The History of Rhythm & Blues

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
At four discs and nearly 100 tracks, this is only part one of Rhythm and Blues Records' ambitious history of R&B, covering the years 1925 to 1942. Diverse and revelatory, it shows how R&B, like most strands of America's music, is woven from several different sources. Each installment here is almost a history lesson in its own right, with the first disc covering country blues, spirituals, and jug bands, the second touching on boogie-woogie piano, ragtime, and jazz, the third spotlighting urban blues and gospel, and the fourth drawing on swing, boogie, and jive sides. It's all pretty impressive and its difficult to imagine any set doing a better job of tracing the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
At four discs and nearly 100 tracks, this is only part one of Rhythm and Blues Records' ambitious history of R&B, covering the years 1925 to 1942. Diverse and revelatory, it shows how R&B, like most strands of America's music, is woven from several different sources. Each installment here is almost a history lesson in its own right, with the first disc covering country blues, spirituals, and jug bands, the second touching on boogie-woogie piano, ragtime, and jazz, the third spotlighting urban blues and gospel, and the fourth drawing on swing, boogie, and jive sides. It's all pretty impressive and its difficult to imagine any set doing a better job of tracing the roots of R&B.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2008
  • Label: Cargo Records
  • UPC: 823566474227
  • Catalog Number: 1


Disc 1
  1. 1 My Soul Is a Witness (3:13)
  2. 2 It's Nobody's Fault But Mine - Blind Willie Johnson (3:15)
  3. 3 The Crucifixion of Christ (3:02)
  4. 4 Shake That Thing (3:05)
  5. 5 Outside Woman Blues (2:59)
  6. 6 It's a Good Thing (3:00)
  7. 7 Minglewood Blues - Gus Cannon & His Jug Stompers (3:44)
  8. 8 Match Box Blues (3:04)
  9. 9 Diddie Wah Diddie - Blind Blake (3:01)
  10. 10 Milk Cow Blues (3:03)
  11. 11 Ease It to Me Blues - Barbecue Bob (3:01)
  12. 12 No No Blues (3:12)
  13. 13 Apaloosa Blues (2:46)
  14. 14 Little Rock Blues (3:03)
  15. 15 Kansas City Blues - Jim Jackson (3:17)
  16. 16 Train Whistle Blues - Jimmie Rodgers (3:01)
  17. 17 Goin' Back to Texas (3:05)
  18. 18 Roll and Tumble Blues (3:04)
  19. 19 If You Haven't Any (2:58)
  20. 20 Kokomo Blues (3:06)
  21. 21 It's Tight Like That - Georgia Tom (3:04)
  22. 22 Didn't It Rain (2:34)
  23. 23 Beale Street Breakdown (3:00)
  24. 24 Milk Cow Blues (3:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Get Low-Down Blues - Bennie Moten & the Kansas City Orchestra (3:03)
  2. 2 Mr Johnson's Blues (2:41)
  3. 3 Backwater Blues (3:18)
  4. 4 Knockin' a Jug (3:15)
  5. 5 Bullfrog Blues (2:57)
  6. 6 Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Pinetop Smith (3:22)
  7. 7 Cow Cow Blues - Cow Cow Davenport (3:07)
  8. 8 Guitar Boogie - Blind Roosevelt Graves & Uaroy Graves (2:55)
  9. 9 How Long, How Long Blues (3:05)
  10. 10 The Dirty Dozen (3:14)
  11. 11 Vicksburg Blues (2:58)
  12. 12 Sweet Miss Stella Blues (2:56)
  13. 13 Minnie the Moocher (3:13)
  14. 14 St. Louis Blues (2:20)
  15. 15 Somebody Stole Gabriel's Horn (3:00)
  16. 16 Midnight Hour Blues (3:08)
  17. 17 Lafayette - Bennie Moten & the Kansas City Orchestra (2:49)
  18. 18 Flaming Reeds and Screaming Brass (2:59)
  19. 19 Strut That Thing (2:58)
  20. 20 Dirty Mother for You (2:59)
  21. 21 Weed Smoker's Dream (3:20)
  22. 22 Press My Button (3:20)
  23. 23 Night Time Is the Right Time (2:51)
  24. 24 The Blues Ain't Nothing But (2:40)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Teasin' Brown Blues - Louie Lasky (2:48)
  2. 2 Barrelhouse Woman (2:55)
  3. 3 Lead Pencil Blues (3:07)
  4. 4 Policy Dream Blues (2:50)
  5. 5 Naptown Stomp - Bill Gaither (2:38)
  6. 6 Sloppy Drunk Again (3:07)
  7. 7 Jockey Blues (2:51)
  8. 8 Holy Mountain (3:10)
  9. 9 Standing by the Bedside of a Neighbour (2:51)
  10. 10 Louise Louise Blues - Johnnie Tempbe (3:03)
  11. 11 Barrelhouse When It Rains (2:53)
  12. 12 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Sonny Boy Williamson I (3:02)
  13. 13 Preachin' Blues - Robert Johnson (2:55)
  14. 14 Number Runner's Blues (2:54)
  15. 15 Tell Me Baby - Sonny Boy Williamson I (2:55)
  16. 16 Rockin' Chair Blues (2:51)
  17. 17 Diggin' My Potatoes (2:58)
  18. 18 This Train (2:42)
  19. 19 Don't You Lie to Me - Tampa Red (2:57)
  20. 20 Jivin' the Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson I (2:57)
  21. 21 I Feel So Good (2:50)
  22. 22 Worried Life Blues (2:56)
  23. 23 Junker Blues (2:46)
  24. 24 Ain't No Business We Can Do (3:11)
  25. 25 Mean Ol' Frisco (2:36)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Boogie Woogie Stomp - Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings (3:03)
  2. 2 Boogie-Woogie (3:15)
  3. 3 One O'Clock Jump (3:02)
  4. 4 Sing Sing Sing (4:16)
  5. 5 Keep A-Knockin' - Louis Jordan (2:30)
  6. 6 T'Aint What You Do (3:03)
  7. 7 Jumpin' Jive (2:46)
  8. 8 I Like to Riff - Nat King Cole (2:50)
  9. 9 That's the Rhythm (2:39)
  10. 10 I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (2:47)
  11. 11 After Hours - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra (3:22)
  12. 12 Floyd's Guitar Blues - Andy Kirk & His Clouds of Joy (3:09)
  13. 13 Gangster's Blues (2:46)
  14. 14 Roll'em Pete - Joe Turner (2:52)
  15. 15 Down the Road a Piece - Will Bradley (3:10)
  16. 16 Central Avenue Breakdown (3:06)
  17. 17 Natchez Mississippi Blues (3:00)
  18. 18 Death Ray Boogie - Pete Johnson (2:36)
  19. 19 Confessin' the Blues (2:51)
  20. 20 What's the Use of Getting Sober - Louis Jordan (2:56)
  21. 21 Take It and Git - Andy Kirk & His Clouds of Joy (3:16)
  22. 22 Cow Cow Boogie (3:14)
  23. 23 Flying Home - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (3:15)
  24. 24 Mean Old World (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scrapper Blackwell Guitar
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar, Vocals
Bumble Bee Slim Vocals
Leroy Carr Piano, Vocals
Cow Cow Davenport Piano, Vocals
Blind John Davis Piano
Walter Davis Piano, Vocals
Champion Jack Dupree Piano, Vocals
Papa Charlie Jackson Bass
Skip James Piano, Vocals
Blind Lemon Jefferson Guitar, Vocals
Blind Willie Johnson Bass
Lonnie Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Memphis Slim Piano
Little Brother Montgomery Piano, Vocals
Bessie Smith Vocals
Frank Stokes Guitar, Vocals
Roosevelt Sykes Piano, Vocals
Henry Townsend Guitar
Peetie Wheatstraw Guitar, Vocals
Big Joe Williams Guitar
Jimmie Rodgers Guitar, Vocals
Ella Mae Morse Vocals
Les Baxter Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Albert Ammons Piano
Paul Bascomb Tenor Saxophone
Count Basie Piano
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Will Bradley Piano
Milt Buckner Piano
Cab Calloway Vocals
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Freddie Green Guitar
Lionel Hampton Piano, Vibes
Erskine Hawkins Trumpet
Illinois Jacquet Tenor Saxophone
Harry James Trumpet
James P. Johnson Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Jonah Jones Trumpet
Louis Jordan Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Gene Krupa Drums
Eddie Lang Guitar
Jay McShann Piano
Marshall Royal Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Rushing Vocals
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Willie Smith Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Muggsy Spanier Cornet
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Irving Ashby Guitar
Eddie Barefield Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Julian Dash Tenor Saxophone
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Harlan Leonard Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ray McKinley Drums, Vocals
Oscar Moore Guitar
Vido Musso Tenor Saxophone
Sy Oliver Trumpet
Reuben Reeves Trumpet
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Freddie Slack Piano
Joe Sullivan Piano
Frank Teschemacher Clarinet
Jack Marshall Guitar
Tampa Red Guitar, Vocals
Walter Brown Vocals
Howard McGhee Trumpet
Ken Kersey Piano
Mary Lou Williams Piano
Big Maceo Merriweather Piano, Vocals
Hambone Willie Newbern Guitar, Vocals
Blind Roosevelt Graves Piano, Vocals
Gene Ramey Bass
Israel Crosby Bass
Walter Page Bass
Jack McVea Baritone Saxophone
Moses Allen Bass
Vernon Alley Bass
Joshua Altheimer Piano
Louis Armstrong Trumpet
Lil Armstrong Piano
Red Ballard Trombone
Chuck Barksdale Bass, Vocals
Dallas Bartley Bass
Buster Bennett Alto Saxophone
Leroy Berry Banjo, Guitar
Black Bob Hudson Piano
William Thornton Blue Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Russell Bowles Trombone
Garvin Bushell Alto Saxophone
Don Byas Alto Saxophone
Happy Caldwell Tenor Saxophone
Earl Caruthers Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
Nat King Cole Piano, Vocals
Booker Collins Bass
Sonny Craven Trombone
Jimmy Crawford Drums, Vibes
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Guitar, Vocals
Elmer Crumbley Trombone
Wendell Culley Trumpet
George M. "Jud" DeNaut Bass
Ted Donnelly Trombone
Eddie Durham Guitar
Alfred Elkins Bass, Tuba, Vocals
Herschel Evans Tenor Saxophone
William Ezell Piano, Vocals
Jazz Gillum Harmonica, Vocals
A.G. Godley Drums
Doc Goldberg Bass
Harry Goodman Bass
Jimmie Gordon Piano, Vocals
Uaroy Graves Tambourine
Marcellus Green Trumpet
Chris Griffin Trumpet
Dan Grissom Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Al Hall Bass
John Harrington Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Arville Harris Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Thamon Hayes Bass
Haywood Henry Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Milt Hinton Bass
Jimmie Hoskins Drums
Joey Huffman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Hunt Trombone
Edward Inge Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Gus Johnson Drums
Keg Johnson Trombone
Claude Jones Trombone
Guy Kelly Trumpet
Joe Keyes Trumpet
Manny Klein Trumpet
George Koenig Alto Saxophone
Louie Lasky Guitar, Vocals
Harry Lawson Trumpet
Ralph Lee Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Noah Lewis Bass
John Lindsay Bass
Cripple Clarence Lofton Piano, Vocals
Horace Malcolm Piano
Walter Martin Drums
Leroy Maxey Drums
Charlie McCoy Guitar, Mandolin
Joe McCoy Guitar, Vocals
Robert Lee McCoy Guitar
James McCrary Guitar, Vocals
Murray McEachern Trombone
Willie McWashington Drums
Earl Miller Alto Saxophone
Donald Mills Vocals
Harry Mills Vocals
Herbert Mills Vocals
Dan Minor Trombone
Jimmy Mitchelle Alto Saxophone
Herb Morand Trumpet
Bill Morris Trumpet
Al Norris Guitar
Hot Lips Page Trumpet
Avery Parrish Piano
Benny Payne Piano
Ike Perkins Guitar
Ray Perry Alto Saxophone
Rufus G. Perryman Piano, Vocals
Earres Prince Piano
Wesley Prince Bass
Odell Rand Clarinet
Irving "Mouse" Randolph Trumpet
Robert Range Trombone
Don Raye Vocals
Allan Reuss Guitar
Eddie Roane Trumpet
Ikey Robinson Guitar
Milt Robinson Trombone
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Washboard Sam Washboard
Dan Sane Guitar
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Bill Settles Bass
Edward Sims Trombone
Ben Smith Alto Saxophone
Floyd Smith Guitar, Vocals
Al Spieldock Drums
Bruce Squires Trombone
Jess Stacy Piano
Leemie Stanfield Bass
Tommy Stevenson Trumpet
Princess Stewart Trumpet
Wilson Swain Bass
Edwin Swayzee Trumpet
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Guitar, Vocals
Ben Thigpen Drums
Arnold Thomas Piano
Walter Thomas Tenor Saxophone
Ashley Thompson Guitar, Vocals
Eddie Tompkins Trumpet
Jack Trainor Trumpet
Clarence Trice Trumpet
Woodie Walder Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Walker Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Booker T. Washington Cornet
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Paul Webster Trumpet
Henry Wells Trombone, Trumpet
De Priest Wheeler Trombone
Morris White Banjo, Guitar
Edwin Wilcox Piano, Celeste
Fred Williams Drums
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica, Vocals
Dick Wilson Tenor Saxophone
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Piano, Vocals
Georgia White Piano, Vocals
Dave Coleman Drums
June Richmond Vocals
Courtney Williams Trumpet
Henry Owens Vocals
Orlandus Wilson Vocals
Doctor Clayton Vocals
Charles Pierce Alto Saxophone
William McLemore Guitar
Harry White Trombone
Andrew Brown Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jed Davenport Harmonica, Human Whistle
Lizzie Douglas Guitar, Vocals
Lemuel Charles Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Phelps Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Temple Guitar, Vocals
Joseph Vernon Turner Vocals
Andy Kirk & His Clouds of Joy Trumpet
Arizona Dranes Piano
James Morrison Drums
Fred Beckett Trombone
Walter "Foots" Thomas Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lammar Wright Jr. Trumpet
Sammy Lowe Trumpet
Ed Lewis Trumpet, Cornet
Gerald Foster Trombone
Francis Blackwell Guitar
Stuart Branch Banjo
Charles Drayton Bass
Dick Fierge Cornet
Charles Gifford Trumpet
Ransom Knowing Bass
William Langford Vocals
Dan Lipscomb Piano
Bob Pease Bass, Vocals
William "Sleepy" Tomlin Trumpet
George "Bon Bon" Tunnell Piano, Vocals
John Burris Trumpet
Harry Sloan Trombone
Earl Thomson Trumpet
Pearlis Williams Drums
Harrison Bass
Johnny Mueller Bass
William Bunch Guitar, Vocals
Pearl Dickson Vocals
Arthur Butler Vocals
Austin Powell Guitar, Vocals
Baby James Cornet
Bill Lawlor Trombone
Royal Brent Leader, Vocals
Bill Gaither Guitar, Vocals
Blind Joe Reynolds Guitar, Vocals
Jessie May Hill Vocals
Bill Johnson Alto Saxophone
Rufus and Ben Quillian Piano, Vocals
Slim Furness Guitar, Vocals
Ernie Price Vocals, tiple
Austin Coleman Vocals
Jimmy Harris Trumpet
Clarence Johnson Piano
Pete Johnson & His Boogie Woogie Boys Piano
Honey Hill Piano
Ted Buckner Alto Saxophone
Bobby Moore Trumpet
Robert Brown Vocals, Washboard
Paul Kettler Drums
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Kaiser Marshall Drums
Robert F. Johnson Guitar, Vocals
John Arnold Piano
Eddie Hutchinson Trumpet
Carl "The Truth" Smith Trumpet
Ronald "Jack" Washington Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Joe Washington Brown Percussion, Vocals
Chief Justice Earl Warren Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Jackson Guitar, Vocals
Lee Young Jr. Drums
Maylon Harney "Pet" Guitar
Richard Harney "Can" Guitar
Jimmy Allen Smith Tuba, Bass Saxophone
Willie "Peerie" Johnson Vocals
Nathaniel Adams Coles Piano, Vocals
Gus Gannon Banjo, Jug
Benny Holman Guitar, Vocals
Judde Naut Bass
Ben Quillian Vocals
Ralph Rudder Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Towns Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Vernon Page Brass Band
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