17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2002
The guys at the Hideaway Club in Manchester are redefining the sound of today`s Mod scene.
Or rather, they are recreating the original sound of the Mod scene in a corner of Manchester city centre. If you have been, you`ll know what to expect, if you haven`t, then thankfully Kent have compiled a "corker" of an album to spread the word. Please note: This is not a club playlist. Kent have taken a selection of tracks that are faithful to the club sound, rather than a replica of that sound.
The result is "wall to wall" classic early 60s soul, coming out of the "doo wop" era, with a heavy dose of blues mixed in there. It`s a mix of the obscure alongside some seriously collectable 45's. But above all, it`s an album to get your feet moving. A whole array of artists including Al King, Jimmy Holiday, Vernon Garrett, BB King, Little Joe Hinton.....we could go on forever (well for 29 tracks). There`s even time for a couple of killer instrumentals courtesy of Frank Armstrong and Booker T Averhart. "Essential" is an overused word when reviewing albums, especially Kent releases, but this time it`s very appropriate. If you cannot make it to the club, then thankfully the club can now come to you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What a corker this is. Let's get to the cool moves and grooves right away. UK released July 2001 - the Various Artists CD compilation "New Breed R&B: Soulful 60s Blues For Today's Dancers" on Ace/Kent-Soul CDKEND 199 (Barcode 029667219921) breaks down as follows (61:38 minutes):
1. I've Been Hurt So Many Times - LARRY DAVIS (1969, Kent 4519)
2. No More Doggin' - ZZ HILL (1966, Kent 444)
3. Love You Baby - BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND (Vocal) and IKE TURNER and His Orchestra (1962, Kent 378)
4. Tired Of Walkin' - LITTLE JOE HINTON (1962, Kent 368)
5. Long Gone Baby - B.B. KING (1967, Kent 462)
6. Stand Up Straight And Tall - JACKIE SHANE (1967, Modern 1031)
7. Dixie Women - THE NEWPORTS (1962, Kent 380)
8. Stuffed Peppers (aka Humpin') - FRANK ARMSTRONG (1967, Modern 1045)
9. New Figure - KING SOLOMAN (1965, Kent 451)
10. Yea, Yea, Yea, Yea, Yea, Yea - TERRY & THE TYRANTS (1964, Kent 399)
11. Baby You're The One - MARVIN & JOHNNY (1965, Kent 436)
12. You Gotta Bend A Little - LARRY & TOMMY (1967, Modern 1041)
13. You And Me Forever - VERNON GARRETT (1966, Modern 1026)
14. Just To Hold My Hand - VERNON and JEWEL (1965, Kent 430)
15. The New Breed - JIMMY HOLIDAY (1967, De Silva Music/Kent 482)
16. Me And The Chauffeur - BIG MAMA THORNTON (1965, Kent 424)
17. Let Your Hair Down - ARTHUR K. ADAMS (1967, Modern 1050)
18. Take Your Shoes Off (Part II) - BOOKER T AVERHART & THE MUSTANGS (1965, Kent 437)
19. Lovin' Touch - LOWELL FULSOM (1968, Kent 505)
20. Ain't Givin' Up Nothin' - AL KING (1968, Kent 498)
21. Find Another Woman - WILLIE HEADEN (1967, Kent 473)
22. He's The One - IKE and TINA TURNER (1965, Kent 418)
23. Move A Little Closer - MARY LOVE (1966, Modern 1020)
24. I Got Eyes For You - JIMMY McCRACKLIN
Roughly based around a night's playlist of fave American 45s at The Hideaway Club in Manchester, England (and The Twisted Wheel) - this dreamy Mod CD compilation has contributions from PAUL WELSBY (Hideaway Club) and is compiled by fan and archivist ADRIAN CROASDELL - so the floor-boogie credentials are all in place. The 16-page booklet is filled with photos of Kent and Modern USA demos, pictures of faves like B.B. King, Joe Hinton, Big Mama Thornton and even a colour snap of Arthur Adams in a hammock lounging with his guitar. But the big news for real fans has to be the stunning song choices combined with NICK ROBBINS remasters from original master tapes. This Kent-Soul CD sounds absolutely amazing. Let's get the shakers and makers...
It opens with the brassy dancer "I've Been Hurt So many Times" and you literally see those shimmy-shaking dudes and dudettes on some club dancefloor giving in shapes their respective mums would find alarming. Hard-hitting floor-filler continues in the equally lively "No More Doggin'" by ZZ Hill where his woman has spent all his money on whiskey, beer and wine (naughty girl). We get genuine old-time R&B with "Love You Baby" where a young Bobby Bland wails in front of an Ike Turner band that's cooking. Far better is the "no more" growl of Little Joe Hinton where he tells us he's "Tired Of Walkin'" against a stabbing backbeat with the guitar and brass going at it goodo.
One of the highlights on here - B.B. King's rare British 45 on Polydor 56735 from 1967 of "Long Gone Baby" on that distinctive mottled red label is pictured in the booklet across Pages 4 and 5 - and not surprising - it's a corker. That's followed by the wickedly funky organ shuffle of Jackie Shane - a very clever choice and the kind of cool killer tune you wish you could find at some carboot sale for 50p on a Sunday morning (fat chance). Tempo-wise it's smartly followed by "Dixie Women" - a mid-tempo piano and girl's hand-clapper that has a fantastic saxophone solo in the centre. "Stuffed Peppers" is a superb hip-shaking Saxophone and Guitar instrumental also known as "Humpin'" because - well - that's what it sounds like.
King Soloman is digging his "new figure mama" because she "sure looks good" - even if she has gained a little weight (she's gained it in the right places you see). Staying with a saucy theme - Big Mama Thornton (pictured on Page 9 on tour in the UK in 1965) - takes the Ernest Lawler Blues tune about doing naughty things in cars and funks it up into a frantic James Brown dancer - all shiny suits and wicked shuffling footwork (what a winner - and fabulous audio quality too). Another Funky Blues nugget follows with fantastic guitar and organ grooves on "Let Your Hair Down" - Arthur Adams even giving some "UH!" James Brown in between brass breaks. Part II of "Take Your Shoes Off" is a flipside saxophone and guitar instrumental sounding not unlike Ike Turner's Rhythm Kings lashing one out. The audio remaster on "Lovin' Touch" is shockingly good - a fab Funky Groover with an irresistible backbeat where Lowell Fulsom wants to tell his lady that she's in luck - he still has that "loving touch". And on it goes to the end - winner after winner.
It becomes commonplace to award Kent-Soul CD compilations five stars - but sometimes when you're faced with this much brilliance - and it's presented this well by people who both know their stuff and care - then five-stars it is...
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I've been nodding my head to black american R'n'B from the 50's & 60's since I was a pimply youth in the 70's, and whilst I don't claim to be any kind of expert, the last place I expected to unearth such an amazing collection of stuff on one CD was from those soul boys and gals at Kent.
If you can unearth any more stuff of this ilk and of this quality then hats off to you. I can safely say that no other mix of 50's/60's tunes has hogged my CD drawer so much thus far this year ( bit late getting round to it, but never mind ... )
Take off yo wig, baby and check it OUT !!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2007
If you buy no other album this year buy this one...a cliche maybe, but in this instance fully deserved. The price of this collection is worth it for the title track and track number 3 alone...if you don't get up and shake your thang to this you must be either deaf or dead, (or possibly both). I have yet to take this cd out the stereo since I bought it. Do your ears a favour and buy this album.