R&B: From Doo Wop to Hip Hop

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific double-disc sets that culled highlights from the box. That left two discs exclusive to the box, which was appropriate, since anyone who spends over $300 on an album deserves a little bonus. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box, perhaps more so, because they're easily digestible. Even so, the scope of the 39-track R&B: From Doo Wop to Hip Hop is impressive. Columbia and its subsidiaries had some good R&B acts in the late '50s and early '60s, but they didn't really catch fire until the late '60s, when Sly & the Family Stone came aboard; before that, they didn't know quite what to do with gigantic talents like Aretha Franklin. By the '90s, Columbia/Epic/Philadelphia International, etc. had produced no shortage of classics, as this set proves: "It's Your Thing," "Back Stabbers," "Me and Mrs. Jones," "Best of My Love," "Got to Be Real," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Sexual Healing," "I Can't Live Without My Radio," "Bring the Noise," "Jump," "Fantasy," "Fu-Gee-La." There are some major omissions, not only in artists but in styles -- strangely, more so than in any of the other sets in this series -- but it still gives a good idea of the progression of R&B to soul to funk to disco to urban to hip-hop. And it has some great, great music along the way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646580127
  • Catalog Number: 65801


Disc 1
  1. 1 My Baby's Gone - The Ravens (2:47)
  2. 2 It Rocks! It Rolls! It Swings! - The Treniers (3:04)
  3. 3 My Story - The Royals (3:10)
  4. 4 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Big Maybelle (2:45)
  5. 5 I Put a Spell on You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins (2:25)
  6. 6 Don't Let Go - Roy Hamilton (2:35)
  7. 7 This Bitter Earth - Aretha Franklin (4:34)
  8. 8 My Ship Is Coming In - Walter Jackson (3:09)
  9. 9 Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone (2:19)
  10. 10 It's Your Thing - The Isley Brothers (2:45)
  11. 11 Back Stabbers - The O'Jays (3:03)
  12. 12 Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul (4:45)
  13. 13 Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton (3:44)
  14. 14 That's the Way of the World - Earth, Wind & Fire (5:44)
  15. 15 Wake up Everybody, Pt. 1 - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (3:31)
  16. 16 Kiss and Say Goodbye - The Manhattans (4:25)
  17. 17 Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor (4:23)
  18. 18 Enjoy Yourself - The Jackson 5 (3:24)
  19. 19 Best of My Love - The Emotions (3:39)
  20. 20 Got to Be Real - Cheryl Lynn (3:42)
  21. 21 Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson (6:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye (3:59)
  2. 2 Never Too Much - Luther Vandross (3:49)
  3. 3 Juicy Fruit - James Mtume (4:32)
  4. 4 Lovergirl - Teena Marie (4:19)
  5. 5 I Wonder If I Take You Home - Full Force (3:57)
  6. 6 I Can't Live Without My Radio - LL Cool J (5:27)
  7. 7 Bring the Noise - Public Enemy (3:42)
  8. 8 Baby Come to Me - Regina Belle (4:10)
  9. 9 Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C+C Music Factory (4:04)
  10. 10 Jump - Kris Kross (3:13)
  11. 11 Just Kickin' It - Xscape (3:24)
  12. 12 For the Cool in You - Babyface (4:51)
  13. 13 Fantasy - Mariah Carey (4:49)
  14. 14 Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder) - Maxwell (5:44)
  15. 15 The World Is Yours - Nas (4:50)
  16. 16 Tha Crossroads - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (3:42)
  17. 17 Fu-Gee-La - Fugees (4:15)
  18. 18 Pony - Ginuwine (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kris Kross Track Performer
Professor Griff Voices
Public Enemy Track Performer
Big Maybelle Vocals, Track Performer
Philip Bailey Background Vocals
Babyface Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
C+C Music Factory Track Performer
Earth, Wind & Fire Track Performer
The Emotions Track Performer
Aretha Franklin Vocals, Track Performer
Marvin Gaye Organ, Synthesizer, Drums, Glockenspiel, Vocals, Track Performer, fender rhodes, Orchestra Bells
The Isley Brothers Track Performer
Ernie Isley Bass
The Jackson 5 Track Performer
Michael Jackson Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Walter Jackson Track Performer
Lisa Lisa Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Cheryl Lynn Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
The Manhattans Track Performer
Teena Marie Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Harold Melvin Background Vocals, Track Performer
Billy Paul Vocals, Track Performer
Teddy Pendergrass Vocals
Minnie Riperton Vocals, Track Performer
Sly & The Family Stone Track Performer
Johnnie Taylor Vocals, Track Performer
Luther Vandross Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Chuck Willis Track Performer
Nat Adderley Keyboards
Quincy Jones Conductor
Jerome Richardson Alto Saxophone
Lawrence Brown Background Vocals
Gerald Alston Vocals
David J Background Vocals
Full Force Track Performer
Roy Hamilton Vocals, Track Performer
The O'Jays Track Performer
Mickey Baker Guitar
Gary Chester Drums
Larry Graham Bass, Vocals
Martha Wash Background Vocals
Don Hill Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Ricks Bass (Vocal)
Jackie Jackson Background Vocals
Milt Trenier Background Vocals
The Ravens Track Performer
George Duvivier Bass
Nas Vocals, Track Performer
Fugees Track Performer
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Track Performer
Tawatha Agee Percussion, Background Vocals
Gordon Banks Guitar, Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson Conga
Kitty Beethoven Background Vocals
Regina Belle Vocals, Track Performer
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion
George Bohannon Trombone
Oscar Brashear Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Billy Byers Trombone
Mariah Carey Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Al Casamenti Guitar
Roland Chambers Guitar
Charles Veal Strings
Cissy Houston Background Vocals
Robert Clivillés Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Michelle Cobbs Background Vocals
David Cole Keyboards, Background Vocals
Deborah Cooper Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Ricky Crespo Keyboards
Donna Davis Background Vocals
Craig Derry Background Vocals
The Detroit Horns Horn
Richard Dickler Viola
Don Renaldo Strings, Horn
Larry Dunn Keyboards, Electric Piano, fender rhodes
Bobby Eli Guitar
Greg Errico Drums
Jack Faith Saxophone
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Flavor Flav Treble
Michael Forman Bass
Panama Francis Drums
Alan Friedman Drums
Harvey Fuqua Background Vocals
Louis Gabowitz Violin
James Gadson Drums
Paul Gershman Violin
Felix Giglio Violin
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Harry Glickman Violin
Al Gorgoni Guitar
Johnny Graham Guitar
Gary Grant Trumpet
Dennis Harris Guitar
Norman Harris Guitar
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Vocals, Track Performer
Ernie Hayes Piano
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Richard Heath Percussion
Marlo Henderson Guitar
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn
Jim Hinger Background Vocals
Telma Hopkins Background Vocals
Leon Huff Piano
Michael Hughes Rap
Kim Hutchcroft Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sheila Hutchinson Vocals
Wanda Hutchinson Background Vocals
O'Kelly Isley Background Vocals
Ronald Isley Vocals
Rudolph Isley Background Vocals
Larry Jackson Saxophone
Randy Jackson Percussion, Background Vocals
Tito Jackson Background Vocals
Skyler Jett Background Vocals
Mortonette Jenkins Background Vocals
Augie Johnson Background Vocals
Louis Johnson Bass
Woody Johnson Drums
Melisa Kary Background Vocals
Ron Kersey Keyboards
LL Cool J Vocals, Track Performer
Yolanda Lee Background Vocals
Eddie Levert Background Vocals
Yvonne Lewis Background Vocals
Herb Lovelle Drums
Buddy Lucas Alto Saxophone
James Mtume Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Clarence McDonald Clavinet
Paulette McWilliams Vocals (Rhythm)
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Rose Mann Background Vocals
Jerry Martini Saxophone
Al McKay Rhythm Guitar
Robert Mersey Conductor
Marcus Miller Bass
Vince Montana Vibes
Sidney Muldrow French Horn
Don Myrick Saxophone
David Paich Keyboards
Lenny Pakula Organ
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
George Patterson Saxophone
Richard Perissi French Horn
Greg Phillinganes Electric Piano
William Powell Background Vocals
Duran Ramos Background Vocals
Claytoven Richardson Background Vocals
Paul Riser Strings, Horn
Cynthia Robinson Trumpet
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Richard Rudolph Guitar
Jimmy Shirley Guitar
Alan Shulman Cello
Anthony Sophos Cello
David Soyer Cello
Charles Stepney Synthesizer, Piano
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Freddie Stone Guitar, Vocals
Rose Stone Piano
Terminator X Leader
The Treniers Track Performer
Sybil Thomas Background Vocals
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Harry Urbont Violin
Pamela Vincent Background Vocals
Gerald Vinci Concert Master
Larry Washington Percussion
Brenda White Background Vocals
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Pony Track Performer
Xscape Track Performer
Ed Moore Gut String Banjo
David L. Newman Violin
Maxwell Voices, Track Performer
Sidney Brecher Viola
Gerry Charles Background Vocals
Winfred "Blue" Lovett Bass (Vocal)
David Martin Piano
John Mosley Saxophone
Walter Afanasieff Bass, Keyboards
Theodore Cohen Vibes
Willie Collins Bass
Jerry Cummings Background Vocals
Jeanette Hutchinson Background Vocals
Bud Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Maithe Marshall Tenor (Vocal)
Alex Moseley Keyboards
Leonard Puzey Tenor (Vocal)
Ginuwine Vocals, Background Vocals
(Ex) Cat Heads Bass
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes Track Performer
Lady G Background Vocals
Wyclef Jean Vocals, Background Vocals
El Toro Negro Electric Piano
Louis Heyward Baritone (Vocal)
Manuel Lecuona Background Vocals
Philip Field Keyboards, Background Vocals
Raymond Jackson Bass, Background Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Kelly Price Background Vocals
Curtis Bedeau Keyboards
Krayzie Bone Vocals, Background Vocals
Kandi Burruss Vocals, Background Vocals
Victoria Clamp Background Vocals
Gene Gilbeaux Piano
Edward Thomas Guitar
Claude Trenier Background Vocals
Cliff Trenier Background Vocals
LaTocha Scott Vocals, Background Vocals
Tamika Scott Vocals, Background Vocals
Walter Spriggs Bongos
Bizzy Bone Vocals, Background Vocals
Ken Kelly Tenor (Vocal)
Wish Bone Vocals, Background Vocals
Layzie Bone Vocals, Background Vocals
Curtis Pope Trumpet
Brian George Drums
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius Guitar
Ronnie Baker Bass
The Royals Track Performer
Dave Shields Bass
Charles Holloway Vocals
Kevin Bass Background Vocals
Walt Bass Background Vocals
Harold Bernstein Conductor
Richard Bivins Tenor (Vocal)
Trip Boyd Background Vocals
Marc Brown Violin
Junior Clarke Keyboards
Zelma David Background Vocals
Bernard Eighenbaum Violin
Lou George Background Vocals
Glen Goines Guitar
David Hudson Vocals
Herb Rooney Piano
Charles "Skip" Pitts Guitar
Alan Robinson French Horn
Richard Taylor Baritone (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Anthrax Composer
Babyface Producer
Adrian Belew Composer
Earth, Wind & Fire Arranger
Marvin Gaye Arranger, Producer
The Isley Brothers Producer
Michael Jackson Composer, Producer, rhythm arrangement, Percussion Arrangement
Teena Marie Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Luther Vandross Producer, rhythm arrangement
Nat Adderley rhythm arrangement
Quincy Jones Arranger, Producer
Full Force Producer
Steven Berkowitz Executive Producer
Freedom Williams Composer
Thom Bell Arranger
Mariah Carey Arranger, Composer, Producer
Chuck D Composer
Robert Clivillés Composer, Producer, keyboard arrangements
David Cole Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Remixing
Ted Cooper Producer
Tommy Cowan Composer
Sunny David Composer
Don Davis Arranger
Jermaine Dupri Programming, Producer
Chris Frantz Composer
Alan Friedman Programming
Kenny Gamble Producer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Composer
Leon Huff Producer
Marvin Isley Composer
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Kathryn King Editorial Production
Marty Paich Arranger, Producer
Stuart Matthewman Producer
Robert Mersey Arranger, Producer
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Producer
Joe Nicolo Programming
David Paich Arranger, Producer
Greg Phillinganes rhythm arrangement
L.A. Reid Producer
Salaam Remi Producer
Carl Ryder Producer
Manuel Seal Jr. Producer
Hank Shocklee Composer, Programming, Producer
Daryl Simmons Producer
Steven Stanley Composer
Charles Stepney Arranger, Programming, Producer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Arranger, Producer
Tom Tom 84 Arranger
David Van De Pitte Arranger
Tina Weymouth Composer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler Composer, Programming
Bill Sanford Composer
Dave Williams Composer
DJ U-Neek Producer
Jerry Thomas Tape Research
Fred Mirza Synthesizer Arrangements
Walter Afanasieff drum programming, Synthesizer Arrangements
Al Henderson Composer
Pete Rock Producer
Arnold Levine Art Direction
Timbaland Producer
Janet Boye Art Direction
David Katzenstein Back Cover, Cover Photo
Randall Martin Label Design
Charlie Sarrica Graphic Design
Sandy Lorenzo Marketing
Musze Producer
Rosemary Mulligan Marketing
John Brooks Composer
Tom Middleton Composer
Brian "Bizzy" McCane Composer
Bobby Martin Arranger
Dave Hall Arranger, Composer, Producer
Robert Eaton Vocal Arrangements
S. Howse Composer
C. Scruggs Composer
Ron Juliano Graphic Design
Dianne Spoto Shattuck Marketing
Marni Elliott Marketing
Gerald Early Essay
Darren Salmieri Copy Coordination
Marguerite Hisen Marketing
Harold Bernstein Arranger
Eddie Cerchoine Tape Research
Judy Emerson Tape Research
Paul George Programming
June Shellene Composer
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