Rhythm And Blues

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...

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,"... read more »
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Rhythm And Blues

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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The Night Train - Route 1 - Rare Blues, R&B And Soul (CD)
Various: The Night Train - Route 1 - Rare Blues, R&B And... Art-Nr.: CDJAS960

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(2017/Jasmine) 25 Tracks - This new series of CDs charts the evolution of soul music across America through genres like R&B, blues and proto soul spanning the fifties and early sixties. The Music will reflect those sounds that after...
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Song Stylist Extraordinaire - Ev'ry Hour, Ev'ry Day Of My Life (CD)
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(2017/Jasmine) 24 Tracks, original Roulette recordings 1958-59 - It would appear that Valerie Carr has been somewhat skipped over when it comes to CD reissues and she's often referred to as a one hit wonder. However this new CD from...
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Knocking You Out - A Singles Collection 1947-1959 (CD)
Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy: Knocking You Out - A Singles Collection... Art-Nr.: CDJAS3073

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(2016/Jasmine) 30 Tracks - Joe Liggins' guitarist brother, Jimmy had just a handful of hits compared to his more distinguished brother whose career highlights can be heard on Jasmine CD JASMCD3064. Jimmy's raw R&B sound was distinctly...
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Very Truely Yours (2-CD)
Rose Marie McCoy & Others: Very Truely Yours (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS826

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(2016/Jasmine) 55 tracks.
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Chicago Bound - Singles A's & B's 1950-1959 (CD)
Jimmy Rogers: Chicago Bound - Singles A's & B's 1950-1959 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3054

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(2016/Jasmine) 26 Tracks - The complete Chess singles, 1950-59! 
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If I Knew Then What I Know Now - Complete Singles A's & B's 1960-62
Maxine Brown: If I Knew Then What I Know Now - Complete... Art-Nr.: CDJAS946

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(2015/Jasmine) 22 tracks - Original Nomar and ABC Paramount recordings, 1960-1962. Her complete first 45s in chronological order. Her first major hit, 'All In My Mind' is now acknowledged as being one of the first soul singles by a...
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Always (CD)
Sammy Turner: Always (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS269

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(2015/Jasmine) 23 tracks
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Gone With The Blues (with Jay McShann) (CD)
Jimmy Witherspoon: Gone With The Blues (with Jay McShann) (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3002

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(2002/Jasmine) 26 tracks
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Talk That Talk 1958-60 (2-CD)
Jackie Wilson: Talk That Talk 1958-60 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS589

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(2001/Jasmine) 60 tracks
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Let's Go Again! (CD)
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters: Let's Go Again! (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS919

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(2015/Jasmine Records) 29 tracks, 1960-1962 - Superb soul from one of the most influential R&B artists of the era at the peak of their success. Simply another must have collection from Jasmine. So let's go, let's go, let's go again!
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That's The Way Love Is
Bobby Blue Bland: That's The Way Love Is Art-Nr.: CDJAS930

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(2015/Jasmine) 28 tracks, original Duke recordings 1959-62, 6-page booklet with liner notes and a sessionography. Included are his 2 Duke albums from '61 and '62 and some 5 bonus tracks from Duke 45s, incl. his great hits 'Don't Cry No...
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All Of Me - The Ultimate Albums Collection
Lloyd Price: All Of Me - The Ultimate Albums Collection Art-Nr.: CDJAS280

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( 2013/Jasmine ) 33tracks -1961 - Lloyd Price , known R & B singer from New Orleans was known for songs such as " It's Only a Paper Moon ," " Frim Fram Sauce" & " Summertime" that were perfectly tailored to his bluesy voice. This CD...
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Straight Ahead! (4-CD)
MILLS BROTHERS: Straight Ahead! (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJASBOX31/4

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(2014 JASMINE) 114 tracks
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Riding High 1949-57 (2-CD)
Various: Riding High 1949-57 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS252

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(2014 JASMINE) 44 tracks, 2-CD
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Point Of No Return
Gene Mcdaniels: Point Of No Return Art-Nr.: CDJAS297

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Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (2-CD)
Brook Benton: Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS744

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​(2013/Jasmine) 59 tracks
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It's Gonna Work Out Fine- From The Beginning 1959-62
Ike & Tina Turner: It's Gonna Work Out Fine- From The Beginning... Art-Nr.: CDJAS233

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Ike & Tina Turner - It's Gonna Work Out Fine- From The Beginning 1959-62
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Talking About Love
Lloyd Price: Talking About Love Art-Nr.: CDJAS272

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Handclappin', Footstompin' Rock & Roll
Red Prysock: Handclappin', Footstompin' Rock & Roll Art-Nr.: CDJAS274

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(2013/Jasmine) 30 tracks 1954-57 (79:22). 30 booting platters from the king of the honking tenor sax.
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Modern Sounds In C&W Vol.1&2
Ray Charles: Modern Sounds In C&W Vol.1&2 Art-Nr.: CDJAS260

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(2013/JASMINE) 26 tracks 1962 - the original albums with bonus tracks.
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The Road To Soul (2-CD)
Various: The Road To Soul (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS199

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The Cool Cool Blues Of...1945-61 (2-CD)
Charles Brown: The Cool Cool Blues Of...1945-61 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS30301

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Charles Brown - The Cool Cool Blues Of...1945-61 (2-CD)
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Soul + Jazz = Genius 1960-61 (2-CD)
Ray Charles: Soul + Jazz = Genius 1960-61 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS191

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Ray Charles - Soul + Jazz = Genius 1960-61 (2-CD)
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Tough Woman (2-CD) Early 1955-60
Etta James: Tough Woman (2-CD) Early 1955-60 Art-Nr.: CDJAS30134

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Etta James - Tough Woman (2-CD) Early 1955-60
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The Unfogettable Mr.Easy (2-CD)
Jesse Belvin: The Unfogettable Mr.Easy (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS156

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(2011/JASMINE) 50 tracks - The Los Angeles singer, Jesse Belvin was a huge influence over Doo Wop and the city's emerging R&B talent until his tragic death in 1960. This is the first ever collection to compile his earliest work including...
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