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  • Williams Larry - At His Finest: The Specialty Rock’n’Roll Years 2CD (CD)


    ”Along with Little Richard, Larry Williams is rightly considered as one of the greatest black rockers – and both artists recorded for Art Rupe’s Specialty label.This standout double-CD release features all the Specialty singles (CD 1); and the superb outtakes with hilarious studio chat (CD 2).All the big hits are here in all their remastered glory: ’Short Fat Fannie’, ’Bony Moronie’, ’Dizzy Miss Lizzy’ and ’Slow Down’.With Larry at the pounding piano, the instrumental work is outstanding. Accompanists include such stalwarts as Plas Johnson (sax), Rene Hall (guitar), Earl Palmer & Charles ’Hungry’ Williams (drums). The attractive booklet features expert notes from Stuart Colman.Quite simply, this is the ultimate Larry Williams rock ’n ’roll package”

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  • Original Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - Oh Lord-Stand By Me/Marching Up To Zion (CD)


    Not to be confused with Archie Brownlee’s Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, these Alabaman blind singers met at a school for the blind in the late 1930s. Clarence Fountain, whose range was not very wide, led the group with deep shouts, lofty cries, and rumbling, emotional singing that seems to have the power to move mountains. The group stick to their well-known mother” theme (their first hit was the mind-blowing ”I Can See Everybody’s Mother, But I Can’t See Mine” in 1949) on these two early ’70s LPs, issued here as one CD. No less than three songs mourn the death of a matriarch–the bluesy, brilliant standby ”Alone and Motherless,” the moody, slow-tempo ”When I Lost My Mother,” and the revved tearjerker ”Goodbye Mother.” The group singing is tight, the tempo and material varied, the minimal percussion perfectly complementary, the guitar playing subtle, sparse, beautiful. But the real treat is when the five singers wind each other up, like a spinning top, into ecstatic realms of entwined shouting, singing, and praising that will please any ear. –Mike McGonigal

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  • Various - Specialty Records Greatest Hits (CD)


    Ace are proud to announce the release of Specialty Records Greatest Hits the first ever single CD survey of the labels biggest hits and most important performers, including cuts by Little Richard, Larry Williams, Sam Cooke, (the early solo performance I’ll Come Running Back To You), Percy Mayfield, Lloyd Price, Roy Milton, Joe Liggins and Jimmy Liggins. Best known tracks include five Little Richard hits: Long Tall Sally, Good Golly Miss Molly, Lucille, Tutti Frutti and Rip It Up. Also featured are Larry Williams’ Bony Moronie and Short Fat Fannie, and Lloyd Price’s Lawdy Miss Clawdy. Not as well known, but still massively influential in the just-pre-rock R&B world, were Percy Mayfield’s ballad Please Send Me Someone To Love, Joe Liggins’ romp Pink Champagne, and Jimmy Liggins’ even more raucous Drunk. Classic one and all !

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