Various Dr. Boogie Presents Wasa Wasa: Fabulous Rhythm 'N Blues Shakers On The Dancefloor 1942-1968

This latest releases in the Sub Rosa label's excellent series compiling some of the most obscure recordings by African-American artists focuses on R&B from outside of the genre's more well-known hotbeds of Detroit, Memphis and Muscle Shoals. While producers in those locales perfected their winning formulas by the early '60s, Wasa Wasa's 26 tracks generally offer more rough-edged attempts at capturing that magic. Fifty years on, the crackling energy on these digitally transferred .45s jumps out immediately, and any fan of Sharon Jones and the rest of the Daptone label's roster should find a lot of sonic similarities. Of particular note is Houston native Leon Haywood's Stax Records homage, "Mellow Moonlight," Eddie G. Giles' "Go Go Train" (a rewrite of James Brown's "Night Train") and Dee Clark's joyous, Bo Diddley-inflected "Crossfire Time." There are countless R&B collections out there, but few display the knowledge and care that the Dr. Boogie series have presented so far. Hopefully there is much more to come. (Sub Rosa/Forced Exposure)