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Saturday 7 March 2015

Saturday Lucky Dip


Today's selection is an absolute cracker.
From December 2002 Uncut gives us The Devil's Music - Keith Richards' Personal Compilation of Blues, Soul and R&B Classics
Twenty six tracks and not a dud among them. An album you would pay good money for.
Anyone who has read his highly entertaining autobiography will know that Keef is a true muso who has huge respect for many of his predecessors. Unlike most such albums, in his case you can imagine him actually selecting these songs rather than leaving it to some record company lackey.
What to choose?  Decisions, decisions
From 1951 Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston is one of several records quoted whenever there is a debate as to what was the first rock'n'roll record. Maybes aye, maybes naw as King Kenny was want to say. Whatever, it is a terrific song.
Billie Holliday was name checked on my latest Sunday Soul offering. Somewhat criminally she has yet to feature on CCM. Time to rectify that with He's Funny That Way

More random nonsense next Saturday

Jackie Brenston - Rocket 88

Billie Holliday - He's Funny That Way


  1. I've dispatched a lot of these freebie CD's over the years, after a couple of listens - but not this one. As you rightly say, there's not a dud in sight and one gets the distinct impression that Keef was hands-on during the selection process. Essential stuff.

  2. I just checked out the track list for this disc - very impressive! Glad to see that Billie Holiday has made an appearance here at CCM - one of my top 5 vocalists.

  3. Don't know why it took so long Marie - rest assured she will feature again

  4. Doesn't get much better than this, CC. Looks like quite a comp. Have already listened to Rocket 88 three times today.