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The Spell Is Cast
on 3 January 2013
Another 2 disc compilation from 'One Day Music', which has fifty remastered tracks from the 'OKeh' label. There's a one sided intro as usual but no booklet - which is to be expected at this value for money price tag. The sound quality is good. The 50 tracks cover mostly R&B, Blues and Doo Wop (a decade later the label made many excellent soul records - many picked up by the Northern Soul Scene). There's a mix of well known artists such as Big Maybelle, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Dave 'baby' Cortez and Chuck Willis among others with lots of lesser known artists making up the rest.
Cd 1. (58.56mins) Tracks from 1954 - 1961 but mostly mid to late 50's. This disc starts off with the awesome 'I put a spell on you' no other versions even come close to this powerful and bizarre original. Other very good tracks are 'You give me the heebie jeebies' by Dave 'baby' Cortez and 'Billy's heartache' which is an early track by the wonderful Billy Stewart. There's also an early track by Frankie Valli. Overall 7/10.
Cd 2. (60.42mins) Tracks from 1954 - 1960 but mostly late 50's. Great tracks include 'You made me love you' and 'Frenzy' by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, 'I've got it bad' by Lois Lee and 'Pearl' by the Schoolboys - a great slice of Doo Wop. Overall, 7.5/10.
Overall, a very good compilation. Also seek out this labels soul output - Major Lance, The Artistics, Walter Jackson etc.