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I'll Go Crazy: The Federal Records Story 1955-1960
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I'LL GO CRAZY
The Federal Records Story
1955-1960
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.

CD1

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

CD2

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
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2014
I like these One Day Music compilations, and have bought about 8 of them so far, going mainly for the music of black origin labels. They are great fun, and I love the obscurity and variety of the content. My only complaint is that the sound quality is not always great. There are several tracks on the Federal Records Story that are shockingly bad. Disc two track one, Rockin' Blues by Booker Lee Jr. sounds like a very low grade digital copy. There are better sounding versions on You-tube! But having said that, these are a bargain price and I expect shelling out 2 or 3 times as much for an Ace reissue would be the answer.

So, until the BBC put Mark Lamarr back on the air, these compilations will do for your fix of 50's and early 60's obscurities.
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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!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2014
Another great double cd from One Day Music. This one contains tracks some of the great artists that recorded for the King subsidery label Federal. For me there is not a bad track on the cd and apart from the well known artists there are some unknown gems to listen to. All in all a great compilation
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on 24 March 2015
This label deserves to be up there with Sun and Stax for it's sheer range of quality product. Maybe being based in Cincinnati worked against it for the British record buyers and licensers. Let's face it, with artists of the calibre of James Brown, Ike Turner, Little Esther and John Lee Hooker it's hard to go wrong. Highly recommended if you like soul, blues, rhythm and blues this is the collection for you!
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on 27 December 2013
great.bit of oldies music, Love this old stuff this sort of sound will always be around. it is always nice to here
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2013
I now have over 40 of this series of 50s and 60s labels. many of the recordings are typical fluff of the times. But it is interesting to hear artists at the beginning of their careers and there are always little gems on each CD
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on 17 July 2014
A very good collection of oldies, which is good to reminisce with. Good value for money.
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on 13 February 2015
Found alot of material on here i'd never heard before- good compilation.
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on 26 October 2014
Not bad. Others I purchased were better.
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