Sunday, November 28, 2010
Good Rocking Roy Brown
The late Roy Brown was one of the legends of rhythm and blues who left an impressive body of blues that foreshadowed modern soul and urban blues with his high-end blues crying and shouting style. English Ace Records has inaugurated the initial release in its The King & Deluxe Acetates Series with Good Rocking’ Brown, which provides at least one version of every surviving acetate that Brown recorded for Deluxe No. 1 1947. 17 of the performances are previously unissued and include unused tracks and alternate takes.
In fact the CD opens with an alternate take to Browns celebrated Good Rocking’ Tonight, along with unused or alternates of such celebrated tracks as Mighty Mighty Man, Deep Sea Diver, Miss Fanny Brown, Special Lesson No. 1 and ‘Long About Midnight. He was backed by some terrific jump blues bands. Copiously annotated (although one wished Ace would include discographical details) and with very good sound, this terrific disc will be of great interest to those who are fans of jump blues and this great blues pioneer.