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Rich Records Story: Music City, Motor City & The Big Easy
     

The Rich Records Story: Music City, Motor City & The Big Easy

 
In the 1950s, John R. Richbourg was a disc jockey at Nashville's WLAC, then one of the biggest R&B radio stations in the South, and like many successful disc jockeys of the day he decided to put his knowledge and reputation to use and started a record company. Rich Records only lasted a few years in the early '60s, but they managed to put out a few notable records

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In the 1950s, John R. Richbourg was a disc jockey at Nashville's WLAC, then one of the biggest R&B radio stations in the South, and like many successful disc jockeys of the day he decided to put his knowledge and reputation to use and started a record company. Rich Records only lasted a few years in the early '60s, but they managed to put out a few notable records during their short lifespan, and this collection features 22 tracks from the Rich archives. Rich's most notable artists were Bobby Hebb, who cut three singles for the label before signing to Phillips and enjoying a hit with "Sunny" in 1966; Lattimore Brown, a soul shouter who cut some raw, bluesy sides for Richbourg after a stint with Excello; and J.J. Barnes, whose debut single, leased by Rich, features Martha Reeves & the Vandellas on backing vocals. Rich Records never landed a major hit record, so this collection is best suited for fans of obscure soul material, and while most of the collection is fine, there are a few clinkers on board; in particular three failed experiments in hepcat chatter from Richbourg himself that are almost charming in their clumsiness. Still, the rare early sides from Hebb (sounding more potent than on many of his later recordings) and Barnes should attract the attention of soul obsessives, and the mastering and Fred James' liner notes are fine; this is no set of lost classics, but there are a few minor gems to be found here for fans of classic R&B.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2007
Label:
Blue Label
UPC:
0693723497426
catalogNumber:
49742

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