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Thursday 26 July 2012

Joan Spins Again - Volume 3

Side 1
1 Must Be Falling In Love - The Duponts
2 The Angels Sent You To Me - The Carnations
3 Pretty Girl - The V-8's
4 Shouldn't I - The Orients
5 Feelin' Alright This Morning - The Hi-Liters
6 The Wayward Wind - The Centenniels
7 You Can't Stay Here - The Concords
8 Anna Mocora - The Calvaes
9 Love Tears - The Five Embers

Side 2
1 All Of Me - The King Odom Four
2 Baby Don't Go - The Gentlemen
3 'lizabeth - The Thrillers
4 Hello - Little June & The Januarys
5 Mr Blues - The Master Keys
6 Why - The Impalas
7 Gone So Long - The Invictas
8 Sweet Names - The Five Stars
9 Sweet Tooth For My Baby - The Four Buddies

Here ‘tis – another collection of vintage R&B courtesy of Joan K. Volume 3 of Joan Spins Again is a whirlwind tour of a decade of vocal group stylings, ranging from sophisticated early 1950s jazzy records rooted in the sound of The Ravens, to the younger group sounds of the later 50s which were such an important part of the rise of rock and roll. This is a great compilation which I’ve been sitting on for a couple of months, enjoying on the privacy of my own PC. But here it is at last, available for the delectation of R&B fans the wide world over.

I’ve selected some of my personal favourites and put them on the streaming audio widget below, but every track on the collection is a gem. The King Odom Four, The Masterkeys and The Four Buddies are the smoothies here – suave, sophisticated, knowing (and occasionally leering) – their sound really appeals to me. For the younger followers of Be Bop Wino a word of caution: I suspect you have to be at least fifty years old in order to fully appreciate the subtleties of these records. What kind of a kick can rockers possibly get out of an early 1950s reworking of an old standard like “All of  Me” by a seemingly “square” group like The King Odom Four? Just give it a listen and let the sheer hepness of the record take hold of you. The same group also did a cover of “Lover Come Back to Me” which was equally good.

At the opposite end of the rockin’ spectrum we have The Concords, or rather Pearl Reaves and The Concords with “You Can’t Stay Here,” an irresistible pounding treatment of the old blues standard “Step It Up and Go.” This record has featured on several rockin’ R&B comps across the years, perhaps most notably on number 20 of the inestimable “Stompin’” series where it shares disc space with the likes of Riff Ruffin’s “Money For My Honey” and Pigmeat Markham’s “Let’s Have Some Heat.” If you don’t have “Stompin’ 20” then I’m sorry, you just ain’t where it’s at!

Listen to some highlights from Joan Spins Again Volume 3 below:

Download the collection from here:

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Joan Spins Again Volume 3 download

Password = greaseyspoon

1 - The Duponts - Must Be Falling In Love - Winley 212 / SAVOY 1552 (1958)
     (F/b Little Anthony Gourdine)
2 - The Carnations - The Angels Sent You To Me - Savoy 1172 (1955)
3 - The V-8s - Pretty Girl - Most 711 (1959)
4 - The Orients - Shouldn't I - Laurie 3232 (1964)
5 - The Hi-Liters  - Feelin' Alright This Morning - Vee Jay (Unreleased) (1958)  
6 - The Centenniels - The Wayward Wind - Dot 16180 (1961)
7 - The Concords - You Can't Stay Here - Harlem 2332 (1955)
8 - The Calvaes - Anna Morcora - Checker 928 (1959) (F/b Oscar Boyd)
9 - The Five Embers - Love Tears - Gem 227 (1955)
10 - The King Odom Four - All Of Me - Derby (1951)
11 - The Gentlemen - Baby Don't Go - Apollo 470 (1954)
12 - The Thrillers - 'Lizabeth - Herald 432 (1954)
13 - Little June and the Januarys - Hello - Salem 188 (1959)
14 - The Masterkeys - Mr. Blues - Abbey 2017  
15 - The Impalas - Why - Corvet 1017 (1958)
16 - The Invictas - Gone So Long - Jack Bee 1003 (1959)
17 - The Five Stars - Sweet Names - Note (1956) 
18 - The Four Buddies - Sweet Tooth For My Baby - Savoy 866 (1952)

With many thanks to Joan K for all her hard work in putting this collection together.


jim said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Listening now and it's great. Miss the label scans, but thank you, thank you, thank you.

Pete said...

the first two compilations were great - looking forward to listening to this one! cheers!

Anonymous said...

When Joan spins we ALL spin!--Bill

Anonymous said...

what is the password please?

boogiewoody said...

password is: greaseyspoon

Sorry, it's so long since I did a download post, I forgot about the password! Thanks for the reminder.

To people who have posted comments - thank you very much. It's your encouragement that keeps the blog going.


jim said...

I'm embarrassed. There are record scans! Again, many thanks.

enoch said...

Thank you Joan And Woody. great as always. i'm already waiting for volume 4

Anonymous said...

Joan ROCKS!! ;)

pbs fm said...

Thank-you Joan once again you have put a great set together.
regards peter, "The Maltshophop'
PBS 106-7 FM
Melbourne Australia
23 years of broadcasting Rhythm & Blues Vocal Group music

italiabeat said...

Very great selection!!!