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

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

     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2010
Label:
Superbird
UPC:
5013929882522
catalogNumber:
25
Rank:
128488

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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
Strong   Composer
Vip Vipperman   Composer
Arthur Crume   Composer
Jimmy Church   Photo Courtesy
Jarrett   Composer
Pickett   Composer

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