This is the long awaited sampler of Detroit music before the Motown Era. Great vocal groups, some early soul, and some rockabilly and country music. All recorded at the Fortune studio in Detroit and released on Fortune, Strate 8 and Hi-Q records in the fifties, and early sixties.
Don't expect anything that sounds as smooth as Motown here. The sound of the Fortune studio was primitive, and dirty.
No matter how angelic the voices of the vocal groups were,... The studio had only one microphone it seems, and the drums and guitars and saxes were always competing with the singers, resulting in a sound as recognisable as the sound of SUN records of Memphis, and just as hot.
I love this compilation, because it's a raunchy bunch of recordings, focussing on the so far less re-released artists on these labels.
Andre Williams is under-represented here. So are The Don Juans,The 5 Dollars,The Diablos and Joe Weaver and other blues artists on these labels. They have been the subject of previous re-releases. Most of these are still available. Get them together with this compilation, and you'll have an un-equalled collection of "primitive" and "dirty" sounding music, that must have been a source of inspiration for Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder and Bruce Springsteen