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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

Tracklist
–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

Tracklist
–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

Tracklist
–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

Tracklist
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.

Tracklist
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

issues with advertising links in posts


Due to technical difficulties with advertising links in posts on this and my other music blogs, I will be discontinuing using these for all future posts. I am also updating links for previous posts as and when I have time and also on request. If you want a specific post link updated, please email direct through the "contact" page on this blog.

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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
13 7-11 GONE ALL STARS
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

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Blues Came Down from Memphis....various artists on the Sun Records label


This now rare 20 track compilation brings together some of the early pioneers of blues music from Memphis, Tennessee, that recorded on Sam Phillips' Sun Records label. Artists such as James Cotton, Doctor Ross, Rufus Thomas, Willie Nix, Little Milton, Joe Hill Louis, Little Junior's Blue Flames and Jimmy DeBerry.

Tracklist:
1 –Doctor Ross The Boogie Disease
2 –James Cotton Cotton Crop Blues
3 –Willie Nix Baker Shop Boogie
4 –Rufus Thomas Bear Cat
5 –Jimmy DeBerry Take A Little Chance
6 –Doctor Ross Juke Box Boogie
7 –Sammy Lewis/Willie Johnson Combo I Feel So Worried
8 –Little Milton If You Love Me Baby
9 –Jimmy DeBerry Time Has Made A Change
10 –Doctor Ross Come Back Baby
11 –Sammy Lewis/Willie Johnson Combo So Long Baby, Goodbye
12 –Rufus Thomas Tiger Man (King Of The Jungle)
13 –Willie Nix Seems Like A Million Year
14 –Doctor Ross Chicago Breakdown
15 –Little Junior's Blue Flames Mystery Train
16 –Jimmy DeBerry Before Long
17 –Joe Hill Louis We All Gotta Go Sometimes
18 –Joe Hill Louis She May Be Yours (But She Comes To See Me Sometimes)
19 –Jimmy & Walter Easy
20 –Little Junior's Blue Flames Feelin' Good






Monday, February 25, 2019

All the King's Men....Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana with Keith Richards, Steve Earle, Jeff Beck, Ron Wood


This now rare release goes back to 1997. Elvis Presley's original sidemen, Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana, join forces with some of the cream of rock, blues and roots music.

The eclectic line-up includes Keith Richards, members of The Band (Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson), The Mavericks, Joe Ely with Lee Rocker, The Bodeans, The Bill Black Combo, Cheap Trick, Ronnie McDowell with The Jordanaires, Joe Louis Walker, Tracey Nelson, Steve Earle, Ron Wood and Jeff Beck.




  1. Deuce and A Quarter - Keith Richards and The Band
  2. I Told You So - The Mavericks
  3. Locked Up In The State Of Illinois - The Bodeans
  4. Goin Back To Memphis - Bill Black Combo
  5. I'm Gonna Strangle You Shorty - Joe Ely
  6. Bad Little Girl - Cheap Trick
  7. Soulmates - Ronnie McDowell & The Jordanaires
  8. Hot Enough For Ya - Steve Earle
  9. Strange Love - Joe Louis Walker
  10. Is All Of This For Me - Tracy Nelson
  11. Unsung Heroes - Jeff Beck





Sunday, December 30, 2018

Night Train to Nashville..Music City Rhythm and Blues 1945-1970


In white America, Nashville is best known as the seat of country music. However, African-Americans looked to Nashville as a great source of R'n'B. Radio station WLAC was rife with the hits of the R'n'B stars and the hopefuls. This 2-disc collection features the evolution of R'n'B as you've never heard it before: thumpin', gritty, growlin' and rockin'.




The most startling revelation is how rich, varied, and deep Nashville's R'n'B scene was during a 25-year period in which the city solidified its reputation as the undisputed capital of country music. Arranged chronologically, Night Train to Nashville also traces the steady progression of African-American music beginning with the end of WWII--from jump blues, lusty R'n'B, and smooth-groove vocal groups to proto rock & roll, Southern soul, and Top 40 pop that drew blacks and whites together even as the Vietnam War nearly ripped the country apart. Although this collection contains well-known hits (Bobby Hebb's "Sunny", Robert Knight's "Everlasting Love") and widely acknowledged stars (Etta James and Ruth Brown, both of whom recorded some of their best work in Nashville), many of its most satisfying pleasures come courtesy of lesser-known artists, such as R'n'B belter Christine Kittrell, swamp blues man Shy Guy Douglas, and balladeer Sam Baker. In the midst of many ear-opening discoveries, add one more: When listening to the countrified soul of Arthur Alexander, Joe Simon, and Johnny Adams, it's apparent that Nashville in its '60s heyday wasn't two separate but equal towns but one glorious Southern-music Mecca. --Keith Moerer (Amazon)




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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Unissued Carl Perkins...30 tracks from original Sun Studios recordings


A 30 track collection of alternative and unissued takes of Carl Perkins' recordings at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios from 1954 to 1957. A now rare and hard to find release, this is will be of interest to rockabilly and Carl Perkins fans.









Saturday, December 8, 2018

Columbia Rockabilly Vol.1...Ronnie Self, Carl Perkins, Joe Maphis, Link Wray, Collins Kids, Rose Maddox



Hot-blooded and sharp-boned, this is the original voice of teen frustration. No dewy-eyed walk down memory lane, just passion-packed music that burst out of the hills and changed the world.

1 –Ronnie Self Ain't I'm A Dog 2:15
2 –Joe Maphis & Larry Collins  Hurricane 2:09
3 –Carl Perkins Where The Rio De Rosa Flows 3:04
4 –The Collins Kids Party 1:36
5 –Marty Robbins Tennessee Toddy 3:15
6 –Bobby Lord Everybody's Rockin' But Me 2:09
7 –Johnny Horton The Woman I Need (Honky Tonky Mind) 2:12
8 –Werly Fairburn I'm Jealous 2:14
9 –Link Wray New Studio Blues 3:15
10 –Ronnie Self You're So Right For Me 2:03
11 –Sid King & The Five Strings Sag, Drag And Fall 2:17
12 –Ersel Hickey Goin' Down That Road 1:46
13 –Derrell Felts It's A Great Big Day 2:30
14 –Commonwealth Jones Who's Been Here? 3:30
15 –Johnny Horton Lover's Rock 2:34
16 –Charlie Adams Sugar Diet 2:05
17 –The Collins Kids Hop, Skip And Jump 1:52
18 –Carl Perkins Pointed Toe Shoes 2:00
19 –Commonwealth Jones Do Do Do 2:51
20 –Billy Brown Flip Out 2:28
21 –Sid King & The Five Strings Purr, Kitty Purr 3:05
22 –Cliff Johnson Go Away Houndog 2:08
23 –Rose Maddox Hey Little Dreamboat 2:55
24 –Onie Wheeler Goin' Back To The City 2:14
25 –Billy Brown Did We Have A Party 2:26







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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Aretha Franklin 1942-2018 tribute to the Queen of Soul plus The Very Best of..Vols.1 & 2


Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, actress, and pianist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. At age 18, she embarked on a secular career recording for Columbia Records. However, she achieved only modest success. Franklin found commercial success and acclaim after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. Hit songs such as "Respect", "Chain of Fools", "Think", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", and "I Say a Little Prayer", propelled Franklin past her musical peers. By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as "The Queen of Soul".

She continued to record acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Spirit in the Dark (1970), Young, Gifted and Black (1972), Amazing Grace (1972), and Sparkle (1976) before experiencing problems with her record company. Franklin left Atlantic in 1979 and signed with Arista Records. She appeared in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers before releasing the successful albums Jump to It (1982), Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985), and Aretha (1986) on the Arista label. In 1998, Franklin returned to the top 40 with the Lauryn Hill-produced song "A Rose Is Still a Rose", later issuing the album of the same name, which went gold. That same year, Franklin earned international acclaim for her performance of "Nessun dorma" at the Grammy Awards, filling in at the last minute for Luciano Pavarotti, who had cancelled after the show had already begun. In 2015, she paid tribute to singer/songwriter and honoree Carole King by singing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center Honors.




Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in history. Franklin's other well-known hits include "Rock Steady", "Call Me", "Ain't No Way", "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)", "Spanish Harlem", "Day Dreaming", "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)", "Something He Can Feel", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (a duet with George Michael). She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance from 1968 through to 1975, and she is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.




Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first female performer to be inducted, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012.[6] Franklin is listed in two all-time lists by Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2008, she was ranked by Rolling Stone as the No. 1 greatest singer of all time.