Lonnie Mack - Still On The Move-The Fraternity Years 1963-1968 (CD)

Lonnie Mack - Still On The Move-The Fraternity Years 1963-1968 (CD)


By Tony Rounce

It’s now been almost ten years since Ace released its first Lonnie Mack CD. Lonnie On The Move (CDCH 352) was, in essence, a (slightly-revised) reissue of a 1976 double album’s worth of sides that Fraternity label boss Harry Carlson had originally leased to US reissue label Trip, and that contained a mix of Mack’s Fraternity singles and masters which had hitherto lain unissued in Carlson’s tape archive.

In the intervening decade, Ace has released two further compilations which, between them, have now made most of Mack’s other Fraternity recordings available in the CD format – more often than not for the first time. Beautifully presented and comprehensively annotated – so much so, in fact, that yours truly feels absolutely no need to repeat the fulsome biographical aspects detailed by either Bill Millar or Stuart Colman as a) I can add nothing to information already provided by those fine fellows and b) I’m pretty sure that those who buy this set will already have those packages, and will therefore know Mack’s history almost as well as Mack himself does! -Memphis Wham! (CDCHD 713) and From Nashville To Memphis (CDCHD 807) collectively set new standards in Lonnie Mack reissues. No surprise, then that ten years on from its original release, On The Move! was beginning to look a little puny in comparison to its two follow-up volumes…

Ace owns Fraternity outright, but in 1992 we were contractually obliged to release the Trip LP as it was. Since then we have fully researched all the tapes in our Fraternity archive and happily, these tapes were found to include better sources for a number of tracks than issued on On The Move. Thus we’ve taken the opportunity to give it a deserving makeover that upgrades not only the CD’s packaging, but also its contents wherever possible.

As well as doing all this, we’ve also taken the opportunity to correct a few errors and anomalies that have crept in elsewhere, and to expand our original set by including several singles masters that haven’t yet appeared on an Ace CD. And finally, we’ve topped the whole thing off by adding the cream of our remaining, hitherto-unreleased, alternate takes for your approbation. Is this a good deal or what?

This collection does not repeat the mistakes of its predecessor by including both Soul Express and Jam And Butter – per the original Trip album – as it becomes fairly obvious in an A/B test that these are, in fact, one and the same master (albeit the J&B tape runs marginally faster than the tape for SE). In fact, we haven’t included it at all, as we have a splendid stereo mix of that mono SE/J&B master on Memphis Wham, where it appears under its ’proper’ title, The Freeze!

We’ve also excised the original mono Lonnie On The Move for similar reasons, as a stereo mix of this take appears on Memphis Wham! under its ’proper’ title, Turn On Your Lovelight. However, to compensate, we’ve included a previously unissued Take 2 – which boasts several subtle differences, including the gals from the Charmaines on some hitherto unheard backing vocals. (Incidentally, the session tapes reveal that the original intended title of Lonnie’s powerhouse version of Bobby Bland’s R&B classic was ’For Kicks!’…)

Our previously reissued version of (There’s) Snow On The Mountain lacked the tambourine overdub heard on the single (as, to be fair, did the version on the Trip album that was taken from the same tapes!), so we’ve put that right here. And we’ve also taken the opportunity to bring you the single master of Omaha (the Òfast versionÓ of Down In The Dumps) – an alternate take of the Òslow versionÓ having been erroneously credited as an alternate take of this version of Omaha on From Memphis To Nashville (still with us?…)

This might be a good point in the proceedings to clear up any confusion about the instrumental that’s known as The Circus Song. On the session tapes, engineer/producer Carl Edmondson is heard to call ’A Good Woman’s Love

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  • 1. Sa-Ba-Hoola
  • 2. Wildwood Flower
  • 3. Cry Cry Cry
  • 4. Snow On The Mountain
  • 5. Sticks And Stones
  • 6. Don't Make My Baby Blue
  • 7. Oh Boy!
  • 8. Florence Of Arabia
  • 9. Stand By Me
  • 10. I Found A Love
  • 11. The Circus Song aka A Good Woman's Love
  • 12. Men At Play
  • 13. Tonky Go Go
  • 14. Shotgun
  • 15. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
  • 16. One Mint Julep
  • 17. Florence Of Arabia (Alternate take)
  • 18. When I'm Alone
  • 19. Omaha
  • 20. Dorothy On My Mind
  • 21. I've Had It
  • 22. Money (That's What I Want) (Alternate take)
  • 23. Oh I Apologise
  • 24. Lonnie On The Move aka For Kicks aka Turn On Your Lovelight
  • 25. Soul Serenade - Beau Dollar & The Coins

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