The Specialty Story

Various Artists

The Specialty Story
  • CAT # 5SPCD-4412-25

    DISC ONE  
    1. Boogie # 1 2:47
    2. Voo-it! Voo-it! 2:44
    3. Milton's Boogie 2:48
    4. R.M. Blues 2:56
    5. Rainy Day Blues 3:17
    6. Ice Cream Freezer 2:56
    7. True Blues 2:47
    8. Rockin' Boogie 2:24
    9. Thrill Me 2:50
    10. Teardrop Blues 2:53
    11. Cadillac Boogie 2:41
    12. Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket 2:21
    13. X-Temporaneous Boogie 2:03
    14. You Don't Love Me 2:11
    15. Fat Meat 2:39
    16. Everything I Do Is Wrong 2:58
    17. Hop, Skip & Jump 2:33
    18. Careful Love 2:30
    19. Big City Blues 2:30
    20. I Want A Roller 2:49
    21. The Hucklebuck 2:20
    22. Fiesta In Old Mexico 2:24
    23. The Honeydripper 8:15
    24. Don't Put Me Down 2:53
    25. Information Blues 2:40
    26. Rag Mop 2:59
    DISC TWO  
    1. Pink Champagne 2:59
    2. Junior Jives 2:35
    3. Where There Is No Love 2:47
    4. Everything Gonna Be Alright 2:25
    5. Please Send Me Someone To Love 2:52
    6. Strange Things Happening 2:48
    7. Little Joe's Boogie 2:48
    8. Oh Babe! 2:28
    9. Lost Love (Baby, Please) 2:54
    10. Frankie Lee 2:52
    11. What A Fool I Was 2:43
    12. Money Blues 2:29
    13. It's Later Than You Think 2:37
    14. T-Town Twist 2:46
    15. I Have News For You 2:29
    16. Prayin' For Your Return 2:53
    17. Strange Angel 2:37
    18. Best Wishes 2:41
    19. Cry Baby 2:49
    20. Love Will Make You A Slave 3:28
    21. I Can't Lose With The Stuff I Use 2:10
    22. Wheel Of Fortune 2:45
    23. The Big Question 2:49
    24. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 2:30
    25. So Tired 3:10
    26. Night And Day (I Miss You So) 3:01
    DISC THREE  
    1. Oooh-Oooh-Oooh 2:34
    2. Restless Heart
    3. Dream Girl 3:11
    4. Tell Me Pretty Baby 2:14
    5. Ain't It A Shame? 2:40
    6. Frantic 2:39
    7. Too Close To Heaven (A.K.A. I'm Too) 3:00
    8. I'm Coming Home 2:58
    9. I've Got A New Home 2:27
    10. One Room Country Shack 3:00
    11. Lucy Mae Blues 2:29
    12. Early In The Morning 2:38
    13. She's Been Gone 2:23
    14. Hard Living Alone 3:03
    15. Drunk 2:30
    16. I Ate The Wrong Part 1:54
    17. Bloodstains On The Wall 2:56
    18. Baby Doll 2:21
    19. The Things That I Used To Do 2:58
    20. I'm Your Best Bet Baby 2:17
    21. No Room In The Hotel 2:18
    22. I'm Mad 2:44
    23. Something's Going On In My Room 2:10
    24. Zindy Lou 2:50
    25. One More River To Cross 3:10
    26. Where's My Girl 2:18
    DISC FOUR  
    1. Nite Owl (A.K.A. Night Owl) 2:43
    2. Tutti Frutti 2:52
    3. Eternity 2:11
    4. Rich Woman 2:28
    5. Squeeze-Box Boogie 1:57
    6. Touch The Hem Of His Garment 2:01
    7. Long Tall Sally 2:07
    8. Slippin' And Slidin' (Peepin' And Hidin') 2:10
    9. Oh-Rooba-Lee 2:03
    10. Gloria 2:38
    11. Cherokee Dance 2:32
    12. Rip It Up 2:20
    13. Ready Teddy 2:05
    14. Sweet Breeze 2:03
    15. (Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Sax 2:23
    16. She's Got It 2:12
    17. Heeby-Jeebies 2:07
    18. Should I Ever Love Again? 2:36
    19. Just To Hold My Hand 2:10
    20. The Girl Can't Help It 2:30
    21. All Around The World 2:25
    22. Oooh-Whee Baby 2:10
    23. Just Because 2:45
    24. Lucille 2:20
    25. Send Me Some Lovin' 2:16
    26. Open Up Your Heart 2:35
    DISC FIVE  
    1. Our Romance 2:30
    2. Jenny Jenny 2:00
    3. Miss Ann 2:05
    4. Short Fat Fannie 2:21
    5. Leavin' It All Up To You 2:08
    6. Keep A-Knockin' 2:19
    7. Bony Moronie 5:44
    8. Twitchy 2:22
    9. I'll Come Running Back To You 2:10
    10. Good Golly, Miss Molly 2:38
    11. Slow Down 2:42
    12. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy 2:25
    13. Justine 2:05
    14. True Fine Mama 2:25
    15. Ooh! My Soul 1:50
    16. Lights Out 1:51
    17. The Love Of God 2:10
    18. Koko Joe 2:11
    19. Baby Face 2:14
    20. There's A Moose On The Loose 2:09
    21. Haunted House 2:31
    22. She Said Yeah 1:50
    23. Bad Boy 2:19
    24. Farmer John (Faster Version) 2:29
    25. Big Boy Pete 2:19
    26. Bama Lama Bama Loo 2:12

Of all the independent record labels to start up at the end of World War II, Art Rupe’s Hollywood-based Specialty Records has one of the most glorious histories. The label’s biggest star, Little Richard, is synonymous with the roots of rock ’n’ roll. Other icons of the era who began their careers on Specialty are Sam Cooke, Lloyd Price, and a pre-Neville Brothers Art Neville. Soul-era stars who got their starts as gospel artists on Specialty include Lou Rawls (with the Chosen Gospel Singers) and Johnnie Taylor, who replaced Sam Cooke in the Soul Stirrers.
In the 1940s, Rupe recorded acts which bridged the gap between swing and rock ’n’ roll, beginning with his jump blues practitioners, Roy Milton, Joe Liggins, and Joe’s brother Jimmy Liggins. By midcentury, Specialty was churning out hit after hit by these, as well as boogie-woogie stylist Camille Howard and that master lyricist of the blues, Percy Mayfield. As teenagers discovered rhythm and blues in the early Fifties, Specialty was right there with Marvin & Johnny, Jesse Belvin, and Lloyd Price, whose “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” was the top R&B record of 1952 and one of the first to cross over to white record buyers.
This 5-CD boxed set contains 130 tracks—all of Specialty’s hits, as well as important songs and artists, in order of release. The booklet contains previously unpublished photos, rare posters and other promotional items, full session information, and extensive notes by Specialty Records historian and box producer Billy Vera.

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