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Shakin' Fit!

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Shakin' Fit! Review

by Richie Unterberger

1960s soul music wasn't just Motown, earnest gospel-filled ballads, and dancefloor rabble-rousers. There were also quite a few soul performers who treated the music as fun, first and foremost, taking a somewhat looser and goofier approach than the stars that had long careers. This 29-track CD is a good document of soul music as pure fun, by singers who never had a hit (Don & Dewey are the only marginally recognizable names here), and who owed stronger debts to the honking R&B music of the '50s than most other soul performers. Some of these are downright funny novelties (the Five Du-Tones' "The Chicken Astronaut," Emanual Laskey's "Welfare Cheese"); a great deal of these are novelty-tinged dance tunes that verge on silly, in the best sense of the word ("The Frog," "Skin the Cat," "Sticky Pig Feet," "The Cow," "The Chicken Scratch"). This could have done with some decent liner notes (there are virtually none), but it's a good deal for soul fans looking for some totally overlooked and fun-filled rarities.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Fabulous Playboys 02:20 Amazon
2 Harvey Scales & the Seven Sounds 02:52 Amazon
3 The Five Du-Tones 02:37 Amazon
4 Dorothy Berry 02:00 Amazon
5 Willie Parker 02:25 Amazon
The Shells 02:30 Amazon
The Ideals 02:29 Amazon
8 The Gardenias 02:35 Amazon
9 Emanual Laskey 02:20 Amazon
10 Junior & The Classics 02:06 Amazon
11 J.C. Davis 02:34 Amazon
12 The Tabs 02:07 Amazon
13 Sir Guy 02:28 Amazon
14 Jimmy Merchant 02:10 Amazon
15 The Pyramids 02:10 Amazon
16 Don Gardner 02:59 Amazon
17 Pancho Villa 02:07 Amazon
18 Bobby Davis 02:35 Amazon
19 Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers 02:45 Amazon
The Four Hollidays 02:10 Amazon
Kitty Love 02:26 Amazon
Donald Jenkins & The Delighters 01:50 Amazon
23 Sonny Raye 02:06 Amazon
Mickey Lee Lane 02:27 Amazon
Davis & Jones and the Fenders 02:00 Amazon
26 RT & The Pot Lickers 02:18 Amazon
Bill Robinson and the Quails 02:40 Amazon
28 Don & Dewey 01:53 Amazon
29 Harvey Scales & the Seven Sounds 02:50 Amazon
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