Nothing But Good 1952 62 (Box) (Spkg)

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Review Text In rock & roll shorthand, Hank Ballard is the man who invented "the Twist," only to see Chubby Checker steal it out from under him. It is true but it's too simplistic, overlooking his earlier down-and-dirty -- very dirty -- R&B hits like "Work with Me Annie," how he twisted and expanded his Clyde McPhatter influence into a raw, gritty sound that influenced James Brown, how he and the Midnighters, the group he overtook in 1952, built a body of work that contains some of the best R&B and rock & roll of its time. Ballard embodied his time -- he worked with a vocal group, he didn't necessarily push sounds forward -- but he was a transitional figure because of his earthiness, how his voice dripped with carnality and his music had great, gritty rhythms. All this can be discerned on Rhino's excellent 2003 compilation Sexy Ways, but Bear Family's exhaustive box, Nothing But Good (1952-1962), winds up painting a fuller picture with its details, allowing a greater appreciation for his considerable talents. That isn't to say that the five discs of Nothing But Good are nothing but good -- there's a fair amount of formative recordings and filler, not to mention novelties, and Ballard was not above attempting to get another hit by copying the last, at one time shoehorning all three of his big hits into one song. Some of this was standard practice for rockers desperate to score another hit, but Ballard enthusiastically embraced sequels and rewrites right from the beginning, cutting a series of answers to his first big hit, 1954's "Work with Me Annie." Within a year, he had "Work Baby," "Annie Had a Baby," and "Annie's Aunt Fannie," and he would repeat this pattern once Chubby Checker turned Ballard's B-side, "The Twist," into a hit. Surely, there's a streak of commercial opportunism more than a mile wide at play, but listening to disc after disc on Nothing But Good, Ballard never seems crass, he seems joyous and alive. His energy and phrasing were a clear influence on James Brown, as was the Midnighters' blend of doo wop, dance, and guitar-driven R&B, one that had strong elements of urban electric blues, best heard on the churning, grinding hit "Look at Little Sister" but elsewhere, like on "I Must Be Crazy." All this apparent comes into sharp relief due the heft of this five-disc set, a box that certainly has a few wrong turns if not necessarily slow spots, for it's all fascinating, often invigorating listening. In fact, the sheer volume of Nothing But Good works in Ballard's favor, proving that he was a tireless, infectious performer whose talents ran far deeper than conventional wisdom suggests. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. I Feel So Blue - 3:31
  2. 2. Are You Forgetting - 2:10
  3. 3. Get It - 2:13
  4. 4. No, It Ain't - 3:30
  5. 5. That's It - 2:28
  6. 6. Hello Miss Fine - 3:37
  7. 7. Someone Like You - 3:35
  8. 8. I Feel That-A-Way - 2:14
  9. 9. That Woman - 2:01
  10. 10. Work with Me Annie - 3:47
  11. 11. Work with Me Annie - 3:48
  12. 12. Until I Die - 2:21
  13. 13. Give It Up - 3:33
  14. 14. Work Baby - 3:41
  15. 15. Work Baby - 3:39
  16. 16. Sexy Ways - 3:30
  17. 17. Don't Say Your Last Goodbye - 3:55
  18. 18. Annie Had a Baby - 3:41
  19. 19. She's the One - 2:20
  20. 20. Annie's Aunt Fannie - 3:51
  21. 21. Stingy Little Thing - 3:00
  22. 22. Crazy Loving (Stay with Me) - 3:04
  23. 23. Tell Them - 2:08
  24. 24. Switchie Witchie Titchie - 2:27
  25. 25. Switchie Witchie Titchie - 3:30
  26. 26. Why Are We Apart - 2:28
  27. 27. Ashamed of Myself - 3:00
  28. 28. Ring A-Ling A-Ling - 3:46
  29. 29. Whatsonever You Do - 2:23
  30. 30. Don't Ever Change Your Pretty Ways - 3:31
  31. 31. We'll Never Meet Again - 2:16
  32. 32. Looka Here - 3:37

CD: 2

  1. 33. Henry's Got Flat Feet (Can't Dance No More) - 3:41
  2. 34. It's Love, Baby (24 Hours a Day) - 3:52
  3. 35. Rock and Roll Wedding - 3:39
  4. 36. That House on the Hill - 2:28
  5. 37. Partners for Life - 3:59
  6. 38. Open Up the Back Door - 3:58
  7. 39. Sweet Mama, Do Right - 3:42
  8. 40. Rock, Granny, Roll - 3:49
  9. 41. Tore Up Over You - 3:48
  10. 42. Early One Morning - 2:17
  11. 43. Let Me Hold Your Hand - 3:53
  12. 44. I'll Be Home Someday - 3:04
  13. 45. Ooh Bah Baby - 3:44
  14. 46. Baby Please - 3:40
  15. 47. Come on and Get It - 3:37
  16. 48. Ow-Wow-Oo-Wee - 2:27
  17. 49. E Basta Cosi - 3:36
  18. 50. In the Doorway Crying - 2:21
  19. 51. Let 'Em Roll - 2:19
  20. 52. What Made You Change Your Mind - 3:47
  21. 53. Let 'Em Roll - 3:39
  22. 54. Is Your Love for Real - 2:16
  23. 55. Oh So Happy - 3:44
  24. 56. Daddy's Little Baby - 3:41
  25. 57. Stay by My Side - 3:53
  26. 58. Twist - 2:13
  27. 59. I'll Pray for You - 3:03

CD: 3

  1. 60. Twist [with Sax Overdub] - 3:36
  2. 61. Twist - 3:36
  3. 62. Teardrops on Your Letter - 3:42
  4. 63. I'll Pray for You - 3:35
  5. 64. Everybody Does Wrong Some Time - 2:15
  6. 65. Kansas City - 3:31
  7. 66. Cute Little Ways - 2:29
  8. 67. So Good to Be Home - 3:48
  9. 68. House with No Windows - 2:16
  10. 69. Rain Down Tears - 2:09
  11. 70. I'll Keep You Happy - 2:25
  12. 71. She's Got a Whole Lot of Soul - 3:49
  13. 72. Sugaree - 3:53
  14. 73. Sugaree - 3:52
  15. 74. Young Lady - 3:51
  16. 75. Move, Move, Move - 2:29
  17. 76. I'm Crying Mercy, Mercy - 3:48
  18. 77. Leave That Fat - 3:35
  19. 78. I Said I Wouldn't Beg You - 3:54
  20. 79. Look at Little Sister - 2:28
  21. 80. I Could Love You - 3:01
  22. 81. Never Knew - 3:54
  23. 82. Coffee Grind - 3:39
  24. 83. Waiting - 2:20
  25. 84. Don't Go I Love You - 2:17
  26. 85. I Love You, I Love You So-o-o - 2:27
  27. 86. I Must Be Crazy - 3:45
  28. 87. These Young Girls - 2:20
  29. 88. Finger Poppin' Time - 3:35
  30. 89. I'm Thinking of You - 3:54

CD: 4

  1. 90. Young Lady - 3:25
  2. 91. Broadway - 3:43
  3. 92. Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go - 2:24
  4. 93. I'm Sick of You - 3:32
  5. 94. Keep on Dancing - 3:31
  6. 95. Keep on Churnin' (Till the Butter Come) - 3:30
  7. 96. Goodbye So Long - 3:12
  8. 97. When I Need You - 3:01
  9. 98. If You'd Forgive Me - 2:23
  10. 99. When I Need You - 3:53
  11. 100. Hoochi Coochi Coo - 3:37
  12. 101. Mona Lisa - 3:35
  13. 102. Hoochi Coochi Coo - 3:57
  14. 103. Just One More Chance - 2:18
  15. 104. Summertime - 2:16
  16. 105. I Like to See My Baby - 2:29
  17. 106. Let's Go Again (Where We Went Last Night) - 3:04
  18. 107. You Ain't Nothing But Fine - 3:48
  19. 108. Where Is the Love - 3:04
  20. 109. Deep Blue Sea - 3:06
  21. 110. I'm So Crazy About You - 2:19
  22. 111. I'm Young - 3:47
  23. 112. What Is This I See - 2:08
  24. 113. I'm Gonna Miss You - 3:48
  25. 114. Daddy Rolling Stone - 3:45
  26. 115. Continental Walk - 4:39
  27. 116. Switch-A-Roo - 3:45
  28. 117. Float - 3:55
  29. 118. I Belong to You (You're the Keeper of My Heart) - 2:12
  30. 119. I Got a Mind to Leave You (I Got a Mind to Go Back Home) - 2:25

CD: 5

  1. 120. Big Red Sunset - 3:32
  2. 121. Big Red Sunset - 3:35
  3. 122. Big Red Sunset - 3:35
  4. 123. Can't You See I Need a Friend - 3:36
  5. 124. Nothing But Good - 3:43
  6. 125. Do You Remember - 3:38
  7. 126. Hello Lover, Goodbye Tears - 3:33
  8. 127. Miss Twister - 2:17
  9. 128. Up and Away - 2:26
  10. 129. Up and Away - 2:12
  11. 130. Do You Know How to Twist - 2:29
  12. 131. Do You Know How to Twist - 2:27
  13. 132. It's Twistin' Time - 3:34
  14. 133. Good Twistin' Tonight - 3:05
  15. 134. Get Ready - 3:36
  16. 135. I Want to Thank You (From the Bottom of My Heart) - 3:42
  17. 136. Your Lovin' - 3:43
  18. 137. She's the One - 3:35
  19. 138. Dream World - 3:31
  20. 139. Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache) - 2:06
  21. 140. Autumn Breeze - 3:35
  22. 141. What's Your Name - 3:34
  23. 142. I'm Learning - 3:55
  24. 143. After School - 2:10
  25. 144. Shaky Mae - 3:43
  26. 145. Christmas Time for Everybody But Me - 3:02
  27. 146. I Love and Care for You - 3:45
  28. 147. Santa Claus Is Coming - 3:05
  29. 148. Santa Claus Is Coming - 3:56
  30. 149. Love, Oh Love (Where Can You Be) - 3:31
  31. 150. Bring Me Your Love - 3:40

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1/20/09 

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