LOVE IS A WAILING THING
Johnny Oliver, Claude Cloud & His Thunderclaps, The Hide-A-Ways, Jimmy Newsome, The Ramblers, Ray Reid, Sam The Man Taylor, Mamie Miss Good Blues Thomas, Gladys Patrick, The Twilighters, Baby Dee Spriggs.
Not particularly big in the black market, MGM was a major label happily making million sellers with Hank Williams, Connie Francis and Conway Twitty during the mid fifties when arranger and producer Leroy Kirkland took over the 55000 series and brought R&B to the
label. And here's a taster of the talent. The virtually unknown Hide-A-Ways, a more-than-adequate doo-wop group who employ a hot sax player on the weird ‘Me Make ‘Em Pow Wow'. Saxophonist Sam The Man Taylor gets the joint jumpin' with a frantic version of ‘High Winds' while Mamie "Miss Good Blues" Thomas (backed by the Leroy Kirkland Orchestra) really wails out the blues on her two knockout numbers. Baby Dee Spriggs has a voice as big as her personality, The Twilighters dig deep into a divine slice of fifties street corner music on their ‘Half Angel' and Gladys Patrick wraps the album up with a slapping beat on the title track ‘Love Is A Wailing Thing'. R&B expert Victor Pearlin compiled this thing and did a damn good job too!
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Review Date: July 2009