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Boogie Uproar: Gems from the Peacock Vaults

Boogie Uproar: Gems from the Peacock Vaults

6 Jun 2014
4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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By Tony Martin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 April 2014
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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.
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By Dangerous Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2015
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"Big Mama" Thornton's "Hound Dog" is the only track that the average purchaser (outside of the real blues fanatic) is likely to have been aware of. And even then it's only as the original on which Presley based his n times more famous version. But it has to be said that a high level of quality is maintained even if the numbers and often the performers are unknown. One Day's title "Gems from the Peacock Vaults" is very apt.

The bulk of the contents can be categorised as Jump Blues, the form of the genre which flourished in the US in the forties and fifties and which formed the basis for R&B and rock'n'roll. It was delivered by small to medium sized bands featuring one or more horns sometimes with written arrangements, sometimes merely "honking". A permutation of piano, guitar, bass and drums provided the backdrop. Vocals were often taken by the pianist or guitarist though the better off bands might have a fronting singer who didn't also contribute via an instrument.

"Gatemouth" Brown's opener "Boogie Uproar" sets the tone for the set. In addition to the booting sax there's Brown's own guitar work; a cutting tone with a combination of spikiness and fluidity. It was this sound which was to characterise Texan electric blues. It appears on several other tracks and was also to feature strongly in the backdrop to the early work of Bobby Bland on Don Robey's associated label, Duke Records. Pianists Memphis Slim and Floyd Dixon also appear in the first half dozen tracks and deliver strong up-tempo blues.

Outside of the always reliable Jimmy McCracklin, Johnny Otis and the aforementioned "Big Mama" Thornton - four great tracks - other contributors were largely unknown to me but they stepped up to the mark and delivered strong blues often with great arrangements. The only break in the unrelieved blues diet comes via a tiny handful of gospel tracks which are well worth a listen.

A solid five stars for blues lovers.
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As with most record company compilations not all of their recordings are interesting,depends of course on one's preferences.Floyd Dixon is an artist I have generally overlooked but the four numbers included here I liked(West Coast style with him on piano and sax lead band).A couple of decent recordings by Johnny Otis and even a couple of recordings by Marie Adams,( remember their joint 50's hit,'Ma he's making eyes at me?' ).Personally I enjoyed the two recordings by Jimmy McCracklin ( of 'The Walk' fame) best.Raunchy West Coast with the usual piano and sax.Great!
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This album contains some great Blues artists from the past
and delivers some terrific Blues numbers . Highly
recommended .
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Bought on the recommendation of Blues & Rhythm Magazine - not disappointed a great value for money CD compilation
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Great music in every way that great to listen to while at home or driving around fully recommended to all
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Excellent selection of vintage and historic recordings.
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Next day delivery as express, great music.
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