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Arhoolie: 40th Anniversary
(Arhoolie CD-491 US-00 400:-)

Those who enjoy the entire spectrum of "roots" music should love this impressive 5-CD set that chronicles "the journey of Chris Strachwitz", a man who was a powerful force in preserving and documenting this music since he started his Arhoolie label in 1960.

Strachwitz collected Bluegrass and pure country music, but the prime thrust of his work was in Blues, Cajun, and Mexican music, and there's a wealth of fine musical examples by people like Lightnin' Hopkins, Clifton Chenier, Mance Lipscomb, Lydia Mendoza and Fred McDowell, to name just a few. The few country examples are by J.E. Mainer, Del McCoury, Rose Maddox and the Hodges Brothers.

The wonderful 64-page booklet is a joy to peruse, with loads of neat photos. Quite a box, and a wonderful tribute to a great label and its dynamic, highly influential founder.
Complete "D" Singles, vol 3
(Bear Family BCD-15.834-1 Ger-00 475:-)

Pappy Daily's 'D' Records is one of the great untold stories in hillbilly, rockabilly, and Texas dancehall music. The four CDs in this -- the third volume in the complete 'D' retrospective -- covers the period from October 1959 to August 1960. The focus is squarely on the fabulous east Texas honky tonk sound, and this set includes such 'D' classics as Claude Gray's 'Family Bible' (a Willie Nelson-penned Top 10 country hit), Hardrock Gunter's 'Jumpin' Mule', Bill Mack's 'John's Back In Town' (written by and featuring Waylon Jennings), and early Willie Nelson, featuring unissued takes of 'Night Life' and 'Rainy Day Blues'.

4-CD Box set with a 52 page booklet.
Doo Wop Box, The
(Rhino R2-71463 US-94 300:-)

Music from the Orioles, the Ravens, the Crows, the Velvets, the Teenagers, the Clovers, the Willows, the Dells, the Pastels, the Monotones, the Shields, the Crests, the Elegants, the Bosstones, the Passions, the Edsels, the Regents, the Halos, and more – 101 tracks in all!
Comes with an 80pg booklet with pictures and information.
Phil Spector: Back to Mono (1958-1969)
(EMI 7118-2 Hol-91 300:-)

The classic 4-CD box set featuring so many of the biggest, best, and brightest pop, rock & soul singles of the late 50s and on through the 60s -- those ubiquitous, but no less incredible productions from that crazy genius Phil Spector!

"Back To Mono" features many of the best known numbers by the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers, Darlene Love, the Checkmates, the Crystals and many more -- all of it with the appropriately dubbed Wall Of Sound that made Phil Spector the most famous producer of all time!
Philly Sound
(Epic Z3K-64647 US-97 225:-)

The vintage music recorded at Philadelphia International Records, especially during owner/producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's first decade, glue the classic soul of Memphis and Motown with the disco and hip-hop sounds to follow.

"The Philly Sound," three volumes including #1 hits by Billy Paul, the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and others, celebrates gritty vocals, lush, deep-grooved orchestration, and socially proactive lyrics for what became classic R&B's final bow.
Trains & Cars
(Membran 222687-354 Ger-05 225:-)

Rock ‘n‘ Roll, Blues & Hillbilly - three cognated styles, that have anyhow each its own characteristics. On 4-CD Box Set, famous artists like Bill Haley, the Miller Brothers and Tiny Bradshaw will take the audience to the world of americas music of the 1950s.