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The R&B No. 1s Of The '50s Box set


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  • Audio CD (14 Jan. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Acrobat
  • ASIN: B00G1IMFB2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony Martin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2014
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Neat idea: why not collect together all the number one hits from Billboard's R&B chart, starting in February 1950 thru to December 1959? This will occupy six CDs over 159 tracks and will require a 44 page bookletful of notes to give relevant details per title. Nice one, compiler Paul Watts.

At this point, the script becomes familiar - if you're and sort of r&b/r&r fan, it's likely you'll have a varying amount of these cuts already. But as a handy reference guide to the rise of r&b and eventually r&r, based on contemporary public taste and sales, this'll take some beating.

Mr Watts' diligent notes start with a reasonably lengthy explanation of the r&b chart, and each entry gets all the basic detail: title, artist, label and number and how many weeks it spent at the top. Followed by a paragraph on the artist, maybe a brief history, and references to perhaps previous hits. This the stuff you need, proving that a 'cheap' comp needn't stint on information.

No surprise that things kick off with bluesy Jo Hunter, the blues/r&b of Johnny Otis, the groove of Joe Liggins, the smooth Nat King Cole, the jive of Louis Jordan, the blues of Lowell Fulson...and I'm only halfway thru CD1! Early doo-wop courtesy The Five Keys, would you call The Dominoes or Clovers doo-wop? (No, nor would I). "Juke" by Little Walter the only harmonica instro ever to top the r&b chart, more blues from Eddie Boyd and BB King. Big Joe Turner rocks, as does Faye Adams and Ruth Brown, Hank Ballard begging his run of "Annie..." hits, under the guise of The Midnighters. By the mid-50's, things get identifiably more rockin', what with Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Elvis. Which shows that black teens of the day were happy enough to encompass the Big Beat.
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By G Wells on 10 Jun. 2014
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Great set and a brilliant price, apparently cross over artists in reverse by the time we get to disc 5 and 6, that is mainstream artists selling into the R&B charts, can only explain the last two CDS, Haven't read the notes yet, looking forward to that once i get the CD out of the car!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
TREASURE TROVE OF R&B NO. 1'S FROM THE 50'S 30 Jan. 2014
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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For fans of 50's r&b this is a fantastic set. BUT THESE ARE CD-R DISCS--NOT COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED DISCS AS IS THE USUAL MANUFACTURING PROCESS. The Acrobat label has released several multi-disc sets of r&b, soul, blues, and r'n'r in the past. Many of these have focused on small labels on the West and East coasts. And like previous sets, this one has good overall sound and an informative booklet. The 44 page booklet has track-by-track information and commentary which helps put the music in it's time. Plus there's photos of some of the groups, and period memorabilia. And all six discs and the booklet fit into a double size CD jewel case. This gets 5 "stars" not only for the music, but for the great memories of hearing this stuff (if you were lucky to be around then) on the car radio or--if you were really lucky--on that new-fangled thing they called a transistor radio.

As to the music, with 159 tracks, every r&b No. 1 is here in chronological order. A records standing is taken from the Billboard charts in retail sales, jukebox sales, or radio play. The set begins with "Almost Lost My Mind", by Ivory Joe Hunter, from Feb. 1950, and ends with "The Clouds", by The Spacemen, from Dec. 1959. In between are many well known performers like Johnny Otis, Nat "King" Cole, Fats Domino, Louis Jordan, B.B. King, Jimmy Forrest, Big Mama Thornton, The Orioles, Big Joe Turner, The Drifters, The Penguins, The Moonglows, Bo Diddley, Little Willie John, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, The Coasters, and a number of others. But also here are lesser known artists like Little Esther, Mel Brown, the Griffin Brothers, Lowell Fulson, Amos Milburn, Willie Mabon, Faye Adams, and others.

So if you like r&b during the 1950's, and want all the No. 1 tunes, this is the set to have. Plus you can hear how the music changes from bluesy r&b to a more pop sound, and into the very beginnings of pop/r'n'r. This is a great set of r&b, and with the informative, intelligently laid out booklet, all at a decent price, how can you lose?
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Comments 7 May 2014
By John T Oleksy Jr - Published on Amazon.com
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Lived up to expectations - all original recordings. Only minor complaint is that just Disc #6 displayed titles and artists - I was familiar with all those selections, some of the earlier ones were new to me.
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Five Stars 8 July 2014
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
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great collection of oldies.
Five Stars 6 Jan. 2015
By Ruthie - Published on Amazon.com
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as expected
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