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VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1152 The Pomus & Shuman Story - Double Trouble, 1956-1967 ● CD $18.98
Hot on the heels of the recent Doc Pomus biography ("Lonely Avenue" by Alex Halberstadt - $25.98) comes this 26 track collection of songs written by Pomus, mostly in collaboration with Mort Shuman who wrote the melodies to Pomus's lyrics. It also includes Doc's solo composition Lonely Avenue recorded by Ray Charles and his collaboration with Phil Spector on Ben E. King's First Taste Of Love. In spite of Doc's background as a blues shouter he proved just asd adept at writing teen pop as soulful R&B. The duo composed hit after hit and this CD is just a small selection of their compositions from the period 1956 through 1967 including both hits and misses including performances by The Tibbs Brothers, Bobby Darin, Marty Wilde, Jimmy Darren, Dion & The belmonts, The Drifters, Little Tony & His Brothers, Ral Donner, Andy Williams, Barry darvell, Gary "US" Bonds, Irma Thomas and others including, of course, Elvis. Includes 16 page illustaretd booklet with extensive notes.
LAVERN BAKER: Hey Memphis/ GARY U.S. BONDS: Seven Day Weekend/ RAY CHARLES: Lonely Avenue/ JIMMY CLANTON: Go Jimmy Go/ BOBBY DARIN: I Ain't Sharin' Sharon/ JIMMY DARREN: Angel Face/ BARRY DARVELL: A King For Tonight/ DION AND THE BELMONTS: A Teenager In Love/ RAL DONNER: So Close To Heaven/ THE DRIFTERS: Save The Last Dance For Me/ FABIAN: Turn Me Loose/ BEN E. KING: First Taste Of Love/ LITTLE TONY AND HIS BROTHERS: Too Good/ THE MCCOYS: Say Those Magic Words/ THE MYSTICS: Hushabye/ GENE McDANIELS: Spanish Lace/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Double Trouble/ DEL SHANNON: (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame/ TERRY STAFFORD: Suspicion/ BARRETT STRONG: Seven Sins/ HOWARD TATE: Stop/ IRMA THOMAS: I'm Gonna Cry `Til My Tears Run Dry/ THE TIBBS BROTHERS: (Wake Up) Miss Rip Van Winkle/ BOBBY VEE: All You Gotta Do Is Touch Me/ MARTY WILDE: It's Been Nice/ ANDY WILLIAMS: Can't Get Used To Losing You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1156 The Leiber & Stoller Story, Volume 3 ● CD $18.98
The third and final volume in this series presenting recordings of songs written by the brilliant team of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller features 24 songs recorded between 1962 and 1969. Many of the performances here were also produced by the duo. Includes performances by Solomon Burke, Betty Harris, Dion, Roy Hamilton, Alvin Robinson, The Soul Brothers, Johnnny Cash & June Carter, Tommy Roe, Willie Bobo, Freddie Scott, Carmen McRae, Jimmy SCott and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Arcania 6 Ol' Virginia Soul ● CD $15.98
Fine collection of obscure soul and funk recorded for various small Virginia labels between 1966 and 1970. Includes sides by Earl Carter And The Fantastic "6", Prince George, The Idets (a rather bizarre soul rendition of the pop novelty How Much Is That Doggie In The Window), Art Ensley & the Fabulous Echos Band, Wilson, Williams, The Sheepherders, The Regents, The Deadbeats, Bernard Smith, The Untouchables, Wilson Cummings, etc. Nicely produced with 20 page booklet with rare photos and in depth notes. Volume 1 in this series is currently unavailable.
THE ANGLOS: Since You've Been Gone/ BLUE EYED SOUL: Are You Ready For This/ EARL CARTER & THE FANTASTIC 6: Shake Your Po Po/ WILLIAM CUMMINGS: Make My Love A Hurting Thing/ Your Soul Searchin Love/ THE DEADBEATS: No Second Chance/ Why Did You/ KING EDWARD & HIS B.D.'S: Workin' For My Baby/ ART ENSLEY: Open The Door To Your Heart/ JAY GRIFFIN: Lucky Me/ THE IDETS: Doggie In The Window/ PRINCE GEORGE: Wrong Crowd/ THE REGENTS: What 'Cha Gonna Do/ RICKEY & THE IMPRESSIONABLES BAND: Baco Walk Part 1/ IDA SANDS: You'll Lose A Good Thing/ THE SHEEPHERDERS: If Ever You Need Me/ SIR GUY: Funky Virginia/ My Sweet Baby/ BERNARD SMITH: Man Without A People/ Never Gonna Let You Go/ BARBARA STANT: My Mind Holds On To Yesterday/ ELSIE STRONG: This Is The Last Time/ LAURIE TATE: Please Tell Me/ THE UNTOUCHABLES: Find A New Love/ WILSON WILLIAMS: Ain't That Loving You/ I've Got A Whole Lot To Be Thankful For/ ZEKE & THE SOUL SETTERS: Make Your Love A Hurtin Thing

VARIOUS ARTISTS Arcania 7 Ol' Virginia Soul, Encore! ● CD $15.98
More fine and rare soul and funk from Virginia recorded bteween 1965 and 1975. 25 tracks - 7 of them previously unissued from artists like Ricky & The Impressionables Band, Little Wink & Eddie's 25t Century Band, The Incorporates,Junius "Bugs" Hughes, The Magnetics, Flip Flop Stevens, Barbara Stant, Calvin Wilson, Roy Hines, Al Glover and Goria, etc. Includes 20 page booklet.
THE 35TH STREET GANG: I Was Born To Be a Drummer/ DORSEY BROCKINGTON WITH BARBARA & DEBBIE: Stormy Weather/ THE BROOMS: Slow Down/ REGINALD C: Take What You Want But Leave a Little Bit/ GLOVER AND GLORIA: Til the End of Time/ ROY HINES: I Can't Live/ JUNIUS "BUGS" HUGHES: I'm Just What the Doctor Ordered/ THE INCORPORATES: Keep Her In the Groove/ THE JACK & MODS: The Jack Mod Kick/ LITTLE WINK AND EDDIE'S 25TH CENTURY BAN: Peacock/ THE MAGNETICS: Let Me Comfort You/ REGINALD MILTON: Soul Clap Is Back/ JAMES MOORE: Can't Get Enough of Your Love/ RAW SOUL: The Gig/ Don't Let a Man Get Down On You/ Leave My Beat Alone/ RICKEY AND THE IMPRESSIONABLES BAND: Baco Walk Part 2/ THE ROC-KAYS BAND: Rock-Kays Afro/ IDA SANDS: Start All Over Again/ SEBASTIAN: Living in Depression/ SIR GUY: I Need You Baby/ Let Home Cross Your Mind/ BARBARA STANT: Shadow In Your Footsteps/ FLIP FLOP STEVENS: Live Your Own Life/ CALVIN WILSON: Changes Are Coming

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bar 121 Soul Cargo, Vol. 2 - The Early Years Of "Groove" & "Pop ● CD $17.98
20 tracks of mid-tempo soul from the 60s that achieved a following in Belgium as "popcorn" music. Includes sides by Chico & Buddy, Darrell Banks,  Roscoe Robinson,Jan Bradley, Johnny taylor, Robert Parker and others. Some fine sides, including a number of excellent instrumentals, though remastering could be better.
BARBARA ACKLIN: Love Makes a Woman/ DARRELL BANKS: Open the Door to Your Heart/ JAMES BOOKER: Gonzo/ JAN BRADLEY: Mama Didn't Lie/ CHICO & BUDDY: Can You Dig It?/ TONY CLARKE: The Entertainer/ DAVID COLEMAN: Drown My Heart/ DAVE "BABY" CORTEZ: Hot Cakes/ BUDDY HARPER: Mr. Soul/ THE IKETTES: I'm Blue/ HANK JACOBS: So Far Away/ LITTLE HANK: Mister Bang-Bang Man/ JOHNNY LYTLE: The Loop/ ROBERT PARKER: Caought You in a Lie/ DAVID PORTER: Hang on Sloopy (Long Version)/ LOU RAWLS: Dead End Street/ ROSCOE ROBINSON: That's Enough/ JACKIE ROSS: Jerk and Twine/ THE SAN REMO STRINGS: Hungry for Love/ JOHNNY TAYLOR: Blues in the Night

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Label 49742 The Rich Records Story ● CD $16.98
22 R&B and blues sides recorded for the Nashville based Rich label run by legendary disc jockey John Richbourg in the early/ mid 60s. Includes sides by Bobby Hebb, Lattimore Brown, Jimmy Church, Dee Brown & Lola Grant, Johnette, John R, Cornell Blakely and J.J. Barnes.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Label 95882 The Ref-O-Ree Records Story - Southern Soul ● CD $16.98
More recordings made for ubiquitous Nashville entrepreneur Ted Jarrett - this time for his Ref-O-Ree label which ran from 1968 to 1973. 25 tracks of Southern soul including seven previously unissued songs or alternate takes. Includes sides by Freddie Waters, Eddie Frierson, Peggy Gaines, Larry Birdsong, Roscoe Shelton, Gen Allison, The Avons, Thomas Henry, Rufus Hunter, The Tempo Rhythms and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Label 95892 The Bullet & Sur-Speed Story - R&B And Soul Sessions ● CD $16.98
The Bullet label was originally formed by Jim Bulliet in 1946 and released many fine records until it folded in 1954. The label was revived by Nashville entrepreneur Red Wortham in the early 60s and this set presents 23 R&B and soul tracks recorded in the 60s for the revived Bullet label and it's affiliated Sur-Speed label. It includes sides by Larry Birdsong, Johnny Bragg (former Prisonaires lead singer with a new recording of Just Walking In the Rain), Shy Guy Douglas (down home harmonica blues), Rubin Russell & The Tempo Rhythms, Doug Lane & The Soul Spinners, Thomas Henry, The Buford Majors Band (9 tracks recorded for an unreleased LP featuring lead vocals by soul vocalist George Williams), Levert Allison and Willie Gunn. Some fine music though remastering leaves a lot to be desired.

VARIOUS ARTISTS EMI Gold 87196-2 The Original Northern Soul Album ● CD $14.98
Although not all tracks here are soul this is a fine collection of 24 sides, mostly from the 60s and mostly up-tempo, featuring tracks popular on the Northern soul dance scene in England including sides by The Soul Sisters, Bettye Lavette, Maxine Nightingale, Carl Douglas, Bobby Hill, Betty Rurner, The O'Jays, Baltimore & Ohio Marching Band, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Ike & Tina Turner, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Lynch and more.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fishy 1002 Rarest Of The Rare - Soul Harmony, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
Second collection of mega-rare soul vocal harmony tracks from the 60s and 70s by Jazzie Cazzeie & The 8 Sounds, Sounds Of Blackness, Joy, Marion, Romeo, The Guantanamera, Smokey Brooks and more.
THE 21ST GENERATION: Hey James/ SMOKEY BROOKS: Everyday Is a Good Day/ BURNT TOAST AND COFFEE: I Love You Girl/ JAZZIE CAZZEIE & 8 SOUNDS: Young Girl/ THE DAY-TONES: We Got To Tell You About It/ THE FOUR AVALONS: I Don't Wanna Be a Playboy/ THE FOUR DYNAMICS: That's What Girls Are Made For/ THE FOUR TRACKS: You Mean Everything To Me/ GUANTANAMERA: Walking On a Cloud/ JOYCE HOPSON: This Time/ DELORES HOWARD: My Guy and I/ JACK & THE MODS: One Love Is Enough For One/ JOY: Thank You/ THE LADELLIES: I'll Never Change/ MARION: It's Summer/ MONIQUE: If You Love Me/ THE NURONS: All My Life/ I'm a Loner/ PAPA & THE UTOPIANS: Cry For Joy/ QUIET FIRE: Lost Without Your Love/ RAY AND DAVE: Wrong, Wrong, Wrong/ ROMEO: Ooh Baby Baby/ SHADES OF SENSATION: But Then You Left Me/ SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS: Running/ THE VEE GEES: It's Hard To Say So Long

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 2000 61642 Big Box Of Comedy ● CD $16.98
3 CDs, 46 tracks, 117 mins, rrecommended
Comedy CDs are truly one of the dying genres nowadays, but the classics will never die. In this box set, you certainly get three of the funniest people that ever lived: Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley and Pigmeat Markham. Individually, each CD came out a few years back; now Fuel 2000 have made the good decision to put them all together here at an affordable price. Of the three, Moms is the best, a legendary figure that not so many people know anymore. Her stuff is hilarious and easily stands the test of time. All three are represented well here, only Foxx comes off a little dated, but nonetheless outrageous. Each CD comes with extensive notes. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 2000 61648 An Introduction To New Orleans R&B ● CD $11.98
15 tracks, recommended
Fine collection of New Orleans R&B with contributions from the great Allen Toussaint on most tracks. Four of the tracks were recorded in the early 60s for Bobby Robinson's Fury label - two each by Lee Dorsey and Bobby Marchan including Dorsey's hit Do-Re-Mi. The remaining tracks are from the mid 60s, recorded for Toussaint & Marshall Sehorn's Deesu and Tou-Sea labels and contemporary soul sounds to the New Orleans sound including sides by Warren Lee, Willie West (the superb deep soul song Greatest Love), Ray Algere, Willie Harper (a fine cover of Ernie K-Doe's A Certain Girl), Zilla Mayes and others. Sound quality on a number of tracks is muffled but music is consistently fine. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Grapevine 3032 Crescent City Soul Patrol - 22 Dancefloor Sounds From ● CD $19.98
22 tracks, 65 min., very highly recommended
Dedicated to lesser-known soul singers that, at one time or another, called New Orleans home, this pleasing collection unearths some wonderful and obscure songs. Interestingly, even though the CD producers consciously avoided big name soulsters such as Allen Toussaint, Toussaint's influence is all over (as producer, writer, label owner, and so on). And yet, there isn't too much that figures as definitively New Orleanian sounding here. Hardly matters, though, with selections as strong as C.P. Love's mighty Plenty Of Room For More and Eldridge Holmes' Lovely Woman or as sweet as Richard Caiton's I See Love In You Eyes. One of the biggest names here--"biggest" being a relative term--Tony Owens, is represented by three fine songs (I Need, I Need Your Love, All That Matters, (When You're Wrong) You've Got To Pay The Price). Artists include Cynthia Sheeler & Brothers Inc. (much cooler than their name), Swiss Movement, Daisy Burris, Inell Young, and many others. Compilers frequently chose the B-sides over "hits," adding to the obscurity and charm. (JC)
DAISY BURRIS: Four Strong Winds/ RICHARD CALTON: I See Love Girl In Your Eyes/ LEE CALVIN: You Got Me/ MILL EVANS: When I'm Ready/ SONNY FISHER: Oh Love, This Is Sonny/ JIMMY HICKS: Tell Her That I Love You/ ELDRIDGE HOLMES: Lovely Woman/ WALLACE JOHNSON: Baby Go Ahead/ I Miss You Girl/ C. P. LOVE: Plenty Of Room For More/ TONY OWENS: (When You're Wrong) You Got To Pay The Price/ All That Matters/ I Need, I Need Your Love/ THE PHILARMONICS: I Need, I Need Your Love/ PREMIUM: You Know You Want To Be Loved/ THE PRO-FASCINATION: Try Love Again/ CYNTHIA SHEELER AND BROTHERS INC.: I Never Felt Like This Before/ PERCY STONE AND THE EXPLOSIONS: Chained/ SWISS MOVEMENT: I Wish Our Love Would Last Forever/ TAVASCO: Love Is Trying To Get A Hold On Me/ WILLIE WEST: It's Been So Long/ INELL YOUNG: I've Never Considered

VARIOUS ARTISTS Grapevine 3033 Gene Lawson Presents The Uplook Records Story ● CD $19.98
21 tracks, 57 min., recommended
This collection of sides from Gene Lauson's Philadelphia Uplook soul label, which began in the mid-1960s, concentrates on the Delegates Of Soul (6 cuts), Charles Mintz (9 cuts), Teddy Pendergrass (3 cuts) and Tony Talent, age 12 (2 cuts), the Pendegrass pieces being the most interesting (he also provides backing vocals of a few of Mintz's numbers. But it's a mixed bag. The song Running Back deserves some attention, to be sure, but five versions is four more than enough. Sound is sometimes marginal, not because of the fact that at least some of the sources are vinyl, but because a track or two sounds as if it were recorded through a box of kleenex. On the other hand, several of the songs here come from rare 45 rpms that book for many hundreds of dollars. If only everything sounded as good as Pendegrass' Angel With Muddy Feet or Mintz's Finders Keepers. (JC)
THE DELEGATES OF SOUL: Don't Take Your Love from Me/ Girl I'm at Your Door/ Heartbreak of Love/ I'll Come Running Back/ I'll Come Running Back (Alternative Version)/ What a Lucky Guy I Am/ CHARLES J. MINTZ: Candy Baby/ Finders Keepers/ Give a Man a Break/ Love Wheel Turning/ Lucky Guy/ Running Back/ Running Back (Alternative Version)/ Since I Found You Girl/ Think of What You're Losin'/ TEDDY PENDERGRASS: Angel with Muddy Feet/ Should I Go or Should I Stay/ We Got Love/ TONY TALENT: Gotta Tell Someday (About My Baby)/ Hooked on You/ THE UPLOOK ORCHESTRA: Running Back (Instrumental)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Juke Box 101 He Digs Doo-Wop ● CD $17.98
30 track collection of doo-wop from the 50s and early 60s recorded for Decca. Most, if not all, these tracks have been out on CD before but this makes for a nice label oriented collection though the lack of notes rather defeats the purpose. Includes sides from The Mello Tones, Mel Williams & The Montclairs, The Shadows, Little Esther, The Singing Wanderers, The Blenders, The Tangiers, The Hollywood Flames and Gloria Mann.
THE BARONS: A Year And a Day/ Exactly Like You/ My Baby's Gone/ THE BLENDERS: Little Small Town Girl/ The Masquerade is Over/ THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES: I Know/ Let's Talk It Over/ Ooh La La/ Peggy/ LITTLE ESTHER: Please Don't Send Me/ Stop Cryin'/ GLORIA MANN: Friendship Ring/ THE MELLO TONES: I'm Gonna Get/ I'm Just Another One in Love With You/ THE SHADOWS: Better Than Gold/ Big Mouth Mama/ Don't Be Bashful/ No Use/ Stay/ Tell Her/ THE SINGING WANDERERS: Don't Drop It/ Say Hey, Willie Mays/ Three Roses/ THE TANGIERS: I Won't Be Around/ Tambarin/ MEL WILLIAMS: Eternal Love/ God Gave Me You/ You're All Right Baby/ Lessons in Love/ Oo Wah

VARIOUS ARTISTS Juke Box 102 He Digs Doo-Wop Volume #2 ● CD $17.98
25 more tracks from Decca including several that seem to be making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by The Chorals, The Barons, The Cupids. Dorian Burton, The Buddies, Gloria Mann, Mel Williams, Marga Benitez & The Mello Tones, The Tangiers and others.
GENE ALLISON: Somebody Somewhere/ You're My Baby/ THE BARONS: Forget About Me/ MARGA BENITEZ & THE MELLO TONES: Man Love Woman/ MARGA BENITEZ & MELLO TONES: Wino's On Parade/ LARRY BIRDSONG: Let's Try It Again/ Oo Wee Honey/ THE BUDDIES: A Prom and A Promise/ Lottery/ DORIAN BURTON: Do You Love Me/ I Want You/ Love Bank/ One Little Kiss/ THE CHORALS: In My Dreams/ Rock and Roll Baby/ THE CUPIDS: My Dog Likes Your Dog/ The Answer To Your Prayers/ GLORIA MANN: Cashmere Sweater/ Faded Photograph/ One Heart/ Why Do Fools Fall In Love/ THE SINGING WANDERERS: The Wrong Party Again/ THE TANGIERS: Oh Baby/ Remember Me/ MEL WILLIAMS: Roses Never Fade

VARIOUS ARTISTS Juke Box 103 He Digs Doo-Wop Volume #3 ● CD $17.98
This series of vocal group sounds from the Decca label continues with 26 tracks from The Dominos, Five Secreats, Fortunes, Gloria Mann, Dorian Burton, Annisteen Allen, The Four Mints and The Sparks.
ANNISTEEN ALLEN: Pardon Me/ Rough Lover/ DORIAN BURTON: Saturday Night With My Girl/ Yesterday/ THE DOMINOS: Come On Snake Let's Crawl/ Evermore/ Half A Love/ Home Is Where You Hang Your Heart/ I Don't Stand A Ghost of a Chance/ Rock Plymouth Rock/ September Song/ St Theresa of the Roses/ Til Kingdom Come/ To Each His Own/ When the Saints Go Marchin' In/ Will You Remember/ THE FIVE SECRETS: Queen Bee/ See You Next Year/ THE FORTUNES: How Clever Of You/ Tarnished Angel/ Tree/ Who Cares/ THE FOUR MINTS: Gold/ Ruby Baby/ GLORIA MANN: Partners For Life/ THE SPARKS: A Cuddle and A Kiss

VARIOUS ARTISTS Juke Box 104 He Digs Doo-Wop Volume #4 ● CD $17.98
25 sides including all the Decca recordings by the great Flamingos (10 tracks) plus The Hi Fives, Five Shillings, Bobby Carle & The Blendaires, The Gum DRops and Gloria Mann.
BOBBY CARLE & THE BLENDAIRES: Anytime Anyplace Anywhere/ Guaranteed/ I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good/ Walk With Me/ THE FIVE SHILLINGS: A Letter To An Angel/ The Snake/ THE FLAMINGOS: Ever Since I Met Lucy/ Helpless/ Hey Now/ Jerry Lee/ Kiss A Me/ Ladder of Love/ Let's Make Up/ My Faith In You/ Rock and Roll March/ Where Mary Go/ THE GUM DROPS: Gum Drop Shoes and Bells In Her Hair/ You're the One/ THE HI FIVES: Dorothy/ How Can I Win/ Just A Shoulder To Cry On/ Lonely/ My Friend/ What's New What's New/ GLORIA MANN: My Secret Sin

VARIOUS ARTISTS Juke Box 105 He Digs Doo-Wop Volume #5 ● CD $17.98
26 tracks including the six earliest sides by the great girl group The Shirelles from 1958 plus The Van Dykes, Ideals, Malcolm Dodds, Frakie Tucker, The Ideals and Lenny Welch.
MALCOLM DODDS: Deep Inside/ I'll Always Be With You/ This Is Real/ Tremble/ The Swinging Platoon/ Your Voice/ THE IDEALS: Annie Was A Stroller/ Don't Be A Baby, Baby/ Ivy League Lover/ My Girl/ 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/ FRANKIE TUCKER: Fools Will Be Fools/ Good Googely Woo/ THE VAN DYKES: Better Come Back To Me/ Come On Baby/ I Don't Know What To Do/ Lambie Baby/ Run Betty Run/ The Fixer/ LENNY WELCH: My One Sincere/ Rocket To The Moon

VARIOUS ARTISTS Juke Box 106 He Digs Doo-Wop Volume #6 ● CD $17.98
26 tracks featuring The Bel Aires, Gailtones, Starfires, Vestilles, Cinderellas, Sam Hawkins, Katie Webster & the Songettes (the wonderful Louisiana singer and piano player with a great cover of the swamp pop classic Sea Of Love), The Omegas, Johnny Bragg, Neil Sedaka (Laura Lee - his first single form 1957), etc.
THE BEL AIRES: My Yearbook/ Rockin' And Strollin'/ JOHNNYTHE BRAGG: Just So That Someone Is Me/ JOHNNY BRAGG: True Love Will Never Die/ THE CINDERELLAS: Mister Dee Jay/ Yum Yum Yum/ THE GAILTONES: Lover Boy/ Please Don't Go/ SAM HAWKINS: I'll Be The Fool Again/ Nobody But You/ You're Something Out Of This World/ You're The Reason/ GLORIA MANN: You Can't Be Mine/ THE OMEGAS: Froze/ When You Touch Me/ BOBBY ONE: A Heart And A Ring/ Tell Me Again/ NEIL SEDAKA: Laura Lee/ Snowtime/ THE STARFIRES: I Have Someone/ Love Is Here To Stay/ Three Roses/ Tomorrow/ THE VESTILLES: Come Home/ Ditta Wa Do/ KATIE WEBSTER & THE SONGETTES: I Feel So Low/ Sea Of Love

VARIOUS ARTISTS Juke Box 107 He Digs Doo-Wop Volume #7 ● CD $17.98
25 tracks including Donnie & The Dreamers, The Treble Chords, Dynamics, Innocents, Frankie Vally (aka Frankie Valli with his 1959 recording of Please Take A Chance and It May Be Wrong), The Seniors, etc.
THE BLENDERS: Tell Me What's On Your Mind/ DONNIE & THE DREAMERS: Carole/ Ruby My Love/ RONNIE DOVE & THE BELTONES: Party Doll/ THE DYNAMICS: At Each End Of The Day/ How Should I Feel/ Seems Like Only Yesterday/ The girl By The Gate/ THE INNOCENTS: Come On Lover/ Don't Cry/ THE SENIORS: Baby Say The Word/ Hello Mr. Robin/ I've Lived Before/ When I Fall In Love/ THE TRAVELERS: Oh My Love/ White Rose/ THE TREBLE CHORDS: My Little Girl/ Teresa/ BOBBY TURNER: I Miss You So/ FRANKIE VALLY: It May Be Wrong/ Please Take A Chance/ THE VITELLS: Shirley/ The Dip/ VIC WILDER: Hey Little Girl/ My Love For You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 267 The Soul Of Money Records, Volume 2 ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 64 min., recommended
The Money label was originally owned and operated by John and Ruth Dolphin from 1954-57. The Dolphins also started the Recorded In Hollywood, Cash, and Ball labels. Money was a little unusual not just because it was a black-owned label, but also because it seemed to die and resurrect itself several times, finally giving up the ghost for good in 1976. Most of these cuts found their way to tape in the mid-1960s (a few as late as 1973). The related Ten Star and Call Me labels are also represented. More eclectic stylistically than volume one, this set offers a rare Larks single (The Ducks); 6 previously unreleased songs, including a fine pair from Eric Williams and an upbeat number from an unknown group listed as The Mysteries. The Bettye Swan cut The Dance Is Over is the finished album version (not the early version heard on Kent's Swan CD), and thus tough to find. Other delights include Lee Maye's Pounding from 1958; Maye may be better known as a professional baseball player who graced the ranks of the Milwaukee Braves, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, and Chicago White Sox between 1959-71! Can't say that any particular song here is worth dying for, but many seem worthy of a heavy cold. (JC)
BOBBY ANGELLE: I Wanna Go Back Home/ I'll Be A Soldier Boy/ Living Lie/ Please Take Me Back/ EDDIE HORAN: Losing You/ HANK JACOBS & THE TKO’S: Tam-A-Rind/ THE LARKS: Lost My Love Yesterday/ The Ducks/ PAT LIVINGSTON: You Bet I Would/ THE M-M’S & THE PEANUTS: Can't Say No/ My Belief/ LEE MAYE: Pounding/ DELILAH MOORE: Wrapped Up Tight/ THE QUESTION MARKS: Ain't That Kinda Sad/ GWENN STEWART: I Thought It Over/ HENRY STROGGIN: Love Insurance/ BETTYE SWANN: The Dance Is Over/ The Man Who Said No/ THE TKO’S WITH HANK JACOBS: The Charge/ TOMMY & EDDIE: I Love My Baby/ That Old Neighbourhood/ TONI AND THE SHOWMEN: Beware/ UNKNOWN GROUP: It's Too Late Now/ TED WALTERS: Should I Take A Chance/ ERIC WILLIAMS: Strange Things aka That Same Old Feeling

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 272 Northern Monsters ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 63 min., highly recommended
None of these 1960s-1970s dance floor dynamos was originally issued in the U.K. and all were ignored in the U.S. market. The booklet notes include which British DJ played a song first and where and when, all no doubt fascinating to the Northern soul fanatic, although less than essential on this side of the big water. Fortunately for all concerned, the music itself is generally excellent. The general lack of ballads does add a certain, not monotony, but sameness, anyway, that wears after a while. Taken individually, the songs are buried treasures finally unearthed and available for the vinyl impaired soul connoisseur. Tracks no one should be without include Alice Clark's stunner You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me), Freddie Chavez's They'll Never Know Why, The Gems' I'll Be There, Lenis Guess' double timer Just Ask Me, and Lynn Varnado's great Wash And Wear Love. Nice to get another Lou Courtney song (If The Shoe Fits) too, since all his Popside/Riverside recordings have been out of print forever. The notes do not lack detail but occasionally fall short of interesting. Great music saved from total obscurity. (JC)
THE BELLES: Don't Pretend/ JOHNNY BRAGG: They're Talking About Me/ BUSTER & EDDIE: Can't Be Still/ THE CHARMAINES: I Don't Want To Lose Him/ FREDDIE CHAVEZ: They'll Never Know Why/ THE CHECKERBOARD SQUARES: Double Cookin'/ MORRIS CHESTNUT: Too Darn Soulful/ ALICE CLARK: You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me)/ LOU COURTNEY: If The Shoe Fits/ FRANK DELL: He Broke Your Game Wide Open/ THE FLIRTATIONS: Stronger Than Her Love/ THE FULLER BROTHERS: Time's A Wasting/ THE GEMS: I'll Be There/ LENIS GUESS: Just Ask Me/ HERBERT HUNTER: I Was Born To Love You/ HANK JACOBS: Elijah Rockin' With Soul/ TY KARIM: Lighten Up Baby/ TOBI LARK: Happiness Is Here/ THE MILESTONES AND LITTLER LEROY: The Joker/ JOAN MOODY: We Must Be Doing Something Right/ PATTI & THE EMBLEMS: I'm Gonna Love You A Long, Long Time/ THE SERVICEMEN: Sweet Magic/ LYNN VARNADO: Wash And Wear Love/ THE WOODEN NICKELS: Nobody But You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 275 Birth Of Soul, Volume 4 ● CD $18.98
Complementing Kent 123, 147 and 189 this is another superb collection of 24 tracks from 1959 through 1964 demonstrating the transition from R&B to soul. Includes sides by Marv Johnson, The M-M's & The Peanuts, Bobby Peterson, Betty Willis, Della Reese, Jimmy Norman, James Conwell, The fiestas, The Charmaines, etc.
CLARENCE ASHE: The Trouble I've Had/ BILLY BLAND: My Heart's On Fire/ HAROLD BURRAGE: Crying For My Baby/ LENA CALHOUN & THE EMOTIONS: I Can Tell (I'm Losing Your Love)/ THE CHARMAINES: Where Is The Boy Tonight/ JAMES CONWELL: The Trouble With Girls (Of Today)/ BOBBY DAY: Pretty Little Girl Next Door/ THE FIESTAS: The Gypsy Said/ THE FIVE ROYALES: Catch That Teardrop/ WADE FLEMMONS: I Came Running (Back From The Party)/ THE INTRUDERS: Jack Be Nimble/ MARV JOHNSON: Come On And Stop/ KETTY LESTER: Please Don't Cry Anymore/ KENNY LYNCH: (Puff) Up In Smoke/ M-M'S & THE PEANUTS: Lil' Valley/ THE MATADORS: You'd Be Crying Too/ HAL MILLER: On My Own Two Feet/ MR TEARS PARIS: Don't Lead Me On/ JIMMY NORMAN: I Don't Love You No More (I Don't Care About You)/ THE PERSIANS: Gee, What A Girl/ BOBBY PETERSON: Irresistable You/ DELLA REESE: A Clock That's Got No Hands/ TIPPIE & THE CLOVERS: Bossa Nova Baby/ BETTY WILLIS: Take Your Heart

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kitty 001 Northern Soul Kittens ● CD $17.98
25 female groups and solo singers from the 60s - The Jades,  Barbara Jackson,  Ann D'Andrea, Sandra Barry, Joy & The Sorrows, etc.
CHRISTY ALLEN: Walk Tall Like a Man/ SANDRA BARRY: The End of the Line/ BEVERLY & THE DEL CAPRIS: Mama I Think I'm in Love/ THE BLOSSOMS: Lover Boy/ THE BOBBI-PINS: Sad, Sad Girl/ THE BOUQUETS: Welcome To My Heart/ CATHY & COOLIE: Hi Diddle De Dilddle/ THE CRYSTALS: My Place/ Are You Trying To Get Rid of Me Baby/ ANN D'ANDREA: Don't Stop Lookin'/ THE DELICATES: Stop Shovin' Me Around/ DOG & THE SORROWS: Just That Kind of Guy/ THE HEARTBREAKERS: The Willow Wept/ BARBARA JACKSON: Second Best/ THE JADES: You're So Right For Me/ THE JEWELLS: Lookie Lookie Lookie/ BRENDA JOYCE: There They Go/ THE LA VETTES: No Matter What You Do To Me/ THE LORNETTES: His Way With the Girls/ THE ORCHIDS: Good Good Time/ THE PETALS: (You Can't Close) the Windows of Your Heart/ THE RUBIES: Deeper/ EVIE SANDS: I Can't Let Go/ THE SPANDELLS: Say No Girl/ SUZY WALLIS: Tell Him

VARIOUS ARTISTS Numero 14 Cult Cargo: Grand Baham Goombay ● CD $18.98
16 tracks, 77 min., highly recommended
This time the cargo is the interesting story of the Grand Bahama record label, the G.B.I. Recording Company, during its glory years of 1968-76. Who knew the tiny island that didn't gain its independence until 1973 housed so much cool soul and funk? The tourist trade spawned any number of hotel bands of varying skill, but the Numero Group has handpicked some wonderful examples of American soul with a Grand Bahaman attitude--or is it the other way around? Oddly, the opening funk workout by Cyril Ferguson is one of the least interesting cuts, but the Jay Mitchell beater that directly follows makes up for it. In fact Mitchell owns five tracks here and is no small part of why the album is so much fun. The two tracks by The Mustangs deserve high praise as well for their easy going brand of infectious reggae. And while the scales tilt toward funk on this set, the occasional pop oddity (The Gospel Chandeliers Honesty Is The Best Policy) startles in its naivet‚. And what can be said about Sylvia Hall's paean to sexual abstinence Don't Touch That Thing except that while it almost has to be tongue in cheek, it doesn't seem to be. This cargo isn't for all cults, but its unusual assortment of styles is pretty charming. And as usual the booklet is full of intelligent notes, rare photos, and cool pictures of records you'll wish you owned. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Panic 102 Heartattack! Wild & Crazy L.A. R&B, 1954-1965, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
29 tracks, highly recommended
Another wild and sometimes wacky collection of rocking R&B and blues recorded in Los Angeles in the 50s and 60s - about 75% making its first appearance on CD. Subtitles "Special Chicken Edition" it featurtes several tracks with a chicken theme including Rayvon Darnell's Chicken Little, The Preachers Chicken Papa complete with clucking guitar, Chicken In A Hurry by Heavy J. Lockett and others. The storming title song is performed by Don & Dewey and there are songs by Ray Johnson & the Bystanders, Peppy Prince, Linda Hopkins (the tough blues Three Time Loser), The Universals, The Dell Rays (the hot sax led instrumental Full House), Walt Reo & the Bishops, Freddie Coaster With The Standels, Randy Thomas & The Twisters, Artie Wilson, The Sinners (the great rocking doo-wop Nightmare), Little Sammy, Big Boy GRoves (the great narration with music Bucket Of Blood), Marva Turner, Mel Curtis & His Minors and more. Excellent sound and the 12 page booklet has notes on all the songs along with mouth watering label shots. (FS)
CLIFF CHAMBERS: Don't Talk Back/ FREDDIE COASTER WITH THE STANDELS: Drinkin/ MEL CURTIS & HIS MINORS: Get To Getting Part 1/ RAVON DARNELL: Chicken Little/ THE DELL RAYS: Full House/ DOC, BILL, JOSEPH & L. LEAKE: I Don't Like It/ DON & DEWEY: Heartattack/ BIG BOY GROVES: Bucket O Blood/ BOBBY HATFIELD: Hot Tamales/ LINDA HOPKINS: Three Time Loser/ RAY JOHNSON & THE BYSTANDERS: A Yellow Mellow Hardtop/ LUTHER LEE & CARAVELS: Lunch Break/ JOE LIGGINS & THE HONEYDRIPPERS: In the Wee Hours/ LITTLE SAMMY: Papa Did the Chicken/ HEAVY J. LOCKETT: Chicken In A Hurry/ FRANKIE LUCAS: I Want To Rock You Baby/ GERRY MAPLEWOOD: Blue Monkey/ THE PREACHERS: Chicken Papa/ PAUL PRESTON: The Chase/ PEPPY PRINCE: Work Man Work/ WALT REO & THE BISHOPS: Twist with Mary Lou/ THE SINNERS: Nightmare/ LIL JIM STINNEY: Pretty Baby/ RANDY THOMAS & TWISTERS: Twistin All Night Long/ KID GUITAR THOMPSON & SCOOTERS: My Baby Done Me Wrong/ THE TRA-VELLES: Little Bad Wolf/ MARVA TURNER: Cool Operation/ THE UNIVERSALS: Black Beard/ ARTIE WILSON: Tarzan

VARIOUS ARTISTS Philly Archives 2 The Best Of Melron Records - The Early Philly Sound ● CD $15.98
Obscure 60s R&B and soul from Philadelphia - Essau & Group, Emerson Brown & The Del Rios, Bobby Eli & The Del Rios, The Sweethearts, Pheasants, Colly Williams, Howard Churchill & The Radars, The Allures and more.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rev-Ola CRBAND 11 Laughin' At The Blues ● CD $15.98
Entertaining collection of blues, R&B and jazz with a novelty flavor. The cover promises "a hilarious and scurrilous collection" - well only some of the tracks fall into that category but there is some fine, fun and enjoyable music - quite a bit which hasn't appeared on CD before. Includes Redd Foxx (a great black comic though his tracks here are pretty much straight blues), Dusty Fletcher (three tracks including his classic two-part Open The Door Richard and the great Put The Last Clean Shirt On Bill), Slim Gaillard, Sctman Crothers (an answer song to Ruth Brown's Mama, he Treats Your Daughter Mean), Harry 'The Hipster' Gibson, Rudy Ray Moore, Babs GonzalesAl Jackson, Shorty Muggins (better known as Sammy Davis, Jr.!), Thelma Baxter and others.
PEARL BAILEY: I Can't Rock and Roll to Save My Soul/ Saturday Night Fish Fry/ THELMA BAXTER: Henry (Yes, My Love)/ SCATMAN CROTHERS: Papa (I Don't Treat That Little Girl Mean)/ SAMMY "SHORTY MUGGINS" DAVIS JR.: Gotta Great Big Shovel/ We're Gonna Roll/ DUSTY FLETCHER: Open the Door, Richard!, Pts. 1 & 2/ Put the Last Clean Shirt on Bill/ REDD FOXX: Fine Jelly Blues/ Redd Foxx Blues/ Shame on You/ SLIM GAILLARD: Eatin' with the Boogie/ Federation Blues/ HARRY "THE GIBSON" GIBSON: Two Cats/ HARRY "THE HIPSTER" GIBSON: Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs Murphy's Ovaltine?/ BAB GONZALES: She's Just Right for Me/ BABS GONZALES: House Rent Party/ AL JACKSON: It Ain't Gonna Be Like That/ Let's Drink Some Whiskey/ LITTLE ARTHUR MATTHEWS: I'm Gonna Whale on You/ Someday Baby/ RUDY RAY MOORE: I'm Mad with You/ The Buggy Ride/ EFFIE SMITH: Dial That Telephone, Pt. 1/ Dial That Telephone, Pt. 2/ Champagne Mind (With a Soda Water Income)/ SPIRITS OF RHYTHM: She Ain't No Saint

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rev-Ola 126 Chart Toppin', Doo-Woppin, Vol. 2 ● CD $15.98
Complementing Rev-Ola 125 this is a collection of some of the most popular doo-wop sides in the period 1953 to 1955 - all reaching the R&B top ten and seven of them reaching the coveted #1 spot. Includes tracks by The Du-Droppers, Royals, Crows, Midnighters, Spiders, Shirley Gunter & The Queens,  Nutmegs, Five Keys and others.
THE CHARMS: Hearts Of Stone/ Two Hearts/ THE CHORDS: Sh Boom/ THE CLOVERS: Lovey Dovey/ THE CORONETS: Nadine/ THE COUNTS: Darling Dear/ THE CROWS: Gee/ THE DRIFTERS: Honey Love/ Such A Night/ What'cha Gonna Do/ White Christmas/ THE DU DROPPERS: I Found Out/ THE FIVE KEYS: Close Your Eyes/ Ling Ting Tong/ THE FOUR TUNES: I Understand Just How You Feel/ SHIRLEY GUNTER & THE QUEENS: Oop Shoop/ THE JAMES, ETTA & THE PEACHES: Wallflower/ THE MIDNIGHTERS: Annie Had A Baby/ Sexy Ways/ THE MOONGLOWS: Sincerely/ THE NUTMEGS: Story Untold/ THE PENGUINS: Earth Angel (will You Be Mine)/ THE ROYALS: Get It/ Work With Me Annie/ THE SPANIELS: Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite/ THE SPIDERS: I Didn't Want To Do It/ THE VOCALEERS: Is It A Dream

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smash 101 Doo-Wops From The Smash Archives, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
24 tracks recorded in early/ mid 60s for Mercury subsidiary Smash. Includes The Four Evers, Four Embers, Allisons, Danleers, Naturals, Blanders and more.
THE ALLISONS: Lesson In Love/ Lessons In Love/ THE BLANDERS: Desert Sands/ Jitterbug/ THE DANLEERS: If/ The Angels Sent You/ Were You There/ Where Is Love/ THE EXPRESSIONS: (Come Back) Karen/ Thrill/ THE FORTUNE COOKIES: A Girl In Love/ A Girl In Love/ It Should Have Been Me/ THE FOUR EMBERS: But Beautiful/ You've Been Away Too Long/ THE FOUR EVERS: Doo Bee Dum/ Everlasting/ If I Were A Magician/ It's Love/ Lover Come Back To Me/ THE NATURALS: Three Banditos/ THE PARAMOURS: That's the Way We Love/ THE SPIRALS: Forever and A Day/ Please Be My Love

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smash 102 Doo-Wops From The Smash Archives, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
24 more from The Desires, Counts, Bentleys, Ramsey Sisters, Tartans, Paramours, Five Royals, Toni Jones, Original Group, etc.
THE ALLISONS: Oh My Love/ THE BENTLEYS: Did Anyone Lose A Tear/ Why Didn't I Listen To Mother/ THE COUNTS: Stormy Weather/ True Love's Gone/ THE DESIRES: Here I Go Again/ I Never Loved Like This Before/ THE FIVE ROYALS: Baby Don't Do It/ Faith/ I Like It Like That/ Never Turn Your Back/ THE FOUR EVERS: Be My Girl (Please Be Mine)/ TONI JONES: Dear/ Love Is Strange/ THE ORIGINAL GROUP: Climb Every Mountain/ Look Homeward Angel/ THE PARAMOURS: Prison Break/ THE RAMSEY SISTERS: It's All Over But the Tears/ THE TARTANS: Old Enough To Know/ Stuck On You/ THE TEMPESTS: Long Live Our Love/ THE VICEROYS: Uncle Sam Needs You/ THE X CELLENTS: Hey Little Willie/ I'll Always Be By Your Side

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smash 103 Doo-Wops From The Smash Archives, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98
Another 24 - Rick & The Keens, The Echoes, Naturals, Little Ellen, Buddy Skipper, The Tempests, The Dreams, etc.
BILLY & THE ESSENTIALS: Babalu's Wedding Day/ My Way of Saying/ THE CADILLACS: What You Bet/ You Are To Blame/ THE DREAMS: Inexperience/ Too Late/ THE ECHOES: A Chicken Ain't Nothin But A Bird/ A Million Miles From Nowhere/ Annabelle Lee/ Bluebird Over the Mountain/ Keep An Eye On Her/ THE HARRIS SISTERS: Don't Let Me Fall In Love/ Happiness/ LITTLE ELLEN: Answer Me My Love/ That Other Guy/ THE NATURALS: Let Love Be True/ RICK & THE KEENS: I'll Be Home/ Maybe/ Popcorn/ RICK AND THE KEENS: Peanuts/ BUDDY SKIPPER: Cancel the Reservation/ Restless Breed/ THE TEMPESTS: In the Cold of the Day/ THE VICEROYS: I'm So Sorry

VARIOUS ARTISTS South Side Kingdom 1 South Side Soul, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
20 track collection - Donnie Wells, Chuck Jackson, The Intruders, Bo Bo Mr. Soul, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Rockmasters, Fred Parris & The Restless Hearts, The Visitors, The Heartstoppers, Barbara Mason, etc.
ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS: Love Will Rain On You/ BO BO MR. SOUL: She's My Woman/ JAN BRADLEY: I'm Over You/ BILLY BUTLER & THE CHANTERS: Tomorrow Is Another Day/ THE FOUR DUDES: My Heart Is Broken/ THE HEARTSTOPPERS: When the Hurt Comes Back/ THE HYTONES: I've Got My Baby/ THE INTRUDERS: Come Home Soon/ Devil With an Angel's Smile/ CHUCK JACKSON: What's With This Loneliness/ THE MARVELETTES: I Think I Could Change You/ BARBARA MASON: Troubled Child/ FRED PARRIS & THE RESTLESS HEARTS: Ain't No Use In Crying/ WENDY RENE: Young and Foolish/ SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: Stuck On You/ THE ROCKMASTERS: Pretty One/ THE VISITORS: I'm Gonna Stay/ DONNIE WELLS: A Real Love/ MARY WELLS: He's the One I Love/ THE YOUNGHEARTS: Girls, Girls, Girls

VARIOUS ARTISTS South Side Kingdom 2 South Side Soul, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
Subtitled "25 Rare Sweet Soul Classics" this set includes a number of previously unissued sides. Includes tracks by The Pretenders, Epsilons,The Newcomers, Jades,  Barbara & The Browns,  Bobby Hill, The Fascinators, etc. Great cover art.
BARBARA & THE BROWNS: I Don't Want To Have To/ THE CAESARS: Desperate For Your Affection/ THE CHICAGO GANGSTERS: We've Been Together/ THE ENJOYABLES: I'll Take You Back/ THE EPSILONS: I'm So Devoted/ THE FASCINATORS: You'll Be Sorry/ ALAN D. FLORES: The Valley of My Sleep/ ALLAN D. FLORES: That's All/ WILLIE G.: Maybe Tomorrow/ GOD'S GIFT TO WOMEN: Let Your Heart Be the Judge/ BOBBY HILL: I Wanna Be With You/ HONEY & THE BEES: Go Now/ THE IMPRESSIONS: Never Could You Be/ THE INSIDERS: Chapel Bells Are Calling/ THE JADES: And Now/ THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: Never Will I (Make My Baby Cry)/ BOB MARLEY: I Am Still Wating/ THE MAYFIELD SINGERS: I've Been Trying/ THE MONITORS: Just To Keep You Satisfied/ THE NEWCOMERS: Becha Can't Guess Who/ THE PRETENDERS: Hearts Were Made To Love/ Lonely Eyes/ PRODUCT OF TIME: That's a Good Reason/ TIPPIE & THE WISEMEN: Wait Till I Get There/ TRACI: Take It From Me

VARIOUS ARTISTS South Side Kingdom 3 South Side Soul, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98
Subtitled "21 Rare Sweet Soul Classics" this includes sides by The Sonics, Billy Butler, Persians, Dontells, Otis Leavill, Special Delivery, The Voice Masters, Helene Smith, Carla Thomas, etc.
THE ASTORS: Just Enough To Hurt Me/ BILLY BUTLER: Love Grows Bitter/ THE DONTELLS: I'm Gonna Tell the World/ THE ESQUIRES: She's My Little Plaything/ THE EXPRESSIONS: Out of My Life/ OTIL LEAVILL: It Must Be Love/ OTIS LEAVILL: Can't Stop Loving You/ THE MIGHTY MARVELOWS: I'm Without a Girl/ THE PACESETTERS: What About Me, Baby/ THE PERSIANS: Too Much Pride/ THE PRESIDENTS: I Want My Baby/ DEE DEE SHARP: My Best Friend's Man/ HELENE SMITH: I'm Controlled By Your Love/ Willing & Able/ THE SONICS: Come Home Baby/ SPECIAL DELIVERY: I Destroyed Your Love, Part 1/ NOLAN STRONG & THE DIABLOS: Since You're Gone/ CARLA THOMAS: I Can't Take It/ THE TOPICS: Hey Girl (Where Are You Going)/ THE VOICE MASTERS: In Love In Vain/ BETTY WRIGHT: Paralyzed

VARIOUS ARTISTS SSLS 1000 The Sweeter Side Of Latin Soul, Vol 1 ● CD $15.98
21 tracks of sweet soul with a Latin flavor recorded in New York in the 60s and 70s by various Latino artists including Ralfi Pagan, Paul Ortiz & La Orq., Frankie Nieves, Orquestra Oliveri, Bennito Sextet, Joe Acosta, The TNT Band, Chuito & the Latin Uniques, Orqestra Capri, etc. The blend of soul with salsa elements results in some really enchanting and immensely appealing music.
JOE ACOSTA: I Need Her/ HARVEY AVERNE: Accept Me/ BENNITO SEXTET: Love Is To Say/ CANDIDO Y SU MOVIMENTO: Baby Doll/ CHUITO & THE LATIN UNIQUES: Wish I Could/ CONJUNTO LA PERLA: If I Should Lose You/ MANTRAP: Suavecito/ NEW GENERATION ORCH.: I'm No Fool/ FRANKIE NIEVES: It's Better To Cry/ ORCHESTA SOLEDAD: Just Like a Fool/ ORQUESTA CAPRI: I Regret/ ORQUESTA OLIVERI: There's No Other Girl/ PAUL ORTIZ Y LA ORQ SON: Tender Love/ There's No Feeling/ DAX PACEM ORCH.: I Do Love You/ RALFI PAGAN: Baby I'm a Want You/ Negrona/ JOEY PASTRANA: Sincerely/ CHOLLO RIVERA & LATIN SOUL DRIVES: I Could Never Hurt You Girl/ HECTOR RIVERA & LATIN RENAISSANCE: I Want You, I Need You, I Love You/ TNT BAND: I Wanna Make Out With You

VARIOUS ARTISTS SSLS 2000 The Sweeter Side Of Latin Soul, Vol 2 ● CD $15.98
Another 21 fine sides from Ralfi Pagan, Orq. La Fantastica, Joe Acosta & His Empresarios, The Lebron Brothers, Conjunto La Perla, etc.
JOE ACOSTA & EMPRESARIOS: Lonliness/ AGUABELLA: Image of a Star/ HARVEY AVERNE DOZEN: My Dream/ AZUQUITA Y SU MELAO: Dark Woman/ BENITZ & NEBULA: I'm So Sad/ BROOKLYN SOUNDS: Rain/ LEBRON BROS: Don't Be Afraid/ CONJUNTO LA PERLA: Speak Softly Love/ REY DAVILA: Falling Star/ EDDIE HERNANDEZ: The Time Was Yesterday/ JARITO Y SU COMBO: Crosstown/ EDDIE LEBRON: My Vows To You/ LANDY NOVA: Oh Love/ There's No One To Blame/ ORQ. DEE JAY: Forget It/ ORQ. LE FANTASTICA: Latin Blues/ ORQ. SOLEDAD: I'll Make You A Queen/ RALFI PAGAN: I Can't See Me Without You/ My Dream/ RALPH ROBLES: Maybe/ THE TNT BAND: That's Life

VARIOUS ARTISTS Stateside 83141 Doo-Wop Classics ● CD $11.98
Just what it says - 30 classic doo-wop sides - recorded for Jubilee, End, Aladdin, Laurie, Roulette and affiliated labels. No surprises here but every track is great, sound quality is superb and there are notes on all of the groups. Includes The Five Keys, Wrens, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers,  Chips,  Flamingos,  The Clovers, Mystics, The Marcels and more.
THE CADILLACS: Gloria/ Speedoo/ THE CHANTELS: Maybe/ THE CHIPS: Rubber Biscuit/ THE CLEFTONES: Little Girl Of Mine/ THE CLOVERS: Love Potion No. 9/ THE CROWS: Gee/ DION & THE BELMONTS: A Teenager In Love/ I Wonder Why/ THE DUBS: Could This Be Magic/ Don't Ask Me (To Be Lonely)/ THE ELEGANTS: Little Star/ THE FIVE KEYS: Close Your Eyes/ Ling Ting Tong/ The Glory Of Love/ THE FLAMINGOS: I Only Have Eyes For You/ Lovers Never Say Goodbye/ THE G-CLEFS: Ka-Ding Dong/ THE HEARTBEATS: A Thousand Miles Away/ LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS: Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop/ Tears On My Pillow/ FRANKIE LYMON & THE TEENAGERS: I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent/ Why Do Fools Fall In Love/ THE MARCELS: Blue Moon/ THE MYSTICS: Hushabye/ THE REGENTS: Barbara Ann/ SHEP & THE LIMELITES: Daddy's Home/ SONNY TIL: Crying In The Chapel/ THE VALENTINES: Lily Maebelle/ THE WRENS: Come Back My Love

VARIOUS ARTISTS Stateside 384 398-2 New Orleans - Home Of The Blues, Vol. 1 & 2 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Reissue of two LPs originally issued on Minit in 1960 and 1962 featuring classic R&B recorded for that label. It's all been out before but if you don't already have them you get six tracks by the wild Jessie Hill including his hit Ooh Poo Pah Doo, two by the warbly Aaron Neville, four by Ernie K. Doe (including, of course, his big hit Mother In Law and his non hit but sensational Tain't It The Truth), two by Lee Diamond, six by the queen of NOew Orleans oul Irma Thomas, two by Benny Spellman including his hit Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette) and its flip Fortune Teller which was covered by some group called The Rolling Stones and two by The Showmen including their paean to rock 'n' roll It Will Stand. (FS)
LEE DIAMOND: It Won't Be Me/ Please Don't Leave/ ERNIE K. DOE: Hello My Lover/ Mother-In-Law/ Tain't It The Truth/ Wanted £10,000 Reward/ JESSIE HILL: Highhead Blues/ I Need Your Love/ Ooh Poo Pah Doo Part 1/ Ooh Poo Pah Doo Part 2/ Scoop Scoobie Doobie/ Whip It On Me/ AARON NEVILLE: Every Day/ Over You/ THE SHOWMEN: Country Fool/ It Will Stand/ BENNY SPELLMAN: Fortune Teller/ Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)/ IRMA THOMAS: Cry On/ Gone/ I Did My Part/ I Done Got Over It/ It's Raining/ Ruler Of My Heart

VARIOUS ARTISTS Stateside 384 399-2 We Sing The Blues/ New Orleans, My Home Town ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, recommended
This combines "We Sing" issued on Minit in 1963 and "Home Town" issued in 1964 by Imperial which had previously purchased Minit. Most of the track here are from Minit along with some from Aladdin and Imperial. Unfortunately half a dozen tracks here are duplicated on the "Home Of The Blues" reissue. There are two tracks by Diamond Joe, three by Irma Thomas, one by Willia Harper, two by Aaron Neville, four by Ernie K. Doe, two by Benny Spellman, The Showmen's It Will Stand Again, one by Eskew Reeder (aka Esquerita), three by Jessie Hill, two by fats Domino, two by The Spiders and two by Shirley & Lee. Both this and the "Home Of The Blues" set have booklets with new notes by Bob Fisher. (FS)
DIAMOND JOE: Screamin' And Moanin' Part 1/ Screamin' And Moanin' Part 2/ ERNIE K. DOE: A Certain Girl/ Mother-In-Law/ Popeye Joe/ Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta/ FATS DOMINO: Blueberry Hill/ Walking To New Orleans/ WILLIE HARPER: The Power Of Love/ JESSIE HILL: Oogsey Moo/ Ooh Poo Pah Doo Part 1/ Ooh Poo Pah Doo Part 2/ AARON NEVILLE: Let's Live/ Over You/ ESKEW REEDER: Green Door/ SHIRLEY & LEE: I'm Gone/ Let The Good Times Roll/ THE SHOWMEN: It Will Stand/ BENNY SPELLMAN: Fortune Teller/ Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)/ THE SPIDERS: I Didn't Want To Do It/ You're The One/ IRMA THOMAS: Hittin' On Nothing/ It's Raining/ Two Winters Long

VARIOUS ARTISTS Trikont 0356 In Prison ● CD $21.98
19 tracks, 74 min., recommended
From the eclectic and eccentric people of Trikont comes this powerful statement of African-American prison life. Booklet noter Jonathan Fischer's essay on crime in America shines a disturbing light on the nature of institutional racism and corporate profiteering in the prison systems. Among the disturbing information is this: Although blacks make up only 12% of the population, they represent almost 50% of the prison population. And this: Although drug use among whites and blacks is essentially the same (about 7%), 74% of those jailed for drugs are black. And lots more. The collection offers music from and about prison over the last 40 or 50 years. Count Brand Nubian's Claimin' I'm A Criminal, Dead Prez's Behind Enemy Lines, and Lifers Group's didactic Living Proof among the more compelling profiles in despair. Other artists represented include Fred McDowell, Curtis Mayfield, 2 Pac, Billy Boy Arnold, Robert Pete Williams, Nina Simone, The Temptations, The Last Poets, Bobby Womack and others. A musically and socially challenging concept compilation. Instead of getting "tough on crime," this album suggests that America should get serious about justice. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Woody 506 Found In The Basement, Vol. 6 ● CD $17.98
25 tracks, 62 mins, recommended
Four Shy Guys
by The Girl Friends, Splish Splash by Desda, Julie London doing Mickey Mouse March, Dum Dum by Jay Layne and many, many more oddities and eccentric tunes stuffed into this offbeat comp. Many tracks are hitting CD for the first time with three tracks by Clay Fulton (?) making their debut in any format here. (JM)
NAT KING COLE: Mr. Wishing Well/ THE CONTESSAS: Just Love Me/ DON DECARLO: Let's Go to the Beach/ DESDA: Splish Splash/ THE ENCHANTMENTS: What's Your Name/ Why Can't We Fall In Love/ DAVE FLANERY: Roni/ THE FOUR MINTS: Row Row Row My Boat/ CLAY FULTON: Another Night Without You/ One Hundred Years/ Wishing Well/ THE GIRL FRIENDS: Four Shy Girls/ THE GRADUATES: Ask the Lonely/ JAY LAYNE: Dum Dum/ THE LINNETTES: Someday/ LITTLE BILLY & THE TRADERS: Champagne/ JULIE LONDON: Mickey Mouse March/ TOMMY MARA: Dominique/ MILES & ANDREW: It's Heaven/ DINO PERRONE & THE SUSPICIONS: Story of a Dream/ ROCK CANDY MT.: Sweet Magic/ THE SIMPSON SISTERS: I Tore Up My Dairy/ THE THREE G'S: When It's Summer Again/ RAY VANCE: Someone/ KENNY WALKER: You're Putting Me On


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