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It was the massive in-migration from the south during and just after the Second World War that made New York a mecca for rhythm and blues music. The whole city was aflame with music during the 50s. Musicians came in their droves. Old style country bluesmen, hip cool jazz players, crooners and balladeers, jump ‘n’ jive groups, solo performers – there was more than enough work for everybody. And behind them came the record companies, each one looking for talent to promote and make money from. And much of this melting pot of styles and musical approaches helped to form the new orthodoxy of the 60s – soul. These two CDs contain gospel-based blues ballads, uptempo dancers, vocal groups and duets, big bands, smaller combos, exciting one-offs – and everything in between. In fact the best of soul music in New York at the time – and it really doesn’t get much better than this.

‘Here’s a fantastic compilation covering the big Apple roots of Soul,. Every once in a while, I’ll get a collection that I keep finding myself needing to share the tracks with somebody, hearing some gem for the first time and it being so good that I had to grab someone and play it for them. Put that all together and you get a pretty special set, yet another great volume in a great series.’

‘Any CD that has the guts to open with a Ray Charles track must know what it is doing . This double CD contains 64 amazing tracks 9/10ths of which are totally new to me. The History of Soul guys who compiled this collection call upon material from Atlantic, King and also obscure labels. This is a must for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge and enjoyment of the early years of Soul.’
Groovesville Blog USA. Chicago


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Disc One 1955-1961

1. Yes Indeed Ray Charles
2. House With No Windows The Checkers
3. St Louis Blues The Isley Brothers
4. Nobody Knows Kansas City Tomcats
5. If I Thought You Needed Me Little Willie John
6. I’m Going Crazy Tibbs Bros
7. Well Well Well Baby-La Nappy Brown
8. Didn’t We Fool Them King Richard & The Poor Boys
9. Please Don’t Go Johnny Acey
10. Pitiful Big Maybelle
11. I Can’t Sit Down Marie Knight & Rex Garvin
12. I Had To Come Back To You Joe Tex
13. It’s All Right Ray Charles
14. I’m Alright Little Anthony & The Imperials
15. Rain Down Tears Hank Ballard
16. That’s All I Need Tommy Hodge
17. She’s Gone The Gainors
18. Baby, One More Time The Drapers
19. What Makes You So Tough Teddy Humphries
20. Put On My Shoes Mary Ann Fisher
21. Please Don’t Hurt Me Harrison Brothers
22. Say Yes The Top Notes
23. Where’s My Money Willie Jones
24. Foolish Decision Doris Troy
25. Comin’ Down With The Blues Don Covay
26. Heart Trouble Billy Lewis
27. Jersey City Bobby Long
28. Please Tell Me Why  Jackie Wilson
29. Bend A Little Shorty Billups
30. I’m Jealous Ike & Tina Turner
31. Tears On My Face Little Junior Lewis
32. Soul The Great Nathaniel

Disc Two 1961-1962

1. Do You Think That’s Right Judy Clay 
2. Sleepless Ike & Tina Turner
3. Go On Back To Him Solomon Burke
4. You’re Gonna Want Me Roger Washington
5. My Man Rockhead Eloise Carter
6. I’ve Learned My Lesson Helen Bryant
7. Sooner Or Later The Four Rivers
8. Lonely Avenue Pearl Woods
9. I Worship The Ground You Walk On Walter Rhodes
10. I Am Confused Over You Gladys Tyler
11. I Know What Love Is All About Paul Walters
12. Ninety Nine & A Half Won’t Do Della Reese
13. My Man Thelma Harper
14. It Won’t Be This Way Always Billy Weston
15. Slow Drag Bobby Dunn
16. Stop Running Around Gladys Knight & The Pips
17. You Got Me Uptight The Gay Poppers
18. Since I Fell For You Mary B
19. If You Ain’t Got No Bread Billy Hamlin
20. I’m Coming Home  Buddy Lamp
21. I Just Can’t Help It Jackie Wilson
22. It’s A Man’s World  Mary Ann Fisher
23. All In My Mind Linda Hopkins
24. I’ve Got A Feeling Baby Washington
25. Can’t Take Another Heartbreak  Johnny Payne
26. I’ll Do It For You Little Willie
27. I Will Cry Kip Anderson
28. My Tears Are Dry Hoagy Lands
29. Dig Yourself Les Cooper
30. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself Tommy Hunt

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