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5.0 out of 5 stars joe at his best, 26 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Ten Years Of Hits - The Singles As & Bs 1951-1960 (Audio CD)
Got everything on it several times over but not in this form.
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Brilliant RnB..... PROPER RnB that is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' R&B at its best!, 10 Aug 2013
This review is from: Ten Years Of Hits - The Singles As & Bs 1951-1960 (Audio CD)
One of the most important and identifiable voices of rock & roll in the 1950s, Joe had been recording since the late 30s on numerous labels, when he signed to Atlantic in 1951. A noted blues shouter, his moment in the sun came with r&b/r&r/pop hits for the label spread over the next decade, "The Singles A's & B's 1951-1960", which netted "...20 chart hits, at least five million sellers and a string of influential rock & roll classics" (from the fine notes of compiler and annotator Bob Fisher - yes, him again).

Joe was possessed of distinctive, mighty pipes, it must've been difficult for recording engineers to keep him just out of the red; or did they? Equally, his backing muso's were the finest, wherever he recorded. Disc 1 kicks off with bluesier offering from his initial Atlantic session, both top three r&b hits, followed by a succession further r&b charters, including the mighty "Shake Rattle & Roll" (1954) and the equally rockin' "The Chicken & The Hawk" (1955). Disc 2 (from 1956 on) kicks off with his first pop charter, "Corrine, Corrina" (I've never understood the spelling) which scored #2 on the pop chart, and its rockin' flip, "Boogie Woogie Country Girl", likewise #2 on the r&b chart. There follows several more r&b hits, a re-cut "Honey Hush" which clambered to #53 pop and his last popster, "My Little Honeydripper", which struggled to 102. Ten years and 48 tracks...bliss. And how many cover versions, over the years, can you count?

Yep, I've got all these cuts, sometimes several times over, hither and thither, so it's nice to have them all, chronologically, on one set. Ol' Joe (43 years of age when he recorded "Teenage Letter" in 1957) was just about unique in being a popular blueser, a rhythm & blues and Rock'n'Roll hitster AND pop star in these ten years! Did him no good, he had to keep gigging to pay rent (last time I saw him, on TV, he was bellowing from a sitting position) and his bad health finally claimed him in late 1985. Justifiably, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987. If you've not got any Joe Turner, shame!, put that right immediately with this supreme set.
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