The Last Shout! Twilight Of The Blues Shouters 1954-1962

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 13 Oct 2014

"...There's not a single poor track in the 97 selections here. Dave Penny is a real fan and a genuine expert, which leads to a compilation like this, with expertly chosen tracks and an exhaustive booklet packed with information. This must be the best release of 2014 for rock'n'roll fans." Now Dig This

"...some startling sides - try and resist any of these deep-souled marvels" Vintage Rock

"a superb anthology..." ABS Magazine

"a release well worthy of your attention..." Blues & Rhythm

CAT No: FVTD207UPC TEXT: 5055311002071

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The forgotten superheroes of 20th-century black music, the leather-lunged blues shouters, dominated the US nightclub stages and R&B charts for half-a-dozen years or so following World War II, before being side-lined by the bourgeoning rock ’n’ roll storm in the early 1950s. Still considered a force with which to be reckoned in the US music industry of the mid-fifties, and still at the height of their vocal prowess, many of the biggest stars were granted one or two final shots to save their flagging recording careers during rock ’n’ roll’s heyday – their “Last Shout”. Compiled and annotated by R&B authority Dave Penny, this 3CD set from Fantastic Voyage endeavours to document the twilight of that proud musical genre and resurrect the ultimate releases from some of the great voices of R&B.

The international blues boom of the 1960s – informed by the white Europeans’ predilection for more unsophisticated rural country blues and urban down-home blues, coupled with black America’s progressive, wholesale acceptance of gospel-steeped soul and funk – served to entomb the art of the jump blues shouter further and to remove the memory of an exciting musical form from general consciousness, until it began to be exhumed decades later.

Featuring singers famous and obscure, The Last Shout! serves the best of the final commercial recordings issued for the African-American R&B market by the likes of Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Jimmy Witherspoon and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson. When they no longer sold to their market, some, like Turner and Witherspoon, were able to make a comfortable living on the jazz circuit, others pursued alternative careers in comedy, preaching, composing or acting, yet others remained tragically determined; trying to maintain an ever-dwindling touring schedule on the chittlin’ circuit and drinking themselves into an early grave. 97 tracks and a 20pp illustrated booklet offer a snapshot of time in the history of black music, when the undiminished power of the classic blues shouters was married to the urgent rhythms of the rock ’n’ roll era, resulting in some very special music indeed!

A 32 track 2LP version is also available.



  1. Bloodshot Eyes (Wynonie Harris)
  2. Feeling Happy (Joe Turner and His Blues Kings)
  3. My Girl Ivy (Jimmy Witherspoon and The Quintones)
  4. Hold It Right There! (Eddie Cleanhead Vinson)
  5. A Tale Of Woe (Wynonie Harris)
  6. Who Baby Who? (Jimmy Witherspoon and The Starlights with Jesse Stone Orchestra)
  7. Hide And Seek (Joe Turner and His Blues Kings)
  8. Big Chief Rain In The Face (Eddie Vinson)
  9. I Gotta Go Home (Jimmy Witherspoon)
  10. There’s No Substitute For Love (Wynonie Harris)
  11. Suffer Fool (Eddie Vinson)
  12. Need A Girl (Joe Turner with Choker Campbell Orchestra)
  13. That’s Me Right Now (Wynonie Harris)
  14. Teenage Party (Jimmy Witherspoon)
  15. Old Man Boogie (Eddie Vinson)
  16. Wee Baby Blues (Joe Turner with Jesse Stone Orchestra)
  17. Tell A Whale Of A Tale (Wynonie Harris)
  18. Anxious Heart (Eddie Vinson)
  19. All Right Miss Moore (Jimmy Witherspoon with Jesse Stone Orchestra)
  20. Rock A While (Joe Turner)
  21. Destination Love (Wynonie Harris)
  22. You Can’t Have My Love No More (Eddie Vinson)
  23. When I Start To Thinking (Jimmy Witherspoon with Jesse Stone Orchestra)
  24. Big Old Country Fool (Wynonie Harris)
  25. That’s The Way To Treat Your Woman (Eddie Cleanhead Vinson)
  26. Love Roller Coaster (Joe Turner with Choker Campbell Orchestra)
  27. You Can Make It If You Try (Jimmy Witherspoon)
  28. Tomorrow May Never Come (Eddie Vinson)
  29. Teen Age Letter (Joe Turner with Jesse Stone Orchestra)
  30. Sweet Lucy Brown (Wynonie Harris)
  31. Endless Sleep (Jimmy Witherspoon)


  1. (Wake Up) Miss Rip Van Winkle (The Tibbs Brothers)
  2. Baby, Don’t Tell On Me (Jimmy Rushing)
  3. Soda Pop Rock (Grant Jones with Mike Simpson Orchestra)
  4. Wanna Hug Ya, Kiss Ya, Squeeze Ya (Bull Moose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats)
  5. Hold Out Baby (Teddy Mr Bear McRae & His Orchestra)
  6. The Crazy House (Redd Foxx)
  7. I Owe Everybody (Gene Phillips with Jack McVea Orchestra)
  8. Work, Little Carrie, Work (Doc Pomus All Stars)
  9. Come Back Uncle John (Big John Greer)
  10. I’m A Big Boy Now (Tic & Toc with Howard Biggs Orchestra)
  11. My Baby Is Gone (Ollie Shepard)
  12. Ada From Decatur (Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy Orchestra)
  13. I Ain’t Mad At You (Bobby Mr Blues Merrell)
  14. Take Me To Your Leader (Timmie Rogers)
  15. Function At The Junction (Smoki Whitfield with Freddie Simon Orchestra)
  16. No-Sackie-Sack (H-Bomb Ferguson & His Mad Lads)
  17. Red Light (Roy Milton)
  18. If You Ain’t Lovin’ You Ain’t Livin’ (Bull Moose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats)
  19. Driftwood Blues (Crown Prince Waterford)
  20. Heavyweight Baby (Bull Moose Jackson)
  21. Get Your Clothes And Let’s Go (Crown Prince Waterford with Labert Ellis)
  22. Real Pretty Mama (Redd Foxx)
  23. I’m Gonna Set You Free (Bobby Mr Blues Merrell)
  24. Pinball Machine (Grant Jones with Mike Simpson Orchestra)
  25. Hi’ Fi’ Baby (Teddy Mr Bear McRae and His Orchestra)
  26. Say Yeah (Ollie Shepard)
  27. Come Back Maybelline (John Greer)
  28. Watch My Signals (Bull Moose Jackson)
  29. Take The Hint (Smoki Whitfield with Freddie Simon Orchestra)
  30. Midnight Ramblin’ Tonight (H-Bomb Ferguson)
  31. Bye Baby Bye (Doc Pomus as Doc Palmer)
  32. Knocked Out (Jimmy Liggins and His Drops Of Joy Orchestra)
  33. Jibba Jab (Tic and Toc with Howard Biggs Orchestra)


  1. Chicken-Hearted Woman (Clarence Samuels)
  2. I Sat And Cried (Jimmy Nelson)
  3. Hey Pretty Girl (The Tone Twins with Jimmy Lewis Band)
  4. Ride, Superman, Ride (Stomp Gordon and His Orchestra)
  5. Boogie With Calypso (Joe Mr G August)
  6. Skinny Ginny (Dossie Thunderbird Terry)
  7. How About It Baby (Emmet Davis)
  8. Get On The Right Track, Baby (Titus Turner)
  9. O Baby Please (Earl Williams and His Quintette)
  10. Sugar In My Tea Cream In My Coffee (Piney Brown and His Blues Toppers)
  11. Rock Away My Blues (Tommy Brown)
  12. Jump, Jump, Jump (Great Gates)
  13. I’m Reachin’ (Little Caesar with Eddie Beal Orchestra)
  14. Teeny Weeny Baby (Rudy Green)
  15. The Question Wha’cha Gonna Do? (Billy Wright)
  16. Country Boy (Big Tiny Kennedy and His Orchestra)
  17. Hungry Man (Titus Turner and His Band)
  18. Wild Life (Rudy Green)
  19. Who Slammed The Door (Little Caesar with Eddie Beal Orchestra)
  20. Strange Things Happening In The Dark (Joe Mr G August)
  21. You Ain’t Puttin’ Out Nothin’ But The Lights (Earl Williams and His Quintette)
  22. Last Night I Was In Heaven (Jimmy Lewis)
  23. My Mumblin’ Baby (Rudy Green)
  24. You Changed My Night Into Day (Emmet Davis)
  25. Fool Mule (Dossie Thunderbird Terry)
  26. My Love (Piney Brown and His Blues Toppers)
  27. Strange Kind Of Feeling (Big Tiny Kennedy and His Orchestra)
  28. Someday, Somewhere (Tommy Brown)
  29. Unlock The Door (Jimmy Nelson)
  30. Be My Love Tonight (Roy Brown)
  31. Have Mercy Baby (Titus Turner)
  32. Welcome Home Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter with Milt Rogers Orchestra)
  33. I’m Coming Down With The Blues (Smiley Lewis)