Bartender, Knock Me A Zombie Part 1 / Bartender, Knock Me A Zombie Part 2 The Four Shades Of Rhythm


Rhythm & Blues
Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
SW 143

“I’ll take a sip, a little bit of nip from a Zombie, say bartender (what do you want?) knock me a Zombie”.

So the bartender probably took 1 ounce each of white, golden and dark rum, apricot brandy, pineapple and papaya juice, an optional jiggle of gin, added a dash of grenadine and put it all in a shaker. Poured the mix into a Tiki-style glass and then added ½ an ounce of 151-proof rum for good measure. No ice. Garnished with even more fruit and prepared his customer to “feel so far away”.

Recorded in around 1949 by Bernie Besman for his Detroit-based Sensation label, this ode to the high-powered cocktail by the Four Shades Of Rhythm lay undisturbed in the vault until recently unearthed and given an airing on Cerys Matthews’ BBC Radio 6 show.
There was an immediate demand to make it available to the public at large and so the Ace team sprang into action and here it is in a part one and a part two, the first Sensation release since 1950.
“(You want Sherry?) uh, uh man that’s Wine…”


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Bartender, Knock Me A Zombie Part 1

Side 2

  • 01 Preview Bartender, Knock Me A Zombie Part 2

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