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The History of Rhythm & Blues [Box set]

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  • Audio CD (31 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhythm & Blues Records
  • ASIN: B00138NHGC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. My Soul Is a WitnessAustin Coleman 3:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. It's Nobody's Fault but MineBlind Willie Johnson 3:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Crucifixion of ChristJessie May Hill 3:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Shake That ThingPapa Charlie Jackson 3:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Outside Woman BluesBlind Joe Reynolds 2:590.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. It's a Good ThingBeale Street Sheiks, Frank Stokes 3:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Minglewood BluesGus Cannon's Jug Stompers 3:440.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Match Box BluesBlind Lemon Jefferson 3:040.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Diddie Wah DiddieBlind Blake 3:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Milk Cow BluesSleepy Joh Estes 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Ease It to Me BluesBarbecue Bob 3:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. No No BluesCurley Weaver 3:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Apaloosa BluesBobby Leecan, Robert Cooksey 2:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Little Rock BluesPearl Dickson 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Kansas City BluesJim Jackson 3:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Train Whistle BluesJimmie Rodgers 3:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Goin' Back to TexasMemphis Minnie 3:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Roll and Tumble BluesHambone Willie Newbern 3:040.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. If You Haven't Any HaySkip James 2:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Kokomo BluesScrapper Blackwell 3:060.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. It's Tight Like ThatGeorgia Tom 3:040.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Didn't It RainBryant's Jubilee Quartet 2:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Beale Street BreakdownJed Davenport 3:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Milk Cow BluesKokomo Arnold 3:060.69  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Get Low-Down BluesBennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mr Johnson's BluesLonnie Johnson 2:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Backwater BluesBessie Smith 3:180.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Knockin' a JugLouis Armstrong 3:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bullfrog BluesMuggsy Spanier 2:570.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Pinetop's Boogie WoogiePinetop Smith 3:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cow Cow BluesCow Cow Davenport 3:070.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Guitar BoogieBlind Roosevelt Graves and Brother 2:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. How Long, How Long BluesLeroy Carr 3:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Dirty DozenSpeckled Red 3:140.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Vicksburg BluesLittle Brother Montgomery 2:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sweet Miss Stella BluesBen Quillan, Rufus Quillan 2:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Minnie the MoocherCab Calloway & His Orchestra 3:130.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. St. Louis BluesThe Mills Brothers 2:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Somebody's Stole Gabriel's HornThree Keys 3:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Midnight Hour BluesLeroy Carr 3:080.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. LafayetteBennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra 2:490.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Flaming Reeds and Screaming BrassJimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra 2:590.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Strut That ThingCripple Clarence Lofton 2:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Dirty Mother for YouRoosevelt Sykes 2:590.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Weed Smoker's DreamThe Harlem Hamfats 3:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Press My ButtonLil Johnson 3:190.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Night Time Is the Right TimeRoosevelt Sykes 2:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. The Blues Ain't Nothing ButGeorgia White 2:390.69  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Teasin' Brown BluesLouie Lasky 2:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Barrelhouse WomanLeroy Carr 2:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lead Pencil BluesJohnnie Temple 3:070.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Policy Dream BluesBumble Bee Slim 2:500.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Naptown StompBill Gaither 2:370.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sloppy Drunk AgainWalter Davis 3:070.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jockey BluesJazz Gillum 2:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Holy MountainElder Otis Jones 3:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Standing by the Bedside of a NeighbourGolden Gate Jubilee Quartet 2:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Louise Louise BluesJohnnie Temple 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Barrelhouse When It RainsBig Bill Broonzy 2:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Good Morning Little SchoolgirlJohn Lee 'Sonny Boy' Williamson 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Preachin' BluesRobert Johnson 2:540.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Number Runner's BluesJimmie Gordon 2:540.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Tell Me BabyJohn Lee 'Sonny Boy' Williamson 2:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Rockin' Chair BluesBig Bill Broonzy 2:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Diggin' My PotatoesWashboard Sam 2:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. This TrainSister Rosetta Tharpe 2:420.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Don't You Lie to MeTampa Red 2:570.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Jivin' the BluesJohn Lee 'Sonny Boy' Williamson 2:570.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. I Feel so GoodBig Bill Broonzy 2:500.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Worried Life BluesBig Maceo 2:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Junker BluesChampion Jack Dupree 2:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Ain't No Business We Can DoDoctor Clayton 3:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Mean Ol' FriscoArthur "Big Boy" Crudup 2:360.69  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Boogie Woogie StompAlbert Ammons and His Rhythm Kings 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Boogie-WoogieCount Basie 3:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. One O'clock JumpThe Count Basie Orchestra 3:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sing Sing SingBenny Goodman 4:160.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Keep A-Knockin'Louis Jordan 2:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. T'aint What You DoJimmie Lunceford 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jumpin' JiveCab Calloway 2:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Like to RiffThe King Cole Trio 2:500.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. That's the RhythmThree Sharps and A Flat 2:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I'd Rather Drink Muddy WaterThe Cats & The Fiddle 2:470.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. After HoursErskine Hawkins and His Orchestra 3:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Floyd's Guitar BluesAndy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy 3:090.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Gangster's BluesPeetie Wheatstraw 2:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Roll'em PeteJoe Turner, Pete Johnson 2:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Down the Road a PieceWill Bradley 3:100.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Central Avenue BreakdownLionel Hampton 3:060.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Death Ray BoogiePete Johnson 3:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Natchez Mississippi BluesLewis Bronzeville Five 2:360.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Confessin' the BluesJay McShann 2:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. What's the Use of Getting SoberLouis Jordan 2:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Take It and GitAndy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy 3:160.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Cow Cow BoogieElla Mar Morse 3:140.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Flying HomeLionel Hampton Orchestra 3:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Mean Old WorldT-Bone Walker 2:510.69  Buy MP3 


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Wow, what a wondrous thing this is!! 'The History Of Rhythm And Blues Part 1, 1925 to 1942' is a voyage of discovery, an enchanting and learned compilation stretching over four discs. Call it history, call it roots - it matters not! What's important is that what you hear within these four stunning discs helped to shape and model today's music. And hey, this is only part one - there's obviously more to come - what a work, what a commitment, and what a blast!! This superb anthology is split into four discreet and seamless sections as follows ; Disc 1 - Country Blues And Spirituals, Jug Bands And Hokum, Disc 2 - Piano Boogie-Woogie, Ragtime And Jazz, Disc 3 - Urban Blues And Gospel and lastly, Disc 4 - After Hours Swing And Jive. The compilers have been careful not to simply make this a 'blues' work; they've been realistic and honest in their work which finds blues, folk, gospel and other urban styles melding into more syncopated forms such as jazz, swing, jive and so on. Thus, you start to get the bigger picture as you work your way through this epically proportioned anthology - you see gaps being filled and ideas and forms being stretched over time. There are famous names and not so famous names, there are songs that you'll recognise and there are songs that you'll hear for the first time - but, all played their part in shaping the big rock and roll explosion of the 50's and all influenced what you listen to today under multi-genre headings, individual styles and nuances and so on. 'The History Of Rhythm And Blues' is as important as it is educational - this is quite possibly the best put together assemblage of 'roots' music - ever. Lovingly compiled by Nick Duckett and Consultant Stewart Tippett and beautifully presented with an enclosed booklet which 'tells the story', this is like an 'everyman's guide to the development and growth of modern, popular music'. Musical purists and scholars will love this work simply for its facts - music lovers from all age groups will find this work fascinating and rewarding and anyone who has the slightest interest in musical history should find this a joy to behold. Scratchy and naive maybe but that's how it was and that how it has to be. Listen to the lyrics and realise that what these innovators sang about doesn't differ very much from today's outpourings. Pick out nuances, syncopations, riffs and melodies that occur and re-occur through the ages. See where we learned, feel what influenced us and just enjoy the truth of it all!! Marvel at the creativity of these artists and take into consideration what they had available to them back then - be amazed at the content, the gritty believability, the passion and the dedication to a cause. Compare what's on offer here to where we are today - listen and learn, feel and be touched! Educational and fulfilling, it's as rewarding as it is fascinating - a piece of musical history that'll sit well in anyone's collection - glory in it's depth, revel in its creation and just enjoy all ninety-seven tracks for exactly what they are - an important musical history lesson, moments in musical time that shaped what we listen to today. 'The History Of Rhythm And Blues Part 1, 1925 to 1942' is a genuine beauty!!

Peter J Brown aka toxic pete (www.toxicpete.co.uk)

One of the finest box-sets released in recent years. One of the things that distinguishes this box set from the majority of others is the attention to detail and the quality of both the presentation and information provided. From opener Austin Coleman s My Soul Is A Witness to the final notes of T-Bone Walker s Mean Old World, the set is a veritable treasure chest... heard straight through, the listener can really appreciate the development of the music. Anyone who s heard Volume One will be counting down the days (Jeremy Searle - Rocknreel July 2008)

--Rock'n'Reel --Bluesmans Blog

One of the finest box-sets released in recent years. One of the things that distinguishes this box set from the majority of others is the attention to detail and the quality of both the presentation and information provided. From opener Austin Coleman s My Soul Is A Witness to the final notes of T-Bone Walker s Mean Old World, the set is a veritable treasure chest... heard straight through, the listener can really appreciate the development of the music. Anyone who s heard Volume One will be counting down the days (Jeremy Searle - Rocknreel July 2008)

--Rock'n'Reel

As a Doctor Who fan, my greatest wish would be to travel back to pre-war America and see and hear some of the late, great blues stars of their generation. But let s face it, the Tardis is unlikely to materialise, pick me up and give me a ride there. So I ll have to settle for the next-best thing an incredible four-CD journey that will at least let me listen to my heroes in all their glory and imagine I m there with them as they croon, moan, hum and holler. And you won t get any closer to the real thing than with this superb £14.99 four-CD box set arguably the most important and fascinating collection of rhythm and blues music compiled in recent years. Attractively packed, the set features no less than 97 tracks culled from one of American music s most important eras, between 1925-1942, plus an incredibly informed 32-page booklet featuring comprehensive and musically-savvy sleeve notes. From the first, and frankly disturbing, field recording track from 1934 (My Soul Is A Witness by Austin Coleman) to the later urban sophistication of the last number (Mean Old World, by T-Bone Walker) this a collection that by turns fascinates, entertains, amuses and delights any self-respecting rhythm and blues fan with a sense of history. The beauty of the boxset is that it resists the temptation to play safe. So many blues compilations are heavy on favourites such as John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, BB King, and so on. Robert Johnson s in there for just one song, Preachin Blues, but even greats like Son House just don t make it here. Instead, we are treated to some complete unknowns and peripheral players who, nevertheless, played a key role in the history of the genre. Take Arthur Big Boy Crudup, for example. Who? Exactly. A man who didn t even learn to play guitar until he was 30, an artist of indifferent ability and largely forgotten by the music world. Yet Crudup penned a string of hits, including That s Alright Mama, and Mean Ol Frisco that other artists feasted on including a young hip-swingin hopeful called Elvis Presley, no less. Without That s Alright, the world may have had to wait a little longer for the King s arrival. And didn t a certain Eric Clapton cover Mean Ol Frisco a little later on? Crudup s original 1942 version of this number is featured here, and it s pretty good listening. And how about Hambone Willie Newbern? He wrote the immortal Roll And Tumble Blues, giving us a riff that will be forever recalled and copied by scores of later artists, including Clapton, again. Good Morning Schoolgirl also became a timeless classic, and we hear the original 1937 version by John Lee Sonny Boy Williamson. And then there s Don t You Lie To Me, which everyone seems to think was written by a certain Chuck Berry, who made it famous, as well as The Rolling Stones and the Flaming Groovies. But it was the fabulous Tampa Red who was the original writer, and the definitive 1940 version is right here on CD 3. Tampa, gets star billing in the boxset, highlighting his perceived importance in the history of R&B, and the listener can only marvel at the control and dexterity of his single-string bottleneck riffs on numbers such as It s Tight Like That (1928). For me, the first CD covering Country Blues And Spirituals, Jug Bands and Hokum, is a revelation. Stand-out tracks include Papa Charlie Jackson s Shake That Thing, Curley Weaver s No No Blues and Barbecue Bob s scintillating 12-string guitar on Ease It To Me Blues. The incomparably laid-back and multi-talented Blind Lemon Jefferson is also there with the classic Match Box Blues and the listener can only sit back and wonder at the fingerplay of Blind Blake on the irresistible Diddie Wah Diddie. Disc 2 concentrates on Piano Boogie Woogie, Ragtime and Jazz not particularly my sce --Bluesmans Blog

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The History Of Rhythm & Blues Volume One 1925 -42

Rhythm & Blues - the accidental synthesis of jazz, gospel, blues, country and pop into a definable form of black popular music. This compilation takes a historical perspective and demonstrates the breadth of new forms, which arose from the fusion of the various styles.

One of the finest box-sets of recent years...finely chosen set of tracks...attention to detail...erudite and entertaining booklet...some of the greatest music ever recorded...the reissue of the year by a country mile...Anyone who s heard Volume One will be counting down the days (to the release of Volume Two) ... the three sets will become the standard work on the genre - Jeremy Searle - RocknReel

the most important and fascinating collection of rhythm and blues music compiled in recent years.... comprehensive and musically-savvy sleeve notes - Bluesmans Blog

invaluable aid to the historian or researcher of blues - Blues Matters

Stonker! This is a tasty compilation that covers plenty of bases - Men Only

Its difficult to imagine any set doing a better job of tracing the roots of R&B - Steve Leggett, All Music Guide

Wow, what a wondrous thing this is - what a work, what a commitment, and what a blast! This is quite possibly the best put-together assemblage of 'roots' music - ever. An everyman's guide to the development and growth of modern, popular music...a piece of musical history that'll sit well in anyone's collection - Peter J Brown (aka toxic pete)

A cross-label 4CD set, which not only tells the story better than anything before, but offers insights into song origins and provides fascinating musical connections across decades....this 97-song set offers a wealth of insights into the cross-pollination of blues, jazz, country, gospel, pop and rock. - Johnny Black, Mojo

Much to enjoy in this treasure trove of gems, which creates real atmosphere .... if you crave pre-war blues in all its undiluted and ugly glory, then this is the real diet - Henry Yates, Classic Rock

The first three tracks on the set (by Austin Coleman, Blind Willie Johnson & Jessie May Hill) one are some of the most powerful examples of early Afro-American music that has ever been recorded and they should be mandatory listening for all. Compilations that attempt to give a history of blues can be important in introducing newcomers to the joys and delights of the music. Paul Oliver s collaboration with CBS in 1970 (gulp was it that long ago?) in producing the double LP The Story Of The Blues was instrumental in helping many people to become enthused and to find out more about blues. Perhaps this set will do the same for people in the 21st century that previous compilations did for me, and so many others several decades ago - Paul Mooney - Blues & Rhythm


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Disc One - The Blues From The Delta To The City - Country Blues And Spirituals
Disc Two - The Rhythm - Piano Boogie-Woogie, Ragtime And Jazz,
Disc Three - Up River To Chicago - Jug Bands & Hokum, Urban Blues & Gospel
Disc Four - Jazzin' The Blues - After Hours, Swing Boogie And Jive

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 History of Rhythm and Blues series of CDs investigates the accidental synthesis of jazz, gospel, blues, ragtime, country, pop and latin into a definable form of black music, which in turn would influence pretty well all popular music from the 1950s to the present. It is the first attempt to put together a comprehensive cross-label compilation showcasing the most important and influential records in the rise of Rhythm & Blues.

A cross-label 4CD set, which not only tells the story better than anything before, but offers insights into song origins and provides fascinating musical connections across decades....this 97-song set offers a wealth of insights into the cross-pollination of blues, jazz, country, gospel, pop and rock. -
Johnny Black, Mojo

One of the finest box-sets of recent years...finely chosen set of tracks... the reissue of the year by a country mile...Anyone who's heard Volume One will be counting down the days (to the release of Volume Two)... the three sets will become the standard work on the genre -
Jeremy Searle, R2

The most important and fascinating collection of rhythm and blues music compiled in recent years....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Musical Journey 17 Aug 2008
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This is an amazing collection of hand picked performances which will have you raising your eyebrows as you recognise influences from 80 years ago on todays modern sounds. I could wax lyrical about the choice of artists and tracks but prefer to just say BUY IT!!!

There is a big HOWEVER, which I have to add and that is a dissappointment in the packaging and information. I can't fault the music so have had to give a 5 star rating but unfortunately, a person without 20/20 vision would have difficulty reading the track list and there is also a loose leaf track list of which the print is also minute. In addition, where the information in the booklet explains the background to each track, this fails to have the track number next to it. I am not normally picky about these things but because this is one of the most interesting collections I have purchased, I would have liked it to be more user friendly.

All in all - please take a chance on this product for the wonderful choice and quality of recordings - a musical adventure which can't be missed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really quite impressive box set 11 Feb 2011
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It's pretty amazing and well-presented, really well-produced. It comes with a lovely little booklet in fact I really would recommend it for the booklet alone. You really feel like you're submerged in musical history
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Released in March 2008, this 4CD box set is the first issue from Rhythm And Blues Records - a new label out of the UK specializing in quality issues of R&B music from way back (Catalogue No: RANDB001).

It breaks down as follows...

Disc 1: "From The Delta To The City"
(Country Blues And Spirituals, Jug Bands And Hokum), 24 Tracks, 73:54 minutes
Disc 2: "The Rhythm"
(Piano Boogie-Woogie Ragtime And Jazz), 24 Tracks, 72:38 minutes
Disc 3: "Up River To Chicago"
(Urban Blues And Gospel), 25 Tracks, 72:59 minutes
Disc 4: "Jazzin' The Blues"
(After Hours Swing, Boogie And Jive), 24 Tracks, 72:49 minutes

There's an outer card wrap, which houses a 3-way fold out 4-disc clip holder. The 32-page booklet (attached to the centre inner sleeve) gives detailed track-by-track analysis of each song - when it was recorded, players if known, USA 78" catalogue numbers, chart positions etc... Between the texts are trade adverts, some artist publicity photos and small colour pictures of those beautiful Vocalion and Brunswick 78" labels...

Downsides - although the set looks nice, the discs are hard to get out of the clips and the attached booklet is difficult to read BECAUSE it's attached - the 2nd volume from 2009 in this series rectified all that - different inner holder and a pouch for a separate booklet (see separate review). If you want a full printed out version, the same detailed text is available from their website in colour.

Expertly and lovingly compiled by NICK DUCKETT and remastered by PR INTERNATIONAL, given the vintage of the recordings (1925 to 1942), the sound quality obviously varies enormously - some are awful, but others are superlative.
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[May 2012: This boxset was originally released in 2008 and since been re-released as a 4 CD bargain set. I have posted here my review for the original boxset, I don't believe there have been any changes apart from the packaging but if there has please let me know.]

The brainchild of Nick Duckett of Rhythm & Blues Records, this set is a comprehensive overview of the music scene in America between 1925-1942. From the opening primal blast of Austin Colemans' 'My Soul is a Witness' to the smooth West Coast Blues of 'Mean Old World' by T. Bone Walker, this four CD set takes you through the development of one of the most influential musical forms of the 20th Century, R&B.

Most casual listeners will know something of the usual suspects and songs of this period, so Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bessie Smith & Blind Lemon Jefferson are all here. But what makes this compilation such a joy is the inclusion of artists that are not so well known but were huge back in the day. Pettie Wheatstraw? Leroy Carr? Blind Blake? No, I didn't know much about these artists as well but they were the superstars of their day and this set includes them all to give a truly representative picture of the popular music scene in the 20's & 30's. I found reading Elijah Walds' Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues to be a perfect accompaniment whilst listening as a number of chapters cover this period of musical history and provide a vivid and engrossing picture of what people were listening to at the time.

The set mainly focuses on the development of the Urban Blues in Chicago in the 30's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really pleased!
I bought this for my neighbour who I know to be an aficionado of this blues era. He loved the information given with each track and ranks it highly in his collection!
Published 2 days ago by i j cannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what it says on the tin!
I've read the other reviews of this product and agree with them about the quality and diversity of the music but unfortunately the number of tracks per disc is two or thee short on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. M. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars American music
Though it may be called History of R & B its really a history of what came before the name Rhythm & Blues existed if you think of the music as post War and the changeover in title... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Introduction to R&B by an Independent Label
The brainchild of Phil Duckett of Rhythm & Blues Records, this set is a comprehensive overview of the music scene in America between 1925-1942. Read more
Published on 16 April 2010 by J. Ratcliff
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic music, shame about the packaging
The music on this 4CD compilation is fantastic - a really great selection from a wide range of (mainly black) American pre-war music. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2009 by The Wife
4.0 out of 5 stars ...deep South blues, from the Wandle delta...
Acoustic Blues from the deep South. Sarf London that is.

The follow up to his 2006 debut "All This Is That" sees the for real truck driving man picking up on his... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2008 by Mr. H
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything and more....
This set is everything and more that the reviews above say. It is obviously a labour of love and is intelligently programmed. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2008 by P. Griffiths
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