Spread over two discs and a total of 36 tracks, Roots of Rhythm & Blues profiles rock & roll's predecessor with a potent and key mix of blues, swing (combo and big band), and jump blues from mostly the '40s. And the variety is never lacking, as T-Bone Walker delivers his dirty-guitar blues alongside Charles Brown's congenial piano-bar musings. The mix is a dizzying -- yet still cogent -- array of musical genius, taking in a the likes of Billy Eckstine, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Louis Jordan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Joe Liggins, Dinah Washington, Lionel Hampton, and Wynonie Harris, among many others. Whether your vote for most important figure is Big "Joe" Turner or maybe even Johnny Otis, this R&B primer will go a long way in getting you up to speed on one of modern music's most vital eras.by Stephen Cook, ALLMUSIC

trax CD 1:
1. Caldonia - Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five 2. The Honeydripper Part 1 - Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers 3. Milton's Boogie - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders 4. That Ain't Right - Nat King Cole Trio 5. I Wonder - Cecil Gant 6. Drifting Blues - Charles Brown w/Johnny Moore's Three Blazers 7. Blues At Sunrise - Ivory Joe Hunter w/ Johnny Moore's Three Blazers 8. T-Bone Boogie - T-Bone Walker w/Marl Young And His Orchestra 9. Rock Me Mama - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup 10. If It's Good - Julia Lee w/Tommy Douglas's Orchestra 11. Be-Baba-Leba - Helen Humes w/The Bill Doggett Octet 12. Rich Man's Blues - Dinah Washington w/Lucky Thompson's All Stars 13. Boogie Woogie Stomp - Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings 14. Cow Cow Boogie - Ella Mae Morse w/Freddie Slack & His Orchestra 15. Jimmie's Blues - Jimmy Rushing w/Count Basie & His Orchestra 16. Piney Brown Blues - Big Joe Turner & The Fly Cats 17. Here Comes The Blues - Wynonie Harris w/Illinois Jacquet & His All Stars 18. Cherry Red Blues - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson w/Cootiee Williams & His Orchestra
trax CD 2:
1. That's The Blues - Rubberlegs Williams w/Clyde Hart's All Stars 2. I Ain't Mad At You - Gatemouth Moore w/Dallas Bartley & His Smalltown Boys 3. Flyin' Home - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra 4. 627 Stomp - Pete Johnson's Band 5. Sunset Blues - Hot Lips Page & His Orchestra 6. 47th Jive - June Richmond w/Andy Kirk & His Clouds Of Joy 7. New Confessin' The Blues - Walter Brown w/The Jay McShann Quartet 8. Dooji Wooji - Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra 9. After Hours - Erskine Hawkins & his Orchestra featuring Avery Parish 10. That's All - Rosetta Tharpe w/Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra 11. Bartender Boogie - Jack Mcvea 12. Blowin' The Blues Away - Billy Eckstine 13. School Days Blues - Tiny Bradshaw & His Orchestra 14. Harlem Nocturne - Johnny Otis, His Drums & Orchestra 15. That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch - Ella Johnson w/Buddy Johnson & His Band 16. Dr. Watson & Mr. Holmes - The Spirits Of Rhythm 17. Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night - The Five Red Caps 18. Strange Things Happening Every Day - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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