Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Derby Records Story

An essential purchase featuring one of the importantt labels in the development of black music in the USA:

A deep look at New York's Derby label -- a short-lived imprint from the early 50s, but one that recorded some really great R&B at the time! The company was owned by Larry Newton, who later went onto make bigger waves over at ABC Records -- and like other indies of the time, Derby did a great job of digging out up-and-coming talents in the postwar years -- singers and musicians who worked in an array of styles that included jump blues, swinging jazz, and even a bit of doo wop! This 2CD package features 58 tracks from the under-reissued label -- complete with track-by-track notes that also trace the evolution of the company and its sound. Titles include "Come On Up To My Room" and "Laughing On The Outside" by The Majors, "Baby Don't Do It" by Jaye P Morgan, "Hard Workin Woman" by The Imperials, "Baby Say You Love Me" by Bob Harris, "Hot Ice" by Freddie Mitchell, "Traveling Doc" by Doc Pomus, "Divorce Me COD" by Cootie Williams, "Roll Roll Roll" by Jimmy Preston, "Waking Home" by Cedric Wallace, "Rock Little Daddy" by Eunice Davis, and "Cuttin Out" by Walter Sandman Howard.
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