Hoss Allen's 1966 Rhythm and Blues Review: The !!!! Beat

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In 1966, DJ Hoss Allen began two seasons of hosting a soul/R&B television show, filmed in Dallas, called THE !!!! BEAT [sic]. As the episodes have survived in color and been issued on DVD, they've achieved justified recognition as a repository of high-quality performances by a wealth of soul/R&B/blues acts, often of artists for whom little or nothing else is available on film. This rather odd CD has nearly an hour of audio performances from the program, in very good sound for the most part. However, given the greats who performed on the show -- including such names as Etta James, Barbara Lewis, and Freddie King -- it hardly seems like the cream of the crop, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In 1966, DJ Hoss Allen began two seasons of hosting a soul/R&B television show, filmed in Dallas, called THE !!!! BEAT [sic]. As the episodes have survived in color and been issued on DVD, they've achieved justified recognition as a repository of high-quality performances by a wealth of soul/R&B/blues acts, often of artists for whom little or nothing else is available on film. This rather odd CD has nearly an hour of audio performances from the program, in very good sound for the most part. However, given the greats who performed on the show -- including such names as Etta James, Barbara Lewis, and Freddie King -- it hardly seems like the cream of the crop, both in terms of artist and song selection. Many of the artists are unknowns, and while there are some fairly big names (Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Bobby Hebb, Gatemouth Brown) and interesting minor ones (the Mighty Hannibal, Lattimore Brown), they're sometimes covering hits associated with much more famous singers. It's not all that exciting to, for example, hear the Mighty Hannibal do "In the Midnight Hour," or experience "Respect" as done by Rodge Martin (who?), "Treat Her Right" by Brown, "Hitch Hike" by the Beat Boys, and "Just a Little Bit" by Robert Parker. On the whole, it's respectable but somewhat generic period soul, though with a bluesier edge than most. It doesn't help that the basic annotation doesn't include any of the original performance/broadcast dates.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Superbird
  • EAN: 5013929882522
  • Catalog Number: 25

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Beat Theme - The Beat Boys (0:49)
  2. 2 Have You Ever Been Mistreated - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (3:34)
  3. 3 The Best Man I Ever Had - Cleo Randle (3:13)
  4. 4 Hitch Hike - The Beat Boys (1:06)
  5. 5 I'm Falling In Love Again - The Kelly Brothers (2:58)
  6. 6 Empty Arms and Bitter Tears - Gerri Taylor (2:44)
  7. 7 Try Me - Frank Howard & The Commanders (2:51)
  8. 8 Don't You Want A Man Like Me - Jimmy Church (2:06)
  9. 9 Tell Me Why You Want To Hurt Me So - Mighty Joe Young (2:51)
  10. 10 I Got Soul - Art Grayson (2:44)
  11. 11 In The Midnight Hour - The Mighty Hannibal (2:24)
  12. 12 Late In The Evening - Bobby Powell (2:41)
  13. 13 Respect - Rodge Martin (2:24)
  14. 14 They Say - Rodge Martin (2:36)
  15. 15 Treat Her Right - Lattimore Brown (2:34)
  16. 16 Blues for Cochise - The Beat Boys (1:13)
  17. 17 I Don't Know Why I Love You - Clarence "Frogman" Henry (2:18)
  18. 18 Shootout at the KO Corral - The Beat Boys (1:32)
  19. 19 Just a Little Bit - Robert Parker (1:58)
  20. 20 Best Of Luck To You - Earl Gaines (3:00)
  21. 21 Got You On My Mind - Bobby Hebb (4:03)
  22. 22 Soul Drag - The Beat Boys (1:15)
  23. 23 24 Hours a Day - Earl Gaines (2:00)
  24. 24 Ram Bunk Shush - The Beat Boys (1:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Jones Guitar
Skippy Brooks Piano
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Guitar
Freeman Brown Drums
Harrison Calloway Trumpet
Billy Cox Bass
David "Fathead" Newman Saxophone
Harvey Thompson Saxophone
Aaron Varnell Saxophone
DeFord Bailey Bass
Art Grayson Guitar
Mitch Arlen Trumpet
Technical Credits
Fred James Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Roger Lomas Mastering
Strong Composer
Vip Vipperman Composer
Arthur Crume Composer
Jimmy Church Photo Courtesy
Jarrett Composer
Pickett Composer
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