Haven't seen this movie? You should check it out (I liked it so much, I then read the book). Starring Denzel Washington, it's a decent film noir set in postwar Los Angeles. Much of the film takes place in LA jazz clubs in 1948 and it was just around this time that R&B started to develop as its own genre, separating itself from jazz. This perfectly sequenced compilation, a great time capsule, wonderfully captures that transition. Unlike many soundtracks, these songs actually make an appearance in the film. This brief disc ends with about 7 minutes of the film score by the Oscar-winning film composer Elmer Bernstein. While good, the score doesn't really fit in with the '40s music, but a composer's gotta get some royalties too, right?
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
|T-Bone Walker||West Side Baby||1947||✔|
|Jimmy Witherspoon||Ain't Nobody's Business||1947|
|Duke Ellington||Hy-Ah Su||?||✔|
|Roy Milton||Hop, Skip And Jump||1948|
|Wynonie Harris||Good Rockin' Tonight||1948||✔|
|Pee Wee Crayton||Blues After Hours||1948|
|Bull Moose Jackson||I Can't Go On Without You||1947|
|Thelonious Monk||'Round Midnight||1947||✔|
|Amos Milburn||Chicken Shack Boogie||1948||✔|
|Memphis Slim||Messin' Around||1948|
|Lloyd Glenn||Chica Boo||1951||✔|
|Elmer Bernstein||Malibu Chase||1995|
|Elmer Bernstein||End Credits||1995|
Why isn't Good Rockin' Tonight (written by Roy Brown in 1947) widely considered the first rock song? It should definitely be in the discussion.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Around the time this movie was released, I heard the crew on a morning radio show discussing the best CD to have playing during, er...let's say..., nocturnal adult activities. One of the DJ's mentioned this soundtrack, so I picked it up for, um, research purposes.