|First posted 11/11/2020; updated 11/16/2020.|
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974
Released: October 15, 1991
Recorded: 1947 to 1974
Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU
Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)
Song Title by Act [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.
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* Songs added to the reissue.
Total Running Time: 10:20:44
4.766 out of 5.00 (average of 10 ratings)
Quotable: “Should be a part of any collection that presumes to take American music -- not just rock & roll or rhythm & blues – seriously” – Bruce Eder, All Music Guide
About the Album:
“This eight-CD set should be a part of any collection that presumes to take American music -- not just rock & roll or rhythm & blues -- seriously. Atlantic Records was one of dozens of independent labels started up after the war by neophyte executives and producers, but it was different from most of the others in that the guys who ran it were honest and genuinely loved music. Coupled with a lot of luck and some good judgment, the results trace a good chunk of the history of American music and popular culture.” AMG
Disc one opens with cuts which slot in somewhere midway between jazz, bop, and ‘race’ music (as the term was used then). Disc two is pure, distilled R&B, the stuff filling the airwaves of black radio and the jukeboxes in the "wrong" parts of town in 1952-54. Surprisingly, the material on Disc three, covering 1955-57, isn’t very different in content or character from Disc two, despite the fact that it covers the period when white teenagers were starting to listen to and buy these records in large numbers.” AMG Disc 2 captured some of the songs celebrated as quintessential to the birth of rock and roll, such as the Chords’ “Sh-Boom” and Big Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll”
“It’s only with Disc four that one sees the consequences of the late ‘50s – Ray Charles in his final days with the label, juxtaposed with the Drifters in their post-1958 incarnation and the start of the company's relationship with Stax/Volt Records.” AMG Highlights include Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say” and Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” The latter was one of those rare songs to hit the charts in two separate runs – first hitting the top 10 pop charts in 1961 and again in 1986 as the title song from the movie of the same name.
“Disc six (1965-67) is practically a mini-tribute to Stax/Volt, filled with the best-known sides of Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Booker T. & the MG’s.” AMG The standout track is the iconic “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge. Redding’s original version of “Respect” is also featured, but it’s on the next disc that we get Aretha Franklin’s cover of the song, which she turned into a classic anthem for female empowerment.
“Discs seven and eight run from the late '60s and the heyday of Aretha Franklin to some great early-‘70s soul, including Roberta Flack and the Spinners.” AMG Among the highlights from the two discs are Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.”
The booklet, with a full sessionography and biographical notes on each artist, would be worth 20 bucks on its own.” AMG
Notes: The original box set was released in 1985. When it was rereleased in 1991, it was expanded to eight discs from seven. Songs in the track listing marked with an asterisk (*) are the ones which were added to the reissue.
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