I'LL GO CRAZY
The Federal Records Story
It is on 2 CDS BUT Amazon have `scrunched' all the tracks and artists together which makes it hard to see which artist is by which track and vice versa.
So I've cleaned it up and spaced it out for you.
Grab these discs while you can because next year the laws on copy write will tighten up and fall in line with the Americans (God Bless `em).
(Now all we need to do is for them to stop putting region 2 on UK DVD releases to compensate?)
If you are cutting and pasting ignore the last track on CD2.
1. I'll Go Crazy - James Brown & The Famous Flames
2. Do You Mean It? - Ike Turner
3. Have Mercy Baby - Billy Ward & His Dominoes
4. Itchy Twitchy Feeling - The Swallows
5. Bip A Little, Bop A Lot - Joe Penny
6. Kansas City - Little Willie Littlefield
7. Only You - The Platters
8. I'm The Jivin' Mr Lee - Kenny Martin
9. Snake Charmer - The Puddle Jumpers
10. Your Candy Kisses - Faith Taylor & The Sweet Teens
11. The Big Push - Cal Green
12. Let's Call It A Day? - Billy Gales & Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm
13. Just A Little Bit - Tiny Topsy
14. Let 'Em Roll - The Midnighters
15. Johnny, Johnny - The Charmettes
16. Friendless Blues - Lonnie Johnson
17. Bobby Sox Baby - Billy Ward & His Dominoes
18. What Can It Be - Jackie Brenston & Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm
19. Ice Cream, Soda Pop - Tommy Love
20. I Paid My Dues - Little Esther
21. Don't You Remember Me? - John Lee Hooker
22. Good Good Lovin' - James Brown & The Famous Flames
23. What Am I To Do? - The Rockers
24. Far East Cha Cha Cha - The Turbo Jets
25. Daddy's Little Baby - The Midnighters
1. Rockin' Blues - Booker Lee Jr
2. Step It Up And GO - Rudy Moore
3. The Search Is Over - Cal Green
4. Tell The World? - The Platters
5. St. Louis Blues - Billy Ward & His Dominoes
6. Angel Baby - The Swallows
7. You've Got To Love Her With feeling - Freddie King
8. Mercy, Mercy, Percy - Joe Penny
9. Rock, Granny, Roll - The Midnighters
10. Rock A Bucket - Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm
11. Please, Please, Please - James Brown & The Famous Flames
12. Miss You So - Tiny Topsy
13. The Way You Do - Jimmy Nolen
14. What A Real Woman - Lonnie Johnson
15. Down In The Bottom - The Rockers
16. Darling, Please Be Mine? - Kenny Martin
17. My loving Baby - Linda Hopkins
18. Late Last Night - John Lee Hooker
19. I've Got Love - Syl Johnson
20. Heart To Heart - Little Esther
21. Quiet Dad - The Puddle Jumpers
22. Think - James Brown & The Famous Flames
23. The White Cliffs Of Dover - The Checkers
24. Old Mother Nature - Luther Bond & The Emeralds
25. My Love For You - The El-Deens
26. Hornsea Stomp - Stevie D'Or and the Dockers
on 16 February 2016
Federal Records was formed in late 1950 as a subsidiary of Syd Nathan’s King Records. Founded in Cincinnati seven years earlier, King was unique among independent labels in handling everything involved in music-making in-house, from recording through mastering to production and shipping. Federal ran until the early Sixties, for the most part under in-house producer Ralph Bass. He was assisted by Johnny Otis, both were white men who understood black music.
Ralph Bass produced many successes, including the original the original Kansas City by Little Willie Littlefield. Other major artists in this label included James Brown who started with Federal, later moved to King label. Johnny Otis also discovered Little Esther (who became Esther Phillips in 1962), Billy Ward & The Dominoes, and the Midnighters. His only failure was the Platters, who first recorded Only You for Federal, deemed unreleasable then. Platters re-recorded this song for Mercury a year later, and the rest was history.
In 1959, Ralph Bass was spirited away to become A&R director at Chess Records. Federal Records continued with the likes of Freddie King and Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, but was never the same force thereafter.
This 2CD set contains 50 songs on Federal label from 1955 to 1960. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with chart position, year and personal comments), which is as follows:
01 I’ll Go Crazy – James Brown & The Famous Flames (R&B 15/1960)
02 Do You Mean It – Ike Turner (uncharted single, 1957)
03 Have Mercy Baby – Billy Ward & His Dominoes (R&B 1(10)/1952)*rare gem
04 Itchy Twitchy Feeling – The Swallows (uncharted single, 1958)
05 Rip A Little, Bop A Lot – Joe Penny (uncharted single, 1958)
06 Kansas City – Little Willie Littlefield (uncharted single, 1952)*rare gem; this is the original version, later brought to No. 1 by Wilbert Harrison; his biggest hit: It’s Midnight (No Place To Go)(R&B 3/1949)
07 Only You – The Platters (uncharted single, 1954)*rare gem; different version from the Mercury single
08 I’m The Jivin’ Mr. Lee – Kenny Martin (uncharted single, 1957)*rare gem; I would prefer to have his only charted hit I’m Sorry (19/1958) Federal 12330
09 Snake Charmer – The Puddle Jumpers (uncharted single, 1958)
10 Your Candy Kisses – Faith Taylor & The Sweet Teens (uncharted single, 1958)
11 The Big Push – Cal Green (uncharted single, 1956)
12 Let’s Call It A Day – Billy Gates & Ike Turner’s Kings Of Rhythm (uncharted single, 1956)*not Microsoft boss
13 Just A Little Bit – Tiny Topsy (uncharted single, 1959)
14 Let ‘Em Roll – The Midnighters (uncharted single, 1957)*rare gem; before Hank Ballard became the lead singer in 1959; their 2 No. 1 R&B hits: Work With Me Annie (1(7)/1954) and Annie Had A Baby (1(2)/1954) all on Federal label
15 Johnny, Johnny – The Charmettes (uncharted single, 1959)*rare gem; their only charted hit: Please Don’t Kiss Me Again (R&B 24/1963) on Kapp
16 Friendless Blues – Lonnie Johnson (uncharted single, 1947)*rare gem; his No. 1 hit and theme song was Tomorrow Night (R&B 1(7)/1948) on King label
17 Bobby Sox Baby – Billy Ward & His Dominoes (uncharted single, 1956)*rare gem
18 What Can it Be – Jackie Brenston & Ike Turner’s Kings Of Rhythm
19 Ice Cream, Soda Pop – Tommy Love (uncharted single, 1958)
20 I Paid My Dues – Little Esther (uncharted single, 1952)*rare gem; discovered and toured with Johnny Otis; changed name to Esther Phillips in 1962
21 Don’t You Remember Me – John Lee Hooker (uncharted single, 1950)*rare gem
22 Good Good Lovin’ – James Brown & The Famous Flames (uncharted single, 1959)
23 What Am I To Do – The Rockers (uncharted single, 1956)
24 Far East Cha Cha Cha – The Turbo Jets (uncharted single, 1959)*rare gem; cute song!
25 Daddy’s Little Baby – The Midnighters (uncharted single, 1958)*rare gem
01 Rockin’ Blues – Booker Lee Jr. (uncharted single, 1958)
02 Step It Up And Go – Rudy Moore (uncharted single, 1956)
03 The Search Is Over – Cal Green (uncharted single, 1958)
04 Tell The World – The Platters (uncharted single, 1954)*rare gem; before Mercury hits
05 St. Louis Blues – Billy Ward & His Dominoes (uncharted single, 1957)*rare gem
06 Angel Baby – The Swallows (uncharted single, 1958)
07 You’ve Got To Love Her With Feeling – Freddie King (uncharted single, 1960)*rare gem; his biggest hits are Hide Away (5/1961) and San-Ho-Zay (4/1961), both on Federal label
08 Mercy, Mercy, Percy – Joe Penny (b-side to Rip A Little, Bop A Little, 1958)
09 Rock, Granny, Roll – The Midnighters (uncharted single, 1955)
10 Rock A Bucket – Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm (uncharted single, 1957)
11 Please, Please, Please – James Brown & The Famous Flames (US 105/1960; R&B 5/1956)
12 Miss You So – Tiny Topsy (uncharted single, 1957)
13 The Way You Do – Jimmy Nolen (uncharted single, 1956)
14 What A Real Woman – Lonnie Johnson (b-side to Friendless Blues, 1957)*rare gem
15 Down In The Bottom – The Rockers (uncharted single, 1960)
16 Darling, Please Be Mine – Kenny Martin (uncharted single, 1958)*rare gem
17 My Loving Baby – Linda Hopkins (uncharted single, 1956)
18 Late Last Night – John Lee Hooker (b-side to Don’t You Remember Me, 1949)*rare gem
19 I’ve Got Love – Syl Johnson (uncharted single, 1960)*rare gem; charted 19 songs on R&B chart from 1967 to 1982
20 Heart To Heart – Little Esther (b-side to I Paid My Dues, 1951)*rare gem
21 Quiet Dad – The Puddle Jumper (uncharted single, 1958)
22 Think – James Brown & The Famous Flames (US 33/1960; R&B 7/1960)
23 The White Cliffs Of Dover – The Checkers (uncharted single, 1953)*rare gem; most well known version is by Vera Lynn
24 Old Mother Nature – Luther Bond & The Emeralds (uncharted single, 1958)
25 My Love For You – The El-Deens (uncharted single, 1959)
The sound is very well remastered, vibrant, clean with no hiss. They are all original versions.
One Day Music has released over 50 sets on various labels, and I am glad that I have purchased them all. This set is catered to people who like R&B. Here, you get to hear the first original Only You by the Platters, the very early James Brown and Little Esther, and the relatively rare Billy Ward and His Dominoes. Far East Cha Cha Cha by the Turbo Jets is simply hilarious and very cute. This instrumental has very clear cha cha beat, ideal for people wanting to do the Cha Cha Cha. This set is recommended for collectors and R&B fans.
on 10 August 2014
Federal was a subsidiary of King Records; they did mostly Rhythm & Blues and some rockabilly which is featured here. All in all, a pretty good set of James Brown tracks and well-known performers (Hooker, King, Turner). Ike Turner's "Do You Mean It" is highly recommendable.
Beware! "Only You" by the Platters is NOT the version we've been used to hearing for years on the radio. That was the Mercury release. The Platters cut the single for Federal, but was never released; it's featured here. Later when the group moved on to the Mercury label, they re-recorded the song. Featured here is the original. It's okay, but listeners would definitely choose the one they've always enjoyed.
Another original featured here is "Kansas City." Wilbert Harrison's version, released on Fury, was what we've always heard for years, but it was never the original. Sorry for spoiling childhoods!!!
Another track "Itchy Twitchy Feeling" was originally released on Sue Records by Bobby Hendricks. The Swallows' version here is very good and quite similar to the original. The group did a good job of keeping it tight and identical.
Anyway, a good collection of when Rock N' Roll was young, cars were cars and oldies were goodies!!!