Various Artists

Jubilee Jezebels, Vol. 2

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The second volume in this fine series brings together some of the fine female rhythm & blues and pop performers who recorded for Jerry Blaine's Jubilee, Josie or Port labels between 1952 and 1964. The bulk of the material comes from the early to mid-1950s, prime years for Blaine's labels with only five of the 25 tracks emanating from 1964. The transfers sound bright and sharp, even on the tunes that were dubbed from disc. Several of the performers reappear from the initial volume with Edna McGriff represented by three tracks, six tracks by Little Sylvia (who would later become Sylvia of Mickey & Sylvia, of "Love Is Strange" fame), and two tracks each from Gloria Mann, Gloria Alleyne, Patti Jerome, Faye Simmons, Carol Fran and Big Maybelle, plus single track entries from Fay Simmons ("I Can See Through You"), Ann Marie ("Runaround"), Viola Watkins ("Paint a Sky for Me," which features the Crows on backup vocals), the Enchanters ("Today Is Your Birthday"), and a 1957 cut by Della Reese, a bluesy reading of the old standard "I Cried for You." As the booklet states, this compilation makes a really great all-female R&B review.

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