ETTA JAMES – HER BEST
There are many box-sets around, but this great value 20-track collection has all the essentials from her golden years at Chess. Etta’s highly emotional performances sound better than ever and her range, from ballads like ‘At Last’, Blues like ‘I Just Want to Make Love to You’ and gospel rockers like ‘Something’s Got a Hold On Me’, show an artist at the peak of her considerable powers.
SCREAMING JAY HAWKINS – WEIRD AND THEN SOME!
All Jay’s best known tracks are joined by material like ‘Baptise Me in Wine’ and ‘Armpit No.6’, and some fearsome covers, but the gross ‘Constipation Blues’ is missing!
JIMMY WITHERSPOON – THE SPOON CONCERTS
An essential Jimmy Witherspoon album, these two concerts capture him at the height of his considerable powers. Ben Webster, Earl Hines, Roy Eldridge, Gerry Mulligan, Coleman Hawkins and many others lend a hand.
PERCY MAYFIELD – SPECIALTY PROFILES
Percy had a superb voice, with soul, range, dynamic and a sweet tone, and this album shows that if he’d been able to get out there, he would have been a mega-star.
PAUL ‘HUCKLEBUCK’ WILLIAMS – THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL YEARS
Paul’s famous honking sax lines presented here on a range of material by The Hucklebuckers. Vintage Rock’n’Roll!
EARL PALMER – BACKBEAT…THE WORLD’S GREATEST DRUMMER.
Four tracks with Earl as bandleader are included in a mix which encompasses Soul, Pop and an Orchestral tune with that famous rockin’ R&B.
NAPPY BROWN – NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME
Remastered to a high standard, most of these Savoy tracks feature Nappy’s emotive,soulful vocals in front of a house-band with a punchy horn section.
RAY CHARLES – THE VERY BEST OF RAY CHARLES
Watch out! There are at least two albums with this name. The Rhino Records effort from 2000 is OK but not as good as the 40 track Spanish one.
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TOMMY TATE – I’M SO SATISFIED
Tommy was a very talented singer, with a delivery like the young Otis, who has been sadly overlooked.
STEVE CROPPER – JAMMED TOGETHER
These guys were having tremendous fun as they played and jammed together on these ten tracks, resulting in some magical moments.
LITTLE WILLIE JOHN – COMPLETE HIT SINGLES AS AND BS
The big hits are all there, but the B-sides have some rocking up-tempo tunes that show another side of this much under-rated singer.
RUTH BROWN – MISS RHYTHM
Ruth’s powerhouse voice could belt out a track with a driving band behind her, but there are some jazz-influenced ‘torch songs’ here too.
HANK BALLARD – COME ON AND GET IT
Hank and the Midnighters were so prolific for a reason. Kids didn’t but the records for the racy lyrics, they just wanted to dance.
LITTLE RICHARD – THE GEORGIA PEACH
This collection of album versions of the singles has 25 tracks by Richard when he was truly in his prime. The energy fizzes out of your speakers!
LUCKY PETERSON – BEYOND COOL
Lucky weaves his special magic over some well-loved songs, and self-written tunes, with Willie Weeks among the illustrious side-men.
LaVERN BAKER – IT’S SO FINE. COMPLETE SINGLES 1953-59.
This is a truly astonishing collection of LaVern’s work for Atlantic, which runs to 40 songs, covering all her big hits and some excellent b-sides.
ROY MILTON – PROFILES
This 14 track collection distills the essence of Roy’s swinging take on the Blues. Excellent FREE Specialty sampler too!