Compiled by London's DJ Diddy Wah, who is known for his Diddywah Blog, his radio show, and his constant presence as a host and DJ for London club nights like Heavy Sugar, Get Rhythm, and others.
The decade between 1953 and 1963 offers an endless supply of danceable, up-tempo tunes. We're talking rhythm 'n' blues, and the phase in the early '60s when it morphed into soul (now called new breed), as well as popcorn -- Belgian music with a mid-tempo style and a high groove-factor.
The Slow Grind Fever series highlights the slower side of this period, and takes its title and inspiration from an Australian club night billed as "Melbourne's only slow dance party." These events would include only the "slowest, spookiest, sweetest records" the DJs could find, with folks dancing "real slow in a haze of smoke and dim red light." Stag-O-Lee was convinced that this was a great concept for a compilation series, and have collaborated with those behind the Melbourne club night to present Slow Grind Fever, the fourth volume of which includes tracks by Jay Hawkins, Yvonne Fair & James Brown Band, Nappy Brown, Bobby Peterson Quintet, Big Daddy and His Boys, Roy Brown, Varetta Dillard, John Greer and His Combo, Duane Eddy, Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, The Jaguars, Yvonne Baker and the Sensations, The Stone Crushers, Cozy Cole, and El Pauling and The Royalton.
A1 –Jay Hawkins* Well I Tried
A2 –Yvonne Fair & The James Brown Band If I Knew
A3 –Nappy Brown The Right Time
A4 –Bobby Peterson Quintet One Day
A5 –Big Daddy And His Boys Bacon Fat
A6 –Roy Brown Slow Down Little Eva
A7 –Varetta Dillard So Many Ways
A8 –John Greer & His Rhythm Rockers Night Crawlin'
B1 –Duane Eddy Stalkin'
B2 –Howlin' Wolf Going Down Slow
B3 –Elmore James Anna Lee
B4 –Jaguars Roundabout
B5 –Yvonne Baker & The Sensations (2) Eyes
B6 –The Stone Crushers Crawfish
B7 –Cozy Cole Bad
B8 –El Pauling & The Royalton Now Baby Don't