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4-CD box (LP-size) with 32-page book, 112 tracks. Playing time approx. 273 mns. They were... more

Shirley & Lee: The Sweethearts Of The Blues (4-CD)

4-CD box (LP-size) with 32-page book, 112 tracks. Playing time approx. 273 mns.

They were called 'The Sweethearts Of The Blues', and, for a decade, they made some of the most exciting and offbeat music to come out of New Orleans. Let The Good Times Roll and Feel So Good were just the tip of the iceberg. With the hottest New Orleans studio musicians behind them, they put a new twist on Crescent City R&B, making the most of the contrast between Shirley's unique voice and Lee's rich bluesy baritone. The 111 songs on these 4 CDs include every recording that Shirley & Lee made together. Recorded between 1952 and 1963 for Aladdin, Warwick and Imperial, this includes classics like
Rock All Night, I'm Gone, Everybody's Rockin', The Flirt, Rockin' With The Clock, as well as the unique boy-girl saga, Shirley Come Back, Shirley's Back, The Proposal, etc. that had R&B record-buyers captivated in the Fifties. Beneath it all, there's the fabulous sound of New Orleans R&B. The city's finest are here: Earl Palmer, Dave Bartholomew, Herbert Hardesty, Red Tyler, Lee Allen... the greatest session men in R&B!

Article properties: Shirley & Lee: The Sweethearts Of The Blues (4-CD)

  • Interpret: Shirley & Lee

  • Album titlle: The Sweethearts Of The Blues (4-CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code DI
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127159601

  • weight in Kg 1.4
Shirley & Lee - The Sweethearts Of The Blues (4-CD) Box set 1
01 Sweethearts
02 I'm Gone
03 The Real Thing
04 Korea
05 Baby
06 Shirley, Come Back To Me
07 Shirley's Back (alt)
08 Shirley's Back
09 Why Did I
10 So In Love (alt)
11 So In Love
12 The Reason Why
13 The Time Has Come
14 I Love You So
15 The Proposal
16 Two Happy People
17 Lee Goofed
18 Every Fool Has His Day
19 Down In My Heart
20 Keep On
21 Confessin'
22 When The Sun Goes Down
23 Tryin' To Fool Me
24 Rumors Blue
25 Comin' Over
26 Takes Money
27 I Didn't Want You
28 You'd Be Thinking Of Me
29 I'll Thrill You
Shirley & Lee - The Sweethearts Of The Blues (4-CD) Box set 2
01 Feel So Good
02 Lee's Dream
03 I'll Do It
04 Tell Me So
05 That's What I'll Do
06 A Little Word
07 Let The Good Times Roll
08 Do You Mean To Hurt Me So
09 Everything
10 We Will Be Forever Happy
11 I Feel Good
12 That's What I Wanna Do
13 Now That's Over
14 Everything
15 I Want To Dance
16 Marry Me
17 Before I Go
18 Don't You Know
19 Rock All Night
20 Rockin' With The Clock
21 The Flirt
22 Love No One But You
23 Live On The Farm
24 Everybody's Rockin'
25 Don't Leave Me Here To Cry
26 Come On And Have Your Fun
27 All I Want To Do Is Cry
28 True Love Never Dies
29 When Day Is Done
30 So Tired
Shirley & Lee - The Sweethearts Of The Blues (4-CD) Box set 3
01 Let The Good Times Roll
02 Shirley Come Back To Me
03 Like You Used To Do
04 Bewildered
05 Who Are We Fooling
06 Keep Loving Me
07 You Moves Me
08 Let's Live It Up
09 I've Been Loved Before
10 I'll Never Be Free
11 After Last Night
12 I Love The Way You Love
13 Your Love Makes The Difference
14 I Was Lucky
15 Lover's Mistake
16 Everybody Needs Somebody
17 Your Day Is Coming
18 Two Peas In A Pod
19 Good For Nothing Baby
20 Well-A, Well-A
21 Our Kids
22 They've Got To Understand
23 Call Me A Fool
24 Hard To Believe (take 7)
25 Hard To Believe (take 8)
26 Behind The Make-Up
27 Keep The Magic Working
28 Girl You're Married Now
29 It's Been So Long
Shirley & Lee - The Sweethearts Of The Blues (4-CD) Box set 4
01 The Joker
02 Together We Stand
03 My Last Letter
04 I'm Old Enough
05 You Wouldn't
06 A Little Thing
07 The Engagement
08 Don't Stop Now
09 Hey Little Boy
10 The Golden Rule
11 Honky Tonk Music
12 Dancing World
13 Thank You
14 Wouldn't Be Here
15 The Brink Of Disaster
16 Paper Doll
17 When I Fall In Love
18 Don't Marry Too Soon
19 Honey Bee
20 When A Girl Meets A Boy
21 Never Let Me Go
22 Surf Heaven
23 Surfer's Hangout
24 Somebody Put A Juke Box In The Study Hall
Shirley & Lee Although Aladdin Records boss Eddie Mesner christened them 'The... more
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Although Aladdin Records boss Eddie Mesner christened them 'The Sweethearts of the Blues' soon after I'm Gone, their self-penned debut single for his Los Angeles-based label, blasted up to #2 on the R&B hit parade in early 1953, Shirley Goodman and her equally youthful duet partner Leonard Lee weren't romantically involved with one another in reality, despite considerable recorded evidence to the contrary.

In fact, Shirley & Lee's earliest Aladdin sides strongly resembled an ongoing rhythm and blues soap opera, replete with teenaged heartbreak and happy reunions. Recording in the cozy confines of Cosimo Matassa's studio in their New Orleans hometown with its brilliant house band in sizzling support, the charmingly unpolished teens acted out the ups and downs of a volatile love affair neatly summarized by their melodramatic song titles. In the wake of I'm Gone, they encored with Shirley, Come Back To Me, Shirley's Back, The Proposal, and Lee Goofed, each heartfelt ballad extending the epic tale with touching sincerity. Since this disc concentrates exclusively on the pair's rocking catalog, those ballads aren't here apart from one essential exception. But they're readily available on Bear Family's four-CD set 'The Sweethearts of the Blues,' containing everything they ever made as a duo for Aladdin, Warwick, and Imperial.

Shirley & Lee were one of the first successful male-female vocal duos in the R&B field. Under the savvy auspices of bandleader Johnny Otis, the pairing of Little Esther and Mel Walker registered a series of smashes at the dawn of the '50s for Savoy Records, but there weren't a whole lot of additional precedents. In the wake of Shirley & Lee's mid-'50s pop crossover success with the rollicking Feel So Good and Let the Good Times Roll--in both cases, rousing New Orleans rock and roll of the highest order--lovey-dovey duos were suddenly in vogue, though precious few apart from Mickey & Sylvia and Gene & Eunice experienced comparable commercial heights at the time.

This non-coosome twosome didn't exactly sing duets in the classic sense because uniting their disparate voices in sweet harmony was nearly impossible. Shirley's shrill, high-pitched wail didn't mesh any too smoothly with Lee's considerably deeper range. Cosimo chuckles that Shirley's untutored delivery was "like a razor blade. We used to joke when she sang, you bleed!" So the young pair usually alternated choruses rather than struggling to find a common key that both could comfortably blend over. The result was a fresh, invigorating sound that set them apart from the pack during rock and roll's first exciting incursion upon the staid commercial mainstream.

Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee first crossed paths in elementary school, when Leonard was attending seventh grade and Shirley was in the sixth. Both were natives of the Crescent City's Seventh Ward; Shirley was born July 19, 1936 and Leonard on June 29, 1935. Music enveloped Shirley from her youngest days. Her father could pound out a mean Junker's Blues on the 88s and her grandmother, who raised her after her parents divorced, made sure the little girl had a solid Baptist upbringing that included plenty of singing in church. Leonard was the son of a Baptist preacher, so their sanctified background was shared.

You'd never know it to hear her, but Shirley's early secular musical hero was saucy, sophisticated jazz and R&B chanteuse Dinah Washington. But it was a bawdy number originated by local blues singer Chubby Newsome that got Shirley over with the crowd the first time she ever sang in public. She and her cousin were regulars at the Palace Theater for the Saturday vaudeville shows, and one day the gutsy lass hopped onstage to belt out Newsome's ribald 1949 hit Hip Shakin' Mama, gyrating in a decidedly adult manner that may have looked a mite comical coming from such a young girl but reportedly delighted the audience.

Shirley and Leonard were part of a large clique of neighborhood kids numbering as many as 20 that regularly assembled on a local porch to sing for one another. Their friend Evangeline Blazo had a piano at her house, so that's where the group convened to pitch in on the writing of I'm Gone, each of them contributing whatever they could to the cause. At that point, they were just performing for each other, strictly for the love of the music. Initially, singing I'm Gone could stretch on for hours, what with each member of the outsized group chiming in. Once they learned from Shirley's cousin that Matassa made custom recordings for two dollars apiece, they asked the busy engineer about the possibility of recording their homemade ditty.

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21 Sep 2017

The Box Rocks!

A stunnish set about this New Orleans duo! I first bought the 'Rocks' compilation but then I realized that there is the box set which I directly bought and I definitely don't regret it! A must have for every Rhythm 'n' Blues fan!

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Tracklist
Shirley & Lee - The Sweethearts Of The Blues (4-CD) Box set 1
01 Sweethearts
02 I'm Gone
03 The Real Thing
04 Korea
05 Baby
06 Shirley, Come Back To Me
07 Shirley's Back (alt)
08 Shirley's Back
09 Why Did I
10 So In Love (alt)
11 So In Love
12 The Reason Why
13 The Time Has Come
14 I Love You So
15 The Proposal
16 Two Happy People
17 Lee Goofed
18 Every Fool Has His Day
19 Down In My Heart
20 Keep On
21 Confessin'
22 When The Sun Goes Down
23 Tryin' To Fool Me
24 Rumors Blue
25 Comin' Over
26 Takes Money
27 I Didn't Want You
28 You'd Be Thinking Of Me
29 I'll Thrill You
Shirley & Lee - The Sweethearts Of The Blues (4-CD) Box set 2
01 Feel So Good
02 Lee's Dream
03 I'll Do It
04 Tell Me So
05 That's What I'll Do
06 A Little Word
07 Let The Good Times Roll
08 Do You Mean To Hurt Me So
09 Everything
10 We Will Be Forever Happy
11 I Feel Good
12 That's What I Wanna Do
13 Now That's Over
14 Everything
15 I Want To Dance
16 Marry Me
17 Before I Go
18 Don't You Know
19 Rock All Night
20 Rockin' With The Clock
21 The Flirt
22 Love No One But You
23 Live On The Farm
24 Everybody's Rockin'
25 Don't Leave Me Here To Cry
26 Come On And Have Your Fun
27 All I Want To Do Is Cry
28 True Love Never Dies
29 When Day Is Done
30 So Tired
Shirley & Lee - The Sweethearts Of The Blues (4-CD) Box set 3
01 Let The Good Times Roll
02 Shirley Come Back To Me
03 Like You Used To Do
04 Bewildered
05 Who Are We Fooling
06 Keep Loving Me
07 You Moves Me
08 Let's Live It Up
09 I've Been Loved Before
10 I'll Never Be Free
11 After Last Night
12 I Love The Way You Love
13 Your Love Makes The Difference
14 I Was Lucky
15 Lover's Mistake
16 Everybody Needs Somebody
17 Your Day Is Coming
18 Two Peas In A Pod
19 Good For Nothing Baby
20 Well-A, Well-A
21 Our Kids
22 They've Got To Understand
23 Call Me A Fool
24 Hard To Believe (take 7)
25 Hard To Believe (take 8)
26 Behind The Make-Up
27 Keep The Magic Working
28 Girl You're Married Now
29 It's Been So Long
Shirley & Lee - The Sweethearts Of The Blues (4-CD) Box set 4
01 The Joker
02 Together We Stand
03 My Last Letter
04 I'm Old Enough
05 You Wouldn't
06 A Little Thing
07 The Engagement
08 Don't Stop Now
09 Hey Little Boy
10 The Golden Rule
11 Honky Tonk Music
12 Dancing World
13 Thank You
14 Wouldn't Be Here
15 The Brink Of Disaster
16 Paper Doll
17 When I Fall In Love
18 Don't Marry Too Soon
19 Honey Bee
20 When A Girl Meets A Boy
21 Never Let Me Go
22 Surf Heaven
23 Surfer's Hangout
24 Somebody Put A Juke Box In The Study Hall