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Various Artists: Georgie Fame Heard Them Here First

Track List

>Sweet Thing - The Spinners
>Work Song - Oscar Brown, Jr. (mono)
>Monkey Time, The - Major Lance
>Dog, The (Do the Dog) - Rufus Thomas
>Yeh-Yeh! - Lambert/Jon Hendricks/Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan/Yolande Bavan
>Get on the Right Track Baby - Ray Charles
>Pink Champagne - His Honeydrippers/Joe Liggins
>Close the Door - Joe Tex
>I Love the Life I Live - The Mose Allison Trio (mono)
>Eso Beso (That Kiss) - Paul Anka
>One Whole Year Baby - Earl Curry & His Orchestra
>Sitting in the Park - Billy Stewart (mono)
>Pride and Joy - Marvin Gaye
>Sick and Tired - Fats Domino
>Monkeying Around - William Bell
>Dr Kitch - Lord Kitchener
>Bend a Little - Shorty Billups
>Soul Stomp - Earl Van Dyke
>Do-Re-Mi - Lee Dorsey
>Gimme That Wine - Lambert/Hendricks (mono)
>Shop Around - The Miracles
>Moody's Mood for Love - King Pleasure
>It's Got the Whole World Shakin' - Sam Cooke (mono)
>Funny How Time Slips Away - Joe Hinton
>All About My Girl - Jimmy McGriff

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Tony Rounce.

English soul journeyman Georgie Fame never favored jazz over R&B. He loved them both equally, splicing them together in a snappy mod style that turned him into a beloved British institution. Ace's 2015 compilation Georgie Fame Heard Them Here First digs into his influences, finding much beyond the familiar Mose Allison and Ray Charles, the two musicians at the core of his swing. His big hit "Yeh-Yeh!," first essayed by the hep Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan, is naturally here, but so are cuts by jazzbos, New Orleans pianists, soul groups, jump blues acts, pop stars, and Motown artists and, when they're all taken together, these songs -- which are sometimes quite familiar, as in the case of Major Lance's "The Monkey Time" or the Miracles' "Shop Around" -- wind up creating a portrait of Fame himself. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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