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Allen Toussaint Southern Nights
Laidback, nostalgic, trippy, southern-soul concept album from 1975, with The Meters in the line-up.



Ike Turner Studio Productions, New Orleans And Los Angeles, 1963-65
Singers like Jimmy Thomas, Stacy Johnson, Vernon Guy, Jessie Smith, Bobby John, Jackie Brenston, Venetta Fields, Tina Turner, Ernest Lane, Dee Dee Johnson fronting a super-tough Kings Of Rhythm lineup.





Dave Bartholomew Carnival Day
From the end of the 1940s, amazingly heady with New Orleans traditions and innovativeness, a riotous blend of heavily syncopated Caribbean rhythms and laid-back Southern swagger.



Percy Mayfield My Jug And I
'Well, I spoke to the river, and the river spoke back to me, and it said, You look so lonely, you look full of misery.'



Johnny Otis On With The Story: The Johnny Otis Story, Volume 2
Regal rhythm and blues, rock and roll, big-band funk and the rest from this amazing man, with his son Shuggie just coming into view.




The First Rock And Roll Record
The evolution of rock 'n roll music intoxicating tasters of blues, jazz, swing, RnB, Gospel, bluegrass barrelhouse boogie woogie and western swing... anything rocking. Five stars from The Guardian.



Ike Turner And His Kings Of Rhythm Jack Rabbit Blues
The 45 reissue of a Tune Town 78, and a scorcher of a CD generously covering various late-fifties Ike Turner projects.



Bo Diddley Have Guitar Will Travel, In The Spotlight
Almighty God himself, with two prime Checkers, and five extras. Have Guitar is just awesome stuff. You don't know diddley if you don't know Diddley.



Ruth Brown You Don't Know Me
Intimate, unforced performances from Motormouth Maybelle, with piano-trio accompaniment, recorded in the late-1970s.



The Johnny Otis Story Volume 1: Midnight At The Barrelhouse, 1945-1957
From early bandleader stuff through to the peak of the great man's worldwide popularity, with his first and biggest Capitol hits. Featuring Pete 'Guitar' Lewis, and the likes of Big Mama Thornton and Little Esther



Early Rappers Hipper Than Hop  The Ancestors Of Rap Part 1
The thinking behind this is knackered, but the music is great.