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Reasonable Early R&B Compilation
on 1 January 2013
A reasonable 2 disc compilation from 'One Day Music', which has fifty tracks from the 'Aladdin/Lamp' labels (founded in 1945). There's a one sided intro but no booklet - which is to be expected at this value for money price tag. The sound quality is very good, except on one or two tracks. The 50 tracks cover mostly R&B and Doo Wop, there's a mix of some well known tracks but mostly lesser heard tracks are the main stay, which is good.
Cd 1. (60.54mins) Tracks from 1947 - 1958 but mostly mid 50's. This disc contains the classics - 'Let the good times roll' by Shirly & Lee, 'Glory of love' and Thurston Harris' version of 'Little bitty pretty one'. Other good tracks are 'Baby it's too much' by Bobby Wall and 'Little girl...' by Flip Sloan' but many of the tracks fail to make a lasting impression, it's all subjective and you may love them. Overall 6/10.
Cd 2. (62.55mins) Tracks from 1949 - 1959 but again are mostly mid 50's. Great tracks include 'One,two, let's rock' by Sugar Pie & Pee Wee and a couple of good tracks from Thurston Harris (including a version of Bobby Days 'Over & Over'). Overall, there's nothing outstanding here but you may differ. 4/10.
Overall, a reasonable compilation (a big thumbs up to 'One Day Music' for releasing this lesser known labels material), good if you like early rare R&B.