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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
When over half of a various-artists compilation of rhythm and blues from the late '40s and early '50s is comprised of previously unreleased recordings, and when one of the artists is billed as "Unknown Male Vocalist," it's fair enough warning that the disc is for specialists only. Still, if you do like the more jumping brand of early R&B, this is pretty decent, even if it's lacking in big names and limited in its scope, taking all of its material from the vaults of the Modern and Sensation labels. Nothing cries "lost classic," but that's not the point of these compilations; the intention is to supply aficionados of the style with a program of reasonably enjoyable...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
When over half of a various-artists compilation of rhythm and blues from the late '40s and early '50s is comprised of previously unreleased recordings, and when one of the artists is billed as "Unknown Male Vocalist," it's fair enough warning that the disc is for specialists only. Still, if you do like the more jumping brand of early R&B, this is pretty decent, even if it's lacking in big names and limited in its scope, taking all of its material from the vaults of the Modern and Sensation labels. Nothing cries "lost classic," but that's not the point of these compilations; the intention is to supply aficionados of the style with a program of reasonably enjoyable material they haven't yet heard. On that count, this release succeeds, mixing up boogie, jump'n'jive, blues, free-spirited lyrics, a little bit of R&B balladry, a lingering swing jazz influence, a lot of fine raucous piano playing, and some faint hints of the rock & roll that grew out of this mixture. Highlights are going to vary according to individual tastes, but Emmitt Slay & His Slayriders' "Looky Ploot" will certainly appeal to Louis Prima fans, though this has a greater earthiness and less of a novelty feel than Prima took to his material. The Noc-Tunes' "Gotta Go Back to Katie" is a pretty novel mixture of hepped-up jump blues with some wild steel guitar playing, and Butch Stone's "I'm OK" is a reasonably witty "things can't be any worse, so why not paste a grin over them" tune. If you're looking for that hint of rock & roll, it's in "Rockin'," a 1951 single by Bobby Nunn & the Robins, Nunn later becoming part of the Coasters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/27/2005
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667016322
  • Catalog Number: 1087
  • Sales rank: 366,706

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bardu's Boogie (2:56)
  2. 2 Just Got Back (2:44)
  3. 3 How Long, How Long, How Long (2:09)
  4. 4 Bacon Blues (3:09)
  5. 5 Yas Yas Yas (2:48)
  6. 6 Jive I Like (2:41)
  7. 7 Your Red Wagon - Butch Stone & His Orchestra (2:27)
  8. 8 Going Home Blues (2:59)
  9. 9 Looky Ploot (2:14)
  10. 10 Daddy Does It Just for You (2:36)
  11. 11 Gotta Go Back to Katie (2:28)
  12. 12 Then Comes the Day (2:33)
  13. 13 Billboard Special (2:46)
  14. 14 Sister Kool Breeze (2:34)
  15. 15 I'm OK - Butch Stone & His Orchestra (2:50)
  16. 16 Lazy Daisy (3:11)
  17. 17 Don't You Lie to Me (2:48)
  18. 18 Evening Sun (2:10)
  19. 19 Blow My Top (2:51)
  20. 20 Put Your Brakes on Mama - Butch Stone & His Orchestra (2:44)
  21. 21 Rockin' (2:53)
  22. 22 How About That Jive (2:24)
  23. 23 Cake Jumps (2:45)
  24. 24 Goodnight, Wherever You Are (3:12)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Leroy Carr Composer
Jay McShann Composer
Jimmy Grissom Composer
Dave Hamilton Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Don Raye Composer
Butch Stone Composer
Mitchell "Tiny" Webb Composer
Hudson Whittaker Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Bruce Williams Composer
Jimmy Witherspoon Composer
Dick Robertson Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Jake "Vernon" Porter Composer
Al Wichard Composer
Jules Taub Composer
Frank Weldon Composer
Pearl Traylor Composer
Ernestine Davis Composer
Bardu Ali Composer
Emmitt Slay Composer
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