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King R&B Box Set
Various Artists
King R&B Box Set
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B
 
  •  Track Listings (26) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (26) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (26) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #4

85 Superb Classic featuring Tiny Bradshaw, Wynonie Harris, Earl Bostic, Sonny Thompson, Roy Byrd, the Platters & Jack Dupree.

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: King R&B Box Set
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: King
Original Release Date: 2/12/1996
Re-Release Date: 2/15/1996
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B
Styles: Regional Blues, West Coast Blues, Jump Blues, Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Swing Jazz, Oldies, By Decade, 1950s, 1960s, Soul
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPC: 012676700221

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85 Superb Classic featuring Tiny Bradshaw, Wynonie Harris, Earl Bostic, Sonny Thompson, Roy Byrd, the Platters & Jack Dupree.
 

CD Reviews

Classic in every way...but it should've been a 5 record set
B. Margolis | Minneapolis, MN United States | 02/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Read the other reviews....most are right on.What I want to add is Syd Nathan's 3 recorded talks are a cool insider look at a company of such musical importance, yet hardly anything is written about the inside workings of the company. Nathan is not a tyrant; he was a tough business man who had more taste than some of the other post-war record company owners. Compared to Lubinsky (Savoy) and Weiss (Old Town) and Blane (Jubilee), this guy was a pussycat!Of course, there's almost no James Brown - his sides are not the property of the current King owners.As far as one complaint about Joe Tex not on the box, hell, he cut a handful of early medicore sides for King....hardly a part of their history!What is missing, though (and this is what the 5th disc should've included) is the early sides by artists who made a splash on other labels (Joe Tex, Syl Johnson, etc.)But, ultimately, when you look over the history of King's R&B recordings, most of the really endearing favorites are here and sound great."
A valuable slice of music history
M.R. | San Francisco, CA | 03/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have to agree with the Amazon reviewer. This is an essential set for lovers of R&B. Sure, it can't compare in terms of size to similar sets on the Mercury, Atlantic, Specialty, and Chess labels. But it contains many classics available nowhere else. Even if, as I do, you own Rhino's (much-recommended) greatest hits packages on The "5" Royales, Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris, Hank Ballard and the Midniters, Little Willie John, and Freddy King, this set contains enough great tracks by less-famous artists to make it a wise purchase. Get it while it's still in print. Note: treat this as a three-disc set with a bonus disc of rarities and speeches and you won't be as frustrated as the Amazon reviewer was."
One of the best box sets for R&B.
oldtimerocker | 05/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rhythm and Blues is some of the toughest music available. This set focuses on the King label. Based out of Cincinnati, King gave artist like James Brown a chance. Hank Ballard also recorded at King records. Work With Me Annie is one of the best songs never played on oldies radio. The booklet is very imformative and the pictures are also nice. Many of the songs on this disc have been forgotten, but thanks to this collection, they just might make it back."