Highlights of the History of R&B 1925-42 1CD

Highlights of the History of R&B 1925-42 1CD


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


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  1. My Soul Is A Witness Austin Coleman 1934
  2. It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine Blind Willie Johnson 1927
  3. Train Whistle Blues Jimmie Rodgers 1928
  4. Roll And Tumble Blues Hambone Willie Newbern 1929
  5. Backwater Blues Bessie Smith 1927
  6. Cow Cow Blues Cow Cow Davenport 1928
  7. Sweet Miss Stella Blues Rufus & Ben Quillian 1929
  8. Minnie The Moocher Cab Calloway & His Orchestra 1931
  9. Midnight Hour Blues Leroy Carr 1932
  10. Press My Button Lil Johnson 1936
  11. Teasin’ Brown Blues Louie Lasky 1935
  12. Lead Pencil Blues Johnnie Temple 1935
  13. Holy Mountain Elder Otis Jones 1936
  14. Preachin’ Blues Robert Johnson 1936
  15. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson 1937
  16. Don’t You Lie To Me Tampa Red 1940
  17. Rockin’ Chair Blues Big Bill Broonzy 1940
  18. Mean Ol’ Frisco Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup 1942
  19. Ain’t No Business We Can Do Doctor Clayton 1942
  20. Boogie-Woogie Count Basie 1936
  21. Roll’em Pete Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson 1938
  22. I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water The Cats & The Fiddle 1939
  23. Confessin’ The Blues Jay McShann 1941
  24. Flying Home Lionel Hampton Orchestra 1942
  25. Mean Old World T-Bone Walker 1942

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Weight0.125 kg