R&B Hipshakers Vol. 5 Rocks In Your Head
2LP +7"


"... As I put the finishing touches on this fifth and final volume of the R&B Hipshakers series, I think of all the killer sides I've wholeheartedly intended to include but somehow not got around to, and they rip at my heart. Let's not even talk about the pile of unused DeLuxe sides, somehow postponed for a future that now will never be. And how about the concrete factual information about the King family of labels that I've never bothered to communicate -- because I decided to leave the detail work to others better suited to it? Facts, too few and too late: Did you know that most King and Federal singles went from conception to recording to mixing to mastering to pressing to storage to distribution -- the whole shebang -- under the roof of the company HQ at 1540 Brewster Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio? That hillbilly music constituted an equal share of the King output, and that there are country versions of many of the R&B records featured on 'Hipshakers'? . . . You may be aware of the loss of a pantheon of beloved recording artists' master tapes in a fire at Universal Studios in Los Angeles in 2008, a staggering blow to our cultural heritage that remained widely unknown until recently. Well, the fact is that even the masters that do survive are often in a sorry, baffling state. Compilers mining 'masters' often find that what's been saved are alternate mixes, alternate takes, edits. Throughout this series I've attempted to present the recordings as they appeared on released 45s. This has sometimes meant remastering from my own copies of the original records -- although in one instance on this new volume, I've opted for a previously unreleased (as far as I can tell) version of a song, Lulu Reed's 'Your Love Keeps A-Working on Me', because I like the bare-bones, no-backing-vocals recording . . . So here it is, the last batch of your 100 montaditos from the King catalog, 20 final tasty morsels to savor. These hundred 'Hipshakers' tracks barely scratch the surface (not a great expression to use in the context of records, I know!) of King and Federal's incredible output, insane as it may sound..." --Mr Fine Wine, New York City (from WFMU's Downtown Soulville)

Features: Johnnie Pate, Cora Woods, Little Esther, Roy Brown & His Mighty Mighty Men, Sonny Thompson, The Tenderfoots, Roy Estrada & The Rocketeers, Albert King, The 5 Royales, Otis Williams & His Charms, Little Willie John, The Zircons, Tonni Kalash, Rosemary, The Fabulous Denos, Dolph Prince, Billy Soul, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, Kenny Martin, Lulu Reed with Sonny Thompson & His Orchestra.