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Welcome to the Club [Federal]

  • 1. Gibble Gobble - Willie Wright
    2. You're Welcome to the Club - Lee "Shot" Williams
    3. Well Oh Well - Syl Johnson
    4. I Was Gone - Eddy Clearwater
    5. How Long Has It Been - Jesse Anderson
    6. I'm Tired of Being Tossed Around
    7. I Want to Love You - Willie Wright
    8. I Resign From Your Love - Syl Johnson
    9. I'm Tore Up - Lee "Shot" Williams
    10. Hard Times - Willie Wright
    11. (She's So Fine) I Just Gotta Make Her Mine - Syl Johnson
    12. Got a Feelin' - The Sparklers/Jesse Anderson/Willie Wright
    13. Don't Misuse My Love - Lee "Shot" Williams
    14. I'm Gonna Leave You Baby and I'm Goin' Away to Stay - Jesse Anderson/Willie Wright
    15. I Wanna Know - Syl Johnson
    16. When You Move, You Lose - Lee "Shot" Williams
    17. Slowly Losing My Mind - Willie Wright
    18. I've Got to Find My Baby - Syl Johnson
    19. Sufferin' in Mind - Willie Wright
    20. You'd Better Think Twice - Jesse Anderson
    21. What Will I Say - Jesse Anderson/Willie Wright
    22. Little Sally Walker - Syl Johnson
    23. Twist Like This - Eddy Clearwater
    24. Bloodhound - The Sparklers/Willie Wright
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1009

  • Credits
    ProducerSonny Thompson; Bill Dahl (Compilation); John Broven (Compilation)

    Performers include: Sly Johnson, Lee "Shot" Williams, Eddy Clearwater, Willie Wright & The Sparklers.
    Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
    The King Records subsidiary Federal recorded a fair amount of blues from Chicago's West Side in the early '60s. This compilation gathers together 24 such sides, including three previously unissued tracks and hitherto unavailable full extended versions of the songs on the Willie Wright and the Sparklers' single "Gibble Gobble"/"Bloodhound." Several of these performers, like Wright (who sometimes recorded with the could-that-have-really-been-his-name Sammy Jr. Faggitt), have been virtually forgotten; just a couple, Syl Johnson (later to make a greater name as a soul singer) and Eddy Clearwater (represented here by both sides of a 1961 single), made significant headway. While this CD does serious collectors a commendable service by assembling these rarities in a nice package, the music itself's largely only so-so, and a long way from Freddy King (a Federal artist, but not represented on this disc), Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, and Otis Rush, to name just a few of the best West Side blues musicians of the era. Often showing the influence of early-'60s rock & roll and R&B (as on Clearwater's "Twist Like This"), the singing and playing is usually good, but the songs are usually derivative and unexceptional; Wright's "Gibble Gobble," to take just one example, leans heavily on the riff that powered James Brown's "Night Train." Some of the better numbers are ones that step a little further outside the blues idiom, like Lee "Shot" Williams' "You're Welcome to the Club," with its minor-keyed horn blares; Wright's "I'm Gonna Leave You Baby and I'm Goin' Away to Stay" (with singer Jesse Anderson), which has a brass-driven jazzy swing; and Johnson's "I Resign From Your Love," which is more like early Wilson Pickett than Chicago blues. Johnson does flash some straighter blues chops on "(She's So Fine) I Just Gotta Make Her Mine," which boasts some superb hollow-echoed guitar. ~ Richie Unterberger

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