Dootone Rock N' Rhythm & Blues

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Dootone was one of many notable Los Angeles independent labels releasing R&B and early rock & roll in the mid-'50s, though it wasn't on the same level, musically or commercially, as Specialty and Modern. This gathers 28 Dootone cuts from the mid- to late '50s that generally lean toward the jump blues and jazzy R&B end of things, though there's some honkin' sax rock & roll too. In fact, most of the artists were pretty important figures in the scene, though many would contend that their best work was done for other labels: Roy Milton, Helen Humes, Chuck Higgins, and Joe Houston though the last is represented by just one track, the 1958 single "Shindig"....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Dootone was one of many notable Los Angeles independent labels releasing R&B and early rock & roll in the mid-'50s, though it wasn't on the same level, musically or commercially, as Specialty and Modern. This gathers 28 Dootone cuts from the mid- to late '50s that generally lean toward the jump blues and jazzy R&B end of things, though there's some honkin' sax rock & roll too. In fact, most of the artists were pretty important figures in the scene, though many would contend that their best work was done for other labels: Roy Milton, Helen Humes, Chuck Higgins, and Joe Houston though the last is represented by just one track, the 1958 single "Shindig". These kind of styles were passing their peak by the mid-'50s, and while the artists hadn't lost their energy or skills, the songs do sound on the routine and samey-sounding side. Miss Mickey Champion fronts two songs by Roy Milton's orchestra, and these stand out a little due to her saucy, slightly raunchy vocals. The duo of Lorenzo Holden and Ernie Freeman also contributes to variety with their two organ instrumentals. Overall it's one for those who just can't get enough of the urbane-to-rough 1950s Los Angeles R&B sound, and not among the best anthologies of the style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2002
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667183925
  • Catalog Number: 839
  • Sales rank: 359,076

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baby I'm Gone - Roy Milton (2:32)
  2. 2 Cry Some Baby - Roy Milton (2:50)
  3. 3 Fools Are Getting Scarcer - Roy Milton (2:48)
  4. 4 I Can't Go On - Roy Milton (2:58)
  5. 5 You Got Me Reeling and Rocking - Roy Milton (2:09)
  6. 6 Nothing Left - Roy Milton (2:40)
  7. 7 Bam-A-Lam - Mickey Champion & The Roy Milton Orchestra (2:21)
  8. 8 I'm a Woman - Mickey Champion & The Roy Milton Orchestra (2:32)
  9. 9 I Never Would Have Made It - Roy Milton (2:59)
  10. 10 I Want to Go Home - Roy Milton (2:53)
  11. 11 Groovy Boogie - Lorenzo Holden & Ernie Freeman (2:32)
  12. 12 Just Blues - Lorenzo Holden & Ernie Freeman (3:13)
  13. 13 Woojamacooja - Helen Humes (2:42)
  14. 14 All I Ask Is Your Love (2:41)
  15. 15 Real Fine Daddy (2:16)
  16. 16 I'll Surrender Anytime (2:54)
  17. 17 The Itch - Chuck Higgins & His Band (2:25)
  18. 18 Looking for My Baby (2:33)
  19. 19 Wet Back Hop (2:21)
  20. 20 Tonky Honk (2:27)
  21. 21 Don't You Know I Love You Baby (2:54)
  22. 22 Hey Dig (2:08)
  23. 23 Here I'm Is (2:08)
  24. 24 Gamblin' Woman - Chuck Higgins & His Band (2:29)
  25. 25 Eye Ballin' (2:17)
  26. 26 So Fine (3:01)
  27. 27 You're Lookin' Good (2:21)
  28. 28 Shindig - Joe Houston (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Milton Track Performer
Helen Humes Track Performer
Joe Houston Track Performer
Chuck Higgins Track Performer
Lorenzo Holden Track Performer
Claude McLin Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jeff Lynne Composer
Johnny Winter Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Pete Shelley Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
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