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The History of Rhythm & Blues: 1925-1942 [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1: THE BLUES: FROM THE DELTA TO THE CITY:
    1. My Soul is a Witness
    2. It's Nobody's Fault But Mine - Blind Willie Johnson
    3. Crucifixion of Christ, The
    4. Shake That Thing
    5. Outside Woman Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds
    6. It's a Good Thing
    7. Minglewood Blues
    8. Match Box Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
    9. Diddy Wah Diddy
    10. Milk Cow Blues - Curley Weaver
    11. Ease It To Me Blues
    12. No No Blues
    13. Apaloosa Blues - Leecan & Cooksey
    14. Little Rock Blues
    15. Kansas City Blues (Pt. 1) - Jim Jackson
    16. Train Whistle Blues
    17. Goin' Back To Texas
    18. Roll and Tumble Blues
    19. If You Haven't Any Hay - Skip James
    20. Kokomo Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
    21. It's Tight Like That - Georgia Tom
    22. Didn't It Rain - Norfolk Jazz & Jubilee Quartet
    23. Beale Street Breakdown
    24. Milk Cow Blues - Kokomo Arnold
    25. Beside Blues
    26. High Water Everywhere - Charlie Patton
    0. DISC 2: THE RHYTHM: PIANO BOOGIE-WOOGIE RAGTIME AND JAZZ:
    1. New Orleans Joys
    2. Traveling Blues - Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders
    3. Snag It
    4. Get Low-Down Blues
    5. Mr. Johnson's Blues
    6. Backwater Blues
    7. Knockin' a Jug
    8. Bullfrog Blues
    9. Pinetops Boogie Woogie
    10. Cow Cow Blues
    11. Guitar Boogie
    12. How Long, How Long Blues
    13. Dirty Dozen, The
    14. Vicksburg Blues
    15. Sweet Miss Stella Blues - Ben Quillian
    16. Minnie the Moocher
    17. St Louis Blues
    18. Somebody Stole Gabriel's Horn
    19. Midnight Hour Blues - Leroy Carr
    20. Lafayette
    21. Flaming Reeds, Screaming Brass
    22. Strut That Thing
    23. Dirty Mother For You
    24. Weed Smoker's Dream
    25. Press My Button - Lil Johnson
    26. Night Time is the Right Time
    27. Blues Ain't Nothing But, The
    0. DISC 3: UP RIVER TO CHICAGO: URBAN BLUES AND GOSPEL:
    1. Teasin' Brown Blues - Louie Lasky
    2. Barrellhouse Woman - Leroy Carr
    3. Lead Pencil Blues
    4. Policy Dream Blues
    5. Naptown Stomp
    6. Sloppy Drunk Again
    7. Jockey Blues
    8. Holy Mountain Elder - Otis Jones
    9. Standing By the Bedside of a Neighbour
    10. Louise Louise Blues
    11. Barrelhouse When It Rains
    12. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
    13. Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped the Devil) - Robert Johnson
    14. Number Runner's Blues
    15. Tell Me Baby
    16. Rockin' Chair Blues
    17. Diggin My Potatoes
    18. This Train
    19. Don't You Lie To Me - Tampa Red
    20. Jivin' the Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson
    21. I Feel So Good
    22. Worried Life Blues - Big Maceo
    23. Junker Blues Champion - Jack Dupree
    24. Grinder Man Blues - Memphis Slim
    25. Catfish Blues
    26. Ain't No Business We Can Do
    27. Mean Ol' Frisco - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
    0. DISC 4: JAZZIN' THE BLUES: AFTER HOURS SWING AND JIVE:
    1. Boogie Woogie Stomp
    2. Boogie-Woogie - Jimmy Rushing - (featuring Count Basie)
    3. One O'Clock Jump
    4. Sing Sing Sing [Pt. 1]
    5. Keep a Knockin'
    6. T'ain't What You Do
    7. Jumpin' Jive
    8. I Like To Riff - Nat King Cole
    9. That's the Rhythm - Three Sharps And A Flat
    10. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
    11. After Hours
    12. Floyd's Guitar Blues
    13. Gangster's Blues
    14. Roll'em Pete - Big Joe Turner
    15. Down the Road a Piece
    16. Central Avenue Breakdown
    17. Sidney's Blues
    18. My Fightin' Gal
    19. Natchez Mississippi Blues - Lewis Bronzeville Five
    20. Death Ray Boogie
    21. Confessin' the Blues
    22. What's the Use of Getting Sober
    23. Take It and Git
    24. Cow Cow Boogie
    25. Flying Home
    26. Mean Ol' Frisco
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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RANDB 008CD

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    Recording information: Atlanta, GA (??/1932-08/1940); Aurora (??/1932-08/1940); Camden, NJ (??/1932-08/1940); Charlotte, NC (??/1932-08/1940); Chicago, IL (??/1932-08/1940); Dallas, TX (??/1932-08/1940); Grafton (??/1932-08/1940); Hollywood, CA (??/1932-08/1940); Indianapolis, IN (??/1932-08/1940); Los Angeles, CA (??/1932-08/1940); Memphis, TN (??/1932-08/1940); New Orleans Roosevelt Hotel (??/1932-08/1940); New York, NY (??/1932-08/1940); Richmond, VA (??/1932-08/1940); San Antonio, TX (??/1932-08/1940); St. Louis, MO (??/1932-08/1940); Atlanta, GA (02/1927-07/1942); Aurora (02/1927-07/1942); Camden, NJ (02/1927-07/1942); Charlotte, NC (02/1927-07/1942); Chicago, IL (02/1927-07/1942); Dallas, TX (02/1927-07/1942); Grafton (02/1927-07/1942); Hollywood, CA (02/1927-07/1942); Indianapolis, IN (02/1927-07/1942); Los Angeles, CA (02/1927-07/1942); Memphis, TN (02/1927-07/1942); New Orleans Roosevelt Hotel (02/1927-07/1942); New York, NY (02/1927-07/1942); Richmond, VA (02/1927-07/1942); San Antonio, TX (02/1927-07/1942); St. Louis, MO (02/1927-07/1942); Atlanta, GA (03/1936); Aurora (03/1936); Camden, NJ (03/1936); Charlotte, NC (03/1936); Chicago, IL (03/1936); Dallas, TX (03/1936); Grafton (03/1936); Hollywood, CA (03/1936); Indianapolis, IN (03/1936); Los Angeles, CA (03/1936); Memphis, TN (03/1936); New Orleans Roosevelt Hotel (03/1936); New York, NY (03/1936); Richmond, VA (03/1936); San Antonio, TX (03/1936); St. Louis, MO (03/1936); Atlanta, GA (04/1927-12/1932); Aurora (04/1927-12/1932); Camden, NJ (04/1927-12/1932); Charlotte, NC (04/1927-12/1932); Chicago, IL (04/1927-12/1932); Dallas, TX (04/1927-12/1932); Grafton (04/1927-12/1932); Hollywood, CA (04/1927-12/1932); Indianapolis, IN (04/1927-12/1932); Los Angeles, CA (04/1927-12/1932); Memphis, TN (04/1927-12/1932); New Orleans Roosevelt Hotel (04/1927-12/1932); New York, NY (04/1927-12/1932); Richmond, VA (04/1927-12/1932); San Antonio, TX (04/1927-12/1932); St. Louis, MO (04/1927-12/1932); Atlanta, GA (04/1928-03/1929); Aurora (04/1928-03/1929); Camden, NJ (04/1928-03/1929); Charlotte, NC (04/1928-03/1929); Chicago, IL (04/1928-03/1929); Dallas, TX (04/1928-03/1929); Grafton (04/1928-03/1929); Hollywood, CA (04/1928-03/1929); Indianapolis, IN (04/1928-03/1929); Los Angeles, CA (04/1928-03/1929); Memphis, TN (04/1928-03/1929); New Orleans Roosevelt Hotel (04/1928-03/1929); New York, NY (04/1928-03/1929); Richmond, VA (04/1928-03/1929); San Antonio, TX (04/1928-03/1929); St. Louis, MO (04/1928-03/1929); Atlanta, GA (05/1937); Aurora (05/1937); Camden, NJ (05/1937); Charlotte, NC (05/1937); Chicago, IL (05/1937); Dallas, TX (05/1937); Grafton (05/1937); Hollywood, CA (05/1937); Indianapolis, IN (05/1937); Los Angeles, CA (05/1937); Memphis, TN (05/1937); New Orleans Roosevelt Hotel (05/1937); New York, NY (05/1937); Richmond, VA (05/1937); San Antonio, TX (05/1937); St. Louis, MO (05/1937); Atlanta, GA (05/1942); Aurora (05/1942); Camden, NJ (05/1942).
    For fans of classic R&B, History of Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 1 is an extraordinary document. From the love ballad "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere" to the barrelhouse New Orleans groove of "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee", the range of music from these selections is fascinating. Many of these are interesting curiosities, including "Ol' Man River" (one of the first production credits for a young Al Green) to the cult classic "One Mint Julep". (The addition of Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene" seems odd, however, since it doesn't really fit in with the remaining tracks, which lean towards doo-wop and ballads.) As could be expected, these are truly lo-fi recordings, but the sound quality can easily be overlooked when confronted with a song as powerful as Joe Turner's gut-wrenching "Chains of Love" or Ruth Brown's rollicking "5-10-15 Hours". Many of these cuts have since shown up on other anthologies (most famously the Atlantic Rhythm & Blues series), but there are some real rarities (such as the Edna McGriff selection) that are best heard here, and fans and collectors of classic R&B should seek this out. ~ Victor W. Valdivia

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