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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 5CD
  • Manchester Free Trade Hall was host to two concerts on Sunday October 21st 1962 that acted as a catalyst to the nascent British Blues & R&B boom, the first major concert in Britain to feature American bluesmen. Manchester was the only UK date on the 1962 American Folk-Blues Festival tour and amongst the 2000 crowd was a contingent of young fans who had made the trip in a clapped out van from London: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Jimmy Page. Jimmy Page: “I was keen to join the pilgrimage to Manchester. It was not only the first time that I would actually see artists like John Lee Hooker and T-Bone Walker perform, but it was also the first time I met Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Keith Richards.” David Williams dedicates a whole chapter to the road trip in his book The First Time We Met The Blues. Keith Richards remembers it differently, “Mick sometimes had the use of his parents’ Triumph Herald at the weekend and I remember we went to see a big blues show in Manchester.” RANDB059
  • 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 Le Pied This is not only a great collection of music it's a significant historical document.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 BONUS CD available free if you order the set from us direct
  • 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
  • ‘You might think that when you’ve been around for a long time and love music as much as we all do at Blues Matters, that we might become a little blasé receiving CDs to review. You’d be wrong...This is a staggering project, a sheer delight...You can stick a pin in anywhere and come up with a gem of a recording. What these records will present to even the most avid R&B aficionado is a revelation... lifting the lid on a buried treasure chest of arcane recordings, all in a style decades ahead of their time... Every one of these tracks is utterly satisfying. If you’re a true R&B fan, you will not experience a finer collection this year or any other. Exhilarating, educational, historical, but above all, extremely musical, a complete evening’s unforgettable R&B entertainment...Think you know your blues history? Think again. As this has taught me, you’re never too old to learn.’ ROY BAINTON Blues Matters RANDB030 DVD style casing 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.
  • With 8 page booklet ‘You might think that when you’ve been around for a long time and love music as much as we all do at Blues Matters, that we might become a little blasé receiving CDs to review. You’d be wrong...This is a staggering project, a sheer delight...You can stick a pin in anywhere and come up with a gem of a recording. What these records will present to even the most avid R&B aficionado is a revelation... lifting the lid on a buried treasure chest of arcane recordings, all in a style decades ahead of their time... Every one of these tracks is utterly satisfying. If you’re a true R&B fan, you will not experience a finer collection this year or any other. Exhilarating, educational, historical, but above all, extremely musical, a complete evening’s unforgettable R&B entertainment...Think you know your blues history? Think again. As this has taught me, you’re never too old to learn.’ ROY BAINTON Blues Matters RANDB031 DVD style casing 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.
  • 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
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    Includes fully illustrated booklet. ‘You might think that when you’ve been around for a long time and love music as much as we all do at Blues Matters, that we might become a little blasé receiving CDs to review. You’d be wrong...This is a staggering project, a sheer delight...You can stick a pin in anywhere and come up with a gem of a recording. What these records will present to even the most avid R&B aficionado is a revelation... lifting the lid on a buried treasure chest of arcane recordings, all in a style decades ahead of their time... Every one of these tracks is utterly satisfying. If you’re a true R&B fan, you will not experience a finer collection this year or any other. Exhilarating, educational, historical, but above all, extremely musical, a complete evening’s unforgettable R&B entertainment...Think you know your blues history? Think again. As this has taught me, you’re never too old to learn.’ ROY BAINTON Blues Matters RANDB023
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    (shipped with booklet, bonus disc & CD inlays but without jewel case for cheaper airmail and less problems with EU customs) From the Grosvenor to the Top Ten Club Summer 1960 to Summer 1961 300 Shows in 365 days and nights The Beatles Early Repertoire’s 123 tracks includes 78 songs previously unpublished in the series along with 44 tracks that have appeared on other discs. This set brings together all the songs that were introduced into the newly-named Beatles repertoire during the period when they were a five-piece band with Pete Best on drums and Stuart Sutcliffe on bass. With fully illustrated 24-page booklet. The sound is very good - clean with a period feel for music from this era--typical of releases from this label. The 24 page booklet is stuffed with information on the music, plus period photos, album covers, record labels, and other ephemera which help put the music in better perspective. This is a cool little set of music in one nice, neat box set, for deep Beatles fans interested in what influenced them way back in 1960-61. Even as a collection of different music styles and performers, this is a pretty nice look at music from this era. Stuart Jefferson Amazon RANDB039
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    (shipped with booklet & CD inlays but without jewel case for cheaper airmail and less problems with EU customs) DISC ONE 1950-1957 DISC TWO THE VILLAGE FETE DISC THREE 1958 DISC FOUR THE END OF THE QUARRYMEN Here are the 100 or so songs they are documented as having performed along with a few of their teenage party pieces with which they would entertain family and friends. It is no exaggeration to say that the entire "Beatles Beginnings”series is an important set of historical documents. Even without regard to the Beatles, this is a collection of "Singles of Significance"...The producers of this series pored over Beatles biographies to compile a list of the songs and musicians the Beatles cited and performed. The work behind this set is scholarly...provides an opportunity to get right to the core of the Beatles influences immediately and effortlessly... Buy it, hear it, and appreciate it forever. Malachi Beale With fully illustrated 24-page booklet RANDB022
  •  Disc 1  Disc 2
    Joe S. Maxey Right On! Monk Higgins Ain't That Hateful
    Clarence Gatemouth Brown Summertime The Soul Runners Grits 'n' Corn Bread
    Beverly Pitts Just Some Soul Righteous Brothers Band Green Onions
    Perry & The Harmonics James Goes To Soulville Kase Trio Shug
    Hank Marr Marr's Groove Mark III Trio ‎Blues For Elmer
    Lorenzo Holden The Wig The Pop-Ups Lurking
    The Limas Big Limas World Famous Upsetters Cabbage Greens
    Oliver Sain Jerk Loose Little Sonny The Mix Up
    Johnny Hammond Smith The Golden Thrush Watts 103rd Street Charley
    Junior Parker These Kind Of Blues (Pt. 2) Hank Marr White House Party
    Boss Sounds In The Midnight Hour The Triumphs Turn Out The Light
    Mark III Trio Good Grease Jamo Thomas Jamo's Soul
    Dino & The Dell-Tones Slapstick James Rivers Tighten Up
    Bash Brannigan Hunky Funky Four Gents Soul Sister
    The Blendells Get Your Baby The Premiers Get Your Baby
    The Corky Wilkie Band Something Swinging The Registers No Deposit No Return
    Leon & The Burners Whiplash Tom Douglas Haulin'
    Chuck Rowan Jerk Walk Merle Saunders Soul Roach
    Booker T & The MG's Bootleg/Green Onions Medley The Buena Vistas Hot Shot
    Merle Saunders How's That Rudy Robinson The Mustang
    The Nu-Trons Beat George Semper ‎Collard Greens
    The Dukeys Sho-Nuf M.F. The Four Steps Same Old Beat
    Gaynel Hodge Follow the Fox Ramsey Lewis Trio Hang On, Sloopy
    E Rodney Jones R&B Time (Pt. 2) John Adams I Will Love You
    Johnny Talbot Never Make Your Baby Cry Ric-Tic House Band Agent Double-O-Soul
    Dave Bartholomew Wishbone Charlie Earland Yes-Suh!
    Leon & The Burners Crack Up Leon Haywood Soul On
    The Wild Child Down In The Chile World Famous Upsetters KP
    Sammie John Boss Bag Gentleman June Gardner Last Night
    Harold Battiste Jr How We Do It In New Orleans Eddie Bishop Call Me
  • Pianist Michael Garrick was among the most boldly ambitious British jazz figures of the late-1960s, tirelessly pioneering various new fusions uniting his first love – straight-ahead jazz – with Indian music, liturgy and poetry. Featuring two previously unreleased sessions taped in 1967 and 1969, this album charts the course of his music from post-bop convention towards an indisputably ‘English’ jazz sound. Containing provocative live versions of several well-known Garrick compositions and an all-star cast, it truly captures the era in which UK jazz began to loosen its collar and let down its hair. RANDB076
    1. Big City Strut (Ian Carr)
    2. Trane's Mood (Michael Garrick)
    3. I Could Write A Book (Rodgers/Hart)
    4. Interplay (Bill Evans)
    5. She'll Be Back (Michael Garrick)
    6. Garrison '65 (Don Rendell)
    Relayed live from the Playhouse Theatre, London Jazz Club BBC Light programme, 19th April 1965  
    1. Hot Rod (Carr/Garrick)
    2. Ursula (Michael Garrick)
    3. Tan Samfu (Don Rendell)
    4. Sailin’* (Mike Carr)
    5. October Woman (Michael Garrick)
    6. The Sixth Seal* (Michael Garrick)
    *featuring Mike Carr (vib) Relayed live from the Playhouse Theatre, London Jazz Club BBC Light programme, 25th October 1965
    1. Nimjam (Jeff Headley)
    2. Prayer (Michael Garrick)
    3. Secrets (Michael Garrick)
    4. Ruth (Don Rendell)
    5. Blue Doom (Rendell/Carr)
    Jazz Club BBC Light programme, 9th January 1966
    1. Sunday Lunch
    2. Off The Wagon
    3. Inner Urge
    4. You Don’t Know What Love Is
    5. Le Roi
    BBC Paris Theatre, London, June 11th 1967
    1. The Whims of Chambers
    2. Le Roi
    3. My Ship
    4. Inner Urge
    5. No Room For Squares
    6. You Don’t Know What Love Is
    7. Don’t Fall Off The Bridge
    BBC Playhouse Theatre, London, October 18th 1967 Dick Morrissey (tenor saxophone); Harry South (piano); Phil Bates (bass): Bill Eyden (drums) Introduced by Humphrey Lyttelton
    1. Around And Around
    2. Off The Hook
    3. Time Is On My Side
    4. It's All Over Now
    5. I'm Alright
    6. Let's Get Together
    7. Carol
    8. Not Fade Away
    9. Carol
    10. Mona
    11. Not Fade Away
    12. High Heel Sneakers
    13. I Just Want To Make Love To You
    14. Ad Break – Rice Krispies
    15. I Wanna Be Your Man
    16. You Better Move On
    17. Roll Over Beethoven
    18. Beautiful Delilah
    19. Around And Around
    20. Time Is on My Side
    21. Not Fade Away
    22. I Just Want To Make Love To You
    23. I'm Alright
    24. I Just Want To Make Love To You
    25. Not Fade Away
    26. Not Fade Away (take 1)
    27. Beautiful Delilah
    28. Walking The Dog
    29. High Heel Sneakers
    30. Susie Q
    31. Mona
    32. High Heel Sneakers/Not Fade Away
    33. I'm Movin' On
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    (shipped with booklet & CD inlays but without jewel case for cheaper airmail and less problems with EU customs) Includes fully illustrated booklet. ‘You might think that when you’ve been around for a long time and love music as much as we all do at Blues Matters, that we might become a little blasé receiving CDs to review. You’d be wrong...This is a staggering project, a sheer delight...You can stick a pin in anywhere and come up with a gem of a recording. What these records will present to even the most avid R&B aficionado is a revelation... lifting the lid on a buried treasure chest of arcane recordings, all in a style decades ahead of their time... Every one of these tracks is utterly satisfying. If you’re a true R&B fan, you will not experience a finer collection this year or any other. Exhilarating, educational, historical, but above all, extremely musical, a complete evening’s unforgettable R&B entertainment...Think you know your blues history? Think again. As this has taught me, you’re never too old to learn.’ ROY BAINTON Blues Matters RANDB023
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    (shipped with booklet & CD inlays but without jewel case for cheaper airmail and less problems with EU customs) 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
  • (shipped with booklet & CD inlays but without jewel case for cheaper airmail and less problems with EU customs) Includes fully illustrated booklet. RANDB025
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    (shipped with booklet & CD inlays but without jewel case for cheaper airmail and less problems with EU customs) An exemplary tribute to an unjustly neglected figure - Richard Williams A perfect potted history of the period - Dave Gelly, The Observer An overdue recognition of the genius of Harry South and the world class calibre of the musicians he worked with. An important landmark in British Jazz and indispensable to any collection. – Eddie Little Superb tribute to a stalwart jazz pianist,composer and arranger. Excellent booklet notes by saxophonist Simon Spillett. Highly recommended – Amazon Superbly annotated, this is a reissue of exemplary quality – Peter Vacher, Jazz Rag The Songbook is the definitive Harry South release…makes a strong case for South’s musical contributions to jazz…Lovers of modern big band jazz will find much to discover in this well-conceived set.  Scott Yanow - The New York City Jazz Record RANDB040
  • (shipped with booklet & CD inlays but without jewel case for cheaper airmail and less problems with EU customs) British record buyers had to wait until 1960 to hear the great American albums of 1959; John Coltrane's debut LP, Charles Mingus's Ah Um and Horace Silver’s Blowin' the Blues Away. On the home front, in December 1959, Tubby Hayes was already absorbing influences from these albums while cutting his latest LP, Tubby's Groove. This 4CD set pits Britain’s finest jazz tracks of 1959-1960 up against the very best music coming out of the States at the same time, showing that British modernists could at last stand tall among jazz music’s giants. Compilation Nick Duckett Sleeve Notes Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson and Simon Spillett RANDB049 …the British choices are more exciting. They include not only some fabulous rarities, but items culled from BBC broadcasts of the time, whose very existence came as a complete surprise to me: Dizzy Reece guesting with the Jazz Couriers, for instance. Even the most demanding mod would have approved. Dave Gelly The Observer 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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    (shipped with booklet & CD inlays but without jewel case for cheaper airmail and less problems with EU customs) An excellent invitation to this ground-breaking music. Well worth tracking down. Gary Von Tersch Big City Rhythm & Blues R&B records is one of those dedicated labels which just keeps on giving. The first five volumes of this assiduously researched and compiled series have been an utter revelation, opening up corners of R&B history many of us never knew existed. Seeing as the term ‘R&B’ wasn’t invented in 1938, some of us could be forgiven for imagining that the genre we later became familiar with didn’t stretch back past the 1940s. How wrong we’d be. Throughout this amazing collection there’s more great names than you can shake a stick at. Spending an evening in with this quartet of discs and a few beers is a fine way to spend your time - and there are new names here offering new thrills. And all this, before I was born. Those were the days, indeed. Essential listening! Roy Bainton Blues Matters Now here we are really talking about going back to the roots with World War II lurking just around the corner…there is a sense of early rock'n'roll with The Golden Gate Jubilee and Bob Wills…Big Noise From Winnetka with Bauduc & Haggard is really Big Noise with is a stand-up bass that any rockabilly bassist in the world would be jealous of…The raw guitar sound on Blind Boy Fuller’s "You've Got To Move It On" I think will never be recreated... After listening through the collection you should understand how everything is interrelated. How Chuck Berry got his sound and how, among other things, Beatles and Rolling Stones became what they became. A collection of canons in my opinion and a booklet accompanies the records where there is very good info about the artists and the groups. Jonas Andersson American Music Magazine I have listened to almost nothing but this chronology in the past evenings, but I still feel that I have only just been knocking at the door of a rich treasure trove. Famous names and well-known songs are alternated with rare and unexpected tracks on the four CDs. What makes these sets so special is that they are not a dry and dusty exercise in musical archeology. What they present will be a revelation even for the most enthusiastic R & B enthusiast. Eric Schuurmans Rootsville   RANDB047
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    THE HARRY SOUTH BIG BAND WITH GEORGIE FAME AND THE DICK MORRISSEY QUARTET When the BBC invited pianist/composer and arranger Harry South to front his own big band for a special edition of its flagship radio programme Jazz Club in 1960, few could have predicted the broadcast’s fall-out. Although the Beeb would offer a similar helping hand to other British jazzmen in the decade ahead – making big band leaders of a range of leading figures from Humphrey Lyttelton to Stan Tracey – none of these other bands evolved quite like South's. Beginning as a showcase for his distinctive, often darkly dramatic, original material, and operating as a 'jobs for the boys' forum for those British modernists he felt closest too (among them Tubby Hayes, Dick Morrissey and Joe Harriott) the sheer clout of South's star-packed aggregation ensured it soon attracted interest from outside the normally closed borders of jazz purism. Indeed, when Yeh Yeh hitmaker Georgie Fame decided to pursue his wider musical ambitions, he chose South and his big band as his collaborators, creating the album Sound Venture, a cross-over classic that has become one of the iconic LPs of the decade. Assembled from South's own tape archive, and featuring a wealth of PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED material, including NINE killer Georgie Fame tracks, Further South is both a prequel and sequel to that landmark achievement, a four-disc document of one of the most vibrant times in British music, a souvenir from the days when Swinging London created its very own sound from a heady amalgam of small band Hard Bop, Big Band Swing, R&B and Soul. Containing no fewer than ten complete radio sessions by South's big band (and two by the Dick Morrissey Quartet) and packaged with rare period photographs and an extensive booklet essay by award-winning saxophonist and author Simon Spillett, this set is a must-have for all fans of British modernism. RANDB051 These Harry South Big Band broadcast recordings contain modern big band jazz of quite extraordinary power and dynamism - rarely, if ever, equalled since. The Band - led by conductor/arranger/composer South- has just about every modern jazz star of the 1960's including such luminaries as Tubby Hayes,Ronnie Scott and Dick Morrissey in the sax sections on offer. The Band rips it up on just about every track and culminates - in CD 4 - with Georgie Fame at the microphone with the band in full swing behind him. All in all, a truly remarkable catalogue of music making. But, a word of warning, these recordings are of BBC broadcasts of "Jazz Club" and (I believe) are taken from tapes made of the various transmissions by Harry South himself and are definitely not "Hi-Fi" or anything approaching it - but they are nevertheless priceless in their rarity and musical excellence. In addition to the Big Band broadcasts there are some wonderful sessions recorded by the Dick Morrissey Quartet with no less than Harry South himself on piano and the titanic drumming of Phil Seaman on offer. All in all a fitting tribute to a marvellous set of musicians playing at the peak of their powers in the 1960's - with the caveat for the audiophiles alongst us as to the far less then perfect sound reproduction! Jonny Dee