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Risque Rhythm: 50's R&B

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(1991/Rhino) 18 tracks

Medium 1
Big Ten-Inch Record - JACKSON, Moose
Big Long Slidin' Thing - WASHINGTON, Dinah
Laundromat Blues - FIVE ROYALES
The Walkin' Blues - HUNTER, Fluffy & Jesse Powell
Wasn't That Good - HARRIS, Wynonie
Butcher Pete (part 1) - BROWN, Roy & MIGHTY-MIGHTY MEN
It Ain't The Meat - SWALLOWS
Sixty-Minute Man - DOMINOES
Lemon Squeezing Daddy - SULTANS
Work With Me Annie - ROYALS
Keep On Churnin' - HARRIS, Wynonie
Silent George - MILLINDER, Lucky& Myra Johnson
Long John Blues - WASHINGTON, Dinah
Mountain Oysters - DAVIS, Eddie & BILL DOGGETT 3
My Man Stands Out - LEE, Julia & HER BOY FRIENDS
Toy Bell - BEES
Rocket 69 - RHODES, Todd & Connie Allen
(I Love To Play Your Piano) Let Me Bang...Box - TOPPERS

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Big Ten-Inch Record - Moose Jackson
  2. Big Long Slidin' Thing - Dinah Washington
  3. Laundromat Blues - The '5' Royales
  4. The Walkin' Blues (Walk Right In, Walk Right Out) - The Jesse Powell Orchestra
  5. Wasn't That Good - Wynonie Harris
  6. Butcher Pete-Pt. 1 - Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men
  7. It Ain't The Meat - The Swallows
  8. Sixty-Minute Man - The Dominoes
  9. Lemon Squeezing Daddy - The Sultans
  10. Work With Me Annie - The Royals
  11. Keep On Churnin' - Wynonie Harris
  12. Silent George - Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra
  13. Long John Blues - Dinah Washington
  14. Mountain Oysters - Eddis Davis
  15. My Man Stands Out - Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends
  16. Toy Bell - The Bees
  17. Rocket 69 - Todd Rhodes & Orchestra
  18. (I Love To Play Your Piano) Let Me Bang Your Box - The Toppers With Orchestra


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 15, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032HL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This collection goes into the sleezier side of R&B. "Sixty Minute Man" is true bravado. " "Big Long Slidin Thing" has the same effect as "Baby Let Me Bang Your Box." Add "Big Ten Inch Record" and 14 others and you have one truely great set. Rhino, of course, does a good job of transferring these songs to a digital format. A good bang for your bucks.
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This is some knee-slappin', gut-bustin', hee-haw, fall-down-on-the floor funny stuff that has a beat that you can dance to. If you're over 18 and hip to double-entendre and euphemisms, you'll roll with laughter and joy at songs like "Walkin' Blues," "Butcher Pete," "10 Inch Record," "Keep On Churnin," "I Love To Play Your Piano," etc. Modern rappers should listen to this to see that you don't have to blatantly curse to be funny. These songs are hilarious in what they leave to the imagination.
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This is a compilation of "dirty" R&B songs recorded from 1949 to 1954. This is an awesome CD. Really great old pre-rock-and-roll style R&B, with off color lyrics. Most of them are pretty funny, too. If you like REALLY "old school" R&B, you should get this CD.
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This Rhino release is far from the only collection of pre-rock and roll era risque (a.k.a., nasty, rude, etc.) R&B ditties available out there, but it's got to rank as one of the best for several reasons: The fairly tight time period covered (1949-1954) gives the entire affair a unity and focus often lacking from these types of compilations. The excitingly wide-ranging song selection runs the gamut from big stars like Dinah Washington to more obscure artists like Wynonie Harris and The Bees. The 18 song track-listing sure beats any of the much shorter 10-song releases by King Records without forcing you to splurge on a double-disc set either. The sound transfer is up to the high standards consistently set by Rhino Records, even 20 years on. Then there's the magnificent music itself. OK, there may be more directly "X"-rated material to be excavated from this genre and time period (as opposed to this mostly "R"-rated stuff), but then you'd miss out on the tongue-in-cheek humor and all that it leaves up to your imagination. Good cases in point would be The Jesse Powell Orchestra's "The Walkin' Blues" or The Royals' "Work With Me Annie," which, as another reviewer states, puts you right there under the sheets with its relentless pulsating rhythm. This is a must for lovers of what I'd call "plain old fun" R&B! Scratch that ... this is a must for any fan of good music!
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Great, great, great songs from the early R&B era of the late forties to the mid-fifties which were a little risque, to say the least. Some are well-known such as "Ten-Inch Record," "Sixty Minute Man," and "Work With Me Annie," but other cuts are rare and seldom heard. The songs are catchy, easy to dance to or sing to, and are hilarious.

My favorite songs on this CD are "Walk Right In, Walk Right Out," the classic fill-in-the-blanks number; "Mountain Oysters"; and, best of all, "Baby Let Me Bang Your Box." They don't make songs like this anymore, and they are timeless classics.

This CD belongs in every music lover's collection.
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