Right Now: Atlantic Club Soul And Deep Cuts

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 15 Sep 2014

"...a very fine feast indeed" Blues in Britain

**** - Soul Bag

"...gives a real flavour of the diversity of the roster in the early years of Atlantic and its Atco subsidiary, spanning the years 1948 to 1962" Music Week

"...Atlantic had become one of the most successful independent record labels in the USA. This well presented triple-CD set helps to explain why" 4.5/5 Echoes

"...fantastic...abuzz...deeply soulful...' American Music Magazine


CAT No: FVTD205UPC TEXT: 5055311002057

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Following her highly successful explorations of the Motown and Chess catalogues, Lois Wilson (Mojo, Record Collector) turns her attention to the iconic Manhattan-based Atlantic Records with Right Now, an 86-track 3CD set. Atlantic Records was founded in 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson. Other key participants in the company’s rise to success included studio engineer Tom Dowd, eminent record man Jerry Wexler, Ahmet’s brother Nesuhi, who developed the company’s substantial and highly successful jazz catalogue, and the dynamic songwriting/production team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Crucial early signings included Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Chuck Willis, Clyde McPhatter and LaVern Baker.

All those names are represented here, alongside other performers who recorded for Atlantic and its subsidiary Atco (founded in 1955) in the forties, fifties and early sixties; years which saw the evolution of rhythm & blues into soul. The diversity of Atlantic’s roster is represented by the presence of early Atlantic hit-makers Stick McGhee and Joe Morris, consummate soul singers Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, Bettye LaVette and Barbara Lewis, a pre-Motown Isley Brothers, New Orleans piano man Professor Longhair, saxophonists Willis “Gator” Jackson and King Curtis, blues guitar pioneer T-Bone Walker, Louisiana rock ’n’ roller Dale Hawkins, jazz singer Mel Torme, and the vocal group sound of the Clovers, the Coasters and the Falcons (then including Wilson Pickett and Mack Rice in their ranks). Some of these recordings were acknowledged successes from their initial release; others have acquired popularity among collectors and on the club scene over the intervening decades.

Atlantic’s highly-regarded jazz catalogue deserves a survey of its own, and Right Now also eschews many of the labels’ very biggest hits, on the grounds that they are easily found elsewhere. Instead, Right Now offers club-friendly and often-overlooked, deep catalogue selections drawn from the wealth of rhythm & rock released on the hallowed label. The big names mentioned so far are joined by key cuts from Jean DuShon, Jimmy Ricks, King Coleman, Richie Barrett, the Top Notes, Eunice Davis, Dean Beard, Choker Campbell, Johnny Jenkins, Billy Storm, the Tarantulas and the Van Dykes. Time for a deep delve into the depths of Atlantic.

A limited edition 32-track 2LP vinyl set is also available.



  1. Daddy Rollin’ Stone (Jimmy Ricks and The Raves)
  2. Your Old Lady (The Isley Brothers)
  3. My Man - He’s A Lovin’ Man (Bettye LaVette)
  4. Do The Hully Gully (Part 1) (King Coleman)
  5. Down In The Valley (Solomon Burke)
  6. Shuffle In The Gravel (Young Jessie)
  7. Boogie Woogie Country Girl (Joe Turner)
  8. Voodoo Voodoo (LaVern Baker)
  9. Mardi Gras In New Orleans (Professor Longhair and His New Orleans Boys)
  10. Jumpin’ In The Mornin’ (Ray Charles)
  11. Right Now (Mel Torme)
  12. Some Other Guy (Richie Barrett)
  13. Twist And Shout (The Top Notes)
  14. Jam Up Twist (Tommy Ridgley)
  15. ’Gator’s Groove (Willis Jackson)
  16. Midnight Special Train (Joe Turner)
  17. Talkin’ ’Bout You (Ray Charles)
  18. Hearts Of Stone (The Top Notes)
  19. Tricky Dicky (Richie Barrett)
  20. Party (Dean Beard)
  21. Be Bop Grandma (Solomon Burke)
  22. Stupidity (The Van Dykes)
  23. Got The Water Boiling (The Regals)
  24. I Want To Do More (Ruth Brown)
  25. My Beat Is 125th Street (Eunice Davis)
  26. What Kind Of Man Are You (Ray Charles with Mary Ann Fisher)
  27. Rock A While (Joe Turner)
  28. My Heart Went Do Dat Da (Barbara Lewis)
  29. Young Boy Blues (Ben E. King)


  1. Rockhouse (Ray Charles)
  2. You’re The Boss (LaVern Baker and Jimmy Ricks)
  3. Sure ’Nuff (Ruth Brown)
  4. Darling (The Falcons)
  5. On The Horizon (Ben E. King)
  6. Looking For My Baby (Solomon Burke)
  7. Drive It Home (The Clovers)
  8. Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Stick McGhee and His Buddies)
  9. Tipitina (Professor Longhair and His Blues Scholars)
  10. Have You Seen My Baby? (Choker Campbell)
  11. Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash (The Clovers)
  12. My Mama Told Me (Barbara Lewis)
  13. Daddy Daddy (Ruth Brown)
  14. Moanin’ (Mel Torme)
  15. Thirty Days (Clyde McPhatter)
  16. T-Bone Blues Special (T-Bone Walker)
  17. Midnight Cannonball (Joe Turner)
  18. My Baby (Chuck Willis)
  19. Rakin And Scrapin (Dean Beard with The Crew Cats)
  20. Hey, Memphis (LaVern Baker)
  21. As Long As I’m Moving (Ruth Brown)
  22. Honey Dripper (Part 1) (King Curtis and His Orchestra)
  23. One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Stick McGhee & His Buddies)
  24. Hey Little Girl (Roy “Bald Head” Byrd and His New Orleans Rhythm)
  25. Roll With My Baby (Ray Charles)
  26. How Can You Leave A Man Like This? (LaVern Baker)
  27. 5-10-15 Hours (Ruth Brown)
  28. I’m Hanging Up My Heart For You (Solomon Burke)


  1. I’m A Hog For You (The Coasters)
  2. I’ve Got My Eyes On You (The Clovers)
  3. I Know (Ruth Brown)
  4. Applejack (Joe Morris and His Orchestra)
  5. T-Bone Shuffle (T-Bone Walker)
  6. Mashed Potatoes (Part 1) (Carl Holmes and The Commanders)
  7. Just One More Time (The Isley Brothers)
  8. Keep The Magic Working (Solomon Burke)
  9. Take It Like It Comes (Jimmy Jules)
  10. Little Mama (The Clovers)
  11. Hoy Hoy (Little Johnny Jones)
  12. Make Believe (Young Jessie)
  13. Rock And Roll Machine (Tee Tucker)
  14. Tired Of Trying (Jean DuShon)
  15. I’ll Wait For You (Ruth Brown)
  16. You Better Stop (LaVern Baker)
  17. With A Feeling (Dale Hawkins)
  18. When You Dance (Billy Storm)
  19. Black Widow (The Tarantulas)
  20. Women - That’s What’s Happening! (Dale Hawkins)
  21. Three Cool Cats (The Coasters)
  22. The Slop (Chet “Poison” Ivey)
  23. Dat Dere (Mel Torme)
  24. Early In The Mornin’ (Ray Charles)
  25. Pinetop (Johnny Jenkins and The Pinetoppers)
  26. Honey Love (Billy Storm)
  27. Talk To Me, Talk To Me (Jean DuShon)
  28. Saved (LaVern Baker)
  29. Lowe Groovin’ (Joe Morris and His Orchestra)