THE BOBBY ROBINSON STORY - SELECTED SIDES 1951-1960 (4CD BOX SET)
Morris Lane, Charlie Singleton, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Tiny Grimes, Junior Lewis, Allen Bunn, Hal Paige & The Wailer, Tarheel Slim & Little Ann, Johnny Acey, Willis Jackson, Paul Perryman, Riff Ruffin, Billy LewisJimmy Spruill, Elmore James, Wilbert Harrison, Sam Meyers, Mary Ann Fisher, Bobby Marchan, The Upsetters, Lightnin' Hopkins, Buster Brown.
Bobby Robinson was a hard working man. He was the owner of Harlem's most successful record store, he worked as an amateur talent scout and, as well as advising major blues record companies, he ran his own now legendary labels Red Robin, Whirlin' Disc, Fire and Fury.
‘The Bobby Robinson Story' is a 4 CD box set containing 104 tracks that demonstrate how he tracked down and recorded some of the best talent of the time. His labels boasted catalogues that included such quality releases as Buster Brown's Fannie Mae, Jimmy Spruill's Hard Grind, Wilbert Harrison's Kansas City, Lightnin' Hopkins' Mojo Hand, Tarheel Slim's Number Nine Train, Jack Dupree's Shake Baby Shake, not to mention Elmore James' landslide of hits which included The Sky is Crying, Rollin' and Tumblin' and Make My Dreams Come True.
Other blasters include Red Prysock's The Hammer, The Upsetters' Jay Walkin', Sam Myers' You Don't Have To Go and Bobby Marchan's There Is Something On Your Mind. Then there's hard rocking R&B from Morris Lane and Willis Jackson, deep blues guitar wrangling by the mysterious Riff Ruffin, the raw, almost ska, feel of Hal Page and The Wailers and the soulful blues beat of Junior Lewis who later became known as soul man CL Blast.
This box set is an impressive collection of tremendous blues recorded at a time when it was hot hot hot! There are some nice surprises courtesy of the more obscure artists and the whole thing is completed with copious informative sleeve notes by compiler Bob Fisher. A top class release indeed!
Review Date: August 2011