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The Specialty Story [Box]

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Label-owner Art Rupe was a savvy businessman who knew the black jukebox industry and what made it tick when he started his Specialty label in the late-'40s. This sumptuous five-disc box set contains a bevy of highlights from this seminal R&B
ock & roll label. Over the years, Rupe recorded a little bit of everything; early big band jump the Liggins brothers, down-home blues and zydeco Guitar Slim, Frankie Lee Sims, Clifton Chenier, gospel early Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, and doo wop the Pentagons, Jesse Belvin. But with the discovery of the label's biggest star, Little Richard, in 1955, here is where the real story of rock & ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Label-owner Art Rupe was a savvy businessman who knew the black jukebox industry and what made it tick when he started his Specialty label in the late-'40s. This sumptuous five-disc box set contains a bevy of highlights from this seminal R&B
ock & roll label. Over the years, Rupe recorded a little bit of everything; early big band jump the Liggins brothers, down-home blues and zydeco Guitar Slim, Frankie Lee Sims, Clifton Chenier, gospel early Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, and doo wop the Pentagons, Jesse Belvin. But with the discovery of the label's biggest star, Little Richard, in 1955, here is where the real story of rock & roll begins. A box set that no lover of the real thing can be without.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1994
  • Label: Specialty
  • UPC: 022211441229
  • Catalog Number: 4412
  • Sales rank: 410,704

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boogie #1 - The Sepia Tones (2:47)
  2. 2 Voo-It! Voo-It! - Marion Abernathy (2:44)
  3. 3 Milton's Boogie - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:48)
  4. 4 R.M. Blues - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:56)
  5. 5 Rainy Day Blues @@Jump Jackson Band (3:17)
  6. 6 Ice Cream Freezer - Roosevelt Sykes (2:56)
  7. 7 True Blues - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:47)
  8. 8 Rockin' Boogie - Joe Lutcher & His Society Cats (2:25)
  9. 9 Thrill Me - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:52)
  10. 10 Teardrop Blues - Jimmy Liggins (2:55)
  11. 11 Cadillac Boogie - Jimmy Liggins (2:36)
  12. 12 Keep a Dollar in Your Pocket - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:20)
  13. 13 X-Temporaneous Boogie - Camille Howard (2:03)
  14. 14 You Don't Love Me - Camille Howard (2:11)
  15. 15 Fat Meat - Jim Wynn (2:39)
  16. 16 Everything I Do Is Wrong - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:58)
  17. 17 Hop, Skip and Jump - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:32)
  18. 18 Careful Love - Jimmy Liggins (2:30)
  19. 19 Big City Blues - Big Maceo Merriweather (2:31)
  20. 20 I Want a Roller - Andrew "Smokey" Hogg (2:49)
  21. 21 The Hucklebuck - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:20)
  22. 22 Fiesta in Old Mexico - Camille Howard (2:24)
  23. 23 The Honeydripper - Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers (3:06)
  24. 24 Don't Put Me Down - Jimmy Liggins (2:53)
  25. 25 Information Blues - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:40)
  26. 26 Rag Mop - Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers (2:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers (2:59)
  2. 2 Junior Jives - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:35)
  3. 3 Where There Is No Love - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:47)
  4. 4 Everything's Gonna Be All Right Tonight - King Perry & His Pied Pipers (2:25)
  5. 5 Please Send Me Someone to Love - Percy Mayfield (2:53)
  6. 6 Strange Things Happening - Percy Mayfield (2:48)
  7. 7 Little Joe's Boogie (Guitar Boogie) - Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers (2:48)
  8. 8 Oh Babe! - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:28)
  9. 9 Lost Love (Baby, Please Come Back to Me) - Percy Mayfield (2:54)
  10. 10 Frankie Lee - Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers (2:52)
  11. 11 What a Fool I Was - Percy Mayfield (2:46)
  12. 12 Money Blues - Camille Howard (2:29)
  13. 13 It's Later Than You Think - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:37)
  14. 14 T-Town Twist - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:46)
  15. 15 I Have News for You - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:29)
  16. 16 Prayin' for Your Return - Percy Mayfield (2:55)
  17. 17 Strange Angel - Amos Easton (2:37)
  18. 18 Best Wishes - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:39)
  19. 19 Cry Baby - Percy Mayfield (2:48)
  20. 20 Love Will Make You a Slave - Lil Greenwood (2:17)
  21. 21 I Can't Lose with the Stuff I Use - Lester Williams (2:10)
  22. 22 Wheel of Fortune - The Four Flames (2:36)
  23. 23 The Big Question - Percy Mayfield (2:49)
  24. 24 Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price (2:30)
  25. 25 So Tired - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (3:10)
  26. 26 Night and Day (I Miss You So) - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (3:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Oooh-Oooh-Oooh - Lloyd Price (2:35)
  2. 2 Restless Heart - Lloyd Price (2:33)
  3. 3 Dream Girl - Jesse & Marvin (3:11)
  4. 4 Tell Me Pretty Baby - Lloyd Price (2:16)
  5. 5 Ain't It a Shame? - Lloyd Price (2:40)
  6. 6 Frantic - Frank Motley & His Crew (2:39)
  7. 7 Too Close to Heaven - Prof. Alex Bradford (3:00)
  8. 8 I'm Coming Home - The Swan Silvertones (2:58)
  9. 9 I've Got a New Home - Pilgrim Travelers (2:28)
  10. 10 One Room Country Shack - Mercy Dee Walton (2:47)
  11. 11 Lucy Mae Blues - Frankie Lee Sims (2:29)
  12. 12 Early in the Morning - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (2:38)
  13. 13 She's Been Gone - H-Bomb Ferguson (2:23)
  14. 14 Hard Living Alone - Floyd Dixon (3:00)
  15. 15 Drunk - Jimmy Liggins (2:30)
  16. 16 I Ate the Wrong Part - Little Temple (1:54)
  17. 17 Bloodstains on the Wall - Honey Boy (2:57)
  18. 18 Baby Doll - Marvin & Johnny (2:20)
  19. 19 The Things That I Used to Do - Guitar Slim (3:00)
  20. 20 I'm Your Best Bet, Baby @@Earl "King" Johnson (2:17)
  21. 21 No Room in the Hotel - Lou Rawls (2:18)
  22. 22 I'm Mad - John Lee Hooker (2:44)
  23. 23 Something's Going on in My Room - Daddy Cleanhead (2:11)
  24. 24 Zindy Lou - The Chimes (3:09)
  25. 25 One More River - Sam Cooke (3:10)
  26. 26 Where's My Girl - Jesse Belvin (2:17)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Nite Owl - Tony Allen (2:43)
  2. 2 Tutti Frutti - Little Richard (2:24)
  3. 3 Eternity - Ernie K-Doe (2:11)
  4. 4 Rich Woman @@Millet, "Li'l" & His Creoles (2:37)
  5. 5 Squeeze Box Boogie - Clifton Chenier (1:56)
  6. 6 Touch the Hem of His Garment - Sam Cooke (2:01)
  7. 7 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard (2:07)
  8. 8 Slippin' and Slidin' - Little Richard (2:40)
  9. 9 Oh-Rooba-Lee - Arthur Lee Maye & the Crowns (2:03)
  10. 10 Gloria - Arthur Lee Maye & the Crowns (2:37)
  11. 11 Cherokee Dance - Willie Joe & His Unitar (2:32)
  12. 12 Rip It Up - Little Richard (2:21)
  13. 13 Ready Teddy - Little Richard (2:07)
  14. 14 Sweet Breeze - Vernon Green & the Phantoms (2:02)
  15. 15 (Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone - Roy Montrell (2:28)
  16. 16 She's Got It - Little Richard (2:24)
  17. 17 Heeby Jeebies - Little Richard (2:14)
  18. 18 Should I Ever Love Again - Sister Wynona Carr (2:36)
  19. 19 Just to Hold My Hand @@Myles, "Big Boy" & The Shaw-Wees (2:13)
  20. 20 The Girl Can't Help It - Little Richard (2:29)
  21. 21 All Around the World - Little Richard (2:25)
  22. 22 Oooh-Whee-Baby - Art Neville (2:08)
  23. 23 Just Because - Larry Williams (2:46)
  24. 24 Lucille - Little Richard (2:23)
  25. 25 Send Me Some Lovin' - Little Richard (2:17)
  26. 26 Open up Your Heart - Eugene Church (2:38)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Our Romance - Clydie King (2:42)
  2. 2 Jenny, Jenny - Little Richard (2:02)
  3. 3 Miss Ann - Little Richard (2:16)
  4. 4 Short Fat Fannie - Larry Williams (2:23)
  5. 5 Leavin' It All up to You - Don & Dewey (2:07)
  6. 6 Keep a Knockin' - Little Richard (2:15)
  7. 7 Bony Maronie - Larry Williams (3:06)
  8. 8 Twitchy - Willie Joe & His Unitar (2:22)
  9. 9 I'll Come Running Back to You - Sam Cooke (2:11)
  10. 10 Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard (2:09)
  11. 11 Slow Down - Larry Williams (2:44)
  12. 12 Dizzy Miss Lizzy - Larry Williams (2:11)
  13. 13 Justine - Don & Dewey (2:05)
  14. 14 True Fine Mama - Little Richard (2:41)
  15. 15 Ooh! My Soul - Little Richard (1:52)
  16. 16 Lights Out - Jerry Byrne (1:51)
  17. 17 The Love of God - Johnnie Taylor (2:10)
  18. 18 Koko Joe - Don & Dewey (2:12)
  19. 19 Baby Face - Little Richard (2:14)
  20. 20 There's a Moose on the Loose - Roddy Jackson (2:09)
  21. 21 Haunted House - Johnny Fuller (2:31)
  22. 22 She Said Yeah - Larry Williams (1:50)
  23. 23 Bad Boy - Larry Williams (2:17)
  24. 24 Farmer John - Don & Dewey (2:30)
  25. 25 Big Boy Pete - Don & Dewey (2:20)
  26. 26 Bama Lama Bama Loo - Little Richard (2:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bumble Bee Slim Track Performer
Floyd Dixon Track Performer
Guitar Slim Track Performer
John Lee Hooker Track Performer
Earl King Track Performer
Percy Mayfield Track Performer
Roy Milton Track Performer
Roosevelt Sykes Track Performer
Clifton Chenier Track Performer
Chosen Gospel Singers Track Performer
Pilgrim Travelers Track Performer
The Soul Stirrers Track Performer
The Swan Silvertones Track Performer
Lee Allen Saxophone
Jesse Belvin Track Performer
Sister Wynona Carr Track Performer
Sam Cooke Track Performer
Don & Dewey Track Performer
Vernon Green Track Performer
Jimmy Liggins Track Performer
Little Richard Track Performer
Marvin & Johnny Track Performer
Art Neville Track Performer
Lloyd Price Track Performer
Lou Rawls Track Performer
Johnnie Taylor Track Performer
Larry Williams Track Performer
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Harold Land Saxophone
Frank Motley Track Performer
Tony Allen Track Performer
The Chimes Track Performer
Johnny Fuller Track Performer
Honey Boy Track Performer
Clydie King Track Performer
Joe Lutcher Track Performer
H-Bomb Ferguson Track Performer
Gene Phillips Guitar
Mercy Dee Walton Track Performer
Big Maceo Merriweather Track Performer
Jack McVea Saxophone
Justin Adams Guitar
Jonathan Bagsby Bass
H.B. Barnum Piano
Dallas Bartley Bass
Edgar Blanchard Guitar
Prof. Alex Bradford Track Performer
Ted Brinson Bass
Red Callender Bass
Bill Cooper Bass
Jimmy Crawford Track Performer
Maxwell Davis Saxophone
Ernie K-Doe Track Performer
Salvadore Doucette Jr. Piano
Nathaniel Douglas Guitar
Ed Hall Drums
Charles Ferguson Saxophone
Frank Fields Bass
Buddy Floyd Saxophone
Edward Frank Piano
Grady Gaines Saxophone
Harold Grant Guitar
Jewell L. Grant Saxophone
William K. "Billy" Hadnott Bass
Rene Hall Guitar
Ralph Hamilton Bass
Herb Hardesty Saxophone
Andrew "Smokey" Hogg Track Performer
Camille Howard Piano, Track Performer
James Jackson Saxophone
Little Willie Jackson Saxophone
Jackie Kelso Saxophone
Ernest McLean Guitar
Roy Montrell Guitar, Track Performer
Charlie Eldridge "Chuck" Norris Guitar
Earl Palmer Drums
Leon Petties Drums
Peppy Prince Drums
Olsie Robinson Bass
Johnny Rogers Guitar
Jesse Sailes Drums
Hosea Sapp Trumpet
Frankie Lee Sims Track Performer
Huey "Piano" Smith Piano
Floyd Turnham Saxophone
Alvin "Red" Tyler Saxophone
Benny Waters Saxophone
Eugene Watson Piano
Tiny Webb Guitar
Lester Williams Track Performer
Glen Willis Trumpet
Jim Wynn Track Performer
Leonidas Raymond "Lee" Young Drums
Bill Douglass Drums
Tiny Mitchell Guitar
Charles "Hungry" Williams Drums
Clifford Burkes Saxophone
Charles Connors Drums
Amos Easton Track Performer
Roddy Jackson Track Performer
Willard MacDaniel Piano
Nat McFay Drums
Bumps Meyer Saxophone
Frank Palsey Guitar
Samuel Parker Saxophone
Wilbert Smith Saxophone
Eugene Church Track Performer
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders Track Performer
Chuck Norris Guitar
Vernon Green & the Phantoms Track Performer
Marion Abernathy Track Performer
Bill Gaither Saxophone
Arthur Lee Maye & the Crowns Track Performer
The Sepia Tones Track Performer
The Four Flames Track Performer
Little Temple Track Performer
Daddy Cleanhead Track Performer
Bob Landers Track Performer
Willie Joe & His Unitar Track Performer
Tony Allen Track Performer
Eddie Davis Bass
Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers Track Performer
Joe Lutcher & His Society Cats Track Performer
King Perry & His Pied Pipers Track Performer
Bill Pittman Bass
Armand Jump Jackson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Larry Williams Composer
Bumps Blackwell Producer
Harold Battiste Jr. Producer
Sonny Bono Producer
Cosimo Matassa Engineer
Abe Robyn Engineer
Art Rupe Producer
Billy Vera Producer
Johnny Vincent Producer
Harry Akst Composer
Benny Davis Composer
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