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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+). Comes with original printed CD inlays plus booklet annotated by Simon Spillett. All CDs whether CD-R or CD-P are 100% guaranteed error free. Discs will always be replaced if any problems are encountered.  
  • In 1965, there were two types of group in the UK: those influenced strongly by the Beatles, and those whose raison d'être was American blues and R&B. In part this split would have come about because of the pioneering blues work from Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies, who were both London based. Newcastle’s Animals and Belfast’s Them were the two biggest exceptions. Among the highlights of this CD set are the Animals’ contributions to a Granada TV show “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”. Check out the clip on the net - the camera sweeps across and Eric kicks into the a cappella intro to “Talkin’ ‘Bout You” supported only by hand clapping; there’s a flourish from Alan Price’s Vox and they’re off. Elsewhere the boys conjure up images of people like Pinetop Perkins via Ray Charles’ early classic “Mess Around”; they give us their take on the much recorded “See See Rider” which doesn’t owe a debt to anyone; and they deliver a swinging ”I Got To Find My Baby” with plenty of ad hoc extras from Eric. Several of those great hit singles (plus a flip plus some LP tracks) are here too, all benefitting from full “road testing”; Hooker’s “Boom Boom” is a stand -out with mood switching between intimacy and all out rocking. Round about the time the Animals‘ first single was released, I saw the band perform in one of those Central London clubs you have to go downstairs to reach. They were the toughest of the British R&B Groups. They were the real thing. Dave Stephens RANDB057 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. 24-page booklet included
  • Disc One   1.  Judgement Sister Mary Nelson 2.  Lord I Just Can't Keep From Cryin' Blind Willie Johnson 3.  Moan, You Moaners Bessie Smith 4.  Oh, My Lord Mahalia Jackson 5.  This Heart Of Mine Rev R V Gates 6.  Gospel Train The Wright Brothers 7.  If I Could Just Make It In Ernestine B Washington 8.  I’m Waiting For Jesus Georgia Peach  9.  Beams Of Heaven Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight 10. How Sweet It Is Professor J Earle Hines 11. Stand By Me Sister Mathews 12. There's A Place Cora Martin 13. Heaven Bound Train Jackson Gospel Singers 14. Do Something For Me The Dominoes 15. Please Send Me Someone To Love Percy Mayfield 16. I'm Sealed Dorothy Love Coates 17. Too Late Baby The Five Keys 18. I'll Be There Little Esther 19. Try A Little Tenderness Little Miss Cornshucks 20. Misery In My Heart Ray Charles 21. When He Spoke Ruth Davis 22. Crying All Night Long Bobby Bland 23. I'm Tired The Davis Sisters 24. Lawdy Miss Clawdy Lloyd Price 25. Just Another Day The Soul Stirrers 26. Baby Don't Do It The "5" Royales 27. Too Close To Heaven Alex Bradford 28. I'm Going To Move To The Outskirts  The Dominoes 29. I've Got A New Home The Pilgrim TravelersDisc Two   1.     I've Got A Woman Ray Charles 2.     The Angels Keep Watching The Caravans 3.     Help Me The Aladdins 4.     Jesus Brought Me/The Swan Silvertones 5.     Directly From My Heart Little Richard 6.     Ten Long Years B.B. King 7.     The Way You Dog Me Around The Diablos 8.     I Can't Linda Hopkins 9.     Farther Up The Road Bobby 'Blue' Bland 10.   Don't You Know The Ramblers 11.   Be With Me Jesus The Soul Stirrers 12.   Let's Call It A Day Billy Gayles 13.   Fever Little Willie John 14.   Uncloudy Day The Staple Singers 15.   Hold My Baby's Hand James Brown 16.   That's Enough Judy Clay/Drinkard Singers 17.   Tell The Truth The "5" Royales 18.   Something's Got A Hold Of Me The Soul Seekers 19.   What'd I Say Ray Charles 20.   I'll Weep No More Betty Everett 21.   Working On The Building The Highway QC's 22.   Going Back Where I Belong Sugar Pie De Santo 23.   Money Barrett Strong 24.   My Soul Looks Back The Meditation Singers 25.   I Idolize You Ike & Tina Turner 26.   Doggin' Around Jackie Wilson 27.   Baby, One More Time The Drapers 28.   Who Wouldn't Love A Man Like That Mable John 29.   Cigarettes And Coffee Al 'TNT' BraggsDisc Three   1.    Soothe Me The Sims Twins 2.    Don't Cry Baby Etta James 3.    Someday We'll Be Together Johnny & Jackey 4.    Waiting At The Station Ernie K-Doe 5.    Gin House Blues Nina Simone 6.    Sweet Lovin' Mama Johnny 'Guitar' Watson 7.    I Got To Get Away From It All Mitty Collier 8.    She Put The Hurt On Me Prince La La 9.    A Losing Battle Johnny Adams 10.   Trick Bag Earl King 11.   Every Little Bit Hurts Brenda Holloway 12.   Land Of 1,000 Dances Chris Kenner 13.   Make It Easy On Yourself  Jerry Butler 14.   Ninety Nine & A Half Won't Do Della Reese 15.   She Put Me Down Paul Walters 16.   No Headstone On My Grave Esther Phillips 17.   Seat In The Kingdom Hightower Brothers 18.   It Must Be Love The Contours 19.   I'll Go Crazy James Brown 20.   Sooner Or Later The Four Rivers 21.   I'm The One Who Loves You The Impressions 22.   Losing Hand Little Milton 23.   I Found A Love The Falcons 24.   Stubborn Kind Of Fellow Marvin Gaye 25.   Bring It On Home To Me Sam Cooke 26.   You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me The Miracles 27.   If You Need Me Solomon Burke 28.   Mojo Hanna Tami Lynn 29.   It's Too Late Darling Bobby Parker
  • ‘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.
  • This set brings together the finest R&B instrumentals recorded between 1956 and 1957, putting the spotlight both on long-forgotten records by established artists and fabulous obscurities by long-forgotten ones! It’s a cracking compilation from start to finish: Mid-West electric blues, Southern swamp rock, spicy New Orleans rhythms, sophisticated West-Coast productions and East Coast city blues, dominated by guitarists and saxophonists but interspersed with a few organists, accordionists, pianists, harmonicists and even a unitarist. All in all, 120 mighty instrumental stompers from 1956-57, R&B-style. Glorious stuff! An extra 2CD set is available as a free bonus only if bought direct from us. RANDB054
  • 'This compilation shows how Latin music's irresistible rhythms first took hold of the blues and brought teenagers black and white on to the dance floor'. RANDB026
  • 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
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    Instrumentals Soul-Style? What do you mean Soul Instrumentals? How can an instrumental be soul? Hold on a minute - what's the line-up? James Brown, Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, Junior Walker, Booker T & the MGs, King Curtis, Ike & Tina Turner. What have we got here? Club Sounds. A bit of funk, a Latin groove, a slow jazz walk, uptown dancers, late night smoochers. Instrumentals Soul-Style. Got it?

    Now here’s a crackerjack of a compilation with a lot of relatively rare instrumentals of a soul bias alongside many genre classics. It’s February as I write these notes but already this must be a contender for best compilation of the year. Davy Peckett New Gandy Dancer

    This is a wisely selected, carefully sequenced and beautifully presented collection of late 50s/early 60s instrumentals with a soulful feel and fronts an informative and attractive 28-page booklet. You’re really going to enjoy this. And the great thing is that apart from making several wonderful new finds, this is such a superb album for listening right through. Anyone who has any of the History of R&B or History of Soul label releases will be well aware of their quality and the care that goes into them and Instrumentals Soul-Style is a real gem for instrumental hounds – I love it! Alan Taylor Pipeline

    SOUL012  
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    BLACK DANCE CRAZES FROM THE LATE 50s & 60s

    The Dance Craze era was at its height in the years 1960-1961-1962 but by 1963 it was beginning to fizzle out. It came at a time when rhythm and blues was losing its appeal amongst black music buyers, who were being attracted more towards the proto-soul sounds coming from Detroit, New York, Chicago and the deep South. But dance music sold records and the nascent soul stars of the era were not slow to pick up on the trend. This CD, part of the ‘History of Soul’ series, set puts a spotlight on dance records predominantly by early soul artists, some of whom went on to bigger things and some of whom didn’t. The accompanying booklet is written by Robert Pruter, author of the acclaimed 'Chicago Soul'.

    '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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    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
  • (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
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    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 RANDB008
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    includes 32 page booklet RANDB021 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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    Two CDs analysing the songs and styles that inspired the Rolling Stones with two fully illustrated 24-page booklets. CD1 covers 1962-1964, documenting how Little Blue Boy and the Blue Boys became first the Rollin’ Stones and then the Rolling Stones we know and love today. The journey takes us from reel-to-reel recordings in suburban front rooms via primitive London studios with egg-box soundproofing to the legendary Chess studios in Chicago. On CD 2, we focus on the seminal years 1962- 1965 as the Stones evolved from duplicating the music made by their American idols and start to give it their own distinctive treatment. Even after fifty years these 27 tracks tells us a lot about the musical DNA of the Rolling Stones. Dig in! This compilation set highlights the cover versions responsible for shaping the Stones sound, then and now. RANDB056
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    24 page booklet by Keith Rylett including track by track annotation 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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  • 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
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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. RANDB025
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    Includes fully illustrated booklet. RANDB025
  • 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 Includes 24 page booklet and CD inlay. 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.
  • As the UK fired up to the 'White Heat' predicted by its new Prime Minister Harold Wilson, the nation's jazz scene was already aglow with talent, both established and up and coming. Indeed, London was a boiling crucible of jazz invention, mixing R&B, Hard Bop and a pinch of the Avant-Garde to forge its very own alchemic brand of jazz. Soho Scene '64/'65 captures this moment perfectly, a time when The Beatles and Bond were both new and fresh and when Brit-Jazz sounded as colourful and swinging as anything sashaying down Carnaby Street. Booklet notes by Simon Spillett RANDB058 I love this series. Since every track is different, dynamic and tasty, you can listen straight through without ever looking up… Where American big-band jazz trailed off in the early 1960s Britain continued to develop the genre further and with gusto… the U.S. sides are funky and off the beaten path, making for a wonderful juxtaposition between jazz evolution in London and the U.S. during the exact same two-year period. It's all here on this new set and series. Grab your Lambrettas! Marc Myers Jazzwax.com
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    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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    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