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Album Review

The track listing of this 30-song disc is based on the 1973 double-LP Shirley & Lee compilation in United Artists' Legendary Masters series, with "I Feel Good" substituted for "Do You Mean to Hurt Me So." Spanning their 1952-59 work for Aladdin, it's comprehensive enough to serve as a best-of, particularly as it included the four songs that are by far their most famous cuts: "Let the Good Times Roll," "I'm Gone," "I Feel Good," and "Feel So Good." As the American best-of CD compilation Legendary Masters (issued first on EMI America, then on Collectables) has only 20 numbers, one might presume that this 30-track anthology has the edge. It doesn't make the Legendary Masters CD redundant, though, as Legendary Masters has seven songs that don't appear here. At any rate, Let the Good Times Roll will almost certainly be a sufficient overview of the duo's prime output for those who haven't picked up a Shirley & Lee greatest hits anthology yet. Truth to tell, for most listeners 30 Shirley & Lee songs is more than enough, as the accomplished, good-timey New Orleans R&B/rock groove gets pretty similar-sounding over the course of an hour-plus. One thing you could note is how the contrasting male-female duet style of Shirley & Lee was influential on early ska and reggae productions from Jamaica; listen to "Marry Me" for one instance in which Shirley & Lee themselves played calypso/Caribbean rhythms. It's also interesting to note that almost all of the material on this disc was self-penned, an impressive feat for teenage R&B singers of the '50s.

Customer Reviews

an excellent collection..

although some may prefer the United Artists Legendary Masters album which has a few songs not included here [this collection has a few not included on the other]....... this is pure new orleans far as i know, most if not all of them recorded by legendary producer Cosimo Matassa... all of their hits are included... as a side note....i should say that almost all of the songs included were written by this teenage duo...which is amazing...especially for the time...

to "lilsurfergirl"

Good Luck in "Middle School" . . . . .

THIS IS GOOD (but..)

This lady is weird that sings these songs. her voice is so little and she is like so BIG!! i don't know what happened there. but anyway these are good songs to rock and roll to, mostly Let The Good Times Roll. that is the best! i recomend this Cd for peoples who are in love with jazz. only one thumb up!


Genre: R&B/Soul

Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee, born just ten days apart in 1936, scored three massive R&B hits before either one of them were both 20 years old: "Feel So Good," "Let the Good Times Roll," and "I Feel Good" were all written by the talented young couple. They had one trait in common among their recordings; this New Orleans-based duo almost never sang in harmony, let alone together at all. Their contrasting male-female duet style was later influential on early ska and reggae productions from Jamaica....
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Aladdin '52-'59:Let the Good Times Roll, Shirley & Lee
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: Jul 01, 1991

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