(2008) The History Of Rhythm And Blues 1925 - 1942

Various Artists

... read moreFor fans of classic R&B, History of Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 1 is an extraordinary document. From the love ballad "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere" to the barrelhouse New Orleans groove of "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee", the range of music from these selections is fascinating. Many of these are interesting...

04:51′:31″ 97 Songs

Disk 1

1
Various Artists
My Soul Is A Witness
3:13
2
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It's Nobody's Fault But Mine
3:15
3
Various Artists
The Crucifixion Of Christ
3:02
4
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Shake That Thing
3:05
5
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Outside Woman Blues
2:59
6
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It's A Good Thing
3:00
7
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Minglewood Blues
3:44
8
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Match Box Blues
3:04
9
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Diddie Wah Diddie
3:01
10
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Milk Cow Blues
3:03
11
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Ease It To Me Blues
3:01
12
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No No Blues
3:12
13
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Apaloosa Blues
2:46
14
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Little Rock Blues
3:03
15
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Kansas City Blues
3:17
16
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Train Whistle Blues
3:01
17
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Goin' Back To Texas
3:05
18
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Roll And Tumble Blues
3:04
19
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If You Haven't Any Hay
2:58
20
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Kokomo Blues
3:06
21
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It's Tight Like That
3:04
22
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Didn't It Rain
2:34
23
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Beale Street Breakdown
3:00
24
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Milk Cow Blues
3:06

Disk 2

1
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Get Low-Down Blues
3:03
2
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Mr Johnson's Blues
2:41
3
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Backwater Blues
3:18
4
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Knockin' A Jug
3:15
5
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Bullfrog Blues
2:57
6
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Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
3:22
7
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Cow Cow Blues
3:07
8
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Guitar Boogie
2:55
9
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How Long, How Long Blues
3:05
10
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The Dirty Dozen
3:14
11
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Vicksburg Blues
2:58
12
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Sweet Miss Stella Blues
2:56
13
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Minnie The Moocher
3:13
14
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St. Louis Blues
2:20
15
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Somebody's Stole Gabriel's Horn
3:00
16
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Midnight Hour Blues
3:08
17
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Lafayette
2:49
18
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Flaming Reeds And Screaming Brass
2:59
19
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Strut That Thing
2:58
20
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Dirty Mother For You
2:59
21
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Weed Smoker's Dream
3:20
22
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Press My Button
3:20
23
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Night Time Is The Right Time
2:51
24
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The Blues Ain't Nothing But
2:40

Disk 3

1
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Teasin' Brown Blues
2:48
2
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Barrelhouse Woman
2:55
3
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Lead Pencil Blues
3:07
4
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Policy Dream Blues
2:50
5
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Naptown Stomp
2:38
6
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Sloppy Drunk Again
3:07
7
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Jockey Blues
2:51
8
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Holy Mountain
3:11
9
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Standing By The Bedside Of A Neighbour
2:51
10
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Louise Louise Blues
3:03
11
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Barrelhouse When It Rains
2:53
12
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Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
3:03
13
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Preachin' Blues
2:55
14
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Number Runner's Blues
2:54
15
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Tell Me Baby
2:55
16
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Rockin' Chair Blues
2:51
17
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Diggin' My Potatoes
2:58
18
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This Train
2:42
19
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Don't You Lie To Me
2:57
20
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Jivin' The Blues
2:57
21
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I Feel So Good
2:50
22
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Worried Life Blues
2:56
23
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Junker Blues
2:46
24
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Ain't No Business We Can Do
3:11
25
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Mean Ol' Frisco
2:36

Disk 4

1
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Boogie Woogie Stomp
3:03
2
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Boogie-Woogie
3:15
3
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One O'clock Jump
3:02
4
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Sing Sing Sing
4:16
5
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Keep A-Knockin'
2:30
6
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T'aint What You Do
3:03
7
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Jumpin' Jive
2:46
8
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I Like To Riff
2:50
9
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That's The Rhythm
2:39
10
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I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
2:47
11
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After Hours
3:22
12
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Floyd's Guitar Blues
3:09
13
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Gangster's Blues
2:46
14
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Roll'em Pete
2:52
15
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Down The Road A Piece
3:10
16
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Central Avenue Breakdown
3:06
17
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Death Ray Boogie
3:00
18
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Natchez Mississippi Blues
2:36
19
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Confessin' The Blues
2:51
20
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What's The Use Of Getting Sober
2:56
21
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Take It And Git
3:16
22
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Cow Cow Boogie
3:14
23
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Flying Home
3:15
24
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Mean Old World
2:51
Released 07 April 2008, ℗ Rhythm & Blues Records

Review

For fans of classic R&B, History of Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 1 is an extraordinary document. From the love ballad "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere" to the barrelhouse New Orleans groove of "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee", the range of music from these selections is fascinating. Many of these are interesting curiosities, including "Ol' Man River" (one of the first production credits for a young Al Green) to the cult classic "One Mint Julep". (The addition of Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene" seems odd, however, since it doesn't really fit in with the remaining tracks, which lean towards doo-wop and ballads.) As could be expected, these are truly lo-fi recordings, but the sound quality can easily be overlooked when confronted with a song as powerful as Joe Turner's gut-wrenching "Chains of Love" or Ruth Brown's rollicking "5-10-15 Hours". Many of these cuts have since shown up on other anthologies (most famously the Atlantic Rhythm & Blues series), but there are some real rarities (such as the Edna McGriff selection) that are best heard here, and fans and collectors of classic R&B should seek this out. ~ Victor W. Valdivia