Unlock The Lock: The Kent Records Story Vol 1 Various Artists (Kent/ Modern)

£17.75

Availablity:
World
Genre:
Rhythm & Blues
Label:
Ace Records
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
CDTOP2 1449

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Unlock The Lock: The Kent Records Story Vol 1 (MP3), MP3 (£15.98)

The first four years of the Bihari brothers’ last major imprint. 30 of the tracks or takes make their CD debut.

Following our recent 2CD overview of Flair’s R&B releases and two double CDs embracing the RPM label’s output, we’re temporarily skipping over the parent Modern label to turn a spotlight on Kent, which replaced the Bihari Brothers’ earlier imprints in 1958 and outlasted them by several years. “Unlock The Lock: The Kent Story, Volume 1” covers the first four years of the label’s life. The story is told, wherever possible, by previously unreissued material and previously unreleased alternate takes of familiar repertoire. Considerably more than half of what’s here falls into those categories.

Of the generous helping of B.B. King tracks included, most of them adds to his discography by means of alternate takes and mono single mixes that have not yet found their way onto an Ace CD. B.B. was the mainstay of the release schedule, from its incorporation through to the early 70s, but he was by no means all there was to Kent. There’s a wide variety on offer here – everything from doo wop and rockabilly to straight ahead R&B and proto soul. 

Although B.B. left Kent in late 1961 (save for the contractual obligation session in 1964 that brought him back to cut ‘Rock Me Baby’) the Biharis filled his position as their flagship artist with successful 45s by his peer Lowell Fulson and upcoming blues-tinged Texan soul man Arzell “Z.Z.” Hill. Hear them and many others in the not too distant future on “The Kent Records Story, Volume 2”.

Tony Rounce

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    Why Do Everything Happen To Me - B.B. King

  • 02
    All Of Me - Danny Boy

  • 03
    Hey Little Mama - The Barker Brothers (Monty and Fredy)

  • 04
    "Baby, Baby" Every Night - Etta James

  • 05
    Sweet Lovin' Honey - Don Cole

  • 06
    On My Way Back Home - Flash Terry & His Orchestra

  • 07
    Devil Doll - Lee Denson

  • 08
    Madness - Sonny Knight

  • 09
    Basis Of Rock'n' Roll (Take 1) - Van Robinson

  • 10
    Bye Bye Baby (Take 5) - Chuck "Tequila" Rio

  • 11
    That's My Baby - Artie Wilson

  • 12
    Dance The Thing - Floyd Dixon and his Orchestra

  • 13
    Please Accept My Love - B.B. King

  • 14
    Red Hot Rockin' Blues - Jesse James

  • 15
    If It Ain't One Thing - Betty And Dupree

  • 16
    You You You - Van Robinson

  • 17
    South's Gonna Rise Again - Jesse James

  • 18
    Worry Worry (Take 1) - B.B. King

  • 19
    The Ballad Of Stagger Lee - The Senders

  • 20
    The Thrill Is Gone (Take 1) - Hadda Brooks

  • 21
    The Fool - B.B. King

  • 22
    Everybody Needs To Know - The Senders

  • 23
    (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons - Jesse Belvin

  • 24
    Mean Ole Frisco (Take 2) - B.B. King

Side 2

  • 01
    Sweet Sixteen Pts 1 & 2 - B.B. King

  • 02
    Your Cheating Heart (Mono) - Jimmy Witherspoon

  • 03
    Unlock The Lock (Take 2) - Jimmy Nelson

  • 04
    Good Man Gone Bad (Mono) - B.B. King

  • 05
    Tomorrow Night (Overdubbed version) - Hadda Brooks

  • 06
    You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now (Take 4) - B.B. King

  • 07
    Diane - Charlie Owens & the Sensational Ink Spots

  • 08
    If Love Was Money - Tony Allen & the Wanderers

  • 09
    Bad Case Of Love (Take 1) - B.B. King

  • 10
    Texas Queen - Billy Ray

  • 11
    Dreamin' - Tony Allen & Group

  • 12
    Doing The Twist - Joe Houston

  • 13
    Get In The Car - Little Joe Hinton

  • 14
    Crazy Feeling aka Do Something Crazy - Etta James

  • 15
    The Whip Twist - Little Joe Hinton

  • 16
    Goodnight My Love - Pat Hunt

  • 17
    Do You Wanna Twist - Teddy Reynolds

  • 18
    Playboy - Billy Ray

  • 19
    Camel Caravan - The Classicals

  • 20
    Without You - Hal Davis

  • 21
    Love You Baby - Bobby "Blue" Bland (vocal) & Ike Turner And His Orchestra

  • 22
    The Wonder Of Love - The Newports

  • 23
    Maybe I'm Wrong - Bobby Sanders

  • 24
    Mashing The Popeye - B.B. King

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