Essential Rhythm & Blues Hits (2cd set)

Format: 2CD
Bar-code: 5060143497087
Cat No: NOT2CD708


“Rhythm and Blues”, or at least its original fifties and sixties incarnation, was a term usually attributed to Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records. He had realised that there was a recognisable and distinct form of music that was prevalent in all the major cities of the United States. This compilation is drawn mainly from the 1958-1962 period. It was a time that conventional wisdom suggests there was very little exciting happening in music, as the first thrust of rock’n’roll had passed and the massive effect of the Beatles had yet to be unleashed. Instead there were the sanitised teen idols, who produced acceptable pop for the teens without rocking any boats. However, there were hundreds of minor independent record labels springing up and feeding the black American market who sought something with a bit more guts and power.


Disc 1

1. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues – Arthur Alexander
2. Every Dog Got His Day – Eddie Bo
3. Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong
4. The Walk – Jimmy McCracklin
5. Bad Boy – Larry Williams
6. High Blood Pressure – Huey Smith & The Clowns
7. Naggin’ – Jimmy Anderson
8. Baby Please – Buddy Skipper
9. Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You) – Little Willie John
10. I’m A Little Mixed Up – Betty James
11. You Got Me (Where You Want Me) – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
12. Pretty Girls Everywhere – Eugene Church
13. Messing With The Kid – Junior Wells
14. Thanks Mr. Postman – Bobby King
15. A Fool In Love – Ike & Tina Turner
16. Fun Fun – Lloyd Nolen
17. Just A Little Bit – Rosco Gordon
18. My Babe – Sonny Jackson
19. You Must Have Been Meant For Me – Ted Taylor
20. Green Door – Eskew Reeder

Disc 2

1. I’m Tore Down – Freddy King
2. Fannie Mae – Buster Brown
3. Aw! Shucks Baby – Tiny Topsy
4. Get Tough – Jimmy McCracklin
5. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 1) – Jessie Hill
6. It Must Have Been The Devil – Otis Spann
7. I’ll Keep On Trying – Eddie Bo
8. Steal Your Heart Away – Bobby Parker
9. Jack Of All Trades – Eugene Church
10. Stop – Clyde McPhatter
11. Jinny Mule – Big Maybelle
12. The Man Won’t Work – Lillian Offitt
13. Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
14. Watch Your Step – Bobby Parker
15. Leave My Kitten Alone – Little Willie John
16. Lucky Lou – Jody Williams
17. Damper Down – Bobby Davis
18. I’m A Lover, Not A Fighter – Lazy Lester
19. Misery – Barrett Strong
20. Half Pint-A-Whiskey Young – John Watson