R & B – Various Artists (Decca)

I often think of this article as I make my way through family vacations around the country and globe.  Of course we visited stately homes and beaches as well, but amend “used cd store” to “thrift store and boot fair” in the Onion piece and you get an idea of how my three week in Cornwall was spent. In fact, I think you get quite a good feel for a place seeking out what LP records the locals choose to pitch.  As such, much of the next few posts will center on my recent looting of England’s most southwesterly county.

I came home with loads of product from Mabe, Truro, Falmouth, etc., etc., including this delicious 1964 mono number from one of the five charity stores Newquay.  Subtitled Rhythm & Blues with Dave Berry, Graham Bond, Alexis Korner, John Mayall, and Zoot Money, this represents as good a primer on the first wave of white British blues revivalists as I can conceive.  No doubt clubs absolutely rocked to these people.

It’s interesting to note that almost to a man, they were better singers and instrumentalists, as well as having a better feel for the looping swing of r & b, than the more famous labelmates, the Rolling Stones.  Significantly, most of the tracks on the record come from (or are derivative of) the blues cannon of Willie Dixon, Big Joe Turner, et. al. How appalled must they have been by the Stones’ success, which was a direct result of Jagger/Richards’ songwriting.

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