Though several of the performances reissued here attained top ten status, Savoy's continued independence through the years from major label ownership has probably insured that they have since lingered in obscurity, known only to collectors and those who were around the first time. Stompin' At The Savoy rights the situation for a 21st Century audience, presenting anew such significant, influential and, most importantly, happening records as Page's "Uncle Sam Blues," Billy Eckstine's version of "Prisoner of Love," Johnny Otis and Little Esther's "Double Crossing Blues" and Nappy Brown's "The Night Time," as well as early recordings from Brownie McGhee recorded prior to his successful run with Sonny Terry and a pair featuring The Robins, later known to Rock-n-Roll fans as The Coasters.
And that's really just the tip of the iceberg. I could go on all day explicating all 84 tracks on this fascinating collection, but Savoy Jazz and liner note writer Colin Escott already did a pretty good job of that in the booklets that accompany the discs. So let me finish by saying that this reissue is a major event for scholars of American popular music, a really important document of the history of early Rock and R&B. None of which, you know, should keep you from dancing when you hear it.