Black History Month Spotlight – ATLANTIC 60th: RHYTHM AND BLUES JUKEBOX
Stepping into our Black History Month Spotlight this week: RHYTHM AND BLUES JUKEBOX, a compilation which emerged during our celebration of Atlantic Records’ 60th anniversary and spotlighted some of the classic R&B tracks from the label’s early days.
It only takes a cursory look at the artists to sense that a certain percentage of the songs will be instantly recognizable, and if that’s what your senses are telling you, they’re spot on: the track listing consists of contributions from The Clovers (“Fool Fool Fool”), Ben E. King (“Stand By Me”), The Coasters (“Poison Ivy”), Big Joe Turner (“Honey Hush”), The Drifters (“Save The Last Dance For Me”), Clyde McPhatter (“A Lover’s Question”), The Drifters with Clyde McPhatter (“Honey Love”), Ivory Joe Hunter (“Since I Met You Baby”), LaVern Baker (“Tweedle Dee”), Ray Charles (“What’d I Say, Pt. 1”), Ruth Brown (“Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean”), and Chuck Willis (“C.C. Rider”).
As a compilation designed strictly for the digital market, there really aren’t any proper reviews to fall back on as critical proof that this is a top-notch compilation, but if your eyes and your ears aren’t able to do that for you, we’re a little doubtful that a review is going to help you, anyway.