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01
Hank Marr Marsanova
02 :37
02
Rudy Ray Moore Buggy Ride
02 :28
03
El Pauling & Royal Abbit Jail Bird
02 :56
04 02 :08
05
Mary Johnson You Have My Blessings
02 :42
06 03 :21
07
Amos Milburn Whiz-A-Shoo-Pepi-Dada
02 :51
08
Hank Ballard & His Midnighters What's Your Name
02 :32
09
Lula Reed Puddentane
02 :15
10
Johnny Watson I Say, I Love You
03 :00
11
Titus Turner Coralee
02 :39
12
Carol Ford Run Baby
03 :04
13
Billy Lamont Hear Me Now
02 :14
14
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters What Is This I See
02 :20
15
Elliott Shavers & His Blazers Scratch That Itch
03 :00
16
Mickey Baker Steam Roller
02 :14
17
Eddie Kirk Monkey Tonight
03 :05
18
Lloyd Nolan Fun Fun
02 :13
19
Willie Dixon & The Big Wheels Our Kind Of Love
03 :02
20
Otis Redding Shout Bamalama
01 :56
ARTIST
TITLE
R&B Hipshakers Vol. 2: Scratch That Itch
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
VAMPI 126CD VAMPI 126CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/29/2011

This is the second volume in Vampisoul's series featuring rockin' R&B and early soul from the King/Federal/DeLuxe catalog circa 1956-1967 -- 20 terrific dance cuts selected by genre expert DJ Mr. Fine Wine ("Downtown Soulville," WFMU). "We clawed our way into the King Records vaults again to come up with more virtuosic instrumentals ('Marsanova' rhymes with 'bossa nova,' more or less, if you pronounce organist supreme Hank Marr's surname with the right accent; Freddy King raises Mr. Marr two dance crazes on 'Bossa Nova Watusi Twist'); more classy love songs with a hook ('Burnt Toast And Black Coffee,' besides being the epitome of that particular sub-subgenre, is highly elusive and expensive on an original Federal 45 and much in-demand in the R&B dance parlors of Western Europe; kudos to the gong banger on the plaintive 'You Have My Blessings'); more unholy dances ('Monkey Tonight' is one of Eddie Kirk's more restrained performances, believe it or not; this compilation's title track describes a dance that, like so many of the worthwhile ones, might get you escorted from your high-school prom in handcuffs if you tried it); and more holy nonsense ('My Name Is Puddentane,' declares the prolific and wonderful Lula Reed, an earthily appropriate reply to Hank Ballard's to-the-point pick-up line 'What's Your Name'; if 'Whiz-A-Shoo-Pepi-Dada' meant anything, would it get your hips shaking quite so violently?). Then there's the record that's almost always in my DJ box, one of my favorite 45s ever -- so exciting when its drums and taunting female chorus kick in over a loud system in a sweaty club, only to be answered by Johnny Watson's blistering voice and guitar: 'I say, I love you.' The women singing 'Get them women off your mind' -- confusingly, I can't get them off my mind. And the capper? A strong contender for Greatest Song Ever, in its best incarnation: Otis Redding's 'Shout Bamalama.' The custodians of the King vaults couldn't come up with this recording for us; for some reason, they found only a tamer mix. I had to dub it off my well-worn 45 (speaking of scratches!)." --Mr. Fine Wine