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The Sky Is Crying: The Fire Records Story 1957-1962 [Double CD] [Double CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: One Day Music
  • ASIN: B00LVXWT22
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Sky Is Crying - Elmore James
2. The Madison Shuffle - Buster Brown
3. Please Don't Go - Johnny Acey
4. The Girl Next Door - Earl Lewis & The Channels
5. Wild As You Can Be - Mary Ann Fisher
6. School Time - Vinny & Kenny
7. Mary Lee - The Rainbows
8. Can't Stay Away (Part 1) - Tarheel Slim & Little Ann
9. Glory Be - Lightnin' Hopkins
10. Snoopin' And Accusin' - Bobby Marchan
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. There's Something On Your Mind (Part 2) - Bobby Marchan
2. Fannie Mae - Buster Brown
3. I Need Your Loving - Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
4. My Heart Is Sad - Earl Lewis & The Channels
5. Put On My Shoes - Mary Ann Fisher
6. Bobby's Rock - Elmore James
7. Why - Johnny Acey
8. Katie Mae - Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
9. You're Going To Miss Me (When I'm Gone) - Chuck Bradford
10. Lock Me In Your Heart - Tarheel Slim & Little Ann
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One of a number of record labels founded by entrepreneur Morgan Clyde 'Bobby' Robinson in the late Fifties, Fire Records was a sister to Fury, which registered a Number 1 on the Billboard chart in 1959 with Wilbert Harrison's 'Kansas City'. Fire was formed when Savoy Records, to which Harrison was still under contract, sued Fury for compensation; Fire had originally been intended as the label's publishing arm. When he died in 2011, age 93, the Bluesworld website described Bobby Robinson's life as 'a six-decade saga of survival in an often ruthless business wherein longevity entailed having both the instincts and fortitude to adapt to the ever-shifting tastes of the public.' This compilation of music from the Fire vaults tells a tantalising part of that story.

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4.0 out of 5 stars East Coast R&B 11 Aug 2014
By Tony Martin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Fire (New York) set handy companion piece to the earlier Fury comp ("Let's Stick Together"), different name, same kinda content, basically r&b, some blues, a little doo wop. Slow blues from Elmore of the title kicks things off, lovely slide, best of four here. Other blues content from Lightnin' Hopkins and Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup, doo wop from Earl Lewis & The Channels, Rainbows, Tellers (Lymon influenced) and Linda Martell & The Anglos, slow, mid and uptempo.The nowadays unfortunately named Gay Poppers are a would-be "5" Royales, whereas duo Vinney & Kenny offer pop! By and large, the rest is straight r&b, some of it rockin' in nature; Buster Brown, Mighty Joe Young, Tarheel Slim & Little Ann, Upsetters, Rockin' Bradley ('Lookout', rocker a la Little Richard), Bobby Marchan, Paul Perryman, Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford...you get the idea. Mary Ann Fisher has a powerful voice, Wild Jimmy Spruill has a couple of fine instrumentals, and Dr Horse speaks a droll tale of a snazzy dude, 'Jack, That Cat Was Clean'. Hmm, yes I enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Fire!!! It's burning out of my hands!!!!! 28 Aug 2014
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Producer Bobby Robinson also launched this record label "Fire" after some legal trouble with "Fury" and he released pretty much the same genre: Rhythm & Blues, Blues, Doo-Wop and early Soul.

You get Elmore James "King of the Slide Guitar" and trust me, he's probably your best teacher if you want to learn to play the guitar. Buster Brown released "Fannie Mae" in 1960 which is a familiar tune, but I really enjoyed his instrumental "The Madison Shuffle."

Another instrumental that drew my attention was Wild Jimmy Spruill's "Kansas City March." Once Wilbert Harrison cut Kansas City (with vocals), this guy does a fabulous guitar solo and the bass is identical. Check it out!

The collection also features Bobby Marchan's "There's something on your mind," originally done by Big Jay McNeely, but I've always liked this version more and the collection gives you both Parts 1 and 2. And right around the corner, you get Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford's wild R&B smash "I Need Your Lovin'."

I bought it for my collection and I can say that it came on time and well packaged!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Sep 2014
By RonW
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Not a dud track on this cd, another superb outing from OneDay
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Sep 2014
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all good
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