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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B001HUHC5S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 985,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Tilt
3. As The Flows
4. I'm a Fool
5. When I'm Gone
6. Rollin' Part 3
7. Baby Comin' Back
8. Mary Lou
9. Escondedo
10. Fast River Of No Return
11. Time to Go

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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8 of 8 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
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"...Blues Done Called Me...Pack My Things And Go..." - The History Of Rhythm And Blues 1925-1942 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (2008 4CD Box Sset Remasters)

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's been followed by Volume 2 (1942-52), Volume 3 (1952-1957) and Volume 4 (1957-1962). Volume 1 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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really quite impressive box set 11 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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 5 months 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 6 months 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 17 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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