Super wig-twisting blooze stroller from one of the 50s LA R&B fraternity's finest honkers, Chuck Higgins. Comes complete with a laid back barrel-house piano, trademark sleazy sax break and ad-libbed gibberish lyrics. On the flip, lovely down at heel blues ballad with an emotive vocal from Frank Dunn, and our man Chuck directing the band in the back. Learn More
Two great sides from singer Paul Perryman, both originally cut for Bobby Robinson's Fire label. 'Look At My Baby' is a moody, atmospheric blues with great gospel-like backing vocals and an overall popcorn appeal, whilst 'Keep A Callin' is a more uptempo rocker with a nicely brash organ riff and wicked, scratchy guitar work. Learn More
Two great R&B sides from Young Jessie, both appearing on 45rpm for the very first time! Both 'Pretty Soon' and 'Well Baby' were originally recorded for the Bihari brothers Modern label in the mid-50s, and whilst the former did appear on an early 60s budget compilation album on the Crown off-shoot, 'Well Baby' surfaced a lot more recently on a CD retrospective. Learn More
Two originally unissued sides from the Los Angeles Cash based label here appearing on 45 for the first and likely last time ever! Slowing the pace down, the top side features a melancholic midtempo blues ballad with sure popcorn appeal. Seemingly based on the melody from 'Why Don't You Do Right'. Little Margie also features on the flip alongside Big Boy Groves (aka Ervin Rucker), with an alternative take or follow up to his novelty R&B number 'Traffic Ticket', itself a kind of answer to his 'I Got A New Car' as released on Spark. Learn More
Unissued Rhythm & Blues from the great New Orleans based bandleader Paul Gayten. 'For You My Love' is an uptempo romper with a groovy Latin rhythm and catchy melody, while 'Down Boy' is more of a slouching tempo, full of honking horns and playful vocals. Both sides were originally recorded for the Chess brothers Argo offshoot but went unreleased at the time Learn More
Two versions of the uproarious boozehead anthem 'Wino': On the A-side his upbeat mid-50s R&R-style take recorded for Combo, and in its original, glorious '40s incarnation on the flip side (which incidentally appears on 7" 45rpm vinyl for the first time ever here).
Two originally unissued recordings from the Sun studios released here on 45 for the first time. Little known pianist and singer Billy 'Red' Love recorded the jazzy, otherwordly and exotic masterpiece 'A Dream' along with the playful R&B side 'Hey Now' in long buried sessions from the early 50s. Learn More
Sweet Pea Walker, aka, singer Paul Clifton, with the eponymous 'Sweet Pea', a crude guitar and harp led groover with a twisting shuffle rhythm which for some reason was never originally issued, meaning that it appears on 45rpm vinyl here for the first time!
Two Chicago Blues masterpieces from one of the true legends, the peerless Elmore James. Recorded for Chess but not originally released on 45, 'Madison Blues' has become one of James' most cherished recordings all the same, and is certainly one of his most outright dance-able numbers. Learn More
Two completely unissued belters. Recorded for Federal but never seeing the light of day until now, both 'Rock With Me' and 'Nasty Man' are superb mid-tempo R&B stompers, with Howard in full voice channelling her best blues shouter persona before giving way to greasy sax breaks at the mid-sections. Mastered from the original 1953 tapes. Learn More