Old Town Rec 1103

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Review Text More interesting in some ways, though not hugely so, were Old Town's forays into other areas of blues, rock & roll, and soul, including obscure commercial recordings by Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry (though just one is included here); Titus Turner's "We Told You Not to Marry," an "answer" record to Lloyd Price's hit "I'm Gonna Get Married;" Billy Bland's blatant 1955 Bo Diddley-modeled "Chicken in the Basket" with the ridiculous lyric "Down on the graveyard on my knees, thought I heard a chicken sneeze"; and the Adams Brothers' solid 1961 New Orleans R&B outing "Burnin' in Pain." In the mid- to late '60s, Old Town got into some soul production and while the few soul tracks at the end of disc two are uncharacteristic of the label's output, some of them are among the anthology's highlights, like Lester Young's rowdy blues-soul outing "Down to the River" (and no, it's not the same Lester Young as the jazz great); Thelma Jones' emotional ballad "Never Leave Me;" and the Gypsies' commercial soul-dance beater "Jerk It." (The Gypsies would later turn into the Flirtations and have a big hit (on a different label) in 1969 with "Nothing But a Heartache.") But the quality of the music is too erratic and the jumps between styles too diffuse to make this package that enjoyable a listen for any collectors but the most dedicated and wide-ranging in their tastes. Incidentally, though Arthur Prysock was Old Town's most successful artist in the 1960s, unfortunately, only one of his tracks (and none of his Old Town chart singles) are here. Another lamentable absence is Hector Rivera's 1966 boogaloo hit "At the Party," especially considering that Ace managed to put out a whole Rivera CD (including the track "At the Party") nearly a decade or so before this compilation. ~ Richie Unterberger

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. There's a Moon Out Tonight - 2:14
  2. 2. So Fine - 2:23
  3. 3. Remember Then - 2:22
  4. 4. Let the Little Girl Dance - 2:21
  5. 5. We Belong Together - 3:49
  6. 6. You Could Be My Love - 3:21
  7. 7. Good Luck Darling - 3:30
  8. 8. You're Laughing 'Cause I'm Crying - 3:19
  9. 9. Blue Valentine - 3:34
  10. 10. Tonight Kathleen - 3:42
  11. 11. Summer Love - 3:58
  12. 12. Rock the Joint This Morning - 3:44
  13. 13. Life Is But a Dream - 3:43
  14. 14. Mambo Boogie - 3:34
  15. 15. It All Depends on You - 3:36
  16. 16. I Call to You - 3:45
  17. 17. Wedding - 3:41
  18. 18. Zip Boom - 2:24
  19. 19. Darling Listen to the Words of This Song - 3:58
  20. 20. Chicken in the Basket - 3:44
  21. 21. Crazy Love - 3:32
  22. 22. I Believe in You - 3:44
  23. 23. Tonight - 2:25
  24. 24. Love You Baby, All the Time - 2:24
  25. 25. Angels Sang - 2:22
  26. 26. Broken Hearted Man - 3:54
  27. 27. Operator - 3:37
  28. 28. Chicken Hop - 2:08
  29. 29. Dreaming Is No Good for You - 3:34
  30. 30. Seven Wonders of the World - 3:43

CD: 2

  1. 31. Walking Along - 3:34
  2. 32. Last Night I Dreamed - 2:10
  3. 33. Teenage Blues - 2:20
  4. 34. Paper Lady - 3:57
  5. 35. Please Give Me One More Chance - 2:27
  6. 36. I Need Your Love So Bad - 2:26
  7. 37. We Told You Not to Marry - 2:15
  8. 38. Taking Care of Business - 2:09
  9. 39. Big Muddy - 3:56
  10. 40. Let the Doorbell Ring - 3:34
  11. 41. She Loves So Easy - 3:41
  12. 42. Memories (Of My Mother) - 3:55
  13. 43. Harmony - 2:23
  14. 44. Good Rockin' Tonight - 2:27
  15. 45. Dear One - 3:16
  16. 46. One for My Baby (And One for the Road) - 3:11
  17. 47. Day We Fell in Love - 2:27
  18. 48. Lorraine - 3:31
  19. 49. Burnin' in Pain - 2:52
  20. 50. Broken Heart - 3:40
  21. 51. I'll Never Forget You - 3:34
  22. 52. Gotta Keep Rolling - 3:49
  23. 53. Like You Do - 3:32
  24. 54. Down to the River - 2:42
  25. 55. I Really Don't Want to Know - 3:22
  26. 56. I Just Can't Help It - 2:22
  27. 57. Possibility - 2:26
  28. 58. Jerk It - 3:35
  29. 59. Baby, I Need You - 3:39
  30. 60. Never Leave Me - 2:27

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11/4/03 

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