Nice package from aforesaid vaults, 1948-53. Houston label set up Don Robey, allegedly to record Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, fresh from the Aladdin imprint, who kicks things off with the rockin' "Boogie Uproar", an instro featuring his full-fat, clangerous guitar. Three powerful vocals elsewhere. 50 tracks of shuckin', jumpin', jivin', boogiein' r&b, a handful of blues, three gospel outings. Gospel aside, all have big(ish) band backings, sax prominent, piano too. Most artists you should be familiar with if you're a blues/r&b afficianado, Big Mama Thornton, Floyd Dixon, Jimmy McCracklin, Elmore Nixon, Johnny Otis, Marie Adams are pretty obvious. Sonny Parker's "She Sets My Soul On Fire" is a solid rocker, Gladys Hill plumbs new depths with "Please Don't Touch My Bowl" (..."if you want my sugar..."), "Goin' Crazy" is a harmonica workout from Pete 'Guitar' Lewis (?) and Johnny Otis lays down a basic r&r template with the easy movin' "Rock Me Baby" (no, not that one). Gwen Johnson odd one out - is it doo wop, r&b or blues? Or all three? Whatever, I loved it all, don't see why you shouldn't either.