Dust My Rhythm & Blues The Flair Records R&B Story 1953-55 Various Artists (Kent/ Modern)

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World
Genre:
Rhythm & Blues
Label:
Ace Records
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
CDTOP2 1382

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The life of a compiler/annotator is an enjoyable one, filled with great projects that almost originate themselves and as many more again that require a greater degree of TLC on their way to realisation. There are projects for which the track listings almost pick themselves, and there are others that require a greater degree of audio assessment as they slowly, painstakingly come together. For me, an example of the former would be my recent King Floyd project, while into the latter category falls the much acclaimed “Beating The Petrillo Ban” 2CD set.

As well as real, concrete projects I also maintain – and I’m sure I’m not alone in this – a list of ideas that fall into the category of I know I’ll get round to this eventually. Some of these stay on the list for a short time, others hang about for years. I’m not going to confirm what category “Dust My Rhythm And Blues – The Flair R&B Story” falls into, but I will admit that I didn’t just come up with it yesterday.

However, now that it’s finally arrived “The Flair R&B Story” will be the first in a series of comprehensive histories devoted to the assorted subsidiaries of Modern Records. Flair did not last as long as some of the Bihari brothers’ imprints, but its value as a label cannot be overestimated – particularly as it featured both Elmore James and Richard Berry frequently during its two year run.

The Biharis started Flair as a hillbilly imprint, but changed its focus almost exclusively to R&B after 10 straight country releases found their way to nowhere in short order. No disrespect to the men in cowboy boots and western shirts, but for this 2CD collection we’ve ignored those – many of which are anyway featured on our “Swingbillies” CD - and kept it 100% rhythm and bluesy.

Every major name who recorded for Flair is featured here at least once and – wherever possible – with an alternate take, if the master take is already out on an Ace CD. Where an artist released a number of Flair 45s and 78s, tracks have been carefully chosen to represent the full spectrum of their repertoire (so Elmore’s tracks, for example, are not simply 1001 variations on the ‘Dust My Broom’ riff). We’ve also freshly re-dubbed and re-mastered any tracks that had to be taken from 78s due to the disappearance of the original tapes. And it will be a pleasant surprise to many to find that a healthy percentage of the tracks here have either never been reissued by Ace before or, in some cases, not in the CD era.

Now that I’ve “got round to it eventually”, this chronicling of the Flair label will be followed by 2CD sets on the Crown and RPM labels plus two separate 2CD sets on Kent to cover earlier and later years of the label.

by Tony Rounce

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    Dirty By The Dozen (Sweet Little Woman) - Little Johnny Jones & The Chicago Hound Dogs

  • 02
    Early In The Morning - Elmore James & His Broomdusters

  • 03
    She Wants To Rock (Take 2) - The Flairs

  • 04
    I Wonder Why (Take 1) - The Royal Hawk & His Orchestra

  • 05
    Can't Stop Lovin' - Elmore James & His Broomdusters

  • 06
    Midnight Hours Journey - Johnny Ace

  • 07
    Down At Hayden's - The Hunters

  • 08
    Hello Baby - Big Duke & His Orchestra

  • 09
    Send Him Back (Take 6) - Shirley Gunter with Monroe Tucker & His Orchestra

  • 10
    Route "90" - Clarence "Bonton" Garlow & His Orchestra

  • 11
    Strange Kinda Feeling - Elmore James & His Broomdusters

  • 12
    Pleadin' Heart - The Whips

  • 13
    Found Some Good Lovin' (Take 1, breakdown & Take 2, master) - Shirley Gunter with Maxwell Davis & His Orchestra

  • 14
    Gettin' High (Take 1) - The Flairs

  • 15
    Baby Beat It (Take 4) - Big Duke & His Orchestra

  • 16
    This Time It's Real - Ricky & Jennell

  • 17
    My Mama Told Me - James Reed

  • 18
    Beggin' & Pleadin' (Take 1) - Big Duke & His Orchestra

  • 19
    My Close Friend (Take 1) - Saunders King & His Orchestra

  • 20
    I've Got The Feeling - Baby "Pee Wee" Parham

  • 21
    Baby Please (Take 4) - Mat Cockrell

  • 22
    Night Howler - Billy Gale & His Orchestra

  • 23
    Sho' Nuff I Do - Elmore James & His Broomdusters

  • 24
    You Better Hold Me (Take 1) - James Reed & His Orchestra

  • 25
    Loosely - Ike Turner & His Orchestra

Side 2

  • 01
    Chop House (Take 1) - Blinky Allen & His Orchestra

  • 02
    Let's Make With Some Love (Take 2) - The Flairs

  • 03
    Quit Hangin' Around Me (Take 1) - Saunders King & His Orchestra

  • 04
    An Angel Cried - Anna Marie & The Stardusters with Blinky Allen & The Stardusters

  • 05
    Blue Mambo - Bobby Rey & His Orchestra

  • 06
    Oop Shoop (Take 2) - Shirley Gunter & The Queens

  • 07
    Love Me, Love Me, Love Me (Take 2) - The Chimes

  • 08
    Sputterin' Blues - Walter Robertson

  • 09
    Hard Times - Johnny Fuller

  • 10
    The Big Break - Richard Berry

  • 11
    Standing At The Crossroads - Elmore James & His Broomdusters

  • 12
    Daddy Daddy (Take 1) - Richard Berry & The Dreamers

  • 13
    Cuban Get Away - Ike Turner & His Orchestra

  • 14
    Dizzy (Take 1) - The Carroll County Boys featuring Pee Wee Crayton

  • 15
    Farewell - Bobby Relf & The Laurels

  • 16
    Oh! Oh! Get Out Of The Car - Richard Berry

  • 17
    She Loves To Dance - The Flairs

  • 18
    Stubborn Woman - Mercy Dee

  • 19
    Next Time (Take 4) - Richard Berry

  • 20
    Oh, Oh, Please - Mercy Dee

  • 21
    Ipsy Opsie Ooh (Take 1) - Shirley Gunter & The Flairs

  • 22
    Dust My Blues - Elmore James & His Broomdusters

  • 23
    Together (Take 2) - Richard Berry & The Dreamers

  • 24
    Have You Ever? - Mercy Dee

  • 25
    Goodbye - Elmore James & His Broomdusters

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