Let The Boogie Woogie Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists (Atlantic)


Rhythm & Blues
Ace Records
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Let The Boogie Woogie Rock'n'Roll is the first in a series of Ace explorations of the Atlantic vaults. It kicks off in the early years of the label with 25 slices of primeval Stompers and Movers from the dawn of black Rock'n'Roll. Ray Charles, Joe Turner, The Clovers, Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters and LaVern Baker all mess around with the sound that was destined to be hip the world over, the beat that launched the next 50 years of Popular Music - and they called it Rock 'n' Roll. But this is the real deal, as the lesser-known Carmen Taylor, Hal Paige & his Blues Boys, The Regals, Frank 'Floorshow' Culley & His Band and Eunice Davis lay down the sound that stayed around and to this day treats the feet. The compilation is by Ray Topping with an introductory note from broadcaster and author of "Making Tracks - The Atlantic Story", Charlie Gillett.

A potted history...

By the time Atlantic boss Ahmet Ertegun's dentist invested some cash in the fledging label, Ahmet and partner Herb Abramson already had some experience in record production. But by the late 40s Broadway was seething with musicians and the new independents were in an ideal position to exploit this talent. Atlantic were as prolific as any of the other operations, up-turning the office furniture at night to create a space to record in.

In 50s America a vast number of independent record labels issued records, but none stayed the course like Atlantic. As the decade wore on, they increasingly cut records in other parts of the States and even in Europe. They explored the sounds of the South in the 60s, discovering the music of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and even Miami. They kept pace with the majors by making quality records with performers, producers and engineers whose commitment guaranteed that even the records that did not chart had an enduring quality.

The 60s means soul and once more Atlantic were in at the birth of a genre that Ray Charles had virtually invented. But by now Atlantic were not only making their own records with Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke and the Wicked Pickett but they were licensing in from Stax, Fame and distributing a bunch of other labels. They were the complete label.

By the late 60s Atlantic was a major force in the industry, with major rock acts from Cream to Iron Butterfly, though these are not represented in our series, which concentrates on the earlier genres. They continued to produce radical, independent records that still resonate. Dr John's 1967 Gris Gris album springs to mind as a record that was far ahead of its time and has now found a whole new audience.

They also had an extensive jazz catalogue largely run by Ahmet's brother Nesuhi in later years. Coltrane, Monk, Mingus and Mose all cut memorable sides for the label.


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Mess Around - Ray Charles

  • 02 Preview Big Foot May - Hal Paige & His Blues Boys

  • 03 Preview Alarm Clock Boogie - Odelle Turner with Jesse Stone & His Orch

  • 04 Preview Wine-O-Wine - Willis "Gator Tail" Jackson & The 4 Gators

  • 05 Preview Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash - The Clovers

  • 06 Preview Ee-Til-Ya-Dee - The Tilters

  • 07 Preview Big Mamou Daddy - Carmen Taylor

  • 08 Preview Uh-Huh - George "Mr Blues" Jackson

  • 09 Preview I'm Gonna Cross That River - Tommy Ridgley

  • 10 Preview Got The Water Boiling - The Regals

  • 11 Preview Bump Miss Susie - Joe Turner with Van "Piano Man" Walls & His Orch

  • 12 Preview Let The Boogie Woogie Roll - Clyde McPhatter

  • 13 Preview My Beat Is 125th Street - Eunice Davis

  • 14 Preview Rhumboogie Jive - Frank "Floorshow" Culley & His Band

  • 15 Preview As Long As I'm Moving - Ruth Brown & Her Rhythm Makers

  • 16 Preview Beans And Corn Bread - Joe Morris

  • 17 Preview Why Oh Why - Frankie Marshall

  • 18 Preview Fanny Lou - Frankie Marshall

  • 19 Preview (Wake Up) Miss Rip Van Winkle - The Tibbs Brothers

  • 20 Preview I'm Going Crazy - The Tibbs Brothers

  • 21 Preview Hey Memphis - LaVern Baker

  • 22 Preview Shuffle In The Gravel - Young Jessie

  • 23 Preview Shooty Booty - Ivory Joe Hunter

  • 24 Preview Bip Bop Bip - Pretty Boy

  • 25 Preview Rock'n'Roll Espanole - Mad Man Taylor & his Piano

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With so much excellence on offer it's difficult to know where to begin, but tucked away among the tracks by giants of the business there are some exciting discoveries to be made.

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An unmissable set. Clear some space on them shelves for a stack of more classic Atlantic.

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