2-CD with 16-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 84 mns.
A true obscurity from the R&B era, Smith probably gained more exposure in the mid-'50s with Doc Starks & His Niteriders than on his own solo recordings from the early part of the decade. Still, as annotator Billy Vera points out, Smith recorded some fine outings for RCA as a vocalist from 1952-1954, and this double-CD set reprises all 32 of 'em, including his biggest side Looped, as well as School Boy Blues, Reliefin' Blues, Rampaging Mama, I'm Out Of My Mind, Hot Ziggity Zag, and 10 previously unreleased cuts. Plus a 16-page booklet which tells the story of one of the great neglected talents in early '50s R&B.