Various Artists

Genuine Excello R&B

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Jay Miller's Nashville-based Excello Records generated a sound as distinct as any in the history of modern American pop music, favoring an echo-laden, rustic, and swamp-tinged approach to blues, R&B, and gospel that makes every Excello side immediately identifiable. This generous compilation features several rare tracks from Miller's vaults, including such highlights as Silas Hogan's delightfully loose-limbed "Go on Pretty Baby," the odd (and completely compelling) submerged feel of Jimmy Anderson's take on "Frankie and Johnny," a busy and proto-funky "We Gonna Rub" from Joe Johnson, and Slim Harpo's classic "Rainin' in My Heart."

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