PRICE:
$9.00
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1-2 Weeks
ARTIST
TITLE
R&B Hipshakers Vol. 3: Just a Little Bit of the Jumpin' Bean
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
VAMPI 144CD VAMPI 144CD
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RELEASE DATE
1/22/2013

This is the third volume in Vampisoul's R&B Hipshakers series, featuring rockin' R&B and early soul from the King/Federal/DeLuxe catalog. "Here are 20 under-exposed R&B songs that, assembled into a package, entice you to have a party. Here is what Vampisoul dug: Drummer Cozy Cole's cymbals on 'Cozy's Mambo.' The same track would come out again three years later on King's Bethlehem subsidiary as 'Cozy and Bossa' to capitalize on the burgeoning bossa nova craze. New Orleans native Linda Hopkins wails on 'Mama Needs Your Lovin' Baby' and the clippety-cloppety rhythm of Earl King's 'Old Faithful and True Love,' is one of the earliest recordings on here, from 1955 (NB: This is Earl Connelly King, not the better-known New Orleans singer-songwriter-guitarist Earl King). Then there's the galloping tempo of 'She's Mine,' by the rock & roll cowboy, Joe Tex -- just his third solo single out of several zillion. The whistled response to Mel Williams' lead vocals on 'Send Me a Picture Baby,' and practically everything else about this song, will make it one of your favorites. The brilliant arrangement of Eugene Church's version of 'Sixteen Tons' is extraordinary, with those bass vocals, those sloppy finger snaps, the chorus of whomp-whomps. Then, there's the lip-smacking cry of 'rib tips!' amid The Drivers' enumeration of skeletal components in 'Dry Bones Twist,' along with the irresistible swing of super-prolific keyboard man Bill Doggett's 'Hold It.' Lowman Pauling is electric on 'Solid Rock,' and Hank Ballard's vocals on 'Nothing But Good' are nothing but riveting. Billy Gayles' works a caveman attitude on 'Take Your Fine Frame Home,' which nicely compliments Jackie Brenston's hoarse, pissed-off kiss-off, 'Much Later.' There's the slinky beat of 'Thanks Mr. Postman,' a mid-tempo minor-key love song, Little Willie's 'Don't Play with Love,' and the tightly-wound tension of guitar superstar Freddy King, and so much more." --Mr. Fine Wine, WFMU's Downtown Soulville.