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The Roots Of Mod

The Roots Of Mod

Long before Mod reached the masses, circa 1964, there existed Modernists, a central London cult that pre-empted the dress sense in constant flux. Everything had to be just so: back vents precisely seven inches once week, exactly five the next. At Sohos open-all-night Flamingo one Saturday, you had to be electric-blue Italian. Go back the following Thursday, and itd be Parisian.
It was these same early harbingers of sartorial elegance who drew-up the blueprint for the sonic delights that continue to dominate mod-culture half a decade after it emerged. The charts - then known as the hit parade - was snobbishly dismissed in favour of modern jazz, early soul cuts, brutish RnB, and even the odd girl-group, the earliest examples of which (at least under any hip leaning of the term) were just emerging when the pioneers of this new-movement were still on target practice.
This compilation augmented with extensive sleevenotes - brings together an impressive 54 tracks that illustrate perfectly what got the younger siblings of the first rock & roll generation onto the dance floors. With classics of the genre rubbing shoulders with obscure gems and old school ties co-existing with the future sounds of London, a finer collection of the roots of the most enduring of all British youth cults can barely be envisaged.


DISC 1  
1. The Sunset Four Jubilee Singers – Wade In The Water
2. Roosevelt Sykes – Night Time Is The Right Time
3. James Moody – Moody’s Mood For Love
4. Joe Liggins And His Honeydrippers – Pink Champagne
5. Buddy Morrow – Night Train (1951) 3.08 
6. Juliette Greco – Je Suis Comme Je Suis
7. Earl Bostic – Flamingo
8. Otis Blackwell – Daddy Rolling Stone
9. Ray Charles – Get On The Right Track
10. The Gerry Mulligan Quartet – Walkin’ Shoes
11. Bo Diddley – I’m A Man
12. Modern Jazz Quartet – Django
13. James Brown – Please Please Please
14. Shirley And Lee – Let The Good Times Roll
15. Barbie Gaye – My Boy Lollipop
16. Muddy Waters – I Love The Life I Live
17. Mose Allison – Parchman Farm
18. Laurel Aitken – Nebuchadnezzar
19. Doris Day – Everybody Loves A Lover
20. Huey ‘Piano’ Smith – Don’t You Just Know It
21. Andy Williams – House Of Bamboo
22. Ike Turner’s Kings Of Rhythm – She Made My Blood Run Cold
23. Rosco Gordon – Just A Little Bit
24. Lambert, Hendricks And Ross – Gimme That Wine
25. Horace Silver – Sister Sadie
26. Nat Kendrick & The Swans – Mashed Potatoes
27. Jerry Butler & The Impressions – For Your Precious Love

DISC 2  
1. Dave Brubeck – Blue Rondo A La Turk
2. Ray Charles – What’d I Say
3. Googie Rene – Caesar’s Pad
4. Nat Adderley – Work Song
5. The Miracles – Shop Around
6. The Isley Brothers – Respectable
7. The Top Notes – Twist And Shout
8. Owen Gray – Cutest Little Woman
9. Bill Black’s Combo – My Girl Josephine
10. Ann Cole – Plain As The Nose On Your Face
11. Eric Morris And His Drumbago All-Stars – Humpty Dumpty
12. James Brown – I Don’t Mind  
13. Bobby Parker – Watch Your Step
14. Phil Upchurch Combo – You Can’t Sit Down Part 1 & 2
15. Ike And Tina Turner – It’s Gonna Work Out Fine (
16. Teddy Randazzo – Let The Sunshine In
17. The Coasters – Little Egypt
18. Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland – Turn On Your Love Light
19. Don Covay – Pony Time  
20. Barbara George – I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)
21. The Dave Clark Five – Chaquita
22. The Shirelles – Baby It’s You
23. The Supremes – Buttered Popcorn
24. Billy Preston – Volcano
25. Gene Chandler – Duke Of Earl
26. The Dukays – Nite Owl
27. James Booker – Gonzo

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