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RHYTHM & BLUES RECORDS (UK)
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The most important and fascinating collection of rhythm and blues music compiled in recent years…. comprehensive and musically-savvy sleeve notes

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The History Of Rhythm And Blues 1925-1942 - Volume 1
Various Artists - 4 CD box set with 32 page booklet and comprehensive track by track analysis

CD Only £10.00

Disc One – The Blues From The Delta To The City
Disc Two – The Rhythm
Disc Three – Up River To Chicago
Disc Four – Jazzin’ The Blues

Country Blues And Spirituals, Jug Bands And Hokum, Piano Boogie-Woogie, Ragtime And Jazz
Urban Blues And Gospel, After Hours, Swing Boogie And Jive

A paperback-sized 4CD box set complete with 32 page booklet including comprehensive track by track analysis of all 97 songs.

"It’s rare to come across a record that is so perfect, and so perfectly insane, that it encapsulates everything you need to know about music fandom in one package, but such is this. The description ‘labour of love doesn’t begin to do justice to the effort involved in ferreting out such a finely chosen set of tracks and presenting them so ideally".

"Even the most fanatical r&b fan will find something, probably many things, both new and enjoyable here - and everyone else can simply wallow in some of the greatest music ever recorded. Never mind what appears in the remainder of 2008, this is the reissue of the year by a country mile. Buy it and help Volume 2 along".
Jeremy Searle - RocknReel

"A cross-label 4CD set, which not only tells the story better than anything before ....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

The History Of Rhythm And Blues 1942-1952 - Volume 2
Various Artists - 4 CD box set with 64 page booklet and comprehensive track by track analysis

CD Only £24.00

The History of Rhythm & Blues series of CDs is a cross-label project that attempts to chronicle the rise of R&B from a historical perspective. Its aim is to demonstrate the breadth of new forms which arose from the fusion of the various styles and to showcase the most influential records while highlighting many of the more obscure discs, whose importance to the story is less well-known.

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 investigates the accidental synthesis of jazz, gospel, blues, ragtime, country, pop and latin music into a definable form of black music, which in turn would influence pretty well all popular music from the 1950s to the present.

Volume Two - the Pre-Rocknroll Years 1942-1952 investigates the transition from the race music of the 1940s through to the classic Rhythm & Blues of the 1950s, taking in the growing importance of radio, the rise of the independent record labels, the 45rpm record and the jukebox. It also attempts to clarify the distinctions between the different rhythms behind the blues from shuffle and jump through rhumba to rocknroll.

"There’s so little on this box set that I wouldn’t be overjoyed to play you… an absolutely essential purchase… as good as any (other sets) and probably better than all…indispensable music… thoroughly, thoroughly recommended."
Mark Lamarr - BBC Radio 2, God’s Jukebox Featured Record of the Week June 6th 2009

The History Of Rhythm And Blues 1952-1957 - Volume 3
Various Artists - 4 CD box set with 68 page booklet and comprehensive track by track analysis
- 109 tracks!

CD Only £15.00

The History of Rhythm & Blues series of CDs is a cross-label project that attempts to chronicle the rise of R&B from a historical perspective. Its aim is to demonstrate the breadth of new forms which arose from the fusion of the various styles and to showcase the most influential records while highlighting many of the more obscure discs, whose importance to the story is less well-known.

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 investigates the accidental synthesis of jazz, gospel, blues, ragtime, country, pop and latin music into a definable form of black music, which in turn would influence pretty well all popular music from the 1950s to the present.

Volume Three investigates the growing urbanisation of the music; the impact on white teenagers; the prominence of the vocal groups; the gradual transition towards a more soulful expression of the blues. There is a detailed examination of the various rhythms that lie behind the music from Rumba Shuffle through New Orleans to Twist Beat.

"There’s so little on this box set that I wouldn’t be overjoyed to play you… an absolutely essential purchase… as good as any (other sets) and probably better than all…indispensable music… thoroughly, thoroughly recommended."
Mark Lamarr - BBC Radio 2, God’s Jukebox Featured Record of the Week June 6th 2009

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The History Of Rhythm And Blues 1925-1942 - Highlights
Various Artists

CD Only £4.49

This exhilarating compilation …is a distillation of a four-CD set; as such, it’s an exceptionally strong collection, each of the 25 tracks a discovery, a joy. The liner notes are worth the price in themselves: Well-written and entertaining, they detail not only the history of each artist, but the context of each song…The most recent song on the album was recorded more than 65 years ago, but this is no dusty exercise in musicology. This is creative, vibrant music. Even today, it quickens the pulse.
M.D.Spenser

Anyone looking for a great sampler to hear some of the classic early rhythm and blues could do worse than to check out this 25-track release…As an introduction to early blues and more this compilation takes some beating – and to anyone doing research or a historian – I would imagine pretty essential, well done to compiler, Nick Duckett and to all concerned.
Grahame Rhodes

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Rumba Doowop 1933-1954
Various Artists

Double CD Only £9.99

Vocal groups pick up on the Latin groove!

Africa and Latin America have moulded American popular music since the beginning of the twentieth century. African influences initially led to the development of jazz, gospel and blues, whose rhythms were further affected by successive waves of dance music from Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

Many vocal groups and gospel quartets in the pre WWII era borrowed rhythmic riffs derived from ragtime such as the charleston; others used standard tresillo or son clave beats. The son clave is the basic building block of all Latin music: a two-bar pattern consisting of three beats (a tresillo) preceded or followed by two heavy beats. Most musicians preferred a less complex rhythm, however. The tresillo was often used on its own when a Latin feel was required, but then it was given a snappier, sexier name: the rumba.

New Latin influences came into popular music in the forties from New Orleans with that city's distinctive second-line drumming, and from Cuba with the mambo and cha-cha-cha through the medium of bebop jazz. Atlantic Records dominated the early doo-wop scene and their house-arranger Jesse Stone paved the way for a wider adoption of Latin rhythms through his ground-breaking productions for The Clovers and The Drifters.

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Rumba Doowop 1955-1956
Various Artists

Double CD Only £9.99

Vocal groups pick up on the Latin groove!

Africa and Latin America have moulded American popular music since the beginning of the twentieth century. African influences initially led to the development of jazz, gospel and blues, whose rhythms were further affected by successive waves of dance music from Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

Many vocal groups and gospel quartets in the pre WWII era borrowed rhythmic riffs derived from ragtime such as the charleston; others used standard tresillo or son clave beats. The son clave is the basic building block of all Latin music: a two-bar pattern consisting of three beats (a tresillo) preceded or followed by two heavy beats. Most musicians preferred a less complex rhythm, however. The tresillo was often used on its own when a Latin feel was required, but then it was given a snappier, sexier name: the rumba.

New Latin influences came into popular music in the forties from New Orleans with that city's distinctive second-line drumming, and from Cuba with the mambo and cha-cha-cha through the medium of bebop jazz. Atlantic Records dominated the early doo-wop scene and their house-arranger Jesse Stone paved the way for a wider adoption of Latin rhythms through his ground-breaking productions for The Clovers and The Drifters.

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The History Of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues - Vol.1 - 1921-1949
Various Artists

Double CD Only £9.99

More than any other city in the world, New Orleans has been responsible for shaping the sound of twentieth century popular music. Sweeping statement that may be, but as the birthplace of jazz, funk and arguably rock’n’roll, it really has no other contenders. At the heart of these three widely different varieties of music lies the rhythmic complexity of second line parade drumming. Its two-beat patterns combining military band and Caribbean rhythms underpin the early recordings of Louis Armstrong as much as they do those of Little Richard and James Brown. This compilation highlights some of the distinguishing characteristics found in early New Orleans recordings, not with the intention of picking out the city’s finest jazz and blues recordings but in order to pinpoint styles that would foreshadow later developments in the rhythm and blues field.

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The History Of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues - Vol.2 - 1947-1953
Various Artists

Double CD Only £9.99

More than any other city in the world, New Orleans has been responsible for shaping the sound of twentieth century popular music. Sweeping statement that may be, but as the birthplace of jazz, funk and arguably rock’n’roll, it really has no other contenders. At the heart of these three widely different varieties of music lies the rhythmic complexity of second line parade drumming. Its two-beat patterns combining military band and Caribbean rhythms underpin the early recordings of Louis Armstrong as much as they do those of Little Richard and James Brown. This compilation highlights some of the distinguishing characteristics found in early New Orleans recordings, not with the intention of picking out the city’s finest jazz and blues recordings but in order to pinpoint styles that would foreshadow later developments in the rhythm and blues field.

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Rumba Blues - How Latin Music Changed Rhythm & Blues
Various Artists

CD Only £6.75

Latin rhythms have infiltrated into every new branch of popular music that has emerged during the twentieth century. Jelly Roll Morton and W.C. Handy incorporated the Cuban habanera into early jazz and blues; the Argentinean tango found its way into twenties dance-band music; the Brazilian baion and bossanova styles wound their way through the sixties beat boom and were revived in the drum’n’bass of the nineties. But none had such an all-pervasive influence as the rumba. Its journey from the Middle-East through North Africa and Spain to the New World brought it into American dance halls in the thirties. The syncopated, rhythmic riffs of bandleaders such as Xavier Cugat helped to liberate dancers from stuffy foxtrots and waltzes, opening up an altogether more sensual world of excitement and exoticism. In post-war popular music, rumba is everywhere, from Dave Bartholomew’s Country Boy to the Clash’s Rock The Casbah, picking up Little Richard’s Slippin’ and Slidin’ and the Beatles’ Ballad Of John And Yoko along the way. Even hillbilly records featured rumba bass lines. Its 3-2 clave rhythm, which Bo Diddley stylised and made into his very own, became an integral part of American music and continues to cast its spell over popular music to the current day.All tracks have been carefully remastered to optimise the sound. An illustrated 32 page booklet includes detailed sleeve notes with track-by-track commentary on each song.

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Rumba Blues - The Mambo Years
Various Artists

CD Only £6.75

Africa and Latin America together have moulded American popular music since the beginning of the twentieth century. African influences have led to the development of jazz, gospel and blues while successive waves of dance music from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Jamaica have largely determined its rhythm. Broadway stage, Hollywood film, New York Tin Pan Alley and even country music have all been affected to a greater or lesser degree.

Dance forms and musical stylings such as habanera, bolero, tango, rumba, conga, samba, baion, calypso, mambo, charleston, cha-cha-cha, bossa nova and twist all have their origins outside the USA. This compilation aims to demonstrate just how far back the roots of Latin jazz stretch, well beyond the partnership that Dizzy Gillespie forged with Chano Pozo in founding cubop, the post-war marriage of bebop with Cuban music.

The repetitive riff making over a groove so beloved of 60’s and 70’s jazz and rock musicians springs not from the blues but from Latin song-form and its montunos. Note the similarity between Machito’s Freezelandia and the Beatles’ Day Tripper and between Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water and Ary Barroso’s Baia (track 19 disc 1).

The Brazilian samba began to make its presence felt during the late 1930’s. It is the spring in the beat and the almost imperceptible skip at the end of each measure that differentiate it from Cuban rhythms. But of all Latin rhythms, none had such an all-pervasive influence as the rumba. Its journey from the Middle East through North Africa and Spain to the New World brought it into American dance halls in the thirties. The syncopated, rhythmic riffs of bandleaders such as Xavier Cugat helped to liberate dancers from stuffy foxtrots and waltzes, opening up an altogether more sensual world of excitement and exoticism.

In post-war popular music, rumba is everywhere, from Elvis’ Hound Dog to the Clash’s Rock The Casbah. Thanks to Bo Diddley, its 3-2 clave rhythm became an integral part of American music and continues to cast its spell over current day sounds.

An illustrated 32-page booklet includes detailed sleeve notes with track-by-track commentary on each song.

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Rumba Jazz - A History Of Latin Jazz & Dance Music From The Swing Era 1919-1945
Various Artists

Double CD Only £8.50

Second CD in the How Latin Music Changed Rhythm And Blues series. An illustrated 32 page booklet includes detailed sleeve notes with track-by-track commentary on each song.

Latin rhythms have infiltrated every new branch of popular music. Jelly Roll Morton and W.C. Handy incorporated the Cuban habanera into early jazz and blues; the Argentinean tango found its way into twenties dance-band music; the Brazilian baion, samba and bossa nova styles wound their way throughout the century colouring the sixties beat boom and the drum’n’bass of the nineties. But none had such an all-pervasive influence as the rumba. Xavier Cugat’s percussion-led rumba orchestras helped to liberate dancers from stuffy foxtrots and waltzes in the 1930’s, opening up an altogether more sensual world of excitement and exoticism.

Machito brought the mambo from Havana to New York in 1941 but added a four-horn section to the traditional Cuban sextet. After the end of World War II, Perez Prado’s orchestra beefed up the sound with kit drums along with harmonic ideas and fiery brass riffs borrowed from swing. His sound had big commercial appeal and when it was accompanied by a specially designed dance, the mambo spread rapidly throughout South America. Prado toured the US for the first time in 1951 and within a couple of years, it was being danced throughout the nation. 1954 was the year of the mambo in America as crowds flocked to the ballrooms to see the exciting new Latin bands. To cash in on the craze, record companies encouraged their pop and R&B artists to write songs in a Latin vein with the word mambo in the title.

The samba was also making its presence felt during the mid-50’s. Its roots are linked to the rituals of the Candomblé religion from Bahia in north east Brazil. It is the spring in the beat and the almost imperceptible skip at the end of each measure that differentiate it from Cuban rhythms. The repetitive riff making over a groove so beloved of the 60’s and 70’s springs not from the blues but from Latin song-form and the vamps and montunos found in samba and mambo. Note the similarity between Machito’s Freezelandia and the Beatles’ Day Tripper and between Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water and Carmen Miranda’s’s Baia.

In post-war popular music, rumba is everywhere, from Elvis’ Hound Dog to the Clash’s Rock The Casbah. Thanks to Bo Diddley, its 3-2 clave rhythm became an integral part of American music and continues to cast its spell over current day sounds.

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Rolling Stones Beginnings
Volume One: From Blue Boys To Playing Chess


CD Only £6.75

A series of compilation CDs highlighting the songs and styles that inspired the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and which ultimately were responsible for shaping their sound. For too long the covers CD has been the province of freebie magazine cover-mounts and shoddy garage cheapies. No more. Because Rhythm And Blues Records are Doing It Right. Following on from their well-received compilations covering the roots of rhythm & blues, the R&B team shine a spotlight on the songs that shaped the Rolling Stones.

From Blue Boys To Playing Chess
Covers 1962-1964, documenting how Little Blue Boy and the Blue Boys became first the Rollin’ Stones and then the Rolling Stones we know and love today. The journey takes us from reel-to-reel recordings in suburban front rooms via primitive London studios with egg-box soundproofing to the legendary Chess studios in Chicago. Over twenty-five songs this CD features seminal artists such as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley, Slim Harpo and Big Bill Broonzy as well as the lesser known Tampa Red, Will Bradley and Jazz Gillum. This compilation highlights the cover versions responsible for shaping the Stones sound, then and now.

All tracks have been carefully remastered to optimise the sound. An extensively illustrated 32 page booklet features detailed sleeve notes from compilers Nick Duckett and Simon Wright, including a track-by-track commentary and an essay explaining the significance of each song to the band.

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Beatles Beginnings
Three: The Silver Beatles

CD Only £6.75

Following on from their well-received compilations covering the roots of rhythm & blues, the R&B team shine a spotlight on the songs and styles that inspired the Beatles and which ultimately were responsible for shaping their sound.

Jazz, rock’n’roll, blues, music hall, guitar instrumentals, tin pan alley, rockabilly, dance band, soul, bolero, skiffle, trad, R&B, country, old-time, Broadway, doo-wop, folk, high school pop, Motown - the Beatles early influences are so wide-ranging that this series of discs could quite easily pass for an introduction to the history of twentieth century popular music.

For the first six years of their career, the Beatles were essentially a covers band. When they were captured live on tape in two sets at the Star Club in Hamburg in December 1962, they played thirty-two songs, only two of which were their own compositions. They established a repertoire of over 600 tunes, allowing them to tailor their set to the occasion for jazz clubs, strip clubs, church dances, folk clubs and working men’s clubs.

Covering the period 1957-60, the first disc in the series Quarrymen One investigates skiffle and the other music that the individual members of the group grew up listening to before rock’n’roll burst on to the scene. Quarrymen Two looks at the band’s rock’n’roll influences. Going into 1961 as they become a semi-professional gigging band, Silver Beatles sees them broadening out to include some of the Latin-influenced ‘uptown R&B’ numbers in vogue at the time, along with more rock’n’roll, rockabilly and the inclusion of some gospel-influenced songs.

All tracks have been carefully remastered to optimise the sound. An illustrated 32-page booklet includes detailed sleeve notes with a track-by-track commentary and an essay explaining the significance of each song to the band.

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Beatles Beginnings
Quarrymen Two: Rock'n'Roll

CD Only £6.75

A series of compilation CDs highlighting the songs and styles that inspired the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and which ultimately were responsible for shaping their sound. For too long the covers CD has been the province of freebie magazine cover-mounts and shoddy garage cheapies. No more. Because Rhythm And Blues Records are Doing It Right. Following on from their well-received compilations covering the roots of rhythm & blues, the R&B team shine a spotlight on the songs that shaped the Beatles

Beatles Beginnings is a series of CDs which analyses the songs and styles that inspired the music of the Beatles. Quarrymen Two looks at the band’s Rock’n’Roll influences, whereas Quarrymen One investigates skiffle and the other music that the individual members of the group grew up listening to before Rock’n’Roll burst on to the scene.

Jazz, Rock’n’Roll, blues, music hall, guitar instrumentals, tin pan alley, rockabilly, dance band, soul, bolero, skiffle, trad, R&B, country, old-time, Broadway, doo-wop, folk, high school pop, Motown - the Beatles early influences are so wide-ranging that this series of discs could quite easily pass for an introduction to the history of twentieth century popular music.

All tracks have been carefully remastered to optimise the sound. An extensively illustrated 32 page booklet features detailed sleeve notes from compilers Nick Duckett and Simon Wright, including a track-by-track commentary and an essay explaining the significance of each song to the band.

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Beatles Beginnings
Quarrymen One: Skiffle - Country - Western

CD Only £6.75

A series of compilation CDs highlighting the songs and styles that inspired the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and which ultimately were responsible for shaping their sound. For too long the covers CD has been the province of freebie magazine cover-mounts and shoddy garage cheapies. No more. Because Rhythm And Blues Records are Doing It Right. Following on from their well-received compilations covering the roots of rhythm & blues, the R&B team shine a spotlight on the songs that shaped the Beatles

Quarrymen – Skiffle – Country – Western
Jazz, rocknroll, blues, music hall, guitar instrumentals, tin pan alley, rockabilly, dance band, soul, bolero, skiffle, trad, R&B, country, old-time, Broadway, doo-wop, folk, high school pop, Motown - the Beatles early influences are so wide-ranging that this series of discs could quite easily pass for an introduction to the history of twentieth century popular music. For the first six years of their career, the Beatles were essentially a covers band. When they were captured live on tape in two sets at the Star Club in Hamburg in 1962, they played thirty-two songs, only two of which were their own compositions. They established a repertoire of over 600 tunes, allowing them to tailor their set to the occasion for jazz clubs, strip clubs, church dances, folk clubs and working men’s clubs. Quarrymen One covers the period 1957-60, investigating skiffle and the other music that the individual members of the group grew up listening to before rocknroll burst on to the scene. Quarrymen Two will look at the band’s rocknroll influences.

All tracks have been carefully remastered to optimise the sound. An extensively illustrated 32 page booklet features detailed sleeve notes from compilers Nick Duckett and Simon Wright, including a track-by-track commentary and an essay explaining the significance of each song to the band.

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