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!
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.
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
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. King Kent 393 1961 Boom Boom John Lee Hooker Vee-Jay 438 1961 Bright Lights, Big City Jimmy Reed Vee-Jay 398 Sep 1961 (3) I Get Evil (Don't You Lie) Albert King Bobbin 135 Apr 1962 First Time I Met The Blues Buddy Guy Chess 1753 Mar 1960 I Can Tell Bo Diddley Checker 1019 Jun 1962 You'll Be Mine Howlin' Wolf Chess 1813 Dec 1961 You Need Love Muddy Waters Chess 1839 Oct 1962
2 It's The Rhythm Think The Five Royales King 5053 Feb 1957 (9) Monkey Speaks His Mind Dave Bartholomew Imperial 5438 Apr 1957 Didn't It Rain Evelyn Freeman Bel Canto 722 1957 Do You Wanna Dance Bobby Freeman Josie 835 1958 (2) Parchman Farm Mose Allison Prestige 295 Nov 1957 Memphis Chuck Berry Chess 1729 Jun 1958 (We're Gonna) Jump For Joy Big Joe Turner Atlantic 1184 Jan 1958 Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran Liberty 55056 Mar 1958 Roll Roll Roll Guitar Junior Goldband 1068 1957 Rumble Link Wray Cadence 1547 1958 Don't You Just Know It Huey 'Piano' Smith & His Clowns Ace 545 1958 (9) Don't Let Go Roy Hamilton Epic 9257 Dec 1957 La Bamba Ritchie Valens DeL-Fi 4110 Jul 1958 (22) Hold It Bill Doggett King 5149 Oct 1958 (3) Wildcat Tamer Tarheel Slim Fury 1016 1958 What'd I Say (Pt 1) Ray Charles Atlantic 2031 Feb 1959 Shakin' All Over Johnny Kidd & The Pirates HMV 753 1960 (1) UK Watch Your Step Bobby Parker V-Tone 223 1961 I Just Want To Make Love To You Etta James Argo LP 4003 May 1960 Back Beat Roland Alphonso Island WI-005 1962 You Can't Sit Down Phil Upchurch Boyd 329 June 1961 Bossa Nova Baby Tippie & The Clovers Tiger 201 1962 Watermelon Man Mongo Santamaria Battle 45909 Dec 1962 Crazy Feelin' King Coleman Togo 600 1962 Almost Grown Chuck Berry Chess 1722 Feb 1959 (3) Foot Stomping Pt 1 The Flares Felsted 8624 1961 Land Of 1000 Dances Chris Kenner Instant 3252 Apr 1962 (77) Night Train James Brown King 5614 Feb 1961 Shake A Tail Feather The Five Du-Tones One-derful 4815 1962 Louie, Louie Richard Berry Flip 321 Mar 1957
3 Soul Sources Shout Pt 1 Isley Brothers RCA 7588 Jul 1959 (47) Oh Mary Dont You Weep Swan's Silvertone Singers Vee-Jay 808 Aug 1958 I Don't Know Ruth Brown Atlantic 2035 Mar 1959 She Said Yeah Larry Williams Specialty 658 Aug 1958 Doggin' Around Jackie Wilson Brunswick 55166 Apr 1960 (1) You Hurt Me Little Willie John King 5428 Oct 1960 First Taste Of Love Ben E. King Atco 6185 Oct 1960 I Got To Know The 5 Royales Home of the Blues 112 1960 (Night Time Is) The Right Time Ray Charles Atlantic 2010 Oct 1958 I'll Go Crazy James Brown Federal 12369 Nov 1959 (15) Please Think It Over Roscoe Shelton Excello 2167 Aug 1959 Shop Around The Miracles Tamla 54034 1960 (1) This May Be The Last Time The Staple Singers Vee-Jay 5014 LP Jan 1958 I Idolize You Ike & Tina Turner Sue 735 1960 Today I Sing The Blues Aretha Franklin Columbia 41793 Aug 1960 I Want To Know The Gay Poppers Fire 1026 1960 Cry Cry Cry Bobby "Blue" Bland Duke 327 1960 Whole Lotta Woman The Contours Motown 1008 Feb 1961 Just A Little Bit Rosco Gordon Vee-Jay 332 Sep 1959 She Put The Hurt On Me Prince La La AFO 301 1961 (28) The One Who Really Loves You Mary Wells Motown 1024 Dec 1961 Driving Wheel Little Junior Parker Duke 335 May 1961 It's Your Voodoo Working Charles Sheffield Excello 2200 Jan 1961 Green Onions Booker T. & The MG's Stax 127 1962 Stupidity Solomon Burke Atlantic 2196 Aug 1962 Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette) Benny Spellman Minit 644 Nov 1961 (80) Mind Over Matter Nolan Strong Fortune 546 1962 Don't Mess With My Man Irma Thomas Ron 328 1960 Bring It On Home To Me Sam Cooke RCA 8036 Apr 1962 (2) Hitch Hike Marvin Gaye Tamla 54075 Sep 1962 I'm The One Who Loves You The Impressions ABC 10386 Mar 1962
4 Popular Sounds I'm A Hog For You The Coasters Atco 6146 Aug 1958 Money Barrett Strong Tamla 54027 Jul 1959 (2) Ozeta The Magnificents Vee-Jay 281 1958 It's So Fine Lavern Baker Atlantic 2001 Dec 1957 Oh Baby, You Have To Go The El Cincos Vee-Jay unreleased My Baby Just Cares for Me Nina Simone Bethlehem LP Dec 1957 Get A Job The Silhouettes Junior 391 1957 I Wanna Go Home Charles Brown Ace 561 Apr 1959 Heartbreak Melody Wynona Carr Specialty 600 Oct 1956 Love Potion No. 9 The Clovers United Artists 180 1959 (23) So Fine The Fiestas Old Town 1062 1959 Every Dog Got Its Day Eddie Bo Ric 969 1960 Over You Aaron Neville Minit 612 Oct 1960 (21) The Twist Hank Ballard & The Midnighters King 5171 Nov 1958 (4) (Baby) Hully Gully The Olympics Arvee 562 1960 Last Night The Mar-Keys Stax 107 1961 New Orleans Gary U.S. Bonds LeGrand 1003 1960 Shoppin' For Clothes The Coasters Atco 6178 Jul 1960 Stay Maurice Williams Herald 552 1960 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl Don & Bob Argo 5400 Jun 1961 A Certain Girl Ernie K-Doe Minit 634 Jul 1961 (71) There's No Other The Crystals Philles 100 1961 Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles ABC 10244 Jul 1961 Workin' Man's Song The Falcons UA 269 Sep 1960 A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues Arthur Alexander Dot 16309 1962 Born to Cry Dion Laurie 3123 1962 You're No Good Dee Dee Warwick Jubilee 5459 1962 Jump Back Eugene Blacknell Clara 111 1962 Love Is A Swingin' Thing The Shirelles Scepter 1228 1962 Some Other Guy Ritchie Barrett Atlantic 2142 1962 California Sun Joe Jones Roulette 4344 Nov 1960 (89) Love Me Do The Beatles Parlophone R4949 Sep 1962