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Vee-Jay: Celebrating 40 Years of Classic Hits 1953-1993

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Most conversations about Vee-Jay Records will usually be limited to a few salient facts: that they put out great, influential blues and R&B records during the '50s and '60s. That they became the most successful African-American-owned record company in the United States, breaking into the pop field with hits by Gene Chandler, Dee Clark, and the early sides by the Four Seasons. That they were the first American company to have the Beatles. And that, with all that success, they went bankrupt by 1966. But the Vee-Jay Records story is, for all its twists and turns, a true American success story that went sour. Admittedly, this three-disc retrospective does leave out some important chunks of the company's history due to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Most conversations about Vee-Jay Records will usually be limited to a few salient facts: that they put out great, influential blues and R&B records during the '50s and '60s. That they became the most successful African-American-owned record company in the United States, breaking into the pop field with hits by Gene Chandler, Dee Clark, and the early sides by the Four Seasons. That they were the first American company to have the Beatles. And that, with all that success, they went bankrupt by 1966. But the Vee-Jay Records story is, for all its twists and turns, a true American success story that went sour. Admittedly, this three-disc retrospective does leave out some important chunks of the company's history due to licensing restrictions; the Four Seasons' masters aren't aboard, as their original appearance on the label was a lease deal. What is here are all the important sides, 75 of them, that moved Vee-Jay from a Gary, IN, storefront to a major corporation. Much of Vee-Jay's reputation rests as much on the records that weren't hits and many of them are here. Disc one takes us back to the beginning of the label, with the label's first two artists, the Spaniels and bluesman Jimmy Reed. Disc two starts in blues and soul land, and brings aboard Dee Clark -- the label's first African-American artist to cross over consistently into the pop field -- and Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, and the Impressions. The third disc runs the hits and classics from 1961 to the label's impending demise in 1965, including quite a few pop-chart successes and even some great jazz sides. Producer/compiler/annotator Billy Vera deserves special mention for a job well done, given the size constraints and licensing restrictions. An important chunk of American musical history served up classy. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2004
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • UPC: 081227770624
  • Catalog Number: 7706

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baby, It's You (2:36)
  2. 2 High & Lonesome (2:46)
  3. 3 Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (2:43)
  4. 4 You Don't Have to Go (3:07)
  5. 5 My Loving Baby (2:48)
  6. 6 Annie's Answer (3:13)
  7. 7 I Really Do (2:29)
  8. 8 At My Front Door (2:37)
  9. 9 Hands Off - Priscilla Bowman (2:52)
  10. 10 I'll Be Forever Loving You (2:28)
  11. 11 This Is the Night (2:52)
  12. 12 Every Woman I Know (2:44)
  13. 13 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby (2:21)
  14. 14 Big Town Playboy - Eddie Taylor (2:59)
  15. 15 Up on the Mountain - The Magnificents (2:48)
  16. 16 Dimples - John Lee Hooker (2:13)
  17. 17 Oh What a Nite (2:55)
  18. 18 Bim Bam Boom (2:51)
  19. 19 Telephone Is Ringing (3:10)
  20. 20 For All We Know - Sonny Til (2:50)
  21. 21 You Gave Me Peace of Mind (2:53)
  22. 22 I Found Peace of Mind (2:36)
  23. 23 Mother's Son - Delegates (2:54)
  24. 24 The Pleasure Is All Mine (2:41)
  25. 25 Honest I Do (2:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 12 Year Old Boy - Elmore James (3:04)
  2. 2 You Can Make It If You Try (2:08)
  3. 3 It Hurts Me Too - Elmore James (3:04)
  4. 4 Rockin'itis (2:41)
  5. 5 Have Faith (2:44)
  6. 6 Stormy Weather (2:33)
  7. 7 For Your Precious Love - The Impressions (2:45)
  8. 8 Nobody But You (2:27)
  9. 9 The Twist - The Midnighters (2:15)
  10. 10 Here I Stand - Wade Flemons (2:24)
  11. 11 A Rockin' Good Way (2:14)
  12. 12 K.C. Lovin' (2:16)
  13. 13 Boogie Chillun' - John Lee Hooker (2:35)
  14. 14 Take Out Some Insurance (2:25)
  15. 15 Just Keep It Up (2:12)
  16. 16 Hey Little Girl (2:16)
  17. 17 No More Doggin' (2:40)
  18. 18 Baby What You Want Me to Do (2:24)
  19. 19 The Comeback - Memphis Slim (2:20)
  20. 20 Just a Little Bit (2:09)
  21. 21 Big Boss Man (2:51)
  22. 22 Oh Babe (2:12)
  23. 23 He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler (2:49)
  24. 24 Tupelo - John Lee Hooker (3:23)
  25. 25 Your Friends (2:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Exodus - Eddie Harris (2:01)
  2. 2 Shombalor (2:14)
  3. 3 Raindrops (2:53)
  4. 4 Every Beat of My Heart - The Pips (2:03)
  5. 5 Bright Lights, Big City (2:46)
  6. 6 Moon River - Jerry Butler (2:40)
  7. 7 Duke of Earl (2:27)
  8. 8 Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker (2:34)
  9. 9 Duchess of Earl (2:18)
  10. 10 Tragic - The Shephards (2:18)
  11. 11 Make It Easy on Yourself - Jerry Butler (2:43)
  12. 12 Oh John (2:23)
  13. 13 Rainbow (2:24)
  14. 14 You're No Good (2:21)
  15. 15 The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) (2:16)
  16. 16 A Spanish Boy (2:22)
  17. 17 I Can't Hear You (2:36)
  18. 18 My Adorable One - Joe Simon (2:25)
  19. 19 Let It Be Me - Betty Everett (2:40)
  20. 20 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (2:31)
  21. 21 It Ain't What You Do (2:23)
  22. 22 Stay in My Corner (2:54)
  23. 23 Oo Wee Baby, I Love You - Fred Hughes (2:24)
  24. 24 I Don't Know What You Got (4:46)
  25. 25 It's Not Unusual (2:17)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite
  2. 2 You Don't Move Me
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Boy Arnold Track Performer
Pee Wee Crayton Track Performer
John Lee Hooker Track Performer
J.B. Lenoir Track Performer
Memphis Slim Track Performer
Jimmy Reed Track Performer
Eddie Taylor Track Performer
Hank Ballard Track Performer
Jerry Butler Track Performer
Gene Chandler Track Performer
The Dells Track Performer
Rosco Gordon Track Performer
The Impressions Track Performer
Gladys Knight Track Performer, Lead
Little Richard Track Performer
Joe Simon Track Performer
Eddie Harris Track Performer
Jay McShann Track Performer
Gene Allison Track Performer
Dee Clark Track Performer
Delegates Track Performer
Betty Everett Track Performer
Wade Flemons Track Performer
The Magnificents Track Performer
The Pips Track Performer
The El Dorados Track Performer
The Spaniels Track Performer
Bill Emerson Track Performer
Priscilla Bowman Vocals, Track Performer
Elmore James Track Performer
The Orioles Track Performer
Jimmy Witherspoon Track Performer
Fred Hughes Track Performer
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters Track Performer
Billy "The Kid" Emerson Track Performer
The Kool Gents Track Performer
The Five Echoes Track Performer
Jerry Butler & the Impressions Track Performer
Technical Credits
Buster Brown Composer
Pee Wee Crayton Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Johnny Otis Composer
Jimmy Reed Composer
B.W. Stevenson Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Brook Benton Composer
Pat Boone Composer
Jerry Butler Composer
Carole King Composer
Little Richard Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Jay McShann Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
John Moore Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Aki Aleong Composer
Dee Clark Composer
Don Covay Composer
Wade Flemons Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Sheriff Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Al Smith Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Ralph Bass Composer
Priscilla Bowman Composer
Arthur Brooks Composer
Richard Brooks Composer
Mike Callahan Liner Notes
Calvin Carter Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Manny Curtis Composer
Teddy Daniel Composer
Hal David Composer
Sunny David Composer
Pierre Delanoé Composer
Ernest Gold Composer
Gerald Gregory Composer
James Hudson Composer
Jewell Jones Composer
S. Lewis Composer
Mel London Composer
Teddy Long Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Gordon Mills Composer
Pirkle Lee Moses Jr. Composer
Clyde Otis Composer
Richard Parker Composer
Henry Prince Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
H. Stone Composer
Billy Vera Producer, Liner Notes
J. Moore Composer
Dave Williams Composer
R. Clark Composer
Bobby Miller Composer
Ewart Abner Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Bernice Williams Composer
Albert Smith Composer
O.C. Perkins Composer
Rudy Clark Composer
Leslie Reed Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Clint Ballard Jr. Composer
James C. Bracken Composer
Eugene Dixon Composer
Fats Washington Composer
L.L. Cox Composer
Constant Sims Composer
Earl Edwards Composer
Ida Irral Berger Composer
Bart Edwards Composer
L. Arnold Composer
E.J. III Dixon Composer
E. Taylor Composer
Matthew Eberhart Art Direction
Ted Jarrett Composer
Kermit Chandler Composer
J. Hudson Composer
Bernie Williams Composer
R. Arthur Johnson Composer
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