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Disc: 1

  1. Good Rocking Tonight
  2. Mighty, Mighty Man
  3. 'Long About Midnight
  4. Rockin' At Midnight
  5. Boogie At Midnight
  6. Butcher Pete (Part 1)
  7. Butcher Pete (Part 2)
  8. Hard Luck Blues
  9. Cadillac Baby
  10. Love Don't Love Nobody
  11. Bar Room Blues
  12. Beautician Blues
  13. Big Town
  14. Laughing But Crying
  15. Gal From Kokomo
  16. Ain't Rocking No More
  17. Black Diamond
  18. Let The Four Winds Blow

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A descendant of Louis Jordan's Saturday-night fish fries and a contemporary of the proto-rock jump-blueser Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown was among the earliest of the R&B shouters. "Good Rocking Tonight" became a standard after Harris covered Brown's 1947 original; Elvis Presley later cut it for his second Sun Records disc. (Brown's own rewrite, "Rockin' at Midnight," was plucked by Robert Plant for his Honeydrippers side project.) Brown also put his powerful voice to use on mournful down-tempo ballads such as "Hard Luck Blues" and "Laughing but Crying" and briefly revived his career with the Fats Domino-penned "Let the Four Winds Blow." All, plus the hilariously ribald two-part "Butcher Pete," are included on this exemplary collection of sides by a major progenitor of the '90s swing revival. --Rickey Wright

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8b79f7ec) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Lindi D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love Jump Blues, and this is great. Although the songs have a tendency to blend together: Good Rockin' Tonight, Rockin' at Midnight, Mighty Mighty Man, the songs and the music are great. If you haven't heard of Roy Brown, you should. In this order, my favorites are: Louie Jordan, Wynonne Harris, Roy Brown - but it's a close call. Butcher Pete is worth a laugh: "..hackin and wackin and smackin...." I highly recommend this CD.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bcf8cf0) out of 5 stars One Of The Underrated R&R Pioneers 22 Aug. 2007
By George O'Leary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When anyone is called upon to name the early R&B male artists most influential in the birth of what became known as Rock 'N' Roll, those mentioned almost always include [and rightfully so let me hasten to add] The Ink Spots, Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five, Johnny Otis, and John Lee Hooker, each of whom is in the R&R Hall of Fame. Others were, however, every bit as influential and have as much claim to that honour, in my humble opinion. These include Charles Brown, Wynonie Harris, Amos Milburn, Lucky Millinder, Ivory Joe Hunter, Joe Liggins, and Percy Mayfield, along with Roy Brown, born in 1925 in New Orleans and an inductee into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 1981.

From 1948 to 1951 as a vocalist and an accomplished pianist he had 14 of the biggest R&B hit singles of all time for the DeLuxe label, and in 1957 he returned to the charts in the early days of R&R with two more for Imperial that also crossed over to the Billboard Pop Top 100. His first, Good Rocking Tonight, was a # 11 R&B in 1948 and undoubtedly a major influence on a young 13-year-old Elvis Aaron Presley, who would record it six years later at Sun Records.

This is among the 10 hits offered from Rhino in a decent, but not great, effort at presenting what they claim to be his best in one of the King Masters Series - including the interesting (but nowhere near the volume delivered by Ace of London in their releases) liner notes, written in 1993 by Art Fein. For the record, tracks 2, 6, 7, 12, and 14 to 17 inclusive were not among Roy's hits and, while interesting selections, six could either have been left off in favour of the missing hits, or the CD expanded to 24 tracks.

Those missing hits are: Rainy Weather Blues [# 5 R&B in February 1949] and its flipside, 'Fore Day In The Morning [# 6 R&B]; Miss Fanny Brown [# 8 R&B in April 1949] - instead they provide the uncharted flipside, Mighty, Might Man]; Please Don't Go (Come Back Baby) [# 9 R&B in October 1949]; 'Long About Midnight [# 8 R&B in October 1950 as the B-side to Cadillac Baby [# 6]; and Party Doll [# 13 R&B/# 89 Billboard Pop Top 100 in 1957 - yes, the same Party Doll which was a hit for both Buddy Knox and Steve Lawrence that year].

On all his early selections he comes across as a blues shouter, which was the style in those days, backed by the Bob Ogden orchestra on track 1, then with his group [His Mighty Mighty Men] on tracks 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, and 11, and with that same group and The Griffin Brothers orchestra on tracks 8 and 13.

On his last hit, Let The Four Winds Blow [# 5 R&B/# 29 Top 100 in 1957 - the only one among the 18 included which he did not have a hand in writing], the transition from blues shouter to a smooth approach is clearly evident. Why he did not go on to have many more hit singles remains a mystery. When he died from a heart attack on May 2, 1981 he was just 55 years old.

The sound quality, as always with a Rhino product, is excellent, and the insert includes a complete discography of the contents.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b739150) out of 5 stars Excellent CD 11 Feb. 2010
By William Ambrico - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you want the definative sound of the "hoy hoy" era, this Roy Brown CD is it.

Roy Brown is of the "pre-rock and roll" sings from the era of 1947-1953. He and many of his peers have sadly long been forgotten. Most of his and his peers hits were later recorded and made famous by white artists, without as much as a mention to the origninators.

If you want great music that will keep you boppin around the house or fantastic music to swing or lindy to, this CD is it.
HASH(0x8b739198) out of 5 stars Who made the first Rock N Roll Record? This guy right here! 16 Nov. 2011
By J. Bynum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Roy Brown/ Good Rocking Tonight: Roy Brown wrote and recorded his immortal hit "Good Rocking Tonight" way back in 1947. Ten years later, every early Rock N Roll group was recording their own version of this song. In my mind, there is no doubt that "Good Rocking Tonight" is the very first Rock N Roll song (long before Ike Turner's Rocket 88 came out).
This whole CD is entertaining (lots of R&B jump songs). Not every song matches the heights of the original "Rocking" but every song is entertaining (more so than 99% of the other albums out there) so add a little joy to your life and get this CD.
HASH(0x8b7d08dc) out of 5 stars Have you heard the news?! 7 Jun. 2007
By Bop Cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Like Wynonie,Big Joe,and Louie J., I love Roy and jump blues in general. With the exception of Wynonie, this guy was wilder than any late 1940's bluesman. If kids think that they're irritating their parents with rap music or "rock" music (whatever the heck that is nowadays), they've never heard this legend. Case in point, a number like "Butcher Pete Parts 1 and 2". Like Wynonie, this guy had a great pair of lungs. What a voice.

I recommend this CD highly, but it's really just an introduction to Roy Brown. He recorded many more songs that aren't on this compilation, but it's a great collection anyway.
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