UK Sue Label Story: The World of Guy Stevens

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667000222
  • Catalog Number: 1001
  • Sales rank: 127,980

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mockingbird - Charlie Foxx (2:39)
  2. 2 Land of 1, 000 Dances - Chris Kenner (2:27)
  3. 3 I Can't Believe What You Say - Ike Turner (2:02)
  4. 4 A Little Piece of Leather - Donnie Elbert (2:41)
  5. 5 Do Anything You Wanna, Pt. 1 - Harold Betters (2:36)
  6. 6 Do Anything You Wanna, Pt. 2 - Harold Betters (2:08)
  7. 7 Oh Mom (Teach Me How to Uncle Willie) - The Daylighters (2:28)
  8. 8 Let's Stick Together - Wilbert Harrison (2:46)
  9. 9 Music City - The Pleasures (2:23)
  10. 10 Keep an Eye on Love - Ernestine Anderson (2:08)
  11. 11 All About My Girl - Jimmy McGriff (2:55)
  12. 12 Spring - Birdlegs & Pauline (2:51)
  13. 13 That's How Strong My Love Is - The Keys (3:00)
  14. 14 Daddy Rollin' Stone - Derek Martin (2:27)
  15. 15 You Can't Sit Down, Pt. 1 - Phil Upchurch (2:12)
  16. 16 That's How Heartaches Are Made - Baby Washington (2:44)
  17. 17 Watch Your Step - Bobby Parker (2:45)
  18. 18 I Wanna Be (Your Everything) - The Manhattans (2:42)
  19. 19 I Done Woke Up - Louisiana Red (2:18)
  20. 20 Hard Grind - Wild Jimmy Spruill (2:58)
  21. 21 The Bounce - The Olympics (2:38)
  22. 22 Too Many Drivers - Lowell Fulson (3:07)
  23. 23 Yum, Yum, Yum - Joe Tex (1:52)
  24. 24 I Sing Um the Way I Feel - J.B. Lenoir & His African Hunch Rhythm (2:33)
  25. 25 Dust My Blues - Elmore James (3:11)
  26. 26 Billy's Bag - Billy Preston (3:46)
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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
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Philip Upchurch Sr. Composer
Sidney Banks Composer
Roosevelt Jamison Composer
James Dallas Composer
Cornell Muldrow Composer
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