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Foxy R&B: Richard Stamz Chicago Blues Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (29 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B00D8ZO14K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Say You Love Me - Harold Burrage
  2. Hello Baby - Lee (Shot) Williams
  3. Goin Home - Mary Johnson
  4. Way Out, Baby - Flora D.
  5. Please Love Me - Harold Burrage
  6. Garlen's Mambo? - Ze-Majestics
  7. Romeo Joe Pt 1 - Robert & The Rockin Ravens
  8. The Buzzard - Freddy Robinson
  9. Lost Love - Mary Johnson
  10. I'm Trying - Lee (Shot) Williams
  11. A Fool For Hiding My Love From You - Harold Burrage
  12. The Hawk - Freddy Robinson
  13. Gittin Along (Green Onions) - Willie Williams W/ Howlin Wolf Band
  14. You Ought To Love Me - Harold Burrage
  15. I'm Gonna Put You To Work - Tony Gideon
  16. These Tears / Those Tears - Mary Johnson
  17. Going Back Home - Willie Williams W/ Howlin Wolf Band
  18. Pretty Little Liddy - Harold Burrage
  19. What's The Matter With You Sam - The Ideals
  20. Christmas Day - Detroit Junior
  21. South Park Shuffle - Willie Williams W/ Howlin Wolf Band
  22. Just One More Time - Loretta Branch (Trio)
  23. You Gonna Cry - Flora D.
  24. I Was Wrong - Harold Burrage
  25. A Fool For Hiding My Love From You - Harold Burrage

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Product Description

Richard Stamz was a colourful Chicago R&B and soul DJ who operated throughout the 50s and 60s. He was a slick jive-talker who hosted a groundbreaking black TV show in the city in 1956. He took over the Cobra /Artistic/Abco studio around 1960; this also included the ownership of the owner s active Paso label which he continued to run alongside his own Foxy operation. Bluesman Harold Burrage was already at Paso and he and Richard Stamz began to work closely together with Burrage recording, composing songs, playing sessions and even voicing ads for Stamz s radio show. His three 45s for the two labels are superb examples of the early 60s where the blues was beginning to move towards soul. Burrage would eventually do this completely at M-Pac. The extremely rare original version of Betty Everett s Please Love Me is featured here which will be of great interest to New Breed R&B fans, as will many of the tracks on these largely uncharted labels. Out-and-out blues fans will be thrilled by the presence of some of Howlin Wolf s sidemen in the Willie Williams band including guitarist Hubert Sumlin. That outfit provide three previously unreleased blues jam instrumentals. Influential guitarist Freddy Robinson appears as a session-man on many tracks and adds his own 45 from the Queen label including an alternate take of one side of the disc. Tough-voiced female blues singers Mary Johnson and Flora D provide excellent R&B sides that complement the male contenders from Burrage, Lee Shot Williams and Detroit Jr, while the Ideals and Ze Majestics represent the vocal group side with R&B-flavoured numbers. The other previously unheard masters include a good R&B dance tempo song from Tony Gideon a member of the Daylighters, a jazz influenced groover from one Loretta Branch, while the rare and mysterious Robert & The Rockin Robins are as cool as it comes singing about Romeo Joe . US musicologists Richard Shurman and Patrick Roberts, who has written a book on Stamz life, provide fascinating musical and entertaining sociological facts about the recordings and the man. Richard Stamz daughter Phyllis has given the compilers and writers access to the family s memorabilia and the package is well illustrated to provide a taster of Chicago musical life at the start of the 60s.

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I knew nothing of the Chicago R&B scene, I knew of the Chicago Blues scene as everyone does. Then I came across a review of this in Mojo magazine and was fascinated by the extrovert DJ Richard Stamz and the history of his Radio show in Chicago. This compilation is a taste of the kind of Black music he played. So if you like Blues, R&B, Doo-wop and Early Soul give this a try, I think it is sensational, gets me dancing around my flat every time I play it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace mines 1960-63 Chicago West Side solid soul gold from a decades-old cardboard box! 9 Dec. 2013
By TheNoomz83 - Published on
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What Cleveland's Alan Freed did nomenclaturally and promotionally for "rock and roll" is what popular Chicago black radio deejay Richard Stamz did for "soul" music from the mid-1950s until he left the business in 1964. Stamz, whose lifetime spanned 101 years (1906-2007), was the only one actively applying this term to the rhythm and blues he played during the early days, but it stuck and eventually spread nationally. Always looking for a lucrative new enterprise, he founded a record company, taking over the recently defunct Cobra Records operation which had launched the West Side blues of Otis Rush, Magic Sam and Buddy Guy and began issuing 45s on his new Paso and Foxy imprints in 1960. His top artist was Cobra holdover, singer-songwriter Harold Burrage, who would later, in 1965, following the demise of Stamz's company, land a national #31 soul hit with "Got to Find a Way."

Only Ace would go to the trouble of compiling material this obscure but yet so historically significant more than 50 years later. That most of this stuff had to be salvaged from an old cardboard box decades after it was first recorded and yet sounds so clear and vibrant (just don't expect pristine on all tracks and you'll be OK) seems like a minor miracle. This is one of Ace's most lovingly assembled compilations, with a colorful and photo-filled 20-page booklet featuring a biographical essay on Richard Stamz by author Patrick Roberts (who collaborated with Stamz on a book) and notes on all the recordings and artists, although in a few cases very little is known about them.

Soul-blues fans will be most familiar with Harold Burrage, Lee "Shot" Williams, Detroit Junior and sax instrumentalist Monk Higgins (here still using his real name, Milton Bland) who had a pair of subsequent national soul charters. Teenager Mary Johnson, with her mature-for-her-age vocal mixture of gospel and growling blues, is stunning on her two singles here from 1961-62. She went on to record for the Federal and Sue labels but alas remained hitless. There are also a couple of dated novelty songs trying to horn in on the Coasters' and the Olympics' territory, one of which would now be politically incorrect with its mockery of a stammerer named "Sam."

Whether originally issued in 1960-62 or else unissued previously, I enjoyed nearly everything on this disc, especially the aforementioned artists, along with obscure blues belter Flora D and the slow-burning, lowdown electric guitar and organ instrumental "The Buzzard" by Freddy Robinson with Paul Hankins.

This amazing Ace compilation provides an essential missing link in the history of soul and should not be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foxy R&B - Richard Stamz Chicago Blues 11 Jun. 2014
By Critical Guy - Published on
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This CD is really good. I heard the Christmas Day song by Detroit Junior and it knocked me out, so I went looking for more of his stuff, and found this CD. There are no bad songs on this CD, maybe 3 or 4 songs are mediocre, but the rest of them really rock. How come no one makes great music like this anymore?
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of mid-60s soul from one of Chicago's lost ... 31 Jan. 2015
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Great set of mid-60s soul from one of Chicago's lost heroes, Richard Stamz. Not really essential, but quite enjoyable.
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