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Nellie Lutcher - The Best Of Nellie Lutcher (1995) [Re-Up]

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Nellie Lutcher - The Best Of Nellie Lutcher (1995) [Re-Up]

Nellie Lutcher - The Best Of Nellie Lutcher (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 206 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included | 00:58:30
Jump Blues, Vocal Jazz, Swing, Early R&B | Label: Capitol Jazz | # CDP 7243 8 35039 2 6

Nellie Lutcher was at the peak of her fame during her period with Capitol (1947-1951). A fine swing-based pianist, Lutcher was best known for her unique vocal style, which included witty asides that often sounded spontaneous. This well-conceived CD has 18 of her recordings from 1947 and one apiece from 1949-1951. Highlights include "Hurry on Down," "The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else," "He's a Real Gone Guy," "Chi-Chi-Chi Chicago," "The Song Is Ended," "Fine Brown Frame," and two previously unissued numbers. With sympathetic and swinging backing from various guitarists (including Ulysses Livingstone and Irving Ashby), bassists, and drummers, the spotlight is on Nellie Lutcher throughout. This highly recommended disc is easily her definitive CD.

Etta James - The Essential Modern Records Collection (2011)

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Etta James - The Essential Modern Records Collection (2011)

Etta James - The Essential Modern Records Collection (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 217 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Early R&B, Blues | Label: Virgin | # 5099909851924 | Time: 00:38:40

This 15-track compilation focuses on the earliest sessions recorded by Etta James for Modern Records between 1955 and 1957. James was only a teenager when she first recorded for the L.A.-based label. Her youthful exuberance and powerhouse delivery still generate that initial excitement captured on these remastered versions of "The Wallflower (Roll with Me Henry)," "The Pick-Up," "W-O-M-A-N," and "Good Rockin' Daddy." This set is a great introduction to James' early raw recordings; however, it excludes a few tracks from the superior The Best of the Modern Years on Metro Blue.

B.B. King - My Kind of Blues (1960) Expanded Remastered 2003 [Re-Up]

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B.B. King - My Kind of Blues (1960) Expanded Remastered 2003 [Re-Up]

B.B. King - My Kind of Blues (1960) Expanded Remastered 2003
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included
Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Early R&B | Label: Ace | # CDCHM 881 | Time: 01:00:16

My Kind of Blues was originally released in late 1960 on the budget label Crown. On this session, B.B. King dropped the smooth big band sound of his previous release, B.B. King Wails, to an instrumentally stripped-down unit of bass, drums, piano, and, of course, his beloved guitar Lucille. This date took one day to record and is said to be one of King's personal favorites. Any of B.B. King's early Crown releases are essential, and considering that the 2003 Ace reissues feature previously unissued bonus tracks and midline pricing, these are the ones to grab. According to the liner notes, these bonus tracks are included for being "small combo tracks that continue the traditional blues theme, and allow plenty of space for B.B.'s guitar." Unfortunately, recording dates for these aren't given, but they do include five previously unissued tracks from his Modern sessions, as well as an undubbed version of "Looking the World Over"; an overdubbed version of "Walking Dr. Bill"; and a previously unissued take of "Hold That Train..

LaVern Baker - La Vern (1956) Expanded Reissue 1997

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LaVern Baker - La Vern (1956) Expanded Reissue 1997

LaVern Baker - La Vern (1956) Expanded Reissue 1997
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 150 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Early R&B, Jump Blues | Label: Sequel/Atlantic | # RSA CD 909 | Time: 00:45:36

A pioneering figure in the fusion of R&B and rock 'n' roll in the 1950s, with a remarkably powerful voice. This 1956 album reissue including five bonus tracks.

Big Maybelle - The Chronological Big Maybelle 1944-1953 (2004) [Classics Blues & Rhythm Series]

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Big Maybelle - The Chronological Big Maybelle 1944-1953 (2004) [Classics Blues & Rhythm Series]

Big Maybelle - The Chronological Big Maybelle 1944-1953 (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:54:13
Early R&B, Jump Blues, East Coast Blues | Label: Classics | # 5089

Her mountainous stature matching the sheer soulful power of her massive vocal talent, Big Maybelle was one of the premier R&B chanteuses of the 1950s. Her deep, gravelly voice was as singular as her recorded output for Okeh and Savoy, which ranged from down-in-the-alley blues to pop-slanted ballads. In 1967, she even covered ? & the Mysterians' "96 Tears" (it was her final chart appearance). Alleged drug addiction leveled the mighty belter at the premature age of 47, but Maybelle packed a lot of living into her shortened lifespan.

VA - Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, Vol. 2: Groovy Instrumentals From The UK 1965-1973 (2007)

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VA - Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, Vol. 2: Groovy Instrumentals From The UK 1965-1973 (2007)

VA - Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, Volume 2 (2007)
Groovy Instrumentals From The UK 1965-1973

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb
Label: Psychic Circle | # PCCD7013 | Time: 00:56:06 | Scans ~ 64 Mb
Instrumental Pop/Rock, Jazz Pop, Lounge, Early R&B

Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond once again invites us to join him in the obscure pleasures of little-known pop, R&B, and jazz instrumental sides of the '60s and '70s with this collection. A number of the selections featured on Return of the Instro-Hipsters are so obscure that even Saloman isn't sure just who is responsible for them (though he offers some educated guesses on the artists behind such names as Sharks, Oliver Bone, and the Masked Phantom), but there are a good share of solid grooves and kicky melodies to be found here from a number of gifted little-knowns. If you went to the movies in the '70s, "Soul Thing" by Tony Newman will sound familiar, while flautist Harold McNair solos over a Dave Brubeck-influenced piano groove on "The Hipster," Jerry Allen demonstrates new uses for game calls on "Fuzzy Duck," Thunder Road's synthesized version of "Peter Gunn" beats Art of Noise's variation on the theme by more than 15 years, "The Brooke Bond Beat" by Cliff Adams may be the most swingin' tea commercial ever, and the Outer Limits serve up some tough, moody rock, appropriately titled "Black Boots".

Lonnie Mack - From Nashville To Memphis (2001)

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Lonnie Mack - From Nashville To Memphis (2001)

Lonnie Mack - From Nashville To Memphis (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 309 Mb | Scans ~ 140 Mb | Time: 01:04:08
Early R&B, Instrumental Rock, Rock & Roll, Modern Electric Blues | Label: Ace | # CDCHD 807

Third & final volume in Ace Records' anthology series for the guitar legend highlights Lonnie's recordings for Harry Carlson's Cincinnati-based Fraternity label between 1963 and 1967. It follows in the wake of Lonnie on the Move & Memphis Wham! 26 tracks including previously unissued versions.

Gene Chandler - The Duke Of Earl (1962) Japanese Mini LP, Reissue 2006

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Gene Chandler - The Duke Of Earl (1962) Japanese Mini LP, Reissue 2006

Gene Chandler - The Duke Of Earl (1962) Japanese Mini LP, Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:42:31
Early R&B, Chicago Soul, Pop-Soul, Doo Wop | Label: P-Vine | # PCD 4315

This is an odd album, mostly owing to the widely differing sounds represented on it. Though often credited exclusively to Gene Chandler, about half of it is comprised of Chandler's work with the Dukays, the group of which he was a part until the release of "Duke of Earl" (which was a Dukays recording released as a Chandler solo single). The Dukays material is fine if relatively undistinguished late-'50s R&B harmony vocal material, mostly consisting of pleasant romantic ballads. Chandler's work, by contrast, casts him in a mode very similar to Ben E. King's immediate post-Drifters recordings (he even does "Stand by Me" here). There's a considerable chasm between the doo wop and the solo sides, and some listeners might even get dizzy after a few switches back and forth. And the album is dominated by the later tracks, circa 1965, most notably "Turn on Your Love Light," where Chandler moves into the upbeat soul sound that would carry him from the mid-'60s all the way through into the 1970s (and a professional rendezvous with Curtis Mayfield). The sound is excellent, and if you can take the switches in style and mood, this is a fun album. [The original 12-song album has been reissued on CD in Japan under the same title and with the same cover art, with audiophile sound and five bonus cuts drawn from deeper in the Vee-Jay library.]

Little Richard - The Specialty Sessions (1989) 6CD Box Set

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Little Richard - The Specialty Sessions (1989) 6CD Box Set

Little Richard - The Specialty Sessions (1989) 6CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.66 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 751 Mb
Label: Ace Records | # ABOXCD 1 | Time: 05:27:25 | Scans ~ 46 Mb
Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Gospel, Blues, Soul, Early Pop/Rock

R.I.P. Mr. Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), better known as Little Richard

For the hardcore Little Richard fan – the kind that has to hear every recording the architect of rock & roll ever made – there's little question that Ace's Specialty Box Set is the motherlode. Spanning six discs and over a hundred tracks, this is for serious listeners. Since Specialty's condensed, three-disc version of this set also included numerous working versions, alternate takes and commercials, it was also targeted for dedicated listeners, but this set – which is twice as large – is for fans who love to immerse themselves in minute details and unfinished takes. For those listeners, this set is certainly worth the money, since it is lavishly produced and boasts every single thing Little Richard recorded at the label.

The Ink Spots - Golden Greats (2002)

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The Ink Spots - Golden Greats (2002)

The Ink Spots - Golden Greats (2002)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
3CD | Disky Communications, MP 791822 | ~ 1005 or 533 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 9.21 Mb
Early R&B, Jazz, Pop, Vocal

The Ink Spots played a large role in pioneering the black vocal group-harmony genre, helping to pave the way for the doo wop explosion of the '50s. The quavering high tenor of Bill Kenny presaged hundreds of street-corner leads to come, and the sweet harmonies of Charlie Fuqua, Deek Watson, and bass Hoppy Jones (who died in 1944) backed him flawlessly…

Ray Charles - What'd I Say (1959) [2004, Reissue] {Mono}

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Ray Charles - What'd I Say (1959) [2004, Reissue] {Mono}

Ray Charles - What'd I Say (1959) [2004, Reissue] {Mono}
Early R&B, Soul, Jazz | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 30:12 | 97,96 Mb
Label: Atlantic/Warner Music (Europe) | Cat.# 7567-80282-2 | Released: 2004 (1959-10-19)

"What'd I Say" is the 5th studio album recorded by Ray Charles, and was released in 1959. The release popularized Charles' first top 10 hit, "What'd I Say", and became his first gold record. The album is included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings, published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981).

The Temptations - Meet The Temptations (1964) [1999, Remastered with Bonus Tracks]

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The Temptations - Meet The Temptations (1964) [1999, Remastered with Bonus Tracks]

The Temptations - Meet The Temptations (1964) [1999, Remastered with Bonus Tracks]
R&B, Soul, Doo-Wop, Motown | EAC Rip | WavPack (WV), Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 37:15 | 249,77 Mb
Label: Motown (USA) | Cat.# 314549513-2 | Released: 1999-05-18 (1964-04-13)

"Meet the Temptations" is the debut studio album by the Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label released in 1964. It includes most of the group's early singles, excluding only the first, "Oh Mother of Mine", and its b-side, "Romance Without Finance" (later included on a CD reissue of the LP); as well as the single "Mind Over Matter" (and its b-side "I'll Love You Till I Die"), in which the group is credited as The Pirates. The album consists entirely of previously released singles, including the group's first hit single, "The Way You Do the Things You Do".

Lou Rawls - The Legendary Lou Rawls (1992)

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Lou Rawls - The Legendary Lou Rawls (1992)

Lou Rawls - The Legendary Lou Rawls (1992)
R&B, Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Vocal Jazz | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 01:12:27 | 464,72 Mb
Label: Capitol Jazz (Europe) | Cat.# CDP 79 8306 2 | Released: 1992-02-17

Besides "smooth" and "expressive," the qualifier "consistent" must be added to any list describing the Lou Rawls sound. This anthology of previously released material includes tracks recorded as early as 1962 and as recently as 1990, and while the arrangements and surrounding styles vary with the era, the warmth, purity, and sincerity of the singing is unvarying. It is particularly interesting to hear material recorded live in 1966: the songs are introduced with stories relating to the black experience in America, told with the same engagement with which Rawls sings, and the rapport with the audience is apparent even on disc. This CD in combination with its follow-up of newly recorded material, Portrait of the Blues, comprise a full education on get-dressed-up urban(e) blues.

Etta James - Hickory Dickory Dock (1998)

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Etta James - Hickory Dickory Dock (1998)

Etta James - Hickory Dickory Dock (1998)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 282 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Early R&B, Soul, Blues | Label: Ace | # CDCHM 680 | Time: 00:56:50

The singer in her precocious formative years, headed by her 1955 R&B smash "Roll With Me Henry" (aka "The Wallflower"). James' follow-ups included the driving "Good Rockin' Daddy," a bluesy "W-O-M-A-N," and the New Orleans raveup "Tough Lover," which found her backed by the gang at Cosimo's (notably saxman Lee Allen). Even though her tenure at Modern Records only produced a handful of hits, these 22 cuts are delightful artifacts of the belter's earliest days. The music and liner notes are identical to the previous R&B Dynamite reissue, except that the tracks have been slightly resequenced, and a couple of songs bear different titles ("Number One" has been changed to "My One and Only," "How Big a Fool" to "Call Me a Fool").

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 1 (1994)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 1 (1994)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 1 (1994)
25 Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans ~ 57 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2511 | Time: 01:08:55
Holidays, Doo Wop, Early R&B, Early Pop/Rock, Vocal Pop, Soul, Swing

Collectables Records' various-artists compilation The Ultimate Christmas Album has been released both on its own and as a tie-in with a series of radio stations. There are identical editions of the album associated with KLUV, K-Earth 101 FM, and WCBS FM-101.1 in addition to this version, WJMK 104.3 Chicago. The word "ultimate" has been overused and misused in record releases to the point that it doesn't mean very much to see it on the cover of an album. Whether or not one considers this album to justify its title will have a lot to do with individual musical taste. If the potential consumer is a listener to one of the radio stations listed above, which are oldies stations devoted to playing pop/rock music of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, he or she may agree that the album is the ultimate in holiday music of that period.