Editors’ Notes In the decade following World War II a multitude of independent labels arose to meet the demands of a reinvigorated record-buying public. Among these was a handful that would help to redefine the sound of American Rhythm & Blues, replacing the big-band sound of the ‘30s with a rowdier style that appealed directly to a populace looking to celebrate the end of wartime hardships. Los Angeles’ Aladdin Records was one of the finest of these labels. This 53-track collection gathers together some of Aladdin’s greatest sides, beginning with the label’s inaugural release, Illinois Jacquet’s storming 1945 hit “Flying Home,” and ending with its second-to-last- charting single, Thurston Harris’ “Little Bitty Pretty One.” At Aladdin, the raucous New Orleans R&B of Shirley & Lee’s “Let the Good Times Roll” could coexist peacefully with the comparatively uptown sound of Tiny Grimes & Billie Holiday’s “Blue Turning Grey Over You”, and the harsh, unadorned country blues of Texas songster Lightning Hopkins. The Aladdin Records Story is a concise and smartly conceived introduction to one of the greatest labels of the post-war era.

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Flying Home, Pt. 1 & 2
1
5:06
 
Be Baba Leba
2
2:41
 
Drifting Blues
3
3:16
 
When I'm In My Tea
4
3:14
 
(I Don't Stand a) Ghost of a Chance
5
2:47
 
Mother Fuyer
6
2:26
 
He May Be Your Man
7
2:58
 
Milky White Way
8
2:32
 
Guitar In My Hand
9
2:44
 
Too Late
10
2:38
 
Chicken-Shack Boogie
11
2:50
 
Loch Lomond
12
2:25
 
Shotgun Blues
13
2:40
 
Around About Midnite
14
2:44
 
The Glory of Love
15
3:09
 
Safronia B
16
2:22
 
Trouble Blues
17
2:23
 
I Got Loaded
18
2:29
 
Sad Journey Blues
19
2:48
 
Dad Gum Ya Hide Boy
20
2:37
 
Hucklebuck With Jimmy
21
2:22
 
Way Down Boogie
22
2:51
 
Blue Turning Grey Over You
23
2:01
 
Feel So Good
24
2:50
 
Telephone Blues
25
3:15
 
Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)
26
2:48
 
Let the Good Times Roll (Remastered)
1
2:24
 
How Long
2
3:19
 
I Need You, I Want You
3
2:41
 
Don't Let Go (Hold Me, Hold Me, Hold Me)
4
2:33
 
Messy Bessy
5
2:41
 
This Is My Story (Remastered)
6
2:17
 
Don't Leave Me Baby
7
3:00
 
Call Operator 210
8
3:00
 
Ding Dong Ding
9
3:01
 
Remember
10
2:25
 
Rockin' With the Clock
11
2:36
 
Honest I Do
12
2:16
 
Rockin' At Cosmo's
13
2:50
 
Be Cool My Heart
14
3:02
 
I'm So High
15
2:35
 
I'm In the Mood for Love
16
2:41
 
Ray Pearl
17
2:04
 
Dreamy Eyes
18
2:02
 
Yak Yak
19
2:34
 
The Glory of Love
20
2:54
 
Darling It's Wonderful
21
2:55
 
Our Love Is Here to Stay
22
2:58
 
King Kong
23
2:03
 
Smack, Smack
24
1:54
 
Little Girl In the Cabin
25
2:19
 
Sugar Doll
26
2:10
 
Little Bitty Pretty One
27
2:21