CDs

  • The History of Rhythm & Blues Volume Three 1952-1957
    Reviews Volume One A cross-label 4CD set, which not only tells the story better than anything before, but offers insights into song origins and provides fascinating musical connections across decades…offers a wealth of insights into the cross-pollination of blues, jazz, country, gospel, pop and rock. – Johnny Black, Mojo One of the finest box-sets of recent years…finely chosen set of tracks… the reissue of the year by a country mile…Anyone who’s heard Volume One will be counting down the days (to the release of Volume Two)… the sets will become the standard work on the genre – Jeremy Searle, RocknReel It’s difficult to imagine any set doing a better job of tracing the roots of R&B – Steve Leggett, All Music Guide Volume Two There’s so little on this box set that I wouldn’t be overjoyed to play you… an absolutely essential purchase - Mark Lamarr BBC Radio Two Fellow addicts will already have many of the tracks, but purchasing them again to have them put in the context of blues development should be a joy rather than a hardship.… As a whole package, it is irresistible and should be an essential on the shopping list of all self respecting r’n’b junkies - David Innes R2 The History of Rhythm and Blues 1942-52 is just splendid, it's a labour of love and a work of supreme scholarship, put together by people who obviously care. From boogie men to boppers, hillbilly's to honkers it is beautifully programmed and has polished some dusty old gems into a relevant and modern work of art. Compilations of the music of any genre from history are ten a penny these days, thrown together with little thought for anything bar profit. This is something else, something very special indeed. It realises that recorded music has a place in social history, its own mythology, a narrative and in its four discs and lovingly annotated 68 page book, it tells that story. So as well as the fabulous and joyful music, we get thoughts on the development of radio, the race laws of early 20th century America and the migration of workers, the jukebox phenomenon and even technical information about patterns in the 12 bar blues form. The compilers of this set have created a desirable object every bit as a precious as a memory, as valuable as a necklace, they are heroes of the gramophone, the record player, the cd machine. Just buy it, you won't go far wrong. - Ian Clayton Among a plethora of such comps…frankly, it’s probably the best of its kind. Whether you want to learn more about the genre or have been listening for years, this collection leaves others eating its dust. – Laith Al-Kaisy Record Collector Volume Three Well what a set this one is… it is not JUST the music that makes it so valuable (I nearly wrote important)…The 68 page booklet (fully illustrated with labels, photos and billboards) is an exemplar of how these things should be done. Each individual track comes with a textual analysis and full recording details…The wealth of information presented is both impressive and delightful. Impressive because of the volume of research that must have been undertaken to produce the text and delightful because of the fascinating information delivered to the reader, particularly in the context of the sequencing of the tracks…there is more information here than will often be found in some books purporting to discuss the genre. - Ian McKenzie Blues & Rhythm Breathtaking collection of vintage greats...brilliantly packaged with a detailed 68-page booklet, it’s hard to think of a music fan who wouldn’t want this in their collection. - Terry Staunton Record Collector Hugely entertaining…ease back and luxuriate in the warm flow of mostly black sounds - Geoff Brown Mojo Volume Four Seriously well-presented, this four CD, DVD-sized collection with its thirty page bound-in booklet presents just about as wide a variance of sounds and styles as you could imagine in the years covered and gives full concise background notes to each and every one of the 124 tracks. The cover itself is of durable hard-back material. A hugely enjoyable trawl through the late 50s & early 60s. It would make a very tasty Christmas present for your offspring, which might set them out on a voyage of discovery. I wish I’d have had something like this bought for me when I was just setting out on mine - Tony Watson – Blues & Rhythm A multi-genre, colour-blind, cross-label and highly inclusive collection… delivers a history lesson with a helluva backbeat… Essential music by any measure, in a box set which does it justice and best of all, it rocks like a mother - Elsewhere.co.nz UK postage £4 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 24 page booklet. What they said about Volume Three: 'Mind-bogglingly superb 4CD set ... too good to ignore...the definitive statement on the era...every cut is 100% juicy.' Johnny Black Hifi News 'Strongly recommended both because of the quality of its content and style of music and because of the loving care that has been applied Ian McKenzie Blues & Rhythm Brilliantly packaged with a detailed 68-page booklet, it's hard to think of a music fan who wouldn't want this in their collection.' Terry Staunton Record Collector Special price for all four box sets 1925-1962 £60 R010 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 64page booklet. Well what a set this one is… it is not JUST the music that makes it so valuable (I nearly wrote important)…The 64 page booklet (fully illustrated with labels, photos and billboards) is an exemplar of how these things should be done. Each individual track comes with a textual analysis and full recording details…The wealth of information presented is both impressive and delightful. Impressive because of the volume of research that must have been undertaken to produce the text and delightful because of the fascinating information delivered to the reader, particularly in the context of the sequencing of the tracks…there is more information here than will often be found in some books purporting to discuss the genre. Ian McKenzie Blues & Rhythm Breathtaking collection of vintage greats...brilliantly packaged with a detailed 68-page booklet, it’s hard to think of a music fan who wouldn’t want this in their collection. Terry Staunton Record Collector Hugely entertaining…ease back and luxuriate in the warm flow of mostly black sounds. Geoff Brown Mojo A multi-genre, colour-blind, cross-label and highly inclusive collection… delivers a history lesson with a helluva backbeat… Essential music by any measure, in a box set which does it justice and best of all, it rocks like a mother. Elsewhere.co.nz RANDB011   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.
  • 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. Includes fully illustrated 32page booklet. One of the finest box sets released in recent years… the reissue of the year by a country mile -Jeremy Searle, RocknReel It’s difficult to imagine any set doing a better job of tracing the roots of R&B -Steve Leggett, All Music Guide Cross-label set tells story better than anything before…offers wealth of insights into song origins -Johnny Black, Mojo 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 24page booklet. There’s so little on this box set that I wouldn’t be overjoyed to play you… an absolutely essential purchase. Mark Lamarr BBC Radio Two Fellow addicts will already have many of the tracks, but purchasing them again to have them put in the context of blues development should be a joy rather than a hardship.… As a whole package, it is irresistible and should be an essential on the shopping list of all self respecting r’n’b junkies. David Innes R2 The History of Rhythm and Blues 1942-52 is just splendid, it's a labour of love and a work of supreme scholarship, put together by people who obviously care. From boogie men to boppers, hillbilly's to honkers it is beautifully programmed and has polished some dusty old gems into a relevant and modern work of art. Compilations of the music of any genre from history are ten a penny these days, thrown together with little thought for anything bar profit. This is something else, something very special indeed. It realises that recorded music has a place in social history, its own mythology, a narrative and in its four discs and lovingly annotated 68 page book, it tells that story. So as well as the fabulous and joyful music, we get thoughts on the development of radio, the race laws of early 20th century America and the migration of workers, the jukebox phenomenon and even technical information about patterns in the 12 bar blues form. The compilers of this set have created a desirable object every bit as a precious as a memory, as valuable as a necklace, they are heroes of the gramophone, the record player, the cd machine. Just buy it, you won't go far wrong. Ian Clayton Among a plethora of such comps…frankly, it’s probably the best of its kind. Whether you want to learn more about the genre or have been listening for years, this collection leaves others eating its dust. Laith Al-Kaisy Record Collector If you've bought the jewel case version and would like the DVD case and insert, please drop us a line. No charge if you purchase another item from the site
  • Beatles Beginnings Volume Two: Quarrymen – Rocknroll Volume One: Quarrymen - Skiffle - Country - Western
    Jazz; rock’n’roll; blues; music hall; guitar instrumentals; tin pan alley; rockabilly; dance band; soul; bolero; skiffle; trad; R&B; country; old-time; Broadway; doo-wop; folk; high school pop; Motown – the Beatles’ early influences are so wide-ranging that the Beatles Beginnings series of discs could quite easily pass for an introduction to the history of twentieth century popular music. The first disc in the series Quarrymen One investigates skiffle and the other music that the individual members of the group grew up listening to before rock’n’roll burst on to the scene. The Beatles established a repertoire of over 600 tunes, allowing them to tailor their set to the occasion for jazz clubs, strip clubs, folk clubs, working men’s clubs, church dances and rock’n’roll joints. Almost all of the songs they learned were released in the UK and from 1957 onwards, they avidly followed the weekly music charts and kept up to date with the records that did not make the hit parade. Before naming the Beatles in the summer of 1960, they were the Quarrymen. Quarrymen Two looks at the band’s rock’n’roll influences. For the first six years of their career, the Beatles were essentially a covers band. When they were captured live on tape in two sets at the Star Club in Hamburg in December 1962, they played thirty-two songs, only two of which were their own compositions. Going into 1961, Silver Beatles sees the group broadening out their repertoire to include some of the Latin-influenced ‘uptown R&B’ numbers currently in vogue, along with more rock’n’roll, rockabilly and some gospel-style numbers. This is an excellent compilation of songs…if you have volumes one and two and enjoyed them, this one is even better. Ernie Sutton British Beatles Fan Club Magazine By 1963, they had established an impressive repertoire of over 600 songs; their enthusiasm for popular music of all genres enabled them to play to a wide range of audiences, but in 1961-1962 they were mainly performing at the famous Cavern Club, when they were broadening out to include Latin-influenced songs, uptown R&B and dance craze numbers along with more rock’n’roll, rockabilly and easy listening items. The 5th CD covers the period between Ringo Starr joining the group and the start of Beatlemania in early 1963. It brings together pop, R&B and early soul records that the Beatles had in their live set in 1962. Star Club gives us an accurate picture of what they would have sounded like if we’d been there at the time. Late ‘62 through to mid ‘63, the Beatles’ live set and their recordings consisted mainly of cover versions of contemporary black American pop. A set list from a ten-song show in April ‘63 contained only four of their own songs. Yet by the end of the year, the Fab Four were making history with their own songs. CD 6 contains a mixture of songs taken from their 1963 live set and songs they recorded same year, along with other music that influenced their own compositions at this crucial time. A must for Beatles devotees and for any fan of early sixties pop interested in finding out more about what inspired the group and what shaped their musical sensibility. Alerting all Beatles fans! In fact, alerting anyone with even just a passing interest in music of Twentieth century popular music, for here’s a terrific series of albums they may well want to check out… superbly researched booklets, each volume will delve into the music that inspired, influenced and shaped the Beatles individually and collectively…here’s the very stuff that changed the world and forged the greatest band of all time. As the music rings out … you can almost hear the Beatles metamorphosing inside your ears as they listened, learned and immersed themselves, letting these songs open doors and fire their imagination: there was to be no looking back – an absolute gas. Colin Hall (curator of John Lennon’s house Mendips) The “Beginnings”series strikes again with another spectacular collection of original recordings that in this case inspired or influenced The Beatles… the accompanying booklet has extremely thorough and welcome annotation. I applaud whomever performed the extensive research that resulted in these fascinating choices. Their other series, “How Britain Got the Blues”, is every bit as good (if not better, as each set of this 4-part series is a 2-CD extravaganza of great cuts). Bravo to History of RnB Records for these releases and the outstanding music scholarship that accompanies them. William Stout Available as slimline CD set with annotated 48 page book. Each individual CD has 4 page insert. Produced as CD-R (professionally manufactured recordable CD printed for short run) All CDs are guaranteed error free and will always be replaced if any problems are encountered. Please advise if you require the printed inlays that can be inserted into CD jewel cases.
  • See tracklisting for (RANDB010, RANDB041 PLUS R012 6 CDs IN ONE BOX)
  • See tracklisting for (RANDB037, RANDB045 PLUS RANDB054 11 CDs IN ONE BOX)
    1. Kansas City
    2. If There Wasn’t Any You
    3. Sweet Lotus Blossom
    4. Roll ‘em Pete
    5. I Gotta Girl (Roll ‘em Pete)
    6. Trouble In Mind
    7. Nobody Knows How I Feel This Morning
    8. New Down Home Blues
    9. Kansas City
    10. Compact Car
    11. Piney Brown's Blues
    12. Big Fine Girl
    13. Send Me Someone To Love
    14. Sweet Lotus Blossom
    15. St Louis Blues
    16. Times Getting Tougher Than Tough
    17. I'll Be So Glad
    18. When Will I Be Called A Man
    19. Sweet And Lovely
    20. In Walked Bud
  • BBC Jazz Club London May 23rd 1964 Memphis Slim p, voc, Pete Blannin b, Eddie Taylor d. I'm Lost Without You I'll Just Keep Singing The Blues El Capitan This Is A Good Time To Write A Song Big Bertha Train Has Gone Going Down Slow All By Myself BR2 Jazz Prisma Brussels February 2nd 1964 Memphis Slim p, voc, Matt "Guitar" Murphy g, Billy Stepney d. The Blues Is Everywhere All By Myself My Gal Keeps Me Crying Matt’s Guitar Boogie I'm Lost Without You Wish Me Well French TV Paris 1964 Memphis Slim p, voc, Unknown d. It's Too Late American Folk Blues Festival Baden Baden Memphis Slim p, voc, Matt "Guitar" Murphy g, Willie Dixon b, Billy Stepney d. I'll Just Keep Singing The Blues American Folk Blues Festival Manchester October 21st 1962 Memphis Slim p, voc, Willie Dixon b, Jump Jackson d. Just A Dream
  • CD1 1. Unknown Title 2. Give Me That Old Time Perversion 3. You Can Be Happy 4. Judy’s Smile 5. Questions And Answers CD2 1. Themeless Improvisation 2. Chant 3. Little Red Head 4. Day of Reckoning 5. Judy’s Smile 6. Unknown Title 7. Bruce’s Departure 8. Peaceful Farewell
  • 1. Storm Warning Harry South Big Band 2. Raga (edit) Harry South Big Band 3. Sound Of Seventeen Harry South Big Band 4. Limited Freedom Harry South Big Band 5. Southern Horizons Joe Harriot Quintet 6. Minor Incident Dick Morrissey Quartet 7. Black Eyed Peas Harry South Big Band 8. The Sweeney Harry South Big Band 9. 4 Dimensions Of Greta Harry South Big Band R&B12