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VA - Wow, Wow, Baby! (2015)

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VA - Wow, Wow, Baby! (2015)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Wow, Wow, Baby!: 1950s R&B, Blues & Gospel From Dolphin's Of Hollywood Vol. 3
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Blues, R&B
Label: Ace Records
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 61:42
Total Size: 150 MB
Covers: Full

01 Roland Mitchell & Big Boy Groves - Heavy Artillery Aka The Solid Rock nedited Version (2:31)
02 Scatman Crothers - Man Have I Got Troubles (2:48)
03 Hollywood Flames - Wow Wow Baby (2:23)
04 Memphis Slim - Pete's Boogie (2:51)
05 Jimmy Witherspoon - S.K. Blues (2:54)
06 Little Margie - Years And Tears Ago (2:53)
07 Floyd Dixon - Oh Baby (2:16)
08 Prince Dixon - Step In The Right Direction (2:21)
09 John Fuller - I Walk All Night (2:25)
10 Scatman Crothers - Elaine (2:23)
11 Marvin & Johnny - Yak Yak Woman (Demo) (2:12)
12 Earl Burton Combo, The - Sleep, Drink And Play (2:22)
13 Big Boy Groves - Traffic Ticket (2:41)
14 James Reed - My Love Is Real (2:57)
15 Mellowtones - Hey Rube (2:02)
16 Floyd Dixon - Never Can Tell (When A Woman's Going To Change Her Mind) (2:34)
17 Little Eve - Lonely, Lonely Woman (2:35)
18 Jimmy Witherspoon - Teenage Party (Take 1) (2:33)
19 Tap Anthony & His Orchestra - Fancy Pants (1:43)
20 Grady Chapman & The Suedes - Don't Blooper (2:38)
21 Vernon Anders - All Messed Up (2:47)
22 Prince Dixon - I Need The Lord To Guide Me Everyday (3:00)
23 Big Boy Groves - Teenagers Only (2:23)
24 Chuck Higgins & His Mellotones - Rock & Roll Aka Oh Yeah! (3:19)

Compilation Wow, Wow, Baby! 1950s R&B, Blues & Gospel from Dolphin's of Hollywood, Vol 3 refers to how this is the label's third installment of treasures from the vaults of Johnny Dolphin, the Los Angeles R&B kingpin of the '50s (its two predecessors are 2008's On with the Jive! and 2009's Toast of the Coast). Dolphin recorded, produced, and licensed a variety of R&B records, sometimes taking credit he perhaps didn't deserve -- a tendency that led to his early demise at the hands of Percy Ivy, a singer who swore Dolphin did him wrong -- but there's no denying he had excellent taste, something Wow, Wow, Baby! proves time and time again. As the subtitle suggests, Dolphin dipped his toe into a lot of different sounds, but this swinging 24-track collection feels surprisingly unified, possibly because it all grooves to big, bawdy beats. Even the doo wop -- notably the Hollywood Flames, who belt out the title track -- and the gospel groups here have considerable grit to their performances, and there are other surprises, including Scatman Crothers doing more than credible jump blues, Jimmy Witherspoon encroaching on Big Joe Turner territory, and the madly hopping Chuck Higgins' "Rock & Roll aka Oh Yeah!" This latter cut sums up the attitude of the whole set, how this is R&B that feels as exciting and invigorating as rock & roll, and that's why this collection of '50s West Coast R&B rarities packs a real punch.

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