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Atlantic R&B 1947-1974
(Rhino 8122-7475529 UK-06 600:-)

8CD box set that combines all eight volumes of the Atlantic R&B series into one amazing package. Each of the single disc volumes are divided up into two to five year periods and feature the absolute cream of the Soul crop.

203 tracks including hits from the Coasters, Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, Clyde McPhatter, Lavern Baker, Ray Charles, the Drifters, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, Roberta Flack, the Spinners, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Joe Tex and many others. A stunning collection that shaped the way we listened to music and changed the course of R&B and Soul forever.
K-Doe, Ernie - A Real Mother-in-Law for Ya
(Westside WESA-915 UK-02 275:-)

Since his big hit was "Mother-In-Law," a funny song that could easily be perceived as a novelty, Ernest Kador Jr is often dismissed when it comes to the top rank of New Orleans R&B singers. That's an inaccurate assessment, as this delightful compilation proves. Part of the reason, of course, is that these are the Toussaint sessions, and Allen Toussaint is the king of late-'50s and -'60s New Orleans R&B, not only writing classics like "Mother-in-Law," but producing sessions that had precisely the right combination of rolling rhythms, horns, mellow funk, pianos, and warm vocals from the friendly, skilled Ernie K-Doe. He didn't have as rich a selection of material as, say, Fats Domino or Lee Dorsey, but he was at the top tier of the second tier, as this compulsively listenable 29-track collection proves.