‘Three fabulous gems from the Cameo-Parkway catalogue ensure another winner: The Orlons’ I Ain’t Coming Back, I Love Him So by Nikki Blu, and Comin’ Home Baby by Dee Dee Sharp.’ Loads more lovely stuff.
Great-fun, expertly-assembled, well-presented collection of ye-ye girl pop, featuring Francoise Hardy (of course) alongside BB, Anna Karina (from the Godard films) and co. An LP now, too.
Specials by the rockabilly legend, recorded for Goldwax in 1961: the opener is reissued from the tapes for the first time; the closer is previously unreleased; the other two are alternate versions.
‘Laura liberated musicians to employ all their influences in crafting a pop song – as she had combined jazz, folk, classical, 60s soul, the Beatles, Dylan, Tin Pan Alley… so ahead of its time it’s still ahead…’
Singers like Jimmy Thomas, Stacy Johnson, Vernon Guy, Jessie Smith, Bobby John, Jackie Brenston, Venetta Fields, Tina Turner, Ernest Lane, Dee Dee Johnson — fronting a super-tough Kings Of Rhythm lineup.
All his records, from his 1958 debut through to 1964, when he withdrew from performing to concentrate on writing songs for the Supremes, the Vandellas, the Four Tops etc, with his bro Brian and Lamont Dozier.
Regal rhythm and blues, rock and roll, big-band funk and the rest from this amazing man, with his son Shuggie just coming into view.
Top soulful swamp pop via Huey P Meaux’ in Texas, including a bunch of demos for Fats and Cookie And The Cupcakes alongside JD’s complete Tear Drop sevens.
‘In these recordings without amplification I could hear the natural resonance of the instruments and the subtleties in the vocals. They also played songs not heard in the dance halls: haunting, sad songs.’
From early bandleader stuff through to the peak of the great man’s worldwide popularity, with his first and biggest Capitol hits. Featuring Pete ‘Guitar’ Lewis, and the likes of Big Mama Thornton and Little Esther