Rooftop Singers

The Best of Rooftop Singers

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Sixteen songs drawn from all three of the group's albums, featuring, of course, "Walk Right In," and along with a good cross-section of their best music. Other highlights include their upbeat version of Jesse Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues," a sultry, folky rendition of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing," the traditional songs "Old Joe Clark," "R.C. Frog," and "Ha Ha Thisaway" (the latter two featuring extraordinarily wry and sensitive performances by Taylor), and Jimmie Rodgers' "Peach Pickin' Time Down In Georgia." The original trio was especially good at harmonizing old-style blues. Taylor's solos were always filled with surprising nuance and expressiveness, while the second lineup with Mindy Stuart was more conventional and didn't have as much of a feel for blues, though they do try hard on "That Ain't Love." Their "Rainy River" is rather sweet, but Lynne Taylor's sides outclass the later stuff.

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