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Monday, 28 October 2019

Forgotten Million Sellers Taken From The Vaults (King LP 792)

Side 1:
01) Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
02) Ivory Tower - Otis Williams & The Charms
03) Night Train - James Brown
04) Jealous Heart - Ivory Joe Hunter
05) Rock Love - Lula Reed
06) Don't Take It So Hard - Earl "Connelly" King
07) Dedicated To The One I Love - The "5" Royales
08) Good Morning Judge - Wynonie Harris

Side 2:
01) Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You) - Little Willie John
02) I'm Tore Down - Freddy King
03) Ram-Bunk-Shush - Bill Doggett
04) I Want A Bow Legged Woman - Bull Moose Jackson
05) It Hurts To Be In Love - Annie Laurie
06) Come Home - Bubber Johnson
07) Do Something For Me - Billy Ward & His Dominoes
08) Blues Stay Away From Me - Lonnie Johnson

Our regular contributor Marv has sent in this reconstruction of a King Records comp which was issued in 1963. It has all the hallmarks of the budget R&B LP - minimum track info, cheapo cover design, a seemingly random selection of tracks from around 14 years of King / Federal issues and, boy, do I love it!

Many of you probably have most of these tracks scattered around your collections already, but it's always good to hear familiar tracks in new contexts. If you're new to this stuff (and I hope there are some newbies out there) then you're in for a treat.

This collection inevitably reminds me of those distant days when I was buying "Old King Gold" LPs and every track was something new to me. Unknown tracks by artists of whom I had mostly never heard with a few exceptions such as Freddy King and James Brown. A surprising variety of R&B styles and lots of discoveries to be made. Most importantly, some great rockin' and stompin' music.

Even at this stage of the game there are some tracks here with which I wasn't familiar - Little Willie John's "Take My Love" and Lonnie Johnson's "Blues Stay Away From Me" are fresh delights for this jaded old blueser / jazzer / hepcat.

No fax on the trax on this stack o' wax - there's a backlog of stuff building up for the blog so let's just get the music out there. Jump blues from the late '40s and early '50s, tough R&B from the later '50s and early '60s, great instros from James Brown and Bill Doggett, and Nat "King Cole song stylings from Bubber Johnson. All killer, no filler!

We'll be revisiting the bargain LP browser again soon, thanks to Marv.


Charles D said...

Thank you.

Zesty said...

Thank you. Gonna enjoy listening to this right away!

I'm no expert, but there seem to be lots of well-remembered tracks here; I raise an eyebrow at 'Forgotten'.

boogiewoody said...

I also raise an eyebrow at "million sellers" - some big hits here but not many sold a million I'll bet!

Another similar King comp will be coming along soon, thanks to Marv.


Bob Mac said...

Thanks for this one BW. I didn't have this album but no doubt already have all the tracks scattered around various albums & comps. Nice to have anyway, some fine stuff here.

Chi-Town said...

Thanks BW and Marv. Very nice LP even if not all the selections sold a million.....


richsoul said...

Thank you looks like an album I should have bought, Thank you very much.