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The History Of Rhythm And Blues 1957-1962 Box set


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  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhythm And Blues
  • ASIN: B00FK7E7ZC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wilbert Harrison - Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
2. Bo Diddley - Road Runner - Bo Diddley
3. Otis Rush - My Baby Is A Good Un - Otis Rush
4. Slim Harpo - Im A King Bee - Slim Harpo
5. Memphis Slim - Steppin Out - Memphis Slim
6. Jimmy McCracklin - The Walk - Jimmy McCracklin
7. Katie Webster - Baby Baby - Katie Webster
8. Charles Clark - Hidden Charms - Charles Clark
9. Magic Sam - 21 Days In Jail - Magic Sam
10. Little Milton - Long Distance Operator - Little Milton
11. Albert Collins - Collins Shuffle - Albert Collins
12. Buster Brown - Fannie Mae - Buster Brown
13. Guitar Frank - Wild Track - Guitar Frank
14. Junior Wells - Little By Little - Junior Wells
15. Willie Cobbs - You Don't Love Me - Willie Cobbs
16. Little Walter - I Had My Fun - Little Walter
17. Howlin Wolf - Wang Dang Doodle - Howlin' Wolf
18. Betty James - I'm A Little Mixed Up - Betty James
19. Johnny Guitar Watson - Looking Back - Johnny 'Guitar' Watson
20. Jimmy Reed - Baby What You Want Me To Do - Jimmy Reed
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Product Description

4CD box set. Limited edition hardback book, DVD size.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 fourth and final part of our forty year retrospective takes the story up to the end of 1962. A case could be made for finishing the series later but a decision was taken to go with the prevailing industry opinions of the time. There were so many white pop records in the R&B charts and so much black music in the pop charts towards the end of 1963 that Billboard temporarily abandoned their R&B charts substituting in their place the Hot 100. Billboard magazine did not publish an R&B singles chart from December 1963 to January 1965. We have defined R&B as the accidental synthesis of jazz, gospel, blues, ragtime, country, pop and Latin into a definable form of black music, influencing all popular music from the 1950s to the present day. Other useful definitions include Robert Palmer's in Rock & Roll: An Unruly History, as 'a catchall rubric used to refer to any music that was made by and for black Americans', or Chip Deffaa's in Blue Rhythms as 'popular music that arose in black communities after the swing era and before the arrival of the Beatles.' From a British perspective, back in the non-PC days of 1964, Stevie Winwood called it simply 'negro pop'. The set comprises 4 thematically styled discs : Big City Blues - downhome blues derived from the Mississippi Delta via northern urban centres. It's The Rhythm - records that demonstrate the varying rhythms of R&B. Soul Sources - soulful sounds with roots in the church. Popular Sounds - records showing influences from mainstream popular music.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Rhythm Man on 10 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Seriously well-presented, this four CD, DVD-sized collection with its thirty page bound-in booklet presents just about as wide a variance of sounds and styles as you could imagine in the years covered and gives full concise background notes to each and every one of the 124 tracks. The cover itself is of durable hard-back material. A hugely enjoyable trawl through the late 50s & early 60s. It would make a very tasty Christmas present for your offspring, which might set them out on a voyage of discovery. I wish I'd have had something like this bought for me when I was just setting out on mine.
Tony Watson - Blues & Rhythm
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce the Moose on 15 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD
My wife gave me this for Christmas and it has hardly been off the CD player since. It is a wonderful collection with some well known tracks, some from lesser known artists and some right out of left field like Roland Alphonso's Back Beat.

I only have one quibble with this series and that is the packaging; I have all four sets and all four are packaged differently. It really is time that Rhythm & Blues Records got their act together. There are two really sensible ways of packing the CDs; either in a jewel case or book format like the Cameo Parkway set. The current book package with cardboard sleeves that don't quite fit the discs is not a good way of protecting the discs.

I love this series and the track selection and the pages of notes that accompany the sets are highly informative. Sound quality is excellent.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elias Mc Daniels on 15 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This 4CD Box Set is a real masterpiece - a tour de force. With all the background information this is clearly a work of love and damned delicious.
Rootstime Belgium.

Full tracklisting seems to be missing so here it is.

1 Big City Blues
Kansas City Wilbert Harrison Fury 1023 Feb 1959 (1)
Road Runner Bo Diddley Checker 942 Jan 1959 (20)
My Baby Is A Good 'Un Otis Rush Cobra 5032 1958
I'm A King Bee Slim Harpo Excello 2113 Mar 1957
Steppin' Out Memphis Slim VeeJay 330 Aug 1959
The Walk Jimmy McCracklin Checker 885 Dec 1957
Baby Baby Katie Webster & Ashton Conroy Kry 100 1958
Hidden Charms Charles Clark Artistic 1500 1958
21 Days In Jail Magic Sam Cobra 5029 1958
Long Distance Operator Little Milton Bobbin 103 1959
Collins' Shuffle Albert Collins Kangaroo 103 Jun 1958
Fannie Mae Buster Brown Fire 1008 Jun 1959
Wild Track Guitar Frank Bridges Den 3203 1960
Little By Little Junior Wells Profile 4011 1959
You Don't Love Me Willie Cobbs Mojo 2168 1960
I Had My Fun Little Walter Checker 945 Jun 1957
Wang Dang Doodle Howlin' Wolf Chess 1777 Jun 1960
I'm A Little Mixed Up Betty James CJ 583 1961
Looking Back Johnny Guitar Watson Escort 106 1961
Baby, What You Want Me To Do Jimmy Reed Vee-Jay 333 Aug 1959
Hide Away Freddie King Federal 12401 Aug 1960
Somebody Help Me Sonny Boy Williamson Chess 1509 Jun 1960
Shake Your Moneymaker Elmore James Fire 504 Aug 1961
Rock Me Baby B.B.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. M. Martin on 24 Feb. 2014
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You name it, it's on it! A magnificent journey through time via unforgettable tunes and rhythms. Not to mention the brilliant accompanying booklet and evocative photographic material.
At this price it's a steal- Just buy it and enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith mowser on 25 Jan. 2015
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What can I say fantastic music I have all this series and they are all great! Keith
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