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Monday, 17 December 2012

Joan Selects - Volume 11 - A Doo Wop Christmas


'Tis that time of year again, when we try to hold back Time's inexorable advance by losing ourselves in Joan's classic comp from way back when - "A Doo Wop Christmas." Weepers and rockers with a festive theme, chiming bells, wailin' saxes, plaintive lyrics, crazy lyrics, lovelorn teenagers, lovelorn adults who have been around the block a few times, sentimentality and exploitation all mixed in a gumbo that can only be called rock and roll.

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Unfortunately despite all our efforts there is no holding back Time, and we must mark the passing of another of the artists who made the 1940s and 1950s such a great musical era - Cozy Eggleston. His echo-drenched version of "Blue Light Boogie" retitled "Big Heavy" was one of the great R&B sax instrumentals of the early 1950s. The classic photo of Cozy and his wife indulging in saxophonic shenanigans has been a feature on the sidebar of this blog for quite a while now. Like "Big Heavy" it encapsulates the real spirit of rhythm and blues. Goodbye Cozy.

Here's a little playlist with a couple of Cozy's sides, and to bring us back to Christmas, a cool medley of seasonal tunes blasted out by Gene Ammons and Tom Archia. May you all continue to indulge in Be Bop, Doo Wop and Mop Mop. Keep swingin'!


gilhodges said...

Was just playing this last evening at our tree-trimming party. Have enjoyed and appreciate this since its original posting. Long live Be Bop Wino!

boogiewoody said...

The original post was in 2008. Nice to know that its brought enjoyment to people over the years. Thanks, Gil.


Anonymous said...

Awesome stuff, shame about the low bit rates, really seems all that work should warrant at least 192

Siggy said...

many tanx! A belated Merry Christmas, or as my ol' granpappy used to say, "Have A Cool Yule And A Frantic First".

Den said...

Hey, it's Spring 2014, which is "decades of loss and dead" posts on the web... Latest pissoff is ITunes killing a whole compilation since "God Bless America" is available on iTunes... You dig? Sux.
NOW, on the bight side of the pint of ale, YOUR STUFF ROCKS TO THIS DAY, and it's really a Blessing that Joan's Doo Wop Christmas is still decking the halls and the walls of happy downloaders throughout the whole wide world.
Detractors say lo-res is sad, but getting no gift at all is much, much sadder, and

Thanks for your devotion to the MUSIC, not the CASH, the history, not the control of rights, and finally, the love of great American Black Music, in all its forms, and all its joy and pain. In that sense, of singing and playing, we're all Black, and we're all hipsters.

Keep the Christmas lights burning. Even if you don't believe in Christmas, charity or sharity.
Joy to the world. Hoy, hoy to the world. Spring to the world. LIfe and peace and up-tempo rockers.