Let the Good Times Roll, Vol. 2

Various Artists

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Let the Good Times Roll, Vol. 2 Review

by Al Campbell

Let the Good Times Roll, Vol. 2 is a fine sampling of 20 classic New Orleans R&B tracks. While Vol. 1 is highly recommended, this second volume is even better. The Fats Domino tracks are scaled back to two, making more space available for Benny Spellman, Amos Milburn, Bobby Mitchell, Lee Dorsey, Shirley & Lee, Irma Thomas, the Showmen, Ernie K-Doe, Lloyd Price, Earl King, Little Richard, and Smiley Lewis. The compilers also had the good taste to include a few tracks that don't often show up on hits-based packages, such as "Bon Ton Roulet" by Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow, "3 x 7 = 21" by Jewel King, and "Stack-A-Lee, Pt. 1" by Leon T. Gross (aka Archibald). While there is nothing new here for the collector, these are the original recordings from the vaults of Imperial, Amy, Aladdin, Minit, and Speciality, and along with the companion volume, Let the Good Times Roll, Vol. 2 is highly recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Little Richard 02:10 Amazon
2 Lee Dorsey 02:27 Amazon
3 Fats Domino 02:08 Amazon
4 Benny Spellman 02:14 Amazon
5 The Spiders 02:47 Amazon
6 Amos Milburn 02:31 Amazon
7 Shirley & Lee 02:48 Amazon
8 Bobby Mitchell 02:27 Amazon
9 Archibald 02:30 Amazon
10 Earl King 02:44 Amazon
11 Benny Spellman 02:26 Amazon
12 Irma Thomas 02:37 Amazon
13 Ernie K-Doe 02:13 Amazon
14 Irma Thomas 02:40 Amazon
15 Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow 02:56 Amazon
16 Jewel King 02:36 Amazon
17 Smiley Lewis 02:27 Amazon
18 Smiley Lewis 02:43 Amazon
19 Lloyd Price 02:19 Amazon
20 Fats Domino 02:01 Amazon
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