Great R&B Duets

by Various Artists
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CD Details

  • Released: October 31, 2000
  • Label: Ace Records UK

Tracks:

  • 1.Baby (You've Got What It Takes) - Brook Benton / Dinah Washington
  • 2.Love Is Strange - Mickey & Sylvia
  • 3.Gee Baby - Joe & Ann
  • 4.Let the Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee
  • 5.Over the Mountain, Across the Sea - Johnnie & Joe
  • 6.Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So) - Gene & Eunice
  • 7.Hope You're Satisfied - Betty & Dupree
  • 8.You're Mine - Robert & Johnny
  • 9.Creepin', Crawlin', Cryin' - Billy & Lillie
  • 10.Cherry Pie - Marvin & Johnny
  • 11.It's Gonna Work Out Fine - Ike & Tina Turner
  • 12.I Think You Jiving Me - Huey & Jerry
  • 13.I'm Leaving It (All) Up to You - Don & Dewey
  • 14.Bewildered - Mickey & Sylvia
  • 15.Chains of Love - Bob & Earl
  • 16.Eddie My Love - The Teen Queens
  • 17.It's Too Late - Tarheel Slim & Little Ann
  • 18.Let's Get Together - Oscar McLollie & Annette
  • 19.Real Gone Party - Ruth & Al
  • 20.Tick Tock - Marvin & Johnny
  • 21.Poco-Loco - Gene & Eunice
  • 22.Love Me - Willy & Ruth
  • 23.Dream Girl - Robert & Johnny
  • 24.If I Can't Have You - Etta & Harvey
  • 25.Rockin' Good Way, A (To Mess Around and Fall in Love) - Brook Benton / Dinah Washington

Product Description:

Includes liner notes by Stuart Colman.
The R&B duets that this 25-track anthology emphasizes are those from the early days of rock & roll, spanning 1954-1960. The song selection is a bit quirky and uneven, but generally it's a pretty good sampling of some hits and choice obscurities from the era, emphasizing male-female duets most often, but also including male duos and a solitary female duo (the Teen Queens, with their doo wop hit "Eddie My Love"). A number of these tunes are familiar hit classics: Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange," Brook Benton & Dinah Washington's "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" and "A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)," Ike & Tina Turner's "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," Shirley & Lee's "Let the Good Times Roll," Johnny & Joe's "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea," among others. More intriguing for those in search of something they might have seldom or never heard are cuts like Tarheel Slim & Little Ann's splendid "It's Too Late," a minor-key haunter with scarifying blues/gospel overtones. Also on hand are a number of original versions of songs that became more famous via subsequent white cover versions: Gene & Eunice's "Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)," Marvin & Johnny's "Cherry Pie" (later a hit for Skip & Flip), Don & Dewey's "I'm Leaving It (All) Up to You" (later a huge hit for Dale & Grace), and most enticingly of all Willy & Ruth's original 1954 version of Leiber-Stoller's "Love Me" (covered in 1956 by Elvis Presley). Some of the other relatively unknown selections are on the forgettable side, but overall this is a good alternation of familiar and unfamiliar performances in this early rock & roll subgenre. ~ Richie Unterberger

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