Great R&B Instrumentals

Great R&B Instrumentals

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The title Great R&B Instrumentals suggests a category wide enough to include a lot more than the 25 songs, spanning the late '40s to the mid-'60s, heard on this disc. You wouldn't turn to this CD as the ultimate gathering of the cream of the crop, as it excludes a number of classics, like Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk Pt. 2." Some of those, admittedly, are not

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The title Great R&B Instrumentals suggests a category wide enough to include a lot more than the 25 songs, spanning the late '40s to the mid-'60s, heard on this disc. You wouldn't turn to this CD as the ultimate gathering of the cream of the crop, as it excludes a number of classics, like Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk Pt. 2." Some of those, admittedly, are not here because Ace chose not to overlap with other compilations on its label, particularly in the Teen Beat series, which had already included cuts like "Honky Tonk" and others. What you end up with is a mix of big hits and things that are mostly the province of specialty oldies radio shows. It's still a pretty respectable collection, if a little spotty. Among the familiar tunes, some of those are unquestioned classics, like Jimmy Forrest's 1952 number one hit, "Night Train," Joe Liggins' "The Honeydripper" (though it's a 1950 remake and not the 1945 original), Pee Wee Crayton's "Blues After Hours," Paul Williams' "The Huckle-Buck," Joe Houston's astonishingly athletic sax showcase "All Night Long," Ernie Freeman's "Jivin' Around" (both parts are included), and Booker T. & the MG's' 1965 single "Red Beans and Rice" (not a hit, but one of their great grooves anyway). Much of the rest is of also-ran quality, however, even if some of the names (Rene Hall, Maxwell Davis, Plas Johnson) were important session men and arrangers. Of the numbers that might be known to a few, perhaps the best is "Hard Grind," with the biting blues-rock guitar of Wild Jimmy Spruill, famous as the soloist on Wilbert Harrison's huge hit, "Kansas City." Big Bob Dougherty's "Honky" is also worthy of mention as a sax showcase of exceptional urgency.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2001
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667181921
catalogNumber:
819
Rank:
95459

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Tracks

  1. Boppin' at the Hop
  2. Night Train
  3. Keep Getting Up
  4. Hard Grind @@Wild Jimmy Spruill
  5. Side-Track
  6. Hoppin' Mad @@Johnson, Plas & His Orchestra
  7. Big Guitar
  8. The Honeydripper
  9. Southbound Special @@Glenn, Lloyd & His Band
  10. Honky @@Dougherty, Big Bob & His Band
  11. Blues After Hours
  12. The Hucklebuck
  13. Huggin' @@Little Jessie
  14. Jivin' Around, Pt. 1
  15. Jivin' Around, Pt. 2
  16. All Night Long
  17. Boogie Cocktails
  18. T-Town Twist
  19. The Happy Whistler @@Fields, Ernie Orchestra
  20. Pipe Dreams
  21. Deacon John
  22. Thunderbird
  23. The Hunch @@Peterson, Bobby Quintet
  24. Whot's Happenin!
  25. Red Beans and Rice

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