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The History Of Rhythm & Blues, Volume 1 The Pre-War Years 1925-1942 Box set

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  • Audio CD (22 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhythm & Blues Records
  • ASIN: B00487X9SG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4CD box set. This is the 2nd edition with 106 tracks. It is CD sized with 4 card wallets inside a cardboard slipcase. If a supplier sends the jewel box version with less tracks, then they have sent you the 3rd edition. 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. 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'.

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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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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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Released in March 2008 - "The History Of Rhythm & Blues 1925-42" is the first issue from Rhythm And Blues Records - a new label out of the UK specializing in quality reissues of R&B music from way, way back. Volume 1 in this 4CD Box Set/Book Pack Series has been followed by Volume 2 (1942-52), Volume 3 (1952-1957) and Volume 4 (1957-1962) - all with heavily annotated booklets. I've collected the lot and love them. Here are the debut set's details...

Rhythm And Blues Records RANDB001 (Barcode 5065001126000) breaks down as follows...

Disc 1 (73:54 minutes):
"From The Delta To The City - Country Blues And Spirituals, Jug Bands And Hokum"
1. My Soul is A Witness - AUSTEN COLEMAN (1934, Library Of Congress 1)
2. It's Nobody's Fault But Mine - BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON (1927, Columbia 14303)
3. The Crucifixion Of Christ - JESSIE MAY HILL (1927, Okeh 8490)
4. Shake That Thing - PAPA CHARLIE JACKSON (1925, Paramount 12281)
5. Outside Woman Blues - BLIND JOE REYNOLDS (1929, Paramount 12927)
6. It's A Good Thing - FRANK STOKES (1927, Paramount 12518)
7. Minglewood Blues - GUS CANNON'S JUG STOMPERS (1928,Victor 21267)
8. Match Box Blues - BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON (1927, Okeh 8455)
9. Diddie Wah Diddie - BLIND BLAKE (1929, Paramount 12888)
10. Milk Cow Blues - SLEEPY JOHN ESTES (1930, Victor 38614)
11. Ease It To Me Blues - BARBEQUE BOB (1928, Columbia 14614)
12. No No Blues - CURLEY WEAVER (1928, Columbia 14388)
13. Apaloosa Blues - BOBBY LEECAN and ROBERT COOKSEY (1927, Victor 20853)
14. Little Rock Blues - PEARL DICKSON (1927, Columbia 14286)
15. Kansas City Blues - JIM JACKSON (1927, Vocalion 1144)
16. Train Whistle Blues - JIMMIE RODGERS (1929, Victor 22379)
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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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[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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