Various Artists

Raid on Cedar Street: The Nashville Blues Treasures

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This two-disc, 58-track package isn't a set of Nashville blues songs but is instead a rollicking compilation of R&B, jump blues, funky country and gospel-tinged soul sides originally released on Red Wortham's independent Bullet, Sur-Speed and Delta imprints. None of these tracks was ever more than a regional hit, but that obscurity can't hide the fact that these sides rock, and rock delightfully. Among the many highlights are John Colbert's Wilson Pickett-like "Surfside Slide," Rubin Russell's eerie, droning and utterly fascinating "My Eyes Don't Have the Heart to Cry," Robert Garrett's deliberately sobering "I Don't Want to Be Sober," and the loping "Kiss and Run" by the George Williams Revue. A delightful listen from start to finish, the selections included on Raid on Cedar Street prove once again that just because you never heard it on a national radio station doesn't mean it wasn't great.

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