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Jimmie Dale Gilmore himself says that he doesn't think he ever sounded better on a recording and I can hear that, although I have always thought he sounded great. The bonus DVD features the guys sitting around taking about the recordings and the times around them. Interwoven with that are lots of great old photos, a far too brief vintage filmed performance, as well as a performance of one of the classics by the three of them with just their acoustic guitars.

All this is tied up with some gorgeous packaging, featuring excellent notes by Michael Ventura. Steve Gibson and company occupy a similar musical realm as Cats and the Fiddle and the Ink Spots, bridging the sound of the s and s before the flood of rock and roll inundated America.

Disc 1 collects their Beacon sides, includes 3 tracks as by The Toppers and is a complete pleasure all around. Disc 2 collects later, generally tamer sides for Mercury and RCA, including their recording of Blueberry HillBeatnik Hoedown - King Curtis - Wail Man Wail - The Best Of King Curtis 1952-1961 (CD) song Fats Domino would later turn into a monster hit. And though the second CD isn't quite up to its mate, it is a solid good time nonetheless.

Better sound that on the earlier compilation on the Acrobat label, more tracks too. Once again, Jackson's artistry is on full display and this compilation is a worthy companion for Don't Count Me Out.

Now they've moved into what they call "The New Artist Series", with this Laura Lee collection as the second in the series. Three CDs, 60 tracks, very highly recommended Nobody could give a live show like Jerry Lee and this fabulous, limited edition 2, copies three CDs features all the live recordings cut for Mercury and Smash between and The third disc features five outtakes from the "By Request" and ten from the "International Hotel" - the latter previously unissued in any form.

By when he performed at the International Hotel he was a big country star and the majority of the tracks are country with a few hot rockers thrown in for good measure.

On a number of tracks from the "International" set he duets with his sister Linda Gail. Superb sound and set includes booklet with notes and discographical Beatnik Hoedown - King Curtis - Wail Man Wail - The Best Of King Curtis 1952-1961 (CD). The Texas based Bells Of Joy were among the top gospel groups of the 50s and 60s, recording for, among others, Peacock, Checker and Nashboro and having a hit with their version of Let's Talk About Jesus. A few years ago the groups leader A.

Littlefield decided to reform the group with another original member A. Watson and the addition of several other fine singers. The result is a fine collection of old time gospel quartet singing with accompaniments by guitars and drums.

Beatnik Hoedown - King Curtis - Wail Man Wail - The Best Of King Curtis 1952-1961 (CD) leads with strong harmony work making for an enjoyable collection. THese are all done adequately but with a lack of conviction that seems endemic to this genre. There are also four tracks from a pop session held for the New Disc label plus cuts for Brunswick, Felsted and Savoy - the latter, duets with Buddy Lucas are probably the most interesting tracks here. Being Bear Family the sound quality is superb and the documentaton is extensive - it's too bad the music isn't more interesting.

Two CD set, 34 tracks, recommended 34 tracks by the blues piano giant recorded in England in on his first trip to Europe accompanied by Alexis Korner on guitar and Stan Beatnik Hoedown - King Curtis - Wail Man Wail - The Best Of King Curtis 1952-1961 (CD) on drums on most cuts. Issued through his own Hi Records label, Mitchell's instrumentals blared out of Memphis clubs during the 60's and U.

Since Mitchell released 12 albums this collection is merely the tip of the iceberg, but it's certainly a good place to start. James Hall was a powerful and expressive vocalist who sang some imaginative lyrics. Frankie Jones is Beatnik Hoedown - King Curtis - Wail Man Wail - The Best Of King Curtis 1952-1961 (CD) relatively undistinguished female singer who does six songs - a couple of them risque. Black Bottom McPhail is a fine vocalist who sounds somewhat like Newman and is quite eclectic in his repertoire - in addition to stright blues he does fine versions of the folk ballads Boll Weevil and John Henry.

With 24 songs recordedin one day with the same personnel there is not a whole lot of variety but, individually, the performances are all very worthwhile. Two CDs, 45 tracks, mins, highly recommended Though best known for his classic recordings for Ace in the s Huey "Piano" Smith made many other fine recordings and this two CD set features all his recordings made between and when he finally retired from music to pursue his life as Jehovah's Witness.

Two thirds of the tracks are sides recorded for Joe Banashak's Instant label between and - some not originally issued at the times. The sound is very much in the vein of his earlier sides with occasional nods to more contemporary soul and funk sounds - most of the songs are new songs along with a few remakes of older Ace recordings.

Huey quit music in but in was persuaded to go back into the studio to record and album for Marshall Seahorn and Allen Touissaint's Sansu label which eventually appeared the Charly label in Huey Smith made music to entertain and to be dance to, not to be analyzed, and that's just what you get here. Like other recent Charly issues this is packaged in a sturdy little book with a 12 page booklet. Fortune Teller - A Singles Collection.

Allen Toussaint's hands are all over these cuts and Spellman's career, directly and indirectly. Nine tracks are from Toussaint's own Alon label; 11 are from Minit; two from Ace and two from Sansu, another Toussaint label. One of the standout tracks on this collection is the hauntingly slow and spare Life Is Too Shortapparently about the death of Spellman's mother.

Talk About Love featuring the line "Whatcha gonna do with the love I gave you? Battle Royal. Jest Smoochin'. Birth of the Blues. You Made Me Love You. Castle Rock. Honeydripper, Pt. Joe Liggins. Peter Gunn. Henry Mancini. Heavenly Blues. Restless Guitar. King Neptune's Guitar. Beatnik Hoedown. The Lone Prairie. Jay Walk. Louis Blues. My Babe. Willie Dixon. Track Listing - Disc 2. I'll Be There. Korea, Korea.

Work, Little Carrie, Work. Doc Pomus. Woman, Woman, Woman. Why Do Me That Way. Solomon Burke. Bear Comes to Town. Dee Dat Dee Dum Dum. Mumbles Blues. I'm Going Crazy.

Bamboo Rock 'n' Roll. Yes Sir! Jesse Stone. In the Morning. Mickey Baker. Our Love Will Never End. Gum Shoe. Henry Glover. I'm Going Home. Billy Valentine. You Sweet Girl. Rib Joint. Juicy Fruit. Rudy Greene. Wail Man Wail. Sammy Lowe. You're the One for Me. Pot Likker. Ice Cream Baby. Handy Andy. Ollie Jones. Before You Go. David Clowney. Blues, Early Early, Pts. Rack 'Em Back. The Stroll. Track Listing - Disc 3. We're Gonna Jump for Joy. Keep A-Driving. Chuck Willis. Crowded Classroom.

Rita Mann. The Shadow Knows. Lady Love. Keep a Walkin'. Rock and Ree-Ah-Zole. Steel Guitar Rag - King Curtis Wicky Wacky, Pt. The King - King Curtis Jest Smoochin' - King Curtis Beatnik Hoedown - King Curtis - Wail Man Wail - The Best Of King Curtis 1952-1961 (CD) - King Curtis Castle Rock - King Curtis Chili - King Curtis Honeydripper, Pt. Peter Gunn - King Curtis Heavenly Blues - King Curtis Restless Guitar - King Curtis King Neptune's Guitar - King Curtis

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