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Soul & Swagger: The Complete "5" Royales 1951-1967

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The "5" Royales 6/2/2014

Review

One of the finest and most influential rhythm & blues acts of the '50s, the "5" Royales began their career as a gospel group called the Royal Sons Quintet before crossing over to secular music in 1952. The "5" Royales initially recorded for Apollo Records, where they scored hits like "Baby Don't Do It" and "Laundromat Blues," but they enjoyed greater success when they signed with King Records in 1954 and stormed the R&B charts with tunes like "Monkey Hips and Rice," "Think" (later covered by James Brown and Aretha Franklin), and "Dedicated to the One I Love" (which both the Shirelles and the Mamas & the Papas took to the upper reaches of the pop charts). While the "5" Royales were one of the best harmony acts of their day, the group's secret weapon was Lowman Pauling, who wrote their original material and played powerful, inventive lead guitar on their sides for King. Soul & Swagger: The Complete "5" Royales is a five-disc box set that collects the group's entire recorded repertoire, from their first sides as the Royal Sons Quintet to their final sessions for Home of the Blues Records in 1964. These classic recordings offer a richly detailed portrait of a group whose early singles predated what most people think of as the birth of rock & roll, and retired as R&B was making way for what would be called soul; this is great music from a remarkable time and place, and well worth exploring for fans of vintage R&B and blues. ~ Mark Deming
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Bedside of a Neighbor The "5" Royales 2:23
  3. 2 Journey's End The "5" Royales 2:44
  4. 3 Come Over Here The "5" Royales 3:8
  5. 4 Let Nothing Separate Me The "5" Royales 3:13
  6. 5 Too Much of a Little Bit The "5" Royales 2:25
  7. 6 Give Me One More Chance The "5" Royales 2:43
  8. 7 So God Can Use Me The "5" Royales 2:35
  9. 8 I Wanna Rest The "5" Royales 2:43
  10. 9 You Know I Know The "5" Royales 2:34
  11. 10 Courage to Love The "5" Royales 2:22
  12. 11 Baby Don't Do It The "5" Royales 2:44
  13. 12 Take All of Me The "5" Royales 2:34
  14. 13 Help Me Somebody The "5" Royales 3:2
  15. 14 Crazy, Crazy, Crazy The "5" Royales 2:39
  16. 15 Too Much Lovin' (Much Too Much) The "5" Royales 2:58
  17. 16 Laundromat Blues The "5" Royales 2:22
  18. 17 All Righty! The "5" Royales 2:29
  19. 18 I Want to Thank You The "5" Royales 2:30
  20. 19 I Do The "5" Royales 2:31
  21. 20 Good Things The "5" Royales 2:33
  22. 21 I Like It Like That The "5" Royales 2:50
  23. 22 Cry Some More The "5" Royales 2:38
  24. 23 What's That The "5" Royales 2:9
  25. 24 Let Me Come Back Home The "5" Royales 2:20
  26. 25 I Am Thinking The "5" Royales 3:3
  27. 26 I'm Gonna Run It Down The "5" Royales 2:51
  28. 27 Behave Yourself The "5" Royales 2:30
  29. 28 I Can't Stand Losing You The "5" Royales 2:27
  30. 29 Royal J. Abbit Interview The "5" Royales 1:9
  31. 1 Monkey Hips and Rice The "5" Royales 2:53
  32. 2 Devil with the Rest The "5" Royales 2:46
  33. 3 School Girl The "5" Royales 2:45
  34. 4 One Mistake The "5" Royales 2:55
  35. 5 With All Your Heart The "5" Royales 2:51
  36. 6 With All Your Heart [Alt. Take 3] The "5" Royales 3:0
  37. 7 Six O'Clock in the Morning The "5" Royales 2:42
  38. 8 See Hear and Know Nothing The "5" Royales 2:35
  39. 9 You Didn't Learn It at Home The "5" Royales 2:10
  40. 10 Every Dog Has His Day The "5" Royales 2:44
  41. 11 Mohawk Squaw The "5" Royales 2:38
  42. 12 How I Wonder The "5" Royales 2:42
  43. 13 I Need Your Lovin' Baby The "5" Royales 2:45
  44. 14 When I Get Like This The "5" Royales 2:37
  45. 15 Women About to Make Me Go Crazy The "5" Royales 2:59
  46. 16 Do Unto You The "5" Royales 2:58
  47. 17 Someone Made You for Me The "5" Royales 2:35
  48. 18 I Ain't Getting Caught The "5" Royales 2:38
  49. 19 Right Around the Corner The "5" Royales 2:26
  50. 20 When You Walked Through the Door The "5" Royales 2:44
  51. 21 I Could Love You The "5" Royales 2:11
  52. 22 My Wants for Love The "5" Royales 2:45
  53. 23 Come on and Save Me The "5" Royales 2:32
  54. 24 Come on and Save Me [Alt. Take 2] The "5" Royales 2:30
  55. 25 Come on and Save Me [Alt. Take 3] The "5" Royales 2:24
  56. 26 Get Something Out of It The "5" Royales 2:26
  57. 27 Get Something Out of It [Alt. Take 2] The "5" Royales 2:37
  58. 28 Get Something Out of It [Alt. Take 4] The "5" Royales 2:32
  59. 1 Just as I Am The "5" Royales 2:24
  60. 2 Just as I Am [Alt. Takes 3 & 4] The "5" Royales 3:18
  61. 3 Mine Forever More The "5" Royales 2:13
  62. 4 Tears of Joy The "5" Royales 2:39
  63. 5 Thirty Second Lover The "5" Royales 2:25
  64. 6 Think The "5" Royales 2:49
  65. 7 I'd Better Make a Move The "5" Royales 2:16
  66. 8 Messin' Up The "5" Royales 2:45
  67. 9 Say It The "5" Royales 2:21
  68. 10 Dedicated to the One I Love The "5" Royales 2:43
  69. 11 Don't Be Ashamed The "5" Royales 2:30
  70. 12 The Feeling Is Real The "5" Royales 2:51
  71. 13 Do the Cha Cha Cherry The "5" Royales 2:15
  72. 14 Double or Nothing The "5" Royales 2:3
  73. 15 Tell the Truth The "5" Royales 2:11
  74. 16 Don't Let It Be in Vain The "5" Royales 2:26
  75. 17 Don't Let It Be in Vain [Alt. Take 1] The "5" Royales 2:36
  76. 18 The Summer the Slum The "5" Royales 2:13
  77. 19 The Summer the Slum aka Stopernin' Stop [Alt. Take] The "5" Royales 1:58
  78. 20 The Real Thing The "5" Royales 2:9
  79. 21 The Real Thing [Alt. Take 2] The "5" Royales 2:14
  80. 22 Your Only Love The "5" Royales 2:35
  81. 23 Your Only Love [Alt. Take] The "5" Royales 2:48
  82. 24 I Know It's Hard But It's Fair The "5" Royales 2:37
  83. 25 Miracle of Love The "5" Royales 2:22
  84. 26 Tell Me You Care The "5" Royales 2:52
  85. 27 Wonder Where Your Love Has Gone The "5" Royales 2:23
  86. 28 My Sugar Sugar The "5" Royales 2:47
  87. 29 Pumpkin Pie The "5" Royales 2:51
  88. 1 It Hurts Inside The "5" Royales 2:36
  89. 2 I'm with You The "5" Royales 4:21
  90. 3 Don't Give More Than You Can Take The "5" Royales 2:50
  91. 4 Why The "5" Royales 2:42
  92. 5 (Something Moves Me) Within My Heart The "5" Royales 2:20
  93. 6 Solid Rock The "5" Royales 2:16
  94. 7 I'm a Cool Teenager The "5" Royales 2:57
  95. 8 I'm a Cool Teenager [Undubbed Version] The "5" Royales 3:13
  96. 9 Now Baby Don't Do It The "5" Royales 2:54
  97. 10 Everbody Knows The "5" Royales 3:2
  98. 11 Please, Please, Please The "5" Royales 2:27
  99. 12 I Got to Know The "5" Royales 2:30
  100. 13 Dedicated to the One I Love [Alt. Mix] The "5" Royales 2:54
  101. 14 If You Don't Need Me The "5" Royales 2:17
  102. 15 I'm Gonna Tell Them The "5" Royales 2:24
  103. 16 Raindrops Keep A-Fallin' The "5" Royales 3:18
  104. 17 Please, Please, Be Mine The "5" Royales 2:49
  105. 18 Not Going to Cry The "5" Royales 2:31
  106. 19 Take Me with You Baby The "5" Royales 2:24
  107. 20 Here It 'Tis Right Here The "5" Royales 2:28
  108. 21 Jail Bird The "5" Royales 2:53
  109. 22 Much in Need The "5" Royales 2:35
  110. 23 They Don't Know The "5" Royales 2:16
  111. 24 Send Me Somebody The "5" Royales 3:21
  112. 25 Come on Let's Have a Good Time The "5" Royales 2:42
  113. 26 Just Can't Do Me This Way The "5" Royales 2:29
  114. 1 Help Me Somebody The "5" Royales 3:3
  115. 2 Talk About My Woman The "5" Royales 1:49
  116. 3 Talk About My Woman, Pt. 2 The "5" Royales 2:10
  117. 4 Goof Ball The "5" Royales 2:38
  118. 5 Catch That Teardrop The "5" Royales 2:29
  119. 6 I Want It Like That The "5" Royales 2:19
  120. 7 What's in the Heart The "5" Royales 2:18
  121. 8 She Did Me Wrong The "5" Royales 2:29
  122. 9 Show Me The "5" Royales 3:8
  123. 10 Think The "5" Royales 2:51
  124. 11 I'm Standing in the Shadows The "5" Royales 1:59
  125. 12 Doin' Everything The "5" Royales 2:21
  126. 13 Baby, Don't Do It The "5" Royales 2:54
  127. 14 There's Somebody Over There The "5" Royales 2:7
  128. 15 Baby, Don't Do It The "5" Royales 2:17
  129. 16 I Like It Like That The "5" Royales 1:51
  130. 17 Never Turn Your Back The "5" Royales 2:33
  131. 18 Faith The "5" Royales 2:57
  132. 19 Time for Everything The "5" Royales 2:47
  133. 20 It Won't Be Long [aka Soul House] The "5" Royales 2:21
  134. 21 Mr. Moon Man, Pts. 1-2 The "5" Royales 5:2
  135. 22 I'm on the Right Road Now The "5" Royales 2:42
  136. 23 Mr. Moon Man The "5" Royales 2:34
  137. 24 Help Yourself The "5" Royales 2:25
  138. 25 Roll with the Punch The "5" Royales 2:21
  139. 26 I'm Not Ashamed The "5" Royales 2:40
  140. 27 Didn't We Fool Them The "5" Royales 2:18
  141. 28 Washboard [Take 1] The "5" Royales 2:28
  142. 29 (I'm) Gonna Spend My Money The "5" Royales 2:16

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