Pressure Drop are back with another instalment of their Laurel Aitken odyssey, a 28 track release called You Got Me Rockin’ an entertaining though patchy release of pre Ska R&B type sides that were all originally released between ’60 and ’64.
Most tracks are UK recordings but this isn’t so bad, there is some great raw musicianship on show with a fine strolling double bass and Rico’s trombone prominent on many tracks. Aitkens rough and ready vocal style seems to fit the raw R&B style best of all and for this reason it’s easier to enjoy this stuff than some of his later work, the real stand outs are the uptempo jump blues tracks such as Mabel and Have Mercy Mr Percy.
This is the ninth CD of Aitken material on Pressure Drop (part of Cherry Red Records) and more is promised, hopefully they’ll get round to showcasing some other artists one day!
Have Mercy Mr Percy
Mary Lee – with The Blue Beats / Railroad Track â€“ with The Blue Beats / Tell Me Darling â€“ with The Blue Beats / Bartender â€“ with The Blue Beats / Mash Potato Boogie â€“ with The Blue Beats / Nursery Rhyme Boogie (Aka In And Out The Window) â€“ with The Blue Beats / Bouncinâ€™ Woman â€“ with The Blue Beats / Mighty Redeemer â€“ with Blue Beats / Please Donâ€™t Leave Me â€“ with The Blue Beats / Brother David â€“ with The Blue Beats / Back To New Orleans â€“ with The Blue Beats / Mabel â€“ with Hyacinth and Baron Twist & His Knights / You Got Me Rockin’ â€“ with Hyacinth and Baron Twist & His Knights / Lucille â€“ with The Blue Beats / I Love You More Everyday â€“ with The Blue Beats / Sixty Days And Sixty Nights â€“ with The Les Dawson Combo / Going To Kansas City – with The Les Dawson Combo / Weary Wanderer â€“ with Ruddy & Sketto & The Bandits / Jenny Jenny â€“ with The Bandits / Sheâ€™s Gone To Napoli â€“ with Owen Gray/ Have Mercy Mr Percy â€“ with Owen Gray / Sweet Jamaica â€“ with Ruddy & Sketto & Ricoâ€™s Group / Bossa Nova Hop â€“ with Ricoâ€™s Group / Zion â€“ with Ruddy & Sketto / Swing Low Sweet Chariot â€“ with Ruddy & Sketto / Daniel Saw The Stone / This Great Day / I May Never See My Baby