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Various Artists: Rhythm 'n' Bluesin by the Bayou: Vocal Groups

Track List

>Feelin' Right Saturday Night - The Velvetiers
>Tender and Tall
>I Cried - Sonny Martin
>I Need Your Lovin - Charles Morris
>Help Me - The Del Chords
>Cry Weeping Willow - Henry Clement
>Give Me Your Love - Sticks Herman
>Calimo
>Plea of Love - The Gay Notes
>Tall Skinny Mama - Henry Clement
>Lookin' and Searchin ' - Sonny Martin
>Waiting in the Chapel - The Gay Notes
>What Have I Done Wrong - Little Henry & the Dewdrops
>Oh Baby - The Velvetiers
>Tell Me, Tell Me, Tell Me - The Raves
>Natural Thing to Do, The - Sticks Herman
>Brother Brown - Rockin' Tabby Thomas
>Jenny Jenny Jenny - Little Henry & the Dewdrops
>Married Too Soon - The Gay Notes
>Oh Baby
>I'm So Lonely - Hi-Fi's
>Some Other Time - Sonny Martin
>Snake, The - The Gay Notes
>My Dear - Hi-Fi's
>Please Please Darling - Henry Clement
>Sea of Love - Katie Webster
>Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - Cookie & the Cupcakes
>Billy the Kid - The Raves

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Ian Saddler.

Photographer: Vicki Fox.

This 12th (!) installment of Ace's ongoing Rhythm 'n' Bluesin by the Bayou series springs to life with a rolling piano lifted from "Tipitina," but soon shifts the focus away from the rhythm and toward the vocal harmonies. Yes, this 28-track collection, digging out largely unheard highlights from the vaults of Southern Louisiana recordman J.D. Miller, shines a spotlight on the New Orleans equivalent of doo wop-street corner harmonies supported by greasier grooves. Sometimes, things do get pretty sweet and smooth -- that's standard for '50s vocal groups -- but the interesting cuts here walk a line between those supple harmonies and swinging R&B, a hybrid that isn't often heard among doo wop singles from the '50s and early '60s. This emphasis on harmonies means this volume of Rhythm 'n' Bluesin isn't as wooly and wild as others -- no matter how rollicking those beats are, the focus is always on the singers, which keeps the abandon in check -- but it's good to have it all on one disc, because this is a little-known area of Louisiana music history and the tracks play off of each other, revealing how sharp and creative many of these unknown (and sometimes uncredited) groups were. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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