The Ebb Story Various Artists (Ebb Records)

£11.50

Availablity:
World
Genre:
Rhythm & Blues
Label:
Ace Records
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 524

From 1957 to 1959, the Los Angeles label Ebb Records released around 60 singles. Only one became a national hit, although there were several regional successes. The label, however, recorded a fascinating cross-section of the music of the day and The Ebb Story tells the tale.Formed by Leonora "Lee" Rupe, with the money she received as a divorce settlement from her ex-husband Art Rupe (head of Specialty Records), and Jesse J Jones, an arranger and horn player, Ebb kicked off with The Ebbtones' Danny's Blues and worked their way through the New Orleans R&B of Professor Longhairs' Look What You're Doing To Me, the soulful blues of Ted Taylor, the down-home Texan blues guitar and voice of Smokey Hogg, the supper-club blues stylings of Floyd Dixon, the rockabilly of Kip Tyler, the chameleon vocals of Dolly Cooper and the classic hit R&B of the Hollywood Flames with Buzz, Buzz, Buzz (a version of which a young Bob Dylan performs on his forthcoming CD-ROM disc release).In the end, Ebb succumbed to the problems that beset many independents in the era - lack of national distribution and undercapitalisation (Ebb never released an album, even for their one hit maker, The Hollywood Flames). However, in their short run of two years, they left behind some great underground sounds of the period and "The Ebb Story" lets the world sample them one more time.Many of the recordings included on "The Ebb Story" are released on CD for the first time and there is one previously unreleased track among them. As befits a tribute album to such an intriguing label, "The Ebb Story" includes a complete discography by researcher Peter Gibbon and a fine sleevenote by Jim Dawson.

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    I've Got A Feeling - The Ebb-Tones

  • 02
    What Is Life Without A Home? - Floyd Dixon

  • 03
    If You Please - Riff Ruffin

  • 04
    Time Brings About A Change - Dolly Cooper

  • 05
    Look What You're Doing To Me - Professor Longhair

  • 06
    True Lips - Ray Agee And Elly Johnson

  • 07
    Buzz, Buzz, Buzz - The Hollywood Flames

  • 08
    The Way You Carry On - The Roulettes

  • 09
    Love Like A Fool - The Georgettes

  • 10
    Looka, No Hair - Professor Longhair

  • 11
    I Wanna Know - Eddie Daniels

  • 12
    Darkness - J J Jones

  • 13
    Keep Walking On - Ted Taylor

  • 14
    Good Mornin' Baby - Smokey Hogg

  • 15
    Sure 'nuff - Smokey Hogg

  • 16
    You Fascinate Me - Tony Harris

  • 17
    Mine All Mine - The Jaguars

  • 18
    Voodoo Love - The Souvenirs

  • 19
    Never Let Me Go - The Ambers featuring Ralph Mathis

  • 20
    Wrapped Up In A Dream - Ted Taylor

  • 21
    She's My Witch - Kip Tyler

  • 22
    Oh Linda - Kip Tyler

  • 23
    Lucky Johnny - Jerry Hawkins

  • 24
    Need Your Lovin' - Jerry Hawkins

  • 25
    Much Too Much - The Hollywood Flames

  • 26
    Come On - Earl Nelson

  • 27
    My Silent Prayer - Ray Agee And Elly Johnson

  • 28
    Run, Run, Run - Sammy Vance

  • 29
    Kiss Me, Squeeze Me - Davie Lee

  • 30
    Hali-lou - Earl Nelson

  • 31
    Hali-lou - Kip Tyler

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