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Across the Tracks, Vol. 1: Nashville R&B and Rock 'N' Roll

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Nashville is now firmly cemented in the collective consciousness as a country capital. But in the '50s and '60s, it did harbor a reasonably active R&B/blues/soul scene. Of the Nashville-based R&B labels, Excello had the highest profile; this compilation gathers 28 late '50s and early '60s tracks from several smaller local competitors the Champion, Cherokee, Kit, Calvert, Poncello, Spar, and Valdot labels. Few of the performers are even known on a cult level; Gene Allison who had a hit with "You Can Make It If You Try," not included here is about the only one with even modest name recognition value. It's decent but generic early R&B, a bit of gospel, pure ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Nashville is now firmly cemented in the collective consciousness as a country capital. But in the '50s and '60s, it did harbor a reasonably active R&B/blues/soul scene. Of the Nashville-based R&B labels, Excello had the highest profile; this compilation gathers 28 late '50s and early '60s tracks from several smaller local competitors the Champion, Cherokee, Kit, Calvert, Poncello, Spar, and Valdot labels. Few of the performers are even known on a cult level; Gene Allison who had a hit with "You Can Make It If You Try," not included here is about the only one with even modest name recognition value. It's decent but generic early R&B, a bit of gospel, pure soul, or out-and-out Little Richard-like rock'n'roll thrown in, recommended only if early R&B/soul if your main bag. Which isn't to say it's mediocre; there is not, however, a clearly identifiable Nashville R&B sound, as there is for, say, Memphis. The highlights are the most soul-oriented outings from the early '60s by Lucille & the Strangers, Herbert Hunter, Leevert Allison, and Roscoe Shelton, if only because the tunes are more sophisticated and the production a bit more ambitious.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/1996
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667149327
  • Catalog Number: 493

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She Can Rock - Little Ike (1:52)
  2. 2 Every Night in the Week (2:35)
  3. 3 Let's Rock & Roll - 'Little Shy Guy' Douglas (2:57)
  4. 4 Now Do You Hear (2:10)
  5. 5 I Understand (2:19)
  6. 6 Somebody Somewhere (2:36)
  7. 7 Let Your Will Be Done (2:14)
  8. 8 Pipe Dreams - Jimmy Beck & His Orchestra (2:20)
  9. 9 Now That We're Together (1:58)
  10. 10 I'm Just What You're Looking For - Christine Kittrell (2:20)
  11. 11 Young and Fancy Free (2:19)
  12. 12 Jump-Jump-Hi Ho - Clenest Gant (2:20)
  13. 13 Do You Love Me (2:19)
  14. 14 You Gonna Be Sorry (2:35)
  15. 15 Best of Luck Baby (2:27)
  16. 16 Since You Left Me Behind (1:57)
  17. 17 Oh Baby (2:13)
  18. 18 I Want to Be a Part of You - The Chellows (2:14)
  19. 19 For You My Love - Lucille & Strangers (2:38)
  20. 20 I Know Johnny Loves Me - Lucille & The Strangers (2:40)
  21. 21 Small Town Girl - Jimmy Tig & The Rounders (2:49)
  22. 22 They Wanna Fight - Chuck Harrod & The Anteaters (2:36)
  23. 23 Twistin' U.S.A. - Johnny Keaton (2:26)
  24. 24 Let's Twist (2:07)
  25. 25 Doctor Feelgood (2:12)
  26. 26 I'm Going Home (2:43)
  27. 27 Yesterday's Mistake (2:17)
  28. 28 Thank God Things Are as Well as They Are - The Consolers (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fairfield Four Track Performer
Gene Allison Track Performer
Earl Gaines Track Performer
Larry Birdsong Track Performer
Rudy Green Track Performer
Roscoe Shelton Track Performer
Herbert Hunter Track Performer
Leevert Allison Track Performer
Christine Kittrell Track Performer
Technical Credits
Paul Gayten Composer
Alvin Lee Composer
Fred James Liner Notes
Robert Smith Composer
Jon Broven Cover Photo
Ted Jarrett Composer, Producer
Rob McNurlin Composer
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