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Rumba Doowop Vol. 1 1933-54
Rumba Doowop Vol. 1 1933-54

Various Artists
Catalogue Number: RANDB015
This 2-CD set is the first of a two-volume collection looking at the influence of latin rhythms, and notably the rumba, in the doowop vocal group strand of American R&B music during the decades either side of the Second World War. Africa and Latin America together have moulded American popular music since the beginning of the twentieth century. African influences have led to the development of jazz, gospel and blues while their rhythms have been largely determined by successive waves of dance music from Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. Every American musical genre from Broadway stage, Hollywood film, Tin Pan Alley pop and even country music has been affected to some degree. Dance forms and musical stylings such as habanera, bolero, tango, rumba, conga, samba, baion all have their origins in the Caribbean or in Latin America. New Orleans has been responsible more than any other city in the world for shaping the sound of twentieth century popular music. A sweeping statement that may seem, but as the birthplace of jazz, funk and arguably rock’n’roll, it really has no other contenders. At the heart of these three widely different varieties of music lies the rhythmic complexity of second line parade drumming. Its two-beat patterns combining military band and Caribbean rhythms underpin early jazz recordings much as they do those of Little Richard and James Brown. It is in this parade band beat that the first intimations of early funk drumming can be heard. This collection brings together over sixty recordings featuring vocal groups from every facet of American popular music, including of course the ubiquitous gospel quartets and the barber shop styled groups of the 30s, through to the groups that were at the heart of the booming R&B market in the early ‘50s, who would provide part of the transition to rock ‘n’ roll. With carefully restored recordings and complete with a comprehensive 24-page booklet providing a detailed background narrative and discography, this is once again an absolute must for enthusiasts and collectors of classic R&B.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 I Got Rhythm The Five Spirits Of Rhythm
2 Tiger Rag The Mills Brothers
3 Jesus Is A Rock In A Weary Land The Charioteers
4 La Cucaracha The Delta Rhythm Boys
5 Packing Up Getting Ready To Go The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet
6 St Louis Blues The Jubalaires
7 Brother Bill The Five Blind Boys of Montana
8 Choo Choo The Four Vagabonds
9 Shadrack The Golden Gate Quartet
10 Casey Jones The Jubalaires
11 Dry Bones The Missionary Quintet
12 Jesus Met The Woman At The Well The Pilgrim Travelers
13 Swing Down Chariot The Jubalaires
14 Ol' Man River The Ravens
15 Wanda The Heartbreakers
16 Roll Roll Pretty Baby The Swallows
17 Besame Mucho The Ray-O-Vacs
18 Don't You Know I Love You? The Clovers
19 I'm So High The Five Keys
20 My Baby's Gone The Ray-O-Vacs
21 Be Bop Wino The Lamplighters
22 Let Me Come Back The Checkers
23 I Didn't Want To Do It The Spiders
24 Softly And Tenderly The Prisonaires
25 Good Lovin' The Clovers
26 Calypso Song The Ravens
27 Geechie Goomie The Mello Tones
28 Whop The Squires
29 Baby Doll The Four Dukes
30 Bicycle Tillie The Swallows
31 Chee Koo Baby The Dukes
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 It's Too Late Now The Hawks
2 Be Bop Baby The Peacheroos
3 Real Gone Mama The Moonglows
4 I've Got My Eyes On You The Clovers
5 Such A Night The Drifters
6 Mambo Shevitz The Crows
7 All Night Mambo The Cookies
8 Shake It Up Mambo The Platters
9 Natural Natural Ditty The Jewels
10 Irene The Holidays
11 Sweet Lulu The Love Notes
12 Boppin' With The Mambo The Sultans
13 White Cliffs Of Dover The Pelicans
14 Drunk, Drunk, Drunk The Kidds
15 Down In Mexico The Pelicans
16 I Want You To Be My Baby The Royals
17 Five Minutes Longer The Lamplighters
18 Mambo Sh-Mambo The Charms
19 Bye Bye The Dreamers
20 Ain't Gonna Do It The Pelicans
21 Trying To Get To You The Eagles
22 Give It Up The Hawks
23 All I Do Is Rock The Robins
24 Sweet Sue The Starlighters
25 Watts The Chanters
26 Ling Ting Tong The Charms
27 I Wanna Love The Crowns
28 You Made Me Cry The Platters
29 White Christmas The Drifters
30 Hey Senorita The Penguins
31 Tempting The Moonglows
32 Ko Ko Mo The Flamingos
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