Joe Simon

Mr. Shout

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If Simon had for some reason not recorded much after the mid-'60s, this is how he would be remembered: a soul journeyman, one of many good singers in search of a style and excellent material. Of course, he found that in the latter half of the 1960s. But on this 24-track compilation of sides for Hush, Vee Jay, and other labels in the early and mid-'60s, we hear a good but derivative singer; "The Whoo Pee," for instance, is a clear Junior Walker knockoff. This is more explicitly gospel and roots R&B-influenced than his famous work, and while the tunes are serviceable, there's nothing that stands out as arresting, or even something that especially deserved to be a hit with better luck. It's certainly a useful disc for historians; it even has some previously issued cuts, as well as three songs he recorded with the Goldtones in 1959 and 1960. Interestingly, several of the early-'60s sides benefit from songwriting and musical accompaniment by Johnny Heartsman, who would eventually make a name for himself as a blues artist.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:29 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:47 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:34 Spotify
4 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:21 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:20 Spotify
7 2:38 Spotify
8 2:25 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
2:22 SpotifyAmazon
2:39 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:45 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:21 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:29 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:32 SpotifyAmazon
21 4:15 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:11 SpotifyAmazon
23 3:03 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
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