CDs

  • 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. This exhilarating compilation …is a distillation of a four-CD set; as such, it’s an exceptionally strong collection, each of the 25 tracks a discovery, a joy. The liner notes are worth the price in themselves: Well-written and entertaining, they detail not only the history of each artist, but the context of each song…The most recent song on the album was recorded more than 65 years ago, but this is no dusty exercise in musicology. This is creative, vibrant music. Even today, it quickens the pulse. M.D.Spenser Blog May 2009 Anyone looking for a great sampler to hear some of the classic early rhythm and blues could do worse than to check out this 25-track release…As an introduction to early blues and more this compilation takes some beating – and to anyone doing research or a historian – I would imagine pretty essential, well done to compiler, Nick Duckett and to all concerned. GRAHAME RHODES RANDB002
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    This is slippery and seductive music with that tricky undercurrrent that rumba beats bring, and to hear how these diverse musicians adapted and bent it to their own styles is just a whole heap of fun. More than that though, if you take the time to read the liner note essay, this collection is instructive history. But history that will put a smile on your face and dip in your step. Elsewhere.co.nz I thoroughly recommend this one…all tracks are pretty great…a really excellent compilation…contains tracks you wouldn’t necessarily associate with latin music…it messes together very, very well. Mark Lamarr BBC Radio 2 RANDB010
  • 1. Storm Warning Harry South Big Band 2. Raga (edit) Harry South Big Band 3. Sound Of Seventeen Harry South Big Band 4. Limited Freedom Harry South Big Band 5. Southern Horizons Joe Harriot Quintet 6. Minor Incident Dick Morrissey Quartet 7. Black Eyed Peas Harry South Big Band 8. The Sweeney Harry South Big Band 9. 4 Dimensions Of Greta Harry South Big Band R&B12
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    Pete Townshend might have been the most articulate songwriter of his generation but like every other band of their era , The Who cut their teeth on cover versions which influenced how their sound developed. From their first gigs The Who were open to a wide range of influences including rhythm and blues, soul, country, jazz, surf, rock ’n’ roll and classical. And it’s all here, in great sound and with a full explanation of what every track meant to The Who. At least three of the cover versions in this collection subsequently mutated into “originals” - see if you can spot them! This CD analyses the songs and styles that inspired The Who and includes a fully illustrated 24-page booklet. R009
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    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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    1. Sweet and Lovely
    2. Sweet Lotus Blossom
    3. You Are My Heart’s Delight
    Ronnie Scott (ts); Stan Tracey (p); Rick Laird (b); Ronnie Stephenson (d) BBC Jazz Club, London, February 8th 1965  
    1. Close Your Eyes
    2. Waltz for Debby*
    3. Music That Makes Me Dance/When She Makes Music*
    4. The Night Is Young
    5. I’ll Be Seeing You
    Ronnie Scott (ts); Stan Tracey (p); Freddy Logan (b); Bill Eyden (d); Mark Murphy (vocal*) BBC Jazz Club, London, April 17th 1966  
    1. Close Your Eyes
    2. What’s New?
    3. Avalon
    Ronnie Scott (ts); Stan Tracey (p); Malcolm Cecil (b); Jackie Dougan (d) Free Trade Hall, Manchester, June 6th 1964  
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    1. Sunday Lunch
    2. Off The Wagon
    3. Inner Urge
    4. You Don’t Know What Love Is
    5. Le Roi
    BBC Paris Theatre, London, June 11th 1967
    1. The Whims of Chambers
    2. Le Roi
    3. My Ship
    4. Inner Urge
    5. No Room For Squares
    6. You Don’t Know What Love Is
    7. Don’t Fall Off The Bridge
    BBC Playhouse Theatre, London, October 18th 1967 Dick Morrissey (tenor saxophone); Harry South (piano); Phil Bates (bass): Bill Eyden (drums) Introduced by Humphrey Lyttelton Includes rear inlay and original printed booklet. 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.
  •  Disc 1 Disc 2
    Joe S. MaxeyRight On!Monk HigginsAin't That Hateful
    Clarence Gatemouth BrownSummertimeThe Soul RunnersGrits 'n' Corn Bread
    Beverly PittsJust Some SoulRighteous Brothers BandGreen Onions
    Perry & The HarmonicsJames Goes To SoulvilleKase TrioShug
    Hank MarrMarr's GrooveMark III Trio‎Blues For Elmer
    Lorenzo HoldenThe WigThe Pop-UpsLurking
    The LimasBig LimasWorld Famous UpsettersCabbage Greens
    Oliver SainJerk LooseLittle SonnyThe Mix Up
    Johnny Hammond SmithThe Golden ThrushWatts 103rd StreetCharley
    Junior ParkerThese Kind Of Blues (Pt. 2)Hank MarrWhite House Party
    Boss SoundsIn The Midnight HourThe TriumphsTurn Out The Light
    Mark III TrioGood GreaseJamo ThomasJamo's Soul
    Dino & The Dell-TonesSlapstickJames RiversTighten Up
    Bash BranniganHunky FunkyFour GentsSoul Sister
    The BlendellsGet Your BabyThe PremiersGet Your Baby
    The Corky Wilkie BandSomething SwingingThe RegistersNo Deposit No Return
    Leon & The BurnersWhiplashTom DouglasHaulin'
    Chuck RowanJerk WalkMerle SaundersSoul Roach
    Booker T & The MG'sBootleg/Green Onions MedleyThe Buena VistasHot Shot
    Merle SaundersHow's ThatRudy RobinsonThe Mustang
    The Nu-TronsBeatGeorge Semper‎Collard Greens
    The DukeysSho-Nuf M.F.The Four StepsSame Old Beat
    Gaynel HodgeFollow the FoxRamsey Lewis TrioHang On, Sloopy
    E Rodney JonesR&B Time (Pt. 2)John AdamsI Will Love You
    Johnny TalbotNever Make Your Baby CryRic-Tic House BandAgent Double-O-Soul
    Dave BartholomewWishboneCharlie EarlandYes-Suh!
    Leon & The BurnersCrack UpLeon HaywoodSoul On
    The Wild ChildDown In The ChileWorld Famous UpsettersKP
    Sammie JohnBoss BagGentleman June GardnerLast Night
    Harold Battiste JrHow We Do It In New OrleansEddie BishopCall Me
  • Part of a series investigating the Beatles’ early influences and the cover songs they loved to perform, this CD covers the period between Ringo Starr joining the group and the start of Beatlemania in early 1963. It brings together pop, R&B and early soul records that the Beatles had in their live set in 1962. A must for any fans who are interested in finding out more about what inspired the Fab Four, Star Club gives us an accurate picture of what they would have sounded like if we’d been there at the time. R004 Available as slimline CD with annotated 48 page book. Each individual CD has 4 page insert. Produced as CD-R (professionally manufactured recordable CD printed for short run) All CDs are guaranteed error free and will always be replaced if any problems are encountered. Please advise if you require printed inlays that can be inserted into CD jewel cases.
  • At the start of their career, the Beatles were essentially a covers band. By 1963, they had established an impressive repertoire of over 600 songs; their enthusiasm for popular music of all genres enabled them to play to a wide range of audiences, but in 1961-1962 they were mainly performing at the famous Cavern Club. Part four of the Beatles Beginnings series of CDs, The Cavern Club finds the Fab Four broadening out to include Latin-influenced songs, uptown R&B and dance craze numbers along with more rock’n’roll, rockabilly and easy listening items. A must for any Beatles fans who are interested in finding out more about what inspired them and what shaped their musical sensibility. R003 Available as slimline CD with annotated 48 page book and has 4 page CD insert. Produced as CD-R (professionally manufactured recordable CD printed for short run) All CDs are guaranteed error free and will always be replaced if any problems are encountered. Please advise if you require printed inlays that can be inserted into CD jewel cases.
  • The Beatles established a repertoire of over 600 tunes, allowing them to tailor their set to the occasion for jazz clubs, strip clubs, folk clubs, working men’s clubs, church dances and rock’n’roll joints. Almost all of the songs they learned were released in the UK and from 1957 onwards, they avidly followed the weekly music charts and kept up to date with the records that did not make the hit parade. Before naming the Beatles in the summer of 1960, they were the Quarrymen. Quarrymen Two looks at the band’s rock’n’roll influences. RANDB006
  • Jazz; rock’n’roll; blues; music hall; guitar instrumentals; tin pan alley; rockabilly; dance band; soul; bolero; skiffle; trad; R&B; country; old-time; Broadway; doo-wop; folk; high school pop; Motown - the Beatles’ early influences are so wide-ranging that the Beatles Beginnings series of discs could quite easily pass for an introduction to the history of twentieth century popular music. Covering the period 1957-60, the first disc in the series Quarrymen One investigates skiffle and the other music that the individual members of the group grew up listening to before rock’n’roll burst on to the scene. Alerting all Beatles fans! In fact, alerting anyone with even just a passing interest in music of Twentieth century popular music, for here’s a terrific series of albums they may well want to check out... superbly researched booklets, each volume will delve into the music that inspired, influenced and shaped the Beatles individually and collectively...here’s the very stuff that changed the world and forged the greatest band of all time. As the music rings out ... you can almost hear the Beatles metamorphosing inside your ears as they listened, learned and immersed themselves, letting these songs open doors and fire their imagination: there was to be no looking back - an absolute gas. Colin Hall R2 Every baby-boomer whose life has been soundtracked by pop will be more than merely familiar with most of the items here, whether ‘Long Tall Sally', 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Matchbox', 'Honey Don't' and 'Words Of Love', all revived on disc by The Beatles after they'd left the runway. Almost as potent a selling point is Nick Duckett's entertaining and informative thirty-page essay within a package that is as likely to engross the general cultural historian as much as fans of this particular act. Alan Clayson - The Beat RANDB004 Available as slimline CD with annotated 48 page book and has 4 page CD insert. Produced as CD-R (professionally manufactured recordable CD printed for short run) All CDs are guaranteed error free and will always be replaced if any problems are encountered. Please advise if you require printed inlays that can be inserted into CD jewel cases.
  • SIDE ONE 1. Down Home 2. Love For Sale 3. I Married An Angel (take one) 4. Landslide 5. I Married An Angel (take two) 6. Announcements1. 7. Down Home (take one) 8. Minor Incident 9. Gypsy 10. Bang (take one) 11. Bang (take two) 12. Down Home (take two) 13. Announcements R&B18 SLIMLINE 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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    Following the success of Alan Freed’s Rock’n’Roll Revues in 1953 and 1954, record companies ramped up the number of rhythm and blues releases (or rock’n’roll as it had now become known) to satisfy increased demand among white American teenagers. Instrumental records were just perfect for getting the kids up on the dance floor, be they hard-rocking guitar and sax-led numbers, slinky organ smoochers, or Mambo groovers. This 2CD set contains the sixty finest and most exciting R&B instrumentals recorded in 1954. Including label shots and annotated notes RANDB088 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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    We bring you 60 mighty instrumental stompers from 1955, R&B-style: Mid-West electric blues, Southern swamp rock, spicy New Orleans rhythms, funky grunting mambos, sophisticated West-Coast productions and East Coast city blues, dominated by guitarists and saxophonists but interspersed with organists, accordionists, pianists and harmonicists. Glorious stuff! Including label shots and annotated notes RANDB089 If instrumentals – tenor sax players, harp players, guitarists, piano players – are your thing then this is right up your street. I have to say that I enjoyed (most) of it immensely. Phil Wight B&R 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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    We bring you 60 mighty instrumental stompers from 1955, R&B-style: Mid-West electric blues, Southern swamp rock, spicy New Orleans rhythms, funky grunting mambos, sophisticated West-Coast productions and East Coast city blues, dominated by guitarists and saxophonists but interspersed with organists, accordionists, pianists and harmonicists. Glorious stuff! Including label shots and annotated notes RANDB089 'If instrumentals – tenor sax players, harp players, guitarists, piano players – are your thing then this is right up your street. I have to say that I enjoyed (most) of it immensely.' Phil Wight B&R ‘If you’re in the mood to dance to music without interference of vocals, Rhythm and Blues Records has just the cure for you…a thorough sampling that reflects just how popular the instrumental format became in the mid-50s…a comprehensive set of liner notes written by Nick Duckett...a catchy title and snarky groove was all you needed to get in the mood to make your way to the dance floor.’ Wayne Goins Living Blues 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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    Following the success of Alan Freed’s Rock’n’Roll Revues in 1953 and 1954, record companies ramped up the number of rhythm and blues releases (or rock’n’roll as it had now become known) to satisfy increased demand among white American teenagers. Instrumental records were just perfect for getting the kids up on the dance floor, be they hard-rocking guitar and sax-led numbers, slinky organ smoochers, or Mambo groovers. This 2CD set contains the sixty finest and most exciting R&B instrumentals recorded in 1954. Including label shots and annotated notes RANDB088 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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    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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    1. Big City Strut (Ian Carr)
    2. Trane's Mood (Michael Garrick)
    3. I Could Write A Book (Rodgers/Hart)
    4. Interplay (Bill Evans)
    5. She'll Be Back (Michael Garrick)
    6. Garrison '65 (Don Rendell)
    Relayed live from the Playhouse Theatre, London Jazz Club BBC Light programme, 19th April 1965  
    1. Hot Rod (Carr/Garrick)
    2. Ursula (Michael Garrick)
    3. Tan Samfu (Don Rendell)
    4. Sailin’* (Mike Carr)
    5. October Woman (Michael Garrick)
    6. The Sixth Seal* (Michael Garrick)
    *featuring Mike Carr (vib) Relayed live from the Playhouse Theatre, London Jazz Club BBC Light programme, 25th October 1965
    1. Nimjam (Jeff Headley)
    2. Prayer (Michael Garrick)
    3. Secrets (Michael Garrick)
    4. Ruth (Don Rendell)
    5. Blue Doom (Rendell/Carr)
    Jazz Club BBC Light programme, 9th January 1966
  • Johnny Burch is probably best-known for songs he wrote in 1963 for Georgie Fame such as “In The Meantime” and “Preach and Teach”. This was at a time when the boundaries between modern jazz, rhythm and blues and beat music were being broken down at such places as the Flamingo and the Marquee. For a few months, Burch was leader of a group that included several musicians who found fame in the blues and rock scene of the late 60s such as Graham Bond, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. This CD features the earliest-known recordings of Bruce and Baker together in a live broadcast for the BBC from March 1963. It also contains five tracks from a session that Burch’s 1965 line-up recorded for BBC’s Band Beat. Burch was never a major figure in the London jazz scene but this collection highlights his group’s unique role which acted as a bridge between modern jazz and the nascent British R&B movement. RANDB055 Overall, an amazing collection of pieces, many obscure, some best described as period pieces but much to enjoy. Peter Vacher Jazzrag When one thinks of bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker, the name of Eric Clapton immediately comes to mind since the three masterful musicians formed Cream. However the first time that Bruce and Baker played together was not in a rock group but back in 1963 as members of the Johnny Burch Octet.     Pianist Johnny Burch (1932-2006) was part of the British jazz scene starting in 1959. After a period as a member of Allan Ganley’s Jazzmakers and with Don Rendell’s group, he evolved to become a leader in modern jazz without achieving much fame. He did get to accompany such visiting American greats as Freddie Hubbard, Red Rodney and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and wrote a few songs for the popular singer Georgie Fame. Jazzbeat has Burch at the head of two different octets, playing live in 1963 and 1965. These seven selections have so-so recording quality but are full of plenty of excitement with the numbers including “Moanin’,” “Del Sasser,” and Burch’s “Nightwalk.” On both broadcasts, the playing is top-notch and at the level of their American counterparts. The music is very much in the modern mainstream of the mid-1960s, forward-looking while never hinting at the music of Cream. Scott Yanow Los Angeles Jazz Scene 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 inner 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.  
  • Disc One Commonwealth Jazz Orchestra August 30th 1965
    1. Change Of Setting
    2. Blues For Pipkins
    3. Double Stopper
    4. The Song Is You
    5. Whisper Not
    6. 100% Proof
    7. Blame It On My Youth
    8. Wives and Lovers
    9. I Never Know When To Say When
    10. What’s Blue?
    Disc Two Tubby Hayes Quartet January 25th 1965
    1. Mini Minor
    2. Con Alma
    3. Sometime Ago
    4. Souriya
    5. So What
    July 12th 1965* (low fidelity recording)
    1. Change Of Setting
    2. Alone Together
    3. Sometime Ago
    4. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
    5. Don’t Fall Off The Bridge
       
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    Pianist Michael Garrick was among the most boldly ambitious British jazz figures of the late-1960s, tirelessly pioneering various new fusions uniting his first love – straight-ahead jazz – with Indian music, liturgy and poetry. Featuring two previously unreleased sessions taped in 1967 and 1969, this album charts the course of his music from post-bop convention towards an indisputably ‘English’ jazz sound. Containing provocative live versions of several well-known Garrick compositions and an all-star cast, it truly captures the era in which UK jazz began to loosen its collar and let down its hair. RANDB076 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 inner 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.
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    1960 may have been the big year for Instrumentals, but back in 1959, several white instrumentals acts were already making a dent in the pop charts, among them the Virtues, the Rebels, the Rock-A-Teens and the Fireballs. Duane Eddy had broken through in ‘58 but in 1959 he had no less than seven singles on the Hot 100. Johnny & the Hurricanes had their first success this year with three big hits. Black artists, however, had less mainstream success. Jimmy Beck sneaked in at #82 for two weeks with Pipe Dreams, Larry Kerrin’s The Hunch was a hit for both Paul Gayten and the Bobby Peterson Quintet; Bill Doggett had three discs in the R&B charts but apart from a couple of organ hits for Preston Epps and ‘Dave Baby’ Cortez, that was it for R&B instrumentals chart-wise. If you’re knocked out by what you hear from 1959, just wait till you find out what was on offer in 1960 and 1961. RANDB037 My gosh! Can compilations of great R&B instrumentals get any better? Joyous album full of unbridled passion...toe-tapping and dancey- great party or listening musicwith racey, funky guitars, rattling sax and rollicking piano. And the drummers all had fun too. Can’t recommend these two albums highly enough. New Gandy Dancer  
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    OHIO SOUL 2CD

    £6.00

    Before the Second World War, the African American population of Ohio was small and concentrated in the southern part of the State, mainly in Cincinnatti; black music recordings from that era in the state are pretty rare. But the great northward migration from the old slave states during and after the war drew large numbers of blacks to the factories of Akron, Dayton and particularly Cleveland. This encouraged musical entrepreneurs to establish independent recording companies in Ohio that produced music for the new populations. The state's powerhouse for music was of course the King label and its subsidiaries run by the iron fist of Syd Nathan in Cincinnati. So it is quite appropriate that this CD set has a preponderance of tracks from this source, and from King's Chicago outpost.

    SOUL026