Various Artists

Rhythm & Blues: 50's Blues & R&B

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The companion volume to Westside's delving into the vaults of Rhythm Records shines the spotlight on the bluesier side of the label's output. Kicking off with 10 tracks by Little Willie Littlefield, the set also features vintage tracks from Roy Hawkins (the writer and original artist of B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone"), Sugar Pie DeSanto, Charles Walker, Roland Mitchell and the cryptically namked Paliya and Alvin. None of this falls under the category of hard blues, but it's all solidly played stuff with a distinct West Coast edge to it. One of the early West Coast R&B labels that deserves a wider hearing.

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