Let It Roll Again

Let It Roll Again

by Lucky Millinder


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Let It Roll Again

The blues had never been absent in Lucky Millinder's brand of jazz, but toward the end of his recording career, the R&B flavor of his records became much more pronounced. This compilation -- mostly of vocal numbers, with a few instrumentals thrown in -- assembles 29 such tracks from the late 1940s through the mid-'50s, employing an assortment of featured singers. Occasionally Millinder even landed an R&B hit with these kind of sides, and there are a few chart items on this collection, including "Little Girl Cry," "D Natural Blues," "I'll Never Be Free," "Oh Babe!," and "I'm Just Waiting for You." The link between swing-jazz and R&B (and, indirectly, hence the link between swing-jazz and rock & roll) is generally underestimated, and this anthology is a fine illustration of how the connections between the forms were stronger than is usually acknowledged. The material does swing hard, but it has its fair share of bluesy grit as well, due both to the arrangements and the earthy vocals, provided by singers both fairly famous to R&B collectors (Wynonie Harris, Annisteen Allen, Henry Glover, Big John Greer) and damned obscure to anyone (Myra Johnson, John Carol, Pigmeat Peterson, Heywood Jackson, Melvin Moore). It's true that swing-jazz purists will probably prefer Millinder's earlier, and jazzier, recordings. But regardless of specialty, almost any listener will enjoy the infectious verve, humor, and rhythms of these performances. They occasionally sound like Louis Prima in a more R&B mood; they occasionally test the bounds of the risqué content allowable on the records of the day (especially on "Baby, You've Been Wrong," with its boast "I can ball baby if you ball, I can ball all night long"); and, in one case here, a song ("I'm Waiting Just for You") was covered for a pop hit by Pat Boone later in the '50s. While it's unfortunate that original release date info is not supplied in the track listings, this is otherwise a well-annotated, good-value package of relatively forgotten music that's both fun and important.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/2007
Label: Rev-Ola Bandstand
UPC: 5013929480728
catalogNumber: 7

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lucky Millinder   Primary Artist
Wynonie Harris   Vocals
Henry Glover   Vocals
Heywood Jackson   Vocals
Myra Johnson   Vocals
Melvin Moore   Vocals
Big John Greer   Vocals
Annisteen Allen   Vocals
John Carol   Vocals
Cathy Ryan & The Admirals   Vocals

Technical Credits

Pigmeat Markham   Composer
Norman Blake   Recreation
Louis Prima   Composer
Jimmy Forrest   Composer
Lucky Millinder   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Billy Briggs   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Dave Penny   Producer,Annotation
Jesse Stone   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Joe Foster   Producer,Recreation
Syd Nathan   Composer
Lewis Simpkins   Composer
Henri Woode   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Lois Mann   Composer
Doris Davis   Composer
Oscar Washington   Composer
Fred Weismantel   Composer
James Woode   Composer
Sally Nix   Composer
Andy Morten   Artwork

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