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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 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.
  • Includes fully illustrated 24 page booklet. This 4CD Box Set is a real masterpiece tour de force. With all the background information [...] this is clearly a work of love and [...] damned delicious. Rootstime 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   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.
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    ‘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
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    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. 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
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    In a comprehensive overview from 1927 to 1963, History of Soul Records’ 8CD anthology covers the genesis of soul music, tracing connections between R&B, jazz and blues, and gospel, the secular and the sacred. As popular black musical genres were adopted by white teenage audiences in the 1950s, black music reverted to more authentic, basic styles. By 1960, the sound of black popular music had turned away from a driving, largely uptempo rhythm and blues towards a more emotionally poignant style. The term ‘soul’ popped up here and there, but only became common parlance after the release of Ray Charles’s I Believe To My Soul at the end of 1959.

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

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

    WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

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

    Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Music

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

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

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

    SOUL021 Produced as CD-R (professionally manufactured recordable CD printed for short run) as opposed to CD-P (professionally manufactured pressed CDs made in quantities of 500+). All CDs whether CD-R or CD-P are 100% guaranteed error free. Discs will always be replaced if any problems are encountered.
  • 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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  • Included on Disc One are four songs from a previously unreleased Home Of The Blues test tape from May 1961 – a real bonus to hear – all imbued with gospel fervour, the vital ingredient of solid soul.  There are 20 additional previously unissued tracks & 17 related recordings by artists linked with the 5 Royales. These History of Soul releases are not your quickie PD issues as they have extensive notes by soul expert John Ridley, detailed discographies and loads of label shots and great photos. If you have the slightest interest in R&B, soul and the transition between the two, then you need some 5 Royales in your life. There are thirty-seven tracks on these three History of Soul ‘ Definitive 5 Royales’ 2CD sets that are not on the Rock Beat box set. Fred Rothwell Blues & Rhythm Although I own all their LP's I hadn't listened to the 5 Royales for quite some time. When I got your set I immediately put them on my CD player( the King sides first). I must confess you did an excellent job. The set is fantastic. The sound comes over clearly and the bass has profound depth almost more than on the original KING LP's.  I never listened to them with more pleasure ever. Really fantastic. Atilla Oess SOUL025
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    Nina Simone, Ray Charles, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Ike & Tina Turner, Isley Bros, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Bessie Smith. In a comprehensive overview from 1927 to 1960, History of Soul Records’ 10CD anthology covers the genesis of soul music, tracing connections between R&B, jazz and blues, and gospel, the secular and the sacred. As popular black musical genres were adopted by white teenage audiences in the 1950s, black music reverted to more authentic, basic styles. By 1960, the sound of black popular music had turned away from a driving, largely uptempo rhythm and blues towards a more emotionally poignant style. The term ‘soul’ popped up here and there, but only became common parlance after the release of Ray Charles’s I Believe To My Soul at the end of 1959. This collection of breathtaking blues and spiritual music brings you some of the most impassioned, compelling vocal performances ever to be recorded. The accompanying illustrated 48-page booklets set out the historical background and explain some of the technical features that make these beautiful songs the precursors of soul music. 281 tracks lovingly remastered.
            DISC ONE   1.      Arizona Dranes - I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go 2.      Bessie Smith - Moan You Moaners 3.      Sister Mary Nelson - Judgement 4.      Blind Mamie Forehand - Honey In The Rock 5.      Luther Magby - Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit 6.      Washington Phillips - Denomination Blues Pt. 1 7.      Garfield Akers - Dough Roller Blues 8.      Mitchells Christian Singers - Them Bones 9.      Blind Willie Johnson - Church, I'm Fully Saved Today 10.    Johnnie Temple - Louise Louise Blues 11.    Mahalia Jackson - Oh My Lord 12.    Rev Gary Davis - Cross And Evil Woman Blues 13.    Golden Gate Quartet - Every Time I Feel The Spirit 14.    Rev J.M. Gates  - This Heart Of Mine Pt 1 15.    The Wright Brothers - Gospel Train 16.    Memphis Minnie - In My Girlish Days 17.    The Charioteers - Wade In the Water 18.    Ernestine B Washington - If I Could Just Make It In 19.        The Southern Sons - When They Ring Golden Bells 20.        The Dixie Hummingbirds - Book Of The Seven Seas 21.        Sister Rosetta Tharpe - How Far from God 22.        Georgia Peach - Here Am I Do Send Me 23.        Mahalia Jackson - Move On Up A Little Higher 24.        The Pilgrim Travelers - Good News 25.        Georgia Peach  - I’m Waiting For Jesus 26.        Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Beams Of Heaven 27.        Sister Mathews - Stand By Me 28.        Ethel Davenport & Brownie McGhee - I'm Tired DISC TWO 1.      Billy Wright - Stacked Deck 2.      Bobby Bland - Crying All Night Long 3.      Brother Joe May - Search Me Lord 4.      Clara Ward - Just One Moment 5.      Clara Ward - Salvation Is Free 6.      Cora Martin - There's A Place 7.      Dinah Washington - Good Daddy Blues 8.      The Dominoes - Do Something For Me 9.      Ernestine B Washington  We Shall Walk The Valley 10.    The Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - He's My Rock 11.    The Five Blind Boys - Jesus Traveled This Road 12.    Goldia Haynes  - This Old World 13.    Jackson Gospel Singers - Heaven Bound Train 14.    Jesse Mae Renfro - In That Home By And By 15.    Little Esther - I'll Be There 16.    Mahalia Jackson - Just Over The Hill 17.    Marie Knight - I Thank You Jesus 18.    Percy Mayfield - Please Send Me Someone To Love 19.    The Pilgrim Travelers - Standing On The Highway 20.    Prof J Earle Hines - How Sweet It Is 21.    Reverend Samuel Kelsey - Little Boy 22.    Roberta Martin Singers - Satisfied 23.    Roy Brown - Dreaming Blues 24.    Roy Brown - Love Don't Love Nobody 25.    The Royales - Give Me One More Chance 26.    Ruth Davis - When He Spoke 27.    T-Bone Walker - Call It Stormy Monday 28.    The Trumpeteers - Milky White Way 29.    Wynona Carr - Lord Jesus DISC THREE 1.      The Davis Sisters - Too Close To Heaven 2.      The Larks - Honey In The Rock 3.      Lula Reed - I'll Drown In My Tears 4.      The Soul Stirrers - Peace In The Valley 5.      Percy Mayfield - The River's Invitation 6.      The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet - Here Am I Lord 7.      Clara Ward - Come In The Room 8.      Big Maybelle - Way Back Home 9.      Professor J.Earle Hines - This Old Soul Of Mine 10.    The "5" Royales - Baby, Don't Do It 11.    Edna Gallmon Cooke  - Somebody Touched Me 12.    The Soul Stirrers - Just Another Day 13.    Kitty Stevenson  - I Shouldn't Cry But I Do 14.    The Caravans - Tell The Angels 15.    Marie Knight - Jesus Walk With Me 16.    The Clovers - Fool, Fool, Fool 17.    The Davis Sisters  - Bye And Bye Pt 1 & 2 18.    Lloyd Price - Lawdy Miss Clawdy 19.    Dorothy Love Coates  - I'm Sealed 20.    Ray Charles - Misery In My Heart 21.    Davis Sisters  - Stand By Me 22.    The Five Keys - Too Late Baby 23.    The Dixie Hummingbirds - Trouble In My Way 24.    Sister Jessie Mae Renfro - I Must Tell Jesus 25.    Guitar Slim - Feelin' Sad 26.    Swan's Silvertone Singers - He Won't Deny Me 27.    Dorothy Love Coates - You Can't Hurry God 28.    The Dominoes - Have Mercy Baby 29.    Alex Bradford - Too Close To Heaven
            DISC FOUR   1.      The Davis Sisters - I'm Tired 2.      Dominoes - Move To Outskirts Of Town 3.      The Caravans  - Since I Met Jesus 4.      The Colemanaires  - Be Ready When He Comes 5.      The Christian Travelers - Only A Pilgrim 6.      The Drifters - Money Honey 7.      The Soul Stirrers - Any Day Now 8.      Mahalia Jackson - Walking To Jerusalem 9.      Rev. Utah Smith - Two Wings 10.    The Sunset Travellers - Yes, Yes, I've Done My Duty 11.    Ray Charles - Don't You Know 12.    Edna Gallmon Cooke  - Build Me A Cabin 13.    Rev. Anderson Johnson - God Don't Like It 14.    LaVern Baker - Soul On Fire 15.    Ruth Brown & The Drifters - Somebody Touched Me 16.    Johnny Ace - Saving My Love For You 17.    The Meditation Singers - I'm Determined 18.    Dorothy Love Coates - No Hiding Place 19.    The Pilgrim Travelers - I've Got A New Home 20.    Little Richard - Ain't That Good News 21.    Clara Ward - Faith That Moves Mountains 22.    Little Milton - Lookin' For My Baby 23.    The Caravans - Blessed And Brought Up By The Lord 24.    Ray Charles - Sinner's Prayer 25.    Guitar Slim - The Things That I Used To Do 26.    The Midnighters  - Don't Say Your Last Goodbye 27.    The Staple Singers - Since He Lightened Heavy Load 28.    The Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - All Aboard DISC FIVE 1.      Ray Charles - I've Got A Woman 2.      The Caravans - The Angels Keep Watching 3.      Jimmy Scott - Don't Cry Baby 4.      Bobby "Blue" Bland - It's My Life, Baby 5.      The Davis Sisters - Twelve Gates To The City 6.      Big Maybelle - Ocean Of Tears 7.      The Aladdins - Help Me 8.      Little Richard - Directly From My Heart 9.      B.B. King - Ten Long Years 10.    Robert Anderson - Sweeter As The Days Go By 11.    Nappy Brown - It's Really You 12.    The Soul Stirrers - The Last Mile Of The Way 13.    Ray Charles - Drown In My Own Tears 14.    Little Willie John - Need Your Love So Bad 15.    The Drifters - Honey Bee 16.    The 5 Royales - Come On And Save Me 17.    Jesse Belvin - Dear Heart 18.    The Sheiks - So Fine 19.    Aretha Franklin - Never Grow Old 20.    Earl King - Those Lonely, Lonely Nights 21.    Roberta Martin Singers  - Saved 22.    Ray Charles - Hallelujah I Love Her So 23.    The Davis Sisters - He's My King 24.    The Diablos - The Way You Dog Me Around 25.    Earl Gaines - It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day) 26.    The Swan Silvertones  - Jesus Brought Me/I Found Joy 27.    Solomon Burke - I'm All Alone 28.    Dorothy Love Coates - 99 And A Half DISC SIX 1.      James Brown - Please, Please, Please 2.      Aretha Franklin - While the Blood Runs Warm 3.      Ann Cole - Easy Easy Baby 4.      Little Willie John - Fever 5.      5 Blind Boys Mississippi - Save A Seat For Me 6.      Ray Charles - Lonely Avenue 7.      Dorothy Love Coates - That's Enough 8.      Linda Hopkins - I Can't 9.      The 5 Royales - Mine Forevermore 10.    The Drifters - I Should Have Done Right 11.    The Silver Quintette   - Sinner's Crossroads 12.    Big Maybelle - Pitiful 13.    Billy Gayles  - Let's Call It A Day 14.    The Soul Stirrers - Wonderful 15.    Nappy Brown - I Cried Like A Baby 16.    Marie Knight - I Put My Trust In Thee 17.    The Gardenias - Flaming Love 18.    Wynona Carr - Should I Ever Love Again? 19.    Ray Charles - Ain't That Love 20.    The Soul Stirrers - Touch Hem Of His Garment 21.    Bobby "Blue" Bland - Farther Up The Road 22.    The Gum Drops - Natural Born Lover 23.    The Staple Singers - Uncloudy Day 24.    Gene Allison - You're My Baby 25.    Billy Stewart - Billy's Blues, Part 2 26.    The Sensational Nightingales - To The End 27.    Little Joe Cook & The Thrillers - This I Know 28.    The Highway QC's - Something On My Mind
            DISC SEVEN   1.      Little Willie John - Love, Life And Money 2.      Evelyn Freeman - Didn't It Rain 3.      The Ramblers - Don't You Know 4.      Bobby "Blue" Bland - Teach Me 5.      Ray Charles - Talkin' 'bout You 6.      The Soul Stirrers - Were You There? 7.      James Brown - Hold My Baby's Hand 8.      Howlin' Wolf - Sitting On Top Of The World 9.      Nappy Brown - The Right Time 10.    Hank Ballard - I'll Be Home Some Day 11.    The Coasters - Young Blood 12.    The Soul Stirrers - Be With Me Jesus 13.    Ray Charles - What Kind Of Man Are You 14.    Earl Connelly King - Every Whicha Kinda Way 15.    Little Willie John - Uh Uh Baby 16.    Mighty Gospel Giants - Jesus Will Meet Me 17.    Bobby "Blue" Bland - I Smell Trouble 18.    The Famous Ward Singers - I'm So Glad 19.    Ray Charles - That's Enough 20.    Judy Clay & The Drinkard Singers - That's Enough 21.    Jackie Wilson - Come Back To Me 22.    Harold Burrage - Satisfied 23.    O.V. Wright - Sit Down And Rest Awhile 24.    Gene Allison - You Can Make It If You Try 25.    The Gospel Clefs - Steal Away To Jesus 26.    Donnie Elbert - What Can I Do 27.    Clyde McPhatter - Without Love 28.    The 5 Royales - Think DISC EIGHT 1.      The Caravans - The Lord Will Provide 2.      Bobby "Blue" Bland - You Got Me 3.      Sam Cooke - I'll Come Running Back To You 4.      Jackie Wilson - Lonely Teardrops 5.      Swan Silvertone Singers - Oh Mary Dont You Weep 6.      Jerry Butler - For Your Precious Love 7.      Ruth Brown - Why Me 8.      Professor Alex Bradford - What Folks Say About Me 9.      Little Willie John - Talk To Me 10.    James Brown - Try Me 11.    Marion Williams - Packin' Up 12.    Ray Charles - Yes Indeed 13.    Little Milton - That Will Never Do 14.    The Drifters - Drip Drop 15.    The High Tower Brothers  - Come By Here 16.    Gene Allison - Everything Will Be Alright 17.    The Dells - What You Say Baby 18.    Little Junior Parker - I’m Holding On 19.    The Dixie Nightingales - I've Been Lifted 20.    The 5 Royales - Tell The Truth 21.    Evangelist 'Baby' Ballinger - So Glad 22.    Briant Holland - Shock 23.    Willie Mitchell  - Tell It to Me Baby 24.    Betty Everett - I'll Weep No More 25.    Cleophus Robinson  - I Can See So Much 26.    Ray Charles - (Night Time Is) The Right Time 27.    Bill Doggett - Hold It 28.    The Gospel Chordettes - I Can't Believe It DISC NINE 1.      The Isley Brothers - Shout (Pts 1 & 2) 2.      The Soul Seekers - Something's Got A Hold Of Me 3.      Barrett Strong - Money 4.      The Sensational Wonders - Walk Around Me 5.      The Meditation Singers  - My Soul Looks Backs 6.      The Falcons - You're So Fine 7.      Sugar Pie DeSanto - I Want To Know 8.      The Sunset Travelers  - Lazerus 9.      Big Jay McNeely  - Something On Your Mind 10.    The Highway QC's - Working On The Building 11.    The Miracles - (You Can) Depend On Me 12.    Ray Charles - What'd I Say (Pts 1 & 2) 13.    Little Willie John - I'm Shakin' 14.    The Antioch Temple Choir - Search My Heart 15.    Eugene Church - Miami 16.    Bobby "Blue" Bland - Someday 17.    Donoman & The Lakettes - Here Comes The Fool 18.    Hank Ballard - I Could Love You 19.    Earl Gaines - Three Times Seven 20.    James Brown - Good Good Lovin' 21.    The Famous Ward Singers  - My Traveling Shoes 22.    Harold Burrage - Crying For My Baby 23.    The Soul Stirrers - Stand By Me Father 24.    Jackie Wilson - I'll Be Satisfied 25.    The Staple Singers - Good News 26.    The 5 Royales - Don't Let It Be In Vain 27.    Major Lance  - I've Got A Girl 28.    5 Blind Boys Mississippi - Where There's A Will
            DISC TEN   1.         Ike & Tina Turner - A Fool In Love 2.         The Miracles - Shop Around [regional version] 3.         The Kelly Brothers - He's The Same Today 4.         Mable John - Who Wouldn't Love A Man Like 5.         Rufus & Carla - Cause I Love You 6.         The Staple Singers - Will The Circle Be Unbroken 7.         Earl King - Come On (Pts 1 & 2) 8.         Sam Cooke - Tenderness 9.         Singin' Sammy Ward - Who's The Fool DISC TEN 10.      Mary Wells - Bye Bye Baby 11.      Little Esther  - Wild Child 12.      Gary U.S. Bonds - New Orleans 13.      The Top Notes - Say Yes 14.      J.J. Barnes - My Love Came Tumbling Down 15.      Al 'TNT' Braggs - I Don't Think I Can Make It 16.      Bobby "Blue" Bland - I Pity The Fool 17.      Jessie Hill - Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Pt 1) 18.      The Drapers - Baby, One More Time   DISC TEN 19.      Bobby Marchan - There's Something On Your Mind 20.      Donnie Elbert - I Beg Of You 21.      James Brown - I'll Go Crazy 22.      Jackie Wilson - You Better Know It 23.      Ray Charles - I Believe To My Soul 24.      The 5 Royales - I'm With You (extended) 25.      Willie Wright & His Sparklers  - Got a Feelin' 26.      Nina Simone - Work Song 27.      Swan Silvertone Singers - Singin' In My Soul    
  • Aside from the music, one of the richest pleasures to be found here is Nick Duckett’s comprehensive and astute liner notes. It’s in Duckett’s writing almost as much as in the songs themselves, that we truly get a feel for the skill, craftsmanship and musical acumen that characterized the work of Henry Glover. Virtually every song in this compilation is addressed, often with in-depth discussions of how Glover crafted the rhythmic patterns, instrumental voicings and textures, and the multi-genre cross-pollinations and borrowings that made this music come alive…Everyone from hard-core aficionados to more mainstream fans who simply love good R&B and blues from the mid-century golden age to the dawning of rock’n’roll will find this an essential addition to their collection. David Whiteis Living Blues Henry Glover was the first producer/writer in the American music industry, paving the way for a host of illustrious followers such as Phil Spector, Leiber & Stoller and Burt Bacharach. Composer, producer, arranger, publisher, talent scout, vocalist, trumpet player, engineer, A&R executive, and, later, a label owner in his own right, Glover was one of the most talented music industry entrepreneurs of the twentieth century. The fact that he was black and working in an exclusively white executive environment makes his achievements all the more remarkable. Glover’s formative years were spent at Cincinnati-based King Records and the majority of hits on that label during its golden era from 1947 to 1958 were Henry Glover productions. He was equally at home with white and black music. His pioneering work with Moon Mullican and Hawkshaw Hawkins combining blues and country predates Elvis Presley’s Sun recordings by several years. Glover tried his hand at doo-wop and rock’n’roll music, but he found his greatest success in the dance craze era of the early 1960s. In later years, Glover channelled his energies into forming his own record label (he launched the careers of The Hawks, who mutated into The Band, and of Nick Ashford). One of his last productions was Muddy Waters’s swansong The Woodstock Album, which won a Grammy in 1975. This 4CD set contains 125 Henry Glover songs sung by Bill Doggett, Bull Moose Jackson, Champion Jack Dupree, The Checkers, Delmore Brothers, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Hank Ballard, Joey Dee, Little Willie John, Lucky Millinder, Lula Reed, Moon Mullican, Roy Brown, Ray Charles, Sonny Thompson, The Swallows, Tiny Bradshaw, Wynonie Harris, The 5 Royales and many more… Includes 28-page booklet RANDB0200 The collection is an absolute cracker. Fred Rothwell - Blues & Rhythm Produced as CD-R (professionally manufactured recordable CD printed for short run) as opposed to CD-P (professionally manufactured pressed CDs made in quantities of 500+). Comes with 28-page booklet. All CDs whether CD-R or CD-P are 100% guaranteed error free. Discs will always be replaced if any problems are encountered.  
  • (shipped with booklets, slipcase and CD inlays but without jewel case for cheaper airmail and less problems with EU customs) Included on Disc One are four songs from a previously unreleased Home Of The Blues test tape from May 1961 – a real bonus to hear – all imbued with gospel fervour, the vital ingredient of solid soul.  There are 20 additional previously unissued tracks & 17 related recordings by artists linked with the 5 Royales. These History of Soul releases are not your quickie PD issues as they have extensive notes by soul expert John Ridley, detailed discographies and loads of label shots and great photos. If you have the slightest interest in R&B, soul and the transition between the two, then you need some 5 Royales in your life. There are thirty-seven tracks on these three History of Soul ‘ Definitive 5 Royales’ 2CD sets that are not on the Rock Beat box set. Fred Rothwell Blues & Rhythm Although I own all their LP's I hadn't listened to the 5 Royales for quite some time. When I got your set I immediately put them on my CD player( the King sides first). I must confess you did an excellent job. The set is fantastic. The sound comes over clearly and the bass has profound depth almost more than on the original KING LP's.  I never listened to them with more pleasure ever. Really fantastic. Atilla Oess SOUL025
  • Includes fully illustrated 68page 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 R010
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    Includes fully illustrated 24page booklet. 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 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
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    Rhythm & Blues Records presents a new series of double CDs highlighting the 240 or so songs most frequently performed by British beat and blues artists. Volume One spotlights the pre-Beatles skiffle and folk era and ties this in to the Blues Boom group material of the late 1960s. Three further volumes concentrate on Merseybeat, the London scene and the jazz and soul sounds that influenced the mod movement. In the late 1960s, when US college youth were likely to buy anything British labelled ‘heavy', ‘progressive' or  ‘blues', the brand-leaders of the British Invasion: The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Cream, Ten Years After, The Jeff Beck Group and Led Zeppelin were, without exception, born out of the American music included in this fascinating collection.

    Teenagers in post-war America weren't particularly fond of folk, blues or country and western; that was the stuff that their parents liked. Yet to some of their counterparts in ration-book Britain, this music seemed to offer messages from an intriguing culture half a world away. Lonnie Donegan's hit album 'King of Skiffle' engendered a craze among British teenagers for reproducing and even recording these sounds in their suburban bedrooms or provincial youth clubs, on cheap guitars and homemade instruments. The skiffle sound spread like wildfire across the UK before its more discerning practitioners reverted, towards a more rock 'n' roll style, taking their fusion back to North America whence it had come, in a 'British Invasion'.

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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  
  • Includes fully illustrated 64page 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 RANDB048
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    In a comprehensive overview from 1927 to 1963, History of Soul Records’ 8CD anthology covers the genesis of soul music, tracing connections between R&B, jazz and blues, and gospel, the secular and the sacred. As popular black musical genres were adopted by white teenage audiences in the 1950s, black music reverted to more authentic, basic styles. By 1960, the sound of black popular music had turned away from a driving, largely uptempo rhythm and blues towards a more emotionally poignant style. The term ‘soul’ popped up here and there, but only became common parlance after the release of Ray Charles’s I Believe To My Soul at the end of 1959.

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

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

    WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

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

    Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Music

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

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

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

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    FROM ROCK'N'ROLL TO THE END OF THE CARNIVAL More than any other city in the world, New Orleans has been responsible for shaping the sound of twentieth century popular music. Sweeping statement that may be, but as the birthplace of jazz, funk and arguably rock’n’roll, it really has no other contenders. At the heart of these three widely different varieties of music lies the rhythmic complexity of second line parade drumming. Its two-beat patterns combining military band and Caribbean rhythms underpin the early recordings of Louis Armstrong as much as they do those of Little Richard and James Brown. Discs One & Two of this set cover the classic period the New Orleans r&b and rock’n’roll and feature records which most people would now identify as quintessentially New Orleans. On discs Three & Four, we find the music on the cusp between the end of the rock’n’roll era and the birth of soul music. The tracks on discs Five and Six reflects the final move towards more soulful productions and present the best music produced in the city before the entire scene finally scattered and the musicians dispersed in 1963-64. After spending the last couple of months basking in the aural joy of this label's Rhythm & Blues Chronology series covering the 1940s, I've reached the conclusion that anything which comes off the Rhythm and Blues Records production line is bound for 'top of the stack' status. This exquisitely packaged 6 CD set, presented in a handy hard-back book format, pushes every button a fan of Blues, R&B or Rock “n' Roll might have. Here's 160 - yes, 160(!) tracks starting with Rip It Up by Little Richard in 1955 all the way to Huey 'Piano' Smith and his Clowns Talk To Me Baby in 1962. The journey from disk 1 to disk 6 is an education, made more so by Nick Duckett's 24 pages of comprehensive notes which forms the central section of the package. A fine collection like this will always remind us that, no matter how long you've been around and listening to R&B, there's still a helluva lot we've missed. Names which represent true rarity, often by long-vanished single record artists whose fine work may well have been buried by time but for the forensic research and digging by true aficionados like Mr. Duckett. There are some terrific items which have been hitherto unreleased, such as Leonard Carbo's I Don't Want To Lose Her, Larry Williams' Oh Baby, Tommy Ridgley's dynamic Real Gone Jam or the quirky Tell Me The Truth by the Turquinettes. In fact up to 50% of these records feature names a great many of us, R&B devotees or not, may well never have heard of, yet everything on this glorious hours-long listening spree will serve to remind us all that Chicago, New York, Memphis and L.A. may have been important spokes on the blues and rock wheel, but New Orleans was the hub. There is a unique, joyous bounce to the Louisiana sound. It emanates from the small, passion-packed studios which echoed to the rolling rhythms of Professor Longhair and the cheeky thrust of Fats Domino, both of whom feature here, as well as dozens of other luminaries such as Art Neville, Frankie Ford and TV Slim. If you can't afford the fare to New Orleans, then this is a highly economical alternative. I've been firing up my gumbo and stirring my jambalaya to these records. We could all do with a touch of Mardi Gras in our dour British winter - and these six platters will turn anyone's front room into North Rampart Street. I suppose by now youve reached the conclusion I like this. Damn right - highly recommended. ROY BAINTON RANDB032
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    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.