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Rhythm And Blues Music

Early rock & roll derived the lion's share of its en-ergy and inspiration from black music. In the Fif-ties "rock & roll" was often taken to be simply a new name for "rhythm & blues," or "R&B," the music industry's generic term for any popular music primarily produced and consumed by African-Americans.

The R&B scene of the early Fifties was diverse enough to accommodate the suave stylings of a Charles Brown, the earthy, fiery Chicago blues of a Muddy Waters and everything in between. But when one thinks today of R&B in the early Fifties, it's usually the vocal groups that first come to mind—the Drifters, the Dominoes, the Midnighters, so many more. During those years, the years just before rock & roll became a worldwide phenomenon, a new en-ergy came into black vocal group music. In the For-ties it had been dominated by the Ravens, the Orioles and other groups that sang love songs sweet and low, after the fashion of the Ink Spots, who became world famous just before World War II.

Around 1950, though, certain R&B vocal groups began moving away from the sweet tones of the Ink Spots' Bill Kenny and toward something much closer to the sanctified shouts of such contemporary gospel groups as the Soul Stirrers, the Pilgrim Trav-elers and the Swan Silvertones. For some in the black community, this was tan-tamount to blasphemy. The new mix of gospel-style singing, sensual R&B rhythms and risque lyrics on such trend-setting records as "Honey Love" by the Drifters and "Work with Me Annie" by the Mid-nighters was as outrageous to conservatives as the rap excesses of 2 Live Crew would be some thirty-five years later.

(When Sam Cooke launched his pop career in 1957 after six years of singing pure gospel with the Soul Stirrers, the schism among his fans was deeper and more permanent even than what happened among Bob Dylan's folk fans after he went electric in 1965.) For young R&B fans, though—blacks and whites—this was electrifying stuff...

   
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Dr. John: Remedies - Desitively Bonnaroo (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO1326.1
 

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(BGO) 18 tracks. Two legendary Dr. John albums, Remedies (Atlantic, 1970) and Desplicit Bonnaroo (Atlantic, 1974), are now available as Digital-Remastered double-CD with extensive new liner notes! Remedies, a mixture of New Orleans jazz, blues and voodoo, moves...

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Various: 101 Stax - The Greatest Tracks From The Legendary Record Label (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDUMC10114
 

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(Spectrum) 101 Tracks - Ecopack - Stax R&B Soul Label Story!

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Various: Holy Smoke (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKM12
 

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(Koko Mojo Records) 28 Tracks - Ecopack - The Mojo Man says: Here is some advice for the lovesick in the hep world; if strong winds are rocking your boat and the grapevine is sounding loud and wrong, don’t howl and growl, just bring all pushes to shoves. Give out...

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Various: Voo Doo Lou (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKM13
 

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(Koko Mojo Records) 28 Tracks - Ecopack -  The Mojo Man says: To get in a mellow groove you gotta know how to move. You riff low and you riff high. Then you jump high frantic and fly. Then all the weird people will raise a shout somebody is turning the “joint”...

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Various: Wild Life - And All About Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKM14
 

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(Koko Mojo Records) 28 Tracks - Ecopack -  The Mojo Man says: I guess it all goes back to the days of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They must have “shook that thing.” Adam told Eve “don’t be so cute, and give me some of that Forbidden Fruit.” The rest...

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Huey 'Piano' Smith & The Clowns: New Orleans Christmas (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDPCD2409
 

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(P-Vine Japan) 17 Tracks - DeLuxe Digipack - Re-release of the original 1962 Ace LP 1027 plus 7 bonus tracks. Rare Japan pressing from 1992 with crystal clear sound! Featuring many guests! Original sealed!

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Roy Buchanan: My Babe (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSJP520
 

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(Angel Air Records) 10 Tracks - Roy Buchanan was an American guitarist and blues musician from Arkansas, considered a pioneer of Telecaster guitar sound, to the delight of colleagues like Beck, Clapton and Page. Roy worked tirelessly and reached gold status with...

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Various - Season's Greetings: Have Yourself A Swingin' Little Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17577
 

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1-CD with 24 pages booklet, 27 tracks, approx. 75 min. All good things come in threes! The Bear Family team sends our own 'Season's Greetings' now the third time! An exceptionally danceable compilation of Christmas songs from the fields of Jazz, Swing and...

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Various: Music City Blues & Rhythm (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTOP1510
 

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(Ace Records) 28 tracks with 16 page booklet Something for every shade of Blues fan, from the Juke Joint to the Lounge. Includes 22 tracks making their debut appearance.

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Various: Boppin' By The Bayou: Flip, Flop & Fly (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD1529
 

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(Ace) 28 tracks. Rare or previously unissued rockers from the vaults of J.D. Miller, Eddie Shuler, Sam Montel, Pappy Daily, Luke Thompson or the artists themselves.

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Lee Dorsey: Great Googa Mooga (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNEV3
 

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(Charly Records) 40 Tracks - Charly R&B Series! Anthology 1960-1978!

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Big Joe Turner: Corrine, Corrina (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMF098
 

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(Magnum Force) 16 Tracks - Beautiful compilation with 40's recordings as well as his rare 70's re-recordings of his big hits! Worthwhile!

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Various: The Who Beginnings 1 - Maximum R&B (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRNB009
 

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(HistoryOfRnB) 26 Tracks - The Who earned their first spurs with cover versions, which should influence how their sound developed. This CD sampler presents the songs and variations that inspired The Who and contains a fully illustrated 24-page booklet.

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Various: Killer Diller - Black Rockers Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSIN001
 

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(Sin-Seer) 20 Tracks - The first volume in an ongoing series devoted to uncovering lost black rock'n'rolltreasures of the late 50's and early 60's Inspired by the cross-over success of artists such as Little Richard and Chuck Berry, many black artists revved up their...

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Various: Slow Grind Popcorn (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSIN002
 

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(Sin-Seer) 20 Tracks - Sweet'n'Sexy Slow Dancers Slow grinding soul gems from the famous Melbourne club night, Slow Grind Fever This set features a treasure trove of mid-century minor-key masterpieces from all over the USA (and one from France!) of the kind that has...

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Various: Riba Daba Doo - Tough Chicks Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSIN003
 

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(Sin-Seer) 20 Tracks - Tough Chicks Vol.1 -  Wild and Raw female R'n'B! Whilst names such as Margie Day, Etta James, Varetta Dillard, Wynona Carr and Eunice Davis may bring a nod of recognition amongst music fans, they are just the tip of the iceberg. From the...

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Wynonie Harris: More Blues Rockin' (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKS1410
 

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(2001/Proper) 81 tracks

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Nappy Brown: Little By Little (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNB100
 

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(NB) 31 tracks​

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Dinah Washington: The Complete Volume 11 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD83036
 

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(Official Records) 13 tracks 1954

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Various: Best Of Kansas City (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKTEL3271
 

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(K-Tel) 10 tracks - Great Versions of Leiber & Stoller's Classic Rock Song.

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Duffy Power: Duffy Power (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRPM323
 

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(RPM) 13 tracks The only complete LP by Duffy that was ever released when recorded (by GSF in 1972). A terrific collection of original Duffy songs, given a full backing of band (inc. Martin Kershaw, Mike Thompson, Cooper), backing vocals (inc. Dana Gillespie,...

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Various: Sweet Soul Music Vol.2 (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTECX25030
 

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(Teichiku Records) 25 Tracks - Rare Japan Edition!

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Various: Sweet Soul Music Vol.1 (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTECX25029
 

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(Teichiku Records) 25 Tracks - Rare Japan Edition!

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Fats Domino: Live (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAB3014
 

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(Master Tone) 16 tracks

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Professor Longhair: The Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSTARB037
 

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(One & Only) 25 tracks

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The Isley Brothers: Shout - The RCA Sessions (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBMG680952
 

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(BMG) 19 tracks As family businesses go, The Isley Brothers have lasted longer than most. They've been on top of just about every trend in rhythm If blues for 40 years - even pioneered some of them, Back in the '50s, they sang doo-wop and rock roll. They lit...

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Jackie Wilson: Rock 'N' Roll Legends Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRNRSTAR033
 

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(One & Only) 25 tracks

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The Impressions: Check Out Your Mind - Times Have Changed (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD843
 

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(Sequel Records) 18 tracks inclusive Do You Want To Win, Madam Mary, Stop The War and more

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Etta James: Come A Little Closer (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMOC13610
 

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(MCA) 12 Tracks - New edition of the album classic by Chess Records, 1974!

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Jesse Belvin: Mr. Easy (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDND74402
 

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(BMG) 12 tracks recorded at RCA 1956, arranged and conducted by Marty Paich Featuring Art Pepper, inclusive It´s All Right With Me, Whats´s New, Imagination and More

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Various: Cockroach Run (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKM08
 

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(Koko Mojo Records) 28 Tracks - Ecopack - Well, well. well, we got a second helping of danceable funny ones here. It takes a whole lot of bulling jive to keep the joints alive!

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Various: Work With It (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKM11
 

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(Koko Mojo Records) 28 Tracks - Ecopack - Cool axe-grinders hip to the tip that will make you laugh and cry, so Jack get hip to this jive . Be ready for Freddy. Fall in line and get on time. The cats here are solid as a rock. If there's no "rootin' and tootin"...

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Various: It's A Man Down There (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKM06
 

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(Koko Mojo Records) 28 Tracks - Ecopack -  Jumping jills and jiving cats, this mighty fine collection is devoted to the relation of men and women. What else is there to say? Dig these Rhythm And Blues and WAIT FOR BETTER TIMES!

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Dee Clark: Raindrops (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHARLY69
 

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(Charly Records) 22 tracks incl. Seven Nights, Fever, Your Friends, Just Keep It Up and more

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Rosco Gordon: T-Model Boogie (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5555
 

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(officiel) 27 titres, y compris la version de démonstration non émise 1952 Rosco Gordon, a Memphis R&B singer and pianist, helped launch the careers of several top R&B acts besides cutting a string of hit records. During the Forties, Gordon was a...

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Hank Ballard & The Midnighters: 24 Hit Tunes (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDK950
 

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(King) 24 tracks incl. The Twist, Move, Move, Move, That Woman and more

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The Boogie Kings: Nine Lives (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9035
 

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(Jin Records) 13 Tracks - Recorded live on New Year's Eve 1990 at the Riverside Centraplex in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!

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Ernie K-Doe: Absolutely The Best (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD115721
 

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(FUEL 2000) 18 tracks Incl. Mother In Law , A Certain Girl and more

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Joe Tex: The Very Best Of Joe Tex (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHARLY133
 

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(Charly Records) 25 tracks, original DIAL recordings

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The Boogie Kings: Swamp Boogie Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9046
 

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(Jin Records) 20 Tracks - Unique session from 1995 with special guests and their greatest hits in brilliant new recordings. Among others Rod Bernard, Dale & Grace, Johnnie Allan, and Tommy McLain!

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The Boogie Kings: Sam Montel Presents The Boogie Kings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9040
 

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(Jin Records) 11 Tracks (34:51) - Original Montel Michelle recordings from 1964 - White Louisiana R&B band of format, stylistically oriented to James Brown, Ray Charles and The Righteous Brothers: Fever, Crying Man, Harlem Shuffle, Funny, etc.

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Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's: Solid Gold Cadillac (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBP74191
 

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(Blind Pig Records) 11 Tracks (38:14) featuring Ronnie Earl, Charlie Musselwhite and The Roomful Of Blues Horns.

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Betty Everett: Killer Diller - The Early Recordings Of Betty Everett (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDETRB125
 

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(El Toro) 15 tracks (36:08) Betty Everett; she of the impeccable Northern Soul credentials. The sixties Soul singer who scored a top 10 hit with the twee, but elegantly performed, Shoop Shoop Song. She experienced renewed recognition in the 1990s and was covered...

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Screamin' Jay Hawkins: Are You One Of Jay's Kids ? - The Complete Bizarre Sessions 1990-1994 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBIZ42202
 

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(Manifesto Records)  43 tracks Two CD set that compiles the '90s musical legacy of rock 'n' roll wild man Screamin' Jay Hawkins. The set collates all 43 of the raving songs recorded by the late, legendary vocalist by producer and Bizarre partner and A&R...

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Little Willie John: Fever (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHARLY246
 

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(Charly Records) 20 tracks, including Fever, All Around The World, Drive Me Home, Uh Uh Baby and more

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Marcia Ball: Shine Bright (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAL4982
 

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(Alligator Records) 12 Tracks -  One of America's most famous and popular roots artists releases a groundbreaking album, produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, The Blasters). Marcia Ball burns on Shine Bright with an exuberant selection of piano-filled Roadhouse...

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Big Maybelle: The Savoy Years - The Album Collection Plus Bonus Tracks (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS3095
 

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(Jasmine) 48 Tracks Little is really known of Mabel Louise Smith aka Big Maybelle, as with so many pioneers of R&B she was never interviewed in her lifetime and passed away in 1972 just as historians of popular culture were finally getting around to the...

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Various: The Many Faces Of B.B. King (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMBB7265
 

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(Music Broker Espana) 42 Tracks - Digipack - Worshipped as the King of the Blues, the legendary B. B. King was undoubtedly the most important electric guitarist of the second half of the 20th century. His -bend notes- and staccato picking style influenced legions...

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Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown: Saying Something - Hold On, We're Coming (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKEND241
 

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(Ace Records) 24 Tracks - Original Wand recordings 1966-1968!   Chuck Jackson and Maxine Brown are two of the most cherished artists in 60s soul music, synonymous with quality and distinction throughout all phases of their lengthy careers. Their recordings...

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Shirley Ellis: Three, Six, Nine! The Best Of Shirley Ellis (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTOP1516
 

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(Ace Records) 24 tracks with 24 page booklet. Recorded between 1963 and 1967, two dozen of the Nitty Gritty Girl’s finest recordings for Congress and Columbia, many written by her mentor Lincoln Chase. Includes Shirley’s unforgettable signature hits ‘The Nitty...

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Johnny Nicholas: Too Many Bad Habits - Johnny Nicholas & Friends (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJNM001
 

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(Johnny Nicholas Music) 26 Tracks - Deluxe Digipack - 24 page booklet - Remastered 1976 vinyl plus previously unissued rare tracks!

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James Cotton: Two Sides Of The Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMVD0985
 

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(MVDaudio) 9 Tracks (27:42) - Brilliant 1960s Soul Blues with a Go-Go feeling plus Downhome Country Blues!

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Howlin' Wolf: Blues Forever - The Best Of Howlin' Wolf (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD68034
 

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(SAAR srl) 16 tracks - original recordings from 1951-1952, made at Sun Studios, Memphis!

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Jimmy Witherspoon: Blues Forever - The Best Of Jimmy Witherspoon (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD68008
 

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(SAAR srl) 18 Tracks - Original recordings 1945-1951, featuring Jay McShann and His Orchestra!

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Brook Benton: Treasure Chest (CD, EP)
Art-Nr.: CD870580X
 

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(PolyGram) 6 Tracks - Rare 1980s Canadian Extended Play CD with recordings from 1959-1960, including the two famous duets with DINAH WASHINGTON. Super sound quality! Cut-out.

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Various: Blues Guitar Night - Live On Air 1992 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBL1615
 

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(Blueline Records) 14 Tracks -  Rare live recording of the blues festival in Sevilla, Spain, in October 1992! Fantastic live atmosphere, with stars like Bo Diddley, Robert Cray, B.B. King, Dave Edmunds plus!  Unfortunately the back cover is incorrectly...

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Fats Domino: The Ballads Of Fats Domino (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17530
 

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32 tracks. Playing time approx. 75:56 minutes.  • 32 Fats Domino classics from his voluminous Imperial Records catalog • Some of his greatest hits are on board, including Blueberry Hill and Blue Monday • A wealth of lesser-known standout tracks as well...

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Annisteen Allen: Fujiyama Mama (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRBAND8
 

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(Rev-Ola) 28 tracks (72:29) original 1950s King recordings with 8 page booklet.  - The lovely Annisteen Allen was discovered by the legendary Louis Jordan, who recommended her to Lucky Millinder, then on the lookout for a top notch sexy female vocalist. She...

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Cookie & The Cupcakes: Kings Of Swamp Pop (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD142
 

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(Ace Records) 30 tracks 1956-64 (79:17) with 12 page booklet.  - I suspect that during the golden age of swamp pop, which is often said to be from 1958 to 1963, few people in this country had heard of Cookie and the Cupcakes . I confess ignorance until the...

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Various: Jubilee Jezebels - The Jubilee Blues & Rhythm Story (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNEM750
 

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(Sequel Records) 24 tracks Jubilee 1952-64 (64:23) with 12 page booklet. Little Sylvia, Edna McGriff, Viola Watkins, Enchanters, Carole Fran a.o.  - Purchased by the singer and band leader Jerry Blaine from his then partner Herb Abramson in September 1947...

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Carla Thomas: The Memphis Princess - Early Recordings 1960-1962 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS987
 

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(Jasmine) 24 Tracks -  Memphis native Carla Thomas was the first artist to bring success to the fledgling Stax label when her debut solo 45 'Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)' broke into the US Hot 100 in late 1960. That record established the teenage Carla - who...

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Various: Cat Scratchin' - Ladies In The Groove (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKM10
 

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(Koko Mojo Records) 28 tracks - ecopac  - Jumping jills and jiving cats, this mighty fine collection is devoted to lady singers. Dig their sound and move the furniture around, put on your dancing shoes and dance to their blues. Get the joints shaking and the...

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Roy Hamilton: With All My Love - Soft 'N' Warm (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVCS603
 

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(Velvet Sound) 24 tracks - 2 albums on 1 CD

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Lee Dorsey: The EP Collection...Plus (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSEE706
 

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(See For Miles Records)) 26 tracks Stateside & Columbia  - It was in June 1967 that the 'Atlantic Soul Review' hit Amsterdam to play a concert at its renowned concert hall, the Concertgebouw. The star studded pack-age featured some of the finest talent...

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Johnny Adams: An Introduction To Johnny Adams (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0616152
 

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(Fuel) 16 tracks (64:51) from the archives of Gulf Coast Music, linernotes by Bill Dahl, remastering by Jesse Fishman.  - Blessed with a grand, sophisticated vocal technique and a humongous range spanning several octaves that sometimes leaped into a...

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Lil Greenwood: Walking And Singing The Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD874
 

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(Ace Records) 22 tracks (62:27) 1950-1954 Modern/Federal with 8 page booklet. Rightly best known for her time as one the main singers for the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the late 50s and early 60s, Lil Greenwood's polished performances in those times always gave...

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Ruth Brown: Rockin' Ruth Brown - Miss Rhythm (CD)
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(Rocking Rhythm Inc.) 27 tracks (73:10)

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Hank Ballard: Let 'Em Roll (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHARLY240
 

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(Charly Records) 20 tracks

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Jackie Day: Dig It The Most - The Complete Jackie Day (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKEND359
 

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(Kent Soul) 20 tracks with 16 page booklet.  - Jackie’s first recordings were made for Music City, a label run by Ray Dobard, a stubborn entrepreneur who didn’t have much time for white music business operators like me or my colleagues. Consequently her...

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