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The History Of Rhythm And Blues: 1957-1962 (Box Set)




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4CD box set. Limited edition hardback book, DVD size.

Rhythm & Blues was one of the most identifiable musical art forms of the 20th Century, with an enormous influence on the development of both the sound and attitude of modern music. The fourth and final part of our forty year retrospective takes the story up to the end of 1962.

A case could be made for finishing the series later but a decision was taken to go with the prevailing industry opinions of the time. There were so many white pop records in the R&B charts and so much black music in the pop charts towards the end of 1963 that Billboard temporarily abandoned their R&B charts substituting in their place the Hot 100. Billboard magazine did not publish an R&B singles chart from December 1963 to January 1965. We have defined R&B as the accidental synthesis of jazz, gospel, blues, ragtime, country, pop and Latin into a definable form of black music, influencing all popular music from the 1950s to the present day. Other useful definitions include Robert Palmer's in Rock & Roll: An Unruly History, as ‘a catchall rubric used to refer to any music that was made by and for black Americans’, or Chip Deffaa's in Blue Rhythms as ‘popular music that arose in black communities after the swing era and before the arrival of the Beatles.’ From a British perspective, back in the non-PC days of 1964, Stevie Winwood called it simply ‘negro pop’. The set comprises 4 thematically styled discs : Big City Blues – downhome blues derived from the Mississippi Delta via northern urban centres. It's The Rhythm – records that demonstrate the varying rhythms of R&B. Soul Sources – soulful sounds with roots in the church. Popular Sounds – records showing influences from mainstream popular music.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Wilbert Harrison - Kansas City
  2. Bo Diddley - Road Runner
  3. Otis Rush - My Baby Is A Good 'Un
  4. Slim Harpo - I'm A King Bee
  5. Memphis Slim - Steppin' Out
  6. Jimmy McCracklin - The Walk
  7. Katie Webster - Baby Baby
  8. Charles Clark - Hidden Charms
  9. Magic Sam - 21 Days In Jail
  10. Little Milton - Long Distance Operator
  11. Albert Collins - Collins' Shuffle
  12. Buster Brown - Fannie Mae
  13. Guitar Frank - Wild Track
  14. Junior Wells - Little By Little
  15. Willie Cobbs - You Don't Love Me
  16. Little Walter - I Had My Fun
  17. Howlin' Wolf - Wang Dang Doodle
  18. Betty James - I'm A Little Mixed Up
  19. Johnny Guitar Watson - Looking Back
  20. Jimmy Reed - Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  21. Freddie King - Hide Away
  22. Sonny Boy Williamson - Somebody Help Me
  23. Elmore James - Shake Your Moneymaker
  24. B.B. King - Rock Me Baby
  25. John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom
  26. Jimmy Reed - Bright Lights, Big City
  27. Albert King - I Get Evil
  28. Buddy Guy - First Time I Met The Blues
  29. Bo Diddley - I Can Tell
  30. Howlin' Wolf - You'll Be Mine
  31. Muddy Waters - You Need Love
Disc 2:
  1. The Five Royales - Think
  2. Dave Bartholomew - Monkey Speaks His Mind
  3. Evelyn Freeman - Didn't It Rain
  4. Bobby Freeman - Do You Wanna Dance
  5. Mose Allison - Parchman Farm
  6. Chuck Berry - Memphis
  7. Big Joe Turner - Jump For Joy
  8. Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues
  9. Guitar Junior - Roll Roll Roll
  10. Link Wray - Rumble
  11. Huey 'Piano' Smith - Don't You Just Know It
  12. Roy Hamilton - Don't Let Go
  13. Ritchie Valens - La Bamba
  14. Bill Doggett - Hold It
  15. Tarheel Slim - Wildcat Tamer
  16. Ray Charles - What'd I Say (Pt 1)
  17. Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over
  18. Bobby Parker - Watch Your Step
  19. Etta James - I Just Want To Make Love
  20. Roland Alphonso - Back Beat
  21. Phil Upchurch - You Can't Sit Down
  22. Tippie & The Clovers - Bossa Nova Baby
  23. Mongo Santamaria - Watermelon Man
  24. King Coleman - Crazy Feelin'
  25. Chuck Berry - Almost Grown
  26. The Flares - Foot Stomping Pt 1
  27. Chris Kenner - Land Of 1000 Dances
  28. James Brown - Night Train
  29. The Five Du-Tones - Shake A Tail Feather
  30. Richard Berry - Louie, Louie
Disc 3:
  1. Isley Brothers - Shout Pt 1
  2. Swan Silvertone Singers- Oh Mary Dont You Weep
  3. Ruth Brown - I Don't Know
  4. Larry Williams - She Said Yeah
  5. Jackie Wilson - Doggin' Around
  6. Little Willie John - You Hurt Me
  7. Ben E. King - First Taste Of Love
  8. The 5 Royales - I Got To Know
  9. Ray Charles - (Night Time Is) The Right Time
  10. James Brown - I'll Go Crazy
  11. Roscoe Shelton - Please Think It Over
  12. The Miracles - Shop Around
  13. The Staple Singers - This May Be The Last Time
  14. Ike & Tina Turner - I Idolize You
  15. Aretha Franklin - Today I Sing The Blues
  16. The Gay Poppers - I Want To Know
  17. Bobby "Blue" Bland - Cry Cry Cry
  18. The Contours - Whole Lotta Woman
  19. Rosco Gordon - Just A Little Bit
  20. Prince La La - She Put The Hurt On Me
  21. Mary Wells - The One Who Really Loves You
  22. Little Junior Parker - Driving Wheel
  23. Charles Sheffield - It's Your Voodoo Working
  24. Booker T. & The MG's - Green Onions
  25. Solomon Burke - Stupidity
  26. Benny Spellman - Lipstick Traces
  27. Nolan Strong - Mind Over Matter
  28. Irma Thomas - Don't Mess With My Man
  29. Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home To Me
  30. Marvin Gaye - Hitch Hike
  31. The Impressions - I'm The One Who Loves You
Disc 4:
  1. The Coasters - I'm A Hog For You
  2. Barrett Strong - Money
  3. Magnificents Ozeta
  4. Lavern Baker - It's So Fine
  5. The El Cincos - Oh Baby, You Have To Go
  6. Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares for Me
  7. Silhouettes - Get A Job
  8. Charles Brown - I Wanna Go Home
  9. Wynona Carr - Heartbreak Melody
  10. The Clovers - Love Potion No. 9
  11. The Fiestas - So Fine
  12. Eddie Bo - Every Dog Got Its Day
  13. Aaron Neville - Over You
  14. Hank Ballard - The Twist
  15. The Olympics (Baby) - Hully Gully
  16. The Mar-Keys - Last Night
  17. Gary U.S. Bonds - New Orleans
  18. The Coasters - Shoppin' For Clothes
  19. Maurice Williams - Stay
  20. Don & Bob - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  21. Ernie K-Doe A Certain Girl
  22. The Crystals - There's No Other
  23. Ray Charles Hit The Road Jack
  24. The Falcons - Workin' Man's Song
  25. Arthur Alexander - A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
  26. Dion - Born to Cry
  27. Dee Dee Warwick - You're No Good
  28. Eugene Blacknell - Jump Back
  29. The Shirelles - Love Is A Swingin' Thing
  30. Ritchie Barrett - Some Other Guy
  31. Joe Jones - California Sun
  32. The Beatles - Love Me Do
Release date NZ
November 15th, 2013
Rhythm and Blues Records
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