As black popular music genres were adopted by white teenage audiences in the 1950s, there was a tendency for black music to revert to more authentic, basic styles. Towards the end of that decade, a new generation of black entrepreneurs sought to cash in on this trend by setting up innovative independent labels, which were to produce some of the best known names of twentieth century music such as Sam Cooke, Berry Gordy and Ray Charles. The growing civil rights movement, the rise of the 45rpm record and the electric guitar all played their part in the creation of a new sound. Part of the History of Soul series, the accompanying 32-page booklet sketches the historical background to a collection of exciting tracks from the 1950s and 60s.


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Disc One 1957

  1. Little Willie John – Love Life And Money 2. Evelyn Freeman – Didn’t It Rain 3. The Ramblers – Don’t You Know 4. Bobby “Blue” Bland – Teach Me (How To Love You) 5. Ray Charles – Talkin’ ’bout You 6. The Soul Stirrers – Were You There? 7. James Brown and the Famous Flames – Hold My Baby’s Hand 8. Howlin’ Wolf – Sitting On Top Of The World 9. Nappy Brown – The Right Time 10. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – I’ll Be Home Some Day 11.The Coasters – Young Blood 12. The Soul Stirrers – Be With Me Jesus 14. Mary Ann Fisher & Ray Charles – What Kind Of Man Are You 15. Earl Connelly King – Every Whicha Kinda Way 16. Little Willie John – Uh Uh Baby 17. Mighty Gospel Giants – Jesus Will Meet Me 18. Bobby “Blue” Bland – I Smell Trouble 19. The Famous Ward Singers – I’m So Glad 20. Ray Charles – That’s Enough 21. Judy Clay & The Drinkard Singers – That’s Enough 22. Jackie Wilson – Come Back To Me 23. Harold Burrage – Satisfied 24. O.V. Wright – Sit Down And Rest Awhile 25. Gene Allison – You Can Make It If You Try 26. The Gospel Clefs – Steal Away To Jesus 27. Donnie Elbert – What Can I Do 28. Clyde McPhatter – Without Love (There Is Nothing) 29. The Five Royales – Think

Disc 2 1958

1. The Caravans – The Lord Will Provide 2. Bobby “Blue” Bland – You Got Me 3. Sam Cooke – I’ll Come Running Back To You 4. Jackie Wilson – Lonely Teardrops 5. Swan Silvertone Singers – Oh Mary Dont You Weep 6. Jerry Butler with The Impressions – For Your Precious Love 7. Ruth Brown – Why Me 8. Professor Alex Bradford – What Folks Say About Me 9. Little Willie John – Talk To Me 10. James Brown – Try Me 11. Marion Williams – Packin’ Up 12. Ray Charles – Yes Indeed 13. Little Milton – That Will Never Do 14. The Drifters – Drip Drop 15. The High Tower Brothers & Little Sugar – Come By Here 16.  Gene Allison – Everything Will Be Alright 17.  The Dells – What You Say Baby 18.  Little Junior Parker – I’m Holding On 19.  The Dixie Nightingales – I’ve Been Lifted 20.  The Five Royales – Tell The Truth 21.  Evangelist ‘Baby’ Ballinger – So Glad 22.  Briant Holland – Shock 23.  Willie Mitchell w The Four Kings & Don Bryant – Tell It to Me Baby 24.  Betty Everett – I’ll Weep No More 25.  Cleophus Robinson – I Can See So Much 26.  Ray Charles – (Night Time Is) The Right Time 27. Bill Doggett – Hold It 28. The Gospel Chordettes – I Can’t Believe It

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Weight0.125 kg