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Hoss Allen's 1966 Rhythm and Blues Review: The !!!! Beat
1. Beat Theme, The - The Beat Boys
2. Have You Ever Been Mistreated - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
3. Best Man I Ever Had, The - Cleo Randle
4. Hitch Hike - The Beat Boys
5. I'm Falling in Love Again - The Kelly Brothers
6. Empty Arms and Bitter Tears - Gerri Taylor
7. Try Me - Frank Howard & The Commanders
8. Don't You Want a Man Like Me
9. Tell Me Why You Want to Hurt Me So - Mighty Joe Young
10. I Got Soul - Art Grayson
11. In the Midnight Hour - The Mighty Hannibal
12. Late in the Evening - Bobby Powell
13. Respect - Rodge Martin
14. They Say - Rodge Martin
15. Treat Her Right - Lattimore Brown
16. Blues for Cochise - The Beat Boys
17. I Don't Know Why I Love You - Clarence "Frogman" Henry
18. Shootout at the KO Corral - The Beat Boys
19. Just a Little Bit - Robert Parker
20. Best of Luck to You - Earl Gaines
21. Got You on My Mind - Bobby Hebb
22. Soul Drag - The Beat Boys
23. 24 Hours a Day - Earl Gaines
24. Ram Bunk Shush - The Beat Boys
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 25
Fred James (Reissue)
Personnel: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Art Grayson, Johnny Jones (guitar); David "Fathead" Newman , Aaron Varnell, Harvey Thompson (saxophone); Harrison Calloway, Mitch Arlen (trumpet); Skippy Brooks (piano); Freeman Brown (drums).
Liner Note Author: Fred James.
In 1966, DJ Hoss Allen began two seasons of hosting a soul/R&B television show, filmed in Dallas, called THE !!!! BEAT [sic]. As the episodes have survived in color and been issued on DVD, they've achieved justified recognition as a repository of high-quality performances by a wealth of soul/R&B/blues acts, often of artists for whom little or nothing else is available on film. This rather odd CD has nearly an hour of audio performances from the program, in very good sound for the most part. However, given the greats who performed on the show -- including such names as Etta James, Barbara Lewis, and Freddie King -- it hardly seems like the cream of the crop, both in terms of artist and song selection. Many of the artists are unknowns, and while there are some fairly big names (Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Bobby Hebb, Gatemouth Brown) and interesting minor ones (the Mighty Hannibal, Lattimore Brown), they're sometimes covering hits associated with much more famous singers. It's not all that exciting to, for example, hear the Mighty Hannibal do "In the Midnight Hour," or experience "Respect" as done by Rodge Martin (who?), "Treat Her Right" by Brown, "Hitch Hike" by the Beat Boys, and "Just a Little Bit" by Robert Parker. On the whole, it's respectable but somewhat generic period soul, though with a bluesier edge than most. It doesn't help that the basic annotation doesn't include any of the original performance/broadcast dates. ~ Richie Unterberger
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