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Chicago Hit Factory The Vee Jay Story 1958-1966 (CD box set) [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Charly
  • ASIN: B00IY28XK0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Celebrating sixty years since the launch of one of the most successful independent record labels in US popular music. Received wisdom would have us believe that before Motown, no black-owned record company had made a significant impact on the US mainstream. However, the actuality is something else entirely. Way back in the early 50s, long before Berry Gordy had written his first song, VEE-JAY RECORDS - a black, family owned and run, Chicago-based label - was establishing itself via a steady stream of Blues, R&B, DooWop and Gospel hits. Vee-Jay opened for business in 1953 and for a dozen or so years - until their spectacular fall from grace, under a welter of debts, in 1966 - they flourished virtually unchallenged as the premier black label in the United States, registering not only a flood of hits on the R&B charts, but regularly crossing them over to the Top 100. In addition to their Blues, R&B and Soul successes, they also charted with white acts - most notably The Four Seasons, whose first three Vee-Jay singles went to #1 - and with licensed-in material from the UK (they famously issued the first Beatles records in the US). They were certainly the first black indie to acknowledge the significance the albums' market - they even cut a double-LP on Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall - and they scored equally heavily with mainstream Jazz and Gospel recordings. This 10-CD set traces the history of Vee-Jay records from its very first hit, 'Baby It's You' by The Spaniels, through to Jerry Butler's re-cut of his perennial 'For Your Precious Love', their very last chart record in early 1966. Due to restrictions of playing time it is not possible to include every chart record, nor - for contractual reasons - is it possible to include more than a couple of tracks by The Four Seasons, The Beatles, or other licensed-in UK hits. Nonetheless, these ten discs present a coherent, enjoyable history of the Vee-Jay family - as well as the 'parent' label, there were also the Falcon, Abner, Tollie and Interphon subsidiaries - including a plethora of fascinating releases that didn't quite make it. Features a generous 269 tracks, including 112 hits, by more than 120 different artists, and a 72-page, memorabilia-laden, perfect bound booklet comprising a detailed history of the Vee-Jay family of labels and their artists, together with wealth of photos.

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Celebrating sixty years since the launch of one of the most successful independent record labels in US popular music.

This 10-CD set traces the history of Vee-Jay records from its very first hit, 'Baby It's You' by The Spaniels, through to Jerry Butler's re-cut of his perennial 'For Your Precious Love', their very last chart record in early 1966. Due to restrictions of playing time it is not possible to include every chart record, nor - for contractual reasons - is it possible to include more than a couple of tracks by The Four Seasons, The Beatles, or other licensed-in UK hits. Nonetheless, these ten discs present a coherent, enjoyable history of the Vee-Jay family - as well as the 'parent' label, there were also the Falcon, Abner, Tollie and Interphon subsidiaries - including a plethora of fascinating releases that didn't quite make it.

Features a generous 269 tracks, including 112 hits, by more than 120 different artists, and a 72-page, memorabilia-laden, perfect bound booklet comprising a detailed history of the Vee-Jay family of labels and their artists, together with wealth of photos.

'Stunning! Absolutely stunning!!' ... OR .... "...I shall be plundering this set endlessly in the coming weeks!" - Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2 R&B Show

"The Vee-Jay Box Set is an absolute Goldmine!" - Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

There is no denying this really is a fine musical documentation of one of the most important black-owned record companies of the era and deserves major attention.- www.thesoulbasement.com


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5.0 out of 5 stars An Immense collection of wonderful music 19 May 2014
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I heard tracks from this set on Paul Jones' R&B Show on Radio 2 - but R&B is only one of the styles served up here, across this constantly entertaining and enthralling set. You'll find tracks by The Beatles and The Four Seasons, as well as Shelley Fabares and other straight pop nuggets. However, dig into the discs of Gospel, Jazz and Doo-Wop, and you'll be transported to a time before autotuning and daft effects, with real musicians, real singers and real music. 10 CDS in an attractive box with a lavish, photo and fact-packed booklet add lustre to the vivid and endlessly appealing music. £45 has never been so satisfyingly spent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful box set 1 July 2014
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This is a superlative box set that tells a story relatively unknown in the UK, of the formidable and innovative Chicago Vee Jay label, which had the foresight to be the first label in the US to issue Beatles tracks but which also took on numerous other artists who made an impact. The box set offers a comprehensive overview of the label in its peak years and comes highly recommended.
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