Editors’ Notes Though not as renowned among R&B fans as contemporary labels like King, Specialty, and Aladdin, the Columbia subsidiary Okeh was nonetheless a major player in the postwar scene. This 78-song set offers a thorough, if not comprehensive, survey of the R&B sides that Okeh released during this period. While many independent R&B labels specialized in a particular regional style, Okeh enjoyed major-label backing, which let it record artists from all over the country, from the sophisticated harmonies of veteran New York vocal group The Ravens to the rollicking New Orleans piano of Paul Gayten and the entendre-laden sleaze of Andre Williams. Indeed, many of the most exciting sides here take the form of slyly transgressive numbers, like Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” or The Treniers’ gleefully smutty “Poontang.” Though some listeners may be confused by the dizzying array of styles featured here, The Okeh Rhythm and Blues Story’s greatest strength is its eclecticism, which sheds a light on the artistry of a bygone era.

SONG
Rock the Joint
1
2:33
 
That's Right (Previously Unissued Alternate version)
2
2:34
 
Chicken Shack Boogie
3
2:45
 
No Wine, No Women
4
2:26
 
Red Hot
5
2:50
 
Rough and Rocky Road
6
2:48
 
Hot Dog
7
2:33
 
Fine Like Wine
8
2:36
 
Chi (Chicago)
9
2:14
 
Lyin' Girl Blues
10
2:41
 
Gotta Find My Baby
11
2:15
 
Let's Jump Tonight
12
2:18
 
I Want a Lavendar Cadillac
13
2:54
 
If You Ever Had the Blues
14
2:21
 
Catch 'Em Young, Treat 'Em Rough, Tell 'Em Nothin'
15
2:51
 
Weekday Blues
16
3:11
 
My Run Around Baby
17
2:25
 
Stuttering Blues (Previously Unissued)
18
3:02
 
She Did Me Wrong (Previously Unissued)
19
2:46
 
Honey I Don't Want You
20
2:30
 
Work Baby Work
21
2:49
 
Camp Meeting
22
2:22
 
Come On Daddy (Let's Go PLay Tonight)
23
2:12
 
I Feel So Good (Previously Unissued)
24
2:53
 
Three Ball Sam (The Pawn Shop Man)
25
2:55
 
Brother's Blues (Previously Unissued)
26
2:53
 
Hey Bartender Give That Man a Drink (Previously Unissued Alternate Take)
1
2:24
 
Goof Boogie (Previously Unissued)
2
3:02
 
I Rule My House
3
2:47
 
Pinnochio's Blues (Previously Unissued)
4
2:53
 
I'll Be Sittin', I'll Be Rockin'
5
2:31
 
It's Been a Long Time
6
2:38
 
Jump Back Honey
7
2:26
 
Got So Much Trouble
8
2:52
 
Gas Happy Mama (Previously Unissued)
9
2:25
 
My Story
10
3:11
 
Gabbin' Blues
11
2:39
 
The Moondog (78rpm Version)
12
2:21
 
Stop Talkin' and Start Walkin'
13
2:31
 
Dig This Menu Please!
14
2:46
 
It Ain't Nothing Happening
15
2:25
 
You Broke My Heart
16
2:35
 
Poontang
17
2:38
 
Brook's Boggie
18
2:51
 
Jinny Mule
19
2:43
 
Livin' In Misery
20
2:19
 
Voodoo Blues (Previously Unissued)
21
2:58
 
Bring the Money In
22
2:26
 
You the Kind of Women
23
2:41
 
I'm In the Mood for You
24
2:08
 
Make Up Your Mind
25
3:05
 
Cow Cow Blues
26
2:01
 
But Officer!
1
2:49
 
Give Me One Drink
2
2:10
 
Leave It to Me (Previously Unissued)
3
3:15
 
Square Dance Boogie
4
2:23
 
You're Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash
5
2:19
 
One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
6
2:50
 
My Lonely Room
7
2:51
 
Uh Oh (Get Out of the Car)
8
2:59
 
Creole Alley (Previously Unissued)
9
2:12
 
Give Me Your Love (Previously Unissued)
10
2:03
 
Bad, Bad Woman (Previously Unissued)
11
2:29
 
I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright
12
2:46
 
Oop Shoop
13
2:14
 
Jump Ted! (Previousley Unissued)
14
2:24
 
Ocean of Tears (Previously Unissued)
15
2:29
 
Ring-Ding-Doo
16
2:30
 
Little Demon
17
2:22
 
I Put a Spell On You
18
2:25
 
Bacon Fat
19
3:02
 
The Last Meal
20
2:16
 
Let's Do the Slop
21
2:48
 
Where You Been
22
2:29
 
Miss Mushmouth
23
2:27
 
Wyatt Earp (Previously Unissued Alternate Version)
24
2:24
 
Billy's Heartache (Previously Unissued Alternate Version)
25
2:23
 
Yellow Coat
26
2:23
 

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