Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Groove Jumping!

Back in the early days of Be Bop Wino a post would occasionally appear with the introductory words “here’s one I posted on Rock Hall.” Unfortunately coinciding with the demise of the Rock Hall forum, here is an LP which I originally posted there way back in 2007 and subsequently never got round to posting on Be Bop Wino.

In the 1980s a series of LPs was issued by the Detour label in the UK. They were collections of sides originally issued on the Groove subsidiary of RCA Victor from 1954 to 1956. The sound quality on these Detour albums was top notch but they always seemed to be a little harder to find than the Ace, Charly and Mr R&B LPs which occupied the rockin’ record racks back then. This LP has always been a favourite of mine with its fourteen tracks of blastin’ New York rhythm ‘n’ blues. The Groove label may have been short lived and with one significant exception it failed to achieve chart success, but some mighty fine music was released by the diskery.

By the early 1950s the major record companies were losing ground in the R&B field to the independent labels which had been springing up since the mid 1940s. In 1952 the top five R&B labels were Atlantic, King, RPM, Specialty and Mercury with only the last being a major label. The rest of the top ten places were also occupied by independents with the exception of Okeh, a subsidiary label reactivated by Columbia in an attempt to combat the growing sales power of the independents. Decca came eighteenth in the R&B labels list and RCA Victor an even more catastrophic twenty-first.

In 1953 RCA Victor improved its R&B standing to twelfth best selling label thanks to a couple of biggies from dynamic vocal group The Du Droppers (“I Wanna Know” and “I Found Out.”) The stranglehold of the independents had tightened even further with Atlantic, Chess, King, Duke, Apollo, Aladdin, Herald, RPM, Jubilee, Specialty and Imperial occupying the top eleven places.

Probably somewhere around late 1953 RCA decided that they would make a stab at breaking into the R&B market in a bigger way by launching a new subsidiary label with the hep sounding name “Groove.” The launch was trailed in “Billboard” in early January 1954 and on the 8th February Groove issued its first sides – The Du Droppers with “Dead Broke” / “Speed King” and Big John Greer with “You’ll Never Be Mine” / “Bottle It Up And Go.” All of these sides had been recorded in December 1953.

In total 38 singles were issued before A&R man Danny Kessler resigned and Groove was put on temporary hiatus between late 1954 and March 1955 when the label was relaunched with Bob Rolontz as A&R man. A further 179 singles were issued before the label was finally wound up in December 1956. Ironically the end came just as “Love Is Strange” by Mickey and Sylvia was about to provide Groove with its only major hit.

It’s hard to put a finger on the reason for Groove’s lack of success. Backing was provided by the best of New York session musicians including Mickey “Guitar” Baker (who as Mickey of Mickey and Sylvia also provided the label’s only substantial hit), Sam “The Man” Taylor, King Curtis and Heywood Henry. A potentially fruitful session by established vocal group The Five Keys was wasted when they quickly moved to Capitol and their Groove sides remained in the can. The “lost” Five Keys session is featured on the Detour LP “The Best of Doo-wop Classics Volume 2.” Not all Groove releases were up to the standard of the sides on “Groove Jumping!” but there was plenty of good rockin’ R&B from the likes of Milt Trenier, Buddy Lucas, Larry Dale, The Du Droppers, Chris Powell, Big Al Sears and the king of low life philosophers, Mr Bear.

I seem to remember back in the old Rock Hall days that I tried to get a “Mr Bear for President” campaign going. He’d have told those bankers where to get off. Fans of R&B esoterica should note the presence of another Be Bop Wino hero on Mickey and Sylvia’s “No Good Lover”: Washboard Bill! Mr Bear and Washboard Bill on the same LP? There can be no higher recommendation!

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1. Ride And Roll / Sonny Terry
2. No Good Lover / Mickey & Sylvia
3. Strange Kind Of Feeling / Tiny Kennedy
4. Bottle It Up and Go / 'Big' John Greer
5. Boot 'Em Up / The Du Droppers
6. Talk That Talk / The Du Droppers
7. Lawdy Miss Mary / The Five Keys
8. Worried 'Bout You Baby / Roy 'Mr Guitar' Gaines
9. Dat Dat De Dum Dum / Roy 'Mr Guitar' Gaines
10. Radar / Mr Bear
11. How Come? / Mr. Bear
12. Dead Broke / The Du Droppers
13. Speed King / The Du Droppers
14. Smack Dab In The Middle / The Du Droppers

Recommended purchases:

The Westside label released two compilation CDs of Groove and RCA material in 1998: “Honkin’ ‘n’ Hollerin’” and “The Groove Story.” Both CDs are long out of print but you might find them at your local second hand CD dealer.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Joey & The Lexingtons, The Swinging Hearts and A Doo Wop Christmas (again)

We are now well into the traditional Be Bop Wino pre-Christmas panic. This is the bit where the blog collapses because your host throws himself into the annual round of present buying, desperately tacky parties, last minute Christmas card posting, visits to relatives, and with a bit of luck an occasional football match (Queen’s Park forever!) and with even more luck a rugby game or two (Glasgow v Edinburgh double header coming up.)

So here’s the first bit of business. Joan has kindly sent a better cut of Joey and The Lexingtons’ magnum opus “Tears From My Eyes” to replace the kinda slightly trashed version which appeared on “Joan Selects, Encore Appearance, Volume 1.”

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By popular request (that’s you, JJ!) here is the link to last year’s Christmas selection from Joan, “Joan Selects Volume 11 – A Doo Wop Christmas” –

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The original post has been transferred to the new Be Bop Wino Done Gone blog and can be seen in all its glory here:


Now a plea from Joan and me – does anyone know anything about The Swinging Hearts? They’re on track 35 of the latest Joan Selects with “How Can I Love You,” but Joan has no background info whatsoever. She can’t even dig out the original 45 as the record collection is currently in storage.

And that brings me to a brief look back at a rather eventful Be Bop Wino year. It could have been the end of the blog when the whole darned shootin’ match was booted into webular oblivion following a third strike and you’re out complaint. Luckily many of the posts were backed up in a private blog, so the Be Bop Wino show was soon back on the road again, although this time round in a strictly vinyl/cassette form.

There are still quite a few old posts to be revived. I intend doing new cover scans for them now that I’ve got the hang of stitching together complete LP covers. There are also some posts that weren’t backed up but I have the raw material to reconstitute them, so keep an eye open for some old favourites like Billy Wright and Hunter Hancock’s Midnight Matinee turning up again, although in a slightly rewritten form.

Of course I’ll be adding new posts too, and perhaps Joan could be persuaded to prolong her encore. I’ve said it before – Joan’s contributions, especially Joan Selects, have taken this blog to a level I simply could not have imagined when I started out back in 2007. There are several other occasional contributors who remain anonymous or totally pseudonymous and I thank them for their fine efforts which add so much to the blog. If any of you out there in rock and roll land wish to contribute vinyl rips of vintage R&B, rock and roll or jazz (1940s -50s) then please get in touch. Scans of vintage LP or EP sleeves are also very welcome.

I would like to thank everyone who has dropped by and taken the trouble to read Be Bop Wino’s humble offerings. I must give a special thank you to those of you who send in comments. I am very grateful to you for sharing your opinions, experiences and insights. Have a rockin’ good Christmas you naughty kids!

(Langside Monument, Glasgow, in the snow)

STOP PRESS - Since I started writing this post there have been developments in the world of rock and roll mp3 sharing. Several blogs have disappeared, some are changing their policy regarding uploading of CDs and others have cleared out old posts. The Rock Hall forum has also closed down. It looks like certain reissue companies have realised what was available on the web and have decided to crack down. These are worrying times for rockin’ bloggers, but here’s hoping that Be Bop Wino will still be around after Christmas to bring you more selections of honkin’, hootin’, bootin’ vinyl rips.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Joan Selects – Encore Appearance

A surprise Christmas present from Joan. We all thought that the “Joan Selects” series of compilations had finished, but by popular request here is a special encore appearance.

This time round Joan has been able to provide only a few label scans to accompany this cornucopia of vocal group vibes. The reason – the record collection is currently in storage. But that won’t get in the way of our enjoyment of this collection of rockers, pleaders, jivers and weepers. The mp3s have been ripped at bitrates from a low of 96 kbps to a mighty 320 kbps. Most are at around 128 kbps. The usual warning about clicks, pops, hissing and occasional distortion applies. But rough sound quality = real rock ‘n’ roll.

Thank you Joan, for coming out of retirement!

Recorded at various (lowish) bitrates. Password = greaseyspoon.

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1) The Spiedels - Dear Joan (Crosley 201, 1958)
2) The Gems - Talk About The Weather (Drexel 901, 1954)
3) The De-Vaurs - Boy In Mexico (Moon 105, 1959)
4) Ferris and the Wheels - He Was A Fortune Teller (United Artists 458, 1962)
5) The Whirlwinds – Heartbeat (Phillips 40139, 1967)
6) The Four Plaid Throats - My Inspiration (Mercury 70143, 1953?)
7) The Four Buddies - Ooh-Ow (Savoy 888, 1953)
8) The Valaquons – Teardrops (Laguna 102, 1964)
9) Mary Edwards & The Saxons - Oh! Oh! Mama (Meteor 5031, 1956)
10) Bo Diddley and the Carnations - Don't Let It Go (Checker LP1436, 1959)
11) Joey and the Lexingtons - Tears From My Eyes (Dunes 2029, 1962)
12) The Metrotones - Skitter Skatter (Reserve 116, 1954)
13) The Jets - Heaven Above Me (Gee 1020, 1956)
14) The Rhythm Masters - Until Now (Bennett, 1949)
15) The Roamers - I'll Never Get Over You (Savoy 1147, 1955)
16) The Videls - We Belong Together (Musicnote 117, 1963)
17) The Blue Dots - My Very Own (Hurricane 104, 1959)
18) The Marshall Brothers - Why Make A Fool Out Of Me (Savoy 873, 1952)
19) The Quarternotes - Hold Me Darling (Little Star 112, 1962)
20) The Crystals - My Heart's Desire (Apollo 462, 1954) (also known as The Opals)
21) The Mighty Dukes - Why Can't I Have You (Duke 104, 1952)
22) The Velvetones - Penalty of Love (D 1649, 1959)
23) The Daylighters - I Love The Life I Live
24) The Nic-Nacs - I Found Me A Sugar Daddy (RPM 313, 1949) (really The Robins)
25) The Mixers - Casanova (Bold 102, 1959)
26) The Velvet Angels – I’m in Love (Medieval 201)
27) The Dikes – Don’t Leave Me Poor (Federal 12249, 1955)
28) The Marvells - Did She Leave You (Magnet 1005, 1959)
29) The Empires - Sittin' On Top Of The World
30) The Twigs - Lover Boy (Hollywood 1026, 1954)
31) The Four Buddies - You Mean Everything To Me (Club 51 103, 1956)
32) The Riffs - Little Girl (Sunny 22, 1964)
33) The Impressors - Do You Love Her (Cub 9010, 1958)
34) The Lyrics - I'm In Love (Hy-Tone 111, 1958)
35) The Swinging Hearts - How Can I Love You (Six-Twenty, 1963)

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Risky Blues





Side 1
1. Bullmoose Jackson - Big 10 Inch Record
2. The Swallows - It Ain't The Meat
3. The Midnighters - Annie Had A Baby
4. Wynonie Harris - Wasn't That Good?
5. The Checkers - Don't Stop Dan
6. Wynonie Harris - Lovin' Machine
7. Lucky Millinder - Silent George

Side 2
1. The Dominoes - 60 Minute Man
2. Robert Henry - Somethin's Gone Wrong With My Lovin' Machine
3. Jesse Powell and Fluffy Hunter - The Walkin' Blues
4. Wynonie Harris - Keep On Churnin'
5. Bullmoose Jackson - I Want A Bowlegged Woman
6. Todd Rhodes - Rocket 69
7. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - Mountain Oysters

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Originally issued in 1971 as King KS 1133, this LP predated the similarly themed double album Gabe's Dirty Blues which is another collection of double entendre R&B from the King / Federal / DeLuxe group of labels.

One glance at the tracklist is all you need to get an idea of the salacious goings on contained in these tracks. But to the pure, all things are pure so you only have yourself to blame if you find anything risque or offensive in innocent 1940s /1950s titles such as "Big Ten Inch", "Keep On Churnin'", "It Ain't The Meat, It's The Motion" and "Rocket 69." It's all good clean fun I tells ya! My pussonal favourite is definitely "I Want A Bowlegged Woman." Something about bass fiddle playing, I think.

Joan has contributed a selection of salty scans and these are included in the download. A feast for the eyes.






Friday, 4 December 2009

Rock and Roll with Joe Houston re-up at higher bitrate



The anonymous donor who kindly ripped and sent in this LP which was posted in July 2008 has now re-ripped the album at a higher bitrate - 320 kbps. I have uploaded the new version in its full ultra-fi. New link is here:

http://www19.zippyshare.com/v/gYgbJ2HH/file.html


The original post with its tale of Tops Records, Joan K label scans, and a comment from Red Neckerson on the perils of drunken record buying is here:

Rock and Roll with Joe Houston (Tops L1518)

Thanks once again to our anonymous donor and to Joan for the folder of label scans.


1. Off Beat
2. Rock That Boogie
3. No Name Rock
4. Goofin'
5. Joe's Rock
6. Tall Gal Blues
7. All Night Long
8. Movin' And Groovin'
9. Corn Bread And Cabbage Greens
10. I Woke Up This Morning
11. Flying Home
12. Teen-Age Boogie

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Earl Bostic Blows a Fuse (CRB 1091)

Ah, Earl Bostic! The maestro of the alto sax whose rasping big-toned sax stylings shifted hundreds of thousands of singles, EPs and LPs throughout the 1950s. And not only in the US of A, as my uncle used to reminisce about dancing to a café juke box stacked with Bostic platters in the south side of Glasgow back in the ‘50s. The first time I heard the man himself was towards the end of the 1970s on his version of “Harlem Nocturne” which turned up on one of the Old King Gold LPs. It’s a masterpiece of moody sleaze which immediately transported me (in mind, if not in body) to an exotic strip club. If you’re looking for an instrumental record to set a mood or get the dancers a-swingin’ and a-swayin’ then you can’t go wrong with Bostic.


Vintage EP cover courtesy Joan K.

Like so many Be Bop Wino heroes, Earl Bostic came from a solid big band background, most notably with a 1943/44 Lionel Hampton line up that included fellow future R&B luminaries Joe Morris, Big Al Sears and Arnett Cobb. But back in the early to mid ‘40s Earl wasn’t only swingin’ with the big bands, he was also going along to those after hours jam sessions in NYC which were the birthplace of bebop.

In Ira Gitler’s book “Swing to Bop”, Allen Tinney remembered the sessions at Clark Monroe’s Uptown House, where Charlie Parker and Earl Bostic squared off against each other:

“And a guy named Earl Bostic used to come in and watch him [Charlie Parker]. You know it’s like gunslingers, and one night they hooked up. I don’t really know who won because it was too tremendous, but Bostic had been scouting him, and they really hooked up, and it was tremendous.”

In the same book Hal Singer talked about Sunday afternoon jam sessions at a club called The Heatwave:

“Then for the jam session Bird called ‘Cherokee.’ The two horns were Bird and Bostic. Both of them were great and they had a great feeling towards each other. There was a great admiration for each other’s drive and technique.”

Notwithstanding his ability to hold his own against the up and coming beboppers, Earl’s musical career followed the path of swing, jump, rhythm and blues and even pop, but his amazing technique which was widely acknowledged by fellow musicians such as Art Blakey and John Coltrane always meant that there was something in his work to interest jazz fans. At the height of his commercial success with King Records in the 1950s his bands included future jazz legends like Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine and Benny Golson.

In 1945 Bostic formed his own big band which included Don Byas and Tiny Grimes and cut a couple of discs for Majestic. In 1946 he signed with Gotham records which at that time was based in NYC and over the next two years he recorded a series of small group jump (occasionally very wild!) and swing sides, gaining success with “Away” and more notably “Temptation.”

Towards the end of 1948 he signed with the larger King Records. Within a couple of years he had moved away from the jump sound he favoured at Gotham and with the addition of Gene Redd on vibes had developed a fuller sound which brought a series of hits such as “Sleep,” “Moonglow” and the chart topper “Flamingo.” Single success lasted from 1951 through to 1954. The formula for this success was to take a swing standard and give it a danceable big beat treatment with a dash of echo included. Just the thing for the juke boxes!
From 1956 onwards Earl Bostic’s King recording sessions were aimed at the growing LP market and a veritable avalanche of big 12 inchers was released over the next few years with titles such as “Dance to the Best of Bostic,” “Earl Bostic For You,” Alto-Tude,” “Dance Time,” “Let’s Dance with Earl Bostic,” “Invitation to Dance from Earl Bostic,” “C’mon and Dance with Earl Bostic,” “Bostic Rocks,” “Alto Magic in Hi-Fi,” and “Bostic Showcase of Swingin’ Dance Hits.” There may be a theme to these titles. Some of these LPs are still available as King CDs with the original front cover art still in place. Below are a couple of examples I bought through Amazon marketplace.





The 1985 Charly LP I’ve posted here provides a 16 track overview of Bostic’s career from his 1940s Gotham and early King jump sides (with hissy sound quality), through his early 1950s big selling singles (much better sound quality) to his mid to late 1950’s dance LP sides.
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1. Night Train
2. 8.45 Stomp
3. That's The Groovy Thing
4. Special Delivery Stomp
5. Moonglow
6. Mambostic
7. Earl Blows A Fuse
8. Harlem Nocturne
9. Who Snuck The Wine In The Gravy?
10. Don't You Do It
11. Disc Jockey's Nightmare
12. Flamingo
13. Steam Whistle Jump
14. What! No Pearls
15. Tuxedo Junction
16. Seven Steps

Recommended purchases include the 4CD Properbox set "The Earl Bostic Story" which follows his career from his earliest sides for Gotham in 1946 to his King period in 1955. Rev-Ola have issued a CD, “Let’s Ball Tonight,” which has 28 Gotham and early King sides.



Collector’s corner. Proper had a good 2CD set called “Flamingo” which followed Bostic’s career from his Hampton days up until his 1951 sides for King. A good collection with excellent notes by Joop Visser. The See For Miles label had two Earl Bostic collections in their “EP Collection” series. Both are excellent, but the first volume is simply outstanding with every track a standout and all in superb sound quality. If you see this (or the other two out of print CDs) going secondhand at a reasonable price, then buy with confidence.






Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Joan Selects, Volume 20 - The Grand Finale

This post appeared on the original Bebopwino blog on the 2nd of May 2009. It marked the end of a remarkable contribution to the rockin' web - Joan Selects - twenty one compilations of doowop, rock and roll and rhythm and blues, all lovingly put together by Joan K. But was this REALLY the end of Joan Selects? Prepare to be astonished o worshippers of the Big Beat, for I can tell you that this wasn't quite the last in the series. Keep tuned to Be Bop Wino Done Gone for some rockin' good news.


All good things come to an end eventually. It’s time to face the inevitable – the final volume of Joan Selects. Over to Joan:

We have reached "Joan Selects, Volume 20 Joan's Grand Finale" and it is now time to exit stage right, with this volume. I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who extended their comments to me over the course of the last half year, as the Joan Selects series unfolded. We've made more than 700 songs available for your listening pleasure. I hope that some, if not all, evoked some memories of times gone by. Perhaps some of the music is new to you and you've been able to widen your musical horizons. It's been my pleasure to select and present this great music of the 1940's - 1960's.

As for the finale here presented, I have culled through my music and selected a last group of songs that I would have on my iPod or on my computer if given the choice.

We start off with arguably the all-time greatest doo-wop song of the 1950's, with New Haven's 5-Satins featuring Fred Paris, "In The Still Of the Night" - one of the greats!
The Velvetones song included here is their follow-up to "The Glory Of Love", and I like it better. All their relevant material was recorded for the Mesner's Aladdin Records marque. Nolan Strong and the Diablos from Detroit are best known for the song I present here - "The Wind" a pure doo-wop masterpiece on Devora Brown's Detroit based Fortune Label. The Five Notes resurface on volume 20 for a second appearance, with the hauntingly beautiful "You Are So Beautiful" recorded for Josie Records. I had to include the Jaguar's treatment of Jerome Kern's "The Way you Look Tonight" - not optional. Seeing a theme on Volume 20 yet?

Tony Passalaqua and the Fascinators are included on this collection with their masterpiece "Chapel Bells" recorded for Capitol Records. Even though the Casinos recording "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" is from the 1960s, I still consider it as a song I'd take to a desert island as one of my favorites. For the Flamingos, their brief stopover on Chicago's legendary Parrot label, produced three 45's and the one included here is (in Joan's opinion) the ultimate Flamingo's record - "Dream Of A Lifetime".

I reprised several of my favorites from earlier Joan Selects volumes because they fit the theme of the finale nicely - The Nitecaps - "In Each Corner of my Heart" and The Drifters - "Your Promise to Be Mine".

The Iceman, Jerry Butler produced an instant classic, fronting the Impressions for Vee Jay and later the Abner label with the all-time classic - "For Your Precious Love". The Swallows with "I Only Have Eyes for You" and the Checkers "Night Curtains" both for the King Label are really wonderful selections, and are extremely rare on 45 rpm format.

I've included many other of my "Joan's selections to take to a tropical island" choices in volume 20, The Sharp-Tones on Post, Plants on J&S, Orchids on Parrot, Wrens on Rama, and several by the Moonglows, one on Chance and one on Chess.

The Crests first recording for the Coed Label is featured also in Volume 20. The Royals (later to become the Midnighters, with Hank Ballard) are here with their magical ballad "Every Beat of My Heart" for the Federal company in Cincinnati.
"Joan Selects, Volume 20 - Joan's Grand Finale" closes the volume and series with several meaningful songs, The Ink Spots - "When You Come To The End of The Day" recorded for King Records, and the ultimate dance ender and all time top ten doo wop classic - The Spaniels "Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight".



To all who have joined us here on BeBop Wino in listening to the Joan Selects series it is time to say so-long and thanks for listening... I love
you all!!!!


Joan








Ripped from vinyl at mostly 128 kbps. Nearly 40 label scans are included. The password is greaseyspoon. Download from here:

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01 The Five Satins - I'll Remember (In The Still Of The Night) - Ember E-1005
02 The Dominoes - Love, Love, Love - Federal 45-12072-A
03 The Velvetones - Found My Love - Aladdin 45-3391
04 The Diablos - The Wind - Fortune 511
05 The Castelles - My Girl Awaits Me - Grand 45-101
06 The Five Notes - You Are So Beautiful - Josie 45-784
07 The Jaguars - The Way You Look Tonight - R-Dell 11
08 The Fascinators - Chapel Bells - Capitol F-4053
09 The Solitaires - The Angels Sang - Old Town O.T. 1026
10 The Five Willows - My Dear, Dearest Darling - Allen 45-1000
11 The Casinos - Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - Fraternity F-977
12 The Crystals - Come To Me Baby - Luna 45-101
13 Luther Bond and the Emeralds - Starlight, Starbright - Savoy 1131
14 The Duprees - You Belong To Me - Coed CO 569
15 The Flamingos - Dream Of A Lifetime - Parrot 808
16 The Drifters - Your Promise To Be Mine - Atlantic 45-1089
17 The Nite Caps - In Each Corner Of My Heart - Groove 4G-0176
18 The Harptones - Life Is But A Dream - Paradise P-101-A
19 The Five Diamonds - Ten Commandments of Love - Treat 501
20 Jerry Butler & The Impressions - For Your Precious Love - Abner 1013
21 The Sharptones - Made To Love - Post x2009
22 The Cufflinxs - Lawful Wedding - Dootone 438-B
23 The Crests - Pretty Little Angel - Coed 501
24 The Robins - My Heart's The Biggest Fool - RCA Victor 47-5175
25 The Moonglows - Secret Love - Chance CH-1152
26 The Swallows - I Only Have Eyes For You - King 45-4533-AA
27 The Checkers - Night's Curtains - King 4581
28 The Plants - Dear I Swear - J & S 1602 A
29 The Orchids - You're Everything To Me - Parrot 815
30 The Charms - Happy Are We - DeLuxe 6014
31 The TimeTones - In My Heart - Times Square 421
32 The Wrens - Love's Something Made For Two - Rama RR-110
33 The Passions - Just To Be With You - Audicon 45-102
34 The Royals - Every Beat Of My Heart - Federal 45-12064-AA
35 The Orioles - There's No One But You - Jubilee 45-5134
36 The Dubs - Could This Be Magic - Gone 5011
37 Harvey and the Moonglows - Don't Be Afraid To Love - Chess 1735
38 The Admirations - Bells Of Rosa Rita - Mercury 71721X45
39 The Ink Spots - When You Come To The End Of The Day - King 45-1425
40 The Spaniels - Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite - Vee Jay VJ-107

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Joan Selects, Volume 11 - Quite A Party

This post first appeared on the original Be Bop Wino blog on April 20th 2009.

“Hold It! What’s goin’ on? Where’s the final volume of Joan Selects? Why have we got another Volume 11, and why oh why have you hit us with the coolest collection of instrumentals to ever blast out over the rock and roll interweb?” That’s what rockin’ music fans from Hackensack to Hanoi are no doubt saying. Well each and every one of you should genuflect and give thanks to the High Priestess of Rock and Roll (Joan) for this bonus volume of twangin’ and squawkin’ instros. And please also give thanks for the fact that the end of Joan selects has been delayed for around a week.

And now over to the lady herself:

Joan Selects Volume 11 - Quite a Party will serve as a replacement volume for the earlier Volume 11 which featured seasonal Christmas doo wop. Quite A Party - is comprised of all instrumental cuts. A lot are personal favorites, and there is a fair representation of top 40 hits as well. Some of the high-lights include several outstanding cuts from Ohio's Johnny and the Hurricanes, featuring Johnny Paris on saxophone.

The Corvette's driving "Pick Up" should bring the dead back to life with its strident beat. Some rockabilly instrumentals here include The Rock-A-Teens with “Woo Hoo” and the Jet-Tones with “The Jet Tone Boogie” (with studio chatter at the outset) for Chess Records. Several of the more obscure surf instrumentals show here: “Mr. Moto” - The Penetrations, “Church Key” - The Revels, “Penetration” - The Pyramids, and the all-time hit “Pipeline” - The Chantays. Some of my favorite evergreens appear here too – “Tequila” - The Champs, “Raunchy” - Bill Justice, “Rumble” - Link Wray and “Wheels” - The String-a-Longs. Of special note is a cut from a legendary album on Fraternity Records - "The Wham Of That Memphis Man" with guitar virtuoso extraordinaire Lonnie Mack's version of Memphis. Words fall far short of an ample description of the skills of Lonnie Mack.

George Tomsco's Fireballs provide the title for this Joan Selects volume with “Quite A Party”. Several one shot hits are here The Ramrods - "Ghost Riders in the Sky'" and "Back Beat Number 1" - The Rondels. "Sax-Ony Boogie" is from the legendary Meteor record label and is essentially the Elmore James band. Chicago blues legend Otis Spann appears on a very rare Checker Records side - and an excellent driving instrumental called "Five Spot". Tommy Ridgeley had a colossal hit for Atlantic Records with "Jam Up". Elgart's "Bandstand Boogie" speaks for itself and this Joan Selects Volume 11 closes with one of the most unbelievable saxophone instrumentals ever put down in the R&B era by Rama and Gee records session band leader Jimmy Wright. If I didn't have Wright''s "Move Over" I'd pay good money for this whole volume just to get the Jimmy Wright song. Enjoy!!!!

Thanks Joan, for this unexpected replacement volume and also for the folder of around 40 label shots.

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01 Johnny and the Hurricanes - Crossfire - Warwick M-502
02 The Corvettes - Pick Up - Corvette C-1000
03 The Titans - Rockin' Rebel - Titan FF-5701
04 The Rocking Rebels - Wild Weekend - Marlee ML-0094A
05 Ray Anthony - The Theme from Peter Gunn - Capitol F4041
06 The Revels - Church Key - Impact 1-IMX
07 Al Caiola - The Theme from The Magnificent Seven - United Artists UA 261
08 The Rocketeens - Woo Hoo - Roulette R-4192
09 The Champs - Tequila - Challenge 1016
10 The Belairs - Mr. Moto - Arvee A-5034
11 The Chantays - Pipeline - Downey D-104
12 The Jet Tones - The Jet-Tone Boogie - Chess 1723
13 Jorgen Ingmann - Apache - ATCO 45-6184
14 Sandy Nelson - Let There Be Drums - Imperial x5775
15 Bill Justice - Raunchy - Phillips International 3519
16 Link Wray - Rumble - Cadence 1347
17 The Virtues - Guitar Boogie Shuffle - Hunt H-324
18 Dave "Baby" Cortez - The Happy Organ - Clock C-1009
19 Duane Eddy - Moovin' and Groovin' - Jamie 1101
20 The Piltdown Men - Brontosaurus Stomp - Capitol 4414
21 The Fabulous Continentals - The Rockinental - Sioux 42061
22 Lonnie Mack - Memphis - Fraternity F-906
23 Cozy Cole - Topsy, Part 1 - Love 503
24 The Ramrods - Ghost Riders in the Sky - Amy 813
25 The Fireballs - Quite A Party - Warwick M-644
26 The String-A-Longs - Wheels - Warwick M 603
27 The Routers - Let's Go(Pony) - Warner Brothers 5283
28 Preston Epps - Bongo Rock - Original Sound O-4
29 The Pyramids - Penetration - Best 13002
30 The Frantics - Werewolf - Dolton No. 16
31 Santo and Johnny - Sleepwalk - Canadian American 103
32 Johnny and the Hurricanes - Buckeye - Warwick M-509
33 The Rondels - Back Beat No 1 - Amy 825
34 Lee Allen – Rockin’ At Cosimo's - Aladdin 3354
35 J.T. Brown - Sax-ony Boogie - Meteor 5016
36 Otis Spann - Five Spot - Checker 807
37 John Brim - Gary Stomp - Parrot 799 B
38 The Gone All Stars - 7-11 - Gone 5016
39 Tommy Ridgeley - Jam Up - Atlantic 45-1039
40 The Duals - Stick Shift - Sue 45-745
41 Les Elgart - Bandstand Boogie
42 Jimmy Wright - Move Over - Rama RR-205