JOHN LEE HOOKER & FRIENDS Immortal 940101 I'm In The Mood For Love ● DVD $16.98
DVD video, NTSC, all region, 57 min., highly recommended
Latter-day John Lee Hooker is still John Lee Hooker, and this footage, taken from more than one show and recorded in the 1980s, from the looks of it, finds our hero getting a helping hand from Ry Cooder (on 3 songs), Bonnie Raitt (on I'm In The Mood), John Hammond (on Father Was A Jockey), Robert Cray (on Mr. Lucky), and Albert Collins on the closer (The Boogie), which also features Cray, Raitt, Hammond, Charlie Musselwhite, Roy Rogers, Johnnie Johnson, and others, each taking a solo. Not much in the way of notes or extras here, but solid, powerful Hooker performances well worth seeing. (JC)



SHELLY LEE ALLEY B.A.C.M. 401 And His Alley Cats - Recorded 1937-1955 ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
A fine collection of western swing featuring the talents of singer, songwriter and fiddler Shelly Lee Alley. Alley started off as a pop performer but after a meeting with Jimmie Rodgers he wrote a couple of songs for Rodgers and turned his attention to country music. He worked with various western swing groups from the 30s through mid 40s when he focused his attention on his songwriting (almost all the songs here are original compositions) though returned to the studio for one more recording in 1955. Alley was a decent though not exceptional and was at his best on the up tempo numbers which, fortunately, dominate the proceedings here. The personnel varied from session to session and included such fine musicians as Cliff Bruner/ fiddle, Ted Daffan/ steel guitar, Anthony Scanlin/ clarinet and sax, Leon Selph/ fiddle, Gus Plant/ guitar and others. A 1941 session is thought to include the great Harry Choates playing steel guitar! A lively and entertaining selection marred by rough sound on a number of cuts. Kevin Coffey provides the high quality liner notes. (FS)
SHELLEY LEE ALLEY & HIS ALLEY CATS: Answer To My Precious Darling/ Cold Cold Ways/ Don't Leave Me With A Broken Heart/ Don't You Care/ Goodbye My Little Dream Girl/ Hang Your Pretty Things By My Bed/ How Can You Treat Me This Way/ I Just Can't Forget The Past/ I'll Take You Back Again/ I'm Still In Love With You/ Let Me Bring It To Your Door/ Little Home Of The Long Ago/ Low Down Blues/ Mean Mama Blues/ My Love/ My Precious Darling/ My Texas Sweetheart/ Nine Or Ten Times/ Oh What A Fool I've Been/ Soldier's Return/ Somehow/ Sweetheart Of Mine/ Tired Of You/ Two More Years/ What Size Do You Need/ What's The Matter Now/ Why Should I Worry Now

ED CAMP & ASSOCIATES B.A.C.M. 397 Ed Camp & Associates ● CD $14.98
28 tracks, 67 min., highly recommended
The five artists featured on this compilation were turned up by Imperial Records while searching for talent in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. All were recorded between 1953-55, occupying a realm of country music that, after the appearance of Elvis Presley, would never be the same. Of the five, Ed Camp takes the lion's share of the tracks at 18, including I'm Such A Fool About You, I'm Tired Of Love, and One More Tomorrow. His sides show a heavy Hank Williams influence, especially on the faster numbers when his voice moves higher. Nevertheless, Camp had a lot of talent and is more than enough reason to hear this. Of the other featured performers (Buddy Attaway, Little Pal Hardy, David Craig, Eddie Dale), Hardy, who has just one Imperial single, may be of interest if only because he previously recorded for Four Star, using his given Cajun name, Pal Thibodeaux. Buddy Attaway was also a Cajun artist, and a pretty decent one at that, as one listen to Why Did I Leave CloutchvilleD will confirm. He was equally adept at country music, and wrote three of the four songs here. David Craig and Eddie Dale each have one Imperial single on this release, both respectable without setting the woods on fire, as it were. Apparently, none of this material has ever been reissued, making this album all but irresistible. (JC)
BUDDY ATTAWAY: Doubtful Heart/ Rock-Away-Baby On The Bayou/ Why Did I Leave Cloutchville/ Why Should I/ ED CAMP: Alone Tonight/ Counterfeit Love/ Hillbilly Dumpling/ I Never Dreamed/ I'm Gonna Put The Wammy On You/ I'm Such A Fool About You/ I'm Tired Of Love/ If I Catch You Flirtin' With My Baby/ Magnolia Waltz/ No Regrets/ One More Tomorrow/ Oooh, How I Love You/ Sure Of Your Heart/ The Wedding Is Starting/ Tie A String Around Your Finger/ What A Fool I Was To Cry Over You/ You Bet Your Bottom Dollar That She's Mine/ You've Gotta Cry/ DAVID CRAIG: Checker Game/ Replace My Heart/ EDDIE DALE: How Much Can A Heart Take)/ Okefenokee/ LITTLE PAL HARDY: All My Life/ Red Lips And Poker Chips

THE CARDINALS Jasmine 227 Under A Blanket Of Blues, The Singles As & Bs, 1951-57 ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 69 mins, essential
Ah, the sublime sounds of The Cardinals, truly one of the great vocal groups of the 1950's, not to mention one of the first of the bird-named groups. This collects all 12 of the groups singles for Atlantic in the 1950's, both A & B sides, plus the lovely For A While, which was recorded way back when, but never officially released. The band's only three charting sides are here - Shouldn't I Know, their cover of Wheel Of Fortune, and their best known song The Door Is Still Open, all top ten on the R&B charts, but unfortunately never cracking the pop charts. Other stand out tracks include Two Things I Love, the swingin' Please Don't Leave Me/ I'll Always Love You, their cover of Tampa Red's Pretty Baby Blues, a take on The Wrens' great Come Back My Love, and many more. Atlantic records had an embarrassment of riches back in the 1950's and sadly seemed to over look and under promote The Cardinals, the group certainly deserved much more success and fame than the garnered with their Atlantic releases. (JM)
THE CARDINALS: Choo Choo/ Come Back My Love/ For A While/ Here Goes My Heart To You/ I Won't Make You Cry Anymore/ I'll Always Love You/ Kiss Me Baby/ Lovely Girl/ Lovie Darling/ Miserlou/ Near You/ Offshore/ One Love/ Please Baby/ Please Don't Leave Me/ Pretty Baby Blues/ She Rocks/ Shouldn't I Know/ The Bump/ The Door Is Still Open/ The End Of The Story/ Two Things I Love/ Under A Blanket Of Blue/ Wheel Of Fortune/ You Are My Only Love

THE CHAMPS Jasmine 232 Tequila! ● CD $15.98
2 CDs, 47 tracks, 197 mins, highly recommended
If you dig those twangy guitars and yakety sax, then this Champs collection will be a smorgasbord for your ears. Sure the band only really had one hit, the massive Tequila! but they made plenty of other great Rock & Roll instrumentals and, man, do a lot of them really swing. Killer cuts like Beatnik/ Caramba/ Robot Walk/ El Ranchero Rock/ Midnighter/ Ali Baba/ Chariot rock, plus versions of Night Train, and Lollipop, all those and many more that truly stand the test of time and will get your house Rockin'. (JM)
THE CHAMPS: Ali Baba/ Alley Cat/ Bandido/ Beatnik/ Cantina/ Caramba/ Chariot Rock/ Cocoanut Grove/ Double Eagle Rock/ El Rancho Rock/ Everybody's Rockin'/ Foggy River/ Go Champs Go/ Gone Train/ Hokey Pokey/ I'll Be There/ Jumping Bean/ Just Walkin' In The Rain/ Lavenia/ Limbo Rock/ Lollipop/ Mau Mau Stomp/ Midnighter/ Moonlight Bay/ Night Beat/ Night Train/ Panic Button/ Red Eye/ Robot Walk/ Rockin' Mary/ Sky High/ Sombrero/ Subway/ Tequila/ Tequila Twist/ The Caterpillar/ The Face/ The Little Matador/ The Rattler/ The Shoddy Shoddy/ The Toast/ Too Much Tequila/ Tough Train/ Train To Nowhere/ Turnpike/ Twenty Thousand Leagues/ What's Up Buttercup

THE CHARIOTEERS Collector's Choice 377 The Best Of The Charioteers ● CD $16.98 $10.98
24 tracks recorded for Columbia between 1937 and 1948 by this popular black vocal group who started out as The Dixie Songsters in the 1930's and ended up as The Billy Williams Quartet in the 1950's. The group performed gospel, jivey tunes and pop songs and this collection focusses mostly on their pop repertoire with occasional excursions into gospel or jive. It includes Way Down Yonder In New Orleans/ Why Should I Complain/ Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/ Calliope Jane/ I Understand/ Yes Indeed/ I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)/ You Can't See The Sun When You're Cryin'/ Open The Door, Richard/ Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go To Sleep)/ Sleepy Time Gal/ What Did He Say (The Mumble Song)/ A Kiss And A Rose and more.

REV. GARY DAVIS Original Blues Classics 519 Say No To The Devil ● CD $11.98 $9.98
We've managed to turn up a few more copies of this out of print and superb 1961 set featuring Rev. Davis not only playing his usual six string guitar but a couple of tracks with 12-string and one track features him playing old time harmonica. Includes Say No The Devil/ Hold To God's Unchanging Hand/ I Decided To Go Down/ Little Bitty Baby, etc.
REV. GARY DAVIS: Bad Company Brought Me Here/ Hold To God's Unchanging Hand/ I Decided To Go Down/ Little Bitty Baby/ Lord, I Looked Down The Road/ Lost Boy In The Wilderness/ No One Can Do Me Like Jesus/ Say No To The Devil/ Time Is Drawing Near/ Tryin' To Get To Heaven In Due Time

LEE DORSEY Harmless BACK 007 Big Easy Soul Champ ● CD $11.98
24 tracks, very highly recommended
By now, everyone should know about Crescent City R&B legend Lee Dorsey and his great body of work-mostly written and produced by Allen Toussaint. Charly has already done their bit by compiling two excellent collections, "Holy Cow" (Charly 235 - $12.98) and "Soul Mine" (Charly 628 - $17.98). As part of their ongoing Backbeats Artists series, Harmless has five new titles and this Lee Dorsey CD is the second of this latest batch. As always, Harmless has presented excellent music in an economical manner without sacrificing sound quality. This set is comparable to Holy Cow except that it's cheaper and is missing a few key songs (Yes, We Can Can and Ya Ya); however, it has fourteen songs that are not on Holy Cow including gems Work Work Work/ Here Comes the Hurt Again, and People I Wish You Could See. So it breaks down like this: this set is ok for newcomers to the Dorsey legacy, but the Charly 235 is better; on the other hand, this set is a perfect addition to the library if you already own "Holy Cow." But no matter how you do it, everyone needs some Lee Dorsey in their music collection. (GMC)
LEE DORSEY: Can You Hear Me/ Candy Yam/ Confusion/ Cynthia/ Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (From Now On/ Feelin'/ Four Corners (Pt. 1)/ Get Out My Life Woman/ Give It Up/ Go Go Girl/ Hello Mama/ Here Comes The Hurt Again/ Holy Cow/ Little Ba-By/ People I Wish You Could See/ Ride Your Pony/ Shortnin' Bread/ Take Care Of Our Love/ The Greatest Love/ The Kitty Cat Song/ Vista Vista/ Wonder Woman/ Work Work Work/ Working In The Coalmine

THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA Acrobat 4204 1948-1951 ● CD $13.98 $9.98
28 tracks, 78 mins, essential
The Blind Boys first recorded in 1948 for the Coleman label with Clarence Fountain and Paul Excano sharing lead duties. This superb disc features both sides of their three Coleman sides plus 20 of the 26 sides they recorded for the Gospel label in 1950 and 1951. The Coleman sides are acapella while the Gospel sides add discreet acoustic guitar accompaniment. These performances outshine even their more popular Specialty recordings for sheer vocal beauty. Spirited numbers such as Honey In The Rock, one of their most popular numbers, feature Excano and Fountain trading verses, increasing the overall intensity on every pass. Sound on the first couple of Coleman sides is a bit muffled and distorted but the rest is fine and there are detailed notes by Opal Louis nations. (FS)

GUITAR SHORTY Black Top 1126 Get Wise To Yourself ● CD $15.98 $8.98
12 tracks, 56 min., highly recommended
Guitar Shorty's 2nd Black Top set includes remakes of 2 of his early sides, You Don't Treat Me Right ('57) and Ways Of A Man ('59), along with 6 new songs plus one instrumental (Smells Good) that is begging for lyrics. As with the previous set, Kaz Kazanoff handles the horn arrangements with A Fool Who Wants To Stay offering a nice second-line New Orleans rhythm. Fans of Jerry (Swamp Dogg) Williams will be pleased to hear 2 of his compositions (She's Built To Kill, Get Wise To Yourself) given the Guitar Shorty treatment. As an aside, the original versions feature Guitar Shorty's lead guitar and are available on the 1991 Volt 3408 : Swamp Dogg - Surfin' In Harlem. With Lee Allen Zeno's wonderful bass playing  what we have here is not only David William Kearney's best release in his career, but one of the best in 1996. (EL)

BUDDY HOLLY Rev-Ola 174 Gotta Roll - The Early Recordings, 1949-1955 ● CD $16.98 $10.98
26 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended
Very limited quantities at sale price. This CD allows us to hear some of Buddy's early recordings made before he commenced recording commercially for Decca in 1956. It includes his earliest home recording from 1949 when he was 13 years old doing Hank Snow's Two Timin' Woman and showing his already impressive guitar skills. It also includes early 50s bluegrass flavored recordings with Bob Montgomery along with studio demos from 1954 and '55 many which were later overdubbed by The Fireballs - the versions here are undubbed - the earliest of these demos are straight country but by 1955 he'd seen and heard Elvis and from then on most of his material was rockabilly including a cover of Elvis's hit Baby Let's Play House as well as a bunch of original songs culminating with four songs Moonlight Baby/ I Guess I Was A Fool/ Don't Come Back Knockin' and Love Me which were sent to Decca and were followed shortly by his being signed by the label. While his singing hadn't fully matured his guitar playing on the rockabilly numbers is superb. This set also includes performances by associates Sonny Curtis, Jack Neal and Ben Hall with Buddy on guitar - interesting but not particularly compelling. Sound quality on some of these tracks is very rough and there is no discographical information though most of the relevant information is in Dave Penny's notes. The booklet features a number of photos including pictures of some of the acetates. This release is not for the casual listner but if you're a Holly fan it's indispensable. (FS)
BUDDY & BOB: Down The Line (#1)/ Down The Line (#2)/ Footprints In The Snow/ Gotta Get You Near Me Blues/ Let's Pretend (Aka "I'll Just Pretend")/ Memories/ Take These Shackles From My Heart/ You And I Are Through/ You And I Are Through (#1)/ SONNY CURTIS: Because You Love Me/ Dallas Boogie/ I'll Miss My Heart/ One In A Million/ Queen Of The Ballroom/ This Bottle/ BEN HALL: All From Loving You/ Rose Of Monterey/ BUDDY HOLLY: Don't Come Back Knockin'/ I Guess I Was A Fool/ I Wanna Play House With You (Aka "Baby, Let's Play House")/ Love Me/ Moonlight Baby (Aka "Baby Won't You Come Out Tonight")/ My Two-Timin' Woman (Edited Version)/ My Two-Timin' Woman (Unedited Version)/ JACK NEAL: I Hear The Lord Callin' For Me/ I Saw The Moon Cry Last Night

SYL JOHNSON Harmless BACK 008 Mississippi Main Man ● CD $11.98
25 tracks, very highly recommended
The eighth selection in Harmless' Backbeats Artists series focuses on Syl Johnson. If you recall, a couple of years ago Numero issued a comprehensive anthology of most of Johnson's recordings ("Complete Mythology," Numero 32 - $74.98), however sides from his time on Hi Records were missing. Well, here are some of those recordings, gleaned from the four LPs cut for Willie Mitchell's Memphis operation. For fans, this stuff is pure gold: Main Squeeze/ The Love You Left Behind/ Steppin' Out/ That's Just My Luck, and Could I Be Falling in Love. As far as I know, a lot of this material is not currently available on CD. Ok folks, your move. (GMC)
SYL JOHNSON: Anyone But You/ Anyway The Wind Blows/ Back for a Taste of Your Love/ Come On Home/ Could I Be Falling In Love/ I Hate I Walked Away/ I Hear the Love Chimes/ I Let a Good Girl Go/ I Only Have Love/ I Wanna Satisfy Your Every Need/ I Want to Take You Home (To See Mama)/ Keepin' Down Confusion/ Let Yourself Go/ Main Squeeze/ Please Don't Give Up On Me/ Stand By Me/ Star Bright Star Lite/ Steppin' Out/ Take Me to the River/ That's Just My Luck/ The Love You Left Behind/ Who's Gonna Love You?/ Wind, Blow Her Back My Way/ You Don't Know Me

JOHNNY JONES Superbird 013 The Session Years, 1956-1966 ● CD $18.98 $11.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Very limited quantities at sale price. Terrific collection of blues, R&B and some soul recorded for small Nashville labels and all distinguished by the dynamic guitar playing of Johnny Jones. The first 11 tracks from the mid late/ 50s features artists accompanied by the Jimmy Beck Orchestra with Beck on tenor sax and Jones on guitar. They are featured accompanying singers like Larry Birdsong, Gene Allison, Earl Gaines, Charles Walker and Christine Kittrell as well as doing four instrumental cuts including the local hit Pipe Dreams. The rest of the disc features Johnny fronting his own band The Imperial Seven which was to become the house band for the legendary "The !!! Beat" television program. Johnny and the boys accompany Earl Gaines, Rudy Greene, soul singer Levert Allison and soul blues singer Sam Baker and also accompany the one and only "John R" Richbourg on his spoken word piece Mojo Blues. The group are also featured on three instrumentals - two of them featuring a guest appearance by country steel guitar wizard Pete Drake. Lots of fine music throughout and some stellar blues guitar playing. (FS)

LOUIS JORDAN Collector's Choice Music 661 V-Disc Recordings ● CD $11.98 $7.98
14 tracks, 34 min., recommended
The V-Discs were 12" 78s pressed between 1942 and '48 for armed forces use, and have since become collector's rarities. The cuts here feature all of Louis's V-Disc recordings made in Los Angeles and New York between 1943 and 1945 with the exception of a few unissued and, presumably, lost recordings. Louis & his Tympani Five are in top form on this collection of jazz, jive and jump cuts some that he had also recorded commercially for Decca. Includes Hey Now, let's Live/ The End Of My Worry/ Deacon Jones/ bahama Joe/ Outskirts Of Town/ Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby, etc. (FS)

LOVEY'S ORIGINAL TRINIDAD STRING BAND Bear Family BCD 16057 Calypso Dawn: 1912 ● CD $21.98
24 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
These historic recordings by Lovey's Original Trinidad String Band were to produce the first phonographic records ever by an English speaking band whose members were primarily of color. Switching off between Paseos and waltzes, the band certainly made some interesting and enchanting music that should thrill fans of early Jazz as well as world music. CD booklet features fantastic, in-depth notes from friend of Roots & Rhythm Dick Spottswood. (JM)

NELLIE LUTCHER Stateside 537 694-2 Real Gone Gal! ● CD $11.98 $8.98
Reissue of 1985 LP featuring 15 sides recorded for Capitol between 1947 and 1950. Nellie does a mixture of blues, boogie, jazz and pop numbers - sometimes livening things up with some scat singing. Her singing and piano playing are usually accompanied by a rhythm section though on her duet with Nat "King" Cole on For You My Love they are accompanied by a big band. Includes He's A Real Gone Guy/ My New Papa's Got To have Everything/ There's Another Mule In You Stall/ Pa's Not Home, Ma's Upstairs/ That'll Just About Knock Me Out/ Fine And Mellow/ Come On And Get It Honey/ So Nice To See You Baby, etc.

JIMMY LYTELL Jazz Oracle 8069 The Complete Pathe Recordings, 1926-1928 ● CD $17.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
A fine collection of clarinet led instrumentals recorded for Path between 1926 and 1928 - all 18 tunes Lytell recorded for that label plus seven alternate takes. Lytell previously recorded as a member of the Original Memphis Five - a group inspired by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Lytell's solo recordngs were largely ignored by collectors and researchers in the 20th century - his idiosyncratic stylings could not be pigeonholed into any particular jazz framework and some even wondered if he could be considered a jazzman. This collection reveals his distinctive stylings to be very appealing on a wide variety of tunes. Most tracks feature him accompanied by piano (usually Frank Signorelli) and guitar or banjo (usually Dick McDonough) and one track features a fine unknown cornetist. Tunes include Down Town Fling/ Red House Blues/ Alexander's Ragtime Band/ Fakir's Rhythm/ Why Be Blue/ Davenport Blues, etc. Superb sound and the 24 page booklet discusses Lytell's life and music with details on every track here. (FS)

BIG JAY MCNEELY Collectables 5133 Swingin' - Golden Classics ● CD $13.98 $9.98
Previously issued on Jay's own Big J label. 16 fine tracks recorded for the Los Angeles Swingin' label 1957-61 - lots of hard-driving music including the uneditied version of the hit There Is Something On Your Mind with Little Sonny Warner on vocals, lots of honkin' instrumental & even a rockabilly track with a white singer - 6 tracks previously unreleased.

BUCK OWENS Omnivore 52 Honky Tonk Man - Buck Sings Country Classics ● CD $16.98
18 tracks, highly recommended
A fabulous collection of previously unissued recordings recorded in the mid 70s for the Hee Haw shows featuring Buck doing stellar versions of other artists' hits. Backed by his superb band The Buckaroos with Don Rich on guitar and fiddle, Jerry Brightman on steel and others he gives the Buck Owens touch to songs originally made famous by Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Jimmie Rodgers, Stonewall Jackson, Charley Pride, Webb Pierce and others. Terrific and exhilarating performances of Honky Tonk Man/ Only Daddy That'll Walk The LIne/ Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young/ My Bucket's Got A Hole In It/ Is Anybody Going To San Antone/ I'm Walking The Dog/ Red Necks, White Socks And Blue Ribbon Beer. Includes informative booklet detailing the origin of these performances. (FS)

ELVIS PRESLEY Memphis Recording Service 20054056 Greatest Live Hits Of The 50s ● CD $24.98
24 tracks, 61 mins, very highly recommended
It's always nice to hear the King holding court in his prime. There're so many great recordings on here that I want to scream along with the teenagers that are going ape shit watching the Big E! These recordings were done in the heady years of 1955 - 56. Recorded live at venues like the Louisiana Hayride; Eagles Hall in Houston, TX.; Mississippi; Alabama Fair & Dairy Show; etc., most with good to excellent sound quality. You get Elvis wowing the crowds on all the classics, like Hound Dog/ Don't Be Cruel/ Baby, Let's Play House/ Blue Suede Shoes/ Heartbreak Hotel (or as the announcer introduced it: "Heartbreak Motel"), and many more. According to the packaging there are a whopping 9 previously unreleased songs, although I'm pretty sure that only I Forgot to Remember to Forget and the little known and never recorded Little Mama, are 100% never before released. There are plenty of rare tracks nonetheless, and even the most die-hard Elvis fans will still be getting a couple that they certainly didn't have. This isn't just for Presley fanatics; any Rock n' Rollers out there should love this collection. (JM)
ELVIS PRESLEY: Good Rockin' Tonight (Eagles' Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955)/ Baby Let's Play House (Eagles' Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955)/ That's All Right (Meridian, Mississippi, May 26, 1955)/ Little Mama (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955)/ You're a Heartbreaker (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955)/ Tweedle Dee (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955)/ I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 22, 1955)/ Hearts of Stone (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955)/ Blue Moon of Kentucky (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 16, 1954)/ I Got A Woman (Eagles' Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955)/ Maybelline (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, August 20, 1955)/ I'm Left You're Right She's Gone (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, July 2, 1955)/ I' Forgot To Remember to Forget (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October, 1955)/ Shake Rattle & Roll (WJOI Radio, Florence, Alabama January 19, 1955)/ Heartbreak Hotel (Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16 1956)/ Long Tall Sally (Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16 1956)/ Money Honey (Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16 1956)/ I Was the One (Mississippi Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, Tupelo, Mississippi, Afternoon Show, September 26th 1956)/ Blue Suede Shoes (Mississippi Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, Tupelo, Mississippi, Evening Show, September 26th 1956)/ Paralyzed (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, December 15, 1955)/ Don't Be Cruel (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, December 15, 1955)/ Hound Dog (Mississippi Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, Tupelo, Mississippi, Evening Show September 26th 1956)/ Money Honey (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955)/ Shake, Rattle & Roll (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955)

RITA ROBBINS B.A.C.M. 399 With Don Winters & Hawkshaw Hawkins - Don't Take All Th ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, recommended
Pleasing collection of tracks recorded in the mid 50s by Georgia born singer Rita Marie Winters aka Rita Robbins. Rita had a very appealing voice though most of her material falls into the pop country mould though arrangements are generally pretty country oriented with fiddles and steel guitars. Rita worked closely with her brother Don Winters who is featured as vocalist on several songs and is stylistically more of a honky tonk singer. Includes If You Don't Somebody Else Will/ Whither Thou Goest/ My Foolish Tears/ Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So) (a cover of the R&B hit done as a duet with Hawkshaw Hawkins)/ Lonely Heart/ I've Been Thinking It Over/ Why Don't You Be Good?/ Before You Go, etc. (FS)
RITA ROBBINS: Before You Go/ Blue Wedding Bells/ Don't Take All The Love/ Forgive My Mistakes/ Get Away/ How Long/ How Long Do You Cry/ I'm Gonna Do It Too/ I've Been Thinking It Over/ If You Don't Somebody Else Will/ Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)/ Lonely Heart/ Look What Happened/ Miss The Love (That I've Been Dreaming Of)/ My Foolish Tears/ One Way Is Bound To Be Right/ Take A Look At The Moon/ Teen-Age Crush/ The Flower Of My Heart/ The Go- Between/ The Hook/ Too Late/ Two Hearts, Two Kisses (Make One Love)/ Whither Thou Goest/ Why Don't You Be Good?/ You're Still A Part Of Me

JACKIE ROSS Kent CDKEND 385 Jerk & Twine - The Complete Chess Recordings ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
As a neat bookend to its' Mary Wells "The One Who Really Loves You/Two Lovers and Other Great Hits to-fer" (Kent 387 - $18.98), Kent has issued a compilation of recordings by Chicago R&B singer Jackie Ross, who was signed for her vocal resemblance to Wells. Ross hit right out of the gate with Selfish One in 1964, but her remaining Chess stint was plagued with bad luck and indifference. Still, the sides collected here show her ability-whether as a Wells clone (I've Got the Skill/ Haste Makes Waste) or as her own woman (Wasting Time/ Jerk and Twine). She could handle sophisticated material in a Nancy Wilson-ish manner (covers of Summetime and Misty) and she could "rock" out (You Really Know How to Hurt a Girl/ Dynamite Lovin') with equal aplomb. And it was Jackie Ross who had the inadvertent "steal" of Evie Sands' monumental single Take Me For a Little While; although it's not up to Sands' version, Ross doesn't disgrace herself. All 'n' all, this collection sheds a light on a career that, with better luck, could have been more than it was. (GMC)

J.B. SUMMERS Collectables 5333 With The Blues Shouters ● CD $13.98 $7.98
14 tracks, highly recommended
Originally Krazy Kat LP 833. I confess. I took one look at this and I knew I'd love it - blues shouters, Tiny Grimes, Frank Motley, Gotham, great cover photos - yeah! J.B. really has the Wynonie Harris bit down pat, shoutin' out good time R&B over a blazing R&B band. He is very impressive on his 7 tunes here, backed up on different occasions by the orchestras of Grimes, Doc Bagby and Eddie Woodland. Tunes include Hey Mr. J.B./ Drinking Beer/ I Want A Present For Christmas , etc. Side two starts with one of the greatest blues shouters, Jimmy Rushing. Mr. 5x5 sings the previously unissued Ain't It Lonesome , backed by The Count Basie All Stars. Harry Crafton, Danny 'Mr. Alto' Turner, Benny Brown, Lloyd 'Fat Man' Smith and Gay Crosse all contribute to the rollicking good time. A very enjoyable collection. Super sleuth Bruce Bastin figures things out in the liner notes. (AE)

ROOSEVELT SYKES Vocalion 8496 The Honeydripper/ Face To Face With The Blues ● CD $22.98
23 tracks, highly recommended
The great singer and piano player recorded in England in 1961 with two sessions from the same day (!) originally issued on two Columbia LPs. Sykes is in great form accompanied by discreet English drummers with Alexis Korner on almost inaudible guitar on a few cuts. Roosevelt performs fine versions of some of his trademark songs like Sweet Old Chicago/ Mistakes In Life/ Little And Low/ Monte Carlo and Night Time Is The Right Time. Other less well known songs include Gulf Port Boogie/ Little And Low/ Three Handed Woman/ Pretty Woman/ The Train Is Coming and others. Most of the songs are Sykes originals but he also does fine renditions of blues standards How Long, How Long and Careless Love. Showing his versatility he gives a unique spin on pop songs So Tired and Sunny Side Of The Street and does some Slim Gaillard type jive on Green Onion Top. And of course Roosevelt was master of the risque song and here gives us fine renditions of the old favorite Hot Nuts and his own very raunchy Ice Cream Freezer. A fine selection issued in stereo for the first time and including a booklet with the notes from the original LPs. (FS)

SONNY THOMPSON Sequel 900 Jam Sonny Jam ● CD $15.98 $10.98
20 tracks, 55 min., essential
According to Robert Pruter's 1989 obituary of Sonny Thompson pianist/ songwriter/ bandleader Alphonso Thompson was born in 1916, Centreville, MS. (not in 1922, Chicago). He will always be remembered for his instrumental standard, Long Gone (Miracle,'48). He began recording for Morton Sultan's Sultan Records in 1946, then moving on to Miracle, King, Federal & Deluxe Records. This, the first ever CD devoted to Sonny Thompson, contains his 1st two #1 R&B hits, Long Gone, Part 1 (featuring guitarist Arvin Garrett) and Late Freight (Creeping) (featuring Eddie Chamblee on tenor sax. The other tenor saxophonists featured on this set - David "Bubba" Brooks, Tina Brooks and King Curtis - plus the inclusion of 6 unissued & 3 alternate takes, makes this release essential. Highlights include Flying Home (with Bubba Brooks), Gum Shoe (with King Curtis), and Smoke Stack Blues (with Tina Brooks & guitarist Bill Johnson before he joined The Moonglows). (EL)

IKE TURNER Secret 041 Jack Rabbit Blues - The Singles, 1958-1960 ● CD $22.98
CD+ 10" 45 rpm single, 31 tracks, 76 mins, highly recommended
It's great to see Ike Turner's work get the kind of appreciation that it deserves. Ike's importance to Rhythm & Blues and early Rock & Roll should be known and celebrated far more than it is. Thanks to the folks at Secret records, all of his great recordings from the 1950's - 60's are being fully compiled. These collections follow up the excellent four CD set that Secret put out a while back ("That Kat Sure Can Play" - Secret SECDX025 - $26.98) and takes Ike's story from where that one left off (1958.) So with this, you get great tracks released under Ike's own name, his Kings of Rhythm, Ike Turner Orchestra, etc; Ike under his aliases, like Icky Renrut; Ike playing on and/ or producing fantastic records by greats like Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Betty Everett, and others; and then, ending up with early tracks by Ike & Tina Turner, including their breakthrough hit A Fool In Love. There's a ton of terrific tracks here, many quite rare, and this would be well worth picking up on the CD's merits alone. But on top of the CD, you also get a limited edition 10", which is a reproduction of Ike's extremely rare 78 on Tune Town records, cut to 45 RPM, and including a great full color record sleeve. The 10" tracks: Box Top and Calypso Love Cry, officially credited to Ike Turner, Carlson Oliver, & Little Ann, and Ike Turner Orchestra Featuring Fred Sample, respectively, and both feature Ike & friends at their playful best. All in all, a terrific package, which also includes a 10" booklet with full discographal info on all the tracks. (JM)
CHUCK BERNARD & HIS BLUE NOTES: Call Your Name/ Everytime I Think Of You/ KENNETH CHURCHILL, THE LYRICS & IKE TURNER ORCH: Fate Of Rock And Roll/ Would You Rather/ BETTY EVERETT & THE WILLIE DIXON BAND: I'll Weep No More/ Tell Me Darling/ BOBBY FOSTER: Angel Of Love/ Star Above/ BUDDY GUY: You Sure Can't Do/ ART LASSITER: It's Alright/ My Loneliness/ ICKY RENRUT: Hey...Hey/ Ho...Ho/ In Your Eyes Baby/ Jack Rabbit/ OTIS RUSH & HIS BAND: All Your Love (I Miss Loving)/ Double Trouble/ Keep On Loving Me Baby/ My Baby Is A Good 'Un/ IKE & TINA TURNER: A Fool In Love/ A Fool Too Long/ The Way You Love Me/ You're My Baby/ IKE TURNER & THE KINGS OF RHYTHM: My Love/ That's All I Need/ IKE TURNER ORCHESTRA VOCAL FRED SAMPLE: Chalypso Love Cry/ IKE TURNER'S KINGS OF RHYTHM: (I Know) You Don't Love Me/ Box Top/ Down And Out/ Walking Down The Aisle/ IKE TURNER, CARLSON OLIVER & LITTLE ANN: Box Top

IKE TURNER Secret 060 Trouble Up The Road - The Singles, 1958-1960 ● CD $15.98
26 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
Starting off with those fabulous, early Ike & Tina tracks like I Idolize You/ Letter From Tina, and I'm Jealous, before launching into great Ike productions by Jackie Brenston, Eloise Carter, Mickey & Sylvia, Albert King, etc, this covers releases from the banner year in Turner's career, 1961, when he was on great records coming out seemingly every week. The Ike & Tina tracks alone (12 in all) would make this worth picking up, all the other killer cuts like Jimmy & Jean with the Ike Turner Orchestra - I Wanna Marry You, and Ernest Lane - What Kind Of Love, etc. makes it pretty much irresistible. (JM)
JACKIE BRENSTON WITH IKE TURNER & HIS KINGS OF: Trouble Up The Road/ You Ain't The One/ ELOISE CARTER: I Need You/ BILLY GALES: I'm Dreaming Of You/ I'm Hurting/ ELOISE HESTER: My Man Rock Head/ JIMMY & JEAN WITH IKE TURNER'S ORCHESTRA: I Can't Believe/ I Wanna Marry You/ ALBERT KING: Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong/ This Morning/ ERNEST LANE: Sliced Apples/ What Kind Of Love/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: Baby You're So Fine/ Love Drops/ IKE AND TINA TURNER: Chances Are/ I Had A Notion/ I Idolize You/ I'm Jealous/ If/ It's Gonna Work Out Fine/ Letter From Tina/ Poor Fool/ Sleepless/ Won't You Forgive Me/ You Can't Blame Me/ You Can't Love Two

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACRCD 242 Country Slide ● CD $10.98 $8.98
25 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
Wonderful collection of country music from the 30s and 40s featuring the sound of the slide guitar. Quite a few tracks have been out before but there are a number making their first CD appearance and there are some unusual cuts like two tracks by J.D. Farley who is a cowboy singer accompanied by slide guitar, a rare cut by The Carter Family with slide and Riley Puckett's beautiful instrumental A Darkie's Wail. There are also tracks by Jimmie Davis (with great accompaniments from black guitarists Oscar Woods & Ed Schaffer), Darby & Tarlton, The Dixon Brothers, Cliff Carlisle and Dock Walsh. A few cuts are from rough 78s but sound is generally excellent and there are informative notes by Keith Briggs. (FS)
CLIFF CARLISLE: Memories That Haunt Me/ Red Velvet Slippers/ Ride 'em Til I Die/ Round Up Time In Texas/ Two Eyes In Tennessee/ THE CARTER FAMILY: Don't Forget This Song/ DARBY AND TARLTON: All Bound Down In Texas/ Careless Love/ Lonesome Frisco Line/ Ooze It Up To Me/ Slow Wicked Blues/ JIMMIE DAVIS: Arabella Blues/ Red Nightgown/ Saturday Night Stroll/ Sewing Machine Blues/ She's A Hum Ding Dingers/ THE DIXON BROTHERS: Beautiful Stars/ Beyond Black Smoke/ Dark Eyes/ Jimmie And Sallie/ More Pretty Girls Than One/ J.D. FARLEY: Bill Was A Texas Lad/ I'm A Lone Star Cowboy/ RILEY PUCKETT: A Darkie's Wail/ DOCK WALSH: Come Bathe In That Beautiful Pool

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 402 Custom Made Gospel ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, highly recommended
The latest in the series of reissues of custom pressings manufactured by Starday is devoted to country gospel. The music here is often bluegrass or bluegrass flavored with fiddles, mandolins and banjos strongly in evidence. The most well known (and best) artists here are The Lewis Family with four superb sides from a rare custom made E.P. from 1958 including the lovely Paul And Silas. Almost good are the two superb bluegrass gospel sides by Lovell Hall & The Country Singers Quartet. Other artists include Hoyt Scoggins & The Saturday Nite Jamboree Boys, Ror Robiunson (a moving performance with just vocal and guitar), Billie & Gordon Hamrick & The Low Country Gospel Band, Gene Harper & His Saddle Pals, The Kelly Brothers (two fine sides including the topical Flying Saucers), The Sunshine Melody Boys and others. Excellent! (FS)
CLARENCE BAKER & THE HARRIS TRIO: Hear My Plea/ CURT & FAYE BARTMESS: The Narrow Way/ WEEMS BROTHERS & BILLY STILL: Don't Turn God Away/ He'll Understand/ LOVELL HALL & THE COUNTRY SINGERS QUARTET: Light At The River/ Record Of Life/ BILLY & GORDON HAMMICK & LOW COUNTRY GOSPEL BAND: Gonna See My Lord Someday/ Jesus Is The Name/ Our Prayer/ BILLY & GORDON HAMMICK 'THE HONEY HILL SWEETHEARTS': He Is My Guide/ GENE HARPER & HIS SADDLE PALS: Jesus Is A Friend To Me/ Thank The Lord For The Rain/ ERNEST & AGNES JOINES WITH THE LUNDY BROTHERS: Grave Upon The Hillside/ THE KELLY BROTHERS: Flying Saucers/ Herd/ KED KILLEN: You'd Better Take Time/ THE LEWIS FAMILY: A Beautiful City/ Born In Bethlehem/ He's Got The Whole World In His Hands/ Paul And Silas/ ROY ROBINSON: I Told It To Jesus/ HOYT SCOGGINS & HIS SATURDAY NITE JAMBOREE BO: Kneel Down To Jesus/ What's Gonna Happen To This Old World/ WINSTON SHELTON: Mom Knows What's Best/ When Sunday Comes Again/ On The Banks Of Old Jordan/ THE SUNSHINE MELODY BOYS: My Saviour Is Calling/ Walking On A Highway/ THE DELMAR WILLIAMS SINGERS: I Wanna Walk A Little Closer/ The Gates Will Swing Wide

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17311 The Sun Country Box, 1950-1959 ● CD $174.98
At last, Bear Family records is reissuing on CD its legendary 10 LP box set of Sun country recordings originally issued on LP in 1986. Now issued on six newly remastered CDs with 15 additional tracks discovered since the LP release with a total playing time of almost nine hours and accompanied by a 148 page hardcover book. This is the first of three box sets to be issued by Bear Family to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the birth of Sun Records with blues and rock boxes to follow shortly. Like Phillips's blues and rockabilly recordings he had an iconoclastic vision of recording and coupled with the freedom he gave his artists resulted in music that had a looser, rawer feel than many of the commercial country recordings coming out of Nashville at the time. This gives his recordings a unique sound and no doubt also was responsible for the comparative lack of commercial success of his country recordings. Sun's most well known country artists Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis already have Bear Family boxes devoted to their Sun recordings so this set presents a selection of their recordings with the majority being given over to the other country artists who recorded for the label like Slim Rhodes, Harmonica Frank Floyd, Red Hadley, Earl Peterson, Howard Serratt, Bill Taylor, Johnny Bernero, Charlie Feathers, Maggie Sue Wimberly, The Miller Sisters and others.
WANDA BALLMAN: Honky Tonk Girl/ SMOKEY JOE BAUGH: Hula Bop/ Listen To Me/ She's A Woman/ The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere/ The Signifying Monkey/ JOHNNY BERNERO: Red Hair And Green Eyes/ TOMMY BLAKE: Ballad Of A Broken Heart/ JOHNNY CASH: Ballad Of A Teenage Queen/ Folsom Prison Blues/ Home of the Blues/ I Was There When It Happened/ If The Good Lord's Willing/ Story Of A Broken Heart/ Train of Love/ ERNIE CHAFFIN: (Nothing Can Change) My Love For You/ Be Faithful Tome/ Born To Lose/ Feelin' Low/ Got You On My Mind/ Heart Of Me/ I'll Walk Alone/ I'm Lonesome/ Laughin' And Jokin'/ Linda/ Lonesome For My Baby/ Miracle Of You/ Please Don't Ever Leave Me/ JACK CLEMENT: Ballad Of A Teenage Queen/ Quench My Thirst/ Ten Years/ The Black Haired Man/ Wrong/ Your Lover Boy/ THE DIXIELAND DRIFTERS: I'm Gonna Find Her/ Maybe Tomorrow/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: Bottle To The Baby/ Defrost Your Heart/ Frankie And Johnny/ Honky Tonk Kind/ I've Been Deceived (1)/ I've Been Deceived (2)/ Man In Love/ Peepin' Eyes/ Runnin' Around/ So Ashamed/ We're Getting Closer To Being Apart/ Wedding Gown Of White/ HARMONICA FRANK FLOYD: Goin' Away Walkin'/ HARMONICA FRANK1) FLOYD: Howlin' Tomcat (1)/ HARMONICA FRANK2) FLOYD: Howlin' Tomcat (2)/ HARMONICA FRANK FLOYD: Rockin' Chair Daddy/ She Done Moved/ Step It Up And Go/ Swamp Root/ The Great Medical Menagerist/ HARDROCK GUNTER: Fallen Angel/ Gonna Dance All Night/ RED HADLEY: Boogie Ramble/ If I Had As Much Money (As I Had Time)/ Tennessee Drag/ JIMMY HAGGETT: How Come You Do Me/ No More/ Rabbit Action/ Rhythm Called Rock And Roll/ Rock Me Baby/ They Call Our Love A Sin/ STAN KESLER: We're Getting Closer To Being Apart/ CAST KING: Baby Doll/ Destiny/ Like Aweed In A Garden/ Please Believe Me/ Round And Round/ Satisfied With Me/ When You Stop Loving Me/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Fools Like Me/ Goodnight Irene/ I'll Sail My Ship Alone/ I'm Feelin' Sorry (1)/ I'm Feelin' Sorry (2)/ I'm The Guilty One/ Ole Pal Of Yesterday/ Settin' The Woods On Fire/ JOE MANUEL: Alimony Blues/ Daisy Bread Boogies/ THE MILLER SISTERS: Chains Of Love/ Finders Keepers/ Got You On My Mind/ I Know I Can't Forget You/ It Only Hurts For A Little While/ Look What You've Done/ My Isle Of Golden Dreams/ Someday You Will Pay/ Ten Cats Down/ There's No Right Way/ Woody/ You Can Tell Me/ You Didn't Think I Would/ I Can't Find Time To Pray/ MISSISSIPPI SLIM: Try Doin' Right/ SCOTTY MOORE & ELVIS PRESLEY: How Do You Think I Feel/ CARL PERKINS: Dixie Bop/ Everybody's Tryin' To Be My Baby/ Forever Yours/ Gone Gone Gone/ Honky Tonk Babe/ Honky Tonk Gals/ Instrumental Medley/ Perkins Wiggle/ Sure To Fall/ Tennessee/ The Way You're Living (Is Breakin' My Heart)/ Try My Heart Out/ Y.O.U/ EARL PETERSON: Boogie Blues/ I'm Leaving My Heart Up To You/ In The Dark/ Nothing To Lose But My Heart/ DOUG POINDEXTER: My Kind Of Carryin' On/ Now She Cares No More For Me/ BOB PRICE: How Can It Be/ Sticks And Stones/ SLIM RHODES: Are You Ashamed Of Me/ Bad Girl/ Do What I Do/ Don't Believe/ Gonna Romp And Stomp/ Hotfoot Rag/ House Of Sin/ I've Never Been So Blue/ Memphis Bounce/ Ozark Boogie/ Red, White And Blue/ Save A Little Love For Me/ Sixty Days/ Skunk Hollow Boogie/ Take And Give/ The Slim Rhodes Show {WMC Radio Extracts}/ Time Marches On/ Uncertain Love/ THE RHYTHM ROCKERS: Fiddle Bop/ Jukebox Help Me Find My Baby/ RIPLEY COTTON CHOPPERS: Blues Waltz/ Roses And Sunshine/ Silver Bell/ MACK SELF: Easy To Love/ Easy To Love (2)/ Everyday/ Goin' Crazy/ Little One/ Lovin' Memories/ Mad At You/ Vibrate/ Willie Brown/ HOWARD SERATT: I Must Be Saved/ Jesus Means All To Me/ Make Room In The Lifeboat For Me/ Troublesome Waters/ WARREN SMITH: Black Jack David/ Dear John/ Do I Love You/ Goodbye Mr. Love (1)/ Goodbye Mr. Love (2)/ Got Love If You Want It/ Hank Snow Medley/ I Couldn't Take The Chance/ I Fell In Love/ I Had A Dream/ I Like Your Kinda Love/ I'd Rather Be Safe Than Sorry/ Miss Froggie/ Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache/ Rock 'N' Roll Ruby/ So Long I'm Gone (1)/ So Long I'm Gone (2)/ So Long I'm Gone (3)/ Stop The World/ Sweet Sweet Girl/ Tell Me Who/ Tonight Will Be The Last Night/ Ubangi Stomp/ Uranium Rock/ Who Took My Baby/ BILL TAYLOR: Lonely Sweetheart/ Split Personality/ ONIE WHEELER: Bonaparte's Retreat/ Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox (1)/ Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox (2)/ Tell 'Em Off/ That's All/ Walkin' Shoes/ MAGGIE SUE WIMBERLY: Call Me Anything/ Daydreams Come True/ How Long/ Rock And Roll 'Simmon Tree/ They Who Condemn/ MALCOLM YELVINGTON: Did I Ask You To Stay/ Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ First And Last Love/ Goodbye Marie/ It's Me Baby/ Just Rollin' Along/ Mr. Blues/ Ocean (Going To The Sea)/ Rockin' With My Baby/ Trumpet/ Way Down Blues/ Yakety Yak

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 600025 Rock-A-Billy Dynamite ● CD $99.98
40 cds, 1000 tracks, essential
How much rockabilly do you think you can handle? How about 1000 tracks for less than $100? Yes, those crazy Germans at Document Records are at it again! This time they have come up with a 40 CD box set each with 25 tracks. All the legendary rockabilly greats are here - Elvis (15 tracks), Carl Perkins (12 tracks), Billy Lee Riley (5 tracks), Buddy Holly (7 tracks), Johnny Burnette Rock & Roll Trio (11 tracks), Ronnie Self (7 tracks), Eddie Bond (7 tracks), Wanda Jackson (11 tracks) Eddie Cochran (8 tracks), Roy Orbison (7 tracks), Gene Vincent (13 tracks), Warren Smith (5 tracks), etc. There are lesser known cult favorites like Al Ferrier, Benny Joy, Andy Starr, Glen Glenn, Bob Lee Trammell, "Whitey" Pullen, The Phantom, Joe Clay, Aubrey Cagle, Kenny Parchman, Rudy Grayzell, Werly Fairburn, etc. There are country artists trying their hand at rockabilly - George Jones, Rose Maddox, Link Davis, John D. Loudermilk, Johnny Horton, Hank Thompson, etc. And there are tons of artists who only recorded a handful of cuts - Terry Daley, Cecil McNabb Jr., Gene McKown & The Tune Twisters, Bill Bell & The 4 Unknowns, Bubba Ford, Larry Terry, Jaycee Hill, Gene La Mar, Freddie Caddell, etc. Sure, some of the tracks could more accurately be described as rock 'n' roll but in a compilation of this magnitude it doesn't do to be too pedantic - it's all hot! Sound quality is excellent and, unlike many Document releases, this comes with full documentation in the form of a 148 page 5"x5" booklet with notes on most of the artists plus photos and an index to all the tracks. Each CD comes in its own cardboard sleeve and the set is housed in a 5"x5"x5" box and counts as 15 CDs for shipping. An amazing production and a full track list can be found on our web site. (FS)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS Duke 408 The Duke Of Soul, Volume 8 ● CD $16.98
24 more fine soul sides from the 60s recorded for the Duke, Peacock, Backbeat and Sure Shot labels - much of it new to CD. Includes sides by Kim Tolliver, J.J. Daniels, Ruth McFadden, Junior Parker, Sonny Fisher, Minnie Epperson, Al Haskins & The Mastertones, Vi Campbell and more. The four page booklet continues the notes from Volume 7.
BUDDY ACE: Who Can Tell/ THE ADORABLES AND DON THOMPSON COMBO: Baby Come And Get It/ THE BELL BROTHERS: Not Your Kind Of Love/ VI CAMPBELL WITH JOE SCOTT ORCH.: I'm Yours/ J.J. DANIELS: Deep Down Inside/ Mr. Lonesome/ JAMES DAVIS: Chains Around My Heart/ Your Turn To Cry/ THE E.J.'S LTD.: Black Bull/ MINNIE EPPERSON: Grab Your Clothes (And Get On Out)/ SONNY FISHER: I'm Going (All The Way)/ AL HASKINS & THE MASTERTONES: Tame Me/ JOE HINTON: Close To My Heart/ BUDDY LAMP: Devil's Gonna Get You/ THE MALIBUS: A Chance For You And Me/ TROY MARRS & THE DYNAMICS: Rhythm Message - Pt. I (Vocal)/ Rhythm Message - Pt. Ii (Instr.)/ RUTH MCFADDEN: Do It Up Right/ I'll Cry/ JUNIOR PARKER: Jivin' Woman/ Why Do You Make Me Cry/ EDDIE SIMPSON: Lovin' Season/ KIM TOLLIVER: Get A Little Soul/ THE TORNADOES: Little Sally Walker

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fire 504 N.Y. On Fire, Vol. 4 ● CD $16.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
The fourth volume devoted to some of the lesser known titles recorded for entrepreneur Bobby Robinson in the 50s and early 60s is as good as the first three mixing hard driving blues and R&B and some proto soul cuts. The two superb blues cuts by Lee Roy Little have been out before but are also welcome. Riff Ruffin is here with the originally unissued hot instrumental Home Cookin' and Go Away Mr. Blues from June Bateman with the Noble Watts Band is a killer. Chicago bluesman Mighty Joe Young is here with one of his first recordings - the splendid Empty Arms. Willie Bradford is an utterly obscure down home bluesman who didn't make it into the blues discography but turns in two excellent sides and there are more goodies from Buddy Skipper, Janet Calloway, Chuck Bradford, Curley Hamner & The Cooper Brothers, Rockin' Bradley, Paul Perryman, Mary "B" (a superb and soulful rendition of the classic Since I Fell For YOU) and more. Another winner! (FS)
MARY B.: Since I Fell For You/ JUNE BATEMAN WITH NOBLE WATTS BAND: Go Way Mr. Blues/ CHUCK BRADFORD: Say It Was A Dream/ You Can't Hurt Me Anymore/ WILLIE BRADFORD: So Long/ Wanna Be Loved/ B. BROWN & HIS ROCKIN' MCVOUTS: Candied Yams/ JAY DEE BRYANT & THE KIDDIE-OS: Don't Stop Now/ I Want To Know (Do You Want Me)/ JANET CALLOWAY: Bank Of Love/ HORACE COOPER & BAND: The Squeeze (Part 1)/ The Squeeze (Part 2)/ EMMIT DAVIS: Here Comes My Baby/ One Last Chance/ THE FOUR KINGS: Guess Who/ I Don't Want Nobody But You/ CURLEY HAMNER & COOPER BROS.: Air-Raid/ Piano Tuner/ LEE ROY LITTLE: I'm A Good Man But A Poor Man/ Your Evil Thoughts/ PAUL PERRYMAN: Look At My Baby/ JESSE POWELL ORCH.: Let's Talk It Over Baby/ ROCKIN' BRADLEY: I Have News For You/ RIFF RUFFIN: Home Cookin'/ BUDDY SKIPPER: Smooth-Smart & Sassy/ JOE YOUNG WITH LEFTY BATES ORCH.: Empty Arms Mighty

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fremeaux 5361 Elvis Presley & The American Music Heritage ● CD $37.98
3 CDs, 76 tracks, 170 mins, very highly recommended
Here's a mighty great collection, taking all of Elvis's groundbreaking early cover recordings and putting them next to earlier versions by other great artists. So you get recordings that equaled Elvis's, some where Elvis crushed the original, and-yes-a few where Elvis's version was crushed by the original. Sure, I like the King's take on Tutti Frutti, but come on, it can't touch Little Richard's version; Little Richard should have got the Nobel Prize for that record! Tons of great tracks by legends like Roy Brown, Bill Monroe, Carl Perkins, Ray Charles, Patti Page, Wynonie Harris, Arthur Crudup (That's Alright/ My Baby Left Me, and So Glad You're Mine.) Of course, pointing out highlights on this would be like picking favorites at The Louvre, but some of the tracks that moved me the most would be Junior Parker's Mystery Train; Elvis' version is just about the greatest record ever made, but Parker's version is way up there as well. Other standouts are Trying To Get To You by The Eagles (not the horrible '70s Country Rock creeps, but the fantastic 1950's Rhythm & Blues act,) and Money Honey by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters. There're also a few rarities that, even if they pale in comparison to the Big E's versions, were still interesting to hear, like Milkcow Blues by Johnnie Lee Wills, Just Because by The Shelton Brothers, and Hound Dog by Freddie Bell & The Bellboys - an important track because (legend has it) this version was the one that Elvis based his recording on, not the far superior original version by Big Mama Thornton, which is here as well. Then, way out in left Field you get Tutti Frutti from 1938 by Slim and Slam, which bears little resemblance to either famous version, but is far out nonetheless. There're also about a dozen Elvis classics like Heartbreak Hotel and Paralyzed, without alternate versions, just to round things out. The fantastic sound throughout puts the cherry on top of a marvelous collection of sweet, sweet tunes. (JM)
That's All Right - ARTHUR CRUDUP/ That's All Right - ELVIS PRESLEY/ I Love You Because - LEON PAYNE AND THE LONE STAR BUDDIES/ I Love You Because - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Blue Moon Of Kentucky - BILL MONROE/ Blue Moon Of Kentucky - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Blue Moon - BILLY ECKSTINE/ Blue Moon - ELVIS PRESLEY/ I'll Never Let You Go - JIMMY WAKELY/ I'll Never Let You Go - ELVIS PRESLEY/ I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - PATTI PAGE/ I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Just Because - SHELTON BROTHERS/ Just Because - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Good Rockin'Tonight - ROY BROWN/ Good Rockin'Tonight - WYNONIE HARRIS/ Good Rockin'Tonight - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Milkcow Blues - KOKOMO ARNOLD/ Milkcow Blues - JOHNNY LEE WILLS/ Milkcow Blues Boogie - ELVIS PRESLEY/ You're A Heartbreaker - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Baby Let's Play House - ARTHUR GUNTER/ Baby Let's Play House - ELVIS PRESLEY/ I'm Left You Re Right She's Gone - ELVIS PRESLEY/ I Forgot To Remember To Forget - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Mystery Train - LITTLE PARKER JUNIOR/ Mystery Train - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Tryin' To Get To You - THE EAGLES/ Tryin' To Get To You - ELVIS PRESLEY/ I Got A Woman - RAY CHARLES/ I Got A Woman - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Heartbreak Hotel - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Money Honey - THE DRIFTERS/ Money Honey - ELVIS PRESLEY/ I'm Counting On You - ELVIS PRESLEY/ I Was The One - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Rock Around The Clock - HAL SINGER/ Blue Suede Shoes - CARL PERKINS/ Blue Suede Shoes - ELVIS PRESLEY/ My Baby Left Me - ARTHUR CRUDUP/ My Baby Left Me - ELVIS PRESLEY/ One Sided Love Affair - ELVIS PRESLEY/ So Glad You're Mine - ARTHUR CRUDUP/ So Glad You're Mine - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Tutti Frutti - SLIM AND SLAM/ Tutti Frutti - LITTLE RICHARD/ Tutti Frutti - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Lawdy Miss Clawdy - LLOYD PRICE/ Lawdy Miss Clawdy - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Shake Rattle And Roll - BIG JOE TURNER/ Shake Rattle And Roll - ELVIS PRESLEY/ I Want You I Need You I Love You - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Hound Dog - BIG MAMA THORNTON/ Hound Dog - FREDDIE BELL AND THE BELLBOYS/ Hound Dog - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Don't Be Cruel - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - ELVIS PRESLEY/ We're Gonna Move - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Aura Lea - THE SHELTON BROTHERS/ Love Me Tender - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Poor Boy - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Playing For Keeps - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Love Me - ELVIS PRESLEY/ Paralyzed - ELVIS PRESLEY/ How's The World Treating You - ELVIS PRESLEY/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - ELVIS PRESLEY

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 61944 The Enjoy Record Story ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 36 tracks, 94 mins, recommended
A great selection of blues, R&B and soul recorded for the New York based Enjoy label between 1962 and 1965 - one of several labels owned by pioneering African American producer Bobby Robinson. The material ranges the gamut from the slide guitar blues of Elmore James to the intense soul of Louis Jones (a great version of Ray Charles' I Believe To My Soul) to the storming instrumental R&B of Noble "Thin Man" Watts. Other artists include Titus Turner, Wild Jimmy Spruill (the great and distinctive New York guitarist who played on many Robinson sessions), Joe Haywood, Sammy Taylor, The Rinkydinks, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Janet Calloway, Jimmy Armstrong, Les Cooper & The Soul Rockers and others. Great music with excellent sound and informative notes by Bill Dahl. The only reason it doesn't have a higher rating is that almost all the tracks have been reissued on other compilations in recent years - most notably "The Fire & Fury Story" on Charly SNAJ 730 (3 CD set - $24.98), the "N.Y. On Fire Series" (Fire 101, 102, 503, 504 - $16.98 each) and "Bobby' Soul Cellar" (Enjoy 1001 - $16.98). Admittedly this release is more readilly available to the general public but as a Roots & Rhythm customer you might already have all these previous releases. Bobby Robinson's legacy is truly worthy of a big Bear Family type of box. (FS)
JIMMY ARMSTRONG: Count the Tears/ MARY B.: Ain't Nobody's Business/ Cut it Out/ JAY DEE BRYANT: Get It/ You're Hurting Me/ JANET CALLOWAY: Bank of Love/ THE CHANNELS: Sad Song/ LES COOPER & THE SOUL ROCKERS: Let's Do the Boston Monkey/ Owee Baby/ KING CURTIS & THE NOBLE KNIGHTS: Soul Twist/ JOE HAYWOOD: I Would If I Could/ Warm and Tender Love/ ELMORE JAMES: It Hurts Me Too/ Mean Mistreatin' Mama/ THE JAY CEES: Just Say the Word/ LOUIS JONES: I Believe to My Soul/ GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: What Shall I Do/ CHARLIE LUCAS COMBO: Jump for Joy/ BOBBY PORTER: Foxy Devil/ Searching for Love/ THE RINKY-DINKS: Hot Potato (aka Soultrain)/ RONNIE AND THE MANHATTANS: Long Time No See/ RIFF RUFFIN: Hoop and Holler/ WILD JIMMY SPRUILL: Cut and Dried/ The Rooster/ TARHEEL SLIM & LITTLE ANN: You Make Me Feel So Good/ SAMMY TAYLOR: Ain't That Some Shame/ Don't Lie (Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye)/ Next in Line/ Your Precious Love/ TITUS TURNER: Bow Wow/ I Love You Baby/ My Darkest Hour/ People Sure Act Funny (When They Get A Lotta' Money)/ NOBLE "THIN MAN" WATTS: Jookin'/ NOBLE WATTS & JUNE BATEMAN: What Ya Gonna Do

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 384 Kent 30 - Best Of Kent Northern Soul, 1982-2012 ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, highly recommended
During the last five years or so, the term "Northern Soul" has seemingly been slapped on every random collection of 60's R&B that loudly proclaims in the liner notes that the songs contained therein were "floor fillers", or words to that effect, in Northern England discos. Since I've never been to any of the discos in question, I can't attest to the veracity of these claims, so I have to take the songs at face value and base the success of the collection on the merits of the contents. The UK Kent label has been re-issuing collections of rare R&B-dare I say, Northern Soul-since 1982, and since these guys rarely do anything by half measures, I have to consider their compilations to be the cream of the crop in that they usually contain first rate material. And this one is no exception as it is a celebration of 30 years of R&B re-issues on Kent and therefore sports some of the best revisited, reborn, rediscovered, and never-before-heard tracks in the label's library. Among the new findings are alternative versions of O.C. Tolbert's I'm Shooting High (I Reach For the Sky), The Magic Touch by Melba Moore (!), What Should I Do by Little Ann, and (Just a Little) Faith and Understanding by The Magicians, the original take of Lorraine Chandler's You Only Live Twice, and heard-first-time-anywhere True Love is In the Heart by Alexander Patton-and not a loser in the bunch. Among the revisited tracks Chuck Jackson's I'd Be a Millionaire, Luther Ingram's Oh Baby Don't You Weep, Johnny Maestro & the Crests' I'm Stepping Out of the Picture, and Lou Johnson's The Panic is On are well worth the trip down memory lane. Sure, many of these songs are spread throughout other Kent collections, but sometimes the convenience of having so many great songs in one place is justification enough for a CD's existence. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Omni 167 Freedom Is A Hammer - Conservative Folk Revolutionaries ● CD $18.98
29 tracks, damn highly recommended
Not a new release but not fully reviewed before. Oxymoronic takes on music genres can be just pathetic: Christian Punk; mediocre: White Hip Hop (pretty much any besides the Beastie Boys); or highly entertaining: Right Wing Folk, which you get here. This collection features tunes by folks who, when they heard that "there's a meeting' going on," broke out their baseball bats and leather saps to go down and break it up. These are folks who voted for Ike only because Dick Nixon was also on the ticket, folk singers that were far more influenced by John Birch than Pete Seeger, more Bobby Dole than Bobby Dylan, and eagerly marching, not to a different drummer, but to a drill sergeant. I'm not saying that there were a whole lot of these radical righties recording righteous repartee; this collection only features three of which that seemed to get record deals: Janet Greene, Tony Dolan, and Vera Verderlaan. Omni records have specialized in one fantastic psychotronic release after another, gleefully thriving on the outer reaches of Country and Folk from the 1960s - '70s, and bless them for doing so. This CD isn't just music, it is an experience. You get such marvelous tracks like Commie Lies, Poor Left Winger, Comrade's Lament, Cuba Will Be Free, America Awake, and many more epic treatises, none more epic than the title track Freedom is a Hammer of which you get two stirring versions. Accompanied by equally epic liner notes with photos, pamphlet reproductions, etc. that are pretty much worth the price of admission on their own. If you don't dig this collection, you are a Commie lovin' bastard and John Wayne hates you! (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 181 Whirlwind - The Phillips International Story ● CD $11.98
2 CDs, 50 tracks, 114 mins, highly recommended
Here's a great way to get a whole mess of great tracks from Sam Phillips's other legendary record label. You get medium-to-big hits like Mona Lisa by Carl Mann, Raunchy by Bill Justice, and Lonely Weekends by Charlie Rich, plus a lot of quality tracks that you might not know, but should dig, like That's The Way I Love by Johnny Carroll, Baby I Don't Care by Eddie Bush, Crazy Baby by Ken Cook, In The Mood by The Hawk (aka Jerry Lee Lewis,) Mad At You by Mack Self," and many, many more. And even better than the great bunch of cuts, is the great bunch of money that has been cut off the price; you get 50 mouthwatering tracks for about a much as you have to pay for a burger, fries and a soda nowadays, and this comp is a hell of a lot better for you. You get multiple tracks by all the great artists previously mentioned (except for the Killer,) plus cuts by Hayden Thompson, Barbara Pitman, Sonny Burgess, Lee Mitchell, Wayne Powers, and many more. (JM)
ERNIE BARTON: Open The Door, Richard/ Rainin' The Blues/ Shut Your Mouth/ Stairway To Nowhere/ BUDDY BLAKE: Please Convince Me/ You Pass Me By/ BOBBIE AND THE BOYS: These Silly Blues/ To Tell The Truth/ SONNY BURGESS: A Kiss Goodnight/ Sadie's Back In Town/ EDDIE BUSH: Baby I Don't Care/ JOHNNY CARROLL: I'll Wait/ That's The Way I Love/ KEN COOK: Crazy Baby/ I Was A Fool/ THE HAWK: In The Mood/ EDWIN HOWARD: More Pretty Girls Than One/ BILL JUSTIS: College Man/ Raunchy/ JIMMY LOUIS: Your Fool/ CARL MANN: I'm Comin' Home/ Mona Lisa/ Pretend/ The Wayward Wind/ CARL MCVOY: Tootsie/ You Are My Sunshine/ MIKKI MILAN: Somehow Without You/ LEE MITCHELL: Little Blue Bird Told Me/ The Frog/ BILL PINKY & THE TURKS: Sally's Got a Sister/ BILL PINKY AND THE TURKS: After The Hop/ BARBARA PITTMAN: Everlasting Love/ I'm Getting Better All The Time/ Two Young Fools In Love/ WAYNE POWERS: My Love Song/ Point Of View/ CHARLIE RICH: Lonely Weekends/ On My Knees/ Rebound/ Whirlwind/ MACK SELF: Mad At You/ Willie Brown/ BRAD SUGGS: I Walk the Line/ Like, Catchin' Up/ CLIFF THOMAS: All Your Love/ Leave It to Me/ Sorry I Lied/ I'm On My Way Home/ HAYDEN THOMPSON: Love My Baby/ One Broken Heart

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rhythm & Blues 020 The Henry Glover Story, Vol. 1: 1947-1951 ● CD $16.98
Two CDS, 60 tracks, 159 mins, highly recommended
First of two double CDs exploring the substantial contributions to American music by the amazingly talented Henry Glover who was one of the first African-American executives and producers in a white owned record company. Glover did it all - he was a producer, arranger, songwriter, publisher, talent scout, trumpet player and label owner. He started off playing with the Lucky Millinder band in the early 40s and quickly became arranger for the band and songwriter for the band's many great vocalists. Soon he was writing and producing for Syd Nathan's King label and in 1948 was put on staff by Nathan and the majority of the recordings here are from King along with some covers of King hits by artists on other labels. Glover had a love of country music and so he got to produce country sessions and was a largely responsible for King's unique approach of having the same song recorded by both R&B and country artists - most of them written by Glover. This great collection includes recordings by Glover himself plus Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Lucky Millinder & His Orch., Dinah Washington, Todd Rhodes & His Orch., The York Brothers, Tiny Bradshaw, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Joe Thomas, Sonny Thompson, Russell Jacquet, Moon Mullican, Wynonie Harris, The Spirit Of Memphis and many more. All 60 songs were written or co-writen by Glover who also produced most of the sessions. Sound quality is superb and the 35 page booklet has extensive notes on Glover's career, the artists featured and the background to some of the songs. (FS)
TINY BRADSHAW: Breakin Up The House/ I'm Going To Have Myself A Ball/ Two Dry Bones On A Pantry Shelf/ Walking The Chalk Line/ Well, Oh Well/ BREWSTER AVENUE RHYTHM BOYS: Stop And Go Boogie/ ROY BROWN: Butcher Pete/ THE DELMORE BROTHERS: Blues Stay Away from Me/ Good Time Saturday Night/ I'll Be There/ ELLA FITZGERALD: I Can't Go On Without You/ HENRY GLOVER WITH EDDIE LOCKJAW DAVIS: Mountain Oysters/ WYNONIE HARRIS: I Like My Baby's Pudding/ Keep On Churnin'/ Lovin' Machine/ Rock Mr Blues/ HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: Back To The Dog House/ BULL MOOSE JACKSON: I Want A Bowlegged Woman/ Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me?/ RUSSELL JACQUET & HIS BOPPER BAND: Tropical Fever/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Me And My Crazy Self/ Nobody's Lovin' Me/ LITTLE ESTHER: I'll Be There/ SARAH MCLAWLER: Love Sweet Love/ Ready, Willin' And Able/ LUCKY MILLINDER & HIS ORCHESTRA: Clap Your Hands/ D'Natural Blues/ Let It Roll Again/ Who Said Shorty Wasn't Coming Back?/ LUCKY MILLINDER ORCHESTRA: I'm Waiting Just For You/ No One Else Could Be/ CLYDE MOODY: Blues Came Pouring Down/ MOON MULLICAN: Well, Oh Well/ BOB NEWMAN: Haulin’ Freight/ RED PERKINS: Hoe Down Boogie/ PIG MEAT PETERSON: Everybody Loves A Fat Man/ TODD RHODES AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Pot Likker/ TODD RHODES ORCHESTRA: Possessed/ Rocket 69/ Your Daddy's Doggin' Around/ JIMMY RUSHING: Where Were You?/ THE SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS: The Atomic Telephone/ KITTY STEVENSON: I Shouldn't Cry But I Do/ THE SWALLOWS: It Ain't The Meat/ Please Baby Please/ JOE THOMAS: Page Boy Shuffle/ SONNY THOMPSON: Blues For The Nightowls/ Mellow Blues/ Nightfall/ Sugar Cane/ I'll Drown In My Tears/ ZEB TURNER: Huckleberry Boogie/ EDDIE "CLEANHEAD" VINSON: Lonesome Train/ No Good Woman Blues/ Sittin On It All The Time/ Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Red/ DINAH WASHINGTON: I Love You, Yes I Do/ THE YORK BROTHERS: Gravy Train/ Love Sweet Love/ Tremblin'

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rhythm & Blues 021 The Henry Glover Story, Vol. 2: 1951-1961 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 63 tracks, 158 mins, highly recommended
This set continues tracing the musical career of the multi talented Henry Glover. Up through 1959 Henry continued his association with King Records writing and producing for King and its Federal and Bethlehem subsidiaries and the first disc and half the second are devoted to these recordings featuring classic performances by Wynonie Harris, Sonny Thompson, Moon Mullican, Lulu Reed, Tiny Bradshaw, The Five Royales, The Checkers, Linda Hopkins, Bill Doggett and others. It also features covers of Glover's King songs including Ray Charles spectacular version of Drown In My Tears, Teresa Brewer's improbable cover of Wynonie Harris's Lovin' Machine, Johnny Burnette's version of The Delmore Brothers' Blues Stay Away From Me and others. In 1959 Glover parted ways with King after a conflict with Syd Nathan and started working as an independent producer for Old Town records and started his own label Glover Records which he folded in 1960 to work with Bobby Robinson and his stable of labels and the remainder of the second features sides by Titus Turner (who worked closely with Glover, often as a co-writer), Larry Dale, The Vibrations, Billy Bland, Joe Jones and others and together with Turner wrote the big Ray Charles hit Sticks And Stones. Although this set ends in 1961 Glover's career as an important figure was far from over and he worked for Roulette Records from 1961 and 1966 writing and producing a number of hits for the label and eventually ended up back at King Records after Syd Nathan's death in 1968. In his later years he concentrated on discovering artists (he had a hand in launching the career of The Band) and producing albums by established artists including Muddy Waters 1975 swansong "The Woodstock Album." Like the first set this one comes with booklet crammed with extensive documentation and illustrations. (FS)
ANNISTEEN ALLEN: Baby I'm Doin' It/ My Baby Keeps Rollin'/ DOC BAGBY: Grinding/ LAVERN BAKER: Lost Child/ HANK BALLARD: Rain Down Tears/ Teardrops On Your Letter/ BILLY BLAND: Let The Little Girl Dance/ TINY BRADSHAW: Lay It On The Line/ Soft/ TERESA BREWER: Lovin' Machine/ ROY BROWN: Ain't It A Shame/ JOHNNY BURNETTE: Blues Stay Away From Me/ RAY CHARLES: Drown In My Own Tears/ Sticks And Stones/ THE CHECKERS: Don't Stop Dan/ Ghost Of My Baby/ House With No Windows/ LARRY DALE: Big Muddy/ JOEY DEE: Peppermint Twist/ BILL DOGGETT: Backwoods/ Honky Tonk/ Ram Bunk Shush/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Silent Partner/ THE FIVE ROYALES: I Ain't Getting Caught/ Someone Made You For Me/ EDDIE FONTAINE: Rock Love/ BILLY GAYLES: Let's Call It A Day/ BEVERLY ANN GIBSON: Call On Me/ HENRY GLOVER: Boarding House Blues/ Soft/ BIG JOHN GREER: Come Back, Uncle John/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Adam, Come And Get Your Rib/ I Don't Know Where To Go/ Quiet Whiskey/ Rot Gut/ LINDA HOPKINS: I Can't/ My Loving Baby/ TEDDY HUMPHRIES: What Makes You So Tough/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: I'm Sticking With You Baby/ Love, Life And Money/ My Nerves/ Young Girl/ JOE JONES: California Sun/ EARL CONNELLY KING: Every Whicha Kinda Way/ BONNIE LOU: One Track Love/ STICKS MCGHEE: Head Happy With Wine/ SARAH MCLAWLER: I Gotta Have You/ THE MIDNIGHTERS: Annie Had A Baby/ LUCKY MILLINDER: Heavy Sugar/ FRANK MINION: Watermelon/ MOON MULLICAN: I Done It/ I'll Sail My Ship Alone/ Rocket To The Moon/ Seven Nights to Rock/ LULA REED: Caught Me When My Love Was Down/ Don't Make Me Love You/ Watch Dog/ Without Love/ THE SUGAR CANES: Sioux Rock/ SONNY THOMPSON: Waiting To Be Loved By You/ TITUS TURNER: Cool Down/ Soulville/ THE VIBRATIONS: All My Love Belongs To You

MARY WELLS Kent CDKEND 387 The One Who Really Loves You/ Two Lovers ● CD $21.98
20 tracks, highly recommended
During Motown Records' early days, Mary Wells was the undisputed queen bee (at least until Diana Ross and the Supremes started getting hits) and the label's first superstar, and Kent have presented Wells' second and third albums for the first time on CD. "The One Who Really Loves You" (1962) was a typical Motown release of the period: the artist's recent singles surrounded by versions of songs from the company's Jobete publishing catalog. However, behind the scenes songwriter/producer/performer Smokey Robinson was the driving force: he wrote the best songs and furnished the blueprint for Mary's success. Despite being the usual Motown assembly line release, the album holds together remarkably well with the dramatic Strange Love emerging as the record's centerpiece, while Drifting Love demonstrates that when allowed to, Mary was quite a good songwriter. The formula was repeated on "Two Lovers "(1963) with Smokey again providing the hits-the title track and Laughing Boy - and William Stevenson providing the sophisticated pop respectability that the company actively strived for; Guess Who/ Goody Goody, and Brook Benton's Looking Back are the sound of Motown going toe to toe with the sounds coming from New York and Philadelphia. Along with the recently released collection of previously unissued recordings ("Something New: Motown Lost and Found" - Hip-O Select/Universal 1728502 - 2 CD set - $39.98), this CD presents as complete a picture as we're probably going to get of Mary Wells' salad years. (GMC)

EDDIE ZACK B.A.C.M. 400 And His Dude Ranchers ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, 78 min., recommended
This is the 400th release from the British Archive Of Country Music - quite an achievement! And all previous 399 releases are still available. Rhode Island native son Edward Zackarian began recording in the 1940s and cut over 80 tracks for Decca and Columbia and several independent labels, including Silver Star and Big M. Zack's brother (known as Cousin Richie) and sisters (Babs and Maril) do much of the heavy lifting vocally on these songs, which were recorded between 1950-56. The first few tracks are fairly tame, some polka-influenced, many on the slow side. The uptempo Draggin' The Bow offers a different side of Zack, and by the 1955 material a couple of rockabilly numbers make an appearance, namely Rocky Road Blues and Foolish Me. Yet another welcome BACM compilation from a lesser-known country artist. (JC)
EDDIE ZACK & HIS DUDE RANCHERS: Afraid/ Beautiful Brown Eyes/ Born To Lose/ Call Of The Mountain/ Dancing Country Style/ Draggin' The Bow/ Foolish Me/ Fourteen Karat Gold/ Heaven's Television Screen/ I Never Saw Her Again/ I Wish I Knew/ I'm Gonna Rock And Roll/ I'm Lost Again/ Just Walking In The Rain/ Land Beyond The Sun/ Lights Out/ Little Donkey (La Burrita)/ Lover Lover (Why Must We Part)/ Mountain Polka/ Positively No Dancing/ Rhode Island Waltz/ Rocky Road Blues/ Shenandoah Waltz/ The Clouds Will Soon Roll By/ Time Alone/ Words/ You Knew Me When You Were Lonely/ You Remind Me So Much/ You're Out Of My Sight (And I'm Out Of My Mind)


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