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    The Weekend Starts Here That was the invite we got when we tuned in to the best music show in the UK, nay, in the world every Friday evening from August 9, 1963 to December 23, 1966. The CD you have in your hands contains 13 tracks from the Animals on RSG, 27 tracks taken off US TV, 9 tracks from French radio, and an interview with Eric Burdon. 3 tracks from August ’65 are by The Animals Big Band; the boys supplementing their stage presence with a brass section - no British band had ever before sounded this close to an American black jump blues outfit. While The Complete Live Broadcasts I zeroed in on the songs, this set captures much of the atmosphere of the group’s live performances. The Animals created dozens of superb tracks across their singles, EP’s and albums between 1964 and 1966 but the best way to experience the group was live. This set is the nearest equivalent to actually being there. Dave Stephens RANDB061
  • Aside from the music, one of the richest pleasures to be found here is Nick Duckett’s comprehensive and astute liner notes. It’s in Duckett’s writing almost as much as in the songs themselves, that we truly get a feel for the skill, craftsmanship and musical acumen that characterized the work of Henry Glover. Virtually every song in this compilation is addressed, often with in-depth discussions of how Glover crafted the rhythmic patterns, instrumental voicings and textures, and the multi-genre cross-pollinations and borrowings that made this music come alive…Everyone from hard-core aficionados to more mainstream fans who simply love good R&B and blues from the mid-century golden age to the dawning of rock’n’roll will find this an essential addition to their collection. David Whiteis Living Blues Henry Glover was the first producer/writer in the American music industry, paving the way for a host of illustrious followers such as Phil Spector, Leiber & Stoller and Burt Bacharach. Composer, producer, arranger, publisher, talent scout, vocalist, trumpet player, engineer, A&R executive, and, later, a label owner in his own right, Glover was one of the most talented music industry entrepreneurs of the twentieth century. The fact that he was black and working in an exclusively white executive environment makes his achievements all the more remarkable. Glover’s formative years were spent at Cincinnati-based King Records and the majority of hits on that label during its golden era from 1947 to 1958 were Henry Glover productions. He was equally at home with white and black music. His pioneering work with Moon Mullican and Hawkshaw Hawkins combining blues and country predates Elvis Presley’s Sun recordings by several years. Glover tried his hand at doo-wop and rock’n’roll music, but he found his greatest success in the dance craze era of the early 1960s. In later years, Glover channelled his energies into forming his own record label (he launched the careers of The Hawks, who mutated into The Band, and of Nick Ashford). One of his last productions was Muddy Waters’s swansong The Woodstock Album, which won a Grammy in 1975. This 4CD set contains 125 Henry Glover songs sung by Bill Doggett, Bull Moose Jackson, Champion Jack Dupree, The Checkers, Delmore Brothers, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Hank Ballard, Joey Dee, Little Willie John, Lucky Millinder, Lula Reed, Moon Mullican, Roy Brown, Ray Charles, Sonny Thompson, The Swallows, Tiny Bradshaw, Wynonie Harris, The 5 Royales and many more… Includes 28-page booklet RANDB0200 The collection is an absolute cracker. Fred Rothwell - Blues & Rhythm Produced as CD-R (professionally manufactured recordable CD printed for short run) as opposed to CD-P (professionally manufactured pressed CDs made in quantities of 500+). All CDs whether CD-R or CD-P are 100% guaranteed error free. Discs will always be replaced if any problems are encountered.  
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    Nina Simone, Ray Charles, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Ike & Tina Turner, Isley Bros, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Bessie Smith. In a comprehensive overview from 1927 to 1960, History of Soul Records’ 10CD anthology covers the genesis of soul music, tracing connections between R&B, jazz and blues, and gospel, the secular and the sacred. As popular black musical genres were adopted by white teenage audiences in the 1950s, black music reverted to more authentic, basic styles. By 1960, the sound of black popular music had turned away from a driving, largely uptempo rhythm and blues towards a more emotionally poignant style. The term ‘soul’ popped up here and there, but only became common parlance after the release of Ray Charles’s I Believe To My Soul at the end of 1959. This collection of breathtaking blues and spiritual music brings you some of the most impassioned, compelling vocal performances ever to be recorded. The accompanying illustrated 48-page booklets set out the historical background and explain some of the technical features that make these beautiful songs the precursors of soul music. 281 tracks lovingly remastered.
            DISC ONE   1.      Arizona Dranes - I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go 2.      Bessie Smith - Moan You Moaners 3.      Sister Mary Nelson - Judgement 4.      Blind Mamie Forehand - Honey In The Rock 5.      Luther Magby - Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit 6.      Washington Phillips - Denomination Blues Pt. 1 7.      Garfield Akers - Dough Roller Blues 8.      Mitchells Christian Singers - Them Bones 9.      Blind Willie Johnson - Church, I'm Fully Saved Today 10.    Johnnie Temple - Louise Louise Blues 11.    Mahalia Jackson - Oh My Lord 12.    Rev Gary Davis - Cross And Evil Woman Blues 13.    Golden Gate Quartet - Every Time I Feel The Spirit 14.    Rev J.M. Gates  - This Heart Of Mine Pt 1 15.    The Wright Brothers - Gospel Train 16.    Memphis Minnie - In My Girlish Days 17.    The Charioteers - Wade In the Water 18.    Ernestine B Washington - If I Could Just Make It In 19.        The Southern Sons - When They Ring Golden Bells 20.        The Dixie Hummingbirds - Book Of The Seven Seas 21.        Sister Rosetta Tharpe - How Far from God 22.        Georgia Peach - Here Am I Do Send Me 23.        Mahalia Jackson - Move On Up A Little Higher 24.        The Pilgrim Travelers - Good News 25.        Georgia Peach  - I’m Waiting For Jesus 26.        Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Beams Of Heaven 27.        Sister Mathews - Stand By Me 28.        Ethel Davenport & Brownie McGhee - I'm Tired  DISC TWO 1.      Billy Wright - Stacked Deck 2.      Bobby Bland - Crying All Night Long 3.      Brother Joe May - Search Me Lord 4.      Clara Ward - Just One Moment 5.      Clara Ward - Salvation Is Free 6.      Cora Martin - There's A Place 7.      Dinah Washington - Good Daddy Blues 8.      The Dominoes - Do Something For Me 9.      Ernestine B Washington  We Shall Walk The Valley 10.    The Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - He's My Rock 11.    The Five Blind Boys - Jesus Traveled This Road 12.    Goldia Haynes  - This Old World 13.    Jackson Gospel Singers - Heaven Bound Train 14.    Jesse Mae Renfro - In That Home By And By 15.    Little Esther - I'll Be There 16.    Mahalia Jackson - Just Over The Hill 17.    Marie Knight - I Thank You Jesus 18.    Percy Mayfield - Please Send Me Someone To Love 19.    The Pilgrim Travelers - Standing On The Highway 20.    Prof J Earle Hines - How Sweet It Is 21.    Reverend Samuel Kelsey - Little Boy 22.    Roberta Martin Singers - Satisfied 23.    Roy Brown - Dreaming Blues 24.    Roy Brown - Love Don't Love Nobody 25.    The Royales - Give Me One More Chance 26.    Ruth Davis - When He Spoke 27.    T-Bone Walker - Call It Stormy Monday 28.    The Trumpeteers - Milky White Way 29.    Wynona Carr - Lord Jesus  DISC THREE 1.      The Davis Sisters - Too Close To Heaven 2.      The Larks - Honey In The Rock 3.      Lula Reed - I'll Drown In My Tears 4.      The Soul Stirrers - Peace In The Valley 5.      Percy Mayfield - The River's Invitation 6.      The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet - Here Am I Lord 7.      Clara Ward - Come In The Room 8.      Big Maybelle - Way Back Home 9.      Professor J.Earle Hines - This Old Soul Of Mine 10.    The "5" Royales - Baby, Don't Do It 11.    Edna Gallmon Cooke  - Somebody Touched Me 12.    The Soul Stirrers - Just Another Day 13.    Kitty Stevenson  - I Shouldn't Cry But I Do 14.    The Caravans - Tell The Angels 15.    Marie Knight - Jesus Walk With Me 16.    The Clovers - Fool, Fool, Fool 17.    The Davis Sisters  - Bye And Bye Pt 1 & 2 18.    Lloyd Price - Lawdy Miss Clawdy 19.    Dorothy Love Coates  - I'm Sealed 20.    Ray Charles - Misery In My Heart 21.    Davis Sisters  - Stand By Me 22.    The Five Keys - Too Late Baby 23.    The Dixie Hummingbirds - Trouble In My Way 24.    Sister Jessie Mae Renfro - I Must Tell Jesus 25.    Guitar Slim - Feelin' Sad 26.    Swan's Silvertone Singers - He Won't Deny Me 27.    Dorothy Love Coates - You Can't Hurry God 28.    The Dominoes - Have Mercy Baby 29.    Alex Bradford - Too Close To Heaven
            DISC FOUR   1.      The Davis Sisters - I'm Tired 2.      Dominoes - Move To Outskirts Of Town 3.      The Caravans  - Since I Met Jesus 4.      The Colemanaires  - Be Ready When He Comes 5.      The Christian Travelers - Only A Pilgrim 6.      The Drifters - Money Honey 7.      The Soul Stirrers - Any Day Now 8.      Mahalia Jackson - Walking To Jerusalem 9.      Rev. Utah Smith - Two Wings 10.    The Sunset Travellers - Yes, Yes, I've Done My Duty 11.    Ray Charles - Don't You Know 12.    Edna Gallmon Cooke  - Build Me A Cabin 13.    Rev. Anderson Johnson - God Don't Like It 14.    LaVern Baker - Soul On Fire 15.    Ruth Brown & The Drifters - Somebody Touched Me 16.    Johnny Ace - Saving My Love For You 17.    The Meditation Singers - I'm Determined 18.    Dorothy Love Coates - No Hiding Place 19.    The Pilgrim Travelers - I've Got A New Home 20.    Little Richard - Ain't That Good News 21.    Clara Ward - Faith That Moves Mountains 22.    Little Milton - Lookin' For My Baby 23.    The Caravans - Blessed And Brought Up By The Lord 24.    Ray Charles - Sinner's Prayer 25.    Guitar Slim - The Things That I Used To Do 26.    The Midnighters  - Don't Say Your Last Goodbye 27.    The Staple Singers - Since He Lightened Heavy Load 28.    The Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - All Aboard  DISC FIVE 1.      Ray Charles - I've Got A Woman 2.      The Caravans - The Angels Keep Watching 3.      Jimmy Scott - Don't Cry Baby 4.      Bobby "Blue" Bland - It's My Life, Baby 5.      The Davis Sisters - Twelve Gates To The City 6.      Big Maybelle - Ocean Of Tears 7.      The Aladdins - Help Me 8.      Little Richard - Directly From My Heart 9.      B.B. King - Ten Long Years 10.    Robert Anderson - Sweeter As The Days Go By 11.    Nappy Brown - It's Really You 12.    The Soul Stirrers - The Last Mile Of The Way 13.    Ray Charles - Drown In My Own Tears 14.    Little Willie John - Need Your Love So Bad 15.    The Drifters - Honey Bee 16.    The 5 Royales - Come On And Save Me 17.    Jesse Belvin - Dear Heart 18.    The Sheiks - So Fine 19.    Aretha Franklin - Never Grow Old 20.    Earl King - Those Lonely, Lonely Nights 21.    Roberta Martin Singers  - Saved 22.    Ray Charles - Hallelujah I Love Her So 23.    The Davis Sisters - He's My King 24.    The Diablos - The Way You Dog Me Around 25.    Earl Gaines - It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day) 26.    The Swan Silvertones  - Jesus Brought Me/I Found Joy 27.    Solomon Burke - I'm All Alone 28.    Dorothy Love Coates - 99 And A Half  DISC SIX 1.      James Brown - Please, Please, Please 2.      Aretha Franklin - While the Blood Runs Warm 3.      Ann Cole - Easy Easy Baby 4.      Little Willie John - Fever 5.      5 Blind Boys Mississippi - Save A Seat For Me 6.      Ray Charles - Lonely Avenue 7.      Dorothy Love Coates - That's Enough 8.      Linda Hopkins - I Can't 9.      The 5 Royales - Mine Forevermore 10.    The Drifters - I Should Have Done Right 11.    The Silver Quintette   - Sinner's Crossroads 12.    Big Maybelle - Pitiful 13.    Billy Gayles  - Let's Call It A Day 14.    The Soul Stirrers - Wonderful 15.    Nappy Brown - I Cried Like A Baby 16.    Marie Knight - I Put My Trust In Thee 17.    The Gardenias - Flaming Love 18.    Wynona Carr - Should I Ever Love Again? 19.    Ray Charles - Ain't That Love 20.    The Soul Stirrers - Touch Hem Of His Garment 21.    Bobby "Blue" Bland - Farther Up The Road 22.    The Gum Drops - Natural Born Lover 23.    The Staple Singers - Uncloudy Day 24.    Gene Allison - You're My Baby 25.    Billy Stewart - Billy's Blues, Part 2 26.    The Sensational Nightingales - To The End 27.    Little Joe Cook & The Thrillers - This I Know 28.    The Highway QC's - Something On My Mind
            DISC SEVEN   1.      Little Willie John - Love, Life And Money 2.      Evelyn Freeman - Didn't It Rain 3.      The Ramblers - Don't You Know 4.      Bobby "Blue" Bland - Teach Me 5.      Ray Charles - Talkin' 'bout You 6.      The Soul Stirrers - Were You There? 7.      James Brown - Hold My Baby's Hand 8.      Howlin' Wolf - Sitting On Top Of The World 9.      Nappy Brown - The Right Time 10.    Hank Ballard - I'll Be Home Some Day 11.    The Coasters - Young Blood 12.    The Soul Stirrers - Be With Me Jesus 13.    Ray Charles - What Kind Of Man Are You 14.    Earl Connelly King - Every Whicha Kinda Way 15.    Little Willie John - Uh Uh Baby 16.    Mighty Gospel Giants - Jesus Will Meet Me 17.    Bobby "Blue" Bland - I Smell Trouble 18.    The Famous Ward Singers - I'm So Glad 19.    Ray Charles - That's Enough 20.    Judy Clay & The Drinkard Singers - That's Enough 21.    Jackie Wilson - Come Back To Me 22.    Harold Burrage - Satisfied 23.    O.V. Wright - Sit Down And Rest Awhile 24.    Gene Allison - You Can Make It If You Try 25.    The Gospel Clefs - Steal Away To Jesus 26.    Donnie Elbert - What Can I Do 27.    Clyde McPhatter - Without Love 28.    The 5 Royales - Think  DISC EIGHT 1.      The Caravans - The Lord Will Provide 2.      Bobby "Blue" Bland - You Got Me 3.      Sam Cooke - I'll Come Running Back To You 4.      Jackie Wilson - Lonely Teardrops 5.      Swan Silvertone Singers - Oh Mary Dont You Weep 6.      Jerry Butler - For Your Precious Love 7.      Ruth Brown - Why Me 8.      Professor Alex Bradford - What Folks Say About Me 9.      Little Willie John - Talk To Me 10.    James Brown - Try Me 11.    Marion Williams - Packin' Up 12.    Ray Charles - Yes Indeed 13.    Little Milton - That Will Never Do 14.    The Drifters - Drip Drop 15.    The High Tower Brothers  - Come By Here 16.    Gene Allison - Everything Will Be Alright 17.    The Dells - What You Say Baby 18.    Little Junior Parker - I’m Holding On 19.    The Dixie Nightingales - I've Been Lifted 20.    The 5 Royales - Tell The Truth 21.    Evangelist 'Baby' Ballinger - So Glad 22.    Briant Holland - Shock 23.    Willie Mitchell  - Tell It to Me Baby 24.    Betty Everett - I'll Weep No More 25.    Cleophus Robinson  - I Can See So Much 26.    Ray Charles - (Night Time Is) The Right Time 27.    Bill Doggett - Hold It 28.    The Gospel Chordettes - I Can't Believe It  DISC NINE 1.      The Isley Brothers - Shout (Pts 1 & 2) 2.      The Soul Seekers - Something's Got A Hold Of Me 3.      Barrett Strong - Money 4.      The Sensational Wonders - Walk Around Me 5.      The Meditation Singers  - My Soul Looks Backs 6.      The Falcons - You're So Fine 7.      Sugar Pie DeSanto - I Want To Know 8.      The Sunset Travelers  - Lazerus 9.      Big Jay McNeely  - Something On Your Mind 10.    The Highway QC's - Working On The Building 11.    The Miracles - (You Can) Depend On Me 12.    Ray Charles - What'd I Say (Pts 1 & 2) 13.    Little Willie John - I'm Shakin' 14.    The Antioch Temple Choir - Search My Heart 15.    Eugene Church - Miami 16.    Bobby "Blue" Bland - Someday 17.    Donoman & The Lakettes - Here Comes The Fool 18.    Hank Ballard - I Could Love You 19.    Earl Gaines - Three Times Seven 20.    James Brown - Good Good Lovin' 21.    The Famous Ward Singers  - My Traveling Shoes 22.    Harold Burrage - Crying For My Baby 23.    The Soul Stirrers - Stand By Me Father 24.    Jackie Wilson - I'll Be Satisfied 25.    The Staple Singers - Good News 26.    The 5 Royales - Don't Let It Be In Vain 27.    Major Lance  - I've Got A Girl 28.    5 Blind Boys Mississippi - Where There's A Will
            DISC TEN   1.         Ike & Tina Turner - A Fool In Love 2.         The Miracles - Shop Around [regional version] 3.         The Kelly Brothers - He's The Same Today 4.         Mable John - Who Wouldn't Love A Man Like 5.         Rufus & Carla - Cause I Love You 6.         The Staple Singers - Will The Circle Be Unbroken 7.         Earl King - Come On (Pts 1 & 2) 8.         Sam Cooke - Tenderness 9.         Singin' Sammy Ward - Who's The Fool  DISC TEN 10.      Mary Wells - Bye Bye Baby 11.      Little Esther  - Wild Child 12.      Gary U.S. Bonds - New Orleans 13.      The Top Notes - Say Yes 14.      J.J. Barnes - My Love Came Tumbling Down 15.      Al 'TNT' Braggs - I Don't Think I Can Make It 16.      Bobby "Blue" Bland - I Pity The Fool 17.      Jessie Hill - Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Pt 1) 18.      The Drapers - Baby, One More Time    DISC TEN 19.      Bobby Marchan - There's Something On Your Mind 20.      Donnie Elbert - I Beg Of You 21.      James Brown - I'll Go Crazy 22.      Jackie Wilson - You Better Know It 23.      Ray Charles - I Believe To My Soul 24.      The 5 Royales - I'm With You (extended) 25.      Willie Wright & His Sparklers  - Got a Feelin' 26.      Nina Simone - Work Song 27.      Swan Silvertone Singers - Singin' In My Soul    
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    As black popular music genres were adopted by white teenage audiences in the 1950s, there was a tendency for black music to revert to more authentic, basic styles. Towards the end of that decade, a new generation of black entrepreneurs sought to cash in on this trend by setting up innovative independent labels, which were to produce some of the best known names of twentieth century music such as Sam Cooke, Berry Gordy and Ray Charles. The growing civil rights movement, the rise of the 45rpm record and the electric guitar all played their part in the creation of a new sound. Part of the History of Soul series, the accompanying 32-page booklet sketches the historical background to a collection of exciting tracks from the 1950s and 60s.

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  • Link Wray’s Rumble and Bill Doggett’s Hold It are the only two big hits included on this collection, which puts a deserved spotlight on both long-forgotten records by established artists and on fabulous obscurities by long-forgotten artists. But rest assured, this is a cracking compilation from start to finish, with Southern swamp rock, spicy New Orleans rhythms and Northern city blues. Guitar and sax-led rockers, slinky organ stompers, Latin groovers – all in all, 60 mighty instrumental stompers from 1958, R&B-style. RANDB045 …cracking albums of often rare bluesy instrumentals…sexy, saxy and groovy keyboards aplenty! These fantastic sets are definitely full fat! Brilliant and what value! Dave Peckett Gandy Dancer
  • 1966-1967. Two years of seismic change in UK history, a time of World Cup wins, of psychedelic 'happenings' and Sgt. Pepper, when London's streets rocked to the sight of mini skirts and Mini Coopers and home-made British pop culture - drawing in everything from satire to sitars - really did look likely to change the world. British jazz was growing too. Having defined itself through the razor-sharp cool of 'modernism', by '66 it was ready to loosen its collar and let its hair down, feeding directly from an anarchic new breed of young musicians able to move between styles as never before, allowing everything from the avant-garde to R&B colour their work. London was now swinging in every direction, like some vast kaleidoscopic merry-go-round. This, then, is the story of those British jazzmen who came along for the ride, some clinging on with white-knuckles and gritted teeth, others enjoying the trip of their lives. Booklet notes by Simon Spillett RANDB062 The set is magnificent… serves as a wonderful bridge spanning the Atlantic, pulling the two jazz cultures together. The Brit-jazz tracks in '66 are sensational. One after the next is rich with energy, power and guile as groups such as the Michael Garrick Sextet, the Stan Tracey Quartet, the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet and Gordon Beck Trio tear neatly into originals. The American tracks from the same year are largely little-known jazz-funk and soul-jazz pieces. The set is smartly curated... All have locked-in grooves and are tasty. The 1967 material is even stronger…And yes, every single track is outrageously excellent. There's no filler here. And the sound is very good. I'll be listening to this set several additional times between now and the end of the weekend. Once again, a superb job by R&B Records. Hats off to the set's producer/editor. Great choices all. Mark Myers Jazz Wax
  • Virtuoso blues guitarist Bobby Parker inspired John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Page and many others yet it has taken 66 years since his recording debut for a proper compilation to be issued under his name. The one you all know, Watch your Step was played on stage by the Beatles in their Hamburg days who by their own admission, took its riff to fashion the opening to I Feel Fine. And let’s not forget Led Zeppelin’s Moby Dick, which borrowed that same riff. What a great soulful blues singer Bobby Parker was too. From his 1956 recording of Titanic, to 1969’s It's Hard But It's Fair, we present some unforgettable vocal performances plus guitar instrumentals that showcase his unique way of playing the blues. And there are some unreleased live performances from a radio show broadcast in 1995. Bobby Parker originals are hard to come by – apart from the hit Watch your Step, everything else is a valuable collector’s item. But this compilation brings them all together in one set and we can promise a treat in store for you. An excellent new 2CD compilation…offers the listener a deep dive into the legacy of a historically significant artist, meriting attention from anyone who can appreciate an organic fusion of blues, soul, a bit of doo-wop and prototypical rock…Bobby Parker’s timeless recordings still pulsate with personality, righteous energy, superb musicianship and soulful flair. If you don’t already know that fact firsthand, Soul Of The Blues is here to enlighten and entertain. Roger Wood Living Blues This is how all compilations should be done Dave Penny Blues & Rhythm This two-CD set – the first-ever compilation that focuses solely on his music – should change that. One listen, and you’ll be wondering why he flew under the radar for so long… Run, don’t walk, to buy this one. Bobby Parker was a treasure. This one’s going on my short list for historical album of the year, and, once you hear it, you’ll probably feel the same way, too. Marty Gunther Blues Blast Magazine (R&B Records) should be congratulated on putting together a comprehensive collection of hard to find material John Mitchell Blues In Britain All in all the 52 tracks here are a veritable treasure trove of wonderful music. And the presentation of the CD set is superb with a sumptuous booklet…I can’t recommend (it) strongly enough…The definitive Bobby Parker is a dream come true for fans like me – this is the best reissue CD of 2020 for sure. Don’t you dare miss it! John Ridley RANDB060
  • The History of Rhythm and Blues series of CDs brings you the accidental synthesis of jazz, gospel, blues, ragtime, country, pop and Latin into a definable form of black music, which would influence pretty well all popular music from the 1950s to the present. It is the first attempt to put together a cross-label compilation showcasing the most important and influential records in the rise of Rhythm & Blues. This exhilarating compilation …is a distillation of a four-CD set; as such, it’s an exceptionally strong collection, each of the 25 tracks a discovery, a joy. The liner notes are worth the price in themselves: Well-written and entertaining, they detail not only the history of each artist, but the context of each song…The most recent song on the album was recorded more than 65 years ago, but this is no dusty exercise in musicology. This is creative, vibrant music. Even today, it quickens the pulse. M.D.Spenser Blog May 2009 Anyone looking for a great sampler to hear some of the classic early rhythm and blues could do worse than to check out this 25-track release…As an introduction to early blues and more this compilation takes some beating – and to anyone doing research or a historian – I would imagine pretty essential, well done to compiler, Nick Duckett and to all concerned. GRAHAME RHODES RANDB002
  • There was so much musical activity on the West Coast in the 50s and early 60s that even such a mighty compilation as this can only scratch the surface of black musical production from that part of the US. The vibrant West Coast recording scene was where musical trends started, national hits were made and the very musical tastes of the nation were being developed. This collection brings together a varied selection of artists and styles – blues, R & B, rock 'n' roll, doo wop, ballads, girl groups and more – from which soul emerged to be the dominant musical force of black America for the 60s and most of the 70s. It was Los Angeles that became the soul capital of the world as the 70s went on – more recordings were made there than in any other city. That's Where It's At! Part of the History of Soul series. The accompanying illustrated booklet is written by John Ridley.

    'This set is a watershed of Tough urban Blues sounds that morphed into soul a couple of years later. Many of these sides are making their appearanve on disc for the first time & you will not be disappointed with the selection.' Bluebeat Review 2013 'Charlies Pick'

    Soul 004,007 & 008.. The History of Soul Chronolgies 'This series is wonderful and a period in Soul Music that is earlier than I am familiar with ,the volumes that I have had so far have introduced me to some wonderful new tracks. The booklet with each volume is superb I have also featured many tracks on my weekly Soul and Funk show.' John Farrar 6 Towns Radio SOUL008
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    Volume Three presents all their Apollo recordings together with a disc of "5" Royales 1960s cuts, curios and outtakes.

    The "5" Royales were the very first group to merge secular and sacred musical influences into a coherent whole, laying down the future guidelines of soul music. These CDs contain some of the very best early soul and R&B ever recorded and the Royales' music still has the power and the passion to move us all. Long may it continue.

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  • When the "5" Royales joined King in the spring of 1954 they were coming off a run of hits for Apollo that had made them the most successful R & B group in the US. The cuts represent artistically the most successful period of this great group's long career; it was during this time that they developed their classic style, merging secular and sacred musical influences into a coherent whole, and in the process, laying down the future guidelines of soul music. The music on these CDs contains some of the very best R&B ever recorded – and it still hits both the feet and the heart over 50 years after it was laid down.

    Volume Two brings together all the singles they recorded for Ohio-based King Records during their six year stay from 1954 to 1960 together with several alternate takes and songs that remained unissued at the time. We're particularly pleased to include the legendary Good Looking Woman, which has never been heard since the New York session in 1954 when it was recorded.

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    The “5” Royales were one of the greatest of all the R & B groups. Their ground breaking sides for Apollo from 1951 – 55 are rightly highly regarded for being amongst the very first to marry the rhythms and instrumental stylings of the blues with the vocal fire of gospel music. This innovation was not just daring and controversial but also highly successful – the Royales had five top ten hits including two number ones in a very short space of time. SOUL014
  • Included on Disc One are four songs from a previously unreleased Home Of The Blues test tape from May 1961 – a real bonus to hear – all imbued with gospel fervour, the vital ingredient of solid soul.  There are 20 additional previously unissued tracks & 17 related recordings by artists linked with the 5 Royales. These History of Soul releases are not your quickie PD issues as they have extensive notes by soul expert John Ridley, detailed discographies and loads of label shots and great photos. If you have the slightest interest in R&B, soul and the transition between the two, then you need some 5 Royales in your life. There are thirty-seven tracks on these three History of Soul ‘ Definitive 5 Royales’ 2CD sets that are not on the Rock Beat box set. Fred Rothwell Blues & Rhythm Although I own all their LP's I hadn't listened to the 5 Royales for quite some time. When I got your set I immediately put them on my CD player( the King sides first). I must confess you did an excellent job. The set is fantastic. The sound comes over clearly and the bass has profound depth almost more than on the original KING LP's.  I never listened to them with more pleasure ever. Really fantastic. Atilla Oess SOUL025
  • The sub-title of the set is the Definitive Falcons Collection – The Complete Recordings – and that’s just about right. This is the complete deal for Falcons fans! Fred Rothwell Blues & Rhythm To this day, tracks come out on the Falcons that I had no idea existed. The last set I heard about managed to compile four CDs worth of various Falcons and Robert West recordings. We never see any money from these releases, but I figure there can’t be that many people looking to buy a four-CD box set on the Falcons, and putting together such a package can’t come cheap either. It’s good to know people still care. And I appreciate that Robert West has finally received some of the credit he deserves for all that he did for the Detroit music scene.

    Eddie Floyd (from his biography My Life in Soul)

    Goodies abound across all four cds, whether flat-out group recordings or by way of guest appearances and/or the many collaborations...'I Found A Love' appears in a number of guises and I particularly liked the distaff treatment by Maxine Davis and the truly fervent rendition by the wailing Joe Woods (so good that the less than pristine reproduction couldn't spoil the enjoyment) - but you really have to put this release high up on your shopping list and listen for yourselves. David Cole In The Basement

    Mid 50s Detroit was a hotbed of teen talent, all aspiring to sign a recording contract, get famous and buy a big car. Scores of young black vocal groups practiced their harmonies in stairwells or under street lamps, dreaming that one day their time would come. The Falcons were one of these but because of their gospel background and thanks to the guiding influence of manager and mentor, Robert West, they went on to become the first soul group. Who knows: if Eddie Floyd, Mack Rice, Wilson Pickett/Joe Stubbs, Willie Schofield and Lance Finnie had stuck together, they may well have rivalled other Detroit super groups such as the Temptations and Four Tops for success.

    This 4CD set brings together all known recordings by the original Falcons, along with alternate takes, guest appearances, cover versions and songs musically supervised or written by members of the group. Solo recordings by group members are also included from 1956 to 1963, the time they were recording together.

    The set is also, in a sense, a history of soul itself, showing how the genre develops from its early stirrings in doo-wop, taking in R&B and gospel along the way and culminating in two of the very first records that can definitively be described as soul: the Wilson Pickett-led tracks Take This Love I've Got and I Found A Love, the first two tracks on this compilation.

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    By 1960, the sound of black popular music had turned away from a driving, largely uptempo rhythm and blues towards a more emotionally poignant style described at the time as secularised gospel. The term 'soul' popped up here and there, but only became common parlance after Ray Charles's I Believe To My Soul was released at the end of 1959. This compilation, part of the History of Soul series, brings together the finest tunes before soul went mainstream. We hope you will find the accompanying 28-page booklet interesting and informative.

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    'A perfect compilation, features familiar names & obscure artists who deserve their place in musical history,as educational as it is entertaining and is worth adding to your collection...I learned a lot from reading the liner notes. When I make some new discoveries, that's a real bonus.' Errol Nazareth, presenter on CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Company

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    'A perfect compilation, features familiar names & obscure artists who deserve their place in musical history,as educational as it is entertaining and is worth adding to your collection...I learned a lot from reading the liner notes. When I make some new discoveries, that's a real bonus.' Errol Nazareth, presenter on CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Company

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    In a comprehensive overview from 1927 to 1963, History of Soul Records’ 8CD anthology covers the genesis of soul music, tracing connections between R&B, jazz and blues, and gospel, the secular and the sacred. As popular black musical genres were adopted by white teenage audiences in the 1950s, black music reverted to more authentic, basic styles. By 1960, the sound of black popular music had turned away from a driving, largely uptempo rhythm and blues towards a more emotionally poignant style. The term ‘soul’ popped up here and there, but only became common parlance after the release of Ray Charles’s I Believe To My Soul at the end of 1959.

    The growing Civil Rights movement, the rise of the 45rpm record and the introduction of the electric guitar all played their part in the creation of a new sound. Detroit had Berry Gordy’s Motown, Chicago had Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions and New York had Atlantic Records along with white songwriters Burt Bacharach and Jerry Ragavoy producing their uptown soul. Down south, Stax was setting Memphis alight, Fame were starting up in Muscle Shoals, and New Orleans was putting funk into the mix. By 1963, soul had gone mainstream. There were more soulful records in the charts in 1962 alone than there had been in the whole of the 1950s.

    This collection of breathtaking blues and spiritual music brings you some of the most impassioned, compelling vocal performances ever to be recorded. The accompanying illustrated 36-page book sets out the historical background and explains some of the technical features that make these beautiful songs the precursors of soul music.

    WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

    This one is a corker...every bit as epic as it sounds... It’s hard to know where to begin with such a monumental and thorough anthology – especially one as full of highlights as this

    Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Music

    Mammoth and magnificent anthology...While there can be no package large enough to represent all the players, Sacred To Secular has a worthy stab at it, excavating as close as possible to the core and acting both as a cultural document and an excellent crash course in one of music’s most epochal periods. Fiona Sturges Uncut

    Embrace this journey through a lost era...the real thrill lies in discovering lesser names especially from the fringes of gospel, whose work is every bit as stirring Clive Davies Sunday Times 

    It’s common knowledge that soul developed largely from gospel; but that journey has never been as extensively mapped as on this eight-CD compilation 5 star review in The Independent

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  • In a comprehensive overview from 1927 to 1963, History of Soul Records’ 8CD anthology covers the genesis of soul music, tracing connections between R&B, jazz and blues, and gospel, the secular and the sacred. As popular black musical genres were adopted by white teenage audiences in the 1950s, black music reverted to more authentic, basic styles. By 1960, the sound of black popular music had turned away from a driving, largely uptempo rhythm and blues towards a more emotionally poignant style. The term ‘soul’ popped up here and there, but only became common parlance after the release of Ray Charles’s I Believe To My Soul at the end of 1959.

    The growing Civil Rights movement, the rise of the 45rpm record and the introduction of the electric guitar all played their part in the creation of a new sound. Detroit had Berry Gordy’s Motown, Chicago had Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions and New York had Atlantic Records along with white songwriters Burt Bacharach and Jerry Ragavoy producing their uptown soul. Down south, Stax was setting Memphis alight, Fame were starting up in Muscle Shoals, and New Orleans was putting funk into the mix. By 1963, soul had gone mainstream. There were more soulful records in the charts in 1962 alone than there had been in the whole of the 1950s.

    This collection of breathtaking blues and spiritual music brings you some of the most impassioned, compelling vocal performances ever to be recorded. The accompanying illustrated 36-page book sets out the historical background and explains some of the technical features that make these beautiful songs the precursors of soul music.

    WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

    This one is a corker...every bit as epic as it sounds... It’s hard to know where to begin with such a monumental and thorough anthology – especially one as full of highlights as this

    Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Music

    Mammoth and magnificent anthology...While there can be no package large enough to represent all the players, Sacred To Secular has a worthy stab at it, excavating as close as possible to the core and acting both as a cultural document and an excellent crash course in one of music’s most epochal periods. Fiona Sturges Uncut

    Embrace this journey through a lost era...the real thrill lies in discovering lesser names especially from the fringes of gospel, whose work is every bit as stirring Clive Davies Sunday Times 

    It’s common knowledge that soul developed largely from gospel; but that journey has never been as extensively mapped as on this eight-CD compilation 5 star review in The Independent

    SOUL021 Produced as CD-R (professionally manufactured recordable CD printed for short run) as opposed to CD-P (professionally manufactured pressed CDs made in quantities of 500+). All CDs whether CD-R or CD-P are 100% guaranteed error free. Discs will always be replaced if any problems are encountered.
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    The glory days for soul music in Philadelphia were the 70s, when the smooth orchestral Philly sound stood tall in the charts, and when writer/producers like Thom Bell, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were at the peak of their powers and when almost every soul singer and group travelled to Philly hoping some of the magic would rub off on them.

    But this success didn’t happen overnight. Philadelphia was a major music centre long before, particularly in the late 50s when Dick Clark’s Bandstand TV show was the biggest in the US. This platform developed in the 60s as Philly consolidated its position as a key recording location for pop and soul.

    This CD set traces the way disparate musical elements led to the ascent of Philly soul. Groups have always been central to music in Philadelphia and there are plenty of groups here, singing soulful doo-wop and gospel-tinged R&B as these styles led into soul. There’s rhythm and blues too, the odd pop tune and instrumental - all ingredients in the mix that became America’s favourite music in the 70s.

    Soul lovers will find plenty to attract then here.. A very strong opening that assures the listener’s attention..Overall, a fine compilation and anyone with an interest in early soul music should take a listen. Norman Darwen – Blues & Rhythm

    Listen to this CD and you soon realize that Motown wasn’t made in a day, nor was the musical history of Detroit restricted to nothing other than Berry Gordy’s label. Most of the titles were previously unknown to me. The O'Jays and David Ruffin are unrecognizable, the Vandellas are getting on  very well for now without Martha, Sammy Ward sounds like Lowell Fulson, Barrett Strong sings a penniless version of Money and Harvey Fuqua is just as wild as Billy Stewart. Julien Cure – Soul Bag (France)

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    In the early 1960s, African American music styles were still hugely diverse, and several regions had their own distinctive style. The West Coast was generally quite pop-oriented, yet the magnificent Bobby Taylor and Alexander Patton prove that there were plenty of deep, soulful singers located in California. Here's another full-tilt collection of the very best that the busiest LA studios had to offer in the early-mid sixties. Quality music from 50 years ago that still moves the feet and the heart. Timeless! SOUL029
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    There was way too much great early soul, R & B and blues being produced in New York City to squeeze onto one double CD, so here we are again with another selection of the best. Several artists on this new compilation are very well known: Ray Charles, Little Willie John and Ike & Tine Turner for example, but many others less so. It speaks volumes about the wealth of talent in the Big Apple around the turn of the 60s that gifted singers such as Ruby Roberson, Bobby Long and Betty O’Brien never quite made the grade.

    There is considerable variation in styles here too, from rough, untutored voices like King Coleman and Vernon Harrell to consummate stylists such as Chuck Jackson, Gladys Knight and of course Aretha Franklin. But alley blues and sophisticated uptown ballads alike played their part in the development of soul music. And therefore all the tracks on these CDs well deserve their inclusion in our History Of Soul series. Enjoy!

    'First off I must say that having discovered your compilations earlier this year - both r'n'b and soul - I am completely blown away by the breadth and depth, quality and value of these compilations. They immediately became 'must buys' until your release rate caused me to slow down before I bankrupted myself. Keep up the good work.' Malcolm Beattie (Rnb and Soul fan)

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    It was the massive in-migration from the south during and just after the Second World War that made New York a mecca for rhythm and blues music. The whole city was aflame with music during the 50s. Musicians came in their droves. Old style country bluesmen, hip cool jazz players, crooners and balladeers, jump 'n' jive groups, solo performers – there was more than enough work for everybody. And behind them came the record companies, each one looking for talent to promote and make money from. And much of this melting pot of styles and musical approaches helped to form the new orthodoxy of the 60s – soul. These two CDs contain gospel-based blues ballads, uptempo dancers, vocal groups and duets, big bands, smaller combos, exciting one-offs - and everything in between. In fact the best of soul music in New York at the time – and it really doesn't get much better than this.

    'Here's a fantastic compilation covering the big Apple roots of Soul,. Every once in a while, I'll get a collection that I keep finding myself needing to share the tracks with somebody, hearing some gem for the first time and it being so good that I had to grab someone and play it for them. Put that all together and you get a pretty special set, yet another great volume in a great series.' (JM) NEW AT ROOTS & RHYTHM

    'Any CD that has the guts to open with a Ray Charles track must know what it is doing . This double CD contains 64 amazing tracks 9/10ths of which are totally new to me. The History of Soul guys who compiled this collection call upon material from Atlantic, King and also obscure labels. This is a must for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge and enjoyment of the early years of Soul.' Groovesville Blog USA. Chicago

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    The black music scene in post war America was dominated by the emerging urban, electrified R&B scene in Chicago. Nearby Detroit was musically dwarfed, with much of its talent being drawn to the Windy City, but as the 50s drew  to a close, things began to change. Detroit’s population bulge coincided with the consumer boom, making its age profile younger than its neighbour’s. Thousands of southern black migrants were joined by many immigrants from Europe come to work in the automobile industry. Henry Ford’s pay was good, and with plenty of disposable income available for its inhabitants, Detroit became the goodtime capital of the USA.

    Hundreds of bars, clubs and backroom record labels emerged, hosting a tidal wave of new talent. By 1960, although it was still too early for any definitive Detroit sound to be identifiable, the city was developing a lighter, more popular style than neighbouring Chicago. It was spearheaded by a young man from Gladstone Street, whose distinctive Motown sound went on to dominate the 60s pop charts.

    The tracks on this CD represent the cream of this transitional pre-Motown era, when various labels, artists and producers were putting out popular music that they hoped might get noticed and sell enough to make them rich and famous. Back then no one knew that Berry Gordy Jr would emerge victorious and define the Detroit sound for the decade that followed. 'As with previous History Of Soul product reviewed on this site, the selection has been well thought-out and the presentation is top-notch, appeal here going well beyond the core niche of Detroit devotees.' Basment Group B Cole ..STAR PICK***** SOUL013