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The Very Best of King/Federal/Deluxe, Vol. 2

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The Very Best of King/Federal/Deluxe, Vol. 2 collects 25 tracks from the vaults of those labels, highlighting jump blues, electric blues, R&B, and doo wop. Recorded in the late '40s to mid-'50s, this package features hit performances from Little Willie John, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Wynonie Harris, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Roy Brown, and Billy Ward & the Dominoes, alongside rarities by Todd Rhodes, Dorothy Ellis, and the Valtones. For the most part the sound quality is decent, but a few of the tracks ("Blues for the Red Boy," "I Want a Bowlegged Woman," "Moaning Blues") are particularly muddy, especially for a full-price CD compilation.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Little Willie John 02:42 Amazon
2 The Dominoes 02:23 Amazon
3 The "5" Royales 02:46 Amazon
4 Roy Brown & His Might-Mighty Men 03:05 Amazon
5 Hank Ballard & the Midnighters 02:37 Amazon
6 Wynonie Harris 02:39 Amazon
7 Todd Rhodes 02:41 Amazon
8
Boyd Bennett 02:31 Amazon
9 Sonny Thompson 02:36 Amazon
10 Otis Williams & the Charms 02:09 Amazon
11 Tiny Bradshaw 02:41 Amazon
12 Bull Moose Jackson 03:03 Amazon
13
The Checkers 02:56 Amazon
14 Dorothy Ellis 02:57 Amazon
15 Johnny "Guitar" Watson 02:53 Amazon
16 Little Esther 02:21 Amazon
17
The Hurricanes 02:23 Amazon
18 Sticks McGhee 02:25 Amazon
19 Tommy Brown 02:27 Amazon
20 The Five Keys 02:32 Amazon
21
Eddy Clearwater 02:40 Amazon
22
Earl (Connelly) King 02:49 Amazon
23 Texas Slim 03:04 Amazon
24
Johnny O'Neal 02:34 Amazon
25 The Valtones 02:22 Amazon
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