Various Artists

Titanic and 23 Other Unsinkable Sax Blasters

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Pulled primarily from the vaults of Jubilee/Josie Records (with a few strays from the Roulette cache of labels thrown in), this stellar 24-track collection brings together some true R&B sax honking treasures from rock & roll's ground floor days. Kicking off with Sil Austin's Tiny Bradshaw-influenced "Crossfire, Part 2" (which also features a partial take breakdown in front of it), the rocking quotient stays high with stellar entries from Paul Williams (seven tracks), Jesse Powell (three tracks), Freddy Kohlman, Buddy Johnson, Frank Motley, and Buddy Lucas, with two tracks under his own name and "Joy Train" as a member of the Gone All-Stars. Great one-offs from Freddie Mitchell ("Pitchin' Pennies") and Edna McGriff ("Note Droppin' Papa") and two takes of Fatman Humphries' "Lulubelle's Here" (featuring the Crows doing backup vocals as the Four Notes) complete this outstanding package. If you like growling saxophone, you came to the right place.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:36
2
2:20
3
2:38
4
2:43
5 2:19
6 3:00
7 2:38
8
2:23
9 3:05
10
1:58
11
2:21
12 2:29
13 2:28
14 2:30
15 2:53
16
2:20
17 2:21
18 2:05
19
2:37
20
2:41
21
2:30
22
2:45
23
2:46
24
2:40
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