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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
    1. Blues For Sue (Unknown)
    2. Regrets (Pat Smythe)
    3. Down On The Nile (Unknown)
    4. Silver Serenade (Silver)
    5. Step Lightly (Golson)
    6. Blues For Three (Unknown)
    IT’S JAZZ b/c February 22, 1965, recorded February 4, - Colin Purbrook for Michael Garrick
    1. Blues Row (Howard Riley)
    2. Rendell Introduction 1
    3. Spooks (Rendell/Carr/Green)
    4. Rendell Introduction 2
    5. Hot Rod (Carr/Garrick)
    6. Rendell Introduction 3
    7. Jubal (Rendell)
    8. Rendell Introduction 4
    9. Dusk Fire (Garrick)
    JAZZ CLUB (Jazz Scene) b/c April 3, 1966, recorded March 29, - Jeff Clyne for Dave Green
    1. Birdwalk (Rendell)
    2. Lyttelton Introduction 1
    3. Webster's Mood (Garrick)
    4. Lyttelton Introduction 2
    5. Tootin' and Flutin' (Rendell)
    6. Lyttelton Introduction 3
    7. The Snows Of Yesteryear (Carr)
    8. Torrent (Garrick)
    JAZZ CLUB (Jazz Scene) b/c July 10, 1966 recorded July 4, 1966  
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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
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    1. Idioms
    2. Thomas
    3. Here's That Rainy Day
    4. Sub Cruise
    5. The Rake
    6. Spiritual Blues
    7. Merlin The Wizard
    8. Nardis
    9. Portrait Of A Young Lady
    10. Polka Dots & Moonbeams
    11. Blue 'n' Boogie
    12. Moanin'
    13. Round About Midnight
    14. Coda
    15. Tempo
    16. Calypso Sketches
    17. Count Twelve
    TRACKS 1 - 6 - Joe Harriott (as), Shake Keane (tp), Pat Smythe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Bobby Orr (d). November 21st, 1964 TRACKS 7 - 11 - Joe Harriott (as), Ian Carr (tp), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Alan Green (d). January 2nd, 1966 TRACKS 12 - 17 - Joe Harriott (as), Les Condon (tp), Pat Smythe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Phil Seamen (d). January 27th, 1961
  • CD One 1.     The Last Time 2.     Mercy Mercy 3.     She Said Yeah 4.     Play With Fire 5.     Not Fade Away 6.     That’s How Strong My Love Is 7.     Get Off Of My Cloud 8.     (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 9.     (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 10.   As Tears Go By 11.   19th Nervous Breakdown 12.   Not Fade Away 13.   The Last Time 14.   Paint It Black 15.   Lady Jane 16.   Mother’s Little Helper 17.   Get Off Of My Cloud 18.   19th Nervous Breakdown 19.   (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 20.   Paint It Black 21.   Lady Jane 22.   Have You Seen You Mother Baby 23.   19th Nervous Breakdown* 24.   Eamonn Andrews Interview*   CD Two 1.     I Am Waiting 2.     Under My Thumb 3.     Paint It Black 4.     The Last Time 5.     19th Nervous Breakdown 6.     Get Off Of My Cloud 7.     (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 8.     Mercy, Mercy 9.     She Said Yeah 10.   Play With Fire 11.   The Spider And The Fly 12.   Time Is On My Side 13.   I'm Alright 14.   Around And Around* 15.   I'm Movin' On* 16.   Mercy Mercy* 17.   She Said Yeah* 18.   Play With Fire* 19.   Not Fade Away* 20.   The Spider And The Fly* 21.   That’s How Strong My Love Is* 22.   Get Off Of My Cloud* 23.   19th Nervous Breakdown* 24.   (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction* 25.   Sydney Interview* 26.   Have You Seen Your Mother Baby* Recording quality throughout is excellent apart from tracks marked* which are direct off air  
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    Country blues and club blues; drinking songs and risqué songs; vocal groups and instrumental combos. From bebop to boogie, gutbucket to gospel, honkin’ and screamin’ to low down and dirty rock’n’roll; 112 tracks and not a dud in the bunch! RANDB078 4CD
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    1962 was the peak year for hit records instrumental-style, with no less than 123 discs scoring on the American pop charts. There wasn’t much in the hit parade to interest R&B fans though, apart from King Curtis’s Soul Twist, Booker T. & The MG's Green Onions and James Brown’s Night Train, but that’s where Mighty Instrumentals R&B-Style 1962 comes in. So what was new in 1962? A bit of surf, a bit of funk, a brand new rhythm on Boogie Twist. More slinky organ groovers, uptown dancers and late night smoochers for teenagers to dance to. And there you have it – 58 R&B scorchers with rhythm aplenty. RANDB044 These albums are full of big, fat chugging and swinging bluesy numbers…With their excellent sound and at such good value for money these CDs will delight fans of the genre. Alan Taylor Pipeline  
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    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 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.
  • Following the success of Alan Freed’s Rock’n’Roll Revues in 1953 and 1954, record companies ramped up the number of rhythm and blues releases (or rock’n’roll as it had now become known) to satisfy increased demand among white American teenagers. Instrumental records were just perfect for getting the kids up on the dance floor, be they hard-rocking guitar and sax-led numbers, slinky organ smoochers, or Mambo groovers. This 2CD set contains the sixty finest and most exciting R&B instrumentals recorded in 1954. Including label shots and annotated notes RANDB088 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.  
  • We bring you 60 mighty instrumental stompers from 1955, R&B-style: Mid-West electric blues, Southern swamp rock, spicy New Orleans rhythms, funky grunting mambos, sophisticated West-Coast productions and East Coast city blues, dominated by guitarists and saxophonists but interspersed with organists, accordionists, pianists and harmonicists. Glorious stuff! Including label shots and annotated notes RANDB089 If instrumentals – tenor sax players, harp players, guitarists, piano players – are your thing then this is right up your street. I have to say that I enjoyed (most) of it immensely. Phil Wight B&R 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.
  • We bring you 60 mighty instrumental stompers from 1955, R&B-style: Mid-West electric blues, Southern swamp rock, spicy New Orleans rhythms, funky grunting mambos, sophisticated West-Coast productions and East Coast city blues, dominated by guitarists and saxophonists but interspersed with organists, accordionists, pianists and harmonicists. Glorious stuff! Including label shots and annotated notes RANDB089 If instrumentals – tenor sax players, harp players, guitarists, piano players – are your thing then this is right up your street. I have to say that I enjoyed (most) of it immensely. Phil Wight B&R 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.
  • Following the success of Alan Freed’s Rock’n’Roll Revues in 1953 and 1954, record companies ramped up the number of rhythm and blues releases (or rock’n’roll as it had now become known) to satisfy increased demand among white American teenagers. Instrumental records were just perfect for getting the kids up on the dance floor, be they hard-rocking guitar and sax-led numbers, slinky organ smoochers, or Mambo groovers. This 2CD set contains the sixty finest and most exciting R&B instrumentals recorded in 1954. Including label shots and annotated notes RANDB088 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.  
    1. Jailhouse Rock
    2. Interview
    3. Paint It Black
    4. See See Rider
    5. The Same Thing
    6. Interview
    7. When I Was Young
    8. A Love Like Yours
    9. Connection
    10. If I Were A Carpenter
    11. Shake, Rattle & Roll
    12. McCullough's Rockin' Blues
    13. Yes I´m Experienced
    14. It’s All Meat
    15. San Franciscan Nights
    16. All Night Long
    17. Good Times
    18. I Get So Excited
    19. Interview
    20. San Franciscan Nights
    21. Anything
    22. Interview
    23. Monterey
    24. All Night Long
    25. Orange & Red Beams
    26. Monterey
    27. Interview
    28. It Hurts Me Too
    29. White Houses
    30. Landscape
  • What you have on this 2CD set is a glimpse into Georgie Fame’s world circa 1964/65. It comprises 45 songs recorded for the BBC and others between 1964 and 1965 (mostly in excellent quality sound), including two exciting live audience performances broadcast direct from the legendary Ricky Tick Club in Windsor. Fame was different; he played soul, blues, dance music, ballads, ska/blue beat, vocalese, big band jazz, hillbilly, New Orleans and even World Music, decades before that term was invented. For anyone who wishes to explore this world, the 2CD set you have here offers the very best of guided tours. To quote Georgie from “Night Train”: All aboard children! 16 page booklet with notes by Dave Stephens.
  • Disc One
    1. Satisfaction (G)
    2. I'm Alright (G)
    3. Everybody Needs Somebody (G)
    4. Pain In My Heart (G)
    5. Around And Around (G)
    6. Time Is On My Side (G)
    7. I'm Moving On (G)
    8. The Last Time (G)
    9. Satisfaction (G)
    10. I'm Alright (G)
    11. Edited Medley (G)
    12. Everybody Needs Somebody (P)
    13. Around And Around (P)
    14. Off The Hook (P)
    15. Time Is On My Side (P)
    16. Carol (P)
    17. It's All Over Now (P)
    18. Little Red Rooster (P)
    19. Route 66 (P)
    20. Everybody Needs Somebody (P)
    21. The Last Time (P)
    22. I’m Alright (P)
    23. Crawdad (P)
    24. Everybody Needs Somebody (L)
    25. Pain In My Heart (L)
    26. Around And Around (L)
    27. The Last Time (L)
    28. Little Red Rooster
    Disc Two
    1. The Last Time
    2. Little Red Rooster
    3. Everybody Needs Somebody
    4. Oh Baby
    5. Satisfaction
    6. Down The Road Apiece*
    7. Little Red Rooster*
    8. The Last Time*
    9. Play With Fire*
    10. Satisfaction*
    11. Around & Around+
    12. If You Need Me+
    13. Down The Road Apiece+
    14. Time Is On My Side+
    15. What A Shame+
    16. Everybody Needs Somebody+
    17. The Last Time+
    18. Everybody Needs Somebody+
    19. Pain In My Heart+
    20. I’m Alright+
    21. Oh Baby +
    22. That’s How Strong My Love Is+
    23. Satisfaction+
    24. Cry To Me+
    25. She Said Yeah+
    26. Get Off My Cloud+
    27. Useless Information#
    28. She Said Yeah#
    29. Get Off My Cloud#
    30. Reelin' & Rockin'
    Sound quality ranges from excellent (soundboard) to very good/poor (direct off air). CD1 comprises shows from Germany (G), Paris (P), and London (L) and is excellent quality, as are tracks 1-5 on CD2. As for the rest of CD2 tracks: Shindig* and Hullabaloo# tracks are very good; Ready Steady Go+ tracks vary from poor to very good.
  • Disc One Commonwealth Jazz Orchestra August 30th 1965
    1. Change Of Setting
    2. Blues For Pipkins
    3. Double Stopper
    4. The Song Is You
    5. Whisper Not
    6. 100% Proof
    7. Blame It On My Youth
    8. Wives and Lovers
    9. I Never Know When To Say When
    10. What’s Blue?
    Disc Two Tubby Hayes Quartet January 25th 1965
    1. Mini Minor
    2. Con Alma
    3. Sometime Ago
    4. Souriya
    5. So What
    July 12th 1965* (low fidelity recording)
    1. Change Of Setting
    2. Alone Together
    3. Sometime Ago
    4. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
    5. Don’t Fall Off The Bridge
       
  • Disc One British Jazz
    1. Eddie Thompson Trio Eddification
    2. Don Rendell Jazz Six Johnny Comes Lately
    3. The Jazz Couriers Mirage
    4. Tony Crombie Ninth Man
    5. Alan Clare Trio Morning Fun
    6. Melody Maker All Stars Hark Dog
    7. Ronnie Ross Quintet The Serpent
    8. Jimmy Deuchar Sextet Jak-Jak
    9. Vic Ash Sextet Just For The Boys
    10. Don Rendell Jazz Six Tickletoe
    11. Dizzy Reece Quintet Close Up
    12. Ronnie Ross Quintet Slidin'
    13. Ken Moule's Music Fishin' The Blues
    14. Johnny Dankworth Jim and Andy's
    15. The Jazz Couriers The Serpent
    16. Jimmy Deuchar Sextet Heather Mist
    17. Tony Kinsey Quintet Autumn In Cuba
    Disc Two Jazz U.S.A
    1. Eddie Costa Quartet Guys and Dolls
    2. Art Blakey Jazz Messengers Moanin' (45rpm)
    3. Hampton Hawes There Will Never Be Another You
    4. Harold Land Quintet You Don't Know What Love Is
    5. Kenny Burrell Septet The Man I Love
    6. Mose Allison Trio The Seventh Son
    7. Lou Donaldson Quintet Blues Walk
    8. Bill Evans Trio Tenderly
    9. Cannonball Adderley Autumn Leaves
    10. Ahmad Jamal Trio Poinciana (45rpm)
    11. Miles Davis Milestones
    12. John Coltrane/Kenny Burrell Freight Trane
    13. Horace Silver Quintet Pyramid
    14. Count Basie Orchestra Lil’ Darlin’ (45rpm)
  • Country blues and club blues; drinking songs and risqué songs; vocal groups and instrumental combos. From bebop to boogie, gutbucket to gospel, honkin’ and screamin’ to low down and dirty rock’n’roll; 112 tracks and not a dud in the bunch! RANDB078 5CD
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    Clarksdale, Mississippi: birthplace of Ike Turner, Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker and Son House and home to five taverns visited by Library of Congress researcher Lewis Wade Jones in 1941. In each of these taverns, the Chicken Shack, the Dipsie Doodle, Lucky's, the Messenger's Cafe, and the New Africa, a jukebox. In each jukebox, a choice of records, painstakingly listed by Jones, who figured it was worth it. And now, sitting down in the comfort of your own home, you can pull yourself a beer and listen to the sounds that a 29 year-old Muddy Waters from nearby Stovall might have heard on a night out in Clarksdale on 9th September, 1941. Thanks, Lewis! After reading the impeccable illustrated booklet, all that’s left is to close the eyes, leaving for Clarksdale in 1941, push open the door to any tavern and slip a coin into the music box...magic! Le Pied This is not only a great collection of music it's a significant historical document. A delightful and truly fascinating collection. Frank Scott Roots & Rhythm While the sound has been cleaned up it still has that period warmth and feel which adds to the authenticity. There's occasional surface noise but nothing that gets in the way of enjoying the music. The 18 page booklet has details for each single--title, composer, artist, label, recording date--plus an essay reprinted from 1971 that includes pertinent information about the music/era, and a few photos of performers and other pertinent ephemera. This set is worth five "stars" not only because of the music/artists found that day, but also for the Rhythm and Blues label having the foresight and the chestnuts to release something as important as this. Blues fans looking for authentic music, the kind that patrons of those five clubs listened to using their hard earned nickels in juke boxes, as they drank with friends will find many surprises found on those juke boxes. This collection is from a two year field study of culture in the Mississippi Delta region during the summers of '41 and '42 in conjunction with the Archive of American Folk Song--Library of Congress & Fisk University. If you're a deep blues fan read "Lost Delta Found" and there you'll see one section that lists "Records on Machines in Clarksdale Amusement Places", that lists all the songs. Obviously this collection is the real-deal authentic music heard in that region (and no doubt other areas) in the 1940's. There's no guess work, no random inclusion of songs/performers that fit comfortably in the "juke joint" mould of what people may envision as from that era. Because of the authenticity of the cultural study and Jones' work, this is one of the most important (and eye-opening) collections of music in the blues genre. Plus it makes for darn good listening. Blues fans/blues scholars will have a field day with this fine set--it upsets what many of us thought "juke joint music" was. But the juke box changed all that. It's the music that working people heard after a day of hard work while drinking and relaxing with their friends. On all accounts this collection has to be one of the most authentic, important releases in the blues genre for 2016. Many tracks aren't what people may think of as juke joint music, but the juke box ushered in a new era of music in taverns and local joints all across the South. But more than that--it's just great music. Stuart Jefferson Amazon RANDB036  
  • Outtakes, Stereo Versions and Album Tracks The accompanying 24-page booklet includes many rare photos and an exhaustive session discography by Claus Röhnisch. A collection for Coasters and early rock 'n' roll aficionados! The Coasters had the benefit of recording in the best studios, backed by the best musicians and produced by the top producers of their generation, Leiber and Stoller. Naturally, they were required to run through as many takes of each song as was necessary to satisfy the exacting demands of their mentors. Luckily for us, many of these alternate takes have survived. Mono was the standard recording format until the late 1960s, but many of the big selling artists also recorded alternate versions specifically for the stereo market, which was targeted to the discerning adult listener. Disc One features all the alternate stereo versions of Coasters songs that were issued at the time on album and subsequently on CD. Disc Two takes you deep into the heart of Coasters sessions with composite tracks which combine studio chatter together with the finest moments from various different takes. This disc contains several outtakes which have until now been unavailable anywhere and gives an invaluable insight into the genesis of many well-loved tracks and also into the character and working practice of the Coasters and of their producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. R002
  • Includes fully illustrated booklet. The Coasters are widely considered to be the pre-eminent vocal group of the original rock ´n´ roll era both in sound and attitude, and to have created some of the best vocal group harmonies ever waxed. They had made their musical debut as the Robins during the early years of rhythm and blues and as the Coasters they contributed to shape rock'n'roll with some of the most cheeky, exciting and entertaining songs of the 50s. The original line-up disbanded early but the crucial team of singers and their mentors Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, moved from California to New York and created most of the greatest hits we know today. They were important influences for many later artists who covered their songs, such as the Beatles, the Stones, the Who and the Kinks. This compilation includes 19 hits listed in the Billboard pop and R&B charts between 1956 and 1962 and an accompanying 24-page booklet with many rare photos and notes on the group's evolution. Superlative compilations of essential American music history Not many groups of any kind can claim to have such a distinct influence on pop and rock n roll music as The Coasters. Their lengthy string of iconic hits, mostly courtesy of the pen of their mentors and genius song writing team Leiber & Stoller, and also their unique blend of personality and vocal harmony, took the mixture of doo wop, rock n roll, soul and jazz to new territory, and put them at the pinnacle of the original Rock n Roll and R’n’B era. Covered by everyone from The Beach Boys, Elvis, Zappa, Leon Russell, Alex Harvey, the Grateful Dead, these tunes were also central to the Brit Beat boom of the early 60s (Hamburg-era Beatles’ live set was heavy on Coasters covers). In addition, it’s difficult to understate the sheer magnitude of their influence on popular music; Put simply; these are the explosive and innovative bricks and mortar of all the rock n roll and R’n’B you’ve ever loved. These two new lavishly packaged and annotated double CD collections from the ‘History of RnB’ stable certainly do justice to the legacy and the fantastic energy of this incendiary, funny, and entertaining music. This is energetic music that screams youth, attitude and sass, with jokes, wit, satire and risque humour in spades (the likes of ‘Little Egypt’ were banned on release) that even after all this time still leap from the speakers at full pelt. The Definitive Coasters – The A & B sides collects both sides of the groups first 30 7” singles from their faultless run comprising 1954 to 1962. As such, the crammed-full first disc of A-Sides is as damn near perfect as an 80 minute receptacle of music can conceivably be, and an essential inclusion for anyone with even a passing interest in the development of American music. The B sides disc, quite understandably, has a moderately lower strike rate, and features some less exceptional ballads when compared with the vibrancy of the revolutionary hits, however its hard to argue with the likes of the genuinely funky ‘Turtle Dovin’ and ‘What is the Secret of Your Success’ which both rank as high as any A-Side. Absolutely essential. Those Hoodlum Friends…Coasters in Stereo comprises 49 tracks of rare stereo takes of some of the hits and also key album cuts and out-takes, as well as a full disc packed with composite studio tracks and alternate versions and studio chatter from the archive, many of which have never been released before. Jazz standards like ‘Moonglow’, ‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘Moonlight in Vermont’ and ‘Sunny Side of the Street’ are recorded with orchestras and show a more polished traditional jazz and balladeering side to their style, which although perfectly good is not quite as exciting as their more forthright material. While many early stereo recordings are inferior to their mono comparisons, the mixes here are sharp, luxurious and well defined. Definitely one for the already converted, collectors and connoisseurs, but it’s a look at this important music from a slightly altered angle (‘Run Red Run’ and ‘The Snake and the Bookworm’ offer very fresh perspectives in their alternate forms). Both these generous collections are finely packaged, expertly compiled sets, that are lovingly annotated with encyclopedic attention to detail. History has never been so much damn good fun! Ian Fildes AmericanaUK 9/10 A simply fabulous collection! If you missed out on the limited edition four CD set issued by Rhino Handmade in 2007 the History Of RnB label comes to the rescue with two double sets featuring everything that this fabulous group recorded for Spark and Atco between 1954 and 1962 including a couple of items that were not on the Rhino set but omitting the post 1962 recordings which were generally not as good as the earlier sides. Set comes with 24 page booklet with informative notes, rare photos, label shots and posters. A fabulous set with great sound. Roots & Rhythm R001
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    Includes fully illustrated booklet. RANDB025
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    Includes fully illustrated booklet. When many of these records were cut I was 4 years old and playing in the rubble of a bombed-out Hull, courtesy of the Luftwaffe. Back then, in the UK, any one of these 111 (yes, 111 even!) tracks would have given the BBC a coronary thrombosis because the nearest we got to black music was the bellowing burnt cork of Al Jolson. Following the previous R&B Anthology sets from R&B Records, I knew I’d be in for more thrills with this and I’m not disappointed, yet restricted wordage here precludes a full ecstatic overview. However - if you thought big strident in-your-face electric guitar chords arrived in the 1960s, check out 1947’s Midnight in The Barrel House by Johnny Otis. And there’s Dizzy Gillespie, Mahalia Jackson and even Hank Williams and Merle Travis. Needing wild, wanton and utterly danceable? You need Fluffy Hunter and Buddy Banks with the manic piano of Fluffy’s Debut. Disc 2 is replete with rare gems too. The sorely neglected Andrew Tibbs pre-empting Jerry Lee Lewis’s Wine Spodey-Odey by over a decade with the rousing Drinking Ink Splink. This is a magical mystery tour with Madam Ira Mae Littlejohn’s boisterous Go Devil Go and even a 1947 Muddy Waters with Gypsy Woman, contrasting nicely with the raucous front porch fiddling of Harry Choates and his Hackberry Hop. By the time you reach disc 3 you feel like you’ve drunk a half bottle of Bourbon. Amos Milburn kicks in with a rolling Chicken Shack Boogie, the sinister, dark and energetic 1948 cut of Hooker’s Boogie Chillen, Nellie Lutcher’s uplifting Fine Brown Frame and the honking saxes of The Twister by Paul Williams, the scintillating acapella harmonies of the Swan Silvertone Singers. Disc 4 boogies along just as agreeably with The Beale Street Gang’s Fat Stuff Boogie, followed by Arthur Smith’s seminal guitar hit, Guitar Boogie, there’s more 1948 Muddy Waters, a bouncy Pettin’ and Pokin’ by Louis Jordan and 20 other delights. This hefty collection curated by Nick Duckett, who also provides the entertaining liner notes, feels like stumbling into a sealed cave of musical pirate treasure; golden nuggets, jewelled crowns, dancing diamonds and rhythmic rubies. Sometimes musical history can jolt you from the terror and torpor of the present and take you to a long forgotten place of joy. That may sound like Pseud’s Corner, but these R&B Anthologies do it for me. Try it - you’ll be well rewarded. ROY BAINTON RANDB024