Vampisoul's R&B Hipshakers series, featuring rockin' R&B and early soul from the King/Federal/DeLuxe catalog. Twenty terrific dance cuts from 1955 through 1964 selected by genre expert Mr. Fine Wine of WFMU's Downtown Soulville. "Here is what we dug: Drummer Cozy Cole's cymbals on 'Cozy's Mambo.' The same track would come out again three years later on King's Bethlehem subsidiary as 'Cozy and Bossa' to capitalize on the burgeoning bossa nova craze... New Orleans native Linda Hopkins's wails on 'Mama Needs Your Lovin' Baby'... the clippety-cloppety rhythm of Earl King's 'Old Faithful and True Love,' one of the earliest recordings on here, from 1955... (NB: This is Earl Connelly King, not the better-known New Orleans singer-songwriter-guitarist Earl King)... the galloping tempo of 'She's Mine,' by the rock & roll cowboy, Joe Tex -- just his third solo single out of several zillion. The whistled response to Mel Williams's lead vocals on 'Send Me a Picture Baby,' and practically everything else about this song, one of our favorites. The brilliant arrangement of Eugene Church's version of 'Sixteen Tons': those bass vocals, those sloppy finger snaps, the chorus of whomp-whomps. The lip-smacking cry of 'rib tips!' amid The Drivers' enumeration of skeletal components in 'Dry Bones Twist.' The irresistible swing of super-prolific keyboard man Bill Doggett's 'Hold It.' Lowman Pauling's electric (in every sense) guitar on 'Solid Rock' [by El Pauling and the Royalton]... All of the voices, especially Hank Ballard's, on 'Nothing But Good' [by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters]... Billy Gayles's caveman attitude in 'Take Your Fine Frame Home'... Jackie Brenston's hoarse, pissed-off kiss-off: 'Much Later' [with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm]... the slinky beat of 'Thanks Mr Postman' [by Bobby King]... All that percussion on 'Don't Play with Love' [by Little Willie John]... the tightly wound tension of guitar superstar Freddy King's 'In the Open'..." --Mr. Fine Wine. Also includes tracks by Jimmy Peterson, The King Pins, Tiny Topsy, The Mystics, and Harem Girl. Originally released on CD, this is the first time these tracks have been available on vinyl.
A1. Cozy Cole: Cozy's Mambo A2. Linda Hopkins: Mama Needs Your Lovin' Baby A3. Earl King: Old Faithful and True Love A4. Joe Tex: She's Mine A5. Mel Williams: Send Me a Picture Baby B6. Eugene Church: Sixteen Tons B7. The Drivers: Dry Bones Twist B8. Bill Doggett: Hold It B9. El Pauling and the Royalton: Solid Rock B10. Hank Ballard and the Midnighters: Nothing But Good C1. Billy Gayles: Take Your Fine Frame Home C2. Jackie Brenston with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm: Much Later C3. Bobby King: Thanks Mr. Postman C4. Little Willie John: Don't Play with Love C5. Freddy King: In the Open D6. Jimmy Peterson: One Buffalo (You Mean a Nickel) D7. The King Pins: I Won't Have It D8. Tiny Topsy: Just a Little Bit D9. The Mystics: The Jumpin' Bean D10. Red Prysock: Harem Girl