The Delta Rhythm Boys

Radio, Gimme Some Jive: Performances 1941-1945

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AllMusic Review by John Bush

Radio, Gimme Some Jive is the last of three Delta Rhythm Boys collections available from the German label Dee-Jay, featuring 29 exuberant performances from one of the brightest harmony/rhythm groups of the '30s and '40s. Led by tenor Carl Jones, the quintet could harmonize like few other groups of the era, but they also proved capable of up-tempo swing on the order of the Spirits of Rhythm or the Four Blazes. As the title indicates, these are transcriptions, originally recorded during the American war years for radio broadcast or movie soundtracks, plus the rare soundie (an early version of what was later known as music videos, available in nickelodeons). The sound quality isn't bad for the period, and the performances are solid, whether the group is tackling swing standards ("One O'Clock Jump," "Take the 'A' Train," "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Just a-Sittin' and a-Rockin'," the latter their lone hit) or superficially silly harmony novelties like "Rigoletto Blues," "Snoqualomie Jo Jo," or "Texas Polka." There's also some wonderful interplay between lead and backing harmonies on many tracks, especially "Take the 'A' Train."

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1 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:57 Amazon
2 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:59 Amazon
3 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:28 Amazon
4 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:21 Amazon
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The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:17 Amazon
6 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:16 Amazon
7 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:50 Amazon
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The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:22 Amazon
9 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:34 Amazon
10 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:49 Amazon
11 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:42 Amazon
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The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:36 Amazon
13 The Delta Rhythm Boys 01:47 Amazon
14 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:48 Amazon
15 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:53 Amazon
16 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:47 Amazon
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The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:42 Amazon
18 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:53 Amazon
19 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:40 Amazon
20 The Delta Rhythm Boys 03:16 Amazon
21 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:44 Amazon
22 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:11 Amazon
23 The Delta Rhythm Boys 03:02 Amazon
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The Delta Rhythm Boys 03:05 Amazon
25 The Delta Rhythm Boys 03:12 Amazon
26 The Delta Rhythm Boys 03:03 Amazon
27 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:26 Amazon
28 The Delta Rhythm Boys 02:18 Amazon
29 The Delta Rhythm Boys feat: Mildred Bailey 02:59 Amazon
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