Various - The Last Shout! Twilight of The Blues Shouters 1954-1962
Featuring singers famous and obscure, The Last Shout! serves the best of the final commercial recordings issued for the African-American R&B market. When they were no longer commercially viable, some were able to make a comfortable living on the jazz circuit, while others pursued alternative careers in comedy, preaching, composing or acting, while others remained tragically determined; trying to maintain an ever-dwindling touring schedule on the chittlin' circuit and drinking themselves into an early grave. The Last Shout! offers a snapshot of time in the history of black music, when the undiminished power of the classic blues shouters was married to the urgent rhythms of the rock 'n' roll era, resulting in some very special music indeed!
CD - 97 tracks from 1954-1962, when the great jump blues shouters were overshadowed by rock 'n' roll. Compiled and annotated by R&B authority Dave Penny.
20 page illustrated booklet with original release details. CD1 entitled 'Big Four Battlin' celebrates four giants of the genre, Wynonie Harris, Joe Turner, Jimmy Witherspoon and Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson. CDs 2 and 3; 'Old School Scufflin' and 'New Breed Bawlin' rounds up contributions by other singers, both famous and obscure.
LP - Triple LP of 32 standout cuts selected from the 97 track CD set.