Two CDs full of wonderful gems from the 1950s and 1960s - gospel, soul, R&B, blues, pop, doo wop, they're all here on this Metro re-issue, in good quality sound, although a few of the tracks have been slightly truncated. A few old chestnuts share space with less familiar but welcome tracks from the El Dorados, Betty Everett, Little Richard with Jimi Hendrix, Elmore James, Rosco Gordon and many others. The original July 1958 recording of Hank Ballard and the Midnighter's historic The Twist was made in Miami FL for Vee-Jay but unreleased at the time, the song appearing instead on a November 1958 re-recording for Federal, originally as a B-side in 1960. The rarer Vee-Jay recording is listed here, complete with recording date and anecdotal information, but is actually the Federal/King hit recording, presumable due to some kind of licensing error.
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