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Mighty Instrumentals R&B-Style 1960
1960 was the year that Instrumentals hit the charts in a big way with guitar or sax-led rockers and slinky organ groovers. Here are the discs that teenagers wanted to hear in the juke joints: exciting, uptempo stompers with catchy, melodic riffs, along with slow, soulful, down home blues. This compilation throws the spotlight on instrumentals by artists more widely associated with vocals, along with more obscure artists who may only have had one or two releases to their name.

...absolutely cracking double CD of 57 superb R&B instrumentals from a vintage year...we’ve just finished whipping through it and it’s going on again in 5 minutes! More please! New Gandy Dancer

Disc One  

    1. Jump Awhile Don And Dewey
    2. Power House B.B. King
    3. Bongo in the Congo Preston Epps
    4. Nite-Lite Slop  Jim Conley
    5. Boogie Bayou Shuffle Bill Parker
    6. Chico Al Tousan
    7. Mudd Roy Montrell
    8. Slim Jim (Pt. 1) Jimmy Oliver
    9. Bloodhound (Pt. 1)  Willie Wright
    10. Bloodhound (Pt. 2) Willie Wright
    11. Space Flight Grant Green
    12. Shaggy Dog Kid King
    13. Piano Tuner  Curley Hamner
    14. San-Ho-Zay Freddie King
    15. Shank Bo Diddley
    16. Last Round  Jimmy Liggins
    17. The Slide (Pt. 2) Googie Rene
    18. Red Hot Red  Young Guitar Red
    19. Doublemint Ike Turner
    20. Dynamite  Earl Hooker
    21. Hurricane Davey Cortez
    22. Surfin' Steel Chuck Berry
    23. Cool Turkey James Booker
    24. Hully Gully Twist Bill Doggett
    25. Gully Hully Buddy Guy
    26. Dim Lights Skippy Brooks
    27. Low Society Lowell Fulson
    28. Blue Gator Willis Jackson

Disc Two     

    1. Loose Screws George Harmonica Smith
    2. Universal Rock Hooker & Wells
    3. The Shakedown  Lloyd Glenn
    4. Late Hours  Johnny Copeland
    5. Walkin' Robert Parker
    6. The Blue Eagle (Pt. 1)  James Rivers
    7. The Blue Eagle (Pt. 2)  James Rivers
    8. Goin' South  B.B. King
    9. Arabian Blues  Jimmy Beck
    10. Rockin' Accordion Clifton Chenier
    11. She Done Move Elmore James
    12. Jake's Cha Cha Shakey Jake Harris
    13. The Goat Sonny Boy Williamson
    14. Rough Stuff Jerry McCain
    15. Buttered Popcorn Bill Doggett
    16. Tricky Too  Gus Jenkins
    17. Spring Fever Henry Hayes
    18. Candied Yams  B. Brown
    19. Chicken Shack Boogie  Clifford King
    20. Trojan's Walla  Henry Clement
    21. Honk Honk Honk (Pt. 1) Little Vincent
    22. Honk Honk Honk (Pt. 2) Little Vincent
    23. Weekend Blues Monte Easter
    24. The Twister Bo Diddley
    25. Twinky Pee Wee Crayton
    26. Snoopin' Around Slim Harpo
    27. Air Raid Curley Hamner
    28. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Pt. 2) Jessie Hill


 

1959

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Mighty Instrumentals R&B-Style 1959
1960 may have been the big year for Instrumentals, but back in 1959, several white instrumentals acts were already making a dent in the pop charts, among them the Virtues, the Rebels, the Rock-A-Teens and the Fireballs. Duane Eddy had broken through in ‘58 but in 1959 he had no less than seven singles on the Hot 100. Johnny & the Hurricanes had their first success this year with three big hits. Black artists, however, had less mainstream success. Jimmy Beck sneaked in at #82 for two weeks with Pipe Dreams, Larry Kerrin’s The Hunch was a hit for both Paul Gayten and the Bobby Peterson Quintet; Bill Doggett had three discs in the R&B charts but apart from a couple of organ hits for Preston Epps and ‘Dave Baby’ Cortez, that was it for R&B instrumentals chart-wise. If you’re knocked out by what you hear from 1959, just wait till you find out what was on offer in 1960 and 1961.

Disc One  

    1. Let's Go Smitty  Floyd Dixon
    2. Mumblin' Guitar Bo Diddley
    3. Real Gone Jam Tommy Ridgley
    4. Knocked Out The Gondoliers
    5. Pacoima Stomp  The Carter Bros
    6. Cutting Out Gus Jenkins
    7. Hot Cross Buns Paul Gayten
    8. Chunk-A-Lunk Jug (Pt. 1)  Mary Lou Williams
    9. Chunk-A-Lunk Jug (Pt. 2)  Mary Lou Williams
    10. Mashed Potatoes James Brown
    11. Mashed Potatoes (Pt. 2) Nat Kendrick
    12. Yum Yum  The Swinging Earls
    13. Sweet Meats  Garland Davis
    14. Perdido Street  Herb Hardesty
    15. Storm Warning Mac Rebennack
    16. Royal Earl Shuffle  Royal Earl
    17. Boney Shuffle  Spot Barnett
    18. Soul Groove (Pt. 1) King Curtis
    19. Soul Groove (Pt. 2) King Curtis
    20. Rock Alley  Lefty Bates
    21. Can't Sit Down The Bim Bam Boos
    22. Boogie Cha Cha Sam Price
    23. Cozy's Mambo Cozy Cole
    24. Live It Up Ernie Freeman
    25. Talk To Me Baby Doc Starkes
    26. Down Yonder Buddy Johnson
    27. Swingin' Peter Gunn (Pt. 1)  Jimmy Nolen
    28. Swingin' Peter Gunn (Pt. 2)  Jimmy Nolen
    29. Zeen Beat Gene Redd

Disc Two     

    1. Steppin' Out Memphis Slim
    2. The Madison Shuffle  Buster Brown
    3. Voodoo Cha Cha The Carter Bros
    4. Night Ridin' Doc Starkes
    5. Slim's Thing  Willie Dixon/ Memphis Slim
    6. Ho Ho Ike Turner
    7. Wolf In The Mood  Howlin' Wolf
    8. Swingin' The Gate Gatemouth' Brown
    9. Blue On Blue Chuck Berry
    10. Bobby's Rock Elmore James
    11. Harmonica Rock  Little Boyd
    12. Diddling Bo Diddley
    13. Spanky Gus Jenkins
    14. Talkin' Guitar (Pt. 2) Royal Earl
    15. Let It Roll (Pt. 1)  Cliff Davis
    16. Let It Roll (Pt. 2)  Cliff Davis
    17. Blues After Hours Jimmy Nolen
    18. E N A Lefty Bates
    19. A-Minor Cha-Cha (Eddie) Clear Waters
    20. Steady Jerry McCain
    21. Cool And Crazy Nick & The Jaguars
    22. Night Sounds Ernie Freeman
    23. Beatin' and Blowin' Herb Hardesty
    24. Honky Tonk Caboose Sammy Price
    25. Rollin' Home Louis Brooks
    26. Backwards (Pt. 1) Bill Doggett
    27. Backwards(Pt. 2) Bill Doggett
    28. Sputnik Music  Harmonica George
    29. Midnight Jump  Walter J. Westbrook
    30. The Hunch Paul Gayten


1961

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Mighty Instrumentals R&B-Style 1961
1960 may have been the year that Instrumentals hit the charts in a big way, but it was in 1961, that their hold on the hit parade was consolidated with a good number of guitar or sax-led rockers and slinky organ groovers. These are the discs that teenagers wanted to hear in the juke joints: exciting, uptempo stompers with catchy, melodic riffs, and slow, soulful, down home blues. Our compilation throws the spotlight on instrumentals by artists who are more widely associated with vocals, along with more obscure musicians who may only have one or two releases to their name. We hope you enjoy these grooves and if you like what you hear from 1961, just wait till you find out what was on offer in 1959, and in 1960!

Disc One  

    1. Sen-Sa-Shun Freddy King
    2. Cha Cha Cha Blues Phil Upchurch
    3. This Morning Albert King
    4. Rockin' Wild  Earl Hooker
    5. Nothing But Good Reggie Boyd
    6. Congo Bo Diddley
    7. Sack O' Woe The Mar-Keys
    8. Comin' Home Baby Herbie Mann
    9. Wash Board The Poor Boys
    10. Trackdown Twist Ike Turner
    11. Moo Moo Al Tousan
    12. El Paso Rock Long John Hunter
    13. Caravan The Red Tops
    14. Showdown Nat Kendrick
    15. Cross Firing James Brown
    16. Mashing The Popeye B.B. King
    17. Freddy The Freeloader Cleanhead Cootsie
    18. Do The Camel Walk Magic Sam
    19. Slow Freight (Pt. 1) Bill Elliot Combo
    20. Slow Freight (Pt. 2) Bill Elliot Combo
    21. Off The Road Gus Jenkins
    22. Congolese Tip Renaldo Jackson
    23. The Push Hank Marr
    24. Rowdy Dowdy Googie Rene
    25. Weird Albert & Charles 
    26. Truly Eldee Young
    27. Cooter Bug Dave Hamilton
    28. Feedbag Mac Rebennack
    29. Black Cherry Spot Barnett

Disc Two     

    1. Dyna Flow Albert King
    2. Rockin' With The Kid  Earl Hooker
    3. Let's Rock  Johnny Otis
    4. Good Times Mac Rebennack
    5. The Stumble Freddy King
    6. Blue Carnegie  Jimmy Reed
    7. Rattlesnake Boogie Jack Dupree
    8. The Hawk Freddy Robinson
    9. Big Bo's Twist Big Bo Thomas
    10. Red River Shuffle  Haze Hart
    11. Ram Bunk Shush Hank Marr
    12. Don't Touch B.B. King
    13. Why Don't You Do Right Herbie Mann
    14. Hangout (Pt.1)  Sonny Thompson
    15. Hangout (Pt.2) Sonny Thompson
    16. You Can't Sit Down (Pt.1) Bill Doggett
    17. You Can't Sit Down (Pt.2) Bill Doggett
    18. Get It The Parkays
    19. Watusi Freeze (Pt.1) Big Walter
    20. Watusi Freeze (Pt.2) Big Walter
    21. The Chicken Twist Herb Hardesty
    22. Lonesome Harmonica  Ace Holder
    23. The Squat Big Jay McNeely
    24. Night Walk Jimmy Forrest
    25. Midnight Shuffle Jump Jackson
    26. Jamil (Pt.1) Daddy Goodloe
    27. Jamil (Pt.2) Daddy Goodloe
    28. Way Down Home Blues  Elliott Shavers
    29. Night With Daddy G (Pt.1) The Church Street Five
    30. Night With Daddy G (Pt.2) The Church Street Five

 

 

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