Gaz's Rockin Blues - 40th Anniversary Special


Double LP version. Stag-O-Lee continues the DJ-Set series with compilation by cult DJ and master of few compilations Gay Mayall. Liner notes: "As a tasty contribution to your vinyl LP collection, this double album explores four avenues that reflect aspects of Gaz's Rockin' Blues club. Founded July 3rd, 1980, now celebrating 40 years of fun and dancing at London's Number One Blues dance. Originally at Gossips in the basement of 69 Dean Street, with its entrance on Meard St., the cobbled alley that links it with Wardour Street in the heart of Soho, traditionally the hub of clubland and red light district in London's West End. After DJing and presenting bands there for over 14 years, I moved the regular Thursday club night round the corner to St. Moritz, 159 Wardour Street. Another great Soho basement dive with a huge history. The choice of music in this particular selection contains two fundamental styles of Rhythm and Blues oriented boogie music that influenced the world. The post war era of black dance music was driven by R&B that was the inspiration for the rock n' roll of the 1950s. Here you have a hardcore slice of Black rock & roll, a side of rockin' early '50s R&B, it's precursor on one platter. On the next disc you'll hear a bunch of moving, exciting and at times frenzied '50s gospel. The idiom where most R&B and black rock n' roll and soul stars learned their art and cut their teeth. I was asked for this project to choose a bunch of Jamaican tunes to illustrate the role Jamaica's music has played in influencing the style and direction of Gaz's Rockin' Blues. These tracks are drawn from the very earliest days, at the inception of ska in the late '50s when Ja artists, having fell in love with US R&B, created their own take on it. I hope you enjoy this album for many years to come. Treasure it as I and all at Gaz's Rockin Blues have treasured these tracks. 40 years and still going strong!" Features Little Richard, Cledus Harrison, Screamin' Joe Neal, Pretty Boy, Jackie Brenston, Dave Bartholomew, James Brown, Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Brownie McGhee, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Bob Gaddy, Floyd Dixon, Sonny Knight, The Flying Clouds, Sensational Nightingales, The Pilgrim Travelers, The Gospel Clefs, Brother Joe May, Bessie Griffin, Archie Brownlee, Owen Gray, Count Ossie Afro Combo, Rico's Combo, The Blues Busters, The Moonlighters, Theophilus Beckford, and Duke Reid and His Group.