Atlantic was one of the main R+B labels of the twentieth century and this collection gathers together a selection of the label's finest music from the fifties, sixties and seventies. As a UK compilation, it is very ambitious because many of the early tracks are not famous in Britain. Nevertheless, serious music fans will appreciate this treasure trove while the casual Christmas buyers at whom this is primarily targeted will find enough familiar songs to be tempted.
The first CD features Ruth Brown, Clyde McPhatter, LaVern Baker and others that few Brits have ever heard so the compilers wisely included Ruth's original version of Lucky lips, a major UK hit for Cliff Richard. However, Brits will recognize Ray Charles, the Drifters and Ben E King although some of the songs may be unfamiliar.
The second and third CD's feature a high proportion of material that Brits are familiar with tracks by the Drifters, Otis Redding, Booker T and the MG's, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin and the Detroit Spinners. Note - the Detroit Spinners are known simply as the Spinners in America, but there used to be a British traditional folk group called the Spinners, hence the name change for the UK only. Even on these two CD's there are plenty of less famous (to Brits) tracks for serious R+B fans to get excited about.
Thus, this compilation provides plenty of famous R+B tracks for the casual buyer while also providing less famous but equally brilliant tracks for committed fans. All types of buyer are likely to find something here that inspires them to explore R+B oldies further.