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C. C. H. Knight "Chris Knight ex Echo Records, NZ" (herefordshire UK)

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Junior's Wailing
Junior's Wailing
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4.0 out of 5 stars compilation overdue - but could have been better, 16 April 2013
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I remember walking through Leicester Suare at about 1am on a warm summers evening in 1969 and passing a record booth and being stopped in my tracks by the sound of "junior's wailing" rocking out into the night- Instant blown-away jaw dropping joy and the album was safely tucked under my arm a few minutes later. That track remains for me one of the greatest unsung blues/rock anthems of all time and I was astonished then and still remain puzzled as to why it has never become more recognised. One of the reasons no doubt is because the band's output was not large and their exposure was limited, and apart from the first album, which was superb, was quite patchy. But they remain one of Britains best groups of the period, bearing comparison, in ther good moments, with others such as Fletwood Mac, Keef Hartley and Ten years After . This compilation is therefore well overdue and is interesting and worthwhile even if just for the title track, but I agree with other reviewers who feel that the whole of the first album should have been included. "riding on the L&N" is a goodie and its nice to see "windmills" (the flip of the "wailing" 45) here as it has not been available elsewhere. Get this for a taste of good old 60s rock, but try and get the (self-titled) album too if you can.

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5.0 out of 5 stars cliff at his best, 16 April 2013
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This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)
for years it was impossible to find a compilation of Cliff's earlier recordings; now there are quite a few but this has to be the best. Cliff was one of Britains top rock'n'rollers and certainly the most popular. His songs were always superbly produced and recorded by Norrie Paramor and the team at Columbia, and were hugely enhanced by the brilliant instrumental backing provided by the Shadows. This anthology covers recordings 1958-1961 including the first three albums and all the EPs, singles and flips with a scattering of Drifters/Shadows material. But what makes this collection stand out is the fabulous quality of the digital remastering whic makes the already good sound quality into something quite stunning - almost like hearing it all for the first time. The packaging and liner notes are excellent and the price is terrific! I just hope that there is an Anthology vol 2 - soon!

The doctor's in!
The doctor's in!
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5.0 out of 5 stars barrellhouse boogie bonanza - a review by Chris Knight, 10 Aug 2006
This review is from: The doctor's in! (Vinyl Bound)
This marvellous compilation is an eye-opener for anyone who likes authentic mean boogie-woogie piano with good old time blues shouting vocals. Piano Red (real name Willie Perryman)was an albino back playing the bars and clubs of Atlanta in the 1930s and 40s. Against the odds, he was "discovered" by RCA in 1950 and had an instant hit with "Rockin' with Red", surely one of the first authentic rock'roll recordings ever. The first 2 of this 4 disc set feature Red's RCA recordings through to 1958 and is 100% brilliant (just listen to "Decatur Street Blues" for example!),whilst Disc 3 has a live concert from 1955 which captures the exuberance of Piano Red in person, plus some wonderful studio tracks featuring a phenomenal(but unknown) blues guitarist and some recordings with the Meter-Tones which is the only disappointing group in the set. In 1962, Red returned to the charts with "Dr. Feelgood" and recorded under that name for a number of years, and Disc 4 features these recordings, which contain less piano work, but feature Red's wonderful vocals with gutsy backup and varied styles. Altogether a magnificent tribute to an underrated master musician, and a rare glimpse into the world of REAL black music in the '50s. Jerry lee Lewis, eat your heart out!

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