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  • Audio CD (16 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: One Day Music
  • ASIN: B00KHVYL3O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. After HoursAce Harris 3:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. Hearts of StoneThe Charms 2:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2)Bill Doggett 5:22£0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Work with Me AnnieHank Ballard 2:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Let's Do the StrollDonnie Elbert 2:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Dedicated to the One I LoveThe 5 Royales 2:45£0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. Boogie at MidnightRoy Brown 2:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. Need Your Love so BadLittle Willie John 2:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. You Ain't Treatin' Me RightMac Curtis 2:17£0.89  Buy MP3 
10. Let's Make ItJames Brown 2:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
11. Ring-A-Ding-DooLittle Esther 2:54£0.89  Buy MP3 
12. GrindingDoc Bagby 2:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
13. Whipped CreamBig Jay McNeely 2:55£0.89  Buy MP3 
14. Blues Stay Away from MeThe Delmore Brothers 2:48£0.89  Buy MP3 
15. Chicken BluesThe York Brothers 2:37£0.89  Buy MP3 
16. Johnny Had a Yo YoRuth Wallis 2:56£0.89  Buy MP3 
17. Blood Shot EyesWynonie Harris 2:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
18. 24 Sad HoursJimmy Witherspoon 2:39£0.89  Buy MP3 
19. I'm so Tired of Living All AloneLonnie Johnson 3:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
20. Have Mercy BabyClyde McPhatter 2:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
21. Stormy WeatherRoland Kirk 4:37£0.89  Buy MP3 
22. Rattlesnakin' DaddyHawkshaw Hawkins 2:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
23. Over the RainbowBilly Ward 2:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
24. Cherokee BoogieMoon Mullican 3:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
25. Bump on a LogLula Reed 2:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
26. Sixty Minute ManThe Dominos 2:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
27. Ko Ko MoOtis Williams 2:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
28. There Must Be a ReasonJames Brown 2:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
29. I Paid My DuesLittle Esther 2:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
30. Just a Little Bit of Lovin'Donnie Elbert 2:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
31. Jungle DrumsEarl Bostic 2:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
32. Good Rockin' TonightWynonie Harris 2:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
33. Voo Vee Ah BeeThe Platters 2:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
34. SeventeenBoyd Bennett 2:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
35. Rock CandyBig Jay McNeely 2:40£0.89  Buy MP3 
36. Pedal Pushin' PapaClyde McPhatter 2:32£0.89  Buy MP3 
37. Freight Train BoogieThe Delmore Brothers 2:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
38. Annie's Aunt FannieHank Ballard 2:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
39. I Done Told YouJimmy Witherspoon 2:37£0.89  Buy MP3 
40. Green Mountain HopReno & Smiley 2:14£0.89  Buy MP3 
41. Bar Room BluesRoy Brown 3:03£0.89  Buy MP3 
42. Jealous HeartIvory Joe Hunter 2:54£0.89  Buy MP3 
43. The Dinghy SongRuth Wallis 2:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
44. Old RattlerGrandpa Jones 2:47£0.89  Buy MP3 
45. FeverLittle Willie John 2:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
46. Messin' UpThe 5 Royales 2:48£0.89  Buy MP3 
47. Train 45The Stanley Brothers 2:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
48. Beside YouThe Swallows 2:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
49. Tennessee Wig WalkBonnie Lou 2:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
50. One for My BabyBill Jennings 3:53£0.89  Buy MP3 
51. Please, Please, PleaseJames Brown 2:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
52. Ling, Ting, TongOtis Williams 2:15£0.89  Buy MP3 
53. Only YouThe Platters 2:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
54. Blop Up - Blop DownCozy Cole Orchestra 4:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
55. Switchie Witchie TitchieHank Ballard 2:30£0.89  Buy MP3 
56. Lonesome RoadLonnie Johnson 3:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
57. Rock LoveLula Reed 2:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
58. Honolulu Rock-A Roll-AMoon Mullican 2:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
59. Bubbins RockEarl Bostic 2:11£0.89  Buy MP3 
60. Heart to HeartLittle Esther 2:59£0.89  Buy MP3 
61. Seven Lonely DaysBonnie Lou 2:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
62. In the MorningWashboard Bill 2:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
63. Limehouse BluesReno & Smiley 2:13£0.89  Buy MP3 
64. Slow WalkBill Doggett 2:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
65. How Mountain Girls Can LoveThe Stanley Brothers 2:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
66. Heavy JuiceTiny Bradshaw 2:17£0.89  Buy MP3 
67. What Can I DoDonnie Elbert 2:59£0.89  Buy MP3 
68. Steamboat Bill BoogieThe Delmore Brothers 2:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
69. Too LateIvory Joe Hunter 2:43£0.89  Buy MP3 
70. Filipino BabyCowboy Copas 2:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
71. I'm Weak but I'm WillingEddie Cleanhead Vinson 2:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
72. Steppin' out KindGrandpa Jones 2:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
73. Soft OneDoc Bagby 2:53£0.89  Buy MP3 
74. Tremblin'The York Brothers 2:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
75. Walkin' the Chalk LineTiny Bradshaw 3:00£0.89  Buy MP3 

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Look at the tracklisting of this 75-track three-disc set and the names that jump out at you constitute a roll call of some of the most influential soul and rhythm and blues performers of the late Fifties and early Sixties. The fact that they all appeared on one label, King, is a testament to its main man, Syd Nathan. R&B and rockabilly, with a dash of jazz and country thrown in, was a winning combination. Musicologist Dave Alvin, who more recently created potent sounds of his own with rock revivalists the Blasters, has said that 'If your record collection consisted only of King Records, you'd have a damn good overview of post-World War II American roots music.'

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tony Martin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Founded by the legendary - and myopic - Syd Nathan in 1943, by the 50's this was the go-to label for artists in the r&r, r&b, rockabilly, doo wop and country world. King (and its subsidiaries) could offer the complete package, from recording, pressing, publishing and distribution. It's said the only item they had to buy in was the paper inner sleeves for albums.

This triple set of 75 tracks is a reasonable overview of the King output of the period, majoring on r&b, what with names such as Roy Brown, Little Willie John, James Brown, Wynonie Harris, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lula Reed, Big Jay McNeely, Bill Doggett, Little Esther (with McPhatter & Dominoes on one track) etc. Then there's your doo wop, to include Billy Ward & The Dominoes (the ponderous "Over The Rainbow", which doesn't really count as doo wop), The Charms, led by Otis Williams and, erm, not much else. R&b vocal groups, The "5" Royales, The Dominoes, 'country' from such as Grandpa Jones, The York Brothers, Bonnie Lou, Reno & Smiley, The Delmore Brothers and others. Sole rockabilly, "You Ain't Treatin' Me Right", Mac Curtis, not his best. The cute but suggestive Ruth Wallis - or do I have a dirty mind? Blues from Lonnie Johnson, even jazz, Roland Kirk and Ace Harris spring unbidden to mind, urgh! Mostly solid r&b tho, followed by 'country', plenty banjo and fiddle.

If you can live with the mix - I was happy to, minimal jazz content apart - rich rewards, at silly money. Or if you need more r&b, seek out 'The King R&B Box Set' (1995) - now that IS silly money! The dates in the title of this set bear scrutiny, much from the early 50's, in fact first track, "After Hours" by Ace Harris, goes back to 1948, when it was released on Hub. Finally, if you want the back stories on these One Day label 'stories' releases, suggest you shell out on John Broven's mighty tome, 'Record Makers & Breakers: Voices of The Independent Rock'n'Roll Pioneers'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2014
Format: Audio CD
THE KING RECORDS STORY is a 3 CD set of 75 tracks.
BUT Amazon have not given us the actual tracks.

Other reviewers have written great reviews about it so this is not a review just an aid to see what's on the 3 CDs.

All tracks are the original recordings from 1956 to 1959.

CD 1

1. After Hours - Ace Harris
2. Hearts Of Stone - The Charms
3. Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2) - Bill Doggett
4. Work With Me Annie - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
5. Let's Do The Stroll - Donnie Elbert
6. Dedicated To The One I Love - The 5 Royales
7. Boogie At Midnight - Roy Brown
8. Need Your Love so Bad - Little Willie John
9. You Ain't Treatin' Me Right - Mac Curtis
10. Let's Make It - James Brown
11. Ring-A-Ding-Doo - Little Esther
12. Grinding - Doc Bagby
13. Whipped Cream - Big Jay McNeely
14. Blues Stay Away From Me - The Delmore Brothers
15. Chicken Blues - The York Brothers
16. Johnny Had A Yo Yo - Ruth Wallis
17. Blood Shot Eyes - Wynonie Harris
18. 24 Sad Hours - Jimmy Witherspoon
19. I'm So Tired Of Living All Alone - Lonnie Johnson 20. Have Mercy Baby - Clyde McPhatter & The Dominos

21. Stormy Weather - Roland Kirk
22. Rattlesnakin' Daddy - Hawkshaw Hawkins
23. Over The Rainbow - Billy Ward & His Dominoes
24. Cherokee Boogie - Moon Mullican
25. Bump On A Log - Lula Reed

CD2

1. Sixty Minute Man - The Dominos
2. Ko Ko Mo - Otis Williams & His Charms
3. There Must Be A Reason - James Brown
4. I Paid My Dues - Little Esther
5. Just A Little Bit of Lovin' - Donnie Elbert
6. Jungle Drums - Earl Bostic
7. Good Rockin' Tonight - Wynonie Harris
8. Voo Vee Ah Bee - The Platters
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD
After Hours, The King Records Story, 1956-1959, DAY3CD066

This latest label compilation from One Day Music comprises 75 examples of the artistes signed to King Records by Cincinnati based Syd Nathan. Founded in 1943 the label continued until the late 1960s. One of the key factors in the success of the label was that they had their own in house recording facilities through to production and shipping. Syd Nathan had an eye and ear for a hit record and released across a wide range of musical styles. If you are not familiar with this label then you are in for quite an eclectic mix all thanks to Syd.

The liner notes are by regular Michael Heatley. The inner packaging includes 9 small round images of some of those featured. The information provided includes years of recording and the record numbers. The sound transfers are excellent throughout. Great value yet again from One Day Music...

The running times are CD1 71.49; CD2 67.22 & CD3 66.22

Here are a few details about some of the artistes I did not know...

Ace Harris, 1910-1964
Disbanding his small working unit in 1953, he relocated to Chicago and began working as a solo singer/pianist at nighteries like The Cloister Inn. He enjoyed a one-off reunion with his brother-in-law Erskine Hawkins' band in 1955 to record a couple of singles for Decca, and the following year he was featured playing the title track of a King LP called After Hours, when the Cincinnati-based record company used his decade-old Hub recording for a compilation album.

Roland Kirk, 1935-1977
Triple Threat is the debut album by jazz multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk originally released on the King label in 1956.
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