Gaz's Rockin Blues ~ Club Classics
Trojan Records
November 27, 2005

Track list
Disc One - Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll

  1. I Want My Lovin' - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
  2. Hey Bartende - Floyd Dixon
  3. Let's Party - Jesse Allen
  4. Lovin' Machine - Wynonie Harris
  5. Say Man - Willie Mabon
  6. Workin' Again - Robert T. Smith
  7. Drinkin' Wine Spo-De-O-Dee - Larry Dale
  8. When Day Is Done - Shirley & Lee
  9. My Boy Lollipop - Barbie Gaye
  10. New Orleans Shuffle - Johnny Otis
  11. Polly Put The Kettle On - Sonny Boy Williamson
  12. Feeling Good - Junior Parkerís Blue Flames
  13. Independent Woman - Jackie Brenston
  14. Killer Diller - Gene Coy & His Killer Dillers
  15. I Believe I'll Give It Up - Lowell Fulson
  16. My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
  17. Gangster Of Love - Johnny Guitar Watson
  18. Poison Ivy - Willie Mabon
  19. Function At The Junction - Smoki Whitfield
  20. Bookies Blues - H Bomb Ferguson
  21. Mmm I Don't Care - Tabby Thomas
  22. All Day & All Of The Night - The Kinks
  23. I'm Your Witchdoctor - John Mayall
  24. Sweetie Of The St Moritz - 101'ers
  25. My Last Meal - The Trojans
  26. Walk Right In - Fluffy Hunter & Jessie Powell
  27. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn
Disc Two - Ska, Rocksteady & Reggae

  1. Too Much Too Young (Live) - The Specials
  2. Little Vilma - The Blues Busters
  3. Now & Forever More - Joe White
  4. You Belong To My Heart - Lord Tanamo
  5. Rawhide - The Survivors
  6. Higher The Monkey Climbs - Justin Hinds
  7. Treasure Island - Don Drummond & Drumbago 65
  8. You Are Not To Blame - Alton Ellis
  9. King Of Kings - Jimmy Cliff
  10. Rudy A Message To You - Dandy With Rico
  11. The One I Love - Ken Boothe
  12. Fu Manchu - Desmond Dekker
  13. Got To Be At The Party - Unknown Artist
  14. Can't You See - Ken Boothe
  15. Double Heavy - Dave Barker
  16. Canteloupe Rock - Jo Jo Bennett
  17. Skinhead Train - Laurel Aitken
  18. Pressure Tonic - The Destroyers
  19. Rude XDOS - Freddie Notes & The Rudies
  20. Got To Get Away - Paragons
  21. 54-46 Was My Number - Toots & The Maytals
  22. Cassius Clay - Dennis Alcapone
  23. Have Some Mercy - Delroy Wilson
  24. Movie Swing - Don Junior (Vin Gordon)
  25. Instigators Five O - The Instigators
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 3 Sleeve : 3
As the last embers of punk burned low in late 70's London, other genres and revivals of sub genres took over -- John Lydon's PIL showed how much they despised rock music with "Metal Box" and went on to navigate undiscovered terrain. Moving off in another totally separate direction, earlier visceral music forms were revived as punk fell apart -- 50's R n b, garage rockabilly, Chicago and Delta blues records were once again popular on an underground scene mostly made up of disenchanted ex punks, sartorial perfectionists, misfits, and rebel rude boys. From Ladbroke Grove, to Notting Hill, to Archway, Stoke Newington, Holloway and Stamford Hill, London's musical appetite was in state of enthusiastic flux.

Gaz Mayall at that time was not a Ska or reggae DJ, but rather a DJ dedicated to 50's R ní B, blues, rockabilly and doo wop. Those of us who regularly went to Dingwalls Dancehall in Camden Town at that time would be sure to hear The Clash DJ Scratchy playing garage punk, roots and Ska tunes to warm up for acts such as Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, or for legends such as Bo Diddley.

Gaz Mayall and his friends were an ever present fixture at these events, dressed immaculately in 1950's zoot suits. It wasn't long before Gaz was releasing blues and r n b compilations himself, and by the time the mid 80's arrived, he had diversified out of a strict blues R ní b set and formed his own rude boy bluebeat band and regularly held his own blues dances. Besides that -- Gaz was simply born into this role -- his father John Mayall had been a highly respected garage/blues act before him in the 60's.

So that is where this compilation is coming from -- if you are a big fan of that early Etta James, Johnny Guitar Watson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Moonglows vibe you will snap this album up. From a reggae point of view, some of these early R ní B sides give a very clear insight into where men like Duke Reid and Coxsonne took their inspiration from.

For the reggae lovers amongst you, CD 2 contains many fairly easily available, but nonetheless essential gems such as the early version of Delroy Wilson's "Show Some Mercy" later reincarnated as a darkly sullen, rock solid Roots Radics dub. Also indispensable is The Paragons "Got To Get Away." If you have the Horace Andy, John Holt, Alimantado, D. Brown versions, then this is an essential addition.

Though a little formulaic and pedestrian in places, this is all in all, a very nice collection which showcases Gaz's typical DJ sets of the late 70's onwards.

Particularly good is the raw garage/ R n B Joe Strummer/ Richard Dudanski rarity -- the 101'ers "Sweety Of St Moritz." -- Joe Strummer as we all know, went on from the 101'ers to form The Clash, whilst Richard Dudanski joined John Lydon's PIL and features on "Metal Box", one of the records that transformed the 80's and still sounds startlingly fresh to this day.

It is refreshing to hear all these musical genres, from thug mod garage tunes, to R n B, to Chicago Blues to garage punk and on to roots, all together on one album -- Great attitude Gaz!