Kent Harris' R&B Family

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Los Angeles singer, songwriter, and producer Kent Harris was involved with plenty of R&B, rock & roll, and soul records on a variety of mostly small labels in the 1950s and 1960s. He also had connections to various show business celebrities, DJing for a while on XERB, which also had Wolfman Jack; in addition, one of his sisters went into the Platters, another marrying Redd Foxx. This 25-track collection of recordings with which he was affiliated in some fashion stretches from the mid-'50s to the late '60s, including a few done by himself. None of the cuts ten of which were previously unreleased were hits, and none of the artists well known, unless you count ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Los Angeles singer, songwriter, and producer Kent Harris was involved with plenty of R&B, rock & roll, and soul records on a variety of mostly small labels in the 1950s and 1960s. He also had connections to various show business celebrities, DJing for a while on XERB, which also had Wolfman Jack; in addition, one of his sisters went into the Platters, another marrying Redd Foxx. This 25-track collection of recordings with which he was affiliated in some fashion stretches from the mid-'50s to the late '60s, including a few done by himself. None of the cuts ten of which were previously unreleased were hits, and none of the artists well known, unless you count Adolph Jacobs, who played guitar on some early Coasters hits. In its way, this is a snapshot of the rawer underside of the Los Angeles R&B side as it went through various changes in an era when rock and soul underwent massive upheavals, traveling from jump blues and comic rock & roll novelties through girl groups and funky soul, though it doesn't contain much of extraordinary merit. These are fair recordings in a variety of styles, often with a bluesier bent than much Southern Californian R&B and soul of the time, though not ones that establish a particularly identifiable sound for Harris-related material. The most notable exception is Harold Jackson & the Jackson Brothers' "The Freedom Riders," a rousing 1961 single exhorting listeners to get on the civil rights train to a jazzy cha-cha-cum-R&B beat. Sometimes the inspirations for some of these tunes are obvious, like Dimples Jackson's "Love Came Tumbling Down" "Fever" and Johnny Gosey's "Double Locks" Harris' own "Cops and Robbers," not included here. Not a bad compilation, but one whose interest is largely limited to specialists in the corners of early Los Angeles R&B.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667049221
  • Catalog Number: 6704922
  • Sales rank: 195,259

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Fat Lie - Boogaloo & His Gallent Crew (2:21)
  2. 2 Kissin' Bug - The Harris Sisters (2:06)
  3. 3 Long Lean Lanky Juke Box - Dimples Harris & Her Combo (1:44)
  4. 4 Saint or Sinner - Ducky Drake (2:10)
  5. 5 Big Chief Hug-Um an' Kiss-Um - Jimmy Shaw (2:12)
  6. 6 The Freedom Riders - Harold Jackson & the Jackson Brothers (2:23)
  7. 7 Love Came Tumbling Down - Dimples Jackson (2:13)
  8. 8 Double Locks - Johnny Gosey (2:46)
  9. 9 I'm the Only One - Phillips Sisters (2:22)
  10. 10 He's So Sweet - The Francettes (2:28)
  11. 11 Show Me How To Shake Like That - The Lon-Genes (3:03)
  12. 12 Diddy Bop - The Valaquons (2:49)
  13. 13 So Far Away - Rooty Poots (1:47)
  14. 14 Our Love is Like the Sea - The Lon-Genes (2:32)
  15. 15 I'm In the Dog House Again - Boogaloo & His Gallent Crew (2:09)
  16. 16 Monday is Too Late - Donoman (2:30)
  17. 17 Someday I Won't Be Blue - Phillips Sisters (2:31)
  18. 18 You Stayed Away Too Long - The Francettes (2:08)
  19. 19 Lover Supreme - Kent Harris (2:20)
  20. 20 Take It Easy Baby - Ty Karim (2:48)
  21. 21 Don't Just Stand There - Cry Baby Curtis (2:50)
  22. 22 I Can't Work and Watch You - Ray Agee (2:42)
  23. 23 Pay and Be On My Way - Eddie Bridges (3:30)
  24. 24 Recession Blues - Adolph Jacobs (3:23)
  25. 25 You Ain't Right - Faye Ross (2:37)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Kent Harris Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
Harold Jackson Composer
Jesse Kirkland Composer
Jerry Long Arranger
Pauline Phillips Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Charley Taylor Composer
Patrick Moran Composer
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes
James Shaw Composer
Frank Gallo Composer
Steve Propes Liner Notes
Hi-Tensions Composer
Curtis Payne Composer
Dimples Jackson Composer
Frances Gray Composer
Charles Southern Composer
Zeke Strong Arranger
Nancy Lamar Composer
Marty Glover Arranger, Director
Henry Goodman Composer
Eddie Bridges Composer
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