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Various - Groove Records: Rockin' The Groove (CD)

1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 64-page booklet, 35 tracks. Total playing time approx. 84 minutes.

  • Two single CDs devoted to a great, unknown story in 1950s R&B history!
  • All titles remastered from original vault tapes!
  • Artists include Zilla Mays, Roy Gaines, the Du Droppers, George Benson (Yes! That George Benson), Sonny Terry, Champion Jack Dupree, and many more!
  • Backing musicians include the incredible Mickey Baker, as well as hot bandleaders Paul Williams and Buddy Lucas!

Watching the success of indie labels like Atlantic, Chess, Specialty, Imperial, and others, industry giant RCA decided to re-enter the Rhythm & Blues field. RCA had dominated blues recording during the late 1920s and '30s, but the company dropped most of its blues artists, along with many of its country artists, during wartime raw materials rationing. In 1954, RCA decided to get back in the game, hiring A&R man Danny Kessler away from Columbia's OKeh label. The experiment ended in 1957 after notching up just one major hit, Mickey & Sylvia's Love Is Strange.

Lack of hits didn't mean lack of great music. Recording in New York and in the South, Groove drew on a wide range of artists from top-drawer vocal groups like the Du Droppers to future smooth jazz star George Benson to blues guitar star Roy Gaines to west coast jazz Shorty Rogers calling himself Highpockets Henderson to classic New Orleans barrelhouse pianist Champion Jack Dupree. Even country blues legend Sonny Terry was on the roster. Groove releases were filled out with some great unknowns as well as singular artists like Bertice Reading, who began in R&B but went on to become a cabaret star in England. The bands were always top-notch, including session genius Mickey Baker as well as bandleaders Paul Williams and Buddy Lucas.
In an exclusive deal with RCA/Sony in New York, Bear Family acquired access to the entire Groove catalog, restoring the masters to pristine sound and finding rare and unpublished photos. Award-winning R&B historian Bill Dahl wrote the extensive essays.

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Various - Groove Records - Rockin' The Groove (CD) CD 1
01 Charmaine Frankie Brunson
02 Mattie Bee Emmett Hobson
03 Right Now Zilla Mays
04 Big Foot Mammy Paul Williams
05 Hoodoo Roy Gaines
06 Shout, Holler And Scream George Benson
07 Blackboard Rock Beverly Wright
08 Bye Bye Baby Clayton Love
09 Champ Ale Sonny Brooks
10 The Last Laugh Will Be On You Johnny Bird Orchestra with Mr Blue (vocal)
11 Run A' Long Lil McKenzie
12 I’m Trapped Buddy Lucas
13 She’s Mine Big Connie
14 Break It Up Chris Powell & The Blue Flames
15 Quicksand Maymie Watts
16 My Head Goes Around Oscar Black
17 Good-Bye Little Girl Chris Powell & the Blue Flames
18 The Thrill Is Gone Little Tommy Brown
19 Grab That Thing And Run Sam 'Highpockets' Henderson And His Jumpers
20 I Gotta Know Bertice Reading
21 22 Minutes Johnny Bird Orchestra with Lillian Childs (vocal)
22 That’s All I Need The Du Droppers
23 Doo Ba Dee Maymie Watts
24 Where Is Joe? Emmett Hobson
25 Shake Till I’m Shook Beverly Wright
26 I Believe In You Frank Brunson
27 Love Ya Like Crazy Chris Powell & The Blue Flames
28 Alabama Sue Roy Gaines
29 Oh! Sweetness The Avalons
30 Since You Went Away Zilla Mays
31 Crime Doesn’t Pay The Coronets
32 Women Are The Root Of All Evil Paul Williams
33 A Little Boy’s Dream George Benson
34 Humpty Dumpty Paul Williams
35 Wheel Of Time Maymie Watts
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Customer evaluation for "Rockin' The Groove (CD)"
3 May 2016

Kompliment!

Jazzthetik 5-6/16 "Vintage-Aufnahmen in erstaunlicher Tonqualität: Kein Knacken, Knistern, Rauschen. Kompliment für die Ttielauswahl und die Booklets!"

12 Apr 2016

Obskure Hörbeispiele

Oldiemarkt 4/16 "Diese CD besticht durch obskure Hörbeispiele. Insgesamt ist die Qualität des Materials sehr hoch und geht derart ab, dass der Rock 'n' Roll in der Nähe ist."

22 Mar 2016

Einsame Spitze

Good Times 2(16 "Wie von Bear Family gewohnt, ist die Musik nur die halbe Miete. Was Bill Dahl in seinen ausführlichen Liner Notes abliefern, ist einsame Spitze. Tiefer kann man in so ein Thema kaum einsteigen."

1 Mar 2016

Großartige Ausgrabung

Plärrer 3/16 "Wieder einmal hat das umtriebige Team von Bear Family ein beinahe vergessenes Label der R & B-Geschichte ausfindig gemacht und in die Gegenwart zurückgeholt."

9 Feb 2016

Klasse!

Klasse, dass sich Bear Family nun auch dem Rhythm And Blues zuwendet :)

Diese CD und ihr Compagnon "Groovin' The Blues" sind im Klang als auch im Begleittext exzellent. Schön illustriertes Booklet mit Sessiondetails.

Die fast 30 unveröffentlichten Titel beider CDs sind für meinen Geschmack allerdings zuviel.

Die Digipacks von Bear Family gefallen mir eigentlich schon gut. Was mir aber schon seit längerem nicht gefällt, sind die nicht (mehr) herausnehmbaren Booklets. Und bei diesen beiden CD-Heftchen wurde der Text zu eng am Bund gesetzt, und macht das Lesen daher etwas anstrengend.

Ich würde es toll finden, wenn auch andere R&B-Label auf diese Art und Weise gewürdigt werden könnten (Mercury z.B. wäre super, oder Federal-Deluxe; Chess-Checker, Duke-Peacock; Savoy etc).

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Tracklist
Various - Groove Records - Rockin' The Groove (CD) CD 1
01 Charmaine
02 Mattie Bee
03 Right Now
04 Big Foot Mammy
05 Hoodoo
06 Shout, Holler And Scream
07 Blackboard Rock
08 Bye Bye Baby
09 Champ Ale
10 The Last Laugh Will Be On You
11 Run A' Long
12 I’m Trapped
13 She’s Mine
14 Break It Up
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16 My Head Goes Around
17 Good-Bye Little Girl
18 The Thrill Is Gone
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20 I Gotta Know
21 22 Minutes
22 That’s All I Need
23 Doo Ba Dee
24 Where Is Joe?
25 Shake Till I’m Shook
26 I Believe In You
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28 Alabama Sue
29 Oh! Sweetness
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31 Crime Doesn’t Pay
32 Women Are The Root Of All Evil
33 A Little Boy’s Dream
34 Humpty Dumpty
35 Wheel Of Time