CD Vee-Jay: Celebrating 40 Years of Classic Hits 1953-1993 [Box] (CD 15826747),
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Vee-Jay: Celebrating 40 Years of Classic Hits 1953-1993 [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Baby It's You - The Spaniels
    2. High & Lonesome - Jimmy Reed
    3. Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite - The Spaniels
    4. You Don't Have to Go - Jimmy Reed
    5. My Loving Baby - The El Dorados
    6. Annie's Answer - Hazel McCollum - (featuring The El Dorados)
    7. I Really Do - The 5 Echoes
    8. At My Front Door - The El Dorados
    9. Hands Off - Jay McShann
    10. I'll Be Forever Loving You - The El Dorados
    11. This Is the Night - The Kool Gents
    12. Every Woman I Know - Billy Emerson
    13. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby - Jimmy Reed
    14. Big Town Playboy - Eddie Taylor
    15. Up on the Mountain - The Magnificents
    16. Dimples - John Lee Hooker
    17. Oh What a Nite - The Dells
    18. Bim Bam Boom - The El Dorados
    19. Telephone Is Ringing - Pee Wee Crayton
    20. For All We Know - Sonny Til's Orioles
    21. You Gave Me Peace of Mind - The Spaniels
    22. I Found Peace of Mind - Pee Wee Crayton
    23. Mother's Son - The Delegates
    24. Pleasure Is All Mine, The - Billy Emerson
    25. Honest I Do - Jimmy Reed
    0. DISC 2:
    1. 12 Year Old Boy - Elmore James
    2. You Can Make It If You Try - Gene Allison
    3. It Hurts Me Too - Elmore James
    4. Rockin'itis - Billy Boy Arnold
    5. Have Faith - Gene Allison
    6. Stormy Weather - The Spaniels
    7. For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler/The Impressions
    8. Nobody But You - Dee Clark
    9. Twist, The - Hank Ballard/The Midnighters
    10. Here I Stand - Wade Flemons
    11. Rockin' Good Way, A - Priscilla Bowman - (featuring The Spaniels)
    12. K.C. Loving - Jimmy Witherspoon
    13. Boogie Chillun - John Lee Hooker
    14. Take Out Some Insurance - Jimmy Reed
    15. Just Keep It Up - Dee Clark
    16. Hey Little Girl - Dee Clark
    17. No More Doggin' - Rosco Gordon
    18. Baby What You Want Me to Do - Jimmy Reed
    19. Comeback, The - Memphis Slim
    20. Just a Little Bit - Rosco Gordon
    21. Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed
    22. Oh Babe - J.B. Lenoir
    23. He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler
    24. Tupelo - John Lee Hooker
    25. Your Friends - Dee Clark
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Exodus - Eddie Harris
    2. Shombalor - Sherrif & the Ravels
    3. Raindrops - Dee Clark
    4. Every Beat of My Heart - The Pips - (featuring Gladys Knight)
    5. Bright Lights, Big City - Jimmy Reed
    6. Moon River - Jerry Butler
    7. Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
    8. Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
    9. Duches of Earl - The Pearlettes
    10. Tragic - The Shephards
    11. Make It Easy on Yourself - Jerry Butler
    12. Oh John - Jimmy Reed
    13. Rainbow - Gene Chandler
    14. You're No Good - Betty Everett
    15. Shoop Shoop Song, The (It's in His Kiss) - Betty Everett
    16. Spanish Boy, A - The Rubies
    17. I Can't Hear You - Betty Everett
    18. My Adorable One - Joe Simon
    19. Let It Be Me - Jerry Butler/Betty Everett
    20. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Little Richard
    21. It Ain't What You Do - Little Richard
    22. Stay in My Corder - The Dells
    23. Oo Wee Baby, I Love You - Fred Hughes
    24. I Don't Know What You Got - Little Richard
    25. It's Not Unusual - The Dells
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite - The Spaniels
    2. You Don't Move Me - The Spaniels
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): NVS 23400

  • Credits
    ProducerBilly Vera

    Liner Note Authors: Billy Vera; Mike Callahan.
    Recording information: 05/05/1953-05/13/1965.
    Photographers: Johnny Keyes; Dan Pritzker; Charlie Langella; Michael Ochs; Chris Kissel; George Povall; Errol Wander; Gene Chandler; Chuck Barksdale; Jerry Butler; James Pookie Hudson; Ron Wray; Gordon Bossin; Glen Miller ; Roebuck "Pops" Staples; Stephen Powers; Billy Vera; Mike Callahan.
    Most conversations about Vee-Jay Records will usually be limited to a few salient facts: that they put out great, influential blues and R&B records during the '50s and '60s. That they became the most successful African-American-owned record company in the United States, breaking into the pop field with hits by Gene Chandler, Dee Clark, and the early sides by the Four Seasons. That they were the first American company to have the Beatles. And that, with all that success, they went bankrupt by 1966. But the Vee-Jay Records story is, for all its twists and turns, a true American success story that went sour. Admittedly, this three-disc retrospective does leave out some important chunks of the company's history due to licensing restrictions; the Four Seasons' masters aren't aboard, as their original appearance on the label was a lease deal. What is here are all the important sides, 75 of them, that moved Vee-Jay from a Gary, IN, storefront to a major corporation. Much of Vee-Jay's reputation rests as much on the records that weren't hits and many of them are here. Disc one takes us back to the beginning of the label, with the label's first two artists, the Spaniels and bluesman Jimmy Reed. Disc two starts in blues and soul land, and brings aboard Dee Clark -- the label's first African-American artist to cross over consistently into the pop field -- and Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, and the Impressions. The third disc runs the hits and classics from 1961 to the label's impending demise in 1965, including quite a few pop-chart successes and even some great jazz sides. Producer/compiler/annotator Billy Vera deserves special mention for a job well done, given the size constraints and licensing restrictions. An important chunk of American musical history served up classy. ~ Cub Koda

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