The two bluesy Migil 4 cuts that open this collection are pretty strong on their own terms, reminiscent of the sort of music that Alexis Korner and Blues Incorporated were recording in the same period. However, the two songs that mark the debut of the quintet, "Mockin' Bird Hill" and its B-side, "Long Ago and Far Away," are something else altogether -- unique bluebeat classics that stand the test of time.
Alan "Earl" Watson 's sax is the added element here, and it makes all the difference as he loops in and around a rhythm section playing a ska beat.
The Migil 5 might not have looked like a ska band was supposed to, but these guys had the musical skills to pull it off, and then some: Mike Felix was a brilliantly charismatic singer with a powerful delivery his performance on "Don't Want to Go On Shaking" is alone worth the price of the CD , and the beat kept by him, bassist Lenny Blanche , and rhythm guitarist Red Lambert was impeccable.
Even when the band try their hand at a ballad, such as "Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes," they manage to infuse it with extraordinary passion and directness. Indeed, the only place where the material slackens is on the final two cuts, "Pencil and Paper" and "Nevertheless I'm in Love With You ," where Earl Watson 's smoother vocals prove to be no real substitute for the departed Mike Felix 's stronger, harder singing.
On the Cash Box best-selling record charts in which all recordings of a given song were combined, the song entered the chart on March 3, ; reached 1 on April 21, ; and remained 1 through the May 12, , chart. It returned to the 1 position on May Big Band orchestra leader Russ Morgan recorded the song in featuring the Gay Sisters on backing vocals. Burl Ives. Hank Snow and Anita Carter. The Music City Singers. Slim Whitman. The Jaybirds. Frank Bacon and The Layabouts.
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Just Like a Woman. I Saw Your Picture. Glad Rag Doll. Your Cheatin' Heart. Hank Williams. Long Tall Sally. Beg Your Pardon.
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