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DriftersRockin' & Driftin' ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the first full albums by the legendary Drifters – all early material cut for Atlantic Records in the immediate years after Clyde McPhatter left the group, and the quintet opened up into a wonderful second chapter of their career! Some tunes still have that raspy lead vocal standout that McPhatter provided, but lots of others have an even more integrated harmony approach – always swinging and impeccably put together, at a level that made these guys one of the key groups to transition from R&B to soul! Production is wonderful – very much in the best raw Atlantic R&B style of the 50s – and titles include "Adorable", "It Was A Tear", "Ruby Baby", "Drip Drop", "Hypnotized", "Yodee Yodee", and "Soldier Of Fortune". CD
 
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CheckersCheckmate – The Complete King Recordings 1952 to 1955 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A long-overdue look at one of the greatest vocal groups of the 50s – an quartet with a sound to rival that of The Drifters or The Dominoes at their best! That comparison is no accident, as The Checkers featured members from both groups – although the overall strength of the vocal work on this set is more in line with the hard-wailing Clyde McPhatter Drifters years on Atlantic than it is some of the better-known Dominoes work for King. There's a vocal range and confidence here that's really amazing – a dipping, turning, soaring quality that shows up on nearly all the tunes – and which makes us wonder why the group wasn't at the top of the charts during the years. All tunes are very nicely presented here – with great mastering and full notes on all the Checkers' years at King – and the CD features a total of 26 tracks that includes "You Never Had It So Good", "Don't Stop Dan", "Night's Curtains", "I Wanna Know", "Let Me Come Back", "I Wasn't Thinking I Was Drinking", "Friend In Need", "Mama's Daughter", "I Promise You", and "Love Wasn't There". CD

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DominoesBilly Ward & His Dominoes – Complete Federal/King Singles ... CD
King/Real Gone, 1950s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 23.98
One of the greatest vocal groups of the postwar years – an incredible combination of voices that really paved the way for soul styles in years to come! The Dominoes were great right from the start – a group who blew away all the hoke of The Mills Brothers or Ink Spots – and instead forged this really raw, really spare sound that relied strongly on the presence of a key lead singer – who then got incredible support from the harmonies of the other members! The approach was groundbreaking – and matched only by a rare few, like The Drifters – and given that The Dominoes featured that group's great Clyde McPhatter as a lead singer before his work on Atlantic, The Dominoes definitely were the originator. This excellent 2CD set features way more than just the group's early hits – as it brings together 58 tracks from their years on King Records, including loads of lesser-known b-sides – not just with McPhatter as the lead, but also a young Jackie Wilson – who sang with the group after Clyde left. Titles include "Cave Man", "Have Mercy Baby", "Love Love Love", "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down", "How Long How Long Blues", "Give Me You", "One Sweet Moment", "I Really Don't Want To Know", "Pedal Pushin Papa", "The Bells", "I Am With You", "Sixty Minute Man", "Harbor Lights", "No Says My Heart", and lots lots more! CD

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FiestasOh So Fine ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The first-ever full length collection of work by The Fiestas – a really wonderful vocal group who worked for the Old Town label at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – and who were maybe one of the greatest acts to work for that legendary imprint! The group can be plenty soulful when they want – with a mixture of searing lead and supporting harmonies that takes us back to The Drifters or Five Royales at their best – right down to all the grit they bring to their grooves – and while some of the Old Town groups might have veered a bit towards pop, these guys keep it strongly soulful throughout – and really help forge a path forward to the 60s from earlier doo wop modes. CD features a killer 28 tracks in all – with titles that include "Dollar Bill", "So Fine", "You Could Be My Girlfriend", "It Don't Make Sense", "Think Smart", "Anna", "I Gotta Have Your Lovin", "Broken Heart", "I Feel Good All Over", and "Foolish Dreamer". CD

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VariousAt The Club – 25 Blistering Soul Essentials ... CD
Atlantic/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Killer soul from the 60s – a wonderfully rich array of hard soul grooves – all with a superb pedigree! The "At" here is short for "Atlantic" – as in Atlantic Records, the source of all the very groovy cuts on this set – as well as some from the early years of Stax Records too! But if you're thinking the collection's just another batch of overplayed Atlantic soul hits from the 60s, then think again – because the track selection is wonderful, and the compilation goes out of its way to pick lesser-known gems and rare singles – including some by artists we didn't even realize recorded for Atlantic! There's definitely a few familiar cuts on here, but there's lots more that were only briefly issued as 45s – as you'll hear on titles that include "Holding On With Both Hands" by Eddie Floyd, "Able Mable" by Mable John, "Walking Up A One Way Street" by Willie Tee, "At The Club" by The Drifters, "It Ain't What You Got" by Jimmy Hughes, "Help Me Get The Feeling" by Ray Sharpe, "Some Other Guy" by Richie Barrett, "I'm Gonna Run Away From You" by Tami Lynn, "Que Sera Sera" by The High Keys, "Keep Lookin" by Solomon Burke, and the amazing "Some Kind Of Wonderful" by Soul Brothers Six, a monster track that is worth the price of the CD alone! CD

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VariousLeiber & Stoller Story Vol 2 – On The Horizon 1956 to 1962 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Perhaps the greatest years of genius for the team of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller – all summed up perfectly in a package that spans their work for many labels in many styles! Included here are some of the pair's best R&B work from the late 50s – hard groovers, catchy pop numbers, and a few mini-symphonies that really pushed the vocal talents of some key groups! Also included are some great early soul numbers, a few surprising crossover tracks, and a few titles that we'd heard before, but never realized were handled by Leiber & Stoller! Package features 24 tracks in all – with really wonderful notes that tie together all these bits, and further illuminate the material. Titles include "Here Comes Henry" by Young Jessie, "One Kiss Led To Another" by The Coasters, "There Goes My Baby" by The Drifters, "Yes" by Jay & The Americans, "Stand By Me" by Cassius Clay, "Bossa Nova Baby" by Tippie & The Clovers, "Searchin" by Alvin Robinson, "Lips" by Roy Hamilton, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" by Buddy Holly, "Alligator Wine" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, "Old Fashioned" by Varetta Dillard & The Cookies, "Lucky Lips" by Ruth Brown, "Keep Tellin Yourself" by Marv Johnson, "Some Other Guy" by Richie Barrett, "An Open Fire" by Johnny Mathis, and "I'm A Woman" by Christine Kittrell. CD

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VariousModern Vocal Groups Vol 1 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A huge discovery in vocal group material from the 50s – served up in this excellent series of tracks from the vaults of LA's Modern Records label! Most folks associate the early vocal group sounds with the east coast or Chicago scenes of the postwar years – but there was also plenty of harmonizing and doo wop on the west coast, too – although sometimes not as well-exposed as the bigger hits back east! This series really corrects that mistake – and serves up a stunning wealth of work from the early Cali scene – tracks recorded by the Modern Records label, a company with a rich legacy in jump blues, R&B, and other hip postwar styles – all of which they brought to play on their recordings in a vocal group mode. The Modern approach often has some wonderful arrangements that further empower the vocals – a harder swing that gives the singers the same push as some of the label's solo acts – and as usual for Ace Records, this collection moves way past the hits, to include some unreleased tracks, and rare singles from the Modern, RPM, Crown, and Flair labels. Volume 1 features 24 tracks in all – with titles that include "Native Girl" by The Native Boys, "Love Only You" by The Meadowlarks, "Sacroilliac Swing" by The Drifters, "I Wanna Love" by Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns, "You Better Stop" by The Original Jubalaires, "Be Cool My Heart" by Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers, "Let Me Be Your Man" by The Five Hearts, "Forever" by Marvin Phillips & The Barons, and "Tell Me You Love Me" by The Flairs. CD

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VariousWarner Pop Rock Nuggets Vol 3 – California Sun ... CD
Warner (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $21.99
Totally great tracks from a magical moment in pop music – that special period when rock had already gotten going, mainstream pop wasn't as soppy as the decade before, and soul music was starting to have a strong influence in the way both singers and groups delivered their vocals! All those qualities and more come into play here – in a fantastic series of cuts that come from deep in the Warner Brothers vaults – not just music from the main label, but also all the indies they've come to absorb over the years – labels like Colpix, Del-Fi, Gone, Mustang, Jubilee, and others who were an even greater force for music like this! The "nuggets" in the title is one way to see these cuts – material that came out in the generation right before the harder-edged material featured in the Nuggets series – but every bit as inventive and great in its own way. Volume 3 features 25 cuts that include "Every Little Prayer" by The Ashes, "Let Me Go" by Pat & Andre, "The Magic Touch" by Bobby Fuller Four, "My First Day Alone" by The Cascades, "Sweets For My Sweets" by The Drifters, "Love You So" by Ron Holden & The Thunderbirds, "Nothing Can Go Wrong" by The Domineers, "California Sun" by Joe Jones, "Rip Van Winkle" by The Devotions, "Never Say Goodbye" by Jimmy Beaumont, and "No Lies" by The Kokomos. (Rock, Soul) CD

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VariousWarner Pop Rock Nuggets Vol 4 – Yes I Will ... CD
Warner (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $21.99
Totally great tracks from a magical moment in pop music – that special period when rock had already gotten going, mainstream pop wasn't as soppy as the decade before, and soul music was starting to have a strong influence in the way both singers and groups delivered their vocals! All those qualities and more come into play here – in a fantastic series of cuts that come from deep in the Warner Brothers vaults – not just music from the main label, but also all the indies they've come to absorb over the years – labels like Colpix, Del-Fi, Gone, Mustang, Jubilee, and others who were an even greater force for music like this! The "nuggets" in the title is one way to see these cuts – material that came out in the generation right before the harder-edged material featured in the Nuggets series – but every bit as inventive and great in its own way. Volume 4 includes 25 great tracks – with a fair bit of UK numbers (previous volumes were more US) – and titles that include "It's Not Easy" by Normie Rowe, "Don't Just Stand There" by Danny Williams, "Driftin" by The Drifters, "Shakin All Over" by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, "A Change Of Heart" by Craig Douglas, "I'm The One Who Loves You" by The Paramounts, "Baby I Need Your Loving" by The Fourmost, "Rudi's In Love" by The Locomotive, and "Come To The Party" by The Image. (Rock, Soul) CD

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✨✧ VariousPomus & Shuman Story – Double Trouble 1956 to 1967 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... About October 1, 2016
A much-needed look at one of the key songwriting teams in American pop at the end of the 50s – Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman, two names who show up again and again in histories of early rock and soul music – but who rarely get the same recognition as some of their bigger contemporaries! This package does a great job of correcting that problem – by bringing together some of the greatest tunes ever from the pen of Pomus & Shuman, sung by some of the biggest American artists in a variety of genres – plus a number of other artists who have been lost to the shifting sands of time, but who sound equally great. The top-quality package features a huge amount of notes on the pair's lives and career – as well as a good number of photos and record images too – all supported by a set list of 26 tracks that include "Miss Rip Van Winkle" by The Tibbs Brothers, "I Ain't Sharin Sharon" by Bobby Darin, "It's Been Nice" by Marty Wilde, "His Latest Flame" by Del Shannon, "Angel Face" by Jimmy Darren, "Turn Me Loose" by Fabian, "Hey Memphis" by LaVern Baker, "Save The Last Dance For Me" by The Drifters, "First Taste Of Love" by Ben E King, "Stop" by Howard Tate, "Double Trouble" by Elvis Presley, "Seven Day Weekend" by Gary US Bonds, and "Suspicion" by Terry Stafford. (Rock, Soul) CD
 
 
 



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