The Big Band sounds, bluesy piano playing and hot guitar licks on this disc are courtesy of Little Milton and Clayton Love, two of the most talented artists who arose from the fertile St. Louis music scene in the latter half of the '50s.
Recorded between 1958 & 1962. Includes liner notes by "Chicago" Kerry Kudlacek.
Personnel: Little Milton (vocals, guitar).
Liner Note Author: Kerry Kudlacek.
Recording information: 1954-1958.
Back in 1994, when the producers of the Collectables budget reissue label decided to give the world the complete Bobbin recordings of Little Milton and Clayton Love, someone decided that 21 two- to three-minute tracks could be stretched out onto two compact discs. Vol. 2 contains a whopping total of ten titles; thankfully, each selection is pleasingly potent. Cuts one through seven feature Little Milton backed by lots of horns -- it's worth listening for the unidentified saxophonist on "Let It Be Known," and the equally anonymous vibraphonist on "My Baby Pleases Me." Choice cuts are the rockin' "Long Distance Operator" and a tasty slow grind with the intriguing title "Strange Dreams." For a good example of Milton's emulative allegiance to B.B. King, consult "My Mind Is Troubled." As for Ike Turner's piano man Clayton Love, he is heard performing "Unlimited Love," issued as the flip side of the 1958 hit single "Limited Love," and cools everybody out with "Year After Year," a slow ballad with doo wop backing vocals. While it would have been handy to have the entire collection on one disc, those who enjoy this kind of vintage entertainment should probably spring for both volumes. You won't be disappointed. ~ arwulf arwulf