When released on vinyl (by Stateside) this was the follow-up to the album, Authentic Excello R&B, which itself was the first airing of rhythm and blues from the Excello label of Nashville but recorded in their studios in Crowley, Louisiana. Ace picked up the recording rights for both and issued the CD versions with extra tracks. They also added a third compilation at a later date.
I confess that I didn't buy this one since I'd bought much of the music contained via several of the artist's individual albums. However I think I have enough info to offer a fair review.
There are less obvious highlights than the first album but it has broadly similar music. Tracks worthy of mention are:
- Lightnin' Slim's "Winter Time Blues" which is an excellent example of a slow Lightnin' Slim blues - Lightnin's repertoire used to include one fast number with slight variations, and one slow number without any variations at all (!) but it was very very good - this is the latter. - Lonesome Sundown's attempt to get into the pop charts with "You're playin' hookey". - a decent Lazy Lester track - but he didn't seem to make any duff stuff. - Arthur Gunter's original of "Baby, let's play house" before Elvis got his hands on it and made of it the rockabilly classic we know and love. - Slim Harpo attempting some answer tracks to his better known singles - "My Little Queen Bee" and "Still rainin' in my heart". - An excellent slow blues from Silas Hogan in "Dark Clouds rollin'" - possibly his best. - Charles Sheffield's rather urban styled "It's your voodoo working" complete with honking New Orleans horns.
Based on what I do know about the content of this one (which is limited as I've explained) plus my fuller knowledge of the other albums in the series, to each of which I've gone for four stars, I'm going for four on this one as well. Since this is the only one in said series currently at a reasonable price I'd say, go for it now.
See also my review of Authentic Excello R&B.Read more ›