Various ‎– NME / Charly Pocket Jukebox

New Musical Express ‎– NME 005
Cassette, Compilation


A1 Nina Simone My Baby Just Cares For Me
A2 T-Bone Walker Too Much Trouble Blues
A3 The Spaniels I Like It Like That
A4 Jimmy Reed Take Out Some Insurance
A5 Jerry Lee Lewis Big Legged Woman
A6 Julia Lee Can't Get Enough Of That Stuff
A7 Bettye Lavette Let Me Down Easy
A8 The Prisonaires Don't Say Tomorrow
A9 Gene Chandler Duke Of Earl
B1 Robert Parker Barefootin'
B2 Lee Dorsey Ride Your Pony
B3 John Lee Hooker This Is Hip
B4 Little Junior's Blue Flames Feelin' Good
B5 The Dixie Cups Iko Iko
B6 Betty Everett Getting Mighty Crowded
B7 Jerry Butler With Curtis Mayfield He Will Break Your Heart
B8 George Perkins Cryin' In The Streets
B9 Aaron Neville Hercules


NME / Charly Pocket Jukebox Cassette NME 005. Rereleased as NME RE 502 CD in 1993

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November 19, 2016
I bought all the NME cassettes that they issued in the early 80s, starting with the Rough Trace C81 tape, but this "Pocket Jukebox" compilation was by far my favourite. I played the tape so much that it started to whistle when I played it, so I transferred the internal tape the box from a regular tape (Maxell or something) and that gave it another year or two of life, but eventually I would need it on CD, so I set about finding CDs that had all of the tunes so I could compile my own CD version. The Julia Lee and T-Bone Walker tunes were the hardest to source as both required getting 5 or 6 disc box sets just to get the one tune, but I did it. The Julia Lee box alone was over $100 US (it was a Bear Family comp from Germany), but it was well worth it. Back to the music, this is a truly masterful compilation. I don't know if the credit goes more to the NME or Charly Records but whoever did it, it's brilliant. For me, the really standout track is "Don't Say Tomorrow" by the doo-wop group The Prisonaires.


December 28, 2014

If you sent off for the contemporary NME cassettes in the early '80s you could also buy a bunch of retro tapes from the Charly/Ace axis at the same time at a low price.
I remember getting this one and having my ears opened to a superlative selection of vintage rhythm n' blues, doo wop, jump blues and soul. It was the first time I heard the Nina Simone track that blew so many minds at the time.... plus the Aaron Neville track was massive as well.... the funky bassline just keeps going and hasn't aged this record one jot.
Factor in the Robert Parker, Lee Dorsey, Jimmy Reed, Bettye Lavette and John Lee Hooker tracks and you have a readymade library of golden era rockin'. All the tracks are great but I pick those as the cream of the crop.

Really wonderful selection of top quality tracks that launched a thousand club nights... like The Catfish Club in Brighton that practically ran every Saturday night in the '80s and '90s on this stuff. Talk about a musical education.

Can you imagine the NME compiling and selling this type of thing now? (slight pause before hysterical laughter sets in).