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How Britain Got The Blues Vol 4 (How Mods Got The Blues)

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  • Audio CD (18 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhythm And Blues
  • ASIN: B00FXXWSE0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ray Charles - Rockhouse - Ray Charles
  2. James Brown - Mashed Potatoes U.S.A. - James Brown
  3. Sarah Vaughan - One Mint Julep - Sarah Vaughan
  4. Benny Spellman - Lipstick Traces - Benny Spellman
  5. Johnny Griffin - Wade In The Water - Johnny Griffin
  6. Ray Charles - Get On The Right Track - Ray Charles
  7. Mose Allison - Parchman Farm - Mose Allison
  8. James Brown - Night Train - James Brown
  9. Jessie Hill - Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Pt 1 - Jessie Hill
  10. Chris Kenner - Land Of 1000 Dances - Chris Kenner
  11. Earl King - Come On, Pts. 1 & 2 - Earl King
  12. Ray Bryant Combo - Sack Of Woe - Ray Bryant Combo
  13. Mongo Santamaria - Watermelon Man - Mongo Santamaria
  14. Prince La La - She Put The Hurt On Me - Prince La La
  15. Mose Allison - The Seventh Son - Mose Allison
  16. The Mar-Keys - Last Night - The Mar-Keys
  17. Ray Charles - Sticks And Stones - Ray Charles
  18. Gene McDaniels - Point of No Return - Gene McDaniels
  19. James Brown - Shout and Shimmy - James Brown
  20. The Miracles - Shop Around - The Miracles
  21. Booker T. & The MG's - Green Onions - Booker T. and the M.G.'s
  22. Lee Dorsey - Do Re Mi - Lee Dorsey
  23. Oscar Brown Jr. - Work Song - Oscar Brown Jr.
  24. Paul Anka - Eso Beso - Paul Anka
  25. Ray Charles - I Believe To My Soul - Ray Charles
  26. James Brown - I Don't Mind - James Brown
  27. Marvin Gaye - Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye
  28. Nina Simone - Gin House Blues - Nina Simone

Disc: 2

  1. Johnny Burnette - The Train Kept A Rollin' - Johnny Burnette
  2. Lazy Lester - I'm A Lover Not A Fighter - Lazy Lester
  3. The Coasters - I'm A Hog For You - The Coasters
  4. Chuck Berry - Jaguar And The Thunderbird - Chuck Berry
  5. Larry Williams - She Said Yeah - Larry Williams
  6. Muddy Waters - You Need Love - Muddy Waters
  7. Ray Charles - Mess Around - Ray Charles
  8. Otis Blackwell - Daddy Rollin' Stone - Otis Blackwell
  9. Don & Bob - Good Morning Schoolgirl - Don & Bob
  10. Ernie K - Doe - A Certain Girl - Ernie K Doe
  11. Wilbert Harrison - Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
  12. Johnny Guitar Watson - Looking Back - Johnny 'Guitar' Watson
  13. Little Walter - My Babe - Little Walter
  14. The Coasters - Poison Ivy - The Coasters
  15. Bo Diddley - Road Runner - Bo Diddley
  16. Arthur Alexander - You Better Move On - Arthur Alexander
  17. The Contours - Do You Love Me - The Contours
  18. Bo Diddley - Bring It to Jerome - Bo Diddley
  19. Chuck Berry - Don't You Lie To Me - Chuck Berry
  20. Ray Charles - (Night Time Is) The Right Time - Ray Charles
  21. Fats Domino - Blue Monday - Fats Domino
  22. Huey 'Piano' Smith - Rockin Pneumonia - Huey 'Piano' Smith
  23. Mose Allison - A Young Man - Mose Allison
  24. The Coasters - Little Egypt - The Coasters
  25. Chuck Willis - C.C. Rider - Chuck Willis
  26. Johnny Otis - Casting My Spell - Johnny Otis
  27. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  28. Louis Jordan - Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan
  29. Chuck Jackson - Any Day Now - Chuck Jackson
  30. Ray & Bob - Air Travel - Ray & Bob
  31. Slim Harpo - I've Got Love If You Want It - Slim Harpo
  32. Doctor Feelgood - Dr Feelgood & The Interns - Dr. Feelgood

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England. 1960. A new decade has dawned, but parents are breathing a sigh of relief as normality is restored. Only a few years ago, teenage menace had arrived on the back of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. Cinemas were smashed, and juvenile delinquency soared, but now the flames of a rock n roll revolution have been quelled. Buddy Holly is dead. Elvis has been tamed by the army and is singing ballads. Chuck Berry is in jail. Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard have gone showbiz. Record sales are starting to fall as teenagers grow bored. Small cliques, usually art student types, are demanding something more exclusive. Skiffle comes and goes, replaced by trad jazz, then folk. The music scene seems tame in comparison to the late 50 s and something pretty spectacular is needed. In 1962, four working class lads from Liverpool blow things wide open. Playing a mixture of rock n roll and R&B, they give British youth something to think about. Ian Sammy Samwell is first to play Love Me Do. Sammy is spinning discs at the Lyceum in London with a playlist of mainly imported American R&B. He is soon joined behind the decks by Jeff Dexter and between them they turn the Lyceum on the Strand into the first bona fide club for the emerging mod scene. Here are some of those seminal records lovingly collected, together with notes by Smiler Anderson.

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With 60 songs over a 2-CD set, this is a monster of a release! `How Mods Got The Blues' basically collects together the original R&B sound track of the Mod scene and, coincidentally (or perhaps not) the songs that also influenced the British rhythm and blues `live' scene. Although many of the intended audience for this CD release will know most, if not all, of the recordings included, they will probably not have them collected together in one place such as here.

So whilst you get plenty of Ray Charles, James Brown, Mose Allison etc. along with Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Slim Harpo, the unique angle here is that all of these songs have later been covered by British Mod/Rhythm and Blues acts from The Yardbirds, The Kinks, The Who, The Action and The Small Faces to Georgie Fame (Eso Beso), Zoot Money (One Mint Julep), Chris Farlowe (Lipstick Traces), Alexis Korner (Kansas City) and John Mayall (Mess Around). So if you like The Who's recording of `I Don't Mind' on the My Generation album, you can listen to the earlier James Brown recording here. And that's not all - the `jewel in the crown' to this release is the wonderful 24-page glossy colour booklet that accompanies the CDs. First of all there is a comprehensive listing of the dates of the recordings, the artists, the UK release date and catalogue number plus a selected list of British artists who covered each song.

Secondly we have the pleasure of 3,000 words from current premier Mod author, Paul `Smiler' Anderson (who has his eagerly anticipated book, `Mods: The New Religion', scheduled for release in April 2014) who focuses on the 1962 to 1964 period of Mod where R&B usurped Modern Jazz as the music of choice on the scene before being itself overtaken by the more danceable and commercial sound of US soul.
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There are lots of Mod compilations around and this 'How Britain Got The Blues Vol 4 (How Mods Got The Blues)' seems slightly out of step with most of them by concentrating mainly on blues, R&B (particularly New Orleans R&B) and rock and roll. There is some early 'soul' music - James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Contours etc - and also some 'soul' jazz - Sarah Vaughan, Mongo Santamaria, Mose Allison etc - but other tracks seem a bit uncool in comparison with today's perception of the 'hip' mod scene. However, in the early 60s records were not as readily available as they are today and there wasn't the background information that there is now, so consequently you often had to listen to whatever was around, plus I think that people were more accepting than they are today, music wasn't as segmented and many people were just fans of black music in general - be it jazz, blues, R&B, ska, zydeco, folk, pop whatever.

However, having said that I can't imagine any mods that I knew listening to Paul Anka singing "Eso beso"! There are some true classics here though, including Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On", "Looking Back" by Johnny Guitar Watson and Otis Blackwell's "Daddy Rollin' Stone".
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An excellent compilation.
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All four volumes of the How Britain Got the Blues series are well worth getting. The track selection is superb and bountiful (2 packed CDs per volume!). The booklet, liner notes and annotation are outstanding. This series provides a fascinating documentation of the origins of the British Invasion. I love comparing these original recordings with their British counterparts (NOTE: These volumes contain the ORIGINAL --- usually American --- versions of the songs later covered by the Brit rock bands --- NOT the British cover versions themselves).

Also check out the similar 6 volume Beatles Beginnings sets, the 2 volume Rolling Stones Beginnings sets and the one CD Beginning Kinks and Beginning Who sets, all excellent additions to your music collection with rarities and surprising discoveries galore.
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