How Britain Got The Blues – How Merseyside Got The Blues 2CD

How Britain Got The Blues – How Merseyside Got The Blues 2CD


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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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How Merseyside Got The Blues

1. That’s Alright Arthur Crudup
2. Baby Let’s Play House Arthur Gunther
3. Red Hot Billy Emerson
4. Guitar Boogie Arthur Smith
5. Lawdy Miss Clawdy Elvis Presley
6. Rock & Roll Music Chuck Berry
7. Take Out Some Insurance Jimmy Reed
8. Hallelujah I Love Her So Ray Charles
9. Rip It Up Little Richard
10. Love Potion No. 9 The Clovers
11. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down  Elvis Presley
12. Nothin’ Shakin’  Eddie Fontaine
13. Hippy Hippy Shake Chan Romero
14. One Night Smiley Lewis
15. Money Barrett Strong
16. Long Tall Sally Little Richard
17. Around And Around Chuck Berry
18. Shout, Pts.1 & 2 Isley Brothers
19. Slow Down Larry Williams
20. Young Blood The Coasters
21. Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry
22. Respectable The Isley Brothers
23. Leave My Kitten Alone Little Willie John
24. No Other Baby The Vipers
25. Broken Arrow Chuck Berry
26. Peter Gunn Duane Eddy
27. All Around The World Little Richard
28.Dizzy, Miss Lizzy Larry Williams
29. Reelin’ and Rockin’ Chuck Berry


1. You’re No Good Dee Dee Warwick
2. Shake Sherrie The Contours
3. Stupidity Solomon Burke
4. Something You Got Chris Kenner
5. Watch Your Step Bobby Parker
6. Fortune Teller Benny Spellman
7. Bye Bye Baby Mary Wells
8. Nobody But Me The Isley Brothers
9. You Can’t Judge A Book  Bo Diddley
10. I’m Talking About You Chuck Berry
11. Twist And Shout The Isley Brothers
12. Just A Little Bit Rosco Gordon
13. Some Other Guy Ritchie Barrett
14. I Know Barbara George
15. What’d I Say Pts 1 & 2 Ray Charles
16. If You Gotta Make A Fool  James Ray
17. You Really Got A Hold On Me The Miracles
18. Shimmy Shimmy Bobby Freeman
19. Bye Bye Johnny Chuck Berry
20. New Orleans Gary U.S. Bonds
21. Sho’ Know A Lot About Love Hollywood Argyles
22. Bumble Bee Lavern Baker
23. Memphis Chuck Berry
24. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues Arthur Alexander
25. A Mess of Blues Elvis Presley
26. I Can Tell Bo Diddley
27. It’s Love That Really Counts The Shirelles
28. Sugar Babe Buster Brown
29. Bring It On Home To Me Sam Cooke


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Weight0.125 kg