Various Artists

The Very Best of the King/Federal/Deluxe Years, Vol. 1

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This is the real deal. Raw and ready to rock, all the artists compiled here put the pedal all the way to the metal and let it rock. And when they aren't rocking, they are tearing your heart out with a sobbing ballad. Kicking off with the original version of "The Twist" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters and ending an hour later with the Drivers' rock-boppin' "Smooth, Slow and Easy," there is not a single weak track to be found. Big names like Billy Ward & the Dominoes, the Platters, Wynonie Harris, and Percy Mayfield leave no doubt why they are big names, and the no-names like Pete "Guitar" Lewis and Lil Greenwood don't let down the side one bit. Classic tracks include Freddie King's landmark "Hide Away," the Swallows' slightly nasty "It Ain't the Meat, It's the Motion," and Rudy Ray Moore's "Step It Up and Go." If you are a fan of early R&B, you must own this record. It's that good.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:36 Amazon
2 02:37 Amazon
3 02:32 Amazon
4 02:34 Amazon
5 02:56 Amazon
6 02:30 Amazon
7 02:50 Amazon
8 02:13 Amazon
9 03:11 Amazon
10
05:37 Amazon
11 03:06 Amazon
12 02:14 Amazon
13 02:44 Amazon
14 02:49 Amazon
15 02:08 Amazon
16 02:37 Amazon
17 02:27 Amazon
18 02:27 Amazon
19 02:35 Amazon
20 02:34 Amazon
21
02:19 Amazon
22 02:36 Amazon
23 02:23 Amazon
24 02:26 Amazon
25
02:12 Amazon
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