Rollee McGill

Rhythm Rockin' Blues

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This is one hot CD, and it's everything that one would expect from the man who recorded (and spontaneously devised) the sax break on the Silhouettes' "Get a Job." There are ballads here, to be sure, and they're sung well enough by McGill, but his real forte is hard R&B and digressions into blues, which are brilliantly represented here. From his one chart hit, "There Goes That Train," cut in 1954, through a pair of 1965 sides, McGill's complete known output of his own sides is featured. One wishes there was session information available on who besides McGill was playing -- one longs to know the name of the guitarist responsible for the hard, jangling solo on "I'll Forgive You Baby," or the names of the pianist and guitarist on the slow blues "Goin' Down South" -- but otherwise, all of this material is prime R&B representing the dominant styles from the hot, rhythm-driven mid-'50s through the more lyrical, ballad-oriented mid-'60s. One track, "Cry for Happy," a piece of Oriental ersatz, was likely unfinished and is a bizarre digression, but most of the rest is fine listening in its own right. Some of the early '60s stuff does have a slightly retro feel -- "Introduce Yourself" could just as easily have been cut five year earlier than it was, but the man's talent was sufficient to allow him to move with the times.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:02
2 2:55
3
2:23
4
3:06
5 2:34
6 2:31
7 2:47
8 2:42
9 2:47
10 2:36
11 3:02
12 2:56
13
2:45
14 2:45
15 2:18
16 2:14
17 2:25
18 2:14
19
2:15
20 2:36
21 2:19
22
2:06
23
2:24
24 2:21
25
2:34
26 2:00
27
2:34
28 2:09
29
2:44
30
2:58
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