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Various Artists: New Breed Workin': Blues with a Rhythm

Track List

>Twitch, The - Danny White
>My Baby's Gone - Pee Wee (previously unreleased)
>Cruel World - Roosevelt Powers (previously unreleased)
>I Can't Even Enjoy My Home - Big Charley & the Domans (previously unreleased)
>You Never Know - B.B. King
>(I Believe) Something Funny Is Going On - Bertha Tillman
>Poor Boy's Song - Lord Luther (previously unreleased)
>I've Got a Feelin' for You Baby - Nookie Boy
>Boss Man - Dean Hawley/Deane Hawley
>Keep a Hold on Him - Beatrice Lee
>These Tears [Brass Version] - Mary Johnson (previously unreleased)
>Lucky Girl - Joan Dovalle/Joan Duvalle
>Steamboat - Red Shoes/Arthur Grant & the Red Shoes/Arthur Grant (previously unreleased)
>Workin' Man - Papa Jarvis (previously unreleased)
>Real Real Love - Ray Agee
>What Did I Do Wrong - The Ovations - (featuring Louis Williams)
>Let Me Know - Robbie Lee
>Breaking Hearts - Varetta & the Thomases/The Thomases/Varetta Dillard
>Playboy - Billy Ray
>Yes It's You - Little Margie/Big Boy Groves
>Big John - Richard Berry
>Looking for My Baby - The Music City Soul Brothers
>Twistin' School - Little Betty
>Now We Must Part - Chet "Poison" Ivey

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Ady Croasdell.

Photographer: Gianni Ferrari.

The subtitle of Ace's fifth installment of New Breed R&B underscores the aesthetic behind their New Breed series: these collections focus on blues and hard R&B acts who cut singles infused by a distinctly grooving soul sensibility. Most of the 24 tracks featured on Blues with a Rhythm date from the '60s but there are a couple of cuts from the '50s -- Richard Berry's "Big John" is from 1955, the same year as Little Walter's "My Babe," which also reworked "This Train (Is Bound for Glory)" -- and everything is united by a deep, slinky groove. Even when the singers growl or the guitars crank out a 12-bar shuffle, this music feels like it was designed for dancefloors. The fact that some of this sensibility is no doubt accidental actually makes this more fun: it feels like this whole scene was tapped into a vibe so powerful that it could not be denied, it could only be expressed. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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