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Attention Mac Users!

Mac users have been experiencing problems in unpacking the WinRAR archives used on this blog. Two solutions have been suggested.

1. Use The Unarchiver - - see comments on Little Esther Bad Baad Girl post for details.

2. Use Keka - - see comments on Johnny Otis Presents post.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Fishin' In My Pond (Chicago Blues Bands)

Side A:
01) Sit And Cry - Buddy Guy And His Band
02) Try To Quit You Baby - Buddy Guy And His Band
03) Meet Me Half Way - Arbee Stidham
04) Fishin' In My Pond - Lee Jackson
05) You Don't Treat Me Right - Guitar Shorty
06) Don't Leave Me - Clarence Jolly
07) Maybe Blues - Morris Pejoe

Side B:
01) You Sure Can't Do - Buddy Guy And His Band
02) This Is The End - Buddy Guy And His Band
03) Screaming And Crying - Morris Pejoe
04) I'll Just Keep Walkin' - Lee Jackson
05) Please Let It Be Me - Arbee Stidham
06) Changing Love - Clarence Jolly
07) Irma Lee - Guitar Shorty

Another great blues LP from contributor Charlie B. The Buddy Guy sides are quite polished but the rest, thank goodness, is rollicking roughhouse blues which is the way it should be. Despite the prominence of the Cobra label on the front cover, not all of the featured sides were released on that label. The Arbee Stidham and Morris Pejoe sides were released on Abco which was a short lived predecessor label of Cobra.

Abco was owned jointly by Joe Brown of JOB Records and Elias Toscano. The label's recording sessions lasted only a few months from January to July in 1956. The partnership split shortly afterwards with Brown returning to JOB and Toscano starting a new label called Cobra. The July sides which had been recorded for Abco by Otish Rush, Shakey Horton, The Calvaes and The Clouds, were released on Cobra in September. One of the Rush sides, "I Can't Quit You Baby", became a national R&B hit, giving the label the basis for a somewhat longer life than its predecessor.

Cobra was reasonably successful for a couple of years with a strong roster which included Rush, Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, Harold Burrage and Betty Everett. The Buddy Guy sides were released on a subsidiary label, Artistic.

The full story of the label, which went out of business in 1959, can be found on The Red Saunders Research Foundation, the go to website for Chicago blues and R&B. The Abco article can be found here - Abco and click on: Cobra and Artistic for the longer story of those labels.

Release Details

Arbee Stidham - I''ll Always Remember You / Meet Me Half Way - Abco G100 - February 1956

Morris Pejoe - Screaming And Crying / Maybe Blues - Abco G106 - June 1956

Arbee Stidham - When I Find My Baby / Please Let It Be Me - Abco G107 - June 1956

Lee Jackson - Fishin' In My Pond / I'll Just Keep Walkin' - Cobra 5007 - February 1957

Clarence Jolly - Changing Love / Don't Leave Me - Cobra 5016 - July 1957

Guitar Shorty - You Don't Treat Me Right / Irma Lee - Cobra 5017 - July 1957

Buddy Guy - Sit And Cry (The Blues) / Try To Quit You Baby - Artistic 1501 - September 1958

Buddy Guy - You Sure Can't Do / This Is The End - Artistic 1503 - March 1959

With thanks to Charlie B.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The Best Vocal Groups In Rhythm And Blues (Dooto DL-204)

Side 1:
01) Earth Angel - The Penguins
02) Hey Senorita - The Penguins
03) Kiss A Fool Goodbye - The Penguins
04) Ookey Ook - The Penguins
05) Love Will Make Your Mind Go Wild - The Penguins
06) Baby Let's Make Some Love - The Penguins

Side 2:
01) The Letter - The Medallions
02) Buick 59 - The Medallions
03) Heaven And Paradise - The Meadowlarks
04) I Got Tore Up - The Meadowlarks
05) Teller Of Fortune - The Dootones
06) Ay Si Si Mambo - The Dootones

Again it's thanks to Marv for this reconstruction of an LP originally issued on the LA indie label Dootone in July 1955. Founded in 1951 by Dootsie Williams, Dootone flirted with the big time in 1954 / 1955 when "Earth Angel" by The Penguins became not only a national R&B hit in late 1954 but also entered the pop chart, peaking at number 8 in early 1955.

"Buick 59" / "The Letter" by the Medallions was the first vocal group record released by Dootone, becoming something of a West Coast regional hit in 1954 Another regional vocal group success was "Heaven and Paradise" also released in 1954. This LP (and a concurrent series of EPs) can therefore be seen as an attempt to surf the early success of Dootone's R&B vocal group issues and it must have achieved reasonable sales as it was re-released several times throughout the '50s and into the early '60's latterly as "Dooto" issues when the Dootone label changed its name following a lawsuit by the Duo Tone company.

So thanks to Marv for this great selection of West Coast vocal group sounds, and thanks to the original uploader of the artwork.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Little Willie John - Sure Things (King LP 739)

Side 1:
01) Sleep
02) A Cottage For Sale
03) There's A Difference
04) I'm Sorry
05) My Love - Is
06) I Like To See My Baby

Side 2:
01) Walk Slow
02) The Very Thought Of You
03) Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me)
04) Loving Care
05) You Hurt Me
06) I'm Shakin'

...And Be Bop Wino returns. Happy New Year my little blues 'n' rhythm chums. Now that was a bit of an unexpected break for which I must apologise. There were reasons, however. Firstly, I caught some kind of  'flu / tummy bug which laid me low in the two weeks leading up to Christmas. Secondly, I blew my speakers when I sent a bunch of feedback through them while experimenting with connecting my turntable directly to my laptop via USB, and thirdly, my digitising software (Magix Audio Cleaning Lab) went haywire, making it very difficult to convert vinyl to WAV. I don't think I've ever been so close to chucking this blogging lark as I was during those weeks.

BUT - new speakers have been purchased and I now realise I haven't been hearing my music properly for years. New software is now in place, although the different interface takes a bit of getting used to. Oh yes and the shivers and sweats have subsided so I'm good to go again. Most importantly I'm getting a taste for the music again, so stand by for more rockin' and  jazzy R&B sounds coming your way.

There's now a backlog of stuff to upload - more reconstitutions from Marv, a couple of wild, wild blues / R&B LPs from Charlie B which just came in today, and a massive edition of Joan Selects. And of course there's my own stuff, so we're gonna be busy around here for a while. So busy, in fact, that there will now be a change to the blog. The majority of posts will just be the music with a minimal write up. I may do the occasional "special" but time is tight so let's just get the music out there.

As for requests during my absence for re-ups, etc, I'll do my best to deal with them.

The first offering is from Marv and features Little Willie John whom I am pretty certain has barely featured on the blog. This King compilation was issued in February 1961 and consists mainly of singles released in 1959 / 1960. "I Like To See My Baby" a duet with Hank Ballard wasn't released as a single.

 The Cash Box, 2nd February 1961

With thanks to Marv.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Chuck Berry - St. Louis To Liverpool (Chess LP 1488)

Side 1:
01) Little Marie
02) Our Little Rendezvous
03) No Particular Place To Go
04) You Two
05) Promise Land
06) You Never Can Tell

Side 2:
01) Go Bobby Soxer
02) Things I Used To Do
03) Liverpool Drive
04) Night Beat
05) Merry Christmas Baby
06) Brenda Lee

1984 European reissue of a Chuck Berry LP which was originally issued in November 1964. After his release from the hoosegow in October 1963, Chuck found that thanks to covers of his hits by The Beatles ("Roll Over Beethoven") and The Rolling Stones ("Come On") and also a near-as-dammit Berry number by The Beach Boys ("Surfin' USA"), he was just as popular as he was before his run in with the law.

Of the tracks on this LP, two were top twenty hits on the Billboard pop chart - "No Particular Place To Go" peaked at number 10 in June 1964 and "You Never Can Tell" made it to number 14 in August 1964. "Promised Land" and "Little Marie" also made the Billboard Hot 100 and there was another top 40 hit for Chuck not included on this LP - "Nadine (Is That You?)" which reached number 23 in April 1964.

Chuck also enjoyed chart success in the UK. "Nadine" entered the UK charts twice in February and April 1964, peaking at number 27, while "No Particular Place To Go" was a big hit, reaching number 3 in May 1964 with its follow-up "You Never Can Tell" reaching number 23 in August 1964 and "Promised Land" peaking at number 26 in January 1965.

This post is the first on the blog to feature mp3s which were ripped by connecting my turntable directly to my laptop via USB, instead of ripping via my amp. I could have picked a better LP to start the new method as "Little Marie" has a weird double tracked vocal and the tracks are a mixture of genuine stereo and electronically rechannelled stereo. However, musically this album is the bees' knees, with "No Particular Place to Go," "You Never Can Tell" and "Promised Land" all deserving their place among Chuck's classic tracks. The rest of this album isn't too shabby either.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Stompin' Volume Three

Side One:
01) Much Later - Jackie Brenston
02) Lookin' For My Baby - Harmon "Hump" Jones
03) I Ain't Guilty - Crawford Brothers
04) Talk To Me Baby - The Table Toppers
05) Bring It On Back - Mister Ruffin
06) Bloody Tears - Johnny Little John
07) A Thing You Gotta Face - Polka Dot Slim
08) I Think You're Lying - Big Daddy
09) Yo Yo Twist - Sherman Evans

Side Two:
01) Twistin' Beat - Phil Flowers
02) Looking For My Baby - Little Papa Joe
03) Beggin' Papa Blues - Freddie Clark
04) Tough Enough - The Bees
05) The Easy Livin' Plan - Rufus Thomas
06) Rock Around The Clock - Wally Mercer
07) Crazy Baby - The Team Mates
08) Trouble Up The Road - Jackie Brenston
09) Calling All Cows - Blues Rockers

Found in a Southside (Glasgow) second hand shop a few months ago. Stompin' is probably the best series of obscure R&B comps out there. Especially recommended are the Stompin' CDs of which there were 34 volumes. They had better sound quality than the vinyl issues and brief but informative notes. All 34 volumes were recently uploaded to Twilightzone so if you search around there you may come up trumps.

Trax Fax
01) Much Later - Jackie Brenston: Much Later / The Mistreater - Jackie Brenston with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm - Federal 12291 - February 1957

02) Lookin' For My Baby - Harmon "Hump" Jones: Lookin' For My Baby / Pack Your Clothes - Harmon "Hump" Jones - Vision V-200 - April 1957

03) I Ain't Guilty - Crawford Brothers: It Feels Good / I Ain't Guilty - Crawford Brothers - Aladdin 3397 - October 1957

04) Talk To Me Baby - The Table Toppers: Talk To Me Baby / Baby In Blue - The Table Toppers Featuring Little Enis - Klondike 1010 - February 1959. Rockabilly record.

05) Bring It On Back - Mister Ruffin: A Touch Of Heaven / Bring It On Back - Mister Ruffin - Spark 115 - May 1955

06) Bloody Tears - Johnny Little John: Bloody Tears / Just Got In Town - Johnny Little John - T. D. S. 4710, also Weis 3437 - 1968

07) A Thing You Gotta Face - Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face / Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry - Polka Dot Slim - Instant 3269 - December 1964

08) I Think You're Lying - Big Daddy: Daniel Webster And The Devil / I Think You're Lying - Wynne W-106 - June 1959. "Big Daddy" - real name Frank Brunson

09) Yo Yo Twist - Sherman Evans: Yo Yo Twist / If I Should Die - Sherman Evans with Cruz Ortiz and the Flames - Manco ML1049 - July 1963

10) Twistin' Beat - Phil Flowers: Twistin' Beat / I Need You Baby - Phil Flowers with The T.N.T. Tribble Combo - Domino 500 - 1962

11) Looking For My Baby - Little Papa Joe: Looking For My Baby / Easy Lovin' - Little Papa Joe - Blue Lake 116 - January 1956. "Little Papa Joe" - real name Jody Williams

12) Beggin' Papa Blues - Freddie Clark: Begging Papa Blues / Got The Blues - Freddie Clark - Nestor N-14 - 1955

13) Tough Enough - The Bees: Oh Yes / Tough Enough - The Bees - Finch 7321 / 7322 - 1962

14) The Easy Livin' Plan - Rufus Thomas: The Easy Livin' Plan / I'm Steady Holdin' On - Rufus "Bearcat" Thomas With The Bearcats - Meteor 5039 - November 1956

15) Rock Around The Clock - Wally Mercer: Rock Around The Clock / Don't Wait Till Tomorrow - Wally Mercer - Dot 1099 - 1952. Side received airplay in Atlanta, May 1952 and charted locally.

16) Crazy Baby - The Team Mates: Sincerely Your Friend / Crazy Baby - Charlie Jester and The Team Mates - Lanar 102 - August 1962

17) Trouble Up The Road - Jackie Brenston: Trouble Up The Road / You Ain't The One - Jackie Brensten (sic) w Ike Turner & Orch. - Sue 736 - January 1961

18) Calling All Cows - Blues Rockers: Calling All Cows / Johnny Mae - Blues Rockers - Excello 2062 - September 1955

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Etta Jones Sings (King LP 707)

Side 1:
01) Sweethearts On Parade
02) You Call It Madness But I Call It Love
03) Mountain Greenery
04) Don't Worry About Me
05) Sposin
06) I Thought About You

Side 2:
01) I'm Gonna Lock My Heart And Throw Away The Key
02) Since I Fell For You
03) When I Fall In Love
04) White Cliffs Of Dover
05) People Will Say We're In Love

Thanks to Marv for this reconstruction of the 1960 King LP "Etta Jones Sings" which was a reissue of the 1957 King LP 544 "The Jones Girl ... Etta Sings Sings Sings."

All tracks on this LP were recorded in New York City on the 18th and 20th April 1957 for what were Etta's only sessions for King.

Session details - 18th April 1957, NYC. Personnel: Etta Jones (vocal) with: Jerome Richardson (tenor sax, flute); Don Abney (piano); Bill Jennings (guitar); Tommy Potter (bass); Bobby Donaldson (drums):

People Will Say We're In Love; When I Fall In Love; Sposin; Mountain Greenery.

20th April 1957, NYC. Personnel as above except Skeeter Best replaced Bill Jennings on guitar:

Don't Worry About Me; White Cliffs Of Dover; Sweethearts On Parade; You Call It Madness; I Thought About You; Since I Fell For You; I'm Gonna Lock My Heart And Throw Away The Key.

The collection was reissued in May or June 1960 as"Etta Jones Sings" (King LP 707). On June 21st of that year Etta recorded the tracks for her first Prestige LP "Don't Go To Strangers" (Prestige 7186) which was released in October and sold well. Even more successful was the single release of the title track "Don't Go To Strangers" / "If I Had You" (Prestige 180) in early September which soon climbed the R&B chart and then crossed into the pop chart, peaking at number 36 in December 1960.

This success for Etta on Prestige is probably what lay behind the rerelease in 1961 of her King LP with a new cover -

The success of  "Don't Go To Strangers" also led to King releasing her LP tracks on a series of singles, beginning with "When I Fall In Love" / "People Will Say We're In Love" (King 5424) in November 1960. The rest of the tracks were released on 45s as follows:

"Sweethearts On Parade" / "You Call It Madness But I Call It Love" - King 5443 - January 1961

"Since I Fell For You" / "Sposin'" - King 5475 - March 1961

"Don't Worry 'Bout Me" / "I Thought About You" - King 5501 - May 1961

"Mountain Greenery" / "White Cliffs Of Dover" - King 5549 - September 1961

"I Thought About You" / "I'm Gonna Lock My Heart And Throw away The Key" - King 5660 - July 1962

While King was releasing Etta's 1957 recordings from late 1960 - 1962, her new material was being released on LP and single on Prestige, with whom she recorded until February 1963.

Thanks once again to Marv. This was an education for me as I was unfamiliar with the work of Etta Jones. Her recording career stretched all the way from the mid 1940s Harlem swing scene to her final recordings for Muse in 1995. Her career definitely bears further investigation, but that lies outwith the scope of this post.

Wild, stompin' R&B coming up in the next post on Be Bop Wino!

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Dame Dreaming With Bill Doggett (King LP 532)

Side 1:
01) Sweet Lorraine
02) Diane
03) Dinah
04) Ramona
05) Cherry
06) Cynthia

Side 2:
01) Jeannie
02) Tangerine
03) Nancy
04) Estrellita
05) Laura
06) Marcheta

Originally issued in April 1957. All tracks with the exception of "Sweet Lorraine" were recorded over two days in December 1956 for this LP. The 12th track from that '56 session was the uproarious "Ram-Bunk-Shush" which was hardly a good fit for an album which some might call "dreamy" others "romantic" and yet others "kitsch." Even if you do find the accumulation of slow tracks a bit too sickly sweet, there are still good moments featuring Clifford Scott and Billy Butler.

This is a "reconstruction" using artwork from the internet and adapted artwork from the CD issue of this album. Download for your listening and dancing (slow) pleasure!

Fax on The Trax

Sweet Lorraine - recorded in Cincinnati, December 15th, 1953. Personnel - Percy France (tenor sax); Bill Doggett (organ); Jerry Lane (guitar); Clarence Mack (bass); Shep Shepherd (drums)

Single release:

Sweet Lorraine / Tailor Made - King 4720 - June 1954

Laura; Diane; Cynthia; Nancy; Marcheta - recorded in Cincinnati, December 20th, 1956. Personnel - Clifford Scott (alto sax, tenor sax); Bill Doggett (organ); Billy Butler (guitar); Edwyn Conley (bass); Shep Shepherd (drums)

Ramona; Tangerine; Dinah; Cherry; Estrellita; Jeannine - recorded in Cincinnati, December 21st, 1956. Personnel as above.

The above 11 tracks were first issued on this LP. The 12 tracks on this LP were also released on 3 EPs - Dame Dreaming With Bill Doggett Volumes 1,2, and 3.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Dance Awhile With Doggett (King LP 585)

Side 1:
01) Flying Home
02) Misty Moon
03) Bone Tones
04) Tailor Made
05) Chelsea Bridge
06) The Kid from Franklin Street

Side 2:
01) Pied Piper of Islip
02) Passion Flower
03) The Song Is Ended
04) Autumn Dreams
05) How Could You?
06) Smoochie

A "reconstruction" of King LP 585 using artwork from the internet and rips from my own collection. This LP was originally released in May 1958.

Once more we're raking through the bargain browser filled with King LPs and here's the "Honky Tonk" man himself, Bill Doggett. Three of the tracks are by the early 1950s combo lineup with Percy France on tenor sax while the rest date from 1957 and 1958 and feature the "classic" lineup with Clifford Scott on tenor sax and Billy Butler on guitar.

This LP feels more like a jazz album than an out and out R&B collection, so I'm not sure how much dancing it inspired. It certainly wouldn' have attracted the rock and roll crowd, that's for sure, but the jazzy vibe would probably have appealed to the adult listener. Clifford Scott swaps his axe for a flute on some tracks and there's space for Billy Butler to showcase his guitar skills. It's a collection that grows on you, as I have found over the years.

Track Info

Tailor Made; The Song Is Ended - recorded Cincinnati, December 15th, 1953. Personnel - Percy France (tenor sax); Bill Doggett (organ); Jerry Lane (guitar); Clarence Mack (bass); Shep Shepherd (drums).

Single releases:

It's A Dream / The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On) - King 4702 - March 1954

Sweet Lorraine / Tailor Made - King 4720 - June 1954

Misty Moon - recorded Cincinnati, August 23rd, 1955. Personnel - Percy France (tenor sax); Bill Doggett (organ); Billy Butler (guitar); Edwyn Conley (bass); Shep Shepherd (drums).

Single release:

Honey Boy / Misty Moon - King 4838 - October 1955

Flying Home; Smoochie - recorded New York, October 7th, 1957. Personnel - Clifford Scott (tenor sax, flute); Thomas "Beans" Bowles (baritone sax); Bill Doggett (organ); Billy Butler (guitar); Carl Pruitt (bass); Shep Shepherd (drums).

Single releases:

Flying Home / Hippy Dippy - King 5096 - January 1958

Smoochie / Big Boy - King 5339 - April 1960

How Could You; Pied Piper Of Islip; The Kid From Franklin Street - recorded Cincinnati, February 26th - 28th 1958. Personnel - Lawrence "Tricky" Lofton (trombone); Clifford Scott (tenor sax, flute); Thomas "Beans" Bowles (baritone sax); Bill Doggett (organ); Billy Butler (guitar); Edwin Conley (bass); Shep Shepherd (drums).

Single releases:

Blues For Handy / How Could You - King 5130 - April 1958

Pied Piper From Islip; The Kid From Franklin Street - both first issued on this LP.

Autumn Leaves; Chelsea Bridge; Passion Flower; Bone Tones - recorded Cincinnati, March 4th 1958. Personnel - Lawrence "Tricky" Lofton (trombone); Clifford Scott (tenor sax, flute); Thomas "Beans" Bowles (baritone sax); Bill Doggett (organ); Billy Butler (guitar); Edwin Conley (bass); Shep Shepherd (drums).

These tracks first released on this LP.

Mo' King LPs on the way!

Friday, 15 November 2019

The Bill Jennings - Leo Parker Quintet - Billy In The Lion's Den (King LP 395-527)

Side 1:
01) Picadilly Circus
02) May I
03) Billy In The Lion's Den
04) Sweet And Lovely
05) There Will Never Be Another You
06) Stuffy

Side 2:
01) Just You, Just Me
02) Down To Earth
03) What'll I Do
04) Fine And Dandy
05) Get Hot
06) Solitude

Many thanks to The Magnificent Goldberg for donating this LP. Rips (m4a, variable bit rate, approx 260 - 270 kbps) are from the 1980s vinyl reissue on the European Swingtime label. Cover art is from the web. The King LP "Billy In The Lions Den" was originally issued in March 1957 and was in fact an extended 12" version of a 10" LP issued in 1955 under the title "Jazz Interludes."

There were contrasting fortunes for the two principals on this LP. Both had a heroin habit, but for bebop baritone sax man Leo Parker it was a career stopper while guitarist Bill Jennings kept on recording through the 1950s and on into the 1960s. Parker followed up this July 1954 session with one more alongside his old cohort Illinois Jacquet for Clef in December '54 and that was the end of his recording career until 1961 when he had a tragically brief comeback for Blue Note which was cut short by a fatal heart attack.

There is a more detailed rundown of Leo Parker's career on this post which includes lotsa links into more of his work featured on this blog:

Bill Jennings was a very busy musician indeed during the 1950s. He was with Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five from 1948 until the end of 1951. In the early 50s he also recorded for Gotham with a few singles issued under his own name plus a session as a sideman with Jimmy Preston. In 1951 he joined fellow ex-Tympany Five member organist Wild Bill Davis along with drummer Chris Columbus to form the kind of organ / guitar / drums trio which would become popular in the later '50s and early '60s. The Wild Bill Davis Trio recorded for Columbia / Okeh through to 1953.

In December 1952 Bill Jennings recorded his first session for King as a sideman with Roy Brown. Bill was on another Roy Brown session in June 1953. Just over a year later came the sides on this LP with Leo Parker, followed by Bill Jennings Quartet sides which were released on single, EP and LP by King. "Big Boy" on which Bill was backed by the Bill Doggett combo was a substantial R&B hit in 1955. In December 1955 Bill recorded an album "Mood Indigo" on which his guitar was accompanied only by vibes.

The Fabulous Guitar of Bill Jennings (King LP 295-106) 10" LP released 1955

Mood Indigo (King LP 395-508) 12" LP released 1956

From the end of 1955 through to 1958 Bill Jennings was occupied with session work for King. Earl (Connelly) King, Nita Lore, Little Willie John (3 sessions, including "Fever"), Etta Jones, Titus Turner (2 sessions) and Bubber Johnson all benefited from Bill's jazzy guitar playing. In 1957/8 Bill played alongside tenor sax man Willis Jackson on Little Willie John and Titus Turner sessions. In September 1957 Willis and Bill recorded a few sides for King accompanied by organ (James Orville Johnson) and drums (Alvin Johnson). The sax / guitar / organ /drums combo was very much the coming sound of soul jazz, a sound which would be popularized not at King, but at Prestige, especially when the Jackson / Jennings pairing was joined by Jack McDuff on organ.

From May 1959 the Jackson / Jennings / McDuff lineup (and variants thereof) began to record a series of LPs which stretched on through the 1960s. The Prestige albums were superior in their presentation when compared to the King LPs. The same could be said of another King sax / organ combo which crossed from King to Prestige, the Lockjaw Davis / Shirley Scott group. Production was superior (often by Rudy Van Gelder), sleeve design and sleeve notes were carefully prepared, and in the wax grooves the musicians were given time to stretch out as track lengths exceeded the normal running time of singles.

Prestige didn't neglect fans of singles or the juke box crowd as cut down versions of LP tracks were issued on 45. Unlike King, Prestige seemed to appreciate the potential of both the LP and the 45 rpm single in jazz, as did Blue Note. It's noticeable that on "Billy In The Lions Den" none of the track running times exceed those of a 45 rpm single, despite the fact that almost all the tracks never saw single release.

Willis, Bill and Jack on Prestige, 1959

Enough Said! (Prestige 7164) recorded with Jack McDuff, released 1959

Also released in 1959

More Fax On The Trax, Jack!

All tracks recorded in Cincinatti on 6th, 7th, 8th July 1954. Personnel: Leo Parker (baritone sax); Andrew Johnson (piano, organ); Bill Jennings (guitar); Joe Williams (bass); George De Hart (drums)

Leo Parker not on "Sweet And Lovely," which was the only track on the LP to be released on a single - They Can't Take That Away From Me / Sweet And Lovely - Bill Jennings Quartet - King 4805 - released in June 1955.

This collection first appeared in the form of a 10 inch, 8 track LP in 1955 - "Jazz Interludes."

The 12 inch, 12 track version, "Billy In The Lions Den" was issued in March 1957:

Billboard 2nd March 1957

Monday, 11 November 2019

Rock'n Roll Dance Party (King LP 536)

Side 1:
01) Fever - Little Willie John
02) Flamingo - Earl Bostic
03) Seventeen - Boyd Bennett & His Rockets
04) Boogie At Midnight - Roy Brown
05) Cherry Wine - Little Esther
06) Have Mercy Baby - Billy Ward & His Dominoes

Side 2:
01) Soft - Tiny Bradshaw
02) Gumdrop - Otis Williams & His Charms
03) You Ain't Treatin' Me Right - Mac Curtis
04) Sexy Ways - The Midnighters
05) Good Rockin' Tonight - Wynonie Harris
06) The Goof - Big Jay McNeely

Thanks again to Marv for this reconstituted King LP which was originally issued in 1957. This is one of umpteen LPs issued at that time with the title "Rock'n Roll Dance Party" as record labels scrambled to extract a little more profit from the rock and roll craze. Most of the tracks are old R&B hits, so I guess this falls into one of my favourite sub categories of rock and roll - exploitation!

Of course the tracks by Boyd Bennett (band rock and roll) and Mac Curtis (rockabilly) fall outwith the R&B field, so kind of justify the album title. However, let's not get too hung up on categories and dates, because this is another good listen, just like the previous post! Although I already had all of these tracks somewhere in my collection I enjoyed listening to this album, and as I always say, it's interesting to hear familiar tracks in a new context. Download and play at your next rock'n' roll bash. Thanks Marv. And thanks also to the original uploaders of the artwork, several versions of which are included.

Apologies for the delay in posting but sinusitis has kept me from the keyboard. However here we are again going through the virtual King LP bargain browser and the next couple of posts will also be from King, although on the jazz side. Stay tuned, groovers.