Public, Listener supported Radio is just that, and 8 Track Flash Back is no exception. You enjoy listening and I have enjoyed putting it together each week for the last twenty years or so.

But for Public Radio in general and 8 Track Flash Back to continue we need financial support, and the time is now.

Our phone number for pledges during the show this Saturday is 919-560-9628, the WNCU website for donations any time is So we hope you will participate. Any amount is appreciated, we have some great CD premiums starting with pledges of $75, and I am listing some of those below. We have some quantities of some which the station has obtained, and I have found some interesting items while pursuing new music for the show.

Aretha Franklin-Platinum/Gold     $75 pledge

She is gone, but here music lives on. We play a lot of Aretha and are pleased to offer this CD as a premium. Respect, Think, Who’s Zoomin’ Who, Freeway of love. A lot of her later material.

Aretha Franklin-Best of     $75 pledge

Her early Atlantic sides, I Never loved a Man, Chain of Fools, Natural woman.

………………now some early stuff…………….

T-Bone Walker-The Hustle is on   $75 pledge

This is a 20 track CD from the EU with most all the early hits, a few from the Imperial years and two from a 1955 Atlantic Records session. I found 6 on this which I did not have, and I have a good  bit of T-Bone.

Eddie Cleanhead Vinson-Very Best of

27 tracks from Collectables records with liner notes by noted dealer and expert Victor Pearlin. These are track cut for King records, where he worked in the shadow of Wynonie Harris, and did not really get his due. Really great material here 1949-1952.

Motown, Soul and Rock and Roll

Another Collectables release, later soul form middle sixties to late 70’s. Sam and Dave, Arthur Conley, Chairmen of the board, Tavares, Little Anthony & Imperials, Earth Wind and Fire, and Teddy Pendergrass with Harold Melvin & Blue Notes.

30th Birthday Celebration-Ace Records

A premier reissue company out of the UK. Some great stuff here, believe me. Rockabilly instrumentals, Bobby Day & Satellites, Paul Peek (great guitar rocker, the intro is enough to make it a classic), Medallions, etc.

The Vee Jay Records Story         $150 pledge

This is the third,differnet compilation of Vee Jay sides I have handled. Lots of Jimmy Reed, the Eldorados, Spaniels, Gene Allison, Gene Chandler and two Four Seasons cuts (sorry, no Beatles) 4 CDs, lots of obsucre stuff as well..

Eddie Cochran-Absolutely Essential Collection      $100 pledge

All the hits (not that many, he died young…) and a lot of interesting material of varying quality. If you don’t have “Somethin’ Else”, “C’mon Everybody”, “Sitting in the Balcony” then you need this. “Teenage Heaven” is hilarious, and “Cut across Shorty” is the original version covered by Rod Stewart in 1970.

Little Willie Littlefield CDs (three single CDs $75 pledge each)

He did the original version of “Kansas City” which was a big hit on 1959 for Wilbert Harrison and covered by most everyone else in the world at the time. Little Willie John recorded for Modern Records and then  the King label Federal subsidiary, two of these are his Modern sides and one is Federal. Such great material from 1949 to about 1954. He played piano, wrote songs and was a good vocalist as well.

When Rock and Roll was young-Collectables    $250 pledge

140 tracks over ten CDs. Ranging from Earth Angel and Blue Suede Shoes to Western Union by the Five Americans and Chad and Jeremy this covers all flavors of pop music and much more. Quite a selection.

Otis Redding-The Definitive Soul collection (2 CDs)    $100 pledge

From “These arms of mine” to “Sittin’ on the dock of the bay”, 30 tracks of Otis with some  LP cuts as well as all the big hits.

Chuck Berry-The Millenium Collection   $75 pledge

Maybelline, Sweet Little Sixteen and My Ding-a-ling (live). Great material from the first real Chess Rocker.

25 Ultimate Soul Legends-Rhino Records   $75 pledge

Mostly Atlantic Records material. Doris Troy, Just one look. Coasters with Poison Ivy, but later stuff too, Knock on wood by Eddie Floyd, Memphis Soul Stew from King Curtis. Some obscure stuff, from the first LP for Donny Hathaway, I believe in my soul. 25 great tracks.

Doo wop 45s on CD-Collectables     $75 pledge

A whole lot of east coast group sounds. Crest, Capris, Lee Andrews and the Hearts, In the still of the night by the five Satins, Get a job by the Silhouettes. 25 tracks with some obscure tunes that are really great.

Soul Uprising-Not Now Music  $100 pledge

Not Now Muisc is European and colelcts some really great material in this 2 CD package. Includes some great pre-Atlantic Aretha Franklin, Pre Motown Four Tops, but also great hits like Stand by me from Ben E King  and Sad Moods from Sam Cooke. Also a really neat early Otis Redding cut from 1960 that really rocks.

Greatest Soul Divas-75 Original Classics (3 CDs)          $150 pledge

Dionne Warwick’s first Scepter Records reelase “Don’t make me over”. “At Last” by Etta James. “Uptown” by the Crystals. Also lots of obscure, great early cuts from otherwise well known artists.

Teach me to monkey-20 R&B Hipshakers $75

King/Federal label obscure tunes to be sure. But they all rock, lot of these artists are well know for other, better known tunes, sometimes for other labels.. Some really funny stuff like “Mr Astronaut” by the Drivers, they also did a takeoff on Dry Bones by the Delta Rhythm Boys called “Dry Bones Twist” which is on another CD, Hipshakers Volume 3.