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VA - Dust My Rhythm & Blues: The Flair Records R&B Story 1953-55 (2013)

13-12-2013, 17:54
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VA - Dust My Rhythm & Blues: The Flair Records R&B Story 1953-55 (2013)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Dust My Rhythm & Blues: The Flair Records R&B Story 1953-55
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Ace Records
Genre: Modern Electric Blues, Rockin' Blues, R&B
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 68:17+67:50
Total Size: 162+161 Mb
Covers: Front

CD 1:
01 Little Johnny Jones & His Chicago Hound Dogs - Sweet Little Woman (2:56)
02 Elmore James With The Broomdusters - Early In The Morning (3:11)
03 The Flairs - She Wants To Rock (Take 2) (2:57)
04 The Royal Hawk (Roy Hawkins) & His Orchestra - I Wonder Why (Why Do Things Happen To Me) (Take 1) (2:49)
05 Elmore James With The Broomdusters - Can't Stop Lovin (2:55)
06 Johnny Ace - Midnight Hours Journey (2:39)
07 The Hunters - Down At Hayden's (2:28)
08 Big Duke (Henderson) & His Orchestra - Hello Baby (2:08)
09 Shirley Gunter With Monroe Tucker & His Orchestra - Send Him Back (Take 6) (4:22)
10 Clarence Bon Ton Garlow - Route 90 (2:39)
11 Elmore James With The Broomdusters - Strange Kinda Feeling (2:30)
12 The Whips - Pleadin Heart (2:30)
13 Shirley Gunter With Maxwell Davis & His Orchestra - Found Some Good Lovin (Take 1, Breakdown & Take 2, Master) (2:47)
14 The Flairs - Gettin High (Take 1) (2:49)
15 Big Duke (Henderson) & His Orchestra - Baby, Beat It (Take 4) (3:10)
16 Rickey & Jennell - This Time It's Real (3:10)
17 James Reed - My Mama Told Me (2:19)
18 Big Duke (Henderson) & His Orchestra - Beggin And Pleadin (Take 1) (2:10)
19 Saunders King & His Orchestra - My Close Friend (Take 1) (2:50)
20 Baby Pee Wee Parham - I've Got The Feeling (2:04)
21 Matt Cockrell - Baby, Please (Take 4) (2:12)
22 Billy Gale & His Orchestra - Night Howler (2:45)
23 Elmore James With The Broomdusters - Sure Nuff I Do (2:32)
24 James Reed & His Orchestra - You Better Hold Me (Take 1) (2:20)
25 Ike Turner & His Orchestra - Loosely (2:55)

CD 2:
01. Blinky Allen & His Orchestra - Chop House (Take1) (2:35)
02. The Flairs - Let's Make With Some Love (Take 2) (2:08)
03. Saunders King & His Orchestra - Quit Hangin Around Me (Take 1) (2:12)
04. Anna Marie & The Stardusters With Blinky Allen & His Orchestra - An Angel Cried (3:15)
05. Bobby Rey & His Orchestra - Blue Mambo (3:09)
06. Shirley Gunter & The Queens - Oop Shoop (Take 2) (3:00)
07. The Chimes - Love Me, Love Me, Love Me (Take 2) (2:44)
08. Walter Robertson - Sputterin Blues (2:34)
09. Johnny Fuller - Hard Times (3:09)
10. Richard Berry - The Big Break (3:03)
11. Elmore James With His Broomdusters - Standing At The Crossroads (3:00)
12. Richard Berry & The Dreamers - Daddy, Daddy (Take 1) (3:00)
13. Ike Turner & His Orchestra - Cuban Getaway (2:33)
14. The Carroll County Boys (Pee Wee Crayton) - Dizzy (Texas Hop) (Take 1) (3:04)
15. Bobby Relf & The Laurels - Farewell (2:53)
16. Richard Berry - Oh! Oh! Get Out Of The Car (1:35)
17. The Flairs - She Loves To Dance (1:50)
18. Mercy Dee - Stubborn Woman (3:08)
19. Richard Berry - Next Time (Take 4) (2:55)
20. Mercy Dee - Oh, Oh, Please (2:42)
21. Elmore James With His Broomdusters - Dust My Blues (2:55)
22. Richard Berry & The Dreamers - Together (Take 2) (2:46)
23. Shirley Gunter & The Flairs - Ipsy Opsie Ooh (Take 1) (2:15)
24. Mercy Dee - Have You Ever (Been Out In The Country) (2:50)
25. Elmore James With His Broomdusters - Goodbye (2:23)

The life of a compiler/annotator is an enjoyable one, filled with great projects that almost originate themselves and as many more again that require a greater degree of TLC on their way to realisation. There are projects for which the track listings almost pick themselves, and there are others that require a greater degree of audio assessment as they slowly, painstakingly come together. For me, an example of the former would be my recent King Floyd project, while into the latter category falls the much acclaimed “Beating The Petrillo Ban” 2CD set.

As well as real, concrete projects I also maintain – and I’m sure I’m not alone in this – a list of ideas that fall into the category of I know I’ll get round to this eventually. Some of these stay on the list for a short time, others hang about for years. I’m not going to confirm what category “Dust My Rhythm And Blues – The Flair R&B Story” falls into, but I will admit that I didn’t just come up with it yesterday.

However, now that it’s finally arrived “The Flair R&B Story” will be the first in a series of comprehensive histories devoted to the assorted subsidiaries of Modern Records. Flair did not last as long as some of the Bihari brothers’ imprints, but its value as a label cannot be overestimated – particularly as it featured both Elmore James and Richard Berry frequently during its two year run.

The Biharis started Flair as a hillbilly imprint, but changed its focus almost exclusively to R&B after 10 straight country releases found their way to nowhere in short order. No disrespect to the men in cowboy boots and western shirts, but for this 2CD collection we’ve ignored those – many of which are anyway featured on our “Swingbillies” CD - and kept it 100% rhythm and bluesy.

Every major name who recorded for Flair is featured here at least once and – wherever possible – with an alternate take, if the master take is already out on an Ace CD. Where an artist released a number of Flair 45s and 78s, tracks have been carefully chosen to represent the full spectrum of their repertoire (so Elmore’s tracks, for example, are not simply 1001 variations on the ‘Dust My Broom’ riff). We’ve also freshly re-dubbed and re-mastered any tracks that had to be taken from 78s due to the disappearance of the original tapes. And it will be a pleasant surprise to many to find that a healthy percentage of the tracks here have either never been reissued by Ace before or, in some cases, not in the CD era.

Now that I’ve “got round to it eventually”, this chronicling of the Flair label will be followed by 2CD sets on the Crown and RPM labels plus two separate 2CD sets on Kent to cover earlier and later years of the label. ~by Tony Rounce

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