Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Mercury Blues 'n' Rhythm Story 1945-1955
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
Blues 'n' Rhythm Story devotes two discs to four regions--the Midwest, Southwest, West Coast, and East Coast. Featured artists range from the acclaimed (Professor Longhair, Lightnin' Hopkins, Jay McShann, "Cleanhead" Vinso... more »
Blues 'n' Rhythm Story devotes two discs to four regions--the Midwest, Southwest, West Coast, and East Coast. Featured artists range from the acclaimed (Professor Longhair, Lightnin' Hopkins, Jay McShann, "Cleanhead" Vinson, Dinah Washington) to the wayward. Nevertheless, the overall quality is remarkably high. The 88-page booklet helps put the music in perspective. This isn't a modest investment for a collector, but it's certainly among the elite of the R&B collections yet assembled. --Steven Stolder
An absolute must for R&B fans!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This INCREDIBLE 8-CD set covers all of the Mercury blues, R&B and jump music from post-WWII -- the music that laid the foundation for the rock 'n roll revolution of the late '50's. The set is divided by geographic styles; West Coast, Southwest, East Coast and Midwest. There are many artists featured who are all but unknown today, but were popular in the club sub-culture and with returning GI's. I love the small orchestral arrangements of fast, jumpin' blues, boogie, and R&B tunes. The lyrics in many songs are hilarious, and demonstrate the subconscious relief of ending the world wars. Anyone who is remotely interested in R&B and the foundations of rock HAS to get this set. It's expensive, but worth every single penny. I've been listening non-stop since the set arrived, and I walk around all day with the jumpin' and jivin' tunes in my head!"
Good but repetitive
C. Katz | Peoples Republic Of Massachussettes | 05/07/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As per previous review but it's like when you get the large Amos Milburn or Louis Jordan boxes.Not a whole lot of variation between the artist of early R&B and Jump Blues between artists as within one trick ponies like Jordan.But it is better than having one artist.Funny I thought I really dig this more and can listen to large sets of latter Blues or Rock like say Bo Didley or a John Lee Hooker.But this genre is really tight.Worth the lower end tab asked for here though.But not the set you can feed into a 6 disc player and let it rip without a break.