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Ricky Allen

b. 6 January 1935, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. R&B singer Allen is a perfect example of an artist who recorded in the amalgam style called soul-blues, but he did so in the early 60s, long before anybody gave that genre a name. It was a style that was an inevitable product of his background in both the black church and the blues milieu. Allen started his singing in church choirs in his native Nashville, but after he moved to Chicago in 1958, he immersed himself in the West Side blues scene. He began recording for Mel London’s Age label in 1961, and had a local hit with ‘You Better Be Sure’, a fast blues with a rock ‘n’ roll feel. Allen made a name for himself nationally in 1963 with ‘Cut You A-Loose’ (number 20 R&B), a compelling song in which Allen’s riveting soul-blues vocals were propelled by a magnificent organ-driven throbbing rhythm. Before he retired from the scene in the early 70s, Allen had other local hits with ‘It’s A Mess I Tell You’ (1966) and ‘I Can’t Stand No Signifying’ (1967).
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Track List: An Introduction To Chicago Soul

1. Twine Time

2. Do You Wanna Dance

3. Got To Find A Way

4. Cut You A-Loose

5. Your Love Is Important To Me

6. What Is Love (I Found Love)

7. Flame Remains

8. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

9. Check Me Out

10. I Testify

11. Bowlegged Woman, Knock-Kneed Man

12. Help Wanted

13. I'm Satisfied

14. Checkin' Out

15. Good Thing, Pt. 1

16. I Need Someone

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Track List: Authentic Blues

Disc 1

1. Boogie Chillen

2. Blues After Hours

5. Big Fine Girl (Live)

6. T-99 Blues

7. Jake Head Boogie

8. Thrill Is Gone

9. Riding In The Moonlight

10. Driftin' From Town To Town

12. No More Doggin'

13. Couldn't Be A Dream

14. All The Blues All The Time

15. Three Hours Past Midnight

16. Standing At The Crossroads

17. W-O-M-A-N

Disc 2

1. Figure Head

2. The Duck Walk

3. Some Time I Wonder

4. From My Heart

5. Going Or Coming

6. Forget It

7. It's Bad To Make A Woman Mad

8. You Better Stop

9. Hard Times (Follow Me)

10. Like Heaven To Me

11. I Feel So Good

12. I'd Rather Fight Than Switch

13. Just Got Some

14. Too Many Cooks

15. Crossroads

16. I Have Made A Change

17. She's A Sweet One

18. Through All Your Faults

19. Call My Job

20. Momee, Momee

21. Something Can Go Wrong

22. I'm Not Going Home

23. Say You're Leavin'

24. My Baby's Sweet

25. Honky Tonky

26. Good Things

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