle Bud/ THE CLOVERS: Rotten Cocksucker's Ball/ COUSIN JOE: Weddin' Day Blues/ DIRTY RED: Mother Fuyer/ THE DOMINOES: Sixty Minute Man/ DOROTHY ELLIS: Drill Daddy Drill/ WYNONIE HARRIS: I Like My Baby's Pudding/ Keep On Churnin'/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: Bite It/ BULLMOOSE JACKSON: Big Ten-inch Record/ JULIA LEE & HER BOYFRIENDS: Don't Come Too Soon/ AMOS MILBURN: Hard Driving Blues/ JESSE POWELL & HIS ORCH.: The Walkin' Blues (Walk Right In, Walk Right Out)/ THE ROYALS: Work With Me, Annie/ SNATCH & THE POONTANGS: Hard Driving Blues/ THE TOPPERS: (I Love To Play Your Piano) Let Me Bang Your Box/ THE TRENIERS: Poon-Tang!/ DINAH WASHINGTON: Big Long Slidin' Thing/ Long John Blues/ CROWN PRINCE WATERFORD: Move Your Hand, Baby/ CHICK WILLIS: Stoop Down Baby/ JACKIE WILSON & LAVERN BAKER: Think Twice (Version X)/ FRED WOLFF COMBO: Somebody Else Was Suckin' My Dick Last Night

VARIOUS ARTISTS Chess (UK) 9388 Chess Soul - A Decade Of Chicago's Finest ● CD $34.98
Two CDs, 45 tracks, highly recommended Deleted in the U.S.A, but still available in the U.K. Wonderful set with 45 great Chess/Checker/Argo sides from '61-71. Plenty of hits along with the obscurities, & as this was done by a British compiler, lots of tunes that are big in the UK's Northern Soul scene. Some of the big hits include Fontella Bass - Rescue Me, Billy Stewart - I Do Love You, The Dells - Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation, Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces - Searchin For My Love, Jan Bradley - Mama Didn't Lie, & such classics that weren't big hits as Laura Lee - Dirty Man, Tony Clarke - The Entertainer, Maurice & Mac - You Left The Water Running, The Radiants - Voice Your Choice, The Knight Bros. - Temptation 'Bout To Get Me, as well as some non-hit sides by such stars as Gene Chandler, Big Maybelle, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Johnny Nash, Deniece LaSalle, even a pre-Rotary Connection Minnie Ripperton recording as Andrea Davis. Fine liner notes by Robert Pruter & David Nathan, lots of rare pics. (GM)
FONTELLA BASS: Rescue Me/ The Soul Of A Man/ Don't Mess Up A Good Thing/ BIG MAYBELLE: Don't Pass Me By/ JAN BRADLEY: Mama Didn't Lie/ BARBARA CARR: Don't Knock Love/ GENE CHANDLER: I Fooled You This Time/ To Be A Lover/ TONY CLARKE: Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud/ Entertainer, The/ MITTY COLLIER: I Had A Talk With My Man/ I'm Satisfied/ COOKIE & THE CUPCAKES: I've Been So Lonely/ ANDREA DAVIS: Lonely Girl/ THE DELLS: Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation/ Oh What A Day/ SUGAR PIE DESANTO: Soulful Dress/ EDDIE & ERNIE: I Believe She Will/ JO ANN GARRETT: Stay By My Side/ THE GEMS: I Can't Help Myself/ FRED HUGHES: I Can't Make It Without You/ ETTA JAMES: Losers Weepers/ Only Time Will Tell/ Do I Make Myself Clear?/ THE KNIGHT BROTHERS: Temptation 'Bout To Get To Me/ THE KOLETTES: Who's That Guy?/ DENISE LASALLE: Love Reputation, A/ LAURA LEE: Dirty Man/ RAMSEY LEWIS: Wade In The Water/ LITTLE MILTON: Baby, I Love You/ MAURICE & MAC: You Left The Water Running/ BOBBY MCCLURE: I'm Not Ashamed/ BOBBY MOORE & THE RHYTHM ACES: Searching For My Love/ JOHNNY NASH: Love Ain't Nothin' (But A Monkey On Your Back)/ JAMES PHELPS: Love Is A Five Letter Word/ THE RADIANTS: Hold On/ Voice Your Choice/ JACKIE ROSS: Selfish One/ Take Me For A Little While/ MARLENA SHAW: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy/ BILLY STEWART: I Do Love You/ Strange Feeling/ IRMA THOMAS: Good To Me/ THE VALENTINOS: What About Me?/ BILLY YOUNG: Have Pity On Me

VARIOUS ARTISTS City Sounds 120 Yesterday's Rarities, Vol. 5 ● CD $17.98
Fine collection of 27 doo-wop rarities - many making their first appearance on CD and including four previously unissued sides. Includes The Wonders,  The King Bees,  The Darts, Shirley & The Sweethearts (the gorgeous Until You've Tried Love),  The Denotones (the fine previouslu unissued acapella All I Ask For Is You),  Matadors,  Precisions, Personics and more.
RICHARD BERRY: In A Real Big Way/ THE BLENDERS: There'll Be A Tear In Your Eye/ BOBBY BROOKS: Confessions Of Love/ JAMES CARTER & SENTIMENTALS: I Know/ WOODY COLEMAN: High On A Mountain/ THE DARTS: Gone Too Long/ THE DENOTONES: All I Ask Is You (acapella Prev. Unrel.)/ VARETTA DILLARD & THE COOKIES: The Rules Of Love/ THE ELITES: Six Long Months/ THE JACK-O-LANTERNS: Lori Anne/ THE KING BEES: Karen/ THE LA CHORDS: Sit Down And Write/ ROSALIE LTER: I Had A Dream/ JOHNNY LYND & MADISONS: Little Angel Blue/ LITTLE MASON: I Know That I Love You/ THE MATADORS: Pennies From Heaven/ THE MERCURYS: Someone Touched Me/ THE ORBITS: On The Beach(prev Unrel.)/ THE PERSONICS: Hitch Your Truck To The Trailer (prev. Unrel.)/ THE PHARAOHS: Oh Betty (prev. Unrel.)/ THE PRECISIONS: The Trip/ SHIRLEY & THE SWEETHEARTS: Until You've Tried Love/ THE SWEETHEARTS: You'll Always Know/ THE TAILSMEN: Good By My Love/ TONY & THE RAINDROPS: Our Love Is Over/ VERNA WILLIAMS & THE SHARP CATS: Holey Moley/ THE WONDERS: Tell Me

VARIOUS ARTISTS Grapevine 3029 Lou Beatty's Detroit Soul - 30 Rare Gems From La Beat ● CD $19.98
30 tracks from the vaults of this obscure 60s label from Detroit including five previously unissued.  Includes a number of tracks that fetch high prices on the Northern Soul market.
LOU BEATTY: A Family/ A Wet Pillow/ CLIFFORD BINNS: Take It From Me/ You Got To Help Me/ EDWARD HAMILTON: Call Me/ I'm Gonna Love You/ Baby Don't You Weep/ My Darling Baby/ Thank You Mother/ DON HART: I Can Make It/ I'll Keep Holding On/ All The Love I Got/ It's In My Mind/ THE LPT'S: I Am Nothing (Instrumental)/ Long Cool Summer/ THE MASQUERADERS: Be Happy For Me/ How/ I Got The Power/ I'm Gonna Make It/ NELSON SANDERS: I'm Lonely/ Mojo Man/ The Love Is Here To Stay/ Tired Of Being Your Fool/ JAMES SHORTER: Modern Day Woman/ Ready For The Heartbreak/ LESTER TIPTON: This Won't Change/ AL WILLIAMS: Brand New Love/ I Am Nothing/ She Does It/ Try Them

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 264 The Mirwood Soul Story, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
24 Northern soul tracks from the mid 60s from one of the most famous uptempo, uptown soul labels. A mix of well known, obscure and previously unheard including major U.S. R&B hits from The Olympics and Jackie Lee, girl group sounds from Patrice Holloway's Belles, The Darlettes and The Mirettes and ballads from Bobby Garrett, J.W. Alexander and Jimmy Conwell. The latter's Second Hand Happiness is a big "low rider" favorite in East L.A. right now. Also includes The Performers, The Sheppards, Richard Temple, Bobby Lee Timberlake, Joe Swift's Internationals and others. Includes several unissued songs and previously unissued mixes.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Krypton 8061 Doo-Wop Collectors Classics, Volume #1 ● CD $17.98
27 fine doo-wop sides from the 50s and 60s - quite a few making their appearance on CD.
THE ADVENTURERS: Another Bachelor/ My Moma Done Told Me/ Rock and Roll Uprising/ BOB AND JERRY: Dreamy Eyes/ We're the Guys/ DON COVAY & THE GOODTIMERS: Every Which Way/ Hand Jive Workout/ Now That I Have You/ See About Me/ DON COVAY & THE TEENAGERS: Shake Wid the Shake/ DON COVAY & THE GOODTIMERS: Teen Life Swag/ THE FORE-EVERS: Such A Good Night For Dreaming/ The Girl I Want To Bring Home/ You Belong To Me/ MARTY HILL: Give/ JOEY & TEENAGERS: What's On Your Mind/ GENE MUMFORD: Come What May/ How Will I Know/ If You Were the Only Girl In the World/ More Than You Know/ Please Give Me One More Chance/ Street Of Dreams/ SHERMAN & THE TEENAGERS: The Draw/ THE STEREOS: Echo In My Heart/ Tick Tack Toe/ APRIL YOUNG: Steady Boyfriend/ This Time Tomorrow

VARIOUS ARTISTS Krypton 8062 Doo-Wop Collectors Classics, Volume #2 ● CD $17.98
27 more hard to find items.
BUZZ CLIFFORD: Forever/ I'll Never Forget/ Magic Circle/ Simply Because/ Three Little Fishes/ THE COMPANIONS: A Little Bit of Blue/ I'll Always Love You/ DEBBIE & THE DARNELS: Daddy/ THE DEL RAYS: Young and Innocent/ THE DEL SATINS: Feelin No Pain/ Who Cares/ THE DU TONES: Oh What A Nght With You/ So Long Happiness Good Bye Love/ THE FIVE STARS: Baby Baby/ Blabermouth/ THE FOUR TOPS: Ain't That Love/ Lonely Summer/ DOROTHY JONES: Taking That Long Walk Home/ THE ORCHIDS: From Bad To Worse/ That Boy Is Messing Up My Mind/ The Harlem Tango/ THE THREE G'S: Barbara/ Don't Cry Katy/ Eenie Menie Miny Moe/ She's Mine/ Take My Love/ MICHAEL WESLEY: Will You Love Me

VARIOUS ARTISTS Krypton 8063 Doo-Wop Collectors Classics, Volume #3 ● CD $17.98
25 this time - some of them fairly bland.
THE BLUE SONNETS: It's Never Too Late (To Fall In Love)/ Thank You Mr Moon/ JOHNNY CABOTT: Night and Day/ On My Own Again/ DEBBIE & THE DARNELS: Mr Johnny Jones/ THE DREAMLOVERS: Black Bottom/ I'm Thru With You/ Pretty Little Girl/ Sad Sad Boy/ THE DUPREES: Be My Love/ I Understand/ Let Them Talk/ THE FIVE KINGS: Don't Send Me Away/ Light Bulb/ LEMME B GOODE: Dancing Angel/ I'm Gonna Kiss My Girl Tonight/ THE LEVONS: Love Is Better Than Ever/ We're Just Friends Now/ LOU MARTINO: Please (Give Me A Little Love)/ Someone To Watch Over Me/ GENE MONTGOMERY: I Gotta Do the Latest Dance/ THE PETITES: A Little Love/ THE PUSSYCATS: Dressed In Black/ KENNY RANKIN: U S Mail/ Where Did My Little Girl Go

VARIOUS ARTISTS LRCD 5900 The Best Doo-Wops Of Lute Records ● CD $17.98
26 tracks, 60 mins, very good
I wouldn't consider The Hollywood Argyles a Doo Wop group--more of a pop/ novelty rock `n' roll outfit--but they were probably Lute Records biggest seller and, hey, I love "Alley Oop," and the rest of their songs are pretty good. The balance of the CD beyond the 4 Argyles tracks would more or less fall into the doo wop category including sides by The Uptones, Monorails, Emmy Lou, Arrogants and others. This is a no frills comp with no nothin' but a track listing. The sound is good and the tunes are mostly winners, with a few of them being rather hard to find elsewhere. (JM)
THE ARROGANTS: Canadian Sunset/ Mirror, Mirror/ BILLY & THE KIDS: Take A Chance On Love/ Way It Used To Be/ THE BISHOPS: Masquerade Ball/ Open Up Your Heart/ EMMY LOU: I Wanna Know/ Love Ya, Love Ya/ THE HOLLYWOOD ARGYLES: Alley Oop/ Bug Eye/ Gun Totin' Critter Called Jack/ Sho' Knows A Lot About Love/ THE MONORAILS: Come To Me Darling/ Will Ya, William/ THE STARLETS: I'm So Young/ THE STARLITES: He's Got It/ THE STARR SISTERS: Love's A Funny Little Game/ The Boy In The Study Hall/ TY TYRELL: The Scratch Part 1/ The Scratch Part 2/ THE UPTONES: Be Mine/ Dreamin'/ I'll Be There/ No More/ STEVE WALE: Boy Meets Girl/ You Can't Take It With You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Luv n' Haight 043 Bay Area Funk ● CD $16.98
16 tracks, 52 min., highly recommended
If you think any degree of funkiness or quality has been sacrificed in preserving the geographical straightjacket of San Francisco Bay Area funk, think again. Even the weakest songs sound muscular enough that one suspects steroid use. Some names here will ring more than bells, as may happen with the superfine opening cut, Git Back by Sugar Pie Desanto (on the obscure Jasman label), Rodger Collins' Foxy Girls In Oakland from Galaxy Records, and a pair from the mighty Marvin Holmes, the cooler of which is the earliest track here (cuts range from 1967-1976), Oomph on Spotlight Records, which recalls Dyke & The Blazers more than a little bit. Among the little known but joyous discoveries waiting to be made are What It Is Pt. 1 & 2 by Apollis, Trippin On The Sounds by Jeannie Tracy (whose career is still chugging along) on the interestingly-named Brown Door label, the horn-stabbing instrumental The Trip by Eugene Blackwell & The New Breed on the rarely seen Boola Boola label, and more. Booklet noter DJ Riddm adds individual notes for each song (as obscure as they are) and even includes label shots for the 45s! Nice. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Night Train 7152 New Orleans Will Rise Again ● CD $15.98
22 Tracks All proceeds from this CD benefit the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. This is chock full of rare and unreleased material from a lot of the usual suspects that you think of when you think New Orleans, Aaron Neville, Ernie K-Doe, Jessie Hill, Luther Kent etc.. The nature and recording dates of these tracks are wide and varied, one track being Jerry Raines' excellent Dirty Rotten Mother Fuyer dating back to 1959! Stand out track has to be Ernie K-Doe's My Mother In Law's In My Hair Again, - I'm amazed that this hasn't come out before, it is actually a really great track.

VARIOUS Pavillion 71237 The Lovely Ladies Of Doo-Wop ● CD $17.98
25 tracks, 59 mins, recommended
Excellent collection of female doo-wop and early "girl group" sounds from around 1956 to 1960. It opens with the first six titles recorded by The Shirelles before they really hit the big time with their string of great hits on Scepter. It includes their first hit I Met Him On A Sunday We then segue nicely into the rare first recordings by The Chiffons including their fine cover of the Shirelles hit Tonights The Night. The rest of the groups are obscure but consistently fine and includes The Vestelles, Antwinettes, Charmers, Dolls (particularly fine), Teenettes, Overtones (a fine version of the standard Walkin' My Baby Back Home), Sharmeers, Deltaires, Starlets and others. No notes but sound is generally very good. (FS)
THE ANGELETTES: Mine & Mine Alone/ THE ANTWINETTES: Johnny O/ Kill It/ THE CHAMPETTES: Johnny Johnny/ THE CHARMERS: Oh Yes!/ THE CHIFFONS: Do You Know/ Tonight's The Night/ THE DELTAIRES: You Won't Be Satisfied/ You Would've Known It/ THE DOLLS: Suspicious Of You Baby/ Tell Me Now/ THE OVETONES: Walking My Baby Back Home/ PENNY & THE OVETONES: What Made You Forget/ THE SAILTONES: Lover Boy/ THE SHARMEERS: A Schoolgirl In Love/ THE SHIRELLES: I Got The Message/ I Met Him On A Sunday/ I Want You To Be My Boyfriend/ My Love Is A Charm/ Slop Time/ Stop Me/ THE STARLETS: I'm So Young/ THE TEENETTES: Too Young To Marry You/ THE VESTELLES: Come Home/ Ditta Wa Doo

VARIOUS ARTISTS Popcorn 6006 Rock 'n' Roll Mamas, Vol. 3 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 60 mins, recommended
Another fine collection of rocking R&B from the 50s by a varied array of women singers - more than half making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by La Melle Prince (fine jump tune with Maxwell Davis Band), Kitty Noble (the excellent Till The Cows Come HomeCall His name with tough guitar and sax), Bobbie James, Lillian Childs, June Bateman (he great Possum Belly Overalls with saxist husband Noble Watts which has been out a couple times before), The Gay Charmers (fine rocker from group that was secular spin-off of The Clara Ward Singers), Gladys Patrick (with vocal group backup by The Charioteers), Bee Bee Queen, Margie Day (one of her more forgettable numbers Dumplin' Dumplin'), Lewell Gilbert, Zilla Mays, Sherry Washington and others. Sound quality is excellent and four page booklet has brief notes on the artists and songs. (FS)
ANGEL FACE: I Know/ JUNE BATEMAN & NOBLE WATTS: Georgia Mule/ JUNE BATEMAN WITH NOBLE WATTS & HIS BAND: Possum Belly Overalls/ BEA BOOKER: Comfort In My Heart/ LILLIAN CHILDS: 22 Minutes/ DIANA COLE: So Much Rockin' To Do/ SHERYL CROWLEY: It Ain't To Play With/ MARGIE DAY: Dumplin' Dumplin'/ THE GAY CHARMERS: Git In and Shut the Door/ BEVERLY ANN GIBSON: Wait and See/ JEWELL GILBERT: Mad Nervous Woman/ BOBBIE JAMES: Baby I'm Tired/ CHRISTINE KITTRELL: Call His Name/ MISS LA-VELL: Teen-Age Love/ JOANNIE MAE MATTHEWS: Give Me True Love/ ZILLA MAYS: Take Your Time/ CHUBBY NEWSOM: Toodle Luddle Baby/ KITTY NOBLE: Till the Cows Come Home/ GLADYS PATRICK: Unchain My Heart/ LA MELLE PRINCE WITH MAXWELL DAVIS BAND: Get High/ BEE BEE QUEEN: Queen Bee/ CARMEN TAYLOR: Teen-Age Ball/ ANITA TUCKER: Ring-Aling-Aling (Let the Wedding Bells Ring)/ SHERRY WASHINGTON & THE CHROMATICS: La De Do De Do (Honey Bug Song)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Popcorn 6007 Rock 'n' Roll Mamas, Vol. 4 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, recommended
Another fine collection of 50s and early 60s female R&B rockers - much of it making its first appearance on CD though I don't know if it was necessary to include Betty James' I'm A Little Mixed Up - a great song but it's been out several times before - it would have been nice to have included some of her other less common sides. Still - a minor quibble - there's lots of fine music here that's not readily available including sides from Shirley Gunter, Tiny Topsy, Anita Tucker, Mamie (Miss Good Blues) Thomas (a particularly nice track), Vikki Nelson, Margie Day, Luvenia Eaton & The Five Jades, MIldred Jones (the very risqué Mr. Thrill about her man who owns a very long car), Ruth McFadden with Sammy Lowe's Orchestra, Dakota Staton (a rare and fine R&B outing from this pop/jazz singer), Linda Hopkins (the dull pop number I Diddie Dum Dum), Peggy Saunders (terrific and intense blues singer with fine sax solo), Lady Nell and more. (FS)
JUNE BATEMAN: Come On Little Boy/ MARGIE DAY: That's the Way Love Goes/ LUVENIA EATON & THE FIVE JADES: Without Your Love/ VICKI EVANS: If You Don't Know What You're Doing/ EVA FOSTER: You'll Never Know/ PEARL GALLOWAY: Get With It/ Think It Over Baby/ SHIRLEY GUNTER: Crazy Little Baby/ DIMPLES HARRIS: If You'll Be True/ LINDA HOPKINS: I Diddie Dum Dum (Diddie Yum Dee)/ BETTY JAMES: I'm a Little Mixed Up/ MILDRED JONES: Mr. Thrill/ MISS LA-VELLE: If (I Could Be With You/ RUTH MCFADDEN: You Must Come In at the Door/ LADY NELL: Don't Forget/ VIKKI NELSON: Baby I'm Yours/ DESSA RAY: Ain't Gonna Tell/ PEGGY SAUNDERS: Things Done In the Dark (Are Bound To Come To Light)/ DAKOTA STATON: A Little You/ SUGAR PIE: Please Be True/ MAMIE (MISS GOOD BLUES) THOMAS: Miss Good Blues/ TINY TOPSY: Come On, Come On, Come On/ ANITA TUCKER: Slow, Smooth and Easy/ DOLORES WARE: Can't Eat, Can't Sleep

VARIOUS ARTISTS Stateside 363 434-2 Mama's Got A Bag Of her Own ● CD $11.98
25 tracks, 73 min., highly recommended
In which Stateside mines EMI's labels (Roulette, Liberty, Calla, Minit, Veep, TK, Blue Note, End) for the best of distaff soul. Self promotion disguised as a various artists album? You bet. But worthwhile not only as an introduction to lesser known soul divas but also as a great soul album. Ann Cole offers Don't Stop The Wedding as proof that she deserves her own album, and Clydie King's Mama's Got A Bag Of Her Own (doubtless an answer to James Brown) will send listeners searching for more of the same. Other leads worth running down include jazz-soul amalgam Beatmaker by Doris, Patti Drew's cover of Otis Redding's Hard To Handle, the Betty LaVette standout Let Me Down Easy, Gloria Jones' What You Want, Esther Phillips' Nobody But You, Jean Wells' With My Love And What You Got, Margo Thunders' walloping cover of the Gamble-Huff gem Expressway To Your Heart, Ann Sexton's sultry Loving You, Loving Me, Gwen McCrae's It Keeps On Raining, and Marlena Shaw's extra-mellow version of Feel Like making Love (lifted off her stridently titled LP "Who Is This Bitch, Anyway?"). The marginally informative notes refer to The Three Degrees' There's So Much Love All Around Me as a "pretty cheesy disco track," but I know what disco sounds like and that ain't it. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Titanic 44204 Deep Soul Discoveries, Vol. 4 ● CD $17.98
Another fine collection of rare deep soul from the 60s and 70s. Some tracks have pretty rough sound but there's some fine music from Sammy Roberson, Johnny Acey,  Dee & Don, Willie Mason, Joe Melvin, etc.
JOHNNY ACEY: Forever More/ LYNN AUGUST: If You Love Me/ JAMES BOUNTY: Life Will Begin Again/ FRANKIE COE: Once There Was a Man/ BENNIE CONN: I'm So Glad To Be Back Home/ DEE & DON: How Much It Hurts Me/ ROBERT EARL: Love Will Find a Way/ JOHN EDWARDS: There'll Never Be Another Woman/ WILLIE HYTOWER: Don't Blame Me/ J.C. & THE SOUL ANGELS: God Bless Our Love/ JEAN & DONELLA: Get Ready (For That Day)/ JIMMY LOMAX: Remember Me/ QUEENIE LYONS: A Minute of Good Time/ WILLIE MASON: Don't Make the Same Mistake Twice/ JOE MELVIN: Friends In Show Business/ JOE PERKINS & RAY FRANKLIN: Things of the Past/ THE PLAYERS: Guilty/ SAMMY ROBERSON: Some Man's Woman, Part 1/ Some Man's Woman, Part 2/ JOHNNY ROBINSON: When a Man Cries/ SOUL UNLIMITED: One Man's Happiness/ DICK WASHINGTON: I Still Find You (In My Heart)/ ART WHEELER: Walk On/ DANNY WHITE: I'm Dedicating My Life/ BOBBY WILLIAMS: Play a Sad Song

VARIOUS ARTISTS Verve 01240-02 Yule Be Miserable ● CD $11.98
12 songs focusing on the not so jolly side of Christmas including Christmas Blues by Ramsey Lewis, Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney, My Birthday Comes On Christmas and Nuttin' For Christmas by Spike Jones and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Yeaah! 15 Doo Wop Desirables ● CD $17.98
30 tracks, 72 min, recommended
Good collection of rare Doo Wop, with the main theme seeming to be records that go for a lot of money on Ebay! Not surprising the folks who put this out are a couple out of whom one is a New York record store veteran and the other sells Doo Wop 45s on Ebay for a living. So they can sell records, but can they put them out with quality? As far as Doo Wop comps are concerned, this one is in about the 70% range, not crappy like so many, not chock full of real gems with booklet overstuffed with info, but solidily in between on the better side. Includes sides by Del & The Escorts, The Imaginations, Del-Roys, Tricks, Ron Sawyer, The Temptations (a white group that pre-dates the Motown act), The Van Kykes, Teardrops and others. The Sesame Street song is from a record that sells for a lot of money, but that doesn't mean that it should be included with the rest of the much better tracks. So although this comp is fairly convoluted, there are enough good, rare tracks to make it worth picking up.(JM)
TONY ALLEN & TWILIGHTERS: Come-a, Come-a, Baby/ THE AMBERS: Never Let You Go/ THE BARONS: Pledge Of A Fool/ CARL & SPINDLETOPPERS: Hey Moon/ THE CASLONS: Settle Me Down/ THE CONTENDERS: The Clock/ THE CORDIALS: Listen My Heart/ DEL & THE ESCORTS: Baby Doll/ THE DEL ROYS: Love Me Tenderly/ THE FABULOUS BLENDS: Starlight, Starbright/ THE FOUR PHAROAHS: China Girl/ THE IMAGINATIONS: Wait A Little Longer Son/ THE IMPACS: Tears In My Heart/ THE ITELS: Star Of Paradise/ THE LUVS: We Kiss In The Shadow/ THE MASCOTS: Lonely Rain/ BOBBY PEDRICK: Maybe/ THE PRELUDES FIVE: Starlight/ RAY SAWYER: Bells In My Heart/ THE SCHOOLBOYS: Please Say You Want Me/ THE SESAME STREET DOO WA'S: Counting The Days/ THE STUDENTS: That's How I Feel/ THE TEARDROPS: Let's Dance/ THE TEMPTATIONS: Fickle Little Girl/ THE TRICKS: My One Desire/ UNKNOWN ARTIST: Now Is The Time/ THE V-EIGHTS: Everything That You Said/ THE VAL-AIRES: Launie, My Love/ THE VAN KYKES: Come On Baby/ NORMAN ZACK: Hey Doll

WILLIE WALKER & THE BUTANES One On One 761955 Right Where I Belong ● CD $16.98
14 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
We've had a number of requests for this CD and we're delighted to have finally turned up a supplier. When you first put this on you'll think you've come across a previously unissued Stax or Hi session from the early 70s but in fact this was recorded at the end of 2003. Willie Walker, like quite a few great soul singers, started his career as a gospel singer in the 50s with The Redemption Harmonizers before switching to secular music and recorded a number of fine sides for the revered Goldwax label in the late 60s (some of these are reissued on Kent 203 and 225). Although these were unsuccessful Willie continued to perform in his home town of Minneapolis, Mn. eventually linking up with blues/ R&B band The Butanes led by guitarist Curtis Obeda resulting in this superb album. All the songs were written by Obeda who also produced, arranged and mixed and the result is a sheer delight for Southern soul fans. The Butanes are a good sized band with organ and horns - all real instruments - not a synthesizer or drum machine in sight. Walker is a beautiful and expressive singer with a high husky quality with a touch of O.V. Wright in it but Walker is very much an original. While Obeda is no Dan Penn there are some fine songs here, particularly the title song, the intense Down For The Count and the loping Give As Good As You Get. It's so nice to have real Southern soul back. (FS)

THE WATTS 103ST RHYTHM BAND Water 147 Hot Heat And Sweet Groove ● CD $15.98
12 tracks, 33 minutes, recommended
In some circles known as Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. Under the leadership of Mr. Wright, these fantastic L.A. area studio cats formed to back up Bill Cosby on his singing forays. Quickly the musicians gelled into a band of their own, a fantastic mostly instrumental soul / pre-funk, funk band. This is a re-issue of their first full length album, original released in 1968 on Warner. The originals are much sought after by record collectors and Hip Hop DJs. Great to see it finally getting proper re-issue treatment. Features good new liner notes as well as classic notes by the Cos himself. (JM)


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