Sunday, November 17, 2013

VA - Jukebox Jam vol. 2 (2013)

The original Jukebox Jam Blues & Rhythm Revue compilation album was released in September 2011, a collection which brought together the dynamic and varied R&B sounds of Liam Large's London based club night and reissue label. With an action-packed, all-killer set, it quickly became an instant classic, a comp of vintage sounds which truly stood out in an ever-saturated market.
Two years on, and the second volume of Jukebox Jam is unleashed, another collection of 23 obscure masterpieces from mid-century America. Perhaps even more ambitious than Vol 1, the follow-up broadens the scope of investigation by digging both deeper back into the 1940s - with a couple of jazzy blues numbers, and further into the 1960s - with gritty rock and roll and early Detroit soul both featuring prominently.
In between these sounds, there's of course a healthy fill of dirty '50s blues, jumping R&B and swinging popcorn, but it's safe to say that on this set, the surprises come a little more frequently. Jukebox Jam Vol. 2 is another essential classic in waiting.
The CD version of the release comes with a 16 page colour booklet that includes extensive liner notes with detailed info and artist pics, and the super deluxe double LP gatefold with US-style pasteback sleeve contains the same!

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