Classic Rhythm & Blues

Classic Rhythm & Blues


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Time-Life's fine 1999 collection Classic Rhythm & Blues is made up of 26 songs from the '50s that truly live up to the lofty title. The set is a nice mix of soulful ballads (Tommy Edwards' "It's All in the Game," Lee Andrews & the Hearts' "Long Lonely Nights," Phil Phillips' "Sea of Love"), gritty blues (Bobby Bland's "I Pity the Fool"), funky New Orleans sounds (Lee Dorsey's "Ya Ya," Fats Domino's "I Want to Walk You Home"), and wild rockers (Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City," Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee," Hank Ballard's "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go"). Add an incendiary couple of tracks from James Brown ("Please, Please, Please," "Try Me"), some Jackie Wilson, and a couple of doo wop classics (the Five Satins' "In the Still of the Night," Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs' "Stay"), and you've got a very strong and exciting disc. It is by no means a definitive collection of '50s R&B (no Atlantic artists, for example), but it will do as an introduction to the music of the era.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/17/1999
Label: Time Life Records
UPC: 0610583015829
catalogNumber: 18516

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby "Blue" Bland   Track Performer
Brook Benton   Track Performer
Lee Dorsey   Track Performer
Little Richard   Track Performer
Platters   Track Performer
Lloyd Price   Track Performer
Shirley & Lee   Track Performer
Jackie Wilson   Track Performer
Wilbert Harrison   Track Performer
Tommy Edwards   Track Performer
Fiestas   Track Performer
Five Satins   Track Performer
Ernie K-Doe   Track Performer
Fats Domino   Track Performer
Phil Phillips   Track Performer
Robert & Johnny   Track Performer
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters   Track Performer
Lee Andrews   Track Performer
Maurice Williams   Track Performer

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Lee Dorsey   Composer
Ray Thomas   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Ritchie Adams   Composer
Tyran Carlo   Composer
Alan Dunn   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Lance Finnie   Composer
Gwen Fuqua   Composer
Shirley Goodman   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Leonard Lee   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Nevins   Composer
Morgan Robinson   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
George Khoury   Composer
Phillip Baptiste   Composer
Robert Hull   Executive Producer
Malou Rene   Composer

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