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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 ... $23.99
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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VariousGolden Age Of American Rock & Roll – Doo Wop ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Doo wop recordings played a huge role in the early days of rock and roll – and this wonderful set offers up a huge amount of gems you might have otherwise missed! Like the "normal" volumes of the Golden Age Of Rock & Roll series from Ace Records, the approach here is wonderful – a really full array of sounds from the time that goes way past the hits – in a mode that mixes familiar numbers with lesser-remembered tracks that were definitely important at the time, but might have been lost in the shifting sands of time. The folks at Ace pull together doo wop work from a huge variety of labels – in styles that are both rock and soul, and illustrate the color-blind approach that most group fans had at the time – a love of listening that didn't care where the groups were from, as long as they could make magic with their voices! The notes are great – deeply detailed, on each track within – and titles include "If" by The Paragons, "Runaround" by The Regents, "Don't Take The Stars" by The Mystics, "Little Darlin" by The Diamonds, "What Will I Tell My Heart" by The Harptones, "Once In Awhile" by The Chimes, "Peanuts" by Rick & The Keens, "Wizard Of Love" by The Lydells, "Till Then" by The Classics, "Try The Impossible" by Lee Andrews & The Hearts, "Fools Fall In Love" by The Drifters, "It's Unbelievable" by The Larks, and "The Reason" by The 5 Chanels. 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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VariousAt The Club – 25 Blistering Soul Essentials ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... About August 1, 2016
An excellent batch of 25 groovers, all hand-picked from the Atlantic soul catalog with a selection that moves waaaaay past the big ol' hits! This is the kind of stuff that we die to find on funky 45s – only if we're lucky! Titles include "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 ... On August 1, 2016
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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✨✧ FiestasOh So Fine ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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