Atlantic R&B 1947-1974 (8 CD) Full track list here.

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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.

Atlantic R&B 1947-1974 (8 CD)

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. 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.

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. 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.

1. Lowe Groovin'
  2. That Old Black Magic
  3. Annie Laurie
  4. Midnight Special
  5. The Applejack
  6. Cole Slaw
  7. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
  8. So Long
  9. I'll Get Along Somehow
  10. Hey Little Girl
  11. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
  12. Tee-Nah-Nah
  13. Danny Boy
  14. "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere"
  15. Teardrops From My Eyes
  16. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
  17. Don't You Know I Love You (Single/LP Version)
  18. Shouldn't I Know
  19. The Chill Is On
  20. Chains Of Love
  21. Fool Fool Fool (LP Version)
  22. One Mint Julep
  23. Wheel Of Fortune
  24. Sweet Sixteen
  25. 5-10-15 Hours
  26. Gator's Groove

 

Disc: 2

  1. Ting-A-Ling (LP Version)
  2. Daddy Daddy
  3. The Midnight Hour
  4. A Beggar For Your Kisses
  5. Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
  6. Good Lovin' (LP Version)
  7. Wild Wild Young Men
  8. Mess Around
  9. Honey Hush
  10. Soul On Fire (LP Version)
  11. Money Honey
  12. Lovey Dovey
  13. Such A Night
  14. Tipitina
  15. White Christmas
  16. Honey Love
  17. Whatcha Gonna Do
  18. "Shake, Rattle And Roll"
  19. Sh-Boom
  20. Oh What A Dream
  21. Jam Up
  22. After The Lights Go Down Low
  23. Tomorrow Night (LP Version)
  24. Tweedle Dee (Single/LP Version)
  25. I've Got A Woman
  26. Greenbacks

 

Disc: 3

  1. The Door Is Still Open
  2. Flip Flop And Fly
  3. A Fool For You
  4. This Little Girl Of Mine
  5. Play It Fair (LP Version)
  6. Adorable
  7. Smokey Joe's Cafe
  8. Ruby Baby
  9. In Paradise
  10. "The Chicken And The Hawk (Up, Up, And Away)"
  11. Devil Or Angel
  12. Drown In My Own Tears
  13. Hallelujah I Love Her So
  14. Jim Dandy (Single/LP Version)
  15. Down In Mexico
  16. Corrine Corrina
  17. Treasure Of Love
  18. Love Love Love
  19. It's Too Late
  20. Lonely Avenue
  21. Since I Met You Baby
  22. Lucky Lips
  23. Without Love
  24. Fools Fall In Love
  25. Midnight Special Train
  26. Empty Arms
  27. C.C. Rider
  28. Searchin'

 

Disc: 4

  1. Young Blood
  2. Mr. Lee
  3. Long Lonely Nights
  4. Betty And Dupree
  5. What Am I Living For
  6. Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes
  7. Yakety Yak
  8. A Lover's Question
  9. I Cried A Tear
  10. Night Time Is The Right Time
  11. Charlie Brown
  12. What'd I Say
  13. There Goes My Baby
  14. Along Came Jones
  15. Let The Good Times Roll
  16. Poison Ivy
  17. Dance With Me
  18. Just For A Thrill
  19. This Magic Moment
  20. Save The Last Dance For Me
  21. Shoppin' For Clothes
  22. Spanish Harlem
  23. Young Boy Blues
  24. Stand By Me
  25. "Gee Whiz, Look At His Eyes"
  26. Saved (LP Version)
  27. Just Out Of Reach [Of My Two Empty Arms] (Single/LP Version)

 

Disc: 5

  1. Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)
  2. Amor
  3. Last Night
  4. I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song)
  5. You Don't Miss Your Water
  6. I Found A Love
  7. Cry To Me
  8. Don't Play That Song [You Lied] (LP Version)
  9. Green Onions
  10. Up On The Roof
  11. See See Rider
  12. I (Who Have Nothing)
  13. If You Need Me
  14. These Arms Of Mine (Single/ LP Version)
  15. Hello Stranger
  16. On Broadway
  17. Just One Look
  18. Mashed Potatoes
  19. "Land Of A 1,000 Dances"
  20. Walking The Dog
  21. Release Me
  22. "Mercy, Mercy (Single/LP Version)"
  23. Under The Boardwalk
  24. And I Love Him
  25. Hold What You've Got
  26. Mr. Pitiful (Single/LP Version)
  27. "Baby, I'm Yours"

 

Disc: 6

  1. Teasin' You
  2. Got To Get You Off My Mind
  3. I Want To Do Everything For You
  4. I've Been Loving You Too Long (Single/LP Version)
  5. A Sweet Woman Like You
  6. In The Midnight Hour
  7. Seesaw
  8. Respect (Single/LP Version)
  9. You Don't Know Like I Know
  10. When A Man Loves A Woman
  11. 634-5789
  12. "Hold On, I'm Coming"
  13. Cool Jerk
  14. "Neighbor, Neighbor"
  15. Land Of 1000 Dances
  16. Knock On Wood
  17. Try A Little Tenderness (LP Version)
  18. Mustang Sally
  19. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
  20. Sweet Soul Music
  21. I Never Loved A Man [The Way I Love You] (LP Version)
  22. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (LP Version)"
  23. Show Me
  24. Tramp (LP Version)
  25. Funky Broadway
  26. Hip Hug-Her
  27. Soul Man

 

Disc: 7

  1. Respect (LP Version)
  2. [You Make Me Feel Like] A Natural Woman (LP Version)
  3. Soul Finger
  4. "Baby, I Love You"
  5. Skinny Legs And All
  6. Chain Of Fools (LP Version)
  7. I'm In Love
  8. Memphis Soul Stew
  9. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
  10. [Sittin' On] The Dock Of The Bay (LP Version)
  11. Tighten Up
  12. Slip Away
  13. Think (LP Version)
  14. Too Weak To Fight
  15. Can I Change My Mind
  16. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  17. "Take A Letter, Maria"
  18. Rainy Night In Georgia (LP Version)
  19. The Ghetto
  20. Turn Back The Hands Of Time
  21. Compared To What
  22. Call Me

 

Disc: 8

  1. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
  2. "Precious, Precious"
  3. Groove Me
  4. Patches
  5. Don't Knock My Love
  6. Funky Nassau (Parts 1 & 2)
  7. Thin Line Between Love And Hate
  8. Rock Steady (LP Version)
  9. Day Dreaming
  10. You've Got A Friend
  11. Clean Up Woman
  12. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
  13. Killing Me Softly With His Song
  14. Where Is The Love
  15. I'll Be Around
  16. Feel Like Makin' Love
  17. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)
  18. Sideshow
  19. Mighty Love
  20. Love Won't Let Me Wait
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