Various Artists

No More Doggin': The RPM Records Story, Vol. 1 - 1950-53

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Launched as a subsidiary imprint under the Bihari Brothers' Modern Records umbrella, RPM Records specialized in blues, jump blues, and R&B. The Bihari Brothers (there were four of them, Lester, Julius, Saul, and Joseph Bihari) founded Modern Records in 1954 in Los Angeles as a West Coast R&B and blues label, spinning it off into an independent record empire by adding other imprints, including RPM, Flair, Meteor, and Crown Records (they even launched a Christmas and holiday label, Yuletide Records) before things crashed in the mid-'60s and forced things into bankruptcy, with the Modern umbrella catalog falling to Kent Records, who licensed it to the U.K.'s Ace Records in the mid-'80s, who in turn purchased it outright in the 1990s. This two-disc set, the first volume in a series covering the RPM part of the story, extends from 1950 to 1953, and includes sides by some well-known names like B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, and Ike Turner (who was a longtime talent scout for the Bihari Brothers), but also sides by lesser-known artists like the great Rosco Gordon, with roughly half of these 52 tracks featured in either alternate or previously unreleased versions, all of which makes this a wonderful historical and archival release.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:17
2 3:14
3 3:05
4 3:20
5 3:11
6 3:43
7 2:57
8 2:50
9 2:40
10 2:16
11 2:41
12 2:29
13 2:55
14 2:43
15 2:31
16 2:26
17 2:43
18 3:03
19 2:23
20 2:59
21 3:01
22 2:56
23 3:11
24 2:39
25 2:49
26 2:16

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:09
2 3:00
3 3:05
4 2:35
5 2:31
6 2:56
7 2:33
8 2:52
9 2:47
10 2:33
11 2:57
12 2:38
13 2:41
14 2:54
15 3:08
16 3:01
17 2:35
18 3:26
19 3:11
20 2:52
21 2:52
22 3:04
23 2:09
24 2:36
25 3:07
26 2:29
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