The first Sensation release in 69 years!
As Marv Goldberg points out in his R&B Notebook article, the Four (or Five) Shades Of Rhythm was not an uncommon moniker. The main usage, however, was by a Cleveland-based outfit that formed in around 1940, continuing with varying line-ups for some years. They first appeared on disc on Vitacoustic in 1948. The first four Vitacoustic platters were shared by Bernie Besman’s Sensation label, and the Four Shades Of Rhythm was the next Vitacoustic release, so who knows who cut the group first. The upshot is that their recording of the magnificent jive talkin’ ‘Bartender, Knock Me A Zombie’ (a tune also cut by Browley Guy on Miracle in 1949) was discovered by Ace in the Sensation vaults.
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