UK Sue Label Story: The World of Guy Stevens

UK Sue Label Story: The World of Guy Stevens

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As a branch of the then-young Island label, Sue Records put out over 100 singles in the U.K. between 1963 and 1968, most of them American soul tracks licensed for the British market, with some blues and early rock & roll/R&B thrown in as well. This is a compilation of 30 tracks that appeared on Sue 45s, and like the Sue release schedule, it's weighted heavily toward

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As a branch of the then-young Island label, Sue Records put out over 100 singles in the U.K. between 1963 and 1968, most of them American soul tracks licensed for the British market, with some blues and early rock & roll/R&B thrown in as well. This is a compilation of 30 tracks that appeared on Sue 45s, and like the Sue release schedule, it's weighted heavily toward '60s soul, with a bit of blues and R&B too, a few of the tracks dating from before Sue's actual 1963 launch (indeed, one, Elmore James' "Dust My Blues," goes all the way back to 1955). As for the possibly confusing subtitle of the CD, the label was run by Guy Stevens, more famous for later producing Free, Mott the Hoople, and the Clash, but in the mid-'60s known as one of Britain's foremost soul/R&B collectors and club DJs. Although this anthology contains much good music and is a representative sampling of Sue's output, it's a bit of an inconsistent listen for those not particularly interested in the Sue tie-in, drawing from all over the map of American soul/R&B/blues. There are some classic hits (in the U.S. at any rate; they were cult items in the U.K.) of varying size, like Inez & Charlie Foxx's "Mockingbird," Chris Kenner's original version of "Land of 1,000 Dances," Ike & Tina Turner's "I Can't Believe What You Say," and Bobby Parker's great overlooked, ahead-of-its-time early (1961) soul outing "Watch Your Step." There are also some excellent tracks known these days primarily to collectors, like Baby Washington's lush early soul ballad "That's How Heartaches Are Made," Derek Martin's raucous "Daddy Rollin' Stone" (covered by the Who on the B-side of their second U.K. single), Wilbert Harrison's 1962 single "Let's Stick Together" (which he remade for his 1970 hit "Let's Work Together"), and the Olympics' 1962 dance number "The Bounce." But much of the rest is just average, if typical, early-to-mid-'60s soul and blues of no great distinction, and the way the disc weaves from its soul center to blues, novelty dance, and even jazzy sidetracks can be mildly jarring. Along the way you do get some other relatively underexposed items of note, like Ernestine Anderson's unusual bossa nova-soul hybrid "Keep an Eye on Love"; Jimmy McGriff's upbeat organ-jazz instrumental "All About My Girl"; O.V. Wright's "That's How Strong My Love Is," adapted by Otis Redding (whose version the Rolling Stones covered); the Manhattans' 1964 proto-sweet soul single "I Wanna Be (Your Everything)"; the African-tinged acoustic blues of J.B. Lenoir's "I Sing 'Um the Way I Feel"; and Joe Tex's Little Richard-like 1959 single "Yum, Yum, Yum." There's not much info about the tracks in the liner notes, but that's compensated for and then some by the 24-page booklet's thorough history of the Sue label, which has a lot of stuff on both Stevens and the early days of Island Records, too.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667000222
catalogNumber:
1001
Rank:
94263

Tracks

  1. Mockingbird
  2. Land of 1, 000 Dances
  3. I Can't Believe What You Say
  4. A Little Piece of Leather
  5. Do Anything You Wanna, Pt. 1
  6. Do Anything You Wanna, Pt. 2
  7. Oh Mom (Teach Me How to Uncle Willie)
  8. Let's Stick Together
  9. Music City
  10. Keep an Eye on Love
  11. All About My Girl
  12. Spring
  13. That's How Strong My Love Is
  14. Daddy Rollin' Stone
  15. You Can't Sit Down, Pt. 1
  16. That's How Heartaches Are Made
  17. Watch Your Step
  18. I Wanna Be (Your Everything)
  19. I Done Woke Up
  20. Hard Grind
  21. The Bounce
  22. Too Many Drivers
  23. Yum, Yum, Yum
  24. I Sing Um the Way I Feel
  25. Dust My Blues
  26. Billy's Bag

Album Credits

Technical Credits

J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Chris Kenner   Composer
Billy Preston   Composer
Joe Tex   Composer
Jimmy McGriff   Composer
Harold Betters   Composer
Wilbert Harrison   Composer
Norman Mapp   Composer
Dee Clark   Composer
Donnie Elbert   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Charles Colbert   Composer
Charles Fizer   Composer
Inez Foxx   Composer
Charlie Foxx   Composer
Bill Halley   Composer
Ike Turner   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
C. Ramsey   Composer
Wild Jimmy Spruill   Composer
Walter Ward   Composer
Winfred "Blue" Lovett   Composer
William Lee Conley Broonzy   Composer
Eddie Lewis   Composer
Rob Finnis   Liner Notes
Gered Mankowitz   Cover Photo
Philip Upchurch   Composer
Sidney Banks   Composer
Roosevelt Jamison   Composer
James Dallas   Composer
Cornell Muldrow   Composer

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