R&B CDs

  • 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.  
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    London’s nightclubs have been shaking to the rockin’ sounds of jive, blues and rock’n’roll for the past fifty years and to celebrate this fact, here is aa selection of tracks as part of the Rumba Blues series, that have been getting the cats on the dance floor at Soho’s Hidden Charms nights. The disc is full of Latin beats with rumbas, boleros and tumbaos to the fore. The New Orleans inverted son clave features on four tracks and there’s a bit of jazz and blues to spice things up. The guys dubbed the tracks direct from disc as they were all currently unavailable on CD at time of writing. So if you were there or wish you’d been there, here’s your chance to listen to some rediscovered hidden charms at home! RANDB027
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    American Folk Blues Festival Live in Manchester 1962 CD (shipped without jewel case)

    Original price was: £8.00.Current price is: £4.00.
    Manchester Free Trade Hall was host to two concerts on Sunday October 21st 1962 that acted as a catalyst to the nascent British Blues & R&B boom, on the verge of breaking out of its suburban home in Ealing, West London. The shows were promoted by Stockport-based Paddy MacKiernan under the Jazz Unlimited banner and attracted a crowd of around two thousand enthusiasts, who saw the first major concert in Britain to feature American bluesmen. Manchester was the only UK date on the 1962 American Folk-Blues Festival tour and it was attended by blues fans from all over the country through what Paul Jones called ‘the bush telegraph’. With Jones were Alexis Korner and Macclesfield-born John Mayall, plus extraordinarily a contingent of younger fans who had made the trip in a clapped out van from London. Why extraordinary? Because the van contained some of the future superstars of the British scene: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Jimmy Page. The Stones by this time had just a dozen gigs under their belts and Page had recently embarked on the first stage of his career as a session guitarist. David Williams dedicates a whole chapter to the road trip in his book The First Time We Met The Blues. “It must have been around early September 1962 when news filtered down the grapevine…We could hardly believe that real blues artists were going to appear here in our country…were regarded somewhat like mystic gods within our circle…(Jimmy Page) realised that he would not be able to make the journey with us as he was already booked to play a gig with Neil Christian on the Saturday night…it was agreed Jim would travel up by train on the Sunday and we would find space for him in the van for the journey back overnight…Graham (Ackers) was a pretty good driver and soon managed to find his way through Central London to a square ...where we picked up Mick, Keith and Brian.” Keith Richards remembers it differently, “Mick sometimes had the use of his parents’ Triumph Herald at the weekend and I remember we went to see a big blues show in Manchester.” Jimmy Page: “When David Williams told me of the impending visit of the initial American Folk-Blues Festival to England, I was keen to join the pilgrimage to Manchester. It was not only the first time that I would actually see artists like John Lee Hooker and T-Bone Walker perform, but it was also the first time I met Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Keith Richards, who came with us on the trip. We were all like-minded enthusiasts and in those days we regarded the artists we were going to see as idols.” ABC TV filmed the second show and broadcast it in two parts for its Tempo programme. The recordings (from the Newby collection) are of excellent sound quality and were taken off air by direct line into a Tandberg reel to reel recorder. RANDB059 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
  • Disc One 1. Speak Your Piece March 3rd 1965 Hoochie Coochie Men 2. I’m On To You Baby March 3rd 1965 Hoochie Coochie Men 3. Turn On Your Lovelight March 3rd 1965 Hoochie Coochie Men 4. Bright Lights, Big City February 28th 1964 Hoochie Coochie Men 5. The 2.19 February 28th 1964 Hoochie Coochie Men 6. Mojo Working February 28th 1964 Ensemble 7. You're Breaking My Heart March 19th 1964 Long John Baldry/Blue Flames 8. Medley April 28th 1964 Long John Baldry/ Vernon Girls 9. Backwater Blues Early 1965 Hoochie Coochie Men 10. St. James Infirmary Early 1965 Hoochie Coochie Men 11. Time's Getting Tougher Than Tough Early 1965 Hoochie Coochie Men 12. Speak Your Piece Early 1965 Hoochie Coochie Men 13. Five Long Years Early 1965 Hoochie Coochie Men 14. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You Early 1965 Hoochie Coochie Men 15. Stormy Monday Early 1965 Hoochie Coochie Men 16. (We're Gonna) Jump For Joy August 8th 1965 Ensemble with Eric Burdon 17. Lord, Remember Me August 8th 1965 Steampacket 18. It’s All Right September 28th 1965 Steampacket 19. How Long Will It Last September 28th 1965 Steampacket 20. In The Midnight Hour September 28th 1965 Steampacket 21. Going To A Go Go June 7th 1966 Steampacket 22. The Drifter June 7th 1966 Steampacket 23. Everything's Gonna Be Alright June 7th 1966 Steampacket 24. I Didn't Want to Have to Do It June 7th 1966 Steampacket Disc Two 1. Filthy McNasty Early 1965 Hoochie Coochie Men 2. Sunset Eyes Early 1965 Hoochie Coochie Men 3. She’s A Woman June 7th 1966 Brian Auger & The Trinity 4. Cuckoo January 1967 Long John Baldry/Bluesology 5. Turn On Your Lovelight January 1967 Long John Baldry/Bluesology 6. Morning Dew November 1967 Long John Baldry/Bluesology 7. Let The Heartaches Begin November 1967 Long John Baldry/Bluesology 8. Bad Luck Soul November 1967 Long John Baldry/Bluesology 9. How Sweet It Is November 1967 Long John Baldry/Bluesology 10. Mexico May 1968 Long John Baldry/Bluesology 11. Morning Of The Carnival May 1968 Long John Baldry/Bluesology 12. Janine May 1968 Long John Baldry/Bluesology 13. Better By Far August 1968 Long John Baldry/Bluesology 14. When The Sun Comes Shining Thru’ August 1968 Long John Baldry/Bluesology 15. The Drifter August 1968 Long John Baldry/Bluesology 16. Call It Stormy Monday Unknown Long John Baldry/Bluesology 17. I Can't Stand It June 5th 1965 Brian Auger & The Trinity 18. Fool Killer June 5th 1965 Brian Auger & The Trinity 19. Just Got Some Unknown Brian Auger & The Trinity 20. Rock Candy Unknown Brian Auger & The Trinity 21. Let's Do It Tonight June 5th 1965 Brian Auger & The Trinity 22. Loop De Loop June 5th 1965 Brian Auger & The Trinity
  • 1. My Babe (1) 2. Got My Mojo Working (1) 3. Leave My Woman Alone 4. Good Understanding 5. Country Line Special (1) 6. Got My Mojo Working (2) 7. Hallelujah All My Blues Have Gone 8. Roll 'Em Pete (1) 9. How Long, How Long 10. Sadness Done Come 11. See See Rider (1) 12. Country Line Special (2) 13. Careless Love 14. On A Monday 15. I'm Movin' On 16. Mockingbird 17. Night Time Is The Right Time 18. Harmonica Breakdown 19. Preaching the Blues 20. I'm Ready 21. Money's Getting Cheaper 22. Country Line Special (3) 23. My Babe (2) 24. Chicago Calling 25. See See Rider (2) 26. Country Line Special (4) 27. Hey Roberta 28. Roll 'em Pete (2) Tracks 22-23 recorded 1/8/1963 BBC Manchester as part of the Pop Go The Beatles show. Tracks 24-28 recorded 2/7/1963 BBC London. All other tracks were recorded for ATV TV Show Hullabaloo. (The widely published broadcast dates for these shows are unreliable.) Sound quality: Hullabaloo – excellent, BBC Manchester – very good, BBC London – listenable.
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    A RHYTHM & BLUES CHRONOLOGY VOLUME SEVEN 1950 4CD

    Original price was: £18.00.Current price is: £5.00.
    Country blues and club blues; drinking songs and risqué songs; vocal groups and instrumental combos. From bebop to boogie, gutbucket to gospel, honkin’ and screamin’ to low down and dirty rock’n’roll; 112 tracks and not a dud in the bunch! RANDB078 4CD
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    A RHYTHM & BLUES CHRONOLOGY VOLUME SEVEN 1950 5CD

    Original price was: £18.00.Current price is: £8.00.
    Country blues and club blues; drinking songs and risqué songs; vocal groups and instrumental combos. From bebop to boogie, gutbucket to gospel, honkin’ and screamin’ to low down and dirty rock’n’roll; 112 tracks and not a dud in the bunch! RANDB078 5CD bonus disc 1. I'm A Night Owl Glenn Lowell Fulson Swing Time 243 1950 2. Birmingham Bounce Gunter Amos Milburn Aladdin 3058 1950 3. Bat-Lee Swing Allen George Miller’s Mid-Driffs Mercury 8183 Feb 1950 4. One Monkey Don't Stop The Show McGhee Sticks McGhee Atlantic 937 Nov 1950 5. I Know Ramson/Toombs Ruth Brown Atlantic 941 Oct 1950 6. Who Said Shorty Wasn't Coming Back Glover/Nix/Mundy Henry Glover King 4398 Feb 1950 7. Time Is Marching On Unknown The Ravens National 9148 1950 8. Cool Down Mama Hunter Lost John Hunter Four Star 1492 1950 9. Hillbilly Boogie Irby Jerry Irby MGM 10809 Mar 1950 10. Nobody's Lovin' Me Glover Lonnie Johnson King 4432 Sep 1950 11. Black Fantasy Glenn Lloyd Glenn Swing Time 336 Nov 1950 12. Rockin' Chair Mama Littlefield Little Willie Littlefield Modern 20-729 Feb 1950 13. I Found My Baby Hunter Ivory Joe Hunter MGM 10899 May 1950 14. Call On The Phone Campbell Lewis Campbell MGM 10787 1950 15. Chicken Blues Ward/Marks The Dominoes Federal 12001 Nov 1950 16. Empty Hand Peck/James/Wright Billy Wright Savoy 733 Jan 1950 17. I'll Never Be Free Weiss Dinah Washington Mercury 8187 May 1950 18. Earthquake The Singletons Charlie Singleton Red Robin 103 1950 19. Jumping Jacks Unknown The Three Riffs Apollo 1164 1950 20. Late In The Evening Blues Henry Ray Charles Swing Time 228 May 1950 21. Shuffle Shuck Valentine/Moore Jimmy Liggins Specialty 380 May 1950 22. This Old World Unknown Goldia Haynes/Joe Liggins Capitol 1019 Apr 1950 23. Hamburger Joint McCracklin Jimmy McCracklin Modern 1950 24. Later For The Gator Jackson Willis Jackson Apollo 806 1950 25. Love My Baby Joe Turner Joe Turner Imperial 5093 Apr 1950 26. Come On In King Porter King Porter King 4333 1950 27. Jumping This Morning Williams Tippo Lite & The All Stars Back Alley 202 1950 28. Frantic Chick Bartholomew Dave Bartholomew Imperial 5089 Mar 1950 29. Hey! La Bas Boogie Bartholomew/Domino Fats Domino Imperial 5085 Jan 1950
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    MISSISSIPPI JUKE JOINT BLUES 4CD

    Original price was: £18.00.Current price is: £12.00.
    Clarksdale, Mississippi: birthplace of Ike Turner, Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker and Son House and home to five taverns visited by Library of Congress researcher Lewis Wade Jones in 1941. In each of these taverns, the Chicken Shack, the Dipsie Doodle, Lucky's, the Messenger's Cafe, and the New Africa, a jukebox. In each jukebox, a choice of records, painstakingly listed by Jones, who figured it was worth it. And now, sitting down in the comfort of your own home, you can pull yourself a beer and listen to the sounds that a 29 year-old Muddy Waters from nearby Stovall might have heard on a night out in Clarksdale on 9th September, 1941. Thanks, Lewis! After reading the impeccable illustrated booklet, all that’s left is to close the eyes, leaving for Clarksdale in 1941, push open the door to any tavern and slip a coin into the music box...magic! Le Pied This is not only a great collection of music it's a significant historical document. A delightful and truly fascinating collection. Frank Scott Roots & Rhythm While the sound has been cleaned up it still has that period warmth and feel which adds to the authenticity. There's occasional surface noise but nothing that gets in the way of enjoying the music. The 18 page booklet has details for each single--title, composer, artist, label, recording date--plus an essay reprinted from 1971 that includes pertinent information about the music/era, and a few photos of performers and other pertinent ephemera. This set is worth five "stars" not only because of the music/artists found that day, but also for the Rhythm and Blues label having the foresight and the chestnuts to release something as important as this. Blues fans looking for authentic music, the kind that patrons of those five clubs listened to using their hard earned nickels in juke boxes, as they drank with friends will find many surprises found on those juke boxes. This collection is from a two year field study of culture in the Mississippi Delta region during the summers of '41 and '42 in conjunction with the Archive of American Folk Song--Library of Congress & Fisk University. If you're a deep blues fan read "Lost Delta Found" and there you'll see one section that lists "Records on Machines in Clarksdale Amusement Places", that lists all the songs. Obviously this collection is the real-deal authentic music heard in that region (and no doubt other areas) in the 1940's. There's no guess work, no random inclusion of songs/performers that fit comfortably in the "juke joint" mould of what people may envision as from that era. Because of the authenticity of the cultural study and Jones' work, this is one of the most important (and eye-opening) collections of music in the blues genre. Plus it makes for darn good listening. Blues fans/blues scholars will have a field day with this fine set--it upsets what many of us thought "juke joint music" was. But the juke box changed all that. It's the music that working people heard after a day of hard work while drinking and relaxing with their friends. On all accounts this collection has to be one of the most authentic, important releases in the blues genre for 2016. Many tracks aren't what people may think of as juke joint music, but the juke box ushered in a new era of music in taverns and local joints all across the South. But more than that--it's just great music. Stuart Jefferson Amazon RANDB036  
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    A RHYTHM & BLUES CHRONOLOGY VOLUME FOUR 1947-1948 4CD

    Original price was: £20.00.Current price is: £15.00.
    Includes fully illustrated booklet. When many of these records were cut I was 4 years old and playing in the rubble of a bombed-out Hull, courtesy of the Luftwaffe. Back then, in the UK, any one of these 111 (yes, 111 even!) tracks would have given the BBC a coronary thrombosis because the nearest we got to black music was the bellowing burnt cork of Al Jolson. Following the previous R&B Anthology sets from R&B Records, I knew I’d be in for more thrills with this and I’m not disappointed, yet restricted wordage here precludes a full ecstatic overview. However - if you thought big strident in-your-face electric guitar chords arrived in the 1960s, check out 1947’s Midnight in The Barrel House by Johnny Otis. And there’s Dizzy Gillespie, Mahalia Jackson and even Hank Williams and Merle Travis. Needing wild, wanton and utterly danceable? You need Fluffy Hunter and Buddy Banks with the manic piano of Fluffy’s Debut. Disc 2 is replete with rare gems too. The sorely neglected Andrew Tibbs pre-empting Jerry Lee Lewis’s Wine Spodey-Odey by over a decade with the rousing Drinking Ink Splink. This is a magical mystery tour with Madam Ira Mae Littlejohn’s boisterous Go Devil Go and even a 1947 Muddy Waters with Gypsy Woman, contrasting nicely with the raucous front porch fiddling of Harry Choates and his Hackberry Hop. By the time you reach disc 3 you feel like you’ve drunk a half bottle of Bourbon. Amos Milburn kicks in with a rolling Chicken Shack Boogie, the sinister, dark and energetic 1948 cut of Hooker’s Boogie Chillen, Nellie Lutcher’s uplifting Fine Brown Frame and the honking saxes of The Twister by Paul Williams, the scintillating acapella harmonies of the Swan Silvertone Singers. Disc 4 boogies along just as agreeably with The Beale Street Gang’s Fat Stuff Boogie, followed by Arthur Smith’s seminal guitar hit, Guitar Boogie, there’s more 1948 Muddy Waters, a bouncy Pettin’ and Pokin’ by Louis Jordan and 20 other delights. This hefty collection curated by Nick Duckett, who also provides the entertaining liner notes, feels like stumbling into a sealed cave of musical pirate treasure; golden nuggets, jewelled crowns, dancing diamonds and rhythmic rubies. Sometimes musical history can jolt you from the terror and torpor of the present and take you to a long forgotten place of joy. That may sound like Pseud’s Corner, but these R&B Anthologies do it for me. Try it - you’ll be well rewarded. ROY BAINTON RANDB024
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    A RHYTHM & BLUES CHRONOLOGY VOLUME THREE 1945-1946 4CD

    Original price was: £20.00.Current price is: £15.00.
    Includes fully illustrated booklet. ‘You might think that when you’ve been around for a long time and love music as much as we all do at Blues Matters, that we might become a little blasé receiving CDs to review. You’d be wrong...This is a staggering project, a sheer delight...You can stick a pin in anywhere and come up with a gem of a recording. What these records will present to even the most avid R&B aficionado is a revelation... lifting the lid on a buried treasure chest of arcane recordings, all in a style decades ahead of their time... Every one of these tracks is utterly satisfying. If you’re a true R&B fan, you will not experience a finer collection this year or any other. Exhilarating, educational, historical, but above all, extremely musical, a complete evening’s unforgettable R&B entertainment...Think you know your blues history? Think again. As this has taught me, you’re never too old to learn.’ ROY BAINTON Blues Matters RANDB023
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    (shipped with booklet & CD inlays but without jewel case for cheaper airmail and less problems with EU customs) Includes fully illustrated booklet. RANDB025
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    (shipped with booklet & CD inlays but without jewel case for cheaper postage and less problems with EU customs) See tracklisting for (RANDB037, RANDB045 PLUS RANDB054)
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    36 Page illustrated booklet.

    By the beginning of 1963, African-American music in New Orleans was in flux. Its happy-go-lucky R & B sound was no longer guaranteed to hit the national charts. In short, the good times in the city had run out of steam. The major issue now was what sort of music to record in the wake of the “British Invasion”. The answer of course was “soul”. Until soul became the ubiquitous African-American musical style, the music that was recorded in the city was a Louisiana gumbo of blues, R & B, gospel, swamp pop, anything and everything that might sell a few records.

    This set of CDs is the story of how one city, New Orleans, with its unique, proud and energetic history came to adopt soul music and how its music producers and arrangers came to utilise the styles of soul music being made in other cities of the US and to adapt them to the rhythms and approaches that made New Orleans so different to every other soul city USA.

    These CDs are also a tribute to the little labels, whose sound became the heartbeat of the city, playing out onto the streets from jukeboxes, radio stations and mom-and-pop stores selling a few 45s as a sideline. Most of the tracks on these CDs have never been released since the day that the vinyl was first stamped. This is New Orleans African-American music at its most potent. The sound of the young of the city as they heard it and played it two generations ago. RANDB052 You could drop the coin on any disc at random hear something hot. Fred Rothwell Blues & Rhythm With this latest History Of Soul release, New Orleans music fans should be in seventh heaven. David Cole Soul Basement (shipped with booklet and CD inlays but without jewel case to cut down on foreign postage)
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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    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
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    Memphis Slim London, Brussels, Paris, Baden Baden Live 1964 CD

    Original price was: £12.00.Current price is: £6.00.
    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