It takes a bit of doing to make a 25-track Roy Perkins compilation, as he only recorded a few singles in the time frame this anthology covers (late 1950s-early 1960s). But Ace manages to do so with its characteristic archival diligence, fishing out a number of unreleased performances from the Ram vaults, and adding singles and sessions he did with Bobby Page, Scatman Patin, and Harry Simoneaux. Frankly, this is one of those situations where you wonder whether all that effort was justified. Perkins was just another Louisiana rock musician, playing and writing fair but derivative music that sounded like clock-eaters from New Orleans late-1950s rock sessions (although this was not done in New Orleans). Even if you only compare Perkins to fellow white Louisiana rockers, he's a long ways behind Frankie Ford and Bobby Charles. His boogie-triplet piano style is good, though not great, and his songs often in the good-natured Fats Domino mold, though the single "Drop Top" is more uptempo, with a "Bony Maronie"-like riff. On real slowies he gets closer to swamp popdom; "Am I the One" is a little like a swamp-pop Ritchie Valens. Most of the material, apparently, comes from the Ram vaults whether it was released or unreleased at the time (the liner notes are not totally specific on details), but this does have his 1959 Dart single "True Love"/"Sweet Lilly." It does not, however, contain his regional hit "You're on My Mind," which was recorded for Mel-A-Dee.
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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger