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Rhythm 'N' Blusin' by the Bayou: Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Ten volumes into their seemingly never-ending, always-excellent By the Bayou series, Ace returns to R&B for Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies. Like nearly all of its predecessors, this is primarily archival -- i.e., there aren't a lot of familiar names, but there are acts that have popped up on previous Bayou installments because, at this point, it's been proven that the well is deep but not fathomless. Newly discovered cuts by unknowns can hardly be called "recycling," and this, like its cousins, is pretty close to straight-up aural dynamite. Most of these 28 tracks come from J.D. Miller's Crowley studio in Southern Louisiana, appearing on imprints like Flyright, Goldband, Zynn, and Rod in the late '50s and early '60s although this is also graced by some previously unreleased cuts and sides that popped up on previous archival comps. Some familiar rhythms and musical motifs pop up -- there are echoes of other, better-known New Orleans songs, not to mention two variations of Lester Roberts' hopping "Take It Home to Grandma" -- and there's a pretty wide variety of sounds here, too, ranging from the greasy blues of Lazy Lester and the zydeco of Clifton Chenier to rhumbas, piano boogies, relaxed shuffles, and hard-driving guitar blues. If there's not one song that delivers a full-fledged knock-out, there are no dogs in the bunch, either: it keeps the party cooking until the early hours and, and given the nine equally good discs which have preceded Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies, that's pretty remarkable indeed.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Little Victor & His Orchestra / Little Victor 02:29 Amazon
2 Katie Webster 02:05 Amazon
3 Rockin' Tabby Thomas 02:39 Amazon
4 Lester Robertson 01:56 Amazon
5 Guitar Gable 01:54 Amazon
6 Anna Mae Rogers 02:29 Amazon
7 Mad Dog Sheffield 02:15 Amazon
8 Carol Fran 02:14 Amazon
9 Leroy Washington 02:16 Amazon
10 Lionel Torrance / Lionel Torrence 02:15 Amazon
11 Sad Leroy White 02:36 Amazon
12 Wonder Boy Travis 01:53 Amazon
13 Lazy Lester 01:57 Amazon
14 Clifton Chenier 02:01 Amazon
15 Eddie Williams 02:17 Amazon
16 Mad Dog Sheffield 02:49 Amazon
17 Guitar Gable / King Karl 02:45 Amazon
18 Lester Robertson 01:33 Amazon
19 Carol Fran 01:53 Amazon
20 Frank Simien 02:01 Amazon
21 Leroy Washington 02:38 Amazon
22 Ashton Conroy / Katie Webster 02:07 Amazon
23 Bobby Jay / Katie Webster 02:49 Amazon
24 Jimmy Dotson 02:15 Amazon
25 Charles Morris 03:15 Amazon
26 Leroy Washington 02:16 Amazon
27 Clarence Garlow 02:35 Amazon
28 Lester Robertson & the Upsetters 02:01 Amazon
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