Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Radio Gold Vol.3.."The Way It Really Was"..30 Big Hits of the Airwaves by various artists

Volume 3 in this now rare series from Ace Records features 30 radio hits from 1955 to 1962 with big names like Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Brenda Lee, Fats Domino, Johnnie Ray and Smiley Lewis. 

It's an eclectic collection of pop, rock'n'roll, rhythm'n'blues and doo-wop featuring some big hits of the era and many memorable tunes that are sure to be remembered. 


1     –Mickey and Sylvia     Love Is Strange   
2     –Johnny Otis     Williw And The Hand Jive   
3     –Brenda Lee     Sweet Nothin's   
4     –Fats Domino     I'm In Love Again   
5     –Billy Ward and The Dominoes*     Star Dust   
6     –Art and Dotty Todd*     Chanson D'Amour (Song Of Love)   
7     –Billy Williams     I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter   
8     –Robin Luke     Susie Darlin'   
9     –The Tokens     The Lion Sleeps Tonight   
10     –Jerry Butler     Make It Easy On Yourself   
11     –Betty Everett     It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)   
12     –Tony Orlando     Halfway To Paradise   
13     –The Crickets      That'll Be The Day   
14     –Roy Orbison     Only The Lonely   
15     –Kalin Twins     When   
16     –Marty Robbins     A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)   
17     –Floyd Cramer     On The Rebound   
18     –Harry Belafonte     Day-O (Banana Boat Song)   
19     –Guy Mitchell     Singing The Blues   
20     –Johnny Mathis     The Twelfth Of Never   
21     –Chas McDevitt and Nancy Whiskey     Freight Train   
22     –The Four Preps     Big Man   
23     –Danny and The Juniors     At The Hop   
24     –Johnnie Ray     Just Walking In The Rain   
25     –Joe Valino     The Garden Of Eden   
26     –Jim Lowe      The Green Door   
27     –Smiley Lewis     I Hear You Knocking   
28     –Paul Evans and The Curls     Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat   
29     –David Seville     Witch Doctor   
30     –Neil Sedaka     I Go Ape  

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Atlantic Unearthed...Soul Sisters and Soul Brothers...rare soul tracks from the Atlantic records vaults

Atlantic Records was one of the leading record companies in rhythm and blues and soul music.
The golden era of American soul music in the 60's and early 70's is synonymous with the classic soul sides produced by an array of legendary performers for Atlantic Records during that momentous musical time. And, beyond all the immortal soul and R'n'B hits and top charting singles the label released over the years, there are treasure-filled vaults of tapes storing countless more historic recordings by a host of remarkable talents. Compiled by soul music historian David Nathan, these collections gather rarities, many previously unissued, and  literally unearthed from the venerable Atlantic Records archives featuring soul women and men who are among the genre's all-time greatest. 

Soul Sisters compiles 16 rare tunes from artists like Aretha Franklin, Barbara Lewis, Margie Joseph, Doris Troy, The Sweet Inspirations, Jackie Moore, plus some rarely heard artists as well. Some of these songs have never made it past being only released on the original 45, and others have never been heard before, period. They are from about 1964-1973; one of the last of the golden ages at Atlantic. 

Soul Sisters

Subtitled "16 Lost Classics By The Greatest Soul Men Ever", this compilation is something of a lost gem in itself.
Just looking at the lineup of artists on here is enough to make a soul fan salivate: Wilson Pickett, Bobby Womack, James Carr, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Donny Hathaway, Sam and Dave. But some of the best tracks are from relatively unknown acts, such as the excellent version of "That's How it Feels" by the Soul Clan. The what clan? The Soul Clan were a soul supergroup of sorts: Solomon Burke, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, Ben E. King, and Don Covay. Another artist on here, Carl Hall, is a real no-name for most soul fans, but he really belts it out on "Change with the Seasons." One guy you can truly call a one-hit wonder is R.B.Greaves (remember "Take a Letter Maria" ?) who does a very cool version of "Whiter Shade of Pale", plus Walter Jackson delivers a stunning version of the old Chi-Lites songs "Coldest Days of my Life." Fans of 60's and 70's soul music should love this collection. 


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

SHAZAM! 50 Guitar Bustin' Instrumentals by various artists

All your favourite guitar players and guitar groups come together on this 50 track collection. Featuring the likes of Bill Doggett, Chuck Berry, Chet Atkins, Link Wray, Duane Eddy, Bo Diddley and Bert Weedon with guitar groups The Champs, The Fireballs, The Shadows, Johnny and The Hurricanes, The Drifters, Rock-A-Teens and many more. 

Classic tracks like "Honky Tonk", "Tequila", "Sleepwalk", "Walk, Don't Run", "Raw Hide", "Man of Mystery" and a few others you may not even know about. So, if you are a guitar fan, then this collection will more than satisfy.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Original 60's Instrumentals Album...24 massive guitar tracks from the original 60's bands and artists

1 –The Ventures Walk Don't Run 2:08
2 –The Fentones The Mexican 2:31
3 –The Shadows Man Of Mystery 2:01
4 –John Barry The Magnificent Seven 1:57
5 –The Dakotas The Cruel Sea 2:15
6 –B. Bumble and The Stingers Nut Rocker 2:00
7 –The Cougars Saturday Nite At The Duck Pond 2:14
8 –The Shadows F.B.I. 2:21
9 –The John Barry Seven The James Bond Theme 1:57
10 –The Ventures Perfidia 2:04
11 –The John Barry Seven Plus Four Hit And Miss 1:58
12 –The Fentones The Breeze And I 2:29
13 –Gladiators Bleakhouse 2:20
14 –The Cannons Bush Fire 2:27
15 –The Nu-Notes Fury 1:59
16 –The Ventures Hawaii Five-O 1:52
17 –Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas Magic Carpet 1:54
18 –The Shadows Scotch On The Socks 2:18
19 –Bert Weedon Sorry Robbie 2:13
20 –Love Sculpture Stumble 3:03
21 –Sandy Nelson Let There Be Drums 2:19
22 –The Piltdown Men Macdonald's Cave 2:24
23 –The Dakotas Oyeh 2:14
24 –The Packabeats Big Man 2:29

Sunday, September 8, 2019

RESPECT The Soundtrack to the Soul Generation...40 soul classics

–Aretha Franklin Respect
–James Brown Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine
–Kool and The Gang Jungle Boogie
–The Blues Brothers Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
–Booker T. and The MG's Green Onions
–Eddie Floyd Knock On Wood
–The Commodores Brick House
–Isaac Hayes Theme From Shaft
–Edwin Starr War
–Ohio Players Love Rollercoaster
–Stevie Wonder Uptight (Everything's Alright)
–Quincy Jones Stuff Like That
–Barry White Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Babe
–The Jackson 5 I Want You Back
–Martha Reeves and The Vandellas Dancing In The Street
–The Supremes Stop! In The Name Of Love
–The Isley Brothers This Old Heart Of Mine
–The Coasters Poison Ivy
–Rufus Thomas Walking The Dog
–Ben E. King Stand By Me
–Wilson Pickett In The Midnight Hour
–Curtis Mayfield Move On Up
–Smokey Robinson and The Miracles The Tears Of A Clown
–The Four Tops Reach Out I'll Be There
–Fontella Bass Rescue Me
–Detroit Spinners It's A Shame
–Sam and Dave Soul Man
–Rare Earth Get Ready
–Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band Express Yourself
–Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music
–The Temptations Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
–Ray Charles What'd I Say
–Albert King Born Under A Bad Sign
–The Bar-Kays Soul Finger
–Carla Thomas B.A.B.Y
–The Love Unlimited Orchestra Love's Theme
–The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman
–Smokey Robinson and The Miracles Shop Around
–Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through The Grapevine
–Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

Friday, July 19, 2019

Swing This,Baby!....modern swing various artists compilation from Swing Time Magazine

The first compilation in the modern swing genre! Featuring the artists who have brought modern swing to the forefront of today's pop culture, this jam-packed set of soon-to-be nouveau classics boasts sizzling performances by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Royal Crown Revue, Flying Neutrinos, Red and the Red Hots and more, and introduces Blue Plate Special with "Night Out."

Swing revivalists only occasionally play music that pays more than passing tribute to Ellington or Goodman. Instead their sounds range from big-band territory to jump blues and rockabilly. Swing This, Baby! surveys 15 of these groups, from platinum and gold sellers (the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) to more obscure outfits such as the New Morty Show. Quality varies wildly, particularly in the area of vocals, but fans of the new stylists will dig this set. --Rickey Wright (Amazon review)

  1. Jumpin' Jack - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  2. Ding Dong Daddy Of The D-Car Line - Cherry Poppin' Daddies
  3. Night Out - Blue Plate Special
  4. (Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone - Brian Setzer Orchestra
  5. We Still Talk The Way Lovers Do - Johnny Favourite Swing Orhestra
  6. Datin' With No Dough (Live) - Royal Crown Revue
  7. Bill's Bounce - The Bill Elliot Swing Orchestra
  8. Rumpus Room Honeymoon - Steve Lucky And The Rhumba Bums
  9. Knockin' At Your Door - The New Morty Show
  10. Mr. Zoot Suit - Flying Neutrinos
  11. Pick Up The Phone - Swingerhead
  12. Black And White - Bellevue Cadillac
  13. We The Boys Will Rock Ya! - The Big Six
  14. Boogie Man - Red & The Red Hots

  15. Lost For Words - Crescent City Maulers

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Love Me Do, 50 Songs That Shaped The Beatles...various artists

This compilation looks at The Beatles' influences, including songs recorded by them. By acknowledging local heroes, standards, jazz, country, comedy and skiffle, as well as the better-known rock and roll and R'n'B influences, Love Me Do represents the full extent of the Beatles' musical tastes.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Island Records 40 - 1959-1999...vol.1 (Ska's the Limit) and vol.2 (Rhythm'n'Blues Beat)..various artists

Various ‎– Volume 1 • 1959-1964 • Ska's The Limit
Genre: Reggae
Style: Ska
Year: 1997

–Laurel Aitken Boogie In My Bones 2:47
–Owen Gray Please Let Me Go 2:46
–The Jiving Juniors Sugar Dandy 2:17
–The Beans* Jumpin' Beans 2:09
–Lord Creator Independent Jamaica 2:49
–Lord Kitchener The Road 3:25
–Roy & Millie We'll Meet 2:25
–The Blues Busters Behold! 2:45
–Derrick Morgan Forward March 2:48
–Derrick & Patsy* Housewife's Choice 2:39
–Robert Marley* Judge Not 2:25
–Jimmy Cliff King Of Kings 3:23
–The Maytals Six And Seven Books 2:23
–The Baba Brooks Band Bank To Bank Part 1 2:06
–Eric Morris* Penny Reel 2:28
–Justin Hinds & The Dominoes Carry, Go, Bring, Come 2:50
–Lord Tanamo Come Down 2:16
–Eric Morris* Solomon Grundie 2:36
–Don Drummond Eastern Standard Time 3:11
–Millie Small My Boy Lollipop 2:00

Various ‎– Volume 2 • 1964-1969 • Rhythm & Blues Beat
Genre: Reggae, Funk / Soul, Blues
Style: Rhythm & Blues, Ska, Soul, Rocksteady
Year: 1997

–Inez Foxx Mockingbird 2:37
–Jimmy McGriff The Last Minute 2:49
–Donnie Elbert Little Piece Of Leather 2:41
–The Skatalites Guns Of Navarone 2:27
–Justin Hinds & The Dominoes Rub Up, Push Up 2:44
–Little Joe Cook Stormy Monday Blues 3:45
–Bob And Earl* Harlem Shuffle 2:47
–The Soul Sisters* I Can't Stand It 2:41
–Jackie Edwards Come On Home 2:37
–The Spencer Davis Group Keep On Running 2:42
–Robert Parker Barefootin' 2:33
–Roy C* Shotgun Wedding 2:19
–The V.I.Ps* I Wanna Be Free 3:11
–The Spencer Davis Group Gimme Some Lovin' 2:53
–Delroy Wilson Dancing Mood 2:49
–The Wailers Put It On 3:05
–The Paragons The Tide Is High 2:39
–The Pioneers Long Shot Kick De Bucket 2:50
–Harry J's All Stars* Liquidator 2:52
–Desmond Dekker Israelites 2:47

Friday, June 7, 2019

A Rage In Harlem...music from film...rock'n'roll, blues, doo-wop, rhythm'n'blues

Various ‎– Music From The Film A Rage In Harlem
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style: Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Blues Rock, Funk, Pop Rock
Year: 1991

–Chuck Berry Brown Eyed Handsome Man
–The Solitaires Walking Along
–Little Richard Elevator Operator
–Robert and Johnny We Belong Together
–Little Walter Juke
–Fats Domino Bo Weevil
–Little Jimmy Scott and The Expressions Adios
–Clarence "Frogman" Henry Ain't Got No Home
–James Brown Please Please Please
–The Willows Church Bells May Ring
–Darryl Pandy Heaven Is In Your Heart
–Jimmy Reed Honest I Do
–Johnnie Ace Pledging My Love
–LaVern Baker Sugar Daddy Blues
–Lloyd Price Just Because
–Betty Boo Luckiest Girl In The World
–Elmore James Dust My Broom
–Howlin' Wolf I Asked For Water
–Fats Domino I'm In Love Again
–Bo Diddley Bo Diddley
–Betty Boo And Paul Myers Why, Oh Why?
–Shirley & Lee Let The Good Times Roll
–Little Jimmy Scott and The Expressions A Rage In Harlem
–Darryl Pandy Heaven Is In Your Heart (90's Version)

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

"Bobby's Boogie" - Bebop, Blues and Sanctification from Red Robin Records

Various Artists ‎– Bobby's Boogie (Bebop, Blues, & Sanctification)
Label: Relic 
Released: 1995
Genre: Blues
Style: Rhythm & Blues, Jump Blues, East Coast Blues

1 –Morris Lane Bobby's Boogie
2 –Champion Jack Dupree Drunk Again
3 –Two Gospel Keys I Can't Tarry
4 –Red Prysock Jackpot
5 –Sonny Terry Doggin' My Heart Around
6 –Brownie McGhee Daisy
7 –Blind Wonders Of Washington D.C. Night Prayer
8 –Champion Jack Dupree Shake Baby Shake
9 –Red Prysock Crying My Heart Out
10 –Robert Ross Singers Is He Yours?
11 –Morris Lane Ghost Town
12 –Champion Jack Dupree Stumblin' Block Blues
13 –Tiny Grimes Juicy Fruit
14 –Brownie McGhee Don't Dog Your Woman
15 –Red Prysock Hard Rock
16 –Robert Ross Singers Good Mornng To Heaven
17 –Sandy Grimes Be Good To Yourself
18 –Champion Jack Dupree Shim Sham Shimmy
19 –Red Prysock Jump For George
20 –Allen Bunn Too Much Competition
21 –Charlie Singleton Earthquake
22 –Champion Jack Dupree Highway Blues
23 –Sonny Terry Harmonica Hop
24 –Two Gospel Keys Every Man's Got To Lay Down And Die
25 –Red Prysock The Hammer
26 –Champion Jack Dupree Number Nine Blues

Friday, May 24, 2019

Jump & Swing with Black Top...jump blues compilation from the Louisiana Black Top label

An introduction to the contemporary West Coast blues sound, Jump and Swing with Black Top features artists including Rod Piazza, Guitar Shorty, Greg Piccolo, James Harman playing in the tradition of the music of the 1940's.

1 –Al Copley And Hal Singer Tater Diggin' 3:30
2 –Rick Holmstrom Hit It 2:26
3 –Big Joe And The Dynaflows That's It! 2:42
4 –Gary Primich Ain't You Trouble 3:01
5 –Earl King I'll Take You Back Home 2:44
6 –Greg Piccolo Mushmouth 3:00
7 –Rusty Zinn Stand By Me 2:51
8 –Guitar Shorty I Never Thought 2:36
9 –Grady Gaines Jumbo 3:53
10 –Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers Low Down And Dirty 4:59
11 –The TriSAXual Soul Champs Go Girl 3:49

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Raging Harlem Hit Parade...various R'n'B, Blues and Soul artists from late 50's, early 60's

This 22 track collection of R'n'B, Blues and Soul from the late 50's to early 60's was originally released in the early 90's and features some classic and legendary artists by the likes of Elmore James, Gladys Knight and the Pips, King Curtis, Buster Brown, Lee Dorsey, Lightnin' Hopkins and Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup. 

Friday, April 26, 2019

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Roulette Rock'n'Roll Volume 2....various artists Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Wynonie Harris, Isley Brothers plus...

22 tracks from the Roulette vaults with The Duponts, The Cookies, The Echoes, The Valentines, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Isley Brothers and many more, including 4 previously unreleased Wynonie Harris tracks.

1 The Whammy HAWKINS, Screamin' Jay
2 Strange HAWKINS, Screamin' Jay
3 Bloodshot Eyes HARRIS, Wynonie
4 Sweet Lucy Brown HARRIS, Wynonie
5 Spread The News HARRIS, Wynonie
6 Saturday Night HARRIS, Wynonie
7 Josephine HARRIS, Wynonie
8 Did You Get The Message HARRIS, Wynonie
9 Everybody's Gonna Rock ISLEY BROS
10 I Wanna Know ISLEY BROS
11 The Drag ISLEY BROS
12 Rockin' McDonald ISLEY BROS
14 Screamin' Ball (At Dracula Hall) DUPONTS
15 Hippy Dippy Daddy COOKIES
16 Roll Over Beethoven FOUR CHAPS
17 Hindu Baby EMANONS
18 Ding Dong ECHOES
19 Woo Woo Train VALENTINES
20 Dance With Me CHAPERONES
21 Ain't You Gonna POWELL, Jesse & THE CADDIES

22 Alabama Rock & Roll KING, Mabel 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Shreveport Stomp...Ram Records Volume 1....various artists

Sometimes one is reminded that success in the music business isn't always proportional to talent. If it were, then these songs would've been huge hits, and we all would've grown up hearing them. Alas, it was not to be, but thanks to Ace Records, they're now available and preserved for posterity. Ram Records was founded in 1956 by session guitarist/songwriter Mira Smith in Shreveport, Louisiana, which at the time was the home of the wildly popular and influential Louisiana Hayride radio show. Since because of this there was a lot of talent flowing into Shreveport, Mira decided to build a studio and try her luck. Commercially most of these records were only regional hits at best (though some were leased out to larger labels such as Chess) and disappeared rather quickly(the original 45's are rare as hen's teeth), but Ram recorded arguably some of the best rock n' roll, r'n'b and rockabilly of the period. 

This is a fine overview of Ram's output. Several great tracks here, but some of the standouts include both of the awesome Roy "Boogie Boy" Perkins tracks (if you can listen to "Ba Da" and you ain't dancin' around the room, then you be dead), the original version of "Flat Foot Sam" by T.V. Slim, the cool r'n'b instrumental "Red Beans and Rice" by Scatman Patin, the rockin' guitar instrumental "Pow Wow", which was recorded by Mira Smith herself under the name Grace Tennessee and the American Spirits, and last but not least, what is considered to be one of the greatest and most sought after rockabilly tracks ever recorded, the Lonesome Drifter's "Eager Boy". The original 45 of Eager Boy is EXTREMELY scarce, and fetches thousands of dollars whenever one does turn up at auction. It's easy to see why. Awesome energy with a great guitar lick and way cool backwoods vocals courtesy of the Drifter himself.  (text from Amazon review by "El Freak")

  1. Ba Da - Roy 'Boogie Boy' Perkins
  2. Red Beans And Rice - Scatman Patin With Linda Brannon
  3. Cheaters Can't Win - Margaret Lewis
  4. Flat Foot Sam - T.V. Slim And His Heartbreakers
  5. Mailman, Mailman - Sonny 'Golden Boy' Williamson
  6. Come Back Betty - L.C. Steel
  7. I'm Leaving - Linda Brannon
  8. Bow Wow Puppy Love - Jimmy Bonin
  9. Drop Top (Tk 1) - Roy 'Boogie Boy' Perkins
  10. Reconsider Me - Margaret Lewis
  11. Hippy Ti Yo - Bobby Page
  12. Wherever You Are - Linda Brannon
  13. Pow Wow - Grace Tennessee And The American Spirits
  14. Let Me Feel It - Elgie Brown
  15. Girl In The Street - Vincent Williams
  16. Ginning (Tk 1) - Scatman Patin
  17. Baby Please Forgive Me - Troy Webb
  18. What Did You Do Last Night - Rocky Robin & The Riff Raffs
  19. Night Creature - The Run-A-Ways
  20. Anyway You Do - Linda Brannon
  21. Eager Boy - The Lonesome Drifter
  22. Lonesome Heart - Charlotte Hunter
  23. El Rancho Grande Rock - The Star Marks
  24. Lovers Land - Ernest Walker

  25. Louisiana Twist - 'June Bug' Bailey

 available on Amazon